1. At least 100 Kmart and Sears stores will close nationwide. Officials have not decided what locations will close. Canton has a on Marietta Highway and a on Bluffs Parkway. The story goes live at 6 a.m..
2. Canton-Sixes Patch will continue its look back at the top local stories of 2011. Return to the site at 8 a.m. for the year's fourth top story.
3. A bipartisan coalition of community leaders, parents, teachers and education reform groups has joined together to protect charter schools in Georgia by amending the state Constitution to allow an alternative route for good charter schools to be approved, Georgia Charter Schools Association Executive Vice President Andrew Lewis told Alpharetta-Milton Patch editor Bob Pepalis. Click for the story.
4. Dec. 31 is the last day that charitable donations can be applied to the 2011 tax year. Look for details at noon.
5. The Creekview Jr. Grizzlies' fifth grade boys team won the Kennesaw Mountain-Harrison Christmas Tournament last week with a 43-14 win over North Fulton. Reader Kristi Ledford submitted to Canton-Sixes Patch.
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