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Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

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Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

Plant pansies for fall curb appeal

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is a helpful source of information for residents wanting to improve their curb appeal during the fall. With their colorful faces and cold-weather tolerance, pansies are an easy landscape addition if they are installed correctly. Experts from the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension provide tips to help the “do-it-yourself” gardener.

“Our relationship with the UGA is a true benefit for our residents,” said Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Because of this relationship, we are able to provide research based proven methods to help residents with gardening as well as many other topics that assist in helping to live improved, healthier lives.”

A few pansy-planting pointers:

Don’t plant more than you can maintain. Annual flowers are high maintenance and require a lot of care to keep them looking their best.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

2014 Reward Schools: Fulton County

2014 Reward Schools: Fulton County

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has released its list of 2014 Reward Schools.

Such schools are identified under the state's waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories.

Fulton County's 2014 Reward Schools include:

Highest Performing -- Among the top 5 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; have highest absolute performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Hembree Springs Elementary School
* KIPP South Fulton Academy

Highest Progress -- Among the top 10 percent of Georgia's Title I schools; make the most progress in improving performance from all student groups for at least three years
* Heritage Elementary School
* Ison Springs Elementary School
* Oak Knoll Elementary School

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Barking dog saves 6 people from house fire

Barking dog saves 6 people from house fire

EAST POINT, Ga. -- A family pet has been credited with saving six people from a fire in East Point Tuesday morning.

The fire broke out at around 5 a.m. at a house in the 2200 block of Delowe Drive.

A fire official on the scene said the family dog began barking when the house filled with smoke. The barking woke a woman inside, who then woke the rest of her family.

Four adults and two infants were home at the time. All six people and the dog escaped safely.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Dispatchers said the Red Cross will be sent in to help the family.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Diary helps convict man in murder of girlfriend and unborn child

Diary helps convict man in murder of girlfriend and unborn child

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- On Thursday, a Fulton County jury took just a few hours to convict 24 year-old Roderick Watkins of murder in the shooting death of 21 year-old Ashley Clark and their unborn child.

Watkins, of East Point, had been arrested for abusing Clark years earlier, and her family had urged her to leave him. But secretly she continued to see him, and, in the end, he killed her for her loyalty.

Among the key evidence presented at Watkins' trial was Clark's diary. And it spoke for her eloquently, like a voice from the grave, helping to convict her boyfriend two years after he killed her.

The cover of Ashley's diary came adorned with love and peace signs. She signed it with X's and Os for hugs and kisses; and she used hearts for the dots over the I's.

But inside, the words were dark and scary.