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Public Input Requested for Fulton County FY2013 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

Public Input Requested for Fulton County FY2013 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department has released for public comment the draft FY2013 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), which covers the period January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013.  This evaluation report is required as part of HUD’s Consolidated Planning process. 

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Teen says armed robbery was terrifying

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are trying to identify three suspects who are wanted for robbing a teenager after he got off a Marta bus on February 16, 2014. Marta has provided police a surveillance video of the suspects boarding a bus at the East Point Marta Station.

The teenager, Anterrious Hill, was already on the bus when the three suspects boarded. The video shows the suspects sit down in separate seats around Hill. "They sat closer and closer to me," Hill said. "I started thinking they were up to something."

Hill said he was returning home after visiting his brother in the West End. He took a train from West End to the East Point station and then boarded the bus to his home in Southeast Atlanta.

Man charged with robbing CVS

Man charged with robbing CVS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with robbing a Fayetteville drugstore late last year.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said Michael MacConaugha is responsible for a robbery at the CVS on North Glynn Street on Dec. 24, 2013.

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MacConaugha, of East Point, demanded money from a CVS cashier and mentioned he had a gun. He ran from the store after receiving cash, according to Whitlow.

The suspect was eventually caught and booked in the Fayette County Jail on charges of robbery and obstruction.

Whitlow said police believe MacConaugha did not act alone. They are now working to identify more suspects and determine whether MacConaugha is behind other robberies in the area.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

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Google's expansion plans eye metro Atlanta

SAN FRANCISCO (USA Today) - Google unveiled big expansion plans for its fast Fiber Internet service on Wednesday, stepping up pressure on incumbent cable and Internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

Google, the world's largest Internet search engine, identified nine urban areas encompassing up to 34 cities across the U.S. as possible sites for deployment.

"We aim to provide updates by the end of the year about which cities will be getting Google Fiber," Google said on its blog. "Between now and then, we'll work closely with each city's leaders on a joint planning process that will not only map out a Google Fiber network in detail, but also assess what unique local challenges we might face."

Google Fiber is about 100 times faster than what most Internet users live with today, according to the company.

South Fulton cityhood bill clears first hurdle

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County soon could become the first county in Georgia that's fully incorporated.

A committee of the state House of Representatives approved legislation Monday that would let voters who live in unincorporated south Fulton County decide whether to form a city.

If approved during May's primary elections, the City of South Fulton would become the ninth largest in Georgia with a population of 87,478.

Because of the cityhood movement in metro Atlanta that began with Sandy Springs in 2005, every other portion of Fulton County other than the proposed boundaries of South Fulton already is part of a city.

Supporters of Sandy Springs and the cities in north Fulton that followed in its wake argued that city governments could provide services more efficiently than Fulton County while giving those cities' residents more control over their government.

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

Seamless Summer program feeds children when school is out

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education will once again offer its Seamless Summer nutrition program when school lets out for the year.

Seamless Summer provides free meals to children under the age of 18. No registration or income verification is required to receive the food.

According to the GDOE, more than 77 percent of the 500,000 breakfasts and 1.1 million lunches it serves during the school year are provided for free or at a reduced price. Georgia ranks in the top five nationwide for states with children who participate in the School Breakfast Program and/or National School Lunch Program.

In the past, more than 2,200 locations across Georgia have served meals through the Seamless Summer program.

Learn more at fns.usda.gov.