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Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

Atlanta
* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

2014 Master of the Grill

2014 Master of the Grill

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. --  The International Free and Accepted Modern Mason and Order of Eastern Stars Eldrin Bell Lodge #155 held its 2014 Master of the Grill BBQ Cook Off Competition and Tasting Event, hosted by Eldrin Bell, former Atlanta Police Chief and Clayton County Commission Chairman.

The Master of the Grill took place at Creel Park in College Park, where vendors and competing teams did very well in sales and thoroughly enjoyed this charitable event. Categories included: Best Pork, Best Beef and Best Poultry. A cash prize of $150 and a trophy were given for each category of each best. All proceeds helped to provide food for families in need. Notable attendees included Kalenna Harper, Tony Vick and Eldrin Bell.

Charity and relief are tasks that Masons are charged to undertake in the community. The Eldrin Bell Lodge coordinates fundraising events throughout the year to fund their charity efforts.

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

Stress control, mental health discussions planned for senior facilities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Stress management and mental health discussions are planned during the first week in June at two Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host a mental health workshop sponsored by the Renaissance on Peachtree on Thursday, June 5. The discussion will be facilitated by Leslie Sessley, a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with the Link Counseling Center. The two-hour presentation begins at 10 a.m.  The Benson Multipurpose Complex is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive in Sandy Springs.  For more information about this event, citizens should contact Lila Womack, Life Enrichment Coordinator at 404-613-4900.

2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

2nd pedestrian struck by vehicle in Cobb dies

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A second victim in a hit-and-run accident in Cobb County earlier this week has died.

Two men have been charged in the incident, which authorities said began with a chase and ended with a vehicle plowing into three teenagers as they walked down a Cobb County sidewalk.

The accident happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Barrett Lakes Boulevard near Shiloh Valley Drive in Kennesaw.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said investigators believe the driver, 27-year-old Tansu Kanlica, was chasing 23-year-old Garrett Anderson. Bowman said Kanlica, a locksmith, was pursuing Anderson because he allegedly hadn't paid for his services. At some point during the chase, Kanlica lost control of his car, ran up on the sidewalk and hit the three teenagers walking to a movie.

Fulton County Cooperative Extension opens Fulton Farm Stand

Fulton County Cooperative Extension opens Fulton Farm Stand

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Beginning Thursday, June 5, fresh produce will be offered at a new farm stand established by Fulton County Cooperative Extension to provide South Fulton residents access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Fulton Farm Stand will be open Monday thru Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at the front entrance of Camp-Fulton Truitt 4-H Center, 4300 Herschel Road, College Park, GA 30337.

“We are pleased to open our farm stand to provide residents access to affordable fresh produce,” stated Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are dedicated to helping people develop healthy habits to live healthier lives.”