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Floyd County Citgo robbed at gunpoint

Floyd County Citgo robbed at gunpoint

FLOYD COUNTY, Ga. -- Floyd County Police are searching for the man accused of robbing a gas station at gunpoint over the weekend.

The Citgo at the corner of Alabama Highway and Emerson Drive was robbed Sunday at around 2:20 p.m.

Floyd County Police Inv. Mary Catherine Parris said the suspect held a Citgo employee and a customer at gunpoint while demanding money from the register. He ran after receiving cash. No one was hurt.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid to late 20's. He is about 6 feet tall and 175 to 190 pounds, and was wearing a Reebok jacket with a black hood, blue lower half and white stripes on the sleeves. Even though the suspect was wearing a mask, witnesses could tell he had a black eye. He was armed with a pistol.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Floyd County Police at 706-235-7766 or 706-314-1861.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Floyd County's November unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Ga. Highlands College names new VP

Ga. Highlands College names new VP

ROME, Ga. -- Mary Transue is the new Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the GHC Foundation at Georgia Highlands College.

She was chosen in late November to fill the vacancy left by Raymond Carnley.

Transue comes to GHC from the University of North Georgia in Gainesville, where she was Associate Vice President of Executive Affairs. She also has extensive experience in corporate healthcare and non-profit leadership.

"I am excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to joining the team at Georgia Highlands College," Transue said in a statement. "I can already tell there is strong leadership and a solid vision taking shape for the college moving forward. I know we can accomplish great things together."

Transue began her new job on Dec. 15.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.