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Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

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Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

(WXIA) -- Road projects are scheduled to take place on Interstates 285 and 20 this weekend.

All work is weather permitting, but drivers should still look out for road crews and plan for possible delays.

Among the scheduled projects:

Cobb County
* Intermittent pacing will take place on I-285 at Atlanta Road from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Nightly sign construction will close two lanes in each direction of I-285 between I-75 and New Northside Drive

Douglas County
* Two westbound lanes of I-20 between Bill Arp and Liberty roads will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Fulton County
* Three eastbound lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and the Glenwood Connector will be closed nightly

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) Tuesday, June 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Random Act of Kindness: Operation Oreo

Random Act of Kindness: Operation Oreo

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- During the month of June, Alpharetta First United Methodist Church (AFUMC) is collecting Oreo cookies for Operation Oreo, their annual cookie drive which collects Oreos to send to troops overseas.

Senior Pastor Dr. Don Martin began Operation Oreo after an encounter with a soldier on an airplane in 2009. Dr. Martin asked the young soldier what he missed most about home while on tour, to which he quickly replied "Oreos, Double Stuf!"

Since then, the church has collected Oreos to send to soldiers. This year's goal is to collect over 2 tons of America's favorite cookie.

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5 local burgers listed among best burgers in America

5 local burgers listed among best burgers in America

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Food lovers' blog The Daily Meal has included five metro Atlanta burgers on its annual list of the 101 best burgers in America.

The double cheeseburger from Buckhead's Holeman and Finch Public House was number seven on the list, and was also named best burger in the Southeast.

Orangetheory fitness to open Roswell studio

Orangetheory fitness to open Roswell studio

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Orangetheory Fitness will open several more studios in metro Atlanta this year.

The group exercise concept will debut its seventh Atlanta-area location in Roswell next month. The new Orangetheory will be located in the Roswell Crossing shopping center on West Crossville Road.

"We know this community will embrace this new fitness concept. Roswell has strong community support and pride," Cindy Hirsch, co-owner of the new studio, said in a release. Cindy and her husband Gary plan to open another Orangetheory studio in Suwanee in the fall. Other locations scheduled to open later this summer include Alpharetta and Druid Hills.

Orangetheory Fitness members engage in high-intensity cardio and strength training sessions. According to the company, each workout burns between 500 and 900 calories, and results in a metabolic increase that continues to burn calories for up to 36 hours.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."