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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.

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some North Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail for State House District 50.

To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request for an absentee ballot. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Jan. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 6. Requests for absentee ballots may be submitted now.


Eligible voters (meaning registered voters) desiring to vote by mail may do so without providing a reason or identification if they mail in their application for a ballot. However, this does not apply to voters who registered for the first time in Georgia by mail and did not provide ID with their registration application.

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.

Alpharetta apartment burglary suspects caught on camera

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta police are looking for two men accused of breaking into apartments and burglarizing them.

The suspects were recently caught on camera taking items from one apartment.

Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon said the men will wander apartment complexes and knock on units' doors. If nobody answers, they break into the apartments and steal from them. If someone comes to the door, they apologize and say they are at the wrong apartment.

Both suspects are described as Hispanic men; they were speaking Spanish on the surveillance video taken inside a victim's apartment. Anyone who recognizes them is asked to call the public safety department's tip line at 678-297-6307.

Fulton County to conduct special election for Georgia House District 50

Fulton County to conduct special election for Georgia House District 50

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A special election will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 to fill a vacancy in State House District 50. The election for Georgia House District 50 will occur at select City of Johns Creek precincts.

Early voting will be held Monday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Jan. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Johns Creek Environmental Campus, 8100 Holcomb Bridge Road.

Saturday voting will be held Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Early voting locations will be closed for holidays on December 24, 25, and January 1.

On Jan. 6, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the following precinct locations:


JC01-Shakerag Elementary School

10885 Rogers Circle

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

Atlanta-area unemployment decreases in October

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell again last month.

October's rate was 7.0 percent, down from September's 7.3 percent. It was 7.6 percent in October 2013.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the area added 18,800 jobs in October, which contributed to the rate decrease. Metro Atlanta has added nearly 58,000 jobs since October of last year. Fewer area residents filed for unemployment insurance last month too.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest October unemployment rate, at 5.4 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.3 percent.

Neighborhood makes sure sick kid gets late Halloween

ATLANTA -- Four-year-old Ryan Ehildil loves Darth Vader. His pet hermit crab is named after the Star Wars villain. Every Halloween, he dons his mini Darth Vader costume. But this year, instead of trick-or-treating, he was stuck at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Ryan's parents took him in when his fever spiked. He had pneumonia and fluid on his lungs. There was surgery and complications, and Ryan missed Halloween.

While mulling his loss of loot, he was visited by Darth Vader. Ryan took a little while to warm up to Vader, and initial photos show him looking less than enthusiastic. But by the time the villain left, the two had made a pact: Vader would take him trick-or-treating when he was well enough to leave the hospital. It finally happened this Saturday.