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Mixed-use development Avalon weeks away from opening


ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Some home grown Atlanta in-town restaurants and retail stores are opening up 25 miles north of the city. The mixed-used development, Avalon, is just 40 days from its grand opening in Alpharetta.

The 86-acre development just off GA 400 on Old Milton Parkway started with a vision from developer Mark Toro and his partners of North American Properties.

"It's really a culmination of every great idea that we could find that everyone else has had or that we had," Toro said.

The Avalon is billed as one of the largest mixed-use developments under construction in the country with 65 retailers, 12 restaurants, 101 town homes and 250 apartments all surrounded by a food and beverage regal theatre and a 48,000-square-foot Whole Foods.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

Sept. 23 is National Voter Registration Day

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- On Sept. 23, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) with a massive 50-state effort to register voters before Election Day this November. Fulton County Registration and Elections encourages residents to join others across the nation who will be registering to vote.

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. Online voter registration is available, which allows new voters to complete the entire process online at www.fultonelections.com. In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, at one of the three registration and elections offices or by mail.

Residents can also obtain a voter registration form at one of three County offices:

Vehicle smashes into clubhouse and runs


ALPHARETTA, Ga -- Police have seen vehicles smash into homes or businesses before. But rarely do they see those drivers smash and run. That's what happened Thursday night at a condominium complex in Alpharetta.

Sometime around 8:30PM, during the height of a thunder storm, a vehicle plowed into the clubhouse at the Seasons. Residents who heard a noise thought it was part of the storm. By the time they realized what happened, the vehicle backed out of the clubhouse and ran.

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Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Alpharetta students create tribute to lives lost on 9/11


ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- The students of Alpharetta High School were only toddlers on September 11th, 2001, but that didn't stop them from creating a touching memorial for those who died that day.

A group of students from Alpharetta High School placed flags alone Webb Bridge Road to serve as a reminder of the lives lost on 9/11. Each flag represented a life lost. The tribute stretched two miles.

While the students may have been too young to remember that day, they were determined to honor every last hero.

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
 
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.