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Area Ministers Discuss Church Foreclosures

ATLANTA -- More than a dozen Metro Atlanta ministers gathered on Thursday afternoon as the area's foreclosure problem continues to hammer Georgia churches.

According to data compiled by Equity Depot, at least 90 Georgia churches have been hit by foreclosure notices since 2006.

One of them is The Good Shepherd New Day Fellowship Church on Martin Luther King Drive in Southwest Atlanta.

According to Bishop Ralph Lewis, the church was in good financial shape in 2007. The next year, hard times hit the 150 member congregation. Some lost their jobs, and donations to the church declined. Bishop Lewis has been fighting off eviction since the foreclosure notice arrived in 2008.

"Eviction could come any day now," said Bishop Lewis. "Unlike a business, you don't have a product to sell. Consequently, you're at the mercy of the people, and they're at the mercy of their jobs, and what happens to them affects the church."

National Signing Day at Andretti Karting and Games

ALPHARETTA, GA -- For the second straight year, Andretti Karting and Games hosted a National Signing Day event. 

This season, 32 high schools brought their student-athletes to the event to declare their college choice. Over 200 students took advantage of the event, with college choices ranging from in-state University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia State to the Naval Academy.  Over 200 student-athletes declared their choice of college Wednesday afternoon.

Click on the video attached to this story to see why some of the high school seniors made their college choices.

 

 

Two Arrested in Death of 4-Year-Old Girl

ALPARETTA -- Two Haitian nationals were arrested Saturday in the death of a 4-year-old girl. The young victim was airlifted early Saturday morning to Scottish Rite Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Doctors ruled that her death was the result of extreme alcohol poisoning.

According to George Gordon, spokesman for Alpharetta Police, the dead girl's father and aunt were taken into custody and charged with Felony Cruelty to Children and Felony Murder. The names of those charged, as well as the victim, have not been released pending the notification of other family members.

Coast Not Quite Clear - Watch for Black Ice

ATLANTA -- Mother Nature gave Metro Atlantans a bit of a break Friday, with the longest stretch of above-freezing temperatures since Sunday's storm. 

Temperatures will get back above freezing by midday Saturday, allowing road conditions to continue to improve. Daytime temps will go well into the 40s for Saturday and Sunday, while lows Saturday night will only briefly drop below freezing.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says most main roads and highways in North Georgia are now passable, but icy patches remain, particularly on side streets and in neighborhoods. To report hazardous road conditions or traffic signal problems within the City of Atlanta, call 404-546-2615 or 404-853-3200.

MARTA, Gwinnett Scale Back Bus Service

ATLANTA  -- MARTA is operating on a limited schedule today with only 12 routes running because of icy conditions on roads throughout the Atlanta area.

Service will run until 1:30 a.m., but riders should expect delays on all routes.

Rail service will remain on a Saturday-Sunday schedule ending at 12:30 a.m.

As for what the future holds, MARTA's deputy GM tells 11Alive's Matt Pearl they expect to be running on a full weekday schedule by Tuesday, Jan. 18. They expect to run at a normal weekend schedule -- at least for the rail service -- from now until that date. At this point, much of the bus service depends on the roads.

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General Information, Travel Advisory from City of Alpharetta

General Information, Travel Advisory from City of Alpharetta

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The City of Alpharetta knew the storm was coming.

Preparations began on Thursday, Jan. 6. As a result, the city was able to quickly activate personnel and have them on station before the problem began unmanageable.

Alpharetta's Command and Control Center (C3) was activated as the snow began on Sunday, Jan. 9. It is staffed by employees of the Public Safety and Engineering and Public Works Departments, which allows the C3 to streamline communications and provide the best possible response to residents' needs.

Potential impacts of the winter weather were greatly reduced in large part because the people of Alpharetta listened to advance warnings and kept off the icy streets and highways. The 911 center only received a small number of emergency calls, which improved general safety and allowed city crews to focus on clearing Alpharetta's main roads.

At this point, temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until Friday, Jan.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.