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Some of Central Park Five, T.I., Ebenezer Baptist pastor take part in criminal justice reform efforts Worship service with some of Central Park Five and civil rights Activist Michelle Alexander. 3 p.m. Wednesday. Juneteenth Celebration and Cookout for those released during the campaign and the community. Support real journalism. Support local journalism.

I-85 reopens in Norcross after fiery tractor trailer crash An interstate in Norcross is open again after a fiery crash involving two trucks shut it down for ho…

Coast Guard ship named in memory of Cumming native 29, 1942, during the height of World War II, Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms, a Cumming native, and pilot Lt. John Prichard's Grumman J2F-4 Duck amphibious plane went missing while attempting a rescue mission of the crew of a downed B-17 in eastern Greenland.

Report: 1/3 of US Men Are Married Fathers, 10% Have Children with More than One Person Over one-third of men are married and have biological children with their spouse. There are also 2.9 million men who are living with an unmarried partner and have biological children with that partner. Nearly one in ten men have children with more than one person.

Biting bugs of summer: How to avoid mosquito and tick bites With warm weather and recent rains, biting bugs are out to make a meal of us and our pets. Mosquitoes and ticks can transmit diseases to the victims they bite, but we can take action to keep them from diminishing our enjoyment of outdoor activities. Mosquitoes.

Ronda Rich: I’m not giving up my landline anytime soon It just so happened that Tink and I had gone to the Dairy Shake to grab lunch. We were talking about cell phones and landlines. Without going into a long tale, I'll just say that there is a phone company that has the ability to ruin two or three of my days, monthly.

Gridlock Guy: Sifting thru readers' Atlanta traffic pet peeves We may not have accomplished much in airing these grievances, but at least we drew awareness to a few more flies in the traffic ointment. Still, unselfishness, defensive driving, and patience can help solve most of these violations and annoyances. » RELATED: Photos: Weird things that have snarled Atlanta traffic.

Incident reports: Shoplifting spree, drug arrests and vehicle thefts investigated Authorities say that male suspect is being sought for questioning for a series of shoplifting incidents, where more than $3,000 of merchandise was stolen from a south Forsyth Lowe's store.

Firefighter hospitalized, 2 dogs killed after overnight blaze at East Point home A firefighter was hospitalized and two dogs were killed after a blaze erupted overnight at an East P…

STATE OF THE PROGRAM: West Forsyth Phipps had an idea that this was going to be a good year for West, given how many underclassmen and non-seniors the Wolverines fielded the previous school year. But for it to be this good - sixth place in the Director's Cup standings, the school's best-ever finish - was not anticipated.

3 things from this week’s BOC meeting A study of areas along the Chattahoochee River, an update to the expansion of a north Forsyth mine and changes to the county's alcohol code were some of the issues brought up and discussed at a recent Forsyth County Board of Commissioners work session.

Atlanta’s abundance of trees means homeowners can be caught off guard Atlanta’s abundance of trees means homeowners can be caught off guard; how can homeowners head off trouble?

2 Georgians Sentenced for Conspiring to Send 14 kilos of Pure Meth from CA to GA The husband and wife used tractor trailers to smuggle the drugs across the country.

Georgia Inmate Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud for His Role in Grand Jury Scam ALLEN pretended to be a Deputy United States Marshal and informed Victim A that he had unlawfully failed to report for jury duty service for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Why Forsyth County commissioners are split on how to sell SPLOST bonds A new method for the county selling the first $100 million of SPLOST VIII bonds has created an apparent division between county leaders.

VA Says Hiring of Mental Health Providers "Exceeds Hiring Goal by the Thousands" Department of Veterans Affairs says it has reason to celebrate a recent goal that has already been met. The federal agency reported Friday that it recently surpassed a goal it set to hire mental health providers thourhg the Mental Health Hiring Initiative.

Georgia Company Cited by OSHA After Employee Suffers Heat-Related Injury The company faces $21,311 in penalties, including the maximum penalty allowed by law for the heat-related violation. An employee suffered heat exhaustion and was hospitalized after working in direct sunlight and wearing required protective clothing during welding and fabrication work at a Key West, Florida, worksite.

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Nice weather expected through Father’s Day weekend The pleasant weather metro Atlanta has enjoyed the last couple days is expected to stick around thro…

PREP ROUNDUP: County athletes compete at NB Nationals, Corky Kell 7-on-7 Five county schools took their football teams to Roswell on Friday, competing at the Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament. West Forsyth pulled off an upset in the first round of the 35-team tournament. The Wolverines, who came out of pool play as the No. 32 seed, topped No.

Buford Dam Road to close Tuesday for repairs Army Corps of Engineers has announced that that Buford Dam Road and its associated park areas will briefly close next week for scheduled road maintenance. Buford Dam Road, along with park areas including, Lower Overlook, Lower Pool West, Lower Pool East, West Bank Turn-out will be closed from 9 a.m.

No permanent changes coming to south Forsyth intersection Officials say that after a month-long comment and observation period, construction barrels blocking turns in and out of a south Forsyth intersection will soon be removed.

JUST IN - Detective: Surveillance footage shows rapper Lil Durk firing gun outside Varsity An Atlanta police detective testified Friday that surveillance footage captured Chicago rapper Lil D…

More than 2 dozen instruments stolen from Duluth music store, owner says The owner of a Duluth music store said thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of instruments from…

Alpharetta’s deputy public safety director resigns amid city investigation RELATED: Alpharetta suspends deputy director of public safety amid investigation. Two people filed complaints against McCall and other residents of the Pleasant Manor Estates subdivision alleging the HOA members took photos from their social media accounts, cropped them and altered them into different images, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

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