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9 recruits graduate to join Fulton County Fire Rescue Department

9 recruits graduate to join Fulton County Fire Rescue Department

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department held its graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 for nine of its newest members to celebrate their successful completion of fire recruit training and their transition as firefighters to the field.

“We are thrilled to have the nine recruits graduate to join the service of firefighters,” said Fire Chief Larry Few. “They went through 12 weeks of rigorous training to join us in our service to educate, serve and protect the residents of south Fulton. It is an honor and a calling to serve as a firefighter. I welcome these firefighters to the Fulton Fire Rescue Department and look forward to their continued service to Fulton County.”

In addition to the graduation ceremony, a promotional ceremony was held to promote Battalion Chief Wesley Stubbs to the position of Deputy Fire Chief, and Captain M. Eddie Long and Captain Eric C. Willis, Sr. to serve as Battalion Chiefs.

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:

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

Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

Atlanta BeltLine to host bicycle tour this weekend

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will team up with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition for a tour this weekend.

The 7th annual Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle Tour will be held Saturday, June 14. Staggered rides through the BeltLine's 45 neighborhoods will begin at 9 a.m. from the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.

Riders have a choice of two tours: the full BeltLine, which is 27 miles long; and the East Meets West route -- 16 miles of some of the trail's most beautiful parks.

Advance registration is $30 for members of the Atlanta BeltLine or Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and $35 for the general public. On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. and is $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Visit atlantabeltlinebicycletour.com for more information.

The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is located at 830 Willoughby Way NE.

Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

Debut author to read at A Cappella Books

ATLANTA -- A new novelist will read from her first book at A Cappella Books later this month.

Dale Kushner decided to write her debut novel, The Conditions of Love, while pursuing her MFA. She signed up for a poetry program, but soon switched to fiction after realizing she had a story to tell.

Kushner will read from and sign copies of The Conditions of Love at the Inman Park bookstore's Reading Room on Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m. 

A Cappella Books provided this synopsis of the novel:

In 1953, 10-year-old Eunice lives in the rural backwaters of Wisconsin with her mother, a manicureeste and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father, Eunice worries that she will share her mother's fate and become a misfit.

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."

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

Atlanta
* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work