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Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.

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Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

Chick-fil-A makes 5,900 meals for kids who receive free, reduced school lunch

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The owners of 60 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants provided 5,900 lunches Wednesday to children in seven counties who typically receive free and reduced lunches at school, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

The food made its way to children through MUST Ministries, whose summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Program volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

4 hurt in multi-vehicle wreck on GA 20 near Canton


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MACEDONIA, Ga. (WXIA) – Officials said four people were hurt in a 4-vehicle wreck on Georgia 20 in Cherokee County Wednesday afternoon.

Cherokee County and Canton fire rescue crews responded to the wreck on Ga. 20 near Beavers Road in Macedonia at about 3:15 p.m. Macedonia is an unincorporated community just east of Canton.

Unmarked graves found in old church grounds

Unmarked graves found in old church grounds

CANTON, GA – You'd think a church that's nearly 200 years old would know who's in their back yard, but then, you might be surprised.

"The graveyard goes back to 1832; Gov. Joseph A. Brown donated the property to the community to make a community cemetery," Rev. Joe McKechnie told 11Alive News on Wednesday.

That historic cemetery is now overseen by the equally old Sixes United Methodist Church on Bells Ferry Road in Cherokee County.

Gov. Brown's parents are among the many notables buried there. But there've long been suspicions that there were more than the 400 or so marked graves.

"There'd been rumors in this community circulating for a long time that there're a lot of bodies of slaves or Native Americans and miners who came in from other parts of the country to strike it big with gold mining," McKechnie said.

19 Cherokee students placed in Reflections contest

19 Cherokee students placed in Reflections contest

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Cherokee County students fared very well in the 2013-14 Reflections contest.

Nineteen students placed first, second or third at the state level in their respective categories, while seven more received honorable mentions.

Three students placed first and received entry into the national competition:

Madeline Gilmer, Etowah HS
Film production (10th grade)

Joseph McCann, River Ridge HS
Musical composition (12th)

Olivia Pettway, Cherokee HS
Photography (11th)

This year's Reflections theme was "Believe, Dream, Inspire." All of Cherokee County's winners will be recognized by Cherokee County Council of PTA President Dawn Stastny later this month.

The rest of the winners include:

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Sixes ES names new principal

Sixes ES names new principal

CANTON, Ga. -- Cindy Crews has been named the new principal of Sixes Elementary School in Canton.

Crews has served as assistant principal since 2011, and has worked for the Cherokee County School District since 1992. She replaces Deborah Kelly, who retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

"She is an experienced, innovative educator who has brought her passion from the classroom to the front office as an assistant principal, and now will do the same and more as principal," Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo said of Crews.

Crews said she is spending her summer break preparing a vision for the school that she will be proud to share with its teachers. She has also made it her mission to be friendly and open in her new job.

"Students need to know their principal is a regular person, parents feel a down-to-earth principal is more approachable, and teachers and staff need to know their principal makes mistakes too!" she said.