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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

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Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Cherokee County's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Primary runoff election results

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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.

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.