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NASA engineer helps Creekland MS robotics team

NASA engineer helps Creekland MS robotics team

CANTON, Ga. -- A former NASA engineer helped the Creekland Middle School robotics team prepare for the upcoming FIRST Lego League Super Regional Competition.

Karen Albrecht worked with the budding engineers, helping them perfect their skills.

Qualifying rounds for the competition will be held later this month in Columbus.

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Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

Ex-Cherokee elections director charged with theft

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- The former Cherokee County elections director was arrested over the weekend for stealing from the county.

Janet Munda, 55, was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Saturday night. She was later released on $9,000 bond.

Munda, of Cumming, was charged with felony theft by taking after a six-month investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said Munda is accused of using her county credit card to pay for personal items.

Munda was fired from her elections director position in July 2014.

Armed man robs Canton CVS

Armed man robs Canton CVS

CANTON, Ga. -- Police in Cherokee County are working to identify the man accused of robbing a Canton pharmacy at gunpoint.

It happened Saturday at around 7:30 a.m. at the CVS at Hickory Flat Highway and East Cherokee Drive.

Witnesses told police the suspect forced two CVS employees into a back room, where he stole cash. They described the suspect as a black man wearing a mask and dark clothing. He was armed with a handgun.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said the robbery is very similar to one committed in early December at the CVS in Canton's Sixes community.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.

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Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment plunges to 6.5 percent

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta dropped to 6.5 percent in November.

That's down five-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.0 percent. The rate was also 7.0 percent in November 2013.

Cherokee County's November unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the Atlanta area added nearly 18,000 jobs in November. Many of the new jobs are in transportation, administrative services, health care, food service, finance and manufacturing, according to data from the Georgia Department of Labor. Unemployment insurance claims also dropped last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest November unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent. The highest was 9.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Middle school teacher arrested for giving kids Marijuana


CANTON, Ga. -- A Cherokee County middle school teacher was arrested for letting minors to smoke in her home.

Christine Cantrell, 40, is a teacher at Teasley Middle School in Canton. She and her husband, Jeff Cantrell, were arrested by the Cherokee County narcotics squad Tuesday.

According to a release from the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, both are charged with Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce, Disorderly House, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. They were both booked into the Cherokee County jail and released on $3,000 bond.

11Alive News reached out to the Cherokee County School District for a response to the arrest. Spokesperson Barbara Jacoby sent us this statement:

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.