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Cops: Bank robber foiled by citizen

CANTON, Ga. -- Andrew Kirk was just doing his job when he noticed something suspicious. He had no idea at the time that what he saw was the prelude to a crime. Kirk is a mechanic at Bridge Mill Auto Care on Bells Ferry Road in Canton.

Tuesday morning he saw a man sitting in his car in a parking space outside the auto care garage. "I noticed a car that was kind of beat up, and I noticed a guy in there that was real finicky, looking around a lot," Kirk said.

Kirk said he looked again, and it looked even more suspicious. "It looked like he had a mask or something on his face," he said. "When I walked back in and went around and looked at it again, you could see that he had his tag covered up with something."

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CANTON | Elizabeth Smart to host radKIDS training

CANTON, Ga. -- Bring your children out to the Cherokee County Conference Center to learn effective anti-abduction techniques from Elizabeth Smart and her father, Ed Smart. 

The radKIDS training and Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training will be held from March 12-16, in conjunction, with Keep Georgia Safe. 

According to Keep Georgia Safe, radKIDS is "the nation's leading personal safety empowerment program for children ages 5-12" and it provides hands-on training that teaches children how to "recognize, avoid and resist" all types of violence or harm. 

Parents and children are invited to attend a free Keep Georgia Safe 'Community in Crisis' Safety Seminar on March 14 from 6:30 until 10:00 p.m. at the Cherokee County Conference Center which is located at 1130 Bluffs Parkway. 

Protecting our kids from stranger danger

ATLANTA -- We've had several stories in the headlines lately about adults preying on children.

In Dunwoody this week, police issued a warning after a suspicious man in a van was driving around and spotted talking to a little girl in a neighborhood off of Roberts Road.

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Then Wednesday, two young children were abducted in DeKalb County by a stranger who stopped on the highway, seemingly to help the kids' mom with her broken down car.

20 Ga. schools receive Lowe's 'Toolbox for Education' grants

20 Ga. schools receive Lowe's 'Toolbox for Education' grants

ATLANTA -- Twenty schools throughout Georgia have been awarded money through the Lowe's Toolbox for Education program.

Toolbox for Education is designed to help pay for improvement projects at public schools across the country. It has provided nearly $30 million through more than 6,000 grants since 2006.

"Through Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program, we are acknowledging parent-initiated efforts that enhance the learning environments of children in the communities we serve," Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, said in a statement. "By supporting schools in Georgia, we are rallying behind a cause that is important to both our customers and employees, and we're helping to build a stronger foundation for the children who will be tomorrow's employees, homeowners and community leaders."

Georgia's winners for the fall 2011 cycle are:

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Where can I give blood in Canton?

Where can I give blood in Canton?

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta residents have plenty of opportunities to give blood to the American Red Cross between now and the summer.

An up-to-date list of donation times and locations can always be obtained by entering a zip code at redcrossblood.org. Several blood drives have already been scheduled in Canton:

Monday, Feb. 27
Canton United Methodist Church
1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
G. Cecil Pruett Community Center YMCA
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 8
Northside Hospital Cherokee
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 12
Canton American Legion
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, Apr. 9
Canton American Legion
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 20
Macedonia Elementary School
2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Lacey

ADOPT A PET: Meet Lacey

 

MARIETTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a cool purr or a comforting meow adopt a kitten from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

What's on sale President's Day

What's on sale President's Day

 

There are Presidents' Day sales as well as Valentine's Day clearance all over metro Atlanta this holiday weekend.

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