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4 Cherokee seniors named National Merit finalists

4 Cherokee seniors named National Merit finalists

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Four Cherokee County students are among this year's finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The high school seniors will now compete for $33 million of college scholarship money.

Cherokee County's National Merit finalists include Kathryn Huller (Cherokee High), Joseph Litrel (Etowah High), Chetan Velivela (River Ridge High) and Joshua Whitley (Creekview High).

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Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Man commits suicide after 5-hour SWAT standoff

Man commits suicide after 5-hour SWAT standoff

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cherokee County man has died after shooting himself during a SWAT standoff.

The incident began at around 1:45 p.m. Sunday at a house on Trinity Hollow Drive in Canton.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said the suspect, 31-year-old Paul Limerick, got into an argument with his father and shot at him several times. The father managed to escape the house unharmed.

A SWAT team was called to the scene and tried to convince Limerick to leave the home. After about five hours of negotiations, Limerick shot himself in the head, according to Baker.

Limerick was taken to North Fulton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The GBI was called in to investigate the incident.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

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Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Chipotle to hold statewide hiring event

Chipotle to hold statewide hiring event

ATLANTA -- Chipotle Mexican Grill is looking for new team members to work at all of its Georgia locations.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 is Open Interview Day at Chipotle, where every restaurant will interview candidates for full- and part-time positions. Those who are interested are asked to fill out applications at jobs.chipotle.com, then visit their local stores for in-person sessions with a manager.

Interviews will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Amanda Klein, Chipotle's lead recruiting strategist for the Southeast, said the fast-casual chain offers competitive pay and benefits, free meals and uniforms, paid breaks and plenty of advancement opportunities for its employees.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.