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Dads & kids take on challenges through Dads' Bucket List

CANTON, Ga. -- Dads and their kids tried to walk on stilts, shoot a target, break out of a bamboo jail, taste unusual foods and fire off a trebuchet during the first Checklist Challenge by Dads' Bucket List.

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Family teams gathered at Cagle's Family Farm in Canton on Sunday to work their way through 15 challenges based on reality television shows like "Survivor" and "Amazing Race."

The Checklist Challenge was designed to give busy dads a chance to bond with their children while creating new connections with other dads. 

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Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Best Buy to cut hundreds of jobs

(BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs throughout its U.S. store operations, according to a report in the New York Post.

The article, citing anonymous insiders, says the "layoffs could affect upwards of 2,000 managers," though the exact scope isn't known. The retailer does not plan to close any of its 1,055 U.S. stores at this time.

Best Buy, which reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, declined to comment. The chain has 19 stores in metro Atlanta.

Late last month, Best Buy announced it was laying off roughly 950 full-time employees at its Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada as part of a store-restructuring initiative. The company said it will consolidate sales departments and reduce management layers in an effort to "streamline its store operating model as part of the company's long-term growth strategy in Canada."

Woman found dead under overturned golf cart

CANTON, Ga. -- A woman who went missing in Cherokee County was found dead near her home Monday evening.

Mary Paulk, 67, was reported missing at around noon Monday.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said investigators began searching the area around Paulk's home on Riverview Court in Canton later that day.

At around 9:30 p.m., deputies found a golf cart that had fallen down an embankment and turned on its side. Paulk's body was found under the cart.

Baker said investigators do not suspect foul play in Paulk's death, which is still under investigation.

New Georgia lawmaker publicly humiliated over first bill

ATLANTA - There used to be an unwritten rule in Georgia's legislature that freshmen lawmakers should wait at least a year before introducing a bill, so they can learn the ropes first.

Now a brand new Cherokee County lawmaker may have proved the wisdom of that former practice.

Only one week after being sworn in following a special election, State Representative Sam Moore (R-Macedonia) was publicly humiliated by the House leadership Friday.

One by one, a line of powerful fellow Republicans spoke out against one of Moore's first bills.

"I can't imagine something this bad not only going to committee, but getting out of committee," said an angry House Rules Chairman, Rep. John Meadows (R-Lawrenceville).

"The most irresponsible, callous, ill-conceived effort and an affront to the safety of this state that I've ever seen," said Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City).

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

School participates in active shooter drill

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (WXIA) - It's the image no parent wants to see - SWAT teams and police storming their child's school. But in Cherokee County on Thursday, first responders wanted to make it look real during an active shooter drill.

They wanted to make this as realistic as possible, so while they had the plan sketched out, the agencies didn't talk to each other beforehand to see exactly what the other was doing, so in the moment, it lead to a little confusion.

Inside, the SWAT team went room to room, making sure the building was safe.

"We couldn't speak, we couldn't take out our phones to call our parents," said River Ridge HS senior Daniel Marin.

Marin says the school went on total lockdown for the drill. His role was to play a foreign exchange student who does not speak English, and who did not understand what was happening.

"I talked to several different people, and no one could translate for me or tell me what was going on," Marin said.