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Couple weds at Chateau Elan after fire destroys church

CANTON, Ga. -- It was all planned --  Alex Massey and Chris Benson would wed, in May, at the River Baptist Church which was housed in an office complex in Canton. 

However, everything came to a screeching halt when a devastating overnight fire destroyed much of the complex, including the church. 

The couple didn't know what to do. But the Help Desk did and within hours it had quite a surprise for Alex and Chris.

"What if I told you that you were going to get married at Chateau Elan," Bill Liss of the 11Alive Help Desk asked. 

"I'd probably cry'" said Massey.

And, cry, she did. 

This past weekend, for Alex and Chris and 200 guests, Chateau Elan pulled out all the stops.

A gala all-expense paid outdoor wedding under a near perfect blue sky on the Chateau Winery Lawn.

"The venue we were at was good but this definitely goes into the great category and is a huge blessing for us," Benson said.

'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse this Sunday

ATLANTA -- The difference between a regular eclipse and this one is the fact that only 94 percent of the sun will be covered up, leaving a ring of fire to be seen by millions of people.

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Soldier returns to U.S., stuns his two children

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- Last Saturday, Cherokee County held a half-marathon that looked just like any other... except for the enormous surprise that took place right before it. 

Sgt. 1st Class Scott McElroy used the event as a chance to surprise his two kids with his return from overseas.

"I've missed birthdays, missed ball games," Sgt. McElroy said. "[My kids] just keep you driving on."

Sgt. McElroy went straight from high school to the Navy and then the Georgia National Guard. He has served in Venezuela, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Iraq.

But with every trip, he has an increasingly difficult time being away from his two children, teenager Halee and 9-year-old Sam.

Jorelys Rivera's mother arrested for battery

CANTON, Ga. -- The mother of Jorelys Rivera, the 7-year-old girl murdered at her Canton apartment complex late last year, was arrested Monday after a dispute with her partner.

Joselinne Rivera-Ruiz and her girlfriend Maria Americano were taken into custody after getting into a fight at their Walden Crossing Drive home.

According to the incident report, Americano's daughter told police Ruiz and Americano got into a physical fight. The daughter said she locked herself and Ruiz's 1- and 4-year-old daughters in a bedroom and called 911.

Americano's daughter told police the two women had a history of fighting and that her mother was usually the aggressor.

Ruiz and Americano were arrested and charged with battery and cruelty to children.

Students recognized by Woodstock-Midday Optimist Club

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Two students from River Ridge High School were selected by the Woodstock-Midday Optimist Club for their excellence in sports and academia. 

The students are Parker Nayman, a junior and Steven Spear, a sophomore. 

Parker is a cheerleader, basketball player and track athlete; and on the basketball team, she is the second leading scorer. She was selected for the 7AA All-Region Second Team and holds the school record in the 400 with a time of 65 seconds. 

Steve participating on, both, the football and basketball teams. He leads basketball team in assists and steals and was named to the All-County First Team. He, also, plays the quarterback role for their 8-2 Football team. 

Car torpedoes through Cherokee Co. garage -- in the front, out the back

ACWORTH, Ga. (WXIA) - The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon that a gold Honda, driven by a 36-year-old man, went through a house located at 2947 Cedar Mill Crossing, near Kellogg Creek.

Officials said the car hit one side of the home and flew out of the home on the other side.

PHOTOS | Car drives through house

Authorities said the driver of the car had a number of cuts and scrapes, and a possible broken or dislocated hip. The driver was transported to Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he was listed in stable but critical condition.

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

4th prescription drug take-back a big success

ATLANTA -- Last weekend's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was a big success in Georgia, with residents turning in an estimated 6,913 pounds of unwanted medication.

This number greatly exceeds the amount of drugs collected during the last take-back event in October, where Drug Enforcement Administration officials collected about 3,794 pounds.

Nationally, the event saw Americans turn in approximately 276 tons (552,161 pounds) of drugs.

"The Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign was a huge success," Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, said in a statement. "This event was critical in stemming the tide of prescription drug abuse in this country."