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Turtles stolen from Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Turtles stolen from Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

JOHNS CREEK -- Autrey Mill Nature Preserve in Johns Creek is asking for your help finding five box turtles that were stolen from the preserve over the weekend. The five box turtles were stolen out of their enclosure. If you have any information or know anything, please call the nature preserve at 678-366-3511. According to nature preserve officials, the box turtles have all been raised in captivity and are very unlikely to survive in the wild. Box turtles are illegal to keep as pets in the state of Georgia and Autrey Mill has a special permit to keep the turtles…
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Georgians are signing up for Obamacare in record numbers

Georgians are signing up for Obamacare in record numbers

Georgia had the third-highest number of people signing up for coverage during this year’s special enrollment period for the federally run health insurance exchanges. The state’s 147,000 enrollees were exceeded only by Florida and Texas among the 36 states that use the healthcare.gov enrollment platform, according to federal data recently released. Exchange enrollment — like open enrollment for many employer health plans — is normally finished before the coverage year begins, and only people who have had a significant family or coverage change can apply outside that window. But this year, the Biden administration extended the enrollment period to Aug. 15, citing…
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Search continues for missing 43-year-old Georgia man

Search continues for missing 43-year-old Georgia man

On August 18, 2021, 43-year-old Joseph Thomas Zanes was reported missing by his sister and mother. They last saw him at the BP gas station located at 901 Buford Highway on August 14, 2021. He is currently homeless and stays in his blue van near the BP. He was last seen by a BP employee on August 15, 2021, however, his van is still there. According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Zanes is described as 5'6" tall, approximately 160 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair and a beard. His sister describes him as stand-offish or socially awkward. Anyone with…
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How pet-friendly are rental properties in Georgia?

How pet-friendly are rental properties in Georgia?

67% of US households (around 85 million families) own a pet, and 43 million houses are occupied by renters. So, what if you need to relocate with your furry friend? New research from All About Cats has revealed the best states (& worst) and cities in the USA to find a pet-friendly rental property - Georgia has made the top 10, with 47.0% of properties allowing pets! You can see the full list of states and cities alongside % of available lets here:https://allaboutcats.com/lets-for-petsTop 10 Best States for Pet-Friendly Rentals RankStatePet Friendly LetsTotal Lets% Pet Friendly1Illinois2468412259.87%2Mississippi22943852.28%3New York63201319647.89%4Georgia1914407247.00%5North Carolina1765391745.06%6Tennessee895215641.51%7Indiana804205039.22%8Nevada494134436.76%9Alabama494135136.57%10Missouri877250635.00% Top 10 Worst States for…
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What do you think should be done with Gwinnett Place Mall?

What do you think should be done with Gwinnett Place Mall?

When Gwinnett County purchased Gwinnett Place Mall, county officials knew they would want the community’s input on how the location should be revitalized. This is your chance to be heard. The county is hosting its first Community Open House at Gwinnett Place and would like public feedback to discuss the future of the project, the vision and how it relates to equity. A movie night will follow at sunset, along with free food and kids’ activities. WHEN: Friday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. The movie will start around 8:15 p.m. WHERE: Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Ga.…
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Lane closures and detours this week near I-285 and Ga. 400 interchange

Lane closures and detours this week near I-285 and Ga. 400 interchange

Weather permitting, Georgia Department of Transportation construction partners will close lanes on I-285 eastbound and westbound and SR 400 northbound and southbound for activities to include roadway, noise barrier and bridge construction. Travel restrictions include possible delays, reduced speeds and detours in some areas. Work schedule updates can be made daily. Check project webpage often for the latest updates. Detour information is shown using red text. WHEN/WHERE: Overnight Closures:Friday, September 3, 12 p.m. through Tuesday, September 7, 10 p.m. HOLIDAY LANE CLOSURE RESTRICTIONS – NO CLOSURES Tuesday, September 7, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.General Lane Closures & Traffic Pacings One right lane…
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Cobb County escape room lets you stage a prison break

Cobb County escape room lets you stage a prison break

The newest escape room at Cobb County Parks, "Prison Break," opens Sept. 10 and runs through Oct. 30 at the Oregon Park Annex in Marietta. You can try this interactive challenge with friends, family or colleagues. Teamwork and puzzle-solving a must. In the escape room, you’ve been wrongfully sentenced to life without parole. You’ve settled in, made a few friends, but every one has their breaking point. While the prison is in chaos because of a riot in the yard, you have a tiny window of opportunity to explore the building and carry out a great escape. It’s time to…
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Dinosaurs come to Mable House

Dinosaurs come to Mable House

The Mable House has crash-landed in the Mesozoic Era. You and your family can join the Jurassic Journey to unearth the dinosaurs’ nests and engage in the ultimate egg hunt from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The Jurassic Journey, for ages Ages 3 to 10, is a self-guided game beginning in the Arts Center’s Mesozoic Museum and continuing throughout the Mable House Complex. You can visit during Fall Break Week for an adventure into the past as you seek out the mysteries of the great Dino Kingdom. Registration is required. Call 770-819-3285 to schedule your visit. The Mable House Complex…
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Labor Day

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Labor Day

Most Americans will mark Labor Day with one last pool party, firing up the grill one more time before the weather starts to change, or with a get-together with family and friends. Many families consider it the last blast of summer, and many of us don’t give much thought to the reason it exists. Here are 5 things you may not have known about this line of demarcation, over which white pants simply cannot cross. LABOR DAY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MILITARY: Despite what your social media feed may tell you and the prevalence of the American flag in…
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COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 Georgians

COVID-19 has killed more than 20,000 Georgians

The number of confirmed Covid deaths in Georgia has now surpassed 20,000, state officials said Friday. In addition, there are more than 3,000 “probable’’ deaths from Covid, according to the state Public Health website. Georgia’s first confirmed Covid death was in March 2020. “It is tragic but not surprising that we have surpassed this grim milestone of 20,000 Covid deaths in our state,” Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, said in a statement. She added that 97 percent of the Covid deaths since vaccines became available have been in unvaccinated patients. “These deaths are preventable,”…
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Georgia author pens romance novel, Southern Steel

Georgia author pens romance novel, Southern Steel

Southern Steel, a new book by Sherrie H. Coombs, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. Determined to live out her late father’s dreams, Sydney James has achieved the ultimate success in education and in the world of engine design. Independent, laser-focused, and determined, she lives a lonely life, believing that the key to her success is self-sufficiency. How else is she supposed to survive in the male-dominated industry of her chosen profession? One day, after her car breaks down, Sydney meets Doug, the greasy mechanic at the nearest automobile supply store, and he makes quite an impression. Not…
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Want to go to a football game? Get vaccinated

Want to go to a football game? Get vaccinated

The college football season is kicking into high gear, the NFL season starts Sept. 9, and the baseball pennant races are heating up. For the first time since 2019, nearly all stadiums will be fully open to fans. In the so-called Before Times, sitting shoulder to shoulder inside a stadium with tens of thousands of boisterous spectators — after a few hours of pregame tailgating — was a highlight of many fans’ autumn. But with Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths soaring from the delta variant, many fans are wondering if that is a wise idea. Kaiser Health News (KHN) and…
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UGA and Clemson: Football rivals, but peach partners

UGA and Clemson: Football rivals, but peach partners

Georgia and South Carolina share a border, a passion for football and pride in their peaches. With the University of Georgia and Clemson University campuses separated by a mere 70 miles, the Bulldogs and Tigers began fighting it out on the football field in 1897. Over dozens of games, UGA and Clemson have had many dramatic moments that have changed the championship hopes of both teams. The Bulldogs and Tigers are set to meet for the 65th time on Saturday, Sept. 4. As pitched as the battle is on the football field, there’s an even deeper rivalry between the two…
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Former Roswell charter school teacher charged with child molestation

Former Roswell charter school teacher charged with child molestation

ROSWELL -- The Roswell Police Department has arrested a former local charter school teacher on rape charges, and is encouraging any additional victims to come forward. On Tuesday, August 31, Roswell Police Officers began an investigation into the sexual assault of a child, reported to have taken place in early 2020 at the Fulton Academy of Science and Technology Charter School located in Roswell. Further investigation has led detectives to charge 63-year-old Robert Vandel of Canton, with the following offenses: RapeAggravated Assault with Intent to Rape a Child Under 14Aggravated Child MolestationSexual Assault by Persons in Supervisory AuthorityEnticing a Child for Indecent PurposesFalse…
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Search for man accused of waving gun in front of Georgia high school ends

Search for man accused of waving gun in front of Georgia high school ends

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that the search for a suspect wanted for causing disruption near Woodland High School, located at 800 N. Moseley Drive, ended around 2pm. Sheriff Reginald B. Scandrett says 24-year old, Shelby Mark Poss is in custody after a multi hour situation that ended without injury. Poss was identified by witnesses who say he was standing in the vicinity of Woodland High School waving a handgun. The suspect was wearing gray shorts, no shirt and no shoes when one of the witnesses encountered him while dropping her children off at Woodland High. The parent…
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