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Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Rockdale county under boil water advisory


ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- Thunderstorms Friday night damaged the county's water distribution system and that resulted in low water pressure.

As a result county leaders have issued a boil water advisory until further notice.

You should boil your water for at least a minute once it has come to a rolling boil.


Read more on the County's Facebook page here.


Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

Atlanta
* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Conyers buildings evacuated after gas line break


Multiple buildings in Conyers were evacuated due to a gas line break on Thursday.

The leak happened on Peek Street and and North Main Street and is under control. Two churches, a government administration building, a law office and a few homes were evacuated.

There were no reported injuries.

The city's water department broke the line, according to authorities.

Gas service was cut off to the area and people were allowed to return to the buildings as crews worked to repair the line.


One dead in single-car accident in Rockdale Co.


One person is dead in Rockdale County after a car crashed into a power pole.

The single-car accident occurred around 9:42 a.m. Thursday morning on Interstate 20 near the intersection of Iris Drive and Sigman Road.

The road will remain closed as Georgia State Patrol investigates the crash scene.

No information has been released on the victim.


Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Public invited to Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations meeting

Public invited to Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations meeting

CONYERS, Ga. – The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners invites citizens to attend the upcoming meeting of the Rockdale Coalition of Homeowners & Civic Associations (RCHCA) on Tuesday, June 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the J.P. Carr Services Center, 981 Taylor Street.

The meeting will bring together the leaders of local homeowner associations and civic groups, as well as interested citizens, from across Rockdale to share news and information and learn about County projects and initiatives. Agenda items for this meeting include a Neighborhood Stabilization Program update, information from the Sheriff’s Office about how to start a Neighborhood Watch and a new crime mapping tool.

There also will be information tables offering helpful handouts, brochures, etc., for residents to take and distribute through their association networks.