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Medication Disposal Day in Cobb County

Medication Disposal Day in Cobb County

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Cobb County residents who want to safely dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs can do so this weekend.

The county will host a Medication Disposal Day on Saturday, Apr. 26.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone who wants to get rid of outdated or unused medications is asked to bring the drugs to Cobb County Super Station 8, which is located at 2380 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw.

Only medications will be accepted -- no durable medical equipment, such as nebulizers and CPAP machines, will be taken. All drugs will be sealed in boxes and safely destroyed.

Call Keep Cobb Beautiful at 770-528-1135 for more information.

Acworth man spots $1M prize playing Powerball

Acworth man spots $1M prize playing Powerball

ATLANTA – An Acworth man has grabbed a gigantic Georgia Lottery prize playing Powerball. Michael Craig, 54, matched the first five winning numbers from the April 16 Powerball drawing, garnering a $1 million prize.

Publix Super Market at 1727 Mars Hill Road in Acworth sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

“We needed milk, eggs and a newspaper, and I went to the front of the store for a ticket,” he explained.

Craig watched the televised drawing, realizing that three of the numbers drawn looked familiar.

“I told my wife, ‘I think we’ve won the lottery,’ and she went online to check,” he said. “We were all in a daze.”

Winning numbers from the April 16 drawing were: 34-39-42-44-59 and the Powerball was 8.

Self-employed, Craig and his wife, Dru, have two children, ages 23 and 17.

The lucky winner wants to use his winnings to expand the family business.

Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

Pike Nurseries to give away ladybugs

(WXIA) -- Ladybugs offer a great form of organic pest control for gardeners. They prey on damaging bugs like aphids, thrips and spider mites.

Pike Nurseries is helping metro Atlantans keep their gardens pest-free by giving away 1 million ladybugs this weekend.

The nursery chain will hold a Ladybug Weekend celebration at all of its stores. Customers are invited to attend free ladybug information sessions on Saturday, Apr. 26 at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Children will also receive ladybug coloring sheets, and every family in attendance will go home with a complimentary packet of ladybugs.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Carmel Elementary Safety Patrol helps keep order

Carmel Elementary Safety Patrol helps keep order

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- The Carmel Elementary School Safety Patrol students have done a fantastic job this year keeping the school safe and orderly. They are conscientious and responsible.

13 Cobb high schools among America's Most Challenging

13 Cobb high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Thirteen Cobb County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

183. Walton HS
495. Lassiter HS
755. Harrison HS
936. Pope HS
1082. Campbell HS
1133. Wheeler HS
1184. North Cobb HS
1206. Kell HS
1334. Sprayberry HS
1474. Hillgrove HS
1523. Kennesaw Mountain HS
1718. McEachern HS
2001. Pebblebrook HS

Additionally, Marietta High School, which is part of a charter system, is No. 1058 on the list.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.