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ADOPT A PET: Meet Lacey

ADOPT A PET: Meet Lacey


MARIETTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a cool purr or a comforting meow adopt a kitten from your local pet shelter. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers but adopting a “companion” for yourself or your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

COBB | County may ban smoking in parks

COBB | County may ban smoking in parks

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County is considering a ban on smoking and tobacco use in all of its 77 parks and recreation areas.

The proposal is still in its early stages. But if it is adopted, Cobb County would join a growing list of Georgia jurisdictions outlawing a once common practice.

The county's indoor park areas are already tobacco-free but the new designation would add outdoor areas to the list.

The ordinance would first have to be approved by the county commission, and there will be an opportunity for public comment before it reaches a vote.

MARIETTA | Historian discovers bravery, tenderness of former slave

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Volunteer historian Brad Quinlin knows the stories behind thousands of headstones at the Marietta National Cemetery, but there is one that has captivated him.

"We're down in the USCT section of the cemetery," Quinlin said during a tour of the cemetery last week. "You see there, she died on July 16, 1864, while here in the hospital in Marietta, Georgia."

PHOTO GALLERY | Former slave fights for freedom with gentle hands 

Quinlin points to the gravesite of Emma Stephenson, which sits among the African-American soldiers who fought in the Union army during the Civil War. She was a former slave who became a nurse.

"Whenever I come out to the national cemetery and talk about Emma, I always bring a rose and place it by her headstone," he said.

What's on sale President's Day

What's on sale President's Day


There are Presidents' Day sales as well as Valentine's Day clearance all over metro Atlanta this holiday weekend.

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WEEKEND EVENTS | Competitions, Shows, Job Fairs and fun

WEEKEND EVENTS | Competitions, Shows, Job Fairs and fun

ATLANTA --There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We've listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The 30th Annual Storytelling Festival is wrapping up in Downtown Decatur on Saturday afternoon. Children's stories will be read at 701 West Howard Street in Decatur and there will also be workshops for those who want to get into storytelling. Admission to the events range between $9 and $18.

Underground Atlanta will host their Black in Film series on Saturday afternoon. They'll be featuring the documentary, "A Century of Black Cinema". The program starts at 2:00 p.m.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater has returned to Atlanta. The dance troupe is under the direction of a new artistic director but will be performing some of their classics. The show is running at the FOX Theater from Thursday to Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at Ticketmaster outlets.

Rainy Weekend

Rainy Weekend

Patchy fog during the morning will burn off yielding good amounts of sunshine. Temperatures will heat up into the low 60s. It will be good day if you have outdoor plans. Clouds will increase during the overnight. We will be focused on a system that will be moving through the southern Gulf States. The same system will bring us rain, heavy at times, after 1pm Saturday. Thunderstorms are possible, and some of the thunderstorms could be strong to severe, especially south of the city.

Long Term:

The Chance for rain will be in the area through Sunday afternoon, then skies will gradually clear. We will get a break from the rain Monday and Tuesday with high temps around 60.

Next chance for shower s will be late Tuesday and Wednesday.

Super 25 polls show changes at tournament time

ATLANTA -- As area high school teams play their region tournaments, the latest edition of the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta have been released.

 The computer generated polls are prepared each week by USA-Today, and can only be found at 11Alive.com and Atlanta.HighSchoolSoports.Net.

 The Milton boys and the McEachern girls continue to lead the way, but there are changes from top to bottom in both polls this week, with the State Tournament a week away.