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Vote on Cobb Bus Rapid Transit system could be delayed

Vote on Cobb Bus Rapid Transit system could be delayed

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee -- long a proponent of creating a Bus Rapid Transit system in Cobb -- says his plan to bring Bus Rapid Transit up for a vote in 2016 might not happen.

Lee says he won't move forward on his proposal to create the system without support from commissioners.

County commissioners have had mixed feelings on the bus system.

The system was proposed in 2012 after a study recommended a bus line to run north and south along Cobb Parkway and connect Kennesaw State University and Midtown Atlanta. Lee said earlier this year the proposed bus line could be expanded to include east/west routes.

The expanded version of the BRT is estimated to cost $700 million, up from the original proposal's projected $500 million cost.

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

Weekend roadwork: The usual suspects

(WXIA) -- It's going to be "more of the same" on the Atlanta area's highways and interstates this weekend, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews take to the streets.

Drivers are asked to avoid travel on interstates 20 and 285, if possible. GDOT will close lanes in several areas, which could result in lengthy delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Interstate 20

Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Langhorn and McDaniel streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between the Downtown Connector and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Two westbound lanes will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

Fla. man charged in Cobb County cold case murder

Fla. man charged in Cobb County cold case murder

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A 63-year-old man has been arrested for the 1991 murder of an Atlanta woman.

George Gengarelly, of Hernando, Fla., was charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated sodomy, rape and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Investigators believe Gengarelly sexually assaulted and fatally shot 37-year-old Yvonne Weems. The victim's partially clothed body was discovered Jan. 12, 1991, in a recreational area off Lake Acworth Drive.

Cobb County Police used DNA evidence to link Gengarelly to the crime.

The suspect is being held in the Citrus County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Georgia.

Pike Nurseries Becomes an Employee-owned Company

Pike Nurseries management is pleased to announce the company has combined with Armstrong Garden Centers, its sister corporation in California, to operate under an established Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The plan transfers ownership to Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers employees through a defined contribution benefit program. 

 

“The ESOP program allows us to reward our employees for their hard work and longevity with the company,” said Mike Kunce, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers. “This structure not only enables management continuity, but also ensures the employees who have built and sustained Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers play an integral part in the future success of the business.”

 

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

Pike Nurseries to Host ‘Super Strawberry Saturday’ on March 14

 With spring comes the start of strawberry planting season!Pike Nurseries is gearing up to host its annual Super Strawberry Saturday event at all store locations on March 14 to celebrate this famed fruit. During the devoted day, customers can enjoy complimentary strawberry lemonade and samples of McCutcheon's Jalapeno Strawberry BBQ Sauce while supplies last. Guests will even receive a FREE bareroot strawberry plant of their own to take home and harvest!

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Missing Acworth man found safe

Missing Acworth man found safe

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. -- A missing Acworth man has been found safe and in good health.

Michael Slonina, 47, left home on foot Tuesday morning without taking his wallet or cell phone. His wife reported him missing Wednesday.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said early Thursday that Slonina had been found in nearby Bartow County.