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Mail Service Improves for North Georgia

Mail Service Improves for North Georgia

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Postal Service reports that nearly 100% of North Georgia residents received their mail over the past several days.

This is in spite of some of the most challenging weather conditions to impact the region in over a decade.

"Thanks to the many hardworking and dedicated employees, and with some cooperation from the weather, we were able to make more than 99% of all deliveries in ZIP Codes 300, 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306 over the past several days," said Atlanta district manager Kate F. Wiley. "There are some isolated areas where ice has not melted sufficiently to make it safe for delivery employees, so we have not been able to reach everyone. However, those locations are very few, and that situation is improving each day."

Wiley says to help get delivery options back on track, Postal personnel are making deliveries throughout Metro Atlanta on Monday, Jan.

Harrison High Student Killed in Weekend Wreck

Harrison High Student Killed in Weekend Wreck

MARIETTA, GA -- The Cobb County Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Unit is investigating a fatal accident that occurred on Friday, Jan. 14.

Karli Jobling, 18, of Kennesaw was killed when a Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by her friend Alexandra Covett, 17, of Acworth collided with a Hyundai Sonata on Stilesboro Road in Marietta.

Jobling was a passenger in the Mitsubishi. She was a senior at Harrison High School in Kennesaw.

Covett was taken by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center, where she is in serious but stable condition.

The driver of the Hyundai, 30-year-old Courtney Ferguson of Acworth, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Charges are pending following completion of the crash investigation. It is believed that it was caused by ice on the road.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

Give Blood in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give Blood in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to change the world over four decades ago.

Now, Metro Atlantans can do their part to make a difference with the simple, selfless act of a blood donation.

Volunteer blood donors will have a chance to give at several local drives on Monday, Jan. 17:

* Gold's Gym (3362 Acworth Summit Boulevard, Acworth, 30101)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* WellStar Cobb Hospital (3950 Austell Road, Austell, 30106)
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* Orange United Methodist Church (220 Orange Church Circle, Canton, 30115)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30068)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

African-Americans are especially encouraged to give, as they have a higher percentage of donors with Type O and Type B blood, the two types that usually drop to critically low levels during a shortage.

Marine Veteran Dies After Falling On Ice in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. (Thu., Jan. 13, 2011) - Conyer "Conny" Baldwin, 82, of Marietta, died Wednesday night, after slipping on the ice outside his home and hitting his head.

Baldwin, a lifelong Cobb County resident and Marine Corps veteran, along with fellow members of American Legion Post 29 in Marietta, often and quietly, through the years, came to the aid of people in need throughout Metro Atlanta.  He was, his family and friends say, "a true Southern gentleman," "a gentleman's gentleman," "a good, good man."

Wednesday morning he stepped outside his Marietta home, where he'd lived most of his life, to get his newspaper, which he did every morning.  He slipped on the ice on the driveway, fell and hit his head.  A neighbor saw him and called 911.  He died late Wednesday night surrounded by family.

"He was really a quiet giant, in my eyes, always helping people," said his elder daughter, Lynda Tuomi.

MARTA, Gwinnett Scale Back Bus Service

ATLANTA  -- MARTA is operating on a limited schedule today with only 12 routes running because of icy conditions on roads throughout the Atlanta area.

Service will run until 1:30 a.m., but riders should expect delays on all routes.

Rail service will remain on a Saturday-Sunday schedule ending at 12:30 a.m.

As for what the future holds, MARTA's deputy GM tells 11Alive's Matt Pearl they expect to be running on a full weekday schedule by Tuesday, Jan. 18. They expect to run at a normal weekend schedule -- at least for the rail service -- from now until that date. At this point, much of the bus service depends on the roads.

Bus Routes:

City of Acworth Hosting Red Cross Blood Drive

City of Acworth Hosting Red Cross Blood Drive

ACWORTH, GA -- Start the New Year off right by giving a precious gift that has the potential to save three lives.

The City of Acworth Parks and Recreation Department will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, Jan. 14 at the Acworth Beach House in Cauble Park (4425 Beach Street NW, 30101). The drive will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All donors will receive a voucher of their choice, good for either two Atlanta Hawks tickets or two Atlanta Thrashers tickets for select games in January. A $5 service charge applies to redeem the tickets at the box office.

To schedule a time to donate blood, email Jeff Chase. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.

ALL INTERSTATES & MAIN ROUTES are open.

The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.

ARTERIAL/MAIN STREETS --

All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.