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Classic Car Cruise returns to Acworth

Classic Car Cruise returns to Acworth

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Three times a year, classic cars line Acworth's Main Street for residents and visitors to admire.

The next Classic Car Cruise will be held Saturday, May 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There is no cost to attend. Those who want to enter cars in the show are asked to give a $2 donation to a local charity.

Visit acworthtourism.org for more information.

Students encouraged to read this summer

Students encouraged to read this summer

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has created a 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for students in all grades.

The program was announced Thursday at Timber Ridge Elementary School in Cobb County. Its goal is to close the achievement gap that widens during the summer months, when children often don't read.

"No student should have to start the school year having fallen behind," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "That's what we know, and that's what we're committed to preventing, because that loss is preventable."

The challenge encourages students to read for at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. The GDOE outlined suggested summer goals for children based on their school years:

* K-2: 10 books
* 3-5: 8 chapter books
* 6-12: 5 fiction books and 5 nonfiction books

Pike Nurseries to host customer appreciation event

Pike Nurseries to host customer appreciation event

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Pike Nurseries locations will say thank you to their loyal customers this weekend with a special cookout.

On Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pike will serve cold drinks and fresh grilled hot dogs to customers. Guests will also receive 20 percent off their entire purchases all day long.

Visit pikenursery.com to find your nearest Pike location.

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Cobb County public pools to open this month

Cobb County public pools to open this month

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County's two outdoor public pools will open for the season this month.

One of the pools is celebrating a grand reopening. Sewell Pool and Splash Pad in East Cobb will host a community celebration this Friday, May 16. A ribbon cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m., while the pool will officially open at 4 p.m.

Sewell Pool and Splash Pad is located at 2085 Lower Roswell Road.

Cobb County's other outdoor pool, Powder Springs Pool, is located at 3899 Brownsville Road. It will open for the summer on Thursday, May 22. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Learn more about Cobb County's public pools at cobbcountyga.gov.

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

Man run over by truck in driveway

Man run over by truck in driveway

ACWORTH, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating an accident that killed a Kennesaw man over the weekend.

The victim, 52-year-old Javier Morales, was hit by a pickup truck while standing in a driveway on Pepper Circle in Acworth. The accident happened Saturday afternoon.

Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman said Morales and 46-year-old Manuel Vasquez of Woodstock were working on a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado in the driveway.

Vasquez was in the truck when it accelerated and hit Morales, who was standing in front of it. Bowman said the Silverado then continued moving forward. It crashed through the garage door and into the house.

Morales was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not said whether Vasquez will face charges in the death.

The accident is under investigation.