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Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Storms leave path of damage in Bartow County

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. – Earlier storms, downed at least four trees in the Bartow county area, this afternoon. 11Alive crews were on site during a cleanup effort involving a tree that collapsed into a local man’s house. Reportedly, the tree barely missed the man’s wife as she cooked breakfast in their kitchen.

11Alive spoke with Georgia Power crews from North Georgia that stated they had been informed they would be staying through the night to offer “some type of relief” to storm victims.

Following the storms that destroyed a portion of Birmingham, late Wednesday afternoon, storm sirens began sounding in Woodstock late Wednesday.  

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

Great American Cleanup, Cobb Clean Sweep Coming in March

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Cobb County residents and students have a chance to be part of the biggest beautification and litter prevention effort ever.

The Great American Cleanup, which begins Tuesday, Mar. 1, is an annual nationwide community improvement campaign started in 1999 by Keep America Beautiful.

In 2009, Great American Cleanup volunteers donated more than 5.2 million hours of their time to clean, beautify and improve 32,000 communities in all 50 states and beyond.

Cobb County will kick off its leg of the Great American Cleanup with Clean Sweep Cobb, a series of service projects to be performed across the county on Saturday, Mar. 5.

Christmas Kick-Off Event at Pike Nursery, November 27th

On November 27, from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., Pike Nurseries will host their Christmas Kick-Off Event, which boasts hot apple cider and appetizers from Proof of the Pudding for guests to savor while selecting the perfect Christmas tree. During this time, they are offering guests 10% off of their entire purchase and another 10% of each purchase will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Following the Christmas Kick-Off event, Pike Nurseries will host two Williamsburg Wreath Decorating Workshops on November 27 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., where Pike Nurseries instructors will help attendees create their own personal wreath for the holidays. 

The $30 supply fee provides participants with a fresh evergreen wreath, fruits, nuts and berries with which to create a beautiful and lush wreath inspired by Christmas in historic Williamsburg.