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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Suspect indicted in Cobb County cold case murder


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cobb County Grand Jury has indicted a man in the murder of a hotel manager 14 years ago.

The indictment against James Lorenzo Randolph was handed down Thursday.

Investigators believe he is responsible for gunning down Rodney Castlin at the Wingate Hotel off Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw.

The shooting, which began as an armed robbery, happened Dec. 7, 2000. According to the indictment, Randolph and another man pistol-whipped a hotel clerk and demanded money. Castlin came out of a back room when he heard the scuffle between his employee and the suspects.

The robbers told Castlin to bring them money. When Castlin said he didn't have any more cash, one of the suspects fatally shot him in the chest.

Kennesaw City Council approves mosque plan

Kennesaw City Council approves mosque plan

KENNESAW, Ga. – The Kennesaw City Council officially approved a plan Monday to turn a storefront into a mosque.

The council had originally voted against the plan, which allows Kennesaw Muslims to rent space in a shopping center just off of Highway 41 for their worship center.

Last week, the council announced plans to reverse their decision. They unanimously approved the plan in a meeting Monday night, despite protesters showing disagreement with the decision.

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Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Local student turns winning prize into gifts for others


KENNESAW, Ga. -- A local student is turning a winning prize into gifts for more than a dozen others.

The Christmas spirit took on a whole new meaning this year for the Wilson family when 9-year-old Jarrett cashed in a brand new Galaxy tablet to buy gifts for needy children.

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I knew I was going to be able to help other kids that needed my help,
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Jarrett said.

Kennesaw council reverses course on proposed mosque


KENNESAW, Ga. (WXIA) -- Wednesday night, in a stunning reversal, the Kennesaw City Council said they plan to approve the new mosque that they rejected last week.

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All five council members met in private for more than two and a half hours Wednesday at Kennesaw City Hall. They met in private with the mayor and with the city attorney.