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Graduation rates: Cobb County

Graduation rates: Cobb County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Cobb County's 2014 graduation rate is 78.2 percent. At 96.2 percent, Harrison High School in Kennesaw has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Cobb County include:

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Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

ATLANTA -– The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! To help families get in the "ho-ho"-holiday spirit, Atlanta-area Simon malls are hosting a variety of festive activities and special entertainment all November and December long! With Giving Tuesday, Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival celebrations, local choir performances, photos with Santa and more, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb offer a magical holiday experience that is enjoyable for the entire family!

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

Cobb County's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Parents concerned about threats at 3 area schools


COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Threats at three area schools had parents and school officials on edge Friday.

School officials said 1,100 of 3,300 students stayed home after rumors of violence at Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County spread on social media.

Collins Hill stepped up security after that threat and several fights at school earlier this week.

Other unfounded rumors kept students home from North Cobb High School, and earlier in the week Brookwood High School here in Gwinnett, when an email threatened violence.

Cobb County School District spokesperson Jay Dillon said someone threatened North Cobb High School in a message was posted between midnight and 5 a.m. Friday.

The school posted a message to parents and students on its website Friday morning:

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Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

Students invited to Pizza Farm 2014

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- How do you expose urban youth to Georgia’s agriculture? You open a Pizza Farm!

Fourth and fifth grade students from the Atlanta metropolitan area will learn about Georgia agriculture by making, and eating, pizza at the second annual Pizza Farm event.

County agents with the Cooperative Extension Metro Collaborative of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb and Clayton counties will lead the event set for Oct. 21-23 at the Georgia State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga. The students will learn how dairy, vegetables, grains and meats come together to make the pizza.  

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Noerr Programs to host holiday job fair at Town Center

Noerr Programs to host holiday job fair at Town Center

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The holiday season is quickly approaching, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for employment. Noerr Programs is holding a job fair on Saturday, Oct.18 at Town Center at Cobb for seasonal set employees.

Noerr Programs will be accepting on-site applications for cast members, as well as position of assistant manager, and is looking to hire around 15 people to complete an all-star staff. Don’t miss out on the chance to enhance the memorable experience of children and guests during this year’s festivities!

The job fair will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the mall's upper level.