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Hall Co. to use propane-powered school buses

Hall Co. to use propane-powered school buses

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- The Hall County school system is adding 20 buses powered by liquefied petroleum gas, or propane.

The vehicles are scheduled to hit the streets by early May, making Hall County one of the first school systems in the South to use propane-fueled buses.

Officials say they expect the buses to save money on fuel costs.

Jewel Armour, executive director of operations for Hall County Schools, says the system now pays around $3.50 per gallon for diesel fuel, including delivery fees and taxes. With propane, the total cost is expected to be about $2 per gallon or less.

Plan ahead, Hall County offices closed Monday, April 16

Plan ahead, Hall County offices closed Monday, April 16


This is a reminder that Hall County's administrative offices, courts, community centers and libraries will be closed Monday, April 16, for an employee furlough day.

Threat of wildfires soars in Ga.

Threat of wildfires soars in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Forecasters warn the threat of wildfires is high across much of Georgia, and any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for high fire danger from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The warning covers north and central Georgia, where winds are expected to gust up to 25 mph. Forecasters say humidity will be low, helping to create potentially dangerous fire conditions.

In metro Atlanta, brush fires poured smoke on interstates on Tuesday, causing poor visibility. Firefighters in DeKalb County battled blazes along I-20 and I-285.

TRUTH TEST | Will the TSPLOST spur the economy?

ATLANTA -- A new ad supporting a penny sales tax that would fund billions in transportation improvements across metro Atlanta began airing on TV stations last week.

The ad makes some bold claims and some even bigger promises, which we decided to put to the test.

The ad claims Atlanta's traffic problems are actually costing the state billions in wasted gas and lost time and productivity.

The ad, which was created and paid for by Citizens for Transportation Mobility, bases its claim on the Texas Traffic Institution annual report. The reports estimates Atlanta's gridlock costs the state and its citizens nearly $2.5 billion annually.

The ad also claims the penny sales tax will spur job creation and strengthen the local economy. The tax would fund more than 150 transportation projects in 10 metro counties. The price tag is an estimated $8 billion.

McLane ends spring as GSU's #1 quarterback

ATLANTA-As Georgia State concluded spring practice with a final scrimmage Friday morning, redshirt freshman Ben McLane emerged as the Panthers number one quarterback.

McLane, from Snellville, Ga., has been running with the first offense the last two weeks, moving in front of junior returnees Kelton Hill and Bo Schlechter. A former state championship winner at Brookwood High School, McLane overtook the two veterans, who combined to start nine of GSU's 11 games in 2011, with consistency and accuracy.

"Ben was the most consistent quarterback and the most accurate quarterback this spring," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach John Bond. "Day-in and day-out, he did a good job completing passes and managing the offense.

"In the offseason, he needs to continue to work hard on his game and he needs to continue to study the offense - all the things he's been doing that have allowed him to play beyond his years."

BUFORD | 2 killed in wreck on southbound I-985 at I-85

BUFORD, Ga. (WXIA) - Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 985 southbound at Buford Drive Friday afternoon.

PHOTOS | Multi-vehicle fatal wreck on I-985

Gwinnett County Police Corporal Jake Smith said four vehicles -- a box truck, a Nissan passenger car, a Dodge pick-up and a minivan towing a trailer with a minivan -- were involved in the wreck.

Police said the box truck crashed into the Nissan, killing both people inside. After that, the two vehicles hit the pick-up, spinning it into the median. One person in the pick-up was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

After that, the Nissan was pushed into the trailer that was being towed by the minivan.