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Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Community helps grandmother buy food

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- We've done a lot of stories in the past six months, exposing the state's struggle to process food stamp applications. We've shown you dozens of families - hungry - by no fault of their own. But none of their stories seemed to touch viewers, like the story of one grandmother struggling to feed her grandson.

The day we first met Rosa Lee Slaven, neither she nor her 13-year-old grandson, Charlie, had eaten breakfast. When asked about lunch or dinner, she replied, "I have no idea."

Slaven says she submitted three applications to DFCS; each seemed to get lost in the shuffle.

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

Several lanes to close for weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Portions of Interstates 20 and 285 will become proverbial parking lots this weekend as crews perform much-needed roadwork.

Some projects may be postponed by predicted thunderstorms, but drivers are still asked to plan ahead and find alternate routes where possible.

The I-20 roadwork that has plagued metro Atlanta for weeks will continue in these areas:

* Two lanes will close in both directions between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Langhorn Street from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday for emergency bridge repairs on Westview Drive
* Three eastbound lanes will be closed between Boulevard and Gresham Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday for restriping

Douglas County
Two eastbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for work

Hall County property taxes to increase by 4.36 percent

Hall County property taxes to increase by 4.36 percent

HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- The Hall County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate for the Countywide General Fund which will require an increase in property taxes by 4.36 percent.

All concerned citizens are invited to the three public hearings on this tax increase to be held on the 2nd Floor of the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville at the following times:

Hearing 1: Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 6 p.m.
(Full Budget Presentation & Hearing will be held during the 6 p.m. Commission Meeting)

Hearing 2: Monday, June 23, 2014, at 3 p.m.
(Summary Presentation & Hearing)

Hearing 3: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm
(Adoption of the Budget and Millage Rate will immediately follow this hearing)

Gwinnett Gladiators announce 2014-2015 schedule

Gwinnett Gladiators announce 2014-2015 schedule

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators unveiled the schedule for the upcoming 2014-2015 ECHL season on Wednesday.

The Gladiators will open the season on October 18 in Evansville against the IceMen. The home opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center is against the Wheeling Nailers on Friday, October 24. The Gladiators will host the division rival Greenville Road Warriors the next night.

Twelve ECHL teams will visit the Arena at Gwinnett Center to take on the Gladiators over the course of the team's 36 home games in the new season, which runs through April 11.

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

Ga. Connections Academy graduates Class of 2014

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy recently held a graduation ceremony for its Class of 2014.

Many classmates met for the very first time during the event at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are very proud of our graduates," GCA lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. Altogether, the Class of 2014 secured $1.33 million in college scholarship offers.

Emily McClure of Columbus is GCA's valedictorian. She will attend Georgia College and State University on the Zell Miller Scholarship in the fall.

Learn more about Georgia Connections Academy, the state's free virtual charter school for students in grades K-12, at georgiaconnectionsacademy.com.

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Pay n Go Peach Passes now available

Pay n Go Peach Passes now available

(WXIA) -- Drivers who use the toll lanes on Interstate 85 now have more ways to obtain their Peach Passes.

Starting Monday, local Walgreens and CVS locations will begin selling Pay n Go passes. Customers have the option of purchasing a starter kit -- which includes a fully activated transponder and reload card -- or just the card.

Peach Pass users can also reload their cards at participating retailers in any amount from $20 to $500.

"The Pay n Go Peach Pass provides drivers with more payment options to enjoy a reliable commute with the flexibility to open or add funds to their account with the amount that they choose," SRTA executive director Christopher Tomlinson said in a release.

The passes are active and ready to use upon purchase. Learn more at peachpass.com.