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Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Fulton County's preliminary unemployment rate was 8.9 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

Woman arrested for Sandy Springs double-shooting


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- A woman has been charged with felony murder, armed robbery and firearm possession in a double shooting in Sandy Springs.

Zusi Aguirre, 25, of Mableton was arrested during a traffic stop in Mobile, Ala. She is accused of killing 27-year-old Eulailo "Freddie" Vega and 23-year-old Byron Caceres.

According to Sgt. Ron Mormon of the Sandy Springs Police Department, on Sept. 14, officers responding to a call about a shooting and found the two men dead at an unit at the One Sovereign Place apartment complex.

Vega was leasing an apartment at the complex, according to police. Family members called him Lalo and say it was his wife who came home and discovered his body. She did not recognize the other victim.

Aguirre is awaiting extradition to Georgia. Police have not yet given a motive for the shooting.

Fulton schedules meeting on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

Fulton schedules meeting on consolidated planning document, annual action plan

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Fulton County has added an additional public meeting in conjunction with Johns Creek to allow more public input into the process of planning and preparing its 5-year Consolidated Planning Document to determine the needs of the community in developing viable urban communities.  The plan provides decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities principally for low and moderate- income persons.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Shakerag Fire Station located at 10925 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek.

Holy Innoncents' grad gets front-row seat to Scottish history

Holy Innoncents' grad gets front-row seat to Scottish history

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Atlantan Peter Myer had a front-row seat on Scotland’s historic vote for independence Sept. 18. Myer, a 2014 graduate of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, is a first-year student at Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, in a joint degree program with the College of William & Mary.

Here’s what Myer experienced in the Royal Burgh of St. Andrews was like last week.

“People are holding up signs and waving Scottish flags, and you can’t walk down a street without being handed pamphlets and seeing either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ buttons on peoples’ shirts, indicating what they voted for,” he reported Thursday morning, the day of the vote. “I particularly see ‘Yes’ flyers—in this city, but the students talk more about leaning toward ‘No.’

Suspect arrested in Target shooting


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police have made an arrest after a man was
shot in both the back and the arm outside a Target store Sunday night.


The shooting took place just after 6 p.m. in the parking lot outside the store at The Prado shopping center in the 5600 block of Roswell Road.


Monday morning, police identified the victim as 27-year-old Mario Ross.

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.