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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

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Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves will hold auditions for performers and groups to sing the National Anthem at 2015 home games.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field. Those who cannot attend can schedule an alternate time by calling 678-277-0312.

Singers who have performed the National Anthem at past Gwinnett Braves games still must audition this weekend.

Visit milb.com for more information and to register for an audition time.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive NE in Lawrenceville.

Residents discuss improvements to Winters Chapel corridor

Residents discuss improvements to Winters Chapel corridor

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Nearly 200 people recently weighed in on proposed improvements to Winters Chapel Road.

The citizens and business owners attended a workshop at Winters Chapel United Methodist Church, where they studied maps and discussed ideas to make the cooridor safer.

Winters Chapel Road passes through Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners. Officials from both cities hope to see an increase in pedestrian safety and an enhanced appearance along the 2.5-mile stretch of road.

Engineering firm Pond & Company conducted a study that pinpointed the changes needed. The company will present its findings to the planning commissions of both cities when the study is complete.

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Car hits pedestrian outside Gwinnett QuikTrip


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Police are looking for the car that hit a pedestrian outside a gas station last weekend.

The victim was struck at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday in front of the QuikTrip in the 3200 block of Peachtree Corners Circle. Police said the victim was seriously injured in the accident.

The car drove away immediately after hitting the victim. Surveillance cameras at QuikTrip captured images of it -- a white or champagne colored four-door passenger car with dark-tinted windows. The accident likely caused damage to its front bumper, hood and windshield.

Police are also looking for a possible witness, who was driving a newer model Honda Civic acting as a taxicab. The Civic had an oval decal with red or orange writing on its passenger side door.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Gwinnett County's Accident Investigation Unit at 678-442-5653.

Ga. First Lady hosts circus-themed pep rally


NORCROSS, Ga. -- Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal teamed up with Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey to hold a circus-themed pep rally for a group of third graders on Monday.

Mrs. Deal read Dr. Seuss' If I Ran the Circus to the Rockbridge Elementary students while the famous Ringling Clowns put on a show.

The students were rewarded with the fun pep rally for reading nearly 3,400 books over the past two weeks.

The top three third grade classes will attend the circus at the Gwinnett Center on Friday.

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.