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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Missing Ga. Tech student found in hospital


GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – A Georgia Tech student missing for more than a day was located in the intensive care unit of a hospital after being involved in a car accident.

According to Gwinnett County police, 20-year-old Kinsey Canova had last been seen dropping her boyfriend off at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Canova, who attends Georgia Tech and is a member of the marching band, lives and works in the Norcross area. She didn't show up for work on Monday, according to the family.

"That is very unlike her," said her father, Steve Canova "She wouldn't miss work without calling in."

After word spread on social media of Canova's disappearance, an EMT recognized her and contacted police. A detective then contacted Canova's family.

Kinsey Canova had apparently been involved in a multi-car accident shortly after leaving the airport.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

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2 sexual assaults reported at Norcross bus stop


NORCROSS, Ga. (WXIA) – The scene of Thursday morning's attack was at a bus stop directly below a street light. Norcross Police say the area is well lit and there is plenty of traffic at that hour on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

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The very bold suspect still picked that spot to go after a woman who fought back.

Instead of finding her usual 7:15 bus, Rev. Harriet Bradley arrived at the bus stop to find crime scene tape, police officers – and in the back of a patrol car, the victim of a sexual assault.

Train strikes car in Norcross, driver hurt


NORCROSS, Ga. (WXIA) -- Police said a man was hurt when his car was struck by a train in downtown Norcross Thursday evening.

Norcross Police said the incident happened along Holcomb Bridge Road between Thrasher Street and South Peachtree Street. They said that when the railroad crossing gates came down, the vehicle and its driver were unable to move from the tracks before the train collided with the car.

The driver was extricated from the car by Gwinnett County Fire-Rescue crews. He was transported to a local hospital. Authorities said the man was conscious and breathing when he was taken by EMS crews to the hospital. The man's present condition is not known. Police declined to identify the driver at this time.

Norcross Police said their investigation was ongoing and they were awaiting the arrival of railroad investigators to the scene.

Missing 13-year-old girl found


NORCROSS, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police said a missing girl has been found.

Nija Paige disappeared Sunday at around 2 p.m. in Norcross.

The Atlanta 13 year old was found a few hours later in DeKalb County. Police said she was in good condition.