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College Park approves new $35 million mixed-use project near MARTA station


College Park has approved a $35 million mixed-use development that would take shape near the city's MARTA station and Hotel Indigo.

The city gave the OK to the project Nov. 17, paving the way for an affiliate of H. J. Russell & Co. and Air Realty LLC to develop a mid-rise apartment building and 75,000 square feet of office space. The joint venture is in talks with a lender to finance construction. Niles Bolton Associates is the architect.

The mixed-use project would become the latest in a series of new developments next to MARTA stations across the region. Others are in the works in cities such as Brookhaven and intown neighborhoods such as Candler Park.

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Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

Join the Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Weight control is possible during the holiday season. The Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge Blog will show you how. From the Monday before Thanksgiving until the first full week of January, you will receive 14 different tips about how you can eat more wisely and be more active.

“This program is designed to help people recognize and control their eating during the holidays,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We received feedback from 2013 Challenge participants that the blog messages kept them aware and focused of their goal of not gaining weight over the holidays.”

Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge blog topics will include:

Police discover 15 pitbulls tied to tree in Fulton Co.


FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- One person has been arrested after police uncovered an alleged dog-fighting ring in south Fulton County Friday morning.

The discovery came after Fulton County Animal Control received an anonymous tip. Fulton County police responded to the wooded area, which is located at 3029 Demooney Road.

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According to authorities, 15 dogs, some of which were injured, were discovered tied to trees about 200 feet from the house. Paraphernalia that indicates possible dog fighting was also located. Many had significant scars, police said.

Murder victim's family asks suspects to give up


COLLEGE PARK, Ga -- College Park Police have identified two men wanted in connection with a murder last month. The victim's family said the men were identified as suspects by the person they shot and killed.

Fernando "Smoochie" Bennefield, 22, and Marquis Antonio Acree, 30, are wanted for murder.
The two men are wanted in connection with the murder of Timothy Carthan, 36, of College Park on October 3, 2014. Carthan was found shot several times in the West Cove Apartments on West Fayetteville Road. He died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County wants citizen review and comment on its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan requires local governments receiving federal funds directly from HUD, to determine strategies, community needs, long and short-term objectives, resources and proposed projects for submission as a combined planning and application document.

Apple season in Georgia

Apple season in Georgia

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Georgia apple season in here!  This means it’s time to make canned apples and make apple jellies and preserves. According to Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension, creating a delicious apple dish is a project the entire family will love.

To create your apple “masterpiece”, you must have the proper ratio of fruit, pectin (assists in gel creation), acid (needed for gel formation and flavor) and sugar (serves as the preservative for the product) or successful jellied products. Fruit low in acid or pectin may need additional acid or pectin added to ensure a proper gel formation.

According to Chester, the most common questions regarding how jellies, jams, fruit preserves, and fruit butters made have equally common responses:

Jelly is usually made by cooking fruit juice with sugar.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.