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Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

74-year-old woman among suspects in Fayetteville scam

74-year-old woman among suspects in Fayetteville scam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Two people, including an elderly woman, have been charged with performing a so-called "Pigeon Drop" scam at a Fayette County grocery store.

Juan Alexander Jackson and Marie Mangham face one count each of felony theft by deception. Investigators said Jackson, 57, and Mangham, 74, carried out the scam in the parking lot of the Fayetteville ALDI.

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Fayette County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Whitlow described the Pigeon Drop scam:

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

Weekend roadwork: Signs around the Perimeter

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will continue to perform sign structure work on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Most of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in lengthy delays. Drivers are asked to avoid the Perimeter in impacted areas if possible.

All work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
1 lane of I-75 in each direction will be closed between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway from 7:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Coweta County
1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed from 2 miles north of Bullsboro Drive from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for striping.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

5 things women need to know about heart disease

5 things women need to know about heart disease

SHARPSBURG, Ga. -- Dr. Andrew Darlington of Piedmont Heart in Sharpsburg offers this important list of five things women need to know about heart disease. As part of American Heart Month in February, Piedmont Heart is offering a $100 heart screening for women. For more details, visit piedmont.org/getscreened.

Significant progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease among women.  Despite these advances, challenges remain, particularly in general awareness among women.  Here are several key aspects of cardiovascular disease that all women should be familiar with today.

#1 Cardiovascular disease in women is common

Race this weekend: Patriot Run

Race this weekend: Patriot Run

TYRONE, Ga. -- The second annual Patriot Run will be held at Sandy Creek High School this weekend.

Runners have the option of participating in a 5K, 10K or 1-mile race. Registered 5K and 10K participants will receive long-sleeve T-shirts, while medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group.

The race will be Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m.

Fees are $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K; the mile run is free. Proceeds will benefit Homeless World Aid, which helps feed and shelter homeless families.

Visit rungeorgia.com for more information and to sign up.

Sandy Creek High School is located at 360 Jenkins Road in Tyrone.

Registration open for Father/Daughter Dance

Registration open for Father/Daughter Dance

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- There's still time to register for this year's Peachtree City Father/Daughter Dance.

The "red carpet" event will be held Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center.

It is open to fathers and their daughters between the ages of 6 and 12. All couples will be treated to dancing, light refreshments and keepsake photos.

The cost is $45 per couple and $20 for each additional daughter. Fathers and daughters who live outside Fayette County can attend for $65 per couple. Wrist corsages can be purchased for an additional $10.

Visit peachtree-city.org for more information and to sign up.

Kedron Fieldhouse is located at 202 Fieldhouse Drive.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.