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March 13 is a make-up day for Fulton County students

March 13 is a make-up day for Fulton County students

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- It's some news that may not be warmly received by students in Fulton County Schools.

The district announced Tuesday that next Friday, Mar. 13 will be a make-up day. It was originally supposed to be a teacher workday and a day off for students, but four days of weather-related school cancellations in February resulted in the need for an extra day.

"This is a critical time of year for students to be in school. There is a lot to be done in the next three months, and our students and teachers need every instructional day," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a release.

Avossa said the rest of the school year calendar, including spring break and graduation, is not impacted.

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Citizens’ University begins April 2 for the 11th consecutive year.

The 12-week intensive training program provides citizens with a close-up view of how their local government works. Participants can gain a better understanding of County government, the available services and the role of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, has taken the lead in continuing Citizens’ University, which is an initiative originally led by former Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Citizens’ University students learn how laws are proposed, passed and amended and they personally interact with key management personnel. Participants are urged to take what they learn back to their communities to strengthen ties between communities and their government and encourage more collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Fulton County.

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.

Milton named country's first Special Needs Certified city

Milton named country's first Special Needs Certified city

MILTON, Ga. -- The City of Milton, in partnership with the Better Together citizen volunteer committee, has joined forces with Georgia-based Special Needs Certified to educate employees on understanding, engaging and serving residents with special needs.

This honor makes Milton the first 'Special Needs Certified' city in the country.

As Milton is the home of Canine Assistants and Camp Joyful Souls, a recreation partner to BlazeSports and a leader in community engagement for individuals of all ability levels, the training is a natural progression for the city, said Chris Lagerbloom, city manager.

"We are excited to bring this important and relevant training to our city staff," he said. "Thanks to Mayor Joe Lockwood, the Milton City Council, Better Together and the Milton Disability Awareness Committee for being leaders in working toward a more inclusive community."

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.

Milton hires new police chief

Milton hires new police chief

MILTON, Ga. -- City Manager Chris Lagerbloom today announced Albany, N.Y.'s Steven Krokoff has been appointed new chief of the City of Milton Police Department.

Krokoff, a 22-year public servant, senior administrator and decorated law enforcement officer, will lead Milton's police officers and personnel. He is expected to begin duty in March.

Krokoff has family in the Atlanta area and jumped at the chance to call Milton home with his wife and two children.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to join the City of Milton," said the new chief. "The Milton Police Department is a world-class organization, and I look forward to being a collaborative and transparent leader who guides the department toward increasing safety and instilling community pride."

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.