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Dai-Jon Parker, Milton High School graduate: life tragically cut short

MILTON, Ga. (WXIA) -- A huge, extended family of loved ones across the country is mourning the loss of a star student-athlete from Milton High School.

Dai-Jon Parker, Milton High School Class of 2011, drowned Thursday in an accident on a lake near his college, in Indiana.

Such promise, cut so short, say all those who knew him.

In the four years since Dai-Jon graduated from Milton High School -- he was part of Milton HS's state championship basketball team of 2010, his Senior year -- he's worked hard to conquer the world and live his dreams.

Prostitute may face charges in death of Milton man following guilty plea in California death

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. / MILTON, Ga. (AP / WXIA) -- A prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge sentenced defendant Alix Tichelman to six years in prison on Tuesday.

Authorities say Tichelman injected Forrest Timothy Hayes with heroin in November 2013 then left without seeking help when he passed out on the yacht.

Authorities said Hayes hired Tichelman several times before and they were doing drugs and having sex the night he died.

Tichelman's attorney Larry Biggam says his client was relieved to have the court proceedings behind her and she is expected to serve only three years. She will be credited for nearly a year already served.

Tichelman went to school in Metro Atlanta.

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

House District 55 voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the June 16, 2015 Special Election for State House District 55 to fill the unexpired term of Tyrone Brooks who resigned the seat. Residents can cast their ballots beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12 and on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please note that on Saturday, June 6, 2015, residents can only vote at the Registration and Election Headquarters from 9:00am-4:00pm. Beginning Wednesday, June 10 through June 12, 2015, two (2) additional locations will be available for early voting.

Early Voting

May 26 - June 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 am

Registration and Elections Headquarters

130 Peachtree St, SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA


Saturday Voting - June 6, 2015

Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- SNAP-Ed Food Talk sessions offered by Fulton County Cooperative Extension are designed to teach healthy eating on a budget for low-income parents (and other low-income individuals) who receive SNAP benefits. As the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition assistance programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition in the Nation among low-income individuals.

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Driver charged in fatal Milton wreck

MILTON, Ga. -- A 46-year-old man faces several charges after causing an accident that killed a cyclist.

The wreck happened Wednesday, Apr. 29 at around 7:30 p.m. on Freemanville Road near Dartmouth Road in Milton.

Investigators determined John Blankenship of Canton was driving north on Freemanville Road, while five cyclists were heading south. Blankenship swerved into the southbound lane to pass another car and hit two of the cyclists. The impact caused the remaining three cyclists to crash.

The two cyclists who were struck were taken to a nearby hospital, while the rest were treated on the scene. Blankenship was charged with improper passing.

One of the cyclists, 42-year-old Jason Young of Canton, died May 2 of his injuries. Additional charges of homicide by vehicle and reckless driving were filed against Blankenship. He was booked in the Fulton County Jail.

Fulton County invites citizens to Community Days

Fulton County invites citizens to Community Days

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s annual celebration of Older Americans Month includes an open invitation for seniors, their families and members of the community to participate in Community Days.

Each facility will host a Community Day as a part of a month of special events designed to celebrate national Older Americans month, which is recognized in May.

The theme of this year’s celebration, “Get into the Act,” focuses on encouraging older adults to take charge of their health, engage in their communities, and have a positive impact on the lives of others. By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can “Get into the Act.”

Fulton County kicks off Federal Older Americans Act

Fulton County kicks off Federal Older Americans Act

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County will begin its annual celebration of Older Americans Month with a proclamation which will be presented during the Board of Commissioners meeting at 10 a.m. on May 6, in the Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center at 141 Pryor Street.

The proclamation is a part of a month of special events designed to celebrate national Older Americans month and the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Older Americans Act.  This national legislation was signed in July 1965 by President Johnson in order to establish services for older Americans.