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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life


ATLANTA -- A young boy's love of gospel music may have saved his life.

Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point.

But Willie's actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man let him go.

Thursday evening, community leaders held a meeting in Willie's honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling other parents and children what to do if this happens to them.

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

Fulton County to serve long-term unemployed and 'laid off' workers

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Help is available for unemployed workers who have been out of work for a long time because off layoffs or a need for new skills.

The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development provides employment search services. Additionally, job seekers who want to know more about obtaining that first opportunity for an interview or receiving information about making it past the first interview to the second interview can obtain the following services:

• Career advisement to help set career goals and education requirements
• Assistance with resume preparation
• Schedule participation in a job readiness prep workshop
• Learn appropriate ways to dress to file in-person applications or attend interviews and job fairs
• Obtain free training if the employment seeker meets eligibility criteria

Workforce Development services are available at the following locations:

Award-winning writers, activists artists at Spelman for Octavia Butler Celebration

Award-winning writers, activists artists at Spelman for Octavia Butler Celebration

ATLANTA -- An accomplished group of writers, activists and artists from the speculative fiction and film communities will converge at Spelman College, April 16-17, for the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts and Activism.

Fulton County encourages residents to register to vote and update information

Fulton County encourages residents to register to vote and update information

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Registration Elections and Elections encourages residents to register to vote and to update their information to ensure they will have a smooth voting experience.

In Fulton County, residents can register to vote online, at their city hall, the Georgia Department of Driver Services, any Atlanta Fulton County Library Branch, and also at a registration and election office or by mail.

Fulton County to host job fair

Fulton County to host job fair

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Employers who expect to hire within the next 90 days will participate in a Job Fair sponsored by the Fulton County Office of Workforce Development on Wednesday, April 23.

The Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Atrium of the Fulton County Government Center located at 141 Pryor Street in Atlanta. Job seekers are urged to dress for success and bring their resumes for the Job Fair initiated by Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner.

Public input requested for Fulton County WIA Plan

Public input requested for Fulton County WIA Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department has released for public comment, the draft WIA Plan for 2014-2017.

This plan is required as part of WIA Final Rule, and is part of  the Three Year Plan, which outlines the county’s workforce development needs and the steps the county took to address the identified needs using its allocation of federal formula funds.

The county encourages all citizens and other interested parties to review the draft document and to submit their written comments no later than Wednesday, April 30 by 5 p.m. Comments will be accepted Monday, March 31, through Wednesday, April 30. The final version, including comments, will be submitted to the Governor's Office of Workforce Development on May 1.

All written comments should be emailed to Sonia.Wilson@fultoncountyga.gov or mailed to: