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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

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Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Parents of boy hidden behind wall in court Thursday

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The couple charged with kidnapping a young boy four years ago received harsh words from a Clayton County judge Thursday morning.

Chief Magistrate Judge Wanda Dallas scolded Samantha Joy Davis and Gregory Jean for their treatment of Jean's now-13-year-old son, Gregory Jean Jr.

"It is ludicrous and offensive to call this discipline," Dallas said in court. "What I see is the systematic abuse of a little boy."

Davis and Jean, who are not married, are accused of taking the teen from his biological mother. About six months ago, they moved into the Jonesboro house where the boy was finally found. Police officers recovered Gregory Jean Jr. from behind a false wall.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

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Pimp shoots sheriff's officer in the leg

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A Clayton County sheriff's deputy was hospitalized Wednesday night after being shot during a prostitution sting.

It happened at around 10 p.m. at the Villages on the River Apartments in the 6600 block of Church Street in Riverdale.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene. A GBI official said sheriff's officers were searching the apartment complex when they were confronted by a pimp, 25-year-old Raymond Hamm.

Hamm pulled out a gun and shot one of the deputies in the thigh. The victim was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury.

Witness Timothy Williams, who was visiting his mother at the apartment complex, said he heard 10 to 12 gunshots and saw the injured officer lying on the ground.

Boy found hidden behind fake wall 'grateful' ordeal over

JONESBORO, Ga. – The 13-year-old boy found hidden behind a fake wall in a Jonesboro home is talking about the four years he spent away from his mother.

Gregory Jean Jr. was 9 when his mother asked him if he wanted to visit his father. He said his father "never let him come back."

On Friday, Clayton County police discovered Jean in a hidden space between the garage and the attic. The boy's mother had called 911 and told authorities that her son was being held against his will.

2 shot in Riverdale

RIVERDALE, Ga. – Authorities are at the scene of a double shooting in Riverdale.

The shooting took place in the 700 block of Chateau Lane. Police said two men were shot by a third man, who then fled the scene.

The victims were transported to the hospital. One person was shot in the hip, the other in the ankle. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Police are searching for the gunman, and the circumstances behind the shooting remain under investigation.