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Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

Healthy lawns begin with soil testing

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nutrient rich soil makes it possible to have a beautiful lawn and blooming flowers. Developing and maintaining productive soils begin with soil testing. Soils tests provide information on the soil’s actual nutrient status. Test results are used to determine the amount and kind of nutrients that should be added for the best growth of lawn, garden, and other types of plants.

“Cooperative Extension is able to help residents with their gardening questions,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “We are equipped to assist residents in having their soil tested by the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension office.”

City of Atlanta special election is Tuesday

City of Atlanta special election is Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Registered voters living in the City of Atlanta are reminded to cast their ballots for the City of Atlanta special election at their designated precinct on Tuesday, Mar. 17 to vote for infrastructure bond referendums to pay for repairs and improvements.

“Registered voters should verify their voting precinct and poll location before election day,” said Richard Barron, Director of Fulton County Registration and Elections. “They should check their registration card to make sure they know where to vote on March 17.”

Kroger offers $25K reward in parking lot murder


ATLANTA -- Kroger is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of a man in the parking lot of one of its Atlanta stores.

Josh Richey, 38,was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after he confronted two men attempting to steal his work vehicle at the Kroger located at 725 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Atlanta police have released surveillance footage that shows two suspects who are believed to have fled in a black BMW.

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

Area unemployment rate climbs in January

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed to 6.2 percent in January.

That's up from December's 6.0 percent, but considerably lower than the 7.1 percent in January 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent this January.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate increased because of the loss of about 35,100 jobs, mostly seasonal positions.

But the Atlanta area had the largest January-to-January job growth ever recorded, adding 104,400 jobs over the course of the year.

The metropolitan Atlanta area consists of 29 counties, including the recently added Morgan County.

Metro Gainesville had January's lowest jobless rate, at 5.2 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.3 percent.

Man shot to death outside NE Atlanta Kroger

Man shot to death outside NE Atlanta Kroger

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Call it a cold blooded murder in the middle of the day.

Atlanta Police hope someone will recognize a black BMW and the two men who were inside of it, as seen on surveillance video outside the Kroger supermarket at 725 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, in Atlanta.

The video shows the men, at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, breaking into a pickup truck belonging to RGWilliams Construction. The pickup was parked in the customer parking area at the side of the Kroger. Police say one of the men shot and killed the driver, a construction worker in his late 30s, when he approached them to find out what they were doing. They sped away in their BMW.

There is the perception of crime along Ponce, and there is the reality.

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

Several surface streets impacted by weekend roadwork

(WXIA) -- Interstate 20 will bear the brunt of this weekend's roadwork, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Drivers are asked to avoid nonessential travel on I-20, as road projects will require lane closures that will likely result in delays.

A number of surface streets will also be impacted by construction crews.

As always, all work is weather permitting. Get this weekend's forecast.

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

Coweta County: I-85
1 southbound lane will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

Atlanta bike-sharing program to launch with 500 bikes


(Atlanta Business Chronicle) Mayor Kasim Reed has signed a contract to start the city's bike-sharing program with 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations throughout the city.

The contract is with CycleHop, the bike share operator, and its partners Social Bicycles and local firms Center Forward and Iconologic, according to a press release issued by the city's Department of Planning & Community Development.

Atlanta's bike share program is expected to launch later this year.