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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.”

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.

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

FAIRBURN, GA (WXIA) -- Police are asking for the public's help with an unsolved murder in Fayette County.

A Fairburn woman with cerebral palsy was shot and killed during a burglary more than two years ago.

Betty Brown is still grieving two years and seven months after she lost her granddaughter Denice Roberts in a senseless act of violence.

The two had been inseparable for 44 years, since Denice was born with cerebral palsy.

In August 2012, they came home from running errands and surprised an unknown number of burglars.

As the intruders drove off in a white vehicle, they fired at the two, who were cowering on the front

porch.

"She was shot in the left side of the face," Betty said.

Denise died instantly but her memory lives on throughout the house -- her photos, her doll collections, equestrian awards.

Fulton County 4-H accepting applications for summer camp

Fulton County 4-H accepting applications for summer camp

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its 2015 4-H Summer Camp. 4-H Summer Camp is something to consider for your kids to experience creative fun and memories without heating up your wallet or credit card bills.

“Our 4- H Summer Camp has an exciting program for every age,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “From the Clover Leaf Camp to the Senior Camp, students will enjoy the activities, make friends and create lifetime memories.”

Summer Camps:

Cloverleaf Camp is for grades 5th-6th. It will be held June 29-July 3, 2015 at Rock Eagle in Eaton. The cost is $295*. Participants will experience Pioneer Camping.

Suspect arrested in fatal Union City shooting

Suspect arrested in fatal Union City shooting

UNION CITY, Ga. -- Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a Union City man Sunday afternoon.

According to Union City Police Detective Gloria Hodgson, Michael Shane Black is being charged with felony murder and and other charges in the death of 43-year-old Benjamin Netherland.

Police say Netherland was shot multiple times at his home on Raymond Terrace at around 4:35 p.m. Sunday.

Black, who authorities say was identified by family members and witnesses as the shooter, was taken into custody at his grandmother's Fairburn home.

Authorities said the motive appears to be an ongoing dispute between Black, who turns 39 on Monday, and Netherland.

Family of man accused in Fulton detective shooting speaks out

Family of man accused in Fulton detective shooting speaks out

UNION CITY, Ga. --The family of the man accused of killing a Fulton County police officer is speaking out. Amanuel Menghesha's brothers say everything the community has heard about Detective Terence Green is true. They know first hand how caring and generous he could be.

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.