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ALDI to open Cumming store

ALDI to open Cumming store

CUMMING, Ga. -- ALDI will open its newest metro Atlanta location in Forsyth County next month.

The discount grocer's Cumming store will hold a ribbon cutting and grand opening party on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 8:45 a.m. Guests will be treated to free samples and store tours, and can enter for the chance to win ALDI git certificates.

The store is located at 1760 Buford Highway.

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GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

GDOT: Avoid I-285 this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a strong word of warning for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend: avoid the Perimeter.

Crews will work on several I-285 projects, causing lane closures and heavy delays. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes where possible.

Some of the scheduled Perimeter work includes:

* 2 northbound right lanes will be closed between South Atlanta and Paces Ferry roads from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement and interchange construction

* 2 southbound outside lanes will be closed between Washington Road and Old National Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint repairs

* 3 southbound left lanes near Flat Shoals Road will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for paving

Work will continue in other parts of metro Atlanta as well.

'Mama Won't Fly' coming to Cumming Playhouse

'Mama Won't Fly' coming to Cumming Playhouse

CUMMING, Ga. -- The Gypsy Theatre Company's next production, Mama Won't Fly, will be staged at Forsyth County's Cumming Playhouse next month.

The show opens Thursday, Sept. 4 and closes Sunday, Sept. 28. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.

The theatre company provided this synopsis of the comedy:

Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama won't fly.

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

Bartow County
* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

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Woman sentenced for stealing $600K in government grants

Woman sentenced for stealing $600K in government grants

CUMMING, Ga. -- A Forsyth County woman will spend time in federal prison after being convicted of submitting fake government grant applications worth $600,000.

In addition to paying back all the money in restitution, 62-year-old Jessica Regas will serve one year and nine months in federal prison, and spend three years on supervised release.

Regas and her husband operated the Georgia Martial Arts Foundation in Cumming. In 2004, Regas applied for a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant that would allow her to create a coalition to help reduce substance abuse among young people in Forsyth County.

Missing teen drowned in Lake Lanier


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- The body of a 19-year-old boy was found in Lake Lanier a few days after he disappeared.

Cody Daniel Gibbs drowned in the lake, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's spokesman Doug Rainwater. His body was recovered Thursday morning, about 50 yards from where he went missing.

Gibbs was one of three teens reported missing shortly after police broke up an illegal party of about 20 people at Two Mile Creek Park. Two girls were located Tuesday afternoon.

Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said officials searched for the teens after party attendees scattered when a sheriff deputy tried to break it up. He said a few of the people jumped into the lake. Crews from the Forsyth County Fire Department, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and Hall County Sheriff's Office used sonar equipment to search the waters.

'Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2' coming to metro Atlanta theaters

'Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2' coming to metro Atlanta theaters

(WXIA) -- A sequel to the popular health documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead will be screened at several Atlanta-area movie theaters next month.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 will play Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The first film, released in 2010, followed Australian filmmaker Joe Cross in his quest to lose 100 pounds by consuming fruit and vegetable juice. In the second movie, Cross and a team of experts will explore broader themes of diet and health.

Cross credited his juice-based diet with helping him lose a considerable amount of weight and rid his body of a chronic auto-immune disease. He has since founded Reboot with Joe, which supports people in their decision to make positive dietary and lifestyle changes.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 will be shown at these theaters:

Alpharetta
UA North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway