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2014 SAT scores: Forsyth County

2014 SAT scores: Forsyth County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 SAT scores were released Tuesday morning.

About 77 percent of the state's high school seniors took the test in 2014. Mean scores include:

State of Georgia
Critical Reading: 488
Math: 485
Writing: 472

In Forsyth County, 1,946 students took the SAT in 2014. Mean scores include:

Forsyth County
Critical Reading: 527
Math: 532
Writing: 509

Here are the SAT breakdowns for each Forsyth County public high school:

Forsyth Central HS
207 test-takers
Critical Reading: 504
Math: 501
Writing: 481

Lambert HS
539 test-takers
Critical Reading: 532
Math: 545
Writing: 517

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HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

HoneyBaked Ham adding 10,000 holiday workers

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- HoneyBaked Ham will hire 10,000 people for part-time holiday jobs.

The Atlanta-based glazed ham and turkey retailer said that’s a 600-percent total increase in its workforce across 400 stores. The company operates 21 stores in metro Atlanta.

“More than 2.5 million customers invite HoneyBaked to their important holiday gatherings during the holiday season company-wide, from Thanksgiving through the start of the new year,” said President and COO Maggie DeCan. “We’re happy to employ 10,000 people during the holidays when many need an extra income. These seasonal employees are instrumental in HoneyBaked’s ability to deliver our great products to our millions of cherished customers during our busiest season.”

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

Pike Nurseries to host Gardenfest event

ATLANTA –- As an official kickoff to the fall season, Pike Nurseries is hosting its annual Gardenfest event on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at all garden center locations.

While stocking up on autumn essentials, guests can take advantage of store-wide specials throughout the evening! All regular price items (excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services) will be 20 percent off. Customers can also enjoy complimentary wine tastings and appetizers.

Please visit www.pikenursery.com for local store information.

Unemployment up slightly in August

Unemployment up slightly in August

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate climbed again in August.

The rate was 8.0 percent, up slightly from July's 7.9 percent. It was also 7.9 percent in August 2013.

Forsyth County's preliminary unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said despite the rate increase, metro Atlanta added nearly 6,000 jobs in August, mostly in government; education and health services; manufacturing; and construction. Fewer Atlanta-area residents also filed for unemployment insurance in August than in July.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest August unemployment rate at 6.4 percent. Metro Dalton's was the highest at 10.7 percent.

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Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

Same old story: Weekend roadwork on I-285, I-20

(WXIA) -- The weekend will be dry, weather-wise, but with sunshine comes roadwork.

RELATED | Atlanta Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be on several roads throughout metro Atlanta. As always, drivers are asked to be cautious when traveling through work zones.

Look out for workers in these areas:

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.
* Two Inner Loop lanes and one Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign installation.

Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes

Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga -- How often do you have to send a check in the mail and put the check in your mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up? This story may make you think about doing it again.

Investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff Office broke up a massive fraud ring that was stealing people's identity from their mail boxes. They say the ring was stealing checks and credit card applications and using the information to create fraudulent checks, IDs, credit cards and licenses.

It began as a burglary investigation in August. While investigating that burglary Detectives developed information about the fraud ring that was operating out of a home on Commonwealth Trail in south Forsyth County.

Detectives kept surveillance on the home until they had enough information to get a search warrant.

Forsyth County ID fraud ring busted, 5 arrested

Forsyth County ID fraud ring busted, 5 arrested

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An extensive identify theft investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office resulted in five arrests.

Sheriff's spokesman Doug Rainwater said officials busted a large ID theft ring after executing a search warrant at a home in the 1700 block of Commonwealth Trail in Cumming.

It began in August as a burglary investigation, but quickly grew when the search warrant uncovered piles of evidence. Rainwater said deputies recovered stolen mail, counterfeit money, fraudulent checks and driver's licenses, credit cards and personal information on hundreds of victims.

Two Commonwealth Trail residents were arrested. Daniel Moss, 48, and Sandra Stepp, 46, were both charged with first-degree forgery, financial transaction card theft and manufacturing fictitious identification.