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Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

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NORAD ready to track Santa over Georgia airspace

NORAD ready to track Santa over Georgia airspace

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Christmas Eve marks a special day for most Americans as they share gifts and great food with family and friends while keeping those far away close in their hearts.

Tonight also marks the moment in which jolly ole St. Nicklaus' sleigh enters over Georgia airspace en route to the homes of good girls and boys.

Led by Rudolph and eight reindeer, Santa Claus is expected to soar over the east coast of the United States at 9:07 p.m. EST, as he begins his trek toward Georgia, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command at NORAD.

Classic Christmas TV moments return to networks of 11Alive

ATLANTA -- Some old holiday favorites will be revived this weekend on 11Alive's new sister station, Antenna TV.

The network will launch at 4 a.m. Saturday on Digital TV channel 36.3, Comcast channel 245 and Charter channel 83.

As the name suggests, Antenna TV features classic TV shows from the antenna era, inlcuding "Three's Company," "Good Times," "The Three Stooges," "Father Knows Best," "All in the Family," and "The Monkees."

This weekend, the channel will air special holiday episodes from those series and more. For a full program listing, visit Antenna TV's website.

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

 

ATLANTA – As the holidays near and sugar plum fairies jig, massive jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball will add to this weekend’s magical moments.

Friday’s $173 million Mega Millions jackpot is especially green, while Saturday’s $125 million Powerball jackpot is merry and bright.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing produced four $10,000 winners with tickets purchased in Midland, Columbus, Marietta and Warner Robins. One player, Eddie Hall of Leesburg, won $250,000 in Tuesday’s drawing with his ticket purchased at Lee Pub, 1561 U.S. Highway 195, Leesburg.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 4, rolling 14 times. Powerball has rolled nine times since Nov. 23.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions and Powerball for a chance to unwrap an enchanted jubilee. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier and Power Play options for an additional $1 per play.

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GWINNETT | I-85 South reopens near Mall of Georgia

GWINNETT COUNTY -- An overnight wreck involving two tractor trailers and a car has finally been cleared near the Mall of Georgia.

All lanes of southbound Interstate 85, south of Buford Drive (exit 115), were shut down for about six hours.

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One of the trucks lost a load of plywood, which spilled across the highway in the wreck just before 1 a.m.

The mess was finally cleared before 7 a.m.

Metro unemployment exceeds Forsyth rate in Nov.

Metro unemployment exceeds Forsyth rate in Nov.

ATLANTA -- A new report shows that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen to 9.2 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the new jobless rate fell from 10.2 percent in October, which is the largest one-month decline since 1977.

Georgia's 9.2 percent rate compares to 10.4 percent in November 2010.

Officials said the state's unemployment rate declined because of an increase in jobs. In additional to retail, the state also saw growth in financial and business services, and education and health care.

Among the state's cities, metro Dalton had the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest at 6.9 percent.

Forsyth County's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in November 2011.

Christmas Services in Cumming GA

Christmas Services in Cumming GA

If you don’t have a church home, but are looking for a place to celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas, I hope this round-up of information will help!  If your church has a special Christmas Eve service & you’d like to have it added to the list, please feel free to use our Contact Us form & we’d be happy to share it with our readers.


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