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Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

Free short stack at IHOP for National Pancake Day

(WXIA) -- Tuesday is National Pancake Day, and all Atlanta-area IHOP locations are celebrating by offering free short stacks to customers who support Children's Miracle Network.

Every year, IHOP restaurants raise money for children's hospitals nationwide, including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, on National Pancake Day. Diners have the option of making a donation in exchange for free buttermilk pancakes.

Reigning Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges stopped by the IHOP in Chamblee Tuesday morning, where she served breakfast and spoke with Children's Miracle Network Champion Sutton Burnett. Other local Miracle Children visited the IHOP restaurants in Peachtree City, Smyrna and Woodstock.

Visit ihoppancakeday.com to find a participating IHOP location near you.

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Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

Ex-CFO charged with stealing nearly $2 million

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- A Cumming man has been charged with stealing nearly $2 million from his former employer.

Steven E. Daniel is the ex-CFO of Nanoventions, a Roswell-based company that designs micro-optic solutions, according to its website. He has been charged with three counts each of felony theft and felony forgery, and two counts of financial identity fraud.

Daniel, 50, was arrested Feb. 14 after a six-month investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Deputy Robin Regan said the company reached out to detectives after discovering Daniel forged several checks worth more than $160,000.

Investigators worked with Nanoventions' president and CEO to examine the company's business and financial records. They learned that since 2010, Daniel stole more than $1,950,000 through about 290 fraudulent transactions, according to Regan.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

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

Scheduled projects include:

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

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Pike Nurseries hiring for spring

Pike Nurseries hiring for spring

(WXIA) -- Pike Nurseries plans to hire about 300 employees for the upcoming spring planting season.

The nursery chain will hold a career fair Wednesday, Mar. 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all its Georgia locations.

Open positions include manager trainees, department heads, sales associates, operations personnel and cashiers. Planting enthusiasts of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.

Visit pikenursery.com for more information.

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Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game

ATLANTA – The Georgia Lottery is introducing an exciting new game that will be available only in Georgia. Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component.

The game concept is the first of its kind in Georgia.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

Additionally, players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match went on sale at Georgia Lottery retailers statewide Sunday.

Drawings will be held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The first drawing will be conducted Feb. 23.

Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play.

Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Icy roads cause Forsyth County wrecks


FORSYTH COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Forsyth County Sheriff's Department officials were working on a one-vehicle wreck on Bannister Road during the early morning hours Saturday.

Officials said the vehicle ran off the road and overturned due to icy roads in the area.

Deputies on the scene said there were no injuries in the wreck.

The Bannister Road wreck was one of at least three accidents blamed on icy roads during the overnight hours. Officials said in the other two wrecks -- on Castleberry Road and on Dr Bramblett Road -- there were also no injuries reported.

Motorists are advised to take extra caution through the early morning hours.