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Forsyth superintendent announces retirement

Forsyth superintendent announces retirement

CUMMING, Ga. -- Forsyth County Schools Superintendent L.C. "Buster" Evans will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Evans announced his retirement plan during Thursday's Forsyth County Board of Education meeting. He has worked for the school system since 2007, capping off a 30-year career in public education.

"We will be forever grateful to Dr. Evans for his outstanding leadership and for taking our district to unbelievable levels of achievement," Board of Education Chairperson Darla Light said in a release. "We wish him the best in his new career pathway and know that he will continue to make a difference in the future of our state."

Upon retiring on June 30, Evans plans to begin working on learning and career development opportunities for adults.

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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

(WXIA) -- Spring is just around the corner, and Pike Nurseries is preparing to hire 250 people for one of its busiest seasons.

The nursery chain, which has locations throughout metro Atlanta, will hold a career fair on Friday, Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Roswell location (615 West Crossville Road).

Job seekers can also apply at any Pike Nurseries location. The stores are looking for anyone who is passionate about gardening.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

Elton John concert coming to local movie theaters

(WXIA) -- Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, a live broadcast of the legendary singer's current residency show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, will come to several Atlanta-area movie theaters for two nights only.

The concerts will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 18 and Wednesday, Mar. 26.

In addition to concert footage, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano features behind-the-scenes footage from the making of John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Tickets to the concert screenings can be purchased at fathomevents.com.

Participating movie theaters include:

Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta

AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead
3340 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta

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Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

Zaxby's named America's most craveable chain

(WXIA) -- Zaxby's has been named America's "Most Craveable Fast Casual" restaurant for the second year in a row.

The Athens-based chicken chain received the honor from Technomic, a market research firm that focuses on the restaurant industry.

Technomic measures more than 60 elements of a guest's experience to determine the rankings. Zaxby's craveability can be attributed to its popular Chicken Fingerz and dipping sauces, especially the signautre Zax Sauce.

"We are continuously looking for new experiences and flavors to provide our guests, but it's also exciting for us to know that some of our very first menu items are still fan favorites to this day," Zaxby's CEO and co-founder Zach McLeory said. "We're delighted to know our guests have ranked us the most craveable for a second year, and will endlessly strive to provide them with exceptional flavors they can't get anywhere else."

Commuter Dude: Controversy over plans to widen Forsyth County road

CUMMING - Forsyth County Commissioners and some homeowners will clash Thursday night over plans to widen Castleberry Road.

Turning the two lane road into a four lane was first proposed as a part of a Special Local Option Sales Tax that voters approved in 2002. It has been discussed and debated ever since.

In November, 2012, Forsyth County Commissioners voted unanimously to shelve the project until 2016, and to conduct an additional traffic study.

Commissioner Todd Levent stated, "I do not believe the existing and projected traffic volumes on Castlebery Road justify the expense and impact of a four-lane Castleberry Road."

The county has already spent close to $9 million dollars on planning and right of way acquisition. The project would cost another $13 million.

Thursday night, Commissioners will vote on whether or not to scrap an additional traffic study, and move forward with the project immediately.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. McEachern maintains the lead as the state tournament begins.

For much of the season McEachern and Southwest DeKalb have been 1 and 2. That continues this week with Parkview, Redan, and Archer the top 5.

Next comes Tucker, Hillgrove, Wesleyan, North Forsyth, and Southwest Atlanta Christian making up the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.