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Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

Ga. Lottery posts educational transfers totaling $15B

ATLANTA – As the Georgia Lottery Corp. celebrates its 20th anniversary, lottery officials today announced record proceeds to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014. The Georgia Lottery’s first-half transfers to the Lottery for Education Account will bring the total raised for educational programs in the state to $15 billion since the lottery’s inception in 1993.

Georgia Lottery returns to education for the first half of fiscal year 2014 totaled $462.1 million, more than $11.6 million ahead of the same period last year.

“More dollars will go to fund educational programs in Georgia than ever before as a result of our strong start to the fiscal year,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “We are proud of our accomplishments and remain committed to maximizing revenues to benefit Georgia’s students.”

The first half of the fiscal year spanned from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013.

Winter Coat Drive at North Georgia Smiles

Cumming, GA. - Dr. Jennifer Bisig and Dr. Seth Gibree of North Georgia Smiles in Cumming partnered with the organization One Warm Coat to collect winter coats throughout the month of December.

The team at North Georgia Smiles recently held a coat drive at their office in Cumming, which lasted the entire month of December. Patients who brought in new or gently used coats were able to spin a wheel that had discounts and specials for their next office visit. Some of these specials included 10% off treatment, free fluoride treatment or $1000 off Invisalign.

Father and son sentenced for racketeering

Father and son sentenced for racketeering

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A father and son have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a plot to take control of houses they did not own.

Kennesaw residents Guilio Glenn Greye, 61, and Ian Justain Greye, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

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Giulio Greye was sentenced to five years, while his son received 10 years. Both men are required to spend two years in prison.

Two co-defendants -- 52-year-old Susan Lorraine Weidman of Kennesaw and 29-year-old Matthew Daniel Lowery of Alpharetta -- will be tried next month.

According to information presented in court, the Greyes moved into an empty house on Champlain Street in Decatur and filed false documents with DeKalb County, claiming they owned the property.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Baskteball Poll

ATLANTA -- The first edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. The Panthers from Lilburn are riding high this week, but the winds of change are blowing.

The Parkview Panthers were leaders of the pack before falling to region rival Archer this week. McEachern, Southwest DeKalb, Tucker, and Norcross make up the top 5.

Archer is next with Hillgrove, North Forsyth, Wesleyan, and Buford completing the top 10.

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

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

(WXIA) -- Now that the holidays are winding down, the Georgia Department of Transportation is resuming the road projects it began last year.

Major work will be performed in the HOV lanes on Interstate 85 in both directions between the Clairmont and Lenox/Cheshire Bridge interchanges.

The HOV lanes and their adjacent lanes will be closed continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The inside shoulders of I-85 in the same area will also be closed continuously through Friday, Feb. 7.

Work will also continue on the bridge of the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta. One inside lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers traveling into or out of Atlanta are asked to use extreme caution when moving through these areas.

See a complete list of road projects at dot.ga.gov.

Cumming scores first completed road project of 2014

Cumming scores first completed road project of 2014

CUMMING, Ga. -- Drivers in Forsyth County will have an easier time driving on Canton Highway in 2014.

On Dec. 31, the Georgia Department of Transportation wrapped up a project that involved widening the road at its intersection with Woodland Hills Drive in Cumming.

"We widened SR 20 (Canton Highway) to create an additional 600 feet of center turning lane," said GDOT board member Rudy Bowen. "This new area will improve the overall operation of SR 20 by allowing left turners to get out of the traffic flow, eliminating backups in the immediate area."

The road project was completed under Georgia's Quick Response program, which allows low-cost operational improvements to be made to state roads. Thanks to the program, the Canton Highway widening project only cost $59,510.35.

"The quick response program is a tool specifically for work typically costing less than $200,000," Bowen said. "Small changes can make a big change in your commute."

POLL: Your top viewed stories from 2013

WXIA -- 2013 was filled with memorable stories.  Here's a look at the top 13 most viewed stories on 11Alive.com this year.

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#13: Bears invade Cumming

Three bears decided to take a stroll through one Cumming neighborhood.  And one man caught it all on camera.

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