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Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

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Cabana Grill opens in Snellville

Cabana Grill opens in Snellville

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Cabana Grill opened its first U.S. location in Snellville on Monday, April 14.

This 3,700-square-foot restaurant is packed with space to enjoy the fresh Tex-Mex concept in all its glory, with decor that offers the street feel of Mexico, including a window into the kitchen where customers can see the corn and flour tortillas being freshly prepared. 

I was given the opportunity to try the steak with onions and bell pepers on a corn tortilla, and it was amazing. I also tried the potatoes with cheese and pico de gallo, which was good as well, as was steak on a flour tortilla with a cream sauce. I loved all the food I tried. 

CEO Todd Coerver, a UGA graduate, told me about the research on where to place the first Cabana Grill and was excited that it was in Georgia. He also said that the second location would be in Jacksonville, Fla., this summer and hoped to have a second location ITP by the new year.

Family searches for lost pink hippo

DACULA, Ga-- Four-year-old Sadie Smith has given up on reuniting with her pink hippo. Her family and their Facebook friends are still pushing for a happy ending.

Sadie was on her way home from an overnight trip with her grandpa, Taylor Clay, when he pulled over for gas outside of Dacula. A woman told him she was behind him at the last intersection and saw a pink suitcase fall of the truck. Sadie's favorite stuffed animal was inside that Dora The Explorer suitcase.

Clay immediately went back to the intersection, but the suitcase was already gone. He's been back several times since for a more complete search, but never found the suitcase.

"There's nothing valuable about it," Sadie's mom, Jessica Smith, said. "I'm just hoping I know somebody who knows somebody who knows something."

Fitts brings his mystery writing skills to Snellville

Fitts brings his mystery writing skills to Snellville

Nearly 30 people came to hear about the author’s fourth novel in the “Needed Killing” series. His previous titles are “He Needed Killing,” “He Needed Killing Too” and “She Needed Killing.”

Fitts and his wife, Anne Gibbons, self-published the books in both eBook and in paperback form. The books are described as “cozy mysteries with a Southern flair.”

For more information on Fitts and his writings visit www.billfittsauthor.us.

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A person is dead after a vehicle crashed into a tree.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- One person is dead after a vehicle crashed into a tree Wednesday morning.

Gwinnett County Police are investigating the fatal accident, which took place on Ronald Reagan Parkway, near Five Forks Trickum Road just before 9 a.m.

According to officials, the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree. It is unknown if any other vehicles were involved in the accident.

19 Gwinnett high schools among America's Most Challenging

19 Gwinnett high schools among America's Most Challenging

(WXIA) -- The Washington Post has unveiled its 2014 list of America's Most Challenging High Schools.

The newspaper determines the annual rankings through a ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests a school gives each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Nineteen Gwinnett County schools made the list, which features more than 2,000 high schools across the country. The listed numbers are each school's national ranking.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.