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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Fire destroys Flint Hill Masonic Lodge in Douglas County

Fire destroys Flint Hill Masonic Lodge in Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A fire ripped through the Flint Hill Masonic Lodge in Douglas County Friday morning, destroying the historic building.

The blaze broke out at around 2 a.m. at the structure near the intersection of Bill Arp Road and Duncan Memorial Highway.

Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon said the wood building was fully involved when crews arrived. He said the building had a rich history and may have one housed an old church.

No one was hurt in the fire, according to Douglas County Fire investigator Dewayne Johnson. Its cause is under investigation.

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

2 missing kids found, father taken into custody

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- Two children were located and their father was taken into custody after a Levi's Call was activated on Sunday.

Only 11 Alive cameras were rolling as authorities brought 1-year-old Cyrus Foster and 3-year-old Peyton Foster to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office with their mother.

The children were found just before 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of MLK Dr. and Lowery BLVD by MARTA police, their father, Born Uallah Foster, was arrested.

"Mr. Foster attempted to allude MARTA PD, but after a short foot chase he was apprehended," said Lt. Glenn Daniel with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

According to authorities, Foster was the abductor and took the children in his ex-wife's vehicle, which he allegedly stole.

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Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

Continue to avoid the Perimeter this weekend

(WXIA) -- This weekend is expected to be hot, and the Georgia Department of Transportation will take advantage of the weather by using Friday, Saturday and Sunday to work on some much-needed road improvements.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Chesley McNeil has your weekend forecast

Like last weekend, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible. Lane closures will result in major delays.

Scheduled I-285 projects include:

Unemployment climbs again in July

Unemployment climbs again in July

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 8.0 percent in July, up from 7.5 percent in June. The rate was 8.3 percent in July 2013.

Douglas County's unemployment rate was 8.2 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase was due to seasonal layoffs in manufacturing and education. Many of those workers have since returned to their jobs.

In addition, metro Atlanta's private sector created 8,900 jobs in July. Most of the positions were in business; trade and transportation; finance and information services; leisure and hospitality; and construction.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest July jobless rate at 6.6 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 11.4 percent.

Race this weekend: No Place Like Home

Race this weekend: No Place Like Home

BREMEN, Ga. -- No Place Like Home, the West Georgia ALS 5K, will be held this weekend in Bremen.

The race will be Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Bremen Parks and Recreation Department Gymnasium. Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m., with the race scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

All runners will receive T-shirts, while awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age group.

Registration is $25 through race day. All proceeds will benefit Georgia's chapter of the ALS Association.

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Visit bremenrec.org for more information and to sign up. Bremen Parks and Recreation is located at 417 River Circle.