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Car break-ins under investigation at Sweetwater Park

Car break-ins under investigation at Sweetwater Park

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. -- Douglas County Sheriff's officials hope to talk to two persons in interest in a recent spate of car break-ins at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Five cars were illegally entered at the Lithia Springs park on Thursday, Jan. 1. The thieves took credit cards, debit cards, checks and other miscellaneous items. Douglas County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Daniel said it appears to be an isolated incident.

Two people were caught on camera at the park around the time the crimes occurred. Daniel said they may not have anything to do with the break-ins, but police still want to talk to them.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 770-920-4903.

Daniel reminded visitors to Sweetwater Park and any other park in the Atlanta area to lock their car doors, put valuables out of plain sight and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Drive Time Band to perform in Douglasville

Drive Time Band to perform in Douglasville

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Buckle up. You're in for a ride!

Drive Time Brand brings high-energy entertainment to downtown Douglasville, and you're invited to attend this special, FREE concert!

The City of Douglasville is hosting the 2013 GCCMA Fall Conference, and as a part of the event will feature a special concert that is free and open to the public to attend.

Mack McKibben and his eleven-piece band will perform a dynamic range of popular music from the 1950's to present-day hits, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, on
O'Neal Plaza. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating.

State parks still open despite shutdown

State parks still open despite shutdown

ATLANTA -- The government shutdown has closed a number of national parks and historic sites, but Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will still be open this weekend.

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The state parks located on the local Corps of Engineers lakes are open to visitors. They include Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier in Gainesville; Red Top Mountain State Park on Allatoona Lake in Cartersville;and Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia.

"We've already had a number of campers check into our state parks because they had to leave Corps of Engineers campgrounds which had closed," State Parks Assistant Director Wally Woods said in a statement. "We have plenty of cabins, yurts and campsites available this week."

Google to provide Wi-Fi at Douglasville parks

Google to provide Wi-Fi at Douglasville parks

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The name Google will be seen throughout Douglasville, due to the city's agreement to accept the tech giant's offer of free Wi-Fi in exchange for name placement in areas where the service is provided.

The Douglasville City Council voted unanimously to authorize Douglasville's mayor to enter in contracts with Google for installation and operation of an outdoor wireless Internet to cover downtown areas, Jessie Davis Park and Hunter Park.

"It is an exciting time with the city of Douglasville," Mayor Harvey Persons said in a statement. "The people from Google have graciously agreed to work with the city at this point in time to help us do this -- not only help us do it, but to provide the financing or the monies to be able to do that."

Magic on Main Street spreads Christmas cheer

Magic on Main Street spreads Christmas cheer

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville will present its Magic on Main Street Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 7.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Douglasville. All parade floats will incorporate lighting, as the event takes place after dark. Prizes will be given to the top three floats.

For more information about Magic on Main Street, visit ga-douglasvillecvb.com.

Enter your float in the Douglasville Christmas Parade

Enter your float in the Douglasville Christmas Parade

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Holiday cheer will pour into Douglasville on Friday, Dec. 2 during the city's annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting.

Santa Claus himself will kick off the fun at 6:30 p.m., when he serves as grand marshal of the parade. He will also be available to take pictures with children and hear their Christmas wishes.

After the parade, O'Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville will come to life with bright lights and carols, all leading up to the grand finale where Mayor Mickey Thompson will light the Christmas tree.

To enter a float in the Christmas parade, visit www.ci.douglasville.ga.us. Parade registration costs $35 and is open until Thursday, Dec. 1.

For more information, call the city of Douglasville at 770-947-5920.

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)