Georgia News Roundup
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White House official discussing Hispanic education

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — A White House official working on education issues for Hispanics visits Atlanta on Friday.

Alejandra Ceja is executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She plans to participate in a College Board conference focused on helping Hispanic students prepare for and complete college.

The conference began on Wednesday at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and wraps up Friday.

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Firefighters battle blaze at recycling plant

DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters northeast of Atlanta were battling a fire at a Doraville recycling plant.

CBS Atlanta reports that DeKalb County firefighters were called to the Caraustar Doraville Recycling Plant on Winters Chapel Road around 3:45 a.m. Friday.

No injuries were reported.

Doraville is about 12 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Information from: WGCL-TV, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man carrying gun in holster prompts scare at park

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A man carrying a gun in a holster prompted parents at a children's baseball game to halt play and round up the children behind a dugout, but authorities say no crime was committed.

Parents and others at the Forsyth County park north of Atlanta flooded the 911 center with 22 calls about the man Tuesday evening.

Parent Karen Rabb tells WSB-TV that the man was asking people if they saw his gun, saying there's nothing anyone could do about it.

Forsyth County sheriff's deputies questioned the man, and found that he had a valid gun permit. Authorities said that since the man made no verbal threats or gestures, they couldn't arrest him.

Sheriff Duane Piper said the man had the right to carry the gun, but called his conduct inappropriate.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Ruling could pave way for sale of riverfront land

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — A judge has dismissed an attempt by residents in Atlanta's northeastern suburbs to block the sale of a large tract of land along the Chattahoochee River.

The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church is looking to sell the property known as Simpsonwood, a 227-acre site that's been a meeting place for church groups and a sanctuary for visitors.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Magistrate Mark Lewis' Thursday decision could clear the way for the sale of the land.

But if the ruling is appealed, any final decision on Simpsonwood's sale could be delayed.

Norcross school teacher Ludie Simpson, who died in 1975, deeded the land to the Methodist church in 1973 with the understanding that it would not be "chopped into smaller parcels or exploited or despoiled."

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Peach County voters to vote on Sunday alcohol

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — Voters in central Georgia's Peach County will vote next month on whether to allow Sunday sales of packaged beer and wine.

The Telegraph reports that the vote is set for May 20 in the county just southwest of Macon.

Since the state lifted restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales in 2011, Georgia cities and counties have been approving ordinances allowing sales in varying forms.

With only a few exceptions, Sunday alcohol referendums in communities throughout the state have been approved.

In Peach County, the new referendum would primarily affect convenience stores, because it only concerns beer and wine, not liquor. Regardless of whether the referendum passes, Sunday package sales of liquor will still be restricted in the unincorporated areas of the county.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Man and woman wounded in Atlanta shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police are investigating a shooting that left two people wounded on the city's southwest side.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that police received a report of gunshots in an area of Fairway Circle shortly before 11 a.m. Friday.

Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon said a man and a woman were shot. Both were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where the woman was in critical condition.

Police said the man was shot in the jaw. Lyon told the Atlanta newspaper that his condition is "not as critical as the female."

Few other details were immediately available early Friday afternoon.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

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