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Mother and son a dynamic duo of volunteerism

Mother and son a dynamic duo of volunteerism

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Edna Phillips just can’t sit still. At age 92, she is Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s oldest active volunteer.

Edna spent 44 years working for Playtex. After her retirement, she traveled for a year but ran out of places she wanted to visit. That’s when she walked into the community hospital located right behind her home, joined the Auxiliary and started volunteering. That was 1987. Now, 27 years later, she is still going strong.

As a member of the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary, Edna is asked to put in 75 hours a year of volunteer work. It’s hardly a challenge and she far surpasses that goal. In fact, every Monday, all day long, you can find Edna working in the Piedmont Newnan Hospital gift shop.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t stay in the house,” recalled Phillips, who said she enjoys every minute of volunteering at Piedmont Newnan. “I just always had to be doing something. I can’t just sit in the house. I never could.”

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

Atlanta-area unemployment jumps in June

(WXIA) -- The unemployment rate in metro Atlanta climbed again last month.

June's rate was 7.6 percent, up from 7.2 percent in May, but much lower than last June's 8.6 percent.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in June.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the increase is due to end-of-summer job loss among non-contract school workers, an influx of graduates and students entering the workforce, and temporary layoffs in manufacturing.

So far, metro Atlanta has gained slightly more than 58,000 jobs in 2014 -- a good sign for those who are looking for work.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest June unemployment rate, at 6.3 percent. The highest was 10.4 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Plane crash in Coweta County injures 2


COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- Two people were injured in a plane crash Saturday afternoon.

According to Sheriff Mike Yeagar, the plane, which is a 1942 Ryan Aeronautical, came down near the intersection of Sewell Mill Road and Daniel Road in Roscoe, which is north of Newnan.

Both the pilot and the co-pilot were airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with multiple injuries. The FAA was called to the scene.

The two-seat, single engine plane is owned by Larry Lee of Atlanta. He is in serious condition, while the other victim, Lawrence Kelly, is still in critical condition.


Roadwork this week: Coweta, Henry

Roadwork this week: Coweta, Henry

(WXIA) -- Be careful, drivers -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be striping roads in several areas of metro Atlanta this week.

Striping requires rolling lane closures. Commuters should use caution when traveling through the areas where crews work.

These projects are scheduled to take place in Coweta and Henry counties:

Monday, July 21
I-75 north in Henry County
9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Tuesday)
Between mile markers 207 and 228

Tuesday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 23
East Highway 34 in Coweta County
6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly
Between mile markers 19 and 23

Visit dot.ga.gov for a complete list of road projects in the state.

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Newnan, Ga. – Velinda Braxton had no reason to believe her third pregnancy would be any different from her first two. In both of those pregnancies, labor had to be induced. So when Braxton woke up Thursday – just five days before her due date – with back-to-back contractions, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I said to myself, ‘hold on…something’s wrong,’” said Braxton. “The [contractions] just started coming quicker and quicker. I didn’t expect it to happen so fast because the day before, I really wasn’t contracting as much.”

Braxton called her mother who told her panicked daughter to call an ambulance. She didn’t heed that advice immediately. Instead, Braxton tried to relax but soon, her water broke. As her brother rushed over to take care of her children, an ambulance made its way to her home in Palmetto, Ga., for the 40-minute race to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

Rain could cancel road projects for the weekend

(WXIA) -- The threat of rain this weekend could provide some welcome relief for Atlanta-area drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has already postponed a handful of road projects, thanks to the weather.

WEATHER | 11Alive meteorologist Tracy Humphrey has your weekend forecast

Resurfacing on Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and concrete replacement on the west side of I-285 have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

GDOT said it plans to move ahead with scheduled resurfacing on I-20 between Douglasville and Villa Rica, as it is very close to finishing the work -- well ahead of its projected November completion date. However, rain may briefly halt crews.