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World Gym locker thief identified

World Gym locker thief identified

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City Police used the power of social media to identify a man accused of stealing from lockers at a local gym.

Brian Gordon, 40, of Kansas City, Mo., faces several felony counts of financial identity theft.

Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown said Gordon is accused of taking wallets from at least two lockers at the World Gym on Lexington Circle on Apr. 9.

The victims' credit cards were used within minutes of the theft at a Chevron and Best Buy in Newnan. Brown said the suspect made a $2,800 purchase at the Best Buy.

Police posted a picture of the suspect on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, which led to someone in another state identifying him as Gordon.

Anyone who can help Peachtree City Police catch Gordon is asked to call the department at 770-487-8866.

Unemployment rate decreases in March

Unemployment rate decreases in March

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in March, down slightly from February's 6.9 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in March 2013.

Coweta County's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent this March.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said local employers created more jobs and laid off fewer workers. The number of new positions increased by 51,500 last month.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in March 2014 at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 9.4 percent.

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

Shane's Rib Shack to celebrate summer with free ribs

(WXIA) -- Few foods say "summer" like baby back ribs, and Shane's Rib Shack wants to celebrate the change in seasons with free summertime food.

On Saturday, May 17, participating Shane's Rib Shack locations will give away a free half-rack of baby back ribs and a 20-ounce drink to the first 100 customers. The lucky diners will also receive rib giveaway T-shirts.

"Our fifth annual rib giveaway provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal customers and fans who have made Shane's Rib Shack what it is today," chain founder and president Shane Thompson said in a release.

Shane's Rib Shack opened its first location 12 years ago in McDonough and now has 70 restaurants in 12 states.

Visit shanesribshack.com for more information.

College and Career Readiness: Coweta County

College and Career Readiness: Coweta County

ATLANTA – We now have the latest information on how well Georgia students are performing academically.

The Georgia Department of Education released its latest College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) Monday morning.

The CCRPI measures on a scale from 1-100 how schools are performing. It adds another 10 points to schools with students enrolled in high-level academic courses or with high performing students in certain areas, including special education, those learning English and in high poverty areas.

To make sure there is an "apples to apples" comparison of the scores, the state has revised last year's numbers to make them more in-line with this year's calculations.

The state first released the CCRPI in 2012 as a new statewide accountability system. The release of the scores in May 2013 was considered a "study year." The DOE received feedback from school district and this year revised the CCPRI.

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:

Race this weekend: Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run

Race this weekend: Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Enjoy a colorful race this weekend by running the Abby's Angels Foundation Rainbow Run 5K.

The event will take place Saturday, Apr. 19 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will also feature a Family Fun Day with music, food and activities.

Runners will be showered in bright colors as they race to raise money for Abby's Angels Foundation, which supports the families of children who donate their organs.

Registration is $35 per runner. Participants are encouraged to wear white shirts that will best display their race rainbows.

Visit abbysangelsfoundation.org for more information.

The Coweta County Fairgrounds are located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan.

2 Coweta high schools among America's Most Challenging

2 Coweta 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.

Two Coweta 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.

1797. Northgate HS
1975. East Coweta HS

See the full list at washingtonpost.com.