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5 things women need to know about heart disease

5 things women need to know about heart disease

SHARPSBURG, Ga. -- Dr. Andrew Darlington of Piedmont Heart in Sharpsburg offers this important list of five things women need to know about heart disease. As part of American Heart Month in February, Piedmont Heart is offering a $100 heart screening for women. For more details, visit piedmont.org/getscreened.

Significant progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease among women.  Despite these advances, challenges remain, particularly in general awareness among women.  Here are several key aspects of cardiovascular disease that all women should be familiar with today.

#1 Cardiovascular disease in women is common

Patient call leads to DAISY Award for Piedmont Newnan nurse

Patient call leads to DAISY Award for Piedmont Newnan nurse

NEWNAN, Ga. -- During a surprise ceremony, Emily Bass, a registered nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, learned that she is the winner of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Bass had been nominated for a DAISY Award numerous times before receiving the honor. Her win came after a patient called the hospital’s chief nursing officer, Jason Smith, to rave about the care he received at the hospital. The patient specifically named Bass as a caregiver who always went above and beyond in taking care of him.

Architect couple's latest creation arrives early

Architect couple's latest creation arrives early

NEWNAN, Ga. -- This is a story about a local architect whose latest design was finished earlier than he expected.

Eric Matthews got home early to his Newnan home Tuesday, at around 5 p.m. He says that's when he heard his wife screaming upstairs.

Turns out Taneca Matthews, also an architect, had gone into labor with their second baby and there was no time to get to the hospital.

At the advice of the 911 operator, Eric got his wife on the bed; then he says he had to throw the phone to the floor because his child was coming.

Peyton, their baby girl, was born perfectly healthy -- and they got to Piedmont Newnan Hospital after the fact. It was less than 30 minutes from Taneca's first labor pain to the birth of their daughter.

Eric told us afterwards that he thought, "What is going on? I don't deliver babies in my bed!"

Vigil held for victim in Coweta Co. hit-and-run

Vigil held for victim in Coweta Co. hit-and-run

COWETA COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – It was a life cut way too short. A teen walking home from a friend's house when he was hit and killed by a driver in Coweta County.

Wednesday night was a very emotional night for family and friends of 14-year-old Parker Madliak. Hundreds turned out for a vigil at St. George Catholic Church – a service that touched the hearts of everyone there, from the kids to the adults.

"I sit here and look at my kids," said a tearful David Messer, a parent who attended the service. "And I would give my life for them and allow them to live."

Among those at the service, dozens of kids who went to school with Parker at Evans Middle School.

Driver comes forward in fatal Coweta County hit and run

Driver comes forward in fatal Coweta County hit and run

COWETA COUNTY, Ga. -- A driver has come forward in the hit and run death of a 14-year-old Coweta County boy.

The 17-year-old driver and his mother spoke with the Georgia State Patrol Tuesday afternoon, according to GSP Sgt. Mike Adcock. The young man reached out to investigators after hearing they were looking for a white Ford F-150 pickup truck that struck and killed Parker Madliak.

The teen's body was found at around 3 a.m. Tuesday on Welcome Sargent Road after his family reported him missing.

The driver told state troopers and Coweta County Sheriff's deputies he thought he struck a deer. Adcock said investigators found the teen's truck at his father's house and were able to connect it to wreckage recovered from the accident scene.

Charges are pending, but the driver has not yet been arrested, according to the GSP. The investigation continues.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

Chick-fil-A to host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

(WXIA) -- Chick-fil-A will bring back its popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night this weekend.

The fifth annual event will be Saturday, Feb. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at participating restaurants.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night encourages fathers and their little girls to spend time together. Every "couple" will receive take-home booklets featuring conversation starters and ideas for future outings.

Attendees will also be treated to tableside service, limousine and trolley rides, and other surprises.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night is free, except for the cost of food. Seating is available every hour; fathers and daughters are encouraged to call their local Chick-fil-A locations in advance to reserve a time.