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Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

Clash Of The Champions Highlights: Week 3

ATLANTA -- Week 3 of high school football in the Metro Atlanta area brings a showdown that fans have waiting to see for an entire year. 

Last September, Gainesville traveled to Buford and handed the Wolves a rare regular season lost on their home field. 19-15 was the score as the Red Elephants took advantage of 5 Buford turnovers and were victorious for the first time in 5 meetings between the two schools.

And this Friday night defending class AAAAA champion Gainesville will host defending class AAA champion Buford in a marquee matchup.  

Not far away West Forsyth will try to shake off last week's loss to Gainesville when they call on Flowery Branch. Other matches to watch this week include Brookwood at Mill Creek, Kell at Woodstock, East Coweta travels to Gwinnett County to call on Archer, while defending class AAAAAA champion Norcross will visit Parkview in a battle of teams trying to break into the win column.

Syrian musician in Atlanta plays for peace

ATLANTA -- Among those impacted by the revolution in Syria and the mass exodus of refugees is a classical composer and pianist who lives in Atlanta with his parents.

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Malek Jandali has performed everywhere in the world, from the Kennedy Center to London, Paris, and Cairo.

Jeff Hullinger spoke with this musical artist who is horrified by the gassing of children in Damascus.

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Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

Prepare for a soggy Labor Day

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The National Weather Service says metro Atlanta is in for a wet unofficial end to summer 2013.

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Most of the state is under a Hazardous Weather Outlook alert Monday morning as rain and storms sweep through Georgia.

One county -- Haralson, on the Georgia-Alabama border -- is under a flash flood warning until noon Monday.

Other portions of the metro experienced heavy rains, swollen creeks, downed trees and, in a few cases, power outages.

Weekend construction projects include I-285, Downtown Connector

Weekend construction projects include I-285, Downtown Connector

ATLANTA -- The weekend is almost here -- and in Atlanta, weekends mean construction projects and lots of traffic.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will work on a number of projects this weekend, as the weather is supposed to be nice.

Expect triple lane closures on Interstate 285 in both directions between Roswell Road and Riverside Drive in Sandy Springs as workers maintain the bridge over Long Island Drive. Drivers in the area will probably experience very heavy delays.

Flyover bridge construction will require lane closures on Sidney Marcus Boulevard in both directions; crews will be working on the new interchange of I-85 and Ga. 400.

One lane of the entrance ramp to northbound I-85 from Buford Highway will be closed as well.

The HOV lanes of the Downtown Connector between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Northside Drive will be closed every night this weekend from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. as crews work to put up overhead signs.

I-285 roadwork cancelled this weekend, other projects to continue

I-285 roadwork cancelled this weekend, other projects to continue

ATLANTA -- Drivers on Interstate 285 will get a break from one of the city's biggest road projects this weekend.

Scheduled construction on I-285 between Riverside Drive and Roswell Road has been cancelled due to predictions of rain.

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Other projects have not yet been cancelled. Three lanes of northbound I-85 between Armour Drive and Ga. 400 will be closed as crews continue a major interchange project. Drivers should avoid the area if possible.

Drain cleaning, shoulder sweeping and sign upgrades are also scheduled for several areas of I-285, I-75 and I-20. These projects will involve single lane closures.

Don't forget to slow down and exercise caution if driving past a work crew.

High School Classics in the Preseason

ATLANTA -- Diehard fans of high school football in the Peach State have marked their calendars each season for those matchups between longtime rivals.  Conference realignment and classification changes have moved some of your favorites to the preseason and some of them are coming up this weekend.

Friday will find a number of matchups that would be regular season or post season classics.  Gainesville will host Grayson, while Lovejoy travels to Peachtree Ridge and Stephenson plays at North Gwinnett.

In a truly rare event, Berkmar will play at Buford.  This is rare because Gwinnett County teams never play Buford.  Who wants to look bad against a team from a lower classification?  Plus, after getting a look at Buford's complex parents will come home and start packing to move into the Buford school district.  I'm just keeping it real.