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East Paulding HS to retire Zack Wheeler's jersey

East Paulding HS to retire Zack Wheeler's jersey

DALLAS, Ga. -- East Paulding High School will retire alumnus and professional baseball player Zack Wheeler's jersey this weekend.

Wheeler graduated from East Paulding High in 2009 and was the sixth overall pick in that year's MLB draft. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants, then was traded to the New York Mets in 2011.

Wheeler made his major league debut on June 18, 2013, against the Atlanta Braves. He is currently a starting pitcher for the Mets.

The jersey retirement ceremony will be Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the East Paulding High gymnasium. While playing for the Raiders, Wheeler compiled a 95-36 record and was named the 2009 Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year for Georgia.

Wheeler's jersey will be retired during halftime of Saturday's varsity basketball game.

Friends, family say goodbye to Paulding Co. deputy

Friends, family say goodbye to Paulding Co. deputy

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Family and friends said goodbye Monday to a Paulding County Sheriff's deputy killed in an apparent murder-suicide.

Authorities say that Cpl. Sam Driskell his wife and his daughter were shot and killed by Driskell's stepson, Felix, who then took his own life. The bodies were found on Jan. 6.

Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge said he knew Driskell since the seventh grade. He said the loss is both professional and deeply personal.

"Our agency has a hole in its heart that I don't know can ever be healed," Gulledge said. "Sam done a job for us and I don't think he can be replaced. We have no choice but continue his job, but replacing Sam will never happen."

Tips for cold weather plant protection

Tips for cold weather plant protection

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- When the weather report calls for freezing temperatures overnight, you do not want to be rushing outside in the dark to cover cold-sensitive plants.

According to University of Georgia experts, protect plants in containers either by placing them inside a protective structure (house, garage, greenhouse or shed) or by placing a protective covering over them.

“People put a lot of time and expense in caring for their plants,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “It is important for them to know how to protect their investments to nurture them for growth when the weather is cold.”

Container plants are especially susceptible to cold temperatures; their roots are more exposed because they are above ground. Plants with roots that are damaged by cold temperatures may not show immediate signs of damage; these plants will show signs of stress when temperatures rise and the demand for water from the roots are greater.

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

Weekend roadwork resumes on I-20, I-285

(WXIA) -- Weekends in metro Atlanta guarantee one thing: construction projects on highways and major roads.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be hard at work on several streets, mostly in Fulton County.

Drivers are asked to be courteous and cautious when traveling through impacted areas. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

I-20
* Two westbound lanes will be closed between McDaniel and Langhorn streets from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.
* One eastbound lane will be closed between Fulton Industrial Boulevard and I-285 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge joint repairs.

I-285
* Two northbound lanes will be closed between I-85 and Washington Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Investigators search for motive in Paulding Co. murder-suicide


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- Investigators are working to determine the motive behind an apparent murder-suicide that left a Paulding County sheriff's deputy and three members of his family dead.

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Teens charged as adults in Paulding County murder


PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. – Two teenagers are being charged as adults in the New Year's Eve murder of an 18-year-old man in Paulding County.

According to Cpl. Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, 15-year-old Trent Jacobs and 16-year-old Randy Fredrick met 18-year-old Gage McGee on Brian Miller Road to buy marijuana.

The charges against the teenagers have changed as Frederick has now been bound over to Superior Court for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Murder.

Meanwhile, Jacobs is still awaiting an update on his status.

Both are being held without bond at Marietta Regional Youth Detention Center.

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

Weekend roadwork gets off to slow start in 2015

(WXIA) -- The end of the holiday season means the start of another year of construction on metro Atlanta roads and highways.

Next week, drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 north in Cobb County if possible. Projects and lane closures in the area are expected to cause delays.

As in 2014, all roadwork is weather permitting.

Here are some of the projects scheduled for the first weekend and full week of the new year.