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The Search for Keith Burns Continues

Update: The body of Keith Burns was discovered around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 in Lost Mountain Park. Investigators saw no signs of foul play. The medical examiner will examine the body to determine the cause of death.

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- The search continues for a Cobb County man who has been missing since Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Keith Burns, 45, was scheduled to perform an independent construction job in Hiram on the morning he went missing. It is unclear whether he arrived at the site, although a witness claims to have seen his car nearby.

Security cameras captured images of Keith's red 1998 Ford Ranger driving into a parking lot at Lost Mountain Park in Powder Springs. Police subsequently found the vehicle at the park, but there was no sign of Keith.

Friends and family spent the weekend searching Lost Mountain Park on three- and four-wheelers.

Have You Seen Keith Burns?

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Keith Burns, 45, of Cobb County has been missing since Tuesday, Nov. 9.

According to friends, Keith was scheduled to perform an independent construction job in Hiram on the day he went missing. A witness claims to have seen Keith's truck -- a red 1998 Ford Ranger with a black tool chest in the bed, license plate 845 HSN -- at the site, but it appears as though no work was performed.

Keith is described as a white male, about 6'1" tall and 200 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He has Type 1 diabetes and requires medication; he is also a past president of the Atlanta Astronomy Club.

Three search groups have combed the area of the construction site with no sign of Keith or his truck.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Keith Burns is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-4185.

Paulding County Sheriff Seeks Suspicious Person

DALLAS, GA -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who may have exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl.

"The adult male is alleged to have exposed [himself] to the juvenile while offering a ride to school," Cpl. Brandon Gurley said in a statement. "It appears that the suspect was interrupted by the juvenile's parent when they came outside to see who their child was talking to. The suspect quickly left the area" --  the Courthouse Park Subdivision off of Courthouse Road.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40's or 50's with a gray goatee, tan complexion and medium build. He was last seen wearing a toboggan hat and driving away in a small green 4-door car.

Sheriff's deputies are interviewing withnesses and known sex offenders in the area.

Turner/New South Construction Break Ground on Douglas Cty Adult Detention and Law Enforcement Center

Turner Construction Company, in a joint venture with New South Construction, broke ground Nov.

Register for the Paulding County Christmas Parade

DALLAS, GA -- The deadline to register for the 18th annual Invitational Christmas Parade is fast approaching.

Applications must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The price to enter the parade is $75 for an individual or organization, and $100 for a business or corporation. This price covers two vehicles; each additional vehicle is $15.

The 2010 parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. The theme is "Bringing Joy to Children at Christmas."

For more information, consult the Frequently Asked Questions form for the parade, call 404-401-0948 or email the parade organizers.

Despite Long Lines, Paulding Elections Chief Stands By Closing Precincts

DALLAS, GA -- A day after some voters stood in line for up to three hours to cast their ballots, the supervisor of Paulding County Elections is standing by a decision to close half of the area's voting precincts.

Election Supervisor Deidre Holden says Paulding County is saving approximately $80,000 each time voters go to the polls by reducing the number of polling places from 28 to 14. The county spent approximately $500,000 on five elections in 2008. Since closing the polling places, the county has so far spent $80,000 on four elections.

Paulding County's voting population has grown by approximately 30,000 in the past six years.

Some voters say they were caught off guard when they found long lines and voters who were once assigned to other locations.

"It might not have been so bad if there had been more voting machines," said Diane Torres. "But a line like that and one small room with 12 machines?"

Grand Re-Opening of Paulding County Animal Shelter

DALLAS, GA -- The Paulding County Animal Shelter (775 Industrial Boulevard North, Dallas, 30132) is having a grand re-opening celebration the weekend of Nov. 19-21.

For the entire weekend, adoption fees will be reduced to $40.

In celebration of the re-opening, there will be a special event on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Braly Sports Complex behind the shelter from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Santa and his live reindeer will be on hand to pose for pictures. There will also be a microchip clinic, vets and groomers, a bake sale and a rabies clinic.

Several items will be raffled off during the event to raise money for the shelter's spay/neuter program. Any donated items will be greatly appreciated.

For more information, call Sgt. Keith Benton with Paulding County Animal Control at 770-445-1511.