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Simon malls announce holiday hours

Simon malls announce holiday hours

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Simon shopping centers announced enhanced holiday season opening hours to accommodate the needs of busy holiday shoppers.

Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb will be open from 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving) through 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28 to kick off the holiday shopping season. These malls will re-open at 6 a.m. on “Black Friday,” Nov. 28, and will close at 10 p.m. that evening. Select retailers in each mall will be open between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. For information on store holiday hours, please visit each retailer’s individual websites.

Phipps Plaza will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, but will open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 for “Black Friday” and close at 10 p.m. that evening.

North Georgia Premium Outlets and Calhoun Premium Outlets will be open from 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 through 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

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Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Bowman to serve on NADRA board of directors

Bowman to serve on NADRA board of directors

BUFORD, Ga. -- Buford resident Heath Bowman, owner of Southeastern Underdeck Systems, has been elected to the 2014-15 board of directors of the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA members are allied to the deck and railing industry. The association emphasizes safe building practices and deck safety.

Bowman also is a member of the Greenville, Chattanooga and Atlanta Chapters of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Home Builders. He credits much of the success of Southeastern Underdeck Systems to hard work and relationships he has developed through his professional memberships in NADRA, NARI and the NAHB.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

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Mall of Georgia to celebrate holidays with ‘Santabration’

BUFORD, Ga. -- Santa Claus is coming to town! Mall of Georgia invites local families and friends to ring in the holiday season with its annual Santabration event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Presented by AutoNation Toyota and Fiat, this spectacular celebration welcomes the arrival of the man in red with plenty of fun and festive activities! Attendees can look forward to a Christmas Parade, performances by the Academy of Performing Arts Superstar Dancers, the 50-foot tree lighting and a special Movies Under the Stars screening of Elf on an impressive 55-foot screen.

Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Come early, grab a spot and experience this jolly holiday tradition with the entire family!

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

Graduation rates: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- Georgia's 2014 high school graduation rates were released Thursday.

This year's statewide average is 72.5 percent, up slightly from last year's 71.5 percent. It's also the third consecutive increase in the percentage of seniors who graduate from the state's public high schools.

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Gwinnett County's 2014 graduation rate is 75 percent. At 99.4 percent, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville has the county's highest graduation rate.

Other graduation rates in Gwinnett County include:

Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

Atlanta-area Simon malls ring in holidays with festive fun

ATLANTA -– The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! To help families get in the "ho-ho"-holiday spirit, Atlanta-area Simon malls are hosting a variety of festive activities and special entertainment all November and December long! With Giving Tuesday, Macy’s Great Tree Lighting, Santa’s Arrival celebrations, local choir performances, photos with Santa and more, Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall, Phipps Plaza and Town Center at Cobb offer a magical holiday experience that is enjoyable for the entire family!