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Fairington Elementary School reopens

Fairington Elementary School reopens

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A DeKalb County elementary school damaged by fire will reopen Monday morning.

Fairington Elementary School has been closed since Jan. 17, when a fire broke out in a kindergarten classroom. Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Students at the school had last week's classes at nearby Miller Grove High School. DeKalb County Schools spokesman Quinn Hudson said the students will begin returning to their usual classrooms at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

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Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

Weekend roadwork: Sign structure and bridge repairs

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid the southwest side of Interstate 285 this weekend, as construction crews will complete road projects in the area.

Weekend roadwork will take place on several other stretches of highway and interstate throughout metro Atlanta as well. The rainy weather may delay some projects.

Planned work includes:

Coweta County
* 1 northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles north of Highway 34 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sweeping.

Effort underway to help school after suspected arson

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An effort is underway to help a DeKalb County school impact by suspected arson.

Crews are still busy cleaning out classrooms after a weekend fire at Fairington Elementary. Students won't return to classes until next week at the earlier, officials said.

No suspects have been arrested in the suspected arson.

In the meantime, groups are gathering school supplies to replace items lost in the fire.

Images released of school arson suspect

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The DeKalb County School System's Department of Public Safety has released images of the suspect in a recent arson case at Fairington Elementary School.

Surveillance cameras on campus captured images of a black man, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, wearing glasses, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants.

Anyone who can help police identify the suspect is asked to call investigators at 678-676-1810.

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10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

10 north Ga. students chosen for Disney Dreamers Academy

(WXIA) -- Ten high school students from the Atlanta area are among only 100 teens nationwide to be selected for the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine.

The winners were selected from among nearly 10,000 applicants nationwide. They will travel to Walt Disney World Resort in March to participate in a prestigious educational and mentoring program.

Dreamers, as program participants are called, will learn life skills such as communication techniques and networking, and will explore possible career paths.

Visit disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

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Changes for Fairington students due to arson

LITHONIA, GA (WXIA) – Monday night, workers continued to work to clean up a DeKalb County elementary school devastated by arson over the weekend.


The 24-7 operation was underway at Fairington Elementary School in Lithonia. The site manager says the repair work among the 75 workers on site will not stop – even if it means working overnight, all week until classes can be held there again.

There was a shift change at about 6 p.m., to relieve the day staff, which had just about the same number of workers.

The weekend roadwork is spreading

The weekend roadwork is spreading

(WXIA) -- As 2015 rolls on, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will roll too -- to sites across metro Atlanta, where they will work on weekend road projects. (At least it will be sunny!)

This weekend, drivers are encouraged to avoid travel on the west side of Interstate 20 and the east side of I-285, if possible. Delays and lane closures are expected in both areas. All work is weather permitting.

Some of the scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
* 2 eastbound lanes of I-285 will be closed at I-75 Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. for bridge joint repairs.

DeKalb/Fulton counties
* 3 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.