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Got bees? Woman finds honeybee swarm in yard

STONE MOUNTAIN – Viewer Jackie Egland of Stone Mountain contacted us with this interesting story about a possibly frightening seasonal discovery in the yard.

"We were walking around the house and we noticed that there was this big string of bees just hanging down that wasn't there before," she told 11Alive News.


Her amazing home photos and video show some strands of honeybees, one about 2 feet long, hanging from tree branches.

2 teens shot at party in Stone Mountain park

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Two teenage girls, including one who is pregnant, were shot in a Stone Mountain park after a cookout and party got out of hand Sunday evening.

The shooting occurred at about 8 p.m. at Wade-Walker Park on Rockbridge Road. Cedric Alexander, DeKalb County's Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said the two victims -- Chardonae Meeks and Maya Scott, both 19 -- were grazed by bullets as their car drove away from the park.

About 1,000 people, mostly teenagers, attended the party, which Alexander described as "unauthorized." Police arrived and were trying to break it up when two attendees got into an argument. A suspect shot at one of the arguers as he and the two victims tried to drive away, police said.

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

Weekend roadwork lessens for Easter weekend

(WXIA) -- Only one major daytime closure will affect drivers on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

The leftmost lane on I-285 north will be closed between I-20 and Ga. 400 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews must close the lane to remove a barrier wall.

"With only that one closure on I-285, everyone should have an easier time getting to their destination," Georgia Department of Transportation District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a statement.

Nighttime closures will still occur in a handful of locations.

Three right lanes of I-20 west between Wesley Chapel and Candler roads will be closed for striping every night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Two left lanes of I-285 north between I-20 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Crews will work to replace a barrier wall in that location.

Other scheduled closures for sweeping, drain cleaning and slab replacement include:

Local boys basketball coach gets top honor

ALL-USA BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM COACH OF THE YEAR: Sharman White, Miller Grove, Lithonia, Ga.

Why him? Coached his team to a state-record sixth consecutive title. His team rallied after the preseason death of freshman Terrell "Too Tall" Coleman, who collapsed during an all-star game. White has been the basketball coach and athletic director at Miller Grove since the school opened in 2005.

Coaching start: I began coaching when I was growing up in the neighborhood. My career ended a little short with injuries, but when that stopped my passion for basketball didn't. I started out as a volunteer coach and it grew from that.

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

Weekend construction to continue despite rain

(WXIA) -- Rain is in this weekend's forecast, but that won't stop Georgia Department of Transportation from working on scheduled road projects throughout the area.

GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said the department expects more people than usual on the road, as school districts begin and end their spring breaks.

"Call 511 or look at a mapping website before you leave home," Pringle said in a statement. "Motorists, including spring breakers ... need to plan ahead to avoid delays."

The new flyover ramps on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange project are open, but crews still need to perform a little last-minute work on them. Lanes will be closed in places.

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

Deaths decline on Ga. highways

(WXIA) -- The number of fatalities on Georgia's highways fell in 2013.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Monday that 1,186 people were killed in car crashes on state roads last year, 13 fewer than in 2012. It's the eighth year in a row the total number of deaths has fallen.

"The reduction in fatalities over eight years means that more than 500 additional persons will get to celebrate the life events that are special to us all," Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said in a release. "We must continue to work toward reducing injuries and death on Georgia roads."

Georgia's worst year on record for highway fatalities is 2005, when 1,748 people died.

Nation statistics are not yet available. In 2012, the number of fatalities increase about 5 percent to 36,200.

Weekend traffic: All delays are weather permitting

Weekend traffic: All delays are weather permitting

(WXIA) -- Crews will continue working on the usual road projects this weekend -- as long as the weather cooperates.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is also warning drivers of heavier traffic than normal, due to school systems beginning their spring breaks.

"We apologize for the delays, and there will be big delays," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "We understand that this is a spring break for some folks, but so are the next three or four weekends."

Weekend work begins at 10 p.m. Friday on the Interstate 85/Georgia 400 Interchange. Four left lanes of I-85 south from a half-mile north of Clairmont Road to North Druid Hills Road will be closed between midnight and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday.

Pringle said all lanes will reopen Monday at 5 a.m. The closures are due to overhead sign replacements.