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Mother Nature visits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes

Mother Nature visits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes

ROSWELL, Ga. -- If you visit any nature center in the U.S. this time of year they’re most likely having some sort of Halloween hike.  It’s a little known fact that these outdoor Halloween hikes started in Atlanta at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in 1986.

In 1986, Marietta resident Kristi Beckler was looking for something fun to do with her children that wasn’t too scary.  She and her husband Paul had been longtime volunteers at CNC.    Mrs. Beckler merged the two ideas, added educational elements and came up with the idea of Halloween Hikes.

Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes is a chance for people to explore the trails at night where they’ll meet larger than life costumed creatures.  You’ll meet the Red Winged Blackbird, Grey Fox, Venus Fly Trap, Black Widow Spider and Mother Earth. 

Drought spreads into North Georgia

Drought spreads into North Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's state climatologist says extreme drought conditions have now spread into North Georgia and cover most of the state south of the mountains.

Climatologist David Stooksbury says all of Georgia's counties are now classified as being in moderate, severe or extreme drought.

In his most recent reports on the drought, Stooksbury said the outlook for relief in the short-term is not promising. Unless Georgia sees some tropical weather over the next few months, the state can expect below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures.

Without tropical rain, Georgia's soil is expected to continue to dry out. Stream flows, groundwater levels and reservoir levels are expected to continue to drop, and wildfire potentials are expected to remain high to extreme.

First Roswell Green Expo set for October

First Roswell Green Expo set for October

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Keep Roswell Beautiful is partnering with the city to host the first-ever Roswell Green Expo on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The event will feature a vendor expo, a fashion show (and "trashion" show), a kids' area with hands-on activities and several speakers with tips for living a greener life.

Prospective vendors for the expo can submit applications through Thursday, Sept. 15 to take advantage of the early bird rate. Sellers should specialize in environmentally minded goods.

Sponsorships for the Green Expo are still available as well.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 15. It will be at Hembree Park (850 Hembree Road).

For more information, visit www.roswellgreenexpo.org.

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

ShredFest 2011 scheduled for Saturday

ShredFest 2011 scheduled for Saturday

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell residents will be able to securely dispose of personal documents this weekend.

On Saturday, May 21, the city will host ShredFest 2011 from 8 a.m. until noon, or whenever the truck fills up.

This free event at the Roswell Public Works facility (1810 Hembree Road, 30076) allows document destruction viewing to ensure safe disposal and peace of mind for participants.

Examples of sensitive documents include:

* Old tax returns
* Junk mail with personal information
* Dated documents with personal information
* Dated pay stubs with personal information

There is a limit of five boxes or 200 pounds of paper per vehicle.