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Six Flags hiring hundreds for Fright Fest

AUSTELL, Ga. -- The scariest job fair of the year will be held this weekend, as Six Flags Over Georgia searches for new employees to work during Fright Fest.

The park needs singers, dancers, scare actors, specialty actors and makeup artists. It will host a job fair Saturday, July 25 at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta. Registration for singers and dancers begins at 10 a.m., while actors and makeup artists can sign up at 3 p.m.

Altogether, Six Flags hopes to hire about 400 people for Fright Fest. Candidates must be at least 16 years old and are asked to apply online at sixflagsjobs.com ahead of Saturday's event.

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Family: Man pulled gun on them over Confederate flag

AUSTELL, Ga. -– An Austell family says a stranger pulled out a gun on them over a Confederate flag in their yard.

Last week, 11Alive reported that the Ray family's flag was once again flying high after being vandalized. Now, the family says that police told them taking down the flag may be a good idea until all the controversy calms down.

"I love my flags but it's not worth my grandson getting killed," Margaret Ray said.

The family said a man drove by twice pointing a gun at one of the grandsons.

"What went through my mind was I know what guns do," the grandson said. "I couldn't breathe until I got in the house."

Ray said the incident frightened her grandson.

Confederate flag vandalized in Austell

AUSTELL, Ga. – An Austell family is upset after their Confederate flag was destroyed in the middle of the night.

Margaret Ray said the flag was mounted in their yard next to the American flag. When the family woke up, it had been shredded and was hanging by a thread.

Ray said she's a proud American and the flag represents her great-grandfather's contribution to freedom.

"We lost a lot of soldiers over that flag, and I should have the right to fly my flag," Ray said.


Ray said that the flag wasn't easy to reach, which meant the vandals had to be on her property for several minutes. It happened just feet away from where Ray and her husband sleep.

Powder Springs accident kills man; injures woman, 2 children

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- A man is dead and a woman, a 9-month-old baby and a 4-year-old child severely injured after a Saturday evening accident in Cobb County.

According to a Cobb County Police Department spokesperson, the accident happened at about 7 p.m. when a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Corey W. Greene, 28, left the roadway while negotiating a right turn on Hiram Lithia Springs Road near Garrett Springs Drive.

Police aren't sure why the driver lost control of the vehicle but said that the collision flipped the vehicle and killed Greene - a Powder Springs resident.

Passengers Hillary Brinson, 23, of Powder Springs, and the 9-month-old baby were also injured and taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

The 4-year-old passenger was airlifted to Scottish Rite Hospital and treated for serious injures, police said.

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Mother charged after child dies of Codeine overdose

AUSTELL, Ga. – An Austell mother is charged with murder after police say her 2-year-old son died from a Codeine overdose.

According to the Cobb County Police Department, 42-year-old Erica White is charged with murder, aggravated bond and false statements.

Police say the child died at 6313 Wellington Way on Thursday.

An autopsy determined the cause of death as from a lethal dose of the painkiller Codeine.

5 more daycare workers charged in leaving child in van

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Cobb County police served additional arrests after a 2-year-old girl was left in a hot van.

Last week, police arrested the owner of Bright Achievers Pre-K, Melinda Hamilton.

She is accused of trying to cover up the incident where Zaryaha Russell was left in extreme heat in the back of a daycare vehicle.

Now police have charged five other workers including the day care's director, an assistant, a teacher and the van driver.

Those arrested include:

49-year-old Robin Horton of Powder Springs (Director of the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements and reckless conduct

24-year-old Dulce Lopez of Douglasville, Georgia (Assistant at the Bright Achievers Pre-K Center) for false statements and reckless conduct

State moves to shut down Bright Achievers Pre-K Center

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has revoked the license of a Cobb County daycare center where a 2-year-old girl was left in a hot van.

Bright Achievers Pre-K Center now has 10 days to appeal the revocation. If it decides to appeal, it must remain closed during the process.

Administrative Law Judge Kimberly W. Schroer announced last month the decision to temporarily shut down Bright Achievers Pre-K Center, which is located in Austell, while the state decided whether to revoke or limit its license.

Dr. Melinda Hamilton, the daycare's owner, fought in court to keep her business open after a young girl was allegedly left in a hot van for more than five hours.