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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

State officials advise motorists to watch for deer on roadways

State officials advise motorists to watch for deer on roadways

(WXIA) - Motorists are advised to exercise caution on the state's roadways during the fall season, with an increased number of deer sightings across the state.

"Deer are on the move during this time of year," said Commissioner Mark Williams, Department of Natural Resources. "While motorists in rural areas may expect to see deer, Georgia's suburban and urban areas can be prime spots as well."

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says more than 300 people were hurt in vehicle collisions with deer during 2011. Nationally, federal officials said 1,000 people died in similar accidents between 2006 and 2010.

"Automobile claims caused by contact with a deer generally rise dramatically in the fall," said Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens. "I encourage all Georgia drivers to check their automobile policy to determine if they have adequate coverage. This optional protection is commonly found in the comprehensive coverage of an automobile policy."

Hungry? How about a tasty cockroach?

Hungry? How about a tasty cockroach?

AUSTELL, Ga. -- Think you have what it takes to feast on live Madagascar hissing cockroaches?

If you can stomach this delicacy, you could also win a 2012 season pass to Six Flags Over Georgia.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, Six Flags will open its Café Du Cockroach to the few brave souls who dare to dine there. Anyone who would like to take a bite out of a roach, or would simply like to watch others try to master a plate of the crawling creatures, is invited to visit the park's Mariner's Cove Theater at 6 p.m.

Six Flags is currently in the middle of its annual Fright Fest, a Halloween-themed series of events that offer "thrills by day and fright by night."

POWDER SPRINGS: World Cup star now runs horse farm

POWDER SPRINGS: World Cup star now runs horse farm

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Michelle Akers doesn't think much about soccer anymore... except when the World Cup is on.

"The Brazil game, oh my gosh," she said. "I barely could keep myself from swearing ... They were falling down and rolling around, and I was like, 'I'll give you something to cry about.'"

Akers is widely regarded as one of the greatest women's soccer players of all-time. In fact, in an article in Sports Illustrated last month, her former coach Tony DiCicco called Akers "the best player who ever played."

As this World Cup takes shape, Akers is still into it. But after every game, she is right back on the job.

The job, in this case, is running a horse farm in Powder Springs. Akers spends her time rescuing and nursing horses as well as tending to goats, chickens, and her three dogs.

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.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

MABLETON, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Visit O’neal Plaza On May 7 for “Spring Concerts on the Plaza” which is being presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County. The concert will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. O’Neal Plaza is located at O’Neal Plaza and Church Street.

Neighbors can buy plants grown by master gardeners and receive growing advice at the Master Gardner Plant Sale in Carrollton. This event is one of the biggest events for the CCMGA and proceeds fund all of the diverse programs run by the association throughout the year. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.