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Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

Ponce de Leon Zesto closing

ATLANTA -- The Zesto Drive-In restaurant at 544 Ponce de Leon Avenue will close its doors Sept. 20 after 60 years in business.

The Livaditis family sold the property to an undisclosed buyer, according to Zesto’s website.

The restaurant opened at the spot on Ponce in 1954 and sold only ice cream. The small original walk-up building was razed and rebuilt in 1991. The building, which features a classic diner look, earned the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s Award for Architectural Excellence in 1991, and has been seen in many TV shows and commercials and feature movies since.

The other five Zesto locations around metro Atlanta will remain open.

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Excitement in the air ahead of Music Midtown


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With just four days before the shows begin, the excitement is already in the air at Piedmont Park -- home of Music Midtown 2014, which is now a $13 million project and a huge financial boon.

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Nine thousand workers are employed for the week-long set-up and the two days of shows. The steel work for all three main stages is complete, as is the protective plastic, covering the grassy areas around the stages.

Next, the roofs which will hold the 30-foot-wide video screens, the food stands, vendor tents and viewing stands. Those will be put together in time to welcome the 160,000 concertgoers.

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

PROBE College Fair coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The popular PROBE College Fair will stop in Atlanta next week, giving high school students an opportunity to speak directly to representatives from their favorite colleges and universities.

The fair will be Friday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. It is only open to students in Atlanta Public Schools.

A number of schools in several states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas, will be represented. See a complete list of participating colleges.

Learn more and register to attend the fair at gaprobe.org.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

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French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

ATLANTA -- Caroline Haffner, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, will give a recital at the Woodruff Arts Center next month.

Haffner, born Imperial Princess Caroline Murat in Paris, will perform Chopin and Liszt pieces on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

"I am delighted to be returning to the United States to play concerts again," Princess Caroline said in a release. "It has been too long, and I am very pleased that the concerts are being supported by my friends in Georgia."

A direct descendent of French Revolution cavalry chief Marechal Joachim Murat, Princess Caroline began playing the piano as a very young child. She is one of the last students of legendary French pianist Alfred Cortot and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in the U.S.

Her stage name comes from another ancestor -- Sigmund Haffner, mayor of Salzburg, Austria, and friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
 
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.

September is National Biscuit Month

September is National Biscuit Month

ATLANTA -- National Guacamole Day came and went without much fuss. National Junk Food Day just made us roll our eyes. But, National Biscuit Month? We're in the South, where REAL biscuits are made. We can't in good conscience ignore this month of delicious fluffiness.

The Flying Biscuit Café is celebrating the month by spilling their secret recipe. The 20th Anniversary Cookbook includes 100 recipes with favorites from the cafe and winners from local fans.

The Flying Biscuit Café will also be awarding free biscuits for one year to one customer in each of the Flying Biscuit Café's 13 locations. A total of 13 copies of The Flying Biscuit Café 20th Anniversary Cookbook purchased in-store will include a Golden Biscuit Ticket, awarding a year's supply of biscuits to a lucky customer in each of the communities The Flying Biscuit Café serves.