Our network

Megan Winters, 7, 'in pain' yet 'feisty' after fall down well

ATLANTA -- Megan Winters, the 7-year-old girl who fell 50 feet down a well in Carroll County Monday afternoon, is facing more surgery on Friday.

Megan's family describes her, two days after the accident, as a broken, brave and "feisty" little girl determined to recover.

"She's got several casts on right now," following the first round of surgery for multiple fractures to her leg and hip, said a family friend, Michelle Smith, on behalf of the family Wednesday night. Smith said surgery on Megan's broken arm was not needed; doctors were able to treat the arm and reset it without surgery.

"She has pain, she is really, really in pain, right now," Smith said outside Megan's room at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Egleston.

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

The holidays are over -- and so is the roadwork hiatus

(WXIA) -- Now that the holidays are winding down, the Georgia Department of Transportation is resuming the road projects it began last year.

Major work will be performed in the HOV lanes on Interstate 85 in both directions between the Clairmont and Lenox/Cheshire Bridge interchanges.

The HOV lanes and their adjacent lanes will be closed continuously from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The inside shoulders of I-85 in the same area will also be closed continuously through Friday, Feb. 7.

Work will also continue on the bridge of the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta. One inside lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Drivers traveling into or out of Atlanta are asked to use extreme caution when moving through these areas.

See a complete list of road projects at dot.ga.gov.

H1N1 flu cases rise in the Southeast

ATLANTA -- Brace yourselves. The CDC is reporting positive flu tests in the Southeast are up nearly 23 percent this week and it's hitting young adults hard.

"The predominant virus this year so far is H1N1," said epidemiologist Dr. Michael Jhung with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Flu Division. 

That's the virus that took the world by storm in 2009, and it's not just the elderly and vulnerable who are susceptible.

"It's affecting a different age group this year -- more young adults rather than elderly this year," Dr. Jhung said. 

Need a ride home on New Year's Eve?

Need a ride home on New Year's Eve?

ATLANTA -- Every year, 11Alive News and Checker Cab partner up to make sure all Atlanta-area residents get home safely after celebrating New Year's Eve.

Anyone in need of a free ride home can call 404-351-1111 to request a cab.

Visit atlantacheckercab.com to download the free app as another way to ask for a free ride.

The program only offers ride home, not to bars. It serves New Year's Eve celebrators in Atlanta and DeKalb County.

From all of us at 11Alive, have a very happy and safe New Year!

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers this New Year's Eve

Highway patrol to crack down on drunk drivers this New Year's Eve

(WXIA) -- New Year's Eve is one of the deadliest drinking holidays of the year.

This year, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is doing more to prevent alcohol-related crashes.

According to a release, law enforcement will distribute 50,000 drink coasters in some of the state's busiest bar districts. The coasters will contain a QR code to guide patrons to a directory of services that will help them get home safely if they've had too much to drink.

THe GOHS also offers a smartphone app that connects users to cab and tow companies. Check out the Drive Sober app.

Last year, the state saw 1,119 drunk driving crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Nearly 700 people were injured in those wrecks, while 20 died.

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in November.

That's down seven-tenths of a percentage point from October's 7.7 percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor said local employers added 14,300 jobs last month in such industries as trade, transportation and warehousing; government; leisure and hospitality; and education and health care.

The number of unemployed Atlanta-are residents dropped fron 190,266, considerably down from October's 208,877 and last November's 223,686.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate at 5.1. The highest was 10.0 percent, in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Winship pianist brings story of Parkinson's, perseverance

For 75 years, metro Atlantans have come to the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

And right in the lobby, they can occasionally find a man who is fighting through his own struggle.

Bruce Gilbert is a 63-year-old, once-a-week volunteer who plays the piano in the Winship lobby.

"I'm good for an hour generally," he says.

And what happens after an hour?

"I start to fry."

That is when Gilbert walks away, visibly shaking, and resumes his own battle -- with Parkinson's disease.

"All my movement, it kind of feels like you're in a heavy body suit," Gilbert says.

He was diagnosed in 2006; then wife Lex and he moved to Atlanta.

"She's very steady as a human being, emotionally steady," Gilbert says of his wife. "I tend to be much more erratic."

"I just try and get him to laugh about it," Lex Gilbert says. "We can't do anything about it, so we may as well laugh."