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11Alive helps Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

11Alive helps Smart Lunch, Smart Kid

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News employees rolled up their sleeves Wednesday morning and assembled 400 bagged lunches for children in need.

This is the second year 11Alive has helped Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program.

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Smart Lunch, Smart Kid provides nutritious meals in the summertime for children who normally rely on free or reduced-price lunches during the school year.

WellCare and Gas South employees joined the 11Alive team in making sandwiches and putting together lunch bags. Each Smart Lunch, Smart Kid meal consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, chips, fruit snacks and a bottle of water.

Action Ministries hopes to feed at least 200,000 children across north Georgia through the 2013 Smart Lunch, Smart Kid outreach.

Unemployment rate declines to 7.6 percent

Unemployment rate declines to 7.6 percent

ATLANTA -- Unemployment rates fell in almost all large U.S. cities, including Atlanta, in April.

The metro area's jobless rate dropped to 7.6 percent, down from 7.9 percent in March.

In Fayette County, the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in April.

The drop was due in part to an increase in the number of jobs in metro Atlanta. Most of the new positions were in professional and business services; trade and transportation; leisure and hospitality; education and health services; and construction.

Metro Athens had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.6 percent. The highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region, at 10.3 percent.

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

ATLANTA -- It's the American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances for fourth week of May.  This week's performances come from the state high school baseball playoffs.

Number 5 is from Starr's Mill vs Pope and Nathaniel Lowe singles home a run for the Greyhounds who best the Panthers on their way to capturing the state AAAAA crown.

Number 4 comes from Troup at Redan.  It's Miles Fore with the grounder that gets through the shortstop and Bakari Gayle comes around to score as the Raiders start a rally.

Number 3 comes from Roswell at Walton.  Alex Dickerson into the gap in right center and two runs score as the Hornets advance to the class AAAAAA final.

Number 2 is from Lovett at Benedictine.  It's Grant Wells drive down the line in left allowing two runs to score.  The Lions win the game and advance to the class AA final.

American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances

ATLANTA -- It's the American Family Insurance Top 5 Performances for the third week of May.  This week's performances are from soccer and lacrosse.

Number 5 comes from Decatur vs Blessed Trinity boys lacrosse.  It's Nick Bentley's goal for the Bulldogs who beat the Titans 13-6.

Number 4 comes from St. Pius vs Woodward Academy boys soccer.  Tyler Alexander with the goal for the Golden Lions.

Number 3 is from the Parkview vs Tift County girls soccer match. Elizabeth Quintanilla with the left foot for the goal, as the Panthers win 4-0.

Number 2 comes from Pope vs McIntosh boys soccer.  Gatorade Player of the Year Salomon Lorenzano falls down but stays in the play, completes the pass that is centered to Carson Brooks for the goal.  McIntosh wins 3-0.

Smelly water in Fayette County resolved

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- We have new information on that smelly water problem in Fayette County

Officials say the issue is nearly resolved.  They say a buildup of sludge in two lagoons that store county water was the culprit. 

Crews have been dredging the lagoons for the last few days.  County officials say the odor is just about gone.  They maintain the water was still safe for drinking, despite the bad smell.

Help Desk: Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day is approaching and the Help Desk has weekend events for you and the family to celebrate this honorary holiday!

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Stone Mountain Park is honoring troops and their families with the three-day event, "Salute the Troops." The park will feature free concerts, a laser show, a special fireworks finale, and more patriotic activities paying tribute to the brave men and women who protect our country. Active and retired military personnel can get a free Adventure Pass with a valid ID while taking advantage of discounts for the family.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Lacrosse Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Lacrosse Poll is here. The state finals are all done and a familiar face tops our charts.

The Milton girls successfully defended their class AAAAAA championship and led our list - Lassiter, Walton, Centennial and Westminster made up the top 5.

Mill Creek, McIntosh, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee and Kell rounded out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 polls are computer generated and produced by USA Today High School Sports exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com