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Western Carolina Hands #8 Georgia First Loss

ATHENS, Ga. -- Eighth ranked Georgia fell for the first time this season, 5-3 at the hands of Western Carolina Wednesday in front of a crowd of 1,319 at Foley Field.

The Catamounts (5-3) jumped out 1-0 in the first inning. Aaron Attaway led off the game with a single on the first pitch, and Dykota Spiess followed with an RBI double into left field. This run ended a 22 inning scoreless streak by the Bulldog pitching staff.

Georgia freshman Pete Nagel was able to settle in after allowing each of the first three batters to reach base, retiring the next three batters including two strikeouts.

Megabus offers $1 bus trips between Athens and Atlanta

ATHENS, Ga. -- The popular Megabus company is betting that University of Georgia students and others are going to want a $1 bus ride between Athens and Atlanta.

That's $1, one-way, plus a 50 cent booking fee.

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The new route started Wednesday.

"Yeah, it should be very popular," said the bus operator, Wendell Whitaker.

Whitaker, a former Atlanta police officer, had just one passenger on the first, Wednesday evening run from Athens to Atlanta.

He figures word will spread.

"The customers will definitely come," he said. "We know that it will be a wonderful attraction for all the students, and not only students but the professional people who commute every day from the City of Atlanta and Athens."

UGA's Lauren Herring Earns SEC Weekly Honor

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia's Lauren Herring has been named the SEC Player of the Week for women's tennis, the league announced Wednesday.

Herring, a freshman from Greenville, N.C., went a combined 4-0 last week with two singles wins over ranked opponents in straight sets at the No. 2 spot in the lineup. She helped Georgia register home wins over #53 Memphis and #17 Clemson. The Bulldogs are now 10-1 overall and ranked fourth nationally.

Herring is 22-5 overall including 10-1 in team dual singles matches. She is 7-1 at No. 2 in the lineup and 3-0 at No. 3. Currently, she is 22-8 in doubles with sophomore Kate Fuller including 8-2 at No. 2 in the lineup. The Herring/Fuller tandem clinched the doubles point in both victories this past week.

Super 25 reflects change in week 2 of state playoffs

ATLANTA -- As the Georgia High School State Basketball Tournament heads for it's second weekend the top teams are hanging tough, but there is change elsewhere in the latest Super 25 Polls for Metro Atlanta.

Milton is still the top boys team with Columbia, Miller Grove, Douglas County, and Westlake completing the top 5.  Shiloh is next, with Carrollton, Greater Atlanta Christian, Alcovy, and Whitefield making up the top 10.

Unbeaten McEachern remains the top ranked girls team, with Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and undefeated Parkview in the top 5.  Hillgrove, Stephenson, Washington County, Buford, and Alpharetta round out the top 10.

The Super 25 Polls for Metro Atlanta teams are computer generated by USA Today exclusively for 11Alive.Com and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net.

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Georgia Author of the Year Awards | History nominees

Georgia Author of the Year Awards | History nominees

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The nominees for the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Awards have been announced.

More than 100 authors have been nominated in 12 categories, including Short Stories, which is a new addition in 2012.

Seven local writers will face off to take home the top prize in the History category:

Douglas M. Frey
Marietta: The Gem City of Georgia
Frey works for Metropolitan Restoration, doing his part to preserve history in Cobb County. One of his projects includes his own house on Trammell Street near the historic Marietta Square.

Georgia Author of the Year Awards | Children's Book nominees

Georgia Author of the Year Awards | Children's Book nominees

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The nominees for the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Awards have been announced.

More than 100 authors have been nominated in 12 categories, including Short Stories, which is a new addition in 2012.

Nine local writers will face off to take home the top prize in the Children's Book category:

Robin L. Gordon
Lift: A Gosling's First Flight
A native of Michigan, Gordon has made it her mission to channel positive messages through her picture books. Her website says that she is certified to teach special education and enjoys watching geese in her spare time.

Upcoming events in Athens

Upcoming events in Athens

 

Athens --  A Southern Gothic coming-of-age story about artist Robert Sherer and his relationship with Reverend Howard Finster, whose Paradise Gardens and Museum are located on three acres in Chattooga County, Georgia. This world premiere is a co-production with 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta. February 23-25, 29, March 1-3 and March 4