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Ex-Bulldog Colwill Earns Spot In Olympics

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Former Georgia diver Chris Colwill qualified for the London Games on Sunday by winning the men's 3-meter springboard at the United States Olympic Trials.

Colwill, who also was an Olympian in 2008, entered the finals in third place with 951.15 points, trailing Kristian Ipsen's 993.80 and Troy Dumais' 954.20. But Colwill was the best of the trio on Sunday, scoring at least 74 points on all six of his dives. He pulled into first place in the fifth round and then punctuated his win with a final dive totaling 99.75 points.

Colwill finished with 1,457.45 points, scoring 506.3 points and averaging better than 84 points in the finals. Dumais came in second with 1,448.35 points to grab the other United States spot. Ipsen, who will team with Dumais in 3-meter synchro in London, placed third with 1,447.10 points.

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Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.

Peachtree Ridge looks ahead to 2012 season

SUWANEE, Ga. -- After making a return to the post season in 2011, the Peachtree Ridge Lions are gearing up for more in 2012. 

In 2011 the Lions went 8-3, 6-1 in the region, but ended the season with loses to North Gwinnett and Brookwood in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Lions will kickoff the 2012 season on August 25 at 5:30 in the Georgia Dome, against Camden County in the Corkey Kell Classic. Then Peachtree Ridge will take on a tough region 7-AAAAAA that will include a new face this fall. 

Head Coach Mark Fleetwood talked about it at the recent George B. Maloof 7 on 7 Tournament.


Zaxby's named 5th largest 'fast casual' chain in U.S.

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Oconee County-based Zaxby's has been recognized as the number five "fast casual" restaurant chain in the nation in the new Fast Casual Top 150 Chain Restaurant Report, which lists the performance of 400 brands nationally.

"Fast-casual operators continue to outshine every other segment within the U.S. restaurant industry," said Darren Tristano, Executive Vice President of Technomic, the organization who created the report. "Fast-casual restaurants fill the gap between quick service and casual dining. People want fast, fresh, quality meals at a fair price point. This segment seems to hit that sweet spot right now."

In addition to being among the top chains in the U.S., Zaxby's is the market segment leader among chicken restaurants, with reported 2011 sales of $840 million, distinguishing it alongside other segment leaders like Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

ATLANTA -- Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers across Georgia are launching a statewide crackdown on drunken driving through the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

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The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says its summer campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance, begins Friday and will run for about two weeks.

During that period, law enforcement officers in the state are expected to keep a close lookout for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

State officials say 298 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2010 -- roughly a fourth of traffic deaths in the state.

The summer anti-DUI campaign in Georgia coincides with the national crackdown called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Chickens, chicken parts involved in morning wrecks

STATHAM, Ga. -- Two separate accidents involving chickens backed up traffic across the region Friday morning.

In Oconee County, a tractor trailer carrying live chickens overturned and caught fire on westbound Highway 316 near Dials Mill Road. Two right lanes were closed heading away from Athens.

In the Canton area, chicken parts spilled on the roadway after a wreck on northbound Interstate 575 at Cumming Highway. That accident has since cleared.

For the latest traffic conditions across the region, visit 11Alive.com/traffic.

The ABCs of SPFs

The ABCs of SPFs

ATLANTA -- Summer is officially here. Are you protecting your skin from the sun? Do you know what SPF (sun protection factor) to use? We spoke with Piedmont dermatologist Jodi Ganz, M.D., to find out what those SPF numbers really mean.

“The SPF number means it would take you that much longer to burn than you normally would without sunscreen,” says Dr. Ganz. “If it takes you 10 minutes to burn, then using an SPF5 means it would take you five times longer, or 50 minutes, to burn. An SPF10 means you could stay in the sun 10 times longer, or 100 minutes.”

But Dr. Ganz cautions that most sunscreens “break down” on average in two hours, meaning they lose their ability to protect you. So, you must reapply sunscreen every two hours.