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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.

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

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Atlanta Severe Weather | Risk for NW Georgia Upgraded

Atlanta Severe Weather | Risk for NW Georgia Upgraded

 

The midwest have been taking it on the chin last night, look at the storm reports map and you will see that 14 tornadoes have touched down in the last 24 hours!!

Short Term

Today will be about the same as yesterday with a lot of clouds around N Georgia, but with the southerly winds and breaks in the clouds we will make it up into the 70's. There is a chance of a scattered shower or two around the area but for the most part we will just stay gray and warm throughout the day.

Severe Threat Upgraded

The SPC has gone ahead and upgraded a lot of N Georgia to a moderate risk. Notice it is in the area we talked about yesterday for having the highest chance of seeing severe weather this evening / night. Lets go over each map I have below so you can have a better understanding of what the SPC is talking about.

Metro Atlanta's transportation future is in your hands

ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, is a measure that Georgians will get to vote on in a special election in July.

The measure, put forth in each of the state's 12 regional commission districts, will put forth a one-percent sales tax on top of existing sales taxes, which will go to funding an extensive laundry list of transportation taxes in each area around the state.

If approved by voters, up to $19 billion will be collected statewide over the next decade and help fund transportation improvements across the state.

Deal calls for more college graduates in Ga.

Deal calls for more college graduates in Ga.

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal is calling for Georgia to produce another 250,000 college graduates by 2020.

On Tuesday, Deal charged the presidents of the state's colleges and universities, along with members of the business community, to develop plans to increase the number of graduates in the state.

Georgia is one of 30 states taking part in the Complete College America Alliance.

The state announced in August that it received $1 million for transforming remedial education in the state as part of an effort to help more students succeed in college.

Deal said Tuesday that more college graduates are key to improving the state's struggling economy.