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Buy Girl Scout Cookies in Athens

Buy Girl Scout Cookies in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- It's almost that time of year -- when Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and their cookie counterparts will begin to appear in pantries across the country.

Girl Scout Cookie season is right around the corner, and we've compiled a list of some of the places in metro Atlanta where you can get your cookie fix.

Learn more at www.girlscoutcookies.org.

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

Bigger, better, more: The new Powerball

ATLANTA -- The new Powerball makes its deut this week with bigger starting jackpots, better overall odds and more millionaires.

The enhanced game's first drawing will be Wednesday.

Powerball starting jackpots will double to $40 million and will grow faster. The game's second prize will increase from $250,000 to $1 million, and to $2 million with the Power Play option. Additionally, overall odds and odds to win a jackpot prize have improved.

The game's ticket price also will change from $1 to $2 per play.

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Players can still multiply with the Power Play option for an additional $1 per play.

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

Ga. offering smartphone app to cut drunk driving

ATLANTA -- State officials say they've developed a new smartphone application designed to cut down on drunken driving during upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety announced that a list of free sober ride programs is available in an app called Drive Sober Georgia.

Georgia Office of Highway Safety director Harris Blackwood said authorities sought to make it as easy as possible to get a ride, so the application was developed after consulting with its partners who deal with road safety.

Drive Sober Georgia is available for free download on the iPhone and Android markets. The information can be viewed at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS | Holiday shoppers join forces to stop suspected shoplifter

ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers to help subdue a shoplifting suspect at an Athens Macy's Wednesday.

A security guard reportedly spotted a man stuffing clothes into a bag at Georgia Square Mall. When the suspect was confronted, he tried to choke the security guard and punched him several times in the ribs, according to Athens-Clarke County Police.

Officers said several shoppers intervened, including the woman who sprayed the fighting men with pepper spray, and an off-duty probation officer who helped to handcuff the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been named, faces charges of battery and felony shoplifting, according to police. The guard was not seriously hurt.

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

First Data: Consumers held back on spending until end of Nov.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Consumers knew better deals were coming on Black Friday and held back on spending until the end of November, according to First Data's latest SpendTrend report.

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The privately held Sandy Springs-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume growth was up 7.3 percent in November, down from October's 9.4 percent jump.

Dollar volume growth was 8.1 percent, while transaction growth was 6.1 percent in November.

Don Williams concert tickets to go on sale Friday

Don Williams concert tickets to go on sale Friday

ATHENS, Ga. -- Don Williams, the "gentle giant" of country music, is coming to Athens next year.

Williams will perform at the Classic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

The legendary baritone has amassed 17 No. 1 hits in his 40-year career, including "I Believe in You," "Love is on a Roll" and "Amanda and Tulsa Time." He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tickets to Williams' show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Call 706-357-4444 or visit www.classiccenter.com to reserve your seat.

The Classic Center is located at 300 North Thomas Street in downtown Athens.

Learn more about Don Williams at www.don-williams.com.