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Milton and McEachern top the new Metro Atlanta Super 25

ATLANTA -- There is a change at the top of the USA Today-HighSchoolSports.net Super 25 polls for Metro Atlanta this week.

The Milton replaces Columbia at the top of the Boys poll. McEachern remains at the top of the Girls Poll.

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WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

WEEKEND EVENTS: Picasso, Annie and an Art Stroll

 

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

On Saturday, Milton High School will host a Run for Cover 5K which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Run organizers are asking participants to bring new or gently used articles of winter clothing or some type of non-perishable food item to be donated to North Fulton County charities. Registration for the run costs $25 and registration will be held on site. Milton High School is located at 13025 Birmingham Highway in Milton.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

Wind causes 10K power outages in parts of Ga.

ATLANTA -- Officials say wind gusts of up to 46 mph blew across parts of the state Thursday evening, toppling trees and causing up to 10,000 customers to lose electricity.

Georgia Power spokeswoman Lynn Wallace says most of the power outages happened in northeast Georgia, with 5,600 customers losing electricity near Athens, Toccoa and Gainesville.

She said another 3,400 customers lost electricity in the metro Atlanta area, including 1,600 customers in Smyrna and 875 near the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Another 720 customers were without power in the Lawrenceville and Suwanee areas.

At 4 a.m., Georgia Power reported power restored to all but 84 customers in metro Atlanta. Some 311 customers in Cartersville were still without power.

Statewide, fewer than 1,000 customers are without power.

BEST SPOTS: First Date Spots

BEST SPOTS: First Date Spots

 

ATLANTA – Tired of dinner and a movie? Looking to spice up your dating life in the New Year? Well, we’ve got some new ideas for you.  

Karaoke at Pal’s Lounge

Explore the Historic Sweet Auburn district of downtown Atlanta at Pal’s Lounge on Auburn Ave. According to some, the restaurant is the epitome of a “juke joint”; Pal’s is a dimly-lit, vintage storefront bar complete with “burglar bars”, a genuine spirit and a cute door lady. On Wednesday nights, the lounge hosts their popular, YO! Karaoke event which is well attended and a guaranteed good time. Pal’s boats a full bar and enough tunes to sing yourself into oblivion, take a date. They’re located at 254 Auburn Ave in O4W.  

Holeman and Finch Burger

FLOWERY BRANCH | Blank says Falcons 'not where we need to be'

ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he is disappointed the team is "not where we need to be," but he says turnover on the coaching staff may help.

PHOTOS | Giants beat Falcons 24-2
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Following a 10-6 regular season, Atlanta lost at the New York Giants on Sunday, 24-2. The lopsided loss left the Falcons 0-3 in the playoffs in four seasons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, who joined Blank in Wednesday's news conference.

Falcons WR Roddy White Added to NFC Pro Bowl Roster

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The NFL announced today that wide receiver Roddy White has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team. White will replace Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who is unable to participate due to injury.

White finished the season with 100 catches for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished second in the League, and led the NFC, in receptions for the second straight season and became just the eighth player in NFL history to record five consecutive seasons with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards. The seventh year receiver from the University of Alabama-Birmingham ranked eighth in the NFL in receiving yards and set a franchise record for career receiving yards with 7,374 receiving yards in his seven seasons with the club.

This year marks his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection as he made the NFC squad in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He joins tight end Tony Gonzalez as Falcons who will represent the club in Hawaii on January 29, 2012.

GAINESVILLE | Lake Lanier water levels continue to rise

GAINESVILLE | Lake Lanier water levels continue to rise

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Authorities say Lake Lanier's water level has risen more than two inches in the past week due to recent rains.

The lake reportedly hasn't returned to normal levels, but is closer to its average.

As of Tuesday evening, the lake's level was just over 1,060 feet, compared to the historic average of 1,066 feet.

Before the rains, the lake had been dropping by nearly a foot and a half every two weeks.

It had dropped to 1,057.91 feet above sea level on Nov. 14, the lowest it had been since March 2009 during a drought that began in 2007.