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    Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has 'Committed to the University of Texas.' Named for his grandfather, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, Arch is the son of Peyton and Eli's older brother, Cooper, who was also a top college recruit before his NCAA football career was cut short by spinal stenosis. Arch chose Texas, a historically strong program that's coming off a dreadful 3-6 season, over several major powerhouses, including Alabama, LSU, Clemson, and the defending-champion Georgia Bulldogs. He also passed over the chance to play at Ole Miss – Archie, Eli and Cooper's alma mater. Arch Manning is officially a Longhorn. The top high school quarterback recruit in the class of 2023 and nephew of NFL legends Peyton and Eli Manning ended months of speculation on Thursday by tweeting that he has 'Committed to the University of Texas .' A young Arch (front) pictured alongside (from left...
    Texas football fans are so beyond pumped that Arch Manning’s high school teammate Will Randle has just committed to the Longhorns program. With the Arch Manning sweepstakes winding down, the Texas football program makes its final push towards landing the five-star quarterback from New Orleans. In the wake of Manning making his third official visit this past weekend in Austin, the Longhorns were able to secure the commitment of his three-star tight end high school teammate Will Randle. According to the 247Sports Composite, Randle is the No. 25 player from Louisiana, the No. 34 tight end in the country and the No. 670 overall prospect. He had 11 official offers as of June 19. Here is the sweet graphic On3’s Hayes Fawcett tweeted out about Texas landing Randle for 2023. BREAKING: Class of 2023 TE Will Randle has announced his Commitment to Texas! He is high school teammates with Five-Star QB Arch Manning #HookEm pic.twitter.com/0gyPVm8mD6 — Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) June 19, 2022 Texas football: Longhorns make a big push to win the Arch Manning sweepstakes Look. This is a two-team race for Manning between...
    (CNN)Flu activity is increasing in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. Guatemalan boy who died in US custody had the flu, medical examiner saysAs of the week ending December 22, nine states are experiencing high flu activity -- Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Carolina -- as well as New York City. That's an increase from the previous week, when two states, Colorado and Georgia, experienced high flu activity. Seven states and Puerto Rico are experiencing moderate flu activity. Among the four states along the southern US border, flu activity increased to high in New Mexico and moderate in Arizona, the CDC noted.Geographically, there's widespread flu activity reported in 11 states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina -- and Guam. Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot for this mild seasonInfluenza A viruses have been dominating in the United States since the beginning of October, the CDC said, although influenza B viruses are circulating,...
    With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses. To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. STAY COOL Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library or a friend or relative’s home – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath is a much...
    High, higher, highest. Georgia achieved a new state level today for highest recorded average price for gas and diesel. After reaching an all time high of $4.293 a few months ago in March before dropping and rising again, the average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia has surpassed that high. The average price today is $4.330, 19 cents more than one week ago and up 51 cents from one month ago. Last year at this time, Georgians were paying an average of $2.909. Nationally, the average today is $4.919, a 62 cent jump in a month. Diesel reached a highest recorded average price in Georgia on March 21 at $5.266. That average was replaced today with a new high of $5.446. Georgia’s average price per gallon for diesel was $5.259 one week ago, $5.119 one month ago, and this time last year was $3.070. The average nationally as of today is $5.684, one month ago was $5.531, and $3.199 one year ago. Obviously, supply is strained and demand...
    Georgia’s record-high gas prices are lowest nationwide, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Georgia Monday was $4.29, matching a record high set on March 11. That figure is the lowest in the nation, as the average price for a gallon of gas in the United States Monday was $4.86. Those prices, according to AAA, are expected to continue to rise. “We cannot predict when we will see a decrease in gas prices,” Montrae Waiters, a spokeswoman for AAA in Georgia told The Georgia Star News. “At this point, it’s just a wait-and-see.” She said that Georgia’s relatively low gas prices are mostly due to the efforts of Governor Brian Kemp (R) and the legislature, both working in tandem to temporarily eliminate the state’s gas tax, which added 30 cents per gallon at the pump. Still, prices at the pump jumped 16 cents from one week ago, when a gallon of gas averaged $4.13. One month ago, that figure was $3.79 per gallon. One year ago, it was $2.91 per gallon....
    On Friday May 20, 2022, Kyla Ann Padgett, a 25 year-old woman from LaFayette, Georgia was convicted by a Walker County jury of Involuntary Manslaughter for the death of her 22-month old daughter, Ryleigh Padgett. The evidence presented at trial showed that on June 4, 2020, Kyla Padgett was using methamphetamine and marijuana while her young daughter was in her care. Padgett brought her daughter and a male friend to a wooded area approximately a mile from Padgett’s house, where the three spent the evening. Padgett placed her daughter to sleep in the cluttered backseat of her vehicle. Early in the morning on June 5, 2020, Padgett and her male friend fell asleep in the vehicle, with Padgett sleeping in the driver’s seat. Padgett’s daughter woke on multiple occasions, and Padgett repeatedly placed the young child in the backseat of the vehicle, unrestrained in any type of car seat, while Padgett slept in the front. The backseat where Ryleigh was placed by the defendant was full of various items including...
    Democrats could face significant headwinds during the 2022 midterm election cycle — President Joe Biden continues to face poor job approval ratings. Americans have been getting walloped by roaring inflation and watching gas prices soar — as of Tuesday, the AAA national average price for a gallon of gas has reached $4.598. A recent AP-NORC poll of adults found that 67% disapprove of how the president is dealing with the economy, while just 33% approve. The poll also found that 56% think that high gas prices are more due to issues beyond Biden's control, while 44% think that the high prices are more due to the president's policies.
    Georgia high school sports officials announced Wednesday that the state's athletes must compete in athletic competitions aligning with the sex they were assigned at birth. Student-athletes of at least 463 high schools will be subject to the decision following a vote that saw the Georgia High School Association re-adopt its 2017 bylaws, according to a report. These bylaws make clear that student-athletes are bound to athletic competitions that are designated by one's assigned sex at birth. JOURNALISTS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AFTER WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER The vote and decision come in the wake of a year that has seen transgender athletes such as Lia Thomas, an NCAA champion and swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, dominate the national debate scene. Thomas, who swam for UPenn's men's swimming team for three years in NCAA Division I competition, won the women’s 500-yard NCAA championship earlier this year. "It really has not been an issue. It's out of concern of competitive imbalance and understanding there are biological differences physically, biologically male and females, and we...
    How can you tell when an NFL draft lacks the same talent as past years? When most teams in possession of a top-five pick would rather trade down, but they can’t find a willing partner — it’s not a very good draft class. That’s how underwhelming the crop of talent for the 2022 NFL draft is. But that won’t stop teams that have good scouting departments from making solid selections and putting together a class of rookies that keep them on the winning side of the NFL’s record ledger. The key to drafting well is having a good assessment of the talent, and personal, and making sure that a player is a good fit for your organization, scheme and city. If that happens, some of these draftees will become Pro Bowl talents. Here’s a look at the top 25 prospects in the 2022 NFL draft: 1. Notre Dame FS Kyle Hamilton The amount of ground Hamilton can cover is unprecedented. He has the size (6-3, 220) to be utilized as a linebacker, and the athleticism and range to be a...
    Buford quarterback Dylan Wittke (class of 2023) received top scores at the Elite 11 Combine at the Orlando regional on March 13th and Peachtree Ridge quarterback Hayden Thompson (class of 2023) took first place in the Elite 11 Pro Day at the Atlanta regional on April 3rd and was named Elite 11 Golden Gun winner for class of 2023. The two men share a very important thing in common – both have been coached by Gwinnett County legendary QB trainer, Earl Williams, owner of Georgia Sports Performance in Suwanee.   “I am really proud of these boys” said Williams, “They work hard on and off the field. Winning these competitions is a byproduct of that work, and it is an impressive one. Elite 11 is the premier quarterback competition in the United States, so I couldn’t be happier for both of them.”   Thompson, who also plays quarterback for Williams’ Team GSP 7v7 in the off season stated, “From day one of training with Coach Earl, I knew I was...
    Like the class of 2020, Georgia’s public-school class of 2021 has the 17th-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to data released by the College Board Friday. The percentage of students earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam was 21 percent, slightly below the national average of 22.5 percent. The percentage is not comparable to previous years, according to the College Board, due to the update of high school graduate projections by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Georgia students recorded stronger AP performance than most Southern states, scoring higher than their peers in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. “I am proud of the class of 2021 for recording another strong performance on the AP exams,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Despite the challenges these students have faced during their four years of high school, they continue to succeed. This is an accomplishment for them and for their hardworking teachers.” Overall, 33.4 percent of Georgia’s class...
    The purpose of the Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.   This prestigious competition has been engaging Georgia students for more than two decades and is open to any student currently enrolled in Georgia public schools, grades K-12. The competition is sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors (GLAS) and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education.   Students must make it through the school level, district level, and RESA level competitions in order to advance to the state-level competition.   Congratulations to the 13 Floyd County Schools district winners: Kindergarten: “All About My Dog” by Bentley Kinnebrew (Model Elementary School) 1st Grade: “The Lost Monkey” by Charleigh Flagello (Glenwood Primary School) 2nd Grade: “The Diamond Princess” by Hadley Parker (Glenwood Primary School) 3rd Grade: “Lili’s Arm” by Mary Camille Kines (Johnson Elementary...
    by T.A. DeFeo   Georgia recorded all-time high employment numbers in February. The number of workers – more than 5 million – increased by 21,102 in February, the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) said. The Peach State’s labor force of more than 5.2 million workers also is at an all-time high and increased 18,994 during the month. “This state has continued to be successful in creating jobs and getting Georgians employed in these positions,” Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a news release. “All of this has led to our number of unemployed being the lowest since June of 2001.” Georgia’s February unemployment rate remained 3.2%, matching January’s record low for the state and below the national rate of 3.8%. “In reviewing the past year, Georgia was 8th in the nation in job gain adding 216,000 jobs from January 2021 to January 2022 and consistently led the top ten most populated states with the lowest unemployment rate,” Butler said. “As we are continuing to see record breaking numbers in employment, labor force, and job growth, it is still...
    The Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) is a professional organization of art educators in Georgia affiliated with the National Art Education Association. GAEA advocates for the highest quality visual arts education and provides for the advancement of knowledge through service, leadership, and research. Held for over 50 years, GAEA’s annual Capitol Art Exhibition (CAE) is a student art exhibition each March in honor of National Youth Art Month. After becoming the largest state-wide PreK through College-age student art exhibition in Georgia and outgrowing the gold dome, the exhibition moved to the Twin Towers building adjacent to the Capitol. Every year, the exhibition features up to two students with each teacher/GAEA member. Participants and teachers met with Georgia’s State School Superintendent Richard Woods and attended a reception with state legislators. Bulloch County is one of many counties from Region 3 to attend. Two local students selected for this year’s exhibition were Statesboro High School’s Syonna Wilkerson and Azieyah Atkins, along with their art teacher and GAEA member, Hayley Ward. ...
    Stephens also told WMAZ that it was an isolated incident and that parents should feel safe letting their kids go to their schools. Same ol' story The following is a short list of similar hate hoaxes carried out at schools: After someone scrawled "white" and "colored" over water fountains last month at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, California, activists were outraged. But it turns out the culprit was a black female student who was caught on camera. A 54-year-old black man was charged in June 2020 with tagging the campus of Salisbury University in Maryland with racist graffiti five times, which authorities characterized as a "hate crime." A leader of a social justice group at the University of La Verne in southern California in 2019 claimed she was threatened and attacked on campus — leading the school at one point to shut down classes for a day to "reset" and deal with the threats. But cops eventually concluded that Anayeli DominguezPena made it all up. The day after former President Donald Trump was elected...
    Prices have been climbing since the first of the year, but Georgians have been feeling a hard hit to their pockets at the gas pumps over the past few weeks. As per the way it goes, the soaring prices trickle into everything else, as we’ve seen in grocery stores, etc. Some have said they’re staying home more, only making necessary trips, while others are making other lifestyle changes to make up for it. The average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia and across the US has reached an all-time high at this point, surpassing  the record that 2008 held at around $4/gallon. The average in Georgia as of today is $4.29, rising 41 cents over the past week, 96 cents more than 1 month ago, and $1.61 higher than last year at this time. The average nationally is $4.325, up 32 cents from one week ago, 84 cents from one month ago, and $1.47 higher than a year ago.  Although some states, like California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and...
    Prices have been climbing since the first of the year, but Georgians have been feeling a hard hit to their pockets at the gas pumps over the past few weeks. As per the way it goes, the soaring prices trickle into everything else, as we’ve seen in grocery stores, etc. Some have said they’re staying home more, only making necessary trips, while others are making other lifestyle changes to make up for it. The average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia and across the US has reached an all-time high at this point, surpassing  the record that 2008 held at around $4/gallon. The average in Georgia as of today is $4.29, rising 41 cents over the past week, 96 cents more than 1 month ago, and $1.61 higher than last year at this time. The average nationally is $4.325, up 32 cents from one week ago, 84 cents from one month ago, and $1.47 higher than a year ago.  Although some states, like California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and...
    Prices have been climbing since the first of the year, but Georgians have been feeling a hard hit to their pockets at the gas pumps over the past few weeks. As per the way it goes, the soaring prices trickle into everything else, as we’ve seen in grocery stores, etc. Some have said they’re staying home more, only making necessary trips, while others are making other lifestyle changes to make up for it. The average price of a gallon of gas in Georgia and across the US has reached an all-time high at this point, surpassing  the record that 2008 held at around $4/gallon. The average in Georgia as of today is $4.29, rising 41 cents over the past week, 96 cents more than 1 month ago, and $1.61 higher than last year at this time. The average nationally is $4.325, up 32 cents from one week ago, 84 cents from one month ago, and $1.47 higher than a year ago.  Although some states, like California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and...
    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 1 PM EST SATURDAY…   WHAT…A transition from rain to snow is expected early Saturday morning. Total snow accumulations are expected to be around one- half inch Saturday morning, with higher amounts of 1 to 2 inches across portions of far north Georgia. WHERE…Portions of north central, northeast and northwest Georgia. Dade–Walker–Catoosa-Whitfield-Murray-Fannin-Gilmer-Union-Towns- Chattooga-Gordon-Pickens-Dawson-Lumpkin-White-Floyd-Bartow- Cherokee-Polk-Paulding-Cobb-Haralson-Carroll-Douglas- Including the cities of Calhoun, Dahlonega, Cleveland, Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Carrollton, and Douglasville WHEN…From 4 AM to 1 PM EST Saturday. IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. Wintry precipitation is possible over portions of north Georgia Friday night through early Saturday as lingering moisture combines with cold temperatures. There is potential for light accumulations across far north Georgia, with little to no accumulations expected farther south. Strong gusty winds winds are possible Friday night. Sustained winds from 20-25 mph gusting to 30-35 mph at times are anticipated. Winds could be higher across ridgetops in mountainous terrain. Detailed Forecast Today...
    STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Kamari Brown had a career-high 22 points as Georgia Southern beat ULM 81-75 in overtime on Friday night. Brown shot 9 for 11 from the line. He added seven rebounds. Gedi Juozapaitis had 15 points for Georgia Southern (12-15, 5-11 Sun Belt Conference), which snapped its six-game losing streak. Kaden Archie added 13 points. Andrei Savrasov had 11 points and eight rebounds. Koreem Ozier scored a season-high 23 points and had 13 rebounds for the Warhawks (13-17, 5-13), who have now lost five straight games. Russell Harrison added 16 points. Langston Powell had 10 points. The Eagles improved to 2-0 against the Warhawks for the season. Georgia Southern defeated ULM 50-45 on Jan. 27. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Georgia high school student with a 4.0-grade point average (GPA) has been accepted to nearly 50 colleges while receiving $600,000 in scholarship offers. Seventeen-year-old Kenyari Sawyer is a senior at Monroe High School in Albany, Georgia, and started the college application process last Summer, she told WFXL. Early in the process, she received a rejection letter which she admits shook her confidence.  “I thought I wasn’t smart enough. It’s a hard process and I have been denied by one of my schools, and it was Mercer University,” she told WALB. “And so after I got denied, I just thought I might not get accepted into anymore. It was a setback.” But 48 acceptance letters and $600,000 in scholarship offers later, according to WFXL, Sawyer’s future is looking as bright as can be.  AMAZING! Monroe High Schools Kenyari Sawyer was inspired by her mother who couldnt go to college after getting pregnant with her. The 17-year-old Georgia teen now has offers from almost 50 schools and over half a million dollars in scholarships. https://t.co/BtMCM1zF2S — FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta)...
    cyberstartamerica.org Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced Georgia’s participation in CyberStart America, an innovative, online cybersecurity talent search and competition sponsored by the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) and the SANS Institute. The competition is open to all high school students to explore their aptitude for cybersecurity and computer science, with participants able to win scholarships and prizes and recognition for their schools. A partnership between the University of North Georgia, the Georgia Cyber Center at Augusta University, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), and the Georgia Department of Education created “CyberStart America in Georgia” to promote CyberStart within the state and provide $100,000 in cash prizes to Georgia students, teachers, and schools. “As the need for cybersecurity personnel continues to grow for American businesses, our state is uniquely positioned to provide the workforce that will meet this need,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “Thank you to the University of North Georgia, Georgia Cyber Center at Augusta University, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Georgia Department of Education for working to bring this project...
    Applications for Georgia’s Teacher Recruitment Tax Credit, which was created to improve teacher recruitment for rural and low-performing public schools, are now available. Eligible teachers are those recently hired to teach in a high-need subject area at one of 100 Participating Schools. High-need subject areas are defined regionally by the state’s Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs). Teachers selected to participate in the Teacher Tax Credit program will receive a $3,000 credit on their state income taxes each year, for five consecutive school years. HB 32 Participating Schools List – UPDATED – 2022-01-13The Teacher Recruitment Tax Credit was established by the passage of House Bill 32 in the 2021 legislative session, sponsored by Representative Dave Belton. “Georgia teachers have an impressive record of recent academic success, as evidenced by our record graduation rate and K-12 scores,” Representative Belton said. “This program places a laser focus on our rural schools and those performing in the lowest 5 percent. More importantly, it works to restore the all-important profession of teaching.” Teacher recruitment and retention are top priorities for the...
    He was freed from jail only six months ago after serving time for a sex assault on a woman at his ancestral home, Glamis Castle. But the disgrace of Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, appeared to have been forgotten as he was accepted back into society high circles at his younger brother Jock's wedding. The 35-year-old earl, a cousin of the Queen, was this week pictured for the first time since his release, at the ceremony at St Mary The Boltons church in South Kensington, London. Smiling in his morning dress, he looked at ease as he posed for photos with the groom and others outside the church and mingled with guests from aristocratic and rock'n'roll dynasties alike. Mingling: Simon Bowes-Lyon, second left, with his brother Jock, left, and best man Tassilo von Bismarck, right One onlooker said: 'Everyone seemed to greet him. Some did fist bumps because of Covid, but they all seemed chatty with him. It was almost as if nothing had happened.' Georgia May Jagger, the model daughter of Rolling Stone singer Sir Mick, was a...
    Georgia Southern is among the nation’s leaders in offering quality education for online students as professors ensure students are ready for the real world. / GSU Georgia Southern University recently announced it is among the nation’s leaders in offering quality education for online students as professors ensure students are ready for the real world according to the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Online Program rankings. The University scored high in several categories. The Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Program was the highest-ranked university program at No. 44 on its respective list. “We strive for our online MS program to be the same high quality as our in-person MS program,” said Adam Bossler, Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology chair. “In either program, students are able to specialize in criminal justice, criminology, or cybercrime.” Online business programs also ranked highly. The University ranked at No. 47 in Best Online MBA for Veterans, and No. 69, which is one spot higher than last year, for Online MBA Program. The Online...
    A Georgia high school student has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a toddler outside of his family’s home in November. Seventeen-year-old Dieu Doumdje was arrested Thursday by DeKalb County School Police and booked into the DeKalb County Jail on a charge of theft by taking a motor vehicle. “The Clarkston Police Department is currently still actively investigating this case and conducting interviews to determine if any other suspects are involved,” Clarkston police spokesman Sgt. Dustin Bulcher said in a statement. The arrest is the latest development in the mysterious ordeal of 1-year-old Blaise Barnett, whose disappearance in November sparked panic and a vigilante search for the child, only for him to turn up 36 hours later, fast asleep inside an SUV in a driveway about a mile from his home. Bulcher told The Daily Beast on Friday that the car theft appeared to be random and that Doumdje, who has been arrested before, had “no familiarity with the family at all.” Blaise’s parents had been unloading their Ford Explorer with the engine still running around 1 a.m....
    STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Kamari Brown had 16 points as Georgia Southern edged past Texas-Arlington 74-73 in overtime on Saturday. Tre Cobbs scored six of his 10 points in the extra period, including the game-winner with 10 seconds remaining. The Mavericks missed the final two shots to end the game. Javon Levi’s 3-pointer for Texas-Arlington at the end of regulation forced overtime tied at 75. Gedi Juozapaitis added 15 points for Georgia Southern (8-6, 1-2 Sun Belt Conference), which earned its fifth straight home victory. Andrei Savrasov had 13 points. David Azore tied a career high with 33 points and had nine rebounds for the Mavericks (7-8, 3-1), whose four-game win streak was broken. Nicolas Elame added 13 points. Patrick Mwamba had eight rebounds. Levi had a career-high 12 rebounds plus nine points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Elements of this were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or...
    A Georgia teen is being charged as an adult for allegedly brutally raping a 15-year-old classmate inside the bathroom of a Powder Springs high school. Malachi Mpata, 16, was nabbed after he pushed the girl against a wall, grabbed her by the throat and demanded that she perform sex acts on him, an arrest warrant said. He also slapped the girl and hurled insults at her during the assault, which happened after school hours at McEachern High School, according to the warrant obtained by DailyMail.com. The girl was then taken to the boys' bathroom where she was raped as her attacker wrapped his hand around her neck, the warrant said. Mpata was arrested December 7 by Cobb County Police Department's special victims unit in connection with the November 17 assault. He's facing rape and sodomy charges.  Malachi Mpata, 16,is facing rape and sodomy charges after a 15-year-old classmate reported being attacked inside a boys' bathroom at a Georgia high school last month  He allegedly slapped the girl and hurled insults at her during the assault, which happened after school hours at...
    A Georgia high school student has been arrested for raping a fellow student inside McEachern High School, police said.Malachi Mpata, 16, is accused of raping a 15-year-old after school hours. A warrant obtained by FOX 5 Atlanta states Mpata allegedly pushed the girl against a wall, called her names, and grabbed her throat. It also states he slapped her and forced her to perform sex acts, before forcing her to go into the boys' restroom where he held her down, "his hand was around her neck" when he raped her. Malachi Mpata,16, was booked into the Cobb County jail last week. The Powder Springs teen is facing felony charges of rape and sodomy. GEORGIA HIGH COURT UPHOLDS GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENT OF JUDGEThe alleged attack happened in an area not visible to cameras.Mpata was charged as an adult and booked into the Cobb County Detention Center on Dec. 7 by the police debarment's special victims unit, according to a spokesman from the Cobb County Police Department. The teenager is facing felony charges of rape and sodomy.SUSPECT IN MURDER OF 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL...
    HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Justin Roberts had 25 points as Georgia State beat High Point 74-66 in overtime in the Legends Classic-Subregional on Sunday. Kane Williams added 21 points for Georgia State. Williams also had 11 rebounds. Ja’Heim Hudson had 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Georgia State (4-1). Nelson Phillips added six rebounds. John-Michael Wright had 17 points for High Point (2-3). Jaden House added 17 points. Zach Austin had 11 points and 11 rebounds. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    High Point (2-2) vs. Georgia State (3-1) Legends Classic-Subregional , Qubein Center, High Point, North Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: High Point and Georgia State are set to face off in a postseason game at the Qubein Center. Georgia State earned a 77-59 win over William & Mary in its most recent game, while High Point won 73-63 against Howard in its last outing. SUPER SENIORS: Georgia State’s Kane Williams, Justin Roberts and Nelson Phillips have collectively accounted for 48 percent of all Panthers points this season. CREATING OFFENSE: John-Michael Wright has directly created 53 percent of all High Point field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 20 field goals and 16 assists in those games. ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: Georgia State has recently created buckets via assists more often than High Point. Georgia State has an assist on 41 of 89 field goals (46.1 percent) over its previous three outings while High Point has assists on 31 of 68 field goals (45.6 percent) during its past three games. DID YOU KNOW: The disruptive Georgia State...
    A Georgia ambulance driver has been charged after allegedly crashing while he was high and drunk, killing an unrestrained dialysis patient - and then trying to flee the scene in an Uber while cops tried to remove the body.   Kevin McCorvey, 34, was driving the ambulance in Fairburn, a town about 20 miles south of Atlanta, when he veered off the road and rolled into a ditch around 7:30pm. The crash killed unrestrained patient Wilton Thomason Jr, 66, who suffered fatal injuries the crash.  McCorvey was booked into Fulton County Jail and was charged with DUI, homicide by vehicle second degree, failure to maintain lane, and possession of an open container.     He admitted to a Fairburn officer that he 'was high on marijuana, Adderall, and had been drinking a beer' when he crashed, according to a police report. Ambulance driver Kevin McCorvey, 34, was arrested and charged on Friday after allegedly crashing the vehicle in Fairburn, Georgia while he was high and drunk The vehicle veered off the road and rolled into a ditch, killing dialysis patient Wilton Thomason Jr, 66...
    Welcome to the Wednesday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Colin Kaepernick claiming white people want to see an “acceptable negro” on TV, Enes Kanter continues to attack the Chinese dictatorship, Georgia is number one in the first College Football Playoff rankings, Cincy’s path seems insanely narrow, all top four teams have ties to Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh is blaming the refs for loss to Michigan State, Henry Ruggs allegedly kills someone while driving under the influence, the Braves win the World Series and high school in California apologizes for massive football win. Let’s dive in! TOPICS: Colin Kaepernick Claims White People Want To See An ‘Acceptable Negro’ On TV, Attacks Two Iconic Characters NBA Star Continues To Rip China With Powerful Comments. How Will The Dictatorship Respond? The First College Football Playoff Rankings Are Out. People Can’t Stop Talking About Who Is Number Two Will Cincinnati Make The College Football Playoff? All Signs Point To A Devastating Answer For Fans One College Football Playoff Stat Shows Nick Saban’s Insane Influence...
    Statesboro High School Construction students will compete against other area high schools in the Southeast Georgia Skills Challenge on November 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the Bulloch County Agricultural Complex, located at 44 Arena Blvd., in Statesboro. Hosted by the Associated General Contractors of Georgia in partnership with Ace Electric, Inc., Choate Construction Company, and West Construction Company, construction students from 19 regional high schools will face off in a variety of competitions. “AGC Georgia’s Skills Challenge is a great way for students to showcase their talents in a unique and involved way,” said Josh Hall, the instructor for Statesboro High School’s Architecture and Construction Career Cluster courses, which are part of Bulloch County Schools’ Career, Technical & Agricultural Education program. “It is humbling to watch these kids apply their skills during the competition and receive real-life experience as part of the process. We appreciate all of the support and effort the construction industry puts into this event, so our students can thrive and advance in the construction industry.” Competitions...
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan says he’s getting "very little push back" from fellow Republicans over his burgeoning effort to reboot what he hopes will be a post-Donald Trump GOP. Duncan spotlights that other Republicans have quietly come up to him and thanked him for "doing the right thing" and tell him "this means a lot for this country, this means a lot for this party." Georgia’s lieutenant governor made his comments in a national exclusive interview with Fox News and during an address to an audience at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Tuesday, where Duncan kicked off the inaugural event to sell "GOP 2.0," the idea behind his new book and his evolving push to fix a Republican Party that he says has been damaged by former President Trump. TRUMP TIPTOES AROUND 2024 AS HE HOLDS LARGE RALLY IN STATE THAT KICKS OFF WHITE HOUSE RACE "It's a better pathway forward for our conservative party," Duncan emphasized. "If done right, GOP 2.0 is going to be a safe place to call home for commonsense...
    The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that SUNGDO ENG USA, a subsidiary of Korea-based Sungdo Engineering & Construction, has opened its corporate U.S. headquarters in Gwinnett County and is creating 30 jobs. SUNGDO ENG USA provides highly technical construction services to many Georgia-based clients. “Korea continues to be an incredibly important strategic market for investment in Georgia and we are excited to welcome SUNGDO ENG USA to our international family of companies,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I am confident that SUNGDO ENG USA will prosper in Georgia. Many thanks to our economic development partners in Gwinnett County for their continued efforts grow jobs and opportunities in the community.” SUNGDO ENG USA is an industrial plant construction company founded by specialists with a diversity of knowledge and experience in biotechnology and engineering and developing semiconductors, display projects, solar cells, and more. SUNGDO ENG USA supplies a total solution system, which encompasses design, engineering, procurement, testing, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and after-sales service to its customers. Sungdo Engineering & Construction is...
    (CNN)A Georgia school board is investigating anti-Semitic graffiti that was daubed on a boys' bathroom wall during the most important holiday period of the Jewish faith.On Thursday, there were two swastikas and 'Hail [sic] Hitler' graffiti found on the wall at the Alan C. Pope High School in Marietta.A Cobb County District spokesperson called the incident "unacceptable" in a statement to CNN. "The principal has engaged with community groups who have been affected by this student behavior, and all applicable District policy and law will be applied," the statement said. The police department for Cobb County told CNN it wasn't investigating the incident as it was taken over by the school board. CNN has reached out to Cobb County Schools for comment on the investigation but has not heard back. "Students and parents were rightfully scared and concerned about what was happening," said Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Kol Emeth, which serves approximately 400 families in the community. He learned of the incident from a member of his congregation whose child is a student in the school. Read MoreSernovitz says...
    A longtime teacher at a Georgia high school died over the weekend after losing a battle to COVID-19, weeks after the district’s superintendent refused to issue a mask mandate—and instead said teachers could wear jeans for a month. Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch confirmed to local outlets that Penny Gary, 58, a Statesboro High School teacher, died due to complications from COVID-19 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center on Sunday. It’s unclear if Gary had been vaccinated or teaching in-person since the school year got underway earlier this month, but Bulloch County schools are largely operating in-person. “It's a great loss to this community because she cared not only for us students but for teachers as well, she had a lot of compassion towards everybody,” William Hill, a former student who graduated from the school last year, told WJCL in an interview. “She would just make sure you were on the right track, to get you prepared for life after high school. Get you prepared for your career and everything. The past students and students currently here, we’re going to...
    The Georgia Foundation for Public Education today awarded its fourth round of Rural Education Fund grants, providing 12 grants to Georgia schools and districts. Totaling $115,003, this year’s Rural Education Fund grants will fund middle-school literacy programming; a STEM racing team; mental health supports for students; virtual reality goggles to help elementary students experience and explore the world; science and math instruction; computer science learning; an EMT Career Pathway program; a computer science e-sports club; vocational training; and a curriculum to help students with disabilities prepare for college or career. Rural Education Fund grants are flexible and can be used for a wide range of initiatives – applicants are asked to propose a project that will solve a current challenge within their school or district and drive positive student outcomes. “Over the last several years, we have seen Georgia school districts utilize Rural Education Fund grants to support bold, creative, and student-centric projects – and this year’s grantees carry on that legacy,” GFPE Executive Director said. “We know the need...
    U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) highlighted passage of his provision in the bipartisan jobs and infrastructure bill that will help connect key Georgia military installations and surrounding base communities, as well as help provide growth and economic opportunities to rural communities from Texas to Georgia. The provision, one of the many legislative victories championed by Senator Warnock in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, was included as an amendment offered by Senator Warnock and Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The provision allows for the planned I-14 extension to be designated as a high priority corridor, promoting efforts to connect large swaths of middle and southern Georgia to the interstate highway system—reducing congestion in metro areas, facilitating shipping, and easing mobility for residents. “The infrastructure bill is about creating jobs and boosting our economy. Designating I-14 as a high priority corridor is a step towards connecting key base communities from Columbus to Middle Georgia to Augusta, helping reduce congestion and strengthening our economy by linking emerging technology markets throughout...
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $167 million in 12 states, including Georgia, to deploy broadband infrastructure in rural areas without sufficient access to high-speed internet. 08.11.2021reconnectnewsreleasechart usda broadband investment 12 states “Generations ago, the federal government recognized that without affordable access to electricity, Americans couldn’t fully participate in modern society and the modern economy. Broadband internet is the new electricity. It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning and health care, and to stay connected,” Secretary Vilsack said. “This is why President Biden’s American Jobs Plan prioritizes building ‘future-proof’ broadband infrastructure – like the investments we’re announcing today – in areas without sufficient access to broadband, so that we finally reach 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage.” According to the USDA, these investments will benefit rural people in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. USDA’S examples as part of the announcement: Gila Local Exchange Carrier,...
    Two high school basketball coaches in Georgia have each been charged with murder and child cruelty in the 2019 death of a player who suffered a heat stroke while practicing outside in scorching temperatures.  Head coach Larosa Maria Walker-Asekere and assistant coach Dwight Broom Palmer are facing second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to children charges after a grand jury indictment found them responsible for the death of 16-year-old Elite Scholars Academy student Imani Bell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.   HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER COLLAPSES DURING PRACTICE, LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD AT HOSPITAL  Walker-Asekere and Palmer were changed after the grand jury made a decision on July 1, citing "outdoor conditioning training for student-athletes in dangerous heat, resulting in the death of Imani Bell due to hyperthermia and rhabdomyolysis." Imani was participating in mandatory conditioning drills for the girls' basketball team on Aug. 13, 2019, when she collapsed after running up the football stadium steps, a lawsuit, filed in February against administrators at the school, stated.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The temperature that day was in the high 90s...
    TORNADOES in Texas and Georgia have left at least two dead and several hurt as three trucks were blown off a road in high winds. Severe storms spawning multiple tornadoes moved across the South on Monday, damaging homes and uprooting trees from Mississippi to West Virginia. 12Trucks were blown off road 12The twister caused severe damage 12The tornado started in MississippiCredit: Facebook A tornado spotted in Atlanta forced thousands to seek shelter, and one man was killed when a falling tree brought power lines onto his vehicle. The motorist was pronounced dead after fire crews cut him from the vehicle in Douglasville, Georgia, west of Atlanta, Douglas County spokesman Rick Martin told reporters. And in middle Georgia, 55-year-old Carla Harris was killed after a tree fell onto her Bonaire home, Houston County emergency officials said. In Texas, three trucks were blown off of the road following the heavy winds. 12Damage was done to many homesCredit: AP 12One person died after a tree fell on her homeCredit: AP 12The weather tore through many homesCredit: AP The weather first turned...
    An NCAA rule change will allow football players to transfer once as undergraduates without sitting out a season. The change goes into effect for the 2021 season. It was not unexpected, but now that it is official a bevy of players are assured of being on the field this fall. Some of the most notable: Demarkcus Bowman, RB, Florida (from Clemson): Bowman was a five-star recruit in the class of 2020, but didn’t see much action for the Tigers as a freshman. He returns to his home state with the Gators’ offense looking for playmakers. The sophomore should get the opportunity right away to live up to the recruiting hype. Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky (from Nebraska): The speedy and versatile Robinson caught 91 passes in two seasons with the Cornhuskers before returning to his home state to play for the Wildcats. Kentucky’s offense was in need of game-breakers last season. Coach Mark Stoops will hope to get that from Robinson, who gained 1,494 yards from scrimmage and scored seven touchdowns with Nebraska. Wanya Morris, OT, Oklahoma (from Tennessee): Morris was...
    Wayne Johnson, Ph.D., examines a drone in preparation for the Engineering Design Challenge. / Source: GSU Engineering faculty and students at Georgia Southern University are mentoring local high school students in preparation of the Engineering Design Challenge(EDC). GSU engineering students are helping mentor local high school students from Herschel V. Jenkins High School, Calvary Day School, Portal Middle High School and home school students as they design drone attachments as part of this year’s EDC on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. The high schoolers have spent months working with their STEM teacher, a practicing engineer, and a Georgia Southern engineering student, to design an excavation tool for the EDC 2021 theme “Eagle Remotely Operated Aerial Recovery 2.0 (ROAR).” When attached to a drone, the tool can be used to collect lunar soil and rock samples. Josiah Hacker, a sophomore civil engineering student, is one of the seven student coaches participating. He’s spent at least one day each week since January working with a team of home-schooled high school students. “Right...
    Lana Condor to Host the 2021 Costume Designers Guild Awards 10 money lessons your teens will eventually thank you for © USA TODAY NETWORK Atlanta High School Sports Awards The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards program is the biggest high school sports recognition program in the country with more than 65 regional and state shows happening in 2021. Atlanta athletes may be featured this year as part of the state program. The Georgia High School Sports Awards winners will be announced July 15 on the award website. Viewers can find honorees from various regions, including the national honorees and winners at sportsawards.usatoday.com. For more information, email [email protected] From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Atlanta high school athletes could be featured in Georgia sports awards program
    Atlanta, GA – Efforts to provide needed broadband service to Georgians took a step forward when Gov. Brian Kemp and PSC Commissioner Tim Echols made an announcement at Tri-County EMC’s headquarters earlier today. Gov. Kemp announced the formation of a new broadband provider in Middle Georgia, Tri-CoGo, which will provide high-speed internet service to 22,000 homes and businesses in eight Counties: Jones, Baldwin, Putnam, Jasper, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Morgan and Bibb. This project will include a capital investment of more than $47 million by Tri-County EMC (TCEMC) to build a fiber network that will provide enhanced reliability and operational services for TCEMC electric customers while providing excess fiber capacity that will be leased to the cooperative’s broadband affiliate, Tri-CoGo, which will provide the broadband service, pending regulatory approval. Following participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase 1 Auction, Tri-CoGo was awarded approximately $1.1 million to provide Gigabit service to 2,923 unserved locations in 24 census blocks within the cooperative service area. In addition to those locations,...
    Jared Groce is the all-time winningest boys’ basketball coach in Chattooga High School history as he has reached his 150th win. Coach Groce’s overall record of 150-39 passed the previously held record of 149-62, which was held by Lamar Turner. Jack Mayo holds the third highest record with a 109-62 record.   Groce broke the record on Wednesday, February 17th, when the Chattooga Indians defeated the visiting Coosa Eagles for the fourth time during the 2020-2021 season. Steven Eckhoff    In his short seven years as Head Coach of the Indians, Groce has led his team to three Region Championship Titles, three Region Runner-Up placements, and six State Playoff appearances, including three trips to the Sweet 16, two trips to the Elite Eight, and one trip to the Final Four. The Final Four appearance in 2020 was Chattooga High School’s Boys’ Basketball Team’s first trip to the Final Four in school history. The Indians have also claimed numerous holiday tournament titles under Groce’s leadership.   Although the  2020-2021 Chattooga Indians...
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