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Lawrenceville Match-Up Tops Game of the Week Voting

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- There are plenty of great games this weekend, but one contest was a runaway winner for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week. Fans chose Archer at Mountain View with 57.8 percent of the vote.

Archer and Mountain View face off in a battle of new programs. Both schools are playing their first full varsity season. Mountain View went 4-0 against varsity competition last season and Archer finished 1-2.

Both teams are currently at 0-1. Archer lost to Duluth 21-17 and Mountain View lost to Central Gwinnett 24-17.

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Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards Announces 2010 Ceremony

ATLANTA, GA -- Nearly 300 local theater leaders, supporters and fans from all throughout the Atlanta area will be on hand to recognize this year's nominees and winners at the Annual Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards Ceremony on Sunday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center in Roswell.

The ceremony will once again be headed up by one of Atlanta's most loved and acclaimed actors, Jeff McKerley, and punctuated with musical performances from this year's nominees for Best Overall Musical.

Since 2004, the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater (MAT) Awards has celebrated the talents of Atlanta's community theaters and small professional theater companies. The 2010 season brought 24 productions for consideration of awards, resulting in 108 nominees in 29 categories.

For more information about the 2010 MAT Awards Ceremony, please visit http://www.matawards.com/AwardCeremony.html.

Missing Boy Found at Family Friend's Home

GAINESVILLE, GA -- After a long night of searching, police found 10-year-old Mario Taddeo safe at the home of a family friend in Gainesville on Tuesday. At least, 29-year-old Christopher Ray had been considered been a family friend before the Lawrenceville boy disappeared after school on Monday.

Ray is being charged with interference with the custody of a minor by Gwinnett County Police and may face further charges in Hall County.

The Gainesville man had taken care of Taddeo and his brothers before, but he did not have permission to pick the boy up on Monday.

Taddeo's mother had publicly pled for her son's safe return.

Missing 10-year-old Found Safe

UPDATE: Mario has been found safe near Gainesville, GA. No other details were immediately available.

Lawrenceville, GA -- Gabriella Taddeo called her son a "miracle baby" and pleaded for the safe return of 10-year-old Mario Taddeo, who disappeared after school on Monday.

"He was born a preemie and survived," she told reporters in front of her home on Martin Forest Lane on Tuesday morning. "May God perform another miracle. We want our miracle baby back."

Mario was last seen around 3:30 p.m. on Monday after leaving a friend's home after returning from school. He's a fourth-grader at Alcovy Elementary School. 

Mario was last seen wearing a gray polo top with red stripes, dark blue jeans and red shoes.

If you have any information, please contact the Gwinnett County Police department at 770-513-5000.

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Boys & Girls Club Gets Free Central Air Units After Theft

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- More than 300 youngsters turn to the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrenceville for homework help, computer lessons and to play sports.

When thieves took all of the club's central air conditioners and nine units at two other Boys and Girls Clubs, they turned to 11Alive's Help Desk.

What followed was an immediate 2-hour telethon to help raise funds to offset the cost of replacing the units and to defray the cost of installing special security systems in all 27 Metro Atlanta Boys and Girls Clubs.

Two specialized air conditioning companies, Trane and Coolray, stepped right up to provide the units and the labor to install them -- all for free.

"We watched the newscast that you did on TV. Saw it. Felt like it was a thing we needed to do to help out in our community," said Michael Hopkins of Trane.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press


Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org