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Missing 6-Year-Old in Sugar Hill Found

SUGAR HILL, GA - Gwinnett County Police say a missing 6-year-old girl has been found safely. There is no word yet on where she was found.

Police and neighbors in Sugar Hill had been searching for Aniyah Mason since about 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the neighborhood on Princeton Oaks Drive off Riverside Road.

Police used helicopters and dogs in the search for the first grader and found her just after 10 p.m. Thursday night. 

Neighbors say she was seen talking to someone in a car sometime before she disappeared.

 

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Football Team Sings Together, Pledges Kindness

"I plan on doing a Random Act of Kindness for one of my teachers at Archer" says football player Martin Williams.  "I go to the store all the time, (I'll) help an old lady with her groceries, take them to the car" adds team mate Trevellous Cheek.  "...Help teachers out in the classroom, someone drops a book, pick it up for them, open doors" adds another player, Gavin Culbreth. 

The football team at Archer High School in Gwinnett County is abuzz...promising to do nice things for their friends, family, teachers, and then keep the kindness moving forward.  Cheeks believes that if "my team see me doing stuff, they'll try to do the same.

Police: Inmate Tried to Hire Hitman to Kill Family

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A Gwinnett County man already in jail for child molestation faces new charges after authorities say he tried to hire someone to kill his family.

The Gwinnett County Police Department says Raymond Wesner's cellmate contacted a police investigator last week saying Wesner tried to hire him to kill Wesner's family.

Wesner has been in jail since his April arrest on child molestation charges and the cellmate said Wesner wanted his family killed so they couldn't testify against him.

An undercover investigator was put in the jail with Wesner and posed as a hit man. Police say Wesner offered the investigator $75,000 to kill his family before his hearing.

Wesner was charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of murder and three counts of attempted murder and threatening a witness.

Georgia Among Ten Race to the Top Winners

ATLANTA -- "This is going to be really exciting," exclaimed Governor Sonny Perdue.

$400 million in federal Race to the Top money looked mighty good to Perdue, who has watched school systems lose billions in tax funding during a two-year economic downturn.  

"This is really the first time that we've had the money and the resources to really move the needle significantly in education," Perdue said at a Capitol news conference.  

But the Governor is talking about using the Race to the Top money to innovate schools, not infuse operating cash to rehire teachers or restore cut programs.  Race to the Top is a competition to reform education, with federal dollars as the prize.

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Georgia DOT announces I-85 express lane construction information session

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a construction information session on the I-85 Express Lane Project on Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center. The project to convert 16 miles of HOV lanes to HOT lanes will offer more choices to all motorists, including single occupant vehicles and more reliable trip times in the corridor.

"This is the first project of its kind in Georgia," said DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. "With construction expected to begin in mid-September, it is extremely important that motorists understand how changes along the interstate will impact their commutes."

The Georgia Force Returns, Starting in 2011

DULUTH, GA - The Georgia Force is back among the living, and it's landing in Gwinnett County.

The Arena Football Team folded with the remainder of the indoor football league in 2008, after large debts forced the league to suspend operations. In late 2009, a replacement league formed from the ashes of the old league, and began playing football once again in 2010 - but the 15-team league began without the Force.

After the 2010 season, five more teams, including the Georgia Force, opted for joining the new AFL.

The new Force will play its games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center beginning in 2011. Season tickets are available at the Gwinnett Center box office with prices ranging from $59 to as much as $1,350. Single game tickets are available for as little as $10. For more information and to order tickets, call 770-609-1300.

Fundraiser to Help Boys & Girls Club That Was Robbed

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- When Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club director Rory Johnson went outside to try and figure out why it was so hot in the building, he was in for a shock. All seven central air units were gone.

"My heart just sank and I was devastated. How could anyone do something like this to our children?" Johnson said.

The hundreds of youngsters using the club were equally stunned.

"How could somebody do something like that to the club? This is where we come to be safe at," Johnson said. "It just changed the Club climate. It hasn't changed the programs and the hearts and the passion that each and every one of us comes in here with each day, looking forward to our kids with their smiles."

Despite insurance, Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club Chief Operating Officer Missy Dugan says replacing 16 units at three clubs and beefing up security systems at all 27 Metro Clubs could reach as much as $500,000.