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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here.

There are some new faces this week, and a new number one team.

The McEachern girls take over the top spot, with Southwest Dekalb second. Archer, Parkview and Redan make up the top 5.

Tucker is next, with North Forsyth, Hillgrove, Wesleyan and Norcross completing the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll is ready for inspection.

A past state champion joins our list this week, but the name at the top stays the same as last week.

The Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian School stay unbeaten and on top. Allatoona is next, with Columbia and Wheeler in third and fourth. North Gwinnett is fifth headed into a region showdown with Norcross.

Tucker, Miller Grove, Norcross, Milton and Berkmar round out the top 10.

Past state champion South Atlanta joins the poll this week at number 23.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports

'Rolling quorum' helps local governments skirt open meetings laws

(WXIA) -- When the powerful meet in secret, it makes it doubly difficult for the public to hold them accountable. One method they're using is what's called a rolling quorum -- where members of a city council or county commission meet -- but one or members listen from another room.

The state open meeting laws explicitly require that meetings of city councils and county commissions give notice of their meetings. But when members don't want the public there -- here's one way around it.

Soldier returns home and makes 2 surprise stops at schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- For Army Capt. Robert Abrams, after a year of dedication to country, he can now give way to devotion to family.

Monday he returned from his second tour overseas, and showed up at Creekland Middle School to surprise his 6th grade daughter, Lexi.

She thought everyone gathered to hear her class read poems about military service.  She was up first, when her dad walked in.

Before taking his daughter home to celebrate, they made another surprise stop, this time picking up Abrams' 7-year-old son Preston.

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Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

Path2College launches savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Path2College, Georgia's 529 savings plan, has kicked off this year's $25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes.

The promotion is designed to get parents thinking about saving for college while their children are still young.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky child will be awarded $15,000 for his or her college education. The winner's school will receive $10,000.

"All you have to do is go online and enter for a chance to win," Path2College exeuctive director Mitch Seabaugh said. "There's nothing to lose by entering, and both a child and his or her school have a lot to gain."

To enter, visit path2college529.com. The sweepstakes is open to current Path2College 529 Plan account owners or non-account owners who live in Georgia and are at least 21 years old.

The contest closes on Sunday, Aug. 10.

Man killed in Snellville house fire

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A man was killed in a fire that broke out in the Gwinnett County house where he was staying.

The fire started at around 1:45 a.m. Friday at a house in the 800 block of Lake Drive SW in Snellville.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said the single-story wood house was fully involved when crews arrived. The flames were moving very close to the house next door as well as live electrical lines overhead.

Three people were inside the house. The man and woman who owned the home suffered minor injuries but managed to escape; a relative who was sleeping in their basement did not.

The victim's body was found at around 8:30 a.m. Rutledge said firefighters discovered the remains while digging through debris.

No names have been released. The body has been turned over to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ga.'s largest movie studio could open by summer

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Jacoby Development says it could have Georgia's largest movie studio open by this summer in Gwinnett County.

PHOTOS | Movies filmed in the Atlanta area

Company President Scott Condra told Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District leaders on Thursday that the first phase of the $1 billion investment -- opening up seven sound stages in a building once used to manufacture fiber optic cables -- could be complete three to six months after the April closing with OFS.

The project, at the OFS site along Interstate 85, has the potential to transform the Jimmy Carter Boulevard corridor.