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2011 National Achievement Scholarship Finalists

The number of Fayette’s semifinalists in the 2011 National Achievement Scholarship Program has increased 150 percent over last year.


Onyekwere Eke and Linsey Jackson, of Fayette County High; Seyi Amosu and Elana Burton, of Starr’s Mill High; Kevone Hospedales, of Whitewater High; and Camara Carter and Alaisha Wellons, both of Sandy Creek High, were selected from more than 160,000 students, from across the United States, when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

"No Flu 4 U" a Success in Fayette County

Coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools and the Fayette County Health Department; No Flu 4 U, has been a largely successful program for students, employees and their family members. Many Fayette county residents have taken advantage of this opportunity to get their flu vaccines early and at convenient school locations throughout the county.

Although participants are receiving the nasal vaccine, injections are available for those who cannot use the nasal vaccine due to specific medical conditions.   

While the nasal spray seems simple, the nurses working the clinics are finding it is not always so easy to get students to take the vaccine. “They hate putting things in their noses for some reason. Sometimes it is easier to get them to take shots than it is to put spray up their noses.

Revisiting Week Five's HS Football Predictions

Fayetteville, GA -- Massey Matchups correctly picked the winner of 15 out of 17 games in Week Four. Did the computer predictor tool have similar results in Week Five?

In the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, Starr's Mill was expected to tie Whitewater 20-20. The computer regarded Starr's Mill as the better team, but gave Whitewater the benefit of home field advantage. Starr's Mill actually won the game 21-14.

Buford was supposed to make up for their 2009 loss to Lovett with a 26-19 win this year. The Wolves got their revenge, but the computer underestimated Buford. Coach Jess Simpson's team beat Lovett 37-14.

Week 5 Massey Matchups Predictions

FAYETTEVILLE, GA -- Starr's Mill at Whitewater handily won Game of the Week with 65 percent of the vote, but will it turn out to be the closest contest? Massey Matchups lets us know.

 The Region 3-4A Division B matchup should have playoff implications for the undefeated Starr's Mill Panthers and the one-loss Wildcats. Both teams are undefeated in their region since Whitewater's lone loss came at the hands of defending 4A champ Sandy Creek, who is now in 3A.  

The two teams are expected to play to a 20-20 draw. But if the game were at Starr's Mill's place or on a neutral field, Massey Matchups gives Starr's Mill the edge.

Johns Creek Police Need Your Help

JOHNS CREEK, GA -- Have you seen this woman? Police in Roswell and Johns Creek say that she is wanted in connection with an entering auto case and credit card fraud.

On Sept. 23, a victim reported that her wallet had been stolen. She did not know where it had been taken from. Shortly after, her credit cards were used at the Target store located at 2625 Peachtree Parkway, Johns Creek.

Police believe this is the same woman who committed a recent burglary in Roswell. In that case, stolen credit cards were used at the Target store at 2650 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, and at Wal-Mart stores in Fayetteville and Riverdale.

The suspect is a white female. Police believe that she had a male accomplice in the Roswell incident.

If you have any information in these cases, contact Inv. M.L. Stokes with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department (678-513-5878) or Det. D.