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Interesting Georgia High School Mascots

ATLANTA -- Georgia high schools have some of the most interesting  mascots in the country. Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net takes a look at some of them.

Brantley County Blue Herons: Brantley County's school is basically in a swamp about 20 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in Caney Bay. Though the Blue Herons are not a common mascot, they serve sports well. According to Nature.org, herons are "territorial and will aggressively defend their nests from interlopers."

Cairo Syrupmakers: The Syrupmakers will be at the top of any list of unique mascots. Though many people believe the name comes from Karo syrup, Karo is not from Cairo. Rodenberry's is the syrup that calls the South Georgia city home. The school's women's teams are referred to as Syrupmaids.

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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.

Man Killed After Fall From Deer Hunting Stand

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say a 45-year-old Hall
County man is dead after a 25-foot fall from a deer hunting
stand.

Hall County Sheriff's Office officials haven't released the man's name. They say he had gone about 200 yards behind his home to set up the stand for a future hunt.

Col. Jeff Strickland says the man's brother went to look for him
after he didn't return for a time. His body was discovered shortly
after 2 p.m. Monday.

Police believe it was accidental.

Last week, a 62-year-old White County man was injured after
falling from a deer stand.

Hall County Burn Ban Lifted in 4 Days. Just in Time for you Fall Leaves

Atlanta, GA-- On Oct. 1, 2010, residents of Hall County will again be allowed to burn natural plant growth…that is, with the proper permits.

Hall County Fire Services offers two types of permits: residential burn permits and land-clearing burn permits.

  • A residential burn permit is for someone who wants to burn leaves and small tree limbs (no bigger than 3 inches in diameter). To obtain a residential burn permit, call 770-536-2442. This is an automated line and residents should follow the instructions.

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Hall County Board of Commissioners 9/23 Meeting Highlights Released

Atlanta, GA-- 

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Hall County Board of Commissioners 5 p.m. Sept. 23, 2010, Georgia Mountains Center 

1. Proclamation declaring October to be Fire Prevention Month and October 3-9, 2010, to be Fire Prevention Week in Hall County.

2. Unanimously approved Consent Agenda:    

a. Approved September 9, 2010 Meeting Minutes.

b. Approved release Executive Session Minutes dated September 8, 2010.

c. Reappointed Ken Cochran to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District One).

d. Reappointed Brent Hoffman to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District Two).

e. Appointed David Smith, Jr. to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District Two).

f. Reappointed James Nix to the Gainesville-Hall MPO Citizen Advisory Committee (District Three).

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3 Gainesville Gang Members Arrested

Atlanta, GA--  On September 20, 2010, Agents with the Gang Task Force arrested three documented members of the criminal street gang BOE during the course of an investigation.

The arrests resulted after the trio, Mr. Lopez, Mr. Tavira and a Juvenile Suspect were found in possession of a small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Both adult suspects failed to comply with Officers commands and were subsequently charged with obstruction.

Additionally, Mr. Lopez was charged with and 4 counts of Violating the Street Gang and Terrorism Act and 4 counts of Criminal Trespass for spray painting gang Graffiti on four separate locations in Hall County.

Both adult suspects were booked in at the Hall County Jail.

The juvenile was relinquished to the custody of his parents and will be summoned to Juvenile Court to face his charge.

No further arrests or charges are anticipated in this case.

Under Armour Athlete of the Week Candidates: Week 5

GAINESVILLE, GA -- All of the Under Armour Athlete of the Week candidates played a huge part in their respective teams' wins. Whether it was complete domination or a last-minute score, this week's athletes had impressive performances.

A.J. Johnson dominated in Gainesville's 20-13 win over rival North Hall. Johnson, who committed to Tennessee just before the game, is always big on defense for the Red Elephants, but the linebacker also made a big impact from the unlikely quarterback position.

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller made the call to line Johnson up at quarterback and the senior player spent the game bulldozing players en route to 192 yards on 17 carries. Johnson also scored all three of the Red Elephants' touchdowns.