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Georgia-Based Team Seeks to Impress at Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, GA -- For husband and wife, Dave and Andrea Robertson, motorsports are a passion that started as a hobby and have grown into a full-time, competitive racing team.

"We both have been enthusiasts for a long time," Dave Patterson said from his team's garage Wednesday.

"We live it, think it, breath it, eat it you name it," Andrea Robertson said. "Never a day goes by that we're not thinking or talking about the car."

The Robertsons make their home in Michigan. But their American Le Mans Series team, Robertson Racing, is headquartered just outside the gates of Road Atlanta. At this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the Robertsons are fielding two Ford GT's.

"I've loved the Ford GT since the '60s. They're beautiful," Dave Robertson said. "They're an important part of American racing history."

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.

Porsche to Field Hybrid Race Car at Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Speed and power are celebrated and rewarded on the track and on the paddock at Road Atlanta. Now one team is using efficiency and a renewable energy source to add power and speed.

The Porsche GT3R Hybrid race car doesn't work like the hybrids you're familiar with. There are no batteries on board. They're too heavy and they'd have to be discarded after every race.

"It's a hybrid that's based on performance and through that performance we regain and we recuperate but we also save fuel," said Porsche GT3R Hybrid Chief Engineer Owen Hayes.

The Porsche uses a regenerative braking system. It's not a entirely new concept. But now racing teams, like Porsche, are experimenting with the system for competition and improving the system's performance. "We know that we're developing something for the future and also developing something that could possibly be put into road cars and not only that, but into race cars as well," Hayes said.

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

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.

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.