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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.

Hero Central: Gainesville Mom Helps Moms in Need

GAINESVILLE, GA -- In Gainesville, one woman has become an unstoppable force, leading the way to create an educational center and shelter for homeless young mothers.

Shannon Imes has led her experiences of the past drive her energy of the present.

"[It was] a life of selling drugs, a life of dancing ...just a thug life," Imes recalls.

It was also, Imes says, a life of abuse and molestation. It left her a young, single mother of five.

Statewide Early Voting Starts Today

ATLANTA (AP) - Think you might not be able to make it to the polls on election day? Get your vote in early.

Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election began Friday in some Georgia counties and will be open all over the state Monday.

There are early voting locations all over the state. Voters can check the secretary of state's office website for early voting locations and hours.

Be sure to bring one of the six accepted forms of photo ID. They are: a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID; a Georgia driver's license, even if it's expired; a valid employee photo ID from any local, state or federal government; a valid U.S. passport; a valid U.S. military photo ID; valid tribal photo ID.















Deal Oversight on New Disclosure

ATLANTA -- GOP Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has acknowledged the existence of business loans totaling $2.85 million.

Deal did not list the loans with the state Ethics Commission when he announced he was running for governor.

The Republican front runner called it an "oversight" and said he will amend his information with the state.

The debts were business loans for his Gainesville Auto Salvage business.

One is for $350,000 from Verity Bank in Winder. The other is a $2.5 million loan from Branch banking and Trust Co. in Gainesville, GA.

Deal was asked if his meeting with state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham, the subject of a federal subpoena, was brought on by his financial hardship.

Georgia's Top One-Win High School Football Teams


Not every elite team finishes the season undefeated. The vast majority of teams lose at least one game and with so many teams playing tough non-region games early in the season, many teams take their lumps early.

A perfect example is Camden County's 2009 team. The Wildcats lost to a nationally-ranked Grayson team in Week One, beat a Florida team in Week Two, and lost to perennial powerhouse Hoover (AL) in Week Three. After a 1-2 start, many people wrote off Kingsland team. Three months and twelve consecutive wins later and the Camden County Wildcats were the 5A champs.

Camden County's 2009 path was atypical, but could easily be repeated.

White Co.'s Lowery Jumps Over Opposing Player

CLEVELAND, GA -- Former Texas high school football prospect Sam McGuffie jumped over an opponent on his way to a touchdown, becoming a Youtube legend. Knowshon hurdled a Central Michigan player and cemented his spot in just about every UGA highlight video. Now, White County athlete Ashely Lowery is in the spotlight for a leap of his own.

Against West Hall on Friday, Lowery scooped up a fumbled shotgun snap and took the ball towards the right sideline. A West Hall player was there to make the tackle. The Spartan player broke down, squared up, and was in a great position to bring Lowery down.

He did not count on the White County senior doing this, though. Nobody really did.

Lowery effortlessly jumped into the air over the defender, landed - not missing a beat - and stiff armed another player coming at him. 

Hall County Early Voting Begins Sept. 16th

Atlanta, GA-- Starting Thursday, Hall County voters may cast their ballots for the Nov. 2 general election. Sample ballots are now available online at http://elections.hallcounty.org.

The Hall County Board of Elections and Voter Registration office will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for early voting until Oct. 29. The deadline is Oct. 4 for new voters to register to participate in the Nov. 2 general election. The elections office is located at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 2, Gainesville. Voters must bring one of the permitted forms of photo ID.

Absentee ballots may be mailed until Oct. 29. Fill out the application and mail it or drop it off at the Hall County elections office.