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LIST | Georgia's 20 best high schools

LIST | Georgia's 20 best high schools

(WXIA) -- U.S. News and World Report has unveiled its list of the 20 best high schools in Georgia, and almost all of them are in metro Atlanta.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology leads the pack. The Lawrenceville charter school is the No. 1 high school is Georgia and No. 3 in the country, with 100 percent of its students passing their Advanced Placement exams, and all students proficient in math and English.

The school has a 17:1 student-teacher ratio, which is average for Georgia. About 75 percent of its 696 students are minorities.

These schools round out Georgia's Top 20:

2. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School (Augusta)
Ranked No. 73 nationally

* 100% of students take AP exams; 76% earn passing scores
* 100% of students proficient in math
* 100% of students proficient in English
* 17:1 student-teacher ratio
* 55% minority enrollment

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Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

(WXIA) -- Entries are currently being accepted for this year's Marlow's Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest.

Professional and backyard grillers alike are invited to enter their best dishes. Recipes may be submitted through Friday, Aug. 1.

Marlow's Tavern co-founder and executive chef John C. Metz will reveal the winners during a party at the restaurant chain's Dunwoody location on Saturday, Sept. 6. The grand prize winner will receive a Big Green Egg, while the second and third place prizes are Marlow's gift cards for $200 and $100, respectively.

Visit marlowstavern.com for more information about the contest. The Dunwoody restaurant is located in the Dunwoody Village shopping center at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Interstate work continues through the weekend

Interstate work continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- that seems to be the summertime theme in metro Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said the roadwork that has plagued drivers for the past several weekends will continue through Monday morning.

Among the projects:

Cherokee County
* ROLLING CLOSURE: Nightly sweeping on I-575 in both directions

Cobb County
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry and South Atlanta roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly for slab replacement.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between I-75 and New Northside Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign construction.

Man accused of driving down street with dog tied to truck


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Authorities arrested a man after he allegedly drove down the street with a dog tied to the back of his truck.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, a witness called 911 after seeing a German Shepherd tied to a pick-up truck driving down Ronald Reagan Blvd. near SR 41 around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

An investigator with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office saw the truck about two minutes after the 911 call. The investigator stopped the vehicle. Other deputies responded and took the dog to a veterinarian. The dog was treated for injuries to its front paws and bruising to its neck.

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Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against 11 former sheriff's officials who claimed they were fired for political reasons.

In Monday's decision, Georgia's high court wrote that it dismissed the officers' appeal because they failed to ask permission to file it.

The two sergeants, four captains and five lieutenants worked for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. They were laid off in February 2013 during what Sheriff Duane Piper called a "reduction in force."

The officials appealed their firing, saying it was due to age discrimination and political retaliation. However, the Forsyth County Civil Service Handbook clearly states that county employees may be subject to reassignment, suspension and termination with no cause or right to appeal.

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include: