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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. The McEachern girls hang on to the top spot as the GHSA state tournament heads for semifinal weekend.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb are 1 and 2 again this week with Redan, Parkview, and Archer in the top 5.

North Forsyth, Tucker, Hillgrove,Wesleyan and Norcross round out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

Forsyth Co. lottery ticket printing plant to expand

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Scientific Games has expanded its Forsyth County lottery ticket manufacturing plant -- a move that will create 40 jobs and expand printing capacity by about 20 percent.

RELATED | Check your numbers at 11Alive's lottery page

Alpharetta-based Scientific Games has acquired a manufacturing system -- Alpha P-7 -- that can print 9 billion lottery tickets annually. Alpha P-7 is essentially 20 printing presses electronically networked together.

Scratch-off lottery tickets require an elaborate manufacturing process, said Jim Kennedy, chief of Scientific Games' lottery business. Every ticket is unique and requires "more than 20 layers of ink to create this electronically tracked piece of (paper)," Kennedy said.

Forsyth Co. authorities arrest 6 on burglary, drug charges

CUMMING, Ga. (WXIA) - The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested six people in connection with the burglary of three storage units and the distribution of drugs at a home.

In a release Friday, Sheriff Duane K. Piper said three storage units and a cargo trailer were burglarized at Sawnee Storage, just off of Georgia 20 West at some point between January 27 and 29. Investigators were able to identify a suspect - Joshua L. Williams, 20, of Sugar Hill, from surveillance video. A video was also identified from the video.

Williams was taken into custody after a short chase on February 5 along Settingdown Road in Forsyth County. Investigators said Williams tried to flee from authorities by driving in reverse down the roadway. Williams was arrested and charged with three counts of second degree burglary, three counts of felony theft and criminal trespass, as well as a number of traffic offenses.

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

Pike Nurseries hiring 250 seasonal employees

(WXIA) -- Spring is just around the corner, and Pike Nurseries is preparing to hire 250 people for one of its busiest seasons.

The nursery chain, which has locations throughout metro Atlanta, will hold a career fair on Friday, Feb. 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its Roswell location (615 West Crossville Road).

Job seekers can also apply at any Pike Nurseries location. The stores are looking for anyone who is passionate about gardening.

Learn more at pikenursery.com.

Commuter Dude: Controversy over plans to widen Forsyth County road

CUMMING - Forsyth County Commissioners and some homeowners will clash Thursday night over plans to widen Castleberry Road.

Turning the two lane road into a four lane was first proposed as a part of a Special Local Option Sales Tax that voters approved in 2002. It has been discussed and debated ever since.

In November, 2012, Forsyth County Commissioners voted unanimously to shelve the project until 2016, and to conduct an additional traffic study.

Commissioner Todd Levent stated, "I do not believe the existing and projected traffic volumes on Castlebery Road justify the expense and impact of a four-lane Castleberry Road."

The county has already spent close to $9 million dollars on planning and right of way acquisition. The project would cost another $13 million.

Thursday night, Commissioners will vote on whether or not to scrap an additional traffic study, and move forward with the project immediately.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Basketball Poll is here. McEachern maintains the lead as the state tournament begins.

For much of the season McEachern and Southwest DeKalb have been 1 and 2. That continues this week with Parkview, Redan, and Archer the top 5.

Next comes Tucker, Hillgrove, Wesleyan, North Forsyth, and Southwest Atlanta Christian making up the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports.

 

Commuter Dude: Examining crash data along Georgia 400

ATLANTA - An examination of crash data shows accidents are up, but fatalities down from 2012 to 2013 on the 22 mile stretch of Georgia 400 through Fulton County.

Tony Peters drives 400 daily and has noticed the accidents seem more common, especially as he approached I-285

"It seems two or three days a week there might be something on 400 going on whether it's an accident or a fender bender," said Peters.

An 11Alive examination of two years worth of crash data revealed more than 1,800 accidents last year on Georgia 400 in Fulton County, slightly more than the year before. There were, however, half the number of fatal accidents, from four down to two.

A common area of concern is the Georgia 400/ I-285 interchange, where there were 164 accidents and 73 injuries in 2013, another slight increase from the previous year.