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Milton and McEachern top the Super 25 boys, girls polls

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and McEachern girls continue to lead the top the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 polls for this week. The computer generated polls for metro Atlanta teams are produced each week by USA Today.

   Columbia, Douglas County, Westlake, and Shiloh complete the top 5 for boys. Wesleyan, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Parkview make up the girls top 5..

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46 Cherokee students sign college scholarships

46 Cherokee students sign college scholarships

CANTON, Ga. -- A grand total of 46 Cherokee County high school seniors signed college scholarship commitment letters on National Signing Day.

The students, as well as their families, teachers, principals and coaches, were recognized during a special brunch at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center in Canton on Wednesday.

Cherokee County's soon-to-be college athletes are:

Cherokee High, Canton

* Shanariel Coffie, volleyball
Committed to the University of West Georgia

* Meredith Gray, golf
Committed to the University of West Georgia

* Anna Higgins, golf
Committed to the University of West Georgia

* Zachary Lemons, baseball
Committed to Chattahoochee Valley Community College

* Bree Wells, softball
Committed to Darton College

Creekview High, Canton

* Sutton Appling, softball
Committed to East Georgia College

CANTON | Firefighters charged with using, selling drugs

CANTON | Firefighters charged with using, selling drugs

CANTON, Ga. -- Two Cherokee County firefighters were arrested this week on charges of possessing and selling drugs.

An investigation into 34-year-old Johnathan Wayne Thomas began after officials discovered tampered medicine containers on a county ambulance, according to Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison.

Police began an undercover investigation and arrested Thomas at his Canton home. He was charged with possession of marijuana and controlled substances, and selling hydrocodone.

"The swift reporting of this incident by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services was instrumental in the success of this investigation," Garrison said in a statement. "This agency will not tolerate any type of illegal management or mishandling of our controlled substances, nor will we permit the possession and use of illegal drug by our employees ... I hope Mr. Thomas will take the necessary steps to overcome this issue and situation."

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

Powerball jackpot swells to $170 million

ATLANTA - Georgia residents have another chance to win a big lottery prize on Wednesday night. The Powerball jackpot is estimated at $170 million to a single winner. 

And it only takes $2 for a chance to win. 

The Georgia Lottery Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize can be paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option which, after taxes, is approximately $106 million. So, choose your numbers wisely. 

All proceeds from Powerball benefit education in the state of Georgia. 

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Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

Poster contest to help combat human trafficking

ATLANTA -- All Georgia high school students are invited to participate in a poster contest to promote a national hotline for reporting and preventing human sex trafficking.

The contest, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades nine through 12.

The posters' primary focus should be the national hotline (1-888-373-7888), presented in a creative way to grab people's attention. Judges will pick two winners -- one for an English poster and one for a Spanish poster -- from each of the state's 16 Regional Education Service Agencies.

Regional winners will receive cash prizes -- $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. The winning posters will also be displayed in schools across the region.

Two state winners -- one in English and one in Spanish -- will each receive $250.

Kroger recalls certain frozen Aunt Jemima pancakes

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Grocery store chain Kroger issued a recall Monday on some Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes due to the possible presence of soy.

Included in the recall are 14.8-ounce packages of frozen Aunt Jemima Oatmeal Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Low Fat Buttermilk Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Whole Grain Pancakes, Aunt Jemima Confetti Pancakes and Aunt Jemima Homestyle Pancakes.

The pancakes were sold in stores in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Knoxville, Tenn., plus several other Midwest and Southern states.

For those with soy allergies, eating the products could result in severe allergic reactions, Kroger noted.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Lucy

ADOPT A PET: Meet Lucy

MARIETTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.