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Johns Creek standout runner earns national honor

CHICAGO -- In its 28th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Allie Buchalski of Johns Creek High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Buchalski is the first Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Johns Creek High School.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

Atlanta, Ga -- The new USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll for this week is here. There are changes from top to bottom in the latest boys poll with a new face topping the chart.

The past two years have seen the Hillgrove Hawks get bounced from the state tournament in the first round. This week the Hawks soared from 3rd to 1st, passing a pair of defending state champions.

Columbia and Miller Grove are next, with North Gwinnett climbing from 8th to 4th, and Marist rising from 10th to 5th this week. North Cobb, Greater Atlanta Christian, Shiloh, Norcross, and Morrow round out the top 10.

Eagle's Landing moves from 21st to 13th, while Peachtree Ridge climbs from 23rd to 19th this week.

Morgan County, Grady, and Tucker are new this week, while Brookwood, Mill Creek, and Athens Christian fall out of the Super 25 poll. 

Isakson appointed to Senate Finance Committee

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was appointed Thursday to a committee that will play an important role in the next round of negotiations on federal spending and debt reduction.

Isakson will serve on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over key federal entitlement programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The panel also oversees the nation's welfare system.

"My No.-1 priority in the Senate is to rein in federal spending and restore fiscal soundness to our country," Isakson said in a prepared statement. "As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to finding meaningful solutions and working with anyone who will sit down at the table."

Earlier this week, Isakson voted for Senate legislation that allowed the nation to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that would have taken effect otherwise.

American Family Insurance All Metro Atlanta Team

ATLANTA -- American Family Insurance presents the USA Today All Metro Atlanta High School Football Team.  This season the Atlanta area was home to some of the nation's top high school football recruits and many of them can be found on the All Metro team.

While most of the seniors on the All Metro Atlanta team have strong verbal commitments for college, there are several players who are still undeclared.

Norcross running back Alvin Kamara, who led his team to the class AAAAAA state championship, is uncommitted.  Alabama and Georgia have Kamara at the top of their wish list, with an offer coming from Oregon.

Central Gwinnett Linebacker Trey Johnson was an early commit to Auburn, but withdrew after Head Coach Gene Chizik was fired.  Johnson has since made visits to Ohio State and Florida and is expected to make his choice on Friday.

Fulton County Housing and Human Services announces release of grant applications

Fulton County Housing and Human Services announces release of grant applications

The Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department, Office of Grants and Community Partnerships announces the release of the 2013 – 2014 Human Services Grant and F.R.E.S.H. Grant applications. Non-profit organizations that provide services in Fulton County are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is February 22, 2013, by 3:00pm.  Applications will not be accepted after 3pm.

Each year, non-profit service providers from across Fulton County are selected for funding in six key areas: Aging Services, Disability Services, Employment, Homelessness and Housing Services, HIV/AIDS Services and Youth and Family Services.  More than 100 non-profit organizations are selected for grant funding each year.  Last year, 117 programs were granted a total of $4 million dollars. 

Gun range opening near daycare

SUWANEE, GA -- Two Suwanee parents say they will pull their elementary-aged children out of a local daycare and preschool when a new gun range opens up across the street from it.

"My kids will not come to the daycare after this as soon as the doors open," said Jodi Groth.

But whether they like it or not, construction is underway on the Johns Creek Indoor Gun range on McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee. It's going in on a corner next to a Korean Church and a daycare center. The daycare center declined comment, and asked not to be named in this story.

County ordinances allow the business to go in on the commercially zoned land. But they also say outside the range, guns will stay unloaded and never leave their cases. The walls will also be heavily fortified to prevent any rounds from leaving the range.

After the shooting in Connecticut, that's not enough for these parents.

Youth Commissioners, community to host anti-bullying rally on MLK's birthday

ATLANTA -- On the 84th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's
birthday, the Fulton County Youth Commissioners and community partners
will throw an Anti-Bullying and Violence Prevention Rally.

January 15, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., the rally will be held at the Martin
Luther King Auditorium on Auburn Avenue. Along with the Metro Atlanta
Violence Prevention Program, HOT 107.9 radio, and the Music Education
Group, the Fulton County Youth Commissioners hope the rally will raise
awareness of how damaging bullying is to all people of local schools and
areas within the community.

According to a spokesperson for
the Fulton County Government, 23 percent of schools reported that
bullying occurred among students either daily or weekly in 2009-2012.
The highest rate was reported for middle school students.

At the rally, the member of the Youth Commissioners will help spread the word of bullying and violence prevention to peers.