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Duke's Coach "K" to personally scout a Miller Grove HighSchool Player tonight

Duke's Coach "K" to personally scout a Miller Grove HighSchool Player tonight

Lithonia, GA-- According to the buzz amongst different well known blogs, Coach "K" of Duke University has come into town today to see one of the most highly rated players in the nation play versus Douglass High.

Tony Parker is a 6-foot-9, 275 pound Junior from Miller Grove High School, and has already received more than 40 scholarship offers.

It is not everyday that a coach from such a college basketball powerhouse like Duke, goes to personally scout young players like Parker. 

Parker who is being approached by every nearly every school in the country, including Georgia Tech, has said that he does not have a favorite team but is excited that the Duke coach is coming to see the game.

Tony Parker averages 19.5 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots per game. His team Miller Grove has recently beaten the #1 ranked team in the country, Milton High (also from Greater Atlanta), in a surprising victory.

Come to Gwinnett County's 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree

Atlanta, GA--  The Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation and the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association host the 23rd Annual Lighting of the Tree on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville.   Enjoy a variety of holiday entertainment beginning at 5 p.m., including live musical entertainment from The Class Act Band, face painting, dance performances, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus in a vintage fire truck on loan from the Winder Fire Department.

The annual lighting of the tree ceremony, begins at 6 p.m., and the much awaited arrival of Santa is at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The holiday fun continues throughout December at Holiday on the Square at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse as the Santa Trolley once again rolls into the square on December 3, 4 and 5 from 5:00-8:00 pm, where children can ride along with the jolly ole elf.

Kaylin Reque of Suwanee Wins Miss Georgia USA , Kristen Robinson of Stone Mountain Wins Miss GA Teen

Atlanta, GA--  Kaylin Reque, 22, of Suwanee, won Miss Georgia USA this past weekend at the Woodland Performing Arts Center in Cartersville.  Kaylin, a graduate of North Gwinnett High School  proudly represented her home town in the pageant as Miss Suwanee, USA.

The other notable winner was Miss Teen Georgia, which went to the Stone Mountain resident Kristen Robinson.  11Alive News' own, Paul Ossmann was the MC of the large event and was delighted that Ms. Reque won. 

I forward to seeing you represent Georgia at Donald Trump's Miss USA!!!

DeKalb County Public Safety Officials and Business Community Partner to Combat Crime

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by ehburton@dekalbcountyga.gov) Various DeKalb County public safety officials, county officials and local business leaders have partnered to create a "Crime & Coffee" workshop on December 2, at 8:30 a.m. at the Northlake Doubletree Hotel located at 4156 Lavista Road. The free hour-long workshop includes presentations from various public safety officials, a Q&A session and a complimentary continental breakfast.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Local Community Partners Donate Food Items

Atlanta, GA--  DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, along with local community partners Feed the Hungry Foundation, Inc., The HoneyBaked Ham Company, Publix and Wayfield Foods, will donate food items to the food pantry of Project Take Charge, a homeless prevention and emergency assistance program sponsored by Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. at Belvedere United Methodist Church, 2915 Midway Rd. in Decatur.

DCM, a community-based nonprofit organization, provides programs and services to prevent and alleviate homelessness among families.  DCM’s Project Take Charge program assists DeKalb County residents in imminent danger of losing their home or utility service, and operates as an emergency food pantry and food cooperative for low-income households.

Gwinnett County will Host the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m

Atlanta, GA--  Gwinnett County will host the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend this observance to pay tribute to the men and women who have served honorably in the military, during wartime or peacetime, and to memorialize the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation.

 Gwinnett County commissioners and County Administrator Glenn Stephens will lead this year's ceremony. The keynote speaker will be by Brig. Gen. Jerry J. Bradford. Honor guard units from the Gwinnett County Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Sheriff's Departments and the Lawrenceville Police Department will also take part in the event.

The Veterans Day Ceremony will be televised at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 on TVgwinnett, the county's local government access cable channel.

Stone Mountain Family is a Finalist in the Parenting Magazine Road Trip Contest, But Needs Your Vote

Atlanta, GA--  Parenting Magazine's annual Family Road Trip sweepstakes has a Stone Mountain family as one of its finalists!!! Between now and November 15th all of us in America have the chance to vote for the family we think should win an all-expense paid road trip through several states while blogging about their experiences on Parenting.com. 

The Edmunds family consists of Mom Kristin and Dad Tim, who are childhood sweethearts who grew up with great road trip memories. They are hoping that winning the Family Road Trip will give them the opportunity to take their 4 year-old Brooke and 2 year-old Lauren on a family trip that will give their daughters the same sort memories, and they could use our Local Hometwon help to send them on their way.

We encourage all Atlantans and especially Stone Mountainites to go to Parenting.com and vote for their nieghbors and to send the Edmunds family a little holiday joy.