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Top teams remain as the Final Four begins

ATLANTA -- The Milton boys and the McEachern girls remain the top teams in the latest Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net Super 25 poll for metro Atlanta, as the state basketball tournament heads for the Final Four.

Defending state champions Columbia and Miller Grove are 2 and 3 this week, with Westlake and Shiloh completing the boys top 5.

In the girls poll, defending state champions Wesleyan and Norcross are 2 and 3, with North Gwinnett and Hillgrove rounding out the top 5.

The Super25 polls for metro Atlanta are computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.Net and 11Alive.com.

Clean Commute Week continues today with "GA Walk to School Day"

Clean Commute Week continues today with "GA Walk to School Day"

Atlanta - This week (March 5-9) is officially Clean Commute Week, where the Clean Air Campaign challenges K-12 schools across the state to raise "awareness of clean commute options and to explore ways to reduce the number of idling cars in school zones."  
Monday - Ride the Bus
Tuesday- Bike or ride a scooter
Wednesday- Georgia Walk to School Day
Thursday- Carpool
Friday- Commute using any clean mode

 

The week is designed to provide Georgia schools with a platform to share the benefits of commute alternatives with their school communities and highlight clean transportation, including bus riding, biking, walking, carpooling and no idling.  These options help reduce smog-forming emissions that come from vehicle tailpipes. Schools can choose one or more green travel methods to promote throughout the week.

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

Georgia voters head to the polls for Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Polls are now open across the Peach State for the Super Tuesday primary.

RELATED | Where to vote Super Tuesday

There's a lot on the line for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is looking to regain momentum in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich represented Georgia for 20 years and has been leading in state polls over Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. Georgia has the most delegates up for grabs on Super Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Gingrich has focused extensively on Georgia, spending much of last week here rather than campaigning in the other Super Tuesday states. Rivals Romney and Santorum have also dedicated time and resources in the state.

Where to vote on Super Tuesday

ATLANTA -- Voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide on a Republican candidate for president, among other municipal elections.

Polls are open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 6. Voters must show a valid photo ID to cast a vote. 

To find out where to vote, visit sos.georgia.gov/mvp and fill out the "My Voter Page" information. That link will also allow you to track an absentee ballot.

Tornadoes hit Haralson, Paulding, Cobb counties

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- National Weather Service officials said preliminary investigations of storm damage indicate an EF-3 tornado touched down in Paulding and Haralson counties, and an EF-1 touched down in Cobb County Friday night.

STORM PHOTOS | The aftermath 

In Haralson County, the twister touched down along Bethlehem Church Road, where a repair shop was destroyed and trees knocked down. Also on Bethlehem Church Road, a mobile home was pushed off of its foundation. A church steeple was blown off on Mount Zion East Road, and along U.S. 27 near Harpers Creek Road, numerous trees and telephone poles were knocked down.

Fewer Georgians voting early

Fewer Georgians voting early

ATLANTA -- Fewer voters cast early ballots for Georgia's upcoming presidential primary than in 2008.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said 172,135 people had voted in the presidential primary by Friday. That includes 145,826 people who voted at polling stations and another 26,309 who mailed in absentee ballots.

Early voting sites have now closed, although residents can continue to mail in absentee ballots until the close of polls on Tuesday.

RELATED | Where to vote Super Tuesday

Early voting turnout is down about 31 percent from 2008. Those early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, making it impossible to say which Republican presidential candidate has a lead among early voters.

High School teams take viewers on Road Trips

ATLANTA -- Each week on HighSchoolSports.Net viewers were treated to a feature that allowed them to travel along with our area teams.  It's called "Road Trip."

With the metro Atlanta area becoming a big target for college recruiters, the profile of high school basketball teams has grown.  Many of the area's top teams are invited to play in some of the top national high school tournaments and showcases.

These trips allow the players to compete against some of the nation's top talent, but also allows them to bond as a team while visiting parts of the country they might not get to visit otherwise.

We asked some of the teams to take pictures while on these special trips and bring them back for our weekly "Road Trip" segment.  This is what they brought back.