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Michael Buckelew

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Season's greetings keep Bethlehem post office busy | PHOTOS

The allure of getting Christmas cards postmarked in Bethlehem and a steady stream of holiday packages keeps the post office in the small Barrow County town busy at this time of year.

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Atlanta awarded new MLS soccer franchise

Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s top-level soccer club to start league play in Atlanta 2017.

Second-half goal leads Cosmos to Soccer Bowl victory over Silverbacks

Marcos Senna scored a skillfull goal in the second half, leading the New York Cosmos to a Soccer Bowl title against the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Silverbacks playing to bring home rare Atlanta title

The Atlanta Silverbacks and New York Cosmos will play Saturday for the NASL championship.

Silverbacks lose in Soccer Bowl preview

The NASL’s New York Cosmos won 1-0 Saturday in their first trip to Atlanta, a matchup that will be seen in next week’s Soccer Bowl.

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Silverbacks hang on down a man for 1-0 win

The Atlanta Silverbacks made an early goal stand in a 1-0 win over FC Edmonton.

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THE DISH: Jet’s Pizza

Jet’s Pizza serves carryout and delivery orders within a five-mile radius of the Lawrenceville store.

Strikers hand Silverbacks first defeat of fall season

Fort Lauderdale makes 1-0 halftime lead hold in win over shorthanded Atlanta.

Silverbacks, RailHawks play to 1-1 draw

Atlanta, Carolina play to 1-1 draw in Silverbacks’ first home game of the NASL fall season. (WITH VIDEO)

Silverbacks begin fall season with spring title in hand

Silverbacks coach Brian Haynes says his club won’t sit back despite already clinching hosting rights for the NASL title game in November as the fall season begins.

THE DISH: Cosmo's Original Little Italy Pizza

Cosmo’s Original Little Italy Pizza offers a family Italian dining experience in downtown Lawrenceville.

Silverbacks beat Minnesota, claim NASL spring season title

Silverbacks finish first in NASL's spring season, will host league championship game in November.

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PK goals give Rowdies advantage over Silverbacks

Whether the calls by referee Fotis Bazakos were good -- the home crowd naturally did not agree -- Georgi Hristov and Mike Ambersley buried second-half penalty kicks to give the Rowdies an insurmountable lead in a 2-1 win over the Silverbacks on Saturday.

Free kick goal costs Silverbacks important win

Brad Stisser made his first start for the Silverbacks on Saturday night. He netted his first goal in the 60th minute after nearly stealing one nine seconds into the second half.

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Getting to Know ... Eric Wynalda

Atlanta Silverbacks technical director Eric Wynalda talks about managing time between his jobs, talent in the state of Georgia and the qualities he looks for in players and coaches.

Silverbacks in first place after 1-0 win over Scorpions

Danny Barrera poked a ball past San Antonio goalkeeper Pat Hannigan in the 86th minute Saturday, giving the Silverbacks a 1-0 win.

SOCCER NOTES: Silverbacks have shot at first place with win

Silverbacks could find themselves in first place with favorable results this weekend.

Set piece defense lets Silverbacks down in 3-2 loss to Minnesota

ATLANTA -- Set pieces are always dangerous at any lever of soccer, letting the offense get its guys in place and kick the ball 10 yards free of any defender.. Saturday night's game at sold-out Silverbacks Park saw five set-piece goals. Unfortunately for hometown fans, Minnesota connected on

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Silverbacks score twice late to open with win

Navarro, Barrera score late goals to lead Atlanta Silverbacks to 2-0 win against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

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Silverbacks begin campaign with wealth of talent

Atlanta Silverbacks fielding a heavily talented team after resurgence in second half of 2012.

THE DISH: Top Dawg Tavern

Top Dawg Tavern serves customizable hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and more in a family tavern atmosphere.

Silverbacks' Menjivar gets call-up for El Salvador

Silverbacks midfielder called up to play for El Salvador in friendly against Ecuador on March 21.

Brookwood's Willis, two others sign with Silverbacks

Former Bronco Jahbari Willis, two others signed by NASL team.

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Silverbacks unveil new logo designed by fan

Silverbacks unveil new logo designed by fan in contest.

Silverbacks announce front office, coaching moves

Silverbacks name Wynalda technical director, hire new assistant coach.

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Cobbler turns life's passion into small shoe museum

For Steven Olmstead, shoes are a way of life, the only way he's made his living since he was 12.

Silverbacks to open against Fort Lauderdale on April 13

Silverbacks announce schedule for spring portion of 2013 NASL season.

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Berkmar boys beat Brookwood for key region win

A rested Berkmar team came into Saturday's matchup with region nemesis Brookwood and coasted to a 53-42 win.

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Cities provide fun ways to ring in new year

Locals welcome in the new year at festivities hosted by the cities of Duluth and Lawrenceville.

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Volunteers deliver 'pure joy' to Norcross hotel residents

Volunteers team up in Norcross to deliver gifts to local hotel residents on Christmas Eve.

THE DISH: Bastie Boys BBQ

Buford's Bastie Boys features many styles of barbecue, homemade pickles, an eight-pound challenge sandwich and a frozen dessert that's all shook up.

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Christmas card traffic not slowing down in Bethlehem

Despite other trends going digital, Bethlehem post office expecting more mailed Christmas cards.

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GAC BASKETBALL SHOWCASE: Norcross drops close matchup with Miller Grove

Coming into the game missing two players to injury and three in the football state championship game, Norcross managed to hold Miller Grove close before falling 64-62 at GAC's Long Forum.

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Air Force Reserve Band provides cheer with holiday concert

Despite the dreary weather outside, Monday's holiday concert by the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve provided some uplifting cheer indoors at Greater Atlanta Christian School's Long Forum and gave a reminder of how special the season can be.

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Stifling defense leads Parkview girls to rout of Brookwood

Parkview girls used tough defense to smother rival Brookwood 60-19 on Saturday.

Berkmar boys rally from 16 down to beat Shiloh

SNELLVILLE -- After Shiloh guard Nate Mason scored 10 points in the third quarter, the Generals finished off the period up 52-36 on visiting Berkmar. The Patriots looked like they were going to drop their third in a row.. But a suffocating eight minutes of defense changed the outcome.. James

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Turnovers, penalties doom Panthers

With more than 20 minutes of possession in the first half, Parkview put the brakes on Colquitt County's fast-paced offense, featuring 2,000-yard passer Cole Seagraves and 1,000-yard receiver Bobby Hill.

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Georgia uses big second half to pound Ga. Southern 45-14

ATHENS -- With the SEC East title already in hand, Georgia got a good battle from a triple option team Saturday to prepare for Paul Johnson's similar offense next week with a 45-14 win over Georgia Southern.. The Eagles (8-3, 6-3 Southen Conference) put up a great fight for the

GEORGIA NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs set new season touchdown record

ATHENS -- With six touchdowns on Saturday, the Bulldogs surpassed last year's team and the 1942 national championship team with legends Frank Sinkwich and Charley Trippi with 56 this year, topping the old mark of 54.

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Rosser's TD run in double overtime gives Parkview win over Walton

Parkview entered Friday's first-round playoff matchup against Walton needing big games from the backfield to make up for the loss of Chris Carson's 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Justis Rosser stepped up big time.

Fans vote to keep Silverbacks' name

ATLANTA -- After a couple of months of promotions and marketing for the Decision 2012 campaign, Atlanta-area soccer fans voted to keep the team's name Silverbacks over Chiefs and Atlanta FC.. "(The choice) did kind of surprise me a little bit," Silverbacks chairman and owner Boris Jerkunica

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Gwinnett Football League crowns its champions

A game-by-game look at the youth football feeder league's championship matchups

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Grant leads Lanier past Walnut Grove

Taylor Grant led Lanier with a near-perfect night Friday, throwing for three touchdowns in a 42-0 victory for the Longhorns over Walnut Grove. With the win, Lanier finished with a .500 overall record in its first year of region play.

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GGC women fall in finale; men give seniors high-scoring sendoff

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A couple of mental lapses late in the first half ended Georgia Gwinnett College's inaugural season with a 2-1 defeat against Shorter University on Saturday.. Early on, it looked like the Grizzlies (10-7-1) might be in good shape against Shorter, which entered the game with only four wins

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Central airs it out, beats Dacula

Central Gwinnett came into Friday's matchup with Dacula with the luster of last week's big upset over Parkview.

Hebron earns first volleyball semifinals trip

When Hebron Christian Academy and George Walton Academy met a few weeks ago in the Area 6-A tournament, the Lions fell to the Bulldogs on the final day before winning the rematch 3-1 in the finals to secure an area title.

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Elam powers Mountain View past Meadowcreek

Mountain View struggled in the first half, but Marvin Elam's big rushing night Friday was enough to help power the Bears past Meadowcreek 48-7.

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Wesleyan hammers Spencer to advance in playoffs

NORCROSS -- Wesleyan came into Tuesday's volleyball matchup hot off an area title and 3-0 first-round win over Coosa. Spencer was making its first-ever trip to the second round of the playoffs.. The Wolves' experience and skill showed from the outset as they handily defeated the Greenwave 25-5

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Hawks, Williams thrill students with South Gwinnett visit

Former South star brings NBA to his alma mater to reward deserving youngsters

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Archer improves to 6-2 with win over Berkmar

Archer came into Friday's game looking to stay on pace in the Region 8-AAAAAA playoff race, sitting a half game behind Brookwood for the final playoff spot.