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Shreiner Academy Opens New Library to Replace Flooded One

MARIETTA, GA -- One year ago, treacherous flooding in the Atlanta area put many neighborhoods, commercial buildings and schools underwater, resulting in an estimated $500 million worth of damage and 10 deaths.

Shreiner Academy, a private prep school in Marietta, lost its entire library and reference center in the flood. For the past year, Shreiner has been diligently working to recoup and rebuild.

On Monday, Oct. 4, the school officially celebrated the opening of its brand new Lexile Library. The Lexile Library is a rank above the old reference center, as it gives students the option to search for books and material based on their reading level.

The Lexile system ranks texts and students' reading abilities based on word complexity, word frequency and sentence length.

Prosecutors Want 15-year-old Tried as Adult for 94-year-old WW2 Vet's Beating

MARIETTA, GA -- "I know my son is not the one who hit him, you know what I'm saying?"

That comment on Friday from a Cobb County mother who insists her 11-year-old son did not participate in the brutal beating of 94-year-old Paul "Pops" Smallwood.

The World War II veteran suffered head injuries and several broken bones when two boys entered his Austell Road apartment a week ago.

The 11-year-old supposedly approached Smallword first, but a 15-year-old accomplice then supposedly used a rock to beat and rob him of $27 and a cell phone.

Even though she says he's innocent, the 11-year-old's mother admits her son will probably face some punishment.

"By him being there, like the officer said, you're a party to it," she told reporters.

Attorneys for her son and the 15-year-old both entered "Not Guilty" pleas in Cobb County Juvenile Court on Friday.

Teen In Cobb Co. Rock Attack Facing Adult Charges

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a Cobb County 15-year-old accused of beating a 94-year-old man during a robbery will face adult charges.

Prosecutors said they are moving the case to Cobb County Superior Court. The teen is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and gang charges.

Neighbors told Cobb County police that a group of teens knocked on Paul Smallwood's door last week and hit him on the head with a rock, knocking him to the floor. Authorities say the teens fled after taking Smallwood's wallet with $27 in it and cell phone.

Smallwood suffered severe head injuries in the incident.

An 11-year-old charged in the case will remain in juvenile court.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Chambliss Staffer Fired for Posting Gay Threat Online

ATLANTA -- A week after a threatening anti-gay comment was posted on an online message board and traced back to Sen. Saxby Chambliss' district office in Cobb County, the staff member responsible has been fired.

"The office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms has concluded its investigation, and I responded to that report immediately with the removal of a member of my staff," Sen. Chambliss said in a statement Thursday. It was the first public comment from the senator's office since the Senate Sergeant at Arms began investigating the matter. 

Barnes on Jobs Plus the RNC

ATLANTA -- With little more than four weeks left before election day -- a shift in one campaign for Georgia governor.

Democrat Roy Barnes was asked by 11Alive Bullfighter Jeff Hullinger if he is going to change tactics with television ads attacking Republican Nathan Deal.

"It's time now, it's time to talk about specifics," Barnes said. According to one poll this week, the former Governor isn't getting a lot of traction with those familiar ads. 

Thursday a new television commercial didn't mention Nathan Deal, but talked jobs in a state of double-digit unemployment

And jobs were the focus of the Barnes campaign at Centergy off 5th Street.

"This week I have unveiled my plan to revive Georgia's economy," added the Marietta Democrat.

Man Accused Of Scamming Churches Caught

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Marvin Gipson is charged with four counts of Theft By Deception after being apprehended months after he allegedly scammed several area churches.

Gipson apparently moved his operations out of state after the heat was on him in Georgia according to Cobb County Police. They said he targeted churches with a consistent story: "I'm a victim of the September floods. I have to get to a job in Texas. I need money and after the job I'll pay you back."

Kurtis Jensen said Gipson approached him at Church at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs not far from the flooding. "It was $200 in cash I gave him," Jensen told 11 Alive News last February. "I also filled up his tank with gas, gave him food for his supposed family and he actually said he had no way of cooking food so I gave him my microwave."