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From Throes of Combat to Training Canines

He was a Purple Heart recipient who returned to a terrible economy. Now, a Marietta man is back on his feet with a little help from some four-legged friends.

Ryan McPherson's journey has been marked by an independent streak, a recovery from injury, and a joy for life. It's what led him to his new job as a local trainer for the dog training service Bark Busters.

Click on the following link to visit Ryan's Bark Busters page: http://www.barkbusters.com/page.cfm/ID/50/id_directory/1466/

"They'll never understand English," McPherson says of the canines he trains. "They'll never understand all the things that we're saying. But we can understand them."

Massey Matchups Picks Week Three Winners

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- Flowery Branch and Apalachee won the vote for Game of the Week, but who will win the game? Massey Matchups lets us know.

With the edge of home field advantage, Flowery Branch is predicted to squeak by Apalachee with a 25-23 win. Massey Matchups takes a game's venue into account by allowing a fan to choose which team is home, away, or playing on a neutral field. In this particular case, home field was the deciding factor. When Apalachee is switched from visitor to home team, Apalchee gets the 24-23 nod.

If the two teams were to play on a neutral field, Massey Matchups predicts Apalachee and Flowery Branch would play to a draw. But the Falcons are at home, so the Massey Matchups gives the benefit of the doubt to Flowery Branch.

St. Andrew's Pumpkin Patch Turns 25

MARIETTA, GA -- St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Marietta is hosting an autumn celebration filled with gourds, Indian corn and, of course, pumpkins.

This year, the church's famous pumpkin patch turns 25, and everyone is invited to come out and join in the festivities.

The pumpkins will arrive on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and the patch will be open Oct. 6-31, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.

"All proceeds from the patch support the youth ministry and missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church," said Lisa Springer, director of youth ministries at St. Andrew UMC. "We plan to officially commemorate our 25th anniversary with a pumpkin patch reunion on Oct. 16 from 1-3 p.m. Members of the St. Andrew Evangelism Team will be out in the patch that afternoon passing out balloons to youngsters. We invite everyone to help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pumpkin patch on Oct.

Kennesaw Police Chase Ends With Fatal Crash

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- Police in Kennesaw say a car being pursued by police struck a fence, killing a passenger.

The incident happened just before 4:00 a.m. Friday on Kennesaw Due West Road near Stilesboro Road.

Kennesaw police Sgt. Marty Cunningham said someone at a bar
called police early Friday to report that a customer was leaving

Cunningham says a Kennesaw officer began following the vehicle and when he tried to stop it. He says the driver sped off, but moments later ran off the road on a curve and went through a wooden fence in the back yard of a home.

Kennesaw police spokesman Scott Luther says a piece of the fence went through the windshield, killing the passenger.

Cunningham says the driver was not injured and was arrested.


Kennesaw Gets $3M Grant For Math, Science Teachers

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- Kennesaw State University has gotten a
nearly $3 million federal grant to increase the number of math and science teachers it produces.

The National Science Foundation grant will create a program that recruits professionals working in science and math careers to become teachers. The program also will offer leadership training to science teachers with at least three years' experience.

The suburban Atlanta university plans to start with 32 students
in December. Each student will get up to $50,000 in scholarships in exchange for four years of work in a high-needs Georgia school.

And current teachers in Cobb, Paulding, Fulton, Gwinnett and
Atlanta schools can get $10,000 annually for five years of
professional development.
Kennesaw State University: http://www.kennesaw.edu

Lassiter Coach Discusses Home Opener

MARIETTA, GA -- The Lassiter Trojans host North Cobb on Friday, September 10 in a battle of 1-1 teams. This non-region game may not really count towards the playoff race, but Lassiter Coach Jep Irwin says it will give his team another chance to get some good experience.

"I think we got experience and knowledge of a big game atmosphere in the Georgia Dome against a Top Five team in the country," Irwin said, referencing his Trojans' 34-14 loss to North Gwinnett in the Corky Kell Classic.

"We want to be able to play at that level."

"Then, against Sprayberry," Irwin added, "We saw how we can win."

Region 8-4A Battle Wins Game of the Week Honors

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- The votes are in and with 41.1 percent of the tally, Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week is Apalachee at Flowery Branch.

The Region 8-4A match-up features a 1-0 Apalachee team and the 2-0 Falcons. Flowery Branch beat Madison County 21-0 on the road and topped Winder-Barrow 28-0 at home.

Apalachee beat Habersham Central 35-7 at home, but now the Wildcats are on the road facing a team that has yet to give up a single point.

Up from 3A, Flowery Branch will be playing a host of new region teams, including Apalachee, whom they have never met. Though still early in the season, this game could be a big clue as to how Region 8-4A will play out.

With 36 percent of this week's vote, Peachtree Ridge-Newnan almost edged out the Falcon-Wildcat match-up. But a late rush of votes put the battle at the Branch on top.