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Metromix Soundcheck: Johnny Rockbridge & the High Chairs

ATLANTA, Ga -- The band Johnny Rockbridge and the High Chairs rocked the Metromix Soundcheck stage Friday on 11Alive News.

They're an up and coming rock band in Atlanta. The band members have been friends since going to Shiloh High School in Suwanee together.

You can see them play live Friday, October 15th at the Publik Draft House in Midtown Atlanta.  They'll take the stage at 10:00pm.
You can celebrate Halloween with the band Friday, October 29th when they play at the Glenn Hotel in downtown Atlanta. 
For more on the band and their upcoming shows, check out their MySpace page.  They're also on Facebook.



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.

Vote Now for Atlanta's Cutest Dog

Atlanta, GA--  Because we find it almost impossible to resist a cute dog, we—with help from our friends at Pets in the Sity—asked our users to submit their favorite photos of their pets. We got a great response. In fact, 100 dogs are part of Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest 2010. ----READ MORE, Click Link.



14-Year-Old Remembered For Smiles And Courage

LILBURN, Ga -- The mother of 14-year-old Daniela Joel hopes her daughter's life will stand tall as an example of hope and courage.

At her Lilburn home, Bernadine Joel proudly watches the home video of her teenager performing at the piano. It reveals a talent that led Daniela's instructor to call her a prodigy, a one in a million. Long before she revealed her musical prowess, Daniela Joel was a winner on the tennis court. Her first swing of the racket came when she was 2-years-old.

It was the biggest challenge of her life that revealed her greatest talent-- courage.

"This disease robbed her from everything, and she could always smile and find some joke to make me laugh," said Bernadine Joel.

Daniela was 12 when doctors discovered an inoperable brain tumor. Her ability to play the piano, to sing, to swing a tennis racket slipped away. Eventually she could no longer walk or talk, but her ability to smile and love remained until the end.

Gwinnett County TOTY Finalists

Recently, the Gwinnett County School System announced the names of the 25 semifinalists for the 2011 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY) honor. The group of 15 elementary, 5 middle, and 5 high school teachers was selected from an initial list of 123 local school Teachers of the Year who were nominated by their colleagues at their local schools.

The 2011 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year will be announced on Thursday, November 4. This years semi-finalists are, as followed:

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Camden Co. Maintains Super 25 ranking

KINGSLAND, GA -- Camden County ranks as the country's sixth best team for the third straight week, according to the new USA TODAY Super 25 poll.

The Wildcats needed a late field goal to top nationally-ranked Miami-Central (FL), but in three other games, Camden County has rolled. The Kingsland team has beaten region opponents Bradwell Institute, Windsor Forest, and Savannah by a combined score of 170-24.

Jeff Herron's squad faces a big test this week against one of the country's top teams. The Wildcats travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to take on national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas. The Florida team is currently ranked 13th in the country.