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Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

3 signed to Silverbacks

3 signed to Silverbacks

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed three new players, including a set of Brazilian twins.

Forward Pedro Mendes and midfielders Milton Blanco and Paulo Mendes were inked last week, the Silverbacks announced Friday.

Paulo and Pedro Mendes come to Atlanta from the Rhode Island Reds, after playing for Cal FC in this year's U.S. Open Cup. The 22-year-olds played for California's Foothill College for one season.

"I've been following Pedro and Paulo for a few years, and when the opportunity came for me to put them in a professional environment, I wanted to take it," Silverbacks interim head coach Eric Wynalda said in a statement. "They're both very talented players who can really help our team, so we're very pleased to have them."

Silverbacks goalkeeper named Defensive Player of the Week

Silverbacks goalkeeper named Defensive Player of the Week

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Silverbacks goalkeeper Daniel Illyes has been named the North American Soccer League's Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

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Illyes received the honor after helping the Silverbacks clinch a 2-0 victory over the defending NASL champion Minnesota Stars over the weekend.

"Daniel made some big saves and punches on Saturday, and I thought his overall performance was outstanding," Silverbacks interim head coach Eric Wynalda said in a statement. "Any time you shut out a team like the Stars in their own backyard, it usually has a lot to do with the goalkeeper, and it was no different on Saturday."

Illyes joined the Silverbacks this season after playing professional soccer in his native Hungary for 10 years. He has started 15 of this season's 16 games.

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits celebrates Sunday sales

Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits celebrates Sunday sales

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits in Doraville is finally open for Sunday sales and is ready to celebrate.

The store will hold a Sunday sales festival this Sunday, May 6 from noon until 7:30 p.m. Customers can enjoy lunch from Brown's BBQ and GNO Snowballs, listen to music from Mariachi Amigoz and, of course, stock up on all the beer, wine and liquor they can carry.

Rich "Sully" Sullivan from davefm will attend the festival to bag customers' purchases and carry them to cars. Every tip he receives for his services will be matched by the store; at the end of the day, that money will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits is located at 5877 Buford Highway. Learn more at towerwinespirits.com.

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Council of PTAs has announced this year's winners of the Gladys Cook Scholarship.

The prize, named for a former DeKalb PTA president, is awarded annually to one student from each county high school. It comes with $1,000 for them to use toward their college educations.

"I want to congratulate each of the wonderful students recognized by the Council of PTAs and the Gladys Cook Scholarship," DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson said in a statement. "One of our slogans is, 'Miracles Happen in DeKalb Schools Every Day.' These students and their inspiring stories are outstanding examples of those miracles."

This year's scholarship recipients include:

Arabia Mountain High School
Kyle Jackson Woumn
Will attend Georgia Tech
Major: Computer engineering and Spanish

Silverbacks sign new midfielder

Silverbacks sign new midfielder

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed 24-year-old Borfor Carr as the newest member of the team, the club announced Friday.

Carr offiically joins the Silverbacks after an impressive extended trial during preseason training camp.