Ben Brasch

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Ben Brasch is a digital reporter and producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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DeKalb man allegedly stole Chick-fil-A van; but what about free food?
 A Dunwoody man is accused of stealing a Chick-fil-A catering van that was found in Acworth. George Christian Adamson was arrested Thursday and a day later was still in Bartow County jail with a $12,500 bond on two felony theft charges, records show. But one mystery remains: Who, if anyone, will get free chicken for a year? Travis Kuhn, executive...

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A Dunwoody man is accused of stealing a Chick-fil-A catering van that was found in Acworth. George Christian Adamson was arrested Thursday and a day later was still in Bartow County jail with a $12,500 bond on two felony theft charges, records show. But one mystery remains: Who, if anyone, will get free chicken for a year? Travis Kuhn, executive...
$10M Cobb library set to open soon with no funding beyond first year
 With no set plan for funding beyond its first year, the $10 million Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center will open Dec. 4. The 28,000-square-foot facility was built at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library, which was demolished after 50 years. Where the old library was is now the entrance and parking...

Posted: a day ago

With no set plan for funding beyond its first year, the $10 million Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center will open Dec. 4. The 28,000-square-foot facility was built at 2051 Lower Roswell Road on the site of the former East Marietta Library, which was demolished after 50 years. Where the old library was is now the entrance and parking...
Cobb’s Jaylen Brown rocks Warriors after learning best friend died
 After dominating the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jaylen Brown’s thoughts were on a lonely lunch table inside Wheeler High School. The second-year Boston Celtics forward had just played one of the best games his life, 22 points and seven rebounds, having just found out about the death of his best friend. “He inspired me...

Posted: a day ago

After dominating the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jaylen Brown’s thoughts were on a lonely lunch table inside Wheeler High School. The second-year Boston Celtics forward had just played one of the best games his life, 22 points and seven rebounds, having just found out about the death of his best friend. “He inspired me...
Hitting up Cumberland Mall for Black Friday? Here are the hours
 Once again, people will ditch the post-Thanksgiving sleep-in and instead attack Cumberland Mall with shopping lists and hopes of cheap stuff. From Aeropostale to Zumiez, shops at Cumberland will have special Turkey Day and Black Friday hours. From the looks of it, participating stores will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and at...

Posted: 2 days ago

Once again, people will ditch the post-Thanksgiving sleep-in and instead attack Cumberland Mall with shopping lists and hopes of cheap stuff. From Aeropostale to Zumiez, shops at Cumberland will have special Turkey Day and Black Friday hours. From the looks of it, participating stores will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and at...
A Wendy’s in Cobb has failed its health inspection
 A Wendy’s in Mableton has failed its most recent inspection from the Cobb County health department. The 923 Veterans Memorial Highway outpost of the national fast-food chain scored a 62 on its Tuesday health check. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. The eatery was docked for several issues, including a lack of disinfectant...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Wendy’s in Mableton has failed its most recent inspection from the Cobb County health department. The 923 Veterans Memorial Highway outpost of the national fast-food chain scored a 62 on its Tuesday health check. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. The eatery was docked for several issues, including a lack of disinfectant...
Cobb, DeKalb bank robber arrested after tip, cops say
 A Forest Park man has been arrested for allegedly robbing several banks throughout metro Atlanta. MacKenzie Nathaniel Brunson, 27, has been accused of robbing Fifth Third banks in Atlanta, Lake City and Conyers along with Cobb and DeKalb counties, according to Smyrna police. The department said in a news release that Brunson was arrested...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Forest Park man has been arrested for allegedly robbing several banks throughout metro Atlanta. MacKenzie Nathaniel Brunson, 27, has been accused of robbing Fifth Third banks in Atlanta, Lake City and Conyers along with Cobb and DeKalb counties, according to Smyrna police. The department said in a news release that Brunson was arrested...
Your 2017 guide to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Georgia
 If more than a million of LED lights, chocolate-dipped peppermint pretzels and superhero rollercoasters don’t put you in the holiday spirit, then avoid Six Flags Over Georgia this winter. Holiday In The Park begins Saturday at the Austell theme park, 275 Riverside Parkway SW. It ends Jan. 3, said Six Flags Over Georgia spokesman...

Posted: 3 days ago

If more than a million of LED lights, chocolate-dipped peppermint pretzels and superhero rollercoasters don’t put you in the holiday spirit, then avoid Six Flags Over Georgia this winter. Holiday In The Park begins Saturday at the Austell theme park, 275 Riverside Parkway SW. It ends Jan. 3, said Six Flags Over Georgia spokesman...
The Battery’s 1st holiday: Ice skating rink, Santa pics, tree lighting
 Hopefully Santa Claus has an updated map because The Battery didn’t really exist last holiday season. But this year, he’ll be bringing cheer to the mixed-use development connected to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park.   The Battery announced a bunch of events for its first holiday season since opening. According...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hopefully Santa Claus has an updated map because The Battery didn’t really exist last holiday season. But this year, he’ll be bringing cheer to the mixed-use development connected to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park.   The Battery announced a bunch of events for its first holiday season since opening. According...
Stolen Chick-fil-A van found in Cobb might lead to year of free food
 A stolen Chick-fil-A catering van might mean jail for one person and free chicken for another. The van was stolen from the Catersville restaurant but found in Acworth on Wednesday morning, said Lt. Michael Bettikofer of Cartersville police. As of Wednesday, Bettikofer said, Cartersville police technicians were processing the van for evidence...

Posted: 3 days ago

A stolen Chick-fil-A catering van might mean jail for one person and free chicken for another. The van was stolen from the Catersville restaurant but found in Acworth on Wednesday morning, said Lt. Michael Bettikofer of Cartersville police. As of Wednesday, Bettikofer said, Cartersville police technicians were processing the van for evidence...
All-you-can-eat night at Cobb Chick-fil-A was chicken nugget massacre
 Tuesday night was not a good time to be a chicken nugget at the East Lake Chick-fil-A. If you had been a chicken nugget there and then, you and an estimated 4,500 other nugs would have met a chewed-up fate. It was a massacre. About 250 people demanded 711 refills, said Autumn Schultz, who runs the “front of the house” at...

Posted: 3 days ago

Tuesday night was not a good time to be a chicken nugget at the East Lake Chick-fil-A. If you had been a chicken nugget there and then, you and an estimated 4,500 other nugs would have met a chewed-up fate. It was a massacre. About 250 people demanded 711 refills, said Autumn Schultz, who runs the “front of the house” at...
How to book ahead to get a Santa photo at Cumberland Mall
 The one and only (...) Santa Claus will again be at Cumberland Mall to take pictures with folks this holiday season. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 24, the bearded dude will be at the lower level near the mall’s center court. You don’t need to, but you can book ahead online for the whole $35 shebang. You get the following: a 5-by-7-inch...

Posted: 4 days ago

The one and only (...) Santa Claus will again be at Cumberland Mall to take pictures with folks this holiday season. From Nov. 18 to Dec. 24, the bearded dude will be at the lower level near the mall’s center court. You don’t need to, but you can book ahead online for the whole $35 shebang. You get the following: a 5-by-7-inch...