Ben Brasch

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

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Metro Atlanta man admits he made $670K by running a fake charity
 Kai Brockington formed an Austell non-profit with the mission of providing healthcare to low-income people. Between 2013 and 2017, he raised $668,000 to help low-income communities. Not a cent of it helped anyone except the 36-year-old Brockington and his family, prosecutors found. The money went toward jewelry, family trips to Italy and...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Kai Brockington formed an Austell non-profit with the mission of providing healthcare to low-income people. Between 2013 and 2017, he raised $668,000 to help low-income communities. Not a cent of it helped anyone except the 36-year-old Brockington and his family, prosecutors found. The money went toward jewelry, family trips to Italy and...
‘Substandard’ bridge in Cobb closed for months during $1.5M rebuild
 A bridge replacement will close a popular Marietta cut-through  until Cobb County students return to classrooms. Casteel Road, near Sewell Mill and Johnson Ferry roads, is closed so crews can replace the “substandard” bridge over Piney Grove Creek, the county transportation agency said in a Facebook post. The waterway...

Posted: 21 hours ago

A bridge replacement will close a popular Marietta cut-through until Cobb County students return to classrooms. Casteel Road, near Sewell Mill and Johnson Ferry roads, is closed so crews can replace the “substandard” bridge over Piney Grove Creek, the county transportation agency said in a Facebook post. The waterway...
Cobb cops test 10 businesses to see if they’d sell booze to minors
 The day Cobb County students were taking their final exams, Cobb cops were testing 10 businesses to see if they’d sell alcohol to minors. Hopefully the students, like the businesses, all passed Tuesday. Cobb police announced the results of the sting  Thursday, which is the first day of summer break for many students in the...

Posted: a day ago

The day Cobb County students were taking their final exams, Cobb cops were testing 10 businesses to see if they’d sell alcohol to minors. Hopefully the students, like the businesses, all passed Tuesday. Cobb police announced the results of the sting Thursday, which is the first day of summer break for many students in the...
WATCH: We rode a roller coaster at Six Flags that hasn’t opened yet
 The Georgia Cyclone is back — but with a twist. Twisted Cyclone opens to roller coaster fans at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday. But we here at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, along with other media outlets, got an advance ride Wednesday. The original attraction was all wood and known to be a bumpy ride. The new version combines...

Posted: a day ago

The Georgia Cyclone is back — but with a twist. Twisted Cyclone opens to roller coaster fans at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday. But we here at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, along with other media outlets, got an advance ride Wednesday. The original attraction was all wood and known to be a bumpy ride. The new version combines...
Water main break in Cobb affecting traffic, nearby businesses
 Cobb County water workers are fixing a main break in Acworth, according to Cobb government social media accounts. The break is on Stilesboro Road west of Mars Hill Road, according to the county’s Facebook. Eastbound traffic at one point was reduced to one lane. “Several nearby businesses will be without water during the repairs...

Posted: 2 days ago

Cobb County water workers are fixing a main break in Acworth, according to Cobb government social media accounts. The break is on Stilesboro Road west of Mars Hill Road, according to the county’s Facebook. Eastbound traffic at one point was reduced to one lane. “Several nearby businesses will be without water during the repairs...
Here’s how to celebrate Memorial Day in Smyrna on Monday
 Memorial Day in Smyrna will be filled with music, marching and Marines. The city is hosting an event Monday at the downtown memorial, located at 2800 King St., to remember and honor those who died during military service. Music by the Georgia Army National Guard’s 116th Army Band starts at 9:30 a.m. and the raising of the flag...

Posted: 2 days ago

Memorial Day in Smyrna will be filled with music, marching and Marines. The city is hosting an event Monday at the downtown memorial, located at 2800 King St., to remember and honor those who died during military service. Music by the Georgia Army National Guard’s 116th Army Band starts at 9:30 a.m. and the raising of the flag...
Young GOPers in West Cobb say style over substance was deciding factor
 In a city where, according to U.S. Census data, 9.3 percent of its population is older than 17 but younger than 65 years old, Nick Adams is a rarity. The 18-year-old voted in his first election Tuesday. He cast his ballot at Kennesaw’s Lost Mountain Middle School, which was Cobb’s fourth-most-friendly precinct to then-candidate...

Posted: 2 days ago

In a city where, according to U.S. Census data, 9.3 percent of its population is older than 17 but younger than 65 years old, Nick Adams is a rarity. The 18-year-old voted in his first election Tuesday. He cast his ballot at Kennesaw’s Lost Mountain Middle School, which was Cobb’s fourth-most-friendly precinct to then-candidate...
Early numbers in Cobb show pattern of low turnout, rain isn’t helping
 It appears Cobb County is set for another low turnout on an off-year primary election. Janine Eveler, head of Cobb elections, said at noon Tuesday that preliminary numbers show the county is flirting with about a 17 percent turnout. In 2014, the number turned out to be 17.6 percent. “I would love to have more,” she said. Eveler...

Posted: 2 days ago

It appears Cobb County is set for another low turnout on an off-year primary election. Janine Eveler, head of Cobb elections, said at noon Tuesday that preliminary numbers show the county is flirting with about a 17 percent turnout. In 2014, the number turned out to be 17.6 percent. “I would love to have more,” she said. Eveler...
Cobb voters defy mid-morning rain
 Thomas Starr went to the Smyrna Community Center to vote Tuesday in an area of town he, as a black man, would have been barred from decades ago. “Only to work and keep the place up, that’s all I was allowed to do,” said the Smyrna native as it started to drizzle. But on Tuesday, he voted for Stacey Abrams, who’d be...

Posted: 3 days ago

Thomas Starr went to the Smyrna Community Center to vote Tuesday in an area of town he, as a black man, would have been barred from decades ago. “Only to work and keep the place up, that’s all I was allowed to do,” said the Smyrna native as it started to drizzle. But on Tuesday, he voted for Stacey Abrams, who’d be...
Cobb voters are out at the polls on an expected rainy Election Day
 A handful of voters waited outside the polls at Nickajack Elementary School, not three miles from the Hooch. Matt Goodson was among the first who under an overcast sky shuffled in the school to cast their ballot on Election Day. The 30-year-old said the gubernatorial race is what brought him out early ahead of the expected rain. Showers...

Posted: 3 days ago

A handful of voters waited outside the polls at Nickajack Elementary School, not three miles from the Hooch. Matt Goodson was among the first who under an overcast sky shuffled in the school to cast their ballot on Election Day. The 30-year-old said the gubernatorial race is what brought him out early ahead of the expected rain. Showers...