Ben Brasch

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Ben Brasch is a reporter with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Cobb County. He graduated from the University of Florida and is often reminded of that as the Florida-Georgia game approaches. Send him news tips and your favorite recipes.

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Cobb city gives details on Christmas parade with free cookies, cocoa
 If you find yourself a week after Thanksgiving still wanting to walk off that third serving of dressing, Powder Springs has just the thing, and it’ll also get you in the yuletide spirit. The city is holding a Christmas-themed parade on Nov. 30 and the “Reindeer 5k Fun Run” on the next day, according to a Powder Springs news...

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If you find yourself a week after Thanksgiving still wanting to walk off that third serving of dressing, Powder Springs has just the thing, and it’ll also get you in the yuletide spirit. The city is holding a Christmas-themed parade on Nov. 30 and the “Reindeer 5k Fun Run” on the next day, according to a Powder Springs news...
Here are the 2018 Black Friday hours for Town Center at Cobb
 Whether you want to engage with Black Friday insanity in Cobb County or avoid it, you should know when it’ll be going on. Town Center at Cobb announced its hours of operation during the weekend retail workers train all year for. Although, a word of warning: This is when the mall will be open. Don’t head all the way to 400...

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Whether you want to engage with Black Friday insanity in Cobb County or avoid it, you should know when it’ll be going on. Town Center at Cobb announced its hours of operation during the weekend retail workers train all year for. Although, a word of warning: This is when the mall will be open. Don’t head all the way to 400...
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...

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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...
Storms cause five ‘major’ sewer spills into DeKalb waterways Monday
 DeKalb County reported five sewer spills into waterways caused by soaking storms on Monday. Four of the spills were loosely centered in Decatur around Glenwood Drive and Peachtree Road. The other was in Stone Mountain off Ponce de Leon Avenue, near the county watershed department building. The spills affected Sugar Creek, Shoal Creek...

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DeKalb County reported five sewer spills into waterways caused by soaking storms on Monday. Four of the spills were loosely centered in Decatur around Glenwood Drive and Peachtree Road. The other was in Stone Mountain off Ponce de Leon Avenue, near the county watershed department building. The spills affected Sugar Creek, Shoal Creek...
Beloved 35-year-old Cobb restaurant gutted by overnight kitchen fire
 It’ll be a while before the 89-year-old regulars can come back to Dolly’s Farmhouse Restaurant at 2 p.m. every day for classics like country fried steak and collards. The beloved South Cobb restaurant was gutted by a fire over the weekend. Dolly’s, on Austell Road, has been serving Southern classics since 1983...

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It’ll be a while before the 89-year-old regulars can come back to Dolly’s Farmhouse Restaurant at 2 p.m. every day for classics like country fried steak and collards. The beloved South Cobb restaurant was gutted by a fire over the weekend. Dolly’s, on Austell Road, has been serving Southern classics since 1983...
Cobb certifies midterm election results, throws out 852 ballots
 The first county in metro Atlanta has certified the results of its midterm election. Cobb County’s elections board voted Monday to certify the more than 310,000 ballots cast — that’s 64 percent of the county’s registered voters. The board also decided on its outstanding ballots, many of them provisional....

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The first county in metro Atlanta has certified the results of its midterm election. Cobb County’s elections board voted Monday to certify the more than 310,000 ballots cast — that’s 64 percent of the county’s registered voters. The board also decided on its outstanding ballots, many of them provisional....
Cobb certifies midterm election results, throws out 850 ballots
Cobb County’s elections board voted Monday to certify the more than 310,000 ballots cast — that’s 64 percent of the county’s registered voters. The board also approved the removal of 829 provisional ballots.

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Cobb County’s elections board voted Monday to certify the more than 310,000 ballots cast — that’s 64 percent of the county’s registered voters. The board also approved the removal of 829 provisional ballots.
Who would do a hit-and-run on a 145-year-old covered bridge?
 Double digits. Congrats. For the 10th time since its $800,000 taxpayer-funded overhaul in 2017, someone has almost hit Cobb County’s historic covered bridge. The 145-year-old Concord Road Covered Bridge was struck again at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, said Cobb spokesman Ross Cavitt.  It was fixed 45 minutes later, and the road...

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Double digits. Congrats. For the 10th time since its $800,000 taxpayer-funded overhaul in 2017, someone has almost hit Cobb County’s historic covered bridge. The 145-year-old Concord Road Covered Bridge was struck again at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, said Cobb spokesman Ross Cavitt. It was fixed 45 minutes later, and the road...
Cobb mall is getting a glowing 8,000-square-foot mini golf course
 New hotdogs, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and Cutco knives. What do they have in common? They’re all coming to Town Center at Cobb. The Kennesaw shopping mall is adding several new stores ahead of the busy holiday season, according to its owner Simon Malls. The mini golf course will span 8,000 square feet in the upper level of the Sears...

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New hotdogs, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and Cutco knives. What do they have in common? They’re all coming to Town Center at Cobb. The Kennesaw shopping mall is adding several new stores ahead of the busy holiday season, according to its owner Simon Malls. The mini golf course will span 8,000 square feet in the upper level of the Sears...
Gwinnett cops seek robber who held knife to driver’s throat outside QT
 A knife-wielding robber is accused of robbing a man outside a QuikTrip in Lawrenceville early Tuesday after failing to rob the store. Gwinnett County police said Friday they are looking for the man, who they say held his pocket knife blade to the throat of a man parking at the 1055 Old Peachtree Road gas station. This all started about 5...

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A knife-wielding robber is accused of robbing a man outside a QuikTrip in Lawrenceville early Tuesday after failing to rob the store. Gwinnett County police said Friday they are looking for the man, who they say held his pocket knife blade to the throat of a man parking at the 1055 Old Peachtree Road gas station. This all started about 5...
Cobb woman gets 30 days for killing volunteer Alpharetta firefighter
 A Kennesaw woman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for accidentally driving into and killing a man who was helping a stranded motorist. Courtney McClellan was booked back into Cobb County jail Thursday following her sentencing on a misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide charge, records show. McClellan, 22 at the time, killed ...

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A Kennesaw woman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for accidentally driving into and killing a man who was helping a stranded motorist. Courtney McClellan was booked back into Cobb County jail Thursday following her sentencing on a misdemeanor second-degree vehicular homicide charge, records show. McClellan, 22 at the time, killed ...