Ben Brasch

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

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How to vote early for midterm elections in Cobb County
 Unless you want to be one of those people with an Election Day selfie, early voting may be a good option during the 2018 midterm elections. Cobb County offers several advance voting locations starting Oct. 15 and ending Nov. 2. Get the latest elections news here. The main office for elections in Cobb has the most availability. At that office...

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Unless you want to be one of those people with an Election Day selfie, early voting may be a good option during the 2018 midterm elections. Cobb County offers several advance voting locations starting Oct. 15 and ending Nov. 2. Get the latest elections news here. The main office for elections in Cobb has the most availability. At that office...
Cobb traffic alert: Water main break shutting down traffic
 A water main break is causing a road closure in Acworth. City police said on Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday that Lake Acworth Drive was completely closed at Cottage Oaks Drive. “A water main break has jeopardized the integrity of the roadway,” cops said. READ | Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by...

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A water main break is causing a road closure in Acworth. City police said on Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday that Lake Acworth Drive was completely closed at Cottage Oaks Drive. “A water main break has jeopardized the integrity of the roadway,” cops said. READ | Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by...
Blood donation could mean free Six Flags ticket on Fright Fest opening
 Six Flags is out for blood. The first 60 people to donate blood Saturday will get free admission, the Austell theme park announced Friday. If you have a season pass and donate at the park, you’ll get a voucher for a free visit to a maze. It also happens to be the opening weekend for Fright Fest. READ | Fall fair fun: A guide to North...

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Six Flags is out for blood. The first 60 people to donate blood Saturday will get free admission, the Austell theme park announced Friday. If you have a season pass and donate at the park, you’ll get a voucher for a free visit to a maze. It also happens to be the opening weekend for Fright Fest. READ | Fall fair fun: A guide to North...
Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by $4.4M project
 A stretch of one of Cobb County’s busiest roads will be reduced to single lanes for each direction of traffic next week. The traffic shift of Sandy Plains Road runs between Ebenezer Road and Kinjac Drive near Sprayberry High School and Sprayberry Crossing. It is set to end Sept. 30. Crews are adding right and left turn lanes from...

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A stretch of one of Cobb County’s busiest roads will be reduced to single lanes for each direction of traffic next week. The traffic shift of Sandy Plains Road runs between Ebenezer Road and Kinjac Drive near Sprayberry High School and Sprayberry Crossing. It is set to end Sept. 30. Crews are adding right and left turn lanes from...
Fall fair fun: A guide to North Georgia’s fairs in September, October
 Sept. 22 is the start of fall. That means layers with less sweat but also apple-and-cinnamon-flavored stuff, which is obviously superior to pumpkin. But it also means fairs. Check out an autumnal activity array all about a good time. READ | Fall fun: A guide to corn mazes around metro Atlanta Billed as metro Atlanta’s largest fair,...

Posted: 2 days ago

Sept. 22 is the start of fall. That means layers with less sweat but also apple-and-cinnamon-flavored stuff, which is obviously superior to pumpkin. But it also means fairs. Check out an autumnal activity array all about a good time. READ | Fall fun: A guide to corn mazes around metro Atlanta Billed as metro Atlanta’s largest fair,...
Two Cobb MS-13 leaders among those indicted in alleged gang shooting
 Seven people have been indicted as gang leaders or associates for allegedly shooting and injuring a group of children and adults in Cobb County. Julio Cesar Castro, 21, and Walter Alexander Flores, 18, were listed in the Sept. 6 indictment as leaders of a local MS-13 crew. Mara Salvatrucha is a street gang that recruits from middle and high...

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Seven people have been indicted as gang leaders or associates for allegedly shooting and injuring a group of children and adults in Cobb County. Julio Cesar Castro, 21, and Walter Alexander Flores, 18, were listed in the Sept. 6 indictment as leaders of a local MS-13 crew. Mara Salvatrucha is a street gang that recruits from middle and high...
Cobb Chinese joint fails inspection with flies, needed ‘deep cleaning’
 A Chinese restaurant in Marietta failed its recent restaurant inspection with flies and a generally dirty kitchen. The Dragon 168 Chinese Restaurant at 1750 Powder Springs Road scored a 60 on its Tuesday inspection, according to Cobb County health inspection records. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. In addition to “flies...

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A Chinese restaurant in Marietta failed its recent restaurant inspection with flies and a generally dirty kitchen. The Dragon 168 Chinese Restaurant at 1750 Powder Springs Road scored a 60 on its Tuesday inspection, according to Cobb County health inspection records. Any score below a 70 is considered failing. In addition to “flies...
Kennesaw State cheerleader who kneeled during anthem goes on ‘The View’
 A former Kennesaw State cheerleader suing the university for allegedly violating her rights after she and other cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem last season appeared Wednesday on “The View.” Tommia Dean was one of the four protesting cheerleaders who wasn’t invited to rejoin the squad after kneeling...

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A former Kennesaw State cheerleader suing the university for allegedly violating her rights after she and other cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem last season appeared Wednesday on “The View.” Tommia Dean was one of the four protesting cheerleaders who wasn’t invited to rejoin the squad after kneeling...
Metro Atlanta shoe store chain closing Cobb location after a decade
 Abbadabba’s announced Wednesday that it plans to close its Kennesaw store after a decade. This leaves three other stores: the location on Johnson Ferry Road, one in Buckhead and the original in Little Five Points. The closure is because the other stores “consistently” out-performed the Kennesaw location, according to...

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Abbadabba’s announced Wednesday that it plans to close its Kennesaw store after a decade. This leaves three other stores: the location on Johnson Ferry Road, one in Buckhead and the original in Little Five Points. The closure is because the other stores “consistently” out-performed the Kennesaw location, according to...
Abandoned Acworth house near elementary school destroyed in fire
 An abandoned home in Acworth burned down Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. No one was injured in the blaze at 5471 Priest Road, which is less than a mile from the Cherokee-Cobb line, said Tim Cavender with Cherokee’s fire department. Someone called 911 about 3:30 p.m. to report at large amount of black smoke coming from near Clark...

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An abandoned home in Acworth burned down Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. No one was injured in the blaze at 5471 Priest Road, which is less than a mile from the Cherokee-Cobb line, said Tim Cavender with Cherokee’s fire department. Someone called 911 about 3:30 p.m. to report at large amount of black smoke coming from near Clark...
Graduation rates increased for most Cobb high schools in 2018
 There remains a large disparity between first and last when it comes to Cobb County’s 2018 high school graduation rates. Still, most county schools were above the state average. According to Georgia Department of Education statistics released Wednesday, the graduation rate in Cobb is 85.2 percent, compared to 83.6 percent the year...

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There remains a large disparity between first and last when it comes to Cobb County’s 2018 high school graduation rates. Still, most county schools were above the state average. According to Georgia Department of Education statistics released Wednesday, the graduation rate in Cobb is 85.2 percent, compared to 83.6 percent the year...