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In Review: 2010 Georgia HS Football Season

ATLANTA -- Georgia's high school football season is over, but the speculation does not have to stop. In addition to reviewing the computer's predictions, Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net takes a look at how good this year's champions are compared to teams from the past.

This year, Massey Matchups correctly predicted three of five state champions. The computer predictor tool finished with a 23-12 record in the final three rounds of the state playoffs. In the regular season, Massey Matchups finished 161-46, bringing its overall season record to 184-58.

The computer's prediction for each championship game is on the left; the actual final score appears on the right.

Brookwood 38, Colquitt County 28; Brookwood wins 52-38

10 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You

ATLANTA -- What does a burglar think when they look at your flower beds?

Could information you post on your Facebook page be of interest to a burglar?

Read this list of Ten Things a Burglar Won't Tell You.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste mean there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming systems they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up in the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

Georgia State Finals: Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- This weekend, 10 teams play for a state championship.

Four teams have been in this position as recently as last season; others have never played for a state title. Some teams are facing opponents their schools have never faced. Some schools were predicted to win a state championship before the playoffs started. Other schools were predicted to lose as early as the second round.

All 10 teams have taken different paths, but they are all in the same position now.

What should the fans expect to see? Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net previews all five games and the computer tool Massey Matchups predicts the exact score and point spread of each matchup.

Milton Earns City-Wide ISO Rating of 4

Milton Earns City-Wide ISO Rating of 4

MILTON, GA -- The City of Milton recently learned the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) gave the city a rating of 4, which could mean insurance premium savings in the thousands for local home and business owners.

ISO, an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments and insurance regulators, analyzes data using its "Fire Suppression Rating Schedule." The company then assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPC) number to the community based on that analysis.

A PPC of 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program. A PPC of 10 indicates the area's fire suppression program does not meet ISO's minimum criteria.

Previously, Milton held North Fulton County's split PPC rating of 4/9, which is used for marketing, underwriting and establishing premiums for homeowners and commercial fire insurance.

Alpharetta Historical Society Unveils New Web Site

Alpharetta Historical Society Unveils New Web Site

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Historical Society (AHS), which promotes an interest in and study of history and genealogy related to Alpharetta and old Milton County, has launched a new Web site, alpharettahistoricalsociety.org.

The newly designed site includes easy-to-navigate menus and an updated look with new photos, graphics and expanded content.

The redesign was a response to the organization's interest in appealing to a broader audience and continuing their mission to educate the public about the history of Alpharetta and the surrounding area.

"I would like to offer a very sincere thank you and congratulations to the design committee for their hard work and dedication to this project over the last six months," said Connie Mashburn, AHS president. "Janet Rodgers, the chairman of the committee, Kim Dodson and Betty Peyton all did an outstanding job.

Alpharetta Church Forms 'iBand', Goes Viral

ALPHARETTA, GA -- North Point Community Church's musicians decided to try something new this past Sunday. They put their instruments down, picked up iPads and iPhones, and started playing music, with nothing more than apps.

The NPCC calls this group of musicians their iBand. They performed for the first time this past Sunday.

"The funny thing is that we had no idea that people would really latch on to this," NPCC Music Director Eddie Kirkland said Thursday. "I remember waking up Sunday morning thinking 'I sure hope this works.'"

It was an instant hit.

"A lady on the third row pulled her iPad out and turned on a lighter application and started waving it back and forth," Kirkland said. "So, from that moment on we knew, 'this is going to work.'"

The iPhones and iPads either belonged to the musicians or were borrowed from friends and family.

Massey Matchups Misses on Half of Semifinal Games

ATLANTA -- The Georgia high school football semifinals proved to be tough for Massey Matchups to predict. Out of 10 games, the computer predictor tool correctly picked only five winners.

That brings Massey Matchups to 20-10 in the quarterfinals and semifinals. The computer went 1-1 in all five classifications; its most accurate predictions were Carrollton's big win over Burke County and Clinch County's win over Wilkinson County.

Here are how the semifinals went. The computer's prediction is on the left; the actual final score appears on the right.