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Yellow River Ranch "not perfect," but clears gov't inspections

LILBURN, Ga.-- Last week, we told you about 17 bears relocated from a popular tourist attraction in Helen to Colorado.

PETA and the Atlanta Humane society teamed up after accusations that the bears were being mistreated.  That story sparked a conversation on our Facebook page.

Megan wrote: "If anyone has been to the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn.... they also have bears in a containment just like this one. its very sad and something needs to be done."

Stacey added: "The Yellow River Game Ranch is horrible now!  Not how I remember it from when I was younger.  I left in tears when I went over the summer."

And then Page said : "I hope someone checks out the animals at Yellow River Game Ranch.... the last time we were there....the animals were kept in tiny pens. They hardly moved at all ....and it was just SAD." 

11Alive's Doug Richards went to the Yellow River Game Ranch to check things out.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- As the GHSA state basketball tournament heads for the semifinal round, there is a new edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll. The GACS boys continue to lead the way. 

The Greater Atlanta Christian Boys are marching toward Macon and holding down the top spot, followed by Wheeler, Allatoona, North Gwinnett and Miller Grove.

Berkmar is 6, with Walton, Columbia, Pebblebrook, Stephenson, and Alexander completing the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. The McEachern girls hang on to the top spot as the GHSA state tournament heads for semifinal weekend.

McEachern and Southwest DeKalb are 1 and 2 again this week with Redan, Parkview, and Archer in the top 5.

North Forsyth, Tucker, Hillgrove,Wesleyan and Norcross round out the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports

Gwinnett schools add 30 minutes to day to make up for snow days

Gwinnett schools add 30 minutes to day to make up for snow days

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- To make up for days missed during recent storms, Gwinnett County Schools announced a plan Monday that includes extending the school day by 30 minutes.

The school system will use its three built-in make-up days: February 17, March 14, and May 22.

The remaining four days will be made up by extending the school day by 30 minutes for 48 days. 

All schools will dismiss a half-hour later than their regular time, from March 3 through May 14. The last day of school will be Thursday, May 22. 

The school will also make adjustments to the tentative graduation schedule. Those changes will be communicated to seniors and their families.

Teachers will work a required staff development day on Friday, May 23 and school leaders will work with teachers on making up the other two staff development days.

GAC Boys Open State Tournament With Easy Win

NORCROSS -- The GHSA State Basketball Tournament began Friday night. Defending class AA boys champion Greater Atlanta Christian breezed to a 83-22 victory over Union County .

Using a balanced scoring attack and a swarming defense, the Spartans pulled away for a 29-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The would extend that lead to 50-19 at halftime against Union County.

The final score of 83-22 lifted the Spartans season record to a perfect 28-0

Braves Medlen Shaves Head For Childhood Cancer Research

ORLANDO -- Braves Starting Pitcher Kris Medlen  has gone bald and he is inviting Braves fans to join him. Medlen had his head shaved today at Spring Training to lead the Rally vs Cancer challenge and draw more awareness to Childhood Cancer.

Medlen and his wife Nicki are the new Braves Spokespersons for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Through the Rally vs Cancer challenge, Medlen will encourage fans to join in the fight against No. 1 disease killer of children in America.

 Individuals and teams can raise pledges and host head shaving events in support of the cause. Medlen has already donated 10, 000 dollars, and will donate another 1,000 dollars to the first 10 Rally vs Cancer challenge participants who raise 1,000 dollars.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA-- With the state tournament set to begin this weekend, time to take a look at the latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll. The Spartans are still undefeated and still on top.

The Greater Atlanta Christian boys head into the state tournament a perfect 27-0. The Spartans are followed by Wheeler, Allatoona, North Gwinnett and Norcross make up the top 5.

Miller Grove, Berkmar, Tucker, Walton, and Stephenson completes the top 10.

The Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11 Alive News and 11 Alive.Com by USA Today High School Sports