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News Nearby: Boy, 14, Shot to Death at Home; Man Fights Intruders with Bat

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Teenager Shot to Death in Grayson - Loganville-Grayson Patch

A 14-year-old Grayson High School student may have unkowningly walked into a robbery, authorities said after the boy's father found him deceased. Police are still trying to determine if the teen was ambushed before he was found about 2:30 p.m.

Man Drives Away Intruders with a Baseball Bat - Athens Patch

Around 6:40pm on December 18, the four occupants of a Chateau Terrace apartment heard a knock at the door. Two were from Athens, one from Homer and one from Commerce. One looked out and saw four men but did not open the door. The suspects then kicked open the door.

As the suspects entered the residence, one of the residents struck a suspect with a bat and all the suspects fled. .

Midtown Prayer Service for Newtown set for Friday - Midtown Patch

Peachtree Christian Church in north Midtown will be holding a special Service of Prayer and Remembrance for Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

The church sanctuary will be open at 11:30 a.m. for silent prayer, with a brief service of hope and remembrance from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Cherokee Crossing Guard Struck By Car Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch

A Cherokee County Sheriff's Office crossing guard is recovering from injuries she suffered after being hit by a car this morning.

Michelle Hale, 42, was working in front of Hickory Flat Elementary School on East Cherokee Drive when she was hit by a minivan shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. Visit Holly Springs-Hickory Flat Patch for more on this story. 

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