Ben Brasch, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ben Brasch

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

Fulton increases precinct hours to protect public, poll workers

Fulton County early voting precincts will open 2 hours earlier and physical changes are coming to some polling places, both in hopes of reducing COVID-19 coronavirus spread. → Read More

Banned funerals, shuttered shops: Local leaders confront global virus

Local officials spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about all the ways they are responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus and its effects. → Read More

Fulton schools cancels classes ‘until further notice’ amid coronavirus fears

Fulton County Schools will close school and district offices starting at midnight “until further notice,” said Superintendent Mike Looney at an emergency meeting of the school board. → Read More

Fulton schools to stay closed another day after coronavirus case

Fulton County schools has delayed when it will announce its decision on whether to re-open schools after closing for a day due to a teacher contracting coronavirus, which is officially named COVID-19. → Read More

Johns Creek mayor arrested in alleged domestic incident with wife

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has been arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge for an alleged domestic incident with his wife. → Read More

South Fulton’s first ethics hearing ends with more infighting likely

The new city of South Fulton held its first ethics hearing this week, ending without blame placed on Councilman Khalid Kamau. → Read More

Fulton Chairman Pitts: purchasing card system ‘too loosey goosey’

Some Fulton County commissioners say their colleagues are spending too much taxpayer money on unreas... → Read More

Fulton tries to make sure all are counted for 2020 Census

Fulton County is trying to ensure a full count during the upcoming U.S. Census — because population equals money. Georgia has lost out on $3 billion over the last decade due to Census under-counting, according to Fulton’s head of intergovernmental affairs Fran Calhoun. → Read More

Monday is the last day to register for March presidential primary

If want to vote in Fulton County, Georgia, in the March presidential primary election, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. → Read More

Marietta’s legendary Rhodes family is bringing its new wrasslin’ to town

All Elite Wrestling, a WWE rival, will be beaming its live wrestling show on TNT to the world from State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. → Read More

Fulton schools crack down on students posting fight videos

Following11 fights at Langston Hughes High in southern Fulton County last week, students have been punished, education officials say they'll do more. → Read More

After near-fatal fall, viral Alpharetta K-9 to compete Wednesday on TV

Alpharetta police K-9 Mattis and his handler Sgt. Mark Tappan will be featured on the upcoming episode of A&E’s new competition show “America’s Top Dog,” the public safety department, located in North Fulton, recently said on Facebook. → Read More

After lawsuit, Fulton agrees to $1M sale of Wolf Creek to South Fulton

Fulton County and the city of South Fulton have reached a deal on the sale of Wolf Creek Amphitheater, following a legal battle over the music venue. → Read More

Sandy Springs cops seek man who allegedly shoplifted Home Depot

Sandy Springs police are looking for a man they say shoplifted merchandise from a Home Depot. → Read More

St. Marys on Georgia coast emerges unscathed from Hurricane Dorian

Residents of St. Marys, Georgia's southernmost coastal city, woke up to minimal flooding and damage Wednesday morning after Hurricane Dorian passed → Read More

Hurricane Dorian’s outer bands reach South Georgia

Officials in Glynn County on Wednesday morning said they expect the the impact from Hurricane Dorian... → Read More

Georgians told to evacuate coastal areas ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Georgians were told to evacuate coastal areas ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival, but some are weighing whether to stay put at least a bit longer. → Read More

Gov. Kemp in Brunswick: Evacuate from the coast, don’t take chances

Georgia governor tells coastal residents in six counties to leave before Hurricane Dorian's arrival → Read More

Sandy Springs’ most notable tree to be removed due to safety concerns

A white oak tree with a trunk five feet in diameter sits inside Sandy Springs' Lost Corner Preserve, a 24-acre park. It's being removed. → Read More

JUST IN: Police raid ‘filthy’ alleged Alpharetta drug house, remove baby and dogs

Officers raided a north Fulton County drug house, finding narcotics along with a baby and two dogs in unfit conditions, Alpharetta police said Tuesday. → Read More