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Mill Creek wins boys' and girl's soccer region titles

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Mill Creek Hawks defeated Collins Hill Eagles 3-2 on penalty kicks to win the boys soccer region championship. After battling to a 2-2 draw through regulation and OT, the Hawks ranked fifth in Class AAAAAAA, secured their first region championship since 2015. Mill Creek finished the regular season 13-3 overall and 9-1 in Region 8-AAAAAAA, earning a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. Collins Hill fell to 15-3 and 8-2, becoming a Number 2 seed for state. The Hawks' victory was a reward for the team's hard work after missing the state playoffs in the previous two seasons.

The Mill Creek girls soccer team secured a 4-0 victory against Collins Hill on Thursday night, earning the shutout they needed to clinch their third consecutive region championship. The Hawks had a clear objective going into the game - keep Collins Hill scoreless. Coach Vince Hayes praised his team's defense, saying that defense was going to win them the championship. Mill Creek will likely finish in a tie atop the region with Buford, but they have secured the goals allowed in region play tiebreaker due to a single goal scored against them by Mountain View in a loss to Buford. Mill Creek has won nine consecutive matches since losing to Buford earlier in the season.

The Players Guild at Sugar Hill is bringing back the first musical they ever produced, "Guys and Dolls," which will run from April 14 to 30 at the Eagle Theatre in Sugar Hill, Georgia. The musical comedy follows gangsters, gamblers, missionaries, and showgirls chasing luck and love from the bright lights of New York City to the shores of Havana, Cuba. The show features iconic songs, high-energy choreography, and big comedy, with a cast of 22 performers, including Jackson Trent, Christian Sharp, Jalisa Jordan, and Hope Weisheit. Tickets start at $23 and are available on their website.

Georgia's new law limiting medical care for transgender youth is expected to face legal challenges. The law prohibits Georgians under 18 from obtaining gender-affirming hormone replacement therapy or surgery. The Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has vowed to sue the state over the new law, which is likely to succeed, according to law professors. Federal courts have preliminarily blocked similar laws in Arkansas and Alabama. The Georgia law is also likely to be challenged on the grounds that it violates fundamental constitutional rights under both state and federal constitutions. Critics argue that it interferes with parents and children's right to make medical decisions about their lives.

Renowned sculptor Basil Watson will conduct a free artist tour, Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., and host a closing exhibition reception and book signing on April 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning in Duluth.

Watson’s solo exhibition of sculptures and drawings titled, “My People: The Drawings and Sculpture of Basil Watson” is on display in the Fowler Gallery of the Hudgens Center. The show highlights Watson’s 45 years as a working artist.

The festivities on April 15 will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.

Legislation to offer private-school vouchers to Georgia students attending low-performing public schools failed Wednesday night in the state House of Representatives.  

The bill would have created $6,500 vouchers for Georgia students to use for private-school or home-schooling expenses if they were assigned to attend a public school in the lowest-performing quartile of public schools in the state.  

The bill passed in the Senate earlier this month but ultimately failed to survive in the House, losing on an 85-89 vote.  A group of mostly rural Republicans crossed party lines to vote against the measure.  The House Rules Committee made several last-minute changes to the bill on Wednesday in an effort to make the proposal more palatable. The amendments would have tied the scholarship amount to changes in the state’s education funding formula and changed the method for determining which schools qualify as low performing.  

But those changes failed to convince enough legislators to vote for the bill.


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