News for Friday, November 2, 2007


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Harrington returns as Falcons' starting quarterback

ATLANTA - Todd McClure has endured some tough times with the Atlanta Falcons.

Village Green initiative to hold Saturday workshops

LILBURN - On Interstate 85's on-ramps, where there's no shade, plenty of exhaust fumes and lots of sun, these plants have thrived.

Spotlight on DVDs

Beneath its "Matrix"-flavored special effects, "Lord of the Rings" mysticism, wickedly dark humor and undead eroticism, "Day Watch" is a touchingly offbeat love story.


The contribution of Jordan Stowe is so subtle that most fans probably don't even notice the impact he has for Parkview.

Nibbles and Bits

Bonefish gives back with new Buford location


Apalachee needs a win this week against Monroe Area to stay in the playoff hunt - and probably needs help from elsewhere in the region. But because several teams vying for the final spots are playing each other this week and next, the picture is a bit murky. One thing is clear though: Apalachee must win today.

Man faces 13 counts in alleged rape

LAWRENCEVILLE - An Atlanta man was recently indicted on 13 counts for allegedly attacking and raping a Snellville woman while armed with a baseball bat.


The Hawks pulled one of the stunners of the season last Friday, spoiling defending state champion Peachtree Ridge's homecoming. It also ended the Lions' hopes for a share of the region title.

Nation Briefs

Kennedy speaks out over Mukasey

New medical center opens

SUGAR HILL - Kaiser Permanente officially opened its new medical center in Gwinnett on Thursday complete with pharmacy, radiology and medical services.

With title showdown looming, Norcross can't overlook Eagles

It would be so easy for sixth-ranked Norcross to get caught looking ahead to next week's Region 7-AAAAA showdown with No. 2 North Gwinnett when they travel to Collins Hill today.

Patriots, Comets fighting for playoff spots

Three teams are still in it. Only two spots are available. One game tonight will end someone's playoff dreams.

Dish: Urban Flats

Open since: Oct. 8

Councilman follows complaint with lawsuit

SNELLVILLE - Councilman Robert Jenkins says the complaint lodged against him last month amounts to slander and stalking, and he is taking that to court.

Dacula approves annexation without county objection

DACULA - Dacula city officials approved the city's first annexation application since a new state law went into effect Sept. 1. The new law requires a 30-day waiting period following an applicant's request for annexation to give counties the opportunity to object. The new law also outlines an arbitration process in the case that a county does object to an annexation request.


After losing its grip on a region title with last Friday's loss to Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge still can focus on qualifying for the playoffs in the best possible position. After tonight's game with North Forsyth, first-year head coach Bill Ballard's team hosts rival Duluth in next week's regular-season finale.

Moreno moving up list of UGA's freshman RBs

ATHENS - Only one freshman has rushed for 1,000 yards in Georgia history. That could soon change.

GAC's Kestor wins region title

Greater Atlanta Christian's Lauren Kestor won the girls Region 6-AA cross country meet Thursday at Our Lady of Mercy.


The Falcons come into tonight's contest needing a win to keep its Class AAAA state playoff hopes alive with a region playoff matchup just one week away.

Ten years ago, Parkview football broke through with state title

LILBURN - In hindsight, Parkview probably wasn't ready for what was about to happen.

Sometimes it's OK to bully the bullies

I started to write a piece about the shape of the economy this week, what with oil and gold hitting record highs and foreclosures doubling again, but that's just depressing and I'm no economist.

ME: Woman killed before fire

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's medical examiner concluded Thursday that a woman found dead in a house fire this week was shot to death before the blaze.

Police and Fire Reports

Couple robs party store

Movie Trivia Contest Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

Carell's humor is main draw for 'Dan in Real Life'

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Dan in Real Life." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Setting up for the season

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman

'I really feel like I'm dreaming' Collins named district's Teacher of the Year

DULUTH - Mandy Collins, a gifted-program teacher at McKendree Elementary, said laughter is at the core of her teaching philosophy.

Out in the Crowd: Button Theatre will raise money through new musical production

It seems appropriate that the Button Theatre would perform "Other People's Lives." After all, it's a show about discovering a world of possibilities, facing challenges head on and discovering new opportunities. That's exactly what the theater group has been up to the last few months.

Hokies cruise past Jackets

ATLANTA - Virginia Tech bounced back just fine from its shocking collapse against Boston College.

Nichols case plaguing public defender system

ATLANTA - Lawmakers shouldn't let the growing costs of the Brian Nichols murder case lead them to dismantle a statewide indigent defense system still in its infancy, former Georgia Chief Justice Norman Fletcher said Thursday.

Metro Calendar


World Briefs

Tropical Storm Noel drenches Bahamas; death toll reaches 107

Sheriff's Dept. to cut back on water

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department announced its plans Thursday to save about nine swimming pools of water per month.

Going for 4 Wesleyan downs GAC, will face Lovett for fourth-straight state title

ATLANTA - Betsy Smith didn't want her final volleyball game to sneak up on her.

Man killed in gas station restroom Shooting could be Gwinnett's fourth homicide this week

LAWRENCEVILLE - Investigators perused the aisles of a Lawrenceville gas station Thursday night where they say a man was killed in the men's bathroom.


One down, two to go. Faced with must-win situations for the final three games, Wesleyan got the job done brilliantly last Friday against Decatur.

People Briefs

Rowling finishes first post-Potter project, a book of fairy tales

Clinton causes own problems

When you're leading the Democratic presidential race, as Hillary Clinton is, you might expect other candidates to focus their sharpest criticism your way.


On the surface, this contest would appear to boil down a battle of Gwinnett County's top two rushers - the Broncos' Kenny Miles (176 carries for 1,690 and 18 TDs) and the Black Knights' Diante Drake (152 carries for 1,061 and 13 TDs).


Few could have guessed tonight's matchup would have such importance at the beginning of the season. Yet, the outcome could have major Class AA state playoff implications for both teams. The Spartans can secure a postseason berth for the 13th straight season with a win tonight and next week in their regular season finale at home against Holy Innocents'.

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By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center


Winder-Barrow has to defeat Madison County and get a little help from Dacula. If the Bulldoggs win, and Dacula beats Loganville, Winder-Barrow will earn a place in the Region 8-AAAA play-in game.

Longtime Sugar Hill residents look to get involved

SUGAR HILL - While the two candidates competing for a seat on Sugar Hill's City Council agree their campaigning personalities are quite different, the pair have similar concerns for the city.

Pow-Wow will include authentic dancing, food

What: Eighth annual Stone Mountain Park Indian Festival and Pow-Wow

Must Read: Reporter's secret tape clears federal agent of corruption charge

NEW YORK - It was like a classic episode of 'Perry Mason,' with an FBI agent charged with murder, a mouthy mob moll and a twist at the end: The FBI guy walked after a reporter with a secret tape exposed the gangster's girlfriend as a liar who couldn't keep her story straight.

Nesbitt's goals lead Gladiators to win

In the Gladiators' first game since the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Gwinnett knocked off the Mississippi Sea Wolves 6-2 score Thursday night.

Documentary on Jimmy Carter whitewashes history

1 star out of 4


Grayson may have lost the opportunity to win the Region 8-AAAAA title, but that doesn't mean the Rams' season is over.

Getting to Know ... Toby Jeffreys

Toby Jeffreys is the majority owner of the Gwinnett Gladiators professional hockey team and was part of the group that moved the ECHL franchise from Mobile, Ala.

'08 Force schedule released

The Georgia Force will return to the Arena at Gwinnett Center with a bang - a nationally televised season opener - the Arena Football League franchise announced when it released its 2008 schedule Thursday.

Business briefs

Dow Jones dives down 360 points

Baptist leaders call for state-wide prayers for rain

DULUTH - It's time to pray harder for rain, say Georgia Baptist Convention officials, and they are calling for Sunday to be a state-wide day of prayer asking the Almighty to open the skies.

Show will include dancing toys, Bond-inspired numbers

From "The Magic Toy Shop" to a James Bond-inspired dance titled "I Live to Die Another Day," Southern Ballet Theatre will offer an eclectic performance this weekend at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center.

Bombings, shootings kill 21 people 3 U.S. soldiers killed

BAGHDAD - Bombs and drive-by shootings killed at least 21 people across Baghdad and its northern belts Thursday, and the U.S. military announced the deaths of three more soldiers killed in combat in the country's north.

Joy Division singer's short life depicted in new film

3 stars out of 4

Charles Roland

Charles Roland, age 46, of Loganville, GA, passed away October 31, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry ...

Sitanh Siharath

Sitanh Siharath, age 90, of Duluth, GA, passed away November 1, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Jasper Cleghorn

Mr. Jasper “Red” Cleghorn, age 77, of Dacula, GA and the Duncan Creek Community passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. He is survived by his: Wife of ...

Doris Williams

Doris Cudlipp Williams, age 81, of Snellville, GA, died October 31, 2007. She is survived by her husband, William Henry Williams, Sr; children, William Henry, Jr (Bill) and Regina Williams ...

James Shrader

Mr. James Shrader, age 72, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007. Service and arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Martha Campbell

Martha Jane Wills Campbell, age 82, of Dacula, GA passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007. A native of Alpharetta, Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by her loving husband ...

Barbara Cox

Barbara Ann “Bobbie Ann” Cox, age 58 of Lawrenceville, GA died November 1, 2007. She is survived by her Husband, Gene Cox; Sons & Daughter-in-Law, Daren ...

Nancy Simmons

Nancy Dover Simmons died Monday, October 29, 2007, in Atlanta, GA. She was born November 6, 1922 in Montezuma, GA, the daughter of Charlie and Myrtle Dover. Following her marriage ...