News for Friday, December 12, 2008

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Iris Dover

Mrs. Iris Price Dover, age 87, of Foley, AL and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years ...

Dale Watson

Dale L. Watson, Sr. age 80, of Grayson, GA died December 10, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wilma Watson; Son and Daughter-in-law, Dale ...

Charles Chance

Mr. Charles C. Chance, age 66, of Auburn, GA passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2008 in an automobile accident. He is survived by his: wife of 43 years, Mrs ...

James Samuels

James (Jim) William Samuels, age 73, of Norcross, GA, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Report: Pupil attacked teacher, administrator

NORCROSS - A Norcross High School student was jailed this week when he reportedly choked a female teacher and punched an administrator who tried to intervene.

Xbox 360 'Scene It?' a crowd pleaser

The 'Scene It?' trivia game series may have started as a DVD-based board game, but the franchise is really coming into its own on the Xbox 360 console.

Drive for five

BUFORD - Over the years, different programs have come to define success in high school football in Gwinnett County.

World

55 die in attack on restaurant

Nightmare on Facebook

It always seems like fun at the time. Then the photo surfaces.

Prep roundup: Collins Hill rolls to pair of victories

SUWANEE - With only two losses all night, Collins Hill's wrestling team cruised to a pair of wins over Kennesaw Mountain and North Gwinnett on Thursday.

'Cadillac Records' features great music, strong acting

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: "Cadillac Records." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Loganville councilman resigns after moving outside city limits

LOGANVILLE - Councilman Austin Jones announced his resignation from the City Council on Thursday night, effective immediately.

Out in the Crowd: Local theaters present holiday shows

Gwinnett professional and community theaters are in holiday mode as they present Christmas favorites throughout December.

Gwinnett Calendar

Saturday

Our view: Electricity use mirrors area growth

One way to measure an area's progress is by its infrastructure. Buildings, roads and utilities are earmarks for how well - or how poorly - a community is moving along.

Metro Calendar

Today

Opposites attract

BUFORD - Aesthetically, the offenses at Buford and

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.

Judge to Atlanta courthouse shooting trial jury: Try again

ATLANTA - A judge told jurors to keep deliberating Thursday after they reported they were unable to reach a unanimous sentencing decision in the case against a man who killed a judge and three other people in a shooting spree that started in a downtown Atlanta courthouse.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

Gladiators release schedule updates

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2008-09 season Thursday.

Man indicted in robbery, assault

LAWRENCEVILLE - Indictments came down Wednesday on a Norcross man arrested Sept. 15 for armed robbery and aggravated assault.

School board names nine principals

SUWANEE - Eight Gwinnett County principals have been chosen to lead eight new schools opening this summer.

The good doctor Snellville physician takes stage for 16th year in 'The Nutcracker'

Dr. John West carries his medical bag to the set of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker," but the bag isn't a prop, even though the character West plays is presumed to be a physician.

Winter ready Conservation groups offer tips to lower energy costs in cold months

LAWRENCEVILLE - Energy independence has been an American topic of interest for nearly 40 years. With winter quickly approaching and with the country in the midst of an economic downturn, rising energy costs are naturally on people's minds.

Bands strike it up for championship games

ATLANTA - Buford High's marching band is no stranger to playing in a professional football environment.

Spotlight on DVD

The Dark Knight (PG-13)

Teachers express concerns Staff wants input on state contract

SUWANEE - Hundreds of teachers, parents and community members packed Gwinnett County Public Schools' board room Thursday evening, more than a dozen of whom voiced their concerns about the school system's proposed partnership contract with the Georgia Board of Education.

Board proposes budget of $1.4B

LAWRENCEVILLE - A $1.4 billion proposed budget for 2009 was presented during a public hearing Thursday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building.

School administrators graduate principal training program

SUWANEE - Nearly 30 Gwinnett County Public Schools administrators graduated Thursday from the school district's training program for aspiring principals.

No. 1 Norcross escapes with win

NORCROSS - The Norcross boys unfurled the banner proclaiming their third consecutive Class AAAAA state basketball championship, with former coach Eddie Martin doing the honors for old time's sake Thursday night.

Electricity use mirrors area growth

One way to measure an area's progress is by its infrastructure. Buildings, roads and utilities are earmarks for how well - or how poorly - a community is moving along.

Groups team up to ensure safety at Braves stadium construction site

LAWRENCEVILLE - A signing ceremony took place Thursday afternoon at the construction site of what will be the Gwinnett Braves' baseball stadium, making official an agreement between agencies and workers aimed at keeping construction workers safe.

Note-wielding women tied to heists One suspect remains at large in string of local bank thefts

NORCROSS - Grammar is apparently optional when robbing banks with notes.

The Dish: Rico's World Kitchen

Open since: April

New on DVD

Selected home-video releases available this week:

Lionheart Theatre offers drama camps for kids

Lionheart Theatre understands that once school is out for the holidays kids can get a little stir crazy when the excitement of Christmas is mixed with idle hours. Their solution is a creative one: Drama camps.

Nothing new Film offers typical yuletide problems

Nothing Like the Holidays (PG-13)

Get your requests in early, or late, as the case may be

U.S. Department of the Treasury Form 700,000,000,000 - Request for Economic Assistance

Gwinnett Tastes

A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Solar cell plant lauded by Gov. Perdue

NORCROSS - The sun was hidden behind rain clouds Thursday, but it was the spotlight of a new plant that could not only boost the local economy but help solve a global issue.

Nation

Remains found near missing girl's home

Wesleyan coaches' friendship goes way back

Separated in age by a number of years and products of different generations, Wesleyan coaches Franklin Pridgen and Will Jackson still share plenty in common.

Junior dog-handlers to compete in championship

LAWRENCEVILLE - Instead of spending her Saturday mornings watching cartoons, Ashley Wilde had her TV tuned to dog shows, and now, instead of watching from the comfort of her own home, the 17-year-old is competing at prestigious shows, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Keanu Reeves remake is a bad day on 'Earth'

The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG-13)

Fire briefs

SUV catches fire in driveway

People

Culkin's sister killed by car

Getting to Know ... Kim Rivers

Shiloh hired boys basketball coach Kim Rivers away from Randallstown High School in the Baltimore area last spring. Rivers was hugely successful during his 14 years at Randallstown, leading the school to five state championships, eight state final appearances and 12 21-win seasons. They were in the final four 11 times during Rivers' 14 seasons.

Confident Norman anchors Lions' secondary

SUWANEE - Connor Norman didn't really have a choice.