News for Friday, August 13, 2010

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Teen shot outside South Gwinnett after football game

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville police were searching for a person of interest late Friday night after a 16-year-old was shot once in the chest after a football game at South Gwinnett High School, officials said.

Falcons' rookies better than Chiefs in 20-10 victory

ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan played two decent series. Matt Cassel played four average ones. Both quarterbacks lacked solid protection in the preseason opener, but Ryan's Falcons got better play from their rookie reserves in Atlanta's 20-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.

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SUPER SIX: Wesleyan's Andrews in the middle of team's success

Considering the job of an offensive lineman, it's not surprising to hear David Andrews described as being very protective of his teammates. However, with Wesleyan's starting center, the issue becomes a "chicken or the egg" question. Has the 6-foot-3, 290-pound senior become protective because of his many years playing on the offensive line? Or is he perfectly suited for playing on the line because he's so protective by nature?

Chipper plans knee surgery, to attempt comeback

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones said Friday he will report to spring training next year with the Braves as he attempts a comeback from major knee surgery. Jones, speaking for the first time since the team announced he tore his left ACL and will miss the rest of the season, said he will have surgery on the knee today.

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A girl and her goat: 12-year-old raises animal from birth at Duluth home

Madison Boles turns her head just so, allowing Lula to nibble on her earlobe.

Officials offer tips on recycling

After a decade of throwing everything in the trash, Ray Gresham took the initiative last month to begin recycling.

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Grayson woman celebrates 45 years of her business

Janice Briscoe celebrated the 45th anniversary of her Grayson business Janice's Beauty Shoppe on Friday.

Catholic school drops lawsuit against Suwanee

SUWANEE -- The city of Suwanee and Notre Dame Academy have reached an agreement resulting in the dismissal of a two-year-old lawsuit that was scheduled to go to trial at the end of this month, officials announced Friday.

Bank agrees with Feds to shore up lending practices

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Brand Banking Co. has reached a written agreement with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta outlining ways to shore up lending practices.

Gwinnett police to continue classes

NORCROSS -- Last month, Gwinnett County police held their first-ever community education class at their West Precinct. Next week and in months to come they'll continue to offer them.

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Police: Man suspect in Israel attack

Israeli police said Friday the suspect in stabbings in three states also was a suspect in a separate stabbing attack in Israel earlier this year, but charges were never pressed.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Stocks fall for 4th day after retail sales report

Stocks extended their losing streak to four days Friday after a mixed batch of readings on consumers further muddled investors' sense of the economy.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Russia: Iran's nuclear plant to get fuel

Russia announced Friday it will begin the startup next week of Iran's only atomic power plant, giving Tehran a boost as it struggles with international sanctions and highlighting differences between Moscow and Washington over pressuring the Islamic Republic to give up activities that could be used to make nuclear arms.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Publicist : Gabor goes back to hospital

Zsa Zsa Gabor's publicist said the actress is being returned to a Los Angeles hospital because of complications in her recuperation from a broken hip.

MUST READ: JetBlue memo questions rogue flight attendant's motive

A rogue JetBlue flight attendant's explanation that an uncooperative passenger caused him to lose his mind and slide down a parked plane's emergency chute may not hold water, the airline said in an internal memo.

Georgia introduces McGarity as new AD

ATHENS -- For Greg McGarity, becoming athletic director at the University of Georgia is a dream come true and practically a lifetime in the making. University president Mike Adams introduced the Athens native Friday as Georgia's new athletic director, effective Sept. 1.

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Roads optional: Dacula drivers tackle world's most extreme races

DACULA -- The silence in a small Dacula pasture ends as a stroked 4-0 engine roars. A heavily customized black jeep with massive 33-inch tires and an Al-Qaeda Hunting Club bumper sticker tears through the overgrown weeds, kicking up clouds of yellow dust in its wake. Under the 100-degree sun, the jeep bounces up and down and swerves sharply.The Dacula drivers, Ted Holt and Gary Cann, aren't out for a leisure ride. They are the founders of Peak Empire Racing, a local off-road racing team. They're heading to Nevada for the TSCO Vegas to Reno Race that begins on Thursday. It's the longest off-road race in the United States, giving riders 21 hours to conquer 535 miles of scorching desert terrain.
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Children's choir invites youngsters to join its first full season

The Lawrenceville Community Children's Choir will kick off its first full season Thursday with an open house and registration to fill its ranks with youngsters interested in learning more about the art and in joining a group active in performing for the local community.

Mall celebrates Simon's anniversary

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Place Mall will celebrate a big birthday with a blast from the past.The Duluth area mall will host a '60s-themed party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Simon Malls, the company that manages the shopping mecca.

Grayson beer fest tickets on sale today

GRAYSON -- Tickets go on sale today for Grayson's first craft beer festival showcasing its downtown.

Auburn fills Oct. with big events

AUBURN -- Entertainment opportunities will abound come October in the city of Auburn, coinciding with high temperatures leaders hope are more forgiving.

Rock & Jock Fest to feature locals, Cowboy Mouth

SUWANEE -- High-energy rock band Cowboy Mouth will headline Suwanee's Rock & Jock Fest, but not before an up-and-coming local sets the stage for them.

GCPS lauds 19 educators certified as Master Teachers

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials say they applaud 19 educators who recently became Georgia Master Teachers.

Golf tournament to raise money for Lanier athletics

SUGAR HILL -- Lanier High School's Athletic Department is building on a tradition started last year at Lanier Middle School.The annual Lanier High Longhorn Athletic Association Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Sugar Hill Golf Club, with teams doing a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Authorities nab murder suspect near Nashville

A fugitive squad near Nashville apprehended the primary suspect in a Lawrenceville gas station killing this week, while his alleged counterpart remains on the run, Gwinnett authorities said Friday.

Man charged with igniting girlfriend's house

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man is behind bars for allegedly trying to burn down his girlfriend's home with a firework in the wake of a domestic dispute, authorities said Friday.

HUCKABY: Coming back to an empty nest

There are certain life experiences that tend to stay with you. You never forget your first base hit in little league, for instance, or your first kiss. And for those of us who were fortunate enough to attend an institution of higher learning, the day you left home and moved into a college dormitory.

LETTERS: Cal Thomas attack on federal judges was ill-informed

As a practicing lawyer for more than 32 years, I am deeply disturbed by Cal Thomas’ column (“One judge negates the will of 7 million voters,” Aug. 11, 6A) that states: “at least Caesar on occasion, was responsive to public opinion. Today, too many federal judges act more than dictators when it comes to the law.”

PREP ROUNDUP: Greater Atlanta Christian opens year with two shutouts

SNELLVILLE — Greater Atlanta Christian’s 2010 season got off to a strong start as the Spartans posted a pair of 3-0 wins over Shiloh and Monroe Area on Friday in the South Gwinnett Diamond Classic at Shiloh.

LETTERS: Cal Thomas is spot on about the decay of the US

Cal Thomas (“One judge negates the will of 7 million voters,” Aug. 11, 6A) has written the best article published in your paper for a long time.

Strange lineup yields G-Braves win

LAWRENCEVILLE — An odd combination of roster moves created a lineup conundrum for the Gwinnett Braves when they arrived home to start a series with Durham.

LETTERS: Private sector jobs need saving, too

The USA TODAY reports that “Federal workers earning double their private counterparts.” I believe this is unsustainable. It is like putting the cart before the horse.

Mall celebrates Simon's anniversary

DULUTH — Gwinnett Place Mall will celebrate a big birthday with a blast from the past.

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Wesleyan's Andrews in the middle of team's success

Considering the job of an offensive lineman, it’s not surprising to hear David Andrews described as being very protective of his teammates.

Rock & Jock Fest to feature locals, Cowboy Mouth

SUWANEE — High-energy rock band Cowboy Mouth will headline Suwanee’s Rock & Jock Fest, but not before an up-and-coming local sets the stage for them.

Man charged with igniting girlfriend's house

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Lawrenceville man is behind bars for allegedly trying to burn down his girlfriend’s home with a firework in the wake of a domestic dispute, authorities said Friday.

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YARBROUGH: Even squirrels find it too hot

I love the state of Georgia better than apple butter, but sometimes the place can try my patience. Like right now. It is just too hot.

Children's choir invites youngsters to join its first full season

LAWRENCEVILLE — A local youth choir is looking to expand its membership of children who enjoy making music together.

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Johnson - Rudnik

Tom and Karen Johnson of Flowery Branch announce the engagement of their daughter Stephanie Johnson of Suwanee to Adam Rudnik of Lawrenceville, son of Al and Sue Rudnik of Lawrenceville.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Russia: Iran's nuclear plant to get fuel

Russia: Iran’s nuclear plant to get fuel

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Fleming - Daniel

Amy Lauren Fleming and Samuel Harrison Daniel were married May 22 in Savannah. Dr. Jim Jackson officiated the ceremony.

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Boozer - Franklin

Debra Simpkins of Lawrenceville announces the engagement of her daughter Jennifer Boozer of Atlanta

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Roads optional: Dacula drivers tackle world's most extreme races

DACULA — The silence in a small Dacula pasture ends as a stroked 4-0 engine roars. A heavily customized black jeep with massive 33-inch tires and an Al-Qaeda Hunting Club bumper sticker tears through the overgrown weeds, kicking up clouds of yellow dust in its wake. Under the 100-degree sun, the jeep bounces up and down and swerves sharply.

LETTERS: Trying planes near airport is a great idea

J.K. Murphy’s column “Try Planes near airport before we buy expansion,” Aug. 8, 8A) on trying airplanes before expansion has merit. We in the flight path already know about the noise at 12 p.m., 1 a.m. 3 a.m. and all day long. We agree with the mayor — no expansion. The bottleneck at Highway 316 and Hi Hope Road is already bad enough and it will just multiply.

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Brown-Bray

Eddie and Renee Brown of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Casey Brown of Charlotte, N.C., to Brett Bray of Charlotte, son of Mike and Kathy Bray of Sparta.

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Rev. Dr. Paul Outland

Rev. (Dr.) Paul D. Outland went home to be with Jesus Christ his Savior and Lord on August 10, 2010. Paul was born in Paducah, Ky. to Raymond and Goldie ...

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Robert Anthony Brandewie

Robert A. "Bob" Brandewie died August 12, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida. The visitation will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm EDT, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at Bevis Funeral Home. The ...

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Jack Wynn, Jr.

Jack Lane Wynn, Jr., age 62 of Duluth, Georgia passed away August 11, 2010 in the loving presence of his family and friends. Born and raised in Atlanta, Jack was ...

Cecelia Allman

Cecelia Mae Forse Allman, age 79 of Cumming, GA passed away August 7, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Robert Jaffe

Robert Jaffe, age 84 of Cumming, GA passed away Sunday, August 8, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Marianne Higginbotham

Marianne (Ann) Higginbotham, age 57, of Lilburn, died Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726

Joanne Kent

JoAnne Marie Kent, age 59, of Buford, GA, passed away August 9, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Nicholas Cann

Nicholas Ross Cann, age 16, of Lilburn, GA, passed away August 11, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

David Stephenson

David Stephenson, age 67, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 10, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Rexanne Lewis

Rexanne Hardin Lewis, age 54 of Cartersville, GA passed away August 11, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Billy Bennett

Mr. Billy Bennett, age 76, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Everett Welch

Everett Welch, age 72, of Marietta, GA, passed away August 9, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Paul Bouska

Paul Bouska, age 45 of Ellijay, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 11, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

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