News for Friday, August 20, 2010

Subscribe

All Stories

Tease photo

Ohio bear kills its caretaker

COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio -- A bear fatally mauled its caretaker during a feeding on property holding dozens of other exotic pets owned by a man who drew the wrath of activists -- and lost his license to exhibit -- after offering people the chance to wrestle bears at a Cleveland expo.

Tease photo

NATION IN BRIEF: WWII warplane recovered from Calif. reservoir

SAN DIEGO -- Salvage divers have raised a rare World War II dive bomber from the bottom of a San Diego reservoir where it crashed 65 years ago and were waiting for a crane to lift it from the water's edge and onto shore.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Iran prepares to start up first nuclear reactor

BUSHEHR, Iran -- Iranian and Russian nuclear technicians made final preparations to start up Iran's first reactor today after years of delays, an operation that will mark a milestone in what Tehran considers its right to produce nuclear energy.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Memorabilia dealer selling Salinger's toilet

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina collectibles dealer is hawking a toilet ripped from reclusive author J.D. Salinger's former home.

70 years on from WWII, Britain remembers 'the few'

LONDON -- In the words of Winston Churchill, it was Britain's ''finest hour,'' a turning point in world history -- though it didn't always feel that way at the time.

PREP ROUNDUP: Broncos' Litumbe delivers walk-off hit

SNELLVILLE -- Megan Litumbe singled in pinch-runner Emily Brantley with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on Friday, lifting Brookwood 5-4 over Northside-Columbus in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational.

Tease photo

South's huge fourth quarter too late at Lowndes

VALDOSTA-- Gwinnett County's bad luck against Lowndes continued Friday night at Martin Stadium as the Region 1-AAAAA juggernaut Vikings took down the South Gwinnett Comets 34-26.

New principal named for Richards Middle

SUWANEE -- A Duluth Middle School administrator and former pastor has been named the new principal of Richards Middle School.

Woman rescued from Lake Lucerne; man missing

LILBURN -- Firefighters and dive teams had to suspend their rescue efforts on Lake Lucerne due to weather and darkness Friday night, with the potential for a positive outcome for a man who went overboard there getting bleaker by the minute.

Tease photo

Million-dollar smiles: Players, parents tout new turf at Duncan Creek

DACULA -- Gwinnett's new million-dollar field has young players feeling like million-dollar athletes.

Is the Force with us again?

After a two-season hiatus, the Georgia Force will be returning to the Arena at Gwinnett Center in 2011.

Tease photo

Man in triathlon for cancer fund

SUGAR HILL -- Gregg Radloff is using the inspiration of a lost friend to drive him as he competes in one of sports' most grueling events.

Tease photo

Firefighter's death stuns colleagues

ROSWELL -- When Michael Crowe retired from the Gwinnett County Fire Department after 30 years in September, his ritualistic last dinner included barbecued Boston butt, tenderloins and chicken enchiladas, a firehouse staple. He entrusted the grill work to Lt. David Carr who, like always, came through.

Fed funds to help repave county roads

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Federal stimulus funds will allow Gwinnett to resurface three of the county's most-traveled roads.

Tease photo

Mom charged after kids left in car

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Deputies arrested a Lilburn mother on reckless conduct charges Thursday for leaving her children in a poorly ventilated car as she paid a traffic ticket, officials said.

Hotel receives honor

NORCROSS -- Hampton Inn Atlanta/Peachtree Corners/Norcross was recently honored with the Hampton company's Wall of Fame designation.

Mustangs' Allen bound for Iowa St.

After his second journey through the recruiting process, former Meadowcreek star Chris Allen has a new college basketball team.The 6-foot-3 guard plans to enroll at Iowa State after playing his first three seasons at Michigan State and contributing for back-to-back Final Four teams. Michigan State announced earlier this month that Allen would not be back for the 2010-11 season.

Bulger at end of disappointing year

Jason Bulger's season has mirrored that of his team's. For the Los Angeles Angels, it's been a year of injuries and disappointment. The Angels were expected to continue their run of postseason appearances and the Brookwood graduate was counted on to be a key part of the bullpen. It hasn't worked out that way, though.

Green on third team of season

If he didn't before, Nick Green definitely qualifies as a baseball journeyman now. A year after being the Red Sox's regular shortstop for most of the season, the Duluth graduate is with his third organization this year and has just 14 major league games to show for it.

Palmer makes impression in sloppy Falcons preseason game

ATLANTA -- Parkview graduate Michael Palmer will likely get fewer chances to show what he can do as the Falcons' regulars get more playing time in the third preseason game at Miami next Friday.

Lawrenceville First Baptist Church to open $4M expansion

Lawrenceville First Baptist Church will celebrate the completion of a $4 million, 18-month renovation and expansion project this Sunday.

Tease photo

RICH: Dolly Parton was right when she sang about trains

When the yearning for a weekend trip to New Orleans appeared, much like the late night craving for a bag of potato chips, it took no persuasion to convince Poet to meet me there.

Tease photo

HUCKABY: Ice cream truck a great symbol of simpler times

So let’s see. Iran is about to go online with its very own nuclear reactor. Israel may or may not drop a bomb on it before they do. The economy still stinks. Two-thirds of Americans oppose a proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York City and the speaker of the House says those people should be investigated. Our court system can’t seem to decide whether gay marriage is a go or a no-go in California. The U.S. is suing Arizona and Virginia is suing the U.S.

Spiritual Calendar

Sunday

Tease photo

South's huge fourth quarter too late at Lowndes

VALDOSTA— Gwinnett County’s bad luck against Lowndes continued Friday night at Martin Stadium as the Region 1-AAAAA juggernaut Vikings took down the South Gwinnett Comets 34-26.

PREP ROUNDUP: Broncos' Litumbe delivers walk-off hit

SNELLVILLE — Megan Litumbe singled in pinch-runner Emily Brantley with two outs in the bottom of the seventh on Friday, lifting Brookwood 5-4 over Northside-Columbus in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational.

Mustangs' Allen bound for Iowa St.

After his second journey through the recruiting process, former Meadowcreek star Chris Allen has a new college basketball team.

Tease photo

Firefighter's death stuns colleagues

ROSWELL — When Michael Crowe retired from the Gwinnett County Fire Department after 30 years in September, his ritualistic last dinner included barbecued Boston butt, tenderloins and chicken enchiladas, a firehouse staple. He entrusted the grill work to Lt. David Carr who, like always, came through.

Road closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

LETTER: Being able to enjoy wine with a concert would be good thing for Duluth

I have read news articles and letters of response — both pro and con — and thought I’d add my opinion. Originally from the South Shore of Boston I had the good fortune to attend many a Pops symphony concert on the Esplanade, including those nationally televised on the Fourth of July. People gather early in the day with picnic baskets and yes, bottles of wine to watch and listen to the celebration. As of yet, there has NOT been a rowdy scene reported on the local and national television stations as the attendees are respectful of the opportunity to gather together and celebrate our nation’s day of freedom. There is an ongoing presence of police stationed throughout the crowd and the mood is festive and joyful. Therefore, being able to sit and enjoy a concert or play with a glass of wine on the Duluth grounds would be an asset to the community at large. It really should seriously be considered as an added feature to the relaxing atmosphere on the town square.

Tease photo

Jennifer Capps

Miss Jennifer Carolyn Capps, 37, died Monday (August 9, 2010) at Largo Medical Center in Largo, FL after an extended illness. She was a native of Atlanta, and she lived ...

Stephen Mcnabb

Stephen Scott McNabb, age 75, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 18, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Roger Holmes

Roger Shane Holmes, age 46, of Buford, GA, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 17, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Eileen Nickerson

Eileen Nickerson, age 85 of Suwanee, GA passed away August 18, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

William Waddy, Jr.

Mr. William Earl Waddy, Jr., age 85, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Lucille Rier

Lucille Rier, age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

James Dover

James E. Dover, age 42, of Norcross, GA passed away August 18, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Leona Smock

Leona Jean Bumpass Smock, of Buford, GA, was born July 14, 1928 in San Diego, CA and passed away August 18, 2010. She was predeceased by husbands, Fredrick P. Bumpass ...

Shardaben Shah

Shardaben Shah, age 88, of Johns Creek, GA passed away August 17, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

William Paul Demoranville

William Paul DeMoranville, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 15, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Photos