News for Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Mom on the move, balancing multiple children, brain surgery

DACULA -- Michelle Fitzsimmons, 39, hasn't been to a movie theater since January 2005. Three weeks ago, she had her first meal alone with husband Michael in two years.

State wins funds for education

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia joined eight other states and the District of Columbia Tuesday in winning the second round of the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top competition, which has spurred a wave of education reform across the country.

BOC takes aim at Gwinnett Place management

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners chastised Gwinnett Place Mall officials for lowering the quality of the county's first major shopping mecca, as they approved a check-cashing facility inside.

Police say check scammers duping homeless

It was May 15 in Duluth, and instead of obeying orders, a homeless Atlantan named Benjamin Grove told a security officer at Gwinnett Community Bank the check he'd been recruited to cash was forged.

Barrow to hold first public hearing on 2011 budget

WINDER -- Push is expected to meet shove Tuesday, when financially beleaguered Barrow County is scheduled to hold the first of three required public hearings on its fiscal 2011 budget, which begins Oct. 1.

Suwanee lowers millage rate

SUWANEE -- City leaders on Tuesday adopted a 2011 millage rate of 5.70, a slight decrease from last year's rate of 5.77.

Traffic feeds available to commuters

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett commuters can check on traffic before they leave for the office in the morning.

Partnership Gwinnett reviews successes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett is great. Success lives here. The water towers emblazoned with those statements may be coming down, but one of the leaders of Partnership Gwinnett says that's OK.

Duluth to seek info on theater project

DULUTH -- The Duluth City Council agreed Monday to authorize the Duluth Downtown Development Authority to seek architectural drawings for replacing part of the Red Clay Theatre downtown.

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Troops still face danger in Iraq

Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Official: Truck crushes Calif. house, killing 3

A runaway truck hauling tons of gravel flew off an embankment Tuesday near Santa Barbara and crushed a home, killing a man, woman and child, authorities said.

PREP ROUNDUP: Folkerts' slam lifts Archer over Grayson

Lynsey Folkerts' grand slam in the top of the seventh lifted Archer past Grayson 7-3 in Region 8-AAAAA action Tuesday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Islamist rebels attack Somali hotel, killing 32

Islamist militants wearing Somali military uniforms stormed a hotel favored by lawmakers in the war-battered capital Tuesday, firing indiscriminately and killing 32 people, including six parliamentarians.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Intruder arrested at Paris Hilton's L.A. house

A man has been arrested at Paris Hilton's Los Angeles home after the socialite said he tried to break into her house while holding two big knives.

MUST READ: Second bore hole reaches 33 trapped in Chile mine

Singing the national anthem in a full-throated chorus, 33 miners trapped deep underground thanked their rescuers and settled in for a long wait until a tunnel wide enough to pull them out can be carved through a half-mile of solid rock.

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RCSO deputy, 19-year-old trade gunfire

A deputy with Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and a suspect exchanged gunfire Sunday night during a routine patrol, but authorities say no one was injured in the incident.

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Versatile Neidigh powers Broncos' attack

Jessica Neidigh laughs when she recalls how she began swinging the softball bat right-handed. A natural lefty, she switched to the other side of the plate at a young age because during coach-pitch, her then-coach struggled to pitch to a left-hander.

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CLINE: Hawks help make better community

Football programs are fond of their traditions. And many are protective of them as well. But there's one at Mill Creek High school that head coach Shannon Jarvis doesn't mind being emulated.

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Sagermann, Hawks pound out win

What figured to be an early showdown in Region 7-AAAAA turned one-sided in a hurry. Nikki Sagermann and the Mill Creek batting order made sure of that.

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Tech's Taylor on comeback trail

Cooper Taylor said he feels even faster than two years ago, when he was Georgia Tech's fastest player. Perhaps the more important news is the 6-foot-4 Taylor also is bigger and stronger as he makes his comeback from a heart condition that required surgery and forced him to miss most of the 2009 season.

Glaus homer makes up for defense

LAWRENCEVILLE — Twice this season the Gwinnett Braves committed five errors in a game. They came a week apart.

PREP ROUNDUP: Folkerts' slam lifts Archer over Grayson

LOGANVILLE — Lynsey Folkerts’ grand slam in the top of the seventh lifted Archer past Grayson 7-3 in Region 8-AAAAA action Tuesday.

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Friends raise money for seventh-grader with cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Making a posterboard filled with their favorite photos, young friends of Ansley Arnette contemplated doing more for their ailing ally as they put together the collage meant to buoy her spirits.

LETTERS: Long trip to Atlanta worth quality of life in Lawrenceville

Regarding J.K. Murphy’s column (“Spin drowns out facts of airport expansion,” Aug. 22, Page 10A), facts may be hard to come by concerning the proposed expansion of Briscoe Field, but let’s look at the information we do have.

LETTERS: You're not a racist just because you defend America

Is it just me, or are the rest of you as sick and tired of being called a racist when defending America?

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THOMAS: West not learning much from Middle East history

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’’

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Versatile Neidigh powers Broncos' attack

Jessica Neidigh laughs when she recalls how she began swinging the softball bat right-handed.

Rotary club to host polio 5K

From Staff Reports

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Doris Smith

Mrs. Doris Richardson Smith, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Leon Smith ...

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Robert Clark

Robert Noel Clark, of Hoschton, GA, formerly of Bluffton, SC and Melrose, MA, died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming, GA, with his wife and ...

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Elwood Hart

Elwood Hart, age 85, of Lawrenceville, GA went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 22, 2010. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of ...

Frank Baccus

Frank Baccus, age 102 of Monroe, GA, passed away August 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Bernice Hicks

Mrs. Bernice Beatrice Hicks, age 69 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Thomas Southard

Thomas Southard, age 79 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 4 PM, Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in the Chapel of Tim ...

Richard Brown, Iii

Mr. Richard "Ed" Brown, III, age 52 of Gwinnett County died Saturday, August 21, 2010. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-8 pm at Davis-Struempf Funeral Home & Crematory ...

Roy Hughes, Jr.

Roy J. Hughes Jr., 86, of Lilburn, died Saturday August 21, 2010. The funeral will be 2:00PM Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Bethesda United Methodist Church with Rev. John Whatley ...

Edgar Holland

Edgar William Holland, age 84, of Hoschton, GA passed away August 21, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Tony Maddox

Mr. Tony S. Maddox, age 61 of Hoschton, GA passed away August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Sue Waycaster

Mrs. Susie "Sue" Lee Davis Waycaster, age 93, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, August 23, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-nine years ...

Alton Woodall

Alton Bariece Woodall, age 66 of Auburn, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

William Roberts, Jr.

William "Bill" Alfred Roberts, Jr., age 62, of Lawrenceville GA died August 21, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Margie Mae Evans

Margie Mae Evans, age 97 of Bethlehem, passed away Sunday, August 22, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 PM Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in the Chapel of Tim ...

Charles Trinks

Charles Trinks, age 58, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Jan Hudson Trinks, of Lawrenceville, parents, Harold ...

George Hymel

George Leon Hymel, age 98 of Buford, GA, and formerly of New Orleans died Monday, August 23, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Lisa Martin

Lisa Renay Seay Martin, age 45 of Winterville, GA, who passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Danny Daws

Mr. Danny Daws, age 46, of Athens, GA passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Bradford Daws, Athens, GA; daughters, Christina Daws and ...

Yolanda Smith

Mrs. Yolanda "Loni" Smith, age 72, of Buford, GA passed away on Mondday, August 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Samuel Linden

Samuel Hilding Linden, age 72, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away August 20, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Roberta Jacobs

Mrs. Roberta Berry Jacobs, age 92, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

John Mcdaniel

John Andrew McDaniel, age 69 of Monroe, GA passed away August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

John Wagner

Mr. John Phillip Wagner, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Friday, August 20, 2010. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

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