News for Friday, August 27, 2010

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Dacula 34, Mill Creek 31

There has been a blowout and three games decided on the final play. Dacula and Mill Creek added another exciting chapter to their rivalry in the form of a shootout Friday.

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Buford 40, Gainesville 19

It was billed as one of the top games in the state, but Buford and Gainesville's hyped-up contest quickly turned into a one-sided affair.

Collins Hill 13, Roswell 9

Collins Hill may have demonstrated the blueprint for how to find a way to win in its 2010 season opener. Was it a completed pass? You make the call! Video clip inside this story.

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

After a perfect regular season and a solid playoff run Apalachee looked to start the season off right in its season opener against Habersham Central on Friday.

Rockdale 6, Winder-Barrow 3

David Wagner's first game as head coach at Winder-Barrow came down to the wire -- which is a telling sign of the improvements that have been made under the former Apalachee defensive coordinator.

Duluth 21, Archer 17

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Big plays and fourth-quarter drama highlighted Friday's matchup between Duluth and Archer.The Wildcats kicked off the Tigers' first full-varsity season in heartbreaking fashion with a 21-17 win.

Wesleyan 38, Seminole County 20

NORCROSS -- Wesleyan opened the season with a solid 38-20 victory against Seminole County in front of a packed house Friday.

Northview 28, Meadowcreek 15

NORCROSS -- Despite a highlight-worthy run, Meadowcreek just didn't have enough.The Mustangs' Richard Williams was lost in the backfield and emerged to daylight. The diminutive tailback weaved around defenders and scored from 52 yards out, one of the senior's two touchdowns on the evening but it wasn't enough as the Mustangs lost 28-15 to open the season.

GAC 42, Columbia 7

NORCROSS -- For one quarter, it looked as if Greater Atlanta Christian would be in a tight season-opening contest against Columbia. But the Spartans scored three times within the span of 1:38 in the second quarter and ran away from the Eagles in a 42-7 victory.

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Central Gwinnett 24, Mountain View 17

LAWRENCEVILLE -- His visor tipped upward, Todd Wofford looked exhausted.He had just won his first career game as a head coach, but it was far from easy. The new Central Gwinnett coach watched his football team overcome three turnovers, 14 penalties and a feisty Mountain View squad making its Class AAAAA debut to escape with a 24-17 victory.

Etowah 56, Berkmar 21

WOODSTOCK -- Etowah sprinted past Berkmar 56-21 Friday, running the ball at will against the Patriots. Eagles running back Jake Jones ran for 153 of his 187 yards in the first half, as Etowah built a 42-7 lead. The Eagles then went deep into the depth chart with running backs, but maintained the big lead.

Stephenson 21, Parkview 14

LILBURN -- A stifling Parkview defense held Stephenson to two touchdowns in regulation.But Jordan Tarver's 1-yard sneak in overtime squashed the Panthers upset bid and lifted the No. 6 state-ranked Jaguars to a 21-14 win Friday night at the Big Orange Jungle.

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Friday night sights

HOSCHTON -- Youngsters donning their rec league jerseys scrambling around a vacant lot, one lucky dad chosen as the "all-time QB."Photo slide show inside

Toll lanes a HOT topic

DULUTH -- With construction crews gearing up to add technology to Interstate 85, residents have one more chance to give input into the state's toll lane project.

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Local dealer to sell new style of electric car

BUFORD -- A Lake Lanier Islands business is one of the first in the United States to sell a unique brand of compact electric car used during the Beijing Olympics.

Winder-Barrow Middle in running for $5,000 award

WINDER -- Winder-Barrow Middle School could win $5,000 to purchase new computers for its media center, but the school needs the public's help to do so.

Missing kid was playing nearby

BUFORD -- Aniyah Mason, the 6-year-old Buford girl missing for almost seven hours Thursday, was playing in a neighbor's yard and unharmed throughout the incident, police said.

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Obama to mark Katrina anniversary

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. -- President Barack Obama will use the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to reaffirm his commitment to the Gulf Coast amid lingering questions over his administration's response to the BP oil spill.

NATION IN BRIEF: Cabbie-slash suspect taken to psych ward

NEW YORK -- A college student accused of slashing a taxi driver because he is a Muslim was moved from jail to a psychiatric ward, corrections officials said Friday.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Taylor Swift in Maine for 'Mine' music video debut

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- Country music star Taylor Swift is back in Maine for a half-hour television special on CMT to introduce her new music video that was shot in Maine.

Body of Las Vegas woman found in maze of clutter at home

LAS VEGAS -- A four-month search for a missing Las Vegas woman came to a ghastly end this week when her husband found her corpse in their home amid a labyrinth of squalor that had been impassable even to search dogs.

WORLD IN BRIEF: North Korea releases jailed American

SEOUL, South Korea -- A smile flickered across Aijalon Gomes' face as he hugged former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and boarded a plane for Boston on Friday, seven months after his arrest in North Korea.

Georgia tailback charged with leaving accident

Another Georgia football player has gotten into trouble, and this time it's one of the team's top running backs. Tailback Washaun Ealey, who led the Bulldogs in rushing a year ago and expected to share carries this season with Greater Atlanta Christian grad Caleb King, was suspended for at least one game after being arrested early Friday.

MCLEOD: Flipping the switch on your own thinking

Psychologists refer to it as fundamental attribution error and self-serving bias.

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RICH: Oh, the places you'll go and the stories you'll hear if you just listen

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Suess' "Oh, The Places You'll Go."

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Man of steel: Local practices tai chi for mental, physical strength

As Min-Nan Sze demonstrates the first 13 motions of tai chi chuan, his body moves lithely in a slow, fluid grace, each motion blending into one.

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Auburn's O.W.L.S. visit Chattanooga for senior expo

A senior group from Auburn recently gleaned inspiration from none other than spry 88-year-old television phenom Betty White.

Tutus for Tatas surpasses fundraising goal of $1M

Six years ago a Gwinnett team participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure set a lofty fundraising goal of $1 million to support the fight against breast cancer.

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Teen Harvard scholar addresses Ivy Prep's new students

Noni Carter -- the 19-year-old author, classical pianist and Harvard scholar -- recently served as the guest speaker for Ivy Preparatory Academy's annual New Scholars Ceremony.

Lawrenceville adopts $90.6M fiscal budget

The Lawrenceville City Council recently adopted a fiscal year 2011 budget of $90.6 million, about $2.7 million less than the city's fiscal year 2010 budget of $93.3 million.

Suwanee police asking for public input on national accreditation

The Suwanee Police Department is inviting comments from the general public during a Monday information session with an agency evaluating the department for national accreditation.

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Duluth man promotes protective eye gear after injury

When you hear about sports injuries, you might think of torn ACLs or spine fractures. Not necessarily hurt eyes.

Catholic church to sponsor fall festival about Vietnamese culture

Vietnamese culture will be on display at a fall festival sponsored by the The Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Catholic Church.

Gainesville State College selected for student success program

Gainesville State College has been chosen by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to take the lead in a new initiative funded by MetLife Foundation as part of its commitment to improving the success of community college students.

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LARSON: Photographer focuses on leading others to walk in a park

You never know what path your life will take. Nor how many. A few weeks ago I wrote about Anna Huthmaker of Duluth who just wanted to take a hike with a group without feeling self-conscious about being a bit curvy, as she describes herself. She ended up organizing a hiking club for other curvy women.

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Perkins - Campbell

Frank and Marsha Perkins of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Athena Perkins to Ryan Campbell, son of Scott and Patricia Campbell of Roswell.

JENKINS: Decatur Book Festival: Remember it's Gwinnett's, too

Let’s be honest: Gwinnett County is not exactly a literary mecca. Google “Gwinnett” and “books” and you’ll mostly get stories about the nut jobs who wanted to ban Harry Potter a few years ago.

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YARBROUGH: Don't pity the squirrels in my backyard

If you find any dead squirrels in my backyard, it is because they have laughed themselves to death.

G-Braves rally past Bulls in 9th

LAWRENCEVILLE — If the plan is to stretch Kenshin Kawakami into the Braves long reliever and spot starter in September, his pitch count is where it needs to be.

LETTERS: $1M turf unwise when other parks need basic fixes

I am happy for the “boys of fall” (and their dads) in Dacula who are now enjoying the million-dollar luxury of artificial turf for Duncan Creek Park. The north side of Gwinnett is truly fortunate to have the county commission on their side when it comes to diverting SPLOST funds for such “improvements.”

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HUCKABY: Troubled athletes need to shape up or ship out

When is enough enough? I mean seriously. When?

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Dacula 34, Mill Creek 31, OT

HOSCHTON — There has been a blowout and three games decided on the final play.

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.

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Auburn's O.W.L.S. visit Chattanooga for senior expo

AUBURN — A senior group from Auburn recently gleaned inspiration from none other than spry 88-year-old television phenom Betty White.

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RICH: Oh, the places you'll go and the stories you'll hear if you just listen

A favorite book in my family, one we often buy for new college graduates, is Dr. Suess’ “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”

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Teen Harvard scholar addresses Ivy Prep's new students

Noni Carter — the 19-year-old author, classical pianist and Harvard scholar — recently served as the guest speaker for Ivy Preparatory Academy’s annual New Scholars Ceremony.

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50th anniversary

Loyd and Ellen Martin of Gainesville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 25, 1960, in Braselton. Loyd is retired from Chicopee/Johnson & Johnson. The couple has three daughters: Robin, married to Wayne Simpson; Rachel, married to Jody Tipton; and Rebecca, married to Keith Towe. They also have eight grandchildren, Cody, Dylan, Brooke, Kelsey, Skylar, Jacob, Joshua and Jordan. The couple celebrated in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and with a family beach trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.

GWINNETT GAB: Taekwondo artist wins gold medal in championship

Taekwondo artist wins gold medal in championship

Prep roundup: Kleinschmidt perfect in a 7-inning 0-0 tie

BUFORD — Kylie Kleinschmidt threw seven perfect innings, but Providence was still forced to settle for a scoreless tie after the time limit expired in a pool-play game of the Buford Invitational softball tournament Friday night.

LETTERS: County could profit by selling pieces of towers

Regarding the water towers coming down, there seems to be a lot of passion stirred about this and there’s also probably a lot of people that would like to have a piece of this Gwinnett history as their own. From bridge cables, stadium seats, building bricks, you name it, when these structures come down, little chunks of them are converted into personal memorabilia. The county could probably more than recover the cost of destruction!

Marlins pound Hanson, Braves

ATLANTA — Florida led off a game with back-to-back homers for the first time in franchise history, Chris Volstad pitched eight strong innings and the Marlins romped to a 7-1 victory Friday night over the slumping Atlanta Braves.

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Hubert Hutchins

1934-2000 To us our daddy was our best friend. We can't believe it has been 10 years since cancer took him from us. He is truly missed by family & ...

David Denny

David M. Denny, age 62 of Woodstock, Georgia passed away Saturday, August 21, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Sarah Goss

Sarah N. Goss age 77 of Duluth, Ga died August 26, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Richard Hunter

Richard Parks Hunter, age 81 of Auburn, GA passed away August 25, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Estelle Coletto

Estelle Coletto, age 58 of Roswell, Georgia passed away Monday, August 23, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Phyllis Hamaway

Phyllis J. Hamaway, age 85 of Cumming, Georgia passed away Monday, August 23, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Mathilde Kellenberger

Mathilde Kellenberger, age 80 of Roswell, Georgia passed away Monday, August 23, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Marjorie Gibbs

Marjorie Ann Gibbs, age 79 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Bernadette Campbell Palermo

Bernadette Campbell Palermo, age 63, of Johns Creek, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at Embracing Hospice. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815 ...

Louise Kenney

Louise Kenney, 62, Ringgold, Ga., died Wednesday, August 25, 2010, in a local medical center from complications from a heart procedure. She had lived in Gwinnett County, Georgia, before moving ...

Thelma Blakey

Mrs. Thelma Blakey, age 90 of Winder, GA passed away August 25, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Betty Groseclose

Betty B. Groseclose, age 81 of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away Friday, August 22, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Mary Carlson

Mary Weaver Carlson, age 100 of Flowery Branch, Georgia passed away Monday, August 23, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Bill Hallowell, Jr.

Bill Hallowell, Jr., age 68 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Margaret Percevecz

Margaret Jo Percevecz, age 78 of Cumming, Georgia passed away Saturday, August 21, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Lois Jones

Lois Jones, age 86 of Lawrenceville passed away, Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday August 28, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

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