News for Saturday, December 4, 2010


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Mary Hindy

Mary V. Hindy, age 86, of Dacula, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Born in Ravenswood, WV, she moved to Central Florida in 1977. She was an avid ...

Smita Tanna

Smita Hasmukh Tanna, age 50 of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away December 3, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Lawrence Fannin

Lawrence Fannin age 80 of Grayson, GA passed away Saturday, December 4, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Grady Youngblood

Mr. Grady A. Youngblood, age 80, of Dahlonega, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2010. He was preceded in death by his sons, Jerry ...

Richard Shepherd

Mr. Richard Yhomas Shepherd age 75 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Friday December 3, 2010. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Ruth Kee

Ruth Thompson Kee, age 81, of Winder, GA passed away December 3, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Elene Morris

Elene Crisp Crowe Morris, age 91 of Loganville passed away Friday, December 3, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2PM Monday, December 6, 2010 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim ...

Tom Starnes

Tom Starnes age 63 of Snellville, passed away, Thursday, December 2, 2010. A graveside service will be held at 12 PM, Monday, December 6, 2010 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park ...

Julian Sellers

Julian R. Sellers, age 86, of Loganville, GA died December 3, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-466-1544

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Holiday kickoff: Weekend full of events to celebrate the season

LILBURN -- Hailey Wade, 7, wrote a to-do list for the Christmas season. She checked off one important item Saturday, as she and her twin sister Taylor watched the annual Lilburn Christmas Parade. Photo slide show inside

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Donations taken for victims of tornado

BUFORD -- Options exist for Gwinnettians looking to exercise a generous spirit for victims of the Buford tornado.

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Wesleyan takes down Alabama power

ATLANTA — The Wesleyan girls may have only one senior, but don’t be deceived.

Okla. mom pleads guilty to imprisoning 16-year-old son

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City woman charged with locking her teenage son in a closet and beating him has pleaded guilty to multiple child abuse and neglect charges and faces up to life in prison.

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Officials ask for detour input

LAWRENCEVILLE — Rebuilding one of Gwinnett’s busiest intersections could get in the way of a lot of drivers, so transportation officials are asking for public input on plans to detour traffic during the construction of the new interchange at Ga. Highway 316 at Ga. Highway 20.

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BRODER: Rangel's fall hard to watch


WORLD IN BRIEF: Iran says UN sending spies, not inspectors

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s intelligence minister accused the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency of sending spies in the guise of inspectors to collect information about Iran’s nuclear activities, state TV reported Saturday.

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O'REILY: Jimmy Carter has gone wild

There used to be a code among former presidents that you did not speak ill of other occupants of the White House. In the summer of 1998, President Gerald Ford told me that he would not comment on President Bill Clinton’s personal problems, saying only that he hoped ‘‘respect for the presidency would be restored soon.’’ A couple of weeks ago, George W. Bush also declined to speak about President Barack Obama, except to say that raising taxes on anyone right now would not be a good idea.

WikiLeaks loses revenue source

BERLIN — WikiLeaks has lost a major source of revenue after the online payment service provider PayPal cut off its account used to collect donations, saying the website is engaged in illegal activity.

Inmate crews help clean CID roads

NORCROSS — Inmates are working to clean up one of Gwinnett’s big business districts.

OUR VIEW: Remember those affected by tornado

Wednesday’s destruction in Buford served as a reminder of the sudden and random nature of Mother Nature. In a county that hadn’t had a confirmed tornado in more than a decade, it’s easy to take weather warnings with a grain of salt.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Suge' Knight arrested on outstanding warrant

LOS ANGELES — Authorities said rap mogul Marion ‘‘Suge’’ Knight was arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant as he left a restaurant near Universal Studios outside Los Angeles.

NATION IN BRIEF: Senate showdown may pave way for year-end tax deal

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans derailed legislation Saturday to extend expiring tax cuts at all but the highest income levels in a political showdown that paradoxically clears a path for a compromise with the White House on steps to boost the economy.

Findings from Lanier study to be discussed

BUFORD — The value of Lake Lanier will be discussed by the public Tuesday, when an economic impact study is released by the 1071 Coalition.

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.

Buford's Thomas, Eagle duo lead all-state softball honors

Buford’s Chelsie Thomas and the Collins Hill pair of Kayla Floor and Mckenzie Halstead took home top individual awards after voting for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-state fastpitch softball teams this week.

DOT plans bridge work on Ga. 324

BUFORD — The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled bridge beam setting over Interstate 85 South in Buford for this week, as part of the widening of Ga. Highway 324.

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Gwinnett's AAAAA title hopes ride solely on Broncos

The group went from three strong to one in a single night.

Lane closures continue on I-85

DULUTH — Lane closures will continue this week as the Interstate 85 Express Lanes project progresses in Gwinnett.

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Gwinnett County needs an enhanced airport

Thankfully, we are on the brink of a new day dawning in Gwinnett. We’ve been disgusted and embarrassed by the recent grand jury presentments, which revealed to us that our Board of Commissioners was in way over their heads. Some were also deep in the thick wavy-gravy ethics that voters should no longer allow. Self-serving acts by elected officials are not to be tolerated, ever.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Qualifying period for chair begins Monday

The candidate list for the special election for chairman will be decided this week.

Nonprofit seeks sponsors for homeless families

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett-based Impact Group is seeking community groups and sponsors to help bring cheer to homeless families during the holidays.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Martin wins local NFL competition

North Gwinnett 8-and-under quarterback J.R. Martin took first place at the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29.

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DeShields guides Devils to victory

ATLANTA — Norcross is still breaking in its new players, but the defending Class AAAAA girls champion has already beaten some of the state’s top teams.

Archer's Smith shines at Clody Memorial Invitational

STONE MOUNTAIN — Lexie Smith wonders how fast she’d be if she hadn’t slacked off those few years.