News for Saturday, February 13, 2010

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John Mccoy

Mr. John H. McCoy, age 76, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, February 12, 2010. He is survived by: significant other of twenty-seven years, Shirley Case, Buford, GA ...

Thomas Dowd

Mr. Thomas Earl Dowd of Auburn, GA passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Elizabeth Welchel

Funeral Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Welchel of Buford, GA will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, February 15, 2010 at Poplar Hill Baptist Church 234 Shadburn Ave. Buford, Ga. Reverend ...

MURPHY: Tennis center gets shot to show what it's worth

It was 1996 when Andre Agassi won gold at center court of the Stone Mountain Tennis Center. A lot has changed at the Olympic venue since.It's odd that the multimillion-dollar facility that welcomed the world a mere 14 years ago now has people wondering if it is worth saving.

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Run the Reagan: Dashing through the snow

A colony of snowmen watched Gwinnett's trophy road race slosh by Saturday, stoic spectators on a worst-case-scenario morning. Luckily for leaders of Run the Reagan's 15th incarnation, about 2,500 runners with intestinal fortitude -- and spandex by the mile -- joined them.
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Teammate Time

DULUTH -- When she started eighth grade, Lindsay Adams also started a new team at Greater Atlanta Christian.She was the sole and founding member of the GAC junior varsity golf team. She traveled with the varsity team all the way to the state tournament. Her scores were competitive, but her age kept her off the course.

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Award honors father

Mike Schelke recently surprised his wife, an assistant professor at Georgia Gwinnett College, with a unique gift -- a scholarship in memory of her father. "I wanted to honor Jessica's father because he was the embodiment of the entire story of the Damian family," Schelke said. "I wanted to recognize what he had to do to build a better life for his family."

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Caution urged on icy roads

By 5 p.m. Saturday, the Georgia Department of Transportation was reining in its fleet of dump trucks after 28 straight hours of work, officials said. That doesn't mean drivers should throw caution to the wind.

Prep roundup: Weather doesn't slow Stars' boys

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Barbershop chorus spreads love for Valentine's Day

William "Hutch" Wyman planned to spend Valentine's Day serenading other people's sweethearts. As one-fourth of a barbershop quartet, the Dacula resident spent Friday delivering Singing Valentines to recipients in and around Gwinnett County.

BISHER: Notes in passing from Super Bowl

Just a few things that popped across my screen, or into my mind: (once upon a time, I labeled them "For What It's Worth"):

Kitchen fire displaces five

A fire that originated in the kitchen of a Lawrenceville home displaced five people Saturday afternoon, including three children, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the two-story home in the 1700 block of Eric Circle about 2:30 p.m.

Barrow narrows superintendent search to 4 finalists

Four school administrators have been named finalists in Barrow County Schools' superintendent search. The finalists are Marcia Clanton, Savannah-Chatham County's executive director of high schools; Wanda Creel, Houston County's assistant superintendent for teaching and learning; Thomas Van Soelen, Decatur City Schools' associate superintendent; and Eli Welch, principal of Westside Middle School in Barrow County.

Three Gwinnett science teachers earn state, national honors

Three Gwinnett County science teachers have earned accolades from state and national organizations. Robert Chase of Twin Rivers Middle School received the Maitland P. Simmons Award for Outstanding New Science Teacher from the National Science Teachers Association. Additionally, Joey Nunn of Twin Rivers Middle was named the 2010 Georgia Middle School Science Teacher of the Year and Joe Cox of Brookwood High was named the 2010 Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Science Teachers Association.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: A Valentine's Day message from the Bannisters

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, my co-worker Deanna Allen set out this week to interview couples about what it takes to have a successful marriage. She cornered Chairman Charles Bannister and his wife Glenda after Wednesday's State of the County address, but unfortunately there wasn't room on our Community page for their answers.

MURPHY: Education sea change on the way?

During the recent National School Boards Association conference in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed what could be a possible sea change in education reform resulting from revision of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

McCARGO, LEVENGOOD: You can help Engage Gwinnett make right choices

Engage Gwinnett is a citizen-led volunteer committee asked to study county government and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners about desired services, service levels and how to pay for those services in the future.

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Waves send surf fans to hospital

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- Despite big wave warnings, two walls of water caught dozens of spectators off-guard and knocked them to a rocky beach as they watched a Northern California surfing contest Saturday, leaving some with broken bones but sparing them from being pulled into the ocean.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Chief: Ala. prof held in 3 killings shot Mass. kin

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The professor accused of killing three colleagues during a faculty meeting was a Harvard-educated neurobiologist, inventor and mother whose life had been marred by a violent episode in her distant past.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Madonna to appear on 'Marriage Ref'

NEW YORK -- Maybe she will have advice on what not to do in a marriage.Madonna, who's been divorced twice, is going to be on ''The Marriage Ref.''

Toy makers' crystal ball: High-tech cheap and in demand

NEW YORK -- If the Zhu Zhu Pets taught a lesson, it's that a bit of technology and a low price tag can go a long way. Toy makers are taking that experience to heart.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Rivals of Iraqi PM forced to halt campaign

BAGHDAD -- A political coalition led by one of the Iraqi prime minister's fiercest critics temporarily halted its campaign Saturday for next month's parliamentary elections after a number of its candidates were barred from running.

MURPHY: Tennis center gets shot to show what it's worth

It was 1996 when Andre Agassi won gold at center court of the Stone Mountain Tennis Center. A lot has changed at the Olympic venue since.

Barbershop chorus spreads love for Valentine's Day

LAWRENCEVILLE — William "Hutch" Wyman planned to spend Valentine's Day serenading other people's sweethearts.

O'REILLY: My special Valentine

My special Valentine this year is a beautiful 10-year-old girl named Madeline. She is a typical American kid, confronted by a world vastly different from the one in which her parents grew up.

OUR VIEW: Public input a key to good government

During his State of the County address this week, Chairman Charles Bannister said he was taking a "deliberately positive" tone. That's understandable after a rough 2009 that saw the county go through tough economic times, budget cuts and public uproar over tax proposals. It was such a rough year that Bannister gave a second address in September to talk about those issues.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Madonna to appear on 'Marriage Ref'

NEW YORK — Maybe she will have advice on what not to do in a marriage.

Prep roundup: Weather doesn't slow Stars' boys

LILBURN — Three Stars scored in double figures as the Providence boys edged St. Francis 45-44 in basketball Saturday.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: A Valentine's Day message from the Bannisters

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, my co-worker Deanna Allen set out this week to interview couples about what it takes to have a successful marriage.

Gladiators hang on

DULUTH — Short-handed and smarting from a painful defeat to Charlotte a night earlier, the Gwinnett Gladiators put together a stingy 60 minutes to avenge the loss.

Road closures

• Arcado Road from Cedar Road to Arcadia Industrial Circle will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through June 2011 for roadway improvements and bridge replacement.

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