News for Wednesday, February 17, 2010


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Derald Roper

Mrs. Derald Ledlow Roper, age 91, of Auburn, GA passed away February 17, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Tim Moranor

Tim Moranor,55 of Lawrenceville passed away February 16, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Jaime Moranor, children Lauren Moranor and Brian Moranor. Tim was an ...

Richard Schoeck

Richard Kevin Schoeck, age 46 of Snellville passed away Monday, February 15, 2010. Born June 25, 1963 in Glen Ridge, NJ, Richard graduated from Auburn University with a degree in ...

No. 4 Mustangs rally in third

NORCROSS -- The Parkview boys led Meadowcreek by eight points in the second quarter Wednesday night. Then the Mustangs showed why they are the No. 4-ranked team in Class AAAAA.

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Parkview's Vann returns to defend state title

Julian Vann almost didn't compete in track and field last year. A soccer player since he was a little kid, Vann considered going out for the Parkview soccer team instead.

Top-seeded Panthers roll to win

NORCROSS -- It was a tale of two halves in the Region 8-AAAAA girls second round matchup between Parkview and Dacula at Meadowcreek High School.After coming out over-anxious to start the game, the Panthers settled things down and showed why they are the No. 1 seed with a convincing 61-29 win. With the victory, Parkview advances to the regional semifinals and have qualified for the state tournament.

Backcourt duo carries Broncos into semifinals

The Brookwood girls easily advance to the 8-AAAAA region semis with a convincing 77-45 victory over South Gwinnett on Wednesday.It was the Broncos backcourt duo of juniors Jazmine Jackson and Katie Mallow that led the way.

Black Knights secure state berth

NORCROSS -- The Central Gwinnett boys were the ones pulling the upsets the past three seasons. This time, the Black Knights were almost the victims."We gave it all we had," Grayson coach Brian Anderson said. "We put the fear in them."

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Bulldogs get hair-raising win

A miserable, turnover-plagued second quarter put the deal Tony Watkins gave to his North Gwinnett girls players in jeopardy for a second straight basketball season.

Prep Roundup: Bears ousted from 1st region tourney

JEFFERSON -- Host Jackson County made Mountain View's first trip to the Region 8-AAA playoffs a brief one, eliminating the Bears 53-27. Jade Manning led Mountain View (8-17) with seven points and Trinity Rogers contributed six rebounds.

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Dogs meet new inmate best friends

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In a dispiriting landscape of concrete and stainless steel, nothing livens up a cell block quite like a handful of playful dogs clamoring for attention and exercise.
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Delain sheds weight to be title contender

Three years ago, Thomas Delain wasn't sure if he would ever crack the Collins Hill wrestling team's starting lineup.

Little push sends Providence to state

LILBURN -- All Alan Skinner needed was a little push. The Providence junior center struggled in the first half against Greenforest, fumbling passes away, missing his driving layups. By halftime he had just four points, all from the free throw line, despite often finding the gaps in the Eagles' zone.

Hawks' Murdock steps down as coach

After building Mill Creek's fastpitch softball program into a state powerhouse, Kelly Murdock has moved on to a more important mission.Murdock resigned Wednesday morning as the Hawks' softball coach, deciding to change her career path to spend more time with her 7-month-old daughter. She also is stepping down from her full-time job as a Mill Creek teacher, switching to a part-time job at an elementary school instead.

HAMMOCK: Views from the pool

The Class AAAAA swimming finals typically begin at 1 p.m. on a Saturday, leaving me ample time to cover the multitude of happenings and state championships involving Gwinnett's high school swimmers.

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'He loves wrestling': Schaefer the go-to man for state tourney

When first-year school Mountain View was starting its wrestling program, head coach Jim Gassman knew who he could count on to start the booster program.

Nimley overcomes slow start to lead Eagles

DULUTH -- It took until the third quarter for Saah Nimley to get going in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament Wednesday night, but once he did, the Collins Hill guard made the difference many anticipated.

State berth redemption for North boys

HOSCHTON -- A basketball season that looked to be slipping away not too long ago has evolved into something special for the North Gwinnett boys.At one point, the Bulldogs were 7-9. After Wednesday night's 62-46 win over host Mill Creek in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament, they are state-tournament bound.

10 years dealt for woman in pimping plea

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross woman pleaded guilty this week to pimping a 15-year-old girl for money three years ago.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Homebuilder Bowen re-elected to DOT board

Leaders tapped a homebuilder to once again serve as the county's representative on the State Transportation Board.

Polar Plunge planned

BUFORD -- While the temperature is forecasted to rise ever-so-slightly by Saturday, Polar Plunge organizers are hoping to see as many people as possible "Freezin' for a Reason" at Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Water Park.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Locally owned business moves into The Avenue Webb Gin

SNELLVILLE -- A locally owned, whimsical children's clothier now calls The Avenue Webb Gin home.

Duluth, Suwanee given ARC awards

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett cities brought home two of five CREATE Community Awards announced by the Atlanta Regional Commission Wednesday.

State honors 13 high schools

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Thirteen high schools in Gwinnett County made the Georgia Department of Education's Advanced Placement Honor Schools list, officials announced Wednesday.

Engage Gwinnett committee talks transit

DULUTH -- Gwinnett's transit system isn't likely to face closure, members of the Engage Gwinnett study committee said Wednesday, offering suggestions to beef up the system instead of shut it down.

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Little Olympics: Preschoolers compete in various sporting events

SUGAR HILL -- Timothy Swindle donned skis Wednesday afternoon and prepared for his event.

Cops: 5 robbers caught in Tucker home invasion

TUCKER -- Police caught a robbing crew red-handed recently as they ransacked a Tucker home and beat its occupants with a shotgun, authorities said.

GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Senior Leadership accepting applications

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Senior Leadership is now accepting nominations and applications for its 2010-11 leadership class.

Crews to work on U.S. 78

SNELLVILLE -- Transportation crews plan to work today to finish repairs on U.S. Highway 78, damaged by a massive water leak last month.

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Students complained about prof.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Students said they signed a petition and complained to no avail about the classroom conduct of an Alabama professor accused of killing three colleagues and wounding three others in a shooting rampage at a faculty meeting.

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NATION IN BRIEF: 3 Tesla workers die when plane hits Calif. home

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. -- A small plane crashed Wednesday in a residential neighborhood shrouded in heavy fog, killing all three aboard, igniting fires and scattering debris onto a house where a children's day care center operated, authorities said.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Tiger to end months of silence Friday

MARANA, Ariz. -- Tiger Woods will end nearly three months of silence Friday when he speaks publicly for the first time since his middle-of-the-night car accident sparked stunning revelations of infidelity.

Police say imitation pot just as bad as the real thing

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- There may be nothing like the real thing, but some industrious marijuana users have seized on an obscure but easily accessible substance that mimics the drug's effects on the brain -- creating a popular trade in legal dope that has stymied law enforcement authorities.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Afghan Taliban relying on human shields

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- Taliban fighters holding out in Marjah are increasingly using civilians as human shields, firing from compounds where U.S. and Afghan forces can clearly see women and children on rooftops or in windows, Afghan and U.S. troops said Wednesday.

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Tiger Woods to hold news conference Friday

MARANA, Ariz. -- Tiger Woods will end nearly three months of silence Friday when he speaks to the media for the first time about his middle-of-the-night accident sparked shocking revelations about his infidelity.

PARKER: Uganda's moral fiber being ripped to shreds

In a time of constant calamity and crisis fatigue, proposed legislation in Uganda to execute gays passes through the American consciousness with the impact of a weather report.

Hawks' Murdock steps down as coach

After building Mill Creek's fastpitch softball program into a state powerhouse, Kelly Murdock has moved on to a more important mission.

DALY: Azaleas are worthy additions to the home landscape

The use of native plants is becoming more popular since they are better adapted to the growing conditions in our area than many plant hybrids are. Among the most beautiful and interesting ones are the native azaleas.

LETTERS: CHAA blessed by the life of 'Hutt'

Thanks for the great column on Tom Hutton ("A lasting tribute for a great role model," Feb. 10, Page 6A). I have been an assistant coach at the Collins Hill Athletic Association for more than eight years now, and as part of field prep duties I would use the field chalk to write "HUTT" behind home plate to honor his memory.

THOMAS: Appointment of Hussain raises red flag

President Barack Obama's appointment of Rashad Hussain, his deputy associate counsel, as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations, charged with safeguarding and protecting "the interests of the Muslim world," should be of serious concern to Congress and the American public — especially since Hussain, a devout Muslim, has a history of participating in events connected with the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Chicago Tribune, "the world's most influential Islamic fundamentalist group" whose goal is to create Muslim states throughout the world.