News for Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Jessie Sapp

Mrs. Jessie Merl Sapp, age 79 of Monroe, GA, passed away February 18, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

James Sapp

James E. Sapp, 78, of Lawrenceville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 17, 2010. He was born April 9, 1931 in Newark, Ohio. He served in the ...

Nancy Mcclure

Nancy Hawn McClure, age 83, of Norcross, GA, passed away February 17, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

David Harrison

David W. Harrison, age 63 of Lilburn, GA passed away February 16, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patricia Harrison; daughter, Pamela Crowe Urdaneta; son, Kevin ...

Bunny Homicker

Bunny Dolph Homicker, age 79, of LaGrange, GA died Thursday, February 11, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Horace Orr

Horace Monroe Orr, age 81 of Buford, GA passed away February 18, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Ida Williams

Ida Evans Stephens Williams, age 92, of Lawrenceville, GA, died February 16, 2010. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and William Warnock of Loganville, Kate and ...

Hugh Mccullough

Hugh Carter McCullough, 81, passed away on February 14 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Detroit, MI on 9/2/28 and was the son of Henry Carter McCullough and ...

Bobby Pace

Bobby Pace, age 70, of Alto, GA died Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Dorothea Mcmillan

Dorothea Alene McMillan, age 91 of Snellville, GA passed away February 14, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Wynell Hammett

Wynell Hammett, age 97, of Clovis, CA passed away Wednesday February 17, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

John Whittier

John Kerry Whittier, age 60, of Smyrna, GA died Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Dolly Lewis

Dolly Lewis age 65 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on February 15, 2010. She is survived by husband, Russell Lewis and stepdaughter, Paige Lewis of Lawrenceville, GA, sister and brother ...

Marta Pruner

Marta Pruner, age 90, of Woodstock, GA died Saturday, February 13, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

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OUT IN THE CROWD: Local theaters offer music and mystery

Need a vacation? The destination is the Pump Boys Gas Station and the Double Cupp Diner somewhere along Highway 57 between Frog Level and Smyrna, N.C., where pump boys and waitresses will take audiences on a musical journey with a foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Shutter Island' no Oscar contender but still fun to watch

For his first live-action outing since winning his long-overdue Oscar for "The Departed," director Martin Scorsese taps his encyclopedic knowledge of movie history and crafts a mishmash genre flick that practically defies categorization.

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LOCAL EVENT: Tannery Row Artist Colony celebrates 6th anniversary with exhibition

Six black crows set against a night sky. A six of hearts playing card. Half a dozen bumblebees buzzing around bright blooms of sunflowers. A No. 6 paintbrush held by a caricature of Alice from "Alice in Wonderland." Six splotches of pink set atop a colorful background.

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ART BEAT: Dance education starts early with new kid's book

"Dear Baby, Let's Dance!" is a new children's book with a joyous message for little ones: Dancing is fun. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the book's author, Carol Casey, will be at Barnes and Noble's Norcross location to sign books. She will also encourage parents to take the book's charming idea and put it to work in their own homes.

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REVIEW: Big Apple an up close and personal experience

As I walked into the Big Apple Circus tent last weekend, I wasn't sure what to expect.I figured my two young children, 6-year-old Bryn and 4-year-old Dylan, would have a blast. But I had never been to a smaller-scale, single-ring circus, only the giant Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey spectacle in the Atlanta arenas. Deep down I wondered what all the fuss was about with the Big Apple's clown, Bello. Not that I've heard of many famous clowns, but could this guy really be much different from others I've seen?

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Blood' a Southern drama that is missing feeling

Low-budget independent films have enough of an uphill battle trying to attract audiences. The last thing one of them needs is a title that is not only grammatically incorrect, but also suggests it's a B-horror movie.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'White Ribbon' a visually stunning thriller

Unless art-house titles are the only movies you ever watch, you have no need (and likely no desire) to know anything about German filmmaker Michael Haneke (pronounced "Hanukkah," like the holiday) or his movies. Perhaps more so than any other living director of importance, Haneke makes the kind of obtuse, egghead films mainstream audiences avoid at all costs -- and for good reason.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Creation' an engrossing look at Charles Darwin's quest

Giving a movie about Charles Darwin the title "Creation" is a supreme example of artistic irony (or twisted humor) and the first indicator that this film is going to take a lot of chances.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: GoodFellas 20th Anniversary Edition 2-disc Blu-ray (R)

Based on the Nicholas Pileggi book "Wise Guy," "GoodFellas" marked director Martin Scorsese's career high point and might be the greatest mob movie of all-time. Relatable to the common man in a way "The Godfather" trilogy was not, Scorsese's scorching epic covering the career of mid-level hood-turned-informant Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is an acting, storytelling and technical masterpiece. Most of the extras have been released on previous DVD editions, but the beefy, revamped soundtrack makes the Blu-ray a must-own for all die-hards and techno geeks.

Schools plan more furlough days

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools employees won't have to take any more furlough days this academic year, but three unpaid days off have been included in next year's school calendar.

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Big Apple Circus holds special show for children with sensory disabilities

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Mikey Watkins and his mother, Leslie Watkins, both watched in awe, their mouths agape, as daredevil clown Bello Nock performed jaw-dropping stunts on a giant, spinning, steel "Wheel of Wonder."
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Bond gets lowered for alleged TV hitter

LAWRENCEVILLE -- So advanced is Westley Strellis' math and engineering acumen, he was employed by a repair shop to troubleshoot electronic schematics on BMWs and Mercedes Benzes when he was 15 years old, his father testified Thursday.
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Water war

ATLANTA -- Reclassification has all but eliminated head-to-head matchups between longtime rivals Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan.That's not the case in swimming and the two Norcross private schools had one of their closest, most intense battles in any sport Thursday night at Westminster.
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Rams' White there when needed

Grayson's girls were able to hang in their Region 8-AAAAA first-round game against Central Gwinnett with leading scorer Taren White on the bench throughout most of the first half.

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The brightest STARs: Top students honored

DULUTH -- Tom Hui didn't expect to be named Gwinnett County's 2010 STAR student.
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Patriots edge Shiloh on buzzer-beater

With points difficult to come by in Thursday's Region 8-AAAAA girls tournament game between Berkmar and Shiloh, it seemed appropriate that it would be decided by someone who had not yet made it into the scorebook.

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Generals sneak by Dacula

NORCROSS -- After exiting the Region 8-AAAAA tournament in the first round last year, Shiloh's boys extended their season by at least three more games with a 61-56 win over Dacula in the quarterfinals of this year's region tournament Thursday night at Meadowcreek.

Berkmar rallies from 13 back past South

Berkmar's Yonel Brown scored 23 points while teammate Brandon Thompson added 20 more as the Patriots stunned third-seeded South Gwinnett 73-71 in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAAA tournament Thursday at Meadowcreek.

Eagles' Hertica pulls shocker at state

DULUTH -- For the last three years, Collins Hill's Jamie Hertica wrestled on the junior varsity. He was behind three-time state champion Taylor Knapp and knew he would have only one chance to crack the starting lineup.

Norcross grad Meeks part of wild NBA trade deadline

Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond wanted to add another scoring threat to take some of the pressure off rookie Brandon Jennings, even if it meant helping a division rival clear salary cap space to go shopping in free agency this summer.

PREP ROUNDUP: Stars stay unbeaten with sweep of Berkmar

The Providence Christian girls tennis team improved to 3-0 with a 5-0 win against Berkmar on Thursday.

Buford man enters race for Kenerly's seat

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Buford man has become the latest to enter this year's popular election season.

Opinions split on service, tax debate

LAWRENCEVILLE -- As a group of residents huddled in a Duluth church Thursday, they all seemed to agree -- they are willing to pay taxes to keep their homes from burning down.

GAC girls no match for Cross Keys

The Greater Atlanta Christian girls tried to hold down the score, just like they had in the two regular-season games with Cross Keys.

Youthful Wolves' season ends

When the Buford boys jumped to a 9-0 lead, it looked like the Wolves might be headed back to the state tournament. Westminster, though, had other ideas.

Indictments handed down for murder

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville woman accused of killing an infant she was baby-sitting was indicted on murder charges Thursday.

Hearing for victim's husband continued

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A probable cause hearing scheduled Thursday for accused murderer Phillip Dunn conflicted with his wife's funeral, and thus was pushed back.

Berkeley Lake mayor gives state of city

BERKELEY LAKE -- Mayor Lois Salter summed up for residents her view of the past year's challenges and accomplishments Thursday in her annual state of the city address.

Fire injuries send man to hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County fire investigators are looking into what caused a fire Thursday afternoon that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Getting to Know ... Bob Perryman

Bob Perryman is the head boys basketball and track coach at Mountain View. The longtime Atlanta-area resident has coached at Columbia, Dunwoody high schools and Osborne Junior High.In this installment of "Getting to Know..." staff writer Ben Beitzel talks with Perryman about returning to high school coaching, sustaining success at the high school level and starting a new tradition in Gwinnett County.

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Official: Plane crash pilot left anti-tax Web note

AUSTIN, Texas -- A software engineer furious with the Internal Revenue Service plowed his small plane into an office building housing nearly 200 federal tax employees on Thursday, officials said, setting off a raging fire that sent workers fleeing as thick plumes of black smoke poured into the air.

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Olympics tops 'American Idol' in ratings

NEW YORK -- Shani Davis, Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White are the true American Idols.

Hearing for victim's husband continued

LAWRENCEVILLE — A probable cause hearing scheduled Thursday for accused murderer Phillip Dunn conflicted with his wife's funeral, and thus was pushed back.

Buford man enters race for Kenerly's seat

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Buford man has become the latest to enter this year's popular election season.

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Eagles' Hertica pulls shocker at state

DULUTH — For the last three years, Collins Hill's Jamie Hertica wrestled on the junior varsity. He was behind three-time state champion Taylor Knapp and knew he would have only one chance to crack the starting lineup.

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Youthful Wolves' season ends

NORCROSS — When the Buford boys jumped to a 9-0 lead, it looked like the Wolves might be headed back to the state tournament.

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Gladiators see light in dark season

DULUTH — Gwinnett Gladiators head coach occasionally refers to the light at the end of the tunnel.

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McCULLOUGH: A new presidential retreat

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama and a group of students made a phone call to the International Space Station to talk to astronauts.

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BRODER: The straw that broke Bayh's Senate term

The last time Sen. Evan Bayh was the subject of this column was back in October, when he organized a letter from 10 moderate Democrats informing Majority Leader Harry Reid that they would oppose any increase in the statutory debt ceiling unless it was accompanied by a serious move to rein in the national debt.

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Rams' White there when needed

NORCROSS — Grayson's girls were able to hang in their Region 8-AAAAA first-round game against Central Gwinnett with leading scorer Taren White on the bench throughout most of the first half.

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