News for Saturday, February 20, 2010

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Donna Alexander

Ms. Donna Saine Alexander, age, 53 of Oakwood, GA; passed away Friday, February 18, 2010. Donna was preceded in death by her Mother, Jean Cooper Saine, Grandparents, G.C. & Euell ...

Lillie Hayes

Lillie Mae Hayes, age 94, of Hoschton, GA passed away February 19, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Grace Davis

Grace I. Davis, age 86, of Duluth, GA died February 20, 2010. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Bobby Dalton

Mr. Bobby Joe Dalton, age 80, of Winder, Georgia died February 20, 2010. A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, he was a son of the late George and ...

Edwin Howard

Edwin A. “Ed” Howard, age 81 of Snellville, GA passed away February 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Manuel Gomez

Manuel Gomez of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away at 12:50 A.M. on February 18, 2010, at Gwinnett Medical Center. He was 91 years of age and preceded in death by his ...

Justin John

Justin John, age 22, of Monroe, GA died February 19, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

John Golding, Sr.

Mr. John Golding, Sr., 77, died Friday, February 19, 2010, with his family by his side at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was born October 16, 1932 in ...

Helen Kapsch

Helen M. Kapsch, age 93, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away Friday February 19, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770 ...

Dusty Stephens

Dusty Wayne Stephens, age 12 of Snellville, GA passed away February 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Robbie Locke

Ms. Robbie Locke age 93 of Suwanee, GA formerly of Norman, OK. She had lived with her Daughter's family in Suwanee, for the last 11 years. She was preceded in ...

Suwanee to share findings from Buford Highway study

The city of Suwanee is hosting a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to share findings related to the Buford Highway Transportation Study.

Company to pay for residents' precious metals

Ohio Valley Gold and Silver Refinery will be paying cash in exchange for Gwinnett residents' precious metals this week. The company will host a five-day precious metals reclamation drive in Lawrenceville beginning Tuesday. Gwinnett residents are invited to bring in coins, gold, silver and jewelry, as well as paper money, antique toys, watches, war items and more. Company representatives will examine the items and then potentially offer a price on the spot, at which time guests can choose to sell or keep their items.

Diamonds in the Rough collects jeans for teens in Haiti and U.S.

Young leaders with Diamonds in the Rough expected their jeans drive for teens to be successful. They just had no idea their efforts would garner such an large outpouring of community support.

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LARSON: Gwinnett Masters Special Olympics sports fitness, fun

Not all that long ago there was nothing. Absolutely nothing. Sure, for decades Gwinnett County has had excellent services for children with special needs. People move here from all over the nation to avail themselves of our wonderful programs. But after graduation there is no county program to continue that good work.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Sweetwater MS WordMasters among nation's top 10

Some Gwinnett students from Sweetwater Middle recently placed among the nation's top competitors during the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Robert Andrews

Robert Andrews began his teaching career in 1973 in Jeff Davis County Schools in Hazlehurst. He worked in Gwinnett County from 1977 to 1981 as the band director at Dacula High and South Gwinnett High. He then served in Fayette County for 19 years as a music teacher before returning to Gwinnett County Public Schools as the director of fine arts. Under his leadership, the school system's fine arts program has flourished, and he was recently presented with an Administrative Leadership Award by the Georgia Music Educators Association.

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Local residents to serve on education advisory committees

Two Lawrenceville residents are serving on advisory committees that will help State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox make decisions about education in Georgia.

Gwinnett firefighters' fundraising efforts top in state

Economic doldrums couldn't thwart this campaign. The Gwinnett County Fire Department secured first-place honors for collecting the highest dollar amount during the 2009 Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation "Give Burns the Boot" drive.

Bethesda Park upgrades to be finished in time for spring

Bethesda's young athletes could soon see all new fields, thanks to the work of community boosters. This month, commissioners accepted a $30,681 donation from the Brookwood Athletic Association to go toward improvements to the seven youth baseball/softball fields at the Lawrenceville-area park.

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Fish and Wildlife chief dies after skiing

WASHINGTON -- The director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Sam Hamilton of Lawrenceville, died Saturday after suffering chest pains while skiing in Colorado. He was 54.

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Collins Hill cements claim as Georgia's best with three-peat

T.J. Mitchell got off the mat, tapped his chest and then raised three fingers above his head. The Collins Hill senior just pinned his way to a third individual state championship and helped the Eagles to their third straight traditional state title on Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
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WRESTLING NOTES: Wesleyan's Tolman, Rindik win state titles

All week Josh Tolman worked on a hip toss that Wesleyan coach Jeff Plunk wasn't sure he would use in the state tournament.

Hawks win title on buzzer-beater

Alicia Brookins teetered on the fine line between hero and goat Saturday night in the Region 7-AAAAA championship game.

Terps sting Tech with last-second 3-pointer

Cliff Tucker hit a desperation 3-pointer as time expired, and Maryland survived a scare from Georgia Tech in a 76-74 victory Saturday that kept the Terrapins unbeaten at home in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Thompkins turns it up at end to rally UGA past Tide

Wesleyan grad Trey Thompkins is showing the kind of leadership first-year Georgia coach Mark Fox needs from his leading scorer.

Buford girls get revenge in semis

NORCROSS -- After losing the regular season finale to Lovett last week, Buford and Andraya Carter came out with a chip on their shoulders for the rematch in Saturday's Region 6-AA tournament semifinal.

PREP ROUNDUP: Providence boys win 7-A championship

Ivan Iverson's first season as Providence Christian's boys basketball coach is going pretty well.

GAC boys, girls reach 6-AA finals

NORCROSS -- Saturday was good for both Greater Atlanta Christian basketball programs as they posted victories in the semifinals of the Region 6-AA tournament at GAC.

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Blue Devils topple Lions for title

Jeremy Lamb and Marty Johnson leaped high at midcourt, banging arms in celebration. They had plenty to be happy about.

Plagman, Jackets give Hall 900th win

ATLANTA -- Senior Tony Plagman went 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead the sixth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team to a commanding 20-3 win over Missouri State on Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Parkview's Cone hits for cycle in UGA loss

WACO, Texas -- Though Georgia's baseball team lost 9-5 to Duke Saturday at the Baylor Ballpark, it was a historic day for Georgia sophomore centerfielder Zach Cone.

Knight time

Like a distance runner in a marathon, Central Gwinnett's boys just wanted to keep Meadowcreek within sight in Saturday's Region 8-AAAAA championship game until they had a chance to make their finishing kick.

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Panthers prevail

Parkview girls basketball coach Mike McCoy considered beating Brookwood 75-57 for the Region 8-AAAAA tournament championship on Saturday at Meadowcreek tougher than winning a state playoff game.

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GOP contenders flood DC

WASHINGTON -- Republicans who may want President Barack Obama's job flocked to the town they love to hate this weekend and repeatedly ripped into the Democrat, an early tryout of sorts for the GOP nomination.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Family identifies victim of Texas plane crash

AUSTIN, Texas -- A longtime Internal Revenue Service employee died this week when a pilot harboring a grudge against the agency flew his plane into a building in Austin, Texas, his family said Saturday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Fighting rages as Karzai urges NATO restraint

MARJAH, Afghanistan -- U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers advanced through poppy fields of Marjah on Saturday under withering gunfire from Taliban fighters shooting from mudbrick homes and compounds where families huddled in terror.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Conan weighing worldwide tour

LOS ANGELES -- Conan O'Brien may be taking his act on the road and even overseas.O'Brien's exit deal with NBC barred the former ''Tonight'' host from TV appearances for several months. He is weighing a tour that would take him directly to his fans, according to a person familiar with the proposal.

Live from Washington! It's Obama health care drama

WASHINGTON -- Coming soon to daytime television: America's long-running civic drama over how to provide better health care to more of its people without breaking the bank.

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Cause for a splash: More than 150 people take plunge to benefit the Special Olympics

LAKE LANIER -- Nik Nemeth was freezing on Saturday afternoon -- but for a good reason.
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School panels on rise

SUWANEE -- The number of school rule violations that resulted in disciplinary panels in the second quarter of the year increased compared to the same time last year, an administrator said.

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PERDUE: Give teachers the power to earn what they're worth

Last month, I proposed a new plan that will transform the way we compensate K-12 teachers and leaders in our state. It will put them on the same playing field as our state's top coaches who are rewarded for consistently winning games.

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Celebrating 100 years: Scouts honor anniversary by planting trees in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- When James Stephens passes by Snellville City Hall, he'll be able to point out the American elm tree he helped plant.Photo slide show inside

Winter weather puts strain on roads

This winter has been the roughest on Gwinnett County roads in years, officials said.

Police investigate man's death

The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of a Snellville man who was shot to death on Valentine's Day in Belton Bridge Park in northern Hall County.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Marin acknowledges Black History Month's impact

As a minority in America, state Rep. Pedro Marin understands the goal of Black History Month.

PARKER: Rubio the GOP's next rising star

Mar-co, Mar-co, Mar-co.

IN BRIEF: Buford brush fire scorches 100 acres

Buford brush fire scorches 100 acres

BRODER: For our nation's governors, there are no easy choices

As the nation's governors gather in Washington for their annual winter meeting, the states they lead are facing what one knowledgeable authority calls "a lost decade" of stagnant or declining revenues and budget crises.

OUR VIEW: G-Braves hit a homer with Coolray Field

It's a good name, and not just for the Daily Post's headline writers. Coolray Field has a nice ring to it, and for the Gwinnett Braves and the county so do the financial numbers it represents.

O'REILLY: Obama can learn from Arnold's plight

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will leave office in less than a year. But unlike The Terminator, he will not be back.

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.

Police investigate man's death

SNELLVILLE — The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of a Snellville man who was shot to death on Valentine's Day in Belton Bridge Park in northern Hall County.

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