News for Friday, February 26, 2010

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Jimmie Simmons

In loving memory of Jimmie “Bobcat” Simmons who God took home on February 27, 2009. You never said "I'm leaving" You never said "Goodbye" You were gone before ...

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Virgil Sorrell

147;BUSTER” Virgil R. “Buster” Sorrell, age 65 of Monroe, formerly of Decatur, entered into rest on February 26, 2010. He is survived by his devoted wife ...

John Brindle

John Martin Brindle, age 67, of Loganville, GA, died February 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Sherman Pruett

Mr. Sherman Clyde Pruett, age 69 of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Marie Gilliland

Marie Gilliland, age 74, of Jackson, GA passed away February 25, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Audrey Martin

Mrs. Aubrey A. Martin, age 77 of Athens, GA, who passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Catherine Veal

Catherine A. Veal, age 81, of Suwanee, GA, passed away February 25, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Betty Bagley

Mrs. Betty Joyce Maddox Bagley, age 76 of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Wynelle Hammett

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

John Webb

John William “Billy” Webb, 74, of Dacula, died February 26, 2010. John worked for Genesco where he was an instructor and employed for over 16 years. He worked ...

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Surprise hero

NORCROSS -- Like almost everyone else in the rocking and nearly-packed House of Blue, Malcolm McDonald thought that Jeremy Lamb would get the ball as the seconds ticked down in overtime."I'm sure that Centennial was keying on him," the Norcross senior said. "You expect he'll be the one to get the last shot."

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Central speeds past taller Harrison

LAWRENCEVILLE -- At least on Friday, speed and timely shooting trumped an advantage in height, as undersized Central Gwinnett dispatched Harrison 63-54 at home in its first game of the Class AAAAA state boys basketball tournament.

Wheeler outs Lions

SUWANEE -- For the second year in a row Wheeler's boys put an end to Peachtree Ridge's season, bumping the Lions from the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs 84-67 Friday night at Peachtree Ridge.

North seconds away from win

SMYRNA -- Just 2.3 seconds. Despite having to claw back from a near game-long deficit, that's all that stood between North Gwinnett's boys and an upset of Campbell in the first round of the Class AAAAA state tournament.

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GAC blows out Temple in first round

The full-court pressure was unfair. By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the Greater Atlanta Christian boys were on a pace to score 148 points. They had forced 15 Temple turnovers, quickly asserting their dominance in the first round of the Class AA state basketball playoffs.

Providence keeps eyes forward after big win

LILBURN -- The Providence Stars might be a newcomer to the Class A boys state basketball tournament, but they're talking like veterans.After a 64-36 drubbing of Darlington in the team's first home state playoff game Friday, the Stars were business-like afterward and focused primarily on what needed to be cleaned up before the second round.

Wesleyan rallys past Gordon Lee

Chickamauga -- Griffin Schamp showed up just in time. With Wesleyan trailing most of its first-round state playoff game against Gordon Lee, the senior sparked a 22-5 fourth-quarter run to push the Wolves to a 67-58 win.

Mustangs awaken in time

The Meadowcreek boys nearly got a rude awakening Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Mustangs played less-than-inspired basketball for three quarters, but woke up in time to survive a scare from Etowah with a 55-50 overtime victory at Meadowcreek.

Moye's game not enough for Shiloh

Senior guard Corbyn Moye had a huge game, but it wasn't enough as the Shiloh boys basketball team lost 76-59 to Marietta on Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

Collins Hill comes up short at Milton

Collins Hill had a tall order with Milton in the opening round of the state boys basketball playoffs, but the Eagles scratched and clawed until the end Friday night.

No. 22 Georgia Tech edges Tar Heels

A career night by Alex Montgomery helped No. 22 Georgia Tech take another step toward a historic season.

Nowitzki, Mavericks beat Hawks in OT

Jason Kidd needed to take control. Hawks coach Mike Woodson gave him a perfect opportunity.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hoover's goal lifts Eagles to OT win

Lauren Hoover scored the only goal of the game, and was assisted by Margret Bruemmer as Collins Hill defeated Grayson 1-0 in overtime on Friday.

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Fundraiser to benefit Gastric Cancer Fund

On Feb. 18, along with her family, Jennifer Hill would've celebrated her 33rd birthday.

School donates books to Meadowcreek Elementary

This month, families at Riverside Elementary School collected more than 3,600 books for Meadowcreek Elementary.

Officials rule overnight car fire arson

Somebody sent an abandoned SUV up in smoke in the wee hours of Friday morning near a vacant Stone Mountain grocer, officials said.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Candidates name supporters as primary elections near

The campaign teams are shaping up for two local men running for office.

Sweep: Half of sex offenders obeying rules

A nighttime sex-offender sweep that blanketed Gwinnett verified about half of the county's registered offenders are obeying restrictions imposed on them by judicial systems.

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Royal chance: Former Gladiators, G-Braves mascot heads to Kansas City

He can't talk. He can't use facial expressions to convey his thoughts. Not in a giant fuzzy mascot costume.

Board to mull new trash plan

More than a year after a controversial solid waste plan was disposed of in a Gwinnett County court, commissioners will consider a new trash hauling ordinance.

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66 firefighters get promoted at ceremony

On Sept. 19, Fire Chief Bill Myers said, 1,400 years of experience walked out the door by way of retirements.

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Wash. teacher killed at school

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man apparently infatuated with a special-education teacher shot and killed her as she walked into her elementary school Friday, shortly before students began arriving.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Gary Coleman suffers seizure on set of show

LOS ANGELES -- Gary Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of ''The Insider'' and received immediate treatment from Dr. Drew Pinsky, who happened to be on set as well.

Police, Penn St. target St. Patty's Day lookalike celebration

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Bars served green beer. Stores sold green shirts and party hats. Revelers took to the streets at dawn.

WORLD IN BRIEF: UN to ponder removing Iraqi sanctions

UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq picked up momentum Friday in its bid to remove the U.N. trade sanctions that have been hampering its economy for nearly two decades in punishment for Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

Travis out as Buford's boys hoops coach

Buford isn't frequently in the market for a head boys basketball coach, but that's the case this offseason.The high school needs a replacement for Milt Travis, who led the program for the past eight seasons. He succeeded Gerald Arnold as the boys coach and Arnold coached the team from 1991-2002.

Eagles look within for new coach

Josh Stephen knows he has big shoes to fill, but it's a challenge he's willing to accept.The Collins Hill assistant wrestling coach was promoted to head coach Friday, taking over for legendary coach Cliff Ramos.

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Gwinnett grads: Locals get UGA softball off to hot start

Georgia's fastpitch softball team dominated its competition in last weekend's Red & Black Showcase, getting plenty of help from the former Gwinnett stars on the roster.The Bulldogs (8-1) went 5-0 in the tournament, clinching the title with a Sunday victory over Winthrop. They also beat Virginia Tech, Bowling Green and Western Carolina in the event.

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Hometown Music: Everett Bros. Music Barn celebrates 40 years as Suwanee fixture, bluegrass venue

SUWANEE -- Roger Everett stands inside the Everett Brothers Music Barn pointing out photos, many autographed, of famous bands that have played at the Suwanee bluegrass venue throughout its 40-year history.
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City gears up for car show

HOSCHTON -- Whether you're a car enthusiast, just want to get out of the house and have a little fun or help cure cancer, the third annual Mill Creek Car Show has something for you.

Libraries join in Read Across America Day

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Forty-five million children and adults are expected to pick up a book Tuesday to celebrate the birthday of late children's author Dr. Seuss.

MCLEOD: Selling isn't always icky, it's the people that do it badly

Bring up the topic of sales, and you'll likely get eye rolls from people who believe that "selling" is all about high-pressure tactics, telemarketing calls during dinner time, pushy, plaid-jacketed liars and smooth-talking, slick-haired hucksters peddling snake oil out of their trunks.

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RICH: Never ask a single woman, 'Why aren't you married?'

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend.

Lilburn to host business expo

LILBURN -- Students, teachers and business leaders are working together to showcase the community in the second Greater Lilburn Business Expo.

Auburn prepares for encore yard sale series

AUBURN -- Yard-sale enthusiasts, mount up.

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GWINNETT GAB: Lawrenceville resident named Helping Hero

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville resident Calvin Jones was recently named the winner of Holtkamp Heating & Air Conditioning's annual Helping Heroes program.

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Community Connection: Paula Martin

Paula Martin spent years as the spokeswoman for Gwinnett Medical Center.

JENKINS: A public school kid, and darn proud of it

Recently, my dad showed me an angry e-mail from a private school parent.

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New Sugar Hill park opening

SUGAR HILL -- The grand opening of Gary Pirkle Park has been scheduled for 11 a.m. March 13.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOL: Creme de la Creme celebrates International Week

Students at Creme de la Creme-Sugarloaf recently grabbed their passports and took a trip around the world.

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LARSON: Chopin Society strikes chord with community

It all began in 1999, the 150th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's death. Dorota Lato, a pianist and music educator from Johns Creek, wanted to do something special to celebrate the life of this man and his music.

Moye's game not enough for Shiloh

MARIETTA — Senior guard Corbyn Moye had a huge game, but it wasn't enough as the Shiloh boys basketball team lost 76-59 to Marietta on Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

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RICH: Never ask a single woman, 'Why aren't you married?'

It was one of those crowded events a while back that I didn't want to attend. But courtesy and obligation dictated that I put my wants aside and be a big girl about it all. So I put on a pretty dress, a gorgeous pair of high heels and plunged in.

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Wilson — Kight

Mr. and Mrs. Brett Wilson of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Brooke Wilson of Lawrenceville, to Matthew Dean Kight of Thomaston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kight of Sylvester.

MCLEOD: Selling isn't always icky, it's the people that do it badly

Bring up the topic of sales, and you'll likely get eye rolls from people who believe that "selling" is all about high-pressure tactics, telemarketing calls during dinner time, pushy, plaid-jacketed liars and smooth-talking, slick-haired hucksters peddling snake oil out of their trunks.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hoover's goal lifts Eagles to OT win

SUWANEE — Lauren Hoover scored the only goal of the game, and was assisted by Margret Bruemmer as Collins Hill defeated Grayson 1-0 in overtime on Friday.

Travis out as Buford's boys hoops coach

Buford isn't frequently in the market for a head boys basketball coach, but that's the case this offseason.

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YARBROUGH: Setting record straight on a not-so-straight interview

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Charles Ector, of Gainesville. I had been told he was a former Tuskegee Airman. He was portrayed as a World War II fighter pilot who came back home from Europe to join the vaunted fighters that had to deal with enemies abroad and racial prejudice at home. When we met, I asked him about his experiences. He said, "I don't want to talk about it."

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HUCKABY: Everybody has a story worth telling

I have said many times that one of the best things about writing a newspaper column is all of the letters and e-mails I get from my readers — plus the occasional phone call. And I have said many times that one of the worst things about writing a newspaper column is all of the letters and e-mails I get from my readers — plus the occasional phone call.

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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Gladiators can't catch up to Wings

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo scored first and the Gwinnett Gladiators never caught back up, missing out on two more important points in a 4-3 loss Friday.

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Sailors — Rowe

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip W. Sailors of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Cara Leigh Sailors of Lilburn, to Jason Rowe of Charleston, S.C., son of Ernie Rowe of Hemmingway, S.C.

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Pratt — Bowers

Becky Pratt of Gainesville announces the engagement of her daughter, Nicole Elizabeth Pratt of Buford, to Daniel Anthony Bowers of Buford, son of Randy and Suzie Bowers of Sugar Hill.

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