News for Wednesday, February 3, 2010


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Thomas Nash

THOMAS NASH 1920 - 2010 H. Thomas Nash, Gwinnett County native passed away on Tuesday, February 02, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Willie and ...

Bobby Weatherford

Bobby Weatherford, age 62 of Winder, GA, passed away February 1, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Deborah Russell

Deborah June Russell, age 37, of Alpharetta, GA died January 28, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Alwida Carroll

Alwida Jean Carroll, age 80, of Gainesville, GA died Monday, February 1, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Gertrude Breslin

Gertrude Agnes Breslin, age 87 of St. Mountain, GA passed away January 31, 2010. Celebration of the Life of Gertrude Breslin will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary of the ...

Marlin Mcneal

Marlin C. McNeal, age 88, of Pendergrass, GA passed away February 1, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Penny Leonhard

Penny Lee Leonhard, age 58, of Loganville, GA, died February 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Georgia Candler

Georgia Candler, age 87 of Lilburn, GA passed away February 2, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

BOC takes revenue plan to legislators

Concerns from Gwinnett cities could hamper a county initiative to change state law to collect a penny sales tax and roll back property taxes for half of the revenues. Gwinnett commissioners are seeking the change from the current local option sales tax law, which currently requires property taxes to be rolled back for all of the revenues a sales tax would bring in.

College facing more cuts

Gwinnett legislators are rallying to save Georgia Gwinnett College from severe budget cuts. Faced with a funding crisis, the college faces the possibility of cuts to a special funding initiative discussed in the higher education appropriations subcommittee, said Rep. Mike Coan, R-Lawrenceville, who urged local lawmakers to sign a letter to the subcommittee chairman Wednesday.

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Bus crash toxicology tests back

Toxicology test results show the driver accused of triggering a December interstate bus crash that injured 14 was drunk at the time, police said Wednesday.

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Falcons help celebrate women, girls in sports

Kendyl Baugh Moss has celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day since she was in college. On Wednesday, Moss, along with some Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders and Georgia State University athletes, helped a new generation of girls observe the day.

FIRE BRIEFS: Gas leak shuts down road

A gas leak on Wednesday temporarily closed down Buford Highway between Simpson Circle and Payne Road, officials said.

Small Snellville fires ruled arson

Gwinnett County fire investigators are calling several small fires in the Centerville North subdivision acts of arson. The fires, set on Newcastle Way, involved mainly ground cover materials such as grass and leaves, according to Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

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Gwinnett has 67 players ink on national signing day

For the last three years Joseph Champaign has been known to make big plays. The Grayson defensive lineman made his latest move right before National Signing Day.
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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heckman returns from deployment in Iraq

Former congressional candidate Doug Heckman earned his third Bronze Star. Heckman, a Democrat who challenged U.S. Rep. John Linder in the 2008 election, recently returned to Norcross after a deployment in Iraq.

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Tech ups its profile in Gwinnett with signing of Green, Perkins

Geographically speaking, Gwinnett County is almost perfectly equidistant from Georgia Tech's midtown Atlanta campus and the University of Georgia's campus in Athens.

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Police: 'Skimming' gang bilked restaurant patrons

A months-long investigation by Gwinnett police has led to the arrests of six people who stole credit card information from patrons at a fast-food eatery to later bilk their bank accounts, police said Wednesday.

HAMMOCK: Roby's wild journey over

After his junior season at Peachtree Ridge, Brad Roby wasn't sure if college football options would open up for him. A seldom-used wide receiver, he was confident in his ability, but unsure of his limited action on the football field.

Buford 19-year-old arrested after PCP found in car

Detectives investigating a case of financial transaction card fraud, an increasingly more common crime, made an arrest for a not-so-common drug, reports said. After arresting a woman at a Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road package store on fraud charges Jan. 27, police said, detectives searching the vehicle she was traveling in found a clear bag of "sugar-like substance" in the back floorboard.

Fireworks alert Lawrenceville man to car break-ins

For burglars trying to remain unseen in the wee hours of the morning, wearing dark clothing is a good idea. Setting off firecrackers in a residential area while breaking into cars -- not so much.

Schools to show off next scientists, engineers

Gwinnett County parents and community members are invited to see what the next generation of scientists and engineers are learning in Gwinnett County Public Schools classrooms during the upcoming science and engineering fair.

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Tom Nash of Nash Chevrolet dies at 89

Even after Tom Nash's health began declining about three years ago, the Gwinnett native continued to make daily phone calls to his business to see how many cars had been sold. It is that business, Nash Chevrolet, that is his greatest success and legacy, his wife, Ruby Deal Nash, said Wednesday.

Official tells Engage Gwinnett not to give up on economic development

Despite a bleak budget situation, a top economic development expert said the county's Partnership Gwinnett initiative should still be a priority. Mac Holladay, a former top official in Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina who helped devise the county's economic development strategy several years ago, said the initiative's benchmarks have been achieved despite the struggling market place.

SIGNING DAY FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Lions sign largest class

Susan Price's normal job in the Peachtree Ridge athletic department keeps her plenty busy, though Wednesday's National Signing Day added to her duties.

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NATION IN BRIEF: 2 dead, 8 hurt in casino crash

LAS VEGAS -- A speeding vehicle crashed through the entrance of a hotel in the southern Nevada resort town of Laughlin on Wednesday, killing two patrons, injuring at least eight others before it got wedged at a bank of slot machines, authorities said.

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Toyota footing bill for hours

DETROIT -- Toyota's dealers, who have started to repair defective gas pedals in millions of U.S. vehicles, are extending hours, making house calls and offering other services as they try to repair the damage to Toyota's reputation.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Iraq court lifts ban on political candidates

SHAHI KOTO, Pakistan -- A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers and partly destroyed a girls' school in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday in an attack that drew attention to a little-publicized American military training mission in the al-Qaida and Taliban heartland.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Leif Garrett booked on heroin charge

LOS ANGELES -- Former 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett has been released from jail after being accused of carrying heroin into a Los Angeles subway station.

MUST READ: British encyclopedia sorry for Irish history mistakes

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. apologized Wednesday for mangling the history of the Irish Civil War, a longtime screw-up detected only this year when an Internet version of the reference book was supplied to Ireland's 4,000 schools.

Georgia signs highly rated defensive lineman

Mark Richt said Wednesday his long search for a new defensive coordinator took a toll on Georgia's recruiting efforts, which ended with the school signing 19 players, including 12 on defense.

Georgia Tech keeps recruiting focus in-state

Coach Paul Johnson is hardly concerned that two national Internet recruiting services give a low ranking to Georgia Tech's 2010 class.

Blue chippers flocking to Florida despite uncertainty

This much is certain at Florida: Any doubts about Urban Meyer's future with the Gators didn't hurt their recruiting one bit this year.

COLLEGE SIGNING ROUNDUP: GAC trio bound for colleges

Greater Atlanta Christian's Madeline Barker, Will Freeman and Claire Goodson signed with colleges Wednesday.

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Open wide: Aquarium features shark exhibition

Step into this dimly-lit exhibition and you will be greeted by what might be one of your worst nightmares.

Lionheart presents play about black pioneers

A Norcross-based community theater group will bring a little-known chapter in black history to the stage tonight.

OUT IN THE CROWD: First Friday Art Walk offers an evening of romance

Gwinnett residents strolling along Main Street in Duluth this evening might be pleasantly surprised when given a long-stem rose by an old-fashioned street peddler.

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ART BEAT: Stone Mountain Chorus offers 'Singing Valentines'

The Stone Mountain Chorus is one of the area's artistic gems, delighting audiences with the finest in barbershop harmonies.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: New York, I Love You

"New York, I Love You" is the second in an ongoing series of anthology films designed to capture the flavor and attitude of various world cities. Following the French "Paris je t'aime," it succeeds because it defies the rules of the typical anthology. Instead of a series of start-then-stop short films that often have nothing to do with each other the stories interweave and overlap with major characters from some segments showing up as minor characters in others, a la "Short Cuts." If you've already seen the movie, it's still worth checking out the Blu-ray as one of the deleted films was written and directed by Scarlett Johansson and is as good if not better than those included in the theatrical release.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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Heart of the matter: Tatum, Seyfried play young lovers in over-the-top 'Dear John'

Not likely to be mistaken for a deep or extraordinarily gifted writer, novelist Nicholas Sparks nonetheless churns out best-selling romantic heartbreakers that legions of lovelorn fans gobble up like manna from heaven. It isn't going out on a limb to say that if you've read one Sparks book you've read them all, and the same can be said for their respective cinematic adaptations.

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'District 13' a worthy follow up to the original

Just as the 2006 "District 13" so forcefully demonstrated, its sequel "Ultimatum" offers solid proof that action/adventure movies can be as smart as they are explosive. While not quite as clever and intelligent as the original, "Ultimatum" is a worthy follow up and, unlike most sequels, stands on its own. Even if you didn't see the first, you'll still be able to follow the plot -- although renting the 2006 installment on DVD before seeing this film is highly recommended.

GWINNETT GAB: Kiwanis hosts Valentine dance

Kiwanis hosts Valentine dance

Film Fans: 'When in Rome' an entertaining romantic comedy

EDITOR'S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "When in Rome." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

LETTERS: Prediction of Christian defense for amnesty comes true in guest column

Several weeks ago, I wrote a letter to the editor that anyone opposing illegal immigration would be castigated as non-Christian by those who support illegal immigration. Just as I predicted, several, to include Sean McKenzie ("We can't wait for comprehensive immigration reform," Jan. 31, Page 6A), have inferred that Christians cannot possibly oppose illegal immigration although he referes to illegal aliens as "undocumented immigrants."

THOMAS: A message worth the big price

In the midst of the usual glut of Super Bowl commercials with messages about beer, cars and women with impossible bosoms, on Sunday there will be one 30-second message that has some people upset, even angry.

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THE DISH: Pura Enchilada

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PARKER: Some look for seclusion, others a bright spotlight

My favorite thing about J.D. Salinger wasn't his seminal work or his most famous character, Holden Caulfield, but how little I knew of him, thanks to his relentless pursuit of privacy.

ART BEAT: Stone Mountain Chorus offers 'Singing Valentines'

The Stone Mountain Chorus is one of the area's artistic gems, delighting audiences with the finest in barbershop harmonies.

Coming of age: Actors stray from usual roles in 'Dear John'

Amanda Seyfried's character serenades Channing Tatum during an intimate scene in the newly released film "Dear John."

'District 13' a worthy follow up to the original

District 13: Ultimatum (NR)

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Police: 'Skimming' gang bilked restaurant patrons

LAWRENCEVILLE — A months-long investigation by Gwinnett police has led to the arrests of six people who stole credit card information from patrons at a fast-food eatery to later bilk their bank accounts, police said Wednesday.

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