News for Wednesday, January 27, 2010


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Dora Jones

Dora Palmer Jones, age 93, of Loganville, GA, died January 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Nonie Williams

Nonie Williams, age 80 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away January 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Lila Jewell

Mrs. Lila M. Jewell, age 99 of Dacula, GA passed away on January 27, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Ruby Crowe

Mrs. Ruby Jones Crowe, age 84, of Buford, GA and the Friendship Community passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. She was preceded in death by: parents, Harrison Clint and ...

Alvin George

Alvin T. George, age 84 of Grayson, GA passed away January 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Ralph Henry Burnette, Sr.

RALPH “HANK” Ralph Henry “Hank” Burnette, Sr. age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away, Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Memorial services will be held, 11:00 AM Friday ...

J. Michael Cleghorn

J. Michael Cleghorn, age 54 of Grayson passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, January 29, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Laverne Rooks

Mrs. LaVerne Rooks, age 76, of Winder, GA passed away January 21, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Shunai Simonds

Mrs. Shunai Simonds, age 50 of Suwanee, GA passed away on January 26, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Elizabeth Haze

Elizabeth Jean Haze, age 69, of Norcross, GA, passed away January 26, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Balfour, Unterman say furloughs set good example

Local legislators patted themselves on the back for taking furlough days, as they tackled a state budget crisis calling for furloughs for teachers, DFCS workers and more.

Brenau program receives accreditation

NORCROSS -- The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association has fully accredited the five-year occupational therapy program at Brenau University's North Atlanta campus in Norcross.

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Piner pulls off clutch dive for win

STONE MOUNTAIN -- With her own personal cheering section on hand, Sara Halliburton became just the second female diver in Gwinnett history to win three straight county titles Wednesday.

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Obama pledges job creation in 1st State of Union

WASHINGTON -- Declaring "I don't quit," an embattled President Barack Obama vowed in his first State of the Union address Wednesday night to make job growth his topmost priority and urged a divided Congress to boost the still-ailing economy with a new burst of stimulus spending.

Gators get best of UGA again

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Alex Tyus scored 23 points, Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton added 21 apiece, and Florida beat Georgia 87-71 Wednesday night.

Arts contest catches eye of Hudgens Center

The Hudgens Center for the Arts announced Wednesday a visual arts competition in which the winning artist will receive a $50,000 cash award and the opportunity to present a solo exhibition at the Duluth arts venue.

County judges agree to furloughs

Officials announced Wednesday that 21 judges will take furlough days this year in response to a growing state budgeting crisis.

School officials bristle at proposed gun bill

ATLANTA -- College presidents and student leaders bristled at a proposal Wednesday that would allow some gun owners to carry firearms on college campuses as legislators waded deeper into a vast overhaul of state gun restrictions.

Woman charged with setting fire to her home

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Investigators with the Gwinnett County Fire Department have charged a Lawrenceville woman in connection with a fire that heavily damaged her home on Jan. 9.

GMC honored for infection control

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Medical Center was recently recognized by the Partnership for Health and Accountability for its efforts to reduce health care-associated infections.

Domestic dispute ends after husband hit with frying pan

NORCROSS -- On Monday, an alcohol-fueled domestic disturbance ended with a man getting cracked twice with a frying pan and both he and his wife carted off to jail, police said.

Kitchen fire displaces four

NORCROSS -- Four people were displaced when a kitchen fire heavily damaged their single-wide home Wednesday.

Gas leak shuts Lilburn road

LILBURN -- A natural gas line break caused Arcado Road, between Luxomni Road and U.S. Highway 29, to be closed down for about two hours Wednesday.

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Shiloh's relay team swimming against the odds

Shiloh doesn't have summer teams or personal training sessions. Their training center at Gwinnett Aquatics, while suitable, falls short of the standards set at other aquatic centers around Gwinnett County. They swim their meets where Parkview practices and when they face the larger programs they see the differences in numbers alone.

Tight team races expected at county swim meet

The trophy for county boys swimming champion almost always resides at Parkview. The slip-ups during the Panthers' era of dominance have been rare, with just two loaded Collins Hill boys teams stopping a streak of 16 Parkview county boys titles in 18 seasons through the 2009 season.

Central to induct Hall of Fame class Friday

Central Gwinnett will induct seven former athletes and three former coaches into the high school's athletics hall of fame during Friday night's basketball doubleheader against Brookwood.

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Toyota sales halt hurts image

Toyota's suspension of U.S. sales on an unprecedented scale to fix faulty gas pedals deals a blow to the automaker's reputation for quality and came amid intense pressure from the Obama administration.

HAMMOCK: Breaking down hoops season

All of us have watched our fair share of basketball this season, giving us time to form plenty of opinions on the local teams and players. Here are some of my thoughts as the playoffs approach in less than a month.

MUST READ: Study says dinosaur tail feathers were carrot colored

Scientists have for the first time confirmed color in a dinosaur. Don't think purple Barney, but reddish-orange Conan O'Brien.

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Apple unveils iPad tablet with onscreen keyboard

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs has unveiled the iPad, a tablet-style computer that resembles the iPhone, but larger. "It's so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone," Jobs said Wednesday at the device's highly anticipated debut in San Francisco.

WORLD IN BRIEF: 5-story building collapses after gas explosion

5-story building collapses after gas explosion

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Census Bureau office to host open house

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Friend: Edwards separates from husband

Friend: Edwards separates from husband

PARKER: Politics is bloody enough without posturing the hunt

Sure, he's got the jutting jaw and centerfold looks. He's got the truck. But does Scott Brown kill his own meat?

Gladiators get 4-1 win

READING, Pa. — Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle made a specific point in practice Monday that they couldn't keep giving up goals in the first and last two minutes of periods. They didn't and scored two goals themselves that way.

DALY: House plants need special care during winter

Indoor plants are popular in homes and offices. They help keep us in touch with nature and, in a sense, "bring the outside indoors" to enhance the aesthetics of indoor environments. During the winter months, house plants that have been growing outdoors have been brought inside since most are not cold hardy and cannot tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees.

THOMAS: Conservative roots key to 2010 victory

If you live long enough in Washington you'll learn there is literally nothing new under the sun. That's why it is amusing to listen to the House "Progressive Caucus" and in a full-page newspaper ad attempt to explain the victory of senator-elect Scott Brown in the special Massachusetts election last week this way: Brown didn't win because Democrats were too liberal; Brown won because Democrats weren't liberal enough. Conservatives sincerely hope the rest of the party buys that reasoning and pushes it all the way to defeat in the November election.