News for Saturday, January 30, 2010


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Donald Mobley

Donald Mobley, age 75 of Monroe, GA passed away January 29, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe, GA

Harry Kelly

Mr. Harry M. Kelly, age 71 of Buford, GA passed away Saturday, January 30, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Ryman Stoney Stonecypher

Mr. Ryman Stoney Stonecypher, age 77, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2010. He was preceded in death by: wife, Evelyn Puckett Stonecypher; and son, Raynard Stonecypher ...

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ELLIOTT: Hard-hit Haitians need our help

I recently returned from six days in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and I am planning a second trip for middle of February and early March. Based on my experience and observations, interviews with medical professionals and subsequent follow-ups, I know now what needs to be done to best help the suffering people. A lot of it doesn't require advanced medical knowledge that the doctors and nurses are providing.

McKENSIE: We can't wait for comprehensive immigration reform

Latino groups are beginning to push for a comprehensive immigration reform bill to be passed this year. Opponents argue that given the state of the economy and the political shot heard round the world in Massachusetts, this is no time for another controversial initiative. They are wrong. Now is the time to push a bill through Congress. A unique coalition needs to be convinced of this.

LINDER: Without change, terrorists will remain a step ahead

After eight years of training and hundreds of billions of dollars spent attempting to make America safe from terrorism, a young Nigerian student, trained by al-Qaida, allegedly boarded an American airliner in Amsterdam with the intention of blowing up the plane and its 280 passengers over Detroit. Only the courageous action of the passengers prevented the catastrophe, and we are left to wonder what went wrong. Everything.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hooks scores 26 in Mustangs' win

NORCROSS -- Lavon Hooks led the Mustangs with 26 points and had 18 rebounds as Meadowcreek defeated Brookwood 66-47 on Saturday.

Howard, Magic handle Hawks 104-86

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds and the Orlando Magic coasted to a 104-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.

Predators snap skid by beating Thrashers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jason Arnott scored 7 seconds into the third period, and the Nashville Predators snapped a five-game skid by holding off the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 Saturday night.

Downey helps South Carolina rally past Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Devan Downey had 33 points including the driving basket with 50 seconds left that gave South Carolina a 78-77 victory over Georgia on Saturday night.

No. 22 Tech cruises past Kentucky St.

ATLANTA -- Glen Rice Jr. scored 15 points, D'Andre Bell added 14 and No. 22 Georgia Tech breezed to a 98-50 victory Saturday over Kentucky State.

No. 1 Blue Devils pull out late win

Jeremy Lamb dashed the length of the court before dishing off to Malcolm McDonald for a layup with 3 seconds left, lifting Norcross to a 65-63 victory Saturday at the House of Blue.

Hot start propels GAC to victory

GAC set the tone by hitting eight of its first 10 shots to take a double-digit lead and keep visiting Greene County at arm's length the rest of the night before breaking away for an 82-60 win at Norcross High School.

Lions go back to basics for win

Peachtree Ridge struck early and often to build a big lead before cruising to a 70-49 victory over the Patriots on Saturday at Norcross.

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Buford girls win battle with Wesleyan

Andrya Carter hit two foul shots with 3.9 seconds left in the overtime period and visiting Buford overcame a late foul on a 3-point shot to beat Wesleyan 51-49 in a battle of No. 1 ranked teams.

Parkview boys doubly happy

The Parkview boys regained their Gwinnett County title from rival Brookwood without the presence of their head coach, who was at the hospital as his wife gave birth to their second child.

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Mill Creek edges Broncos for first county title

Rick Creed's Mill Creek girls won the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay to win their first county title in a thriller with defending champion Brookwood, which had won six straight county titles and 10 of 11.
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In so many words: Students compete in county spelling bee

Suwanee Elementary School fourth-grader Shruthi Santhanam never expected to win the 2010 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee.
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Deadline for dispute may cost county

Gwinnett County and its cities are likely to lose their status as qualified local governments Monday, placing them in danger of losing state grants and permits.

State official: BOC size still needs to grow

With people still crying foul over a recent tax increase, a state legislator is taking back up a proposal to increase representation on the Board of Commissioners.

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Lawrenceville church opens fitness center

It may be the stuff of reality television, news reports and emergency room close calls, but one Lawrenceville church is ready for a throw down. Obesity, watch out. There's a new gym in town.

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Sky's the limit: Crews raise Big Apple Circus tent

A crew of about 30 raised the Big Apple Circus tent Saturday at Stone Mountain Park.
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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressmen sound off on State of the Union

Both Republicans and Democrats, Gwinnett's representatives in Washington agreed they were glad to hear President Barack Obama focus on jobs and the economy during his State of the Union speech last week.

Perdue announces two appointments

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointments of P. Homer Bryson of Flowery Branch to the Board of Commissioners of the Peace Officers' Annuity and Benefit Fund and Donald P. Geary of Lawrenceville to the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission.

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Winter storms batter Southeast

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A storm that blanketed the South with snow Saturday had children eager to sled down hills, while grown-ups were warned to stay off slippery roads as officials worked to clear a mess of wrecks and downed power lines.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Skyrocketing costs may doom NYC trial plan

The letter written by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Washington this month set a whopping $200 million-a-year price tag to secure the city during the trial -- more than double the original estimate. The speech by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly detailed a planned lockdown of lower Manhattan certain to set new standards for gridlock.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Jersey Shore' to return for 2nd season

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- MTV's ''Jersey Shore'' will be back for a second season.The network's president of programming Tony DiSanto said Friday that 12 new episodes will air this summer.

Headset on, Obama does basketball commentary on TV

WASHINGTON -- There was a familiar voice behind the microphone during the Duke-Georgetown basketball game -- Barack Obama's.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Doctor: Quake victims dying without airlifts

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A University of Miami doctor in Haiti said the U.S. government is endangering the lives of critically injured Haitians by halting medical evacuations to the United States.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hooks scores 26 in Mustangs' win

NORCROSS — Lavon Hooks led the Mustangs with 26 points and had 18 rebounds as Meadowcreek defeated Brookwood 66-47 on Saturday.

YARBROUGH: Ga. politicians need a good ol' tea party

What this state needs is a good old-fashioned Tea Party. Not one directed at the liberal weenies in Washington who tried to ram health care reform down our throats. This protest needs to focus on the state of Georgia.

BISHER: Nicklaus showed sportsmanship exists on and off course

In case you missed it, Jack Nicklaus turned 70 recently. No big deal, especially to Jack. You live long enough, the sand doesn't run out in your hourglass, you'll make it to 70, too.

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.

HUCKABY: Finding my way to Bogart

I know where Bogart, Ga., is. I want to make that clear right up front.

LETTERS: County swimming championship should allow private schools

This week Gwinnett County held its annual "Gwinnett County High School swimming championships." However, can you really call it a championship when not all Gwinnett County high schools are allowed to participate?

LETTERS: Corporations need freedom to convey positions

I am at a loss to understand how Nate McCullough thinks the Supreme Court's decision on free speech is not good for the people of the United States ("Corporate America tightens its grip on political system," Jan. 22, Page 8A).

Gladiators' come back falls short

Danny Taylor stopped three breakaways, including a penalty shot, but it wasn't enough as the Gladiators fell 7-5 to the Jackals on Saturday night.