News for Friday, July 23, 2010

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Neighbor warns residents of blaze at Duluth house

With two residents asleep inside, Reggie Denson dashed across the street, banging on the front door of his neighbors' home. Looking out his bedroom window, Denson's son had seen flames coming from behind the house before yelling for his father.

Police looking for 2 men wanted in shooting death

Gwinnett Police have issued arrest warrants for two men believed to be connected to the shooting death of 20-year-old Deandre Perkins in the parking lot of a Lawrenceville Chevron on Wednesday.

2 suspects cleared in bomb case

Prosecutors have dismissed charges against two of five suspects arrested in April for carrying dynamite-like explosives built in a basement workshop. Shirley Maddox, a 62-year-old Buford grandmother, posted bond Wednesday after nearly three months at the Gwinnett County Jail. The other exonerated suspect, Buford resident William Parten, remained jailed on a probation violation.

Top seeds revived

JOHNS CREEK -- Both of the top singles seeds in the Atlanta Tennis Championships showed plenty of bounce-back in their quarterfinal matches Friday at the Atlanta Athletic Club's stadium court.

Schafer demoted to M-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jordan Schafer jumped from Class AA to the majors last season as Atlanta's opening night center fielder. Now he's heading back to Mississippi as the Braves hope a step back will get him started in the right direction again. With Gwinnett overloaded with outfielder, Schafer was returned to the Southern League team Friday after hitting just .201 this season against Class AAA pitching with the G-Braves.

'Buy Gwinnett' program up for vote again

Officials could tweak a proposal to give preference to local vendors for county contracts. Last week, commissioners delayed a vote on the purchasing ordinance, which would have incorporated the "Buy Gwinnett" program, a Chamber of Commerce idea to encourage local companies and governments to boost local business by buying from Gwinnett companies.

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Mother Nature turns up the temps

Experts say it's a good weekend to be at the pool. Or in Alaska. With much of the country boiling, temperatures in Gwinnett this weekend are expected to hang around 7 degrees above normal, with sizzling heat indexes in the low 100s.

Johnson takes reins of Alcovy volleyball after Briggs' leave

COVINGTON -- After laying a solid foundation to build Alcovy's volleyball program, Amanda Briggs has stepped away as the Lady Tigers' head coach, giving Cristi Johnson the serve to take the team to the next level.

Conyers Post 77 blasts Blairsville

LOGANVILLE -- One down, three to go for the defending state champions. Kevin Dawkins had five hits and drove in eight runs, part of an 18-hit attack in Conyers Post 77's 22-10 win over Blairsville Post 121 in the first round of the American Legion Georgia State Tournament at West Walton Park.

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Learn and play: College nannys, tutors help kids, parents

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mindy Layton was picking up a pizza at Cosmo's Original Little Italy in downtown Lawrenceville when she noticed the business next door: College Nannies & Tutors.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: UGA announces 2010 Coca-Cola scholarship recipients

Fourteen University of Georgia incoming freshmen -- including six from Gwinnett -- have been selected to receive the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

Duluth accepting applications for leadership class

DULUTH -- Duluth citizens can learn about the city through the third annual LEAD Academy.

26th Leadership Gwinnett begins

DULUTH -- The 26th class of Leadership Gwinnett will begin in August, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced.

LARSON: Thirty years bring big changes to Gwinnett

After my last column on all the entertainment in Gwinnett County, my friend Susan Abken pointed out to me that when I moved here 30 years ago the only thing Gwinnett had to offer was the Yellow River Game Ranch.

GWINNETT GAB: Motorcycle show to benefit autism center

BUFORD -- Registration is open for the Bikes for Tikes show, which will be held Aug. 14 at Triple Play in Buford.

JENKINS: Candidates to voters: Don't call us, we'll call you

I never knew just how influential this little newspaper column is.

Suwanee hosts Broadway in the Park

SUWANEE -- Local students will be performing care-free Broadway musicals in Suwanee this weekend, as Suwanee Performing Arts hosts Broadway in the Park at Town Center Park.

Health department offering cheap school screenings

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Health Department is prepared to help families ensure their children are up to date on needed vaccinations and screenings before starting school this fall.

Duluth sponsors public art project

DULUTH -- The city of Duluth plans to honor its firefighters, police officers and residents who are military veterans through art.

10th annual poker run seeks support

WINDER -- A longstanding poker run in Barrow County is asking area residents to chip in for charity, in spite of strapped economic times.

McLEOD: Five mind-sets of super successful people

What's the difference between good and great?

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Yarbrough: Readers respond vouchers

What, you may ask, am I going to say this week about the primary elections? The answer: Nothing.

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Honoring a hero

Sgt. Alex Rodriguez of Combat Logistics Battalion 1, a battalion of the United States Marine Corps, presents the American flag draped over Cpl. Joseph Lowry Jr.’s casket to his parents, Joe and June Lowry, on Friday at the funeral service at Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Lowry passed away July 14 at the age of 25 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was on active duty in the USMC and was a lifelong resident of Lawrenceville. Lowry was a 2002 graduate of Dacula High School and a Master Mason in the Lawrenceville Lodge. Rodriguez was Lowry’s platoon sergeant when they were serving.

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Clay - McGee

Lauren Marie Clay and Jared Matthew McGee were married June 12 at Loganville Baptist Church. Pastor Mickey Oliver officiated the ceremony.

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Andrews - Soles

Rebecca Kaye Andrews and David Michael Soles were married Oct. 2 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Mize officiated the ceremony.

Spiritual calendar

July 24

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60th anniversary

Robert and Dorothy Whitmer of Snellville recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were married May 21, 1950, in Sarasota, Fla.

LETTER: Think twice about 'fair' tax

Voters planning to cast their vote for one of the successors to John Linder, now or in November, should think twice about the bottom line — their pocket.

Tops seeds revived

JOHNS CREEK — Both of the top singles seeds in the Atlanta Tennis Championships showed plenty of bounce-back in their quarterfinal matches Friday at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s stadium court.

'Buy Gwinnett' program up for vote again

LAWRENCEVILLE — Officials could tweak a proposal to give preference to local vendors for county contracts.

JENKINS: Candidates to voters: Don't call us, we'll call you

I never knew just how influential this little newspaper column is. That is, until I got a call last week from Sarah Palin.

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Leon - Smith

Estefany Yaneth Angeles Leon and Eric Douglas Smith were married May 21 in Paracas, Peru.

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Minor's climb

LAWRENCEVILLE — After one clean inning in California two weeks ago, Mike Minor’s short vacation began.

Births

July 3

LETTER: How far would amnesty go?

Why is it that some people proclaim that unless we are native Americans, we have no right to criticize illegal aliens? Perhaps we did not treat the native Americans, which incidentally includes some of my ancestors, very well but are we to be permanently condemned as aggressors? The past is past. Those who claim that “the white man” is condemned to permanent purgatory for past treatment of native Americans actually have the modern day agenda of promoting massive immigration among other narrow agendas. To claim that we have no right to criticize illegal aliens because we may have displaced native Americans is totally mindless, irrelevant and agenda-driven.

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40th anniversary

George and Joan Nelms of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The couple was married in Buford. George is employed by Menlo Logistics/NCR and Joan is a homemaker. They have two children, Angelina, married to Bryan Clark, and Gregory. The couple celebrated at Island Ford Baptist Church in Buford.

RICH: Have to try some deep fried foods - southern style

A friend of mine returned my call one day while he was sitting in the Dallas airport, waiting for a flight out. He explained that he had just spent two days at the Texas State Fair, and it was, he said, quite a sight to behold.

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Scates - Heery

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Edward Scates III of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Leigh Scates of Atlanta, to Franklin Moss Heery of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moss Heery of Athens.

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Gennie Gaynell Scott Braswell

Gennie Gaynell “Gay” Scott Braswell, 95, of Lawrenceville passed away peaceful, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews at Peachtree Christian Hospice Tuesday, July 20 ...

Lucile Fain

Lucile Fain age 87 passed away on Wednesday July 21, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM on Saturday, July 24, 2010 in the Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Clifford Poole, Jr.

Mr. Clifford “Cliff” Poole, Jr., age 85, of Jefferson, GA passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010. Arrangements by Gardenview Funeral Chapel 706-546-1125.

Michael Nix

Michael L Nix, age 50, of Winder, GA, passed away July 21, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

George Freeman

George W. Freeman, age 93 of Snellville, GA passed away July 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Ruby Johnston

Mrs. Ruby Youngblood Johnston, age 84, of Lewisville, TX and formerly of Buford, GA and the Riverside Community passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. She was preceded in death ...

Oseas Martinez-Cano

Oseas Martinez-Cano, age 65 of Grayson, GA, passed away July 19, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Vera Mcfall

Vera Eugenia McFall, age 72 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Reba Garrish

Mrs. Reba Garrish passed away July 22, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Luis Reyes

Luis E. Reyes, age 43, of Duluth, GA passed away July 21, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Jerry Jackson, Sr.

Jerry G. Jackson, Sr. ,age 72 of Lawrenceville, entered into rest on Wednesday, July 21, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM , Sunday, July 25, 2010 in the ...

Maggie Johnson

Maggie Pearl Martin Johnson, age 95, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Alford Patrick

Mr. Alford Patrick, age 67 of Maysville, GA, who passed away on July 22, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Rubena Swinks

Rubena Maddox Hall Swinks, age 86, of Scottdale, passed away July 21, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

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