News for Friday, July 30, 2010


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Braves rally for 6-4 win over Reds in 10 innings

CINCINNATI -- Jason Heyward doubled home two runs with two outs in the 10th inning Friday night, rallying the Atlanta Braves to 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that restored a little of their rapidly vanishing lead in the NL East.

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Gwinnett welcomes more than 200 new educators

SUWANEE -- Some will be taking the helm of a classroom for the first time; others have left schools across the state and country to teach in Gwinnett.

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Parkview grad Palmer fighting for spot again at Falcons training camp

On Friday, Michael Palmer was sweating it out with the rest of Atlanta's contracted players as training camp opened at the team's Flowery Branch complex. He's just looking for another chance to show what he can do.

Toll lanes on road to reality

DULUTH -- Interstate 85's carpool lanes will soon be converted to high-occupancy toll lanes, after a contractor for the project was awarded Friday.

Residents grieve center's closed doors

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Local senior citizens and teens are upset because a popular community center abruptly closed its doors Friday afternoon until further notice.

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17 graduate paramedics class

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After 986 hours of training, 17 Gwinnett County firefighters officially became paramedics Friday afternoon.

Gas leak evacuates Duluth hotel

DULUTH -- Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the call of a gas leak at the Holiday Inn on Day Drive in Duluth on Friday afternoon, evacuating 30 occupants before stopping the leak.

PIB reopens after gas leak

NORCROSS -- A gas leak this morning caused officials to close all lanes of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard near Norcross for about an hour, an official said.

Weatherspoon has fun as Falcons open camp

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons coach Mike Smith was smiling cautiously as training camp opened on Friday. Smith was happy because all the players lost to injuries in 2009 were back and his top 2010 draft pick, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, signed just in time for the first practice.

Running for a good cause

Chris Carter and Andy Christie will compete in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10 with heavy hearts as the two will run for national cancer charities in honor of family members and a former student.

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Army fighting Russian fires

MOSCOW -- Vast sections of Russia were under a state of emergency Friday as more than 10,000 firefighters fought to save villages and forests from being reduced to ash and ember during the country's hottest summer on record.

LA trial date nears to determine owner of giant emerald

LOS ANGELES -- The case of an emerald the size of a boulder will roll into a courtroom in September, accompanied by a small army of lawyers representing those who have laid claim to the 840-pound rock as it traveled a circuitous route from Brazil to Los Angeles.

PEOPLE: Andy Griffith to be health care law pitchman

WASHINGTON -- Actor Andy Griffith has a new role: pitching President Barack Obama's health care law to seniors in a cable television ad paid for by Medicare.

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Diving in: Lawrenceville instructor shares how to experience underwater wonders

Terry Smart considers scuba diving most incredible when a shrimp the size of a toothpick crawls onto your finger and begins nibbling off dead skin cells.
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Gwinnett Braves, families to help out at Eagle Ranch

Gwinnett Braves and their families will join the children in crisis at Eagle Ranch this week, helping to make their day brighter. Eagle Ranch, a camp-like haven for children from troubled backgrounds and home situations nestled around a lake in Flowery Branch, will welcome several players for an hour of fun on Monday morning.

Volunteers plan festival to celebrate literacy

The Suwanee Festival of Books will celebrate reading, writing and literacy for all ages later this month. Founded by a group of volunteers, the two-day festival will feature author readings, book signings, writing workshops and competitions, children's activities, live music, literacy-related vendors and a Barnes & Noble Marketplace.

Duluth mayor looking for resident advisers for council

Mayor Nancy Harris is looking for a few good advisers. Duluth is seeking applications for the city's third Mayor's Advisory Council, known as Big Mac, after the council recently completed its second term.

Former Monroe mayor inducted into hall of fame

Former Monroe Mayor Knox Bell was among three Georgia city government stalwarts inducted into the Municipal Government Hall of Fame in Savannah in June.

New Duluth planning director says important to listen

Duluth has a strong tradition of planning that Glenn Coyne intends to continue as the city's new director of planning and development.

Sugar Hill takes first steps toward new downtown

Sugar Hill's planned downtown streetscape likely will be years in the making, but construction of its essential, first element might start within just weeks.

Mall of Georgia to host fundraising broadcast

Mall of Georgia will be part of the largest radio fundraiser in the southeast when Atlanta area on-air personalities broadcast live from inside Aug. 6 and 7.

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LARSON: Local actors peel kernels of humor Off the Cobb

When I was in Toastmasters, table topics used to terrify me. These were impromptu speeches for which your name was called and you had to talk for one minute on a given subject.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Foundation awards scholarships to Duluth, Loganville residents

Two area residents -- Kianna Monique Lawrence of Duluth and Sean Mario Walsh II of Loganville -- have each won a scholarship from the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue careers in health care.

Peachtree Road Baptist Church preacher retires after 45 years

Dr. Preston Moore stepped down as the pastor of Peachtree Road Baptist Church after preaching for 45 years.

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McLEOD: Can cool clothes make you more successful?

Do clothes make the man? Or in this case, the woman? We can talk all day about how brains and work ethic are more important than looks and fashion. But humans are visual creatures by nature. Like it or not, we make instant assessments of people based on what they're wearing.

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RICH: Parents' wisdom still helps during lean economic times

Among the many things I have learned in this life is how everything evens out, how those who are mighty and rich can become lowly and poor while the lowly and poor can become mighty and rich.

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Two Democrats say Rangel should resign

WASHINGTON -- At least two House Democrats are calling on embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel to resign.

LETTERS: Same company, worse service thanks to county

I remain appalled at the trash plan that has been rammed down the throats of Gwinnett County residents.

WORLD: Iranian woman tormented, activist says

Iranian woman tormented, activist says

G-Braves complete sweep of Red Wings

LAWRENCEVILLE — On the same day the G-Braves lost their top slugger in a trade with Pittsburgh, the team found power from unlikely sources.

Road closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension

GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC Foundation awards grants

Jackson EMC Foundation awards grants

College notes

The following students were named to the dean’s list of Emory College for the spring 2010 semester:



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JENKINS: Hiking the Appalachian Trail: A matter of trail and error

Last week I spent time with my 12-year-old Boy Scout at Camp Rainey Mountain in Northeast Georgia. While there I took cold showers, ate several items that could not be conclusively identified as belonging to any of the seven major food groups, and hiked to a place called Big Rock, which turned out to be, well, a big rock.

NATION: Two dead in LA building explosion

Two dead in LA building explosion

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MacMunn - Walker

Michelle Kristin MacMunn and Christopher Carl Walker were married in Duluth on June 4. Pastor Jack Durkin officiated the ceremony.

BISHER: So, who's to deal with the Braves?

So, I hear, since the Phillies have traded for Roy Oswalt, it’s time for the Braves to answer with a deal of their own. But deal with what, or with whom, or why?

LETTERS: 7th District voters don't need another insider

Dear voters in the 7th Congressional District,

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YARBROUGH: As promised, I give you Junior's election analysis

As promised, I have the latest analysis of the recent primary results, courtesy of Junior E. Lee, general manager of the C. Richard Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company, located over a pool room in Greater Garfield.

Replogle - Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. D. Kent Replogle of Monroe announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Elizabeth Replogle, of Suwanee to Christopher Russell Johnson of Suwanee, son of Russell and Esther Johnson of Alpharetta.

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60th anniversary

Frank and Betty Tate of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple was married in Kansas City, Mo. Frank retired from American Tobacco Company and Betty was a pianist and painter. They have eight children, Mary Anne, Debbie, Robby, Peggy, Christopher, David, Michael and Frank Jr. They also have 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

HUCKABY: Out of chaos comes entrepreneurial spirit

According to former cotton farmer David Hays, “There’s all kind of ways to make money. The trick is to figure out what they are.” Therein, as the fellow says, lies the rub. Some people are just better at figuring than others.

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Crowson - Parker

Bobby and Ann Crowson of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Ann Crowson, of Athens to Bryan John Parker of Loganville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker of Lilburn.

LETTERS: A common battle is shared by Gwinnett, people of Arizona

The majority of Americans support Arizona in its desire to enforce a law that would help stop the juggernaut of illegals overwhelming their state. Our federal government ignores the majority of Americans and depicts any support of Arizona as being racist, misinformed or devoid of human compassion.

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George - Carter

Christopher and Wanda George of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Dornechia George, of Houston to Kenny Carter Jr. of Milwaukee, son of Kenny and Jeanie Carter of Humble, Texas.

Melissa Morrow

Ms. Melissa Kelly Morrow, age 33, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Carolyn Lark

Carolyn Dianne Lark, age 54, of Loganville, GA, died July 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Dan Riggs

Dan G. Riggs, age 58 of Lawrenceville, died July 24, 2010. Mr. Riggs was born in Denver, CO and worked in telecommunications sales. He was an avid walker and tennis ...

Donovan Mcknight

Donovan Jamalle McKnight, age 2, of Loganville, GA, died Monday, July 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Ali Okyay

Ali Ramiz Okyay, age 27, of Duluth, GA passed away July 28, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

James Edwards

Mr. James Preston Edwards, age 88 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on July 28, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Sonya Rogers

Sonya Marie Rogers, age 31 of Cumming, GA passed away Tuesday, July 27 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.