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Highlands renovation returns course to championship form

After redesigning the Riverside Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 2006, the shortcomings of the Club's signature and championship course stood out.

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North's Uzomah commits to Auburn

Few quarterbacks from Gwinnett County have received the kind of recruiting interest that C.J. Uzomah has experienced over the past year, earning the North Gwinnett senior plenty of early offers from some of the nation's top college football programs.

GAC grad Burton lands first full-time coaching job

For the last four years Nathan Burton has paid his dues. The Greater Atlanta Christian grad spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at his alma mater at Georgia Tech. He held the same title at Oklahoma State last year, handling all of the minut coaching duties that are rarely recognized.

Majical repeat for Gwinnett

B.J. Puckett may have carried the offensive load for the Gwinnett Majic in Saturday night's World Basketball Association championship game at Bogan Park, but it was a play on the defensive end that made the most noise.

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Hanigan's double rallies Reds past Braves

The ball deflected off the green-padded post in the outfield wall and rolled to Melky Cabrera, who whirled and threw. The left hand went forward. The ball went sideways. The race was on.

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Teacher studies in Costa Rica

LILBURN -- A Trickum Middle School teacher recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica, where she participated in a study tour focused on enhancing environmental education through the Toyota International Teacher Program.

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Asian experience celebrates culture, diversity

Emily Grace Venn and Briana Felteau posed in front of giant drums, smiling as they waved Chinese fans while giggling and dancing in anticipation. The girls, both adopted from China, loved racing through the Asian Cultural Experience event finding more treasures from their heritage.
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Food banks feel pinch of sour economy, heightened need

At 3 p.m. on a sizzling Thursday afternoon, as the client line that had wrapped around a trailer at Grayson's Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry snaked inside, an ethnic hodgepodge of mothers and their children took seats in metal folding chairs. They sang, "What a Friend We Have In Jesus," followed by a bilingual Bible reading, and then they got to business. A list of food banks is posted inside this story
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Local man charged in murder

A man reportedly shot his parents Saturday, killing his father. Fredrick Lemons Rogers was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Saturday evening on charges of murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during a crime.

Service dispute heads to court

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett and its 15 cities will square off in court Monday in a long-awaited trial about service delivery and equitable taxes.The case comes a year and a half after a service delivery agreement between the governments lapsed.

Trash haulers still working out the kinks

It's been a month since the Gwinnett solid waste plan has been in service, and Harold Buchanan is glad to report that his trash has finally been picked up. Buchanan, who lives on U.S. Highway 29, wasn't happy in the first place about the new trash plan, which was finally implemented a year and a half after a judge discarded an initial plan.

Mother of dead soldier won't lose her home

LITHONIA -- The mother of Georgia's first soldier killed in combat in the Iraq war faced a deadline to move out of her house by Monday, but has gotten a reprieve.

Texting while driving grace period ends

Like any modern 16-year-old, Alice Yang relishes swapping text messages with friends. A newly minted driver's license makes her particularly fond of driving as well.

Tea party groups endorse Hice for 7th District race

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The tea party has a new candidate in Georgia's 7th Congressional District race, and this time the decision appears to be unanimous.The Atlanta Tea Party, along with groups in Gwinnett, Walton and Barrow counties, have endorsed Jody Hice for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 10 runoff.

Top fish tourney starting Thursday

The biggest thing in bass fishing is coming to Gwinnett.Starting Thursday, 78 of the world's best fishermen will be on Lake Lanier competing to reel in the biggest, baddest bass, bringing their catch back to Gwinnett Arena for nightly weigh-ins as they vie for the Forrest Wood Cup.

Braves get Ankiel, Farnsworth from K.C.

The Atlanta Braves made a five-player deal Saturday to upgrade their outfield and an already formidable bullpen, acquiring Rick Ankiel and right-hander Kyle Farnsworth from Kansas City for three players.

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Chelsea Clinton weds in NY

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Chelsea Clinton married her longtime boyfriend Saturday night at an exclusive estate along New York's Hudson River.

NATION IN BRIEF: Crews beat back wildfire in Calif. desert

PALMDALE, Calif. -- Fire crews working through the night beat back flames and built containment lines around a two-day-old wildfire that charred nearly 22 square miles of brush in the high desert north of Los Angeles.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Afghan official: 3 die in Kunduz suicide bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A former militia commander, who supported the Afghan government, and two others were killed Saturday night by a suicide bomber who blew himself up at a football game in northern Afghanistan, officials said.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Prosecutor makes new claim in Anna Nicole case

LOS ANGELES -- A prosecutor sprang a surprise claim Friday that Anna Nicole Smith was a co-conspirator in the actions that have brought her two doctors and lawyer-boyfriend to trial for over-prescribing and obtaining massive amounts of prescription drugs.

MUST READ: Whistle Stop Cafe still open 20 years after movie

JULIETTE -- Life is still imitating art at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Juliette.

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TOWERY: Handel could add to 'Powerchick' trend

The Sarah Palin Express may be gaining even more steam, at least within the Republican Party. Another of her "Mama Grizzlies," Georgia's former secretary of state Karen Handel, on July 20 emerged from obscurity in the polls to take the most votes in the GOP general primary election for governor.

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GREEN: The car is gone, but not the memories

I recently found myself discussing car troubles with a mechanic friend who moonlights as a valet. He suggested I take the ailing car, a Mitsubishi born barely on this side of the 21st century, to a dealership as a trade-in. The actual verb he used refers to a high-level felony act.

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BRODER: For Obama, paging Howard Baker

Even as he steps up his campaigning and fundraising for Democratic candidates, President Barack Obama appears to be adjusting mentally and emotionally to the prospect that his post-election life will feature more dealings with Republicans.

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TOWERY: Handel could add to 'Powerchick' trend

The Sarah Palin Express may be gaining even more steam, at least within the Republican Party. Another of her “Mama Grizzlies,” Georgia’s former secretary of state Karen Handel, on July 20 emerged from obscurity in the polls to take the most votes in the GOP general primary election for governor.

OUR VIEW: Two-year effort on transportation vote under way

There’s an old saying: If you don’t like the weather, just wait; it’ll change.

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North's Uzomah commits to Auburn

Few quarterbacks from Gwinnett County have received the kind of recruiting interest that C.J. Uzomah has experienced over the past year, earning the North Gwinnett senior plenty of early offers from some of the nation’s top college football programs.

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O'REILLY: No winning the race

Former NAACP leader Julian Bond wants President Barack Obama to lead a ‘‘national dialogue’’ on race, but the president is not going to do that, and he’s making a smart political decision. In the wake of the Shirley Sherrod story, the race issue is back in the news, but any public discussion is fraught with danger. Trying to define and heal racial divisions in America will inevitably lead to verbal roadside bombs — anything can explode at any time.

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Arthur Lamar Garner

Arthur Lamar Garner, age 86 of Snellville, GA passed away July 29, 2010. He was preceded in death by his son, David S. Garner and is survived by his wife ...

Angela Garrison

Angela Renee Garrison, age 43, of Covington, GA, died July 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Anthony Cavallo

Anthony Vincent Cavallo, age 86 of Lawrenceville, died July 29, 2010. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM Sunday August 1, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel ...

William Derbyshire

William H. Derbyshire, 84, went home to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. He was survived by his wife Carolynne Holcomb-Derbyshire, his children Glen, Richard and ...

Leon Windle

Leon Windle, age 83, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away July 29, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Rhonda Taylor

Ms. Rhonda Sheryl Taylor, age 44 of Buford, GA passed away July 29, 2010. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Betty Pattillo

Betty Louise Pattillo, 76, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2010, in Snellville. Betty was born on October 9, 1933 in Walton County, GA to Charlie and Nancy Weathers. Mrs ...

James Sikes

James "Roy" Sikes, age 77 of Bogart, GA passed away July 29, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Walter Newman

Walter Russell Newman, CPA age 90 of Snellville passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2010. A Memorial service will be held 4 PM, Monday, August 2, 2010 in the Snellville Chapel ...

Pauline Parker

Pauline "Maw Maw" Parker, age 95 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away July 30, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

John Francis Walton, Jr.

JOHN John Francis Walton, Jr., age 87 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away July 29, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, LaRue Walton; sister, Agnes Walton ...

Betty Bacon

Betty A. Bacon, age 82 of Auburn, GA passed away July 28, 2010. Mrs Bacon was a self employed hairdresser. She is preceded in death by her parents Newman Thomas ...

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