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Panthers' Piner, Wesleyan pair named swim All-Americans

Three Gwinnett divers were named this week as National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-Americans for their performances in high school competitions in 2009-10.

Braves blow lead, but still beat D-Backs

PHOENIX -- Brooks Conrad scrambled home to break a ninth-inning tie and the Atlanta Braves, after blowing a five-run lead, beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-7 Thursday.

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Getting to Know ... Bill Shields

In this latest installment of "Getting to Know ...," Shields talks to staff writer Brandon Brigman about ending his coaching career with a state title, being a Florida football fan and how he met his wife.

North grad signs with Blue Jays

It didn't take Chris Hawkins long to decide what to do about his baseball future. In fact, it took just two days after being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the No. 93 overall pick in the third round of the Major League Baseball first year player draft. The recently graduated North Gwinnett star agreed to terms early Thursday with the American League club to begin his professional career.

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Kaiser Permanente opens third office in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Accessibility to health care in Gwinnett isn't measured in miles -- it's measured in minutes, State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine said Thursday at the grand opening of Kaiser Permanente's third medical office in the county.

Erassa to be challenged by nation's best

This weekend, Kirubel Erassa will see where he stacks up against the nation's best. Erassa will take part in the Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile on Saturday in New York City where he will race against 19 of the nation's fastest runners.

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Shark bites Snellville teen

Hannah Foster, 18, a freshly graduated Brookwood High School student, was bitten by a shark about 12:30 p.m. while boogie boarding in waist-deep water off Jacksonville Beach in Florida, her family said.

Trash plan protest set for Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Three political activist groups are joining together Saturday to protest Gwinnett County's new trash plan, which begins July 1.

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Finding his feet: Hockey camp helps boy's development

Dan Sullivan, noted tough guy in pro hockey circles, stood and watched as a kid in one of his summer camps struggled to get up off the ice.

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Law enforcement testing night-vision device

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In hot pursuit, in pitch darkness, milliseconds count.

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Uzomah taking time with college choice

SUGAR HILL -- While there were plenty of talented players on display during Thursday's action at North Gwinnett's National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier at Gary Pirkle Park, the Bulldogs' C.J. Uzomah perhaps garnered the most attention.

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'Nessie' finds home at Hudgens Center

DULUTH -- A new creature has taken up residence in the pond at the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden.

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Local teams compete in national 7-on-7 qualifier tournament

SUGAR HILL -- The North Gwinnett National Select 7-on-7 Qualifier high school football event is sporting a different look in its second edition from the inaugural event a year ago.

Gwinnett honors top manufacturers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Four Gwinnett-based companies nominated for the Georgia Manufacturer of the Year awards were honored Thursday.

Ohio company opening Braselton facility

BRASELTON -- Dayton Superior, an Ohio-based manufacturer of construction products, will locate one of its primary manufacturing and distribution facilities in Braselton in Jackson County, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Thursday.

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Police find $2M in counterfeit cologne

Gwinnett County Police intercepted a tractor-trailer's worth of counterfeit cologne in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, with a value approaching $2 million on the seized merchandise, they said.

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BP to increase payments

BP said Thursday it plans to increase the amount of oil captured from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico by early next week as the Obama administration announced that the oil giant agreed to speed up payments to people whose livelihoods have been washed away by the spill.

MUST READ: Trapped Conn. man tried cutting off his own arm

Jonathan Metz had been trapped for two days in his basement with his left arm stuck in a broken furnace. Smelling rotting flesh, he decided that amputation was his only hope.

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Conyers man survives big fish, lightning

Jay Elrod may not have caught "the big one" last weekend, but he's in the running for the best whopper of a fish story so far.

Minorities now majority in Gwinnett

WASHINGTON -- The nation's minority population is steadily rising and now makes up 35 percent of the United States, advancing an unmistakable trend that could make minorities the new American majority by midcentury. Gwinnett County is one of seven nationwide whose population became majority minority in 2009.

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JENKINS: In November, residents should remember trash debacle

As of July 1, Gwinnett County homeowners will no longer get to decide which company picks up their trash. The Nanny State, Gwinnett County version, has taken care of that little detail for us. Maybe next she'll tell us where to get our teeth cleaned and our hair cut.

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LARSON: Gwinnett authors revealing what they know

Write what you know. That's standard advice for writers. As a columnist, that works for me. Since I don't have to write much, it doesn't matter that I don't know much.

GGC students participate in leadership conference

Four students from Georgia Gwinnett College participated in the Women's Leadership in Public Service Institute this week.

Duluth to crown city's newest singing sensation

DULUTH -- The city of Duluth will crown a Duluth Idol in a singing competition Thursday inspired by the popular Fox reality TV series.

Suwanee's White Street Park to hold grand opening celebration

SUWANEE -- Gardeners at Suwanee's Harvest Farm are beginning to see the fruits -- and vegetables -- of their labor, and the garden's home will soon be open to others.

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Barrow 911 Center has smooth switch

WINDER -- A year in planning, the recent relocation of Barrow County's 911 Center went off without a major hitch, officials reported this week.

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Colorado accepts invitation to join Pac-10

DENVER -- The college sports landscape began a much-anticipated shift Thursday with the University of Colorado accepting an invitation to join the Pac-10.The Buffaloes might not be the only team bolting from the Big 12. Nebraska could become part of the Big Ten as soon as Friday, and speculation is heavy that Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may also jump to the Pac-10 to possibly form a 16-team super conference.

Texas police chief near border faces drug charges

DALLAS -- The police chief of a small Texas town near the Mexican border faces federal charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Son arrested in attack on mother

SNELLVILLE -- Police recently arrested a Snellville man on charges he twice punched his mother in the face and hid from responding officers.

Police: Renegade driver faces 30 charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Dacula man faces 30 felony and traffic charges after police say he intentionally rammed other vehicles, pin-balling down Interstate 85 for 21 miles Wednesday afternoon.

Members of Gainesville church survive wreck in Kentucky

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- A crash involving a Georgia church van and a coal truck in eastern Kentucky has injured about a dozen people, many of them youths.WKYT-TV in Lexington reported the van carried a youth group from Belmont Baptist Church in Gainesville.

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RICH: Southern words are just nicer

A while back, a transplanted Yankee sat down beside me at a luncheon and proceeded to explain what had compelled her to uproot herself from generations of Northern influence and move South.

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'Nessie' finds home at Hudgens Center

DULUTH — A new creature has taken up residence in the pond at the Al Weeks Sculpture Garden.

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Suwanee's White Street Park to hold grand opening celebration

SUWANEE — Gardeners at Suwanee’s Harvest Farm are beginning to see the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor, and the garden’s home will soon be open to others.

Duluth to crown city's newest singing sensation

DULUTH — The city of Duluth will crown a Duluth Idol in a singing competition Thursday inspired by the popular Fox reality TV series.

McCULLOUGH: Rockin' in the free world

If there’s one thing journalists like more than the First Amendment, it’s complaining.

Erassa to be challenged by nation's best

Kirubel Erassa has already proven he’s the best runner in the state. The recent Grayson grad won the cross country state championship in the fall and the 1,600-meter run in track in the spring.

NATION IN BRIEF: Rare photo of slave children found in attic

Rare photo of slave children found in attic

Resop tosses one-hitter in G-Braves' win

NORFOLK, Va. — The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Norfolk Tides 4-0 at Harbor Park on Thursday night. In his most dominant start of the season, Chris Resop pitched a one-hit shutout. The win gave G-Braves Manager Dave Brundage his 900th career victory.

Panthers' Piner, Wesleyan pair named swim All-Americans

Three Gwinnett divers were named this week as National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-Americans for their performances in high school competitions in 2009-10.

BRODER: Sports providing needed getaways on two continents

A fascinating test of the curative power of sports has been unfolding this week on both sides of the Atlantic, as Washington and Johannesburg look to athletes to lift the gloom surrounding their political leaders.

GWINNETT GAB: Berry College graduate receives award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County native and Decatur resident Michael D. Williams was one of five Berry College graduates to be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: World Cup helps ESPN's viewers grow

World Cup helps ESPN’s viewers grow

Mark Watson

Mark B. Watson, age 30 of Atlanta, GA passed away June 4, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Gerald Hutton

Mr. Gerald C. Hutton, age 71, of Summerville, GA passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Nell Stewart

Mrs. Nell Henry Stewart, age 84, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Stewart; daughter, E. Jean Gaston ...

Harold Wenal

Harold Stanley Wenal, age 74 of Lawrenceville, died June 7, 2010. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday June 11, 2010 at Sugar Hill United Methodist Churchwith Interment in ...

Harold Puckett

Mr. Harold O. Puckett, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Russell Carlsen

Russell Lloyd Carlsen, 86, of Lawrenceville, GA, died on June 3, 2010, following a lengthy illness. Russ is survived by his wife of 21 years Carol A. Altman; son Russell ...

Nallie Cagle

Nallie Stapler Cagle, 79, of Buford, GA, died June 8, 2010. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 11th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home ...

Helen Roussell

Helen Roussell, age 87 of Duluth, GA passed away June 8, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Angela Ruddick

Angela Ruddick age 49 of Snellville passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 12 PM Thursday, June 10, 2010, in the Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Deborah Long

147;DEB” Deborah “Deb” Van Horn Long passed away Tuesday, June 08, 2010 at her home in Loganville, GA. Deb was born and raised in Decatur, GA ...

Vennie Davis

Vennie Marsingill Davis, age 65 of Winder and formerly of Buford, GA died Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Funeral Service will be held Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2 PM at ...

Mary Quesenberry

Mrs. Mary Quesenberry, age 74, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

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