News for Friday, June 25, 2010


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QBs visit campuses to showcase talent

Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke spent last weekend touring the Carolinas. South Gwinnett's Kent Rollins headed west to Mississippi. These weren't your typical summer family road trips, but rather an audition of sorts.

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Lawal finds good, if unexpected, fit in Phoenix

Starting with the 20th pick in Thursday's NBA draft, each appearance by commissioner David Stern on the television screens at the Turnberry Grill at St. Ives Country Club brought the gathering of more than 100 of Gani Lawal's family members and friends to a hush with anticipation.

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Thrashers take Russian first

he Atlanta Thrashers have added speed to their list of prospects by selecting Russian center Alexander Burmistrov with the eighth pick of the NHL draft.

Arizona's Jackson no-hits Tampa Bay

Edwin Jackson overcame a wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter in the season of the pitcher, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Wagner gets 400th save in Braves' win

Billy Wagner earned his 400th career save, Brian McCann gave Atlanta the lead with a fourth-inning homer and the Braves ended a three-game skid by beating the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Friday night.

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6 local gardens featured in Master Gardeners' tour

The backyard at 498 Ridgecrest Drive in Norcross was a blank slate when Tom and Julie Foster bought the house there in 2007.

Lawrenceville attorney given probation for theft

A Lawrenceville attorney was sentenced to five years of probation last week after being convicted of stealing funds from her former law firm. Sandra M. Clarke, 38, began doing "smaller" work for the Gwinnett law firm Sliz, McKinney ,Drake in 2003, Gwinnett County Supervisory Assistant District Attorney Chuck Ross said Friday.

GGC pool gets OK to reopen Monday

Georgia Gwinnett College's pool is set to reopen on Monday.

Lightning starts 3 blazes

More summer thunderstorms kept Gwinnett County firefighters busy across the county Friday evening, as lightning strikes were believed to be responsible for three fires within about a 30 minute span.

Lawrenceville man charged with molestation

A Lawrenceville man now faces aggravated child molestation charges after he reportedly touched a 12-year-old neighbor who had been to his house "several times in the past month to play with kittens," police said.

Rep. Martin explains new tax credit

Officials hope a new tax credit will help keep entrepreneurs in Gwinnett. State Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, and others explained the new angel tax credit legislation, which was signed into law earlier this month, to a crowd of economic development and business leaders at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

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Meeting a hero: Reunion pairs heart attack victim with heralded rescuer

Marie Payne's famous act of courage -- sacrificing her vehicle to stop a heart-attack victim's van from barreling down Interstate 85 in rush-hour traffic -- has paid enough dividends to prove karma real.

Rexall Grill owes $500K in taxes, fees

It's a tab that would take 100 years for even the most regular Rexall Grill patron to rack up. The Duluth greasy spoon owes $248,400 in taxes from the past five years. With interest, penalties and a collection fee, the number soars to $500,336.60.

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Harry starts US trip with bang

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Prince Harry showed he knows his way around a rifle as he joined cadets in training at the storied military grounds Friday at the start of his three-day visit to New York.

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NATION IN BRIEF: BP stock drops; company says relief well still on schedule

NEW ORLEANS -- BP's effort to drill a relief well through 2 1/2 miles of rock to stop the Gulf spill is on target for completion by mid-August, the oil giant said Friday. But BP's stock tumbled anyway over the mounting costs of the disaster and the company's inability to plug the leak sooner.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Iraq says gov't workers not exempt from power cuts

BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi minister warned government workers Friday against using their influence to escape the country's widespread power cuts and urged people to cut down on air conditioning as temperatures soared.

Fans around the world honor Michael Jackson

A year after Michael Jackson's death caused a worldwide outpouring of shock, tears and tributes, the anniversary of his passing was being marked Friday on a quieter scale, as fans remembered their fallen King of Pop with vigils, prayer and, of course, music.

Starbucks shop in Seattle tries out wine, 'coffee theater'

As experiments go, this one isn't flashy. But the success -- or failure -- of one Starbucks cafe on the edge of a trendy Seattle neighborhood could ripple through the nation's coffee house industry.Because where Starbucks goes, others follow.

Work ethic, good health credited for perfect attendance

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Having perfect attendance is a bit of a family tradition for one Brookwood High School graduate.

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RCA introduces girls to construction work fields

CONYERS -- If you looked into the manufacturing classrooms at Rockdale Career Academy this past week, you might have seen something a little out of the ordinary -- middle school girls wearing pink hard hats and safety glasses making wood crafts.

Qualifying for election opens next week

CONYERS -- Rockdale County residents who wish to qualify for a seat on the Rockdale County Board of Education or for Superior Court judge in the Nov. 2 General Election can do so next week.

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Fourth fun

As Gwinnett residents commemorate the 234th anniversary of our nation's independence with American flags flying, fireworks lighting up the evening sky, family, food and fun, the city of Lawrenceville will celebrate the holiday with a stroll down a yellow brick road somewhere over the rainbow.

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Gwinnett Tech confers most graduation awards in college system

Gwinnett Technical College's 2010 graduates -- more than 1,350 students in all -- were honored at the college's June commencement ceremony, urged by teachers and mentors to gain confidence from their proven strengths and abilities.

Rotary Club raises more than $15K for kids to attend camps

Twenty-three Gwinnett children will be able to attend summer day camps this year thanks to a generous donation from a local organization.

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Open road: Boy Scouts bike 444-mile Natchez Trace

Aside from some aching keisters, a few select members of Troop 580 achieved their goal without many problems.

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Leader honored posthumously with extra $1K to scholarship fund

At least one senior from Gwinnett County Public Schools' Class of 2011 will be selected to receive the Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship.

MCLEOD: Have a 'fierce' conversation or get ready to fail

Can a single conversation ruin your business? Or end your marriage?

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RICH: The code of the mountains: A man's word is his bond

There is a saying among the people of the rural South, used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

Former Duluth officer Dailey found guilty on nine counts

Like everyone affected by Jay Dailey's actions on Feb. 1, 2008, Paul Phillips remains puzzled as to why the sworn police officer lashed out in violence as brutal as it was bizarre. Dailey's weeklong trial, which concluded Friday with his conviction on several high-level felonies, did little to sculpt answers for Phillips and his family.

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JENKINS: Yard sales are no exercise in self-esteem building

Funny thing about a yard sale: You never really see your own junk until you see it through someone else's eyes. And then you realize ... it really is junk.

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LARSON: Enjoy some good books: No membership required

My column about local authors prompted a few requests from book clubs seeking a good summer read. I could always list books my book club has read, but instead, I asked for ideas from other women I knew who belonged to books clubs.

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Barrow CERT teaches students how to use fire extinguishers

Prior to summer break, members of the Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team took it upon themselves to show high schoolers some valuable safety tips.

3 dead after crash in Buford stream

Three Gwinnett residents died late Thursday when the truck they were riding in veered off a Buford road and landed in a stream, police said.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Georgia Impact win national tournament

The 97 Georgia Impact won the Hall of Fame national qualifier in Oklahoma City, Okla., on June 11-13. The top eight teams from the tournament received a berth in the ASA Nationals in Bloomington, Ind., in August.

MCLEOD: Have a 'fierce' conversation or get ready to fail

Can a single conversation ruin your business? Or end your marriage?

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Heider - Morris

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Duncan Heider of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Caitlin Marie Heider of Madison, Ala., to Travis Jay Morris, of Madison, Ala., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Dee Morris of Spring, Texas.

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Jones - Potter

Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Jones of Carnesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Elaine Jones of Augusta to Ian Ransom Potter of Augusta, son of William Potter of Pensacola, Fla., and Teri Potter of Birmingham, Ala.

HUCKABY: Old men tell some of the best stories

I’m a sucker for old men. They have great stories, and I am a big fan of great stories. Plus they have lived through so much and accomplished so much more. Harry Rubin is an old man — chronologically speaking. He was born in 1925, which was 85 years ago. You’d never know it by looking at him, however, or being around him. He is younger at 85 than I am at 58.

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Manning - Stallings

Brannon and Michele Manning of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Kiera Manning of Duluth to Daniel Stallings of Lilburn, son of Jim and Deb Stallings of Lilburn.

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Gladiators ink Francis for '10-11

Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle knew what direction he wanted to go and went after the players from last season that fit the bill.

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Jollay - Roberts

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Leonard Jollay of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Kathryn Jollay to Johnathan David Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Leon Roberts III of Blackshear.

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RICH: The code of the mountains: A man's word is his bond

There is a saying among the people of the rural South, used to condemn anyone who has changed the terms of an agreement, especially those done with a word and a hand shake.

YARBROUGH: From between the hedges to pruning them

Not only is Vince Dooley a Hall of Fame football coach but he is a Master Gardener, too. I just got a copy of his new book, “Vince Dooley’s Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach” (Looking Glass Books). How many people do you know who have had a hydrangea named after them (Hydrangea Macrophylla, also known as the “Dooley”) and can recognize an over/under 4-3 defense?

G-Braves' rally falls short in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Gwinnett Braves briefly held a lead in the opener of a four-game series in Columbus, but gave it right back and lost 7-5 on Friday.

LETTERS: Traffic, pollution not worth any benefit airport would give

I moved to Lawrenceville 14 years ago in part because of its small-town charm, historic downtown courthouse and square and, most of all, for the peaceful quality of life. Another beneficial factor was Gwinnett Medical Center with its excellent medical care — soon to include an impressive heart health surgical center.

LETTERS: Bigger airport would produce more traffic than garbage trucks

About the new trash plan, Chairman Charles Bannister said, “This plan will also reduce truck traffic, road wear and noise while improving safety and air quality in our neighborhoods.”

LETTERS: Expanded airport needed for an area the size of Gwinnett

Opposition to Briscoe Field expansion has made headlines in multiple metro papers. With all due to respect to the few people who live near the airport, a commercial airport in Gwinnett County would be nothing short of a game-changer for our county.

Community News

Troop members get highest Scout award

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GWINNETT GAB: City, GGC win $1,000 in clean up challenge

City, GGC win $1,000 in clean up challenge

College Notes

The following students recently graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law: Jennifer Paige Friend of Lawrenceville, Anna Christian Ledford of Lawrenceville, Kyle Joseph Vits of Snellville, Joan Marie McCallum of Norcross and Ankur Pankaj Trivedi of Duluth.

Jackie Taylor

Mrs. Jackie Jones Taylor age 72 of Lenox and formerly of Cumming, GA passed away June 23, 2010. Arrangements by Boone Funeral Home, Inc., 229-896-2613

Jeanne Moran

Jeanne Gamble Moran, age 84, of Monroe, GA, died June 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Gerald Smith

Gerald E. Smith, age 87 of Monroe, GA, passed away June 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

Kay Lozier

Kay Lynn Lozier of Cumming, GA passed away Monday, June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Joseph Jackson

Joseph Noble Jackson, age 86 of Monroe, died on June 22, 2010. He was born in Gratis on January 29, 1924 to the late John Jackson and the late Maudie ...

Harley Foster

Harley L. Foster 86, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on June 17, 2010. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara M. Foster. While serving ...

Gianni Shields

Gianni Jerod Shields, age 3, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

James Pyron

James E. Pyron, age 82, of Stone Mountain, passed away on June 23, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726

Beverley Merck

Beverley A. Merck, age 59, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Velma Felty

Velma Jouett Felty, age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100,

Charles Wall

Charles Ervin Wall, age 59, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 22, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Mattie Eller

Mrs. Mattie Sue Gregory Eller, age 80, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. She is survived by: sons, Rev. William Eller, Buford, GA, Frankie Lee Eller ...