News for Saturday, June 26, 2010


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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Duluth Major wins district state title

The Duluth Major All Stars went 5-0 and won the Dixie Youth District 7 championship. The All-Stars beat the Grayson All Stars in the championship game.

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Konanec pursues pro career Down Under and finds something more

To pursue and fulfill a lifelong dream is something few people get to experience. For some, dreams can come true easily, for others, such as myself, they require hard work, dedication and sacrificing everything and everyone.

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No easy road to travel

The cars are for sale. The house is on the market. The boxes are packed for shipping or storage. Jobs have been resigned. Vaccinations are up to date. And in the midst of all this, of selling the majority of her material possessions and preparing to move to another continent, Lorna Curry trained for a triathlon.

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Love for baseball spans oceans

The Dominican Republic flag flew next to the U.S. one atop the scorer's stand, symbolizing the solidarity of new friends previously worlds apart.
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No more magic to muster for US

Grim-faced American players filed by one by one on their way out of Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Their World Cup was over.

Braves finally get Kawakami a win

Kenshin Kawakami could see Atlanta's relievers pressing to protect his first win of the season. After the Braves' bullpen gave up a homer and four walks in the ninth inning, it was Kawakami who started to press as he said he pleaded from the dugout, ''Please finish, please finish. Get the game out of the way.''

Buford fire fourth caused by lightning in two days

A Saturday night house fire in Buford was the fourth caused by lightning in a two-day span, Gwinnett County Fire Department officials said.

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Growing up: Emory Eastside planning big expansion of Snellville campus

Sometimes expansion isn't just about more space. Officials at Emory Eastside, which will break ground on two of three planned projects Wednesday, hope new construction will help create a new environment for Snellville's main medical center.

Palin to focus on family at event

Who better to bring to home the message that special-needs families are just like the rest of us than the world's most famous hockey mom? Sarah Palin, who rose to fame in 2008 from the governor of Alaska to a vice presidential nominee, will spend Tuesday in Gwinnett talking not about politics but about family.

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Belated homecoming festive for 450 soldiers

Deep summer in the Zormat Valley of eastern Afghanistan, where high temperatures routinely nip at 130 degrees, has got nothing on Georgia summers, in the estimation of Georgia Army National Guard Sgt. Mike Brown.

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60 firefighters called to apartment blaze

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sixty firefighters battled sweltering temperatures while wrangling a fire that scorched a Lawrenceville apartment building Saturday afternoon, officials said.

POLITICS: Woodall hosts meet and greet

Rob Woodall, U.S. Rep. John Linder's former chief of staff who is hoping to replace his boss in Washington, held a town hall-style meeting at the Singin' Bean, which overlooked the crowd of 200 at the rally.

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Ghana eliminates US for 2nd straight World Cup

RUSTENBURG, South Africa -- The United States was eliminated from the World Cup by Ghana for the second straight time as Asamoah Gyan scored 3 minutes into overtime, leading the Black Stars to a 2-1 second-round victory Saturday night.

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.

PARKER: Well, let's give this TV gig a try

In the catalog of life-altering surprises, few compare to the query that came my way a few weeks ago from CNN/US President Jon Klein: “How would you like to co-anchor a prime-time show on CNN?”

OUR VIEW: GGC takes another step in evolution

We’re used to good educational news in Gwinnett County, this week’s report that Gwinnett County Public Schools beat the state average on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests being the latest.

Clippers cruise by Gustafson, G-Braves

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus banged out six hits and seven runs off Gwinnett Braves starter Tim Gustafson, a Parkview grad, in the first inning and rolled to a 8-2 victory Saturday.

O'REILLY: Obama must do more to handle chaos

With apologies to Rod Serling and his classic “Twilight Zone” TV series, there is a signpost up ahead in America, and it reads “The Chaos Zone.” The firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal is just one piece of a jumbled public policy puzzle that now threatens the presidency of Barack Obama.

BRODER: Obama walks a fine line with change in command

Two departures from the Obama administration go a long way toward illuminating what is important — and what is not — in determining its political fate.

BISHER: The conference name and other musings

Just when we thought our intercollegiate brethren were about to get it together, get this: the Big Ten now has 12 members, the Big 12 has 10 members, Nebraska moves into the same family with Penn State and Boston College is still in the same family with Florida State.

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Carrie Holtzclaw Pool

You have been gone a year today; you will always be with us in our hearts, and you will always be daddy's little girl. Of all the many blessings, however ...

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William B. Hinton, Jr.

WILLIAM Mr. William B. Hinton, Jr., age 76 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2010. He was the son of the late Brookes and Marion Hinton. He ...

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Frances Nash

Frances Hunter Nash, age 82, of Lawrenceville, Georgia went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 25, 2010. She is survived by her loving and devoted family; daughter ...

Lola Simmons

Mrs. Lola Mae Simmons, age 91 of Jefferson, GA passed away June 24, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Vera Anderson

Vera W. Anderson, age 79, of Cumming, GA passed away June 24, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Wilma Mobley

Wilma Lois Mobley of Sugar Hill, Georgia, died June 23, 2010. She was born in Corbin, Kentucky, March 9, 1925. She was preceded in death by her Parents, McKinley and ...

Elsie Langford

Elsie McClain Langford, age 84 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100,

George Thomason

Mr. George Thomason, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, June 25, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Terry Hammock

Terry H. Hammock, 36, a branch manager for American General Finance, died Friday, June 25, 2010, from injuries received in an automobile accident. Terry enjoyed his position as an umpire ...

Mattie Eller

Mrs. Mattie Sue Greorgy Eller, age 80, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Vickie Mealor

Vickie Mealor, age 54, of Lawrenceville, GA died June 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Mary Hall

Mary Etta Dunagan Hall, age 97, of Winder, GA, passed away June 25, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Chad Litton

Chad Robert Litton, age 31, of Buford, Georgia passed away on June 24, 2010. He was a graduate of Georgia State University and was currently employed with Navicure. He enjoyed ...