News for Friday, March 12, 2010


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Richard Franco

Mr. Richard Anthony Franco, age 69 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Elouise Woodard

Mrs. Elouise Woodard, age 76 of Dacula, GA died March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999

Sue Randall

Sue C. Randall, age 92, of Monroe, GA passed away March 12, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Martha Riggin

Mr. Martha List Riggin, age 102 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

William Williams

William R. Williams, age 89 of Dacula, GA, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924

Ruby Wood

Ruby Wood, age 57 of Snellville, Ga passed away March 10, 2010. Mrs. Wood was a member of Shiloh Christian Church. She is preceded in death by her parents: Ralph ...

Mike Young Hendrix, Jr.

MIKE Mr. Mike Young Hendrix, Jr., age 65 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away March 10, 2010. Arrangements by A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur 404-292-1551

James Capes

James David Capes, age 40, of Newborn, GA formerly of Centerville died March 12, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Marjorie Elrod

Mrs. Marjorie Maughon Elrod, age 88 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Norman Fowler

Norman E. Fowler, age 62 of Buford, GA, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924

Southwest DeKalb girls three-peat

As the final seconds ticked off, commemorative T-shirts began being handed out and Southwest DeKalb fans started chanting "three-peat" as loud as they could. The game had been decided long before.

Boyd sets record with Milton victory

David Boyd was honored at halftime of the Class AAAAA boys championship game Friday night as one of Georgia's winningest coaches.

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HAMMOCK: So young, so good

The buzz started down press row less than two minutes into the Norcross girls basketball team's Class AAAAA semifinal game Thursday.

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Former rivals bring crown to Norcross

With 1:14 left to play in the state championship game, as fouls and tension began to wear on Redan, Norcross sent two seniors to the free-throw line. Judean Hanks shook off a hard Redan foul and sank her two. Then Briana Jordan calmly knocked down two technical foul shots.

Prospal, Rangers thump Thrashers

Vinny Prospal and Marian Gaborik gave New York the lead with goals 41 seconds apart in the first period and the Rangers beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday night for the Thrashers' fifth straight loss.

No. 19 Terps can't hold back Yellow Jackets

Iman Shumpert scored 14 points and made the key defensive play that lifted Georgia Tech past No. 19 Maryland 69-64 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

Cultural showcase comes to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The clothing, music and dance of more than 100 cultures from around the world will be showcased during a benefit event hosted today by the Salvation Army.

Judges up next for cuts

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett would lose a judge under a proposal at the Gold Dome to help balance the state budget.

U.S. 29 reopens after gas explosion

TUCKER -- Five days after a build up of methane gas in a utility vault caused an explosion underneath U.S. Highway 29, crews were able to reopen the southbound lanes Thursday evening.

Cox proposes raising lottery ticket prices for schools

ATLANTA -- State schools Superintendent Kathy Cox called Friday for lottery ticket prices to be raised to help pay for K-12 education in Georgia.

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Man charged with enticing child

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Police Department detectives arrested a 32-year-old Dacula resident on a charge of attempting to entice a child into an indecent act, police announced Friday.

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Academic Decathlon team prepares for national competition

LILBURN -- For the eighth consecutive year, a team from Berkmar High School won its division in the Georgia Academic Decathlon State Championship.

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3rd arrest made in '09 shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police on Friday arrested the alleged trigger man in the fatal shooting of a Norcross man last year.

Officials rule one-story duplex fire arson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A fire that damaged a Lawrenceville duplex in the 900 block of Arlington Way on Friday morning was ruled arson, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department said.

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Dems seek fast vote on health care

WASHINGTON -- Under White House pressure to act swiftly, House and Senate Democratic leaders reached for agreement Friday on President Barack Obama's health care bill, sweetened suddenly by fresh billions for student aid and a sense that breakthroughs are at hand.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Conn. judge rules state can force-feed inmate

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Connecticut judge has ruled that state prison officials may continue force-feeding a British inmate who began a hunger strike in September 2007 over claims he was convicted on a fabricated sexual assault charge.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Authorities say Corey Haim had illegal prescription

LOS ANGELES -- Authorities said actor Corey Haim had a fraudulent prescription when he died that was linked to a major drug ring.

Woods responders concerned about domestic violence

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The ambulance crew that responded after golfer Tiger Woods crashed his SUV would not allow his wife to ride with him to the hospital because they thought it was a case of domestic violence, documents released Friday by the Florida Highway Patrol show.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Iraqi PM uses early lead to seek new allies

BAGHDAD -- Seizing on an early lead in Iraq's election, the prime minister's political coalition began reaching out to rivals Friday as partial results signaled a tight race that was unlikely to produce a clear-cut winner.

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Guts and glory: Norcross girls claim state title

Diamond DeShields probably summed up Friday night's Class AAAAA state girls basketball game best and most succinctly. "It all came down to free throws," the 6-foot-2 freshman said. "Free throws and rebounds win championships."
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Jurrjens pitches two innings before showers end game

Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens managed to make his spring debut, anyway. Jurrjens threw two scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday before the game was called after three due to showers that washed away the exhibition slate in Florida.

GWINNETT GRADS: Graham, Thompkins earn SEC community awards

Gwinnett grads Zach Graham of Ole Miss and Trey Thompkins of Georgia were named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team this week.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Hawks soar to county championship

The 9- and 10-year-old Mill Creek Hawks girls all-star basketball team won the Gwinnett Recreational All-Stars Tournament on Feb. 27.

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Curran writes about excitement of first two days of NFL combine

Brookwood grad Rennie Curran, who left Georgia after his junior season for the upcoming NFL draft, was invited for workouts at the NFL combine, held in Indianapolis from Feb. 24 to March 2. Curran and other linebackers hopeful of NFL careers worked out in the event's final few days for pro scouts. The 21-year-old kept a diary for the Daily Post on his combine experiences.

Wesleyan has another chance to claim 2 titles in 1 day

For the second time in three years, Wesleyan's boys and girls basketball teams will each play for a state championship when they head to the Macon Centreplex today for championship Saturday.

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GAC boys, Buford girls aim for Gwinnett sweep

As disappointed as Greater Atlanta Christian's girls were at not completing an all-Gwinnett final in the Class AA state basketball tournament, their counterparts from Buford were almost as disappointed.

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Heat come up short in title game

Brandon Bluford got a trophy, just not the one he came looking for.

Duluth exhibit explores country's commanders in chief

The president of the United States holds the highest political office in the country and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers. An exhibit hosted by the Duluth Historical Society paints a picture of some of the men who have held this esteemed position throughout the nation's history.

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LARSON: Duluth diner owner wrapped up in good works

Every morning, Mohan Bagga wraps his head with a five-meter-long strip of cloth. It may be maroon, navy, white or whatever color strikes his mood. The color doesn't matter as long as every strand of his hair is covered in keeping with his Sikh faith.

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JENKINS: A recent story on Yahoo asserted that parents these days are giving their kids more unusual names than ever.

A recent story on Yahoo asserted that parents these days are giving their kids more unusual names than ever.

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RICH: A little church in the mountains is where love was found

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

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McLEOD: Author tells how to go about getting your Mojo back

We've all experienced those moments when the planets aligned, everything went our way, and we were on top of the world. Even if it's been a while, you probably remember what it felt like.

Duluth exhibit explores country's commanders in chief

DULUTH — The president of the United States holds the highest political office in the country and is one of only two nationally elected federal officers.

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Palmer — Peer

Jeff Palmer of Loganville and Carol Palmer of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter Lindsey Palmer of Snellville to Brian Peer of Snellville, son of Beverly Peer of Snellville and the late Mike Peer.

LETTERS: Does 80 percent of Gwinnett back Hustler?

My disgust at the news this week that Hustler Magazine had requested crime scene photos of Meredith Emerson under the Open Records Act was rivaled only by my disgust at the implication from your March 11 "Word on the Street" question that most of your readers think the request should be honored.

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Berry — Aguilar

Kenneth Crumbley of Clarkesville and Wanda Crumbley of Morganton announce the engagement of their daughter Misty Dawn Berry of Oakwood to Jorge Luis Aguilar of Gillsville, son of Ofelia and Vincente Aguilar of Gillsville.

College notes

The following students were named to the Fall 2009 Dean's List for Georgia Southern University. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

YARBROUGH: Perdue horsing around with budget plans

In the midst of one of the worst economic crises in memory, the Georgia General Assembly has to make some extremely difficult financial decisions. I don't envy the legislators' job.

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90th birthday

Mary Litchfield of Duluth recently celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born in Romania and immigrated with her parents as an infant to Chicago, where she grew up. She married Kenneth Litchfield in 1944 and has two children, son Kenneth Litchfield, married to Fran, and daughter Lynn Waycuilis, married to Louis. She also has six grandchildren, Ann Hall, Ken Litchfield II, Stacy Jackowiak, married to Vic, Victor Waycuilis, married to Michele, Kendra Wardlow, married to Andrew, Christopher Waycuilis and six great-grandchildren, Michael Hall, Alex and Danielle Jackowiak, Marisa, Nicolas and Victor Waycuilis Jr.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Lions lacrosse remains perfect

ROSWELL — Nick Lombardo's big offensive night powered unbeaten Peachtree Ridge to a 16-11 win over Centennial on Friday night in boys lacrosse.

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3rd arrest made in '09 shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE — Police on Friday arrested the alleged trigger man in the fatal shooting of a Norcross man last year.

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50th anniversary

Gary and Nancy Braner of Dacula recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married March 11, 1960, in Kentucky. Gary Braner is retired and Nancy Braner is employed with Sage Software. The couple has seven children, Jeff, married to Susana Braner, Kenny, married to Tammy Braner, Lynn, married to David Seckler, Lisa Braner, Leslie Sowders, Lori Braner and Gary Braner Jr. They also have 14 grandchildren, Meagan, married to Josh Bedenbaugh, Jeffrey and Meredith Hanson, Erin Pickard, Garrett and Gavin Seckler, Brandon and Brooke Braner, Arianna, Ben and Eli Braner, Wesley and Will Sowders, Kathryn Braner and two great-grandchildren, Addison Mees and Harper Bedenbaugh. The couple celebrated with friends and family at a church mass and dinner.

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Young — Rosevear

Ken and Betty Young of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter Kristin Nicole Young of Dahlonega to Brian Rosevear of Chateauguay, Quebec, son of Peter and Carole Rosevear of Chateauguay.

LETTERS: Partnership Gwinnett a leader in bringing us out of bad economy

In today's gloomy reality, Partnership Gwinnett is absolutely a shining light in our community, with the community improvement districts coming in a close second. We all know that the tides eventually will turn, but the efforts of Partnership Gwinnett, a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce project, are going to bring that ship turning around much faster. Also keeping us ahead of the curve is the continual progress being made by Gwinnett County's three CIDs.