News for Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Myra Daniel

Mrs. Myra Mae Medlock Daniel of Norcross, GA, was born May 23, 1921 in Seneca, SC. She passed away from natural causes to eternal life on March 13, 2010 to ...

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Michael Windsheimer

Michael F. Windsheimer, 46 years old. Passed away on March 2nd after a long illness. Michael leaves his wife, Christine of Lawrenceville, GA. Son, James of Boynton Beach, FL. Son ...

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Barbara Hinton

Mrs. Barbara Coker Hinton, age 75 of Lawrenceville, GA, went to see her Lord on Thursday, March 11, 2010. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, William ...

Tara Chandler

Tara Paige Chandler age 41 of Bossier City, LA passed away on March 8, 2010. Arrangements by Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, 318-949-9415. www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com

Jewell Evans

Jewell Evans, 96, of Auburn, GA passed away Friday March 12, 2010. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter June Anderson and ...

Joe Mayfield

Joe Mayfield, age 85, of Duluth, GA, passed away March 12, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Dolores Duncan

Dolores Jean Duncan, age 58, of Cornelia, GA, passed away March 12, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Angelo Concepcion

Angelo “Papo” Concepcion, age 59, of Loganville, GA, passed away Friday, March 12, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Cindy Smith

Cindy Nelson Smith, age 54 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Saturday, March 13, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

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GAC boys win first title since 1977

All year long, GAC boys coach Eddie Martin preached to his team to never be satisfied until the ultimate goal is reached. The top-ranked Spartans heeded that advice in the Class AA state championship game against No. 4 Thomasville.
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Transfer Brogdon helps Spartans win title

Eddie Martin likens it to a puzzle. "You try to find the piece that fits," the Greater Atlanta Christian coach said. Needless to say, Malcolm Brogdon fit perfectly. With him, the Spartans' state championship quest became complete.

Tech earns berth in ACC final

Georgia Tech took the difficult, windy route, but coach Paul Hewitt has his talent-laden team where many felt it should be: the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

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Buford girls repeat as state champs

Buford knew it was coming. The team had sat and watched the night before when Vidalia rallied from 15 down in the third quarter to stay unbeaten and advance to the Class A state title game. Photo slide show inside

County gearing up for Census

With Census forms arriving in the mail to hundreds of thousands of Gwinnettians, the county government has set aside many local government facilities to assist both the Census and the citizens.

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Pass, Buford seniors get chance to shine

For a senior on a defending state championship team, Lacey Pass didn't have much experience.

PREP ROUNDUP: Parkview splits doubleheader

Parkview fell to Lassiter 13-4 but beat Walton 4-1 in a doubleheader on Saturday. In the first game, Matt Olson (1-1) took the loss on the mound. Jack Esmonde threw five innings and gave up five hits and an earned run, while Phillips Taylor went two innings and struck out one batter for the Panthers.

Jonesboro man on docket for murder charge

A Jonesboro man is expected to stand trial this week for allegedly gunning down a respected car salesman during a 2008 armed robbery in a Holiday Inn parking lot.

Nonprofit group seeks host families

A nonprofit organization is seeking host families for exchange students from Europe and Asia.

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Battle-tested Wesleyan boys pull away in second half

After falling to a No. 4 seed with a subpar performance in the Region 7-A tournament, the Wesleyan's boys entire path to the Class A state championship game had been a battle.Photo slide show inside

Obama promise: Brighter education futures for kids

President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries.

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Iraqi vote signals political shift

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political coalition took an early vote lead Saturday in the election's all-important battleground of Baghdad, pulling away from its two closest rivals in the latest indication that Iraqis want a moderate government instead of Shiite religious hard-liners leading the postwar nation.

Frerking delivers in final quarter of state title run

While his point totals were solid over the first game and three quarters of the Class A Final Four, perimeter shooting had proven to be somewhat of a nightmare for Wesleyan's Andrew Frerking.

Girls basketball coach named Salem AD

Salem didn't have to look far to find its next athletic director. Former girl's basketball coach Bill Roberts was named Jim McBrayer's successor for the athletic director position, effective after the 2009-10 school year. Roberts, who coached the Lady Seminoles for nine seasons, including 23 wins and a state playoff berth this past year, will not coach any teams at Salem while serving as athletic director, per county rule.

Rockdale rallies past Cedar Shoals

It's safe to say Rockdale's baseball team was happy to see Brandon Richie go. After the Cedar Shoals starter scattered three hits and left after five innings with a 3-2 lead, the Bulldogs lit up reliever Levonte Wynne for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and defeated Cedar Shoals, 7-3 in the Region 8-AAAA opener for both schools.

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Keeping Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful for 30 years

In 1980, urban blight was not a part of Gwinnett leaders' vocabulary. The biggest eyesores in the then-small county were junk cars, often used to describe where to turn to reach the house of a friend. But even then, commissioners wanted to be good stewards of the growing suburban landscape.

MUST READ: Stolen wooden sarcophagus returns to Egypt from US

A 3,000-year-old wooden sarcophagus confiscated at the Miami airport was returned to Egypt on Saturday, as the antiquities chief pressed forward with his campaign to recover Egypt's stolen heritage.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Susan Reid

Susan Reid was the director behind two recent productions -- "Buy My House ... Please!" and "Tranced" -- in Aurora Theatre's 2009-10 Main Stage Series, while also heading up the Lawrenceville theater's educational programming. She commutes to Lawrenceville from Marietta, where she lives with her husband, Noel, and their 3-year-old daughter, Phoebe.

Snellville still has spots open for summer farmer's market

Southern Gwinnettians will get a new opportunity to buy fresh-off-the-farm produce this summer. Beginning June 5, Snellville will host a farmer's market, becoming the latest city to offer the returning trend.

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Trolley tours revived April 4

Lawrenceville's celebrated trolley tours are set to begin again next month as a means to showcase the historic core of Gwinnett's county seat. Part of a 13-week stimulus plan beginning April 4 to draw people to downtown Lawrenceville on Sundays, local business owners, churches, realtors and homeowners are offering tours aboard two open air trolleys.

Meal service company opens Gwinnett locations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Fresh 'n Fit Cuisine, a meal service offering fresh and healthy food throughout the Atlanta area, has expanded its company to the opening of two new locations in Gwinnett County.

High school to host Safe Place program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- More than 100 Safe Place sites exist in Gwinnett County. These sites -- businesses, organizations and agencies -- are places where children and teenagers who are in crisis or dangerous situations can go for help.

Byars, Silver speak out against trash plan

Commission candidates are going bananas over the latest decision by commissioners to approve a trash plan limiting vendors able to operate in an area.

Suwanee offers prizes to promote Gateway

The city of Suwanee will soon use a new campaign -- one that involves free prizes -- to promote its Gateway, the city's oldest and largest commercial area. The Suwanee Gateway is a four-square-mile commercial area that boasts more than 300 restaurants, shops and other businesses. Through the campaign, called "Get It in the Gateway," participants can win daily prizes and a grand prize package valued at more than $1,000.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Student artists take top honors in All-State Art Symposium

During a recent art education statewide gathering, five Gwinnett County Public Schools students took center stage as their works of art were admired and earned recognition from artists and art educators from across Georgia.

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Seniors go out on top, Wolves' future remains bright

When the Wesleyan seniors came off the court one by one, Erin Hall got an extra long hug from coach Jan Azar. The Wake Forest recruit started in her fourth state championship game Saturday and was a winner for the third straight time.

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Wesleyan girls put 'D' in dynasty

In what has almost become a yearly ritual, the Wesleyan girls danced happily at midcourt with a state championship trophy held high. It was the Wolves' seventh title in nine years and their third in a row, a numerical testament to what kind of program coach Jan Azar has built at the Norcross private school.Photo slide show inside

Some workers eligible for federal assistance

Workers at Brose Gainesville are now eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that about 5,500 workers from companies in 12 states -- California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont -- are eligible to apply for the additional benefits.

End of combine doesn't go Curran's way

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.

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Gwinnett teams finish with five state basketball championships

MACON -- Peppered among the Wesleyan student section during the boys Class A state final game, stood groups of girls with matching shirts, hats and medals dangling from their necks.

Dam purge probed in river death

BUFORD -- Yvette Bruno recalls her uncle, Ira Braitsch, as an avid sportsman whose love of the outdoors kept him on the trail of fish or wild game at least four times a week.

One killed in home invasion

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead early Saturday morning.

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Volunteers start building Griffin women's shelter

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Volunteers started building a house Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Lawrenceville Church of God.

Parolee charged in Barrow death

STATHAM -- Barrow County authorities arrested a parolee Saturday in connection with the death of a man whose body was discovered late Friday night in a drainage ditch near Statham.

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Troop Bebop holds rally to raise items for soldiers overseas

BUFORD -- Thomas McAfee was glad to hear horns honking as vehicles drove past the Mall of Georgia on Saturday.

High schoolers begin their quest for truth and justice

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sixteen high school teams from throughout the state converged at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center on Saturday to compete in the 22nd annual state final rounds of the Georgia Mock Trial Competition.

Construction on Ga. 20 to close Brand Road

LOGANVILLE -- A local road will be closed Monday, as crews work to widen Ga. Highway 20 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Seniors go out on top, Wolves' future remains bright

MACON — When the Wesleyan seniors came off the court one by one, Erin Hall got an extra long hug from coach Jan Azar.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Suicide attackers hit Afghan city; at least 30 die

Suicide attackers hit Afghan city; at least 30 die

GWINNETT GAB: G-Braves to hold auditions for national anthem

G-Braves to hold auditions for national anthem

Gladiators fall short

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Gwinnett Gladiators couldn't muster a tying goal in the final moments and Charlotte iced a 4-2 win with an empty-netter Saturday.

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Keeping Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful for 30 years

LAWRENCEVILLE — In 1980, urban blight was not a part of Gwinnett leaders' vocabulary.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: South Park' begins season by taking on Tiger Woods

‘South Park' begins season by taking on Tiger Woods

BISHER: Wren builds team around established pieces

You can truly say that these Braves are Frank Wren's team. He starts with some established pieces — Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and a corps of pitchers — and filled in around them. And you might say that he laid the pitching cornerstone almost the moment he moved up the ladder, out of John Schuerholz's shadow into the title of general manager.

Road Closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2011 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

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