News for Friday, March 19, 2010


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PREP ROUNDUP: Tillman's homer lifts Mill Creek past Parkview

Mill Creek pinch hitter Nick Tillman slammed a two-run homer out of the park in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Hawks 3-1 over Parkview on Friday in a non-region game.

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WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR: Mitchell, Smith continue Eagles' dominance

Joel Smith and T.J. Mitchell have wrestled each other dozens of times over the last 10 years. But it wasn't until this season that the Collins Hill seniors started practicing with each other every day. However, who won most of those battles is up for debate.

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Tech toes the line, moves on

The Georgia Tech players earned themselves some extra credit the next time coach Paul Hewitt holds one of his little free throw games.

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Harvey Fierstein attends Aurora Theatre's 'A Catered Affair'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Harvey Fierstein gave Aurora Theatre's latest production a standing ovation.

Life dealt in slain car salesman case

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Jonesboro man was convicted Friday of killing a respected businessman some feel he lured into the treacherous enterprise of cocaine trafficking.

Service dispute goes to court

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners and councilmen could decide this week to take some services off the table in a year long service dispute.

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Local student places 8th at Bee

ATLANTA -- Shruthi Santhanam's goal was to make it through the first round of the Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee.

Indictment: Driver severely injured 3

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Three passengers in an Interstate 85 bus crash two days before Christmas received permanent injuries that included severe lung, neck, spine, arm and back damages, according to an indictment released this week.

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Obama rallies reform support

FAIRFAX, Va. -- President Barack Obama described the stakes of this weekend's health care vote in stark terms Friday, using words uttered so rarely out of the White House that they seem all but banned: ''If this vote fails.''

NATION: URS settles with Minn. in bridge collapse case

MINNEAPOLIS -- Contractor URS Corp. and the state of Minnesota reached a $5 million settlement Friday in the state's lawsuit over the 2007 downtown Minneapolis bridge collapse that killed 13 people and injured 145 others.

PEOPLE: Demi Moore part of suicide help on Twitter

CASSELBERRY, Fla. -- Actresses Demi Moore and Nia Vardalos were linked to an online chain of Twitter posts that ultimately led to Florida authorities intervening Friday when an 18-year-old man threatened to commit suicide.

Seventh anniversary of Iraq War passes, little noticed

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was a day like any other day -- except that it was the seventh anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. And, for the most part, that was forgotten.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Norman closes Wingate career with a title

The NCAA Division II Swimming Championships were nearly finished last weekend and it still hadn't happened. Duluth grad Mason Norman, one of the most decorated athletes at Wingate University (N.C.) over his four-year career, still hadn't won a national title. The All-American had posted seven national runner-up finishes in individual events and relays in his career, but never a first.

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Metal Man: Buford artist transforms visions into sculpture

A stream of orange and yellow tinted sparks spewed from the point of contact but quickly burned out as Dennis Primm pressed the tip of a plasma cutter to a thin slice of metal.

Fort Yargo State Park wants volunteers Saturday

Barrow residents itching to burn a little elbow grease for a good cause are urged to visit Fort Yargo State Park on Saturday.

Officials, residents to celebrate new welcome center in Norcross

City officials, staff and residents will be on hand next month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Norcross Welcome Center at 189 Lawrenceville St. The new facility will serve as an information hub for both locals and tourists, as well as offering a venue for both historic and artistic displays.

Local artist experiences success internationally

A daughter sitting with her father as he teaches her how to draw is the picture local artist Connie Reilly's life began with.

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Hudgens Center to host Family Day event

Collaboration is key in this artistic endeavor.

Stone Mountain honors Spring FUN Break

The snow has finally melted at Stone Mountain's big winter event. Now, park officials are getting ready for spring.

Balfour unsure of re-election

A day after deciding against a race for Congress, Gwinnett's senior state senator said he is unsure if he will seek re-election for his Snellville-based seat.Don Balfour announced late Thursday he would suspend his congressional race less than three weeks after it began.

BOC to vote on possible trash settlement

Commissioners will vote on a possible settlement to the year-long trash lawsuit on Tuesday.

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Rowland — Pugh

Rick and Dana Rowland of Gainesville and Wade and Judy Osterloh of Salt Lake City announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Gail Rowland of Ooltewah, Tenn., to Heath Carlton Pugh, of Ooltewah, son of Greg and Robin Pugh of Buford.

YARBROUGH: More guns, fewer judges, zero sense

Senate Majority Whip Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, wants to eliminate a bunch of Superior Court judges in Georgia. Seabaugh says getting rid of 19 judges would save the state $13 million to $14 million. This means we Georgians would then have money available for really important stuff like building Gov. Sonny Perdue's $9 million horse barn in Houston County and enough cash left over for a palomino or two. When state government works well, it is an awesome sight to behold.

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Art and essay contest winners to travel to Turkey

A group of Gwinnett County Public Schools students and their teachers will learn about global issues firsthand while visiting the other side of the world.


Jan. 19

PREP ROUNDUP: Tillman's homer lifts Mill Creek past Parkview

HOSCHTON — Mill Creek pinch hitter Nick Tillman slammed a two-run homer out of the park in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Hawks 3-1 over Parkview on Friday in a non-region game.

Military News

Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Erika M. Woods, daughter of Ronald M. Lott of Buford, recently departed from Williamsburg, Va., for Kuwait in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. She is a 1994 graduate of Buford High School.

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Citizen Fire Academy taking applications

MCLEOD: Eight affirmations that can change everything

We all have our mantras, expressions like "money doesn't grow on trees" or "blood is thicker than water." They're often the sayings we grew up with, and they can have a powerful hold on our belief system.

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College Notes

Lauren Chandley, a 2006 graduate of Parkview High School, was recently named homecoming queen at Georgia College and State University. She is the daughter of Lynn and David Chandley of Lilburn.

Gladiators must win next 3 to stay alive

The Gwinnett Gladiators' postseason chances are dwindling, but far from gone.

LETTERS: Make Dems pay for health care reform on Election Day

So what happened to the U.S. Constitution? You remember it's the guidelines drawn up by our Founding Fathers to make sure we don't get screwed over by power-grabbing tyrants.

Woman charged in apartment fire

LAWRENCEVILLE — A call that originated in a noise complaint early Friday morning wound up with a Lawrenceville woman being charged with setting fire to her apartment.

LETTERS: Tobacco tax hike is the best way to offset Ga. budget shortfall

Editor's note: This letter was sent to the Gwinnett Legislative Delegation.

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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.

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.

HUCKABY: Remember the king of the wild frontier

The real David Crockett — Indian fighter, Congressman and hero of the War for Texas Independence, died at the Alamo in San Antonio on or about March 6, 1836. But my Davy Crockett, the one I grew up watching on a small black and white television set in Porterdale in the 1950s, died Thursday in Los Angeles. And he didn't go down standing on the ramparts of a Catholic mission, swinging at marauding Mexicans with the butt end of Old Betsy, his trusty long rifle. He died in bed of natural causes at the age of 85.

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LARSON: Becoming an Eagle a Boy Scout family tradition

For their 100th anniversary, Boy Scouts of America introduced Generation Connection, an activity to encourage Scouts to dig into their family history for past relatives who'd been involved in Scouting and then share their findings on the BSA Web site.

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JENKINS: How to spare your child humiliation by choosing the right name

First, I'd like to express my appreciation to those readers who responded to last week's column by sharing some of the more bizarre names they've encountered. So to Delmer, Credenza, Uniqua, Placenta and Heironymous, let me just say thanks for the e-mails.

Cecil L. Edwards

Cecil L. Edwards, age 86 of Winder passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 20, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

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

Wayne Allen

Mr. Wayne Allen, age 63 of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Mildred Ward

Mildred Jones Ward, age 68 of Forsyth, GA passed away March 17, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Sherry Blair

Sherry J. Blair, age 66 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away March 17, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535

Ovice Roberts

Mrs. Ovice Stephens Roberts, age 90 of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...