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Donald K. Ter Beek, Sr.

Donald K. Ter Beek Sr., 76, died peacefully Saturday, February 27, 2010, at the residence of his daughter, Brenda Thomas in Maysville, where he resided during his extended battle with ...

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James Hembree

James M. Hembree, 70 of Conyers, GA, died on February 28, 2010. He was in the fellowship of Maysville Baptist Church, and formerly Conyers First Baptist Church. Over his accomplished ...

Gene Thompson

Gene Lynn Thompson, age 63 of Snellville, Georgia died Sunday, February 28, 2010 surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer. He was a strong, loving and dedicated family man ...

Doris Patton

Doris Ann Patton, age 92 of Alpharetta, GA passed away February 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Bernice Sitnicki

Bernice T. Sitnicki, age 89, of Duluth, GA died March 2, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Grace Waddell

Mrs. Grace S. Waddell of Grantville died Saturday February 27, 2010. Arrangements by Carl J Mowell & Son, Peachtree City, www.mowellfuneralhome.com

Thomas Sims

Thomas Erin Sims, Jr., age 87 of Cumming, GA passed away February 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Shirley Morrison

Shirley “Jean Anne” Morrison, age 76 of Cumming, GA passed away February 24, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Caroline Drinkard

Mrs. Caroline Butler Drinkard, age 88 of Gainesville, GA passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Mevolene Russell

Mevolene Iown Russell, age 83 of Cumming, GA passed away March 1, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Julius Wilkes

Mr. Julius Thomas “J.T. Wilkes, age 81 of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Betty Johnson

Betty R. Johnson, age 74 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2010. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in the Chapel ...

Elbert Stocks

Elbert Wayne Stocks, age 59 of Alpharetta, GA passed away February 24, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Jean Alexander

Jean W. Alexander, age 78, of Lilburn, GA passed away February 28, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

James Butler

147;HOPPY” Mr. James Clifford “Hoppy” Butler, age 66 of Winder, GA passed away February 24, 2010. Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his parents: Mr ...

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Spartans 'D' shuts down Lamar Co.

Visiting Lamar County forced Greater Atlanta Christian to work hard in the first quarter of its second-round Class AA state tournament game. That's exactly what the top-ranked Spartans did with ruthless efficiency the rest of the night beginning in the second quarter.

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Bucher's last-second layup sends Stars to quarters

Providence never quit. It didn't quit when it trailed by nine points in the second quarter. Or eight in the third. Or seven in the fourth.

Booker, Tigers stomp Jackets

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Trevor Booker closed out his home career at Clemson with 21 points to lead the surging Tigers to a 91-80 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night..Demontez Stitt added 20 points as Clemson (21-8, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the fifth time in six games and all but cemented a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Thrashers start back strong

ATLANTA -- Rich Peverley and Johan Hedberg made sure that Atlanta's post-Olympic playoff push began just as the Thrashers had hoped. "It couldn't have started off any better," coach John Anderson said.

Hoops delayed by snow

The numerous weather-related cancellations of Tuesday's high school events are nothing new for baseball, soccer and other spring sports coaches. They had a severe 2009 season with rain. But the wintry mix rarely affects indoor sports like basketball. That has certainly changed this season. The latest weather delays came Tuesday when four basketball events, including three state tournament matchups, were postponed a day.

South grad to be in Sixers' starting lineup tonight vs. Hawks

For the first time in his homecoming trips back to Atlanta, Lou Williams is expected to be introduced as a starter when the Philadelphia 76ers play the Hawks at Philips Arena tonight.

Hearing testimony: Husband planned stabbing

Hours before a fatal Valentine's Day stabbing in a Wal-Mart parking lot, Phillip "Chad" Dunn confided in his eldest daughter that "her mommy had killed him inside" and that he was bent on reciprocating the pain, an investigator testified Tuesday, recalling interviews.

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Schools celebrate Dr. Seuss

Students at Harmony Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday Tuesday by eating green eggs and ham and listening to stories read by high schoolers.More than 45 million people across the country participated Tuesday in the 13th annual Read Across America Day, a campaign sponsored by the National Education Association designed to get children excited about reading.

Suspected drug kingpins arrested in bust

Authorities said Monday that a months-long narcotics operation has ended, culminating in the arrests of two kingpins and several street-level drug dealers.

Norcross honors Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs

Mayor Bucky Johnson on Monday presented two proclamations recognizing both the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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Show helps brothers, half-sister unite

Zach Cummings always knew he had a half-sister. The Lawrenceville resident and his three younger brothers grew up with the knowledge their father, Rob, had a daughter somewhere. As a family, the Cummings even looked for her.

Buford to install artificial turf on school's fields

Installation of artificial turf at Buford High School's football and band practice fields will become a reality, thanks to a vote here Monday night by the Buford City Commission.

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Norcross fire damages five units in apartment complex

No one was injured in a late-morning fire Tuesday that damaged five units at a Treehouse Parkway apartment complex.

Clay Cox throws hat in ring for Linder's seat

Another candidate appears to be emerging for the 7th Congressional District race to replace John Linder. State Rep. Clay Cox, R-Lilburn, is expected to announce a campaign today. He has called a press conference for 10 a.m. at Lilburn City Hall.

CLINE: Hope springs eternal in a wonderful lodge

It sits just off Clairmont Road in Decatur, right around the corner from the entrance to Emory University. But despite its location near such a busy road, the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge is easy to miss.

Atlanta edged by Mets in spring opener

Cross off another last off the list for Bobby Cox. Atlanta's longtime manager got two scoreless innings from Tommy Hanson, but the New York Mets spoiled Cox's last spring training opener with a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Tuesday.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Panthers' Carroll tops 1,000-point mark

Though Parkview's girls basketball suffered a season-ending upset loss to Marietta last weekend, guard Katie Carroll hit a milestone in the Class AAAAA first-round game by scoring her 1,000th career point. Carroll is just a junior.

NATION IN BRIEF: Man in Calif. teen case got light sentence

SAN DIEGO -- A sex offender suspected in the disappearance of Chelsea King served only five years in prison for molesting a girl a decade ago after prosecutors rejected a psychiatrist's advice to seek a stiffer punishment, court documents state.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Driver in trouble after walking pet while in car

LONDON -- An English dog-owner has been fined after taking his pet for a stroll while driving next to him in his car.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lil Wayne sentencing postponed due to court fire

NEW YORK -- Lil Wayne's already delayed jail term in a gun case abruptly got put off again Tuesday because of a fire in the courthouse where he was due to be sentenced.

MUST READ: Budget deficit delays Calif. no-swearing proposal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Consider it yet another victim of California's ongoing fiscal mess: The state Senate has indefinitely postponed action on a do-gooder resolution that would encourage Californians to give up swearing temporarily.

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Postal Service facing $7B loss

WASHINGTON -- The post office is renewing its drive to drop Saturday delivery -- and plans a rate increase -- in an effort to fend off a projected $7 billion loss this year.

Muse pulls out all the stops in latest concert tour

DULUTH -- Electric.From the techno pulse that signaled the beginning to the vibrations of the hard-driving beats inside one's own chest, the experience was an electric assault on the senses as British band Muse gave a dynamic performance Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

BOC OKs preapplying to privatize airport

Gwinnett officials will move forward with a pre-application to consider privatizing the county airport. Commissioners voted Tuesday to give Chairman Charles Bannister to sign forms to submit to the Federal Aviation Administration, likely next week.

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Dixie dusting: Gwinnett sees snow for fourth time this season

With the first day of spring just a little more than two weeks away, Gen. Beauregard Lee's Groundhog Day prediction has turned out to be inaccurate. Gwinnett's resident weather prognosticator was likely holed up in his Tara-esque mansion at the Yellow River Game Ranch on Tuesday as between two and three inches of snow fell over parts of northeast Georgia, including Gwinnett. Small, thin patches of snow accumulated on some grassy areas throughout the county, but above freezing temperatures limited that accumulation.

Commissioners approve controversial trash plan

Gwinnett commissioners will choose trash haulers for residents, according to a controversial vote Tuesday.More than a year after a similar plan was thrown out in court, officials adopted a new solid waste plan, dividing the county into five districts for haulers to bid for the jobs.

LETTERS: Be proud when you hear our national anthem

Another amazing Olympic Games has come and gone. I don't know about you, but I was inspired by dazzling performances, humbled by an untimely death, filled with pride, excitement and joy as I watched athletes compete and win, and brought to the edge of my seat by the drama and anticipation that only a global event such as this can bring.

THOMAS: Profit over principles

When Toyota President Akio Toyoda testified last week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, an attitude was exposed that Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, correctly characterized as fostering a ‘‘cutthroat corporate'' environment that placed costs ahead of quality and safety. Such a priority would have been anathema to Toyoda's grandfather, Kiichiro Toyoda, who founded the company and turned it into an automotive juggernaut thanks to a business philosophy created by an American named W. Edwards Deming.

South grad to be in Sixers' starting lineup tonight vs. Hawks

ATLANTA — For the first time in his homecoming trips back to Atlanta, Lou Williams is expected to be introduced as a starter when the Philadelphia 76ers play the Hawks at Philips Arena tonight.

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Bucher's last-second layup sends Stars to quarters

LILBURN — Providence never quit.

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Spartans 'D' shuts down Lamar Co.

NORCROSS — Visiting Lamar County forced Greater Atlanta Christian to work hard in the first quarter of its second-round Class AA state tournament game.

Clay Cox throws hat in ring for Linder's seat

LAWRENCEVILLE — Another candidate appears to be emerging for the 7th Congressional District race to replace John Linder.

Buford to install artificial turf on school's fields

BUFORD — Installation of artificial turf at Buford High School's football and band practice fields will become a reality, thanks to a vote here Monday night by the Buford City Commission.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Panthers' Carroll tops 1,000-point mark

Panthers' Carroll tops 1,000-point mark

BISHER: Baseball career may not be over for Cox

Look, baseball managers have left before. Some not of their own choosing. Take Casey Stengel, for instance. Bet you didn't realize that the Yankees fired him, and he didn't go with a grin on his face.

LETTERS: BOC involvement in trash collection is a rotten idea

Gwinnett County commissioners, you sure are intent on throwing your political careers in your government mandated garbage cans.

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