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Braves' Heath suspended after arrest

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves have suspended a minor league pitcher who was charged with two prostitution-related misdemeanors after a sting conducted not far from the team's spring training facility.

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Mill Creek girls ride defense in first-ever victory over Collins Hill

SUWANEE -- Screams echoed across the hosting Fahring Field, but on senior night it was the visiting girls making the ruckus. A 1-0 Mill Creek girls soccer win over Collins Hill meant more than a road victory or a region triumph. It resonated longer than just one night because it's been five years coming. For five years, Collins Hill always walked away a winner in its meetings with Mill Creek, but that ended Friday.

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Clarke sparks Spartans' victory

NORCROSS -- With GAC's boys soccer team in need of a breakout game, Denzel Clarke gave it one. The forward scored four goals and added an assist as the ninth-ranked Spartans rallied from an early deficit to score six unanswered goals and roll to a 6-1 upset of No. 6 Buford on Friday night at home.

Heyward will open season in Atlanta

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Heyward's time in Gwinnett was a very brief one. It turns out his only games for the G-Braves were at the tag end of last season. Making official what seemed obvious, the rookie sensation was told Friday that he will open the season as Atlanta's regular right fielder.

Lowe goes 6 innings for Braves

Derek Lowe pitched six effective innings Friday in the Braves' 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, allowing just one earned run despite yielding eight hits and some shoddy defense behind him.

GWINNETT GRADS: UGA's Mangimelli caps strong freshman season

Brookwood grad Jana Mangimelli placed fourth nationally and lowered her school record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4 minutes, 5.31 seconds.

AD says Hewitt has 'all the qualities we want'

While there's been plenty of grumbling about Hewitt in the chat rooms and on talk radio, he appears to have the full support of the man who matters most. Athletic director Dan Radakovich told The Associated Press on Friday that he still believes Hewitt is the right man to guide the program after 10 seasons of up-and-down results, everything from a trip to the national championship game in 2004 to a dismal 2-14 mark in the ACC just two seasons ago.

PREP ROUNDUP: Grayson soccer gets first win over Broncos

LOGANVILLE -- Grayson's boys recorded their first win in school history over Brookwood on Friday, edging the Broncos 4-3 in penalty kicks for a 2-1 win in Region 8-AAAAA.

Fire investigators think Doraville blaze was arson

Fire investigators believe a blaze Friday that destroyed a vacant house on the 5700 block of Hillside Drive in Doraville was intentionally set. Several witnesses reported seeing juveniles leaving the area before the fire erupted just before 6 p.m. Friday, said Capt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

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A second chance: Saved from being euthanized, inmate-trained dogs ready for adoption

Josh Terza, a tatted-up Woodstock man with a stocky build and vice-grip handshake, was sentenced recently to five years in Georgia prisons for trafficking methamphetamine. But that's not his chief concern today. Doggie jealousy is. Locked up in Gwinnett County Jail since April, the doldrums of confinement were weighing on Terza until he was paired with "Mick" -- a 1-year-old Catahoula-Aussie mix with a salt-and-pepper face, a frenzied feather of a tail and a tipsy disposition.

76ers beat Hawks to get rare consecutive wins

PHILADELPHIA -- Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jason Kapono and Elton Brand each added 14 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers won consecutive games for the first time in more than six weeks with a 105-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

Missing cocaine: Chief calls in GBI to investigate

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of some cocaine stored in a safe in the Gwinnett County Police Department's Narcotics Unit, Gwinnett County Police Chief Charles Walters said Friday.

Survey: Teens getting booze from parents

Alcohol is the drug of choice for Gwinnett's teenagers, said Ellen Gerstein, the executive director of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. What's most concerning, Gerstein said, is where the teens say they are getting the alcohol. According to the results of the Gwinnett Coalition's latest Youth Health Survey, teens report they mainly get alcohol from their parents and other adults.

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Firefighter awarded Gold Medal of Valor for flood rescue

Since the day she nearly lost her life when her car was swept into a rain-swollen river, Diana Farmer has dropped off treats for the firefighter who saved her. On her birthday, she brought him steaks, knowing she would not have celebrated that day without his bravery during last September's floods.

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School celebrates Earth Hour

Businesses and households all over the world will turn off the lights for one hour today in an effort to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

Man rescued after fall into water tank at treatment plant

Emergency personnel in Barrow County executed an unusual rescue Thursday after a man plunged into a water tank at a Winder treatment plant. The unidentified man, who was working in the area, fell about 15 feet into 40-degree water at the Gainesville Highway facility, authorities said. Officials received a 911 call reporting the accident about 10 a.m.

Bannister recall application filed

A recall application bearing 153 signatures and targeting Chairman Charles Bannister was filed Friday. After a suspended campaign late last year, the application is the first step in a recall drive by Dacula man Randy DeVault, who is garnering signatures from people angry over last year's tax increase and this year's trash settlement.

Lawyer suspends campaign for House

Attorney Jason Thompson suspended his campaign for Georgia House District 98. Thompson was tapped to lead the National Election Law Team for Tea Party Patriots, after serving on the election law team for the Georgia Republican Party.

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Health care overhaul: Final fixes head to Obama

Congressional Democrats sent the final piece of landmark health care legislation to President Barack Obama on Friday before heading home to face a skeptical -- and sometimes threatening -- public.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys

Steven Geier said that four times in the mid-1960s, the Rev. Lawrence Murphy coaxed the then-14-year-old student into a closet at St. John's School for the Deaf just outside Milwaukee and molested him, using God to justify his actions.

WORLD IN BRIEF: S. Korean naval ship sinks; 40 missing

Word that a South Korean naval ship sank in the tense waters around the disputed maritime border with communist North Korea set off panic: The president convened an emergency meeting and the military dispatched a fleet of ships.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Domingo returns, singing privately

Placido Domingo says he is still tender following surgery to remove a cancerous polyp from his colon, but he has returned to work and resumed singing in private -- and plans to be back on stage in a couple weeks.

MUST READ: Saying 'I do': Black marriage campaign is growing

For Kenny and Lynette Seymour, last weekend's black marriage gala was about celebrating their seven-year marriage. They got to meet other black couples while spending a romantic evening together.

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GBI probing death of former state senator, husband

CLARKESVILLE -- Former state Sen. Nancy Schaefer and her husband were found dead in their home in north Georgia and it is being investigating it as a possible murder-suicide, authorities said Friday.

Auburn to host Earth Day event as community spruce-up

AUBURN -- Motor oil, dead batteries, scrap metal, old tires, electronics that long ago went kaput.

State grant will beautify gateway

NORCROSS -- A state grant will help a local business group beautify Gwinnett's gateway.

Gwinnett churches to celebrate Holy Week with services

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The celebration of Holy Week will begin for Snellville United Methodist Church with processionals recreating Jesus' joyous entry into Jerusalem, as recounted by the Gospels, just days before his crucifixion.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Gwinnett Tech names 2010 Instructor of the Year

Jane Day Hyche, an instructor in Gwinnett Technical College's early childhood education program, has been named the college's 2010 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education honoree.

Suwanee celebrates creativity with Arts in the Park

SUWANEE -- Art in all of its various forms -- 2-D, 3-D and performance art, will be celebrated during Suwanee's Arts in the Park event May 22.

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Suwanee-based company wins snack food competition

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One flavor of Georgia can be found right here in Gwinnett.

Lillian Webb Park to host beach-themed dedication

Newly renovated Lillian Webb Park will host "Spring Break in Norcross" next month, a beach-themed event aimed at celebrating the weather and the rededication of the park.

Lilburn CID approved

LILBURN -- The county's fourth community improvement district was approved this week, both by county and city officials.

Spiritual calendar

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LETTERS: Math doesn't work on synthetic turf plan

I originally began this letter after the first story about the plan to install artificial turf at Duncan Creek Park. But when it appeared again, I decided to follow through with voicing my concern.

LETTERS: Second Amendment allows citizens to protect themselves

Mr. Yarbrough seems to be using the First Amendment to attack the Second Amendment in his column last week ("More guns, fewer judges, zero sense," March 20, Page 6A).

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Dye — Heyman

Jana Melissa Dye and Joshua Harvey Heyman were married Nov. 7 at Vecoma at the Yellow River in Snellville. The Rev. Brian Cookson officiated the ceremony.

G-Braves player suspended after prostitution arrest

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Deunte Heath, who pitched for Gwinnett part of last season, was suspended indefinitely by the Atlanta Braves on Friday after being arrested in an online prostitution sting.

College notes

The following local students were named to the President's List for the 2009 fall semester at Georgia College and State University:

GWINNETT GAB: Music Go Round hosting food drive for Lilburn Co-op

Music Go Round hosting food drive for Lilburn Co-op

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Parker — Barth

Mr. and Mrs. Don Stanford of Snellville and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Parker of Tallahassee, Fla., announce the engagement of their daughter Stephanie Rose Parker of LaGrange, to Thomas Richard Barth of Auburn, Ala., son of Col. and Mrs. Thomas Barth of Springfield, Va.

HUCKABY: Life too short to worry about the little things

I never cease to be amazed at how foolish I can be — how I can spend so much time worrying about insignificant things that won't amount to a hill of beans in the long run. Or in the short run, either, for that matter.

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Urick — Callison

Michael and Barbara McLaughlin of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Urick of Savannah, to Christopher Callison of Savannah, son of Edwin Callison Jr. of Duluth and the late Anna Callison.

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Herb — Davis

Lauren Elizabeth Herb and Garrett Reginald Davis were married July 11 at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.

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LARSON: Let's recycle the old-fashioned idea of recycling

In 1991, when the Braves made the World Series, I was subbing in a special education class. These kids could read only a few sight words and had practically no math skills.

AD says Hewitt has 'all the qualities we want'

ATLANTA — What now for Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt?

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Estatico — Jones

Laurie J. Estatico of Dacula announces the engagement of her daughter, Michelle A. Estatico of Atlanta, to David M. Jones of Snellville, son of Michael Jones of Snellville and Rita Hastings-Harper of Lawrenceville.

GWINNETT GRADS: UGA's Mangimelli caps strong freshman season

A year ago, Jana Mangimelli was a good high school swimmer at Brookwood. Now she's a major contributor for an SEC power.

Gustafson to start with Mississippi

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Tim Gustafson has learned patience. He's had to the last few years.

Easter Egg Hunts

Here's a look at Easter egg hunts happening throughout Gwinnett, beginning Saturday through April 3:

MCLEOD: Pursue your own goals but also listen to others

"At a certain point it gets to be about me, right?"

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Gleason — Shay

Mark and Jane Gleason of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Carrie Lynn Gleason of Buford to Jason David Shay of Buford, son of David and Mindy Shay of Lawrenceville.

YARBROUGH: Coastal Georgia College moving up in the world

Even conceding our state's seemingly clueless attitude toward understanding the importance of education to Georgia's future prosperity, our politicians and bureaucrats are going to have a hard time screwing up the College of Coastal Georgia. The institution simply has too much going for it.

RICH: Bush hogging is as common in the South as breathing

Sometimes it takes a well-meaning Yankee to put me in my place. One who will remind me that all things Southern are, by no means, universal. That some things need to be explained.

Mildred Whidby

Mrs. Mildred Frances Bailey Whidby, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leamon Bennett and Lee Toy ...

Lyle Froning

Lyle L. Froning, age 75 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Lydia Hillis

Ms. Lydia Mauldin Hillis, age 72, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reece and Nellie Tuggle Mauldin; and ...

Arturo Iduate

Mr. Arturo E. Iduate, age 47 of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Herbert Ellis

Herbert Charles Ellis, GA, age 82, of Dacula, GA died on March 24, 2010. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Cleo Mitchell

Cleo Mitchell, 85, of Norcross, GA, died March 25, 2010. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 27th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in ...

Gretta Winn

Gretta (Sue) Winn age 47 of Dacula GA passed away Friday March 19, 2010. Sue was born January 10, 1963 to Zane Mossman and Ruthann Mossman Bramblett in Amherst Ohio ...

Georgia Lutrell

Georgia Ann Lutrell, age 74, of Snellville, GA, passed away March 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Alfred Jones

Alfred J. Jones, age 49, of Lawrenceville, Georgia died on March 23, 2010 from an apparent attack. He is survived by his son, Nathan J. Jones; daughter, Marissa Nadine Taylor ...

Mary Wages

Mary Ann Wages, age 70 of Winder, GA, passed away March 24, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Ron Leach

Ron Leach, age 58 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

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