News for Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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John Lymon

Mr. John D. Lymon, age 78, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2010. He is survived by: wife of thirty-five years, Laverne Carson Lymon, Buford, GA ...

Larry Burell

Larry Eugene Burell, age 62, of Auburn, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Grace Burell; children, Laura Burell, Jeff Burell, Chris Burell ...

Ivy Eskridge

Ivy Eskridge, age 90, of Decatur, GA passed away March 2, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Lucille Maddox

Mrs. Lucille Roberts Maddox, age 91 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Wanda Heard

Wanda Heard, age 52, of Marietta, GA died February 28, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

David Watson

David Nathaniel Watson, infant of Duluth, GA, passed away March 2, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Sylvia Meeks

Sylvia Lynn Meeks, age 63 of Covington, GA passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Wesleyan boys hold off Pace rally

The Wesleyan boys took a 64-61 win over the Pace Academy Knights (21-7) in the second round of the Class A state tournament on Wednesday.

Wolves roll into quarters

Wesleyan turned it on in the second quarter and ran away from Towns County for an 81-32 victory in the second round of the girls Class A tournament Wednesday.

Hawks post another victory

HOSCHTON -- After winning their last two Region 7-AAAAA tournament games by a combined total of three points, Mill Creek's girls posted their second straight double-digit win in the Class AAAAA state tournament Wednesday 55-41 over Etowah.

Lamb, Norcross survive late Mustang rally

Jeremy Lamb scored 13 of his team's 15 fourth-quarter points in a 66-61 win over Meadowcreek in the Class AAAAA second round.

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Central takes down defending champs

Central Gwinnett's Brian Williams and Jordan Adams combined for 44 points, but it took the effort of all six players who took the floor during the night for the sixth-ranked Black Knights to dethrone the defending state champions 69-64.

Ole Miss' Black returns to Gwinnett for SEC tourney

DULUTH -- The timing, like the setting, couldn't be better for Shantell Black. The Ole Miss senior will get a chance to cap her college basketball career at home before family and friends. Plus, the Arena at Gwinnett Center is a place where she has already had dreams come true.

HAMMOCK: One Moore women's hoops showcase needed

Somehow, some way, we need to get Maya Moore back to Georgia. The Collins Hill grad may be the best women's basketball player the state's ever turned out, but since she left for Connecticut her ventures back down this way haven't involved college basketball games

Defending champion Buford too much for Crawford

ROBERTA -- Melinda Traylor knew the odds were stacked high against her team.She was all too familiar with the recent success that had followed her opponent into her quaint Middle Georgia town Wednesday, and she understood all too well the impact its momentum might have on the impending playoff showdown.

GAC girls cruise into Elite Eight with win over Fannin

NORCROSS -- When the Class AA quarterfinals were held at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center in Dalton three years ago, the Greater Atlanta Christian girls went on to win the state championship.Is that a good omen?

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Free throws invaluable for Norcross girls

NORCROSS -- Norcross just needed some extra practice.Throughout the week, head coach Angie Hembree would stop practice and make her players shoot free throws. And that was not enough work for Diamond DeShields.

Lou Williams 30 not enough vs. Hawks

ATLANTA -- Marvin Williams scored 21 points and Jamal Crawford added 20 to power the Atlanta Hawks to a 112-93 victory over the struggling Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.Joe Johnson added 18 points, Al Horford had 12 and Mike Bibby 11 for the Hawks, who have won three straight and five of six.

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'Trail of Dreams' walk for reform stops in Lawrenceville

Wednesday, four college students on their way from Miami to Washington converged on the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in hopes of speaking with Sheriff Butch Conway.

5 questions with Johnny Oduya

Obviously a good win (Tuesday) and the Islanders are coming in just a few points behind you in the standings. Is it important to keep them in your rearview mirror?

Prep Roundup: Bulldog boys blank Stars 2-0

SUWANEE -- It was tied at zero at the half, but North went on to shut out Providence 2-0 on Wednesday in boys soccer.Andres Pena was fouled outside the box on a break away and Nick Gomes took a free kick after the foul to score for North.

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Students who serve: North Gwinnett's cafe run by teens in special-education program

ric Dudley stood outside the Java Dawg Cafe, encouraging people to patronize the coffee shop during its grand opening Wednesday. Customers lined up to purchase beverages, some taking a few minutes to relax and chat with friends at a cafe table before returning to class.

College budgets: Lawmakers urged to soften cuts

Georgia lawmakers were urged Wednesday to soften the blows to public colleges and universities, which face up to $600 million in cuts as part of the state's budget crisis.

Resident calling for recall again

After months organizing the effort, disgruntled residents began an application for recall proceedings against Gwinnett Chairman Charles Bannister. Randy DeVault, who withdrew applications against Bannister and two other commissioners last December, filed the paperwork a day after commissioners reignited angry protesters by approving a controversial trash collection plan. His last effort began a week after commissioners voted to raise taxes.

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Budget cuts creating GBI lab backlog, stalling prosecution

Budget woes have tossed a proverbial wrench in the assembly line of crime lab reports generated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and criminal prosecution in Gwinnett is feeling the effects.

Cox begins campaign for Linder's seat

State Rep. Clay Cox began a campaign for Congress on Wednesday, pledging to be a conservative voice for local residents. Less than a week after long-serving U.S. Rep. John Linder announced his impending retirement, Cox's announcement ushered in a contentious campaign season, as the Republican pointed out that another candidate state Sen. Don Balfour had announced his campaign while on a "junket" in Egypt.

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Group provides jobs to adults with developmental disabilities

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, Robin Jankowski works at a thrift store in Flowery Branch. The job shredding stacks of papers is Jankowski's first, and she is one of four adults with developmental disabilities who spend one day a week working at Once Again Thrift Store. The store is named for a new program facilitated by the Enterline Foundation of Buford -- Once Again LLC -- that provides work opportunities for individuals like Jankowski, who said she loves her job.

Clean Air Campaign hopes telecommuters recognized

Linda Stone got back 21/2 hours of her life a day when she started telecommuting. The Lawrenceville resident was spending more than an hour in her car for a 20-mile commute to her workplace in Alpharetta just to turn back around at the end of the day and spend another hour driving home.

Bannister's work part of Sunday sales case

An affidavit by Gwinnett's chairman is part of Snellville officials' case for a new trial involving Sunday liquor sales. Chairman Charles Bannister authored a 1987 law change during his time in the Georgia General Assembly that was part of the city's argument that liquor-by-the-drink could be extended to Sundays without a referendum.

Snellville police looking for robber

A string of area robberies have authorities looking for a mild-mannered bandit. Snellville police said it is possible that the man who robbed a Blimpie on Monday is responsible for several stickups across the county.

Police find chop shop in Lawrenceville

A vehicle recovery system in a stolen Acura led police this week to a chop shop operating near downtown Lawrenceville, authorities said Wednesday. The Tuesday find marked the third chop shop Gwinnett authorities have reportedly uncovered in recent months.

Candidates line up to run against U.S. Rep. Johnson

Just a few months after revealing he suffers from hepatitis C, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson suddenly faces a crowded field of rivals as he seeks a third term in Congress.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Casas draws major endorsements for run for Senate seat

John Linder's surprise retirement announcement has sent many politicians scrambling, but Rep. David Casas was able to pull in some major endorsements when he announced he would run for state Senate.

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GARDENING IN GWINNETT: Time to control crabgrass, other weeds

One of the most important lawn care tasks in early spring is the application of pre-emergent herbicides (weed killers) to prevent weed seeds from germinating. They are commonly used for controlling summer annual grasses, such as crabgrass, goosegrass, and other lawn weeds. The pre-emergents will not control established emerged weeds.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Aftershock sets off panic

CONCEPCION, Chile -- A strong aftershock to Chile's deadly earthquake provoked a brief panic in the city of Concepcion, but no tsunami warning was issued and no injuries or damage have been reported.

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Some question Toyota fixes

WASHINGTON -- Some Toyota owners say they're still having trouble with unintended acceleration after their recalled cars were repaired, and the Transportation Department said Wednesday it is looking into their complaints.

NATION IN BRIEF: Sex offender is charged in teen's death

SAN DIEGO -- A 30-year-old sex offender was charged Wednesday with murdering a 17-year-old San Diego County girl who vanished after heading off for a run in a park.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Erik Estrada urges funding for Va. cops

RICHMOND, Va. -- Erik Estrada played a police officer on television, and now he's asking the Virginia legislature to support investigators who use the Internet to catch sexual predators.

Idaho school plan would pay students to graduate early

BOISE, Idaho -- Every high school has at least a handful of them, gifted students who blow through Faulkner as if it were a comic book, teenagers who catch on to calculus as if it were checkers.

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Moore, Charles among 12 added to USA pool

NEW YORK -- Connecticut stars Tina Charles and Collins Hill grad Maya Moore are among 12 players added to the U.S. women's basketball national pool.

Bannister's work part of Sunday sales case

LAWRENCEVILLE — An affidavit by Gwinnett's chairman is part of Snellville officials' case for a new trial involving Sunday liquor sales.

HAMMOCK: One Moore women's hoops showcase needed

Gwinnett doesn't lack for opportunities to watch good women's basketball, with its location directly between the campuses of Georgia and Georgia Tech.

BRODER: Emanuel and his 'advisers'

In the space of 10 days, thanks in no small part to my own newspaper, The Washington Post, the president of the United States has been portrayed as a weakling and a chronic screw-up who is wrecking his administration despite everything that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, can do to make things right.

Ole Miss' Black returns to Gwinnett for SEC tourney

DULUTH — The timing, like the setting, couldn't be better for Shantell Black.

THOMAS: Government reliance a hindrance to freedom

As more Americans, especially the unemployed, come to rely on government to take care of them, we risk losing our independence.

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'Trail of Dreams' walk for reform stops in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE — Wednesday, four college students on their way from Miami to Washington converged on the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in hopes of speaking with Sheriff Butch Conway.

GWINNETT GAB: Ribbon cutting scheduled for Wine Corner

Ribbon cutting scheduled for Wine Corner

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Students who serve: North Gwinnett's cafe run by teens in special-education program

SUWANEE — Eric Dudley stood outside the Java Dawg Cafe, encouraging people to patronize the coffee shop during its grand opening Wednesday.

Cox begins campaign for Linder's seat

LILBURN — State Rep. Clay Cox began a campaign for Congress on Wednesday, pledging to be a conservative voice for local residents.

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