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Jessie Nelson

Jessie Nelson, age 9 of Winder, GA passed away on Friday, March 5, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Maxwell Fiandt

Mr. Maxwell “Max” Fiandt, age 20 of Cumming, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Roy Lackey

Roy L. (Lou) Lackey, age 75 of Dacula, formerly of Lawrenceville passed away, Thursday, March 4, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 7, 2010 at Pleasant ...

Alfred Huntsinger

Mr. Alfred “Al” Huntsinger, age 69 of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Thomas Goodman, Sr.

Mr. Thomas Albert Goodman, Sr., age 92 of Suwanee, GA passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Ellen White

Ellen M. White, age 70, of Fair Play, SC died March 4, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Marian Waldrip

Mrs. Marian Pate Waldrip, age 87 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Mary Louise Bateman

June 3, 1915 - March 3, 2010) Mrs. Mary Louise Bateman, 94 of Gainesville died Wednesday March 3, 2010 at the Oaks at Limestone. She was the daughter of the late ...

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'Learn from yesterday' -- Holocaust survivor shares story with students

NORCROSS -- Henry Friedman knows every day is a gift.

Second tax bills go out

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett tax bills are in the mail -- for the first time this year.

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Local toddler wins contest

BRASELTON -- Local 3-year-old Maggie Sue Romeo's smiling face will appear on the cover of Parenting Magazine.

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Daily Post's parent company changes name

Southern Community Newspapers Incorporated is the new name of the parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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Strong aftershocks stun Chile

CONCEPCION, Chile -- The most powerful aftershock in six days sent terrified Chileans fleeing into quake-shattered streets and forced doctors to evacuate some patients from a major hospital on Friday as the nation struggled to comprehend the scope of the disaster that hit it.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Pentagon shooter had a history of mental illness

HOLLISTER, Calif. -- The man who opened fire in front of the Pentagon had a history of mental illness and had become so erratic that his parents reached out to local authorities weeks ago with a warning that he was unstable and might have a gun, authorities said Friday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Quake strikes Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- A magnitude-6.5 undersea earthquake shook the western shore of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Friday, causing panic but no casualties or damage, an official said.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Beyonce helps drug abusers

NEW YORK -- The president of Brooklyn has declared Beyonce an official Brooklynite.Borough President Marty Markowitz said Beyonce is a Brooklynite by marriage and by moxie. Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, is from Brooklyn.

HBO paying for veterans' trip to World War II memorial

NEW YORK -- HBO is paying to send 250 veterans to Washington next week to visit the World War II memorial, coinciding with the networks' premiere of a miniseries about the war.

Group to perform for Haiti benefit

NORCROSS -- Members of Resurrection Dance Theatre had already planned to travel to America this year on tour raising money to expand their facilities at the St. Joseph's Home for Boys in Haiti.

Volunteers leave to help Haitian town

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Stephen Dupuis embarked on the first of many planned trips to Haiti on Friday.

Central's Allen, Williams lead all-region honors

Central Gwinnett's David Allen was coach of the year and his senior guard, Brian Williams, was player of the year in voting by the Region 8-AAAAA boys basketball coaches.

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High sights

DALTON -- The Greater Atlanta Christian boys' trip to Macon lasted just one day a year ago. The Spartans want to make the visit longer this time and come back with a very special souvenir."Just making it back to the final four hasn't been our goal," GAC senior standout Trent Wiedeman said. "We want something bigger."

Carnival workers in hot water over fire hydrant

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Arrest warrants have been issued for two men associated with a traveling carnival that police say stole water from Gwinnett County.

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GAC girls beat Blessed Trinity, advance to state semifinals

DALTON -- It didn't feel as easy as the final score indicated it was, but GAC's girls won't argue the results of their 75-48 win over Blessed Trinity in the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament Friday at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center.

Teenage author to sign second book

NORCROSS -- Another year older with another book under his belt.

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Others step up for Buford

DALTON -- On a night when leading scorers Andraya Carter and Alysha Rudnik combined for just 16 points, it would be easy to assume the Buford girls would be in big trouble.However, their teammates -- especially Lacey Pass -- made sure that wouldn't be the case in their Class AA state quarterfinal game against Rabun County.

Brush fire ties up traffic on I-85

SUWANEE -- Smoke from an early afternoon brush fire slowed traffic on Interstate 85 near Old Peachtree Road on Friday.

Man indicted in stabbing death

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County grand jury recently indicted a Norcross man on charges he stabbed a man to death inside a Duluth bakery more than three months ago.

In age of transfers, Central boys take unique path

Take a look at most of the state's successful Class AAAAA boys basketball teams over the past decade and the evidence is clear. Nearly every roster has been boosted by students transferring in from other districts.Every AAAAA boys champion dating back to Berkmar in 2001, most notably powerhouses Norcross and Wheeler, has featured prominent transfers who didn't start their high school careers at the school where they finished.

State gets $12 million in funding

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Georgia more than $12 million in stimulus dollars for transit improvements across the state.

Prep roundup: Grayson rallies to top Union Grove

LOGANVILLE -- Kyle Streicher's infield single pushed home Drew Sexton and capped off a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh as Grayson clipped Union Grove 5-4 in baseball on Friday.

Police: Blood in ceiling points to robbery suspect

NORCROSS -- DNA evidence left in the ceiling of a Norcross check-cashing business has led police to a suspect nearly four years after a botched robbery.

Statham police chief retiring

STATHAM -- Statham Police Chief Roger Tripp said he will retire later this month after five years heading the department.

Gwinnett grads: Shiloh's Owen competing for Guyana

Though she grew up in Gwinnett, Daria Owen's heritage is rooted in South America.Those ties -- her father and late grandparents were natives of Guyana -- made the Shiloh grad eligible to compete for that country's fledgling national soccer team. That mission will be fulfilled this week when Owen competes in 2010 Women's World Cup qualifying matches, though her journey to this point started in December.

Youth Roundup: Peachtree Ridge captures Atlanta Metro championship

The Peachtree Ridge sixth-grade Gwinnett Basketball League team capped off a tremendous season by winning the Atlanta Metro Tournament last weekend. The tournament included the top teams from Gwinnett, Cobb and Fulton Counties.

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RICH: The days of 1937 featured tough times and strong faith

When she talked about those tribulations back in 1937, her feeble voice crackled with both age and emotion. With more than 70 years separating then from now, the grief still lingered but wisdom had covered it like moss on a riverbank.

Models take to the catwalk for cancer society fundraiser

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Over the past 18 years the American Cancer Society's Hope Fashion Shows have raised $880,000. The annual fundraising event is nearing the $1 million mark going into its 19th year with a goal of raising at least $100,000 that will go toward supporting the battle against this deadly disease.

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Sugar Hill brings solar energy, synthetic turf to newest park

SUGAR HILL -- Their beaming faces said it all.As Sugar Hill Mayor Gary Pirkle, his city council, City Manager Bob Hail and Recreation Director Andy McQuagge posed with shovels behind a mound of dirt on March 28, 2008, the excitement surrounding the ceremonial first shovel turn of Gary Pirkle park was palpable.

Mill Creek Foundation awards school grants

The Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation recently announced grant awards for the 2009-10 school year to the following schools and educators in the Mill Creek cluster.

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Barrow introduces unique method to teaching firefighters

WINDER -- Officials are calling an innovative, online class recently aced by firefighters a feather in the cap of Barrow County Emergency Services.

Duluth mayor to host live Webcast to reach out to area

DULUTH -- Duluth does more than use twitter for open government.Mayor Nancy Harris will host her second live Webcast later this month to reach out to residents.

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Colorful exhibit comes to Suwanee

SUWANEE -- A new, colorful addition to Suwanee City Hall comes courtesy of Seattle-based artist Koryn Rolstad, whose work is displayed all over the world.

Couple reaches out with special summer school

DACULA -- A Lawrenceville couple is opening a Christian school this summer for students with language learning differences such as dyslexia.

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LARSON: A penny-pincher's paradise in the heart of Lilburn

Melissa Baxter has always known the value of a dollar. When she was 11 years old and her brother Jason was 9, they started their own lawn service. They borrowed the $99 they needed for a push mower from their mother, who made them pay it back with interest.

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JENKINS: With apologies to Forrest Gump, sorry is as sorry does

When I was a kid and my dad would get onto me for doing something wrong, and I'd say "I'm sorry" without a trace of sincerity, he'd always respond, "I wasn't asking for a character reference."

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Beautiful baby to appear on Parenting Magazine

BRASELTON -- Local 3-year-old Maggie Sue Romeo's smiling face will appear on the cover of Parenting Magazine. View magazine cover inside this story

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LARSON: A penny-pincher's paradise in the heart of Lilburn

Melissa Baxter has always known the value of a dollar. When she was 11 years old and her brother Jason was 9, they started their own lawn service. They borrowed the $99 they needed for a push mower from their mother, who made them pay it back with interest.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Lt. Scott Dakin

Raised on a dairy farm outside Toronto, Lt. Scott Dakin, 43, spokesman of Barrow County Emergency Services, has fought "whoos fires" in Barrow County since the mid-90s. The gregarious dual citizen embraces cultural differences, enough so that he's christened his 19-foot Stingray boat the "Eh Y'all." In teaching kids, he favors the "get ewwt, stay ewwt" philosophy over Stop, Drop and Roll. He calls the South a personal blessing.

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Ward — Keller

Gary and Betsy Ward of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter Amber Ward of Atlanta to Teddy Keller of Atlanta, son of Scott and Lisa Keller of Lilburn.

GWINNETT GAB: Lawrenceville resident named GOAL winner

LAWRENCEVILLE — Tai Le, a radiologic technology student from Lawrenceville, is the winner of Gwinnett Technical College's 2010 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.

LETTERS: Illegals part of strain on educational funding

On Thursday, students across the nation protested cuts to education, while in Gwinnett a group of immigrants protested the 287 (g) program and our governor, county commissioners and school superintendents were simultaneously proposing cuts to schools' fine arts programs, the school year and teachers' salaries and proposing increases in class size, teacher responsibilities, and tuition for colleges and universities.

Road closures

• Arcado Road from Cedar Road to Acadia Industrial Circle will require intermittent lane closures through June 2011 for roadway improvements and bridge replacement, weather permitting. Any such closures will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

LETTERS: Trash plan leaves hole in fee responsibility

In the article "Officials adopt new trash plan," (March 3, Page 1A), it states "every home habitable will be subject to the service — even if vacant — with charges coming on county tax bills."

Gwinnett grads: Shiloh's Owen competing for Guyana

Though she grew up in Gwinnett, Daria Owen's heritage is rooted in South America.

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Watkins — Entrekin

William and Vera Watkins of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Lena Michelle Watkins of Lawrenceville to David Rodney Entrekin Jr. of Dawsonville, son of Rod and Christy Entrekin of Dawsonville and the late Jan Entrekin.

LETTERS: Freedom of choice includes our trash

Once again our elected commissioners have gone against the wishes of their constituents and will be sticking us with a very controversial trash plan. The commissioners don't seem to get it.

Central's Allen, Williams lead all-region honors

Central Gwinnett's David Allen was coach of the year and his senior guard, Brian Williams, was player of the year in voting by the Region 8-AAAAA boys basketball coaches.

College Notes

The following local students were named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Harding University:

Gladiators blow another lead

ESTERO, Fla. — The Gladiators let another lead slip away in Florida, falling 7-5 after taking an early 2-1 advantage.

HUCKABY: Georgia cannot afford to lose 4-H

There's that great scene in "Gone with the Wind" where Rhett has come back from Europe with a pretty new bonnet for the recently widowed Scarlett O'Hara Kennedy. She hesitates before trying it on, not knowing which end of the bonnet is the front and which is the back. Rhett says, with obvious disgust, something like, "This war has stopped being a joke when a woman like you doesn't know how to wear the latest Paris fashions."

LETTERS: Residents want to keep choosing own haulers

It's hard to put a smiley face on the Board of Commissioners' bad decision to dictate who'll pick up our garbage and how much we'll pay. I know government is good at saving money, but I'd like to choose my own trash hauler. If I need help carrying it to the street, I'll give you a call.

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Britt — Vann

Jeff and Judi Britt of Flowery Branch announce the engagement of their daughter Samantha Wendy Britt of Atlanta to Matthew William Vann of Atlanta, son of Mike and Ricki Vann of Roswell.

MCLEOD: Are you letting a lizard make assumptions for you?

Do you ever wonder why some people do the things they do?

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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.

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