News for Tuesday, March 9, 2010


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Keith Vandeford

Mr. Keith Vandeford age 50 of Pendergrass passed away March 6, 2010. He was preceded in death by parents Don & Mary Ruth Vandeford. Brother Craig Vandeford, Sister Debbie Vandeford ...

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Dell Newberry

Dell Newberry age 78, of Buford, GA, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2010. She is survived by her daughter and son in law, Peggy and Rodney Mahaffey of Buford ...

Vera Treadwell

Vera Dean Treadwell, age 94 of Bethlehem, GA, passed away March 8, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Lillian Trau

Lillian Watts Trau, age 75 of Covington, GA passed away March 8, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney “Rod” Trau and is survived by ...

Claudine Hawkins

Claudine Spain Hawkins, age 87, of Lilburn, Georgia entered into rest on March 7, 2010. She was a Fort McPherson retiree in the Computer Operations Division with 20 years of ...

Shelley Berry

Shelley Lynn Berry, age 56, of Conyers, GA died March 5, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Paul Pruett

Mr. Paul Pruett, age 73 of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Terry Hunter

Terry Hunter age 47 of Duluth died March 6, 2010. Funeral Service will be Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 11:30AM at the Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, with interment ...

Prep roundup: Big 7th lifts Providence over Mountain View

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Providence broke open a close game by scoring 10 runs in the top of the seventh to pull away for a 14-3 win over Mountain View.

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Cops: Mom over limit in crash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Toxicology results show a Grayson woman's blood-alcohol level was more than three times Georgia's legal driving limit in a fiery crash that killed her young daughter, police said Tuesday.

Gas still leaking in Tucker

TUCKER -- Officials still have not contained a methane gas leak that caused an explosion Sunday.

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Patient: Doctor used therapy to get sex

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A former patient of Cliff Tillery's told jurors Tuesday he charged $85 per hour to have sex with him during therapy sessions for alcoholism and bulimia.

Bill targets Web use of Ga. sex offenders

ATLANTA -- Georgia sex offenders could soon be removed from popular online social networking sites.

Man held in stabbing death

Marcus Dewayne Huff, 35, of Norcross, turned himself in to an off-duty DeKalb County police officer Sunday.

Duluth honors football hero

DULUTH -- Mayor Nancy Harris and the Duluth City Council recognized a hometown football hero on Monday by proclaiming March 8 George Rogers Day in the city in honor of the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner.

Buford, Loganville schools honored for graduation rates

BUFORD -- Buford High School is one of 15 schools in Georgia recognized for its work in improving graduation rates over the past several years.

Winder OKs development study

WINDER -- City councilmen Tuesday voted to approve Winder's Livable Centers Initiative study, the product of a seven-month effort between consultants, residents and government leaders.

Bomb scare shuts Norcross roads

NORCROSS -- A bomb scare Tuesday afternoon caused police to cordon off an area on Dawson Boulevard near Graves Road, officials said.

Barrow approves funds for bypass study project

WINDER -- The $87 million Winder bypass project, which has long languished since its planning began in earnest in 2004, got an invigorating shot in the arm Tuesday night when the Barrow County Commission begrudgingly approved roughly $44,000 from SPLOST funds for a federally required feasibility study.

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Same-sex couples say 'I do' in DC

WASHINGTON -- One bride wore a black suit, the other had on a white one with rhinestones.

33 schools recognized for breakfast, lunch participation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Department of Education recently recognized 33 Gwinnett County schools whose number of students who chose to eat breakfast or lunch at school during the 2007-08 school year was higher than the state average.

NATION IN BRIEF: Janitor's gunfire kills co-worker, self at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio State University janitor who received a bad job evaluation shot two supervisors in a campus maintenance building, killing one of them, then fatally shot himself, officials said Tuesday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Biden criticizes new Jerusalem settlements

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden is condemning Israel's approval of 1,600 new settlement homes in disputed East Jerusalem and said the timing undermines the peace process the United States is attempting to revive.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Producer says he attempted Letterman shakedown

NEW YORK -- A television producer admitted Tuesday to trying to shake down David Letterman in a case that bared the late-night icon's affairs with staffers, avoiding a long prison sentence by pleading guilty in exchange for six months in jail and community service.

MUST READ: Samsung, Panasonic start selling 3-D TVs this week

NEW YORK -- Samsung and Panasonic will start selling 3-D TVs in U.S. stores this week, inaugurating what TV makers hope is the era of 3-D viewing in the living room.

Sports briefs

Weir, Cink win Atlanta Sports AwardsBrookwood grad Amanda Weir and Duluth resident Stewart Cink received Atlanta Sports Awards at the Atlanta Sports Council event Monday night.

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Role Models

LAWRENCEVILLE -- As loaded as Georgia's high school basketball talent pool has been in recent years, the state tournament has been a time for the stars to come out and play.Even a team not known for its star power like Central Gwinnett's boys has its marquee talent in the form of senior Brian Williams and sophomore rising star Jordan Adams, who have combined to average about 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game.

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Wesleyan again sends boys, girls to Final Four

The event's rarity made it pretty special. Wesleyan not only put both its boys and girls basketball teams in the state Final Four two years ago, but also had both bring home state championships, quite the historical accomplishment.

Grayson, North up for challenge

Grayson head football coach Mickey Conn lined up nine of his 2010 football games very quickly, then had to wait for the last one.The game in question was his opponent in North Gwinnett's annual football challenge, scheduled for Aug. 28 this season. Conn got confirmation of his foe -- perennial Mississippi power West Point -- on Tuesday, thus completing the final missing piece of the upcoming Gwinnett high school football schedule.

HUCKABY: Sometimes laws are hustled by vile people

In America, we are supposed to be governed by the rule of law, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Policemen, judges and government officials aren't allowed to bring charges or punishment against people for political reasons or because it may be the popular thing to do -- or on a whim. And none of us are supposed to be exempt from the rule of law -- which is the only way any of us can be protected by the rule of law.

Police: Mom three times over the limit in fatal wreck

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Toxicology results show a Grayson woman's blood-alcohol level was more than three times Georgia's legal driving limit in a fiery crash that killed her young daughter, police said Tuesday.

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Eight displaced by blaze

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville home was heavily damaged Monday morning when a fire broke out in the kitchen.

NATION IN BRIEF: Janitor's gunfire kills co-worker, self at Ohio State

Janitor's gunfire kills co-worker, self at Ohio State

CLINE: Give anthem respect or Brooks will chide you

There is a letter on today's editorial page about the national anthem and how oftentimes people don't show the proper respect for it. It was in response to a previous letter on the same subject that took to task some Olympians for what the letter writer felt was lackluster enthusiasm in singing the anthem during medal ceremonies.

Health coalition to host town hall meeting

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services will host a community town hall meeting on March 26 to engage the public and community agencies in updating the county's comprehensive health and human services plan.

LETTERS: Anthem concerns not limited to one

What a great letter about respect for the national anthem and the flag that ran last week ("Be proud when you hear our national anthem," March 3, Page 6A).

Movement continues between Gladiators, AHL

DULUTH — As Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle walked back into the locker room after his postgame victory speech Monday night, the team had one more reason to celebrate.

LETTERS: Commissioners not hearing voters

Apparently, the Board of Commissioners just doesn't get it. Despite the public uproar and the lawsuits, the commissioners are persisting in implementing a variation of a solid waste collection plan that most folks in Gwinnett County just don't want.

GMC to host sports medicine symposium

DULUTH — On March 27, Gwinnett Medical Center — Duluth will host the fourth annual Gwinnett County High School Sports Medicine Symposium at the GHS Resource Center.

Bisher: Cox better brace for unwanted fuss

Guess you heard, Bobby Cox is retiring. As in, "Bobby Cox, who is retiring after this season, blah, blah and blah."