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Getting to Know ... Michael Nicholson

In this latest installment of "Getting to know ...," staff writer Brandon Brigman talks to Nicholson about building the athletic program at Shiloh, working at McDonald's and Georgia football.

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Lawrenceville, Suwanee attractions sure to terrify

It's a chance to visit a late 1800s sanitarium for the criminally insane, without a time machine or a lobotomy. Its creator cites numerous brave souls claiming it's even better than Netherworld, the Atlanta-area gold standard.

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Netherworld nightmares feature gargoyles, zombies

It's been voted the No. 1 haunted house by USA Today, HauntWorld magazine and Fangoria magazine. And it's right here in Gwinnett.

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Where to haunt this Halloween

It's a holiday with origins dating back 2,000 years and brings out the kid in all of us every Oct. 31. Here's a look at what's happening this Halloween weekend in Gwinnett.

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Buford, GAC meet again in Columbus

COLUMBUS -- Top-ranked Buford used two dramatically different ways to advance in the winner's bracket of the Class AA state softball tournament Thursday at the South Commons Softball Complex.

Defending champ Eagles win two

Collins Hill followed up a 9-1 win over Newnan in their opener to hold off Grayson 5-2 Thursday at the South Commons Softball Complex to move into the winner's bracket final at 7 p.m. tonight.

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ART BEAT: Southern Ballet Theatre celebrates holidays early

The first of the holiday season offerings in dance, Southern Ballet Theatre's "A Very Grinchy Christmas" will be held at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

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ARTIST PROFILE: Shiloh grad now performing in Atlanta Ballet's 'Moulin Rouge'

After two seasons dancing with the Orlando Ballet, Deonte Hansel has gotten much closer to his Gwinnett dance roots -- the 22-year-old is now performing with the Atlanta Ballet in its season opener "Moulin Rouge," which is in its final weekend run at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Hansel took his first ballet class with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, under the direction of Lisa Sheppard. He talks to staff writer Deanna Allen about his background in dance.

Swiney enters county chairman race

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A local real estate broker has entered the county race for chairman.

Force release schedule

On March 13, arena football will return to Gwinnett. The Georgia Force announced their 2011 schedule on Thursday, which includes a season and home opener against Tulsa on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m.

Penny tax review to be held today

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Residents can review county sales tax spending today in one of the buildings the taxes funded.

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Man arrested on child porn charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Investigators say a 23-year-old Lawrenceville man was caught downloading and sharing child pornography on a popular network.

Wesleyan boys run to 11th region title

Wesleyan had five runners in the top 11 as the Wolves trounced the rest of the boys 5-A field to win its 11th straight region title. The Galloway School finished second with 67 points.

INSIDE THE PERIMETER: 'Christmas' comes early to the Fox

The Christmas spirit will settle in at the Fox Theatre early this year. The holiday musical "White Christmas," with music and lyrics penned by songwriting great Irving Berlin, will open Tuesday for an eight-performance engagement. Atlanta is the opening city on the national tour.

'The Last 5 Years' a musical mystery

Director Scott Rousseau recommends audiences bring along tissues to New London Theatre's current production.

Norcross to celebrate Hindu festival of Diwali

Grand Diwali Mela 2010, an Indian festival of lights, will be held Saturday in Norcross.

Boutique to open today

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A grand opening for the newest member of the Lawrenceville Tourism Trade Association will be held today.

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Rainey, King expected to return after suspensions

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's Chris Rainey and Georgia's Caleb King made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this season. Arrested, then suspended. They will be back in the spotlight Saturday, this time probably playing staring roles for the Gators and Bulldogs in what essentially will be an elimination game in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division.

Finer details will determine Lawrenceville outcomes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The six people on the ballot in Lawrenceville's upcoming election agree on many issues.

Fire Academy graduates 48 who'll help open 3 stations

DACULA -- Bagpipes wailed and 48 men and women made their way across the stage Thursday afternoon, as two record-breaking recruit classes officially became Gwinnett County firefighters and EMTs and enabled three new fire stations to be opened this weekend.

OUT IN THE CROWD: Festival to help out Lawrenceville Co-op with food drive

A community fall festival in downtown Lawrenceville, now in its second year, will assist the Lawrenceville Co-op's efforts to provide food for those in need.

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Third 'Millennium' film overlong, redundant

It's difficult to compare the three film adaptations of the late Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" novels to anything else as few if any foreign language trilogies have ever played theatrically in the U.S. The last set of any note was Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" collection from almost 15 years ago.

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Chef gives audience Taste of Home at cooking school

DULUTH -- The first recipe Angelina Clark planned to try cooking at home was the upside down banana pecan French toast.

Loganville man accused of rape

LOGANVILLE -- Officials recently arrested a Loganville man wanted for allegedly raping a young girl in May.

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DA Porter says he will keep hunting shady land purchases

LAWRENCEVILLE -- District Attorney Danny Porter began building investigations into questionable land purchases by the government years ago.

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Annual event raises domestic violence awareness

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A few days before Thanksgiving 2008, Edi's daughter was tied to bed posts in her Florida home and strangled with a belt. Her abusive husband turned the air-conditioning to frigid, the better to preserve the body and quell odors, and then he scrammed.

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Newt Gingrich stops in Duluth

DULUTH -- The man given credit for the Republican party taking over Congress for the first time in 40 years in the 1990s says the party can do it again this Tuesday.

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Teacher of the year finalist Kuninsky: 'It's been a lot of fun'

LILBURN -- When Steve Kuninsky first went to college, he intended to be a doctor.

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Friendly confines can help with victories

Jess Simpson can't remember the last time Buford lost a regular season game at home. Now playoff games, that's a little different.

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Teacher of the year finalist Kuninsky: 'It's been a lot of fun'

LILBURN — When Steve Kuninsky first went to college, he intended to be a doctor.

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Fire Academy graduates 48 who'll help open 3 stations

DACULA — Bagpipes wailed and 48 men and women made their way across the stage Thursday afternoon, as two record-breaking recruit classes officially became Gwinnett County firefighters and EMTs and enabled three new fire stations to be opened this weekend.

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Garbutt scores two in loss

TRENTON, N.J. — Ryan Garbutt scored two goals but the Gladiators fell in the first of a three game trip Thursday night, 3-2 in a shootout to the Trenton Devils.

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Lions host Hawks in strange showdown

“You can throw out the records when these teams meet,” ranks high on the list of tired phrases bantered about sports by coaches, commentators and writers.

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Former coordinator returns to Apalachee as opposition

Tonight is homecoming for Winder-Barrow head football coach David Wagner.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Mariah Carey announces she's pregnant

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WORLD IN BRIEF: Two volcanoes erupt, spew ash in Russia

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High-stakes skirmish in 7-AAAAAA

The competition in Region 7-AAAAA often makes it tough to put together any kind of winning streak against the same opponent, yet it’s something Norcross currently has going against Collins Hill.

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MCCULLOUGH: Voting takes work this year

While the selection of candidates may not be all that appealing here this year, at least we have a few choices, and I am at least proud of the work I’ve done as a voter.

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Broncos regrouped to keep title drive alive

Mark Crews felt like he had a team capable of winning a region championship earlier this season.

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BRODER: Will there be a real verdict this election?

WASHINGTON — I have this strange feeling that we are about to be badly misled about the political climate in this country. We are going to look at the returns on the biggest Republican victory in 16 years and think that it spells doom for the Democrats and a shift to the right in our politics. And we will be wrong.

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Jeffery Scott Carter

Jeffery Scott Carter, age 48 of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Saturday, October 30, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

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Martin Scharle

Mr. Martin Scharle, age 15, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 after a five-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents, Ralph and ...

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Roger Lohsen

Roger George Lohsen, Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps – Retired, died at home in Norcross Georgia on Monday, October 25th, 2010. He was 84 years old. Born in Jersey ...

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Thomas Rees

Thomas Joseph Rees, the last, a/k/a T, TR or Tom, fighter by day, lover by night, drunkard by choice and Uncle Sam's marching clown forever, died Monday, October ...

Donald Wagoner

Donald Franklin Wagoner of Buford, Georgia passed away October 25, 2010 at 5:43am at the age of 73 from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Preceded by the ...

Judith Tullis

Judith Mashburn Tullis, age 63, of Loganville, GA, died October 24, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Joey Reed

JO JO" Mr. Joey "Jo Jo" Reed, age 45, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2010. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lindsey Ann Brown ...

Nina Smith Cassidy

Funeral services will be at 11 AM Friday, October 29, 2010, at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Chapel, for Nina Smith Cassidy, 82, of Lawrenceville, Ga., who passed away peacefully at home ...

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