News for Saturday, October 30, 2010


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MURPHY: Is honesty too big of a request?

Recent events have forced me to change my voting strategy. I'm no longer going to get hung up on party tags, campaign planks or even political ideology. My sole acid test for any candidate wanting my support is honesty.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Parkview marching band wins top honors

The Parkview High School marching band recently won several awards, including grand champion with the highest overall score of 94, at the Golden River Marching Festival on Oct. 16 in Tallapoosa.

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JENKINS: Rules of the road for teenage drivers

It was inevitable, I suppose: after my column a couple of weeks ago on driving in traffic, I received the obligatory e-mails from parents who were shocked -- shocked, I tell you! -- that I would recommend such aggressive tactics. Apparently their main concern was that their teenagers would be unduly influenced by my bad example.

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LARSON: Time to reform our thinking about stereotypes

For most people, today is Halloween. But for Lutherans, it's Reformation Day, the biggest day of the year.

Suwanee invites public to talk about alternative transportation

The city of Suwanee plans to update its Alternative Transportation Plan, created in 2006, to determine how to get pedestrians across Peachtree Industrial Boulevard more safely and to identify gaps in its sidewalk network and prioritize installation.

2 locals inducted to Ga. Radio Hall of Fame

Two well-known names in the Gwinnett and metro Atlanta area were inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame last weekend, honored for their roles in helping make the state's broadcasting legacy one to remember.

Barrow traffic unit earns state's top nod

The Barrow County Sheriff's Office traffic enforcement unit earned top honors statewide for its safety efforts earlier this month, officials said.

Suwanee Family Dentistry giving out cash for candy

Trick-or-treaters who score lots of candy this Halloween -- or those who lack a sweet tooth -- can trade their extra or unwanted treats for cash.

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Forgotten Story - The Wallace Murders of 1910

The old Hog Mountain Cemetery is a bulging triangle of land in the shadow of a cell phone tower, overlooking an animal hospital and Pizza Hut, an ancient patch of modern day Dacula buffered from commerce by two busy roads.

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The Atlanta Georgian - In Lawrenceville People Whisper of the 1910 Triple Killing.

Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 2, 1910 - The tragedy of Tuesday morning, the double murder by Joseph D. Wallace, a prominent merchant, and his own suicide, has inspired a hundred rumors as to his motive. He shot his wife dead in frenzy after a nightmare, and insanity followed, is the theory of the surviving members of the family. The older citizens say that Wallace was a peculiar man and that several years ago he killed a negro with but little provocation.

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Gwinnett's 'blackest night' revisited

Witnesses to the fatal shootings described the facial expressions and remarks of Wallace -- who served as a Lawrenceville City Commissioner -- as cold blooded, calculative, even demonic. In the wake of the slaughter, several rumors permeated Lawrenceville pertaining to Wallace's motivation.

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Election will be true test of how much momentum the tea party has

It's been brewing for about 20 months now, but the real test will be Tuesday to learn how strong the tea party movement is, both in Gwinnett and across the country.

Ga. voters to decide on levying $10 trauma tax

Georgia hospitals are pushing for a cash infusion of $80 million annually to stabilize the state's struggling network of trauma centers, but first voters would have to approve a tax hike for themselves next month.

Barnes, Deal take final pitches on the road

As the campaign to become Georgia's next governor hurtles into its final days, Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes are crisscrossing the state by bus to make their final pitches to voters.

New batch of leaders to graduate Duluth program

The newest leadership class in Duluth will graduate next week. An event has been scheduled for Wednesday for the L.E.A.D. Academy, which stands for Learn, Engage, Advance Duluth.

Oops: Campaign season of gaffes, gotchas

Memo to novice political candidates: Know thy Constitution. Don't tell Hispanics they look Asian. Pay special attention to what you say when you are in front of cameras. Which you almost always are. Expect your chitchat to go viral.

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SPLOST votes in question

The sales tax funding that has built much of Gwinnett could be in jeopardy due to commissioners' misdeeds, said a grand jury that explored five suspicious parkland purchases.

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Variety of Georgia donates bicycles to kids in need

About 80 Gwinnett County children received new bicycles Saturday morning from Variety of Georgia.

HUCKABY: Who could say no to a Taste of Home?

I can say no. I really can. Promise. To some people. I can't say no as well as my lovely wife, Lisa, but I can say no. Sometimes. To some people.But I can't say no to J.K. Murphy. I like him too much and appreciate him even more.

FIRE BRIEFS: Passerby helps woman rescue daughter from blaze

Passerby helps woman rescue daughter from blaze

BISHER: World Series a reminder of Braves' nightmare Teixeira trade

Look, John Schuerholz is out of office, the office Frank Wren now occupies.

GGC application deadline Nov. 15

LAWRENCEVILLE — Thinking about attending Georgia Gwinnett College? Be prepared to turn in an application sooner rather than later.

NATION IN BRIEF: Authorities lift fire evacuations in Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. — More than 1,700 people evacuated because of a wildfire west of Boulder are being allowed to return to their homes after firefighters worked through the night to stop the fire from spreading.

Local creates website for community to connect with neighbors

HOSCHTON — When Wayne Strickland moved into the Village at Deaton Creek, he was less than impressed with the active adult community’s website.

Gladiators hang on vs. Elmira

ELMIRA, N.Y. — Chris Poli scored twice, and the Gladiators withstood a late third period push by the Elmira Jackals on Saturday night, hanging on for a 4-3 win on the road at First Arena.

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Teacher of the year finalist Bailey-Wegner: 'I love all these kids'

AUBURN — Walk into Julie Bailey-Wegner’s fifth-grade classroom at Mulberry Elementary School and it only takes a moment to notice the research-based teaching practices in place.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Sopranos' actress Denise Borino-Quinn dies at 46

ROSELAND, N.J. — Denise Borino-Quinn, who unexpectedly won a role as a mafia wife on ‘‘The Sopranos’’ after she attended an open casting call, has died. She was 46.

OUR VIEW: Legal matters show need for transparency, accountability

With this week’s unsealing of the grand jury presentment about land deals made by Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners, we learned some things that were suspected — Chairman Charles Bannister resigned in exchange for not being indicted — and some things we’ve known — that district courtesy is “at the root of the problems with each land transaction.”

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North girls, Peachtree Ridge boys claim region titles

DULUTH — It wasn’t precisely as North Gwinnett girls coach Mark Karen wanted it, but he’ll take it. Peachtree Ridge boys coach Ron Clanton won’t argue with the result either.

ROBINSON: Tea party candidates are a tough comedy act to follow

With their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” this weekend, political satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were late to the party. This weird campaign has been Comedy Central all along.

Official: Politicians should help students

LAWRENCEVILLE — State legislators need to stop shortchanging students, the president of the Georgia Association of Educators said this week.

BRODER: Economy still on track to lose Tuesday

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.

LETTERS: Recent award shows GCPS is a quality district

Someone needs to remind Mr. Bardugon (“School boards don’t want to let go of your money,” Oct. 27, Page 10A) that the Gwinnett County School System just won a $1 million award from the federal government because it was judged to be the best public school system in the United States. I think our tax money is pretty well spent, and our children’s future is in pretty good hands.

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Parkview, Brookwood dominate 8-AAAAA meet

DULUTH — The two schools of Five Forks Trickum dominated the Region 8-AAAAA cross country meet Saturday at River Green Park.

LETTERS: Denying funds won't hurt NPR

To the writer who wants the government to fire the head of NPR over her firing of analyst Juan Williams: Please note government funding is less than 5 percent. NPR is accountable to the public, not the government.

O'REILLY: Why is NPR getting our money?

One of the big reasons the Democrats may get hammered Tuesday is that under that party’s congressional leadership, the nation has run up an astounding $5 trillion in new debt over the past three years. And what do we have to show for all that deficit spending? Nancy Pelosi flying home to San Francisco in a private jet?

Stewart, Colbert 'sanity' rally draws laughs, activism

WASHINGTON — In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a ‘‘sanity’’ rally poking fun at the nation’s ill-tempered politics, fear-mongers and doomsayers.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Death toll in suicide attack in Iraq rises to 26

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi health official said the death toll from a suicide bombing north of Baghdad has risen to 26.

LETTERS: BOC not getting help from other public workers

With 80 percent of the BOC working part-time and being led by a retiree making less than an administrative assistant, it is easy to understand the scathing grand jury report on the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. However, the BOC is supported by a group of highly compensated “professionals” who the voters expected to administer their county efficiently.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall in lead, Heckman gets endorsement

The margin for victory could be big Tuesday, according to a poll on the District 7 congressional race.

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Jerry Masters

Mr. Jerry K. Masters, age 73, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, October 28, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alice Adams Masters; and ...

Betty Langley

Betty Ann Jolly Langley, age 78 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Lawrenceville Chapel, 7709-963-2411

James Thompson

JIMMY" James Leon "Jimmy" Thompson, age 63 of Lawrenceville , passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 1 PM Saturday, October 30, 2010 at Galilean Baptist Church ...

R.v. Attaway

R. V. Attaway, age 79 of Snellville, GA passed away October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010

Robert Mcclure

Robert McClure age 87 of Hoschton, GA passed away Friday, October 29, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Dorothy Gregory

Dorothy Mae Gregory, age 86, of Bethlehem, GA passed away Oct. 27, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Harold Smith

Harold B. Smith, age 66 of Buford, GA, passed away October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Peggy Mashburn

Peggy Ann Mashburn, age 79, of Loganville, Georgia entered into rest on Friday, October 29, 2010. She is survived by four children and their spouses, Mary Lynn & Michael Blankenship ...

Shelia Ford

Shelia Ford, age 47 of Snellville, GA passed away October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010

Donald Mcdaniel

Mr.Donald Horace McDaniel age 55 of Winder, passed away at Northeast Georgia Hospital Thursday, October 28, 2010. Arrangements to be announced by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA ...

Betty Bargeron

Betty Jean Bargeron, age 75, of Loganville, GA, died October 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Fonville Mcwhorter, Jr.

Fonville McWhorter, Jr., age 82 of Atlanta, GA passed away October 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Lawrenceville Chapel, 7709-963-2411