News for Tuesday, October 5, 2010


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Tall tale: Collins Hill QB Heinicke surprising self in senior season

Kevin Reach swears he saw this coming. The Collins Hill head coach points to his starting quarterback numbers from a season ago. Taylor Heinicke played 11 games and was third in the county with 1,778 passing yards. He threw 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes.

Etheridge knocks Rams into finals

Two outs were just enough for Breanna Etheridge. Grayson's freshmen designated hitter showed how she earned the spot with two two-out, two-RBI singles in the Rams' 8-1 win over Archer.

Jackets need sustained urgency

Though still not "playing up to our potential," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said the Yellow Jackets have reason to feel better about the team's direction heading into Saturday's game with Virginia at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Groh goes against alma mater

Like any football coach, Al Groh wasn't thrilled about being fired after nine years as head coach at Virginia following last season. That doesn't mean Georgia Tech's first-year defensive coordinator will view Saturday's visit from the Cavaliers to Bobby Dodd Stadium as a grudge match.

PREP ROUNDUP: Duluth earns spot in Class AAAAA state playoffs

After blanking Mountain View 4-0 in its first game of the Region 7-AAAAA tournament on Tuesday at Mill Creek, Duluth knocked off Peachtree Ridge 9-1 to secure a spot in the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Wildcats will play Mill Creek at 4 p.m. today for third place.

Big Buff back on 'D'

Dustin Byfuglien wreaked havoc around the net in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, tying for the team lead with 11 goals as the Chicago Blackhawks won the championship. Now he is with a new team -- playing a new position. Well, it's not that new.

Richt tries new ploys to end UGA's slide

Georgia's longest losing streak in 20 years has coach Mark Richt searching for answers. The Bulldogs are scuffling to get their first Southeastern Conference victory -- and so is Tennessee.

Pair accused of robbing pharmacies of pills

LILBURN -- Lilburn police made quick work of two alleged painkiller-seeking bandits last week, heading a multi-department investigation that resulted in two men being busted with more than 1,000 pills stolen from pharmacies across the area.

I-85 lights to be turned back on

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Stimulus funds have freed up enough money to turn the lights back on along Interstate 85.

FBI: Suspects may be wig bandits

ATLANTA -- FBI officials hope three arrests in DeKalb this week will signal the end of a hairy string of armed bank robberies in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta.

County settles land-buy dispute

LAWRENCEVILLE -- County officials have agreed to settle a two-year-old dispute over 6.357 acres in the Sugarloaf pathway by buying more than 150 acres.

Winder Police Department earns state certification

WINDER -- Police Chief Stanley Rodgers proudly presented Mayor Chip Thompson with a plaque Tuesday commemorating the department's state certification renewal, which will remain valid for another 3 years.

Local briefs

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Gwinnett residents have recently won $100,000 or more in prize money from the Georgia Lottery.

LETTERS: Golf club was a financial problem waiting to happen

Many years ago I wrote a letter to the Daily Post regarding Gwinnett County purchasing at that time Springbrook Golf Course. I warned that the county was making a big mistake, which has only seemed to get bigger as the years go by.

Parade of G-Braves 'saved' big club

ATLANTA — Dave Brundage peered over the dugout railing at Turner Field like a proud father and watched the Atlanta Braves work out Tuesday for their National League Division Series against San Francisco.

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CLINE: Helping on the road to recovery

To those who know her best, Linda Halbman is a lot of things. Wallflower is not one of them.

Firefighters let home burn because owner didn't pay fee

SOUTH FULTON, Tenn. — Firefighters in a far western Tennessee city let a mobile home burn to the ground because the owner didn’t pay an annual $75 fire protection fee, authorities say.

LETTERS: Read Pink puts great cause in the spotlight

I loved the pink paper! What a novel way to draw attention to such a worthy cause. Thank you.

LETTERS: ARC leaders think of the big picture

As the regional planning agency for metro Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission commends you on your Oct. 3 piece, “Some issues in need of a regional fix.” ARC is tasked to examine the big picture issues that affect us all, from water to transportation to work force development, and then develop plans to ensure our future success on many levels.

Gladiators add several players

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators got an infusion of more talent on Tuesday.

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Kroger manager to be featured on cancer awareness posters this month

DULUTH — A local woman has become Kroger’s face of breast cancer awareness for the Atlanta area.

Health departments offering annual flu shots

The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments are now offering annual flu shots at their health centers to everyone six months and older.

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Roy Foster

Mr. Roy Norton Foster, age 87, of Buford, GA and formerly of DeKalb County, GA passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife ...

Mae Terry

Mrs. Mae Clack Terry age 80 of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Jewell Roberts, Jr.

Jewell Otis Roberts, Jr., age 55, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away October 2, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Michael Wells

Mr. Michael Robert Wells age 37 of Buford, GA and the Rest Haven Community passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior ...

Alma Geiger

Mrs. Alma H. Geiger of Winder, GA passed away October 2, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Maggie Carlisle

Mrs. Maggie Carlisle, age 73, of Bethlehem, GA passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010. She is survived by her husband, Howard Carlisle, Bethlehem, GA; daughter and son-in-law ...

Laurie Parks

Laurie Theresa Parks, age 52 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away October 3, 2010. She was preceded in death by her father, Eual Landry, Jr. and is survived by her husband ...

James Patton

Mr. James E. "Jim" Patton, age 67 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away October 2, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Stephen Queen

Mr. Stephen Richard Queen age 67 of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Billy White

Billy Ray White of Winder, GA passed away October 1, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Vernon Greene

Vernon Victor Greene, 86, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away Sunday, October 3rd, 2010. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Crowell ...

Billy Holcombe

Billy E. Holcombe, age 77 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2010. He is survived by wife of 57 years Lessie Mae Holcombe of Lawrenceville, GA, daughter ...