News for Monday, September 13, 2010

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From vine to vino: Chateau Elan winemaker hopes for fine wine

BRASELTON -- Five tons of merlot is slowly fermenting in seven large, white containers inside the Chateau Elan Winery. On Monday, Brian Womack and Eli Watson used large shovels to punch down the cap of grape skins that had formed on the surface of the fermenting wine. Punching down the cap -- mixing the skins with the deep, reddish purple, aromatic liquid -- extracts color and flavor from the grape skins. Winery employees will do this three times a day, even on weekends.Photo slide show inside

County SAT scores up for 3rd year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools has bucked a statewide trend.While Georgia high school students fared worse on the SAT for the fourth year in a row, GCPS' average score rose for the third consecutive year. In fact, students in the district posted the second-highest average score the school system has seen since a new version of the test was implemented five years ago.

Lilburn to study complex

LILBURN -- Appearing before a standing-room-only crowd of homeowners Monday night, the Lilburn City Council took a major league step in the process of seeing whether the construction of a new $20 million sports complex for travel baseball teams is feasible within the city limits.

Duluth wants more debate on alcohol ordinance

DULUTH -- The Duluth City Council stopped short of voting Monday to allow Duluth residents and visitors to purchase beer and wine from additional restaurants in the downtown business district in specially marked cups for consumption on the Town Green. The council wants to discuss the issue further.

PREP ROUNDUP: Senior duo leads Rams to 1-0 win

Two seniors celebrated their night to be honored by teaming up to give Grayson a 1-0 win over Buford on Monday. Savanna Berkhiser's RBI double in the fourth inning brought home Rachel McElroy for the game's only run.

Lowe's 12 K's lead Braves past Nats

Derek Lowe decided it was time for a new plan against Washington, so he asked Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell for help.

Woman accused of abusing mother-in-law

LILBURN — A Lilburn woman was arrested last week after police said an argument with her 71-year-old mother-in-law resulted in physical abuse.

Best-selling author to visit library

LAWRENCEVILLE — Sara Gruen’s latest novel hit bookstore shelves last week, just in time for Gwinnett residents to pick up a copy before the New York Times-bestselling author makes an appearance in Lawrenceville on Thursday.

XC ROUNDUP: Brickell runner-up at Carrollton Invite

Peachtree Ridge’s Josh Brickell placed second overall in the championship division of the Carrollton Invitational on Saturday.

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Moore to play for 'Huskers

Over the last decade, Norcross’ boys basketball program has produced more than two dozen college players, including nine that have gone on to play at major Division I programs.

Suspect pleads guilty to assaulting cop

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Clarkston man admitted in court Monday to charges he nearly ran over a Lilburn officer while fleeing the scene of a drug-related shooting at a local bowling alley in 2008.

Library's summer reading program grows

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett County Public Library system’s summer reading program has grown exponentially over the past three years, with another huge jump in completions this past summer, officials said at the organization’s Board of Trustees meeting Monday.

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GSU NOTES: Panthers' QB situation unsettled

ATLANTA — Georgia State’s quarterback merry-go-round took another turn in Saturday’s 23-14 loss to Lambuth at the Georgia Dome.

NATION: Feds seek help on gas line probe

Feds seek help on gas line probe

WORLD: Woman's family asks Iran to drop high bail

Woman’s family asks Iran to drop high bail

Cops bust three for meth in Duluth

DULUTH — Undercover officers busted three alleged drug dealers in Duluth last week, “buying” more than 100 grams of methamphetamine before a search of their home revealed even more.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Former Tech back Burns to speak at North

Former Tech back Burns to speak at North

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Norcross' Bradley commits to WVa.

One of the anchors of Norcross’ stout defense, which has allowed just 26 points in three wins, has made his college decision.

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Worth the wait

When Emmanuel Ogbuehi first decided to attend Georgia State University in 2008, playing college football was among the last things on his mind.

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