News for Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Partners in fitness: Falcons encourage kids to get outside, stay active

DULUTH -- Gyani Williams was having fun participating in physical fitness activities Tuesday morning.What made the time even more exciting was the fact that some Atlanta Falcons players were coaching Gyani and other fourth-graders at Ferguson Elementary School.Photo slide show inside

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Fake cop suspect arrested

DULUTH -- Police have arrested a Cumming man on felony charges who held himself out as a bounty hunter for the military at a local night club last week, officials said.

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New Avenue store hosts HGTV star Yip

SNELLVILLE -- Glenda Vaughn assuredly wasn't the only one who felt like she was being reunited with an old friend when Vern Yip met with dozens of fans in Snellville on Tuesday evening.

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Snellville hires new economic development manager

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville is getting back in the growth game with the hiring of its first economic development manager in several years.

South Georgia girl in spotlight after nod from Obama

ATLANTA -- A 12-year-old girl from south Georgia is enjoying her taste of fame after President Barack Obama mentioned her during his annual back-to-school address on Tuesday.

Fire burns house in Norcross

NORCROSS -- A vacant house in Norcross experienced only minor damage after a neighbor reported seeing flames Tuesday evening.

Peachtree Elementary becomes IB school

NORCROSS -- Peachtree Elementary School is taking a slightly different approach to education this year.

Tea party favorite O'Donnell wins in Delaware

WASHINGTON -- Virtually unknown a month ago, Christine O'Donnell rode a surge of support from tea party activists to victory in the Delaware Republican Senate primary Tuesday night in an upset as stunning as any other in a season of recession and political upheaval. A second insurgent led for the GOP nomination in New Hampshire.

Lawrenceville to require special-use permits for airport, aviation businesses

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville City Council on Monday unanimously adopted zoning ordinance changes that would require the council's permission for a privatized and expanded airport to operate in the part of Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field that lies in the city limits.

Traffic shifts back to normal on McGinnis Ferry

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Traffic has shifted back to its original position on Interstate 85, as work on the McGinnis Ferry extension overhead has run ahead of schedule.

Alaska senator to decide on write-in bid by Friday

JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary to tea-party-backed Joe Miller last month, said she'll decide by Friday whether to mount a write-in candidacy.

Clark commits: North tackle picks Southern Miss

A Floridian for most of his life and a Georgian for the rest, Garrett Clark decided another state was the place for his future.The North Gwinnett senior committed to the Southern Mississippi football program on Tuesday, picking the Golden Eagles over offers from Memphis, Colorado State, Iowa State, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and others. An offensive tackle at North, the 6-foot-4, 282-pounder is expected to be a guard at the college level.

Police ID body found in Lake Lanier

ATLANTA -- Authorities said a body found floating in Lake Lanier on Tuesday is believed to be a 45-year-old man reported missing over the weekend.

Brookwood Invite hosts biggest field

The 18th annual Brookwood Invitational fastpitch softball tournament is bigger than ever.

Police arrest armed robbery suspect

DULUTH -- Gwinnett County police arrested Monday a Norcross man suspected in an April armed robbery in which he and a partner ordered a victim from his home and drove him to a nearby ATM at gunpoint.

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Hawks Floored: No. 1 Eagles shut out No. 2 Mill Creek

SUWANEE -- The No. 1 vs. 2 showdown lived up to the billing with the margin for success perhaps just a fingertip wide.Top-ranked Collins Hill eked out a 2-0 win over Mill Creek, No. 2 behind the Eagles in Class AAAAA, before a large crowd Tuesday.

Barrow sets guidelines for dealing with media

WINDER -- The Barrow County Commission took a stride at its meeting Tuesday night toward remaining better informed of interaction with the media.

Winder plants earn awards

WINDER -- Bryan Wagoner, Communications Director of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, presented a Gold Award to the city Tuesday for two of its wastewater treatment plants.

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Football heart: Walker's confidence part of new era at South

SNELLVILLE -- In the middle of answering a question about the rising success at South Gwinnett, Trevon Walker interrupts himself."Hey coach," Walker says, turning to South's head coach John Small, "when we win, I don't feel happy. I feel like it's what we are supposed to do. That's what we trained for."Small smiles. "That's the mentality we are trying to build around here."

Prep Roundup: Archer keeps pace in 8-AAAAA

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Archer remained just a half game back of Region 8-AAAAA leader Parkview on Tuesday with a 6-3 win over Central Gwinnett.

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CLINE: Feeling nostalgic about the county fair

This week makes me think about an old Bruce Springsteen song I discovered a couple of years ago. I had never heard it but instantly liked the tune, titled “County Fair.”

LETTERS: Bigger airport a key addition to making Gwinnett greater

Gwinnett County residents need to get behind the airport expansion. Privatizing the airport and allowing limited commercial flights is just what Gwinnett County needs.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Bill Maher gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Bill Maher gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Sugar Hill presents plans for City Hall at council meeting

SUGAR HILL — After eight years of planning, motorists on Sugar Hill’s West Broad Street can’t miss signs of downtown development.

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Football heart: Walker's confidence part of new era at South

SNELLVILLE — In the middle of answering a question about the rising success at South Gwinnett, Trevon Walker interrupts himself.

Emory Eastside to host guest speaker

SNELLVILLE — Emory Eastside Medical Center will welcome a distinguished guest speaker next week as part of its H2U—Health to You Program.

Police departments calling for expired drugs

Several local police departments will participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s nationwide prescription drug take-back day, encouraging residents to turn in dangerous expired drugs for destruction.

NATION IN BRIEF: Officials: Egg company knew of salmonella

Officials: Egg company knew of salmonella

SPORTS IN BRIEF

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THOMAS: Evil must be purged before it destroys us

Terry Jones, the Florida ‘‘minister’’ who threatened to burn the Quran on the anniversary of Sept. 11, is as much a distraction from the real challenge facing America as was Sen. Joseph McCarthy when it came to communism. Communism was — and remains in its Chinese incarnation — a real threat. But radical Islam — rabid, advancing, intolerant, subjugating — is potentially a bigger one and must be conquered.

Tech takes solace in history with Johnson

ATLANTA — If there is any solace Georgia Tech football fans can take after the Yellow Jackets’ disheartening 28-25 loss to Kansas on Saturday, it is the fact their team has not lost two games in a row in Paul Johnson’s two-plus seasons as head coach.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Bill: US out of 'United States of Mexico'

Bill: US out of ‘United States of Mexico’

LETTERS: Buy new land to run an experiment with highway's HOT lanes

I have an issue with the state’s effort to sock it to the public. Last I checked, all the interstate system was paid for by the road tax money collected from drivers all over the country. Bought and paid for! When some of that concrete is taken over by bureaucrats, it’s actually stealing. For them to say they’re going to charge the public, rich or poor, for something the public already paid for and owns, that’s just not right. Saying the federal government endorses the concept should send chills up everyone’s spine.

WSB-TV to televise UGA-Idaho St.

ATHENS — WSB-TV, channel 2 in Atlanta, will televise the Nov. 6 Georgia-Idaho State game in Athens.

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Wiley Gilstrap

Wiley Gilstrap, age 84, of Lawrenceville, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2010. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Gilstrap; son, David Gilstrap; brother, Harold Gilstrap; mother ...

Frederick Playford

Frederick Playford, age 68 of Monroe, GA, passed away September 12, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Kun Rath

Kun Cha Rath, age 68, of Norcross, GA, passed away Friday, September 10, 2010. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770 ...

John Watkins

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00p.m. Tuesday, September 14, 2010 in the Ward's Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. John Dobbs Watkins, age 72 of Lawrenceville. The Rev. Chris Shurtz will ...

Harold Paden, Jr.

Harold James (Buck) Paden, Jr., age 67 of Sanday Springs, GA, died September 11, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Ashley Bearden

Ashley Nicole Bearden, age 27 of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on September 12, 2010. Ashley graduated from Berkmar High School in 2001 and attended Valdosta State University and Perimeter College ...

James Saunders

James "Rudy" Rudolph Saunders, age 64 of Monroe, GA passed away September 11, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Vicki Phillips-Nuelle

Vicki L. Phillips-Nuelle, 54, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2010, in Snellville. She was born in Albany, GA on October 14, 1955 to Raymond and Sara Lawhorn. Vicki ...

Brenda Mays

Brenda Gail Mays age 60 of Ellijay passed away, Sunday, September 12, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, September 15, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Donald Greehling

Mr. Donald Eugene Greehling age 78 of Gainesville, GA passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

John Lindsey

John Howard Lindsey, age 89 of St. Petersburg, FL died Friday, September 10, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

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