News for Monday, September 27, 2010

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After 14 months touring country, clan settles here

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After selling their home in North Carolina and spending more than a year in an RV traveling throughout North America, a family of five has decided to plant new roots in Gwinnett County.

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Fair fares much better this season

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of the biggest measures of the success of this year's fair season compared to last is the increase in the number of people who turned out.

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Obama signs lending bill

WASHINGTON -- Scoring a prized political victory five weeks before the Nov. 2 elections, President Barack Obama on Monday signed a bill to help small businesses expand and hire by cutting their taxes and creating a $30 billion loan fund.

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Man charged with flashing in fountain

SUWANEE -- Police arrested a man on child molestation charges for allegedly exposing himself in an interactive fountain at Suwanee's Town Center Park.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Neighborhood in Wis. becomes an island as levee weakens

PORTAGE, Wis. -- Flood waters from the burgeoning Wisconsin River turned a rural neighborhood into a virtual island Monday, cutting off dozens of homes from the outside world.

Official: Smoke killed woman

NORCROSS -- An autopsy confirmed that a Norcross woman killed in an apartment fire Saturday died from inhaling smoke and soot, while the apartment complex was cited for a sinkhole that complicated rescue efforts, officials said Monday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Silenced slayings on the rise in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- For about $100 at outlaw workshops, gunmen can get what's become the tool of choice in Baghdad these days: silencers for pistols and automatic weapons.

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Modest Hall: Wesleyan LB stays humble for undefeated Wolves

Merritt Hall has taken the advice to heart, trying to make his senior season at Wesleyan memorable. The linebacker has the Wolves 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class A, heading into Friday's game against Pace Academy.

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Buford leads run of team records

Buford rushed for a school-record 506 yards against their Region 6-AA rival, shattering the previous single-game mark of 434, set in 1998 vs. Dawson County. It also bettered the 407 rushing yards against Lovett in the 2007 state finals, which Buford won 50-0.

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DeGarmo to star in musical

On stage this week at the Fox Theatre, former Snellville resident Diana DeGarmo will look very different from the 16-year-old girl who placed second in season three of "American Idol."

Interstate message boards to get replaced

LAWRENCEVILLE — The nearly 15-year-old message boards on local interstates will come down this week.

Snellville postpones cell tower vote

SNELLVILLE — A 3-3 tie vote among Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and the Snellville City Council on Monday prompted council members to postpone a final decision regarding a proposed cell tower in the city.

County receives grant to help with seniors' transportation

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett’s frailest residents now will have help getting to the doctor.

Chamber to begin fifth leadership visit

DULUTH — Dozens of Gwinnett’s civic and business leaders will converge on the Windy City this weekend, as the Chamber of Commerce begins its fifth Strategic Leadership Visit.

Pure Taqueria may locate next to Red Clay Theatre

DULUTH — The Duluth City Council during work session Monday directed its Downtown Development Authority to pursue locating a Pure Taqueria restaurant next to the Red Clay Theatre downtown.

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Football Honor Roll Week 5: Ryan Wilson, South Gwinnett - Defensive Player of the Week

Who: South Gwinnett’s Ryan Wilson

Georgia Gwinnett College adds international program

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College added two new members to its administrative team Monday, including the creation of the first director of internationalization.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson, Carter on different sides on health care

Health care is on the minds of both candidates in the U.S. House District 4 race, although they are different sides of the debate.

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