News for Monday, December 12, 2011

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Bannister threatened sheriff with $1.7 million suit

Charles Bannister, once the leader of Gwinnett County government, threatened to sue his former employer and its Sheriff's Department earlier this year for nearly $2 million, reiterating complaints that he was wrongly arrested on DUI charges last year as part of a smear campaign, according to records obtained by the Daily Post.

Lilburn woman comes home to burglary in progress

Lilburn woman comes home to find burglary in progress

Rabies alert issued after Suwanee raccoon tests positive

Suwanee raccoon third animal in Gwinnett to test for rabies in six weeks

Mercer grad slaying suspect pleads not guilty of exploitation

MACON -- A man charged with murder in the death of a Mercer University law school graduate has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children.. It was reported that 26-year-old Stephen McDaniel of Lilburn entered the plea Monday morning in a Bibb County courtroom

New skatepark coming to Discover Mills

A new skatepark plans to open its doors in January at Discover Mills.

Dacula Chick-fil-A opens Thursday

The first 100 customers to arrive at the new Chick-fil-A in Dacula will receive one year's worth of free food.

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GOODNEWS: Central Gwinnett Cluster awards first grant

The Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation has awarded its first grant to students of area schools.

Snellville approves purchase of mobile stage

SNELLVILLE -- By a vote of 4-2 Monday, Snellville council members voted to approve the purchase of a $103,263 mobile stage.

Sugar Hill OKs $28M budget

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council Monday night approved its 2012 budget of about $28 million, which includes a roughly 10 percent increase to the price tag of its downtown City Hall, now expected to cost nearly $11 million.

Lawrenceville to raise water rates

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville City Council voted Monday night to amend its water rates for customers to reflect an increase from the rate the city pays to Gwinnett County for water.. Since the county increased its rates by 3.4 percent for Lawrenceville, the city will hike the rates its customers

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Falcons head coach Smith rushed to hospital after win vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital after Sunday's win against the Panthers after complaining of chest pains, but the team says he did not have a heart attack and should return to the team today.

Firefighters rescue horse from swimming pool

Firefighters in Sandy Springs waded into a chilly backyard swimming pool to rescue a horse that fell in.

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Grayson beats Walton 24-0 for first state title

Grayson played Walton in the Class AAAAA state championship in the Georgia Dome.

Sunday sales begin in Dacula

Dacula starts selling beer and wine Dec. 11.

GMC accepting patients again after computer virus scare

Gwinnett Medical Center, which was hit by a computer virus on Dec. 7, has stabilized its systems.

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Georgia remembers Munson's 4 decades calling games at service

ATHENS -- Larry Munson was remembered Saturday for his devotion to his beloved Bulldogs in almost 43 years as the voice of Georgia football.. Munson was 89 when he died on Nov. 20 of complications from pneumonia.. Michael Munson said at the memorial service that his father died while wearing

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Shadowbrook Baptist hosts event for the community

Shadowbrook Baptist Church of Suwanee hosted Christmas in the Park as a gift to the community.

Budget hearing scheduled Tuesday

Commissioners to have long day of meetings.

TV show for parents airs Monday

The school district's educational channel is airing the season premiere of ParenTVision at 8 p.m. Monday.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: McClain, Korom announce commission campaigns

Two people begin commission campaigns.

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Soldier on Christmas leave surprises daughter at Snellville elementary school

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to surprise his daughter at Pharr Elementary

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Locals say Christmas tree farm a full-time job

Thompsons sell about 500 trees each Christmas season

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Grayson beats Walton 24-0 for first state title

Grayson played Walton in the Class AAAAA state championship in the Georgia Dome.

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Snellville PD helps needy kids with Christmas shopping

15 elementary schoolers do some Christmas shopping with Snellville police officers

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Title loss not what Buford has come to expect

Painful loss ends record streak of four straight state championships

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Falcons' Smith returns home to Atlanta

Coach ready to put "non-emergency" medical scare behind him

DeShields scores 34 as Norcross girls roll

Blue Devils unfurl state championship banners as boys win, too

Snellville approves purchase of mobile stage

SNELLVILLE -- By a vote of 4-2 Monday, Snellville council members voted to approve the purchase of a $103,263 mobile stage.

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BISHER: Former Gator's success puts faith in forefront

A look at Tim Tebow's amazing winning streak

PREP ROUNDUP: Rogers hits five 3-pointers as Archer girls take down Brookwood

A look at Monday night's prep sports action

Lawrenceville to raise water rates

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville City Council voted Monday night to amend its water rates for customers to reflect an increase from the rate the city pays to Gwinnett County for water.. Since the county increased its rates by 3.4 percent for Lawrenceville, the city will hike the rates its customers

Sugar Hill OKs $28M budget

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council Monday night approved its 2012 budget of about $28 million, which includes a roughly 10 percent increase to the price tag of its downtown City Hall, now expected to cost nearly $11 million.

Federal report: Home flipping bigger culprit in housing bubble

LAS VEGAS -- A new federal report shows that speculative real estate investors played a larger role than originally thought in driving the housing bubble that led to record foreclosures and sent economies plummeting in Nevada, California, Arizona, Florida and other states.. Researchers with the Federal Reserve Bank of New

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Protesters shut down western ports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Hundreds of Wall Street protesters blocked gates at some of the West Coast's busiest ports on Monday, causing the partial shutdown of several in a day of demonstrations they hope will cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks.. The closures affected some of

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Milestone brings bonus to Grayson's state title

First state title even sweeter for Rams, Conn

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Good catch: Panthers' Reid drawing attention despite limited experience

One season of football enough to get college attention for the Parkiew receiver.

Bostick, Turchin make Atlanta Track Club Hall of Fame

Brickell leads local runners also get all-metro awards for this season

Wesleyan wrestling places 10th at Raider Rumble

Wesleyan's Rhett Delk won the Raider Rumble on Saturday.

Russell Athletic sponsoring Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game

Company providing apparel for this week's all-star game

Archer wrestlers win Super Duals

Archer won the Super Duals on Saturday.

Brookwood wins own wrestling tourney

Broncos won the Brookwood Invitational on Saturday

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Bannister threatened sheriff with $1.7 million suit

Charles Bannister, once the leader of Gwinnett County government, threatened to sue his former employer and its Sheriff's Department earlier this year for nearly $2 million, reiterating complaints that he was wrongly arrested on DUI charges last year as part of a smear campaign, according to records obtained by the Daily Post.

Lilburn woman comes home to burglary in progress

Lilburn woman comes home to find burglary in progress

Rabies alert issued after Suwanee raccoon tests positive

Suwanee raccoon third animal in Gwinnett to test for rabies in six weeks

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Soldier on Christmas leave surprises daughter at Snellville elementary school

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to surprise his daughter at Pharr Elementary

Developer drops plans for southwestern Ga. coal power plant

An energy developer will drop its plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Georgia as part of an agreement ending a lawsuit that environmentalists filed targeting one of the company's power plants in Texas, officials said Monday.

Mercer grad slaying suspect pleads not guilty of exploitation

MACON -- A man charged with murder in the death of a Mercer University law school graduate has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children.. It was reported that 26-year-old Stephen McDaniel of Lilburn entered the plea Monday morning in a Bibb County courtroom

GDOT, Tenn. company to pay clean water fines

Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act for possible violations during highway expansion projects.

New skatepark coming to Discover Mills

A new skatepark plans to open its doors in January at Discover Mills.

Plea hearing for US official charged with bribery

A high-ranking Department of Defense official who was charged with taking a bribe from a contractor for work in Afghanistan is set to plead guilty next week, his attorney said.

Four Fort Stewart soldiers arrested, denied bond

Four Fort Stewart soldiers have been denied bond on charges connected to the killings of a former serviceman and a teenager in Long County.

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Students raise trout in Georgia classrooms

Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School students in Melissa Paul's class are used to hand-on projects; class lessons have included raising chickens, growing poinsettias and making cheese.

Vandals bend, break and behead holiday decorations

Homeowners in a metro Atlanta subdivision say they're angered that someone would toss a baby Jesus from a Nativity scene and damage other Christmas displays at up to five homes.

Gun discharges in carry-on bag at Atlanta airport

Security officials say a gun discharged inside a carry-on bag as workers handled it at Atlanta's airport.

Firefighters rescue horse from swimming pool

Firefighters in Sandy Springs waded into a chilly backyard swimming pool to rescue a horse that fell in.

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Falcons head coach Smith rushed to hospital after win vs. Panthers

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith is taken to a Charlotte, N.C., hospital after Sunday's win against the Panthers after complaining of chest pains, but the team says he did not have a heart attack and should return to the team today.

Sugar Hill OKs $28M budget

SUGAR HILL -- The Sugar Hill City Council Monday night approved its 2012 budget of about $28 million, which includes a roughly 10 percent increase to the price tag of its downtown City Hall, now expected to cost nearly $11 million.