News for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Hotel proposals sought for Gwinnett Center

Officials seek proposals for hotel at Gwinnett Center

Airport process questioned by committee

Airport committee members frustrated by request for proposals.

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Director of DA's victims program to retire

Director of DA's victim-witness program worked at office since 1987

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5 months since death, how mother died may never be known

Five months later, officials rule wife's cause of death is beyond determination.

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1 arrested in gas station manager's slaying

1 man tied to Norcross slaying, robbery.

Public complaints scarce at budget hearing

Few comments at Board of Commissioners public budget hearing

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2 charged in Duluth fatal stabbing

Police charge two suspects in Duluth fatal stabbing.

Sunday sales begin this weekend in Lilburn

Lilburn residents are the latest to be allowed to buy beer and wine by the package on Sundays as a result of a November referendum.

Gwinnett largest county to earn 'work ready' status

Gwinnett first of five core metro counties to earn certification

Level Creek Elementary named School of Excellence by state

Level Creek Elementary has been recognized at the state level for its gains in student achievement.

2 ticketed for having sex in movie theater parking lot

Police charge two with having sex in movie theater parking lot.

Grayson football to be honored with Thursday parade

Event is at 8 p.m. at Grayson City Park

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Gingrich camp showcases Georgia endorsements

Several Georgia lawmakers, including the state's most powerful senator, are supporting Newt Gingrich's presidential bid.

UGA researchers work on breast cancer vaccine

Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona say they have developed a vaccine that attacks breast cancer in mice.. UGA said in a release Monday that the vaccine dramatically reduces tumors in a mouse model that

Ga. gets $4M grant for high-speed rail to NC

Georgia has received a $4.1 million grant to continue work on a high-speed rail project linking Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C.

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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.

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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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GMC-Duluth honors doctor's sports medicine contributions

Dr. T. Scott Maughon was leader of sports medicine committee for six years

Lilburn woman comes home to burglary in progress

Lilburn woman comes home to find burglary in progress

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Michael Clark reviews "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Rabies alert issued after Suwanee raccoon tests positive

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

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

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.

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.

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Parkview wrestlers reading buddies for Camp Creek students

Every couple of weeks, Parkview High School wrestlers take time out of their schedules to tutor second graders next door at Camp Creek Elementary.

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NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said.

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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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Gingrich camp showcases Georgia endorsements

Several Georgia lawmakers, including the state's most powerful senator, are supporting Newt Gingrich's presidential bid.

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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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THOMAS: Romney out in front

Romney in front. For weeks the media has complained that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been shielded from probing interviews. The criticism is valid. With the exception of a recent Bret Baier interview on Fox News Channel, Romney's staffers have tried to preserve what they believe to be his

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GAC's Nelson plays bigger than his 5-foot-5 stature

At 5-foot-5, GAC's Lavondre Nelson make lack height, but he's still one of the top running backs in the county.

LETTERS: Thanks go out to Gwinnett Water Department

Crew did a remarkable job.

LETTERS: Government, like the middle class, needs to curb spending

Economist seems to think like a politician.

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Despite adding Edwards, Falcons rush no better

FLOWERY BRANCH -- When the Atlanta Falcons were going through their offseason checklist, they knew it was vital to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.. That's why they doled out a big contract to Ray Edwards.. With the season winding down, the Falcons haven't gotten much bang for their bucks

Braves not offering contracts to Moylan, Conrad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are not offering a contract to right-hander Peter Moylan, who has been one of the team's top relievers the last six years.. The 31-year-old Moylan has appeared in 80 or more games in three of the last five seasons. He missed most

Airport process questioned by committee

Airport committee members frustrated by request for proposals.

Hotel proposals sought for Gwinnett Center

Officials seek proposals for hotel at Gwinnett Center

Gwinnett largest county to earn 'work ready' status

Gwinnett first of five core metro counties to earn certification

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Drew hoping new veterans give boost to Hawks

ATLANTA -- Larry Drew wakes up at 4:30 every morning for a two-hour workout.. A tumultuous offseason gave the Atlanta Hawks' second-year coach much to think about as he lifted weights and labored on his elliptical machine.. First, the Hawks were sold to Los Angeles businessman Alex Meruelo

Public complaints scarce at budget hearing

Few comments at Board of Commissioners public budget hearing

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CLINE: 'Tis the season of positive thinking

Feel-good stories highlight this time of year.

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5 months since death, how mother died may never be known

Five months later, officials rule wife's cause of death is beyond determination.

Atheist message displays displace California park Nativity scenes

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three wise men have been ousted by atheists.. Most of the Christmas Nativity scenes that churches had placed in a Santa Monica coastal park for decades have been displaced by non-religious displays -- and the churches are crying conspiracy.. The

Level Creek Elementary named School of Excellence by state

Level Creek Elementary has been recognized at the state level for its gains in student achievement.

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1 arrested in gas station manager's slaying

1 man tied to Norcross slaying, robbery.

Buford boys gain forfeit win

Milton basketball forfeit gives victory to Wolves

Sunday sales begin this weekend in Lilburn

Lilburn residents are the latest to be allowed to buy beer and wine by the package on Sundays as a result of a November referendum.

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Director of DA's victims program to retire

Director of DA's victim-witness program worked at office since 1987

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Gwinnett cops honored by governor for heroism

Gwinnett County police's J.A. Bailey and D.J. Mitchem honored for heroism

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Parkview wrestlers reading buddies for Camp Creek students

Every couple of weeks, Parkview High School wrestlers take time out of their schedules to tutor second graders next door at Camp Creek Elementary.

2 ticketed for having sex in movie theater parking lot

Police charge two with having sex in movie theater parking lot.

New giant plane to launch people, cargo into orbit

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan announced Tuesday they're building a giant airplane and spaceship to zip people and cargo into orbit.

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Breakout season for Mountain View girls hoops

Bears off to 7-1 start after 3-22 season

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NTSB recommends ban on driver cell phone use

States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said.

Win for Wyn Foundation to host fundraiser

Event to benefit scholarship foundation

Collins Hill Athletic Association to host lacrosse clinic

Event will be at Rock Springs Park

Collins Hill to host Toys for Tots drive

Donations will be collected at Friday swim meet

Gwinnett natives lead Chattahoochee Tech to title

Locals play part in club football championship

Giants don't tender contract to Keppinger

Parkview grad now on the free agent market

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North's Hosch commits to Harvard football

QB led Bulldogs to region title as a senior

Grayson football to be honored with Thursday parade

Event is at 8 p.m. at Grayson City Park

Dacula to gather toys at Saturday event

Toys will be gathered at Saturday's basketball games with Mill Creek

Final Georgia high school football rankings released

Grayson, Dacula in final AAAAA top 10

Last F-22 Raptor jet to roll of Ga. assembly line

MARIETTA -- The final F-22 Raptor fighter jet is scheduled to roll off the assembly line at a Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta on Tuesday.. Reports say that the jet will be the last of 187 F-22s produced for the U.S. Air Force, completing its operational fleet.. The

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Gingrich camp showcases Georgia endorsements

Several Georgia lawmakers, including the state's most powerful senator, are supporting Newt Gingrich's presidential bid.

Ga. man accused of posing as lawyer

MARIETTA -- Cobb County sheriff's officials say a Lithia Springs man is accused of posing as an attorney and even appearing in court on behalf of clients even though they say he doesn't have a license to practice law.. Authorities say that 51-year-old Glover Carl Lewis was arrested

Thieves steal cooking oil from chicken restaurant

Thieves steal cooking oil from chicken restaurant. VILLA RICA -- Authorities in Villa Rica say can't recall a theft quite like the heist of several gallons of cooking oil from a fried chicken restaurant.. Police say that two people early Saturday morning backed a truck up to the 55-gallon

Ga. gets $4M grant for high-speed rail to NC

Georgia has received a $4.1 million grant to continue work on a high-speed rail project linking Atlanta to Charlotte, N.C.

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2 charged in Duluth fatal stabbing

Police charge two suspects in Duluth fatal stabbing.

UGA researchers work on breast cancer vaccine

Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Mayo Clinic in Arizona say they have developed a vaccine that attacks breast cancer in mice.. UGA said in a release Monday that the vaccine dramatically reduces tumors in a mouse model that

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GMC-Duluth honors doctor's sports medicine contributions

Dr. T. Scott Maughon was leader of sports medicine committee for six years

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Michael Clark reviews "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Brookwood wins own wrestling tourney

SNELLVILLE -- Brookwood's wrestling team won its third tournament of the season on Saturday, scoring 139 points to win the Brookwood Invitational.

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Director of DA's victims program to retire

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Stan Hall, a fixture in the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office for more than three decades, is retiring at the end of the year.

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CLINE: 'Tis the season of positive thinking

'Tis the season of positive thinking

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GMC-Duluth honors doctor's sports medicine contributions

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Medical Center recently honored a local physician for his contributions to its sports medicine committee, a "key community program" based out of the hospital's Duluth campus.

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Parkview wrestlers reading buddies for Camp Creek students

LILBURN -- Peering up from her book, 7-year-old Lily Darr smiles at Jordan Matlack, 17.

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GAC's Nelson plays bigger than his 5-foot-5 stature

He has 4.3-second speed, more than 1,000 yards of total offense and a 1,930 SAT.

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BISHER: Former Gator's success puts faith in forefront

Somewhere the other day, I read this: "Tim Tebow's love of Jesus Christ makes people nervous." Hmm, think that over for a minute.

DeShields scores 34 as Norcross girls roll

NORCROSS -- The rafters of the Norcross gymnasium, affectionately known as the House of Blue, are starting to get full.

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North's Hosch commits to Harvard football

North Gwinnett senior Scotty Hosch is headed to the Ivy League after making a commitment to the Harvard football program on Tuesday. The quarterback will join Collins Hill offensive lineman Sam Batiste, who committed earlier to Harvard.

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Gingrich camp showcases Georgia endorsements

ATLANTA — Several Georgia lawmakers, including the state's most powerful senator, are supporting Newt Gingrich's presidential bid.

Bostick, Turchin make Atlanta Track Club Hall of Fame

Two Gwinnett County running icons, Karl Bostick and Kathleen Turchin, were selected to the Atlanta Track Club's Hall of Fame at the recent All-Metro High School Cross Country Awards Banquet. They were in a three-person class that also included Tim Willis, a successful blind runner who went to Shamrock.

Giants don't tender contract to Keppinger

Jeff Keppinger, traded five times, will now get to pick his team. The key, though, will be finding one that is interested.

LETTERS: Government, like the middle class, needs to curb spending

Government, like the midle class, needs to curb spending

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Milestone brings bonus to Grayson's state title

From the Class AAAAA State Championship

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

SNELLVILLE -- Led by 17 points from Kayla Rogers, Archer took down Brookwood 58-53 on Monday.

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Good catch: Panthers' Reid drawing attention despite limited experience

After one year of football, Jordan Reid quit.

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Falcons' Smith returns home to Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Falcons coach Mike Smith was back at practice Monday night and planning to return "first thing in the morning," one day after being checked at a Charlotte hospital."I feel a whole lot better today than I did yesterday, I can assure you of that," a smiling Smith said after the practice, which lasted about 40 minutes.

Archer wrestlers win Super Duals

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Archer wrestling team won the Takedown Sportswear Super Duals at Archer on Saturday.

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1 arrested in gas station manager's slaying

NORCROSS -- Gwinnett police have in custody the man they believe fatally shot a Norcross convenience store manager in a calculated robbery ploy at the victim's apartment two months ago.

Wesleyan wrestling places 10th at Raider Rumble

ALPHARETTA -- The Wesleyan wrestling team finished in 10th place at the Alpharetta Raider Rumble on Saturday. Rhett Delk won the 170-pound weight class and John McCleskey placed fifth at 152.

Shirley Day

Mrs. Shirley Ann Day, age 69, of Winder, passed away December 7, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Michael Payne

Michael Lee Payne age 64, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy W. Payne, son, Andrew L ...

Donna Lickteig

Mrs. Donna Lee Lickteig, age 89, of Auburn, passed away December 6, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Esther Moreno

Esther Moreno, age 79, of Loganville, GA passed away on December 10, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010. www.stewartfh.com

William Jones

William E. “Bill” Jones, age 74 of Loganville, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11AM, Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Grayson United Methodist ...

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David Oliver

David Glennon Oliver, 81, of Hoschton, GA passed away Wednesday morning, December 7th, 2011 after battling cancer. Mr. Oliver or “Pops” served as the patriarch over four generations ...

Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight, age 77, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away December 10, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

C. L. Smith

Mr. C. L. “Doc” Smith Jr., age 75, of Winder, GA passed away on December 10, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Gary Davis

Mr. Gary Davis, age 60, of Gainesville, GA, passed away December 10, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

Jo Stanley

Jo B. Stanley, age 80, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away on December 11, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010. www.stewartfh.com

Thomas Johnson

Mr. Thomas Johnson, age 25, of Winder, passed away December 9, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Robert Mccurdy

Robert Steven ‘Bob’ McCurdy, age 75, of Greensboro, GA passed away December 11, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811. www.wagesandsons.com

Betty Stancil

Betty Olive Stancil, age 76, of Winder, passed away December 3, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Robert Page

Robert Edward Page, age 73 of Monroe, GA passed away December 9, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com

Eric Vernadore

Eric W. Vernadore, age 46, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on December 9, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Benjamin Chaney

Mr. Benjamin Tod Chaney, age 47, of Winder, passed away December 8, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

William Hooper

William I. Hooper, age 79, of Jefferson, passed away December 12, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Calixto Hernandez

Calixto Agustin Hernandez, age 78, of Grayson, GA, passed away on December 10, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Phyllis Sullivan

Mrs. Phyllis Marie Sullivan, age 93, of Braselton, passed away December 5, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Cynthia Crawford

Cynthia Megginson Crawford, age 70, of Winder, passed away December 9, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.

Cathy Jean Vail Flamholtz

Cathy Jean Vail Flamholtz, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on December 12, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Christopher Mcafee

Christopher William McAfee, age 38, of Hoschton, passed away December 3, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, www.lawsonfuneralhome.org.