News for Friday, December 23, 2011


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Shooting in living room leaves Army veteran feeling betrayed

Lawrenceville man arrested for allegedly shooting Army buddy in the face.

Secret Santas strike at Loganville Walmart

Secret Santas strike at Loganville Walmart.

City police departments offer holiday 'check-ins'

Local police departments offer holiday "check-ins"

Norcross man teaches young pilots

A local man donates his time to giving young people flight demonstrations as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program.

Holiday DUI crackdown has begun

Governor's Office of Highway Safety cracking down on DUI for holidays

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Stricklands named 'Citizens of the Year'

Chamber to recognize citizens of the year.

Rhodes Jordan Park reopens after renovation

Renovated park reopens. names Buford's Lee an All-American

Wolves' Alexander gets honorable mention spot

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MCCULLOUGH: Visions of Mayans dancing in my head

Visions of Mayans dancing in my head. I'm speaking, of course, of the countdown to the Mayan Apocalypse. One leap year from this past Wednesday the world will come to an end, at least according to cable TV.. I absolutely love this Dec. 21, 2012, nonsense. You can keep your

Car dealer sentenced in fraud

A Duluth man was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison on charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

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Lake Lanier lights up Christmas

The annual Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Resort runs until Jan. 1.

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Falcons take kids on Suwanee shopping spree

Falcons rise up for underprivledged youth at Suwanee Walmart.

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Bethlehem post office offers unique holiday stamp

People from all over the world send their cards to the Barrow County city Bethlehem to have their envelopes postmarked there.

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Darrell Huckaby: Christmas binds us all a little closer together

I hope your Christmas Day is soft and beautiful and that you are spending it with people you love, and who love you back.

YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee predicts a big year for politics and mosquitoes

I am pleased to announce that beginning with the New Year, Junior E. Lee, general manager of Round or Square Polls, a division of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company located in Greater Garfield, will be offering exclusive analysis of the upcoming presidential election that can be seen

Escape attempt out of police car causes Snellville scene

Scene in Snellville's center caused by attempted escape.

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GAC's Wiedeman steps up at college level

Sophomore helping College of Charleston to strong start this season

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Archer's Jones driven to excel in the pool, classroom

Hard work leads junior to great heights, including school's first state title last season

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Tournament has Norcross boys looking "Upward"

No panic for defending state champions after slow start

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Present and future bright for Parkview girls

New coach Watkins, players enjoying undefeated start

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Lilburn mayor leaves office with no regrets

Mayor leaves office with no regrets.

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Holiday shoppers swarm mall

Last-minute Christmas shoppers showed up Thursday at Mall of Georgia to get the final gifts on their lists.

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Duluth man helps Haitians

A local man recently traveled to Haiti, putting his roofing skills to use in assisting those affected the 2010 earthquake.

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Local woman has a weakness for snowmen

A Duluth woman has a collection of over 1,200 snowmen. It's an addiction, she says.

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Ugly, gaudy Christmas sweaters all the rage

Oh, the sweater designs are frightful, but the parties are so delightful. So if you've got one to wear, let it show, let it show, let it show.

7 people hurt, buildings damaged by strong storms across Ga.

7 people hurt, buildings damaged by strong storms.

Ga. to use electronic signs for weather warnings

Georgia transportation officials say they will use about 120 electronic billboards to display emergency messages about severe weather.

Police: 4 arrests made in mad dash for Air Jordans at DeKalb mall

Police: 4 arrests made in mad dash for Air Jordans at DeKalb mall. LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- At least four people were arrested in a mad dash by customers hoping to purchase a pair of the new Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes at a suburban Atlanta shopping mall.. DeKalb County

Ga. proposes new fees to ride bikes at state parks

Ga. proposes new fees to ride bikes at state parks.

Mall shoppers help security guard subdue suspect

Mall shoppers help security guard subdue suspect. ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers to help subdue a shoplifting suspect at a northeast Georgia Macy's store.. Athens-Clarke police say a security guard spotted a man stuffing clothes into a

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Nun famous for kissing Elvis prays for miracle

In the little town of Bethlehem, a cloistered nun whose luminous blue eyes entranced Elvis Presley in his first on-screen movie kiss is praying for a Christmas miracle.

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Mercer snaps losing streak to Georgia Tech

DULUTH -- Georgia Tech's biggest crowd in the Arena at Gwinnett Center saw the Yellow Jackets lose for the first time in their fifth and final game at their partial temporary home.

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Archer's Jones driven to excel in the pool, classroom

Lydia Jones won Archer's first individual state title as a sophomore last year, ripping up the water to win the 50-meter freestyle in Georgia's biggest classification.

Dacula girls, boys take third place at Jared Cook Invitational

SUWANEE --Taryn Anthony scored 15 points as Dacula's girls rallied from a three-point deficit after three quarters to post a 55-51 win over Walnut Grove to claim third place the 2011 Jared Cook Invitational on Thursday at North Gwinnett.

AP Source: Akron to name Terry Bowden head coach

A person with knowledge of the hire says Akron is set to introduce former Auburn coach Terry Bowden as the Zips head coach after the onetime hot commodity spent the past three seasons at Division II North Alabama. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made. ESPN first reported the hiring.

Tournament has Norcross boys looking "Upward"

It's easy to look at the Norcross boys basketball team's current 2-4 record and think the defending Class AAAAA state champion is struggling so far on the young 2011-12 season.

Richard Premo

Richard G. Premo, age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away December 21, 2011. He was preceded by his parents, Jack and Betty Premo and 3 brothers and is survived by ...

Dan Pirkle

Mr. Dan Pirkle, age 76, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Pirkle, Jr. and Jewell Brogdon Pirkle ...

Peggy Wilcox

Peggy Joyce Wilcox, age 52, of Snellville, GA passed away December 21, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Robert Nelson

Robert Joseph Nelson Jr., age 64 of Johns Creek, died December 21, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Mary Iler

Mrs. Mary Iler, age 80, of Old Columbus Rd., Bowdon, Ga., passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, December 23, 2011 at 2 PM from ...

Virginia Chastain

Mrs. Virginia Chastain, age 87, of Jefferson, GA who passed away on December 21, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Maxine Gilbertson

Maxine Gilbertson, age 87, of Buford, GA, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson, age 76, of Loganville, GA, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

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GAC's Wiedeman steps up at college level

Points were never hard to come by with Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston's all-time leading scorer, in the lineup. But Goudelock, who averaged 23.7 points last season, is now in the NBA.

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Defense propels North girls to Jared Cook championship

SUWANEE -- It was billed as the girls championship of the Third Annual Jared Cook Holiday Classic, but it turned into a North Gwinnett highlight show as the Bulldogs rolled over Central Gwinnett 53-14.

PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan wins final game at Nike TOC

PHOENIX -- Wesleyan's defense held Purdue signee Taylor Manuel to seven points as the Wolves defeated the Incarnate Word (Mo.) girls 61-48 on Thursday in the Nike Tournament of Champions.

QB Barkley to return to USC for senior season

LOS ANGELES — Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley has decided to return for his senior season and put off the NFL for another year.With USC coach Lane Kiffin and his family in attendance, Barkley announced Thursday that while he feels prepared for the NFL, he has unfinished business with the Trojans. His announcement set off cheers from the roughly 200 people who attended his news conference at USC's Heritage Hall.