News for Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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Peachtree Ridge girls get win in Cherokee tourney

Triplett leads Lions with 14 points

Bronco boys fall in Deep South opener

Hannah leads Brookwood with 21 points

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Lanier sweeps into semifinals of inaugural hoops tourney

Lanier girls, boys teams win their opening round tourney games Wednesday

Wesleyan's Armstrong sparks UGA women to victory

Anne Marie Armstrong scored 19 points and led short-handed No. 17 Georgia to an 83-58 win over Furman on Wednesday night

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Gladiators extend unbeaten streak

The Gwinnett Gladiators extended their unbeaten streak.

Johnson has 18 in Hawks' win over Wizards 101-83

Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-83 on Wednesday night

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CAL THOMAS: Justice Dept's take on voter photo ID laws discriminatory

Is there, or should there ever be, a point when a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past? Not according to the Department of Justice, which last Friday rejected a South Carolina law that would have required voters show a valid photo ID before casting their ballots.

PREP ROUNDUP: Mann guides Archer to tournament win

A look at Wednesday's prep roundup action.

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LORAN SMITH: Hunter's Cafe a timeless destination for locals, coastal fishermen alike

SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the '40s when it had its beginnings. Naturally, it has experienced some growth, but it remains a village. It is the place which still attracts fishermen. When you come

Defensive pressure guides Bears to tourney win

Mountain View's girls basketball team forced 28 turnovers in their win over South Forsyth.

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Gardner, tough defense lift Brookwood to first-round win

Bronco girls, sluggish after layoff, pull away late for victory

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HAMMOCK: Patient Coutu gets his chance with Bills

Collins Hill grad finally gets break, setting up NFL debut Sunday

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DEEP SOUTH ROUNDUP: Bucher helps Stars shine in four-point win

A look at Wednesday's first-round action in the Deep South Classic at Brookwood

Alamo Bowl may be Heisman winner Griffin's finale

Baylor QB pondering jump into NFL Draft

2012 SEC Football Schedules

A look at the 2012 Southeastern Conference slate by school

Champs Sports matchup full of history, intrigue with FSU and Irish

One-time powers hoping for a boost back into college football's elite

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Toledo holds off Air Force 42-41 in Military Bowl

High-scoring affair ends on Falcons' missed two-point conversion in final minute

Bengals' Green, star rookie from UGA, surprised by Pro Bowl spot

Green's breakout season make him first rookie wideout in Pro Bowl since 2003

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Ryan hopes Atlanta offense finds consistency

Now that the Atlanta Falcons have played their worst game of the season, quarterback Matt Ryan is looking for a complete turnaround.

Report finds 'breakdown' in Lawrenceville's operations

Report finds disorganization within city

Cops: Cashier used gift card scheme to steal $12K from Norcross Target

Cops: Cashier bilked store out of thousands in gift cards

Aurora Theatre reflects on great year

Lawrencville's Aurora Theatre has received numerous grants, television recognition and took home some awards this year.

Transportation forum to be held Jan. 12

Gwinnett residents asked to share their thoughts about regional transportation on Jan. 12.

Investigators looking for serial trash can arsonist

Unknown suspects have torched 20 trash cans in Lawrenceville and Dacula areas

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SEC rolls out 2012 schedule based on division play

The Southeastern Conference has unveiled its 2012 football schedule with its two newest members Missouri and Texas A&M opening play Sept. 8.

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GAB: Networking group gives to charity

An independent networking group recently donated $500 to a church-based charitable organization.

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Gov. Deal approves water supply task force report

Gov. Nathan Deal has approved recommendations for low-interest loans that would be used to plan and build new reservoirs to increase Georgia's water supply.

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Movie crowds dip to 16-year low as apathy lingers

An "Avatar" hangover accounted for Hollywood's dismal showing early this year, when revenues lagged far behind 2010 receipts that had been inflated by the huge success of James Cameron's sci-fi sensation.

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Bills sign Collins Hill grad Coutu

The Buffalo Bills are on their third kicker this season after signing Brandon Coutu and placing Dave Rayner on injured reserve Wednesday

Police probe new report of syringe in clothing

Police in Decatur are investigating a report of a syringe found in a pair of children's pants purchased from a store.

'Super Speeder' law nets millions for Georgia

Authorities say more than 116,000 citations totaling about $25 million have been issued since Georgia's so-called "super speeder" law went into effect in July 2009.

US police fatalities up 13 percent in 2011 to 173

The number of fatalities from departments across the country caused by firearms made 2011 one of the deadliest years in recent history for U.S. law enforcement.

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Last-minute holiday shopping gives lift in finale

Last-minute shoppers gave merchants a solid lift during the final week before Christmas.

2012 SEC Football Schedules

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference 2012 schedules broken down team by team with conference schedules released Wednesday by the SEC:

Bengals' Green, star rookie from UGA, surprised by Pro Bowl spot

CINCINNATI -- A.J. Green didn't think he'd make the Pro Bowl as a rookie. His incredible catches were too much to ignore.

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LORAN SMITH: Hunter's Cafe a timeless destination for locals, coastal fishermen alike

SHELLMAN BLUFF — This coastal fishing village has not changed very much since the '40s when it had its beginnings. Naturally, it has experienced some growth, but it remains a village. It is the place which still attracts fishermen. When you come here, don't get in a hurry. If you do, the locals might think you are up to no good.For years, I have been making my way here to see John Donaldson, a former Georgia player and coach. John has slowed down, but his eyes light up when you talk fishing with him. His memory banks overflow with recollections of those days when every cast brought forth a keeper. Coolers overflowed. Laughter filled the air with anticipation of the fresh fish for the grill.

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DEEP SOUTH ROUNDUP: Bucher helps Stars shine in four-point win

Nate Bucher led a balanced attack with 15 points as Providence Christian's boys won their opener of the 2011 Deep South Classic with a 54-50 victory over Flowery Branch on Wednesday at Brookwood's Gold Gymnasium.

Luke Silvio

Luke Silvio, 93, currently of Covington, formerly of Grayson, Georgia, passed away on December 26, 2011. Mr. Silvio lived with his wife of 70 years, Dorothy Roberts Silvio, at Benton ...

Therese Bailey

Therese Bailey, 29, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2011, in Snellville. Therese was born on March 9, 1982 in Bartlesville, OK to Patrick and Elizabeth Bailey. She was known ...

Raymond Porter

Raymond Harold Porter, age 69 of Oakwood, died December 27, 2011. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Frances Turpen

Frances Lucille Turpen, age 72, of Dunwoody, GA passed away on December 22, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Elizabeth Nunan

Elizabeth Nunan, age 95, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on December 26, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Alean Cole

Alean K. Cole, age 76, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 25, 2011. She is survived by her daughter & son ...

Charles Jordan

Charles E. Jordan, age 74, of Buford, GA, passed away December 26, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924. www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Evelyn Jackson

Evelyn McElwaney Jackson, age 82 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, December 26, 2011. Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Thursday, December 29, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Sue Brennan

Sue Kidd Brennan, 75 of Decatur, ended her long battle with cancer on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Sue was born in Elbert County, Georgia. She retired from John H. Harland ...

Dale Dodd

Mr. Dale Robert Dodd, age 43 of Alto passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011. Memorial services will be held at a later date by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street ...

Kenneth Ralston

Kenneth Lamar Ralston, age 68, of Winder, GA passed away on December 25, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Terry Wright

Terry Randall Wright, Sr., age 58, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died on Monday, December 26, 2011 from an apparent heart attack. He is survived by his devoted wife of 20 years ...

Charles Sanders

Mr. Charles Sanders, age 72, of Winder passed away Saturday, December 24, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home,35 First Street Hoschton, Ga. 30548, lawsonfuneralhome.org, 706-654-0966.

Melinda Mitchell

Melinda Karen Ann “Lindy” Mitchell, age 48, of Auburn, GA, passed away on December 25, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA ...

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Lucille Reid

Lucille Stephens Reid, age 93 of Loganville passed away Saturday, December 24, 2011. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Max Guinn

Max H. Guinn, age 78 of Loganville, GA passed away December 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com

James Nix

James C. Nix Jr., age 88, of Stone Mtn., GA passed away December 25, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811. www.wagesandsons.com

Mary Slaton

Mary Slaton, age 56, of Norcross, GA died on December 25, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182 www.metroembalming.com

Alamo Bowl may be Heisman winner Griffin's finale

SAN ANTONIO -- Since winning the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III is often shadowed by a bodyguard of sorts to dissuade autograph seekers, and this week tucked his dreadlocks under a hat in hopes of strolling through Sea World incognito.

Aurora Theatre reflects on great year

LAWRENCEVILLE — During 2011, the Aurora Theatre grew, expanded and educated thousands in and around Gwinnett County, all part of their original plans. But this year exploded into something more than the theater ever expected.

Johnson has 18 in Hawks' win over Wizards 101-83

ATLANTA -- Joe Johnson led another balanced attack with 18 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 101-83 on Wednesday night.

Transportation forum to be held Jan. 12

NORCROSS -- On Jan. 12, the Partnership for Southern Equity, "a regional network of diverse organizations committed to promoting balanced growth and shared prosperity throughout the metro Atlanta region," has invited residents of Gwinnett County to join them for the Gwinnett Just Transportation Forum at 6 p.m. in the Global Mall at 5675 Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross.

PREP ROUNDUP: Mill Creek boys stay unbeaten with win over Lowndes

TIFTON -- Mill Creek dug itself into a hole with a sluggish second quarter but pulled it together to come back and clip Lowndes 52-50 Tuesday night in the Tift County McDonald's Invitational at Tift County High School.

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Report finds 'breakdown' in Lawrenceville's operations

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A report from an independent consulting firm found that disorganization within the city of Lawrenceville from 2006 to 2010 -- under the leadership of then-Mayor Rex Millsaps -- may have cost taxpayers dearly.

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Lanier sweeps into semifinals of inaugural hoops tourney

SUGAR HILL -- When you're not at your best, energy and effort go a long way and that's exactly what happened for the Lanier girls as they defeated Strong Rock Christian in the opening round of the Lanier Holiday Tournament 40-37.

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CAL THOMAS: Justice Dept's take on voter photo ID laws discriminatory

Is there, or should there ever be, a point when a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past?

Wesleyan's Armstrong sparks UGA women to victory

ATHENS, Ga. — Wesleyan grad Anne Marie Armstrong scored 19 points and led short-handed No. 17 Georgia to an 83-58 win over Furman on Wednesday night.For the second straight game, Georgia (11-2) played without starting point guard Jasmine James, who sprained her right knee Dec. 20 in a win over Montana State.

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Family battles father, son's cancer diagnoses together

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Matthew 11:24