News for Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Child alerted family to fire that destroyed home

Norcross home a total loss

Buford Kmart to close

Sears Holdings Corp. has announced the Kmart in Buford is one of 120 Kmarts and Sears that wil soon close.

Man dies in Snellville shooting

Officials are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man who died of gunshot wounds early Thursday morning.

Lawrenceville to host Flashlight 5K race

A Flashlight 5K is scheduled for New Year's Eve at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church.

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Duluth 'rises to the occasion' on New Year's Eve

For the third year, Duluth has created an environment for those young and old to ring in the new year together in the Historic Downtown area of town on Saturday at a very reasonable price -- free.

Lawrenceville 'Rings' in the new year with a bash

Lawrenceville celebrates New Year's Eve with its 8th annual Lawrenceville Rings celebration on Dec. 31.

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Lawrenceville's Norwood performs at Atlanta Peach Drop

ATLANTA -- On Saturday, Lawrenceville pop singer Norwood performs at Kenny's Alley for the Southeast's largest New Year's Eve celebration -- the Atlanta Peach Drop. It is his first time performing at the event.. "I'm very excited about the Peach Drop," he said. "I'm happy to be honored at

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Bill Gaither offers different way to ring in the new year

Legendary gospel singer Bill Gaither and friends are performing at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Dec. 31 for a New Year's Eve celebration.

DALY: Simple ways to keep pests out of your home

Several control methods available.

AP Poll: In 2012, it can only get better

Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) Americans are hopeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though most say 2011 was a year they would rather forget.Nearly seven in 10 say the year gone by was a bad one, more than

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In five years, Gwinnett homicides have plummeted

Yearly comparison shows steep drop in Gwinnett crime; homicides plummet since 2007.

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Bill Gaither offers different way to ring in the new year

Legendary gospel singer Bill Gaither and friends are performing at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Dec. 31 for a New Year's Eve celebration.

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Lake trail focus of revamped Lawrenceville park

Lawrenceville park gets big facelift.

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Dacula woman offers organic produce year round

Local Dacula woman sells organic fruits and vegetables by the box on a weekly basis year round.

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Grayson grad at the helm

A graduate of Grayson High School is president of the student government association at the University of Georgia.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Parkview girls top fellow unbeaten Mauldin

Parkview put four players in double-figures to remain undefeated with a 57-45 win over Mauldin (S.C.) in the girls basketball semifinals of the Upward Classic on Thursday.

Lanier boys make title game, girls fall just short

One certainty that will come out of the boys side of the Lanier Holiday Classic basketball tournament is that the winner will be the Longhorns.

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Providence boys lose in Deep South semifinals

Stars to play for third place Friday

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In five years, Gwinnett homicides have plummeted

Yearly comparison shows steep drop in Gwinnett crime; homicides plummet since 2007.

DEEP SOUTH ROUNDUP: Collins Hill girls edge Providence

A look at Thursday's consolation bracket games at the Deep South Classic.

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Mountain View falls to Cedar Shoals in Longhorn semis

Bears 8-2 after narrow defeat.

GAC's Cummings celebrates 16th birthday with big win

The Greater Atlanta Christian girls had a lot to celebrate Thursday. Not only was it Brianna Cummings' 16th birthday, but the Spartans headed to her party as the newly crowned champions of the White Division in the JumpOffPlus.com Holiday Invitational.

North Gwinnett girls halfway to goal

Bulldogs win own holiday tournament, set sights on region and state titles.

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Brookwood falls to No. 6 North Cobb in Deep South semi

Broncos' fourth-quarter rally excites coach

Shiloh involved in Centennial hoops showcase Friday and Saturday

Generals to face Carver (Ala.), Rockdale County

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Getting to Know ... Becky Walker

A question-and-answer session with Brookwood Tipoff Club president Becky Walker.

Buford, minus Carter, comes up short again

With Andraya Carter still just a cheerleader from the bench, Buford isn't what it might have been and what it could still be.

Child alerted family to fire that destroyed home

Norcross home a total loss

LETTERS: Tebow cartoon 'tasteless'

Christians take another hit.

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GEORGE WILL: Judging, properly

WASHINGTON — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is famously liberal and frequently reversed. Recently, however, a unanimous three-judge panel of this court did something right when it held that bone marrow donors can be compensated.

LETTERS: 'Disappointed' in Tebow cartoon

Glad to see him strong with his faith.

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MCCULLOUGH: Mostly optimistic about 2012

Despite the impending Mayan Apocalypse, I feel hopeful, not just that I might keep my resolutions, but about 2012 in general.

Buford Kmart to close

Sears Holdings Corp. has announced the Kmart in Buford is one of 120 Kmarts and Sears that wil soon close.

'Gwinnett Losing It!' applauds first year

Healthy living urged in county-wide weightloss competition.

AP Poll: In 2012, it can only get better

Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) Americans are hopeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though most say 2011 was a year they would rather forget.Nearly seven in 10 say the year gone by was a bad one, more than

Lawrenceville to host Flashlight 5K race

A Flashlight 5K is scheduled for New Year's Eve at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church.

DALY: Simple ways to keep pests out of your home

Several control methods available.

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Bill Gaither offers different way to ring in the new year

Legendary gospel singer Bill Gaither and friends are performing at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Dec. 31 for a New Year's Eve celebration.

MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

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Lawrenceville's Norwood performs at Atlanta Peach Drop

ATLANTA -- On Saturday, Lawrenceville pop singer Norwood performs at Kenny's Alley for the Southeast's largest New Year's Eve celebration -- the Atlanta Peach Drop. It is his first time performing at the event.. "I'm very excited about the Peach Drop," he said. "I'm happy to be honored at

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Duluth 'rises to the occasion' on New Year's Eve

For the third year, Duluth has created an environment for those young and old to ring in the new year together in the Historic Downtown area of town on Saturday at a very reasonable price -- free.

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FILM FANS: Raves for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

Local Film Fans reviewed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," this week's movie.

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By Venue

37 Main. 37 E. Main St., Buford. 678-288-2030. www.37main.com-- Today: The Lunatics. -- Saturday: Departure and 12 oz Prophets. -- Jan. 6: Moby Dick. -- Jan. 7: Poisond and Red White and Crue40 Watt Club. 285 W. Washington St., Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com-- Saturday: The Whigs and Elf Power

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Brighton Rock' DVD

Michael Clark spotlights the "Brighton Rock" DVD.

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The best (and worst) of 2011

Michael Clark's best and worst movie moments from 2011.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Knightley, Mortensen stimulate audiences in ‘A Dangerous Method’

Michael Clark reviews director David Cronenberg's new movie, "A Dangerous Method."

Lawrenceville 'Rings' in the new year with a bash

Lawrenceville celebrates New Year's Eve with its 8th annual Lawrenceville Rings celebration on Dec. 31.

MOVIE REVIEW: Oldman’s performance unnoticed in convoluted ‘Soldier Spy’

Movie critic Michael Clark takes a look at "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," a movie based on the novel by John le Carre.

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THE DISH: Imane Moroccan Restaurant

Imane Moroccan Restaurant offers traditional Moroccan food in Duluth.

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ART BEAT: Ukrainian singing star visits Atlanta for the first time presenting 'Christmas with Ruslana'

For everyone who mourns the end of the holidays, perk up. They aren't over until the beautiful Ukrainian lady sings. Ruslana, Ukrainian singer, recording star and multi-awarded artist will be gracing the stage of the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center on Jan. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. with her show

Man dies in Snellville shooting

Officials are investigating the death of a 20-year-old man who died of gunshot wounds early Thursday morning.

Norcross' Lamb lifts UConn to victory

Huskies, playing without the suspended Calhoun, win sixth straight

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Duluth 'rises to the occasion' on New Year's Eve

DULUTH -- For the third year, Duluth has created an environment for those young and old to ring in the new year together in the Historic Downtown area of town on Saturday at a very reasonable price -- free.

Lawrenceville 'Rings' in the new year with a bash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Need somewhere to be on New Year's Eve? The city of Lawrenceville is throwing its eighth annual Lawrenceville Rings Bash for the whole family to enjoy on Saturday at the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse in downtown.

LETTERS: Tebow cartoon 'tasteless'

I am so ashamed of the Gwinnett Daily Post and other news media for attacking Tim Tebow for his religious beliefs. We are a nation of great diversity and we are supposed to be sensitive to all political, religious beliefs and practices. That is unless you are Christian.

Ruby Chandler

Ruby G. Witcher Chandler, age 86 of Monroe, GA passed away December 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594.

David Manning

David Manning, age 55, of Snellville, GA passed away December 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

William Healan

William Healan, Jr., age 66, of Winder, GA passed away on December 26, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson, Jr., of Grayson, died December 23, 2011 in his home. He was born in Portsmouth, VA and was preceded by his parents Winnie and R. Paul Nelson Sr ...

Jerry Hammonds

Jerry Hammonds, age 71, of Snellville, GA passed away December 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Robert Giles

Robert I. Giles, age 72, of Snellville, GA passed away December 26, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Glenn Rawlins

Glenn Rawlins age 49 of Loganville passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2011. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, December 30, 2011 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

T.r. Banks

T.R. Banks, age 73, of Loganville, GA passed away December 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Hanson

Dorothy Mae (Dot) Alexis Hanson, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on December 27, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

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

Gwendolyn Gale

Gwendolyn Gale, age 72, of Snellville, GA passed away December 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Michele Diorio

Michele Lynn Diorio, age 53, of Norcross, GA, passed away on December 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Sharlene Cannon

Sharlene (Shar) Cannon, age 57 of Ocklawaha FL and Suwanee, GA, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

GAC's Cummings celebrates 16th birthday with big win

ATLANTA -- The Greater Atlanta Christian girls had a lot to celebrate Thursday.

'Gwinnett Losing It!' applauds first year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In its inaugural year, a Gwinnett-based health initiative has helped locals shed the equivalent of three late-career Shaquille O'Neals.

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LETTERS: 'Disappointed' in Tebow cartoon

I am so disappointed in the Gwinnett Daily Post for the "cartoon" of Jesus Christ and Tebow that ran in Thursday's paper. The whole world seems to be "lightening up" in their faith. Thank God that there is a man who remains strong in his faith and loyal to his Lord.

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Lawrenceville's Norwood performs at Atlanta Peach Drop

ATLANTA -- On Saturday, Lawrenceville pop singer Norwood performs at Kenny's Alley for the Southeast's largest New Year's Eve celebration -- the Atlanta Peach Drop. It is his first time performing at the event.

PREP ROUNDUP: Mann guides Archer to tournament win

ACWORTH -- A day after losing her mother to a battle with cancer, Alesha Mann led Archer's girls basketball team to a 42-19 win over South Paulding in the Lake City Classic on Wednesday.

North Gwinnett girls halfway to goal

ATLANTA -- It is two down and two to go for the North Gwinnett girls.