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Police: Man drove to Ark. to pick up teen

NORCROSS -- Authorities have arrested a local man on charges of consensual statutory rape after police say he drove to Arkansas to pick up a 14-year-old girl he met online and brought her back to Norcross.. Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said 23-year-old Felipe Nunez

Man facing charges in Snellville murder

A DeKalb County man was taken into custody Friday following last week's shooting death of a 20-year-old man during a party near Snellville.

Police arrest 2 in Dunwoody killing

DUNWOODY -- Authorities said they have arrested two suspects in connection with the killing of a man at his Dunwoody apartment complex.. Sgt. Mike Carlson with Dunwoody police said 30-year-old Kevin Stallworth of College Park has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 32-year-old

Buford, Archer wrestlers post top finishes

Buford wrestling placed second at the Amicalola Classic.

GAC wins to finish 5th in Arby's Classic

A look at holiday happenings in high school hoops

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2011 Sports stories of the year

The Daily Post takes a look at the top sports stories from 2011.

Alabama AD Moore chasing national title No. 9

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- New coach Paul "Bear" Bryant gave Mal Moore and the rest of his first freshman class a welcome-to-Alabama moment with a bold proclamation at their initial team meeting.. "He walked in and introduced himself and said that he was there to build this program and

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Texas A&M gets 33-22 bowl win over Northwestern

HOUSTON -- After everything Texas A&M had been through in the last month, interim coach Tim DeRuyter worried how the Aggies would respond in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.. It didn't take long for DeRuyter to see that his team was going to be just fine.. Ryan Tannehill threw

2011's public schools marred by test cheating scandals across US

ATLANTA -- It was the year of the test cheating scandal. From Atlanta to Philadelphia and Washington to Los Angeles, officials have accused hundreds of educators of changing answers on tests or giving answers to students.

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World bids adieu to tough 2011

PARIS -- Fireworks glittered and boomed Sunday as revelers in Australia and Asia welcomed 2012 and others around the world looked forward to bidding adieu to a year marred by hurricanes, tsunamis and economic turmoil.. In Sydney, more than 1.5 million people watched the shimmering pyrotechnic display designed around the

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Ringing in the new year

Locals and out-of-towners alike showed up Saturday for the Lawrenceville Rings event downtown.

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Stories of the year: Snapshots of 2011's biggest headlines

Snapshots of last year's biggest headlines and the stories that affected Gwinnett County

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Smith's 30 not enough for No. 4 Louisville

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Russ Smith and No. 4 Louisville were in a big hole for the second straight game. The sharpshooting sophomore nearly helped the Cardinals battle back in a big way.. Smith had a career-high 30 points and the Cardinals gave No. 3 Kentucky all it could handle

Falcons focus on Tampa Bay and not playoffs

Atlanta looking to close regular season with victory

Sports mourns losses on the track and in the air

The images were of fire and smoke, of wreckage from terrifying, high-speed crashes.. Everyone wanted an explanation. There were only investigations and heartbreak -- from Las Vegas to the Volga River.. Dan Wheldon, months after winning an improbable second title at the Indianapolis 500, died at 33 in an

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Scandal, labor woes make 2011 one of sports' worst

Even after all the turmoil 2011 brought to sports, what with the NBA and NFL players and owners huddling with lawyers and accountants, more unsettling reports of brains ravaged by hard hits, and college players being given cash, tattoos, access to strip clubs and pretty much anything else you can

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Scouts take part in flag ceremony

A crowd gathered Saturday afternoon at a Lilburn Home Depot parking lot to observe the proper retirement of an American Flag.

KING: Predictions on illegal immigration for 2012

Pollsters will continue to sway public opinion.

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HALL: Don't look back

Best to look ahead to 2012.

GEORGE WILL: Ringing in a conservative year

Although they have become prone to apocalyptic forebodings about the fragility of the nation's institutions and traditions under the current president, conservatives should stride confidently into 2012. This is not because they are certain, or even likely, to defeat Barack Obama this year. Rather, it is because, if they emancipate

Walton farm land used to 'grow' a different kind of crop

Approximately 205 acres of farm land near Social Circle will be developed as a solar farm.

Budget, jobs, politics on tap for 2012 Legislature

ATLANTA -- The state is finally collecting more tax money after a bruising recession, but Georgia lawmakers returning to Atlanta for the 2012 legislative session are likely to contend with a budget shortfall created by rising costs in health care and education and accounting tricks used to stitch together last

Road closures, Jan. 1 through 7

Road closures, Jan. 1 through 7

Groundbreaking planned for senior center

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Tuesday at W.P. Jones Park in Duluth to mark the beginning of construction for a new center for active adult seniors.

Heritage Center's space exhibit extended until March 3

Exhibit lets visitors "become astronauts" for the day

Winder FD gave 400 kids Christmas

City of Winder Fire Department provided Christmas to 400 kids.

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GAB: Football team hits weights for charity

Members of the Collins Hill High School football program donated $37,000 this year to help families throughout Gwinnett County through Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

LARSON: Resolving to book time for reading

This is one resolution I'll be glad to keep.

JENKINS: Three uncomfortable truths about the Christmas season

It's not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.

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Gwinnett girls photographed in charity calendar

Oana Hogrefe made a childhood calendar to benefit the Jack and Jill Foundation with two Gwinnett children photographed for February.

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GOODNEWS: Woman honored at math conference

A local teacher was recently honored during the Georgia Math Conference.

West holds off Gwinnett-heavy East in annual Junior Bowl

Norcross' Kamara leads East offense with big receiving day

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Defense, second-half surge leads Lambert past Lanier in tournament finals

Lanier puts up strong effort in finale of inaugural tourney in Sugar Hill

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Jakaitis, Gladiators beaten by Everblades

Gladiators face Florida for first of three games with the Everblades over the next week.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Parkview girls win Upward Classic

A look at Friday's prep events

Alabama power hands Shiloh first loss

Generals can't overcome two-week layoff in opener of showcase

Victor Egidi

Victor Marco Egidi passed away at his home on December 21. A memorial mass will be held on January 19, at 11 AM at Saint Lawrence Catholic Church, Grayson Highway ...

Myron Jordan

Mr. Myron Jordan age 79 of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: JUNIOR E. FLANIGAN OF FLANIGAN FUNERAL HOME ...

Dorothy Mae Hanson

Mrs. Dorothy Mae (Dot) Alexis Hanson, age 84, of Dunwoody/Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on December 27. She is preceded in death by her husband, Martin Hanson, her parents, Carl ...

Sharlene Cannon

Sharlene (Shar) Cannon, age 57, of Ocklawaha, FL quietly passed away from lung cancer on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Her parents, Bernard M. Cannon and ...

Rachael Lamp

Rachael Gilbert Lamp’l, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on her 88th Birthday, December 29, 2011. She was preceded in death by husband William Frank Lamp’l Jr ...

Archie Warren

Mr. Archie M. Warren, Jr. age 50 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: JUNIOR E. FLANIGAN OF FLANIGAN ...

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John Benefield

John William (J.W.) Benefield, Jr., 86, of Lawrenceville died Friday, December 30, 2012, at his home. Born March 24, 1925, in the Dacula-Harbins area of Gwinnett County, he was ...

Donald Petrey

Mr. Donald Glenn Petrey. age 60 of Forest Park, GA formerly of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, December 26, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by ...

Jesse Pace

Mr. Jesse Pace age 74 of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: JUNIOR E. FLANIGAN OF FLANIGAN FUNERAL HOME ...

Horace Whited

Mr. Horace Whited age 85 of Henagar, AL formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, December 30, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: JUNIOR E. FLANIGAN ...

Heritage Center's space exhibit extended until March 3

BUFORD -- Gwinnettians still have their chance to be an astronaut, if only for a day.

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Texas A&M gets 33-22 bowl win over Northwestern

HOUSTON -- After everything Texas A&M had been through in the last month, interim coach Tim DeRuyter worried how the Aggies would respond in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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HALL: Don't look back

From a news perspective, this is the worst time of the week for me. From Dec. 26 until Jan. 1, we have to read article after article about recaps of the entire year. And according to which publication or columnist is writing the story, we have to hear about what they thought the most important event of the year was.I love how they think that they have the ability to decide what the most important event of the year was. But none the less, we get bombarded about stories that have already been beaten to death as they were occurring, and now we have to hear about them one more time.

2011's public schools marred by test cheating scandals across US

ATLANTA -- It was the year of the test cheating scandal.

Walton farm land used to 'grow' a different kind of crop

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- On Dec. 19, 1935, Robert Simons purchased 205 acres of land in Social Circle with the expressed desire to own and operate a cotton farm.

Police: Man drove to Ark. to pick up teen

NORCROSS -- Authorities have arrested a local man on charges of consensual statutory rape after police say he drove to Arkansas to pick up a 14-year-old girl he met online and brought her back to Norcross.

GAC wins to finish 5th in Arby's Classic

Greater Atlanta Christian didn't make it to the title game, like it had done two years ago. But the Spartans still had a success run in the long-running Arby's Classic in Bristol, Tenn.

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Smith's 30 not enough for No. 4 Louisville

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Russ Smith and No. 4 Louisville were in a big hole for the second straight game. The sharpshooting sophomore nearly helped the Cardinals battle back in a big way.

North reigns

COLUMBUS -- The North All-Stars used a strong defensive effort Friday afternoon to post a 20-3 win over the South All-Stars in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Game and Gwinnett-area players had a lot to do with the victory.

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Scandal, labor woes make 2011 one of sports' worst

Even after all the turmoil 2011 brought to sports, what with the NBA and NFL players and owners huddling with lawyers and accountants, more unsettling reports of brains ravaged by hard hits, and college players being given cash, tattoos, access to strip clubs and pretty much anything else you can imagine, the games still mattered.