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Proposal would boost chairman's pay

Representative proposes a salary boost for chairman.

Eastside Medical getting new patient tower

Construction should be complete by end of 2012

Vacant property registration up for debate in legislature

Legislators disagree on proposal to force vacant property owners to register.

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Walker to resign from Loganville legislative district

Local legislator to resign office.

Gwinnett educators talk funding with legislators

Education officials from both K-12 and college levels gathered Monday morning with state legislators to discuss funding and vision for schools and institutions.

Cops: Pantless peeping Tom caught outside woman's home

Pantless peeping Tom caught outside woman's home, police say.

RaceTrac severs ties with food company following recall

Flying Food Group Inc. announced Saturday that the potentially deadly bacteria could be items produced by its Lawrenceville plant.

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Two more warrants issued in Oxycodone robbery

Accomplice, getaway driver arrested in alleged robbery of 60-year-old woman

4 nabbed in meth-trafficking cases

4 busted in recent meth-trafficking cases, records show.

Norcross adopts 2012 budget

NORCROSS -- City leaders Monday voted to adopt $24 million annual budget for 2012. According to City Manager Rudolph Smith, staff department heads worked diligently to reach a balanced budget with no employee cutbacks and no decreases in city services.. "I'd like to commend the staff. It's been tough, but

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Lake levels on the rise

Recent rains have brought Lake Lanier's water level up, and showers Tuesday could mean more good news for the body of water.

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GMC's open heart center 'a dream come true'

LAWRENCEVILLE -- This has been a long time coming.. Strolling through the halls of Gwinnett Medical Center's freshly christened Strickland Heart Center this week, Dr. Manfred Sandler was visibly excited. The 40,000 square-foot addition to the west end of GMC's Lawrenceville campus -- which will eliminate Gwinnett's moniker as

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Former UGA player builds replica of Sanford Stadium field

Dacula High grad Des Williams shows allegiance to school with mini field.

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Archer wins Southern Slam

Archer won the Southern Slam on Saturday.

Brookwood wins Woodstock Duals

Brookwood won the Woodstock Duals on Saturday.

Buford's Simpson finalist for coaching award

Buford football head coach Jess Simpson is a finalist for the Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year award.

Carter Martin Classic a success

Providence School's eighth Carter Martin Classic fundraiser basketball game and auction raised $84,000.

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Berkmar's Brown out to answer any skeptics

Senior point guard excited for final season.

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Buford's Freitag commits to Alabama

Buford's Kurt Freitag committed to Alabama on Monday.

Academics the biggest selling point at recruiting fair

Academics was the biggest recruiting tool at the Gwinnett Touchdown Club Recruiting Fair on Monday.

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Buford, Grayson hope to make history in football finals

Wolves aiming for state-record fifth straight title; Rams looking for breakthrough championship this weekend at Georgia Dome

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Richt expects 'competitive situation' at Outback Bowl

No. 18 UGA will close season with No. 12 Michigan State

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Falcons squander another chance to take control

Smith upset with missed opportunities in ugly loss to Texans

SWIMMING AND DIVING ROUNDUP: Broncos beat Lions

A look at high school swimming and diving meets from last Friday and Saturday.

Norcross adopts 2012 budget

NORCROSS -- City leaders Monday voted to adopt $24 million annual budget for 2012. According to City Manager Rudolph Smith, staff department heads worked diligently to reach a balanced budget with no employee cutbacks and no decreases in city services.. "I'd like to commend the staff. It's been tough, but

Scientists find biggest black holes yet -- as big as 10 billion suns

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Scientists have found the biggest black holes known to exist -- each 10 billion times the size of our sun.. A team led by astronomers at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered the two gigantic black holes in clusters of elliptical galaxies more than 300 million

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Obama makes case for extending payroll tax cuts

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pressured Republicans in Congress on Monday to extend a payroll tax cut, saying the economic recovery is "still fragile" and middle class families need the money.. "My message to Congress is this: Keep your word to the American

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Two more warrants issued in Oxycodone robbery

Accomplice, getaway driver arrested in alleged robbery of 60-year-old woman

Vacant property registration up for debate in legislature

Legislators disagree on proposal to force vacant property owners to register.

Norcross police seek tips in burglary probe

Norcross police want tips to catch burglar who damaged small grocery store.

Eastside Medical getting new patient tower

Construction should be complete by end of 2012

Proposal would boost chairman's pay

Representative proposes a salary boost for chairman.

4 nabbed in meth-trafficking cases

4 busted in recent meth-trafficking cases, records show.

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Lake levels on the rise

Recent rains have brought Lake Lanier's water level up, and showers Tuesday could mean more good news for the body of water.

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Walker to resign from Loganville legislative district

Local legislator to resign office.

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Nelson to play at 37 Main

90s rock band Nelson performs at 37 Main on Dec. 7.

Gwinnett educators talk funding with legislators

Education officials from both K-12 and college levels gathered Monday morning with state legislators to discuss funding and vision for schools and institutions.

Committee freezes lawmakers' salary adjustment

In a unanimous decision, the Legislative Services Committee voted on Monday to freeze the cost-of-living adjustment for the third straight year. Members of the General Assembly earn $17,341.68.

FAA chief on leave after drunken driving arrest

The Transportation Department says Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt is on a leave of absence and his employment is being reviewed following his arrest over the weekend for drunken driving.

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Cuts to first-class mail to slow delivery in 2012

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service said Monday it is seeking to move quickly to close 252 mail processing centers and slow first-class delivery next spring, citing steadily declining mail volume.

Cops: Pantless peeping Tom caught outside woman's home

Pantless peeping Tom caught outside woman's home, police say.

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KING: Charting the 'oversights' in Gingrich's amnesty plan

Redefining the concept of amnesty is an old political trick.

ESTHER CEPEDA: Fed up with this 'funding'

CHICAGO -- Here's a sample of what came home in my sons' backpacks last week: a flier announcing a before-school sale on bags of Hot Cheetos, Funyuns and other high-salt-and-fat junk foods. Plus, reminders about two separate parent teacher organization fundraisers -- one an offer to

KATHLEEN PARKER: The surging Newt

It's Newt's turn to surge to front -- but will it last?. WASHINGTONThings sure do change fast around here. One week it's Rick Perry, the next it's Herman Cain. Now it's ... Newt Gingrich?The Republican voter is like a starving man at a free buffet. He gorges on this, then

GBI: Body found in search for missing Canton girl

A body found in a trash container is believed to be that of a 7-year-old girl who went missing last week from an apartment complex playground north of Atlanta, authorities said Monday.

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Vermont supporting kale artist in trademark fight with Chick-fil-A

The state of Vermont threw its support Monday behind a folk artist whose T-shirt business is being threatened by the nation's second largest chicken restaurant chain because of his use of the phrase "eat more kale."

UGA gets $1.23M grant for early education

The University of Georgia has received a $1.23 million grant to help grow its program for teachers wanting to go into early education.

NPR's 'Mountain Stage' to return to Athens

The nationally broadcast public radio show "Mountain Stage" will return to Athens early next year.

Three jurors needed in UNC student death trial

Opening arguments are expected to begin this week in the trial of a man charged in the death of the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill more than three years ago.

BCS title game is LSU-Alabama rematch

LSU and Alabama will rematch in the BCS national title game.

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Georgia Tech, Utah accept invites to Sun Bowl

Georgia Tech and Utah both accepted invitations on Sunday to play in the Sun Bowl.

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Title game losers UGA, MSU fall to Outback Bowl

Conference championship game losers Georgia and Michigan State have landed in the Outback Bowl.

Notre Dame, FSU to meet in Champs Sports Bowl

Florida State will play Notre Dame in Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

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Berkmar's Brown out to answer any skeptics

LILBURN -- These questions ruffle Yonel Brown.

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Buford's Freitag commits to Alabama

BUFORD -- The week of his final high school football game, Buford's Kurt Freitag announced his future football plans.

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Walker to resign from Loganville legislative district

LOGANVILLE -- One of Gwinnett's longest serving legislators plans to step down in the coming days.

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Richt expects 'competitive situation' at Outback Bowl

ATLANTA -- Mark Richt said Monday he is opening the competition at tailback as No. 18 Georgia has almost a month to prepare for its Outback Bowl game against No. 12 Michigan State.

BCS title game is LSU-Alabama rematch

Play it again, LSU and Alabama.

Cops: Pantless peeping Tom caught outside woman's home

LOGANVILLE -- No pants, one sock, no way.

PREP ROUNDUP: GAC first, Bears third at Mountain View Duals

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Greater Atlanta Christian finished first and host Mountain View took third at the Mountain View Duals.

Buford's Simpson finalist for coaching award

Buford football head coach Jess Simpson is a finalist for the Russell Athletic National Coach of the Year award.

ESTHER CEPEDA: Fed up with this 'funding'

CHICAGO -- Here's a sample of what came home in my sons' backpacks last week: a flier announcing a before-school sale on bags of Hot Cheetos, Funyuns and other high-salt-and-fat junk foods. Plus, reminders about two separate parent teacher organization fundraisers -- one an offer to buy candied apples and the other a request for the children to sell chocolate bars.

Notre Dame, FSU to meet in Champs Sports Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida State will play Notre Dame in Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Gwinnett educators talk funding with legislators

LAWRENCEVILLE -- State legislators met with local K-12 and post-secondary education officials Monday to discuss continued and future funding for schools and institutions.

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Nelson to play at 37 Main

BUFORD -- When twin brothers Gunnar and Matthew Nelson hit the scene in 1990 with their album "After The Rain," they were singing hits like "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" and the title song "After The Rain." Twenty years later, the men have cut their long locks, toured the world and recently recorded the follow-up album to the 90s record called "Lightning Strikes Twice." The two perform at 37 Main on Wednesday, promoting their latest endeavor.

RaceTrac severs ties with food company following recall

LAWRENCEVILLE — RaceTrac has released a statement in response to a voluntary recall of potentially contaminated sandwiches distributed to its gas stations.

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