News for Saturday, February 19, 2011


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Dirk Christensen

Dirk Glen Christensen, age 55, of Grayson, GA passed away February 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

Shelby Smith

Shelby Jean Smith, age 73, of Lilburn, passed away on Friday, February 18, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, February 21, 2011 at Floral Hills ...

Kevin Mcdowell

Kevin A. McDowell, age 46, of Duluth, GA passed away February 18th, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Daryl Frachiseur

Daryl Scott Frachiseur, age 43 of Auburn, GA died Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

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DeShields delivers crown to Norcross

DeShields scored 34 points, none more important than her third-quarter flurry, as the Blue Devils erased some painful memories of the past with a 59-44 win over North Gwinnett on Saturday for the Region 7-AAAAA title.

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LARSON: Gwinnett Library gives customers key to culture

Time was if you heard any storytelling at the library, it was courtesy of a volunteer mom sitting on the floor with 10 toddlers squeezed in between two overloaded bookshelves. Same goes for art exhibits, which amounted to a bulletin board thrown together with whatever construction paper those same volunteer moms could find in a cardboard box stashed under the checkout desk.

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Norcross boys back on top

The Blue Devils, looking nothing like the team that started with a 5-8 record, finished off its second straight Region 7-AAAAA tournament championship Saturday night with a 59-56 victory over top-seeded Peachtree Ridge.

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GAC boys win region

Veteran Greater Atlanta Christian basketball coach Eddie Martin has four state championships and more than 600 wins on his resume, but he looked as if he had won his first game Saturday night as his team celebrated at midcourt after winning the Region 6-AA championship.

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Wrestling notes: Mill Creek's Hagen knocks off defending champ

DULUTH — No one expected Austin Hagen to win.

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Wilkins leads Wolves to region title

ATLANTA — Not having lost since before Christmas, the No. 1-ranked Wesleyan girls appear poised for a fourth straight state-title run.

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Gladiators crumble in third vs. Florida

ESTERO, Fla. — The Gwinnett Gladiators gave up four goals in the third period and could not hang on in a 7-3 loss to the Florida Everblades on Saturday night at the Germain Arena.

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Wesleyan bounces back to beat Stars

ATLANTA — The Wesleyan boys won the Class A state title a year ago despite not having a single home game. This year the Wolves get at least one, but it will be in the new preliminary round.

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Brookwood fights way to region title

LILBURN — Often, in important games like Saturday’s Region 8-AAAAA girls championship, the story can be told at the charity stripe.

Woodall may join town halls via video

LAWRENCEVILLE — An open bill in Washington, D.C., may prevent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, from attending today’s town hall meetings in person.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Elizabeth Taylor improving but still hospitalized

Elizabeth Taylor improving but still hospitalized

OUR VIEW: Another year, another defeat for Sunday sales

The Republican caucus took a vote about Sunday liquor sales this week, effectively ending your chance to do the same. Though there could be another round of discussions on the issue, it looks like it’s last call for a vote on Sunday sales this year.

PARKER: Women's lib spawns new breed of conservatives

Now would be a very good time to be a cartoonist. Or perhaps not. As the late cartoonist Doug Marlette frequently lamented, “How do you cartoon a cartoon? We’re living in ‘Toon Town.’”

CID to host meeting on US 29 study

LILBURN — The Lilburn Community Improvement District will host an open house for its U.S. Highway 29 corridor study in March.

NATION IN BRIEF: Fla. boy doused in chemicals in better condition

Fla. boy doused in chemicals in better condition

WORLD IN BRIEF: Egypt officially recognizes moderate Islamic party

Egypt officially recognizes moderate Islamic party

Prep Roundup: Hebron girls earn No. 4 state seed

ATHENS — Fourteen points and eight rebounds from Ziah Dorsey were not enough for Hebron in the Region 8-A consolation game loss to Athens Christian 41-39.

Early morning fire destroys Dacula home

DACULA — An early morning fire Saturday destroyed a Dacula home in the 1600 block of Harbins Road, officials said.

KING: We await the governor living up to his promise

Georgians may be interested to see the latest United States Border Patrol apprehension figures.

WILLIAMS: A cheap way to fix some busy roads

Gwinnett County has historically employed distinctive solutions in meeting the needs of its thriving communities. Everything from our educational system to water treatment has gained national notoriety for high standards of excellence.

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Berkmar ends Archer's run

LILBURN — Berkmar’s boys were quite aware of the underdog act Archer had played all week during the Region 8-AAAAA boys basketball tournament.

O'REILLY: No offense, Mr. Mayor

We live in a touchy age where any ethnic remark is a blowtorch. Your mom might have told you never to talk about politics or religion, but these days, mother should include race and ethnicity in her maternal guidance.