News for Saturday, February 26, 2011


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Jimmie Simmons

In loving memory of Jimmie "Bobcat" Simmons who God took home on February 27, 2009. You never said "I'm leaving" You never said "Goodbye" You were gone before we knew ...

Mary Patricia Herrell

Mary Patricia (Pat) Herrell, 74, beloved mother of Lynne Cerny, formerly of Tallahassee, passed away February 13, 2011 in Duluth, Georgia. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday ...

Richard Bennett

Mr. Richard A. Bennett age 79 of Dacula, GA passed away on Friday, February 25, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Kenneth Wigginton, Jr.

Kenneth Ray Wigginton, Jr., age 45, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away February 25, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

David Green

David Harold Green, 61, of Tucker, Georgia passed away on February 25, 2011. He was an Air Force veteran and a Masonic member of the Lodge # 295F.& A.M. He ...

Dacula boys, Osborne girls win middle school titles

The Dacula boys are one win away from a perfect season. For the Osborne girls, a second consecutive Gwinnett County middle school basketball championship is the goal within reach.

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MURPHY: Journalism requires pursuit of objectivity

All right, let's be honest. Back in the '80s, how many of you turned the channel from "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson to tune in Ted Koppel on "Nightline?" It was a tough time slot for a serious-minded news program, but Koppel and "Nightline" offered an alternative attractive enough to remain on the air for 25 years. ("Nightline" still is on the air; Koppel left the show in 2005.)

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Lions keep streak against Eagles alive for title win

Despite a furious second-half comeback, Peachtree Ridge hung on for a 14-11 victory over Collins Hill to win the Gwinnett County girls lacrosse championship at Gary Pirkle Park on Saturday.

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Chamber looking for best new small business

DULUTH — CEO Business Centers and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce are looking for the county’s best new small business, and they’re offering a reward.

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No easy win for Peachtree Ridge boys

SUWANEE — Marietta, which entered the state playoffs with an 11-17 record, seemed like an ideal first-round cupcake for No. 5-ranked Peachtree Ridge. And that feeling was reinforced when the Lions scored the first 13 points of the game.

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Buford reaches 2nd round

TIGER — Playing in its first Class AA state tournament game in four years, Buford’s boys basketball team scored a 64-43 victory at Rabun County on Saturday night.

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No title repeat for Wesleyan boys

MABLETON — It was a game of intensity with surges back and forth by two talented teams.

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Roswell builds lead, holds off Berkmar

LILBURN — To give a good idea of how Saturday night’s first-round game of the Class AAAAA state tournament against Roswell went for Berkmar’s boys, the last second pretty much summed it up.

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Balanced Norcross boys win 13th straight

NORCROSS — The Norcross boys went into the state tournament with a 12-game winning streak and plenty of momentum after taking the Region 7-AAAAA title.

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Two locals move on to state bee

SUWANEE — Shruthi Santhanam didn’t think she’d advance to the state spelling bee again this year.

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Wheeler too much for Bulldogs

MARIETTA — By the time North Gwinnett head coach Zach Smith had taken his first timeout — this game was in bad shape. His Bulldogs were already losing big to Wheeler 22-6 just 9:25 into the game.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall casts vote in support of spending reduction

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, cast his vote in favor of House Resolution 1, which would provide continued discretionary spending for the rest of fiscal year 2011.

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Second-quarter run knocks off Broncos

ROSWELL — There are times when fouls can change the game.

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GAC places third at state duals

LYONS — After losing in the first round of the Class AA state duals, Greater Atlanta Christian battled back to finish third.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Hebron sweeps Columbus doubleheader

COLUMBUS — Hebron Christian’s baseball team defeated Brookstone 10-1 and Pacelli 15-5 on a Columbus road trip Saturday.

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Gladiators battle back for victory

TRENTON, N.J. — Despite surrendering three straight goals in the third period, the Gwinnett Gladiators battled back for a 4-3 shootout win Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center.

Road closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

BOONE: Running for the heroes

I never thought running would change my life — but in April 2010, it did.

ROBINSON: Obama, other leaders need to send Gadhafi a real message

President Barack Obama pledged that “the entire world is watching” the horror in Libya, but watching isn’t nearly enough. There is much more that world leaders — beginning with Obama — urgently must say and do.

National Citizen Survey results for Suwanee are in

SUWANEE — Suwanee residents aren’t so crazy about traffic flow on major streets or ease of bus travel, but they like the overall quality of life, the availability of walking trails and cleanliness of the community.

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Central downed by defending champs

ALPHARETTA — Except for a three-minute stretch in the second quarter, Central Gwinnett played the star-studded and highly ranked Milton Eagles close.

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Historic win for Archer

LAWRENCEVILLE — Archer’s boys basketball team turned the ball over five times Saturday night before it attempted a field goal.

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DeShields, Blue Devils roll past Walton

NORCROSS — The Norcross girls won the Class AAAAA state title a year ago as a No. 2 seed. This season, they are a No. 1, but all that really means is an extra home game.

Unattended stove causes fire

NORCROSS — Food left unattended on a stove caused a small kitchen fire in an apartment Friday evening.

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Mill Creek rides defense to first playoff victory

MARIETTA — As the pass sailed toward midcourt, Brandon Hayman realized it was too strong. And he couldn’t have been happier.

O'REILLY: The money just doesn't exist to sustain some teachers' salaries

Here’s a lesson that is both ironic and sad at the same time. According to the U.S. Department of Education, two-thirds of the eighth-graders in Wisconsin cannot read proficiently. But assuming the kids are skilled enough to watch TV, they can now see their teachers demonstrating to keep their generous union benefits. So while things do not seem to be going well in the classroom, any thought of holding teachers somewhat responsible is cause for a protest march.