News for Friday, July 1, 2011


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US team's style gets an update

The American women haven't looked the same since Pia Sundhage got her hands on them.

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Junior's victory still resonates

Dale Earnhardt Jr. vividly remembers the moment he realized he had a legitimate shot at winning NASCAR's first Cup race at Daytona International Speedway since his father's death at the storied track.

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Williamson headed to Augusta St.

Recent Providence Christian graduate Glen Williamson will be taking his baseball talents to the next level after recently signing to play with Augusta State.

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Reeves still just two shots back

Peachtree Ridge grad and Georgia Tech sophomore Seth Reeves remains just two strokes off the lead after firing a 6-under par 66 in Friday's third round of the prestigious Dogwood Invitational.

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Firefighters urge locals to leave fireworks to the pros

Gwinnett County firefighters are urging amateur pyrotechnicians to leave Independence Day fireworks to the pros.

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Houghton -- Popple


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Muse -- Graham

Bruce and Lucretia Muse of Dalton announce the engagement of their daughter, Lacey Larae Muse of Winder, to Chris Graham of Dacula, son of Joe and Gayle Graham of Dacula.

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60th Anniversary


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70th Anniversary


Road Closures 7/3-7/9


College Notes


Sports retailer opens location in Snellville

Texas-based Academy Sports + Outdoors recently opened its newest location in Snellville -- the second store opened this year in the Atlanta area.

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Bones near Dacula were female; ID unclear

Skeletal remains found alongside a winding Dacula road a week ago were those of a white female, Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office authorities said Friday.

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Tip leads police to stolen cars, drugs

A tip regarding a wanted man led Gwinnett County deputies to a Lawrenceville home Friday, where they reportedly found multiple stolen vehicles, drugs and a neglected animal.

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RICH: St. Simons Island is my home away from home

There is a seaside village on the coast of Georgia that my heart, in fact my entire being, is summoned to at fairly regular intervals. It is as much home to me as the red clay hills of north Georgia.

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McLEOD: Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

Most people don't like conflict. It feels risky and time-consuming. They're either afraid of it or they don't want to expend the energy to deal with it.

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Police: Two bodies found off rural Lawrenceville street

A report of a suspicious vehicle parked in an isolated section of private property Friday morning led police to two dead bodies.

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Fire destroys business near downtown Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A towering morning fire destroyed a Lawrenceville supermarket and cornerstone of the Hispanic community that was closed Friday in protest of Georgia's illegal immigration law taking effect. Video inside

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Explosion at Buford home likely caused by gas leak

Authorities are still investigating the cause of an explosion that happened early Friday morning at a home near Lake Lanier, injuring three people.

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LARSON: Readers' responses are always a good read

It’s always fun writing a mailbag column where I get to share what my readers have to say. The last few weeks have brought in some of the best.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Field trip to D.C. enhances history teachers' knowledge

About 30 high school American history teachers recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., where they gained knowledge that will be used to create lesson plans that can be accessed by all Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers.

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GGC students caught in theft ring

LAWRENCEVILLE — Several Georgia Gwinnett College students have been captured in an apparent theft ring, allegedly stealing books from the school’s library and reselling them.

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Bats end G-Braves' 6-game win streak

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Gwinnett Braves’ six-game winning streak came to an end with a 4-2 road loss to the Louisville Bats on Friday night.

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JENKINS: History demonstrates assimilating effect of US culture

From all the angry rhetoric lately about illegal immigration, I gather a lot of Americans are afraid of losing our country to the invading hordes. Not me. I have unshakeable confidence in the power of American culture to corrupt practically anyone.

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Double Time: Autry key for Devils at wideout, safety

Anthony Autry’s main regret from last season was that he didn’t get on the field more. That shouldn’t be an issue anymore.

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Hospice gala honors workers, supporters

Peachtree Christian Hospice recently celebrated its ninth annual Benefit, Gala and Awards Dinner — a fundraising event that honors “extraordinary individuals” in the community.

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GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Civil Air Patrol flies in Chinook

Gwinnett Civil Air Patrol flies in Chinook

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Duttweiler - Edwards

Larry and Marcia Duttweiler of Clermont announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Duttweiler of Washington, D.C., to Jesse Edwards of Philadelphia, son of Curtis and Donna Edwards of Lancaster, Pa.

2 Gwinnett police officers honored at security summit

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two police corporals — one who caught criminals on the Internet and another who uncovered criminal activity at a traffic stop — were honored as top cops at a recent Atlanta Security Summit.

Gwinnett doctor honored by Atlanta Magazine

A local Georgia Cancer Specialists physician has been named to Atlanta Magazine’s July issue of Top Doctors.

PEOPLE: Monaco has new princess

Monaco has new princess

LETTER: How many lies will we take on immigration?

Many pro-illegal alien advocates have come up with what they proclaim is the perfect solution to solving our illegal immigration problem. All we have to do is to grant amnesty to the illegal aliens currently in our country, enforce provisions that would prohibit the employment of new illegal aliens and announce that there would never be another amnesty. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Emergency Services officers promoted in Barrow ranks

WINDER — Barrow County Emergency Services officials recently announced promotions from within their ranks to fill two important positions.

LETTER: It's too late to avoid Vietnam-style mistakes

I agree with letter-writer Jay Wagner that we do not need to repeat the mistakes we made in Vietnam. (“We don’t need to repeat mistakes of Vietnam,” June 22, Page 6A) I do not share the same conviction that we should not withdraw from Afghanistan.

Public to choose charity for Rotary

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Mosaic Rotary Club is letting the community decide which nonprofit organization will receive its sponsorship for a year.

NATION: US auto sales rise for June

US auto sales rise for June

HUCKABY: Lunch with an old friend is a forgotten pleasure

“Let’s do lunch!” How many times have you said that to an old friend — or new acquaintance, for that matter — and not followed through? Yeah. Me too, although I probably said something like, “We ought to grab a bite to eat sometime.” Let’s do lunch is not exactly a Porterdale sort of thing to say.

WORLD: Huge protests grip Syria; 14 killed in clashes

Huge protests grip Syria; 14 killed in clashes

YARBROUGH: Legislators get an earful from teachers

I don’t think it is an understatement to say that when it comes to public education in Georgia, teachers don’t have much faith in the Legislature. Why should they? They hear about private school vouchers, state-approved charter schools, private school scholarships cloaked in secrecy and — oh, yes — furlough days.

Suwanee awarded $10K grant for new technology

SUWANEE — The Suwanee Police Department was recently awarded a $10,000 grant, which it will use toward improving technology in the department.

Duluth kicks off block party series July 14

DULUTH — The city of Duluth is hosting a new event called “No Reason Block Party.” It will be held the second Thursday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. July through October on the Town Green.

Hot dog champ eats 20,000 calories, says doc approves

NEW YORK — Hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut estimates he eats about 20,000 calories in one shot at food competitions, but he says his doctor doesn’t mind.

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Brookwood's Sims among 40 still on USA roster

Two players with ties to Brookwood’s baseball program — one current player and one alum — have been spending a good portion of their summer at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

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John Lynch

John William Lynch, Jr., age 85, of Duluth, passed away on June 21, 2011 at Gwinnett Medical Center. Mr. Lynch, a native of Hammond, Indiana, enlisted in the U.S. Navy ...

Bobby Coker

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Bobby Coker, age 76 of Jefferson, GA who passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements ...

Hans Bauer

Hans "Hank" Bauer, age 87 of Buford, GA passed away on June 30, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Franklin Dayton

Mr. Franklin D. Dayton age 74 of Flowery Branch, Ga., passed away June 30, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966