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Dacula's Gibbs kick-starts pro career in Alaska

Passed over in the 2010 NFL draft, Dre Gibbs never wavered from his goal of playing professional football. The stocky running back, after a standout career at Western Illinois, didn't let his fitness slip despite not catching on with an NFL team.

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Faulkner keeps moving up coaching ladder

Buster Faulkner still remembers as a senior at Parkview High School, talking to his coach Robert Hill about what he wanted to do when he grew up. Faulkner expressed interest in coaching and Hill didn't steer him away.

HUCKABY: Singing for Kay Starr's birthday

While leisurely perusing the newspaper Thursday morning -- one of my last chances to take my time doing so before the new school year begins -- I noticed a small blurb proclaiming that Kay Starr was celebrating her 89th birthday and was shocked to learn that Kay Starr is still alive.

YARBROUGH: Should we trust in God or the state?

You would think designing a license plate would be relatively simple, wouldn't you? Not in Georgia.

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DUI arrest made in fatal crash

NORCROSS -- Police arrested a Loganville woman on drunk driving charges in a fatal, two-vehicle collision near Norcross on Thursday.

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Cops: Robber used Craigslist to lure victim

BUFORD -- Police say a Duluth man used Craigslist to lure and rob a woman at knife-point who assumed she was buying an iPad.

No shortage of good news from Gwinnett schools in my 5 years

This is a bittersweet moment for me. After nearly five years of covering education in Gwinnett County, I'm retiring from the newspaper business.

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Cops looking for suspect, child in possible kidnapping

Gwinnett County police are asking the public for help locating a woman who may have fled with her young son.

GWINNETT GAB: Housing authority recognized

The Lawrenceville Housing Authority has been designated a "high performer" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for management of its public housing program.

After 63 years of business, Larry's Furniture to close in Winder

After serving downtown Winder for 63 years, Larry's Furniture has decided to permanently shut its doors.

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G-Braves off to quick start in win

NORFOLK, Va. — Newest offensive lynchpin Tyler Pastornicky had three hits and starter Todd Redmond did enough for his seventh win as the Gwinnett Braves opened their series in Norfolk with a 5-2 victory Friday.

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Force fight for better matchup

Even with an Arena Football League playoff berth already secure, there is still plenty for the Georgia Force to play for as they conclude the regular season against the Iowa Barnstromers tonight at 8:05 in Des Moines.

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DeShields leads US rout of Russia

PUERTO MONTT, Chile — Norcross’ Diamond DeShields scored 16 points and Breanna Stewart added 14 to help the U.S. under-19 women’s basketball team beat Russia 76-53 in the opening round of the World Championship on Friday.

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Americans Fish, Isner advance to Atlanta semifinals

NORCROSS — The upset bug had already bitten the No. 2 seed in the opening match on Friday, so top seed Mardy Fish and third seed John Isner made sure the same thing wasn’t going to happen to them in Friday’s quarterfinals of the 2011 Atlanta Tennis Championships at Racquet Club of the South.

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MCLEOD: It's always personal: Why even men cry during work

She was absolutely blindsided, sucker-punched. She hunched over the telephone, turned her back on her colleagues and gazed unseeingly at the high rise across the street as Sumner Redstone. Then the almost 70-year-old chairman of Viacom Inc. let loose with his tirade.

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Suwanee gets artifact from Twin Towers

SUWANEE — Suwanee recently received a piece of history from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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NFL players study deal OK'd by owners

WASHINGTON — Sorry, football fans.

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RICH: Admiring, appreciating the kindness of risk-takers

One night I was doing an appearance in a town where this column runs. A woman waited in line to speak to me and brought a clipping of that week’s column for me to sign.

Gas leak shuts down Ga. 20

LAWRENCEVILLE — A natural gas leak shut down several lanes of a major Gwinnett thoroughfare Friday morning.

After 63 years of business, Larry's Furniture to close in Winder

WINDER — After serving downtown Winder for 63 years, Larry’s Furniture has decided to permanently shut its doors.

HUCKABY: Singing for Kay Starr's birthday

While leisurely perusing the newspaper Thursday morning — one of my last chances to take my time doing so before the new school year begins — I noticed a small blurb proclaiming that Kay Starr was celebrating her 89th birthday and was shocked to learn that Kay Starr is still alive.

NATION: Heat wave grips Northeast states

Heat wave grips Northeast states

'Hairspray' coming to Suwanee

SUWANEE — Tracy Turnbald is making her way back to Suwanee.

Seniors cool off with ice cream social

SUWANEE — Nan Wade of Suwanee scooped herself a small bowl of vanilla ice cream, added caramel syrup and topped it off with a cherry while she chatted leisurely with her friends, both new and old.

Group files complaint against IE2 school program

SUWANEE — A group of parents in Gwinnett County filed a civil rights complaint this week against Gwinnett County Schools, according to a news release from the organization.

Gwinnett residents place at Senior Games

Five residents of Gwinnett County competed at the Summer National Senior Games in Houston from June 16-30 in bowling, horseshoes, and track and field.

Ex-DeKalb cop sentenced on federal charges

ATLANTA — A Lilburn resident and former DeKalb County police officer pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges stemming from assisting alleged criminals and lying to federal agents, officials said.

BOE sets millage rate

LAWRENCEVILLE — Board members voted unanimously to not increase property taxes Thursday during the Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting.

Winder police academy seeks applicants

WINDER — Anyone hankering for a cop’s-eye-view of police work in Winder is encouraged to act fast.

Sugar Hill welcomes World Changers

SUGAR HILL — This week, Sugar Hill will welcome young volunteers from World Changers who will be working on residents’ homes.

PEOPLE: Beavis and Butthead to return to MTV

Beavis and Butthead to return to MTV

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Dacula's Gibbs kick-starts pro career in Alaska

Passed over in the 2010 NFL draft, Dre Gibbs never wavered from his goal of playing professional football.

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THE DISH: The Dublin Pub and Grill

The atmosphere can be described by the slogan painted on the dark green wall in an Irish-style font above the bar that is clearly visible as soon as you walk through the door: "Welcome to the Dublin Pub where there are no strangers, just friends who have yet to meet."

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ART BEAT: Gwinnett Ballet Theatre announces its new staff

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is Gwinnett County's oldest nonprofit performing arts organization, formed in 1977 by Lynne Snipes. For the past 14 years, Lisa Sheppard Robson has been at the helm as artistic director, steering the company to achieve many honors and produce many wonderful dancers.

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Hamilton Mill hit by rash of car break-ins

In the first five months of this year, the number of car break-ins within Dacula's sprawling Hamilton Mill subdivision never hit more than one per month.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: Limitless Blu-ray (PG-13)

Heady and trippy, "Limitless" mixes old school thriller ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Charly"), with hyper CGI stylization ("Fight Club," "The Matrix," "Inception") with uneven but mostly positive results.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

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Lawrenceville discusses Sunday sales, millage rate

Lawrenceville could be the 10th local city to approve a Sunday beer sales referendum.

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Working the net: Locals volunteer at tennis tourney being held in Norcross

They come from all walks of life and sometimes come in sets of twins, but they have one thing in common -- a passion for tennis.

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Fewer GCPS, state schools make AYP

Fewer schools in Gwinnett and throughout the state met accountability goals in a year when the academic bar rose in all subject areas.

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Legal fight ensues over woman's body

A legal tug-of-war between the family of a slain Lawrenceville mother and the husband whom police have called a suspect is scheduled to be decided in Gwinnett Probate Court next week. At issue: Who should control Nique Leili's body and dictate her funeral?

NATION IN BRIEF: Excessive heat starts dogged eastward trek

Hot weather that has plagued the Plains for days spread eastward Thursday, blanketing several more states under a sizzling sun that made people sick, shut down summer schools and spurred cities to offer cooling centers and free swimming.

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Fish rolls by Mahut at Atlanta

As the No. 1 seed in the singles draw, American Mardy Fish had a first-round bye and had to wait until Thursday to get on the court for his first match of the 2011 Atlanta Tennis Championships. So what's another couple of hours for a weather delay for last year's defending champion?

WORLD IN BRIEF: Egyptian PM promises reforms

Egypt's prime minister promised to fight corruption Thursday as a new Cabinet was sworn in under under pressure from protesters demanding faster change and the removal of those tied to the ousted regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Realist painter Lucian Freud dies at 88

Lucian Freud, a towering and uncompromising figure in the art world for more than 50 years, has died, his New York-based art dealer said Thursday. He was 88.

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Conrad, Braves power past Rockies

Brooks Conrad, playing for the injured Dan Uggla, homered, scored twice and used his speed on the basepaths to help the Atlanta Braves overcome a shaky start by Tommy Hanson to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-6 Thursday.

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NFL owners OK deal, players don't vote yet

NFL owners overwhelmingly approved a tentative agreement Thursday that would end the lockout, provided that players re-establish their union and sign off on the proposal. But the players didn't vote.

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Dokken rocks Wild Bill's as part of summer concert series

The '80s hard rock band Dokken will perform tonight at Wild Bill's as part of the club's Summer Rock Series that continues through Sept. 16.

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MUST READ: Bones of Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess exhumed, burned

The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess were exhumed under cover of darkness, burned and secretly scattered at sea after his grave became a shrine for thousands of neo-Nazis, a cemetery official said Thursday.

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McCULLOUGH: A neurotic in dog's clothing

I think my dog needs a psychiatrist.Now anyone who has read this column for any length of time should know I don't go in for pop-psych, belly-button gazing, introspective namby-pamby-ness, especially when it comes to pets.

Lightning causes Buford blaze

BUFORD -- Lightning sparked a fire that damaged the upper floors of a Buford home Thursday evening, officials said.

Teen, grandma escape house fire

SNELLVILLE -- A teenager unsuccessfully attempted to extinguish an afternoon fire in Snellville, but he and his grandmother escaped unharmed, officials said.

Pair charged with selling fake phones

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A pair of Gwinnett men have been arrested for allegedly dealing in counterfeit smartphones.

CEPEDA: Atlanta's trouble shines light on school reforms

In a recently released report by Georgia authorities, the ridiculous lengths to which some Atlanta public schools went to raise test scores were exposed in what's being called the nation's largest-ever cheating scandal.

Alma Pyscher

Alma Pyscher, age 92 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away July 21, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

Carol Johnson

Mrs. Carol Johnson, age 44, of Statham, Ga., passed away July 22, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Jay Allen

Mr. Jay Keith Allen, age 48, of Winder, Ga., passed away July 16, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Dominique Chatham

Dominique "Nique" Gilmer Chatham, 44, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, July 9, 2011. She was born to Doug Chatham and Harriett Lay, January 11, 1967 in Aiken, SC. Nique graduated from ...

Scottie Allen

Mr. Scottie Eugene Allen, age 52, of Winder, Ga., passed away January 15, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966

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  • July 22, 2011
  • Edwin Love, Jr.

    Edwin Love Jr., age 68 of Hoschton, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011. He is survived by Wife of 47 years: Lois Love; Children: Kim & Chris Wellborn; Mark & ...

    John Williams

    John Bradley Williams, age 50, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away July 18, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

    Kenneth Kelly, Sr.

    Kenneth Kelly, Sr., age 79 of Lilburn, GA, passed away July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

    Lowry Cox

    Mr. Lowry "Jack" Jackson Cox, age 25, of Talmo, Ga., passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

    Spencer Balmer

    Mr. Spencer Ernest Balmer, age 76 of Flowery Branch, Ga. died Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

    Pauline Adkins

    Pauline Ann Adkins age 81, of Monroe, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544.

    Willa Mae Rothman

    Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Willa Mae Rothman, age 91, of Nicholson, who passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences ...

    Merle Hamburger

    Dr. Merle Edward Hamburger of Lilburn, GA, born March 1, 1966, died of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm. Merle's life was dedicated to the development ...

    Gwendolyn Marks

    Gwendolyn Marks, age 86 of Lithonia, GA passed away July 16, 2011. Arrangements by Wages and Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811

    Spence Baker

    Spence Kennedy Baker, age 80 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

    Dorothy Blanton

    Dorothy O. Blanton of Snellville GA, age 91, passed away July 21, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Mr. Richard McKendree Blanton, Mrs. Julia Moore ...

    Gerald Randall

    Gerald Randall, age 81 of Monroe, GA, passed away July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

    Anthony Herring, Sr.

    Anthony Herring, Sr., age 87 of Norcross, GA passed away July 20, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

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