News for Thursday, July 7, 2011

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Police officer helps extinguish grease fire

A quick-acting police officer helped squelch a grease fire at a Dacula home Thursday evening, officials said.

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Top junior Olympic hopefuls converge on Mill Creek track

Pop-up tents were scattered throughout Mill Creek Community Stadium on Thursday. The small amount of shade was the only relief for spectators from the heat at the USATF Region 3 Junior Olympics track and field championships.

MCCULLOUGH: Don't be mad at jury in Anthony trial

When I was in my early 20s I was chosen for a jury in Gwinnett County.I wound up in Probate Court, the task before me to determine the validity of a man's will which had been contested.

SMITH: Visit to small town renews hopeful feeling

This being watermelon season, you probably agree that you can't stop after just one slice. You always want more, which is the way I feel emotionally about visiting the Hopeful General Store, run by Dennis White. There are plenty of watermelons at Dennis' place, by the way.

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Francoeur, Keppinger in demand

Jeff Francoeur and Jeff Keppinger have a lot more in common now than just being Parkview graduates. That wasn't supposed to be the case, though.

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Rockies lose Blackmon to broken foot

The short-handed Colorado Rockies have lost outfielder Charlie Blackmon with a fracture in his left foot. The North Gwinnett grad left the game Thursday against Atlanta after hurting his foot while running the bases.

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Freeman, Braves sweep Rockies

Rookie Craig Kimbrel, only 23, took the major league lead with his 27th save and two 21-year-old sluggers, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward, hit home runs as Atlanta beat Colorado 6-3 on Thursday to complete its first four-game sweep of the Rockies in 18 years.

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Millhof transfers to Collins Hill wrestling

Ryan Millhof's only loss last season was to childhood friend Sean Russell in the Class AAAAA state finals. This season the pair will be teammates.

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Trio of Gwinnett teams to play in Great American Football Classic

Greater Atlanta Christian is returning to the Georgia Dome for high school football, while Central and South Gwinnett are making their first appearance in the Dome.

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BISHER: Golf's disruption and other musings

What I would like to do is have an assassin's bullet aimed at the head of the freak spectator who cries out, "IN THE HOLE!" at any and all golf championships.

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G-Braves usher hits home run with fan service

When Julie and Tim Weaver go to Gwinnett Braves games they can relax because their usher takes care of them. As they watch from field level seats, Tim Freeman observes from the top of the steps. With keen eyes, he's ever cognizant of the Gwinnett County couple's every need.

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Wheels fall off transit projects

Some controversial transit projects and a proposed extension to Ronald Reagan Parkway are off the list for potential funding from a regional transportation sales tax, according to a pared list released Thursday.

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Getting to Know ... Bob Bryant

Bob Bryant is no newcomer to metro Atlanta's sports and entertainment scene. The 47-year-old Pinehurst, N.C., native first came to town in the late 1980s as the regional marketing director for Feld Entertainment, which produces Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey and Disney on Ice, among other shows.

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Report: Company at fault in 'Hooch death

A Buford outfitter failed to warn a busload of tubers on June 3 of pending dam releases or to explain the area's warning sirens before sending them on a Chattahoochee River excursion that claimed a 9-year-old drowning victim, a federal report released Thursday concluded.

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Dragons to awake at annual boat festival

Arrive early for Saturday's Gwinnett Braves doubleheader to see dancing lions, chanting monks and firebreathing dragons

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Man jailed for alleged kidnapping threats

A Snellville man charged last year in an incident where he reportedly kidnapped and sodomized his male victim was arrested again recently, this time for allegedly threatening a kidnapping.

Fire extinguished behind business

Firefighters responded at 6:12 a.m. Thursday to a report from a passerby of heavy smoke coming from a strip shopping center in the 400 block of Dacula Road, near Fence Road in Dacula.

Fire scorches vacant home

A fire reported by a passerby at 6 a.m. Thursday destroyed a vacant home on New Hope Road near Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville, officials said.

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3 men arrested in gang beating

Police arrested three Gwinnett teens on felony gang charges after they allegedly accosted a man in Auburn.

Memorial fund established for father, son

Friends and family of a Dacula father and son who died in a house fire this week have established a fund to assist surviving family.

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Residents file complaint against Yerkes center

A group of concerned residents filed a formal nuisance complaint regarding the Yerkes National Primate Research Center on Thursday afternoon, urging Gwinnett County's Department of Planning and Development to shut down the center's Lawrenceville field office.

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GGC hires technology VP

Georgia Gwinnett College has selected a Georgia Tech graduate as its new vice president for educational technology.

Anthony to be freed next week

Casey Anthony will be freed next week after spending nearly three years in jail on accusations she killed her 2-year-old daughter, punctuating a case that captured the nation's attention and bitterly divided many over whether she got away with murder.

NATION IN BRIEF: Storms, lightning threaten final shuttle launch

Thunderstorms threatened to delay the last space shuttle launch, set for today, and a lightning strike near the pad prompted NASA to convene an engineering panel to discuss any possible damage.

New Jersey man arrested in stolen Picasso drawing case

The case of a stolen Picasso has been cracked -- and police said it was a New Jersey man who walked into the gallery in downtown San Francisco, snatched the drawing and fled in a taxi.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Roadside bomb kills two US soldiers in Iraq

A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers Thursday outside the main American military base in Baghdad in what U.S. officials said appeared to be another attack by Shiite militias hoping to drive U.S. troops out of Iraq.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Horrible Bosses' plays too safe to be great

Too often missing the mark as the black comedy it thinks it is, "Horrible Bosses" instead plays out as a broad physical comedy with forced story devices and frat-boy-level giggles.

ART BEAT: Spend an evening in the tropics with Arts at Twilight

The Duluth Fine Arts League is dedicated to the arts and to helping young people with artistic talent find a way to continue their education after high school.

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THE DISH: Opa! Gyros & Kabob

When you hear Opa! you immediately think of Greek. But this fine establishment not only offers authentic Greek cuisine, but Persian and Mediterranean as well.

'Funny Fridays' return to Aurora

The Aurora Theatre's "Funny Fridays" returns for its fifth season of comedy performances from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. July 15 and will continue through next June.

Aurora to kick off dance series with '50s sock hop

The Aurora Theatre and events facility 550 Trackside kick off their new "Dance Night Series" with a '50s Sock Hop on July 16.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: The Making of the President: The 1960s

After radio and before Twitter, the three presidential elections of the 1960s found candidates still trying to figure out how to use of the medium of television while tiptoeing around the ultra-sensitive issue that was Vietnam and its rippling anti-war movement.

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Recently reviewed films now playing in area theaters.

FILM FANS: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' a fun film

Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

Movie Trivia Contest 7/8

So, you think you're good at movie trivia?

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Gartrell in Home Run Derby

And with 16 on the season entering Thursday, the Gwinnett Braves outfielder was selected as one of the three International League's participants in the Triple-A All-Star Game's Home Run Derby.

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All-Star Gartrell in home run derby

Gartrell leads G-Braves with 16 home runs

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Court throws out Kenerly indictment

An indictment against former Commissioner Kevin Kenerly, accused by a special grand jury of bribery, was thrown out by the state Court of Appeals on Thursday.

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Gwinnett woman accused of plot to kill ex-husband in NC

A Lawrenceville woman has been arrested and accused of trying to hire a man to kill her husband at a restaurant in North Carolina.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "Bella Vita" means something different to all of us

On Tuesday at 2:15 p.m., the verdict in the Casey Anthony Trial was read in an Orlando courtroom and in living rooms, offices, bars and restaurants all across the country.

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THE DISH: Opa! Gyros & Kabob

Opa! Gyros & Kabob

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Report: Company at fault in 'Hooch death

BUFORD — A Buford outfitter failed to warn a busload of tubers on June 3 of pending dam releases or to explain the area’s warning sirens before sending them on a Chattahoochee River excursion that claimed a 9-year-old drowning victim, a federal report released Thursday concluded.

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BISHER: Golf's disruption and other musings

What I would like to do is have an assassin’s bullet aimed at the head of the freak spectator who cries out, “IN THE HOLE!” at any and all golf championships.

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'Funny Fridays' return to Aurora

The Aurora Theatre’s “Funny Fridays” returns for its fifth season of comedy performances from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. July 15 and will continue through next June.

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Aurora to kick off dance series with '50s sock hop

The Aurora Theatre and events facility 550 Trackside kick off their new “Dance Night Series” with a ’50s Sock Hop on July 16.

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FILM FANS: 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' a fun film

EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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MCCULLOUGH: Don't be mad at jury in Anthony trial

When I was in my early 20s I was chosen for a jury in Gwinnett County.

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Early promotion: Blackmon making mark in bigs

Despite getting off to a hot start in Class AAA with Colorado Springs, Blackmon didn't expect to get a quick promotion.

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Wood a mainstay in Royals bullpen

Wood, 25, has been a mainstay as one of the setup men in the Kansas City bullpen, going 4-0 with a 2.97 ERA in 28 appearances.

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Braves pound Rockies 9-1

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer, Jair Jurrjens earned his NL-leading 12th win and the surging Atlanta Braves beat slumping Colorado 9-1 on Wednesday night.

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Mill Creek welcomes national track qualifier

The Hoschton high school gets to put those amenities on display this week for the Region 3 USA Track and Field Junior Olympics.

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Hammock: Karen tough to replace

But with Mark Karen, it literally will take more than one. It will take three.

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John Bullock

Mr. John Louis Bullock, age 84, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Fannie Lou O'Rouke Bullock ...

John Howard Snyder

John Howard Snyder, age 82, of 2003 Rose Ave., died at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Monday, July 4, 2011. A native of Sparta, IL, he was born January 2, 1929 ...

Gina B. Collins

Gina B. Collins, age 49 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Memorial Service will be held 1 PM, Saturday, July 9, 2011 at NorthView Christian Church, Buford. Gina ...

Clara Gravitte

Clara Field Childers Gravitte, age 94 of Lawrenceville, GA, and formerly of Gainesville, GA passed away July 5, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 ...

Alex Dockery

Mr. Alex Matthew Dockery, age 27, of Mayesville, Ga., passed away Friday, July 1, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

William Deane Muckenfuss

William Deane Muckenfuss, age 79, of Gainesville, Georgia passed away on June 27, 2011. Born in Logansport, Indiana to the late Fredrick L. and Margaret C. Muckenfuss, Bill was a ...

Alice Fields

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Alice Camilla Fields, age 71, of Loganville, who passed away on July 5, 2011. Mrs. Fields was born in Savannah, a daughter ...

Alice Braddock

Mrs. Alice Braddock, age 96, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Griffin Braddock. She is survived by ...

Evelyn Shelton

Evelyn Rutledge Shelton, age 83, of Snellville, Georgia, entered into rest on July 6, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Shelton in 1997, and a ...

Hartman Coffey

Hartman Estlake Coffey, age 91, of Cumming, GA, died July 4, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Stella Bennett

Mrs. Stella Bennett, age 83 of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Marie Smith

Marie R. Smith, age 84 of Monroe, GA passed away July 5, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594 www.stewartfh.com

Marianne Landman

Mrs. Marianne Stippler Landman, age 88 of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Kaye Marx-Gammon

Kaye Marx-Gammon, commonly referred to as "Choo-Choo" Nana or Happy Kaye, passed away in her home on Tuesday, July 5, surrounded by her family who loved her deeply ...

Thomas Giles, Jr.

Thomas E. Giles, Jr., age 88 of Snellville, GA, passed away July 5, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Geraldine Price

Geraldine (Gerry) Paulin Price, age 85 of Norcross, GA passed away July 4, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Lewis Merk

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Robert Lewis Merk, age 84, of Jefferson, who passed away on July 6, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements ...

Joni Mize

Joni Beth Brannan Mize, age 53, of Duluth, Georgia passed away at Gwinnett Medical Center- Duluth on Monday, July 4, 2011 after complications from a stroke. She was born on ...

Michael Warren

Mr. Michael Alan Warren, age 57, of Mayesville, Ga., passed away Monday, July 4, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Brandon Hodges

Brandon Jay Hodges, age 14 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011. He was a student at Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth. Survivors include his father, Joshua ...

Elizabeth Weatherby-Mcree

Elizabeth Ann Weatherby-McRee, born on September 14, 1943, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with heart disease. Ann left us to be ...

Lester Fricks

Mr. Lester Fricks, age 76, of Bethlehem, Georgia died July 5, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

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