News for Friday, July 8, 2011


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Man's death at water park was accidental

BUFORD -- The Hall County Sheriff's Office said Thursday the death of a 21-year-old Illinois man at Lake Lanier Islands Resort was an accidental drowning.

Grayson to get private school

GRAYSON -- A new school for children in first through fifth grades is opening in Grayson.

Lilburn CID gets $700,000 grant

LILBURN -- Lilburn's "Boulevard of Opportunity" could soon become a reality, with a $700,000 boost from a state grant.

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Winder hosts music festival

WINDER -- The city of Winder is hosting The Lazy Daze Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Jug Tavern Park for some outdoor music fun.

Summer camp for seniors planned

DULUTH -- Senior citizens looking to relive their youthful days of summer camp can sign up at a local assisted living center.

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Community gifts: Middle-schoolers help create mosaic-style benches

SUWANEE -- Some 600 Gwinnett middle-schoolers had a hand in a recent gift to the city of Suwanee.

Event to raise money for backpacks for needy kids

DULUTH -- The Back to School Back Pack program will host "Christmas in July & Silent Auction" from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday at the Arena Tavern at 2000 Satellite Blvd. N.W. in Duluth

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Students bring home awards from National History Day

Four students from Collins Hill High School received honors for outstanding achievement at National History Day in Maryland.

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CERT graduates latest class

Barrow County's Community Emergency Response Team -- or CERT -- welcomed a new set of graduates last month following eight weeks of training.

GWINNETT GAB: Boy Choir visits Alaska

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Some Gwinnett County boys are exploring Alaska with other members of the Atlanta Boy Choir.

JENKINS: Entitlement mentality stems from the lies we tell kids

Educators at both the K-12 and college levels are constantly remarking on -- OK, complaining about -- the entitlement mentality so many students seem to wear like a second skin.

LARSON: Finding new life after a tragedy in Lilburn

Get a life. That's something Barbara Barth did quite well.

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Matthews -- Mays


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Kalmbach -- Smith


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Skelton -- Cittadino


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Tracey -- Rothenwander




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Rivas -- Freeze


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Yates -- del Villar


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Boyland -- Caldwell


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Bereznak -- Cincotta


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Prado: I have got to make sure that I am 100 percent

Prado still looking for his swing.

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Atlantis lifts off for final shuttle flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- With a cry from its commander to ''light this fire one more time,'' the last shuttle thundered into orbit Friday on a cargo run that will close out three decades of both triumph and tragedy for NASA and usher in a period of uncertainty for America's space program.

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Shiloh grad Gregory brings fishing tourney to Gwinnett

Drew Gregory grew up around creeks and rivers.

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G-Braves' Cordier gets first home win

LAWRENCEVILLE — Erik Cordier walked off Coolray Field the right way Friday. And he left the home park a winner for the first time.

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Prado still working way back

LAWRENCEVILLE — Martin Prado freely admits he is not ready to return to the Atlanta Braves yet.

Phonehenge West creator ordered jailed by Calif. judge

LANCASTER, Calif. — The eccentric creator of a Mojave Desert compound of whimsical buildings known as Phonehenge West was jailed Friday for failing to obey an order to cut electricity and keep guests out of the illegal structures.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Egyptians demand justice after Mubarak

Egyptians demand justice after Mubarak

YARBROUGH: If we can pay taxes on time, so can Ralston

I own a vacation home in Dawson County — Big Canoe to be exact. Every year, we get a bill for property taxes and it is paid promptly. If it wasn’t, I am afraid someone in the tax office would post my name on the courthouse door and that my neighbors in Big Canoe would be so horrified they wouldn’t make eye contact when I waved at them.

NATION IN BRIEF: Wyoming man charged with killing 3 sons, adult brother

Wyoming man charged with killing 3 sons, adult brother

Gwinnett Tech ranked seventh by magazine

Gwinnett Technical College recently was ranked seventh on Community College Week magazine’s 2011 list of the Top 100 One-Year Certificate Producers.

Traffic stop uncovers heroin stash

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett police conducting a traffic stop on a DUI suspect Wednesday uncovered more than they’d bargained for, including a sizable cache of heroin, officials said.

Fire that destroyed home ruled arson

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Thursday morning fire that destroyed a vacant Lawrenceville home has been ruled arson, officials said.

Mizuno recalls baseball gloves

NORCROSS — A metro Atlanta company is recalling more than 100,000 leather baseball and softball gloves over health concerns.

HUCKABY: I'm looking forward to our version of football

In most of the world they call it football — which is quite reasonable, since there is so much emphasis on the participants’ feet. If you want to actually touch the ball with your hand you have to wear a gaudy long-sleeved jersey that’s nothing like the ones your teammates sport. Here in the American South only football is called football. To us, what the elite women athletes of the world are playing this month is soccer — albeit soccer on a big stage.

GMA director addresses Dacula

DACULA — Randy Meacham, managing director of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, visited Dacula on Thursday evening, sitting in on the City Council meeting and addressing Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and council members.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Royal couple lands in LA for California tour

Royal couple lands in LA for California tour

No foul play, cause found in fire

LAWRENCEVILLE — One week after fire ravaged a longstanding Hispanic supermarket and restaurant near downtown Lawrenceville, authorities are still trying to determine its cause.

Man's death at water park was accidental

BUFORD — The Hall County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the death of a 21-year-old Illinois man at Lake Lanier Islands Resort was an accidental drowning.

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Force sell out home finale

DULUTH — Tonight’s regular season home finale against the Chicago Rush figures to be one of the most eventful games of the season for the Georgia Force in many ways.

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Ann Gilmore

Ann "Gilly" Gilmore passed away 7/7/11. She was only very recently diagnosed with late stage breast cancer which had metastasized in her neck, spine and pelvis. Anyone who knew Gilly ...

Leslie And Michael Cash

Leslie (Les) Lee Cash, age 73 and Michael Cash, age 8, of Dacula, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Saturday, July 9, 2011 ...

Sandra Dowdy

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Sandra Storey Dowdy, age 69, of Jefferson, who passed away on July 6, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of arrangements ...

Clifford Jackson

Clifford E. Jackson, age 74 of Sugar Hill, GA died Thursday, July 7, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Emma Penna

Emma Penna, age 92 of Loganville, GA died Thursday, July 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Larkin Anderson

Larkin Lee Anderson, 59, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Phyllis ...