News for Friday, June 17, 2011

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Southwest wildfires rage on

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- High winds and hot weather hampered firefighters' efforts Friday to protect homes, tinder dry patches of forest and stretches of high desert from several wildfires burning throughout the Southwest.

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4-year-old helping group fight diabetes

LOGANVILLE -- Four-year-old Kyle Melton stands curiously on his tiptoes, peering over the edge of a kitchen counter as his big blue eyes grow even larger from the strain.

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Rangers' Lewis blows past Braves

ATLANTA -- Colby Lewis and Nelson Cruz shook off slumps, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night to protect their lead in the AL West.

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Nash says decisions on staff were right

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said Thursday she understood decisions to toss out two high-level staffers in the wake of a special grand jury investigation into county land deals.

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Lynx, Moore too much for Dream

MINNEAPOLIS -- Seimone Augustus scored 15 of her 25 points in the second half and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 96-85 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory after a season-opening loss.

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Second chance for artist -- Snellville man pours heart into painting after transplant

SNELLVILLE -- John Duke talks about painting, and his first love becomes evident right away.

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Customers victims of fraud after bank info stolen

NORCROSS -- Officials at a Norcross-based bank stressed Friday that, despite account holders falling victim to fraud in recent days, their own systems have not been compromised.

Boat show at Lanier this weekend

BUFORD -- A boat show is being held this weekend, as part of a weekend-long celebration of the opening of a new Lake Lanier West Marine store.

History teachers travel to Washington on grant

SUWANEE -- After 24 years of teaching U.S. history, Sally Blackwell will soon fulfill her dream of visiting the nation's capital.

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Man arrested in online sting

WINDER -- Barrow County law enforcement arrested Thursday an Alpharetta man accused of setting up a sexual encounter with what he thought was a 14-year-old girl, the ninth such arrest during a ongoing investigation.

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Gwinnett man dies in Forsyth crash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A 53-year-old Norcross man was killed during a Friday morning car accident in southern Forsyth County.

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Breakout Bronco: Brookwood's Jackson steps to forefront for senior year

Zach Jackson is hoping to be the man to fill that hole.

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French forever thankful for close shave

MACON -- It can truly be said Justice French has experienced a close shave in more than one sense of the expression over the past year.

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Touchdown Club announces speaker lineup

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta announced its lineup of guest speakers for its fall banquets this week, including Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson at the Oct. 31 luncheon.

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Parkview grad gets college soccer job

Former Parkview goalkeeper Katy Morrow Stigers has been named the head women's soccer coach at Virginia Intermont College.

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Court makes GSGA Match Play semis

Recent Collins Hill grad Lauren Court reached the semifinals of this week's Georgia Women's Match Play Championships at Sunset Hills Country Club, falling 6-and-5 to Augusta's Laura Coble in that round.

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Shim wins AJGA championship

Andy Shim of Duluth closed with a final-round 66, his third straight sub-70 round, to win the American Junior Golf Association's Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Classic this week at Coosa Country Club.

Suwanee PD hosts teen driving class

The Suwanee Police Department will host a class aimed at helping parents help their teen drivers.

Hurricane dangers real, Barrow officials warn

While landlocked and buffered from the eastern seaboard by dozens of counties, Barrow officials are fully aware of the potential danger inherent in June 1, the start of hurricane season.

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RICH: Remembering my father, a man of strong faith

When I or anyone else thinks of Daddy, it is his faith that defined him over and above all else. The man and his faith were inseparable. To know his faith, was to know him. To know him, was to come face-to-face with a bullet-proof faith.

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MCLEOD: Seeing the best in others makes you terrible at hiring people

I admit it. I'm not very good at hiring people. My husband is great at it.

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JENKINS: Four things never to say to your teenage son

To celebrate Father's day, I decided to give my dad the gift of well-earned relief. What better way than to take away the weekly stress of writing his column? Am I a great son, or what? (Note to Dad: That was a rhetorical question)

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LARSON: Learn about what's happening in classical style

My husband loves reading the free classics on his Kindle. But what he seems to enjoy the most is reading passages to me from books like "Crime and Punishment," written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866 that sound like they could have been posted on the Internet yesterday.

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Georgia governor favors charter schools amendment

SAVANNAH -- Gov. Nathan Deal says he will support a proposed state constitutional amendment that would permit a state commission to approve the formation of charter schools.

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Selena Gomez visits county to promote movie

BUFORD — Cindy Kearney left Oklahoma to visit her granddaughter in Lawrenceville.

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Breakout Bronco: Brookwood's Jackson steps to forefront for senior year

No one will argue, last year’s Brookwood defense was led by Cameron Lynch and Nick Moore.

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Rangers' Lewis blows past Braves

ATLANTA — Colby Lewis and Nelson Cruz shook off slumps, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night to protect their lead in the AL West.

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Durham evens series, standings with 8-5 win over Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE — In less than 24 hours, the offensive tables turned on the Gwinnett Braves.

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Special teams, turnovers lead Force past VooDoo

DULUTH — Turnovers and special teams are often two big keys in arena football.

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LARSON: Learn about what's happening in classical style

My husband loves reading the free classics on his Kindle. But what he seems to enjoy the most is reading passages to me from books like “Crime and Punishment,” written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866 that sound like they could have been posted on the Internet yesterday.

LETTERS: Stop spending money on things we don't need

I was very disappointed to read the article about the pedestrian bridge on U.S. Highway 78. It is a another typical example of government spending that sickens me every day I drive by and see absolutely no one walking on it. Who in their right mind is going to walk from Park Place to Snellville as the article suggested? I have almost never seen anyone walking down the sidewalks as there is no bus stop, and I’ll be shocked to ever see someone sitting on the bench across the street under the lamppost.

LETTERS: With friends like these, Obama will break us

Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, and Ken Chenault, the CEO of American Express, wrote an article in the June 13 Wall Street Journal telling us how to meet America’s job creation challenge.

'Arabian Nights' coming to New Dawn Theatre

DULUTH — “Arabian Nights” will be playing at the Duluth New Dawn Theater Company today and next week, Thursday through Sunday.

Man offers grant to entrepreneurs

Leland Strange, an investor, is helping launch the Gwinnett Innovation Park Founders Grant and Nspire Program, which is designed to reward excellence. The prize also includes free office place at the park for a year and monthly marketing and public relations advice session.

Ministry feeds people in need

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Food Service Ministry has teamed up with the Lazarus Project to serve free meals to people in need on Friday evenings.

YARBROUGH: A Father's Day tribute to one rare, great man

It has been 27 years since he passed away and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him terribly, especially on Father’s Day.

HUCKABY: Father's Day is never the same after yours is gone

I still remember how tough the first Father’s Day without mine was. A quarter-of-a-century later, it is still tough. I meet a lot of people who tell me that they look forward, every week, to reading my “piece in the paper.” For every entertaining passage I have written, Homer Huckaby should get an assist. He was the first storyteller in my life. He was the person who taught me to be observant and to pay attention to what people said and how they said it.

Gwinnett Village to host job fair

NORCROSS — Job seekers have an opportunity to submit their resume to about 30 companies during a job fair this week.

Charles Vanderford

Charles Elonzo Vanderford, age 81 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

John A. Markwalter

John A. Markwalter, age 83 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 18, 2011 at St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church ...

Jane Kirley

Jane Elizabeth Kirley, 70, of Duluth, GA, died June 15, 2011. There will be a memorial mass followed by a reception for family and friends at 2:00pm on Monday, June ...

Nancy Wren

Nancy A. Wren, age 84, of Duluth, GA, died June 15, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Donald Wehunt

Mr. Donald "Dump" Wehunt, age 69, of Hoschton, Georgia died June 16, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Claudia Roebuck

Claudia "Frances" Streetman Roebuck age 78 of Winder, Ga., passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Amy Allen

Amy Allen, age 52 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Karen Ryder

Karen D. Ryder, age 47 of Lawrenceville, GA, died June 14, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

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