News for Saturday, June 25, 2011


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RailHawks pound SIlverbacks 5-1

ATLANTA -- Matt Horth struck first for the Silverbacks, but the first-place RailHawks did the rest of the scoring in a 5-1 win Saturday.

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An angel among us: Fire captain honored for service in Middle East

This is the guy organizing the training of Gwinnett County's firefighting recruits: an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, who has been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and still travels the world preparing Marines for what they'll see on the Middle East's front lines.

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JENKINS: Bullies thrive because we've forgotten how to deal with them

One of the less attractive features of the nanny-state is its exaggerated hand-wringing over problems that didn't even exist before the nanny moved in.

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Officials see rise in tax appeals

Even after new home assessments brought the county's tax digest down $3.3 billion, officials now have to contend with more than 30,000 appeals that could bring the number down further.

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Braves fans pack park to watch game

Instead of watching the Atlanta Braves game on TV Saturday night, the Buchanan family went to Suwanee Town Center Park.

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LARSON: Urban Baboon promotes philosophy of fitness

The Urban Baboon did not wander out of the jungle. The Urban Baboon does not amble along the streets of our cities. Actually, the Urban Baboon doesn't even exist except as the name of a website.

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Swimmer's body found in Lake Lanier

The body of a 33-year-old swimmer missing in Lake Lanier was found floating Monday morning near the area witnesses said he'd gone under two days prior.

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YOUTH ROUNDUP: Hebron wins all-star tourney

The Hebron 12U/Major Boys All Stars recently won the Hebron Baptist Church All-Star baseball tournament.

Twelve Gwinnett Scouts earn top honors for projects

Of 79 young women honored statewide for Girl Scouting's highest achievement, 12 hail from Gwinnett County.

Duluth to hold annual 'Brown Bag Lunch Series'

For five years, the city of Duluth has hosted the "Brown Bag Lunch Series" during the summer. This summer the tradition continues.

Chick-fil-A on Pike Street to celebrate 20th anniversary

The Chick-fil-A located on Pike Street in Lawrenceville is celebrating its 20th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Braselton's July 4th fireworks show moving to new location

The Fourth of July fireworks in Braselton, one of the town's most popular events, is changing venues this year.

Charter 'Club 30024' to offer perks to fans of Suwanee Day

If you love the city of Suwanee's annual festival, now is your time to prove it.

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Bright lights, big business: Football buddies team up for successful venture

It all comes back to football. A game Des Williams and Zach Hugo played for years under the lights played a role in getting their successful lighting, maintenance and landscape design company started, kept it going in tough economic times and now helps its continued growth.

Not-for-profit organization seeks creativity for tile project

The term "public art" may have never been so literal.

Survey: Locals learn about city programs through social media

Snellville residents are hoping to learn about city programs through email and Facebook.

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CEPEDA: The fine line between purity, mass appeal

The London Evening Standard called it a triumph of nerve and talent. The Financial Times' Clement Crisp, who's seen just about everything in his near-80 years, said it was an amazing sight.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall questions Obama's decision on Afghanistan

After President Barack Obama's announcement last week about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks began the war on terrorism, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall said he is left with a few questions.

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Jacobson takes Travelers lead

CROMWELL, Conn. -- UCLA star Patrick Cantlay tumbled down the leaderboard a day after shooting the lowest score by an amateur in PGA Tour history, while Fredrik Jacobson had a 7-under 63 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Bryce Molder in the Traveler's Championship.

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50 percent support rail in town hall call

Rail proposals got a boost last week when thousands of Gwinnettians offered support during a telephone town hall about a proposed transportation sales tax.

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Doping appeal hangs over Contador, Tour

PARIS -- Alberto Contador might as well be riding this year's Tour de France with an asterisk emblazoned on his jersey. The small print would say: Doping appeal Aug. 1-3 before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Veteran Duluth officer canned after DUI crash

A Duluth Police Department corporal squandered a 13-year career dotted with both commendations and reprimands after drunkenly crashing his private vehicle last month, according to documents obtained in an open records request.

Two from Gwinnett conquer FBI academy

Two members of Gwinnett's law enforcement community recently graduated from a strenuous FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., with high standards for acceptance.

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Sonoma could become demolition derby

Last year when 43 stock cars fired up their engines and abandoned the idea that racing around the twisting 11-turn, 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway.

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Serena leads past champs into 4th round

Serena Williams was part of a parade of past champions who breezed into the fourth round Saturday, joined by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova, who all were straight-set winners, too.

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Ga. Southern brings camp to Gwinnett

With nearly 40 counties and three states represented, 325 high school rising juniors and seniors made their way to Mill Creek on Saturday for the 2011 Option U Georgia Southern one-day football camp.Photo slide show inside

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North's Johnson wins first national title

Kibwe Johnson won his first national outdoor title Thursday at the USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., taking first in the hammer throw with a toss of 263 feet, 6 inches.

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Montgomery up for challenge in building Shiloh program

Brian Montgomery has a knack for taking programs out of the dumps. Prior to taking the Shiloh job in February, Montgomery took North Atlanta from a traditional doormat to a 7-3 record last year. It was the second winning season in the school's 20-year history.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall questions Obama's decision on Afghanistan

After President Barack Obama’s announcement last week about withdrawing troops from Afghanistan a decade after the Sept. 11 attacks began the war on terrorism, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall said he is left with a few questions.

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North's Johnson wins first national title

Some athletes hit their prime at a younger age, but Kibwe Johnson appears to be reaching his potential now, less than a month away from his 30th birthday.

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ROBINSON: Why does the war go on?

Some heard a declaration of victory, others an admission of defeat. The many contradictions in President Barack Obama’s speech about Afghanistan on Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.

John Newman

Mr. John Edwin "Eddie" Newman, age 58 of Swainsboro, GA died Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Arrangements by Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors, Swainsboro, GA, 478-237-2131

Bobby Mcclung

Bobby J. McClung, age 79 of Tucker, GA, died June 23, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Bertha Carter

Bertha Carter, age 79 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

John Murphy

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. John Willie "Johnny" Murphy, age 66 of Pendergrass, GA who passed away June 23, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson in charge of ...

Theresa Bottoms

Theresa M. Bottoms, age 82 of Duluth, died June 23, 2011. A Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday June 26, 2011 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel ...

Steve Jones

Steve F. Jones, age 56 of Snellville, GA, passed away June 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010

Roberta Jernigan

Roberta Jernigan, age 71 of Winder, GA passed away June 23, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

John Lee

John Ellis Lee, age 81 of Grayson, GA passed away June 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200