News for Saturday, June 4, 2011


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HALL: Keeping the public trust

Trust is a word that is overused, certainly understated, and one that has been expanded in its literal definition over the years. The core meaning of the word as it applies to character and confidence is widely preached, but seldom practiced. Through a series of justifications and one weak excuse after another, pure and unadulterated trust is barely recognizable any more.

WARBINGTON: Projects will be good for commuters

Last week, the Georgia Department of Transportation released its "unconstrained list" of projects to be considered by the metro Atlanta roundtable for funding for the 2012 Transportation Investment Act referendum (one penny sales tax). Although a third of the projects submitted by Gwinnett County, its 15 cities and the four Community Improvement Districts were cut, the roundtable will have a list of 46 Gwinnett projects valued at more than $2.25 billion from which to choose.

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Mets, Gee whiz past Braves 5-0

Dillon Gee outpitched Jair Jurrjens to remain unbeaten this season and Jose Reyes hit a bases-loaded triple, leading the New York Mets past the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Saturday night.

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Modern Marvel: Galactic Quest celebrates 20 years in comic books

Kyle Puttkammer has never been afraid to put himself out there.

Center to celebrate printed art

The Hudgens Center for the Arts will open four new exhibits this week.

Family establishes scholarship at GGC

Grayson residents Greg and Tammy Shumate recently established an annual scholarship fun in memory of Greg's mother, Linda.

Camp Oo-U-La again partners with Fort Yargo

Promoted as a uniquely carefree experience where kids can frolic as kids, Georgia's only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children debuts again today in Winder.

Ford event to kick off at festival

The first-ever Peachtree Corners Festival will not only kick off a tradition in the community, it'll also kick off the 2012 Ford Focus Drive With Purpose Tour.

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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: GGC students toast AITP charter, first-year achievements

Georgia Gwinnett College's student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals recently capped a year of impressive firsts with a celebration on GGC's campus.

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LARSON: To keep money in the community, just do the math

I love the math. I love math, period, but the philosophy behind the 3/50 Project really gets me excited. The 3/50 Project, whose mission is to "save the brick and mortar our nation is built on," is simply one way to keep money in the local community.

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JENKINS: Knowledge of financial aid is key to affording college

Want to go to college but don't think you can afford it? Think again, suggest several local experts.

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Norcross conserves elements of old houses prior to demolition

The city of Norcross hosted its two-hour Pre-Demolition, Salvage Pickin' and Porch Party on Saturday morning. Photo slide show inside

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Visitor from space: Shuttle astronaut speaks to crowd at Briscoe

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Col. Eric Boe still enjoys a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the way he ate it in space -- on a tortilla.

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Sugarloaf/316 work under way

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For years the construction of an extension to Sugarloaf Parkway has been little more than a path through the woods, something drivers have had little to worry about.

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Expert: Hair proves body in car

ORLANDO, Fla. -- An FBI forensic expert testified Saturday in Casey Anthony's murder trial that a hair removed from the woman's car showed signs consistent with hair from a dead body.

NATION: Hudson plane heads to museum

HARRISON, N.J. -- This time the river crossing was a lot slower, and a lot drier.

PEOPLE: LaBelle sued over beating

HOUSTON -- A West Point cadet and former Army football player is suing veteran R&B diva Patti LaBelle, saying she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal.

WORLD: Pope backs Croatia in EU

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Pope Benedict XVI strongly backed Croatia's bid to join the European Union as he arrived in the Balkan nation Saturday, but said he could understand fears among euroskeptics of the EU's ''overly strong'' centralized bureaucracy.

New Mexico boy, 9, becomes youngest to solo in balloon

TOME, N.M. -- Nine-year-old Bobby Bradley floated into history early Saturday, taking off solo in a hot air balloon and landing perfectly about a half-hour later to become the youngest trained pilot to accomplish such a feat.

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New Knight: Central's Kallon makes immediate impact

Central Gwinnett football coach Todd Wofford was hoping to keep Francis Kallon a secret this spring. The rising senior came to the U.S. from London last summer and had never played a down of American football in his life.

Aurora spooks with ghost tours

LAWRENCEVILLE --The Aurora Theatre is organizing spooky ghost tours of the downtown square every Friday and Saturday through September and every night in October. This is the seventh straight year that the theater has hosted the tours.

Water plant to get power from waste

LAWRENCEVILLE -- No joke: Gwinnett's water resources department has begun self-generating a large portion of its energy, thanks to a gas most commonly known as a product of flatulence.

New pool filter to save water, energy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A planned pool filter upgrade at the Collins Hill Aquatic Center will save water and energy at the county facility.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators bring the heat at Coolray

Batter up!Two of Gwinnett's longest serving legislators took to the mound Wednesday, throwing out the first pitch at the Gwinnett Braves' Coolray Field.

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China has grand champ in Li

As China's Li Na tossed the ball while serving at match point in the French Open final, a cry from a fan in the stands pierced the silence at Court Philippe Chatrier.

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All-Georgia final for NCAA golf title

Carter Newman birdied the first playoff hole Saturday to beat Oklahoma State's Sean Einhaus and lift defending champion Augusta State into an all-Georgia final round at the NCAA men's golf tournament.

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Fire damages Dacula businesses

DACULA -- A Saturday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to a pair of Dacula businesses, officials said.

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Force hold off Storm

DULUTH — The Georgia Force held Tampa Bay to 10 first-half points and never trailed en route to a 60-49 win over the Storm in Arena Football League action in front of 4,023 fans Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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New Knight: Central's Kallon makes immediate impact

Central Gwinnett football coach Todd Wofford was hoping to keep Francis Kallon a secret this spring.

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Gartrell's gift powers G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE — Before Saturday’s game, Stefan Gartrell called his grandmother to wish her a happy birthday.

O'REILLY: Poverty and the president

This time next year, we should have a Republican in place to challenge President Barack Obama for the title of ’World’s Most Powerful Man.‘‘ The campaign, of course, is the ultimate reality show, and it could get nasty.

PARKER: Sometimes it's just best to not share everything

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell says he’d own up if it were his. Jon Stewart says he doesn’t remember his old friend being quite all that!

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Olen Fox

Mr. Olen Ray Fox age, 69, of Jefferson, GA passed away on Thursday June 2, 2011. Mr. Fox is survived by his wife of 18 years Judy Reddish Fox, Jefferson ...

Elna Smith

BONNIE" Elna "Bonnie" Smith, age 82 of Dacula, GA passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011. She was preceded by her husband of 56 years George Westley Smith, Elna is survived ...

Ronald Fenner, Jr.

Ronald Earl "Ron" Fenner, Jr., age 38 of Buford, GA died Thursday, June 2, 2011. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Bill Gilstrap

Bill Gilstrap, age 83 of Winder, GA passed away June 1, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Carol Mize

Carol Louise Webb Mize, age 72, of Tucker, GA, died Sunday, May 29, 2011. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770 ...

Loleta Larsen

Loleta Marie Larsen, age 76 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away June 1, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Viola Boss

Mrs. Viola Boss, age 89, of Bethlehem, Georgia died June 3, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Donald Flanagan

Donald Flanagan, age 61 of Statham, GA passed away June 2, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Holly Redd

Miss. Holly Redd, age, 30 of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. She is survived by her children Blaise Brown, age 8, Beau Brown, age 6, Bishop ...

Hazel Ford

Hazel A Ford, age 67 of Auburn, GA passed away June 2, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Jean Mauldin

Jean Alta Mauldin, age 70 of Winder, GA passed away June 2, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Mauldin, Sr. and grandson, Kevin Puckett. She is ...

Kurt Krueger

Kurt Harold Krueger, age 40 of Avondale Estates, GA passed away May 31, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Bobby Lankford

Bobby Lee Lankford, age 69 of Snellville, GA passed away June 3, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, R.L. and Ruth Lankford of Ten Mile, TN; grandparents ...

Bogdan Dawidowicz

Bogdan J. "Bogie" Dawidowicz, age 53 of Sugar Hill, GA, died Saturday May 31, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Jacob Reagan

Jacob Walter Reagan, age 22 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 30, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Anna Robertson

Rev. Anna Louise Robertson age 83 of Braselton, Ga., passed away Thursday June 2, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966

Julie Giudici

Julie Robinson Giudici, age 42 of Lawrenceville, Ga passed away June 2, 2011. Mrs. Giudici was a 1986 graduate of Winder Barrow High School. She attended 12Stone Church. Mrs. Giudici ...

Jean Ferguson

Jean Smith Ferguson, age 71 of Winder, GA passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Coleen Bishop

Coleen Gay Bishop, age 54 of Auburn, GA passed away May 29, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Connie Merritt

Mrs. Connie Lynn Merritt, age 61, of Auburn, GA passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Michele Murphy and Brad Nunley, Auburn, GA; son ...