News for Wednesday, May 11, 2011


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PITCHING POWER: Hawks' Stillwell tosses no-hitter against Dacula

Brian Stillwell faced the minimum in throwing his second no-hitter in less than three weeks in a 1-0 Mill Creek victory, giving the Hawks the doubleheader sweep Wednesday at Fathers Field.

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Parkview, North split on pair of comeback wins

The Panthers used an eight-run bottom of the fifth inning in Game 1 -- erasing an 8-1 deficit -- to eventually win 11-10. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh in Game 2 to come back and win 5-4.

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Collins Hill back in state finals after upsetting Lassiter

Collins Hill toppled nationally ranked Lassiter 2-1 Wednesday to advance to the state championship against Walton.

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GAC boys advance to state finals

The game-winning goal in an eventual 2-0 win for GAC in the Class AA state semifinals advanced the Spartans to the state championship game at home on Saturday night. GAC will play the winner of Cross Keys and Westminster.

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Brookwood battles for split with Lassiter

Riding the one-run seventh and overcoming the disappointment of a 3-1 loss, Brookwood shot out of the gate in the second game, rocking Lassiter starter Mitch Shelby for six runs in two innings and ending his night.

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Homers doom Duluth in Game 2

ALPHARETTA -- Duluth got quality pitching for 13 of the 14 innings, but that one bad inning led to a split in Wednesday's doubleheader with Alpharetta in the second round of the Class AAAAA baseball state tournament to force a deciding Game 3.

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Gingrich: I'll run in 2012

Republican Newt Gingrich said Wednesday he's running for president because his experience has prepared him to return America "to hope and opportunity."

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OFS plan includes apartments, hotel

Interstate 85's landscape in Gwinnett could change once again, if a proposed redevelopment of the OFS property at Jimmy Carter Boulevard becomes a reality.

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Deal signs bill to put Peachtree Corners' fate on ballot

The emotion was evident, as Gov. Nathan Deal took up his pen, granting his go-ahead for the possible formation of Gwinnett's newest city.

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Gentry, Clay power Buford to sweep

BUFORD -- Mason Gentry had a home run and seven RBIs, while Sam Clay tossed a three-hitter in Game 1 and Buford swept Calhoun 12-1, 15-3 to advance to the state Class AA quarterfinals Wednesday.

Pair rescued from river after losing tubing group

A pair of tubers were rescued from the Chattahoochee River on Wednesday evening after they got separated from their group, officials said.

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Stars power into state soccer finals

The Providence Christian boys soccer team started fast and ended strong with a 4-1 win over Pace Academy in the Class A state semifinals Wednesday night.

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Lockhart leads Lions to Elite 8

DACULA -- Hebron's baseball team qualified for the Elite Eight for the first time in school history and its best hitter Danny Lockhart broke the state's record for most hits in a career.

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Panthers' playoff run comes to end

A run of good fortune finally came to an end Wednesday night as Parkview fell to host Walton 3-0 in the Final Four in a game that was played much closer than the score indicated.

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Facebook key in chop shop case

Investigators used pictures on Facebook to help link a suspected chop shop operator to a stolen motorcycle, police said Wednesday.

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Stars have screaming start

LILBURN -- Providence Christian got popped in the mouth early and had an emphatic answer for George Walton in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. The Stars didn't have the same fight in Game 2 and split the doubleheader Wednesday.

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Lilburn man arrested after 51 marijuana plants found in home

A Lilburn man was arrested this week after police say they found a large-scale marijuana grow inside his home.

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Braves squander lead against Nats

Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the 11th inning, Jayson Werth followed with a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Wednesday night.

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Miami bound for conference finals after ousting Celtics

LeBron James put the Heat up for good with a 3-pointer with 2:10 left on the way to a 33-point effort, and Miami topped Boston 97-87 to win their East semifinal series Wednesday night in five games.

OSHA fines Duluth Best Buy after fall

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Best Buy following an incident at one its stores in Duluth.

29 arrested in Barrow drug bust

A long-term investigation produced 29 drug-related arrests in Barrow County Tuesday, officials said.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Democrats ask Nash to get started on ethics reform

Gwinnett Democrats are asking the county's new chairwoman to get started on ethics reform after her predecessor resigned from office to avoid indictment.

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Mountain View football to host golf tourney

Mountain View football will host its annual fundraiser golf tournament May 26 at Reunion Golf Club in Braselton. Registration is $125 per golfer or $450 per foursome, which includes prizes and a post-round dinner.

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PITCHING POWER: Hawks' Stillwell tosses no-hitter against Dacula

HOSCHTON — Technically, Brian Stillwell’s outing in Game 2 of Mill Creek’s second-round Class AAAAA state playoff series against Dacula was not a perfect game.

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Lopez, G-Braves shut out Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox by a score of 2-0 at McCoy Stadium Wednesday night.

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Hemmings is GAC's first wrestling signee

Greater Atlanta Christian senior Jared Hemmings has signed a letter of intent with The Citadel’s wrestling program, becoming the first Spartan wrestler to sign with a college.

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Broncos' Rinehart signs with Central Alabama

Brookwood senior baseball player Zac Rinehart has signed a letter of intent with Central Alabama. He is the son of Jerry and Kelly Rinehart.

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Panthers' playoff run comes to end

MARIETTA — Remember this about the Parkview boys soccer team.

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ROBINSON: President Obama's Skywalker moment

With the nation transfixed by the daring raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the first GOP presidential debate transpired last week with relatively little notice. For Republicans, that’s the good news.

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Deal signs bill to put Peachtree Corners' fate on ballot

ATLANTA — The emotion was evident, as Gov. Nathan Deal took up his pen, granting his go-ahead for the possible formation of Gwinnett’s newest city.

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Hawks' Rediger commits to Ga. Southern

Mill Creek defensive end/linebacker Cody Rediger has made a commitment to play football for Georgia Southern, joining fellow seniors Austin Hagan and Devonte Lewis in joining the Eagles.

NATION: Budget deficit to exceed $1 trillion

Budget deficit to exceed $1 trillion

WORLD: Suspect in cannibal sting shot by police

Suspect in cannibal sting shot by police

PEOPLE: Trump: Torture was needed to get bin Laden

Trump: Torture was needed to get bin Laden

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THOMAS: Keeping hope alive for real

Robert Woodson would probably wince if you called him a ‘‘community organizer.’’ That’s because for the last 30 years as president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, he has not spent time organizing the poor around ineffective government programs and other addictions he has been helping them become self-sufficient.

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GWINNETT GAB: G-Braves giving away Chopper banks Saturday

G-Braves giving away Chopper banks Saturday

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William Still

William Lee Still age 83, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, May 13, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel ...

Rachel Jackson

Rachel Mae Jackson, age 69, of Winder, passed away Monday, May 9, 2011. She was a member of Cumming Second Baptist Church. Rachel is preceded in death by her mother ...

Evelyn Yancey

Evelyn Batchelor Yancey, age 81, of Grayson, GA, passed away May 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

Lula Kirby

Lula Maurine Stephens Kirby, age 89, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, formerly of Lawrenceville entered into rest on Monday, May 9, 2011. She is survived by a daughter; Linda Kirby Wilkerson ...

Sara Thomas

Sara Murphy Thomas, age 92, of Tucker, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The funeral will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Bill Head ...

Jorge Contrereas

Jorge Leonard Contrereas, age 50 of Norcross, GA passed away May 9, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182

John Piatt, Jr.

John J. Piatt, Jr., age 64, of Winder, GA passed away May 8, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Edward Sims

Edward Franklin Sims, age 77 of Bethlehem, GA passed away May 10, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Evelyn Edge

Evelyn Moon Edge, 90, of Sullivan, Missouri went home to be the with Lord on May 7, 2011. She was a native of Snellville, Georgia and the daughter of the ...

Robert Allen

Mr. Robert R. Allen, age 45, of Auburn, GA passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2011. He is survived by his wife of seventeen years, Carla Williams Allen, Auburn, GA ...