News for Saturday, May 14, 2011


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MURPHY: County address offers stage for a fresh start

I've sat through 11 State of the County Addresses since moving to Gwinnett in 1998.

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NFL's Ochocinco shows up for a short ride

Though he fell way short of an eight-second ride, the Twitter extraordinaire, comical braggart and top athlete that is NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco raised the dusty eyebrows of the world's best bull-riders Saturday night in Duluth.

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Suwanee stunner: Eagles upset by Walton

The last 20 minutes of Bucky Boozer's legendary head coaching career were spent holding on. Photo slide show inside

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Spartans succumb to second-half surge

Two state powers clashed in the Class AA boys state soccer finals on Saturday night in Westminster and Greater Atlanta Christian. Photo slide show inside

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Stars come up just short against Walker

When Providence Christian needed its trademark play the most, the Stars were just inches away. Photo slide show inside

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Palka's walk-off hit gives Tech win

Freshman Daniel Palka's walk-off single capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally as the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team slipped past North Carolina 9-8 on Saturday. The win evened the series with UNC at 1-1.

Peachtree Corners street fest to feature crafts, music, food

Residents can get a little of that Peachtree Corners spirit in an upcoming street festival -- the first of its kind for the community that may soon become a city.

Norcross festival to feature first 5K

The city of Norcross' annual Strawberry Stroll Festival will have a new addition this year, one that will benefit a local charity.

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Growing up: Suwanee's community garden increasing in popularity

An idea that was planted just a couple of years ago sprouted first into a plan, then a full-grown reality in White Street Park in Suwanee's Old Town district. The Harvest Farm Community Garden, an intelligently planned and artistically pleasing seven-acre plot of land that used to be known as the Williams farm, is bursting with color -- flowers, vegetables, herbs and dirt so rich you can smell it. Smiling faces can also be found there at just about any time of day. Photo slide show inside

Officials applauded for efforts during storms

Emergency officials in Barrow County applauded trained residents who responded according to the book during last month's ravenous storms, which passed by Gwinnett and Barrow with relatively minimal damages.

Six local gardens featured in tour

The Gwinnett Master Gardeners will hold its 2011 Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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JENKINS: Osama bin Laden and some things I don't understand

Don't get me wrong: I was as happy as the next guy to see Osama bin Laden get what he deserved. Unless, of course, the next guy happened to be named Barack Obama, in which case, no, I probably wasn't quite as happy.

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Students win 'Best in State' in engineering competition

Students from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology have been named "Best in State" winners in Georgia in the Junior Engineering Technical Society's 2011 TEAMS competition.

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LARSON: Cub Scout leader helps community to be prepared

Be prepared. Those two words have always been ingrained in Shoji Ketchem's thinking. Maybe because he grew up in a military family and always had to be prepared to move. Or maybe they were reinforced by the Gulf War.

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CEPEDA: A tale of two school systems' civics report

High school seniors have gotten another grim report card in civics. According to the recently released 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress, 64 percent of public school students who are either voting age, or close to it, have only a partial understanding of the rights and duties of citizenship in America’s constitutional democracy.

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OREILLY: Rapping at the House

Once again, we have an association controversy at the White House. This week, a rapper who calls himself ‘‘Common’’ was invited by Michelle Obama to read some of his ‘‘poetry’’ to a handpicked audience in the ‘‘People’s House.’’ The problem is that Common (real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn) has glorified convicted cop killers Joanne Chesimard and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Palka's walk-off hit gives Tech win

ATLANTA — Freshman Daniel Palka’s walk-off single capped a five-run, ninth-inning rally as the ninth-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team slipped past North Carolina 9-8 on Saturday. The win evened the series with UNC at 1-1.

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Nash to give first address

DULUTH — Two months since taking office, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash hasn’t had time to tackle all of the ills that have plagued Gwinnett during the past two years.

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PARKER: Mitt Romney's pre-emptive strike on health care plan

Sitting under the lush palms and blue skies of the richest Americans’ favorite resort — during off-season when the rich wouldn’t be caught dead here, I hastily add — I naturally couldn’t wait to watch Mitt Romney's PowerPoint presentation on health care.

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51 students to share in $1M Prize

LAWRENCEVILLE — Fifty-one Gwinnett County Public Schools students graduating at the end of the month have received news of an early graduation present: They will have a share of $1 million in Broad Prize scholarships.

Suwanee traffic altered due to work

SUWANEE — The extension of McGinnis Ferry Road will reach a milestone Tuesday when traffic is expected to move onto a new roadbed for Old Peachtree Road.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressmen work for seniors

One local congressman worked this week to save seniors money, while another was honored for his advocacy.

Road Closures 5/15-5/21

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

Buford sees best passing rate on grad test

BUFORD — Buford High School students posted the school’s highest-ever passing rate on the spring administration of the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

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G-Braves get hammered by Mud Hens

LAWRENCVILLE — Saturday was just one of those nights when absolutely nothing went right for the Gwinnett Braves.

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Hugh Douglas

Captain Hugh Davis Douglas, age 63, died Thursday, May 12, 2011 at his home in Buford, GA after a battle with colon cancer. He graduated from Roosevelt High school in ...

Mardell Davis

Mrs. Mardell Perry Davis, age 77 of Talmo, GA, who passed away on May 12, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Josephene Jordan

Josephene Annette Jordan, age 70 of Buford, GA passed away on May 12, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...