News for Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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McCann homers rally Braves twice

Brian McCann came off the bench in the ninth inning to tie it with a pinch-hit, two-out homer, then hit a two-run shot in the 11th to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday.

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Parkview returns to semis for first time since '05

Parkview swept Luella in two games in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs at Hugh Buchanan Field on Tuesday.Photo slide show inside

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Big-hitting Buford sweeps Pierce Co.

With a doubleheader sweep of Pierce County, 11-8 and 12-1, Buford extended its winning streak to 11 and earned a spot in the Class AA state semifinals.Photo slide show inside

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Hawks heat up in Game 2 to stay alive

After seeing its bats go as cold as the weather at blustery Hillgrove High School for Game 1 of a Class AAAAA state baseball quarterfinal doubleheader, Mill Creek heated things up considerably in the nightcap.

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Broncos fight for Game 3

Once again the Broncos were a game away from elimination. And once again they kept fighting.

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Olson, Beauchamp get top 8-AAAAA awards

Parkview and Brookwood took the top honors in voting for the All-Region 8-AAAAA baseball team.

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Cavs get No. 1 pick

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Cleveland Cavaliers got a huge jump on their post-LeBron James rebuilding process Tuesday night, winning the lottery and the No. 1 selection in next month's NBA draft.

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No. 8 Tech falls to East Tennessee St.

East Tennessee State took advantage of some miscues by the Georgia Tech bullpen in an 8-6 win over the No. 8 Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night.

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Bulldogs smack 16 hits to beat KSU

Georgia used a 16-hit attack to defeat Kennesaw State 9-4 Tuesday at Foley Field.

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Stars win first game 27-18, but split series

LILBURN -- Tuesday's doubleheader between Providence Christian Academy and King's Ridge Christian School in the third round of the Class A state baseball playoffs featured 60 runs, 54 hits, 10 home runs, 13 pitchers, 13 errors, 22 walks and 18 strikeouts. And nothing was decided.Photo slide show inside

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Shanahan, Bayer win on Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

Sloan Shanahan of Suwanee won in her first appearance on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, taking first in the girls 14- to 18-year-old division at the Augusta Golf Instruction Junior Classic. She shot 72 and 78 for a two-stroke win at Bartram Trail Golf Club.

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Falcons' Calhoun signs with Darton

Dacula senior catcher Tripp Calhoun has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Darton College. The son of Bill and Paula Calhoun, he also earned the school’s Dean’s Scholar Award.

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Gearrin returned to Gwinnett after win

LAWRENCEVILLE — Cory Gearrin didn’t get to savor his first major league victory very long. Soon after getting credit for Atlanta’s 3-1 victory in 11 innings against Houston on Tuesday, the relief pitcher was headed back to Gwinnett.

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Lions charge into semis

ROME — All season long, Hebron Christian has been fueled by stingy pitching and timely power hitting.

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Parkview returns to semis for first time since '05

LILBURN — In the early 2000s, Parkview was in the middle of its dominant run in Class AAAAA baseball. The Panthers won two state titles and regularly made deep playoffs runs.

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Meadowcreek looking for youth wrestling coach

Meadowcreek Takedown Club is looking for a coach for its youth wrestling program. This position will serve primarily for young students in and around the greater Norcross area. Inquiries may be made to Coach Schumacher at 404-402-8974 or

Black tie event to benefit Hope Lodge

RC Cancer Centers and the American Cancer Society will host their annual Coaches vs. Cancer black tie event Saturday.

THOMAS: Apocalypse now, later and yet again

Politicians and political activists frequently declare the end of the world will occur if their candidate isn’t elected, or if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. Some conservative Christians think the end is on the way because of behavior and practices they judge immoral. Somehow the country, not to mention the planet, survives, and when ‘‘doomsday’’ passes, the prognosticators live to predict Armageddon on another day.

Target murder jurors need third day

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jurors deciding whether or not they believe Joanna Hayes fatally shot her daughter-in-law will enter a third day of deliberations today.

BOE meeting time earlier due to scheduling conflict

SUWANEE — For this month only, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be taking care of business at an earlier time.

Emory Johns Creek to host festival, 5K

JOHNS CREEK — Emory Johns Creek Hospital will host a community health festival and 5K run this weekend.

Eastside to hold free stroke screenings

SNELLVILLE — A part of National Stroke Awareness Month, Eastside Medical Center will be conducting free screenings on Friday.

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Free football camp for local players

National Football Academies (NFA) will host a free football camp June 9-11 at Hillgrove High School in Cobb County for the first 40 youngsters who sign up. The camp, for ages 6-11, is from 2 to 4 p.m.

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CLINE: A good case of the blues

LAWRENCEVILLE — There were plenty of familiar sights at Saturday’s inaugural American Cancer Society/Gwinnett Braves 5K run around Coolray Field. Runners running to win, those looking for personal-best times and others just happy to participate and support a good cause.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Another Gadhafi regime official defects

Another Gadhafi regime official defects

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Arnold reveals he had child with staffer

Arnold reveals he had child with staffer

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Errors cost G-Braves against Wings

LAWRENCEVILLE — J.J. Hoover hadn’t had many breaks with Class AA Mississippi, but at least he’d pitched well. In his Class AAA debut, the right-hander wasn’t sharp or fortunate.

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Panthers' Block, McClure to be honored today

Parkview seniors Katie Block and Caitlin McClure will be signing letters of intent to play college softball at a ceremony today at 2:30 p.m. in the high school commons area.

NATION IN BRIEF: Maid's lawyer: She is telling the truth in IMF case

Maid’s lawyer: She is telling the truth in IMF case

11Alive will be filming morning show in downtown Lawrenceville on Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE — A local TV station will be filming live from downtown Lawrenceville on Friday.

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L.c. Allen

Mr. L.C. Allen, age 83, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Monday, May 16, 2011. Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his parents Charlie M. & Lennie Allen ...

Mitchell Cagle

EDWARD Mitchell Edward Cagle, age 47 of Loganville, passed away Sunday May 15, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

William Verschuren

Mr. William James Verschuren, age 74 of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Sarah Watkins

Mrs. Sarah Lunsford Watkins, 93 of Smyrna, GA died May 11, 2011. Arrangements by Castellaw Funeral Home 770-435-9038

Cecil P. Bryan

Cecil P. Bryan, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 14, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Larry Duren

Larry Howard Duren, age 63 of Athens, Ga., passed away Friday May 13, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966

Robert Poff

Mr. Robert M. Poff age 68 of Mableton, GA passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Loretta Roberts

Loretta Roberts, age 97, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Monday, May 16, 2011. To fulfill her life-long wish, her body was donated to Emory Medical School for research ...

Dorothy Marie Hawthorne

Mrs. Dorothy Marie "Dot" Hawthorne, 72 of Snellville, GA died May 15, 2011. Arrangements by Davis-Struempf Funeral Home and Crematory, Austell 770-944-2900

Linda Williams

Linda Gail Williams, 62, of Loganville passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011. She was recently preceded in death by her mother, Edna Mae Jackson. She is survived by her sons ...

Adam Sawyer

Mr. Adam Sawyer, age 40 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Richard Byrd

Mr. Richard A. Byrd, age 74, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Thursday, May 15, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Norman Peck

Norman Otis Peck, age 88 of Winder, GA passed away May 14, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

James Sweeney

James P. Sweeney, age 50, of Duluth, GA, died May 14, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Angie Crutcher

Angie Davis Crutcher, age 44, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Monday, May 16, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

John Scales, Jr.

John Francis Scales, Jr., age 72 of Loganville, GA passed away May 15, 2011. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013, 770-922-8182