News for Friday, May 27, 2011


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HUCKABY: If you need a job, farmers are hiring

In 1979, I moved to Meigs -- which is about 7 miles south of Pelham. Yes. Both those places are in Georgia -- but just barely.

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Brown continues Parkview's success

Chan Brown may not have been in the enviable position when he took over the reins of Parkview's baseball program when Hall of Fame coach Hugh Buchanan retired following the 2004 season.

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Teen friend, father linked to torched car murder

TUCKER -- An 18-year-old Tucker man and his father have been tied to the murder of a Stone Mountain teen whom friends called an ambitious soul and talented dancer with a bright future awaiting her.

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Gwinnett's finest go to football school

DULUTH -- Some of the top youth and high school football prospects were on hand Friday night at Duluth High School as Football University hosted the FBU Atlanta camp, which continues today and Sunday.

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Hebron-Providence no strangers to each other

The No. 3 state-ranked Lions (31-3) and the eighth-ranked Stars (26-11) are quite familiar with each other with many of the players paths having crossed during summer travel ball seasons past.

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More flooding to hit Plains

LODGE GRASS, Mont. -- Rain-swollen rivers that have swamped Montana towns could keep flooding the region for another month or more as melting mountain snow delivers a second slug of water to the soggy Northern Plains.

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Pitching the key for Wolves

On the surface, the key to the Class AA state baseball championship series between Buford and Pike County, which begins today at 4 p.m. at Gerald McQuaig Field in Buford, seems pretty clear.

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Young meets old in AAAAA finals

Parkview has won three state titles in its more than 40-year existence, while Hillgrove is playing in its first championship series since opening in 2006

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First class graduates from Lanier High

DULUTH -- Initially, T'Arica Crawford didn't want to go to Lanier High School.Photo slide show, link to post your photos inside

NATION: Death toll rises in Joplin to 132

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Friends and family paid tribute to victims of the Joplin tornado on Friday, beginning the grim task of burying the dead as officials said the savage storm's death toll had risen to 132 people.

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Leake earns win as Reds top Braves

ATLANTA -- Mike Leake returned from the minors to give Cincinnati's depleted rotation a boost and the Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Friday night for only their second win in 10 games.

PEOPLE: Former 'Taxi' star dies at 60

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom ''Taxi,'' played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical ''Grease'' and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on ''Celebrity Rehab,'' died Friday. He was 60.

Bruins top Lightning to reach Stanley Cup finals

BOSTON -- Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in Game 7, sending the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in more than two decades with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

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Principal says farewell after 31 years

DULUTH -- Patty Heitmuller waved goodbye to students as they rode off in yellow school buses Friday afternoon for the last time in her 31-year career.

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UGA ousts No. 1 SEC seed South Carolina

HOOVER, Ala. -- Chase Davidson had two RBIs and three Georgia pitchers combined to contain South Carolina 4-2 Friday night and oust the top-seeded Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Anchor from Blackbeard's ship recovered off N.C. coast

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -- Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what's believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship off the North Carolina coast Friday, a move that might change plans about how to save the rest of the almost 300-year-old artifacts from the central part of the ship.

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Holiday weekend cranks up with concert

SUWANEE -- For the past five years, Joan Smith of Sugar Hill has attended the Memorial Day Concert at the Suwanee Town Park with her cooler of snacks and the company of good friends. Link to post your own photos inside

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MCLEOD: How to be more persuasive and influential in the workplace

You know who they are, they're the people who can walk into a meeting and charm the socks off everyone in the room.

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Alleged bus crash instigator indicted -- again

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An Atlanta woman accused of triggering an Interstate 85 bus crash that permanently injured three passengers has been indicted for a second time and faces more felony counts as her trial looms.

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Police looking for suspects that torched a vehicle

NORCROSS — The unknown men who set a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of a Norcross Extended Stay motel Thursday morning specifically targeted their victim, officials believe.

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Coan named nation's top pitcher

North Georgia’s Jessica Coan, a Greater Atlanta Christian grad, was named the Daktronics Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year this week. She also was selected as a NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division II first-team All-American.

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Senior steps: Hebron's leaders help Lions make final leap

DACULA — Reaching a state high school championship round is often a step-by-step process.

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Teenager, father arrested after girl found dead in burned car

LAWRENCEVILLE — A teenager and his father have been arrested for their alleged connection in the death of 18-year-old Andrea Nassos, whose body was found Sunday burned beyond recognition at a Gwinnett County park.

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FIRE BRIEFS: Lightning blamed in gas leak

Lightning blamed in gas leak

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Gwinnett's finest go to football school

DULUTH — Some of the top youth and high school football prospects were on hand Friday night at Duluth High School as Football University hosted the FBU Atlanta camp, which continues today and Sunday.

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Grayson hoopsters sign grants

Grayson senior basketball players Kenny Lockett and Shakeyla Carrington have signed with college basketball programs.

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Shiloh's Bellina finishes high nationally

Georgia Perimeter College’s Christian Bellina, a Shiloh grad, finished in the top eight at the recent National Junior College Athletic Association Tennis Championships.

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Man charged in public indecency

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Norcross man was arrested Thursday on multiple counts on public indecency, in an incident eerily similar to one he was booked for more than a decade ago.

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Bisher selected for Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame

Longtime Atlanta sports writer Furman Bisher, a current columnist for the Daily Post, was selected as one of the inaugural inductees into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame.

LETTERS: Oprah's words will live past her show

I’m a Gwinnett Daily Post reader and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Tori Boone’s column in the May 20 Weekend section about Oprah.

PEOPLE: Former 'Taxi' star dies at 60

Former ‘Taxi’ star dies at 60

YARBROUGH: Heaven's chorus just added a new wonderful talent

One of the greatest singing voices I ever heard and one of the most talented people I ever knew died last week and, yes, he was a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket through and through.

Management company honored by Chamber

SUWANEE — Management consulting company SantaRomana & Associates were honored Thursday as the inaugural winners of Gwinnett Economic Development’s Amazing Entrepreneur Contest.

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Brown continues Parkview's success

A common theory about coaching is that you never want to be the person who follows a legend.

Dacula's Davilmar earns NCAA Championships berth

In his first NCAA East Regional, Georgia sophomore T.J. Davilmar qualified for the upcoming NCAA Track and Field National Championships.

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Williams' basketball camp returns to South for fifth year

The fifth annual Lou Williams Basketball Camp, founded by the South Gwinnett grad and current Philadelphia 76ers guard, returns to Snellville this summer from July 18-21.

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Taylor setting records at Mizzou

Peachtree Ridge grad Rhea Taylor, whose Missouri team plays Washington this weekend for a Women’s College World Series berth, has added more records to her outstanding career.

Marty Amestoy

Marty Amestoy, beloved husband, father, athlete, State Farm agent, Vietnam Veteran & self-proclaimed plugger, died Saturday, May 21st from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident at Stone Mountain Park ...

Lula London

Lula Mae London, age 893 of Monroe, GA passed away May24, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Michael Kiah

Michael Doran Kiah, age 59 of Dacula, GA died Tuesday, May 26, 2011. Arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924,

Jorge E. Espinoz

Mr. Jorge E. Espinoz, age 81 of Alpharetta, GA passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Patricia Griffin

Patricia Griffin, age 63, of Doraville, GA passed away May 26, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Robert Terry Carter

Robert Terry Carter, 35, of Lawrenceville, Georgia died Friday, May 20, 2011 at Gwinnett Medical Center. Born October 27, 1975 in Hinesville Georgia, he was the son of Courtney Carter ...