News for Friday, May 6, 2011

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Split decision: North Forsyth forces Game 3 vs. Brookwood

SNELLVILLE -- Timely hitting was the key in Friday's doubleheader between North Forsyth and Brookwood.

10 years for man who set up child sex

A North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for setting up what he believed to be a group sex encounter with children at a motel near the Mall of Georgia.

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Gas prices to drop as oil sinks

NEW YORK -- Investors finally hit the brakes on oil, gold, silver and food prices. This week's sharp sell-off doesn't mean commodity prices' stunning rise over the last several months is over, but it is good news for anyone planning a road trip this summer.

NATION: Shuttle launched delayed again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The next-to-last space shuttle flight has been delayed again, this time to at least the middle of May for extra electrical tests.

WORLD: Al-Qaida vows revenge over Bin Laden

CAIRO -- Al-Qaida vowed to keep fighting the United States and avenge the death of Osama bin Laden, which it acknowledged for the first time Friday in an Internet statement apparently designed to convince followers that it will remain vigorous and intact even after its founder's demise.

Free comics offered today as publishers seek new readers

PHILADELPHIA -- It worked with ice cream so why wouldn't it work with comics?

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Laps of love: Relay for Life event draws thousands

LAWRENCEVILLE -- She actually looks great.He's lost all his hair, but he's fighting.It's tough, but it's not going to beat us.Photo slide show inside

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Killian Hill splits state final doubleheader

Cougars play today at 10:30 a.m.

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Norcross runs into Raiders

The senior-laden Raiders humbled Norcross 3-0 in the state finals today at Clayton County International Park to win their eighth straight state title.

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Perfect 10: Defending champ North rolls into semis

The defending Class AAAAA champions won their quarterfinal handily Friday, rolling to a 4-0 victory eighth-ranked Kennesaw Mountain.

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YOUNG: Thanks, Mom, for valuable lessons learned

I have never appreciated my mother more than I have watching her become a grandmother.

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Hebron wins big, small in series

DACULA -- Kevin Burgee and Mason Felt tossed shutouts, and Jordan Hillyer led the Hebron Christian offense with a home run and five RBIs as the Lions posted 2-0 and 13-0 wins over visiting North Cobb Christian

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Slaughter, Stars sweep

The Stars scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2 for an 8-7 win over visiting Glascock County, completing a first-round sweep.

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Kids take part in mentoring program to learn about fire safety

Will Stephenson, a fourth-grader at Puckett's Mill Elementary in Dacula, felt pretty confident Friday he could tackle a sizable structure fire. Photo slide show inside

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YARBROUGH: Score one for the good guys

Bin Laden swims with the fish.

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MURPHY: We need facts before airport decision

Last week, the county commissioners voted 3-2 to keep alive the possibility of regularly scheduled commercial flights in and out of the local airport.

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Asencio blows save

ROCHESTER — When Jordan Schafer doubled in Wilkin Castillo for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, it looked like the Gwinnett Braves would put an end to their current losing malaise.

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High scoring no good for Force

DULUTH — The Georgia Force rode the momentum of a two-game winning streak into Friday night’s game against the the best offense in the Arena Football League.

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Parkview boys back in Final Four

TIFTON — C.J. Ciarlante scored early in the second half and provided the Parkview boys soccer team enough offense Friday night in a 1-0 victory at Tift County in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

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South strands 20 in pair of losses

ALPHARETTA — The sixth and seventh innings of Game 2 summed up South Gwinnett’s troubles Friday night.

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GAC girls whip No. 6 Pike Co.

ZEBULON — The girls soccer matchup featured two top-10 teams, but the final score didn’t look much like it.

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RICH: Mama never wavered from her faith in God

I wondered the other day how a mother could even think that, let alone say it. But then Mama was a woman who defied exact definition. She was strong, smart, courageous, sometimes outrageous and, above all, ruled by a faith that was simply unbendable and unquestionable. That part of her was definable and clear: She believed unyieldingly in an Almighty God who never left her side. Even when it could have seemed that He did.

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Esmonde leads Panthers to sweep

LILBURN — Parkview’s Jack Esmonde came up big in more ways than one.

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Wildcats explode to extend series

DULUTH — Duluth went from famine to feast during its Class AAAAA state baseball first-round doubleheader with Wheeler.

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Lions' Brickell rolls to title in 3,200

JEFFERSON — Josh Brickell led a dominating performance of Gwinnett County runners in the two-mile championship.

ROAD CLOSURES: May 8 - May 14

• 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.

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HUCKABY: Hope National Day of Prayer catches on

I get a chance to travel around the country a good bit — speaking to various groups who at least pretend to enjoy what I have to say. I almost always enjoy the events and I especially enjoy meeting the folks who attend. Usually my only task is make to folks laugh — something I truly enjoy doing. But once in a great while the job takes a little bit of a serious turn, and sometimes I am asked to speak on a particular subject. I actually have to prepare for these gigs.

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Eagles inches short against No. 1 Harrison

KENNESAW — If Harrison is the best girls soccer team in the state, Collins Hill can’t be far behind.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Adams, UGA club baseball on roll

Michael Adams and Matt Riccardi don’t play baseball in the Southeastern Conference, but they still compete for Georgia.

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Wesleyan ousts Lincoln County on road

LINCOLNTON — Will Anderson had four hits and Wesleyan belted four home runs to sweep their first-round doubleheader in the Class A state playoffs with wins of 15-11 and 11-1 at Lincoln County on Friday.

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Dacula, Jarvis roll past Milton

MILTON — With his former Major League pitching grandfather watching from the stands, Tyler Jarvis pitched a two-hit, 12-strikeout shutout to lead Dacula to a 2-0 win and complete a doubleheader sweep of Milton in the first round of the Class AAAAA state baseball playoffs Friday night.

Penny Skelton

Mrs. Penny Skelton, age 85 of Winder, GA passed away May 3, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

Dean Reed

Dean Reed, age 76, of Oakwood, GA passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555

Marjorie Kase

Marjorie Kase, 82, passed away peacefully May 3, 2011. She was preceded in death by her beloved brother Walter Robins. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Nanci ...

James Jordan

Mr. James "Robert" Jordan age 83 of Snellville passed away, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Snellville Chapel ...

Joann Peavy

JoAnn Peavy, age 58 of Monroe, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Hilda Reyes

Mrs. Hilda Reyes, age 69 of Buford, GA passed away on May 3, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Jae Ho Yoo

Mr. Jae Ho Yoo, age 77 of Auburn, Ga., passed away Wednesday May 4, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Art Courville

Mr. Art Courville, age 80 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Cathy Therrel Akin

Cathy Therrel Akin, age 51, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Therrel, and her mother, Mardelle Therrel ...

Albert Byrd

Albert Hugh "Boots" Byrd, age 91, of Alpharetta, GA passed away May 4, 2011. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Hallie Emert

Mrs. Hallie Emert, age 87 of Ellenwood, GA passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

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