News for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Holidays no longer furloughs for Gwinnett workers

Commissioners say staffers no longer have to take furlough days over the holidays.

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Former inmate attacked deputy at Walmart, is deported

Former inmate attacks jail deputy at Walmart, gets deported.

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Speaker's focus is on tax reform, job creation

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston talks about upcoming session.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett leaders meet with transportation secretary

Secretary LaHood travels to Atlanta to meet with business leaders

Georgia water supply task force looks to reservoirs

Members of a statewide task force said Wednesday they want to offer low-interest state loans to build new reservoirs and wells in hopes of increasing Georgia's water supply, which has been threatened by long-running disputes with neighboring Alabama and Florida.

GAB: Pet vaccinations, microchipping offered Saturday

Pet vaccinations are offered Saturday at the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Local company hosts fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts

An Evening of Inspiration is an event benefiting the Suwanee Performing Arts on Thursday.

County budget proposal calls for cuts

Commission to consider 'oasis' budget.

BOC approves new ethics ordinance

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a tougher ethics ordinance Tuesday night, one they hope will help steer the county's government away from last year's scandal that led to the resignation of two board members.

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Alleged burglar stuck in chimney for 10 hours

A would-be burglar was arrested after being stuck in a Norcross chimney for almost 11 hours

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Principal program brings out community leaders

Area leaders took part in the Principal for a Day program, a joint venture of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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Hawks coaches dish out meals to needy Norcross families

Atlanta Hawks coaches and alumni feed the hungry at Meadowcreek High

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Buford Academy students earn visit from Falcons

NFL players promote fitness.

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Experts discuss the age of wireless at Gwinnett Tech

A panel of experts talked about the changing world of wireless technology Tuesday at Gwinnett Technical College.

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Sugar Hill middle-schooler collecting socks to send troops

Kailey Landress, an 11-year-old girl from Sugar Hill, is trying to collect 10,000 pairs of socks to send troops during the holidays.

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2011 Gwinnett Area Softball Leaders

Final high school stat leaders for the 2011 season

2011 Gwinnett Daily Post All-County Softball

The Daily Post's picks for the county's best in high school softball

McEachern takes down Norcross girls

Norcorss girls take on McEachern in early-season hoops

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Georgia pulls away from South Dakota St.

Donte' Williams scores 17 points to lead unbeaten Bulldogs

Suspicious package found at Norcross bank

NORCROSS -- Gwinnett County police were investigating Wednesday a suspicious package found at a Norcross bank.. The bomb squad -- which also responds to potential biological or chemical threats -- responded to the Wells Fargo at 5525 Peachtree Parkway after the package was discovered before 6 p.m. Though there was

DALY: Hollies are attractive, durable landscape plants

And are the best ornamental plants for the landscape.

Suwanee man killed when tree falls on car in Forsyth

Wednesday afternoon's tumultuous weather took the life of a Suwanee man as he drove through Forsyth County, officials said.. Forsyth Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Tim House said 51-year-old Kevin Neenan was driving his GMC Yukon near the intersection of Brookwood and McGinnis Ferry roads when a large pine

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THOMAS: Puerto Rico's two-year revival from $3.3B debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Since the congressional super committee appears unable, or unwilling, to take a lesson from Indiana or Virginia -- where Republican governors have made spending cuts and delivered budget surpluses without damaging the social safety net -- members might wish to consider Puerto Rico and what its governor

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CEPEDA: 5,100 reasons for outrage

If you are committed to the rule of law, if you expect your government to work in a cohesive and cost-effective manner, and even if you're strongly against illegal immigration -- here are 5,100 reasons to be outraged at how immigration laws are being enforced.

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1 dead in severe Southeast storms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A strong storm system that produced several possible tornadoes hit the Southeast on Wednesday, damaging dozens of homes and buildings. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured.. Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and thousands of people

Teenaged gearheads clash Saturday

Robotics teams from several local high schools are participating in a robotics tournament Saturday.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett leaders meet with transportation secretary

Secretary LaHood travels to Atlanta to meet with business leaders

Parkview basketball tourney begins Thursday

Panthers open up with doubleheader vs. Lassiter

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HAMMOCK: Grayson thrives on controlling the clock

Underrated offense gives heralded defense plenty of rest

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Overstreet, Case save their best for Buford's biggest moments

SEC-bound seniors go out with yet another softball championship

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Floor endures to pitch Collins Hill to another title

Senior fights through tough year, finishes on top again

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North on a roll since Norcross comeback

Since its comeback win over Norcross, North Gwinnett has won by an average of 31 points the last five games.

North seniors sign in softball

Wood headed to Southern Miss, Najafi to GCSU

Gwinnett Prep Rally to feature playoff highlights

Local TV show to spotlight Broncos' Sammon, Lions' Atwater

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Falcons' White looks to eliminate penalties

Star receiver not not happy with his behavior or his performance in the early going this season

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Speaker's focus is on tax reform, job creation

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston talks about upcoming session.

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Principal program brings out community leaders

Area leaders took part in the Principal for a Day program, a joint venture of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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Holidays no longer furloughs for Gwinnett workers

Commissioners say staffers no longer have to take furlough days over the holidays.

Georgia water supply task force looks to reservoirs

Members of a statewide task force said Wednesday they want to offer low-interest state loans to build new reservoirs and wells in hopes of increasing Georgia's water supply, which has been threatened by long-running disputes with neighboring Alabama and Florida.

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Duluth woman jailed on arson charges

Duluth woman jailed on felony arson charges.

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Former inmate attacked deputy at Walmart, is deported

Former inmate attacks jail deputy at Walmart, gets deported.

Tornado warning cancelled, watch in effect until 7 p.m.

Tornado warning cancelled for Gwinnett.

Georgia Aquarium announces beluga whale pregnancy

The Georgia Aquarium announced Wednesday morning that 17-year-old Maris is expected to give birth to her first calf in spring 2012. She has lived at the aquarium since it opened in 2005 on loan from the New York Aquarium.

Local company hosts fundraiser for Suwanee Performing Arts

An Evening of Inspiration is an event benefiting the Suwanee Performing Arts on Thursday.

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'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Karl Slover dies at 93

Karl Slover, one of the last surviving actors who played Munchkins in the 1939 classic film, "The Wizard of Oz," has died. He was 93.

GAB: Pet vaccinations, microchipping offered Saturday

Pet vaccinations are offered Saturday at the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Cobb County 911 system crashes

Authorities in Cobb County just outside Atlanta say they're trying to determine how the 911 system crashed Wednesday morning.

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Georgia GOP sets March 1 date for Super Tuesday debate

The Georgia Republican Party is co-hosting a debate with the GOP presidential candidates on March 1 in Atlanta.

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Gingrich says he received Freddie Mac compensation

Rising in national polls, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich found himself on the defensive Wednesday over huge payments he received over the past decade from the federally backed housing agency Freddie Mac.

Bullet hits White House, stopped by safety glass

A bullet hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by ballistic glass, the Secret Service said.

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2011 All-County Volleyball Team

The GDP's picks for this season's best in high school volleyball

Linda Ledbetter

Linda J. Ledbetter, age 50, of Braselton, GA passed away November 15, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced late by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

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Buford's Staub commits to North Carolina

Another member of Buford's star-studded senior class is headed to a big-time southern college football program.

Connie Atwell

Mrs. Connie Atwell, age 72, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away November 16, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

Shiloh wins Carter's debut in overtime

ROSWELL -- Robert Carter missed a late free throw that might have won the game in regulation, but he was perfect in overtime.

Warren Brown

Warren A. Brown, age 61 of Buford, GA passed away November 15, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924. www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

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2011 All-County Volleyball Team

2011 Gwinnett Daily Post All-County Volleyball

Pete Carnes

Mr. Pete M. Carnes, age 84, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away November 16, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced late by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

Gwinnett airport task force searches for mission

LAWRENCEVILLE — Members of a citizens task force considering the future of Gwinnett’s Briscoe Field struggled Tuesday to define their mission.

Eunice Harrison

Eunice Harrison of Lilburn passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 18, 2011 in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Dr. David Poe and Rev. Kent Allen officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker. Born in Tucker, Eunice was a homemaker and a member of Sunrise Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. She was the last survivor of Newton J. Pitts, for whom the Dekalb County community of Pittsburgh was named. She was preceded in death by her husband, of 60 years, Ralph A. Harrison. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Jerry Kennedy of Lilburn; granddaughters, Rachel and Ronnie Jackson of Cumming and Janet Kennedy of Lilburn; great grandchildren, Kelcie and Korie Jackson of Cumming and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726.

Marcie Wagoner-Turner

Marcie Wagoner-Turner, age 64, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away November 16, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced late by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

George Edgens

George B. Edgens, Sr., age 80 of Snellville, GA passed away on November 16, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

Boncile Duncan

Boncile Kerlin Duncan, 87, of Tucker, GA, passed away on November 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Edith Risch

Mrs. Edith Mae Risch, age 79 of Gainesville, GA passed away November 14, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, Ga. 30548, 706-654-0966. www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

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Falcons' White looks to eliminate penalties

FLOWERY BRANCH-- Roddy White is not happy with his behavior or his performance.

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THOMAS: Puerto Rico's two-year revival from $3.3B debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Since the congressional super committee appears unable, or unwilling, to take a lesson from Indiana or Virginia -- where Republican governors have made spending cuts and delivered budget surpluses without damaging the social safety net -- members might wish to consider Puerto Rico and what its governor, Luis Fortuno, is doing.Fortuno is Puerto Rico's first Republican governor in 42 years. In 2009 when he took office, the U.S. territory had a $3.3 billion budget deficit. Three years earlier, Moody's Investors Service downgraded the commonwealth's bond rating to junk status while in deep recession.

Tornado warning cancelled, watch in effect until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service's tornado warning for Central Gwinnett County has been cancelled.

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GAC's Bohannon maintains focus during senior season

NORCROSS -- To say the past six months has seen a lot of changes in the life of Greater Atlanta Christian volleyball player Dede Bohannon may be the understatement of the year.

Diane Hutchens

Diane Hutchens, age 57 of Clarkesville, GA died November 16, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

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Overstreet, Case save their best for Buford's biggest moments

Having played on three of Buford's four Class AA state softball championship teams coming into the 2011 season, Kallie Case and Lexi Overstreet have seen plenty of clutch situations come and go throughout their careers.

North's Sphire honored by Falcons

North Gwinnett's Bob Sphire was selected as the high school coach of the week by the Atlanta Falcons following the Bulldogs' 49-3 win over Archer in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

Atlanta's spring finale at Coolray Field a night game

Fans at Coolray Field next April 3 will be able to get a preview of both the Atlanta and Gwinnett versions of the 2012 Braves as spring training comes to an end.

Monica Ebert

Monica Ebert, age 56 of Buford, GA passed away November 9, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924. www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

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Speaker's focus is on tax reform, job creation

DULUTH -- In 2012, the focus of Georgia legislators will be on creating an economic environment beneficial to businesses, House Speaker David Ralston said to a crowd of business leaders at a Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.

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Georgia's Richt trying to 'finish the drill'

ATHENS -- Mark Richt says his upbeat message to his Georgia players at the team's lowest point of the season came to him quickly because it was "very heartfelt."

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Ronald Harold

Ronald Reginald Charles Harold, 73, of Lilburn, died Tuesday, November 15, 2011. A beloved husband and father, Ron worked in and served his community as an automobile mechanic for several leading manufacturers including Jaguar and Volvo, and ended his career as District Service Manager for Suzuki. Ron was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, the son of the late Lillian Landers and the late Alfred Harold, and came to the United States at the age of 21. After serving in the US Army, Ron met and married Mary Ann McGrath, of Teaneck, NJ, in 1967. Ron will be most remembered as a kind, caring, loyal man who loved his family and his dogs. Ron is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Ann, now of Lilburn; two daughters, Amy Harold of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Michele Harold, of Lilburn; three sisters, Peggy Hughes, Rita Spooner, and Dorothy Cobbald; and two brothers, Bobby and Glenn Harold. He is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Raymond Harold and younger sister, Beryl Harold. A Memorial Mass will be held in honor of Ron at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 5373 Wydella Road, Lilburn, GA, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Dillon Adoption Agency, 3227 East 31st St., #200, Tulsa, OK. 74105; www.dillonadopt.com.

Danny Brogdon

Danny Brogdon, age 56, of Auburn, GA passed away November 16, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

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Hawks coaches dish out meals to needy Norcross families

NORCROSS -- Atlanta Hawks head coach Larry Drew donned a gray apron and chef's hat Tuesday night, helping sling mashed potatoes, green beans and turkey to needy families gathered at Meadowcreek High School.

Dacula to honor football alumni Friday

The Dacula Alumni Association plans to honor former football players at Friday's 7:30 p.m. home game against Newnan.

Zack Yarbray

Zack Yarbray, age 33 of Snellville, GA passed away on November 14, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

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BOC approves new ethics ordinance

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a tougher ethics ordinance Tuesday night, one they hope will help steer the county's government away from last year's scandal that led to the resignation of two board members.

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George Everett

Mr. George Everett, age 81, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, November 14, 2011 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his son, Tony Everett; parents ...

Dorothy Murrell

Dorothy Jean Murrell of Norcross, GA passed away November 15, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced late by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

John Pierce

John C. Pierce, 55, died November 14, 2011. At his request, no service will be held. John was born March 7, 1956 in Atlanta, GA. He was employed with the ...

Josselene Solages

Josselene Leveque Solages, 73, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on November 9, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Marguerite Austin

Marguerite Bennett Austin age 89 of Winder, GA passed away on November 14, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Wanda Taylor

Wanda Patricia Taylor, age 68, of Cumming, GA, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011. She worked for many years in the food service industry. Patricia is preceded in death by ...

Wayne Wolf

Wayne Ward Wolf, age 62 of Lilburn, Georgia passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 13, 2011. Wayne is survived by his best friend ...

Nolan Derouen

Nolan Joseph Derouen, age 65, of Dacula, GA passed away November 14, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced late by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

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Broncos buoyed by 'D'

It's easy to remember Nick Tompkins' epic game-winning kick return against Parkview. Or how about last Friday's half-back pass and subsequent game-winning touchdown pass in overtime? Memorable, right?