News for Thursday, November 17, 2011


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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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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.

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

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Speaker's focus is on tax reform, job creation

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston talks about upcoming session.

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.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett leaders meet with transportation secretary

Secretary LaHood travels to Atlanta to meet with business leaders

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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Strangers who helped each other on Wisconsin highway reunite

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- A motorist who had a heart attack but was kept alive by a stranger whom just minutes earlier he had stopped to help along a Wisconsin interstate has had a tearful reunion with that woman and the first responders who saved his life.. Victor Giesbrecht, 61

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Gunman shoots himself at FedEx center

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. -- A gunman walked into a Chicago-area FedEx shipping facility Thursday morning yelling for his wife, then fired several shots that sent panicked employees fleeing before he fatally shot himself, police said.. Nobody else was injured. The shooter, identified as 28-year-old Benyamin Robinson of

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MCCULLOUGH: Black Thursday is here, like it or not

Black Thursday is here, like it or not. Don't get me wrong -- I've done it. I once spent a long, frigid night on the sidewalk in front of the Best Buy in Snellville in hopes of buying a cheap computer. (I succeeded.) And I must admit that despite the

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ROBINSON: Still occupied

NEW YORK -- Occupy Wall Street may not occupy Zuccotti Park anymore, but it refuses to surrender its place in the national discourse. Up close, you get the sense that the movement may have only just begun.Demonstrators staged a "day of action" Thursday, following

Watkins gets win in debut with Parkview

Parkview takes on Lassiter in early season basketball.

Norcross holds on to beat Columbia

Mill Creek, GAC girls also pick up victories in showcase

Tech falls to St. Joe's

Second-half run foils Jackets in Charleston tourney

James scores 15 as Georgia women roll

Wesleyan's Armstrong adds 10 in victory over College of Charleston

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HUCKABY: When the news is bad, just keep on going

It's time we woke up to some good news in the morning.

School board approves legislative program

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials approved the district's 2012 legislative program during the regular meeting Thursday night.

Education officials talk safety

In light of recent severe weather, the Gwinnett County Public School Board talked with staff about safety plans in place systemwide to prepare for natural disasters.

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Accountability on minds of HOT lanes foes at town hall

Less than 100 attend town hall meeting Thursday.

Berkeley Lake annexes commercial properties

BERKELEY LAKE -- City council members voted Thursday to annex 55 commercial properties into Berkeley Lake. The parcels are located along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, South Berkeley Lake Road, South Old Peachtree Road and Process Drive.. Fifteen properties in Habersham Subdivision and two along Bush Road in Gwinnett County will be

Ga. man pleads guilty in alleged 'pill mill'

CLEVELAND -- A guilty plea by the alleged ringleader of a multistate online "pill mill" operation leaves seven defendants awaiting trial, authorities said Thursday.. James Hazelwood, 41, of Cumming faces up to life in prison on his guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court to engaging in a continuing criminal

Two agree to fines in election fraud case

JEFFERSONVILLE -- A former Twiggs County sheriff and his son each have agreed to pay $300 in civil fines involving election fraud accusations.. The Telegraph newspaper reported that Greg and Doyle Stone agreed to the fines in an order approved Thursday by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.. Neither of the

Chief jailed, accused of driving under influence

JONESBORO -- Authorities say a Georgia police chief has been arrested and is facing a charge of driving under the influence.. Clayton County Jail records show that Morrow Police Chief Jeffery Charles Baker was booked into the jail at 1:22 a.m. Thursday and released three hours and 20 minutes later

Man, 19, convicted of killing Wrightsville man

WRIGHTSVILLE, -- A 19-year-old East Dublin man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after he was convicted in the killing of a 41-year-old Johnson County man.. The Courier Herald reported Demarcio Williams was convicted Tuesday of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and

Gladiators call on Sauer to step between pipes

Without either goalie returned from AHL affiliates, the Gwinnett Gladiators call on Billy Sauer to stand between pipes for Friday's game.

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Getting to Know ... Bryan Brutlag

A question-and-answer session with Gwinnett Gladiators rookie forward Bryan Brutlag.

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Rams pit strength against strength with Vikings

Grayson hosts Lowndes for first time since 2008

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Broncos face big test in unbeaten M.L. King

Brookwood hits the road to take on M.L. King.

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Grayson has an unstoppable force in Nkemdiche

Rams junior causing havoc on both sides of the ball

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North trying to end playoff curse against South Georgia teams

North Gwinnett hosts Colquitt County in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

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Dacula seeks another win after emotional first round

Dacula hosts Newnan in the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

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Buford faces hot Jefferson County team in second round

Buford hosts Jefferson County in the second round of the Class AA playoffs.

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Norcross man sentenced to life in murder of 'drinking buddy'

Man found guilty, sentenced to life in stabbing death of "drinking buddy"

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Teen murder suspect surrenders; two family members booked

Teen murder suspect turns self in; two family members arrested.

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Officials: Handgun found in school backpack

Officials say handgun confiscated in student's bookbag.

Demi Moore to divorce Ashton Kutcher

Demi Moore is ending her marriage to fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, she told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Police: 8 Occupy Atlanta protesters arrested

A police spokesman says eight Occupy Atlanta protesters were arrested after they blocked traffic in downtown Atlanta.

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Double Threat: Lanier High student talented on field and the stage

Jordan Humphrey is a starter for the Lanier High School football, basketball and baseball teams, but what he really loves to do is sing.

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Two killed in wreck, driver charged with vehicular homicide

One dead, one critical in two-vehicle accident in Lawrenceville

Georgia secretary of state: Voter ID law stops fraud

Georgia's secretary of state has responded to a letter by U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer expressing concern about the enactment in recent years of state voter identification laws by saying tough rules are needed to prevent fraud at the polls.

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Idaho man charged with trying to assassinate Obama

An Idaho man accused of firing two shots at the White House last week has been charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama or his staff.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'West Side Story' 50th Anniversary

For the weekly disc spotlight, Michael Clark reviews "West Side Story's" 50th Anniversary 3-disc Blu-ray and DVD.

Film Fans learn some history with 'J. Edgar'

Film Fans review the weekly movie, "J. Edgar."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Movie shows insight into 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey'

Michael Clark looks at "Being Elmo."

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Winter Movie Preview: What's going to be heating up theaters

The following movies are thumbnails of the high-profile mainstream titles and a few of the interesting looking art-house productions that are due for release in December and into 2012.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Melancholia' turns out to be director Trier's finest effort to date

Michael Clark reviews "Melancholia."

Movie trivia contest 11/18

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark in his weekly movie trivia contest.

States ramp up use of teacher evaluations

Teachers and principals are worrying more about their own report cards these days, and they're being graded on more than test scores.

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Braselton celebrates early Christmas as is tradition

The annual Celebrate the Holidays festival and parade kick off on Saturday morning in Braselton Park.

ART BEAT: New London Theatre hosts 'Arts in Snellville Extravaganza -- Holiday Edition'

New London Theatre is hosting "The Arts in Snellville Extravaganza -- Holiday Edition," which will take place on Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 as a fundraiser for the theater.

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Tannery Row artists create seasonal works

BUFORD -- Ever thought of buying art as a gift for the holidays? The artisans at Tannery Row Artists Colony hope you do. They are opening the Art for the Holiday gallery on Saturday, displaying and selling seasonal works at reasonable prices until Jan. 7.. "We have had (this event

Auburn kicks off the holiday season with caroling, lighting

The City of Auburn kicks off the Christmas season with caroling, a lighting ceremony, a movie in the park and visit from Santa this Saturday.

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Bigger and brighter: The Magical Nights of Lights returns

One of the Southeast's leading holiday destinations for families' returns tonight at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. With a host of new features and possibilities, The Magical Nights of Lights flips the switch to open the season today.

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THE DISH: Moondance Restaurant and Lounge

Executive chef Todd Paige created the menu around the idea that guests can share plates -- like tapas with larger serving sizes.

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USPS may move Athens mail processing to Duluth

The U.S. Postal Service is planning a public meeting on its proposal to move mail processing operations from an Athens facility to its North Metro Processing and Distribution Center in Duluth.

Peach County sheriff cracking down on pecan thieves

Law officers in Peach County say they're cracking down on pecan thieves, which have been on the rise now that harvesting is in full swing.

Cox kills Sprint-based cellphone service

Cox Communications, the country's third-largest cable company, stopped offering cellphone service Wednesday, saying it's too small to compete with the big cellphone companies.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1' caters to preteen audience

Michael Clark takes a look at the newest movie from the "Twilight" saga, "Breaking Dawn -- Part I."

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Double Threat: Lanier High student talented on field and the stage

BUFORD -- He is a starter for the Lanier High School football, basketball and baseball teams, but what Jordan Humphrey really loves to do is sing. It might feel like a flashback to Troy Bolton in the 2006 Disney Channel original movie "High School Musical," but Humphrey is completely legit.

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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 ...

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 ...

Zack Yarbray

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

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.

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 ...

Warren Brown

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

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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.

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.

George Everett

George Everett, age 81, of Buford, GA passed away November 14, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

Monica Ebert

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