News for Saturday, November 26, 2011

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Stricklands 'doing God's work' through their philanthropy

Clyde and Sandra Strickland are perhaps Gwinnett County's most active philanthropists. The couple said all of their decisions are faith-based, and that they love "helping other people help themselves."

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Brookwood grad pursuing doctorate after being paralyzed

SNELLVILLE -- Why not med school?. Hammad Aslam was still planning on it, but his doctors seemed less enthused, less optimistic. The 2005 Brookwood High School grad and recent University of Georgia alum wasn't tip-top at the moment, sure. But why would he not still go to med school

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Snellville lights Christmas tree at City Hall

The City of Snellville celebrated its 30th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Nov. 26.

Pedestrian hit by truck on I-85 identified

Pedestrian hit by truck on I-85 has been identified.

Tips for shopping safety on 'Cyber Monday'

The Better Business Bureau offers advice for safe shopping during the online cousin to Black Friday

Snow possible in Gwinnett from winter blast

Flurries could come early next week.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP's Santorum to appear at Gwinnett forum

Another presidential candidate to appear, congressmen launches jobs portal.

Headquartered in Gwinnett, Toys For Tots needs donations more than ever

Toys for Tots, anchored in Gwinnett, needs donations more than ever.

Shoppers encouraged to head to smaller stores

Drive to shop local set.

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Elementary students start newsletter

Students of Alford Elementary have taken an interest in recording the who, what, when, where and why of the school.

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Stricklands 'doing God's work' through their philanthropy

Clyde and Sandra Strickland are perhaps Gwinnett County's most active philanthropists. The couple said all of their decisions are faith-based, and that they love "helping other people help themselves."

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Brookwood grad pursuing doctorate after being paralyzed

SNELLVILLE -- Why not med school?. Hammad Aslam was still planning on it, but his doctors seemed less enthused, less optimistic. The 2005 Brookwood High School grad and recent University of Georgia alum wasn't tip-top at the moment, sure. But why would he not still go to med school

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Black Friday starts early for local shoppers

Thousands of holiday shoppers crowded the malls for the perfect sale on their gift giving list.

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Elementary students start newsletter

Students of Alford Elementary have taken an interest in recording the who, what, when, where and why of the school.

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Sugarloaf UMC feeds those in need on Thanksgiving

Hundreds come to Duluth church for Thanksgiving meal

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Bill O'Reilly: 2011 memo to the Occupiers

The Occupiers have no clue what they are really protesting.

Gladiators earn point in OT loss in S.C.

Gladiators go down in OT, 5-4

Norcross ice-cold in tournament loss

Blue Devils lose to Long Island team 50-36

PREP ROUNDUP: Duluth girls top Mountain View for tourney title

A look at Saturday's Gwinnett prep action.

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Brickell qualifies for Foot Locker nationals

Peachtree Ridge's Josh Brickell placed fourth at the Foot Locker South meet on Saturday, earning a trip to the national meet.

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ESTHER CEPEDA: Heard any good books lately?

I read voraciously. Two local and two national newspapers cover-to-cover and dozens of websites daily, most of what my Twitter timeline feeds me, and stacks of weekly and monthly news magazines. How do I unwind?

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering Larry Munson the man before and beyond his legendary status

A unique perspective on the late UGA legend

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Stan Hall: Dangerous intersections of life must be navigated

Dangerous intersections must be faced. Recently, while we were driving, we were sitting at a very busy intersection. Cars were zooming by from the left and from the right. To further complicate the matter, this was an intersection that had several lanes flowing in both directions plus a line of

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Smith keeps it simple for his Falcons team

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith worked two full-time jobs before joining his family for dinner on Thursday.. The event-filled Thanksgiving was a non-stop whirlwind that included practice and meetings at the Falcons' training complex in Flowery Branch and community service 50 miles south in downtown

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Murray throws Georgia past Tech 34-17

Bulldogs take down Jackets, cruise into SEC title matchup with LSU

NASA launches 'monster truck'-sized rover, Curiosity, to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A rover of "monster truck" proportions zoomed toward Mars on an 8-1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey Saturday, the biggest, best-equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet.. NASA's six-wheeled, one-armed wonder, Curiosity, will reach Mars next summer and use its jackhammer drill

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Protests, violence overshadow vote

CAIRO -- Fresh clashes between security forces and Egyptian protesters demanding the military step down broke out Saturday in front of the Cabinet building, leaving one man dead, as violence threatened to overshadow next week's parliamentary elections.. Meanwhile, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling military council that

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Prep football notes: Coin flip sends Buford on the road for semis

Wolves now face road trip to Carver-Columbus this week

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Munson, Miller, Bisher honored at Tech-UGA game

Local sports legends feted an annual showdown

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Snellville lights Christmas tree at City Hall

The City of Snellville celebrated its 30th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Nov. 26.

Pedestrian hit by truck on I-85 identified

Pedestrian hit by truck on I-85 has been identified.

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DALY: Finding the perfect Christmas tree

The pros and cons of buying a pre-cut tree or cutting your own.

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Brookwood grad pursuing doctorate after being paralyzed

SNELLVILLE -- Why not med school?. Hammad Aslam was still planning on it, but his doctors seemed less enthused, less optimistic. The 2005 Brookwood High School grad and recent University of Georgia alum wasn't tip-top at the moment, sure. But why would he not still go to med school

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Stricklands 'doing God's work' through their philanthropy

Clyde and Sandra Strickland are perhaps Gwinnett County's most active philanthropists. The couple said all of their decisions are faith-based, and that they love "helping other people help themselves."

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One in a million: Duluth teen prepares to release full-length album in 2012

Savannah Philips, a16-year-old who splits her time between Duluth and Los Angeles, released a demo album called "One in a Million" and she recently performed at a sold-out house at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, Ca.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP's Santorum to appear at Gwinnett forum

Another presidential candidate to appear, congressmen launches jobs portal.

Tips for shopping safety on 'Cyber Monday'

The Better Business Bureau offers advice for safe shopping during the online cousin to Black Friday

NBA owners, players reach tentative deal

After nearly two years of bickering, NBA players and owners are back on the same side.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP's Santorum to appear at Gwinnett forum

Another presidential candidate will be in Gwinnett this week, as part of a series of free public forums.

NASA launches 'monster truck'-sized rover, Curiosity, to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A rover of "monster truck" proportions zoomed toward Mars on an 8-1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey Saturday, the biggest, best-equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet.

Grayson capitalizes on special teams

LOGANVILLE -- Coaches try to emphasize the value of all three phases of the game -- offense, defense and special teams.

Carter leads Shiloh to 2-0 start

SNELLVILLE — When Robert Carter missed back-to-back dunk attempts in the second quarter, the disappointed crowd at the Big Apple vs. Big Peach Battle let out collective groans.

Godwin's 25 points not enough for Norcross boys

SNELLVILLE — With Chris Bolden watching from the stands after transferring to North Gwinnett in the summer, Norcross needed someone to step up in the Georgia Tech signee's old guard spot.

PREP ROUNDUP: Duluth girls top Mountain View for tourney title

JEFFERSON — Katie Powell's 17 points were just enough to lift Duluth past Mountain View in an all-Gwinnett final round of the Jefferson tournament 57-49 on Saturday night.

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Consummate underdog Dacula can't topple Walton

MARIETTA -- Coming into Friday's quarterfinal football game at Walton, Dacula had faced tough games all season. And, just like many times before, the Falcons came in as underdogs.

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Stricklands 'doing God's work' through their philanthropy

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Not long ago, she'll admit, Sandra Strickland wasn't entirely sure what the word "philanthropy" meant. When folks started calling she and husband Clyde philanthropists, she finally got around to looking up the textbook definition.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS: Gwinnett Grads on TV

A quick look at where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in today's college football action:

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Stan Hall: Dangerous intersections of life must be navigated

Recently, while we were driving, we were sitting at a very busy intersection. Cars were zooming by from the left and from the right. To further complicate the matter, this was an intersection that had several lanes flowing in both directions plus a line of cars behind us awaiting their turn to enter what can be challenging even for a seasoned driver. I could see the stress begin to show on her face as she was unsure of what she should do and when she should do it. After a few seconds, I begin to hear the sounds of car horns behind us for her to move on. To ease her anxiety, I carefully and slowly talked her through it making sure that she understood how dangerous it could be, but still letting her know that if she proceeded correctly and safely with her decisions, it was certainly doable. After looking both ways, several times, she made her move and migrated into the traffic frenzy without incident. She looked a little pale. But, then again, I probably did as well.

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Clay, passing game help Wolves' offense

BUFORD -- Buford's 49-13 win over Elbert County on Friday night in the Class AA state quarterfinals was typical of many Buford's wins in recent years.

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Falcons' rally falls short to Walton 21-13

MARIETTA -- Throughout its Class AAAAA state quarterfinal game against No. 6 state-ranked Walton, Dacula simply refused to go away.

Tips for shopping safety on 'Cyber Monday'

Now that Black Friday has passed, many holiday shoppers have their sights set on its online cousin: Cyber Monday.

Norcross girls No. 16 in USA Today rankings

The two-time defending Class AAAAA state champion Norcross girls are ranked No. 16 in USA Today's season-opening national Top 25, three spots behind 2011 runner-up McEachern.

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Stingy defense sends Buford to semis

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LORAN SMITH: Remembering Larry Munson the man before and beyond his legendary status

Before Larry Munson became Georgia’s football play-by-play announcer in 1966, I knew him from his time working at Vanderbilt, where he had become a fixture in Nashville. His agenda included, in addition to announcing for the Commodores, hosting a popular television fishing show and working as the play-by-play voice of the Nashville Vols’ minor league baseball team.

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Georgia goes for state crown before SEC title game

ATLANTA -- Georgia is headed to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

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Gwinnett Grads competing in FCS playoffs

If Taylor Heinicke can keep his impressive freshman season going with a win this weekend, his reward will be playing next weekend in Georgia.

Mejia may be G-Braves' answer at first base

With Mauro Gomez a minor league free agent, the Gwinnett Braves have a hole at first base. Ernesto Mejia is expected to fill it next season.

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Gladiators rebound in rematch with Nailers

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators came out in the black on Friday night, beating the Wheeling Nailers 3-1, just 24 hours after losing to the same team 5-1.

Harold Davis

Harold David Davis, 86, of Tucker, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Lynn Holman

Ms. Lynn Holman, age 34, of Auburn, GA passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Katie Lynn Cooper, Auburn, GA; parents, Junior and Elizabeth ...

Martha Blanton

Martha Ann Blanton, 82, of Snellville, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Twins sign Bulger

Injuries interfered with Jason Bulger finding a permanent home in the Angels' bullpen. Now he'll get a chance to show what he can do with the Twins.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hebron girls stay unbeaten

DACULA -- Amber Skidgel scored nearly half of Hebron Christian's points in a 41-35 victory over Monroe Area on Friday.