News for Thursday, November 3, 2011


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Man charged with dozens of auto thefts

FAYETTEVILLE -- Fayette County officials say a 53-year-old Atlanta man has been charged in connection with the thefts of dozens of cars that were sold to salvage yards.. Investigator Brent Rowan, a spokesman for the Fayette County sheriff's office, said Christopher Davis was arrested Wednesday after someone tipped

Cain struggles to overcome allegations controversy

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain struggled to overcome the storm of controversy from sexual harassment accusations on Thursday as the threat of a damaging written statement by one of his accusers and shifting explanations by a top aide left his efforts and even his candidacy in doubt.. "This

2 students charged in Macon, Ga. statue theft

MACON -- Macon authorities say two Mercer University students have been charged with theft by taking and criminal damage to property involving a statue of a bear.. Authorities said 22-year-old Jordan Luke McMahan and 21-year-old Chris Anthony Santiago were arrested on Wednesday.. Police say an officer

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Pharr Elementary's Dunn is top educator

Educators applauded the districtwide teacher of the year during a banquet Thursday for local educators.

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ROBINSON: The Mitt might not fit

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's inevitable decision to nominate Mitt Romney for president is starting to look evitable after all.. That's certainly not a consensus view among the Washington cognoscenti, who tend to see the yet-to-come primaries and caucuses as mere formalities. Romney, they say, is the GOP's

LETTERS: Keep your dogs on a leash so all can enjoy parks

This simple act good for dogs and owners

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MCCULLOUGH: I'm not keeping up with the Kardashians

I'm not keeping up with the Kardashians if I can help it. I am not interested in shows about housewives, hair salons, washed-up actresses or the uber-rich. I don't want to watch talentless singers and dancers (though I will cop to seeing an episode or two of "Dancing

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NELEMS AND PEREZ: A vision for Peachtree Corners

Peachtree Corners needs a strategy, not cityhood, to propel it into the future.

LETTERS: Five myths article not worth the ink

Professor has a different view of the word 'exceptional.'

Dacula moves forward on road construction projects

Staff Correspondent. DACULA -- City council members voted to advertise for construction bids for Mobley Drive, Superior Drive and Laura Lane on Thursday.. The contract will provide for asphalt base reclamation and replacement. According to city administrator, these projects will be fully funded by SPLOST money.. Council members also approved

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HUCKABY: This Montezuma lady really knows how to kill a party

Weekend plans sometimes come to a screeching halt.

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Robinson keeps role in perspective

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Dunta Robinson's second year with Atlanta is much like his first. The $22 million cornerback has earned more notoriety for his physical style of play than his coverage skills. Though he doesn't mind having a tough image, Robinson would appreciate a few more interceptions.

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Cotton States Cat Club hosts annual cat show Nov. 5 and 6

On Nov. 5 and 6, the Cotton States Cat Club is hosting a cat show at the Gwinnett Center for all cat lovers to enjoy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Supporting cast of 'Tower Heist' shines in revenge thriller

Michael Clark reviews "Tower Heist."

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THE DISH: Grayson Olde Post Cafe

Grayson Olde Post Cafe serves home-cooked meals for breakfast and lunch as reasonable prices.

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By Venue

37 Main. 37 E. Main St., Buford. 678-288-2030. Today: Fan Halen. Saturday: Generation Now. Nov. 12: Metalsome. Nov. 13: 12oz Prophets40 Watt Club. 285 W. Washington St., Athens. 706-549-7871. Today: Yacht Rock Revue. Monday: Sebadoh. Nov. 11: Jessica Lea MayfieldArena at

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BISHER: Baseball will miss LaRussa

Glad to see Cardinals manager go out on his own terms

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Limelight' highlights one of US's more embarrassing court cases

Michael Clark reviews "Limelight."

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Festivals abound in Gwinnett this weekend

Saturday and Sunday, the first Alive! Festival will kick off in Historic Downtown Duluth at the Towne Green. As this festival makes its debut, other festivals commence -- such as the Knights of Columbus Celebrate America Festival at Suwanee Town Center Park and the seventh annual Hot Tamale Chili Cook-off in Grayson.

Movie triva contest 11/4

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

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Getting to Know ... Jeff Jakaitis

A question-and-answer with Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Jeff Jakaitis

FILM FANS: 'Puss in Boots' close to purrfect

Local Film Fans review "Puss in Boots," the movie of the week.

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Foo Fighters take stage at the Arena at Gwinnett Center

DULUTH -- Most folks would think it's strange to go to a concert on a Monday night, but when it comes to the Foo Fighters, it seems like the perfect excuse to stay up late.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'

Michael Clark reviews the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" Blu-Ray disc.

Lilburn mayoral candidates debate city's vision

LILBURN -- Diana Preston and Johnny Crist have different views of where Lilburn is headed on its current path.. Preston is a retired educator, long-time City Council member and Lilburn's incumbent mayor. Crist is a pastor and nearing the end of his first term as a councilman. Both are

2 indicted for alleged assaults on police

Two indicted in seperate case for allegedly assaulting police.

New leaders of Gwinnett, Gangnam-Gu sign sister-city agreement

Gwinnett, Gagnam-Gu Korea renew sister city relationship.

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BREAKDOWN: Grayson at Central Gwinnett

A look at Friday night's Grayson at Central Gwinnett football game

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BREAKDOWN: Norcross at Mountain View

A look at Friday night's Norcross at Mountain View football game

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BREAKDOWN: Parkview at Dacula

A look at tonight's Parkview-Dacula football game

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BREAKDOWN: Meadowcreek at Collins Hill

A look at Friday's Meadowcreek at Collins Hill football game

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BREAKDOWN: Berkmar at Brookwood

A look at tonight's Berkmar vs. Brookwood football game

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BREAKDOWN: Winder-Barrow at Cedar Shoals

A look at Friday's Winder-Barrow game at Cedar Shoals

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BREAKDOWN: Duluth at Mill Creek

A look at Friday's Duluth vs. Mill Creek matchup.

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BREAKDOWN: Loganville at Apalachee

A look at tonight's Loganville vs. Apalachee football game

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BREAKDOWN: Towns Co. at Hebron Christian

A look at tonight's Hebron vs. Towns County football game

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GAC's playoffs begin tonight with play-in game

A look at tonight's play-in game between GAC at Lovett.

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Archer chases history against South

Tigers are one win away from first playoff berth

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Buford knows history won't be easy to repeat vs. Blessed Trinity

Buford's road to another Region 6-AA championship -- its third in the last four years and 10th overall region title in the last 11 years -- ends exactly where it started.

Infant found not breathing; father charged

Police: 'Malicious shaking' caused infant to stop breathing, prompting dad's arrest.

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North, Peachtree Ridge meet again for Region 7 title

Peachtree Ridge and North Gwinnett will play for the third time in four years for the Region 7-AAAAA championship.

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Battle-tested Wolves face must-win game

Wesleyan seniors ready for playoff atmosphere against Landmark in 5-A play-in game

GGC educators win award for Apple software

Educators from Georgia Gwinnett College recently took top honors for an innovative chemistry project.

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Suwanee police looking for bank robbery suspect

Suwanee police are seeking a man who robebd an RBC Centura Bank Wednesday.

GMC to host educational diabetes event

GMC to host educational diabetes event Saturday

Driver flees police with unrestrained children in car

A Lawrenceville man reportedly fled from police with three children in his car.

Taxes, smarth growth focus for Loganville candidates

Taxes, smart planning top focus of Loganville City Council candidates.

Hudgens Center holds artist market this weekend

Hudgens Center for the Arts is hosting an artist market as a fundraiser for the Hudgens Education Department.

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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Broadening scope of 'family' through volunteerism

On Sept.23-25, families traveled from across the United States to join in celebration of a year of achievement at Annandale Village. Our annual Family Weekend was a tremendous success, highlighted by the Annandale Academy graduation ceremony, performances by our talented Villagers, opportunities for learning and sharing, and recognition of

Junior big man transfer gives Norcross a boost

Norcross repeating as Class AAAAA state boys basketball champion remains a difficult task. But the Blue Devils' chances are looking better now than they did a few weeks ago.

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Respect appreciated among NASCAR's contenders

Needing to almost win out for a chance at his sixth consecutive Sprint Cup championship, Jimmie Johnson had every opportunity to make that happen after Tony Stewart passed him less than three laps from the finish of Sunday's crash-filled race at Martinsville Speedway.

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McCann wins record fifth Silver Slugger

The season didn't end the way Brian McCann and his Atlanta teammates had hoped. But the catcher's late slump at the plate didn't prevent the Duluth graduate from accomplishing something quite special.

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Buford knows history won't be easy to repeat vs. Blessed Trinity

Buford's road to another Region 6-AA championship -- its third in the last four years and 10th overall region title in the last 11 years -- ends exactly where it started.

Gwinnett teams, runners seek title defense at state meet

Ever since the Georgia High School Association expanded to five classifications in 2000, Gwinnett County has dominated the boys cross country state meet.

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Redmond promoted to Atlanta's 40-man roster

Atlanta hadn't forgotten about Todd Redmond after all.

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Hubert Forester

Hubert J. Forester, age 85 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Saturday, November 5, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Stallings & Rev. Raymond Wilson will officiate. Burial at Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Mr. Forester was a United States Army veteran & served in the Korean War. He retired from General Motors after 33 1/2 years of service. He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, & Great Grandfather. He is survived by Wife of 57 years; Carolyn Forester; Sons: Stanley R. & Bonny Forester; Tommy Forester, all of Lawrenceville; Stevie Forester & Tamara Silva, Palm Coast, FL.; Brother & Sister-in-law: Clarence & Penny Forester, Duluth; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Betty & Jimmy Pickett, Milledgeville, Geraldine & Jim Elliott, Hiwassee; Grandchildren: Chrissy Forester, Sherie Kontul, Matthew Forester, & D.J. Benson; 4 Great Grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2 PM to 4 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM, Friday, November 4, 2011 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Rd. SW, Lawrenceville, GA. 30046. 770 962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at

All-county volleyball teams released

Greater Atlanta Christian swept the top awards on the All-Gwinnett County Volleyball Team released Wednsday after voting by the county's head coaches.

Lilburn mayoral candidates debate city's vision

LILBURN -- Diana Preston and Johnny Crist have different views of where Lilburn is headed on its current path.

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Pharr Elementary's Dunn is top educator

DULUTH -- A grown woman who overcame learning disabilities as a child stood at a podium, weeping tears of joy.

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GAC's playoffs begin tonight with play-in game

A play-in game precisely describes what tonight is for GAC.

Flammang, Tuttle take running honors

Mill Creek's Mitch Flammang and Providence's Tayler Tuttle were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches on Wednesday.

TD Club of Atlanta honors Dacula's Capobianco

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta announced Dacula standout Rocky Capobianco as its back of the week on Wednesday after a 286-yard rushing performance in last week's win over Berkmar.

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Falcons' Ryan showing tough resolve in his 4th season

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith likes to call quarterback Matt Ryan "one tough Irishman."

SEC East teams overlooked in LSU-Alabama hype

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nearly every college football fan will tune in to watch the highly anticipated LSU-Alabama showdown.

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Effie Jones

Effie Mae Barnett Jones of Lawrenceville went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 3, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 5, 2011 in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Mrs. Susan Rumble officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta. Born in Atlanta, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an active member of Lilburn First Baptist Church, where she was both secretary and treasurer of her Sunday School class for many years. She was a humble care giver and was always ready to help others, loving the Lord and serving him faithfully. She was retired from the DeKalb County School System. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Jones Lowe and son-in-law, Alan Lowe (Lilburn); two grandsons, Jeffrey Alan Lowe and wife, Margaret (Atlanta) and Jason Edward Lowe and wife, Stacey (Kansas City, MO); granddaughter, Heather Ann Lowe and future grandson-in-law, Dustin Locke (Los Angeles, CA); daughter-in-law, Jackie Jones (Lauderdale Lakes, FL); and her newest family: the staff and residents of Arbor Terrace Tucker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Edward Jones, stepson, Arthur Edward Jones, Jr., great grandson, Nathan Zachary Lowe and sister, Marie Butler. The family will receive friends Friday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726

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Malanoski ready to lead Broncos at state meet again

Like a lot of Brookwood cross country runners, Morgan Malanoski had to wait his turn.

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HAMMOCK: Honor fitting for Shiloh's Marley

High school football fans had plenty to focus on last Friday night, and not just news from their own team.

Delane Hall

Delane (Dee) Powell Hall, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 31, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 24 years Chad Hall, son, Bryce ...

Shirley Obie

Shirley Jean Obie, age 52, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. She is survived by her mother, Vera Obie Wright of Pensacola, FL, sister, Velisa Phillips ...

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Marion Cruce

Mr. Marion E. Cruce, age 67, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Kathryn Cruce; sister, Barbara ...

Nickolas Moreno

Nickolas Brian Moreno, age 20 of Auburn, GA died November 1, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924.

Thelma Pearson

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Thelma Louise Pearson, age 91, of Athens, who passed away on November 1, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia 706-367-5467

Elaine Hall

Elaine Joan Hall, age 78 of Buford, GA passed away on October 31, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, 770-932-1133 ...

David Foster

David L. Foster, age 61 of Grayson, GA passed away on November 2, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Eugene Maynard

Eugene Maynard, age 72 of Hartwell, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on November 2, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Wilma Watson

Wilma Watson, age 79 of Grayson, GA passed away October 29, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Marianne Ness

Our beloved daughter and sister, Marianne Ness, 27 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on November 1st, 2011. She was surrounded by her family and boyfriend, Kevin Van Huss when she ...