News for Saturday, November 5, 2011


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Bartlett forces OT, but Gladiators fall in shootout

Mike Bartlett's debut didn't end in a Gwinnett victory, but the center showed why he will be an important addition to the Gladiators.

Illegal workers found through audit

County audit found illegals worked on water tower dismantling.

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Wall Street pushback surfaces in Gwinnett

Wall Street pushback surfaces in Gwinnett for first time Saturday morning.

Man expected to survive drive-by shooting

Man expected to survive drive-by shooting, police say.

Gwinnett County road closures, Nov. 6 through 12

Gwinnett County road closures, Nov. 6 through 12

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13 Gwinnett cities to hold Sunday sales votes Tuesday

Voters to decide Sunday sales of beer and wine in 13 cities.

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MURPHY: Christmas comes early?

We keep pushing up the holiday season, but is there anything wrong with that?

O'REILLY: Why Experience Matters

Well, 43 percent said it doesn't make a difference, 41 percent would be less likely to vote for Cain, and just 14 percent would be more likely to support him.. The takeaway from this poll is that close to 60 percent of Americans don't believe any political experience is necessary

CEPEDA: Our reading-instruction hodgepodge

Our reading-instruction hodgepodge. CHICAGO -- When the Nation's Report Card for grade school math and reading was released last week, the adjectives describing the overall lack of upward momentum in reading scores were: lackluster, flat, stagnant and stalled. It's too bad there aren't better words to depict the students'

PARKER: The futility of class warfare

WASHINGTON — Republicans aren't mistaken when they say President Obama is declaring class warfare. He's been working that turf with a pretty big shovel. How many times have we heard that millionaires and billionaires (as though there were no difference) refuse

Special Operations Forces run honors one of its own

A 600-mile run in planned to honor a special forces soldier.

GWINNETT GAB: Shoe box gifts needed for Christmas

Those willing to donate a few items in a shoe box can help make a Christmas wish come true for many children.

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Michel — Harmon

Helen Elizabeth Michel and Benjamin Clark Harmon were married April 2.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Local students compete in regional science event

Students from Gwinnett County Public Schools were finalists last week in a regional competition.

Official: Rewind clocks, check smoke detectors

Clock-rewinding equals perfect time to check smoke detectors, officials say.

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Commuter buses to routed off Peachtree Street; open house in Lawrenceville

Changes proposed to downtown bus routes.

Lilburn church keeps farmer's market open for the holidays

The community farmer's market at Berkmar United Methodist Church of Lilburn is open throughout the holiday season selling seasonal items every Tuesday until the end of December.

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Huff — Orr

Charles and Linda Huff of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Elaine S. Huff of Lawrenceville, to Shaun P. Orr of Lawrenceville, son of Dick and Debbie Orr of Dunwoody.

Sections of Suwanee Creek Greenway to be renovated

The city of Suwanee shuts down part of the greenway for renovations.

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Peachtree Corners YMCA names 2011 Volunteers of the Year

Marie and Ken Klaer were recently named the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA 2011 Volunteers of the Year.

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Smith — Dooley

Don and Kathy Smith of Carrollton announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Shea Smith of Madison, to John William Dooley of Dacula, son of John and Mary Jane Dooley of Lawrenceville.

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Watts — Brunatti

John and Barbara Watts of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Karley Estelle Watts of Olive Branch, Miss., to Ryan Anthony Brunatti of Oxford, Miss., son of Rick and Lynn Brunatti of Castle Rock, Colo.

Issues, races to be decided Tuesday

Go to the polls Tuesday.

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Godfrey — Bowen

Alexus Elizabeth Godfrey and Jonathan Wesley Bowen were married Oct. 7.

LARSON: Blondes have more fun if they know how

Colored tresses don't bring same baggage as they used to.

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JENKINS: How good are online classes?

They can work well, but are mostly for more mature, motivated students.

Repairs likely to cause I-985 delays this week

Repair work will cause delays on I-985 this week

Local marketing firm wins award

A local marketing firm has won a big award for recent work.

Nonprofit that serves adults with disabilities expanding

Annandale Estates plans an expansion of programs and services.

Gwinnett airport citizens group meets Tuesday to discuss privatization

A citizens committee will meet Tuesday to talk about the proposed county airport privatization.

Aurora Theatre nominated for 16 Suzi Bass Awards

Lawrenceville's Aurora Theater is nominated for 16 Suzi Bass Awards in several categories. On Nov. 7, it will find out how many it will win.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Blasi, Brantley announce judicial races

With the chief judges of two of Gwinnett's courts retiring in a year, candidates started stepping forward Friday to replace them.

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Free parenting workshop in Lawrenceville

Parenting expert and" TODAY" Show contributor Amy McCready will present a free parenting workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett on Nov. 9.

Online campus information sessions scheduled

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials have scheduled several information sessions for Gwinnett Online Campus.

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Town Hall tackles wide-ranging topics

Town Hall tackles wide-ranging topics

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Indian Festival and Pow-Wow showcases rich history

STONE MOUNTAIN -- The gathered crowd hushed as the tribal drumming and chanting began.

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Reid rises to the occasion

Parkview didn't complete its comeback in Friday night's 31-21 loss to Dacula, but Jordan Reid did his best to help the cause.

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Brookwood boys repeat as state champs

Brookwood's boys cross country team won its third straight state title; Mill Creek and Norcross also in top three

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Wesleyan boys win third cross country state title

Wesleyan's boys repeated at Class A cross country state champions, while the girls took second; Providence's Tuttle is sixth

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STATE CROSS COUNTRY NOTES: Lions' Brickell defends title

Peahctree Ridge's Josh Brickell repeated as the Class AAAAA state champion in cross country; Bronco girls and GAC teams also fare well

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UGA NOTES: Ex-Wesleyan duo has big day

The highly-publicized suspensions to running backs Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome, plus the loss of Richard Samuel to ankle surgery, may have caused some consternation among the Bulldog nation this week. But for Kyle Karempelis, it was an opportunity.

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Murray, supporting cast stand out in UGA rout of New Mexico State

As expected, the loss of four top-line running backs to suspensions and injury wasn't much of a problem for Georgia in its game with New Mexico State.

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Edwards, Stewart ready for Sprint Cup bout at Texas

Cousin Carl vs. Smoke.. There is a tale of the tape and even lockers complete with boxing gloves and robes for both Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart, the top contenders in the NASCAR Sprint Cup points chase.

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Bayne gets first Nationwide win at Texas

Trevor Bayne earned his first career NASCAR Nationwide victory after he passed dominating teammate Carl Edwards following a tremendous restart with seven laps remaining Saturday at Texas.

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NASCAR bars Kyle Busch for rest of weekend

Kyle Busch finally went too far for NASCAR, even in the era of "Boys, have at it.". The often volatile Busch was barred from driving in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide races at Texas this weekend, a rare step taken by NASCAR.

Colts hoping home game helps turn things around vs. Falcons

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts want to finally get things right.. Some cheers, a turnover, maybe better special teams play. Hey, just about anything would work these days.. "That's the ultimate goal, winning," Indy running back Delone Carter said. "I feel like if you get that first chip in

Hawks dominate Duluth in season finale

HOSCHTON -- Mill Creek and Duluth both came into the final game of the season with the same goal, to finish with a .500 record. For the Wildcats, it would have been their first since 2003. For the Hawks, it was a chance to finish on a positive note after a season full of what head coach Shannon Jarvis referred to as tough losses.

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UGA NOTES: Ex-Wesleyan duo has big day

ATHENS -- The highly-publicized suspensions to running backs Isaiah Crowell, Carlton Thomas and Ken Malcome, plus the loss of Richard Samuel to ankle surgery, may have caused some consternation among the Bulldog nation this week.

YARBROUGH: Baptists have bigger problem than being associated with the South

The Rev. Bryan Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced recently that he has appointed a task force to explore the possibility of changing the name of the organization. It seems that the name “Southern” may soon be gone with the wind. That doesn’t sit well with a number of my Baptist friends, who think this is nothing more than political correctness and a denigration of our beloved South.

South takes down playoff-bound Archer on last-second field goal

LAWRENCEVILLE -- South Gwinnett got plenty of chances to quit.

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Greg Franklin

Greg Franklin, age 48 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 1:30 PM, Sunday, November 6, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Pastor Ricky Waters will officiate. Burial Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens, Buford. Mr. Franklin was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local #32. He was preceded in death by father, Marion Baughcum. Mr. Franklin is survived by Wife of 22 years: Stacy Franklin; Daughter: Dez Franklin; Future Son-in-law: Stephen Tunnell, both of Dacula; Mother: Pauline Franklin, Eatonton; Brother: David Franklin, Dacula; Sister: Lori Getty, Eatonton; Sister-in-law: Joy Phillips, Toccoa; Niece: Josie Franklin; Nephews: Jay Getty, Jacob Franklin, David Getty. The family will receive friends Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Rd. SW, Lawrenceville, GA. 30046. 770 962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at

Technique key in defensive-line philosophy

SUWANEE -- Games are won and lost in the trenches. Any coach will tell you that.

Collins Hill rolls past Meadowcreek

SUWANEE -- The Collins Hill Eagles tuned up for their first-round playoff matchup with nationally ranked Grayson by defeating Meadowcreek 51-0 in a Region 7-AAAAA matchup at Alan Fahring Field Friday night. The fourth seed in the region, they will play at the Region 8 champion next Friday.

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Lee Lauderdale

Lee A. "Bud" Lauderdale, age 81, of Snellville went to be with his Lord on Friday, November 4, 2011 after a lengthy battle with emphysema. He was born in Deatsville, Alabama on July 3, 1930 to Lee A. Sr. and Josie P. Lauderdale. He was reared in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta where he attended Bass High School and also Southern Tech. A veteran of the United States Army, he served in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Atlanta Gas Light Co. retiring in 1992 as Service Superintendent after 38 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Grace Baptist Church in Snellville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elizabeth Starr Mazzi, nephew Kimsey Starr and mother-in-law- Mrs. Opal Puckett. Survivors include his wife of 53 years- Sarah R. Puckett Lauderdale, son and daughter-in-law Neil and Susan Lauderdale. His step-brother Bill Selvey of Honolulu, HI., nieces and nephews- Billie Husk and Deborah Ratajczak of New Jersey, Barbara Garafalo of Florida. Sharon Yingst of Roswell, Julian Puckett of Florida and Billy Puckett of Glenwood, GA. The family will receive friends Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home- Snellville from 11 AM to 8 P.M.. Funeral service will be Monday, November 7, 2011 at 11 A.M. in the Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home- Snellville with Rev. Jimmy Hyatt officiating. Burial will follow at Hog Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Dacula, GA. Retirees of Atlanta Gas Light Service Department are requested to serve as Honorary Escort. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. 770-979-5010 Please sign the online guest registry at

LETTERS: E-SPLOST vote will keep GCPS system world class

On Tuesday voters will decide whether to extend the most important Education SPLOST penny sales tax, which will continue to provide new classroom construction, transportation improvements and technology upgrades for Gwinnett's world-class public school system. E-SPLOST IV, if extended, is expected to generate greater than $875 million in revenues over the next five years to construct five new schools, 500 classrooms and numerous earmarked education enhancements.

LETTERS: Who is Stephen Walt to question country's exceptional nature?

As the latest political correctness calls for, first full disclosure: I am an unapologetic, 100 percent conservative. That being said, I fully appreciate the Daily Post printing the liberal point of view from the various members of the media and others who have an opposing point of view.

Norcross outscores Mountain View in regular-season finale

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Norcross and Mountain View were playing for different reasons on Friday night as the Blue Devils were hoping to tune up for the playoffs next week, while Mountain View was looking to close out its third season with a signature win.

O'REILLY: Why Experience Matters

Put aside Herman Cain’s social problems for a moment, and look at his resume: successful businessman with a patriotic streak. That’s pretty much it. Yet, Cain leads the Republican field in some polls, prompting a new Quinnipiac survey to ask: “Does the fact that Herman Cain never served in public office make you more likely to vote for him for president, less likely to vote for him for president, or doesn’t it make a difference?”

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Robert Bennett

Mr. Robert Gladstone Bennett, age 68, of Tampa, FL and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester Bennett, Sr. and Dorothy Bennett; brothers, Elmer Bennett and Lester Bennett, Jr.; and sister, Linda Johnson. He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Julius Stephens, Flowery Branch, GA, Lula Bell and Utah Harris, Buford, GA and Dorothy and John Earls, Buford, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, James Richard Hunter and Juanita Hunter, Decatur, GA, James T. and Joann Bennett, Snellville, GA and Carl and Kathy Bennett, Lawrenceville, GA; host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; six step-sisters; and two step brothers, all of Buford, GA. Mr. Bennett was born October 31, 1943 in Buford, GA. He received his education in Buford City School System and Cobb County School System. He was a chef and a member of Allen Temple United Methodist Church in Buford, GA. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Betty Sue Earls officiating. Interment will be at Old Union Cemetery in Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

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GAC's season ends with painful loss at Lovett

ATLANTA -- For Greater Atlanta Christian the task was simple: win and advance to the playoffs or lose and go home. The task proved anything but simple.

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Dacula hangs on to beat Parkview

DACULA -- After Davian McEwan's two big first-half plays, Dacula looked like it would coast to a season-ending win over Parkview. Instead, the Falcons needed the senior's late field goal to hang on.

Hebron comeback falls inches short

Lions nearly reach goal of finishing the season at .500

Loganville edges Apalachee in thriller

See-saw game ends with Red Devils rallying from a 13-point deficit

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Wesleyan's season comes to an end with 16-7 loss to Landmark

Wolves string of deep playoff runs comes to an end with 5-A play-in game setback

Brookwood storms past Berkmar

Broncos score eight first-half touchdowns on only 18 offensive plays in regular-season finale

Grayson finishes regular season at perfect 10-0

8-AAAAA champions blank Central to prep for state playoffs

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North captures third region title with shutout over Peachtree Ridge

Bulldogs, who still haven't lost a region game since 2008, get dominating effort from defense

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Runelle Edmisten

Mrs. Runelle Browning Edmisten, age 63, of Carnesville, GA formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2011. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lucy Scott ...

Jeremy Hiller

Jeremy L. Hiller, age 39 of Snellville, GA passed away on November 2, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-979-5010.

Marion Cruce

Mr. Marion Cruce, age 67 of Buford, GA passed away on November2, 2011. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, 770-932-1133.

Joseph Serna

Infant, Joseph Serna of Lawrenceville, GA passed away November 2, 2011. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924.

Randell Rusnak

Randell David Rusnak, age 32 of Loganville, GA passed away November 3, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Dakarai Davis

Infant, Dakarai Anthony Davis of Dacula, GA passed away on October 27, 2011. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...