News for Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Peachtree Corners community votes for cityhood

Residents vote to form 16th city.

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Ireland takes open Suwanee city council spot

SUWANEE -- Residents of Suwanee elected a new mayor Tuesday, with long-time councilman Jimmy Burnette taking the vote to replace Dave Williams. They also elected Doug Ireland to City Council Post 1.

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Incumbent Newton keeps Norcross council seat

NORCROSS -- Incumbent Craig Newton defeated Greg McFarland Tuesday night to retain his seat on the Norcross City Council.

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Beard holds on to Buford commission post

BUFORD -- A longtime elected official secured four more years in office, while another incumbent lost his post following Tuesday's vote for Buford city commission and school board.

Kelkenberg wins Duluth City Council seat

DULUTH -- Kelvin "Kelly" Kelkenberg defeated Dusty Graham Tuesday night to win a seat on the Duluth City Council.

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CLINE: Local events offer chance to recognize veterans

County will hold ceremony at Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.

LETTERS: 'Occupy' protesting the wrong group

Government is to blame.

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THOMAS: Politics of personal destruction

Herman Cain is still standing, despite the Democratic onslaught.

LETTERS: Herman Cain cartoon was unfair

Candidate is innocent until proven guilty.

Gwinnett airport advisory board holds first session

First citizens task force session held

Aurora Theatre wins three Suzi Bass Awards

Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre took home three Suzi Bass Awards on Nov. 7.

Rabies alert issued after cat tests positive

Rabies alert issued after Lawrenceville cat tests positive

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Balance, developing line lead North's offensive charge

Bulldogs turn to run of late in run to Region 7-AAAAA title

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Collins Hill's Rickman seeks elusive state wrestling title

After placing second at state the last two years, Collins Hill's Spencer Rickman is hoping to finally win a state title this season.

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Defense has Grayson poised for another playoff run

Rams' perfect regular season helped by defense that gives up just 6.9 points a game

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Bisher's thoughts on the LSU-Alabama showdown

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Crowell back in lineup after suspension

Bulldogs need star back to put discipline issues behind him with Auburn ahead this weekend

NASA moves flight test of Orion capsule up to 2014

WASHINGTON — NASA says it will flight test its Orion crew space capsule three years earlier than planned.

Hebron to host winter baseball camp with Lockhart, others

Event to be Nov. 21 at the Dacula private school

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Wesleyan's Hall to dive for Hawaii

Three-time state champ picks Rainbow Warriors over UGA

Softball players lead Buford's early crop of signees

Wolves have eight athletes who will sign this week

Parkview to honor college baseball signees

Panthers' Arias, Esmonde, Olson bound for college programs

Three Brookwood baseball players to sign with colleges

Sims, Carr and Gouge to be honored Wednesday

GAC baseball to have two early signees

Schultz, LaMay to sign with colleges this week

Mountain View collecting toys at intrasquad wrestling match

Mountain View wrestling will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday and collect toys and hygiene products for kids overseas.

Gwinnett better than ever in girls hoops

County continues to dominate in girls basketball

Central's Kallon, Morris accept all-star invitation

Seniors part of upcoming showcase in Dallas

Locals named to all-state volleyball team

GAC, Wesleyan players dominate list; Spartans' Shelton named coach of the year

Collins Hill to host canned food drive

Event to be at Saturday swim meet with Brookwood

Parkview's Flowe commits to Georgia Southern football

Senior is the son of longtime Panther head coach Cecil Flowe

Collins Hill's Dickey to sign with UGA soccer

Forward led Eagles to region championship last season

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Cain says he won't drop out of GOP race

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A defiant Herman Cain declared Tuesday he would not drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in the face of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.

'Deadliest Catch' crewmember falls ill, rescued

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers flew a 'Deadliest Catch' crewmember to a remote clinic in Alaska after he collapsed and showed signs of shock and dehydration on board a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea.

Groups to ask Georgia Regents to reverse policy

Opponents of a policy that effectively bans illegal immigrants from Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities are asking the university system to overturn it.

US officials grant Georgia insurance rule waiver

Health insurers in Georgia have been granted a waiver to a new federal requirement that they spend certain minimums on patient care and quality.

Ga. regents take step toward college consolidation

Officials at Georgia's public colleges likely won't know until early next year whether their institutions will be swallowed up in a proposal to consolidate some campuses and save money, leaders of the university system said during a meeting Tuesday.

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Berlusconi to resign after parliament OKs reforms

ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised Tuesday to resign after parliament passes economic reforms demanded by the European Union, capping a two-decade political career that has ended with Italy on the brink of being swept into Europe's debt crisis.

Lewis Grizzard Museum collection relocated in Moreland

MORELAND — Authorities say a collection of Lewis Grizzard memorabilia has been relocated to the Moreland Mill, where it will be incorporated into a growing exhibit of artifacts from the life of the former newspaper columnist and author.

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Atlanta, other cities to weigh in on Sunday sales

Georgians are headed to the polls, with voters in nearly 100 cities including Atlanta, Macon and Savannah weighing in on whether they want Sunday alcohol sales in their communities.

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Appeals court upholds Obama health care law

WASHINGTON — A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law's requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance.

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Congress sputters on deficit cuts, spending bills

WASHINGTON — A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.

Biggest asteroid in 35 years swings close to Earth

LOS ANGELES — An asteroid as big as an aircraft carrier zipped by Earth on Tuesday in the closest encounter by such a massive space rock in more than three decades. Scientists ruled out any chance of a collision but turned their telescopes skyward to learn more about the object known as 2005 YU55.

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Boxing great Joe Frazier dies after cancer fight

Boxing great Joe Frazier lost his battle with liver cancer Monday night at the age of 67.

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MURPHY: Christmas comes early?

An old “Dennis the Menace” newspaper comic from the 1980s shows Dennis and his pal Joey standing in front of a department store window. Dennis says, “Look, Joey, they’re putting up the Christmas decorations … that means Halloween can’t be far off.”

LETTERS: 'Occupy' protesting the wrong group

I want to discuss this rising "Occupy Wall Street" phenomenon. I can understand that the people might feel the system is unfair to the "99 percent," but I question why they would choose to rally against Wall Street itself. If it is anybody's fault why the economy has set us in classes this way, it is the government's.

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Young Archer program grows up fast to make playoffs

They grow up fast these days, don't they?

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Congress sputters on deficit cuts, spending bills

WASHINGTON — A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.

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Road to the Dome begins Friday night

November means a lot of different things in different levels of football.

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State gets set for three big football games

ATLANTA -- For football fans in the state of Georgia, this is about as good as it gets.

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Mildred Blan

Mrs. Mildred Thompson Blan, age 79, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011. Her parents, Harold Park and Thursa Lou Vinci Thompson, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Robert L. Blan; daughters, Robin Blan and Tracey Burnette and Vinci Blan Edwards and husband, Matt Edwards; and grandchildren, Freeman Blan Edwards and Lea Park Edwards. Mrs. Blan was born January 10, 1932 in Buford, GA. She was a 1949 graduate of Buford High School. She was employed in the medical field until her retirement. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Southerland and Rev. Adam Southerland officiating. Interment will follow at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens in Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

Biggest asteroid in 35 years swings close to Earth

LOS ANGELES — An asteroid as big as an aircraft carrier zipped by Earth on Tuesday in the closest encounter by such a massive space rock in more than three decades. Scientists ruled out any chance of a collision but turned their telescopes skyward to learn more about the object known as 2005 YU55.

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Harlin Davis

Harlin A. Davis, age 85 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011. Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM Thursday, November 10, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart. Rev. Rolland Jackson will officiate. Burial will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Mr. Davis was a member of Central Baptist Church and retired from General Motors with 35 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife Verdell Davis in 2007. Mr. Davis is survived by his Son & Friend: Gerald Davis & Kay Greenway, Snellville; Daughters & Sons-in-law: Wanda & Washie White, Greensboro, GA; Cathy & Mike Carder, Snellville; Brothers & Sisters-in-law: Clayton & Mary Lou Davis, Loganville; Charles & Sue Davis, Dacula; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Sue & James Massey, Lawrenceville; Marie Burns, Buford; Shirley & Verlon Moon, Lawrenceville; Linda Moore, Gwinnett County, GA; Grandchildren: Keith Davis, Carla Jackson, Missy Westgate, Erik White, Josh Carder, Jessica Carder; 7 Great Grandsons; Several Nieces & Nephews. The Family will receive friends from 4-9 PM Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, SW, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100. Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com

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NELEMS AND PEREZ: A vision for Peachtree Corners

Peachtree Corners’ future remains bright and vibrant. However, like many other areas of our country, the community finds itself at crossroads facing political challenges imposed by an influential few attempting to create a city much larger than its community, and to increase taxes in a constrained economy.

Groups to ask Georgia Regents to reverse policy

ATLANTA — Opponents of a policy that effectively bans illegal immigrants from Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities are asking the university system to overturn it.

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Kay Williams

Kay Williams

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CLINE: Finalists for GCPS Teacher of the Year super indeed

It's a headline you usually see in our sports pages, highlighting the top athletes in their respective sports prior to each season. But on Sunday the "Super Six" headline ran on the front page of the paper, a fitting place to recognize the finalists for Gwinnett County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

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Clyde Poole

Clyde W. Poole, 89, of Duluth, GA, died November 8, 2011. The funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross. A private burial will follow at Big Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery, Canton, GA. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9th, at the funeral home. Mr. Poole was a U.S. Army veteran of W.W. II, a member of the Pioneers (Bellsouth), and member of Mt. Carmel Christian Church and First Christian Church of Lawrenceville. He retired from Bellsouth where he worked as a lineman after 32 years of service. Preceded in death by son, Jack Poole and sister, Helen Goodman, he is survived by his wife, Fannie J. Poole; daughter, Glinda (Jim) Bailey; brother, Lamar (Charlotte) Poole; sister, Ernestine Sosebee; grandchildren, Kim (Alan) Hopkins and Kacy (John) Freeman; and four great-grandchildren, Avery and Hailey Hopkins and Ella and Jack Freeman. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, 1687 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, (404) 785-7312. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092, (770) 448-5757.

THOMAS: Politics of personal destruction

In 2007, when she was running for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton told a fundraising event in Carson City, Nev., “I sure don’t want Democrats, or the supporters of Democrats, to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction. I think we should stay focused on what we’re going to do for America.”

'Deadliest Catch' crewmember falls ill, rescued

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers flew a 'Deadliest Catch' crewmember to a remote clinic in Alaska after he collapsed and showed signs of shock and dehydration on board a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea.

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Lula Hanks

Lula Hanks