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New mayors in three cities

Snellville, Suwanee and Lilburn elected new mayors on Tuesday night.

Big margins of victory in cities' Sunday sales votes

13 Gwinnett cities pass Sunday sales measures

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ESPLOST passes, will lead to technology upgrades at GCPS

By a margin of about 60 percent, Gwinnett County's registered voters said 'yes' Tuesday to an extension of the education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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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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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.

Dacula council post going to a runoff

DACULA -- The race for a Dacula City Council position is headed for a runoff election on Dec. 6. Incumbent Tim Montgomery got 132 votes and opponent Hubert Wells received 103 votes, with neither securing 50 percent of the vote — the amount needed to avoid a runoff election.

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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.

Runoff slated for Lawrenceville council

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A former council member regained his seat, Sunday alcohol sales passed with flying colors and a former mayor is headed to a runoff with a sitting council member in Gwinnett's county seat, according to Tuesday election results in Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett airport advisory board holds first session

First citizens task force session held

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Peachtree Corners community votes for cityhood

Residents vote to form 16th city.

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New mayors in three cities

Snellville, Suwanee and Lilburn elected new mayors on Tuesday night.

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ESPLOST passes, will lead to technology upgrades at GCPS

By a margin of about 60 percent, Gwinnett County's registered voters said 'yes' Tuesday to an extension of the education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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Thousands of Foo Fighters fans pack the Arena at Gwinnett Center

Alternative rock band Foo Fighters rocked the stage at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Monday night.

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GGC athletic complex passes next step

Local college gets approval from state Board of Regents for track, fields

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HAMMOCK: Falcons' McEwan takes advantage of gift

Dacula senior excels after procedure to replace leg bones with titanium rods

TD Club of Gwinnett honors players

Gwinnett football standouts honored for play in October

Coaches announce All-7-AAAAA softball honors

Eagles' Floor, Pierce, Hawks' Sagermann take top honors

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Lions' Atwater, Buchanan, Horn living up to NFL dads' names

Peachtree Ridge's football program has three families with NFL ties.

Barlow lifts Jackals past Gladiators in OT

The Gwinnett Gladiators lost 3-2 in overtime to Elmira.

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O-line has powered Dacula's playoff berth

Dacula's hard-nosed offensive line has led to the team's offensive success

Gladiators awaken to hotel fire on road in Elmira, NY

No one was hurt, but the Gwinnett Gladiators were roused early Wednesday morning by a fire in their hotel in Elmira, N.Y.

Gwinnett Football League championship games set for Saturday

Dacula leads the way with six teams in the finals

NBA players, owners meeting as commissioner's deadline expires

NEW YORK -- As Commissioner David Stern's deadline passed, the NBA and its players continued negotiating Wednesday in an attempt to end the lockout.. The two sides met for more than four hours to try to hash out a deal to save the season.. Stern had issued an ultimatum to

Smoke rising toward third NASCAR title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson in the outside lane to win at Martinsville Speedway, he'd made, in his mind, a statement that nothing will get in his way of a third NASCAR championship.. He celebrated with a customary victory lap, and as he came around the

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THOMAS: Surprise? Iran still trying for nuke weapon

That so many in the State Department over several administrations could deceive themselves into believing claims by the Iranians that their intentions are nothing but peaceful and their sole objective is to develop more sources of electricity for their country reminds me of the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime

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CEPEDA: The overlooked voting bloc: Asian Americans

With less than a year until Election Day 2012, candidates for political office should be making sure they're not neglecting the most affluent, independent and now the fastest growing racial group of voters simply because they have routinely been overlooked in past

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Cain accuser complained at next job

WASHINGTON -- Three years after Karen Kraushaar settled her sexual harassment complaint against Herman Cain and quit the trade association where they worked, she filed another complaint at her new job. She argued that supervisors there unfairly denied her request to work from home after a car accident and accused

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree coming from Pennsylvania

MIFFLINVILLE, Pa. -- A small-town spruce from rural northeastern Pennsylvania is heading to the big city.. A 74-foot Norway Spruce on Wednesday started its journey to New York City, where it will stand in Rockefeller Center through the holidays.. The tree is coming from the Keller family's property

Occupy leaders turn eyes to Peach Pass angst

SNELLVILLE -- Occupy Atlanta supporters were encamped Wednesday for a third day at a foreclosed family home in Snellville, where leaders have unveiled an "Occupy Gwinnett" branch that plans to make the county's new interstate toll system a chief target.. The group pitched tents and took up residence in the

Slate of Veterans Day events set for Friday

Veterans Day ceremonies set.

Four Norcross seniors sign with colleges Wednesday

Three hoops players ink with colleges; Raasch signs with Vandy

North's Panks signs with North Alabama

Volleyball standout to join NCAA Division II power

Prep Rally to feature Norcross' Croom

TV show also to show football, state cross country highlights

SwimAtlanta standouts Evans, Schick select colleges

Home-schooled students Evans, Schick ink with top schools

Both Techs again eyeing ACC division title

ATLANTA -- When the Techs get together, there's usually a division title on the line.. No difference this year.. No. 10 Virginia Tech controls its fate in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while No. 20 Georgia Tech is in good shape though still needing a bit of help to get to

Dacula's Morse makes college decision official

Senior post signs with Tennessee Tech

With 14 teams, SEC scheduling could get sticky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M. Come visit in a decade.. The newly minted 14-team SEC faces potentially sticky scheduling issues if it goes to a larger divisional slate, tries to protect rivalries and keep marquee nonconference showdowns.. While most coaches and

Local rowers excel in season-ending meet

North Georgia Rowing Academy performs well in top meet

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Penn State coach Paterno retiring at end of season

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season.. Paterno said he was "absolutely devastated" by the

Collins Hill's Batiste commits to Harvard football

Senior turns down top offers for Ivy League school

Local golfer makes hole-in-one

Peachtree Ridge coach aces fourth hole at Royal Lakes

Crist wins Lilburn mayoral race

Johnny Crist celebrates mayoral victory.

Santorum scheduled for Gwinnett town hall

A second presidential hopeful has scheduled a town hall meeting in Gwinnett.. Sen. Rick Santorum is slated to appear at noon Nov. 29 at the second town hall meeting scheduled by leaders from the Georgia GOP's 7th District.. "The response to our first public forum with Newt Gingrich was tremendous

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Shumock is Buford Teacher of Year

Buford City Schools celebrated its top educators Wednesday, honoring the district's teachers of the year.

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Earliest Sunday to buy beer in Gwinnett is Nov. 20

Sunday sales to commence on differing dates.

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Georgia chancellor formally installed in office

University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby was inducted into office during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol, receiving the chancellor's medallion amid the colorful academic robes of the presidents of the state's 35 public colleges.

Sunday alcohol sales heads to many Ga. communities

Sunday alcohol sales are coming to dozens of Georgia cities and several counties as voters overwhelmingly approved the change on Tuesday.

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Indecent exposure arrest not suspect's first

Cops: Man who exposed self to kids as registered sex offender.

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'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies at 89

PHOENIX — For more than a half century, Bil Keane's clever "Family Circus" comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values, intentionally simplistic because the author thought the American public needed the consistency.

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Obama signs order to cut travel, cellphones, swag

With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their work.

GAB: Walton Animal Guild is Braves grant recipient

The Walton Animal Guild recently got a $1,000 grant from the Gwinnett Braves.

Sugarloaf Parkway at U.S. 29 reopened after suspicious package turns out to be briefcase

Sugarloaf Parkway at U.S. Highway 29 was briefly closed Wednesday due to a "suspicious package"

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GDOT: Toppled sign structure not vital to toll system

Interstate 85 northbound reopened Wednesday afternoon after lanes were blocked due to a fallen express lane sign.

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Paterno announces he will retire at end of season

Calling sex abuse scandal "a tragedy," Penn State coach announces he will retire at the end of the season.

Wrestling preview: Team-by-team capsules

A team-by-team look to the upcoming wrestling season.

WRESTLING: Super Six profiles

A look at the Daily Post's wrestling Super Six.

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Crist unseats Lilburn mayor Preston

After a longer-than-expected election night, the city of Lilburn has a new mayor. City clerk Kathy Maner released unofficial results from Tuesday's election at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. They showed that Johnny Crist — a pastor and one-term city councilman — topped incumbent Diana Preston for Lilburn's next mayor.

Asteroid, as big as an aircraft, in nearest swing by Earth in 35 years

LOS ANGELES -- An asteroid as big as an aircraft carrier is zipping 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

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Cain campaign assails accuser Bialek

ATLANTA -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is vowing to "set the record straight" at a news conference one day after a fourth woman -- and the first to reveal her identity -- accused him of inappropriate sexual behavior a decade ago, the latest in a string of claims that

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New mayors in three cities

Snellville, Suwanee and Lilburn elected new mayors on Tuesday night.

Three crowded Ga. legislative contests go to runoff

ATLANTA -- Three of the state's four legislative special elections are headed to a runoff, with no candidate in those districts getting a majority of the votes needed to win.. The unofficial results from the Secretary of State website report Republican Terry Rogers has won House District 10 with 61

Atlanta, other cities vote on Sunday alcohol sales

ATLANTA -- Voters in nearly 100 Georgia cities weighed in Tuesday on whether their communities will lift a longstanding ban on Sunday alcohol sales.. Almost all of the state's 20 most populous towns had the issue on the ballot, including Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Warner Robins, Valdosta, Dunwoody, Gainesville and East

Big margins of victory in cities' Sunday sales votes

13 Gwinnett cities pass Sunday sales measures

Dacula council post going to a runoff

DACULA -- The race for a Dacula City Council position is headed for a runoff election on Dec. 6. Incumbent Tim Montgomery got 132 votes and opponent Hubert Wells received 103 votes, with neither securing 50 percent of the vote — the amount needed to avoid a runoff election.

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ESPLOST passes, will lead to technology upgrades at GCPS

By a margin of about 60 percent, Gwinnett County's registered voters said 'yes' Tuesday to an extension of the education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Voters oust longtime Loganville council members

LOGANVILLE -- Voters in Loganville ousted two longtime city council members Tuesday and gave decisive thumbs up to Sunday alcohol sales, according to unofficial voting results.

Runoff slated for Lawrenceville council

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A former council member regained his seat, Sunday alcohol sales passed with flying colors and a former mayor is headed to a runoff with a sitting council member in Gwinnett's county seat, according to Tuesday election results in Lawrenceville.

Barrow voters approve manager, Sunday sales; Winder mayor ousted

Barrow voters approved the hiring of a county manager and the weakening of the county chairman.

Kelkenberg wins Duluth City Council seat

DULUTH -- Kelvin "Kelly" Kelkenberg defeated Dusty Graham Tuesday night to win a seat on the Duluth City Council. Kelkenberg won the Post 4 seat, formerly held by Doug Mundrick, who did not seek re-election.

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Three Brookwood baseball players to sign with colleges

Three Brookwood baseball players who have committed to college programs will be honored Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Broncos' commons area.

Collins Hill to host canned food drive

The Collins Hill swimming and diving team is hosting a canned food drive at Saturday's season-opening meet with Brookwood. All canned food donations at the meet, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Collins Hill Aquatic Center, will go to the Lawrenceville Food Co-Op.

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HAMMOCK: Falcons' McEwan takes advantage of gift

Every so often, one of Davian McEwan's teammates can't resist tapping on his shins.

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Incumbent Newton keeps Norcross council seat

✓ Greg McFarland

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Balance, developing line lead North's offensive charge

Having a balanced attack is something any football coach would hope for in an offense.

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BISHER: Game of the Century, huh?

Call it the "Game of the Century," if you will, but what century?

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Defense has Grayson poised for another playoff run

LOGANVILLE -- Ever since Mickey Conn started Grayson High School's football program in 2000, defense has been one of the Rams' main trademarks, especially during the current run which has seen the Rams advance to at least the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals the past four seasons.

Mountain View collecting toys at intrasquad wrestling match

Mountain View's wrestling program will host its Gold and Black intrasquad match on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the main gym. Admission is free.The Bears will be collecting toys and kids hygiene products at the event to donate to charity and send overseas to impoverished kids for the holiday season.

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Sugarloaf Parkway at U.S. 29 reopened after suspicious package turns out to be briefcase

Lawrenceville — LAWRENCEVILLE — The “suspicious package” that briefly shut down a major Gwinnett intersection Wednesday turned out to be an accidentally abandoned briefcase, officials said.

Sunday alcohol sales heads to many Ga. communities

ATLANTA — Sunday alcohol sales are coming to dozens of Georgia cities and several counties as voters overwhelmingly approved the change on Tuesday.

North's Panks signs with North Alabama

SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett volleyball standout Alex Panks has accepted an offer from NCAA Division II powerhouse North Alabama and signed her national letter of intent during a signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

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Carlon Shockley

Carlon E. Shockley, age 81, of Snellville passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Annette Shockley. He is survived by his children, Paula Gibson, Blinda Monroe, Alan and Cheryl Shockley, Annette Shockley; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. The Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Carlon E. Shockley will be held Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11AM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel, with Minister Harold Savage officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday, November 11, 2011 from 5PM until 8PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company," Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200, has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Dacula's Morse makes college decision official

Dacula senior Anthony Morse signed a letter of intent with the Tennessee Tech men's basketball program on Wednesday. Morse, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged a team-high 6.8 rebounds last season.

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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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New mayors in three cities

Three Gwinnett cities have new mayors.

Parkview's Flowe commits to Georgia Southern football

Parkview senior linebacker Patrick Flowe, the son of longtime Panther head coach Cecil Flowe, made a commitment Monday night to the Georgia Southern football program.

NBA players, owners meeting as commissioner's deadline expires

NEW YORK -- As Commissioner David Stern's deadline passed, the NBA and its players continued negotiating Wednesday in an attempt to end the lockout.

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Fallen express lane sign blocks I-85 north traffic

A fallen sign shut down Interstate 85 northbound Wednesday at the intersection with Ga. Highway 316.

Big margins of victory in cities' Sunday sales votes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Voters in 12 local cities embraced a new law to allow package sales of beer and wine on Sundays.

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Indecent exposure arrest not suspect's first

LILBURN -- A Stone Mountain man accused of exposing himself to multiple kids last week has a history of sexually deviant behavior dating back a decade.

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Crist wins Lilburn mayoral race

LILBURN -- After six months of giving his all to a campaign for mayor, Johnny Crist sat alone, just after 2 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall, waiting to hear the vote tally.

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Peachtree Corners community votes for cityhood

NORCROSS -- Peachtree Corners is no longer just a development.

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'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies at 89

PHOENIX — For more than a half century, Bil Keane's clever "Family Circus" comics entertained readers with a mix of humor and traditional family values, intentionally simplistic because the author thought the American public needed the consistency.

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Georgia chancellor formally installed in office

ATLANTA — University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby was inducted into office during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol, receiving the chancellor's medallion amid the colorful academic robes of the presidents of the state's 35 public colleges.

GAC baseball to have two early signees

Greater Atlanta Christian seniors Patrick Schultz and John LaMay will sign letters of intent with college baseball programs this week.

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GDOT: Toppled sign structure not vital to toll system

DULUTH — An overhead sign structure that’s part of Gwinnett’s new Peach Pass system crashed down over all lanes of northbound Interstate 85 on Wednesday morning when a distressed tractor-trailer driver struck it, officials said.

Softball players lead Buford's early crop of signees

Eight Buford athletes, including four softball players, will sign letters of intent this week with college programs.

THOMAS: Surprise? Iran still trying for nuke weapon

If ever there was a time when “see, I told you so” was warranted, it is now as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports this week that Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon.

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Collins Hill's Rickman seeks elusive state wrestling title

Spencer Rickman has been one of the state's top wrestlers the last two years.

Collins Hill's Dickey to sign with UGA soccer

Collins Hill senior Mariah Dickey, entering her third season as a starting forward, will sign a letter of intent this week with the Georgia women's soccer program.

Parkview to honor college baseball signees

Parkview seniors Edwin Arias, Jack Esmonde and Matt Olson will be honored Friday for signing letters of intent with college baseball programs. The event will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Panthers' commons area.

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Paterno announces he will retire at end of season

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season.

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CLINE: Local events offer chance to recognize veterans

It’s tough to do much reflecting in today’s world. We’re always on the go. Always in a rush to get to the next place, the next meeting. Constantly trying to complete the next task. We’re all guilty of it.

CEPEDA: The overlooked voting bloc: Asian Americans

CHICAGO — With less than a year until Election Day 2012, candidates for political office should be making sure they're not neglecting the most affluent, independent and now the fastest growing racial group of voters simply because they have routinely been overlooked in past elections.Pity the candidates and political parties who haven't yet figured out that Asian-Americans are coming into their own and that failing to acknowledge their rising political power may someday prove to be perilous.

Earliest Sunday to buy beer in Gwinnett is Nov. 20

LAWRENCEVILLE -- People planning a party on Sunday still need to stock up on beer and wine, even after referenda were approved by big margins in 13 Gwinnett cities to allow Sunday package sales.

Collins Hill's Batiste commits to Harvard football

Collins Hill senior Sam Batiste has made a commitment to the Harvard football program, picking the Ivy League school over nearly 15 other offers.

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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.

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Wesleyan's Hall to dive for Hawaii

Wesleyan senior Lauren Hall, already a three-time state champion in diving, has made a commitment to the University of Hawaii.

Hebron to host winter baseball camp with Lockhart, others

Hebron Christian will host its fifth annual winter instructional camp Nov. 21 at the Dacula private school with instruction from current players and coaches as well as alum Danny Lockhart, a minor-leaguer in the Chicago Cubs organization.

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WRESTLING: Super Six profiles

Name: Drew Ferguson-Mitchell

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O-line has powered Dacula's playoff berth

You're probably pretty familiar with these three names -- Capobianco, Cox and Goodson.

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AP Source: Paterno to retire at end of season

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A person familiar with the decision says Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season.

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Kay Williams

Kay Caldwell Williams, age 50, of Grayson Georgia passed away on November 5, 2011. The celebration of her life will be held Friday, November 11 at WR Cannon UMC in ...

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Lula Hanks

Lula Faye Hanks, age 95 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away November 4, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Harold H. Hanks and is ...

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 ...

Frank Bowen

Frank D. Bowen, age 78 of Loganville, GA passed away November 7, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544.

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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 ...

Sheila Standridge

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Sheila Ann Yarbrough Standridge, age 74, of Jefferson, who passed away on November 7, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia 706-367-5467 www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com ...

Kip Ethridge

Kip Ethridge, age 47 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away November 5, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

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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 ...

William Watson

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. William Eddie Watson, age 63, of Lula, who passed away on November 4, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia 706-367-5467 www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Ruth Riemenschneider

Mrs. Ruth E. Riemenschneider, age 89 of Auburn, GA passed away on November 6, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Martha Davis

Mrs. Martha "Faye" Nelson Davis, age 81, of Trenton, MI and formerly of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband ...

Prep Rally to feature Norcross' Croom

Gwinnett Prep Rally, a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from North Gwinnett-Peachtree Ridge, Buford-Blessed Trinity, Wesleyan-Landmark Christian and GAC-Lovett on this week's show. Featured athletes include Buford's Rick Legrant, North Gwinnett's Donnie Miles and GAC's Lavondre Nelson, as well as a special segment on Norcross' Jason Croom.

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Obama signs order to cut travel, cellphones, swag

WASHINGTON — With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their work.