News for Wednesday, October 19, 2011


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Silverbacks, Irapuato give fans entertaining soccer on chilly night

Silverbacks drop exhibition game to Irapuato FC 1-0

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Wesleyan softball back in Elite Eight

Duley's big day leads Wesleyan back to Columbus.

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Brookwood softball takes advantage of errors in sweep

Brookwood sweeped North Forsyth to advance in the softball state playoffs.

Arson ruled in fire at vacant Duluth house

Investigators have ruled a recent fire at a vacant Duluth home an act of arson.

Lawrenceville man arrested on 29 drug charges

Police say a Lawrenceville man was arrested after they found marijuana, more than 20 different prescription drugs and a pair of firearms inside his home.

Arrests made in Metro PCS robberies

Snellville police, in cooperation with DeKalb County officials, have arrested three men believed to be responsible for six armed robberies in the metro area.

CEPEDA: Government's place in the kitchen

Government has a place in kitchen. Whenever I write about what role the federal government might play in curbing obesity, people get incredibly upset about what they see as unwarranted state intrusions into private lives.. I'll spare you the furious, all-caps missives. But more than concerns about the government's

THOMAS: Voting for Obama because he's black is wrong

Those were welcome and commendable words. Unfortunately, they appear to be only words. Since then, Obama has divided us along race and class lines more than any modern president.. Some of his strongest, high-profile supporters in the black community are now saying that Obama's race, alone, should be enough

Disney offers competition from top to bottom

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Kevin Chappell was on the Magnolia Course practice range at Disney, his only concern getting in nine holes of practice under gathering clouds and trying to remember which golf cart was his.. It's a relaxing week at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, but not for

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HAMMOCK: Meadowcreek football on the right track

Mustangs making strides under Grimmage, even if few take notice

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Edwards, Falcons' D-Line picking up production

Big signing, rookie Peters among standouts in recent weeks

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Wheldon's death returns safety issue to NASCAR forefront

Fast Talladega track sparks even more discussion about dangers of driving

Tar Heels picked as preseason ACC basketball favorite

UNC's Barnes also selected as player of the year

Citigroup paying $285 million to settle SEC civil fraud charges

WASHINGTON -- Citigroup has agreed to pay $285 million to settle civil fraud charges that it misled buyers of complex mortgage investments just as the housing market was starting to collapse.. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that the big Wall Street bank bet against the investors in 2007

Lions, tigers, bears...oh no

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals -- including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions -- in a big-game hunt across the Ohio countryside Wednesday after the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what appeared to be

Butler, Zimmerman named finalists for Senior CLASS Award

Gwinnett grads, punter among final 10 for prestigious honor

SEC suspends 2 Georgia players, 1 Vandy player

Geathers, Williams to sit out a half each after committing flagrant personal fouls

SEC teams shuffling QBs with mixed results

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- SEC teams are getting pretty good at the quarterback shuffle, rotating between starting QBs because of injuries, suspensions and poor performances.. Ten of the 12 teams in the Southeastern Conference have relied on two or more quarterbacks to get through the first half of this season --

Prep Rally to feature Buford's Alexander

Local TV show to spotlight prep football

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Enrique Iglesias at Arena at Gwinnett Center Thursday

Sultry Latin singer Enrique Iglesias performs at the Arena at Gwinnett Center tonight with Pitbull and Prince Royce.

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40 arrested in Gwinnett-based cigarette tax sting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials announced Wednesday a large-scale operation producing dozens of arrests and seizures in connection with illegal cigarette trafficking in Georgia, the result of a multi-year, multi-departmental operation based out of Gwinnett County.. In a press conference held at the Lawrenceville Police Department, representatives from the

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Parent charged with choking, accosting student

Parent arrested on charges he choked, accosted middle school student.

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DALY: Native plants beautify the home landscape

One of the greatest things about gardening in Georgia is the sheer number of native plants that are found here. Georgia is one of the most botanically diverse states in the country with nearly 3000 species of trees, shrubs, grasses, flowers and groundcovers. The potential for the use of native

Police: 5 gangsters caught redhanded in theft spree

Police: 5 gang members caught redhanded pilfering at least a dozen autos in Norcross.

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Superintendent touts one-cent sales tax

Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks spoke Wednesday to members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

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Stone Mountain Park building new water attraction

Stone Mountain Park (SMP) announced Wednesday that they are beginning to build a water-infused attraction set to erupt for the first time on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Geyser Towers will be the first of it's kind in North America.

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Frost advisory issued for much of Georgia

The local weather has cooled down and will stay cold throughout the weekend.

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Home building jumps 15 percent in September

WASHINGTON -- Homes were built in September at the fastest pace in 17 months, a hopeful sign for the economy.. Most of the gain was driven by a surge in volatile apartment construction. That should help create jobs and boost economic growth, but it doesn't signal a comeback for the

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson praises Social Security increase

Johnson on Social Security, Snellville forum tonight.

Ohio sheriff: 48 exotic animals killed after owner opens cages before committing suicide

Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 lions, tigers and other beasts in a big-game hunt across the Ohio countryside Wednesday after the owner of a wild-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what may have been one last act of vengeance against neighbors and police.

GAB: Reception honors playwright

A tea reception is scheduled to honor a playwright visiting Lawrenceville.

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Summerour students hit streets for walk to school day

Students of Summerour Middle took part Wednesday morning in an International and statewide effort to walk to school, promoting healthy habits.

Shipes commits to GSU

BUFORD -- Buford post T.J. Shipes, who helped the Wolves to a Class AA state runner-up finish last spring, has secured his college future by giving a verbal commitment to Georgia State.

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Wesleyan's Wilkins, Crabill eye return to Columbus

NORCROSS -- As Wesleyan's two senior softball players, plenty changed for Caitlin Crabill and Holli Wilkins in their four years with the Wolves.

CEPEDA: Government's place in the kitchen

Government has a place in kitchen

GWINNETT GAB: G-Braves award grant to Gwinnett Ballet

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves announced this week that Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is the recipient of the organization's September 2011 grant.

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Georgia Tech not panicking despite stumble

ATLANTA -- Paul Johnson said Tuesday it's too early to disregard Georgia Tech after its first loss.

Broncos' McClintock, Lions' Lippett take running honors

Brookwood’s Matthew McClintock and Peachtree Ridge’s Addy Lippett were named runners of the week by the Gwinnett County cross country coaches on Tuesday.

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North Cobb outlasts North Gwinnett in five games

SUWANEE -- Playing from behind throughout most of its second-round match of the Class AAAAA state volleyball tournament with North Cobb, North Gwinnett looked like it had finally taken control late.

GAC dominant again while sweeping into AA-A Elite Eight

NORCROSS -- Greater Atlanta Christian has made the Class AA-A volleyball state Final Four twice, but coach Kristy Shelton is quick to admit that she has never had a team like her present one.

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CLINE: Why can't we all just get along?

If you watched the end of Saturday night’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game or caught highlights of Sunday’s NFL tussle between the head coaches of the 49ers and Lions, you’d think sportsmanship is a thing of the past. But as much as those incidents were unseemly in regard to civility, maybe a different question is: Do we expect too much out of people when it comes to sportsmanship?

Wesleyan's Byrd commits to Air Force hoops

Wesleyan senior Missy Byrd has accepted an offer to play for the Air Force women's basketball program. She becomes the fourth girl from her senior class to commit to a college, joining Kaelyn Causwell (Georgia), Holli Wilkins (Furman) and Jordan Frazier (Wofford).

Familiar names among Gwinnett's remaining state softball teams

Seven Gwinnett County high school softball teams still have their collective eyes on next week's Elite Eight state tournament as the playoffs reach the second round beginning with doubleheaders this afternoon.

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VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP: Wesleyan bounces back to move on

SAVANNAH -- Wesleyan kept its postseason alive on Tuesday with a win in five games over Savannah Country Day in the second round of the Class AA/A state playoffs.

Prep Rally to feature Buford's Alexander

Gwinnett Prep Rally, a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from Grayson-Parkview, Peachtree Ridge-Norcross and Collins Hill-Mill Creek on this week's show. Featured athletes include Grayson's Devin Gillespie, Peachtree Ridge's Billy Best and Collins Hill's Nick England, along with an in-depth profile of Buford's Vadal Alexander.

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Bruce Turner

Bruce H. Turner, age 69, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. He is survived by his beloved partner Martha Seward, seven children and their spouses; Candy (Mike)Turner, Randy (Ramona) Turner, Elizabeth (Danny) Bezon, Sam (Kim) Turner, Eric (Karen) Turner, Amber (Brian) Perren, Sonja (Doug) Schad, 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, sister, Bunny (Steve) Jordan, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; Samuel and Iris Turner. Bruce was the best loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, partner, brother and friend. A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Bruce will be at 5:00 PM on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. The family will receive friends at the service. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC "A FAMILY COMPANY" 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-963-2411.

GAB: Reception honors playwright

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Aristeacrats and the Lawrenceville Tourism & Trade Association will host a member's tea reception at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrenceville Visitor Information Center honoring and featuring John Ahlin, playwright of "Gray Area."

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Phillip Lavender

Phillip Lavender

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Stone Mountain Park building new water attraction

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Stone Mountain Park announced Wednesday that it is beginning to build a water-infused attraction set to erupt for the first time on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Geyser Towers will be the first of its kind in North America.

THOMAS: Voting for Obama because he's black is wrong

Those were welcome and commendable words. Unfortunately, they appear to be only words. Since then, Obama has divided us along race and class lines more than any modern president.

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Brundage to return as G-Braves manager

Dave Brundage will return for a fourth season as Gwinnett manager and his sixth year leading Atlanta's Class AAA team.

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Barbara Bradberry

Barbara Adams Williams Bradberry, age 63, born on August 15, 1948, went to be with the her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 17, 2011. Barbara is healed now of Alzheimers. She is no longer controlled by this disease. Jesus is in control and she is free of all earthly bonds. We praise God and because she accepted Jesus as her Savior, she is in her heavenly home. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel. 770-963-2411

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BISHER: Successful manager's start in baseball

Tony LaRussa had his last major league at-bat as an Atlanta Brave in 1971. He was 2-for-7, with a batting average of .286, and don't you forget it. (He won't let you.) He played in one more major league game -- as a pinch-runner for the Cubs, and that was it.

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Broncos come roaring back to oust Etowah

SNELVILLE -- With everything hanging in the balance in Game 5 of its Class AAAAA state volleyball second-round matchup against Etowah, Brookwood was nine points away from elimination and a sudden end to the season.

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Paul Roman

Mr. Paul William Roman, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, October 17, 2011. His parents, William and Ruth Anderson Roman, preceded him in death. He is survived ...

Dave Whiteside

Mr. Dave Whiteside, age 48 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Services and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Charles Hunter

Charles William Hunter, age 67 of Suwanee, died October 15, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. *

Linda Campbell

Mrs. Linda Ruth Hobson Campbell, age 64 of Jefferson, who passed away on Monday, October 17, 2011. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, 706-367-5467.*

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey W. Smith, age 45 of Loganville, GA passed away on October 16, 2011. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550. *

Olivia Holcomb

Mrs. Olivia Bullock Holcomb, age 78, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, October 17, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack S. Holcomb; parents, Dewey ...

Virginia Peeples

Virginia J. Peeples, age 89, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. She is survived by her sister, Jacquelyne J. Ash of Lawrenceville, GA, numerous nieces and ...

Shirley Stone

Shirley Marie Stone, age 60, of Monroe, GA passed away October 15, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594. *

Charlie Tullis

Charlie Tullis, Jr. age 75 of Monroe, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, October 21,2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...