News for Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Patent for tolls sought for state

Officials explain patent process for HOT lanes.

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GCPS leads nation in Energy Star certification

A review of Gwinnett County Public Schools has found that 111 of the district's 117 eligible facilities have been certified for superior energy performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Suwanee police will soon offer online crime data

SUWANEE -- Suwanee residents will soon be able to access local crime data online.. On Tuesday, the city of Suwanee and its police department will officially launch their partnership with www.crimereports.com, a database that allows users to sort information by location, type of crime and date. The website will provide

Duluth police cracking national Walmart card scam

Duluth police investigating national Walmart card scame with Gwinnett ties.

GAB: Dog, cat costume contest planned

A dog and cat halloween costume contest takes place this weekend.

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DALY: The kudzu bug is troubling many homeowners

Pest has spread from Georgia to the Carolinas and Alabama.

Suwanee volunteers, star employee honored at council meeting

Suwanee Day volunteers recognized for their work.

Gwinnett Coalition honors Great Days volunteers

The Gwinnett Coalition for Heath and Human Services had a luncheon to thank all sponsors and participants in this year's Gwinnett Great Days of Service on Wednesday afternoon.

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Man accused of leaving infant daughter "to die out in the woods"

Gwinnett County police are looking for a 21-year-old father they believe abandoned his 5-month-old daughter alone in the woods.

Leaders mingle at Gwinnett Chamber event

Politicians, business leaders network at event.

Suspects arrested in Netherworld parking scheme

Three men were arrested over the weekend for setting up an unlicensed parking lot for Netherworld Haunted House.

Gwinnett board delays vote on new ethics law

Commission tables ethics ordinance change.

Cops: Brother shoots sister in murder-suicide

A brother and sister in their 80s were killed outside a Grayson church in an apparent murder-suicide

Company to relocate and expand in Norcross

World headquarters to bring 175 jobs.

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Mom cries foul in battery arrest at Gwinnett Tech

Mother cries foul after battery arrest at Gwinnett Tech.

GMC, Chamber to host sports-themed prostate health event

Gwinnett Medical Center and the Gwinnett Chamber will host an educational breakfast focused on prostate health next week.

Gwinnett County Public Library celebrates 'Gone with the Wind'

Gwinnett County Public Library celebrates the 75th anniversary of "Gone With the Wind" with author Marianne Walker.

Lawrenceville driver strikes tree, dies

Police say man killed after striking tree Sunday morning.

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Irate residents walk out on HOT lanes meeting

Elected officials get an earful from crowd angry about tolls.

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Dyer Elementary kids get creative with pumpkins

A group of volunteer judges surveyed pumpkins Monday morning decorated by Dyer Elementary students.

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Gwinnett moms find a new passion in running

Sherry Coffield, of Dacula, and Jennifer Cooper, of Lawrenceville, will run The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. and only six days later run The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Savannah in hopes of qualifying for an elite group known as "Marathon Maniacs."

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Duluth resident becomes YouTube sensation in one week

Duluth resident Marquese Scott becomes a viral senstation on YouTube in a one week.

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Lawrenceville woman, 54, united with long-lost siblings

Thanks to a niece's online searching, a Lawrenceville woman was recently reunited with six long-lost siblings.

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Rock legend: Grayson Tech students 'very talented'

A legend of rock 'n' roll visited a local school on Monday

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For trailer park kids, Hope Center's a bastion

From shooting scene to educational bastion, Loganville's Hope Center steers trailer-park youth toward success.

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Renovation complete at Bethesda Senior Center

Senior center reopens after a four-month renovation.

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Fleming, Sims help Gladiators tumble Titans

Rookies Scott Fleming and Shane Sims led the Gwinnett Gladiators to a 4-2 road win over the Trenton Titans on Wednesday night at the Sun National Bank Center.

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GAC storms into state volleyball finals

Spartans a win away from first state championship in the sport

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North's Johnson wins gold at Pan-Am Games

North Gwinnett grad Kibwe Johnson did what he could to set a Pan American Games record in the men's hammer throw Wednesday, and it worked.

LETTERS: Vote yes on E-SPLOST

One-cent tax helps GCPS continue to be strength of the community.

LETTERS: HOT town hall meeting more of the same nonsense

We continue to lose our rights to the federal government.

SHOOK: Why the City of Peachtree Corners is a good idea

The United Peachtree Corners Civic Association has the best interest of residents in mind.

THOMAS: Bobby Jindal's triumph

One might expect this to be big news beyond the state, but most newspapers and TV media outside Louisiana either buried Jindal's win on inside pages and deep into their newscasts, or ignored it.. In a telephone conversation, I asked Gov. Jindal why. "It runs contrary to the political thinking

CEPEDA: A holiday made for America

When I was a kid, the Latin American holiday Day of the Dead -- a two-day observance that celebrates departed loved ones -- was a little-known tradition in the United States. Not so these days.

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Riot squads clear protests in 2 cities

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police in riot gear clashed with anti-Wall Street protesters overnight, firing tear gas and beanbag rounds at hundreds of demonstrators in Oakland and forcibly evicting and arresting more than 50 others in Atlanta.. The moves come as business owners, residents and officials in cities where encampments

Man thought to be John Wayne Gacy victim found alive in Florida

CHICAGO -- Siblings who feared their brother was one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's eight unidentified victims were amazed and overjoyed to learn that he's been living in Florida for decades.. Tim Lovell and Theresa Hasselberg hadn't seen their brother, Harold Wayne Lovell, since he left their family's Chicago

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Broncos lean on Kissel for region cross country meet

The Brookwood girls cross country team will go for their fourth straight Region 8-AAAAA championship on Saturday.

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HAMMOCK: Wesleyan senior makes the right call

Broe, Wolves practice real-life sportsmanship

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Familiar teams face different feel at state softball tournament

Brookwood, Collins Hill and Mill Creek in Class AAAAA, Buford in Class AA and Wesleyan in Class A aiming for state titles this week in Columbus

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With 4 to go, some counting JJ out of contention

It's easy for outsiders to cross Jimmie Johnson off the list of title contenders. They don't work side by side with the five-time defending NASCAR champion every week, and have no idea just how hard it is to beat him.

Local youngsters shine at Tail of the Tiger Regatta

Gwinnett students part of successful rowing club

Gwinnett Prep Rally to spotlight Broncos' Tompkins, Panthers' Esmonde

Local TV program features prep football highlights

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UGA's Butler picked for post-graduate scholarship

Bulldog punter gets another prestigious honor

Murray looking to avoid turnovers against Gators

The most revealing total in Georgia's three straight losses to Florida is 12-1. That's the lopsided turnover margin Aaron Murray must address when No. 22 Georgia plays Florida on Saturday in Jacksonville.

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SEC's 'other' division heats up

Eastern race to Atlanta could be interesting down the stretch

Leaders mingle at Gwinnett Chamber event

Politicians, business leaders network at event.

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Gwinnett moms find a new passion in running

Sherry Coffield, of Dacula, and Jennifer Cooper, of Lawrenceville, will run The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. and only six days later run The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in Savannah in hopes of qualifying for an elite group known as "Marathon Maniacs."

Duluth police cracking national Walmart card scam

Duluth police investigating national Walmart card scame with Gwinnett ties.

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Man accused of leaving infant daughter "to die out in the woods"

Gwinnett County police are looking for a 21-year-old father they believe abandoned his 5-month-old daughter alone in the woods.

Suwanee police will soon offer online crime data

SUWANEE -- Suwanee residents will soon be able to access local crime data online.. On Tuesday, the city of Suwanee and its police department will officially launch their partnership with www.crimereports.com, a database that allows users to sort information by location, type of crime and date. The website will provide

Patent for tolls sought for state

Officials explain patent process for HOT lanes.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tea Party activists say Occupation was unfair, Gingrich to appear

Activists want fair treatment for demonstrations, Gingrich to appear, Snellville man to run for House

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GCPS leads nation in Energy Star certification

A review of Gwinnett County Public Schools has found that 111 of the district's 117 eligible facilities have been certified for superior energy performance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gwinnett Coalition honors Great Days volunteers

The Gwinnett Coalition for Heath and Human Services had a luncheon to thank all sponsors and participants in this year's Gwinnett Great Days of Service on Wednesday afternoon.

Motorcycle ride a boon for Gwinnett cops' kids

Memorial ride Nov. 5 to benefit college-bound children of police, deputies.

Suwanee volunteers, star employee honored at council meeting

Suwanee Day volunteers recognized for their work.

GAB: Dog, cat costume contest planned

A dog and cat halloween costume contest takes place this weekend.

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DALY: The kudzu bug is troubling many homeowners

Pest has spread from Georgia to the Carolinas and Alabama.

Motorcycle ride a boon for Gwinnett cops' kids

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Motorcyclists are asked to mount up Nov. 5 for a memorial ride that will benefit college-bound children of Gwinnett law enforcement.

THOMAS: Bobby Jindal's triumph

Republican Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana last weekend won re-election with a staggering 65.8 percent of the vote in a state that remains heavily Democratic. It is, the governor’s office contends, the highest percentage achieved by a candidate since the state’s open primary was created. Jindal won all of the state’s 64 parishes, increasing by four the number of parishes he won in 2007.

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Grayson's Schuessler out to transform Rams' QB position

LOGANVILLE -- Reared in the Grayson community, Nick Schuessler watched the birth of the program.

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Ga. Tech tries to get back on track after two losses

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's dream season has turned ugly.

Falcons pick Wesleyan's Pridgen as coach of the week

The Atlanta Falcons have named Wesleyan's Franklin Pridgen as the organization's high school coach of the week after the Wolves' 42-14 win over Pinecrest Academy.

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UGA's Butler picked for post-graduate scholarship

Georgia punter Drew Butler, a Peachtree Ridge grad, has been selected for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, which includes an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

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Falcons lose fullback Mughelli with knee injury

ATLANTA -- Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli's season is over.

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Napoli, Pujols swing deep into World Series lore

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols made the first big dent in this World Series, then it was Mike Napoli's turn.

Peachtree Ridge to host Harlem Legends at event

The Peachtree Ridge basketball program will host a fundraiser event Nov. 17 highlighted by a game between Lion coaches and other celebrities against the prestigious Harlem Legends.

Red Sox general manager Epstein joins the Cubs

CHICAGO -- Theo Epstein knew it was time to move on, even though it meant leaving the team he loved. After nearly a decade as general manager in Boston where he won two World Series titles, Epstein decided change would be a good thing.

CLINE: A new view of an old rivalry game

In my previous life as sports editor, I rarely missed the Parkview-Brookwood football game. Not only Gwinnett’s best rivalry during those days, it was the state’s best as well. The atmosphere was always electric, the stakes high, the amount of gifted athletes numerous.

Gwinnett Coalition honors Great Days volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Most people send "thank you" cards to show appreciation, but the Gwinnett Coalition for Heath and Human Services took it a step above. The organization invited sponsors who participated in this year's Gwinnett Great Days of Service to a luncheon Wednesday afternoon to show "thanks for the help and support."

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Archer's Morris commits to Georgia Southern football

Archer senior Jermaine Morris, a two-way standout for the Tigers, made a commitment Tuesday morning to the Georgia Southern football program.

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SEC's 'other' division heats up

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Southeastern Conference has an Eastern Division, too, although largely overshadowed with the season-long focus on Western powers LSU and Alabama.

Peachtree Ridge's Buchanan picked for International Bowl

Peachtree Ridge senior Ray Buchanan has been selected for the third annual International Bowl, which pits 50 top U.S. players against a team of other top 19-and-under players from around the world. The event is Feb. 1 at The Palace at Round Rock in Austin, Texas.

Gwinnett Prep Rally to spotlight Broncos' Tompkins, Panthers' Esmonde

Gwinnett Prep Rally, a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs football highlights from Brookwood-Parkview, Buford-Greater Atlanta Christian, Collins Hill-Mountain View, Wesleyan-Pinecrest and Dacula-Archer on this week's show. Featured athletes include Brookwood's Nick Tompkins, Parkview's Jack Esmonde and Buford's Andre Johnson.

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Rock legend: Grayson Tech students 'very talented'

GRAYSON -- Step into the shoes of Patrick Sullivan.

Lawrence Hambrick

Lawrence M. Hambrick of Winder died Monday, October 24, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ersalene Digsby Hambrick; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Connie ...

Perry Kimbro

Perry Lamar Kimbro, age 72 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, October 24, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Snellville ...

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Rick McCleary

Rick "Mac" McCleary age 51 of Snellville passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, October 28, 2011 at Corinth Christian Church, Loganville, remains ...

Arlie Nix

Mr. Arlie Zebulon "Zeb" Nix, age 31 of Bethlehem, GA passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, Ga. 30548, 706-654-0966. www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Thelma Walters

Thelma Yvonne Walters, age 89 of Snellville, GA passed away October 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, A Family Comany, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200.

Patricia Hall

Patricia Ann Hall, age 65 of Loganville, GA passed away October 24, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com