News for Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Usage triples in first month of HOT lanes

Usage is increasing in the I-85 HOT lanes.

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Halloween festivities hit downtown Duluth

DULUTH -- Princesses rode ponies, superheroes conquered inflatable obstacle courses and, at one point, an orchestra made up of cowboys, video game characters and vampires took the stage.. Halloween came early in downtown Duluth Saturday as the city hosted "Halloween on the Green," an all-day, family-friendly take

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Outlook brighter for shelter animals

Culture shift signals brighter future for shelter pets.

Sunday sales vote heads quietly to local ballots

When voters in nearly 100 cities and a dozen counties cast their ballots on whether they want Sunday alcohol sales in their communities next month, it will be a far less dramatic decision than the Legislature’s vote to make the issue one of local control.

Lawrenceville church to hold Family Caregivers Conference

Family Caregivers Conference to be held on Nov. 5 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville.

Fire contained to one Lilburn apartment unit

Fireifghters were able to contain a Saturday evening fire at a Lilburn apartment complex to one unit.

The Hope Clinic hosting annual Circle of Hope Awards

The Hope Clinic is hosting the annual Circle of Hope Awards dinner on Nov. 4 at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.

GBI nabs Lilburn child porn suspect

The GBI arrested a Lilburn man Thursday after child pornography was found on his computer.

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13-year-old helps in drug bust

A Lawrenceville man was arrested on drug charges Wednesday after a 13-year-old alerted a police officer he had thrown something out his car window.

Pedestrian killed while crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

A Flowery Branch woman was killed while crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard on foot Friday morning.

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Meet the finalists for Teacher of the Year

Meet the six finalists for Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher of the year.

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Outlook brighter for shelter animals

Culture shift signals brighter future for shelter pets.

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Halloween festivities hit downtown Duluth

DULUTH -- Princesses rode ponies, superheroes conquered inflatable obstacle courses and, at one point, an orchestra made up of cowboys, video game characters and vampires took the stage.. Halloween came early in downtown Duluth Saturday as the city hosted "Halloween on the Green," an all-day, family-friendly take

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Archer student with Down syndrome all smiles as football manager

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jeffrey has been known to speak to the Archer High School football team.. He wishes them luck before games, congratulates them after winning efforts. During games, he makes sure the Tiger players have plenty of water. He's there on the field most practices too.. Jeffrey Pennington has Down

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OUR VIEW: HOT lanes hot button for road tax

TSPLOST needed, but confidence needs to be regained before vote in summer of 2012.

Five myths about 'American exceptionalism'

Over the last two centuries, prominent Americans have described the United States as an "empire of liberty," a "shining city on a hill," the "last best hope of Earth," the "leader of the free world," and the "indispensable nation." These enduring tropes explain why all

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Friendly, flat-faced dogs gather in style

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Curly tails were wagging Saturday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds for the 18th Annual PugFest, hosted by Southeast Pug Rescue and Adoption.. With wrinkly faces and compact, square bodies, hundreds of pugs maneuvered through the crowds with their owners.. "(Pugfest) started out at a SERPA member's house

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O'REILLY: This is America in decline

Take a good look around: This is America in decline. Very sobering. So what's going on?. If you study history, you know that America was built on self-reliance and personal achievement. In the early years of the Republic, the federal and state governments pretty much stayed out of the

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CEPEDA: Those pesky student loans

Those pesky student loans. CHICAGO -- Fundamentally, American society doesn't value a college education as the necessary prerequisite to gaining knowledge or becoming a responsible citizen. Instead, it is promoted as the guaranteed means to gainful employment.. In fact, the value of a college education is dropping so much that

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MURPHY: A success story born out of Rainbow Village

Steven Jackson gives a face to organization's mission.

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MARAN: E-SPLOST key to schools' continued success

As the largest school system in the state and the 2010 Best Urban District in the nation with receipt of the coveted Broad Prize award, Gwinnett County's educational system -- its access to a vibrant and strong tomorrow -- is second to none.. On Nov. 8, registered voters will have

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PARKER: Cain's smoking gun

Cain's smoking ad: Amateurish, genius or dumb luck?. WASHINGTONHerman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.Theories about what Block intended have run the gamut from James Carville's "He was drunk

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No. 22 Georgia ends losing skid in Jacksonville

Bulldogs fight back from deficit to beat Muschamp's Gators

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Improbable rally lifts Buford to fifth straight softball title

Wolves claim another championship the hard way, with seniors Case and Overstreet leading the way

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Collins Hill clips Mill Creek for third straight title

Eagles emerge victorious in all-Region 7-AAAAA final

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GAC falls just short in title quest

Spartans lose to ELCA in thrilling championship match

California surfer hospitalized after shark bites him in the neck

MONTEREY, Calif. -- A shark attacked a surfer Saturday off a California beach, biting him in the neck and arm and sending him to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.. Eric Tarantino of Monterey was attacked around 7 a.m., just minutes after he and a friend entered the water

Fire contained to one Lilburn apartment unit

Fireifghters were able to contain a Saturday evening fire at a Lilburn apartment complex to one unit.

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Halloween festivities hit downtown Duluth

DULUTH -- Princesses rode ponies, superheroes conquered inflatable obstacle courses and, at one point, an orchestra made up of cowboys, video game characters and vampires took the stage.. Halloween came early in downtown Duluth Saturday as the city hosted "Halloween on the Green," an all-day, family-friendly take

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Surprises, upsets abound in Region 7-AAAAA

Lions' Brickell wins boys race; Norcross' Yost gets impressive win in girls competition

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Brookwood sweeps 8-AAAAA meet

Broncos' Kissel, Malanoski take him individual titles

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Wilber delivers big game for Norcross

Grayson offense quiet in defensive battle with Brookwood

Usage triples in first month of HOT lanes

Usage is increasing in the I-85 HOT lanes.

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Meet the finalists for Teacher of the Year

Meet the six finalists for Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher of the year.

The Hope Clinic hosting annual Circle of Hope Awards

The Hope Clinic is hosting the annual Circle of Hope Awards dinner on Nov. 4 at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.

Lawrenceville church to hold Family Caregivers Conference

Family Caregivers Conference to be held on Nov. 5 at First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville.

Road closures, Oct. 30 through Nov. 5

Gwinnett County road closures, Oct. 30 through Nov. 5

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local legislators back Romney for president; Bender picks up endorsements

Romney's Gwinnett support, Bender gets endorsements in Snellville mayoral race

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Outlook brighter for shelter animals

Culture shift signals brighter future for shelter pets.

Sunday sales vote heads quietly to local ballots

When voters in nearly 100 cities and a dozen counties cast their ballots on whether they want Sunday alcohol sales in their communities next month, it will be a far less dramatic decision than the Legislature’s vote to make the issue one of local control.

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WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!: Cardinals beat Rangers, 6-2, in Game 7

The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-2, in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter.

Tigers take big step toward school's first playoff berth

LILBURN -- Ernest Alexander made sure his dagger stayed.

LETTERS: HOT lanes the definition of insanity

I was not surprised at all that the DOT members were not interested in listening to countering opinions regarding the HOT lanes ("Residents walk out of town hall," Oct. 25, 1A). And I doubt they will come back to listen to the commoners express themselves again.

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Larry Hoff

Larry Hoff

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WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!: Cardinals beat Rangers, 6-2, in Game 7

ST. LOUIS — Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. A nifty pair of comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6.

Mountain View rolls past Meadowcreek

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Last season Mountain View put Meadowcreek away in a close, hard-fought matchup. This year the Bears delivered the knockout punch early.

GBI nabs Lilburn child porn suspect

LILBURN — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested a Lilburn man Thursday for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Five myths about 'American exceptionalism'

Over the last two centuries, prominent Americans have described the United States as an "empire of liberty," a "shining city on a hill," the "last best hope of Earth," the "leader of the free world," and the "indispensable nation." These enduring tropes explain why all presidential candidates feel compelled to offer ritualistic paeans to America's greatness and why President Barack Obama landed in hot water -- most recently, from Mitt Romney -- for saying that while he believed in "American exceptionalism," it was no different from "British exceptionalism," "Greek exceptionalism," or any other country's brand of patriotic chest-thumping.

PARKER: Cain's smoking gun

WASHINGTON—Herman Cain's craggy-faced Chief of Staff Mark Block took a drag off a cigarette, blew smoke at the camera and sent the political class into coughing fits.Theories about what Block intended have run the gamut from James Carville's "He was drunk," to amateurish campaigning, to post-modern genius. Me? I'm leaning toward accidental brilliance.

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Lanier seniors go out with dominating victory

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Norcross storms back to beat Collins Hill

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LETTERS: Retiree in favor of E-SPLOST

On Nov. 8, Gwinnett voters go to the polls for an absolutely critical vote: the renewal of the education special purpose local option sales tax (E-SPLOST).

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Archer student with Down syndrome all smiles as football manager

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jeffrey has been known to speak to the Archer High School football team.

Peachtree Ridge stays perfect in region with win over Hawks

HOSCHTON -- The Peachtree Ridge coaches had preached it -- don't overlook Mill Creek with a potential showdown at North Gwinnett coming up next week.

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MARAN: E-SPLOST key to schools' continued success

Education is access; it is mankind’s predominant link throughout history, an investment that can never be lost due to a challenging economy and one of the single greatest human determinants to the future. And there is no greater success story, currently, in education than what we have in Gwinnett County.

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William Smith

William Smith

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Royce Brandon

Royce Lee Brandon, age 94, of Lilburn, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2011. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Rev. Rob Burdette and Mr. Lindsey Smith officiating. Interment will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth. A native of Griffin, GA, Mr. Brandon was retired from Georgia Tech University. He was a Major in the U.S. Air Force, was a veteran of WWII, and was a member and deacon at Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lucile Martin Brandon of Lilburn; daughters and sons-in-law, Susie & Larry Myers of Daphne, AL and Rikki & Robert Johnston of Acworth; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; step-daughters, Sue & Keith Hix of Lilburn and Joann Staples of Texas; 4 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great grandchildren and 2 step-great great grandchildren. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770) 564-2726

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Johnson-Knaus conversation the talk of NASCAR

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jimmie Johnson said it's "crazy" to suggest his reputation has been tarnished by crew chief Chad Knaus' instructions to mess up the rear bumper if he won at Talladega last week.

O'REILLY: This is America in decline

According to a new poll by The Hill newspaper, 69 percent of Americans now believe the USA is in “decline.” In addition, a whopping 83 percent indicate they are worried about America’s future.

No. 22 Georgia trying to flip series script on Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every year, thousands of Florida and Georgia fans make the trip to Jacksonville. They camp, tailgate, party for hours, sometimes days.

OUR VIEW: HOT lanes hot button for road tax

Transportation officials are pinning their hopes of improving metro Atlanta's commute with a regional penny sales tax.

LETTERS: Libyans deserve freedom of religion

Although the world is rejoicing over the killing of Moammar Gadhafi, the declaration by Mustafa Abdul Jalil that Islamic Shariah law would be the basic source of legislation and that the existing laws contradicting the teachings of Islam would be nullified, is a cause of great concern.

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YARBROUGH: What if bears attacked "Occupy Atlanta?"

News bulletin: The state Department of Natural Resources is reporting that black bears in North Georgia seem to be migrating toward the Atlanta area.

Pedestrian killed while crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

SUWANEE -- A Flowery Branch woman was killed while walking across a major Suwanee road Friday morning.

Winder husband indicted in July killing

WINDER -- A Barrow County grand jury indicted a Winder man this week on charges he killed his wife and mother of his four children.

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Gladiators sunk in overtime 3-2

Head coach John Wroblewski's return to Wheeling spoiled in overtime by the Nailers

Buford, Wesleyan must win the hard way after Friday losses

Both Wolves suffer tough Friday losses in state softball tourney

Collins Hill back in finals, could meet Mill Creek

Eagles move into finals; Hawks fight back and eliminate Brookwood

Dacula rushes for 483 yards in win over Berkmar

Capobianco leads the way with a whopping 271 yards

Wesleyan dominates in final subregion game

Defense, special teams sharp as Wesleyan picks up easy win

Jones sets county mark as Central beats Shiloh

Senior catches 73rd pass of season, defense and running game finish off win

Hebron defense strong in win over Cross Keys

Lions get another good result with rout of Cross Keys

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Apalachee dominates the Battle of Barrow

Williams accounts for 252 yards and five scores in 47-0 win

GAC tunes up for crucial game with easy win

Starters rest as Spartans ready themselves for play-in game at Lovett

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Grayson clinches Region 8 title with Gaines' TD

Interception for score in game's final minute gives thrilling end to 14-7 win over rival Brookwood

North cruises to win over Duluth

Bulldogs ride ground game to stay perfect in region

Ruth Fowler

Ruth Entrekin Fowler, age 100, of Stone Mountain Georgia, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Henry Arthur ...

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James Crutcher

Dr. James C. Crutcher passed away peacefully at home on October 11, 2011 attended to by his family. He excelled in his many careers. His key positions included: Emory University ...

Laura Williams

Laura Hammond Williams, age 80 of Winder, GA passed away on October 27, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Marjorie Davis

Marjorie Shumate Davis, age 83 of The Villages, FL, formerly of Monroe, GA passed away October 26, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594.

Nancy White

Nancy Teasley White, age 61 of Loganville, GA passed away October 28, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544.

Rosalind Pope

Rosalind Amelia Rice Pope, age 74 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on October 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Annette Keller

Annette Keller, age 60 of Buford, died October 27, 2011. A Memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Monday October 31, 2011 at Perimeter Church in their chapel. Mrs. Keller ...

Reginald Smith

Reginald "Pete" Smith, age 83 of Loganville, GA passed away October 27, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544.

Q. O. Gilliland

Mr. Q. O. Gilliland, Sr. age 86, of Hoschton, GA died October 28, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. (www.carterfhwinder.com)