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Mistakes cost Georgia in 45-42 loss to South Carolina

ATHENS -- From Georgia's perspective, Saturday's 2011 home and SEC opener against South Carolina wasn't what it should have -- or at least, could have -- been.. The Bulldogs outgained the visitors in total yardage 436 to 395. They had 216 yards in returns to South Carolina's 67 and picked

Georgia Tech rolls against Middle Tennessee State

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- One week after rolling up over 600 yards and 60 points, Georgia Tech proved it could score quickly through the air or grind it out on the ground with its triple-option attack.. Tevin Washington threw for two long touchdowns and ran for two scores, and Georgia

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UGA notebook: Gwinnett grads Lee, Sulek relish extending playing time

ATHENS -- There were plenty of Gwinnett grads in uniform for both teams in South Carolina's 45-42 win over Georgia on Saturday at Sanford Stadium, including normal Georgia starters Christian Robinson (GAC) and Drew Butler (Peachtree Ridge).. However, two of them were seeing a lot more action than they ever

GAC rebounds to win Shaw Invitational

A look at Saturday's prep sports action.

Auburn wins another wild one; Tide rolls

Another wild ending and another Auburn victory.. The Tigers might not be as good as they were last season, but they still have a knack for pulling out the close games.. Auburn backup safety Ryan Smith stopped Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf just shy of the goal line on the

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Paralyzed on 9/11, Keaston White makes best from new course in life

A decade after paralysis, Collins Hill graduate Keaston White keeps making a beter life for himself.

Prep football notes: Dacula's Zito savors first win

Dacula head coach Jared Zito had a firm grip on Friday's game ball. The first-year Falcons coach cherished his first win at the school, a 20-6 victory over Brookwood.. "It's probably going to go in my office, so I can think about it for the next 20 years,"

Gallery to auction goggles, photos from aviator Amelia Earhart

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Northern California gallery plans to auction goggles it says were worn by famed aviator Amelia Earhart during an early plane crash.. The auction today in Oakland will also feature negatives and photographs of Earhart, who disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe. Clars Auction Gallery, which

Tile artwork still sought for Auburn mosaic

Public art still sought for permanent tile mosaic in downtown Auburn.

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NYPD vets reflect on 10th anniversary of 9/11

Lawrenceville sisters, retired from NYPD, reflect on 'bucket brigade' duties, working the 9/11 morgue and heart-wrenching loss that a decade has barely begun to heal.

Attacks rocked Gwinnett at all levels

A decade later, wounds are fresh, memories of 9/11 vivid of fateful day in Gwinnett.

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A changed America 10 years after 9/11

NEW YORK -- Ten years on, Americans will come together Sunday where the World Trade Center soared, where the Pentagon stands as a fortress once breached, where United Airlines Flight 93 knifed into the earth.. They will gather to pray in cathedrals in our greatest cities and to lay roses

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Oscar winner Cliff Robertson dies in NY at 88

NEW YORK -- Cliff Robertson, the handsome movie actor who played John F. Kennedy in "PT-109," won an Oscar for "Charly" and was famously victimized in a 1977 Hollywood forgery scandal, died Saturday. He was 88.. His secretary of 53 years, Evelyn Christel, said he died in Stony

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Suwanee woman recalls 9/11 aboard Air Force One

SUWANEE -- On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was at Emma E. Booker Elementary in Sarasota, Fla., reading a book called "The Pet Goat" with a group of youngsters.. Mid-story, he got word that America was under attack, then-Chief of Staff Andrew Card

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9/11 attacks inspire Georgia's senators to action

Georgia's senators reflect on 9/11 attacks.

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Courage of Flight 93 victims lauded at memorial dedication

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. -- The 40 passengers and crew who fought back against their hijackers aboard Flight 93 on Sept. 11 performed one of the most courageous acts in U.S. history, former President George W. Bush said Saturday at a ceremony dedicating the first phase of a memorial at the nation's

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In memoriam: Remembering the Gwinnett troops who have died since 9/11

A look at the lives and deaths of 22 troops with Gwinnett ties killed since the 9/11 attacks thrust the nation into a war on terrorism.

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Stephen Johnson: A hero's letter

Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen Franklin Johnson knew what he was getting into when he joined the Marines after 9/11.

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Former Briscoe worker remembers meeting terrorists

A former employee at Advanced Aviation reflects on her encounter with 9/11 terrorists that took practice flights at Briscoe Field.

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Local coaches experienced frantic international flight

GAC soccer coaches Troy Bendickson and Thom Jacquet were nearly back in the U.S. on a flight from London when the first Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack happened.

Sept. 11 attacks began war on terrorism that has killed 22 local heroes

22 soldiers with Gwinnett ties have been killed since the 9/11 attacks thrust the nation into a war on terrorism.

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Daily Post readers remember 9/11

Gwinnett Daily Post talks to local residents about their memories from Sept. 11, 2001.

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MCCULLOUGH: A newsroom's shock and awe

A newsroom's shock and awe. Ten years ago today, I was awakened by a phone call. It was my mother.. "You need to get up, son. We're at war.". I was still shaking the cobwebs out of my head and was sure I hadn't heard her right.. "Huh?"

GAB: J.D. Power recognizes Jackson EMC

In a study just released by J.D. Power and Associates, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) ranked highest in customer satisfaction among midsize utilities in the South.

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Elementary school educators teach 9/11's impact

Ask anybody where they were when the Sept. 11 attacks happened 10 years ago. They'll most likely recall in vivid detail what they were doing, how they felt and the ensuing emotion of it all. But what about those who were too young to remember the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center's Twin Towers?

Fourth-grader is Wordmaster

Arcado Elementary fourth grade student Ryan Tay took top honors in the WordMasters Challenge with a perfect score.

LARSON: Boy Scouts hold service to inspire community involvement

Boy Scouts hold service in memory of 9/11.

Tap-dancing to tragedy

Finally, after 15 painfully embarrassing minutes, the teacher cut the lesson short and told us to go home to our families, or to return to watching CNN. I guess she could sense that tap-dancing to the apocalypse was ridiculous and, in a way, too celebratory.. To think I spent

Gwinnett hazmat teams well prepared since 9/11

The Gwinnett fire department has stepped up its training and hazmat capabilities since the 9/11 attacks.

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JENKINS: What we've learned over the past 10 years

We've learned a lot since 9/11.

Road closures, 9/11 through 9/17

Gwinnett County road closures, 9/11 through 9/17.

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Piece Of World Trade Center Finds Home In Suwanee

SUWANEE -- Jack Curtin's brother entered the north tower of the World Trade Center three times before it collapsed Sept. 11, 2001.

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Norcross Routs Roswell

NORCROSS -- Norcross remains undefeated after facing the Roswell Hornets on Friday night. Roswell didn't go down without a fight, but it just had no answer for the solid Norcross team.

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Suwanee Woman Recalls 9/11 Aboard Air Force One

SUWANEE -- On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush was at Emma E. Booker Elementary in Sarasota, Fla., reading a book called "The Pet Goat" with a group of youngsters.

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Hebron Gets Tough Loss In First Home Game

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Shiloh Stuns Rival South

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Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Heritage Center's Treetop Quest

BUFORD -- A bright blue sky and mottled sunshine Friday revealed glimpses of steel cables, wood, ladders and bridges camouflaged among the thick, green canopy of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center grounds.

Peachtree Ridge Tops Newnan

SUWANEE -- Diandre Atwater had 140 yards rushing and three touchdowns, but when it came down to it, defense was the story for Peachtree Ridge as it held on to defeat Newnan, 28-16.

A Hero's Letter

I signed into the Marines because I felt I had a job to do, more or less a duty that I felt I needed to do for our country. After September 11th, I felt I needed to go to war to protect our country; but most importantly, for my family and friends. It's a dangerous thing to go into war and fight for something that is 8,000 miles away. But I felt it was something I needed to do.You must always remember the boys that have died for our country. Old men start the wars, but teenagers fight them. Always remember that. The average Marine is 19 years old. Right out of high school. Never forget us and the sacrifices that we have made to sustain our great amount of liberty. We have given up being away from home for a great amount of time, not seeing our family and friends, and giving up our own liberties. We, as Marines, know what we have to do for our country and to keep it safe. We know the cost of war and that Marines will die in combat. We are trained very well but are not invincible. All I ask is that you not forget me and my fellow Marines. When you think every now and then about your freedom, know that Marines and other military branches are there to protect that from anyone else trying to take it away.

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A Newsroom's Shock And Awe

Ten years ago today, I was awakened by a phone call. It was my mother.

Prep Football Notes: Dacula's Zito Savors First Win

Dacula head coach Jared Zito had a firm grip on Friday's game ball. The first-year Falcons coach cherished his first win at the school, a 20-6 victory over Brookwood.

9/11 Attacks Inspire Georgia's Senators To Action

On Patriots Day, the 10th anniversary of the terroristic attack on America that left 3,000 dead, Georgia's senators say the events of 9/11 will be on their minds as they work in Washington.

Jenkins: What We've Learned Over The Past 10 Years

And yet I do believe that humor has a place in our collective response to tragedy -- even a tragedy on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001. I believe that laughing to keep from crying is a form of courage. That a hearty chuckle is nearly always good for morale.

Meadowcreek Falls To Wheeler

LILBURN -- The Meadowcreek Mustangs celebrated their 25th anniversary Friday with an on-field celebration and presentation of the homecoming court.

Rams Defeat Feisty Archer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- While Grayson and Archer are separated by just seven miles in eastern Gwinnett, the gap is getting a little closer on the football field.

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Duluth to celebrate Fall Festival with kickoff concert

The Duluth Fall Festival Concert is today featuring Rupert's Orchestra.

Events scheduled this weekend to observe the 9/11 anniversary in Gwinnett

A rundown of the events scheduled to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Ribbon cutting celebrates Heritage Center's Treetop Quest

BUFORD -- A bright blue sky and mottled sunshine Friday revealed glimpses of steel cables, wood, ladders and bridges camouflaged among the thick, green canopy of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center grounds.. Gwinnett County commissioners, several city mayors, children and county movers and shakers gathered in the cool breeze

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Lee causes more flooding post-Irene

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Northern stretches of the swollen Susquehanna River began receding Friday after days of rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee flooded communities from Virginia to New York, leading to evacuation orders for nearly 100,000 people. Some evacuees were allowed back home.. The damage was concentrated along

Duluth falls in triple overtime thriller

ALPHARETTA -- It has been 26 years since Duluth started a season 3-0, AND it will have to wait at least one more year to change that.. The Wildcats forced overtime thanks to a furious fourth-quarter rally, but fell to Alpharetta 43-41 in triple overtime Friday night in Alpharetta

Buford whips Yulee (Fla.) on ESPNU

BUFORD -- Buford lineman Vadal Alexander has seen more than his fair share of touchdowns.. At 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds, one of his biggest responsibilities is to open up holes for the Buford running backs, giving them open lanes to score.. But on Friday night, the big lineman

Lucille Yancey

Lucille Atha Yancey, age 92 of Walton County, GA, passed away September 8, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Wanda Grantham

Wanda Faye Grantham, age 80 of Dacula, GA died Friday, September 9, 2011 after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Blanche Mathis

Blanche M. Mathis, age 89, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on September 9, 2011. Blanche is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Charles & Margaret Mathis, of Lawrenceville ...

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William C. Corley, Sr.

W.C. Rev. William C. (W.C.) Corley, Sr., age 91, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011, surrounded by his family and friends. He was preceded in death ...

Ronald Brooks

Ronald "Ronnie" Philip Brooks, age 64, of Oakwood, GA passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at her residence. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home and Cemetery, 770-967-5555. www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com ...

John King

Lt. Col. John R. King, (retired), age 93, of Winder, Georgia died September 7, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of Arrangements. 770/867-1361.

Olive Megears

Mrs. Olive Fleisher Megears, age 73 of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, September 9, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Doris Johnson

Doris Ann Johnson, age 70 of Loganville, GA, passed away September 9, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com