News for Wednesday, September 14, 2011


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N.J. 9/11 marker listing officials -- but not attacks -- removed

Apologetic officials in a small New Jersey town on Wednesday rushed to remove a stone marker commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack amid an uproar about what the monument didn't include -- any reference to what happened, or the victims -- and what it did -- the

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Obama's jobs bill faces stiff opposition

RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Barack Obama urged enthusiastic college students Wednesday to join him in his fight to get Congress to act on his new jobs bill. "Every single one of you can help make this bill a reality," the president called out at a hot and noisy rally

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Norcross announces baseball coach

Blue Devils hire Wyman from Lanier

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Lions' Kelly wants to build on last year's success

Peachtree Ridge cross country runner Lauren Kelly has an unusual ritual she does throughout the season.

BISHER: Enjoying a game under the sun

Well, I did something different today: I went to a ball game.. And what's so different about that? It was baseball played under the sun. Usually, the Braves call it "Business Man's Special," but that was different, too. This was "School Kids Special," and there was a lively

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Gonzalez, Prado lead Braves past Florida 4-1

Alex Gonzalez isn't too concerned about the pressure of a wild-card race. "You have to leave it outside," he said. "You have to do your job. This time of the season, for me, pressure doesn't work.".

PREP ROUNDUP: Deep goes deep to win it for Wolves

With the bases loaded, freshman Jordan Deep drove the first pitch she saw to the wall to score a pair of runs and gave Buford a 6-5 extra-inning win over Grayson on Wednesday.

CEPEDA: Sins of the grandparents

Pro-amnesty groups taking their cracks at New Mexico's governor.

THOMAS: Ron Paul was right

In the Republican presidential candidates debate Monday night in Tampa, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question. Normally, a hypothetical question should not be answered, but in this case it revealed something about the questioner and sparked a controversial, but necessary answer from Rep. Ron Paul.

Gwinnett commissioners to meet with airport consultant Tuesday

Officials set airport meeting for Tuesday.

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Vick facing Falcons for first time as Eagles' starter

There will be no "my house" declarations from Michael Vick — no matter how many fans at the Georgia Dome are cheering for him or wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey adorned with No. 7. Maybe in his younger days, Vick could've been persuaded to say something Deion-like. Not anymore.

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Mother of kids killed in meth fire gives birth, charged with murder

Neibi Brito, the mother of three children killed in a February meth house explosion in Lilburn, has been charged with murder.

Suwanee's credit rating upgraded by Fitch

The city of Suwanee's general obligation bond rating has been raised for the third time in 17 months.

Fatal accident causes major delays on I-85N

A fatal accident on Interstate 85N at I-985 shut down the busy highway for the Wednesday evening rush hour.

Bike violation nabs man wanted for felonies

A Lawrenceville man wanted on armed robbery and aggravated assault charges was arrested Tuesday -- after being stopped for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road.

GCPS SAT scores decrease

While Gwinnett County Public Schools average SAT scores slipped several points from last year, the school system topped state and national averages.

GCPS names local Teachers of the Year

Local Teachers of the Year named by Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Fatal accident causes major delays on I-85N

Fatal accident shuts down Interstate 85.

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Gwinnett County Fair ready to entertain

The annual Gwinnett County Fair opens it's gates today ad runs through Sept. 25.

BB gun found in third-grader's backpack

BB gun uncovered in student's backpack at elementary school.

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Seasoned Snellville cop thwarts gas station heist

Gas station robbery thwarted by veteran Snellville cop.

GAB: Gwinnett County Public Library wins statewide sweepstakes

This year, more than 37,400 children and teenagers participated in the Gwinnett County Public Library's summer reading program. Many of the children entered statewide sweepstakes as well for a chance to win a $5,000 contribution toward a college savings account.

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Sen. Unterman honored for EMS efforts

Sen. Unterman honored for legislative efforts with emergency medical services.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Barrow GOP plans meet and greet

Barrow politicians in the park event; Dems discuss expanding gwinnett commission; picketing event

Fire burns apartment laundry room in Norcross

A Wednesday morning apartment fire in Norcross originated in the laundry room, officials said.

Brookwood boys heavy favorite at county cross country meet

Brookwood's boys are the heavy favorite to win their fourth straight Gwinnett County cross country championship on Saturday.

XC Hall of Fame to induct six new members

The Gwinnett County Cross Country Coaches announced the members of its second hall of fame class to be inducted this fall.

Parkview baseball team to get title rings Friday

Panthers to be honored during football game

Gwinnett FCA to host annual golf tourney

Fundraiser set for The Legends at Chateau Elan

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Buford's Alexander, Dacula team honored by TD Club of Atlanta

Locals to be honored at Monday banquet

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HAMMOCK: Don't count out Dacula football

Falcons show mettle with win over Brookwood

Prep Rally to feature football highlights

Prep football show on GCPS channel

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Atlanta Braves to play 2012 exhibition at Coolray

Team chooses Gwinnett for preseason work

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Woman charged with arson in GGC fire

Woman turns herself in on arson charges in Georgia Gwinnett College car fire.

Winder names Whiting fire chief

Whiting named Winder fire chief.

LETTERS: Regional coordination needed for local transit systems

Regional coordination needed for upcoming local transit systems. Last week, Gov. Deal took a bold and aggressive step to address one of metro Atlanta's transit challenges.. With the appointment of his Transit Governance Task Force, the governor asked 13 state and local elected officials to propose a legislative solution to

LETTERS: Trash increase due to lack of competition

Garbage collection price rising is due to lack of free marketplace.

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Shiloh's Weatherly Values Academics, Then Football

When the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal broke last year, Stephen Weatherly's reaction was just like everyone else.

Gcps Names Local Teachers Of The Year

SUWANEE — On Wednesday Gwinnett County Public Schools released a list of 129 educators named finalists for the 2012 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. The 129 are teachers of the year at their respective schools.

Investigators: Barrow Fire That Displaced 10 Started By Match

WINDER -- Investigators have determined that a chid playing with matches was responsible for a Barrow County house fire last week that displaced a family of 10, officials said.

Mitchell, Mill Creek Come Up Big In Win Over Collins Hill

HOSCHTON -- On a day when hits were plentiful for both No. 2 state-ranked Mill Creek and fourth-ranked Collins Hill in their Region 7-AAAAA battle, damage control was crucial.

Prep Roundup: Mountain View Tops North Gwinnett 2-1

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mountain View snapped its four-game losing skid by upending North Gwinnett 2-1 on Tuesday night in Region 7-AAAAA.

United Way Kicks Off $5 Million Campaign In Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Working toward a goal of $5 million for the United Way is a lot like last year's Falcons-Saints game, fullback Ovie Mughelli said.

Gwinnett Library Board Members Disagree On Donation Plan

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Public Library system needs a new business model, not a campaign for donations, one library board member says.

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Dacula High Cheerleading Program Helping Children With Special Needs

DACULA -- Cheerleading coach Stephanie Grant could list reasons why Dacula High School's new cheerleading program for children with special needs is a plus for the community all day long if she had the time.

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Obama's Jobs Bill Faces Stiff Opposition

RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Barack Obama urged enthusiastic college students Wednesday to join him in his fight to get Congress to act on his new jobs bill. "Every single one of you can help make this bill a reality," the president called out at a hot and noisy rally at North Carolina State University.

Brookwood Boys Heavy Favorite At County Cross Country Meet

Brookwood's boys cross country team is the heavy favorite to win the Gwinnett County championship on Saturday. The only question seems to be the margin of victory.

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Vick Facing Falcons For First Time As Eagles' Starter

FLOWERY BRANCH -- There will be no "my house" declarations from Michael Vick -- no matter how many fans at the Georgia Dome are cheering for him or wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey adorned with No. 7.

Hrs By Mccann, Uggla Carry Braves

ATLANTA -- Brian McCann and Dan Uggla each hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves snapped their longest losing streak of the season, beating the Florida Marlins 7-1 Tuesday night to end a four-game skid.

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Gladiators Sign Alpharetta Native

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators traded for a player who spent many of his formative years in the Atlanta area.

Snellville Attorney, Team To Take Haitian Sex Assault Case

SNELLVILLE -- A Snellville attorney will fly to Haiti this week to take up the cause of an 18-year-old Haitian man who was allegedly sexually assaulted by United Nations peacekeepers from Uruguay, a case that's made waves throughout Latin America.

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Lions' Kelly Wants To Build On Last Year's Success

Lauren Kelly was never really a fan of shaving her legs.

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Cline: Local Firefighters Experience Outpouring Of Support On 9/11

Being that he is a firefighter and that Sunday was the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Wayne Mooney figured there would be some signs of support. The battalion chief and many other firefighters had been invited to numerous ceremonies and church services to memoralize the day.

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Buford's Alexander, Dacula Team Honored By Td Club Of Atlanta

Buford senior Vadal Alexander has been selected as the Touchdown Club of Atlanta's lineman of the week, while Dacula was named the organization's team of the week.

Bb Gun Found In Third-Grader's Backpack

NORCROSS -- A Norcross third-grader is facing disciplinary action after bringing an unloaded BB gun to school this week, school officials said Wednesday.

Winder Paratrooper Latest Casualty In Afghanistan

A paratrooper from Winder died Saturday in Afghanistan, marking the most recent casualty in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Local Business Announces Sweepstakes

NORCROSS -- Milner Inc. last week announced the launch of a European Vacation sweepstakes to promote use of Quick Response codes to over 30,000 business marketers and businesses in the greater Atlanta area.

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Atlanta Falcons Players Visit School To Promote Fitness

NORCROSS -- For 10-year-old Robbie Randall, it was a big day. Not only did the Meadowcreek Elementary student get to meet one of his favorite athletes, he got to toss the pigskin with him.

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Gustafson's Grand Slam Powers Gac Past Buford

NORCROSS -- Sierra Lawrence did what she usually does and was the catalyst for Greater Atlanta Christian's scant 1-0 lead over rival Buford on Tuesday evening.

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Teacher Faces Fraud Charges

SNELLVILLE -- A fourth grade teacher at Anderson-Livsey Elementary School has been charged with insurance fraud, according to a warrant taken out by the state department of insurance.

Thomas Mceachin

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Thomas (Tom) M. McEachin, age 72, who passed away on September 12, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences at ...

Michael Bloodworth

Michael Hoyt Bloodworth, born July 17, 1946, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2011. Michael, a lifelong resident of metro Atlanta, attended Druid Hills High School and was a ...

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Thomas Stanley, Sr.

Thomas Alva Stanley, Sr., 97, of Suwanee, GA and Alpharetta, GA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. He was born on December 20, 1913 in Clarksville, TN, to ...

Robert J. Smith

Robert J. Smith, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411

William Thompson

William Grady Thompson, age 85 of Monroe, GA passed away September 12, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Tammie Bryant

Tammie Marie Bryant, age 52 of Hull, GA, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966

Monique Issac

Mrs. Monique Issac, age 42 of Buford, GA passed away September 11, 2011. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999

Howard Early, Sr.

Howard Lee Early, Sr., age 67, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness. Memorial Park South Funeral Home is in ...

Alice Wilkerson

Alice Wilkerson, age 64, of Grayson, GA, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

Francis Savage

Francis Savage, age 77 of Winder, GA passed away September 13, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Charles Rodhouse

Charles Lindsey Rodhouse, age 81 of Loganville, GA, passed away September 13, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544.