News for Saturday, September 17, 2011


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PREP ROUNDUP: GAC parties to 5-1 day at Lovett

A look at Saturday's prep sports action

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NOTES: Parkview ready to rumble

Panthers developing a rushing attack

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Mills wins national QB competition

A recap of some of the highlights in youth sports in Gwinnett County.

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Spartans run away from rival Westminster at Dome

GAC dismantles Westminster at the Dome.

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O'REILLY: Feeling poor? Your tax burden's as much to blame as the economy

Some pundits place the blame on unemployment, which is currently just over 9 percent. But that's not what is driving debt. Taxation is.. The mean salary in America is just about $50,000. But if you live in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco or New York, earning 50K means you're poor

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Craig — Clower

Heather Elyse Craig and Andrew Blake Clower were married April 4 at Snellville United Methodist Church in Snellville. The Rev. Robert Davis officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of Perry and Mica Craig of Lawrenceville. She is a 2002 graduate of South Gwinnett High School

Solar, water programs coming to Norcross

Norcross officials launch solar and water initiatives.

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Deal — Hale

Melanie Deal and Robert Hale were married June 4 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Father Frank McNamee officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of Ronald and Bonnie Deal of Statham. She is a graduate of South Gwinnett High School and Georgia

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Wiley — Konczakowski

Deidre Elizabeth Wiley and Paul Joseph Konczakowski were married June 17 in Lawrenceville. Father Jack Durkin Jr. officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of J. David and Cynthia Wiley of Suwanee. She is a 2001 graduate of North Gwinnett High School, a 2005 graduate of

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Riddle — Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Riddle III of Tryon, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lucille Marie Riddle of Lawrenceville, to Johnny Mack Brown Jr. of Lawrenceville, son of Patricia Lynn Roberts of Auburn and the late Johnny Mack Brown.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter

Military Notes

Army National Guard Pvt. Syed-Momin Ali recently graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus. He is the son of Syed-Muzuffar and Bibi A. Ali of Lawrenceville.. Air Force Airman Roie I. Felix recently graduated form basic military training at Lackland Air Force

College notes

Jangaba Massaquoi of Suwanee graduated from Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.. The following students were named to the dean's list at Berry College: Erin Cullifer, Mary Claire Stewart, Ashley Bettler, Aaron Epp, Anna Bullock, Rebecca Welch, Brittany Regan, Erin Grigsby, Reid Popple, Steven Walker, Grant Walker, Lydia

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MCNEIL: Airport proceedings deserve your attention

Keep eye on BOC during airport saga. A contentious, split, 3-2 vote was taken in May of 2011 to move ahead with the Request for Proposals for possible commercialization of Briscoe Field. Lasseter, Beaudreau, and Howard voted "yes" and Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and commissioner John Heard voted "no." However

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GOODMAN: Library needs new business model

A new business model is needed if the local library system wants to survive.

PARKER: Stupid is as stupid does

Are Republicans stupid? This seems to be the question du jour. Chris Matthews entertained this idea with guests recently, pointing to several Republican presidential candidates as evidence. How else to explain why so many in the GOP seem proud of their know-nothingness, as

Deadline nears for Suwanee's citizens police academy

The deadline for registration in the newest class of Suwanee's citizen police academy is rapidly approaching.

Gwinnett Place CID plans workshop

A two-day community workshop that aims to help residents work together to develop a unified vision for the intersection of some major roadways in Gwinnett County is scheduled for October.

GWINNETT GAB: G-Braves give grant to literacy council

The Gwinnett Braves announced last week that Athens-Clarke Literacy Council is the recipient of the Gwinnett Braves August 2011 grant.

Auburnfest turns 20 this year

Auburnfest turns 20 this year.

LARSON: Keeping count of what makes Gwinnett count

A look back at what makes Gwinnett count.

JENKINS: Memo to politicians: If you want to create jobs, try quitting

Politicians need to learn how to get out of the way.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Mill Creek grad gets national recognition

The artistic talent and skills of a recent Gwinnett County Public Schools graduate will be on display at an exhibit in Washington D.C this week.

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Taste of Home Cooking Show at Gwinnett Center Oct. 13

Taste of Home Cooking School show, presented live at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Oct. 13 with top culinary expert, Michelle Roberts.

Local congregations give back to Family Promise of Gwinnett

Family Promise of Gwinnett celebrates six years of serving the county's homeless families with a Sunday celebration.

SAT scores increase in Buford

During a time when SAT scores decreased at the state and national level, Buford City Schools have not only improved scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, students broke the district record.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Suwanee councilman to run for county commission

Jace Brooks seeks commission seat; Conway golf tournament to kickoff campaign for fifth term

Coolray Field to host public safety fall festival

Coolray Field will play host to the 2nd Annual Gwinnett County Public Safety Fall Festival on Oct. 1.

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Zoar United Methodist Church celebrates 200 years

Zoar United Methodist Church celebrates 200 years in the community today.

School board votes to go digital

Gwinnett County Public Schools took a big financial step last week toward an initiative that could soon put classroom textbooks on the shelf.

Road closures

Gwinnett County road closures, Sept. 18 through Sept. 25

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Officials investigate Reno air crash

RENO, Nev. -- The death toll rose to nine Saturday in an air race crash in Reno as investigators determined that several spectators were killed on impact as the 1940s-model plane appeared to lose a piece of its tail before slamming like a missile into a crowded tarmac.. Moments

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John Wayne exhibit to open in New York City ahead of Oct. auction

NEW YORK -- John Wayne fans will be able to see the eye patch he wore in "True Grit," scripts with handwritten notes and a Golden Globe he won when an exhibition of his memorabilia opens in New York.. The exhibition features 100 items from among 750 scripts, costumes

25 percent bus fare hike proposed for Gwinnett Transit

Increase to transit fares proposed.

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27th annual Suwanee Day met with sunshine and thousands of supporters

Suwanee Day, the city's annual festival at Town Center Park, returned Saturday.

Smoke alarm wakes family sleeping in burning home

Gwinnett County firefighters were busy early Saturday morning, fighting two house fires and a vehicle fire.

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Offense rambles, defense wrecks in Tech's 66-24 win

Jackets rack up school-record 768 yards, improve to 3-0

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Murray, Georgia roll past Coastal Carolina

UGA picks up season's first victory

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Brookwood boys, girls sweep county cross country meet

Brookwood sweeps county cross country meet.

Gwinnett Kicks Off Restaurant Week On Monday

Beginning Monday, Gwinnett County kicks off their 6th annual Restaurant Week -- 19 local eateries are offering three-course meals for $21.21 on special menus. The event lasts through Thursday evening.

Letters: Saxton's Plan For Library Funding 'Innovative'

As a longtime patron of the Gwinnett library system, I applaud Board Chairman Phillip Saxton's innovative plan to raise money for the system by seeking donations, advertising revenue and an endowment. I find board member Dick Goodman's attempt at ridiculing this plan ("Board member blasts library donation plan," Sept. 14, 1A) to be narrow-minded and offensive.

Road Closures

• Alcovy Road from Alcovy Springs Drive to Sweetgum Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension. • Alcovy Road from Campbell Road to West Drowning Creek Road will require intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through December 2012 for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.

For Auction: Mussolini's Last Suitcase Of Clothes Before Capture

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- An Army corporal stationed in Italy in the waning days of World War II acquired a suitcase of war booty he sent home and stowed in a bedroom closet in upstate New York for 65 years. In it: Il Duce's duds.

Letters: Parker Column Missed The Mark On 9/11

Last Sunday's 9/11 tribute edition was just about perfect. I was especially touched by the descriptions of our fallen military heroes from Gwinnett County. I was saddened though, to find in the editorial pages a critical and negative column by Kathleen Parker ("9/11's most damaging legacy -- a self-destructive national hysteria," Sept. 11, 8A) about how we have all become hysterical and crazy since 9/11.

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Craig - Clower

Heather Elyse Craig and Andrew Blake Clower were married April 4 at Snellville United Methodist Church in Snellville. The Rev. Robert Davis officiated the ceremony.

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O'Connor Honors Constitution In Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor returned to the National Constitution Center on Friday to commemorate the 224th anniversary of the document's signing and promote the importance of civics education in a ceremony that was far less dramatic than her first appearance there eight years ago.

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Wiley - Konczakowski

Deidre Elizabeth Wiley and Paul Joseph Konczakowski were married June 17 in Lawrenceville. Father Jack Durkin Jr. officiated the ceremony.

Brookwood Survives Test From Archer For 21-19 Win

SNELLVILLE -- Afolabi Laguda recovered an onside kick by Archer with 51 seconds remaining, allowing Brookwood to hold on for a 21-19 Region 8-AAAAA Homecoming victory Friday night.

George Walton Scores 38 Points In First Half As Hebron Falls 45-13

MONROE -- While returning alumni of George Walton Academy warmly renewed old acquaintances on a festive homecoming evening, Hebron Christian invaded Keith Henderson Field in Monroe in search of their first victory of the season. But they received a harsh welcome from the host Bulldogs.

Yarbrough: Parting Thoughts On The 10th Anniversary Of 9/11

Before we leave the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pa., allow me a couple of parting thoughts.

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4-H Teaches Children At Gwinnett County Fair

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Fair draws a comfortable crowd for 11 days with most seeking thrills, fried food and a good time. While walking around the fairgrounds, visitors who find themselves near the merry-go-round will spot a quaint barn with a larger-than-life brown cow standing outside.

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Deal - Hale

Melanie Deal and Robert Hale were married June 4 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. Father Frank McNamee officiated the ceremony.

Salem Tops Apalachee In Defensive Battle

CONYERS -- In a game where neither team moved the ball much, nor was able to create its own momentum, Salem caught a huge break from its opponent that turned out to be the difference. A key fumble early in the fourth quarter led to the go-ahead touchdown and the Seminoles defense held Apalachee to 39 second-half yards as Salem evened its record at 2-2 with a 14-7 win over Apalachee.

Peachtree Ridge Cruises Past Meadowcreek

NORCROSS — Peachtree Ridge looked like the better team on paper in Friday night's matchup against Meadowcreek and it also proved it on the field in a 55-6 win in both sides' Region 7-AAAAA opener.

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Offense Rambles, Defense Wrecks In Tech's 66-24 Win

ATLANTA -- After beating up on an FCS team (Western Carolina) and a Sun Belt Conference team (Middle Tennessee State) in its first two games, Saturday's game against Big 12 member Kansas was supposed to be Georgia Tech's first real test of the 2011 season.

Grayson Remains Unbeaten With Win Over Berkmar

GRAYSON -- It's no secret that Grayson likes to run the ball, spreading it among its many backs and receivers.

Wesleyan Falls To Holy Innocents' In Grind-It-Out Clash

SANDY SPRINGS — In an era of high-powered, air-dominated spread offensive football, Friday night's Region 5-A North opener between No. 9 state-ranked Wesleyan and Holy Innocents' was somewhat of a throwback.

Wolves Cruise Into Lovett Showdown With Easy Win

BUFORD -- Since a state championship is clearly the measuring stick of success at Buford, a regular season can sometimes offer nothing more than a tuneup heading into the postseason.

Wright hits 2 HRs, Mets bully Braves

ATLANTA -- David Wright drove in five runs with two homers and the New York Mets, responding to criticism from their manager, beat Derek Lowe and the Braves 12-2 on Friday night.. Atlanta leads St. Louis by only 3 -1/2 games in the NL wild-card race with 11 games

Harding helps Dream win playoff opener

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The Atlanta Dream appeared to be in trouble when leading scorer Angel McCoughtry headed to the bench with her fifth foul with 9:10 remaining Friday night.. It turns out McCoughtry's teammates were ready to pick up the slack.. Lindsey Harding scored 10 of her 21 points in

George Walton scores 38 points in first half as Hebron falls 45-13

Lions fall in road contest

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Mountain View stuns Mill Creek in region opener

Young Bears program gets signature win

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North pulls away from Collins Hill for 34-10 win

Bulldogs ride ground game to region-opening victory

William Sorrells, Jr.

William Winfield Sorrells, Jr., age 69 of Winder, GA passed away September 16, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Kenny Roberts

Kenny Lamar Roberts, age 46, of Dacula, Georgia passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011. Mr. Roberts is preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Kay Pattillo. He is survived by ...

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Ruth Wills

Mrs. Ruth Davis Wills, age 93, of Buford, GA and formerly from Leesburg, GA passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter ...

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Christina Fain

CHRIS" Christina "Chris" Elaine Kennemore Fain age, age 45 of Lilburn, GA, passed away on September 15, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 11 years David Fain of ...

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Christine Mundy

Mrs. Christine Browning Mundy, age 99, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ebb Mundy; daughters, Judy Mundy Cook ...

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Grady Mccannon

Grady Eugene McCannon, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. A native of Lexington, GA, he was born on May 13, 1930 to the late ...

Barbara Stephens

Mrs. Barbara Maddox Stephens, age 95 of Buford, GA passed away on September 15, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Lonnie Cross, Iv

Mr. Lonnie R. Cross IV, age 36, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Gwenn Cranston Cross, Hoschton, GA; son, Lonnie ...

Randy Cochran

Randy "Cowboy" Cochran, age 56 of Buford, Ga. passed away September 14, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Jack S. Greenwood, Sr.

JACK S. Jack S. Greenwood, Sr., age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA., passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in the Lawrenceville ...