News for Sunday, September 18, 2011


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THE BLITZ: The view is nice at the top of the mountain

Mountain View's shocking win makes Region 7 standings a little more interesting.

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Golf cart barn scorched in Dacula

A shed used to store golf carts was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon

Ga. wants to make high school more like college

Georgia wants to overhaul its high school curriculum, making it more like college with courses tailored to what students want to do after they graduate.

Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-85 for more than 7 hours

An overturned tractor trailer shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 for more than seven hours

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27th Annual Suwanee Day Met With Sunshine And Thousands Of Supporters

For 10 years, Will Strother has been a vendor at the annual Suwanee Day Festival. Yet unlike many of the other vendors hoping to sell merchandise, Strother raises money for charity. This year, as he airbrushes temporary tattoos and paints faces, he is supporting Camp Sunshine: Programs for Children with Cancer.

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Murray, Georgia Roll Past Coastal Carolina

ATHENS, -- Georgia's largest margin of victory in 17 years gave the Bulldogs a needed lift after losses to two ranked teams.

Politics: Suwanee Councilman To Run For County Commission

A Suwanee city councilman has kicked off his race for Gwinnett commission.

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 Matthews put it?

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Zoar United Methodist Church Celebrates 200 Years

SNELLVILLE -- In 1811, the very first Zoar United Methodist Church was erected. It was made of pine logs and sat on what is now Everson Road, a few miles away from where the present-day church stands.

O'Reilly: Feeling Poor? Your Tax Burden's As Much To Blame As The Economy

The folks are getting hosed. According to the American Debt Advisor outfit, 80 percent of us now owe money to creditors. If you exclude mortgages and car payments, about 50 percent of us are in debt. And that's why the economy is having so much trouble. Consumers have to be very careful about what they buy, or risk sinking into insolvency.

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Goodman: Library Needs New Business Model

Why must the library cut service hours again? In the beginning of 2009, Gwinnett County library branches were open 71 hours per week. We are now being told those hours will be cut to 40 this fall. Why?

School Board Votes To Go Digital

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

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Spartans Run Away From Rival Westminster At Dome

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Golf Cart Barn Destroyed By Fire At Dacula Course

DACULA — A shed used to store golf carts at the Trophy Club at Appalachee Farms in Dacula was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon.

Coolray Field To Host Public Safety Fall Festival

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Coolray Field will soon play host to the second annual Gwinnett County Public Safety Fall Festival, an event highlighted by a best-of-three series of softball games pitting local police officers and firefighters against each other.

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Prep Roundup: Gac Parties To 5-1 Day At Lovett

ATLANTA -- It took three games for nationally ranked Pope to beat GAC in the finals of the Lovett Block Party, but the loss didn't damper a good day for the Spartans, who went 5-1.

Baby In Stroller Run Over, Killed By Suv

SNELLVILLE — Police are investigating how an SUV ran over and killed a 14-month-old girl who was strapped into her stroller.

Tractor Trailer Crash Shuts Down I-85 For More Than 7 Hours

An overturned tractor trailer shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County for more than seven hours.

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High School Football Notes: Parkview Ready To Rumble

Parkview relied on a dominant running game during its success in the early 2000s. The Panthers got away from that in recent years, but head coach Cecil Flowe is hoping Chris Carson and Patrick Flowe can bring it back.

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Mcneil: Airport Proceedings Deserve Your Attention

Let's set the record straight. No matter what side of the Briscoe Field privatization fence you're on, you've got to have a feeling in the pit of your stomach that "somethin' just ain't right" about the decision making by commissioners Mike Beadreau, Shirley Lasseter and Lynette Howard last month.

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Brookwood Boys, Girls Sweep County Cross Country Meet

DULUTH -- While neither team had an individual champion, the Brookwood boys and girls cross country teams rolled to convincing team titles at the Gwinnett County Cross Country Championships at the River Green Complex course.

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Transition begins to HOT lanes on I-85

Transition to HOT lanes to require lane closures.

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South outlasts Central in Dome shootout

Teams combine for 118 points in crazy 8-AAAAA opener

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New Miss Gwinnett County crowned at fair

The Miss Gwinnett County Scholarship Pageant was held at the Gwinnett County Fair Saturday night.

Atlanta stadium renamed for athletic director

ATLANTA -- A high school stadium is being renamed to honor the first black Georgian to become a certified athletic director.. The athletic field at Atlanta's Grady High School will be renamed for Eddie Henderson Sr. during a ceremony on Saturday afternoon.. The an Atlanta paper reported that Henderson was

Young intruders have photo shoot during break-in

COVINGTON -- A Newton County man said he caught three young intruders who broke into his home, washed a dog in his bathroom, used his toothbrush and ate some birthday cake in his kitchen after they left behind pictures of themselves on the homeowner's camera.. WSB-TV reported Roderick Ward

Jekyll Island holds sixth Shrimp and Grits Festival

JEKYLL ISLAND -- Who cooks the best shrimp and grits on the Georgia coast? Amateurs and professional chefs alike are battling it out this weekend to find out.. The sixth annual Shrimp & Grits Festival kicked off Friday on Jekyll Island and rends today. The event has been credited with drawing

Post-WWII plane pilot dies in W.Va. air show crash

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The pilot of a post-World War II plane died Saturday after crashing into a runway and bursting into flames, the second deadly air show crash in 24 hours.. The West Virginia Air National Guard said that no spectators were injured and that the crash site was

Wounded grizzly kills hunter on Idaho-Mont. border

A 39-year-old hunter killed by a wounded grizzly bear yelled out to draw the 400-pound male bear toward him in an effort to keep it from attacking his young hunting partner, the man's family said.. "They both shot it and it kept coming," Steve Stevenson's mom

Scientists discover 12 new frog species in India

NEW DELHI -- Years of combing tropical mountain forests, shining flashlights under rocks and listening for croaks in the night have paid off for a team of Indian scientists that has discovered 12 new frog species plus three others thought to have been extinct.. It's a find the team hopes

Randell Welborn

Randell "Randy" Welborn, age 54 of Doraville, GA passed away on September 16, 2011. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

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Barbara Stephens

Mrs. Barbara Maddox Stephens, age 95, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband Avery Stephens, Buford, GA; parents, Jones ...

Herman Sargent

Herman McDuffie Sargent, age 87 of Monroe, GA passed away September 16, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

Sandra Stover

Mrs. Sandra Ann Gunn Stover, age 70 of Buford, GA passed away on September 16, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Mary Nalley

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Wright Nalley, age 86, of Jefferson, GA who passed away on September 17, 2011. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467. Online Condolences at ...

Donald Huff

Donald R. Huff, 72, lifelong resident of Gwinnett County, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2011. Donald was preceded in death by Riley and Sue Light Huff, C. D. Huff ...

Jade Christensen

Mrs. Jade Doster Christensen, age 39 of Buford, GA passed away on September 16, 2011. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Jessie Gammage

Jessie Terry Gammage, 95, of Buford, GA., passed away Friday, September 16, 2011. The funeral will be 11:00 AM Monday, September 19, 2011 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel ...