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Ride scheduled as Twin Lakes benefit

Mountain bike races scheduled at Ft. Yargo as Camp Twin Lakes' benefit.

Ga. weighs when to set presidential primary

ATLANTA -- Georgia's top election official is trying to figure out how to give the state as much influence as possible in the selection of the Republican nominee for president.. Earlier this year, the Legislature gave Secretary of State Brian Kemp the power to set the state's presidential primary, sometime

Baddeley, Mahan tied for lead at East Lake

The cup is close enough now for Hunter Mahan and Aaron Baddeley to seriously consider how much it's worth to them. Even if they're not thinking about the same cup.

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Hamlin needs rebound race at New Hampshire

One and done? Title hopes up in smoke? For the Chase drivers who ran out of gas or good luck in the playoff opener, they have kept the faith that their championship pursuits aren't spoiled because of a bad start. But it doesn't help.

Silverbacks handed 4-0 loss in season finale

Minnesota came out like a team fighting for a playoff spot. Atlanta came out like a team already eliminated from the NASL postseason race. Ryan Pore scored three goals Saturday night to lead the Impact (9-11-8) past the Silverbacks (4-20-4) 4-0 in the regular season finale for both sides.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: Atlanta team wins Junior League Golf World Series

The Atlanta team, which featured golfers from Hamilton Mill, won the inaugural Junior League Golf World Series on Sept. 16-18 at TPC Sugarloaf.

PREP ROUNDUP: Broncos win trio of games in own invitational

Brookwood picked up three wins in the Brookwood Invitational, blanking defending Class AAAA champion Jones County 8-0, defeating Veterans 5-3 and rolling past East Coweta 12-5 this weekend. Brandi Jones got the win over Jones County, striking out three and allowing two hits.

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Another honor for Hawkins

North grad has huge minor league season

Bucs welcome challenge of ending skid vs Falcons

Donald Penn couldn't recall the last time Tampa Bay beat division rival Atlanta. Reminded it was three years ago, the Buccaneers Pro Bowl offensive tackle frowned. The Falcons haven't exactly dominated the series, but they keep finding ways to win.

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Spartans win first county volleyball crown

For the first time since the inception of the Gwinnett County volleyball championships five years ago, there is a new team on top. Greater Atlanta Christian went undefeated throughout the tournament to take home its first title.

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Redmond called back to national team

G-Braves hurler gets another shot with Team USA

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Defense steps up in second half for Parkview

Just how much did momentum switch locker rooms at halftime of Parkview's 20-7 win over South Gwinnett on Friday night at Richard Snell Stadium? The numbers tell it all. After being outgained 208-139 with only six first downs to South's 12 in the first half, the Panthers turned it around.

PARKER: Smart money on dumb politicians

Republicans are betting on common sense rather than book sense to win voters.

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WARBINGTON: Transportation forum chance to give input

Have you found yourself apologizing for being late to your job, your kids football practice or a business meeting?

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O'REILLY: Who's your sugar daddy, America?

For millions of folks, the federal government is now their sugar daddy.

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Award-winning teacher helps young readers

Teacher Kelly Stopp knows the body language of a child struggling to read.

Technology helps enforce HOT lanes

New technology helps officers patrol.

Road closures, Sept. 25 through Oct. 1

Gwinnett County road closures, Sept. 25 through Oct. 1.

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Local couple meets at the fair, falls in love

Dana and Ronny Phillips of Braselton met at the Gwinnett County Fair and have been married for almost seven years now.

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Hundreds attend second annual Blues and Brews fest

Gwinnett County residents tasted a variety of beer at the second annual Blues and Brews Festival Saturday in Grayson.

Biologists celebrate comeback of endangered black-footed ferret

INTERIOR, S.D. -- As the cage door opened, black-footed ferret No. 7505 tentatively peeked his head out, looked hesitantly at the prairie dog burrow offered before him, and then rushed inside, disappearing beneath the earth of western South Dakota's badlands.. His freedom had been months in the making, but

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Millionaire convicted of wife's murder

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A millionaire developer who lived in the same central Florida neighborhood as Tiger Woods and other celebrities was convicted Saturday of murdering his wife in their mansion.. The six jurors deliberated almost 12 hours over two days before finding Bob Ward guilty of second-degree murder. The

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Defense, air game lead Tech past North Carolina

After three fairly easy quizzes, Georgia Tech braced for its first tough exam of the fall semester when No. 25 North Carolina came to town. It wasn't quite the "A-plus" performance professor Paul Johnson and his students would've preferred, but the 24th-ranked Yellow Jackets were more than happy.

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Braves stumble again, wild card lead down to 2

The Atlanta Braves still lead an NL wild-card race they already should have clinched. Atlanta's offense was shut down Saturday by Chien-Ming Wang, who also drove in a run with his first career hit in a 4-1 victory.

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Murray leads Georgia past Rebels

Bulldogs also stout on defense in road victory over Rebels, who are held to 183 yards

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local congressman tried to stop execution

Johnson took up Troy Davis cause.

Forum Monday for transportation tax list

Residents can sound off on a proposed transportation tax.

Mall of Georgia to open four new stores

The Mall of Georgia has announced four new stores will open in coming months.

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Duluth Fall Festival offers parade, arts and crafts vendors, food and even Elvis

With more than 350 booths of select arts and crafts vendors, more than 300 volunteers, an estimated 400 parade participants and one Elvis impersonator, the Duluth Fall Festival jam-packed downtown Duluth on Saturday.

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Beekeepers converge on Buford

Hundreds arrived Saturday for the second annual Honeybee Festival at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.

Police respond to burglary, find body

Officials searching for another involved

Police found a body at a home on Bellefonte Avenue after responding to a burglary in progress, according to officials.

Beer distributor honors Operation One Voice

Eagle Rock Distributing Co., a Georgia beer distribution business, joined with Operation One Voice, local law enforcement, fire departments and soldiers earlier this month at Lake Lanier Islands Resort during a Sept. 11 memorial event.

GAB: Peachtree Christian Hospice to host golf classic

Peachtree Christian Hospice of Duluth has scheduled its 11th annual golf classic to be held Oct. 3 at St. Ives Country Club.

GOOD NEWS: Gwinnett students have math skills

Local students recently fared well in the Georgia Math League competition.

Snellville Farmer's Market receives honor

City recognizes October as farmer's market month.

Suwanee to host romantic pasta dinner

Suwanee will host a romantic pasta dinner al fresco on Friday.

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Gwinnett County Fair announces exhibition winners

Announcing the adult and youth exhibition winners at the Gwinnett County Fair.

LARSON: Students surprsise sub with snake tales

Everyone has a story. I've always believed that but it was never more evident to me than a few weeks ago when I subbed for a fourth-grade class where the teacher had left no lesson plans. And to make matters worse, it was on of those planning days when

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JENKINS: The real costs of a 'free' education

A free education isn't all that free.

Motorcyclist killed in Sugar Hill accident

Accident claims life of motor cycle rider in Sugar Hill accident.

Hebron falls to Lakeview in defensive battle

DACULA -- Hebron Christian Academy has taken its share of lumps to start its 2011 season and it took another tough one Friday night. The Lions struggled offensively and allowed a late score to fall to Lakeview Academy 10-7 in a defensive showdown.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Locals fuel North Georgia soccer's hot start

From the goalkeeper's vantage point, Kirsten Ross can see the entirety of the soccer field.

Motorcyclist killed in Sugar Hill accident

SUGAR HILL -- A motorcyclist was killed after his vehicle collided with an SUV Friday evening, officials said.

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Millionaire convicted of wife's murder

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A millionaire developer who lived in the same central Florida neighborhood as Tiger Woods and other celebrities was convicted Saturday of murdering his wife in their mansion.

Archer tops Berkmar for first region win

LILBURN -- After a close loss to defending state champion Brookwood last week, Archer responded with its first region win Friday night by defeating host Berkmar 42-0.

PREP ROUNDUP: Buford's Overstreet breaks career RBI record

GRAYSON -- Lexi Overstreet broke the Buford school record for career RBIs Friday in the Wolves' 8-0 win over Fannin County in the Brookwood Invitational.

North cruises to victory over Meadowcreek

SUWANEE -- North Gwinnett cruised to a 71-6 victory over Meadowcreek in Region 7-AAAAA action Friday night and Bulldogs coach Bob Sphire was in a complimentary mood after the game.

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County fair serves treats to tempt the taste buds

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Dacula stifles Shiloh in shutout win

SNELLVILLE -- Dacula made it look easy Friday night at Shiloh Community Stadium, using a balanced offensive attack to roll up 382 yards while a stingy defense held the Generals scoreless en route to a 25-0 victory and its second straight Region 8-AAAAA win.

Cole, Tompkins star as Broncos rout Central

LAWRENCEVILLE --Looking like the defending Class AAAAA state champion for the first time this season, Brookwood played its most complete game Friday night at Central Gwinnett.

HUCKABY: A reminder of what true courage is

For most of my life I have seemed to have a nearly indelible memory -- at least in some areas. Ask me about a random conversation I had with a buddy on the playground in 1962 and I can tell you virtually everything that was said. If, on the other hand, you ask me what my lovely wife Lisa asked me to pick up at the grocery store last night ... well -- I might be a bit fuzzy on that.

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Obama: States can opt out of 'No Child Left Behind'

WASHINGTON -- Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled "failures," state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.

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Georgia's Richt, Mississippi's Nutt both need win

OXFORD, Miss. -- Georgia's Mark Richt doesn't have the best job security these days. Mississippi's Houston Nutt knows exactly how he feels.

Lanier football gets road win at Union County

BLAIRSVILLE — Taylor Grant threw four touchdown passes to lead Lanier to a 33-15 win at Union County on Friday night.

Police respond to burglary, find body Officials searching for another involved

LAWRENCEVILLE — Police are trying to determine the identity of a man found dead of a gunshot wound Saturday at a townhouse on Bellefonte Avenue.

Buford's running game surges for 35-7 win over Lovett

BUFORD -- Buford head coach Jess Simpson said that his football team needed a game like this. Well, most aspects of it, anyway.

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Collins Hill runs past Duluth on shoulders of Parker

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SWAT standoff in Norcross ends peacefully

NORCROSS — Gwinnett County SWAT team members were able to resolve a three-hour standoff peacefully Friday afternoon, coaxing a man wanted by the Secret Service out of his Norcross hotel room.

Wesleyan shuts down Fellowship for subregion win

NORCROSS -- It may not have been a thing of beauty on the stat sheet, but it sure was on the scoreboard as Wesleyan knocked off Fellowship Christian 14-7 in a key 5-A North subregion game Friday night.

Uggla, Braves beat Strasburg, Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Dan Uggla and the Braves knocked around Stephen Strasburg a bit in a three-run first inning, and Atlanta helped its bid for a playoff berth by beating the Washington Nationals 7-4 Friday night.. Tim Hudson (16-10) pitched into the sixth for the Braves, who had lost eight

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Tech coach not giving up secrets on offense

ATLANTA -- Paul Johnson was asked how he would stop Georgia Tech's triple-option offense if he was on the other side.. "If I told you," the Yellow Jackets coach quipped, "I'd have to kill you.". No. 25 Georgia Tech (3-0) is off to a stunning start with

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Georgia's Richt, Mississippi's Nutt both need win

OXFORD, Miss. -- Georgia's Mark Richt doesn't have the best job security these days. Mississippi's Houston Nutt knows exactly how he feels.. Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) hosts Georgia (1-2, 0-1) today at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in a game that both teams desperately need to win in order to

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GWINNETT GRADS: Locals fuel North Georgia soccer's hot start

A look at Gwinnett County products shining at the next level.

Ten-year-old Idaho boy escapes clash with mountain lion

BOISE, Idaho -- A 10-year-old Idaho boy who came face-to-face with a mountain lion in rural Boise County escaped with minor scratches -- and concerns that his friends at school wouldn't believe his story, according to state wildlife managers.. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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Obama: States can opt out of 'No Child Left Behind'

WASHINGTON -- Nearly everyone agrees the fix needs fixing. The No Child Left Behind law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled "failures," state officials fuming and complaints everywhere about required testing.. But President Barack Obama's response on Friday -- he's allowing

Apalachee nearly upsets unbeaten Heritage

Wildcats' comeback falls short in 22-17 loss

Clarke Central rolls past Winder-Barrow

Gladiators coast to 44-0 win

Lanier football gets road win at Union County

Grant leads Longhorns with four TD passes

Kevin Sineath

Mr. Kevin Sineath, age 33, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas "Tommy" Sineath; and brother, Jason Siddons ...

Alexander Delor

Alexander David Delor, 18, of Lawrenceville, GA, died September 22, 2011. A reception will be held from 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24th at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, with ...

Mary Booker

Mary Reed Booker, age 106 of Winder, GA passed away September 22, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

Leon Lilly

Leon Lilly, age 70 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away September 21, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Lilly and is survived by his daughter, Kimberly and ...

Robert Ellis

Robert A. (Bob) Ellis, 66, of Duluth, GA, went to be with his Lord, September 21, 2011. The funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 26th, in the ...

David Latham

David Latham, age 68 of Auburn, GA, passed away September 22, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966 www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Velma Peters

Velma A. Peters, age 91 of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 25, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Stateroom of Tim ...

Dorothy Fromm

Dorothy Fromm, age 85 of Grayson, GA, passed away September 21, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Johnny Harof

Johnny Harof, age 18 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011. A Memorial Gathering will be held from 5:30 - 8:00 PM Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the clubhouse at ...

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Mandy Mcdaniel

Mandy McDaniel, age 31 of Auburn, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 4 PM Saturday, September 24, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Linda Frisbee

Linda Frisbee, age 72 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 4 PM Sunday, September 25, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...