News for Tuesday, September 6, 2011


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Ga. taxpayers spent $460M for security

ATLANTA -- In the 10 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, taxpayers have spent $460 million providing security for Georgia.. Some of the expenditures are evident, such as metal detectors and X-ray machines at the entrances to the state Capitol. Most are less obvious, such as training for

GCPS takes final student tally

A final count of Gwinnett County Public Schools students showed a total of 162,589--that's 130 students more than officials projected for the 2011-12 school year.

YMCA after-school programs available

After-school programs are available at the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA for children who attend Benefield, W.J. Cooper, Grayson, Lovin and Mulberry elementary schools.

Sugar Hill discusses insect ordinance, easements, city hall design

SUGAR HILL -- One Sugar Hill community's residents are gaining ease of mind and another's are gaining results from cooperating.. Those were developments at the Sugar Hill City Council's monthly work session Tuesday night, where it discussed an insect ordinance, as well as how neighbors together could achieve variance to

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Thrasher Park in Norcross has new mosaic

The city of Norcross unveiled a mosaic in Thrasher Park that they hope will be the icon of the town.

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Peachtree Ridge wrestler improving after hit-and-run

A two-time state champion wrestler for Peacthree Ridge is fighting for his life after being struck by a car, as police continue to search for the driver.

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Despite rain, Georgia mired in drought

Even with Monday's rain, Georgia and Gwinnett County remain in extreme drought.

PREP ROUNDUP: GAC sweeps, Mill Creek splits

A look at Tuesday's Gwinnett prep action

McCoughtry scores 35 as Dream beat Sun

ATLANTA -- Angel McCoughtry scored 35 points and the Atlanta Dream moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with an 85-74 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.. The loss dropped the Sun (20-13) a game behind first-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference. The Dream (19-14) is

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Crikey! Huge crocodile captured in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines -- What a croc!. Its mighty snout wrapped tightly with ropes, a one-ton, 20-foot saltwater crocodile was captured and put on display in a town in the southern Philippines -- one of the biggest such reptiles to be caught in recent years.. But shed no crocodile

THOMAS: A plan that works

Suppose someone presented a plan that is guaranteed to achieve the objectives everyone (or almost everyone serious about such matters) agrees are necessary to create jobs, end our financial dependence on China, reform the tax code and repair Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid so they not only continue to support people now, but ensure the health and welfare of future generations.

LETTERS: Thanks Eugene, for letting me know who I am

Thanks to columnist, I know who I am now.

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IHOP gunman dead after killing 3

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A man with a rifle opened fire Tuesday at an IHOP restaurant in Nevada's capital, killing two National Guard members, another person and himself in a hail of gunfire during the morning breakfast hour, authorities and witnesses said.. Six people were wounded in the attack. The

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CLINE: Ella's Run an event worth planning for

This past weekend, like seemingly every day since July, flew by, leaving me to wonder how it is that the pools are closing, college and pro football are kicking off and the days are getting shorter. We can all relate to it getting dark earlier, it's like the closing of

LETTERS: BOC should copy Coolray owner's business sense

Government should adopt small business ideals.

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GAC running its offense with triple threat of QBs

GAC is running out three quarterbacks and winning along the way.

PREP FOOTBALL: Offensive honor roll

The top offensive performances from the Sept. 2-3 prep football games.

PREP FOOTBALL: Defensive honor roll

The top defensive performances from the prep football games of Sept. 2-3.

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PREP FOOTBALL: Defensive player of the week

Sessions stands out in Berkmar victory

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PREP FOOTBALL: Offensive player of the week

Norcross' Autry shines on offense and defense

Brookwood boys win Berry Invitational

Malanoski leads Brookwood victory

Norcross' Maloof gets coaching honor

Falcons honor coach after win over Parkview

Peachtree Ridge's Brickell, Norcross' Yost named runners of the week

Athletes shine at UGA Invitational

Georgia Force defeat Freedom Academy

Home-school team rolls to victory

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G-Braves Gomez earns final week's honor

The Gwinnett Braves came just a short of a postseason berth, but did sneak in one final weekly honor.. Mauro Gomez was named the International League's hitter of the week for the final week of the regular season, reclaiming the honor he earned the previous week. Gomez, who turns 27

Tennessee releases former Bronco Curran

Titans part ways with former UGA standout

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Gordon holds on for 85th career win in Atlanta race

HAMPTON -- With his car sliding all over the track, Jeff Gordon held off teammate Jimmie Johnson over a thrilling last 10 laps Tuesday to win the rain-delayed NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.. Gordon won for the third time this season and 85th time in his career, breaking

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Under pressure Boise St. loss turns up heat on Richt

ATHENS -- After only one loss, Mark Richt and his Georgia players are feeling the heat.. The Bulldogs have fallen out of the Top 25, raising the stakes heading into this week's Southeastern Conference game against No. 12 South Carolina.. Georgia finished 6-7 last year and opened this season with

Chamber taking nominations for health care awards

The Gwinnett Chamber is accepting nominations for its inaugural Healthcare Excellence Awards.

Georgia Gwinnett gets $150,000 grant

Georgia Gwinnett College is one of two University System of Georgia institutions getting a $150,000 grant designed to close gaps for traditionally underrepresented student groups.

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Man gets 9 years in young mother's DUI death

Drunken driver to served 9 years for striking young mother in 2009 fatality.

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PARKER: The President is on hold... hello?

Decision by Speaker of the House to pit President vs. pigskin another example of the power struggle going on in Washington.

Drowning victim located in Norcross creek

Firefighters have located the body of an adult male drowning victim in a rain swollen creek near Norcross.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Cleaning is for suckers

Being the person in charge of cleaning up is never fun.

Yellow Daisy Festival Is Back In Stone Mountain

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Calling all craft shoppers, holiday gift seekers and art collectors: The annual Yellow Daisy Festival is returning to Stone Mountain Park on Thursday through Sunday. More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 states and two countries will have their works on display for purchase.

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Olive Garden Serves Meal To Firefighters, Families

BUFORD -- On Monday, The Olive Garden at the Mall of Georgia treated the firefighters at Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 24 with a meal as part of a Hospitaliano! Labor Day Event.

'Living Honorarium' Among 9/11 Events

DULUTH -- Most statues and other pieces of public art honoring public servants commemorate those that have died, those that have given their lives in the line of duty -- and rightfully so.

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G-Braves Gomez Earns Final Week's Honor

The Gwinnett Braves came just a short of a postseason berth, but did sneak in one final weekly honor.

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Uga's Robinson Refocuses On Gamecocks

ATLANTA -- Bone weary, Christian Robinson was one of the last players to emerge from the locker room at the Georgia Dome after Saturday night turned to early Sunday morning.

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Man Gets 9 Years In Young Mother's Dui Death

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A drunken driver accused of speeding through a Lawrenceville neighborhood and fatally striking a young mother who was telling him to slow down will spend the next nine years in prison, a prosecutor said Monday.

Letters: Boc Should Copy Coolray Owner's Business Sense

BOC should copy Coolray owner's business sense

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Gwinnett Residents Win Medals At The Special Olympics

SNELLVILLE -- The Special Olympics of Georgia's State Horse Show held at the State Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry was a tremendous success for Snellville's Parkwood Farms Therapy Center from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21. Six of its riders participated in the competition and walked away with numerous medals.

Drowning Victim Located In Norcross Creek

NORCROSS — The body of a Norcross man swept away by a rain-swollen creek turned up Tuesday morning across the DeKalb County line, about a mile from where he’d gone in the water, officials said.

Norcross Man Missing In Flooded Creek

NORCROSS -- Two men attempted to cross a creek that had been flooded from the heavy rains Monday afternoon. Both were washed down stream into a deep hole, but only one man was able to free himself and call 911.

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Lee's remnants spawn Ga. twisters, drown Miss. man

The slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped rain across the South and whipped up twisters that damaged dozens of Georgia homes as the system pushed farther inland on Monday.

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Lucas Nichols

Lucas Robert Nichols, age 15, of Dacula, GA, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011. Lucas was born May 3, 1996 in Anderson, SC and attended Mill Creek High School ...

Major Lily Russell

Major Lily Russell, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away September 2, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A FAMILY COMPANY" 770-963-2411.

Sue Rampy Storey

Mrs. Sue Rampy Storey, age 85 of Snellville, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, September 7, 2011 in the Snellville Chapel of ...

Alfonso Smith

Alfonso "Al" David Smith, age 79 of Snellville, GA, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Richard Pitchford

Richard Andrew Pitchford, age 65, of Duluth, GA died September 4, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Doris Buckner

Doris Natalie Buckner, age 83 of Lawrenceville, Ga. passed away Saturday, September 3, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Evelyn Clegg

Evelyn Whitley Clegg, age 85 of Monroe, GA passed away September 3, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594

Morris L. Phillips

Morris L. Phillips, age 75 of Lilburn, passed away Monday, September 5, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Luxomni Baptist Church, Lilburn. Dr ...

Shirley Hardeman

Mrs. Shirley Weatherford Hardeman, age 65 of Winder, GA passed away September 3, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553

William Flynn

Mr. William T. Flynn, age 81 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011. Service and Arrangements by will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

William Stanfield

William Charles Stanfield, age 23, of Duluth, GA died September 3, 2011. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.