News for Saturday, April 14, 2012


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Hot-hitting G-Braves blank Bulls

Gwinnett has been one of the hottest hitting teams in the International League the past week, and that trend continued Saturday night with 12 hits and five runs.

Minor dominant as Braves beat Brewers 2-1

ATLANTA -- Mike Minor pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning to give Atlanta's rotation a lift and the Braves survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Shaun Marcum and the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.. Craig Kimbrel pitched out of a bases

PREP ROUNDUP: Hallberg, Hawks roll in Florida

Saturday's high school sports recap

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Unbeaten Rush crushed by rebounding Force

DULUTH -- After suffering through its most embarrassing performance on the young Arena Football League season, the Georgia Force rebounded with by far their most satisfying against the Chicago Rush.. R.J. Archer threw for six touchdowns, three of which went to Brandon McRae, Mykell Benson ran for two more and

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Duluth History Museum hosts a historic matrimony

Great, great, great grandson of Georgia's first female mayor is married in the shadow of the historic home she built.

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From tragedy, three became seven

A Dacula family of three has made intense sacrifices to adopt four kids in the wake of their mother's alleged murder. The kids' father is charged in the killing. Community support, financial and otherwise, has been remarkable.

Suwanee QT to have smoothies, fresh food, baristas

A "Generation 3" QuikTrip store which will feature fresh food, smoothies and baristas will open April 19.

Barrow officials forewarn that Tuesday test is exactly that — a test

Barrow officials advise that training on Tuesday is a test, and only a test.

Pavement management program begins in Duluth

Over the next several weeks, construction crews will be making improvements to pavement in the city. It's part of a comprehensive pavement management plan.

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GOOD NEWS: Brookwood, Parkview team up for Miracle League

During a recent tournament, baseball players from Brookwood and Parkview high schools came together to team up with special needs children in the Miracle League.

First round of Sugar Hill mosquito sprayings coming in May

Annual mosquito spraying begins May 14 for Sugar Hill residents

Dacula students display art creations

Dacula High School students display artwork in the town's City Hall until the end of April.

Bracco stepping down at South

An offseason of change in Gwinnett's high school basketball landscape continues after Scott Bracco confirmed Friday he is stepping down as head boys basketball coach at South Gwinnett to accept a similar position at Lambert High in Forsyth County.

Mullins' home run starts rally in Brookwood win

Normally, a leadoff hitter doesn't start a rally with a home run. But Brookwood's Cedric Mullins is no ordinary leadoff hitter.

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Baca, bold baserunning lift Bulldogs past Peachtree Ridge

Aggressive baserunning helps North past Peachtree Ridge

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Both offenses shine at G-Day

So much for a boring football scrimmage to close out spring practice at Georgia. In front of 44,117 fans at Sanford Stadium, the Red team pulled out a 32-31 win over the Black team in a G-Day game that featured just about every scoring possibility.

G-DAY NOTES: Gwinnett grads to fill holes

One of the biggest needs for Georgia in 2012 is rebuilding the offensive line after the Bulldogs lost center Ben Jones, and tackles Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson from last year's 10-4 team.

GAB: Kroger to donate $22,000 to local schools

Kroger's Atlanta Division plans to donate $22,000 in grants to ten Gwinnett County school as part of its "Earning Plus Learning" program.

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Suwanee Business Alliance mixes networking, charity, punch lines

A glimpse inside the Suwanee Business Alliance, which was founded in 1999, and counts more than 200 members. It helps business owners network, but also donates money to area charities, most notably through its golf tournament later this month.

Suwanee seeks input on 2013 budget

The city of Suwanee requests input from residents on the 2013 budget.

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Good choices lead to success for North's Hagan

SUWANEE -- At 4 years old Ryan Hagan made his mom keep score of his baseball games.. The youth league didn't keep score for games at that age, but Hagan needed to know.. "I was really competitive," Hagan said.. And really, that never changed.. Hagan kept playing baseball, but

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Transportation Plan focused on Greenway improvements

An update on Suwanee's Alternative Transportation Plan, which is designed to build an infrastructure of sidewalks and trails throughout the city. The Big Peach Running Club takes advantage of these trails each Tuesday evening.

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North Gwinnett students enjoy garden project

North Gwinnett High students are working on a garden project at White Street Park that looks like a flattened globe. They enjoy the non-traditional classroom experience.

Suwanee woman to participate in lupus walk, raise awareness

A Suwanee woman will participate in a lupus walk to raise money and awareness.

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Peachtree Ridge student gets $3,000 scholarship

Georgia United Credit Union has announced the winners for its 2012 scholarship programs--one of which is a student of Peachtree Ridge High School.

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North's Buchholz has passion for tennis

North Gwinnett's Taylor Buchholz has a passion for tennis.

MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Cone gets season off to a fresh start

Zach Cone suffered through a 2-for-55 stretch in a testing first season that saw him finish with a .201 average. But with the reality of minor league baseball out of the way, the Parkview graduate is ready for a much better second year. So far, so good.

Gwinnett County road closures, April 15 through 21

Gwinnett County road closures, April 15 through 21

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kirby hosts first town hall meeting; Johnson to help homeowners

Newly elected Rep. Tom Kirby hosts town hall meeting to discuss General Assembly session; Congressman hosts event to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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Runners hit roads around Coolray to help fight cancer

The American Cancer Society held its second annual 5K and Fun Run for Relay For Life on Saturday morning at Coolray Field.

Mother of alleged molestation victims upset with repeated delays in trial

Five judges have recused themselves in molestation case of former Boy Scout leader, library board member

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School leaders discuss budget

Leaders with Gwinnett County Public Schools met Saturday morning to get a jumpstart on this week's budget discussions, the first of which is Tuesay at Duluth High School.

Procrastinators scramble to make tax deadline Tuesday

Because of the weekend and a holiday, the annual tax deadline is Tuesday.

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KATHLEEN PARKER: Political 'girl fight' the wrong fight

For reasons that don't interest me much, "girl fights" have always had a particular tug on our imaginations.

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O'REILLY: The Book of Santorum

Mitt Romney would be wise to take a good hard look at what Rick Santorum did right and what he did wrong during his campaign. In his quest to unseat President Obama, Romney will face some of the same challenges Santorum faced.. Back in the summer of 2011, nobody thought

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WOODALL: Save America. Pass the FairTax.

The time of year that we approach with equal parts dread and animus is once again upon us -- Tax Day, the time to give your hard-earned money to a government that can never seem to get enough of it.

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CLARKSON: Proposed Gwinnett complex will help send Georgians to college

Easy access to the interstates and public transportation.

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Best Buy to close 50 stores, including Loganville

Best Buy on Saturday announced the locations of 50 stores that it is closing this year, including two Georgia locations in Loganville and Fayetteville.

Fuchia Nichols

Fuchia Nichols, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away on April 13, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Betty Clark

Betty Clark, age 82 of Braselton, GA formerly of Buford died Friday, April 13, 2012. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924.

Evelyn Hoch

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Evelyn Norine Hoch, age 78, of Jefferson, who passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467 ...

Thomas Maiwald

Thomas J. Maiwald, age 45, of Johns Creek, GA, passed away April 12, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Rebecca Faubion

Rebecca “Becky” Ann Faubion, age 63, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012. She is survived by her Husband, Dan Moss of Suwanee, GA, Son ...

Karen Burch

Karen Terrell Burch, age 52, of Hoschton passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966,

Montie Dunn

Montie Irene Bunn Dunn of Lilburn, GA, passed away peacefully at Emory Hospice on Thursday, April 12, 2012, surrounded by her family; she was 90 years old. Mrs. Dunn was ...

Loyce Casper

Mr. Loyce Casper, age 77, of Barrow County, Georgia died April 12, 2012. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Coggins

Mrs. Ruth Evelyn Samples Coggins, age 86, of Buford died peacefully at home on April 12, 2012. Mrs. Coggins was born on November 25, 1925 to the late Essie Rowe ...

Loyd Wood

Loyd P. Wood, age 81, of Monroe, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012. A full obituary will follow next weekend. A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of ...

Delbert Horner

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Delbert Charles Horner, Sr., 72, of Jefferson who passed away April 12, 2012, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Bobby Pharr

Bobby Michael Pharr, age 62, of Monticello, GA, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012. He is survived by his Daughter, Perlina Monohon, granddaughter, Kaylee Monohon, Mother, Peggy H. Pharr ...

A century later, Titanic sinking being remembered near and far

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Two Titanic survivors who later became tennis pros are being honored at Rhode Island's International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. Nearby on Cape Cod, a wreath will be laid for a radio operator who relayed Morse code messages as the ill-fated ship went down.

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Police mum on Coast Guard deaths

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Fear that a killer was on the loose spread among residents of an island off Alaska's mainland Friday, with no suspect identified more than 24 hours after someone shot to death two people at a Coast Guard communications station.. "We don't have stuff like that happen here

PREP ROUNDUP: Bryan's grand slam powers Buford baseball to win

Friday's high school sports recap

McCann, Braves outslug Brewers

Brian McCann equaled a career high with four hits, including a homer and four RBIs, and Dan Uggla's broken-bat single in the eighth inning gave the Braves a wild 10-8 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Atlanta's home opener Friday night.

Hawks shoot way past Howard-less Magic

Jannero Pargo hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, and Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams each had 16 as the Atlanta Hawks beat the Orlando Magic 109-81 on Friday night.

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Dacula girls soccer scores first-ever win over Brookwood

Clack scores twice; Gutierrez shines with stops as Falcons win in PKs

Collins Hill boys win defensive battle with Mill Creek

It was a showdown for the Region 7-AAAAA boys soccer title and the game didn't disappoint as No. 4 Mill Creek and No. 7 Collins Hill battled through 90 minutes of regulation and a pair of overtimes to a scoreless tie.

Marerro, G-Braves hit when it counts most in 12-7 win over Durham

That the Gwinnett Braves have been hitting well during their current winning streak has been encouraging enough.

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Parkview grinds out key victory over Grayson

Parkview head coach Chan Brown said that his Panthers have yet to click on all cylinders this season. But Friday night, the Parkview engine made just enough noise to come away with a 5-4 win over Region 8-AAAAA rival Grayson.