News for Saturday, April 21, 2012


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Gwinnett Relay selected for national cancer study

People between 30 and 65 with no past cancer diagnoses invited to participate in national study

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Bed races raise funds for homeless ministry

For the third straight year, supporters of Family Promise took over the streets of downtown Lawrenceville on Saturday, racing specialty modified beds to help raise money and awareness for homeless families in need of aid.

SWAT incident ends in man's death

Police officers evacuate a Loganville neighborhood, for a 14-hour stand-off with an attempted murder suspect.

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Therapeutic riding event introduces horses to amputees

Horseback riding brings smiles to amputees at free event Saturday.

G-Braves win streak comes to an end

FORT MILL S.C. -- Despite a 10-strikeout performance from Todd Redmond, the Gwinnett Braves came up short in a 3-1 loss at Charlotte.. With the defeat, the G-Braves end a five-game winning streak.. Redmond allowed three runs over 5 innings, allowing a solo home run by Dan

PREP ROUNDUP: Stars turn rally to blowout

A look at Saturday's Gwinnett prep action.

Norcross' Garcia to transfer to Florida

Former Norcross standout Max Garcia, who decided to transfer from Maryland after last season, announced his commitment Saturday to Florida.. The offensive tackle made his decision public via Twitter, choosing the Gators over Georgia, Ole Miss, Clemson and USC. He will have two seasons of eligibility left at Florida, but

Gwinnett County road closures, April 22 through 28

Gwinnett County road closures, April 22 through 28

Local Hampton Inn honored

Hampton Inn Atlanta Sugarloaf has been honored with the company's Lighthouse Award, designating it as one of the hotel chain's top performing hotels among more than 1,800 Hampton properties.

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Henry, Platillero reunite on Providence soccer team

Josh Platillero moved from Spain to play his senior soccer season with his best friend Taylor Henry at Providence.

Berkmar boys, Wesleyan girls take top Tipoff Club honors

Club to reward top players and student-athletes with awards banquet Sunday

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Food trucks featured in Peachtree Corners celebration

The Atlanta Hawks welcomed hundreds to a food truck festival, set in part to celebrate the new city of Peachtree Corners.

Navia's late goal gives Silverbacks tie with Tampa Bay

ATLANTA -- Former Silverbacks forward Daniel Antoniuk looked like he was going to be the hero against Atlanta on Saturday. Reinaldo Navia had other plans.. The Chilean headed home a pass from Lucas Paulini in the 87th minute, sending the crowd of 3,261 into a frenzy and tying the game

Fans flocks to Duluth to watch Braves on big screen

The Atlanta Braves hosted an event Saturday, where people watched the team play on a screen at the Duluth Festival Center.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Snellville survey has positive results; Dillard announces campaign

Sentiments improve in Snellville, survey says; Courtney Dillard to make 4th Congressional District race announcement.

YOUTH ROUNDUP: SP Hawks soar to tournament trifecta

The SP Hawks won three baseball tournaments this spring.

Blackmon trying to work way back to majors

It looked like Charlie Blackmon had made the major leagues for good with Colorado last season. Then came the injuries.. The outfielder broke his left foot during a game in Atlanta last July, missing the rest of his first season. Next up was a turf toe injury on his right

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Clutch finish on balance beam lifts Alabama to historic title

DULUTH -- Having heard the roar from the Florida supporters in the crowd of 5,495 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center following Kytra Hunter's performance on the floor exercise, Alabama co-head coach Sarah Patterson nervously knew her team would need one last strong performance on the balance beam.. Fortunately

KATHLEEN PARKER: Pardon my zeitgeist

NEW YORK -- I think it is fair to say that the shark has been permanently displaced by the dog.. When scriptwriters have run out of mustard, the show hasn't "jumped the shark," as we've been saying since the Fonz literally jumped a shark while water-skiing. These days

ESTHER CEPEDA: Stop your pandering

CHICAGO -- Little else brings me as much joy as learning a new word -- especially if it perfectly captures the spirit of the moment.. "Hispandering" -- isn't that great?. I can't believe I'd never seen the term before, though a quick check on Urban Dictionary informed me it's been

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Choosing between Luck, Griffin was tough call for Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck spent months vying to be No. 1.. The struggle played out on college football fields in California and Texas last fall, at offseason awards presentations in Florida and inside a theater room in New York City. This year's great draft debate took

Biffle or Edwards? Roush drivers split on No. 1

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Greg Biffle leads the Sprint Cup standings. He's coming off a late pass of Jimmie Johnson to win at Texas and is now headed to Kansas Speedway, where he's won twice.. Everything seems to indicate that Biffle is on top of his game.. He's not so

In NFL Draft, fear of taking the 'bust' looms large for all teams

CLEVELAND -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is filled with the busts of the game's greatest players, their images preserved in bronze.. Up the road in Cleveland, there are other busts.. Cincinnati's had a few of the latter kind, too. So have Detroit, Buffalo, Oakland, Kansas City

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Teen hoops star in spotlight leans on family, God

CHICAGO -- This is what it's like to be Jabari Parker, the nation's top high school basketball player.. One day he's presenting a project in his Spanish class, turns around and sees Alonzo Mourning. Parker takes a seat and grins. The former Miami Heat star is making a surprise visit

Lilburn Idol registration open, auditions approaching

Auditions to be held May 7, 21 and 24; registration forms available online

GAB: Charities benefit from St. Patrick's festival

New Lawrenceville recently donated $6,000 to local charities from the proceeds of its St. Patrick's Day Festival.

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Bradford -- Larson

Bradford -- Larson. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bradford of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Sarah Bradford of Buford, to Kevin Michael Larson of Lawrenceville, son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Larson of Guntersville, Ala.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Patricia Beard Adams of Buford, the

Gwinnett Humane Society gears up for PAWfest

On May 5, Tribble Mill Park hosts dogs and their owners for the annual fundraiser.

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GOODNEWS: Dacula Elementary gets $3,000 grant

Dacula Elementary School received more than $3,000 last week from the Community Cash for Schools program sponsored by Community Coffee.

Cameras to monitor traffic on Centerville Highway

Road crews will soon begin work to add fiber-optic cables and cameras to Centerville Highway, to allow real-time adjustments to traffic signals.

As summer storms approach, officials urge awareness

Weather radios are the first (and best) line of defense as storm season approaches, emergency officials say.

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Schatell -- Gammel

Schatell -- Gammel. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schatell of Grayson, announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Leigh Schatell of Memphis, to Christopher Scott Gammel of Memphis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gammel, of Germantown, Tenn.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Olga Saturniewicz of Hamilton, N.J., the

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LARSON: A hole lot of fun happening in Gwinnett parks

Always fun to have customized bean bags when playing a new game.

Broad Street Market opening in Loganville

Loganville's Broad Street Country Market opens April 28 and runs through July 7. It's an opportunity for people to buy and sell food, arts and crafts.

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Henderson -- Needham

Henderson -- Needham. Amanda Marie Henderson and Justin Michael Needham were married March 10 in Lawrenceville. Deacon Terry Millinger officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of Pete and Karen Henderson of Loganville. She is a 2004 graduate of Dacula High School and a 2008 graduate of Agnes Scott

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Marchman -- Murray

Marchman -- Murray. Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Marchman of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Ameila Dawn Marchman of Denver, Colo., to Dr. Aaron Timothy Murray of Denver, son of Robin Jeannette Murray of Phoenix, Ariz., and the late Timothy Arnold Murray.. The bride-elect is a graduate

JENKINS: If you think the refs are idiots, try looking in the mirror

When it comes to referees it's not much different than life -- it's best to worry about what you can control and not worry about what you can't.

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Taking root: In third year, Suwanee's Harvest Farm continues to evolve

The community garden, Harvest Farm, opens its spring planting season this weekend. One of the new projects is a compost system. In the garden's third year, the city and its gardeners have a full capacity and waiting list as they've built on the appeal of the social component of the garden.

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March of Dimes walk a celebration for ambassador family

Suwanee will host a March of Dimes event on April 28, and the ambassador's family has three kids, including twins, after she lost twins at 22 weeks.

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FARNER: No yolk: Chicken issue has plenty of questions, controversy

Backyard chickens are becoming a hot and divisive topic around Suwanee. The city council has already had informal discussions about changing ordinances. But most councilmen prefer to keep the issue at arm's length.

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Suwanee woman finds massage therapy a rewarding field

Karen Krotz has been in the massage therapy business for 16 years, and said she enjoys helping people feel better and relieve stress.

North girls golf hope to get over hump at region tourney

North Gwinnett's girls golf team will play in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament with a trip to the state tournament on the line.

Suwanee Sports Academy to host top basketball talent

The Suwanee Sports Academy will host a national basketball tournament with some of the top college recruits in the country.

Reception to honor Shadowbrook's Linkous

Shadowbrook Baptist Church will have a 20-year anniversary reception for pastor Bobby Linkous on April 29.

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Frilot is media specialist of year

Collins Hill High School teacher Holly Frilot was recently named 2012 Gwinnett County Public Schools Library Media Specialist of the Year.

Suwanee Farmers Market to open May 1

The Suwanee Farmers Market begins on May 1 with 20-25 vendors open on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Spotlight on Schools

Senior weeks are around the corner for high schools, and athletics departments are preparing physicals for athletes.

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North boys soccer back in the playoffs

Bulldogs now looking for first playoff victory since the early 1990s

PREP ROUNDUP: Brookwood baseball edges Dacula 1-0

A recap of Friday's high school sports events

Wesleyan sweeps 5-A track and field titles

Wolves roll into sectionals with impressive victories

Charles Williams

Charles Thomas Williams, Sr., age 62, of Auburn, GA, passed away April 19, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

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Elaine White

Mrs. Elaine Kimbro White, age 67 of Bethlehem, GA formerly of Suwanee, GA passed away Friday, April 20, 2012. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberley White Meyer ...

William Warwick

Mr. William “Bill” Warwick, age 79, of Hoschton passed away, Friday, April 20, 2012. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, GA, 30548, 706-654-0966, ...

Patricia Bridges

Patricia Bridges, age 76, of Monroe, GA passed away April 18, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594.

Brandon Morrison

Brandon “B” Lee Morrison, age 31, of Norcross, Ga., died Thursday morning, April 19, 2012. His arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn ...

Fairy Davis

Fairy Anita Davis, age 78, of Statham, GA passed away April 18, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Jimmy Best

Jimmy Aaron Best, 70, of Buford, GA, died April 19, 2012. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sherri & Greg Lundy; brother, Edwin Best; three grandchildren ...

Emory Reiser

Mr. Emory W. Reiser, age 75, of Statham, Georgia died April 19, 2012. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements.

Jeanette Blair

Mrs. Jeanette Plunkett Blair, age 73, of Dacula, GA passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. She is survived by her husband of fifty four years, James A. “Jim ...

Barbara Gerlach

Mrs. Barbara A. Gerlach, age 72, of Buford, GA, passed away on April 19, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away April 18, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Cory Sayers

Cory James Sayers, age 26, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on April 15, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

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Peachtree Ridge girls, Mill Creek boys repeat as region track champs

Kelly's distance win key for Lions as 7-AAAAA meet concludes

No. 2 Spartans dominate No. 3 Westminster in girls soccer

With a Region 6-AA title still very much in reach, Greater Atlanta Christian's No. 2-ranked girls soccer team played one its best games of the season in a 5-0 win over No. 3-ranked Westminster.

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Broncos take region title with 1-0 win

Brookwood won the Region 8-AAAAA soccer title with a 1-0 victory over Parkview on Friday

Hawks, Johnson beat short-handed Celtics

Joe Johnson scored 30 points as Atlanta edged the short-handed Celtics 97-92 on Friday

Force fall to Orlando 27-24 on late FG

Georgia Force fall to Orlando Predators

G-Braves keep winning at Charlotte

Second baseman Drew Sutton's two-run double in the top of the eighth broke a scoreless tie and propelled the Gwinnett Braves to a 3-0 win over the Charlotte Knights on Friday

Tech spring game displays a little bit of everything

Friday's finale to Georgia Tech's spring football practice won by the White team, 31-7