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Bank fined for condition of former meth lab

Judge fines bank for condition of former meth lab where three Lilburn children died last year.

School: GGC student dies in car accident

Victim was a sophomore from Loganville

Dacula City Park enhancements approved

DACULA -- The city's newest park, located at Second Avenue and Wilson Street in downtown Dacula, will include some additional cosmetic and practical improvements thanks to Thursday's City Council approval.. Mike Moon, the city's public works supervisor, has performed much of the work in the park himself, including building the

Suwanee Town Center to host Easter sunrise service

Shadowbrook Baptist Church and seven other Suwanee churches will have an Easter sunrise service. This is the eighth year of the event, and Shadowbrook pastor Bobby Linkous said it's a way for the community to worship together.

Norcross stepping up efforts to prevent vandalism at parks

City spends thousands of dollars each year repairing damage to green spaces

Lawrenceville needs help naming new park

The city is asking residents to name the "Jackson Street Park."

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Andrew Young speaks at GGC

Ambassador Andrew Young discussed a variety of global issues as well as his experiences during a conversational forum Wednesday with GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. About 300 students, faculty, staff and guests attended the event.

Local group to participate in Confederate memorial services

Group to host local event Saturday, participate in national event at Stone Mountain on April 14

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UGA legend plans restaurant at proposed gambling venue

Herschel Walker partners with developer proposing Gwinnett gambling venue. The football legend plans to open a restaurant there.

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Burglary, rape suspect has wild history

Suspected burglar, rapist from Lawrenceville has a history of wild behavior and sex offenses.

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Buford shoe company kicks in for Relay for Life

Long-time Gwinnett-based shoe company also supporting Relay for Life

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Ark coach Bobby Petrino put on leave after crash

Arkansas put football coach Bobby Petrino on paid leave Thursday after he failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road over the weekend.

VIDEO: Westwood in front at the Masters

Lee Westwood leads the Masters after a first-round 5-under 67 and told reporters at his post-round news conference Thursday it's nice to get off to a good start.

NOW WE'RE COOKING: Beef and spinach gyros

gy·ro noun ˈyē-ˌrō, ˈzhir-ō : a sandwich especially of lamb and beef, tomato, onion and yogurt sauce on pita bread

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Country stars join together for charity single

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In 2000, no one had a voice like 12-year-old Billy Gilman. But when puberty temporarily took that away, he had to find another passion.. The former child-prodigy, who sold over 2 million copies of his debut album, "One Voice,' returned to a normal

Money for Georgians facing foreclosure goes unspent

ATLANTA -- Authorities say millions of dollars in a fund intended to help unemployed Georgia homeowners avoid foreclosure have gone unspent, even as 12,000 residents get foreclosure notices each month.. More than a year ago, Georgia got nearly $340 million in federal funds to help unemployed homeowners avoid foreclosure.. Since

Rep. John Barrow buys Augusta home due to redrawn districts

SAVANNAH -- U.S. Rep. John Barrow, formerly of Athens and Savannah, is now a resident of Augusta after Georgia political mapmakers essentially forced the Democrat to move for the second time since he won election to Congress eight years ago.. Real estate records reviewed by The Associated Press show that

Ga. schools with test erasures plummet

ATLANTA -- The number of schools with unusual erasure patterns on standardized tests plummeted last year after a massive cheating scandal in Atlanta that led to tighter exam security across the state, a report released Thursday shows.. Bonnie Holliday with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement told the state school

Feds probe claims of Ga. school discrimination

ATLANTA -- The Justice Department said Thursday it is investigating claims of discrimination against students with disabilities in Georgia public school systems after a nonprofit group filed a complaint.. The Southern Poverty Law Center contends the Georgia Department of Education used a complex funding formula that encourages districts to segregate

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Buford shoe company kicks in for Relay for Life

Long-time Gwinnett-based shoe company also supporting Relay for Life

Bank fined for condition of former meth lab

Judge fines bank for condition of former meth lab where three Lilburn children died last year.

PREP ROUNDUP: Providence prevails over Lovett in extras

Thursday's high school sports action

MASTERS NOTES: Big names a bit back after Day 1

It doesn't take long to note the names absent from the top of the Masters leaderboard after the first day.

Westwood takes one-stroke lead, nine within 2 shots

A mostly sunny day limited the impact of overnight rains at Augusta and by day's end the scores finally started to dip.

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MCCULLOUGH: Government, leave me alone

Why can't the government leave us alone?. Attempts by the government to regulate our lives seem to be at an all-time high, at least for my lifetime.

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ROBINSON: Handicapping the veep stakes

WASHINGTON -- Playing second fiddle to Mitt Romney won't be easy, but somebody has to be his running mate. Let's handicap the field.

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Darrell Huckaby: You never know whose path you'll cross, or when

I have a hard time going anywhere that I don't run into someone from home or someone whose path I have crossed.

School: GGC student dies in car accident

Victim was a sophomore from Loganville

Dacula City Park enhancements approved

DACULA -- The city's newest park, located at Second Avenue and Wilson Street in downtown Dacula, will include some additional cosmetic and practical improvements thanks to Thursday's City Council approval.. Mike Moon, the city's public works supervisor, has performed much of the work in the park himself, including building the

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Getting to Know ... Janna Maughon

Janna Maughon, 31, is the head girls lacrosse coach at Grayson. The Parkview graduate came to Grayson after a softball career at Kennesaw State.

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Santana, Mets beat Braves 1-0 in opener

A little less zip on the fastball. Still has that baffling changeup.

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Gladiators return home riding high

It's been three years since Gwinnett Gladiators fans got to see a playoff game.

Gladiators Jakaitis named ECHL goalie of year

Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Jeff Jakaitis was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Year on Thursday, despite missing the last two months of the season with a knee injury.

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Google creates a spectacle with project

NEW YORK (AP) — If you think texting while walking is dangerous, just wait until everyone starts wearing Google's futuristic, Internet-connected glasses.

Local group to participate in Confederate memorial services

Group to host local event Saturday, participate in national event at Stone Mountain on April 14

THE DISH: Bleu House Market

Bleu House Market offers homemade food at a reasonable price in Norcross.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Titanic' stays afloat with help of 3-D

If any film should be redone in 3-D, it's "Titanic.'' And if any filmmaker should be the one doing the redoing, it's James Cameron.

Movie trivia contest 4/6

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie triva contest.

Metro Atlanta artist brings shapes and color to ART Station

Sally Evans exhibits her first solo show "It's All About Colour" until May 19.

MOVIE REVIEW: Tautou again leaves audiences broken-hearted with ‘Delicacy’

Michael Clark takes a look at French actress Audrey Tautou's new movie, "Delicacy."

Norcross hosts biannual recycle day

Locals can recycle old goods, shred important documents and donate food at the event.

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Chinatown'

Movie critic Michael Clark spotlights "Chinatown" on Blu-ray.

ART BEAT: Barbara Mock creates costumes to help children with challenges

Mock's "Tu Turiffik Kidz" is a grass roots organization that makes and distributes tutus, fairy headpieces, masks and superhero capes for children with long term illnesses and disabilities.

New London Theatre presents play in new venue

The Snellville theater found a new home across town to perform "Nunsense 2: The Second Coming."

FILM FANS: 'Wrath of the Titans' not worth the money

Local residents reviewed "Wrath of the Titans," the movie of the week.

Suwanee Town Center to host Easter sunrise service

Shadowbrook Baptist Church and seven other Suwanee churches will have an Easter sunrise service. This is the eighth year of the event, and Shadowbrook pastor Bobby Linkous said it's a way for the community to worship together.

Lawrenceville needs help naming new park

The city is asking residents to name the "Jackson Street Park."

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Andrew Young speaks at GGC

Ambassador Andrew Young discussed a variety of global issues as well as his experiences during a conversational forum Wednesday with GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. About 300 students, faculty, staff and guests attended the event.

Norcross stepping up efforts to prevent vandalism at parks

City spends thousands of dollars each year repairing damage to green spaces

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Burglary, rape suspect has wild history

Suspected burglar, rapist from Lawrenceville has a history of wild behavior and sex offenses.

Connecticut on track to abolish death penalty

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Senate voted Thursday to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut, a state that has executed only one prisoner in a half-century and is now on track to join a national trend away from capital punishment.

Holder assures judge of administration's respect

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a letter written at the request of a federal appellate judge, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday offered assurances that the Obama administration respects the authority of the courts.

Coca-Cola halts ties to conservative law drafters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. has terminated its relationship with a conservative group seen by some as an incubator for a string of new state voter ID laws and a marketer of laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense statute.

Haverty Furniture 1Q sales rise 5.7 percent

ATLANTA (AP) — Haverty Furniture Cos. said Thursday that improving customer confidence and newly refurbished stores helped boost its first-quarter sales by 5.7 percent at stores open at least a year.

Dog eats tickets to Masters golf tournament

SEATTLE (AP) — Russ Berkman's dream came true when he won a lottery for four passes to Wednesday's practice round at the Masters golf tournament in Georgia. But the Seattle-area resident's stomach turned when he found his dog, Sierra, had eaten them.

Carmike says 1Q ticket sales, admissions jumped

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Carmike Cinemas Inc. said Thursday that it expects its first-quarter revenue from ticket sales rose more than 30 percent on a healthy rise in attendance.

Obama, Romney say admit women to Augusta golf club

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokesman said Thursday that President Barack Obama believes women should be admitted as members to the all-male Augusta National, home of the Masters golf tournament.

Gingrich's think tank files for bankruptcy

ATLANTA (AP) — The health care think tank created by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has filed for bankruptcy.

Group says feds probing Georgia school discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating claims of discrimination against students with disabilities in Georgia public school systems after a nonprofit group filed a complaint targeting the state's complex education funding formula, the group said Thursday.

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UGA legend plans restaurant at proposed gambling venue

Herschel Walker partners with developer proposing Gwinnett gambling venue. The football legend plans to open a restaurant there.

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Patrick Dempsey's Le Mans journey headed for TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Dempsey is bringing his passion for auto racing to television with a new documentary series.

Severe storms possible over parts of north Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say thunderstorms expected across north and central Georgia could turn severe Thursday.

US unemployment claims hit 4-year low of 357,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low last week, suggesting employers kept hiring in March at a healthy pace.

Shannon Moss

Shannon Moss, age 42, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on April 3, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

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Stella Smith

Mrs. Stella Whited Smith, age 96, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Whited and Andrew D. Smith ...

Tian Saengsutthi

Mr. Tian Saengsutthi, age 49, of Jefferson, GA, passed away on March 27, 2012. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Mary Brown

Mary Young Brown, age 84, of Monroe, GA passed away April 3, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com

Phyllis Moreland

Phyllis Clayton Moreland, age 86, of Statham, GA passed away April 4, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Lewis Wooden

Lewis Phillip (Phil) Wooden passed away suddenly on Monday, April 2, 2012, at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia. Phil was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was the only son ...

James "Jimmy" Underwood

James “Jimmy” Underwood, age 88, of Monroe, GA passed away April 2, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel, 770-267-2594.

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