News for Friday, August 17, 2012


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Francisco's single gives Braves 4-3 win in 11th

ATLANTA -- Pinch-hitter Juan Francisco's two-out single in the 11th inning gave the Atlanta Braves their fourth straight win, 4-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.. Backup catcher David Ross and light-hitting Paul Janish kept the inning going with back-to-back singles off Brandon

Homer drops G-Braves in 10th

NORFOLK, Va. -- Ryan Buchter didn't put his 3-1 pitch to Luis Exposito where he wanted. Exposito did.. The Norfolk designated hitter planted its over the right field wall making losers of the Gwinnett Braves and Buchter 3-2 in 10 innings. Exposito was the only batter the lefty Buchter faced

DALY: The cause of brown patches on your lawn

Using fungicides to control brown patch is difficult, but they do offer some level of protection. These chemicals suppress the development and spread of the disease, but they do not reverse the already visible damage.

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Muslims celebate the end of Ramadan

Ramadan, the month-long Islamic holiday, ends this weekend.

PREP ROUNDUP: Parkview scores twice in seventh for 8-7 win

Recap of Friday's prep action

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FSU's Ramsey up for challenge

The decision by James Ramsey to return to college for his senior year wasn't an easy one.. As much as Florida State meant to the Wesleyan graduate, playing professional baseball had always been his dream.. "I prayed and prayed about it," said Ramsey, who had been drafted by the

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SUPER SIX: Central's Johnson has a linebacker's intensity

Auburn commitment has racked up the tackles the past two seasons

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Deep Tech looks to return to top of ACC

ATLANTA -- Coach Paul Johnson said Georgia Tech has so much depth that he's yet to decide on starters at several positions.. The Yellow Jackets still have more than two weeks before the season begins Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech, but with two more Atlantic Coast Conference games on the

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Chipper having a glorious farewell

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones still has those glorious moments, the kind that every ballplayer cherishes, from a Little Leaguer just starting out to a 40-year-old on the way out.. When the Atlanta Braves third baseman was in the midst of his first two-homer game in more than

Cops: Caregiver arrested when toddler found wandering neighborhood

Police arrest caregiver after toddler found wandering neighborhood in Snellville, officials say.

At-fault driver flees five-car crash on I-85

Traffic snarled, lanes reopen at about 5 p.m.

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Jury awards $2.79M in Kroger lawsuit

Kroger plans to appeal the decision of a Gwinnett County jury to award $2.79 million to the plaintiff in an injury case against the retailer.

Indictments in office shooting, luring of children

Jeremy Williams allegedly shot tax office worker on May 21

Men charged with incest in predawn tryst

Uncle, nephew allegedly caught in wee-hour sex act at Norcross business.

ArtWorks! to host 'Arts with a Purpose' event

The workshops will discuss how arts can be effective for social causes and community partnerships.

United Way to honor outstanding women

The Legacy Awards honors four Gwinnett women for their time in the community.

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Last day for Kidsignments sale is Saturday

Kidsignment wraps up its summer sale Aug. 18.

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UGA paper board apologizes to student journalists

The fight over a student-run newspaper at the University of Georgia appeared to be resolved Friday, after the paper's board of directors apologized in the wake of an online campaign launched by a group of student journalists who aired concerns over editorial control.

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MCLEOD: Do you ever wish you could get other people to change?

Next time you find yourself wishing for a magic change potion. Flip it. Instead of asking, "How can I get the other person to change," swallow a little bit of the potion yourself, and ask, "How can I change my response?"

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RICH: The book cases

When it comes to the many books stacked around my house, don't call them clutter. They are treasures.

Collins Hill band boosters to put on community fun day

The Collins Hill Band Booster Association will host a Community Fun Day on Saturday.

Lawrenceville looks for volunteers for fall festival

The Fair on the Square returns to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse lawn on Sept. 8.

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LARSON: Community connections grow at local farmers markets

The local market is a good place to catch up with old friends.

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McGown 65th anniversary

Everette H. and Alcie L. Neal McGown of Auburn recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 2, 1947, in Lufkin, Texas.. They are both retired and have six children, 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren

GAB: Bishop Watson speaking at Bethlehem church

Bishop Mike Watson of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church will be guest speaker at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Aug. 26.. The Tradition and the Edge services will be combined for this special service.

Volunteers sought for Fort Yargo spruce-up

Fort Yargo State Park is seeking volunteers for communal spruce-up.

PKD Walk scheduled for Sept. 8 in Duluth

The inaugural PDK (polycystic kidney disease) Walk is scheduled for Sept. 8 in Duluth.

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JENKINS: Husbands and wives must learn to share the pants

No real family man has control over his own destiny. But it is vital that he and his wife appear to be in control.

Sugar Hill seeking vendors for fall festival

The 12th Annual Sugar Hill Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20

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Jeffers-Davis Engagement

Bill and Kim Jeffers of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nicole Jeffers of Loganville, to Jess William Davis of Lawrenceville, son of Jess B. and Marie Davis of Lawrenceville.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jean Jeffers of Sylvania, the late Stacy O

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$245 million sewage plant upgrades nearly complete

Crews are wrapping up a $245 million project to upgrade the Yellow River sewage plant, one that has taken a decade from planning to completion. (VIDEO INSIDE)

GOOD NEWS: Duluth students dominate geography challenge

Students of Duluth High School dominated the National Geography Challenge over the summer in Nashville.

Artists, vendors needed for new arts fest

First ever Peachtree Corners Art Fest is planned for Saturday, Oct. 13.

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Hughes-Graham Wedding

Jennifer Christine Hughes and Andrew Gordon Graham were married June 16 at Buford Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Corey Ingold officiated the ceremony.. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvyn Hughes of Lawrenceville. She is a 2001 graduate of Collins Hill High School and is

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Hill-Lairsey Engagement

Terri Daniel of Sugar Hill announces the engagement of her daughter, Ashlie Lynn Hill of Buford, to Joshua Daniel Lairsey of Buford, son of Bill Lairsey and Dorothy Frazier, both of Waycross.. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Wayne and Tina Daniel and Dallas and

Emory: Misrepresented data sent to rankings groups

ATLANTA (AP) -- Emory University President Jim Wagner says that for more than a decade the school intentionally misreported data about its students to groups that rank colleges.. Emory launched an investigation in May after the new dean of admissions discovered data discrepancies.. The investigation found the school overstated test

Snellville theater cleared after bomb threat

Snellville theater searched, cleared after bomb threat this morning.

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Popular Bumbo infant floor seat recalled

About 4 million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled after nearly two dozen reports of infant skull fractures.

Board ends contract for Atlanta Beltline leader

ATLANTA (AP) -- The board overseeing Atlanta's Beltline redevelopment project has decided to end the contract of the project's leader.. The Beltline's board voted unanimously on Friday to end Brian Leary's contract at the end of the month. Terms of the severance were not disclosed.. The vote comes after reports

Study: Tax hike would cut smoking, raise revenue

ATLANTA (AP) -- A new study argues that the state of Georgia could cut smoking by 20 percent and yield almost $400 million in additional tax revenues with a $1 per pack increase in cigarette taxes.. University of Georgia professor James MacKillop directed the research. He is a psychologist who

Woman who rescued animals is killed in dog attack

DECATUR (AP) -- Police outside Atlanta say a college student who took in abandoned animals was attacked by a dog and killed by multiple bites.. DeKalb County police say that 23-year-old Rebecca Carey was killed at her Decatur home sometime over the weekend.. Authorities say Carey had five

Convenience store employee killed in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) -- Police are investigating the slaying of a convenience store employee in Atlanta.. Sgt. Robert Porter says that officers found the employee with a gunshot wound to the chest and barely conscious in the store parking lot around 10 p.m. Thursday. The worker was taken to Grady Memorial

A. Warren Swanson

A. Warren Swanson, age 78, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on August 15, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550. 

Helen Adams

Helen Adams, age 87, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on August 15, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550. 

Vicki Watkins

Vicki Coker Watkins, age 61, of Auburn, GA, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. 

Neddy Sarnoff

Neddy A. Sarnoff, 85, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and dearest friend, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Embracing Hospice, Snellville, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her ...

Sharron "Dianne" Holman

Mrs. Sharron “Dianne” Lewis Holman, age 67, of Buford, GA passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012 after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her daughter ...

Joan Flanagan

Joan Thelma Flanagan, age 81, of Buford, GA, formerly of Buffalo, NY passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in the home of her family of Dru Ann Webster of ...

Tajay Hoppines

Tajay R. Hoppines, age 18 of Dacula, GA died Thursday, August 9, 2012 in a swimming accident. Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM at ...

James Patrick

James Williams Patrick, age 75, of Dacula, GA, passed away on August 15, 2012. 

Ozias "Bud" Cox

Ozias Floyd “Bud” Cox age 88 of Loganville passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Saturday, August 18, 2012 in the Snellville ...

Frankie Beard

Miss Frankie Jane Beard, age 89, of Buford, GA passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albin and Mary Lou Beard; sister, Ruby ...

James Wade

James E. Wade, age 75 of Loganville, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 11AM, Saturday, August 18, 2012 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Jeanne Easterling

Jeanne Marie Tatum Easterling, age 81 of Jefferson, GA died Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at The Oaks at Limestone following an extended illness. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924 ...

Sparks, Sumpter talk about new movie, 'Sparkle'

The actresses talk about their movie, "Sparkle," a re-make of the 1976 cult classic.