News for Friday, August 31, 2012


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Hobbs gets first win as Shiloh beats Meadowcreek

Behind three first-half passing touchdowns from Devante James, Shiloh took the first step toward shedding its recent history of losing seasons, thrashing Meadowcreek 36-6 Friday night at Mustang Community Stadium.

GAC improves to 2-0 with rout of Savannah

Spartans cruise to 31-8 win heading into next week's game with Apalachee

Buford's defense stout in win at Elbert County

ELBERTON -- It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done. That's about all you could say regarding Buford's 14-3 win over Elbert County in the season opener for both teams Friday night in the Granite Bowl.

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Mill Creek puts the hammer down in 35-0 win over Dacula

As it did a year ago, Mill Creek jumped out early on neighborhood rival Dacula in northwest Gwinnett's annual bird battle.

Grayson wins battle of No. 1's

Grayson helped its chances for a high school football national championship later this season. The Rams, who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN, defeated Miami Central, the No. 1 team according to USA Today.

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Defense holds lead as Central tops Collins Hill

The defense that was giving up basketball-like scores last season became a distant memory Friday night.

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Mill Creek football field named after beloved principal

Jim Markham, principal since Mill Creek's opening, caught completely off guard by honor: "I really don't have a good response"

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Police: Fan, 20, was drinking before Ga. Dome fall

A 20-year-old fan from Tennessee was drinking alcohol before he fell to his death in the Georgia Dome and struck another man, who was injured, authorities said Saturday.

LETTERS: Writer had it wrong on Romney

Writer wrong on Romney. In response to the letter "Romney is what he is, just isn't a good thing" you basically allowed a writer to slander Romney on just opinion, no facts.. I have some facts to counter his DNC talking points. Unemployment is over 8 percent since early 2009

LETTERS: Fitting tribute to a fallen soldier

Thanks to all that took the time to honor the family and memory of Maj. David Gray, along Highway 78, last week. It is fitting to note that the extreme sacrifices made by Maj. Gray, and others, remind us of what we so often take for granted.. It is a

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Edwards looks to boost Chase chances in Atlanta

Carl Edwards sounded downright giddy after a practice session Friday, not at all like someone who's in danger of missing out on a chance to race for his first Cup title.

Woods shoots 64, just two strokes back in Boston

Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round in three years Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. It still wasn't enough to be low man in Sean Foley's coaching stable.

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Panthers try to pick up the pieces after opening loss

Folo for Georgia State's football loss to South Carolina State on Thursday

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Tech's Perkins to start against Hokies

Collins Hill grad Charles Perkins is opening the season as Georgia Tech's surprise starting running back on Monday night at No. 16 Virginia Tech.

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No. 6 Georgia to use freshmen RBs against Buffalo

Mark Richt knows Georgia fans will be eager to see freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall when the No. 6 Bulldogs open their season against Buffalo today.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Locals a big part of Georgia Southern's plans

An update on how Gwinnett products are faring at the college level

Norcross councilmen challenged

Norcross only city with challenged candidates this November. Grayson residents to vote on referendum.

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Dacula couple helping out with hurricane recovery efforts

Dianne and Jimmy Waldrip currently in Hattiesburg, Miss., and ready to be dispatched to towns affected by Hurricane Isaac

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Subdivision-to-shops project revived

Former subdivision again slated to become shopping center.

City of Suwanee appoints new solicitor

The city of Suwanee appointed a new solicitor this week who has worked in Gwinnett for about a decade.

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Locals bring home equestrian medals from Special Olympics

A group from the therapy center competed in the Special Olympics of Georgia State Horse Show in Perry, Ga.

Man driving stolen car caught in freezer

A man driving a stolen late model Mercedes was apprehended in an Ingles freezer on Friday morning by a K-9 unit.

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MCLEOD: 3 mistaken beliefs about conflict and how to overcome them

Nobody likes conflict, but avoiding conflict usually winds up being even more painful than addressing it.

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RICH: A reminder to 'be sweet'

Be sweet. What a powerful parental teaching.

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JENKINS: Updating The Devil's Dictionary, political convention edition

In the spirit of Ambrose Bierce, allow me to offer a few timely definitions to help you digest the political conventions.

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LARSON: Gwinnett schools help student STRIVE toward satisfying job

Thanks to the GCPS STRIVE program, people like P.J. Ponder are able to excel, and smile.

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Godwin — Reed

Randy and Tonya Godwin of McDonough announce the engagement of their daughter, Haley Michelle Godwin of Athens, to Tyler Wayne Reed of Athens, son of Wayne and Lisa Reed of Lawrenceville.

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Blan — 50th anniversary

Johnny and Sheila Blan of Buford recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

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Britt — Langley

Terry Britt of Snellville and Janet Britt of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Martha Britt of Grayson, to Christopher Michael Langley of Grayson, son of Kathy Tyner and Michael Langley, both of Snellville.

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Wrape — Dininger

Fallon Shirley Wrape and Benjamin James Dininger were married July 25 at the University Yacht Club Chapel at Lake Lanier.

Lottery winner, 72, 'too young to make plans'

A retired newspaper delivery man claimed a $1 million lottery prize.

Lawrenceville PD to host 5K for 9/11, local charities

Event kick sof at 7:45 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceville Police Department

Girls lacrosse fall bazaar planned in Grayson

Plans are in place for an inaugural fall bazaar at Grayson High School to support the girls lacrosse booster club.

GWINNETT GAB: Poker tourney benefits pet rescue

The third annual Texas Hold Em Canine Pet Rescue fundraiser is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 13 at the 1818 Club.

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GOOD NEWS: Jim Markham Golf Classic to be held Nov. 6

An event that honors a Mill Creek principal battling cancer and benefits Relay for Life is scheduled for Oct. 8 at Chateau Elan.

SafetySmart program to add neighborhood watches with grant

SafetySmart Lilburn receives a grant to fund neighborhood watch programs.

New gallery owner bets on downtown Winder

Former Atlanta art gallery manager opens space in historic Winder home.

Annual fish fry returns to Lawrenceville church

Bethesda United Methodist Church hosts its annual fish fry on Sept. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Aurora Theatre looking for donations by Labor Day

The venue needs an additional $25,000 to reach its $100,000 goal by Monday.

Dog in manhole lives on sewage, rain before rescue

CLAYTON, Ga. (AP) -- A dog that fell into a 10-foot deep sewer hole in the northeast Georgia mountains survived for nearly three weeks on raw sewage, rain water and vegetation before being rescued, authorities said.. Phoebe, a lab mix, lost nearly half of her body weight in the

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Clint Eastwood mocked for Republican appearance

Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney. (VIDEO INSIDE)

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Gunman robs 2 men, makes off with 12 cents

Authorities say a gunman robbed two men for 12 cents in Augusta.

Southern Co. to update spending on nuclear plant

ATLANTA (AP) -- Southern Co. must soon disclose its most recent costs to build a new nuclear plant in Georgia amid questions over whether the project can stay on budget.. The Atlanta-based utility is building two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta. When complete, the estimated $14

Home invasion leads to gun battle south of Atlanta

EAST POINT (AP) -- Three people are hospitalized in critical condition after a home invasion led to a gun battle in East Point, just south of Atlanta.. Police say an occupant of the home opened fire on at least two men who broke into his townhome at the Regency Park

Savannah considers next phase of cruise ship study

SAVANNAH (AP) -- Savannah's city council is considering the next phase of a study exploring what it would take to bring a cruise ship terminal to the city's riverfront.. The council discussed the issue at its meeting Thursday.. Council members are weighing a proposal to spend $279,500 for a two

Six Flags to build tallest ride in park's history

AUSTELL (AP) -- Six Flags Over Georgia outside Atlanta is planning to build the tallest ride in the theme park's 45-year history.. Park officials announced Thursday that SkyScreamer, an extreme swing ride, will spin guests at 40 mph atop a 24-story tower.. SkyScreamer will be four stories higher

Georgia economists predict more economic doldrums

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University predicts the national economy will lag until Congress reaches a long-term agreement on federal taxes and spending. Unemployment, meanwhile, will stay above 8 percent until at least the middle of 2014, according to center's latest quarterly report.. Analysts

UGA committee seeks journalism school dean

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The University of Georgia has formed a committee to search for the next dean of the schools journalism and communications program.. The current dean of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark said in the spring he plans to step down

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YARBROUGH: Veracity valuator clarifies my opinions

New tool helps clarify opinions. I got called a "liberal" the other day by a reader in Cherokee County who doesn't think much of my opinions and suggested "Someone should retire his word processor." My word processor, Barney, was elated at the thought. Barney hates this job. When I

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Hazel South

Hazel Richard South, age 85, of Duluth, departed this life Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Bill Head Funeral Home ...

Stanley Stewart

Mr. Stanley Hugo Stewart, age 85, of Flowery Branch passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at his residence. Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542.

Heather Smith

Mrs. Heather Smith, age 31, of Oakwood, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

Felix Whiten

Mr. Felix George Whiten, 73 of Gainesville died Wednesday August 29, 2012 at Embracing Hospice. Born in Stephens County, Ga., Mr. Whiten had lived in Gwinnett County for a number ...

Thelma Erwin

Mrs. Thelma Suttles Erwin, 84, died Wednesday, August 29, 2012. She was a resident of Suwanee, Georgia. Mrs. Erwin was born in Elberton, Georgia, on April 27, 1928. She is ...

Jim Mayes

Jim Mayes, age 67, of Loganville, GA, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012.