News for Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Chattahoochee first river honored in national program

U.S. Department of the Interior chooses Georgia river as first national water trail, as part of a new program aimed at restoring waterways.

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Local Duluth woman celebrates 100th birthday

Marjories Fairley celebrated her birthday with friends and family.

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1.5 pounds of meth found in Duluth

Meth, gun, Hummer seized in bust at home in city of Duluth, officials say.

Cops: Triple homicide likely drug deal gone bad

After three men were found dead in an abandoned Lawrenceville apartment on Wednesday night, two "associates" of the victims were arrested Thursday morning in North Carolina, but are not believed responsible for murders.

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Daily Post publisher to also head Rockdale, Newton papers

Gwinnett Daily Post publisher J.K. Murphy will also be publisher of the Rockdale and Newton Citizen newspapers, Southern Community Newspapers Inc., announced on Thursday. Murphy has been with the Daily Post since 1998.

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Family forgives boy's shooter in sentencing hearing; judge doesn't

In moving testimony, family and friends of slain 13-year-ol Lawrenceville boy urge shooter to find value in prison experience.

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Gwinnett location ideal for gaming venue, developer says

Officials spent years working to set up revitalization tools to draw interest to the OFS plant on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. But instead, the draw for a developer intent on bringing a gambling venue there were the location and buildings.

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Developer taking big gamble on $1B complex

ATLANTA (AP) -- Develop Dan O'Leary already has several key pieces in place for a $1 billion lottery gambling facility in suburban Atlanta: A contract on a 122-acre tract of land for the complex, a deal with a gambling company to help run it and an opportunity to win

Kautz names new attorney, council votes to change charter

Mayor Kelly Kautz appoints Cumming attorney Kevin Tallant as city's legal counsel

Dacula changes mixed use zoning requirements

Staff Correspondent. DACULA -- City council members voted Thursday to approve several changes to the city's Planned Mixed Use Development ordinance, a move that, according to city planner Joey Murphy, adds flexibility to the regulations.. The decision came before Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and council members last month but was tabled

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Arena makes quick transition to get pink ice ready

The Gwinnett Gladiators' Pink in the Rink event has raised more than $225,000 for local cancer-related entities in north Georgia. The ice will remain pink for the hockey games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Top state official tours, honors local middle school

The state's top education official visited with students, teachers and administrators at Osborne Middle School on Thursday. He congratulated them for their consistent, hard work on the eighth grade writing test among other achievements.

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Big sales for small cars in February

Many automakers reported strong sales for February as Americans snapped up smaller cars to offset high gas prices.

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Jones leads Florida past Auburn 70-60 in SEC women's tournament

SEC and ACC women's basketball tourney roundup

Dacula changes mixed use zoning requirements

Staff Correspondent. DACULA -- City council members voted Thursday to approve several changes to the city's Planned Mixed Use Development ordinance, a move that, according to city planner Joey Murphy, adds flexibility to the regulations.. The decision came before Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and council members last month but was tabled

PREP ROUNDUP: McCarthy's hit gives South win over Wesleyan

A look at Thursday's prep sports action

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ROBINSON: The danger of Mitt being Mitt

Political consultants tell candidates to be authentic -- to "be yourself." In Mitt Romney's case, that might not be such good advice.

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MCCULLOUGH: Mr. O'Leary's cash cow

Not only should Gwinnett County let Dan O'Leary build his gambling center, it should fast-track it.

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Furman Bisher: When retirement is really retiring

Well, guess you heard, Bobby Cox is retiring. That's what I heard. Then I heard a report from spring training.

Country star Jason Aldean works out with Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jason Aldean circled the bases, touched home plate and collapsed next to the batting cage, pulling his cap over his face.. "After lunch, let's come back and do it again," Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said jokingly.. Sprawled on the ground and struggling to catch his

Gwinnett Heat to play in state Final Four this weekend

Team's semifinal game is Saturday in Warm Springs

BISHER: Hogan and the early days on tour

Downstairs in my basement there are stacks of press guides and record books that are taller than I am. Mostly, it comprises an unofficial history of the PGA Tour in this country, and the fatter the publication, the more of our universe it covers -- all the way back to 1947.

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Love opens with 64 to take Honda Classic lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The more putts he makes, the more confidence he has over the putts that can turn a decent round into something much better.. That explains why Rory McIlroy opened with a 4-under 66 on Thursday in the Honda Classic, leaving him two shots behind

U.S.-Canada charity game part of Pink in Rink

As part of the Gwinnett Gladiators' Pink in the Rink weekend event, the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League is having its third annual Paul Truncale Memorial U.S. vs. Canada game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.. The game is at 12:25 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the game also earn fans entry

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Arena makes quick transition to get pink ice ready

The Gwinnett Gladiators' Pink in the Rink event has raised more than $225,000 for local cancer-related entities in north Georgia. The ice will remain pink for the hockey games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Three convicted in Gwinnett drug robberies, murders

Three men responsible for multiple shootouts, murders facing possible life sentences

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Chamberlain's 100-point game hits 50-year mark

PHILADELPHIA -- Wilt Chamberlain didn't just tower over his peers, he left records that endured for decades. And for 50 years, one mighty number has stood as the Mount Everest of sport's magic numbers.. 100 points.. At 25, Chamberlain had already crafted a career built on steady, sustained and spectacular

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Hearns: Mayweather and Pacquiao should 'go for it'

ATLANTA -- Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns helped boxing flourish in the 1980s with his high-profile fights and says current stars should adapt a similar willingness to take on all challengers.. Hearns, the first man to win titles in four divisions, said Thursday he fought in an era when champions

Anderson steps down as Grayson's boys hoops coach

Coach led the Rams' program for five seasons

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Revamped GAC boys basketball team keeps winning

No. 1 Spartans to face No. 2 Manchester in Friday's state quarterfinals in Dalton

G-Braves to honor Richmond past

Aaron's number to be re-retired at event

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Getting to know ... Rashad Evans

In this latest installment of "Getting to Know ... ," staff writer Brandon Brigman talks to Rashad Evans about how the UFC has grown, his hobbies and how much longer he plans to fight.

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Local Duluth woman celebrates 100th birthday

Marjories Fairley celebrated her birthday with friends and family.

Appliance drop-off event is Saturday

As part of its inaugural Green Week, Georgia Gwinnett College invites residents to drop off old appliances from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the admissions building parking lot. The event is sponsored by the GGC Environmental Club.

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Chattahoochee first river honored in national program

U.S. Department of the Interior chooses Georgia river as first national water trail, as part of a new program aimed at restoring waterways.

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Daily Post publisher to also head Rockdale, Newton papers

Gwinnett Daily Post publisher J.K. Murphy will also be publisher of the Rockdale and Newton Citizen newspapers, Southern Community Newspapers Inc., announced on Thursday. Murphy has been with the Daily Post since 1998.

Radloff Middle School needs your votes

Louise Radloff Middle School is one of three schools in Gwinnett County that has been nominated for the High 5 Field Trip Poll for March 8. Vote now to help the school win.

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1.5 pounds of meth found in Duluth

Meth, gun, Hummer seized in bust at home in city of Duluth, officials say.

Fed court hears challenge to Ga. immigration law

ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court pressed Georgia attorneys Thursday on whether the state's new law targeting illegal immigration conflicts with federal rules and challenged critics of the crackdown to explain why local authorities can't use the new powers to complement federal efforts.. The three-judge panel of the

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Family forgives boy's shooter in sentencing hearing; judge doesn't

In moving testimony, family and friends of slain 13-year-ol Lawrenceville boy urge shooter to find value in prison experience.

Lawrenceville corridor study survey available online

The GGC-Downtown Lawrenceville Corridor Study wants to build a corridor along Collins Hill and Northdale roads.

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Top state official tours, honors local middle school

The state's top education official visited with students, teachers and administrators at Osborne Middle School on Thursday. He congratulated them for their consistent, hard work on the eighth grade writing test among other achievements.

Clinton: Auto bailout most important Obama move

Former President Bill Clinton says the auto industry bailout was the single most important decision by President Barack Obama.

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Big sales for small cars in February

Many automakers reported strong sales for February as Americans snapped up smaller cars to offset high gas prices.

Cops: Triple homicide likely drug deal gone bad

After three men were found dead in an abandoned Lawrenceville apartment on Wednesday night, two "associates" of the victims were arrested Thursday morning in North Carolina, but are not believed responsible for murders.

Completion of Ga. nuclear plant could be delayed

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- New documents show that two nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia that would be the nation's first built-from-scratch nuclear plant in a generation might be delayed longer than expected.. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Georgia Power Co.'s latest construction report indicates the project might

Oil and gasoline prices continue to march higher

Indications that the U.S. economy is getting stronger helped push benchmark crude up 70 cents to $107.77 per barrel in New York on Thursday.

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Strong retail sales are sign of improving economy

Many retailers reported strong sales gains for February in the latest sign that Americans are feeling more confident in the economy.

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Santorum visits Ga. ahead of Super Tuesday vote

DALTON (AP) -- Republican Rick Santorum said he believes the presidential primary will be a two-man race and criticized former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for supporting a health care mandate.. The former Pennsylvania senator held a rally Thursday in Dalton ahead of Georgia's Super Tuesday primary next week. He's

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First vote looms on Obama birth control policy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate is considering GOP legislation, steeped in election-year politics,to roll back President Barack Obama's policy on birth control coverage.. At issue is a measure sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri that would allow employers and insurers to opt out of provisions in Obama's

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Conservative publisher Breitbart dies in LA at 43

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, has died in Los Angeles. He was 43.. Breitbart's website, bigjournalism.com, announced Thursday he

Georgia spared by major damage as storms diminish

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials say they had no reports of major damage as strong storms moved through north Georgia, which had been under the threat of possible tornadoes as a large weather system pushed through the state.. Much of north Georgia was under a tornado watch for several hours Wednesday

Ga. unemployment rate down for 6th straight month

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the state's unemployment rate has declined for the sixth month in a row.. January's jobless rate was 9.2 percent, compared to a revised rate of 9.4 percent in December. Butler said that figure is the lowest rate since March

Police question three men in NC in triple slaying

Gwinnett Police are questioning three suspects in North Carolina in connection with their investigation of a triple homicide.

Theresa Buechler

Theresa S. Buechler, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away February 28, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Ryan Morton

Ryan Edward Morton, age 34, of Grayson, GA, passed away on February 25, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

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Tom Wages

Dr. Tom L. Wages, age 75, of Flowery Branch, passed away Monday, February 27, 2012 at home surrounded by his family, following a brief illness. Funeral Services will be 2:00 ...

Don Lewis

Mr. Don W. Lewis, age 76, of Oakwood passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following a sudden illness. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon ...

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Garland Rolader

Garland J. Rolader, age 76 of Loganville, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, March 2, 2012 at Alcova Baptist Church in Lawrenceville ...

Milton Brownlee

Milton Brownlee, age 54, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on February 27, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Michael Binkley

Michael Binkley, age 51, of Dacula, GA, passed away on February 27, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Oscar Debrue

Mr. Oscar DeBrue, age 85, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away February 27, 2012. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999.

Rudolph Cerjan Sr

Rudolph Cerjan, Sr., age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on February 26, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Lee Merritt

Lee McDaniel Merritt, age 82, of Duluth, GA, passed away on February 28, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Frances Johnson

Frances W. Johnson, age 85 of Hoschton, died February 28, 2012. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday March 2, 2012 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel, with ...

Kenneth Stovall

Kenneth Daryl Stovall, age 47 of Hoschton, died February 28, 2012. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday March 2, 2012 at Hebron Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Wynn ...

Opal Anderson

Opal Mary Anderson, age 91, of Norcross, GA, passed away peacefully February 28, 2012. Mrs. Anderson was a member of Norcross First Baptist Church. A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother ...

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Sadie Mobley

Sadie Mobley, age 85 passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Funeral Services will be held 3 PM Friday March 2, 2012 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...