News for Saturday, March 10, 2012

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20 percent of HOT lane users don't pay toll

First look at HOT lane revenue figures show the express lanes brought in more than $750,000 in the first four months.

Lobbyists spend thousands in charter school debate

Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

Ga.-based Air Force band falls to budget cuts

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- Thanks to budget cuts at the Pentagon, the Air Force concert band based in middle Georgia will soon be playing its final encore.. The 45 musicians assigned to the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve showed "a little bit of shock and awe" last

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Wesleyan claims fifth straight state championship

Wesleyan rolls to fifth straight state title with win over SW Atlanta Christian

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LEGOs help Lawrenceville resident build dream job

Joshua Bohn out-built hundreds of competitors to earn the Master Model Builder title for LEGOLAND in Atlanta.

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Opening Day kicks off this year's boys and girls youth league

Suwanee -- The North Gwinnett Baseball and Softball Association held Opening Day for this year's youth boys and girls on Saturday at George Pierce Park in Suwanee. George Pierce Park has been open for almost 20 years, serving as home to the NGBSA league for more than 15 of them

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Golden Girl Scouts celebrate the organization's anniversary

Bethesda Park Senior Center invites seniors to unite and share memories about the Girl Scouts.

Forever 21 expands for more fashion in Discover Mills

Shoppers can browse are larger number of clothes and accessories at the new Forever 21.

Don't forget: Change your clocks

At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, turn that clock ahead

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressmen talk support for jobs, military bills

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall applauds bipartisan effort to add jobs by reducing regulation; Rep. Hank Johnson signs on to bill that would ensure due process to detainees.

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Hundreds attend 'Fan Fest,' a prelude to GBraves season

Hundreds of baseball enthusiasts attend "Fan Fest," an open-door bonanza at Coolray Field.

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Gwinnett wheelchair basketball team wins first state championship

The Gwinnett Heat won the state wheelchair championship Friday afternoon at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Heat beat the West Georgia Wolverines 22-18 in overtime after rallying from an 18-10 deficit.

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Suwanee post office offers mail seminar

The Suwanee Post Office will have a seminar on March 14 at City Hall to show businesses how to use direct mail to attract customers.

G-BRAVES NOTES: Durango, Parraz making good early impressions

Luis Durango and Jordan Parraz, expected to be part of Gwinnett's new-look outfield this season, got off to hot starts in major league camp with Atlanta.. Durango was 4-for-7 with four walks in early Grapefruit League games and Parraz was 3-for-6.. Durango, 25, is a

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Zapolski, Gladiators blank Cincinnati

The Gwinnett Gladiators continued to play with an ever-changing roster and still managed to keep their scant conference lead with a playoff-style 2-0 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday.

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Mock car crash, funeral evoke emotion

Using a dramatic series of events, volunteers last week at North Gwinnett High School showed students the dangers of distracted driving. Students saw the reenactment of a car crash as well as the mock funeral of a fellow student.

PREP ROUNDUP: Peachtree Ridge wins Apple Mountain Invitational

Saturday's high school sports action

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20 percent of HOT lane users don't pay toll

First look at HOT lane revenue figures show the express lanes brought in more than $750,000 in the first four months.

Road closures, March 11 through 17

Gwinnett County road closures, March 11 through 17

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Hundreds attend 'Fan Fest,' a prelude to GBraves season

Hundreds of baseball enthusiasts attend "Fan Fest," an open-door bonanza at Coolray Field.

LETTER: Sunday's not 'just another day' to drink

Fellow Christians disappointed in support of Sunday sales. In the article "Sunday sales passes in Gwinnett, Buford by wide margin" published on 3/7/12, one of the reasons stated for voting yes was that "one more day isn't going to hurt." I was disappointed to read that a fellow Christian

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MOORE: Speak, because they're listening

Recent trip to Washington, D.C. is a reminder that your voices need to be heard.

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CEPEDA: In classrooms, quality counts

CHICAGO -- Every few months, a handful of education reform advocates push the idea that the public education system's woes could be fixed if only there were more black or Hispanic teachers in classrooms.

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O'REILLY: Decent citizen behavior

Sandra Fluke's announced sense of entitlement is every taxpayer's concern.

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PARKER: What women want

Introducing her husband on Super Tuesday night, Ann Romney said women this election season are interested in jobs, the economy and the debt. Translation: So could we shut up already about contraception?.

LETTER: Christ may be nauseated by Christian's comments

This has reference to Mr. Roy Robinson's comment that he is a conservative Christian and is in favor of Sunday liquor sales.. Apparently Mr. Robinson doesn't read the same Bible that I read.. "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold

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North Carolina to play FSU for ACC championship

ATLANTA -- No. 4-ranked North Carolina, playing without John Henson, survived. No. 6 Duke, without an injured player itself, wasn't so fortunate.. Florida State will be the Tar Heels' opponent in the ACC Tournament championship game today at Philips Arena and that could be just as intriguing in one

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Opening Day kicks off this year's boys and girls youth league

Suwanee -- The North Gwinnett Baseball and Softball Association held Opening Day for this year's youth boys and girls on Saturday at George Pierce Park in Suwanee. George Pierce Park has been open for almost 20 years, serving as home to the NGBSA league for more than 15 of them

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Jurrjens, Pineda both wild as Yankees beat Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Yankees want to ease the pressure on Michael Pineda.. "We don't need him to be a 30-win All-Star. We need him to be Michael Pineda," Mark Teixeira said. "Wherever Michael fits in, he's going to be great for us.". Pineda worked around

YOUTH ROUNDUP: North all-stars win county title

The North Gwinnett 10 and under all-star basketball team won the Gwinnett County tournament.. The Bulldogs defeated Mountain View 33-8, Duluth 33-11, North Gwinnett Red 29-27, Dacula 44-40, and Mill Creek 24-21 in the championship game.. Team members are Chad English, Michael Borah, Trey Harris, Ryan Cooper, Spencer Southard

COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UK moves to SEC final with win over Florida, will face Vandy

NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats held off Florida 74-71 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.. Terrence Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (32-1), who've won 24 straight games.. Doron Lamb

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Lovett ends Buford's title streak with 52-42 win

MACON -- For the first time in the last four years, championship Saturday just wasn't the Buford girls basketball team's day.. The Wolves spent much of this year's Class AA championship game trying to climb out of an early hole against Region 6-AA rival Lovett.. But despite nearly reaching

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Wesleyan claims fifth straight state championship

Wesleyan rolls to fifth straight state title with win over SW Atlanta Christian

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Congressmen talk support for jobs, military bills

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall applauds bipartisan effort to add jobs by reducing regulation; Rep. Hank Johnson signs on to bill that would ensure due process to detainees.

Forever 21 expands for more fashion in Discover Mills

Shoppers can browse are larger number of clothes and accessories at the new Forever 21.

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Golden Girl Scouts celebrate the organization's anniversary

Bethesda Park Senior Center invites seniors to unite and share memories about the Girl Scouts.

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Hometown players feel the joy, pain

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Freese lived every kid's dream last October, carrying his hometown St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series title with clutch hit after clutch hit.. The third baseman, who went to high school just outside St. Louis, was named the MVP of the NLCS and the

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Force quarterback hopes momentum carries over after late surge last year

Feature on Georgia Force quarterback Darnell Kennedy

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Peyton leads a big class into 2012 free agency

Peyton Manning is a free man. Drew Brees is not.. A week after a record 21 players were given franchise tags -- only Saints star quarterback Brees got an exclusive tag and can't even talk to other teams -- the NFL's free agency free-for-all begins. And it will

Don't forget: Change your clocks

At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, turn that clock ahead

Volunteers prepping to prove bald is beautiful

St. Balddrick's fundraiser in Barrow is shaping up to be a popular means to go bald, officials report.

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Vandeford -- Ryser Enagagement

Vandeford -- Ryser. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Vandeford of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Ryan Marie Vandeford of Loganville, to Curtis Michael Ryser of Loganville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Ryser of Loganville.. The bride-elect is a graduate of South Gwinnett High School and is employed

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Goddard -- Durrett Engagement

Goddard -- Durrett. Michael and Janice Goddard of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Veronica Goddard of Gainesville, to Nicholas Kyle Durrett of Gainesville, son of William and Brenda Durrett of Auburn.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lee and Rita Goddard of Lawrenceville and Anthony and

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Grimes -- Ramsey Engagement

Grimes -- Ramsey. Damon and Maryanne Grimes of Hoschton announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Leigh Grimes of Hoschton, to Matthew Lyle Ramsey of Franklin, N.C., son of Joseph and Theresa Ramsey of Franklin.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Anne Branigan of Rockville Centre, N.Y., the late

Railway museum holding photo contest

The Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth is opening its 2012 photo contest exhibit this month. Photos have all been submitted and will be on display through the end of April.

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Atlanta artist displays dog art at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Robert Christie's art will be on display until mid-April.

Grant, donations allow expansion of transportation program for disabled

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A federal grant will help Gwinnett provide transportation to the disabled.. For the second year, Gwinnett received funds from the Federal Transportation Administration's New Freedom Act, a $158,766 grant for the Get in Gear program to provide trips to doctors and hospitals.. During the first six months of

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JENKINS: It can't be a sport if no chewing out is involved

It's a fact I know from my old playing days -- you can't consider yourself a true athlete until you've been taken to task by your coach.

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LEGOs help Lawrenceville resident build dream job

Joshua Bohn out-built hundreds of competitors to earn the Master Model Builder title for LEGOLAND in Atlanta.

Sugar Hill to host community Easter egg hunt

Event held at E.E. Robinson Park includes complimentary pictures with the Easter Bunny

Established Suwanee Farmers Market looks to build on reputation

The Suwanee Farmers Market will accept applications through March 26 for this year's farmers market, which opens May 1.

GAB: Cancer Society holding Tournament of Hope

The American Cancer Society will host the sixth annual Tournament of Hope Golf Classic on April 20 at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer.

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GOOD NEWS: Jenkins student is national winner

Carolyn Phung, a fourth-grade student from Jenkins Elementary, has been named a winner in a national art contest from McGraw-Hill Education. Phung is one of 12 winners in the country.

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LARSON: Celebrating a centennial of Girl Scouting

As the Girl Scouts prepare to celebrat their 100th anniversary, I remember some great times being, and writing about, Scouts.

Lobbyists spend thousands in charter school debate

Lobbyists on both sides of the charter school debate have spent thousands trying to woo Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike, shelling out for a documentary film screening, coffee and pricey meals, some topping $100 a person.

Ga.-based Air Force band falls to budget cuts

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- Thanks to budget cuts at the Pentagon, the Air Force concert band based in middle Georgia will soon be playing its final encore.. The 45 musicians assigned to the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve showed "a little bit of shock and awe" last

Error to cost DeKalb schools $36M in improvements

DECATUR (AP) -- A Georgia school system is faced with cutting $36 million in sales-tax funded improvements because of an accounting error.. DeKalb County school officials say they won't have enough money for three dozen construction projects -- including $2.5 million in improvements for disabled students at 20 schools

Caterpillar taking applications for new Athens plant

ATHENS (AP) -- Construction equipment maker Caterpillar is already accepting job applications for its planned manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.. Not quite a month has passed since the company announced a 1.2 million-square-foot plant near Athens. Still, Caterpillar says it plans to begin production in late 2013 and

Suwanee's Movie Tavern accepting job applications, to open in April

The Suwanee Movie Tavern is accepting job applications, expects to open in April. The Farmers Market is accepting vendor applications.

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Suwanee native's woodworking business adapts over 29 years

John Titshaw opened Progressive Woodworks in 1983, and the Suwanee native has kept his business in Old Town despite it shrinking from seven employees to two.

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Scenes from Suwanee: Liz Echols shares how Ippolitos, CrossFit changed her life

Liz Echols was tenacious for a 14-year-old. She knew she wanted to follow in her older sister's footsteps. At the time, her sibling was a waitress at Ippolitos, and Echols told the owner, Dick Cunningham, that the Italian restaurant would be her first job.. "I always told him

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Level Creek principal carries on family tradition

Teaching runs in the family for Nancy Kiel, who is in her sixth year as principal of Level Creek Elementary.

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North students hope to compare culture with French peers

A North Gwinnett High School class will host a teacher and 16 students from France this week coming up as part of an exchange program through the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Tech.

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North basketball looks to build on big season

Bulldogs post milestone season in 2011-12

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Gritty Harriman ready to lead North on another playoff run

North Gwinnett's Lauren Harriman wants to lead the Bulldogs on another deep playoff run.

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Artful Living coming to Suwanee

A store that offers jewelry, gifts and home decor is set to open in Town Center.

Suwanee Farmers Market accepts applications, opens May 1

The Suwanee Farmers Market will accept vendor applications through March 26, and will open on May 1.

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Vanderbilt knocks Georgia out of SEC tournament

Georgia ends its season with a 15-17 record after its SEC Tournament run, which was highlighted by an upset of Mississippi State, comes to an end.

Ga. immigration panel gets 1st complaint

ATLANTA -- A panel charged with ensuring that public employees and agencies comply with state laws on immigration on Friday discussed its process for handling complaints.. The first complaint with the Immigration Enforcement Review Board was filed last month by anti-illegal immigration activist D.A. King against Atlanta Mayor Kasim

Police charge 2 teens in BB shootings

ATHENS -- Police said they've taken two teenagers into custody as they continue to investigate BB gun shootings in Athens.. Police said the suspects are ages 17 and 19. Police said each has been charged with a single count of aggravated assault. The circumstances surrounding the charges facing the teenagers

GBI urges lawmakers to fund pay increase

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is long used to losing agents to better-paying federal agencies. But when officers began bolting for other state offices and even local police departments, the agency started raising a fuss.. Faced with the threat of losing more veteran agents, the GBI is

Woman's father arrested in death of son-in-law

CUMMING -- Forsyth County authorities said a woman's father has been arrested for fatally shooting his son-in-law.. It was reported that that 77-year-old Aldridge Court has been charged with one count of murder on Friday in the death of 41-year-old Ronald E. Priester.. Authorities

Lyman "Gene" Cleghorn

Lyman G. “Gene” Cleghorn, age 68 of Cumming, GA died suddenly on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM ...

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William "Coach Mac" McDaniel Sr

BG (Ret.) Wm. Kenneth McDaniel, Sr. “Coach Mac” Wm. Kenneth McDaniel, Sr., former principal of North Gwinnett High School and Brigadier General (Ret.), GA Army National Guard, died ...

Donna Spurgeon

Donna Marie Spurgeon, 56, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, in Suwanee, with her family by her side. Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 12, 2012 from the ...

Geraldine "Jeri" Golden

Geraldine (Jeri) Bright Golden, age 79, of Lawrenceville, GA, was promoted to glory March 8, 2012. She was born in Pell City, AL, a daughter of the late RE and ...

Bertha Dangar

Mrs. Bertha Mae Dangar, age 93, of Winder, Georgia died March 9, 2012. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770/867-1361. www.carterfhwinder.com

Roscoe Storey

Roscoe Thomas Storey 86, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2012. He is survived by his son, Stephen Storey. Mr. Storey was preceded in death by his ...

Mary Bradley

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Mary K. Bradley, age 81, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Deborah Ide

Deborah Lynn Ide, age 58, of Suwanee, GA passed away on March 9, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Jerry Bowles

Jerry Bowles, age 66, of Dacula, GA, passed away on March 9, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Lonne Holcombe

Lonnie Holcombe, age 60, of Dacula, Georgia, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 8, 2012. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and ...

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Jane Bailey

Jane Adkinson Bailey, 65, died on February 28, 2012, at Northside Hospital from complications following a stem cell transplant in late November. Jane was born on March 9, 1946, in ...

Franklyn Maize

Franklyn Elmer Maize, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on March 9, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Harold Simonton

Harold Clifford Simonton, age 85, of Doraville, died March 8, 2012. Arrangements are pending with by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Richard "Dick Beller" Beller

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Richard Lyle Beller (Dick Beller), age 75 of Tucson, AZ, who passed away Monday, March 5, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Mike Arnold

Mike Arnold, age 62, of Snellville, GA passed away on March 8, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-5010. www.stewartfh.com

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