News for Saturday, March 3, 2012


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LSU experts reconstruct faces of two USS Monitor crewmembers

RICHMOND, Va. -- When the turret of the USS Monitor was raised from the ocean bottom, two skeletons and the tattered remnants of their uniforms were discovered in the rusted hulk of the Union Civil War ironclad, mute and nameless witnesses to the cost of war. A rubber comb was

Smith scores 30 in Hawks' 97-90 win over Thunder

Josh Smith scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Jeff Teague added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks snapped Oklahoma City's seven-game winning streak with a 97-90 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night.

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Gladiators gut out tight win over rival 'Rays

A night after combining with Trenton for 14 goals, the Gwinnett Gladiators tightened the screws and beat archrival South Carolina 2-1 in a nail-biter that went down to the final seconds Saturday.

PREP ROUNDUP: Grayson girls lacrosse wins Spartan Shootout

Saturday's prep sports roundup

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Berkmar boys can't answer hot-shooting Alpharetta in quarterfinal loss

Berkmar falls to Alpharetta in Class AAAAA quarterfinals

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Milton scores technical knockout of North, 80-58

North boys fall to Milton in the AAAAA state quarterfinals

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McEachern next after Blue Devils hand Parkview first loss

Norcross defeated Parkview to advance to the Class AAAAA Final Four.

Frazier's 15 steals break record as Wesleyan girls roll

Wolves also get 30 points from Wilkins in blowout victory

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North girls reach Final Four for first time since 1963

North Gwinnett defeated Mill Creek to advance to the Class AAAAA Final Four.

Trial set for man who allegedly ordered woman's murder

Inmate accused of trying to hire 'hit man' due to face judge, jury next week.

Mitt Romney hosts event at Brookwood High School March 4

The Republican candidate offers complimentary pancakes to attendees.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senator tries to stop spread of HOT lanes

HOT lanes foes make plea to Senate Transportation Committee; Woodall participates in Read Across America events.

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GEHC reopens attraction to the public with new course

Treetop Quest is open again after being closed since December.

Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau needs locals to represent the county

The Tourism Ambassador Program is back and ready to train new recruits.

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Inmates reap benefits of Gwinnett's jail dog program, too

Operation Second Chance program at Gwinnett County Jail has saved more than 100 dogs in two years of existence. (VIDEO INSIDE)

Gwinnett, Georgia to play big role Super Tuesday

With polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Gwinnett voters could help determine who gets the Republican nomination for president.

Developer looks to Delaware for gambling idea

Delaware provides the inspiration for a $1 billion lottery gambling complex in suburban Atlanta, and the project's backers are betting that the small state's success will help convince officials in Georgia to roll the dice.

Gwinnett County road closures, March 4 through 10

Gwinnett County road closures, March 4 through 10

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Keselowski still riding Twitter high

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- When the drivers pulled to a stop after a massive fireball engulfed a safety truck and delayed the Daytona 500, Brad Keselowski reached into the pocket of his fire suit and pulled out his phone.. Trying to kill time while fire and foam covered the track, Keselowski

Mark Martin nabs pole at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Martin switched teams in the offseason to join Michael Waltrip Racing, the latest move in his multi-stop career.. Wherever he's gone, the veteran driver has won, and it doesn't look as if it'll take long to do it again with his new team.. Martin followed

Sadler ends Nationwide winless drought

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Elliott Sadler took the lead after a late caution and held on down the stretch to win his first Nationwide race in 14 years at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.. A former full-time driver in the Sprint Cup series, Sadler started eighth and didn't get near

Baseball Classic has local connections

Gwinnett grads on UGA, Kennesaw to battle in fundraiser game for children's cancer research

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Fielder has two hits in win over Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Brandon Inge lost his job at third base when Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the infield to make room for first baseman Prince Fielder. Instead of sulking, he volunteered to play second base.. He got his chance against the Braves on Saturday, making two putouts

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McIlroy closes in on No. 1 in the world at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy is one round away from No. 1 in the world.. McIlroy made two big par saves Saturday on a windy back nine at PGA National and finished with a birdie from the bunker for a 4-under 66, giving him a two-shot

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North QB Hosch prepping for Harvard rigors

Though he's headed to Harvard, North Gwinnett quarterback Scotty Hosch is still working hard, both in the classroom and in preparing for college football.

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Peers honor Peachtree Ridge orchestra teacher

Bernadette Scruggs, who started the orchestra program at Peachtree Ridge High School, has earned a major award from the Georgia Music Educators Association.

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Riverside Elementary principal has seen changes over the years

For 11 of the school's 13 years of existence, Dr. Craig Barlow has been principal. In that time, he has seen plenty of changes at the Suwanee school.

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Two new Suwanee restaurants take advantage of vacant buildings

Two new restaurants - Twisted Taco and Tilted Kilt - are preparing to open in Suwanee. Twisted Taco will be in the old Chili's location, which has been vacant for several years.

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Experience, motivation drive Suwanee photographer

Julie Perdue owns her own photography business and has experienced all of the recent changes in technology and with the economy to maintain it for the last 10 years.

Suwanee residents receive update on 20/20 vision discussions

Residents have gathered since June to discuss their vision of the city in 2020. Presentations this week have updated the ideas that have been discussed since there are about two months left in the project.

Suwanee Post Office to have business seminar

The Suwanee Post Office will have a seminar for local business owners.

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Suwanee's McGinnis Reserve nearly immune to housing downturn

McGinnis Reserve, a 170-lot development, was built in 2007 but has largely avoided the overall housing slump thanks to its location, schools and Suwanee's appeal.

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North grad swims her way to NCAAs

It's a pool she knows well, but the experience will be brand new.. In just her sophomore year swimming collegiately for the University of Virginia, North Gwinnett graduate Caroline Kenney will go with her Cavalier teammates to Auburn on March 15 for the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Kenney

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Scenes from Suwanee: Jane Stewart helping our four-legged friends

What started out as a volunteer job as become a full-time occupation for Jane Stewart, who is executive director of the Georgia SPCA in Suwanee.

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Candidates for State House District 107 runoff

Bios of candidates in the March 6 runoff for House District 107

Sunday sales on ballots in Gwinnett, Buford

Gwinnett voters can determine Tuesday if beer and wine sales are allowed on Sundays.

Bios of candidates for Peachtree Corners council

Bios of candidates for Peachtree Corners council

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Voters to decide first Peachtree Corners City Council

On March 6, voters will choose Peachtree Corners' first city council. With 19 candidates vying for six positions, how do you build the best council?

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Blount -- Belcher

Blount -- Belcher. Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Perry Blount of Statham, announce the engagement of their daughter Lauren Elizabeth Blount of Statham, to Wesley Ray Belcher, of Covington, son of Teresa Belcher of Madison.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Blount, Pearl Pullen, all of

Gerontology course offered locally

UGA Gwinnett Campus is offering a unique course in gerontology. The class can expand career options in health care, education, social work and non-profit fields. It also provides useful training for people with aging parents.

Barrow County Emergency Services is going social

Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services announces new social media initiatives.

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LARSON: Smart moves lead to safety and security

SafetySmart in Lilburn has a mission to promote safety, community inolvement and neighborhood unity. A smart pursuit, indeed.

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Medieval Times hosts appreciation day for scouts in March

As an annual event, the Lawrenceville attraction celebrates boy and girl scouts, plus their leaders on March 24.

Farmers needed for summer market

LILBURN -- Lilburn Farmers' Market organizers are looking for a few good farmers.. The market, which is in its third year, will open in June, and officials are looking for growers who can provide fresh, locally grown products for the 2012 season.. A policy handbook and application can be found

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JENKINS: What's so bad about pornography?

My son's question put me in an awkward positon of explaining what is so bad about pornography. Quite a bit, I told him, durng an uncomfortable but necessary discussion.

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Hamel -- Hornbeck

Hamel -- Hornbeck. Don and Nancy Hamel of Hoschton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Rae Hamel of Hoschton, to James Robert Hornbeck of Lilburn, son of Rick and Meg Hornbeck of Lilburn.. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Don and Eileen Malter of Jackson, N.J., Mary Hamel

GAB: Library lauded for efforts

The Springshare company recently recognized Gwinnett County Library for innovative integration of the LibGuides and LibAnswers system, making it easier for the community to find what they need.

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GOODNEWS: Buford student wins speech contest

Priscilla Clark, a 17-year-old junior at Buford High School, recently bested competitors in the American Legion Speech Contest. Clark will move on to the area conest for a chance to compete at the state and national levels.

House race to be decided by runoff Tuesday

Paul Smith and Tom Kirby face off in a runoff for State House District 107.

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Freeze -- Zimmerman

Freeze -- Zimmerman. Sheila Freeze of Winder and Mark Zimmerman of Cumming, along with their children, announce their engagement.. The bride-elect is employed with Gwinnett County Public Schools. The future groom is the son of Joyce and Gene Lambert, of Dawsonville, and is employed with Forsyth County Building Erosion

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Slayton -- Ford

Slayton -- Ford. Dan and Stephanie Slayton of Monroe and John and Cheryl Dow of Collinsville, Miss., announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Christine Slayton of Atlanta, to Brandon James Ford, of Atlanta, son of Stephen and Dawn Ford, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.. The bride-elect is a graduate

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ROBINSON: Santorum goes to the extreme

For all his supposed authenticity, Rick Santorum is not what he seems.

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Bill O'Reilly: Reagan vs. Obama

The presidential election 32 years ago is strikingly similar to the one we have today: a Democratic incumbent in big trouble with the economy and Iran. Sound familiar?

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PARKER: Rush muddies the waters, should apologize to student

Who'd have thought that Rush Limbaugh would become the great uniter in this divisive political season? Indeed, he has united decent people of all stripes and persuasions with his vile remarks about a Georgetown Law student.

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RICH: King James and Will

If Shakespeare and the King James version of the bible are considered such relics, why haven't we found any better way? That is the question.

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MCLEOD: Why procrastination is good for you

Don't take it as a sign that you can put off reading this column until tomorrow, but there are five ways that you can make procrastination work for you.

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NFL: Saints violated 'Bounty Rule'

New Orleans Saints players and at least one assistant coach maintained a bounty program the last three seasons for inflicting game-ending injuries on opposing players

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Powerful storms damage dozens of homes in NW Ga.

A strong storm system swept across north Georgia on Friday, sparking a series of tornado warnings and a report that a home in Haralson County had collapsed.

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BP expects to pay $7.8B in Gulf spill suit deal

BP PLC has agreed to settle lawsuits from thousands of fishermen who lost work and others who claimed they were harmed by the oil giant's 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

George Najem

George Y. Najem, age 83 of Suwanee, died March 1, 2012. Arrangements are pending with by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Raymond Lawson

Mr. Raymond Wilson Lawson, age 71, of Tucker, GA passed away on March 1, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Geraldine "Geri" Woodward

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Geraldine Bridget “Geri” Woodward, age 64, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Arrangements by Evans ...

Jean Jackson

Mrs. Jean N. Jackson, of Winder, GA, passed away, March 1, 2012. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Edmond Gregory

Edmond McNair Gregory, age 65, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Randy Moody

Randy Moody, age 49 of Duluth, died March 1, 2012. Arrangements are pending with by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Lucille Batten

Lucille Tucker Batten, age 82, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Marietta Mission Personal Care Home. Arrangements by Pugh-Troy Funeral Home,

John Mckinney

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Retired Col. John W. McKinney, 83, of Jefferson, Georgia passed away March 1, 2012. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

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Lois Maynard

Mrs. Lois Moon Maynard, age 87, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. She is survived by her husband of sixty seven years, Ralph Maynard, Buford, GA ...