News for Friday, November 16, 2012

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Wesleyan falls on the road to No. 1 Calhoun

Wesleyan came into Friday night's game feeling fresh off a bye week to end the regular season.

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Rosser's TD run in double overtime gives Parkview win over Walton

Parkview entered Friday's first-round playoff matchup against Walton needing big games from the backfield to make up for the loss of Chris Carson's 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. Justis Rosser stepped up big time.

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Bounce-back Broncos rally to upset No. 1 Lassiter

Improbable doesn't even begin to describe Brookwood's chances of victory after spotting Lassiter the first 21 points of their first-round Class AAAAAA state playoff game.

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Chapple, Spartans cruise by Model in playoff opener

Greater Atlanta Christian went into Class AA state playoffs after a heartbreaking loss and with leading rusher Kyle Scales hobbled. The Spartans weren't ready to let some adversity derail them, though.

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Buford outlasts tough first-round foe

Most first-round opponents during Buford's 14 consecutive playoff appearances were overmatched and resulted in easy victories. But Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium, Cedar Grove proved a worthy foe.

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Grayson dominates Wheeler from the start

David Fennell scored an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of the game and Wayne Gallman had three touchdowns in the first quarter as Grayson beat Wheeler 49-9 in the first round of the AAAAAA state playoffs.

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Kamara scores three TDs in Norcross' win over Chattahoochee

When Myles Autry caught a 64-yard touchdown pass over his shoulder, Norcross head coach Keith Maloof felt pretty good about his team's chances of getting a first-round playoff victory.

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North dispatches of Johns Creek, turns eyes to Grayson

Dispatched describes it all. Before the substitutes took over in the fourth quarter and the game turned sloppy, North Gwinnett easily handled Johns Creek in its first-round home playoff win.

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South holds off Milton for first-round victory

On the field for most of the second half, the South Gwinnett defense came up with a stop when it needed one the most.

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Eleven Gwinnett teams kick off football playoffs

Eleven Gwinnett teams kicked off the playoffs on Friday night, as fans noticed a little different atmosphere in the air.

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Tripp's family receives more good news

The Winder toddler recovering from a head injury received more good news on Friday night.

Mountain View's Blair commits to Valdosta State

Senior entering fourth year as a starter for the Bears

Dacula's Calhoun signs with Troy baseball

Catcher is currently a sophomore at Darton College

Braves sign catcher Laird to back up McCann

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a two-year deal with backup catcher Gerald Laird.

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Five-time champ turns heat up on Keselowski

Jimmie Johnson is the king of mind games -- he doesn't fall victim to them -- and he's got five trophies as proof.

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No. 5 Georgia adjusts for Southern's triple-option

With an eye on the scoreboard and the BCS standings, No. 5 Georgia will step out of its normal routine for a couple of weeks to play a pair of throwback teams.

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Duke, Georgia Tech trying to remain in ACC chase

Duke and Georgia Tech will report to Bobby Dodd Stadium as flawed teams with championship hopes. After today's game, one of the two teams will still have a shot at playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

GWINNETT GRADS: In Front of the Cameras

Where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in Saturday's college football action

GWINNETT GRADS: Locals abound in NCAA cross country meet

A look at how former Gwinnett athletes are faring at the college level

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Biermann steps forward as starting DE for Falcons

Ray Edwards' loss is Kroy Biermann's gain for the Atlanta Falcons. Biermann took over as a starting defensive end earlier this week after the Falcons cut Edwards, but the move was a bit ceremonial.

LETTERS: Should we just let the Census decide who's president?

American public are the losers of election, not GOP.

LETTERS: We are one nation, divided

Divided country leads to unrest. We truly have a divided nation.

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HUCKABY: A Porterdale winter will put a chill in your bones

I can't help but laugh at the commercials the big box department stores have been running lately, the ones encouraging everybody to "winterize" their houses.

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YARBROUGH: Junior E. Lee discusses recent election results

I have just received Junior E. Lee's analysis of the recent elections.

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RICH: Giving thanks for Christmas traditions

As you reflect on your many blessings and celebrate them for Thanksgiving, please think of how you can share those blessings during Christmas. A card, a casserole or a Christmas tree could be the most important gift you give. I guess what it boils down to is this: A merry Christmas starts with a happy, blessed Thanksgiving.

Awards recognize individuals, businesses

Partnership Gwinnett awards recognize achievements in imagination, innovation and influence.

Identity thief purchases 2 cars

A Stone Mountain man stole an identity to purchase two cars from a Duluth dealership.

Cities work to appeal to younger generation

Partnership Gwinnett summit focuses on the younger generation.

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MCLEOD: Why fear is a terrible motivator

Whether it's improving life customers, or making the world a better place for everyone, when people have a larger purpose than just trying to keep their jobs, they're more focused, and more effective. They're also more likely to act in a bold and courageous manner.

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Man pulled over for 'loud, bumping music' facing deportation

A man pulled over by Norcross Police for "loud, thumping" music is set to be deported.

GAC gets national distinction for third year in a row

Greater Atlanta Christian School is one of 43 schools in the nation recognized recently as an Apple School of Distinction ofr the 2012-13 school year.

Local foundation plans Day of Hope

The compassion event has activities for children, teens and adults, including live music.

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GSMST receives grant from Nordson

A grant from the Nordson Foundation will establish multiple video game analysis labs, so that students can take integrated phusics and engineering courses as freshmen.

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Pug rescue still needs additional funds for its mission

The nonprofit is looking to raise $11,000 to get out of debt.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: IMPACT! Group

Homelessness, foreclosure, eviction, poverty What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read those words? Chances are you have a negative reaction. Perhaps even fear. Hear the word “homeless” and what probably pops into your head is the image of a drunk, dirty, unemployed adult sleeping on a sidewalk or under a bridge in downtown Atlanta. Read the words “foreclosure” or “eviction” and you think of a deadbeat, an irresponsible fool who spends his money foolishly, and not on his mortgage or rent. And someone living in “poverty” is someone who’s lazy, relying on society to pay their bills. Don’t feel alone. You’re in the majority — but you’re wrong.

Police investigating Peachtree Corners murder

Gwinnett County police are investigating an overnight homicide at a Peachtree Corners extended stay motel, a crime they believe to be drug related.

Ex-WNBA player Holdsclaw in jail on assault charge

Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw is in custody after being accused of shooting into a woman's car after using a bat to break its windows.

Roswell gives fire truck to storm-damaged NY town

Firefighters in suburban Atlanta are preparing to donate one of the city's fire trucks to a New York town that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Gainesville leaders consider Olympic venue future

Gainesville city and chamber of commerce leaders are discussing future plans for the site on Lake Lanier that hosted the 1996 Olympic rowing events.

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Twinkies maker Hostess plans to go out of business

Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and other snacks.

Kathleen Samples

Kathleen Pierce Samples, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Theron O. Samples; son, Kenneth Samples, of Norcross; son, Tony ...

Larry Heath, Jr.

Mr. Larry H. Heath, Jr. of Suwanee, GA passed on November 13, 2012.

Juliet Thompson

Juliet Thompson, age 68, of Buford, GA, passed away on November 14, 2012. 

Richard Mccolley

Mr. Richard L. McColley, age 75, of Winder died November 14, 2012.

Alice Maloney

Alice Maloney, age 80, of Dacula, GA passed away on November 11, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550. 

Don Goehner

Don Goehner, 60, of Lilburn, Georgia, formerly of Summit, NJ passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pamela Goehner; children Melissa ...

Diane Aughtry

Diane Aughtry age 70 of Tucker, Georgia passed away November 11, 2012. She is survived by her sons William C. Aughtry, III and wife Theresa of Greenville, TX; Mickey Aughtry ...

Louise Dillard

Mrs. Louise Thornton Dillard, age 91, of Lilburn, Georgia passed away November 15, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Robert Mitchell and Lula Bell Page Thornton. Mrs. Dillard ...

Dorothy Ward

Mrs. Dorothy Fae Ward, age 73 of Winder died November 12, 2012.