News for Thursday, November 29, 2012


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Group holds scholarship fundraisier

A non-profit organization has scheduled a "Taste of Christmas" event Sunday at 550 Trackside on Clayton Street with proceeds to benefit local college students in need of scholarships.

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World War II vets visit Wesleyan

Students at Wesleyan School got a history lesson Thursday morning from two men who played vital roles during the resolution of World War II.

Annual tree lighting Saturday in Duluth

The city of Duluth is holding its 30th annual Lighting ofthe Tree on Saturday.

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It's an SEC house divided for Buford's Lee family

Buford grads Dallas and Dillon Lee will face each other on Saturday when Georgia and Alabama meet in the SEC Championship game.

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Family, friends attend service for local teen

Family and friends of a local 17-year-old who passed away mysteriously earlier this month packed a funeral home, where they paid their respects to a life taken too soon.

PREP ROUNDUP: Swinton, Wilkins each score 21 in GAC win

A look at Thursday's Gwinnett Prep action.

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MCCULLOUGH: Richt is my coach, no matter what

Richt is my coach, no matter what. Well, here we go again.. My beloved Georgia Bulldogs lost the early-season Big One again, and in ugly fashion. They slipped out to sea, their SEC and BCS championship hopes "distant ship's smoke on the horizon," as the song says.. Then

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ROBINSON: A legacy we dare not leave

WASHINGTON -- You might not have noticed that another round of U.N. climate talks is under way, this time in Doha, Qatar. You also might not have noticed that we're barreling toward a "world ... of unprecedented heat waves, severe drought, and major floods in many regions." Here in Washington

10 Years comes to Buford

The hard rock band takes stage Dec. 3.


Michael Clark spotlights "Lawless" on Blu-ray disc.

Movie triva contest — Nov. 30

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Softly' hammers its message hard

Killing Them Softly. 2 out of 4 stars. (R). Writer-director Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" is an incredibly stylish genre exercise set in the world of mobsters, junkies and lowlifes, but it's also trying incredibly hard to be About Something.. Not content merely to be profane, abrasive and occasionally

Classic ballet, winter play open in Gwinnett

"The Nutcracker" and "Narina: The Musical" open this weekend.

2012 Holiday movie preview

Movie critic Michael Clark gives us a look at winter's woes and winners.

2012 Holiday event guide

Here's a look into festivities around the county for the holidays.

THE DISH: Praise the Lard BBQ

This Buford barbecue spot serves food Friday through Sunday only.

FILM FANS: 'Life of Pi' is stimulating, fascinating

Local residents reviewed the movie of the week, "Life of Pi."

ART BEAT: Sugarloaf Performing Arts offers the 'Nativity Ballet'

The two performances are free to the public for the holidays.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hitchcock’ has slew of factual inaccuracies, conjecture

"Hitchcock" doesn't tell us anything we don't already know about the legendary director, but still manages to do so with style and panache.

By venue -- Nov. 30

By venue -- Nov. 30

Local theaters present classic Dickens

Local theaters embrace the holiday story "A Christmas Carol."

Snellville art studio hosts new exhibit

Lawrenceville native David Raderstorf displays his art through January.

'Totem' expands performance dates

The show now runs through Dec. 30.

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Getting to Know ... Casey Pierro-Zabotel

In his fourth season as a pro, forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads the Gwinnett Gladiators and is fourth overall in the ECHL with 27 points in 20 games. Pierro-Zabotel was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2007 draft and played two seasons in their

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Parkview, Colquitt prepare for all-out quarterfinal battle

Parkview, Colquitt prepared for all-out quarterfinal battle

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Lewis, Hawks running game head to North Cobb

North Cobb will host Mill Creek in the quaterfinals of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Duluth Duals to benefit Toys for Tots

Ten teams involved in Saturday's wrestling tournament

Wesleyan's Hall signed by 49ers

Former Philadelphia Eagle joins San Francisco's practice squad

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Norcross' Lamb assigned to the D-League by NBA team

Lottery pick sent to developmental league by Thunder

Wesleyan baseball field named national field of the year

Wolves' surface earns prestigious honor for the second time

Football University national tourney begins Saturday in Buford

Event will showcase five games Saturday, four more on Sunday

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North faces athletic Lovejoy in quarterfinals

Lovejoy hosts North Gwinnett in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

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Region 7 coaches filled with pride in quarterfinals

Region 7 has three teams left in the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

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State powers Norcross, Camden County prepared for quarterfinal clash

State powers Norcross-Camden County prepare for quarterfinal clash

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Buford, Carver meet again in playoffs

Buford travels south to face familiar foe Carver.

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Early County stands between GAC and rare quarterfinal win

Teams that met in 2002 semis meet again in high-stakes quarterfinal


Anna Karenina (R) Director Joe Wright teams with leading lady Kiera Knightley ("Pride and Prejudice," "Atonement") for a third time in this unorthodox yet engaging version of the classic Tolstoy novel. 3 stars -- Michael Clark. Life of Pi (PG-13) Director Ang Lee's adaptation of the best-selling

Police: Beware of financial crimes during holidays

Gwinnett Police offer a reminder to protect yourself from credit card fraud during the holidays.

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Bond hearing postponed for Lasseter's son

Attorney: "There's information that we'd like to present that we haven't gathered yet"

Lilburn man critical after being shot during robbery

Suspect described as slim black male wearing white T-shirt and black pants

Suwanee Police ID deceased in McGinnis Ferry wreck

Suwanee police have identified the people who died in a head-on collision on Wednesday night.

Gwinnett animal shelter puts on adoption event

The Gwinnett Animal Shelter has a pet adoption event that runs through Dec. 23.

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Fans Choice Player of the Week: GAC's Rafe Chapple

Junior quarterback was nearly flawless in Spartans' playoff win over previously unbeaten Heard County

Cameras being installed in Valdosta dorm elevators

Authorities at Valdosta State University say they are installing cameras in residence hall elevators, including the dormitory where a 17-year-old freshman was found dead in a study lounge.

Fund set up for relatives of hunters who fell

Authorities say a memorial fund has been set up for relatives of a hunter who fell to his death from a tree stand in a wooded area in Suwanee. His son also fell from the stand and was injured.

Thieves steal baby cribs from nonprofit group

Authorities say thieves cut the locks on a trailer belonging to a nonprofit group in Woodstock, stealing five baby cribs that were intended to go to new mothers.

Herschel Walker to help open Athens restaurant

Legendary University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker plans to help open a new restaurant, Herschel's Famous 34 Pub & Grill in Athens.

Saints tweet that bus egged at Atlanta airport

The New Orleans Saints players say their bus was pelted with eggs by airport workers after they touched down in Atlanta.

2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot

Powerball officials said early Thursday morning that two tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot.

Nolan Duncan

Mr. Nolan Dean Duncan, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucius D. and Bethel Cronic Duncan ...

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Laura Hicks

Captain Laura Hicks, age 48, of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office passed away Wednesday, November 28th 2012. She is survived by her partner Judy Tormey of Stone Mountain ...

Bradley Reid

Bradley Reid, age 22, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on November 27, 2012. 

Diana Burnell

Diana Burnell, 57, of Alpharetta, died 11/26/12.

Sandra Harrison

Sandra Faye Harrison, age 63, of Snellville, GA passed away November 27, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-979-5010.

Spencer Mcallister

Spencer Allen McAllister, age 16, of Stone Mountain passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-979-5010.

Louise Manning

Louise Manning, age 93, of Avondale passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis “Buck” Manning. She is survived by her ...

Maud Tyler

Maud Louise Wallser Tyler, age 85, of Lilburn, GA, passed away November 27, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811.

Relma Hatcher

Mr. Relma Lee Hatcher, age 81 of Duluth, GA died November 27, 2012. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Duluth Church of Christ. He ...

Donald Clark

Donald Bennett Clark, 70, of Cumming, died 11/21/12.

Alfred Ames

Alfred A. Ames, age 75 of Duluth, died November 27, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. 

Alfredo Amador

Alfredo M. Amador, 95, of Alpharetta, died 11/20/12.

Georgia Holderfield

Georgia Marie Holderfield, age 91 of Snellville, died November 28, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. 

Diane Rogers

Diane Rogers, 80, of Johns Creek, died 11/25/2012.

Joyce Hovis

Joyce Hovis, 85, of Atlanta, died 11/20/12.

Alton Jones

Mr. Alton K. Jones, age 84 of Buford, GA died November 28, 2012. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. 

Muriel Gwynn

Muriel Gwynn, 79, of Johns Creek, died 11/4/12.

Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes, 77, of Roswell, died 11/20/12.

Patricia Haslup

Patricia Apson Haslup, age 72, of Dacula, GA, passed away on November 26, 2012. 

Muriel Fulton

Muriel Fulton, 100, of Johns Creek, died 11/21/12.

Billie Barry

Billie Barry, 92, of Cumming, died 11/25/12.

Ralph Akers

Wayne Akers, age 51 of Lawrenceville passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012.

John Bottoms, Sr.

John Benjamin Bottoms, Sr., age 64, of Winder, GA passed away November 28, 2012.

Mercedes Mcalister

Mercedes McAlister, 62, of Alpharetta, died 11/23/12.