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Auburn arts center plans 'Holiday Extravaganza' for Dec. 1

Auburn arts center plans holiday extravaganza, leaders say.

Hope Clinic honors physicians for care of poor, uninsured

Eight local physicians given "Circle of Hope" honors by the Hope Clinic

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Fort — Lauman

Danny and Nina Fort of Sandy Springs announce the engagement of their daughter, Maria Carolyn Fort of Atlanta, to Mark Philip Lauman of Atlanta, son of J. Robert and Barbara Lauman of Lawrenceville.

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Matricardi — Reese

Joanne and Carl Matricardi of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Cara Marie Matricardi of Kingsland, to Christopher Spence Reese of Kingsland, son of Maria and Spence Reese of Watkinsville.

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GOOD NEWS: Arts center salutes Trickum Middle teacher

A Gwinnett County visual arts teacher has once again brought home a top honor for her school and district.

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GAB: Kroger 'rounds up' support for hurricane victims

In the wake of deadly storms in the northeast, Gwinnett County Kroger stores are encouraging customers to donate to the American Red Cross by rounding-up totals for their purchases to the nearest dollar.

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Patterson — Ivester

Ashley Brooke Patterson and John Weston Ivester were married Sept. 22 at the Georgia Club in Statham.

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JENKINS: What to do if your guy loses on Tuesday

With the 2012 election still too close to call, it's important for you to have a plan, should your candidate not get the nod, preferably involving some combination of finger-pointing, denial, dissembling, self-pity, and dire predictions about the future of our republic.

NYC filmmaker Weinstein to visit Suwanee

Another installment in the independent film series in Suwanee will feature a film that examines the day-to-day lives of New York City cab drivers.

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LARSON: Thoughts from a wondering mind

I admit it, when my thoughts start to wander, there are all sorts of things that come to mind. What are yours?

Lawrenceville invites veterans to 'A Day of Honor'

The afternoon offers lunch, music and a speech given by State Rep. Buzz Brockway.

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Rainbow Village gala a success

Rainbow Village held its Faith, Hope and Love Gala earlier this month, an annual funraiser for the organization which provides transformational housing to homeless families with children.

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At the end, Romney, Obama spar over voter revenge

MENTOR, Ohio -- Reaching for the finish line, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama embarked Saturday on the final 72-hour haul of their long, grinding quest for victory, swatting at one another over what should motivate Americans to vote, which candidate they can trust and offering dueling pictures

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Five years since teen vanished, answers are few, hurt persists

Five years since Justin Gaines's disappearance, the search continues.

Gwinnett road closures, Nov. 4 through 10

-- Alcovy Road fromCampbell Road to West Drowning Creek Roadwillrequire intermittent lane closures between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through February for roadway improvements associated with Sugarloaf Parkway extension.. -- Creek Hollow Way will close through November for drainage improvements. The detour route will be Creek Hollow Way to Creek

BOC to discuss 'headquarters hotel' Tuesday

Agenda item for Tuesday's 10 a.m. meeting includes BOC vote on giving GCVB ability to lease property for hotel

9-1 shot Fort Larned wins BC Classic in upset

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Fort Larned, a 9-1 long shot, led all the way to win the $5 million Classic by a half-length on Saturday, capping a weekend of upsets at the Breeders' Cup.. Brian Hernandez Jr., aboard the winner, celebrated his 27th birthday with the biggest victory of his

Providence runner-up at state meet

Providence's girls cross country team was second at the Class A state meet.

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Gladiators top Elmira to move into first place

DULUTH -- Casey Pierro-Zabotel is known for being a playmaker, his 11 assists ranking second in the ECHL. But the native of British Columbia can also put the puck in the net when needed.. Pierro-Zabotel had two goals and Mike Lee made 18 saves as the Gwinnett Gladiators

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McCanns' softball game benefits childhood cancer research

Brian McCann has been working to raise money for childhood cancer for most of his big league career.

McCann feeling good after shoulder surgery

LAWRENCEVILLE -- About two weeks after shoulder surgery, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said he's feeling good.. McCann, a Duluth High School grad, hosted his fourth annual celebrity softball game for the Rally Foundation -- which benefits childhood cancer research -- at Coolray Field on Saturday afternoon. He spoke with

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Heinicke takes long, successful path to Georgia Dome debut

Collins Hill grad Taylor Heinicke has happy homecoming in Old Dominion win over Georgia State

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PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Rams' shutout steak reaches record four games

High School football notes from around the county from games of Nov. 1-2

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Early deficit sends GSU to 53-27 defeat in Curry's farewell

Georgia State falls to No. 5 Old Dominion in Bill Curry's home finale

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GGC women fall in finale; men give seniors high-scoring sendoff

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A couple of mental lapses late in the first half ended Georgia Gwinnett College's inaugural season with a 2-1 defeat against Shorter University on Saturday.. Early on, it looked like the Grizzlies (10-7-1) might be in good shape against Shorter, which entered the game with only four wins

Buford star Kaela Davis headed to Georgia Tech

Buford basketball player Kaela Davis committed to Georgia Tech.

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Georgia Tech relies on running game to roll past Maryland 33-13

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Georgia Tech had two healthy quarterbacks and attempted only four passes. Maryland linebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty was forced to throw 18 times.. That goes a long way toward explaining why the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 33-13 victory Saturday.. Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: No. 4 Notre Dame uses triple OT to beat Pittsburgh 29-26

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson scored on a quarterback sneak in the third overtime and threw two touchdown passes during Notre Dame's fourth-quarter comeback in Saturday's 29-26 win.. Notre Dame (9-0) won despite Ray Graham rushing for 172 yards for Pitt (4-5), which missed a potential game-winning

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Murray's four TDs lead Georgia past Ole Miss 37-10

ATHENS -- One of Mark Richt's oldest trick plays gave Georgia the lift it needed to remain on track for a shot at the SEC title.. Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 7 Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi 37-10 on Saturday and move one win

Results from the Region 8-AAAAAA Boys and Girls Cross Country Championships

Results from the Region 8-AAAAAA boys and girls cross country championships

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Mill Creek boys, Peachtree Ridge girls repeat as region champs

Mill Creek boys and Peachtree Ridge girls won the Region 7-AAAAAA cross country championships.

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Brookwood boys, girls take different pass to region titles

Brookwood sweeps Region 8-AAAAAA cross country meet

Region 7-AAAAAA cross country results

Results from the Region 7-AAAAAA cross country championships.

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Keselowski doesn't want to waste Cup title chance

Brad Keselowski was teammates with Jimmie Johnson for a handful of races a few years ago, and once drove a car owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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CEPEDA: Testing passes the test

Today, even though my kids go to a school that serves majority low-income community and suffers from severe budget shortfalls, the legacy of No Child Left Behind is that I know how my kids are performing overall and over time in the subjects that will determine whether they succeed in college.

GERSTEIN: Barbara King was my hero

Barbara King was my hero. She was also my mentor, colleague, and friend. She was a great example of a true Southern belle. She treated everyone she met with the charm, grace, and respect that the title signifies.

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O'REILLY: Sandy's Lesson: Learn a little self-reliance

Here's the big lesson from mega-storm Sandy: Mother Nature sneers at high tech, mocks modern convenience and couldn't care less about what kind of person you are.

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PARKER: Poll dancing

WASHINGTON -- With just days to go, this is the un-callable election. Between daily tracking polls, punditry, Intrade gambles, Nate Silver predictions, RealClearPolitics averages -- and hurricanes -- heads are spinning with anticipation and angst.

Hudgens brings back $50,000 visual arts competition

Georgia artists can submit up to five pieces of art into the competition through Feb. 1.

Trash plan to be argued in front of Ga. Supreme Court

A local attorney is ready to make his case against Gwinnett's controversial trash plan in front of the Georgia Supreme Court.. Attorney Chris McClurg and Gwinnett resident Robert Mesteller filed an appeal to the Supreme Court in September, refuting a summary judgment previously issued by a Superior Court judge. McClurg

Ga. sheriff's deputy accidentally shoots himself

A Terrell County sheriff's deputy is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg.

Gov. Deal appoints wife of state COO to board

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed the wife of a high-ranking state official to the Board of Workers' Compensation.

Feds investigate Gwinnett Place car dealership

Federal transportation officials are investigating reports that a Gwinnett Nissan dealership sold a recalled vehicle without performing mandatory repairs.

GA elections officials gear up for Election Day

The Secretary of State's office will not release early voting totals until Monday, though at mid-week the pace was on track to fall short of the 2 million early ballots cast in 2008.

Po, the panda, turns 2 at Zoo Atlanta

Po, the giant panda cub at Zoo Atlanta, celebrates his second birthday Saturday.

Charter school amendment divides GA tea partyers

Several tea party activists have come out in support of the plan that would allow the state to impanel a new commission authorized to create and regulate independent charter schools.

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Toddler killed by gunfire in Atlanta

A toddler has been killed by a shooting in Atlanta, while her infant brother is hospitalized.

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Roger Smith

Roger Allen Smith went to be with our Lord on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Mr. Smith was born November 10, 1951 in Bristol, TN. He was preceded in death by ...

Norma Wyatt

Norma Jeanette Soden Wyatt, 82 of Snellville, GA died Thursday, November 1, 2012, after a short but fierce battle with cancer. Born November 3, 1929, in Canon City, CO, Norma ...

John Morrison

Mr. John H. Morrison, age 100, of Lawrenceville, GA died on November 1, 2012. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535. 

Marion Kennair

Mrs. Marion Kennair, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away on November 1, 2012. 

Gilberto Sanchez

Mr. Gilberto Sanchez, age 90, of Dacula, GA, passed away on November 2, 2012. 

Daniel Cole

Mr. Daniel Cole, age 69, of Jonesboro, GA, passed away on November 2, 2012. 

Charlie Haynie

Charlie Bob Haynie, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.

Curtis Barfield

Curtis Barfield, age 34, of Loganville, GA, passed away November 1, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville 770-466-1544. 

Jack Herrington

Mr. Jack Herrington, age 80, of Buford, GA, passed away on November 1, 2012. 

Heritage ends Apalachee's playoff hopes

Wildcats fall short of goal on Senior Night

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Peachtree Ridge dominates Meadowcreek for 62-0 win

Peachtree Ridge pounded Meadowcreek 62-0 in Norcross on Friday night thanks to a dominating performance.

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Chapple leads GAC past Wesleyan with four TDs

Rafe Chapple's three older brothers never won a region championship at Greater Atlanta Christian.

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Central airs it out, beats Dacula

Central Gwinnett came into Friday's matchup with Dacula with the luster of last week's big upset over Parkview.

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North rolls over Bears, wraps up 2nd seed

North Gwinnett clinched the second seed and guaranteed itself at least one home game in the playoffs with a 49-7 win over Mountain View on Senior Night.

Hebron scores late in loss to Athens Academy

Athens Academy built a big lead early, scoring 28 points in the first quarter and rolled to a 44-20 victory over Hebron Christian Friday night.

Alabama-LSU: Another showdown in epic rivalry

BATON ROUGE, La. -- OK, so maybe it's not the Game of the Century.. No disputing it's the game of the year.. Nothing new about that.. Alabama-LSU has undoubtedly become the greatest rivalry in college football, supplanting Michigan-Ohio State, Florida-Florida State and any of those other annual

Indians claim Wood from Royals; Green opts for free agency

Former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech pitcher Blake Wood is no longer with the Kansas City Royals, the team that drafted him in 2006.

Robinson, Samuel find common ground

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson never questioned Atlanta's offseason trade for Asante Samuel.. Robinson, a ninth-year veteran in his third season with Atlanta, was the undisputed leader of the team's secondary when Samuel, one of the NFL's most talkative players, arrived last spring.. It didn't take long

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Harden's 45 points too much for Hawks in opener

Lou Williams, brought home to supply the Atlanta Hawks with instant offense off the bench, did all he could to rally his new team on opening night. It wasn't enough, though.

Buford wins with 'fast and physical' style

Buford started fast and finished strong on Friday night as the Wolves powered their way to a 49-6 win over East Hall.

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Lanier takes step forward with 24-7 win over Lumpkin Co.

Even with 16 players celebrating Senior Night on Friday night, Lanier is still a very young program.

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Rosser's 2 TDs lead Parkview to win over Berkmar

After a sluggish first quarter, Parkview scored 38 unanswered points to retain the Green Flag for the 13th year in a row.

Collins Hill uses big first half to roll past Duluth 40-0

In a game where both teams had playoff aspirations on the line, Collins Hill dominated from the outset and defeated Duluth 40-0.

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Mill Creek in playoffs after rout of Habersham Central

If Friday's 49-0 win over Habersham Central was a tune-up leading into next week's Region 7-AAAAAA showdown at Collins Hill, then Mill Creek appears to have the engine running smoothly.

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Ramey, South rally past Brookwood

It was a spot where many South Gwinnett football teams of the past had failed, down by two scores in the fourth quarter at Brookwood.