News for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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PREP ROUNDUP: Wesleyan rolls into area volleyball finals with sweep

A recap of Tuesday's high school sports events

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FOOTBALL NOTES: Games finally count for GAC, Wesleyan

GAC and Wesleyan will finally open region play this week.

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Panthers' Robinson putting up amazing season

Senior first baseman will leave Parkview with most of school's season and career hitting marks

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Peachtree Ridge softball seniors know their time is now

When the current senior class of the Peachtree Ridge softball team came in as freshmen four years ago, it did so on the heels of the most successful era in the program's brief history that saw the Lions make the Class AAAAA state final four three straight seasons.

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THOMAS: 'Drop' in the jobless rate reads like Ayn Rand fiction

To the millions of Americans unable to find work, to college graduates who can't get a job and are living with their parents, to the underemployed who are working at jobs far below their skill set and experience, and to those who have given up looking for work altogether, a 7.8 percent unemployment rate is meaningless.

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CLINE: Salvation Army already planning for ringing in the holidays

Gwinnett Corps planning early for kettle campaign with goal of eclipsing the $255,000 raised last year.

PREP FOOTBALL: Offensive Honor Roll

A look at the top offensive performances from the Oct. 5 high school football games

PREP FOOTBALL: Defensive Honor Roll

A look at the top defensive performances from the high school football games on Oct. 5

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brookwood's Christopher Dancy

Linebacker had 12 tackles, pair of sacks in victory over Dacula

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Peachtree Ridge grad Roby finally gets on board with first picks

A week ago, Bradley Roby was getting a lot of kidding from his fellow Ohio State defensive backs because they had interceptions and he didn't.

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Archer's Sean Fowler

Senior rushed for 200 yards in Tigers' win over Shiloh

Prep Rally to feature Archer's Riles

Local TV show also to feature four top games from last week

STATE SOFTBALL: Series previews

First-round capsules for Gwinnett's state playoff softball teams

Volleyball club honors college-bound Miller, Lattimer

Seniors made recent commitment to college programs

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Gwinnett's lone shelter for men takes shape in downtown Lawrenceville

Gwinnett's first homeless shelter for men is being built in the back of a downtown Lawrenceville church.

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GFL treasurer accused of stealing from cheerleading event

Rodney "Shane" Houston allegedly stuffed 25 $20 bills into his pocket while working ticket counter at cheerleading competition

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Ga. Power CEO speaks on nuclear, solar initiatives

Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers toured Gwinnett on Tuesday to discuss the economy, a solar initiatives and the future of renewable resources.

Thomas Eye Group adds Suwanee location

The Thomas Eye Group later this month will open a new location in Suwanee, its ninth in metro Atlanta.

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John C. Maxwell debuts new law book

"The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" was debuted at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville.

College fair planned for students with disabilities

Gwinnett County Public Schools is inviting students with special needs and their parents or guardians to explore post-secondary opportunities as they transition from the local district.

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Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years in sex abuse scandal

Penn St. ex-assistant Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years in child sex abuse case.

'Jackass' star didn't mean harm with puppy prank

"Jackass" star Bam Margera says he condemns animal abuse and didn't mean any harm by a photo posted online showing him holding his pit bull puppy with a toy gun pointed to its head.

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Man dies after live roach-eating contest in Fla.

The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.

GHSA hits Milton basketball with probation, postseason ban

Former Berkmar coach Boyd lost his boys basketball head coaching job during the investigation into violations

College football commitments

Gwinnett County has 22 high school seniors committed to college football programs.

Local nursery's festival to benefit Alzheimer's Association

The Family Tree Garden Center will host 104.7 The Fish, gardening and cooking demonstrations, Chick-fil-A and pumpkin painting

Medieval Times trading Facebook 'likes' for cancer research donation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Medieval Times' Lawrenceville location will make a donation to the Winship Cancer Institute if it accumulates enough Facebook "likes" this month.. The "dinner and tournament" restaurant at Discover Mills mall has pledged to donate $1,000 to the cancer research center at Emory University "once attaining 4,000 local Facebook

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Collins Hill's Wyatt to play football for Ohio University

Collins Hill receiver Justin Wyatt committed to Ohio University over the weekend.

Ga. Ports report strong start to fiscal year 2013

The Georgia Ports Authority says the states shipping terminals in Savannah and Brunswick are off to a promising start in the new fiscal year that started July 1.

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Georgia aims to collect more tax from online buys

With changes in the tax law taking effect this month, Georgia intends to begin treating some online retailers the same way it treats those with stores here: by collecting sales tax.

Cobb church fights request to sell alcohol at Walmart

A church outside Atlanta is fighting a Walmart Supercenter's plans to sell alcohol.

Police to increase patrols of UGA players' homes

Police in Athens say they will increase patrols of University of Georgia football players' homes while the athletes are out of town for away games.

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Body in concrete could be former Fla. reporter

Police say they've taken twin brothers into custody after investigators unearthed a body that was placed in a plastic container, encased in concrete and buried in the yard of a northeast Georgia home.

James Mcmillian

James David McMillian, age 65, of Gillsville, GA and fomerly of Dacula, GA, passed away on October 7, 2012. 

Dereese Graham

Dereese N. Graham, age 44, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away October 6, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. 

Barbara Plunkett

Barbara Plunkett, age 80, of Loganville, GA, passed away October 7, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville 770-466-1544.