News for Wednesday, September 26, 2012


All Stories

PREP ROUNDUP: Lanier advances on Ramos' no-hitter

A look at Wednesday's Gwinnett prep action.

TD Club of Gwinnett honors players of the month

Four football standouts from each school selected for monthly awards

Tease photo

Ryan turns slight into Falcons' favor

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan still won't criticize his NFL colleagues for leaving him off a list of the league network's top 100 players this summer.. Instead, Ryan has turned that slight to his favor.. He has emerged as the NFL leader in passer rating, completion percentage

Tease photo

Litumbe an offensive force for Broncos' softball team

There was no missing the dry humor in Brookwood head coach Bill Batchelor's voice.. "Being the great coach that I am, when we started her sophomore season, she was with us on the varsity, but I really wasn't sure what to do with her yet," Batchelor said. "She ended

Tease photo

Gladiators set to open training camp with Brandt as captain

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators report to training camp today and are allowed to hit the ice for the first time Friday.. The on-ice sessions at the Duluth IceForum are free and open to the public.. The team opens its 10th anniversary season on the road Oct. 13 in

Tease photo

HAMMOCK: Faulkner comes home to coach against Tech

Game against Yellow Jackets also will be a return home for a number of MTSU players

Tease photo

Prado homers, Braves beat Marlins 3-0

ATLANTA -- The Braves showed no hangover from their champagne celebration, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.. The win came one night after Atlanta clinched at least an NL wild-card berth with Tuesday night's

Tease photo

THOMAS: Who needs reform most: Egypt or US?

It isn't the policies and attitude of the United States toward the Arab world that need changing. It's the attitude and policies of the Arab world that need to change.

Tease photo

CEPEDA: An epidemic's schoolhouse allies

CHICAGO -- It's been an alarming few days of obesity-related news.

North's Gualdoni commits to College of Charleston soccer

North Gwinnett soccer player Caroline Gualdoni committed to College of Charleston on Wednesday.

Clemson tops ACC with high-priced assistants

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Salaries for coordinators continue to rise in the ACC, as they do around college football.. But Clemson has taken it to a new level.. The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions are paying out a combined $2.1 million this season for their coordinators. Second-year offensive leader Chad

SEC East rising to meet level of West

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The blazing starts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are raising doubts about preseason assumptions that the West is best in the Southeastern Conference.. Sure, the West Division remains home to the top nationally ranked teams in the league: No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 LSU

SMITH: Stallings stays busy in retirement

Former Alabama coach recently spoke in Athens

Tease photo

Mason Elementary's Zorn is state counselor of the year

In addition to being named the 2012 Georgia elementary-level cousnelor of the year, Mason Elementary School Counselor Robin Zorn has garnered the inaugural title of overall counselor of the year for the state.

Tease photo

GGC hires dean for school of health sciences

Georgia Gwinnett College has hired Diane E. White as dean of its new School of Health Sciences.

Tease photo

Director, author Chbosky talks about 'Perks'

Stephen Chbosky talks with GDP about his movie, which releases Sept. 28.

DALY: Pansies beautify the landscape throughout winter

Pansies and Johnny Jump-ups are excellent flowers for the yard. If properly planted and maintained, they will color the winter landscape.


This Lawrenceville eatery serves both Mexican and Peruvian cuisine.

Tease photo

Cops: Man claimed to be the devil, set van on fire

Cops: Jason Blair McKiness "stated that he was the devil and started acting crazy" before lighting van on fire

Tease photo

Man's bizzare outfit at mall leads to arrest

Man's bizarre attire at Discover Mills Mall leads to his arrest this week, police say.

Tease photo

Fatal West Nile case reported in Gwinnett

Local 78-year-old recently passed away from the disease

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Won't Back Down' rings hollow

"Won't Back Down" addresses the condition of U.S. schools, which is poor.

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Pitch Perfect' does a great job catering to its audience

This is a movie with a very specific demographic and on that level -- it does a great job, according to Michael Clark.

Weekend brings three more festivals to area

The Duluth Fall Festival and the Stone Mountain Park's 10th annual Pumpkin Festival return while Grayson welcomes its inaugural Old Fashion Fall Fair and Open House.

By venue -- Sept. 28

By venue -- Sept. 28

Movie trivia contest -- Sept. 28

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

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' a thoughtful teen tale

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (PG-13). 3 out of 4 stars. Football games and awkward dances, late-night gabfests at the local diner and tentative first kisses -- they're all there over the course of a school year in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower.". This coming

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Hotel Transylvania' is scarily unfunny

Despite the proven talents of first-time feature director Genndy Tartakovsky ("Dexter's Laboratory"), writers Peter Baynham ("Arthur Christmas") and "SNL" vet Robert Smigel, and a voice cast headed by Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, the collaboration falls flat virtually from the get-go.

Tease photo

DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection'

Michael Clark spotlights "Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection" on Blu-ray discs.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Looper' is a great film on all levels

Movie critic Michael Clark gives this sci-fi thriller a perfect four out of four stars.

FILM FANS: 'Trouble With the Curve' not quite a grand slam

Local residents reviewed the movie of the week, "Trouble With the Curve."

Tease photo

MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Hole' falls between both adult and young audiences

This is an example of what is only referred to sparingly within industry circles as a "Lovecraftian" movie.

ART BEAT: Gwinnett community theaters collaborate to produce 'The Foreigner'

Live Arts Community Theatre and Fifth Row Center Theatre come together for new production.

Northeast Atlanta Ballet hosts Las Vegas-style fundraiser

The company hopes to raise $25,000 for its 16th season.

Tease photo

Norcross PD seeking suspect in pedestrian robberies

Man accused of robbing three separate pedestrians on Sept. 19 into Sept. 20

Tease photo

Gas prices unlikely to fall as fast as oil

Oil has dropped $9 per barrel, or 9.1 percent, in less than two weeks. Gas prices tend to lag changes in oil, but experts don't expect a significant move lower until the middle of October.

Tease photo

Dacula driver charged in motorcyclist's death

Dacula driver arrested in Monday rush-hour crash that killed motorcyclist.

Reports: NFL, referees closing in on new deal

Two days after a controversial call cost the Green Bay Packers a win, the NFL and the referees' union are reportedly nearing an end to a lockout that put replacement officials on the field since the start of the season.

Tease photo

GAB: Relay for Life team captain meeting scheduled

Those interested in learning more about leading a Relay for Life team can visit the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. Oct. 2.

Tease photo

Buford pastor charged with child molestation

Pastor of Buford church charged with child molestation.

State board moves ahead with tech school merger

SAVANNAH (AP) -- State officials are taking steps to merge the administrations of Central Georgia Technical College in Macon and Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins.. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia has given its approval for TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson to start the process

Tease photo

Encore for Chipper as Braves return to playoffs

Chipper Jones would love nothing more than to end his stellar career as a champion, and the Atlanta Braves are doing their best to help the retiring third baseman attain that goal.

Giant yellow jacket nest prompts warnings

ALBANY (AP) -- Albany residents are being warned to keep their distance from a giant nest that a beekeeper says is home to 100,000 yellow jackets.. Linemen for Albany Water Gas and Light discovered the nest this week. The nest is estimated to be three feet underground and three feet

NW Ga. deputy on leave amid gun pawn shop probe

DALTON (AP) -- Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in northwest Georgia has been put on paid administrative leave amid allegations that he pawned two guns he was issued.. Whitfield County sheriff's Maj. John Gibson says the deputy was placed on leave Friday after a routine check of area pawn shops

SUV crashes into restaurant in Atlanta

Authorities say three people are being treated at a hospital after an SUV crashed into a Zesto restaurant in Atlanta.

Man's body found in trash at solid waste plant

MONROE (AP) -- Detectives in a northeast Georgia county say they've begun a homicide investigation after a man's body was found in trash at a solid waste plant.. Monroe city public works employees found the body Tuesday morning in a refuse trailer at the Walton County plant and notified police

Tease photo

UGA creates shelter for pets during emergencies

ATHENS (AP) -- University of Georgia officials have created a facility to house pets in hurricanes and other emergencies.. Many people refuse to evacuate their homes during emergencies because they don't want to leave their pets, putting themselves at risk.. Pete Golden, an emergency official at UGA, says the hope

Tease photo

Deer hunter's death considered homicide

A Georgia sheriff says the death of a deer hunter in Wilkes County is considered a homicide.

Playboy magazine: UGA 6th best party school

ATLANTA (AP) -- The University of Georgia doesn't limit its top 10 rankings to football.. Playboy magazine says the Athens campus is the sixth best party school in the country. The new poll is featured in the October college issue. It marks the seventh time the magazine's 59 years that

Accrediting agency issues warning to school system

JONESBORO (AP) -- An accrediting agency is warning Clayton County Schools that the system's accreditation could once again be in jeopardy.. Board members received a warning letter Tuesday from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.. The accrediting agency revoked the district's accreditation in 2009. In its letter Tuesday, SACS

Audit finds defects in some Atlanta water meters

ATLANTA (AP) -- An audit commissioned by Atlanta has revealed that thousands of city water customers had defective meters that could have caused them to pay too much or too little for several years.. Preliminary audit results reported by the Associated Press show that about 6 percent of 158,000 residential

Margaret Hodson

Margaret N. Hodson, age 91, of Loganville, GA, passed away September 23, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville 770-466-1544. 

Ruth Donald

Ruth Seay England Donald, age 82 of Snellville, GA passed away peacefully on the morning of Monday, September 24, 2012. She was the youngest of four children of John and ...

Agnes Donnan

Agnes Rowden Donnan age 98 of Lawrenceville passed away Monday, September 24, 2012. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 27, 2012 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Judith Jankauskas

Judith Margaret Jankauskas, age 61, of Dacula, GA, passed away on September 23, 2012. 

Nettie "Hunsinger" Greene

Mrs. Nettie Pinson “Hunsinger” Greene, age 63, of Jefferson, Ga., who passed away Monday, September 24, 2012.

Zachary Adams

Zachary Martin “Zach” Adams, age 20, of Dacula, Georgia, entered into rest on Friday, September 21, 2012. He is survived by his devoted mother and step-father, Annie ...

Lula Mae Lacount

Lula Mae Mullinax LaCount, age 80 of Winder, GA passed away, Monday, September 24, 2012. Funeral service 1 P.M. Friday, September 28, 2012 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Allen Montgomery

Allen Montgomery, age 65, Winder, GA passed away September 22, 2012.