News for Friday, September 28, 2012


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Buford opens region play with 63-0 blowout of Banks County

When Shawn Reynolds returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, the avalanche was just beginning.

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Collins Hill rolls to 40-7 win over Mountain View

Collins Hill coach Kevin Reach was looking for a complete game full of effort and lack of mistakes. He was pleased with what he saw as Collins Hill rolled to a 40-7 Region 7-AAAAAA victory over Mountain View on Friday night.

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Harding leads Dream over Fever in Game 1

INDIANAPOLIS -- Lindsey Harding scores 23 points to lead the Atlanta Dream in a 75-66 win over the Indiana Fever in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night.. WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry added 16 points and nine rebounds for Atlanta, which beat Indiana in three games in the East

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Mets beat Braves on Duda homer

ATLANTA -- Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the seventh gave New York the lead, Jonathon Niese pitched seven strong innings for his third straight win and the Mets beat Tim Hudson and the Braves 3-1 on Friday night.. The Braves, who have wrapped up at least a wild-card

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In his final season, Chipper Jones delivers big hits

At age 40 and after 19 years with the Braves,Chipper Jones is retiring.

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YARBROUGH: School superintendent association head refutes pro-charter claims

GSSA head refutes claims on charter schools. With the vote on the charter school amendment just over a month away, the heat is getting intense. I know. I have felt it. I wrote a column a few weeks ago giving the pro-charter folks an opportunity to make their case

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Big days from Bradley, Lefty give US lead at Ryder Cup

MEDINAH, Ill. -- Keegan Bradley made Friday at the Ryder Cup feel like the best day of his life, and it wasn't too shabby for the rest of the Americans. Bradley led a strong performance by rookies on both teams at Medinah by teaming with Phil Mickelson for two wins

Truex looks to rediscover winning ways at Dover

Martin Truex Jr. waited a lifetime for the triumphant feeling of winning a Cup race. When he took the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway in June 2007, Truex's boyhood dream came true -- at a spot he considers his hometown track.

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Falcons thriving on creating takeaways

First-year defensive coordinator Mike Nolan keeps putting the Atlanta Falcons in position to make big plays. The Falcons' pass rush and coverage schemes have created 11 takeaways, tops in the NFL through the first three games.


A quick look at where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in today's college football action

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GWINNETT GRADS: Simmons having a breakout season at Clemson

A look at how Gwinnett products are doing at the college level

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MCLEOD: Why we put happiness on hold

Plan for the future all you want, but don't put your happiness on hold until it gets here. Start being happy today, you won't regret it.

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RICH: Gate installation leads to a difference in opinion between spouses

Putting up a gate in front of our house was more difficult than I imagined. What wasn't a surprise, is that my idea for the design won out.

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Johnson exhorts Yellow Jackets to move past last game

Coach Paul Johnson wants Georgia Tech to forget about its Atlantic Coast Conference record and focus solely on Middle Tennessee.

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No. 5 Bulldogs, Vols match high-scoring attacks

Derek Dooley has good credentials when it comes to Georgia football history. As the son of former longtime Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley, Derek Dooley was 12 when the Bulldogs won the 1980 national championship.

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Rush Limbaugh's show moving to WSB

Rush Limbaugh's show is moving from WGST to WSB radio effective Oct. 1, according to a press release from

Cops: 'Troop surge' in south precinct a success

Police report large decline in major crimes after a "troop surge" in Gwinnett's south precinct

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State official visits GSMST

Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology recently earned state certification as a STEM school. The deputy state superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment showed up at the school Friday to present addministrators with a banner in commemoration.

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Police: Suwanee man exposes himself at Wal-Mart

Suwanee man charged with stalking, public indecency after police said he exposed himself to women in a Wal-Mart store.

Developer to enter plea on federal bribery charges

Mark Gary, former Gwinnett planning commissioner, charged Sept. 5 with bribery

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Woman arrested, admits to entering-auto spree

A Jefferson woman is being held on entering auto and drug-related charges at the Barrow County Detention Center after a botched theft in the parking lot of a Winder YMCA.

Gwinnett Humane Society to host event for anniversary

The center celebrates its 33 anniversary.

Prescription take-back day at several local sites

Americans participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency's last four take-back events have turned in nearly 1.6 million pounds of prescription drugs

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Graffiti report leads to 4 gang arrests

Report of graffiti leads to arrest in Duluth of four alleged gang members, police say.

Candidates named for open Superior Court judgeship

Three local judges, DeKalb assistant district attorney nominated for open Superior Court Judge spot

Volunteers still needed for Great Days of Service

The annual event is held Oct. 5 and 6.

Woman dies near fountain on Georgia college campus

AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in south Georgia are investigating the death of a college student at a fountain on the campus of South Georgia Technical College in Americus.. Sumter County Chief Deputy Col. Eric Bryant tells The Americus Times-Recorder that the 19-year-old woman was pulled from

New movie theater to open in Duluth

Studio Movie Grill officially opens Nov. 2 at 3850 Venture Drive in Duluth.

Katie Couric recalls father's legacy in Georgia

MACON (AP) -- Television personality Katie Couric is reflecting on the life of her father -- who began his journalism career in Georgia -- as Mercer College dedicates a new journalism center.. Couric says that her father, Mercer alumnus John Couric, was passionate about the profession and that "his heart really belonged

Man gets life sentence in stomping death of teen

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A judge sentenced a man to life in prison without parole in the beating and stomping death of Bobby Tillman at a Douglasville party.. Douglas County Superior Court Judge William McClain handed down the sentence Friday for 20-year-old Tracen Franklin.. Franklin, who was 18

Ga. conducting food inspections based on risk

ATLANTA (AP) -- The greater the risk of contamination at a food plant, the more often it will be inspected under a new system being rolled out in Georgia.. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said his department is in the process of overhauling its food inspection program.. Previously, Georgia food inspectors

Suwanee Police develop shooting range policy

The Suwanee Police Department has put in a shooting policy at its new police substation and training facility.

UGA plans to move forward with budget cuts

ATLANTA (AP) -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams says the school plans to move ahead with budget cuts that would eliminate about 130 positions.. Plans submitted to the state indicate that many of the positions are vacant or filled temporarily by rehired retirees. Plans submitted to the state also

Many more GA residents call themselves mixed race

ATLANTA (AP) -- The 2010 Census found that one out of 50 Georgians described themselves as mixed-race, a notable increase from 2000.. Georgia was one of nine states where the number of residents who claimed at least two races increased by at least 70 percent between the last two

Police ID body found in trash at solid waste plant as Loganville man

MONROE (AP) -- Detectives in a northeast Georgia county say they've identified a man whose body was found in a trash bin, but how he died remains a mystery.. Monroe police said 60-year-old Raul C. Alayon, a native of Uruguay who lived in Loganville, died of "blunt force

UGA presidential search hitting its stride

ATLANTA (AP) -- The committee charged with finding a new University of Georgia president is working behind closed doors. But according to statements from UGA, the group will be active this fall.. Search consultant Bill Funk held a public forum in Athens on Wednesday. In the coming weeks, the 21

Murlene Findley

Murlene Turner Findley, 77, of Buford, formerly of Duluth passed away Wednesday September 26, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Guy Ben Findley, daughters Frankie Findley ...

Peggy Sue Love

Mrs. Peggy Sue Love, age 69, of Gainesville passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012. Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542.

Monique Marlowe

Monique Nicole Marlowe, age 25, Auburn, GA passed away September 21, 2012.

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Jonathan Durham

Jonathan Thompson Durham, 26, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away September 22, 2012. He is survived by his son, Landon; parents, Todd and Dana Durham; Jim and Tabitha Thompson; brother and ...

Ulis "Bob" Buckner, Jr.

Ulis R. (Bob) Buckner Jr. passed away on September 26, 2012 at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Mr. Buckner was born on August 6, 1937 in Pruden, Tennessee to ...

Fitzgerald Scott, Sr.

Fitzgerald Scott, Sr., age 48, of Petersburg, VA passed away on September 24, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550.