News for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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PREP ROUNDUP: Waugh, Dacula blank Knights

A look at Wednesday's Gwinnett prep action.

Harding, Hayes lead Dream over Fever

Lindsey Harding scored 20 points and Angel McCoughtry came off the bench to add 15, leading the Atlanta Dream to a 71-64 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night.

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Roddick's career ends with loss to del Potro

More than an hour after hitting one last shot as a professional tennis player, then delivering one last, voice-wavering speech to an adoring U.S. Open audience, Andy Roddick exited the locker room one last time.

Minor, Kimbrel pitch Braves to 1-0 win

Mike Minor held Colorado hitless for six innings, Craig Kimbrel earned a four-out save and the Atlanta Braves beat the Rockies 1-0 on Wednesday night. Minor (8-10) lost a no-hit bid in the seventh when Jordan Pacheco led off with a single.

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Clinton: Obama showing way to more modern economy

Former President Bill Clinton is the keynote speaker Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

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CEPEDA: No longer an exotic species

CHICAGO -- In the Hispanic community, conservatives have long been the minority within the minority. But 2012 will mark the year it started to become OK for all minorities to be openly Republican.

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THOMAS: Dealers in hope

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If the Democrats and Republicans aren't talking about the greater goal of helping the poor become un-poor (rather than just sending them a check to sustain them in their poverty), is anyone doing something to help them? At least one person is — and within sight of the Democratic National Convention.

Best of the Best Evaluation Clinic this weekend in Suwanee

Event is at the Suwanee Sports Academy

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Tech goes back to work on running game

The schedule left Georgia Tech only five days to move past its season-opening loss to Virginia Tech.. Paul Johnson said Wednesday more time may be needed to get past the Yellow Jackets' 20-17 overtime loss at No. 15 Virginia Tech on Monday night.

North's Sphire, Grayson's Conn honored by Touchdown Club of Atlanta

Pair to be honored at weekly banquet along with other award-winners

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Hamlin heads home with confidence soaring

There was a noticeable change in Denny Hamlin three years ago when he finally broke through for his first career victory at his home track in Richmond.

Local junior golfers fare well at Athens Junior Shootout

Event was held at The Georgia Club in Statham

Falcons' Gonzalez excited about return to K.C.

Tony Gonzalez's phone blew up as soon as the NFL schedule came out. There it was, for everyone to see -- the very first game of what he expects will be his final season. Gonzo is going home.

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Individuals shine in lost season for G-Braves

There's not much to wrap up for a season like this. The Gwinnett Braves ended their fourth season in Lawrenceville way out of first, way out of the playoffs and with way more losses then wins -- a first for the Gwinnett franchise.

Hawks ready to hit cross country course again

After winning the Stage Races two weeks ago, Mill Creek is back on the course this Saturday in Rome.

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GAC's Schofield named strength coach of the year

GAC's Gary Schofield was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association Coach of the Year.

HAMMOCK: Eagle Walk should become a cool Collins Hill tradition

Eagles' entrance doesn't have Clarke Central mystique yet, but it's still a great addition

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Norcross relying on Wilber's leadership ability

Norcross QB Joseph Wilber is a leader on and off the field for the Blue Devils.

Suwanee teen facing charges in another wrong-way crash

Brittany Dutka, 18, of Suwanee alleged drunk driver involved in Sept. 1 wreck that left victim with life-threatening injuries

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Veterans museum volunteers thank mayor

Officials with the Gwinnett County Veterans Memorial Museum formally thanked Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson Wednesday morning for donating a photo of father Rhodes Jordan, clad in U.S. Navy garb.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local Dems vote for equal marriage at convention

Georgia Dems unanimously support marriage equality plank at DNC convention; Charter school amendment to be topic at event.

Reusing equipment to save money for new fire truck

Gwinnett officials recycle an old ladder to use with a new fire truck.

Cycle ride, tournaments to honor special forces this weekend

Weekend will also include Phil Niekro "Skins and Fins" golf and fishing tournaments

Court officials request budget boost

Increases to records causes some court officials to ask for more staffing during budget presentations Wednesday.

GAB: LEGO Race Back to School is Saturday

The eighth annual LEGO Race Back to School at Discover Mills is scheduled for Saturday.

Suwanee woman sentenced to 3 years for tax fraud

Feds: Rose Roye, 64, sentenced to three years in federal prison, ordered to pay restitution of more than $277K

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Yellow Daisy Festival kicks off Thursday

The 44th annual Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain Park runs Thursday through Sunday. Event organizers call it the "grandfather of arts and crafts festivals."

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Shirley Lasseter sentenced to 33-month prison term

A federal judge sentenced former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter to 33 months in prison Wednesday for accepting a bribe.

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Feds charge former Gwinnett planning commissioner with bribery

Federal authorities allege Mark Gary, a former Gwinnett planning commissioner, made bribery payments to former BOC member Shirley Lasseter and her son, John Fanning.

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Gwinnett native battling bacterial infection dies

Wife of South Gwinnett teacher had her hands and feet amputated after falling victim to a rare bacterial infection born from dog saliva. She died this morning.

Ga. county must pay $4 million to billboard firm

ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia county has been ordered to pay more than more than $4 million in damages and attorney fees to a billboard company as part of its ongoing fight to keep billboards out of Atlanta's northern suburbs.. The verdict is the latest blow to Fulton County in

African-American leaders push voter ID education

ATLANTA (AP) -- Several leaders within the National Baptist Convention and the NAACP plan a rally in Atlanta to call attention to changes in voter access laws in several states.. Wednesday's event will take place during National Baptist Convention, which is meeting in Atlanta.. Organizers say that a wave of

Ga. city votes down distracted driver ordinance

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) -- The city council in a west Georgia community has voted down an ordinance that would have required motorists to use a hands-free device while talking on the phone in their cars.. The Villa Rica City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday against the measure.. The proposal

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Deal announces 9 education funding grants

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced $19 million in education grants for programs meant to improve student performance.

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Former Gwinnett commissioner to be sentenced

A judge is set to sentence a former Gwinnett County commissioner, her son and another man after the three pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme.

Atlanta transit system works to resolve problems

ATLANTA (AP) -- Officials with Atlanta's public transit system say they've made progress toward fixing the machines that sell passes to riders but glitches remain.. MARTA officials said in a statement that the machines now accept cash and credit cards, but a problem remains that prevents them from accepting debit

Mark Loggins

Mr. Mark Loggins, age 39, of Oakwood, GA, passed away on September 2, 2012. 

Beverly Reece

Beverly Jane Smith Reece, age 77, of Snellville, Georgia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 31, 2012. She is survived by her husband of ...

Thomas "Tom" Tweedy

Thomas Woodrow “Tom” Tweedy, age 70, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away September 2, 2012. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. 

Emma Haley

Emma Faye Haley, age 79 of Toccoa, GA passed away September 2, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Haley and is survived by ...

Rayford Taylor

Rayford Albert Taylor was born June 23, 1929 in Lithonia, Georgia to Mr. Raymond Taylor and Mrs. Gladys Mobley Taylor. He graduated from SW DeKalb High School. He was very ...

William "B.J." Delay

William “B.J.” Jackson Delay, age 81, of Statham, GA passed away September 4, 2012.

Bonnie Carroll

Mrs. Bonnie Nell Carroll, age 77, of Nicholson, GA, who passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Christine Foster-Coleman

Christine Foster-Coleman, age 89, of Loganville, GA passed away on September 2, 2012. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC “A FAMILY COMPANY”, 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Dave Sander

Mr. Dave Sander, age 61, of Buford, GA, passed away on September 1, 2012. 

Robert Grennier

Robert Grennier, age 90, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away September 3, 2012. Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross 770-448-5757.

Frank Smith

Mr. Frank Smith, age 70, of Jefferson, who passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2012.

Helen Bachelder

Helen Elizabeth Bachelder, age 88, of Winder, GA passed away September 1, 2012.

Claire Adkerson

Mrs. Claire Carreker Adkerson, age 91, of Lawrenceville, formerly of Zebulon, GA, passed away September 2, 2012. She was born in Williamson, GA to the late Homer Carreker and Gladys ...