News for Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias.

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Former Gwinnett parks director inducted into hall of fame

Former Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Operations Director Sharon Plunkett, who retired in 2009, was inducted into the Georgia Recreation and Park Association Hall of Fame.

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Buford man receives life-saving heart transplant

Marcus Guillory says he has a new zest and love for life.

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Rainbow Village set to complete community center in early 2014

The organization seeks to break the cycle of homelessness through a community-based transitional housing program that promotes self-sufficiency.

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CLINE: Buford girls basketball team great example for Christmas giving

Sue Rudnik is a big fan of the Buford High School girls basketball team. And not because of their prowess on the court. Over the years, the team coached by Gene Durden has made it a tradition to sponsor children from Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS).

Initiative seeks to increase number of foster homes in Gwinnett

The initiative, 111ProjectGA, is spearheaded by the ministry Promise686.

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THOMAS: 2013 marked the year of Big Brother

Freedom and security should not be contradictory, but complimentary. In an age of terrorism, this “devil” is really in the details.

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Christmas decoration prompts 911 call

Fire trucks, an ambulance and a police car arrived at the Berkeley Lake home to check out the situation.

Gwinnett Daily Post 2013 All-County Football Team

The Gwinnett Daily Post’s 2013 All-County Football Team as selected by the staff

Elite Junior Classic to host combine Friday

Event is open to football players in grades 5 to 12

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COACH OF YEAR: Small steps help Jones lead Falcons turnaround

Dacula’s Tommy Jones is the Daily Post’s football coach of the year

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Mouhon unfazed by team, personal distractions

Norcross’ Kevin Mouhon overcomes many distractions to earn Daily Post Defensive Player of the Year

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR: Henderson guides Eagles to memorable season

The running back had nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards and 27 touchdowns to earn Daily Post Offensive Player of the Year honors.

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Santa's on schedule as NORAD tracks flight path

Santa Claus has made an on-time departure from the North Pole, at least according to a U.S. military command that has made it a tradition to track the progress of Santa's reindeer-guided sleigh for millions of children.

New home sales fall modestly from five-year peak, prices up

Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell modestly in November from a five-year high and prices pushed higher, indicating the housing market is weathering higher mortgage rates.

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Army hires Georgia Southern's Monken as head football coach

Monken will be formally introduced at a press conference at West Point on Monday.

Microsoft co-founder sells private island for $8 million

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has sold a private island in northwestern Washington state to undisclosed buyers for $8 million, his real estate agent said on Monday.

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Virginia district passes on GCPS assistant superintendent

Gwinnett County Public Schools assistant superintendent finishes as a runnerup in Richmond, Va. superintendent search.

Gerald Snyder

HAVANA, FL Gerald Snyder Gerald E. Snyder, age 78, of Tucker, GA, passed away on December 20, 2013. Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Myrtle B. Kenyon

Myrtle B. Kenyon, age 84, of Grayson, GA, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013. Peachtree Cremation Society. www.peachtreecremation.com

Lamar "Pee Wee" Greenwood

WINDER Lamar Greenwood Lamar Pee Wee Greenwood, age 72, of Winder, GA, passed away December 22, 2013.

Barbara Dietrich

ATHENS Barbara Dietrich Barbara Ann Dietrich, age 82, of Athens, GA, passed away December 23, 2013.

Amy Dahlstrand

AUBURN Amy Dahlstrand Amy M. Dahlstrand, age 51 of Auburn passed away, Sunday, December 22, 2013. She was a member of Midway United Methodist Church and a teacher with the ...

Paul Andrus

DULUTH Paul Andrus Paul Clark Andrus, 69, of Duluth, GA died December 22, 2013. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Patricia Smith

Lawrenceville Patricia Smith Patricia Whidby Smith, age 68, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Deonna Barrett; parents ...

Elaine Armour

GAINESVILLE Elaine Armour Mrs. Elaine Qualls Armour, age 67, of Gainesville passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is ...