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Chris Stephens

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Grayson's defense, Brent's running lead win over South Gwinnett

Grayson’s defense was stifling Friday night in a victory over rival South Gwinnett

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Duluth Fall Festival continues despite bad weather | PHOTOS

Mother nature hasn’t been cooperating, but that hasn’t stopped residents from near and far enjoying Duluth’s annual fall festival.

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Williams' four TDs lead Archer to 42-14 defeat of Parkview | PHOTOS

Jamyest Williams rushed for four touchdowns Friday and Archer cruised past Parkview in Region 8-AAAAAA

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McInnis the hero in Dacula's win over South

DeMarco McInnis’ late pick-six was the difference in Dacula’s win over South Gwinnett

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Parkview overpowers rival Brookwood 48-9 | PHOTOS

Friday night’s Battle of Five Forks was no different as Parkview’s Jack Chambers was 15 of 19 for 341 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 32 yards and a score … in the first half.

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Grayson blasts Langston Hughes 56-21

LOGANVILLE — Grayson remained undefeated on the season, putting up 553 yards of total offense en route to a 56-21 win over Langston Hughes on Friday night.

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G-Braves win fifth straight

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves won their fifth-straight game Tuesday, getting a three-run home run from Cedric Hunter in the seventh inning to beat the Rochester Red Wings, 5-2.

Peachtree Corners OKs development on green

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Peachtree Corners City Council approved plans from Fuqua Acquisitions II, LLC, to build the mixed-use development which will house restaurants, retail space, office space, a movie theater and town homes.

Duluth will not see change in millage rate despite exceeding roll-back rate

The city of Duluth will have no change in its millage rate for FY16, keeping it at 5.991 mills after approval from the city council Monday during the regularly-scheduled city council meeting.

Peachtree Corners tables tube light ordinance

The Peachtree Corners city council tabled a proposed ordinance that would have prevented businesses from having tube lighting in front of businesses during a regularly-scheduled council meeting on Tuesday.

Duluth City Council denies annexation request

It began as an impassioned public hearing concerning annexation and rezoning of 6.05 acres of land to build 38 townhomes near the Stonebrier subdivision. In the end, the Duluth city council voted down the annexation proposal, immediately ending the possibility of townhomes going in the parcel of land.

Duluth City Council denies annexation request

It began as an impassioned public hearing concerning annexation and rezoning of 6.05 acres of land to build 38 townhomes near the Stonebrier subdivision. In the end, the Duluth city council voted down the annexation proposal, immediately ending the possibility of townhomes going in the parcel of land.

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Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia awards 33 grants

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia awarded 33 grants totalling $160,217 during a breakfast Tuesday at the 1818 Club.

Agenda light at Peachtree Corners city council meeting

First reads on four ordinances set the table for June’s council meeting.

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Duluth knocks off defending champs to win state boys soccer title | PHOTOS

From the outset of the season, the Duluth boys’ soccer team set out to shock the world.

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Grayson girls get sweet redemption with state title victory | PHOTOS

The Rams won their first outright state soccer championship Saturday, defeating Lambert 5-0 at Anderson Field on the campus of Mercer University.

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Grayson girls soccer back in state championship with win over Peachtree Ridge

Grayson’s girls soccer team won an all-Gwinnett semifinal over Peachtree Ridge to reach the Class AAAAAA finals

Duluth approves body cameras for police department

It came a little early, but the Duluth Police Department is getting 59 body cameras for use after the city council approved an ordinance to amend the budget Monday at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

Duluth boys move to soccer semis with PK win

Throughout Saturday’s Class AAAAAA quarterfinal matchup with Habersham Central, Duluth controlled the ball. However, the Wildcats couldn’t put one in the back of the net, instead settling for a win in penalty kicks, 4-2, to advance to the semifinals Tuesday where they will host Alpharetta.

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Grayson girls soccer avenges finals loss, stops Harrison's 39-game streak | PHOTOS

Grayson girls soccer ended Harrison’s 39-game winning streak Friday night and avenged a loss to the Hoyas in last year’s state championship game

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Grayson girls soccer dominates Lee County, 11-1

LOGANVILLE — Amanda Baker had four goals as Grayson advanced to the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals, defeating Lee County, 11-1, Tuesday at Grayson Community Stadium.

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Hessman's 2 home runs power Mud Hens over G-Braves, 7-1

LAWRENCEVILLE — Toledo’s Mike Hessman entered Thursday night’s game against Gwinnett with 418 career home runs in his minor-league career. Two home runs later, Hessman stood at 420 as the Mud Hens poured it on late to beat the Braves, 7-1, at Coolray Field.

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Westendorf's hat trick leads Grayson to win, 6-1 over North Gwinnett

LOGANVILLE — Jennifer Westendorf scored three goals as Grayson routed North Gwinnett, 6-1, in the first round of the girls’ Class AAAAAA state soccer playoffs Tuesday at Grayson Community Stadium.

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Police, sorority host symposium to talk community policing | PHOTOS

The news has been inundated with stories of police shootings involving mostly unarmed black men.

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Grayson boys, Brookwood girls take home region track and field titles

LAWRENCEVILLE — The teams that were leading heading into Day 2 of the Region 8-AAAAAA track and field meet were not the same teams that led at the conclusion of all events Thursday at Archer. The Grayson boys overcame a 17-point deficit and the Brookwood girls overcame a four-point deficit as each took home the team titles.

After long debate, Peachtree Corners amends zoning map

Amendment will allow Roberts Properties Inc. to build on a 6.47-acre parcel of land at 5242 Peachtree Pkwy., a piece of land where the focus is on the front of the property for now, with ideas about the future use of the property in the back.

Duluth council honors public safety officers

For Duluth, Monday night’s city council meeting was a chance to honor officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping keep the city safe.

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Golf, networking key part of tournament’s Executive Women’s Day | PHOTOS

For more than 100 women in the Gwinnett community, Monday’s Executive Women’s Day, sponsored by Georgia United Credit Union, was a day to not only network with other women in the community, but to also learn how they can use golf to help them succeed in their business.

GSU NOTES: Panthers embrace UAB transfers

The sports world was stunned when Alabama-Birmingham abruptly cancelled its football program in December.

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Batiste's two INTs lift White over Blue in GSU spring game

Down 8-6 midway through the second quarter, the White team looked like it was going to allow the Blue team into the end zone as the Blue team, made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense was on the doorstep at the 3-yard line.

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Runners turn out for Spring Into Color 5K Dash in Suwanee | PHOTOS

Spring break wasn’t even a day old, but that didn’t matter as close to a thousand people participated in the second annual Spring Into Color 5K Dash at the Town Center Park on Saturday.

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Grayson offense overpowers Parkview in girls soccer showdown

Grayson took sole possession over first place in Region 8-AAAAAA girls soccer with a win over Parkview late Thursday night

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Central boys take region lead with win in PKs

LILBURN — Central took control of Region 8-AAAAAA as it beat Parkview on penalty kicks, 4-3, to win Tuesday at the Big Orange Jungle.

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Former UGA QB Hutson Mason speaks at NG3 fundraiser

SNELLVILLE — There are many correlations of faith and the sports arena. Athletes point to the sky to give thanks, kneel in prayer and voice their thanks to the man above.

Peachtree Corners mayor looks to add veterans memorial

Over the next two years, Mason and city leaders will start surveying sites to place a veterans memorial.

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Mountain View girls nearly knock off defending state champ McEachern | PHOTOS

It was a heavyweight battle, but in the end, McEachern kept its hopes alive for back-to-back state titles as it beat Mountain View 68-62 on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

Shiloh boys stifle Rockdale to earn quarterfinal berth

The Generals (26-3), who haven’t lost to a Georgia team this year, played strong defense in the second half, helping propel them to the win.

Peachtree Corners sets clearer parameters on alcohol ordinance

The Peachtree Corners city council set clearer parameters on its alcohol ordinance, specifically relating to liquor stores, during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting.

Parkview girls win heavyweight battle over Archer for third time, 47-46

SNELLVILLE — For the third time this season, Parkview and Archer went down to the wire. And for the third time this year, Parkview came out on top, 47-46, Saturday in the Region 8-AAAAAA girls’ championship game.

Archer beats Berkmar in four-OT thriller in Region 8-AAAAAA third-place game

SNELLVILLE — It sounds cliché, but Saturday’s third-place game in the Region 8-AAAAAA boys basketball tournament didn’t deserve to have a loser.

Second quarter surge leads Shiloh to region title over Dacula

SNELLVILLE — For three quarters, Shiloh and Dacula were neck-and-neck. The only problem was, Shiloh outscored Dacula 18-8 in the second quarter and the Falcons never recovered as Shiloh took home the Region 8-AAAAAA boys’ championship with a 60-49 win Saturday at Brookwood.

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Runners hit the road for 2015 Run the Reagan | PHOTOS | RESULTS

About 1,600 people of all ages laced up for the annual roadway races that benefit Gwinnett Community Clinic.

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REGION 8-AAAAAA GIRLS HOOPS: Dacula back in state tournament after nine years | PHOTOS

With 26 points and 17 rebounds from Faustine Aifuwa, the Falcons wrote a new chapter for girls basketball, beating Grayson, 54-33, in the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament at Brookwood on Wednesday.

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Mountain View wrestler Flatt looking to finish with a state title

Mountain View senior Adam Flatt enters this week’s state meet with an unbeaten record, No. 1 seed

Duluth City Council looking for parking answers

City manager James Riker said the city staff would go back to the drawing board and figure out something that would work for both the city and the soccer association, adding that the project likely wouldn’t get done this summer as was hoped for.

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Kennesaw State's building will include Archer's Randy Nails

Kennesaw State signed Archer running back Randy Nails on Wednesday

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Archer senior Connor Redmond stuck with his word to South Carolina

Longtime South Carolina commitment Connor Redmond signed his letter of intent Wednesday

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Archer's Robbie Armstrong loves athletic, academic mix at Navy

Archer senior Robbie Armstrong will play college football for Navy

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Peachtree Ridge's Chance Thrasher ready to improve at Coastal Carolina

Peachtree Ridge quarterback Chance Thrasher signed with Coastal Carolina on National Signing Day

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Peachtree Ridge's Tyler Campbell chooses Army football over Ivy League

Tyler Campbell chose Army football over options in the Ivy League