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Sugar Hill approves permit

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill, a city as concerned as Gwinnett’s most progressive with its appearance, showed continuing flexibility to its planning and development ordinances Monday.

Sugar Hill grants variance to design standards of McDonald's

SUGAR HILL — Despite previously sounding reluctant, the Sugar Hill City Council at its monthly meeting Thursday voted to grant a restaurant variance to the city’s architectural design standards and sign regulations.

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Buford's D shuts down GAC

BUFORD — The Buford Wolves outscored state-ranked Madison County 9-0 in the first quarter Tuesday, and pulled off a similarly unique feat in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 58-42 win against visiting Greater Atlanta Christian.

Collins Hill dominant in defense of area crown

DULUTH — Collins Hill wrestlers took another step toward a fourth consecutive state duals championship by winning their seventh consecutive Area 7-AAAAA meet Saturday at Duluth High.

Sugar Hill tackles McDonald's sign

SUGAR HILL — Perhaps no restaurant symbol is more recognized than McDonald’s golden arches.

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North girls dominate Kennesaw Mountain 60-16

SUWANEE — The North Gwinnett girls basketball players’ biggest challenge entering tonight’s final of their own Jared Cook Holiday Classic might be guarding against overconfidence.

Hawks still not clicking on offense

DULUTH — Winners of consecutive games only twice this season, Mill Creek’s girls would love a three-game mini-streak to gain momentum.

Wolves cruise past Columbia

BUFORD — Any notion that Buford’s girls basketball team hasn’t been challenged this season was put to rest Friday as the Wolves beat visiting Columbia in a battle of top-ranked defending state champions.

Sugar Hill extends grading permit for Hindu temple

SUGAR HILL — As a Hindu congregation struggles to raise funds to build its temple in Sugar Hill, Gwinnett’s fourth largest city on Monday extended a helping hand.

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Spartans suffer stinging first loss

NORCROSS — On second thought, let’s start over.

Sugar Hill mulls McDonald's

SUGAR HILL — Building design ordinances are making a restaurant’s move within Sugar Hill challenging.

Archer's Smith shines at Clody Memorial Invitational

STONE MOUNTAIN — Lexie Smith wonders how fast she’d be if she hadn’t slacked off those few years.

Parkview girls fall to N. Cobb

LILBURN — Though still among Gwinnett County’s most dominant basketball teams, evidence that Parkview’s girls basketball team is rebuilding was painfully apparent Tuesday night.

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Hawks fall again to Milton

The No. 3 Eagles raced ahead of the No. 5 Hawks by a dozen and never looked back in winning the last game of Rick Tanner's Tip-Off Classic showcase, 55-35.

Lions get ugly win in season opener

LILBURN — It wasn’t pretty — at times downright ugly, in fact — but Peachtree Ridge’s season-opening effort was good enough to defeat Dunwoody 49-36 in Saturday’s opening round of Parkview’s Tip-Off Classic.

Sugar Hill narrows search for company to build City Hall

SUGAR HILL — The Sugar Hill City Council announced at its monthly meeting Monday night that it has narrowed from 14 to two the companies it is considering to be general contractor of its planned City Hall.

Sugar Hill discusses time restrictions for alcohol sales

This month's scheduled opening of Sugar Hill's first 24-hour grocery store is forcing the city to address an issue those with round-the-clock grocers must.

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North girls, Peachtree Ridge boys claim region titles

DULUTH — It wasn’t precisely as North Gwinnett girls coach Mark Karen wanted it, but he’ll take it. Peachtree Ridge boys coach Ron Clanton won’t argue with the result either.

Former coordinator returns to Apalachee as opposition

Tonight is homecoming for Winder-Barrow head football coach David Wagner.

Broncos' deep run comes to end

Brookwood's farthest-ever run in the state volleyball playoffs ended Saturday when the Broncos were eliminated 25-12, 25-13, 25-13 by host Northview in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Broncos' deep run comes to end

JOHNS CREEK — Brookwood’s farthest-ever run in the state volleyball playoffs ended Saturday when the Broncos were eliminated 25-12, 25-13, 25-13 by host Northview in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Buford cruises into elite eight

After easily eliminating its first two opponents in the Class AA softball playoffs, Buford now faces a formidable challenge -- not losing momentum during eight days off before its sixth straight appearance in the elite eight tournament at the Columbus Softball Complex beginning Oct. 28.

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Bulldogs head to second round

Thursday's opening-round sweep of visiting Westlake 25-8, 25-14, 25-8 has the Bulldogs believing this could be their best season yet.

No. 1 Collins Hill dispatches Etowah

Collins Hill softball players hope patterns repeat themselves. Last year they won Region 7-AAAAA, then a second-ever state championship. This season they again won region, and now are eyeing another state crown.

Barrow's left turn lane on Ga. 211 to finish under budget

One of central Barrow County's most urgently needed road improvements is nearing completion sooner than planned, and even better, more affordably.

Barrow's left turn lane on Ga. 211 to finish under budget

WINDER — One of central Barrow County’s most urgently needed road improvements is nearing completion sooner than planned, and even better, more affordably.

Sugar Hill gets update on park projects

SUGAR HILL -- The slightly larger-than-usual gallery at the Sugar Hill City Council's monthly meeting Monday night picked an opportune time to come, as City Manager Bob Hail provided updates of several of the city's most eagerly awaited park projects.

Broncos top Grayson for 8-AAAAA title

LILBURN -- Friday Brookwood volleyball players attended Emory University's match against Lee University, where they met players, toured the locker room and listened in on a pregame strategy meeting.

Sugar Hill to adopt rules for court

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill Municipal Court has operated for much of the city’s existence since 1939.

Barrow sheriff to get traffic grant

WINDER — Tuesday night’s Barrow County Commission meeting included a pair of key developments for the county Sheriff’s Office.

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Wesleyan wins fourth county title

SUWANEE -- Three weeks before the volleyball postseason, defending Class A/AA champion Wesleyan is again proving itself a contender. The latest evidence came Saturday, when the Wolves repeated as the only champions of the 4-year-old Gwinnett County Tournament, this time beating North Gwinnett 25-16, 25-21, in the final at the Suwanee Sports Academy.

Barrow sets guidelines for dealing with media

WINDER -- The Barrow County Commission took a stride at its meeting Tuesday night toward remaining better informed of interaction with the media.

Sugar Hill presents plans for City Hall at council meeting

SUGAR HILL — After eight years of planning, motorists on Sugar Hill’s West Broad Street can’t miss signs of downtown development.

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Coaches gather to listen to legendary Meyer

In a gym named for one historic Gwinnett basketball coach, 80 others gathered Saturday. All to learn from the same legendary one. Don Meyer, billed as the winningest men's basketball coach in NAIA history, held a basketball camp at Duluth High's Joe Marelle Gym, named for the former Wildcats coach of 23 seasons.

Sugar Hill modifies its mobile home ordinance

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill, a city ever conscious of its appearance, is being forced with Gwinnett’s similarly progressive cities to allow mobile homes it might not otherwise.

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Lanier's inaugural game a community celebration

SUGAR HILL -- Beyond dusk Wednesday, Lanier football coach Billy Wells still was striping his brand new football field, his cell phone tuckered to the same 2 percent power he was.
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Bronco boys, Eagle girls defend Stage Races title

DULUTH -- Brookwood's boys and Collins Hill's girls repeated as champions of Saturday's cross country Stage Races, uniquely formatted 3,200-meter races in which boys and girls compete together, against their position counterparts from other teams at the River Green Complex.

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Go fetch: Dogs, owners take part in dock jumping day

Fetching the newspaper seemed like child's play Saturday.

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Davila guides Lions to win

NORCROSS -- Christian Davila did it all Thursday night. The new Hebron Christian quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for two others -- having a hand in all five of his team's touchdowns -- as the Lions beat visiting Prince Avenue Christian 35-13 in both teams' season openers at Greater Atlanta Christian.Photo slide show inside

Barrow to hold first public hearing on 2011 budget

WINDER -- Push is expected to meet shove Tuesday, when financially beleaguered Barrow County is scheduled to hold the first of three required public hearings on its fiscal 2011 budget, which begins Oct. 1.

Poole, Norcross finish off victory

DACULA -- Norcross quarterback Matt Poole wasted little time proving he's fully recovered from a shoulder injury that sidelined him all of last season.With three touchdown passes in the first half, the Blue Devils senior propelled Norcross past Dacula 21-12 in both teams' season opener that began Friday night and resumed Saturday because of inclement weather.

Barrow mulls Ga. 211 improvement

WINDER -- Often-discussed creation of a left turn lane at the treacherous intersection of Ga. Highway 211 and Barrow Park Drive in Barrow County soon might become reality.

Sugar Hill's streetscape construction to begin

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill's Downtown Development Authority was formed nine years ago. Its biggest stride, however, could come this month. City Manager Bob Hail announced at Monday's City Council meeting that Reeves Construction, upon finalizing its contract with the city in the coming days, could within weeks turn the first shovel of dirt for the long-awaited streetscape along a half mile of West Broad Street between Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Ga. Highway 20.

Sugar Hill's streetscape construction to begin

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill’s Downtown Development Authority was formed nine years ago. Its biggest stride, however, could come this month.

Marshall helps Berkeley Lake to title

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Of greater Gwinnett's nearly two dozen former high school players in the Sunbelt League baseball playoffs, second baseman Kurtis Robinson and pitcher Ben Marshall made lasting impressions -- from opposing dugouts at Coolray Field on Saturday.

Company presents design plans for city hall complex

Years in the envisionment, the colors and textures of Sugar Hill's $8.5 million planned city hall complex at the corner of West Broad Street and Temple Drive in downtown began taking shape Monday night.

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Diving in: Lawrenceville instructor shares how to experience underwater wonders

Terry Smart considers scuba diving most incredible when a shrimp the size of a toothpick crawls onto your finger and begins nibbling off dead skin cells.
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Sugar Hill takes first steps toward new downtown

Sugar Hill's planned downtown streetscape likely will be years in the making, but construction of its essential, first element might start within just weeks.

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G-Braves pound Red Wings

LAWRENCEVILLE — Most of the fretting before Thursday night’s game at Coolray Field was over struggling Gwinnett Braves pitcher Jose Ortegano, loser of a franchise-record eight straight games.

Barrow will buy fire suits

WINDER -- Though the fate of its embattled chief remains uncertain, Barrow County's Emergency Services department continues to make strides.