News for Wednesday, August 3, 2005

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Post becomes part of Triple Crown Media

The board of directors of Gray Television, Inc., today announced a plan to spin off its newspaper publishing division, which will result in a new public company named Triple Crown Media.

The Daily Post, four other Gray newspapers and Graylink Wireless, a provider of pager and other wireless services, will make up the new Triple Crown company.

Gray expects that as a result of the spin-off, both Gray and Triple Crown Media will be better able to focus financial and operational resources on its own business and executing its own strategic plan. In addition, Gray believes that both Gray and Triple Crown Media will have greater strategic and financial flexibility to support future growth opportunities.

Gray and Bull Run Corporation also today announced a definitive agreement to merge Bull Run into Triple Crown Media immediately following the spin-off. This agreement is subject to certain closing conditions, including an affirmative vote of Bull Run¹s shareholders. Triple Crown Media will soon file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission which will describe the spin-off and merger.

Gray's Newspaper Publishing business consists of five daily newspapers with total daily circulation of approximately 120,000 and Sunday circulation of approximately 160,000. Gray's GrayLink Wireless business is a leading provider of primarily paging and other wireless services in non-major metropolitan areas in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, where it also operates 14 retail locations.

Enough is enough

Duke University is said to be the inspiration for "I Am Charlotte Simmons," Tom Wolfe's salacious novel about sexual escapades, hooligan athletes and a fractious faculty at a big university.

Dog owners sentenced to jail time

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Norcross men were found guilty on 36 counts of animal neglect Tuesday and will spend about six months in jail after their pit bulls were found to have inadequate food, water, shelter and sanitary living conditions.

Norcross amends city noise ordinance

NORCROSS - The Norcross City Council voted Monday night to amend the city's noise ordinance to allow "noise-producing" work to take place on Saturdays when necessary.

Citizen group tries to remove planning director

LAWRENCEVILLE - A group of citizens and business owners in Lawrenceville are trying to get the planning director removed from office and the newly designated overlay district with its qualifying regulations thrown out.

People Briefs

Bullock works at sister's bakery

Nation Briefs

Astronauts talk to president before repairs

Sports Briefs

Witcher just misses U.S. Amateur field

Sports Calendar

Baseball

Lawrenceville denies rezoning for boys' shelter

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville City Council on Monday voted to accept the planning commission recommendation to deny permits for two single-family dwellings to provide shelter for young boys in state custody.

Police Reports

Fast-food restaurant robbed by gunman

Women are everywhere in state politics

ATLANTA

Buford explores annexing Rest Haven

BUFORD - Rest Haven Mayor Kenneth Waycaster has asked Buford to annex the town, and Buford is exploring avenues to accommodate them.

Letters to the Editor

Take Shipp's column with a grain of salt

World Briefs

Leaders, Saudis bid farewell to King Fahd

Mary Patrick

Mary Ellen Lockey Patrick, age 86, of Bethlehem, GA passed away August 1, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-4553.

Irene Wilkerson

Irene Wilkerson, age 84 of Suwanee, GA passed away August 2, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, and daughter, Linda Ewing. She is survived by: Daughters ...

Henry Simon

Henry H. Simon, age 88, of Duluth, GA, passed away on July 19, 2005. Born in Atlanta, GA on January 5, 1917, Mr. Simon was a U.S. Navy veteran in ...

Marion Byers

Marion “MC” Byers, age 81, of Jefferson, formerly of Norcross, passed away August 1, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, 770-448-5757.

Vera Wilson

Mrs. Vera Speer Wilson, age 89 of Snellville, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2005. She was born in Gwinnett County and preceded in death by her husband, Preston L. Wilson ...

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Marie Wright, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Teharon Joseph and Shari Beth Walker Wright of Martin, passed away on July 31, 2005. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...