News for Wednesday, April 19, 2006

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Moving, protecting pipes from I-85/Ga. 316 construction to cost $5M

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two decisions to save and move county water and sewer pipes displaced by the largest single state road project in history will cost the county nearly $7 million.

Man won't be charged for killing carjacker

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A grand jury has decided not to charge a Kennesaw man who shot and killed a carjacker who had kidnapped a woman.

Georgia Aquarium whale gets vet treatment

ATLANTA (AP) - One of the Georgia Aquarium's five prized beluga whales has received veterinary treatment for possible respiratory complications and skin lesions, officials said Tuesday.

County to review permit practices

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials are hoping a review of the county's permitting practices will lead to economic development and revitalization opportunities.

No wasting time

A parent against Potter

What others are saying

Economic news has governor smiling

The Times-Herald in

Newnan:

Why is Gov. Sonny Perdue smiling? ''It's the economy, stupid.''

Planners table gas station rezoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jack Kolk says traffic on Suwanee Dam Road is horrendous in the afternoon as people make their way home from work.

Senior facilities dedicated

SNELLVILLE - The federal gifts just keep on coming.

Shiloh gets crucial win over Grayson

LOGANVILLE - Fighting for its playoff life, Shiloh went into Grayson for its Region 8-AAAAA boys soccer finale on Tuesday in a must-win situation.

Prep Roundup: Stars win on PKs, move on to face GAC in title game

LILBURN - Providence capitalized on all its penalty kicks and got the game-winning save from Leigha Perry as the Stars defeated Wesleyan 1-0 (5-4 on penalty kicks) in a Region 8-AA tournament matchup on Tuesday.

Authorities arrest 21 after raid on cockfighting arena

OMEGA, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in south Georgia have arrested 21 men after raiding a cockfighting arena in rural Tift County.

No wasting time: Mustangs' Hall works for titles, records

When Brittany Hall crossed the finish line at the National Junior Olympics Championships last year she was mad.

Tip leads cops to $14 million in marijuana

LAWRENCEVILLE - A watchful neighbor who Monday night tipped police to suspicious activity at a Lilburn house led to the seizure of more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana and other drugs.

Taylor makes governor bid official

Special to the Post

aaron.bensonhaver@albanyherald.com

ALBANY - Lt. Gov. and Albany native Mark Taylor officially kicked off his campaign for governor in his hometown Tuesday, promising to restore education funding and help communities beef up jail and prison space.

Regents put guarantee on tuition

ATLANTA - The state Board of Regents on Tuesday adopted a guaranteed tuition plan that university system officials and Gov. Sonny Perdue promised will give students and parents predictability in college costs.

"We all know the advantages of a fixed-rate mortgage,'' Perdue said during a news conference shortly after the Regents' unanimous vote. "We thought the idea of a fixed rate could be applied to another major expense, a college education.''

The board also approved what university system Chancellor Erroll Davis called "reasonable'' tuition increases for the coming school year for students already enrolled in one of the system's 35 institutions.

Tuition will rise by 5 percent this fall at the four research universities, including the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, go up by 4 percent at the system's regional and state universities and increase by 3 percent at two-year colleges.

But the Regents spent the bulk of Tuesday's meeting hearing a presentation on the new guaranteed tuition plan.

Freshmen entering the system this fall will pay the same tuition - $1,946 per semester at the research universities - for four years. That's $36 more than current students will pay during the coming semester.

Students at regional and state universities will be guaranteed a tuition of $1,280 per semester for four years, $12 higher than this fall's comparable rate for current students.

A three-year guarantee for students at two-year colleges will set tuition at $802 per semester. That's $8 above this fall's tuition for current students at those schools.

But Davis said that, based on an average anticipated tuition hike of 5 percent per year, students and their parents will end up saving money over four years.

"We will collect slightly less revenue,'' he said. "We should be able to manage a 1 percent to 2 percent revenue difference.''

Davis said the plan will encourage students to graduate in four years, a major consideration for a university system plagued with overcrowding at some schools.

"If more students move through the system quicker, we free up space for additional students,'' he said.

While guaranteed tuition would take away some of the university system's flexibility to deal with the effects of unexpected economic downturns, Davis said the schools would look to other sources of revenue - including the General Assembly - to pull them through.

Rep. Bill Hembree, R-Douglasville, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, said he's certain university officials would find grateful lawmakers cooperative should such a situation arise.

"Every year, we worry about what tuition decisions are going to be,'' he said. "For once, we'll be able to say to our constituents, 'Tuition is going to stay the same.' ''

While Hembree, Davis and members of the Board of Regents joined Perdue in trumpeting the new tuition guarantee, Democrats criticized the increases current students will face this fall and blamed them on more than $1 billion in cuts to the university system's funding formula since the Republican governor took office.

Freshmen at some universities will be paying nearly 40 percent more in tuition this fall than those who started in the 2002-03 school year, according to a Democratic news release.

"Georgia families are paying the price yet again for Gov. Perdue's lack of commitment to education,'' state Democratic Chairman Bobby Kahn said.

Also Tuesday, the Regents approved a series of mandatory student fees.

While many of next semester's fees will be the same or only slightly higher, the board authorized the new Georgia Gwinnett College to charge students a $100 fee for parking, up from the current fee of $18.

The money will go toward the construction of a parking garage on the campus off Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

Police Report

Norcross man robbed at knifepoint

•NORCROSS - A 24-year-old Norcross man was robbed at knifepoint Sunday at Woodchase Apartments on Chase Common Drive.

Grayson council approves changes to zoning ordinance

GRAYSON - Since its approval last April, changes to the Grayson zoning ordinance have been a frequent topic of discussion for the Grayson City Council. Those changes were approved Monday.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Through April: A new 18-and-over men's baseball league in the North Gwinnett/South Barrow County area is looking for players. All experience levels are welcome and games on Sunday from April through August. Open workouts starting soon. Call Lee at 770-873-4790 or Tony at 404-202-9694 for additional information

Through April: The Berkeley Academy is looking for graduating high school seniors who are interested in playing summer baseball. They are forming a U-18 summer team to play teams from North Cobb, Nashville and Charleston. For more information call Lou Llerandi at 770-441-2242.

Some region redemption

STONE MOUNTAIN - Their methods of victory on Tuesday were different, but the Region 8-AAAAA boys and girls tennis champions had one thing in common - redemption.

Tentative school budget approved in work session

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Board of Education approved its tentative budget for the next school year at a work session on Tuesday night.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

POOLE, THELMA

Thelma W. Poole, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away April 17, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

DACULA

MCCOLLUM, LINDA

Linda Lou McCollum, age 57 of Dacula died Monday, April 17, 2006. Graveside services will be held 11:30 AM, Thursday, April 20, 2006 at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville. Rev. Rob Ballard and Rev. Bobby Bear will officiate. A member of Union Grove Baptist Church, Dacula, and a parts clerk with Georgia Waste Management, Mrs. McCollum was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie McCollum and her father, Jack P. Fanning. She is survived by: Mother: Mary Ellen Fanning, Dacula; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Judy Ann & Wayne Miller, Betty Ruth & Sam Alford; Nieces & Nephews: Troy Atcheson, Jennifer Atcheson, Heather Sears, Sandra Alford, John Alford; Several Aunts, Uncles; Cousin: Sandra Snipes and Special Friends: Pat & Daniel Jakobowski and Karen Schnurr. Family will receive friends from 6-9 PM, Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

METTER

MCHENRY,

CLARENCE

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Clarence Hill McHenry, age 83 of Metter, Georgia who died Tuesday, April 19, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.*

MONROE

EASON, CHARLES

Charles William Eason, Sr., age 77 of Monroe died Monday, April 17, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.*

TUCKER

ALFORD, ANGUS

Angus Linder (Al) Alford, age 97, of Tucker, GA, died Monday evening, April 17, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

MCCARTHY,

EDMOND

Edmond H. (Ted) McCarthy, Jr., age 50, of Tucker, GA, passed away April 17, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

Gladiators in position for first playoff sweep

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators were in a jovial mood as they got ready to board the bus for South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. has few options on Iran

WASHINGTON - President Bush bats away talk of bombing Iran's disputed nuclear sites as "wild speculation." But plodding diplomacy hasn't borne fruit so far, and the administration is facing a hard truth: There may be no way to stop Iran from getting the bomb.

Politicians betting you'll stay fooled

The Republicans are trying to make a little joke, right? Maybe they will tell us this is one of those tardy April Fools tales. C'mon, guys, please say these news reports are not true - but they sure look authentic.

Hearing to determine fate of 'Harry Potter' books in GCPS

LAWRENCEVILLE - The next challenge Harry Potter will face has nothing to do with horcruxes, Hogwart's or the half-blood prince. Instead, it will be a group of concerned parents looking to take the series off the shelves of all Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Prep Signings: Providence's Averso, Kreutzer sign scholarships

Providence Christian seniors Daniel Averso and Kara Kreutzer will sign college track and field scholarships today, Averso with the University of Georgia and Kreutzer with Augusta State.

Gwinnett County Public Library board chair resigns

LAWRENCEVILLE - The chair of the county's library board resigned over the weekend, citing philosophical differences between himself and other board members.

Charles Eason, Sr.

Charles William Eason, Sr., age 77 of Monroe died Monday, April 17, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

Thelma Poole

Thelma W. Poole, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away April 17, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Clarence Mchenry

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Clarence Hill McHenry, age 83 of Metter, Georgia who died Tuesday, April 19, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc ...

Edmond Mccarthy, Jr.

Edmond H. (Ted) McCarthy, Jr., age 50, of Tucker, GA, passed away April 17, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Linda Mccollum

Linda Lou McCollum, age 57 of Dacula died Monday, April 17, 2006. Graveside services will be held 11:30 AM, Thursday, April 20, 2006 at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville. Rev ...

Angus Alford

Angus Linder (Al) Alford, age 97, of Tucker, GA, died Monday evening, April 17, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.