News for Saturday, August 12, 2006

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A night with the greatest in Georgia

Please forgive me while I take a short stroll down Memory Lane. I'll be back to my usual cranky self next week, I promise, but today I wax nostalgic.

House fire ruled arson

DORAVILLE - Investigators are asking for the public's help in finding an arsonist who set fire to a house under renovation early Friday on Ash Street in Doraville.

Light summer for school-related projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - While the $150 million project to reconstruct the Interstate 85 Ga. Highway 316 interchange kept drivers busy, local transportation officials are actually considering summer 2006 a light period for construction.

Point guard enrolls at Peachtree Ridge

Point guard Kevin Anderson enrolled at Peachtree Ridge High School on Thursday, giving the Lions' basketball team another key player for the 2006-07 season.

PeachCare facing money crunch

ATLANTA - Georgia's PeachCare for Kids program will run out of federal funds in January, threatening health insurance coverage for 250,000 children, unless Congress acts to redistribute the money, state health officials warned this week.

"The money is there. It can be reallocated,'' Dr. Rhonda Medows, Georgia's commissioner of community health, told members of the agency's board Thursday. PeachCare began during the late 1990s as Georgia's version of a new children's health insurance program enacted by Congress.

It covers children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but who can't afford private health insurance and don't get it through their jobs.

The federal government provides 73 percent of the program's funds.

Carie Summers, chief financial officer for the Department of Community Health, said the program is financially sound at the federal level.

However, the formula the feds use to allocate the money to states hasn't been changed since the program's inception, she said.

As a result, Georgia and 17 other states are facing a shortfall early in the upcoming federal fiscal year, while some states are rolling up surpluses, Summers said. Texas, for example, is looking at a surplus of $1 billion, she said.

Medows said the formula is based on the number of children in each state who are uninsured. In effect, she said, Georgia is being punished because PeachCare has been doing a good job covering kids.

"The formula actually penalizes us,'' she said. "The more children we move in (to PeachCare), the less our allotment.''

Medows said Gov. Sonny Perdue has brought up the issue with Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, and she has discussed it with officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency within HHS.

She said the National Governors Association is urging congressional delegations in the affected states to address the problem.

A lot of money is stake. Georgia's projected PeachCare shortfall is $141 million for the current state fiscal year and $179 million for fiscal 2008, which starts next July, according to figures released by the DCH.

Medows said that if Congress doesn't act, the state could be forced to pick up that shortfall, either through a general budget appropriation or by diverting Medicaid funds into PeachCare.

"We don't have a choice,'' she said. "We cannot disenroll these children.''

Man missing; foul play suspected

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Grayson man.

Adding to the fleet

Former Coke employee wants evidence suppressed

ATLANTA - A lawyer for a former Coca-Cola secretary charged with stealing trade secrets from the beverage giant and offering to sell them to rival Pepsi asked a federal judge Friday to suppress a computer disk, company documents and other evidence seized from her client's home.

McKinney lost because of character, not color

Well, well, well. Ain't Georgia politics grand? I mean, I have always considered Georgia politics a spectator sport, and this summer the spectating has been spectacular.

Police reports

Police arrest naked man carrying gun

•DULUTH - A 35-year-old Duluth man was found naked Wednesday walking through an apartment complex and carrying a gun, according to a police report.

Airline shares continue to slide

ATLANTA - Shares in several major U.S. airlines slid further Friday, a day after British officials said they foiled a plot to blow up planes crossing the Atlantic.

UGA's Goodman making his mark on the track

marc.weiszer@onlineathens.com

Demiko Goodman is toward the back of the pack in Georgia's wide receiver pecking order but the redshirt sophomore has moved up in at least one category.

Construction: A trucker's woe

LAWRENCEVILLE - As the old saying goes, you can't please 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time.

Woman victim of ID theft$6,000 in fraudulent charges on 83-year-old's credit card

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's not the $6,000 in fraudulent charges on her credit cards that upsets 83-year-old Myra Simpson.

It's the fact that a woman accused earlier this week of stealing Simpson's identity also allegedly lifted furniture and collectibles from her home - items that Simpson claims cannot be replaced. Simpson can't go shopping to replace the missing possessions because a stroke and broken hip she suffered several years ago left the widow homebound, confined to a wheelchair.

Adding to the fleetGwinnett Schools spends $5 million on 89 new buses

LAWRENCEVILLE - Some Gwinnett County students may find their bus ride at least somewhat more enjoyable this year.

Corrections

Atlanta obstetrician Dr. Eric Brown addressed the Georgia Board of Community Health Thursday on the effects of the state's new Medicaid managed-care program. Brown's last name was listed incorrectly in an article published on Friday.

Also, Dan Eysie, the owner of two pediatric practices who also spoke at the meeting, is not a doctor. He was listed as a doctor in Friday's story.

It is the policy of the Gwinnett Daily Post to correct all errors of fact.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Through Aug. 11: Renz baseball and softball camps are running weekly through Aug. 11. For camp prices, times and registration forms, go online to www.renzbaseball.com or call 770-271-4554.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

O'CONNELL, MURIEL

Muriel O'Connell, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away August 6, 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.*

SILVERS, CELESTE

Celeste Silvers, age 87 of Buford, GA, died Friday, August 11, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

BURGER, MICHAEL

Michael Len Burger, age 49, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2006. Michael was a Commercial Electrician. He is survived by his parents, Claude & Jeanette Burger of Lawrenceville, brothers, Gary D. and his wife, Joan K. Burger of Hoschton and Steven C. and his wife, Wendy D. Burger of Carrollton; nieces and nephew, Emilie Burger, Gary Burger, Jr. and Katherine Burger. A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Dave Davis officiating. Burial will be at Morrow City Cemetery in Morrow, GA. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

ROME

ROYALS, JOHN

John "Owen" Royals, Sr., age 92 of Rome, formerly of Church Street in Buford, died Thursday, August 10, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30515, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

SNELLVILLE

DELGADO, MIGUEL

Miguel Angel Delgado, age 1, of Snellville, GA, died August 9, 2006. The body will be shipped to Mexico. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

SUGAR HILL

SHELL, LOUIE

Louie D. Shell, age 90 of Sugar Hill, GA, died Friday, August 11, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Level Creek United Methodist Church. Rev. Hulon Hill will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The Family will receive friends on Saturday, August 12, 2006 from 2:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Mr. Shell was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Westbrooks Shell and God Son, Alfred Shope. Surviving are: Daughter and Son In-law, Sheila and Bill White, Sugar Hill; Grandchildren, Tommy and Kathy Clark, Commerce, P.J. Martin and Fiance, Amanda Maddox, Buford, Tara and Brian Ammons, Flowery Branch; Great Grandchildren, Christian and Caleb Clark, Commerce; Sisters In-law, Carrie Lou McDaniel and Betty Martin, Buford. Mr. Shell was a native of Sand Mountain, AL and had lived in the Sugar Hill area the past 40 years. He was a builder and a former employee with Magbee Lumber Co. He was a member of Level Creek United Methodist Church where he had been very active in the UM Men's Club, Sunday School teacher, Chairman of Official Board and Song Leader. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltomillchapel.com.

WINDER

KELLEY, DAVID

Dr. David B. Kelley, age 75, of Winder, GA, passed away August 10, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

PEPPERS, DOROTHY

Dorothy (Dedot) V. Peppers, age 78, of Winder, GA, passed away August 10, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

WOODSTOCK

CLINE, JERALD

Jerald L. Cline age 63, of Woodstock died August 10th. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Karon Cline, son Todd Cline of Lawrenceville, daughter Jennifer Cline Blumhoefer and her husband Bob of Minneapolis Minn., little buddy and grandson Andrew Cline Blumhoefer, mother Beulah Wilcox of Virden Ill. , and two nieces and two nephews. Mr. Cline was preceded in death by his father James Cline and step-father Bob Wilcox. Born in Lincoln, Ill., Jerald resided in Georgia for the past 20 years, where he worked for Komatsu America International. He was an avid golfer and a former school teacher. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. A memorial service will follow at 7 PM in the Reece Memorial Chapel , with Joe Burnette officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society. Woodstock Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. 770-926-3107.

Letters to the Editor

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Muriel O'connell

Muriel O'Connell, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away August 6, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Louie Shell

Louie D. Shell, age 90 of Sugar Hill, GA, died Friday, August 11, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 2:00 P.M ...

David Kelley

Dr. David B. Kelley, age 75, of Winder, GA, passed away August 10, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Celeste Silvers

Celeste Silvers, age 87 of Buford, GA, died Friday, August 11, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924 ...

Miguel Delgado

Miguel Angel Delgado, age 1, of Snellville, GA, died August 9, 2006. The body will be shipped to Mexico. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Michael Burger

Michael Len Burger, age 49, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2006. Michael was a Commercial Electrician. He is survived by his parents, Claude & Jeanette Burger of ...

John Royals

John “Owen” Royals, Sr., age 92 of Rome, formerly of Church Street in Buford, died Thursday, August 10, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside ...

Dorothy Peppers

Dorothy (Dedot) V. Peppers, age 78, of Winder, GA, passed away August 10, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Jerald Cline

Jerald L. Cline age 63, of Woodstock died August 10th. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Karon Cline, son Todd Cline of Lawrenceville, daughter Jennifer Cline ...