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Professor says up to $100 million lost without impact fees

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett could have received between $50 million and $100 million for transportation over the past five years if an impact fee imposed in 1992 was still in existence, a professor said Thursday.

Frustration helps find traffic solutions

ATLANTA - As traffic in the Atlanta region continues to worsen, the hours commuters spend stuck on the highway may have an upside: Their frustration may be the key to finding a transportation solution.

Education center dedication

Longtime local coach dies of cancer

When Mike Emery arrived at Norcross High School in 1984, he was greeted most warmly by Collier Westmoreland.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Aug. 19, 20: The Atlanta Baseball Club, home of the Atlanta Blue Jays travelling baseball teams, will host tryouts for the fall 2006/summer 2007 seasons on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Atlanta High School. Go to www.atlantabluejays.com for more information.

Ad touts Perdue as tough on illegal immigration

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue led the fight against illegal immigration in Georgia this year, according to a campaign ad the state Republican Party began airing Thursday.

But Democrats quickly responded that Perdue avoided the issue as it made its way through the General Assembly, the same charge the ad levels at his Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.

Rather than waiting for Congress to act, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed an immigration reform bill last March requiring adults seeking many taxpayer-funded services to prove they are U.S. citizens or in this country legally and cracking down on employers who hire illegal workers.

Perdue signed the legislation the following month.

In doing so, Perdue and lawmakers were following the wishes of Georgians who were demanding action on illegal immigration, Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, the bill's leading sponsor, said Thursday during a news conference.

"The governor had a choice: He could show leadership or stick his head in the sand,'' Rogers said. "The governor took the right path, the path of leadership.''

On the other hand, Taylor, who presides over the Senate, avoided taking a stand on illegal immigration by calling it a federal issue, according to the new ad.

The Taylor camp shot back that the lieutenant governor fully supported the Senate bill.

"(He) believes that illegal immigration is just that - illegal,'' Taylor campaign spokeswoman Chrissy Noonan said in a prepared statement. "Mark will work with our congressional delegation to make sure that existing federal immigration laws are enforced and our borders are protected.''

The Georgia Democratic Party went further by citing newspaper editorials published as the debate on Rogers' bill was raging last winter criticizing Perdue for distancing himself from the issue and urging him to take a position.

"Gov. Perdue's record on illegal immigration is like his record on so many other issues,'' state Democratic Chairman Bobby Kahn said. "He uses TV ads and press releases to try to create the illusion of action, but he certainly hasn't shown any real leadership.''

Thursday's flap over illegal immigration capped a week of sharp exchanges between the warring camps, the first since the end of the primary and runoff seasons.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Republican Party filed an ethics complaint charging Taylor with accepting $35,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

Democrats called for an investigation following news reports that Perdue bought about 20 acres of land near Florida's Walt Disney World in 2004 from a Georgia developer about a year after appointing him to the state Board of Economic Development.

Feds nix lenient Georgia 'estate recovery' policy

ATLANTA - The federal government has rejected a bid by Georgia lawmakers to soften a new state program that recovers the costs of long-term care for the elderly from their assets after they die.

Atlanta Vision partners up with SSA

The Atlanta Vision, an American Basketball Association franchise, has selected Suwanee Sports Academy as its new headquarters and home venue for the 2006-2007 season.

Public hearing scheduled for Lanier permit

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's long battle for a permit to discharge treated wastewater into Lake Lanier could soon come to a resolution.

Wiggins hits game-winner for Shiloh

SNELLVILLE - Megan Wiggins was 2-for-4 including a game-winning, two-run home run in the eighth inning as Shiloh defeated Dunwoody 3-1 Thursday.

Road shoulder repair to begin

Carole Townsend

Staff Correspondent

BERKELEY LAKE - A bid for road shoulder repair along Lakeshore Drive was approved Thursday night by city council members. Farmer construction will charge the city $1.25 per linear foot to level the shoulder in any spot that is 1⁄2 inch or more above the road surface. Council members approved the contract for a not-to-exceed price of $33,000 plus 10 percent contingency.

Aurora finds a stage and puts on a show

The show must go on.

Police reports

Thieves attack family at home

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A trio of thieves apparently lay in wait for a family to return home from closing a restaurant business on Tuesday and then tried to rob them.

Letters to the Editor

The following letters are in response to "Today's teens ought to know better, but don't" (Aug. 11) by Nate McCullough.

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

KENDRICK, MACY

Willie Mae (Macy) Kendrick, age 63 of Auburn, GA, passed away August 15, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

CHAMBLEE

WADE, EDSEL

Edsel Ford Wade, age 68 of Chamblee, GA died August 16, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen Guenther Wade and is survived by his daughter, Julie Wade James of Hendersonville, NC; son, Troy Lee Wade of Lilburn; sisters, Kathleen Wade Tuck of Loganville, Jean Wade Norton of Brookhaven; brother, Dean Wade of Jefferson; grandson, Christopher Keith James of Canton, GA. Mr. Wade a native of Gwinnett County, was a US Army Veteran. He was retired from General Motors after 30 years of service, as a millwright. He was a loving father, brother, and friend to many. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 18 at 2pm at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment at Center Hill Baptist Church. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

LAWRENCEVILLE

CALDWELL, G. ED

G. Ed Caldwell, age 83, of Lawrenceville, passed away on August 15, 2006 at Embracing Hospice. He was preceded in death by his parents, Garrett and Ora Caldwell of Cartersville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Owen and Martha Jo Caldwell of Sandy Springs and Don and Helen Caldwell of Marietta. After graduating from Cartersville High, he joined the US Navy in 1942. He saw action in the European invasions during World War II. Following discharge from military service, he attended Georgia Tech before beginning a long career in auto sales management with Taber Pontiac and McNamara Pontiac. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Fay; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Wayne Bryant and Laurie and Mike Allison; grandchildren, Amy and Paul Cowan, Kate Bryant, Mandy Allison and Michael Allison. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2006, at 3 PM at Snellville United Methodist Church. The family will receive family and friends in the gathering room prior to the service from 1:30 to 3:00. If so desired, memorials may be made to Embracing Hospice, 3180 Presidential Dr., Suite G, Atlanta, GA 30340, or to the Snellville United Methodist Church Building Fund at 2428 Main Street East, Snellville, GA 30078. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

CREWS, MARY

Mary Robbie Crews, 94, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

PIPITONE, COSMA

Cosma "Gussie" Pipitone, age 89 of Lawrenceville, formerly of New York, died Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

LILBURN

GARMON, CLEO

Cleo Garmon, age 85, of Lilburn, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

LOGANVILLE

SMITH, DANNIE

Dannie B. Smith, A WWII U.S. Army Veteran, age 91 of Loganville, Georgia died Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

NORCROSS

WESTMORELAND,

M. COLLIER

M. Collier Westmoreland, 64, of Norcross, Georgia passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at VistaCare Hospice after a brief illness. Mr. Westmoreland was a native of Stephens County. He was preceded in death by his father, W. Marvin Westmoreland of Toccoa, Georgia. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Westmoreland of Norcross, daughters Kelley and husband Jason Aurelia, and Erin and husband John Uesseler; three grandchildren, Emma , Morgan and Sam, all of Atlanta; mother, Maida Westmoreland of Toccoa, Georgia; sister, Judy Whitworth of Toccoa, Georgia; brothers, Al Westmoreland of Calhoun Georgia, and Tim Westmoreland of Toccoa, Georgia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Westmoreland was a member of Norcross First United Methodist Church in Norcross, Georgia for 40 years where he served on the Administrative Board, was very active in the Youth Ministry, and participated in local as well as national and international church missions. He also enjoyed many outdoor activities. Mr. Westmoreland was a retired educator and coach of various sports at Norcross and Meadowcreek High Schools in the Gwinnett County School System for 38 years. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Norcross First United Methodist Church, Norcross, Georgia. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Norcross First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jim. Lowry, Rev. Terri Hoye, and Rev. Len Walker officiating. Interment will be at Peachtree Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norcross First United Methodist Church, Faith Promise Fund, 2500 Beaver Ruin Rd., Norcross, GA 30071, 770-448-4142 or to the American Cancer Society, 2200 Lake Boulevard, NE, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-816-7800 or www.americancancersociety.org. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA 30092, 770-448-5757. Online condolences may be made at www.crowellbrothers.com.

PEORIA, AZ

GORANSON,

JEANNETTE

Jeannette Goranson, 62, passed away August 15, 2006 in Peoria, AZ. She was born on December 15, 1943 in St. Paul, MN to Jack and Helen Hallman. She is survived by her husband, Joel Goranson; two sons, Brian and Jeffrey Goranson; mother, Helen Hallman; two brothers, Gary and Jack Hallman; and four grandchildren, Devin, Haley, Kolby and Adam Goranson. A memorial service will be held Monday, August 21st at 9:30 am at Tuscany Clubhouse at Pebble Creek. Burial will be at a later time at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in St. Paul, MN. Under the direction of Thompson's Valley West Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

SNELLVILLE

HOUSE, CAROLYN

Surrounded by her loving family, Carolyn Rachel House, age 73 of Snellville, GA passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, August 17, 2006. Mrs. House, was born Carolyn Rachel Wright on September 27, 1932 in Alto, GA. She is survived by her daughter, Cecelia Futo of Jacksonville, FL; sons, Christopher House of Marietta, GA, Chuck House of Raleigh, NC, Cameron House of Oviedo, FL; four grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. Please contact the family for arrangements. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville, GA, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Two charged in slayings of five

MOULTRIE - Two people in prison on drug convictions were charged with murder Thursday in the 2004 slayings of a south Georgia family of five, including a 3-year-old boy.

Auburn Municipal Court gets new solicitor

The Auburn Municipal Court now has a new solicitor, one who is fluent in Spanish and familiar with the territory after working as a volunteer in the court for about two months.

Poor choice of words

Sen. George Allen's macaca moment has granted the nation a few days' reprieve from thoughts of mass murder and provided a new vocab word for the zeitgeist.

Getting to Know ... Glenn Wilson

Glenn Wilson, 42, is in his first year as athletic director at Berkmar High School after serving as an assistant principal at the school.

Dad of family in arson case out of hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Winder man has been released from the hospital after surviving being struck by a train earlier this summer.

Henry Lee Stringer, 33, was critically injured in a June 5 train accident in Buford, just six days after his two children, their mother and grandmother were found slain in their Hoschton home. The murder case is still unsolved, but Stringer has since been discharged from Grady Memorial Hospital, said hospital spokesperson Denise Simpson.

Police have not determined whether the train incident was a suicide attempt or an accident. Stringer was reportedly walking on the tracks, yet railroad employees told police he made no attempt to move out of the train's path before it struck him.

Bulldog Dash on Saturday

When a runner crosses the finish line, it's always a thrill, but the Bulldog Dash tries to make it even more special.

Mary Crews

Mary Robbie Crews, 94, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Edsel Wade

Edsel Ford Wade, age 68 of Chamblee, GA died August 16, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen Guenther Wade and is survived by his daughter, Julie ...

Cleo Garmon

Cleo Garmon, age 85, of Lilburn, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Carolyn House

Surrounded by her loving family, Carolyn Rachel House, age 73 of Snellville, GA passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, August 17, 2006. Mrs. House, was born Carolyn ...

Cosma Pipitone

Cosma “Gussie” Pipitone, age 89 of Lawrenceville, formerly of New York, died Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045 ...

Jeannette Goranson

Jeannette Goranson, 62, passed away August 15, 2006 in Peoria, AZ. She was born on December 15, 1943 in St. Paul, MN to Jack and Helen Hallman. She is survived ...

Dannie Smith

Dannie B. Smith, A WWII U.S. Army Veteran, age 91 of Loganville, Georgia died Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia ...

M. Collier Westmoreland

M. Collier Westmoreland, 64, of Norcross, Georgia passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at VistaCare Hospice after a brief illness. Mr. Westmoreland was a native of Stephens County. He ...

Willie Mae Kendrick

Willie Mae (Macy) Kendrick, age 63 of Auburn, GA, passed away August 15, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.