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Carter corridor gets land-use suggestions

NORCROSS - Pulling out their magic markers and stickers, more than 70 residents, landowners and employees along Jimmy Carter Boulevard colored on maps and made wish lists for the area as part of a project to imagine what their corridor could look like.

Police believe alcohol was factor in fatal one-car crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police believe alcohol contributed to a single-vehicle crash Wednesday which resulted in the death of a 38-year-old Lilburn man.

Sports calender

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.

Smithfield 1Q profit drops50 percent

SMITHFIELD, Va. - Smithfield Foods Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 50 percent, weighed down by costs related to the sale of a business and lower earnings from its industry-leading pork production operations.

Getting their kicks: Tutt, others to revive Atlanta pro indoor soccer at Arena

DULUTH - This Sunday will be 25 years to the day that the Atlanta Chiefs professional players and coaches got the phone call.

Indoor pool planned in Berkeley Lake area

LAWRENCEVILLE - Construction of Gwinnett's fourth indoor aquatic center will soon be under way.

Celebrating a new school

Prep roundup: Hackett near perfection in win

HOSCHTON - Katy Hackett was one out away from throwing a perfect game to lead Mill Creek past Brookwood in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational on Wednesday.

Politicians want tougher ethics laws in wake of indictments

LAWRENCEVILLE - On the heels of the indictment involving an anonymous political campaign, officials are proposing stricter ethics laws for both Gwinnett County and the state.

Gwinnett's top female officer blazing trails

SUWANEE - Janet Moon is used to being first.

In brief

Democrats call for probe

of Perdue's Fla. land deal

•ATLANTA - Democratic legislative leaders on Wednesday asked a federal prosecutor and Georgia's attorney general to investigate Gov. Sonny Perdue's $2 million Florida land purchase from a wealthy Republican developer.

District boundary line snafu derails Barrow County PlanningCommission

WINDER - For more than three years, some members of Barrow County's Planning Commission have been living outside the districts they were supposed to represent.

Grayson DE Obi has potential to be a special player for Bulldogs

GRAYSON - It's funny how this whole life thing works out.

SMU's big man on campus

Joey Sturdivant got his share of attention when he was at Parkview, but maybe not as much as he should have.

Henderson in line to be Georgia's punt returner

Buford grad Mikey Henderson is in line to be Georgia's top punt returner when the season begins Sept. 2 against Western Kentucky, but the junior is conflicted about the role.

Man sees wife shot to deathPolice: Suspect alive after shooting himself

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 33-year-old man gunned down a woman in front of her husband and son Wednesday morning and then shot himself, according to police.

OBITUARIES

HICKEY, SHEILA

Mrs. Sheila Frost Hickey, age 75, of Suwanee, GA and formerly of Warner Robins, GA, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 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.*

ATHENS

CLEMENTS, RICHARD

Richard Vance Clements, age 68, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 22. Mr. Clements was born in Macon, GA to the late Charles and Bessie Clements. He was also preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. He was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ and served at different times as deacon, treasurer and teacher, both in Macon and Athens. He served in the U.S. Navy in the late 1950's. He began his career with Marbut Company in Macon in 1960 and moved to Athens in 1979 where he served for 23 years as Branch Manager for Marbut Company and Hughes Supply Company. In Macon, Mr. Clements served as mentor with the Big Brothers Association and was a member of the Macon Exchange Club and Toastmasters Club. In Athens, he served on the Board of Falling Creek Ranch Children's Home for several years and at the time of his death was serving on the Board of Creek Side Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Anne Clements; children, Rick and Laure Clements of Suwanee, GA, Douglas Clements of Athens and Jennifer and Randy Wood

of Winterville; five grandchildren, Courtney Clements, Rebecca and A.J. Clements and Lexie and Alex Wood. Survivors also include two sisters, Lillian Criswell of Chatsworth and Carolyn Brake of Cordele, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Private graveside services will be Thursday afternoon. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Campus View Church of Christ Friday at 10:30 AM. Everyone is invited to join the family for lunch in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. The meal will be hosted by Campus View members. Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Falling Creek Ranch Children's Home, P.O. Box 6506, Elberton, GA 30635. Lord and Stephens, EAST is in charge of arrangements.

DAWSONVILLE

GILREATH, HERBERT

Herbert "Herb" Gilreath, age 74 of Dawsonville, passed away August 22, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

GRAYSON

COLLINS, GLORIA

Gloria D. Collins, age 72 of Grayson, died Saturday, August 19, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

FOSTER, NORMA

Norma Glyn Foster, age 81, of Grayson, GA, passed away August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

PENDERGRASS

WILSON, JULIAN

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Julian Leon "Lonnie" Wilson, Jr., age 34, Pendergrass, GA, who passed away on August 22, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

STATHAM

BARNETTE,

RICHARD

Mr. Richard Barnette, age 69, of Statham, GA and formerly of the Mt. Moriah Community, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Cross Barnette; daughter, Dana Malcom; granddaughter, Ashley McDougald; parents, Hughie and Bluford Grizzle Barnette; and brother, Henry Barnette. He is survived by his: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Robin and Ricky Turk, Winder, GA, Connie Corbin, Loganville, GA, Tammie and Mike Kinard, Jacksonville, FL; Grandchildren: Jason and Jessica DeHart, Trevor DeHart, Miranda Bruce, Kevin McDougald, Chris McDougald, Tiffani Carter, Lindsay Malcom, Walter Malcom, Jr.; Step Grandchildren: Dustin Turk, Sandy and Chris Thomason; 3 Step Great Grandchildren; Sisters-in-Law: Peggy Cross Hamilton, Lawrenceville, GA, Dot Marr Barnette, Hoschton, GA; 3 Nieces; 1 Nephew; Aunt, Uncle and Cousins; Special Friend: Venita Pruitt, Buford, GA. Mr. Barnette was a native of Gwinnett County, GA, having been born on March 18, 1937. He was the retired owner of Barnette Diesel Service and a long time employee of Oxford Industries. He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Hoschton, GA. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 25, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Barney Williams officiating. Interment will be in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Police reports

I'm robbing you, or maybe not

•NORCROSS - An indecisive robber made a failed attempt to hold up the Wachovia bank Monday at 5405 Jimmy Carter Blvd.

State economy weathering 'headwinds'

ATLANTA - Georgia's economy was strong during the first half of this year despite rising oil prices and a housing slowdown, a Georgia State University economist said Wednesday.

More than 50,000 jobs were created in the state between January and the end of June - well above the 30,000 that were generated during the last half of 2005, Rajeev Dhawan, director of the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University, reported in his quarterly economic forecast.

"This is remarkable considering that the Georgia economy is weathering some strong headwinds,'' the report said.

The strongest growth occurred in heath care, which generated 7,500 jobs during the first half of the year, and tourism, aided by the convention business that was diverted to Atlanta from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina a year ago.

"The Sugar Bowl is going back there,'' said Dhawan, referring to one of college football's premier post-season games usually played in New Orleans. "But the conventions are still coming to Atlanta.''

Dhawan also cited last November's opening of the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, which is about to surpass 3 million visitors well ahead of expectations.

On the other end of the scale, technology jobs grew only slightly in the second quarter of this year. However, the report said that could be the first sign of an impending turnaround after several years of job losses in that sector.

Manufacturing jobs continued to decline during the last year, no surprise considering the increasing dominance of service industries in the economy.

While Georgia has added 7,000 construction jobs during the last year, housing starts are beginning

to fall because

of rising interest rates, the

report said.

Dhawan said much of the increase in residential construction was due to a condominium building boom in Atlanta's Midtown and Buckhead neighborhoods, which is beginning to taper off.

"How many condo projects can Buckhead take?'' he said.

Housing permits in Gwinnett County rose by 12 percent during the first half of the year, mostly because of an unusual surge of 700 permits for multifamily housing, the largest six-month increase in more than

four years.

However, higher long-term interest rates are expected to halt the growth trend later this year, and Dhawan's forecast calls for a decrease in housing permits throughout the core metro-Atlanta counties next year and in 2008.

The report calls for job growth statewide to taper off slightly during the last half of this year, resulting in an expected gain of 91,100 jobs for all of 2006.

Dhawan predicts that only 69,400 jobs will be generated in Georgia next year but that job growth will bounce back to 87,000 new jobs in 2008.

Tall order

Gwinnett Gab

Theater troupe holds auditions

WINDER - Winder-Barrow Community Theatre will be holding auditions for "To Grandmother's House We Go" by Joanna Glass.

This show will be presented at the beginning of November and is a play about a family during the Thanksgiving season.

Cast requirements are six women (two in their mid/late 20s, one in her 30s, one in her mid/late 50s, and two in late 70s or early 80s), and two men (one in his mid 30s and one in his mid 70s). Audition dates are Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Barrow County Leisure Services Center at 175 Second Street in Winder.

No prepared material is necessary. The director of this show will be Don Wildsmith, president of WBCT.

For more information, see www.winderbarrowtheatre.org.

Golf tournament raises $16,000

LAWRENCEVILLE - Operation One Voice's Golf Tournament raised more than $16,000 for children of fallen Special Operations Forces.

Weyerhaeuser plans to combine with Canada's Domtar

SEATTLE - Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser Co. is combining its fine-paper business with Canadian paper maker Domtar Inc., in a deal the companies valued at about $3.3 billion.

Defeating terror begins with defending borders

Sorting through the verbal clutter that often characterizes a George W. Bush news conference, one can find small nuggets of valuable truth.

Media circus comes to town a second time

I checked to see whether I was part of the problem. Whether I was a conclusion jumper, one of the horde who descended like locusts on the JonBenet Ramsey murder, speculating, theorizing or just plain nattering over the suspicion that her parents had something to do with her death.

Stocks fall on weak housing numbers

NEW YORK - Wall Street fell for a third straight session Wednesday as fresh signs of a housing slump triggered concerns that the economy is slowing too fast and could erode corporate profits.

Indian states say ban on Coke, Pepsi to stay

NEW DELHI, India - Several Indian states on Wednesday insisted they would continue to ban the sale of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo soft drinks even though the federal Health Ministry dismissed allegations that the beverages contained pesticide residues.

Herbert Gilreath

Herbert “Herb” Gilreath, age 74 of Dawsonville, passed away August 22, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Gloria Collins

Gloria D. Collins, age 72 of Grayson, died Saturday, August 19, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...

Norma Foster

Norma Glyn Foster, age 81, of Grayson, GA, passed away August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Julian Leon Wilson, Jr.

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Julian Leon “Lonnie” Wilson, Jr., age 34, Pendergrass, GA, who passed away on August 22, 2006. Arrangements by ...

Richard Clements

Richard Vance Clements, age 68, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 22. Mr. Clements was born in Macon, GA to the late Charles and Bessie Clements. He ...

Sheila Hickey

Mrs. Sheila Frost Hickey, age 75, of Suwanee, GA and formerly of Warner Robins, GA, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by ...

Richard Barnette

Mr. Richard Barnette, age 69, of Statham, GA and formerly of the Mt. Moriah Community, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife ...