News for Sunday, August 27, 2006

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A place for Gwinnett readers to share their prized recipes and discover new ones

Antoinette Richter of Lawrenceville is looking for a specific recipe for a baked Summer Squash Casserole. She's out to recreate the casseroles often served by local caterers.

Richter has already searched through several recipe books, but she can only find a recipe using Ritz crackers, which produced a casserole that was too dense. Who has Richter's perfect recipe? Local caterers, I'm looking at you.

Marketplace

On the move

Nathan Rushin has joined Bank of North Georgia corporate lending department as a vice president.

He works at the Old Peachtree office located at 1490 Distribution Drive in Suwanee.

Prior to joining Bank of North Georgia, Rushin worked for Wachovia Bank as vice president in business banking. In his new role at Bank of North Georgia, he will be responsible for the growth and expansion of commercial and personal banking relationships in Gwinnett County, using his 16-plus years of knowledge in lending, deposit and cash management services.

Rushin graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in business administration focusing on banking and investments. In the community, Rushin is involved with the Kiwanis Club. He resides in Suwanee and enjoys fishing and playing golf.

11th store will open in October

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's 11th Wal-Mart will open its doors in October, while construction has yet to begin on its 12th location.

Tight squeeze

Russians eating more U.S. peanuts

AP Farm Writer

ALBANY - Annoyed by four years of tumbling exports, peanut industry officials are encouraged by what they hope will become a growing market in Russia, a trend that would benefit peanut farmers and rural communities throughout the South where the crop is grown..

Good to be King: Versatile GAC running back coveted by nation's top colleges

Ranked as the nation's top senior running back by at least one prominent recruiting service, Caleb King assumed the scholarship offers would start piling up.

Cities to hold council qualifying this week

Four cities are holding qualifying this week for council positions. Two will have mayoral bouts this year.

Literary Calendar

Monday

Karin Slaughter, author of "Triptych," will sign copies of her work at 7 p.m. Monday at the Chapter 11 Bookstore at Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Ave. in Atlanta. The event is free. Call 404-872-7986.

Gwinnett dominates stage races

OAKWOOD - Most people were not surprised that someone from Lilburn was the fastest boy at the Walton Stage Races on Saturday. But Girma Mecheso doesn't go to Parkview. He runs for Berkmar. The junior made quite the impression in his first cross country race, finishing first in the last of five stages at Gainesville State College.

Medicaid managed care stressing children's therapy

MONROE - When little Dorian Parham wants something, he pulls at his grandmother instead of telling her.

Just four months from his third birthday, the boy from Social Circle should be communicating in simple sentences. Instead, he speaks only in phrases that are hard to understand.

Without speech therapy, he is going to have a hard time when he starts school, said Ellen Roberts, a speech language pathologist who was working with Dorian one day last week inside Children & Adult Therapy Services in Monroe.

"He wouldn't have practiced language as long as the other kids,'' she said. "He's going to be at a disadvantage.''

Down the hall, 7-year-old Tomia Vinson of Monroe, who suffers from seizures that affect her speech and fine motor skills, is learning how to color within the lines of a pattern. The first-grader has been suspended from school three times this semester.

"If you can't hold your pencil properly, you get tired,'' Roberts said. Then, you start doing other things, which leads to an outburst. Eventually, you get labeled a behavior problem.''

Both children were being treated for free that day. The therapy office was awaiting authorization to take Dorian as a new patient, while Tomia has used up her authorized visits and been denied coverage for more therapy.

Problems common

Roberts said the delays and denials her young patients face are typical of what is happening to children's therapy services across metro Atlanta and middle Georgia since the state introduced managed care to Medicaid enrollees in those regions in June.

Now, her colleagues in the rest of Georgia are worried that the same fate awaits them when the Department of Community Health completes the rollout of the program this Friday.

"The process is time-intensive, labor-intensive, paper-intensive and significantly confusing,'' Marisa Harvey, a physical therapist from Albany, told the board that oversees the DCH last week. "Children are missing needed therapy sessions.''

Three HMO-like plans hired by the state for about $3 billion began covering 600,000 low-income adults and children on June 1. A like number will be added to the program Friday.

The concept behind the initiative is to bring the same savings managed care has achieved with private insurance to Medicaid and, thus, to Georgia taxpayers.

At the same time, the program's backers say assigning Medicaid patients to a primary care doctor will lead to more continuity in their health care, with a greater emphasis on illness prevention.

But the program got off to a rocky start. Doctors have complained - some loudly - about delayed payments that have hurt their ability to treat patients.

A lawsuit filed by about a dozen doctors and medical practices this month alleges that some have been forced to lay off staff members. The suit seeks class action status for the plaintiffs, so it could affect thousands of providers.

State health officials and representatives of the three "care management organizations'' hired to run the program have conceded that delays in processing and paying claims occurred frequently during the early weeks.

But they say they're making steady progress.

Through Aug. 11, according to figures supplied by the DCH, the CMOs had paid out about $55 million in claims. In 96 percent of the cases, the companies were disposing of claims by either paying or denying them within 15 business days.

"It's not going badly at all,'' said Kathy Driggers, the agency's Medicaid director.

Visit limit

But the therapists' beef with Medicaid managed care goes beyond administrative glitches.

They're upset with a directive that limits children to an initial round of eight visits.

If a child needs more therapy after that, the therapist has to request another authorization from a primary care doctor, which may or may not be approved by the CMO.

Harvey said the vast majority of children receiving therapy services need more than eight sessions.

"If we could fix these children in eight visits ... everybody would be at our doorstep,'' added Roberts. "With children, you're not going to see progress from therapy session to therapy session. We tend to see change in 21⁄2 to three months.''

With that in mind, Roberts asked Gov. Sonny Perdue in a letter dated Aug. 18 to consider "carving out'' children's therapy services from the new program.

Driggers said the state is paying special attention to how the CMOs handle children's therapy. She said that although the companies run Medicaid managed care programs that cover therapy services for other states, each state is different.

"There's been a big learning curve for the plans in figuring out how we cover therapy services,'' she said.

At the same time, the CMOs defend the eight-visit threshold as part of well-researched standards they have developed for children's therapy.

"When any kind of request for therapy comes in, we use national guidelines,'' said Kent Jenkins, spokesman for Amerigroup, one of the CMOs hired for the program. "If it's something that's medically necessary, we want to cover it. If something diverges from that, we have a pediatrician who examines the case.''

But Roberts said such rationing of care misses the big picture.

"We understand about containing costs,'' she said. "(But) if you help children with these skills, they're going to be healthier, stay in school longer and become productive members of the community.''

Barrow farmers try to keep hold of land

STATHAM - Wearing jeans and a cowboy hat, 14-year-old John McLocklin mounted his horse and started riding circles around a herd of cows that would rather stay in the shade.

Rainy afternoon nearly upstages monster ride

Most Atlantans know that Six Flags Over Georgia celebrated its 45th birthday this summer. Incidentally, so did I, albeit with a bit less fanfare.

Six Flags introduced a giant new roller coaster named Goliath. I merely tried to introduce more fiber into my diet.

The fact that Six Flags and I share a birth year means I've been a regular park-goer for roughly four decades. Heck, I can remember when the Monster Plantation was the most thrilling ride in the park, barely edging out the shuttle trams from the parking lot.

More recently, I've been taking my own kids, which has been even more fun - watching from the sidelines as they twist and turn and loop-the-loop, knowing they'll be the ones blowing chunks afterwards, not me.

But for some reason these outings haven't been quite as much fun lately. Perhaps it's just age, but unbearable heat and interminable waiting no longer constitute my personal definition of a good time.

This summer's excursion would have been OK, if not for the Category 4 hurricane that settled over the park and remained stationary for 12 hours. OK, it was only a Category 1 and it only rained for three hours, but I kept thinking, "How ironic is this?"

I mean, Atlanta is in the midst of one of its driest summers in years, we have a rainfall deficit of approximately five and a half feet, my yard turns to dust if I don't water it every three hours, and the one day I take off to go to Six Flags we suffer through the second coming of the Biblical deluge. Except Noah's kids hadn't been waiting six months to ride Goliath.

Some say rainy days are best, because the park is almost empty and you can ride whatever you want whenever you want. That may be true if we're talking about a little drizzle, but it certainly doesn't apply if the reason the park is empty is that everyone has been swept away by a flash flood.

That bit of conventional wisdom also fails to consider what happens when park employees spot the first distant flash of lightning - namely, they immediately shut down the rides and congregate in the employees lounge until the Weather Channel assures them there is no further possibility of precipitation anywhere in the eastern United States.

Still, we managed to have a good time, or at least my kids did, and I suppose we didn't get any wetter than if we'd fallen out of the boat on the log flume (which actually happened to me once). And the kids did get to ride Goliath, as opposed to Noah's children, who only got to repopulate the earth.

But I think next year we may pass on Six Flags. Maybe we'll try something different for a change, like tubing on the Chattahoochee. That would probably be drier.

Lawrenceville resident Rob Jenkins is associate professor of English and director of the Writers Institute at Georgia Perimeter College. E-mail him at rjenkinsgdp@yahoo.com.

Super Six

Letters to the Editor

Officer doesn't deserve treatment he's received

It is bad enough when Sgt. George Gilson, a police officer who has spent his life in the protection and service to the people of Gwinnett County, is hounded to the point of quitting the only job he has ever known ("Cop resigns after shooting probe," Aug. 16, Page 1A).

What is worse, however, is watching Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter attempt to crucify the officer who was protecting the public as the officer is sworn to do.

To hear the dead suspect referred to as "unarmed" is untrue. The motorist may not have had a gun but a large truck in the hands of a drunken maniac driver is capable of killing many innocent people.

If Gilson had not taken the action he did and a family died as a result, I am quite sure people would rightly be asking why the officer did not do more to stop the madman behind the wheel.

Hopefully, the grand jury will ask the same question and not charge an honorable officer who only did what he thought was best in the situation. Hopefully, Gilson will find another position where he will be more appreciated by those he serves and protects. I'd love to have him in Cobb County.

- Kevin Kitchen

Austell We welcome letters from our readers. Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0603. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Our e-mail address is letters@gwinnettdailypost.com. Letters should be no more than 200 words and are subject to approval by the publisher. Letters may be edited for style and space requirements. Please sign your name and provide an address and a daytime telephone number.

Political indoctrination seeping into private schools

Many of my friends in the world of talk radio extol the virtues of private school education versus what at least one national star, Neal Boortz, refers to as a "government education."

Dormitories permitted near college

LAWRENCEVILLE - With a new college comes new students. With 10,000 expected at Georgia Gwinnett College by 2010, some of them will need a place to live.

Blueprint for future in works

Partnership Gwinnett, the county's first long-term community and economic development plan, kicked off its initiative this week, looking to provide a road map for Gwinnett's future.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Through August: The Shiloh Heat, a new 11U fall and 12U spring travel baseball team is forming at Lenora Park. For more information or to schedule a tryout please, contact Mike Scavo at 678-863-0236 or e-mail scavom@alltel.net or Byron Parten at 678-283-0719 or email bparten@dfps.com.

Dream Makers Foundation to hold basketball tournament

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Fashion show raises funds for breast cancer research

DULUTH - The models walking this runway weren't used to so much attention.

Nickname makes finding a good story easy, for once

Sometimes, I look really hard for a book that I want to read. At other times, it seems like they find me.

Couple helps long-distance neighbors

In the spring of 2005, Al Kates went to a men's breakfast at his Lilburn church. The speaker was recruiting volunteers to help with Hurricane Jeanne clean-up through Lutheran Disaster Response. Jeanne hit Carlton County, Ga., in September 2004.

Gladiators re-sign defensemen Awe, York

DULUTH - Two big cogs from the Gwinnett Gladiators' 2005-06 juggernaut are returning for another season.

Ethics issues dominate Georgia governor's race

Sonny Perdue and Mark Taylor have very different visions of where they want to take Georgia during the next four years.

But instead of airing the candidates' disagreements on major issues such as education, health care, jobs and the environment, the first weeks of the gubernatorial campaign following primary season have been dominated by back-and-forth charges of ethical missteps by the Republican governor seeking a second term and the Democratic lieutenant governor looking to move up.

While the allegations coming out of both camps potentially involve serious wrongdoing, it's an open question whether voters care.

"The research shows that ethics is not a big issue for most voters,'' said Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. "They figure it has no impact on what kind of job they'll do.''

Democrats have jumped on news reports detailing Perdue's purchase of 20 acres of undeveloped land near Florida's Walt Disney World in 2004 from a Georgia developer and Republican contributor he had appointed to the state Board of Economic Development a year earlier.

Subsequent media accounts revealed that the governor signed legislation last year allowing Georgians to defer paying capital gains taxes on certain sales of property after he had sold a piece of land in Houston County. He was able to collect on the tax break because the provision was made retroactive.

"Georgians need to know why their governor gets a tax cut and they don't,'' said House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin. "Georgians need to know whether their governor sold the influence of his office to a developer.''

Just a day before the Perdue land deal story broke, Republicans accused Taylor of accepting $35,000 in illegal campaign contributions from a Columbus car dealer last December.

While the money came in separate checks from various dealerships owned by Carl Gregory, GOP allies of the governor said the State Ethics Commission treats donations from "affiliated companies'' as a single contribution. That would put the money given to Taylor well above the $5,000 legal limit.

"I've never seen as blatant a violation of Ethics Commission rules,'' said former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers. "This could be corrected by returning the money.''

Looking beyond the hyperbolic rhetoric being thrown out by the parties, however, nothing has emerged from the governor's land deal or tax break that proves criminal misconduct or even corrupt intentions.

It's not like the infamous Abscam scandal of 1981, where members of Congress were caught on tape accepting bribes from undercover investigators posing as Arab businessmen.

Or like the Washington lobbying scandal that torpedoed Ralph Reed's bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in Georgia. Most damaging to Reed were the e-mails linking him with once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in January to defrauding clients.

"What really can hurt you (with voters) is clear-cut evidence,'' Bullock said.

At the same time, the $35,000 Taylor is accused of accepting in violation of the law against "bundling'' of campaign contributions pales against the millions he and Perdue will have spent by Election Day in November.

"If you get a few thousand dollars you shouldn't have, voters may shrug their shoulders,'' Bullock said.

While the ethics charges and countercharges being made by the Perdue and Taylor camps are likely to play a starring role in their campaign ads this fall, the two candidates will certainly get around to debating key policy issues at some point.

Bill Bozarth, executive director of Common Cause Georgia, said what really hurts about the "gotcha'' politics Perdue and Taylor are playing is that it avoids a discussion of real ethics reform, like rolling back campaign contribution limits or imposing a gift ban on lobbyists.

"The governor and lieutenant governor would better serve the people of Georgia by telling us how they would lead us toward new reform that would make all public servants more responsive to the people and less connected to big money interests, whether they be land developers or auto dealership owners,'' Bozarth said in a prepared statement.

"Most public servants would welcome ... higher standards. The public certainly would.''

Farms disappearing as land sold to developers

LILBURN - Truth be told, the farm at 4190 Burns Road isn't much of a farm at all. There are no crops, and the only buildings on the property are a barn and two chicken coops. The small number of people who work on the farm keep a motley assortment of animals on the 5-acre property: two horses, a few dozen chickens, a couple of peacocks and some African geese.

But when it comes to farming in Gwinnett County, farms like this one are about all there is left.

"It's the last little piece of agriculture," said Donna Browning, who leased the land for the past 18 years.

Birthdays

89th birthday

Nellie Preamble celebrated her 89th birthday on July 10 with her Sunday School class from Duluth First United Methodist Church. She celebrated her birthday with a roarin' '20s theme playing golden oldies and Charleston records.

She resides in Duluth with her son, Bernard. Born in Pennsylvania, she was a coal miner's daughter and became a coal miner's wife.

She is a retired school teacher who relocated here from Ohio four years ago.

Teamwork makes big difference for nonprofit group

There's something very different about this day as volunteers from Driving Magic Inc. prepare for their workshop with a Duluth High School special-needs class. The tan-shirted volunteers arrive at the farm, grab their first bottle of water and automatically head to their assignments. But there is a change in the typical lesson plan - today is the day members of The Coca-Cola Co.'s Shared Services organization will help with horse care, lesson support and creative projects.

To Driving Magic volunteers, it means extra hands to set up tables, groom horses, lift harnesses, prepare ingredients for horse treats, and, most importantly, it creates more one-on-one time they can spend with each student. The corporate volunteers will also carry out work projects to make the program better and safer for our students - projects that would normally have to wait until winter break.

Soon, tan shirts blend with white shirts that include the phrase "We're Making a Difference," but questions are on the minds of many. Can corporate volunteers make the transition from an air conditioned office to a working farm? Are they able to connect with our students and their needs? Will The Coca-Cola Co. really make a difference? As the day progresses, what Driving Magic students and volunteers experience is a resounding yes to those questions.

"Intuitively, they knew what our kids needed," said Barbara Luckhurst, a special-needs teacher from Duluth High School. "For example, when the Coke volunteers helped our students mix horse treats ... a lot of people would stand back and say, 'I can't help that child or know what he needs.'

"This particular group of people was so insightful, dealing with each student as an individual. It gives my kids more credibility when others respond to them. They get the sense of 'I'm special, but I'm ok.' My students felt accepted. (The staff from The Coca-Cola Co.) was not intimidated or taken aback; they were kind, generous and thoughtful."

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

KEELER, FREDDIE

Mr. Freddie Lee Keeler, age 51 of Buford, GA passed away August 25, 2006. Memorial service will be on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 6 P.M. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Elder Travis Clark officiating. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan, Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, 770-932-1133. www.flaniganfuneralhome.com

GAINESVILLE

TRADER, HAROLD

Harold E. Trader, age 57 of Gainesville, died Saturday, August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wistyeria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewartfh.com *

LAWRENCEVILLE

ROBERTS, ANN

Ann Roberts, age 65 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, August 25, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11AM Monday, August 28, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Moon will officiate. Burial will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Mrs. Roberts was a Homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church, Snellville. She is survived by Children: Patricia Whirl, Monroe, GA; William Ivey, Fitzgerald, GA; Billy Ivey, Wrightsville, GA; Tammy Ivey, Lawrenceville, GA; John Ivey, Pikeville, TN; Brother: Junior English, Centerville, GA; Sisters: Mary Smith, Lawrenceville, GA; Patty Clark, Macon, GA; 14 Grandchildren; 9 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews. The Family will receive Friends from 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM Sunday, August 27, 2006 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA. 30045. 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry @ www.stewartfh.com

SON, BIEN THI

Bien Thi Son, age 30, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on August 23, 2006. Surviving are: Husband: Duy Pham, Lawrenceville, GA; Son: Dylan Pham, Lawrenceville, GA; Sister: Katie Thanh Son, Buford, GA; Grandmother: Mrs. Bong Le. Ms. Son was born on December 31, 1975 in Vietnam. Graveside service will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Duluth, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, 4400 South Lee St, Buford, GA 30518, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com

MONROE

CONNER, ANNIE

Annie E. Conner, age 97 of Monroe died August 26, 2006. A resident of Walton County most of her life, she was a member of the Monroe Congregational Holiness Church for over 55 years and was retired from Carwood Mfg. Co. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2006 in the Monroe Congregational Holiness Church. The Rev. Billy Autry will officiate. Interment will be in Westlawn Memorial Cemetery, Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. She is survived by three daughters: Louise C. Baker of Monroe, Joyce C. Loy of Lawrenceville and Violet C. Towe of Hoschton; one son: Roy A. Conner of Monroe; one sister: Beulah Mae Moon of Loganville; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8:30pm on Sunday and from 6 until 8pm on Monday. Arthur Bowick, Inc., Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements, 770-267-2594.

NORCROSS

MEADOWS,

JEANNETTE

Jeannette Meadows, 76, of Norcross, GA., died Friday August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726. *

SNELLVILLE

CARLOS, SUE

Sue Ray Carlos, age 79 of Snellville, GA died August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com *

Natural wonder

Golfing Gwinnett: Pair of aces

Hank and Debbie Maxwell are admittedly not the best golfers around.

Center still not open years after promise

BUFORD - Wildlife officials are going back to the drawing board for a gateway to the nature center promised to the community in exchange for a mall seven years ago.

Engagement Announcements

Brasher - Ludwig

Norm and Kathy Brasher of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Leigh Brasher of Lawrenceville, to Alston Frank Ludwig of Olive Branch, Miss., son of Frank and Cathy Ludwig of Olive Branch, Miss.

If war can't be won, we need a new plan

War is a performance business. That is, if you get in it, you better win it. Stalemates are not acceptable, especially in America, where we worship victory and do not suffer defeat easily.

Despite what revisionist historians say, the U.S. did not lose militarily in Vietnam; we simply did not defeat the communist enemy. And shortly after we withdrew, they violated the signed treaty and took over South Vietnam.

Wedding Announcements

Pedelty - Wilkens

Laura Elizabeth Pedelty and Garon James Wilkens were married on June 17 at the Church of Christ in Snellville. Harold Savage officiated the ceremony.

Quick trips provide well-deserved respites

Did the school year creep up on you too fast? You may have missed the window for week-long vacations, but that doesn't mean you have to ditch the quick getaways. Try a mini-break to locations throughout the Southeast - there are choices to fit everyone's time frame and budget.

Growth, not gas prices, fueling bus ridership

LAWRENCEVILLE - More students are riding school buses this year, local districts say, but students piling onto the buses are a result of growth, not parents trying to save gas money.

Book festival features more than 100 authors

If you like to read, be sure to check out downtown Decatur next weekend. The city will host its first book festival, which will be attended by authors from across the country.

Prep roundup: Peachtree Ridge wins Diamond title

BUFORD - Peachtree Ridge defeated Loganville 6-4 on Saturday in the championship game to win the Diamond Division title of the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational softball tournament at Bogan Park.

Gwinnett Gab

Driver offices

closing for holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - All customer service centers for the Department of Driver Services statewide will be closed Sept. 2 and will reopen Sept. 5.

The Conyers' administrative offices and the Customer Call Center will be closed Sept. 4 and will reopen Sept. 5. Many services may be done via the Agency's Web site www.dds.ga.gov.

Girl wins large cabbage contest

DULUTH - Small cabbage plants were given to each third-grader at Chattahoochee Elementary School last spring.

Raina Davis grew the largest cabbage in the "Cabbage Program" contest sponsored by Bonnie Plants. Raina cared for her "Cabby" through the early part of July when she harvested the nine and a half-pound vegetable.

Security plan aims to spark Gwinnett Village revival

LAWRENCEVILLE - Within two years, Chuck Warbington said, people are going to look back at Gwinnett Village and wonder at how far it has come.

End of summer grilling

Add new flavors to your Labor Day cookout

Though it seems like summer ended as soon as the kids headed back to school, officially, a little of the season is still left. Luckily, there's also one last three-day weekend to celebrate.

Author talks about writing 'The Whole World Over'

When author Julia Glass begins writing, she starts with one important ingredient. "Every piece of fiction that I write starts with a single character," Glass said.

Ann Roberts

Ann Roberts, age 65 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, August 25, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11AM Monday, August 28, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...

Annie E. Conner

Annie E. Conner, age 97 of Monroe died August 26, 2006. A resident of Walton County most of her life, she was a member of the Monroe Congregational Holiness Church ...

Jeannette Meadows

Jeannette Meadows, 76, of Norcross, GA., died Friday August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Freddie Lee Keeler

Mr. Freddie Lee Keeler, age 51 of Buford, GA passed away August 25, 2006. Memorial service will be on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 6 P.M. at the Chapel of ...

Sue Ray Carlos

Sue Ray Carlos, age 79 of Snellville, GA died August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Bien Thi Son

THI Bien Thi Son, age 30, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on August 23, 2006. Surviving are: Husband: Duy Pham, Lawrenceville, GA; Son: Dylan Pham, Lawrenceville, GA; Sister: Katie Thanh ...

Harold E. Trader

Harold E. Trader, age 57 of Gainesville, died Saturday, August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wistyeria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewartfh.com