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Teen who raises most money to be marshal of walk

GAINESVILLE - The participant under the age of 18 who registers and raises the largest amount in donations for Georgia's upcoming Walk From Obesity in Gainesville will lead the walk and ride in the Grand Marshal's convertible with Cat Whitehill, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in Women's Soccer.

The benefit walk, which is scheduled for Sept. 16, is part of a national effort to increase awareness of the life-threatening disease of obesity and to raise funds for research, prevention and advanced treatments. Studies show morbid obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death and is at epidemic levels among the U.S. population. Participants in Georgia's Walk from Obesity will join thousands of other walkers around the country participating in local events to bring attention and additional research funding to the disease.

Registration is $25 and online preregistration at www.walkfromobesity.com is encouraged so participants can get a commemorative T-shirt. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. at the traffic court parking lot on Washington Street. Warm-up is set for 8:30 a.m. with the walk through the Brenau University campus and surrounding neighborhood scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Police reports

Woman carjacked after leaving cafe

•DULUTH - A 24-year-old Suwanee woman was carjacked Tuesday after leaving an Internet cafe in Nukoa Shopping Center at 3430 Steve Reynolds Blvd.

Hoping for a meaningful Mustang win

Any sort of positive praise can do wonders for a high school kid's confidence, but actual results in competition can boost it even more.

Meth-bust record broken after 10 days

ATLANTA - The larger Atlanta area is becoming a hub for crystal methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico, smuggled in the southwestern U.S. and distributed on the East Coast, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Reshuffling of primaries does no good

Well, the Democrats have gone and messed it up again. I came back from a one-week vacation, out of reach of the news, to learn that the Democratic National Committee, in its wisdom, had further muddled the calendar of events for choosing the 2008 presidential nominee.

Sports briefs

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Lee wins E-Z-GO Georgia PGA Championship

Greg Lee, an assistant professional at Chicopee Woods Golf Course, shot a 6-under-par 66 on Wednesday at Sea Island Golf Club's Retreat Course to win the E-Z-GO Georgia PGA Championship.

Gwinnett signs two players

DULUTH - Solid ties to Michigan paid off for the Gwinnett Gladiators this summer.

Man shot in the arm

A 23-year-old man was shot in the arm at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Yuba Walk in Lawrenceville. His injuries were not life threatening. Lawrenceville police investigated and released no further information at press time.

Layoffs occurring at three local plants

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LAWRENCEVILLE - By the end of this month, more than 200 locals will be without a job.

Founder of American Indian Festival dies

WINDER - Paul Eddy, the Winder man who founded the American Indian Festival, a Memorial Day weekend tradition at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, died Tuesday five months after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

County tops hiring mark

LAWRENCEVILLE - In 2005, Gwinnett broke records for the amount of law enforcement officers hired.

Rising costs for energy, transportation trigger price increases

CINCINNATI - While prices at the gas pumps get a lot of attention, other increases are pulling at Americans' pocketbooks from a variety of directions.

3 Gwinnett schools in Perdue's Top 25

Gov. Sonny Perdue, who once played quarterback for the University of Georgia, is making a play straight out of the football annals.

Breaking media spell takes stellar politician

EDINBURGH, Scotland

Former Vice President Al Gore blew through Edinburgh a few days ago and complimented the government on its contributions to diminishing the "threat" of global warming. Government policies must be working, because it is noticeably cooler at the end of summer!

Judicial Council recommends new Gwinnett judge

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County will be first in line to get a new superior court judge, thanks to a recommendation announced Wednesday by the Judicial Council of Georgia.

Bottom's up

Wishes unveiled for Gwinnett Village upgrade

NORCROSS - As Transportation Planner Callie Kaiser pointed out potential overpasses, mixed-use developments and greenspace on large maps of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, members of a 50-person audience at the Global Mall murmured with pride as they saw their ideas on the screen.

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

CAMPBELL, EVVIE

Evvie Fowler Campbell, age 70 of Auburn, GA, passed away August 29, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

BUFORD

GARNER, DORIS

Doris Garner age 72 of Buford died Monday, August 28, 2006. A Funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, September 1, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross. She is survived by Son and Daughter-in-Law- Thomas and Regina Garner, Jr. Granddaughters- Jennifer Rebecca Garner, Barbara Elizabeth Garner, Kimberly Anne Garner, and Michelle Frances Garner , all of Buford. She retired as a secretary after approximately 30 years of service with GMPD Zone Sales. She was of the Baptist Faith. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 9 P.M. Thursday, August 31, 2006 at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518. 770-945-9345. Please sign the online registry at www.stewartfh.com.

DULUTH

KEPHART, JEROME

Jerome Paul (Jerry) Kephart, age 62, of Duluth, GA, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, September 1, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

JACKSON, HENRY

Henry Jackson, age 96 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 29, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Frances R. Jackson. Survivors include: Daughters & Sons-in-Law: Sandra & Jim Rountree, Suwanee, Nancy & Wyatt Jones, Braselton; Sister: Omie Jackson, Lawrenceville; Sister-in-Law & Brother-in-Law: JoAnn & Jack Shipley, Lawrenceville; Granddaughters: Shannon Rountree Gibree & Husband, Seth & Emily Elizabeth Jones; Grandsons: Christopher Jackson Rountree & Scott Stuart Jones; Great Grandchild: Jackson Seth Gibree; Several Nieces & Nephews. Mr. Jackson was born February 20, 1910 and raised on a farm in Lawrenceville. He was one of 21 children. Education was a high priority in his family; in fact, his father built a one-room school house in Gwinnett County called "Jackson Academy" where Henry began his education. He played basketball at Lawrenceville High School and the team won the N.E. Georgia award in 1928. From those early beginnings, he was absolutely determined to go to Georgia Tech. And he did, selling magazines to help pay for his tuition. For four straight years, he was on the Honor Roll and received the Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and President Marian Luther Brittain's Gold T scholastic awards. Graduating with honors in 1932, he majored in accounting and finance and received a B.S. Degree in Commerce. After Tech, he was hired by the State of Georgia and became the Director of Business Administration for the Department of Family and Children Services until his retirement in 1972. He was an active member of Dekalb Lion's Club for several years and served as President for 2 years. He celebrated his 95th birthday in style with a ride around the city of Lawrenceville in the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 1, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Davis Chappell and Rev. Stephen Walters officiating. Interment to follow at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church College Scholarship Fund, 395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 in memory of Henry Jackson. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

WINDER

CHISEN, SHELDON

Sheldon I. Chisen, age 60 of Winder, GA, passed away August 28, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Prep roundup: Dacula's Hadley strikes out 14 in no-hitter win

DACULA - Alanna Hadley tossed a no-hitter and struck out 14 to lead Dacula (6-2-1, 2-0) to a 5-0 win over Eastside on Wednesday.

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.

Duluth's Higgins uses his smarts on and off the field

DULUTH - His class schedule is filled with upper level courses - something you might not expect from a senior who has colleges after him for athletic talents - but Andrew Higgins isn't just any football player. He's a smart one, a really smart one.

Brookwood issues player suspensions

Seven Brookwood varsity football players will miss the team's first two games, including Saturday's Corky Kell Classic, for violating team rules.

Gladiators change six schedule dates

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced six changes to their 2006-07 schedule following the release of the National Basketball Association schedule, which affected the availability of Charlotte Bobcats Arena, home of the Checkers.

Ex-cop won't be chargedGilson not indicted in motorist shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - A veteran Gwinnett County police officer has lost his job but not his freedom after fatally shooting an unarmed man.

A Gwinnett grand jury Wednesday chose not to indict George Gilson, a former Gwinnett County Police Department sergeant, on criminal charges in the shooting death of a drunken driver during a low-speed police chase June 10.

Gilson was one of the last of five witnesses to testify in a closed grand jury hearing, which lasted about four hours, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Phil Wiley. A 19-member citizen panel deliberated for about 10 minutes before reaching the decision, Wiley said.

Henry Jackson

Henry Jackson, age 96 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on August 29, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Frances R. Jackson. Survivors include: Daughters ...

Doris Garner

Doris Garner age 72 of Buford died Monday, August 28, 2006. A Funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, September 1, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim ...

Sheldon Chisen

Sheldon I. Chisen, age 60 of Winder, GA, passed away August 28, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Evvie Campbell

Evvie Fowler Campbell, age 70 of Auburn, GA, passed away August 29, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Jerome Kephart

Jerome Paul (Jerry) Kephart, age 62, of Duluth, GA, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Friday, September 1, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Homes ...