Loganville soldier to have highway named for him

One of Loganville's fallen heroes will be forever remembered on highways in Walton and Coweta counties.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Senate voted to name Ga. Highway 81 from U.S. Highway 78 to the Newton County line to be named in honor of Sgt. Michael Stokely.

The Loganville native, whose father is Coweta's solicitor, died Aug. 16 in Baghdad.

Just 10 days before the National Guardsman was deployed to Iraq, Stokely married his high-school sweetheart Niki.

On Wednesday, a portion of Ga. Highway 54 was also named the Sgt. Mike Stokely Memorial Highway.

''I can think of no greater reason for us to dedicate a road than to honor a fallen soldier," said Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, the sponsor of the Coweta bill.

On Veteran's Day, Stokely's name was added to Gwinnett's Fallen Heroes Memorial.

Coan sponsors meth bill

Criminals convicted of manufacturing, transporting or selling methamphetamine would be placed on a state registry after being let out of jail or put on probation under legislation sponsored by a Gwinnett County Republican.

"Anyone who has a meth offender in their neighborhood needs to know about it,'' said Rep. Mike Coan, of Lawrenceville, who introduced the bill Wednesday. "Odds are good they're going to be back doing what they were doing.''

The General Assembly passed legislation last year banning over-the-counter sales of medicines containing ingredients commonly used to make methamphetamine in clandestine labs.

Coan said a meth registry would be particularly helpful to people who own rental property. They could screen would-be tenants to determine if they had a criminal record involving the drug, he said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation would maintain the registry, which would be available to the public over the Internet.

Coan said the system could be installed for $30,000 to $50,000.

Several influential lawmakers have signed onto the bill as cosponsors, including House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter, R-Alpharetta, and Majority Whip Barry Fleming, R-Harlem.

Open house

Legislators will be on hand tonight to hear from constituents.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open house for local delegates to give updates to the community and learn what voters want during the rest of the 2006 legislative session.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Chamber's Sugarloaf Parkway building.

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