News for Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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LETTERS: Jackson profile shows a good guy in our schools

I really appreciated the "Getting To Know" story about Will Jackson (Sports, Aug. 10) written by Christine Troyke

All quiet on Spartan front Life returns to normal for GAC after '06 media barrage

NORCROSS - Things are a bit quieter this year at Greater Atlanta Christian preseason football practices.

Pace of rescue efforts drags

HUNTINGTON, Utah - As frustration mounts over the slow pace of the digging to free six trapped miners, more questions arose Tuesday about whether risky mining methods may have left parts of the coal mine dangerously unstable.

Super Six Volleyball - Betsy Smith Wesleyan's Smith stands alone in role as Wolves' leader

NORCROSS - When individual awards were doled out after Wesleyan won its third straight state volleyball title last year, head coach Ted Russell often faced the same question.

HOT plan gets cold shoulder Feds turn down toll lanes on I-85

LAWRENCEVILLE - A plan to put toll lanes on Interstate 85 broke down this week.

Police reports

Robber follows man to his home

Delayed social studies textbooks delivered

LAWRENCEVILLE - All seventh-grade students in Gwinnett County now have new social studies textbooks, school district officials said Tuesday.

LETTERS: Obama just a phenomenon that lacks real substance

Some candidates look pretty good until they open their mouths. For a long time, Barack Obama has been given a free pass by the adoring media and his beloved groupie-types that swoon over him like some lovesick teenager at a rock concert. When you look past the smoke screen fanned by the liberal media, you see a candidate that's in way over his head and sinking fast.

Obama just a phenomenon that lacks real substance

Some candidates look pretty good until they open their mouths. For a long time, Barack Obama has been given a free pass by the adoring media and his beloved groupie-types that swoon over him like some lovesick teenager at a rock concert. When you look past the smoke screen fanned by the liberal media, you see a candidate that's in way over his head and sinking fast.

4 accused of botched robbery attempt

SNELLVILLE - Four teens are in jail after an alleged robbery attempt went sour and ended in gunfire outside a Snellville Waffle House on Sunday night.

Plea deals increase leverage against Vick

RICHMOND, Va. - The decision by Michael Vick's remaining two co-defendants to plead guilty gives prosecutors additional leverage against the Atlanta Falcons star, who has maintained his innocence in a federal dogfighting conspiracy case.

Must read Teacher-astronaut turns spacecraft into her classroom

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle and space station into a classroom Tuesday for her first education session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe with joy and also some sadness.

Business briefs

County planner leaves post at developer

Barrow road projects still on list

WINDER - The Atlanta Regional Commission recently expanded to include Barrow County in its 18-county Envision6 transportation planning area. However, a funding shortfall required that the ARC remove projects from its regional transportation plan, ARC spokeswoman Judith Dovers told the Barrow County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Richardson touts new career option for students

ATLANTA - Georgia students not headed for college would be able to earn a career certificate declaring them job ready upon graduating high school under a proposal announced by House Speaker Glenn Richardson on Tuesday.

Sugar Hill OKs plumbing zoning

SUGAR HILL - A proposed mechanic shop and plumbing business that riled residents of the Frontier Forest subdivision was approved by city councilmen, minus the mechanic shop.

Business expo set for this week

DULUTH - Last year, Andrea Moore's booth at the BIG Expo and Job Fair had cookies.

Priceless prescriptions

Anyone who's had a cold or sinus infection knows antibiotics can often be expensive. So a Southern-based chain of supermarkets is offering a priceless - literally - solution to costly medications.

Help others breathe easy

Grab a straw, and put one end in your mouth. Now hold your nose and breathe.

Jackson profile shows a good guy in our schools

I really appreciated the "Getting To Know" story about Will Jackson (Sports, Aug. 10) written by Christine Troyke

Snellville pledges $9,000 to initiative

SNELLVILLE - City Council members voted Monday to pledge $9,000 to Partnership for Gwinnett, an economic development initiative that partners government, the private sector and industry in a drive to attract businesses to Gwinnett County.

Police seek man who robbed Norcross Wachovia

NORCROSS - Police say the man who robbed a Norcross bank Monday morning passed a teller a note in order to make off with cash.

Charges pending in park crash; 4 still in hospital

WINDER - Winder police investigators released the names and conditions of the seven people injured in a single-vehicle crash in Fort Yargo State Park on Monday.

Prep roundup: Rams down Hawks in season opener

LOGANVILLE - Shannon Bear drove in Ariel Larocca in the bottom of the seventh as seventh-ranked Grayson nipped No. 3 Mill Creek 2-1 on Tuesday.

Extreme makeover: Peach State edition

Georgia badly needs a makeover. The question is, where do we start?

Buford's Pridemore commits to Yellow Jackets After traveling to five different schools, Wolvesï ¿ ½ linebacker decides to stay close to home

BUFORD - Buford senior T.J. Pridemore traveled plenty to visit his five favorite schools but eventually chose the one closest to home.

Victim identified in Duluth killing

DULUTH - Investigators named the lone victim in the most recent Duluth-area shooting Tuesday, though other details surrounding the Sunday night killing remain unclear.

Schools see record enrollment

LAWRENCEVILLE - Once again, Gwinnett County Public Schools has grown.

World briefs

Iraqi military: 175 killed in bombings aimed at small Kurdish sect

Breaks draw defense company Meggitt plans building in Suwanee

SUWANEE - Expect to see more businesses lured to Gwinnett with tax incentives in the future, those involved with the county's economic development said Tuesday.

Duluth council puts improvements in gear

DULUTH - Two major projects in downtown Duluth will soon be under way.

Charter school will challenge best and brightest of Gwinnett

The Gwinnett County "School of the Future" welcomed 203 ninth-grade students and their parents gathered in Duluth High School's auditorium a few nights before the official opening of the 2007-08 academic year.

ARC to host two online transportation meetings

LAWRENCEVILLE - Now, there's no need to fight traffic to talk about problems with congestion.

Retail health clinics expand, but concerns rise

NEW YORK - Increasingly, American consumers are shopping for health care the way they buy a hamburger or milk shake at a fast-food chain: By standing in line at a local store under a menu.

'On the same team' GAC hosts networking lunch with ministers

NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian School President David Fincher said he has the same goal as many Atlanta area youth ministers: to help raise the next generation of Christian leaders.

Georgia Tech's 'other Johnson' is ... adjusting to life as 'only Johnson'

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's James Johnson is a wide receiver in transition.

People briefs

Imus settles with CBS, talks to other outlets

In brief

Hospital offers low-cost screenings

Nation briefs

NYC gets $354 million if mayor can sell traffic plan to state lawmakers

Owens talks the talk; now he must walk the walk

ATHENS - Jeff Owens' job description on Saturdays includes bringing pressure up the middle to try to get to the quarterback.

2007 Fall Sports Preview

Drug case moving forward 5 local men among 25 grow house indictments

ATLANTA - Five men were indicted on federal charges Tuesday, accused of operating two marijuana grow houses in Loganville and Winder.

Lewis Smith

Lewis Dwight Smith, age 54, of Winder, GA, passed away August 11, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Dewey Collier

Dewey J. (Joe) Collier, age 61, of Snellville, GA, died August 13, 2007, from lung cancer. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Johnnie K. Webb Collier; daughter ...

Mary Scott

Mary Elizabeth Scott, age 84, of Buford, died Saturday, August 11, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Casandra Reighard

CaSandra Reighard, age 30 of Dawsonville, died August 12, 2007. A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel, with ...