News for Tuesday, August 21, 2007


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Grayson election officials appointed

GRAYSON - Election officials for the Nov. 6 city election in Grayson were appointed Monday night by the Grayson City Council at its regular monthly meeting.

Must Read: Hotelier Leona Helmsley, the 'queen of mean,' dies at age 87

NEW YORK - Leona Helmsley, who ran a $5 billion hotel and real estate empire with her husband but sealed her reputation as the 'queen of mean' during her 1989 trial for tax evasion, died Monday. She was 87.

College catnap First freshmen already learning lessons

LAWRENCEVILLE - As Georgia Gwinnett College's first freshmen began classes Monday, students continued to register for the fall semester.

Jet explodes; all aboard escape

NAHA, Japan - Passengers used emergency slides to evacuate a China Airlines jet just minutes before the plane burst into a fireball Monday on the tarmac. All 165 people aboard escaped unhurt, including the pilot, who jumped from the cockpit at the last second.

Tech football star's new challenge: Business school

ATLANTA - Many college football stars see three letters as their future.

Facing uphill battle in Duluth, Wal-Mart changes plans

LAWRENCEVILLE - Wal-Mart has taken steps to make it easier for the company to build a new supercenter in Duluth. But a moratorium on all large buildings in the city means construction plans still cannot go forward.

Police Reports

Cash stolen from Waffle House

Business briefs

NEW YORK - A closely watched gauge of future economic activity edged up in July, reversing the previous month's decline. The recent erratic pattern reflects uncertainty in a U.S. economy roiled by a credit crunch.

Hawks, Bulldogs team up for softball tourney

Two Region 7-AAAAA foes have put their rivalry aside in recent years to create one of the best high school fastpitch softball tournaments in the state.

Police thwart home invasion

NORCROSS - Gwinnett Police interrupted a Saturday night home invasion in which two of the victims had aided the invaders, according to a statement released by the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Nation breifs

Last victim of bridge collapse still missing

Prep roundup Mason tosses complete game

SUWNAEE - Kim Mason threw a complete game to lead Collins Hill to a 4-3 win over Brookwood on Monday.

Today's kids pick the darndest role models

Michael Vick plans to plead guilty to federal charges, Barry Bonds is baseball's home run king and an NBA referee admits to gambling on a sport that entrusted him to uphold the rules. Nice role models, right?

Falcons deal with loss of another QB

FLOWERY BRANCH - On a day when Michael Vick announced a guilty plea to dogfighting charges, the Atlanta Falcons were dealing with the loss of another quarterback.

Wood finds success in minors North grad threw no-hitter through eight innings last Sunday

If Blake Wood was still pitching for North Gwinnett High School, he would have had a no-hitter with an inning to spare.

21-year-old drowns at Lanier

BUFORD - Authorities are unsure what caused a 21-year-old Norcross man to drown at Lake Lanier on Friday.

D-I Commitments


Vandals strike church Break windows, damage pews before service

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Sunday, 35 members of Hopewell Christian Church came to services to find broken windows, shattered glass and concrete blocks in their sanctuary.

Fire closes down restaurant

STONE MOUNTAIN - A Stone Mountain fast food restaurant isn't quite so convenient for customers looking to grab a hamburger or quick lunch anymore.

Schools anticipate enrollment to rise

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 3,500 additional students have reported to Gwinnett County Public Schools since classes began last week.

A new old message for Republicans


Teixeira homers twice in Braves' win

CINCINNATI - Mark Teixeira hit a pair of homers for the second straight game, and Brian McCann had a first-inning grand slam Monday that powered the Atlanta Braves to a 14-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Stunned Falcons try to carry on after Michael Vick decides to plead guilty

FLOWERY BRANCH - While the Atlanta Falcons certainly knew this day was coming, it still hurt to get the news officially:

Residents to learn impact of construction projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents can learn today how combined road, water and sewer projects will impact the Lake Lanier area.

W.t. Phillips

W. T. Phillips, age 84 of Snellville, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Susie Bruce

Susie Bruce, age 52, of Dacula, formerly of Buford, passed away Monday, August 20, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in the Chapel of ...

Betty J. Jones

Betty J. Jones, 68, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2007, in Snellville. Betty was a retired insurance adjuster. She is preceded in death by her husband, Emory Kenneth Jones ...

Bertie Christine Mitchell

Bertie Christine Mitchell, age 76 of Bold Springs, GA passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2007. She was preceded in death by: Brothers, Harlin Hall, Richard Hall and William Hall ...

Dorothy Luke

Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Luke, age 86, of Bogart, Georgia, died August 19, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown, age 60, of Auburn, GA, died Sunday, August 19, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Michael David Crowe

Michael David Crowe, age 55, of Winder, GA, passed away August 18, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Donald Clark Kengla

Donald Clark Kengla, age 61 of Lilburn, GA, died on Sunday, August 19, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

George Zigmont

George “Ziggy” Zigmont, 60 of Lawrenceville, GA, died August 19, 2007. Ziggy was born and raised in Granby, Connecticut. He was an associate at Home Depot Store #144 ...

Michael Thomas Manning

Michael Thomas Manning, age 21, of Norcross, GA, was born January 7, 1986 and died on August 17, 2007 from a drowning accident in Lake Lanier. Our beloved son, Michael ...

William Kessler

Mr. William “Bill” Kessler, age 77, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on August 17, 2007. Surviving are: Sons and Daughter-in-Law: Chip and Lee Kessler, Suwanee, GA ...

Bette K. Vannerson

Bette K. Vannerson, age 75, of Buford, GA, died Sunday, August 19, 2007 after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,

Frances E. Juhan

Frances E. Juhan, age 92, of Lithonia, GA, died August 19, 2007. She is survived by her sister, Bessie Smith of Springfield, VA, several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Juhan, a ...

Ann Owensby

Ann Noblin Owensby, loving and beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, age 48, of Duluth, GA, died August 17, 2007. The memorial service in Georgia will be held Wednesday ...

Luther Ezzard Johnson

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Luther Ezzard Johnson, age 83, of Jefferson, GA, who passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Imogene Nell Burgamy

Imogene Nell Burgamy, 80, of Franklin, NC and formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, died on August 16, 2007 in the home of her daughter, Diane Buchanan of Franklin. She is preceded ...

Carol Williamson

Carol Williamson, age 59 of Lawrenceville passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, August 23, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Earl O. Gelwicks, Jr.

Earl O. Gelwicks, Jr., beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2007. He was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri on July 28, 1919. After graduation from high ...

Horace C. Scott

Horace C. Scott, 79, of Norcross, GA, died August 18, 2007. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 22nd, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home ...

Martha Jane Locke

Mrs. Martha Jane Locke, age 54, of Gainesville, GA, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...