News for Friday, June 1, 2007

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7 more indicted in suspected grow house ring

LAWRENCEVILLE - Seven people were indicted this week on charges involving a ring of marijuana grow houses discovered in February and March.

Housing picture bright

TUCKER - The national housing market hasn't really gotten rave reviews lately.

Subprime lending has led to an increase in foreclosures around the country. Abnormal appreciation rates have led some people to have trouble selling their old homes, which means they can't buy new ones. And a decrease in buyers has led to a decrease in new home starts.

Police, Fire reports

Man injured after car flips over

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A man was injured Thursday when his car flipped on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Lawrenceville.

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North's Rahm commits

to N.C. Wesleyan baseball

• North Gwinnett senior Justin Rahm has accepted an offer to continue his baseball career at North Carolina Wesleyan, a Division III school in Rocky Mount, N.C. He is the son of Roy and Betsy Rahm.

Wesleyan ace Garvin commits to No. 1 Vandy

With his pick of top baseball schools, Wesleyan pitcher Grayson Garvin selected the nation's current No. 1 team Vanderbilt last week.

<body><div align="left"><h2>Getting to Know ... O.J. Soto </h2></div>

O.J. Soto, 33, just completed his second season as head golf coach at Grayson High School. The former college lineman at Wofford also serves as offensive line coach for the school's football team.

In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the Loganville grad and Puerto Rico native talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, ranging from his days on the gridiron to O.J. Simpson to what a golf coach actually does.

ChoicePoint settles with 43 states, D.C. over data breach

ATLANTA - ChoicePoint Inc. has agreed to implement more safeguards as part of a settlement with 43 states and the District of Columbia over allegations it failed to adequately secure consumers' personal information related to a breach of its database it disclosed in 2005.

Stability in Iraq needed

Before Congress adjourned last week on another of its lengthy holidays, Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeated a phrase she has previously used about the war in Iraq. She again referred to it as "the Bush policy of unending war in Iraq."

New challenge

Bedard set to fight Sunday in WEC

When Jeff Bedard stepped down as head wrestling coach at Wesleyan in April, it was to allow him to spend more time training full time for a professional mixed martial arts career.

Gwinnett students develop leadership skills at summit

DULUTH - Not everyone is meant to be a leader, but hundreds of Gwinnett's teenagers on Thursday learned what it takes to develop someone who can effectively manage a team.

Stromie to take on new challenge - leaves Parkview for West Forsyth

LILBURN - When Dennis Stromie became head wrestling coach at Parkview High School in the mid-80s, the program had some previous success, but it wasn't even the top team in Gwinnett County or its own city.

Company to hold open house at new Suwanee facility

SUWANEE - Gwinnett-based manufacturer Thomco recently moved from its 22,000-square-foot facility in Lawrenceville to a new 61,000-square-foot facility in Suwanee.

How to spell entertainment

A spectacle unfolded this week in our nation's capital with as much drama, excitement and hold-your-breath tension as any other playoff in the world of competition.

Vetoes draw praise, groans

ATLANTA - Latino advocates and opponents of illegal immigration alternately praised and criticized Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday for vetoing legislation cracking down on motorists who drive without a license.

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 4-8, June 11-15,June 18-22: The Hardball Warehouse is having baseball camps at Bunten Road Park in Duluth from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 7-14. Cost $249.00 and includes lunch. For more information or to register visit www.hardballwarehouse.com or call 678-957-885 ext. 221.

Horseplay allowed

Machovec, Cheek pick up ATC awards

Dacula's Eve Machovec and Mill Creek's Cameron Cheek picked up postseason honors from the Atlanta Track Club on Tuesday night.

New equestrian trail serious business for enthusiasts

LAWRENCEVILLE - Vickie Summers has seen the trend, and in her own way, she joined in.

Susan Garmon

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Susan Beverly Pruitt Garmon, age 56, of Jefferson, who passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 after an extended illness ...

Stephen Muscsik

Stephen Muscsik, born October 28, 1943, lived with diabetes for many years, and died in his sleep on Friday, May 25, 2007. Steve served in the U.S. Navy on board ...

Katrina Schneider

Katrina Schneider, age 42, of Loganville, died May 29, 2007. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carin Johnson and is survived by two daughters, Aja Amburn and Lexi ...

Rosa Hernandez

Mrs. Rosa Hernandez, age 94, of Braselton, Georgia, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

James Byrd

James Michael Byrd, age 60 of Loganville, passed away Friday, May 25, 2007. The body was donated to Emory University School of Science. Memorial service will be held at a ...

Grady Palmour

Grady Palmour, Jr., age 73, of Duluth, GA, died Thursday, May 31, 2007. Mr. Palmour, born in Dawson County, GA, was a supervisor at General Motors Doraville Plant for 30 ...

Peter Fedyk

Peter N. Fedyk of Lawrenceville, Georgia died suddenly on Wednesday morning, May 30, 2007. A native of Cohoes, New York, Mr. Fedyk is survived by his wife, Kathleen A. Fedyk ...

Sara Blackstone

Sara B. Blackstone, age 87 of Loganville, GA passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.