News for Thursday, June 21, 2007

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A June 20 story on a sexual assault in Lawrenceville incorrectly named the apartment complex where the incident took place. The crime occurred at the Gwinnett Place Apartments, not the Gwinnett Village Apartments.

Man charged with making harassing calls to Barrow airport

WINDER - A Barrow County man charged with making harassing phone calls to the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport says he meant no harm. He just wanted the airplanes to fly a little higher.

Californians testing mettle on term limits

In the heat of a Central Valley summer, with mid-day temperatures over 100 degrees, Democratic legislators are preparing to test their working partnership with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the ultimate crucible by asking the voters to relax the limits on their time in office.

Commuter rail line still a question

ATLANTA - A committee of the State Transportation Board on Wednesday put off deciding whether Georgia should take the plunge into commuter rail.

Wal-Mart expands financial services with prepaid card

Wal-Mart, furthering a lucrative push to offer financial services to its customers, will sell prepaid Visa debit cards that would allow millions of low-income shoppers who don't have bank accounts to keep up with an increasingly cashless society.

Reviews split on how to track county finances

LAWRENCEVILLE - An independent auditor told commissioners this week he doesn't see a problem with last year's decision to disband the Internal Audit Division. But the foreman of the grand jury that chastised the board for the decision said recent accusations of an employee stealing money displays the need for checks.

Joel Black, a partner with Mauldin and Jenkins who reported a "clean" audit of Gwinnett's books Tuesday, said he believes the county's new Performance Analysis Division will keep the safeguards necessary on the county coffers.

Is Bloomberg part of a new political wave?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was never really a Republican; neither was he really a Democrat, the political party he previously left. From DINO (Democrat in name only), he became a RINO (Republican in name only) and now I guess one might call him, what, an UNO (unaffiliated in name only)?

In brief

Chamber members to get discounts on prescriptions with new card

•DULUTH - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that its members will be able to enjoy discounts on prescriptions at 53,000 pharmacies across the United States.

Deadly head-on shuts I-85

BUFORD - A two-vehicle collision in Buford left one motorist dead and shut down I-85 for hours on Wednesday afternoon.

Masters of Mulch

Viewpoints: Golf, family the focus for Johnson

There was a time when Tally Johnson might have considered a return to coaching football.

Tour will show off work of local gardeners

Maria Turk understands that it's easy to confuse her garden for a replica of Stonehenge. But, actually, it's not. Her garden is called Stonehedge.

"It's hedge, as in, a row of plants, but a lot of people called it henge. They ask why it's called Stonehenge, but it's not," said Turk, with a laugh.

Turk is one of five lifetime master gardeners chosen to showcase their landscapes in the Gwinnett Master Gardeners Summer Garden Tour, being held Saturday. Master gardeners are trained and certified by the University of Georgia extension office through a two-and-a-half-month course. They then guide fellow gardeners through the how-tos and how-nots of the natural world and volunteer their time in schools, the community and the extension office.

"We are people who want to help other people with their gardens. It's a community service," Turk said. "If you have a question, you come to us and we either know the answer, or we know how to find the answer. The title, master gardener, it is a little embarrassing because we don't have all the answers. But we do know how to find them."

Police say argument over washing dishes leads to stabbing death

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A 23-year-old Marietta man is being held on charges that he stabbed his mother to death during an argument over washing dishes, police said.

'Veteran mind-set'

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 18-21: Buford High School will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 5 through 8 from 9 a.m to noon. Cost is $65. For more information, call Tony Wolfe at Buford High School at 770-945-6768 or go online to www.bufordwolves.com.

Police Reports

Man attacks teen with tube

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 19-year-old said he was robbed while walking from work to a friend's home Monday night.

The teen said a black man approached him as he was walking along Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville about 6:20 p.m., according to a police report. The man demanded the 19-year-old's money and began hitting him with a tube-like object on the face and arm until the teen threw more than $200 at him and walked away.

Pizza Hut employee robbed

•LILBURN - Nearly $2,000 was stolen from a Pizza Hut employee Sunday morning while he was attempting to make a business deposit.

According to a police report, the employee was at Wachovia bank at 1001 Killian Hill Road shortly before 10 a.m. when a black man armed with a black handgun demanded the employee give him the bag of money he was carrying. After handing over the money, the employee was sprayed twice in the face with mace before the man fled in a gray Mazda.

Man robs SunTrust

•LILBURN - A man armed with a silver handgun demanded money from three bank tellers Friday before fleeing with more than $7,000, a police report said.

A black man entered the Suntrust bank located in side the Publix at 4051 Stone Mountain Highway about 12:15 p.m. and demanded money from one teller then moved on to two others. The man demanded only 50 and 100 dollar bills from the employees. The man stuffed the money in his pockets before leaving the bank.

Lawn watering in a drought nets fine in suburban Atlanta county

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - They came bearing excuses: Complaints of faulty sprinkler systems, drought-starved grass or flat-out ignorance of new water restrictions.

Brad McCann sent to Royals

Brad McCann, stymied in the Florida Marlins system, will get a chance to start over with a new organization.

Fungal disease causes those ubiquitous brown patches

Around this time of the year, many homeowners face a baffling mystery - brown circular patches that inexplicably appear on their lawns.

At the extension office, we get a lot of calls from concerned residents wondering, "What are those brown spots on my lawn?"

Sun-loving hydrangea makes a stunning addition to any garden

When the late Penny McHenry, founder of the American Hydrangea Society (www.americanhydrangeasociety.org), decided to landscape the front of her typical suburban property to the street, she chose Annabelle hydrangea as the mass planting of shrubs to greet visitors and passersby.

Calling her property typical means only that it was in a subdivision and had an ordinary-shaped lot. Nothing else was typical. She had a fairyland of blooming shrubs, and that included many types of hydrangeas.

Choosing Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle') for front-row seating was wise and wicked. She knew she wanted to show off.

Early voting unadvertised in Suwanee

While the voters of the 10th Congressional District will have to go back to the polls to decide their new representative in Washington, Suwanee's first election in five years was decided handily.

Collins Hill now a national program

The Collins Hill athletic program has proven itself to be one of the top sports programs in the state in recent years.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

CANTY, CODELLA

Codella Newton Canty, age 88, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on June 19, 2007. Codella was born on May 2, 1919 to Will and Ethel (Patillo) Watson in Gwinnett County, GA. She is survived by her sister, Ethel Blackman and Aunt, Doris Patillo, both of Lawrenceville, GA; several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Codella will be at 2:00 P.M. with the remains placed in state at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2875 First Ave., Atlanta, GA 30315. Rev. C. Carzell Reid, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Southview Cemetery, Atlanta. Visitation will be on Friday, June 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

DACULA

MCINTYRE, DOROTHY

(DOTTIE)

Don't get cranky - ice cream isn't as hard to make as it used to be

Whether it's frozen yogurt, sorbet or traditional scoops, nothing says "welcome to summer" like a cool bowl of ice cream. Some may argue that homemade ice cream isn't worth the hassle. What with the salt, the cranking and the freezing, maybe it's just easier to drive to the store.

Well, those naysayers are wrong. Sure, making ice cream at home isn't as simple as heading to the local grocer's freezer, but where's the fun in that?

Several new ice-cream makers on the market have simplified the procedure, so making homemade frozen treats has never been easier. Or more delicious.

Some people like their ice cream plain - no frills, no sauce, no added topping. But adventurous taste buds long for extra flavors to savor, and with the Cuisinart Mix It Soft-Serve Ice Cream Maker, you can have it both ways. This professional-grade machine mixes up traditional flavors and includes a cone holder and three built-in condiment dispensers to blend sprinkles, chocolate chips and other toppings into your dish.

As the mixer is fully automatic, all you have to do is pour in the ingredients and set the dial. Ice cream pours down the chute into cups or cones, with no need for scooping. A double-insulated freezer bowl keeps temperatures cold, and in about 20 minutes the machine can make 1.5 quarts of soft ice cream. No chemicals, salts or ice are required, and all parts can be removed for easy cleaning. Retailing for $129, the ice cream maker is sold at area home stores.

Rival's White Mountain Freezer Traditional Ice Cream Maker aims to take users back to the summertime traditions of their childhood, but without all the hard work. The electric maker uses a triple-motion gear to mix and beat the ingredients, resulting in a smooth, creamy ice cream after about 30 minutes of mixing inside the pine freezer tub. Cast-iron blades and an aluminum canister ensure the machine will be long-lasting, and the commercial-grade motor means you can mix in anything from nuts and berries to chunky, chocolatey goodness.

If you're looking for something even more traditional, White Mountain also makes a hand-crank machine. The electric model retails for $199 and the crank-turn retails for $169. Both are sold at select home stores and online at www.rivalproducts.com.

Gwinnett Gab

Sheriff's department wins big at olympics

GAINESVILLE - The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department won a gold medal in flag football at Georgia's Police and Fire Olympics.

GAC grad Baker traded to LA Sparks

Greater Atlanta Christian grad Sherill Baker is switching coasts after being traded Wednesday from the WNBA's New York Liberty to the Los Angeles Sparks.

Summer splash

Man killed in Suwanee wreck

SUWANEE - A man was killed and others were injured in a two-car crash in Suwanee on Wednesday.

Pirates deal Green to Mariners

Nick Green has had plenty of ups and downs already in his baseball career.

Unfortunately, the downs far outnumber the ups lately.

Dorothy Mcintyre

October 12, 1944 - June 1, 2007 Dottie Jane McIntyre, 62, resident of Dacula, GA, and originally from Rochester, NY, went to be with her Lord on June 1, 2007. She ...

Kenna Buice

Kenna Buice, age 18 of Loganville died Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 23, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Loganville. Rev ...

Ricky Ray

Ricky Ray, age 49, of Loganville, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry ...

Codella Canty

Codella Newton Canty, age 88, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on June 19, 2007. Codella was born on May 2, 1919 to Will and Ethel (Patillo) Watson in Gwinnett County ...