News for Friday, June 22, 2007

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Iowa, N.H. may get overlooked by candidates

What if Iowa and New Hampshire both had parties, and nobody came?

Auburn City Council gives money to library

The Auburn City Council on Thursday allocated $75,000 in special sales tax money to buy books for the new library now being built downtown.

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 25-29, July 16-20: The Cage indoor facility in Buford will offer pitching, hitting and fielding lessons. Cost is $110 and includes lunch. For more information call 770-401-2844.

Deadly day on roads claims 3

melissa.wilson@gwinnettdailypost.com

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 100 youth and adults were preparing to serve their community Wednesday. But instead, the church members gathered to mourn the death of one of their young leaders.

Election Board balks at paper-backup mandate

ATLANTA - Congress is moving too quickly to require states to install paper backups on electronic voting machines, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel said Thursday.

Butch and the Buckheads to headline Moonlight and Music concert

Staff Intern

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tonight's Moonlight and Music series headliners Butch and the Buckheads have opened for big names such as Frankie Avalon and The Commodores, but lead singer and guitarist Butch Evans is pretty excited about tonight's Lawrenceville show, too.

Getting to Know ... Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson, a North Carolina native and Western Carolina grad, recently led the Brookwood boys golf team to the Region 8-AAAAA title. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," Thompson talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, ranging from how he got into teaching to his stellar golf game to how he proposed to his wife.

GE, Pearson bow out of Dow Jones talks

NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch deliberately priced his $5 billion offer for Dow Jones & Co. so high that others would find it tough to beat. On Thursday, two other potential bidders essentially proved his point by dropping out of the running.

Say it ain't so, Larry

It is morning, early fall, 1978, when falls were still cool and crisp in the South instead of just an extension of summer. I am 7 years old. Somehow, I've managed to become buddies with the toughest, coolest kid in the second grade. We are hanging out on the playground, waiting for the first bell to ring. Our friendship will never amount to much, but my life is about to be shaped in ways unimaginable.

Chrysler announces efforts to boost auto fuel efficiency

AP Auto Writer

DETROIT - With higher government fuel economy requirements looming and gas costing about $3 per gallon, Chrysler Group on Thursday announced new measures to boost mileage for its cars and trucks.

Jobless claims rise to highest level in 2 months

WASHINGTON - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits shot up unexpectedly last week, rising to the highest level in two months.

State briefs

Court asked to stay execution of Georgia man who killed 3

•ATLANTA - A man convicted of killing three people two decades ago has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay his scheduled execution next week.

Women want to save magnolia estimated at 100 years old

SNELLVILLE - Dale Sikes has never chained herself to a tree, but the prospect of losing a magnolia she estimates at more than 100 years old may change her mind.

'It can be done'

5th man indicted on drug charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - A fifth man was indicted Wednesday in connection with the drug charges brought against alleged mansion madams Lisa Ann Taylor and Nicole Probert.

District Attorney Danny Porter said he presented evidence concerning Mecoa Naketia Allen to the grand jury Wednesday, resulting in an indictment.

Police, Fire reports

Grease starts fire in Stone Mountain home

•STONE MOUNTAIN - A fire at a Stone Mountain home Thursday appears to have started from grease on the stove, authorities said.

Crews found light smoke coming from the single-story home located at 4996 DeKalb Way about 1:25 p.m.

According to a Gwinnett County Fire Department press release, the majority of the damage was contained to the kitchen with a slight extension fire and smoke into the remainder of the home.

The residents were home at the time and escaped unharmed.

Business briefs

Rates on 30-year mortgages edge down after 5 consecutive increases

•WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages, after rising for five straight weeks, edged down slightly this week as investors digested news that suggested the economic drag from housing could last longer than expected.

24 men promoted in fire department

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just days after celebrating the opening of two new fire stations, officials Thursday applauded even more growth in the Fire Department - the promotion of 24 men.

BOE denies all-girl charter school

SUWANEE - A proposed all-girls charter school was voted down by the school board Thursday in part because there is no comparable opportunity for boys, school board members said.

Lois Griffiths

Lois Ann Griffiths, of Lilburn, GA, born August 15, 1966, passed away on June 19, 2007. Born in Hammond, Indiana, she lived in Georgia the past 15 years. Preceded in ...

Charles Boren, Jr.

Charles Preston Boren, Jr., age 82 of Atlanta, GA died June 21, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Forrest Sisk, Sr.

Mr. Forrest Jackson Sisk, Sr., age 86, of Dahlonega, died Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a brief illness. Born July 12, 1920, in ...

Mary Edenfield

Mary Fields Edenfield, age 82 of Lawrenceville died Thursday, June 21, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry ...

Flora Thomas

Memorial Service for Flora E. Thomas, age 92, will be held June 24, 2007 at 2:30 P.M. at Calvary Baptist Church in Lilburn. Mrs. Thomas passed away June 4, 2007 ...

William Polley, Jr.

WILLIAM “BILL” Bill Polley Jr., 79, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. passed away Monday June 18, 2007 at the Hospice of Atlanta, GA. Bill was born in Atlanta ...

Lola Baty

Lola Faye Baty, 85, of Suwanee, died June 21, 2007. A funeral service will be held at 11AM Saturday, June 23, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel. Internment ...

Brandon Morrow

Brandon Terry Morrow, age 48, of Auburn, passed away June 20, 2007. Mr. Morrow attended Unity Church where he was a member in Ocala, FL. He was a student at ...

Mary Ricketts

Mary Ruth Ricketts, age 87, of Fulton Co., passed away June 17, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Thomas Brown

Thomas Edward Brown, age 17, of Hoschton, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC ...