News for Saturday, June 23, 2007

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Gwinnett Place CID gets money to fund overlay

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District won a $35,000 grant to create an overlay district for the area.

County bests state CRCT results, falters in eight categories

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 4,000 Gwinnett County students will have to retake a state-mandated test to continue to the next grade level, even as the county's scores bested state averages in all categories.

Marler a savior for surging Tampa Bay

Kickers in pursuit of pro football jobs know one thing - always be ready.

Barrow students beat state scores

WINDER - Barrow County third- and fifth-graders scored above the state average in tests third-, fifth- and eighth-grade students must pass before being promoted to the next level.

Marine from Duluth killed in Iraq

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Marine with local ties died this week in Iraq.

Students make gains on tests

LAWRENCEVILLE - Results on Gwinnett's in-house promotional exam improved in all but one category this year.

Sweetwater Middle gets new principal

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgann Eaton, an educator with more than 27 years' experience, was appointed principal of Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville at Thursday's Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting.

Eaton served as Sweetwater's assistant principal from 1994 to 2001.

Plane makes emergency landing at airport

LAWRENCEVILLE - An engine failed on a plane landing at Gwinnett County Airport on Friday, but the pilot landed safely, a fire official said.

Fire at Lilburn house ruled arson

LAWRENCEVILLE - Investigators are probing a pair of fires aimed at the same family as possible arson.

In Brief

Delphi, UAW reach agreement on wage cuts

•DETROIT - Struggling auto parts maker Delphi Corp. reached a tentative wage-cutting agreement Friday with its largest union in what may set the pattern for future pay in the U.S. automotive parts industry.

When I heard the news, it felt like a hobnailed boot

My father's generation had Pearl Harbor as a touchstone. They could all tell you where they were, who they were with and what they were doing when they heard that the Japanese had launched the cowardly attack that plunged us into World War II.

Letters to the Editor

Immigration bill another Bush sham

The "shamnesty" bill is exactly what its latest nickname indicates - a sham. Even if this travesty is passed, it will be just another display of "smoke and mirrors" by President Bush.

After spat, eBay back to Google advertising

AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - After a spat between two of the world's largest Internet companies, online auctioneer eBay Inc. resumed running advertising through Google Inc. on Friday.

A royal good time

Cops seek help ID'ing sex attacker

LAWRENCEVILLE - A sexual assault victim was able to provide police with enough information about her attacker for a GBI forensic artist to create a sketch.

Berkeley Lake councilman wants road safety issues addressed

BERKELEY LAKE - Councilman Bernie Cohen on Thursday night called for action regarding what he considers road safety issues in several areas of the city.

Cohen said recent infrastructure projects have altered rights of way along several curves in city roads, particularly Lakeshore Drive.

Cohen suggested guard rails or posts in these areas would make the roads safer for motorists and pedestrians, and city attorney Dick Carothers recommended city officials consult with a transportation expert.

One concern residents have is that the appearance of the city will be negatively impacted by the addition of metal guardrails. One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said residents did not want the guard rails installed along Lakeshore Drive several years ago. She also expressed concern that Rich Edinger, city engineer, has not specifically identified safety issues regarding rights of way along city streets.

Mayor Lois Salter expressed concern about paying for another study to identify problem safety areas, since the city recently paid for a traffic and safety study by StreetSmarts.

"The StreetSmarts study did not pick up any of these safety issues," Salter said.

Salter said she would approach Gwinnett County Traffic Engineering to enlist help identifying and addressing problem road safety areas in the city.

BLEMA procedures to

be unveiled in July

During the July 19 City Council meeting, the Berkeley Lake Emergency Management Agency will review with city officials a recently prepared handbook that outlines procedures to be followed in case of a city emergency. BLEMA was formed in 1998 and is comprised of volunteer residents who assist city residents in an emergency.

Valley View Lane property owner faces costly dilemma

Carol Christa, the owner of adjoining lots on Valley View Lane (numbers 828 and 830), has been instructed by council members to either bring her construction project into compliance with city laws or tear down all or part of her unfinished home.

The problem began with the builder Christa hired to construct her new house in Berkeley Lake. The permit issued for the parcels is in question. There is confusion whether the permit was issued based on the original lot lines or reconfigured lot lines. This issue determines whether the house under construction straddles lot lines or complies with city and Gwinnett County Environmental Health guidelines.

Christa and the builder are involved in litigation, but Councilmember George Sipe said the civil case has nothing to do with the city's concerns regarding the project's compliance with Berkeley Lake ordinances. Sipe said the matter has gone on for too long (well over a year). Christa was given 60 days in April to rectify the situation. As of Thursday night's City Council meeting no progress has been made, Sipe said.

Sipe will act as the Council's representative to review documentation regarding the botched project but said unless new facts are uncovered to change the legality of the unfinished structure, the city will require removal or demolition of the house. Sipe wants a special-called council meeting before the July 19 regularly scheduled meeting to make that determination.

Man files suit questioning Korean church approval

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man who complained that a Suwanee church approved on his street is too large for the area has filed suit against the city for passing it.

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.

Police, fire reports

Gas leak closes road in Snellville

•SNELLVILLE - A construction crew digging on Highpoint Road on Friday caused a leak after hitting a gas line.

Highpoint Road was closed between Bruckner Boulevard and McGee Road for a little more than an hour, and seven homes in the area were evacuated until the leak was brought under control, authorities said.

Atlanta Gas Light responded to stop the leak and repair the line.

Men demand money from Duluth woman

•DULUTH - A Duluth woman handed over her purse to two men who appeared at her door at the Charleston at Sweetwater apartments Tuesday night demanding money, a police report said.

According to the report, a Hispanic man knocked on the woman's door asking for a man who did not live at the Amber Trail apartment.

When the woman cracked her door and told the man that person did not live there, a black man armed with a semiautomatic pistol pushed past the Hispanic man and demanded the woman give him money.

When the woman told him she had no money he pointed the gun at her and demanded money again. The woman went to her dining room, got her purse and handed it to the man.

Both men fled with the purse containing about $300, the woman's Social Security card and a number of credit cards.

More fishing is needed in our world

I owe Gov. Sonny Perdue an apology. I thought his pet program, "Go Fish, Georgia," was a bunch of hooey. Thanks to my young friend, Carter, I don't feel that way anymore.

Off-duty officer injured in motorcycle accident

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County police officer remains in critical condition at Gwinnett Medical Center after a Thursday motorcycle wreck.

Today expected to be code red smog day

LAWRENCEVILLE - Air quality today is expected to be considered unhealthy, according to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Second annual Maloof tourney today at St. Pius

The Maloof family tree doesn't just include bloodlines.

Time, date, opponent set for Buford's trip to Ohio

The Buford Wolves have known they were going to play in the Ohio vs. USA Kirk Herbstreit Challenge for months now, but earlier this week they finally found out when, where and who the opponent was going to be.

Silverbacks fall to Charleston 2-1

The Atlanta Silverbacks dropped another game in the final minutes in a 2-1 loss to the Charleston Battery on Friday night in Charleston, S.C.

Man shoots himself as deputies attempt to serve a court order

NORCROSS - While Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputies were attempting to serve a probate order at a Norcross home Thursday night, the 44-year-old resident inside killed himself.

Authorities found Louie William Scott in an upstairs bedroom of his 1565 Perkle Road home shortly after 8 p.m. Scott died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff's Department Spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

Bourbonnais said deputies were carrying out an order filed by Scott's family to take the man to a Gwinnett mental hospital for care.

Statham passes $2.1M budget

STATHAM - Statham will operate on a balanced $2.1 million budget in 2007-08.

OBITUARIES

GAINESVILLE

SINGLETON,

LAWRENCE

Lawrence "Sonny" Singleton, age 71, of Gainesville, GA, died Thursday evening, June 21, 2007. Arrangemetns are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

HOSCHTON

BROWN, THOMAS

Thomas Edward Brown, age 17, of Hoschton, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. He is survived by his Parents; Dale and Angela Brown of Hoschton, GA, Sister and Brother in law: Katherine and Jeremy Bagley of Buford, GA, Sister: Elizabeth Brown of Hoschton, GA, Maternal Grandparents: Carroll and Ruth Thomas of Charlotte, NC , Paternal Grandmother: Grace Lee Brown of Winston-Salem, NC, several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather Paul Edward Brown. Thomas was a Junior at Collins Hill High School. He had recently begun working at Abercrombie and Fitch at the Mall of Georgia. Thomas was very involved in the youth group and had completed the Disciple Bible Study at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville where he was a member. He loved Basketball and playing his Guitar. A Service to Celebrate the Life and Faith of Thomas will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2007 at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends on Sunday following the service. Memorials may be made to the Lawrenceville Assistance Program (LAP) or the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, 395 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville, GA, 30045 Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

JEFFERSON

BELLER, PATRICIA

Patricia Jayne Cowan Beller, age 71, of Jefferson, GA, died June 21, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

FOWLER, LILLIAN

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Lillian Fowler, age 67, of Jefferson, who passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007. Services will be announced later by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LILBURN

BRANNON, TONI

Toni Craig Brannon, age 40 of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Leslie Brannon of Suwanee, GA; parents, Charles & Carlene Craig of Lilburn; sisters, Tracy Branham of Lavonia, GA, Susan Todd of Hartwell, GA and Shelly Allum of Lavonia, GA and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with interment at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker. The family will receive friends on Sunday, from 2:00 to 4:00p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

SAUTEE

JORDAN, R.J.

Mr. R.J. Jordan, age 80, of Sautee, formerly of Gwinnett, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness. Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements, (706)865-3101. Those wishing to express online condolences to the family may do so by visiting www.barrettfh.com.*

Toni Brannon

Toni Craig Brannon, age 40 of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Leslie Brannon of Suwanee, GA; parents, Charles & Carlene ...

Thomas Brown

Thomas Edward Brown, age 17, of Hoschton, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. He is survived by his Parents; Dale and ...

Lawrence Singleton

Lawrence “Sonny” Singleton, age 71, of Gainesville, GA, died Thursday evening, June 21, 2007. Arrangemetns are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel ...

R.j. Jordan

Mr. R.J. Jordan, age 80, of Sautee, formerly of Gwinnett, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness. Barrett Funeral Home ...

Patricia Beller

Patricia Jayne Cowan Beller, age 71, of Jefferson, GA, died June 21, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Lillian Fowler

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Lillian Fowler, age 67, of Jefferson, who passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007. Services will be announced later by ...