News for Wednesday, June 6, 2007

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New fire station struck by lightning

DACULA - A fire station that opened Monday was struck by lightning Tuesday in a spate of thunderstorms that swept through Gwinnett.

Letters to the Editor

Shipp off base in his criticisms of UGA

Bill Shipp would have you think UGA went to heck in a handbasket while no one was looking! The only thing he left out was the latest Elvis sighting. That is, if you believe his purported quotes from an anonymous "expert on higher education." In a backhanded sort of way, Shipp probably thought he was helping UGA publicize its state funding needs by pointing out some shortcomings. But facts are facts:

Shipp says, "You should look at the grades of the pledges during fall quarter." We have. We monitor them regularly. Students who are members of fraternities consistently outperform non-fraternity students in grade-point average. In fall 2006, fraternity freshmen men posted a 3.04 average GPA compared to all freshmen men at 2.94.

Money missing, county says

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County employee is under investigation for allegedly taking county funds for her own use.

Man shot in abdomen while in trailer park

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man was shot in the abdomen at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday at 444 Overlook Drive in the Overlook Mobile Home Park Lawrenceville. The man was in stable condition at Gwinnett Medical Center on Tuesday night.

Gwinnett contingent again strong on Team Georgia

It's that time of year again for Mill Creek head coach Doug Jones and the rest of Junior Team Georgia.

Whole new ballgame

Woman accused of fraud

LAWRENCEVILLE - A woman who allegedly culled together identities from information she took out of other people's mailboxes will face charges from Gwinnett and other jurisdictions.

Congress hearings to discuss TB flyer response

AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA - Federal health officials hesitated to offer one of the CDC's jets to fly a U.S. tuberculosis patient back from Europe because of the precedent it might set, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

All-County

police reports

Attempted arson, vandalism at Chateau Elan

•BRASELTON - Braselton police responded to reports of attempted arson Wednesday and vandalism Thursday, both at Chateau Elan.

Late start no problem for McLane, Broncos' undefeated star

When tennis tryouts started in January, Courtney McLane missed them.

Gwinnett Place receives grant for overlay study

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District has received a grant that will help fund the creation of an overlay for the area.

D-Day veterans all deserve our thanks

I think June 6 is the date at the top of the page. Summer. Time to hit the beach. Recent high school grads and college-age kids are flocking to Destin and Panama City and Daytona and Myrtle Beach and ... well, you get the picture.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BOYER, CLETIS

Cletis L. Boyer, age 70, of Buford, passed away Monday, June 4, 2007. Memorial Service arrangemnts will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.*

BURNETTE, E.J.

Mr. E. J. Burnette, age 74, of Buford, GA, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007. Surviving are: Wife of 53 Years: Mrs. Lena Maynard Burnette, Buford, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: David and Delphia Burnette, Lawrenceville, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Marie and Norman Ramey, Flowery Branch, GA, Patricia and Earnesto Alvarez, Spartanburg, SC, Cindy and Randy Richards, Canton, GA, Wanda Maddox, Buford, GA, Callie Clack, Flowery Branch, GA; 17 Grandchildren; Six Great Grandchildren; Sister: Dorothy Smith, Covington, GA; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Burnette was born on June 27, 1932 in Walton County, GA. He was retired from Vulcan Materials of Norcross as a Security Guard. He was a member of Rock of Christ Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Bryant, Rev. Kenneth Parker, and Rev. Roy Biddy officiating. Interment to follow in Shoal Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DACULA

BRAITSCH, GEORGE

June 12, 1970 - June 4, 2007

George David Braitsch, 36, resident of Dacula, died June 4th, 2007. He was a wonderful husband to Teri, his wife of 13 beautiful years and was a very loving father to his only child, Olivia Shaye Braitsch. He was a faithful worker at Ricoh Electronics for 14 years. George greatly enjoyed his family and friends. This past winter he was Olivia's basketball coach and we all had a great time. He also helped coach her soccer teams. Some of his favorite sports teams were the New York Giants, New Jersey Devils and the Penn State Nittany Lions. He also loved the New York Yankees and collected all sorts of baseball memorabilia. Hunting and taking his little girl fishing were also some of his enjoyments. More than anything else, he enjoyed taking care of his two favorite girls. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. George, now you can play all the baseball you want, hit me and Livi some home runs. We love you and we'll miss you deeply. In addition to his wife and daughter he is survived by his parents, Ira Gordon and Charlotte Braitsch of Lawrenceville; his grandmother, Marie Braitsch of South River, NJ; two nieces, Rachel Duckworth and Brook Smolarsky; three nephews, Kyle Smolarsky, Christopher Smolarsky and Riley Duckworth; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl Ray and Judy Faye Duckworth. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Interment will follow in Gwinnett Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Wages and Sons, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

FLOWERY BRANCH

JENNINGS, DEBORAH

Mrs. Deborah Ward Jennings, age 52, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stoy and Ruby Ward, brother, Jack Ward and sister, Mary Bray. She is survived by her: Husband of 19 years: Mr. Donald B. Jennings, Flowery Branch, GA; Stepson: Donald Bruce Jennings, Jr., Flowery Branch, GA; Sisters and Brothers-in-Law: Patricia and Alan Martyn, Athens, GA, Louise and Doyle Foster, Statham, GA, Shirley and David Scogin, Colbert, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Johnny and Jane Ward, Perry, GA, Jimmy and Beverly Ward, Gainesville, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Jennings was born June 12, 1954 in Clarke County, GA. She was a homemaker. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. James Vickers officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain of Faith Cemetery, Flowery Branch, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

JEFFERSON

CRENSHAW, BETTY

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Betty Jean Carlyle Crenshaw, age 77, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at her residence following an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

HEIBERGER, TERRI

Terri Jean Heiberger, age 51, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 2, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

MCDONOUGH

SANDERS, JACKIE

Rev. Jackie Cleveland Sanders, Sr., age 53 of McDonough, died Monday, June 4, 2007. Born June 7, 1953, son of deceased father, James H. Sanders, mother, Marion Sanders and stepmother, Gladys Sanders. Rev. Jackie Sanders is also survived by his wife of 29 years, Marie Sanders, sons, Jackie C. Sanders, Jr., James Chandler Sanders, Joshua Carlton Sanders and daughter, Trina Rena Tipton, 9 Brothers and Sisters, 11 Grandchildren, Several Aunts, Uncles and Many Nieces & Nephews. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 7, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Family will receive friends from 10 AM - 9 PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

WINDER

BOTTOMS, JOE

RMCM Joe Bottoms USN RET., age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

More road funds OK'd

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just days after transportation officials awarded the contract for the long-awaited median on U.S. Highway 78, officials laid the foundation Tuesday for even more improvements worth $14 million.

Barrow students receive honors

WINDER - Several Barrow County students were honored Tuesday for winning national and state awards.

Norcross passes gang ordinance

NORCROSS - Norcross City Council members Monday joined Lawrenceville and Snellville officials in passing an ordinance targeting street gangs.

Counselors review graduation changes

SUWANEE - Some high school counselors who attended a public meeting Tuesday in Gwinnett said the session raised questions about the state's proposed changes to graduation requirements.

Grilling for a cause

From left, Sheriff Butch Conway, Charles Broomfield of Hyundai Welding Products, Bryan Craft of O'Neal Steel and Gwinnett County Commissioner Charles Bannister on Tuesday afternoon at the Sheriff's Department. Conway and Bannister presented Broomfield and Craft with plaques in appreciation for their services of building a

'Boobie' a prize for Cavaliers in playoffs

CLEVELAND - When the older kids in his Houston neighborhood would pick on him or beat him up, little Daniel Gibson would run home crying to his mother. She gave him a nickname for not fighting back.

Winder officer trains Afghan cops

WINDER - David Willoughby found a unique way to save for his four kids' college fund. The former Winder police sergeant now works the dusty roads of Afghanistan, where he mentors Afghan police chiefs.

Whitehead clear favorite for Norwood's seat

Some Georgia voters may get their 15 minutes of fame this summer. The first federal election since last year's Republican-to-Democrat power shift occurs June 19 as voters in the 10th District in Northeast Georgia choose a successor to the late Republican Rep. Charlie Norwood. The eyes of the nation may focus on Georgia, briefly.

Billionaire Ron Burkle agrees to help Dow Jones explore options

NEW YORK - Billionaire investor Ron Burkle is working with a union representing workers at Dow Jones & Co. to explore alternatives to Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion bid for the company, which publishes The Wall Street Journal.

In brief

local

Three Parkview baseball players pick colleges

• Three 2007 Parkview graduates, Theo Asher, Zack Kilday and Austin Palmer, have signed to play baseball in college.

Former Gwinnett resident killed in attack at Fla. home

LAWRENCEVILLE - A former Lawrenceville resident was reportedly slain by a man who later killed himself, police said.

Bernanke expects economy to rebound in months ahead

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke predicted Tuesday the economy will rebound from its anemic start of the year even if the housing slump persists. Wall Street slid, taking the news as a sign the Fed won't lower interest rates.

Jackson EMC chosen to provide power for wastewater facility

WINDER - City Council members chose Jackson EMC to provide power to the city's Cedar Creek wastewater treatment plant on Tuesday night. Both Georgia Power and Jackson EMC bid for the opportunity to provide all of the electricity to the facility. Currently, Georgia Power powers the influent-pump station backup service and spray-field pump station. Jackson EMC provides power to the influent pump station and the plant treatment works.

Sports calendar

Baseball

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.

Gwinnett Chamber to compete for national award

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recently qualified for a national award that honors chambers for excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.

Droll is pulse of Peachtree Ridge

Tyler Droll enjoys setting the pace.

As a drummer, he is the pulse of his rock band "Downfall of Heroes."

DEI doing fine despite Junior's impending departure

AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The checkered flag was flying again outside Dale Earnhardt Inc. on Tuesday, the first time in more than a year the organization held its traditional victory celebration.

Terri Heiberger

Terri Jean Heiberger, age 51, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away June 2, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

George Braitsch

June 12, 1970 - June 4, 2007 George David Braitsch, 36, resident of Dacula, died June 4th, 2007. He was a wonderful husband to Teri, his wife of 13 beautiful years ...

Betty Crenshaw

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Betty Jean Carlyle Crenshaw, age 77, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at her residence ...

E.j. Burnette

Mr. E. J. Burnette, age 74, of Buford, GA, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007. Surviving are: Wife of 53 Years: Mrs. Lena Maynard Burnette, Buford, GA; Son and ...

Joe Bottoms

RMCM Joe Bottoms USN RET., age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away June 4, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Cletis Boyer

Cletis L. Boyer, age 70, of Buford, passed away Monday, June 4, 2007. Memorial Service arrangemnts will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside ...

Jackie Cleveland Sanders, Sr.

Rev. Jackie Cleveland Sanders, Sr., age 53 of McDonough, died Monday, June 4, 2007. Born June 7, 1953, son of deceased father, James H. Sanders, mother, Marion Sanders and stepmother ...

Deborah Jennings

Mrs. Deborah Ward Jennings, age 52, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stoy and Ruby Ward, brother ...