News for Saturday, June 9, 2007

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Silverbacks still upbeat during recent skid

Losers of four out of their past five games, including last Saturday's loss in stoppage time to Miami FC, the Atlanta Silverbacks might have reason to get discouraged in their quest to make the USL First Division playoffs.

Arthur caps record-breaking career with state title

The past few seasons Greater Atlanta Christian's boys soccer team has been plenty good enough to post some lopsided blowouts in the 12-0 to 15-0 range.

Officer kills man on rampage

BUFORD - A man waving a knife in a convenience store Friday stole a police car and crashed it into a pickup truck before being shot and killed by a Gwinnett County police officer.

Thinking differently

Couple offers reward to discover who tortured cat to death

GRAYSON - A Grayson couple is offering at least $2,300 for information that can help convict whoever tortured and killed their cat two weeks ago.

3 taken in MLB Draft

There were three Gwinnett players selected on the second day of the 2007 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Friday, but there's a pretty good chance that none of them will be starting their professional careers anytime soon.

Youth Roundup: Georgia Elite wins AAU state championship

This past weekend, the 14-and-under Georgia Elite girls basketball team won its fifth consecutive AAU state title.

Showcase gives local stars chance to shine

With the Major League Draft having come and gone, and with most of the top 2007 high school graduates having already signed college scholarships, it's now time for the scouts to get a look at the new crop of the best players in the state.

Police name shooting suspect

NORCROSS - Norcross police have identified the man wanted in connection with Sunday's fatal shooting and said he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Immigration reform is one hot topic in Ga.VIEWPOINTS

This is a first. I am getting inundated with angry mail, and for once, I am innocent. Usually, my broadsides at politically irrelevant flaggers or loud-talking, know-it-all Yankees or President Peanut's pontifications will have folks snorting like a cranky bull with postnasal drip. But, alas, the Loyal Opposition is having a hard time getting my attention at the moment because my mailbox is overflowing with letters, petitions, analysis and just plain hyperventilation over the current immigration reform efforts in Congress.

Support for the measure ranges from President Bush to Ted Kennedy. Of particular interest to Georgians is that both of our U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, are deeply involved in the legislation, officially known as the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007. One of the key components of the bill is what is known as the "Isakson Triggers." The "triggers" are a number of provisions to ensure that the borders are secured before getting into the issue of dealing with "temporary workers." Isakson says, "We are seeking to ensure that any reform Congress enacts will truly secure our borders first before any reform of our temporary worker system takes place."

School offering crisis training

LAWRENCEVILLE - Business owners, what will you do if a tornado strikes, causing your office to lose power for a week?

In Brief

Post Properties founder to receive Four Pillar award

•ATLANTA - John A. Williams, founder of Post Properties, has been selected by the Council for Quality Growth as its 2007 Four Pillar Award honoree.

The award, formerly known as the Button Gwinnett Tribute, honors contributions to the Atlanta region's growth, economic development and quality of life.

What happened to tennis shoes?VIEWPOINTS

I found myself needing a new pair of tennis shoes. Actually, tennis shoes are not exactly what I needed because I wouldn't be playing tennis in them. Well, I might play tennis in them, but that wouldn't be their primary function. Walking would be, and knocking about on vacation.

I guess what I really needed were some walking-and-knocking-about-on-vacation shoes. I put about a thousand miles on the ones I already had helping my lovely wife, Lisa, participate in last year's 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, and the soles were worn just about slap out. I'm not sure if Lisa is going to re-up for this year's walk or not, but I am quite certain that I have gained about 20 pounds since we quit training for last year - thus the need for the new shoes.

Buying new tennis shoes was a simple matter when I was a kid.

Wasn't everything?

There were basically two style choices: U.S. Keds or P.F. Flyers, both of which came in two colors, black or white.

The world was a simpler place when all choices were black and white. Now there are way too many shades of gray murking up the water.

None of the kids I grew up with played tennis in their tennis shoes. We ran all over town in them and climbed trees and dammed up creeks in them and played pickup basketball in them and rode bikes and did everything else you can imagine in them - but we didn't play tennis. We called them tennis shoes, nonetheless, and so I still do.

But I hate shopping for new ones because there are way too many choices. We're talking styles and colors and cut and weight - it's easier to pick out a new car, I believe, and almost as cheap.

The first place I looked for my new shoes - much to the dismay of my wife, who now fancies herself an expert on athletic footwear - was a department store.

"You shouldn't buy those kind of shoes at a department store," she insisted. "They don't have a big enough selection."

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 11-15: Brookwood will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 1-4 from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $100. To register, call the Brookwood Community School at 770-978-5064.

Duluth money launderers sentenced to prison

DULUTH - Two Duluth residents accused of laundering more than $15 million were sentenced Friday to spend time in prison.

Hoang Nguyen, 41, and Terry Nguyen, 34, were sentenced to spend a total of more than 22 years in jail between the two for establishing an extensive money laundering operation in both Atlanta and Canada, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office press release.

New managers chosen for Auburn, Winder libraries

WINDER - Auburn and Winder libraries will each get new managers this summer, announced Alan Harkness, Piedmont Regional Library System's regional director.

Police seek ATM thieves

DACULA - Police are looking for the person responsible for stealing two ATM machines from a Bank of America building in Dacula on Friday morning.

Police believe the machines were detached from the building located at 3535 Braselton Highway using a tractor found in the bank's parking lot at 3:44 a.m.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said 911 received information from bank security who discovered the theft on bank cameras.

"We think it's one possibly white male," Moloney said of the person seen in bank surveillance videos. "The majority of the video shows the tractor pulling the ATM out."

Summer camp combines science, creative thinking

Staff Intern

BERKELEY LAKE - The term "summer camp" usually conjures images of outdoor play and physical activity.

John Williams

John Edgar Williams, age 89, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA ...

Nikita Hunter

Nikita “Nik” Hunter, Age 46 of Atlanta Georgia. Passed away on 4-20-07 after a long term illness, Nick was born in New York City. He is survived by ...

Glenn Anderson

Sgt. Glenn Joseph (Joe) Anderson, 49, formerly of Huntsville, AL; died June 6, 2007 at Ft. Gordon, GA. Sgt. Anderson graduated from Huntsville High School in 1976 and attended Auburn ...

Frances Ferrell

Frances Lucille “Pat” Ferrell, age 82 of Stone Mountain, GA died June 7, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Doris Forrester

Doris Leona Forrester, age 86 of Winder died June 7, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553

William Bryan

William P. Bryan, age 65 of Grayson, GA died June 8, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Tonia Bryan; sons and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kara Bryan of ...

Gary Simmons

Gary E. Simmons, 66, of Snellville, GA passed away June 7, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville, Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com ...

Hilda Brown

Ms. Hilda Brown, of Buford, GA, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents: William P. and Oscile D. Brown. She is survived ...