News for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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Collision course

North, Grayson earn sweeps in first round to set up county showdown

One team limped into the playoffs. The other was on a dead sprint.

More resign from DA's offices

WINDER - More than a week after Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tim Madison tendered his resignation effective June 4, three employees have resigned from offices in Barrow and Jackson counties.

Lilburn OKs deal for street resurfacing

LILBURN - In an effort to stay ahead of fixing potholes and doing other street repairs, the Lilburn City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Jack Bolton to execute a contract with Atlanta Paving Co. for this year's street resurfacing and milling program.

In brief

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Mill Creek duo commits to college baseball programs

• Though their team is still alive in the Class AAAAA state playoffs, Mill Creek senior baseball players Denver Stovall and Jeremy Bolian both recently decided where they will be playing after high school.

Bodies found in storm drain ID'd

NORCROSS - Police have identified the bodies of two men found in a manhole in western Clarke County, as brothers from Norcross.

Proposed Duluth budget has $1 million spending increase

DULUTH - The proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 in Duluth amounts to $43,943,744, about $1 million more than the current budget.

Hotel endorsed at main intersection

LAWRENCEVILLE - An Embassy Suites hotel is slated to come to the Gwinnett Center area.

Drouin, Cheek lead All-County honors

Collins Hill runner Jackie Drouin and Mill Creek pole vaulter Cameron Cheek were selected as athletes of the year by the Gwinnett County track and field coaches.

Man running Georgia out of sight, out of mind

Calvin Kytle and James Mackay's great 1947 book "Who Runs Georgia?" desperately needs updating.

The final chapter of the revised work might be captioned: "No One You Know."

Sports calendar

Baseball

May 29-June 1: Dacula will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 1-5 and entering grades 6-9 at the Dacula baseball field. Camp for grades 1-5 will run from 8 a.m. to noon and for grades 6-9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is May 18. For more information, call 770-338-4667.

'Culture' no excuse for being racist, uncivil

In a new twist in American race relations, a federal court has ruled that a white teacher in a predominantly black school was subjected to a racially hostile workplace.

Weekley making most of second PGA Tour run

DULUTH - When Boo Weekley played the BellSouth Classic as a PGA Tour rookie in 2002, he wanted to find a comfort level playing alongside the world's top golfers.

Chamber signs deal with Korean counterpart

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has formed an economic development partnership with the Gangnam Chamber of Commerce in hopes of bringing more international business into the county.

Timler says Snellville will always be home

SNELLVILLE - Since he was a year old, Jeff Timler has called Snellville home, and even though he lives in Dacula, he doesn't intend to stop.

OBITUARIES

MOORE, RALPH

Ralph F. Moore, age 67, of Wierton, WV, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Tribble Mill Park, Lawrenceville, GA. Rev. David Moore will officiate. Mr. Moore was preceded in death by his parents: Walter T. Moore & Cora Moore; Mother of his children: Wanda Lee Tincher; Son: Michael Lee Thomas. He is survived by: Children: Steven Moore, Cartersville, GA, Brian D. & Susan Moore, Fredricksburg, VA, Rev. David & Rhonda Moore, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Frank Moore, Gainesville, GA, Robert & Cindy Moore, Loganville, GA; Brothers: Walter Moore, SC, Donny Moore, FL; Sisters: Hazel Jones, Decatur, GA, Willie Mae Gwinn, Kennesaw, GA; Grandchildren: Heather, Hilary, Patrick, Sarah, Christopher, Whitney, Robert, Jr, Christanna, Bradly, Marcos, Sergio; 5 Great Grandchildren. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

COMMERCE

CLACK, DARRELL

Ivie Funeral Home announces services for Darrell C. Clack, age 69 of 3243 Blacks Creek Church Road, Commerce, GA, who died May 12, 2007. Services were 11 AM Monday at Blacks Creek Baptist Church. Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, GA, in charge.*

HOSCHTON

WOOD, TOMMY

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Tommy Wood, age 52 of Hoschton, Georgia, who passed away Monday, May 14, 2007. Funeral Services by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.*

LILBURN

MYERS, RUTH

Ruth Myers, age 77, of Lilburn, GA, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

WINDER

CHAMBERS, WILLIE

Willie Chambers, age 80, of Winder, GA, passed away May 15, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Sheriff's team finishes second in competition

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department's rapid response team is back to work after taking part in a three-day competition in West Virginia last week.

Drivers not cutting back despite prices

NEW YORK - For all their complaining as they pay $3 a gallon or more to fill up their cars, few American drivers have yet to reach the point of cutting back.

Corrections

In a story Monday on Page 1A, the school that Tristan Strong attends was incorrect. He goes to Grayson High School.

It is the policy of the Gwinnett Daily Post to correct all errors of fact.

Letters to the Editor

Kids don't fully grasp the dangers of driving

I just finished reading Kelly Williams' letter about Daniel Peek ( "A good kid made a tragic mistake.," May 11, 11A). All I can say is what a sensitive, thoughtful letter. I want to personally thank Kelly for allowing us a small glimpse into a weekend with her family and Daniel.

BOC to discuss millage options

LAWRENCEVILLE - County officials have left to commissioners the possibility of keeping the current millage rate, instead of the usual practice of rolling it back to account for higher property values. But at least two commissioners want to see taxes lowered.

Police: Speed led to crash that killed 25-year-old

SUGAR HILL - Investigators believe speed led to a single-car accident that killed a 25-year-old man Tuesday morning.

According to a Gwinnett County Police Department press release, preliminary investigations indicate Gregory Keith Jones was traveling south on Level Creek Road shortly before 1 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and his 2005 Nissan Maxima ran off the road and overturned.

The Sugar Hill man was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.

According to the release, Jones was wearing his seat belt and neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be involved.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said he was not available for comment on the accident.

Snellville to appoint interim manager today

SNELLVILLE - Snell-ville City Council members spent more than an hour Monday night talking with potential candidates for the job of the city's interim city manager.

BellSouth items on sale to make way for AT&T Classic merchandise

DULUTH - What's in a name (change)?

Finneran setback opens door for Robinson with Falcons

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons don't know if Brian Finneran will be ready for the 2007 season, but new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson says he still feels good about his wide receivers following a strong mini-camp by rookie Laurent Robinson.

Earnhardt, crew chief heavily penalized

AP Auto Racing Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was docked 100 points Tuesday, and his crew chief was fined $100,000 and suspended for six races for an illegal part at Darlington Raceway.

Police Reports

Thief takes money, cigarettes

•NORCROSS - An employee of the Quik Trip at 6065 S. Norcross Tucker Road in Norcross said the store was robbed Sunday.

According to a police report, the employee was standing at a sink on the left side of the store when a black man armed with a gun came up behind her and demanded she empty the cash register.

The employee said the man threatened to kill her before she opened the register.

She said the man took more than $100 and a pack of Newport cigarettes before he left.

Guard followed, harassed at work

•NORCROSS - A security guard working for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution office at 6455 Best Friend Road said he was followed to the office by an angry motorist Friday afternoon.

An unknown man began following the security guard to the Norcross office after he went around a slow-moving vehicle in traffic, according to a police report.

The guard said the white man driving a silver Hyundai approached him and wouldn't let him exit his vehicle in the newspaper office's parking lot. The man also yelled racial slurs and pointed in the guard's face before leaving, the report said.

Man arrested after not signing ticket

•BUFORD - A Buford man was arrested Friday after refusing to sign a traffic ticket.

According to a police report, 54-year-old Emmanuel Tunji Siyanbade of 2361 Whitebluff Way refused to sign a ticket written by a Gwinnett County police officer for making an improper stop and failing to obey a traffic device.

Darrell Clack

Ivie Funeral Home announces services for Darrell C. Clack, age 69 of 3243 Blacks Creek Church Road, Commerce, GA, who died May 12, 2007. Services were 11 AM Monday at ...

Ruth Myers

Ruth Myers, age 77, of Lilburn, GA, died Tuesday, May 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Willie Chambers

Willie Chambers, age 80, of Winder, GA, passed away May 15, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Ralph Moore

Ralph F. Moore, age 67, of Wierton, WV, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Tribble Mill Park ...

Tommy Wood

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Tommy Wood, age 52 of Hoschton, Georgia, who passed away Monday, May 14, 2007. Funeral Services by Evans Funeral ...