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Edwards criticizes Democrats

ATLANTA - Congressional Democrats aren't using their newly won power to stand up to President Bush and minority Republicans, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said Thursday.

Pair of men indicted in Norcross shooting death

LAWRENCEVILLE - A grand jury this week indicted two men on murder charges in the shooting of a Decatur man at a Norcross apartment complex in January.

North veterans come up big in Game 3 win

SUWANEE - When the game, the series and the season were all on the line, it was the North Gwinnett seniors who led the way.

Sutherland enjoys perfect weather, first-round 65

DULUTH - The AT&T Classic got its desired sunny and rain-free weather for Thursday's first round, even though the afternoon winds got a little gusty.

Fed looking at modes of preventing abusive mortgage lending practices

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the central bank is considering tougher rules to crack down on abusive practices by mortgage lenders. But he says the economy should escape without significant harm from the problems in the subprime market.

Oil companies won't change; it's up to us to conserve gas

I have finally reached my breaking point with gas prices.

Getting to Know ... Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson, 34, just completed his second season as Grayson girls soccer coach by leading the Rams to a co-state championship. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know," Wilson talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, ranging from the 2-2 state title tie with Parkview to how he and his wife met to his love for Duke basketball.

Fire charity appears in journal

WINDER - A locally written article about the Children After the Fire program appeared in the recent LifeNet publication from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Auburn road slated for improvements

AUBURN - Parks Mill Road in Auburn is set for a total upgrade in the next few months, a project expected to cost more than $76,000 in city, county, state and special-purpose sales tax funds.

Fast fix shifts traffic

LAWRENCEVILLE - Monday night, the road was repaved. Thursday, crews added the striping that meant a faster flow of traffic into downtown Lawrenceville.

Man linked to teen rape

LAWRENCEVILLE - Blood splatter from a 15-year-old rape victim was found on Darrian Bryant's shoes, a Gwinnett County police detective testified Thursday in a preliminary hearing.

In brief

Former exec gets

7 years for fraud

•NEW YORK - The former chief marketing officer of U.S. Foodservice Inc., a subsidiary of supermarket giant Royal Ahold NV, was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for his role in a widespread securities fraud.

Crews continue to fight fires in Florida

LAKE CITY, Fla. - Firefighters have made progress containing a raging wildfire in north Florida, but strengthening winds over the next two days could cause problems, officials said Thursday.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BURCHAM, JAMES

James Walter "Jim" burcham, age 64 of Buford, GA, died Wednesday, May 16, 2004 after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

LOTT, ARAH

Arah Lott, age 94, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 17, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

DULUTH

LEE-PETHEL, DAVID

David Julian Lee-Pethel, born on May 21, 1947 passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007 at home in Duluth. Cremation and a private service are planned. The Cremation Society of the SOUTH @ Eagles Landing is in charge of the arrangements.(770) 692-1181

MOULDER, JERRY

Jerry Lamar Moulder, age 62, of Duluth, GA, passed away May 16, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

ELLIS, ELIZABETH

Elizabeth W. Ellis of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away May 14, 2007. A loving mother, daughter, sister, niece, and friend, she is survived by her three daughters: Courtney Ellis of Duluth, Amanda Ellis of Lawrenceville and Stephanie Ellis of Lawrenceville. She is also survived by her brother, Arthur D. Wright III of Massachusetts; an aunt and uncle, Helen and John Hollenbeck of California; several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A visitation will be held at Wages & Sons on Highway 29 in Lawrenceville, Georgia from 6-8 pm Friday, May 18, 2007. A Memorial Service will be celebrated in her honor at Lilburn Christian Church in Lilburn, Georgia on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home at 760 Pollard Blvd., Atlanta, Georgia 30315. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

VANDEFORD, DARRYL

Darryl R. Vandeford, age 66 of Lawrenceville, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Lawrenceville Church of God. Rev. John Colbaugh and Rev. Lewis Stover will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. A loving husband, father, grandfather, and long time attorney in the Lawrenceville area, Mr. Vandeford graduated first in his Law class at John Marshall University in 1965 and a member of the Bar Association since 1965. He was a member of the Lawrenceville Church of God and loved the outdoors. Mr. Vandeford is survived by: Wife of 45 years: Grace Kilgore Vandeford, Lawrenceville; Children: Scott & Carol Vandeford, David & Karen Vandeford, all of Loganville, Curtis Vandeford, Newnan; Brother: Ray Vandeford, Bakersfield, CA; Sister: Lois Thompson, Dallas, GA; 8 Grandchildren, Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends from 10AM - 9PM, Friday, May 18, 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 .

SUWANEE

EVERETT, RANDALL

Mr. Randall E. Everett, age 66, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Carrie Wilkerson Everett, sister, Pauline Everett Deaton, and brothers, Jerry Everett, Leroy Everett and Kelly Everett. He is survived by his: Wife: Mrs. Evelyn Wilson Everett, Suwanee, GA; Sister: Louellen Everett Clark, Waukegan, IL; Brothers: George and Frances Everett, Buford, GA, Roger and Sandra Everett, Sugar Hill, GA; Sister-in-Law: Sarah Doster Everett, Norcross, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mr. Everett was born December 28, 1940 in Barrow County, GA. He was retired from Coca Cola Plant in Lawrenceville, GA after 28 years of service. He was a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Honors. He was well-known guitar player and lead singer of bluegrass music. The Georgia bluegrass community has lost a great bluegrass presence. He helped to create The Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee, GA, which has been a staple for the bluegrass community in Georgia for over forty years. Randall was also a part of the bluegrass band, "The Everett Brothers". A lot of great musicians have gotten their start with Randall Everett and "The Everett Brothers" band including Ray Deaton, Brian Stephens, Jeff Autry and many, many other great musicians who cut their teeth on bluegrass music at The Everett's Music Barn. The legacy of The Everett's Music Barn will continue on with packed crowds and great bluegrass music. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Interment will follow in Peachtree Road Baptist Church Cemetery, Suwanee, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 9:00 a.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.

WINDER

HAM, CACILIE

Mrs. Cacilie B. Ham, age 70, of Winder, GA, passed away May 16, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Man indicted in grow house ring

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LAWRENCEVILLE - A grand jury indicted a Bethlehem man on charges of manufacturing marijuana, the fourth indictment in Gwinnett in the grow-house trafficking ring.

Star in the saddle

Berkeley Lake discusses having 'green' City Hall

BERKELEY LAKE - Mayor Lois Salter and City Council members Thursday night discussed whether the new City Hall building now in the planning stages should carry a special energy certification.

North Gwinnett sophomore wins national equestrian championship

SUWANEE - When North Gwinnett sophomore Brittlan Wall traveled to Lake Erie College in Ohio last month to compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association's National Finals, she knew she'd have to compete against 375 of the best riders in the country while riding horses she had never met before.

Garvin dominant again

NORCROSS - OK, we get it. This Grayson Garvin kid is pretty good.

Brookwood advances to quarterfinals

SNELLVILLE - All Brookwood really cares about is that it got the win.

The Broncos' 8-2 Game 3 win over Kell may have technically been a no-hitter, but it officially put them into the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals for the first time since 2001. Kell's two runs came off of four walks and two errors.

Brookwood travels to East Coweta next week.

"Now we are going to the quarters, we got graduation going on, we've got finals," said Brookwood head coach Rick Howard. "But what I like about this group of kids is that they stay focused."

AT&T lets golf fans play with gizmos

DULUTH - For just the second time at a golf tournament, AT&T will be loaning Wireless Caddie devices to fans.

Riders prepare for cross-country trek

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway and Maj. Mike Powell are preparing to take on 6,700 miles of road and unpredictable weather to raise money for Special Olympics.

As a kickoff for the 2007 Iron Torch Ride, taking place June 19 through July 6, Conway, Powell and other motorcycle enthusiasts will ride Saturday morning from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department located at 2900 University Parkway in Lawrenceville, breaking at Watson's Mill Bridge and then on to the Lanier National Speedway at One Raceway Drive in Braselton for the finish.

The weekend's ride is open to the public and requires a registration fee of $25 for a single rider and $35 for a rider and passenger combination and includes lunch, with all proceeds from the kickoff ride, as well as the June ride, benefiting the Special Olympics.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said interested riders can sign up beginning at

8:30 a.m. Saturday before the 10 a.m. ride.

Economy to slow in coming months

NEW YORK - A gauge of future economic activity showed the U.S. economy will slow in coming months, reversing recent gains and suggesting higher gas prices and a sluggish construction industry are beginning to take their toll.

Former Yellow Jackets gather at AT&T Classic

DULUTH - Georgia Tech is one of the nation's premier golf programs and has funneled a plethora of players into the professional ranks over its long and successful history.

No. 1 Kennesaw Mountain sweeps Mill Creek

KENNESAW - After batting just .208 in the first round of the state baseball playoffs, Mill Creek needed to bust out at the plate.

Marino's 67 puts him into contention

DULUTH - On the standard sign bearing the golfers' names in his threesome, Stephen Marino's name didn't stand out much. That happens when the group includes two major winners.

'Catalyst' sites touted for Park Place area

STONE MOUNTAIN - When a presentation about the future of the Park Place area ended, Eunice Tetalman didn't have any complaints.

Police reports

Man uses note to rob bank

•NORCROSS - A man used a note to demand money from a Norcross bank about 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

A white man with shoulder-length gray hair handed a note to a teller at the Regions Bank at 5935 Buford Highway, demanding money and stating he had a weapon, said Norcross Police Department spokesman Capt. Brian Harr.

Harr said the teller complied and the man left with an undisclosed amount of money.

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.

Romney the best hope for a fiscal conservative president

The 2008 presidential election may seem light years away. But when it comes to who will be the Republican and Democratic nominees, the race will be decided in less than nine months.

Darryl Vandeford

Darryl R. Vandeford, age 66 of Lawrenceville, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Lawrenceville Church of God. Rev. John ...

James Burcham

James Walter “Jim” burcham, age 64 of Buford, GA, died Wednesday, May 16, 2004 after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Arah Lott

Arah Lott, age 94, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 17, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth W. Ellis of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away May 14, 2007. A loving mother, daughter, sister, niece, and friend, she is survived by her three daughters: Courtney Ellis of Duluth ...

Cacilie Ham

Mrs. Cacilie B. Ham, age 70, of Winder, GA, passed away May 16, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Randall Everett

Mr. Randall E. Everett, age 66, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Carrie Wilkerson Everett, sister ...

David Lee-Pethel

David Julian Lee-Pethel, born on May 21, 1947 passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007 at home in Duluth. Cremation and a private service are planned. The Cremation Society of ...

Jerry Moulder

Jerry Lamar Moulder, age 62, of Duluth, GA, passed away May 16, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.