You live by the sword, you die by the sword. In my not-so-humble opinion, House Speaker Glenn Richardson got badly gored during the recent budget fight in the General Assembly. He had it coming. He may be King Kong in the House of Representatives, but to a lot of people he comes across as hot-headed and arrogant.
It's that time of the year again, when baseball coaches from around the state hit the phones to see if they can get any information at all on their upcoming opponents.
Tennessee junior Jangy Addy isn't the best decathlete Norcross High School has produced, simply because Stephen Harris set the bar so high.
Cash, jewelry stolen from home•LILBURN - The owner of a Lilburn home on Haverford Run Drive said his home was burglarized Friday morning. According to a police report, various electronics, jewelry and approximately $4,000 were taken from the bedroom of the home. The homeowner believes the thief entered the home through a window in the master bedroom bathroom. Fire displaces elderly couple•LAWRENCEVILLE - A fire caused by food left cooking on the stove damaged a Lawrenceville home and displaced an elderly couple Friday. Authorities said the 5:58 a.m. blaze damaged the kitchen and living room and sent thick smoke throughout the house at 2687 Five Forks Trickum Road. The couple was home at the time and escaped before fire crews arrived. Both were evaluated at the scene by paramedics for minor exposure to smoke.
localParkview's Brusich signs with Gardner-Webb Parkview runner Evan Brusich recently signed to run track at Gardner-Webb University next year. Brusich lettered in track for four years and in cross country for two.
DULUTH - Camilo Villegas may be most widely known for his unorthodox way of sizing up a green and a natty fashion sense.His dark good looks don't hurt his popularity any either. But those aren't the reasons Villegas is cashing paychecks and making an impression on the PGA Tour. Taking advantage of his skill off the tee, Villegas earned a spot on the big tour in 2006 and finished his rookie season 38th on the money list. This season has been a bit of a roller coaster for the native of Medellin, Columbia, but Villegas closed his second round spectacularly with an eagle on No. 18 at the AT&T Classic on Friday. Villegas, who had trouble finding the fairways all day, was at the top of the hill for his approach on the par-5 final hole. His shot from 242 yards dropped on the high side of the back of the green and rolled slowly, stirringly back toward the hole. It stopped 18 inches away and Villegas had a tap-in to finish the day 5 under and three shots off the overall lead. "I never saw it," Villegas said of the ball's track on the green. "I knew I hit it perfect. But I never saw it bounce. I just heard the crowd going. They seemed to like it, so I liked it. "I went up there and it was good, so I'm happy about it." The 25-year-old opened his first AT&T Classic with a 2-under 70 on Thursday at the TPC at Sugarloaf and was tied for fifth after showing a good ability to recover from bad shots on Friday. "I definitely didn't hit the ball very good today," said Villegas, who ranks among the Tour's longest drivers. "It might be one of the ugliest 5 unders I've had. "I'm headed to the (driving) range, but I'm very pleased with what I shot." Villegas missed the fairway eight times in the second round, including finding himself in some very high grass on No. 10. On the 628-yard 10th, Villegas took a provisional tee shot, but ended up playing the initial ball deep in the left rough and eventually saved par. "I birdied No. 1 and 2, and again, they were not very pretty, but they went in," Villegas said. "That was the story the rest of the day. I hit it pretty bad off the tee. But we'll take it." Villegas, who developed a way of reading greens that drew plenty of attention in his rookie season, is so popular in his native country that Colombian TV picked up 30 PGA Tour broadcasts in 2006. He has been featured in GQ and was voted one of People's hottest bachelors last year. His attire on Friday was top-to-bottom gunslinger black, relieved only by a glossy neon orange belt. The piping on the top edge of his back pocket matched. But there's substance behind the flash and Villegas waves off talk of his clothes or way of sometimes balancing on one hand, his putter and the balls of his feet to get nearly parallel with the ground as he sets up a putt. "I'm just trying to get better," the strapping Villegas said as he signed autographs behind the 18th green. "I'm just trying to be myself and get better. I'm just glad the crowd seems to like it and I'm just trying to enjoy it." The gathered fans responded to those statements with a woman calling out, "We love you," and a man's "Go Gators!" shout. After earning All-American honors four straight years at Florida, Villegas turned pro in June of 2004. He started the 2005 season with no status on the Nationwide Tour and gained a temporary membership with five top-10s in his first 10 starts. Villegas paid his dues and finished 13th on the Nationwide money list to earn a spot on the big tour. As a PGA rookie last year, Villegas made the cut in 18 of 29 tournaments and had two top-five finishes. He tied for second at the FBR Open and third at The Players Championship. Ending up 38th on the money list qualified Villegas for exempt status again this year. It's been a season of ups and downs, much like his round on Friday. Villegas missed the cut in his first two tournaments then had weekend rounds of 69 and 67 at Pebble Beach to tie for 13th. He followed another missed cut with a great final-round 66 at the Honda Classic that left him in a playoff. Villegas took home over $410,000 for coming in tied for second in the four-man playoff, his best result of the season. Villegas is in excellent position heading into the weekend at Sugarloaf, and on a course that plays similarly to Augusta National - a place that didn't treat him very well in April (rounds of 80 and 85 kept him from making the cut in his first Masters). "My scores haven't been the best (this season), but that's golf," Villegas said. "You better keep grinding it and see what comes."
NEW YORK - After 20 months of a wrenching reorganization, Northwest Airlines got approval on Friday to emerge from bankruptcy protection into an industry besieged by higher fuel costs and crowded with competitors.
DULUTH - Right after collecting the sixth birdie of his round Friday, the former AT&T Classic winner and reigning Masters champion Zach Johnson gave in.
WINDER - A coalition of police, school and substance abuse professionals will hold a town hall meeting Monday to fight the influences of illegal drugs.
BaseballMay 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.
DULUTH - Seniority is kind of a big deal for standard bearers at the AT&T Classic.
DULUTH - Two prominent Republicans, one already in the presidential race and another mulling a run, blasted a new agreement on immigration reform Friday to a mostly sympathetic audience at the party's state convention.
Romney needs more than a tax cut to become presidentState Rep. Mark Burkhalter's guest column ("Romney the best hope for a fiscal conservative president," May 19, Perspective) was a wakeup call for me. Let me see now if I "get it."
BUFORDLOTT, ARAH Mrs. Arah Lott, age 94, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 17, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Lott, and sons, Edward Lott and Monroe Lott. Surviving are: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Lauzella Lott, Buford, GA, Wilma and Leonard Poole, Buford, GA, Jacquelyn and James Smith, Oakwood, GA, Elizabeth and Chester Whitner, NC; Sons and Daughter-in-Law: Leon and Candace Lott, Flowery Branch, GA, Donnie Lott, Buford, GA, Obadiah Lott, Buford, GA; Step-Daughter: Patricia Rogers, Lithonia, GA; Step-Son: Leroy Harper, Gainesville, GA; Daughter-in-Law: Emma Lott, Buford, GA; 40 Grandchildren, 75 Great Grandchildren, several Great Great Grandchildren, a host of Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Lott was born on February 13, 1913 in Jackson County, GA. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church in Buford, GA. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Union Baptist Church in Buford with Dr. Kerry Harris officiating. The body will be placed in state at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. DACULA POGUE, LORNA Lorna Mae Nelson Pogue, age 74, of Dacula, died Thursday, May 17, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Ollie V. Hayes will officiate. Burial Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens, Buford. A homemaker, Mrs. Pogue moved to the Atlanta area from Aberdeen, South Dakota in the early 1950's. She worked as an executive secretary for Lockheed until she was married. She raised her family in the Atlanta area before moving to Dacula. Mrs. Pogue was a well known spectator at Dacula Park watching her grandson play ball. She was also an avid Georgia Tech fan. Mrs. Pogue was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Emile Pogue, Jr. and she is survived by: Children: Tammie Jo Pogue, Spring, Texas, Burt Nelson Pogue, Nashville, TN, Christopher Ira & Lynn Pogue, Dacula, Candace & Rodney Hayes, Bogart; Brother: Rex Nelson, Aberdeen, SD; Grandson: Matthew Christopher Pogue and Granddaughter: Sarah Lucille Hayes. Family will receive friends from 6-9 PM, Saturday, May 19, 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 . HOSCHTON ROWE, PHYLLIS Phyllis Rowe, age 83, of Hoschton, GA (formerly of Ledgewood, NJ), passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .* LAWRENCEVILLE BEASTON, WILMA Wilma Beaston, age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away May 18, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.* LOGANVILLE FAUSS, MADELINE Madeline V. Fauss, age 89 of Loganville, died Thursday, May 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .* SPRATLIN, LAUREN Lauren Spratlin, age 86 of Loganville, died Friday, May 18, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, 2007 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Grey will officiate. Burial Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Loganville. Mr. Spratlin was of the Baptist faith and is survived by: Wife: Mildred Spratlin; Children: Tony & Carolyn Piper, all of Loganville, Harry & Alice Piper, Lexington, Gary & Teresa Piper, Snellville; 8 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 4-8 PM, Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com . SUGAR HILL MCGHEE, CHRISTINA Mrs. Christina "Chris" Murphy McGhee, age 79, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away May 18, 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.* TUCKER DAVIS, NORRIS Norris Lamar Davis, age 80, of Tucker, died Thursday, May 17, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Christine Hester Davis; daughters, Connie Davis of Sarasota, FL and Donna Davis Griffin and her husband, Mark of Chickamauga, GA; granddaughter, Dr. Dayna Diaz and her husband, Alex Volodarsky and great grandson, Justin of Dunwoody, GA; niece, Linda Gober Loveless of Lawrenceville, GA; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother and two sisters. Mr. Davis worked at GM - Doraville for 42 years and for Sears Roebuck and Co. for 16 years. He was a Master Mason for more than 50 years as a member of Tucker Masonic Lodge #42 F&AM and he was a member of Tucker First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 21, 2007 at 11 AM at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Rev. Tom Pilgrim officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345 or donate/volunteer at your local hospice. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 20, 2007 from 1-5 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726. VALDOSTA STANLEY, JOHN John Stanley of Valdosta, formerly of Dacula, died Friday, May 18, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.* WINDER FARR, JAMES James "Allen" Farr, age 36, of Winder, GA, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007. Survivors and Funeral Arrangements to be announced by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*
AP Racing WriterBALTIMORE - Street Sense had just returned from his first gallop around Pimlico Race Course, and the Kentucky Derby winner was enjoying a sponge bath outside the Preakness stakes barn under the watchful eye of Carl Nafzger.
WINDER - Immigration reform proposed Thursday would grant temporary legal status to the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the United States. It would also allow them a path to obtain work visas and eventual citizenship.
Perdue releases $7 million to fight wildfires•ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Friday released $7 million in surplus state funds to agencies fighting the wildfires in southeast Georgia.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Friday it hopes for agreements on airline flights, use of U.S. pollution-control technology and other subjects when a high-level delegation from China visits next week for a second round of talks aimed at lowering trade tensions.
STONE MOUNTAIN - Three companies bid for the chance to change U.S. Highway 78's reversible lanes into a road with a median.
Let's see now. We have a major problem as a nation. We can't figure out how to fix it - or even if we can, we would never be able to agree on the solution. So, what to do?
AP Auto Racing WriterCONCORD, N.C. - Denny Hamlin has a new crew heading into Saturday night's All-Star race, changes his team insists were long overdue.
Mrs. Arah Lott, age 94, of Buford, GA, passed away on May 17, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Lott, and sons, Edward Lott and Monroe ...
Mrs. Christina Chris Murphy McGhee, age 79, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away May 18, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of ...
Phyllis Rowe, age 83, of Hoschton, GA (formerly of Ledgewood, NJ), passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic ...
Lauren Spratlin, age 86 of Loganville, died Friday, May 18, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, 2007 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...
Madeline V. Fauss, age 89 of Loganville, died Thursday, May 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...
Norris Lamar Davis, age 80, of Tucker, died Thursday, May 17, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Christine Hester Davis; daughters, Connie Davis of Sarasota, FL ...
Wilma Beaston, age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away May 18, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.
James Allen Farr, age 36, of Winder, GA, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007. Survivors and Funeral Arrangements to be announced by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service ...
Lorna Mae Nelson Pogue, age 74, of Dacula, died Thursday, May 17, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 20, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...
John Stanley of Valdosta, formerly of Dacula, died Friday, May 18, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.