News for Saturday, November 3, 2007

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Win has Gladiators in top spot in ECHL

BILOXI, Miss. - The Gwinnett Gladiators won their second consecutive game against Mississippi, knocking off the Sea Wolves 3-2 on Friday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Drops in the barrel Ace Hardware employee builds rain collectors

LILBURN - In the midst of a severe drought and state-mandated outdoor watering ban, Bill York offers a solution in rainwater. And local foliage is perking up.

Nation briefs

Smoking may have caused deadly N.C. beach house blaze

GRAYSON 28, SHILOH 3

LOGANVILLE - With less than a minute left in the half, Grayson needed a spark.

Prosecutor sues judge presiding over courthouse shooting case

TLANTA - A prosecutor is suing the judge overseeing the murder trial of accused courthouse shooter Brian Nichols, seeking to force the resumption of jury selection, and questioning whether the judge should be removed from the case.

Mill Creek 59, Duluth 0

DULUTH - Try as they might, the Duluth Wildcats just could not stop Mill Creek's roll to destiny.

Suwanee to vote for a new mayor, city council member

SUWANEE - Two Suwanee residents say they have what it takes to fill the role as mayor of the city they've lived in for more than a decade.

Schwartzman, Anderson surrender to India for 'Darjeeling Limited'

Standing no more than 5 feet, 6 inches tall, Jason Schwartzman is not a statuesque or towering figure. But every inch of his height is made up of true likability, positive attitude and genuine candor. Quite possibly, Schwartzman is one of the nicest actors in Hollywood, and when he enters the room, he makes sure everyone else is comfortable.

SOUTH GWINNETT 23, BERKMAR 16

SNELLVILLE - When John Small took over as head coach of South Gwinnett in 2005, he had the job of bringing the Comets back to the top of the region.

People briefs

A&E pulls 'Dog' bounty hunter series over tirade

Apartment fire ruled an arson

LILBURN - Fire investigators have ruled a Friday morning apartment fire an act of arson.

Gwinnett grads: Turchin is SoCon's top runner

Instead of nursing her own injuries, Kathleen Turchin has spent plenty of time lately tending to others' ailments. That's what she signed up for when she entered nursing school.

Apalachee 41, Monroe Area 21

MONROE - In a must-win game, Apalachee built up a first half security blanket that it would never relinquish to easily defeat Monroe Area 41-21 to keep postseason hopes alive.

GAC 34, DECATUR 7

DECATUR - Who was that wearing Greater Atlanta Christian's uniforms in October?

Grayson man honored by Georgia Citizen Corps

GRAYSON - If any natural disaster were to strike, Tom Mulheron knows his wife and daughter can take care of themselves.

Ethics complaint isn't something to laugh about

I was very confused about Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino's reaction to an ethics complaint that was filed against him by Suwanee mayoral candidate Tom McConnell, alleging that Masino had interfered with his opportunity to fairly campaign and had made "public personal attacks" on him.

Georgia guards against overlooking dangerous Troy

ATHENS - The ongoing chatter from Georgia about last week's win over Florida has reached an appreciative audience in Alabama, where Troy's players hope the Bulldogs will be distracted today and vulnerable for an upset.

Police dog Andy dies at age 11

DULUTH - In people years he was getting close to 80.

Man wanted in fatal Snellville accident

SNELLVILLE - A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of a Snellville truck driver accused of causing a deadly car accident in April.

Police reports

Woman busts window with ax

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Two test positive for TB

LILBURN - The skin tests of two Rebecca Minor Elementary School students were positive for exposure to tuberculosis, public health officials said Friday.

Business Briefs

CMD Services celebrates 1,000 work days with no accidents

Santa arrives at local mall this weekend

Christmas officially arrives this weekend at Gwinnett area malls.

Most presidents have skeletons in their closets

Twelve months from Tuesday, it's going to be a pretty big day in this country. Those of us who can prove we are who we are will go to the polls and choose the next president of the United States. That's a pretty big responsibility. I hope we are up to the task.

Hometown monument spurs thoughts of Southern convictions

In my hometown, there is a monument that stands strong and proud in the center of the lovely town square. It is a soldier who, somewhere back in time, folks took to calling "Ol' Joe."

Teen girl tasered by police

SNELLVILLE - A 14-year-old Snellville girl was tasered by a Gwinnett County police officer Wednesday following a confrontation with authorities, police said Friday.

Voices of faith: Energetic pastor blends humor, common sense with spiritual messages

Tony McCollum is the pastor of Fusion Church, formerly known as Mill Creek Community Church. His down-to-earth and sometimes humorous approach to spiritual understanding have earned him a reputation for being both energetic and profound.

To the editor: Ethics complaint isn't something to laugh about

I was very confused about Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino's reaction to an ethics complaint that was filed against him by Suwanee mayoral candidate Tom McConnell, alleging that Masino had interfered with his opportunity to fairly campaign and had made "public personal attacks" on him.

Details foggy in gas station homicide

LAWRENCEVILLE - At 6 a.m. Friday, business was swinging again at the Shell gas station on New Hope Road. Only the men's bathroom - locked indefinitely - was off limits to customers.

Fall TV season elicits a few complaints

Well into this fall's new TV season, there are a lot of things I'm loving (Hi, "Chuck"!) and a lot of things I'm loathing. Here are a few of the things that have been bugging me the most:

Parkview 48, Meadowcreek 14

NORCROSS - Parkview's football streak is still alive. Unfortunately, so is Meadowcreek's.

Police: Bandit on robbing spree

SUWANEE - Police believe a man in his mid-60s who allegedly robbed a Suwanee bank last week is responsible for four other heists, most recently in Knoxville, Tenn.

World briefs

Iraqi death toll the second

Peachtree Ridge 55, North Forsyth 20

CUMMING - After last week's disappointing loss to Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge took its frustrations out on North Forsyth on Friday night by pummeling the Raiders 55-20 to lock up a state playoff berth.

Exploring why the first-born takes on more responsibilities

Why are eldest offspring always so darn bossy?

Dacula 20, Loganville 3

LOGANVILLE - Led by its best defensive effort of the season and Cisco Barry's 245-yard, two touchdown performance, Dacula beat Loganville, 20-3, to advance to next week's Region 8-AAAA play-in game at Cedar Shoals.

Swept away GWTW enthusiasts looking forward to new novel

Apparently, there's a whole culture devoted to the cultural phenomenon that is "Gone With the Wind."

Don't forget to change batteries in smoke detector with clock change

LAWRENCEVILLE - Clocks aren't the only home devices that might need changing this weekend.

BROOKWOOD 45, CENTRAL GWINNETT 19

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pair of younger Central Gwinnett football players walking alongside Brookwood offensive tackle Kellen Williams posed a question to the Broncos' 6-foot-41⁄2, 295-pound junior as the trio walked off the field Friday night.

Norcross 31,Collins Hill 21

SUWANEE - The trademark of Norcross' potent offense is how many varied weapons it features, and that diversity was on display in Friday night's Region 7-AAAAA football clash at Collins Hill.

Oil or gas? Rising heating bills prompt some to switch

NEW YORK - With his furnace sputtering its final gasps, Charles Comito decided it was time to trade in his heating oil system for natural gas this year. The switch cost $4,400, a price he says will be worthwhile in the chilly months ahead.

Chambliss on top of SCHIP, water issues

Sen. Saxby Chambliss called the other day to update me - and you - on a number of issues ricocheting around Washington, including continued federal funding for the State Children's Insurance Program, known in Georgia as PeachCare.

Heyward steps up for top-ranked Buckeyes

It's been somewhat of a surprise that Ohio State has vaulted to No. 1 in the college football polls, when experts had predicted others like USC or LSU at that spot.

Madison County 27, Winder-Barrow 6

DANIELSVILLE - Mistakes are part of any football game, but sometimes they can actually be the game.

Church opens door wider for female ministers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Meg Jenista hopes to become an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and lead a congregation as its pastor, but she sometimes doubts she'll get an opportunity.

Ralph Butler

Ralph T. Butler, age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA died November 2, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ausy Butler & Cora Bradberry Butler; First Wife, Florine Johnson ...

Margaret Click

Margaret Ellen Click, age 86, of Buford, Georgia, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2 P.M. Saturday, November 3, 2007 in the Stateroom of Tapp ...

Sandra Hartman

Sandra L. Hartman, age 68, of Winder, GA, passed away November 1, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

James Shrader

Mr. James Shrader, age 72, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007. He is survived by his: Wife of 45 Years: Mrs. “Jo” Shrader, Suwanee ...

Lola Smithson

Mrs. Lola Appling Smithson, age 61, of Braselton, GA passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Millard and Loy Puckett Appling ...

Bobbie Coggins

Bobbie Wood Coggins, age 71 of Lafayette, TN, formerly of Auburn, GA, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 4, 2007 in ...

Mary Jo Phillips

Mary Jo Flowers Phillips, age 77, of Winder, formerly of Decatur, GA, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway ...

Taylor Burdette

Taylor Reece (Big T) Burdette, age 16, of Buford, died Thursday, November 1, 2007. Funeral Service will be 2 P.M. Sunday, November 4 at Shadowbrook Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby ...