News for Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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T.I. remains jailed on gun charges

Coutu gets kick in the head after game-winning FG Collins Hill grad returns to ransacked home

Throughout his flight from Nashville back to Athens, Georgia kicker Brandon Coutu couldn't wait for Saturday night.

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County buys fields from church

LILBURN - For two decades, the ballfields on Rockbridge Road have been home to countless softball games. And with a new owner, the land will be used for generations of athletes.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the Planning Commission will consider today. The panel meets at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Cop stops robbery at bank

SUWANEE - An armed robbery at a Bank of America ATM was thwarted Saturday night when a Gwinnett County police officer shot the alleged gunman in the arm.

World briefs

Militia fighters attack bases

Indians take 2-1 series lead over Sox

CLEVELAND - Not their best. Not even second best. Jake Westbrook, right at home in the Jake, was exactly what the Cleveland Indians needed.

Two schools awarded Governor's Cup

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County high schools have been awarded the Governor's Cup for making the greatest gains on the SAT.

Improvement districts bend legislators' ears

DULUTH - Members of Gwinnett's legislative delegation heard requests for flexibility Monday - in stormwater, transportation and funds.

Nation briefs

At least 9 missing in fiery tunnel crash

Hay fire shuts down part of 316

BETHLEHEM - The westbound lanes of Ga. Highway 316 were shut down Monday afternoon while Barrow County firefighters extinguished a fire that ignited in bales of hay being towed by a truck, fire officials said.

Team Stats - Offense/Defense

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Left out to dry Corps asked to release less water from Lanier

ATLANTA - The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday asking for a reduction in the water released from Lake Lanier each day.

Bostain's Journal 5

Our kickoff to the season went well. They had a lot of acrobats, dancing and jump roping for entertainment. Then they introduced the basketball and volleyball teams.

Man injured in shooting

Snellville - A 19-year-old man was wounded Monday night during a shooting in Snell-ville.

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Grayson hires firm to study double taxation

GRAYSON - The Grayson City Council on Monday night decided to participate in the Gwinnett Municipal Association's Tax Equity Study by funding its part in the amount of $2,100, or 75 cents per resident.

Police/fire reports

Police: Man fled during DUI arrest

The real prize awaits finders of new energy

This is a two-part column. Part one is what you might expect from a politically conservative person who believes 'global warming' is a secular religion and that Al Gore deserved the Nobel Peace Prize as much as Yasser Arafat, Le Duc Tho and a myriad of other low-wattage lights, which is to say not at all. The second part may surprise my liberal friends.

Audit details credit card abuse by state workers

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers reacted with dismay Monday to a recent audit that uncovered widespread abuse of credit cards issued to state and university system employees.

Atlanta Fire United's U16 team wins first match in development academy season

Atlanta Fire United's U16 team defeated Birmingham United 1-0 in AFU's inaugural game in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy season.

Lingering effect Conroy looks to improve on '06 state meet

By Brandon Brigman

State prepares for drastic measures

BUFORD - If there's a ground zero for the epic drought that's tightening its grip on the South, it's once-mighty Lake Lanier, the water source that's now a relative puddle surrounded by acres of dusty red clay.

Vick, poor start confirm that nothing seems to go right for Falcons

ATLANTA - For one of the few times in their mostly dismal history, the Atlanta Falcons appeared to have gotten one right.

Teen charged in crash that killed man, 20

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 15-year-old boy has been charged in a three-vehicle accident that left a 20-year-old man dead and sent four youths - including a pregnant girl - to the hospital.

County pipeline to help fill Lanier

LAWRENCEVILLE - A few weeks ago, Garland Smith began pumping her bathwater and reusing it to water her azaleas.

Hospital system opens mammography screening center

DULUTH - Gwinnett Hospital System has taken strides to make mammography services available to more women in the county.

Must read: Dinosaur more than 105 feet long unearthed in Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The skeleton of what is believed to be a new dinosaur species - a 105-foot plant-eater that is among the largest dinosaurs ever found - has been uncovered in Argentina, scientists said Monday.

Mill Creek's Saxton commits to UGA softball

By David Friedlander

Columnist

Entertain the idea of 112 years

How long do you want to live? I know, I know, it's quite a question. And the answer might vary depending on if it's Monday, if the mortgage is past due or when the in-laws are visiting.

Hide your money before Hillary gives it all away

Less than a month after Hillary Clinton proposed giving every child born in the United States a $5,000 gift, she told a crowd in Iowa last week that she now wants to give families $1,000 in annual matching funds into a 401(k) retirement account. Of course, all of this giveaway money would come from the government after she confiscates more money from the evil rich.

Marjorie Waldrop

Marjorie P. Waldrop, age 79 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2007. She was born in Monroe, Georgia on December 8, 1927 to Louelle and Hugh Perkins ...

Hilda England

Mrs. Hilda England, age 83, of Winder, Georgia, died October 13, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Steve Chambers

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Steve Mitchel Chambers, age 57, of Jefferson, passed away on Monday, October, 15, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson ...

Wesley Stancil

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Wesley Paul Stancil, infant son of Paul and Staci Canup Stancil of Jefferson. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467 ...

Steven Halls

Steven James Halls, age 44, of Norcross, GA, passed away October 13, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Barbara Dean

Barbara Riddle Dean, age 79, of Oakwood, GA, passed away October 15, 2007. Service and arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...

Kathryn Rackley

Kathryn Sholar Rackley, 77, of Lilburn, GA, passed away on October 14, 2007. Kathryn was born in Cairo, GA (Grady County) to Maggie Chason Sholar and Samuel Bascom Sholar on ...

Harriet Dishman

Harriet C. Dishman, age 90, of Grayson, GA passed away on October 15, 2007. She is survived by her Son & Daughter-in-Law, Clyde & Carol Dishman of Grayson ...

Margaret Shirley

Margaret L. “Sugar” Shirley, age 95, of Grayson, GA, passed away October 14, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Maria Torres

Mrs. Maria Torres, age 74, of Dacula, GA, passed away October 14, 2007. Service and arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133 ...