News for Saturday, October 20, 2007

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Worker fired for hanging noose

Smooched pork

Top, Dan Huff, left, principal of Collins Hill Christian School, reacts as he prepares to kiss "Oinker," a 1-year-old Vietnamese pot belly pig on Friday that Theresa Russell is holding. Huff promised the students that if they reached their goal in a card and gift wrap fundraiser, he would kiss a pig. The students raised about $30,000, which was used to upgrade the security throughout the school.

People briefs

Video appears to show Britney running over photog's foot

Soldier's mom awaits verdict

WINDER - In Hawaii, a young soldier from Winder sits in a military jail awaiting the results of a hearing that could jail him for life or worse.

Winder fire chief to dedicate new park

WINDER - Winder residents now have another city park.

Norcross 24, Mill Creek 10

HOSCHTON - Mill Creek's defense got the expected Norcross passes, the ones to Southern California commitment Brice Butler. The one the Hawks didn't expect hurt just as much.

Army looks to avoid mistakes against Tech's attacking defense

ATLANTA - Army had an inside advantage when compiling its scouting report for today's game at Georgia Tech.

Buford 56, Walker 0

MARIETTA - As the football season presses on, it becomes more and more evident that the Buford Wolves are not going to lose in the regular season.

Nation briefs

Explosion levels home in N.J.

Police reports

Man can't hide from police

Allegations mar Dacula council race Councilman resigned from job with county amid time sheet controversy

DACULA - A Dacula councilman who is seeking re-election resigned from his job with the county last year amid allegations he falsified time sheets.

Horn excited about return to New Orleans

ATLANTA - The Ambassador is ready for his return to the Louisiana Superdome.

Gladiators power past Pensacola Vigilante, Hamilton each score twice as Gwinnett opens season with win

PENSACOLA, Fla. - A new season, renewed spirit began Friday night with the Pensacola Ice Pilots struggling to shake a past malady.

Suspected pedophile arrested

BANGKOK, Thailand - With the help of a computer program, German police digitally unscrambled the swirls that obscured the face of a man depicted having sex with boys in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Judge's delay keeps T.I. in jail for week

ATLANTA - Rap singer T.I. is expected to remain in jail at least one more week while officials settle several bond-related questions, including who would monitor the musician at his home while he awaits trial on weapons charges.

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Man, 21, wanted in statutory rape case

SNELLVILLE - A 21-year-old Snellville man is wanted for reportedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Death is eternal Local cemetery is one place to get spooked

Al Stilo tries not to spend too much time outside at the corner of East Pike Street and U.S. Highway 29 after the sun goes down. And with good reason: this is the site of the Lawrenceville Historic Cemetery.

GAC 24, Wesleyan 0

NORCROSS - The ball didn't slip away this time. Neither did Greater Atlanta Christian's playoff hopes.

New rain no help in drought

LAWRENCEVILLE - A small amount of rain in the area has done nothing to alleviate one of the worst droughts the state has seen, a forecaster said.

Sports briefs

LOCAL

Dead Duluth couple identified

DULUTH - Gwinnett police on Friday released the names of a couple found dead in their Duluth apartment this week.

Parkview 21, Berkmar 7

LILBURN - With the Parkview offense struggling, it was the defense that changed the momentum.

Dacula 22, Winder-Barrow 15

WINDER - Despite not scoring in the second half, Dacula fended off a Winder-Barrow comeback effort to escape with a 22-15, must-needed win to keep its postseason aspirations alive.

World briefs

Thousands ordered off volcano slopes

Wesleyan's Hall earns national honor after 256-yard effort

Chad Hall, although he's nearly four years removed from high school, was in a popularity contest this week. The good news - he won.

Officials don't have backup plan for worst-case drought scenario

ATLANTA - With the South in the grip of an epic drought and its largest city holding less than a 90-day supply of water, officials are scrambling to deal with the worst-case scenario: What if Atlanta's faucets really do go dry?

Punk priest takes on tradition-bound world of Zen

SHIZUOKA, Japan - As he leads his followers through a ritual at a centuries-old temple deep in the mountains of central Japan, Brad Warner wears the flowing black robes and brown bib that identify him as a Buddhist priest.

Grayson 17, Central Gwinnett 7

LOGANVILLE - On its biggest drive of the game, Grayson called on its smallest running back, and Ean Pemberton came up huge.

Shiloh 35, Meadowcreek 6

LILBURN - Shiloh probably didn't need Ira Johnson to win Friday's Region 8-AAAAA game against winless Meadowcreek. But it was good to have him back.

Forget perfect: Say good night after a date if you want to find Mr. Right

Is chastity the hot new dating strategy?

North Gwinnett 29, South Forsyth 6

SUWANEE - North Gwinnett took its newly bestowed top ranking out for a spin Friday night at Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium and found the ride much to its liking - even if it wasn't running with all its pistons.

Brookwood 42, South Gwinnett 0

SNELLVILLE - Once Brookwood got out of its own way, the Battle of Snellville ceased to be a football battle.

Congress' SCHIP bill extends plan far past poor kids

Contrary to some reports, President Bush has for months voiced strong support for a 20-percent funding increase for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which funds PeachCare here in Georgia. But the President cannot support turning a program for poor children into an entitlement for middle-income families, some with incomes up to $83,000 a year.

Husband-and-wife duo Montana Skies lives to play live

Listening to Jennifer and Jonathan Adams perform as Montana Skies can move a person's soul.

To the editor: Congress' SCHIP bill extends plan far past poor kids

Contrary to some reports, President Bush has for months voiced strong support for a 20-percent funding increase for the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which funds PeachCare here in Georgia. But the President cannot support turning a program for poor children into an entitlement for middle-income families, some with incomes up to $83,000 a year.

To the editor: If landscapers can't water, turn off flow for car washes

Since we are in a Level 4 drought, I think car wash companies should have to stop using water, too. Landscape companies have, so why not the car wash businesses? Car washes waste 15 percent or more water just to wash a car.

North Forsyth 17, Duluth 14

DULUTH - North Forsyth dominated the first half of play on Friday night, and held off a Duluth comeback in the fourth quarter to win its first football game of the season, a 17-14 victory over the Wildcats.

Southern town honors the privacy of its most famous resident

Stevie, my longtime chum, has no better friend than me. This honor I bestowed on myself after I took off, chasing Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, all for Stevie's sake.

Stocks fall amid credit concerns

NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 360 points Friday - the 20th anniversary of the Black Monday crash - as lackluster corporate earnings, renewed credit concerns and rising oil prices spooked investors.

Backhoe operators battle in rodeo

LAWRENCEVILLE - Brian Sloggy had heard about the Case Construction Rodeo for 20 years but had never been invited to compete.

Please say a prayer for little Abby Smith

If you have tuned in to see who is going to get sledge-hammered this week, the answer is no one.

Maloof commits to Georgia baseball

Tyler Maloof had options to play college football or baseball, but he chose the latter on Thursday night.

Snellville church to hold concert for community

Shiloh Community Church will hold a concert Sunday that's open to the community.

Voices of faith: Former attorney now devotes time to spiritual healing

Don Wallingford is a Christian Science practitioner, an individual who devotes his full time to the practice of healing through prayer according to the teachings of Christian Science.

Working poor stretch paychecks to the brink

NEW YORK - The calculus of living paycheck to paycheck in America is getting harder.

Collins Hill 16, Forsyth Central 7

CUMMING - After a dismal 0-5 start in the first half of the season, Collins Hill remained perfect after the turn with a gutsy 16-7 win over Forsyth Central on Friday night.

No sense left at Nichols trial

We used to have a lot of things that we don't have any more. I wonder why they just up and disappeared.

Global warming not a liberal cult

When I read Cal Thomas's column in which he once again disputes the existence of global warming, a condition he says is fabricated by 'liberals,' I couldn't help but wonder why the Daily Post continues to embarrass itself by publishing such drivel.

If landscapers can't water, turn off flow for car washes

Since we are in a Level 4 drought, I think car wash companies should have to stop using water, too. Landscape companies have, so why not the car wash businesses? Car washes waste 15 percent or more water just to wash a car.

Say good night after a date if you want to find Mr. Right

Is chastity the hot new dating strategy?

Find time for reading with books on CD

During a super busy last few months, my daily allotment of reading time was one of the first things to get cut.

To the editor: Global warming not a liberal cult

When I read Cal Thomas's column in which he once again disputes the existence of global warming, a condition he says is fabricated by 'liberals,' I couldn't help but wonder why the Daily Post continues to embarrass itself by publishing such drivel.

Spiritual calendar

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Prep Roundup: GAC, Buford each win two at sectionals

ROME - Alex McDavid was 2-for-4 for the night with a grand slam and five RBIs to help Greater Atlanta Christian beat Union County 9-3 at the Class AA North Sectional on Friday.

Former attorney now devotes time to spiritual healing

Don Wallingford is a Christian Science practitioner, an individual who devotes his full time to the practice of healing through prayer according to the teachings of Christian Science.

'Idol' runner-up taking another stab at reality TV

Former "American Idol" runner-up Diana DeGarmo is about to embark on another reality show rat race, and this time, her Southern roots will no doubt be an asset.

Charlie Venable

Charles J. “Charlie” Venable, age 72, of Dacula, GA died on October 18, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Bennett & Willie Nell Edmonds ...

Edwin Ewing

Edwin Lee Ewing, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2007. He is survived by his Wife: Betty A. Ewing, Lawrenceville, GA; Daughters: Kathryn Ewing of ...

Frances Little

Frances “Bunky” Little, age 90 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Graveside Services will be held 11:30 AM Monday, October 22, 2007 at Gwinnett Memorial Park ...

Velma Cook

Velma Ruth Cook, age 88, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewartfh.com.

Mary Jones

Mary Jane Almand Jones, age 50, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away Friday, October 19, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewartfh.com.

Clara Ampy

Clara Ampy (Granny), age 78, died October 16, 2007 while hospitalized in Duluth, Georgia. She was born April 22, 1929 in Magnolia, Arkansas to Murphy & Willie Mae (McGraw) Paschal ...

Mildred Pace

Mrs. Mildred Brown Pace, age 80, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Pace Sr., son, Oscar Pace ...

Mia Jones

Mia Jones, age 28, of Norcross, GA, passed away October 18, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.