News for Saturday, October 27, 2007

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Versatile Sam plays three positions for UTEP

Although the offense is obviously more complex, Lorne Sam's role in the Texas-El Paso attack is somewhat like playing neighborhood football in that he isn't pigeon-holed into one position.

Water protest to be held at Buford Dam

LAWRENCEVILLE - Patrick Callaghan plans to stay in his kayak on the Chattahoochee River for six weeks, if he has to.

To the Editor: Water crisis didn't come without any resident warning

Remember when county commissioners were rubber-stamping building permits to all their construction buddies like there was no tomorrow? Remember when ordinary residents were warning them over and over that they were using up natural resources and destroying the county with uncontrolled growth?

Brookwood 24, Grayson 7

SNELLVILLE - On one drive it was a third-and-20. On another it was a third-and-12. And on the final drive it was a third-and-19, followed by a fourth-and-one.

Crude closes at new record Friday on supply concerns but backs off $92 hit overnight

NEW YORK - Crude futures rose to record levels on Friday, supported by worries over political tensions in the Middle East where the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran and Turkish troops remained massed at the Iraq board to counter Kurdish rebels.

Spending, water key issues in Lawrenceville races

LAWRENCEVILLE - There will be plenty of familiar names on the ballot for Lawrenceville's two City Council elections on Nov. 6.

To the Editor: Leaders failed to keep growth in line with water supply

When a state of emergency is declared by a governor, it implies there is a crisis situation. Recently, this action was initiated because our water supply is vanishing. Water restrictions, legal action and conservation pleas have all been issued by state and/or local leaders with the majority of citizens in agreement concerning the severity of this problem.

South Gwinnett 26, Shiloh 20

SNELLVILLE - Senior quarterback Brent Snell was a triple threat for South Gwinnett on Friday night, running for two touchdowns, passing for another and making a critical punt as the Comets nipped Shiloh 26-20 to stay alive for a playoff spot in Region 8-AAAAA.

Lilburn council, mayoral hopefuls see revitalization potential

LILBURN - They decided to run for different reasons, but there's one thing these mayoral candidates can agree on: Lilburn can be revitalized.

Wesleyan 42, Decatur 13

NORCROSS - The Wesleyan Wolves kept their football playoff hopes alive Friday night by dominating Decatur 42-13 behind big performances from their offense, defense and special teams.

Mill Creek 17, Peachtree Ridge 10

SUWANEE - Congratulations Mill Creek. You're headed to the playoffs.

Schools lauded for improvements

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Governor's Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education have recognized 18 Gwinnett County Public Schools for improving and promoting excellence in student academic achievement.

Voices of faith: Pastor has plans for community economic development

New Mercies Christian Church pastor Jesse Curney III has big plans for his church and the Lilburn community that the church calls home.

You're fired, but I sure do feel sorry for you

Can you feel sorry for a guy and still fire him?

20-year-old killed in motorcycle crash

STONE MOUNTAIN - A Stone Mountain man was killed Thursday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with an other vehicle, police said.

Norcross 31, Forsyth Central 0

NORCROSS - The top seed from Region 7-AAAAA for the state playoffs will likely be on the line when Norcross hosts top-ranked North Gwinnett on Nov. 9.

Nation briefs

Jury wants death penalty for killing pregnant woman

The shampoo-and-set culture is part of a bygone era

Storytellers, I often say, are those who find stories in the simplest occurrences. Sometimes, it's just a phrase or a word that will stop me in my tracks and send me spiraling toward a new story.

Collins Hill 35, Duluth 0

SUWANEE - Collins Hill running back Charles Perkins had a career-high 241 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-0 shutout of Duluth in Region 7-AAAAA play Friday night at Fahring Field.

Leaders failed to keep growth in line with water supply

When a state of emergency is declared by a governor, it implies there is a crisis situation. Recently, this action was initiated because our water supply is vanishing. Water restrictions, legal action and conservation pleas have all been issued by state and/or local leaders with the majority of citizens in agreement concerning the severity of this problem.

Thief steals Norcross church's cash box from pumpkin patch

NORCROSS - A Norcross church known for its jack-o'-lanterns got, well, jacked this week.

Police reports

Car wash worker charged with theft of services

Buford 58, Cross Keys 0

BUFORD - It took exactly two hours for Buford to dismantle Cross Keys 58-0 Friday night.

FRANKLIN COUNTY 22, APALACHEE 17

Staff Correspondent

A game isn't always as important as you think

I spent the latter part of this week on sabbatical down on the Georgia coast - refreshing my mind, body and soul through meditation, consumption of huge amounts of shellfish and a lot of lying around watching television - it rained. Whatever works, right?

People briefs

T.I. released on $3M bond, must remain at home

Brookwood-Grayson battle features two great defenses

SNELLVILLE - You don't see this every day.

Dalai Lama installed as professor at Emory University

Should the Dalai Lama ever need to check out a book at the Emory University Library, he now has full access. At an installment ceremony Monday morning, His Holiness was presented with the title of Honorary Presidential Professor - and his own Emory University ID card.

Clarke Central 41,Winder-Barrow 16

Athens - Last season Winder-Barrow lost a tough defensive struggle against Clarke Central, this season, the defense for Winder-Barrow was nowhere to be found.

Storm-spotting class coming to Winder

WINDER - About 100 people left Barrow County's Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday and took shelter after a resident spotted a funnel cloud near Holsenbeck Elementary School.

Trip to finals on line as Hawks, Lions meet in softball tourney

COLUMBUS - Mill Creek's fortunes took a swift and dramatic turn with one pitch in the winner's bracket final of the Class AAAAA state softball tournament against Lassiter on Friday.

About 60 elementary students need TB tests Student at Rebecca Minor has suspected case of disease

LILBURN - About 60 students at Rebecca Minor Elementary School must be tested for tuberculosis, as a student at the school has had positive reactions to tests for the disease, officials said Friday.

World briefs

Putin: U.S. missile defense is similar to 1962 Cuban crisis

Sports briefs

LOCAL

Woman pieces life back together after ugly crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Annimae Walker showers in her garage. She sits on a small toilet while friends and nurses dump water on her from buckets. This method isn't by choice.

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Gators look to continue dominance over 'Dogs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Quarterback Tim Tebow grew up in Jacksonville and went to the Florida-Georgia game just about every year. Although he knows plenty about the storied rivalry, his memories are pretty much one-sided - much like the series has become.

Killian Hill boys win state soccer title

VALDOSTA - Killian Hill Christian claimed the GCAA boys soccer championship, exacting a measure of revenge in a 4-1 victory over Open Bible Christian on Friday.

Razey grand slam in eighth propels Buford past GAC, into finals

COLUMBUS - This time, the irresistible force beat the immovable object.

Tech fans get upset over a little football

Lordy, I upset some Georgia Tech fans a couple of weeks ago by poking fun at their all-night Welcoming Event and Brand Alignment hootenanny on Nov. 1.

Ready for reading School holds literacy night for parents, students

LILBURN - Shelly Taylor said her 6-year-old son, Jordan, loves to read.

Water crisis didn't come without any resident warning

Remember when county commissioners were rubber-stamping building permits to all their construction buddies like there was no tomorrow? Remember when ordinary residents were warning them over and over that they were using up natural resources and destroying the county with uncontrolled growth?

Trick-or-treat night a good time to mingle

The first few times I interacted with neighbors in my Lawrenceville subdivision, the experiences were not great.

Biffle edges Busch to take Atlanta pole

By Nate McCullough

Governor discusses drought with feds Bush sends officials to discuss water solutions

ATLANTA - Georgia's struggles with Alabama, Florida and federal agencies over drought-depleted water supplies shifted Friday from legal threats to diplomacy.

Grayson Highway closed for two hours due to power line

LAWRENCEVILLE - A portion of Grayson Highway was closed for about two hours Friday, after a construction crew cut a power line.

Berkmar 42, Meadowcreek 7

LILBURN - In a game marred by 27 penalties in the first half, Berkmar's awesome offense poured it on Friday night for homecoming. The Patriots scored 42 unanswered points en route to a 42-7 victory of winless Meadowcreek in Region 8-AAAAA play.

Pastor has plans for community economic development

New Mercies Christian Church pastor Jesse Curney III has big plans for his church and the Lilburn community that the church calls home.

North Gwinnett 35, North Forsyth 7

CUMMING - North Gwinnett lived up to its billing as the No. 1 football team in Class AAAAA with a 35-7 whipping of host North Forsyth on Friday night.

Parkivew 21, Central Gwinnett 18

LAWRENCEVILLE - With its playoffs hopes hanging in the balance, Parkview turned to a couple of its seniors on Friday night.

Paul Rassel

Paul E. Rassel Jr., age 86, of Decatur, GA, passed away October 23, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30086, 770-469-9811 ...

David Dills

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. David Dills, age 67, of Jefferson, passed away on Thursday, October, 25, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA ...

Robert Mcquaig

Mr. Robert E. “Uncle Bob” McQuaig, 75, died Thursday afternoon (October 25, 2007) at the V. A. Medical Center in Lake City, FL after an extended illness. He ...

Lamar Mcdaniel

Lamar McDaniel, age 68, of Winder, GA, passed away October 25, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Ben Lolies

Ben Lolies, age 20 of Stone Mountain, died October 25, 2007. Ben graduated from Providence Christian Academy in 2005. He was enrolled in Dartmouth College, an excellent swimmer and a ...

David Maloney

David John Maloney, age 49, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Monday, October 22, 2007. He is survived by his wife: Denise Maloney, Son: Kyle Maloney and Daughter Taylor Maloney ...

Evelyn Murray

Evelyn Murray, age 83 of Dacula, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Saturday, October 27, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Betty Wells

Betty G. Wells, age 87 of Snellville, passed away Friday, October 26, 2007. A native of Kansas, Mrs. Wells lived most of her life with her husband in Georgia and ...

Charlotte Gorski

Charlotte Gorski, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA, died October 25, 2007. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Zeddie Britt

MAE Zeddie Mae Richardson Britt, age 94, of Tucker, Ga., died Tuesday, October 23, 2007. Arrangements by the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726