News for Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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Double-Duty Drinks Enhanced beverages make big splash in market

Whether the goal is losing weight, gaining energy or improving health, there's a liquid concoction on the market to quell most any buyer's thirst.

Braves will not re-sign OF Jones

By Guy Curtright

Winder Police Department awarded 2nd H.E.A.T grant

WINDER - For the second year in a row, the Winder police department has been awarded a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Police reports

Camera stolen from police car

Webb bashes property tax reform bill

NORCROSS - Mayor Lillian Webb spoke out strongly Monday night against House Bill 900, tax reform legislation sponsored by House Speaker Glenn Richardson of Hiram.

Company requests denial of rezoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - A company that wanted to build a waste transfer station near the county line asked planning commissioners Tuesday to deny the request.

To the Editor: Future generations need a fully funded insurance system

The underlying argument behind Sadie Fields' opinion ("SCHIP shouldn't become the start of socialized medicine for everyone," Perspective, Oct. 2) perpetuates the same, tired misconceptions used by opponents of SCHIP (State Children's Insurance Program) expansion. But as is usual in policy disagreements involving children, there has been very little attention given to their needs.

Family of slain woman offers $50,000 reward for info

DULUTH - It's one of the largest private reward offerings a Gwinnett police veteran has ever seen.

Richardson pitches tax plan to skeptics

ATLANTA - House Speaker Glenn Richardson on Tuesday pitched his plan to eliminate Georgia property taxes to skeptical county commissioners who fear it will siphon needed cash away and seize local control.

Lawrenceville agrees to improve 'Calaboose Alley'

LAWRENCEVILLE - In his first vote since taking office 11 months ago, Lawrenceville Mayor Rex Millsaps on Monday broke a tie to expedite improvements to "Calaboose Alley."

Officials discuss funding for health programs

BUFORD - Georgia Department of Human Resources and legislative representatives were in Gwinnett on Tuesday to tour some of the county's health facilities and discuss state and county specific health issues.

Highway 78 work delayed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Planned closures on U.S. Highway 78 didn't happen Tuesday, but a different stretch of the road is now scheduled to close through Friday.

Shoppers get early present Roadwork done by holiday season

LAWRENCEVILLE - The parking lots may be congested, but two construction projects should mean shoppers have freer flowing trips to Gwinnett's three malls this holiday season.

Barrow deputy facing child pornography charges

WINDER - A Barrow County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Tuesday and charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

People briefs

O.J. ordered to surrender Rolex

Barrow BOE to ask state for waiver on class size

WINDER - Eight Barrow County school classrooms are over their class size limit - by only one student apiece. Rather than hiring extra teachers and bringing in trailers in which to educate those students, the school board will ask the state for a waiver on class size restrictions.

September sales skid at Ford; Toyota slips, GM steady

DETROIT - Ford's U.S. sales plummeted 21 percent in September while Chrysler and Toyota posted slimmer declines and General Motors held steady. Despite a 4 percent decline in September, Toyota's sales lead over Ford widened for the year.

Britain to withdraw more troops

BASRA, Iraq - Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Tuesday that he was slashing the remaining British contingent in Iraq by nearly 20 percent. A beleaguered Iraqi leader said his own forces would be ready to take up the slack in the country's oil-rich southernmost province in two months.

3 jailed in connection with gas station robbery

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two of three men wanted for the February armed robbery of a Duluth gas station that netted $82,400 were recently arrested, joining the third suspect who was booked in June.

Nation briefs

Family, police await autopsy on woman who died at airport

Airline wants to fly you - to airport Company seeking permission for air shuttle from Briscoe to Hartsfield

LAWRENCEVILLE - If the thought of sitting in rush-hour traffic on the way to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport makes your stomach sick and your head ache, relief may be on the way.

Medicare participants face 3 percent increase in monthly premiums

WASHINGTON - Elderly and disabled people will see their Medicare premiums rise 3.1 percent next year to $96.40 a month - the lowest increase in six years.

Health Briefs

Buford hospice in need of volunteers

Hang it up, Rudy, and talk to the nice donors

Most experienced adults acknowledge at some point in their lives that love is a form of temporary insanity.

Future generations need a fully funded insurance system

The underlying argument behind Sadie Fields' opinion ("SCHIP shouldn't become the start of socialized medicine for everyone," Perspective, Oct. 2) perpetuates the same, tired misconceptions used by opponents of SCHIP (State Children's Insurance Program) expansion. But as is usual in policy disagreements involving children, there has been very little attention given to their needs.

Wanted: Water to make gold

My buddies in South Georgia had better watch out. Every time they read another headline about the Mother of All Droughts around Atlanta, they should check their well levels. Legalized water rustling may soon be in vogue.

After Commerce Bancorp's founder is ousted, TD Bank pounces with an $8.5 billion acquisition

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - Vernon W. Hill II spent 34 years building Commerce Bancorp from a single branch in southern New Jersey into a bank with locations from Connecticut to Florida.

Interleague looms as bane of Braves' year

ATLANTA - There's an easy way to almost guarantee that the Braves make it back to the playoffs next season after a two-year absence.

'Limb-salvage teams' fight amputations

WASHINGTON - A stubbed toe can lead to having your foot amputated? It can if you're a longtime diabetic. And it can happen fast.

No. 1 GAC tops No. 2 Buford

By Will Hammock

Auburn city planner accused of sex assault on co-worker

AUBURN - Auburn's city planner has been placed on administrative leave with pay following accusations he attempted to sexually assault a co-worker during a city-sponsored training function.

Doctors detail heart attacks in kids

CHICAGO - Beth Meter is a cardiac nurse who has seen plenty of heart attacks, so when her son complained of sudden crushing chest pain that spread to his arm, she was certain he was having one.

Baby left in car dies Apparent mix-up led to infant death

STONE MOUNTAIN - A 7-month-old infant died after he was accidentally abandoned in his mother's vehicle last weekend, police said Tuesday.

Prep Roundup: Collins Hill advances in 7-AAAAA tourney with win over North

SUWANEE - Collins Hill stayed unbeaten in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament on Tuesday as the Eagles topped host North Gwinnett 12-3. The Eagles advance to play Mill Creek on Thursday at

World briefs

U.N. envoy meets with Myanmar junta chief

Who is protected by removing cigarettes from the movies?

Would Cruella De Vil seem as evil without a thin, eerily dainty cigarette hanging from her mouth?

A smell to gag a buzzard? Waste plant odor draws court challenge

TALMO - The town of Talmo boasts a post office, a volunteer fire department, a few cattle farms, two Coke machines and 500 residents who grew up 'on beans and cornbread,' locals like to say.

A night out of crime Annual C.O.P.S Festival offers glimpse behind badge

DULUTH - When Zachary Bankston, a Cub Scout from Lilburn, found himself at the trigger of a 40mm grenade launcher, the look on his face suggested a feeling of invincibleness.

Thomas Hamilton

If the day seems a little dimmer today, it is because Thomas Eldred Hamilton (Tom), of Duluth, GA has left us to be with his Heavenly Father. The battle for ...

Carla Rutledge

Carla “Carla Mae” Rutledge, age 51 of Snellville, GA died October 1, 2007.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Rhonda Gruber in 2006.  She ...

Valerli Tanovitchi

Mr. Valerli Tanovitchi, age 55, of Doraville, GA, passed away September 30, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Howard Jones

Oct. 3, 1991-2007 Gone But Not Forgotten We Miss And Love You Shirley, Jan & Jeff and Grandchildren, 2nd Lt. Brian Darracott USMC, Lindsay Darracott, Jordan, Kaysie, Heather, Carlee, Michael ...

David Motz

Mr. David Austin Motz, age 21, of Suwanee, GA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 29, 2007. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas E ...

William Little, Jr.

William Harbor Little, Jr., age 89 of Lawrenceville passed away Monday, October 1, 2007. Graveside Services will be held 1:30 PM, Friday, October 5, 2007 at Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville ...

Milton Berry

Milton Luddy Berry, age 90, of Martin, GA, and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away October 2, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Robert Ford

Mr. Robert Lee (Robbie) Ford, II, age 35, of Mitchell, GA, passed away on October 1, 2007. He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Gail Hamby Ford. Surviving ...

Michael Threadgill

Michael R. Threadgill, 54, of Lawrenceville, GA, died October 1, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Dorothy Topping

Dorothy M. Topping, 93, of Lawrenceville and formerly of North Miami, FL passed away October 1, 2007. Mrs. Topping was a member of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula. She was ...