News for Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Florida man faces vehicular homicide charges in wreck

LAWRENCEVILLE - Vehicular homicide charges have been filed against a Florida man allegedly driving under the influence when he struck and killed a stranded motorist on a Gwinnett interstate, records show.

World

Georgia claims Russians cut country in half

Fed finds deepening credit crisis

WASHINGTON - More banks are tightening lending standards on home mortgages and other consumer and business loans as a deepening credit crisis exerts a heavier toll on the economy.

School system, county share fuel savings

LAWRENCEVILLE - When thousands of schoolchildren packed Gwinnett County buses Monday morning, the county's average use of gasoline doubled.

'It's going to be a good year' Gwinnett schools open doors for start of classes

LAWRENCEVILLE - Arianna DeShay woke up early Monday morning.

8 lose homes to fire 10 apartments damaged in afternoon blaze

DULUTH - Authorities are investigating a large blaze Monday that severely damaged 10 apartments and displaced eight residents. No one was injured.

People

Fans, friends: Hayes more than 'Shaft'

Winder man drowns in Lake Lanier

FLOWERY BRANCH - An 18-year-old Winder man drowned Sunday evening in Lake Lanier near Old Federal Campground, authorities said.

Service honors Skip Caray, longtime voice of Braves

ATLANTA - Skip Caray, the voice of the Braves for more than three decades, was remembered Monday for simple contributions like cracking jokes to players in the clubhouse and his cries of 'Braves win!' during the 1995 World Series.

Duluth anticipates $22.4 million in SPLOST funds

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday authorized city officials to execute an agreement with Gwinnett County for the use and distribution of 2008 special purpose local option sales tax funds.

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LOCAL

Fire damages Buford self-storage complex

BUFORD - A mid-afternoon blaze heavily damaged 10 units at a large self-storage facility in Buford, an official said.

Superintendent, school board to discuss initiatives

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks will review, during Thursday's school board meeting, the district's priorities and initiatives for the 2008-09 year.

John Edwards: Our 'Mamma Mia!' without music

There is something familiar about the storyline: woman has more than one sex partner; woman becomes pregnant; no father's name on the birth certificate; paternity questioned.

Adult, two children escape blaze unharmed

NORCROSS - An adult and two small children were able to escape without injury when their split-level house caught fire early Sunday, authorities said.

Shanteau advances from Olympic preliminaries

BEIJING - Cancer-stricken Eric Shanteau, a Parkview grad, made his Olympic debut Tuesday night, easily advancing out of the 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries just a couple weeks before he will undergo surgery.

Duluth's Adebayo commits to VCU

What figures to be one of the most decorated senior classes in the history of Duluth's girls basketball program got another accolade over the weekend.

Nation

LA officials: 'Rockefeller' is wanted German

Addy lives Olympic dream for Liberia

Jangy Addy's Olympic dreams fell short at this year's U.S. trials, where he finished sixth in the decathlon, an event in which only three athletes qualify.

Lilburn council denies zoning for senior housing development

LILBURN - Before an overflowing crowd of orange-clad city residents, the Lilburn City Council on Monday night unanimously denied a controversial mixed-use rezoning development earmarked for senior citizen housing and commercial office/retail space at the southern corner of the Killian Hill and Arcado roads intersection. The present R-100 (residential) zoning will remain the same.

Falcons' Smith sees progress in rookies

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matt Ryan isn't the only rookie having a good training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.

From football to front office, Shaddix finds his dream job

A former high school linebacker and assistant football coach, Ed Shaddix is no stranger to responding to pressure with little time left on the clock. That may explain why he's been able to handle the quick transition to his dream job.

Man on the move

Kellen Williams gives a laugh as he explains his complex journey through school, well aware that it sounds like a mess.

Crematory research is inconclusive Snellville city manager finds differing reports on exhaust

SNELLVILLE - On Monday, City Manager Russell Treadway reported to Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and city council members he has found conflicting research regarding the environmental impact of crematory exhaust.

Williams signs big deal to stay in Philly

Now he can get back to all-out basketball.

Shanteau provides worldwide inspiration

BEIJING - Eric Shanteau will be swimming for more than himself at these Olympics.

Residents to get chance for input on county's 2030 plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - For anyone who wants to tell county planners how they'd like to see it developed over the next two decades, Thursday may prove your best chance.

Donald Tompkins

Mr. Donald Wills Tompkins, age 64 of Jefferson, GA, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson 706-367-5467

John Mcnally

John F. McNally age 85 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 10, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel of Lawrenceville 770-277-4550

Geraldine Masters

Geraldine Masters, age 82 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 9, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel of Lawrenceville 770-277-4550

Daniel Monk

Daniel Duncan Monk, age 28, died on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 from a reaction to prescription medicines and passed on to a more peaceful and better place. Funeral services will ...

Joshua Davis

147;JD” Joshua Todd “JD” Davis, 28 of Snellville passed away September 8, 2008. He is survived by his son, Triston Davis of Lilburn; father and step ...

Tommy Hite

Thomas D. (Tommy) Hite, age 68, of Lawrenceville, GA died on Friday, August 8, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susan (Susie) Smith Hite; Daughter ...

Judy Casey

Mrs. Judy Doster Casey, age 58, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, William H. and Elizabeth Mae Walker ...

Charles Milligan

Charles Randall Milligan, age 56, of Snellville, GA, passed away September 7, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, LLC, Snellville Chapel 770/979-3200

Helen Bohlman

Helen Gertrude Bohlman (nee MEYER), 93, former resident of Hinsdale, Illinois, died Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, where she had resided for the past 18 months. She was ...

Christopher Spears

Christopher Carter Spears, Infant of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 9, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel of Lawrenceville 770-277-4550

George Hessler

George H. Hessler, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA died August 9, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Benfer Hessler; Daughter & Son-in-Law, Beverly & Todd Vaughn ...

Jim Anthony

147;JIMBO” Jim “Jimbo” Anthony, age 43 of Hoschton, GA died August 9, 2008. He is survived by his beloved wife: Joni A. Anthony Children: Lauren Tanner ...

Kevin Carey

Kevin Patrick Carey, age 52 of Duluth, passed away August 7, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Ruth Wood

Ruth Harvey Wood, age 83 of Suwanee, GA passed away August 9, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Keith Hardy

Mr. Keith Hardy, age 35 of Winder, GA passed away August 10, 2008. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Alice Knight

Alice Knight, age 96, of Walnut Grove, GA, passed away September 10, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Edward Lewis, Jr.

EDWARD “Ed” Edward “Ed” Lewis, Jr., age 70, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2008. The family will receive friends on Friday, September ...

William Whitford

Mr. William “Bill” Whitford, age 86, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Bernice ...

Ruth Culbreth

Ruth Senn Culbreth, age 96, of Snellville, GA, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2008. The graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 13, 2008 at Cedar ...

Esther Norris

Esther May Norris, age 79, of Snellville passed away Saturday, August 9, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elwin Norris. She is survived by daughter & son ...

Kenneth Mccullers

Kenneth G. McCullers, age 62, of McDonough, GA formerly of Gwinnett County, GA died on August 10, 02008. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Sandra M ...