News for Saturday, August 16, 2008


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County, cities divide special sales tax funds

LAWRENCEVILLE - He had to sign his name 18 times in a row, as documents slid around tables shaped in a huge square. But Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson said he didn't feel any pain in his wrist.

US has few good choices in dealing with Russia, Georgia

Well, here we go again, facing off with the Russians and exchanging Cold War rhetoric with them in exasperating flurries.

Police seek elderly man

LAWRENCEVILLE - Investigators are searching for an ailing 80-year-old man who wandered from his Lawrenceville home Wednesday evening and hasn't been seen since.

Youth Roundup: Diamond Dawgs win World Series

The North Gwinnett Diamond Dawgs, a 14U fastpitch travel softball team, won the SEAA World Series in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in late July.

The amazing Skeeter Skates tells it like it is

It never fails. Just let me say one nice thing about the great state of Georgia and I get letters from people who (A) live in the state, but (B) are originally from a state north of the Mason-Dixon Line that (C) they think is better than the state in which they now reside.

High expectations Bulldogs hope to contend for NCAA championship

ATHENS - Mark Richt couldn't hide his enthusiasm after he made the climb to the press box to watch Georgia's spring game in April.

Out loud Finesse not high on Norcross' Adams priorities

D.J. Adams plays loud.

Jenkins out to prove he was worth first-round draft pick WR hoping for breakout season

ATLANTA - Michael Jenkins just wants to have fun.

Defenseman Mason decides to remain a Gladiator

DULUTH - Earlier this summer, Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle counted defenseman Jeff Mason among the players he thought would be heading overseas.

4 sentenced for making unauthorized drugs

NEWNAN - Four people and a Duluth-based pharmaceutical company pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to producing unauthorized generic versions of prescription drugs, the Justice Department announced.

A dream trip Mill Creek students Beijing bound

HOSCHTON - Tyler Mineo said he dreamed of going to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Underground fire cuts power in Savannah

SAVANNAH - An underground electrical fire in downtown Savannah left much of the city's historic district without power.

Wall Street ends mixed on credit concerns, oil

NEW YORK - Wall Street closed mixed Friday after playing out a now familiar scenario: Upbeat sentiment about falling oil prices flagged amid ongoing concerns about weak credit markets and the economy. The major indexes also turned in a mixed performance after another volatile week.

Gas station clerk booked in gambling sting

NORCROSS - Undercover officers arrested a Norcross gas station clerk this week for running a covert gambling operation at work, police said.

Must Read: King penguin receives Norwegian knighthood Friday

LONDON - Nils Olav already has medals for good conduct and long service. He made honorary colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King's Guard in 2005. And on Friday he was knighted.

Tech opts for new era with Johnson New coach brings rushing attack to Yellow Jackets

ATLANTA - There's no reason to compare Jonathan Dwyer with Tashard Choice.

Officials evaluate Reagan work bid

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Transportation Director Brian Allen said he was disappointed to receive only one proposal for a public-private initiative to extend Ronald Reagan Parkway to Interstate 85.

Phelps wins again - barely Swimmer captures 7th gold by 0.01 seconds

BEIJING - Michael Phelps swam into history with a magnificent finish today, tying Mark Spitz with his seventh gold medal by the narrowest of margins in the 100-meter butterfly.

Prep roundup: Central posts two wins in tourney

LAWRENCEVILLE - Central Gwinnett shut out Northgate 2-0 and Chamblee 9-2 on Friday at the South Gwinnett tournament.

To the editor: US has few good choices in dealing with Russia, Georgia

Well, here we go again, facing off with the Russians and exchanging Cold War rhetoric with them in exasperating flurries.

School police briefs

Suspicious man prompts lockdown

13 lose home Fire guts 2-story Suwanee house

SUWANEE - Felix Fernandez watched from the sidewalk Friday evening as firefighters put out hot spots deep in the rubble of what used to be the home he grew up in until he moved to Dacula last year.

Edwards' ally explains payment Finance chairman sent money to boss' mistress

WASHINGTON - New questions emerged Friday about John Edwards' longtime chief fundraiser and secret efforts that protected the pregnant woman with whom the former presidential candidate has admitted a shameful affair in 2006.

Two strangers become linked forever after a horrible accident

Several years ago an obituary in the Atlanta paper caught my eye and I clipped it out. I ran across it recently, and just as before I found myself fascinated by how it summed up the man who died and what that summation says about our society.

Suwanee church prepares to celebrate 180th birthday

Pastor Tim Campbell is busy these days at Old Suwanee Christian School. On Aug. 11, the school kicked off its 25th year in the community.

The things kids will say to get out of college dorms

This is the weekend when parents all over the region are packing up their sons and daughters and sending them - or more commonly, taking them back - to college.

Hatcher expects tough season at Georgia Southern Eagles return three starters on offense

Chris Hatcher proved to the Georgia Southern faithful that the spread offense can work when the Eagles finished only a few points short of sharing the 2007 Southern Conference title.

Spiritual calendar


Racing prodigy Lawrenceville's Roderick one of the top young drivers in the state

Barnesville is a typical small Georgia town - outside of the daily routine there is not too much going on.

50th anniversary

Junior Black and Jackie Brasewell Black of Lawrenceville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 9. Junior is retired from Cleveland Electric and Jackie is a housewife. The couple's children are Reggie, Randy, Renee, Toni and Heather. They have seven grandchildren: Zach, Zane, Katie, Kallie, Charli Grace, Kassie and Kamie. They celebrated with a reception at George Pierce Park Community Center on Aug. 10 hosted by their children and their spouses and their grandchildren.

Scoundrels, scandals and why politicians get caught cheating

Here we go again, another political sex scandal.

James Thomas

Mr. James F. “Jim” Thomas, age 74, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, August 8, 2008. He is survived by his: wife of 39 years: Mrs. Carolyn ...

Velva Autry

Velva Ann Still Autry, age 64, of Winder, passed away into her heavenly home, Friday, August 15, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, August 17, 2008 in ...

Susan Staples

Susan Mitchell Staples, age 95, of Monroe, formerly of Lilburn, died Friday, August 15, 2008. The funeral will be at 4:00 PM Sunday August 17, 2008 at Bill Head Funeral ...

Nellie Davis

Nellie E. Davis, age 96, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Friday, August 15, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville 770-962-3101

William Self

William Self, age 50, of Douglasville, GA, passed away August 14, 2008. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133

Frank Russo, Jr.

FRANK Frank Russo, Jr., age 75, of Winder, GA, passed away August 14, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

William Freeman

Mr. William G. “Bill” Freeman, age 83, of Hoschton, GA, passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson (706) 367-5467

Diane Coleman

Diane Kaye Coleman, age 61, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2008. Diane was an Interior Designer while working at Furniture Village, where she was the manager for ...

Jesse Hitt

Mr. Jesse David Hitt, age 78, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2008. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in ...

Harry Arnold

Harry Terrell Arnold, age 88, of Lawrenceville, GA, died August 14, 2008. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Edna Robertson Arnold. Mr. Arnold is ...

J. Douglas Gibson

DOUGLAS Rev. Dr. J. Douglas Gibson, age 97, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Thursday, August 14, 2008. He was born July 22, 1911 in Brooks, Georgia to William Andrew Gibson and ...

Cecil Puckett

Cecil Ezmal Puckett, age 83, of Buford, GA, passed away August 15, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133 ...

Barbara Krajec

Mrs. Barbara Krajec, age 78 of Big Canoe, GA, passed away Thursday, August 7, 2008. Arrangements by Cagle Funeral Home, Jasper. (706) 692-6615

Ronnie Weather

Ronnie Weather, age 56, of Loganville, GA, passed away August 6, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville. (770) 466-1544

Sudie Nash

Sudie Nash, age 95 of Cleveland passed away, Friday August 8, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM, Sunday, August 10, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Margaret Wermescher

147;We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ...

Sue Huff

Sue Light Huff, age 97, of Lawrenceville, passed away, Friday, August 15, 2008. Graveside Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 17, 2008 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth ...

Odis Payne

Mr. Odis L. Payne, age 86, of Winder, GA, passed away August 15, 2008. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770/867-1361

Carrie Williams

Carrie B. Williams, age 94, of Tucker, GA, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Earler Mobley

Earler Mae Mobley, age 76 of Buford, Georgia, died Thursday, August 7, 2008 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM at ...

Donna Ferrer

Mrs. Donna M. Ferrer, age 55, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. She is survived by her: Husband of 23 years: Mr. Frank Ferrer, Lawrenceville, GA ...

Sandra Gooch

Mrs. Sandra Scott Gooch, age 60, of Cleveland passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Northeast Ga Medical Center following a brief illness. Mrs. Gooch was born in Jackson County ...