News for Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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Shooting victim ID'd

DULUTH - Police have identified the person killed in the parking lot of a Bahama Breeze restaurant Saturday as a 40-year-old man from Decatur.

Midwest flooding deserves more media attention

We have just experienced one of the most horrific examples of short-term media attention span involving the recent devastating flooding of millions of acres of farm land and homes throughout the Midwest. Where has all the attention gone and what is being done to help those afflicted?

More finger-pointing over chairman's race

LAWRENCEVILLE - Days after Sheriff Butch Conway held a press conference to talk about ethics complaints directed at him, another complaint was lodged - this one for revelations during the conference.

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Olsen seeks immunity in Ledger probe

Bulldogs' suspensions list grows

ATHENS - High expectations for Georgia were overshadowed by off-field troubles as the Bulldogs held their first practice Monday.

Lawrenceville OKs plan for police building

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville City Council Monday unanimously approved the schematic plan for a new 70,000-square-foot police department building to be built on the northwest corner of Jackson Street and Ga. Highway 124 at a cost of $8.59 million.

Absentee ballots sent late Voters complain about tardiness of mailing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Complaints came in all day Monday at the Gwinnett Elections and Voter Registration Office because absentee ballots were not delivered to voters until the weekend prior to today's runoff.

Politicians get back to playing juvenile games

At the beginning of this long political season - if there ever was a beginning, since campaigns are now nonstop with only the players changing - it appeared this one might, just might, be different.

Oil prices drop after storm threat eases

NEW YORK - Oil prices plunged to a three-month low Monday, briefly tumbling below $120 a barrel in another huge sell-off after Tropical Storm Edouard seemed less likely to disrupt oil and natural gas output in the Gulf of Mexico.

Norcross denies 'low end' rezoning

NORCROSS - Owners of the property located at 2395 Beaver Ruin Road petitioned the city of Norcross to rezone the property for commercial use. Bun Soon An is an entrepreneur who reclaims discarded furniture, refurbishes it and then sells it. His business has grown to the point that he requires a storefront in order to keep up with demand. There is a ranch-style house already situated on the property.

Family's nonprofit work earns episode on makeover show

LAWRENCEVILLE - Vicki and Stu LaRoche are humble about their work with special-needs youth and young adults. But their contributions through their nonprofit organization - The Next Stop - speak for themselves, and a special nomination by one of the families The Next Stop serves is a testament to how much the LaRoches' work is appreciated.

Candidates have an obligation to be honest

In a letter to the editor on Sunday, my opponent seemed to insinuate that my campaign had coordinated with Joe Newton in his attacks against Bruce Levell. I felt obligated to set the record straight.

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Bush heads to Asia for sports, diplomacy

Cagle praises educators Lt. governor gives pep talk to county teachers

LILBURN - Casey Cagle said his mother - a single woman who worked two jobs to support her family - paved the way to his success.

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The post-vacation blues

School is almost ready to start, everyone is finishing up their summer trips, and if you're like me you probably have the vacation blues. You know, that feeling you have on the first day back to work after a week (or more) away from the structure and demands of your job.

Falcons player's domestic battery case headed to trial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley is preparing to fight charges of domestic battery in a Gwinnett courtroom, documents show.

Johnsa named Lilburn city manager, starts work

LILBURN - Lilburn's City Council officially named Bill Johnsa city manager Monday, and he immediately began working.

Buford commission approves budget

BUFORD - Following public hearings here Monday night, the Buford City Commission approved a $105.5 million operating budget for fiscal year 2009, and in the process, reduced its 2008 property tax millage rate by one-tenth.

Letter to the Editor: Candidates have an obligation to be honest

In a letter to the editor on Sunday, my opponent seemed to insinuate that my campaign had coordinated with Joe Newton in his attacks against Bruce Levell. I felt obligated to set the record straight.

Man, daughter should recover Father, toddler shot on Saturday

SNELLVILLE - A father and his 2-year-old daughter are expected to recover from a double shooting Saturday as police work to piece the bizarre scenario together.

Anderson trying to put rookie season behind him DE had zero sacks last season

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jamaal Anderson is willing to talk about his expectations for 2008.

Letter to the Editor: Midwest flooding deserves more media attention

We have just experienced one of the most horrific examples of short-term media attention span involving the recent devastating flooding of millions of acres of farm land and homes throughout the Midwest. Where has all the attention gone and what is being done to help those afflicted?

All eyes on No. 1 UGA opens camp ready to defend preseason rank

ATHENS - Few football players on any level look forward to preseason two-a-day practices during the heart of a sweltering Georgia summer.

Peachtree Corners marks its place with stone sign

NORCROSS - A small section of unincorporated Gwinnett County gets a little recognition Thursday with the unveiling and official dedication of its newly constructed gateway monument.

Eagles' Box commits to UConn QB offers dual threat ability

Michael Box has already been on the move before the 2008 football season has even begun after transferring from Duluth to Collins Hill over the summer.

Wayne Sweat

Wayne Sweat, age 58 of Monroe passed away Saturday, August 2, 2008. Funeral Services will be held at 1PM Wednesday, August 6th at Galilean Baptist Church 1390 Monfort Rd. Lawrenceville ...

Ronnie Flowers

Ronnie Steve Flowers, age 53, of Winder, GA, died August 1, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel. www.wagesfuneralhome.com (770) 963-2411

Lona Bell Carter

Lona Bell Carter, age 93, of Winder, GA, passed away August 1, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Martha Baxter

Martha Estelle Baxter, age 79, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away August 2, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Teresa Balthaser

Mrs. Teresa Balthaser, age 80, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Monday, August 4, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Beth Stein

Mrs. Beth A. Bennick Stein, age 48, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2008. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Dean Thomas. She is ...

Victoria Gerardi

Victoria Gaspari Gerardi, age 89 of Duluth, GA, passed away August 3, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Catherine Pazienza

Mrs. Catherine Panzini Pazienza, age 87, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Monday, August 4, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

George Phillips

George Frederick Phillips, age 72 of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Floral Park, NY, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, August 5, 2008 ...

Patricia Frier

Patricia Ann Frier, age 73 of Doraville, passed away Sunday, August 3, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...