News for Saturday, August 9, 2008

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Stocks jump as oil falls to near $115 a barrel

NEW YORK - Wall Street rebounded sharply Friday as a surge in the dollar and a resulting drop in oil prices eased some of investors' worries about losses at mortgage finance company Fannie Mae. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 300 points.

Spiritual Calendar

Today

Cops: Man robbed church for oil change

SNELLVILLE - The notion of hallowed ground apparently goes out the window when it comes to the high price of oil.

Study time Post-swimming Hupman keeps busy with med school

Christie Hupman started swimming in a year-round program as a third-grader and didn't stop until she finished her undergraduate degree.

To the editor: Gwinnett County not doing a good job of managing its finances

How do our county officials make comments like "see if we can squeeze every drop of water out of the rag" and "officials have already directed several conservation methods, including asking police officers to turn off their engines and restricting firefighters from traveling to public relations events?"

World briefs

South Ossetia fighting risks wider war

Olympics kick off with bang

BEIJING - China didn't just walk onto the world stage. It soared over it.

County retains its AAA bond rating

LAWRENCEVILLE - The economy may be bad, but Gwinnett government's credit is good.

On the move again Train depot relocated for at least third time

DULUTH - Even after three years and eight months of planning, Mike Dudley had to take care of last-minute details.

County excels in graduating black males

LAWRENCEVILLE - The percentage of black male students who graduate is higher in Gwinnett County than state and national averages, according to a recent report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education.

New Hope Christian Church welcomes new pastor

Members of New Hope Christian Church will listen to their new senior minister's first message to the church this Sunday. The Rev. James Shelton, his wife Ellie and son Grady moved back to the Atlanta area after serving for two years at a church in Bluefield, W.Va. Church members voted unanimously on Aug. 3 to officially add Shelton to their staff.

In brief

Air Force logistics center names first woman commander

Ga. native a key player in Ford's retooling effort

Bennie Fowler represents everything that is good about this country, so it is not surprising that American-headquartered Ford Motor Co. has him in a key position to help the company in its turnaround efforts.

The Braves always won with Skip in the booth

My mama didn't like Skip Caray when he first started calling Braves games in 1976. I am quite certain she hadn't listened to any of his work with the NBA Hawks before he started doing baseball in Atlanta. She called him "that Yankee" broadcaster. Never mind the fact that, among Skip's predecessors, Milo Hamilton was from Iowa. Ernie Johnson was from Wisconsin and Larry Munson - yes, he came here to work for the Braves - was born and reared in Minnesota.

Leaving cat rescues behind and going back to possums

You may recall past columns where I wrote about my friend, Stevie, who rescues distressed possums and then influenced me to do the same when I found an injured possum on my front porch.

Losing it: Minor tremors or mass devastation?

Is it ever OK to lose it?

Fannie Mae loses $2.3B in quarter

WASHINGTON - Fannie Mae is making bold cutbacks that will send shock waves through the mortgage market, after posting a quarterly loss Friday that was three times larger than Wall Street expected.

Productivity growth recedes in spring

WASHINGTON - The efficiency of America's workers grew at a slightly slower pace in the spring as companies sought to produce more with leaner work forces. Workers' compensation growth slowed, too.

Gladiators sign Marchesi Rookie defenseman already boasts some pro experience

DULUTH - Scott Marchesi will be a rookie this season, but Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle doesn't talk about him like one.

Former team welcomes Falcons' Smith

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No one expects the Atlanta Falcons to finish near first place in the NFC South, but players give new coach Mike Smith credit when they say they already feel they're on top.

Patriot Guard Rider's column very touching

The column by Bart Daugherty, ("The scene that showed the spirit of America," Perspective, July 30,) was quite touching. From his description as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders who accompanied the body of Cpl. Jonathan Ayers, I could imagine the view seen by those in the procession.

People briefs

Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child

Gwinnett County not doing a good job of managing its finances

How do our county officials make comments like "see if we can squeeze every drop of water out of the rag" and "officials have already directed several conservation methods, including asking police officers to turn off their engines and restricting firefighters from traveling to public relations events?"

Nation briefs

Bus crash north of Dallas kills 13

Police apprehend Michigan fugitive in Duluth

DULUTH - Authorities found a fugitive from Michigan hiding out at a relative's apartment in Duluth on Friday, an official said.

To the editor: Patriot Guard Rider's column very touching

The column by Bart Daugherty, ("The scene that showed the spirit of America," Perspective, July 30,) was quite touching. From his description as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders who accompanied the body of Cpl. Jonathan Ayers, I could imagine the view seen by those in the procession.

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 www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com (706) 367-5467

Ronnie Weathers

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

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