News for Saturday, July 12, 2008

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There are better traffic solutions than MARTA

I am writing in response to the story covering the ballot question on MARTA. My husband and I have already turned in our absentee ballots and both voted "no" to MARTA. We were under the impression that we were actually voting on the issue, not just giving our opinion.

Green says ad unfairly smears record

The recent "Paid Advertisement" by Mr. Joe Newton entitled "Grand Jury to investigate Green's land deal?" is a perfect example of why truth in advertising laws are a joke. The advertisement is filled with misstatements and outright fabrications by its author, Joe Newton, a contributor to Chairman Charles Bannister.

To the editor: Conway deserves right to support any candidates

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway has come under attack by a serial litigator from Floyd County for his open support of Lorraine Green for chairman of the Gwinnett County Commission.

Pakistani religious school releases teens

ATLANTA - Two American-born teens forced by their father to attend a religious school in Pakistan for nearly four years have returned home to Atlanta after a documentary filmmaker pushed for their release.

Author to speak tonight

DULUTH - Charles Frazier, the author of this year's Gwinnett Reads selection, will appear at the finale event of the Gwinnett County Public Library's program.

People briefs

Ed McMahon recovering from surgery

Youth roundup: North T-ball wins district title

The North Gwinnett T-Ball All-Star team (National Division) won the district tournament held in Winder on June 26.

To the editor: Green says ad unfairly smears record

The recent "Paid Advertisement" by Mr. Joe Newton entitled "Grand Jury to investigate Green's land deal?" is a perfect example of why truth in advertising laws are a joke. The advertisement is filled with misstatements and outright fabrications by its author, Joe Newton, a contributor to Chairman Charles Bannister.

197 take part in graduation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 200 students participated Friday in Gwinnett County Public Schools' summer graduation ceremony.

Thrashers make Saponari first Georgian drafted into NHL

Vinny Saponari is the first, and he hopes not the last, native Georgian to be drafted by an NHL team.

To the editor: There are better traffic solutions than MARTA

I am writing in response to the story covering the ballot question on MARTA. My husband and I have already turned in our absentee ballots and both voted "no" to MARTA. We were under the impression that we were actually voting on the issue, not just giving our opinion.

Auburn man admits to killing girl

Authorities in Panama City, Fla., say a known child molester from Auburn has confessed to killing a 13-year-old girl and concealing her body in a Florida hotel room.

A normal evening can turn into a tragic nightmare

I'd always heard that love - or rather the loss of it - could drive a woman crazy. Push her plum to the edge and sometimes even push her over it until she was in a free fall that landed her right in the middle of crazy.

Engineer gets national award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's first traffic engineer and Department of Transportation Director has been named a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

BOE candidates look for student opportunities

LAWRENCEVILLE - The candidates running in the Democratic primary race for the Gwinnett County Board of Education's District 5 are both seeking to improve education in the state's largest school system.

To the editor: TADs disguised to get your vote

It started with a subtle telephone survey/campaign, then it was a very professional Web site. Now, two slick, five-color mailers extoll the virtues of the tax allocation district referendum on Tuesday's ballot.

Growth, public safety high on District 3 hopefuls' agendas

LAWRENCEVILLE - Growth, transportation and public safety are important issues for the District 3 Republican Party candidates for Board of Commissioners.

Dacula athlete arrested

DACULA - A former Dacula football standout was arrested last month in connection with allegedly making a death threat via text message, records show.

Shanteau has testicular cancer Parkview grad to still compete in Olympics

ATLANTA - When Eric Shanteau touched the wall second at the U.S. Olympic trials, he was overcome by the joy of reaching a lifelong goal.

Spiritual Calendar

Today

Squabbling siblings and the faults of the favorite

"She stole my jeans and she never gave them back."

Burton still giving it the old college try GAC grad a graduate assistant with Georgia Tech football team

It wasn't that long ago that it was rare to hear a Greater Atlanta Christian football player was competing at the Division I level.

Gwinnett Tech starts new nursing program

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College will soon begin accepting applications for a new associate of applied science degree in nursing, college officials said.

'Pretty overwhelming' Olympian, Parkview grad diagnosed with cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE - The emotional high of the crowning achievement in Eric Shanteau's athletic career - making the U.S. Olympic swimming team - came on the heels of perhaps one of the most frightening moments of his life.

A salute to two good men

This is a story of two good men. Separated in age by several decades and in geography by several thousand miles, but with much in common: successful careers, devoted family men, veterans, athletes, men of high character. Both with a love for the University of Georgia. Both my friends.

To the editor: School board not opposed to TADs

As Tuesday's Georgia Primary and Special Election nears, citizens are paying close attention to the candidates and issues on the ballot. One of the issues is a proposal to allow Gwinnett County to exercise its powers under the state's "Redevelopment Powers Law."

School board not opposed to TADs

As Tuesday's Georgia Primary and Special Election nears, citizens are paying close attention to the candidates and issues on the ballot. One of the issues is a proposal to allow Gwinnett County to exercise its powers under the state's "Redevelopment Powers Law."

Ask your doctor if watermelon is right for you

The Baptists out there might need to read this with one eye closed; but I want you Methodists to promise to read the whole thing before you put the paper down and head to the store. It hurts my feelings when folks don't finish my column.

TADs disguised to get your vote

It started with a subtle telephone survey/campaign, then it was a very professional Web site. Now, two slick, five-color mailers extoll the virtues of the tax allocation district referendum on Tuesday's ballot.

Conway deserves right to support any candidates

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway has come under attack by a serial litigator from Floyd County for his open support of Lorraine Green for chairman of the Gwinnett County Commission.

Nation briefs

Senate passes foreclosure rescue plan

Report: Officer hit homeless drunk man

NORCROSS - Drivers have likened it to the video game "Frogger."

Braves sinking under a wave of 1-run losses

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will have a losing record at the All-Star break for the second time in three seasons.

Capping a milestone Suwanee celebrates construction of City Hall

SUWANEE - A light afternoon shower didn't dampen the spirits of Suwanee's city leaders Friday, as they gathered to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the new City Hall building. The city hosted a topping ceremony, which commemorates the hoisting of the last steel beam before the next construction phase begins.

Coast Dental to expand local services

LAWRENCEVILLE - Coast Dental is now offering oral surgery services in offices in Duluth and Stone Mountain.

World briefs

Israeli police air new allegations against premier

Bodies of missing soldiers found

DETROIT - For more than a year, Gordon Dibler held out hope that his stepson, Army Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, would return home from Iraq. Then military officials delivered the grim news that the bodies of Fouty and another soldier captured in an ambush south of Baghdad had been found.

Randolph Hooks

Randolph Nelson Hooks age 68, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away July 11, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Glenda White

Glenda Ruth White age 58 of Gainesville died Friday, July 11, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside ...

Bobby Randall

Bobby Richard Randall, 68, of Lilburn, GA., died Thursday, July 10, 2008. The funeral will be Sunday, July 13, 2008, at 2:00 PM in the Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn ...

Dana Johns

Dana Batson Johns, age 46 of Lawrenceville, Georgia died July 10, 2008. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama but made her home in Snellville, Georgia for the past 24 years ...

Edward Sperlik

August 27, 1944 – July 8, 2008 Edward Joseph Sperlik died July 8, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. He was born August 27, 1944 in Poland. Orphaned during ...

Thomas Morgan

Thomas Brown Morgan age 84, of Winder passed away July 11, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.