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GAC's Steckenrider earns All-American honors

ATLANTA - For high school basketball players, being named to the McDonald's All-American Game is one of the highest individual honors.

Bannister counters on revenue Chairman unveils his sales, property tax plans

LAWRENCEVILLE - As is common in a Republican primary, candidates for the chairman of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners agree they want to cut taxes.

Tough love

SUWANEE - Every once in a while, Khalid Mutakabbir will get the urge to mess with his father.

Obama courts conservatives Democrat touts new faith program

ZANESVILLE, Ohio - Taking a page from President Bush, Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday he wants to expand White House efforts to steer social service dollars to religious groups, risking protests in his own party with his latest aggressive reach for voters who usually vote Republican.

Parish nurses help patients spiritually

LAWRENCEVILLE - For those looking to make a difference in the lives of strangers, the medical field is an attractive option to consider.

Oil passes $143 on Middle East tensions

Oil prices passed $143 a barrel Tuesday amid concerns about a potential conflict between Iran and Israel and a weakening dollar.

Snellville delays setting utility rate

SNELLVILLE - In front of a packed house at City Hall Monday night, Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and council members listened to expert findings regarding the city's stormwater management needs.

Gwinnett has no reason to feed the MARTA beast

In response to the editorial ("MARTA will help county traffic woes," June 29):

Phillies continue mastery of Braves

ATLANTA - Shane Victorino hit a home run and drove in four runs and the Phillies beat the Braves 8-3 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten at Turner Field this season.

All-American Rejects to play Mall of Georgia

BUFORD - Teenage girls now have a chance to swoon over Tyson Ritter - for free.

New Connecticut health plan for uninsured accepting applications

ROCKY HILL, Conn. - Mariana Luari would like to provide her 12 employees at the Town Line Diner with health insurance, but she and her husband can't afford it.

Fund established to cover medical expenses of injured swimmer

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lloyd "L.G." Mosley recently accepted a full-time teller position with a Conyers bank, but he didn't yet have medical insurance coverage.

Is Vernon Jones the next Mack Mattingly?

Could Vernon Jones be the next Mack Mattingly?

World briefs

Muslims, Hindus protest decision in land transfer

Nation briefs

Lawyer: Family 'outraged' over inmate's death

Schools honored for counseling

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County elementary schools have been honored for their commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.

To the editor: Gwinnett has no reason to feed the MARTA beast

In response to the editorial ("MARTA will help county traffic woes," June 29):

Gas, food prices pinch elderly meal programs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Ruth M. Jones doesn't know what she'd do without hot meals delivered daily to her home. The 81-year-old Charleston widow can't walk or drive since a car wreck nine years ago left her stricken by arthritis.

County aims for efficiency

LAWRENCEVILLE - County leaders said they have made headway in work to make government operations more lean.

Highway getting a facelift Progress made on switch from reversible lanes to medians

SNELLVILLE - New cement medians made have their debut in Section 1 of the U.S. Highway 78 renovation.

Health briefs

NGMC to participate in clinical study

G.M. holds off Toyota as June sales fall

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. soundly beat Toyota Motor Corp. in June to retain its traditional U.S. sales lead, but GM sales still dropped 18.2 percent during a dismal month for large automakers.

Planners table numerous cases

LAWRENCEVILLE - The tabling of 14 of 19 zoning cases Tuesday means one thing for the county's planning commission - the July 16 and August dockets are going to be busy.

Wolff back in MLS

Josh Wolff satisfied a goal by playing professional soccer in Europe, but eventually the Parkview grad decided two years in the German Bundesliga was enough for him and his family.

People briefs

Jolie goes into hospital for birth of twins

To the editor: Fuel conservation by county better late than never

I feel that the county is just now realizing that there is a gas problem now ("County hopes to cut fuel usage," June 29, Page 1A) is ridiculous. That being said, I am relieved to hear that those in charge have finally decided to do something about it.

Jury clears 1 of 3 lawyers in fen-phen trial

COVINGTON, Ky. - A federal jury acquitted one attorney Tuesday of defrauding clients in a diet-drug settlement, but was sent back to deliberate on two others.

Product manufacturers struggle to overcome continuing rise in prices

NEW YORK - Each week, Ira Cooper opens a letter from another supplier with the same message as the last: We're raising our prices, effective immediately. We can't tell you how long the new prices will last.

Defining the courage of a candidate

Being shot down may not qualify one to be president, as retired Gen. Wesley Clark infamously said recently. But what men do under fire might tell us about the character we may discover in a president.

Man, 20, shot in neck near Wal-Mart

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 20-year-old Winder man is expected to survive a Monday shooting near a Lawrenceville Wal-Mart that left him with a bullet wound to his neck, police said.

Pyle candidate in Chicago

Known for developing and moving his players to the next level, Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle could get that chance himself.

Campbell lands in Chicago; Holik goes to Devils

NEW YORK - The spending on NHL free agents started Tuesday morning and hadn't stopped well into the evening.

Must read: Pentagon will buy satellites to do more sophisticated spying

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will buy and operate one or two commercial imagery satellites and plans to design and build another with more sophisticated spying capabilities, according to government and private industry officials.

New plan for Duluth Highway widening

DULUTH - City leaders hope the eighth time is the charm for a plan to relieve traffic through downtown Duluth.

Fuel conservation by county better late than never

I feel that the county is just now realizing that there is a gas problem now ("County hopes to cut fuel usage," June 29, Page 1A) is ridiculous. That being said, I am relieved to hear that those in charge have finally decided to do something about it.

Crash suspect indicted Accused driver, 21, faces extra counts

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury has indicted Carmon "Cody" Rhoden, the Winder motorist accused of killing four people while driving wildly on Interstate 85 in March, on more charges than he initially faced.

Study finds benefit in illegal mushroom drug

NEW YORK - In 2002, at a Johns Hopkins University laboratory, a business consultant named Dede Osborn took a psychedelic drug as part of a research project.

Man injured in fall from ride

LOGANVILLE - A man was injured Tuesday evening when he fell from a carnival ride, an official said.

Force get Cleveland in opener

The date for Georgia Force's playoff opener has been set for a few weeks. Now the team has an opponent.

Duluth adopts tax millage rate without rollback

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday set a 2008 tax millage rate of 5.191 mills, the same as last year's.

Virginia Bragg

Virginia Adams Bragg, age 68, of Flowery Branch, died Sunday, June 29, 2008 of an extended illness. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. Virginia was a charter ...

Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Patrick Gilbert, 24, of Lawrenceville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 29, 2008 as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Daniel was a ...

Monroe Henderson, Jr.

Mr. Monroe Henderson, Jr., (also known as "Snookie"), passed away on Friday, June 27, 2008. He was born to Alice and Monroe, Sr. on September 1, 1938 in Pittsburgh, PA ...

Rosemary Finney

Rosemary Faulkner Finney, age 79 of St. Mountain, GA died June 29, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 ...

Joseph Hughes

Mr. Joseph "Joe" Hughes, age 78, of Winder, GA passed away on Monday, June 30, 2008. He is survived by his Wife of 28 years: Susan DeLong Hughes, Winder, GA ...

Polly Finch

Mrs. Polly Griffin Finch, age 84, of Flowery Branch. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555. memorialparksouth.com

Lillian Marie Knudsen

Lil Knudsen, age 78, of Lilburn, GA, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed into the presence of Jesus on June 30, 2008 following her fourth courageous battle with cancer. She ...

Guy Breedlove

Mr. Guy Franklin Breedlove, age 69, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents; Forrest and Ruby Breedlove. He is ...

Melzie S. Aaron

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Melzie S. Aaron, age 71 of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Monday, June 30, 2008. Funeral services will be ...

Martha Adams

Martha Adams, age 84 of Norcross, passed away July 1, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

William Bryan

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. William T. Bryan, age 77 of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. Funeral services will be ...

Pamela Melvin

Pamela “Kay” Melvin, age 59, of Bogart, GA, passed away June 30, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553