News for Sunday, July 27, 2008


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TB on rise in county Spike likely due to influx of immigrants

LAWRENCEVILLE - The number of tuberculosis cases in Gwinnett County is on the rise, health officials say.

Nation briefs

Ceremony held for soldier

Heard - Harris

John and Debbie Heard of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Heard of Suwanee, to Christopher Harris of Atlanta, son of Thomas and Gwen Harris of Lawrenceville.

Park - Jarvis

Ellen Malea Park and Brian Nathan Jarvis were married June 7 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Gainesville. The Rev. Donald Wise officiated the ceremony.

Rowan - Bennewitz

Stephanie Marie Rowan and Thomas Burton Bennewitz were married May 31 at the Snellville United Methodist Church. Minister John Baker of Grace Fellowship Church officiated the ceremony.

A scene that showed the spirit of America

On July 19, my fiancee and I had the honor and privilege of being part of the escort for Cpl. Jonathan Ayers, the Snellville soldier and Shiloh graduate who was killed during an insurgent raid in Afghanistan.

Falcons start camp with no mention of Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael who?

College Notes

The following Gwinnett students graduated from Berry College on May 10: Eric Anthony Griffin and Stephanie Ann Marbut of Winder; Kylee Jean Carmin, Mital Anil Patel and Cristina Targa of Dacula; Jesse Gorden Demonbreun, Harry Worthington McCool and Jennifer Meagan Whitehead of Grayson; Emily Elizabeth Bender, Brian Robert Gilton, Caitlin Marie Ivy, Sean Tyler McCarron and Scott Albert Perkins of Duluth; Amanda Frances Noland of Hoschton; Kacy Lee Hurlbert, Stephanie Elaine Bettis, Kylee Jean Carmin, Julie Ann Hildebrand, Joseph Michael James, Ryan Andrew McClay, Manuel Roberto Recinos, James W. Sink and Stefanie Noelle Stevens of Lawrenceville; Laura Ann Gillespie, Austin J. Lewis and Graham Lee Schofield of Lilburn; David Brian Coe, Rebecca Elese Henry, Deana M. McDougall, Brian Christopher Seay and Anna Grace Zimmerman of Snellville; Kaylin Goldie Gadoua, Allen Jesse White and Christopher W. White of Norcross; Elyse Ann Anderson, Genny Denise Castillo, Megan Marilyn Geren, Sharon Elise Miller and Amanda Suzanne Mimms of Suwanee; Michael Lewis Bryne and Jeffrey Hunter Kyle of Loganville; and Matthew Lowell Pratt and Alison Melissa Ryan of Buford.

Rotary Club supporting literacy program

BUFORD - In an effort to encourage a lifetime of reading books, the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett is working to raise funds for Gwinnett County Public Library's "Littlest Reader" program, club officials say.

People briefs

'Lost' producers say it's time to offer answers

Phillies rally to beat Braves Hampton pitches 4 innings

PHILADELPHIA - Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs delivered a three-run homer in a seven-run fifth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the Atlanta Braves 10-9 on Saturday to spoil Mike Hampton's return to the major leagues.

Road closures

Cedars Road from Georgia Highway 8/U.S. Highway 29/Winder Highway to Rockhouse Road is closed through July for force main improvements. The detour route will be Cedars Road to Georgia Highway 8/ U.S. Highway 29/Winder Highway to Sweetgum Road to Alcovy Road to Rockhouse Road to Cedars Road and the reverse. This closure will be in conjunction with the Rockhouse Road closure. For further information call the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources at 678-376-7122.

FCC poised to punish Comcast

WASHINGTON - A majority of members of the Federal Communications Commission have cast votes in favor of punishing Comcast Corp. for blocking subscribers' Internet traffic, an agency official said Friday.

Homeowner rescue awaits Bush's signature

WASHINGTON - Congress approved mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners Saturday as part of an election-year housing plan that also aims to calm jittery financial markets and bolster the sagging economy. President Bush said he would sign it promptly, despite reservations.

Police pinpoint man in bizarre attack

LAWRENCEVILLE - Chill out. Catch a movie at Phipps Plaza, down in Buckhead. Drive home to Lawrenceville. Call it a night.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Action taken

1. Tabled until Aug. 19: Case is for the construction of a 125 foot tall monopole telecommunications tower with ground equipment at 1484 Graves Road. TSP-2008-00017

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Permits

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS - The following are development permits received by the Gwinnett Planning and Development Department. Developers have submitted plans for these sites but have not received the Planning and Development Department's OK to begin clearing the land. Permit applications received July 14 -18.

Duluth restaurant to celebrate reopening with charity event

LAWRENCEVILLE - Kurt's Restaurant in Duluth is celebrating its grand reopening and merger with Vreny's Biergarten by giving back to local students.

Chapman - Hamidi

Leah Marie Chapman and Adam Wali Hamidi were married on June 7at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va. Jamie Gregorian officiated the ceremony.

Sammons still waiting on call to big league

Clint Sammons has had to watch teammate after teammate called up to the Atlanta Braves.

'A dream come ture' Parkview grad Moore builds a career, life in his hometown

ATLANTA - Brian McCann and Jeff Francoeur are getting most of the attention on the hometown sports star beat, but they're not the only guys who are making a living playing pro sports a few miles from where they grew up.

Awash in the spirit Thousands flock to Arena for Jehovah

DULUTH - One look at the parking lot and you'd have guessed Hannah Montana was back in town.

Youth Roundup: Dodgers claim USSSA World Series title

The Jack City Dodgers from Dacula won USSSA 11U World Series in Pace, Fla.

Organization hosting school supplies drive

LAWRENCEVILLE - Every year, sometime between late July and early August, parents and children rush to the store to purchase new supplies for the upcoming school year. The next grade seems easier when armed with a Batman book bag, freshly sharpened pencils and a shiny new lunchbox.

Event looking for a few good cakes Bundt Across America looking for festive recipes

Do you have an original recipe for a bundt cake? Do you have the creative baking flair to turn that recipe into a holiday-themed creation? Then this contest is for you.

Sushi Avenue coming to Snellville

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Community section. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Jamie Ward, planning and zoning reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1304, or e-mail him at

Must read: New York adds double dutch to school sports calendar

NEW YORK - The popular urban street pastime called double dutch, in which competitors jump between two ropes twirled eggbeater-style, is getting more recognition, becoming an officially sanctioned sport in New York City high schools.

Keese - Miller

Gary and Debbie Hinthorne of Braselton announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Taylor Keese of Atlanta, to Maximilian Jennings Miller of Atlanta, son of Dan and Bobbie Miller of Lilburn.

Senior discount Police announce cheap reason to pick 'Paws'

LAWRENCEVILLE - Free. In stingy economic times, the very word is enough to give people pause.

LeClair - Barnes

Daniel and Barbara LeClair of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Marie LeClair of Snellville, to Philip Charles Barnes of Loganville, son of Dennis and Phyllis Barnes of Loganville.

29 killed in India blasts

AHMADABAD, India - At least 29 people were killed and 88 wounded when a series of small explosions hit the western Indian city of Ahmadabad on Saturday, a top official said, a day after seven similar blasts struck a southern city.

Learning to roar Duluth's An moves from junior tourneys to open fields

Lion An admits he was nervous.

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World briefs

Policy gains could be tough for Obama

Tice off to nice start in Indians' organization

Despite a recent mini-slump, third baseman Jeremie Tice is off to an impressive start in the Cleveland Indians organization.

Political Notebook: Linder co-sponsors energy independence bill

U.S. Rep. John Linder became a co-sponsor last week of legislation he believes will lower energy prices and move the country toward energy independence.

Driver killed in interstate pileup

NORCROSS - A driver who triggered a three-car crash early Saturday morning on Interstate 85 died at the scene, police said.

Activists recreate Ga. lynchings with new hope

MONROE - It's become a familiar, if painful, annual tradition here: Civil rights activists gathered Friday at the Moore's Ford Bridge to re-enact the unsolved 1946 lynchings of two black couples.

Duluth police teen driving program honored

DULUTH - For a time, every year, a teenager died driving in Duluth.

Sales tax holiday this week

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tough economic times? Yep, we've got 'em.

Hamilton - Setterberg

Diane B. Williams and James W. Hamilton of Decatur announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Hamilton formerly of Lilburn, to Collin Setterberg of Virginia, son of Gary and Carrie Setterberg of Minnesota.

Lessons for a senator in the White House

One of the wisest men I ever knew in Washington was the late James H. Rowe Jr. He came out of Montana, went to Harvard Law School and was recruited by Felix Frankfurter for a job on FDR's White House staff. In later years, he became a counselor to Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey and other Democrats of that generation.

Linder co-sponsors energy independence bill

U.S. Rep. John Linder became a co-sponsor last week of legislation he believes will lower energy prices and move the country toward energy independence.

Firefighters douse playhouse fire

BUFORD - Firefighters made quick work of a playhouse that went up in flames Saturday behind a Buford home.

Norcross lake being lowered

NORCROSS - For those who've noticed Lake Inverness' water level being lower lately, don't worry. It's not because of drought. But for the residents of the Berkeley Manor subdivision, it is for their protection.

Obama and the economy of Sherwood

If Sen. Barack Obama becomes President Obama, my taxes will go up, way up. But I know neither Argentina nor anyone else will cry for me, because I am the rich guy Al Gore warned you about, the one who got all those tax cuts from the evil Bush administration.

Purvis - Lewis

Bishop W. Glenn Purvis and Mrs. W. Gail Purvis of Mansfield announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana Renee Purvis of Mansfield, to Rodney Brent Lewis of Mansfield, son of Ronnie H. Lewis and Audrey L. Lewis of Social Circle.

Save gas and take quick trip of Georgia while at the mall

When it came to school, being the involved kind of mother I always was, I tried to provide my kids with activities to enhance their curriculum. Like back in 1987, when our next-door neighbor Rob completed the fifth grade, I was aware that the fifth-grade curriculum included study of the state of Georgia.

Community Connection: Andrea Whermann

In her role as a spokeswoman for Gwinnett Medical Center, Andrea Whermann's days are a whirlwind of media calls, press releases and crisis management. In her down time, though, the "20-something" Florida State University grad likes to play tennis, hang out by the pool with her friends and soak up life in her new hometown of Atlanta.

FDIC takes over two more banks

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The 28 branches of 1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank, operating in Nevada, Arizona and California, were closed Friday by federal regulators.

Into the fire Arson and Explosives unit a formidable force

EDITOR'S NOTE: Night cops reporter Alex Joyner reported the following story through several hours of interviews with the Gwinnett County Arson and Explosives Section of the Fire Department and a walk-through of a house under arson investigation. With the exception of Assistant Fire Marshal Alan K. Blake, the identities of the unit's members are kept confidential due to the sensitive nature of their work.

Gwinnett Gab

Dacula's '58 grads attend 50th reunion

Lucretia Maples

Lucretia Inez Wright Maples, Age 99, of Lilburn, Died Saturday July 26, 2008. Funeral plans are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Ray Kennedy

Ray Kennedy age, 81 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Doris Johnson Kennedy. Sister-in-Law: Avis Crowe ...

Chester Mazurkiewicz

Chester Edward Mazurkiewicz, Age 81, of Grayson, GA passed away Friday, July 25, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, (770)979-3200

Lavara Pennington

Lavara H. Pennington, Age 92 of Atlanta, GA, Died Saturday July 26, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel. 770-963-2411

Erma Livsey

Erma Brand Livsey, age 98, of Grayson, GA formerly of Clarkston, GA died Friday, July 25, 2008. She is survived by two sons, Bill Livsey of Fayetteville and his wife ...

Dorothy Karavas

Dorothy M. Karavas, age 81, of Snellville, GA formerly of Staten Island, NY died July 22, 2008 at her residence after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by ...

Manco Higgins

Manco Higgins, Age 85, of Lawrenceville, Died Saturday, July 26, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home. 770-962-3100

Frances Rodriguez

Frances Rodriguez, Age 81, of Lawrenceville, Died Saturday July 26, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel (770)963-2411

Jeffrey Conley

Jeffrey William Conley, age 61, of Snellville, died Friday, July 25, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel. (770)963-2411