News for Saturday, July 5, 2008

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Shanteau 3rd in 200 medley; Weir 8th in 100 Brookwood grad still has 50 freestyle to earn trip to Beijing

OMAHA, Neb. - Unlike four years ago, Eric Shanteau swam the 200 individual medley final Friday night at the 2008 Olympic Swimming Trials pressure-free.

Spiritual Calendar

Sunday

Fire briefs

Mobile home destroyed in fire

Brogdon's feats still amazing

Before there was Maya Moore and Collins Hill and back when Greater Atlanta Christian had one building, Cindy Brogdon was the undisputed queen of girls basketball in Georgia.

Must read: Calif. man wins hot dog eating contest on Coney Island

NEW YORK - Joey Chestnut reclaimed the top spot at the annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island on Friday after first tying with archrival Takeru Kobayashi in a 10-minute chow-down and then beating him in a five-dog eat-off.

Sharing the love between animals and human beings

A friend e-mailed to remind me of something I had long forgotten.

Lawrenceville gets spruced-up with renovations Golden Hammer Awards recognize aesthetic progress

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville is getting progressively easier on the eyes - to the tune of $10.6 million prettier in the past year alone, economic leaders said.

Scattered, smothered, covered and hitched

Couple marries at Waffle House

As the famous twang of Hank Williams Jr. blasted from an SUV stereo Friday afternoon, about 30 folks socialized, sipped soda and puffed on cigarettes.

To the editor: Democrats failing to get anything done in Congress

As gas prices go up, ordinary citizens stay home to save money while Congress is off on break again. I thought you had to do something to get a break.

When did the office place become the new bordello?

I'm sure you have a lovely navel, but that doesn't mean I want to see it at the office.

US marks Fourth with fireworks

NEW YORK - Americans across the country mixed patriotism and plain old good fun to mark Independence Day on Friday, with solemn ceremony alternating with parades, fireworks and hot-dog-eating hijinks.

Nation Briefs

2 teens attacked in town mocked on YouTube

Even I don't have all of the answers

You'd better sit down for this one. I must confess that I, your modest and much-beloved columnist, don't have all the answers. (I can hear the gasps from Adel to Zebulon.)

Democrats failing to get anything done in Congress

As gas prices go up, ordinary citizens stay home to save money while Congress is off on break again. I thought you had to do something to get a break.

Gwinnett artist Mikki Dillon shares her time, talent

The name Mikki Dillon has long been familiar among the visual arts community in Gwinnett, but it's amazing to find out how deeply involved in the arts she truly is. Dillon can be found volunteering at the Kudzu Arts Zone in Norcross or painting the walls of St. Edwards Episcopal Church's art gallery. But that's just for starters, because she seems to be everywhere.

85 ramp meters go live Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE - They might look like traffic signals, but their proper name is ramp meters. And motorists on entrance ramps to Interstate 85 will begin seeing them in action next week at numerous exits in Gwinnett County.

Booming displays Thousands turn out to celebrate Independence Day in Lawrenceville

LAWRENCEVILLE - At last year's Gwinnett Glows event, Emanuel Gomer de Gomez, now a spry 2-year-old, was frightened by the annual fireworks display.

Businesses to hold first Buford expo

BUFORD - The Buford Business Alliance is going green for its first Visit Buford Day Expo, scheduled for July 12 at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Though primarily a showcase of local businesses, the Expo will also be a family-oriented event, including outdoor kids' activities, such as rock climbing and a moonwalk.

To the editor: MARTA not a safe bet for Gwinnett

Perhaps MARTA needs Gwinnett County dollars to prop up what appears to be a broken system, one that continues to feed at the taxpayers' trough on sales tax revenues.

Dacula OKs townhome zoning

DACULA - City council members voted unanimously to approve the establishment of a new zoning designation (R-TH) for townhome developments in the city. According to mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, no zoning requests for townhome projects are pending, but some may be filed in the near future.

People Briefs

Ex-Rachael Ray employee files $1M lawsuit

City to focus on new field Norcross' development leader has big plans

NORCROSS - Steven Bush came aboard as the economic development manager for the city of Norcross last month, and he has big plans for this historic city.

Uga VI was more than just one great bulldog

Come on now. Y'all knew I was gonna write about the dawg today.

MARTA not a safe bet for Gwinnett

Perhaps MARTA needs Gwinnett County dollars to prop up what appears to be a broken system, one that continues to feed at the taxpayers' trough on sales tax revenues.

World Briefs

Ingrid Betancourt arrives in France with tears of joy

Nina Pirkle

Nina Pirkle, age 92 of Winder, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Willis Chadwick

Willis R. Chadwick, age 76, of Lawrenceville went to be with the Lord, Thursday, July 3, 2008. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 PM on Sunday, July 6, 2008 ...

Irmgard Burgess

Irmgard G. Burgess, age 72 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Carlos Clarck

Mr. Carlos Clarck, age 73, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. He was preceded in death by his son, Carlos Clarck, Jr.; parents, Carlos Bernardo and ...

Julius Adcock

Julius P. Adcock, age 87, of Monroe, GA, passed away July 3, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 823 East Spring Street, Monroe, GA, 30655, 770-267-2594. Please sign online ...

Lenard Meeks

Lenard Meeks, age 88 of Lawrenceville passed away, Friday, July 4, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Sunday, July 6, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Virginia Frances Still

Virginia Frances Still, age 67, of Lawrenceville passed away Thursday, July 3, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 6, 2008 at the New Hope Baptist Church ...

James Lanier

James “Jim” LaNier, age 54, of Buford, Georgia died Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Richard Allen Beauchene

Richard Allen Beauchene, age 73 of Lawrenceville, passed away July 1, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

Grady Poole

Grady Gene Poole, age 71 of Hoschton, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Sunday, July 6, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Bruce Dahlstrand

Bruce Dahlstrand, age 51 of Auburn passed away, June 30, 2008. He was a member of Midway Methodist Church, a member of his church choir, and a teacher with the ...