News for Saturday, June 14, 2008

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After surgery, Smoltz says he hopes to pitch next season

ATLANTA - Braves ace John Smoltz hopes to pitch again, but acknowledged Friday his most recent shoulder surgery required repairs that have ended the careers of many others.

Nation briefs

Flooding forces evacuations, floods roads in Midwest

To the editor: Obama's actions in his career show a Christian attitude

Barack Obama has been criticized by some as not patriotic enough or not black enough, and now by Cal Thomas as not Christian enough.

World briefs

Taliban attack helps inmates escape prison

Scientists: 115-year-old woman's brain worked perfectly

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - A Dutch woman who was the oldest person in the world when she died at age 115 in 2005 appeared sharp right up to the end, joking that pickled herring was the secret to her longevity.

I will always remember the lessons my father taught me

When it becomes your unfortunate lot to be orphaned in life, you recollect a great deal about your parents, reflecting back on many things including the wisdom they passed along.

Spiritual Calendar

Thursday

New Lawrenceville church leader settling in nicely

There's a new sheriff in town, if by "sheriff" you mean "pastor" and by "town" you mean Lawrenceville's Central Baptist Church.

Mall of Georgia to conserve with 'reuse' water

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County's Water Resources Department placed the Mall of Georgia's landscaping on its growing list of water reusers Friday.

Crossing paths with one of America's war heroes

I woke up last Friday morning, looked at the calendar and realized that it was June 6 and I needed to keep my promise to call my friend, Gerald Moon.

Quick recovery Wilkin back to normal after 2007 knee injury

LOGANVILLE - You would never guess Clayton Wilkin missed the last part of the football season by watching him in Tuesday's passing league games.

Hawks sign Mike Woodson to new contract

ATLANTA - Rick Sund's first two weeks as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks convinced him the team is moving in the right direction and should keep Mike Woodson as coach.

Cousins to receive Four Pillar

ATLANTA - The Council for Quality Growth will give its Four Pillar Award to Tom Cousins, founder and chairman emeritus of Cousins Properties Incorporated.

'Nothing I could do' Man drowns in river despite efforts to save him

NORCROSS - A 27-year-old man drowned in the Chattahoochee River on Friday afternoon adjacent to Jones Bridge Park in Norcross, authorities said.

Police: ID of victim unknown Buford slaying is first in city since 2006

BUFORD - Authorities have yet to identify a black man shot to death Thursday in another person's home - the first murder in greater Buford in nearly two years, police said.

People briefs

Witherspoon, Phillippe divorce finally resolved

The least that you can do is cast a ballot

I will have more to say on the subject in a few weeks, but your response to my request for supplies for Marine Lt. Frank Wilson and his Light Armored Reconnaissance unit in Afghanistan has been nothing short of spectacular. I talked recently to Lt. Wilson's father - also Frank - an attorney in Cobb County, to let him know what you have done. He is very grateful to you.

Art studio creates with 'universal energy' of God

CUMMING - The reds, yellows and blues on an artist's palette are more than just means of creating beauty; they are ways to express consciousness, pathways to healing and to God.

NBC's Tim Russert dead at 58 Tom Brokaw to anchor 'Meet the Press' special tribute to the newsman

WASHINGTON - Tim Russert, a political lifer who made a TV career of his passion with unrelenting questioning of the powerful and influential, died of a heart attack Friday in the midst of a presidential campaign he'd covered with trademark intensity. Praise poured in from the biggest names in politics, some recalling their own meltdown moments on his hot seat.

Man's body tests positive for cocaine 31-year-old died in custody

LAWRENCEVILLE - The bodily fluids of a Lawrenceville man who died in police custody a week ago have tested positive for cocaine, an official said Friday.

Obama's actions in his career show a Christian attitude

Barack Obama has been criticized by some as not patriotic enough or not black enough, and now by Cal Thomas as not Christian enough.

First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville adding new wing

LAWRENCEVILLE - The First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, one of the oldest congregations in the county, will be adding a new wing to its church following the 11 a.m. worship service June 22. The new renovations will add music and education wings to the church.

The fabulous favor you will never get thanked for

Men: Does taking your kids to the fair, or giving them a bath or going to a Cub Scout meeting count as a favor for your wife?

Officials allow girls school to add students

NORCROSS - Georgia's first all-girls charter school can admit about 40 additional students into its inaugural sixth-grade class, officials said.

ACC out to end national title drought at CWS 1955 Wake Forest team last to win CWS

OMAHA, Neb. - It's been 53 years since the Atlantic Coast Conference won a national championship in baseball. The drought could soon be over.

Youth Roundup: WarHawks capture two tournament titles

The Lawrenceville WarHawks, a 14U travel baseball team, won the Battle at Black Creek tournament in Coal Mountain and the North State Championship tournament in LaGrange.

Frances Green

Frances Corley Green, age 85 of Grayson passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Richard Green, Sr., son & daughter-in ...

Lawrence W. Patterson, Jr.

Lawrence W. “Bill” Patterson, Jr., age 82, of Loganville, GA, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia ...

Dottie Andrade

Dottie Lee Andrade, age 83 of Grayson, GA died June 5, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Eleanor Cassel

Eleanor White Cassel, age 86 of Tucker, GA passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online ...

Sandra Dorsey

Sandra Diane Dorsey, 64, of Buford GA died Tuesday, June 10, 2008. Arrangements by Young's Funeral Home, Inc. 770-535-8189.

Sara Beth Ward

Sara Beth Ward, age 22, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2008. Sara was fun loving, selfless, loving and beautiful in every way. Sara was a student ...

Daniel Walters, Jr.

Daniel Edward Walters, Jr., age 88, of Snellville, GA died peacefully in his home on Thursday, June 12, 2008. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Sgt. Drew Rahaim ...

Daphne Gillis

Mrs. Daphne Ann Gillis, age 43, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2008. She was preceded in death by her father, James Harrom Baker; and brother, James ...

Tuwanna Sadler

Ms. Tuwanna L. Sadler, age 35, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Monday, June 9, 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis Sadler and Mary Porter. She ...

Jewel Odom

Mrs. Jewel Elizabeth Odom, age 71, of Nicholson, died , June 12, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.