News for Saturday, June 28, 2008

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Kenya comes to Gwinnett Event held to raise awareness about African country

SUWANEE - A group of teenagers sat inside a mud hut, taking a break in the shade before continuing to pack the gooey stuff in the structure's wooden frame.

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Man sentenced in slavery case

School drug course to end Sheriff: Budget won't allow it

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sheriff Butch Conway announced Friday his department will discontinue a school drug prevention program because of county budget constraints, ushering in a new chapter of tension between Gwinnett's top cop and Commission Chairman Charles Bannister.

Pentecostal Keralite conference coming to Atlanta next Thursday

ATLANTA - The 26th annual Pentecostal Conference of North American Keralites (PCNAK) is coming to the Cobb Galleria Center next Thursday through Sunday.

Recycling bank will continue to serve Gwinnett

On behalf of the 50-member Citizens Advisory Board and the staff at Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, we would like to thank you for your support and encouragement in response to the recent fire at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett. We have already begun planning for the future after a fire Wednesday night destroyed three buildings at the site on Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, which is now temporarily closed.

Oil near $143 on view dollar will keep falling

NEW YORK - Oil futures climbed to a new record near $143 a barrel Friday as the dollar weakened against the euro, confirming expectations that the falling greenback, a major factor in crude's stratospheric rise, will extend its decline and add to oil's appeal.

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VMAs consider Britney again

Get involved in the debate over energy

I was deep in thought on my back porch at Big Canoe in the North Georgia mountains when the phone rang. It was Sen. Saxby Chambliss calling from Washington. He sounded as if he had been rode hard and put away wet. Given his druthers, I suspect he would have preferred sitting on the porch staring at the mountains to being stuck in Washington with a group of people sporting a 13 percent approval rating. I'm talking about Congress, of course.

Humphrey out at UGA Dacula grad ousted following third arrest

Three strikes was enough for University of Georgia men's basketball coach Dennis Felton.

Shanteau out to erase heartbreak of 2004

Take a stopwatch and click start. Then try to stop it at 0.34 seconds.

'Millionaire' moment More than 450 people set their sights on spot on popular TV game show

LAWRENCEVILLE - Question: What do Jesse James, Rod Stewart and Steve Allen all have in common? Answer: All three showed up Friday at Medieval Times at Discover Mills Mall to audition for the hit game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

Officials to begin search, preparation for extradition of dad accused of slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - District Attorney Danny Porter said Friday he will sign a provisional warrant to begin the process of locating and extraditing Christian Vasquez, accused of murdering his 4-year-old daughter, concealing her body in an attic and fleeing to Mexico.

Nordin continues success off court Shiloh graduate rises to vice president of local broker firm

Jon Nordin still remembers the recruiting visit from former University of Georgia basketball coach Hugh Durham.

In brief

Lightning blamed for home fire

Two men arrested in girl's shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities have arrested two Stone Mountain residents on several felony charges stemming from a home invasion in which a 13-year-old girl was shot.

A man, a van and an ill-conceived plan to take down a tree

I come from a long line of do-it-yourselfers.

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'Hanoi Hilton' jailer says he'd vote for McCain

Feeling like a million bucks

So I wasn't going to do it. I wasn't going to try out for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire."

If you're Southern and you know it, give a wave

Know what I like about the South? People still wave at one another.

Suwanee woman ready for triathlon

SUWANEE - For Wren Caples, the motivation to complete a triathlon can be found in her heart and in between her ears.

Grand Ole Opry makes for a sweet, memorable homecoming

To be quite frank, I don't remember from how the idea arose. It could have been at the suggestion of one of two friends or - and this is quite possible - it was my own bright idea.

Summer school crowded Test grades lead to higher enrollment

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 12,500 elementary and middle school students have enrolled in Gwinnett County Public Schools' summer session, an increase of about 1,000 pupils from last year, district officials said Friday.

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After-tax incomes and spending show big gains

WASHINGTON - Millions of economic stimulus payments sent after-tax incomes surging in May by the largest amount since a similar recession-fighting effort by Gerald Ford 33 years ago.

David Lamb

David Michael Lamb, age 69 of Suwanee, passed away Friday, June 27, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Douglas Morris

Douglas "Doug" Morris, age 60 of Buford, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 5 PM Monday, June 30, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Stateroom of Tim ...

Carolyn Pittman

Carolyn Pittman, age 64 of Dacula, passed away on June 26, 2008. She was preceded in death by her Parents: Woodrow & Flora Link of Social Circle; Sister: Wanda Brown ...

Nannie Beavers

Nannie Brown Beavers, age 77, of Tucker, Ga., died Friday morning, June 27, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Joann Crawford

JoAnn H. Crawford, age 76, of Loganville, GA, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2008. She is survived by husband, Bill Crawford, son & daughter-in-law, William R., III and ...

James Roberts

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. James Pinkney Roberts, age 91 of Hoschton, Georgia, who passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Funeral services will be ...