News for Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Blackmon finding his niche at Tech

Four years removed from his days as a star at North Gwinnett High School, Charlie Blackmon's college baseball career hasn't progressed as he expected it to.

Toddler pulled unconscious from Lawrenceville pond

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 21-month-old boy remained hospitalized in Atlanta late Monday after nearly drowning in a Lawrenceville pond.

Cleanup begins for damage from fatal storms

WRIGHTSVILLE - Scott Stephens heard the roaring wind and saw a broken limb soar over his pecan trees before dashing inside to shelter his wife and daughters in a closet, where they huddled praying in the dark.

Nation briefs

Wildfires force evacuations in central Florida

Must read: Thousands of old-fashioned gas pumps can't register rising prices

REARDAN, Wash. - Mom-and-pop service stations are running into a problem as gasoline marches toward $4 a gallon: Thousands of old-fashioned pumps can't register more than $3.99 on their spinning mechanical dials.

Isn't always greener TPC Sugarloaf course battles with drought

DULUTH - Last September's state-mandated ban on outdoor watering at area golf courses could not have come at a more inopportune time for TPC at Sugarloaf course superintendent Michael Crawford and his staff.

Police/fire reports

Trio robs men of money

Saari shoots 68 at U.S. Open local qualifier

John Saari was the low medalist at the U.S. Open local qualifier on Monday at Marietta Country Club.

Snellville adopts enterprise fund for stormwater utility

SNELLVILLE - Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and city council members voted Monday to adopt an enterprise fund for the city's stormwater utility.

Jones struggles in 1st season with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones keeps his emotions in check, as he believes a professional athlete should.

Collins Hill's Olsen commits to Utah hoops

Jeremy Olsen is going far away from Collins Hill to play college basketball, but he still can draw from a large support group at his new home.

People briefs

Underwood joins Opry

Only half survive first round in baseball Tough matchups in next round for local AAAAA teams

A few pretty good baseball teams saw their seasons end last weekend in the first round of the high school baseball playoffs.

Duluth may change business tax system; budget hearing set

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council will conduct a public hearing in June on switching the occupational tax system.

Hall gets shot with Falcons Wesleyan grad participates in minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chad Hall hopes he made a big impression on the Falcons coaches - and that they have a long memory.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at rezonings and other requests the planning commission will consider today. The panel meets at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville.

Residents organize opposition to Notre Dame Academy

SUWANEE - More than 70 people packed the sanctuary of the Level Creek United Methodist Church on Monday night to organize their opposition to a Catholic school that wants to move in down the road.

Falling tree kills woman Storms, wind pummeled Gwinnett over weekend

DULUTH - Investigators have identified the person killed by a falling tree Sunday as a 19-year-old woman.

No skipping these ropes Volunteers drive home stakes at AT&T Classic

People who visit the TPC at Sugarloaf this week for the AT&T Classic golf tournament will leave with varying memories. Hardcore golfers will think about the majestic tee shots and precise irons hit by the pros, while casual fans will remember the rolling hills and lush fairways.

Business briefs

Stocks up as oil price drop eases fears of inflation

County to study reservoirs

LAWRENCEVILLE - County officials kicked off a study Monday on whether to create a new water reservoir to reduce the county's dependence on Lake Lanier.

In defense of 'big oil'

With gas prices topping four dollars a gallon in some regions of the country, now may not be the best time to say something positive about 'big oil,' but here goes anyway.

Braves beat Pirates 8-1 to split DH Pittsburgh wins first game 5-0

PITTSBURGH - Tim Hudson showed again that a well-pitched game is the easiest and best way to end an extended streak. Or, on this day, a number of streaks.

Quake deaths rise above 8,700

CHENGDU, China - A powerful earthquake toppled buildings, schools and chemical plants Monday in central China, killing more than 8,700 people and trapping untold numbers in mounds of concrete, steel and earth in the country's worst quake in three decades.

Lilburn City Council unveils $6.5M proposed budget

LILBURN - The Lilburn City Council on Monday night unveiled its $6.5 million proposed annual budget and capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2008-09, which calls for a six percent increase over last year.

World briefs

Iraq: Sadr City cease-fire signed

Body found near store in Dacula

DACULA - Stuart Hinton, owner of Dacula's Country Hardware and Feed, received an alarming wake-up call Sunday morning.

Huge turnaround Force erase 21-point deficit for 63-62 win

DULUTH - With 7:25 to play, things looked bad for the Force.

Lenora Harrison

Lenora Harrison, age 86, of Winder, GA, died May 8, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Floyd Dyer, Jr.

Floyd Jackson Dyer, Jr., age 69, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away Saturday, May 10, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC ...

Tom Walters

Tom R. Walters, age 87, of Lawrenceville, passed away May 11, 2008. Arrangements by: Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville, 120 Scenic Hwy. www.wagesfuneralhome.com 770-963-2477

Neva Aten

Neva Pearl Lynch Aten, age 90, of Winder, GA, died May 11, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Let Pugh

Mr. Let Pugh, age 80, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Annie Bell "Ann ...

Mona Lewis

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Mona Ree Lewis, age 72, of Hoschton, Georgia who passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Funeral services will be ...

James Hughes

James Harold Hughes, age 63, of Auburn, GA, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Roy Charles Davis

Roy Charles Davis, 81, of Lawrenceville, GA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 10, 2008. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alene Hawkins Davis ...

Daphne Robertson

Daphne Elaine Robertson, age 37, of Lawrenceville, GA, died suddenly Sunday, May 11, 2008. Funeral arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Katetreen Buice

Mrs. Katetreen Puckett Buice, age 75, of Buford, GA, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Connie Wilbanks

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Connie Lea Wilbanks, age 54 of Braselton, Georgia who passed away on Monday, May 12, 2008. Funeral services will be ...

William Melton

William Dewey Melton, age 88 of Dacula passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008. Mr. Melton was preceded in death by his Wife: Beulah Price Melton; Parents: Mell & Blanch (Clark ...

Donna Shadburn

Mrs. Donna Davis Shadburn, age 53, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, May 12, 2008. She was preceded in death by her son, Adrian Shadburn; and father, Robert ...

Noel Cooper

Noel Cooper, age 68, of Monroe, formerly of Pea Ridge, GA, passed away Monday, May 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052 ...