News for Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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Lightning sets houses on fire

DULUTH -- A lightning strike set fire to the Duluth home of its vacationing residents Tuesday evening, enveloping it in flames and charring everything inside.

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Oil spill creates seafood shortage for local restaurants

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Bushels Seafood Cafe has taken all its shrimp dishes off the menu after an expected delivery of its signature gulf white shrimp Friday didn't happen.

Down payment assistance program delayed

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners have delayed a decision on a down payment assistance program promised last month to spur the housing market.

Fewer kids in extreme poverty in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- About 5 percent of children in Gwinnett County lived in extreme poverty in 2008, surviving on less than $8 per day, according to a report released this week by the Southern Education Foundation.

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Local wins grocery bagging competition

LOGANVILLE -- Like a sprinter preparing for a race, Michael McMillan psyched himself up for competition. Photo slide show inside

Local businesses honored

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville First Baptist Church played both host and honoree Tuesday night as the city's Tourism and Trade Association hosted its fourth annual Golden Hammers banquet.

12-year-old tried to save drowning victim

SUWANEE -- The 7-year-old child who drowned in a Suwanee pool Monday had an unlikely would-be savior -- a 12-year-old stranger.

Locals start Gwinnett Archery Club

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A public-private partnership is bringing a new sport to Gwinnett.Commissioners agreed Tuesday to allow the nonprofit Gwinnett Archery Club to set up a park at a former police training shooting range.

Former Chamber official to work for United Way

DULUTH -- The United Way Metro North named Natalie Shore as associate director for resource development.

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Obama calls BP reckless

WASHINGTON -- Dedicating new urgency to the Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama accused BP of ''recklessness'' in the first Oval Office address of his presidency Tuesday night and swore not to rest until the company has paid for the damage it has caused to lives, businesses and shorelines.

Gwinnett scraps plan for second recycling center

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Commissioners scrapped a plan to build a second recycling center in Gwinnett on Tuesday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Biker killed in shootout with ATF agents

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine -- A Maine man was killed in a shootout with federal agents during a seven-state sweep of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.

15 local schools among Newsweek's best in nation

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Fifteen Gwinnett schools have made Newsweek's America's Best High Schools list.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Miley Cyrus: 'I'm not trying to be slutty'

LONDON -- Miley Cyrus won't be told what she should wear or what she should sing about.The 17-year-old is releasing new album, ''Can't Be Tamed,'' and is doing it her way, even though some say she is going to too far for her age.

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Local umpire to work first College World Series

There was a two-man system for college baseball in those days, just David Savage and his fellow umpire. They drove to Clemson for a 1996 Sunday doubleheader with Georgia Southern, never expecting the marathon day in store for them. Game 1 lasted 10 innings, a breeze compared to the 18-inning nightcap.

American on alleged bin Laden hunt caught in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -- An American man armed with a pistol and a 40-inch sword was detained in northern Pakistan as he tried to cross the border into Afghanistan on a mission to avenge the 9/11 attacks and kill Osama bin Laden, police said Tuesday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: N. Korea warns of military response on ship sinking

UNITED NATIONS -- North Korea warned Tuesday that its military forces will respond if the U.N. Security Council questions or condemns the country over the sinking of a South Korean navy ship, which it vehemently denies.

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Burnette signs with Indians

More than midway through the 2009 college baseball season, Chase Burnette was mainly known as Georgia Tech's pinch-hitter extraordinaire and an occasional starter in the outfielder.

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DeMercy officially transfers to GSU

What had been a foregone conclusion for weeks regarding Jordan DeMercy's college basketball future has become official. The Norcross grad and former Florida State forward is now a Georgia State Panther. The GSU sports communication department announced DeMercy's transfer into the program Tuesday.

Chipper Jones meets with team over future

Struggling through another disappointing season, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told The Associated Press he would meet with team officials Tuesday to discuss his future and acknowledged that he's considering retirement.

Grant allows for study of 316

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Bioscience Joint Development Authority received a $50,000 grant to help create goals for the development of the Ga. Highway 316 corridor.

Snellville council adopts higher millage rate

SNELLVILLE -- After holding several town hall meetings and public hearings, Snellville officials Monday voted 4-2 to raise the city's millage rate to 5.9, resulting in about $108 per year increase on a $150,000 home.

Rockdale Post 77 clicking in all areas after big wins

COVINGTON -- Rockdale Post 77 scored 26 runs in Monday's doubleheader as it run-ruled Loganville Post 233 in both games, winning 15-3 and 11-1.

Official: Brad Bryant to be interim schools' chief

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to name state Board of Education member Brad Bryant as interim school superintendent, an official familiar with the decision said Tuesday.

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Chipper Jones meets with team, considering retirement

ATLANTA -- Struggling through another disappointing season, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told The Associated Press he would meet with team officials Tuesday to discuss his future and acknowledged that he's considering retirement.

Duluth schedules public hearings on 0.8 mill tax increase

DULUTH -- The Duluth City Council on Monday scheduled public hearings on a proposed tax millage increase of 0.8 mills for 2010 to support the city's fiscal year 2011 budget.

Delta mechanic killed at Minneapolis airport

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Delta Air Lines mechanic died in an accident Tuesday while working on a plane at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, airport and airline officials said.

2 bodies found in ditch near Buford

BUFORD -- Gwinnett County police said the bodies of two men in their 20s have been found in a ditch near Buford.

G-Braves rained out for first time

LAWRENCEVILLE — About one hour before the scheduled first pitch, rain started falling hard at Coolray Field.

New device offers quicker treatment of hemorrhoids

LAWRENCEVILLE — One physician from Gwinnett Medical Center is helping make hemorrhoids a little more comfortable to deal with.

GMC to break ground for heart center today

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center will officially begin the process of bringing open-heart surgery to the county today, when it breaks ground on its new Heart and Vascular Center.

THOMAS: Change won't come easy in Muslim world

One year ago this month, President Barack Obama addressed the ‘‘Muslim world’’ from Cairo, Egypt. Some saw that speech as unnecessary groveling. Critics — and I am among them — think such displays communicate weakness and only encourage those who wish to damage our economy and kill our people. Supporters of the president’s speech think he did the right thing and that his attempt to reduce tensions between the U.S. and Muslim world can only bring positive results.

Snellville adopts higher millage rate

SNELLVILLE — After holding several town hall meetings and public hearings, Snellville officials Monday voted 4-2 to raise the city’s millage rate to 5.9, resulting in about $108 per year increase on a $150,000 home.

CLINE: Protestors missed out by shouting down Bannister

Here’s the situation: You attend a meeting where you know your opinion is not well liked. Despite this, you make it a point to show up and even say a few words. But before you can make any statements, you are shouted down.

15 local schools among Newsweek's best in nation

LAWRENCEVILLE — Fifteen Gwinnett schools have made Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools list.

Resop called to Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE — Chris Resop’s days in Gwinnett are over, for now.

LETTERS: Teenage sailor shouldn't have been on the seas

It’s usually my husband, George, who spouts off on this page. My gripe is with the publicity being granted to the young lady who attempted a solo cruise around the world on a sailboat and had to call it quits at the halfway point.

LETTERS: Some residents won't need the largest trash bins

A recent poll on your website asked the question, “What is your least favorite part of the new trash plan for residents of unincorporated Gwinnett?” Unfortunately, you only allowed four options.

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John Hardison

John Wesley Hardison of Braselton, Georgia, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2010, at his home with his wife and daughters by his side. On August 21, 2010 he would ...

Esther Knapp

Esther Niemann Knapp, age 84 of Lilburn, GA passed away June 13, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Mary Childs

Mary Laurens Childs, age 81, of Morrow, GA passed away on Sunday June 13, 2010. The family will receive friends on Tuesday June 15, 2010 from 5-8pm at Horis A ...

Jeffrey Ferguson

Jeffrey Jon Ferguson, 60, of Duluth, GA, died June 13, 2010. Funeral services will be held 6:00 PM Wednesday June 16, 2010 at Duluth First United Methodist Church, with Dr ...

Roger Scales

Roger J. Scales, age 75 of Buford, GA died June 12 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999 www.levettfuneralhome.com

James Harris

James O. Harris, age 80 of Lawrenceville passed away, Sunday, June 13, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Roy Ewing

Roy Elbert Ewing, age 67 of Winder, GA passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Betty Burnside

Mrs. Barbara “Betty” Burnside, age 84, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Sylvia Hall

Sylvia Francis Hall, age 89, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Adell Clark

Adell Cark, age 98 of Bowman formally of Grayson, GA passed away Fridday, June 11, 2010. Arrangements handled by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

William Taylor

William F. Taylor, age 89, of Port Orange, GFL, passed away June 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Kenneth Maston

Mr. Kenneth Ray Maston, age 27, of Norcross, GA passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Nicholas Schafer

Nicholas BenJamin Schafer, age 26, of Winder, GA, passed away June 13, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

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