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Suwanee adopts 2011 budget

SUWANEE -- City officials Tuesday adopted an $11,223,380 balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

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Weeklong camp introduces girls to construction

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Kayla Sheppard wanted to learn some skills to complete minor repairs around the house.
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Board OKs same millage rate

LAWRENCEVILLE -- With none of the tumult that pervaded 2009's millage rate discussion, commissioners quietly adopted a 2010 rate of 13.25 mills -- the same end result as last year.

Trial of ex-cop begins

The trial of former Duluth police Officer Jay Dailey opened Tuesday, detailing through witness accounts the incidents that shattered the communal normalcy of Sugar Hill's Level Creek Road on Feb. 1, 2008.

155 teachers not rehired over performance

SUWANEE -- The contracts for about 1 percent of Gwinnett County Public Schools' teacher work force were recommended for nonrenewal this spring.

Board OKs down payment program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett officials made three moves Tuesday to stimulate the local economy.

Police: Men carjack couple

DULUTH -- Blue-clad gang members carjacked a young Norcross couple traveling with their toddler Saturday night in Duluth, Gwinnett County police said.

Judge expected to rule on trash plan

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A federal judge is expected to issue a ruling soon in the final of Gwinnett's trash plan lawsuits.

Maxwell earns accreditation for graphics program

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools students who enroll in Maxwell High School of Technology's graphic communications program this year will benefit as they learn from courses that meet industry standards.

Barrow approves $17M investment proposal

WINDER -- Barrow County, challenged like many counties amid the economic downturn, took a small step toward fiscal health at its commission meeting Tuesday night.

Mall of Georgia to host small business, entrepreneurial expo

BUFORD -- Representatives from a number of organizations, including experts focused on the development of small businesses, are set to take part in a small business and entrepreneurial expo July 17 at Mall of Georgia.

Grayson discusses changing charter to allow manager

GRAYSON -- The Grayson City Council is beginning the groundwork to possibly change its governmental structure to one coordinated by a city manager and not just a mayor and council.

Police nab fifth robbery suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The only suspect who allegedly fled the scene of an attempted drug-related robbery and shooting in Snellville last week was apprehended in an unlikely place Tuesday -- at the courthouse.

CLINE: Kids can ask the darndest questions

The staff here at the Daily Post gets a lot of requests during the school year to speak to students of all ages. We enjoy getting a chance to see the schools, talk to the kids and tell them a little about our profession. And, who knows, maybe even encourage a few to be journalists.

Vote on Emergency Services deferred

CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners agreed to defer a vote on abolishing the Department of Emergency Services until its July 13 meeting to allow more time to research the matter.

Officials hear ethics revisions

CONYERS -- A study committee offered 15 changes to Rockdale County's unused ethics ordinance that brought the controversial measure back to discussion on how an ethics panel is chosen and whether to fine individuals who bring up false charges against a county commissioner.

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Judge blocks oil drilling halt

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'The Bachelor' star splits with fiancee

LOS ANGELES -- ''The Bachelor'' is flying solo again.Jake Pavelka and Vienna Giraldi, the lovey-dovey couple who met and became engaged in front of millions of viewers on the 14th season of the ABC dating series, have called off their engagement, according to Pavelka's spokeswoman.

Faulkner collection sells for $833K at NYC auction

NEW YORK -- A rare collection of signed William Faulkner books and personal items, including one of his most acclaimed novels, ''Light in August,'' sold at auction Tuesday for $833,246.

WORLD IN BRIEF: US general in Afghan war at risk of losing job

WASHINGTON -- A furious President Barack Obama weighed whether to fire his Afghan war commander at a perilous time in the conflict as he summoned Gen. Stanley McChrystal to Washington to explain disparaging comments about his political masters.

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Nice call: Local officials form foundation to give back

For the few hours they wear the black-and-white striped jerseys, basketball officials morph into someone else, with an on-court persona that starts to define them. They are by design a hidden part of the game, even as their faces and calls, good and bad, give them a sort of notoriety. When they get recognized in the community, it's often because of their part-time job as a high school referee, though it's only a small portion of their lives.

Roderick changes plans for successful future

Lawrenceville native Casey Roderick announced earlier this month that he is making changes to his 2010 driving schedule for Bill Elliott Racing. The 17-year-old's plans include scrapping all late model racing events and adding the ARCA Series as his main focus.

Spartans getting turf this summer

Greater Atlanta Christian will become the first school in Gwinnett County to have artificial turf installed in its football stadium this summer. The turf is expected to be finished the second week in August, just in time for the Spartans' football scrimmage Aug. 18.

Teen nearly drowns in neighborhood pool

Officials credited a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Lilburn with saving a teen's life Monday, a relatively bright outcome to the third emergency incident involving Gwinnett pools in a week.

GOVERNOR: Roy Barnes, Democrat

These are Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes' responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

GOVERNOR: Nathan Deal, Republican

These are Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

GOVERNOR: John Oxendine, Republican

These are Republican gubernatorial candidate John Oxendine's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

GOVERNOR: Dubose Porter, Democrat

These are Democratic gubernatorial candidate DuBose Porter's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

LT. GOVERNOR: Carol Porter, Democrat

These are Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Carol Porter's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Ken Hodges, Democrat

These are Democratic attorney general candidate Ken Hodges' responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Sam Olens, Republican

These are Republican attorney general candidate Sam Olens' responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Preston Smith, Republican

These are Republican attorney general candidate Preston Smith's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Rob Teilhet, Democrat

These are Democratic attorney general candidate Rob Teilhet's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

ATTORNEY GENERAL - Max wood, Republican

These are Republican attorney general candidate Max Wood's responses to a candidate questionnaire GwinnettForum.com conducted with candidates for statewide office.

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Army General McChrystal has no sign he'll be fired

WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. military official in Afghanistan tells The Associated Press that Gen. Stanley McChrystal doesn't know whether he'll keep his job when he appears at the White House on Wednesday.

LETTERS: McCain wouldn't have saved us from oil spill

Holy Cow! I do not know what Kool-Aid Darrell Huckaby has been drinking to think our country would have been better off electing Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Sarah Palin (“A nation gets what it elected in 2008,” June 19, Page 8A). If McCain had been president, he never would have asked for more restrictive regulation for offshore drilling. He also would not have asked Congress to pass a sensible bill to develop clean and renewable energy resources.

THOMAS: Bonhoeffer: A true believer in the face of ultimate evil

Friday marked the 70th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s historic call to arms for the French to resist the Nazis and also Winston Churchill’s ‘‘finest hour’’ address.

Emory Eastside gets award for care

SNELLVILLE — Emory Eastside Medical Center is one of 16 hospitals statewide to be placed in the chairman’s category of the Georgia Hospital Association’s quality honor roll for acute care.

LETTERS: Huckaby column reminds us of the mistake of '08

One of the pleasures of Saturday morning is reading Darrell Huckaby’s columns. I usually end up with a laugh or at least a grin.

G-Braves can't hold off Bison

LAWRENCEVILLE — As they had done in each of their previous two outings, the Gwinnett Braves got some early offense in Tuesday night’s contest with the Buffalo Bison.

GMC to reopen study on stroke

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center will reopen an acute stroke clinical research study, delving into the potential for treatment over a longer period of time.

George Dutton

147;FELTON” George (Felton) Dutton, age 99 of Snellville passed away Sunday, June 20, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in the Snellville ...

Kenneth Edwards, Sr.

Kenneth John Edwards, Sr., age 51 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Mr. Edwards was of the Catholic faith and is preceded in death by his father ...

Pablo Garcia-Flores

Pablo A. Garcia-Flores, age 47 of Norcross, GA passed away Friday, June 18, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Harold Callahan

Harold R. Callahan, age 56 of Cumming, GA passed away Sunday, June 20, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Lou Ellen Clark

Mrs. Lou Ellen Everett Clark, age 82, of Waukegan, IL and formerly of Suwanee, GA passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by ...

Jim Minton

Mr. Jim Minton, age 82, of Dacula, GA passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2010. He was preceded in death by parents, Edith and Gertrude Minton and brother, Edward Minton ...

Richard Henson

Richard Lay Henson, age 63, of Winder, GA, passed away June 20, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Kay Lozier

Kay Lozier, age 65 of Alpharetta, GA passed away Monday, June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Linda Parks

Linda Fay Parks, age 53 of Lilburn, GA passed away June 12, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Morris Smith, Sr.

Morris Leon Smith, Sr., age 90, of Norcross, GA, passed away June 20, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Anh Hoang

Anh Kiet Lam Hoang, age 38, of Vancouver, WA, passed away June 18, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Leonard Vinson

Leonard M. Vinson, age 80, passed away on June 20, 2010. Leonard was born in Colquitt, Georgia to Callie & George Vinson. After graduating as the valedictorian of his class ...

Sidney Garrett

147;POPS” Sidney “Pops” Garrett, age 85 of Loganville passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 22, 2010 in ...

Jessie Lancaster

Jessie Lou Lancaster, age 89, of Buford went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 19, 2010. She was born on September 25, 1920 in Flowery Branch to Henry ...

Marjorie Dollar

Mrs. Marjorie Carmical Dollar, age 74, of Buford, GA passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, I. C. and Mary Kate Carmical ...

Thomas Bartholomew

Thomas C. Bartholomew, age 91 of Alpharetta, GA passed away Monday, June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Jean Audia

Jean Audia, age 97 of Cumming, GA passed away Monday, June 21, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Walter Parker, Jr.

Walter H. Parker, Jr., age 69 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100, www.stewartfh.com

Jeanie Nix

Jeanie C. Nix, age 66 of Duluth, GA died June 21 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999 www.levettfuneralhome.com

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