News for Thursday, December 1, 2005

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Billie Jean Layer

Billie Jean Grubbs Layer, age 71, of Gwinnett County, GA, passed away Nov. 30, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553.

Mildred Knighton

Mrs. Mildred Craig Knighton, age 83 of 4025 McGinnis Ferry Road Apt 306 Suwanee, GA passed away November 30, 2005. She was formerly of Atlanta, GA and La Follette Tennessee ...

Norman Brock, Jr.

Mr. Norman Brock, Jr., age 80, of Suwanee, GA died Wednesday November 30, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

Clifford Ainsworth

Clifford Joseph Ainsworth, age 45 of Duluth, died November 28, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535.

William Smith

If ever there was an all-American human being, it was William D. Smith, Sr. He had a warm smile for everyone, the rich, the poor and the in-between ...

Winfred M. Burt

Winfred M. Burt, age 73, of Lilburn, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, November 30th, 2005. He was a graduate of William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS with a degree in ...

R.l. Red Smith

Mr. R.L. Red Smith, age 84 of Blairsville, GA formerly of Buford, GA passed away December 1, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Magbeeclare

Clare (Tia) Findley Magbee died on November 28, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tia was born on January 12, 1935 in Duluth, Georgia. She was preceded in death ...

Sports calendar

Baseball

Starting Dec. 11: Berkeley Academy baseball winter workouts start Dec. 11. Call 770-441-2242 for details.

Rep. Terry England: Commandments bill likely to be challenged

BETHLEHEM - A bill that would allow Georgia counties to display the Ten Commandments in courthouses alongside the Mayflower Compact and Declaration of Independence would almost certainly draw a lawsuit if passed, State Rep. Terry England said on a radio program set to air today.

County denies extra staff for grant work, considers central office

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's sheriff wanted some help applying for grants, so he put in a request during the county's budget hearings.

Wesleyan hoops star Aminu enrolls at Norcross

The already powerful Norcross boys basketball team got a little stronger on Wednesday when Wesleyan sophomore standout Al-Farouq Aminu enrolled at

Norcross.

Gwinnett Gab

Board appoints new principal for Brookwood Elem.

$60K bond for accused graffiti vandal

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lilburn teen is paying a high price for allegedly spray painting commercial businesses along U.S. Highway 29.

Norcross officials extend support to new tax district

The city of Norcross could contribute some cash to a business effort to revitalize the area.

Norcross' Grant commits to Florida

Going the junior college route worked extremely well for Norcross graduate Larry Grant, who made his commitment to Florida's football team public on Wednesday.

Planting dormant sod is asking for trouble

Planting sod in the fall should be avoided if at all possible. Fall-planted grass doesn't have the survivability of spring- or summer-planted sod, but it is possible for it to survive. Planting any later than fall or planting dormant sod is asking for trouble.

If a warm-season turfgrass such as Zoysia grass or Bermuda grass is dormant, how will you know if it is alive when you buy it and plant it? If you plant in December, when will you know it is dead? Will it be May of next year? Where do you think the guy who planted the stuff is going to be then?

Another trip to Valdosta

Brookwood's football team is getting ready to play in a state championship game.

It's a good time to think about spring

December is a good time to think about spring. There are cool-season annuals that can be planted now to come up next spring and bloom before next year's summer heat arrives. They include some of my favorites - bachelor's buttons, larkspur, annual poppies, pincushion flowers and sweet alyssum.

Local nurseries are so focused on filling every available inch of their retail space with poinsettias that you will not find their seed racks filled with these offerings. A seed catalog like White Flower Farm - 800-503-9624, whiteflowerfarm.com - or Parks Seeds - 800-845-3369, parkseed.com - will have the selections you want.

7-AAAAA coaches select all-region football team

The coaches' 7-AAAAA All-Region football teams were released on Wednesday.

Dacula and its coach, Kevin Maloof, were named team and coach of the year.

Florist shop may be saved by changes in condemnation law

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) - A Superior Court judge declined to rule Wednesday on whether the city of Stockbridge can condemn a florist shop through eminent domain for a downtown development project.

Briefs

local

Parkview's Palmer honored

Michael Palmer, who helped Parkview to a state football playoff berth this season, will be honored Lineman of the Week by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta on Monday.

Gladiators send Fultz to Charlotte

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators traded right wing Ryan Fultz to Charlotte on Wednesday, head coach Jeff Pyle said.

County asks to see more health funds

LAWRENCEVILLE - If Gwinnett doesn't get a promise for more state dollars for its health system, legislators will get involved, officials said during a briefing Wednesday.

Police reports

Thieves pull gun on workers

•NORCROSS - A pair of thieves pointed a gun at employees who were chasing them Sunday for stealing items from the Kenwood Factory Outlet at 6624 Dawson Blvd.

An employee reportedly noticed two young Hispanic men at 6 p.m. because they were walking through the store too quickly to be looking at anything. Suddenly, each of the men snatched up a 12-inch subwoofer speaker and ran outside, according to a police report.

As the employees tried to pursue them, one of the suspects pulled out a pistol and said "get away or I'm gonna shoot you." The suspects fled in a brand new, red Dodge Durango.

Man robs Citgo at gunpoint

•NORCROSS - An unidentified man on Sunday robbed the Citgo gas station at 3426 Holcomb Bridge Road, according to a police report.

Blood, bullet but no body in disappearance

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police found a bullet casing and blood in the apartment of Leslie Adams, a 40-year-old Lilburn woman missing since late October, but police and family continue their search for answers and for Adams.

Among evidence police removed from Adams' apartment Oct. 25 with a search warrant were a Winchester .45 shell casing, a blood sample from the carpet and rags and towels from the wash. Stated in the warrant was the message: "There is probable cause to believe that murder has been committed."

Adams' sister, Roberta Adams, disagrees.

Superior Court adds ninth judge

LAWRENCEVILLE - After making it onto the short list of hopefuls for a judgeship in Gwinnett County three times over the last decade, Tom Davis was cautiously optimistic when he landed on the list again this year as one of five potential candidates.

Santa's little helpers

Immigration is unclear for politicians at every level

President Bush has rediscovered illegal immigration as a political issue. After previously focusing on ''welcoming'' all who come to America by whatever means, the president spent most of his recent speech in Tucson, Ariz., sounding like Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, who has been the most vocal proponent of sealing U.S. borders to illegal aliens.

Letters to the Editor

Not unpatriotic to disagree with leaders

In response to Dave Gibson's letter; I am not sure I agree with Rep. John Murtha, but perhaps the reason he "hates" Bush is the love of his country.

I am growing tired of the rhetoric of being unpatriotic just because someone disagrees with Bush and holds a different opinion.

It is for the love of this country and the love of democracy that people voice their opinions and debate the issues of what they think is best for this country. Yourself and Rep. Murtha included. What is lacking is the spouting of rhetoric and not arguing the actual issues out of love for our country.

Wilbanks asks legislators to up county funding

LAWRENCEVILLE - Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks emphasized the need Wednesday for funding increases to help the district accommodate its growing student enrollment. He presented the Gwinnett Board of Education's proposed 2006 Legislative Program to state delegates at an annual breakfast.

Bush appointments not consistent with stated motives

The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun:

President George W. Bush has long prided himself on his commitment to diversity. And to his credit, he has appointed minorities to some of the highest positions in his Cabinet. That's why his recent appointments to fill vacancies on the new, expanded Tennessee Valley Authority board are so puzzling. The idea of expanding the board to nine members was to increase diversity and to bring people on board with different expertise. But look at Bush's appointments.

Step back in time

Why would we trust politicians?

WASHINGTON

To understand why the level of public disillusionment with politics is so high in this country right now, it helps to go back a dozen years.

Norcross tour offers a glimpse at century-old homes

For Jill Knicely and Linda Leece, settling into new houses meant taking time to explore the past.

Their homes, both more than a century old, will be among the five featured on Saturday's Historic Norcross Holiday Home Tour. The women have taken different routes to restoring their historic houses. Leece has spent about a decade returning her home to its former glory, while Knicely has updated her home with a charming, modern twist.

Police seek shooting suspect

n LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are hoping someone witnessed the shooting of a 41-year-old man which occurred Sunday in Park Crossing Apartments.