News for Wednesday, December 14, 2005


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Frances Jenkins

Mrs. Frances T. Jenkins, age 90, of Suwanee, GA passed away on December 14, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl J. Jenkins. Surviving are: Sons and ...

Phristal Greene

Mr. Phristal “Pete” Ronelk Greene, Sr., 79, of Lilburn, Georgia passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at Wesley Woods Budd Terrace in Atlanta. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Douglas ...

Lynne Peterson

Lynne Lumpkins Peterson, 52, St. Augustine, FL, passed away December 12, 2005. She was born August 1, 1953 in Cookeville, Tennessee, daughter of Jim and Norma Lumpkins. She was preceded ...

Benny Mercier

Mr. Benny Mercier, age 56, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away December 14, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Johnny Puckett

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Johnny Puckett, age 43 of Athens, Georgia who died Wednesday, December 14, 2005. Funeral services will be announced by Evans ...

Eloise Powell

Eloise Allison Powell, age 81, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, December 13, 2005. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 16 at 2 P.M. at the Mason-Ward-Rogers Funeral Home ...

Michael Masters

Michael Horace Masters, age 46, of Winder died Tuesday, December 13, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 17, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...




Kay Chavis, age 67, of Auburn, passed away December 12, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.



Jessie B. Freeman, age 84, of Buford, passed away Monday, December 12, 2005. A Graveside Service will be held at 2 P.M. Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Steve Davis will officiate. She is preceded in death by her husband, G.T. Freeman and son, Hendley Freeman. She is survived by sisters, Cora Lee Lynn, Buford, Louise Manders, Smyrna, Barbara Hardwick, Rossville, IL, and Helen Baer, Sugar Hill; 4 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive. She was of the Baptist Faith and has lived in Buford all of her life. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.




Charmiel W. Downing, age 59 of Duluth, died December 12, 2005. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.


Evelyn Roberta Hill, age 82 of Duluth, passed away December 13, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home of Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.



Charles Clifton Little, age 67 of Lilburn, died December 13, 2005. Funeral services will be held 2:00 Thursday, December 15, 2005 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel with Rev. Frankie Tyson and Rev. Lamar Hansard officiating. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth. Mr. Little, a native of Fulton County, GA was a Army Veteran and a member of Duluth Church of God. He retired from Eastman Kodak after 25 and a half years of service. He is survived by: Wife: Ruby Little of Lilburn; Daughters: Teresa Meadows of Buford, Joyce & Mardy Kennedy of Auburn, Mona & Minister Randy Thrasher of Cumming, Sandra & David Carlson of Reidsville, NC; 10 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; Brother: Robert Little of Duluth; Sisters: Essie McFarland of McCaysville, Ruth Poarch of Calhoun; Many nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.



J. C. Williams, age 77, of Toccoa, formerly of Sugar Hill, passed away Monday, December 12, 2005. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.



James Clarence (J.C.) "Babe" Presley, age 84, of Tucker, passed away December 12, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Judges ask to boost numbers

DULUTH - Even with the addition of a new Superior Court judge in January, judges said they need yet another person behind the bench to keep up with the growth in cases in Gwinnett County.

Sports calendar


Dec. 18: A 12-and-under Lanier Baseball League travel team will have tryouts at Alberta Banks Park in Flowery Branch from 1 to 3 p.m. Call Jim Harter at 770-271-2344.

Barrow Sheriff's Office to seek new health care provider for jail

WINDER - Effective Thursday, Barrow County will sever its ties with Southern Health Partners, the company that provides health care to inmates at the county jail.

Peachtree Ridge Blue Pride wins state cheerleading championship

SUWANEE - The Peachtree Ridge High School cheerleading squad showed its Blue Pride last weekend when the team won the school's first athletic state title.

The Blue Pride team topped off an undefeated (44-0) season Saturday with a solid victory in the AAAAA division. In his 15 years of coaching cheerleading, head coach Rob Spencer had never had such a stellar season. He attributed the team's success to performing an entertaining routine well.

Two appointed to Planning Commission

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two citizens with homeowner credentials will join the Gwinnett County Planning Commission.

Group: Affordable housing hard to find

LAWRENCEVILLE - Low-income families find it harder to afford apartments in Gwinnett and elsewhere, a housing advocacy group said Tuesday.

Make 'em melt

Growth reviews OK'd by county

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's new commissioners will get to put their stamp on the county's comprehensive growth policies after the board approved a contract to begin a two-year study on three county plans.

Illegal immigration and how Georgia can deal with it

True or false: Illegal immigration is a federal issue and nothing can be done by state government about the criminal employers who hire illegal aliens here in Georgia?

Police reports

Kroger gas

booth robbed

•SNELLVILLE - An unidentified man on Thursday robbed the Kroger store at 4002 Stone Mountain Highway.

Gunmen rob Statham convenience store

STATHAM - Two men robbed a Statham convenience store at gunpoint Sunday, the first armed robbery in the city in more than two years.

FBI: Anarchist may have set fire

ATLANTA - An anarchist who fatally shot himself when authorities closed in to arrest him on a bank robbery charge may have set a fire that destroyed two condo buildings in a multimillion-dollar mixed-use development called Atlantic Station, the FBI said Tuesday.

Rapper's delight

Pelletier's four goals push Gladiators to first

DULUTH - Pascal Pelletier scored four goals and the Gwinnett Gladiators took over sole possession of the division lead with a 6-3 smiting of Columbia on Tuesday.

Federal grant to go toward Mountain Park upgrades

LAWRENCEVILLE - With some help from Washington, Mountain Park Park's former pool will become a picnic and playground area.

Burglar disrupts classes

LOGANVILLE - Students at Grayson High School were placed under a lockdown for more than an hour Tuesday as police searched for a burglary suspect on the grounds.

Create fudgy holiday treats for your family, friends

One present is perfect for almost everyone on your list - chocolate. Homemade fudgy treats make great gifts and are a welcome addition to holiday get-togethers.

Duluth postpones decision on development

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday postponed a decision on the development of 84 acres of land on Sugarloaf Parkway and the northern portion of Old Peachtree Road.

The mixed-use development would consist of 91 single-family homes, 173 attached townhomes, 91,200 square feet of office space and 83,780 square feet of retail space. Representatives of McCar Homes and Greenbaum Succession Trust said construction would be completed as a single phase by 2010.

Council members and citizens objected to the applicants' waiver to reduce the stream buffer requirement from 75 feet to 50 feet. The issue was argued by both sides and resulted in the applicants' request for the vote to be withdrawn and postponed until the Jan. 9 meeting so they could re-engineer the site plan to include the 75-foot total buffer requirement.

Commission tables rezonings again

LAWRENCEVILLE - A rezoning that returned to the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners after developers sued the county was tabled Tuesday night.

In brief

UPS orders 10 Airbuses

•PARIS - United Parcel Service Inc. signed a binding order for 10 Airbus A380 superjumbos, the European aircraft maker said Tuesday.

Longtime city official steps down

NORCROSS - As the City Council heads toward next month's changeover, another long-serving official is stepping down.

State briefs

Nuclear agency removes radioactive samples from Georgia Tech campus

•ATLANTA - About 220 radioactive samples previously used for research have been removed from a Georgia Tech center to prevent access to them by terrorists, federal officials said.



Prep Rally unveils Heisman winner

This week's Gwinnett Prep Rally presents its season-ending football awards, including the third annual GPR Heisman award winner.

DOT hears public comment on three area road projects

DULUTH - Cars lined Main Street in rush hour outside City Hall as citizens arrived to see the rerouting plans transportation officials revealed at a town meeting Tuesday evening.

Hunting and much more at nearby River Bend

"I'll try 'em both at once," said Charlotte, N.C., resident Bruce Hensley, and that was followed quickly with the one word that puts everything into motion ... Pull! Within seconds, two bright, orange-colored clay targets sailed through the air from either side of the stand. Two sharp explosions from the 12-gauge shotgun in Hensley's hand immediately turned both of the flying objects into orange dust in a show of excellent marksmanship.

This type of Sporting Clays action is duplicated daily from many stands and numerous angles that test even the best shooter. Thanks to owner and founder Ralph Brendle, however, River Bend Sportsman's Resort offers so much more. It is an upscale sporting resort for the whole family in Fingerville, S.C., featuring quail, pheasant and chukar field hunts in picturesque fields and woods in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains. Whether it was an English setter or a German shorthair, watching the excellent work of the dogs and their handling by hunting guide Hank Rogers conjured up pleasant memories from childhood bird hunts with my father.

Besides the extremely challenging skeet and sporting clays courses that are scattered throughout the property near the lodge, special tower shoots provide unbelievable action for larger groups, and duck hunting can be experienced in or out of season. Both deer and turkey hunts can be arranged, and a rifle and pistol target range is located on the property. For those interested in piscatorial pursuits, world-class fly fishing with expert guides around nearby Asheville, N.C., can be part of any package, and a special connection with The Cliffs, which is one of the finest golf venues in the South, allows one to test his or her skills on one of the most beautiful golf courses anywhere in the world. Competition caliber paintball can be both fun and serious, and one of the most highly acclaimed summer youth sporting camps in the Southeast is available. River Bend is also headquarters for the Paragon School of Sporting (, founded by world-renowned shooter and instructor Daniel L. Schindler and it features Wally Schneider, one of the best women shooting instructors in the nation.

Located on 550 gorgeous, rolling acres in the foothills of upstate South Carolina, River Bend has a beautiful lodge that includes public and private dining rooms, a pro shop, men's and ladies' locker rooms, a sauna, a recreation room, a spacious great room with a fireplace and a bar. It also has 14 modern rooms for overnight accommodations and serves three terrific meals each day that feature culinary delights by River Bend chef Lee Whitehurst. Local master of all trades Gary Stiles is always on hand with a smile and a helpful hand to see that everything runs smoothly for each guest.

River Bend is perfect for corporate meetings or retreats, customer entertainment, incentive programs, or just getting away with friends or family members for day or overnight trips involving great outdoor camaraderie. Unlike many such camps, there are multitudes of nearby opportunities available for ladies and youngsters to enjoy. For me, however, it came down to the fantastic, old-time Southern hospitality and service that seems to have been lost at so many resorts in the past few decades, and I would highly recommend River Bend to anyone.

For more information or reservations, call 864-592-1348, e-mail, or go their Web site at

Bill Vanderford has won numerous awards for his writing and photography, and has been inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Guide. He can be reached at 770-289-1543, at, or at his Web site

Champagne, wine make your holidays merry

'Tis the season to be jolly, and there is little in the world that is more widely associated with good times, celebrations and festivities than champagne and sparkling wines. With Christmas parties and New Year's Eve just around the corner, it's time to make your holiday selections - and I'm here to help.

A revolutionary force


Former Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, who died last week at 89, was the most paradoxical of the major political figures of his time. A deeply serious and religious man, an educator and a poet, he also had a wicked sense of humor and a great gift for satire. One day in the late 1950s, when liberal maverick Sens. Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska, who were always in the doghouse of Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, fell into a dispute with each other, McCarthy strolled by the press table in the Senate restaurant.

Triple Crown Media gets conditional approval for listing on stock exchange

ATLANTA - Gray Television Inc. said subsidiary Triple Crown Media received conditional approval to have its common stock listed on the Nasdaq National Market.

Make a wish for different things this year

Making a Christmas wish list gets more difficult each year. I have all the "things" I could possibly want. I have jewelry and clothes I've never worn and have even unloaded some of them at St. Vincent De Paul. It's not that I don't want for anything, but so many of the things I wish for fall into that "priceless" category we see on the MasterCard commercials.

Five more indicted in Katrina relief fraud

ATLANTA - Five people have been indicted on fraud offenses involving the illegal receipt of Hurricane Katrina relief funds and two others have pleaded guilty to taking handouts meant for disaster victims.