News for Saturday, December 17, 2005


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James Mckinnon

Mr. James E. (Jim) McKinnon age 45, of Cumming, formerly of Duluth, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2005 following a sudden illness. Jim was an avid Fisherman, Tennis Player and ...

Betty Cahill

Betty Jean Cahill, age 66 of Loganville, died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA, 30052. 770-466-1544.

Helen Smith

Helen Johnston Smith, age 78, of Snellville, GA, and wife of the late Robert L. Smith, died December 17, 2005. She is survived by: Daughter and Son-in-law: Nancy ...

Marguerite Edwards

Mrs. Marguerite Edwards, age 75, of Buford, GA and formerly of Marietta, GA passed away on Friday, December 16, 2005. She is survived by her: Daughters and Son-In-Law ...

Eugene Davis

Mr. Eugene Fletcher Davis, age 78 of Hoschton, Georgia died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467

James Smith

James W. Smith age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA died December 17, 2005. He is survived by: Daughters and Sons-in-law: Linda and Ronnie Wiley of Auburn, Marsha and David ...

Alma Bowman

Alma L. Bowman, age 60 of Nicholson, GA, died Saturday, December 17, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Ralph Peters

Mr. Ralph Peters age 71, of Winder, Georgia passed away on Friday, December 16, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Gary Folds

Gary Eddy Folds, age 54, of Snellville, GA, died December 17, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Weenies and green Jell-O at my place

The "can't have people over" syndrome - who hasn't been there?

Evacuees look for local jobs

LAWRENCEVILLE - Louisiana's finest aren't yet patrolling the streets of Gwinnett, county officials said.

Down on the farm

Third-quarter surge lifts Generals past Mustangs

SNELLVILLE - The Shiloh Generals have been flying under the radar all season. After Friday's 67-58 win over Meadowcreek, the Generals may start to get noticed.

Pelletier called up to AHL Providence

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators centerman Pascal Pelletier was been called up to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on Friday.

In a separate transaction, forward Scott Kelman has been reassigned to the Gladiators from AHL Manitoba.

Side road slated for U.S. 78 corridor

LAWRENCEVILLE - A parallel road that will let motorists stay off U.S. Highway 78 is included in a self-taxing district's spending plan for 2006.

A budget recently adopted by leaders of the Highway 78 Community Improvement District includes $750,000 for the project that in some places will use an existing side road to create the half-mile shortcut.

BellSouth Corp. cutting 1,500 management jobs

NEW YORK - BellSouth Corp., the dominant local phone provider in nine Southeastern states, said Thursday it is cutting 1,500 management jobs, or 2.4 percent of its total work force, because of competition from cable providers.

Police Briefs

Neighbors report vandalism

•LILBURN - Someone tried to set fire to a car and fired gunshots Sunday outside a home on Bradstone Trace.




Mr. James E. (Jim) McKinnon age 45, of Cumming, formerly of Duluth, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2005 following a sudden illness. Jim was an avid Fisherman, Tennis Player and an active supporter of The Forsyth Central High School Flash of Crimson Band. Survivors Include: Wife of 21 Years: Cathy McKinnon, Cumming; Children: Brian, Mark and Bonnie McKinnon, all of Cumming; Brother and Sisters in Law: Robert G. and Nancy McKinnon, IL; Dr. William M. and Charlotte McKinnon; John T. and Deborah McKinnon, all of Atlanta; Sister and Brother in Law: Mary M. and Frank Striplin, Duluth; Father in Law and Mother in Law: Don and Shirley Barnes, Duluth; Nieces, Nephews and other Relatives also survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday, 2PM December 18, 2005 at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert Jolly, officiating. Interment Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Forsyth Central High School, Flash of Crimson Band in Jim's name. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home, Saturday from 6-9 PM. Ingram Funeral Home Cumming.



Virginia R. Sullivan, age 82 of Grayson died Thursday, December 15, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. (770)979-5010



Edna Mae Snow, age 73, of Norcross, died December 14, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross. (770)448-5757.



Mr. Benny Mercier, age 56, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on December 13, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Burchie Mercier and sister, Joanne Burel. He is survived by: First Cousins: John and Carol Mercier, Buford, GA, Elaine and Bonnie Knight, Buford, GA, Harry and Marie Mercier, Buford, GA, Lottie and Talmadge Clark, Lawrenceville, GA, Trudy Shook, Lawrenceville, GA, Carl Lee and Patricia Mercier, Auburn, GA. Mr. Mercier was a native of Buford, GA. He was a security guard and a member of the Buford Church of God. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at Sugar Hill Cemetery, Sugar Hill, GA. Interment in Sugar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA. (770)932-1133.



Amie Lou Phillips, age 83 of Suwanee, died December 15, 2005. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday December 19, 2005 at Trueway Baptist Church, with Rev. James Phillips and Rev. Lamar Hansard officiating. Interment H.G. Wright Cemetery, Norcross. Mrs. Phillips, a native of Gwinnett County, was a homemaker and attended Trueway Baptist Church. She is survived by: Daughter & Son-in-law: Becky & Joe Ellis, Suwanee; Sons & Daughters-in-law: Randy & Tammy Phillips, Norcross, Dennis & Irene Phillips, Flowery Branch, Wade & Denise Phillips, Lawrenceville; 8 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; Sisters: Frances Greason, Lawrenceville, Lee Farmer, Lawrenceville; Brother: Quinnon Tullis, Warm Springs; Many Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Phillips and sons Wayne and Vince Phillips. The family will receive friends Saturday 2:00 to 8:00 PM and Sunday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel. (770)476-2535

Spartan Sweep

Take time to learn about other holiday traditions

This year marks a rare occurrence - the first day of Hanukkah falls on Christmas day.

Brookwood-Parkview finale highlights '06 football season

The 2005 high school football season has barely ended, but coaches have been working on 2006, at least on the schedule, for quite some time.

Moore resigns as head football coach at North

North Gwinnett has sent a handful of football players into the college ranks in recent years, but the school also has become a coaching pipeline.

Bush's confidence reaps political benefits

I'm sure it's a coincidence, but suddenly I'm seeing a President Bush who is acting in ways this columnist and others have been wanting to see for what seems like ages. I think his newfound efforts will prove politically fruitful.

Time hasn't been kind, but love has

What a difference a quarter of a century makes. OK - 23 years - but who's counting? Actually, I guess I am because tomorrow marks the anniversary of an epic day in history - at least my personal history. On Dec. 18, 1982, my lovely wife, Lisa, and I exchanged wedding vows. Hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Lawrenceville church hopes to give comfort for Christmas

The holidays are traditionally known as a warm, happy time steeped in images of family gatherings and a renewal of faith. But for many, this time of year serves as a contradictory background to a life filled with grief, loneliness or looming financial difficulties.

For the fifth year in a row, Prospect United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville is opening its doors to those people who may be suffering and feeling alienated this Christmas season. The Longest Night service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.

"We offer this service because people face so much - the loss of a child or a relationship, loneliness, illness. All these things can make people feel alone and without anywhere to turn," said senior pastor Grady Mosley.

"We offer this service on the longest night of the year, the day that has the longest period of darkness," Mosley said. "The longest night is very much like the night you get the phone call that your child has been killed, or that your doctor found cancer, or that your spouse doesn't love you anymore and is leaving. Believe me, it's very hard to say 'Merry Christmas' and mean it at times like these."

Mosley compared the circumstances of the Christmas story to modern times.

"As you look back at the first Christmas, it was not a happy time. Mary and Joseph were away from family with no place to stay. She gave birth to their first child in a strange town in a barn. Joseph must have felt like a failure, not being able to provide for his wife at this time. But God is with us."

The Longest Night service at Prospect United Methodist is one unlike any other the church offers. The message to people that night is one of hope and comfort, one that assures them that even in these darkest times, they are not walking alone.

Pastors and trained lay ministers will be on hand during and after the service to counsel, encourage or just listen to people who need it.

"We may have five or six people show up, or we may have 50 or more," Mosley said. "It doesn't matter; we'll be there."

People who attend the service will be given time in prayer and at the altar, or they may even just feel moved to light a candle in memory of a loved one. Music and light refreshments are part of the service, as well.

Prospect United Methodist church is located at 1549 Prospect Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-963-5961 or visit

26-year-old man indicted in domestic abuse case

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 26-year-old Atlanta man was indicted this week on assault charges for allegedly pushing his girlfriend from a moving vehicle, causing her to be struck by another car.

Buford lights up City Hall

Holiday Melting Pot

Berkmar's Jeffers commits to UConn

A visit last weekend to Connecticut made up Berkmar wide receiver Terence Jeffers' mind, so the senior made a commitment to the Huskies' football team this week.

Letters to the Editor

Responses to "Illegal immigration and how Georgia can deal with it," by D.A. King, Perspective, Dec. 14:

Other side gets voice

Finally, a refreshing point of view in the illegal immigration debate!

The column by D.A. King explains in a nutshell what the illegal immigration situation is in Georgia, what other states are doing about illegals and what legislation is pending in the Georgia General Assembly. Instead of whining about what poor, pitiful victims these lawbreaking illegals are, the writer shows them for what they are and what can be done. What part of "illegal" do our legislators not understand?

Many thanks for presenting this side of the debate to your readers.

- J. Dyer


Georgia unwilling to deal with issue

Kudos to D.A. King for his recent fine guest viewpoint on how Georgia can deal with illegal immigration. As a former immigration inspector with the INS, I can attest to the accuracy of his viewpoints and agree that Georgia is purposely failing to protect Georgians from illegal immigration.

Officials ask for Norcross health center

LAWRENCEVILLE - Health officials have penned a grant seeking funding to bring a federally qualified health center to Norcross, an area deemed medically underserved.

Miaway back on the market

Archie Miaway made it official about a month ago, withdrawing his commitment to Georgia Southern.

Reeves' shot lifts Parkview past Central

LILBURN - Kimberly Reeves of Parkview scored with eight seconds left to lift the Panthers over Central Gwinnett 42-40 Friday night in a Region 8-AAAAA battle. Reeves finished with eight points while Jessica Geiger led Parkview (5-4, 3-1) with 16 points and seven rebounds.

New planner brings no-frills approach

LAWRENCEVILLE - For two decades Floy Jumper has seen development change his slice of Gwinnett County as shopping centers and subdivisions have been thrown up and roads widened.

Gladiators' game in Greenville canceled

The Gwinnett Gladiators, in conjunction with the Greenville Grrrowl, announced that Friday's game at the Bi-Lo center in Greenville, S.C., has been postponed.

GAC girls roll, boys shock No. 2 Buford

The girls' game was supposed to be the one that went down to the wire Friday night at Greater Atlanta Christian.