News for Sunday, December 18, 2005


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100th birthday

Effie Dutton of Lawrenceville turned 100 on Nov. 29. She was the wife of Ruben Dutton for 54 years until his death in 1982. She is the mother of Susie Briscoe, Allene Barrett, Mary Lou Meadows, Ruby Cash, Grace Cash, Laura Puckett and Bonnie Singley. She has 36 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and 38 great great-grandchildren. Effie celebrated her big day with family on Thanksgiving Day.

Initiative to boost science education worth Bush's time


Call it an early Christmas gift. A number of legislators of both parties have put the wrappings on a proposal for next year that could be the best present under President Bush's tree - an initiative that would please business, labor, parents, teachers, students - and be good for the country.

In some ways, life in 1955 not so different from today

On Thursday, I sat in the back of a packed auditorium at Kennesaw State University and listened as deans awarded diplomas to a thousand fresh graduates, including my older daughter Edie Miles.

Holiday giving well under way across the county

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Call Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or e-mail

No pain, no gain: County adjusting to computer upgrades

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four days in one week, Danny Porter's assistant went home in tears.

Good-government supporters pushing second round of ethics reforms

ATLANTA - With a major overhaul of Georgia's ethics in government laws set to take effect next month, Gov. Sonny Perdue isn't prone to rush into more reforms during the 2006 legislative session.

Armstrong led Peachtree Ridge to program's first winning season

His team lost four games and didn't even make the state playoffs.

Playing Santa takes training, dedication

LAWRENCEVILLE - Santas take note: A fake beard and cheap red suit won't do anymore.

DeKalb County commissioner to challenge McKinney for Congress

Once again, Cynthia McKinney will face a challenge for her seat in Congress.



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.




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: Suzanne and Randy Bowers, Buford, GA, Nancy Gill, Dunedin, FL; Sons and Daughters-In-Law: Robert and Debbie Edwards, Winston, GA, Paul and Jodie Edwards, Powder Springs, GA; 8 Grandchildren; Brother: John Swagler, Gainesville, GA; and Sister-In-Law: Mary Ellen Swagler, Tonawanda, NY. Mrs. Edwards was born in Buffalo, NY. She was the daughter of the late John G. and Mary Swagler and had 3 brothers and 1 sister. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean War. She was a retired bookkeeper. She was an avid gardener and loved the water. Memorial service will be held Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. at the Buford Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rix Threadgill officiating. The family will receive friends at the Buford Presbyterian Church on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of GA, 1925 Century Blvd., N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30345 or www. in memory of Mrs. Marguerite Edwards. Arrangements by Juinor E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.



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.



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 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 Baggett of Winder; Grandchildren: Jimmy Anglin, Pattie Anglin and Jon Baggett all of Lawrenceville, Joseph Baggett of Jasper; Nephew: Dan and Linda Gresham and their children Bobby and Paul all of Lilburn; Sisters and brother-in-law: Marjorie Dowd of Commerce, Leigh and Joe Hicks of Conyers, Frances Allen of Snellville; Funeral services will be held Monday December 19, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Alan Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Melwood Cemetery at 1:00P.M. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00P.M. and 7:00 to 9:00P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, Inc., Lawrenceville, Chapel, 770-963-2411.



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.



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 Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Chambers & Rev. Kelby Maxwell will officiate. Burial will follow at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Mrs. Bowman was a member of Harvest Hill Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband: Clifford Bowman, brother: James Moon and her father: Dick Moon. She is survived by her Children: Edgar "Pete" & Tracy Bowman; Connie & Hershel Gosnell; Clifford "Peanut" & Theresa Bowman, Jr., all of Nicholson, GA; Step-son: Morris & Linda Moon, Commerce; Mother: Maebelle Moon, Commerce, formerly of Lawrenceville; Brothers: Chalmers Moon, Bogart; Larry Moon, Oakwood; Doug Moon, Lawrenceville; Sisters: Eloise Maney, Monroe; Kathy Dyer, Lawrenceville; 7 Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews also survive. The Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM til 9:00 PM on Sunday, December 18, 2005 and from 10:00 AM til 9:00 PM on Monday, December 19, 2005 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, 30045. 770-962-3100.



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 and Mercer Crowe, Snellville, GA; Son and Daughter-in-law: Wayne and Judy Smith, Loganville, GA; 5 Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren and several In-laws, Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Smith was a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am Tuesday, December 20, 2005, at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment will follow in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday from 4 - 8:30 pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.



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 and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

Business put first in plans

WINDER - A mixed-use community with 269 homes, townhomes and condos will be built south of Ga. Highway 316 on Patrick Mill Road and Industrial Parkway.

Broncos' Curran 'does so many things well'

Rennie Curran still remembers every moment of the play, like he just got done making the tackle.

Sports calendar


Sunday: 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.

No. 2 Norcross survives scare from South Forsyth with 71-67 win

CUMMING - Norcross (8-0) slipped by South Forsyth 71-67 on Saturday. The Blue Devils trailed 56-51 after three quarters, but used superb free throw shooting to prevent the upset. Kentucky signee Jodie Meeks led all scorers with 28 points for Norcross. Junior Gani Lawal added 21 points.

Wedding Announcements

60th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson L. Armstrong of Snellville recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong met while in college, and were married in Dothan, Ala., on July 13, 1945. Mrs. Armstrong is the former Alcie Irene Woodham.

Star shines again over Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM - The star of Bethlehem has been watching over this town for more than 50 years.

On the move

Getting around is a snap in Portland

Over the past decade, many have heaped praise upon the Northwestern United States. Perhaps it's been the images of coffeehouses, mountain biking, expanses of colorful forests and friendly, healthy people who have thrived under "smart growth" that has made cities like Portland something we long to experience for ourselves.

So, is all of that talk about how wonderful life is in this thriving, coastal Oregon community true? A quick tour around the city will show you that the answer is a resounding yes.

Bodies in motion

Transportation is at the core of Portland, and everyone who visits - from tourists to politicians - rave about how easy it is to get around. When describing Portland, transportation ranks up there in importance along with its food, lodging, recreation and entertainment choices. With its vast commuter system and respect for the environment and for pedestrians, Portland ought to make all of us in the Atlanta metropolitan area jealous.

Birth Announcements

Oct. 28

Christian Walter Simonson was born on Oct. 28, 2005, to Amy Henry Simonson and Paul Christian Simonson of Buford. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 ozs., and was 203⁄4 inches long.

Engagement Announcements

Andrews - Manders

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Andrews of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Tracie Dawn Andrews, to Nathan Edward Manders, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Manders of Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett Gab

Alcoa employees involved in week of service

NORCROSS - Employees at Alcoa's Kawneer plant in Norcross recently volunteered in the community as part of Alcoa's Worldwide Week of Service, a global event sponsored by Alcoa that involved employees from 27 countries volunteering in more than 185 communities around the world.

Employees, of Kawneer Norcross read to children at local elementary schools. In addition to reading to students, Kawneer employees from Norcross volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity project in Fulton County and provided a $1,500 grant to the organization, donated items to Partnership Against Domestic Violence and planted trees at local elementary schools in support of Alcoa's 10 Million Trees project that has the goal of planting 10 million trees by 2020.

Thumbs up

'Tis the season

When a shortage of donated toys threatened to leave 164 kids without a Christmas gift, 23-year-old Adam Nerenbaum sprung into action.

Good news from schools

School raises money for cancer treatment

Providence Christian Academy raised more than $47,000 to support experimental cancer therapy in honor of a student who died after a 20-month battle against cancer. Third-grader Carter Martin went through 14 cycles of chemotherapy before dying last year from Ewings sarcoma bone cancer. Before his death, he hoped scientists would soon "find a cure for cancer, so other kids won't have to suffer."

GSWA honors Smith

Cameron Smith's record-breaking season garnered statewide attention, earning the Brookwood senior Class AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year honors by the Georgia Sports Writers Association.

Give from the heart to save babies

The March of Dimes is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit volunteer health agencies in the United States. Its mission is quite simply to help improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. For the past 63 years, the March of Dimes has been saving the lives of babies. In 1938, President FDR founded the March of Dimes in response to the polio epidemic. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers for the March of Dimes, enough money was raised to fund the research that would lead to development of the vaccine that would end polio in the United States.

Record-breaking King drives Parkview offense

In auto racing terminology, which Parkview head football coach Cecil Flowe is known to quote frequently, Caleb King is the engine. He makes the Panthers' offense go.

Craft a little cheer

Schell's hat trick leads Gladiators to 6-3 win

DULUTH - Brad Schell's first hat trick in six years was delivered in dramatic fashion and buried the visiting Toledo Storm 6-3 on Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett


Christmas trees pricier, and many aren't merry about it

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's taking more greenbacks to pay for your evergreen this year.

Prominent planner retiring

Johnny Lawler, who has been helping Norcross grow since the days of Garner's downtown grocery, is retiring.

Road closures

Bogan Road from Harmony Elementary School to Hamilton Mill Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through January for safety improvements to include curb and gutter, sidewalk and a multiuse path.

Entertain the kids with handmade holiday projects


Just as the Christmas shopping, wrapping and baking frenzy reaches its peak, the kids get out of school.

'Valuable lessons' learned in Ga. 316 fiasco

When the General Assembly passed a bill in 2003 allowing private financing of major highway projects in Georgia, it looked like the answer for a long-awaited upgrade of Ga. Highway 316.

Caroling in the cold: Chorus, DeGarmo perform

DULUTH - Colorful Christmas lights adorned the Duluth Amphitheater stage Saturday evening as the crowd anticipated vocal performances during the annual Carols in the Park event.

Chilly weather could not keep the more than 400 people from enjoying hot cocoa, ice skating and holiday songs performed by 2004 "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo and the Big Chicken Chorus, featuring soloist Susan Schreer.

People bundled up in coats, scarves, hats, gloves and draped warm blankets over their legs so they could keep warm and stay out longer.

It wouldn't be Christmas if ...

It just wouldn't be the Christmas season if ...

Venture Mall reinvents itself as Santa Fe Plaza


Amid the clamorous talk of high-rises near Gwinnett Place Mall, a once dying shopping center has been quietly reborn.

Shopping for holiday gifts at the bookstore

If I had my way, I'd give everyone a book for Christmas. However, I do realize that not all of my friends and relatives enjoy reading as much as I do. At least a few of them will be getting baked goods or handmade crafts.

Role of a lifetime

SNELLVILLE - Rick Hyman knows the world is full of unpleasant realities of war, poverty and despair.

Officials try to catch up on tax bills

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tax bills came late this year, becoming the only public sign of the county's multi-million dollar computer system conversion.