News for Thursday, December 22, 2005


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Mark Gunter

Mark William Gunter, age 44 of Lawrenceville, died Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 24, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

William Koth

William C. Koth, originally from Pleasant Hills, PA, went home to be with Our Father on 12/15/05. Bill was in the Navy during WW-II, graduated from the Univ. of ...

Jimmy White

Jimmy David White, age 49 of Commerce, died Wednesday, December 21, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.

Pearl Stanifer

Mrs. Pearl Price Stanifer, age 88, of Jefferson, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2005, after an extended illness. She was born on December 3, 1917 in Sullivan County, TN ...

Ronnie Wheeler

Mr. Ronnie Wheeler, age 52, of Buford passed away December 22, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Andrew Sezonov

Andrew D. Sezonov, age 15 of Snellville, died Tuesday, December 20, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

Elizabeth Grizzle

Elizabeth J. “Betty” McClain Grizzle, age 80, of Statham, passed away December 21, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Dean Burchfield

Mrs. Dean Burchfield, age 75 of Snellville, GA died December 20, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Cameras to keep eye on Ga. 20 traffic

LAWRENCEVILLE - When you shake your fist at the sky while stewing in traffic on Ga. Highway 20, somebody will be watching.

Fulton approves beltline plan

•ATLANTA - The Fulton County Commission approved a plan Wednesday that could lead to a 22-mile loop of parks, paths and transit linking 45 neighborhoods in intown Atlanta.

'The spirit of Christmas is here'

Man, 24, arrested in fatal crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 24-year-old Snellville man has been arrested in connection with a fatal wreck that killed two teenagers in Stone Mountain last week.

Blakney Paul Argo is suspected of driving drunk prior to the Dec. 11 crash on Stone Mountain Highway in Snellville. He was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday.

Collins Hill advances to finals at Nike tournament

Collins Hill overcame an eight point halftime deficit to defeat Southridge (Ore.) 53-47 at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona on Wednesday.

New mixed-use rules may be eased to encourage offices

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two weeks ago, the county adopted rules so developers can create mixed-use projects by meshing offices, shops and residences on the same piece of land.

Caterpillars are controlled with a common insecticide

Q: I have been overwhelmed with an enormous number of caterpillars that are feeding exclusively on my passion flower vines. They are 5 to 6 centimeters in length with a pumpkin-orange body and greenish-black longitudinal stripes. They are covered with stiff black spines that are perpendicular to the body and run the full length of the body. The antennae are almost indistinguishable from the spines.

They are devastating my passion flower vines. What are these caterpillars? Are they harmful and/or poisonous? Will this insect destroy my passion flower vines? What can be done to eliminate them?

Sports calendar


Dec. 26-30: Renz Baseball Christmas camp runs Dec. 26-30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 770-271-4554 or go to for discounts.

We don't always get exactly what we expect on Christmas

Scripture tells us that on that first Christmas - the one in Bethlehem before the advent of shopping malls - the Israelites were looking for a Messiah who would deliver them from Roman occupation. The Romans were anxious, fearing the birth of a king who would challenge their political authority.

Developers start on Buford mixed-use area

LAWRENCEVILLE - Buford's new City Hall is about to get some company.

Recycled resolutions still worth another shot

I recycle everything - newsprint, white paper, vegetable scraps, aluminum, magazines, plastic - newspaper columns.

You may have seen one very similar to this one before. It is my annual attempt to validate the New Year's resolutions that I made last year and didn't keep.

Vacant land to be used for commercial purposes

LAWRENCEVILLE - As speculation swirls about the potential for high-rises around Gwinnett Place Mall, three vacant parcels are about to be sold for commercial uses, including a Korean restaurant.

Dacula defeats Mill Creek 49-41 to win Jingle Jam

JEFFERSON - Dacula defeated Mill Creek 49-41 to win the Mountain Dew Jingle Jam at Jackson County High School on Wednesday.

Braselton's Mayberry welcomes addition to family

Richard Mayberry didn't need the extra vote in November, but the political newcomer has already increased Braselton's population by one.

Know about spas, hot tubs before you make a purchase

Q: We want to put in a spa or a hot tub. I thought that they were one in the same until we began to shop. What's the difference? - Cindy

A: Hot tubs are wooden barrels, and spas are fiberglass shells covered with acrylic or other plastic materials. However, some hot tubs have acrylic liners, and some spas are free-standing with wood skirts.

Savor what's special about the holidays

Like everyone else who celebrates Christmas, I was experiencing the deep meaning of the season Saturday morning.




Mr. Jack S. Baker, age 72, of Gainesville, GA, passed away December 20, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



Bonita Griffin Whitley, age 87 of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Opelika, AL died December 21, 2005. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Janice H. Whitley-Chapman of Grayson, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Ommie and Henry Jackson of FL; grandson, Ryan Whitley of Lilburn, GA; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Whitley was a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church and Lee Lanford Sunday School class. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 23 at 11:30am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Dr. Bill Blanchard officiating. Interment Melwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 until service time, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mountain Park First Baptist Church, Senior Adult Ministry, 5485 Five Forks Trickum Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, in memory of Bonita Griffin Whitley. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,




Thomas John Schlinkert, 63, of Lilburn, passed to eternal life on Sunday, December 18, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.



Avery A. Graves, 96, formerly of Norcross, Georgia, died December 20, 2005. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Myrtle Dickens Graves, and his brother, Lawrence Graves. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, December 23, 2005 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Tucker, GA with Rev. Charles Middlebrooks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mr. Graves was born on Graves Road in Norcross, Georgia to William and Hattie Leola Graves. He is survived by children: Sons and daughters-in-law: Russell and Ann Graves of Alpharetta, GA, Marvin and Sandra Graves of Ooltewah, TN, George Graves of Dawsonville, GA; Daughters and son-in-law: Wynelle and Charles Middlebrooks of Chapin, SC, Linda Graves of Decatur, GA; Nineteen grandchildren and thirty two great grandchildren; Brother and sister-in-law: Fred and Betty Graves of Loganville, GA. Mr. Graves received his bachelor's Degree from Oglethorpe University and his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Georgia. Earlier in his life, Mr. Graves enjoyed playing baseball in the Norcross community and in college as a catcher. He served as teacher, coach and administrator in the school systems of Gwinnett and Dekalb Counties and the city of Calhoun. He was an avid historian of Gwinnett County and the Graves family farm. He enjoyed recalling many victories from his coaching career. He was a member of the Georgia Educators Association and was in real estate and educational curriculum sales. He served in the Red Cross and as a Army Chaplain during World War II. He retired from the Georgia National Guard. Mr. Graves was ordained as a minister at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Tucker, GA, and he served as a minister in Baptist churches in Henry, Gwinnett and Dekalb Counties. He was an instructor for many years with the Red Cross. The family will receive friends Thursday, December 22, 2005 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.



James Robert (Tad) Austin, age 62, of Winder, GA passed away December 20, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Gwinnett Gab

Carol Hassell Day

in Suwanee Dec. 31

SUWANEE - Suwanee named Dec. 31 as Carol Hassell Day in honor of the retiring Suwanee City Council member.

Hassell was recognized in Tuesday's council meeting for her years of public service. A tireless environmentalist, Hassell served on Suwanee's City Council from 2001 to December 2005, and the Planning Commission from 1998 to 2001.

She helped guide the council through the development of a downtown master plan, the acquisition of approximately 200 acres of preserved greenspace, the development of new parks and nature trails and was instrumental in implementing Suwanee's Conservation Subdivision Ordinance.

Hassell organized a plant rescue project in which native plants from the Town Center location were moved to the Suwanee Creek Greenway. Hassell moved many of those plants herself.

Hassell also worked to improve the quality of life in greater Gwinnett County by working with Gwinnett County's Alternative Transportation Committee, Tree Advisory Committee, Development Advisory Committee, Comprehensive Plan Task Force and 2001 SPLOST Advocacy Committee, among others. In addition to having her own day of honor, Mayor Nick Masino and council members awarded Hassell a commemorative plaque and a six-foot Downy Serviceberry tree, the 2005 Georgia Native Plant Society Plant of the Year.

Radiant flooring helps cut heating bills

Homeowners looking for a more efficient way to heat portions of their home may find the answer resting at their feet.

In brief

Economy booms through hurricanes, high gas prices but slowdown expected

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy grew at the fastest pace in 11⁄2 years in the summer as booming auto sales offset the adverse effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But the year is expected to end with much slower growth.

Wrestling tournament bonanza begins today

Today should be quite a treat for local wrestling fans. Four different tournaments will take place today at four different sites, with the Kyle Maynard Duals at Collins Hill highlighting the action.

Parkview QB moves to Texas

The Parkview Panthers are now officially at their Witts' end.

Junior quarterback Patrick Witt, who started 13 games in 2005 for the state power, will transfer to Highland Park High in Dallas, Texas and will play his final season for the reigning Class AAAA champs of the Lone Star State.

What others are saying

Asian countries gain strength with unity

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The holding of the first meeting of the regional East Asia Summit in Malaysia this week was important. Which countries were included, and one that wasn't - as in, the United States - very important.

Sugar in Atlanta sweet for Merrow

In the ideal world, Thor Merrow wouldn't have tickets to the upcoming Sugar Bowl in Atlanta. He'd love to wear his Old Gold and Blue game jersey for West Virginia on Jan. 2, and play against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Georgia Dome.

Menorah to be lit on Duluth Town Green

DULUTH - Rabbi Yossi Lerman estimates that there are about 10,000 Jews living in Gwinnett County, but said most of them probably don't know each other.

Police reports

Man charged with battery, obstructing a law enforcement officer after scuffle

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross man was arrested Sunday after allegedly fighting with a security guard and spitting on customers at Cafe La Vaca at 3580 Sweetwater Road.

Bright spots

Bethlehem post office continues holiday tradition

BETHLEHEM - Kathy Montgomery, Bethlehem's postmaster, has been back in town little more than a week after going on assignment for the U.S. Postal Service nearly two years ago.

Buford's Singleton commits to LSU football

With one of the Southeastern Conference's top football programs and one its most famous coaches both in the running, Buford lineman Steven Singleton was torn between his final two college choices.