News for Wednesday, December 28, 2005


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James Kinney

James H. Kinney, age 85 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, December 30, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

James Seigler

James Cowan Seigler, II, age 73, of Lilburn, GA, died Wednesday, December 28, 2005. The funeral will be at 1 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2005 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lilburn ...

Trent Lewis

Trent Lewis, age 9, of Dacula, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, December 30, 2005 at Hebron ...

Willa Manning

Willa Dean Manning, age 77 of Canon, GA died Tuesday, December 27, 2005 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,

Carl Guy

Carl N. Guy, age 71 of Lawrenceville, died Monday, December 26, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

William Mcintyre

William “Bill” Murray McIntyre, age 80 of Lawrenceville, formerly of Barren County, KY, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton ...

Susie Bledsoe

Susie K. Bledsoe, of Loganville, Georgia, our beloved great grandmother, grandmother and mother ended her 77 year journey on this earth on December 27, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages ...

Steven Sansone

Steven Philip Sansone, age 38 of Dacula died Saturday, December 24, 2005. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 3, 2005 at Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula. In lieu ...

Moselle Williams

Moselle Smith Williams, age 94 of Snellville, died Wednesday, December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

Cocktails are the finishing touch for elegant holiday parties

Sure, New Year's Eve parties usually revolve around champagne.

In brief

Stocks fall as yield curve inverts for first time in years

NEW YORK - Stocks tumbled Tuesday as the bond market gave signals that in the past have preceded economic slowdowns. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 100 points.

Blue collar councilman: After 26 years, Burson retiring


Mahlon Burson never wanted the job in the first place. He knocked on two doors in 1979 and decided that was enough politickin' for him.

9-year-old boy dies in car accident

BUFORD - A 9-year-old Buford boy was killed and three of his family members were injured in a wreck with a suspected drunken driver this weekend.

South girls top Peachtree Ridge, 54-32

SNELLVILLE - Host South Gwinnett built a 17-point halftime lead and cruised to a 54-32 victory in first round girls basketball action at the Deep South Classic on Tuesday.

Airport ponders possible security enhancements

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field are still reviewing potential security improvements after the nighttime landing of a stolen charter jet raised concerns about easy accessibility.

Growth dominates Gwinnett landscape again in 2005

LAWRENCEVILLE - As it has each year for decades, growth and development continued its march across Gwinnett County's landscape in 2005.

Rowland's 25 points lead Parkview to easy victory

SUWANEE - Parkview's boys showed no signs of eating too much Christmas dinner as the Panthers returned to action Tuesday night with an 82-64 win over Sandy Creek in the opening round of the Powerade Basketball Festival at North Gwinnett High School.

Happy Holy Days

Happy Holidays! Yes, all of them. Christmas, St. Stephen's Day (Monday), St. John's Day (Tuesday), Feast of the Holy Innocents (today), Our Lord's Circumcision (Sunday), and Epiphany (Jan. 6). As a Christian, I have no problem with people saying "happy holidays," since "holiday" is an abbreviated form of "holy day," and we have lots of them.

Aquarium well worth the wait

Recently, I took a vacation day planning to sleep in, have a leisurely lunch with my wife and then visit the new Georgia Aquarium in the afternoon.

Planning ahead, I had gone online to purchase tickets and was surprised to find that most days were sold out. The aquarium offers tickets on its Web site to be pre-purchased for each hour, based on anticipated visitor traffic, and when I discovered they had 150 tickets left between 2 and 3 on a Friday afternoon, I quickly bought two online.

Eight apartments damaged by fire

NORCROSS - Residents of eight apartments were left temporarily homeless Tuesday after an accidental fire caused heavy damage to a building in Huntington Ridge Apartments off Jimmy Carter Boulevard.




Mr. Daniel Barrett, age 67, of Buford, GA, passed away December 24, 2005. He is survived by his: former Wife: Deborah (Debbie) Barrett of Suwanee, GA; first Wife: Mrs. Barbara Young of Ellen Dale, North Dakota; Sons: Timothy Barrett of Wauesha, WI, Mark Barrett of Susex, WI; Step Children: Shawn Sendex of Suwanee, GA, Craig Sendex of Duluth, GA; Grandson: Ian Barrett; Granddaughter: Courtney Bakke. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 3 P.M. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



W. Hursey Moulder, age 89 of Buford, GA died Monday, December 26, 2005 after a brief illness. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Mr. Dale Farr will officiate. Interment will follow in Island Ford Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford. The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 28, 2005 from 2 - 9 P.M. at the funeral home. Mr. Moulder is survived by Nephew and Niece, Stanley and Nancy Pugh, Buford; Great Niece and Nephew, Paula and Dale Price, Buford; Great Nephew and Niece, Marty and Darlene Pugh, Jefferson; Great-Great Nieces and Nephew, Mickala Price, Buford, Kinsie Pugh and Nolan Pugh, Jefferson; Brother In-law, Edmon Pugh, Buford; Several Cousins. Mr. Moulder was a lifelong resident of Buford and of the Baptist faith. He worked many years for Bona Allen and retired from Bailey Cabinet Co., Buford. Mr. Moulder was known by most of his family and friends as "Unkie" and he will be truly missed. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,



James W. "Jack" Beachem, age 84 of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, 770-945-9345.



Mr. Ricky Joe Whitlock, age 50, of Hoschton, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2005, after an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.



Mr. Raymond James Allen, II, age 64 of Lawrenceville, GA, died December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,


Ernest "Wes" Born, age 70 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, December 23, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.


Robbie Mae Holbrook, age 82 of Lawrenceville died Monday, December 26, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 29, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Soop and Rev. J. T. McMillian will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. A Homemaker, Mrs. Holbrook is survived by: Sons and Daughters-in-law: William H. & Delilah M. Holbrook, Jerry Lee & Nancy M. Holbrook, all of Lawrenceville; 5 Grandchildren; 7 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews. Family will receive friends from 12-9 PM, Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.


James Kinney, age 85 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005. Arrangements will be announced by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.


Pablo Medrano, age 9, of Lawrenceville, GA, died December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.


Robert C. (Bob) Mullins, 71, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, December 25, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.



James T. Doran, Lt. Col. Retired, 77, of Norcross, GA, died December 26, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home & Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.




Marsha Hitchcock (Nana) of Snellville, Georgia, died on December 26, 2005 after a long battle with cancer. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,


Loyd Winchester, age 81, of Snellville, passed away December 26, 2005. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29 at 1:00 PM at Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville, GA, 770-979-3200.

Foundation raises money for young athletes

LAWRENCEVILLE - Not every kid needs athletics, but Jabari Brandon does.

Intelligent design ruling should awaken religious conservatives

The decision by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III to bar the teaching of "intelligent design" in the Dover, Pa., public school district on grounds it is a thinly veiled effort to introduce a religious view of the world's origins is welcome for at least two reasons.

North girls get win over Miller Grove

SUWANEE - Most coaches don't look ahead to their next game, but North Gwinnett girls basketball coach Tony Watkins looked far enough ahead to know that he wanted his next game to be in the evening and not at lunch time.

Allen powers Meadowcreek past Savannah with game-high 32

ATLANTA - Chris Allen scored a game-high 32 points as the Meadowcreek boys basketball team beat Savannah 75-73 in the first round of the Peach State Holiday Classic at Morehouse College.

Gladiators rally for 7-3 victory

DULUTH - The power play was working nicely and the Gwinnett Gladiators poured it on in the third period to crush South Carolina 7-3 in front of a large Tuesday night crowd at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

New program will help athletes excel off the field

LAWRENCEVILLE - Student athletes may practice hard on the field, but their dedication doesn't always transfer to writing papers and taking tests. A new Gwinnett program hopes to change that by tutoring, mentoring and generally preparing student athletes for college.

Police reports

Man shot in leg on Christmas

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 21-year-old man was shot in the leg on Christmas Day by several suspected gang members who may have mistaken him for a rival gangster.

Law student charged in fatal attack

LAWRENCEVILLE - Murder charges are pending against a 24-year-old law student accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend at his Duluth apartment last week.

Sports calendar


Monday-Friday: Renz Baseball Christmas camp runs this Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 770-271-4554 or go to for discounts.

Letters to the Editor

Reed's unsavory links make him a liability

Ralph Reed needs to withdraw from the lieutenant governor's race before he hurts the Republican Party.

As a lobbyist he forged ties with groups and causes that question his loyalty to core Republican beliefs. He represented the interests of Enron and Microsoft, two companies not known to respect workers' rights. While a candidate, he has taken money from numerous lobbyists who he supported previously.

For example, this year, he reportedly raised more than $4,000 from directors tied to the firm of Fierce, Isakowitz and Blalock. This firm is the principal lobbying agent for the American Gaming Association. Reed also reportedly took $1,000 from Daniel Mattoon, a principal at the lobbing firm of Podesta Mattoon. The largest client of that firm is the Science Coalition, which is actively involved in the fight to support evolution in the classroom.

While Reed may have not done anything illegal, his actions have raised questions as to his dedication to the values so important to those who sacrificed so much to elevate him to prominence.

- Mike Seigle


Congress could learn from odd friendship

I would like to to share an uncommonly tender thought regarding the coming together in friendship of two very different and controversial men. Two ex-presidents, one losing to the other in a bitterly fought contest involving character assassination and accusations of failings too numerous to mention.

When President Bush decided to ask his father to join with former President Clinton to raise money for the victims of the terrible tsunami disaster and later perform the same mission for New Orleans and other Gulf cities after Katrina struck, a lot of people were skeptical that the former adversaries could effectively work together.

They were dead wrong as we now know. They not only presented a solid and united front, devoid of party politics, but they formed a warm and lasting friendship based on nothing more complicated than the fact that they just plain liked each other.

Peachtree Ridge knocks off defending Deep South champs

SNELLVILLE - For the first time in four years, there will be a new boys champion of the Deep South Classic.

Brookwood girls fall in opener to NW Whitfield

SNELLVILLE - Brookwood didn't allow a field goal in the fourth quarter and started the period on an 8-1 run. That's the good news.

Armstrong leads Wesleyan to first-round win

SNELLVILLE - The motivation to repeat as Deep South Classic champions is still there. So is a desire to sleep late.