News for Thursday, December 29, 2005


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Ruth Griffeth

Ruth Ruark Griffeth, age 75 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, December 29, 2005. Survivors include: Children: Gloria & Randall Dixon, Dacula, Emmett & Jean Griffeth, Loganville; Grandchildren: Joe & Kim Dixon ...

Albert Thomas

Albert Ray Thomas, age 92 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2005. Mr. Thomas was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 40+ years. He was a ...

Harold Barrett

Harold L. Barrett, age 81 of Demorest, GA, passed away on December 28, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Loraine Barrett, and is survived ...

Sarah Grissom

Mrs. Sarah Grissom, age 65, of Buford, GA passed away on December 29, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joil “Gene” Grissom, grandson, Craig Burel ...

Myrtice Williams

Myrtice Thelma Williams of Duluth, died December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Stephen Payne

Stephen “Morris” Payne, age 49, of Winder, passed away December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Helen Fitzpatrick

Mrs. Helen Williams Fitzpatrick, age 81, of Snellville, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2005 at the Emory Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, Georgia. Arrangements by Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Inc ...

Vivian Wyatt

Vivian Ruth Wyatt, age 87, of Statham, GA, passed away December 27, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Harry Moore

Harry “Buck” Franklin Moore, age 90 of Norcross, passed away December 28, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Dog food linked to pet deaths

LAWRENCEVILLE - Diamond Pet Foods will pay damages to pet owners whose dogs became sick or died after eating contaminated food, the company said Wednesday.

Parkview girls advance to Powerade finals

SUWANEE - Parkview is no stranger to taking a big lead and letting it slip away. The Panthers have done it three times already this season.

Police reports

Fire heavily damages home

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A fire caused heavy damage Wednesday to a home at 1227 Monfort Road in Lawrenceville.

Renewable hybrid wood rates high on hardness scale

The next time you're in the market for a hardwood floor, butcher block table or cutting board, keep the Janka scale in mind.

Deep South trip good for Hebron

An e-mail earlier this year from Deep South Classic tournament director Les Witmer got Betsy Hensley interested. So she sent in an application to be a part of the tough high school basketball tournament held each December in Gwinnett.

End of Commandments fight tops year in Barrow

WINDER - Commissioners flexed their muscles in Barrow County this year, but with mixed results.

An effort to exempt seniors from some taxes failed when the Board of Education would not sign on to the proposal, and commissioners were in the spotlight when they abruptly suspended the county fire chief, only to reinstate him the next week.

Belk says it will close local store

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Riverside Parkway Belk is closing in favor of a newer, much larger store at the Mall of Georgia.

Stifling Comets

Cities grab land at steady rate

LAWRENCEVILLE - Cities in Gwinnett County are on track to annex roughly the same amount of land in 2005 as they did in 2004.

Small investments during winter can pay off big for trees

This month's ice storm wasn't as bad as it could have been. It was bad enough, though, to have caused lots of minor tree damage in Gwinnett.

There are measures you can take to prevent or mitigate ice storm damage to trees. Little things can help your trees survive a long winter. A few small investments now can pay off big, yielding a healthy and structurally sound tree.

UGA Cooperative Extension specialists offer these recommendations for winterizing your trees:

Remove dead and declining twigs and branches. Don't leave pests food and shelter for the


Drug companies get better marks on public disclosure

Drug companies are making more information public about medical studies they are conducting, but some still withhold key details, a new analysis of a federal registry finds.

Unexplained death under investigation

NORCROSS - The suspicious death of a 36-year-old Norcross woman was ruled a homicide Wednesday, but few details about the incident were made available by police.

Commandment owner

Shiloh hands AAAA's No. 1 team first loss

SUWANEE - Shiloh's boys team earned a spot in the finals of the Powerade Basketball Festival at North Gwinnett with a 58-53 win over Chapel Hill, the No. 1 ranked program in Class AAAA, on Wednesday night.

Raspberry shows success possible in any situation

To be born black in Okolona, Miss., in 1935 was to have two strikes against you and a fastball coming at your head. Unless, that is, you are William Raspberry, the syndicated columnist who has announced his retirement from column writing after 40 years, but not retirement from life after 70 years.

South girls shut down GAC for berth in semis

SNELLVILLE - The Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans scored 19 points in the first quarter against South Gwinnett on Wednesday night.

Bill gives counties power to curb annexations by cities

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia counties would gain the right to stop some annexations of unincorporated land by cities under legislation introduced for the upcoming General Assembly session.

No rest for county's best girls, boys teams

Another week, another stacked tournament field for the Collins Hill girls and the Norcross boys basketball teams.

Both teams, who are coming off tough championship losses in their previous tourneys, will be playing in the prestigious Bojangles High School Basketball Shootout today in Charlotte, N.C.

No one was spared from goofs in '05


When I sat down to review the past year's columns for my annual accounting of errors and misjudgments, I realized that the politicians I cover had set an impossibly high standard in 2005. They had screwed up so often and so spectacularly that my goofs were almost certain to seem trivial by comparison.

Armstrong leads Wesleyan to Deep South semis

SNELLVILLE - Anne Marie Armstrong didn't have time to talk after her basketball game on Wednesday. The Wesleyan freshman was rushing out of the gym at South Gwinnett High School to go get an MRI on her knee.




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,



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 Baptist Church, Dacula, GA. Rev. George Sansbury, Rev. Don Sansbury & Rev. Duke Forster will officiate. Graveside Services will follow at 3:30 PM at Manchester City Cemetery, Manchester, GA. Trent attended Pharr Elementary School and was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, James E. Lewis, Sr., Maternal Grandparents, A. B. & Anna Jean Copeland. He is survived by his Parents: Jim & Carol Lewis, Jr., Dacula; Brother: Kevin Lewis, Dacula; Paternal Grandparents: Betty & Joseph Kernodle, Dothan, AL; Paternal Great Grandfather: O. J. Sansbury, Newton, AL; Aunts & Uncles: A. B. & Tanya Copeland, Jr., Maryville, TN, Julie & Ronald Moody, Columbus, GA, Jeanie Copeland, Alpharetta, GA; Great Uncle & Aunt: Bill & Henrietta Watkins, Manchester, GA; Cousin: Laura Moody, Atlanta. In Lieu of flowers, memorials to: For Research for Cure of Fragile X Syndrome, Emory University Dept. of Human Genetics, Attn: Sharon Grantham, 615 Michael Street, Ste. 301, Atlanta, GA 30022. The Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM til 8:00 PM Thursday, December 29, 2005 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.


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 of flowers, memorials to Hebron Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 279, Dacula, Georgia 30019. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100.



James W. "Jack" Beachem loved boating and was one of the foremost pioneers in the Atlanta boating community. In his youth he enjoyed racing sailboats and just being out on the water. In 1957, he opened Holiday on Lake Lanier Marina and became involved in the business of boating. In the early years of Holiday, he was a Chris-Craft Dealer, selling boats to fill up the marina. When Holiday was sold in 1983, it had become one of the largest floating marinas in the world. In 1960, Jack started Lazy Days Houseboats and constructed over 450 houseboats before retiring in 1986. Lazy Days houseboats have been sold all over the United States and in Europe. In 1976, he helped his son develop Lazy Days Marina on Lake Lanier. Mr. Beachem became well known and respected in the "Marine Industry." He had many interests including boats, cars, and airplanes. He was a pilot and owned an airplane for many years. After retirement, Jack continued to work as a consultant and entrepreneur. He bought and sold boats and stayed involved in the business. Mr. Beachem loved being on the water cruising in the Keys or on Lake Lanier. In his eighties he tried many new things, including parasailing. Jack Beachem was very proud of his expanding family of five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Beachem, 84, passed away December 27, 2005, after a fall in his home in Flowery Branch. His survivors include his wife, Martha Beachem, Flowery Branch; daughter and son-in-law Susan & Hal Herd, Suwanee; son and daughter-in-law Doug & Laura Beachem, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Shannon & Craig Cole, Duluth; Kelley & Carlos Lugo, Decatur; Erin Herd, Lawrenceville; Jack Beachem & Heather Beachem, Alpharetta. Mr. Beachem was preceded in death by Mrs. Elfie Beachem. Funeral Services for Mr. James W. "Jack" Beachem will be conducted at 11:00 AM Friday, December 30, in the Chapel of the Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Walworth officiating. Entombment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Flowers are being accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, or to the Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, 84741. The family will receive friends from 6-9 PM Thursday, December 29 at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, 770-945-9345.



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 Funeral Home. Rev. John Colbaugh will officiate. A member of Lawrenceville Church of God, Mr. Guy is survived by: Wife: Ketta Enriquez Guy, Lawrenceville; Children: Darla Ann & F. X. MacAulay, Athens, Darren Mark Guy, Barry Shane Guy, both of Marietta, Allen & Amy Ward, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Brothers & Sisters-in-law: George & Janice Guy, Floyd & Kathleen Guy, Ray Binkley; Grandchild: Trey MacAulay; Nieces & Nephews: Marlene & Ralph Ducheny, Susan & Robert McPherson. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lawrenceville Church of God, P.O. Box 367, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. Family will receive friends from 12 Noon - 2 PM, Saturday, December 31, 2005 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.


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 Funeral Home. Rev. J. T. McMillian and Rev. Jerry Hewatt will officiate. Burial Oakland Community Cemetery, Lawrenceville. A member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Lawrenceville and a WW II Army Veteran, Mr. Kinney was a retired metal fabricator with Scientific Atlanta and was preceded in death by his sons, Douglas Kinney and Billy Kinney. Survivors include: Wife of 59 years: Mildred Brownlee Kinney, Lawrenceville; Children: Freddie & Mary Kinney, Snellville, Lynn & Johnny Shelton, Lawrenceville; Grandchildren: Jessie Kinney, Duluth, Teresa & David Loden, Bethlehem, Tina & Daniel Reynolds, Bethlehem, Denise & Jason Ledford, Dawsonville; Great Grandchildren: Ashley Nicole Loden, Bethlehem, Daniel Craig Reynolds, Bethlehem, Cody Justin Reynolds, Bethlehem, Hannah Kinney, Alicia Kinney, both of Dawsonville; Several Nieces and Nephews. Flowers accepted or memorials to Oakland Community Cemetery, C/O of Betty Reese, 607 Paden Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044 or Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. Family will receive friends from 10 AM-12 PM, 2-4 PM, and 6-9 PM, Thursday, December 29, 2005 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. 770-962-3100.


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 Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.



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, with Pastor Dale Sillik officiating. Interment will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. A native of Asheville, NC, Mr. Seigler was an educator for UNISYS for 35 years and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Seigler and Winifred and Gordon Belthius; his brother, Bob Seigler; a sister, Dora Pfaff; son, William Cowan Seigler, and Virginia Kearney. Survivors include: daughters, April Dawn Seigler of Lilburn, Courtney Lucille Seigler of Jonesboro, Jennifer Shea Seigler of Chicago, IL, and Ashley Marie Christian of Loganville; sons, James Cowan Seigler, III of Norcross, Ronnie Douglas Seigler of Texas, and Scott Alan Seigler of Jacksonville, FL; brother, Dr. Hilliard Seigler of Durham, NC; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; B.J. Seigler and Willie Simmons. Contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1826 Killian Hill Road, Lilburn, GA 30047 or to the American Cancer Society. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.



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 Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



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.

What others are saying

Red Cross problems should not distract from its good works

Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic:

Whether it's helping a family displaced by a home fire or dispatching aid to those devastated by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast - the American Red Cross is there.

Calliopsis offers an easy route

Sometimes, I tire of the difficult and just want something easy. Maybe a plant that never needs staking, comes up in sidewalk cracks and thrives on neglect. Drought-tolerant, insect-resistant and not fussy about soil type would be nice, too.

Jennings' late free throws secure North win

SUWANEE - Late free-throw shooting by North Gwinnett's Lisa Jennings sealed the Bulldogs' 54-50 win over previously unbeaten Sandy Creek on Wednesday at the Powerade Basketball Festival.

Gwinnett Gab

State OKs $34.6M Pleasant Hill project

ATLANTA - State officials announced a $34.6 million contract to rebuild the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Buford Highway has been awarded to E.R. Snell Contractor Inc.

Commissioners say transition went smooth in 2005

Promises made, promises kept.

Going the distance: Alaska team makes long trip to tourney

Let's first dispel some misconceptions.

These guys don't live in igloos. And they don't run into polar bears on the way to school. Moose, maybe, but not polar bears.

Yes, Alaska is part of the United States. No, it's not over by Hawaii.

Bond market flip scrutinized

n WASHINGTON - Whether a harbinger of troubled economic times or a quirk due to light trading around the holidays, this week's flip in the bond market - where long-term investments for a while fetched lower interest rates than short-term ones - bears close watching.

A green way to clean

Gladiators aim to pay back Lynx

The Gwinnett Gladiators came back from their holiday break facing a stretch of five games in six days.

Basketball roundup


Parkview 67, Miller Grove 61

SUWANEE - The Parkview boys basketball team scrapped its way to a 67-61 win over Miller Grove on Wednesday night, earning a spot in the Powerade Basketball Festival finals at North Gwinnett.

Oil prices cut into stock gains

n NEW YORK - Rising oil prices and the return of a bond market anomaly cut into Wall Street's early gains Wednesday, leaving stocks with only a modest advance.

Enron accountant pleads guilty

HOUSTON - A former top accountant at Enron Corp. sealed his plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday, becoming a key potential witness in the upcoming fraud trial of former CEOs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

Consumer confidence surges in December

n NEW YORK - Consumer confidence has nearly recovered from the beating it took from Hurricane Katrina and other severe storms, boding well for spending in 2006.