News for Saturday, December 3, 2005

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Elizabeth Driscoll

Elizabeth Rose Driscoll, 94, passed away Friday, November 25, 2005. Wife of the late Rev. Carl Ashley Driscoll, Betty was born September 27, 1911, in Springfield, Ohio. The daughter of ...

Paul Jaillette

Paul Arthur Jaillette, age 53, of Winder, passed away on December 2, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, 770-867-4553.

Archie Putnam

Archibald W. (Archie) Putnam, age 87, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2005. He is survived by his: Wife of 24 years Doris Richardson Gold Putnam (Retired ...

Charles Partridge

Mr. Charles “Chuck” Partridge age 39, of Sugar Hill, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan ...

Mary Thurmond

Mary Frances Sims Thurmond, age 86 of Lawrenceville died Friday, December 2, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM, Sunday, December 4, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Billy Barnett

Mr. Billy O'neal Barnett age 71, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan ...

Junior Mcelreath

Mr. Junior McElreath, age 45, of Elberton, Georgia died December 2, 2005. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-1361.

Ellen Cates

Ellen Sue Cates, age 56, of Buford died Thursday, December 1, 2005. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, Georgia 30518. 770-945-9345.

Suspect arrested in connection with double shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 17-year-old from Lawrenceville has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting last week that injured two people.

Norcross attorney disbarred over 'misconduct'

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross attorney has been disbarred because money a client paid him to file bankruptcy charges and pay off a mortgage arrearage on her behalf disappeared.

Legislators renew push to aid military families

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia lawmakers are about to pick up where they left off last winter in helping families of part-time soldiers cope with the financial costs of serving on active duty.

OBITUARIES

BURT, WINFRED

Winfred Burt, age 73 of Lilburn, passed away November 30, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-277-4550.

SMITH, R. L .

Mill Creek gets first wins of the season

HOSHCTON - Mill Creek's home opener turned out to be doubly sweet on Friday night as both its girls and boys basketball teams posted wins over visiting Centennial.

Teams compete to see who can build the best Lego robot

NORCROSS - There was no water in sight, but the robot still rolled along on its ocean odyssey. It attempted to release a trapped dolphin, deploy a submarine and clean up a cargo shipping accident. Above it, seven children crowded around to watch its progress. They had built the six-inch-long robot out of Legos.

Central girls slip past South Forsyth 49-47

CUMMING - Central Gwinnett squeaked by South Forsyth 49-47 on Friday.

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Unbeaten Peachtree Ridge rolls to record win

SUWANEE - The Peachtree Ridge boys basketball team set a new school record for wins.

Ain't that a kick in the head?Big time in the big city doesn't quite turn out as planned

A few weeks ago - actually it was a couple of months back now - my lovely wife, Lisa, dropped a subtle hint that she would like for me to take her to the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta to see the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes perform.

Actually what she did was throw the ad from the Sunday paper on my breakfast plate and say, "Order these tickets today or you'll be sleeping on the couch for the whole month of December."

Introduce your kids to classic toys this Christmas

While shopping for iPods and video game systems this Christmas, don't overlook the classic toys. In addition to fulfilling your kids' wishes, consider giving them something that you enjoyed in the past.

"You're not just giving them a toy, you're giving them a story and a shared memory," said Tim Walsh, author of "Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them" (Andrews McMeel, $29.95).

Luckhurst's well-rounded game leading Tulane

Off the basketball court, Nikki Luckhurst's sophomore year at Tulane has been a bit odd.

Students learn about weather in school play

LOGANVILLE - Tongue-twisting groundhogs, a magical rainbow and dueling warm and cold air masses were all just part of the act. This week, J.C. Magill Elementary School students performed "The Weather Show," a musical culminating their unit on meteorology.

Police reports

Man accused of domestic violence

•GRAYSON - An Iranian national was arrested on a battery charge Wednesday for allegedly beating his wife during an argument at their Swallows Walk home in Grayson.

Officials keep guard up for harsh winter

GAINESVILLE - After an unpredictable summer, officials expect an unpredictable winter as far as weather is concerned.

Girl expelled for same-sex kiss sues school

LOGANVILLE - A former Covenant Christian Academy student who was expelled for kissing another girl filed suit Friday against the school.

Broncos going for happy ending

hey were not happy endings. In fact, they were downright depressing for the players, coaches, fans and students.

The Brookwood Broncos went into the 2003 playoffs with a 9-1 record and very high hopes. They lost in the first round to Harrison 30-14.

'96 Broncos whipped Valdosta at hallowed Cleveland Field

This is how Dave Hunter remembers the conversation during a car ride with his oldest son, Robbie.

All hail the chief - even her hubby

Why is it that when a woman comes into power, it diminishes the men around her, but a man's power enhances the woman in his life?

Sports calendar

Baseball

Dec. 5, 6: The Windward Baseball Academy will hold two college/professional scout clinics from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 5 session is a pitchers clinic and Dec. 6 is a hitters clinic. Cost is $50 per clinic or $80 for both clinics. Call 770-619-3303 or e-mail to windwardbb@adelphia.net.

Hamilton Mill church celebrates 10 years of growth

Here in Gwinnett County, it's hard to imagine what it takes for a foundling church to grow and thrive. With the recent popularity of mega-churches and their multi-thousand-strong congregations, how does a tiny seedling church survive? When one doesn't have to drive more than two miles in any direction from any given point in the county to find a church, how does a new church build a congregation?

David Davis, senior pastor of Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church, sums it up like this: "The biggest challenge we face is one every church faces. Do we have the faith and trust to do what God is calling us to do?"

Davis and about 50 people began asking themselves that question almost 10 years ago to the day. On the first Sunday in December 1995, the group met as a church for the first time in Fort Daniel Elementary school. Ten years and about 1,300 more members later, Davis says that original challenge is still at the forefront.

"We began meeting in peoples' homes in the fall of '95, doing Bible studies and planning," Davis said.

His church was sponsored early on by the North Georgia Conference of United Methodist Churches.

"We did mailings and door-to-door visits to get people to come out and visit the church," Davis said. "We've always been in the top 20 fastest growing Methodist churches in north Georgia."

Second Gwinnett resident hits lottery for second time; this ticket worth $1 million

DULUTH - There must be something in the water in Gwinnett County because Georgia lottery success certainly lives here. Friday afternoon Judy Slone from Norcross became the second Gwinnett county resident in two weeks to win the Georgia Lottery twice.

A friend gave Slone a $200 Million Cash Spectacular instant game ticket for her birthday, and she won the game's $1 million top prize. In October 2004, Slone won $27,777 playing the instant game Silver 7's.

County names homeland security chief

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Sept. 11, 2001, Alan Doss watched television with disbelief as two planes were piloted into New York's Twin Towers.

Eight locals picked for GACA North-South football

Eight Gwinnett players were on the rosters, which were released on Friday, for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's North-South Football Game. The game is scheduled for Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. in Columbus.

Man killed in accident

WINDER - An 84-year-old man was killed Thursday when his son fell asleep at the wheel.