News for Friday, September 9, 2005

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Winder woman killed in crash

Events planned to mark Sept. 11 anniversary

The following events are slated for this weekend in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

In time of crisis, our leaders didn't get the job done

In times of extreme stress, we often discover what we're made of. Some rally to the moment with acts of heroism and generosity, as many Americans did following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks almost four years ago. In such times, we marvel at human resiliency and the core of goodness that props up Homo sapiens americanus.

Getting to Know … Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins, 49, is set to begin his first season as the North Gwinnett girls basketball coach after coaching boys for the previous 27 years. He and his wife, Katherine, have four children, from ages 26 to 13.

World Briefs

U.S.-Iraqi force steps up pressure on insurgents

Letters to the Editor

May God protect all of our soldiers

Nation Briefs

Ophelia churns off Florida coast

Georgia health board OKs Medicaid budget

ATLANTA - The state board that oversees Georgia's Medicaid program voted Thursday to spare 1.5 million enrollees from cuts in services next year for the first time in three years.

Gwinnett United Way director says goodbye after 12 years

EDITOR'S NOTE - Jean Walker of Gwinnett County Public Schools was among the speakers at Thursday's United Way's 2005 campaign kickoff. As part of her speech, Walker read a letter written by Deb Roberts, who served as area director for United Way in Gwinnett for 12 years. Excerpts of the letter follow:

People Briefs

Rolling Stone to publish note from Thompson

Youth should take home lessons from Katrina

American middle and high school students everywhere should be required to watch videotape of the poor people stranded by Hurricane Katrina. Teachers should point out that many U.S. citizens without the financial means to get out of New Orleans wound up floating face down in the water or, at the very least, were subject to gross indignities and suffering of all kinds.

Police reports

Man charged in ATM robbery scheme

Prep roundup: Dacula's Garrett delivers big hit

DACULA - Chelsea Garrett hit the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to score Catty Colvin, as Dacula edged Mill Creek 1-0 on Thursday.

Jammie Hawkins

Jammie Willette Hawkins, age 43 of Cherrylog, GA passed away September 7, 2005. She is survived by: Husband: Scott Hawkins; Step Daughter: Jade Hawkins, Ider, AL; Parents: Jim & Sarah ...

Carolyn Vitale

Carolyn Vitale, age 69, of Suwanee, GA, passed away September 8, 2005. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Jacob Harris

Master Jacob Isaiah Harris, age 22 days of Gainesville, GA died September 4, 2005. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Odell Clark

Mr. Odell Clark, age 82, of Jefferson, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2005, after an extended illness. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson has charge of arrangements, 706-367-5467.

Runelle Sims

Runelle Biggers Sims, age 88 of Hapeville, GA passed away September 7, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pirkle. She is survived by: Daughters & Sons-in ...

Linda Lorance

Linda Lorance, age 48 of Cumming, passed away peacefully, Thursday, September 8, 2005. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

Allen Lohse

Allen L. Lohse, age 66, of Lawrenceville, passed away September 8, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Cecil Edwards

Cecil Coker Edwards, age 83, of Lilburn, GA died Wednesday evening, September 7, 2005. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Marc Dent

Marc Eugene Dent, age 51 of Doraville, passed away September 7, 2005. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home of Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Dozier James

Mr. Dozier T. James, Jr., age 62, of Snellville, GA passed on September 7, 2005. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons, Inc. Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA ...

Alma Williams

Mrs. Alma Louise Easom Williams, age 88, of Eastanollee, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at her residence. Acree-Davis Funeral Home of Toccoa in charge of the arrangements ...

Frances Tingle

Frances Tingle, age 80 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away September 4, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Ernesto Diaz

Ernesto E. Diaz, age 69, of Atlanta, passed away September 7, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Willis Smith

Willis Herman Smith, age 90, of Winder, passed away September 7, 2005. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.