News for Friday, August 25, 2006

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OBITUARIES

BELL, LOUISE

Louise Echols Bell, age 86, passed away August 24, 2006 after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, August 26, 2006 in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel with Rev. Dick Baker officiating. Burial will be in Peachtree Memorial Park. Mrs. Bell was a native of Forsyth County. She was very active in the First Baptist Church of Duluth for 73 years. She served on various committees, including the building and grounds, also the pulpit committee. She served as co-chairman of the Gwinnett County Heart fund drive, chairman of the Duluth Area Cancer fund drive, she was a special feature writer for the Gwinnett Daily News, she was a substitute teacher, and president of the PTA, she served on the City of Duluth Planning and Zoning board for several years. In 1970, she earned her real estate license and worked as a real estate agent until she retired. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Frank Bell. Survivors include: Son and daughter in law, Woody and Beth Bell of Duluth; Daughter and son in law, LuAnn and Steve Falcaro of Sugar Hill; Sister, Lola Poole of Duluth; Brothers, Linton Echols of Bogart and Luster (Nub) Echols of Winder; Sister in laws, Irene Echols of Duluth and Shirley Echols of Columbus, GA; Grandchildren, Frank W. Bell III and Stephanie of Duluth, Julie and Shannon Hicks of LaGrange, Mary Ann Bell of Duluth; Great Grandchildren, Hallie Hicks and Nicole Bell; Several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at The Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

BUFORD

BARRON, RAMONA

Ramona "Mona" Barron, age 32 of Buford, died Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Wade Everett will officiate. A Teacher and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Miss Barron attended St. Paul United Methodist Church, Plum Branch, SC. She is survived by Parents: John William & Linda R. Barron, Jr., Buford; Brothers: Johnny Barron, Covington, Michael Barron, Plum Branch, SC; Maternal Grandfather: Carlos Watson, Winter Garden, FL; Niece: Addison Barron; Nephew: Joseph Barron; Aunt: Neila Sullins, Lincolnton, NC; and Uncle: Marvin Watson, Fort Pierce, FL. Family will receive friends from 1-2 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

ELLIJAY

FORD, AZALEE

Bernhardt Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Azalee Rogers Ford age 92 of Anderson Rd. Ellijay died Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Funeral Service will be held Sat. at 2:00pm from The SweetGum Baptist Church in Robbinsville N.C. with Rev. Kenny Ball and Rev., Daniel Stewart Officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 until 2:00pm. Interment Old Mother church cemetery in Robbinsville. Survivors include: Sons and Daughters-in-law: John and Margie Ford, Hoschton, GA; James and Cindy Ford, Robbinsville, N.C.; Daughter and Son-in-law: Jane and Hoover Weaver, Ellijay; 7 Grandchildren; 11 Great Grandchildren. The Family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8pm at Townsend Funeral Home in Robbinsville, N.C. Bernhardt Funeral Home Ellijay, GA in Charge of Arrangements.

JEFFERSON

GILLMAN, MILTON

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Milton Ted Gillman, age 58, of Jefferson, Georgia who passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

SON, BIEN

Mrs. Bien Thi Son, age 30, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 23, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

LOGANVILLE

CASEY, DOROTHY

Dorothy Casey, age 82 of Loganville, died Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

SNELLVILLE

SUMMERVILLE, LOIS

Lois Summerville, age 82 of Snellville, GA died August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

WINDER

WOOD, ANGIE

Angie Skinner Wood, age 40 of Winder, GA, passed away August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Man pleads not guilty in cruelty case

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Sept. 7 trial has been set for a Dacula man accused of neglecting dogs and running a puppy mill.

Police identify shooting victim; suspect in critical condition

LAWRENCEVILLE - The woman who was fatally shot Wednesday in front of her husband and 2-year-old son has been identified as 30-year-old Bien Thi Son.

Corrections

The Piedmont Rape Crisis Center will hold its Ride to Survive Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Winder City Pavilion. The wrong date was published in Thursday's edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

State Briefs

Man dead after

attacking officer

•DECATUR - A man was shot and killed

Thursday morning by a DeKalb County police officer.

Sewer authority discusses herd assessment

BUFORD - In suburban Gwinnett County, the most common place for a deer sighting is often along the side of the road.

Fight breaks out among laborers

DULUTH - Two day laborers were shot Thursday, when a fight broke out at a gas station, according to police.

Privacy hard to find in today's world

The age of YouTube, iPod, blogs, Technorati and Digg - combined with 24/7 insta-everything - has created both a wondrous and horrifying world.

Braves' Baez has emergency surgery

ATLANTA - After giving up four runs in a blown save Tuesday night, the real pain started a night later for Atlanta Braves reliever Danys Baez.

It's time to stop killing ourselves

I'm fat.

And not just a little fat. I'm a lot fat. The kind of fat where you look and say, "Wow, that guy is fat."

Woman found dead inside car

DORAVILLE - Police believe foul play was involved in the death of a young woman who was at first believed to be the victim of a car accident in the Doraville area.

Getting to Know ... David Machovec

David Machovec, 49, is in his third year as an assistant football/strength and conditioning coach at Dacula High School. In the last two years he has had a son (Israel) and a daughter (Eve) win state championships in track and field throwing events.

Police Reports

Lilburn man

carjacked

•NORCROSS - A 38-year-old Lilburn man was carjacked Monday by a group of unidentified men after leaving Lucky 77 Billiards in

Norcross.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Through August: The Shiloh Heat, a new 11U fall and 12U spring travel baseball team is forming at Lenora Park. For more information or to schedule a tryout please, contact Mike Scavo at 678-863-0236 or e-mail scavom@alltel.net or Byron Parten at 678-283-0719 or email bparten@dfps.com.

No major health cuts in works

ATLANTA - For the second year in a row, the state agency with jurisdiction over healthcare spending is not

recommending major budget cuts.

The Georgia Board of Community Health voted Thursday to submit a 2008 budget request of nearly $5 billion in state funds to Gov. Sonny Perdue. Including federal money, the budget would be nearly $11.5 billion.

After two years of spending cuts that threw thousands of low-income women and children off of Georgia's Medicaid rolls, the Department of Community Health was bailed out a year ago by the discovery of an unanticipated surplus.

Although that money is no longer available, agency officials expect to be able to cope with expected growth in Medicaid enrollment and rising healthcare costs because state tax revenues are increasing as the economy continues to recover from the recent

recession.

Also, Perdue isn't clamping down as tightly on the health department as other parts of state government, Carie Summers, the DCH's chief financial officer, told board members Thursday.

"Most agencies are having to submit flat budgets,'' she said. "The governor is allowing us an exemption.''

Among the spending increases the department is seeking is $23.3 million in state funds to cover projected enrollment growth in PeachCare for Kids, Georgia's health-insurance program for children, and $45.1 million in state money for fees paid to the companies running the state's new Medicaid managed-care program.

Pied Piper: Talented musician Curran attracting recruits to follow his lead to UGA

Brookwood linebacker Rennie Curran could be considered a modern-day Pied Piper of Hamelin, only his intentions are better.

Cross country opens season with nontraditional meet

A unique format will allow cross country runners to get their legs under them for the start of the season on Saturday.

10 years lat er, welfare reform legislation has been proven successful

It has been 10 years since the New York Times predicted that one bill being considered in Congress would hurt millions of Americans. It said, "This is not reform, it is punishment ... The effect on cities would be devastating."

Now, as we mark a decade since the signing of the Welfare Reform Act on Aug. 22, 1996, it is a fitting time to see how far welfare reform has taken us.

Chick-fil-A Bowl expands ranks of state's youth football league

The Chick-fil-A Bowl recently announced it's adding two conferences and 6,000 more players to its youth league football program, making it one of the largest such programs in the country supported by a bowl game.

The program now has a total of 18,000 players from 10 Georgia counties.

Louise Bell

Louise Echols Bell, age 86, passed away August 24, 2006 after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, August 26, 2006 in the Bill Head Funeral Home ...

Ramona Barron

Ramona “Mona” Barron, age 32 of Buford, died Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Milton Gillman

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Milton Ted Gillman, age 58, of Jefferson, Georgia who passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral ...

Dorothy Casey

Dorothy Casey, age 82 of Loganville, died Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com ...

Bien Son

Mrs. Bien Thi Son, age 30, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 23, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Lois Summerville

Lois Summerville, age 82 of Snellville, GA died August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Azalee Ford

Bernhardt Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Azalee Rogers Ford age 92 of Anderson Rd. Ellijay died Thursday, August 23, 2006. Funeral Service will be held Sat. at 2:00pm ...

Angie Wood

Angie Skinner Wood, age 40 of Winder, GA, passed away August 23, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.