News for Saturday, August 26, 2006

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Space still an issue for county

LAWRENCEVILLE - Even while celebrating the conversion of a former Wal-Mart to a county government office, officials know the latest building is simply a short-term solution to the county's space needs.

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.

Prep roundup: Falcons nip Milton at Invite

SUWANEE - Casey Lecates and Dixie Stuart both had hits and scored a run as the Dacula Falcons defeated Milton 2-1 in the Hawk/Bulldog Invitational on Friday at Collins Hill.

Suspect arrested in Norcross abduction

LAWRENCEVILLE - A metro-Atlantawide manhunt ended peacefully Friday when a man suspected of abducting his girlfriend in Norcross and later firing upon a Fayetteville police officer was arrested near Georgia State University.

House divided: What's a loyal Bulldog to do when his grandson turnsTech?

I've been a grandfather for more than 19 years, and until now it has been a slam-dunk. Grandparenting is great revenge for those fortunate enough to have survived raising their own kids.

Dress rehearsal

Youth roundup: USTA team wins Southern Sectional

The 14-and-under advances USTA tennis team went undefeated at the Southern Sectional Championship last weekend at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

With the win, the team will advance to the national championship tournament to be held Oct. 27-30 in San Diego.

NASCAR pit crews stronger thanks to Shiloh grad Skeen

Before this summer, Matt Skeen had never been to a NASCAR race. The Gardner-Webb football player didn't know much about the sport or even its drivers.

But when the offer came to be a part one of the most successful teams in auto racing, Skeen didn't pass it up.

Super Six

Housing, fuel costs put strain on consumers

ST. LOUIS - Fresh evidence shows that high energy prices and sagging home values are pinching the main driver of the U.S. economy - the Average Joe's wallet.

Former Lawrenceville Wal-Mart becomes county elections office

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Lynn Ledford joined the Gwinnett County elections department 20 years ago, her office was located in the former mental ward of Button Gwinnett Hospital.

Man pleads guilty in two assault cases

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 46-year-old Duluth man was sentenced to life in prison this week for assaulting and robbing two elderly victims in separate incidents last year.

Gwinnett schools' finance chief resigns

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools' chief financial officer has resigned.

OBITUARIES

COMMERCE

DANIEL, BILLY

Mr. Billy E. Daniel, age 71, of Commerce, GA and formerly of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on August 24, 2006. Surviving are: Wife of 49 years: Mrs. Lillian Richardson Daniel, Commerce, GA; Daughter: Lori Daniel, Atlanta, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Vincent and Cindy Daniel, Jefferson, GA, Brian and Michelle Daniel, Braselton, GA; Three Grandchildren: Mary Beth Kaine, Jefferson, GA, James Robinson, Braselton, GA, Austin Robinson, Braselton, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Reeves and Lola Daniel, Homer, GA, Bobby Daniel, Homer, GA, Virgil and Fannie Daniel, Jefferson, GA; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Gwen and Tom Braswell, Dacula, GA; Several nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Mr. Daniel was a native of Gwinnett County, GA, born on October 4, 1935. He was a retired Shipping Manager from Marmon Keystone Steel Company. He was a guitar player for over 50 years. He attended the Suwanee Church of God. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Lamar Hansard and Rev. Landy McDaniel officiating. Interment in the Sugar Hill Cemetery, Sugar Hill, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army in memory of Billy Daniel. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

JENKINS, BETTY

Betty Ellen Harper Jenkins, age 80, of White Hill School Rd., Commerce, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, died August 24, 2006. Mrs. Jenkins was the daughter of the late Lester and Margaret Harley Harper. She was born August 29, 1925 in Franklin County, OH. Mrs. Jenkins was a retired secretary and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. Survivors are: husband, William Fred Jenkins Jr., Commerce, GA; Daughter, Linda Bader, Winder, GA; Son and daughter in law, William F. and Vickie Jenkins III of Royston, GA; 4 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren. Funeral services Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 3PM from the Chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Interment will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, 4PM till 7 PM. Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. GA.

CONYERS

NEEDHAM, NEZEREE

Nezeree Needham, age 86 of Conyers, died Thursday, August 24, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

DULUTH

FROST, JUERGEN

Juergen Frost, 68, of Duluth, died August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

WINDER

WHITE, CLYDIE

Mrs. Clydie Travis White, age 96 of Winder, GA, passed away August 24, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Letters to the Editor

Editor's note: Collier Westmoreland, a former high school coach at both Norcross and Meadowcreek, died last week after a battle with cancer. A member of the Norcross First United Methodist Church, he was known for working with kids and regularly going on mission trips.

Westmoreland tribute was touching

Just wanted to thank you for such an appropriate tribute to Collier Westmoreland. He and his wife, Brenda, were my youth leaders at Norcross Methodist in the late '70s and early '80s.

Eight planets = Worlds of trouble

The wacky world of science is just wearing me out. You go to bed believing one thing - something you've been taught all your life, understand - and you wake up the next morning and boom! Scientists have learned that what you had been taught as scientific fact wasn't a fact at all.

It's a little bit disheartening, y'all.

I'm speaking now, of course, of Pluto. When I went to bed Thursday night I was content in the knowledge that Pluto was still the smallest planet in the solar system.

I knew that because my fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Betty Robertson, taught me so. That knowledge had been reinforced over the years because I had to help each of my children make models of the solar system, and Pluto was always one of the planets.

It was always the smallest Styrofoam ball or tiniest bit of modeling clay. One of my kids had a teacher who liked food so much that she required an edible solar system, and Pluto was a tiny little grape. But no matter how small, it was always there - far away from the sun, of course - but one of the starting nine, nonetheless.

Then I woke up Friday morning and learn that some highfalutin astronomers have voted that Pluto is not a planet and never has been. The vote took place in Czechoslovakia, of all places. And now, all of a sudden, there are only eight planets.

If that don't beat all!

It is sure to cause a lot of confusion for a lot of schoolchildren, because every science book around has Pluto listed as a planet. I know from experience that while teaching is hard work, un-teaching is even harder. And to a lot of folks, if something is in a book, it's the truth - no matter what they are saying in the Czech Republic.

I can't help but wonder if Mickey Mouse will have to change his dog's name.

This isn't the first time scientific "facts" have proven to be scientific fallacies, either.

People used to be absolutely certain that the Earth was flat. Then there was that whole thing about Earth being the center of the universe. In fact, Galileo almost lost his head for suggesting Earth orbited the sun instead of the other way around.

As recently as the 18th century, medical texts still expounded the theories of the Roman scientist Galen as scientific fact. Galen believed the body was governed by four "humors" that existed in four types of fluid. Without being too graphic, they were red, white, brown and yellow - you can figure out the rest.

Scientists and doctors believed that if you got sick it was because these fluid levels were out of balance. Since they couldn't very well add anything they got you back in balance by letting some stuff out.

I ain't making this up, y'all. They would purge you, expel you and, my personal favorite - bleed you - all in the name of medical science. That's right.

I said they would bleed you, make a little incision in a vein and watch all that unhealthy blood run out. Or, better yet, place leeches all over you and let your blood be sucked out. Imagine the chagrin Galen would have felt if he had lived long enough to see his theory disproved.

But for 1,500 years, scientists "knew" that illnesses were caused by fluid imbalances which could be cured by laxatives, pukes and a little blood-letting. Pluto had only been a planet for 76 years. See how much smarter we are getting?

Parkview grad gets called up

Almost exactly two years since he got his first call-up to the major leagues, Parkview grad Jeff Keppinger is back in the bigs.

Hard-hitting Heyward knows father will be watching over him this year

SUWANEE - When he bulldozes past an offensive lineman to make a tackle in the backfield, when he uses his surprising quickness to run down a play from behind or when he swallows up an unfortunate QB with his massive wingspan, Cameron Heyward isn't just doing it for his Peachtree Ridge teammates.

Juergen Frost

Juergen Frost, 68, of Duluth, died August 25, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Nezeree Needham

Nezeree Needham, age 86 of Conyers, died Thursday, August 24, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry ...

Betty Jenkins

Betty Ellen Harper Jenkins, age 80, of White Hill School Rd., Commerce, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville, GA, died August 24, 2006. Mrs. Jenkins was the daughter of the late Lester ...

Clydie White

Mrs. Clydie Travis White, age 96 of Winder, GA, passed away August 24, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Billy Daniel

Mr. Billy E. Daniel, age 71, of Commerce, GA and formerly of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on August 24, 2006. Surviving are: Wife of 49 years: Mrs. Lillian Richardson ...