News for Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Ruby Hartley

Mrs. Ruby Grace Hartley, age 89, of Buford, GA, died Wednesday, January 11, 2006. Funeral Service will be held Friday, January 13, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church ...

Johnny Manders

Mr. Johnny Manders, age 57, of Winder, GA, died January 12, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-1361.

Margaret Woodard

Mrs. Margaret Vance Tyson Woodard, age 93, of Lithonia, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Mr. Clarence Woodard and Mr ...

Jeffrey Saltamacchio

Jeffrey Edward Saltamacchio, age 27, of Snellville, Georgia passed away January 9, 2006 at his home in Tallahassee, Florida. Jeff is survived by his Mother, Pat Saltamacchio of Loganville, GA ...

Alfred John Pearce, Sr.

Al Pearce was born in his family's humble brick home on February 28, 1914, in Trafford, Pennsylvania. Al was the fifth child of Sarah Martha Williams Pearce and Thomas Charles ...

Juliet Floyd-Jones

Juliet Saunders Floyd-Jones, age 90 of Winder died January 11, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553.

Tiffany Dodge

Miss Tiffany Dodge, age 31, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. She is survived by her: Mother and Step-father: Lynn and Scott Lane, Suwanee, GA ...

Emma Lene Phillips

Emma Lene Phillips, age 77 of Buford, formerly of Smyrna, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2006. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and was like a Mother ...

Evelyn Waldroup

Evelyn Nora Waldroup, age 91 of Loganville, GA, died January 11, 2006. She is survived by her sons, Jack Belcher of Loudon, TN, Sidney Belcher of Loganville, Charles Belcher of ...

David Fritsch

Mr. David Fritsch, age 56, of Buford, GA, passed away January 10, 2006. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 12 noon at Prince of Peace ...

OBITUARIES

SUGAR HILL

SUWANEE

WINDER

AUBURN

MOON, DARIA

Daria L. "Dusty" Moon, age 45 of Auburn, GA, passed away on January 9, 2006. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service in charge of arrangements. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

BOISE CITY, LA

WOMACK, EMMA

Emma Dean Cruce Womack, age 85, of Boise City, LA, formerly of Tucker, GA, died January 10, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

BUFORD

ELINBURG, MAUDE

Maude Elinburg, age 86 of Buford, went home to be with her Heavenly Father Monday, January 9, 2006. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, January 12, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Phillip Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jewell O. Elinburg and 1 daughter, Geraldean Elinburg. She is survived by: Daughter, Shirley Piascik, Buford; Son, and Daughter-in-law, Billy and Jeannette Elinburg, Sugar Hill; Son and Daughter-in-law, Bobby and Pat Elinburg, Rabbit Town; Daughter and Son-in-law, Betty and Bill Barnard, Buford; Son and Daughter-in-law, Jewell, Jr. and Brenda Elinburg, Taylor, MI; Sisters, Bessie Williams, Porterdale, GA, Ollie Waycaster, Buford, Florine Elrod, Flowery Branch, Ruby McDaniel, Flowery Branch. She is also survived by: 13 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Elinburg was a member of the Buford Senior Center since 1984, a member of Friendship Baptist Church and recently attended Destiny Church with her daughter, Betty. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M. and from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.

FRITSCH, DAVID

Mr. David Fritsch, age 56, of Buford, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 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.

HARTLEY, RUBY

Mrs. Ruby Grace Hartley, age 89, of Buford, GA, died Wednesday, January 11, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

MITCHELL, VERA

Mrs. Vera Mitchell, age 83 of Buford, GA, died Tuesday, January 10, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Rev. Farrell Presley and Rev. Jerry Bennett will officiate. Interment will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 from 2 to 9 P.M. at the funeral home. Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her Daughter, Shirley Gibbs, Buford; Sons and Daughters-in-Law, Raymond and Barbara Mitchell, Buford, Barry and Charlotte Mitchell, Buford; 7 Grandchildren; 13 Great Grandchildren; Many Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Mitchell was a native of Gwinnett County and a life long resident of Buford. She served as Lunch Room Manager at Harmony Elementary School for 14 years, was a door greeter for Walmart in Buford, and was a member of Harmony Baptist Church, Buford. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

WIGLEY, WILLIE

Mrs. Willie Roe Carlyle Wigley, age 91, of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2006. She is preceded in death by her Husband of 63 years, Mr. J. W. Wigley, Jr., and sons and daughter-in-law, Lionel Wigley and Raymond and Barbara Ann Wigley. She is survived by her: Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Randy and Nell Wigley, Buford, GA, Bob and Deborah Wigley, Sugar Hill, GA; Granddaughters: April Wigley, Krista Wigley and Amy Wigley; Grandsons: Tracy Wigley, Ricky Wigley, Terry Wigley and John Wigley; Several Great Grandchildren; Sisters-in-Law: Doris Carlyle, Buford, GA, Catherine Duncan, Sugar Hill, GA. Mrs. Wigley was a native of Buford, Gwinnett County, GA. She was retired from Georgia Boot Company in Flowery Branch, GA. She was a member of the Buford Church of God. She will be greatly missed by everyone. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Southerland, Rev. Gary Carlyle, Rev. Jerry Bennett and Rev. Danny Smith officiating. Interment in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

CONCORD, NC

WOODARD,

MARGARET

Mrs. Margaret Tyson Woodard, age 93, of Concord, North Carolina, formerly of Suwanee, GA, passed away January 11, 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.

DACULA

ROBERTSON, JACK

March 27, 1937 -

January 10, 2006

Jack B. Robertson, Sr., 68, of Dacula died Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at Peachtree Christian Hospice following an extended illness. A life long resident of Gwinnett County, for many years Mr. Robertson was a self employed carpenter and was formerly employed at Lake Lanier Islands. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran and was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Winnie Robertson. Surviving are: Wife: Kathleen C. Robertson of Dacula; Children: Teresa Dula of Gainesville, Jack B. "Robbie" Robertson, Jr. of Carnesville, Danny Robertson of Maysville, Alan Worley of Cumming; Sisters: Betty Phagan of Gainesville, June R. Zinskie of Buford; 5 Grandchildren; a number of other relatives. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 13, 2006 at 5 o'clock at Bearden Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Phillip Burt will officiate. The family will receive friends after 11 am Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Peachtree Christian Hospice, 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096. Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, 706-265-3159.

GREENSBORO

WILLIAMS, LOYD

Loyd Johnson Williams, age 94, of Greensboro, Georgia died Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

LAWRENCEVILLE

FLORES, ELVIN

Elvin Hiram Flores, age 57 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, January 10, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

SIMS, TONEA

Tonea A. Sims, age 34 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away December 29, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

NORCROSS

MAULDIN, BETTY

Betty Smith Mauldin, age 74 of Norcross, GA, passed away January 11, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

PENDERGRASS

STANSEL, DAVID

Mr. David Edward Stansel, age 68 of Pendergrass, Georgia died Tuesday, January 10, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

SNELLVILLE

THOMPSON,

MONTINE

Montine J. Thompson, age 83 of Snellville, GA, died January 9, 2006. The remains have been cremated. No service at this time. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

SUGAR HILL

STEWART, RON

Mr. Ron Stewart, age 39, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Monday, January 9, 2006. He is survived by: Wife of 16 years: Mrs. Stephanie Gaddis Stewart, Sugar Hill, GA; Daughter: Jordan Stewart, Sugar Hill, GA; Son: Ronnie Stewart, Sugar Hill, GA; Mother: Sharon Stewart-Santiago, Buford, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Roger and Arexy Stewart, West Palm Beach, FL, Bob and Illene Stewart, Flowery Branch, GA; Sister: Stacy Stewart, Sugar Hill, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Mr. Stewart was born in Germany. He was an assistant manager of Publix Grocery Store in Lilburn. He coached with the North Gwinnett Baseball Association for more than 7 years. Funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Cedric Halter officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

SUWANEE

DODGE, TIFFANY

Tiffany S. Dodge, age 31, of Suwanee, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 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.

WINDER

J.T. DUKE

J.T. Duke, age 93 of Winder, GA, passed away January 10, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

STEVENS,

JONATHAN

Mr. Jonathan Paul Stevens, age 28, of Winder, Georgia died January 10, 2006. A native of Stuart, Florida, he was a retail manager of PetsMart in Cumming, Georgia. Mr. Stevens was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James C. Shilling, and was a member of Big Sky Church of Suwannee. Mr. Stevens was a U. S. Marine Corp veteran and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, January 14, 2006 at the Bethabra Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Butler and Rev. Shuford Jones officiating. The family prefers that remembrances in honor and memory of Jonathan please be made to Victory Baptist Church Building Fund, 335 Woodland Shores Road, Charleston, South Carolina 29412-2422. Surviving are: parents, Connie & John Stevens of Winder; maternal grandmother, Virginia Shilling of Erie, Pennsylvania, paternal grandparents, Mary and Lloyd Stevens of Stuart, Florida. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Perdue sets priorities

ATLANTA - Parents and teachers would be key beneficiaries of an $18.6 billion 2007 state budget recommended Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

House OKs natural gas tax relief

ATLANTA - The Houseon Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation giving Georgians a break on their heating bills this winter.

The bill, which passed 169-2 and now goes to the Senate, ratifies an executive order issued by Gov. Sonny Perdue last month. It was the first vote on major legislation on the floor of either chamber during this year's legislative session, which began Monday.

With heating costs expected to soar following disruptions in gas supplies caused by last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes, the bill would reduce the state's sales tax on natural gas and liquid propane from 4 percent to 2 percent.

The temporary tax break would run from January through April for natural gas customers, who pay on a delayed billing cycle, and January through March for homeowners who use propane.

The measure will cost the state an estimated $15 million in tax revenue.

However, if the tax break were not offered, the state would collect a huge increase in revenue from the higher costs of gas, Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, one of Perdue's floor leaders in the House, told his colleagues.

"We're not going to profit on the backs of our taxpayers with a windfall,'' he said.

Several Democrats who addressed the House before Wednesday's vote said they would support the Republican governor's bill but believe Georgia can do better than give homeowners a tax break that amounts to a few dollars a month.

Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, said the state should develop a policy that emphasizes energy efficiency and greater use of renewable sources of power.

"This is a great campaign bumper sticker,'' added Rep. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. "But this is no solution... It's a drop in the ocean of what we need to be doing.''

I-85 lane pushed to ease woes

DULUTH - If Gwinnett Place businessmen had their way, an exit ramp would lead directly from Interstate 85 to Gwinnett Place Mall.

BellSouth optimistic about move to May

All the Wednesday talk of the PGA Tour's new TV deal and The Players Championship switching dates was exciting golf news, but another switch likely will be announced soon that will affect Gwinnett County more directly.

Numbers game: Gladiators face four in five

DULUTH - Already a bit shorthanded, the Gwinnett Gladiators could lose another key cog this week - and just in time for a stretch of four games in five days.

UGA signee Scott leaving big mark at Duluth

Duluth swimming and diving coach Jim Reason speaks highly of Kelsey Scott's humility, so it's no surprise she downplays her impact on the Wildcats' program.

Although she's always one to put the team first, it's tough to overlook what Scott has done individually.

Gwinnett Gab

EMC awards grants

LAWRENCEVILLE - Operation Round Up is under way and serving the needs of individuals and organizations in counties Jackson EMC serves.

Grants totaling more than $76,000 were made to organizations and individuals, and Gwinnett County award recipients include:

•$725 to a Gwinnett County resident for emergency rent assistance

•$15,000 to Family Promise, Snellville, for portion of down payment for permanent day center

•$15,000 to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, Lawrenceville, for emergency rent/mortgage assistance program

•$3,000 to Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, Lilburn, for emergency rent/mortgage assistance program

•$5,000 to Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, Snellville, for emergency rent/mortgage assistance program.

Mark set for drug seizures

LAWRENCEVILLE - A coalition of Gwinnett law enforcement agencies in 2005 more than tripled the amount of narcotics seizures from the previous year and also arrested a record number of drug offenders.

Police report

Waffle House robbed Sunday

•SNELLVILLE - Two men robbed the Waffle House at 3309 Centerville Highway on Sunday.

Simply the best

Column: Bufton a class act

Bill Bufton was no doubt shocked. We all were.

Gwinnett Toys 'R' Us stores survive cutbacks

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Toys "R" Us stores have been spared from the corporate chopping block.

Mines safer if fines enforced

The revelation that few fines levied against coal mining companies in recent years have been collected is disconcerting when the dangerous nature of the work is considered.

Disclosure lists show leaningsPOLITICAL NOTEBOOK

With campaign disclosure reports streaming in for those seeking state office, Gwinnett's political leanings can be found.

Business In Brief

DuPont fourth-quarter earnings

less than half of expected

•BALTIMORE - DuPont Co. warned Wednesday that its fourth-quarter earnings will be less than half of what it had predicted because of the effects of last year's Gulf Coast hurricanes, worse-than-expected business performance and higher raw material costs.

Who's got the agenda? Senators show true colors in Alito hearing

Samuel Alito felt he had to appease the liberal gods during the early stages of his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings by declaring he has ''no agenda.'' Conservatives are supposed to say such things, whether they mean it or not. Liberals have an agenda: to change the culture of the nation by judicial edicts.

Collins Hill wrestlers hammer Henry County

SUWANEE - Collins Hill easily defeated Henry County 51-10 on Wednesday.

Longtime Norcross city clerk dies at 74

NORCROSS - Norcross is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved servants, who helped steer the city through more than 30 years of growth under seven mayors.

Vice presidents appointed to Georgia Gwinnett College

LAWRENCEVILLE - Daniel Kaufman, president of Georgia Gwinnett College, appointed two new vice presidents Wednesday for the state's newest four-year college.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Jan. 14: Berkeley Baseball Academy is holding a pitchers and catchers clinic with professional scout for the New York Yankees and former minor league pitching instructor Joe Caro from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 14. The clinic is for players age 10 to 18, costs $75 and includes a video analysis and personal evaluation checklist. To reserve a spot, call 770-441-2242.

Letters to the Editor

No mention of illegals in tuberculosis story

Did any one else notice the absence of the word illegal immigrants in the article about tuberculosis ("Tuberculosis cases on the rise in Georgia," Jan. 10, Health & Wellness). They were called residents and citizens.

Every one of you out there with children should be scared into action. Your children go to school and are exposed to this serious disease.

The CDC has it partly right. There is complacency but not the kind it referred to. The complacency is with American citizens allowing our politicians to stick their heads in the sand concerning numerous problems with illegal immigration. Far too many to put in this article. You know as well as I do what they are. Unless your head is in the sand, too.

- Debi Ortagus

Sugar Hill

Celebrating surgeon general's 1964 report

Forty-two years ago Wednesday, Surgeon General Luther L. Terry's report found that smoking caused lung cancer. This year, 160,000 Americans will die from it, with about 90 percent caused by smoking and secondhand smoke (88 percent and 2 percent).

Nickelback coming to Gwinnett

Nickelback will play the Arena at Gwinnett Center for "All the Right Reasons" on March 17. The band is touring to support its latest album, which includes the single "Photograph."