News for Saturday, January 14, 2006


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Dorothy Snyder

Dorothy Snyder age 82 of Hwy 138 in Monroe passed away on Friday, January 13, 2006. A native of Madison Co., Mrs. Snyder was the daughter of the late Clifford ...

Teddy Allen

Mr. Teddy Max Allen, age 67, of Winder, Georgia died January 14, 2006. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements.

Margie Cole

Margie Cole, age 83 of Snellville, GA died January 14, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years James Cole. Mrs. Cole lived ten years of ...

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson age 88 of Moultrie, GA passed away Saturday, January 14, 2006. At this time arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...

William Rieker

Mr. William D. Rieker, age 94, died Jan. 12, 2006. Born Oct. 22, 1911, in Dayton, Ohio, he was a graduate of Winter Haven H.S. and attended the University of ...

Anthony Royster

Anthony Isaiah Royster, 15, of Lawrenceville, died Friday January 13, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Elizabeth Lane

Mrs. Elizabeth Lane age 79, of Buford, GA passed away January 14, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Mary Weeks

Mary Frances Layson Weeks, age 77, of Winder, died Friday, January 13, 2006 at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth. Mrs. Weeks was born in Monticello, Georgia to the late Homer ...

Calvin Cooper

Calvin Cooper, 77, of Suwanee, GA, died Friday January 13, 2006. The funeral service will be 1:00 PM Monday, January 16, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel with ...

Business In Brief

Stocks change little ahead of 4Q earnings

•NEW YORK - Stocks were little changed Friday as a slowdown in retail sales and profit warnings from Lucent Technologies Inc. and Tyco International Ltd. kept investors from building on earlier gains. The major indexes finished the week with modest gains.

Electronic education

Gwinnett Transit looks at Norcross requests

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 30-foot bus may be too big for the streets of downtown Norcross, but anything less is too small for the number of passengers.

Georgians have lost best friend in government

Teddy Lee just got fired as executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission. It is your loss - and a big one.

He was sacked by a bunch of politicians who couldn't bend him, fold him or intimidate him from representing your interests above theirs.

Gladiators fall apart in final minutes

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators lost at home in regulation for just the second time all season, falling to Greenville 4-1 on Friday in front of 4,897 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Councilman faces felony charges

LAWRENCEVILLE - Snellville Mayor Pro Tem Mike Smith has been indicted in an alleged telemarketing scheme.

BellSouth golf tourney moves to May

DULUTH - For the past seven years, the BellSouth Classic has been the week before the Masters.

Wesleyan sets school record for points with 130-61 win

NORCROSS - Wesleyan scored a school record 130 points as it dominated Rabun County 130-61 on Friday.

Former assistant principal files complaint against school

LAWRENCEVILLE - A former assistant principal is filing charges against the school system, alleging he was harassed by a principal because of his marital status and emotional issues.

Police Reports

Man accused of attacking ex-girlfriend

•DACULA - A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment Wednesday night.

Saints' Williamson leads strong hoops team, eyes med school

Unlike the majority of college athletes, Katie Williamson knows the exact day her senior basketball season ends, Feb. 25 vs. Armstrong Atlantic.

Crash takes out day care awning

LAWRENCEVILLE - The overhang on a day care building collapsed Friday morning after a mother dropping off her kids struck the roof with her too-high U-Haul truck.

Slaying suspect will stay jailed

LAWRENCEVILLE - A law student accused of killing her boyfriend when she came to visit him for Christmas was denied bond Friday.

Top spellers advance to the countywide bee

LAWRENCEVILLE - Thirty-one students will be advancing to the countywide spelling bee after ranking in their district spelling bees. The five district bees were held Thursday night at Central Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Norcross, Brookwood and Meadowcreek high schools.

The Gwinnett County Bee will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 28 at Mill Creek High School. The top 11 students from that competition will go on to the state's District 3 spelling bee at Collins Hill High School Feb. 25. The top spellers from each district:

District 1

1. Akshaya Suresh, Crews Middle

2. Lauren Dalton, Grayson Elementary

3. Emma Walker, Harbins Elementary

4. Augustine Peets, Simonton Elementary

5. Naveed Khan, Kanoheda Elementary

6. Leah Young, Dacula Middle

District 2

1. Jennifer Rutledge, Creekland Middle

2. Kristen Bussey, Osborne Middle

3. Tucker Fleming, Osborne Middle

4. Will Cartwright, Sugar Hill Elementary

5. Timothy Park, Parsons Elementary

6. Avery Arndt, Harmony Elementary

7. Sally Han, Riverside Elementary

District 3

1. Jeffrey Kim, Mason Elementary

2. Brittany Harris, Harris Elementary

3. Peter Luu, Summerour Middle

4. Sujith Cherukumilli, Chattahoochee Elementary

5. Michael Santos, Stripling Elementary

6. Vishnu Natarajan, Berkeley Lake Elementary

District 4

1. Jenny Truong, Gwin Oaks Elementary

2. Kayla Arnold, Snellville Middle

3. D.J. Spotten, Five Forks Middle

4. Jahceem Xavier, Partee Elementary

5. Chas Reid, Britt Elementary

6. Paige Miller, Brookwood Elementary

District 5

1. Zain Sharif, Trickum Middle

2. John Lee, Radloff Middle

3. Eduordo Santacruz, Sweetwater Middle

4. Kye James, Camp Creek Elementary

5. David Paulsson, Rockbridge Elementary

6. Florencia Munilla, Berkmar Middle

Deputies training online to secure new court building

LAWRENCEVILLE - In just a couple of weeks, sheriff's deputies will have a new courthouse to secure.

Sports calendar


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.

Shiloh boys move to first in region

LILBURN - A full moon on Friday the 13th might not have looked like the best of omens for Shiloh headed into Friday night's Region 8-AAAAA boys matchup at Parkview, a team that had already beaten the Generals twice this season.

Barrow sewer costs rise to add service

WINDER - It will cost developers more to build houses attached to sewer lines, but Barrow County is also allowing more homes to have access to the service.

Shop owner says Loganville wrong to peg store as adult business

LOGANVILLE - It was business as usual at Thursday night's City Council meeting in Loganville, right up until the citizens had the chance to take the floor.

Proving who you are when voting makes perfect sense

The law seems pretty simple to me. In order to vote, the state wants you to prove you are who you are. How could anybody be against that? But they are, aren't they?




Mr. Danny Steven Remion, age 25, of Bogart, passed away on January 12, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.



Mr. Winford Lamar Cooper, age 74, of Braselton, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2006, after an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.



Charles T. Green, Jr., age 75 of Dacula, formerly of Duluth, died Thursday, January 12, 2006. He is survived by: Wife, Bobbie Green; Daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Butch Rolin of Buford; Three grandsons, Jeremy Rolin, Joseph Rolin, and Jacob Rolin; Sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bill Knott of Lavonia, Pat and Harris Bagwell of Duluth, Jackie and Gene Griffith of Loganville; Brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Charlotte Green of Duluth; Several nieces and nephews. Mr. Green was retired with General Motors after 27 years of service and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Gardens. the family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 9 o'clock at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville, 770-963-2411,



Mrs. Jessica Leslie Ralston, 40, of Grayson, GA, died in an automobile accident in Clayton, GA, on January 11, 2006. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., Sandy Springs, GA, 404-851-9900.



June Denny, beloved and devoted Mother, age 78 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 12, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.



Jeremy Taylor, age 33, of Lilburn, GA passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2006 after a long illness caused by Spina Bifida. He grew up in Clairmont Baptist Church and became a member of Berkmar United Methodist Church, where he served in The Childrens Ministry, Clown Ministry and Pet Ministry. He was passionate in his love for animals and had rescued several and found them good homes. He loved God, his family and his friends. He loved fishing and other water activities. He is survived by his mother: Debbie Worthy of Lilburn, GA; aunt & uncle: Beverly & David Payne of Lawrenceville, GA; cousin: Tamara, John and Tristan Grace, Ryan Payne and Katie and McKinsie Barfield; numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. James Gwin and Rev. Tamlyn Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs. Flowers accepted or donations can be made to an animal rescue group or Berkmar United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 14th from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. and Sunday from 11:00a.m. til service time at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



Ernest Reid Brinkley, age 87 of Loganville, died Thursday, January 12, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.


Charles H. Griffeth, age 89 of Loganville, GA, passed away on January 11, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,



Mary A. Mitchell, age 83 of Snellville, GA died Thursday, January 12, 2006 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,



George "Sonny" Erickson, age 56 of Sugar Hill, died Thursday, January 12, 2006. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.



Thelma Stubblefield, age 76 of Sugar Hill, died Thursday, January 12, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.

County to consider economic incentives

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's economic future could be determined on Tuesday.

Gas leak causes evacuation on Singleton Road

NORCROSS - A public utilities crew struck a four-inch main with a backhoe Friday morning, leading to an apartment evacuation.

Grayson Thunder wins Fall Finale

The 15U Grayson Thunder baseball team recently won the USSSA Fall Finale in Morrow, and earned a berth in the 2006 World Series next July in Kissimee, Fla.

Team members for the Thunder are Michael Frazier, Matt Cline, Jonathan Parker, Matt Herget, Matt Foster, Jason Little, Kyle Maloney, Jarrett Rivera, Nelson Rivera, Spencer Varney and Alex O'Reilly.