News for Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Antoinette Pace

Ms. Antoinette (Netta) Pace, age 32, of Buford, GA, passed away on January 17, 2006. She was preceded in death by her Grandfathers, Oscar Pace and Herschel Sadler, Sr. Surviving ...

Joseph Gray

Joseph Fredrick (Fred) Gray Sr., a resident of Grayson, Georgia, and native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2006. Mr. Gray was formerly employed at Western Union in ...

Jack W. Slayton, Sr.

Major Jack W. Slayton, Sr., age 82 of Decatur, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2006. He is survived by his sons & daughters-in-law: Jack W. & ...

Charles Gravitte

Mr. Charles Lewis Gravitte, age 72, of Hoschton, passed away on January 18, 2006, after a sudden illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Gwinnett Gab

Gwinnett Magazine names Man and Woman of Year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Magazine named two local education leaders as its Man and Woman of the Year.

Gore lays out case against Bush

WASHINGTON

Former Vice President Al Gore has turned himself into a one-man grand jury, ready to indict the Bush administration for any number of crimes against the Constitution. Whether you agree with Gore's conclusions or not, the speech that the 2000 Democratic nominee for president gave earlier this week in Washington was as comprehensive a rundown of President Bush's ventures to the limits of executive authority as anyone could hope to find.

Letters to the Editor

Alito hearings good for comedy if nothing else

The recent Alito confirmation hearings should have been aired on Comedy Central. The senators took three times the airtime used by Judge Samuel Alito. Sen. Joe Biden set the record with a six-minute question to which Alito could have put the entire gathering into gales of laughter by replying, "Senator, I got lost some three minutes into your question, could you please repeat it it in somewhat more detail?"

Sen. Edward Kennedy, ever eager to prove he is not among the sharpest knives in the drawer, seemed to repeatedly question whether 12 years into Alito's tenure as an appeals court judge was sufficient to constitute Alito's initial period of service.

Police Report

Driver carjacked

•NORCROSS - A man was carjacked Sunday in the parking lot of Park Colony Apartments on Park Colony Drive.

GHSA sets state basketball venues

Thanks to a scheduling conflict, higher seeds in Region 5 through Region 8 will have twice the advantage this season in the Class AAAAA state basketball tournament.

Casas introduces teacher testing bill

Rep. David Casas is sponsoring legislation aimed at making the lives of his fellow teachers more convenient.

The bill, introduced by Casas, R-Lilburn, last week, would allow teachers to meet their certification requirements for computer skills without taking a course in the subject, as long as they pass a test in basic computer competency.

The measure also would let teachers take the test at their schools instead of having to drive to one central location in their county.

"What systems are doing is requiring teachers to take the day off to take these tests somewhere off site,'' Casas said. "In this day of advanced technology, we should be able to go into a computer lab, take the test and get certified.''

Sherrington honored

Last week, Gwinnett County Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington was recognized for her service to the State Board of Driver Services, formerly called the Board of Motor Vehicle Safety. Sherrington served a four-year term from 2001 to 2005.

Sherrington said the board appointment was "an excellent opportunity to promote positive changes in our motor vehicle and driver safety programs and legislation."

In its Jan. 11 ceremony, the board issued a resolution recognizing her service and citing "invaluable advice and insight regarding the Georgia Electronic Insurance Compliance System," an electronic database that has reduced the number of uninsured motorists.

I-85/316 work to begin soon

LAWRENCEVILLE - In just a couple of weeks, drivers will see the first signs of work on the long-awaited reconstruction of the Ga. Highway 316/Interstate 85 interchange, transportation officials announced Wednesday.

Francoeur named to U.S. team

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur was added to the U.S. roster on Tuesday for the inaugural World Baseball Classic, a hyped March tournament where major league baseball players represent their home countries.

County has more cars than it can manage, study says

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County has more cars than it can use, according to an efficiency study.

Business park planned for Jackson County off I-85

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jackson County's industrial market continues to boom.

Hill to run for House

SUWANEE - Former Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Wayne Hill is back on the campaign trail.

United Way names nominees for Women's Legacy Awards

DULUTH - Members of Women's Legacy of United Way heard the names of the nominees for this year's Legacy Awards, listened to an inspirational speaker and donated items for the homeless Wednesday afternoon at the 1818 Club.

Man arrested in 2003 fatal shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - After more than two years on the lam, a 31-year-old man is finally behind bars this week facing a murder charge in the shooting of his girlfriend's ex-husband.

OBITUARIES

WYNN, RONALD

Ronald H. "Ron" Wynn, age 55 of Conyers, GA died January 15, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Laura Belle Wynn and brother, Jimmy Wynn and is survived by his wife, Connie Wynn; sons and daughters-in-law, ABH1 (AW) Michael and Tracy Wynn of Conyers, USS Theodore Roosevelt, SPC. Mark and Stephanie Wynn of Fort Polk, LA; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Mary Wynn of Douglasville; sister-in-law, Peggy Wynn of Lilburn; grandchildren, Collin and Kierstin Wynn. Mr. Wynn was a US Army Veteran and was in the National Guard. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Chaplain Mike Bryant officiating. The remains will be cremated. The family will receive friends Saturday from 9 until service time at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672648, Marietta, GA 30006, in memory of Ronald H. "Ron" Wynn. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

BETHLEHEM

MCDANIEL, RHUNELL

Rhunell R. McDaniel, age 83 of Bethlehem passed away January 16, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-4553.

BUFORD

PACE, ANTIONETTE

Antionette Pace, age 32, of Buford, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA. (770)932-1133.

WELCH, FRANKLIN

Mr. Franklin E. Welch, age 86, of Buford, GA passed away on January 14, 2006. Surviving are: Wife of 58 Years: Mrs. Virginia Wall Welch, Buford, GA; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Susan and Terrence Skelly, Lawrenceville, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Franklin Eugene Welch II and wife, Peggy, Rockport, NY; Grandchildren: Shawn Skelly; Carrie Card and Husband, Vincent; Christine Welch; Two Great Grandchildren: Zachary Card; Cameron Card; Brother: George Welch, Mobile, AL; Several Nieces and Nephews. Mr. Welch was born on June 27, 1919 in Clearfield, PA. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Artillery during D Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a Mason and member of Clearfield Masonic Lodge No. 314. He received his 50-Year pin at the Buford Masonic Lodge. He was retired from E. I. Du Pont Company, Rochester, NY. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Clearfield, PA. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 20, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Gerry Davis officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Highway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097 or to the Children's Masonic Home in Macon, GA. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory Buford, GA 770-932-1133 www.flaniganfuneralhome.com

CONYERS

GRAY, MARY

FRANCES

Mary Frances Gray, age 81 of Conyers died Tuesday, January 17, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia. 770-466-1544

LAWRENCEVILLE

PAGE, BONDOLYN

Bondolyn Page, age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away January 10, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 770-277-4550.

TUCKER

CROWE, CHARLES

Charles Robert Crowe, age 82, of Tucker, died January 17, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, Lawrenceville. (770)277-4550.

Investigation: Inmate was neglected

LAWRENCEVILLE - An internal investigation released Wednesday by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department substantiates the complaints of several inmates who alleged a female inmate died of leukemia after being neglected by the jail's contracted medical provider.

Lawmakers go to bat for water

ATLANTA -- An influential Georgia legislator Wednesday questioned Gov. Sonny Perdue's decision to eliminate state funding for a water-planning center accused in a recent audit of improper spending on travel and entertainment.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Through February: Early registration for T-ball for players ages 4-8 is $50 through January. It's $60 after. Register online at www.firstbaptist.net or call 770-921-1220 ext. 256. Sponsored by the Recreation Ministry of First Baptist Lilburn.

Gwinnett juniors pass writing exam in record numbers

SUWANEE - Gwinnett juniors set a new record for the percentage of students passing the writing component of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. In the Gwinnett school district, 98 percent of students passed the state writing exam on their first attempt.

That is two points higher than the metro Atlanta passing rate, and three points higher than the statewide passing rate. The 98 percent rate is an all-time high for the county.

Matherly new Wesleyan boys hoops coach

The Wesleyan School announced on Wednesday that current girls assistant basketball coach Skip Matherly will become the new boys head coach when the season is completed.

Broncos' Diedrich hungry for a state title in top event

Kyle Diedrich's appetite is one of epic proportions.

Norcross police assist DEA in drug incident, arrests

NORCROSS - Norcross police officers assisted the Drug Enforcement Administration in an arrest made in the parking lot outside the Holiday Inn Select at 6050 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard Wednesday evening.

Please pray for Marin

It's time to pray hard.

Authorities discover possible chop shop in Auburn

AUBURN - Auburn police are investigating the possibility that a man who was allegedly operating a transmission repair shop illegally was really running a chop shop for several months.

Meadowcreek's Allen commits to Michigan St.

Chris Allen's just a junior, but he wanted to get the stressful college decision out of the way.

Congress must change reality, not perception

Not too long ago in our frontier days, snake oil salesmen roamed the land claiming cures for "everything that ails you."

Thrashers' Bondra joins Gladiators

DULUTH - For the second time in a week, the Gwinnett Gladiators had a visitor from the Thrashers.