News for Saturday, January 21, 2006


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Ronald Hudgins, Jr.

Ronald “Ron” Hudgins, Jr., age 41, passed away peacefully at his home in Panama City, Florida on January 19, 2006. He is survived by: Mother and Step-Father ...

Robert Cole

S. “PAP” “BUDDY” A Master Mason, age 75, of Dacula, died Thursday, January 19, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January ...

Oliver Ackerman, Jr.

Oliver Perry Ackerman, Jr. (Sony), age 73, of Suwanee, GA, passed away January 20, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home of Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Johnnie Smith

Mrs. Johnnie P. Smith, age 88, of Auburn, GA, passed away January 20, 2006. Funeral services will be Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 2:00 PM at Smith Memory Chapel with ...

Carl Setzer Sowell

Carl Setzer Sowell of Lawrenceville, age 59, died at home Friday, January 20, 2006, following a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years ...

Sherri Stephens

Sherri Ware Stephens, of Snellville, became one of God's Angels on January 20, 2006 after a prolonged illness, which she courageously fought for the past 3 years. Arrangements by Tim ...

Willie Rucker

Mrs. Willie Mae Brown Rucker, age 80 of Jefferson, Georgia died Friday, January 20, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

Councilman resigns after indictment

SNELLVILLE - Snellville's mayor pro tempore, who was arrested last week in an alleged telemarketing scheme, resigned from office Friday.

National press allows double standard on racial comments by Nagin,Clinton

Surely I didn't hear him right. Surely the mayor of New Orleans didn't say that he intended to create a "chocolate" city. In the words of Lewis Grizzard and about ten million Southerners before him, "Dang, brother! I don't believe I'd told that!"

Mill Creek's Pool rains 3's on former team

DACULA - Shelbie Pool attended Dacula High School during her freshman season, playing basketball for both the junior varsity and varsity teams.

With that history with the Falcons, you would've thought her former teammates would've known not to let her shoot.

Film shows off true spirit of forgiveness

Fifty years ago this month, five young missionaries were killed by an Ecuadorian tribe known to the world as the Auca Indians. Auca means savage. The tribe called itself, then and now, the Waodani. The real story isn't only the death of those five young men. It is also the incredible reconciliation that took place not long after, as relatives of the dead men returned to offer love and peace to the very people who had murdered their loved ones.

Lawsuit against school dropped

LOGANVILLE - A student's family has decided to drop the lawsuit filed against Covenant Christian Academy after she was expelled for a same-sex kiss and having a lesbian relationship.

Sports calendar


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

Parkview grad Moore picked 15th in MLS Super Draft

The top 10 players selected in Friday's Major League Soccer Super Draft made the TV coverage on the Fox Soccer Channel.




Shirley Frances Curry, age 59 of Auburn, GA, passed away on January 19, 2006. She is survived by: Husband: Richard A. Curry, Auburn; Sisters & Brothers-in-Law: Elaine Bailey, Cathy Bailey, Marcia & Randy Partee, Jackie & Hubert McMillan; Mother-in-Law: Martha Curry; Sisters-in-Law: Janice Moody & Donna Hunter; Brother-in-Law: Dewon Moody; Niece & Nephews: Christie Partee, Jeff & Janice, Mark & Karen, Zachary & Ian, Dana, Adrian, Dillan & Daren; Great Nephews & Niece: Michael, Bridget, Andrew, Derrick & Haley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 A.M. at Union Grove Baptist Church. Interment to follow at Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Those desiring may make donations to the Spina Bifida Association of Georgia, 1448 McClendon Dr., Ste. B, Decatur, GA 30033 in memory of Shirley Frances Curry. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411,



Rev. Harold G. Pugh, age 62 of Cumming, passed away Friday, January 20, 2006. Mr. Pugh was a member of Mayfield Baptist Church. He was retired from the City of Cumming water department. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Cleveland and Geneva Pugh and his brother, Dewey Charles Pugh. Survivors include: Wife, Dorothy Pugh, Cumming; Sons, Chris Pugh, Clarkesville, David Pugh, Cumming; Daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Jimmy Martin, Cumming; Grandchildren, Wyatt, Will and Walker Martin; Sister, Donnis Woods, Shelby, NC; and a number of other relatives also survive. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, January 22, 2005 at 3:00 PM at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Rex Byrd, Rev. Barry Payne, Rev. Harry Brogden, Rev. Billy Crocker and Rev. Michael Millwood will officiate. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday from 9:00 AM till time of service. Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia, 770-887-2388.



State In Brief

Lawyers ask for delay in one

corruption trial because of another

•ATLANTA - Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers have asked for a two-month delay to the March 6 start of the corruption trial of former state schools superintendent Linda Schrenko, in part because of the ongoing corruption trial of a former Atlanta mayor.

Furman's decision to offer Bostain paying off

As a senior at Brookwood, Robby Bostain had one of the best all-around seasons in school history.

Parkview, Collins Hill to meet for state duals title

Here we go again.

Two county teams, two bitter rivals, will meet each other yet again to decide the state championship.

United Airlines completes bankruptcy restructuring

CHICAGO - United Airlines' tortuous restructuring came to a virtual end Friday in a bankruptcy courtroom.

Kennedy is a poor choice for morality debate

If nobody else is going to mention it, then I will: How can Ted Kennedy lecture Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito about issues of morality?

Kennedy got his jumbo-sized boxer shorts in a wad over the fact that Alito once belonged to a club at Princeton University that lobbied to keep the school all-male.

This from a man who drove Mary Jo Kopechne off the Chappaquiddick Bridge, let her drown while he saved his own worthless skin and then openly lied about it.

Has he no conscience? Has he no decency? Does this bother anybody but me? Good grief.

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Have you noticed that the flaggers have been unusually quiet of late? I am hoping some of their leaders will share with me their strategy for the upcoming elections.

I know they won't support Gov. Sonny Perdue for re-election, and I don't think they like the two Democratic challengers, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and Secretary of State Cathy Cox, any better.

Plus, the flaggers have few friends among the Republican and Democratic leadership in the Legislature. What are they going to do? If I find out, I'll let you know.

Police Briefs

Man arrested on battery charge

LILBURN - A Lilburn man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly tried to choke his girlfriend and she struck him over the head with a glass bottle.

Gladiators blanked by Grrrowl 6-0

The Greenville Grrrowl handed the Gladiators their worst loss in team history, knocking off Gwinett 6-0 on Friday night in front of 6,625 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville.

With the win, The Grrrowl moved within four points of the Gladiators in the American Conference South Division.

Reward rises for park shooting tips

STONE MOUNTAIN - The reward for information surrounding an employee fatally shot during a botched robbery attempt has increased to $55,000, Stone Mountain Park officials announced Friday.

Stone Mountain Mayor Gary Peet said he hopes this money will bring forth someone who has information on the fatal July 16 shooting of Anita Redmon, a 63-year-old Stone Mountain Park employee.

Redmon's three daughters were in attendance at Friday's press conference where officials announced the reward increase. This is the second time the reward has been raised. It was raised to $50,000 on Dec. 10 from the initial $30,000.

"Mona Giroux (one of Redmon's daughters) made an impassioned plea at the press conference to help their family bring closure to this case," Peet said. "We're trying to shake the tree again, and hopefully this will be the time someone will see the report and even if they're only motivated by the money, we'd like to see the case solved."

Hebron's Montgomery reaches milestone with 1,000th point

DACULA - Hebron broke open a close game with a late surge Friday night as the Lions defeated Towns County 59-51 in Region 8-A play.

Duluth company's role in investigation to be shown on TV

LAWRENCEVILLE - For more than a decade after Emory college student Shannon Melendi disappeared, police had their suspicions about who abducted her.

What they didn't have was proof.

Two jail staffers left after inmate death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two staff members who reportedly treated a fatally ill female inmate with indifference and cruelty before she died at the Gwinnett County Detention Center have since left their jobs at the jail under a cloud of suspicion.