News for Saturday, January 28, 2006

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Angie Lovin

Mrs. Angie H. Lovin, age 95, of Winder, Georgia died January 28, 2006. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770-867-1361.

Marty Mittelman

Marty Mittelman age 81 of Buford, Ga, died January 27, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Anil Garner

Anil Garner age 47 of Sugar Hill died Friday, January 27, 2006. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday, January 31, 2006 in the Chapel of Tapp ...

Essie Holcomb

Essie Freeman Holcomb, age 78 of Hartwell, died January 27, 2006. Arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home in Hartwell, Georgia.

Carol Reed

Carol A. Reed, age 47, of Sugar Hill, Georgia died Friday, January 13, 2006. She is survived by: Daughter: Chelsea A. Jeffers of CA; Brother: Edgar P. Reed of NY ...

Karen Mueller

Karen Lynn Mueller age 52, of Suwanee, GA passed away on January 28, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Jack Burgess

Mr. Jack (J.B.) Burgess, age 76, of Auburn, Georgia died January 28, 2006. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770-867-1361.

A long road back for Emmett

DULUTH - A couple things have kept veteran defenseman Rick Emmett sane as he recovers from the only serious injury of his hockey career.

Jukes' last-second shot gives South 56-55 win over Central

LAWRENCEVILLE - The play was designed to go to Avery Jukes or Delano Howard. Jukes got the ball on the inbound, but wasn't open, so he passed it out to Howard. The sharpshooter wasn't open either, so he passed it back to Jukes in the post.

Gwinnett Grads: Akins suffers injury to shooting hand

Berkmar graduate Tony Akins suffered a rough injury last weekend while playing for his French Pro A League team, Roanne.

New Georgia Encyclopedia a great resource

As I've said before, one of the finest resources available to learn about the great state of Georgia is the New Georgia Encyclopedia, a project of the Georgia Humanities Council, the Office of the Governor, the University of Georgia Press and the University System of Georgia.

You can find all kinds of information at www.georgiaencyclopedia.org. I doubt other states have anything nearly as good.

Of course, other states aren't the great state of Georgia, either.

While strolling through the encyclopedia's Web site recently, I discovered a list of the 10 most popular searches last month.

It is interesting to see what readers want to know about our state.

No. 1 on the list was the city of Atlanta.

I can only assume most folks were checking to see how Atlanta ever ended up in Georgia in the first place, given the place has about as much in common with the rest of the state as toads do with toadstools.

The Atlanta airport was also high on the list of searches. No doubt a lot of people were looking at the best way to get out of town before the next NBA All-Star game.

Savannah was on the list.

That is because the city has historic homes, beautiful parks and UGA VI, the world's most decorated college mascot.

Gen. James Oglethorpe also made the list, in part because he decided to establish the colony of Georgia in Savannah, instead of Vermont, which is full of loony politicians and probably has a crummy state encyclopedia to boot. Praise his name.

Brunswick stew was a popular search topic, and Brunswick, Ga., gets credit in the encyclopedia for being the place where the dish was created.

No doubt that some people in Virginia and North Carolina take exception to our claim of having invented Brunswick stew. Tough. Let them get their own encyclopedia.

There were a couple of strange items on the list. One was Sherman's March to the Sea.

Why would anybody care about that dastardly event?

Maybe researchers were checking to see if Sherman took all of his troops home with him after burning the state to the ground, or did he leave a bunch of them behind so their descendants could grow up here and tell the rest of us what a bunch of dumb rednecks we are?

Another popular search last month that didn't make much sense was cotton.

This city boy thought boll weevils destroyed our cotton crop years ago and had forced farmers to start growing rayon, but the encyclopedia says cotton is alive and well in Georgia.

That's good news.

Now maybe we can finally get rid of those ugly rayon bushes that blight the landscape. The stuff grows like kudzu, you know.

Modesty prevents me from saying what nationally ranked university football team got the third most searches of all the thousands of topics in the New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Hint: It is the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South.)

I hate to admit it, but Georgia fans were probably checking to be sure the West Virginia football team had left town before unlocking their doors and letting their kids go back outside, and wondering whether we might have to play them again anytime soon. I hope not.

Martin Luther King Jr. was on the list, as he should be.

So was the late, great Ray Charles. Which reminds me that with Ray Charles gone, nobody should ever again be allowed to sing the sacred paean "Georgia on my Mind" in public, with the possible exception of Willie Nelson.

There were some surprising omissions.

Not making the New Georgia Encyclopedia's list last month were President Peanut, Ted Turner, the runners-up to the University of Utah in the Whatzit Bowl, every politician in the state and Sheila the Family Wonder Dog.

The others may be nursing hurt feelings that nobody seems to care about them or their opinions, but not Sheila the Family Wonder Dog.

Last time her name was entered in an Internet search, she got 47 hits. When you are that famous, who needs an encyclopedia?

Contact Dick Yarbrough at yarb2400@bell south.net or at P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, GA 31139. Visit his Web site at www.dick yarbrough.com. His column appears on Saturday.

$2 million on way for sidewalks

LAWRENCEVILLE - Walking in Gwinnett could become a lot easier, thanks to a half-dozen grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Mass. senators are spitting into the wind on attempted filibuster

Oh, boy! We're fixin' to have some fun now. The potential confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito has just taken a nasty little turn as those two bastions of statesmanship, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy - who both happen to be senators from Massachusetts - have called for a Democratic filibuster to block a vote on Alito's confirmation.

Region Briefs

School district: Teacher attacked by angry father did not molest student

•BRADENTON, Fla. - A teenager who accused a teacher's aide of molesting her - prompting the girl's father to march into school and punch the man in the face - made it up, officials said.

County changes tack in Taser lawsuit

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County has backed off recent claims that the company supplying officers with Taser stun guns misrepresented the product and used biased studies to demonstrate its safety.

Busines Briefs

Anti-spam law enforced over state lines

•ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Annoying e-mails offering home financing deals or other offers can violate Maryland law, even if they're sent from out of state, Court of Special Appeals Judge Sally D. Adkins ruled.

Duluth Middle School student hospitalized with meningitis

DULUTH - A seventh-grader at Duluth Middle School has been hospitalized with bacterial meningitis, an uncommon illness that is difficult to spread.

Chamber honors Mason as Citizen of the Year

DULUTH - Friday evening more than 1,000 people attended the 58th annual Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce dinner and awards ceremony, making it the biggest turnout in the chamber's history.

Tech's Higgs feeling comfortable at new position

One of the reasons Stephanie Higgs became one of the best players in Gwinnett County history is because she was never satisfied. She was never content with where she was at or how she was playing, even if she was quite obviously the best player on the team.

Police reports

Man accused of attacking pastor

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A 28-year-old Lawrenceville man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly tried to choke a pastor at Amazing Grace Church.

Prep roundup: Moore keys Collins Hill win

HOSCHTON - Top-ranked Collins Hill opened up a 43-19 lead a the end of the first half as the Eagles cruised past Mill Creek 67-37 Friday night.

Man shoots self in cops' parking lot

LAWRENCEVILLE - A restaurant worker from Norcross apparently committed suicide Friday in the parking lot of the Gwinnett County Police Department Westside Precinct.

What others are saying

While a ploy, bill could have valid uses

Athens Banner-Herald:

It's not necessary to look any further than the list of sponsors for House Bill 961 to recognize it's nothing more than a political ploy by the now outgunned Democrats in the Georgia General Assembly. As the minority party in the state Legislature, such ploys are about the only way the Democrats can exert even the slightest influence on lawmaking.

State Briefs

No one injured in apartment blaze

•ATLANTA - No one was injured in a two-alarm fire in midtown Atlanta Friday that damaged six units.

Cassell honored at Central ceremony

LAWRENCEVILLE - Central Gwinnett honored veteran coach Cass Cassell on Friday.

Big turnout, big night

'Dope Opera' attempts to show gangster rap in a whole new light

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gangster rap has long been associated with drug dealing, violence and sexual exploitation. Whether a rapper is born in the suburbs or on the streets, these negative themes come up constantly in popular hip-hop.

OBITUARIES

DACULA

PETERS,

JACQUELINE

Jacqueline Michel Peters, age 48 of Dacula, GA died Thursday, January 26, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

WHITMAN, BUFORD

Mr. Buford Edward Whitman, age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA died January 26, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dera Hemmings Whitman and son, Steven E. Whitman and is survived by his daughters, Sandra Whitman of Fayetteville, Debbie Whitman Lewis of Central GA; daughter-in-law, Gayle Moore Whitman of Eatonton, GA; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Whitman was retired from Brown Transport Inc. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Morris Moore and Edwin Snell officiating. Interment at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

STATHAM

AKINS, J.C.

Mr. J. C. Akins, age 82, of Statham, Georgia died January 27, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.*

TUCKER

KENNEDY, JOSEPH

Joseph L. (Joe) Kennedy, age 89, of Tucker, GA, died Thursday, January 26, 2006. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

WINDER

SLEEP, RUBY

Ruby Sleep, age 98 of Winders, GA, passed away January 26, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Collins Hill boys dominate county diving

SUWANEE - Seven Collins Hill divers finished in the top 10 and qualified for state as the Eagles easily won the boys diving competition with 83 points Friday night at Collins Hill Aquatic Center.

Right on point

Mixed-use rules eased for offices

LAWRENCEVILLE - If your plans call for high-rise office buildings with penthouses on top, never fear.

Azar's halftime speech helps spark Wesleyan win over region rivalGAC

NORCROSS - The message from Jan Azar at halftime was a simple one.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 4, 5: Baseball registration for boys age 3 to 14 at Buford City Park is Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5. The fee is $85. Registration is also available at www.bufordsports.com. Call Wayne Lancaster at 770-560-5376 for more information.