News for Wednesday, January 4, 2006

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Lester Casper

Lester David Casper, age 75 of Bethlehem, GA, passed away January 3, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Robert Sears

Robert “Bruce” Sears was born on Sept. 12, 1963. He passed away at his home with his loving family beside him on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005. He is ...

Victor Marulanda

Mr. Victor Marulanda of Gainesville, GA passed on January 2, 2006. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons, Inc., Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Mary Griffin

Mary Lydia Griffin, age 77 of Atlanta, GA, died January 3, 2006. Survivors and arrangements to be announced. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Robert Howington

Mr. Robert Bearl Howington, age 64, of Jefferson, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 after a sudden illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

Milton Horwitz

Mr. Milton J. Horwitz, age 76, of Buford, Georgia and formerly of Macon, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior ...

Joyce Dennison

Mrs. Joyce Dennison, age 54, of Lawrenceville, GA passed on December 31, 2005. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons, Inc., Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558 ...

Marsha Williams

Mrs. Marsha Williams, age 72, of Lawrenceville, GA passed on December 31, 2005. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons, Inc., Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558 ...

Kaymi Taylor

Kaymi Taylor, age 48 of Loganville, died Tuesday, January 3, 2005. Mrs. Taylor received her Batchelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2004, was studying for her ...

Marty Edwards

Mr. Marty Joe Edwards, age 36, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

Ruth Cheek

Ruth Maddox Cheek, age 89 of Conyers, passed away January 3, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Faye Puckett

Faye Bryant Puckett, age 81 of Buford, died at home after an extended illness Wednesday, January 4, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 6, 2006 ...

Heidi Gorski

Heidi Gorski, age 44, of Lawrenceville, GA, died January 3, 2006. Arrangements by Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.

Charles Stanton

Charles R. (Papa Jack) Stanton, 74, of Rutledge, formerly of Lithonia, GA, died Monday, January 2, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian S. and Nora B ...

Prep roundup: Samuels' free throws lift GAC girls past East Hall

NORCROSS - The Greater Atlanta Christian girls basketball team, ranked second in Class AA, got a scare on Tuesday night before Courtney Samuels' clutch free throws saved them in a 40-38 win over East Hall in Region 8-AA play.

The other big stories of 2005

I overlooked the biggest story of 2005, and so did many of my fellow chin-strokers. Perhaps we missed it because it looked like old news. We had heard it before. Besides, the news was obscured in a jumble of hard-to-read numbers.

Dacula grist mill moving up in the world - 5 feet

LAWRENCEVILLE - A historic landmark in Dacula will be raised five feet to protect it from flooding, commissioners were told Tuesday.

Stab victim gave chase to attacker

NORCROSS - A 33-year-old stabbing victim tried to chase down her attacker Monday before collapsing at her apartment complex, according to an incident report released Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Erwin leads trio of Grayson commitments

Three Grayson seniors have solidified their futures as Brandon Erwin, Logan Creel and Chris Mackey accepted college football scholarship offers, including a pair of Division I-A offers for Erwin and Creel.

Intelligent design court case came out as it should have

Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.:

Since the term ''intelligent design'' entered the lexicon, its meaning and educational merits have been extensively debated.

No one has summed up the matter better than U.S. District Judge John E. Jones, ruling this week in a landmark Pennsylvania schools case. Judge Jones wrote that its presence in the Dover, Pa., biology curriculum ''violates the centuries-old ground rules of science by invoking and permitting supernatural causation,'' and that it is nothing less than ''a religious view, a mere relabeling of creationism.''

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.

police reports

Home invaders stab resident

•DULUTH - A pair of unidentified men invaded an apartment in The Falls off Satellite Boulevard on Friday and stabbed a resident during a robbery attempt.

Eighty-six killed on Gwinnett roads in 2005

LAWRENCEVILLE - Last year was a deadly one on Gwinnett County roads, with statistics that nearly matched 2004's record-breaking number of fatalities.

There were 86 motor vehicle fatalities in 2005, just shy of last year's record of 88, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office. Fourteen of those killed were pedestrians, compared to last year's total of 15.

Task force calls for more policing to fight crime spike

Task force calls for more policing to fight crime spike

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Some Savannah residents and local officials are calling for more police patrols on city streets, more jail cells and police pay raises following the fatal shooting of a college student during a robbery.

How sweep it is

Georgia Aquarium will suspend season pass purchases temporarily

ATLANTA - The Georgia Aquarium is putting a hold on issuing season passes after handing out more than 200,000 just a month after the aquarium's opening.

Hungry for the food section?

Your favorite recipes have moved. This Sunday, check out our new Taste&Travel section, where you'll get a heaping helping of food coverage plus a second course of travel features.

In brief

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Parkview grad to start Shorter track, cross country programs

• Parkview grad Jay Stephenson, a three-time NAIA All-American runner at Berry College, has been named the first head track and cross country coach at Shorter College in Rome. The team will begin competition this fall.

Duluth picks firm to revamp its downtown

LAWRENCEVILLE - As expected, Duluth has chosen a firm to make nearly $3.5 million in pedestrian improvements to its downtown.

Wesleyan names Pridgen head football coach

Wesleyan ended its search for a head football coach quickly when it hired current assistant Franklin Pridgen on Tuesday.

Norcross swears in members, will buy traffic cameras

NORCROSS - Norcross council members Charlie Riehm and Terry Bowie were sworn in at Tuesday night's council meeting, marking the dawn of what appears to be a new era in that city's government.

Early in the meeting, Mayor Lillian Webb opened solicitations from eight attorneys bidding to fill the vacancy left by former city attorney Peter Boyce. Councilman Mike Lovelady suggested the council appoint an interim attorney to handle city business until the interview and selection process is complete.

Lovelady's selection for interim counsel was Joe Fowler, one of the eight applicants. Councilman Bruce Smith said Boyce should continue his service until a new city attorney is hired. But Lovelady, Riehm and Bowie prevailed in pushing through Fowler's interim appointment.

Webb also announced her appointment for the 2006 mayor pro tem position, councilman David McLeroy.

Board trims budget, wants to up revenue

LAWRENCEVILLE - The county is still growing and the services are still expanding, but commissioners Tuesday adopted a trimmed-down budget for 2006.

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

ODOM, JAMES

James Travis Odom, III, age 58 of Auburn, GA, passed away on January 3, 2006. He is survived by: Wife: Jimmie Odom; Son: Jeff Odom; Step Father and Step Mother: Cecil & Martha King, Carnesville; Step Daughter: Pamela Neese, Lawrenceville; Step Sons: Nicholas Harden, Jeffrey Harden, both of Lawrenceville, John Harden, Auburn; Half Brother: Brett Odom, Decatur, AL; Cousin: Joe Ben Davis; 9 Grandchildren; 2 Great Grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 5 at 11:00 A.M. at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church with Rev. David Davis and Rev. David Whitworth officiating. Interment to follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

TAYLOR, WILLARD

Willard T. Taylor, age 79 of Auburn, GA, passed away on January 2, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

DACULA

BRUNING, ROBERT

Robert Calvin Bruning, age 65 of Dacula, GA died Sunday, January 1, 2006. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

PEEVY, ANNA

Anna Grace Peevy, age 5 of Dacula went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, January 1, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, January 5, 2006 at Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula. Rev. Larry Wynn & Rev. Ricky Wasendorf will officiate. Burial will follow at Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. Anna Grace attended Hebron Baptist Church with her family. She was a perfect gift from God and loved by many. Anna's life reflected the love of Jesus Christ. She is survived by her Parents: Jim & Julie Peevy; Brothers: Carter Peevy & Caleb Peevy, all of Dacula; Paternal Grandparents: J. R. & Martha Peevy, Lawrenceville; Maternal Grandparents: Bill & Carol Layfield, Winder; Maternal Great Grandmothers: Sarah Layfield, Forest Park & Helen Simmonds, Morrow; Aunts & Uncles: Mark & Ginger Peevy, Loganville, Andy & Leslie Peevy, Auburn, Julie & Brian Cavoretto, Dacula; Cousins: Jake, Lindsey, Brooke, Drew, Ray & Chandler; Several Great Aunts, Great Uncles & other Family members also survive. Flowers accepted or in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1230 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite E-40, Marietta, Georgia 30068 or the Children's Health Care of Atlanta, Scottish Rite Foundation, 1600 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, Georgia 30329. The Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.

DULUTH

PINT, TERRENCE

Terrence Edward Pint, age 67 of Duluth, died December 31, 2005. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

LOGANVILLE

ALLEN, RALPH

Ralph D. Allen, age 85 of Loganville, passed away on January 3, 2006. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, January 5, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth. Mr. Allen was a Army Veteran of World War II and retired from Crown Zellerbach and later worked with Ryder/Dickinson Fleet Services. He is survived by his daughters, Shirley Allen and Gladys Strickland of Loganville; two Granddaughters, Christy Britt and her husband, Matt of Loganville, and Lori Torrence and her husband, Trent of Snellville; four Great Grandchildren, Madison, Ashley, Joshua and Mia; Brother, Woodrow Allen of Austell; Several Nieces and Nephews. The family will receive friends Thursday 12:00 PM till 2:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

MONTICELLO

PLATT, ALLAN

Allan F. Platt, Sr., age 82 of Monticello, GA died January 3, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

NORCROSS

MORENO, ELIDA

Elida Irma Moreno, age 32 of Norcross, GA, passed away on January 1, 2006. She is survived by: Daughter: Sarah Moreno; Son: Martin Moreno; Parents: Jose Hernandez & Lucia Estrada; Sisters: Dora Reyes & Rosa Ramos; Brothers: Ben Hernandez & Robert Hernandez. A visitation will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2006 from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

SHARPSBURG

WOOD, ZELMA

Mrs. Zelma Wood, age 88, of Sharpsburg, GA, formerly of Winder, died January 2, 2006. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-6706.

SNELLVILLE

STEVENS, B. JANICE

Mrs. B. Janice Stevens, age 62 of Snellville, GA died January 2, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

WINDER

KENNEDY, ADAIR

Adair Martin Kennedy, age 67 of Winder, formerly of Suwanee, passed away January 2, 2006. Funeral services will be 4:00 PM, Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Stephens officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Christian Church Cemetery. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of Chapel Christian Church. She enjoyed being a mother and homemaker, working for the Lord through her church and being a member of the Winder Red Hat Society. Through all of these things, she will always be remembered for her great sense of humor. Mrs. Kennedy was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey Hall and Zimley Mae Kinsey Martin; husband, William "Loyd" Kennedy; mother and father-in-law, Jessie Ralph and Bernice Belle Kennedy; and brothers, Barnell and Osborne Martin. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Cassie Kennedy, Auburn; daughters and son-in-laws, Theresa and Ronny Allison, Winder, Felicia and Billy Seabolt, Buford; daughters, Joann Fleming, Auburn, Ivy Kennedy, Winder; grandchildren, Blake Johnsa, Clint Bryson, Brittney Fleming, Clayton Kennedy, Rayan Kennedy; step-grandchildren, Derick, Cory and Nickie Allison; step-great-grandchildren, Rachel Fuller and Autumn Powell; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Tense Martin Blankenship, Sarah Martin, Roger and Joyce Earley, Aubrey and Rachel King, Jackie and Emily Queen, Larry and Dora Johnson, Chuck and Doris Tarver; several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605. Smith Funeral Home, Winder, 770-867-4553.

Letters to the Editor

New Years Eve program was great for Lawrenceville

My thanks to all those involved in the New Year's Eve production of Lawrenceville Rings 2005.

It is this type of event that fosters a greater sense of community where we may come together and enjoy the wonderful food and great entertainment of the area.

I especially enjoyed the exquisite woodwind quartet, Pendean Players and the "big band" sound of the 1930's and 40's with the Big Peach Swing Band. May the music of Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, et. al., live forever.

Collins Hill girls have a dunking good time

It was a pretty eventful weekend for the Collins Hill girls basketball players.

CheckFree acquires company in $100M deal

NORCROSS - CheckFree Corp. said on Tuesday it acquired PhoneCharge Inc., an Internet and telephone bill payment company, for $100 million in cash.

Porter, Hawks hand region rival Dacula first loss

HOSCHTON - The girls basketball teams at Mill Creek and Dacula squared off less than two weeks ago in the finals of the Mountain Dew Jingle Jam tournament at Jackson County on Dec. 21 and Dacula came out on top with a six-point win.

Wesleyan boys complete sweep with OT defeat of Buford

BUFORD - When it comes to region play there is no easy game, especially in Region 8-AA. Wesleyan and Buford found that out firsthand on Tuesday.