News for Thursday, January 5, 2006

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James Fitzgerald

James J. Fitzgerald, age 49 of Lilburn, GA, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Tonea Sims

Tonea A. Sims, age 34 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away December 29, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Irvin Eisler

Irvin Adolph Eisler, age 86 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on January 4, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Early Taylor

Early B. Taylor Jr., age 88, of Suwanee, GA died Wednesday, January 4, 2006. Funeral Services will be 3 PM Saturday, January 7, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth ...

Gladys Beddingfield

Mrs. Gladys Beddingfield, age 93, of Winder died January 5, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-1361.

Heidi Gorski

Heidi Gorski, age 44, of Lawrenceville, GA, died January 3, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and worked with ...

Eneida Ogden

Eneida Ogden, age 64 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on January 4, 2006. Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 P.M. at Piney Grove Cemetery, Odum, GA ...

Dorothy Harmon

Dorothy W. Harmon, age 89, of Duluth, GA, formerly of Mountain City, GA, died January 3, 2006. She is survived by two daughters, Sally H. Brown of Richardson, TX and ...

Robert Kilpatrick

Robert H. Kilpatrick, age 95 of Snellville, GA, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Richard Rountree

Richard L. Rountree, age 58 of Snellville, GA died January 4, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Rountree; son, Elliott and wife, Shenley Rountree of ...

Victoria Roland

Victoria Lynn Roland, age 52, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. She was employed with Bowen Family Homes. She is survived by her husband: Duane Roland ...

TV show brings Real Simple magazine to life

Lessons from the pages of Real Simple, the magazine devoted to simplifying meals, homes and lives, are never more relevant than at the start of a new year.

Dacula library to get traffic fix

DACULA - Georgia Pharr has watched and waited.

Loganville junk yard gets Planning Commission OK

LAWRENCEVILLE - An auto storage lot's plans for doubling the size of its Loganville location were met Tuesday night by tales of flying car hoods and renegade tires tearing through yards.

Democrat to challenge Linder in NovemberPolitical Notebook

John Linder may be even safer in the redrawn 7th Congressional District, but that doesn't mean the Duluth man won't have competition in the 2006 election.

OBITUARIES

RUTLEDGE

ATHENS

EDWARDS, MARTY

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.

ATLANTA

GRIFFIN, MARY

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.

BETHLEHEM

CASPER, LESTER

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

BUFORD

HORWITZ, MILTON

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 E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

PUCKETT, FAYE

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 in the chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Joey Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Puckett was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Arnold Puckett. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Marc & Nancy Puckett, Suches, Chris & Pam Puckett, Buford; grandchildren, Valerie & Bryan Gillman, Dahlonega, Matthew & Annie Puckett, Flowery Branch; great grandson, Luke Puckett, Flowery Branch. Mrs. Puckett was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was an avid nature lover who enjoyed gardening and bird watching. Flowers are greatly appreciated, however, those so desiring may make contributions to any wildlife conservation organization. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4 till 9 PM at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home & Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, 770-945-9345.

CONYERS

CHEEK, RUTH

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

GAINESVILLE

MARULANDA,

VICTOR

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.

JEFFERSON

HOWINGTON,

ROBERT

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.

LAWRENCEVILLE

DENNISON, JOYCE

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.

GORSKI, HEIDI

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.

ROLAND, VICTORIA

Victoria Lynn Roland, age 52, of Lawrenceville, passed away January 4, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

WILLIAMS, MARSHA

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.

LOGANVILLE

TAYLOR, KAYMI

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 Masters Degree in Marital Family Counseling and was a Volunteer with Gwinnett County DFACS. She is survived by her Husband of 26 years: Cliff Taylor, Loganville; Children: Erin Lee & William Taylor of Grandview, TX, Virginia Ann & David Barber, Loganville; Father: Kenneth Krause, PA; Mother: Ruth Lee, Loganville; Brothers: Steven Krause, AK, Larry Krause, Germany, William Skidmore, FL, David Krause, NY; Sisters: Laura Rose, PA, Ruth Berrious, MA; Mother-in-law: Doris Taylor, Loganville; Grandchild: Jaxon Avery Barber; Many Nieces & Nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Gwinnett DFACS, Attn: Deborah Barinowski, One Justice Square, 446 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. The Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday, January 6, 2005 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.

MONROE

SEARS, ROBERT

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 survived by his wife, Lori Sears; four children, Timothy Bruce, 18 years old, Stacey Ann, 16 years old, Elizabeth, 14 years old, and Aimee Marie, 13 years old; father, Maurice Sears; two brothers, Bennie and David; sister, Donna; two nephews; four nieces; and various friends and family. Memorial services were held on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church. The family received friends after the service at the home his father-in-law, Robert Holmes.

RUTLEDGE

STANTON, CHARLES

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. Stanton, brother, Perry Stanton, and sister, Gladys Mote. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00 until 4:00 pm and again from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 5, 2006 at Centennial Baptist Church, Rutledge. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Mr. Stanton proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from BellSouth in 1986 after 32 years of service to ramble around his farm, gardening, fishing and playing with his pets, Scubee and Sam. Papa Jack most enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Stanton is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sara Farrill (Frankie) Stanton of Rutledge; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Cheryl Stanton of Mansfield, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Sereta and Wayne Wallis of Auburn, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and David Hunter of Douglasville, GA. Grandchildren: Adam and Amy Stanton of Covington, GA; Summer Paige and Patrick Shugart of Snellville, GA; Brooke and Jimmy Woodward of Flowery Branch, GA; Jason Barfield of Douglasville, GA; Ben and Julie Wallis of Jacksonville Beach, FL; Jonathan and Amanda Wallis of Bethlehem, GA; Katie Wallis of Auburn, GA. Great grandchildren: Alex, Bailee and Savannah Stanton; Sydney and Riley Shugart; Grace and Griffin Woodward; Landon and Jaxon Wallis. Brothers: Cecil and Donna Stanton, James and Linda Stanton, and Louie Stanton; Sister: Barbara Vickery; Several nieces and nephews. A.E. Carter Funeral Home had charge of arrangements, 706-752-1790.

Police report

Man beaten by passengers

•BUFORD - A Buford man ushered in the New Year with a beating Sunday when he agreed to give a drunk acquaintance a ride home from a party.

A life less complicated

Central to induct five members into Hall of Fame

Mark Kimbro truly enjoyed last year's inaugural induction ceremony for the Central Gwinnett Athletic Hall of Fame.

State poised to regulate contractors

LAWRENCEVILLE - Librarians and barbers must get a state license, but contractors who build or remodel homes and shopping centers are not required to.

Buford abandons section of Garner Street

BUFORD - Buford grows a little larger almost every month through annexations. Monday, Buford gave up a little bit of land when city commissioners voted to give Terry Cohron a quitclaim deed for .07 acres of Garner Street.

Mom's craft keeps soldiers warm

LAWRENCEVILLE - Evie Lane never learned how to knit. Growing up, she watched her mother sit on the couch with a pair of needles and a skein of yarn, but the 20-year-old soldier said she never had the patience to pick up the hobby herself.

Miles not innocent in brawl

The video footage was on all the TV highlight shows, a brief clip of Miami's football players sprinting into the tunnel to fight with LSU players after last week's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Photo released of stabbing victim

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police released a photo of a stabbing victim Wednesday in hopes that someone who witnessed her altercation with an attacker will come forward.

Ready, set, synchronize

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.

Photo of victim released by police

Special photo

Elida Moreno, seen here in a photo provided by the Gwinnett County Police, was stabbed and died from the wounds New Years Day. Police are looking for someone who witnessed her altercation with an attacker.

Pyle gets All-Star nod for third straight year

Two years ago, Troy Milam was just hanging out in his hotel room during the ECHL All-Star extravaganza in Peoria, Ill., when Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle called.

Company based in Florida takes over Barrow hospital

WINDER - Health Management Associates, a company from Naples, Fla., has purchased the Barrow Community Hospital from a company that put it up for sale in July.

Thatcher's relevance challenged

PORTSTEWART,

N. IRELAND

In America, the party out of power gets to respond when the president makes a major address. The outs try to contrast their viewpoint with the president on one or more issues, hoping to show their ideas are more worthy of voter consideration in the next election.

Red lights on some major roads reworked to ease commute

LAWRENCEVILLE - If you dread jaw-clinching, horn-blasting rush hours stuck at one red light after another, relief could be on the way.

Gladiators' goalie Fields honored; Awe returns

DULUTH - It was a big weekend for the Gwinnett Gladiators, getting two wins in Florida and tying the Everblades for the division lead.

Ethics panel clears Oxendine

DOUGLASVILLE - The State Ethics Commission Wednesday dismissed a complaint that Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine broke the law by using campaign funds to defend himself against prior ethics charges.

In rejecting the complaint, commissioners cited a ruling handed down in November that allowed state Sen. Bill Stephens, R-Canton, to spend $53,000 in campaign money on legal fees associated with ethics complaints that had been filed against him.

"It's hard for me to say these expenditures were a violation when we let Sen. Stephens walk at the last meeting,'' said commission Chairman Steve Farrow.

The complaint over legal fees was among a series of complaints against Oxendine, a Republican from Duluth, dismissed by the ethics panel Wednesday.

All were filed by George Anderson of Rome, a self-styled citizen watchdog who has filed numerous complaints against state elected officials during the last decade. Oxendine has been among his favorite targets.

Anderson also charged Oxendine with illegally transferring $5,500 from his insurance commissioner campaign fund into an account he established during a brief time in 2004 that he was a candidate for lieutenant governor.

He later withdrew from this year's lieutenant governor race and declared he would run for re-election to his current post instead.

Georgia law prohibits candidates from using money raised for one office to campaign for another.

Oxendine's lawyer, Stefan Passantino, didn't dispute the allegation. But he said Oxendine returned the money to his insurance commissioner campaign as soon as he discovered the transfer was illegal, in fact, before Anderson filed the complaint.

The commission also rejected six other complaints questioning whether various expenditures listed by Oxendine in campaign finance reports dating back to 1998 were for legitimate purposes under the law.

The list included money spent on rent at an apartment complex, one night's lodging at a downtown Atlanta hotel and even a towing bill.

A former campaign worker called by Passantino as a witness explained that the apartment was being used as a campaign headquarters and the towing bill was incurred by another worker on campaign business who parked in the wrong place.

As for the hotel stay, Oxendine took the stand and testified that he spent the night there after a late-night meeting with members of the Legislature's insurance committees.

But Commissioner David Moskowitz said the lodging and towing expenses looked questionable and should have been explained more fully on Oxendine's reports.

Both sides agreed, however, that Oxendine's use of more than $17,000 in campaign funds to pay legal fees was the most important issue at stake Wednesday.

Moskowitz, who also voted against dismissing the complaint against Stephens, was the only commissioner who argued that office holders using campaign money to defend themselves against ethics complaints should not be considered within the definition of "ordinary and necessary'' campaign expenses allowed by state law.

But Commissioner Sonny Watson said people who think enough of a candidate to give their money probably would support such a use.

"You get these frivolous ethics complaints filed against you, does this board think you should pay for it out of your own pocket?'' he asked.

For his part, Oxendine complained about the number of charges Anderson has lodged against him and other elected Republicans going all the way back to 1995, the year Oxendine took office.

Passantino pointed out that nothing came of the vast majority of those complaints.

But some of Anderson's charges managed to stick.

A year ago, the commission fined Oxendine $750 for several violations stemming from complaints filed by Anderson, including taking a campaign donation from an insurance company.

Former Collins Hill coach Hembree adjusts to role on college sideline

Life is much different these days for Angie Hembree.

Key limes are the real thing for pies

This time of year, a slice of Key lime pie is the next best thing to a trip to the Florida Keys. Okay, maybe not the next best thing, but good eating anyway.

Snow on trees can make for a slippery situation

We don't often see snow in Gwinnett. When it does come, however, trees and limbs can come crashing down at an alarming rate. Heavy accumulations of wet snow can also cause damage to trees and shrubs.

Evergreens and weak-wooded trees are more susceptible to snow damage than deciduous and hardwood trees.

Snow damage is also more common to shrubs than to trees, since snow depth often equals or exceeds shrub height.

Evergreen shrubs are more easily damaged than deciduous shrubs because there is more foliage surface for snow accumulation.

To remove heavy snow accumulation, tap the branches lightly with a broom soon after the snow falls, or as it accumulates.

If snow has melted and refrozen, do not use this procedure; you could break the branches. To remove frozen snow, spray the shrubs with a hose connected to the hot water faucet, using caution against plant burn.

Never stand beneath an ice- or snow-laden tree. Falling limbs may weigh hundreds of pounds and can gain a great deal of speed as they fall, causing serious bodily injury.

Geiger delivers game-winning shot in Parkview girls 47-45 victory

LILBURN - Jessica Geiger hit the game winning shot with less than one second to play to lift Parkview to a 47-45 win over Grayson on Wednesday.

Abramoff plea has its upside

There may be a silver lining to be found in the Jack Abramoff scandal in Washington, D.C., which is certain to continue unfolding over the next few months after the lobbyist pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court.

Gwinnett Gab

Performing group

to honor actor

SUWANEE - The 13th Floor, a performing mission group, will be dedicating its performances at North Gwinnett High School and a Gainesville church to a local actor who passed away in September.

The group will present "Homecoming" in memory of Eddie Rector, a 24-year-old actor from Suwanee who was killed while in South Africa last September. He had been training with the mission group to spread the message of God through theater.

Though it was written before his death, "Homecoming" reflects the grief of Rector's friends and family following his death. It is about a high school student coping with the sudden loss of her older brother.

What others are saying

Meth offender registry comes to life on Web in Tenn.

Ageratum is a pretty plant in a pleasing palette

If you are looking for a short, blue plant to edge a flower bed (and probably, you're not), try ageratum.

Blue blooms in the garden are difficult to come by, especially on well-behaved plants that spread out a little, mound up nicely and bloom all summer. Ageratum does all that.

Wardrobe doors are available if you know where to look

Q: In our former home in St. Louis, Mo., we had a long set of shelves in the basement enclosed by a pair of 4-foot-wide by 8-foot-high sliding doors.

The doors had a lighweight metal frame with back braces into which you could place a 4-foot-wide by 8-foot-high by 3⁄8 inch thick panel of your choice.

The top of the frame had rollers mounted to it that fit into a track that was mounted to the ceiling of the basement, and the bottom side of the frame had self-adjusting fittings whose plastic feet fitted into a metal track that was mounted onto the basement floor.