News for Saturday, January 7, 2006


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Linda Jones

Linda Gayle Norton Jones, age 53, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2006. She is survived by: her husband of 33 years: Billy Jones; Daughter and Son ...

Christopher Barry

Christopher White Barry, age 41 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, January 5, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM Monday, January 9, 2006 at Cannon United Methodist Church, Snellville. Rev. Glenn ...

Frances Glenn

Mrs. Frances Wilkes “Mom” Glenn, age 82 of Jefferson, Georgia died Friday, January 6, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

James Fitzgerald

James J. Fitzgerald, age 49 of Lilburn, GA passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2006. James worked in the insurance industry in Atlanta for the last 15 years and most ...

Loretta Serenko

Loretta Serenko, age 92 of Lilburn, GA, passed away January 6, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Allen Johnson, Sr.

Allen Johnson, Sr., age 78 of Lawrenceville, died January 7, 2006. A loving family man, he is survived by his wife, Jean Johnson; children, Barbara Higbe and her husband, Henry ...

Thomas Higginbotham

Thomas M. Higginbotham, age 64 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, January 6, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.

John Bradley

Mr. John Bradley, age 71, of Mobile, AL, formerly of Gwinnett County, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan ...

Sanford Rawlins

Sanford P. Rawlins of Loganville, died Saturday, January 7, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Monday, January 9, 2006 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...

J.b. Bradshaw

J. B. “Bob” Bradshaw, age 79 of Buford, friend of Jesus Christ, passed away at 6 P.M. Thursday evening, January 5, 2006. He left to be with Jane ...

Sara Ligon

Mrs. Sara Mills Ligon, age 90 of Decatur, Georgia, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Gajic powers Gladiators past Pilots

From staff reports

Milan Gajic posted his first professional hat trick to help the Gladiators past the Pensacola Ice Pilots 6-2 on Friday night

Pensacola opened up a 1-0 lead on the Gladiators 8:27 into the first period. Pete Gardner picked up the goal as he was able to deflect Dave Turon's slapshot from the right wing point past Gladiators netiminder Sean Fields.

Derek Nesbitt was able to equalize the contest just 22 seconds later as he picked up a rebound in front of the Ice Pilots net and pumped the puck past Pensacola netminder Todd Ford. For Nesbitt, it was his 12th goal of the


Jeff Campbell gave the Gladiators a 2-1 lead 3:02 into the second period as he posted his 14th goal of the season. Taking a pass from John Awe as he moved into the slot, Campbell beat Ford over the shoulder to the far post for the goal.

No. 2 Norcross uses big second half for win

ROSWELL - On Friday night the Centennial Knights proved that a Region 7-AAAAA team could play with the Norcross boys.

From triumph to tragedy

Oxygen bottle in hand, I climbed to my seats, high above the playing field, in the Georgia Dome on Monday night, wary of all the yellow-clad fans around me. I don't do well with yellow, understand, and that infirmity almost put me in the slammer on the last weekend in November.

None of my New Year's resolutions included becoming involved in fisticuffs at a college football game, so I was hoping against hope that I would be isolated from any fans of the opposing persuasion at the Sugar Bowl game.

Police briefs

Man arrested ÜV0er car hits police motorcycle

DULUTH - A man was arrested Dec. 30 after his car hit a police motorcycle and he then tried to flee the scene in a high-speed chase police said.

A car driven by Octavio Garcia-Penaloza, 24, swerved into a lane on an I-85 northbound ramp, striking the left side of the officer's motorcycle, according to police reports. The officer pulled in front of the suspect's white Ford van, put on his lights and motioned for him to pull over. Instead, the driver continued north on I-85 past several exits, while the officer followed him traveling at 70 mph.

Sewer plant upgrade to begin soon

LAWRENCEVILLE - The initial work for a $200 million redesign for Gwinnett's second largest sewage plant will begin soon.

Lawrenceville actor stars in independent film

Though he starred in the movie, Michael Kelly missed the premiere of "Loggerheads" at the Sundance Film Festival last year. Kelly, who grew up in Lawrenceville, couldn't attend the festival because he was working on the television show "Kojak" at the time.

Ivy Creek Baptist to break ground on new sanctuary

To meet the needs of its growing congregation, Ivy Creek Baptist Church in Buford is building a new sanctuary across the street from its current location.

IBM pension move sharpens focus on 401(k) plans

AP Technology Writer

BOSTON - IBM's freeze of its otherwise healthy U.S. pension plan will reverberate through industry not only because it illustrates the erosion of traditional benefit packages, but also because it sharpens the focus on 401(k) plans as a source of retirement security.

The path to stardom

Duluth boys knock off No. 10 Peachtree Ridge, 46-45

DULUTH - The Duluth boys upset No. 10 Peachtree Ridge on Friday night, beating the Lions 46-45 in Region 7-AAAAA action.

Sports calendar


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.




J. B. "Bob" Bradshaw, age 79 of Buford, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2006 following an extended illness. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.



Mrs. Ruth Holcomb, age 81, of Dawsonville, formerly of Forsyth County, passed away Friday, January 6, 2006, following an extended illness. She was a longtime member of Concord Baptist Church. She was a devout Christian and loving wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lenord Holcomb; son, Gene Holcomb; great grandson, Scoty Williams. Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Dennis Allen, Dawsonville, Jeanette and Phillip Allen, Cumming, Darlene and Everett Thompson, Dawsonville; grandchildren: Dean and Jeanne Allen, Denise and Scott Williams, Terri and Billy Wallace, Rhonda and Neil McWhorter, Brittany Thompson; 8 great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law: Dorothy and J. T. Pratt, Viola Johnson, Hattie Lee and Manco Higgins; brother and sisters-in-law: Garland and Marion Rolader; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Annie and Jim Steel, Inus Holcomb; nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 3PM at Concord Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Orr, Rev. Rubin Smith and Rev. Dan Armistead will officiate. Interment Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home, Saturday from 1-9PM and Sunday from 9AM until time for service. Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, 770-887-2388.



Mr. Jerry R. Powers, age 64 of Grayson, GA died January 5, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Faye Powers; daughters and son-in-law, Donna and Kirk Cave, Faith Powers, all of Grayson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and Lela Powers of San Antonio, TX, Bobby and Mary Powers of Orlando, FL, Donny and Polly Powers of Jenkinsburg, GA; grandchildren, Kenneth Herren, Mandy Herren, both of Grayson; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Powers attended Snellville First Baptist Church, was self employed in the Heating and Air Industry and was an avid fisherman. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 8 at 2pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Guy Priester officiating. Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mrs. Frances Wilkes Glenn, age 82 of Jefferson, Georgia who died Friday, January 6, 2006. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467.



James J. Fitzgerald, age 49 of Lilburn, GA passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2006. James worked in the insurance industry in Atlanta for the last 15 years and most recently with Maxum Indemnity of Duluth, GA. He was preceded in death by his father, John D. Fitzgerald and brother, Jack Fitzgerald. He is survived by his: wife: Debra Adams Fitzgerald; children: Laura E. Fitzgerald, Emily A. Fitzgerald, all of Lilburn, GA; mother: Thelma R. Fitzgerald of Naples, FL; brothers: Robert Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, both of Pittsburgh, PA; sisters: Carol Fitzgerald of New Jersey, Patricia Kocher of Pittsburgh, PA; a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2006 at 11:00a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Sara Holben-Schminckey officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Ste. 260, Duluth, GA 30097 or the American Red Cross, 1955 Monroe Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 12, 2006 from 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



Annette Carver Farmer, age 76 of Stone Mountain, GA, died January 4, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,



Oris H. Harris, age 93 of Winder, GA, passed away January 5, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.


Robin L. Marshall, age 46 of Winder, GA, passed away on January 5, 2006. Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 8 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. The family will receive friends Sunday from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411,

It's not you, and it's not me, either

I'm going through the big D, and I don't mean Dallas.


Business Briefs

Stocks surge as 2006 rally extends

•NEW YORK - Mixed employment data helped Wall Street extend its New Year's rally Friday, as investors saw a slowdown in monthly hiring as a precursor to the end of the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes. The major indexes surged this week, finishing at their highest levels since mid-2001.

Clutch FT shooting lifts Shiloh over Central in overtime

LAWRENCEVILLE - Amanda Parker's steady free-throw shooting typically ends Shiloh girls basketball practices. Make the shots and the session's over.

14 puppies found dead; man arrested

BUFORD - A man accused of killing 14 puppies and stuffing them into a pillowcase was charged Thursday with cruelty to animals.

State In Brief

Starving horses, donkeys rescued

•ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Agriculture rescued 49 starving animals in Macon County in the last two days, Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin said Friday.

Winder councilman hospitalized with heart attack

WINDER - City councilman Billy Sheridan was taken to the hospital Thursday with a heart attack, Winder's clerk said.

Good works rewarded

LAWRENCEVILLE - The largest crowd in the Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful awards banquet's 26-year history celebrated the volunteer initiative of the community at its annual awards banquet Friday evening.

Snellville cops riding high on Hogs

SNELLVILLE - They are battered, bruised and a little humbled, but two Snell-ville police officers chosen to pioneer the department's new motorcycle unit are ready for the road.

Have faith in God, family and country

To my grandchildren, Zachary and Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough: It has become tradition to write you guys at the first of the year and lay a little unsolicited advice on you. I've never asked what, if anything, you do with these pearls of wisdom. Perhaps it is best that I not know.

I do know that I have lived a long life with a lot of ups and downs in it. Maybe something I say will allow you to experience more of the ups and less of the downs in your own life. I hope so.

It is hard to believe that by the end of 2006, two of you will be college students, one will be a senior in high school and another a sophomore. Three of you will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. Imagine that.

You get to help select who will be the next governor of Georgia, as well as a number of other state and local offices. Having the right to vote is something that most of the rest of us, unfortunately, take for granted.

Only about half the eligible voters in Georgia even bother to vote. Voting is a singular privilege, and you must take this responsibility very seriously. If you ever choose not to vote in any election from presidential to local dogcatcher, don't let me know. Your great-grandparents considered not voting a sin of biblical proportions. So do I.

I hope you appreciate how blessed you are to live in the United States of America. Ignore the naysayers who are so eager to tell us what is wrong with our country.

Granted, we are not perfect, but I have yet to have anyone tell me of a single spot on earth that is better. Dissent comes with democracy, but that doesn't mean that we can't love our country with great passion.

Respect the flag, and pledge allegiance to it with enthusiasm. Take off your hat when the national anthem is being played and stand at attention. There is nothing wrong with being patriotic.

Believe in God. He is real, but don't confuse faith with ritual, because ritual is the human mind presuming how God wants us to worship.

Being faithful to God has nothing to do with what gender is in the pulpit or whether or not we ingest wheat wafers or double-chocolate Oreos with our communion. That is just people saying their way is the right way to worship. They are wrong.

God is bigger than mere mortals' interpretations of him. That's good news.

I know that at your age being cool is important, and you probably think that being cool means not showing emotion. That's not cool. Strong, self-confident people have no problem expressing their feelings openly.

I have said this before, and I will continue to say it: Don't let a day go by without telling your parents that you love them. Your parents have earned your love and respect. Show it. Same with your grandparents. There is no guarantee that any of us will be around even tomorrow. We all love you very much. We know you love us, too, but it would be nice to hear it from your lips every once in a while.

You are all equipped with the latest in technological gizmos, so there is no excuse not to call occasionally and let us know how you are doing. I believe I speak for all of your grandparents in saying there is no detail too arcane to share. We just enjoy hearing the sound of your voice.

Finally, remember not to sweat the small stuff in this world, and as you are no doubt learning, there is a lot of small stuff around. This has been a difficult lesson for your grandfather to learn, and I'm not sure I've learned it yet.

What I need to remember in the autumn of my years is to be grateful for the big stuff. You guys are definitely big stuff, and you have blessed me beyond words. Stay well, and do great deeds.

Happy New Year,


Contact Dick Yarbrough at or at P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, GA 31139. Visit his Web site at His column appears on Saturday.

Berkeley Lake seats two new council members

BERKELEY LAKE - Walter Anderson and Tom Kitchens sat in on Thursday night's council meeting not as observers but as councilmen.

Mayor Lois Salter, who swore the two men in on Tuesday, welcomed the two and their contributions to what she said she hopes to be a productive year in city business.

Salter continued in her first address of 2006 to the council and residents, admonishing the council to work together to establish and reach goals. With regard to the city's financial standing, Salter commented that "the city is in good financial shape," with all budgeted items for 2005 coming in under projected figures.

Further outlining her goals for the upcoming year, Salter expressed her desire to bring in a professional public works management company to handle the city's numerous projects. SPLOST funds can legally be used to pay for such an expense. Salter publicly expressed her thanks to former council member Marcie Zielazinski for her many volunteer hours spent on public works, but added, "we need professional advice, support and accountability" in this area.

Town hall meeting to be rescheduled

A previously scheduled town hall meeting called to address road safety in Berkeley Lake will be rescheduled pending public notification of the objectives.

Elected officials to attend ethics seminar

Council member Debbie Guthrie advised Salter and other council members of an available ethics seminar offered through the University of Georgia. The seminar would be held locally, probably in the Berkeley Lake chapel, and would cover Georgia law regarding elected officials' conduct and responsibilities to the citizens. All council members and the mayor agreed that such a course would be beneficial and should include the city clerk and deputy clerk as well as the city treasurer. Guthrie will arrange the date, tentatively in March, and all Berkeley Lake residents are welcome to observe.

Spiritual Calendar

The Spiritual Calendar runs in Saturday's Lifestyle section. E-mail items to calendar@ or fax to 770-339-8081. Please include the date, time, address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.