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Jill Roberts

Mrs. Jill Roberts of Winder, Georgia, died March 8, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.

Lucille Hurlburt

Mrs. Lucille Dodd Hurlburt, age 83, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on March 9, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Hurlburt. Surviving are: Sisters: Mrs ...

Ruby Adams

Ruby Nell Healan Adams, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Friday morning, March 10, 2006. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726 ...

Joyce Garner

Joyce Ann Garner, age 62 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, March 9, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 12, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Jack Wooden

Mr. Jack Lee Wooden, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on March 9, 2006. Surviving are: Wife: Loris J. Wooden, Lawrenceville, GA; Sons: John David Wooden, Columbus, IN, Gary ...

Callie Bryant

Mrs. Callie Simmons Bryant, age 93, a resident of Brookside Assisted Living in Buford, Georgia, went to be with her Maker on Thursday, March 9, 2006. She was born April ...

J.m. Beard

Mr. J.M. Beard, age 86, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away March 10, 2006. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Ernest Bowman

Mr. Ernest G. Bowman, age 65, of Buford, GA passed away on March 8, 2006 at the V.A. Hospital in Decatur, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents ...

Johanna Cruty

Johanna C. Cruty, age 93 of Buford, Georgia died suddenly Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Juanita Lawson

Mrs. Juanita Lawson, age 71, of Winder, Georgia died March 9, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.

Ted Edwards

Ted Edwards, age 66 of Snellville, GA, died Thursday, March 9, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

Judy Wasson

Mrs. Judy Kay Wasson, age 58 of Loganville, GA died March 10, 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents, A.K. and Helen Staton and is survived by her ...

Locals honored at Sportsmanship in Gwinnett banquet

Olympic champion Gail Devers and Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Ed Donatell at the Sportsmanship in Gwinnett banquet, a event at Velocity Sports Performance to honor players and coaches from the county's 21 youth athletic associations.

Getting to Know ... Lynn Jarrett

Lynn Jarrett just completed her sixth season as an assistant girls basketball coach at North Gwinnett. Before that the East Hall High graduate was a college coach for 20 years, including 17 as a head coach.

Sky reaches her limit on 'American Idol'

LAWRENCEVILLE - "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell's predictions about contestant Kinnik Sky came true Thursday evening when she was voted off the hit show.

Coaches revive Gwinnett County golf tournament

The annual county high school golf tournament that disappeared in recent years resurfaces today.

Oscar for 'Pimp' shows Hollywood is out of touch

And the winner is ... "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp!" The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would like to inform the world that this is the best movie song of the year, and you best believe it.

Teachers, board members discuss concerns

SUWANEE - Teachers from across the county raised their concerns about special education, snow make-up days and substitute teachers when they met with their school board representatives on Thursday.

Preceding the monthly meeting of the Gwinnett Board of Education, Teachers' Advisory Council members discussed the issues affecting their individual schools and the district.

Some educators brought up the issues of attracting, hiring and retaining substitute teachers. In a meeting with Louise Radloff, vice chair of the school board, teachers brought up how neighboring school districts have more efficient methods of notifying substitute teachers when they're needed.

Leadership group discusses diversity

LAWRENCEVILLE - Photo slides of Bosnian supermarkets, Spanish specialty shops and all-American delis painted a diverse picture of Gwinnett at the Harness the Power gala on Thursday evening.

Reynolds ready for next big challenge

It's not that she won't miss her friends, teammates and the high school meets that became such an important part of her life over the last four years.

County names fire marshal

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just three weeks after a school inspection scandal rocked the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's Office, a veteran firefighter has been named its new leader.

Eminent domain passes first test

ATLANTA - Legislation limiting the ability of local governments to condemn private property sailed through the House Thursday.

Lawmakers took only about an hour to approve a bill introduced on behalf of Gov. Sonny Perdue restricting the governmental power of eminent domain. Both the bill and an accompanying constitutional amendment drew only one opposing vote.

"We're footsteps away from making history,'' Rep. Larry O'Neal, R-Warner Robins, told his House colleagues shortly before the two votes.

"This truly is ... the first meaningful legislation that attempts to restore our precious private property rights. ... I'm excited, as much as old people get excited.''

Perdue, a Republican, and GOP legislative leaders have touted reining in eminent domain as a top priority since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last June upheld a Connecticut city's right to condemn homes in an older neighborhood to make way for new private development.

It went well beyond generally accepted "public uses'' for eminent domain, including the building of roads, schools and other public buildings, water and sewer lines and utility lines.

"That decision set off a firestorm across the country,'' said Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, the governor's floor leader in the House.

Both the bill and constitutional amendment would prohibit local authorities from condemning private property without the consent of elected officials.

Golick called it an "accountability'' provision.

"All too often, we've seen unelected authorities going forward with projects, letting local (governments) not go on the record with a decision,'' he said.

The bill also gives property owners facing condemnation additional due-process rights, including timely notification of a condemnation proceeding, a right to an independent appraisal of the affected property, a guaranteed 30-day negotiating process and a right to a hearing.

"The property owner is generally on the defensive,'' said Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Atlanta, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. "We wanted to level the playing field.''

But at the heart of both the bill and constitutional amendment is a restriction significantly narrowing the permissible use of eminent domain to "blighted'' neighborhoods.

Local governments no longer would be able to condemn private property merely for the increased tax revenue that would come with new construction. Government officials would have to demonstrate that a proposed condemnation would improve public health or safety by ridding a community of blight.

Further, blight would be defined by "properties'' rather than "areas.'' A local government would not be able to condemn a home that is in decent condition even if it's surrounded by blighted houses.

"If grandma's property is smack in the middle of (a blighted neighborhood) and is not blighted, grandma is safe,'' Golick said. "It's got to happen on a property-by-property determination.''

But representatives of local governments argue that such a narrow definition of blight would make it more difficult to condemn properties that pose a threat to public health and safety.

"It really protects absentee landlords and slumlords,'' said Amy Henderson, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Municipal Association.

Henderson said city officials also oppose a provision that would require local governments to return property acquired through eminent domain to its original owner if the property doesn't end up being used for its intended purpose.

"What if you can't find these people?'' she asked.

While no one spoke against the bill during Thursday's House debate, it could run into some opposition in the Senate.

Sen. Jeff Chapman, R-Brunswick, who chaired a Senate study committee on eminent domain last year, has complained that the language concerning blight in the House bill isn't strong enough to prevent that provision from becoming a loophole.

The Senate passed legislation introduced by Chapman last year that doesn't make an exception for blight. However, the House didn't take up the bill.

Not every crazy deserves terrorist label

Banality of evil, meet absurdity of denial. Such was my thought as I listened to the recorded telephone conversation between the man who confessed to mowing down several people on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill with an SUV and the 911 police dispatcher whom he called to report his crime.

The recording, which can be heard online (www.newsobserver.com/102/story/415421.html), is so earnestly deadpan that it sounds like a comedy skit. Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar calmly tells the female dispatcher that he has just hit some people with his vehicle and that police can come and arrest him. He estimates that he hit, oh, maybe 15 people, maybe fewer.

His tone is such that he might be reporting that the paint is now dry and the carpet installers can get started. The dispatcher, meanwhile, is typing furiously. Throughout Taheri-azar's accounting, she repeatedly asks him to spell his name. It ain't Joe Smith, after all. You can sense her shock and her attempt to ground herself by getting the spelling right.

When the going gets weird, the weird may turn pro, but normal people turn super-normal.

You just ran over 15 people, got that, but would you mind spelling that name one more time?

Gwinnett school gets state honor

LILBURN - Lilburn Elementary School was recognized as a 2006 "School of Excellence" Thursday by State Superintendent Kathy Cox.

Grayson boys improve to 8-0 for first time

By Dan Tomayko

Staff Writer

dan.tomayko@gwinnettdailypost.com

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Grayson boys soccer team made history Thursday, but it took it until just three minutes remaining in the game to do so.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BOWMAN, ERNEST

Mr. Ernest Gillford Bowman, age 65, of Buford, Georgia, passed away March 8, 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.*

CHESTNUT MOUNTAIN

CONLEY, DIANA

Mrs. Diana Marie Conley, age 69 of Chestnut Mountain, died March 3, 2006 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home Chapel, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

ANGLIN, HELEN

Helen Holt Anglin, age 88 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on March 8, 2006. She is survived by: Sister: Louise Holt Burton, Lexington, KY; Several Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Anglin, a native of Gwinnett County, was a member of Central Baptist Church in Lawrenceville and retired from The Centers for Disease Control. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. R. "Robert" Anglin. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 10 at 11:00 A.M. at Arlington Memorial Park with Rev. Andy Landrum officiating. Those desiring may make donations to Central Baptist Church, 250 Gwinnett Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 in the memory of Helen Holt Anglin. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

ARNOLD, EDNA

Edna Robertson Arnold, age 82 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on March 8, 2006. She is survived by: Husband of 63 years: Harry Arnold; Daughters & Sons-in-Law: Emily & Neal Peavy, Smyrna, GA, Joan & Terry Shaw, Weatherford, TX, Jackie & David Milam, St. Charles, IL, Melanie Arnold; Grandchildren: David Summers, IV, Shannon Summers, Derek Babb, Alyssa Milam, Danielle Nichols. Mrs. Arnold was a loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Billy Moss officiating. Interment to follow at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

PIERREL, MARY

Mary Elizabeth Miller Pierrel, died March 8, 2006. She was a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, GA. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Linda Stutzman of Pittsburgh; daughter, Beverly Bailey of Lawrenceville; 5 grandsons, Eric Stutzman of California, Bret, Jared & Andrew Stutzman of Pittsburgh, Christopher Bailey of LaGrange, GA; 2 granddaughters, Robin Traeger and Della Dillie of Lawrenceville; 3 great grandchildren Amelia Traeger and Kyla & Jacob Bailey; several nieces & nephews including Jane Gehring of Houston, TX and many friends. Mrs. Pierrel was born in Johnstown, PA and moved to Sarasota, FL. Mrs. Pierrel was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors degree in social work and the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in social work. She was a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Bay Front Counseling and Psychotherapy Associates in Sarasota, FL. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard; 2 brothers, Earl & Charles Miller; and a sister, Noreen Grannis. A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 1001 Duluth Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Arrangements by National Cremation Society, Lilburn, GA, 770-923-2940.

WOODEN, JACK

Mr. Jack Wooden, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Thursday, March 9, 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.*

MADISON

HARBIN, GEORGE

George W. "Jimmy" Harbin, age 70 of Madison, formerly of Loganville-Winder, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544.*

SNELLVILLE

SHUMAKER, ALBERT

Albert A. Shumaker, Jr., age 83 of Snellville, died Wednesday, March 8, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010.*

STANLEY, AGNES

Agnes F. Stanley, age 65 of Snellville, Georgia, died March 8, 2006. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bobby Stanley; son and daughter-in-law, Britton and Christie Stanley; son, Brad Stanley, all of Snellville; sister, Mildred Cannon, Tallapoosa, AL; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Frances Foster of Covington, GA; granddaughters, Brittony, Kellie and Courtney. Mrs. Stanley was retired from Bellsouth after 32 years in the legal department. She was a member of Snellville First Baptist Church and a former member of Annistown Road Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11 at 3pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. JoJo Thomas officiating. Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

WINDER

PHARR, KENNETH

Mr. Kenneth Pharr, age 71, of Winder, died March 9, 2006. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.*

Rates on 30-year mortgages jump to highest level in 21⁄2 years

WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages jumped to the highest level in 21⁄2 years this week, driven higher by inflation worries in financial markets.

Bennie Gibbs resigns from Berkmar basketball

On Feb. 8, the South Gwinnett Comets came from 15 points down to defeat the host Berkmar Patriots in overtime during the quarterfinals of the Region 8-AAAAA tournament.

Missing woman's boyfriend turns self in

LAWRENCEVILLE - The ex-boyfriend of a missing Norcross woman was jailed on Thursday for allegedly stalking her on the night she vanished.

'Midsummer' in late winter

Police: Man impregnated daughter, 15

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Jefferson man accused of molesting and impregnating his 15-year-old daughter was arrested Thursday night.

police reports

No Rolex for eBay bidder

•DORAVILLE - An Illinois man was ripped off this month when he paid thousands of dollars for a Rolex watch he never received, according to a police report.

Prep roundup: Hebron baseball earns first win in GHSA play

DACULA - Hebron Christian enjoyed a milestone night on Thursday as the program got its first victory in GHSA with a 8-4 win over Yeshiva.

Bobby Cole drove in four runs for the Lions (1-3-1) on two hits while Tim Gordon added two RBIs and Nick Dunn drove in another.

Dunn also pitched three innings and struck out five while Trent Johnson pitched the remainder of the game in which he sat down three batters and earned his first save. Ken Edwards accounted for three runs scored in the

contest.

Loganville rezoning approved

LOGANVILLE - The 7.3 acres at 3200 Highway 81 in Loganville was rezoned Thursday night to an office and industrial designation.

Several surrounding property owners had expressed concern about the proposed project, citing traffic, safety and drainage among their hot-button issues.

The applicant met with those concerned about the building project and has worked out most, if not all, of the issues.

As a result, the Tara Estates and Arbors at Tara Homeowners Association has withdrawn its opposition to the rezoning and construction.

Planning Commission member recognized

Jim Goldsby, member of the Loganville Planning Commission since 1997, was recognized for nine years of dedicated service at Thursday night's City Council meeting.

"If you want to ask anyone about how much Loganville has changed in the past nine years, this is the man," Mayor Tim Barron said.

Barron presented Goldsby with a plaque commemorating his service.

DDA taking over project

Councilman Mark Kiddoo asked for the council's OK to remand an interactive mapping project to the city's Downtown Development Authority.

The project involves creating an interactive map of Loganville accessible via the Internet.

Viewers can click on any address on the map and get information about the business at that location.

The design company creating the map makes money from advertisers; the project will cost the city nothing.

Hazardous materials team

Councilman Jerry Price, head of the city's Public Safety committee, asked the mayor and council for the go-ahead for Fire Chief Terry Pilcher to join with Walton County in establishing a Hazardous Materials Special Operations Team.

"With all the state highways running through here, you have no idea what could happen," Price said.

City's newest councilman is a new dad

Councilman Austin Jones became the proud father of a son Tuesday.

This is Jones' first child. Mother and baby Owen are home and doing fine.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Through April: A new 18-and-over men's baseball league in the North Gwinnett/South Barrow County area is looking for players. All experience levels are welcome and games on Sunday from April through August. Open workouts starting soon. Call Lee at 770-873-4790 or Tony at 404-202-9694 for additional information.

Kidnapping, carjacking suspect arrested

Lawrenceville - A 17-year-old youth accused of stealing a sport utility vehicle with a 4-year-old boy inside and triggering a statewide alert was arrested in Gwinnett County on Thursday.

Darius Simmons of Decatur apparently panicked after stealing the vehicle from a DeKalb County restaurant at about 10 p.m. and discovering a young boy was inside. He dropped the boy off at Chapel Hill Elementary School in DeKalb County at some point during the evening or early morning, according to police.

Body found in lake ID'd

LAWRENCEVILLE - A body found in Lake Lanier on Wednesday was identified as a missing Dawsonville man.

Moore named Ms. Georgia Basketball

College basketball coaches and recruiting Web sites consider Collins Hill junior Maya Moore one of the nation's best, so it's only fitting she gets a state honor.