News for Thursday, March 16, 2006

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Louise House

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mrs. Virginia Louise Porter House, age 85 of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2006. Arrangements by Evans ...

William Krause

William A. Krause, age 84 of Snellville, formerly of Tucker, died Saturday, March 11, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010.

Howard Mooneyham, Jr.

Howard Garland Mooneyham, Jr. age 67, of White Plains, GA, formerly of Snellville, died Thursday, March 16, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2006 at ...

Melvin Porter, Sr.

Mr. Melvin Storey Porter, Sr., age 79 of Jefferson, Georgia died Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Agnes Davis

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mrs. Agnes Lucille Irvin Davis, age 76 of Maysville, Georgia, who passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2006. Arrangements by Evans ...

SWAT team trains at Buford Dam

BUFORD - The Gwinnett County police SWAT team partnered with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department in a training exercise Wednesday at the Buford Dam.

Gwinnett adds 137,825 in five years

LAWRENCEVILLE - Only 12 counties nationwide grew more than Gwinnett County during the past five years, according to Census estimates released today.

Gloyd guides Dacula to victory

LAWRENCEVILLE - Matt Gloyd kept it simple on the mound for the Dacula Falcons on Wednesday. The senior stuck to his three main pitches and let his defense to the rest of the work.

Early voting under way for two Barrow elections

WINDER - Early voting ends Friday for two elections in the county.

NCAAs ready for some local flavor

For many sports fans, there's nothing quite like the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Definition of civil war elusive

AP Special Correspondent

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Deep within the Pentagon, they're trying to piece together a picture of an Iraqi civil war. What would it look like? Donald Rumsfeld asks.

Gwinnett Gab

Teacher fair set for today

WINDER - Barrow County will hold its teacher recruitment fair beginning at 9 a.m. today.

Prep Roundup Late rally propels North past North Forsyth

SUWANEE - Ty Goodbar hit a two-run double with the bases loaded and then Mike Peters followed to single in a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to put away North Forsyth 4-1 on Wednesday.

Berkmar tabs Wilson as next AD

The Berkmar High School administration didn't have to look too far to find its new athletic director.

Snellville officials recognize South Gwinnett, Brookwood high schools

SNELLVILLE - Two Gwinnett high schools were well represented at Snellville's Monday night City Council meeting.

South Gwinnett's mens basketball coach of seven years, Roger Fleetwood, was presented with a resolution penned by councilman Bruce Garraway. Fleetwood, who is leaving Snellville to move back to Indiana, said he was honored to be recognized by the mayor and council.

"When I applied for this job I had never even heard of Snellville. We had planned to retire here until our daughter moved our grandchildren back to Indiana," Fleetwood said.

Garraway thanked Fleetwood for his contribution to both the school and the community, saying, "You have made quite an impact here, and we will miss you."

South Gwinnett High School brought home three regional titles and the 2004 state championship under Fleetwood's coaching.

"I would not have had a job here if not for the dedicated and talented young men at South," Fleetwood said.

Brookwood high school was recognized by the council Monday night for winning the regional championship in Gwinnett County's Georgia Mock Trial Competition. The competition is held each year and is sponsored by the Young Lawyers division of the Georgia State Bar Association. The Gwinnett competition is the largest in the state.

Colleen Blankenship, the Brookwood teacher and coach of the winning team, said the trial consists of prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, timekeepers and even a courtroom artist, all played by students. Gwinnett Juvenile Court Judge Phyllis Miller, Rep. Warren Auld and Roger Tatum also coached the Brookwood team.

Garraway remarked that he had the opportunity to attend the state competition Saturday and was very impressed.

"These young people, coaches and teachers are to be commended for their time and hard work," Garraway said.

False name and obstruction ordinance passed

At police Chief Roy Whitehead's request, Snellville council members adopted an ordinance Monday night that makes it illegal for anyone to provide a false name, address, Social Security number or any other identifying information to a police officer.

The ordinance also makes it illegal for anyone to follow a police officer who is transporting a prisoner, either on foot or in a vehicle.

Nob Hill area to get water, sewer improvements

Residents of the Nob Hill subdivision will see improvements to both the water and sewer systems in their area over the next couple of years.

According to a spokesman for the Gwinnett Department of Public Utilities, water mains will be replaced sometime in 2007.

The existing Knollwood pump station will be replaced early in 2007.

New check valves will be installed in the subdivision to equalize the water pressure, and the water tank on U.S. Highway 78 will be demolished in a couple of weeks.

Motorists can't drive 55 on 316

LAWRENCEVILLE - Drivers are not only being asked to slow down for road construction, but the Department of Transportation is mandating a slower speed.

House limits state oversight of new telecom services

ATLANTA - New communications technologies in Georgia would be allowed to continue developing with minimal interference from state regulators under legislation passed by the House Wednesday.

The bill, which passed 157-4, already had won approval in the Senate. Gov. Sonny Perdue's desk is its next and final step on the way to becoming law.

The legislation prohibits the Georgia Public Service Commission from setting rates or conditions for delivery of three types of emerging communications technologies: broadband, voice-over Internet and wireless.

Those services are growing so quickly in Georgia that they should be able to regulate themselves, Rep. Jeff Lewis, chairman of the House Committee on Public Utilities and Telecommunications, told House members before the vote.

"Market-based competition in these technologies has already benefited consumers with more choices and lower prices,'' said Lewis, R-Cartersville.

Several Democrats expressed concerns that the bill would take away the PSC's ability to protect consumers.

"If I have a problem with my cell phone, who will I call?'' asked Rep. Gail Buckner, D-Jonesboro.

Lewis said the bill still would give the PSC jurisdiction over customer complaints.

Democrats also questioned whether any consumer organizations had endorsed the legislation.

Telecommunications companies, including BellSouth, have been the driving force behind the proposal.

But Lewis said a legislative study committee that examined the issue last year included members of consumer groups as well as representatives of the communications industry.

He said half a dozen other states have passed similar legislation and are seeing hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in the new technologies as a result.

Police Reports

Men fire shots at apartment

•NORCROSS - A 28-year-old Norcross man was nearly shot and a window was shattered Saturday at an apartment complex at 6259 S. Norcross Tucker Road.

Student chefs compete at bake-off

LILBURN - Students from six Gwinnett high schools donned aprons, crisp white coats and signature chef hats as they competed Wednesday in the annual Gwinnett County Culinary Competition.

Lilburn council passes overcrowding ordinance

LILBURN - The Lilburn City Council on Monday approved an update to its building regulations concerning overcrowding.

Lawrenceville may push back theater project

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Aurora Theatre will probably occupy the top floor of Lawrenceville City Hall until an old church can be turned into a

playhouse.

Stark gap between public, journalists feeds media's fall

Why should newspapers matter? In the Internet age, when virtually anything you want to know is available 24/7, should people not already in the habit of reading newspapers care if they survive?

Crouch out as Parkview soccer coach

Less than a year after winning the Class AAAAA state title, Tracy Crouch is out as the head boys soccer coach at Parkview.

Gladiators make just one deal as trade deadline passes

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle only made one move at the trade deadline, selling the rights to forward Scott Kelman to Fresno.

Probable cause found in stalking case involving missing woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend on the night she vanished allegedly told a detective he wanted to reunite with her and he was "trying to patch things up" when he called her several times.

Once again, Bush tries to find support for war

WASHINGTON

On the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, President Bush once again finds himself trying to rally American public opinion to support that costly venture.

The series of speeches that began this week comes against a background of deepening skepticism on the part of voters about the effort that began in March 2003 with a lightning strike against Saddam Hussein's forces.

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.

OBITUARIES

ALVAREZ, GRACE

Grace Elizabeth Harper Alvarez, 91, a longtime member of Stewart Ave. UMC, passed away on March 15, 2006. Mrs. Alvarez retired from the Fulton County Courthouse, and she was active in many groups, such as the Fulton Co. Retirees Assoc., AARP, the Koionia Club of Mary Branan, and the Business and Professional Women's Club. Widowed for fifty-three years, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Alvarez. She is survived by her son, Edward J. Alvarez of Snellville; her grandchildren, Jeffrey Guy Alvarez, Sr., Alisha Alma Alvarez, and Michael Edward Alvarez; and one great grandson, Jeffrey Guy Alvarez, Jr. Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, March 18th at the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point with Rev. Joe Colley and Rev. Dee Dee Lawson officiating. Interment will follow at College Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, March 17th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, East Point, GA, 404-761-1138.

BUFORD

LANCASTER,

TABITHIA

Mrs. Tabithia Green Lancaster, age 90, of Buford, GA passed away on March 14, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest R. Lancaster and son-in-law, Donald Mooney. Surviving are: Daughter: Mrs. Gelain L. Mooney, Flowery Branch, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: David and Kathy Lancaster, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Kathy Mooney, Sugar Hill, GA, Anna Mooney, Buford, GA, Jeff and Julia Lancaster, Buford, GA, Kristy and Max Hirst, Buford, GA; Great Grandchildren: Mason Lancaster, Saralyn Lancaster, Harrison Hirst; Brother and Sister-in-Law: Wendell and Genora Green, Hoschton, GA; Sisters and Brother-in-Law: Mary Jim and Pogie Stanley, Marietta, GA, Gerri Green, Union City, GA, Thermos Mitchell, Oakwood, GA; Sister-in-Law: Jessie Lou Lancaster, Buford, GA, Johnnie Green, Roswell, GA; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Lancaster was a native of Buford, Gwinnett County, GA. She retired in 1977 from Georgia Boot Company in Flowery Branch, GA. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Buford where she was also a member of the Leila Whitner Sunday School Class. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 17, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. G. Stephen Wood officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00-9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

SHANNON, LOUISE

Louise Shannon, 77, of Buford, GA, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

VENABLE, OTHA

Mr. Otha Dillmus Venable, age 82, of Flowery Branch, formerly of Cumming, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 after an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

WEBB, ERIC

Eric Christopher Webb, age 28 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 13, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

WATKINSVILLE

LITTLE, HOWELL

Mr. Howell David Little, age 82, of Watkinsville, GA died March 14, 2006. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.*

Steady Eddie

HOPE one step closer for Georgia Gwinnett College

Georgia Gwinnett College's hopes for HOPE got a boost Wednesday.