News for Thursday, March 2, 2006

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Mary Martin

Mary Lee Martin, age 68 of Buford, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Funeral Services are being handled by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Hallie Montgomery

Mrs. Hallie Sue Montgomery, age 62, of Athens, GA, died March 1, 2006. Funeral arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-6706.

John Helms

John Helms, age 64 of Buford, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Funeral Services are being handled by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Clifton Brown

Clifton H. “Bud” Brown, age 81 of Spring Hill, TN, formerly of Cumming, GA, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006 after an extended illness. Graveside Service will be held ...

Michael Marsingill

Rev. Michael Lee Marsingill, age 50 of Athens died Tuesday, February 28, 2006. He served as a minister in the United Methodist Church North Georgia Conference for 29 years. Survivors ...

Emily Daniel

Emily Daniel, age 61 of Loganville, GA died February 28, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Daniel and is survived by her brother and sister-in ...

Jackie Smithers

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Jackie Lee Smithers, age 60 of Jefferson, Georgia who died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral services will be announced by ...

Katrina Kmitta

Katrina Katherine Kimberly Kmitta died February 28th, 2006. Tina was 46 years old and loved by everyone. Survivors include the love of her life Brad Cochran, a wonderful mother, Sam ...

Nickie Duck

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson announces the death of Mr. Nickie Ladd Duck, age 56 of Clarkesville, formerly of Braselton, Georgia, who died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral services will ...

Richard Walker

Richard E. Walker, age 67 of Cleveland, GA, formerly of Atlanta, GA, died March 1, 2006. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 2006 at 11:00 AM from Little ...

Gladys Haney

Gladys Lucille White Haney, age 76 of Buford, died Thursday, March 2, 2006. Funeral Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

DA mulls charges against slaying suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police may have a slam-dunk case thanks to a DNA match identification of a suspect in a brutal 2003 homicide, but whether or not that man will ever stand trial is far from clear.

Barrow chairman: Firefighter's claim lacks merit

WINDER - A firefighter's complaint against the Barrow County fire chief was dismissed as unsubstantiated in an eight-page response by the commission chairman.

Teschner's walk-off walk gives South win

SNELLVILLE - With the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning of a 4-4 game, freshman Brett Teschner drove in the game-winning run by drawing a walk in South Gwinnett's 5-4 win over Loganville on Wednesday.

Officer's retaliation complaint upheld

LILBURN - A federal agency has upheld a Lilburn officer's claim that he was retaliated against for supporting another officer fired following accusations of racial discrimination.

Scare in region tourney propels Buford to semis

It took nearly losing in the first round of the Region 8-AA tournament, but since that 69-65 overtime defeat of Union County, the Buford boys basketball team has been a different team.

Apalachee principal state's best

WINDER - Apalachee High School Principal Dennis Clarke strode into the school's Media Center on Wednesday expecting a faculty meeting.

Spring Hill College to have grand opening of new campus

NORCROSS - Spring Hill College will celebrate the grand opening of its Norcross campus and its 175th anniversary with a reception Sunday.

Police Reports

Rooms To Go Kids store robbed

•DULUTH - Someone robbed the Rooms To Go Kids store Thursday at 2330 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

Lawrenceville wants say over 316 land

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville officials want control of land along Ga. Highway 316 to develop a bioscience corridor and possibly build high-rises.

Signs show voters craving consensus

WASHINGTON

The story that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was telling this week about the struggle over school financing that has preoccupied her time in office reveals something very significant about the changing mood of the public - a change that could alter the dynamics of the next presidential race.

Scott joins in ports battle

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

County eyes potential townhome site for park

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County officials want to turn almost 20 acres near Duluth into a park.

South retires Greene's jersey

SNELLVILLE - For many South Gwinnett High School sports fans, Wednesday afternoon was the ideal setting.

Wesleyan girls thrive on success

The Wesleyan girls basketball team is back in the Final Four - that's no surprise.

The Wolves (28-3) have become a state power, winning the last two Class AA state championships and the Class A title in 2002. The program's only state-championship loss was the first season the team made it to the finals in a 2001 loss to Jefferson.

Gwinnett Gab

Company to donate thousands to groups

LILBURN - Jackson EMC will give two grants worth $25,000 to local organizations.

Lawmakers give tax break for land preservation final OK

Dave Williams

Staff Writer

dave.williams@

gwinnettdailypost.com

ATLANTA - Georgians willing to donate undeveloped land to be preserved as greenspace would be rewarded with a tax credit under legislation passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill already had cleared the House and now heads to Gov. Sonny Perdue's desk.

It was introduced on the governor's behalf in January as a followup to a law the General Assembly enacted last year. The Georgia Land Conservation Act of 2005 promotes the use of public-private partnerships to preserve environmentally or historically valuable properties.

This year's bill provides a state income tax credit to landowners who donate property to the state or local governments or to a nonprofit organization.

The land can either be donated outright or through a conservation easement.

The tax credit will be worth 25 percent of the fair market value of the donation up to a maximum of $250,000 for individuals or $500,000 for corporations.

Since 1993, North Carolina has used a similar tax credit to preserve more than 138,000 acres worth $505 million, said Sen. Casey Cagle, R-Gainesville, who carried the bill for Perdue.

Because of the tax credit, that state was able to protect the land for just 18 percent of the cost of purchasing it outright, Cagle said.

Impact fee panel gets organized

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's study committee on impact fees started Wednesday searching for questions.

In brief

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Thrashers send Stepp to Gwinnett

DULUTH - The Atlanta Thrashers acquired Joel Stepp in a trade with Anaheim for goalie Jani Hurme on Wednesday and immediately assigned the forward to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Eyes off the Wheel

There's no real way to avoid the talk.

Retreat set for weekend

WINDER - Barrow commissioners will be asked why they ran for office, what their strengths are and what they want to be remembered for at the county's first retreat this weekend.

Senate passes 'compromise' title-loan bill

ATLANTA - The Republican-controlled Senate voted Wednesday to put new restrictions on Georgia's title loan industry without a lower cap on interest rates sought by some Democrats.

Propaganda movie for terrorists doesn't deserve Academy Award

Jews run Hollywood, some say. If they do, one might expect them to produce films that better reflect their heritage and values, rather than serve as apologists for those who wish to exterminate the Jewish people.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

WALKER, DEBORAH

Deborah Lee Walker, 23, a senior at Valdosta State University, passed away unexpectedly in Valdosta, Georgia on Monday, February 27 in an automobile accident. Lee was predeceased by two uncles, William Stokes Walker of Destin, Florida, and Bradley Stuart Beller of Johnson City, Tennessee. She is survived by her devoted parents, John and Julie Walker of Atlanta; and her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Robin Walker of Statesboro, Georgia. Also grieving her untimely loss are grandparents, Dr. Ronald E. and Judith C. Beller of Richmond, and Neel and Elizabeth Walker of Destin, Florida. Lee also leaves behind a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins who adored her. They include, Ann Walker of Princeton, NJ, Tom Walker of Destin, FL, Susan, Bruce, Cory, Brett, and Erika Wilson of Crawfordsville, FL, Debbie, Russ, Claiborne and Merritt Willis of Nashville, TN, Michael, Lee Anne and Sarah Holdren of Richmond, VA, Jim Beller of Rogersville, TN, Bunny, Dennis, and Dennis, Jr. Smith of Timberlake, NC, Ron and Ann Beller of Winston-Salem, NC, Bronwyn Jones of Albuquerque, NM, Brodie Walker of Costa Rica and Ann Walker of Albuquerque, NM. Our beautiful, exuberant Lee is gone and an unbearable sadness remains. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 3 from 2-4PM and again from 6-9PM. The location is Wages and Sons Funeral Home, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Gwinnett Humane Society, Sunshine Fund, P.O. Box 750, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, in memory of Lee Walker. On Saturday, March 4, there will be a celebration of Lee's life at the same location starting at 10AM. Interment will follow at 4PM in Hendersonville, NC at Sheppard Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Directions will be available at both receptions and the service.

BUFORD

MARTIN, MARY

Mary Lee Martin, age 68 of Buford, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday, March 4 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Lenice Chadwick will officiate. Burial will follow in Sugar Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Bradford Lamar Martin, Sr. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Russell Brady and Casey Martin, Buford; Sons, Bradford Lamar Martin, Jackson County, Willis L. Metheny, Jr., Buford, Robert Lee Metheny, Buford, Mark R. Metheny, Sr., Flowery Branch; Brother, Robert Teston, West Minister, California; 15 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren also survive. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 3, 2006 from 6 P.M. til 9 P.M. at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.

FLOWERY BRANCH

BERGER, MATTHEW

Matthew Joseph Berger, age 17 months, of Flowery Branch, GA, died February 27, 2006. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.*

CHEEKS, EMMERLINE

Mrs. Emmerline Millsap Cheeks, age 82, of Flowery Branch, died February 28, 2006. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

SHUMAKE, MICHAEL

Michael Roy Shumake, age 42 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Friday, March 3, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Miller and Rev. Bill Bratley will officiate. Burial Yellow River Baptist Church Cemetery, Lilburn. A plumber, Mr. Shumake is survived by: Daughter: LeeAnn Shumake, CA; Mother: Nellie Faye Shumake, Lawrenceville; Brother: Jasper Eugene Shumake, Social Circle; Sisters: Joy Clements, Dacula, Sherry Henderson, Snellville and Patti Helton, AL. Family will receive friends from 6-9 PM, Thursday, March 2, 2006 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

LILBURN

BARTON, LUELLA

Luella Ackarman Barton, age 78 of Lilburn, GA, passed away February 28, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

WILSON, DELL

Dell Wilson, age 74 of Lilburn, GA, died February 28, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

NORCROSS

STARNES, DORIS

Doris Hazel Starnes, age 83 of Norcross, GA, passed away February 28, 2006. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

SNELLVILLE

MILLER, ANN

Ann Rosenbaum Miller, age 80 of Snellville, Georgia, died February 25, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Wallace Miller. She is survived by, daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Bill Mellon of Newnan, GA; son, Guy Wallace Miller, Jr. of Lawrenceville; brother, Richard Phillips Rosenbaum of Ohio; grandchildren, Bryan Wallace Mellon and Alyson Phillips Mellon. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 1pm, at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Clay Jacobs officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church of Jonesborough, 201 East Main Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659, in memory of Ann Rosenbaum Miller. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

STONE MOUNTAIN

KILGORE, RICKY

Mr. Ricky Willis Kilgore, age 45 of Stone Mountain, GA, and formerly of Buford, passed away February 28, 2006 after a sudden illness. He was preceded in death by his father, Hugh A. Kilgore; and brother, Douglas Waycaster. He is survived by his: Mother: Mrs. Grace Williams Kilgore of Dacula, GA; Brother and Sister-in-Law: Ronnie and Renay Kilgore of Snellville, GA, Larry and Millie Waycaster of Homer, GA; Aunts and Uncles: Margaret and A.T. Patton of Flowery Branch, GA, Horace and Masie Kilgore of Flowery Branch, GA, Lyman and Jeanette Mauldin of Buford, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mr. Kilgore was a native of Gwinnett County, Buford, GA. He was a watch repairman, a 1978 graduate of North Gwinnett High School, Suwanee, GA, a graduate of Lanier Technical College in Gainesville, GA where he received his degree, and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Buford. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 3, 2006 at 2 P.M. at Antioch Baptist Church, Buford with Rev. Raliegh T. Parks and Dr. Terry Hopkins officiating. Interment at church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Column: South loves Greene for his humility

David Greene was back in Snellville on Wednesday afternoon to accept one of the most individual honors that can be bestowed in athletics - a jersey retirement.

Project calls for 500-plus dwellings

LAWRENCEVILLE - A bundle of rezonings filed Wednesday with Gwinnett County would transform 193 acres near the Mall of Georgia into homes and commercial buildings.