News for Thursday, March 23, 2006


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Walter Callaway

M. “Buster” Callaway, age 91 of Snellville, GA passed away March 22, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200

Jerrold Griggs

Jerrold M. Griggs, age 17, of Lawrenceville, GA, was born June 9, 1988 in Atlanta, GA and passed March 18, 2006. Jerrold leaves behind parents, Janice Lewis-Coleman and Earl ...

Edward Hall

Edward (Eddie) Hall, age 42 of Monroe, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.

Rita Marie Blanton

Rita Marie Blanton, age 35 of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, March 11, 2006. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100.

Sanford Spears, Jr.

JR. Sanford E. Spears, Jr., age 75 of Jefferson, Ga formerly of Buford, died Thursday, March 23, 2006 after a brief illness. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 25 ...

Gladiators crush Charlotte in final meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With a staggering five power-play goals, the Gwinnett Gladiators crushed Charlotte 8-1 on Wednesday.

Suwanee approves four-story office building

SUWANEE - Horizon Drive's skyline is about to change.

City Council members unanimously approved a special-use permit and rezoning of 7.75 acres at the intersection of Old Peachtree Road for a four-story office building within a 108,000-square-foot retail center.

The property's light industrial and general commercial zonings were changed to special commercial district in Tuesday's council meeting.

The proposed site plan shows a 40,000-square-foot retail center and a 5,000-square-foot bank, in addition to the 67-foot-tall building, and two driveways exiting onto both Horizon Drive and Old Peachtree Road. City officials stipulated that no car sales or repair shops can be located on the site.




Mr. J. C. Cain Jr., age 61, of Buford, GA (Sardis Community), passed away March 21, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. C. Cain Sr. and Velma Cain Moore, and brother, Mack Stewart. He is survived by his: Daughter: Elizabeth Cain Jarrard; Step Daughter: Connie Cochran of Sugar Hill, GA; Grandson: Phillip Randall Cain of Buford, GA, James Thomas Jarrard; Sisters and Brother-in-Law: Leila Cain Blount, and husband, William, of Lawrenceville, GA, Sarah Stewart Waters of Melrose, FL; Step Grandchildren: Joy and Robert Venable III of Sugar Hill, GA, Ashley Cochran of Sugar Hill, GA; Four Step Great Grandchildren; Several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mr. Cain was a native of Gwinnett County, Buford, GA. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former policeman and contractor in the building industry. He received his education at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Buford. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 3 P.M. at Antioch Baptist Church on Braselton Highway, Buford, with Rev. Raleigh Parks officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antioch Baptist Church in memory of J. C. Cain Jr. The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 2 P.M. to 3 P.M. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,


Mr. Jesse P. "Pa" Lord, age 89, of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Heard Lord; daughter, Betty Ann Ryder; sons, Jerry J. Lord and Jacky R. Lord. He is survived by his: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Charlotte and Kenneth Allen, Sugar Hill, GA, Cindy and Keith Pass, Flowery Branch, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Tony and Darlena Lord, Hoschton, GA; Daughter-in-Law: Juanita Lord, Lawrenceville, GA; 8 Grandchildren; 21 Great Grandchildren; 8 Great Great Grandchildren; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Lord was born in Jackson County, GA on July 28, 1916. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in World War II. He was retired from Lockheed in Marietta, GA. He was a well know appliance repairman in the Buford area. He was a member of the Buford Masonic Lodge #292 F & AM and a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta, GA. He was a member of the Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Buford, GA. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Edmundson officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



James Thomas Burton, Jr., age 47 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. James previously owned and operated Little Jimmy's Meat Market in Dacula. He served as a Police Officer with the City of Lawrenceville, the City of Norcross and, as well, a Deputy with the Gwinnett Sheriff's Department. He is survived by his wife: Linda A. Burton; children: Jason L. Burton of Winder, GA, Amy Burton of Dacula, GA, Michelle L. Maddalena of Dawsonville, GA, A. J. & Jennifer Maddalena of Winder, GA; parents: James T. Sr. and Wylene Burton of Dacula, GA; brother & sister in law: Larry W. & Michelle Burton of Dacula, GA; sister & brother in law: Melinda & Danny Crowe of Dacula, GA; granddaughter: Katelynn Annabelle Maddalena; grandparents: J. P. & Jessie M. Toney of Monroe, GA; preceded in death by his grandparents: William G. & Annie Lee Burton; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and a friend to everyone he met. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Duke Forster & Pastor Mike Riley officiating. Burial will be at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550.



Mildred Nash Shockley, age 81 of Loganville, GA died March 21, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Shockley, Jr. and is survived by her children, Patricia M. Shockley of Winder, Richard and Christine Shockley of Loganville, GA, David and Pam Shockley of Statham, GA, Donald Shockley of Morganton, GA; grandchildren, Scott Shockley, Lisa Shockley, Michelle Shockley; great granddaughter, Emma Grace Shockley. Mrs. Shockley was a member of Mountain Park First Baptist Church and an active member of the traveling senior church choir. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24 at 1pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Rev. Doug Cox officiating. Interment at Resthaven Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200



Walter Buster Callaway, age 91, of Snellville, GA, died March 22, 2006. Survivors and arrangements to be announced. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200*

Sports calendar


April 3-7: Renz Baseball will be holding a baseball/softball Spring Break Camp April 3-7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. The cost per camper is $125. Eight indoor baseball/softball cages and private lessons are available. For more information or to register, visit or call 770-271-4554.

Letters to the Editor

May Auburn's future be bright

Thank you to the 229 voters who participated in our election process in Auburn.

Loganville fire destroys two houses

LOGANVILLE - A fire in a Loganville subdivision off Rosebud Road destroyed two homes and damaged two others on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived at a two-story dwelling on Stephens Pond View about 3 p.m. to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the house. The blaze soon spread to an adjacent house because of the radiant heat and took 30 firefighters to put it out, said Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Still smiling

Fledgling bus lines reach one-month mark

LAWRENCEVILLE - After one month on the road, two new Express bus routes are carrying about 140 people a day to downtown Atlanta.

No matter how bad your team, spring brings new hopes


Taking a cue from Congress, which left town for a week in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I took a long weekend to celebrate - and anticipate - something equally important, the advent of the baseball season.

Abuse counselor, date found stabbed in home

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - A domestic violence counselor and her date were found Wednesday fatally stabbed at her Clayton County home, and her estranged husband was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Norcross' Lupuloff, Dykes make amazing return after car crash last summer


There are bits and pieces that are still missing from the memories. Gaps that can't be filled no matter how many times they are retold the story about that night.

22-year-old enters into House race

Torriel Lewis is starting politics early.

In brief


Wolff suffers concussion in U.S. loss

• DORTMUND, Germany - Parkview grad Josh Wolff came out in the 17th minute of the Americans' 4-1 loss to Germany after he was kicked in the head by a German player Wednesday.

He sustained a concussion and needed stitches, the U.S. team said.

Column: Arroyo battles a bad break

In a way, I know exactly how Buford soccer player Edgar Arroyo feels.

Police Reports

Woman charged with disorderly conduct

•NORCROSS - An intoxicated woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly tried to fall asleep on a counter at QuikTrip at 5255 Peachtree Parkway.

Gwinnett Gab

Safety showcase to be held

DULUTH - A public safety showcase will allow local residents to see police and fire equipment Saturday.

Prep roundup: Hammond helps Providence shut out Wesleyan

NORCROSS - Providence Christian got six strong innings from Joe Hammond and topped rival Wesleyan 2-0 on Wednesday.

Fighters ready to rumble at event in Duluth

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four years ago extreme fighting was still emerging from the underground - a sport connected with seedy dives and bloody cage matches.

Bush and Blair get it: Terrorists must be crushed, not appeasedBy Cal Thomas

Perhaps it was only a coincidence, or maybe it was planned, but in choosing the same day, March 21, to speak about Iraq, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said some things that were needed reminders to the American and British people, many of whom are "going wobbly" over the war.

More growth predicted in Barrow's annual State of the County address

WINDER - Barrow County was meant to grow and flourish.

Meadowcreek principal not slowed by long days

NORCROSS - At 3:30 a.m., Angela Pringle wakes up and starts her day. The wee hours of the morning are the only time she has to get things done around the house and look over her meeting schedule before she gets to work at 6:15.

Cameras to be installed on Duluth school buses

DULUTH - Some Duluth parents say it's not uncommon to see cars whiz by their child's school bus at 50 mph, ignoring the lowered stop bar and flashing lights that signal for drivers to halt as children climb aboard.

House OKs HOPE for new college

ATLANTA - All that is needed for Georgia Gwinnett College students to get HOPE Scholarships is the governor's signature.

GM, Delphi to offer buyouts to workers

AP Auto Writer

DETROIT - In one of the largest buyout programs ever, more than 125,000 hourly workers of General Motors Corp. and auto supplier Delphi Corp. are being offered up to $140,000 to give up their jobs to help cut the companies' crippling labor costs.

Driving range gives birth to shopping center

DULUTH - A project that began life as a golf driving range has become a proposed shopping center slated for Satellite Boulevard.