News for Wednesday, March 29, 2006


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Jeffery Tate

Mr. Jeffery Ted Tate, age 44 of Pendergrass, Georgia died Monday, March 27, 2006. The body was cremated. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.

Tim Corbin

Tim Corbin, age 52 of Norcross, GA (formerly of Lawrenceville), passed away on March 29, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville ...

Cora James

Cora McClain Daniel James, age 82 of Snellville, GA, died March 28, 2006. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Owen and Addie McClain, sister, Vera Nolan ...

Catherine Fiorelli

Mrs. Catherine Fiorelli, age 95, of Buford, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Joan Buntyn

Joan Ann Buntyn, age 74 of Darien, GA, died Monday, March 27, 2006 after a sudden illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,

Tompie Elrod

Tompie L. Hendrick Elrod, age 89 of Loganville, died March 27, 2006. A Memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, March 31, 2006 at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville ...

Workers put out blaze in kitchen

NORCROSS - Construction workers used a portable fire extinguisher to put out a kitchen fire in the house next door to the construction site.

Christian school celebrates a medieval day

LAWRENCEVILLE - They positioned their arrows, aimed their bows, drew back their strings and let go. As their arrows went flying to the target, a large wild animal, the knights and maidens held their breaths. But even if they weren't adept at archery, the courtiers knew they could impress the others with their skills at jousting, juggling or making stained-glass windows.

Prep roundup: Duluth boys knock off No. 1 Chattahoochee in soccer

ALPHARETTA - Duluth remained unbeaten in Region 7-AAAAA on Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Chattahoochee, the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA.

Swim facility planned for Berkeley Lake

BERKELEY LAKE - Bert Nasuti didn't have the sunny spring day for which he'd hoped, but the drizzly, cold weather Tuesday provided a good backdrop to talk about a new swimming center in western Gwinnett.

Despite losing three-time player of year, Grayson girls at top of8-AAAAA

As a high school coach, replacing players is a fact of life.

Local business leaders get lesson on preparing for bird flu pandemic

DULUTH - When, not if, a pandemic flu strikes Georgia it is likely to affect half the work force and create large-scale social disruption.

That was the message Frank Daniell, deputy director of emergency management for Gwinnett County, hammered home Tuesday in a presentation to about 30 business leaders at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

If the avian or bird flu mutates and spreads to humans, as it is expected to do some time between fall 2006 and summer 2008, officials project that between 133 to 497 Gwinnett residents could die within an eight-month period. About 750 to 1,760 people will require hospitalization and 43,000 to 100,000 would need outpatient medical treatment, Daniell said.

Big-hitting Bubba coming to BellSouth

DULUTH - The booming drives of legendary proportions, the long blasts of Bubba Watson, will be at the TPC at Sugarloaf this week.

Immigration bill gains final passage

ATLANTA - The House adopted the final version of Georgia's crackdown on illegal immigration Tuesday, putting to bed the signature issue of this year's General Assembly session.

Rerouting plan could ease traffic

SNELLVILLE - About $10,000 worth of striping could mean major improvements to traffic in Snellville's town center.

Duluth's Amershadian juggles new business with BellSouth

DULUTH - Looking down the practice range at the TPC at Sugarloaf, just about everything has a logo.

VP's hotel needs not quite enough

When you're on the road a lot, I guess hotel accommodations get to be a pretty important issue.

Fireman hurt when home's floor caves in

DACULA - A firefighter was hospitalized with complaints of shoulder pain Tuesday after the first floor of a burning house collapsed, sending him plummeting into the basement.

Letters to the Editor

Immigration issue complex, but we can't accept illegal behavior

I am a second generation Mexican-American with my paternal grandparents from Mexico and maternal ones from Armenia. The most important thing they emphasized to their children was assimilation and learning English.

My father went to Wentworth Institute for Engineering in Boston, I attended University of Massachusetts-Boston, my sister went to Simmons, and my son, who graduated from Georgia Tech, is an engineer in Houston. Everyone in the family continues to educate themselves.

Title loan bill gets new life

ATLANTA - The Senate made a last-ditch effort on Tuesday to enact legislation that would put new restrictions on Georgia's title loan industry.

Senators voted 47-4 to approve a House bill that a Senate committee had completely stripped of its original provisions. That was possible under legislative rules because a title loan bill the Senate passed four weeks ago deals with the same portion of the state's legal code.

"We passed bipartisan legislation earlier with lots of recommendations from consumer groups,'' said Sen. Bill Hamrick, R-Carrollton, the original bill's sponsor. "But the House has done nothing with our bill.''

The legislation would require title loan companies to give customers written notice before repossessing their cars for missing loan payments. It also would allow customers 20 days to pay up and get their cars back before they could be sold.

Any money that lenders recover from selling repossessed cars above and beyond what the customer owes would have to be refunded.

The bill approved Tuesday now goes back to the House.

Senate clears Commandments bill

ATLANTA - The Senate on Tuesday came to the aid of cities and counties across Georgia that wish to post the Ten Commandments in their courthouses.

For now, BellSouth Classic to retain name

DULUTH - This time of year everyone from the company president to the kid with his first set of clubs goes to watch pro golf on the rolling green hills of the BellSouth Classic.

Our government has betrayed us

My Czech-born wife, Renate, spent 26 years in the United States before she decided to become a citizen.

Police Reports

Hotel robbed

•NORCROSS - Someone on Sunday robbed the Hampton Inn at 440 Technology Parkway.

Snellville to mull fees for vacant buildings

SNELLVILLE - City Council members Monday night waived the first reading of two city ordinances and placed them on April's agendas.

While waiving "first read" of such ordinances is standard city practice, the content of the ordinances is anything but standard.

The first ordinance, penned by Councilman Bruce Garraway with the help of City Attorney Thomas Mitchell, calls for annual registration of vacant buildings within city limits and the associated registration fees.

Hit parade leads Rams to big win over Norcross

NORCROSS - Sometimes in baseball, a team has days where it seemingly can do no wrong.

In brief

Post job fair draws hundreds

•DULUTH - Nearly 300 people went job hunting Tuesday at the Gwinnett Daily Post's spring career fair.

Residents get a look at 211 plan

WINDER - Residents had an opportunity to discuss a proposed overlay district along the Ga. Highway 211 corridor at a commission meeting Tuesday, but the plan did not draw many comments.

Man accused of impregnating daughter may still be in area

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville man accused of impregnating his teenage daughter and sexually assaulting his stepdaughter recently bought a car and may still be somewhere in the metro Atlanta area.

Barrow heroes honored with photo display

WINDER - Noah Davis, Kimberly Baggett and Aaron Fuller were already recognized at a county commission meeting last September for quick thinking that kept a former schools' superintendent from paralysis.

Smooth sailing for Grayson rezoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - When plans first surfaced more than a year ago for a 323-home subdivision between Grayson and Loganville, area residents lobbied against it.

Volunteers send Girl Scout cookies to troops in Iraq


More than 6,000 miles and a war can't keep Georgia troops stationed in Iraq from enjoying Girl Scout cookies. Dacula-based Brownie troop No. 1687 won't let that happen.

Town hall meeting focuses on teen drinking

SNELLVILLE - More than half of high school students in Gwinnett report drinking and 25 percent report binge drinking in the past 30 days.

Busy man




Mrs. Pauline Rutledge Reaves, age 87, of Bethlehem, Georgia, died March 27, 2006. Funeral arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-6706.*



Salvatore Joseph Russo, age 65, of Green Valley, AZ and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away March 27, 2006. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,*



Alvin L. "Chubby" Smith, age 69 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM, Friday, March 31, 2006 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. John Colbaugh and Rev. Lewis Stover will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Mr. Smith was a member of Lawrenceville Church of God. He is survived by Children: Steve Smith and Jane Dover, Both of Lawrenceville; Brother & Sisters-in-law: Ray & Elise Smith, Lawrenceville, Willie & Ruth Smith, Hiawassee; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Dean & Jack Tullis, Loganville, Travis & William Nichols, Parker, CO, Sylvia & Donald Hawkins, Loganville; Grandchildren: Jerry Dover, Mary Dover, LaTasha Thompson; Great Grandchild: Anthony Thompson. Family will receive friends Wednesday, March 29 from 6-9 PM, Thursday, March 30 from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.



James Timothy (Tim) Smith, age 41, of Winder, GA, passed away March 27, 2006. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home of Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*