News for Wednesday, January 10, 2007


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William Copanezos

William (Bill) T. Copanezos, age 86 of Snellville, GA died January 9, 2007. He is survived by his daughters, Flora Lentini of Snellville, Mary Ravan of Panama City Beach, FL ...

Wilbert Hare

Wilbert Eugene Hare, Jr., died on January 9, 2007 at Embracing Hospice Care in Snellville, Georgia following a fifteen year battle with cancer. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service ...

Gracie Posey

Mrs. Gracie Wheeler Posey, age 94, of Cumming, GA, passed away on January 7, 2007. Surviving are: Daughters and Son-in-Law: Jo-Ann Posey Gibson and husband, William, Cumming ...

David Waterworth

David Timothy Waterworth, age 33 of Monroe, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, January 12, 2007 at Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula with remains ...

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Schell named ECHL player of month

DULUTH - Brad Schell's name appeared on every Gwinnett Gladiators' score sheet in the month of December, keeping him at the top of the ECHL's point standings.

Taylor picks up tab for campaign debt

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor had to dig into his own pockets to keep his failed gubernatorial campaign afloat, while Gov. Sonny Perdue was left with almost $1 million in the bank after winning a second term.

Wildcat Lake homeowners get settlement to repair failed dam

LAWRENCEVILLE - For a few weeks after he moved into his Wildcat Trace Circle home, John Shauger had a beautiful view of the lake his subdivision is named after from his back deck.

New Iraq plan contains many elements tried before


President Bush's new plan for Iraq sounds a lot like his old one. Send in more troops, set goals for the Iraqi government and assure Americans it's better to wage war there than here.

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Wall Street is mixed as investors look toward corporate profits, weigh oil slide

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street was mixed in an erratic session Tuesday as investors, uneasy about approaching earnings reports, debated whether the drop in oil prices would eventually bring stocks down as well.

Sugar Hill votes in favor of tax districts

SUGAR HILL - City Council members voted Monday to support legislation that would allow Tax Allocation Districts.

A Tax Allocation District is a defined area where tax monies gathered above a certain amount for an established period of time can be used for eligible improvements.

Perdue: Budget to stress education, highways

ATLANTA - Schools, roads and trade will be cornerstones of Gov. Sonny Perdue's 2008 budget request to the General Assembly, the governor announced Tuesday.

Delivering what he billed as a "sneak preview'' of today's annual State of the State address, Perdue challenged a business audience to lend a hand to his efforts to improve graduation rates by putting a graduation coach in every middle school.

"We need you to help connect these coaches to the world,'' the governor told about 2,500 business and government leaders at the annual Eggs and Issues breakfast sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of


"You can provide real-work experience for students - job shadowing, internships, even a part-time job.''

At Perdue's request, the legislature put $15.8 million in this year's budget to hire 385 graduation coaches for Georgia's high schools, mostly with teaching or counseling backgrounds, to ferret out students at risk of dropping out and get them the help they need to stay in school.

During his campaign for a second term last fall, the governor proposed expanding the program into the middle schools. He will put a price tag on that expansion today when he unveils his spending plan for next year.

Chamber President and CEO George Israel said his organization will accept the governor's charge.

Indeed, Israel said he'd like to see more of the state's graduation coaches coming out of the business community.

"We understand we have a role in that,'' he said. "It can't just be top down, from the government. It's got to involve the local chambers.''

Even as Perdue and legislative budget writers grapple with the tremendous growth of Georgia's student population, the governor said he also will ask lawmakers for a huge boost in funding to meet the need for more highways.

He said he will seek another $2.3 billion next year to keep moving ahead with Fast Forward, his six-year road construction program now reaching its halfway point.

Perdue also took the wraps off a new initiative aimed at making Georgia a leader in international trade.

He said he will ask lawmakers for $5.1 million to launch Global Georgia, a plan to add three international trade offices in France, China and India, bringing the total to 12.

"We know the value of marketing our brand abroad,''

he said.

Perdue shared the stage on Tuesday morning with fellow Republicans Casey Cagle, Georgia's newly sworn in lieutenant governor, and Rep. Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, who was re-elected House speaker by his legislative colleagues on Monday.

Cagle, who will serve as the Senate's presiding officer, thanked senators in the audience for Monday's vote that restored to the position powers that were stripped from former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a Democrat, when Republicans took control of the chamber in 2003.

"Once again, the lieutenant governor can be a powerful voice that unites the Senate,'' Cagle said. "I promise to be fair and make sure that every one of your voices is heard.''

Richardson used his time on the podium to take a swipe at state Democratic Chairman Bobby Kahn for filing an ethics complaint this week, charging him with engaging in an "inappropriate'' personal relationship with a lobbyist for Atlanta Gas Light Co.

The speaker cosponsored a bill last year involving the planned construction of a $300 million gas pipeline. The House passed the measure, which was sought by AGL, but it died in the Senate.

"The last few weeks, I've been fed a little poison, and I've taken it,'' Richardson said. "(But) I survived, and I'm looking for those folks who manufactured that poison.''

Snellville officials opt out of Gwinnett stormwater utility

SNELLVILLE - The city of Snellville decided not to participate in Gwinnett County's recently implemented stormwater utility. As a result, Snellville and other cities who have opted out must either pay the county to prepare the annual MS4 report or have it done by a private consultant. The MS4 is an annual report required by the EPA.

Police ID suspect in hit-and-run

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are looking for a man believed to be responsible for a Dec. 20 hit-and-run that caused the death of a Lawrenceville teenager.

Dandy dozen

Wolves have no rhythm in loss

DECATUR - Early in the third quarter, Wesleyan's Anne Marie Armstrong blocked an Alicia Andrews 3-pointer and went sprinting down the floor on a fast break.

Bethlehem mom arrested in connection with kids' slayings

BETHLEHEM - A Bethlehem mother wanted in the stabbing deaths of her two children was arrested early Tuesday morning by Atlanta police.

Abortion foes renew legislative push for ban

ATLANTA - Abortion opponents came to the Capitol Tuesday with a new weapon in a fight they have waged for years: affidavits from women who say they've suffered irreparable harm from having the procedure.

"Abortion hurts women physically and psychologically,'' Linda Schlueter, vice president of The Justice Foundation, a Texas-based anti-abortion group, testified during an informal hearing on a House bill outlawing abortion. "That is the reality these women are


The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, virtually bans abortion in Georgia.

Its lone exception would be in cases involving the death of an unborn child that occurs after a doctor makes a "medically justified'' effort to save the lives of both the mother and fetus.

Since taking complete control of the General Assembly two years ago, Republicans have pushed through legislation requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.

Lawmakers also have debated a bill mandating that doctors give women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before deciding whether to have the procedure.

But the legislature has stopped short of attempting to reverse the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand.

Franklin, a longtime abortion foe, has introduced abortion bans for years without success.

But on Tuesday, he expressed optimism that 2007 will be different.

"We expect great things to happen with this bill this year,'' he said.

"I know this is not the most popular thing to do,'' added Rep. Melvin Everson, R-Snellville, a cosponsor of Franklin's bill. "It's the right thing to do.''

The Georgia Christian Coalition has put the abortion issue at the top of its legislative priorities for the 2007 session.

But Dionne Vann, interim executive director of NARAL-Pro Choice Georgia, said an outright ban on abortion isn't any more likely to pass in Georgia this year than in the past.

"We don't feel it represents the majority of the people of Georgia's opinions on abortion, so it's not going to go anywhere,'' she said.

During Tuesday's hearing, Franklin accepted sworn affidavits from about 2,000 women from around the country who say their lives have been harmed by undergoing abortions.

House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, hasn't taken a position on Franklin's bill.

Richardson spokeswoman Clelia Davis said he will allow its fate to be decided through the normal committee process.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils new change, long-awaited phone

AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday made the company's long-awaited jump into the mobile phone business and renamed the company to just ''Apple Inc.,'' reflecting its increasing focus on consumer electronics.

Dandy dozen: Buford improves to 12-0 with win over rival GAC

NORCROSS - To a lot of people around the state Buford High School is known purely as a football school. However, the boys basketball team has a pretty strong tradition, too.

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Mr. Manny Adams, age 75, of Bethlehem, GA, formerly of Lilburn, died January 7, 2007. Mr. Adams retired 15 years ago with 18 years of service from Druid Hills Golf and Country Club as the assistant general manager. Mr. Adams was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1931 to Aaron and Leah Holloway Adams. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Shirley Adams of Bethlehem; daughters and sons-in-law, Laura Greer and Ronnie Watts of Bethlehem and Carrie and Michael Slay of Monroe; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Ena Adams of Winnipeg, Canada and Baxter and Elsie Adams of Melton, Newfoundland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Myra and Morley Taylor, Jane and Frank Wiseman, Rowena Brown, Josephine and Bill Noseworthy, and Ina Adams, allof Newfoundland; former son-in-law, Brinkley Starr of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Brian Greer, Selena Starr and Jennifer Greer; great grandchildren, Nicholas Greer and Ellyanna Greer. The body was cremated and the cremains will be taken home to Newfoundland. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to any Humane Sociey or Pet Rescue of your choice. J. C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel. Covington.



Wayne Sutton, age 64 of Buford, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345,*



Lillie Mae Beck Cavanaugh Rice, 75, died peacefully at home and surrounded by her family just two weeks before her 76th birthday on January 7, 2007. A Graveside Service was held at 3:00PM, Tuesday, at Crestview Memorial Park in Rural Hall. A native of Forsyth County, she was the daughter of the later Mary M. Simmons and Marvin P. Beck. She was a homemaker and thoroughly enjoyed her family and their times together. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton L. Cavanaugh, Sr. and a son, Tommy Wayne Cavanaugh. Survivors include her daughter and son in law, Donna Childress and Tony of Thomasville, and daughter, Renee C. Burchett of Walkertown; son and daughter in law, Dalton Lee Cavanaugh, Jr. and Lea Anne of Buford, GA; sister, Dorcas McNeil; brothers, Jack, Tom, and Rev. Joe Beck; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The family received friends following the service until 9PM at the home of Donna Childress, 125 Hiatt Road, Thomasville. Online condolences may be found at . Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont.



Earnest Ray Porter, age 73 of Loganville, GA, passed away on January 8, 2007. He is survived by: Sons: Tommy Porter and Robert Porter; Daughter: Gail Heath, all of Lawrenceville; Sisters & Brothers-in-Law: Evelyn Boyett, Statham, GA, Addie Peavey, Lawrenceville, GA, Mardell Whitley, Loganville, GA, Margie & Robert Holdbrook, Loganville, GA, Doris Spain, Grayson, GA, Shirley & Wesley Roebuck, Buford, GA; Brothers & Sister-in-Law: Raleigh & Louise Porter, Clarence Porter, Gene Porter, all of Loganville, GA; 4 Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews; Special Friend: Nancy Moon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Rev. Cathy Blount and Rev. Ted Dunagan officiating. Interment to follow at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411,



Cassie "Granny" Knight, age 89 of Winder, formerly of Gwinnett County, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 3:30 PM, Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Wayne Reed will officiate. Burial Alcova Baptist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. A homemaker and member of Ewings Chapel Baptist Church, Dacula, Mrs. Knight was preceded in death by husband, Belvie Knight and children, James Knight and Hugh Dorsey Knight. She is survived by: Daughters & Son-in-law: Kathleen & Edward Trusty, Judy Glass, all of Winder; Sons: Larry Knight, Auburn, Mearlon Knight, Winder; 17 Grandchildren and 29 Great Grandchildren, Several Great Great Grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members also survive. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at .


Cennie "Azilee" Phillips, age 81, of Winder, GA, passed away January 8, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

SEC now has even more reason to gloat

GLENDALE, Ariz. - So you're a college football fan in the Midwest or living on one of the coasts, and you've already had it up to here with Southeastern Conference arrogance.

Sports calendar


Jan. 20: Walk up registration for Collins Hill Athletic Association baseball will be from 9 a.m. to noon at Collins Hill High School. For questions, or to register online, go to Late registration will be Jan. 26 at an increased price.

Petrino faces big offensive challenges

FLOWERY BRANCH - Bobby Petrino turned basketball-crazy Louisville into a national college football power in four years, so perhaps his next challenge with the Atlanta Falcons may not seem so imposing.

Prep roundup: Odum scores 1,000th career point in Hebron victory

ATHENS - Senior guard Courtney Odum finished with 18 points and notched her 1,000th career point as Hebron Christian eased past Athens Christian 58-21 on Tuesday.

Riot police deployed at Hyundai Motor headquarters ahead of union protest

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Riot police deployed at Hyundai Motor Co.'s headquarters building in Seoul on Wednesday ahead of a planned protest by workers amid a dispute with management over bonuses, the company said.

Group plans for county's future growth

DULUTH - The county's Chamber of Commerce could hire as many as 15 new people to herald in a $10 million plan to see Gwinnett into its future.

Georgia budget in danger of hitting the fan

One has to wonder why our just re-elected governor and legislative leaders are in such a joyous mood. A tsunami of state spending is on the way, and they know it.

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Duluth girls' defense stymies Norcross

DULUTH - Tuesday night's victory was all about how the Duluth girls basketball team finished, but the talk around the school this season has been how the program has started.

MARTA officials tour Gwinnett as part of rail extension study

NORCROSS - More than an hour after rush hour was supposed to be over, Walter Kimbrough was surprised to find Interstate 85 was still at a standstill.

'We must have it'

I-85 traffic to be slowed for crane

LAWRENCEVILLE - Traffic will be slowed tonight so crews can move a crane for the Interstate 85/Ga. Highway 316 construction project.