News for Friday, January 12, 2007


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Barbara Gebo

Barbara Wanda Gebo, cherished wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother passed on to Heaven on January 9, 2007. According to her wishes, Barbara died in her home ...

Bernice Gibbs

Bernice Gibbs, 73, of Lawrenceville died on January 10, 2007. She was born on November 8, 1933 in Walton Co. to the late Levi Duncan and the late Idell Stinchcomb ...

Anthony Desanctis

Mr. Anthony T. DeSanctis, age 90, of Buford, GA passed away on January 7, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell DeSanctis. Surviving are: Daughters and Son ...

Annie Hardy

Mrs. Annie Ruth “Pat” Hardy, age 78, of Winder, Georgia died January 11, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Barbara Steadman

Barbara Jean Steadman, 69, of Elijay, Ga. formerly of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed Thursday January 11th, 2007. She was a member of the Prospect United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville for over ...

John Murrow, Sr.

John Charles Murrow, Sr., 88, of Iowa/Snellville GA, died "peacefully" Thursday, December 8, 2006.  John was preceded in death by his son, John Jr. by 2 days and ...

Loganville Christian earns SACS accreditation

LOGANVILLE - Loganville Christian Academy now has something it has always wanted: accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

Gladiators power past Ice Pilots

DULUTH - Defenseman Jim Jackson scored two power-play goals and led the Gwinnett Gladiators to a second consecutive win over Pensacola 6-3 before a spartan crowd of 2,633 on Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Basketball event moved to Norcross

One arena's loss is another one's gain.

Lines drawn for new schools

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education on Thursday evening voted unanimously to approve a redistricting plan that determines the boundaries for three elementary schools scheduled to open in August.

Sports briefs


UGA finishes 19th in final Master Coaches Poll

Georgia finished with a No. 19 ranking in the final Master Coaches Poll, which not surprisingly had Florida as its No. 1 football team in the nation.

Crime's a serious problem, but few are taking it seriously

Dec. 27's headline story ("County sets new homicide record," Page 1A) and 60 percent of the front page point out the biggest challenge Gwinnett County will face in the coming years. The unchecked and ever increasing number of crimes will result in the "DeKalbing" of Gwinnett County.

While the crimes themselves are of concern, I am more concerned with the reaction, or lack thereof, of our government leaders, public safety officials, the press, the neighborhood activists and my fellow Gwinnettians. We have become immune to the most serious of crimes and our apathetic reaction to murder, mayhem and petty crime will be our undoing.




Richard Martin, age 64, of Buford, died Saturday, January 6, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 P.M., Sunday, January 14 in the Family Life Center of Buford Church of God with Rev. Danny Smith officiating. Mr. Martin is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Don Strong of Buford; son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Tammy Martin of Winder; sister, Lorena Martin Guy of Buford; granddaughter, Alisha Moneymaker; and several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Martin was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church of Buford. Arrangements handled by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at


Wynelle Payne, age 85, of Buford, died Thursday, January 11, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345,*




Edward J. Chambers, 82, of Duluth, died January 10, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*




Donald Holcombe, age 60 of Jefferson, died Wednesday, January 10, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11AM Saturday, January 13, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Kale McMillan & Don Kirkland will officiate. Burial Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Holcombe was of the Baptist Faith and worked as a wooden pallet repairman with B & M Pallet Co. in Statham. He is survived by Daughter & Son-in-law: Rhonda & Stanley Phillips, Pendergrass; Brothers & Sister-in-law: Howell Holcombe, Winder, Billy & Lessie Mae Holcombe, Lawrenceville; Sisters & Brother-in-law: Mildred Teal, Lawrenceville, Charlotte Barnett, Monroe, Helen & Danny Parks, Auburn; 2 Grandsons; several Nieces & Nephews. The Family will receive friends 1 - 9 PM Friday, January 12, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at .



Julius B. Hewlett, age 88, of Lawrenceville, GA, finished his earthly course on January 5, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at*



Bobby G. Lockridge, age 70 of Lilburn, GA died January 10, 2007. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Ruane Aaron Lockridge; daughter and son-in-law, Lesley and Phil Humphries of Loganville; sons and daughter-in-law, Randy and Susan Lockridge of West Chester, PA, Tim Lockridge of Decatur, GA, Brad Lockridge of Eagle Rock, CA; sister, Brenda Johnson of Jonesboro, GA; grandchildren, Tara Lockridge, Josh, Molly, Ty and Tanner Humphries, Maximilian Lockridge; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13 at 4pm at Wages Snellville Chapel with Dr. Gary Whetstone and Rev. Charles Barnes officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers make donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd NE, Ste 10, Atlanta, GA 30345, in memory of Bobby G. Lockridge. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200



Mrs. Lucy Rainey Brooks Hamil, age 86 of Snellville, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 13, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jack Lawson and Rev. Kenneth Hughes will officiate. Burial Haynes Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Loganville. She is survived by Children: Son: Rev. Kenneth Hughes and wife, Betty, Snellville; Daughters: Linda Reagan and husband, Clifford, Rex; Joanne Hewatt, Grayson; Grandchildren: Steve Hughes, Conyers; Joy Moore and husband, Terry, Stockbridge; Melanie Strange, Loganville; Shanda Hewatt, Conyers; Misti Yang and husband, Bobby, Atlanta; Great Grandchildren: Amanda and Brittni Hughes, Covington; Joshua Strange, Loganville; Wesley Moore, Stockbridge; Brooke and Blake Wread, Loganville; Sisters: Louise Christopher, Dacula; Ruby Spruill and husband, Carl, Auburn; Sister-in-law: Eunice Wade, Loganville; Several Nieces and Nephews. Lucy worked for many years as a LPN at Button Gwinnett Hospital and went on to retire from Gwinnett County Health Department. Flowers accepted or memorials to Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd., NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, Georgia 30345. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM & 6-9 PM, Friday, January 12, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. Please sign online guest registry at .


Ben T. Holleman, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather of Snellville, died peacefully on January 11, 2007 at the age of 91. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .*


Stanley W. Mueller, age 87 of Snellville, GA, died Thursday, January 10, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at .*


Robbie Jackson Wages, age 74 of Snellville, died January 11, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .



Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. Duel Junior Latty, age 67, of Talmo, Georgia who passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at his residence. Funeral Services by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*



Mr. Walter Arnold "Wally" Gaston, age 65, of Winder, GA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 10, 2007, after an extended illness at home. He was born on September 25, 1941 in Stephens County, GA, a son to the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Mary Andrews Gaston. Mr. Gaston was a wonderful father and grandfather, a successful businessman, a man of dignity, pride and a man of his word and he lived his life with integrity and loyalty. He loved spending time and having meals with family and friends and shared many laughs and precious moments in his final days. He loved his farmland, cabin, his two donkeys and all the simple pleasures of life shared with his family and friends. He will be missed by all. He is survived by son and daughter in law, Kip and Alison Gaston of Winder; daughters and sons in law, Terri and Craig Hanson, of Anderson, SC and Jerri and Mike Sims of Dacula; 6 Grandchildren, Seth and Ansley Gaston, Whitney and Zack Hanson, Adam Fisk and Drake Stanifer; his beloved sister and brother in law, Betty and Charles Lowe and family of Pendergrass, as well as many other family members, siblings, nieces and nephews. His cremated remains will lie in state at Statham Baptist Church on Sunday, January 14, 2007 from 1:30pm until 2pm, with a Memorial Service to follow at 2pm with Rev. Gordon Thornton officiating. Flowers may be sent to the Statham First Baptist Church for his memorial service or donations may be made to the Statham Baptist Youth Building Fund at his request. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, 706-367-5467.

Loganville mayor, council sworn in

LOGANVILLE - Mayor Tim Barron and councilmen Ray Nunley, Mark Kiddoo and Chuck Bagley took their oaths of office during Thursday night's City Council meeting. The mayor and councilmen were all re-elected to another term in the November 2006 election.

Next time, we'll just stay home

Why do we do it? Why do we venture out on a weekend to some colossal chain restaurant in the pursuit of a good meal and a good time when we know we won't have either?

Wesleyan looks to get over Lovett hump at area duals

Ever since Jeff Bedard took over the Wesleyan wrestling program three years ago, there has been one team that has stood in the way of making the Wolves one of the top teams in the state.

Thrashers coach, players make homes in Gwinnett

DULUTH - Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley knows precisely how close his house in Sugarloaf Country Club is to the NHL team's Duluth practice facility.

Location, location

Bill proposes Sunday alcohol sales

ATLANTA - Local governments across Georgia could choose to allow Sunday sales of beer and wine in supermarkets and convenience stores under legislation introduced Thursday by a Republican senator.

The bill would authorize city and county elected officials to put Sunday alcohol sales before voters in their communities.

Indeed, local control promises to be a major argument legislative backers will use in trying to sway their colleagues to disregard expected opposition from Christian conservatives and support the measure.

"I believe strongly that we as senators have our first responsibility to the citizens of our respective districts,'' Sen. Seth Harp, R-Midland, the bill's chief sponsor, said Thursday in a speech on the Senate floor. "The opportunity to allow them to make that decision is one of the most fundamental rights that exists in our form of government.''

The General Assembly passed legislation a decade ago allowing local-option Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages in bars and restaurants.

But the legislature has rejected periodic efforts since then to extend the law to retail stores.

Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana are the only states in the nation that don't allow Sunday retail sales of beer and wine.

Harp's bill has the backing of the grocery and convenience store industries, which post signs and darken beer and wine aisles on Sundays to show shoppers that those products are off limits.

Jim Tudor, a lobbyist for the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, pointed to two recent polls as evidence that the state is ready for Sunday sales of beer and wine.

The surveys, conducted by renowned national polling firm Mason-Dixon and by Atlanta-based Insider Advantage, found support for giving voters a say on the issue at 68 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

Tudor said many of today's Georgians have moved from other states and are used to being able to buy beer and wine on Sundays along with their other groceries for the week.

"For many of our stores, Sunday is the first or second busiest shopping day of the week,'' he said.

But Sadie Fields, chairman of the Georgia Christian Alliance, said her organization and others that oppose the bill believe Sunday should be treated as a holy day, as is taught in the Bible.

"We're always in favor of free enterprise,'' she said. "But the Sabbath has been a day of worship, rest, family and reflection.''

Christian conservatives likely will be joined by Georgia's liquor story lobby in working against the bill. Since the legislation would apply only to beer and wine, liquor store owners argue it would be put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Notre Dame's Walker declares for NFL Draft

The three-year love affair between the University of Notre Dame and Darius Walker came to an end Thursday afternoon.

Districts to landscape I-85 ramps

LILBURN - From Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Gwinnett Place Mall, the county's interchanges with Interstate 85 will soon be planted with trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Colleges already targeting some of county's top juniors

National Signing Day for this year's crop of seniors is still more than three weeks away, but some colleges are already lining up for next year's Gwinnett seniors as well.

Getting to Know ... Justin Young

Justin Young, 29, is a national basketball recruiting analyst for and is the leading recruiting authority on basketball prospects in the state.

Man turns himself in; another set toSheriff's office: Both accused of soliciting woman linked to scandal

LAWRENCEVILLE - One of two men charged with pandering in connection with an alleged high-end prostitution ring surrendered himself to authorities Thursday night.

Bannister to put focus on southern Gwinnett

LILBURN - Gwinnett's chairman promised to fast-track a major development project and focus improvements on the southern end of the county in a discussion Thursday with members of a local community improvement district.

Contractor wins elite environmental award

DULUTH - If he had known Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful was going to honor him with an award, John D. Stephens probably would have changed his schedule so he could have been at the ceremony.

Possible links between Lilburn, Sandy Springs bank robberies

LILBURN - Police suspect that a Thursday afternoon bank robbery in Lilburn might be connected to two Sandy Springs robberies that occurred at the same bank within 24 hours of each other.

Police reports


Man surprises burglar

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man told police Tuesday morning he witnessed a man stealing items from his home on Old Peachtree Road.

According to a police report, the resident noticed a car in his driveway when he was in his office in a building in the back of the home. Upon entering his home he noticed a door near the garage open and inside found a black man wearing dark clothing.

The man ran from the home, bypassing the resident and leaving in a vehicle traveling toward Collins Hill Road, according to the report.

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.