News for Saturday, January 20, 2007


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Richard L. Spangler

Mr. Richard L. Spangler, age 79, of Lilburn, GA, formerly of Winder, GA and Defiance, OH, passed away on January 19, 2007. A native of Defiance County, OH, born to ...

Doris Hamilton

Mrs. Doris Higgins Hamilton, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Delphia Brown Higgins, sister ...

Ann Cooper

Ann Cooper age 92, of Winder, GA, died January 19, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, Winder, 770-867-4553

Debbie Kroll

Debbie Kirk Kroll of Valrico, Fl. died January 3, 2007 She was born January 24, 1967 in Atlanta, Ga. Her mother, Dianna Kirk, preceded her in death. She is survived ...

Alfred Morris Beaver

Alfred Morris Beaver, age 64 of Snellville, Georgia, died January 19, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Jean Beaver; daughter and son-in-law, Meritt and ...

Hershel M. Wilson

Hershel M. Wilson, age 78 of Lawrenceville died Saturday, January 20, 2007. Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 22, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

North boys finish season sweep of Eagles

SUWANEE - The Battle of Suwanee goes to the North Gwinnett boys.

The Bulldogs beat rival Collins Hill earlier this year by 13. North added one more on Friday, picking up a 65-51 win at Collins Hill. Not only did they earn an important Region 7-AAAAA win, but the North boys may have found a Super sixth-man in Andrew Anderson. The junior guard came off the bench to score 17 points and gave the Eagles a lot of problems on the other end.

"Andrew was struggling a little so I benched him," North Gwinnett head coach Len Garner said. "He might be the guy coming off the bench for me. He had a great game tonight."

Anderson finished with six steals and almost got his hands on a few more. He was the catalyst for a defense that forced Collins Hill (6-11, 3-6) to turn the ball over 22 times. The Eagles struggled to get the ball down to their big post players and could not use their size advantage.

"We knew they like go high low and we had to work on stopping that," Garner said. "Sometimes those passes are getting in there and we can't do anything about it. They are big but we did better to stop that this time."

In brief

Mondale: Cheney steps over line

•ATHENS - Vice President Dick Cheney has bullied federal agencies and given absurd advice about the nation's risk and Iraq, Walter Mondale said Friday, adding that never would have been tolerated when Mondale was vice president.

Passenger killed in crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are working to determine what caused the driver of a BMW to run his car off the road, resulting in the death of the 24-year-old man riding in the passenger's seat.

Colin Foster Brown, 31, of Lawrenceville wrecked his car into a tree after driving off the road near a curved area of Herrington Road near Miss Irene Lane in Lawrenceville about 1 a.m. Friday.

Fundraisers help family move for girl's double lung transplant

SUWANEE - Imagine what it would feel like if you were only able to breathe through a straw.

Police reports

Store manager thwarts robber

•STONE MOUNTAIN - The manager of a Stone Mountain Ingles was able to stop a man from robbing the store Monday night.

Pump prices should fall further

NEW YORK - The headlines say oil prices have fallen 15 percent this year. Gas station receipts tell a different story - the cost of filling 'er up has slipped from about $35 to $33. Big deal.

Gladiators top Florida, alone in first

DULUTH - Short-handed and playing with jumbled lines, the Gwinnett Gladiators survived to narrowly defeat the Florida Everblades 4-3 on Friday night in Duluth.

sports calendar


Feb. 17: The Brookwood community plans to honor longtime Bronco athletic director and head football coach Dave Hunter with a celebration dinner on Feb. 17. All friends, colleagues and former players of Hunter are invited to attend the event, which will be at the Gwinnett Marriott on Pleasant Hill Road. For more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner, go or contact Marc Cain at

Prep Roundup: Parkview, Wesleyan wrestling earn berth in state finals

MACON - By sweeping the opening day of the state dual finals in Macon, the Parkview and Wesleyan wrestling teams each earned a spot in today's dual championship finals.

In AAAAA, the defending champion Panthers struggled early, slipping past Harrison 39-33.

Blue Devils, other area teams ready for Primetime

By Corey Clark

Staff Writer

It was almost a full year ago that Norcross assistant coach Keenan Temple was first contacted about the Primetime Tour.

Grant to advance bioscience

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College has been named a co-recipient of a $1.9 million grant that will advance bioscience educational opportunities in Georgia, college officials said.

Off first loss, Buford boys top Wesleyan

BUFORD - Buford suffered its first loss of the season earlier this week at Decatur, but showed no ill effects from it on Friday night as the Wolves posted an 83-70 win over Wesleyan in Region 6-AA action.




Dick Thompson age 62 of Dacula died Monday, January 15, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, January 22, 2007 in the Chapel of Gordon Funeral Home, 528 Trowbridge Street, Allegan, MI. 49010, (269-673-3652). Burial Maplewood Cemetery, Hopkins, MI. A Salesman, Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his son, Richard Paul "Stoney" Thompson, III and brother, Jerry Thompson. He is survived by: Children: Wade & Jennifer Thompson, Dacula; Chuck Lingenfelter, Hawthorn, PA; Rita & Chuck Cessna, Ocala, FL; Grandchildren: Talon Thompson, Chase Thompson; Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Peggy & Lee Arnsman, Joan & Bill Riksen, all of Hopkins, MI; Marjory & Richard Smith, Hastings, MI; Hannah & Russell Pogodzinski, Hilliards, MI; Kay & Richard Peterson, Lapeer, MI; and Denise Thompson, Phoenix, AZ. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at




William Robert Webb age 42, of Duluth, GA passed away January 18, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross 770-448-5757.*



Juoy Davis Day, age 50, of Norcross, died January 18, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.*



George Anthony Arris, 69, of Suwanee, died January 15, 2007. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 3PM at Duluth First Baptist Church. He was a member of Duluth First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Anne Arris; sons, James Arris of Pembroke, NH, Jon Arris of Weare, NH and Scott Arris of Mauldin, MA; daughter, Michelle Spencer of Brookline, NH; 4 grandchildren; 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

BellSouth deserved better fate

It is now official. BellSouth Corp. has gone with the wind, or more precisely, gone to San Antonio, Texas. People have been asking me what I think of the takeover of my alma mater by its former Bell System country cousin, Southwestern Bell, now known as the "new" AT&T.

To quote Rhett Butler, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Adios.

Suspect charged in hit-and-run

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a Jan. 15 hit-and-run that caused serious injury to a pedestrian.

Lilburn attorney put on education board

LILBURN - Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed an attorney from Lilburn to serve on the Board of Technical and Adult Education, according to a news release from the governor's office.

A dozen gang members get jail time

ATLANTA - Twelve Atlanta-area gang members were sentenced to prison Friday afternoon for their involvement in gang-related crimes, some of which included murder.

Students get choices from new program

WINDER - Kayla Hudson, 17, of Winder, was getting further behind in her schoolwork at Winder-Barrow High School every day. After a full day at school and an evening spent caring for her newborn son, the senior had no energy left for homework or study.

New emissions regulations hit schools in wallet


New federal regulations requiring cleaner-burning diesel engines and the use of ultra-low-sulfur fuel may reduce emissions, but complying with these mandates can be costly.

Bounce back

Storm fears don't add up to much

Really now, y'all. Is that the best we can do? I hate to sound like one of those Northern transplants who come down here and mock us because we get all excited over a little ice and snow, but has it come to this?

Has global warming gotten so bad that what happened Wednesday and Thursday has to pass for a winter weather frenzy?

South boys hoops coach Boydstone resigns

South Gwinnett's Joby Boydstone resigned abruptly on Thursday as head boys basketball coach, and the school has named assistant Travis Branson as its new coach for the remainder of the season.

Clean but costly