News for Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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Benedetta Crosby

Mrs. Benedetta V. Crosby, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on January 23, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Crosby. Surviving are: Sons and Daughter ...

Irene Markwalter

Irene K. Markwalter, age 73 of Lawrenceville died Monday, January 22, 2007. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, January 26, 2007 at St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church, Snellville ...

Phyllis Rowe

Phyllis Martin Rowe, age 66 of Norcross, GA, passed away January 22, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Verdell Davis

Verdell Davis, age 82 of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, January 23, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Thursday, January 25, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Bertie Clinton

Mrs. Bertie Ruth Puckett Clinton, age 82, of Buford, GA, passed away on January 23, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Sara Bolton

Sara Bess Bolton, 81, of Duluth, GA, died January 22, 2007. The memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28th, at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in ...

Tammy Mcclure

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Tammy Sue Bryant McClure, age 49, of Talmo, who passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2007. Funeral Services announced later ...

William Smith

William L. “Bill” Smith, age 72 of Lilburn, GA, died January 23, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Slade depends on rising early

E-a-r-l-y. No, it isn't one of the words Scott Slade asked competitors to spell during Saturday's Gwinnett County Spelling Bee. But it is one the host of WSB-AM's "Atlanta Morning News" program lives.

Big blue star

In brief

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Mifsud returns, Gladiators release trio

• The Gwinnett Gladiators got their second leading scorer back on Monday when Scott Mifsud was reassigned from his first American Hockey League callup to Worcester.

Norcross man killed in wreck

LILBURN - A 24-year-old man died Sunday when he lost control of his Honda Accord and swerved into oncoming traffic.

Preliminary investigations indicate Julio Cesar Garcia of Norcross was traveling north on Indian Trail Road near Hillcrest Road in Lilburn when he collided with an approaching Cadillac Escalade about 7:30 p.m.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman, said the driver of the Escalade, Javier Galindo Corona, 31, of Norcross was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and was released Monday. Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Campaign '08 will be dirty

Fundraisers on the left and right are salivating now that Sen. Hillary Clinton has declared, ''I'm in'' the 2008 presidential race. On the left, feminists will likely hail her as the reincarnation of suffragette Susan B. Anthony. On the right, conservatives will portray her as a cross between Lady Macbeth and Bonnie Parker.

Barrow files injunction against Auburn annexations

WINDER - Barrow County attorney Angela Davis filed an injunction in Barrow County Superior Court against Auburn's November 2006 annexations.

Inmate files complaint

GAINESVILLE - An inmate filed a civil complaint in federal court against Barrow County Sheriff Joel Robinson, the county jail and Sgts. Andy Eck and Marvin Walker Nov. 29.

Federal Judge William C. O'Kelley has given Michael Richard Thomas until Feb. 2 to either pay the $350 filing fee or file papers proving he is indigent. If not, his case could be dismissed.

Hossa at Hart of Thrashers' success

DULUTH - To Bob Hartley, Marian Hossa is more than just an NHL all-star. Much more.

As far as the Atlanta Thrashers' coach is concerned, Hossa is the leading candidate at the midseason break for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.

Falcons' Vick cleared by police of any wrongdoing

ATLANTA - Michael Vick was cleared by police Monday of any wrongdoing at a Miami airport, four days after the Falcons general manager said the star quarterback had ''let a lot of people down.''

Duluth planning chief leaving for Smyrna

DULUTH - Duluth's longtime planning and zoning chief Ken Suddreth has resigned to take a job as director of community development for the city of Smyrna.

Man cleared of rape after 21 years in prison

ATLANTA (AP) - A man who spent 21 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit will be released from prison Tuesday after being cleared by DNA evidence, District Attorney Paul Howard said Monday.

No rest for No. 1 Norcross

This one is kind of big.

GAC dedicates new aquatic center with state-of-the-art pool

NORCROSS - For years, the swimmers and divers at Greater Atlanta Christian School have traveled off campus for practices that end as late as 9:30 or 10 p.m.

Barrow homes sell at fast clip

WINDER - New homes in Barrow County averaged 7.2 months to sell in the third quarter of 2006, compared with 8.5 months in the third quarter of 2005. That's faster than in surrounding counties, according to Greg Duffey, a loan officer with People's Bank in Winder.

Using the software Metrostudy, Duffey charted quarterly housing demands for Barrow, Hall, Jackson and Walton Counties from 2002 up to the third quarter of 2006. Housing includes single-family homes, town homes and duplexes. Duffey presented no information about Gwinnett County.

Sports calendar

Athletics

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 www.brookwoodbroncos.org or contact Marc Cain at mcainbia@bbia.net.

Meeks adjusting to life as famous Kentucky basketball player

It's the type of fame you really can't prepare for.

Parkview edges Brookwood for Five Forks trophy

The two rivals split the boys and girls competitions, but Parkview won the overall points title and slipped past Brookwood in swimming and diving this past weekend to maintain its hold on the Battle of Five Forks Trophy.

Three more local football players make commitments

It was a good weekend for the Samford Bulldogs.

OBITUARIES

WINDER

JOHNSTON, JAMES

James C. Johnston, age 83 died January 22, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma Freeman Johnston; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and David Hayes of Cumming, GA; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Denise Johnston of Knoxville, TN, Thomas and Jeanne Johnston of Loganville; grandchildren, Jessica Hayes, Alycia Hayes, Melissa Johnston; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Johnston was a 1942 graduate of Snellville High School, graduated from Atlanta Law School with a Masters Degree and was a US Army Veteran of WW II. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Grayson, the American Legion Post #232, and retired from General Motors after 30 years of service as a chief clerk. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 24 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel with Doctor Charles A. "Buddy" Parrish officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8pm at the funeral home. Mr. Johnston's Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Those desiring may make donations to the First Baptist Church of Grayson Building Fund, in memory of James C. Johnston. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

COMMERCE

CAGLE, MARGARET

Margaret Childs Cagle, age 85 of Commerce, died Monday, January 22, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

DULUTH

BOWERS, DOUGLAS

Douglas Edwards Bowers, age 59 of Duluth, GA, passed away January 21, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

CONRAD, BETTY

Betty Catherine Conrad, age 82, of Duluth, GA, formerly of Houghton Lake, MI, died Sunday, January 21, 2007. Mrs. Conrad, a native of Grand Rapids, MI, was a homemaker and a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was a member of the Lioness Club of Fairborn, Ohio; and after retiring to Houghton Lake, Michigan, she was a member of Markey Community Baptist Church, and an active member of the Red Hats Society. She was preceded in death by her husband: Sig Conrad. Survivors include: Sons and daughters-in-law: Eric Jon and Liz Conrad of Suwanee, GA, Kurt and Deb Conrad of Fairborn, OH; Grandchildren: Caitlin Conrad of Burlington, NC, and Lauren Conrad of Athens, GA; Brother: Phillip Schnell of West Olive, MI. A Memorial Service will be held in Michigan at a later date. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

LAURINBURG, NC

PAUL, MARY

Mrs. Mary Margaret McCormick Paul, 93, of Barnes Bridge Road died Friday January 19, 2007 at Morrison Manor. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Monday at the Caledonia United Methodist Church with Rev. Dalma Cribb officiating. Burial will follow in McCormick Family Cemetery. Born September 11, 1913 in Scotland County, NC. she was a daughter of the late Will A. and Mary Hasty McCormick. Mary Margaret was a member of Caledonia Methodist Church where she played the piano for a number of years. She worked for a few years in retail clothing but majority of her life was spent as a homemaker. She is survived by three sons, John F. Paul and wife Barbara of Clemmons, NC, T. Archie Paul and wife Mary Alice of West Palm Beach, FL, Robert Paul and wife Gina of Laurinburg; one daughter, Ethel Marie Bath and husband, Joe of Lawrenceville, GA; a sister, Florence Bannerman of Laurinburg; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth H. Paul and a son, William K. (Billy) Paul. Memorials may be made to Caledonia United Methodist Church, 15201 Barnes Bridge Road, Laurinburg, NC 28352.

SWAT finds man dead of gunshot

LILBURN - A Lilburn man shot himself to death inside his home Monday after a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy attempted to serve him eviction papers.

Stacey Bourbonnais, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said the SWAT team was called to surround the home when Peter Bibb of 2378 Dakota Trail refused to answer the door and was later seen with a gun.

She said Bibb, whose age was unknown, would not answer the door when officers arrived about 3 p.m.

"The male was seen going upstairs inside the home and then coming back down the stairs with a rifle," she said. "He sent his son outside the home before firing at least one shot."

Lawmakers go to bat for Delta

ATLANTA - Georgia's top legislative leaders came to the defense of embattled Delta airlines Monday in the Atlanta-based carrier's fight against a hostile takeover bid.

Eight Republican leaders from the House and Senate signed a letter asking U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to conduct a thorough review before passing judgment on U.S. Airways' attempt to seize control of Delta, which filed for bankruptcy in September 2005.

They were joined in the letter by four Democratic legislators representing districts near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where many Delta employees live.

"We don't think it's good for Georgia, the United States or airlines in general,'' House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, said during a news conference.

In the letter, Richardson, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle - the Senate's presiding officer - and the other legislative leaders argue that the proposed takeover of Delta would hurt Georgia's economy by eliminating jobs, reducing the number of flights into and out of Georgia and hiking fares.

U.S. Airways launched the hostile takeover bid last November with an offer of $8.5 billion, then upped the ante nearly two weeks ago to $10.3 billion.

Delta officials have rebuffed the bid, maintaining that the company can right its financial ship and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy as an independent airline.

Cagle said he and other the legislative leaders stand behind Delta's determination to go it alone.

"I'm confident in this team,'' he said. "They have a strategy that will spell success.''

The lawmakers were joined at Monday's news conference by Ed Bastian, Delta's chief financial officer.

He said the U.S. Airways takeover bid also would create a huge debt load, the highest of any airline, a point also made in the letter.

"We've been there before,'' Bastian said, referring to the financial travails that led to Delta's bankruptcy filing. "We don't need to go back.''

Delta and its creditors face a Feb. 1 deadline to accept or reject the latest offer from Tempe, Ariz.-based U.S. Airways.

Bastian said Delta's board of directors hasn't made a final determination on whether the company will take the deal.

Later on Monday, House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter, R-Alpharetta, urged his legislative colleagues to sign a resolution opposing the hostile takeover.

During a brief speech on the House floor, he said Georgia could lose up to 8,000 jobs if U.S. Airways moves Delta's corporate offices to Arizona.

"(Delta) is the very reason we have grown in Georgia,'' he said.

Police find man's body behind church

NORCROSS - A 5 p.m. mass service at a Norcross church Sunday ended with the discovery of a man's body in the church parking lot.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police spokesman, said the body of a Hispanic man was found behind St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 2140 Beaver Ruin Road.

He said officers responded to reports of a person down and found the man about 5:40 p.m. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Pat Chivers, communications director for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, said gunshots were heard during the service.

Man charged in 17-year-old slaying

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A state prison inmate faces murder charges in the death 17 years ago of a mother of four whose body was found in a wooded area, Valdosta police said.

County: Annexations driving up price of land

LAWRENCEVILLE - Annexation isn't just about controlling development; it's also costing Gwinnett County thousands of dollars more to build the Sugarloaf Parkway extension, county officials say.

Police, fire briefs

Residents robbed by armed duo

•DULUTH - Two residents of the Gwinnett Crossing Apartments at 1025 Club Place told police Saturday they were robbed at gunpoint.

According to a police report, the two were approached by two black men, one wearing a white bandanna over his face and armed with a gun, while in the parking lot of the complex.

The men took the man's wallet and the woman's purse before fleeing in a unknown type of vehicle.

Masked men

rob gas station

•SNELLVILLE - The clerk of the Texaco at 3490 Centerville Highway told police Saturday morning the store was robbed.

According to a police report, two black men dressed in black and wearing ski masks approached the clerk as he was taking out the trash.

One of the men was holding rifle and both demanded the clerk enter the store and give them money.

The men fled the store with more than $1,000 and ran in the direction of a nearby Huddle House restaurant.

Winder man charged with

hit-and-run

•CARL - A Winder man was charged with hit-and-run about 11:30 a.m. Monday after allegedly shoplifting a 12-pack of beer earlier that morning.

Splashy opening

Barrow Chamber of Commerce celebrates 60 years

WINDER - The Barrow County Chamber of Commerce today celebrates 60 years of service.

Originally called the Winder Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit organization was created on Jan. 23, 1947, during a meeting held at the Winder Women's Club. Members of a committee appointed by the now-defunct Better Hometown Committee established the Chamber of Commerce.