News for Wednesday, January 3, 2007


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Michael Warren

Michael Sterling Warren, age 23, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 1, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Edith Kelley

Mrs. Edith Puckett Kelley, age 80, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Mac Kelley and ...

Sara Mildred Jett

Sara Mildred Jett, age 91, of Winder, GA, passed away January 2, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Pat Christian

Pat Christian, age 56 of Cleveland, GA, died Wednesday, January 3, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign ...

Peggy Paden

Peggy Langley Paden, age 78 of Loganville, GA died January 2, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Paden, father and mother, Carter T. Langley, Sr. and ...

Aubrey Murchison

Mr. Aubrey Jack Murchison, age 64 of Flowery Branch, died January 2, 2007. Arrangements by Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542, 770-967-5555.

Brooks Thornton

Brooks Alan Thornton, 34, died Tuesday, January 2, after an extended battle with mental illness. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

John R. Bradberry, Jr.

John R. (Johnny) Bradberry, Jr., age 62, of Lawrenceville, GA died January 2, 2007, after an extended illness. He is survived by: Two Sisters – Becky Bradberry Rainey of Nicholson ...

Board OKs $1.7B plan for budget

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners approved Gwinnett County's nearly $1.7 billion budget, but not without giving it a trim first.

Man, 23, killed in shootout

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County police officer was shot and a man was killed Monday night after a shooting between the two in a Lawrenceville business parking lot.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman, said Officer Craig Lake was patrolling near a new business complex at 1607 McKendree Church Road at around 11 p.m. Monday when he noticed a man dressed in black walking through the parking lot. The man, 23-year-old Michael Sterling Warren, pulled out a handgun and began shooting when the officer asked him why he was at the business, Moloney said.

Business briefs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Steel products maker Nucor Corp. said Tuesday it has offered $1.07 billion for Canada's Harris Steel Group Inc. whose board is recommending that its shareholders accept the all-cash bid.

Barrow school board appoints officers, approves field lights

WINDER - Barrow school board members began 2007 by appointing officers, an attorney and recognizing an exceptional employee.

Police/fire reports


Man attacked by drinking partners

•WINDER - A man began 2007 with a slashed left wrist after reportedly drinking with friends at his home Monday.

Justice served with Saddam put to death

In a final blasphemy, Saddam Hussein, who spent most of his life as a murdering secularist, went to his justified death holding a Quran and offering his soul to God, if God would accept it. If God does, He will have to commute the sentences of Saddam's mass murdering predecessors, including Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot.







Kevin J. McMahon, age 54, of Alpharetta, GA, died on Friday, December 29, 2006. Kevin was a 1981 graduate of Life Chiropractic College and began the Alpharetta Chiropractic Center in 1982. He loved music. Kevin was preceded in death by his father, John D. McMahon and his brother, John W. McMahon. Kevin is survived by his wife: Kimberly McMahon; daughters: Ashley McMahon, Amy McMahon, all of Alpharetta; mother: Florence McMahon; brothers: Michael McMahon, Patrick McMahon, all of Jensen Beach, FL. Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock on Friday, January 5, 2007 at Campus Church of Christ. Don McLaughlin will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any Bank of America to be put in a trust fund for his daughters, Ashley and Amy; additional information will be available at the funeral home. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 until 8:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



Mrs. Diane Nix Wiley, age 63, of Auburn, Georgia, died January 1, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*



Johnny Stewart, age 64 of Buford, and formerly of Duluth and Habersham County, died Monday, January 01, 2007, at Peachtree Christian Hospice following an extended illness. Born in Habersham County on January 01, 1943, he was the son of the late Virgil & Effie Mae Wheeler Stewart. He was a retired truck driver with Sherwin-Williams who enjoyed motorcycles and car racing and was of the Church of God faith. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Lee Roy Stewart, Bobby Stewart, Billy Stewart and Doug Stewart; and sisters, Louise Patterson and Deborah Stewart. Surviving are daughter, Paige Stewart of Hoschton; daughter and son-in-law, Stacy & Scott Waits of Buford; grandson, Blake Holcomb; brothers, Ray Stewart of Mt. Airy, Jimmy Stewart of Demorest, Herman Stewart of Atlanta, Herbert Stewart of Bethany, OK and Buddy Stewart of Norman, OK; and sisters, Geneva Ivester of Mableton, Sue Terry of Cornelia and Winnie Lou Tench of Clarkesville. The family will receive friends at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home in Cornelia on Tuesday, January 02, 2007, from 7-9 pm. Funeral services are 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 03, 2007, from the Chapel of Bill Head Funeral Home in Duluth with Pastor Anthony Shore and Rev. Ernest Hunter officiating. The family will receive friends at the Bill Head Funeral Home in Duluth from noon until the funeral hour on Wednesday. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia (706-778-8668) and Bill Head Funeral Home of Duluth (770-476-2535) are in charge of arrangements.



Dolores Hope Maron, age 61, of Duluth, GA, passed away January 2, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,*



Miss Maiya Dion Jackson, age 6, of Flowery Branch, Georgia died suddenly Sunday, December 31, 2006 at Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,*



Donald E. Schmid, age 83, of Grayson, died Sunday, December 31, 2006. Funeral arrangements announced later by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at*



Harry Curtis Nash, age 84, of Lawrenceville, GA, died Monday, January 1, 2007. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*


Mrs. Rose Rotenberry, age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA, died December 31, 2006. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Lisa Rotenberry of Snellville, Cathy and Michael Saunders of Cumming. No services are scheduled at this time. The remains have been cremated. In lieu of flowers or donations and in keeping with Rose's belief and daily actions do something nice and loving for someone. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .




Mr. Leland Donaldson, age 58 of Lilburn, GA, died December 31, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .*


Frances Maguire died on January 1, 2007 at Embracing Hospice Care in Snellville, Georgia following a five year battle with breast cancer. Fran was born in Charleston, SC on November 3, 1952, daughter of Frances Moore Maguire and the late Dr. Carter Patrick Maguire MD. She graduated from Ashley Hall School in Charleston and earned her BA degree from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. Her professional career included positions with the Coca Cola Company, Southern Bell, AT&T, Burton-Campbell Advertising Agency, Corporate Media Communications, Sirius Images Corporation, the Gwinnett County School System, and Gwinnett Magazine. In recent years, she worked as a freelance writer for a number of magazines including Veranda, Unique Homes, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, and others. She was awarded two Gold Georgia Gamma Awards in 2003 by the Magazine Association of Georgia for best feature in Gwinnett Magazine and Best Essay in Atlanta Parent Magazine for articles on her struggle with breast cancer. Fran was a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church where she served as Deacon and a member of the Choir. She is survived by her husband, Glenn A. Paist and daughters, Jessica and Katherine, of Lilburn; mother, Frances Moore Maguire of Gainesville; siblings and families, Judith and Terry Tindel and sons, Adam and Andrew of Atlanta; Virginia Poole and daughter and son, Jennifer and Sam Poole, of Brentwood, TN; Carter and Charlotte Maguire and children, Carter, Caroline, and Ashton, of Atlanta; Patricia Maguire of Coral Gables, FL; and Kenneth Maguire of Hilton Head. In addition to her family, Fran leaves behind many special friends. A Memorial Service will be held at Smoke Rise Baptist Church, 5901 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain, 11:00 AM, Friday, January 5, 2007 with Dr. Robert F. Browning officiating. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Snellville. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 4, 2007 from 6 to 9 PM at location. Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Fran's name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at Building D, Suite 250, 4840 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30342. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .



Mrs. Doris Harper Lanier, age 84 of Loganville, GA, died December 31, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.Q. "Jake" Lanier and is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Andy Cantrell of Loganville; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Mary Alice Lanier of Baker, FL; grandchildren, Jody, April, Grant, Jillian; great grandchildren, Jolie, Jacob, Kaden; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Lanier, a homemaker was a member of Snellville First Baptist Church for over 30 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 4 at 1pm at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .



Ruth McCoy, age 85, of Snellville, GA, died January 2, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, .*


Angelina Chiovaro Scordo, age 82, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,*


Alvy R. (Pete) Thacker, age 75 of Snellville, GA, passed away Monday, January 1, 2007 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, IN of heart failure and pneumonia. He was born on March 19, 1931 to Richard and Monie Thacker in Norwood, OH. He was a chef by trade. He worked for the Atlanta Falcons Football team for fifteen years. Before that he cooked for the Waffle House. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Jane Thacker; two sons, Dan and Jeff; two daughters, Cathy Kennedy and Terri Quinn; 8 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; 1 sister, Millie (Elmer) Greather; brother-in-law, Bernie Meyer; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Friday, January 5, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church in Loganville, GA. Cremation will precede the memorial services. Burns Funeral Home, Crown Point Chapel in charge of arrangements. Pete will be missed by many friends and loved ones. He always had a story or a funny joke to tell.



Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Clara Boyce Yarbrough Martin, age 83, of Talmo, Georgia who passed away on Monday, January 1, 2007. Funeral Services by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*



Ruth Wood Overstreet, 86, of Tampa entered into rest Thursday, December 28, 2006. She was born November 27, 1920 in Suwanee, Ga. A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother she took great pride in caring for her flowers and her family, keeping them well fed with her good southern cooking. And though the family is saddened by their loss, they take comfort in knowing she is at peace. Preceded in death by her husband, E.D. "Skeeter" Overstreet; parents, Joe Mack and Josie Canup Wood. She is survived by her sons, Danny Overstreet of Auburn, Ga., Dale Overstreet and wife Glenda of Lexington, Ga.; daughter Dian and Russell Keene of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Tony Overstreet and wife Neva, Toby and husband Jeff Holman, Cynthia Keene Agan, Alan Overstreet and wife Kristie, Ashly and husband Tim Stephens, Rhett Keene and wife Candi; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Fred Wood of Athens, Ga.; friend and ex-husband Morris Oliver. A memorial service was held 5 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Stowers Brandon Chapel. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. (813)689-1211



Ruth H. McGee, age 103, of Winder, GA, passed away January 1, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Hunter ready to move on to next stage

After he packed up the remaining plaques, photos and other belongings from his office last week, Dave Hunter drove down the narrow road that leaves the Brookwood High School fieldhouse for the final time as an employee of the school.

No. 2 Tar Heels rally to top Tech women

ATLANTA - Camille Little scored 18 points, Ivory Latta and LaToya Pringle each added 16 and No. 2 North Carolina rallied in the second half Tuesday night for a 69-57 win over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Celebration dinner planned for Hunter

The Brookwood community plans to officially honor longtime athletic director and head football coach Dave Hunter with a celebration dinner on Feb. 17.

Prep roundup: Armstrong scores career-high 32 in Wesleyan win

ATLANTA - Super sophomore Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 32 points and also had six assists and six steals to lead the Wesleyan Wolves to a 68-30 win over Pace Academy on Tuesday night.

In Memory

Buford to raise price of water

BUFORD - Residents here from both inside and outside the city limits who purchase water from the city of Buford will be paying more for that service for the first time in 34 years beginning Feb. 1.

Under a new residential water rate schedule approved by the Buford City Council on Tuesday night at its first meeting of the new year, water customers will be paying 2.5 cents more per 1,000 gallons of water used, as the rate goes from $1.125 to $1.15 cents per thousand.

According to Mayor Phillip Beard, the new rates are part of the Water Supply and Water Conservation Management Plan implemented by the state Legislature for municipalities and counties who furnish water in Georgia. Buford and Gwinnett County are the only two governmental entities in the county who sell water.

"This rate was as little as we can raise to get us by the regulations, according to the engineers," Beard said.

About 80 percent of the city's water customers use less than 8,000 gallons per month. The new plan calls for those living inside the city limits to pay about 20 cents more per month, and those outside the city limits about 40 cents more.

It's projected by city officials that the water revenues will go from $273,417.20 to $291,519.25 per year, an increase of 6.62 per cent.

The purpose of the new rate structure, according to Beard, was to penalize big water users. The water conservation program, he said, also calls for the upgrading of the city's water plant. The program was implemented to encourage quality water and ample supplies in the metro area.

"The goal of the water conservation program is to reduce water use without being punitive," according to the plan. To meet 2030 conservation goals, the utilities in the program should implement at least a three-tiered rate structure for 2006. For instance, single-family residential winter use typically would be about 200 gallons per account per day or 6,000 gallons per account per month. The highest 5 to 10 percent of customers, who typically use 10 to 20 per cent of the total volume of water used, would be charged 200 percent of the billing rate for the low users.

The last time water rates were raised in the city was March, 1973.

In other action, the city council:

•approved the low bids on Electrical Department bucket trucks.

•approved an agreement with Griffin Power for a 2007 electrical reserve capacity requirement.

•approved a force account agreement with Gwinnett County for relocation of gas lines at Old Fountain and Old Peachtree Roads.

•tabled a consideration of vehicle and pedestrian easements going in and out of Jackson Street, pending a discussion with interested parties.

•denied a zoning modification from Volkswagen of America.

Dog fighting bill resurfaces for '07 legislative session

ATLANTA - For the third year in a row, a Senate Republican leader is pushing legislation to crack down on organized dog fighting in Georgia.

A bill prefiled for the 2007 legislative session by Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, would make it a felony to own, house or train dogs for fighting, promote or stage dog fighting exhibitions or bet on the outcome of dog fights.

Adult spectators could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Organized dog fighting has been a lucrative underground business off and on in Georgia for decades.

The practice disappeared during the early 1980s after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and animal rights activists convinced the General Assembly to make fighting dogs a felony, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said Tuesday.

But it has come back in recent years as operators of dog fighting rings have discovered loopholes in the law, he said.

"You've got to catch them fighting for a felony to be in effect,'' he said.

Rogers first introduced his bill two years ago. But it fell by the wayside after some sportsmen complained that its vague language might be construed as prohibiting training dogs to hunt. Others were worried that it might affect training seeing-eye dogs.

The Senate passed the measure last year but amended it on the floor to cover cockfighting as well as dog fighting.

Rogers objected to the change, arguing that broadening it to cockfighting would doom its chances of getting through the Legislature. Indeed, it subsequently failed to reach the House floor.

Rogers, who could not be reached on Tuesday, told a Senate committee last year that the extent of dog fighting in Georgia first came to his attention when a 3-year-old boy in his district was attacked by a pit bull that had been trained to fight.

However, one of the biggest dogfighting busts in recent years came in 2004 in Newton County, with about 180 arrests.

Newton Sheriff Joe Nichols said that event was supposed to have taken place to the south in Jones County, but organizers moved it when they discovered that authorities had gotten wind of it.

"I hope we never see another one,'' he said. "That was a bad experience. It was pitiful.''

The new bill makes no mention of cockfighting. It also specifically states that none of its provisions would apply to the training of dogs for hunting or fishing, working with livestock or for law enforcement purposes.

Democratic chair change and Glenn in hot water

Bytes and bits at the beginning of 2007:

Atlanta lawyer Bobby Kahn, a leading scapegoat for the Democrats' string of recent ballot-box catastrophes, ends his nearly three-year tenure as state party chair with the election of a new chairperson on Jan. 27.

Balanced Buford boys off to perfect 9-0 start

The good news for Milt Travis is that his Buford boys basketball team is undefeated on the season.

Bengals not expecting Thurman back

CINCINNATI - Coach Marvin Lewis refused to talk about suspended linebacker Odell Thurman on Tuesday, another indication that he has written him out of the Cincinnati Bengals' plans.

In brief


GAC's Stephens, Brookwood's Heilig win Deep South awards

• Greater Atlanta Christian's Julio Stephens and Brookwood's Sam Heilig won the 2006 Deep South Classic Scholar-Athlete Awards, which are given to one senior girl and one senior boy by the tournament. Each player received an IBM laptop computer for the honor.

Police find son wanted in slaying

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man wanted in the death of his father is now in the custody of the Gwinnett County sheriff.

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