News for Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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Dorothy Salyer

Dorothy Salyer, age 96, of Conyers, GA, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2007. She is survived by her Daughter, Dorothy Worthey of Conyers, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-law ...

Lucielle Higbe

Lucielle Higbe, age 86, of Duluth, died January 30, 2007. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Leonarda Arias

Leonarda Arias, age 56 of Buford, GA, died Saturday, January 27, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

Annie Treadwell

Annie Lou Treadwell, age 87, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away January 29, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Martha Grimes

Martha S. Grimes, age 66, of Grayson, Georgia, died Monday, January 29, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., 3705 Hwy. 78 W., Snellville, Georgia 30039, 770-979-3200.

Mary Davis

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Parr Davis, age 73, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Tuesday January 30, 2007 following an extended ...

Jane Roach

Agnes Jane Holland Roach, age 82 of Loganville, Georgia passed away on Monday, January 29, 2007. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Lonnie Lee Roach. Jane and ...

Roy Salter

Roy M. Salter, age 57, of Auburn, GA, died Monday, January 29, 2007 after an extended illness. Mr. Salter has been cremated and a Family Memorial Service will be held ...

Michael Martin, Jr.

Michael Wayne Martin, Jr., age 36 of Austell, GA, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford ...

Glenda Baker

Glenda Baker, age 65 of Snellville, died Saturday, January 27, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at ...

If protesters got their way, consequences would be deadly

The ideologically decrepit anti-war crowd returned to Washington last weekend for a reunion. The older among them abandoned hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of Vietnamese to imprisonment, torture, death and re-education camps.

Their demonstrations were encouraging to the communist Vietnamese, sending the message that America lacked the will to win. These aging hippies and their progeny now want to do the same to millions of Iraqis, who have democratically elected their leaders.

Barrow mayors discuss consolidation

WINDER - Barrow County citizens could get their water, sewer and utilities from one source in a few years. A Winder-Barrow County consolidated government, like nearby Athens-Clarke County, might not be far behind.

Commission, school board to discuss arts center

WINDER - Barrow County officials are considering building a $4.5 million cultural arts/convention center at the intersection of Ga. Highways 316 and 53, paid for by sales tax revenue.

Microsoft debuts Windows Vista operating system

NEW YORK - Acrobatics, blaring music and plenty of hype accompanied Microsoft Corp.'s long-delayed debut of its new Windows Vista operating system.

In brief

Three killed

in I-20 crash

•VILLA RICA - Three people were killed Monday when their car was struck head-on on Interstate 20 by a vehicle fleeing the scene of another accident, the Georgia State Patrol said.

Canine cop to be buried with honors

LAWRENCEVILLE - A retired K-9 officer who received medals of honor for his heroism will be buried Wednesday in a pet cemetery in Gwinnett County.

Former Gwinnett resident tries for Miss America crown

On Monday night, a former Miss Gwinnett competed in the Miss America pageant. Though Kate Michael, who competed as Miss District of Columbia, didn't win, she came closer to taking the national title than any other pageant winner from the county. In fact, she was the first former Miss Gwinnett to compete in Miss America.

The pageant, which was shown on CMT, was held at the Planet Hollywood Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The Miss America crown was awarded to Miss Oklahoma, Lauren Nelson.

Former Coca-Cola secretary testifies in conspiracy trial

ATLANTA - A former Coca-Cola secretary charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world's largest beverage maker in an effort to sell them to rival Pepsi denied at her trial Monday that she committed a crime.

Costly lessons

Police reports

Woman robbed in front of home

•NORCROSS - A woman was robbed Saturday as she was getting her two children out of her car in front of her Norcross home on Hampton Ridge Road.

An unknown man and woman came up behind the woman, grabbed her neck and demanded her purse, according to a police report.

The man, armed with a black handgun, took her purse, and both fled the area.

Wrestling roundup: North Gwinnett wins Trojan War wrestling tourney

The North Gwinnett wrestling team finished first out of 16 teams at the North Hall Trojan War Tournament over the weekend.

Gladiators host Aces tonight in rematch of Kelly Cup finals

It's time for a little revenge.

Four fires leave 3 hurt

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four Gwinnett County families learned fire safety lessons the hard way over the past several days.

From Saturday night to Monday morning, four blazes displaced 10 people and injured three.

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.

Winder man charged with sexual assault

WINDER - A Winder man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault against his ex-girlfriend.

Santonio James Peters, 25, turned himself in to police at the Winder Police Department after officers secured 10 arrest warrants against him. Peters was charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, sexual battery, simple battery, simple assault, entering an auto, false imprisonment, kidnapping and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree - which means Peters allegedly committed a crime in the presence of children.

The reported attack occurred inside Peters' home about 7:20 a.m. while the children waited outside in the car parked in the driveway. Officer Tracy Bagley said police believe the victim was lured to the residence when Peters told her he had some money to give to her.

Peters is being held in the Barrow County Detention Center without bond.

Leaders discuss transportation tax options

LAWRENCEVILLE - Barbara Runkle came to a transportation forum Monday with so many frustrations: The roads that need repaving, the turns that are too sharp for school buses, the lack of commuter rail, the accidents that clog the roads and endanger lives.

Norcross star Hanks commits to Crimson Tide

On Sunday afternoon, Darius Hanks finally got the big-time offer he was hoping for.

Race eager to continue momentum

We all like feedback. Whether it's a thank-you note, a job review or a letter to the editor, it's always nice to know where you stand.

OBITUARIES

DRIGGERS, DALE

Mr. Dale Warren Driggers, age 54, of Lawrenceville, died on Sunday, January 28, 2007. He was born in Richmond Virginia on May 19, 1953 to Andrew Driggers and Eleanor Vawter Driggers. Mr. Driggers is survived by wife: Chrystal Powell Driggers of Lawrenceville, GA; daughter and son-in-law: Donna Lynn and Rick Martinez of Orlando, FL; son and daughter-in-law: Andrew and Jenifer Driggers of Columbia, SC; grandchildren: Alex Martinez, Ricky Martinez, Ayla Driggers and Alyssa Driggers. The funeral service for Mr. Driggers will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home. Dr. Jim Crews will officiate. Interment will follow at Love Joy UMC Cemetery in Covington. Flowers will be accepted or in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family. Wheeler Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements, 770-786-7111.

BETHLEHEM

BAREFOOT, LARRY

Larry Curtis Barefoot, age 56, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away January 27, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

BUFORD

BERNARD, ABRAM

Abram Thomas Bernard, age 30, of Buford, died January 27, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

HOUSE, VIRGINIA

Mrs. Virginia H. House, age 86, of Buford, GA, entered into her heavenly home on Sunday, January 28, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Raymond R. House. She is survived by her: Daughters and Son-in-Law: Hollis Cantrell, Jefferson, GA, Roxanne and Harry Petrides, Lawrenceville, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Ray and Katia House, Brisbane, Australia, Russell and Nicole House, Atlanta, GA, Regan and Karen House, Roswell, GA; 8 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; Sister: Dorothy Copeland, Fitzgerald, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. House was born on January 15, 1921 in Fitzgerald, GA. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, the Senior Citizens Group at the church, and other activities at the church. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church Chapel with Rev. Mari Lane Brooks and Pastor Steve Wood officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Following the interment service, there will be a reception at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Harry Petrides at 1754 Miramonte Way, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. Flowers accepted or donations may be made to the Sugar Hill United Methodist Church Children's Ministry in memory of Virginia H. House. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DACULA

BLEVINS, MARY

Mrs. Mary Talbott Blevins, age 81, of Dacula, GA, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2007. She is survived by her: Husband: Mr. Leeroy Blevins, Dacula, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Joye and Roger Johnson, Council Bluffs, IA, Joyce and Jim Noble, Dacula, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Michael Hugh and Roxanne Carr, Cary, MO, Max R. and Vicky Carr, Joplin, MO; 7 Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Dean and Alma Talbott, Rich Hill, MO, Ralph and Marlene Talbot, Houston, MO; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Interment will be in Liberal Cemetery in Liberal, MO. Local Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

KNIGHT, RETHA

Mrs. Retha Mae Lord Knight, age 72, of Dacula, GA, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. M. J. Knight and son, Michael James Knight. She is survived by her: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Ellen and Ed Caisse, Dacula, GA, Elaine and Eddie Murphy, Hoschton, GA, Jackie and Neil Harrison, Hampton, GA, Tiffany and Roland Boyd, Dacula, GA; Son: Kenneth Knight, Dacula, GA; 6 Grandchildren; 2 Great Grandchildren; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Larry and Mary Ellen Lord, Lilburn, GA, Arthur and Deborah Lord, Norcross, GA; Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law: Rev. Johnny and Judy Knight, Jefferson, GA, Rev. Larry and Dennier Knight, Pendergrass, GA, Walter and Ruby Mahaffey, Auburn, GA; Sisters-in-Law and Brother-in-Law: Ann and Wayne Jordan, Covington, GA, Rachel Knight, Flowery Branch, GA, Sandra Knight, Flowery Branch, GA; Several Nieces and Nephews. Mrs. Knight was born July 27, 1934 and a native of Gwinnett County, GA. She was a homemaker and a member of the Open Door Baptist Church, Flowery Branch, GA. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamilton Mill Baptist Church a/k/a Hog Mountain Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Knight and Rev. Wayne Jordan officiating. Interment will be in Hog Mountain Cemetery, Dacula, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DORAVILLE

MCDANIEL, HOKE

Hoke McDaniel Sr., age 81, of Doraville, died Friday, January 19, 2007. Funeral was held Monday, January 22, 2007 at Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home in Marietta. Arrangements by Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home, 770-432-0771.*

DULUTH

JONES, BETTY

Mrs. Betty D. Jones, age 85, of Duluth, Georgia, died January 28, 2007. She is survived by Sons and Daughters-in-Law, John Roderick "Rod" and Marion Jones, Snellville, Thomas Phillip and Cathy Jones, Lawrenceville, Jeffrey Rhys Jones, Marathon, Florida; Grandchildren, Todd, Ashley Jones, Steve and Johnna Leigh Platt; and Great Grandchildren, Lydia and Leah. Mrs. Jones, an active member of Shallowford Presbyterian Church, was in the Order of Eastern Star. For several years she served as City Hostess for Atlanta New Neighbors League. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John Phillip Jones. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 1 pm at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Gray Norsworthy officiating. Interment Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 until 6 pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to The Macular Degeneration Foundation, Suite 301, 447 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 in memory of Mrs. Betty D. Jones. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

GRAYSON

LAYTON, BEATRICE

Beatrice "Bea" Layton, age 94, of Grayson, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

LAWRENCEVILLE

RASNAKE, OLITA

Olita G. Rasnake, age 94, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

LILBURN

WILLIAMS, LARRY

Larry Williams, age 50, of Lilburn, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

LOGANVILLE

ALLRED, ELLA

Ella Allred, age 75 of Loganville, formerly of Clarkston, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

BARGERON, JIMMIE

Jimmie Sebron Bargeron, age 74 of Loganville, formerly of Clarkston, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

CONNER, LINDA

Linda Conner, age 57, of Loganville, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

HARRISON, FLOSSIE

Flossie Rozeal Harrison, age 96 of Loganville, died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

STONE MOUNTAIN

LYONS, PATRICIA

Patricia Ann Lyons, age 56 of Stone Mountain, GA, died January 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

Police ID man found shot dead

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man found shot to death behind a Norcross church on Jan. 21 has been identified.

Class, please turn your cell phones ... on?

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Georgia Gwinnett College's first freshman classes start this fall, students will come armed with notebooks, textbooks, pens, pencils and mobile telephones.

Barrow gets $15K grant

WINDER - Barrow County Emergency Management Agency received a $15,000 Homeland Security Grant.

The money will be used by the Community Emergency Response Team, which trains Barrow County residents in disaster preparedness. It will be used to purchase a fire extinguisher training kit, as well as emergency supply backpacks, T-shirts, educational supplies and teaching tools.