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Dan Browning

Dan R. Browning, 90, of Dacula, formerly of Decatur, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 67 wonderful years, Inez G. Browning ...

Rickey Dunagan

Rickey L. Dunagan, 48, of Buford, GA, died January 3, 2007. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home ...

Dolores Maron

Mrs. Dolores Maron, age 61, of Duluth, GA, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2007. She is survived by her: Husband: Mr. Robert C. Aldridge, Duluth, GA; Son: Stephen Maron ...

Jewell O'neal

Jewell “Judy” O'Neal, age 96, of Suwanee, died Wednesday, January 3, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345 ...

George Papp

George Papp, age 68, of Buford, GA, passed away January 3, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Clyde Doss

Clyde William Doss, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away January 3, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Betty Gilliland

Mrs. Betty Grizzle Gilliland, age 76, of Hoschton, Georgia, died January 4, 2007. Funeral arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-1361.

OBITUARIES

ATHENS

THORNTON, BROOKS

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.*

CLEVELAND

CHRISTIAN, PAT

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 online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

KELLEY, EDITH

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 son, Linton Kelley. She is survived by her: Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Judy and Donald Everett, Buford, GA, Debra and Jimmy Greeson, Buford, GA; Daughter-in-Law: Elaine Kelley, Flowery Branch, GA; 7 Grandchildren: Stephanie and Damon Pass, Moyock, NC, Jimmy and Jeni Greeson, Buford, GA, Nick and Jennifer Overby, Flowery Branch, GA, Lin and Renee Kelley, Braselton, GA, Jeremy and Kat Greeson, Buford, GA, Lance Kelley, Buford, GA, Chad and Kelly Hemphill, Savannah, GA; 9 Great Grandchildren; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Runell and Benjamin Youngblood, Buford, GA; Brothers and Sisters-in-Law: Ralph and Virginia Puckett, Sugar Hill, GA, Harold and Sue Puckett, Buford, GA; Brother-in-Law: Dempsey Johnson, Marietta, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Kelley was born on June 16, 1926 in Gwinnett County, GA. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Buford. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a friend to all. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 5, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

MURCHISON,

AUBREY

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.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

BRADBERRY, JOHNNY

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, GA, Jenny Bradberry Franklin of Lawrenceville, GA, Several Nieces, Nephews, Aunts and Uncles. Johnny was preceded in death by his beloved parents, John R. Bradberry, Sr. and Marjorie Townsend Bradberry. Johnny was born at Emory University Hospital on November 29, 1944. He was a 1962 graduate of Central Gwinnett High School where he played football and was a member of the 1962 State Boy's Class A Championship Basketball Team. He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1976 and worked for several years at Southwire in Carrollton, GA and also with IKKA Technology, Inc. in Villa Rica, GA. In 1995 Johnny suffered a stroke and had been living in his hometown of Lawrenceville. Johnny's greatest love in recent years was watching his beloved Georgia Bulldogs play football, but during his lifetime he enjoyed owning and driving Corvettes and had been a member of the Corvette Club of Carrollton. No services are planned at Johnny's request and his beloved sisters will carry out his request for his cremated remains to be scattered at his favorite place to Scuba dive near Crystal Springs, FL. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Johnny Bradberry's memory to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Pky., Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067 or to the American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 672648, Marietta, GA 30006. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com in charge of arrangements.

WARREN, MICHAEL

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.*

LOGANVILLE

PADEN, PEGGY

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 Thelma Stowe Langley, brothers, Carter Tate Langley, Jr. and Daniel Bruce Langley. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and William Day of Grayson, many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Paden was a graduate of Commercial High School and was a retired medical assistant for many years. She was a member of Snellville Christian Church, where she was an active member of her Sunday School Class. She loved frogs and grew exotic Day Lillies. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 5 at 11am at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to Snellville Christian Church, in memory of Peggy Langley Paden. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

WINDER

JETT, MILDRED

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

Peachtree Ridge boys rally to beat North

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge had three players score in double figures and overcame a 21-point third quarter deficit to beat North Gwinnett 71-65 on Wednesday.

Prevent pest problems now

During the cold, frosty days of winter, few people are thinking about warm-weather pests.

But there are many actions homeowners can take now to prevent warm-weather pest problems while also dealing with cold-weather pests.

Many homeowners with fireplaces keep the firewood stored next to their homes or, in some cases, even in their houses. But once moved inside, the logs begin to warm up to room temperatures, causing the insects living inside the logs to think spring has arrived.

The firewood is a Trojan horse for the insects. Within a few days or a couple of weeks, homeowners notice the appearance of beetles, spiders and ants crawling around their family rooms as well as flies buzzing about. The best way to prevent such problems is to keep wood piles some distance away from their homes.

If logs are to be brought in, use them as soon as possible in the fireplace. Remove any piles of debris, stones or bricks from around your home, as they can serve as a harbor for pests, especially rodents.

Where are the women?

In booming Gwinnett County, things can change vastly in just a few weeks. In 10 years, not much stays the same.

Park proposal controversy divides Board of Commissioners

LAWRENCEVILLE - A day after last-minute changes to the county's budget divided commissioners, a controversial park proposal is separating them further.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Jan. 7-Feb 4: Windward Academy is hosting its Winter High School Camp for grades 8-12. The camp meets twice a week and is split up into three groups according to age. Group 1, for seniors and juniors meets Wednesdays and Sundays from 7-9:30 p.m. Group 2, for sophomores and juniors, meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m. Group 3, for freshmen and eighth graders, meets Tuesdays from 7-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-4:30 p.m. Cost of the camp is $350. For more information send e-mails to windwardbb@adelphia.net.

Police, DA charge two with 'high-end' prostitution

DULUTH - Behind the gates of Sugarloaf Country Club reside corporate CEOs, physicians, airline pilots and professional athletes. But at 2800 Sugarloaf Club Drive lives a former Penthouse Pet who, police allege, is a high-dollar call girl.

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Zonings

CITY OF

SUGAR HILL

NOTICE OF

PUBLIC HEARI

CASE: AX-06-005

Notice is hereby given to the Public that Development South has filed an application with the City of Sugar Hill, Georgia requesting that the following described properties be annexed into the Corporate Limits of the City of Sugar Hill, Georgia.

Service By Publication

IN THE SUPERIOR

COURTOF

GWINNETT COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

CIVIL ACTION

FILE NO. 06-A-09460-7

DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF AMERIQUEST MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC. ASSET BACKED PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-R4 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF MAY 1, 2004, WITHOUT RECOURSE,

PLAINTIFF,

V.

Condemnations

IN THE

SUPERIOR COURT OF

GWINNETT COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

CIVIL ACTION

FILE NO. 06A-10923-1

GWINNETT COUNTY,

GEORGIA,

Petitioner-Condemnor,

vs.

Firefighter injured in blaze; family escapes unharmed

LAWRENCEVILLE - A family of five escaped an early morning house fire unharmed Wednesday although a Gwinnett County firefighter battling the flames suffered minor injuries.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, said a firefighter working to extinguish flames at a home at 880 Cremins Road was injured when he fell partially through the fire-weakened floor of the second story of the home.

Name Changes

GWINNETT COUNTY

SUPERIOR COURT

STATE OF GEORGIA

Civil Action

Case Number 06A-10798-7

NOTICE OF PETITION

TO CHANGE NAME

OF ADULT

Christy Butler filed a petition in the Gwinnett County Superior Court on __ to change the name from: Christy Jean Butler to Christiane Jean Bradshaw. Any interested party has the right to appear in this case and file objections within 30 days after the Petition was filed.

Public Hearings/Notices

IN THE

SUPERIOR OF

GWINNETT COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

Civil Action File

No. 06A-10704-6

WILLIAM H. ARROYO,

Plaintiff,

LORRAINE E. REDMAN,

VICTOR PIZZOLATO, SR.,

MARIE PIZZOLATO,

NATALIE A. PIZZOLATO,

and

HOMEBANC MORTGAGE

CORPORATION,

Defendants.

Notice of Sale Under Powe

NOTICE OF SALE

UNDER POWER

GEORGIA,

GWINNETT COUNTY

Under and by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in a Security Deed given by Ismar Lopez to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., dated August 24, 2004, recorded in Deed Book 39693, Page 32, Gwinnett County, Georgia Records, as last transferred to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. by assignment to be recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia Records, conveying the after-described property to secure a Note in the original principal amount of ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY-NINE AND 0/100 DOLLARS ($178,589.00), with interest thereon as set forth therein, there will be sold at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the courthouse door of Gwinnett County, Georgia, within the legal hours of sale on the first Tuesday in February, 2007, the following described property:

SEE EXHIBIT ìAî ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE A PART HEREOF

EXHIBIT ìAî

All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 162 of the 6th District of Gwinnett County, Georgia, being lot 14, Block A, Unit One of Walnut Creek Crossing Subdivision, as per plat recorded in plat book 58, page 256, records of Gwinnett County, Georgia, which plat is by reference incorporated herein and made a part hereof.

Titans' Young runs away with award

AP Football Writer

NEW YORK - Vince Young looks as if he'll make the NFL his personal playground, too.

No kitchen complete without food processor

Whether whipping up hummus for a lavish dinner party or shredding cabbage for a Southern-style cookout, food processors ease the tedious task of slicing and dicing.

On the market for more than 30 years, this convenient appliance has been revamped time and again to make it faster, sleeker, bigger, smaller or more durable. No matter what changes are made, though, one thing remains constant: These handy gadgets are an essential piece of a functional kitchen.

When food processors first hit stores in 1973, it was under the Cuisinart brand. Now offering everything from a mini processor to a limited-edition metal model, the company is still a mainstay in kitchen accessories.

One of the best-selling Cuisinart models is the user-friendly but basic Pro Classic. Holding up to seven cups of food, the processor includes a steel blade, dough blade, slicing disc and shredding disc for various types of cutting. The Pro Classic features one speed plus a pulse option and an extra large tube for bigger pieces of food. Made of plastic and dishwasher safe, the model retails for $99.95.

Going beyond the basic, Cuisinart offers the ultra-powerful metal food processor. Designed more for heavy-duty meals and hard-core chefs, the limited-edition model holds 14 cups of food and a 3/4-horsepower power motor. The metal processor features stainless steel slicing, shredding and mixing/chopping blades, as well as a metal dough blade, beaters and detachable disc stem. Retailing for $349, the metal processor comes with a how-to book and DVD, and a recipe booklet. Both Cuisinart models are available at retail stores.

Democrats retreat from bipartisan promise

In June 2004, when then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was trying to put the best face on Democratic intentions should they win a majority in the 2006 election, she issued a "minority bill of rights." It promised that Democrats would not treat Republicans as Republicans often treated Democrats should voters put Democrats back in charge of the House.

Sexual Offender Notices

SEX OFFENDER

Melvin Bellmon

303 Meadow Wood Commons

Norcross, GA 30071

Convicted: 12/06/2006

Convicted of : Child Molestation

County convicted: Cobb

911-07572077,1/4@

SEX OFFENDER

Douglas Hannigan

2725 Emerald Springs Dr

Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Convicted: 05/08/2006

Convicted of: Statutory Rape

County Convicted: Douglas

911-07572078,1/4@

SEX OFFENDER

James Howard

2792 Skyland Dr

Snellville, GA 30078

Convicted: 03/13/2001

Convicted of: Child Molestation

County Convicted: Gwinnett

911-07572079,1/4@

SEX OFFENDER

John Peairs

2540 Dacula Ridge Dr

Dacula, GA 30019

Convicted: 04/25/1997

Convicted of: Lewd and Lacivious

County Convicted: Florida

911-07572076,1/4@

SEX OFFENDER

Willie Wade

2306 Millwood Court

Duluth, GA 30096

Convicted: 06/01/2006

Convicted of:Aggravated Sodomy

County Convicted: Clayton County

911-07572075,1/4@

Probate CT Twelve Mo Supt

NOTICE

GEORGIA,

GWINNETT COUNTY

PROBATE COURT

# 06-E-001120

The petition of BARBARA L COVINGTON, for a year's support from the estate of BOBBY OSCAR COVINGTON deceased, for decedent's surviving spouse having been duly filed, all interested persons are hereby notified to show cause, if any they have, on or before JANUARY 22, 2007, why said petition should not be granted.

Probate CT Discharge

NOTICE

(For Discharge from

Office and all Liability)

Bush must face reality with new steps in Iraq

An element of unreality has infected the speculation about President Bush's decision on a new strategy for Iraq. In the weeks since the Iraq Study Group issued its report and the president said he was going to canvass a variety of other sources before making up his mind, the assumption has grown that he will declare the next steps himself.

Country club call girls

Saban leaves Dolphins for Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama is ready for ''new era'' of football, and is certain Nick Saban can return the Crimson Tide to college football's elite.

DUI Notices

NOTICE OF

CONVICTION

COURT: GWINNETT

STATE COURT

ACCUSATION NO.

Advertisement for Bids

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FOR A REQUEST FOR

QUALIFICATIONS

(RFQ) FOR

CONSTRUCTION

MANAGEMENT AT RISK

DELIVERY METHOD

FOR ADDITIONS AND

NEW CONSTRUCTION:

ADDITION AND

RENOVATION TO

BUFORD ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL; ADDITION

AND RENOVATION TO

BUFORD ACADEMY;

ADDITION AND

RENOVATION TO

BUFORD MIDDLE

SCHOOL; ADDITION

AND RENOVATION TO

BUFORD HIGH SCHOOL;

CONSTRUCTION OF A

NEW MULTIPURPOSE

BUILDING;

CONSTRUCTION

OF A NEW

CENTRAL OFFICE

Buford City Schools will receive proposals until 3:00 p.m. on January 12, 2007 for Construction Management at Risk for Additions and Renovation to Buford Elementary School, Buford Academy, Buford Middle School, and Buford High School; construction of a new Multipurpose Building and a new Central Office. Construction on the first project is scheduled to start in the winter of 2007 at Buford Academy.

Probate CT Miscellaneous

IN THE

PROBATE COURT

OF GWINNETT COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

ESTATE NO.: 06-E-001106

IN RE: ESTATE OF

DORIS MARIE BERRY

DECEASED

PETITION BY PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR WAIVER OF BOND AND/OR GRANT OF CERTAIN POWERS

NOTICE

CHARLOTTE ANN BERRY has petitioned for waiver of bond and/or for the grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. §53-12-232 in regard to the above estate. All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said petition should not be granted. All objections to the petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the court on or before JANUARY 22, 2007. All pleadings/objections must be signed before a notary public or before a probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your pleadings/objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel at the following address/telephone number for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, the Petition may be denied or a hearing will be scheduled for a later date. If no objections are filed, the petition may be granted without a hearing.

Conflicting profiles seen on real estate, sex Web sites

LAWRENCEVILLE - A search of the World Wide Web results in two completely different profiles for Lisa Taylor.

Police/fire reports

Police

Men charged with robbing friend

•SNELLVILLE - According to a police report, Christopher David Kelly, 22, of Lawrenceville and Michael Robin Rapp Jr., 21, of Grayson were arrested and charged with assaulting and robbing their 20-year-old friend in a cul-de-sac on Laurel Stone Lane Saturday.

Thomas Andrew Blank of Panama City Beach, Fla., told police the men were driving him home from a party when his friends stopped on Laurel Stone Lane, pushed him out of their vehicle and began kicking and punching him.

According to the report, the men, one armed with a knife, took Blank's wallet and then allowed him back into the vehicle, transporting him to his mother's home where he contacted police.

Trade Names

GWINNETT

SUPERIOR COURT

TRADE NAME

REGISTRATION

MINUTE BOOK 037

PAGE 0149

Personally appeared the undersigned who on oath deposes and says that: Carmelie Lahens, 1253 Barrett Bluff Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 is/are doing business in Gwinnett County, Georgia under the name of: Only One Care, 1253 Barrett Bluff Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 and that the nature of the business to be carried on at such address is Residents Care.

Adoptions

IN THE

SUPERIOR COURT

OF HABERSHAM COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

IN RE: Petition of

M.D.K. and R.D.K.

Divorces

IN THE SUPERIOR

COURT OF

GWINNETT COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

CIVIL ACTION

NO. 06-A-10626-3

Gail Harrison

PLAINTIFF

Glenn Harrison

DEFENDANT

TO: Glenn Harrison

NOTICE

OF PUBLICATION

By order for service by publication dated the 4th day of Dec., 2006, you are hereby notified that on the 29th day of November, 2006, Gail Harriosn filed suit against you for Divorce.

Hank Johnson to take oath today

Gwinnett's newest representative in Congress will be sworn in today.

Corporations

NOTICE OF

INCORPORATION

Notice is given that articles of incorporation that will incorporate 5 Star ChildCare & Learning Center Inc. have been delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Business Corporation Code. The initial registered office of the corporation is located at 3761 Venture Drive, Duluth, Georgia 30096 and its initial registered agent at such address is National Registered Agents, Inc.

Public Sales/Auctions

PUBLIC AUCTION

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 11-1-201 and 40-11-1, et seq., the following vehicles will be offered at public sale at Automobile Disposal Company, 6404-B Buford Highway, Norcross, Georgia 30071 on January 10, 2007 at 3:45 p.m.:

YEAR MAKE; VIN #

1995 Dodge Neon,

VIN 1B3ES47CXSD311858

1999 Dodge Intrepid,

VIN 2B3HD46R1XH645218

1996 Plymuth Breeze,

VIN 1P3EJ46C9TN241834

1996 Dodge Neon,

VIN 1P3EJ46C8TV248998

1994 Dodge,

VIN 287HB21Y3RK556361

2001 Dodge Intrepid,

VIN 2B3HD46R91H506882

1988 Jeep Cherokee,

1JCMU7426JT021542

1995 Dodge,

VIN 2B7GB11X5SK512963

929-06577997,12/28,1/4

PUBLIC AUCTION

There will be sold at public outcry for cash at Lance Wrecker Service, Inc., 300 Maltbie Street, Lawrenceville, GA, Saturday, January 6, 2007, at 11:00 AM the following vehicles, declared abandoned and foreclosed vehicles pursuant to OCGA Section 40-11-5, as follows:

1. 1991 Buick Regal

2G4WB54T3M1912620

2892ANA

2. 1989 Cadillac Fleetwood

1G6CB5151K4250778

8209ANX

3. 1995 Chevrolet Camaro

1G1FP87S0GL132172

NO TAG

4. 1992 Chevrolet 1500

1GCDC14Z5NZ146520

NO TAG

5. 1990 Chevrolet Corsica

1G1LT54G6LE133029

NO TAG (NC)

Five Forks, Harbin communities back on map

LAWRENCEVILLE - Decades ago, the old oak tree was cut down, and the fifth road crossing was moved away from Five Forks.

Nardelli abruptly resigns as CEO of Home Depot; gets $210 million

ATLANTA - Dogged by criticism of his hefty pay and his company's poor stock performance, Bob Nardelli abruptly resigned Wednesday as chairman and chief executive of The Home Depot Inc. after six years at the helm of the world's largest home improvement store chain.

Ageratum plant eager to please

Editor's Note: Dora Fleming will be back next week. In the meantime, please enjoy this recycled column.

If you are looking for a short, blue plant to edge a flower bed (and probably, you're not), try ageratum.

Blue blooms in the garden are difficult to come by, especially on well-behaved plants that spread out a little, mound up nicely and bloom all summer. Ageratum does all that.

Ageratum, A. houstonianum, grows to about 6 inches tall. The blooms appear in clusters and are fluffy, completely covering the little heart-shaped leaves by summer's end. The flower clusters will eventually grow to more than 4 inches across and are self-cleaning.

This plant blooms better when planted in sun. Morning sun and afternoon shade are really best because hot afternoon sun scorches the flowers. It likes a little moisture, so plant it on the downhill side of your raised beds. It thrives in containers if not allowed to dry out for long periods.

Ageratum's only serious pest is whiteflies. They lurk on the undersides of the leaves. You'll notice leaf curl and little flies darting about when you shake the plant. Because spraying insecticidal soap under the leaves is not so easy, I pull infested plants out and put them in plastic bags in the trash can. There, take that!

Flossflower, as ageratum is sometimes called, comes in colors that hang around on the color wheel near blue - purple, pink, burgundy and white. The Victorians loved ageratum and planted it in masses to create garden designs. This is the same technique we see on ditch banks in the spring that have been planted with blue, white and pink phlox, P. subulata. (We call that plant "Thrift" for some reason.)

Ageratum is easier to grow than to photograph. Photographers complain that the blooms of the blue ageratum appear in all pictures to be pinkish-purple. They even have a name for the problem: the ageratum effect.

There is a tall selection called "Blue Horizon" that grows about 2 feet tall and would make a nice back-of-the-border plant. The blooms appear on long, sturdy stems, and they are reputed to dry well and have a very long vase life. My search through the wheelbarrow-load of catalogs I have has not produced a source.

Flossflower can be grown from seed, but the easiest thing to do is buy plants from the nursery in spring.

I've never seen a tray of them that wasn't root-bound - they have masses of fibrous roots - so cut an X across the roots and spread them out before you plant them.

Maybe I will plant some pink ones in a container next year, backed with sweet alyssum and purple petunias.

Winder resident Dora Fleming is a Georgia master gardener. E-mail her at dfleming1@earthlink.net.

Probate CT Wills

NOTICE

PROBATE COURT

OF GWINNETT COUNTY

# 06-E-001222

RE: PETITION OF CAROLYN CARTER TO PROBATE IN SOLEMN FORM THE WILL OF CLARA GHOLSTON COLLINS, DECEASED, UPON WHICH AN ORDER FOR SERVICE WAS GRANTED BY THIS COURT ON DECEMBER 27, 2006.

Probate CT Administration

NOTICE

GEORGIA ,

GWINNETT COUNTY

PROBATE COURT

# 01-000608

PHILLIP LEN CHRISTY has petitioned to be appointed Administrator(s) of the estate of MAE ELIZABETH CHRISTY, deceased, of said County. (The petitioner has also applied for waiver of bond and/or grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. §53-12-232). All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said petition should not be granted. All objections to the petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the court on or before January 8, 2007. All pleadings/objections must be signed before a notary public or before a probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your pleadings/objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel at the following address/telephone number for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the petition may be granted without a hearing.

This winter, heat your home more efficiently

Though Gwinnett homeowners don't have to worry about shoveling snow during the winter, there are other seasonal concerns here in Georgia.

In particular, the rising cost of utilities has prompted worries about the increased cost of home heating. Though this winter's weather has been mild so far, using energy wisely is still important.

DOT restores small towns to state map

ATLANTA - Nearly 500 small towns across Georgia are back in the state Department of Transportation's good graces intervention from Gov. Sonny Perdue.

DOT officials announced on Wednesday that the agency is reversing its decision last fall to remove those towns from the 2007 state highway map, a move designed to make it easier to read. Only towns without a local governing authority were targeted.

The wholesale deletions caused an uproar that carried all the way to the governor's office, which was deluged by letters, calls and e-mails from rural Georgians incensed that their towns were being insulted.

Perdue responded last Friday with a letter asking the State Transportation Board to restore the lost names.

"Being from a small town myself, I know the personal connection that each citizen feels with his or her town," said the governor, who hails from tiny Bonaire. "So, it was no surprise to me the way many small communities reacted when learning of the decision to 'de-clutter' the state map by eliminating the references to many of our state's small towns."

Perdue's office released a copy of the letter on Wednesday morning.

DOT officials announced their decision to comply with his request late Wednesday afternoon.

"The governor is correct," agency spokeswoman Vicki Gavalas said. "These communities are as much a part of the fabric of our state as our major metropolitan areas."

With the 2007 map already printed, Gavalas said the DOT plans to move up the scheduled release of a large print version from this summer to the spring. It will include all 488 communities that were deleted from the regular version of this year's map, she said.

The State Transportation Board had heard an earful about the lost towns well before the governor's letter.

Local officials who were deluged with complaints passed them on.

Dan Miller, chairman of the Worth County Commission in southwestern Georgia, said his office referred every complaint to Perdue's office.

"We got quite a few," said Miller, whose county had six towns on the DOT's hit list. "People were saying, 'Why are you cutting us out? We've been here for years.'"

Tough to pin Gladiators' problems

DULUTH - It would be one thing if there was a guy, or even a couple of guys, you could pin the mistakes on.

Probate CT Guardianship

CITATION

GEORGIA,

GWINNETT COUNTY

ESTATE NO. 06-C-000997

IN RE: PETITION OF JENNIFER R LONG and NORMAN LONG JR FOR TEMPORARY LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP

ESTATE OF

JANVIER CHRISTINA HEBERT ,

MINOR

DATE OF MAILING, IF ANY DECEMBER 27, 2006

DATE OF SECOND PUBLICATION, IF ANY JANUARY 11, 2007

TO: DWAIN DEMOND HEBERT

You are hereby notified that a petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian has been filed regarding the above-named minor. All objections to the Petition described above either to the appointment of a temporary guardian or the appointment of the petitioner(s) as temporary guardian(s), must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with this Court no later than 14 days after this notice is mailed, or 10 days after this notice is personally served upon you, or ten days after the second publication of this notice if you are served by publication. All pleadings must be signed before a notary public or Georgia probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your pleadings, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel at the below address/telephone number for the required amount of filing fees.

2 kids stabbed to death

BETHLEHEM - Two children were found stabbed to death inside a Bethlehem home Wednesday evening.

Debtors/Creditors

NOTICE TO DEBTORS

AND CREDITORS

All creditors of the Estate of Oliver P. Ackerman Jr. , late of Gwinnett County, deceased, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said Estate are required to make immediate payment.

Juvenile Court

IN THE

JUVENILE COURT

OF GWINNETT COUNTY

STATE OF GEORGIA

Docket No.: 05-07234

IN THE INTEREST OF

P.P.