News for Friday, January 5, 2007


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Ricky Thrasher

Mr. Ricky Thrasher, age 56 of Loganville, Georgia, formerly of Winder, GA, died January 4, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-1361.

Geraldine Holbrook

Mrs. Geraldine Holbrook, age 85, of Buford, GA, passed away January 5, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy A. Holbrook and daughter, Linda Holbrook Hill. Surviving ...

Deanne R. Adams

Deanne R. Adams, 44, of Suwanee, died January 4, 2007. Arrangements pending. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Tu Van Nguyen

Tu Van Nguyen, age 71, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away January 2, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Daniel R. Browning

Daniel R. Browning, age 90, of Dacula, GA, passed away January 3, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Donald Faust

Donald Faust, age 50, of Auburn, GA, passed away January 5, 2007. Service and Arrangements wil be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Sysouvanh Simmasouk

Sysouvanh Simmasouk, age 33, of Tucker, GA, passed away January 4, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Donald C. Ennest

Donald C. Ennest, age 61, of Norcross, GA, passed away January 4, 2007. He is survived by his wife: Pam Ennest; children: David Carter Ennest, Sr., Jonathan Nathaniel Ennest of ...

Mike Trites

Mike Trites, age 45 of Snellville, GA, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2007 at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL and was ...

Family affair

Upgrades to roads, water system among Auburn's '07 goals

AUBURN - Residents will see improvements in road conditions and water service in 2007, the mayor and city council members promised in Thursday's State of the City address. Improved city parks, more activities, and work on the new 6,000 -square-foot library are the agenda as well.

Norcross' road show hits Kentucky

For the second time in as many weeks, the Norcross boys basketball team is taking its show on the road.

Police seek mother of slain children

BETHLEHEM - Barrow County sheriff's deputies and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continue to search for the mother of two children who were found stabbed to death in their Bethlehem home Wednesday.

World's oldest profession not a victimless crime

I remember watching "Cops" one night several years ago when the camera crew was following a group of police officers on a prostitution sting. Eight or 10 cops were making stings out of a Las Vegas hotel room. One undercover officer was playing the role of the prostitute. After she lured the unsuspecting john back to the room, the officers descended on him and either gave him a ticket or took him to jail.

Gladiators fail to rally vs. Lynx

AUGUSTA - Brad Schell had his point scoring streak snapped at 15 games and the Gwinnett Gladiators dropped a 3-2 decision to the Augusta Lynx on Thursday night at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

Gwinnett (17-11-4) broke a scoreless tie on the power play midway through the second period. A bouncing puck in the high slot rolled right to Jamie Milam where the blueliner ripped a slapshot past Augusta netminder Dave McKee at 10:25. Bruce Mulherin and Joel Stepp hooked up to pick up the assists.

Gwinnett delegation names leaders for session

DULUTH - Gwinnett's leadership for the 2007-2008 legislative session was set Thursday night, as leaders gave representatives and senators their wish lists for the General Assembly.

'Hobbyists' post up a storm after arrests go public

LAWRENCEVILLE - When he announced the arrests of two alleged prostitutes Wednesday, Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter predicted the discussion boards on the Web site the duo is linked to would be buzzing.

Prep roundup: Spartan girls destroy Lovett

ATLANTA - The Greater Atlanta Christian girls added another dominating win to their resume, hammering Lovett 68-24 on Thursday.

Police/fire reports

Flames jump from fireplace, damaging Buford house

•BUFORD - A fireplace proved to be the cause of a house fire Wednesday night on Dennis Plane in Buford.

Firefighters believe the fire started when flames from a fireplace extended past the hearth, spreading to the attic and garage.

Prostitution arrests not a shock to all

LAWRENCEVILLE - The alleged acts of high-end prostitution foiled in two upscale Gwinnett neighborhoods Wednesday came as no surprise to many Gwinnettians.

First pornography, now death a click away

There's no stopping the footage anymore, whether it's the sex life of a celebrity or the death of a tyrant.

Prosecutors: Seal evidence in Coca-Cola trial

ATLANTA - Prosecutors invoked a law used in terrorism and government espionage cases in asking a judge Thursday to bar jurors at the trial of a former Coca-Cola secretary charged in a trade secrets theft case from disclosing to others confidential materials they are presented.

Getting to Know ... Leeman Bennett

Leeman Bennett, 68, is one of the most successful coaches in Atlanta Falcons history and is currently serving as the co-Chairman of the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the Kentucky native talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, including his involvement at Greater Atlanta Christian to the infamous 1980 playoff loss to the Cowboys to the best player he ever coached.

Siblings team up on handful of county wrestling squads

Only two weight classes separate South Gwinnett wrestlers Jon and Nick Isburgh. Which means the brothers sometime practice with each other, but usually not very long.

Retailers report disappointing Dec. sales

NEW YORK - An already disappointing holiday shopping season turned out to be even worse than expected for many of the nation's retailers, who Thursday reported tepid sales gains for December.

Increase in orders for manufactured goods smaller than expected

WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories posted a smaller-than-expected increase in November as demand for autos, machinery and steel all posted declines, reflecting the slowdown that has hit the manufacturing sector.

Man dies after being stabbed

STONE MOUNTAIN - A Snellville man died Thursday afternoon at Emory Eastside Hospital after an altercation resulted in a stabbing at Yellow River Park in Stone Mountain on Wednesday. His alleged attacker remains in jail without bond.



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 in Norcross. Interment will follow at Peachtree Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Dunagan was a service technician for All Seasons Vending Company. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Dunagan of Buford, GA; son, Jeremy Lackey of Tiger, GA; daughter, Holly Dunagan of VA; mother, Ann Dunagan of Stone Mountain, GA; brother, David Dunagan of Conyers, GA; two sisters, Janice Dunagan of Conyers, GA and Becky Dunagan of Stone Mountain, GA; father-in-law, Joe & Mary Mullinax of Cumming, GA; mother-in-law, Vernelle Wilkie of Buford, GA; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to: American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Ste 260, Duluth, GA 30097. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA. (770) 448-5757. Online condolences may be sent to:


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 Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,*



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. He is also survived by his two sons, Dan and Greg Browning; daughter, Ann Childers; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was a veteran of WWII and a graduate of John Marshall Law School. He retired from the federal government as personnel officer of the General Service Administration 35 years ago. He filled his retirement with Bible study, church activities, gardening and mastering several foreign languages. He will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father and friend. No one will forget his bright blue eyes and his ever present precious smile. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 11:00a.m. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Rev. Greg Browning officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd, NE, Ste 10, Atlanta, GA 30345-3315. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



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, Pennsylvania; Step Children: Joy Clay Kimmel, Woodstock, GA, Jennifer Lee Aldridge, Hiram, GA; Mother: Antoinette Stubelick, Palm Harbor, FL; Brother and Sister-in-Law: Arthur and Patti Beaulieu, Orlando, FL; 3 Grandchildren: Jason and Samantha Maron, Northampton, PA, Justin Adams Aldridge, Duluth, GA; 1 Niece: Lindsey Nicole Beaulieu, Orlando, FL. Mrs. Maron was born on November 24, 1945 in New York City, NY. She was raised in Miami, FL and had lived in Duluth, GA for the last 20 years. She was retired from Publix in Duluth, GA as a deli manager. She was an auxiliary member of the American Legion Post No. 251. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a dear friend to all. She will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Vance officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peachtree Christian Hospice, 3430 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096 in memory of Dolores Maron. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



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



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. Please sign online guest registry at*



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

Soldier died just short of retirement

WINDER - Sgt. 1st Class Dexter Wheelous could have been a career basketball player, his brother Darrell said. Instead, he chose to serve in the Army.

Jackson a pro at self-promotion

As we again approach the time of year in which America again pays homage to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have you ever wondered why Jesse Jackson is so often left in the corner at official ceremonies involving the King family?

Suspects named in man's death

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three men are wanted by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office for allegedly shooting to death a Gwinnett County man in December.

Tech women crush Rams

ATLANTA - Two Yellow Jackets gave career performances Thursday and led the Georgia Tech women to a lopsided victory over Winston-Salem State, 75-43, at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Lawmakers to GHSA: No ties for titles

ATLANTA - Help may be on the way for Peachtree Ridge High School players, coaches and fans who weren't fully satisfied with last month's tie with Roswell in the Class AAAAA state championship game.

Several members of the General Assembly Thursday asked the head of the Georgia High School Association to consider changing its rule book to allow football teams that are tied at the end of a title game to play an overtime to decide the champion.

"It doesn't work politically to have two winners,'' said Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, co-chairman of the Legislature's Joint High School Athletic Overview Committee. "People want to know who won the championship.''

Peachtree Ridge and Roswell ended up as co-champions of AAAAA after the Lions rallied in the second half to finish in a 14-14 tie. Last month's Class AA championship game between Charlton County and Dublin also ended in a tie, giving additional ammunition to the argument that a rules change is needed.

"With two ties this year, it will probably get talked about,'' said Rep. Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, the overview panel's other co-chairman. "It's certainly worthy of consideration.''

GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told lawmakers the practice of crowning co-champions when teams end title games in a deadlock dates back to 1948, when the association staged state championships in all classifications for the first time.

When two schools played to a 13-13 tie, GHSA officials in the press box deliberated for a half hour before declaring a winner based on first downs and total yards.

Swearngin said no one has submitted a proposal to change the rule in the 15 years he has been with the association.

"Since 1948, the thinking has been if you competed for 48 minutes and couldn't determine a winner, both of those teams were worthy of being considered champions,'' he said.

But Sen. John Douglas,

R-Covington, said other high school sports don't settle

for ties, and neither should football.

"Just because it was good enough for grandpa in 1948 doesn't mean it's good enough for us in 2007,'' he said.

A bill was introduced in the Senate two years ago to require high schools receiving state aid to settle ties in subregional, regional or state championship games by playing an overtime. But the legislation never reached the floor for a vote.

Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, said he doesn't believe a legislative mandate to the association is either necessary or desirable.

"Personally, I'd rather have my son play for the championship,'' he said. "But I don't think that's a thing the Georgia Senate or House ought to be worrying about. ... We in government have better things to do with our time.''

Hill suggested that rather than dictating to the association, lawmakers should simply suggest that it consider changing the rule.

Swearngin assured committee members that the association will take up the issue.

Search for answers

College receives first major gift

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation has received its first major financial gift, college officials announced this week.

Sports calendar


Sunday-Feb 4: Windward Academy is hosting its Winter High School Camp for grades 8 through 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 to 9:30 p.m. Group 2 for sophomores and juniors meets Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Group 3 for freshmen and eighth graders meets Tuesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Cost of the camp is $350. For more information send e-mails to

Man charged with slicing his dog's throat last year

LAWRENCEVILLE - An East Point man was arrested Thursday morning by Gwinnett County deputies in connection with an alleged incident of animal cruelty last fall.