News for Saturday, January 6, 2007


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Brenda Michelle Royster

Mrs. Brenda Michelle Royster, age 41 of Lula, GA died January 5, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, Winder, 770-867-4553.

Mary J. Shelnutt

Mary J. Shelnutt, age 78 of Lawrenceville, died January 6, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Don Faust

Mr. Don Faust, age 50, of Auburn, GA passed away Friday, January 5, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Shaffer Faust and Esther Marie Faust. He ...

Melvil Beard

Mr. Melvil Beard, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2007. Mr. Beard was born in Hall County, GA on September 4, 1924. He was a ...

Chris Vibandor

Mr. Chris Vibandor age 91, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Second deputy added to staff of administrator

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jock Connell is getting more help in running Gwinnett County government, which some equate to a $1.5 billion business.

'We were very lucky'

No. 1 Eagles erase 22-point halftime deficit to down Mill Creek

HOSCHTON - It was a celebration like no other for the Collins Hill girls.

Prep Roundup: Norcross boys stay unbeaten with win in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, KY. - Star senior Gani Lawal had 27 points and 10 rebounds to help Norcross defeat Bryan Station (Ky.) 76-62 in the Nissan on Nicholasville Shootout in Lexington, Ky. on Friday.

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 19 points and had 11 rebounds while Jordan DeMercy had 12 points and seven rebounds. With the win, Norcross is now 11-2 on the season.

No tears for Saddam, but I still can't watch

I couldn't watch it. I planned to. I bragged that I would. I looked forward to it for months, but in the end - when it came right down to it - I couldn't watch it.

I tried several times. I Googled it and found it and uploaded it to my computer. I waited for it to buffer - whatever the heck buffering is - and then I tried to watch it, but every time I got close to the moment of truth, I bailed out and clicked on the little box in the upper right-hand corner.

I just couldn't watch it.

I am speaking now, of course, of the execution of Saddam Hussein. You heard about Saddam's execution, didn't you? It made all the papers.

And make no mistake about it. I think Saddam's execution was long overdue and the appropriate punishment. They didn't call him the Butcher of Baghdad for nothing, you know.

He was a cruel and evil man. He killed and tortured hundreds of thousands of people just because he could. By all accounts he stole and raped and pillaged and plundered and created all kind of mayhem. And it took nearly 30 years for someone to actually do something about his malevolence.

He was a bully, but not of the schoolyard variety. He was the kind of bully that had the power and the wherewithal to commit crimes against all of humanity. He was an ogre.

Perdue should come clean about land deal

Sometimes our elected public officials forget who's in charge. That would be you and me. After all, we put them in their jobs. They also forget the media's role in the political process.

Police reports


Subway restaurant robbed

DULUTH - A Subway restaurant employee told police an unknown man robbed the store Wednesday night.

According to a police report, a black man armed with a gun entered the store and demanded the employee give him money from the register.

The woman working told police the man jumped over the checkout counter and demanded the surveillance video and a key to the store's safe. The man fled the store with $600 to $700 after the woman told him she did not have access to a safe or the surveillance tapes.

Man demands money, wallet

DULUTH - A 23-year-old man told police Wednesday he was targeted by a would-be thief while walking outside the Duluth Prescott Apartments.

Comeback kids

Dacula boys, girls win in similar games

DACULA - In a pair of games that were eerily similar, both Dacula's boys and girls teams picked up subregion wins over Loganville Friday night in Region 8-AAAA action.

School system launches leader academy

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has launched an academy designed to give current assistant principals the knowledge they would need as principals.

Stocks fall on interest rate concerns after jobs report

NEW YORK - Wall Street and the Treasury market ended the first week of 2007 with sharp losses Friday after a surprising surge in new jobs and wages diminished investors' hopes for an interest rate cut.

Mother charged with killing children

WINDER - The mother of two children who were found dead of stab wounds Wednesday is now being sought on multiple charges, including felony murder.

Authorities are searching for Felicia Hill, 26, also known as Felicia Belle Williams, on two counts of felony murder, two counts of murder, two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, two counts of aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act and two counts of possessing a knife during the commission of a crime, according to Barrow County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Murray Kogod.

Hiring, paychecks up strongly in December

WASHINGTON - Ending 2006 on a positive note, employers boosted hiring and fattened workers' paychecks in December, capping a year in which the country's unemployment rate averaged a six-year low of 4.6 percent.

gwinnett grads: Auburn's Clark takes aim at pro career

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville introduced Matt Clark at the team's senior ceremony as "the No. 1 kickoff specialist in the





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 Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,*




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 are: Daughter: Judy H. Baker, Buford, GA; Son: Jerry A. Holbrook, Buford, GA; Grandchildren: Jason M. and Amy Weaver, Megan Weaver and John Scatterday, Ashley Weaver; Step Grandchildren: Niquita Baker, Deta Baker; Sisters-in-Law: Elieen Purdy, Clarkesville, GA, Lorene Wallace, Buford, GA; Brothers-in-Law and Sisters-in-Law: Bud and Dorothy Holbrook, Clarkesville, GA, Junior and Marion Holbrook, Clarkesville, GA; Two Great Granddaughters: Elizabeth Weaver and McKenzie Baker; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Holbrook was born on October 10, 1921 in Habersham County, GA. She was retired from the Buford City School System, Cafeteria Department. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Buford, and was active in the Abundant Life Fellowship, the Silvertone Choir and the Daisy Shadburn-Bykota Sunday School Class. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Buford with Rev. Charles Gilliland officiating. Interment in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133,



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.*



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.*



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.*



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 Minneapolis, MN, Scott Daniel Rhodes of Norcross, GA; mother: Virginia Ennest of Minneapolis, MN; sisters: Barbara Jean Fici of Minneapolis, MN, Bonita Dannecker of Sarasota, FL, Dianne Huguet & husband, Terry of Minneapolis, MN; 4 grandchildren: Pamela Christine Ennest, Jacklyn Michelle Ennest, Victoria Elizabeth Ennest, David Carter Ennest, Jr. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at Harmony Grove United Methodist Church with remains placed in state at 3:00p.m. Dr. Richard C. Long and Rev. Michelle Rawdin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's memory can be made to Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, 50 Harmony Grove Rd., Lilburn, GA 30047. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00p.m. til 4:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.



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 a veteran of the U.S.M.C. and a graduate of Coral Gables High School. He is survived by his Father Ralph L. Trites, Mesa, AZ and his Mother Pamela Bezenah of Fort Lauderdale, FL. There will be no viewing at the request of the family. Those desiring may make donations to your local Humane Society in memory of Mike Trites. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770/963-2411.



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




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.*

sports calendar


Jan. 7-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

McLane starts, finishes strong

SNELLVILLE - Brookwood's Courtney McLane scored six of the first eight points to start Friday's game against Central Gwinnett. The junior didn't score again until the final 84 seconds when she scored six of the last eight points.

Attorney says his client is no prostitute

LAWRENCEVILLE - An attorney representing one of the women arrested this week on prostitution and racketeering charges says his client is a loving mother, professional broker and developer and an all around wonderful person.

Clean and Beautiful honors community pride

DULUTH - Jim Kraus helps pick up litter and paint over graffiti, but the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful board member said he was still surprised to be named the organization's volunteer of the year.

Letters to the Editor

Let coaches, not lawmakers, decide what's best for teams

One thing that was said in Dave Williams' article ("Lawmakers to GHSA: No ties for titles," Jan. 5, Sports) is not true: "But Sen. John Douglas, R-Covington, said other high school sports don't settle for ties, and neither should football." Soccer remains tied at the end of overtime in state title games.

Gladiators topJohnstown 4-3 in shootout

DULUTH - Brad Schell forced overtime by scoring on his first cousin, Johnstown goalie Morgan Cey, and Matt York potted the game-winner in a sudden-death shootout as Gwinnett defeated the Chiefs 4-3 on Friday.