News for Sunday, June 10, 2007


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Gardeners making best of dry situation

Staff Intern

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's current water restrictions have created an obstacle for area gardeners.

Because the water restrictions limit when gardeners can water their plants, plans for summer gardening have been affected.

Tim Many of Lilburn said he has had to quit gardening for the summer season.

"I just try to maintain what I already have," Many said.

Many also said he has been installing a pond in his garden, but he has had to put that project on hold because of the drought.

"I can't finish the pond because I can't really fill it up right now," Many said.

Neighbors upset by city's plan

GRAYSON - John Wayne helped set up the planning and zoning laws in Grayson more than 30 years ago.

Eating within your radius not so hard with a little help

Viewpoints: Anna Ferguson

"You're doing what?" my mother asked, more confused than shocked.

"I'm doing the 100-Mile Diet," I said.

"Why are you going on a diet?" she asked. This, I found, was a common response. See, the purpose of the 100-Mile Diet is not to trim your waistline, but rather to expand your mind. I tried to explain that to my dear mother, but she only wanted to know what I planned to eat.

"You're going to starve," she said. I found this, too, to be a common response.

For a fleeting moment, I thought those critics were right. The first few days were, admittedly, slightly rough.

After a couple of trips to local farmers markets scattered all around the metro area, I had a lot of green-type things. Mustard greens, collard greens, spinach, lettuce. I had a few add-ins, namely garlic, radishes, onions, green beans and beets. Even with my small bag of grits and popcorn, it was not enough to live on for a week.

And then, after a very, very lucky stop at Whole Foods, I hit a turning point. An ultra friendly employee at the Briarcliff location, who shall henceforth be known as my best friend, helped me locate any and all locally grown foods in the store. This meant trout fresh off a farm in Ellijay, a bottle of wine from a local vineyard, as well as peaches, bok choy, kale, lots of carrots and several other items.

Buford girl benefits from swim team's efforts

When the King family relocated from Nashville, Tenn., to Buford five years ago, it was not an easy transition. They had to give up good jobs and their hometown, and they didn't have any friends in the Atlanta area. But in return, they received better medical care for their 10-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Born with a rare form of cystic fibrosis that targets the liver, Olivia received her first liver transplant in 2000, at the age of 3. Since then, she has undergone countless tests, exams and procedures, and the family uprooted in 2002 in an effort to find better health care.

They were drawn to the area by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, which has three hospitals in the city, as well as the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Cystic Fibrosis Center.

Grand jury to see case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Evidence surrounding an alleged high-class Sugarloaf Country Club prostitution ring will be presented before a grand jury Wednesday, according to the district attorney.

Attorneys involved with the case will present evidence concerning Lisa Ann Taylor and Nicole Probert. The two are accused of running the illegal business out of Taylor's Duluth mansion inside Sugarloaf Country Club.

Taylor, alias Melissa Wolf, and Probert, aka Brigit Fox and Naughty Nikki, were arrested Jan. 3 after an investigation into "The Erotic Review" Web site. Content on the site included performance reviews, discussion boards and price listings for sex.

Both Taylor and Fox are free on bond but face charges of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, prostitution, keeping a place of prostitution and conspiracy to possess cocaine.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said the jury will decide Wednesday if the two women and five men charged with pandering as part of the ring will be indicted.

Porter previously said he was waiting for reports from Gwinnett police before evidence could be presented to a grand jury.

Police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney on Friday said a report has been completed, but he could not provide the Post with the document before press time Friday.

Literary Calendar


A onstage conversation between Terry Kay, author of "To Dance with the White Dog," and Jeff Fields, author of "A Cry of Angels," will take place at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. in Decatur. The free event is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225 or visit


102nd birthday

Monzua Thornton of Lawrenceville will celebrate her 102nd birthday on Wednesday. She was raised in Carrollton and is the oldest of six children. She worked for more than 25 years for the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta.

She now resides at the Courtyard Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lawrenceville.

Staff tries to eat local for a week

We started out with a noble goal: to spend one week eating only foods that had been grown locally. Specifically, we'd be trying to follow the 100-Mile Diet, a concept laid out in the book "Plenty" by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon (Harmony Books, $24). For a year, they ate only foods from within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver, Canada.

Column brings lots of advice

I never know what kind of response I'll get from my columns.

A few years ago, the mainstream media was all abuzz about Sponge Bob's sexual preference. I spoofed them by noting that sponges are asexual, so how can Sponge Bob have a preference if he has no choice? A letter to the editor ran stating I was homophobic and the Post shouldn't waste ink on my column.



John Edgar Williams, age 89, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA. He was born on July 20, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was active in the Euclid Lutheran Church in Euclid, Ohio and was a salesman for Kraft Foods until he retired in 1979. He was married to Florence Hein Williams on August 24, 1940. He was a member of the Al Koran Temple in Cleveland, Ohio and transferred to the Cherokee Shrine Club in Canton, GA. He and Florence had two sons, Douglas (died February 11, 2006 in Willowick, Ohio) and Kenneth. He and Florence moved to Georgia in 1979. They were active in the Lake Arrowhead community for many years and were active members of Waleska Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Florence Williams. In 1991, John married Fay Barrett and they lived several years at Lake Arrowhead and moved to Chambrel of Roswell in 2004. After an extended illness at Gwinnett Medical Center, Mr. Williams spent his final days at Embracing Hospice in Snellville. He is survived by his son, Ken and daughter-in-law, Cindy Williams of Dacula, GA; Grandson, Bradley Williams and his wife, Christy, and great-grandson, Braden of Dacula, Ga.; Granddaughter, Andrea Williams Hendrix and her husband, Ryan of Jefferson, GA. Mr. Williams was an inspiration to all by the way he enjoyed life and lived his life to the fullest. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of John Williams will be held on Tuesday, June 12th at 2:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Rev. Davis Chappell will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or Embracing Hospice Care, 2160 Fountain Dr., Snellville, GA 30078. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770/963-2411



Mignonne Reavis Mather, age 91, of Duluth, and a former resident of Avondale Estates from 1954 until 1998, died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, June 11th at Floral Hills Memory Gardens, 3000 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, with ministers, Joe Glenn and Al Bastain officiating. A native of Summerville, GA, Mrs. Mather was an honor graduate of both Summerville High School and Bessie Tift College. She retired from the U. S. Department of Interior in 1978 following a 20 plus year career and then moved on to a second career as executive secretary to the General Manager of Davison's Department Store in Atlanta. Mrs. Mather was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who loved the Lord. She was a charter member of the Decatur (now Northlake) Church of Christ and was preceded in death by her dear husband, Elton B. Mather in 1973, son Walter Leland Mather in 1945, and six beloved bothers and sisters. Survivors include: sons and daughters-in-law, E. Bruce and Susan Mather, Beacon, NY and Dr. William H. and Karen Mather, Duluth; grandchildren, Jason and Libby Mather of Westlake, OH, Mary Bliss Mather of Seattle, WA, William H. Mather, Jr. and Luke D. Mather of Duluth; great grandchildren, Raquel, Clay and Charlotte Mather, Westlake, OH; sister and brother-in-law, Hazel and J.D. Mankin, Arvada, CO; sisters-in-law, Marion Aye Reavis, Lawrenceville and Louise Reavis, Janesville, WI; and several nieces and nephews. Contributions in her name may be made to the American Heart Association or to your favorite charity. A reception will follow the service at the home of Dr. and Mrs. William H. Mather in Duluth, Georgia. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, June 10th at A. S. Turner & Sons in Decatur.



Beth E. Christensen, age 95 of Lawrenceville, formerly of Pilger, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, June 12 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Interment Thursday, June 14, 2007 Pilger Cemetery, Pilger, Nebraska. Mrs. Christensen attended The Bridge Church-Atlanta, did volunteer work with House by the Side of the Road in Ann Arbor, MI, and made blankets for needy infants in the Atlanta area. She was preceded in death by Husband: Roderick Christensen and 2 Sons: Donald and Edward Christensen. Mrs. Christensen is survived by: Son & Daughter-in-law: Robert James & Cindy Christensen, Lawrenceville; Daughter & Son-in-law: Beverly Ruth & John Philliben, Phoenix, AZ; Sisters-in-law: Celia Van Anda, Torrence, CA, Ellen Christensen, Houston, TX; Grandchildren: Mark & Laura Christensen, Ypsilanti, MI, Laura & Jason Stuckey, Loganville, Ashley, Rachel, Katherine Christensen, all of Lawrenceville; Great Grandchildren: Caleb, Jared, Chase, Savannah Stuckey, all of Loganville; Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends 6-8:30 PM Monday, June 11 and 5-7 PM, Tuesday, June 12 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at



Mrs. Pauline Snider Edington, age 86 of Maysville, Georgia died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.*



Janice Bramwell, age 63 of Snellville, after courageously enduring ovarian cancer for seven years, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Janice was a devoted Christian, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her life and struggles were a strong testimony of God's greatness to many people. Janice is survived by Rick, her loving husband of 38 years, daughters, Kristin and Kimberly, 3 grandchildren, Justin, Dylan and Alexis, her brother, Ed, and sister, Madeliene. Born in College Point, NY in 1944 to Edmond and Helena Kaeding, she attended school in College Point and eventually became a statistical analyst for AT & T in New York City, before marrying Rick in 1970. Rick and Janice moved to Atlanta in 1979 and lived in Lilburn until 1990 when they moved to Snellville, where Janice returned to work as a dental assistant. Janice will be missed by many; remembered as a loving, kind person and rejoiced over by God. A funeral service will be held Monday, June 11, 2007 at 8 pm, at Grace Fellowship Church with Pastor Buddy Hoffman officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 6 pm until service time. Interment will be Tuesday, at 10:30 am at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, 3700 Stone Mountain Highway (Hwy 78 and Hewatt Road). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Foundation), P.O. Box 2808, Buffalo, NY 14240-2808, in memory of Janice Bramwell. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,


Winifred Evelyn Watts Gresham, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2007 at the age of 87 of complications from diabetes and Parkinson's Disease. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Olin Gresham, Sr. and son, Charles (Chuck) Olin Gresham, Jr. Born in Molena, Ga. on October 12, 1919 she married Olin Gresham in 1938. Their marriage withstood the test of time and endured for nearly 68 years until Olin passed away last year at the age of 90. Their union produced seven children. Survivors include Nancy Gresham Wilson of Winder, Susan Gresham Pierson of Lilburn, Sparkle Gresham McFarland of Winder, Jill Gresham Frost of Madison, Ginger Gresham Stancil of Loganville, Melanie Gresham Fain of Loganville, 15 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, sisters Edna Allen of Waynesboro and Annie Page of Newnan. The funeral will be held on Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Elder Harry Bridgman officiating. Burial will follow at the Haynes Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Loganville. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 10, 2007 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. 770-979-5010. Please sign on-line guest registry at



Shirley Mealor, age 85, of Tucker, GA., died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

Down on the farm: M-Braves Wellman back after implosion, suspension

The Mississippi Braves are closing in on the first-half championship in the South Division of the Class AA Southern League, but that seems to have become secondary.

Key to enjoying diet is finding indulgent local foods

Viewpoints: Shelley Mann

My favorite meal during our eat-local experiment wasn't anything fancy.

I roasted a whole chicken stuffed with Vidalia onions and fresh rosemary, pan-fried a few hunks of homemade polenta in butter, and roasted some Georgia-grown baby carrots with local honey, butter and fresh dill. For dessert, we had a fruit salad made with strawberries picked from Washington Farms in Loganville, frozen blueberries from a coworker's grandmother's garden and peaches - the first of the season from Lane Orchards in Fort Valley, 130 miles away.

Baseball Player of the Year: Rider chases lofty goals to record-breaking season

This is the thing about goals: You might as well set them as high as possible, because even if you don't quite reach them you can still put up some monster numbers.

Anti-Potter parent should target 'Pirates'

Viewpoints: Rob Jenkins

Apparently I'm not the only admirer of Loganville homemaker Laura Mallory, the tenacious "Ban Harry Potter" crusader whom one commentator likened to a pit bull. When Mike Vick heard that, he immediately bet $30,000 on her.

Book club to read Kingsolver's 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle'

If you asked most Americans where their food comes from, they'd probably answer "the grocery store." Ultimately, that is the correct answer, but most items travel a long way - more than 1,500 miles - to get there.

Pitcher of the Year: Brookwood's Coor one of best in county history

There is something refreshing about the way Elliott Coor pitches.

Birth Announcements

April 25

Madison Patience Thompson was born April 25, 2007, to Michelle Elizabeth Erwin and Nathan Anthony Thompson of Lilburn. She weighed 7 lbs., 3 ozs. and was 20 inches long.

Miltary News

Air Force Airman David. A. Harden has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Phyliss Harden of Lilburn. Harden is a 1997 graduate of Meadowcreek High School.

He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he received a bachelor's degree.

Diners line up for city's famous pancakes, biscuits

Staff Contributor

With the launch of the first Grand Ole Opry broadcast in 1925, country music became an institution in Nashville, launching the musical careers for hundreds of country stars. However, country music and the Grand Ole Opry aren't the only cornerstones in Nashville.

It turns out the Music City carries an appetite for great food with the same passion and reverence as its music. From airy pancakes with maple syrup to addictive biscuits served with blackberry jam to sinful meat-and-threes, Nashville has an impressive list of historic and highly respected restaurants, some almost as old as country music itself.

Ditch the diet, indulge in chocolate for a good cause

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

Go ahead, indulge. After all, it's for a good cause. That's the philosophy behind next week's Chocolate! fundraiser for the Atlanta chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cuba trip highlights trade opportunities for Georgia

For decades, when most American politicians looked at Cuba, they saw red. As in potential staging ground for the Soviet Red Army and philosophical compadre of Red China.


Engagement Announcements

DeWinkle - McCall

Gary and Carol DeWinkle of Kennewick, Wash., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Michelle DeWinkle of Lawrenceville, to James J. McCall Jr. of Kennesaw, son of Jim and Kerry McCall of Miami.

Reading about food in 'Plenty' increases appetite for eating local

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

During the week I tried to eat only locally grown and produced foods for a story the paper's lifestyle staff was working on, I didn't do a lot of reading. Instead, I spent a lot of my leisure time shopping for food and preparing my meals. At times, I was even using all four burners of my stovetop at once, which doesn't happen too often.

Welcome to the neighborhood

Gwinnett Gab

Golf tournament

to be held Monday

DACULA - The sixth-annual Jack Dwyer Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Monday at the Trophy Club Apalachee in Dacula, 1008 Dacula Road.

Though all tournament slots have been filled, plenty of opportunities to participate remain through the event's silent auction and Remembrance Pledge Program. As in years past, proceeds from the event will benefit the Georgia Cancer Foundation.

Where we shopped

Bay Creek Acres

3850 Loganville Highway, Loganville


What's Available: Free-range eggs, pastured white cornish chickens, pastured heritage turkeys, free-range muscovy ducks, goats, handmade soaps.

Rock climbers aim for chance at national title

SUWANEE - Some of the best young rock climbers in the Southeast gathered in Suwanee on Saturday with hopes of earning a spot in the USA Climbing National Championships in July.

Warnings, but no citations, sent for water violations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Joyce White sometimes sees her neighbor outside washing his truck.

She's never called to report his transgression in this time of even-odd watering schedules, but on May 6, someone did.

Rapid growth in state makes parks pressing need

ATLANTA - In one way, the latest five-year parks plan state officials are working on this spring and summer is a routine bureaucratic chore.

Loganville couple raises most of their food

As Gwinnett continues to grow, it's hard to remember that the county's past is rooted in agriculture. For Patti and Rich Emkey, however, farming is very much part of the present.

Silverbacks' losing streak ends in 0-0 tie

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Silverbacks ended their three-game losing streak Saturday with a scoreless draw against the Seattle Sounders.

Homegrown Recipes

Rosemary Roast


1 whole chicken, rinsed

salt and pepper to taste

1 Vidalia onion, quartered

3 cloves garlic

1⁄4 cup chopped fresh rosemary

Preheat oven to 375 F. Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Stuff the chicken with the onion, garlic and rosemary. Place chicken in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish or roasting dish.

Roast for 20 minutes per pound, plus 20 extra minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

Golfing Gwinnett: A round for the ages

When you play golf four days a week, "one of those days" is bound to come.

Isakson, Chambliss send Vidalia onions to U.S. SenatePOLITICAL NOTEBOOK

U.S. senators from across the nation could enjoy the sweet taste of Vidalia onions, thanks to gifts this week from Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.

Commissioners to consider Statham sewer agreement

WINDER - The Statham area might be next in line for sewer.

A week of craving sugar and eating honey

Viewpoints: Rachael Mason

On day one, I knew that eating local wasn't going to be as easy as I had expected. When I took my dog outside, my entire neighborhood smelled like sugary carnival food. All I could imagine was cotton candy and funnel cakes.

But sugar was one of the many things I didn't have, though I expected to easily replace it with honey. To start the week, I also had a spicy honey mustard, cornmeal, popcorn, baby carrots, onions, basil, a gallon of 2 percent milk and grits. I felt prepared.

Living with limits

Dacula to put heart back in downtown area

Every city has a heart, and that heart is its downtown. But sometimes the way a city grows alters that lifeline, which is the case in Dacula, where the historic downtown near the high school is not a central meeting place.

Farm Fresh

Blankenship bests own school record at track nationals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Wesleyan graduate Lauren Blankenship set a new Samford record and earned All-American honors by finishing ninth in the 5,000-meter run Friday night at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Wedding Announcements

Sifford - Hall

Amanda Kay Sifford and Bradley Richard Hall were married March 10 in Charleston, S.C. The Rev. David Golden officiated the ceremony.

Judge goes by old adage: No one is above the law

Years ago, when campaigns were drowning in political rhetoric on the crime issue, I got The Washington Post to reassign me temporarily to the District of Columbia courthouse so I could learn from front-line law enforcement people what worked - and what didn't - to keep the streets safe.

Meetings to be held this week for park suggestions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Want more soccer fields? Equestrian trails? Trees?

NBA stars to appear at Williams' hoops camp

The inaugural Louis Williams Basketball Camp is set to begin Monday, and it appears the former South Gwinnett superstar won't be the only current NBA player instructing the campers.

Beth Christensen

Beth E. Christensen, age 95 of Lawrenceville, formerly of Pilger, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, June 12 in the ...

Mignonne Mather

Mignonne Reavis Mather, age 91, of Duluth, and a former resident of Avondale Estates from 1954 until 1998, died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 ...

John Williams

John Edgar Williams, age 89, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA. He was born on July 20, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was active ...

Janice Bramwell

Janice Bramwell, age 63 of Snellville, after courageously enduring ovarian cancer for seven years, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 9, 2007. Janice was a devoted Christian ...

Shirley Mealor

Shirley Mealor, age 85, of Tucker, GA., died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Pauline Edington

Mrs. Pauline Snider Edington, age 86 of Maysville, Georgia died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Winifred Gresham

Winifred Evelyn Watts Gresham, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2007 at the age of 87 of complications from diabetes and Parkinson's Disease. She was preceded in death by her ...