News for Friday, June 15, 2007

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Fathers vital in raising children properly

A week before Father's Day, cartoonist Berkeley Breathed did a very cartoonist thing and caused a controversy to be stirred over a comic strip that seemed to slight fathers while celebrating lesbian moms.

Central's Stovall signs with Central Florida

Jasmine Stovall has never visited Orlando, much less the University of Central Florida.

Police, Fire Briefs

Fire Department: Blaze was started by kids playing with lighter in closet

•SNELLVILLE - Children playing with a lighter inside a closet caused an apartment fire Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Craig Stanley said the lighter caught some clothing inside the closet on fire, but the blaze was contained to the closet.

Stanley said one adult and four children under the age of 11 were displaced from the apartment located at 3127 Destin Circle. The American Red Cross was helping the family find a place to stay while a permanent housing arrangement were made.

No one was injured, and no other units at the complex was damaged, Stanley said.

Getting to Know ... Bill Ballard

Bill Ballard, 39, is set to begin his first year as head coach of the Peachtree Ridge football team. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," the former Tucker head coach talks with staff writer Corey Clark on a variety of topics, ranging from the pressure that comes with taking over a state title winner to former Tucker star Thomas Brown to the very memorable birth of his middle child, Lucy.

OBITUARIES

WINDER

ATHENS

KULIG, SUSAN

Susan Anne Kulig, age 51, of Athens, GA, passed away June 12, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

BUFORD

HAYES, LISA

Lisa Langford Hayes, age 35 of Buford, Georgia, died suddenly Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

DACULA

HUTTON, GORDON

Gordon L. "Gordie" Hutton, Sr., age 53 of Dacula, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

MACLEOD, FERGUS

Fergus MacLeod, age 40 of Dacula, died Monday, June 11, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

DECATUR

HILL, HULAN

Hulan Merrell Hill, Sr. age 86, of Decatur, GA, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

FLOWERY BRANCH

LYLE, SHIRLEY

Shirley Covington Lyle, 67, of Flowery Branch, GA, formerly of Norcross, GA, died June 13, 2007. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 16th, 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. Mrs. Lyle retired from Bank of America where she worked as a Bank Teller. She was a member of Norcross First Baptist Church and of the Norcross Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her husband, Morris Lyle of Flowery Branch, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Randall M. and Margaret Lyle of Sugar Hill, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Rachael L. and Gus Bowen of Buford, GA; grandchildren, Shelby Lyle, Allison Lyle and Hannah Bowen. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make contributions to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite #1400, NY, NY 10122. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com . Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, (770)448-5757.

JEFFERSON

STOWE, NORA

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Nora Naomi Stowe, age 64, of Flowery Branch, GA, who passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Services by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

YATES, ROBERT

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. Robert Emmett Yates, age 75, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2007 following an extended illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LOGANVILLE

MITCHELL, LAURA

Laura Mitchell, age 98, of Loganville, formerly of Huntsville, Alabama, died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

MONROE

COOPER, FRANCES

Frances Louise Cooper, age 96 of Monroe, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

SNELLVILLE

WILSON, MILDRED

Mildred Catherine Wilson, age 85 of Snellville, died June 14, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron "Mikey" Wilson and is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Travis and Charlotte Wilson of Lilburn, Dale and Loretta Wilson of Grayson; grandchildren, Tammy and Tony Morgan of Acworth, Christa and Barry Mock of Winder, Adam and Jennifer Wilson of Loganville; great grandchildren, Blake Morgan, Chase Morgan, Wilson Mock, Katie Beth Mock and Max Wilson. Mrs. Wilson was a longtime member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Stone Mountain and was a present member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Snellville. She retired from DeKalb County School System/Food Services after many years of service. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 16 at 11am at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Pastor Jeff Gongwer officiating. Interment will be held at Redan Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 30039, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

SUWANEE

PAYNE, EUGENE

Eugene Payne, age 36, of Suwanee, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, GA 30515, 770-945-9345.*

WINDER

HALL, ZEFFIE

Mrs. Zeffie Octava Hall, age 68, of Winder, Georgia, died June 13, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*

WHEELER, INEZ

Inez Wheeler, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away June 12, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Corps of Engineers official wants to raise lake level

DAWSONVILLE - The division head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the group that manages Lake Lanier, said Thursday that raising the lake's full pool level by two feet might be a good short-term solution to a larger problem.

Business briefs

Ford: 27,000 hourly workers have left under buyout offers

•DEARBORN, Mich. - About 27,000 U.S. hourly workers have left Ford Motor Co. under buyout or early retirement offers, the automaker said Thursday.

Sports briefs

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Mill Creek's Gay signs with Washington University

•Spencer Gay, a 2007 Mill Creek grad, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Wasington University in St. Louis. He is the son of Rick and Melinda Gay.

Kelly Clarkson cancels arena show

DULUTH - Pop star Kelly Clarkson, the very first "American Idol," has canceled her scheduled Aug. 28 show at the Gwinnett Arena, along with the rest of her summer tour.

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 14 -16: The Greater Gwinnett Baseball League will take on the Lanier Baseball League in the Chattahoochee River Brawl Tournament at Bunten Road Park and Mountain Park. Age groups include 9-and-under through 14-and-under and inlcude at least three games. For more information, call 678-957-0885 ext. 221.

Steinmann juggles soccer, Holy Innocents' jobs

When her telephone rings at 4 a.m., Sarah Steinmann isn't thrilled. Who would be?

HOT lanes won't have toll boothsMore details emerge on Interstate 85 project

DULUTH - New details about life in the fast lane emerged this week.

Loganville honors three school resource officers

LOGANVILLE - Police chief Mike McHugh and mayor Tim Barron recognized Loganville's three school resource officers Thursday night by presenting them and their department with plaques. May ended the first school year in which SROs were present in Loganville city schools.

PeachCare to reopen enrollment

ATLANTA - The state will lift a freeze on health coverage for children of the working poor next month, Georgia's chief health official announced Thursday.

Rising sixth-graders give middle school test run

DULUTH - The transition from elementary to middle school can often be a scary time for young students, but a local school is aiming to make the change a little smoother for its upcoming sixth-graders.

Lake Lanier birthday celebrations begin today

LAWRENCEVILLE

The 50th anniversary celebration of Lake Lanier begins this weekend.

I don't care what this headline says

In the words of Axel Foley, I'm on vacation.

South's Howard picks Florida St.

When the University of Florida fired women's basketball coach Carolyn Peck near the end of the 2006-07 season, Antionette Howard figured she should start looking for a new place to play college basketball.

Health board asks lawmakers to revisit CON law

ATLANTA - The state board with jurisdiction over health policy voted Thursday to ask the General Assembly to exempt general surgeons from the Georgia law regulating where medical facilities can be built.

Nora Stowe

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Nora Naomi Stowe, age 64, of Flowery Branch, GA, who passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Services by Evans ...

Eugene Payne

Eugene Payne, age 36, of Suwanee, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Arrangements will be announced by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, GA 30515 ...

Robert Yates

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. Robert Emmett Yates, age 75, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2007 following an extended illness ...

Mildred Wilson

Mildred Catherine Wilson, age 85 of Snellville, died June 14, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron “Mikey” Wilson and is survived by her sons ...

Shirley Lyle

Shirley Covington Lyle, 67, of Flowery Branch, GA, formerly of Norcross, GA, died June 13, 2007. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 16th, at Crowell ...

Hulan Hill

Hulan Merrell Hill, Sr. age 86, of Decatur, GA, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville ...

Laura Mitchell

Laura Mitchell, age 98, of Loganville, formerly of Huntsville, Alabama, died Saturday, June 9, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

Gordon Hutton

Gordon L. “Gordie” Hutton, Sr., age 53 of Dacula, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please ...

Zeffie Hall

Mrs. Zeffie Octava Hall, age 68, of Winder, Georgia, died June 13, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Fergus Macleod

Fergus MacLeod, age 40 of Dacula, died Monday, June 11, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

Inez Wheeler

Inez Wheeler, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away June 12, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Lisa Hayes

Lisa Langford Hayes, age 35 of Buford, Georgia, died suddenly Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Frances Cooper

Frances Louise Cooper, age 96 of Monroe, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

Susan Kulig

Susan Anne Kulig, age 51, of Athens, GA, passed away June 12, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...