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Norcross' Martin gets county coaching honor

Norcross basketball coach Eddie Martin was named Coach of the Year by the Gwinnett County Tip-Off Club.

150 hear author speak at women's luncheon

WINDER - Book author and syndicated columnist Ronda Rich brought her Southern humor to about 150 professionals at Monday's Women in Business Luncheon.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

DEAN, LARRY

Larry Craig Dean, 81, of Atlanta, GA, died Saturday, March 10, 2007. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

AUBURN

MCGAHA, JACOB

Jacob Thomas "Jake" McGaha, age 16, of Auburn, Georgia, died March 10, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*

CARROLLTON

JONES, BETTY

Betty Collins Jones, age 77, born July 14, 1929, was welcomed into her place in Heaven on Saturday, March 10, 2007. She died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Carrollton, Georgia. Betty was the Founder of the "Friends of New Hope Boys' Home" in Carrollton, and was anxiously awaiting its Grand Opening on April 13, 2007 where she will have a dedicated game room in her honor. As an officer for the Boys Home, she spent countless hours on support and fundraising. She was a cherished member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton for 22 years; Former Director of friends of the Library; and a former member of the Carrollton Civic Woman's Club. Betty also worked as a sales consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and was a former model and showroom representative for the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. She founded The Dixie Belles at North Fulton High School in 1948, a social club for teenage girls. In 1956 she was awarded the pageant title of Mrs. Georgia . While living in Valdosta, she worked with the Georgia Sheriff's Boys Ranch and was instrumental in establishing the Christian Woman's Club. She also is a published author of several books and short stories, including Clouds Across the Moon (1991), and Carol , a murder mystery. Betty is survived by her loyal and loving husband of 43 years, CV (Red) Jones, her brother, E. Turner and Marion Collins of St. Simons, and her five children: Camilla and Kaye Ellenburg of Marietta, Dean and Patti Reeves of Suwanee, Russell and Sheila Reeves of Suwanee, Clif Jones of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Karyn and Dennis Lynch of Columbia, SC. Betty also had 14 grandchildren and was expecting her 10th great-grandchild this spring. Funeral Services will be conducted on Tuesday morning at 11 am in the worship center of Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Dr. Jimmy Gentry officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Hope Boys Home of Carrollton would be greatly appreciated. Betty will be truly missed by those fortunate enough to have known her. "Blessed are those who die in the Lord. They are blessed indeed, for they will rest from all their toils and trials; for their good deeds follow them". (Revelation 14:13). Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com . Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

JEFFERSON

PARKS, PAUL

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Paul "Sammy" Parks, age 57, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

WAGES, LOYCE

Loyce Maryann Moon Wages of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 57 years, Clyde Henry Wages. She is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Raymond and Shirley Tallent, Lawrenceville, Georgia; her beloved granddaughter and her husband, Carmen and Jeff White, Lawrenceville, Georgia; and her beloved grandson, Carl Tallent of Queens, New York; cherished great-grandchildren, Michael White, Sara White and Nathaniel White; Sister, Florence Davis, Monroe, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law, George and Hazel Moon, Monroe, Georgia; sisters-in-law, Louise Wiley, Sue Moon and Sarah Wages, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Sadie Moon, Jerri Moon, Snellville, Georgia, Jean Moon, Molena, Georgia; brother-in-law, Roy Walker, Lawrenceville, Georgia; and a host of nieces and nephews. A life-long resident of Gwinnett County, she was a very involved and devoted member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. She was named "Woman of the Year" in 2005, served on many committees and organized many events for the church she loved so dearly. Known as the "Stanley Lady", she was a top sales person for Stanley Home Products for over 50 years. Loyce had an amazing love and zest for life, always saying that she was "wonderful". She had always said that she "had lived a good life". She was devoted to her Lord, her family and her many friends. She enjoyed every minute of her life and lived it to the fullest. All who have been blessed to know her will dearly miss her. She will live on forever in our hearts and memories and we look forward to seeing her again at the gates of Heaven. Those desiring may make donations to the Bethesda United Methodist Church in memory of Loyce Wages. Funeral services will be held Wednesday March 14, 2007 at 3:30 P.M. at Bethesda United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Cavaniss & Rev. Floyd Tenney officiating. Interment to follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

LILBURN

PIERCE, LONNIE

Lonnie Pierce, age 85 of Lilburn, died March 10, 2007. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Mrs. Susan Rumble officiating. Interment Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville. Mr. Pierce, a native of Atlanta, was a retired supervisor of St. Regis Paper Company and an active member of Lilburn First Baptist Church. He is survived by, wife, Effie Pierce of Lilburn; daughter, Nancy Pierce of Grayson; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Diane Pierce; sisters, Lily West of College Park and Jewel Strickland of Dallas; grandchildren, Jenny and Brandon Wilson, Jessi Pierce and Jonathan Pierce; several nieces and nephews. Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

WILLIAMS, JOHN

John Berry "J.B." Williams, age 96 of Lilburn, GA died March 12, 2007. Mr. Williams a lifelong resident of Gwinnett County and long-time member of Snellville First Baptist Church was preceded in death by his wife, Joe Wesley Williams, son, John Donald Williams, daughter-in-law, Shirley Williams, and granddaughter, Jeanine Allen. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Marlon Williams of Lilburn; grandchildren, Angie and Guy Seymour of Washington, GA, and their children, Mark and Idaliz Seymour, Mitch Seymour, Kaitlin and Patrick McCarty; Teresa and Brian Aultman of Lilburn, and their children, Olivia Aultman and Audrey Aultman; Rev. Chuck Allen of Duluth, and his children, Amy Allen, and Amelia Allen; great grandchildren, Carlie and Mark, Jr.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 14 at 2pm at Snellville First Baptist Church with Rev. Chuck Allen and Minister Seth Wortman officiating. The remains will be placed in state at 1:30 and the interment will follow at Snellville Historical Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 until 4 and 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Those desiring may make donations to the Snellville First Baptist Church, Children's Building Fund, Post Office Box 647, Snellville, GA 30078, in memory of J.B. Williams. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

LOGANVILLE

JOHNSON, NANCY

Mrs. Nancy Price Johnson, age 65, of Loganville, GA, passed away Saturday, March 10, 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.*

OWEN, MARGARET

Margaret Elizabeth Owen, age 81, of Loganville, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

SHIWMANGAL,

BASANTIE

Basantie Shiwmangal, age 74 of Loganville, died Monday, March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

TAHIR, MALIK

Malik Tahir, age 59, of Loganville, died Thursday, March 8, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

WINDER

WOOD, NELLIE

Nellie Ann Wood, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away March 10, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Libraries considering privacy screens for computer searches

LAWRENCEVILLE - An Internet search in the public library won't be as much of a public affair, under a new policy approved by the library board Monday.

You can't dream if you don't play

Did you play?

'My friend could die'

Businesses evacuated after construction crews strike gas lines

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two gas mains began leaking after construction crews struck the mains while digging Monday.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said a crew struck a four-inch gas main at 11:38 a.m. while digging at an empty lot between the Ethan Allen furniture store and Ted's Montana Grill at the Avenue Webb Gin.

Rutledge said the furniture store and restaurant were the only two businesses evacuated. He said Ted's is still under construction.

Rutledge said about 20 people total from both the furniture store and a contracting crew from the restaurant were evacuated.

Students learn hard lessons watching staged accident

DULUTH - As one Duluth High School student was pulled from a wrecked car Monday and placed in a body bag, another was lifted into an Emory helicopter. Meanwhile, another student was handcuffed and escorted into the back of a police cruiser after failing a field sobriety test.

Norcross football player may face charges in crash death

NORCROSS - A Norcross High School football player could face charges in a Friday night crash that sent four people to area hospitals, where a 40-year-old woman later died, police said.

Sports calendar

Baseball

March 24: The Auburn Dixie Youth baseball and softball teams will host their opening day March 24. Activities provided by Braves Around Town. Activities are only for Auburn Dixie Youth players and their siblings only. For more information call 678-887-5702, e-mail auburndixieyouth@yahoo.com or online at www.eteamz.com/auburndixieyouth.

Gladiator Notes: Line changes power Gladiators

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Every line scored in the Gwinnett Gladiators' 7-4 victory over Charlotte on Sunday. It was further proof that the trade and subsequent restructuring of the front lines was just the ticket as the run for the playoffs heats up.

Prep roundup: Roach tosses perfect game for Norcross

NORCROSS - Tyler Roach (2-0) pitched a perfect game and struck out four to help Norcross defeat Pope 15-0 on Monday.

Supreme Court hears voter ID case

ATLANTA - Former Gov. Roy Barnes on Monday tied a state law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls to Georgia's "checkered'' past of erecting barriers to keep black people from voting.

"Georgia has a long history ... of being a state where we only want a certain number of people, a certain color of people, to vote,'' Barnes, the lawyer for a woman who is challenging the law, told the state Supreme Court during oral arguments in the case.

"We have a long history of marching to universal suffrage, and the question is whether this court will take the first step backwards.''

The high court was hearing an appeal filed by the state after a Superior Court judge ruled last September that the law violates Georgia's Constitution.

The law has had a bumpy ride since the Republican-controlled General Assembly first enacted it two years ago.

It was thrown out first by a federal judge, who ruled that the state had made getting photo IDs too burdensome for voters who don't already have driver's licenses.

Responding to that 2005 decision, the legislature changed the law last year, making photo IDs free and available at elections offices in all 159 counties.

But that failed to placate Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. He ruled last fall that under the state Constitution, the General Assembly can only deny the right to vote to people who don't meet the age, residency or citizenship requirements, who are convicted felons or who have been judged mentally incompetent.

During Monday's hearing, Special Assistant Attorney General Mark Cohen argued that state law does give lawmakers the right to set the "time, place and manner'' of elections.

"The legislature is permitted wide latitude to determine the qualifications of electors when they come to vote,'' he said.

But Cohen went beyond the legal aspects of the state's challenge to the lower-court ruling to argue that the photo ID also was a reasonable step by the General Assembly to prevent voter fraud.

Under current law, voters only have to show one of 17 forms of identification at the polls to be allowed to vote. Lacking any of those, voters simply can swear that they are who they say they are.

"There's no ability to go beyond that at the polling place,'' Cohen said. "The only way to (detect voter fraud) is ... to catch them at it. ... That's a rationale for a voter ID law.''

Cohen also denied that the law was intended to disenfranchise voters. He said any registered voter who doesn't have a photo ID can vote by absentee ballot, vote a provisional ballot on Election Day and return within 48 hours with proof of identification, or obtain a free state-issued ID.

Barnes, a Democrat, had both legal and moral arguments against the GOP-backed photo ID law.

First, he told the justices that only a photo ID requirement - not limiting elections to certain times of the day or locations - restricts a person's right to vote. Thus, he said, it is a "qualification'' to vote and, thus, not in the legislature's power to regulate.

Then, Barnes gave the court a history lesson, comparing the photo ID law to onerous voting requirements the General Assembly set early in the last century, including the poll tax and a literacy test.

Barnes also argued that targeting voter fraud at the polls is unnecessary when the vast majority of fraud that has been reported in Georgia has been connected to absentee voting.

"Is it reasonable to go through this ... when there's no proof it's a necessity?'' he asked.

After the arguments concluded, Barnes defended his emotional presentation to the justices.

"Anytime you infringe on a basic right ... I'm upset,'' he told reporters outside the Supreme Court chambers.

Republican Secretary of State Karen Handel readily conceded that the former governor's arguments were the more dramatic.

"We need to deal with the facts,'' she said. "Our attorney presented a strong case based on facts.''

The federal case also is still pending but has been put on hold until the state court issues its ruling, which could take several months.

Police/fire reports

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Two more tractor-trailers

stolen from Braselton stop

•BRASELTON - Two tractor-trailers were reportedly stolen from the Pilot Travel Center at 5888 Ga. Highway 53 last week. They were the second and third tractor-trailers reported stolen in Braselton in one week.

On March 6 a driver told Braselton police he left his blue Freightliner and its flatbed near the fuel island at the Pilot gas station. After being inside 10 or 15 minutes, he returned to find the tractor trailer gone, he told police.

Vigilante makes tough choice to stay in Gwinnett

DULUTH - Bridgeport of the American Hockey League came calling and Mike Vigilante made the difficult decision to pass on a call-up.

Loganville homes burn; arson blamed

LOGANVILLE - Investigators believe arson is the cause of a fire that destroyed four homes and damaged six more in a Loganville retirement community Sunday.

Hemingway named Duluth boys basketball head coach

Jonathan Hemingway was named Duluth's head boys basketball coach after Shane Strickland resigned on Monday.

Blue Devils sweep Tip-Off Club awards

To the victors go the spoils.

Conservative Christian voters are growing up

Conservative Evangelical Christian voters have come a long way in a short time. From their nearly unanimous condemnation of Bill Clinton for his extramarital affairs, a growing number of these ''pro-family'' voters appear ready to accept several Republican presidential candidates who do not share their ideal of marriage and faith.

Police apprehend two bank robbery suspects

SNELLVILLE - Police believe they have caught two Decatur residents believed to have robbed the RBC Centura Bank in Suwanee on Monday.

Suwanee Police Department spokesman Capt. Clyde Byers said Michael Muse, 29, and 22-year-old Tracey Nicole Williams were arrested near Pleasantdale Road in DeKalb County.

Lilburn outlaws karaoke, pool in restaurants

LILBURN - An overflow crowd of more than 100 patrons from the Sports Fan bar showed up at the Lilburn City Council meeting to express their opposition to an ordinance which prohibits 17 liquor-serving establishments from letting their patrons participate in karaoke, pool, darts, poker and trivia contests.

Stocks close higher as investors look past subprime lender woes

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street's recovery from last month's plunge gained momentum Monday, with stocks rising as investors looked past widening cracks in the subprime lending sector and bought in response to another parade of acquisition deals.

Norcross makes record drug seizure

NORCROSS - On a quiet street in Norcross, the city's Special Weapons and Tactics team recently raided a rental house, confiscating a city record of about 930 pounds of marijuana with a street value of nearly a quarter million dollars.

Teen: Group of students attacked me

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Collins Hill football player is recovering at home after he was attacked Saturday outside of a house near Tab Roberts Road by several teens he was later told are Peachtree Ridge students.

Lonnie Pierce

Lonnie Pierce, age 85 of Lilburn, died March 10, 2007. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with ...

Nellie Wood

Nellie Ann Wood, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away March 10, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Basantie Shiwmangal

Basantie Shiwmangal, age 74 of Loganville, died Monday, March 12, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Loyce Wages

Loyce Maryann Moon Wages of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 12, 2007. She was preceded in death by the love of her life ...

John Williams

John Berry “J.B.” Williams, age 96 of Lilburn, GA died March 12, 2007. Mr. Williams a lifelong resident of Gwinnett County and long-time member of Snellville First ...

Nancy Johnson

Mrs. Nancy Price Johnson, age 65, of Loganville, GA, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Paul Parks

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Paul “Sammy” Parks, age 57, of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2007. Arrangements by ...

Jacob Mcgaha

Jacob Thomas “Jake” McGaha, age 16, of Auburn, Georgia, died March 10, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Malik Tahir

Malik Tahir, age 59, of Loganville, died Thursday, March 8, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Margaret Owen

Margaret Elizabeth Owen, age 81, of Loganville, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Larry Dean

Larry Craig Dean, 81, of Atlanta, GA, died Saturday, March 10, 2007. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Betty Jones

Betty Collins Jones, age 77, born July 14, 1929, was welcomed into her place in Heaven on Saturday, March 10, 2007. She died peacefully in her sleep at her home ...