News for Friday, March 2, 2007


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John Benson, Sr.

Mr. John Robert Benson, Sr., age 78, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on March 2, 2007. He was preceded in death by his step-daughter, Jackie Hann; great granddaughter ...

Adeline Rusin

Adeline E. Rusin, age 83, of Buford, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign the online ...

John Passmore

John James Passmore, age 18, of Coker Drive, Flowery Branch, Georgia passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services are scheduled for ...

Vera Mcdaniel

Vera Mattie McDaniel, age 94, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away March 1, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Bill Reeves

Bill Reeves, age 77 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

David Lee Harrold

David Lee Harrold, age 62, of Snellville, died Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry ...

Jewell Kinney

Jewell Kinney, age 90 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, March 2, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 5:00 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Craig Jordan

GYSGT. Craig S. Jordan, USMC RET., age 53, of Grayson, GA, passed away February 28, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Faye Mcmullan

Mrs. Faye Knott McMullan, age 75 of Jefferson, Georgia, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. The body was cremated, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Evans ...

Ivan Hortman

Ivan Rupert Hortman, age 69 of St. Simons Island, Georgia, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. Masonic Graveside Services will be held 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Cobb Suncrest ...

Henry Sudderth

Mr. Henry Grady Sudderth, age 79, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on March 2, 2007. Surviving are: Wife of 58 Years: Sara Brock Sudderth, Sugar Hill, GA; Children: Ray ...

Thomas Turner

Thomas M. Turner, 68, of Duluth, died March 1, 2007. He is a direct cremation. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Herbert Garner

Herbert Garner, 71, of Norcross, died March 2, 2007. Funeral arrangements pending. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Jewell Davis

Jewell Hannah Davis, age 89, of Lawrenceville, GA, died March 2, 2007. She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Roy Amicus Davis; daughter, Charlotte Davis Giddens ...

Mike Langston

Mike Langston, age 56, of Loganville, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Bernadette Minardi

Bernadette Janice Minardi, age 68, of Buford, GA, passed away March 2, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Selma may see another historic day - the passing of the torch

This Sunday, as politicians and civil rights activists commemorate "Bloody Sunday," Selma, Ala., once again becomes home to a perhaps historic shift in America's racial evolution.




Paul W. Boyd 73, of Gainesville GA, formerly of Norcross, died on Tuesday February 27, 2007. A Memorial Service will be held 2 PM Saturday March 3, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel with Rev. Dan McNeese of Dalton officiating. Paul was born in Dalton, GA Dec. 17, 1933 and was a 30 year retiree of General Motors in Doraville, GA. He was owner of North East Motorcycle sales in Norcross and a U.S. Army Veteran. Paul was a 38 Year member of The Fraternal Order of Free Masonry. He served as past Worshipfull Master of Duluth Lodge #480. Paul was a Shriner and Scottish Rite Member and a member of The Order of Eastern Star. Paul was also an honorary member of The Stone Lodge #715. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille McNeese Boyd Jennings and Leslie Boyd, of Dalton. Brother James L. Boyd of Woodstock and sister Barbara Travillian of Marietta, GA. Paul is survived by his wife of 54 Years Mary Cashon Boyd, one son, Adam William Boyd of Gainesville, GA. Brothers-In-Law Evan Travillian of Marietta, and Randall Cashon of Dalton, GA., five Sisters-in-Law, Star Vining, Hula Henton, Yvonne Cashon of Dalton, Sharon Cashon of Cocoa, FL, and Mary Ruth Boyd of Woodstock, GA. Special family friend Frances Delmas of Pensacola, FL, and many, many loving nieces and nephews. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the Duluth Lodge #480 Building Fund, In care of Clinton Thompson Secretary P.O. Box 833-3167 Main Street, Duluth, GA 30096. The family will receive friends Friday March 2nd from 11am-1pm and 4pm-8pm at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.



Norman Norris, age 59 of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at .*


Bill Reeves, age 77 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, March 1, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at .*



Mr. Billy Bradshaw, age 48 of Snellville, GA, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at Gwinnett Medical Center. Mr. Bradshaw was born Sunday, June 22, 1958 in Tacoma, Washington to Darlene Olson Bradshaw of Hiawassee and the late Clifford Bradshaw. He was a member of Bethany Christian Center in Snellville and various Car Clubs. He was devoted to God, his children, family, fiancee and his love for antique cars. He was a beloved son, father and brother. Survivors include, in addition to his mother; sons, Aaron and Kevin Bradshaw of the home; brothers, Clifford Bradshaw, Jr. and Christopher Bradshaw, both of Hiawassee; fiancee, Beverly Tracy of Snellville, GA; several nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 2:00 P.M. from the Macedonia Baptist Church with Dr. John Casoria and Rev. Harold Ledford officiating. Music will be provided by Stanley and Karen Wood. Interment will follow in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Leon Bradshaw, James Bradshaw, Jerry Bradshaw, Darren Bradshaw, Derrick Bradshaw and Kevin Bradshaw. Honorary pallbearers include: Billy Ross, Decatur Bradshaw, Jr. and Jack Bradshaw. The family will receive friends at Macedonia Baptist Church from 6-9, Friday, March 2. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity. The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at


Kim Anderson Burgess, age 53, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Arrangements to be announced by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-963-2411.*



Donald Roy Segars, Sr., age 85, of Winder, GA, passed away February 28, 2007. Arrangments by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Wolves can't overcome late rally

DALTON - It was tough for Wesleyan players to keep their heads up as they left the court after Thursday's second round playoff game.

Running out of grains of salt

"I'll make you famous."

Rising above

4 arrested in bank theft involving 2 women

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Four people were arrested Thursday night for the theft of money from a bank in a supermarket by two young women who made a splash with surveillance video showing them fashionably clad in sunglasses and smiling during an apparent holdup.

Lightning starts fire that damages Lilburn home

LILBURN - Early morning storms and hard-hitting rain resulted in a fire that caused heavy damage to a Lilburn home on Rivermist Drive on Thursday.

Women's tourney begins at Gwinnett Arena

DULUTH - Fans were lined up in the rain when the doors opened Thursday for the first session of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Getting to Know ... James Clanahan

James Clanahan, a 1992 Meadowcreek graduate, is an assistant coach with the Peachtree Ridge boys basketball team. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," Clanahan talks with staff writer Corey Clark about a variety of topics, ranging from his playing days to Rosie O'Donnell to his future plans.

Men sentenced to life in Barrow murder

WINDER - Michael Flournoy and Maurice Williams will likely spend the rest of their lives in prison for the May 27 murder of 21-year-old Aaron Lamar Gaddis.

Landers resigns from Suwanee City Council

SUWANEE - With plans to move from the city, Suwanee's Alan Landers resigned from the City Council on Thursday.

Hospital wins award for patient care

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Medical Center announced Thursday the system is a recipient of an award given by the Georgia Hospital Association.

The award named the medical center a Top CARE Hospital, recognizing achievement and continuous improvement and performance in quality, patient safety and financial management.

Gwinnett Medical Center was one of 19 hospitals in Georgia to receive the award from the association, the state's largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems.

Rejected developer vows suit

LAWRENCEVILLE - A local developer whose bid to build a pair of high-rise towers at Gwinnett Place Mall was denied has retained lawyers and said he will be filing suit against the county in the coming weeks.

In brief


Rogers steps down as girls hoops coach at Peachtree Ridge

• Peachtree Ridge girls basketball coach Chad Rogers has resigned from the position this week. Rogers, a Shiloh grad, had been the Lions' girls basketball coach since the school opened.

Hebron orchestrates second-half rally to win

ROME - Hebron Christian's girls might want to consider making Georgia Highlands College its home gym.

No. 3 Comets streak by Hawks

MACON - Lindley Hewatt picked up two early fouls Thursday night, and spent some second-quarter minutes on the bench. So did Mandi Dudish.

CompUSA to close 6 Ga. stores

DULUTH - CompUSA will be closing its Duluth location on Venture Drive along with more than half of its stores nationwide as part of the company's new realignment strategy.

Sports calendar


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. For more information, call 678-887-5702, e-mail auburndixieyouth@ or go to


Peevy's late board seals second-round win for Buford girls

DALTON - Through three quarters of basketball, Buford didn't do anything wrong.

Chairman's first campaign shot: Put planning meetings on TV

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Chairman Charles Bannister made his first announcement of the 2008 campaign Thursday, proposing to air television meetings of the Gwinnett Planning Commission.

Aurora show to open in City Hall

LAWRENCEVILLE - Though the Aurora Theatre intended to celebrate the grand opening of its new building with a show there in April, the group's plans have changed.

The Aurora's next show is now set to be presented at its temporary theater at Lawrenceville City Hall.

No. 1 Norcross overwhelms No. 2 Mustangs

MACON - Last Saturday night, the No. 1 Norcross boys were just one shot away from seeing their season come to an end.

Senators tell pickup drivers to buckle up

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers could be on their way to ending the last vestige of the state's resistance to mandating seat belts.

More than a decade after the General Assembly passed a seat belt law for cars, the Senate voted 45-10 Thursday to require drivers of pickup trucks and their front-seat passengers to buckle up.

The seat belt vote came toward the end of one of the busiest days so far this session for the Legislature. Senators also passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would change their terms of office from two years to four, and approved a resolution asking Congress to support a planned commuter rail line linking Atlanta and Athens.

The vote on the seat belt bill, which now heads to the House, marks the first time a seat belt mandate for pickups has cleared either legislative chamber.

The measure's sponsor, Sen. Don Thomas, R-Dalton, cited a rash of grim statistics in attempting to sway senators to pass the bill.

Thomas, who is a family doctor, said more than two-thirds of the 183 Georgians who died in 2004 in crashes involving pickup trucks were not wearing seat belts. In addition, he said unrestrained occupants of pickup trucks are 2.7 times more likely to be hospitalized following a traffic accident than those who are buckled up.

"It will save thousands of lives and thousands of injuries,'' Thomas said. "It will save tax dollars and insurance costs.''

Echoing arguments heard in past sessions about the government mandating seat belt use in cars, opponents said Georgia pickup drivers and passengers should have the right to think for themselves.

Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee, who is a farmer, said the requirement would be an inconvenience.

"If you are driving a vehicle and going from field to field ... this would require that every time you get into your vehicle, you have to buckle a seat belt,'' he said.

But freshman Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, one of the bill's co-sponsors, said if Georgia is going to enforce a seat belt law for cars, the state should do the same for pickup trucks.

Otherwise, the Legislature is sending mixed signals to young drivers, he said.

"We need to encourage them to buckle up,'' he said. "We need to send the right message to our young folks.''

Georgia would join 38 other states with four-year state senate terms if the House follows the Senate's lead on that issue, and if voters then approve it at the polls.

The resolution's chief sponsor, Sen. John Douglas, R-Covington, said the two-year terms are becoming increasingly taxing as Senate districts grow in population. He said each senator will represent at least 180,000 constituents following the next census, up from the current 150,000.

"Two-year terms may have been practical some years ago, but I think they have outlived their usefulness,'' Douglas told his colleagues before Thursday's 49-6 vote.

Senators voted 47-0 to ask Congress to come up with federal money for a commuter rail line connecting Atlanta with Athens via Gwinnett and Barrow counties.

The "urging'' resolution, sponsored by Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, carries no real weight. But it sends a message not only to Georgia's congressional delegation but to Gov. Sonny Perdue and legislative budget writers that the project deserves consideration.

The governor's 2008 budget request doesn't have any money for the Atlanta-to-Athens line. However, the Georgia Brain Train Group - an alliance of business, political and academic leaders along the planned route - is seeking $10 million from House and Senate appropriators.

Hoops hoopla

Wesleyan girls cruise into quarterfinals

DALTON - When Putnam County scored to tie its game with Wesleyan 2-2 in the opening minutes of the first quarter, something snapped in the Wolves.