News for Thursday, March 22, 2007

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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.

Royal doesn't disappoint in senior season

Most would say defending a state title in one event and adding a title in another leaves nothing to be desired.

Prep Roundup: Collins Hill downs Brookwood 5-1

SNELLVILE - Daniel Warzon (2-0) registered the win for Collins Hill after pitching six innings, giving up three hits, one earned run and striking out one to help the Eagles top Brookwood 5-1 on Wednesday.

Inaugural Georgia Marathon set for Sunday

ATLANTA - Claudia Hale of Lawrenceville plans to explore downtown Atlanta this weekend in a way she says she never has.

Subdivision approval called a 'loss'

LAWRENCEVILLE - Whether lots are 61 or 66 feet across doesn't make much difference to Bob Cordes.

But when planning commissioners decided new homes proposed at Old Peachtree Road should be built on the smaller lots, Cordes saw the decision as detriment for the area's future.

No charges filed in Loganville fire

LOGANVILLE - Prosecutors have resolved an arson case in which three young boys were accused of setting a fire March 11 that spread to a nearby retirement community and destroyed four homes and damaged six others.

Norcross QB to be charged with misdemeanor

NORCROSS - Police expect to file charges next week against a Norcross High School teen involved in a crash that killed a Roswell woman.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Rob Rude said investigators once considered felony charges for quarterback Bryce Dykes, 18. Dykes' Jeep Cherokee on March 9 hit the back of a Nissan Altima, resulting in the death of 40-year-old Linda Lin. But investigators have not found factors, such as alcohol or drugs, that might have raised the charges from a misdemeanor.

"Investigators have not made any (charges) yet but have ruled out felony charges," Rude said. "They are hoping to wrap up the investigation by next week."

Officials pleased with decision on water wars

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta officials are praising a decision to move the pending tri-state water wars litigation to a geographically neutral court.

Bush needs to go on offensive with issues

President Bush appealed for patience as the Iraq war entered its fifth year. In a televised address from the White House, the president warned of the consequences if America were to ''pack up and go home.''

Wastewater go-ahead could be forthcoming

LAWRENCEVILLE - Final permission for Gwinnett County to discharge treated wastewater into Lake Lanier could come in the next couple of months, if a draft environmental assessment passes muster.

Two arrested in death of 2-year-old

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Two people were arrested Wednesday in the death of a 2-year-old who authorities said showed signs of being bound, as well as suffering burns and abrasions.

Make this the year to start organic garden

NEW MARKET, Va. - It seems everyone has a tale to tell about why they decided to grow organic.

Parkview grad Moore signs with Silverbacks

The Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team added a local product to their roster, announcing the signing of Parkview grad Justin Moore on Wednesday.

Night of Hope to raise funds for child causes

WINDER - Anyone looking for a week in Panama City, Fla., a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle or a professional family portrait? That's just a sampling of the approximately 50 items available at the Tree House's ninth annual Night of Hope dinner and auction Friday.

Pike Nursery will teach pond building at workshop

On Saturday, some customers at Pike Nursery are going to be getting their hands dirty. They'll be taking part in Build-A-Pond Day, a hands-on workshop that covers the basics of constructing a backyard water feature.

Gwinnett Gab

Leadership group graduates class

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the 13th Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute graduated Sunday.

In Brief

local

Horizon Software names new president

•LOGANVILLE - Glenn Davenport was named Horizon Software International's new president Wednesday.

Census: County ranks 9th in adding people

LAWRENCEVILLE - The fact that a lot of people live in Gwinnett County is no secret.

What's in a name?

"Brain Train'' might be a catchy name for the proposed Atlanta-to-Athens commuter rail line, but don't tell that to state Rep. Steve Davis.

The Republican from McDonough is a staunch foe of passenger rail as a way to address metro Atlanta's traffic woes. Just last week, a House subcommittee shot down his bid to prohibit local governments from spending any money on commuter rail projects without seeking approval from voters.

Then Tuesday, Davis stood up from his seat on the House floor with a proposal to amend a $19.4 billion midyear budget plan before the lawmakers.

Seems he didn't like a $500,000 item the Appropriations Committee had added to the budget the previous day to study the Atlanta-to-Athens route being referred to in the bill as the Brain Train.

"There is no such thing as the Brain Train, according to the (state) Department of Transportation,'' Davis told his colleagues. "It's a private lobbying organization.''

And, apparently, a clever one at that. The business leaders along the route pushing for the project came up with the moniker to show it would link many of the state's premier college campuses, from the University of Georgia in Athens to Emory University and Georgia Tech in Atlanta. There also would be a stop near Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville.

Evidently, the Brain Train is catching on. House members rejected Davis' amendment 152-14.

Tele-town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, will be just a phone call away from constituents next week.

Viewpoints: Ten years of HS sports

Next week will mark the 10-year anniversary of a typical Parkview-South Gwinnett regular-season baseball game, one that just happened to be my first official assignment as a full-timer with the Gwinnett Daily Post.

House passes red-light measure

ATLANTA - Cities and counties would have to share the wealth from their red-light cameras with the state under legislation passed by the House.

Extension office can test soil to help yield best plants

As many people are planning and planting their gardens in the warm days of early spring, they should be thinking about soil. The overall quality of the soil in gardens and yards determines the potential for growing high-quality plants.

Battle neari ng over 'No Child Left Behind'

The last thing President Bush needs is another fight with his own political base. But that is what he has found as he presses Congress to renew the No Child Left Behind Act, the signature education program passed by a bipartisan majority in the first months of his first term.

Fire reports

Candle cause of small fire at home

•STONE MOUNTAIN - An unattended candle caused a home fire in Stone Mountain on Tuesday evening.

Longtime educator spent century touching Gwinnettians' lives

LAWRENCEVILLE - In the past 100 years, Gwinnett County has changed from an agricultural community where children grew up on the farm to one of metro Atlanta's fastest growing suburbs.

OBITUARIES

TUCKER, ANNETTE

Annette Williams Tucker went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2007 and be reunited with her beloved husband, Hubert Tucker. She was born August 24, 1919 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is preceded in death by her father, Dr. A. D. Williams; her mother, Anna Moore Williams; her husband, Hubert Tucker and her sister, Louise W. Tapp. She is survived by her son and his wife, Dr. Hubert Tucker, Jr. and Carol, granddaughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Mike Britt, and Carol Anne and Jeff Brinkley and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Anna Britt. Annette Tucker graduated valedictorian of her class at Lawrenceville High School. She attended Agnes Scott College, the University of Georgia and received a BS in Pharmacy from the Southern College of Pharmacy. She was the first female pharmacist hired by Rich's Department Store. She married Hubert Tucker in 1941 and after his service in the Army, she co-owned and operated Williams Drug Store for 20 years serving as the store pharmacist. She was very active in civic affairs in both Gwinnett County and Lawrenceville her entire life. She served as President of the Business and Professional Women's Club, President of the Lawrenceville Garden Club, a Charter Member and President of the Gwinnett Historical Society, Chairman of the Gwinnett County United Way, with 20 years involvement serving as a member of the Metropolitan United Way Board, and while serving as Chairman of the Gwinnett County Restoration and Preservation Board, she supervised the restoration of the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and the Female Seminary Building on Perry Street. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville and a member of the TEL Sunday School Class. Members of the Gwinnett County Restoration and Preservation Board, The Female Seminary Staff, County Historian, Marvin Worthy and members of the Lawrenceville Garden Club are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville at 11:00 AM on March 23, 2007 with Dr. Ronny Spillers and Dr. Lamar Holley officiating with the interment at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Donations may be made to The First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville "Fulfilling Our Dreams" Building Program, P.O. Box 228, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The family will receive visitors Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 3-5:30 and 7:00-9:00 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

BUFORD

MOORE, DEVIN

Devin M. Moore, age 3 of Buford, GA, died Sunday, March 18, 2007 in a swimming accident. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 23, 2007 at 4:00 P.M. at North Gwinnett Baptist Church, Suwanee, GA. Pastor Carey Hudson will officiate. The Family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. The Family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to the North Gwinnett Baptist Church, designated Devin's Memorial Fund. Devin is survived by his parents, Michael and Karen Moore, Buford; Sister, Sierra Moore, Buford; Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Devin was born in Hall Co. on July 24, 2003 and attended the North Gwinnett Baptist Preschool. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

DACULA

GLADKOWSKI, JOHN

Mr. John W. Gladkowski, age 53, of Dacula, GA, passed away March 20, 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.*

DECATUR

STRONG, HELEN

Helen Kinney Strong, 93, of Decatur, GA, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

DULUTH

HIDDING, RICHARD

Richard Martin Hidding, Sr., passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20, 2007. A retired executive of Coca-Cola, USA, Mr. Hidding was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1930 and was a graduate of Notre Dame University. After working for the Sears Roebuck and Kimberly Clark Corporations and living in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin, he settled in Atlanta where he rose through the ranks of marketers for Coca-Cola, making contributions to the advertising, brand management, and promotional sectors in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Colette Sinnen Hidding; six children: Kathleen H. Gerkin, Richard M. Hidding, Jr., David J. Hidding, Mark J. Hidding, Andrea H. Hyatt, and Jennifer H. McGee; and nine grandchildren: Patrick, Andrew, Cole, and Bryce Hidding, Stephen Gerkin, Grace Hyatt, Benjamin and Anna Kate McGee, and Daniel Luke. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 22, 2007, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at The Catholic Church of St. Monica, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA. A funeral mass will be held at 1100am Friday, March 23, 2007, also at The Catholic Church of St. Monica. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Our Lady of Perpetual Health Cancer Center, 760 Pollard Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30315, 404-688-9515. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

LAWRENCEVILLE

HARRIS, LOUISE

Louise Jones Harris, 96, of Lawrenceville, GA (formerly of Stony Point, NC), passed away Sunday, March 18, 2007 after an extended illness with breast cancer. Mrs. Harris moved to Lawrenceville 3 years ago. She was born April 22, 1910 in Iredell County, North Carolina. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred, and her only son, Bill Henderson. She is survived by two daughters, Jan Overton of Lawrenceville, GA and Lou and Charlie Lane of Metairie, LA, 4 grandchildren, Ray Overton, III, Rick and Jan Overton, Robyn and Tim Roberts and Betsy Henderson, 7 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Before moving to Georgia, Mrs. Harris was a very devoted and involved member of the Stony Point United Methodist Church for over 70 years. Funeral services will be held at the Stony Point United Methodist Church, Stony Point, North Carolina, on Sunday, March 25th at 3 PM. Those desiring may make donations to: Crossroad Hospice Charitable Foundation, 1957 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 500, Tucker, GA 30084. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

JACKSON, OMIE

BORN: April 28, 1907

DIED: March 20, 2007

Omie Jackson was a native of Gwinnett County. One of twenty one children, she was raised on a farm between Lawrenceville and Duluth. Her father, Cary Pennell Jackson was a farmer who sharecropped with other tenants. He also ran a sawmill and cotton gin on the farm. Mr. Jackson was a strong believer in education and this was reflected in Miss Omie's educational background. She first attended school in a one room school house, Jackson's Academy, built by her father and located on the family farm. Miss Omie graduated from Lawrenceville High School in 1925. She then attended Atlanta Normal Training School, graduating in 1928. This entitled her to begin teaching. Her teaching career began at age 20. On her first day as a teacher, teaching at Jackson's Academy, her dad walked her to school. She was so afraid that he would go inside the classroom that she asked him if he was going to do that. He said, no but gave her this advice "Don't ever take a switch in there. You can get their respect without having to do that." This began the wonderful career in the classroom that lasted 41 years. Miss Omie was not through with her education though receiving a Bachelors Degree in Arts from Oglethorpe University in 1944. Miss Omie inspired and motivated over 4000 students in her career. She taught Biology, Spanish and General Science to three generations of students. The "Omie Jackson Science Award" at Central Gwinnett High School is given in her honor. She retired in 1969 but still remained in contact with many of the students until her death. A quote by William Arthur Conrad states: "The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, The superior teacher demonstrates, The great teacher, inspires." Through her words, her actions, and her kind unselfish attitude, Miss Omie touched the lives of thousands in her life. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a Charter member of the Gwinnett County Retired Teachers Association, and an active member of Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church. Miss Omie never married, her fiancee was killed in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was preceded in death by her parents and twenty brothers and sisters. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families who loved her very much, her sister-in-law, Sara Jackson, Lawrenceville. She is also survived by her "Angel" Doris Patillo who watched over her and her family for fifty four years. Flowers accepted or memorials to The Omie Jackson Scholarship Fund at any Brand Banking Company. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, March 23, 2007 at McKendree United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville. Rev. Davis Chappell, Dr. J. Douglas Gibson, Rev. Charles Farr and Rev. Bill Childers will officiate. Burial will follow at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. Family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, Thursday, March 22, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

MEEKS, DOROTHY

Dorothy Meeks, age 78 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.*

WINDER

BOYD, LUCILLE

Lucille Boyd, age 93, of Winder, GA, passed away March 20, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Locals named to All-State teams

Gwinnett athletes made up a large portion of the All-State Swimming and Diving Team, which was announced by the Georgia High School Swimming Coaches Association.

The local swimmers and divers named to the teams are as follows:

Boys First-team All-State

Danny Nguyen, Brookwood

Andrew Kendall, Grayson

Jeremy Love, Grayson

Michael Brindley, Grayson

Ryan Pech, Grayson

Andrew Ruffing, Parkview

Scott Royal, Peachtree Ridge

Boys Second-team All-State

Dean Hupman, Brookwood

Jared Robinson, Collins Hill

Nat Emmett, Collins Hill

Andrew Newport, Grayson

Collin Burchins, Parkview

George Partin, Parkview

Kyle Newhouse, Parkview

Mason Ruffing, Parkview

Boys Third-team All-State

Justin Robinson, Collins Hill

Robert Evans, Collins Hill

Sean Bagent, Norcross

Bryan Droll, Peachtree Ridge

Drew Harwood, Peachtree Ridge

Tommy King, Peachtree Ridge

Boys Honorable Mention

Scott Aron, Norcross

Jacob Tzegaegbe, Shiloh

Girls First-team All-State

Erin Dobeck, Collins Hill

Abigail Alton, Dacula

Caroline Kenney, North

Gwinnett

Corinna Kovach, North

Gwinnett

Megan D'Urso, North Gwinnett

Sarah Looney, North Gwinnett

Caitlin Martin, Parkview

Elizabeth Charter, Parkview

Isabella Coutinho, Parkview

Kadi Myers, Parkview

Girls Second-team All-State

Abby Wilhelm, Brookwood

Anna Springer, Brookwood

Callie Merriman, Brookwood

Carly Egan, Brookwood

Hailey White, Duluth

Jordan Evans, Mill Creek

Catherine Orr, Parkview

Haley Staubach, Parkview

Tracy Phan, Parkview

Aileen Cole, Peachtree Ridge

Girls Third-team All-State

Catherine Hanley, Brookwood

Kristen Flachbarth, Brookwood

Ali Slack, GAC

Caitlin Munro, Mill Creek

Caroline Roloff, Mill Creek

Marlie Creed, Mill Creek

Girls Honorable Mention

Caitlin Shepherd, Dacula

Taking to water

Different class no problem for Alton

Swimmers in Georgia's four smallest classifications learned this year what swimmers in Class AAAAA could have told them after last year - Abigail Alton is just a faster swimmer.

As a sophomore, Alton claimed her first state title winning the 100 freestyle in AAAAA for Dacula. Then this past season, when the school dropped down to AAAA, the Gwinnett Daily Post's Swimmer of the Year claimed a second 100 free championship and added a 50 free title in the AAAA/AAA/AA/A division.

It is a good thing too, because Alton's classmates at Dacula expected no less.

Norcross names Barton new AD

Norcross announced the hiring of Kirk Barton as its new athletic and activities director on Wednesday, staying within the high school to find a replacement for Nathan Franklin.

Enjoy spring gardening with gadgets

It's safe. You can put away the winter coat, wool sweaters and gloves. As of Wednesday, spring has officially sprung.

Along with T-shirts and sandals, spring also means the height of gardening season. But this year, skip squatting in the dirt and kneeling on rocks. Add a little comfort to your horticultural escapades with a few accessories that are sure to make this year's pruning sessions the best yet.

Kaleniecki returns at full speed

DULUTH - The last thing hockey players want to do in practice is the first thing Brandon Kaleniecki did when he was permitted to skate again.

Police reports

Men seen stealing

meat from Kroger

•NORCROSS - A Kroger grocery store manager said two men were seen hiding meat under their shirt at the store at 6050 Singleton Road on Tuesday.

According to a police report, the manager saw the two take multiple packages of meat, but they ran out of the store, fleeing in a SUV when he approached them.

Annette Tucker

Annette Williams Tucker went home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2007 and be reunited with her beloved husband, Hubert Tucker. She was born August 24, 1919 in ...

Louise Harris

Louise Jones Harris, 96, of Lawrenceville, GA (formerly of Stony Point, NC), passed away Sunday, March 18, 2007 after an extended illness with breast cancer. Mrs. Harris moved to Lawrenceville ...

Lucille Boyd

Lucille Boyd, age 93, of Winder, GA, passed away March 20, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

John Gladkowski

Mr. John W. Gladkowski, age 53, of Dacula, GA, passed away March 20, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Omie Jackson

BORN: April 28, 1907 DIED: March 20, 2007 Omie Jackson was a native of Gwinnett County. One of twenty one children, she was raised on a farm between Lawrenceville and ...

Dorothy Meeks

Dorothy Meeks, age 78 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100.

Devin Moore

Devin M. Moore, age 3 of Buford, GA, died Sunday, March 18, 2007 in a swimming accident. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, March 23, 2007 at 4:00 P.M ...

Helen Strong

Helen Kinney Strong, 93, of Decatur, GA, died Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Richard Hidding, Sr.

Richard Martin Hidding, Sr., passed away peacefully on the morning of March 20, 2007. A retired executive of Coca-Cola, USA, Mr. Hidding was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in ...