News for Saturday, March 24, 2007

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Norcross faces attack by 'Mutant'

NORCROSS - It's true that Norcross is no match for Hollywood. But in 1983, the city was the backdrop for the B-grade sci-fi flick "Mutant." To raise money toward starting a new Norcross History Museum, Patricia Pritchard and the city have organized a screening of the film at 7 p.m. today.

Tractor-trailer's load catches fire, snarls interstate

SUWANEE - Authorities shut down two of the four southbound lanes of Interstate 85 after a tractor-trailer carrying cardboard caught on fire on Friday afternoon.

Prep roundup: Ati assists Grayson to 1-0 win

NORCROSS - Nick Weatherby scored on an assist from goal keeper Eric Ati with 3:30 left to play on Friday as Grayson nipped Meadowcreek 1-0.

Letters to the Editor

War in Iraq distracts us from real conflict

Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas' column ("Iraq War part of larger battle for freedom," March 20, Perspective) led me to wonder: What planet has Thomas been on for the past three years?

Gladiators slip into tie for second after Texas loss

The Texas Wildcatters grounded out a 2-1 win over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday night at the Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas.

Gwinnett slips into a tie for second place in the South Division with the loss as the Florida Everblades picked up a win over the Columbia Inferno Friday to move into first place in the Division.

Gwinnett falls to 38-20-7 on the season with the loss.

Local spellers stopped at state

ATLANTA - A turnip-like vegetable hung up one speller. Another was felled by a dance resembling the polka. And a third was knocked out by a word that means "total."

Cardboard blocks

Police Reports

Snellville hair salon robbed

•SNELLVILLE - A Snellville hair salon at 1195 Scenic Highway was robbed about Wednesday about noon by two men with silver handguns.

The J Scott Salon owner said the two black men demanded she empty the cash register, then took money and a cell phone from customers, according to a police report.

The men were wearing masks and appeared to be in their 20s. More than $1,000 worth of belongings were taken from the owner and customers.

Man robbed after falling for laptop scam

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man was robbed by two men attempting to sell him laptop computers shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Blue Devils alone atop of 7-AAAAA

SUWANEE - Norcross doesn't own Region 7-AAAAA - at least not yet.

Judge issues injunction against Vonage for using Verizon patents

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A federal judge on Friday issued a permanent injunction against Internet phone carrier Vonage for use of rival Verizon Communications Inc.'s patents.

Too many apologies for my taste

Maybe it's because the vernal equinox is near its ecliptic intersect, or then again it could be the pine pollen, but it seems that all of a sudden people are apologizing for the darnedest things, or are wanting folks to apologize to them.

The new chairman of Atlanta-based Home Depot, Frank Blake, has apologized publicly for the sorry service the company gave its customers during the disastrous reign of former CEO Bob Nardelli. Nice gesture, but Nardelli is the one who ought to be apologizing. He inherited a great company full of motivated employees and turned it into Surly City. You don't think one person can make a difference in an organization's attitude? My local Home Depot store is a different place now that Nardelli is gone. Employees actually smile and ask, "Can I help you?" Just like the old days.

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.

Teen sailor honored for aiding competitor

SUWANEE - Last weekend, J.D. Reddaway and his father, David, competed in the Thistle Orange Peel Regatta in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gas hike puts pinch on county

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gas prices aren't just ruining people's vacations. They are making the Gwinnett County budget hard to balance.

Braselton gets $100,000 to continue Riverwalk

BRASELTON - A $100,000 grant will allow Braselton to complete 1.7 miles of the Mulberry Park Riverwalk.

The grant, issued by the State Parks Recreational Trails Grants Program, pays more than a third of the estimated $275,000 cost to complete phase two of the riverwalk. Braselton's match will come from its general fund.

I love the springtime, but I really hate pollen

Is it just me, or did pollen season come early this year? Now, y'all know how much I hate to complain. Well, maybe I don't exactly hate to complain. OK, I'll confess. Nobody gets more pleasure from complaining than I do. But this dad-blamed pollen is something to complain about.

Now, I purely love springtime in Georgia - for the most part. I mean, what's not to love? Temperatures go up - not to mention hemlines - and, truth be told, I am happy about both. Flowers and ornamental trees begin to bloom, the fish begin to bite a little bit better and baseball season will be here before you know it.

Youth Roundup: Thunder win St. Patrick's tourney

The South Gwinnett Thunder 13U Gwinnett Baseball League team won the St. Patrick's Baseball Bash Tournament in Monroe last weekend.

Gwinnett grads: North grad Johnson sets all-division college mark in weight throw

The athlete considered by many to be the future of American throwing is now one of the top college throwers in

history.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BUREL, MARY

Mrs. Mary Bess Cain Burel, age 92, of Buford, GA, passed away March 23, 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.

REARICK, MARY

Mary Banks Rearick, age 82 of Buford died Thursday, March 22, 2007. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 24 at 1 P.M. in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Southerland officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Braselton. She is preceded in death by her parents- Abner and Ollie Banks, husband- Robert Rearick, brother- Bunyan Banks, and brother-in-law- Jerry Lord. Mrs. Rearick is survived by brother- Thomas C. Banks, of Calhoun, KY; sister- and brother-in-law- Barbara and Joe Ryder, of Buford and sister- Juanita Lord, of Lawrenceville. Several nieces, nephews and a special friend Clara Bolfa from Toledo, Ohio also survive. Mrs. Rearick was born in Buford, moved to Toledo, Ohio and lived most of her life and moved back to Buford in 1994. Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518. 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

DACULA

GRIZZLE, NOVEAN

Novean Grizzle, age 90 of Dacula, GA, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2007. She was preceded in death by her Husband: Henry Wesley Grizzle, Son: James Wesley Grizzle, Sr. and Daughter: Martha Grizzle, Parents: Walter Thomas and Ora (Ward) Brock. She is survived by her Son and Daughter in law: Larry and Carol Grizzle of Loganville, GA; Grandson: Wesley and Tanya Grizzle, Jr. of Lawrenceville, GA; Granddaughters: Stephanie and Jamie Crunkleton of Loganville, GA and Tracey Petersen of Loganville and Great Grandchildren: Hannah Grizzle, Bradley Grizzle and Christopher Petersen; Sister and Brother in law: Bonnie and J.T. Hall of Dacula, GA and Sister: Gertie Simonton of Loganville, GA, several nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Rev. Bill Hall will officiate. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery, Dacula. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com..

LAWRENCEVILLE

HILL, WILLIAM

William H. "Bill" Hill, age 49 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2007. He was a local Electrical Contractor. He loved fishing in Lake Lanier. He is survived by his wife, Gayle Selser; daughters, Brittany Hill of Dacula and Spencer Hill of Duluth, their mother, Jill Hill of Duluth; parents, Hoyet & Wanda Hill of Clinton, TN; brother and sister in law, Robert & Kellye Hill of Lilburn and their children, Micheil, Stephen-Brock, Evan, and Lexye. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 26, at 7:00p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2p.m. to 5p.m. and Monday from 6p.m. til 7p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

WINDER

BRYAN, BERTIE

Bertie Lois Grice Bryan, age 74 of Winder, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Friday, March 23, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, March 26, 2007 at the Lawrenceville Church of God with remains placed in state at 10 AM. Rev. John Colbaugh and Rev. Lewis Stover will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. A homemaker and member of Lawrenceville Church of God, Mrs. Bryan was preceded in death by her husbands, Claude Grice in 1971 and Garland Bryan in 1976. She is survived by: Children: Ronnie & Wanda Grice, Social Circle, Claudette Boyd, Winder, Linda & Benny Weaver, Bethlehem; Sisters: Willie Bratcher, Lawrenceville, Desi Adams, Gainesville, Betty Johnson, Lawrenceville; 7 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren, Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM, Sunday, March 25, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

PHILLIPS, LINDA

Linda Gail Phillips, age 49, of Winder, GA, passed away March 22, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4554.*

Bertie Bryan

Bertie Lois Grice Bryan, age 74 of Winder, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Friday, March 23, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, March 26, 2007 at the Lawrenceville ...

Linda Phillips

Linda Gail Phillips, age 49, of Winder, GA, passed away March 22, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4554.

Mary Burel

Mrs. Mary Bess Cain Burel, age 92, of Buford, GA, passed away March 23, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Novean Grizzle

Novean Grizzle, age 90 of Dacula, GA, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2007. She was preceded in death by her Husband: Henry Wesley Grizzle, Son: James Wesley Grizzle, Sr ...

Mary Rearick

Mary Banks Rearick, age 82 of Buford died Thursday, March 22, 2007. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 24 at 1 P.M. in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart ...