News for Sunday, March 25, 2007

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Registration for kindergarten to begin soon

LAWRENCEVILLE - In a few months, kindergartners will don new outfits, gather their school supplies and kiss their parents goodbye just before they attend their first day of school.

Literary Calendar

Best Book Bet

•What: Karen White, author of "Learning to Breathe" will discuss and sign her work.

Medical marijuana ripe for misuse

It seemed like a good idea at the time, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which allowed Californians to use marijuana with a doctor's permission to alleviate pain. The act was put on the ballot, and California voters passed it 56 to 44 percent.

Garvin saves Wesleyan with win

NORCROSS - Grayson Garvin may get credit for the win, but Wesleyan's starting pitcher really saved the game.

Commissioners may allow 250-foot T-Mobile towerTelecommunications structure would be near Bethabra Baptist Church if approved

WINDER - A 250-foot-tall telecommunications tower might rise near Bethabra Baptist Church if Barrow County Commissioners approve a special-use permit Tuesday.

Joint Enrollment program the real 'no-brainer'

With apologies to that obnoxious guy on the radio who keeps pestering us to refinance our homes, taking on more debt isn't really "the biggest no-brainer in the world."

Engagement Announcements

Wall - Barnes

Dennis and Nanette Wall of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Nicole Wall of Dacula, to Justin Aaron Barnes of Lilburn, son of Chuck and Donna Barnes of Lilburn.

Storage building burns down; house undamaged

BUFORD - Children playing with matches started a fire that destroyed a storage building and burned a quarter of an acre on Old Thompson Mill Road on Saturday afternoon, but no one was injured.

Lawmakers have long list of unfinished business

ATLANTA - An accepted part of life in the General Assembly is that most of the heavy lifting takes place during the last couple of weeks of each year's session.

Recycling company wants longer hours

LAWRENCEVILLE - Craig Briley isn't a big fan of his neighbors.

Miltary News

Air Force Airman Benny A. Linares has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Ana Duarte and the stepson of Juan Cruz of Norcross. Linares is a 2005 graduate of Meadowcreek High School.

Cities along Florida's west coast offer relaxing vacations

We all know Florida as the home of nearby beaches and family-friendly theme parks. The often-visited cities of Orlando, Miami and Tampa are tourist magnets, but along the state's western shores, there are a few smaller cities you need to get to know.

Brimming with natural exploration adventures, chic art galleries, and quaint boutiques and restaurants, the towns of St. Petersburg and Clearwater offer a relaxing vacation experience for everyone from art patrons to pet lovers.

We surfed the Web to find five of the best bets in these two towns, which line the Gulf of Mexico.

The Week That Was

Gwinnett keeps on growing

168,656 new people made Gwinnett their home between 2000 and 2006 according to Census data, making the county ninth on the nationwide list of those with the highest numerical growth.

Report: County healthy

LAWRENCEVILLE - The fact that Gwinnett County's population is growing doesn't just make traffic inevitable and check-out lines longer, health reports proved this week. It also makes the county healthier.

Gwinnett Gab

Gwinnett girl named 4-H leader

LAWRENCEVILLE - Morgan Starbuck was recently elected to the Junior Board of the Northwest District of 4-H.

It is the first time in four years that they have had a representative from Gwinnett County. Her duties include district project achievement, leadership in action project, statewide junior conference, district board meeting, state and district officer training and district junior rally.

Compromise won't please all

Virginia, the first permanent English colony in North America, also had the dubious distinction of being the first to import African slaves.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BUREL, BESS

Mrs. Bess "Mom Bess" Burel

Mrs. Mary Bess Cain Burel, age 92, of Buford, GA, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Gordon L. Burel; parents, Hoyt and Era Davis Cain; sister, Alice Ruth Adams; and brother, Forest Cain. She is survived by: Daughter: Janice Burel Davis, Buford, GA; Son: Gordon Larry and Patti Burel, Gainesville, GA; Grandchildren: Kathy and Jeff Burnette, Sugar Hill, GA, Donna Davis Jones and husband, Ricky, Duluth, GA, John Lee Davis, Buford, GA, Paul and Susan Burel Porter, Gainesville, GA, Paul and Sandy Burel; Great Grandchildren: Daniel Lee Peevy, Davis Jones, Adam Jones, Will Jones, Steven Jones, John Porter, Will Burel, Sarah Burel; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Mrs. Edith Cain Dozier and Dr. C. A. Dozier, Brewton, AL; Sisters-in-Law: Pauline Cain, Dunwoody, GA, Runnell Burel Turner, Conyers, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Mrs. Burel was born June 16, 1914 in Gwinnett County, GA. She was a 1931 graduate of Buford High School. She and her husband operated Burel's Grocery Store in Buford for a long time. She was a member of the Stonehedge Garden Club, an avid bridge player, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Buford. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. McHoyt Moore officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, GA. Flowers accepted or donations may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Mrs. Bess Cain Burel. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

CUMMING

HORTON, BILLY

Mr. Billy Max Horton, age 74 of Cumming, passed away Friday, March 23, 2007. Billy was a member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church where he was a deacon and licensed minister. He retired from Atlanta Gas Light Company after 37 years of service. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and a member of the Veterans Alliance. He was a 40 year mason and member of the Panthersville Lodge #543 F&AM. He will always be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and a friend to many. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ann Odom Horton of Cumming; children, Connie and Jim Tiller of Lawrenceville, Craig and Renee Horton of Griffin and Cindy and Trey Wesley of Cumming; Grandsons, Derek and Gary Tiller, Kurt and Kyle Horton and Reid Wesley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Bonnie Horton, and Frank and Wilma Horton all of Bremen; sister Jean Richardson of Fayetteville; sister-in-law Ruby Horton of Carrollton and several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 26, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Coal Mountain Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Bennett, Rev. Tony Allen and Rev. Randall Sullens officiating. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Sunday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Coal Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund, 3220 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, Georgia 30040. Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory, Cumming, Georgia, in charge of the arrangements.

DULUTH

CROSLOW,

EVERETTE

Everette A. Croslow, 87, of Duluth, GA, died March 24, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

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.

NORCROSS

NICHOLOS, JAMES

James Louis Nicholos, age 64, of Norcross, GA, passed away March 23, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.*

SUWANEE

THOMPSON, ALLENE

Mrs. Allene Burnett Thompson, age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Luna Burnett and grandson, Jonathan David Everett. She is survived by her: Husband of 65 years: J. L. Thompson, Suwanee, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Jo Ann and Russell Britt, Suwanee, GA, Brenda and John Everett, Suwanee, GA; Grandchildren: Laurie and Jimmy Long, Rhonda and Keith Fryer, Rachel and Kevin Pirkle, Chad and Rebekah Everett; Great Grandchildren: Brittany Long, Jacob and Jesse Fryer, Austin and Tyler Pirkle, Kaycie and MacKensie Everett; Sister-in-Law: Mrs. Johnnie Franklin, Stone Mountain, GA; Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-Law: Victor and Helen Thompson, Lawrenceville, GA; Several Cousins. Mrs. Thompson was born October 12, 1922 in Gwinnett County, GA. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Peachtree Road Baptist Church for over 72 years. Funeral service will be held on Monday, March 26, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. at Peachtree Road Baptist Church in Suwanee, GA with Dr. Preston Moore and Dr. Barry Goodman officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Reflecting on 8 years of columns

Celebrate life! Remember that catchy slogan from the '60s?

If you don't, it doesn't matter. I just celebrate whatever I can whenever I can, and today marks my eighth anniversary as a Post columnist.

Commissioner, congressman planning town hall meetings

Voters will have a lot of opportunities this week to meet their elected officials.

A new view

Maine event

Barrow district attorney's spending investigatedCounty's recent financial audit found no improprieties

WINDER - Officials throughout the three-county Piedmont Judicial Circuit are looking to the state attorney general regarding whether to investigate the financial dealings of District Attorney Tim Madison.

However, Barrow County's yearly audit, completed in February, revealed no improprieties, Keith Lee, Barrow County's chief administrator, said.

Local GOP chairman re-elected

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Republicans re-elected their chairman in a close race Saturday.

Wedding Announcements

50th anniversary

Robert and Christine Lotspeich of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on March 5, 1957, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The couple celebrated by renewing their wedding vows at St. Marguerite de Youville Catholic Church in Lawrenceville. Surrounded by family and friends, they had dinner afterward at the Macaroni Grill.

Corps to offer rare public tours of facility

BUFORD - Janet Hanson has driven across the bridge more times than she can count.

Fairy Tale Tea will transform girls into princesses

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

Mothers and daughters will be transformed into queens and princesses today during the magical Fairy Tale Tea being held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The mother-daughter tea and fashion show will benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

This year, the tea will be geared more toward older princesses, said Kerrie Harrison, co-chair of the event.

"Girls, typically ages 3 to about 10, dress up in their costume best or Sunday best, and they get to be princess for a day. We're doing where Hollywood meets fairy princesses," she said. "Younger girls will still have a ball, and the older girls will have a lot of fun, too. This year's activities are more aimed at the older kids, whereas in past years, it has been more for the younger kids."

Man accused of rear-ending police car

LAWRENCEVILLE - One of the biggest driving no-nos is rear-ending another car. The driver hitting a car from behind is often found to be at fault.

Traditional Jewish food rules even stricter during Passover

Most of the year, Rabbi Reuven Stein can indulge in a Krispy Kreme doughnut or two. But for the week of Passover, these sugary treats are a no-no. It's not that the rabbi is watching his figure. It's just that doughnuts don't follow the strict kosher dietary guidelines of Passover.

"You can't eat anything that rises in Passover. Only unleavened bread," said Stein, a director with the Atlanta Kashruth Commission. The nonprofit group certifies restaurants, hotels and caterers as kosher.

Machovec breaks county record

HOUSCHTON - Eve Machovec broke a county record that had stood since 1999. But she was still disappointed. The senior from Dacula set a new county record in the discus at the Gwinnett County Track and Field Championships, but she felt she could have done better.

Letters to the Editor

NAACP creates unneeded hazard

Most everyone knows the good ol' "Dukes of Hazzard" boys Tom Wopat and John Schneider. Both are world-class singers who have often sang with symphonies, Pops orchestras and on Broadway, not to mention their successful recording careers.

Fly high above the city with a helicopter tour

For Spencer King, there is only one way to really see Atlanta.

"From the air, man, looking out a big helicopter window, that's the only way you can really get a view of all the city has to offer," said King, a frequent flyer at Air Atlanta Helicopters.

It seems that King isn't alone in his thinking. Taking in an aerial view of the city has become a top-rated activity for both tourists and residents, and with good reason, said Ron Carrol, owner of Blue Ridge Helicopters in Lawrenceville.

Maine Event: Get away from it all in tiny town of Belfast

I think the only person who wasn't disappointed by my mainly rainy trip to Maine was me.

New detective story proves good reading is no mystery

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

Sometimes finding a good book to read is no mystery. When "The Spellman Files" by Lisa Lutz (Simon and Schuster, $25) crossed my path recently, I was somewhat interested in the story because it was about a female private eye.

Birth Announcements

Jan. 7

Sydney Grace Pate was born on Jan. 7, 2007, to Rachel Lee Pate and Thad Leonard Pate of Loganville. She weighed 8 lbs., 3 ozs. and was 20 inches long.

'Madams' still awaiting indictment

LAWRENCEVILLE - A case involving accusations of prostitution in Gwinnett's high-class Sugarloaf Country Club hasn't gone as quickly as the district attorney had promised.

No room for ties in sports

This week the Georgia High School Association got it right. Unlike the two football games that helped prompt the vote, the organization made sure there was a clear winner in deciding that state championship games will no longer end in ties.

Moore ends brilliant career on top

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.

Delays expected in south Hall County

HALL COUNTY - Watch out for workers and lane closures on Ga. Highway 53 at Ga. Highway 211 in south Hall County next week.

Prep roundup: Duluth girls win first match of year

BRUNSWICK - After battling Lee County to a 0-0 tie Friday night, Duluth's girls came up big Saturday to score their first win of the year 6-0 over Brunswick in the Kelme Tournament of Champions at Jekyll Island.

Billy Max Horton

Mr. Billy Max Horton, age 74 of Cumming, passed away Friday, March 23, 2007. Billy was a member of Coal Mountain Baptist Church where he was a deacon and licensed ...

Allene Thompson

Mrs. Allene Burnett Thompson, age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Luna Burnett and grandson ...

Bess Burel

Mrs. Bess “Mom Bess” Burel Mrs. Mary Bess Cain Burel, age 92, of Buford, GA, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007. She was preceded in death by ...

James Louis Nicholos

James Louis Nicholos, age 64, of Norcross, GA, passed away March 23, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

William H. Hill

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 ...

Everette A. Croslow

Everette A. Croslow, 87, of Duluth, GA, died March 24, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.