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Hispanic business expo's move to Gwinnett a big hit

DULUTH - Looking for a job hasn't been easy for Diana Carrillo.

OBITUARIES

ARCADE

MASSEY, RANDY

Randy Massey, age 41 of Arcade, GA, passed away March 25, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

DACULA

BARKE, MARDEL

Mrs. Mardel Owenby Barke, age 82, of Dacula, GA passed away on March 27, 2007. Surviving are: Husband of 64 Years: Mr. Vernon A. Barke, Dacula, GA; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Dianne and Bill Van Every, Lawrenceville, GA; Son: Duane Chase Barke, Dacula, GA; Grandchildren: Michelle and Steve Tubbs, Jasper, AL, Troy and Gina Van Every, Cumming, GA; Great Grandchildren: Austin Van Every, Nathan Van Every; Sister: Eleonor Aulozzi, Lady Lake, FL; Brother: Thurlo Owenby, Kennesaw, GA; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Barke was born on March 4, 1925 in Cobb County, GA. She was a homemaker and worked part-time outside the home with the Telephone Company, Education and Retail. She was a 1942 graduate of Thomasville High School, Thomasville, GA. She was a member of Hamilton Mill Baptist Church (Hog Mountain Baptist Church) where she taught the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class for 11 years. She loved her Sunday School class and ministered to all. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Mac Palmer and Rev. Barney Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

DULUTH

DAVISON, PATRICIA

Patricia S. Davison, 51, of Duluth, died March 26, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

GRAYSON

BROWNLEE, MABLE

Ruth McCart Brownlee, age 79 of Grayson, GA, a longtime resident of Snellville, GA died March 27, 2007. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 29 at 2pm at Wages Snellville Chapel. Interment will be held at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 9pm at the funeral home. Complete survivors and arrangements to be announced. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

LAWRENCEVILLE

SZCZEPKOWSKI,

JUDY

Judy Szczepkowski, age 61 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Ezzell. She is survived by her husband: Stanley J. Szczepkowski; sons: Tim W. Szczepkowski of Marietta, GA, Robert Lee Szczepkowski of Northfield, NH, Joseph L. Szczepkowski of Suwanee, GA; brother: William Ezzell of Jacksonville, NC; sisters: Eva Mae Shepard of Jacksonville, NC, Dorothy Bradley of Maple Hill, NC, Mary Renaldi of Snellville, GA, Helen Love of Maple Hill, NC; grandchildren: Samuel, Andrew, Haylee, Nicholas, Isabella, Luke, Jacklyn, Matthew and Spencer. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007 at 11 o'clock at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Burial will be at Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 o'clock to 9 o'clock at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

NORCROSS

NORWOOD, JOE

Mr. Joe Norwood, age 83, of Norcross, GA, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2007. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Chapel at the Wages & Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, GA, with the Rev. Brian Sherwood, his grandson, officiating. Interment will follow at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA. Mr. Norwood was born in Monroe Co., TN to Frank & Julia Burchfield Norwood and has lived in Gwinnett Co., GA since 1968. He served in WWII for the 8th AAF in the European Theatre. After the war he eventually became a corporate pilot, flying for Sinclair Oil Co., BP Oil, and West Lumber Company. He is survived by his wife, Mary Norwood of Norcross, GA; daughter, Pam Sherwood of Kennesaw, GA; grandsons, Brian Sherwood of Ft. Worth, TX and Keith Sherwood of Acworth, GA; granddaughters, Stefanie Ezratty of Huntersville, NC and Ashley Sherwood of Kennesaw, GA; and great-grandson, Jonathan Thomas Sherwood of Acworth, GA; sister, Blanche Tilley of Blue Ridge, GA; and brother, Spence Norwood of Lithia Springs, GA. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, 770-277-4550.

WINDER

MCDONALD, LEILA

Leila Austin McDonald, age 91 of Winder, GA, passed away March 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

RYANS, ED

Ed Ryans Sr., age 63 of Winder, GA, passed away March 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Overpowering tower

Group discusses how to prevent underage drinking

LILBURN - Underage drinking in Gwinnett County has decreased in the past six years, however, those underage drinkers are doing it with greater frequency, according to county substance abuse prevention agency.

Winder man charged with stabbings

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WINDER - A Winder man arrested and charged with two separate stabbings Tuesday, allegedly using a butcher knife and a screwdriver. The motive for the attacks is not known, and the victims injuries are not life threatening.

Subdivision at Old Peachtree, Ga. 20 approved with 66 lots

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents who were fighting to keep five additional homes out of a subdivision at Old Peachtree Road and Ga. Highway 20 were defeated Tuesday, but county commissioners said the request would not set a precedent for closer houses in the area.

Delta expects to emerge from bankruptcy April 30

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. expects to emerge from bankruptcy April 30 with an eye on returning to profitability, improving customer service and selling more assets to build shareholder value, it said Tuesday, raising the possibility it could shed feeder carrier Comair.

Carl council votes to plant extra trees in city's park

CARL - Something's looming over Carl's City Park.

Delirium coming to Arena

It's charmed audiences in 30 cities and it's regularly among the top-five grossing concerts in the nation, and now Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium" tour will come to Duluth.

New bus service starts on U.S. 78

SNELLVILLE - Commuters sick of sitting in traffic on U.S. Highway 78 can leave the white knuckles to someone else, beginning next week.

Payday lending bill misses cut

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ATLANTA - It was "two strikes and you're out'' Tuesday for a bid to bring payday lending back to Georgia after a three-year absence.

Letters to the Editor

Article captures essence of Bowden's message

I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate Brandon Brigman's article ("Thousands show up to see Bowden," Sports, March 23) about Bobby Bowden's visit. I am a member of North Metro and took my two oldest sons to see Coach Bowden. He had a terrific message and Brandon portrayed it well.

Moore gets another state player of the year honor

Already sporting Naismith National Player of the Year and Miss Georgia Basketball awards, Collins Hill senior Maya Moore has received yet another honor.

A marker for Miller's career as a chameleonVIEWPOINTS

The 2007 Legislature is considering at least one really good idea: erecting a statue to the Republicans' favorite Democrat, Zell Miller.

Probably no Georgia politician in the last quarter-century has cast as great a shadow as the former governor and senator, which is the more impressive since that list also includes U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. Sam Nunn and Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy.

What has made Miller so effective has been his ability to read the right tea leaves for that moment in time, even if he came up short. In the 1960s, he played to the white rural base; in the 1970s, he was the liberal reformer; in the 1980s, he was repairing old wounds; in the 1990s, he was the Southern Democratic populist in the Bill Clinton/James Carville mold; and in this decade, he has been George W. Bush's best friend. The most partisan Democrat in Georgia became a hardcore Republican in everything but name just as the state's politics were shifting.

Peach State taking over Bluegrass state

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - If football is king in the state of Georgia, then perhaps basketball is the prince ready to take over the throne.

In Brief

Stocks fall as data show softening housing market

•NEW YORK - Stocks stumbled Tuesday as investors grew wary when new data raised the possibility that the nation's weak housing market would seep into the broader economy and crimp consumer spending.

Snellville approves annexation

SNELLVILLE - Snellville officials Monday night approved the annexation of two parcels of land totaling about 5.9 acres. The parcels, located at the intersection of Pinehurst and Sycamore roads, will be combined with land already located within the city limits and developed into a 21-home single-family residence subdivision.

The applicant, Tulane Group LLC, plans to build 1,700-square-foot homes with brick, stone or stucco facades, and set the price point at the mid-$300,000s to mid-$400s. The planned neighborhood will be in the Grayson school district.

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer said he is opposed to clear-cutting and did not want to see that practice in the development of this neighborhood. The applicant's representative assured the mayor the practice would only be used where planned roads are located and to accommodate stormwater management and sewer easements.

The matter was nearly postponed until the next meeting in April because of confusion over existing zoning conditions on the parcel of land already located within the city limits. That piece of land, annexed into Snellville in 2002, actually had no conditions attached to it. Some city staff believed there was a condition regarding the exterior design of homes to be built on the land, but after a brief delay of Monday night's meeting to research the final plat, none was found.

One of the conditions imposed Monday night is the developer's responsibility to pave Sycamore Road from its intersection with Pinehurst Road up to the entrance/exit of the new subdivision. Sycamore Road is now graveled, and homeowners have made it clear they do not want it paved, saying such an improvement would encourage more traffic and infringe on their privacy.

The only resident who spoke in opposition to the planned project was homeowner Brenda Smith who lives in Pinehurst Manor, a neighborhood adjacent to the project proposed by The Tulane Group LLC. Smith noted that both trees and wildlife, namely deer, have already been disappearing from the land. Many pine trees have been removed by the previous landowner because of a pine beetle problem, not because of future development.

The annexation and rezoning of the land was approved Monday night.

Barrow rezones property at center of lawsuit

WINDER - A 26-acre parcel that is the object of litigation with the town of Braselton was rezoned to commercial by Barrow County Commissioners. If Braselton loses its lawsuit, developers are ready to build a commercial center at Ga. Highway 211 and Beaver Dam Road in unincorporated Barrow County.

Gladiators on verge of playoff berth

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators can clinch a playoff spot with a win against South Carolina on Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Freshman keeper helps GAC past Wesleyan on PKs

NORCROSS - Earlier this month, Greater Atlanta Christian's Chaney Means harassed the Wesleyan girls basketball players with her tough defense.

Sports briefs

local

Dacula's Ragan signs with Darton

Dacula senior Jenni Ragan has signed a swimming scholarship with Darton College in Albany. A four-year member of the Falcons' team, she also competed for SwimAtlanta.

Military segregation of the sexes a good ideaVIEWPOINTS

There are enough rape and sexual assault stories coming out of Iraq these days to keep Americans variously outraged and confused. In the past few weeks, two major stories have appeared - on Salon.com and in The New York Times Sunday magazine - reporting the difficulties servicewomen face in a testosterone-infused military.

Gwinnett lawyer takes on 48-hour ride for cancer

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Arena is not just for hockey and concerts anymore ... at least that's what some Duluth lawyers and their friends think.

As part of the American Cancer Society weekend at the arena and in preparation for the cancer organization's Gwinnett Relay for Life, members of Gary Martin Hays and Associates will take to the ice riding big wheel bikes starting at Thursday's Gwinnett Gladiators game.

Members of the law firm will begin a 48-hour fundraising ride before the Gladiators take on the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and will continue to ride around the upper concourse of the arena until the hockey team's 7:35 p.m. Saturday game against the Pensacola Ice Pilots.

The ride is to raise money for ACS research and to kick off the firm's involvement in Relay for Life - the cancer organization's largest fundraising walk event.

Moore still the star in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Even here, among all the best players from across the nation, Maya Moore is still the top attraction.

Police and fire reports

Men detain accused thief

•NORCROSS - An employee of a Dawsonville heating and air conditioning company said he captured and tied down a man trying to steal drills off his company work van last week.

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.

Randy Massey

Randy Massey, age 41 of Arcade, GA, passed away March 25, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Joe Norwood

Mr. Joe Norwood, age 83, of Norcross, GA, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2007. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Chapel at ...

Judy Szczepkowski

Judy Szczepkowski, age 61 of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Ezzell. She is survived by her husband ...

Leila Mcdonald

Leila Austin McDonald, age 91 of Winder, GA, passed away March 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Patricia Davison

Patricia S. Davison, 51, of Duluth, died March 26, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Mardel Barke

Mrs. Mardel Owenby Barke, age 82, of Dacula, GA passed away on March 27, 2007. Surviving are: Husband of 64 Years: Mr. Vernon A. Barke, Dacula, GA; Daughter and Son ...

Ed Ryans, Sr.

Ed Ryans Sr., age 63 of Winder, GA, passed away March 26, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.