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Hebron's Montgomery to sign with North Georgia

• Hebron Christian senior Meredith Montgomery has accepted a basketball scholarship from North Georgia College and State University. She plans to sign with the NCAA Division II school on April 11.

Police Briefs

Fire destroys vacant Buford mobile home

•BUFORD - Firefighters are unsure what caused a fire that completely destroyed a vacant mobile home Friday morning.

Wall Street closes narrowly mixed amid inflation woes

NEW YORK - Stocks rose, dropped and then recovered Friday - just as they did over the course of the first quarter, as Wall Street showed nervousness about rising inflation and dollar weakness but took solace in resilient consumer spending and slow economic growth.

Barrow police reports

Students face drug charges

•WINDER - Students ages 12 and 13 were arrested at Russell Middle School on March 23. The 12-year-old was charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and the 13-year-old was charged with intent to distribute marijuana.

Blimp in Gwinnett for Final Four contest

LAWRENCEVILLE - On the court at the Georgia Dome tonight, basketball players from Georgetown, Ohio State, Florida and UCLA will battle for a spot in the men's Division I championship game.

GDOT to accept bids for U.S. Highway 78 median

LAWRENCEVILLE - A project that will put a median on U.S. Highway 78 has been put out for bids.

Errors doom Brookwood in loss at Grayson

LOGANVILLE - It's tough to get past all the errors.

Gladiators can't dig out of early hole

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Instead of staying a step ahead as they did on Thursday, the Gwinnett Gladiators were a step behind on Friday.

Winder police ID body

WINDER - Police on Friday identified a body found Thursday near a grass fire outside Winder as that of a missing Hall County man.

Bulldogs capitalize on Eagle mistakes in win

SUWANEE - Win number 300 was sweet, but North Gwinnett head coach Frank Vashaw said that number 301 was just a little bit sweeter.

Gwinnett grads: Locals power GPC softball to new heights

The Georgia Perimeter College fastpitch softball team has the highest ranking in program history, thanks to the efforts of two Gwinnett sluggers.

Former Wesleyan coach Bufton takes job in Houston

Bill Bufton, who has been a teacher and basketball coach in Gwinnett County for the past 16 years, has accepted a new job at Fort Bend Baptist Academy, a small Christian school in Houston.

Delta announces post-bankruptcy board of directors

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, has picked a new 11-member board of directors for when it emerges from bankruptcy protection that includes current and former executives at big U.S. companies.

18 arrested in immigration bust

BUFORD - Police on Thursday arrested 18 suspected illegal Mexican immigrants from California, thought to be orange pickers heading to northern Georgia.

Letters to the Editor

Problem with pollen

nothing to sneeze at

It's springtime y'all and love is in the air! At least the trees are having a love fest. First, it was the Bradford pears blooming with rare beauty and a smell that would gag a maggot. Love stinks when it comes to pear trees. Then the Georgia pines got into the act with a yellow love potion that dusted everything in sight including my dogs. And there's all the other tree pollen that you can't even see that affects us.

I know it's been said that a young man's fancy is supposed to turn to love in the spring, but if you're suffering from tree allergies you may be love-sick already. It's hard to be romantic when you're sneezing and blowing your nose every 10 seconds. The ladies expect to hear sweet nothings in their ear, not "Ah-Ah-Ah, Choooo!

- Deryl Duncan

Lawrenceville

Bill should apply

to all homeowners, not just landlords

This is a response to "Unsightly housing spurs landlord bill," March 6, Page 1A. The bill should not single out landlords but target all homeowners.

Quality of Life Unit arrests 8

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police with the Quality of Life Unit arrested eight people this month after routine investigations to reduce crime within the county.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the unit's officers arrested four adults March 10 after the police received tips of illegal activity at a residence and 44-year-old Charles Tony Lewallen gave police permission to search his Duluth home for drugs.

Advantage Rams

Prep roundup: Simpson dominates in Comets win

SNELLVILLE - Behind the strong arm of Cody Simpson, Shiloh defended its home field by defeating South Gwinnett 5-1 in Region 8-AAAAA action on Friday.

Watch out: April Fools' jokers are everywhere

"Fool me once shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

Politicians take wrong approach with state media

It looks as though the boys and girls of the Legislature - more specifically the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives - are at it again, acting like a bunch of petulant, thumb-sucking 5-year-olds. The source of their snit fit? The state's media, of course.

U.S. imposes trade sanctions on China in dispute

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration, facing increasing anger over soaring trade deficits, announced Friday it would impose sanctions against Chinese paper imports, opening up a new avenue for beleaguered American manufacturers to seek government protection.

Police charge man suspected in two Snellville robberies

DECATUR - Police charged a teen Thursday in connection with the robbery of two Gwinnett County businesses.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said Brian Eugene Weldon, 17, of Decatur was charged with two counts of felony armed robbery in connection with the Monday robbery of the Metro PCS store on Annistown Road in Snellville as well as the March 22 armed robbery at the Hunan Chinese restaurant near U.S. Highway 78 in Lilburn.

The Metro PCS was robbed by two men shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, a police report said. The owner told police two men, one armed with a gun, entered the store demanding money from the register, the report said.

Grayson boys basketball coach resigns

Grayson announced on Friday boys head basketball coach Hal Wilson has resigned from his post with the Rams to take the same job with North Oconee High School.

Field Day fun

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

PHILLIPS, DONALD

Donald Wayne Phillips, age 57 of Buford, died March 28, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

CUMMING

HANSARD, GOEL

Mr. Goel Dewitt Hansard, Jr., age 75 of Cumming, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007. Mr. Hansard attended Riverside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Goel Dewitt, Sr., and Gertrude Hansard, sister Bernice Wood and brother Nimrod Hansard. Survivors include his wife Carolyn Pirkle Hansard of Cumming; brothers James Elwyn Hansard of Lawrenceville, Rodney Hansard and Emory Hansard both of Cumming; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harvey Langley and Rev. William Pirkle officiating. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Saturday from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory, Cumming, Georgia, in charge of the arrangements.

DACULA

HODGE, RUTH

Ruth Ann Hodge, age 55 of Dacula, Georgia, died Friday, March 30, 2007. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

TAYLOR, WILBURN

Wilburn J. Taylor age 70 of Flowery Branch died Thursday, March 29, 2007. Funeral service will be held 1 P.M. Monday, April 2 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Wade officiating. Burial will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. He is survived by his wife Sharon Taylor; daughters and sons-in-law- Cindy and Sal Rubiano, of Monroe; Tammy and Don Wucinski, of Douglasville; Betsy and Judge Farmer, of Gainesville; Marcia and Bob Steinbuch, of Buford; Sons and daughters-in-law- Kenny and Tina Taylor, of Douglasville; Scotty and Nancy Taylor, of Buford; Scott and Kathy Jones, of Buford; Sister- Geneva Waycaster, of Buford; Grandchildren- Ryan and Erin Simms; Jessica and Nicole Wucinski; Taylor and Jud Farmer; Elizabeth, William and Christopher Taylor; Justin Stancel; Shayna and Victoria Steinbuch; Judson and Jimmy Jones. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Taylor retired from General Motors and was of the Baptist Faith. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 1 from 2 to 4 P.M. and 6 to 9 P.M. at Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, 30518 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

GAINESVILLE

PETERSON, CARY

Cary Allen Peterson age 51 of Gainesville died Friday, March 30, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345.*

SNELLVILLE

AYCOCK, NANCY

Nancy Parcell Aycock, age 85, of Snellville, GA. died March 28, 2007 with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton H. (Cotton) Aycock. She is survived by her son, J. Michael Aycock and his partner Barry Baker; daughters and sons-in-law, Pat Kimbell and Glenn White, Carol & Buel Warden; sister, Sarah & Bill Howard; Grandchildren, Matthew Aycock & wife Sherry, Scott Kimbell & wife Leslie; Great Grandchildren, Hailey & Taylor Aycock. Nancy was born in Roanoke, VA on January 21, 1922. After the death of her father, she and her siblings were raised at Barium Springs, an historic orphanage near Davidson College in NC. As a tribute to the school and the determination of the Parcell children they all went on to graduate from college. Nancy earned her degree in home economics. Nancy met her husband, "Cotton" in NC. He was a Capt. in the Air Force and a decorated pilot in the Pacific during WWII. They settled in GA where they raised their 3 children. Nancy loved teaching, playing golf, bridge and ushering at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. She was a volunteer for the VA Hospital in Atlanta for many years and was a member of the Hannary Estates Garden Club. Her greatest loves were her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who all live in Atlanta. Her life was full, happy and her family loved and adored her. Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 1, 2007 at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends after the service at the home of Carol & Buel Warden. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, or Third Creek Presbyterian Church, 2055 Third Creek Church Road, Cleveland, NC 27013. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770/963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

GIBSON, DAISY

Daisy Rowe Gibson, 93, of Snellville, formerly of Monroe, died March 28, 2007. A native of Walton County, she resided in Snellville where she made a difference in many children's lives in her work at church, nurseries and day care in her home. She was a charter member of White Oak Baptist Church, Lilburn. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday in White Oak Baptist Church. Rev. Danny Odum will officiate. Private interment services will be held. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Sylvia (Tim) Still of Lawrenceville and Ellie (Jack) Petty of Snellville; son: Lee Ben Gibson of Avondale Estates; brother: Thomas Rowe of Austell; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, C. E. (Ed) Gibson and a son, LeDolf Gibson. Memorials may be made to White Oak Baptist Church, 1352 Martin Nash Rd., Lilburn, GA 30047. Arthur Bowick, Inc. Funeral Directors, Monroe, GA.

SUGAR HILL

DEWITT, E. KATHLEEN

E. Kathleen Dewitt, age 78, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away March 30, 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.*

TUCKER

JONES, RAYMOND

Raymond L. Jones, Sr., age 84, of Tucker, GA, died Friday morning, March 30, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

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Daisy Gibson

Daisy Rowe Gibson, 93, of Snellville, formerly of Monroe, died March 28, 2007. A native of Walton County, she resided in Snellville where she made a difference in many children's ...

Wilburn Taylor

Wilburn J. Taylor age 70 of Flowery Branch died Thursday, March 29, 2007. Funeral service will be held 1 P.M. Monday, April 2 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart ...

Raymond Jones

Raymond L. Jones, Sr., age 84, of Tucker, GA, died Friday morning, March 30, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726 ...

Cary Peterson

Cary Allen Peterson age 51 of Gainesville died Friday, March 30, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Donald Phillips

Donald Wayne Phillips, age 57 of Buford, died March 28, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Goel Dewitt Hansard, Jr.

Mr. Goel Dewitt Hansard, Jr., age 75 of Cumming, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2007. Mr. Hansard attended Riverside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Goel ...

Ruth Hodge

Ruth Ann Hodge, age 55 of Dacula, Georgia, died Friday, March 30, 2007. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

E. Kathleen Dewitt

E. Kathleen Dewitt, age 78, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away March 30, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...