News for Tuesday, March 6, 2007

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Annie Simonton

Annie Lee Greeson Simonton, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, died March 6, 2007. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Lanier “Red” Simonton and her sister ...

Jason Palmer

Jason Edward Palmer, 33, of Lilburn, died Saturday, March 3, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Maria Roberts

Maria Roberts, age 20, of Kennesaw, formerly of Winder, GA, passed away March 3, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Jo Dean Owen

DEAN Jo Dean Owen, age 69 of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007. Graveside Services will be held 2 PM Thursday, March 8, 2007 at Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy ...

Kathleen Ford

Kathleen Shelnutt Ford, age 92, of Lawrenceville, GA, died March 4, 2007. She was the daughter of Augustus (Gus) and Fannie Peevy Wages. She is survived by two sister, Mrs ...

James Moseley

James Samuel Moseley, age 53, of Buford, died March 4th, 2007 at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville after a long illness due to juvenile diabetes. He was born on February ...

Looking for honesty? Kids' letters provide it

Kids say the darndest things. That shouldn't surprise me, considering the old TV series by the same name - or my personal history.

4 more pot busts made

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Drug Task Force investigators identified four more marijuana grow houses over the weekend.

This weekend's discovery brings the total of grow houses found in the county since Feb. 26 to eight.

Lawrenceville adds to Quality of Life unit

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Quality of Life unit with the Lawrenceville Police Department has gained two more certified officers after the approval on Monday by the Lawrenceville City Council.

Prep Roundup: Blount tosses shutout in South win over Union Grove

SNELLVILLE - Nick Blount threw six inning of one-hit baseball as South Gwinnett blanked Union Grove 9-0.

Unsightly housing spurs landlord bill

ATLANTA - Local governments would be allowed to require landlords to register their residential properties under legislation introduced into the House by several Gwinnett lawmakers.

As part of an initiative to clean up Gwinnett's dilapidated communities, officials adopted a program last August to require business owners to name registered agents, but leaders hit a snag when attempting to apply the same law to rental property.

Buford votes to delay tuition for subdivision

BUFORD - The Buford City Council voted Monday night to delay until 2008 charging 2007 student tuition to affected families from Harbor Ridge Subdivision, which the council voted to annex into the city limits from unincorporated Gwinnett County.

Several of the homeowners showed up at the meeting and applauded the council's decision before leaving. A homeowner's association spokesman for the 27 families said she was pleased with the decision. The property annexed represented about 22 acres.

According to information received by the Buford Planning Commission, a typical house valued at $350,000 will generate about $2,100 in school taxes at the current millage rate. Also, there will be an additional bus route for the City's school bus system for the new students.

Gwinnett in line for future SEC women's tourneys

DULUTH - Having the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament in the Arena at Gwinnett Center likely wasn't a one-shot thing.

Norcross mayor Webb gives workers praise in state of the city

NORCROSS - Mayor Lillian Webb of Norcross delivered her annual state-of-the-city address Monday night, praising city workers for their hard work and dedication in 2006.

Fashion show raises money for breast cancer research

BUCKHEAD - More than 600 women sifted through clothes, jewelry and gift baskets to place their bids in a silent auction as part of the American Cancer Society's annual Hope Fashion Show on Monday.

Candidate announced for Suwanee special election

SUWANEE - Kevin McOmber designed Suwanee's Town Center, and now he wants a seat in the council chambers that will soon be built there.

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, email auburndixieyouth@yahoo.com or online at www.eteamz.com/auburndixieyouth.

Strutting their stuff

BOE to vote on new policies

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education will be asked Thursday evening to adopt new policies relating to business systems oversight, constituent services and board workshops.

Five teams reach state final four

The odds are good that Gwinnett may have a pair of state champions in girls basketball, with four local teams still continuing their pursuit of a title this week.

Corrections

Denise Hildreth, author of "Flies on the Butter," will discuss her book at 7 p.m. today at the Lawrenceville branch of the Gwinnett Public Library, located at 1001 Lawrenceville Highway in Lawrenceville.

The time and location were incorrect in a calendar published in Sunday's Life & Leisure section.

Police/fire reports

Armed robber locks up employees

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Employees of the Philly Connection at 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road were forced into the store freezer by two men who robbed the store Thursday night.

According to a police report, two armed black men entered the store demanding money then forced the employees into the freezer at the back of the store after taking about $600 from the register.

A former employee arrived at the store during the time of the robbery and was taken to a back room in the store. The former employee was able to free the employees from the freezer.

Employees were in the freezer for about 10 minutes and were not injured.

Man fills shopping cart, then flees

•NORCROSS - The Norcross Walgreens at 5296 Jimmy Carter Blvd. was hit by a shoplifter Sunday.

A black man entered the drug store about 1 a.m., filled a shopping cart with merchandise and ran out of the store without paying for the items, according to a police report.

The man fled in a silver Dodge Intrepid but left the cart in the parking lot.

Employees said they recognized the man from a similar theft at the store a week ago. They said he took a number of items in the previous burglary.

Fire destroys storage building

•WINDER - Fire destroyed a storage building at 2040 Highway 82 and three adjoining acres at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Gladiators host Everblades in key game

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators have four hockey games this week, but their most important may be tonight.

Reports: Inmates attack deputies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett sheriff's deputies were recovering Monday after receiving injuries from detention center inmates.

Good showing

The Associated Press

Gingrich's ideas could fix broken system

Admit it, you hate politics: the gotcha games in which a quote can be taken out of context and used as a pretext for bashing one's opponent; the sound bites replacing reasoned argument; the focus groups and pollsters who tell candidates what to say instead of encouraging them to believe in something; the concentration on gaining and then maintaining power for its own sake; the enormous cost of elections, which transforms politicians into servants of those who give the most money.