News for Wednesday, March 7, 2007

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Kathy Cash

Kathy Cash, age 44 of Snellville, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

Kathy Cash

LYNN Kathy Lynn Cash, age 44 of Snellville died Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, March 9, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Charles Bauknight

Mr. Charles F. Bauknight, age 88, of Winder, Georgia, died March 7, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Mattie Lister

Mrs. Mattie Lou Lister, age 93, of Buford, GA, passed away March 6, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Tony Laspisa

Tony LaSpisa, age 63, of Lilburn, GA, died Tuesday evening, March 6, 2007, of complications from diabetes. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Wendy Carlile

Wendy Lyn Carlile, age 37 of Monroe, GA, formerly of Alliance, OH, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 ...

Donald Williams

Mr. Donald Williams, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 6, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Walda Teeter

Walda L. Teeter, age 58, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away March 5, 2007. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Roscoe Moose

Roscoe W. Moose, age 83 of Grayson, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry ...

Farmland sold for Sugarloaf extension

LAWRENCEVILLE - Roy Wallis will have one more planting season on the land he has farmed for more than 60 years.

One-stop shopping in works for Planning and Development

LAWRENCEVILLE - A move to place code enforcement officers in the Police Department isn't the only shake-up for Gwinnett's Department of Planning and Development.

Planners recommend infill homes

LAWRENCEVILLE - A dozen infill homes on Lester Road will be a "shot in the arm" for the area, a developer's representative said.

GAC's Daniels deflects praise to teammates

D'Nay Daniels doesn't want to talk about herself, she's tired of all the attention.

But when you are the leading scorer on the state's No. 1 Class AA team the attention barrels at you. Along with off-the-court recognition, Daniels is also the most popular player when she is on the court for opposing defenses.

Teams know that stopping Greater Atlanta Christian starts with stopping its best senior.

Knowing it and doing it are two different things.

Hot 3-point shooting makes Eagles almost impossible to defend

You're the head coach and your team is getting ready to play the No. 1 Collins Hill girls basketball team.

Grand jury wants internal audit again

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's grand jury is urging the re-establishment of a county internal audit department.

Eight months ago, the department's closing caused a consultant to pull out of a contract, alleging the decision "opens the door for 'Enron-type' events to occur."

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

MOSELEY, JAMES

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 28, 1954 in Toccoa, GA and was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Lorraine Johnson Moseley of Duluth. Fondly nicknamed "Jimmy" by his friends, he spent his career as a master woodworker, cabinetmaker and carpenter after attending the J. M. Wright Technical School in Stamford, Connecticut. His talent was a true gift from God. He is survived by his father, Thomas F. Moseley, Sr. of Duluth; his beloved children, Jessica Erin Moseley of Athens, and James Taylor Moseley of Buford; Sister, Audrey Lorraine Moseley of Duluth; three brothers, Thomas F. Moseley, Jr. of Stamford, CT, David Ralph Moseley of Collins, GA, John A. Moseley of Braselton, and a host of extended family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 10th, 2007 at 4:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Duluth, 2908 Hwy. 120, Duluth, GA. Dr. David Parker will deliver the eulogy. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Byars Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 678-455-5815.

KENNESAW

ROBERTS, MARIA

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.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

FORD, KATHLEEN

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. Frances Black of Fayetteville, GA, and Mrs. Laurine Holland of Buford, GA; several Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces and Great Nephews. Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by her two husbands, Clifford Shelnutt and J. Ford. A long time resident of Lawrenceville and Tucker, GA, she was a member of the United Methodist Church of Tucker and was always active with the United Methodist Women. She was a Past Treasurer of the United Methodist Women-Atlanta Emory District, who honored her with a "Special Mission Recognition Pin" in 1968. She was a member of the Methodist Children's Home Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 7007, Tucker Women's Club, Brookdale Senior Club and the Crusaders Sunday School Class. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 3:00 PM at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Dr. J. Douglas Gibson and Rev. William Childers officiating. Interment Shadowlawn Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or Memorials can be made to your Church, the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville, or the Lawrenceville Methodist Camp Grounds. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

OWEN, JO 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 Springs. Pastor Mark Hornby will officiate. Ms. Owen was a retired secretary with SunTrust Bank, Atlanta. She is survived by, Children: David & Brenda Owen, Winder, Kimberly & Kerry Shepherd, Marietta; Sister & Brother-in-law: Sandra & Joe McKoy, Chocowinity, NC; Grandchildren: Christina Barb, Melissa Atchason, Ashley Musculus, Zachary Shepherd; Great Grandchildren: Brooke Barb, Morgan Barb, Kaitlyn Daniel, Olivia Daniel, Natalie Atchason, Adam Atchason; Nephew: Jeffery Neblett. The Family will receive friends from 7 - 9 PM Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, P.O. Box 674, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

SIMONTON, ANNIE

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, Dorothy G. Holcombe. She is survived by: Children, Barty & Carolyn Simonton of Lawrenceville, Phyllis Simonton of Lawrenceville, and John and Dawn Simonton of Suwanee; Sister, Geraldine Greeson of Lawrenceville; Grandchildren, Sydney Simonton, Adam Simonton and Callie Simonton; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Simonton was a devoted mother and grandmother. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville and a lifelong native of Gwinnett County. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 8, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville at 2:00 PM with Dr. Lamar Holley and Rev. W.C. Corley officiating. Interment Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville Building Fund. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

LILBURN

PALMER, JASON

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.*

Prep roundup: Gyawu and Manting lead Panthers past Centennial

LILBURN - Kofi Gyawu and Nathan Manting each had one goal apiece as they lead Parkview past Centennial 4-0 on Tuesday.

Chambliss no movie star, but he's formidable

A photograph of fictitious political crusader Jefferson Smith berating the Senate for corruption hangs amid dozens of pictures of real celebrities in Sen. Saxby Chambliss' office outside Atlanta.

Hillary Clinton's tin ear

Is Hillary Clinton's inevitability less inevitable? The growing consensus seems to be that the former first lady's ascendancy as first female president of the U.S. is less assured than previously thought, thanks in large part to the junior senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.

Some want magnet school in Barrow

WINDER - Members of the development and real estate community believe it's time Barrow County had a magnet school.

Spartans outlast Stars for 15-10 win

NORCROSS - What started out as a blowout in favor of Greater Atlanta Christian turned into a tight game.

Police nab suspect in robberies

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LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police said Tuesday the Lawrenceville Police Department arrested a Lilburn man believed to be connected to two bank robberies.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said the Gwinnett police issued arrest warrants for 50-year-old Gary Stephen Gambrell of 1126 Landford Drive in Lilburn.

A warrant issued in February listed Gambrell as having a Grayson address.

Public Service Commission goes to work on banning secret talks

ATLANTA - Georgia's Public Service Commission Tuesday took the first step toward prohibiting commissioners and utility officials from discussing rate cases behind closed doors.

The PSC voted 4-1 to begin crafting a rule to ban "ex parte'' conversations between regulators and the parties involved in contested cases. The practice already is prohibited in 48 states, Georgia and Louisiana being the exceptions.

"We are somewhat the last of the Mohicans,'' said Commissioner Angela Speir of Duluth, who spearheaded the proposal. "We can take the bull by the horns and work together to make a rule that is workable and fair, and that ensures transparency in the process.''

Commissioners' practice of engaging in private conversations with utility lobbyists was an issue during last year's PSC election campaigns, with two of the five seats up for grabs.

Challengers in both races called for reining in such closed-door discussions as a way to promote open government and public confidence in the PSC.

During a brief discussion before Tuesday's vote, commission Chairman Bobby Baker of Atlanta said limiting all communications to the public record would ensure each commissioner gets the same information before making decisions that directly affect millions of Georgians.

"It's time that the commission develop a reasonable rule that will help ensure that all decision makers have access to relevant information in deciding cases,'' he said.

"Other states have done it, and so can we.''

But Commissioner Stan Wise of Marietta, the only member of the PSC who voted against Speir's proposal, said shutting off private conversations would deprive both commissioners and utility officials of their free speech rights.

He accused Speir of "populist pandering'' in bringing the proposal to the commission.

Wise, who was re-elected last November with 55 percent of the vote, said Georgia voters have the right to turn out of office commissioners they believe are not pursuing the right policies.

Likewise, he said, the General Assembly could pass a law banning ex parte communications by members of the PSC if lawmakers thought private conversations a problem.

"It is not your job to play 'speech police,' '' Wise told Speir.

Developing a rule to govern communications between commissioners and parties in contested cases is expected to take months, and Tuesday's vote wasn't necessarily indicative of whether the rule would win approval.

While Speir and Baker are strong advocates of banning private conversations, the other two commissioners who voted for Speir's motion were less committal.

Prior to Tuesday's meeting, Commissioner Doug Everett of Albany sought an opinion from the attorney general's office on whether banning ex parte communications would be legal.

In a memo to the PSC, the assistant attorney general assigned to the commission wrote that it wouldn't violate any laws.

Commissioner Chuck Eaton, an Atlanta Republican who defeated former Democratic Commissioner David Burgess last fall in a runoff, said he was worried a ban on closed-door talks might throw up a bureaucratic barrier that would get in the way of efficient decision making.

"This needs to be vetted thoroughly,'' Eaton said. "I will be watching closely that we don't make the process too bureaucratic.''

But Speir said abolishing a policy that allows utility executives access to members of the PSC that is not granted to the general public is more important than fears that the commission might be creating a more cumbersome decision-making process.

"This is not about bureaucracy,'' she said. "It's about fundamental fairness.''

Barrow County teachers keep right to select their children's school

WINDER - Barrow County teachers will keep the benefit of being able to select their child's school. School board members voted Tuesday to keep in place the option that attracts some teachers to the system, said Bailey, District 2 school board member.

South Gwinnett seniors aim for AAAAA girls crown

No Gwinnett County head basketball coach has been with the same program longer than Mike Allison.

Blue Devils bucking the trend

This isn't how a nationally ranked team is supposed to play. Not in this day and age anyway.

Winder imposes temporary sign moratorium until April

WINDER - City Administrator Bob Beck announced a sign moratorium Tuesday night that could last from until April 3.

"It will only be in place until the new sign ordinance is approved. We'll probably do that at a special-called meeting before the April 3 regular council meeting," Beck said.

The moratorium prohibits both the installation of new signs as well as the changing of existing ones.

Paving paradise

Compromise deflects large townhomes

LAWRENCEVILLE - A compromise reached between residents and developers will keep the largest proposed townhomes in the county from being built at Sever and North Brown roads.

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.

Murphy announces intentions to run for re-election

DULUTH - School board member Mary Kay Murphy announced Tuesday her plans to run for re-election in 2008 to the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The former public school teacher is currently serving her third term on the board.

In brief

House takes up Norwood bill

•WASHINGTON - Kidney patients could more easily pair with friends or family members to speed up transplant surgery under a bill named after the late Georgia congressman Charlie Norwood that was taken up Tuesday by the U.S. House.

Division-leading Florida thumps Gladiators

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said there is a 100 percent likelihood he will be making roster changes before today's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

316/Ga. 20 interchange back on table

LAWRENCEVILLE - A project to create an interchange at one of Gwinnett's most clogged intersections is back on track after falling victim to the state's transportation funding crisis.

Police/Fire reports

Employees suffer smoke inhalation after fire at packaging plant

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Twelve employees of Dolco Packaging were injured Tuesday after being exposed to smoke when a stack of wooden pallets and plastics inside the manufacturing plant caught fire.

The smoke filled the warehouse and employees evacuated by 8:58 a.m. when firefighters arrived, said Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge.

He said two employees extinguished the flames with a portable extinguisher before firefighters arrived at the 2525 Hosea Road foam packaging manufacturing plant.

Barrow teacher fair draws 200 applicants

WINDER - There's no shortage of prospective teachers in Barrow County. More than 200 qualified teachers attended Saturday morning's job fair, up from the 125 interviewed last year.

The school system expects to hire about 75 teachers to fill classrooms this fall.

Wesleyan seniors primed for one more title run

The jewelry chest of Wesleyan's senior girls basketball players may be getting a little full, but there's always room for another state championship ring.

Sports briefs

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Grayson's Phillips, Mill Creek's Long honored by GADA

•Grayson's Mike Phillips and Mill Creek's Gary Long have been honored by the Georgia Athetic Directors Association as region athletic directors of the year. Phillips was named the top AD in Region 8-AAAAA and Long got the same award for 7-AAAAA.