News for Thursday, March 8, 2007

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Anita Wheeler

EDUCATOR Jacqueline Anita Hanson Wheeler, 61 of Gainesville, Georgia, formerly of Loganville, Georgia, died March 7, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 770-466-1544 ...

Anna Blackwell

Anna E. Blackwell was born July 22, 1924 in Lawrence, Kansas to the late Elder James Blackwell and to the late Edie Webster Blackwell Norman. She departed on March 6 ...

Annie Densmore

Mrs. Annie Blanch "Frady" Densmore, loving mother, age 90, went home to be with her Lord and her heavenly family on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at Cumming Manor Nursing Home ...

Janie Hopkins

Janie “Jean” Rivers Hopkins, age 76 of Dacula, GA, died Wednesday, March 7, 007 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2007 at ...

Milam named ECHL's Rookie of the Month

Gwinnett Gladiators rookie defenseman Jamie Milam was named the ECHL's Rookie of the Month for February on Wednesday.

prep roundup: Creel dominates as Peachtree Ridge upsets No. 4 Kell

SUWANEE - Matt Creel pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on five hits to lead Peachtree Ridge past No. 4 ranked Kell 4-1 on Wednesday.

Boggs Road ramp to close for construction

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ramps connecting Boggs Road to Ga. Highway 316 will close beginning Friday as part of the $150 million reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 85 and Ga. 316.

Planners endorse overlay district for Peachtree Corners area

LAWRENCEVILLE - Peachtree Corners will be the latest area of the county covered by an overlay district originally conceived for the Mall of Georgia.

Judges, Chamber officials offer lessons on drug abuse

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County judges and Chamber of Commerce employees educated local business owners Wednesday on how to deal with employees with alcohol and drug problems.

Through a statewide program called Drugs Don't Work, both large and small business owners are assisted in achieving drug-free certification for their business.

In Brief

Swap mowers for green alternatives

•Home Depot is partnering with Newell Recycling for this week's Mow Down Pollution campaign, in which local residents can swap their pollution-causing lawn mowers and trimmers for more green versions.

Proper pruning improves plant health

One of the most important ways to maintain woody ornamental plants is to prune.

Pruning, as it turns out, is both an art and a science. The science part comes in knowing the proper methods and time to prune for maximum benefit, and the art is making the pruning cuts properly.

Mr. Eggroll employee killed during robbery

SNELLVILLE - Gwinnett County Police Department investigators have identified a 19-year-old man killed during a restaurant robbery Tuesday night.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said Mr. Eggroll employee Julio S. Ajanel of Guatemala was shot to death by an unknown man who robbed the Chinese restaurant.

Moloney said there were several other employees in the Snellville restaurant when two black men believed to be in their 20s entered the business about 9 p.m.

He said both men were armed with handguns and one of the men followed Ajanel to the back of the store and demanded money.

"Ajanel did not speak English and did not respond," Moloney said.

Investigators believe the man fired at Ajanel, striking him numerous times. Moloney said Ajanel was pronounced dead at the scene.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

LISTER, MATTIE

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 Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

GRAYSON

MOOSE, ROSCOE

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 at www.stewartfh.com .*

LAWRENCEVILLE

TEETER, WALDA

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.*

WILLIAMS, DONALD

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, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

LILBURN

LASPISA, TONY

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.*

MONROE

CARLILE, WENDY

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, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

SNELLVILLE

CASH, KATHY

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 .*

CASH, KATHY 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 Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Mike Freeman will officiate. Burial Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Snellville. Miss Cash was preceded in death by her sisters, Kay Loughridge, Doris Cash, Brenda Cash, Linda Cash, and her grandparents, Ruben Dutton, and William & Eva Cash. She is survived by: Parents: Edgar & Grace Dutton Cash, Snellville; Brother & Sister-in-Law: Edgar & Susan Cash, Jr., Winder; Sisters and Brother-in-Law: Mary Garcia, Sioux City, Iowa; Belinda Logue of Duluth; Lisa & Jose Reynaga, Loganville; Grandmother: Effie Dutton, Snellville; 5 Nieces & Nephews, 19 Great Nieces & Nephews, Numerous Aunts & Uncles. Family will receive friends from 11AM - 9PM, Thursday, March 8, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078. 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com

WINDER

BAUKNIGHT,

CHARLES

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.*

Watch out, it's pork season for Congress

It's time for that annual ritual known as March Madness. No, this March Madness isn't about college basketball. It's about how much money Congress plans to attach to appropriations bills to curry favor back home with their pet projects.

Letters to the Editor

Obama, Clinton show America's progress

It was a long wait getting to hear Sen. Barack Obama's speech from Selma commemorating the famous freedom march that took place 42 years ago.

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.

Cutting board can help save countertops

My kitchen counter is all scratched up. It seems that my occasional kitchen laziness and often lax chopping antics have caught up with me. Apparently, if you're slicing and dicing, you're supposed to reach for the cutting board. Oops.

If you're in the market for a chopping block, you'll find several materials to choose from, each with pros and cons. Some people swear by hearty, long-lasting wooden boards, but others say germs cling to this type. Plastic and acrylic cutting boards are easy to disinfect, but they can also show scratches and look less than elegant. Then there are chopping mats, which are ultra-flexible and germ- resistant, but being so bendable can have its drawbacks, too.

Former Senate leaders seeking common ground

It was not nostalgia or the desire for companionship that brought four former Senate leaders together in a meeting room on Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning - but rather a sense of alarm at the breakdown in civility and at the fierce partisanship that has infected Congress and blocked action on national priorities.

Armed man shot to death by officer outside market

LAWRENCEVILLE - An armed gunman was shot and killed Tuesday night in a grocery store parking lot by a member of the Gwinnett County Special Weapons and Tactics unit.

Gwinnett volunteers head south after tornado

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, the Gwinnett County Special Weapons and Tactics team volunteered to help with relief efforts.

Gwinnett Gab

Middle school holds book fundraiser

LAWRENCEVILLE - Summerour Middle School's Scholastic book fair might help the school earn an additional $5,000.

Georgia tax collection jumps 8.5 percent

ATLANTA - Georgia's revenues rebounded in February, posting 8.5 percent growth from the year before, state money managers reported on Wednesday.

Gladiators trade Lee to Columbia

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Brian Lee was traded to Columbia for forward Chris Thompson on Wednesday.

Heard: Speed not necessary on transportation funding

A nudge from the Board of Commissioners isn't going to make John Heard work any faster.

Green standards

Most parts of country see modest growth, but sluggish pockets exist

WASHINGTON - Most parts of the country saw modest economic growth in the past month, although there were pockets of sluggishness as businesses continued to cope with fallout from the troubled housing and automotive industries.

Shooting suspect found in Dacula

DACULA - A 22-year-old Baltimore man wanted on six counts of attempted murder in Maryland was arrested in Dacula on Wednesday.

Growing problem: Police make pot bust in ninth home since Feb. 24

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Drug Task Force investigators seized about $450,000 worth of marijuana from another Lawrenceville "grow house" on Wednesday.

FBI says num ò‡of mortgage fraud cases have almost doubled

WASHINGTON - The number of mortgage fraud cases investigated by the FBI almost doubled the past three years, reflecting a problem that is ''pervasive and growing,'' the bureau said Wednesday in its annual report on financial crimes.

Panel airs pros, cons of red-light cameras

ATLANTA - Red-light cameras in Georgia are questionable legally, of uncertain benefit to public safety and are being used by cities to line their coffers, a Republican lawmaker charged Wednesday.

Pare down costs for new cabinets, drawers

Are you planning a kitchen remodel and want to keep costs to a minimum?

Police reports

Man robbed

while lying in bed

•NORCROSS - A 29-year-old Norcross man said he was lying in his bed Tuesday night when an unknown man entered his bedroom demanding money.

According to a police report, a black man wearing a black bandanna decorated with skulls over his face entered the room acting like he was armed.

The resident of the home on Everglades Trail said he told the man he did not have any money.

The man took $240 from a pair of pants and fled.

Three men rob

Chinese eatery

•NORCROSS - The China Star restaurant was robbed by three men Monday, according to a police report.

Three black men entered the business at 6330 Lawrenceville Highway about 8:30 p.m. demanding money and employees to get on the floor.

Two of the men were armed with guns and took money from the register and fled through the back kitchen door.

Wesleyan, GAC focus on semis, not finals

Neither coach really wants to talk about it. They both say their teams are just looking at the current game, not a game ahead.

Early tourney start for Kentucky, LSU

ATLANTA - Kentucky has won more Southeastern Conference titles than all the other schools combined. LSU made it to the Final Four a year ago. Alabama spent a good chunk of the season ranked in the Top 10.

Details still to be settled on interchange

LAWRENCEVILLE - While state transportation officials have pledged to revive projects to create two new interchanges along Ga. Highway 316, there are still details that have to be worked out.

Three local AAAAA squads eye spot in finals

The undefeated Collins Hill girls didn't need any extra motivation for tonight's matchup with the Stephenson girls. After all it's the Final Four of the Class AAAAA state tournament and the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, are eying a third straight state championship.

But even though no extra incentive was needed, the undefeated Jaguars, ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 8 in the nation by USA Today, went ahead and gave it to the Eagles anyway.

EcoManor embodies environmental awareness from the inside out

When Laura and Rutherford Seydel were building their new house in Atlanta, they wanted more than a nice place to live. They dreamed of a green home, one that would be environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

Now that it's complete, their EcoManor has been recognized with certification from the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the Earthcraft House program and the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat program. Though the Seydels will live in the Peachtree Battle neighborhood home, the house will also be used to educate builders, architects, designers, landscapers and teachers about environmentally friendly building methods.