News for Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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May 29-June 1: Providence is holding a fundemental skills camp for boys in grades K-6 from 3 to 6 p.m. Cost is $100.

Jordan goal lifts Stars over Holy Innocents'

LILBURN - The Providence girls didn't lead until Sarah Jordan scored with 101⁄2 minutes left in regulation and that goal was the difference as the Stars dispatched Holy Innocents' 3-2 on Tuesday in the second round of the Class AA/A state soccer playoffs.

Prep Roundup: Wesleyan tops Lovett, clinches 6-AA crown

ATLANTA - Andrew Donovan struck out eight in a complete game and also went 3-for-3 with three runs scored to lift Wesleyan over defending state champion Lovett 14-5 and help the Wolves win the Region 6-AA title.

Gwinnett police force nearly at full strength

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's police force is nearly at full strength, more than two years after the chief said understaffing put the county in a crisis.

A little English

In plane view

Early S.C. primary puts the South back in play

The real-time clock on the 2008 presidential contest started ticking last week in the Deep South, in out-of-the-way Orangeburg, S.C. It took a bit of horse trading, much of it in Atlanta six years ago, to pin down the South Carolina beginning, but it worked.

Police identify man found at department store

DULUTH - Police have identified an Atlanta man found dead behind a Kohl's department store last week.

Ricardo Omar Belle's body was discovered in a Jeep Laredo parked behind the store by a Kohl's employee about 10:20 a.m. April 24.

Police Reports

Kroger employee escapes robbery

•DACULA - A Kroger employee escaped a robbery attempt Thursday night, police said.

The employee was working at the Kroger gas kiosk at 2700 Braselton Highway in Dacula when a man appeared at the door of the building about 10 p.m.

The employee said the man was armed with a silver semiautomatic handgun and demanded she give him money.

She ran toward the main store as the man shouted that he would shoot her. The woman was able to get to the store and call police.

Driver of semi seriously hurt in 85 wreck

BUFORD - Gwinnett County firefighters used special extrication tools and air bags to free a truck driver whose tractor-trailer overturned after colliding with an F350 truck on Interstate 85.

Observation area opens at Briscoe Field

LAWRENCEVILLE - A small green sign in the parking lot of Landmark Aviation once commemorated Thomas W. Briscoe, who served as chairman of the Airport Authority from 1972 until his death in 1984.

County to host high school all-star game this year

Gwinnett County's football talent is so vast that it now will support its own all-star game.

Lovett ends GAC's region title streak

NORCROSS - For a few fleeting moments, it looked like Justin Schneider might be able to make up the deficit. After all, he'd been chasing down other runners his entire life.

Center helps with pain in the neck

DACULA - Is there a crick in your neck or twinge in your spine? A new health center in Dacula may offer some relief.

Although the Upper Cervical Health Centers of America opened a few weeks ago, a grand opening dinner was held at the Hamilton Mill Christian Church in Dacula on Tuesday to celebrate the new center and educate the community about upper cervical care.

Quick scoring outburst saves Grayson's season

MARIETTA - The season was all but over for the Grayson girls soccer team.

OBITUARIES

BRASELTON

FLORMAN, ROSE

Rose R. Florman, age 75, of Braselton, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

CONYERS

FERGUSON, LAURA

Laura Marie Ferguson, age 60, of Conyers, GA, died in her home April 30, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Larry Parsons of Sturgis, SD, Jamie and Joel Edwards of Loganville; grandchildren, "Kee-jae" Kenneth Wheatley and "Doll Face" Kaytlin Wheatley of Loganville; grandpups, Bo and Sassy of Sturgis, SD; twin sister, Louise Aldridge of Doraville; sister, Ann and Eddie Tarpley of Covington; brothers, Roy Martin Jr. of Colbert, Joe Martin of Stone Mountain; several nieces and nephews; special great niece, "sweetie pie" Olivia Aldridge. Mrs. Ferguson was employed with Gwinnett County Transportation and as a pawn broker. She was a very special person and touched many lives. She will be greatly missed. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

SNELLVILLE

AINSWORTH, LARRY

Mr. Larry Jay Ainsworth, age 46 of Snellville, died April 30, 2007 of an extended illness. He loved his family very much, they were the joy of his life. He worked with All South Sprinkler Company for twenty years. He was a member of White Oak Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Winna Jean Ainsworth. He was survived by and married to for 14 years, his wife, Angela Ainsworth; son, Jayson Ainsworth; daughter, Morgan Ainsworth; sister, Carrie Tillotson; father, James Ainsworth; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 2:00 P.M., May 3, 2007 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating Rev. Danny Odum. Interment Memorial Park South Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, 770-967-5555.

STATHAM

KINNEY, DOROTHY

Dorothy Nell Kinney, age 75, of Statham, GA, passed away April 29, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

WINDER

DANIEL, SUSIE

Susie Grace Daniel, age 91, of Winder, GA, passed away April 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

HULLENDER, MICHAEL

Michael Hullender, age 29, of Winder, GA, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007 while on active duty in Iraq. 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.*

JOHNSON, WILLIAM

William Lewis Johnson, age 55, of Winder, GA, passed away April 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

Smoke inhalation caused man's death, coroner says

WINDER - A partially burned man found dead near a grass fire March 29 died of smoke inhalation, Barrow County Coroner David Crosby said Tuesday.

Barrow firefighters to help in South Ga.

STATHAM - South Georgia needs help and Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services is sending it.

The Georgia Mutual Aid Group, a public agency that works with the state, called for assistance Monday in fighting the south Georgia wildfires. The agency asked for 175,000 wildland-trained firefighters and equipment to aid in extinguishing the fires that have burned 87,000 acres of southeast Georgia forest and swamp land.

Fire destroys 2 acres

DACULA - A brush fire destroyed nearly two acres of woods and an old abandoned vehicle Tuesday afternoon near the railroad tracks off Winder Highway by Freemans Mill Road. No injuries were reported.

Toll lanes proposed for I-85

ATLANTA - Traffic could flow smoother in Gwinnett, but drivers would have to pay for it.

Clinton's mea culpa a mere political ploy

Of all the words spilled during the recent Democratic presidential debate, the most interesting were 27 of Hillary Clinton's in response to a question about the candidates' biggest mistakes.

Inaugural Women's Expo a huge success

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 2,600 people visited the Gwinnett Daily Post's inaugural Women's Expo on Saturday and Sunday at the Gwinnett Center, where 180 vendors set up 200 booths to sell products, give away samples and provide demonstrations.

Local man killed in Iraq

WINDER - A 1996 Norcross High School graduate and Army Ranger was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Defense sends Parkview to quarterfinals

LILBURN - A stingy defense will send you far in the playoffs.

Bronco keeper's PK save keys win over Norcross

NORCROSS - Brookwood goalkeeper Jessica English dove to her right and clutched the soccer ball tightly. Then she stood up and froze.

State Farm to cut rates on auto insurance

DULUTH - If your automobile is insured by State Farm, you're likely to pay a little less this year.

Buford finishes season sweep of Spartan girls

BUFORD - Buford's girls turned the tables on Greater Atlanta Christian.

Lights to regulate I-85 ramps

LILBURN - The stop-and-go on Interstate 85 on-ramps will become more structured later this year, as ramp meters - the red and green lights that indicate when to merge - are added in Gwinnett from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Pleasant Hill Road.

Letters to the Editor

Perspective needs more liberal views with country shifting toward Democrats

Even as President Bush's approval rating is at 28 percent - and the Republican-controlled Congress was even lower - the Democrat-controlled Congress approval ratings presently stand above 50 percent and are climbing.

No signs of trauma in student's autopsy

WINDER - The body of a Winder-Barrow High School senior found dead at a party Sunday showed no signs of trauma, David Crosby, Barrow County's coroner, reported Tuesday.

It could take months to determine exactly what killed Leland Lamar Martin. Barrow County officials are awaiting the results of a toxicology report that could take months to acquire, according to Crosby.

Michael Hullender

Michael Hullender, age 29, of Winder, GA, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007 while on active duty in Iraq. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan ...

Susie Daniel

Susie Grace Daniel, age 91, of Winder, GA, passed away April 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Laura Ferguson

Laura Marie Ferguson, age 60, of Conyers, GA, died in her home April 30, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Jerry ...

Rose Florman

Rose R. Florman, age 75, of Braselton, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia ...

Dorothy Kinney

Dorothy Nell Kinney, age 75, of Statham, GA, passed away April 29, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Larry Ainsworth

Mr. Larry Jay Ainsworth, age 46 of Snellville, died April 30, 2007 of an extended illness. He loved his family very much, they were the joy of his life. He ...

William Johnson

William Lewis Johnson, age 55, of Winder, GA, passed away April 28, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.