News for Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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16 appointed to military academies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sixteen of Gwinnett County Public Schools' graduates have reported receiving appointments to the country's federal service academies.

Hawks to get third, 11th overall picks in this year's draft

AP Basketball Writer

SECAUCUS, N.J. - The Portland Trail Blazers beat the odds and won the right to settle the Greg Oden-Kevin Durant debate.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

MILLER, LARRY

Larry "Killer" Miller, age 65, of Buford, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

WEBB, RICHARD

Richard E. Webb, age 82, of Buford, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

DACULA

DICKERT, EMOGENE

Emogene P. Dickert, 84, of Dacula, died May 21, 2007. Born in Gainesville, Georgia, July 16, 1922, she was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Luther Pinson. Early in life she moved with her family to Brookhaven, where she graduated from Chamblee High School and attended Oglethorpe University. She was a much loved, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who made friends wherever she went and was known for her strong faith in God, unfailing sense of humor, and delicious food, which she often prepared while singing her favorite hymns. She was preceded in death by her son, John Clayton Dickert, Jr., and is survived by her beloved husband of more than 64 years, J. C. Dickert of Dacula, her daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Cecil Clapp of Jasper, and granddaughter, Laura L. Moakler of Atlanta. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 23 at 11 o'clock at Oglethorpe Hill Chapel. Interment Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at H.M. Patterson & Son, Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319.

DULUTH

BRACKETT, GLADYS

Gladys Brackett, age 87, of Duluth, GA, died Monday, May 21, 2007. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 PM Wednesday, May 23, 2007 and a Funeral Service will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

BROGDON, FRANKLIN

Franklin Daniel (Danny) Brogdon, 50, of Duluth, died May 22, 2007. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 2:00 PM in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel with Rev. Roy Beatty officiating, private burial service will follow in Peachtree Memorial Park. Danny was a native of Chamblee, GA and worked for Foote and Davies. Survivors include his wife, Darlene Brogdon, Duluth; Children, Doug Brogdon, Winder, Kyle Brogdon, Commerce, Jennifer Bratcher and Timothy Taylor, both of Royston, GA; his mother, Barbara Brogdon, Buford; three grandchildren, Nikki, Ryan & Breanna. The family will receive friends Wednesday 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

SIMS, DONNA

Donna Gail Sims, 59, of Duluth, died May 22, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

FLOWERY BRANCH

FORRESTER, GRACE

Grace Forrester, age 75, of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral service will be 2 P.M. Friday, May 25 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Copeland and Rev. Frankie Southerland officiating. Burial will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Forrester was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Forrester, Sr.; son, Wiley Forrester, Jr.; and grandson, Darren Lee Hunter. She is survived by daughter and son in law, Angela "Sue" and Clarence, Sr. Hunter of Flowery Branch; sisters, Lillian Cole of Buford, Frances Lyon of Cumming; Grandchildren, Wiley, III and Michelle Forrester, Jimmy and Karen Forrester, Derek and Tammy Forrester, Trinny and Shane Sudderth, Clarence and Kelly Hunter, Ashley and Angie Hunter; 22 Great Grandchildren and a special sister, Christine McDaniel, also survive. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 23 from 12 noon to 9 P.M., Thursday May 24 from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. and Friday, May 25 from 9 A.M. to 1:45 P.M. at 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.

LILBURN

HODGES, RICHARD

Richard Jarrel Hodges, age 69, of Lilburn, GA, originally from Huntington, WV, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He will be cremated and a memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2 o'clock p.m. at Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, Dr. Edward R. Bolen officiating. The family will receive visitors beginning at noon, before the service. His ashes will be interred at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, following the service. Mr. Hodges was born on February 6, 1938 in Huntington, WV. He graduated from Huntington East High School at 17 years old and served four years in the Air Force. He then attended Marshall College (now University) graduating with honors in 1967, with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Science. While at Marshall, he was President of the Alpha Sigma Phi social fraternity, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Scholastic Honorary fraternity, and served in Student Government. After graduation, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Teaching Assistantship at Georgia Tech, and in 1970, he graduated, again with honors, with a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked first at the Georgia Tech Engineering Experiment Station, then at Scientific Atlanta and finally, 18 years at Lockheed Martin where he spent most of his time on C-5 cargo plane radar and avionics projects. He retired in 2005 and at the time of his death, he was still a member of the "Old Crows" (The Electrionic Warfare Information Operations Association) and a lifetime member of (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) He was also an active founding member of the Marshall University Alumni Association, Atlanta chapter, and a huge Marshall Thundering Herd football fan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil E. and Irene O. Hodges, and brothers Paul Ray and Freddy Everette, who died as infants. He is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Linda Ann Meadows Hodges, daughters Mary M. Conley of Athens, GA and Melinda N. Hodges of Lilburn, grandson, Aaron R. Conley and son-in-law, Christopher G. Conley, also of Athens. He is also survived by his sister, Dorcas H. Burlingame and brother-in-law, John H. Burlingame of Cleveland Heights, OH, along with numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial donations may be made to: The Marshall University Foundation for: The Virgil E. and Irene O. Hodges Memorial Scholarship, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755-6021 or The Georgia Perimeter College Foundation for: The Linda M. Hodges Nursing Scholarship, 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur, GA 30034, in memory of Richard Jarrel Hodges. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979/3200

www.wagesfuneralhome.com

THORNTON, WILLIAM

William T. (Bill) Thornton, 75, of Lilburn, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

Rising to new challenges

Letters to the Editor

'Ted Kennedy' Republicans selling out party's ideals

When I saw in your paper that Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson agreed to an immigration deal with Sen. Edward Kennedy, it made me sick ("Millions could win legal status under plan blessed by key lawmakers, Bush, World&Nation, May 18).

High hopes for Dacula town center

LAWRENCEVILLE - The first phase of a project that could provide a new downtown center for Dacula was approved last month.

Local car dealership required to shut doors

LAWRENCEVILLE - A local man who bought land to open a second car lot will be required to close his first, county commissioners decided Tuesday.

Seventh-inning heroics keep Brookwood alive

SHARPSBURG - When Ronnie Freeman's two-out line drive to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning landed over the head of Jeremy Capshaw, nothing else mattered.

BP cuts oil production for 'few days' due to leak

WASHINGTON - BP said Tuesday it will shut down 100,000 barrels of Alaskan oil production for a ''few days'' after discovering a leaky pipe at a processing facility.

Howard needed more in governor's mansion

Widely known consumer-protection guru Clark Howard is considering running for Atlanta mayor when Shirley Franklin's term expires at the end of 2009.

Police and fire reports

Duplex fire ruled an accident

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters believe a fire that damaged a Lawrenceville duplex Tuesday morning began accidentally.

According to a Gwinnett County Fire Department press release, the fire started shortly before 8 a.m. in the kitchen of the duplex located at 3112 B Ferrite Loop. A resident contacted 911, and fire crews had the fire under control at 8:31 a.m.

County to allow graduation banners

LAWRENCEVILLE - Julie Wyngaert knows that the real prize for her daughter's 12 years of hard work is the diploma she will receive today.

Gwinnettians wake up to hazy day from wildfires

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the second time in a week, Gwinnettians woke up to a smoky haze that caused watery eyes and scratchy throats.

Corrections

In a story in Monday's Gwinnett Daily Post, "Suspicious device on bus a false alarm," information was incorrectly attributed to Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge. Gwinnett County Transit Director Tim Collins said: "One of the officers speculated someone was taking the item (the weight) to be recycled."

Sports calendar

Baseball

May 29-June 1: Dacula will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 1-5 and entering grades 6-9 at the Dacula baseball field. Camp for grades 1-5 will run from 8 a.m. to noon and for grades 6-9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is May 18. For more information, call 770-338-4667.

Bulldogs split again

Bones may be missing local woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - The GBI said skeletal remains found in a northeast Georgia county may be those of Leslie Adams, a Lilburn woman missing since October 2005, according to an 11Alive news report.

Suwanee officials OK annexation, rezoning for mega-church location

SUWANEE - Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino and city council members voted Tuesday night to annex and rezone 12.65 acres at the request of Byungho Kim, pastor of Evergreen Presbyterian Church. The parcel of land is located on Smithtown Road between White Sands Way and Suwanee Creek Court.

Hall, Jackson residents learn about widening project

BRASELTON - A DOT-sponsored public information session regarding the proposed widening of Ga. Highway 53 brought about 100 people to Braselton on Tuesday.

North cruises in first game, edged by Camden in 2nd

SUWANEE - Well, this is certainly nothing new.

Former Coke secretary to be sentenced

ATLANTA - A former Coca-Cola secretary's claim of innocence during her trial could weigh against her when she is sentenced today for conspiring to steal trade secrets from the world's largest beverage maker.

14 grads achieve perfect attendance

LAWRENCEVILLE - Of the more than 8,000 seniors who are graduating high school this week, 14 of the students will end their high school careers with something in common.

Perdue signs Cagle's charter schools bill into law

ATLANTA - Entire school districts in Georgia will be able to convert to charter systems under a bill Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday.

U.S. customer service missing in action

Globalization seems like a nice idea - if it didn't make people insane.

Norcross vehicle, townhome fire ruled arson

NORCROSS - Firefighters believe a fire that destroyed two vehicles and damaged a Norcross townhome Monday night was intentionally set.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said fire investigators are not yet releasing specific information about where or how the 11:24 p.m. fire started at the home located at 1100 Omaha Drive, but said evidence found inside the townhome indicates arson.

Rutledge said the fire caused heavy damage to the two-story home, damaging about 50 percent of the house, and destroyed two vehicles parked inside the garage. He said the fire is being investigated by the Arson and Explosives Section of the Gwinnett Fire Department.

"Fire investigators are trying to determine who started the fire and why," Rutledge said.

Barrow takes step toward implementing impact fees

WINDER - Barrow County developers could be paying impact fees within nine months. County Commissioners voted 5-1 to move forward with implementing impact fees.

District 1 Commissioner Jerry Lampp cast the lone opposing vote. In April, Lampp recommended commissioners exercise caution in moving forward.

Business Briefs

local

Senior workshop to be held for retirees

•LAWRENCEVILLE - A "Seniors Awareness" workshop will be held for retirees and those approaching retirement at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Senior Learning Center in Lawrenceville.

State briefs

Monitor: Fulton County jail

remains plagued by staff problems

•ATLANTA - The Fulton County jail continues to be plagued by staff shortages and has failed to comply in several key areas with a court order to improve security and conditions at the facility, a court-appointed monitor said Tuesday.

Wolves roll into semifinals

NORCROSS - It had to end somewhere. Grayson Garvin's scoreless-inning streak that is.

Child advocate: New federal review blasts DFCS

ATLANTA - An upcoming federal review will show that Georgia's child protection agency is leaving children in unsafe homes and under-reporting the abuse and neglect occurring as a result, the state's child advocate said Tuesday.

Firefighters discourage use of fireworks

LAWRENCEVILLE - While graduation is a time to celebrate, firefighters are asking celebrators to keep the post-commencement fanfare free of fireworks.

Larry Miller

Larry “Killer” Miller, age 65, of Buford, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside ...

Franklin Brogdon

Franklin Daniel (Danny) Brogdon, 50, of Duluth, died May 22, 2007. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 2:00 PM in the Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel ...

Emogene Dickert

Emogene P. Dickert, 84, of Dacula, died May 21, 2007. Born in Gainesville, Georgia, July 16, 1922, she was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Luther Pinson. Early ...

Grace Forrester

Grace Forrester, age 75, of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral service will be 2 P.M. Friday, May 25 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...

Richard Hodges

Richard Jarrel Hodges, age 69, of Lilburn, GA, originally from Huntington, WV, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He will be cremated ...

Donna Sims

Donna Gail Sims, 59, of Duluth, died May 22, 2007. Arrangements are pending by Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

William Thornton

William T. (Bill) Thornton, 75, of Lilburn, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Richard Webb

Richard E. Webb, age 82, of Buford, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford ...

Gladys Brackett

Gladys Brackett, age 87, of Duluth, GA, died Monday, May 21, 2007. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 PM Wednesday, May 23, 2007 and a Funeral Service ...