News for Thursday, May 24, 2007

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ATHENS, AL

CONNER, TERESA

Teresa Ellen Conner, age 46 of Athens, Alabama, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

AUBURN

MADDOX, JENNIFER

Jennifer Dawn Maddox, age 25, of Auburn, Georgia died May 20, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*

BUFORD

MILLER, LARRY

Larry "Killer" Miller, age 65, of Buford, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral Service will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, May 26 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Rev. Jake Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Island Ford Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Miller is survived by Eunice Miller of Buford; daughters, Vickie Miller of Jefferson, Anita Miller of Buford; son, Mickey Miller of Buford; grandchildren, Ryan Payne, Zorada Turner, William Turner; brothers and sister-in-law, Jerry and Carolyn Miller of Sugar Hill, Willie Miller of Flowery Branch; sister, Patsy Miller of Flowery Branch. Several nieces and nephews also survive. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 9 P.M., Friday, May 25 from 5 to 9 P.M. and Saturday, May 26 from 10 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.

JEFFERSON

SKINNER, WILLIAM

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. William Christopher Skinner, age 21, of Commerce, Georgia who passed away on May 20, 2007 in Shreveport, LA. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

STATHAM

ELLINGTON, JASON

Jason Wayne Ellington, age 31, of Statham, passed away May 22, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, Georgia, 770-867-4553.*

Report: Student died of accidental asphyxiation

WINDER - The Winder-Barrow High School senior who died during an after-prom party April 29 passed away due to accidental asphyxiation, said David Crosby, Barrow County coroner.

Luncheon honors veterans and POWs

BETHLEHEM - On a raw, cold December evening in 1944, Virgil Gordon was freezing, exhausted and hungry. For 86 days, he and his buddies had marched more than 800 miles from the Baltic Sea in Poland. Their destination was a prisoner of war camp in Battenfeld, Germany.

Drafted during World War II, Gordon's entire squadron of six aircraft was shot down over Poland on Sept. 9, 1944. Most of his fellow soldiers were killed in that attack. Gordon parachuted from the plane, landed on top of a house and broke his left ankle before being captured by German soldiers.

Seven months later, Gordon and his fellow prisoners were liberated in Germany, but only after having been marched across two nations, during which time they foraged for food and slept wrapped in blankets in the snow. Gordon weighed 95 pounds the day he was freed, according to his wife, Sarah.

Home briefs

New book gives

old cleaning tips

Common sense is timeless, and so are some household smarts, according to ''Classic Household Hints'' by Susan Waggoner (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007, $17.95).

Johnson votes for anti-price gouging law

Just in time for the summer traveling season, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson has vowed to stop price gouging at the pump.

Outdoor decorMark the start of summer with aMemorial Day party

It's a holiday that means something different to everyone.

For the patriotic, it's the day to observe those who serve in our armed forces. For students, it marks the end of school and beginning of summer. Lifeguards know the day as the start of their busy season. Retailers use the day as a time for mega sales. And to fashionistas, it means it's now OK to wear white pants.

No matter where you fall in the list above, Memorial Day is universally known as the perfect day for a cookout. This year, take a few of these tips and suggestions to make that backyard barbecue one to remember.

Outdoor decor

Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to the individuals who have served in the U.S. armed forces, and outdoor diningware trends reflect the holiday's meaning.

With its New England crab-boil feel, the Party Ware collection, pictured below, from Pottery Barn is ideal for Memorial Day cookouts. Made of steel with a smooth enamel finish, the plates are durable for outdoor dining. Available in a range of colors, including the signature red, white and blue, the set includes dinner and salad plates, bowls and a colander. Serving bowls, condiment bowls and mini pails are also available.

Dixieland Band to play in Suwanee

Staff Intern

A lot of toe-tapping and hand-clapping will be going on when the Old Flint River Dixieland Band takes the stage Friday at Suwanee's Memorial Day Weekend concert. The free concert, sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post, will be held at Town Center Park in Suwanee.

Georgia not immune to slow economy

ATLANTA - Georgia is no longer holding out against the negative trends that are buffeting the national economy, according to a quarterly checkup on the state's economic outlook.

Israel's next imminent warVIEWPOINTS

There are consequences to losing a war, or being perceived not to have won. Israel's ability to win wars has been based on its capacity to pound its many enemies into submission whenever they have dared attack. Depending on how you count them, Israel has been the target of at least four wars started by one or more of her neighbors, as well as numerous terrorist attacks. It had won all of them until 2006.

Fire burns Norcross woods

NORCROSS - A fire burned an area of dense woods between a shopping center and an apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.

Gwinnett Gab

Residents get keys

LOGANVILLE - Loganville residents whose homes were destroyed by fire will receive keys to their new houses in a ceremony today.

Family relieved following arrest in shooting death

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Grayson family is resting easier after hearing an arrest has been made in connection with the slaying of a family member.

Crawfish boil to benefit research

SUWANEE - A crawfish boil to benefit an Atlanta hospital will be held at a Gwinnett County venue this weekend.

The 16th annual Crawfish Boil will be held at the Olde Atlanta Club Sports Park located at 5750 Olde Atlanta Parkway in Suwanee beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.

All proceeds will benefit Northside Hospital's Leukemia Research Fund, according to a hospital press release.

The event is being held in honor of Bill Kelly of Suwanee, who was diagnosed with AML leukemia in 2002 and treated at Northside Hospital.

Knight confident Hawks will get good player in draft

ATLANTA - General manager Billy Knight isn't naming names but he's confident the Atlanta Hawks will get a good player with the third pick in the June 28 NBA draft.

Get pool ready for swimming

A swimming pool needs regular care and maintenance. A few simple steps taken when you open the pool for swim season will ensure safe and healthful conditions.

Credit services company opens new location

DULUTH - Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) held a grand opening Wednesday for its second Gwinnett location.

Gold Medal plants worthy additions to home gardens

Every year, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee, an organization composed of plant professionals throughout the state, chooses certain plants to be "Gold Medal Plants."

Committee members nominate a long list of plants to be considered, and chooses with a goal of promoting and selling superior ornamental plants.

The plants chosen in each category - annuals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees - must meet certain criteria. They have to be marketable and appealing to consumers. They need to be low-maintenance with few pests, and well adapted to the various climates and soil types of Georgia. Plants with appealing characteristics that last more than one season also have an edge in the competition.

Seven hospitalized in four-car wreck in Duluth

DULUTH - Seven people were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center following a four-car accident Wednesday.

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.

Dorms for GGC should be ready in August '08

LAWRENCEVILLE - A local woman said building Georgia Gwinnett College's first dormitories near her home will change the character of the area.

Column: Exciting chance for Mustang kids

When I was a kid - that wasn't too terribly long ago - youth athletics hadn't reached its current level.

Lilburn mayor won't return

LILBURN - A third Gwinnett County mayor said he won't be on the ballot this coming November.

Keep picnic foods warm with clever carriers

To the casual observer, Yogi Bear wasn't all that bright. He stole picnic baskets, always got caught, and wore a hat and tie but no pants.

Truth be told, though, old Yogi was a genius. He had the good sense to, every day, partake in the ultimate outing: a picnic. Picnics - an ideal combination of food, nature and friends - make for a perfect day off.

Take advantage of your Memorial Day weekend, take advice from Yogi, and head out for a picnic with these clever finds. (Unlike Yogi, however, I don't recommend stealing any of them.)

In brief

local

St. Pius' O'Toole commits to LaGrange football

• St. Pius senior Shawn O'Toole, a Lawrenceville resident, has accepted an offer to continue his football career at LaGrange College. He is the son of Patrick and Kelli O'Toole.

Richardson, Huckabee a lively pairVIEWPOINTS

The liveliest pair of candidates in the large fields of Democratic and Republican long shots, Bill Richardson and Mike Huckabee, are also - not coincidentally - the likeliest to break through into the top ranks of their parties if anyone ever does.

Body found off I-85 similar to missing Lilburn woman

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of the Lilburn Police Department knew Leslie Adams before she became a missing persons case more than a year ago.

Decision time approaching for commuter rail

ATLANTA - After years of uncertainty, the State Transportation Board could decide soon whether to move ahead or pull the plug on commuter rail in Georgia.

North's record year comes to painful end with 12-2 loss to CamdenCounty

SUWANEE - It wasn't the way a great season was supposed to end.

Officials break ground on Barrow courthouse

WINDER - County, state, city and construction officials broke ground on Barrow County's new $46.4 million jail/courthouse complex off Pearl Pentecost Road on Wednesday after nearly two years of planning.

Last day of school signals beginning of summer

DACULA - School bus drivers tooted their horns as they pulled away Wednesday from Dacula Elementary School, while children pressed up against the bus windows and waved goodbye.

County to lower millage rate

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County millage rate will be rolled back, officials said Wednesday, a week after leaving the decision up in the air because of revenue pressures.

Bulldogs bounced

With graduation over, Broncos back to baseball

For Brookwood's baseball team there are two ways to look at the extra day separating its quarterfinal doubleheader split with East Coweta and the decisive Game 3.

Deadlines can spur garden improvements

Peter Mayle's book "A Year In Provence" has slow, sublime action. He's an American who has bought a home in France, and he's renovating it while learning about French food and wine. The food and wine are, of course, long-term joys, but the renovations prove stressful.

Soldier trades uniform for business suit

ATLANTA - For the first time in a little more than 20 years, Eddie Trumble Jr. will experience Memorial Day as a civilian.

Ready to cut loose

Charges unlikely in Peek's fatal accident, police say

Gwinnett County investigators said charges related to the death of Brookwood High School quarterback Daniel Peek, who died after a May 5 car accident, may not be filed.

Teresa Conner

Teresa Ellen Conner, age 46 of Athens, Alabama, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online ...

Jennifer Maddox

Jennifer Dawn Maddox, age 25, of Auburn, Georgia died May 20, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Jason Ellington

Jason Wayne Ellington, age 31, of Statham, passed away May 22, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, Georgia, 770-867-4553.

Larry Miller

Larry “Killer” Miller, age 65, of Buford, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Funeral Service will be held 1 P.M. Saturday, May 26 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim ...

William Skinner

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. William Christopher Skinner, age 21, of Commerce, Georgia who passed away on May 20, 2007 in Shreveport, LA. Arrangements by ...