News for Sunday, May 27, 2007


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State to begin planning for Civil War anniversary

ATLANTA - At the turn of the 21st century, Georgia was poised to remember the 19th.

Wounds give combat veterans unique perspective


anners will be flown. Wreaths will be laid. Bands will strike up and flag-waving onlookers will watch parades and solemn ceremonies in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Good luck, graduates

The tassels have been turned, the mortarboards tossed in the air and the hugs exchanged. Another graduation season has come and gone for local high schools, and another chapter begins for 8,075 graduates of Gwinnett County Public Schools, 558 grads from Barrow County Schools, 427 from Gwinnett's private schools and 166 more from Buford City Schools.

Gwinnett Gab

History club meets Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - The History Helpers Club, designed to help preserve the history of Gwinnett County, will research three historical topics per year and will help enrich public knowledge of local history.

Commissioner proposes local immigration law

LAWRENCEVILLE - Local governments can't do much to impact the national illegal immigration debate, Gwinnett Commissioner Lorraine Green said, but she wants to do what she can to address it.

Unsolicited advice for high school grads

Another high school graduation season has come and gone, and once again I didn't receive a single invitation to speak at commencement. And after all the nice things I've said about the school system over the years.

Birth Announcements

April 3

Caleb Gregory Lightsey was born on April 3, 2007, to Christine Lightsey and Greg Lightsey of Buford. He weighed 7 lbs., 8 ozs. and was 201⁄2 inches long.

Deal puts senators in tough spot

In politics, it's safe to say that a piece of legislation drawing fire from both the right and left probably has found middle ground. That's where Georgia's two U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, are trying to set up camp with a bipartisan compromise on immigration reform they helped shape, working with Senate Democrats and the Bush White House.

Celebrating their heritage

Remember those who protect your freedom

As a free society, we have been rewarded with so many blessings by men and women in uniform who we have never even met. People walk into their place of business each day, focused on their work, and afforded the opportunity to achieve the American dream and support their families in peace.

Georgia Sex Offender Registry

The following are the names of sexual offenders residing in Gwinnett County who have registered with the GBI and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department according to O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12. This code requires persons convicted of a sexual offense on or after July 1, 1996, to provide their names and current addresses to the above agencies. More information concerning these offenders can be obtained by calling the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office at 770-619-6808 or 770-619-6800 Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Switch up summertime grill fare with patty alternatives

It used to be, come summer, backyard grills would fire up with typical, standard beef burgers. But the way Natalie Lasch sees it, there are plenty more choices for patties between the bun. Take a hint from those famous Chick-fil-A cows and eat more chicken. Not to mention turkey, beans, soy and a range of other cookout options.

"People are becoming more progressive and their tastes are getting more eclectic," said Lasch, chef and recipe creator for Dinner A'Fare, a meal assembly store with a location at The Avenue Webb Gin. "We're becoming more willing to try new things, and mesh different flavors and values from different cultures."

Sports calendar


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.

Mississippi was birthplace of many creative legends

Mississippi is a state that's hard to spell. It's a place that divides East and West and a state steeped in Southern culture. More than that, the Magnolia State is the birthplace of some of our nation's most prominent people, from music scene heavy-hitters to literary prodigies.

We surfed the Web to find the top five highlights of any Mississippi itinerary.

Tales of bad breakups can make entertaining reading

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

While I would never wish a painful breakup on anyone, they do make for really good stories - in both real life and in fiction. I recently met a girl whose ex-boyfriend tales were the most entertaining part of my evening. I'm sorry that she ended up dating such a weird guy, but for me, the story was totally worth it.

Johnson still looking for acceptance in NASCAR

AP Auto Racing Writer

CONCORD, N.C. - It's been almost five years since Jimmie Johnson finished lower than third at Lowe's Motor Speedway, a streak spanning eight races - five of them victories at the track he calls ''my house.''

Fight over armed forces pay turns increasingly partisan

On this Memorial Day weekend when Americans pause to think about their debt to the men and women who fight our wars, a battle of a different kind is going on - a struggle between the White House and Congress over pay for the armed forces.

Three names to be added to Fallen Heroes Memorial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Memorial Day will be a somber occasion for three families coping with the recent losses of soldiers in Iraq.

Between the Bun

Wine Guy's Pick of the week

It's a Northern Italian red this week, from Alba in the Piedmont.

Gwinnett board game inventor featured on PBS show

Editor's Note: Success Lives Here is a new feature highlighting Gwinnett residents - and those who call Gwinnett home - who are in the national spotlight.

Wesleyan's Garvin, Calhoun's Smoker dominating again in '07

Grayson Garvin is almost always the most dominant left-handed pitcher on the field. He's used to it.

Down on the farm: Morris struggling to adjust to wood bat

It isn't easy to make the switch from an aluminum bat to a wood one.

Kanaan is ready to win first Indy 500

AP Auto Racing Writer

INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Kanaan can't be bothered with the past. He just wants another shot at winning the Indianapolis 500.

Playing with words

No passport needed to travel south of the equator for fundraiser

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or

Former Braves coach Yost has Milwaukee looking like Braves of early'90s

It's hard to miss the similarities. Certainly Bobby Cox and Ned Yost see them.

Gwinnett Tech to offer heavy equipment service program

LAWRENCEVILLE - The demand for heavy equipment service technicians has increased, and Gwinnett Technical College will soon offer a certificate program to prepare students to work in one of the fastest-growing industries in the state.

Wedding Announcements

Payne - Allen

Sarah Margaret Payne and Samuel Wells Allen were married April 28 at the Hearn Academy in Cave Spring. The Rev. David Campbell officiated the ceremony.

Broncos' Beebe gun silencing opposing bats

Looking back on it, he admits he was nervous.



Dan Harold Minyard, formerly of Snellville Georgia passed away Thursday May 24th, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Doris, as well as his sons and their families, Dan of Snellville, Richard of Auburn, and Randall of Lawrenceville. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26th, 2007 at Liberty Baptist Church in Toccoa Georgia.



James Wilbur Barnes, Sr., age 96 of Braselton, GA, died Friday, May 25, 2007. A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 3:00 P.M. at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, GA. Rev. Charles Gilliland will officiate. The Family will receive friends Saturday, May 26, 2007 from 5 to 8 P.M. at the funeral home. Mr. Barnes is survived by his sons, James W. Barnes, Jr., Crawford, FL, Jack H. Barnes, Braselton, GA, Bob Barnes, Walter H. Barnes, Lanny Barnes, Statham, GA, Dan Barnes, Lufkin, TX, Dennis Barnes, Lavonia, GA; 23 Grandchildren; 20 Great Grandchildren; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mr. Barnes was a life long resident of metro Atlanta area and lived in Braselton the past 17 years. He was retired from the commercial elevator installation industry and was of the Baptist Faith. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,



Susan Beals Young, age 42 of Hoschton, GA, died Friday, May 25, 2007 after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,*



Mrs. Helen Henderson Bowers, 83, of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away at Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, Ga. on Tuesday May 22, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. An inspiration to us all, she is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: Daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Leonard Lowe of Suwanee, Ga.; Grandson Stephen Lowe, his wife Stephanie and great-grandchild Ethan. Grandson Brian Lowe, his wife Melinda and great-grandchildren, Chandler and Weston. Daughter and son-in-law Milana and Russ Myers of Daytona Beach, Fl., step-grandchildren Scott Myers, Michelle and Drew Gaden and their son, Logan. Daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Richard Larsen of Tyrone, Ga.; Grandsons Alex and Austin Larsen. Additional survivors include her sister and brother-in-law Diana and Roy Johnson of Landrum, SC, and niece Rebecca and Phillip Allison of Forrest City, NC; as well as numerous church family and specials friends. Beloved Kitty, Jonah, has been adopted by Lynne and Larry Pata. Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Bowers will be held Sunday May 27, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lilburn. Mrs. Susan Rumble will be officiating. Honoring her service to the United States Navy during WWII, interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fl. and officiated by the Reverend John Downing, College Road Baptist Church, Ocala, Fl. at a later date. Special thanks to the staff at Peachtree Christian Hospice for their tender care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Helen Bowers to Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, Ga.; First Baptist Church of Lilburn, Lilburn, Ga.; or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


Lila J. "Mamaw" Jacobus, age 95 of Lawrenceville, GA died May 24, 2007. She is survived by her children, Roderic L. and Bonnie Jacobus, Sr. of Littleton, CO and Judith Ann Britt of Lawrenceville; sister, Harriet Nyquist of Grandville, MI; grandchildren, Roderic L. Jacobus, Jr, Greg and Valerie Adams, Jill S. and Steve Wapelhorst, Jeffrey Britt, Tracey and David George, Kelly Britt; 7 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 27 at 2pm at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens with Rev. Larry Wynn officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 until 8:30pm at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770/979/3200,


Debra Williams Moore, age 50 of Lawrenceville, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 3 PM Sunday, May 27, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Scarbrough will officiate. Mrs. Moore is survived by Husband: Jerry Moore; Children: Jason & Tiffany Moore, Hoschton, Jenny & Brian Gore, Suwanee, Tasha Moore, Sugar Hill, Drew Moore, Lawrenceville; Mother: Frances Williams; Sisters: Edna Duncan, Brenda Dutton, Penny Brock, all of Lawrenceville, Terri Pratt, Gillsville; Grandchildren: Emily & Katelyn Moore; Several Nieces & Nephews. Family will receive friends 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM Saturday, May 26 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at


Mary Frances Nelson, age 85 of Lawrenceville, died May 24, 2007. Arrangements pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*


Donna Marie (Kennard) Wadford, age 52, of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, May 24, 2007. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00AM Monday, May 28, 2007 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Father Kevin Hargarden will serve as Celebrant. A loving Daughter, Mother & Grandmother, Ms. Wadford is preceded in death by: Daughter, Julie Wadford & Father, John A. Kennard. Ms. Wadford is survived by: Mother: Mary Ann Kennard, Lawrenceville; Children: Robert Wadford, Jennifer Wadford, John Wadford, Christina Wadford & Caitlin Wadford, all of Lawrenceville; Brothers & Sisters-in-law: Bill & Pat Kennard, Phoenix, Arizona; Tim & Beth Kennard, Oakwood; Grandchildren: Shea Wadford, Aleana Wadford, Deanna Wadford, Mia Wadford & Celia Wadford. Family will receive friends from 4:00PM - 8:00PM, Sunday, May 27, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at



Bobby Ralph Freeman, age 53 of Loganville, died Friday, May 25, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry at .*

Mistakes were made, but extreme left's claims of Iraq 'lies' ring hollow

Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Tony Blair addressed his nation about his resignation. Blair, whose poll numbers are very low due primarily to Iraq, looked the camera straight in the eye and said that every decision he made while in office came from a sincere effort to do what was best for his country.

Blair touched his heart when he said that. Watching him across the ocean, I believed Tony Blair.

George Foreman signs books, talks about faith at Books-A-Million

Staff Contributor

George Foreman is well known for being a two-time world heavyweight boxing champion, pitchman for Meineke brakes and purveyor of the George Foreman Grill.

But after he spent two hours signing his latest book, "God In My Corner," and taking pictures with about 200 fans at Books-A-Million in Discover Mills mall, he earned another title - "Mr. Congeniality."

Snellville intersection gets turn lane quick-fixPOLITICAL NOTEBOOK

Gwinnett isn't the only government interested in finding quick solutions to traffic problems.

Engagement Announcements

Pavlak - Lichtenwalner

Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Pavlak of Maplewood, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Patricia Pavlak of Maplewood, Minn., to Benjamin David Lichtenwalner of Duluth, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lichtenwalner of Duluth.

Miltary News

Air Force Reserve Airman Shannon V. Suggs has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Suggs is the daughter of Felecia Suggs of Decatur and sister of Wendy Scurlark of Snellville.

She is a 2005 graduate of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood.


Staff Photos: Su Anderson

Mother gains strength from son's rocks

When Aaron Kincaid was growing up, he loved to go rock hunting with his mother and his brother Marc. It was a bonding experience for the three of them, since his mother, Marcia, an amateur geologist and paleontologist, had been collecting rocks since she was a child.

Thelma E. Hogan

Thelma E. Hogan, 79, of Tucker, died Friday May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Kermit Hooper Sumner

Kermit Hooper Sumner, age 93, of Atlanta, GA, died May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Lonnie A. Veal

Lonnie A. Veal, age 86 of Monroe, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544,

Mike Elders

Mike Elders, age 51 of Monroe, passed away Friday, May 25, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.

Mary Frances Nelson

Mary Frances Nelson, age 85 of Lawrenceville, died May 24, 2007. A graveside service will be held 1:30 PM Tuesday May 29, 2007 at Norcross City Cemetery. Ms. Nelson, a ...

Susan Beals Young

Susan Beals Young died at home in Hoschton, GA on May 25, 2007 after a valiant fight with cancer. Born in Elizabeth City, NC on September 22, 1964, she grew ...

Betty A. Waits

Betty A. Waits, age 75 of Snellville, GA died May 25, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Glenn Hogan, Sr.

Glenn Hogan, Sr., age 52 of Loganville, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544,