News for Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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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.

Parkview students win stock market contests

LILBURN - This spring, three Parkview High School students made $80,000 in 10 weeks playing the stock market.

Norcross police begin enforcing pedestrian safety

NORCROSS - Norcross drivers may view pedestrians in a different light now that city police are cracking down on drivers who don't stop for road-bound walkers.

Norcross police said they handed out 21 tickets between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday during an undercover crosswalk enforcement effort.

The drivers' education and ticketing process was organized in connection with the People Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) organization - a nonprofit aimed at educating drivers about pedestrian and road safety and state laws.

"In the metro-Atlanta area every year about 1,000 pedestrians are hit and injured," said PEDS Program Manager Michael Orta. "And approximately another 80 are hit and killed. We want drivers to know the laws. You're not just supposed to yield to pedestrians, you're supposed to stop when they're in a crosswalk."

Megafest canceled; Disney added to Arena lineup

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DULUTH - It seems rap and the Gwinnett Arena are just not meant to be.

Arena officials announced Tuesday that Saturday's concert featuring Ludacris and Busta Rhymes has been canceled for good, due to "unforeseen circumstances." The concert, called All Call - End of the School Year Megafest, had already been rescheduled from its original April 28 date.

Police/Fire briefs

Two workers fall through roof of home in Lilburn

•LILBURN - Two construction workers were injured Tuesday afternoon when a roof fell in from under them, firefighters said.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Lt. Thomas Rutledge said the two men working were on the roof of a home located at Rivermist and Windhurst drives in Lilburn when they fell inside the house from the roof peak to the second level.

Rutledge said the men were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with injuries that weren't life threatening and were in stable condition. He said a third worker who was inside the house at the time of the collapse was not injured.

The men were part of a contracting crew who worked for Romero Roofing Service doing restoration work on the home.

The three men were the only workers at the house at the time of the collapse and no one else was injured.

Firefighters are unsure what caused the roof to collapse, but said the home was struck by lightning in March.

Panthers post fourth straight shutout in 2-0 win

LILBURN - It's an odd-numbered year, so it must mean one thing: The Parkview girls are playing for the Class AAAAA state championship.

Water bills still not right

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly a year since a billing snafu left nearly three out of four Gwinnettians with incorrect water bills, 20 percent of the county water department's bills are still incorrect.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

BROWN, LARRY

Mr. Larry Brown, age 78, of Buford, GA, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2007. He is survived by his: Son and Daughter-in-Law: Matt and Karen Brown, Suwanee, GA; Daughter and Son-in-Law: Lisa and Tony Chapek, Lawrenceville, GA; Six Grandchildren: Chris Brown, Kevin Brown, Jay Brown, Andrew Brown, T. J. Chapek, Daniel Chapek; Sisters: Ruth Christensen, Avoca, IA, Dorothy Hilderbrand, Hancock, IA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mr. Brown was born March 16, 1929 in Hancock, IA. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War. He was the owner of Delta Pipe Products in Atlanta and also in Fort Worth, TX. He was a member of the Braselton Lions Club and was of the Methodist Faith. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Chaplain Samuel Parsons officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Flowers accepted or donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Larry Brown. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

LAWRENCEVILLE

BRYANT, JONATHAN

Jonathan Bryant, Jr., age 60 of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, May 6, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .*

STEPP, DONNA

Donna Mae Stepp, age 60, of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, May 7, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 12 Noon Thursday, May 10, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Moore will officiate. Ms. Stepp was retired from the shipping department at Avon in Suwanee and was of the Baptist Faith. She is survived by Children: Tina Stepp & Cy Jenkins, Cincinnati, OH, Roy F. McGregor, Jr, Lawrenceville; Brothers: Bobby Ray Reynolds, Hindman, KY, Tommy D. Reynolds, Randy W. Reynolds, Rex Reynolds, Ronnie Reynolds, C. V. Reynolds, all of Prestonsburg, KY, Danny Reynolds, Ypsilanti, MI, Billy J. Yonts, Prestonsburg, KY; Half-Sister: Shirley Clemons, Leburn, KY; Grandchildren: Jeremy A. Stepp, Brandi N. Stepp; several Nieces & Nephews. Flowers accepted or memorials to: American Cancer Society, Gwinnett County Unit, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Ste. 260, Duluth, GA 30097. The Family will receive friends from 2 - 4 PM & 6 - 9 PM Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www. stewartfh.com .

LILBURN

MABRY, NANCY

Nancy Savage Mabry, age 45, of Lilburn, died Sunday, May 6, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, (770)564-2726.*

LOGANVILLE

CHAPMAN, HARRY

Harry J. Chapman, age 98, of Loganville, passed away on May 6, 2007. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is a church member of Corinth Baptist Church and a very godly man who loved his family and friends; he will be missed by all. Certainly, he was blessed by his Lord with a long life and a peaceful passing. He is survived by Birdell, his wife of 70 years; daughter, Judy & son-in-law, Rick Dobson, Loganville; sister, Pauline Anderson, Conyers, Lucille Moose, California; brother, Mayo Chapman, California; grandchildren, Kelly & husband, Kenny McTaggart, Robin & husband, Darrel Bennett; great grandchildren, Justin Bennett, Morgan McTaggart, Mallory McTaggart, Andrew McTaggart and Josh Bennett. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in the Eternal Hills Chapel with Dr. Don Richards, Rev. James Dispain and Rev. Robert Smallwood officiating. Interment, Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, 770-972-3155.*

SNELLVILLE

FAMBRO,

MARGARET

Ms. Margaret Mitchell Fambro of Snellville, died May 6, 2007. She is survived by her lifetime companion, Mr. Sonny Fambro; one daughter, Donna Lynn Anderson; two grandchildren, Dana Dillard and Josh Dillard and his wife, Jessica Dillard; and one great granddaughter due in July. She is also survived by three brothers, Johnny Mitchell, Charlie Mitchell, and Allen Mitchell; and three sisters, Ann Chaffin, Gladys Smith and Doris Mulford. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a monetary contribution to the American Cancer Society in memory of Margaret Fambro. R.T. Patterson, 770-923-2940.

SUGAR HILL

CROFT, GENEVA

Mrs. Geneva T. Croft, age 65, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2007. She was preceded in death by her grandchildren, David Wayne Knight, II and Jeffrey Allen Knight. She is survived by her: Husband of 35 years: Mr. Willard Croft, Sugar Hill, GA; Daughters and Sons-in-Law: Pamela Knight, Senoia, GA, Lynnell and Jimmy Jones, Canton, GA, Nichole and Mike Settambrino, Buford, GA; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Michael and Teresa Cook, Murrayville, GA; Six Grandchildren; Sister and Brother-in-Law: Pauline and James Williams, Bethlehem, GA; Brothers: John Torbush, Gatesville, GA, T. J. Williams, Lawrenceville, GA; Caregiver: Mary Brown, Lawrenceville, GA; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mrs. Croft was born January 19, 1942 in Stephenson, Alabama. She was employed with Wal-Mart in Buford for the past 13 years and her last position was a greeter. She was a member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA, with Rev. Ray Gober, Rev. Phillip Williams, and Rev. Glenn Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Fire station to be relocated closer to arena

LAWRENCEVILLE - A new fire station location could help firefighters respond to incidents in the growing Arena at Gwinnett Center area, officials said.

'Doing this for him'

Sports briefs

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Collins Hill hosts signing party for softball, hoops players

•Collins Hill hosted a signing party Tuesday afternoon for college-bound softball players Kara Pollock, Libby Munson and Katie Fidler as well as basketball player Shakeda Richie.

Corrections

A story in Tuesday's Gwinnett Daily Post incorrectly identified Phillip Beard, who is chairman of the city commission.

What more could GOP want in its candidate?

There's a vacuum in the GOP, we keep hearing, and Republicans aren't quite satisfied with their presidential choices.

Airport to buy land, expandCounty to float bonds up to $15 million

WINDER - A Northeast Georgia Regional Airport runway will be extended to 7,000 feet and an industrial park will rise nearby. Barrow County officials believe they can accomplish those upgrades without raising taxes.

County commissioners voted Tuesday to float up to $15 million in 20-year bonds to purchase about 260 nearby acres, upgrade roads, water and sewer to the airport area and possibly borrow three years' worth of interest on those bonds. They have, however, the option to raise property taxes by 1 mill, if cash is needed to pay the bonds.

Brookwood holds spring practice after quarterback injured in wreck

SNELLVILLE - While dressing for practice Tuesday, Brookwood High School's football players said morale is low, but they wanted to practice and keep things as normal as possible.

Macy's executive gives tough love to newspapers

NEW YORK - The chief marketing officer of Macy's department stores delivered tough talk to the newspaper industry Tuesday, telling a publishing conference why her company is moving ad dollars to other media such as TV, magazines and the Internet.

Two free-kick goals lead Rams past Broncos 2-0

LOGANVILLE - Set plays - set pieces in soccer vernacular - are ever so valuable.

Stream restoration projects give students more chances to learn

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two stream restoration projects at local schools could mean more opportunities to study science outside the classroom.

Providence back in state championship game

LILBURN - The last time Providence and Lovett faced each other was in the 2005 Class AA/A state finals.

Gilbreath goes down fighting

MARIETTA - Even with an injured leg, Darsey Gilbreath couldn't watch the final minutes of Buford's soccer season sitting down.

Buford's aggressive senior keeper sat, then stood, then sat again on the visitor's bench with her right leg extended after colliding with Walker's Anna Cole in the 54th minute while saving one of Walker's many shots.

Gilbreath collected five saves on the night against 11 Wolverine shots before leaving the game with the injury in the Wolves' 4-0 loss in the Class AA/A Final Four.

Despite missing the final 26 minutes, Gilbreath said her knee injury was not serious and she was able to put pressure on her leg following the game.

Business Briefs

Gwinnett Tech to host open house for Cisco Specialist program

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College will host an open house at 6:30 p.m. today for current and potential students interested in the college's Cisco CCNP Specialist Certificate program. The open house will be held in building 700, room 2.308, at Gwinnett Tech.

Norcross neighborhood will not get park

NORCROSS - Residents of Norcross' Sheffield Forest neighborhood Monday convinced City Council members to vote against a proposed pocket park in their subdivision.

Some angry over tuition rule change

dave.williams@gwinnettdailypost

DALTON - Abolishing a program that offers in-state college tuition to high-achieving illegal immigrants would crush students' dreams of succeeding in America and hurt Georgia economically, Hispanic students and their teachers said Tuesday.

Era of anti-activism rearing its dull head

I watched 10 Republican presidential candidates debate on national TV last week, and for a moment I thought I was dreaming.

Winder officials vote down land swap for church

WINDER - By a vote of 3-2 Tuesday night and following a brief executive session, Winder council members voted against a proposed plan to swap the spray field (irrigated pastureland) on Gainesville Highway for the 100-year-old Baptist church building and property located in the city. Developer Michael Carter would have purchased the old church and then traded it for the field.

Letters to the Editor

Post shouldn't change Perspective according to the political climate I was bemused by the recent letter from H. David Hyatt of Duluth. Hyatt accused the Gwinnett Daily Post of having a Republican tilt while the rest of the country, or so Hyatt claims, is leaning Democrat. Seems like Hyatt criticizes the GDP for not likewise tilting leftward toward the Democratic Party.

Looks like Hyatt thinks the GDP's editorial policy should mimic the leftward tilt he claims the country is taking. Based on his statements, Hyatt obviously roots for whatever sports team is ahead, for by doing so, he can't really lose.

Sorry, Hyatt, but I hope the GDP continues to have a sane, semi-conservative stance and pro-American stance. I must admit that, as compared to Atlanta's big, ultra-liberal newspaper, the middle-of-the-road Gwinnett Daily Post could be considered by bed-wetting liberals to have a conservative tilt.

'Dinner of Champions' to honor Collins Hill girls

The 2006-07 Collins Hill girls basketball team accomplished more than any squad in Gwinnett history.

Perdue changes tune on budget, avoiding session

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday rescinded his veto of the midyear budget, avoiding a special session of the General Assembly that threatened to extend a stalemate between the governor and House Republican leaders.

Jonathan Bryant

Jonathan Bryant, Jr., age 60 of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, May 6, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry ...

Geneva Croft

Mrs. Geneva T. Croft, age 65, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2007. She was preceded in death by her grandchildren, David Wayne Knight, II and ...

Larry Brown

Mr. Larry Brown, age 78, of Buford, GA, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2007. He is survived by his: Son and Daughter-in-Law: Matt and Karen Brown, Suwanee ...

Margaret Fambro

Ms. Margaret Mitchell Fambro of Snellville, died May 6, 2007. She is survived by her lifetime companion, Mr. Sonny Fambro; one daughter, Donna Lynn Anderson; two grandchildren, Dana Dillard and ...

Nancy Mabry

Nancy Savage Mabry, age 45, of Lilburn, died Sunday, May 6, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, (770)564-2726.

Harry Chapman

Harry J. Chapman, age 98, of Loganville, passed away on May 6, 2007. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is a church member of Corinth ...