News for Saturday, November 24, 2007


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Susan Ann Rhoad

Susan Ann Rhoad, age 51, of Suwanee, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411

Don L. Bain

Don L. Bain, age 78, of Loganville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010,

Harry Lee Gardner

Harry Lee Gardner, age 70, of Oakwood, Georgia, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2007, following a sudden illness. Mr. Gardner was born June 24, 1937 in Hall County and lived ...

Martha N. Draper

Martha N. Draper, age 91, of Avondale Estates, GA, died Thursday, November 22, 2007. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

Zachary Gibson

Mr. Zachary Gibson, age 14, of Buford, GA, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Larry Junior Powell

Larry Junior Powell, age 63, of Loganville, GA, passed away Friday, November 23, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...

Hazel D. Bagwell

BAGWELL, HAZEL D. - Loving Mother, Grandmother and Friend to all she met, Hazel Dobson Bagwell, age 77 of Grayson, formerly of Lawrenceville, died Friday, November 23, 2007. Funeral Services will ...

Selvey Wade

Mrs. Selvey Wade, 77 of Tucker, GA passed away Thursday, November 15, 2007. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA (770)338-5558.

Mary L. Miller

Mary L. Miller, age 92, of Snellville, GA, died November 21, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Candice Little Cash

Candice Little Cash, age 27, of Canton, GA passed away on Monday, November 19, 2007. She is survived by her: PARTNER: Thomas John Keckeisen, Canton, GA; DAUGHTERS: Sienna Cash, age ...

William Roy Mcguinness

Mr. William Roy McGuinness, age 62, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Jackie Clay

Jackie Clay, age 84 of Lawrenceville, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Monday, November 26, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Paul L. Whitmer

Paul L. Whitmer, 51, of Hoschton, GA, passed away on Friday November 23, 2007. He was preceded in death by the mother of his two daughters, Katrina Whitmer and aunt ...

Joseph Duncan Smyly, Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Duncan Smyly Jr., age 83 of Monroe, died on November 23, 2007. He was born in St Johns County, Florida on June 26, 1924 to the ...

Blue Devils' high hopes come crashing down vs. Rams

NORCROSS - Devonta Bolton had a towel over his head to hide the tears. He wasn't the only one with red eyes.


CALHOUN - The No. 3 team in the state, that would be tough competition for the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans, right? Well, not exactly.

Irons adds to tackles in defeat

ATLANTA - It's gone mostly unnoticed by fans, but rookie David Irons may be one of the Atlanta Falcons' most consistent players.

Prep roundup

McDONOUGH - Peachtree Ridge (1-1) defeated Northgate 52-40 on Friday in a girls basketball tournament at Union Grove High School.

Falcons suffer another loss despite early lead

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have an extra three days to get ready for their next game. That should be enough time for Byron Leftwich's bruised tailbone to heal and debate about who should be the starting quarterback to rekindle.


NORCROSS - When Nick Sorel's final pass found the hands of Grayson's Kori Gaines the celebration began.

World briefs

Aruba judge orders extended detention in disappearance

Buford pastor answered call to ministry as a second career

The Rev. Paul Garner is an unassuming man in his mid-40s. He will attest to the fact that he had known for about 15 years that ministry was his calling; it just took him a few years to answer that call. Once he did, about seven years ago, he never looked back.

Southern speech is an interesting, beautiful language

You knew it was going to happen. You had to know there would come a time when some reader somewhere felt compelled to give me a grammar lesson.

Buford 41, Darlington 0

BUFORD - Buford's second-round opponent in the Class AA state football playoffs was much like the first one as the Wolves rolled to a 41-0 win over Darlington on Friday night.

Gladiators snap two-game skid

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Gwinnett Gladiators snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-3 win over the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night.

Woman killed on Interstate 85

NORCROSS - A motorist was killed Friday morning on Interstate 85 northbound, according to police.

Proposed license plate helps libraries

ATLANTA - The Department of Motor Vehicles is offering a license plate that honors Georgia's public libraries and puts books on those shelves, too.

People briefs

Stern happy with show's direction

'Deals were unbelievable' Shoppers say early morning sales worth getting up for

LAWRENCEVILLE - Margie Hager of Lilburn got up at 3:30 Friday morning to start her Christmas shopping. She went through the sale papers on Thanksgiving and mapped out her morning route that covered an early swing through Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Garden Ridge. By 9:30 a.m., she had four new tires on the car and she'd completed her gift list by noon.

Central grad Johnson powers Butler to brink of national title

Butler Community College isn't too far removed from everything. Just most things.

Fire displaces family of four

DULUTH - A family was displaced from their home Thanksgiving night after a chimney fire spread to the attic, but no one was injured in the blaze, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

'Tis the season to take it like a man with to-do list

Is Santa is the only man on the planet with a holiday to-do list?

W. Va. church uses 'robocalls' to spread its message

HURRICANE, W.Va. - The telltale pause after you answer the phone usually means you're about to hear a fuzzy, prerecorded message offering unbeatable deals on satellite TV or trumpeting the virtues of a political candidate.

Devils halt Thrashers' winning streak New Jersey stays hot with shutout defeat of Atlanta

ATLANTA - Martin Brodeur appears to be warming up.

Tech-Georgia game is tale of two coaches

ATLANTA - On one side is Mark Richt, whose popularity has soared off the charts in this season of breaking character, coming up with all sorts of motivational gimmicks and seeming to make every right move in putting Georgia on the brink of a major bowl.

Spiritual Calendar


Nation briefs

Police find 5 dead in murder-suicide

Master Magician Performer will celebrate 10th anniversary in 'Nutcracker'

Playing the grandfatherly yet mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer in Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's 2007 production of "The Nutcracker," professional magician Bill Kress will perform five minutes of on-stage magic - in 90 seconds.

Youth roundup

Tennis team places eighth at nationals

God's grocery store $15 goes far at Bread of Life Ministry

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bill Barker, a pastor, stands in a semicircle of shivering people who've waited in the cold for an hour. He closes his eyes and points heavenward. On his head is a leathery wrangler's hat; in his hand, a Bible.

Moving parties aren't as fun as they sound

There are favors you can ask of most anyone, such as giving the time or borrowing a quarter.

North defense steps it up in huge win

SNELLVILLE - Since Dennis Roland took over as North Gwinnett's head football coach in 2004, the offense has been the rage.

Water, tax reform to dominate legislature

Don't look now, but the legislature opens for business in about eight weeks. You might want to hide the silverware.

History kinder to presidents than today is

I know that we are in the midst of the holiday season, but the study of American history is never far from my mind. And, no, I am not sucking up. I don't think any of my bosses even read my column.


ROSWELL - This time there was an overtime period.


SNELLVILLE - Michael Tamburo is not your typical pocket passer. The North Gwinnett quarterback has the savvy ability to make defenders miss when he scrambles.

Being 'uber-focused' made Amy Adams a Disney princess

LOS ANGELES - When Amy Adams was nominated for an Academy Award, she still lived in the run-down apartment she rented when she moved to Los Angeles with movie-star dreams.

Buford group wants to expand Organization looking for bigger facility

BUFORD - Richard Riley and Charles George are on a mission to expand the Buford organization they work with.

Carver-Atlanta 21, Apalachee 7

ATLANTA - Playing in the chill of Thanksgiving weekend is a brand-new experience for Apalachee's football team.

Residents using bath water to feed flowers

LILBURN - In the midst of a 100-year drought, Ann Eldredge says her Japanese Maple tree has never been prettier.