News for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Russ Hester

Russ K. Hester, age 78, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Shellie Shoemake

Shellie Mae Shoemake, age 94 of Grayson, GA., formerly of Brookhaven, GA. passed away, Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Born January 1, 1914 in Plant City, Florida to the late Skelton ...

Elaine Wick

Mrs. Elaine Dorothy Wick, Age 57, of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on December 8, 2008. She is preceded in death by her father; Richard L. Chapman. She is survived by ...

Edward Elrod

Edward Reese Elrod, age 88, of Pendergrass, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson 706-367-5467

Guyendlee Braswell

Guyendlee Daniel Braswell, age 79, of Auburn, GA, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Iris Dover

Iris Price Dover, age 87, of Foley, AL, formerly of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Kenneth Greene

Kenneth “Pop” Greene, age 75, of Winder, GA, passed away December 8, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Janet Vance

Janet Lee Vance, age 76, of Duluth, GA, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Inez S. Wiley-Jones

09/25/1917 - 12/-9/2008 Mrs. Jones passed away peacefully Tuesday a.m. at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, GA. She is preceded by her eldest daughter, Stella Wiley-Ward. “Nanny” ...

Bulldogs win ugly against Lions

SUWANEE - After a disappointing start to their Region 7-AAAAA schedule last week in a loss to Norcross, North Gwinnett's girls notched their second straight region victory Tuesday night by topping Peachtree Ridge 41-32.

Weir leads SwimAtlanta to title

ATLANTA - Brookwood grad and 2004 Olympian Amanda Weir won two of her three individual events, helping her SwimAtlanta club team win its first championship at the USA Swimming Short Course Senior National Championships this past weekend.

Buford's hidden gem emerges

BUFORD - As good as Landon Anderson has been throughout his career as a middle linebacker for Buford, he perhaps has been better known for his work as a catcher for the Wolves' baseball team.

Jackson saves UGA in win over Hokies

ATHENS - Albert Jackson ignored the pain in his ankle long enough to give Georgia's frontcourt a commanding presence under the basket.

Big men on campus

NORCROSS

Spartan boys off to solid start

NORCROSS - The Greater Atlanta Christian boys passed their first Region 6-AA test easily. The next one, though, should be much more difficult.

Must Read: International study: US students improve in math, science

WASHINGTON - In math and science, American kids are doing better than people think, an international study found. But some Asian countries have an edge in math that just keeps growing.

Jury weighs life or death for Atlanta court gunman

ATLANTA - Jurors will return today to continue deliberating whether to condemn gunman Brian Nichols to death or sentence him to life behind bars for murdering a judge and three other people in violence that began at a downtown Atlanta courthouse.

People Briefs

Oprah Winfrey says she weighs 200 lbs

Minter's move to Peachtree Ridge paying off

SUWANEE - When Kevin Minter transferred to the Peachtree Ridge football program last year, he did so at the request of his parents.

Emory Eastside gets OK to add 21 beds

SNELLVILLE - Due to its consistent high occupancy rate, Emory Eastside Medical Center has received approval from the Department of Community Health to add 21 beds, bringing its capacity to 231.

To the editor: Recycling plan a model that others should follow

Your recent article ("New waste management plan: Residents may have to pay fee," Dec. 6, Page 1A) fails to recognize several key facts concerning the benefits of the program and the forward-thinking approach to increasing recycling in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett Medical opens second sleep disorders center

DULUTH - On Tuesday, Gwinnett Medical Center opened its second Center for Sleep Disorders after serving patients for more than a decade at its Lawrenceville facility.

Nation Briefs

Convicted Ore. child killer is denied parole

Dome Finale Facility hosts prep football finals for first time

For all the arguments back and forth regarding where to host the Georgia high school football state championships, the best reasoning seems to be logistical.

Meth lab find is fifth bust this month

NORCROSS - A two-story, partially brick home on a cul-de-sac. A red BMW 300 series in the driveway, apple-red.

Norcross boys up to No. 1 in poll

The three-time defending state champion Norcross boys are back in a familiar spot - atop the Class AAAAA basketball rankings.

Recycling plan a model that others should follow

Your recent article ("New waste management plan: Residents may have to pay fee," Dec. 6, Page 1A) fails to recognize several key facts concerning the benefits of the program and the forward-thinking approach to increasing recycling in Gwinnett.

Prep roundup: Eagles' Nimley scores winning bucket

SUWANEE - Saah Nimley scored the game-winner on a last-minute shot as Collins Hill defeated Duluth 63-62 on Tuesday.

For sale: One seat in US Senate, not cheap

In the bailout spirit of cutting costs and protecting resources, what do you say we just arrest the state of Illinois and sort out the details later?

World Briefs

India gives info tying Mumbai gunmen to Pakistan

Schell earns league honor as Gladiators warm up

Brad Schell became the first Gwinnett Gladiator to repeat as ECHL Player of the Week when the league announced the honor Tuesday.

Group stresses impact of lake

BUFORD - The true meaning of the 1071 Coalition to protect Lake Lanier is right there in the name.

Auto bailout talks drag on, though deal seems near

WASHINGTON - Weary Democratic congressional leaders and White House officials pushed to clear the final obstacles to a $15 billion bailout of U.S. automakers Tuesday night, but the rescue plan faced new snags as Republicans raised deep concerns.

Board to explore revenues Commissioners searching for ways to balance county budget

YOUNG HARRIS - A day after focusing possible cuts to county government, a commissioner said Tuesday revenues should be explored.

Ill. governor arrested Blagojevich charged with trying to sell Obama's Senate seat

CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was roused from bed and arrested Tuesday after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps audaciously scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration.

Georgia looks for sunny future with solar energy options

ATLANTA - Energy independence was a pervasive theme throughout the presidential campaign season. For that matter, because of oil and gas shortages in the 1970s and the record price oil reached this summer, it's actually been a part of the nation's vocabulary for nearly 40 years.

Business Briefs

Stocks tumble after 2-day rally

Talk of reform much cheaper than solutions

Not many folks in these parts remember or even care much anymore, but 10 years ago, education reform was a top priority on the national and state agendas.

Gwinnett Fire Department offers tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - Recent deaths in other areas of the country are prompting the Gwinnett County Fire Department to spread the word to Gwinnettians about the threat carbon monoxide poses.