News for Saturday, December 13, 2008

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James Williams

Mr. James Williams, age 51, of Mansfield, GA and formerly of Gwinnett Co., GA, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Gary Foster

Gary Bernard Foster, age 68, of Loganville, GA, passed away December 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200* www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Dale Watson, Sr.

Dale L. Watson, Sr., age 80, of Grayson, GA, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200* www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Charles Chance

Mr. Charles C. Chance, age 66, of Auburn, GA, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Steve Rosekrans

Stephen “Steve” A. Rosekrans, age 57, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away December 11, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200* www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Carl Fenley

Carl F. Fenley age 64, of Flowery Branch died December 11, 2008. Mr. Fenley was the owner of Steve's Auto Repair in Duluth. He is survived by his wife of ...

James Samuels

James (Jim) William Samuels, age 73, of Norcross, GA, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

James Glickman

Mr. James Robert Glickman, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Frank Blackwelder

Frank G. Blackwelder, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Friday, December 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200* www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Susan Holenka

Susan Holenka, age 97, of Snellville, GA, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200* www.wagesfuneralhome.com

C.d. Spell

C.D. Spell, age 89, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away December 12, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 770-277-4550

Ralph Hale, Jr.

Ralph Griffin Hale, Jr. age 81 of Dacula, GA died December 12, 2008. Mr. Hale served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from Bellsouth after 34 years of ...

John Kempster, Jr.

John Franklin Kempster, Jr., age 29, of Hoschton, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 11, 2008. He is survived by his parents, Jack and Cheryl Kempster of Lawrenceville, GA ...

Steve Rosekrans

Stephen A. “Steve” Rosekrans, age 57, of Lawrenceville, GA died quietly of cancer on December 11, 2008. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Barbara ...

Andy Cowens

Mr. Andy Cowens, age 45, of Auburn, GA, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Roland Steele

Roland “Rusty” Steele, age 73, of Lilburn, GA, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200* www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Buford's offense sets all-time playoff record

ATLANTA - Buford has been a prolific scoring team throughout the season, but the Wolves' performance in the postseason, culminating in their second straight Class AA state championship with Friday's 45-21 win over Calhoun was literally one for the record books.

Judge sentences Brian Nichols to life

ATLANTA  - A judge on Saturday sentenced the man who killed four people in a brazen courthouse escape to multiple life sentences with no chance of parole and hundreds more years on more than fifty charges.

Police: Botched drug deal prompts murder

LAWRENCEVILLE - A drug deal gone sour prompted a shootout Wednesday evening at a Lawrenceville convenience store that left one man dead, police said.

World briefs

Riots continue in weary Greece

Make the choice to love and be loved during hard times

Happy Holidays, 2008. The economy is tanking. Half the country is laying awake worrying about money.

Lil' River closes on Square Owners cite financial crisis for relocation

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Lil' River Grill moved onto the Lawrenceville Square, people buzzed about the first major restaurant to return to downtown.

Going back to old phonograph records of my childhood

When I was a child and given to daydreaming, I dreamed of what I would be when I grew up. I wanted to be strong, courageous, glamorous and well-traveled. And more than anything, I wanted to tell stories.

Schools help collect 2,500 items for Toys for Tots

SUWANEE - Jonathan Waters, Tanner Pickett and other student leaders at Level Creek Elementary worked Friday morning in North Gwinnett High School's cafeteria, sorting items donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Favorite vs. upstart

High school football players, with their teenage minds, have dreams of ideal scenarios. But so do the coaches.

Political pundits headline GMC gala

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation's Cornerstone Society Donor Appreciation Gala doesn't take place until Feb. 28, but time to receive invitations is running out.

Christian band to give holiday concert Monday

LILBURN - The Annie Moses Band hopes to make the Christmas season musical and magical for Gwinnett residents as the six-sibling group makes a stop in Lilburn on its "This Glorious Christmas" tour.

Bubba, Saxby, Jackets make comebacks

I know you have been awaiting my observations on the recent political runoffs in Georgia. Sorry to be late, but I was afraid anything I said would encourage Saxby Chambliss and Jim Martin to start running those abominable ads again. I would just as soon have my fingernails ripped out.

Scientists find 2,000-year-old brain in skull in Britain

LONDON - British archaeologists have unearthed an ancient skull carrying a startling surprise - an unusually well-preserved brain.

Maxwell students work to raise money

LAWRENCEVILLE - Olivia Smith knows what the generosity of strangers can mean to a child at Christmas.

Fifth Georgia bank fails

DULUTH - The fifth Georgia bank to close since August was seized Friday when Haven Trust Bank, based in Duluth, failed.

To the editor: GBA director needs to consider same method on drinks

I was pleased to learn that the executive director of the Georgia Beverage Association thinks the new trash plan is a good idea. Based on his support, I suspect he will soon propose his members follow Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services lead and only supply Anheuser-Busch products in Zones 1 and 2, Miller SAB in Zones 3 and 4 and Coors/Molson in Zones 5 and 6.

Two more join fight against county Decision regarding Gwinnett garbage proposal expected to come next week

LAWRENCEVILLE - A preliminary injunction hearing to keep the garbage service in the unincorporated parts of the county as-is wrapped up Friday and is now in the hands of Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Michael Clark.

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Lions' overachievers have one more bell to answer Peachtree Ridge football team built on smart, undersized players

SUWANEE - Bill Ballard coached several talented football teams during his five years as Tucker's head coach. He had dozens of players sign with major college football programs, including some that could end up in the NFL one day.

Investigator transferred for botched drug raid

LAWRENCEVILLE - The investigator who pointed out the wrong house to officers serving a "no knock" search warrant has been transferred from the Special Investigations Section to the Uniform Division.

Running machine

SUWANEE - There's no mystery to what Peachtree Ridge is going to face tonight on defense.

Police: Man lied about gunmen in attic SWAT team called to false kidnapping claim

LAWRENCEVILLE - A camouflaged SWAT team with massive guns, a dozen police cruisers and swarms of Gwinnett police crowded quaint Nuptial Lane in Lawrenceville on Friday morning, evoking the sense of extreme danger nearby.

More taxes not the way to balance Gwinnett's budget

The headline "Board to explore revenues" (Dec. 10, Page 1A) has again raised the question of whose house is in order. The citizens must balance their own budgets and are tired of bailouts.

Nichols avoids death penalty

ATLANTA - The Atlanta courthouse gunman who killed a judge and three other people avoided a death sentence Friday when jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on his sentence.

Grayson girls continue early season roll

DACULA - All the lumps and growing pains Grayson's girls endured during last season's 8-18 campaign are paying dividends here in 2008.

Preschoolers deliver toy donations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Eleven preschoolers on Friday helped deliver more than 200 stuffed animals to the Quinn House so the Lawrenceville charity can distribute the toys to needy children this season.

Gwinnett Grads: Four local hoopsters have career highs games

The past week has treated four Gwinnett grads - Emily Clarke, Jordan DeMercy, Reece Wiedeman and Ty Rowland - very well.

Getz comes up big in final game

ATLANTA - If Friday's Class AA championship football game had a signature play, it came at the end of the first half.

People briefs

Jackman to host Oscars

Prep Roundup: Smith scores 29 in Berkmar's 89-12 win

LILBURN - Tyra Smith scored 29 points to help Berkmar beat Meadowcreek 89-12 in girls basketball on Friday.

Sea Wolves get of best Gladiators again

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators have two goals in the last two games against Mississippi and, not surprisingly, zero wins.

Murder charge dropped against woman in Atlanta man's killing

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville woman was charged with murder Thursday in the Aug. 27 death of an Atlanta man, but the warrant was recalled four hours later.

Nation briefs

Signs point to child's ID

Blagojevich defies pressure Ill. AG asks high court to declare gov. unfit; calls for resignation continue

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In an unprecedented move, the Illinois attorney general asked the state's highest court Friday to strip scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his powers.

To the editor: More taxes not the way to balance Gwinnett's budget

The headline "Board to explore revenues" (Dec. 10, Page 1A) has again raised the question of whose house is in order. The citizens must balance their own budgets and are tired of bailouts.

European pop star to perform in Norcross Christmas concert

A former central European teen pop star will perform at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Norcross this week. A nationally known figure in the U.S. since 2000, Tajci has performed more than 600 concerts in the states since fleeing Croatia at the age of 21.

Six arrested for kidnapping

DULUTH - Gwinnett police arrested six men Thursday for kidnapping a Duluth man and holding him for ransom.

GBA director needs to consider same method on drinks

I was pleased to learn that the executive director of the Georgia Beverage Association thinks the new trash plan is a good idea. Based on his support, I suspect he will soon propose his members follow Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Services lead and only supply Anheuser-Busch products in Zones 1 and 2, Miller SAB in Zones 3 and 4 and Coors/Molson in Zones 5 and 6.

Easy being Green

Buford students, from left, Kori Gaines, Adam Pecht, Cameron Hutchins, Steven Tatum and Taylor Bailey cheer on the Wolves during the Class AA state championship game Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

No topping this Christmas tree

My mama used to tell me that my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I would get this admonition, of course, when I filled my plate up with more food than I could eat. That doesn't happen very often anymore. It's not that I don't put a lot of food on my plate. It's just hard to exceed my appetite these days.

Second-half performance leads Buford to another title

ATLANTA - For the better part of three quarters, it looked like Friday's Class AA state championship football game between Buford and Calhoun might go to whichever team had the ball last.