News for Friday, December 19, 2008


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Wando Colombo

Mr. Wando Louis “Russ” Colombo, age 91, of Jefferson, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson 706-367-5467

Ruth Pruett

Mrs. Ruth Tarpley Pruett, age 99, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, December 19, 2008. She was predeceased by her: husband of 71 years, Mr. Clarence Pruett; parents, William ...

Melanie Faye Sligar

Mrs. Melanie Faye Sligar, age 47 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away December 17, 2008. She is survived by her husband; David W. Sligar, Brother & Sister-in-law; Mark & ...

Marie Rouch

Marie K. Rouch, age 100, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on December 18, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

John Allen, Sr.

John Ernest Allen Sr., age 66, of Mt. Airy, GA passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at his residence. Arrangements are in the care of the Whitfield Funeral Home ...

Hugh Alford

Hugh P. Alford, age 81, of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory 770-945-9345

Mary Vista Hosch

Ms. Mary Vista Hosch, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away Monday, December 15, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Mary Agnes Hook

Mrs. Mary Agnes Hook, age 94, of Buford, GA, passed away Friday, December 19, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Gourmet gift Lawrenceville teen prepares meal for 27 local families

LAWRENCEVILLE - Krystal Johnson is a gifted cook.

Fight night at Wild Bill's to benefit needy children

DULUTH - Tonight's mixed martial arts fights at Wild Bill's of Atlanta - billed "A Fight for Charity" - will provide more than thrills for those in attendance, they will help provide a better Christmas for needy metropolitan Atlanta children.


Police, youth clash in Athens

School board to meet Saturday on education plan

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education will gather at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for a special-called meeting to vote on the Investing in Educational Excellence Partnership Contract school plans.

Still hungry Shiloh's Whigham always ready to put on his pads

SNELLVILLE - Cameron Whigham put on football pads for the first time in a month this week.

Judge slaps serial robber with 167 years in prison

ATLANTA - A serial armed robber from Dacula known as "Trigga" will spend the rest of his days in federal prison, a judge ruled Thursday.

Movie Trivia Contest

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

A light resume not as troubling on Capitol Hill

It is a legitimate question: Why is the resume-thin Caroline Kennedy being treated seriously as a prospective appointee to the U.S. Senate when the comparatively more-qualified Gov. Sarah Palin received such a harsh review?

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Puppet show presents retelling of holiday poem

The classic holiday poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," will be told through the eyes of a mouse, who may not have been stirring but was certainly watching the events unfold Christmas Eve, as the Piccadilly Puppets visit the Aurora Theatre on Saturday.

Judge halts new trash plan Temporary injunction granted to local garbage haulers

LAWRENCEVILLE - You can throw the county's new trash plan in the garbage.

School kids begin winter break today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Today marks the last day of classes before school lets out for a two-week winter break.

Assistants honored with increased roles

As the county's head football coaches went through practices for last year's inaugural Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game, they all were struck with a similar idea.

Hawks face tough test this weekend

As if Mill Creek's Class AAAAA girls basketball schedule wasn't tough enough, the Hawks will face two highly regarded AAAA teams in the Grayson Shoot for a Cure.

Getting to Know ... Mike Strickland

Mike Strickland spent many years in Gwinnett County as a high school football coach, including 14 as a head coach - seven each at Dacula and Duluth - before retiring in 1997 with a career record of 82-72. Saturday, he returns to the sidelines for the first time in 11 years to coach the West squad in the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game against the East squad, which is coached by his friend and former Shiloh coach Charlie Jordan. Strickland, now working in the private sector, took time this week to talk with staff writer David Friedlander about the old days, including talking about the best player he ever coached, his current situation and coaching again, even for just one game.

McCann picked for WBC

Jeff Francoeur got to play for the United States in the first World Baseball Classic. Now fellow Gwinnett County resident Brian McCann will get his chance.

Gwinnett native, center to present shows

Corey Crowder grew up in Lilburn playing baseball at Mountain Park with the likes of now-professional players Jeff Francoeur and Clint Sammons, but the singer-songwriter found his calling on a stage with a guitar and a mic rather than on a baseball diamond with a bat and ball.

One man show Aurora Theatre presents solo performance of ‘A Christmas Carol'

The cast list for Aurora Theatre's presentation of "A Christmas Carol" bears only one name: Anthony Rodriguez.

2 charged in medical burglaries

BRASELTON - Police have arrested two Flowery Branch men on charges they smashed their way into two Braselton medical offices last week, lifting thousands in medications and equipment.

Norcross man pleads guilty to sex trafficking

ATLANTA - A Norcross man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal district court to sex trafficking by force and coercion.

If it's too loud, you're too old - and you should know better

I love hard rock music.

Web deals create procrastinators' paradise

CHICAGO - 'Twas the week before Christmas and despite all the sales, fewer presents were shipping to shoppers by mail.

Gwinnett 911 Center is depot for donations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Leaders with the Gwinnett County Police Department 911 Communications Center are doing their part to assist a family beat down by the current economic doldrums.

Gwinnett children dance in "Nutcracker' ballet

Eight Gwinnett children are dancing in the Atlanta Ballet's "The Nutcracker" this holiday season.

Lehman plays sparingly in Thrashers' loss

ATLANTA - Little more than an hour before puck drop, Scott Lehman rushed through the back entrance underneath Philips Arena, toting his maroon Chicago Wolves' equipment bag.

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Gwinnett Sentinels help three vets in need

DULUTH - Three Gwinnett Army vets have run aground in the dire straits of financial misfortune and physical disability. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

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Police arrest man after fight, SWAT team search

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police arrested an Atlanta man just after 6 p.m. Thursday after he fought with a Gwinnett police officer and broke into a home in the Jefferson Station subdivision off of Sever Road.

Spotlight on DVD

Grindhouse: Planet Terror & Death Proof Blu-rays (NR)

President Bush: Automakers to get $17.4B

WASHINGTON - Citing imminent danger to the national economy, President Bush ordered an emergency bailout of the U.S. auto industry Friday, offering $17.4 billion in rescue loans and demanding tough concessions from the deeply troubled carmakers and their workers.

Wolves get win at TOC

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Wesleyan's girls basketball team got 22 points from Anne Marie Armstrong as the Wolves defeated Brea Olinda (Calif.) 49-41 on Thursday in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions.

The Dish: Haru Ichiban

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Egyptian student gets 15 years in terror case




Brancato jury deadlocked

Business briefs

S&P lowers GE outlook to negative

Old trash plan back in place Garbage to be picked up in '09 by current haulers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just one day after a Gwinnett County Superior Court judge trashed the county's new solid waste ordinance, the county found itself scrambling Friday to reassure residents that garbage and recycling service will continue despite the injunction.

Art Beat: Local "celebrities' shine onstage

Not everyone in life gets their 15 minutes of fame, but special patrons of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre have at least three minutes to experience the thrill of live performance. For each of the 11 public performances of "The Nutcracker" and three of its outreach shows, a local public figure has donned Mother Ginger's enormous wig and over-the-top makeup. Transported onstage atop a gigantic rolling skirt, these area VIPs wave, clap and enjoy the audience's applause for their exaggerated and funny antics as 10 little dancers and a tiny gymnast emerge from the skirt.

Film Fan: "Day the Earth Stood Still' is hollow shell of original

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail