News for Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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Leonard Boone

Leonard Ray Boone, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA died Tuesday December 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel. (770)963-2411

Donald Hainey

Donald F. Hainey, age 66, of Lilburn, GA, passed away December 22, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Anne Burell

Mrs. Anne Burell, age 67, of Buford, GA, passed away December 24, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh A. Metcalf, Jr., age 90 of Snellville, GA passed away Monday, December 22, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 12:00PM Friday, December 26, 2008 in the Snellville Chapel of ...

Betty Ann Giles

Betty Ann Bishop Giles, age 67, of Duluth, GA, passed away December 23, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA 770-448-5757

Joe Mills

Mr. Joe Edgar Mills, age 70, of Auburn, GA passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents: Ott and Ida Lee Mills. He is survived ...

Jenny Wong

Mrs. Jenny Wong, age 51, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

James Ledbetter

James Dalton Ledbetter, age 86, of Marietta, GA, died Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville, GA 770-979-3200

Gwinnettian launches senior care initiative

LAWRENCEVILLE - "Purpose in life is important to everyone," Katie Laitsch said, "but especially as we age."

'Madam' can't pay $150K debt Blames housing market

LAWRENCEVILLE - Evidence of the faltering housing market pops up in peculiar places.

Professional Santa gives in many ways

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ed Butchart, also known as Mr. Claus, is hard at work all year long, but he doesn't make toys. This Santa created a different type of workshop.

Garbage judge is a hero

Judge Michael Clark's decision that Gwinnett's new garbage collection plan has serious flaws requiring correction has partially at least restored my faith in our legal system.

'I was terrified' - hostage describes kidnapping ordeal

BUFORD - Robyn Nagy says the man at the door purported himself as a friend, so he was let in. Looking back, she knows that was a colossal mistake.

Local company tackles latex allergies

DULUTH - A local company believes it has the solution for the three million Americans who suffer from latex-related allergies.

A sure thing Jackets' Lawal puts timid first year behind him

ATLANTA - Timid is a term that often accurately describes the transition for many freshmen to college basketball after coming directly from high school.

World briefs

Beauty queen stopped in gun-filled truck

Economy still in downfall GDP fell 0.5 percent during third quarter

WASHINGTON - As the longest recession in a quarter century intensifies, analysts believe the small decline in economic activity in the third quarter has worsened significantly in the current fourth quarter.

Fire Department: Stay safe by keeping an eye on the stove

LAWRENCEVILLE - Over the last couple of years, firefighters have seen an increase in cooking-related fires in Gwinnett County, many of which could have been prevented.

Southerners to make more trips over holidays

LAWRENCEVILLE - With Santa and his reindeer preparing to hit the open road in their sleigh, they'll have to plan accordingly for travel in the southeastern United States.

Some requests leave Santa shaking his head

"(Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) didn't get to where we are without a whole bunch of miracles," Ed Butchart, founder of FODAC, said, "without the Lord intervening in what we were doing and providing stuff for us.

Norcross youth performs at Alliance Theatre

LAWRENCEVILLE - At just 11 years old, Tessa Lene Palisoc's acting credits include three seasons performing in the Alliance Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol," the role of Varrio in Kudzu Playhouse's "The Little Mermaid" and a turn as Molly in "Annie Jr." with the Off-Broadway Children's Theater.

To the editor: Garbage judge is a hero

Judge Michael Clark's decision that Gwinnett's new garbage collection plan has serious flaws requiring correction has partially at least restored my faith in our legal system.

Diplomacy doesn't always work

Editor's note: Kathleen Parker is on vacation. Her column will resume Dec. 31.

Prep Roundup: Collins Hill boys win Florida tournament

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Collins Hill's boys basketball team had three players score in double figures as it defeated Dublin 66-62 to win the Super 8 Division of the Kreul Classic on Tuesday,

Nation briefs

Court reinstates clean air rules

A Christmas blessing in an accident

Editor's note: Bill Shipp is on vacation. His column will resume Dec. 31.

Must read: Shirtless images of Obama on vacation cause stir online

WASHINGTON - Forget Barack Obama's staff making contact with a governor charged with corruption. What's got everyone talking is the president-elect's fine first form.

People briefs

Man sentenced in killing of rapper's friend

Added spark Walk-on Watt helps UGA fill void

DULUTH - Andy Landers made a recruiting stop at Wesleyan a few months ago with plans on securing star senior guard Anne Marie Armstrong.

Haulers are back in place Old contracts given 120-day extension

LAWRENCEVILLE - County officials Tuesday took the first steps necessary to ensure residents' garbage will be picked up once 2009 hits calendars next week, but the issue could be back in court soon.