News for Thursday, December 25, 2008

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Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan, age 58, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2008. Survivors include her daughter: Macrae Brennan of Snellville, GA; son: Tyler Brennan of Athens, GA; one ...

Oliver Cofer

Oliver Cofer, age 82, of Buford, GA, passed away on Thursday December 25, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 770-945-9345

Irene Ward

Irene Anderson Ward, age 89 of Mineral Bluff, GA, the late wife of Henry Tyrous Ward, died December 23, 2008. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday December 27 ...

Joseph May

Joseph Christopher May, age 29, of Davisboro, formerly of Norcross, died Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at the Medical College of Georgia. Memorial services will be held at a later date ...

Alfonso Avalos

Alfonso Avalos, III, infant, of Loganville, GA, passed away Monday, December 22, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Woon Chan

Woon Chan, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on December 21, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Jacquelin Walters

Jacquelin L. Walters, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville 770-962-3100

World Briefs

Aussie charged with smuggling animal mummies

Norcross teen writer publishes first novel

LAWRENCEVILLE - Seliman exists in a world that may seem bizarre to the readers of his story, living and working for his mentor in a facility called Floodbase, unaware of what he is really doing and what lies in his past but eventually searching for his identity, even if it costs him his life.

People Briefs

Young Jeezy hands out gifts door to door

Cities, county negotiating service sharing

LAWRENCEVILLE - County and city leaders have not reached an agreement on how services will be shared for the next 10 years, officials said.

Political Notebook: Irvin's press release says reindeer free to pass through Georgia

Georgia's longest-serving statewide election officials has given clearance for a certain team of reindeer to tour the state last night.

Getz named AA player of the year Buford RB rushed for 1,359 yards for state champions

There was arguably no high school football player more valuable to his team during the state playoffs than Cody Getz was to Buford.

Irvin's press release says reindeer free to pass through Georgia

Georgia's longest-serving statewide election officials has given clearance for a certain team of reindeer to tour the state last night.

Fire displaces three residents

LAWRENCEVILLE - Firefighters responded to a house fire in the 1500 block of Woodington Circle on Tuesday.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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What does sustainable landscaping mean?

A couple of weeks ago, a national landscape trade magazine e-mailed a few questions for an article it is publishing in February. Reading the questions quickly while multi-tasking, I decided I would reply by late evening. By then, I knew I didn't have an answer to its lead question, "What does sustainable landscaping mean to you?"

Nation Briefs

Stocks advance in light trading day

Workers to get training after Muslim scarf arrest

ATLANTA - Court and city employees in Douglasville will undergo sensitivity training and signs will be posted advising visitors of court decorum a week after police arrested a Muslim woman who refused to remove her head scarf before attending a hearing.

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Toll for Reagan project? HOT lanes may affect parkway's extension

LAWRENCEVILLE - The recently announced project to bring high-occupancy toll lanes to Interstate 85 could give more weight to a proposed public-private initiative to extend Ronald Reagan Parkway, officials said.

Mistletoe can be potentially harmful to trees

Since the most of the leaves have fallen off of the deciduous trees for winter, growths of the mistletoe plant are quite visible in trees, such as oak, Bradford pear, birch, walnut and zelkova, amongst others, throughout the area.

Wishes fulfilled Eagle wrestlers provide Christmas for needy families

Collins Hill wrestling coach Cliff Ramos was at a local department store Monday doing some Christmas shopping when he saw a group of his wrestlers.

Christmas is about family

Suppose you were just sitting around the house, minding your own business and a cooking party broke out. That's what happened at our house last week.

Educators love 'teacher heaven' Phoenix High offers focus on learning

LAWRENCEVILLE - Todd Shultz came close to not working at Phoenix High School.

Playing the name game

Inevitably it happens to young kids. They're cute and they pick up an interesting nicknames, or just shortened versions of their first names.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Mistletoe can be potentially harmful to trees

Since the most of the leaves have fallen off of the deciduous trees for winter, growths of the mistletoe plant are quite visible in trees, such as oak, Bradford pear, birch, walnut and zelkova, amongst others, throughout the area.

County delays decision on bailing out golf course

LAWRENCEVILLE - Seven years after setting up a separate government entity to manage the county golf course, local leaders are studying whether to put more money into the struggling course.

A solemn celebration

Todd, left, and Michelle Judy hold son Jacob as they play Joseph and Mary during a live re-enactment of the nativity at the Duluth United Methodist Church.