News for Saturday, December 27, 2008

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Betty Cook

Betty Jean Cook, age 80, of Norcross, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

David Davis

Mr. David Glenn Davis, age 54, of Jefferson, GA, passed away Friday, December 26, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson 706-367-5467

Jenny Wong

Mrs. Jenny Wong, age 51, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2008. She is survived by her: husband of twenty-four years, George K. Wong, Sugar ...

Shirley Beckett

Mrs. Shirley J. Beckett, age 68, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Saturday, December 27, 2008. She is survived by: her husband of forty-four years, Donald P. Beckett, Lawrenceville ...

Jama Ramey

Jama Murr Ramey, age 77 of Maryville, TN, passed away Friday, December 26, 2008. Memorial Service will be held 1 PM, Monday, December 29, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Ernest Mitzler

Mr. Ernest Thomas Mitzler, age 90, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2008. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

Ruby Dutton

Ruby N. Dutton, age 60, of Loganville, GA, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville 770-962-3100

George Worker

George William Worker, age 77, of New Port Richey, formerly of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away on December 25, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel ...

Local stores see uptick on 'second Black Friday'

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mari Wash was laden with shopping bags and considering a trip to her car to drop them off as she perused the various sales at JCPenney at the Mall of Georgia on Friday afternoon.

Prep Roundup: Comets top S.C. hoops foe in holiday tourney

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Mario Vasser's 24 points led the way for South Gwinnett as the Comets beat Lakewood (S.C.) 59-50.

Spiritual Calendar

Wednesday

To the editor: Big three should rethink money spent in NASCAR

I've been in the car business since 1975 with 10 of those in a corporate position. I'm also a huge NASCAR fan.

Nation briefs

'Santa' killer had planned to flee after shootings

Robbery suspect jailed again

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have tied a Meadowcreek High School student suspected of committing armed robbery with his football buddies to a residential burglary earlier this year.

Stinging defeat for Gladiators

DULUTH - South Carolina had both its goalies called up to the American Hockey League on Friday, but Ian Vigier remains perfect as an emergency substitute for the Stingrays.

Amazon says 2008 holiday season was 'best ever'

SEATTLE - Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. called this holiday season its 'best ever,' saying Friday that it saw a 17 percent increase in orders on its busiest day - a rare piece of good news in a season that has been far from merry for most retailers, including online businesses.

Big three should rethink money spent in NASCAR

I've been in the car business since 1975 with 10 of those in a corporate position. I'm also a huge NASCAR fan.

The vague God of your choosing is good enough

Why do we always wait until things get awful before we ask for help?

In brief

Duluth family dies in Pa.

Stinging defeat for Gladiators Gwinnett falls 4-3 to visiting South Carolina

DULUTH - South Carolina had both its goalies called up to the American Hockey League on Friday, but Ian Vigier remains perfect as an emergency substitute for the Stingrays.

I pledge allegiance to black-eyed peas and collard greens

Now, I've been telling y'all for a few years about the importance of eating your black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day, and how by doing so you'll have more money in the coming year.

Scammers target woman with mystery shopping con

LAWRENCEVILLE - Familial strife led Hattie Brice to uproot from Maryland this autumn and move to Lawrenceville. Here she's found trouble of a different, more conniving sort.

Festival of hoops Annual tourney offers top teams

Organizers of the Powerade Basketball Festival have always prided themselves on providing a competitive boys and girls field for their annual tournament.

Gwinnett church geared to serve diverse population

The Rev. Donald Battle saw a need for a church north of Atlanta to serve blacks and others who were having to drive an hour or more to their place of worship. So he did something about it.

Gorman still faces local charges Former pharmacist convicted by feds in child porn case

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County prosecutors are pressing on with child molestation charges against disgraced public official William "Carter" Gorman, even as he serves a 10-year sentence in federal prison for possessing a large cache of child pornography.

GMAC has final hurdle for bailout

GRAND BLANC, Mich. - The financing arm of General Motor's Corp. had until midnight Friday to clear a final hurdle in its quest to become a bank holding company, even though it already received the Federal Reserve's stamp of approval earlier this week.

To the editor: Country lacks true leadership at all levels

As Lee Iacocca asks in his book, Where have all the leaders gone? How many can you name, locally, statewide or nationally? Sad but true, we are sorely missing true leadership.

Officials call fire arson House burned Christmas Eve

SNELLVILLE - Gwinnett County investigators said a Christmas Eve house fire was set intentionally.

Report: Gardener says cops threatened him with lion

MEXICO CITY - A gardener detained along with more than a dozen members of an alleged drug trafficking ring testified that police threatened him to feed him to lions and tigers during a raid at a Mexico City mansion, a newspaper reported Friday.

World briefs

US coalition says it killed 11 Taliban in operation

Goodbye to 2008, hello to a new year

"Fast away the old year passes." Boy, I'll say. Weren't we just here, saying goodbye to 2007 and looking forward to '08? Sure seems that way to me.

People briefs

Oscar ballots sent out in mail

Ramen noodles gain popularity in tough times

Times are tough. The economy is suffering, gas prices are just coming down from an all-time high and most of us probably spent more than we should have on Christmas gifts.

Country lacks true leadership at all levels

As Lee Iacocca asks in his book, Where have all the leaders gone? How many can you name, locally, statewide or nationally? Sad but true, we are sorely missing true leadership.

Back to its roots Deep South Classic cuts field back to 16

When the Deep South Classic started back in 1991, the tournament fielded 16 teams and Eddie Martin was the head coach at Brookwood.

Rescuers offer reward in mutilated dog case

DULUTH - A German Shepherd rescue group is chipping in to the search for whoever killed and mutilated a dog found behind a Duluth business last month.

Stores courting shoppers Prices cut to entice post-holiday crowds

Two hours before the doors were set to open Friday morning, a Miami-area Wal-Mart parking lot was full of cars - and possibility.

Poised for greatness Buford's Alverson eyeing breakout season

BUFORD - When Blanche Alverson was 6 years old, there was no youth league basketball team for her to play for in her hometown of Andalusia, Ala.

Looking back at 2008, I see how lucky I am

Don't tell me it is almost 2009. Good grief! I haven't finished getting ready for Y2K yet, and here we are already on the brink of a new decade. As has been my custom for many years, I plan to spend New Year's Eve with friends and neighbors at the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island, stuffing my face full of corn-fried shrimp. It is a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.