News for Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Reynolds Morris

Reynolds Strong Morris, age 78, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel. 770-963-2411

N. Russell

H. N. H. Russell, 84, of Norcross, GA, died December 29, 2008. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 31st, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral ...

Bill Parker

Bill W. Parker, age 84, of Buford passed away on Monday, December 29th, 2008. He went home to be with the family that has gone on before him. Mr. Parker ...

Fran Darling

Fran Darling, age 61, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Monday, December 29, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville 770-962-3100

Clealia Kitchens

Mrs. Clealia Brown Kitchens, age 92, of Winder, GA, passed away on Monday, December 29, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

World

8 still missing in avalanche

Powerade roundup: Defending champs lose to Vikings

SUWANEE - Sheldon Strickland scored 21 points and Matt Nelms added 12 more as Lakeside-DeKalb advanced to play in the fifth-place game today at 1:45 p.m. by beating the defending tournament champions.

Panthers' upset bid falls short

SUWANEE - After upsetting Lakeside-Dekalb in the opening round of the Powerade Basketball Festival, Parkview's boys made a bid at another upset against undefeated Richmond Academy on Monday night.

Deep South Roundup: Grayson girls see lead vanish

SNELLVILLE - The Northwest Whitfield girls fell apart in the second half in the first round of the Deep South Classic.

Police: Suspect used BB gun in crimes

BUFORD - A suspect shot by police on Dec. 21 after allegedly holding five people hostage in a Buford apartment, robbing them and kidnapping one committed his crimes with a BB gun, according to arrest warrants.

Prep roundup: Norcross girls push nation's No. 1 team to the brink

CHARLOTTE, N.C - Expected to be a pushover in Monday's game at the Bojangles Shootout, the Norcross girls basketball team was much more.

Finding a way Wolves escape pesky Broncos to reach finals

SNELLVILLE - Gene Durden keeps a list of what he calls "controllable factors" in each of his team's basketball games. At the top of it are defense and rebounding.

People

Allen jazzes it up at concert

Winning voice Sawyer, Jack power Lions into finals

SNELLVILLE - Even in the loudest of gyms, D'Atra Sawyer can hear her mother's voice.

A lot can change in four years

This, the final week of the year, is a time of reflection for many. Not coincidentally, this column follows the trend. It's about perspective and overcoming adversity, and it's about remembering that tough times you survive might just be preparation for tougher times to come.

Plotting new ground Cemetery uses radar in effort to go digital

GRAYSON - Those hundreds of little red flags stuck in the ground at the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church cemetery aren't there to specify underground pipes or utility gas lines. But they are there to signify underground, potentially human remains.

Park attraction provides wintry fun

Snow is in the forecast every weekend for the next two months at Stone Mountain Park, and these weather predictions are guaranteed to be accurate.

Johnson's 25 points lift Hawks by Denver

ATLANTA - Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Denver Nuggets 109-91 on Monday night to close out an important homestand with a long-awaited milestone.

North boys in finals

North Gwinnett's boys secured a berth in the tournament championship by holding on to beat Newton 50-45 in the semifinals of the Powerade Basketball Festival on Monday night.

Good first half fades in second for North girls

SUWANEE - Everything that went right for North Gwinnett's girls during the first half of their semifinal game of the Powerade Festival went terribly wrong in the second.

Couple reaches out to others Locals start nonprofit for physically disabled

LAWRENCEVILLE - Glenn Moscoso and his wife, Rachel, have cerebral palsy. Though they mostly mingle with what they call "able bodies," they know there are people like them who never get out for one reason or another.

CIA tries out old saying in Afghanistan

One of the chants to come from the Vietnam anti-war movement was the memorable 'make love, not war.' That sentiment has resurfaced in a different but equally stimulating context, thanks to some creative people within U.S. intelligence.

Late penalties cost Gladiators

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators had a chance to climb over Mississippi in the division standings, but the Sea Wolves took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play late in the third period to claim a 4-3 win Monday.

Nation

Flooding latest Midwest threat

Parkview girls set eyes on Powerade title

SUWANEE - Monday's semifinal of the Powerade Festival was hardly the best offensive night for the Parkview girls.

Bronco boys return to Deep South finals

SNELLVILLE - Craig Witmer hopes that the third time really is the charm.

Police search for 3 men Men are persons of interest in fatal shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying three "persons of interest" in connection with a fatal shooting Dec. 11 at Jenny's Food Mart at 3452 Club Drive.

Hebron coach resigns

Rick Burlingame stepped down as the head football coach at Hebron Christian, but will remain as athletic director for the Class A private school in Dacula.

High school finale North-South All-Star game glimpse of college future

COLUMBUS - The sweat rolling down Ryan Robinson's forehead and the grass stains on his blue jersey were enough to describe the intensity.

Retro win Mutakabbir's jumper lifts Lions past GAC, into finals

SNELLVILLE - Khalid Mutakabbir, thinking retro, works and works on his mid-range jumper, almost a lost art in basketball today.