News for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Charles Keith

“Bobby” Mr. Charles Robert “Bobby” Keith, age 60, of Jefferson, GA, passed away on December 31, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson 706-367-5467

Evelyn Magnus

Evelyn Belle Camp Magnus, age 87, of Lilburn, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2008. She is survived by her Brother and Sister in Law: John Morris and June ...

Terry Parker

Mr. Terry W. Parker, age 61, of Buford, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

O'neal Cotton

O'Neal Cotton, age 77, of Covington, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2008. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Covington 770-786-7062

Lula Christian

Lula Cary Christian, age 63, of Snellville, GA, passed away on December 29, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Allen Roberson, Jr.

ALLEN Allen Roberson, Jr., age 57, of Snellville, GA, passed away on December 29, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Daniel William Souther, Sr.

DANIEL Daniel William Souther Sr., age 67, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on December 30, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Woodrow Needham

Woodrow Needham, age 93, of Loganville, formerly of Atlanta, GA, passed away on December 30, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Mary Jenkins

Mary Jane Jenkins, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away on December 30, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

William Mcarthur Rogers, Jr.

WILLIAM William McArthur Rogers, Jr. age 42, of Snellville, GA passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2008. Arrangements made by Gregory B, Levett & Sons Funeral Home, 770-338-5558.

Power-ful Panthers Parkview girls crush Lowndes to win championship

SUWANEE - Coming into the 17th annual Powerade Basketball Festival at North Gwinnett, Parkview head coach Mike McCoy knew that his team was loose.

Up-tempo title run

SNELLVILLE - After seeing Peachtree Ridge impose a slower tempo than they preferred in the first half of the Deep South Classic championship game, the Buford girls had enough.

Gwinnett Gab

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Top sports stories of 2008

Richmond Braves move to Gwinnett

ICE to look for illegals at jail

LAWRENCEVILLE - Beginning Jan. 12, Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees will spend 26 days at the Gwinnett County Jail screening all foreign nationals in an effort to identify and remove criminal aliens.

Man arrested after barricading himself in home

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville man is behind bars after police said he pointed a gun at his neighbors Tuesday, then barricaded himself inside his home for several hours.

Back to the earth Tree recycling program has many locations

SUWANEE - Suwanee resident Mike LaPlante took his Christmas tree to Sims Lake Park on Tuesday.

Stocks extend advance in year's final session

NEW YORK - Wall Street headed toward a merciful end to a dreadful year Wednesday as investors took some comfort from a sharp drop in weekly unemployment claims and focused on the prospects for 2009.

Upset at home

SUWANEE - North Gwinnett hosts the annual Powerade Festival, but its boys basketball team was not supposed to win it.

Former Falcon opens gym focusing on kids

BUFORD - A former Atlanta Falcon hopes to provide children with modern fitness options by opening a gym geared toward teaching youth how to live healthier lifestyles.

Rising number of jobless claims paints bleak picture for new year

WASHINGTON - The number of laid-off workers continuing to draw unemployment benefits bolted to 4.5 million in late December, and even more Americans are expected to join the ranks of the jobless in 2009.

CPA offers advice on economy

NORCROSS - When 2008 began there were only rumblings that the United States was in a recession.

Horse-rescue program used in rehab

CARTERSVILLE - Sadie kept to herself after she came through the gates at Pulaski State Prison. Months of abuse and neglect had taken their toll on the 12-year-old Appaloosa mare who is blind in her left eye.

Powerade Roundup: North girls claim third-place win

SUWANEE - North Gwinnett finished the Powerade Basketball Festival tournament on a high note as the Bulldogs topped Westside-Macon 47-37 to capture third place.

Tracking bailout money proving difficult for officials

WASHINGTON - Government officials overseeing a $700 billion bailout have acknowledged difficulties tracking the money and assessing the program's effectiveness.

Vehicle emissions: Tests help to keep air clean

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's no secret that Atlanta's notoriously horrific traffic can lead to larger problems than just car congestion and an inability to get somewhere in a timely manner.

Gladiators' new goalie Fallon named ECHL All-Star

Rookie goaltender Joe Fallon, who recently was assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators by the Chicago Blackhawks, was named an ECHL All-Star on Tuesday.

Auburn man faces piracy charges

BUFORD - An Auburn man facing film piracy charges after he was caught recording a movie at a local theater said he had no idea he was breaking the law.

Bush: Hamas key to cease-fire

CRAWFORD, Texas - President George W. Bush believes the first steps in any cease-fire in the ongoing violence in the Mideast will require the Islamic militant group Hamas to agree to stop firing rockets into Israel now and in the future, the White House said Wednesday.

Gladiators' Fox lone all-star

DULUTH - Jordan Fox, the Gwinnett Gladiators leading scorer, was named an ECHL All-Star on Wednesday.

Prep Roundup: Mustangs top Patriots in final

JOHNS CREEK - The boys finals of the Hooch Holiday Classic turned into a Region 8-AAAAA basketball showdown, with Meadowcreek taking a 65-50 win over rival Berkmar on Tuesday for the tournament championship.

Nation briefs

Ill. governor names Obama replacement

Braselton police arrest 2 more in burglaries

BRASELTON - Braselton police have made two additional arrests as the result of their ongoing investigation into the burglaries of two Braselton medical offices, officials announced Tuesday.

World briefs

Pakistan closes supply route to hit militants

Israel considering truce offer

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel, under international pressure, is considering a 48-hour halt to its punishing four-day air campaign on Hamas targets in Gaza to see if Palestinian militants will stop their rocket attacks on southern Israel, Israeli officials said Tuesday.

Friends to launch adventure series

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lifelong friends Maribeth Nickell and Jaclyn Cannon grew up with the characters and stories Nickell's great-grandfather, acclaimed artist F. Luis Mora, created and illustrated for her father.

2008, a year filled with political intrigue

A New Year always gets people reflecting back on the old one, and what a year in politics 2008 was.

Winter playground Snow Mountain opens to large crowds, long lines

STONE MOUNTAIN - After tubing down Snow Mountain, Jacob Hulsey was beaming.

Teen's cause of death unknown

HOSCHTON - Authorities are trying to determine what killed a 14-year-old girl found dead Saturday in a friend's home.

Must read: Banned words list offers no 'bailout' to offenders

DETROIT - A movie about a 'maverick,' his journey 'from Wall Street to Main Street,' his 'desperate search' for a 'monkey' and a 'game-changing' revelation about his 'carbon footprint' probably would make the nation's word-watchers physically ill.

Hamas takes over where Nazis left off

Hamas, a group designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, are the Nazis of modern times. Israel is right to pound military targets inside Gaza, but much of the violence Israel brought on itself by giving up land it had to know would be used to rain down death on its civilians. That is always the pattern.

New home, wine store opens in Suwanee

Home Accents 4U, which offers home accessories, jewelry and imported wines, opened Christmas Eve in Suwanee.

Single-car crash causes gas leak in Buford

BUFORD - An early morning, single-vehicle crash with a utility pole caused a gas leak and a power outage for a few homes Tuesday on the 4700 block of West Price Road.

Classic win

SNELLVILLE - Chris Bolden entered the Deep South Classic as a relative unknown, a 15-year-old freshman guard who comes off the Brookwood bench.

Crude ends volatile 2008 below $45

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Oil prices jumped 14 percent on New Year's Eve, capping a year that saw prices soar to unprecedented heights only to give up four years of gains in just five months.

Multi-tasking a Brogdon strong suit

SNELLVILLE - A kid who juggles numerous sports - and in football season numerous tasks within a sport - Wade Brogdon was even busier than usual this week.

South grad Mercer out for season

Former South Gwinnett standout and South Florida guard Mike Mercer will see his college basketball season end prematurely for the second time because of a knee injury, according to a published report by Tampa Bay Online.

Gas prices lowest in five years

LAWRENCEVILLE - As Americans prepare to enter 2009 they'll have to think back nearly five years to recall the last time fuel prices were as low as they are now.

People briefs

DMX pleads guilty to drug, theft charges

Here's hoping the road ahead will improve

By this time next year, you may think 2008 wasn't so bad after all.

The Department of Repudiation

Summing up, let me just say that I reject, repudiate, renounce, denounce, dismiss and utterly regret 2008.

Deep South Roundup: Wiedeman's 29 leads GAC to victory

SNELLVILLE - Trent Wiedeman poured in a game-high 29 points as Greater Atlanta Christian shook off a disappointing semifinal loss to take third place in the Deep South Classic with a 75-50 win over South Forsyth on Tuesday at Brookwood.