News for Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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Thomas Cusack

Mr. Thomas J. “Tom” Cusack, age 85, of Buford, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nadene Cusack and his ...

Helen Knowles

Carter Funeral Home of Winder announces the death of Mrs. Helen Knowles, age 78, of Snellville, Georgia, who passed away February 8, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in ...

Beverly Jones

Beverly Gail Jones, age 23, of Lawrenceville, GA, died February 11, 2008. Arrangements to be announced by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA ...

George Thomas

Rev. George P. Thomas, age 62, of Norcross, GA, passed away Friday, February 1, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please sign ...

Brynn Jones

147;Brynn” Monique Jones (infant), age 2 1/2 months, of Statham, GA, passed away February 10, 2008. The body was cremated. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553 ...

Anita Walker

Mrs. Anita N. Walker, age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Corrie Pruitt

Corrie Crow (Brooks) Pruitt, age 85, of Gainesville, GA, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please sign ...

George Staples

George P. Staples, age 77, of Lilburn, GA died February 13, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Joann Lee Staples of Lilburn, GA; Daughter & Son-in-Law, Shelia ...

Frankie Magne

Frankie Bell Smith Magne, age 86, of Lawrenceville, GA died February 13, 2008. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Keith & Kathy Magne of Smithtown, NY ...

Larry Braswell

Mr. Larry Braswell, age 67, of Wylie, TX, and formerly of Buford, GA, passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and ...

Charles Breedlove

Charles H. Breedlove, age 94, of Lawrenceville, GA died on February 11, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Agnes Allen Breedlove; 2 Sons & Daughters-in ...

Mary Langley

Mary Joyce Langley, age 77, of Lawrenceville, GA died February 12, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas James Langley; parents, James & Rhodie Shubert; and Step ...

James Pinion

James Pinion, Jr. age 77 of Cumming passed away Tuesday February 12, 2008. Graveside service will be 2 PM Thursday February 14th at Peachtree Road Baptist Church Cemetery in Suwanee ...

Richard Weber

Richard “Dick” Weber, age 88, of Lula, GA, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and ...

Donna King

Donna Fern King, age 62, of Snellville, GA, died February 12, 2008. Survivors and arrangements to be announced. Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Sara Griffin

Mrs. Sara Griffin, age 60, of Auburn, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Pauline Kile

Pauline Hulsey Kile, 89, of Austell, died Thursday, February 7, 2008. Arrangements by Medford-Peden Funeral Home in Marietta, 770-427-8447.

Ward Worley

Ward D. Worley, age 81, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

EMS Technologies acquires Swedish firm

NORCROSS - Norcross-based EMS Technologies, a wireless and satellite communications company, announced Tuesday that it purchased Sweden-based Akerstroms Trux AB for $15.5 million.

Lilburn sets chipper rules

LILBURN - Lilburn's Chipper Service Program has become so popular that the City Council had to approve a policy for pickup requirements Monday night.

OFS project on hold after court ruling

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Monday court decision invalidating part of the funding for a popular redevelopment mechanism is a "significant blow" for a proposed mixed-use development near Norcross, the developer's attorney said.

Three trash haulers expect to stay in business

LAWRENCEVILLE - All three trash companies terminated by Gwinnett County this week said they intend to reapply for the ability to pick up waste in Gwinnett and expect no lulls in service as they begin the process again.

Candidates, keep it short and sweet

While listening to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign speech in Richmond, Va., I found myself growing restless and anxious for him to wrap it up. No matter how engrossing and inspiring the message, there comes the time when the speaker needs to put a sock in it and sit down.

Nation briefs

FEMA trailers may be put to use by tornado victims

Prep roundup: Jones' hat trick leads Eagles to win

SUWANEE - Alexa Jones' hat trick led the Collins Hill girls soccer team to a 4-1 season-opening victory over Campbell on Tuesday.

Developer challenges Duluth to speed up

DULUTH - Developer Dan Woodley made an impassioned plea Monday to the Duluth Council to speed up downtown redevelopment and provide additional parking.

Mill Creek senior honored for volunteer effort Student paid visit by Ga. first lady Mary Perdue

HOSCHTON - Tori Rodriguez remembers how her simple act of lending a pair of high-heeled shoes and some jewelry to a neighbor who was in foster care helped make the girl's prom special.

How could I be so wrong on so much?

I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.

GIRLS' TEAM CAPSULE

Girls Soccer Team capsule

Snellville council in another spat Latest fracas erupts over funds; mayor names himself manager

SNELLVILLE - Snellville's mayor will wear two hats beginning Thursday, when he begins acting as the interim city manager.

Sugar Hill approves Kroger store Will be largest in metro Atlanta area

SUGAR HILL - Sugar Hill has opened the door for Kroger.

More for Four Local grocery stores offer discount prescriptions

A local grocery store is jumping on the discount pharmaceuticals bandwagon in an effort to make prescription medications more economical for its customers.

Assessment freezes kick off tax reform debate

ATLANTA - What is likely to become a sticky debate over taxes in the General Assembly began smoothly Tuesday when the Senate approved two tax reform proposals in under 30 minutes.

Watkins, North girls back in state tourney Wheeler scores 19 as Bulldogs beat Norcross

SUWANEE - Tony Watkins doesn't have much luck with coin tosses, but he fares pretty well with the North Gwinnett girls basketball team.

Water official: Region not to blame for lake level

LAWRENCEVILLE - While conservation will have to be a way of life, a leading Gwinnett water official said the region's water supply needs can't be met without a change in the operations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

To the editor: McCann brothers show what it means to be role models

Editor's note: Brian McCann is an All-Star catcher for the Atlanta Braves and his brother Brad plays for the Kansas City Royals organization. Both are Duluth High graduates.

Experienced attorney is named next magistrate

LAWRENCEVILLE - In this case, experience was the operative word.

Johnston boosts Wesleyan to state tourney

NORCROSS - With the victory in hand, Wesleyan coach Skip Matherly headed to the end of his bench and gave Tanner Smith a couple of pats. No words needed to be exchanged.

Sammons, Lopez to compete for backup job

ATLANTA - Clint Sammons expected the Atlanta Braves to add a veteran catcher as a potential backup for fellow Gwinnett County product Brian McCann.

GM posts record US auto loss for 2007

DETROIT - For all the good in GM's 2007 results - the near-record worldwide sales, the reduction in labor costs and in retiree health obligations - there is no getting around the $38.7 billion in red ink.

Exhibit traces Great Seal's history Keepers are looking to debunk popular myths

WASHINGTON - Conspiracy theorists take note: The myths surrounding one of America's oldest and most enduring national symbols are about to be debunked ... if you believe the government, that is.

Lions knock off defending state champions Peachtree Ridge earns state tournament trip

SUWANEE - Class AAAAA girls will have a new state champion in basketball this year. Peachtree Ridge made sure of that.

Duluth residents spared increase in garbage fee

DULUTH - Duluth residents will be spared an increase in garbage pick-up costs this year, but commercial and industrial customers will see their rates go up.

Accused teen taken into custody

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 15-year-old boy accused of molesting a female relative has been arrested, police said Tuesday.

Detective: Cop said he drank Testimony begins in hearing for officer accused in shootout

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County detective testified Tuesday that a Duluth police officer admitted he had been drinking before he allegedly attacked a motorist and shot another officer.

Deal a major key in goal for Broncos

SNELLVILLE - Between club soccer, high school soccer and school, Jamie Deal isn't overwhelmed with down time.

Barrow votes to build boat ramp, allow fishing at Bear Creek

WINDER - Local fishermen are a little closer to bagging some trophy bass from the 505-acre Bear Creek Reservoir.

To the editor: Candidates, keep it short and sweet

While listening to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign speech in Richmond, Va., I found myself growing restless and anxious for him to wrap it up. No matter how engrossing and inspiring the message, there comes the time when the speaker needs to put a sock in it and sit down.

I-85 lane to close for work

LAWRENCEVILLE - Crews will close a lane of Interstate 85 this week to work on finishing a widening project.

GAC easily takes care of Buford 96-54

NORCROSS - Buford played Greater Atlanta Christian close in both of its regular-season games, losing by a combined six points.

People briefs

Bronchitis forces Kravitz to delay European tour

Sports briefs

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McCann brothers show what it means to be role models

Editor's note: Brian McCann is an All-Star catcher for the Atlanta Braves and his brother Brad plays for the Kansas City Royals organization. Both are Duluth High graduates.

Even some people with chronic disease can live to 100

CHICAGO - Living to 100 is easier than you might think.

World briefs

Leader threatens to dissolve the Iraqi parliament

Force begin search for redemption Georgia eyes more than just impressive regular season

FLOWERY BRANCH - For most Georgia Force players, practice ended early Tuesday.

Duluth breaks 32-year state tourney drought Adebayo, Walker lead Wildcats to 62-45 victory over S. Forsyth

SUWANEE - To adults, 32 years seems like a long time. To teenagers, it seems like an eternity.

Oklahoma City sticking to its healthy resolution

OKLAHOMA CITY - If anyone still doubts the correlation between obese America and our fast-food culture, consider Oklahoma City, where the mayor has asked residents to join him on a diet.

Cruise lines now offer healthier foods to draw boomers

Sailing away on a cruise ship with a midnight buffet no longer means waving goodbye to your diet.

Health Briefs

Calling all losers

Red-light cameras survive legislative challenge

ATLANTA - It looks like red-light cameras in Georgia will be safe for at least another year.

Gwinnett swimmers to be able to use pools this spring

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County swimmers who feel like fish out of water will be able to dive back into local pools this spring.

Police reports

Lawrenceville woman says she was attacked

Central tops South for tourney berth Black Knights win 61-50

SNELLVILLE - After surprising host South Gwinnett by jumping out to a big early lead, Central Gwinnett's boys had to fight hard to keep it in Tuesday's quarterfinal of the Region 8-AAAAA basketball tournament.