News for Thursday, February 14, 2008


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Donald Beckel

C . “DONNIE” Donald C. “Donnie” Beckel, age 44 of Duluth passed away, Sunday, February 10, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 16 ...

James Smith

James Felton Smith, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on February 9, 2008. Arrangements to be announced by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy ...

Michael Batchelor

Michael Lynn Batchelor, age 50, of Cumming, GA passed away on February 14, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Rick Walker

JR. Rick Walker, Jr., age 58, of Monroe, GA, passed away February 13, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. (770)466-1544

Donna King

Mrs. Donna Fern King, a resident of Snellville, GA, born November 16, 1945, went to be with her Lord on February 12, 2008. She is survived by her husband of ...

Melodee Vargas

Melodee Vargas, age 30 of Lawrenceville passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 16, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Dorsey Jackson

Dorsey Jackson, 71, of Dahlonega, formerly of Norcross, GA, died February 13, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Bessie Tutton

MAE Ms. Bessie Mae Tutton, age 94, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Ms. Tutton was preceded in death by her son, William Russell Mabrey. She ...

Janie May Lee

Janie May Lee, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away February 13, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Alvina Kemoh

Alvina Kemoh, 26, of Lawrenceville, GA passed January 27, 2008. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 770-338-5558.

Ward Worley

Ward D. Worley, age 81 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, (770)945-6924

Beatrice Martin

Beatrice B. Martin, age 95, of Lawrenceville, GA, died    February, 14, 2008, at the Golden Living Center after an extended illness.  She was the wife of ...

Alexander Daniel

Alexander Tramell Lashawe Daniel, 2, of Winder, died February 12, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

John Johnson

John H. Johnson, 88, of Norcross died February 13, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726

Taking the field Former football players branch out with landscaping business

They started out as teammates, but now former Dacula High School football players Thomas Boyce and Des Williams are storming a different kind of field - the backyard.

North falls to South Forsyth in tourney Bulldogs end season with two consecutive losses to War Eagles

SUWANEE - After closing out its regular season with a loss at home to South Forsyth, North Gwinnett's boys basketball squad hoped Wednesday's outcome against the War Eagles would be different.

Lone senior something special for Wolves' girls

Imagine the scene.

No small win Martinez leads Peachtree Ridge comeback

LAWRENCEVILLE - Size didn't matter to Peachtree Ridge in the Region 7-AAAA boys basketball tournament at Collins Hill on Wednesday night. The smallest player on the court literally stole the show to lead the Lions to a 55-49 come-from-behind win over Mill Creek.

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Nation briefs

Man slashes NYC psychologist to death in office

Police, Fire Reports

Trailer destroyed by fire, family displaced

Pennsylvania couple renovates, but keeps retro feel

Upscale kitchen remodels tend to incorporate the same bells and whistles - high-end appliances, natural-stone countertops and gorgeous wood cabinetry. Allyson Holtz and Brian Koski's new kitchen has all of the above, along with such labor-saving epicurean luxuries as a pot filler over the stove and extra-deep double sinks. The room's true beauty, however, lies in its attention to detail.

Delayed equipment puts off Highway 78 median work

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's a reversal local commuters are used to.

Combine highlights overlooked players

College football's National Signing Day may be over, but there is still a chance for unsigned hopeful football players to show off their abilities.

Alverson basket sets marks, lifts Buford

NORCROSS - When Blanche Alverson drained a 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter Wednesday, she did more than reach a milestone.

People briefs

Writers return from strike

World briefs

Bush to stress fighting disease, poverty on trip through Africa

Expert helps county with efficiency plan

BUFORD - Gwinnett County government officials were schooled on efficiency Wednesday by a business expert.

Boys Soccer Super Six - Profiles

Boys Soccer Super Six - Profiles

Four people sent to hospital after Duluth crash

DULUTH - An early morning crash in Duluth sent four people to area hospitals and clogged Peachtree Industrial Boulevard for hours.

Caretaker accused of confining her patient

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville caretaker was arrested Tuesday on charges she imprisoned a demented man in his own home, locking him in a straight-jacket against his will.

Study: Traffic keeps people from mall area

DULUTH - A third of county residents who live more than five miles away from Gwinnett Place Mall said they have never heard of the Gwinnett Place area.

Ask the Carey Brothers: Moisture in a crawlspace

Q. I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawlspace, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture is wetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation and mud sill. I installed more foundation vents, but this hasn't helped. Do you have any suggestions?

Super six girls track and field ... Taren White Grayson's White Gwinnett's next top sprinter

LOGANVILLE - Kristi Rhine remembers the first time she saw Taren White run.

Officer accused in shootout has until today to appeal firing

DULUTH - A Duluth police officer accused of shooting another cop in a bizarre rage on Feb. 1 has until today to appeal his recent termination, or else he will be fired, an official said.

Prep Roundup: Hebron girls get revenge over Jefferson Lions advance to state for fourth straight year

ATHENS - Five days ago the Hebron girls basketball team was routed by Jefferson 65-32.

Dickenson scores 20th goal of season in Gladiators' loss

From staff reports

Something to learn from the Hitler accord

As Americans begin a two-year celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, another anniversary approaches with far more significant and immediate implications.

Revered police K-9 succumbs to stroke

LAWRENCEVILLE - His nose was renowned. His diligence noted. His tenure with Gwinnett police lengthy.

McLane leads Broncos to state Senior scores 25 in Brookwood's win over South in 8-AAAAA tourney

SNELLVILLE - Courtney McLane didn't want her high school basketball career to end on Wednesday.

Falcon boys help selves out in 8-AAAA win

DACULA - One thing can be said about the Dacula's boys after their Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament quarterfinal game against Rockdale County.

AP scores down, but still tops in state

LAWRENCEVILLE - Although the percentage of Gwinnett County Public Schools students who received passing scores on Advanced Placement exams decreased slightly this year, county students outperformed their peers in the state on 10 popular AP tests.

Schools shelved tainted meat Questionable beef sent to Gwinnett, Barrow; systems haven't served since Jan. 30

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Public Schools and Barrow County Schools have shelved products containing possibly tainted beef processed at a California slaughterhouse that has been accused of mistreating nonambulatory disabled cattle.

Define yard with mission statement

If you want to create the landscape in your imagination, begin by writing a mission statement. What do you want in your landscape? This is an opportunity to clarify whether you really want a pond, a seating area under a shade tree, a dry ceiling under the deck to create a garden-level patio, a pair of urns by the front door, a place for children to play or an area for grilling and entertaining outdoors. The list can be quite long and should include specific known issues, such as a drainage problem that needs fixing or a slope with no access if you want steps.

Congress gets it done when stakes are high

The voters' message is getting through, not only in settling the fights for the Republican and Democratic nominations but in changing the mind-set of Washington.

Lasseter hires consultants, picks team for campaign

Shirley Lasseter has assembled a bevy of big-time politicos for her campaign team.

Gardening in Gwinnett: Extension sale offers many affordable plants

With the spring planting season right around the corner, now is the time to begin planning your garden. Consider purchasing some high-quality plants available at reasonable prices from the annual Gwinnett County Extension Service plant sale.

Find peace and quiet in your home

First it was trains, planes and automobiles. Then lawnmowers, leaf blowers and barking dogs. Now it's loud music, big-screen televisions and home theaters.

Mexico president makes US visit Leader says States should not close doors to migrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Mexican President Felipe Calderon acknowledged tensions between the U.S. and Mexico over illegal immigration Wednesday but stressed that both countries have an interest in ensuring their citizens can cross the border legally and safely.

Political Notebook: Lasseter hires consultants, picks team for campaign

Shirley Lasseter has assembled a bevy of big-time politicos for her campaign team.

Treats for your sweet Stores busy themselves preparing for lovers' biggest holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - While some Valentine's Day diehards are spouting love sonnets and reciting Shakespeare into the eyes of a googly-eyed loved one, many local business owners are busy today making sure flowers, candies and cards are ready for last-minute holiday shoppers.