News for Friday, February 15, 2008


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Marion Derkis

Marion S. Derkis, age 85 of Buford, Georgia, formerly of Irwin, PA, died Thursday, February 14, 2008 after a brief illness. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924,

Samuel Barfield, Jr.

Samuel Madison Barfield, Jr. age 84, of Snellville, GA, died February 14, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

William Goodwin

William Howard Goodwin, age 66, of Loganville, GA passed away Thursday, February 14, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home ...

Pearl Wilkes

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Pearl Jackson Wilkes, age 93, of Lake City, GA, formerly of Jefferson, who passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2008. Arrangements ...

Charles Harrod

Charles Harrod, age 28, of Suwanee, GA passed away on February 14, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Jack Pope

Jack Pope, age 66, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Friday, February 15, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest ...

Doris Williams

Ms. Doris Williams, age 73, of Snellville, GA, died February 14, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Beverly Jones

Beverly Gail Jones lost her life in an automobile accident on Monday, February 11, 2008 in DeKalb County. Beverly was a Diploma of Distinction graduate of Dacula High School and ...

James Bowman

James C. Bowman, age 55, of Loganville, GA passed away February 14, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. (770)466-1544

Harold Williams

Harold Perry “Cotton” Williams, age 73, of Snellville, GA died February 14, 2008. He is survived by his former wife, Charlotte J. Williams of Snellville, son, T.H. Williams ...

Annie Lee Steele

Annie Lee Steele, age 91 of Loganville, passed away Friday, February 15, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, February 17, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Nation Briefs

McNamee's lawyer predicts Bush will pardon Clemens

Loganville toasts new liquor law

LOGANVILLE - Want a whiskey and Coke with that cheeseburger, Loganville? Coming right up.

Metro Calendar


'Definitely, Maybe' role draws out Reynolds' paternal, political side

They say that one of the most striking things about meeting movie stars is how tiny they seem in person. This is not the case with Ryan Reynolds.

Gwinnettians gather at state capitol in support of 'Brain Train'

ATLANTA - There were only a few dozen people gathered at the Capitol on Thursday, but officials say a new poll shows that 75 percent of Gwinnettians support a proposed train to link Atlanta and Athens.

Gwinnett Calendar

Calendar items should be e-mailed to or sent to the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. All items must include a name and telephone number and must be received by noon Monday in order to be published in the following week's Friday edition.

Brookwood's Davis 'an exceptional athlete'

SNELLVILLE - Make no mistake, football is Terence Davis' sport.

Suspects sought in store heists

SUGAR HILL - Gwinnett police are seeking public help in the hunt for three men suspected of robbing stores in Sugar Hill and Norcross.

All alone in my castle

My wife and kids are going out of town for a long weekend to visit her parents in Florida. I will have three days and nights alone and have the house to myself for the first time since August 2006.

Prep roundup: Arroyo, Wolves handle East Hall

BUFORD - The Buford boys soccer team got two goals from junior Tony Arroyo and defeated East Hall 4-1 on Thursday.

Man accused of purse-snatching that took woman's finger indicted

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Tucker man faces a slew of charges for a string of alleged robberies last year - including a November purse-snatching that pulled off a woman's finger.

Speaker's scaled-down tax reform plan gets first airing

ATLANTA - Lawmakers got their first look Thursday at a scaled-down but still far-reaching tax reform plan sponsored by House Speaker Glenn Richardson.

Piedmont district attorney to hold public meetings Saturday

WINDER - Anyone who wants to have a sit-down with the district attorney can do so Saturday.

School system to hold lottery for charter school

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools will notify parents today of the results of a lottery to determine which students can attend a charter school focusing on bioscience, engineering and emerging technologies.

Kudzu Art Zone presents 'Colorful Concoctions'

Much like its botanical namesake, Kudzu Art Zone is springing up and taking over. This group of more than 100 local artists has refurbished an existing gallery space in the heart of historic Norcross, and it is flourishing as it presents exciting visual arts opportunities for the community.

Hawks roll past North Gwinnett

NORCROSS - After two eight-point wins in the regular season Mill Creek knew it could do better.

To the editor: Study other states' tax reform before pushing it on us

In an obvious attempt to bolster their future campaigns for governor, House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle have sponsored, or are supporting, property tax reform legislation - HR 900 for Richardson and SR 796 for Cagle.

Pull-A-Part recognized by EPA

ATLANTA - Georgia-based Pull-A-Part was recognized recently by the Environmental Protection Agency for its participation in the EPA's national partnership for environmental priorities.

FEMA trailers have toxic fumes Hurricane victims to be moved out immediately

NEW ORLEANS - After downplaying the risks for months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday it will rush to move Gulf Coast hurricane victims out of roughly 35,000 government-issued trailers because tests found dangerous levels of formaldehyde fumes.

Getting to Know ... Gary Levengood

Gary Levengood, 51, is the team physician for both the Arena Football League's Georgia Force and the Atlanta Silverbacks soccer team. The Lilburn resident, who has sons John (16), Eric (15), Mark (14) and daughter Bryn (9) with his wife Lisa, recently opened Sports Medicine South in Lawrenceville. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know..." the Shamrock High School graduate talks with sports editor Will Hammock on a variety of topics, ranging from bad sports injuries to his duties at Brookwood to med school.

'Great dog' laid to rest Police remember K-9 as crimefighting machine

DACULA - Officers smiled as they remembered his uncanny ability to track a bad guy, his agility and his friendly personality.

Run the Reagan expects big crowd

SNELLVILLE - Now in its 13th year, the "Run the Reagan Classic" - a family-friendly party that doubles as the largest road race in Gwinnett - is finally a teenager.

Critical assistance

The Collins Hill wrestling team is having arguably the best season in the school's history.

Without a Doubt

Definitely, Maybe (PG-13)

Canterbury and other tales from the dark side

Traveling to Europe's Dark Ages, one might expect to find newspaper headlines like these:

Movie Trivia Contest Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

Aurora offers comedy for Valentine's Day weekend

If your Valentine's Day plans - or lack thereof - have landed you in the doghouse, redeem yourself with a special V-Day edition of the Aurora Theatre's Funny Fridays.

Restaurant to raise funds for hurt boy

SUWANEE - Another Suwanee restaurant is having a fundraiser to help a Lanier Middle School student who was injured in January in a skiing accident in Colorado.

Study other states' tax reform before pushing it on us

In an obvious attempt to bolster their future campaigns for governor, House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle have sponsored, or are supporting, property tax reform legislation - HR 900 for Richardson and SR 796 for Cagle.

Without a Doubt "Definitely, Maybe" a clever, endearing film

Definitely, Maybe (PG-13)

'Step Up 2 the Streets' another typical dance movie

Step Up 2 the Streets (PG-13)

People Briefs

Beyonce's dad weighs in on Franklin flap

Vaughn's concert film lacks humor, wildness

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights From Hollywood to the Heartland." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail

Kids cry at BOE decision Redistricting vote leaves parents and students angry

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education made a decision Thursday that left about a dozen children in tears.

Georgia Home & Garden show opens today

DULUTH - More than 150 exhibitors will show off the latest in earth-friendly landscape and home improvement ideas this weekend at the 11th annual Georgia Home & Garden Show.

World Briefs

Iranian president to visit Iraq Mar. 2

Wildcats charge into region finals

NORCROSS - Jeremy Huckaby called it a "huge defensive play" and certainly no one could argue with that.

By Venue

Arena at Gwinnett Center

GIRLS Track Team capsules

Girls TRACK Team capsule

Police reports

Son accused of threatening dad

'Diary of the Dead' offers original narrative style

Diary of the Dead (R)

Hai Sushi

Open since: Jan. 25

Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win Dayton qualifiers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Denny Hamlin gave Toyota its first victory at NASCAR's top level, winning Thursday's second qualifying race to set up a Daytona 500 showdown between Joe Gibbs Racing and mighty Hendrick Motorsports.

Spotlight on DVD

Gone Baby Gone (R)

Man surrenders after standoff with Gwinnett police

NORCROSS, Ga. - A man's standoff with a Gwinnett County police SWAT team ended Friday morning, authorities said.

Judges marry record number of couples on Valentine's Day

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sonya Coleman and Kojo Arhim just can't live without each other.