News for Saturday, February 16, 2008

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Nora Murphy

Nora Burton Murphy, age 82, of Lilburn, GA, formerly of El Dorado, Arkansas, died February 16, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726 ...

Luther Casper

Luther David Casper, age 97, of Winder, GA, passed away February 15, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Christie Brand

Christie Duncan Brand, age 80, of Tucker, Ga., died Friday morning, February 15, 2008. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her funeral will be Sunday, February 17, 2008 ...

Henry Morris

Henry “Almond” Morris, age 83, of Bethlehem, GA, passed away February 15, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Kenneth Berry

Kenneth Lee Berry, age 74, of Clarkesville formerly of Burford, died Saturday, February 16, 2008. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 ...

Kurt Sumner

Kurt Robert Sumner, 24, of Snellville, GA, passed away on February 15, 2008. Born July 20, 1983 in Dunwoody, GA, he is survived by his parents, Terry and Deborah Sumner ...

Carl Lippold, Jr.

Mr. Carl H. Lippold, Jr., age 76, of Stone Mountain, GA passed away on February 15, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan ...

Grace Hawkins

Grace Hawkins passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Ginger Walters

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Ginger Lynn Walters, age 44, of Braselton, GA, who passed away on Friday, February 15, 2008. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Danny Whidby

Mr. Danny Whidby, age 47, of Auburn, GA passed away on February 16, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Police, fire reports

Motel fire may have started as grease fire

Spiritual Calendar

Today

Kids find deadly ways to score a quick thrill

Art Linkletter used to have a television program, back in the previous millennium, called "House Party." One of the favorite features of his show was a bit called "Kids Say the Darndest Things."

Dacula boys hold off Cedar Shoals for win Falcons headed to Region 8-AAAA championship game

DACULA - Perhaps the Dacula boys never trailed in their Region 8-AAAA tournament semifinal matchup with Cedar Shoals, but it didn't come without a fight to the finish for the Falcons against a scrappy group of Jaguars.

Business briefs

New businesses opening in Barrow

Wesleyan boys escape with victory Wolves get another shot at GAC

ATLANTA - For most of three quarters in their Region 6-AA boys basketball semifinal game with Lovett, Wesleyan's boys didn't look like they missed star guard Tanner Smith.

World briefs

Islamic leader, 5 others killed in explosion

Norcross boys hold off South Forsyth Blue Devils notch 61-54 victory

NORCROSS - Norcross, ranked No. 10 nationally by USA Today, wasn't really challenged in the state during the regular season as rout mostly followed rout.

People briefs

End of strike means A-list for Oscars show

Perdue for VP? Governor's name emerging on various lists

ATLANTA - Now that Sen. John McCain has all but locked up the Republican presidential nomination, speculation is already turning to whom he'll select as a running mate.

Nation briefs

Man on death row exonerated by DNA

Clemens victim of a witch hunt by Democrats

Roger Clemens has been a remarkable athlete for more than 20 years. Now he is under scrutiny because of his success.

Deadly discovery Woman found dead in home; man surrenders after 12-hour standoff

NORCROSS - A man who barricaded himself inside a home where a woman was found dead was arrested Friday morning after a nearly 12-hour standoff.

Wesleyan girls pull away for win Wolves will play GAC in region finals

ATLANTA - Wesleyan girls basketball coach Jan Azar will be the first to admit her team's Region 6-AA tournament semifinal against Buford wasn't the Wolves' best effort.

Economic readings provide little to dislodge Wall Street's fears

NEW YORK - Stocks finished mixed as lackluster economic reports offered Wall Street little incentive to place big bets ahead of a long weekend.

Reign is over Patriots end Mustangs' run in Region 8

SNELLVILLE - Berkmar doesn't care that the two-year reign of Meadowcreek is over.

Early punch carries Black Knights Central upsets Parkview; plays for 8-AAAAA championship

SNELLVILLE - There's nothing like a little confidence.

Learning the vices and virtues of the virtual life

Paris and Nicole led "The Simple Life." My grandparents are experiencing the bliss of the afterlife. But after a few decades of hassling with real life, my family and I have decided that we're going to live The Virtual Life.

Kanoheda students get lesson in healthy eating

LAWRENCEVILLE - Students at Kanoheda Elementary got a lesson in staying healthy Friday morning when celebrity chef Marvin Woods stopped by to talk to the children about the importance of eating better.

To the editor: Clemens victim of a witch hunt by Democrats

Roger Clemens has been a remarkable athlete for more than 20 years. Now he is under scrutiny because of his success.

Young Lions upset Eagles, return to 7-AAAAA finals

NORCROSS - Who could have expected this?

Parkview girls move on to 8-AAAAA finals

SNELLVILLE - Back during summer workouts, the Parkview girls basketball team listed winning the region tournament as one if its goals.

Water conservation hot topic at gardening show

DULUTH - Belinda Weatherford came to the 11th annual Georgia Home & Garden Show on Friday for one thing: a rain barrel.

Lawrenceville's World Thrust International has global focus

Bill Boerop is a well-traveled man, to say the least. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, raised in Belgium, having lived in Paris as a young student and traveling almost every continent as an adult, Boerop knows a thing or two about different cultures. This missionary has a global vision, and that's to bring the Christian faith to every corner of the world. As president of World Thrust International, that is exactly what he plans to do. All he needs is the help of local churches, which is the reason he founded the organization in the first place.

Gwinnett grads: Guard play Parkview grad closing strong career at military academy

When he graduated from Parkview in 2003, Grant Johnson admits he overrated his game.

Swimming pool water not just a drop in the bucket

Jim Scarbrough may say the water in a swimming pool is "like a flea on an elephant" and Carol Couch that seven million gallons is like a drop in the bucket compared to the 800 million gallons Atlantans use daily, but I for one think conservation starts one drop at a time.

New bill to fix beer loophole Law currently prevents new stadium from Sunday sales

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Braves fans don't have to worry about the peanuts and cracker jacks, but a beer at the ballgame could be an issue on Sundays.

Super spectacle Big Apple Circus celebrates 30 years

With clowns, gymnasts and performing animals in tow, the Big Apple Circus came to Stone Mountain Park to mark its 30th anniversary with the show "Celebrate." The big top will be in town through Feb. 23. Tickets are $16 to $40 and can be purchased online at www.bigapplecircus.org and www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 404-249-6400.

Norcross gets $100k for study

LAWRENCEVILLE - A new Norcross study will create a "superblock" bounded by four main roads and give planners the chance to look closely at what an area near the city could become.

To the editor: Swimming pool water not just a drop in the bucket

Jim Scarbrough may say the water in a swimming pool is "like a flea on an elephant" and Carol Couch that seven million gallons is like a drop in the bucket compared to the 800 million gallons Atlantans use daily, but I for one think conservation starts one drop at a time.

Industrial output rises by small amount

WASHINGTON - The nation's industrial output posted a modest increase in January but all of the strength came from a weather-related jump in output at utility companies. Analysts said the poor performance was the latest sign that the economy has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

Richardson losing friends and battles

I called Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, the other day to see how he likes living in the political doghouse. Graves was one of several House members who defied the wishes of Speaker Glenn Richardson's wishes and voted for the re-election of Mike Evans to the State Transportation Board from Georgia's 9th Congressional District. Members of the Transportation Board represent each congressional district in the state and are elected by the state representatives and senators within that district.

How pocket knives make one close friend superstitious

I picked up the package left on the back porch and read the mailing label that said RCR Racing, Welcome, N.C. I smiled and hurried inside to tear it open.

Eagles name Wells as new football coach Collins Hill promotes defensive coordinator to head job

Much like the last time Collins Hill filled its head football coaching vacancy, the high school's administration chose to promote from within.

School board names principals for eight schools

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education has named the principals for seven elementary schools and the school district's charter school.

Cagle ends connection with Gwinnett charity Lieutenant governor, nonprofit founder lock horns

ATLANTA - A dispute between a single mother from Buford and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle over control of a local charity is holding up grants to help children participate in sports programs.

David sends Central girls to region finals

SNELLVILLE - The term "walking" in basketball usually refers to when a player moves with the ball without dribbling, resulting in a turnover. For Central Gwinnett's Dria David, the term meant a little bit more on Friday night.

Prep roundup: Parkview boys beat North for LongHorn Invitational title

SUWANEE - Parkview shut out North Gwinnett 3-0 to win the LongHorn Steakhouse Invitational on Friday night.

Worker falls 40 feet to death

BRASELTON - A man who recently immigrated from Mexico to Georgia fell to his death at a Braselton construction site Thursday, an official said.