News for Saturday, February 23, 2008

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Audrey Mae Landers

Audrey Mae Landers, age 84, of Buford, GA, passed away Friday, February 22, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please sign online ...

Harold Lee Franklin

Harold Lee Franklin, age 50, of Winder, GA, passed away February 19, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Lucy Burton Mabry Shadburn

Mrs. Lucy Burton Mabry Shadburn, age 88, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, February 22, 2008. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Charles Dillard

Charles “Dennis” Dillard, age 54, of Atlanta, GA, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-962-3100. Please ...

Kristin Lindquist Branan

Kristin Lindquist Branan was born on October 19, 1962 and went to be with her Lord on February 23, 2008. She is survived by a loving husband of sixteen years ...

Antonis Carbone

Mr. Antonis Carbone, age 77, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, February 22, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Lucy Lee Lykins

Mrs. Lucy Lee Lykins, age 86, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Central's run ends at home

LAWRENCEVILLE - The glass slipper just didn't fit.

World briefs

All 46 aboard Venezuelan plane killed in crash

Lawmakers looking to skirt ruling on tax districts

ATLANTA - A legislative attempt to get around a recent Georgia Supreme Court ruling on the funding of tax allocation districts barely survived its first hearing Friday.

To the editor: Filling pools will drain water more than hand-watering

If I cannot hand-water a few Hydrangeas and other plants once, maybe twice, a week, then why can my neighbor use who-knows-how-many-times the amount of water to fill his pool? Could it be the folks making the decisions here in Gwinnett about water usage have swimming pools in their backyards or neighborhoods and would not want to be inconvenienced for the summer?

Bannister's lack of immigration action cost him my vote

I've watched our problems here in Gwinnett County with illegal immigration grow bigger by the year. Our esteemed county commission chairman, Charles Bannister, has done nothing to solve this issue. Now that Lorraine Green is going to run against him, he's talking about it.

Must Read: Man once hailed as a cult hero slain in New York prison

NEW YORK - To some on the streets, Larry Davis was a legend: a black drug dealer who shot six white police officers as they closed in to arrest him, then fled into the night and eluded capture for more than two weeks.

People briefs

Barbados honors singer Rihanna as a cultural ambassador

Lions go cold in first-round exit

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge played with great intensity in Friday night's Class AAAAA state tournament opener, but the Lions couldn't overcome a change of venues, a difficult shooting night and a talented opponent.

To cuss or just to spell it out: That's the question

This is the kind of goody-two-shoes friends I have: Whenever Karen, Patti or Susan has a story to tell that involves someone cussing, they will not repeat the word. They spell it out. Unless it's really bad, and then they will only give me the first letter of the word.

Van Halen postpones Arena show

DULUTH - Monday night's Van Halen concert is a no go.

Nation briefs

Cleanup begins after earthquake

DFCS in need of Easter basket donations

LAWRENCEVILLE - Peter Cottontail may have a few more weeks to hibernate before he makes his rounds, but the Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children Services is getting a head start on their Easter baskets.

Spiritual Calendar

Thursday

Spartans' pressure leads to 82-58 victory

Norcross - The saying goes, "Pressure busts pipes." For Greater Atlanta Christian, pressure caused an explosion.

Prep Roundup: Eagles roll past Central in boys soccer, 5-0

SUWANEE - Collins Hill (5-1) took a 5-0 victory over Central Gwinnett on Friday.

Wheeler too much for Parkview

MARIETTA - Wheeler's Jahj Tate stole the ball away from Parkview and hustled down court for a fast break. The hosts' gymnasium buzzed in anticipation and Tate did not let them down as he passed the ball off of the backboard back to himself for the slam dunk.

Gotta dance

Perryn Oglesby dances with his daughter Victoria, 7, during the sixth annual Father-Daughter Dance at Freeman's Mill Elementary School in Lawrenceville. About 200 fathers attended the event with their daughters which culminated with a dance-off in which the Oglesbys were finalists. "Victoria looks forward to this dance every year," said Perryn Oglesby. "It's Christmas, her birthday and the Father-Daughter dance for her, in order of importance."

Don't cast a shadow on the sunny-side-uppers

I confess. I'm an optimist.

Traffic fixes will help area near college Collins Hill/316 project should begin next spring

LAWRENCEVILLE - The reconstruction next year of Ga. Highway 316 and Collins Hill Road will mean a smoother commute for students and professors at Georgia Gwinnett College, officials said this week.

Classy Coverage Lilburn boutique offers dresses that show less skin

"Leave something to the imagination."

Lions' Gigolaeve making the most of first trip to state

SUWANEE - When Peachtree Ridge's Alan Gigolaeve came to the U.S. from Russia, he had to get used to folkstyle wrestling in America.

In brief

County to hold supply symposium

Bronco girls' big finish falls short

ALPHARETTA - The Brookwood girls' first-round state playoff basketball game echoed their season: a horrible start and a strong finish.

Marietta outlasts Eagles Early deficit too much to vanquish

MARIETTA - Friday night's first-round battle in the Class AAAAA state boys basketball tournament between Collins Hill and No. 5 state-ranked Marietta turned out to be a war of attrition.

Police reports

Woman accused of stealing file

Local gangsters receive federal prison sentences

ATLANTA - Thirteen members of the notorious Sur-13 street gang - including two Lawrenceville men - were slapped with federal sentences this week.

Filling pools will drain water more than hand-watering

If I cannot hand-water a few Hydrangeas and other plants once, maybe twice, a week, then why can my neighbor use who-knows-how-many-times the amount of water to fill his pool? Could it be the folks making the decisions here in Gwinnett about water usage have swimming pools in their backyards or neighborhoods and would not want to be inconvenienced for the summer?

American spenders control illegals, Chinese products

Ernest Wade, that erstwhile opponent of illegal immigration has repeatedly spoken out against what I call the triple axis of evil:

To the editor: Bannister's lack of immigration action cost him my vote

I've watched our problems here in Gwinnett County with illegal immigration grow bigger by the year. Our esteemed county commission chairman, Charles Bannister, has done nothing to solve this issue. Now that Lorraine Green is going to run against him, he's talking about it.

Wood storks not a concern at Beijing Olympics

If there are any wood storks in China, they are in a heap of trouble. The XXIX Olympiad, as the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are so grandly known, are just months away, and I am willing to bet all the tea in - well, you know - that not one person there gives a flying honk about the wood stork.

Moving on Witherspoon scores 32 as Patriots top Jackets

LILBURN - After a quarter in Friday's Class AAAAA boys basketball tournament opener, Wesley Witherspoon's stat line was rough.

Collins Hill in control heading into final day Eagles send five to finals

SUWANEE - It was an up and down day for the Collins Hill wrestling team on Friday at the Class AAAAA tournament.

A week full of news makes my job easier

One of the challenges faced by any newspaper columnist is knowing what is on the minds of his or her readers. Sometimes I'm not even sure what is on my own mind, so how do I know what the great unwashed is thinking about?

To the editor: American spenders control illegals, Chinese products

Ernest Wade, that erstwhile opponent of illegal immigration has repeatedly spoken out against what I call the triple axis of evil:

Sunday TV news show guests

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows for Feb. 24:

Champs KO'ed Falcons knock off Tucker

DACULA - So this is how it's going to be in the Class AAAA state tournament.

Already a star, Hixon ready for next step

Chad Hixon said the whole process of finding a college basketball program taught him one lesson - make your own way, you can't depend on others.

Gladiators fall to Ice Pilots, 3-2

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Despite goals from Lou Dickenson and Chad Denny, the Gwinnett Gladiators dropped a 3-2 decision to the Pensacola Ice Pilots on Friday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.

Sewage spills into creek

LAWRENCEVILLE - A spill at a sewage treatment plant caused contamination into Crooked Creek Friday morning.

Battle of badges to benefit hospital

DULUTH - Despite his Michigan pedigree, Cody Otts never got the chance to play hockey in Georgia.

Kosovo: Serbs attack U.N. police

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Kosovo - Violent protests rocked Serb-dominated northern Kosovo on Friday, as mobs chanting 'Kosovo is ours!' hurled stones, bottles and firecrackers at U.N. police guarding a bridge that divides Serbs from ethnic Albanians.

Norcross 3-peat bid starts strong

NORCROSS - The Norcross boys took the first step in their bid at a three-peat of the Class AAAAA state basketball championship on Friday night with a convincing 72-49 win over Harrison in the first round of the state playoffs.

Gwinnett rabbi hosts radio show, reaches believers worldwide

Rabbi Scott Sekulow founded Temple Beth Adonai six years ago and is the senior rabbi at that congregation. Selected in 2002 as one of World Magazine's most notable Jewish believers of the past five centuries, Sekulow has done evangelical work in the Soviet Union, Panama, Cuba, Argentina, Israel and the U.S. A Messianic Jew, he came to know Yeshua (Jesus Christ) through his ministry and now devotes his life to leading other Jewish believers to that same knowledge through Israel's Harvest Ministry and "The Messianic Hour," a radio show broadcast on 130 radio stations and 10 Internet stations worldwide.

Mustangs' last 3 just misses Meadowcreek boys fall at Centennial

ROSWELL - The way that Meadowcreek had drained 3-pointers all night, it would have seemed only fitting that Teondre Williams' last-second shot found the bottom of the net, too.