News for Saturday, February 9, 2008

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Dorothy Pyles

Dorothy Tidwell Pyles, age 87 of Loganville, GA, passed to her eternal life with Jesus, Friday, February 8, 2008. There she was joined with her loving husband of 62 years ...

Michael Vickers

Rev. Michael Vickers, age 64, of Lawrenceville, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008. Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, February 11, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Annie Quiring

Annie Mae Quiring, age 85, of Lawrenceville, GA, died on Friday, February 8, 2008. The remains will be taken back to Florence, Alabama for services and interment. Tom M. Wages ...

Janet Curtis

Janet Faye Curtis, age 74, of Loganville, GA, passed away February 2, 2008, at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA as a result of her brief battle with cancer. She was ...

Donald Tabb

THERRONNIE TABB Donald died February 5, 2008 in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Born Donald Therronnie Tabb to Gloria Jean Smith and Keith Nolan Tabb, in Brooklyn, New York ...

Toby Proctor

Toby Proctor, age 74, of Eatonton, GA, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2008. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Elsie Kennedy

Mrs. Elsie Mae Kennedy, age 93, of Braselton, GA, passed away February 8, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Thomas O. Royal

Thomas O. Royal, age 61, of Lilburn, GA, passed away Friday, February 8, 2008. Mr. Royal was preceded in death by his father, Homer O. Royal Jr.; Grandparents, Homer O ...

Lois Henderson

Lois Brand Henderson, 92, of Snellville, died Friday, February 1st, in Destin, FL. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, February 12, 2:00 PM, Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 2299 Rosebud ...

Katherine Pool

Katherine Pool, age 77 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, February 8, 2008 after a long & courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Tuesday, February 12 ...

Edith Hart

Edit L. Hart, age 70, of Duluth, GA, passed away February 7, 2008. The body has been cremated. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 ...

Carol Lopez

Carol Barrett Lopez, age 50 of Loganville, died February 8, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest registry ...

Woman, 55, found dead inside home Dacula house was filled with smoke from small fire

DACULA - Firefighters found the body of a 55-year-old woman Friday in a swank Dacula home that suffered minor smoke damage.

Schools, health, water dominate mid-year budget House restores education grants cut by Perdue

ATLANTA - The House on Friday overwhelmingly adopted a mid-year budget that gives Gov. Sonny Perdue everything he asked for, plus something he didn't want.

World Briefs

Aruban police again question student in Holloway case

Man on a mission Local teacher Colin Creel publishes second book

For a guy who's taken it upon himself to help disaffected twentysomethings find their true calling in life, Colin Creel seems to have found plenty of his own.

Police, Fire reports

Vehicle destroyed by garage fire

Broncos' Miles, Wolves' Hunter lead GACA honors

Brookwood running back Kenny Miles and Buford lineman Omar Hunter led a group of local players honored on the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's Coaches Choice All-State Teams.

Journey of two dogs helps family of soldier who died in Iraq

WASHINGTON - Growing up, Peter Neesley was an animal lover who always took in strays around his Michigan home. So when his family heard that the Army sergeant was taking care of two dogs outside his Baghdad military base, no one was surprised.

Wall Street closes mixed, giving up gains as anxieties take over

NEW YORK - Wall Street finished a dismal week with a mixed performance Friday as investors grappled with fears about insurers of distressed mortgage-backed bonds and anxiety about the broader economy.

Berkmar boys lock up No. 2 spot in Region 8

LILBURN - Berkmar and South Gwinnett's boys concluded their Region 8-AAAAA regular season basketball schedule on Friday with the Patriots outlasting the Comets for an emotional 69-59 win.

Nation Briefs

Gunman left suicide note before deadly shooting

Woman kills two at La. college

BATON ROUGE, La. - A 23-year-old woman killed two fellow students with a .357 revolver in a classroom at a vocational college Friday, then committed suicide, police said.

Study: Sadness, focus on self impair ability to spend wisely

BOSTON - If you're sad and shopping, watch your wallet: A new study shows people's spending judgment goes out the window when they're down, especially if they're a bit self-absorbed.

Parkview girls, Norcross boys lead Tipoff Club honors

The Parkview girls and Norcross boys basketball teams took home the top awards from the Gwinnett Tipoff Club for its February banquet.

Party fringes don't need attention from the front-runners

For those of us old enough to have lived through the witch hunts of the 1950s when the McCarthy era was in full swing, the revelations that have surfaced during the current presidential race have been disturbing, to say the least.

Schell rallies Gladiators past Nailers in return to ice

DULUTH - Gwinnett head coach Jeff Pyle said he didn't expect Brad Schell to carry the Gladiators in his first game back this season.

When the first pitch comes, we will flock to Braves

Nothing like moving a minor league baseball team to Gwinnett to get an old-fashioned "rhubarb" started.

Dealer: Chrysler plans to reduce products, dealerships

SAN FRANCISCO - Chrysler LLC president Jim Press said Friday a rejuvenation plan for the automaker could include jettisoning some dealers and cutting its product lineup by as much as half.

Dacula officials to protest developer's plans to drain pond

DACULA - City council members voted Thursday night to give city staff the go-ahead to send a letter of concern to the Army Corps of Engineers regarding Phase II of Dacula Town Center. The developer of that property, which is located on the Hebron Church property behind Phase I of Town Center, plans to drain the 2.53-acre pond, pipe 1375 linear feet of stream and essentially remove .61 acres of wetland.

Barrow sheriff to step down after 20 years with department

WINDER - After serving the public for 20 years, Sheriff Joel Robinson, 61, will step down Dec. 31.

Attention grabber Collins Hill's Olsen getting noticed for more than just height

SUWANEE - Before Jeremy Olsen had eyes only for basketball, another sport charged his interest.

Learning to focus on your strengths can make you a better person

We all have weaknesses. What are yours?

Microsoft, police trace $900M global software piracy ring from L.A. to Taiwan

SEATTLE - Near-perfect knockoffs of 21 different Microsoft programs began surfacing around the world just over a decade ago.

People Briefs

Cornwell gives $1M to college to teach CSI techniques

Gladiators go pink for cancer research

DULUTH - Don't be alarmed if the ice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center seems to emit a pinkish hue this weekend.

Historic demolition NuAir building in Sugar Hill being torn down

SUGAR HILL - In 1944, the sparkling new building at 5029 W. Broad St. was a welcome addition to Sugar Hill. The tiny town needed the industry for a tax base and its families needed the jobs that Georgia Shoe Manufacturing Company provided.

Norcross girls get win over rival Duluth

NORCROSS - The Norcross girls basketball team picked perhaps the perfect time for one of its most inspired games of the season.

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Sunday

Fire damages home, vehicle

LILBURN - Gwinnett firefighters tackled a Lilburn fire Friday afternoon that claimed a vehicle and damaged a home.

Charter school to hold lottery School receives 500 applicants for 250 spots

DULUTH - The number of applicants to the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology has doubled in its second year.

Homeland Security audit knocks grant management

WASHINGTON - The Georgia Emergency Management Agency used a flawed purchasing system and failed to properly oversee local departments as it managed more than $100 million in first-responder grants coming to the state, a federal audit released Friday said.

To the editor: When the first pitch comes, we will flock to Braves

Nothing like moving a minor league baseball team to Gwinnett to get an old-fashioned "rhubarb" started.

To the editor: Party fringes don't need attention from the front-runners

For those of us old enough to have lived through the witch hunts of the 1950s when the McCarthy era was in full swing, the revelations that have surfaced during the current presidential race have been disturbing, to say the least.

When driving, give your texting thumbs a break

I was walking through the living room the other day and happened to glance at the television just as a promo for a special segment on the upcoming news program aired.

Gwinnett grads: Short-handed Agnes Scott shining in Stewart's first season Short-handed Agnes Scott shining in Stewart's first season

Agnes Scott's women's basketball team began January with a roster depleted by injuries and other attrition, but the Scotties have held it together with a first-year Gwinnett grad as head coach.

So much to discuss, so little space

A recent column on HB 905, legislation proposed by Rep. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, that would establish a technical education track in Georgia high schools, got a huge response.

Seven local high schools named AP Honor schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Friday, seven local high schools were named Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

A fried boloney sandwich is the perfect Southern comfort food

Three friends and I were motoring our way from the western edge of Kentucky over to Louisville when someone proclaimed a sudden and immediate need for an orange Nehi soda.

Prep roundup: Broncos' McLane, Rams' White reach milestones

LILBURN - Lauren Coleman led the Panthers with 17 points as Parkview topped Brookwood 53-39 on Friday night.

4 killed in explosion that destroyed Georgia sugar refinery

PORT WENTWORTH - A powerful explosion that ignited in a storage silo at a sugar refinery killed at least four people, injured dozens of the more than 100 employees working the night shift and all but demolished the plant that's been a core part of this small community's economy for 90 years.

South Gwinnett celebrating 50 years

SNELLVILLE - South Gwinnett High School's alumni will gather Sunday to celebrate the school's 50th anniversary.

Police suspect foul play in missing teen case Family bumps reward to $25K

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police announced Friday that a Snellville teen's disappearance three months ago has officially been ruled suspicious.

Voices of faith: Jasper and Alecia Williams Husband and wife team say inclusion, acceptance are important

Jasper and Alecia Williams are co-pastors and founders of The Church in Norcross. He is a native of Georgia, and she is Texas born and raised. He is a fourth generation preacher who dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel when he was only 9 years old. She taught school in Texas and later in the Atlanta public school system before following a different path, discovering a love for counseling couples and ultimately joining her husband in ministry. They love what they do and are excited about having been in Gwinnett County for just over two years now.