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Albert Ballar

Mr. Albert Ballar, age 90, of Lilburn, GA, passed away November 25, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Howard Bagwell

Howard F. Bagwell, age 69, of Duluth, GA, passed away November 25, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

Lon Day, Jr.

Lon L. Day, Jr., age 79, of Duluth, GA, passed away November 25, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

Mary Cochran

Mrs. Mary Brogdon Cochran, age 90, of Snellville, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, November 24, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Buck ...

James Phillips

Mr. James Phillips, age 75, of Hoschton, GA passed away November 24, 2008. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Kenneth Desvernine

Kenneth Desvernine, age 80, of Norcross, GA, passed away November 23, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550

John Scott

Mr. John Scott, age 89, of Winder, GA, passed away November 23, 2008. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Ashley Difulgo

Ashley Leanne DiFulgo, age 19 of Loganville passed away, Saturday, November 22, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 29, 2008 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Leon Smith

Mr. Leon Smith, age 83, of Buford, GA, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2008. Services by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA 770-932-1133

Jackie Johnson

Mrs. Jackie Johnson, age 56, of Winder, GA, passed away November 22, 2008. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

People Briefs

Oprah asks court to dismiss defamation suit

Michael Vick pleads guilty to state dogfighting charges

SUSSEX, Va. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to a state dogfighting charge, a move that could make him eligible to leave prison early and potentially speed up a return to pro football.

Swimming and diving roundup: Mill Creek sweeps past Parkview

The mentor defeated the pupil this time.

Loganville tops Wesleyan boys

LILBURN - The Miller Grove boys haven't been tested yet in the Parkview Tip-Off Classic. Now Loganville gets the challenge.

Wrestling roundup: Parkview claims Blackbeard Duals title

ALLATOONA - Parkview went 5-0 at the Blackbeard Duals on Saturday at Allatoona High School, winning the tournament championship.

Gladiators back at home sweet home

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators are back home and it's probably a good thing.

Rams get home game, but no lesser opponent

For those wondering exactly how the Georgia High School Association coin flips went down this past Saturday, most went something like this.

Trail to be built to historic Rogers Bridge

LAWRENCEVILLE - While funding to restore the historic Rogers Bridge is still in question, officials have approved a contract to build a trail to it.

Thanksgiving meals offered for those in need

LAWRENCEVILLE - Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family and food, but what are the options for those who don't have one or both of those this holiday?

More rookie magic in Atlanta

ATLANTA - When Harry Douglas returned to the sideline after his 61-yard punt return for a touchdown, Falcons owner Arthur Blank was one of those there to greet him. A happy embrace followed.

Video of child prompts arrest

STATHAM - A Statham man originally arrested Nov. 17 for several traffic charges is also being charged with child molestation and aggravated child molestation, police said.

Nation Briefs

Man killed at Scientology building had ties to church

Vick will have to find an NFL team to take a chance

As Michael Vick appears in a Virginia court to answer state dogfighting charges today, he has reason to hope his aim of one day returning to the NFL could be realized.

1 dead, 1 injured in shooting Details sketchy in incident that killed driver, left teen wounded

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police are investigating a Monday evening shooting that has left one person dead and one injured.

World Briefs

Charity convicted in terrorism financing trial

Snellville officials vote to raise commercial waste disposal rates

SNELLVILLE - City Council members voted 4-1 Monday to impose a 20 percent markup on the commercial waste fees paid by city businesses.

Wolves stunned

LILBURN - The Wesleyan girls have the national ranking, but it is cross-street neighbor Norcross that owns the bragging rights to Spalding Drive.

Local woman captures Lawrenceville history in book

LAWRENCEVILLE - As a girl, Mary Long would squeeze behind the soda machine at her father's general store and listen to what the grown-ups said.

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'Click It or Ticket' cracking down on drivers

LAWRENCEVILLE - State officials recently announced the "Click It or Ticket" initiative as a "major wave" of safety belt checkpoints meant to curb highway fatalities that typically mar the Thanksgiving holiday.

Iraqi freedom not conceding to terrorists

Nineteen months after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared the war in Iraq 'lost' and just nine months after Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted the war has been a 'failure' because it had not brought political change leading to reconciliation, it can now be said conclusively that both were wrong.

GCPS changes its approach to repel technical school stigma

LAWRENCEVILLE - Technical education suffers from SID: severe image disorder, Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said.

Three teens tied to robbery at American Legion

WINDER - Police have arrested three Winder teens in connection with an armed robbery at an American Legion Post.

Duluth approves pay increase for city employees

DULUTH - All Duluth city employees will receive a 3 percent pay increase effective Jan. 1. The council unanimously approved the cost-of-living salary adjustment Monday.

The pride of Dacula High School

I experienced a lot of things in my stint as Dacula High School's Principal for a Day last week. But checking e-mail was not one of them.

Prep roundup: Host North girls top Generals

SUWANEE - The North Gwinnett girls handed Shiloh at 54-34 loss at the Bulldog Classic on Monday.

TD Club of Gwinnett names end of year honorees

The Touchdown Club of Gwinnett has named its individual award winners and all-county selections for the high school football season based on voting by the county's head football coaches.