News for Friday, November 7, 2008


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Martha Walker

Martha Walker, age 59, of Auburn, GA, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Judith Estep

Judith “Judy” E. Estep, age 74 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away Friday, November 7, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3 PM Sunday, November 9, 2008 in the ...

Donald Roberts

Mr. Donald Allen Roberts, age 57, of Hoschton, GA, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Lynne Kelly

Lynne Kelly, age 55 of Lawrenceville passed away Friday, October 31, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 11, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Henry Forrest, Jr.

Henry C. Forrest, Jr. age 65 of Grayson, died Thursday, November 6, 2008. Funeral Services will be 2 PM Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Grace Fellowship Church, Dogwood Road, Snellville ...

Charles Pentecost

Charles Glen Pentecost, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away November 6, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Cal Thomas missed his opportunity to call for unity

For months leading up to the election, Cal Thomas and others threw every "-ism" they could think of at Barack Obama: liberalism, socialism, anti-Semitism, radicalism, terrorism, secularism, etc., all in a vain attempt to defame the Democratic candidate, make us fearful, divide the nation and win the election for their guy, John McCain.

Handyman accused of theft

BRASELTON - Braselton police have arrested a Hoschton man they said stole from a Chateau Elan residence while working as a handyman there.

Gwinnett Tastes

A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Fall sounds Concert to feature international, orchestra musicians

With "a touch of the Orient and a twist of the Middle East," the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will open its 11th season with a gala concert, "A Fanciful Fall Festival," at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Still in playoff picture, Spartans tackle rival Wolves

On the surface, GAC has much more to play for in its regular season finale than Buford.

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Suspect identified in home invasion, rape

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police have pinpointed a suspect in a brutal home invasion last year in which a Norcross woman was repeatedly raped in front of her husband and family.

Talking about money loses its taboo as economy sours

NEW YORK - Money used to be like religion or sex: It wasn't talked about in polite company.

Sports Briefs


Playoffs secure, Game 10 still meaningful Collins Hill hopes for home game, Norcross eyes improvement

A year ago, Collins Hill only played for pride. The playoff dream was already over.

Festivals highlighted in Georgia cookbook

LAWRENCEVILLE - Food and festivals go hand in hand, so it's no stretch that a cookbook would include highlights of festivals and events.

AES Clean Technology opens facility in Gwinnett

SUWANEE - A new $5 million, 80,000-square-foot facility for AES Clean Technology recently opened to the delight of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce officials.

Stocks tumble, lose 10 percent in post-election rout

NEW YORK - Wall Street plunged for a second day, triggered by computer gear maker Cisco Systems warning of slumping demand and retailers reporting weak sales for October. Concerns about widespread economic weakness sent the major stock indexes down more than 4 percent Thursday, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which tumbled more than 440 points.

Home field at stake Rival Broncos, Panthers battling for No. 2 seed

Anyone who has ever been involved in the football rivalry between Brookwood and Parkview is used to having high stakes when the two teams play each other.

Nation Briefs

No charges for ex-governor in prostitution case

Southern assigned to Gladiators

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced forward Dirk Southern has been assigned to the team by the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose on Thursday.

Holocaust drama stretches too far

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

People Briefs

Hall & Oates sue in NY over 'Maneater' recording

Past meets present for Maloof Coach faces program he started tonight

The last time Dacula and Meadowcreek played in varsity football, Kevin Maloof was on the sidelines.

Inside the Perimeter: Baseball, comedy meet in charity event

LAWRENCEVILLE - John Smoltz and Jeff Foxworthy have very different professions, but the longtime friends are teaming up for an evening to reflect on their lives, sharing personal stories with each other - and with an audience.

Gwinnett teens take stage for "High School Musical 2'

Four Gwinnett teens took the stage at the Fox Theatre on Thursday in the professional stage premiere of Disney's "High School Musical 2."

'Soul Men' is unoriginal, blatantly tasteless

Soul Men

Gwinnett teams own state meet County schools have won Class AAAAA every year

When it comes to the boys cross country state meet, there's Gwinnett County and then everyone else hoping to get a trophy.

Punctuation on a defining race in history

Fess up. You wept.

Impact Group celebrates 15th year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Chris Goekel and Marina Peed have made impacts in the Gwinnett community in the areas of homelessness and home ownership.

Film fan: "Zack and Miri' was a complete waste of time

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: "Zack and Miri Make a Porno." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@

"The Magic Toy Shop' kicks off holiday fun

Now that Halloween has played its last trick, Gwinnett audiences can look forward to some wonderful performing arts treats. Beginning this weekend, a calendar full of dance, music and fun launches the holiday season.

To the editor: Cal Thomas missed his opportunity to call for unity

For months leading up to the election, Cal Thomas and others threw every "-ism" they could think of at Barack Obama: liberalism, socialism, anti-Semitism, radicalism, terrorism, secularism, etc., all in a vain attempt to defame the Democratic candidate, make us fearful, divide the nation and win the election for their guy, John McCain.

Getting to Know ... Tim Gustafson

Tim Gustafson, a 2003 Parkview grad, excelled in both football and baseball for the Panthers. The 23-year-old, a minor-league pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization, is coming back from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. Gustafson and former Parkview teammate David Brown are hosting a pair of softball and baseball camps in the next two months for area youths.

Movie Trivia Contest

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.

Performers take on multiple roles in "The Dining Room'

Joan Scott and Mike Stevens don't suffer from multiple personality disorder, but that may seem to be the case when the two performers take on 13 roles this weekend in the County Seat Players' production of "The Dining Room."

GAC's Kester in hunt for AA state title

Greater Atlanta Christian girls cross country team is back at the state meet for the first time since 2002. The Spartans took fourth in the Region 6-AA meet with the top three teams in the state - Lovett, Westminster and Blessed Trinity - finishing ahead of them. GAC was only three points behind third-place Blessed Trinity, so a top five finish at state for the Spartans is not out of the question.

World Briefs

US responds to Iraqi proposals on US troops

Bush to meet with Obama

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Barack Obama on Monday will hold their first substantive talks about the nation's daunting priorities as the transition to a Democratic administration accelerates.

School system names teacher of the year

DULUTH - Trickum Middle teacher Aimee Burgamy says she strives to be an advocate for the arts.

Like clockwork Eagles always shine this time of year

Collins Hill fielded one of its best teams last year when it won a fifth straight Class AAAAA cross country state championship.

Spotlight on DVD

Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary Edition (G)

Rumble at the Ridge Region title on line when Bulldogs, Lions clash

At practice Monday at North Gwinnett, Bob Sphire heard a near-forgotten sound.

Jury finds Atlanta courthouse gunman guilty

ATLANTA - A man who launched a deadly courthouse shooting spree during his rape trial, killing a judge and three others, was convicted of murder by a jury Friday more than three years after he turned the city's seat of justice into a crime scene.

Beloved neighbor dies from injuries in house fire

SNELLVILLE - Charlie Truett was known for whizzing around the neighborhood on his mobility scooter, defying the dangers of busy Dogwood Road to greet his neighbors with handshakes and warm hellos.

Principal complaint makes e-mountain out of a mole hill

To me, e-mail is a form of communication that is suspect at best.

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County making job cuts Slumping housing, plant closure blamed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County will eliminate 79 positions in its planning and development department, as construction in the suburban county has dropped at staggering rates.

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