News for Saturday, November 8, 2008

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Ruth Wittich

Ruth M. Wittich, age 96, of Dunwoody, GA, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Frances Lawson

Frances McMichen Lawson, age 86, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Dorothy Holland

Dorothy Dean Smith Holland, age 91, of Lawrenceville GA, passed away November 7, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Kim Hamilton

Kim Richard Hamilton, age 55, of Suwanee, GA, passed away November 5, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 770-277-4550

Jimmy Thomas

Mr. Jimmy Thomas, age 63, of Buford, GA, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 5:00 ...

Nina Ray

Nina Ray, age 75, of Doraville, GA, passed away Friday, November 7, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home Lilburn/Tucker Chapel 770-564-2726

Alan Watts

Alan Wayne Watts, age 56, of Snellville, GA, passed away, November 8, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411

Frances Tullis

Frances Medley Tullis, age 75 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday November 7, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2 PM Monday, November 10, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Company announces expansion

ATLANTA - Hugh Harris, CEO of Atlanta-based Dixie HomeCrafters, announced recently that the company is expanding into a new, 14,000-square-foot corporate office and warehouse space in the Medlock Oaks Business Center in Norcross.

Nichols found guilty

ATLANTA - The shooting spree began when Brian Nichols overpowered a deputy, stole her weapon and burst into a courtroom where he shot a judge and court reporter dead.

Peachtree Ridge 19, North Gwinnett 7

SUWANEE - On the outside of Peachtree Ridge's fieldhouse there are two categories listed in large letters on the wall facing the road: state championships and region championships.

Norcross 17, Collins Hill 3

SUWANEE - After its disappointing loss last week to Peachtree Ridge, Norcross felt it had something to prove Friday night.

Hawks remain unbeaten in '08 Bibby scores 19 in Atlanta's win

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks may be for real. Just ask Joe Johnson.

Cowling - Gillham

Ronald and Rosemarie Cowling of Richmond, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Cowling of Colorado Springs, Colo., to Daniel Gillham of Parker, Colo., son of Richard and Nita Gillham of Peetz, Colo.

Parkview 7, Brookwood 0

LILBURN - With the way its defense has been playing lately, seven points was all Parkview needed.

50th anniversary

Douglas and Shirley Clark of Snellville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 21. They have two children, three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. The couple celebrated with a reception at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church.

Elections board holds hearing prior to certification

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County attorneys and an elections board staff minus two met Friday morning to wrap up and certify the county's results stemming from Tuesday's election.

Police: Search in cold case turns up clues, but no body

LAWRENCEVILLE - The probe of a South Carolina well has yielded clues in the 1989 disappearance of a Gwinnett woman this week - but no human remains.

People Briefs

Britney, Justin perform separately at Madonna show

Grayson 40, Central Gwinnett 7

LAWRENCEVILLE - Grayson wasted no time jumping out front Friday night on its way to the first perfect regular season in school history.

Real life distraction thanks to Agent 007

When I finally got home Wednesday evening, I was way past my saturation point as far as the 2008 election coverage was concerned. I had thought about little else, college football aside, for months and was ready for a mindless diversion. After supper and a shower, I plopped down in front of the television set and began surfing the channels.

Wildcats hope to surprise reeling 'Dogs

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ventrell Jenkins saw the tears in Jacob Tamme's eyes, and knew it wasn't just another game.

Spiritual calendar

Today

Mill Creek 35, South Forsyth 0

CUMMING - Ed Russ passed for 159 yards and two touchdowns, and Mill Creek used two second-quarter interceptions to set-up short scoring drives to cruise to a 35-0 victory over South Forsyth at War Eagle Stadium Friday night.

Chattahoochee 21, Duluth 14

DULUTH - Quinton Cobb did all he could, but it wasn't quite enough.

Tech, Tar Heels both in race for ACC title

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina and Georgia Tech are stuck in the muddled mess of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division standings. Both the 19th-ranked Tar Heels and No. 22 Yellow Jackets know the only way to come out on top is to keep winning.

Military notes

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Travis C. Merrick, son of Larry Merrick of Dacula, recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Merrick is a 2002 graduate of Dacula High School.

World Briefs

Death toll in Haiti school collapse rises to 30

Fowler - Gaeth

Don and Shirley Fowler of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Fowler of Lawrenceville, to Brian Gaeth of Lawrenceville, son of Mark and Ann Gaeth of Lawrenceville.

Buford 34, GAC 6

BUFORD - Buford earned what was probably the most difficult 28-point victory in its history Friday night.

Letter to the Editor: Give Obama a chance before condemning him

The newly elected president, while promising change and hope, made it abundantly clear not to expect overnight quick fixes to all of our problems, and rightly so. There are those, and they are all too plentiful, who don't intend to cut the new president any slack whatsoever.

Apalachee 23, Salem 7

CONYERS - With a playoff berth on the line, Apalachee grinded out 256 rushing yards on 44 carries for a 23-7 win over Salem on Friday.

College notes

Lisa Marie Conners of Lilburn, Jonathan Robert Demonbreun of Grayson and Sharon Michelle Spears of Norcross were recently awarded scholarships through Berry and WinShape Centre Inc., a foundation established by Chick-fil-A.

Gladiators drop another to Florida

ESTERO, Fla. - Brandon Kaleniecki notched his third goal of the season on the power play midway through the second period, but it was not enough for the Gwinnett Gladiators in a 3-1 road loss to Florida on Friday.

In brief

Local

Column: Ridge defense is a major force

SUWANEE - With no Mikey Tamburo to practice against this week, Peachtree Ridge's defense went with the next best thing to simulate North Gwinnett's star quarterback.

Goats offer potential for Georgia

First, an explanation as to why I am not talking about the elections this week.

Free Sat. math tutoring to be offered

LAWRENCEVILLE - Members of The National Tutoring Association are offering free Saturday classes this month to middle and high schoolers to help students get better grades in math.

Student improving after crash

Two weeks removed from a frightening car accident that threatened his life, Mill Creek High School junior Alex Reed has made great progress.

What do I do now that the election is finally over?

The people have spoken. It was the longest election cycle in history. The ads were endless, the attacks were sometimes ruthless and the gossip was wickedly riveting. But now that it's all over, my big question is: What am I supposed to do with my free time?

Births

Sept. 16

There's no dread in the eventual transformation into my mother

Now that Mama's gone, it seems pertinent that someone step up and take her place. Or try to, anyway.

Stocks rise after two days of heavy selling

NEW YORK - Buyers returned to Wall Street on Friday after two days of heavy losses, mindful of the economy's growing problems but attracted by stocks' lower prices. Analysts said the advance, which also came amid relief that a bad report on unemployment wasn't worse and followed dour third-quarter reports from Ford and General Motors, was to be expected as Wall Street experiences a rocky recovery from October's devastating selling.

Dacula 28, Meadowcreek 3

DACULA - With a playoff spot already clinched, Dacula picked up some momentum before the start of the postseason on Friday night, defeating Meadowcreek 28-3 with a stingy defense and a decent night on offense.

Obama: Economy needs action President-elect gathers his economic team

CHICAGO - President-elect Obama assembled his economic team Friday and soberly told the nation that strong action is needed to confront 'the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime.'

Loganville 19, Winder-Barrow 7

WINDER - Maybe it wasn't the masterpiece that Loganville pictured heading into Friday's night run at the Region 8-AAAA title against Winder-Barrow, but in the end it really didn't matter as the Red Devils laid claim to their first region crown in 17 years with a 19-7 win over the Bulldoggs.

Must Read: Home sweet White House: Obamas ready for big move

CHICAGO - Barack Obama's 10-year-old daughter Malia is looking forward to decorating her new room, and already there's talk of sleepovers at the White House.

Nation Brief

Teen driver on drugs runs down joggers

GM reports $2.5B third quarter loss

DETROIT, Mich. - General Motors Corp. reported a $2.5 billion loss in the third quarter and warned Friday that it could run out of cash in 2009 if the U.S. economic slump continues and it doesn't get government aid.

Woman charged with attempting to sway witness

SNELLVILLE - A Snellville woman is behind bars after police say she tried to influence a witness in an attempt to keep her brother from facing statutory rape charges.

Gwinnett gab

Library to present college workshop

South Gwinnett 14, Berkmar 9

SNELLVILLE - Berkmar's furious fourth-quarter finish fell short Friday night and the Patriots dropped a 14-9 decision to South Gwinnett in the season finale for both teams at Richard Snell Community Stadium in Snellville.

Gwinnett Grads: Mecheso's first college win a big one

At 20, Girma Mecheso is older and more mature than many college freshmen. Still, the transition to college running wasn't a breeze for the former Berkmar star.

His father's voice Man shares family tale from Holocaust

BUFORD - Two days before the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, a Colorado middle school teacher and founder of the Holocaust Shoe Project visited Jones Middle School to share the story of his father's survival of the Nazis' systemic killing of millions of European Jews.