News for Thursday, October 8, 2009

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H1N1 vaccine available in county Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - The H1N1 vaccine will be available Friday in Gwinnett health centers, an East Metro Health District spokeswoman said.

1 injured in Snellville fire

SNELLVILLE - A woman sustained minor burns Tuesday night when a house in the 8500 block of Lake Drive in Snellville caught fire, officials said.

Maloof touched lives all over

George Maloof's legendary playing and coaching career wasn't based here in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett teen makes top five for SI honor Final round has begun for Duluth's Barrett

Amari Barrett beat the long odds to make the list of 10 finalists for Sports Illustrated's Sports Kid of the Year. He's not done yet.

Engage Gwinnett to hold its first meeting today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Despite a call for higher taxes to narrow the county's budget gap, a citizens group will commence a study today to determine levels of service such as fire, police and parks.

Prep Roundup: Rams' Cabrales K's 11 in win

LILBURN - Kanani Cabrales struck out 11 batters to lead Grayson to a 5-1 win over Central Gwinnett on Wednesday in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament.

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Buford double shooting ruled homicide-suicide

BUFORD - Investigators have ruled Saturday's double fatal shooting on West Rock Quarry Road a homicide-suicide.

Fall is time to split perennials

Perennials are among the best type of plants to grow in the garden. Unlike annuals, they come back every year, are easy to establish and have lower maintenance requirements.

World

Argentine astronomer dies

Practicing law forces judge to step down

LAWRENCEVILLE - Judge James Oxendine stepped down as a senior judge last week when questions arose about his involvement in the county government's recent questionable land deals.

Nation

CBO: Budget deficit hit record

Too many drawbacks for Vols to speed up offense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin isn't in a hurry to speed up his offense.

Gwinnett Gab

Kids to show off talents for Rockettes tickets

People

FBI investigated Anna Nicole in murder plot

Gardening in Gwinnett: Fall is time to split perennials

Perennials are among the best type of plants to grow in the garden. Unlike annuals, they come back every year, are easy to establish and have lower maintenance requirements.

New tax allocation districts OK'd

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett officials hope five local tax allocation districts can spur redevelopment, despite the sluggish economy.

Political Notebook: Pedro Marin invited to White House celebration

Rep. Pedro Marin gets to go to Washington to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Bulldogs vs. Yellow Jackets at the Dome?

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech and Georgia always play at the end of the regular season.

GOP, business split unusual for the allies

One of the intriguing mysteries of this year is why the initial broad support from American business for overhauling the health care system has not translated into more than a handful of votes from Republicans in the House and Senate.

Buford softball wins 6-AA crown Region forfeits title to Wolves

Longtime Buford coach Tony Wolfe, who heads up both the school's baseball and softball programs, won his fifth region championship on Wednesday.

New leaders thrown into fire on day 1 Many county employees started jobs on the day of historic flood

LAWRENCEVILLE - Uniform pressed, Bill Myers was ready to go to the office Sept. 21 and ease into his new job as chief of the county fire department.

Mother of slain child found in attic makes 1st appearance

LAWRENCEVILLE - The mother of a toddler whose body was found in a Lawrenceville attic last summer faced a Gwinnett County judge for the first time Wednesday, following her disappearance of more than two years.

Pedro Marin invited to White House celebration

Rep. Pedro Marin gets to go to Washington to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Where have you gone, Shakespeare?

""Neither a borrower nor a lender be.' - William Shakespeare, ""Hamlet'

South student escorted off bus, arrested

SNELLVILLE - A South Gwinnett High School freshman remained jailed Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly cussing out school officials and a police officer.

BOC should keep reading our lips: No new taxes

Commissioner Kevin Kenerly has once again raised the issue of property tax increase ("Tax increase back on table," Oct. 7, Page 1A) with the tacit support of all but Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. I think they are hoping that the massive rejection of this idea has lost steam.

Police: Attack on son lands mom in jail

NORCROSS - A Norcross woman remains behind bars on felony cruelty to children charges for spraying bathroom cleaner in her son's eyes as punishment, authorities said.

Student charged with drug, weapon possession

LOGANVILLE - A Grayson High School student is facing felony charges after allegedly being caught with drugs and paraphernalia on school grounds.

Teachers to take third furlough day on Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Friday is a furlough day for Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers and central office staff.

Letters: BOC should keep reading our lips: No new taxes

Commissioner Kevin Kenerly has once again raised the issue of property tax increase ("Tax increase back on table," Oct. 7, Page 1A) with the tacit support of all but Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. I think they are hoping that the massive rejection of this idea has lost steam.

In the spotlight Uzomah handles pressure of being highly recruited QB

Just imagine you're a 16-year-old high school student.

Field of screams: Lawrenceville resident turns stadium into haunted house

LAWRENCEVILLE - Before the Gwinnett Stadium was even built, the team's general manager wanted to host a haunted attraction for the organization's first Halloween in Gwinnett.

John Laurie

Senior Deputy John F. Laurie, age 40 of Bethlehem, GA passed away, Saturday, October 4, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home www.stewartfh.com

Margaret Allen

Margaret Louise Allen, age 84, of Monroe, GA, died October 7, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Jasmine Cunningham

Miss Jasmine Cunningham, age 20, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2009. She is survived by: father, David L. Cunningham, Flowery Branch, GA; mother, Yolanda Stringer ...

Cheryl Stanton

Cheryl Stephenson Stanton, 56 of Mansfield passed away suddenly on October 6, 2009. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Dennis Stanton; son, Adam and Amy Stanton ...

Dr. Judith R. Mcdonough

Dr. Judith R. “Judy” McDonough, age 67 of Dacula, GA died Tuesday, October 6, 2009 after a brief illness. A Memorial service will be held Friday, October, 9 ...

Mercides Griffin

Mercides Griffin, age 73, of Loganville, GA, formerly of New York, NY passed away October 6, 2009. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Carolyn Leon

Carolyn Leon, age 43, of Loganville, GA died Saturday, September 26, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Uconus Mason

Uconus (Kenney) Mason, 83, of Doraville, GA, died October 7, 2009. Mr. Mason was a U.S. Army veteran and an avid fisherman. Formerly employed with Lockheed-Martin for three years ...

John Cooper

Mr. John A. Cooper, age 52, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. He was preceded in death by: parents, Gary and Cordie Cooper; and sister, Dianna ...

Cpt. Thomas Cordell

Captain Tom M. Cordell, age 60, of Dacula, GA., passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2009. Following graduation from Tift County High School, he studied Broadcast Journalism at ABAC and ...

Marie Flanigan

Marie K. Flanigan, age 76, of Monroe, GA passed away October 5, 2009. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was of The Full Gospel ...

Henry Chatham

Mr. Henry S. Chatham, age 74, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2009. He was preceded in death by: wife, Marie Fleeman Chatham; parents, Doc and Lizzie ...

Paul Conboy

Paul Thomas Conboy, age 67, of Gainesville, GA died Tuesday, October 6, 2009. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Bill Pittman

Billy “Bill” Pittman, age 69 of Monroe, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2009. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 9 ...

Ruth Jackson

Ruth Jackson, age 81, of Winder, GA, passed away October 6, 2009. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

William Bush

William Bradford Bush, age 53, of Woodstock, GA died October 5, 2009. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com