News for Friday, February 12, 2010


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Ssgt. Mike Faulkner

SSgt. Mike Faulkner, age 28, U. S. Air Force, of Bethlehem, GA passed away Thursday, February 11, 2010. He is survived by: parents, Wayne and Lise Faulkner, Buford, GA; brothers ...

Cynthia Smith

Mrs. Cynthia Smith, age 62 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away Thursday, February 11, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Syble Hutchins

Syble House Hutchins passed away Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the age of 89. Visitation will be at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel in Lawrenceville on Saturday, February 13 from ...

L. H. Allen

L.H. (Billy) Allen age 80, of Buford died February 12, 2010. A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Lamar Hansard Officiating. Interment ...

Lou Ann Bell

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Lou Ann Wilson Bell, age 73 of Jefferson GA, who passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home ...

Johnny Hendrix

Johnny Michael Hendrix, age 66 of Hoschton, Georgia, died Friday, February 12, 2010. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924

Edward Kyle

Edward Gary Kyle, age 68, of Tucker, GA passed away Thursday evening, February 11, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770 ...

Jerry Mobley

Jerry Mobley, age 69 of Winder, GA, passed away February 11, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Martha Elizabeth Jones

Martha Elizabeth Jones, 98, of Athens, GA passed away Monday, February 8, 2010. A native of Cherokee County, GA, Mrs. Jones was the daughter of the late Hardy Russell Delay ...

Rose Ann Coleman

Rose Ann Coleman, age 85 of Lilburn, Georgia passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2010. She was born and raised in New York City and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL ...

Brenda Keeler

Brenda E. Keeler, age 48, of Lilburn, GA passed away Friday morning, February 12, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770 ...

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Death dims Olympic opening

The show goes on. The mood in the Olympic world was far from what organizers had hoped heading into Friday's opening ceremony. The death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from the country of Georgia after a horrific training-run crash assured a muted and distraught start to the Vancouver Games.

Swimming, wrestling events delayed -- again

In anticipation of the storm and related travel difficulties expected to accompany winter weather, the Georgia High School Association postponed state meet events in swimming and wrestling.

Hoops games set for Monday

The havoc the wintry weather has caused on high school wrestling and swimming hasn't had quite the same effect on prep basketball -- at least, for now.

Film study helps Danica prep for step up to NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Danica Patrick's preparation for her NASCAR debut in today's Nationwide series race at Daytona International Speedway is a little like a football player getting ready for a big game. She's studying film and getting coached up.

Bergfors' goal lifts Thrashers over Wild 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Niclas Bergfors scored the game-winner midway through the third period and the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Friday night.

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Subpoenas for Kenerly pulled

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett commissioner won't go before a grand jury investigating county land deals.

Police call double shooting at theater murder/suicide

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The double fatal shooting outside a Lawrenceville movie theater was an apparent homicide/suicide, officials said Friday.

GWINNETT GRADS: High-scoring Hagans a blessing for Brenau

Shiloh grad Ashley Hagans became Brenau's first NAIA All-American as an honorable mention choice as a junior last season, when she led the nation with a 21.2 scoring average. She set 11 school records that season.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: South's Chiles signs with Lafayette football

South Gwinnett senior Mazi Chiles has signed a letter of intent to play football for Lafayette College. The Easton, Pa., school's teams compete in the Patriot League.

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A little frosty fun

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Travis Burchfield was glad to get out of baseball practice Friday.With snow falling all around, he had better ideas in mind to play.
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Woman praised for rescue

SUWANEE -- It's in Marie Payne's blood to rescue people in dire straits. She's not usually wearing business slacks and high heels in the process.

Man, girl stopped at Texas border

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police apprehended a married Lawrenceville man in Texas who was trying to take his romance with an 11-year-old girl south of the U.S. border, authorities said.

Renew vows at courthouse

LAWRENCEVILLE -- While Gwinnett's Magistrate Court has canceled its Valentine's Day weddings for the first time in a decade, couples will still have the opportunity to renew their vows at the county courthouse.

$10,000 offered in Statham arson probe

STATHAM -- Arson investigators are offering $10,000 for information leading to the culprit behind a trailer fire Wednesday night in Statham.

Storm gives snowballs a chance in Savannah

SAVANNAH -- For the first time in 14 years, a snowball has a chance in balmy Savannah.

Judge puts deadline on service dispute

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A judge has given county and city officials until the end of the month to resolve their differences before facing sanctions.

Materials company expanding in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner helped make a Gwinnett County dream a reality.

Police cite massage parlors

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett police on Thursday night wrote 11 citations during a multi-county and jurisdiction massage therapy sting operation.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Bill Clinton returns home after procedure

Former President Bill Clinton was recovering at his suburban home with his wife on Friday after leaving a Manhattan hospital where he underwent a heart procedure to fix a blocked artery.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Olympic luger from Georgia dies after crash

A men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash on a track that is the world's fastest and has raised safety concerns among competitors. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony ''clearly casts a shadow over these games.''

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Dr. Dre sues over unpaid royalties

Dr. Dre sued the new iteration of Death Row Records on Thursday claiming the label failed to pay royalties and released a new version of his iconic album ''The Chronic'' without his permission.

Winder landfill honored for turning trash into treasure

WINDER -- A Winder landfill has been honored by the federal Landfill Methane Outreach Program for its proficiency in turning trash into clean energy.

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Children's author to share her story as a writer

SNELLVILLE -- Evelyn Coleman recalls Sundays spent at her grandmother's house as a child, when her family would gather to listen to her tell stories.

Peachtree Corners exploring whether to incorporate city

NORCROSS -- In a debate that resurfaces every few years, Peachtree Corners residents are once again investigating incorporating the area as a city.

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As the Sugarbakers say, there's a moral to every story

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.

Tale of 2 teachers: It was the best of class, it was the worst of class

Does it ever feel like you're surrounding by negativity? Sometimes it seems like everyone around you has a bad attitude. You try your best, but it's almost impossible to get them to act right and play nice.

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What does love mean?

For Valentine's Day, Daily Post reporter Deanna Allen talks to couples about the secrets to having a successful marriage and discovering everyone has a different answer to the question what does love mean?

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Olympic luger dies after training crash

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The IOC has confirmed that a men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia has died after a crash during training.

Suwanee Farmers Market extends its evening hours

SUWANEE -- City officials announced recently that the 2010 Suwanee Farmers Market will not only be open for business on Saturday mornings, but Tuesday evenings as well.

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North Gwinnett donates to Haiti earthquake relief fund

SUGAR HILL -- North Gwinnett Middle School recently donated $2,500 to the American Red Cross for the Haiti earthquake relief.

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LARSON: Boy Scouts of America to celebrate century of service

In the 100 years that Boy Scouts of America has served our country, more than 104 million boys have taken that oath. Today, Gwinnett County benefits from the works of more than 10,000 scouts along with thousands of scout leaders.

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JENKINS: From Paris with love: Ideas for your Valentine

Hey, guys -- still wondering what to do for your wife or girlfriend today? How about whisking her off to Paris, which may be the only place on earth where you can declare your undying affection by presenting her with a human heart.

GSMST, Grayson students participate in TEAMS contest

High school students from across Georgia will have an opportunity to participate in a unique learning experience when the University of Georgia hosts its second annual Junior Engineering Technical Society's TEAMS competition on Wednesday in the Driftmier Engineering Center. TEAMS is the acronym for Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science.

Dean — Henderson

Donald Dean and Sheila Dean of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter Amanda Dean of Atlanta to Jomac Henderson of Atlanta, son of Curtis and Terri Henderson of Auburn.

HUCKABY: We Southerners treat snow like the rarity it is

"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." That was written by Robert Burns, who was a great Scottish poet. We usually translate it, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Either way, a funny thing happened to my lovely wife Lisa and me on our way to a Valentine's weekend on Tybee Island. The weatherman predicted snow in Macon.


Capt. Jeff Smith of the Lawrenceville Police Department grew up in a household in which his father was a career lawman and his mother a lifetime educator. So, it's only natural that he follow suit.

Treleven — Buckley

Patrick and Michelle Treleven of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Treleven of Lawrenceville to Robert Buckley of Lawrenceville, son of Spencer and Maura Pittman of Lawrenceville and Ed and Marian Buckley of Lilburn.


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Coggins — Khodadadi

Heather Michelle Coggins and Benjamin Ali Khodadadi were married June 20 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Minister Tim Watson officiated the ceremony.


The following local students were named to the fall 2009 Dean's List at Shorter College:

Defensive breakdowns spell the end for Gladiators

DULUTH — So much for progress.

COMMUNITY NOTES: Brookwood grad leads band at Mardi Gras parade

Marine Sergeant Bryan Williams served as drum major for his Albany Marine Band at the 2010 Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. Sgt. Williams is a 2006 graduate of Brookwood High School.

Miller — Walker

Amy Lauren Miller and Gary Wayne Walker Jr. were married Oct. 17 at Little Gardens in Lawrenceville. Minister David C. Collins officiated the ceremony.

GWINNETT GAB: Early Education Center accepting applications for summer day camp

LAWRENCEVILLE — The D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center at Gwinnett Technical College is now accepting enrollment for its summer day camp, Camp Imagination Station.

Swimming, wrestling events delayed — again

Whenever the "S" word is mentioned during the winter high school sports season in Georgia, it is almost assured to cause at least minor inconveniences to athletes, coaches and administrators alike.

YARBROUGH: With problems solved, on to the microchips

While you and I have been tending to the mundane matters of life like filing our taxes and paying our bills, members of the General Assembly have been watching too many science fiction movies.

Home & Garden show chock full of exhibitors

DULUTH — Jeannine Simmons will be moving forward with her plans to remodel her upstairs bathroom after Friday.

LETTERS: Leaders failing to get money for rail projects

While surrounding states have received billions in 2010 to fund high-speed rail projects, the state of Georgia received a measly $750,000. When asked why, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "Georgia doesn't have its act together. Any region that got money had their act together."

Children's author to share her story as a writer

SNELLVILLE — Evelyn Coleman recalls Sundays spent at her grandmother's house as a child, when her family would gather to listen to her tell stories.

Greene — Cain

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Greene of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter Sara Katherine Greene of Lilburn to Robert Clayton Cain of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marc Cain of Lawrenceville.

As the Sugarbakers say, there's a moral to every story

During those gray, cloud-filled days, figuratively and literally, I wasn't exactly imprisoned but two years of consented captivity in the unfamiliar North was one of the greatest burdens my Southern soul has ever carried.


Army National Guard Spec. Megan E. Wilson has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is the daughter of Kathi and Mark Wilson of Snellville. The specialist is a 2007 graduate of Phoenix High School.

LETTERS: Airport study funds needed more elsewhere

Our county commissioners are at it again. Money is supposed to be in short supply, but they have "miraculously" found $250,000 to fund a study on privatizing the county airport. Why not rehire some police and firemen?

56th anniversary

Marice and Ada Johnson of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 24, 1953, at the home of Alton Tucker in Lawrenceville. The couple has two children, Danny Lee Johnson and Janice Johnson both of Lawrenceville. They also have four grandchildren.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: South's Chiles signs with Lafayette football

South's Chiles signs with Lafayette football