News for Friday, February 19, 2010

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Horace Orr

Horace M. Orr, age 81, died Thursday, February 18, at his residence after a recent illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Gladys Orr, and a ...

Foster Mizell Bryan

Foster Mizell (Mike) Bryan, age 79, of Lawrenceville, GA, entered into rest on February 18, 2010. He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Nena Vaughn Bryan; son ...

Bonnie Laughter

Bonnie L. Laughter age 85 of Winterville passed away Thursday, February 18, 2010. Graveside service will be held 2:00 Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Dacula ...

Russell Petersen

Russell G. Petersen, age 78 of Snellville, GA passed away February 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Bradley Jones

Bradley E. Jones, age 40 of Duluth, died February 17, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, February 22, 2010 at Duluth First United Methodist Church. The body ...

Elizabeth Wierengo

Elizabeth Wierengo, age 96, of Alpharetta, GA died February 12, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Debra Keaton

Debra Keaton, age 45 of Loganville, GA passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Gary Appling

Gary Jerome Appling, age 44 of Buford, GA passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Funeral Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

John Cronic

John Willie Cronic, age 71 of Auburn, Ga passed away February 18, 2010. Mr. Cronic was a Retired Truck Driver. He is preceded in death by his sister: Rachel Fleeman ...

Charles Anderson

Charles E. Anderson, age 89, of Monroe, GA passed away February 19, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

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RICH: The family Bible is the keeper of all things cherished

At a cafe in Biloxi, Miss., friends and I were chatting over coffee when we were joined by a man who is a business associate of one of my friends who was sitting at the table.

Victory World Church in Norcross celebrates anniversary

Dennis Rouse and his wife Colleen came to Atlanta in 1990 with six people and a vision for their church. Twenty years later, he has seen his vision come to life.

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WRESTLING NOTES: Petrushev upsets state champ in semis

Tsvetomir Petrushev put his hands over his face and fought back his emotions on Friday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The freshman from Peachtree Ridge had just upset defending state champion Jonathan Rivera from Kennessaw Mountain to earn a trip to the Class AAAAA state finals.

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Collins gets revenge on way to state finals

C.J. Collins' only loss to a Georgia opponent this season came in the dual state finals last month. Collins Hill already had the team championship locked up at the time, but the defeat still lingered for Collins.Photo slide show inside

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Lions survive to reach region finals

Peachtree Ridge's C.J. Blackwell had just committed what could've been the biggest turnover of his high school career.

Hawks win on heroic effort

The Mill Creek basketball players had been in this situation before. They've been in tense playoff games in past years. They were there two nights earlier, needing a last-second shot and overtime to beat Northview.

Mustangs fight to dispatch feisty Generals

Judging from Meadowcreek's 36- and 42-point wins over Shiloh during the regular season, few might have expected the teams' rematch in Friday's Region 8-AAAAA tournament semifinal at Meadowcreek to be all that close.

Parkview girls dismantle Rams

NORCROSS -- Not even the best high school basketball teams bring their "A" game every night.But if Parkview plays the way it did in dispatching of Grayson 70-44 in a Region 8-AAAAA semifinal Friday at Meadowcreek, the No. 2 state-ranked Panthers will be tough to beat.

GWINNETT GRADS: SEC, ACC mine local diamonds

The county has 13 locals on SEC rosters this spring, with a high of six playing at Georgia. Georgia Tech has four Gwinnett grads, making up most of the six ACC players from the county.

Buford girls secure state berth

NORCROSS -- The Buford girls faced an awkward situation in their Region 6-AA opener against Avondale on Friday at Greater Atlanta Christian. The Wolves were overwhelming favorites, but could afford to neither let up against the gritty Blue Devils nor simply run up the score against an outmanned opponent.

PREP ROUNDUP: Hage puts Stars in 7-A title game

MCDONOUGH -- Peter Hage's floater in the lane with six seconds remaining lifted Providence Christian to a 46-45 upset of No. 6 state-ranked Paideia in a semifinal of the Region 7-A Tournament on Friday at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy.

Mangimelli 2nd for Georgia at SEC meet

ATHENS -- Georgia freshman Jana Mangimelli, a Brookwood grad, placed second in the 400-yard individual medley Friday night at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships.

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Good Knight vision: Central stays focused, beats Berkmar

NORCROSS -- If the Berkmar boys' upset Thursday of South Gwinnett didn't get Central Gwinnett's attention, the Patriots being tied with the Black Knights' after one quarter of Friday's Region 8-AAAAA tournament semifinal did.But as Central coach David Allen hoped, his heavily favored Knights fought the urge to overlook Berkmar in favor of Saturday's final against Meadowcreek. Staying focused on the Patriots, Allen's Knights methodically pulled away from Berkmar and won 70-50.

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Second-half surge leads Broncos

NORCROSS -- With a scrappy Berkmar team hanging close for half of their Region 8-AAAAA semifinal, enough was enough for Brookwood and Katie Mallow.The junior guard led a second-half charge as the Broncos blew the game open in the third quarter en route to a 59-41 victory Friday at Meadowcreek.

Blue Devils' stout 'D' key to win

SUWANEE -- With its defensive centerpiece in Josiah Moore sidelined with a concussion, Norcross dug down deep and found its defensive intensity when it needed it.Facing a North Gwinnett squad that had won nine of its last 10 games, Norcross put together an impressive stretch in the second quarter and held the Bulldogs to just five points in the period.That span of time proved to be pivotal in the Blue Devils' 67-59 win over North in the semifinals of the Region 7-AAAAA tournament Friday night at Peachtree Ridge.

Norcross girls roll into region final

SUWANEE -- At the time, the loss brought nothing but pain. Many of the Norcross girls players emerged from the locker room in tears.But over the last few weeks, the lessons learned from the stinging defeat by Mill Creek are paying off. The top-seeded Blue Devils have won seven straight games since, the latest a 61-38 win over North Gwinnett on Friday in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament semfinals.

Mustangs, Wolves honored by Tipoff Club

The Meadowcreek boys and Buford girls basketball teams took the top honors from the Gwinnett County Tipoff Club for January.

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Tiger sorry, unsure of return

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods re-emerged into public life Friday, issuing another apology for his infidelity at a closely scripted event and affirming he will play golf again -- he's just not sure when.

Case closed: FBI says researcher was anthrax killer

WASHINGTON -- The FBI sought to close the book on its long, frustrating hunt for the killer behind the 2001 anthrax letters Friday, formally ending its investigation and concluding a mentally unhinged scientist was responsible for killing five people and unnerving Americans nationwide.

Student taken to hospital after fight at Berkmar High

LILBURN -- One Berkmar High School student was taken to the hospital and another was arrested after a fight Friday in the school's commons area, a school district spokeswoman said.

Authorities searching for person who set fire to Barrow house

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Barrow and Gwinnett authorities are seeking the public's help in figuring out who set fire to a vacant house and a stolen car.

Former deputy sentenced to eight years in porn case

GAINESVILLE -- A former Forsyth County deputy was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison Friday for receiving child pornography.

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Reach for the stars: Astronaut tells students to follow passions

LILBURN -- Astronaut Tom Marshburn encouraged sixth-grade students at Trickum Middle School on Friday to throw their energy into their passions.

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One difficult journey: 2-year-old Sugar Hill boy battles rare disease

SUGAR HILL -- Jackson Jinright sits in his father's lap and laughs.

I-85 crash sends kid to hospital

BUFORD -- One child was hospitalized and one child and an adult were treated at the scene this morning when three buses carrying sixth-grade students from Greenville, S.C., collided on Interstate 85 near Buford, officials said.

Jewel theft suspect leaves hospital

LAWRENCEVILLE -- One of two men accused of stealing more than $150,000 in jewelry from the Mall of Georgia has been released from the hospital.

Deputies clash with 'superhuman' suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Like many, this suspect wasn't going to the pokey without a fight. Two Gwinnett Sheriff's deputies in field operations got more than they'd bargained for Feb. 9 in the living room of Victor Pierce's mother's Hunter Street home in Norcross.

Twin admits to teacher's shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A DNA-laden cigarette butt, fingerprint patterns and cell phone records had convinced investigators that Ronald Smith fatally shot an elementary school teacher in 2008 -- even before he admitted to the killing, a detective testified Friday.

BOE names principals

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently approved the appointment of five educators to new leadership roles.

Library invites patrons to dance along

The Gwinnett County Public Library invites children to dance to the beat of a different drum. GCPL will host "Sing-along Songs, Tell-along Stories and Do-along Dances," an interactive children's and families' event presented by performers Nana Agyeiwaah Anan and Nyame Nti, who will share West African songs, stories and dances.

Child hospitalized in I-85 bus crash

BUFORD -- One child was hospitalized and 11 others injured this morning when two busses carrying Greenville, S.C. students collided on Interstate 85 near Buford, officials said.

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Tiger Talk: Send us your comments

What is your take on the Tiger Woods saga? Please post your comments here.

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Woods heads back to therapy after speech

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods will return to therapy after he ends a three-month silence and speaks about his infidelity and his future plans.

LETTERS: Snowstorms were a great stimulus

It took an act of God to shut down the federal government in Washington, D.C., last week. This is the best stimulus plan we could ever hope for.

50th anniversary

Gerald A. and Joyce Huff Cowan of Loganville recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Feb. 15, 1960, in Avondale. Gerald is a retired crane operator and Joyce is retired after 24 years from Scientific Atlanta. The couple has four children: Edie Langston, married to Tom Langston, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Cindy Bertoia, married to Frank Bertoia, of Lawrenceville, Debbie Wilkerson of Loganville, and Gina Magera, married to Milan Magera of Loganville. They have 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated with an open house reception on Valentine's Day given by their children at the Cowan's home.

College Notes

Doua Z. Yong-Yi of Lawrenceville received a degree in library science from Clarion University.

Williams — Moore

Morgan Lee Williams and James Reed Moore Jr. were married Sept. 20 at Snellville United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Walters officiated the ceremony.

Deputies clash with 'superhuman' suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE — Like many, this suspect wasn't going to the pokey without a fight.

Gladiators shut out for first time

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Gwinnett Gladiators were shut out for the first time this season in a 4-0 loss to league-leader South Carolina on Friday.

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Suwanee youth earns rank of Eagle Scout

Hutton — Eilen

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Hutton of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Kimberly Hutton of Atlanta to Michael Eilen of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Eilen of Pensacola, Fla., and Stephanie Eilen of Dunwoody.

Twin admits to teacher's shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE — A DNA-laden cigarette butt, fingerprint patterns and cell phone records had convinced investigators that Ronald Smith fatally shot an elementary school teacher in 2008 — even before he admitted to the killing, a detective testified Friday.

HUCKABY: A hero in every sense of the word

Every time I saw Edward Pickett he looked exactly the same. He was always immaculately dressed and standing ramrod straight. He was the epitome of the word dignified. I don't remember when we became friends, but I will never forget the first time I met him.

Berry — Aguilar

Kenneth Crumbley of Clarkesville and Wanda Crumbley of Morganton announce the engagement of their daughter Misty Dawn Berry of Oakwood to Jorge Luis Aguilar of Gillsville, son of Ofelia and Vincente Aguilar of Gillsville.

YARBROUGH: A warrior who battled to make us better people

The body is a little frail and he walks with a cane, but the man still has the look of a warrior. His name is Charles Ector. He experienced the uglier side of society and with dignity and determination took prejudice head on.

Blue Devils' stout 'D' key to win

SUWANEE — With its defensive centerpiece in Josiah Moore sidelined with a concussion, Norcross dug down deep and found its defensive intensity when it needed it.

LETTERS: Cartoon needed a change for truth

May I suggest a couple of slight modifications to the editorial cartoon that appeared in Thursday's paper that shows Obama skating pairs in the Olympics with a reluctant GOP elephant.

Stewart — Murphy

Jerry and Sharon Stewart of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter Kimberly Ann Stewart of Atlanta to Charles Patrick Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., son of Robert and Angeles Murphy of Charlotte, N.C.

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