News for Tuesday, February 2, 2010


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Janice Knight

Mrs. Janice Bradford Knight, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, February 1, 2010. She was preceded in death by: husband, Henry Knight; father, John Bradford; and step ...

Gregory Johnson

Gregory Lee “Greg” Johnson, age 47, of Elberton, GA entered into rest on January 31, 2010. He is survived by son, Jonathan Johnson; daughter & son-in-law ...

Barbara Findley

Barbara Harris Findley, age 76, of Tucker passed away, Monday, February 1, 2010. Funeral services will be 11:00AM Friday, February 5, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Monica Clark

Monica Clark age 63 of Suwanee, Ga went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ January 30, 2010 after a courageous battle with inflammatory breast cancer. Monica was ...

Margaret Pierce

Margaret Pierce, age 87, of Winder, GA passed away January 31, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Marlin Mcneal

Marlin C. McNeal, age 88, of Pendergrass, GA passed away February 1, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Rosetta Irons

Rosetta Elaine Irons, 62, entered into eternal life on January 31, 2010. A service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010 at 12 stone Hamilton Mill, 2109 Teron ...

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Rangel: Bargainers start compromise health bill

WASHINGTON -- Leading lawmakers hoping to revive President Barack Obama's stalled health care overhaul have started writing a compromise bill, but it's unclear when the legislation will be ready for votes, a top House Democrat said Tuesday.

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Lions' defense dooms Eagles

Collins Hill's boys did a good job of pulling the Peachtree Ridge defense out to the perimeter in the early stages of their Region 7-AAAAA clash Tuesday night at Collins Hill.

Late surge carries Spartans

When the Greater Atlanta Christian girls fell behind Lovett by 15 points in the third quarter, it looked like the Spartans' upcoming rematch with No. 1-ranked and defending Class AA state champion Buford on Friday would be losing its luster.

Big day arrives for local players

High school football players have been mulling their college choices for months. Some decided last spring, like Collins Hill's Charles Perkins and North Gwinnett's Austin Shepherd.

PREP ROUNDUP: Brookwood boys clip Comets

Thomas Higginbotham recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists Tuesday to help Brookwood edge South Gwinnett 64-62 in Region 8-AAAAA.

Niittymaki stymies Thrashers again

Ilya Kovalchuk couldn't break Antero Niittymaki's ''curse'' on the Atlanta Thrashers. Instead, the Thrashers captain broke his stick in frustration.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Parkview's McGehee hired at Kennesaw Mountain

Parkview assistant football coach Chad McGehee has been hired as the new head football coach at Kennesaw Mountain in Cobb County.

CLINE: My annual abecedarian adventure

Some people get their "word of the day" via e-mail, others from the desk calendar they got for Christmas. Me? I stock up during my yearly duty as a judge for the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee.

Snellville to appeal liquor ruling

Officials will appeal a judge's ruling last week that brought a halt to Sunday liquor sales in Snellville. Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer announced Tuesday the City Council will look toward the Georgia Supreme Court to solve the dispute.

BALFOUR: Budget, jobs will be focus of legislature

Legislators are taking their first look at the governor's budget proposals and the difficult choices ahead. Make no mistake; the budget is the paramount challenge for us this session. But we are ready to make the tough choices that will lead to Georgia's economic recovery.

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Accused molester shoots self

Jeffrey Ford Clarke faced bleak prospects for the remainder of his life, even if he would have been exonerated on a long list of child molestation charges, his attorney said Tuesday.

Cities to sue state over sanctions

City officials are threatening legal actions because the state has not imposed sanctions on Gwinnett and its municipalities despite a judge's order. Judge David Barrett ordered sanctions if the county and cities did not come to an agreement on a service delivery strategy, which has been in dispute for nearly a year.

Norcross police pioneer text, e-mail alerts to residents

In an era where immediacy counts, Norcross police have latched onto a technology that puts crime, traffic and general emergency alerts in residents' pockets lickety-split, officials said Tuesday.

Lawrenceville denies used car business permit

The Lawrenceville City Council on Monday unanimously said "no" to another used car sales business in the city. There are reportedly more than 40 used car businesses already operating in the city.

Sugar Hill hears soccer proposal

Soccer was again a focus at the Sugar Hill City Council's work session Monday night. The self-proclaimed "Recreation City" listened to a second organization's proposal to begin the city's youth soccer organization at its new Gary Pirkle Park.

Buford boasts cheapest natural gas

If you buy natural gas from the city of Buford, you're getting the best prices around, according to Chairman Phillip Beard and the Buford City Commission. In head-to-head comparison with other natural gas providers in Georgia, Buford posts the lowest rate based on 12 months total sample bills of typical residential customer's average use, according to a chart provided to the news media Monday night by the Board of Commissioners.

Police hunting for suspect in domestic abuse

NORCROSS -- Arrest warrants have been issued for a man accused of assaulting his fiancee and her 9-year-old son Sunday.

Winder starts push for community housing

WINDER -- City administrator Bob Beck announced Tuesday that the Winder Community Housing Initiative committee will attend training in Griffin at the end of this month. Winder was recently selected as a participating city in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Program.

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Sugarloaf extension an open road

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A new two-mile road will benefit Charles Arnold as he gets around, and as officials opened the first section of an extension to Sugarloaf Parkway, they promised the road would mean even more as it stretches to Ga. Highway 316.

Ivy Prep taking applications for next school year

NORCROSS -- Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girls charter school, is accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year.

Russell library finalist for tech makeover

WINDER -- Russell Middle School has been selected as one of 10 national finalists in a contest to receive a library technology makeover valued at $12,000.

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Aid promised for small companies

NASHUA, N.H. -- Seeking to reconnect with voters and sell his economic agenda, President Barack Obama returned to politically significant New Hampshire on Tuesday to tour a small business and hold a town hall session with residents known for their tough questions.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Evidence pins NY crash cause on pilot errors

WASHINGTON -- Evidence laid out by safety investigators Tuesday pins the cause of an airline crash into a house near Buffalo, N.Y., last year on errors by the pilots, but officials said the root problems extend far beyond a single event.

'Hurt Locker,' 'Avatar' lead Academy Award nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The science-fiction sensation ''Avatar'' and the war-on-terror thriller ''The Hurt Locker'' lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow.

Housing advocates freeze two-story house in Detroit

DETROIT -- The two-story house and its boarded-up, broken windows have been covered with sheets of ice that glow in the sunlight, and icicles reach from the edges of the roof almost to the ground.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Iran ready to send uranium

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said on Tuesday it was ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested by the U.N.

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'Avatar,' 'The Hurt Locker' lead Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow.

LETTERS: Illegals have done too much harm to allow amnesty path

The viewpoint of Sean McKenzie ("We can't wait for comprehensive reform," Jan. 31, Page 6A) concerning immigration reform was indicative of the old liberal argument. McKenzie feels illegal aliens should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and put on a pathway to citizenship.

Siddall sent from Gwinnett to Victoria

The Gwinnett Gladiators' flurry of player movement continued Tuesday with the reassignment of forward Matt Siddall to Victoria.

THOMAS: Debating views with opposition good for us all

President Barack Obama was right to converse with congressional Republicans on Friday in Baltimore. Cynics may label it as political theater, but I suspect the public appreciated the give and take.

Emory raises cervical cancer awareness

SNELLVILLE — January, National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, may be over, but Emory Eastside Medical Center officials believe it is never too late to raise cervical cancer awareness.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Parkview's McGehee hired at Kennesaw Mountain

Parkview's McGehee hired at Kennesaw Mountain

BISHER: Naysayers have it all wrong when it comes to Warner and Tebow

Over the weekend, two quarterbacks intersected in the news, as two ships passing in the night. One headed ashore, the other setting out to sea, a stormy one at that. Thus, we address the careers of Kurt Warner and Tim Tebow as they head on opposite courses.

LETTERS: Can utilities afford to fix one another's problems?

On the surface, Sen. David Shafer's bill allowing one water utility to pay to fix another water utility's leaking infrastructure seems innovative. What water utility in Georgia has the financial resources to build, expand and maintain their own water resource infrastructure with money left over to fix someone else's?