News for Friday, January 1, 2010


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Ann Rutledge

Ann Rutledge, age 70 of Winder, GA, passed away December 31, 2009. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Travis Mccart

Travis Carson McCart, age 38, of Loganville, GA, died December 28, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Jeff Evans, Jr.

Jeff E. Evans, Jr., age 88, of Auburn, GA passed away December 31, 2009. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Patricia Mcelhannon

Mrs. Patricia Poss McElhannon, age 65, of Toccoa, GA and formerly of Monroe, GA passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009. She was preceded in death by: husband, Robert Stanley ...

Eugene Porter

147;GENE” Mr. Eugene Russell “Gene” Porter, age 72, of Loganville, GA passed away on Friday, January 1, 2010. He was preceded in death by: parents, Russell ...

Marvin Hoyt Dispain

In loving memory of Marvin Hoyt Dispain who God took home on January 2, 2009. You never said “I'm leaving” You never said “Goodbye” You were ...

Scott Capps

Scott A. Capps, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away December 22, 2009. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Troy Dasher

Mr. Troy Marquis Dasher, age 89, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Winnie Barrett

Winnie Sue Barrett, age 73, of Dawsonville, formerly of Norcross, GA, passed away December 31, 2009. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Richard Rupp

Richard Frank Rupp, age 50, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009 with family members at his side. He is survived by his wife, Valerie Rupp; mother ...

Kate Tribble

Kate Cofield Tribble, age 91, of Loganville, GA entered into rest on December 31, 2009. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Penny Tribble of Loganville, GA; brother, Dan & ...

Justin Palmer

Justin Palmer, age 26 of Winder, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009. Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Sunday, January 3, 2010 in the Chapel of ...

Bonnie Crumbliss

Bonnie Marie Crumbliss, age 85, of Lawrenceville, GA died December 30, 2009. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

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Daring dip: Brave souls start decade off with a splash

Conner Galbraith started 2010 with a splash -- jumping into Lake Lanier just past the stroke of midnight Friday. Later in the day, nearly 100 other brave souls joined Conner in his second icy plunge of the day in the 13th annual Polar Bear Plunge into Lake Lanier.
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Lawrenceville couple welcomes first baby of new year

As the clocked ticked closer to midnight on the last day of the decade, Hina Noorani's family couldn't decide which birthday would be better for their new daughter.

4 fires set at Auburn residence

A New Year's party turned into an arson investigation, when firefighters discovered several fires at an Auburn home. The situation unfolded at about 4:19 a.m., when firefighters were dispatched to the 2000 block of Tulip Petal Road.

Jail program to give dogs second life

Some of Gwinnett's four-legged inmates will get a reprieve from the death chamber -- and the two-legged inmates could get a second chance, too -- in a newly created program at the county jail.

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Duluth unveils soaring surprise

Duluth ushered in a new decade with a new tradition. For the first time this New Year's Eve, the city hosted a countdown to midnight, unveiling a new icon atop a scaffold on the Town Green at an event attended by thousands Thursday night.

Man burned in explosion at Winder house

A Winder man's attempt to provide heat for his family sent him to the hospital early New Year's Day. There was an explosion after the man attempted to install liquid propane gas from a tank into a natural gas wall heater, Winder Fire officials said.

Elderly man dies after being struck by car

An elderly man died New Year's Eve after being hit by a vehicle while walking on a Winder street. Billy Edwards was hit at about 8:09 p.m. while attempting to cross Ga. Highway 211/Athens Street, a press release said.

Fox broadcast deal reached

LOS ANGELES -- The Fox television network and Time Warner Cable on Friday announced an agreement in principle on a television programming deal that allows signals to continue for millions of cable subscribers.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Limbaugh: Tests show no ailments after chest pain

HONOLULU -- Conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday that tests show nothing wrong with his heart after chest pains hospitalized him earlier this week.

NATION IN BRIEF: Va. woman fails to give up child to ex-partner

A woman at the center of a complex dispute with her former lesbian partner defied a court order to give up custody of her 7-year-old daughter, an attorney said Friday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Police: Suicide bombing kills 75 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle in a crowd of people watching a volleyball tournament Friday in northwest Pakistan, killing 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two months.

MUST READ: 'Real hero' Sullenberger leads 2010 Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. -- After a run of celebrity grand marshals, a real American hero led the Rose Parade on Friday.

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Hoop life

DACULA -- For the Overbys, family time includes a basketball.High school sports always pull kids away from their families. Add AAU to the mix and one serious child in sports can highjack any family's time.This Dacula family has two high-school aged players, Breanna, a senior, and Aubrey III, a freshman playing varsity. They both play AAU.

Gwinnett Grads: Former Hawk star nearing D-I commitment

Porsha Porter was clearly one of the state's top point guards during her record-setting career at Mill Creek, flashing the skills of a major college prospect. Unfortunately, she didn't have the grades to match.That combination forced the speedy Porter away from the hustle and bustle of metro Atlanta to a much slower-paced lifestyle in Hillsboro, Mo., home of women's basketball powerhouse Jefferson College.

MCLEOD: The secret to solving conflict: Put solutions on pause

I'm tired of conflict. I'm tired of watching politicians bicker. I'm tired of watching business people go after each other's throats. And I'm tired of watching people rehash the same issues over and over again in their personal lives.

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RICH: A quick visit to the ghosts of Southerners past

When our friendship was new and still most interesting, Poet sought to impress me. But when the new wore off, Poet cast me into the ring with his other friends who are familiar and comfortable so there is no longer a need to impress.

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Financial blessing saves church's dream for new home

LOGANVILLE -- A year ago, the bank loan Graystone Church had secured to build its new home fell through.

Gwinnett Tech construction receives donation

Students in Gwinnett Technical College's residential construction program will have a new tool in their box starting this month, thanks to a software donation from Takeoff Live, a Marietta-based software company engaged in the development of software which aids in the productivity of construction estimating

Come one, come all to local library branches

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Before it comes into town in February, the circus is dispatching its ambassadors. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's official envoys promoting laughter and fun will make appearances at two library branches this week, about a month ahead of the touring circus show Zing Zang Zoom, which will roll into Atlanta's Philips Arena mid-February.

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Stockings for soldiers drive a 'real tribute'

DACULA -- After Heather Heiser, a former Army military intelligence officer, spoke to students at Alcova Elementary School on Veterans Day, the school committed to sending 50 Christmas stockings to deployed troops through the AdoptaPlatoon program.

Officer makes history with FBI Academy feat

WINDER -- When Dennis Dorsey joined 265 of his law enforcement brethren at a recent FBI National Academy graduation, he went where no Winder police officer had gone before.

Community for seniors comes to Sugar Hill

SUGAR HILL -- The city of Sugar Hill recently welcomed its newest business to town, the Benton House Senior Living Community.

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LARSON: Readers spell out mistakes in name calling

Judging by the responses to my "spellbound" column, it appears that all names are bound to be misspelled by somebody.

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JENKINS: The valuable lessons the Oughts decade taught us

Recently, I've developed the habit of looking back and pondering life's lessons. Perhaps that's because, at this point, my own personal timeline extends further in that direction than the other.

HUCKABY: Making time to keep a resolution

So there I sat on the night before New Year's Eve, staring into the burning embers that had just an hour or so earlier been a roaring fire, waxing philosophically over the year that had been and the year that was to come. Alone time is a very rare commodity for me, and has been for quite some time.

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Maynard — Henson

Tim and Pam Maynard of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter, Alicia Jordan Maynard of Winder, to Jeffrey Mark Henson of Atlanta, son of Lewis and Judy Magnus Henson of Gainesville.

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50th Anniversary

Leon and Carolyn Bagwell recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Dec. 26, 1959, in Flowery Branch. He is the owner of Tumlin Battery in Buford, and she is retired from Hi-Hope Training Center in Lawrenceville. The couple has two children, Kathi Pierce, married to Mitch Pierce, of Buford and Dana Jackson, married to James Jackson, of Athens. They also have two grandchildren, Amber Ramsier, married to Rick Ramsier, of Lawrenceville and Justin Jackson, married to Jenny Jackson, of Statham.

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Brier — Lentz

Erin Colleen Brier and Adam Christopher Lentz were married Sept. 6 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. The Rev. Bob Boggan and Father Leszek Symaszek officiated the ceremony.

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Financial blessing saves church's dream for new home

LOGANVILLE — A year ago, the bank loan Graystone Church had secured to build its new home fell through.

YARBROUGH: It's a new year, but don't tell the fried shrimp

You can stick a fork in 2009. It is done. I can't say I am sad to see it go except that it puts me one year closer to the ultimate conversation with my Maker, who can't wait to hear my excuses for a life not lived as well as He and I would have liked.

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Stockings for soldiers drive a 'real tribute'

DACULA — After Heather Heiser, a former Army military intelligence officer, spoke to students at Alcova Elementary School on Veterans Day, the school committed to sending 50 Christmas stockings to deployed troops through the AdoptaPlatoon program.

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Deputy Jason Cotton and his crime-fighting partner are inseparable. Literally. That's because Cotton is one of two Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies who make up the K9 unit, and his four-legged partner, Johny, goes everywhere he goes.

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Hammersmith — Cavender

Ricky and Debby Hammersmith of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Joanna Marie Hammersmith of Lawrenceville, to Christopher Richard Cavender of Lawrenceville, son of Dan Cavender of Suwanee and Jose and Maria Armas of Miami.

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Marano — Stewart

George and Debbie Marano of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Lynn Marano of Winder, to Sgt. Darryl Blaine Stewart of Newport News, Va., son of Darryl and Tammy Stewart of Winder.

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Estrada — Perry

Allison Virginia Estrada and Joey Von Perry were married July 18 in Lawrenceville. Pastor Jim Crumbley officiated the ceremony.

GWINNETT GAB: Organizations get $22K in grants

Organizations get $22K in grants

County hires company to collect delinquent fees

LAWRENCEVILLE — Delinquent fee payers beware.

LETTERS: Carter not fooling anybody with apology

How appropriate and heart-warming is the news that Jimmy Carter has asked the Jewish people to forgive him for his past decades of anti-Semitic actions regarding the Palestine situation? Jimmy's grandson, Jason Carter, is quick to point out that "Grandpa's" apology has absolutely nothing to do with Jason's plan to seek election for a soon-to-be-vacated Georgia Senate seat.