News for Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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C. W. Bradford

C. W. “Dub” Bradford, age 85 of Auburn passed away, Monday, January 11, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 14, 2010 in the Lawrenceville ...

William L. Christensen

Mr. William L. “Bill” Christensen, age 75, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Monday, January 11, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan ...

David Muller

David Joseph Muller, age 67, of Norcross, GA died January 4, 2010. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Edward Scroggs

Edward L. Scroggs, age 86, of Grovetown, GA died January 11, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

Stephen Black

Stephen Wade Black, age 61 of Dawsonville passed away Monday, January 11, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, January 15, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim ...

Olatunji Rabiu

Homegoing Services for Brother Olatunji Rabiu, age 49, of Loganville, GA, will be held Thursday, January 14, 2010, at 11:00AM at Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, with Pastor Phillip Carter ...

Rick Davis

Rick K. Davis, age 48, of Lilburn, GA died January 8, 2010. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Alfred Lewis

Alfred Philmore Lewis, age 70, of Snellville, GA, died January 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010 www.stewartfh.com

Donna Mckay

Donna Marian McKay, 55, passed away December 27, 2009 at Annandale Village in Suwanee, Georgia. Donna was born January 25, 1954 in Fairmont, W. Va. Donna grew up in Orange ...

Donna Shaw

Donna Rebecca Shaw, age 48, of Dawsonville, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at Northside Hospital, Cumming, after a very difficult two and a half year battle with breast ...

Bruce Blaine Bachtel, Sr.

Bruce Blaine Bachtel, Sr., age 67 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Monday, January 11, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Jacob Bullock

Homegoing service for Jacob Dupree Bullock of 2739 Scouts Court, Dacula, Georgia will be held Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., Hopewell Baptist Church, Norcross, Georgia, Bishop William L ...

Raymond Staffieri

Raymond (Ray) Staffieri of Lilburn, co-owner of Judy's Diner died January 10, 2010. Private memorial services will be later. No flowers please. Public visitation Sunday, January 17, 2010, 3-5pm ...

Lorine Roebuck

Mrs. Lorine Mundy Roebuck, age 91, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Mack Smith

Mack Smith, age 87, of Auburn, GA passed away January 11, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Penelope Saltojanes

Penelope Saltojanes, age 82 of Snellville, GA passed away January 11, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

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Valuable test

No one had come closer than 15 points to the No. 1-ranked Buford girls in their first 10 victories, leaving coach Gene Durden perplexed."For the first time in my 22 years of coaching, I really didn't know this far into the season what we had as a team," Durden said. "I just didn't know, because we hadn't been challenged."Now the defending Class AA champs have, thanks to Greater Atlanta Christian.

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11 Eagles score in win over North

Collins Hill's boys basketball team gave coach Josh Grayson what he saw as its best all-around effort of the season in Tuesday's Region 7-AAAAA game against North Gwinnett.

Spartans show no rust in decisive win

Having played just once since returning from the tradition-rich Arby's Classic before New Year's, you would have thought that the Greater Atlanta Christian boys might have gotten off to a slow start against Buford.

Lions anticipate largest signing class

Peachtree Ridge had its largest football signing class last year and the Lions are expected to eclipse that next month.

GHSA votes to help 25-team region

Two Gwinnett private schools will get some relief from their super-sized region, thanks to a Tuesday ruling by the Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee.

Extra practice pays off for Thrashers

Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal and two assists, and Atlanta beat Ottawa 6-1 Tuesday night for its first regulation victory in 21 games.

Lawrenceville man sentenced on drug charges

ATLANTA -- A Lawrenceville man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges in September.

Funerals set for boys who fell into pond

DACULA -- The funerals for two teenagers who died after falling through the ice on a semi-frozen pond have been scheduled.

Libraries to begin hiring again

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After a year of uncertainty, library officials are preparing to hire new employees.

PREP ROUNDUP: Well-rounded effort leads Dacula to win

Five Dacula players hit for double digits in points as the Falcons held on for a 77-75 win over Parkview in Region 8-AAAAA action.

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What tomorrow brings: Bakery helps woman's recovery from breast cancer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Suzanne Stevens had the first of seven surgeries to remove precancerous cells from her left breast in 2001.

Residents still cutting water use

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnettians are good water stewards, local officials said after the second annual drop in consumption.

Girl, 3, dies in fiery crash

DACULA -- A 3-year-old Grayson girl died Monday evening in a fiery, single-vehicle crash in Dacula, police said.

North's Sphire shares 7-AAAAA coaching honor

North Gwinnett head football coach Bob Sphire and North Forsyth coach Jared Zito were named as the Region 7-AAAAA coaches of the year in voting by the region's coaches. The region announced its all-region teams this week.

Illegal immigrant, back in jail, now faces deportation

Thanks to the 287(g) program, officials said, an illegal alien who was released from jail after being arrested for burglary and battery in March -- now accused of a New Year's Day aggravated assault -- will face deportation.

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Defense: Husband was delusional in killing of wife

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The defense theory in Robert Smith's murder trial posits the Stone Mountain resident believed he was killing his abusive stepfather when fatally shooting his wife in 2006.

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Wife's defense attorney: Husband could've killed self

LAWRENCEVILLE -- During a hysterical 911 call, a woman identifying herself as Laurie Alexander repeatedly beckons her dead husband to "wake up."

Green going to camp with shot at L.A.'s roster

Nick Green will be going to spring training with his sixth different major league team in as many years. The former Duluth standout signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will get a chance to win a job as the team's utility infielder.

GMC, Braves team up for injury seminar

Gwinnett Medical Center will host a seminar on injury prevention in youth baseball, as well as a coaching clinic that includes Atlanta Braves coach Brian Snitker and a pro pitcher, this Saturday at Gwinnett Stadium.

Lilburn tables annexation

LILBURN -- About 50 city residents showed up Monday night to protest a controversial annexation and rezoning in their neighborhood near Lawrenceville Highway.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Gladiators get duo back from AHL

Two big guns were returned to the Gwinnett Gladiators just in time for the team's road trip to Charlotte today.

Grayson High adds to tech programs

LOGANVILLE -- Two new courses -- engineering and sports medicine -- will be added this August to the Grayson High Technical Education Program.

Duluth approves new city signage

DULUTH -- The Duluth City Council on Monday approved Phase II of a contract with Atlanta-based Sky Design to design wayfinding signs that will strengthen community identity and help residents and visitors find their way around the city.

Economy slows down Sugar Hill rezonings

SUGAR HILL -- Sugar Hill's multi-colored, 7-square-mile zoning map was a topic of discussion at its city council meeting Monday night, but a sluggish economy made for few changes to discuss.

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CLINE: Snellville event looking for a few good runners, volunteers

Unlike his friends and neighbors, Tom Mayfield has embraced the recent cold snap. Rooted for it even. But before you question his sanity, consider his volunteer position as one of the organizers for the Run The Reagan road race. A month from now, on Feb. 13, the annual race will be held in what Mayfield hopes are much warmer conditions than what we endured last week.

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AP sources: Obama likes national health exchange

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has indicated support for a national clearinghouse where consumers could shop for health coverage and an end to the decades-old antitrust exemption enjoyed by insurance companies, Democratic officials said Tuesday.

NATION IN BRIEF: Biden eulogizes mother, calls her courageous

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Jean Finnegan Biden, mother of Vice President Joe Biden, was remembered Tuesday as a strong-willed woman of unshakable faith who instilled a sense of loyalty and courage in her children.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Conan O'Brien says no thanks to NBC move

LOS ANGELES -- Conan O'Brien said he's rejecting NBC's attempt to move ''The Tonight Show'' to a post-midnight slot to accommodate Jay Leno's return to late-night.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Plot against ministries thwarted

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi forces arrested suspected insurgents who allegedly planned to target government ministries and seized a large cache of explosives Tuesday, in a crackdown across the capital that brought parts of the city to a standstill.

MUST READ: Miep Gies, who helped hide Anne Frank, dies at 100

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Without Miep Gies, the story of Anne Frank might never have been known.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Conan O'Brien says no thanks to NBC move

Conan O'Brien says no thanks to NBC move

Green going to camp with shot at L.A.'s roster

Nick Green will be going to spring training with his sixth different major league team in as many years.

BISHER: McGwire's admission doesn't make him Hall-worthy

It had to be done. You know it has been a load on Mark McGwire's mind since Tony LaRussa brought him back to baseball as hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Back in the public eye.

Hospital names new care director

JOHNS CREEK — Emory Johns Creek Hospital recently named a new Medical Director of Care Coordination.

LETTERS: Iraq war is unlike any of the other wars

Does Cal Thomas even know what he is taking about any more? Every week I read his opinion because I believed he was a smart and educated man. But one of his latest columns ("A war by any other name," Jan. 6, 6A) about how President Obama is handling the war was foolish and unwise.

Officials urge more H1N1 vaccinations

LAWRENCEVILLE — In a nationwide effort to urge more Americans to get the H1N1 influenza vaccination, the Department of Health and Human Services has declared Jan. 10-16 as National Influenza Vaccination Week.

North's Sphire shares 7-AAAAA coaching honor

North Gwinnett head football coach Bob Sphire and North Forsyth coach Jared Zito were named as the Region 7-AAAAA coaches of the year in voting by the region's coaches. The region announced its all-region teams this week.

Wife's defense attorney: Husband could've killed self

LAWRENCEVILLE — During a hysterical 911 call, a woman identifying herself as Laurie Alexander repeatedly beckons her dead husband to "wake up."

THOMAS: The British (elections) are coming

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND — The new year kicked-off an election campaign for prime minister of the United Kingdom with a series of soap opera events that grabbed headlines, as did the frigid weather, which has buried the country under a blanket of snow.

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