News for Friday, January 15, 2010

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Sara Davis

Sara Ormon Davis, age 73 of Lilburn, GA passed away January 14, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

David T. Daniel

David T. “D.T.” Daniel, age 60 of Loganville, GA passed away Friday, January 15, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Rhonda Garrett

Rhonda Stone Garrett, age 47, of Doraville, GA, passed away January 14, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Mary Gilstrap

ANN Mary Ann Ellis Gilstrap, age 81, of Lawrenceville, GA formerly of Clearwater, FL entered into rest on January 14, 2010. She is survived by her devoted husband of 56 ...

Robert Kilgore

Mr. Robert Lee Kilgore, age 80, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. He is survived by: son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Jean Kilgore, Gainesville ...

Mattie Harrell

Mattie F. Harrell age 96 of Duluth, departed this life at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth on January 12, 2010. A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 16, 2010 ...

Edna Emory

Edna Ruth Newell Emory, age 92 of Buford, GA passed away Friday, January 15, 2010. Funeral Arrangements will be announced later by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924 www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

Virginia Thomas

Virginia Wages Thomas, age 85 of Winder, GA, passed away January 14, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Jaider Marulanda

Celebration of Life services for Mr. Jaider Felipe Marulanda 43 of Lawrenceville, GA will be held 2:00 PM, TODAY, January 16, 2010 at Mision Catolica de Las Americas, 4603 Lawrenceville ...

Elizabeth Wagner

Elizabeth Wagner, 85, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2010, in Loganville. Elizabeth was born on May 15, 1924 in Yugoslavia to Anton and Elizabeth Richter. She was a member ...

Dave Givens

Dave Givens, age 86, of Loganville, GA, died January 13, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

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Central beats Dacula in OT

Brian Williams' game-high 25 points helped the Black Knights fend off the scrappy Falcons 80-73 in an overtime thriller Friday at home.

Bears win first region games

The Bears won the first region games in school history, defeating fellow newcomer Archer 58-48 in girls and 64-51 in boys. It was the first meeting between the two schools' girls teams and it marked the second time the Mountain View boys had defeated Archer -- the first was in the finals of Archer's holiday tournament.

Wolves hold off Stars

Down by six points in the third quarter and not playing with its normal sense of urgency, No. 5-ranked Wesleyan finally took charge in the fourth quarter for a 61-56 victory over visiting Providence in a Region 7-A North game Friday night at Yancey Gymnasium.

Virginia's Groh heading to Tech to run defense

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech hired former Virginia coach Al Groh as its defensive coordinator, hoping he can turn around a unit that was burned for big yards even as the Yellow Jackets were winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

UGA lands Grantham as defensive coordinator

ATLANTA -- Georgia finally landed a defensive coordinator Friday, hiring Dallas Cowboys line coach Todd Grantham.

GWINNETT GRADS: Butler trying to save Fordham's season

Brenton Butler, a Norcross grad, is one of only three contributing upperclassmen for the young Rams this season

PREP ROUNDUP: Norcross girls still perfect in Region 7-AAAAA

SUWANEE -- Third-ranked Norcross remained unbeaten in Region 7-AAAAA on Friday with a 69-55 win over North Gwinnett.

Crawford hits 3 at buzzer as Hawks stun Suns 102-101

ATLANTA -- Jamal Crawford hit a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap an Atlanta comeback in the final seconds, giving the Hawks a 102-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

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Target slaying suspect to stay jailed

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Heather Strube's high-profile killing in the parking lot of a Snellville Target happened because her mother-in-law disagreed with her parenting methods, a detective testified Friday.

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Woman eagerly takes reins of King Day celebration

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lois Solomon remembers sitting in a Cleveland church and listening as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about equality and becoming involved to create change.

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Health care talks in overdrive

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats rushed to strike final deals on historic health care legislation Friday amid rising concern that the outcome of a special Senate election in Massachusetts could sink the bill. Obama prepared to fly to the state on Sunday for last-minute campaigning.

Autopsy: Child burned to death

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The decision whether or not to file charges against a Grayson woman whose 3-year-old daughter died in a fiery vehicle crash this week could be months in the making, police said Friday.

NATION IN BRIEF: Consumers are squeezed as inflation outpaces wages

WASHINGTON -- The notion that consumers will help lead the economic rebound received a stark rebuttal Friday: The spending power of American families is being squeezed.

Nonprofits had some Christmas wishes come true

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Like many other local nonprofits, Family Promise of Gwinnett compiled a wish list this past holiday season.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Madonna gives $250K to Haiti, asks for match

NEW YORK -- Madonna said Friday that she has donated $250,000 toward Haitian earthquake relief -- and she encouraged her fans and friends to match her.

This MLK holiday, work finally begun on Washington memorial

WASHINGTON -- Construction is finally under way on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall after more than a dozen years of planning, fundraising and legal wrangling.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Bin Laden's photo digitally updated for age

WASHINGTON --The U.S. State Department has updated its 1998 file photo of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, digitally altering it to account for a decade of age and possible changes in his facial hair.

Suspect testifies she doesn't remember stabbing husband

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Laurie Alexander took the stand Friday, testifying in her murder trial that she has no recollection of fatally stabbing her husband two years ago.

MUST READ: IRS: Online tax filers can get refunds in about 10 days

WASHINGTON -- Want a quick tax refund? File your federal return online and have the refund deposited directly into your bank account.

Suwanee mayor talks about good and bad

SUWANEE -- Mayor Dave Williams delivered his State of the City address Wednesday night before a packed house filled mainly with city business owners and professionals.

Clean comedy show comes to Buford

BUFORD -- When Karen Davis approached the Buford Variety Theater about hosting a clean comedy show, comedian Derrick Tennant was the go-to guy.

Speaker to offer local green thumbs guidance in gardening

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County Master Gardeners will usher in the new year with a presentation on a topic that suits the season.

Barrow Sheriff's Office earns $43K grant

WINDER -- The Barrow County Sheriff's Office joined a handful of Georgia agencies recently as recipients of grant money meant to increase safety on area roadways.

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Lilburn starts second phase of greenway

LILBURN -- Lilburn's greenway will soon stretch through more of the city.Officials broke ground earlier this month on a second phase of the Camp Creek Greeway Trail, which currently stretches from Rockbridge Road to Main Street.

Cupid's arrow strikes Sugar Hill seniors

SUGAR HILL -- In an early celebration of Valentine's Day, the city of Sugar Hill will present its third annual Senior Valentine's Dance on Feb. 6 at the Sugar Hill Community Center.

Teacher to discuss new book on Fox

HOSCHTON -- Jackson County teacher Danny Kofke will discuss his book, "How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher's Salary," on the Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" at 8:40 a.m. Monday.

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'Dream' come true

LILBURN -- Nancy McKenzie sits a large, stuffed Sesame Street character in a bright yellow sling hanging from a ceiling lift. Using a remote control, she slowly lowers a smiling Elmo down into an empty bath tub. This ceiling lift and sling are just two pieces of equipment used in Dream House for Medically Fragile Children's Transition Care Home, a place where children with complex health issues are given the opportunity to lead lives outside of institutional care.

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RICH: What happens when Southern grits meet Las Vegas glitz

Like any self-respecting Southerner, it's hard for me to pass up reading a well-written obituary. Especially when it runs in the Wall Street Journal and begins with she was "a dash of Southern class in a raucous old boys club."

MCLEOD: Is silencing your truth noble or just plain selfish?

You know who they are. They're the Type A's who storm their way through life assuming that their opinion is the only one that counts.

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Community Connection: Regina Vella

Regina Vella has an office, but she doesn't feel her working space is confined within four walls. The director of service learning, active citizenship and community engagement at Georgia Gwinnett College frequently leaves campus to seek out ways to strengthen ties between the college and the community and to find opportunities for students to become involved in and serve the community.

GCPS names fourth class of Aspiring Principal Program

Gwinnett County Public Schools tapped 20 educators to participate in the fourth class of the district's Quality-Plus Leader Academy, a training program for aspiring principals.

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LARSON: A look back at the savored written words in 2009

In 2009, I did something I'd never done before in my life. In the back of my bedside devotional book where I knew I wouldn't lose it, I made a list of every book I read for the year.

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JENKINS: A special legislative edition of 'The Devil's Dictionary'

With the state legislature back in session and Congress stubbornly refusing to just go away, it seems as good a time as any for another installment of "The Devil's Dictionary" -- and no, Tea Partiers, that term doesn't refer to Nancy Pelosi's personalized copy of Webster's.

Barrow Sheriff's Office earns $43K grant

WINDER — The Barrow County Sheriff's Office joined a handful of Georgia agencies recently as recipients of grant money meant to increase safety on area roadways.

Miltary News

Air Force Airman Darren E. Sligh graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Sligh is the son of Juan Sligh of Norcross and Angela Scott of Stone Mountain and is a 2007 graduate of Redan High School.

GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Tech gets $50K matching grant

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College has received a $50,000 matching grant from the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation to benefit the Hudgens Center Tuition Assistance Program.

Bible society president to attend Buford church service

BUFORD — Regency Church of God in Buford will host Dr. Lamar Vest, president of the American Bible Society, during its Sunday service.

Grinnan — Weeks

Stephen and Sherry Walden of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter, Shannon Grinnan of Winder, to Brad Weeks of Buford, son of Mike and Becky Beard Weeks of Buford.

Long weekend, singular focus for Gladiators

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators are looking at a crazy schedule leading into the all-star break.

LETTERS: US students not falling behind due to lack of hours

The Obama administration continues its efforts to tighten federal control over education. And again, it has been caught in blatant lies, similar to other tactics used in their overall power grab.

Kay — Mayes

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace M. Reid Jr. of Suwanee and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Kay of Greenville, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Nikki Kay of Lawrenceville, to Kyle Mayes of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Mayes of Fayetteville.

'Dream' come true

LILBURN — Nancy McKenzie sits a large, stuffed Sesame Street character in a bright yellow sling hanging from a ceiling lift.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Bin Laden's photo digitally updated for age

Bin Laden's photo digitally updated for age

Cupid's arrow strikes Sugar Hill seniors

SUGAR HILL — In an early celebration of Valentine's Day, the city of Sugar Hill will present its third annual Senior Valentine's Dance on Feb. 6 at the Sugar Hill Community Center.

LETTERS: No easy way to fix immigration issue

Surely Ernest Wade is not suggesting that our country lowers itself to the standards of North Korea or Iran ("America treats illegal aliens differently," Jan 13, Page 6A). Should the Border Patrol shoot men, women and children on sight? Please!

Contrael — Dahlin

Barry and Janell Contrael of Sugar Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, April Elaine Contrael of Sugar Hill, to Brett Michael Dahlin of Suwanee, son of Ron and Jo Anne Dahlin of Suwanee.

Suspect testifies she doesn't remember stabbing husband

LAWRENCEVILLE — Laurie Alexander took the stand Friday, testifying in her murder trial that she has no recollection of fatally stabbing her husband two years ago.

LETTERS: Broder's opinion of Dodd is puzzling

In response to David Broder's column ("Sen. Chris Dodd a straight shooter," Jan. 10, Page 11A): What is Broder smoking?

HUCKABY: When disaster hits, America responds

I was a brand new teacher at Cousins Middle School, in Covington, and Christmas was coming. A local church contacted some of the staff at Cousins and asked us to have our classes "adopt" local families for the approaching holiday and help provide food, clothing and a few small toys for the children. I don't know if such activities are allowed in public schools these days. Come to think of it, I'm not sure such activities were allowed in public schools back then, either. We didn't ask permission. We just did it.

YARBROUGH: Sonny's got a handle on his legacy

I read where Gov. Sonny Perdue held a pep rally at the Capitol for state agency heads, state employees and assorted bass fishermen to fire up the troops as he prepares for the last year of what has been a scintillating two terms as our leader.

GWINNETT GRADS: Butler trying to save Fordham's season

For his first two seasons of college basketball, Brenton Butler was a part of a Fordham program on the rise.

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