News for Friday, January 22, 2010

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Sidney Echols

Sidney Echols, age 39 of Conyers, GA passed away Monday, January 18, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

Dennis Doerr

Dennis Vincent Doerr, age 53, died January 20, 2010 of a massive heart attack at his home in Auburn, GA. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, January 24 ...

Russell Melville Daley, Jr.

Russell Melville Daley, Jr., 90, passed away in Nathan Littauer Hospital Jan. 17, 2010. He had been a resident of Well House Nursing Home in Johnstown, NY for seven years ...

Kenny Owens

Mr. Kenny S. Owens, age 55, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010. He was preceded in death by: parents, Ray and Jewell Kennedy Owens. He is ...

Ruth Reddy

Ruth Spain Reddy, age 92 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away January 20, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Betty Mcneal

Mrs. Betty Jean Puckett McNeal, age 75 of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Marion Daniel

Marion Daniel, age 88 of Snellville, GA passed away January 17, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Betty Parks

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs.Betty Lois Byess Parks, age 78 of Pendergrass, Ga passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010. Funeral services by Evans Funeral Home of ...

John Theisen

John Carl Theisen, 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his precious Mary Jo on Thursday, January 21, 2010. He was born on March 10 ...

Charles Murphy

Charles Jimmy Murphy, age 69, of Lawrenceville, GA died January 22, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411 www.wagesfuneralhome.com

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Exodus from Haiti's capital

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- By boat or by bus, by bicycle and on foot along clogged and broken roads, earthquake survivors streamed away from this city and its landscape of desolation Friday and into Haiti's hinterlands and the unknown.

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Focused Mustangs crush Comets

It didn't take long for Meadowcreek to make a statement in Friday's important Region 8-AAAAA game against South Gwinnett. "They were serious in the locker room before the game," Mustangs coach Billy Davis said. "I haven't seen them that serious in the locker room in a long time. They were real focused."

Change of plans leads Spartans past Decatur

Eddie Martin is a man-to-man defensive coach tried and true. "I don't even like to admit that I can spell zone," the Greater Atlanta Christian coach said. But Martin, who won three consecutive Class AAAAA state championships at Norcross, didn't get to be as successful as he's been during his long career without being flexible.

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Bulldogs outlast Lions

By the time Stephanie Wheeler fouled out she had done just enough. The North Gwinnett senior did not leave the game quietly, storming to the bench, shouting, but she was glad she lasted as long as she did in a game with five total players fouling out.

North's Tiller sinks Peachtree Ridge

For more than five minutes, North Gwinnett didn't score a point. Alex Tiller hit a wide-open layup with 5:40 left off a sneaky pass from Clayton Williams to give the Bulldogs a 49-40 lead.

Hawks smother hot Bobcats

Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, Al Horford had 23 and the Atlanta Hawks overwhelmed Charlotte with dominating performances in the first and third quarters, beating the Bobcats 103-89 Friday night.

Collins Hill goes on road to wrestle nation's No. 1 team

Collins Hill went toe-to-toe with one of the nation's top teams last month. Now the Eagles will see where they stack up against the best team in the country.

Divers kicking off busy stretch

The ultimate goal for local divers is a good performance at the Feb. 10 state meet at Marist, though they will pack in two important meets in the next five days.

PREP ROUNDUP: Dacula girls upset Brookwood

Dacula notched a big Region 8-AAAAA win on Friday by knocking off the Brookwood girls 56-48.

LLOYD: Roth IRAs: Should you convert to them or not?

Did you receive that special Christmas gift you desired? Uncle Sam has a gift for you this year. You heard it right, Uncle Sam.

Study: Lanier saw less visitors

The preliminary results of an economic impact study of the region surrounding Lake Lanier revealed a significant decrease in visitation to the area from 2007 to 2008.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Hill pledges to continue water focus

The politician whose name is emblazoned on a local water resource center said the most recent water wars ruling is "great news" for Gwinnett.

3 men arrested in thefts

NORCROSS -- Three men were indicted Thursday for allegedly trying to steal copper from a city property in October.

Police: Man tries to pay off cop

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Duluth man nabbed Wednesday for allegedly driving drunk was looking for a bargain when he offered to pay a Gwinnett County officer to let him go home, police said.

CID vies to keep tennis stadium

STONE MOUNTAIN -- Community leaders are making one more push to try to save an Olympic venue, this time in hopes of creating an economic boom.

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Long overdue: Two older library branches to get renovations this year

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Library officials found a positive in Gwinnett's efforts to rein in capital spending to try to control operating costs.

Coach bloodied in skateboard attack

NORCROSS -- Thom Bailey, a volunteer youth hockey coach, said he frequently shoos skateboarders from the springy, rubberized playing surface his team practices on at Pinckneyville Park.

Police find chop shop in Suwanee

SUWANEE -- Police have accused a Suwanee man of operating a chop shop in his home garage.

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Credit union creates college scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College students studying education now have the opportunity to earn a scholarship covering the cost of full-time tuition and fees.

Schools' mentoring program gives kids much needed outlet

SUWANEE -- Lewis Robinson said he knows the impact a mentor can have on a child's life.Robinson, who grew up in an impoverished area of Washington, D.C., and lost his dad at an early age, credits the relationship he had with a couple who mentored him with keeping him out of trouble.

Gerald Cagle to run for commissioner seat

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gerald Cagle has been a businessman, a teacher and a poet. Now, he wants to be a county commissioner.

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Moore, top-ranked Huskies hop train to Philly

''All aboard!'' Collins Hill grad Maya Moore was eager to ride the rails, and playfully encouraged her teammates to hop on Friday. The train was about to leave the station, and the Connecticut star didn't want any of her Huskies to miss this trip.

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Isner, Roddick only US men left Down Under

John Isner is one of two American men standing at the Australian Open. Isner advanced to the fourth round along with Andy Roddick. It's only the second time the 24-year-old player has gone that far at a Grand Slam.

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GWINNETT GRADS: Gyawu, Colgate survive rough start

As the losses began to mount for the Colgate basketball players, so did the mental strain. There were plenty of close setbacks, including a narrow 77-63 loss to Connecticut. And then there were some rough ones, like a 92-58 blowout at Syracuse.

Lilburn youth serves two-year mission in Argentina

Nathan Moody has always been interested in missionary work, and now he's getting his chance during a two-year mission trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He left for his trip on Dec. 16, 2009, and won't be returning until Dec. 16, 2011.

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MCLEOD: Questions are the secret to connecting with people

Everyone is looking for the magic bullet, the secret words that will make our spouse melt, our co-worker cooperate and our customer giggle with glee as they sign on the dotted line.

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RICH: Newspapers need us just as much as we need them

In the home where I grew up, the daily newspaper was almost as important to our everyday lives as the Bible. Daddy came home every night, finished his supper -- which Mama brought to him on a tray as he relaxed in his favorite recliner -- then picked up the paper and read every page. Until she died, Mama planned her day around the arrival of the newspaper. As soon it arrived, she hurried to get it, made a cup of coffee with cream and sugar then settled into her chair and savored the pages. She took hours to read every word.

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Staying private: County's private schools see little decrease in enrollment despite economic downturn

When the economic downturn hit, Laurel Simpson said her family's life changed completely. Her husband closed his brick distribution business and the family moved from the Sugarloaf Country Club to a smaller home in Duluth. Simpson, who had only worked for her husband, got a job with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, and her husband opened a new business that repairs cell phones and computers.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Bob Hail

Sugar Hill's City Manager Bob Hail learned his trade as deputy base commander of Dobbins Air Force Base in Warner Robbins. A member of Strategic Air Command, which he describes as "the one that carries the big bombs that don't get to go anywhere," for more than a decade, Hail, his wife Marcy and three daughters learned a lot about the world through military life, including how to pack a car.In this edition of Community Connection, Hail, a retired colonel, talks about giving up flying, working at the Pentagon, his family and his love for golf.

UGA's Gwinnett campus to host AIDS quilt display

A section of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt -- the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 91,000 people lost to AIDS -- will be on view from Monday through Saturday at the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville.

Norcross turns up the heat: Company giving free baking demonstration

Gwinnett residents may be just one demonstration away from pulling delicious baked goods out of their ovens. From a perfectly flaky pie crust to classic, gooey cinnamon buns, the King Arthur Flour Company is offering free demonstrations to help aspiring -- and seasoned -- cooks bake up delicious breads, pies and tarts.

Suwanee taking applications for Citizens Police Academy

The Suwanee Police Department is gearing up for another Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Feb. 16. The eight-week academy, a "glimpse behind the badge," as officials call it, has been offered about twice a year since 2000 to help residents better understand the risks and responsibilities officers face and to strengthen the bond between cops and the community.

Duluth putting together budget advisory committee for 2010

Duluth is looking for a few good residents. City leaders are working to organize an advisory board to look into the budget for the second year in a row.

Business board installed in Dacula

A new year means a new objective to Dacula's business leaders. It also means new faces. In the face of widespread economic decrepitude, Dacula Business Association leaders are focusing on bolstering the group's numbers as a means to fortify the city's commercial health.

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LARSON: Duluth dance company keeps students' dreams afoot

Joanna Paraschos has fond memories of her Uncle George. The youngest of nine children raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Flint, Mich., Paraschos fell in love with dance when her uncle took her to a ballet.

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JENKINS: Some practical advice for e-mail spammers

Normally I clean out my spam folder several times a day, to keep junk mail from piling up like broken campaign promises on the White House lawn.

60th anniversary

Gerald E. and Betty Jo Adams of Lawrenceville recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Jan. 1, 1950, in Atlanta. They have three children: Kathy Housewright, H. Scott Adams and Jeanne D. Apple. They have four grandchildren: Jerry Housewright, Jonathan Housewright, Clint Adams and Genevieve Garcia. They also have one great-grandchild: Nevaeh Housewright. The couple celebrated the occasion with family.

O'REILLY: The far left down for the count

More than anything else, it was the foolishness of the far left that harpooned Martha Coakley in Massachusetts. Independents broke big for Scott Brown, and his own internal polling showed that national security issues like civilian trials for al-Qaida thugs and the president's seemingly soft approach on terrorism in general helped Brown to a smashing victory.

Snellville shop offers custom T-shirts, more

SNELLVILLE — A Florida-based business has expanded to include a location in Snellville, one of seven stores across the country.

YARBROUGH: Giving the legislators a jump start

Let's cut our legislators a little slack before they begin their deliberations in the current session of the General Assembly. They need some time to get adjusted. You don't just go to Atlanta and start passing laws. The first thing you do is find out if anybody moved the bathrooms while you were gone because you might just find yourself in some bureaucrat's new digs for all the wrong reasons. That is very important.

Huckaby: I'm ready for more 'Pants on the Ground'

I don't know what army Larry Platt is a general in, but I am ready to enlist. He speaks my language.

Road Closures

• Arcado Road from Cedar Road to Arcadia Industrial Circle will require intermittent lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through June 2011 for roadway improvements and bridge replacement.

LETTERS: Obama needs to stand up for public option

I am dismayed by President Obama's apparent willingness to compromise away the public option. This is weak, spineless, pandering in a false bi-partisanship to opponents who see his weakness and who have used him — a serious flaw in Obama's character, trying to make everyone happy, to be loved. It's a failure of leadership.

LETTERS: Scott Brown restored my faith in voting

My faith has been restored somewhat in the voting process. With all the fraud, bribery and cheating, I was becoming very disillusioned with what has been going on. But electing Scott Brown to the United States Senate, the people of Massachusetts have spoken just like they did so many years ago during the Boston Tea Party.

Grigsby — Reed

Susan Grigsby of Lilburn and Scott and Sandy Grigsby of Stone Mountain announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Elizabeth Grigsby of Flowery Branch to Ryan Joseph Reed of Flowery Branch, son of Tracy Reed and Michael Allison of Braselton and Terry and Barbara Reed of Gillsville.

Staying private: County's private schools see little decrease in enrollment despite economic downturn

LAWRENCEVILLE — When the economic downturn hit, Laurel Simpson said her family's life changed completely.

Fleming — Banham

Robert and Doris Fleming of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Kelly Theresa Fleming of Lawrenceville to Christopher Michael Banham of Alpharetta, son of Michael and Carmen Banham of Suwanee.

Schools' mentoring program gives kids much needed outlet

SUWANEE — Lewis Robinson said he knows the impact a mentor can have on a child's life.

North's Tiller sinks Peachtree Ridge

SUWANEE — For more than five minutes, North Gwinnett didn't score a point.

Vann — Carr

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Vann of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Clarke Vann of Lawrenceville to Andrew Forrest Carr of Winder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carr of Grayson.

Community News

Lawrenceville youth earns rank of Eagle Scout

UGA's Gwinnett campus to host AIDS quilt display

LAWRENCEVILLE — A section of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt — the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 91,000 people lost to AIDS — will be on view from Monday through Saturday at the University of Georgia Gwinnett Campus in Lawrenceville.

Gladiators' rally comes up short in Florida

ESTERO, Fla. — The Gwinnett Gladiators scored on the first shift of the game, but then failed to get another goal until the final 10 minutes and the effort wasn't enough.

GWINNETT GAB: Norcross man to compete in Empire State Building Run-Up

Norcross man to compete in Empire State Building Run-Up

Bozeman — Goodman

Katie Elizabeth Bozeman and Bryan Joseph Goodman were married Oct. 17 at Madison First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jack Bozeman, grandfather of the bride, officiated the ceremony.

Spiritual Calendar

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LARSON: Duluth dance company keeps students' dreams afoot

Joanna Paraschos has fond memories of her Uncle George. The youngest of nine children raised in an impoverished neighborhood in Flint, Mich., Paraschos fell in love with dance when her uncle took her to a ballet.

College Notes

Olivia Bamfo of Lawrenceville and Thomas J. Clark of Bethlehem have been selected to the Distinguished Achievement List at ABAC in Tifton. Both students completed between six and 11 hours of academic work while maintaining a 3.3 or higher GPA.

Collins Hill goes on road to wrestle nation's No. 1 team

Collins Hill went toe-to-toe with one of the nation's top teams last month.

LETTERS: Gwinnett County should privatize Briscoe Field

Gwinnett County has a great opportunity to create jobs and increase tax revenues by allowing the county-owned airport to be managed by a private company. The Atlanta area needs a second airport and Gwinnett County would be the most logical choice.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: UGA Washington program sees record participation

Four Gwinnett area students are among a record number of participants in the University of Georgia Washington Semester Program.

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