News for Tuesday, January 26, 2010


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Marion Hayes

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Marion Skinner (Peggy) Hayes of Hoschton, GA, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2010. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home ...

Joyce Smith

Mrs. Joyce Ineal Smith, age 65 of Hoschton, passed away Monday January 25, 2010. She was a member of Daves Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Charles Smith of ...

Joseph Doyle

Joseph Morris Doyle, age 35, of Vinings, GA died Monday, January 25, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Helena Giard

Helena Giard, age 76, of Cartersville, GA died Saturday, January 23, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Rebecca Hawk

Rebecca “Beck” Hawk, age 89, of Monroe, GA died January 25, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

George Fraser-Derfler

Mr. George Fraser-Derfler, age 82 of Buford, GA died January 24, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999

Lois Hood

Lois Lavenna Hood, age 80 of Suwanee, GA, passed away, Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Funeral services will be held, 2:00 PM Thursday, January 28, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Ralph Henry Burnette

Ralph Henry “Hank” Burnette, age 83 of Lawrenceville, GA died Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100

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Central wins see-saw battle, keeps pace in 8-AAAAA

Tuesday night's important Region 8-AAAAA boys game between Central Gwinnett and South Gwinnett featured a pair of teams about as evenly matched as possible. The two squads traded the leads 13 times with nine ties in a back-and-forth game that resembled a Grand Slam tennis match.

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Panthers press on

Parkview's girls head coach Mike McCoy needed to make a change. For three quarters, he had watched his team got outshot, out-hustled and outscored by archrival Brookwood, with the Broncos eventually carrying a 48-41 lead into the fourth quarter.

Lamb's 20 lead Blue Devils past Lions

Jeremy Lamb went cold and his team unraveled in the fourth quarter when Peachtree Ridge snapped the Norcross boys' long regular-season region winning streak in December. Neither thing happened Tuesday night. In fact, it was just the opposite.

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Jarvis introduced as Duluth football coach

Corey Jarvis was introduced Tuesday as Duluth's head football coach, a position he described as a challenge.

SPORTS BRIEFS: Registration for Gwinnett Adapted Sports football to begin

Football registration for the Gwinnett Heat, the Gwinnett County Public Schools' Adapted Sports program's team, will begin in February.

PREP ROUNDUP: Tiller's treys lead North to upset of Hawks

Alex Tiller hit seven 3-pointers for 28 points total, which helped the North Gwinnett Bulldogs upset Mill Creek 68-55 on Tuesday.

Afinogenov goal sinks Ducks

Maxim Afinogenov ended Atlanta's power-play drought with a third-period goal to lift the Thrashers past the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Tuesday night.

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Kids 'R' Kids strives to bring Haitian orphans to United States

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett-based Kids 'R' Kids wants to bring babies home from earthquake-damaged Haiti.
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RECRUITING NOTES: Injury doesn't derail Barnes' college dream

Kalik Barnes felt a sigh of relief on Monday. The Parkview quarterback was on pace for a record-setting season last year before he broke his jaw. The senior missed three weeks and his dream of playing college football took a hit.

Canines, cons given second chance

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A French restaurant in downtown Lawrenceville is hosting a fundraiser slated to help save the lives of homeless Gwinnett dogs.

287(g) stats: Most foreign-born inmates here illegally

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department released crime statistics associated with the recently implemented 287(g) program, including charges against, and nationalities of, detainees.

Residents voice disgust with health care reform

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A week after Democrats lost momentum in the fight for health care reform with the loss of a Massachusetts Senate election, local protesters stood on a Lawrenceville street corner to encourage politicians to keep up the fight.

Cars crash into 3 homes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- In less than two hours Tuesday, firefighters responded to three calls of vehicles crashing into homes.

Man taken to hospital after fall from tree

LILBURN -- Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to the 700 block of Oakview Court after a man fell approximately 30 feet from a tree.

Crews respond to chemicals in truck

LILBURN -- Police and firefighters responded to Lilburn Industrial Way near Arcado Road on Tuesday afternoon after chemicals were found in a parked truck.

Barrow officials mull removing CFO job

WINDER -- Following a light agenda in its first meeting of 2010 two weeks ago, the Barrow County Commission returned to weighty, contentious issues at its meeting Tuesday, as it contemplated abolishing the county's chief financial officer position and replacing it with a finance director slot requiring different candidate qualifications.

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CLINE: Kids these days better than some may think

"Kids these days ..." It's a line a friend and I use in a joking manner to make light of a situation. But for many folks it's their overriding sentiment.

Environment loans plan draws fire

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue wants to sell part of an environmental loan fund on Wall Street to plug a hole in the state budget, but critics say it will threaten local governments' ability to finance water and sewer improvements at a time when the funding is badly needed.

Lawmakers dismiss mandated furloughs

ATLANTA -- Records show that the Senate's highest-ranking Democrat, along with several of his colleagues and Democratic House members, did not take the first round of furlough days accepted by most of their colleagues.

Athens police seek man in attempted rape

Police in Athens said a man who tried to rape a teen fled after he discovered his victim was a male dressed as a woman and when the teen's cell phone rang.

GDOT awards Va. business $50M contract

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have awarded Reston, Va.-based Serco Inc. a five-year, $50 million contract to install the state's intelligent transportation system.

Duluth mayor explores what makes city healthy

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris explored what makes a city healthy using six "environmental" indicators during her State of the City Address on Tuesday. The sixth annual address was hosted by the Duluth Civitan Club. Loren Brown, president of the club, welcomed nearly 200 guests to Duluth First United Methodist Church for the luncheon speech.

Suwanee city council honors local businessman

Mayor Dave Williams, on behalf of the city of Suwanee, presented a plaque and read a proclamation to honor local businessman Toby Blackwell on Tuesday. Blackwell, who recently retired from Allstate Insurance after 35 years of service, has been a community leader for years. Blackwell's business was the first one to move into Old Town Suwanee, kicking off the city's revitalization efforts in that area.

Suspects sought in pair of home invasions

Police are searching for suspects in a pair of violent, unrelated home invasions against Gwinnett women last week. Victims include a 73-year-old Lawrenceville grandmother.

Duluth tables rezoning of fire station property

The Duluth City Council on Monday tabled a request to rezone the former Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 7 property to allow the city planning staff and the rezoning applicant to explore options that would allow a landscaping company to operate on the site.

Designer to hold free class

he co-owner and director of design for Interiors by Decorating Den will give a free seminar Thursday in Dacula. Interior designer Carol Donayre Bugg will discuss working with a professional decorator and timeless trends and makeovers at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Mill Country Club, 1995 Hamilton Mill Parkway in Dacula. The seminar is open to the public.

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Clinton: Critics of aid misguided

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she resents criticism of the U.S. effort to help stricken Haiti and pledged to redouble efforts to help survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

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NATION IN BRIEF: GM to sell Saab to carmaker Spyker for $74M

Saab got a new life Tuesday as General Motors Co. agreed to sell the Swedish car brand to the small Dutch luxury carmaker Spyker Cars NV.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Car bomb wounds 14 near US base

A suicide car bomber struck a barrier outside a U.S. base in Kabul on Tuesday, wounding six Afghans and eight American troops hours after gunmen killed four policemen in southern Afghanistan.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Sutherland roped into alleged scam

Actor Kiefer Sutherland was among cattle customers roped into an alleged scam that netted more than a million dollars.

MUST READ: 'Mamma Mia!' ABBAWORLD theme park opens in London

Is it possible to have too much ABBA? Knowing me, knowing you, the answer is no. The spangly Swedish quartet that gave the world ''Waterloo'' and ''Dancing Queen'' has sold 400 million records since its 1970s heyday and spawned the hugely successful stage and film musical ''Mamma Mia!''

Health care reform rally planned

A group of local residents will rally outside the Gwinnett County Health Department today, urging lawmakers to immediately pass a strong health care reform bill.

Lamb's 20 lead Blue Devils past Lions

NORCROSS — Jeremy Lamb went cold and his team unraveled in the fourth quarter when Peachtree Ridge snapped the Norcross boys' long regular-season region winning streak in December.

LETTERS: Corporations are groups of people, not the bogeyman

The Supreme Court decision gutting federal campaign finance reform was the correct ruling.

BISHER: Glavine's return to Braves isn't hearty homecoming

You may have noticed that the Braves have made peace with Tom Glavine, though in this case the peacemaker is John Schuerholz.

LETTERS: The presumption of innocence fails under proposed Berry Act

I cannot imagine the torment that Joan and Mike Berry have endured in the wake of the murder of their daughter. I know that the proponents of the Johnia Berry Act have nothing but the finest intentions. But this type of legislation should give one pause.

In brief: Heart breakfast; flu vaccines

Medical Center hosts breakfast on heart health

THOMAS: Corporations are people, but unborn aren't?

Among the interesting arguments in last week's 5-4 Supreme Court decision granting corporations First Amendment protections when making campaign contributions was the majority's decision to effectively treat corporations as persons.

Gladiators in need of points on road

The Gwinnett Gladiators need to rediscover their road mojo.

Hospital forms Explorer post for health care education

JOHNS CREEK — In a partnership with Learning for Life — Health Careers Exploring, Emory Johns Creek Hospital has formed a Healthcare Explorer Post to help expose youth to the many aspects of the health care profession.