News for Friday, January 29, 2010

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Martha Nesbit

Martha Ruth Simpson Nesbit, age 92, of Norcross, GA, passed away January 27, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Hilda Bone

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mrs. Hilda E. Bone, age 89 of Athens, GA, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson ...

Marian Kull

Marian Jean Kull, age 84, of Suwanee, passed away Tuesday January 26, 2010 after a short illness. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Frederick J. Kull of Suwanee, son ...

James D. Lee

James D. (Sonny” Lee, age 64 of Auburn, GA, passed away January 28, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Frank Pisciotta

Frank Pisciotta, age 94, of Loganville, GA, died January 27, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Mary Holmes

Mary Magdalene Holmes, age 91 of Snellville, died January 29, 2010. Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday January 31, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel. Interment ...

Lisa Strobel

Ms. Lisa Cummiskey Strobel, age 45 of Buford, GA passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Kerry Danforth

Kerry Dale Danforth, age 62, of Atlanta, GA died Wednesday, January 27, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

William Mitchell, Jr.

William Mitchell, Jr., age 44, of Loganville, GA, passed away January 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544 www.stewartfh.com

Mary Mitchem

Mary Mitchem, age 89, of Monroe, GA passed away January 28, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Dorothy Cavill

Mrs. Dorothy Williams Cavill, age 95 of Buford, GA passed away Thursday, January 28, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Susie Scott

Susie Mildred Phillips Scott, age 88 of Lawrenceville, GA died Wednesday, January 27, 2010. Funeral services will be 2:00 Sunday, January 31, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

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Skyrocketing costs may have doomed NYC trial plan

NEW YORK -- A letter and a speech may have doomed plans to bring the Sept. 11 terror trial to New York.The letter written by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Washington earlier this month set a whopping $200-million-a-year price tag to secure the city during the trial -- more than double the original estimate. The speech by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly detailed a planned lockdown of lower Manhattan certain to set new standards for gridlock.

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Ulmer eases into transition at Parkview

It didn't hit Kevin Ulmer until one day in front of his computer.The Parkview senior was checking out his Facebook page when he realized he left all of his friends in South Georgia."I was like wow, I'm 100 miles away from everyone I grew up with," Ulmer recalled.

Prep Roundup: Agboola leads Dacula over Grayson

DACULA -- Shay Agboola had a double-double with 30 points and 15 rebounds Friday night to help give Dacula a 64-55 win over Grayson in Region 8-AAAAA.

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Man accused of beating Dachsund

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man faces felony charges for bashing and strangling a 2-year-old Dachshund named "Rocky," causing the animal serious injuries, authorities said Friday.

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Hawk girls edge Devils

NORCROSS -- The opening half of the doubleheader showdown between the top two teams in Region 7-AAAAA produced plenty of drama, while the back end produced little after the first quarter.First, No. 4 state-ranked Mill Creek "weathered" the storm put forth by host and No. 3 Norcross.

Berkeley Lake faced with dam repairs

BERKELEY LAKE -- Mayor Lois Salter and Berkeley Lake City Council members have their work cut out for them, as they face long and expensive repairs to the city's beloved dam and lake.

Lilburn man may have texted in wreck

ATHENS, Ala. -- Authorities say a Georgia man may have been trying to send a text message during a deadly crash in north Alabama.

Overlooked Smith shines for Parkview

LILBURN -- On a team as talented and well-balanced as the unbeaten Parkview girls, even a four-year contributor can go overlooked at times. Maggie Smith certainly doesn't go underappreciated by coach Mike McCoy or her Panthers teammates, though.

14 employers team up with Clean Air Campaign

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Fourteen Gwinnett employers have partnered with the Clean Air Campaign to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.

Bulldoggs hire new coach

It turns out Winder-Barrow didn't have to look far for its new head football coach.School officials looked just across Barrow County to rival Apalachee as Wildcats defensive coordinator David Wagner was announced as the Bulldoggs' new coach in a release sent by the school Friday.

Top-ranked Wolves girls face off

The Marriott Invitational showcase at Norcross High School won't be the only big-time high school basketball event on Spalding Drive today.Just across the street at Wesleyan, the top-ranked girls teams in two different classifications meet when Buford pays a visit to Yancey Gymnasium.

A little ice, no snow expected for Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County will likely miss much of the effects of a winter storm expected to hit portions of north Georgia today.

Bus driver allegedly at fault in wreck

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driver appeared to be at fault in a traffic accident Thursday afternoon involving two school buses and a car, officials said Friday.

Police: Frustrated shopper turns to robbery

BUFORD -- A shopper-turned-robber at a Buford gas station could make a case for the addictive powers of nicotine.

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Man arrested on molestation charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have arrested a Lawrenceville man they said tried to molest a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Alcohol still flowing in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- Sunday liquor licenses have not been vacated in Snellville, despite a judge's ruling granting a permanent injunction barring the city from allowing Sunday pour licenses.

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Officials set to open first stretch of Sugarloaf extension

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's first glance of the Sugarloaf Parkway extension will happen Tuesday.

Money talks for schools

ATLANTA -- Many of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's "Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2010" are connected by a common thread: money.

Loganville rep tapped for college committee

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett representatives now head both Georgia House committees devoted to education.Rep. Len Walker, R-Loganville, was tapped by Speaker David Ralston to head the Higher Education Committee.

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Obama, GOP trade barbs

BALTIMORE -- In a remarkably sharp face-to-face confrontation, President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Friday for opposing him on taxes, health care and the economic stimulus, while they accused him in turn of brushing off their ideas and driving up the national debt.

'Who Dat' say dey own rights to Saints' popular slogan?

NEW ORLEANS -- Who owns ''Who Dat?''Some T-shirt makers are asking that question after they were hit with cease-and-desist letters from the NFL demanding that they stop selling shirts with the traditional cheer of New Orleans Saints fans.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Hand pains halt Willie Nelson's show in NC

KENANSVILLE, N.C. -- Singer and guitarist Willie Nelson canceled a North Carolina concert because of a bum hand about an hour after several band and crew members were busted for allegedly possessing moonshine and marijuana.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Haiti running low on medicine

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Doctors and aid workers are running dangerously low of supplies in Haiti's capital and in the countryside, complicating efforts to treat 200,000 people in need of post-surgery care following the earthquake and increasing the potential of many more deaths due to infection and disease.

Four sentenced in driver's license scam

ATLANTA -- A Snellville man and three codefendants were sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to selling fraudulent Georgia driver's licenses.

More than 4,200 bags donated to Totes 2 Tots

LAWRENCEVILLE -- During its eighth annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive, Georgia Cancer Specialists and Atlanta Oncology Associates collected more than 4,200 bags, nearly 300 of those from Gwinnett locations.

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Gwinnett Grads: Anderson plays huge role for Richmond

When Kevin Anderson transferred to Peachtree Ridge before his senior season, he didn't want to shake anything up.He joined a team that was already established with some of his good friends and AAU teammates Zach Graham (now playing basketball at Ole Miss) and Cameron Heyward (now playing football at Ohio State). The diminutive point guard, a whispy 160 pounds and barely 6-feet tall back then, just wanted to help his buddies when he could.

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SOULFUL GIVINGS: Teen's shoe project brings

DULUTH -- The original idea called for 1,000 pairs of shoes. High heels, track shoes, flip-flops, steel-toe boots -- it didn't matter.

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Gwinnett Fire Department Lt. Scott Davis

Lt. Scott Davis, 46, takes pride in whipping civilians into firefighter shape.

GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Two Gwinnett teams advance in academic bowl

Four Academic Bowl teams emerged as winners from a field of 24 during the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Academic Bowl for Middle Grades Semifinals Competition earlier this month.

Norcross mayor gets award

NORCROSS -- Mayor Bucky Johnson was awarded earlier this month with the Certificate of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association, at the organization's Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta.

Suwanee's Web site gets overhaul

SUWANEE -- The city of Suwanee's Web site has a fresh look.

Suwanee seeking donors for exhibit

SUWANEE -- The city of Suwanee is seeking corporate sponsors and individual donors to help fund an outdoor sculpture exhibit.

CERT graduates get recognized

WINDER -- Weeks of training came to fruition Jan. 24 for 19 of Barrow County's most community minded citizens.

Youth lead Haiti relief

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County youth are rallying in support of disaster recovery efforts in Haiti.

LARSON: Locals needed to get disaster under control

In 1997, Hal Shope lost 15 neighbors to a tornado in Arkansas. Ever since that tragic event, Shope has been working with disaster response programs all over the country.

ENGAGEMENT: Biddle — Palmer

Jeffery D. Biddle and Cheryl S. Biddle of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Paige Biddle of Suwanee, to Charles William Palmer III of Lawrenceville, son of Charles Palmer Jr., of Washington, D.C., and Debra J. Palmer of Lawrenceville.

NATION IN BRIEF: Mega Millions, Powerball to cross-sell tickets

DES MOINES, Iowa — No need to cross state lines to get the big-jackpot lotto tickets. Dozens of states will begin selling both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, moving the U.S. a step closer to having a national lottery.

Suwanee's Web site gets overhaul

SUWANEE — The city of Suwanee's Web site has a fresh look.

Four sentenced in driver's license scam

ATLANTA — A Snellville man and three codefendants were sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to selling fraudulent Georgia driver's licenses.

Gladiators fall hard to Jackals

Elmira jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period and never looked back as they defeated the Gladiators 8-1 Friday night in Elmira.

JENKINS: Parental and systemic ignorance are no defense

Last week I learned that the state of Georgia is insane — at least in the way our legal system treats teenagers.

SOULFUL GIVINGS: Teen's shoe project brings

DULUTH — The original idea called for 1,000 pairs of shoes. High heels, track shoes, flip-flops, steel-toe boots — it didn't matter.

The subject of death is a normal occurrence in the South

One Sunday morning I came breezing into Sunday school class, after having been out of town for a week. My sister grabbed me and hugged me tightly to welcome me home.

MCLEOD: Conflict is a great catalyst for creativity, innovation

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

WEDDING: Flowers — Carter

Brittney Lynn Flowers and Grant Thomas Carter were married Oct. 24 at the First Baptist Church of Snellville. Minister John Wells officiated the ceremony.

WEDDING: Cherry — Mills

Jessica Lynn Cherry and Wesley Ryan Mills were married Aug. 1 at Wolf Mountain Vineyards in Dahlonega. Minister George Houston officiated the ceremony.

ENGAGEMENT: Hatchett — Coker

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Hatchett of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Hatchett of Atlanta, to Drew Coker of Atlanta, son of Andy Coker and Gloria Coker of Fayetteville.

ENGAGEMENT: Brunner — Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Roy J. Brunner of Cohutta announce the engagement of their daughter, Brandi Demaris Brunner of Athens, to Thomas Harold Brown Jr. of Athens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Brown of Snellville.

GWINNETT GAB: Haiti donations qualify for tax relief

Haiti donations qualify for tax relief

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