News for Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Stephen Washkill

Stephen Michael Washkill Sr., age 63, of Tucker, GA died January, 2010. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

James Wade

James Woodfin Wade, age 73, of Hoschton, GA passed away January 6, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Lucy Craft

Lucy P. Craft, age 95 of Winder, GA, passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Katie Hughes

Katie Bell Hughes, age 86 of Dahlongega, GA passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Lessie Hester

Lessie Queen Hester, age 94, of Monroe, GA died January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Roxanne Buchner

Roxanne Buchner, age 60, of Monroe, GA died January 4, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Monroe Chapel 770-267-2594

Wallace Clum

Wallace (Wally) Clum, age 59 of Acworth, GA passed away January 6, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815. www.byarsfuneralhome.com

Terry Peppers

Terry Joe Peppers, age 54 of Hoschton, GA, passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Hawks end skid with win over Nets

ATLANTA -- Jamal Crawford and the Atlanta Hawks used one of their best shooting nights of the season to end a four-game losing streak and beat the struggling New Jersey Nets 119-89 on Wednesday night.

Dawson elected to baseball HOF

NEW YORK -- Andre Dawson was elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his ninth try, while Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar fell just short of earning baseball's highest honor.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Gwinnett Heat's basketball season begins Saturday

The Gwinnett Heat basketball team, representing the Gwinnett County Public School's Adapted Sports program, will open its first varsity season Saturday at the Monarch School in Duluth. The team plays the Atlanta Wolf Pack at 11 a.m.

North Gwinnett to induct hall of fame newcomers Friday

North Gwinnett High School will induct 14 individuals and five teams into its athletic hall of fame this Friday between its home varsity basketball games against South Forsyth.

HAMMOCK: FCA job fits North Gwinnett grad Jason Cook perfectly

North Gwinnett grad Jason Cook interviewed for a job with the Ole Miss Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Not surprisingly, he was the ideal candidate for the FCA position and the full-time job as team chaplain for the Rebels' football team.

Norcross girls too much for Duluth

Norcross put its 3-point shooting as well as athleticism on display and defeated Duluth 61-38 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten against Georgia teams.

Norcross dominates Duluth

The Blue Devils dominated visiting Duluth after a tentative start Wednesday night, returning to Region 7-AAAAA play with a 77-44 victory over the Wildcats.

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Beuglas, Gassman guide first-year wrestling programs

This fall, Tom Beuglas and Jim Gassman started programs of their own at first-year schools in Gwinnett County. Beuglas left Parkview after 16 years to become the head coach at Archer, while Gassman left his alma mater to take his first head coaching job at Mountain View.

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Fighting fire, ice

The cold snap gripping metro Atlanta this week made tricky work for firefighters called to defeat three predawn blazes across central and southern Gwinnett.

Snow mix in forecast for today

Jason Lambros, 6, had a list of things to do Wednesday night. He said he had to put a spoon behind his pillow, put his pajamas on backwards and flush an ice cube down the toilet. When asked why he had to do those things, Jason responded, "Because I want it to snow tomorrow!"

Committee debates use of subsidies

Gwinnett's method of subsidizing health and human resources organizations is "broken," members of the Engage Gwinnett committee said Wednesday. But many said the government's grants to needy organizations should continue.

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County still has time to recycle trees

iles of Christmas trees at Rhodes Jordan Park show Gwinnett residents are continuing the tradition of recycling their firs, pines and spruces. It's a little too early, however, to gauge how this year's Bring One for the Chipper program compares to years past, said Connie Wiggins, executive director of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. Many people bring their trees to a recycling location after Jan. 10, she said.

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Spreading the laughter: Ringling Bros. advance clown troupe visits local libraries

Ryan McCoy adjusted the big, red clown nose he had attached to his own Wednesday morning. The 3-year-old was waiting to see someone with a nose that matched. "Dada afraid of clowns," Ryan said, after tucking his red nose into his mother's purse for safe keeping. But Ryan doesn't feel the same.

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Daily Post columnist releases new book

Daily Post columnist Lisa Earle McLeod is ringing in 2010 with the release of her latest book. She says it's life-changing. "Writing it and researching ("The Triangle of Truth") and trying to unravel why we make each other crazy was certainly life-changing for me," McLeod said, "and I have been told from people who have read it who adopted the model that it was life-changing for them."

County to submit more requests for federal flood aid

Four months after floods devastated Gwinnett and much of metro Atlanta, county officials got the go-ahead to begin submitting paperwork for federal reimbursement.

Bond granted to U-Haul robbery suspect

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A black jacket with a fur-rimmed hood kept Akeem Benjamin from sharing the holidays with his family, his attorney and family claim.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chamber event marks start of Legislative session

If people are looking for a last-minute chance to connect with their legislator, today is their chance.The county's local delegation is expected to attend a Chamber of Commerce briefing and a kickoff event tonight.

GWINNETT GAB: Credit union fulfills Christmas wishes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Federal Credit Union's Board of Directors, employees and members joined forces with The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program in Gwinnett County.

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BRACK: New Duluth tradition rises to great fanfare

Give a round of applause to the City of Duluth for innovation and creation in its New Year's Eve celebration.

PARKER: Too soon for a pioneer to hang up her column

I confess to feeling only slightly more rational than "Misery's" Kathy Bates.

SPORTS IN BRIEF: Gwinnett Heat's basketball season begins Saturday

The Gwinnett Heat basketball team, representing the Gwinnett County Public School's Adapted Sports program, will open its first varsity season Saturday at the Monarch School in Duluth.

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HOME&GARDEN: Camillias provide year-round beauty

Throughout our area, camellias are a favorite evergreen shrub. They have attractive dark green broad leaves, and they bloom prolifically during the cooler weather months.

LETTERS: Thomas one of the fairest writers on the right

It's interesting how the liberals cry foul when someone opposes their viewpoint ("Thomas needs to stop with the endless hatred," Jan. 5, Page 6A). Cal Thomas is probably the most open-minded, conservative-leaning pundit out there. He even co-wrote a book with longtime leftist Bob Beckel.

POLITICS: Chamber event marks start of Legislative session

If people are looking for a last-minute chance to connect with their legislator, today is their chance.

THOMAS: Something about that name

The secular left — and some self-described Christians — criticize Brit Hume, the Fox News commentator, for suggesting that the solution to Tiger Woods' problems is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Hume made his remarks on "Fox News Sunday." Disclosure: I also appear on Fox News.

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