News for Thursday, January 7, 2010


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Desean Jaiden Washington

DeSean Jaiden Washington, age 1, of Duluth, GA passed away December 30, 2009. Arrangements by Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Covington (770) 786-7062

John Gazaway

John Emmett Gazaway, age 79, of Doraville, passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Billy Tidwell

Billy Joe Tidwell, age 79 of Grayson, GA passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

William Purcell

Mr. William J. Purcell, age 64, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Jeanette Bryant

Mrs. Jeanette Mooney Bryant, 84, of Oakwood and formerly of Buford passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010 following an extended illness. Mrs. Bryant was born January 17, 1925 in ...

Laurence Mcnally

Laurence McNally, age 72 of Lawrenceville passed away, Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, January 10, 2010 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Eddie Walters

Eddie W. Walters, age 85 of Lawrenceville passed away, Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Graveside Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery ...

Dorothy Starry

Mrs. Dorothy Simpson Starry, age 90, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010. She is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gary Katacinski, Lawrenceville ...

Darlene Partee

Ms. Darlene Partee, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Martha Hutcherson

Martha Orr Hutcherson, of Winder, GA, passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Darin Higdon

Darin Higdon, age 43 of Winder, GA passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100

Chip Jones

Mr. Chip Jones, age 35, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Rev. Charles Payne

Rev. Charles W. Payne, age 70, of Hoschton, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

George Arceneaux

George Arceneaux, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away January 7, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Cecil Mccallum

Cecil George McCallum, age 74, of Stone Mountain, GA died January 7, 2010. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Franklin Billig

Franklin A. Billig, age 86, of Buford, GA died January 6, 2010. Arrangements to be announced by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Howard Peskoe

Howard Peskoe of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on 01/5/2010 after an extended illness. He was at home surrounded by family and friends. Howard is survived by his wife of 43 ...

Danny Humphrey

Mr. Danny Humphrey, age 62, of Winder, GA formerly of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

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Alabama beats Texas for BCS title

PASADENA, Calif. -- The houndstooth hat is a memory -- the Snake, Joe Willie and Bart Starr replaced by guys named Julio, Javier and Mount Cody.Alabama football, though, is alive and well, thanks to a defense that would have made the Bear smile.

Gwinnett, Barrow schools closed today

The Gwinnett and Barrow public school systems will be closed today due to inclement weather. Georgia Gwinnett College is delaying opening until 10 a.m.

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Minus 52 wind chill in Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Snow was piled so high in Iowa that drivers couldn't see across intersections and a North Dakota snowblower repair shop was overwhelmed with business as heavy snow and wind chills as low as 52 below zero blasted much of the Midwest on Thursday.

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A taste of snow

As the first flurries fell Thursday in what was anticipated to be a dusting of snow across Gwinnett, some residents hurried to stock up on staples as schools canceled afternoon and evening activities to brace for whatever the weather would bring.

Lawrenceville woman charged with defrauding company of $165,000

A Lawrenceville woman is behind bars after police say she bilked her former employer of more than $165,000. Terri Desvignes is being held without bond on felony charges of first-degree forgery and theft by taking.

Totes for Tots to hold donation drive at 3 local spots

In a state that ranks 39th overall in child well-being, Georgia Cancer Specialists and Atlanta Oncology Associates are partnering once again to help the thousands of Georgia children in foster care.

Police make prostitution bust in Norcross hotel

Police say a Buford woman was caught using an extended stay hotel on Jimmy Carter Boulevard to lure customers for sexual services. Jeanette Jaquez is charged with prostitution, keeping a place of prostitution and possession of marijuana in the Tuesday arrest.

Officials make pleas to legislators

With unemployment at an all-time high, civic and business leaders Thursday tried to convince legislators to invest in water, education, transportation and economic development initiatives in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

12 victims recovering after wreck

On Dec. 23, a caravan of Just People Inc. buses was traveling from Norcross to an art class in Hoschton when one of the buses was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The bus, carrying 14 people, crossed several lanes of traffic and crashed into a guard rail, injuring everyone on board, three critically.

Student photography exhibition wraps up Saturday

An annual student photography exhibition will wrap up Saturday with an awards ceremony and closing reception. Shutter Sense and Non-Sense, which exists to promote student achievement in photography, contains about 700 pieces of work from students at 19 schools in Gwinnett County, said Alexandra Kates, an art teacher at Parkview High.
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All Jack-ed up

Sacrifice is something that goes with the territory for any athlete. So Peachtree Ridge forward Brittany Jack wasn't at all surprised when her coach, James Clanahan, asked her last summer to make some sacrifices for this season.

Highly touted Eagles set to defend title

The Collins Hill wrestling team hung with some of the top teams in the nation over the Christmas break. Now the Eagles are ready to defend their Class AAAAA dual state championship.

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Getting to Know ... Chad Rogers

Chad Rogers, 36, is the head boys basketball coach at Mill Creek and also an assistant football coach. The 1991 Shiloh grad walked on as a wide receiver at West Georgia and started coaching girls basketball at Newnan before coaching at Peachtree Ridge.

Judge resigns amid probe about friend

A Georgia judge has resigned after a judicial panel investigated a personal relationship between him and a woman who was a defendant in a matter pending before his court. Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Ernest Woods resigned effective Jan. 15 in a December letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Barnes raises $2.7M in comeback bid

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has raised $2.7 million in his comeback bid. The Democrat reported the six-month haul in a campaign filing provided to The Associated Press on Thursday. It's the largest amount reported so far over a six-month period in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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No bowl win, but Tech savors ACC title

Paul Johnson has much to celebrate from his second season as Georgia Tech's coach, but he's still looking for his first bowl win with the Yellow Jackets. That will be a top goal for 2010.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Leaps and Bounds: Adams, Goode save average romantic comedy

Having proven her mettle in both arthouse ("Sunshine Cleaning," "Junebug") and mainstream ("Julie & Julia," "Enchanted") productions, girl-next-door Amy Adams takes a stab at an assembly line romantic comedy with "Leap Year." It's not horrible, but neither is it anything you have to see immediately. Considering it is being released on one of the most undesirable weekends of the year, it could have been a lot worse.

OUT IN THE CROWD: First Friday Art Walk to focus on aspiring entrepreneurs

The Duluth Fine Arts League is ushering in the new year with "The Art of New Beginnings."

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Fit for a King: Theater to honor Elvis with 2 shows

New Dawn Theater Company hopes this weekend's celebration will be fit for a king. The King of Rock 'n' Roll, that is.

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CALMES: Humanitarian projects supported by Indian dance

Beautiful traditional dances that have taken 3,000 years to perfect will be presented by AID India as a fundraiser for this nonprofit organization Saturday. The event will be held at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center and will begin at 6 p.m.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark

So, you think you're good at movie trivia? Every week, we give readers the opportunity to flex their movie muscles by answering five trivia questions from our movie critic, Michael Clark.

Disc Spotlight: Jennifer's Body (Blu-ray)

This follow-up to Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody's "Juno" is a mash-up of the snarky high school satire a la "Heathers" and blood-soaked horror B-films and is far deeper than most critics or audiences realized. Poking fun at her own public image, Megan Fox stars as the title character, a cheerleader-turned-groupie who manipulates her sycophant best friend (Amanda Seyfried) both before and after becoming undead. The commentary by director Karyn Kusama and Cody is often funnier and more enlightening than what's taking place on screen.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A whole new world: Director offers magic, fantasy in philosophical 'Parnassus'

Considering the conditions director Terry Gilliam faced in finishing his acid trip of a movie after the death of leading man Heath Ledger during principal photography, it's amazing this film makes any sense at all.

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MOVIE REVIEW: No love lost: Howard delivers poor acting in 'Loss of a Teardrop Diamond'

It happens about once a decade. Someone somewhere stumbles upon a previously unknown work by a major, long-gone artist and for a brief while, everyone is giddy. In theory, finding an unproduced play by Tennessee Williams is the literary equivalent of a new Mozart symphony or a Picasso painting.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cera tries to break nice-guy mold in 'Youth in Revolt'

In the space of just two years, the 21-year-old Michael Cera has established himself as the go-to nice guy arthouse movie teen. The characters he plays are sometimes dim, always timid and virtually interchangeable. Even when appearing in the recent documentary "Paper Heart" as himself, Cera essentially duplicates his cloyingly meek screen persona.

Disc Spotlight: Jennifer's Body (Blu-ray)

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Film Fans: 'It's Complicated' a fantastic romantic comedy

EDITOR'S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "It's Complicated." Want to be a Film Fan?

LETTERS: Headline on Connell story showed bias

I was very disappointed by the headline used in the article "County retiree pockets $300k," (Jan. 6, Page 1A) regarding former county administrator Jock Connell. I thought journalism meant that you reported the facts without bias.

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Gladiators meet No. 1 South Carolina for three straight

DULUTH — The games have all been close and the series is nearly even, but recent results haven't gone the Gwinnett Gladiators' way.

Gwinnett Calendar

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AARON'S Amphitheatre AT Lakewood