News for Saturday, January 9, 2010


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Irene Cochran

Irene Lavonia Cochran, age 80, of Auburn, passed away January 5, 2010. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757

Verlon Southerland

Mr. Verlon Charles Southerland, age 80, of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2010. He was preceded in death by: sons, Verlon Charles Southerland, Jr. and Barry Andrew ...

Mildred Willard

Mildred Hawkins Willard age 93, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2010. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. Millard (Lillian) Davis of Lawrenceville, son Mr. James ...

Darlene Partee

Mrs. Darlene Parnell Partee, age 59, of Buford, GA passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010. She is survived by: brothers, James Parnell, Dacula, GA and Jerry Parnell, Buford, GA ...

Marilyn Waldrop

Marilyn Waldrop, of Covington, GA, age 76, died on January 8, 2010. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013 770-922-8182

Micah Stout

Micah Lee Stout, age 32 of Sugar Hill, GA died January 6, 2010. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 770-886-9899.

George Testmand

George Michael Testmand, of Atlanta, GA, age 49, died on January 4, 2010. Arrangements by Metro Embalming & Crematory, Inc., Conyers, GA 30013 770-922-8182

Robert J. Hunter

Mr. Robert J. “Bob” Hunter of Covington, moving here 19 years ago from Sandy Springs, died Thursday, January 7, 2010. He was born in Anniston, Alabama on October ...

Roger Garrett

Roger F. Garrett, age 57, of Lithonia, GA died Friday, January 8, 2010. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home, Lithonia. 770-482-4411.

Albert Walden

Albert Delmar Walden, age 66, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away January 4, 2010. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 770-277-4550.

Johnnie Williams

Mr. Johnnie Edward Williams, age 72 of Conyers, died Friday, January 8, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Quida Williams; brothers, Dewey Williams and Donald ...

George Arceneaux

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

Nina Shubert

Mrs. Nina Shubert, age 61 of Conyers, died Saturday, January 9, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Shubert. She is survived by daughters, Kim Wheelis, Conyers ...

J.K. MURPHY: New speaker brings reason for real hope

The proverbial rock and hard place is an apt description for the 2010 Georgia General Assembly convening Monday. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual legislative session Thursday night, and most of what's on the Gwinnett business community's mind mimics previous years -- WET: water, education and transportation.

County commits to Partnership

LAWRENCEVILLE -- County government's commitment to Partnership Gwinnett is back on track after money was added to the 2010 budget to help the economic development initiative.

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College sees highest midyear enrollment

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mary Beth Rumble's first class at Georgia Gwinnett College -- introduction to technology -- will begin at 8 a.m. Monday.

Dacula councilmen, mayor take oaths

DACULA -- Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and councilmen Wendell Holcombe and Greg Reeves were sworn into office Thursday night after having been re-elected to their respective offices last November. City attorney Dennis Still administered the oaths of office.

Pedestrian struck, killed

SNELLVILLE -- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday on Lenora Church Road near the intersection of Springdale Road in Snellville.

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Area 8-AAAAA Duals: Broncos buck Rams

A wrestling season that had gone mostly according to script took an unexpected twist in Saturday's Area 8-AAAAA duals tournament at Grayson. Parkview, winner of six consecutive area duals titles, lost its semifinal to Grayson and failed to qualify for state for the first time since duals competition began in 2002. Instead, it's Brookwood who'll compete in next weekend's state championships as first-time area champion, and Grayson, who'll also head to the Macon Centreplex as runner-up.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Howard enters District 2 commission race

Lynette Howard's civic involvement began when she volunteered to plant flowers at her subdivision's entrance.

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Lawal leads Tech in upset of No. 5 Duke

On a day when Georgia Tech honored the 25th anniversary of its first ACC championship basketball team, its current squad attempted to turn back the clock against No. 5 Duke.

Belk to relocate division HQ here

BUFORD -- Atlanta is the largest market for Belk Department Stores. Within that market, the largest portion of stores and volume are comprised within Gwinnett County. According to Dave Penrod, chairman of Belk Inc.'s Southern Division, relocating the division headquarters from Jacksonville, Fla., to Gwinnett made sense.

Officer opens fire on suspect

DULUTH -- Gwinnett County police responded to a call Saturday evening regarding an aggravated domestic dispute between two households in which shots had reportedly been fired.

Domestic killings cases headed to trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- John Williams is no stranger to violent tragedy. Since 1997, Williams has been shot three times in an attempted carjacking in Alabama, bumrushed by home-invaders in Gwinnett, and tossed three stories to a concrete floor by robbers at an Atlanta MARTA station, he said.

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Man charged in robberies

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Police have charged a Lawrenceville man with three recent robberies at businesses within walking distance of his apartment, authorities said.

Business in brief

SUWANEE -- Retirees and those approaching retirement are invited to attend an educational seminar hosted by The Lloyd Group Inc., a retirement planning and asset preservation firm based in Suwanee.

MARY KAY MURPHY: The 'new normal' for public education

As we enter the first days of 2010, what are the issues we need to resolve by 2020 to educate all students to their capacity and utilize public education to advance the productivity of Gwinnett County, Georgia and our nation?

WORLD IN BRIEF: Hurt prelate gets visit from Pope

ROME -- Pope Benedict XVI paid a call Saturday on a hospitalized cardinal who broke a hip when a mentally disturbed woman knocked the pontiff down in St. Peter's Basilica on Christmas Eve.

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Report: Health bill cost jumps

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's plan to expand health coverage to 34 million more Americans would raise costs slightly, government economic experts said in a report Saturday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Man charged with getting al-Qaida training

NEW YORK -- A New York City man under investigation for his links to a terror suspect pleaded not guilty Saturday to charges that he flew to Pakistan to get military training from al-Qaida.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Charlie Sheen tapes 1st show since his arrest

PASADENA, Calif. -- Charlie Sheen is back at work at ''Two and a Half Men'' and his producer said Saturday the actor's first show taping since his Christmas Day arrest was a big success.

Lesbian lawmaker in Utah carries baby for gay men

SALT LAKE CITY -- Rep. Christine Johnson will serve an additional role when the Utah Legislature convenes this month. The lesbian lawmaker announced she's a surrogate mother, carrying a baby for two gay men.

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Two teens die, one survives after fall through ice

DACULA -- Two teens are dead and a third was hospitalized following a fatal plunge Saturday into the icy waters of a neighborhood pond.

Linens for Less grand opening set for Jan. 20 in Lawrenceville

Linens for Less will open and have a grand opening on Jan. 20.

Roberts' efforts lead Gladiators to OT win

DULUTH — First Sam Roberts preserved the tie. Then he won the game.

PREP ROUNDUP: Spencer lifts Parkview past Grayson 65-61

LILBURN — Delano Spencer led all scorers with 20 points, as the Panthers defeated Grayson 65-61 on Saturday.

LETTERS: BOC, not Connell, at fault for large retirement payout

Camie Young's article ("County retiree pockets $300k," Jan. 6, Page 1A) makes Jock Connell look like the proverbial bad guy. He is not. Jock simply took advantage of a legal, binding employment contract. The problem is and always has been with the Board of Commissioners for allowing such a contract to be written and approved. I have spoken out against this matter via e-mail several times.

Road Closures

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

BRODER: Sen. Chris Dodd a straight shooter

During the last three decades that I have been covering politics in Washington, there was never a time when I could not reach Chris Dodd to check what was happening. It didn't matter whether the question was about a House race in Connecticut or someone's presidential chances or the prospects of a big bill in the Senate, the answers always came back — straight, quick and informative.

BISHER: Tiger scenario a bigger blow to his role as parent than golfer

Now that all the mystery has been wrenched out of Tiger Woods' midnight drive, what next?

Smart, tough, hard-working Cam Brown is a Hall of Fame captain

Cam Brown and the ECHL turned pro around the same time. In a way, they grew together and neither is what they once were.

OUR VIEW: Gwinnettians get noticed for leading

Georgia Trend magazine kicked off the new year with it's annual 100 Most Influential Georgians list, and Gwinnett County again showed it is a major player on the state level, with four locals making the cut.

MARY KAY MURPHY: The 'new normal' for public education

As we enter the first days of 2010, what are the issues we need to resolve by 2020 to educate all students to their capacity and utilize public education to advance the productivity of Gwinnett County, Georgia and our nation?

No. 3 Kentucky stays perfect, beats Georgia

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Patrick Patterson and John Wall scored 17 points each to help No. 3 Kentucky hold off Georgia 76-68 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.