News for Wednesday, March 10, 2010


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Tara Chandler

Tara Paige Chandler age 41 of Bossier City, LA passed away on March 8, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, 318-949-9415.

Zena Massiah

Zena Maria Leona Massiah, age 64, of Dacula, GA died March 10, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-963-2411

Ronald Schinzel

Ronald D. Schinzel, age 76, passed away March 8, 2010. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200

Betty Corkern

Mrs. Betty Mullinax Corkern, age 85, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, March 8, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-two years, Dr. Randall ...

Debbie Reid

Debbie Pressley Reid age 54 of Stone Mountain, Ga. passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Debbie was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Pressley and is survived by her ...

Ryan Mustachio

Mr. Ryan Adam Mustachio, age 22, of Cumming, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2010. Ryan was a passionate person who lived his life to the fullest. He was kind, generous ...

Rick Savely

Mr. Rick Savely, age 60 of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Paul Pruett

Mr. Paul Edward Pruett, age 73, of Buford, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. He is survived by: his wife of fifty-one years, Jean Glover Pruett, Buford ...

Helen Vantress

Helen Vantress, age 84 of Duluth, GA passed away March 9, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535

Betty Blanton

Betty Jean Blanton, age 62 of Winder, GA, passed away March 8, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Freida Jones

Ms. Freida Gann Jones, age 60, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. She was preceded in death by her son, Andy Jones. She is survived ...

Glorianne Clark

Glorianne Brocato Clark, age 58 of Cumming, GA passed away Monday, March 8, 2010. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Cumming, GA, 678-455-5815.

Joyce Giorella

Joyce Mae Giorella, age 68 of Winder, GA, passed away March 10, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Paul Church

Mr. Paul D. Church, age 60 of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Frederick Bowens

Mr. Frederick N. Bowens, age 30 of Duluth, GA died March 6, 2010. Arrangements by Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., North Gwinnett Chapel, 770-945-9999

Rev. Mickey Mayfield

Rev. Mickey Mayfield, age 71 of Jefferson GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E ...

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Test passed

MACON -- The first quarter of the Class A state semifinal game between Wesleyan and Taylor County looked like a typical Wolves game.After taking as much as a 19-point lead in the second quarter, the final three quarters did not.However, Wesleyan managed to maintain its poise after receiving the sternest test from a Class A opponent all season, rallying after the Taylor County pulled as close as 10 points to finally pull away for a 66-44 win Wednesday at the Macon Centreplex.

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Wesleyan boys roll over Wilcox Co. into finals

MACON -- Wilcox County ended Wesleyan's hopes of winning back-to-back Class A state football championships, knocking off the Wolves in the quarterfinals last fall en route to winning the title itself.On Wednesday night, Wesleyan got its revenge.

Man pleads not guilty in 1976 murder of art student

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man charged with the 1976 killing of a Columbia, Mo., art student pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges Monday.

Students plan to help others on spring break

DULUTH -- Carolyn Grindon, a sophomore at an Ohio college, wanted to do something more rewarding on her spring break than going to Florida.

Barrow student injured by car

WINDER -- A sophomore at Winder-Barrow High School suffered a broken leg Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car while crossing the road to board his school bus, officials said.

Beating video sparks arrests

SNELLVILLE -- A home video of South Gwinnett High School students beating a classmate in a school bathroom as part of a gang ritual prompted five arrests this week, an official said Wednesday.

Precinct cards going out soon

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Voter precinct cards will be in the mail soon for about 10 percent of Gwinnett voters.

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Conway endorses Cox for Congress

Sheriff Butch Conway has now made his wishes known in both of Gwinnett's congressional races.

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Project on Lilburn road expected to ease commute

LILBURN -- Officials say one road project could mean a lot to improve both the safety and aesthetics of one of Gwinnett's major thoroughfares.

Reed opts not to run for House

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed will not run for Congress.Reed, who lives in Duluth, said he has decided against a race for the District 7 seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. John Linder, saying he would devote his time to the Faith and Freedom Coalition to help other races.

Judge bans release of hiker pics

ATLANTA -- A Georgia judge barred state authorities from releasing the crime scene and autopsy photos of a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate who was slain while hiking.

Officials plan gas leak fix

TUCKER -- Utility officials will test an idea to stop methane leaking from a nearby landfill from building up in underground vaults.

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'Perfect' timing brings Harvey Fierstein to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Harvey Fierstein will be in Atlanta next week performing the lead role in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof." Before the musical's Atlanta engagement concludes, the Broadway legend will be seated in the audience at the Aurora Theatre for a matinee showing of the Tony Award-nominated musical "A Catered Affair," for which he penned the book.

No verdict in therapist's trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jurors continue to deliberate in the trial of Cliff Tillery, a former therapist charged with sexually assaulting a former patient in his Norcross office.

Cops investigate deadly home dispute

BUFORD -- According to Gwinnett police, a domestic dispute apparently turned deadly Wednesday.

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Obama makes health care push

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top health official challenged insurers on Wednesday to join President Barack Obama's push to overhaul the medical system, arguing that if the effort fails it will hurt them as well as other Americans.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Feds probe NYC Prius crash

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The crash of a Toyota Prius in New York caught the attention of federal regulators Wednesday after the driver said it accelerated on its own, then lurched down a driveway, across a road and into a stone wall.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: 'Lost Boys' actor Corey Haim dead at age 38

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Haim, a 1980s teen heartthrob whose career was blighted by drug abuse, has died. He was 38.

Conan O'Brien's lone Twitter followee: 'It's totally nuts'

CONWAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Last week, Sarah Killen had three Twitter followers.This week, she has 20,000 -- as well as a new iMac computer and offers to help pay for a dress and drinks for her wedding.The unsuspecting rural Michigan woman has one out-of-work late-night talk show host to thank for her newfound online popularity -- Conan O'Brien.

WORLD IN BRIEF: Nigerian troops fire on youths

JOS, Nigeria -- Soldiers opened fire on a crowd after curfew and killed two people, witnesses said Wednesday, just days after more than 200 people including dozens of children were slaughtered in several mostly Christian villages nearby.

Berkmar's Thompson resigns

The same week the last of five Gwinnett head football coaching openings was filled, another one came open.Berkmar's John Thompson resigned Wednesday morning after two seasons leading the Patriots' football program. Thompson's decision means Gwinnett will have six football teams with new head coaches next season.

Local teams ready for Final Four

It has become commonplace for a Norcross basketball team to take the floor at the Arena at Gwinnett Center for the Class AAAAA state Final Four.However, when action tips off for this year's semifinals today at 4 p.m., it won't be the Norcross boys. Instead, the Blue Devils girls team will be making their Final Four debut against Westlake.

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GAC boys, girls looking for rare double titles

It is a rare feat for the boys and girls basketball teams at one school to each take home a state championship in the same season.While Wesleyan came into Wednesday's Class A state semifinals at the Macon Centreplex with a chance to do so for the second time in the last three years, Greater Atlanta Christian will have its opportunity to pull off a double title when the Spartans girls and boys tip off in the Class AA semis this evening. It's the first time since 1972 that both the GAC boys and girls teams are in the Final Four in the same season.

Hawks, Norcross lead region honors

Mill Creek's Moneshia Simmons and Norcross' Jeremy Lamb were selected as players of the year by the Region 7-AAAAA coaches, who announced their season-ending awards Wednesday.

Sports briefs

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LOCAL EVENT: Southern Ballet's 'Cinderella' dances her way into the ball

Ballet pointe shoes will become Cinderella's glass slippers in Southern Ballet Theater's production of the classic fairy tale. The rags-to-riches story of a young woman who becomes the belle of a prince's ball with the help of a gifted fairy godmother will come to life on the Performing Arts Center stage this weekend. Members of the pre-professional ballet company will dance the timeless roles of Cinderella, her charming prince, the gracious fairy godmother and Cinderella's unkind stepsisters.

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OUT IN THE CROWD: Aurora program to feature music, puppets, fairy tales

They're exercises in imagination. Aurora Theatre's Children's Playhouse is keeping make-believe muscles stretched and artistic abilities fit with a lineup of kids' shows to inspire the performer in all.

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Ladies of 'League' crunch the numbers

For the female stars of "She's Out of My League," the characteristics that tip the rating scale toward a 10 for romantic potential are simple: funny, talented and handy around the house.

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REVIEW: Major league funny

About once every other year there's a movie that reminds us that it is possible to make an "R" rated teen comedy that is funny, smart, bawdy, charming and borderline profound. This was the case with "Adventureland," "Superbad" and, in a different way, "Juno."

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REVIEW: Political agenda subplot hurts 'Green Zone'

"Green Zone" marks the third collaboration between leading man Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. They worked previously on two of the three "Jason Bourne" trilogy installments, and while Damon's character is not named Jason Bourne here, he might as well be.

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REVIEW: 'Family Wedding' front-runner for worst film of '10

One of the first signs that old Hollywood was getting it and trying to be hip was back in 1967 with "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Arriving in the wake of the Summer of Love, it took what was and still kind of is a taboo subject (interracial romance) and turned it into an enlightening and entertaining piece of art.

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Disc Spotlight: Up in the Air (Blu-ray)

Disappointingly skunked at the Academy Awards, "Up in the Air" had the misfortune of coming out too soon and going up against two powerhouse action films. This wry character study is not only the best movie of 2009 and the third straight perfect effort from director Jason Reitman, it serves as a blistering commentary on the current recession and its many ripple effects.

Movie Trivia

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.

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Art Beat: Actor's Edge presents 'Twinderella' at Red Clay

A hilarious take on the fairy tale "Cinderella" will be performed by a troupe of young actors at the Red Clay Theatre for six performances beginning today.

Judge bans release of Emerson photos to Hustler

ATLANTA -- A Georgia judge has barred authorities from releasing crime scene and autopsy photos of a 24-year-old University of Georgia graduate slain while hiking.DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Dan Coursey said Wednesday releasing the photos of Meredith Emerson to Hustler Magazine would cause "irreparable harm."

Berkmar's Thompson resigns

The same week the last of five Gwinnett head football coaching openings was filled, another one came open.

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Film Fans: Not everyone wowed by 'Alice in Wonderland'

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

No verdict in therapist's trial

LAWRENCEVILLE — Jurors continue to deliberate in the trial of Cliff Tillery, a former therapist charged with sexually assaulting a former patient in his Norcross office.

Prune to keep plants healthy

One of the most important cultural practices for maintaining woody ornamental plants is pruning. It helps to produce attractive, well-formed plants.

PARKER: Health care reform reveals a sweet tooth

Skipping through the Candy Land of the health care bill, one is tempted to hum a few bars of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."

Gwinnett Calendar

Send items for Gwinnett Calendar to or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, time and date, location, with address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

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GWINNETT GAB: 2nd-grader wins cooking contest

2nd-grader wins cooking contest

THOMAS: Taking on free speech with no decency

The Supreme Court has decided to take a case that may change the boundaries for types of speech protected by the First Amendment.