News for Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Helen Vantress

Helen Bell Vantress, age 84 of Duluth, died March 9, 2010. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday March 13, 2010 at Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel with ...

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Diane Kaluba

Diane Marie Kaluba, age 68 of Suwanee, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Mrs. Kaluba was a retired Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse of over 30 years. She was a loving ...

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Mickey Mayfield

Rev. Mickey N. Mayfield, age 70, of Jefferson, GA and formerly of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. He was preceded in death by: wife, Madge Martin ...

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Alan Pattee

LEE Alan Lee Pattee, 60, of Suwanee, Georgia passed away on March 10, 2010. Mr. Pattee is survived by his wife, Susan, and children, Shannon Lee (Lex) Bazemore, Heather (Daniel ...

William Bethune

William Ray Bethune, age 74 of Hoschton, died March 11, 2010. A Graveside service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday March 13, 2010 at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, with Rev ...

Keith Phillips

Mr. Keith Phillips, age 53 of Royston, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Robert Moore

Mr. Robert L. Moore, age 59 of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Miriam Wallace

Mrs. Miriam Wallace, age 84 of Winder, GA passed away March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Winder 770-867-1361

Sharon Gober

Mrs. Sharon Page Gober, age 61, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gober. She is survived ...

Judy Hall

Mrs. Judy Whitlock Hall, age 58 of Monticello, GA, who passed away on March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, 706-367-5467. www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com

Sarah Fowler

Sarah ‘Betty' Elizabeth Richardson Fowler (82) of Lawrenceville, GA passed suddenly on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Born January 21, 1928 in Carthage, NC to Mabra Wilson Richardson (deceased) and ...

Irery Rodriguez

Irery Edith Pinon Rodriguez, age 11 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Chapel 770-962-3100 www.stewartfh.com

James Thomas

James Leroy Thomas, age 90 of Winder, GA, passed away March 10, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Anna Young

Anna Young, age 57, of Norcross, GA passed away March 11, 2010. Arrangements are pending with Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Lilburn/Tucker Chapel (770) 564-2726.

Dorothy Bunnell

Dorothy Marie Bunnell, age 80 of Dacula, Georgia, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Hamilton Mill Memorial ...

Mary Buchanan

Mary Lee Buchanan, age 89 of Winder, GA, passed away March 10, 2010. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Thad Pirkle, Sr.

Mr. Thad Pirkle, Sr., age 89 of Hoschton, GA passed away March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

Charlie Carpenter

Charles “Charlie” Carpenter, age 65 of Loganville passed away, Thursday, March 11, 2010. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 1:00 PM in the Loganville ...

Joe Allen

Mr. Joe B. Allen, age 57 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Service and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Willis Lee

147;BILL” Willis “Bill” Lee age 72 of Snellville, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010. Funeral service will be held 2:30 PM Saturday, March 13, 2010 in ...

D. C. England

Mr. D. C. England, age 90 of Winder, GA passed away March 11, 2010. Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home of Winder 770-867-1361

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Vidalia battles back to take down Spartans

Kourtnee Williams scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the final frame as Vidalia rallied from as much as a 15-point deficit in the second half to escape with a 73-68 victory over GAC Thursday at the Macon Centreplex.

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Fed: Slowly, wealth returns

WASHINGTON -- Americans are recovering their shrunken wealth -- gradually.Household net worth rose last quarter, mainly because the healing economy boosted stock portfolios. But the gain was slight. And it was less than in the previous two quarters.

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GAC headed to first state title game since '87

Top-ranked GAC (31-1) crushed Laney 81-56 for its 21st consecutive victory Thursday night at the Macon Centreplex and will play Thomasville (24-4) for the Class AA title on Saturday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: Mexican cartels infiltrating Border Patrol

McALLEN, Texas -- Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies along the southwest border and those charged with weeding them out say they don't have the money to catch all the corrupt agents, homeland security officials told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday.

WORLD IN BRIEF: In Mexico, gay couples wed

MEXICO CITY -- Two glowing brides in white gowns made history Thursday as they wed under Latin America's first law that explicitly approves gay marriage.

PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Grisham novel to become play

NEW YORK -- A stage adaptation of John Grisham's first novel, ''A Time to Kill,'' will have its world premiere next year in Washington in what is being billed as a ''pre-Broadway'' production.

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DeMercy does dirty work in Norcross' Final Four win

Norcross defeated Westlake 51-44 in Thursday's Class AAAAA semifinals and will face defending state champion Redan in the finals.

Appeals court holds 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld the use of the words ''under God'' in the Pledge of Allegiance and ''In God We Trust'' on U.S. currency, rejecting arguments on Thursday that the phrases violate the separation of church and state.

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Central's dream season ends in OT

Central's record-setting season ended in overtime, with Westlake pulling away for a 73-67 victory in Thursday night's Class AAAAA semifinals at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Buford girls back in AA state finals

Laney fell victim to the Buford defense a year ago in the state semifinals and again Thursday 62-49. Despite their graduation losses, the Wolves are headed back to the Class AA state championship game Saturday at the Macon Centreplex to play unbeaten Vidalia.

Crawford scores 29 in Hawks' win over Wizards

WASHINGTON -- Jamal Crawford scored 29 points and the Atlanta Hawks avoided a three-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 105-99 Thursday night.

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Gwinnett Heat wheelchair team chases state basketball title

The Gwinnett Heat earned their trip to today's state championship game against the Atlanta Wolfpack at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Like all state title contenders, they earned the big stage.

Hung jury in therapy sex trial

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A stymied jury couldn't decide this week whether former psychotherapist Cliff Tillery acted criminally in having sex with a patient during in-office sessions in 2007.

Tip leads to $600K dope find

DULUTH -- Authorities seized more than a half-million dollars' worth of cocaine Wednesday in a car abandoned in a Best Buy parking lot in Duluth.

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Educator named foreign language teacher of the year

SUWANEE -- A Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher will be honored this weekend as the Foreign Language Association of Georgia's K-12 Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.

Troop rally planned in Buford

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Barbara Swenson said Saturday's troop rally will be a patriotic scene. The founder of Troop Bebop USA, a nonprofit that supports U.S. military personnel through fundraising events, Swenson has organized a rally to welcome home units returning from deployment and drum up support for those who remain overseas.

Nonprofit names 3 new board members

SNELLVILLE -- The Dream House for Medically Fragile Children Inc. has named three new members to its Board of Directors.

Loganville does away with key city position

LOGANVILLE -- City council members approved an ordinance change Thursday, temporarily abolishing the position of city clerk effective April 1. City Manager Bill Jones will assume the duties of city clerk.

Husband dealt 14 years for pimping teenage girl

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross man will join his wife in prison for pimping a 15-year-old girl, following a plea deal he struck with prosecutors Thursday.

Safelite to bring 92 jobs to Braselton

BRASELTON -- A new 357,000-square-foot distribution center will bring 92 jobs to Braselton.

New toilet program saves water

LAWRENCEVILLE -- About $400,000 in new toilets has saved Gwinnett 54 million gallons of water, officials say.

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McCULLOUGH: Arrest of 'Jihad Jane' adds new twist to terrorism fight

The Daily Post recently ran a column by a man whose 93-year-old, wheelchair-bound mother was stopped by airport security. When we heard the story, we all thought, "How stupid."

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DeMercy does dirty work in Norcross' Final Four win

DULUTH — Alex DeMercy's linescore fails to properly pay the Norcross junior her earned respect.

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Central's dream season ends in OT

DULUTH — One roll.

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Getting to Know ... Brennen Booth

Brennen Booth, 37, has lived in Duluth the last seven years. The Louisville, Ky., native is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League.

Gladiators go down in overtime 5-4

CHARLOTTE — A late third-period collapse cost the Gwinnett Gladiators a much-needed victory Thursday night in a 5-4 overtime loss to the host Charlotte Checkers.

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GAC headed to first state title game since '87

MACON — Playing for a state championship isn't anything new for Eddie Martin, who made the finals each of his last four seasons as coach at Norcross.

BRODER: States show they know fiscal control

There is a great divide in American politics. It's not between Democrats and Republicans. It's between the president and Congress in Washington, on one side, and governors and legislators around the country on the other.

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