News for Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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4 more schools meet AYP

Despite some improvement from initial reports, the Gwinnett County Public School system did not meet AYP for 2011.

Rally planned in Snellville to support Occupy movement

Protest planned in Snellville to support Occupy movement.

Peach Pass sales hit 100,000

Milestones hit along HOT lanes.

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Hundreds turn out for GOP presidential town hall in Duluth

Hundreds turn out for town hall with presidential candidate.

6 vie for 2 Lawrenceville City Council seats

Ecclect field vies for two Lawrenceville City Council posts.

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Brownlow named to Partnership Gwinnett role

Chamber hires new director of economic development for Partnership Gwinnett.

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RICOH groundbreaking will bring up to 70 jobs

A local business is expanding in Lawrenceville, creating 70 jobs.

Graham, Kelkenberg vie for Duluth City Council seat

DULUTH -- Two Duluth residents are competing for a vacant seat on the Duluth City Council.. Dusty Graham and Kelvin "Kelly" Kelkenberg are running for City Council Post 4, a seat being vacated by councilman Doug Mundrick who decided not to seek re-election.. Both men agree that the local

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Snellville dog owners charged in LSD case

The couple accused of feeding their dog LSD was arrested Tuesday night and released on bond.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Elected officials in favor of cityhood for Peachtree Corners, Bender endorsements

Commissioner, school board member, legislators back cityhood for Peachtree Corners; Snellville mayoral race endorsements.

GAB: Free career advice, help offered

A free career workshop is scheduled for Saturday at a local elementary school.

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Gwinnett commissioners create some service districts, ask for clarification on others

Commissioners create some service districts, seek clarification for others.

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Police: Officers justified in shocking nurse with Taser

Police defend Taser use against irrate hospital nurse.

Dacula candidates agree city needs economic growth

Dacula voters can choose between three candidates on Nov. 8 for an open city council seat.

Daschund fed LSD, hit by car euthanized

The Snellville dog whose owners allegedly fed it LSD was euthanized, officials said.

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Murder suspect's competency trial delayed

Death in family delays trial to determine murder suspect's competency, prosecutor says.

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Sport Clips Haircuts seeks to support soldiers abroad

The Mall of Georgia Sport Clips Haircuts joins the national franchise's "Help a Hero" campaign, raising funds for deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members to make phone calls home for free.

Community reaches out to help family of eight, victims of Duluth fire

People can donate to help a family who lost everything in a fire.

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Former Duluth resident performs in 'Mamma Mia!' at the Fox Theatre

Native Duluth resident performs in Broadway's "Mamma Mia!" at the Fox Theatre tonight through Sunday.

Suwanee candidates weigh consistency, change

SUWANEE -- Ask Jimmy Burnette and Doug Ireland, and there's not much to complain about around Suwanee these days.. Ask their opponents in Tuesday's election for mayor and city council, respectively, and you get a different answer.. "We've got a lot going for our community," said Burnette, a Suwanee

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Autumn leaves bring array of color

Leaves are changing all over Gwinnett County as the chill of autumn takes hold.

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Hundreds turn out for GOP presidential town hall in Duluth

Hundreds turn out for town hall with presidential candidate.

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McCann wins record fifth Silver Slugger

Duluth grad, Braves star named NL's best hitting catcher once again

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Sugar Hill school wins award, visit from Falcon player

White Oak Elementary students got a visit Tuesday from a celebrity.

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Meet the finalists for Teacher of the Year

Meet the six finalists for Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher of the year.

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Outlook brighter for shelter animals

Culture shift signals brighter future for shelter pets.

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Peachtree Corners cityhood issue divides community

Cityhood issue divides community.

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Archer student with Down syndrome all smiles as football manager

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jeffrey has been known to speak to the Archer High School football team.. He wishes them luck before games, congratulates them after winning efforts. During games, he makes sure the Tiger players have plenty of water. He's there on the field most practices too.. Jeffrey Pennington has Down

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Third worker says Cain harassed her

WASHINGTON -- A third woman considered filing a workplace complaint against Herman Cain over what she deemed aggressive and unwanted behavior when she and Cain, now a Republican presidential candidate, worked together during the late 1990s, the woman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. She said the behavior included a

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McCann wins record fifth Silver Slugger

Duluth grad, Braves star named NL's best hitting catcher once again

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Redmond promoted to Atlanta's 40-man roster

G-Braves' career leader in victories returning to the organization

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Team-by-team state cross country capsules

A team-by-team look at the qualifiers for the state cross country meet on Saturday.

Gwinnett teams, runners seek title defense at state meet

Brookwood and Wesleyan's boys cross country teams seek their third straight state titles on Saturday in Carrollton.

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HAMMOCK: Honor fitting for Shiloh's Marley

A collection of thoughts on high school football as the regular season comes to an end

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Malanoski ready to lead Broncos at state meet again

Morgan Malanoski has worked himself into one of the state's top runners and has Brookwood primed for a third state title run on Saturday in Carrollton.

Junior big man transfer gives Norcross a boost

Preseason basketball notes on the upcoming prep season

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Respect appreciated among NASCAR's contenders

Johnson, others "doing the right thing" as Chase comes to a close

All-county volleyball teams released

Coaches announce selections of Gwinnett's best

LETTERS: God-given rights make us exceptional country

Government has taken away from our liberties.

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THOMAS: Herman Cain's Gauntlet

Herman Cain must endure media gauntlet. Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton allegedly trolled for women, using state troopers as his procurers. As president, Clinton engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. He lied about it under oath and was impeached, though later acquitted by the U.S. Senate

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CEPEDA: The White House isn't listening

CHICAGO -- Doesn't it drive you crazy when elected officials say they're going to do something and then don't? Worse is when they kinda-sorta do something to pretend they've made an impact, as if no one's going to notice that they really haven't.

LETTERS: Family Promise also helping homeless

Group also set to open county's first "true" shelter.

4 more schools meet AYP

Despite some improvement from initial reports, the Gwinnett County Public School system did not meet AYP for 2011.

DALY: Moles and voles are unwelcomed visitors to the landscape

The difference between two lawn pests.

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Hundreds turn out for GOP presidential town hall in Duluth

Hundreds turn out for town hall with presidential candidate.

Flammang, Tuttle take running honors

Mill Creek's Mitch Flamming and Providence's Tayler Tuttle were named runners of the week.

SEC East teams overlooked in LSU-Alabama hype

Winner of SEC West showdown must go through UGA or South Carolina to get to BCS title game

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AP sources: Crowell failed drug test

Georgia's leading rusher, Isaiah Crowell, and two other Georgia tailbacks are suspended for Saturday's game against New Mexico State

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Falcons' Ryan showing tough resolve in his 4th season

QB still playing at high level despite season of tough hits

Fundraiser golf tourney planned for Bear's Best

ClubCorp event beneficiaries include Rotary Club, MDA

TD Club of Atlanta honors Dacula's Capobianco

Falcons standout to get award at Monday banquet

6 vie for 2 Lawrenceville City Council seats

Ecclect field vies for two Lawrenceville City Council posts.

Peach Pass sales hit 100,000

Milestones hit along HOT lanes.

Homeowner nabs robbery suspect hiding in basement

Lawrenceville homeowner finds robbery suspect hiding in his basement.

Graham, Kelkenberg vie for Duluth City Council seat

DULUTH -- Two Duluth residents are competing for a vacant seat on the Duluth City Council.. Dusty Graham and Kelvin "Kelly" Kelkenberg are running for City Council Post 4, a seat being vacated by councilman Doug Mundrick who decided not to seek re-election.. Both men agree that the local

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Autumn leaves bring array of color

Leaves are changing all over Gwinnett County as the chill of autumn takes hold.

Rally planned in Snellville to support Occupy movement

Protest planned in Snellville to support Occupy movement.

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Brownlow named to Partnership Gwinnett role

Chamber hires new director of economic development for Partnership Gwinnett.

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Gwinnett man again wants his death penalty case tossed

Gwinnett death penalty case again brought to Supreme Court.

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Indian Festival and Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park

The Indian Festival and Pow-Wow at Stone Mountain Park is the largest Native American gathering in Georgia runs today through Sunday.

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RICOH groundbreaking will bring up to 70 jobs

A local business is expanding in Lawrenceville, creating 70 jobs.

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Snellville dog owners charged in LSD case

The couple accused of feeding their dog LSD was arrested Tuesday night and released on bond.

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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Elected officials in favor of cityhood for Peachtree Corners, Bender endorsements

Commissioner, school board member, legislators back cityhood for Peachtree Corners; Snellville mayoral race endorsements.

GAB: Free career advice, help offered

A free career workshop is scheduled for Saturday at a local elementary school.

THOMAS: Herman Cain's Gauntlet

Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton allegedly trolled for women, using state troopers as his procurers. As president, Clinton engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. He lied about it under oath and was impeached, though later acquitted by the U.S. Senate. Other sexual accusations tainted Clinton, including one that he raped one Juanita Broaddrick. That "everybody lies about sex" and "it was just sex" and didn't affect his public responsibilities, were just two of the exculpatory statements from Clinton's Democratic defenders. James Carville slimed Paula Jones, one of Clinton's accusers, by saying you never know what you'll find "when you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park."

Prep Rally to feature Rams' Gaines, Eagles' Sheehan

Gwinnett Prep Rally, a Gwinnett County high school sports TV program, airs highlights from the Region 7-AAAAA and 8-AAAAA Cross Country Championships as well as football highlights from Brookwood-Grayson, Norcross-Collins Hill and Lanier-St. Francis on this week's show. Featured athletes include Grayson's Kasey Gaines, Collins Hill's Brett Sheehan and Alvin Kamara from Norcross.

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UGA suspends three tailbacks for Saturday's game

ATHENS — Three University of Georgia running backs have been suspended for Saturday's football game with New Mexico State for violation of team policies, according to UGA head coach Mark Richt.

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Buford's Johnson makes fast transition to tailback

BUFORD -- When Andre Johnson first played football as a seventh-grader, he admits it felt a little "weird."

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Taxes, town center divide Snellville mayoral candidates

SNELLVILLE -- For years, Barbara Bender and Kelly Kautz have clashed on the Snellville City Council.

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Haddad's hard-working goal wins it for Gladiators

DULUTH -- Joey Haddad's bulldogged efforts on the forecheck paid big dividends as the end of a tight, tie game approached Tuesday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Fundraiser golf tourney planned for Bear's Best

The ClubCorp Charity Golf Tournament will be Nov. 13 at Bear's Best Golf Club to benefit the Rotary Club of Buford/North Gwinnett, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Augie's Quest and the Employee Partners Care Foundation.

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RICOH groundbreaking will bring up to 70 jobs

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials joined with RICOH Electronics Inc., Wednesday as the business prepared to break ground on a facility expansion that could bring as many as 70 jobs to Gwinnett County.

Suwanee candidates weigh consistency, change

SUWANEE -- Ask Jimmy Burnette and Doug Ireland, and there's not much to complain about around Suwanee these days.

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Sugar Hill school wins award, visit from Falcon player

SUGAR HILL -- Students at White Oak Elementary are such an energetic bunch, even professional athlete Brent Grimes had trouble keeping up.

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Autumn leaves bring array of color

SUWANEE -- Marty and Ruth Skinner of Gwinnett County love to watch the leaves change.

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CEPEDA: The White House isn't listening

The White House not really listening to solicited petitions

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BISHER: Tech's Johnson a special breed of coach

There may have been another football coach like Paul Johnson, but if there was, I missed him.

Samford's Yelton named SoCon's top coach

Former Parkview girls soccer coach Todd Yelton, now the head women's coach at Samford University, was named the Southern Conference coach of the year on Tuesday.

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Marion Cruce

Mr. Marion E. Cruce, age 67, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Kathryn Cruce; sister, Barbara Ann Ramey; son, Marion Cruce, II; and grandson, Gavin Taylor. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Laura M. Cruce, Buford, GA and Libby and Eric Taylor, Oakwood, GA; grandchildren, Bethany Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Brooklyn Taylor; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Kenneth Tucker, Buford, GA; brother, Larry Cruce, Buford, GA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Cruce was born June 25, 1944 in Atlanta, GA. He was a retired veteran of the U. S. Army and Air Force having served in Vietnam. He was a member of the Buford Church of God. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Buford Church of God with Pastor Edward Davenport officiating. Interment will be at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens in Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.

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Delane Hall

Delane (Dee) Powell Hall, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 31, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 24 years Chad Hall, son, Bryce Hall, father, Edgar Hill Powell, Sr., sister, Leanne Foxworth, all of Buford, GA, brother and sister in law, Hill and Linda Powell of Townsend, SC, half brother, Dr. Obie and Kerry Powell, uncle and aunt, Clyde and Linda Brooks of Brevard, NC, mother in law, Delores Hall of Tucker, GA, 3 sisters in law and brothers in law, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother Joan Brooks Powell. Delane was born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. She graduated in 1972 from Gainesville High School. She received her Degree in Nursing from Hall School of Nursing now known as Brenau University in Gainesville. Delane and Chad met while both were working at Grady Memorial Hospital. She worked for numerous hospitals in the Atlanta area and retired in 1991 to become a mother. Delane loved to travel. A Funeral Mass to celebrate the life of Delane will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Building Fund,6439 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411

Barbee suspends Auburn guards Langford, Neysmith

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Tony Barbee has suspended guards Josh Langford and Norcross grad Tony Neysmith for violating team rules.

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Dacula candidates agree city needs economic growth

DACULA -- While they may disagree on some matters, the three candidates vying for a seat on Dacula's city council seem to hold one common belief: Dacula needs economic growth.

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Reagan statue unveiled at namesake airport near D.C.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The 18 million passengers who travel in and out of the nation's capital through Reagan National Airport each year will now be greeted by a 9-foot tall, nearly $1 million bronze statue of the former president that was unveiled Tuesday.

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Shirley Obie

Shirley Jean Obie, age 52, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. She is survived by her mother, Vera Obie Wright of Pensacola, FL, sister, Velisa Phillips of Atlanta, GA, brother, Edward Obie of Lawrenceville, sister, Angela Obie of Pensacola, Fl, nephews, Zachary Obie and Edward Obie II, niece, Angelica Phillips, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her father Charlie Obie, Jr. Shirley was a graduate of W.J Woodham High School in Pensacola, Fl and Michigan State University. Shirley was employed with Emory University for over 25 years and worked part time for Quest Diagnostics for 17 years. A Service to celebrate the life of Shirley will be at 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. Burial will be in Pensacola, FL. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 770-963-2411

Wilma Watson

Wilma Watson, age 79, of Grayson, Georgia, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 29, 2011. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of ...

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Thomas Hamilton

Thomas Elson Hamilton, M.D., age 88 of Lawrenceville, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Funeral Services will be held 4 PM Friday, November 4, 2011 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Joel Conway

Coach Joel Thomas Conway, Jr., age 34 of Jefferson, GA passed away Monday, October 31, 2011. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 35 First Street, Hoschton, Ga. 30548, 706-654-0966. www.lawsonfuneralhome.org

Shirley Cole

Shirley Ann Casper Cole, age 65 of Auburn GA passed away on October 30, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

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Barbara Espy

Barbara Pelham Espy, age 55 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011. Mrs. Espy is survived by husband Edward I. (Ned) Espy, Jr. of Lawrenceville, GA, daughter Halley ...

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Elaine Hall

Mrs. Elaine Joan Hall, age 78, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, October 31, 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Stacia McDaniel, Buford, GA; sons and daughter-in ...

Melvin Mabrey

Melvin C. Mabrey, age 88 of Loganville, GA passed away November 1, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Twana Back

Twana H. Back, age 69 of Buford, GA passed away on October 31, 2011. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.

Pier Del Mazo

Infant, Pier Giorgio del Mazo of Snellville, GA passed away on October 23, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Gertie Gumm

Mrs. Gertie Maud Gumm, age 99, of Hoschton, Georgia died November 1, 2011. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. (www.carterfhwinder.com)

Richard Sawyer

Richard Jackson Sawyer, Jr., age 55 of Monroe, GA passed away October 30, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, "A Family Company" Lawrenceville, Chapel, 770-963-2411.

Carlye Ketchum

Carlye Nicole Ketchum, age 35 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away October 31, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Gracie Bowen

Gracie Bowen, age 74 of Snellville, GA passed away on October 31, 2011. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

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Daniel Couey

Our son, Daniel Kerry Couey lost his fight for life but won the battle for love on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011. Danny received his first heart transplant in 1997 when ...

Robert Clark

Robert Bruce Clark, age 88 of Dacula, GA passed away October 18, 2011. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770-962-3100.

Paula Peltier

Mrs. Paula Ann Peltier, age 66 of Buford, GA passed away on October 31, 2011. Services and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...