News for Sunday, April 10, 2005

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See items up for bid in our online auction

Inside today's edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post, you'll find a 56-page tabloid devoted to the paper's first-ever online auction.

County legislators have strong showing during 2005 session

We've been writing about it for more than two years - Snellville Sen. Don Balfour is a powerful leader in the General Assembly.

Dacula City Council annexes 2 acres for offices

DACULA - Two office buildings will rise along Harbins Road on 2 acres previously zoned residential/agricultural in unincorporated Gwinnett County. City councilmen Thursday unanimously voted to annex and rezone the property to office/industrial use. No one spoke against the project. Plans show two 5,000-square-foot office buildings constructed of brick on four sides, with a 50-space parking lot in front. The developer will build a deceleration lane and sidewalk along Harbins Road and maintain a 50-foot buffer and 5-foot-high fence along the southern and western boundaries where the acreage adjoins residential property. The parcel is designated as low density residential on Gwinnett County's Future Land Use Map, and Dacula's Planning and Zoning Department recommended approval of the project. The Harbins Road area, which was formerly farmland, recently has been the object of Dacula's attention. The two acres adjoins Dacula to the east, where city councilmen recently annexed and rezoned 8 acres to office/industrial use for a child day care center. The north end of the property, across Harbins Road, was recently annexed into Dacula and rezoned transitional residential district for single family units.

Gas prices likely to stay high

Don't expect a break at the gas pump anytime soon.

Letters to the Editor

Oppose GOP power grab in Senate

Council for Quality Growth celebrates 20 years

DULUTH - The Council for Quality Growth this month is observing its 20th anniversary and Gov. Sonny Perdue is slated to take part in the celebration.

Berkmar picks up big region win over Grayson

LOGANVILLE - Cody Anderson went 2-for-3 with a double as Berkmar beat Grayson 6-3 on Saturday. Michael McCree and Jacob Matheny both added two hits and an RBI for the Patriots.

Ramifications of UGA tensions still coming to light

Linda Courts says she is "thrilled and optimistic." The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter. Peace may come in our time. Bulldog Nation is preparing to stack arms. The Mike Adams-Vince Dooley Wars are over.

World Briefs

Thousands of protesters mark fall of Baghdad

Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down

Thumbs up ...

Man charged after Barrow police chase

From Staff Reports

Shockley leads Red team to win on G-Day

ATHENS - Georgia allayed some concerns about its offense during Saturday's spring G-Day game and had some fun doing it.

Dream House making strides in helping kids

Dream House making strides in helping kids By MICHELE GLASER

Gladiators cap regular season with win

From Staff Reports

Legislature had most productive session in years

In the 13 years that I have been in the Senate, this has been the most productive session we have ever had. The 2005 legislative session wrapped up March 31, one day early, with the General Assembly successfully passing an aggressive agenda that will benefit all Georgians.

People Briefs

'Survivor' takes TV news job in North Carolina

Johnsons impressive in Yellow Jackets' scrimmage

ATLANTA - There's already one pass-catching Johnson doing damage for the Georgia Tech offense - reigning ACC rookie of the year Calvin Johnson. Another one, redshirt freshman James Johnson, showed Saturday that opposing defenses might have another Johnson to worry about. James Johnson had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns during the Yellow Jackets' two-hour scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Calvin Johnson hauled in four balls for 146 yards and one touchdown. "I'm just trying to keep the (defensive backs) away from the other Johnson," James said after the scrimmage. The 6-foot, 190-pound James Johnson is not nearly as physically imposing as Calvin (6-4, 225). But if Calvin is to better his 48-catch, 837-yard performance of a year ago, it's up to players like James to provide another threat at wide receiver. James Johnson is competing with sophomore Pat Clark to be the team's No. 3 receiver behind Calvin Johnson and Damarius Bilbo. James Johnson is working at outside and slot receiver positions. Clark is primarily a slot receiver. Clark had two receptions for 13 yards in Saturday's scrimmage. "I hate to even put numbers on it. Either of them can play and play well for us," Tech head coach Chan Gailey. Behind the strong performances of both receiving Johnsons, the Yellow Jackets passing game was solid Saturday. Quarterback Reggie Ball completed 13 of 27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Ball also had two interceptions. Taylor Bennett was 13 of 25 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, both to James Johnson. He was picked off once. Ball worked exclusively with the first-team offense against the first-team defense. Bennett played some with the No. 1 and also with the second-team offense. "Reggie did some good things, but he made a couple of big mistakes that he knows he needs to avoid. He's seeing things better and understands what he's doing better. He's getting better, there's no question," Gailey said. "Taylor made a nice jump. His accuracy is still not where it needs to be. There are some mechanical things that we can help him with, but he is making strides mentally." Cornerback Avery Roberson had two interceptions. Safety Chris Reis had one, as did cornerback Reuben Houston, who returned his for a touchdown. The Tech offensive line, the biggest question mark entering spring practice, struggled to open holes in the running game. The offense was unable to move the ball on the ground against either defense. "We're not even close to where we need to be with the offensive line," Gailey said. "That's the biggest area we have to work on." Defensive tackle Darryl Richard left the field with an apparent knee injury. The Yellow Jackets were already without defensive tackles Travis Parker (shoulder) and David Brown (mono). In addition to returning starter, Joe Anoai, freshman Elris Anyaibe and sophomore Marcus Harris were playing significant snaps at defensive tackle Saturday. Tech moved two-year starter Mansfield Wrotto to offensive guard in the off-season. "We don't have a lot of bodies right now. We're going to have to do something about that," Gailey said. "We have to see if these are minor injuries or major injuries. We'll have go from there."

Charles Chatelain, Sr.

Charles George Chatelain, Sr., age 67 of Lawrenceville, died April 8, 2005. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30045. 770-277-4550

Bettye Brown

Bettye C. Brown, age 69, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, April 9, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, April 11, 2005 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Virginia Turner

Mrs. Virginia Price Turner, age 87, of Wrightsville, GA passed away on April 8, 2005. Surviving are: Sisters: Marion Price Elkin, Tennille, GA; Iris Price Dover, Buford, GA; Three Nephews ...

Thomas Gresham

Thomas O. (Tommy) Gresham, 79 of Stone Mountain, died Friday April 8, 2005. He is survived by his wife Annie L. Gresham. Also survived by four children: Lorrie McCart of ...

Betty Sue Moore

Betty Sue Moore, age 73 passed away April 7, 2005. Born December 21, 1931 to Avery Frank Cope and Georgia Oday Cope in Canton, NC. She was preceded in death ...

Chris Stephens

Mr. Chris Stephens, age 31, of Sugar Hill, Ga passed away on April 8, 2005 doing something he loved although bravely fighting the effects of heart disease and related complications ...

Edwin Malone

Edwin Leon Malone, age 67, of Lilburn, GA passed April 8, 2005 Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas Van Collie, age 64 of Sugar Hill died April 8, 2005. Services will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518 ...

James Alford

James A. (Art) Alford III, age 42, of Commerce, GA formerly of Lawrenceville, GA died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 8, 2005. He is survived by his parents ...