News for Sunday, June 12, 2005

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McCann's debut something special

ATLANTA - It was 1 o'clock on Friday afternoon and Howie McCann was placing his two everyday phone calls to his two sons, Brad and Brian. Only this time, the phone call placed to Brian was extra special.

Thumbs up

Thumbs up this week go to Simonton Elementary and its summer Bookmobile.

Every Thursday this summer, kids who might not otherwise have access to them can check out books from the school's bookmobile - a white minivan loaded with books and teachers who've volunteered for the program.

The Simonton Bookmobile's purpose is simple and we believe it's a brilliant idea of the literacy team teachers at the school.

The van brings books to Simonton Elementary students who might not be able to get to the school during the hours when the library is open. The group members knew those students who didn't have access to a book all summer would have to play catch-up when they headed back to school.

So if the kids can't come to the books, the team of volunteers decided, they'd take the books to the kids.

See a need

We give a thumbs up to those four lone Barrow County residents who this week attended a tour of Barrow designed to convince them to vote in June for a sales tax. We also praise the county officials who saw the need for giving constituents such an education.

The Barrow County Chamber of Commerce organized the tour of facilities that would be affected if a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax passes June 21, hoping to convince county residents to vote in favor of the penny tax. The four who came to the tour left in support of the measure.

"I was neutral until I saw the bigger picture," resident Bob Olson said. "Now I think I have to vote for it."

The tour took residents through the historic courthouse, to the county jail, past the site of the proposed new criminal justice facility and to the county's 911 center. The tour also drove past the current animal control facility and the county's recreation center and senior center, both of which were paid for in the last SPLOST.

Maj. Murray Kogod led residents through the jail, where he presented details about the county's prisoner population. According to the Department of Community Affairs, Kogod said, Barrow has often ranked as the third most over-populated jail in the state.

We encourage county residents to learn what they need to know to make an educated decision on such an important vote. More than four Barrow voters need to head to the polls in June knowing how to mark their ballot.

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Baseball

Citizens panel says we need these roads

What is your solution to Gwinnett County traffic congestion? Fewer cars? Toll roads? Public transportation? Bicycles? Flying machines?

Vols knock out Jackets 13-3

ATLANTA - Once again, the Georgia Tech players were forced to sit and watch as another team celebrated on their field.

What's going on here?

·Where: North Brown Road next to BioLab Inc.

We get it; you're more important

Tim Freeman

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Southwest Gwinnett to hold CID 'kickoff'

From staff reports

Letters to the Editor

Buford school elections need to be watched

People Briefs

Britain marks queen's birthday

Mayor could select Auld's replacement

Lunch is on Kenerly

Road closures

·Bogan Road from Harmony Elementary School to Hamilton Mill Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through August for safety improvements, curb, gutter, sidewalk and a multiuse path.

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Tuesday

Taking up the fight

The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in Gwinnett County 2005 has wrapped up, and once again this year, it's one for the record books. The event retained its status as the largest Relay event in the nation, attracting more than 12,000 participants and raising a record $2.2 million to fight cancer. This is the perfect time to say a heart-felt thank you to the thousands of dedicated volunteers, teams, team captains, cancer survivors and corporate sponsors who make the Gwinnett Relay such a success year after year.

Daily Post named best sports section

The Gwinnett Daily Post won 13 awards in the Division II category, including 2004's best overall sports section, in voting conducted by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. The awards were handed out Saturday at the organization's annual convention, held at Jekyll Island.

Police beginning enforcement of tinting law

LAWRENCEVILLE - Oddly enough, a recently revived law restricting tinted windows on automobiles has increased business for at least one Lawrenceville automotive shop that tints windows.

World Briefs

Ministers forgive $40B in debt

Hamilton Mill area growing

The suburbs keep moving north.

Braselton votes to accept new district map

BRASELTON - The Braselton mayor and two city councilmen voted unanimously Thursday to accept a redistricting map that equalizes the number of households in each council district.

Nation Briefs

Nation/World

Merle Wheeler

Mrs. Merle Wheeler, age 82 of Jefferson, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2005. Funeral Services will be announced later. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. 706-367-5467.

Robert Mcclusky

Robert J. McClusky age 81 of Lawrenceville, GA formerly of Stormville, NY and Yorktown Heights, NY, died June 10, 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary “ ...

Hoozer Cliff Van

Mr. Cliff Van Hoozer age 75 of Lawrenceville passed away June 10, 2005 at Embracing Hospice in Snellville, GA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 yrs ...

Jerry Keel

Jerry R. Keel, age 61 of Lawrenceville passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2005 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his father Ernest Buford Keel. He ...

Wilson Wallace

Wilson L. Wallace, of Snellville was born March 27, 1929 he passed away Friday, June 10, 2005. Arrangements will be held by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. of Snellville ...

Dave Barnett

Mr. Dave M Barnett, age 71, of Buford, GA passed away on June 6, 2005. Surviving are: Wife of Eight years: Sandra Barnett, Buford, GA; Son: Nathan Barnett, Lawrenceville, GA ...

Sarah Howington

Sarah Elizabeth Howington, age 85 of Buford, died Friday, June 10, 2005. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Holcomb Knight, a homemaker, and a member of ...

Ann Butler

Ann Butler, age 59 of Loganville, died Saturday, June 11, 2005. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, June 13, 2005 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral ...

Lillie Cook

Lillie Joyce Cook age 62, of Commerce passed away June 8, 2005. Funeral services Moday, June 13, 2005. Arrangements held by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc. of Lawrenceville. 770-963-2411 ...

James Williams

James Clarence (Jimmy) Williams, age 45 of Lawrenceville died Friday, June 10, 2005. Arrangements are pending with The Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726.