News for Sunday, September 4, 2005

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Victims fleeing Katrina find kindness here

Many adjectives have been used to describe Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast: deadly, catastrophic, heartbreaking.

But the words used to describe the actions of those helping the evacuees are much more positive: benevolent, miraculous, kindhearted.

Our community has opened its arms to family, friends and strangers who fled to escape the storm. Daily Post reporters have been swamped with stories of kindness and generosity. We're getting as many as we can into the paper. But time and space prevent us from relating all the good news and heartwarming stories.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross have done their part. We have come to expect that. But many others have stepped forward to comfort those who have lost family and home:

People have opened spare bedrooms and basements to strangers in need of shelter.

Residents have offered to lend automobiles to those without transportation.

Contributions to a variety of fund drives are pouring in.

Businesses have offered jobs to those who lost theirs in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Our school system promised to accommodate students displaced by Katrina.

Churches have organized fund, clothing and food drives and have organized transportation to the stricken Gulf Coast area.

Airlines have shipped supplies and equipment in and carried refugees out.

Social Service agencies are working overtime to make sure the refugees' needs are met.

Colleges have opened dorm rooms and enrollment to evacuees.

Retailers and restaurants will donate a portion of their Labor Day weekend sales to help the victims.

Some programs for families and children are waiving residency identification and income eligibility requirements.

Law enforcement agencies are sending personnel to the area to serve in whatever capacity they can.

At times it takes the worst circumstances to bring out the best in people. We certainly have seen both in the last week.

Auburn activates bike patrol

AUBURN - The Auburn Police Department is doing its bit to help in the growing energy crisis brought on by Hurricane Katrina. One of the ways it is doing this is by activating bike patrols.

People Briefs

Jennifer Tilly wins second poker tourney

Georgia Perimeter College allows hurricane evacuees to register for

There's no reason for a hurricane to blow you off your college course.

Party politics become problem in House District 106 election

While countless Republican stalwarts are backing Melvin Everson in the House District 106 race, party officials are trying to remain neutral.

Jury: Man and woman not guilty in murder case

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A Muscogee County Superior Court jury have found a man and a woman not guilty of the 2002 murder of a 72-year-old Columbus man.

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Katrina Aid

Loganville 101 class learns about planning and development

LOGANVILLE - In the fourth and final class of the inaugural Loganville 101 education series, students got the chance to walk in the shoes of a city's planning commission. Doesn't sound very exciting? Don't bet on it.

Coping with catastrophe

A 2-by-3-foot painting of the rooftops of New Orleans hangs on the wall behind my computer. I bought the watercolor print while I was covering the Republican National Convention in the Big Easy in August 1988. Until this week, I adored the yellowing cityscape. It evoked exciting memories of good times, delicious food, raucous jazz and, of course, important breaking news.

World Briefs

3 suspects released in case of missing teen in Aruba

Voices in business

Each week the Gwinnett Daily Post profiles the business men and women who help drive the success of local companies and small businesses alike. Interested in a profile? Call Doug Sams, business reporter, at 770 963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com.

GOP will be friendly to Voting Rights Act

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rampant rumors that congressional Republicans are itching to repeal the Voting Rights Act were largely responsible for the thousands of marchers who traveled to Atlanta last month to celebrate the landmark law's 40th anniversary.

Nation Briefs

Cruise ships to shelter victims

Embracing technology in Gwinnett

While Georgia and Gwinnett were hit hard by the technology downturn from a few years ago, the future is very promising for Gwinnett's high-tech industry.

Two from 48th Brigade killed in Iraq

ATLANTA (AP) - Two soldiers from Griffin, Ga. - part of the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Brigade - were killed when their Humvee hit a roadside bomb, Army officials said Friday.

Dacula councilman resigns to run for mayor's office

DACULA - City Councilman Hubert Wells resigned his post Thursday, stating his intention to run for the mayor's seat in November's election.

Letters to the Editor

School, community was disrespected

Gwinnett Children's Shelter realizes dream of home for boys

Brothers Rob, 14, and Michael, 16, (not their real names) have seen a lot in their lives. When Michael was 7 their dad got fed up with the instability and drug use of their mom and left home to start a new life.

What's going on here?

Where: Ga. Highway 316 and Sugarloaf Parkway at Gwinnett Technical College

Big, small boats battle for space on Lanier

BUFORD - Marcia Reese used to love to ski on Lake Lanier with her husband and son. She even dreamed of trading in her Grayson house for the scenic, peaceful view of a lakefront home. Reese doesn't ski anymore, but she's getting her waterside home - only 1 1/2 hours away on Lake Hartwell, which straddles the Georgia/South Carolina state line along Interstate 85. The Reeses are escaping the traffic on Lake Lanier that many say is becoming increasingly dangerous.

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CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

George A. Sancken Jr., two-term Augusta mayor, dies at 86

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - George A. Sancken Jr., a two-term Augusta mayor and city councilman, has died. He was 86.

Gwinnett University Center's Watts: It will not be easy to leave

Since July 2002, Rob Watts has been the go-to guy for Gwinnett University Center as the interim director. He was only supposed to fill in until they found a new director, but instead, Watts helped shape a new direction for the university center - turning into a four-year college.

Road Closures

Bogan Road from Harmony Elementary School to Hamilton Mill Road will require intermittent lane closures from

Thumbs Up

SAT scores are evidence of working program

Not that '70s show

Gwinnett relived a bad memory from the 1970s this past week.

Jeanette Griffeth

Jeanette Hall Griffeth, age 84 of Loganville, GA passed away September 2, 2005. Graveside service will be held Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at 11:00 A.M. at East Shadowlawn Cemetery with ...

Darrell Freeman

Darrell James Freeman, age 49 of Lawrenceville died on August 30, 2005. He is survived by his father, P. Gordon Freeman; sister, Barbara Freeman-Bullock & brother in law, James ...

Jewell Wood

Mrs. Jewell “Big Mama” Wood, age 95, of Auburn, Georgia died September 3, 2005. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home of Winder, 770-867-1361.

Peggy Hutton

Peggy Juanita Curry Hutton, age 81, of Snellville, Georgia, went to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ, on September 3, 2005. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville ...

Adrian Tucker

Evans Funeral Home of Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. Adrian Tucker, age 62 of Watkinsville, Georgia who died Saturday, September 3, 2005. Funeral services will be announced by ...

Jackie Blakley

Mrs. Jackie B. Blakley, age 42, of Dacula, GA passed away on September 2, 2005. Surviving are: Husband: William “Bill” Blakley, Dacula, GA; Sons: William Jacob Blakley, Dacula ...