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Bear's Best still golden in Gwinnett

The initial excitement over Bear's Best Atlanta's 2002 opening brought flocks of golfers to the Suwanee course - and it hasn't slowed.

Sales tax added to ballot; Johnson focusing on November

The contests are now set for county 2006 elections.

Renovations nearly complete at Atlanta Athletic Club

When David Toms sank a par putt on 18 at the 2001 PGA Tour Championship in Duluth, it gave him a one-stroke championship victory over Phil Mickelson.

Grading, other changes to Barrow curriculum in effect for new year

WINDER - ABCs will become 1-2-3s on elementary school report cards, beginning this year.

Sports calendar

Baseball

Aug. 19, 20: The Atlanta Baseball Club, home of the Atlanta Blue Jays travelling baseball teams, will host tryouts for the fall 2006/summer 2007 seasons on Aug. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Atlanta High School. Go to www.atlantabluejays.com for more information.

Put your story down in history

I think we all have a "rubbing elbows with a famous person" story that we love to tell. I have one about John Wayne. I never met him, actually, but my dad did. In fact, he and the Duke were buddies.

Pens, pencils and a little Marxist theory

The first lesson of the new school year is delivered even before classes convene, when Mom and Dad download the kids' supply lists. Call it Socialism 101. If the course had a textbook, it would be Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village."

OBITUARIES

SILVERS, CELESTE

Celeste "Lessie" Silvers, age 87 of Buford, GA, died Friday, August 11, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 14, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel. Rev. Lloyd Ferguson will officiate. Interment will follow in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens, Buford. The Family will receive friends on Sunday, August 13, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 260, Duluth, GA 30097 or Phone 1-800-227-2345. Mrs. Silvers was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Silvers and daughter, Barbara Dooly. Surviving are Son In-law, John H. Dooly, Buford; Grandchildren, Joyce and Steve Figueroa, Buford, Tammy and Jim Lyle, Chamblee, John and Dawn Dooly, Buford, Mark and Lori Dooly, Buford, Cheryl and Larry Smallwood, Suwanee; 6 Great Grandchildren. Mrs. Silvers was a native of Fulton County, GA, a retired dry cleaners owner in Buford, and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, GA. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

BUFORD

O'CONNELL, MURIEL

Ms. Muriel R. O'Connell, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away on August 7, 2006. Surviving are: Mother: Mrs. Muriel R. O'Connell, Lawrenceville, GA; Aunt: Patricia Aberg; Uncle: William Allen; Cousins: Jean Allison, Janet Sezerino, Elizabeth Aberg-Alachi, Ericka Aberg-Klinhaut, John Aberg. Ms. O'Connell was born in New York. She was a Real Estate Agent. She was a graduate of Midtown High School, Midtown, NY and a graduate of Columbia University in New York. She was of the Catholic faith. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gwinnett County Humane Society in memory of Ms. Muriel R. O'Connell. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

CONYERS

SMITH, HOWARD

Howard Franklin Smith, age 98, of Conyers, died Wednesday, August 9, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2006, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Scott Richardson officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Conyers. A native of Rockdale County, Mr. Smith worked for GM for 42 years and was a lifetime member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Smith was also a WWII Army Veteran serving as a Buck Sergeant with the 85th Division Infantry, 2nd platoon, 2nd squad, in North Africa and Italy. He is survived by: loving family and friends; Lee and Debbie Fowler of Lawrenceville, Mike Martin of Houston, TX, Sheri Phillips of Lawrenceville, Don and Kathy Holland, Carriere, MS, Floyd and Liz Bailey, Johnson City, TN, Hal and Gina Jackson, Tuscaloosa, AL, Rex and Beverly Robinson of Dacula, Merritt and Lynda Bailey of Pike Road, AL; 17 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Leona Robinson-Smith, and 2nd wife, Grace Bailey Smith. Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Olde Town Chapel, (770)483-7208.

FLOWERY BRANCH

BOLEN, E.O.

Mr. E. O. "John" Bolen, age 68 of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2006. He is survived by his: Wife of 47 years: Mrs. Shirley Bolen, Flowery Branch, GA; Daughters: Angela Anne Bolen, Light House Point, FL, Cindy Maria Magnuson, Coral Springs, FL; Son and Daughter-in-Law: Jonathan Scott and Sam Bolen, Scottsdale, AZ; 5 Grandchildren: Jon Magnuson, Aubree Magnuson, Alexis Magnuson, MacKenzie Bolen, Cole Bolen; Sisters and Brothers-in-Law: Betty and Ray McAdoo, Conyers, GA, Lou and Ross Withrow, Pineville, WV, Helen and Mick McConkey, Cocoa Beach, FL; Brothers and Sister-in-Law: Elmer and Marie Bolen, Lawrenceville, GA, Elvin Bolen, Daytona Beach, FL; Several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. Mr. Bolen was born on July 28, 1938 in West Virginia. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force having served in the "Cold War". He was a retired manager from J. C. Penney Company after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Ivy Creek Baptist Church, Buford, GA where he was a member of the Auditorium Bible Sunday School Class. His hobby was his grandchildren and helping other people. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Ferguson officiating. Interment will be in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

HARRISON, TN

SELL, FRANCES

Frances Shaw Sell, age 71 of Harrison, TN, died August 11, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

LAWRENCEVILLE

BURGER, MICHAEL

Michael Len Burger, age 49, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 11, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.*

WARREN, MI

MASIARCZYK,

CHESTER

Chester Masiarczyk, age 66 of Warren, MI, passed away on August 10, 2006. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristina Masiarczyk. He is survived by: Former Wife: Lillian V. Smith, Marietta, GA; Wife: Theodora Masiarczyk, Warren, MI; Daughter: Mary Ann Waters, Lawrenceville, GA; Step Daughter: Brandi Lindsay, Warren, MI; Son: Steven Masiarczyk, Woodstock, GA; Step Son: Shane L. Smith, Dunwoody, GA; Sisters: Bernice Rau, New Baltimore, MI, Josephine Gerlach, Allen Park, MI; Brothers: Frank Masiarczyk, WV, Joseph Masiarczyk, MI, Anthony Masiarczyk, Dearborn, MI; Grandchildren: Kristin V. Waters, Joshua R. Waters & David Masiarczyk. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:30 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Duluth resident volunteers to help human rights groups in Indonesia

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Tapping into the market

Jaynes' addiction: Hoops advocate recognized for her efforts off court

For 25 years Betty Jaynes feverishly worked to expand opportunities for young women in basketball.

On Sept. 7, Jaynes will receive the Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Buford expands Saturday classes

BUFORD - Originally intended for students learning English as a second language, Saturday classes at some Buford City Schools are being expanded to provide special instruction to more children.

Commission may vote on high-rises

LAWRENCEVILLE - While the suburbs are known for spreading out, Gwinnett commissioners could take their first crack Tuesday at allowing the county to grow vertically.

Cell phone companies work to attract Hispanic customers

NORCROSS

When Miosotis Farias and her family arrive at Cingular Wireless' store on Singleton Road in Norcross, manager Franklin Dominguez jumps to his feet. He greets them in Spanish, hugging Farias and getting a toy phone for her 4-year-old son, Jason.

It's possible to make nutritious choices while flying

We're all buzzing about Samuel L. Jackson's new movie, but let's talk about something everybody finds on the plane - snacks.

First Class

LAWRENCEVILLE - During nearly every discussion over whether Gwinnett County should have its own college, one talking point local boosters trotted out was that Georgia's university system had been stuck on 34 institutions since the 1970s.

Nature relocates teachers

LAWRENCEVILLE - This year teacher Jodi Sanchez will introduce her kids at Bethesda Elementary to basic scientific principles: Cells divide, the earth revolves around the sun, objects in motion tend to stay in motion.

Liberals like Lamont won't keep U.S. safe

The latest casualty in Iraq is Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an honest man who is the victim of an emotional vote against the chaotic situation in Saddamville.

As you know, Lieberman lost the Democratic primary in Connecticut to Ned Lamont, a rich guy who wants to pull American troops out of Iraq right now and the consequences be damned.

Overcrowding plagues schools

LAWRENCEVILLE - By all accounts, the Village at Duncan Creek is a pleasant place, where streets named Cardinal Crossing and Hawk Haven Highway are lined with potted plants and Adirondack chairs.

Tenn. wine shines at Beachaven

I learned three things on a recent visit to Tennessee. I don't like frog legs, speed limits in Kentucky seem to be merely a suggestion and Beachaven Winery in Clarksville is quietly making some very good wine.

Georgia's historic sites bring the past to life

Though Georgia's past can be explored at the library and on the Internet, there's nothing quite like a visit to one of the state's many historic sites. From historic homes to Civil War battlefields, these places help show what life was like for people long ago.

For families, a trip to one - or more - of Georgia's many historic sites would make an ideal weekend getaway that is both fun and educational.

America Indians in Georgia

When embarking on a tour of historic sites, the Etowah Indian Mounds in Cartersville are a good place to start. American Indians began building these earthen mounds in about 950. The 54-acre site on the Etowah River, which now includes seven mounds and a museum, was once home to a thriving village of Mound Builder Indians.

Gwinnett Gab

Kroger to host

golf tournament

DACULA - Kroger will host a charity golf tournament Monday at the Trophy Club of Apalachee in Dacula. The event will held in memory of Robert Hoyle, a loyal and dedicated associate of 37 years with Kroger's Atlanta Division in Gwinnett County who lost his life earlier this year to lung cancer.

Hoyle, a former manager of the Loganville Kroger, organized the first Casino Night, an annual event that raises funds for the AFLAC Children's Cancer Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Casino Night is still held each year and brings together numerous residents throughout the metro area.

Gordon's poised to make history on road course

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Jeff Gordon once made it seem so easy on NASCAR's road courses. Hop behind the wheel of his rainbow-colored No. 24 Dupont Chevy and humble the other 42 drivers in the field.

Hospital expansion under way

New CEO Philip Wolfe will carry out a major expansion of Gwinnett's community hospital system to keep up with what he calls the county's staggering population growth.

School start to shift in '07

WINDER - School already has started in Barrow County this year, but students will spend next August on beaches and couches instead of at their desks.

Federal illegal immigration hearings to hit Georgia this week

The House Republicans' summer road show to build support for their version of federal immigration reform will make a couple of stops in Georgia this week.

Nine House committees have been taking testimony on how illegal immigration is affecting different parts of the country.

But critics accuse House GOP leaders of playing politics with the 21 field hearings, pursuing a strategy that will delay and possibly prevent a solution this year to an issue at the top of the national agenda.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Evans, will chair a hearing on Monday in Gainesville focusing on how illegal immigrants in the work force are affecting wages.

Then on Tuesday, Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, will preside over a hearing in Dalton on the effects illegals are having on the health care system.

House Republican leaders decided to take the immigration issue to the nation after their counterparts in the Senate passed legislation in May that differs dramatically from a bill the House approved last December.

The House version takes a get-tough approach, declaring it a felony to be in this country illegally and calling for tougher border security measures.

The Senate bill, passed with the support of Republicans and Democrats, would provide the estimated 11 million illegals already here with a pathway to citizenship. The Senate version has the backing of President Bush.

"People need to understand what's in the House bill and what's in the Senate bill,'' said John Stone, Norwood's spokesman.

The hearings are giving House Republicans an opportunity to get out that message while, at the same time, generating news coverage of what the witnesses are telling committee members.

"What these hearings are showing is the devastating impact illegal immigration is having on the country,'' Stone said. "We're trying to make the point that this is real in state after state.''

But opponents of the House bill say they're suspicious of the timing of the hearings.

It's very unusual for congressional committees to hold hearings on legislation after it has passed the House and Senate.

Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, said it would be more productive for House and Senate leaders to appoint a conference committee to work out a compromise that both legislative chambers could pass and send to the president.

Gonzalez' organization is so incensed about the hearings that it will be sponsoring news conferences before both the Gainesville and Dalton hearings to talk about the contributions immigrants are making to the American economy.

"The House bill is a ridiculous bill that won't go anywhere because business interests won't have it,'' he said. "Everybody agrees the immigration system is broken. ... We need to fix it and not waste time with these dog-and-pony hearings.''

But Adrienne Elrod, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said House Republicans are more interested in scoring points with voters in an election year than achieving meaningful reform.

"Republicans are running a single-issue campaign on an issue that they can't point to one accomplishment on,'' she said.

Even if House Republicans were interested in coming to the table, however, supporters of their version of immigration reform aren't willing to go where the president and Senate Republicans want to take them.

"I think no bill is better than this terribly flawed expensive amnesty,'' said Phil Kent, the Atlanta-based national spokesman for Americans for Immigration Control, who will testify at Monday's hearing. "The Senate bill is so bad I'm glad the hearings are focusing on it.''

E-mail Dave Williams at dave.williams@gwinnettdailypost.com Have any thoughts about this column? Share them with us at letters@gwinnettdailypost.com. Letters should be no more than 200 words and are subject to approval by the publisher. Letters may be edited for style and space requirements. Please sign your name and provide an address and a daytime telephone number. Address letters for publication to: Letters to the Editor, Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0603. The fax number is 770-339-8081.

Sugarloaf to get another shopping center

n Where: Sugarloaf Parkway and Duluth Highway across from Discover Mills mall

•What: New shopping center with two retail buildings, one at 12,500 square feet, the other at 8,400 square feet. Plans for specific tenants have not been submitted.

Interchange may be named for former Barrow chairman

WINDER - Among the final things former Barrow County Commission Chairman Eddie Elder did before he died in office in 2004 was to work on upgrading an interchange at Ga. Highway 8 and Midland Avenue.

Marketplace

Conducting business

Homebuilder Brayson Homes and HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. have formed BH Mortgage Partners, a joint venture mortgage lending company. The new company is based at 780 Buford Highway in Suwanee. The move enables BH Mortgage Partners to enhance the relationship that began four years ago when HomeBanc formed a marketing alliance with Brayson Homes.

Barnes & Noble is launching a new 28,000-square-foot store at the Avenue Webb Gin outdoor mall in Lawrenceville. The store, which officially opens Wednesday, is one of the largest in the bookseller's chain, with expanded music and children's sections, and more books in Spanish. The store has an expanded DVD section and an upgraded red dot system, that allows customers to listen to any CD in the store before they buy it.

Wedding Announcements

Kratowicz - Phillips

Karen Alfreda Kratowicz and William Tyler Phillips were married on May 27 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn. The Rev. Michael Byrne and Dr. James E. Hunter III officiated the ceremony.

Lionheart Theatre Company finds new venue in old church

Thank goodness for old churches.

Extra fee attached to tax billHomeowners will pay stormwater fee

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials are expecting a flood of phone calls this week, when residents receive their property tax bill.

College already in a bind when it comes to space

LAWRENCEVILLE - The buildings of Georgia Gwinnett College are stylish and high-tech and sit on a well-manicured campus near the intersection of Ga. Highway 316 and Collins Hill Road.

Trek with 10,000 toy turtles raises money for Tree House

JEFFERSON - On a gray and overcast day, marked by frequent showers, hundreds of people ignored the wet weather to watch thousands of plastic turtles meander through a local lake.

Technology 'like the Enterprise'

LAWRENCEVILLE - The wall-mounted mechanical pencil sharpener, a mainstay of classrooms for decades, sticks out like a sore thumb amidst the new technology in one of Georgia Gwinnett College's new lecture halls.

Brewers tie up series with win in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Bill Hall and Prince Fielder homered to back seven strong innings by injury-plagued Ben Sheets, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Norcross fills community development director post

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jennifer Peterson said she's happy to have discovered Norcross.

Literary Calendar

Tuesday

Elizabeth Cox, author of "The Slow Moon," will discuss and sign her work Tuesday at the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. A reception will be held at 6 p.m., and the discussion begins at 7 p.m. The event costs $10. Reservations are requested. Free parking is available behind the Visitors Center on Crescent Avenue. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org.

Engagement Announcements

Sellers - Adkison

Dr. and Mrs. John G. Sellers Jr. of Fairfax, Va. announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Diane Sellers of Dunwoody, to Todd Nolan Adkison of Dunwoody, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lou Adkison Jr. of Lawrenceville.

Frances Shaw Sell

Frances Shaw Sell, age 71 of Harrison, TN, died August 11, 2006. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Inc., Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .

Celeste Silvers

Celeste “Lessie” Silvers, age 87 of Buford, GA, died Friday, August 11, 2006 after an extended illness. Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 14, 2006 at 11:00 ...

Chester Masiarczyk

Chester Masiarczyk, age 66 of Warren, MI, passed away on August 10, 2006. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristina Masiarczyk. He is survived by: Former Wife: Lillian ...

Michael Len Burger

Michael Len Burger, age 49, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away August 11, 2006. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Muriel R. O'connell

Ms. Muriel R. O'Connell, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away on August 7, 2006. Surviving are: Mother: Mrs. Muriel R. O'Connell, Lawrenceville, GA; Aunt: Patricia Aberg; Uncle: William Allen ...

Howard Smith

Howard Franklin Smith, age 98, of Conyers, died Wednesday, August 9, 2006. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2006, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m ...

E.o. Bolen

Mr. E. O. “John” Bolen, age 68 of Flowery Branch, GA, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2006. He is survived by his: Wife of 47 years: Mrs ...