A look back at the Gwinnett Daily Post's top stories of the week.
State backs county's "Harry" decision
A Loganville mother who has waged a one-woman fight against the Harry Potter books hasn't decided whether to appeal a ruling Thursday allowing the popular children's series to remain in school libraries.
"I think I need some time to think about it," Laura Mallory said after the state Board of Education rejected her attempt to have the books banned from Gwinnett County schools. "There's a lot of planning involved."
Thursday's vote was anticlimactic. With no discussion, board members ruled that the Gwinnett Board of Education was within the scope of its authority in deciding not to remove the books.
Church removes Hog name
After 152 years, Hog Mountain Baptist Church in eastern Gwinnett County has no more hog connection.
Church members voted to become Hamilton Mill Baptist. They picked from a handful of possibilities less colorful than Hog Mountain, including Oak View, Fort Daniel, Mill Creek and Oak Hill.
The Rev. Barney Williams said he advocated changing the name because hogs are associated with sin in the Bible. He says he believes a different name could attract new members.
Tough on traffic
The Suwanee Police Department plans to have concentrated patrols on Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Suwanee Dam roads through the end of January, and police officers will be looking for motorists speeding, tailgating, and cutting into or through traffic, Lt. Cass Mooney said.
Police are targeting Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road because that's where 56 percent of the crashes in Suwanee have happened, Mooney said. As the main east-west corridor through Suwanee, the road also known as Ga. Highway 317 provides access to parks, two elementary schools and North Gwinnett High School.
There have been 894 crashes in Suwanee this year through November, and 501 of them have happened along Ga. 317, according to the Police Department. Of the 270 crash-related injuries in Suwanee, 152 happened along Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Suwanee Dam roads. Three high school students were killed in October in an accident at Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Smithtown roads.
Estimating up to 20 to 25 percent of their cases involve illegal immigrants, Gwinnett judges made a plea to state legislators to address the problem by adding another judge to the bench. ... Local business leaders approved a plan Thursday to spend up to $50,000 to study the possibility of extending a MARTA rail line into Gwinnett. ... The budget squeeze caused by crowding at the Gwinnett County Detention Center got some relief Tuesday, when commissioners agreed to give the sheriff up to $2.5 million more to house inmates in other jails. ... A $250 million contract for the Yellow River plant was approved by commissioners Tuesday, which will help fulfill a goal to close the county's smaller, less efficient plants. ... The Gwinnett Board of Education approved a resolution to refinance a portion of the 2004 series certificates of participation, which will save the school system more than $8.1 million.
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