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Monday-Friday: Renz Baseball Christmas camp runs this Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 770-271-4554 or go to renzbaseball.com for discounts.

Tax break mixes benefit, uncertainty

There's no dispute that Gov. Sonny Perdue and his Republican colleagues in the General Assembly stand to benefit politically from an election-year tax break for senior citizens that takes effect today.

Film critics group announces top honors for 2005 movies

The 2005 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards announced its picks for the best of the best in films, performances and other categories Dec. 19 in Atlanta. Awards were announced by SEFCA President Mercy Sandberg-Wright.

Four-year college, 'gas holiday' prominent education topics of 2005

A hurricane ushered in a wave of new students and employees to Gwinnett schools. Higher education got a boost as Gwinnett established a new four-year college. Parents and students rallied behind two veteran teachers they believed were unfairly discharged. Whether or not the news was good, it was a dramatic year for education in Gwinnett. Before schools open this week for the new year, here is a look at the stories that mattered in 2005.

With new theater on its way, Barrow looks back

WINDER - Since the Horizon Theater's windows were shuttered in the early 1980s, movie lovers from Auburn to Statham have had to cross the county line to see the latest flick.

Reviewing the best of my 2005 reading list

For me, the past year included a lot of great reading. Of course, for me, every year is a good one if it involves books.

I started writing this column in March, and it's become one of the best parts of my job. Not only do I get to read, but I also get to tell people what I think, which is one of my favorite things.

Retail sales in Gwinnet appear to be on track

As 2005 came to an end, Gwinnett's retail sales appeared to be on track for about a 6 percent increase over the last year.

City officials take a closer look at group homes

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four months after two group homes for troubled kids were rejected by Lawrenceville officials, the city is looking

to tweak its rules for the

facilities.

I-85/Ga. 316 plan full of big numbers

It's the biggest project the Georgia Department of Transportation has ever seen.

Gas bill aid to last the winter

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's low-income families will have emergency funding for the coldest months.

Birth Announcements

Nov. 11

Morgan Elizabeth Tormey was born Nov.11, 2005, to Jennifer Owenby Tormey and Brian Edward Tormey of Lawrenceville. She weighed 5 lbs., 7 ozs., and was 181⁄2 inches long.

Making it big

High-stakes election year dawns for Georgia

ATLANTA - The election year that kicks off today in Georgia won't feature a U.S. Senate race for the first time in a dozen years.

OBITUARIES

ATLANTA

DOTY, JANICE

Janice Higgins Doty of Atlanta, passed away on December 30, 2005. She was born on June 25, 1940 and was a native of Atlanta. She graduated from Russell High School. Surviving are: her 3 children, Rick, Jennifer and Debbie; 6 grandchildren; her dear friend, Annie Joe Malcolm and Mr. Marvin Meyers. A loving mother, she was a great Southern cook, who loved to entertain. Everyone appreciated her sense of humor. She was a member of Peachtree Corners Baptist Church and was a board member of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association. A reception will be held on Tuesday evening and the burial will be on Wednesday. For further details, contact Bill Head Funeral Home Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

BUFORD

BROWN, GERALDINE

Mrs. Geraldine Brown, age 68, of Buford, GA passed away on December 29, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Brown. Surviving are: Daughters: April Brown, Buford, GA, Johnnie Brown, Buford, GA, Etta Brown, Buford, GA, Jane Bennett, Buford, GA and Jennifer Brown, Buford, GA; Son: Calvin Brown, Buford, GA; 12 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren; Special Sisters: Ruth Styles, Buford, GA and Bernice Johnson, Buford, GA; Two nieces and one nephew. Mrs. Brown was a native of Buford, GA. She was a retired cook from Puckett's Restaurant. She was a member of Union Baptist Church, Buford, GA. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the Union Baptist Church with Pastor Kary Harris officiating. The body will be placed in state at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com

FEREBEE, THOMAS

Mr. Thomas Wilson Ferebee, Jr. age 58 of Buford, GA died Friday, December 30, 2005. Arrangements by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com

CHATTANOOGA, TN

WASHINGTON,

SHAWN

Shawn D. Sewell Washington, 24, of Chattanooga, died Monday, December 26, 2005 in a Georgia hospital. Arrangements by Taylor Funeral Home of Chattanooga, Inc., 423-622-8152.

DACULA

HAZEN, ALBERT

Albert Hazen, 94, of Dacula, died Friday December 30, 2005. The funeral will be at 4 PM Monday January 2, 2006 at Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, with Rev. Tamlyn Collins officiating. Interment will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. A native of Midland Park, NJ, Mr. Hazen retired from the Ridgewood New Jersey Police Department in 1968 after 26 years of service. He worked for 14 years in the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ before moving to Georgia in 1991. He was a member of Berkmar United Methodist Church. Survivors include, daughter and son-in-law, Harriet and John McCauslan of Dacula; granddaughters, Robin Forbes of Lawrenceville, Bonnie Klostermann of Athens, and Penny Wingard of Bethlehem; great grandchildren, John Forbes, Robert Forbes, Brianna Wingard and Carly Wingard; brothers, Gary Hazen and James Hazen, both of Midland Park, NJ; sister, Kate Yolman of Pinehurst, SC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Berkmar United Methodist Church Family Fund, P.O. Box 37, Lilburn, GA 30048. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 - 4 PM at Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.

HOUSTON

MONTGOMERY, PATSY

Patsy Jean (Dyer) Montgomery, age 46 of Houston, died Friday, December 30, 2005. Tim Stewart Funeral Home Lawrenceville, 770-962-3100.

LAWRENCEVILLE

PEPPERS, MANNIE

Mannie Lou Ross Peppers, age 84 of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, December 31, 2005. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Engagement Announcements

Yu - Clepper

Mr. and Mrs. John Barry Allen of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Yen-Wen Yu of Atlanta, to Gregory Alan Clepper of Atlanta, son of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Patrick Clepper of Augusta.

This year, try one or more of these easy-to-fulfill New Year's resolutions

Compiled by Rachael Mason•Staff writer•and Kristen Cox Roby•Lifestyle editor

rachael.mason@gwinnettdailypost.com•kristen.roby@gwinnettdailypost.com

Write a letter to a relative you haven't talked to in a while

Support the local arts by seeing a show, exhibit or performance

Label your

family photos with names and dates

Keep a daily journal

Take a fellow

employee out to lunch

Try a new recipe from a

cookbook or friend

Volunteer at an animal shelter or donate needed supplies

Introduce your kids to classic Hollywood by showing them a black-and-white film

Attend a high school sporting event and root for the home team. Support them by buying snacks.

Pageant celebrates lives of kids with special needs

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.

Letters to the Editor

Put ID photos on voter registration cards to start with

One of our Republican State senators figured out that lots of voters weren't voters -- they were frauds. Of course he was indignant -- good gracious, what if these voting enthusiasts decided to vote Democratic or, even worse, for Ross Perot?

Not only did Cecil Staton uncover this scandal, he came up with a solution, and the Georgia Legislature excitedly passed his voter ID law. It required voters who actually wanted to vote to present both a voter registration card and official photo identification. For most Georgians, this meant you had to present a driver's license before you could vote.

2005 was a busy year in Washington politics

WASHINGTON - What a year that was - 2005!

Small wonders emerge at Hi-Hope

A year ago today, I had no idea that 2005 would be a time of small wonders at Hi-Hope Service Center.

Our public funding was shrinking as our aging clients' needs were growing. And while we had raised private contributions to renovate our 35-year-old Lawrenceville facility, we did not have what we needed to bring our programs up-to-date.

However, with vision, creativity and the introduction of assistive technology, Hi-Hope moved in a new direction that is significantly improving the quality of life for some of our most disabled clients.

Most of the breakthroughs have occurred among the two dozen men and women in our Day Habilitation Program. These folks have severe or profound developmental delays, multiple handicaps and little or no ability to communicate. Many have been with us for years, trapped in a cycle of learned helplessness and, until recently, primarily have received caretaking services.

But Shirley Ford, the manager of the program, wanted to offer more, especially in light of the new emphasis on self-determination and choice for adults with developmental delays.

High prices give new meaning to 'movie madness'

Editor's note: Rob Jenkins is taking a break this week to rev up for the new year. In the meantime, enjoy this column on that great holiday tradition: going to the movies.

Snellville police dogs earning their keep

By Andria Simmons

Staff Writer

andria.simmons

@gwinnettdailypost.com

SNELLVILLE - For Snellville Police Officers "Lex," "Euro" and "Chris," a paycheck comes in the form of a bright-yellow tennis ball.

Watching the balloons drop

County budget tight but has public safety boost

LAWRENCEVILLE - While Gwinnett's 2006 budget proposal is smaller than the 2005 one, officials will still have to use money from a reserve fund, Chairman Charles Bannister said.

No tenant yet for building on Mall of Georgia Blvd.

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column that appears in the Sunday business section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Douglas Sams, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail him at doug.sams@gwinnettdailypost.com. Where: Mall of Georgia Boulevard across from

Dillard's

What: Mimms Enterprises of Roswell is developing this new building, but it does not have a tenant yet.

When did construction start: October 2005

When will construction end: N/A

Other construction

The new East Metro Health District Office is being built on Riverside Parkway near Old Norcross Road.

Will political upheaval continue in new year?

By the end of 2004, the only county commissioners to survive the election season were the ones who weren't on the ballots.

Escape the ordinary on a specialty cruise

Do you sometimes feel like vacations are more work than play? Then maybe it's time to try a cruise.

Gwinnett Gab

Lilburn police announce 2005 employee awards

LILBURN - The Lilburn Police Department announces the commendation of several department employees honored at the city's annual holiday luncheon. The employees were selected by the 2005 awards committee made up of their peers.

Top 10 sports stories of 2005

No. 1

Francoeur, McCann break through to the bigs

It doesn't get any sweeter than this.

Road Closures

n 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 March for safety improvements to include curb and gutter, sidewalk and a multi-use path.

Land of plastic misfits

Marketplace

On the Move

Katrina Stoy has joined the Sterling on the Lake Information Center staff as a weekend community representative. Sterling on the Lake is a 1,600-home community created by Newland Communities in Flowery Branch. Real estate agent Shana McFerrin is the latest to join Prudential Georgia Realty's 85 North sales team. The office is located at 4134 Highway 53 in Hoschton.

Honors and achievements

Prudential Georgia Realty President and CEO Dan Forsman was recently presented the Captain of Industry Award by the Atlanta Board of Realtors.

The award, given for outstanding service to the organization for 10 or more years, was announced at the Atlanta Board's year-end meeting on Dec. 7 at the Cherokee Town and Country Club.

Popular resolutions take commitment

LAWRENCEVILLE - The tradition of New Year's resolutions dates back 4,000 years to the Babylonians whose most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. While today's resolutions rarely involve plows or hoes, it is a time when Americans swear to forego their most notorious habit in the coming year.

Prep roundup: South wrestlers take second

CLOVER, S.C. - South Gwinnett's wrestling team went 7-1 in the final day of the Clover Duals to earn second at the tournament.

Attorneys gear up for Corbin trial

LAWRENCEVILLE - In a few months, lawyers will lay their cards on the table and make known all the facts regarding Dacula dentist Dr. Barton Corbin and his late wife, Jennifer.

Then a jury will decide who's bluffing.

Sail Away

A guide to keeping your resolutions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sales of chocolate and alcohol decline in January, as millions of Americans resolve to eat better, work out more and quit drinking or smoking.

Most of the time, they fail. By February, many Americans may be lighting up cigarettes again while regretting that expensive gym membership (that seemed like such a good idea on Dec. 31).