Basketball team headed to Seattle

SUWANEE - A team of girls basketball players from Collins Hill High School will compete in the T-Mobile Invitational, which was created to bring national attention to the positive ways interscholastic activity programs enrich the lives of students.

The T-Mobile Invitational high school basketball tournament, set for Dec. 27 to 28 in Seattle, is the first-ever national event sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations. It will bring together eight of the top high school teams determined, in part, through USA Today's Super 25 high school basketball rankings.

Each boys team and each girls team will be guaranteed two games during the two-day event.

The team from Collins Hill will compete against students from Winter Haven, Fla.; Wilmington, Del. and Issaquah, Wash. Boys teams hail from Los Angeles; Solon, Ohio; Mobile, Ala. and Seattle.

Gwinnett Tech gets $50,000 donation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Technical College received a $50,000 donation from The Wachovia Foundation in support of the college's D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center. Wachovia Foundation leaders presented a check in the amount of $50,000 to fund a private pre-kindergarten 4-year-old classroom at the center.

The Hudgens Early Education Center on Gwinnett Tech's campus has received financial and in-kind contributions from more than 80 area businesses, corporations and private citizens who support the quality learning environment the Center provides young children and Gwinnett Tech's early childhood education program.

Bennie Boswell, The Wachovia Foundation's Senior Vice President of Community Affairs, presented the contribution to Gwinnett Tech President Sharon Rigsby and Executive Director for Institutional Advancement Mary Beth Byerly at a ceremony at the Hudgens Center.

The 26,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center provides students studying early childhood education at Gwinnett Tech a hands-on experience in a quality learning environment, while simultaneously serving as a nurturing educational center for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. The Center provides infant, toddler and before- and after-school care, plus state and private pre-kindergarten and Montessori programs, all following the National Association for the Education of the Young Child accreditation standards.

Student wins Web design contest

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Central Gwinnett High School senior earned a top spot in a statewide competition spotlighting mastery in navigation and Web site design.

Jim Taulman competed against hundreds of Georgia students, placing third in the "Navigation" category in the "WebChallenge Design Your Future" competition.

The high school competition, sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology, promotes proper Web designing techniques. Through his preparation and participation in the competition, Taulman learned and successfully demonstrated the most up-to-date codes and technology needed to create a cutting-edge, user-friendly Web site.

Traffic split takes place today

GAINESVILLE - A traffic split scheduled for Tuesday has been delayed until today.

A section of U.S. Highway 441 from the Clarke-Jackson County line to Ga. Highway 335 in Jackson County is being upgraded to a four-lane divided highway. Traffic will be split, and motorists will only be able to use one lane of the divided highway in each direction while the Georgia Department of Transportation finishes laying the top layer of asphalt.

As part of the project a new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 and Ga. Highway 334. The signal will go into flash or testing mode today.

If weather is inclement, the signal will be turned on Wednesday. GDOT and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office will monitor the area to ensure that drivers are following the new stop situation.

This seven-mile widening project has an estimated construction cost of $22 million and a completion date of Dec. 31, 2006.

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