News for Sunday, August 12, 2007


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Sammons still has dreams of being a Brave

Thanks to late-night television replays on Sports South, Clint Sammons never loses touch with the Atlanta Braves.

Cook - Whetstone

Dena Michelle Cook and Richard Brooks Whetstone III were married June 2 aboard the Island Princess on Lake Lanier Islands. The Rev. Marty Parker officiated the ceremony.

Community Calendar: South Edition


Office interaction leads to love, loss and problems

By Mary Foster

Fowler - Hill

Don and Shirley Fowler of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristin Michele Fowler of Braselton, to Joshua Robert Hill of Gainesville, son of Jeff and Amelia Hill of Loganville.

Cope - Hansen

Beth Ann Cope and Christopher Lynn Hansen were married June 23 at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort in Dahlonega. The Rev. Frank Colladay officiated the ceremony.

Lake hopes signs will deter littering

BUFORD - During yearly trash sweeps of Lake Lanier, Vicki Barnhorst said 25 to 35 tons of trash are recovered from the water. But Barnhorst, executive director of Lake Lanier Association Inc., said an intervention is in place to lessen the amount of litter around and in the lake.


June 11

Gwinnett gab

Local man wins shooting award

Keeping it clean Inspector makes sure restaurants maintain proper food standards

LAWRENCEVILLE - Caryn Vang wears a badge with the county's name on it, but she's not protecting Gwinnett from the typical bad guy. The health inspector is fighting other miscreants - bacteria, mold and dirt.

The four-star lunch box

By J.M. Hirsch

ARC to present Barrow's Regional Transportation Plan

WINDER - There's hope for Barrow County's traffic and transportation.

Travel Briefs 8/12

Oklahoma to be featured at Epcot festival

Barrow gets $500,000 grant for health center

WINDER - Barrow County residents could have a new health center in three or four years. The county will receive a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, Gov. Sonny Purdue announced Friday.

Eagles' O'Brian, Winslow win McCormick Pair of Collins Hill runner place first in programs annual fundraiser

SUWANEE - If the Dennis McCormick Road Race is the showcase fundraising event for the Collins Hill Cross Country team, then it looks like the Eagles have two glittering prizes behind door No. 2. For the first time in the race's 11-year history, two current Collins Hill runners finished first on a steamy Saturday morning outside of Collins Hill High School.

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia gives volunteer award to Barrow chief deputy

ATLANTA - Throughout the winter, about 40 Barrow County Sheriff's deputies labored to build a house for a disadvantaged Auburn family. That effort was recognized July 15 when Prevent Child Abuse Georgia presented the Michael E. Alexrod "Power of Prevention" Distinguished Volunteer award to Maj. Murray Kogod, Barrow County's chief deputy.

Literary Calendar 8/12


Hot rounds Local pair survive heat, claim titles in Junior Championship

Last week was hot. For the whole week, it was the first topic broached between both friends and strangers.

Trade winds troublesome for Democrats

President Bush sent the Democrats an important signal last week when he reminded reporters that Congress will have to decide this fall whether to sign off on trade deals with two more Latin American countries, Peru and Panama.

Clowns in town Ringling Bros. ambassador clown is a liaison of good spirits

When other kids were praising sports heroes and dreaming about futures as movie stars, Larry Clark was hanging posters of clowns in his room. He was admiring oversized shoes, learning to juggling and, essentially, paving the way toward becoming the next great clown.

Surprising s'mores New book reimagines a campfire favorite

You may have missed National S'more Day on Friday, but it's not too late to celebrate by concocting some of those tasty morsels.

Gwinnett superintendent met wife on blind date Community Connection: J. Alvin Wilbanks

J. Alvin Wilbanks, who has been the superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1996, has worked in education for 44 years. The native Georgian is from "a little community called Nicholson" in Jackson County, and he earned his bachelor and master of education degrees from the University of Georgia and his education specialist degree from Georgia State University.

Dacula ambassador program looks to increase graduation numbers

DACULA - The city of Dacula, in hopes of increasing high school graduation rates, has created the Student Ambassador Program.

Development Permits

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS - The following are development permits received by the Gwinnett Planning and Development Department. Developers have submitted plans for these sites but have not received the Planning and Development Department's OK to begin clearing the land. Permit applications received Aug. 3.

Sherry Wine 8/12

Sherry is one of oldest wines known to modern mankind, and although its makeup has changed some throughout the centuries, its link throughout human history is unmistakable.

New congressman shunned by donors, now calling shots

WASHINGTON - Forgive Paul Broun if he's grinning as lobbyists and business leaders stop by his new Capitol Hill office in the coming weeks to welcome him to Washington.

Georgia Tech's Bond ready for college football's big time

ATLANTA - The name is Bond. John Bond. And he hails from Rogers, Ark., the birthplace of Wal-Mart.

Have a good school year

A projected enrollment of 159,258 - about 7,000 more than last year. Almost 11,000 teachers (more than 1,500 of them new), and 23,000 total employees districtwide.

Camera finds 'survivable space' Attempts to signal trapped miners met with silence

HUNTINGTON, Utah - A video camera lowered into mine where six miners have been missing for more than five days shows 'survivable space,' a federal official said Saturday, but attempts to signal the miners were met by silence.

People Briefs

Aretha Franklin cancels show because of heat

Mary-Louise Parker hits another career high with 'Weeds'

By Frazier Moore

Goodin - Youngblood

Laura Goodin and Timothy Youngblood were married June 16 at Callaway Gardens. The Rev. Mabry Collins officiated the ceremony.

Ringling Bros. circus to arrive in Duluth on Thursday

By Anna Ferguson

50th anniversary

Bobby and Katie Miller of Duluth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married July 28, 1957 in Quinlan, Texas.

HomeBanc leaving mortgage business

LAWRENCEVILLE - Increasing delinquency rates and foreclosures have hit several large mortgage companies hard this week and have, in turn, left some Gwinnett employees and homebuyers in flux.

Three new elementary schools to open this year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Mulberry Elementary School Principal Vivian Stranahan is excited to start the new year.

Dark, rich amontillado is sherry's happy accident

Sherry is one of oldest wines known to modern mankind, and although its makeup has changed some throughout the centuries, its link throughout human history is unmistakable.

Suwanee launches wellness program for city employees

SUWANEE - After Suwanee's former city manager lost a lot of weight, city officials began talking last year about ways to encourage employee health and increase morale.

Jackson EMC workers injured in electrical fire

SUWANEE - Two electrical workers replacing a switch in Suwanee on Saturday morning suffered flash burns and were airlifted to Grady Hospital's Burn Unit in Atlanta.

Gwinnett Chamber approves new Board of Directors members

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Chamber's nominating committee and its board of directors approved new members to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors (2008-2009-2010).

Four injured in separate one-car wrecks in Duluth

DULUTH - Two Cumming women were hospitalized Saturday after their vehicle veered off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, tore through a chain-link fence, flipped twice and landed upright in a retention pond.

If we lived in Harry's world

Now that everyone who was going to read "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" has done so, we can at last talk openly about the book's apocalyptic ending, in which all the main characters are killed, the evil Lord Voldemort takes over the world and the Florida Gators win a second consecutive NCAA football championship.

Auburn cracks down on stealing city water

AUBURN - Two Auburn residents reportedly got caught taking water without paying for it after their water was shut off. One resident was cited for the crime, the other was not.

United States lags behind other countries in life expectancy

WASHINGTON - Americans are living longer than ever but not as long as people in 41 other countries.

Balfour vice president of national organization Political Notebook

Sen. Don Balfour not only has his hands on the reins of Georgia politics, now the Republican from Snellville has a powerful position with the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Nibbles and Bits 8/12

Driving around Gwinnett and the metro area, it's obvious that tables are always changing.

World Briefs

Police consider possibility that missing girl is dead

State representative gets opinions on tax reform

LILBURN - Georgia State Rep. Clay Cox, R-Lilburn, spent Saturday morning with his hand on the pulse of his hometown constituent base.

Nation Briefs

Astronauts take spacewalk, install beam

States get busy on immigration

The time honored saying that politics abhors a vacuum usually crops up whenever there's an open seat at any level of government.

Red Cross needs volunteers to help with disaster relief

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or

Womack - Palmer

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Womack of LaFayette announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Elaine Womack of Atlanta, to Timothy Forrest Palmer of Stone Mountain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest C. Palmer Jr. of Stone Mountain.

Community Calendar: Central Edition


Snellville senior development plan to be heard Monday

SNELLVILLE - Since Snellville passed an ordinance in January allowing dedicated housing developments for seniors, not one has made it to a vote in front of the City Council.

Fort Yargo hires ranger to help keep eye out for unruly kids

WINDER - When Artie Doughty started work as a Fort Yargo park ranger 20 years ago, he didn't know he would spend the better part of every summer supervising other people's kids.

Bigger bat From first homer, Bonds' career always boosted by Braves

Thankfully, Barry Bonds didn't break Hank Aaron's record in Atlanta. That would have really been hard for Braves fans to take.

Pinckneyville Community Center to hold artists expo

NORCROSS - Creativity was kindled this summer at Gwinnett's Pinckneyville Community Center.

Snellville school wins award for promoting healthy lifestyle Good News From Schools

W.C. Britt Elementary School was one of 26 schools across the United States honored this week for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff.

Franklin - Platto

Mr. and Mrs. Chip Franklin of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Franklin of Lawrenceville, to Nathaniel James Platto of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Platto of Lawrenceville.

Almost two years after Katrina, disaster is the most popular tour

By Janet Mcconnaughey

Maria McKee makes brassy album far from her country roots

By David Bauder

Growing up Gwinnett schools to open doors to record enrollment numbers

LAWRENCEVILLE - The new schools are ready. More than 1,500 teachers have been hired. The governor's $100 gift cards have been distributed.

Graduation coaches to help kids at risk of dropping out

LAWRENCEVILLE - Steve Bennett said he thinks middle school graduation coaches will become the key players in helping prevent students from "falling through the cracks."

Community Connection: J. Alvin Wilbanks Gwinnett superintendent met wife on blind date

J. Alvin Wilbanks, who has been the superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1996, has worked in education for 44 years. The native Georgian is from "a little community called Nicholson" in Jackson County, and he earned his bachelor and master of education degrees from the University of Georgia and his education specialist degree from Georgia State University.

Malone - Patrick

Paul and Faith Malone of Albany announce the engagement of their daughter, Mollie Lane Malone of Kennesaw, to Dack Newberry Patrick III of Norcross, son of Dack and Wanda Patrick of Norcross.


Personnel Moves

Korean church being built in Lawrenceville What's going on here?

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Sunday community section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Ryan Crawford, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1304, or e-mail him at

Motorcyclist dies from injuries sustained in wreck

BUFORD - A motorcyclist involved in a wreck in Buford on Friday died from his injuries, police said Saturday.

Community Calendar: North Edition


The dog days don't have to get you down

Dog days. It's bad enough that these hot, muggy days can make us miserable. But how much worse to hear all the recent news of people with more money than they know what to do with trying to make even more money by engaging in a vicious sport that makes dogs miserable?

Road Closures

' Bethany Church Road between Waters Way and 1,000 feet east of Spring Ridge Circle will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August for road widening and improvements.

Grayson History Preservation Society looking for new members

GRAYSON - In Grayson, history is not a subject to be taken lightly.

Military news

Air Force Airman Rachel E. Purcell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. She is the granddaughter of Jack and Joanne Shipley of Lawrenceville. She is the daughter of Frank and Val Guerriere of Sugar Hill. Purcell is a 2003 graduate of Brenau Academy in Gainesville.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

ZONING CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett Planning Commission on Aug. 7. Those zoning requests not tabled will be forwarded with a recommendation to the county commission for a final vote Aug. 28 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Braves notes: Braves have no hard cap on payroll

PHILADELPHIA - The Braves are still a few months away from their first offseason under new owner Liberty Media, but this much is already certain: the team will have more flexibility to increase payroll than under previous owner Time Warner.

Collins Hill student wins trip to Galapagos

ATLANTA - A Collins Hill student recently came back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands.

State begins education effort for voter ID law

ATLANTA - Georgia is launching a campaign to educate voters about a new photo ID mandate, an effort that could play a critical role in deciding whether the law passes constitutional muster with a federal judge.

Themes of 'Bourne' film ultimately anti-American

When "The Simpsons" movie turns out to be more realistic than "The Bourne Ultimatum," you know something is up. Nevertheless, the thriller is a big hit, proving once again that film audiences now want live action cartoons rather than crisp, realistic films like "The Ipcress File" or "The French Connection."

Barrow's newly formed Democratic Party to hold meeting Monday

WINDER - Members of the new Barrow County Democratic Party intend to bring the county back to a two-party system, said acting chairwoman Beth Smith.

Perdue caught in middle with insurance plan

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue readily concedes that his new plan to help reduce the number of Georgians without health insurance is a first step.

Carlson - Rushing

Genevieve Sara Carlson and David Jennings Rushing were married June 9 at Beaches Boscobel in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Kathryn Ann Franck

Kathryn Ann Franck, age 72, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away Friday, August 10, 2007. She is survived by her Husband Ross Franck; Son: Brian Franck of Mt. City, GA; Sister ...

Dorothea B. Horner

Dorothea B. Horner, age 80, of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 11, 2007. Survivors include her sons and daughter, Lloyd ...

Connell Cohes

Mr. Connell Cohes, age 49, of Duluth, GA passed away August 11, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of: Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Lacey Rae Larsen

Lacey Rae Larsen, infant daughter of Jason Dee and Ruth Ann Doerr Larsen died Thursday, August 9, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, Georgia 30078 ...

Harold F. Stinson

Harold F. Stinson, age 56 of Doraville died August 9, 2007. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 770-448-5757.

Rev. Sam Maddox

Rev. Sam Maddox, age 79, of Jefferson, Georgia died August 10, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Lennet J. Daigle, Sr.

Mr. Lennet J. Daigle, Sr., age 86, of Hoschton, GA and formerly of Buford, GA and White Castle, LA passed away on Friday, August 10, 2007. He was preceded in ...

Dale Burnes Golinski

Dale Burnes Golinski, age 49 of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, August 9, 2007. Funeral services will be held 7:30 P.M. Tuesday, August 14, 2007 in the Chapel of Tapp/Tim Stewart ...