News for Sunday, August 19, 2007


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Faculty ready to 'live' new college

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College doesn't have ivy-covered walls.

Court, election loom for ID law GOP pushes voter education program ahead of critical court hearing

ATLANTA - First, Republicans running state government tried to sway a hesitant federal judge to uphold a requirement that voters show a photo ID at the polls by making them free and easy to get.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour digs into documentaries on religion

NEW YORK - Christiane Amanpour's work on the documentary series 'God's Warriors' took her directly to intersections of extreme religious and secular thinking.

Winder-Barrow Middle begins pilot for single-sex math classes

WINDER - When Winder-Barrow Middle School opens Friday, some 8th-graders will study in all-girls or all-boys math classes.

Bible Course Committee spends year in planning

WINDER - Barrow County's 19-member Bible Course Committee will spend this school year studying teaching methods, reviewing materials and possibly deciding whether to offer the courses.

Renwick - Marsh

Suzanna Grace Renwick and Dale Raymond Marsh were married June 17 at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Winder. The Rev. Edward S. Johnson officiated the ceremony.

Georgia coaches working on new season's depth chart

ATHENS - Georgia coaches spent a late night Friday breaking down scrimmage film, hit the practice field on Saturday morning for a short workout and then headed to fans' Picture Day.

Moakler - Bailey

Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Moakler of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Leigh Moakler of Smyrna, to Jon Randall Bailey of Acworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Bailey of Freeport, Fla., and Dawn Bailey of Acworth.

Construction delays opening of Barrow schools

WINDER - Barrow County schools are opening about two weeks later this year, enabling construction to wrap up at three of its 16 schools. Renovations will continue throughout the year to Apalachee and Winder-Barrow High Schools.

Another man from Hope has renewed optimism for 2008

Buoyed by his surprise second-place finish in the Iowa Republican straw poll, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is plotting an even bigger coup against Mitt Romney in the first presidential primary in New Hampshire.

Community calendar: Central


Facebook keeps me in touch

The public at large knows as a way members of Gen Y keep tabs on school friends and establish meaningless connections with brief acquaintances.

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Rainbow Village looking for sponsors, new home

The mission of Rainbow Village, a nonprofit organization based in Gwinnett County, is to provide families in domestic or economic crisis a healing environment to rebuild their lives through a community-based transitional housing program.

Part of power plant suit dismissed

ATLANTA - A state judge Friday dismissed two key portions of a lawsuit challenging the planned construction of Georgia's first new coal-burning power plant in 25 years.

Stars committing to colleges earlier

By Corey Clark

First pitching, now bats kill Braves at home

ATLANTA - To call it a blowout wouldn't completely do it justice. The Braves trailed by as many as 11 runs and committed three errors - and that wasn't even the most embarrassing part.

Arnold - Szymanski

Amy Lynette Arnold and John Robert Szymanski were married May 19 in Natchitoches, La. The Rev. Paul Elliot officiated the ceremony.


July 9

Couple gives $20K to outfit fire trucks with defibrillators

WINDER - A Barrow County couple donated $20,600 to furnish Barrow County fire trucks with an Automatic External Defibrillator, plus a spare.

Georgia Tech's Choice 'shows out' in scrimmage Running back hopes to build 1,000-yard year

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech tailback Tashard Choice is more "workhorse" than "showhorse," offensive coordinator John Bond said.

Braselton clinic expands Space allows more services to be offered

BRASELTON - In an effort to make medical care closer to Braselton residents' front doors, the Northeast Georgia Health System has expanded its Braselton clinic.

Wise - Ivey

Amber Lyn Wise and Jeramie Don Ivey were married April 14 at the Holiday Marina Wedding Chapel on Lake Lanier. The Rev. Michael L. Martin officiated the ceremony.

Good news from schools: NAACP's Gwinnett branch hosts back-to-school forum

The Gwinnett County branch of the NAACP is hosting a back-to-school forum today to help educate parents about youth-related topics.

Prep Roundup: GAC stays unbeaten with tourney sweep

SUWANEE - Greater Atlanta Christian (6-0) won the Diamond Medal bracket in the South Gwinnett Diamond Classic on Saturday.

Marcus to speak at new PAC's first event

Gwinnett's movers and shakers have formed a new political action committee.

Jensen - Pollard

Mr. and Mrs. William Jensen of West Salem, Wis., announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Renae Jensen of Fort Collins, Colo., to Michael Edward Pollard of Fort Collins, Colo., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pollard of Snellville.

OUR VIEW: Solution is needed for traffic woes

The U.S. Department of Transportation cooled on the idea of HOT lanes on Interstate 85, choosing not to fund a proposal by the state to convert more than 28 miles of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes.

Community calendar: North


Education a key issue for governor hopefuls

If the last quarter-century of history is any indication, improving education is never far from the top of a Georgia governor's to-do list.

Johnson - Denney

Rhonda Guthrie of Temple announces the engagement of her daughter, Jennifer Marie Johnson of Avondale Estates, to Ronald Bryan Denney of Avondale Estates, son of Ron and Kathy Denney of Lawrenceville.

100th birthday

Erna Abel of Sugar Hill celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 1. She was born in Nurnburg, Germany to a family of eight. She married and had one daughter. Erna was a member of the North Shore African Violet Society, where she was named queen of show in 1966 and 1968. She was surrounded by family and friends to help her celebrate at the home of her daughter, where she resides.

First freshman class gets ready for start of college

LAWRENCEVILLE - Shannon Gresham said she didn't like Augusta State University.

Winder closes its aging jail

WINDER - Anyone arrested by the Winder police can look on the bright side - city prisoners are now housed in the new, state-of-the-art Oconee County jail.

For the rest of us Lawrenceville duo shoots to open golf high handicappers

I stink at golf. I don't break 90 too often. I lose more than one ball a round. And I can't think of the last time I went 18 holes without launching a profanity at one inanimate object or another.

Fantasia defies cynics with a mesmerizing debut on Broadway

NEW YORK - After it was announced that Fantasia would take over the lead role in the Broadway musical 'The Color Purple,' she recalls her co-stars as being warm, friendly and supportive. Still, she knew in the back of their minds that they had doubt about her casting.


Personnel moves

Farmers market brings fresh food to suburbs

LAWRENCEVILLE - Brennan Washington knows it can be a little tough to find fresh fruits and vegetables in an area that's become heavily populated and lacks open land.

McClellan - Littlehales

Oliver and Patricia McClellan of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Dawn McClellan of Tampa, Fla., to Philip Littlehales of Nuneaton, Great Britain, son of Paul and Debbie Littlehales of Nuneaton, Great Britain.

Gwinnett Gab

Theater gives $517 to animal control

One-ring wonder

Sometimes less really is more, as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus proved this weekend. Making their Gwinnett debut, the Ringling Bros. set up camp at the arena to present "Upside Down World." In the show, all the events of a three-ring circus have been condensed into one ring. Traditional and innovative circus acts are spotlighted, including dancing elephants, high-wire ballets, pliable contortionists and crazy clowns.

Berkeley Lake EMA planning strategies

BERKELEY LAKE - The Berkeley Lake Emergency Management Association will present a general document to Mayor Lois Salter and City Council members in two weeks that will address general guidelines in case of a city emergency.

Bad behavior should not go unpunished

A frightening trend is sweeping the nation, scarier even than the do-it-yourself home liposuction craze: all over the country, people are insisting that those who behave badly should be held accountable.

Rich oloroso sherry pairs well with nutty desserts, torts

In Jerez, they have a saying. "By the Day of St. Andrews (Nov. 30), what once was grape juice has now become wine."

Tutus for Tatas fashion show, luncheon to support cancer research

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

Police/fire reports

Sinks stolen from new homes

Resorts and lakes are just hours away from the metro area

By Lauren Morgan

Literary Calendar 8/19


Coach just can't get away from Duluth

Nate Gibbs was very happy in Duluth. For the Brigham Young University graduate, who lettered three times in football and played in three bowl games, coaching at the University of Minnesota in Duluth was a dream come true.

Maclean releases book about deadly Thirtymile blaze

YAKIMA, Wash. - Each had developed a very different, yet very real, bond with fire.

Community connection: Allen proud of role in road projects

Brian Allen had ambitions of becoming a lawyer before he "fell in love with local government." While he isn't an engineer, Allen said his fascination with mobility and love for driving help him in his job as Gwinnett's transportation director.

Teen Queen Winder resident will compete in Miss Teen USA pageant

Jena Sims is heading off to college soon, but she has one huge hurdle to leap over before starting school.

Braves notes: Time for Renteria's return uncertain

ATLANTA - The forecast for Edgar Renteria's return from the disabled list got a bit cloudier Saturday. Manager Bobby Cox said the shortstop felt some lingering pain in his sprained right ankle during a running drill Friday and needs more time to recover.

60th anniversary

Ruth and Jimmy Reese celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 26, 1947. The native Gwinnett couple lived in Lawrenceville for 37 years after they married, and have lived in Statham since 1984.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

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. 10.

New skate park planned near Grayson

LAWRENCEVILLE - Once construction starts on a skate park, it's hard to keep teenagers out.

Bethlehem annexes unincorporated areas

BETHLEHEM - Bethlehem is now one complete town. This month, Town Council members voted to annex its five unincorporated islands.

Sanctuary Cities a bad deal for law-abiding Americans

All around the country, certain cities are refusing to inform federal authorities about the activities of illegal aliens, even foreign nationals who commit crimes in their jurisdictions.

Rainbow Village looking for sponsors, new home

The mission of Rainbow Village, a nonprofit organization based in Gwinnett County, is to provide families in domestic or economic crisis a healing environment to rebuild their lives through a community-based transitional housing program.

Auburn, Barrow initiate watering ban

AUBURN - Both Auburn and Barrow County initiated a total outdoor watering ban Friday as the Bear Creek Reservoir's water level lowered 5.15 feet.

Sugar Hill hires first community relations director

SUGAR HILL - City Manager Bob Hail said it can be difficult to run this growing city and keep in touch with residents about new developments.

DeWinkle - McCall

Kimberlee Michelle DeWinkle and James Joseph McCall Jr. were married June 30 in Kennewick, Wash. The Rev. Craig Davis officiated the ceremony.

Francoeur takes swing at disease

Police get high marks in 911 survey

LAWRENCEVILLE - If a new survey system by Gwinnett Police is like a report card, the department's communications officers scored high marks in July, police say.

NAACP's Gwinnett branch hosts back-to-school forum

The Gwinnett County branch of the NAACP is hosting a back-to-school forum today to help educate parents about youth-related topics.

North runner Peele wins school's Bulldog Dash

Despite being a fundraiser, the race still had some stiff competition. North Gwinnett junior Jason Peele was the overall winner with a time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds, shaving 58 seconds off his time in last year's 11th place finish. Peele was pushed hard by Steve Wilcox, who was first in the 35 to 39-year old division, with his second place overall spot at 17:05.

Community calendar: South


200 players, 1,500 man-hours, one meaningful experience Mill Creek players donate time, muscle to clean yards

BUFORD - Frank Campbell toiled his Saturday morning away gutting, cleaning and reorganizing a garage that belonged to an old Snellville man he'd never met before.

What's going on here Buildings to house restaurant, nail salon

Where: At the intersection of Old Norcross Road and Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville

Travel Briefs 8/19

Delta employees film, star in 'travelcasts'

Arthur Chambers

Arthur Lendow Chambers age 76 of Lawrenceville died August 17, 2007. Art served in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was an avid sportsman, a professional bowler ...

Linda Massey

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death by Mrs. Linda Sue Martin Massey, age 54, of Maysville, who passed away on Friday, August 17, 2007. Arrangements by Evans Funeral ...

Edward Ice

Edward Leon Ice passed away on July 25, 2007 in Atlanta, GA. Ed was born on Sept. 9, 1939, in Fort Lewis, WA, and was the son of. Shirley M ...

William Kessler

Mr. William “Bill” Kessler, age 77, of Suwanee, Georgia passed away on Friday, August 17, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of ...

Susan Kalb

Mrs. Susan Elaine Kalb, age 59 of Lilburn, GA died August 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC. Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200,

Wanda Brown

Wanda Faye Bardin Brown age 54, of Clayton, GA passed away August 16, 2007 at her residence after an extended illness. Faye was a member of Liberty Baptist Church where ...

John Pilgrim

John Bunyon Pilgrim, 81, of Covington, GA passed away Friday, August 17, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Farrell; sisters Clara, Liza, Jeanette and Valerie; an ...