News for Sunday, August 26, 2007


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Crews - Duncan

Haley Renee Crews and David Scott Duncan were married May 5 at Crane Cottage, Jekyll Club Hotel on Jekyll Island. The Rev. Elbert Osteen officiated the ceremony.

Sims - Nash

Darlene Sims and Melvin Nash were married July 7 in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Dechko - Thamer

Cassandra Elizabeth Dechko and Shaun Christopher Thamer were married June 9 at Grayson United Methodist Church. The Rev. Phil Schroeder and Doug Dechko, uncle of the bride, officiated the ceremony.

Collins Hill sweeps through stage races in Gainesville

OAKWOOD - What does it say when the coach of the best team feels his had a perfect day in the first race of the season? Probably a lot.

Wessinger - Lee

Melissa Ann Wessinger and Brandon Burns Lee were married June 30 at Grace Lutheran Church in Carrollton. The Rev. Michelle Kuhlman officiated the ceremony.

Home opener to test Vick's absence on attendance

FLOWERY BRANCH - Nobody puts bodies in seats like Michael Vick.

Neighbors anxious about subdivision sale

LAWRENCEVILLE - The impending sale of her home - and those of all her neighbors - leaves Zejfa Pavleka feeling bittersweet.

Prep Roundup: Lions sweep day for Gold Bracket win

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge (7-5) won the Gold Bracket in the American Home Mortgage Tournament on Saturday.

Barrow BOE to discuss land sale for center

WINDER - Barrow County's Board of Education members will discuss Tuesday the possible sale or donation of about 11⁄2 acres to a nonprofit for use as a community outreach center.

High expectations see Bulldogs back in SEC title hunt

ATHENS - By the standards set since Mark Richt arrived in Athens, finishing at 9-4 last season was a down year by any measure.

N.J. hacker untethers iPhone from AT&T network

NEW YORK - Armed with a soldering iron and a large supply of energy drinks, a slight, curly haired teenager has developed a way to make the iPhone, arguably the gadget of the year, available to a much wider audience.

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

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

Community calendar - Central


Nibbles and Bits

Bonefish Grill, Chipotle open new locations


June 24

Georgia Sex Offender Registry

The following are the names of sexual offenders residing in Gwinnett County who have registered with the GBI and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department according to O.C.G.A. § 42-1-12. This code requires persons convicted of a sexual offense on or after July 1, 1996, to provide their names and current addresses to the above agencies. More information concerning these offenders can be obtained by calling the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department at 770-619-6808 or 770-619-6800 Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

People Briefs

Movie director involved in fatal accident in L.A.

Our view: Time for football

Anticipation gives way to action this week when the high school football season kicks off Friday night. It's a special time in Georgia, particularly here in Gwinnett County, home to many talented programs, including 2006 Class AAAAA state co-champion Peachtree Ridge.

Cleveland Rocks Northern Ohio city is a great weekend getaway

I grew up in Cleveland when so many labeled it "The Mistake on the Lake." I don't know how my family felt, but its reputation gave me an inferiority complex.

Effort goes on to confirm site of Fort Daniel Searchers have found artifacts

HOG MOUNTAIN - A group of archaeologists believe they have located the site of Fort Daniel, one of Georgia's oldest frontier forts. Until now, Fort Daniel has lived on in tradition only because no one ever documented its location.

Braves notes: Dotel unsure when he will come back

ST. LOUIS - Octavio Dotel said all week that Friday's bullpen session would give him a better idea of when he might be able to come off the disabled list. But it only left the Braves reliever shaking his head on Saturday.

Global warming debate cooking in Georgia

Georgia Democrats and environmental activists took one look at the press release put out in advance of last week's hearing on global warming at the Capitol and figured the fix was in.

Carl mulls raising business license fees

CARL - Carl business license fees could more than double if City Council members approve a proposal in September.

O.J. Simpson book will not be stocked by Barnes and Noble

NEW YORK - If you're hoping to buy the new edition of O.J. Simpson's 'If I Did It,' don't expect to find a copy at Barnes and Noble.

Mineral makeup hot on the cosmetic market

Heather Schardan's mother-in-law is a QVC junkie. She watches the shopping channel religiously, and on occasion, it pays off. It was through the channel that she discovered mineral makeup, and recommended Schardan look into it.

MUST READ: Chinese sculptor selection sparks protest for MLK monument

WASHINGTON - The selection of a Chinese sculptor to carve a three-story monument to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall is creating a split over just what part of King's legacy should be celebrated.

City reminds of required permit for yard sales

SUGAR HILL - If a little belated spring cleaning is on your horizon and you've been thinking a yard sale might be the best way to rid yourself of unwanted clutter, and if you live in Sugar Hill, you first need to make sure you're prepared.

Coming to a neighborhood near you - DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS

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. 17.

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Ready for some football?

The Daily Post's annual guide to Gwinnett County football in today's paper begins our unparalleled high school coverage. The section includes 64 pages of in-depth team previews and analysis for each of the area's 20 teams. Look for more features online and in the print edition this season by the Daily Post, your home for high school football.

McKenna stays true to indie roots with new CD

NEW YORK - Fans who've followed Lori McKenna since she was performing in small cafes, selling self-released CDs after a show, may have been a little nervous when the mainstream country establishment scooped her up.

Cleaning up for charity

Alan Jackson's wife talks about how faith helped rebuild marriage

NEW YORK - Denise Jackson knew that her marriage to Alan Jackson wasn't perfect. She was too needy and insecure in the relationship, and he was on the road a lot, becoming one of country's biggest superstars.

Military News

Air Force Airman John W. Fussell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He earned the distinction as an honor graduate of the course. John is the son of Charles Fussell of Lawrenceville and Beverly Hall of Norcross.

Fire destroys roof of home

NORCROSS - Lightning triggered a roof fire at a Norcross home Friday night during a powerful storm that wreaked havoc from Dacula to Duluth.


Matt Crall, the general manager of Hotel Equities' SpringHill Suites by Marriott at the Mall of Georgia, was recently named the General Manager of the Quarter at the Hotel Equities' Awards Luncheon.

Children create art for dog park

LAWRENCEVILLE - Fido's new Stone Mountain playland now has its own art.

Sheriff says he won't enter race for chairman's seat

The rumors can stop now.

Store's sales help benefit Braselton-West Jackson library

BRASELTON - Braselton Library Manager Beverly Adkins said her institution has the "best of friends."

Additional softball fields inch closer to reality for city of Auburn

AUBURN - If you build it, according to the Auburn community, they will come.

Suwanee to appoint new interim manager

LAWRENCEVILLE - While the search for a permanent city manager is still on, the Suwanee City Council is expected to tap Planning Director Marty Allen to take over the temporary duties.

Land's value zooms County pays $4M more than developers did

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County paid $4 million more for land than developers, who completed their own purchase of the land a day before commissioners approved the deal.

Greece fire death toll hits 46 Winds fan new blazes; arson suspected cause

ZAHARO, Greece - Forest fires sweeping uncontrolled across southern Greece have killed 46 people, some found Saturday in the charred homes of mountain villages reached too late by rescuers hampered by wind-driven flames. New blazes erupted across the country, including a fire on the fringes of Athens.

Hughes - Bower

William and Debra Hughes of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Elizabeth Hughes of Snellville, to William Jeremy Bower of Snellville, son of Michael and Vicky Bower and Jill Bower, all of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Community Calendar - South


Medicaid managed care under fire at 1-year mark

LILBURN - Taking the kids to the dentist is a big undertaking for Nia Compres. The Lawrenceville woman has four sons she has to take out of school to get their teeth cleaned and checked.

Budget, subdivision proposal on Barrow commission agenda

WINDER - Barrow County's Board of Commissioners will consider a rezoning request that, if approved, would place a 20-home subdivision within 2,000 feet of a runway at the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport.

Music on Main will help keep dream alive

What started out as a dream for one woman turned out to be reality for thousands.

Book festival is a weekend alternative

Excuse me while I say something sacrilegious: There are other things to do on a fine September weekend besides watch football.

In Brief

See N.Y., Chicago on the run

Down Right Theatre hoping to stage a comeback with new shows

More than once, Scott Ross has been stopped and asked "When are you going to do 'Dracula' again?"

If I play my game nobody can stop me USC-bound Butler one of best WRs in nation

NORCROSS - After last season's breakout performance, Norcross' Brice Butler already knew he was a very good player.

Gwinnett losing its feel of paradise with development

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, put all the trees in a museum and charged $1.50 to see them. Sound familiar?

Walk aims to bring depression, suicide out of the dark

It's not an easy thing to talk about, so more often than not, it goes unmentioned. But covering up the problem doesn't make it go away.

Gwinnett Tech photography student wins honor in national contest

A student from Gwinnett Technical College's commercial photography program won top honors in the national SkillsUSA competition, finishing in the top 10 in this summer's competition.

Skate park opens in Mountain Park

LAWRENCEVILLE - For years, skate boarders have hung around Mountain Park Park, skating around the concession stand and elsewhere nearby.

Presten - Wilhite

Elaine Presten of Loganville and Paul Presten of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Marie Presten of Loganville, to Adam Smith Wilhite of Snellville, son of Lisa Wilhite of Snellville and George Wilhite of Loganville.

Nation Briefs

Democratic Party threatens to take Florida votes away for early election

Sherry makes a sweet treat for dessert

In the last few weeks, we've been through starters (tapas and appetizers) and main courses, and finally, it's time for dessert. We had fino and manzanilla sherry to start our adventure, moved on to amontillado and oloroso with our heavier foods, and now we finish it all off with something very sweet and satisfying.

Gwinnett gab

Grayson student gets college scholarship

Community Connection: Paula Hastings Woman follows path from tennis court to Planning Commission

Paula Hastings, one of two District 4 representatives on Gwinnett's planning board, lives in Lawrenceville with her husband, Scott, and their 9-year-old son Ross. Hastings is a co-founder of the Golden Triangle Community Association, has taken Leadership Gwinnett classes and is involved with Partnership Gwinnett and the PTA.

Tourney time How exactly this PGA playoff works and what it means for the fans

Golf on television is great background noise.

Superintendent of Barrow schools up for state award

WINDER - Ron Saunders, Superintendent of Barrow County Schools, is nominated for the Georgia School Superintendents Association 2008 Superintendent of the Year.

Critics not fond of good, clean fun for kids

There is no doubt that some entertainment critics have glorified rap "artists" like Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris. Twenty years ago, pro-drug, anti-women and pro-violence lyrics would not have been embraced by the mainstream media for fear of public backlash. But today, bring on perversity in the name of diversity. Anything goes.

Study breaks down what it takes for a movie to be a hit

Movies are supposed to be about getting lost in emotion. But one scientist has broken down the film industry to cold, hard facts.

Parade for Hindu mandir brings out faithful, curious

LILBURN - An elaborate parade to celebrate the opening of a new Hindu temple in Lilburn drew hundreds of spectators out to the roadside and thousands of followers to the grounds on a sweltering Saturday afternoon.

Hudson's win streak comes to a 5-4 end

ST. LOUIS - He is the closest thing to a sure bet the Braves have had. When Tim Hudson pitches, Atlanta can usually forget about its starting pitching problems, even if only for a few hours.

Gill - Franklin

Sue O'Dell of Bethlehem announces the engagement of her daughter, Courtney Rae Gill of Bethlehem, to Brandon Kelly Franklin of Bethlehem, son of Donald and Cathy Franklin of Lawrenceville.

Saving Liberty Heights County now trying quality of life effort

DORAVILLE - For half a century, Mary Baxter has enjoyed her quiet life in one of Gwinnett's first subdivisions.

Napa Valley vintner Daryl Sattui is king of his wine castle

CALISTOGA, Calif. - Daryl Sattui set out to build a modest, 8,500-square-foot winery. Millions of dollars and 120,000 square feet later, he's king of a wine country castle complete with drawbridge, dungeons and nifty little slots for the old boiling oil trick.

World Briefs

Car bomb kills 7 at Shiite shrine

Celebrate the last days of summer with desserts, wine

School is back in session, and before you know it, football season will be in full swing. The leaves will start to turn and summer will surely fade.

Author feels show accurately captures his 'Dexter' book series

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Jeff Lindsay doesn't seem like the kind of guy whose mind could give birth to a serial killer.

Sheriff: TB patient jailed

LAWRENCEVILLE - A person with tuberculosis was taken into jail on Friday night, said Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway on Saturday.

Coming to a neighborhood near you - ACTION TAKEN

CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett Planning Commission on Aug. 21. 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.

Literary Calendar


Greenlee - Forster

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Greenlee of Cumming announce the engagement of their daughter, Alicia Marie Greenlee of Cumming, to Joshua Douglas Forster of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darren Forster of Lawrenceville.

Veteran team, favorable schedule have Tech thinking ACC title

ATLANTA - Every serious college football fan performs the same August ritual.

Michel Castillon

I. Michel “Mike” Castillon, age 43 of Suwanee, GA died August 23, 2007. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Marian Hardy Aderhold

Mrs. Marian Hardy Aderhold, age 82 of Atlanta, Georgia died Friday, August 24, 2007. Evans Funeral Home Chapel, Jefferson, Georgia.

Megan Chapman

Megan Chapman, 28, of Lawrenceville, died August 25, 2007. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at

Tony Carter.

Tony Carter, age 47 of Lawrenceville died August 17, 2007. Arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Dr., Buford, GA 30518 770-945-9345 ...

Myrtle Turner

Myrtle Turner age 93 of Buford died Saturday, August 25, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive ...

Lois Irene Butler

Mrs. Lois Irene Heffner Butler, 87, resident of 2188 Willow Crest Circle, died August 25th, 2007 at her home. Mrs. Butler was born November 22, 1919 in Miami County OH ...

William Andrew Needham

William Andrew “Bill” Needham, age 93, of Atlanta, formerly of Loganville, died August 24, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052 ...

Ray Gibson

Mr. Ray Gibson, age 65 of Dacula GA, passed away August 23, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Emily Hernandez

Emily Hernandez, age 3 months, of Doraville GA, passed away August 24, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan funeral Home and Crematory ...

Richard Durham Corbin

CORBIN, RICHARD DURHAM Richard Durham Corbin “Dick” August 26, 1936 - April 29, 2007 Isaiah 57:2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie ...