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Barrow BOE to examine Bible class curriculum

WINDER - Barrow County school board members will get their first look Tuesday at acceptable material and curricula for teaching proposed Bible history and literature classes.

"There are several approved curriculums out there," said Lisa Leighton, spokeswoman for the Barrow County School System.

High-end makeup retailer Sephora opens at Mall of Georgia

n Open since: Friday

•Hours: The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Barrow's water supply dropping too low

WINDER - The water level of the Middle Oconee River, Barrow County's major water supply, has dropped so low water is no longer being taken from the river.

Instead, operators at the Bear Creek Reservoir are dipping into its reserve supply of water to satisfy the needs of Barrow, Athens-Clarke, Jackson and Oconee counties.

And it's only June.

Down on the Farm: 'K.K.' no longer racking up Ks in Myrtle Beach

The nickname "K.K." isn't really appropriate anymore now that Myrtle Beach's slugging first baseman wants to be referred to as Isaiah Ka'aihue, rather than by his middle name Kala.

Besides, the letter "K" just had too much of a negative meaning early this season. Ka'aihue - by whatever name - just kept striking out.

Gwinnett GOP urges senators to fight immigration bill

Last month, they booed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss for his support of an immigration bill that offered amnesty.

Literary Calendar

Today

Patrice Dickey, author of "Back to the Garden: Getting from Sorrow to Joy," will discuss her work at a brunch to be held at 12:45 today at Wordsmiths Books, 141 E. Trinity Place in Decatur. At 2 p.m., Shauna Seliy, author of "When We Get There," will sign copies of her work. At 5 p.m., Art Amok will present an evening of spoken word performances. At 6 p.m., Elizabeth Elkins of The Swear will play an acoustic set. The free events are part of the bookstore's grand opening. Call 404-378-7166 or visit www.wordsmithsbooks.com.

Veterans museum honors those who fought, helped

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum gave a special tribute Saturday to the volunteers who have helped the museum come so far since it began three years ago.

OBITUARIES

AUBURN

BEST, MAXINE

Maxine Best, age 62, of Auburn, GA, passed away June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.*

BUFORD

HAYES, LISA

Lisa Langford Hayes, age 35, of Buford, Georgia, died suddenly Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.*

SADLER, SHIRLEY

Shirley A. Sadler was born February 10, 1947, in the City of Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia, to the late Robert L. and Catherine B. Sadler. She departed this life Friday, June 15, 2007, at the age of 60. She was a lifetime resident of Buford, Georgia, and was of the Baptist Faith. Shirley is survived by her: Daughters: Sharon D. Lott, Lawrenceville, GA, Carla E. Cunningham, Winder, GA; Sons: Eric D. Sadler, Lawrenceville, GA, Gary A. Sadler, Buford, GA, Stanford E. Sadler, Buford, GA, Wesley D. Evans, Winder, GA; Brother: Leo Sadler; Five Sisters: Christine Young, Dorothy Haynes, Jesse Ingram, Sandra Dorsey, Brenda Styles; Special Friend: Elizabeth Carter; Numerous Grandchildren; One Great Grandson; a plethora of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Sue Earls officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

LAWRENCEVILLE

KING, GEORGE

George W. King, age 86 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, June 15, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Minister Jonathan Lock will officiate. Burial Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cummng, GA. Mr. King was Owner and Operator of Central Radiator for over 30 years. He enjoyed the Braves and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and workiing in the yard. Mr. King attended Central Baptist Church in Lawrenceville and is survived by: Wife: Dorothy M. King, Lawrenceville; Daughters & Sons-in-laws: Beverly & James Jones, Trinity, FL, Linda & George Crocker, Clemmons, NC; Brother: Charles King, Sharon, PA; Sister: Mary Corbett, Sybertown, PA; Grandchildren: James Jones, Cori Lee, Jennifer Glidden, and 7 Great Grandchildren. Flowers accepted or memorials to the American Humane Society, P.O. Box 750 Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM & 7-9 PM, Sunday, June 17, 2007 at the Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

MAULDIN, MATTIE

Mattie Grace Mauldin, age 81, of Lawrenceville, died June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.*

STRICKLAND, MARVIN

Marvin Strickland, age 78, of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, June 15, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Soop & Rev. Barney Williams will officiate. Burial Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. Mr. Strickland was a Veteran of the United States Army in the Korean Conflict & a member of Eastside Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Marvin Strickland. Mr. Strickland is survived by Wife: Geraldine Bruce Strickland, Lawrenceville; Daughter: Jean Wright, Lawrenceville; Step-Sons: Michael Wilbanks & Jeffery Wilbanks (Broyna), both of Cumming; Sister: Grace M. Dobson, Lawrenceville; Grandchildren: Brandon, Jereme & Kristen Wright; Jessica & Shane Strickland; Johnathan Wilbanks; Several Nieces & Nephews. The Family will receive friends from 2 - 4 & 6 - 9 PM Sunday, June 17, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.

LOGANVILLE

BARBEE, DONALD

Donald Barbee, age 62, of Loganville, GA, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

LOUISVILLE

SHIRLEY, ROBERT

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Robert Franklin Shirley, age 77, of Louisville, GA, formerly of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Friday, June 15, 2007 following an extended illness. Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

SNELLVILLE

KNIGHT, EMORY

Emory "Hollis" Knight, age 72 of Snellville, passed away Friday, June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

STONE MOUNTAIN

TIPPENS, GEORGE

George E. "Bud" Tippens, age 84, of Stone Mountain, GA, died Friday evening, June 15, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, 770-564-2726.*

SUWANEE

DOSTER, RICKY

Ricky K. Doster, age 48, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 14, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.*

WINDER

ROBERTS, SAM

Mr. Sam Roberts, age 80, of Winder, Georgia, died June 15, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*

Rocky the dachshund doesn't let handicap stop him

In many ways, Rocky, a black-and-brown dachshund, is a lot like any other friendly little dog. He's eager to check out new people, often sniffing and licking them in greeting. He enjoys going outside. He plays fetch with a small blue ball and loves getting treats of sliced turkey.

But no matter how good he's feeling, Rocky, 6, never wags his tail. In fact, he's not able to move the back half of his body at all.

A custom-made, two-wheeled cart supports his two back legs as he uses his front two legs to walk. His long black tail drags behind him, sometimes getting caught underneath his body. His owner, Pam Head, keeps an eye out for this and quickly reaches down and flicks his tail back where it belongs.

Trash survey closes this week; 2,800 responded

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents who take out the papers and the trash have a last chance to talk back about their garbage this week.

A parents' guide to understanding a middle-schooler

Viewpoints: Rob Jenkins

As the parent of a middle-school student - my third one, actually - and someone who spent three deliriously happy years in middle school myself (or "junior high," as we called it back then), you'd think I'd know something about what goes on inside a middle-schooler's head.

I don't - not a flippin' clue - but you'd think I would.

I do know that physical differences are more pronounced in middle school than anywhere else in the universe. Skinny sixth-grade boys mingle in the halls with burly eighth-graders in need of a shave. Girls who still play with Barbie share a lunchroom with girls built like Barbie.

I know, too, that middle school is a time of great changes in our children's lives, as those timid sixth-graders transform into hulking eighth-graders before our eyes. Whiskers sprout overnight from once baby-smooth skin, while Barbie gives way on the Christmas list to the latest pop diva-inspired fashions.

It's important that we as parents respond positively to such tectonic shifts, providing appropriately sensitive and nurturing feedback, such as "You are NOT wearing that out of this house, young lady."

We also have to remember that what we THINK we hear middle-schoolers say - assuming they speak - is not always necessarily what they're really saying.

For example, a simple "OK" in response to the mundane question "How was your day?" might actually mean, "I forgot my math homework, all my pencils broke, and I have a major crush on a girl in my social studies class who looks like a swimsuit model and dates a senior."

"Good," on the other hand, might mean, "That girl in social studies smiled at me when I borrowed a pencil from her today."

A few other examples of middle-school speak:

"I just want to be left alone." Translation: "I want to invite eight friends over, order pizza and play video games until 3 a.m."

"Are you doing anything this evening, Dad?" Translation: "I need you to drive me back and forth across the county 13 times so I can buy poster board, check out a book at the library, and meet with the eight other people in my study group to complete our project, which is, by the way, due tomorrow."

"Can you just drop me off?" Translation: "Since you are manifestly the most uncool person in the history of coolness, being seen with you would do more damage to my reputation than if people discovered that I secretly listen to the Bee Gees."

Being a good parent to a middle-schooler obviously requires a great deal of patience, understanding and acceptance, none of which I possess. In lieu of those fine qualities, however, I do for my seventh-grader what seems to me to be the next best thing.

I let him borrow my Bee Gees albums.

Rob Jenkins is associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College. E-mail him at rjenkinsgdp@yahoo.com.

Macon rail line decision may determine Athens' future

LAWRENCEVILLE - Supporters of an Atlanta-to-Athens rail line are fearful that hesitancy about a southern rail leg may lead to the demise of their own project.

Norcross dad makes hit with baseball book

Two years ago, former Brave Dale Murphy sent me his self-published book, "The Scouting Report," and asked if I'd review it in my column. I was flattered to think he thought I knew that much about baseball. And with Murphy being a former Gwinnett celebrity, I thought surely my review would be a big hit.

Suwanee to hold special election for City Council

SUWANEE - When a controversy sprung up about development in Suwanee's Old Town community, two of the men the city turned to for their opinions were Kevin McOmber and Andy Duncan.

Brain Train supporters nervous about funding

There's been a widely held notion in Georgia transportation circles that two planned commuter rail lines are competing against each other.

Birth Announcements

April 25

Jacqueline Leal was born on April 25, 2007, to Myriam Catalina Parini and Richard Leal of Sugar Hill. She weighed 9 lbs., 8 ozs. and was 22 inches long.

Prominent developer, father of 7 wins award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Living in a house with a wife and seven daughters has taught local developer Emory Morsberger one of the keys to being a good father:

"I basically just give in pretty quickly because you don't win when you're up against six or eight women," Morsberger said.

The Moth Story Tour features tales from real life

For stories that go beyond "once upon a time" and rarely end with living "happily ever after," check out The Moth Story Tour. This storytelling show will be presented Tuesday at 7 Stages in Atlanta.

Spartanburg is a mid-sized city with a range of attractions

Tucked in the far northwest corner of the state, Spartanburg sits as a crown jewel of upstate South Carolina. The city, which is inside Spartanburg County, weighs in with a population of 40,000 people spread out over about 20 square miles. As home to six institutions of higher education, including the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, Spartanburg United Methodist College and Wofford College, the small city is full of life and learning.

Triumphant

Dad's lucky number

Great immigration divide in Ga.

ATLANTA - One of the main arguments leveled at a crackdown on illegal immigrants passed by the General Assembly last year was that the state shouldn't meddle in a federal issue.

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 14 -16: The Greater Gwinnett Baseball League will take on the Lanier Baseball League in the Chattahoochee River Brawl Tournament at Bunten Road Park and Mountain Park. Age groups include 9-and-under through 14-and-under and inlcude at least three games. For more information, call 678-957-0885 ext. 221.

Catching up with ...Jason Bulger

As difficult as it is to reach the major leagues for the first time, it may be even harder to make it back.

Wedding Announcements

Mansfeld - Latoni

Serene Deanna Van Mansfeld and Nathaniel David Latoni were married May 12 at Little Mulberry Park. The Rev. Miles Welch officiated the

ceremony.

When rating top teen detectives, Nancy Drew isn't No. 1

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

When I saw the new "Nancy Drew" movie, which hit theaters on Friday, it reminded me of exactly why she was never my favorite girl detective.

Of course, I read the books while I was growing up - I read everything I could get my hands on as a child. But I never felt a real connection with Nancy Drew, even as I made my way through volume after volume of her adventures.

Engagement Announcements

Young - Valentine

Stephen and Sherry Young of Springfield, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaime Lynne Young of Manassas, Va., to Evan William Valentine of Manassas, Va., son of William and ElizaBeth Valentine of Lawrenceville.

Viewpoints: Beach for all seasons

Admit it. At some point, stuck in a green-side sand trap where a 5-foot lip precedes 8 feet of green that quickly falls off into a pond, you've wished it.

Commission to mull arena parking deck

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Arena at Gwinnett Center could be flanked by a parking deck if commissioners approve the idea Tuesday.

Freeze-dried fruit, diet iced tea among new lighter fare on the shelves

School's out, pools are open and swimsuit season has officially been ushered into Georgia. While this signals lots of fun in the sun, it also means bathing beauties statewide are looking for ways to trim their waistline.

Thankfully, they need to look no further than local grocery shelves, as a variety of lighter fare has hit stores in recent weeks. Here are a few items we've found:

Crispy Green Crispy Fruit

In the great fruit debate, fresh fruit pummels the sugar-coated dried fruits every time. Sometimes, though, fresh fruit isn't an option. In such times, reach for Crispy Green Crispy Fruit snacks.

These are not gummy-type fruit snack of yore. Instead, Crispy Greens are freeze-dried versions of the real thing, weighing in with as much calories and sugar as conventional fruit, as well as all the flavor.

Gwinnett Gab

Educator honored

with Coke award

ATLANTA - Jaime Claymore, a Latin teacher at Norcross High School, has been named a 2007 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Claymore is one of 250 educators across the country chosen to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding teachers dedicated to providing education with an enhanced purpose.

Wonder Dog

Immigration problem can be solved without 800 pages

Here in the New York City area, where I am writing this, there could be as many as a million illegal aliens living in the region. Nobody really knows the exact number because the local authorities don't ask - they don't want to know.

Expanding Gwinnett Medical Center

A "Crane Christening" was held Tuesday, a ceremony representing the beginning of the Gwinnett Medical Center's expansion. A five-story tower that will have room for 155 beds will be added to the Lawrenceville medical center along with various other renovations and technological upgrades.

Happy Meals

Out of hundreds who will take part in the Iron Girl AtlantaTriathlon, three women share stories of what they conquered in order to compete.

After having beaten back fear and addiction and illness, three women will test themselves again today, push themselves to overcome a triumvirate of physical challenges.

Inside baseball: Matsuzaka living up to big hype

The Braves have already faced Daisuke Matsuzaka once. They won't have to go up against the Japanese right-hander for a second time this season.

Opryland resort offers a full slate of summer food, music events

Whether you're looking for a summer vacation or a quick getaway, Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center could be your ticket.

Buford school officials discuss plans for accommodating growth

BUFORD - Buford Board of Education members met Friday to discuss plans to accommodate growing enrollment and technological advances.

Five new modular classrooms are already in place at Buford Elementary school. At Buford Academy, the former playground and basketball areas have been removed, and a pad for the new school facility is already in place. Architectural drawings for the Buford High School addition are complete, and Charles Black Construction will review the drawings before soliciting bids and commencing work.

A 4,500-seat multipurpose facility to be built near the central office is in the conceptual drawing phase. Board member Pat Pirkle suggested school officials consider building a swimming pool in this facility to accommodate a future competitive swim team. Superintendent Geye Hamby said that, although not much interest has been expressed by parents or students thus far, board members would consider building a pool at the multipurpose facility.

In other news, school officials gave the green light to the system's technology department to purchase about 200 more computers for Buford students. The purchases will be made after July 1 as part of the 2007-08 budget.

The price of a school lunch will go up 25 cents in coming school year. "With the cost of food going up, we'd end up $40,000 to $50,000 in the hole without this increase," Hamby said.

Suwanee street to close this week

SUWANEE - To keep Main Street in good repair, Suwanee will be closing parts of it through the beginning of July.

County has its own proposal

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents can comment Tuesday on a proposal to force county contractors to verify the immigration status of their employees.

Lawrenceville chef heads up new cooking school

Chef Fred Genovese of Lawrenceville wants to encourage people to enjoy themselves in the kitchen. In fact, he's doing more than endorsing the idea. As the resident chef at the new Apron's Cooking School at Publix in Alpharetta, he's actually teaching people how to have a good time cooking.

Military News

Army National Guard Pvt. Zain A. Behbahani has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky. He is the son of Farok and Maureen Behbahani of Lawrenceville.

Shirley A. Sadler

Shirley A. Sadler was born February 10, 1947, in the City of Buford, Gwinnett County, Georgia, to the late Robert L. and Catherine B. Sadler. She departed this life Friday ...

Sam Roberts

Mr. Sam Roberts, age 80, of Winder, Georgia, died June 15, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

George W. King

George W. King, age 86 of Lawrenceville, died Friday, June 15, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Marvin Strickland

Marvin Strickland, age 78, of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, June 15, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart ...

Mattie Grace Mauldin

Mattie Grace Mauldin, age 81, of Lawrenceville, died June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.

Lisa Langford Hayes

Lisa Langford Hayes, age 35, of Buford, Georgia, died suddenly Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, 770-945-6924, www.hamiltonmillchapel.com.

Donald Barbee

Donald Barbee, age 62, of Loganville, GA, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 ...

George E. Tippens

George E. “Bud” Tippens, age 84, of Stone Mountain, GA, died Friday evening, June 15, 2007. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn ...

Robert Franklin Shirley

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mr. Robert Franklin Shirley, age 77, of Louisville, GA, formerly of Jefferson, GA, who passed away on Friday, June 15, 2007 ...

Ricky K. Doster

Ricky K. Doster, age 48, of Suwanee, GA, passed away June 14, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Maxine Best

Maxine Best, age 62, of Auburn, GA, passed away June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Emory Knight

Emory “Hollis” Knight, age 72 of Snellville, passed away Friday, June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign ...