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.
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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.
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.
Last month, they booed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss for his support of an immigration bill that offered amnesty.
TodayPatrice 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.
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.
AUBURNBEST, 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.*
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.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents who take out the papers and the trash have a last chance to talk back about their garbage this week.
Viewpoints: Rob JenkinsAs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 - 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.
There's been a widely held notion in Georgia transportation circles that two planned commuter rail lines are competing against each other.
April 25Jacqueline 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BaseballJune 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.
As difficult as it is to reach the major leagues for the first time, it may be even harder to make it back.
Mansfeld - LatoniSerene Deanna Van Mansfeld and Nathaniel David Latoni were married May 12 at Little Mulberry Park. The Rev. Miles Welch officiated the ceremony.
Shelf Life: Rachael MasonWhen 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.
Young - ValentineStephen 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.
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.
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Arena at Gwinnett Center could be flanked by a parking deck if commissioners approve the idea Tuesday.
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.
Educator honoredwith 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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 - To keep Main Street in good repair, Suwanee will be closing parts of it through the beginning of July.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents can comment Tuesday on a proposal to force county contractors to verify the immigration status of their employees.
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.
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 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 ...
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, 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, 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, age 81, of Lawrenceville, died June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory Duluth Chapel, 770-476-2535.
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, 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. 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 ...
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, 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, age 62, of Auburn, GA, passed away June 15, 2007. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.
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 ...