News for Sunday, June 24, 2007

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Red, white and blue recipe ideas

Fourth of July is the time of year for family reunions and fireworks, and don't forget the potluck cookouts, where everyone is asked to bring an entree.

Literary Calendar

Best Book Bet

•What: Joshilyn Jackson, author of "Between, Georgia," will read from and sign copies of her work

•When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

•Where: Piedmont Regional Library, 189 Bellview St. in Winder

•Cost: The event is free.

•Info: Call 770-867-2762.

Earnhardt trying to become a road warrior

AP Auto Racing Writer

SONOMA, Calif. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is generally an afterthought when people talk about NASCAR's best road racers.

Mazzone's future not only thing in question in Baltimore

The extra money was an enticement. So was the three-year contract.

Miltary News

Air Force Airman Bradley R. Brock has graduated from the Operations Resource Management Systems Apprentice Course at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He is the son of Jerry W. and Sherry R. Brock of Lawrenceville.

Brock is a 2004 graduate of Collins Hill High School. Army Pvt. Jenelle B. Esor has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. She is the daughter of Millicent Smith of Columbia, S.C., and the stepdaughter of Christine Deatherage-Esor of Lawrenceville.

Esor is a 2006 graduate of Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C.

Barrow BOE to vote on budget

WINDER - The 2007-08 Barrow County Schools budget, in which expenditures exceed revenues by $4.3 million, will be up for a vote Tuesday.

Mother Nature is known by many names

Viewpoints: Susan Larson

It was a true joy to meet Mother Nature. With all the bustling going about at Girl Scout Camp, she was tucked away in a corner of the park, surrounded by vases of hydrangeas and herbs freshly cut from her garden. A stone plaque wedged among her flower pots reminded visitors that "Life began in a garden."

For 23 years, Mother Nature has revealed herself here, showing Scouts the role she plays in whatever their camp theme happens to be. This year it was the Renaissance. Mother Nature used books to illustrate everything from medieval medicine to castle construction.

In years past, Mother Nature revealed her role through themes like Hawaii, Rainforests and Up, Up and Away, which explored the sky. With the theme Red, White and Blue, she showcased all the natural wonders in this great land.

Drivers get cash for changing the way they commute

LAWRENCEVILLE - Roberto Chandler claims that carpooling saved his life.

Feud driven by power outrage

The bitter feud between Gov. Sonny Perdue and Republican legislative leaders that has raged off and on for more than two months certainly has been a clash of personalities and egos.

Planner says she looks at many factors for large-lot rezonings

LAWRENCEVILLE - Rezonings are a balancing act, and despite threats of a lawsuit, the planning commissioner who recommended the county's first large-lot zoning be approved thinks she got the balance right.

Wedding Announcements

McElwee - Day

Mary Beth McElwee and Nicholas Michael Day were married May 20 at the Bona Allen Mansion in Buford. The Rev. Herb Gladden, grandfather of the groom, officiated the ceremony.

Thrashers draft three forwards, one defenseman

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In past years, the Atlanta Thrashers made a lot of high-profile picks at the NHL entry draft as they built the foundation of the team, but this year they were a minor player in the event.

Atlanta made just four picks, the fewest ever, and did not begin picking until the third round, at No. 67 overall, on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The first three picks were forwards, followed by one defenseman.

At 67th, they selected 6-foot-1 right winger Spencer Machacek, who drove the net hard for 21 goals and 24 assists in the Western Hockey League last season.

He played for the Vancouver Giants, who hosted the 2007 Memorial Cup tournament - Canadian junior hockey's ultimate prize.

"I got the opportunity to watch him in the Memorial Cup," Thrashers General Manager Don Waddell said. "We all liked the player, but first-hand he's a winner. He's been on championship teams and played a big part. A high-character guy - we did a lot of homework on him. (He's a) hard-nosed guy who every time he's on the ice something happens. He's a little bit of a fireplug."

Jumping in the pool

Conditions becoming more favorable for independent candidate

Six months ago, when I began hearing rumors of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's possible interest in an independent presidential campaign in 2008, I went to see the mayor at his City Hall office.

Gwinnett Gab

Senior Services exhibit on display

LAWRENCEVILLE - An exhibit depicting 35 years of Senior Services will be on display at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

The perfect pair

Braves minor league report: Schaefer's offense catching up with his defense

Jordan Schaefer didn't get to play in an all-star game, but it wasn't his fault.

Road Closures

n Beaver Road from Brushy Fork Creek to McCullers Road will close Monday for about two weeks for installation of a wastewater valve. The detour is Beaver Road to Old Loganville Road to Beaver Road and the reverse. For more information, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-7122.

OBITUARIES

BUFORD

KING, WALTER

Walter C. King, Jr. age 55, of Buford, GA passed away June 22, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.*

GRAYSON

GUEST, THELMA

Thelma Guest, age 75 of Grayson, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com.*

HOSCHTON

ROWE, RICHARD

Richard Osborne Rowe, age 85, of Hoschton, Ga, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville, Chapel, 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com.*

JEFFERSON

FOWLER, LILLIAN

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Lillian Marie Fowler, age 67, of Jefferson, who passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007. Services by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

LAWRENCEVILLE

GREASON, ORIS

Oris Greason, age 85, a Gwinnett County resident, died Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Oris was born on June 8, 1922 in Lawrenceville, Georgia to Joe Emory Parks and Liller Mae (Campbell) Parks. She married George Robert Greason on December 24, 1943 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Oris was employed by Genesco and by Tara Materials, Inc. She enjoyed going to church, cooking, dancing, dressing up, staying up late, shopping, and spending time with her family. Oris is survived by her granddaughters, Brenda Gail Verch and Marilyn Greason Steimer and her great grandchildren Aaron Robert Verch, Ethan Charles Verch, Thomas John Steimer III, and her brother Joe Emory Parks, Jr. Funeral services will be held at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday June 26, 2007 at the funeral home. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

LOGANVILLE

HORNE, AVONEL

Avonel Morris Horne, age 71, of Loganville, died Thursday, June 21, 2007 at her daughters home on St. Simons Island. Mrs. Horne was a native of Glynn County and was a member of the 1953 graduating class of Glynn Academy. She went to South Georgia College then graduated from Georgia Teachers College (now Georgia Southern University). She then attended Georgia State University where she obtained her Masters degree and six year specialist degree in Business Education. She taught in several public school systems including Glynn Academy, Charlton County High, and Cross Keys High School in Atlanta. She also taught at the college level at Brunswick College, Clayton State College, and Gwinnett Tech prior to her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents, S.F. and Ilene Horne of Brunswick. She is survived by a daughter, Lynn (Curtis) McCarthy, St. Simons Island; one son, Jody (Kim) Horne, Grayson, GA, and four grandchildren; Tyler Horne, Kathryn Horne, Garrett Horne and Rose Marie McCarthy. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home with Reverend Jimmy Crandall and Reverend Tommy McMillan officiating. Active pallbearers will be Harry Clark, Tommy Dunham, Dave Esmonde, Donald Gleaton, Gene Godley, Don Jones, and Larry Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be the Glynn Academy class of 1953. Burial will follow in Brunswick Memorial Park Cemetery. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home of Brunswick, GA is in charge of arrangements.

NWACHUKWU,

CHUKWUMA

Chukwuma Nwachukwu, age 9 of Loganville, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.*

TAYLOR, JAMES

James H. Taylor, age 67 of Loganville, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. Graveside services will be held 10 AM Monday, June 25, 2007 at East Shadowlawn Cemetery, Lawrenceville, GA. Rev. Jim Moore will officiate. Mr. Taylor was a member of Telecommunications Pioneers of America and enjoyed running the Peachtree Road Race. He is survived by his Wife: Brenda Evans Taylor; Children: Twins Jennifer Botsford & William Taylor; Mother: Jimmie Mae Taylor; Brother: Raymond Taylor; Sisters: Eleanor Keith & Martha Taylor; Grandchildren: Parker, Jackson & Gracie Botsford; Adelaide & Mirabel Taylor. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA. 30345. Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry @ www.stewartfh.com.

NORCROSS

SCOTT, BILL

Bill Scott, age 44 of Norcross, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com.*

SUWANEE

MCCORMICK, DAVE

Mr. Dave McCormick, age 59, of Suwanee, GA went home to be with his Lord on Friday, June 22, 2207. He was a resident of Suwanee, GA for the past nine years. He is survived by his: Wife of 37 years: Mrs. Sandi McCormick, Suwanee, GA; Son: Daniel McCormick, Suwanee, GA; Parents: Charles and Grace McCormick, Buford, GA; Brother and Sister-in-law: Craig and Tara McCormick, Schaumburg, IL; Sister and Brother-in-law: Anne and Mark Smith, Fort Worth, TX; several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews. Mr. McCormick was born February 24, 1948 in St. Louis County, MO. He was a 1966 graduate of McClure High School, Florissant, MO and a 1970 graduate of the University of Missouri, Rolla, MO. He was retired from Cookson Electronics in Alpharetta, GA. He was a member of the Shadowbrook Baptist Church, Suwanee, GA where he was also a member of the Co-Ed 6 Sunday School Class. He was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with his family. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Shadowbrook Baptist Church, Suwanee, GA with Pastor Rev. Bobby Linkous officiating. There will be a reception at the church following the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Dave McCormick. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133. www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.

Barrow to consider entering deal to help Oconee with fires

WINDER - Barrow and Oconee County Fire Departments might answer certain calls together, if commissioners approve a proposed automatic aid agreement with the two entities.

Campaign provides nets to keep mosquitoes from spreading malaria

Good Works: Anna Ferguson

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

Mayor gets hands dirty

At a time when many people would like to throw politicians out with the trash, Rex Millsaps has turned that phrase on its head.

The Lawrenceville mayor spent this past Tuesday morning doing the dirty work himself, a political figure picking up the garbage for his constituents.

Potter fans, read no further

Viewpoints: Rob Jenkins

The final installment of the popular Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will soon be landing on shelves at a Wal-Mart, Target or Kroger near you. Rumor has it the volume may also be available in bookstores.

I don't know about your kids, but mine are practically beside themselves with anticipation. It's been almost two years since they've been tempted to hex anyone or join a witches' coven.

Somehow an advance copy of the manuscript has found its way into my wretched, ink-stained hands, and I'm sorry but I can't wait to tell everyone how it turns out. (SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want me to ruin the story, stop reading now.)

Chapter one finds our hero once again at No. 4 Privet Drive, the home of his much-despised Muggle relatives, the Dursleys. Their treatment of Harry in this book makes us hate them even more than we have come to hate them in the previous six books, if possible. Unlike actual people, the Dursleys have absolutely no redeeming qualities.

Late in the summer, mysterious magical beings visit Harry with vague and enigmatic warnings concerning what awaits him back at Hogwarts School of Witchraft and Wizardry. Bravely, Harry resolves nevertheless to return to Hogwarts, lead Gryffindor to another House Cup, and give his rival, Draco Malfoy, a wedgie.

Ultimately, the Dursleys - who have forgotten his birthday yet again - so enrage Harry that he performs a bit of forbidden magic, causing those rotten Muggles no small discomfort, let me tell you.

Then, fearing retribution, Harry flees the Dursleys' house with nothing but the clothes on his back, his broomstick, his wand, three sacks of schoolbooks, a 200-pound trunk and an owl in a cage.

The young wizard makes his way to a secret magical location, where he is reunited with fellow adventurer Ron Weasley, erstwhile romantic interest Hermione Granger and Hagrid, Hogwarts' gamekeeper, who once played left tackle for the Los Angeles Rams.

The real trouble begins on the train to Hogwarts - a mysterious occurrence that frightens everyone aboard. But only Harry makes the connection to the strange warning he received at the Dursleys. He of course shares this information with Ron and Hermione, who in turn assure him that everything will be just fine. And that they're just friends.

Lip-smackin' good

Presidential campaigns can't ignore those who don't have time, inclination to be 'hip'

All over America, millions of voters don't know - or care - that Mike Gravel has an "artistic" side or that Hillary Clinton likes Celine Dion.

Birth Announcements

May 10

Moses X. O. Okosagah was born May 10, 2007, to Yolander Okosagah and Moses Okosagah of Winder. He weighed 8 lbs., 7 ozs. and was 191⁄2 inches long.

Woman, 22, killed in Buford Highway crash

DORAVILLE - Speed was the main contributing factor in a crash on Friday night that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Norcross woman, Gwinnett County police said Saturday.

Duluth couple sells own line of barbecue sauce

If you're going into Jim and Joyce Arnett's kitchen, you have to wear a hairnet. That's not their rule, it's the Georgia Department of Agriculture's.

"You can keep it as a souvenir if you want," Jim Arnett said, an ever-present Cheshire grin on his face.

In the space that used to house the Arnetts' cars, a mini-manufacturing plant is set up. Each day, bottles of Smack Yo Mama barbecue sauce are cooked up and shipped out of the Arnetts' Duluth home.

To keep production up to the average of about four batches, or 80 gallons, of sauce a day, Jim Arnett's kitchen is stocked with a lot of supplies. Gallon buckets dot the kitchen and hold large amounts of ingredients - primarily ketchup, mustard and vinegar. A mega-sized bag of brown sugar sits beside a huge steam kettle, which can hold about 20 gallons of his fiery sauce.

Surveying the sauce-production scene, one question comes to mind: How, exactly, does he acquire such industrial-sized amounts of ingredients?

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Fire Department

My wife and I were attending a wedding in Alabama on June 8 when afternoon lightning struck our home near Grayson and caught it on fire. The home was equipped with monitored burglar and fire alarms.

Fire Station 8 in Grayson and another station in Snellville responded within six minutes of the alarm. Our home was saved from total destruction due to the rapid response and professionalism of the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Payments unlikely to improve parenting

As Michael Moore runs around the country telling everyone that America is horrible because it does not provide free health care, intelligent people understand that there are limits to what a free, capitalistic society can do.

The Founding Fathers set up a system that heavily relied upon self-reliance and competition, with only a small dose of governmental intrusion. And that means some people are going to live irresponsibly. But unless they break the law, nobody can stop them.

Georgia Sex Offender Registry

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.

Buford factory makes Oka B shoes

On the first day of summer, the employees at the Okabashi shoe factory in Buford were focused completely on fall. The company was preparing for the launch of its Oka B fall product line, which features plastic slip-on shoes in autumn tones.

Sports calendar

Baseball

June 25-29, July 16-20: The Cage indoor facility in Buford will offer pitching, hitting and fielding lessons. Cost is $110 and includes lunch. For more information call 770-401-2844.

Education centers offer enlightenment, break from heat

Staff Contributor

Even though school is out, the learning doesn't have to end.

Instead of battling the heat and crowds at amusement parks or beaches, some summer vacationers are seeking indoor recreational refuge. While the Southeast heat is on more than ever in states like Florida, a visit to a science center or environmental research reserve is an excellent alternative to crowded tourist magnets like Walt Disney World.

Lasseter has fundraiser for commission race

We haven't heard the plans of the incumbent yet, but Shirley Lasseter is already raising money and meeting voters for her County Commission campaign.

Four star recruits

Course gives teens extra edge on the road

STONE MOUNTAIN - Meredith Watkins watched nervously, constantly gnawing on her fingernails, as her fellow students sped and skidded around an obstacle course on Saturday.

Water plan release renews regional rivalries

ATLANTA - One of the biggest turf wars to roil the General Assembly during this decade was over water.

Library to present Gwinnett Reading Festival

If you love reading, mark your calendar for the first Gwinnett Reading Festival on Oct. 20. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville.

Books about other places make ideal summer reading

Shelf Life: Rachael Mason

I'm not sure if I'll end up taking a real vacation this summer or not, but that doesn't really matter to me. I'm already traveling, even though I haven't actually been anywhere.

Engagement Announcements

Hargrove - Hassett

Rick and Lisa Hargrove of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Elizabeth Hargrove of Snellville, to Jason Jeffrey Hassett of Monroe, son of Mackey and Robin Walston of Monroe.

Golfing Gwinnett: Adams' comeback puts her where she wanted to be last year

Sure, if you haven't played tournament golf in six weeks because of a nagging back injury, you're going to be a bit rusty.

Four star recruits: Gwinnett standouts set to take South Carolina soccer to national prominence

Over the years the University of South Carolina soccer program has had success recruiting some of the top players in Georgia.

Chukwuma Nwachukwu

Chukwuma Nwachukwu, age 9 of Loganville, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010 ...

Thelma Guest

Thelma Guest, age 75 of Grayson, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com.

James H. Taylor

James H. Taylor, age 67 of Loganville, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007. Graveside services will be held 10 AM Monday, June 25, 2007 at East Shadowlawn Cemetery, Lawrenceville, GA ...

Avonel Morris Horne

Avonel Morris Horne, age 71, of Loganville, died Thursday, June 21, 2007 at her daughters home on St. Simons Island. Mrs. Horne was a native of Glynn County and was ...

Bill Scott

Bill Scott, age 44 of Norcross, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, GA, 770-962-3100. www.stewartfh.com.

Dave Mccormick

Mr. Dave McCormick, age 59, of Suwanee, GA went home to be with his Lord on Friday, June 22, 2207. He was a resident of Suwanee, GA for the past ...

Lillian Marie Fowler

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Lillian Marie Fowler, age 67, of Jefferson, who passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007. Services by Evans Funeral Home ...

Richard Osborne Rowe

Richard Osborne Rowe, age 85, of Hoschton, Ga, passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville, Chapel, 770-963-2411. www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Oris Greason

Oris Greason, age 85, a Gwinnett County resident, died Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Oris was born on June 8, 1922 in Lawrenceville ...

Walter C. King, Jr.

Walter C. King, Jr. age 55, of Buford, GA passed away June 22, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...