News for Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Food pricey, but charities benefit

DULUTH - A $6.50 hamburger can be a little hard to swallow. A $3.50 soft drink may not help wash it down. And let's face it, a $32.50 lunch for a family of three can be downright unappetizing.

Group plans event to salute the troops

In 1998, Maj. Jim Freeman went on a mission to help military people connect with each other.

"Vets are bonded together in a special way I can't describe," Freeman said. "If they have a wholesome environment where they can talk with each other, it can help eliminate any long-term emotional problems they might have."

Author shares the moment wine stole her heart

Not everyone likes to talk about wine. There are those who can just drink it and leave it at that.

Others of us fall in love with it, and pouring a glass simply to wash down dinner just isn't going to cut it. We observe it, smell it, analyze it and make it a part of our conversation.

Local eateries offer dinners for $18.18 during Gwinnett RestaurantWeek

Imagine an amazing meal. First, you enjoy a tasty appetizer, then stop to admire the presentation of the entree before eating every bite of it. To end the evening, you savor a decadent dessert. Now, imagine that you pay less than $20 for this experience.

Chambliss, Isakson want secure borders

Georgia's senators aren't quite satisfied with a compromise struck last week over U.S. immigration policies.

Shot for shot

Spa event will benefit Students Without Mothers group

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.

Fire briefs

Deck fire melts siding on house

•DULUTH - A deck fire at a home in Duluth caused little damage to a Pond Road home on Saturday afternoon.

Engagement Announcements

Barron - Brigman

Don and Kay Barron of Gainesville announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Nicole Barron of Gainesville, to Brandon Scott Brigman of Snellville, son of Ed and Judy Brigman of Snellville.

Return to old form

DULUTH - Maybe nine years is long enough.

Miltary News

Air Force Reserve Airman Keyne J. Moseley has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Annie Moseley of Catherine, Ala., and brother of Richard Moseley of Lawrenceville.

Moseley is a 2001 graduate of Amelia Love Johnson High School in Thomaston, Ala.

Lots of reading to do before authors arrive in AtlantaShelf Life

As usual, I need more time for reading. In this case, I need to finish three fairly long and involved novels before the authors arrive in Atlanta in the next week or so.

Use caution on the water

Beautiful weather, relaxing waves and time away from work can make you feel like you haven't a care in the world. But for the large number of folks headed to Lake Lanier for Memorial Day weekend, it shouldn't be a time to forget about the importance of safety on the water.

Report could play role in children's insurance debate

Rest assured, a virtually nonstop parade of Georgia congressmen and U.S. senators told members of the General Assembly during the recently concluded session.

New owner needs loose wallet

Less than 12 hours after officially getting a new owner, the Braves released struggling Craig Wilson and ate his $2 million contract.

'Exciting' project moving forward

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Doraville-area development described as an Asian-influenced Epcot Center will begin construction on its main feature this fall.

OBITUARIES

BRASELTON

FULLER, ANDY

Mr. Andy Fuller, age 24, of Braselton, GA, formerly of Buford, GA, passed away on Friday, May 18, 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.*

JEFFERSON

LITTLE, BARBARA

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Ledford Little, age 74, of Jefferson, Georgia, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007 following a brief illness. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, GA, 706-367-5467.*

VALDOSTA

STANLEY, JOHN

John King Stanley, age 80, of Valdosta, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, May 18, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, May 21, 2007 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Dr. Lamar Holley will officiate. Burial Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Dacula, GA. Mr. Stanley was a graduate of Lawrenceville High School Class of 1944, a graduate of DeKalb Technical College, served as a U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II, retired from the University of Georgia where he was the Physical Plant Superintendent and was a member of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church. Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his Parents: Early J. & Ethel M. King Stanley, Sr.; Brother: E. J. Stanley, Jr. He is survived by his Wife: Venelle Couch Stanley, Valdosta; Daughter: Mr. & Mrs. E. R. (Gayle) Mosby, Valdosta; 3 Granddaughters: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Crawford, Jr. (Margaret), Waynesboro, GA, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Lightsey (Meredith), Lexington, SC, Mr. & Mrs. Dan Hill, Jr. (Melissa), Albany, GA; 5 Great Granddaughters: Ginny Lane & Claudia Crawford, Waynesboro, GA, Hayley & Ansley Lightsey, Lexington, SC, Mosby Hill, Albany, GA; Brother: Will Hinton Stanley, Dacula; Sisters-in-law: Mrs. Mary Ann Simonton, Mr. & Mrs. W.T. (Edith) Kemp, Mrs. O'Reese Couch, all of Lawrenceville; Brother-in-law: Mr. & Mrs. Roy (Lynette) Couch, Snellville; Numerous Nieces & Nephews. Flowers will be accepted or memorials to: Lawrenceville First Baptist Church Building Fund, 165 Clayton Street, SE, Lawrenceville, GA 30045 or Valdosta United Methodist Church Sanctuary Fund, P.O. Box 1306, Valdosta, GA 31603 or Hospice of South Georgia, 205 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Valdosta, GA 31602. The Family will receive friends from 2-4 PM & 6-9 PM Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Rd., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com .

WINDER

FARR, JAMES

James Alan Farr, age 36, of Winder, GA, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411, www.wagesfuneralhome.com .*

WADE, MAXINE

Ms. Maxine Wade, age 61, of Winder, died May 18, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.*

24-year-old dies in wreck

BUFORD - A 24-year-old Braselton man was killed when his motor vehicle struck a tree late Friday night.

Pastor of Hamilton Mill Church in Hog Mountain resigns

LAWRENCEVILLE - The beleaguered pastor of a 152-year-old church has resigned.

Exhibit evokes laughter, tears

A review

by Anna Ferguson

Staff Writer

anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com

Annie Leibovitz is arguably one of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century.

Her image of a very nude and very pregnant Demi Moore was once considered scandalous. Her portrait of Chris Rock in white face shook newsstands. Her snapshots of the 1996 summer Olympic games turned athletes into heroes. And her graceful image of dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rob Besserer brought esteem to Georgia's own Cumberland Island.

Sports Calendar

Baseball

May 29-June 1: Dacula will host a baseball camp for boys entering grades 1-5 and entering grades 6-9 at the Dacula baseball field. Camp for grades 1-5 will run from 8 a.m. to noon and for grades 6-9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is May 18. For more information, call 770-338-4667.

Wedding Announcements

Pieper - McClain

Melissa Ann Pieper and Stephen Andrew McClain were married March 24 at the Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula. The Rev. Nancy Christensen officiated the ceremony.

Barrow BOC to consider rezonings, impact fee study

WINDER - Is Barrow County ready to implement impact fees? Barrow County Commissioners will consider in Tuesday's commission meeting whether to continue with the impact fee study, for which they paid Ross and Associates $22,608.

Impact fees are a one-time payment usually paid by the builder, who passes the fee on to the buyer in the buildings' cost.

They can only be used for capital facilities, such as water supply treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, stormwater collection, roads, streets, bridges, parks, open space, police, fire, emergency rescue facilities and libraries. They cause those financial burdens to be shared by the city, county, homebuyer and business owner.

Minor League Report: Hernandez makes most of stint with Mississippi

Diory Hernandez doesn't belong back in the Carolina League. He showed that conclusively by hitting .322 with Mississippi in the Class AA Southern League.

Bonds shouldn't be celebrated

With Barry Bonds closing in on the major league home run record, the country really has to decide what the true national pastime really is: baseball or cheating.

Matteson, Imada still lead heading into final round

DULUTH - After 18 holes on Saturday, Troy Matteson and Ryuji Imada remained where they started the day - tied for the AT&T Classic lead.

Letters to the Editor

Church's new name a mistake

Yes, it is true. After so much controversy regarding renaming Hog Mountain Baptist Church, existing for over 150 years, the pastor, Barney Williams, announced his retirement in April and preached his last sermon on the first Sunday in May.

Gwinnett Gab

Local was bat girl

•LAWRENCEVILLE - Nine-year-old Samantha White served as an honorary bat girl for a May 6 Braves game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sharp Focus

"Sarajevo: Fallen bicycle of teenage boy just killed by a sniper, 1994." Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Photo by Annie Leibovitz, from "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005"

literary calendar

Tuesday

David C. Tucker, author of "The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms," will discuss and sign his work at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. in Decatur. The free event is sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225 or visit www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

Birth Announcements

Feb. 9

Phoebe Dianne Darnell was born Feb. 9, 2007, to Gina Darnell and Andrew Darnell of Norcross. She weighed 8 lbs., 7 ozs. and was 20 inches long.

Former Jacket Kuchar shoots tourney-low 64

DULUTH - With sand all around and water looming on the opposite side of the green, Georgia Tech graduate Matt Kuchar stepped up and delicately placed his bunker shot on 18 to within a few feet of the hole.

Bush, departing Blair remain steadfast despite criticism

The two wounded warriors stood side by side in the sunshine of the White House Rose Garden. Tony Blair and George Bush, partners in a trans-Atlantic alliance that has come a cropper in Iraq, tried to shield each other from the slings and arrows of two nations' reporters.

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Brad McCann marked his first start in Class AA with a home run as Carolina lost 3-1 at Jacksonville on Thursday night.

Sharp FocusPhotographer Annie Leibovitz visits the High Museum for new exhibit

Photographer Annie Leibovitz recently came to Atlanta to lead a gallery tour of her latest exhibit at the High Museum of Art.

"Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005," which opened May 12, will be on display through Sept. 9 at the High. The exhibit combines huge prints of Leibovitz's celebrity portraits and professional work with small, framed personal photographs.

Senators get earful on immigration

DULUTH - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss was booed Saturday at the state Republican Convention for helping craft an agreement that would give illegal immigrants a pathway to American citizenship.

Atlanta driving makes for a good IQ testviewpoints

Instead of using standardized tests to gauge intelligence, maybe developmental psychologists, MENSA officials and college admissions officers should just follow people around while they drive.

Sure, I've been guilty of doing some pretty dumb things myself behind the wheel, but that's usually only when I'm talking on the cell phone and eating an Egg McMuffin at the same time. Otherwise I like to think I'm a fairly intelligent driver, which means I'm as conspicuous on Interstate 85 as an animal rights activist at a Vick family picnic.

Some traffic situations can be especially indicative of an individual's mental acuity, or lack thereof. Take merging, for example, which metro Atlanta drivers do about as often as they change radio stations in order to avoid hearing yet another mortgage refinance ad.

Most people understand that, in order to merge into a lane of moving traffic, you must be traveling at about the same speed as the other cars in that lane. And even if you can't get all the way up to 90, you should at least shoot for

65 or 70.

Apparently "most people" doesn't include those fledgling rocket scientists who believe the best way to enter a multi-lane, high-speed roadway is to putter down to the end of the ramp at 25 mph and then stop dead, waiting for an "opening" in traffic. In Atlanta, an opening in traffic occurs about as often as a UGA football victory over Florida.

Moreover, people with merging issues cause huge problems for the rest of us. If you need the entire ramp and all 120 horses to have a prayer of slotting your Civic in between the tractor-trailer and the soccer mom's freighter-sized SUV, you don't want to have to stand on your brakes to avoid slamming into some merge-challenged moron's rear end. That's how traffic gets backed up from Lawrenceville to Roanoke, Va.

Another section of the perpetual IQ test that is Atlanta driving could be labeled "Changing Lanes." Again, most of us understand that if you want to change from one lane to another in fast-moving or thickly congested traffic, it's a good idea to at least see what might be in the other lane. That's why mirrors were invented. Also necks.

But not, apparently, for a growing number of loutish lane-changers, who simply alter the angle of the steering wheel a few degrees and shoot over into the next lane, as oblivious to the presence of others as teenagers on spring break.

What I find alarming is how trusting these people are. Clearly they have supreme confidence in everyone else's alertness and ability to get out of their way. And that's not even taking into account their most dangerous (and dubious) assumption:

That someone like me isn't flying up behind them, talking on a cell phone and eating an Egg McMuffin at the same time.

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

Maxine Wade

Ms. Maxine Wade, age 61, of Winder, died May 18, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Andy Fuller

Mr. Andy Fuller, age 24, of Braselton, GA, formerly of Buford, GA, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan ...

Barbara Ann Little

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, announces the death of Mrs. Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Ledford Little, age 74, of Jefferson, Georgia, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007 following ...

James Alan Farr

James Alan Farr, age 36, of Winder, GA, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA ...

John King Stanley

John King Stanley, age 80, of Valdosta, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, May 18, 2007. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, May 21, 2007 in the Lawrenceville ...