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Georgia Gwinnett College director wins award

Glidewell - Robertson

Karen Joyce Glidewell and Reid Holden Robertson were married Oct. 13 at Friendly Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C. Dr. Patrick Cronin officiated the ceremony.

Our view: Bailey sets an example for Norcross

It's not an elaborate title, but a very impressive one all the same - Youth of the Year. It's succinct, but telling. A young person doing good. A young lady making her mark.

Births

Oct. 10

Hartman - Glessing

Debbie Hartman-Lord and Jeff Lord of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Nichole Hartman of Athens, to David Anthony Glessing II of Athens, son of David Glessing I and Ruth Glessing of Oconee.

Cities kickoff holiday season with festivals

LAWRENCEVILLE - The holiday season has officially begun.

Boutique Niche Holiday shopping at independent stores has pros and cons

Cara Alexander has no qualms about admitting she is, indeed, a shopaholic. Twice a year, Alexander travels to New York City for some hard and fast spending. And recently, she took her habit overseas to Italy, on the hunt to find the best Europe had to offer.

Stuffed Stockings: Go ahead and suck up to the head honcho

Editor's note: Don't waste your time scouring malls and department stores for the ideal present. Let us do the work for you. Over the next five weeks, we'll bring you our top picks for everyone parent, kid and Scrooge on your list. Stayed tuned next week, as Stuffed Stockings presents the Best Gal Gifts.

What's going on here: Office building near Forum to be built using 'green' standards

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Sunday Community section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Christy Smith, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail her at christy.smith@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Buford's Walker promoted to Texans' active roster for today

By Guy Curtright

Georgia notes: Coutu strains hamstring in 2nd quarter

By Guy Curtright

Bragging rights

On Nov. 17, the Gwinnett Football League hosted its county finals for youth leagues ages 6-years-old to eighth-graders. All who competed received a trophy, and according to head coach Marc Jolliff of the Dacula North 6-year-olds, bragging rights for the year. Among the teams that competed, the 2007 GFL county champions are: Dacula NL North 6-year-olds, Dacula NL North 7-year-olds, Peachtree Ridge NL North 8-year-olds, Dacula NL North 9-year-olds, Loganville AL East 10-year-olds, Lilburn AL South 11-year-olds, Parkview AL South 12-year-olds, North Gwinnett NL South eighth-graders and Mill Creek NL North eighth-graders in Division II.

Johnson offers sharp contrast to McKinney

WASHINGTON - When Hank Johnson ran fellow Democrat Cynthia McKinney out of Congress last year, Republicans rejoiced at the political demise of one of President Bush's sharpest critics.

People briefs

Nelson pushes for dogfighting bill in Georgia

Wenz - Chaskey

Erica Wenz and Nathan Chaskey were married July 7 at St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church in Athens. David Arnold officiated the ceremony.

Grand jury wants more school cops

LAWRENCEVILLE - During a public meeting in June, Loganville Police Chief Mike McHugh stood before city dignitaries and heaped praise on a new addition to local law enforcement - school resource officers.

Linder pushing priorities against Democratic tide

Republicans have very different views than Democrats on major issues facing Congress. U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, sat down recently in his Washington office with staff writer Dave Williams to talk about some of the congressman's priorities, including legislation that would establish a national commission to pull together data on water resources:

Heroes keep going despite nearby chaos

AFGHANISTAN - On the road from the airport to the capital city of Kabul, you pass a stone wall adorned with iron rings. These were used by the Taliban to chain Afghans who had transgressed in some way. Then the poor souls were publicly stoned to death. This was justice Taliban-style.

Needy families given a holiday helping hand

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lynnette Ward says poverty is not a goal.

Language camp offered during holiday break

NORCROSS - Wondering what to do with your children during the long holiday break? How about introducing them to a foreign language?

Must read: Criminal case spotlights African immigrants' use of monkey meat

NEW YORK - From her baptism in Liberia to Christmas years later in her adopted New York City, Mamie Manneh never lost the longing to celebrate religious rituals by eating monkey meat.

World briefs

U.S. says Iran behind violence

Rowan - Bennewitz

Thomas and Pamela Rowan of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Marie Rowan of Lilburn, to Thomas Burton Bennewitz of Watkinsville, son of James and Laura Bennewitz of Watkinsville.

Wildfires strike Malibu again

MALIBU, Calif. - A fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and mountains of this wealthy enclave for the second time in little more than a month Saturday, destroying more than 30 homes and forcing as many as 14,000 residents to flee.

Newell - Brown

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Newell of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Ann Newell of Lawrenceville, to Michael M. Brown of Buford, son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Brown of Buford.

Prep Roundup: Pyles earns tourney honors for Lions

FAYETTEVILLE - Peachtree Ridge hoops (2-1) beat Whitewater 63-42 Saturday.

Literary Calendar

Monday

Military News

Jonathan Martinez has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. The ROTC cadet has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. Martinez is the son of Celmario and Gloria Martinez of Dacula. He is a 2004 graduate of Dacula High School.

Community calendar

Send items for the Community Calendar to calendar@gwinnettdailypost.com or the Gwinnett Daily Post, P.O. Box 603, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The fax number is 770-339-8081. Please include event name, address, phone number and cost. Deadline is two weeks prior to the event.

Next year will be key test of voter ID law

So far, so good for Georgia's new law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

Political Notebook: Senators urge safety on roads, highways

Be safe, today, Georgia's U.S. senators say.

Road closures

' Arcado Road at Lilburn Stone Mountain Road will require intermittent lane closures through November for intersection improvements, weather permitting. Any such closures will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Gwinnett survives shootout Turple saves 48 in second straight win

By Christine Troyke

Christmas at the mountain Stone Mountain adds new activities, 2 million lights to holiday attraction

STONE MOUNTAIN - While plans for a Snow Mountain were nixed because of Georgia's severe drought, Stone Mountain Park still has a cornucopia of events this holiday season.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Development permits

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS - The following are development permit requests 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 Nov. 16.

Riva Anniversary

Oresta and Irma Riva of Dacula will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Monday. The couple married on Thanksgiving Day in 1942.

Civil Defense Force helps in search Crew finds no sign of missing 18-year-old

LILBURN - For weeks, Steven Wilson has been coordinating a search for his missing 18-year-old stepson by himself.

Wheeler - Landress

Sam and Charlotte Wheeler of Monroe announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Wheeler of Monroe, to Chris Landress of Grayson, son of JW and Debbie Landress of Lawrenceville.

Turkey tradition Duncan Creek students take up running for Thanksgiving

HOSCHTON - There's a tradition at Duncan Creek Elementary School that ends with turkey and a number of other holiday fixings.

Virtual world not any better than real one

Wireless calling plan with four cell phones, 3,000 minutes and unlimited long-distance: $160 a month.

Banding together Brookwood, Peachtree Ridge bands to march in Atlanta parade

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County high school marching bands will bring the holiday spirit to Atlanta as they perform festive tunes at the annual Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade.

Obama follows Poitier's lead

Barack Obama's rise in the top tier of the Democratic presidential race has been fueled by the voters' belief that he is a candid, forthright politician.

Nation briefs

Oral Roberts Univ. president resigns

BCS bound Georgia keeps rolling over Jackets

By Guy Curtright

Good news from schools: Arcado collecting soccer gear for Iraqi kids

Each year in honor of America Recycles Day, Arcado Elementary students collect used athletic shoes for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. This year, the Lilburn school decided to collect gently used soccer gear as well, and the donations will help Iraqi children.

Program aims for worldwide impact Operation Christmas Child still looking for volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Dynamite, as they say, comes in small packages.

It's always a good time to go back to school

"Though I'm not one to propose more regulations, I've long thought that no one should be allowed to hold public office or write for a newspaper without having worked as a teacher."

Planning commissioner talks about coming over from Cuba

Jose Perez is a member of the State Board of Education and the Gwinnett County planning commission. He worked at BellSouth for 25 years after earning a master's degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University.

Crews to shift traffic on Ga. 20

LAWRENCEVILLE - Crews will shift traffic on Ga. Highway 20 Tuesday, another milestone in the widening project near Grayson.

Gwinnett gab

Snellville girl wins equestrian competition

Holiday season a time to remember those who don't have a feast

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.

Use 'Catcher in the Rye' as your guidebook for N.Y. at Christmas

NEW YORK - Where do the ducks go in the winter?

Patriots release South grad Greene

Former South Gwinnett and Georgia quarterback David Greene is looking for a NFL team again.

West Winder Bypass plan streamlined

WINDER - The proposed West Winder Bypass construction plan got streamlined this month. It probably won't speed up the beginning construction date, though.

Senators urge safety on roads, highways

Be safe, today, Georgia's U.S. senators say.

Illegal immigration: County to set up audit for new rule

LAWRENCEVILLE - Six months after commissioners forced contractors to check the immigration status of their workers, the county will soon begin scrutinizing them.

Community connection: Planning commissioner talks about coming over from Cuba

Jose Perez is a member of the State Board of Education and the Gwinnett County planning commission. He worked at BellSouth for 25 years after earning a master's degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University.

Arcado collecting soccer gear for Iraqi kids

Each year in honor of America Recycles Day, Arcado Elementary students collect used athletic shoes for the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. This year, the Lilburn school decided to collect gently used soccer gear as well, and the donations will help Iraqi children.

Locchetta Anniversary

Frank and Jan Smith-Locchetta of Duluth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Nov. 2, 1957 in Winchester, Va. The couple celebrated with family in Gatlinburg in October. They will also celebrate in San Francisco. Frank retired from Blue Star Express, a trucking company he and Jan started in 1982. They have two children: Sharon (Larry) Carr, and Randi (Mark) Guido. They have five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.