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Our view: Make trip to the polls on Tuesday

With so much focus on presidential candidates who, for all intents and purposes, began campaigning nearly three years prior to that election, it could be easy to assume it's the only one that matters anytime soon. But that is far from the case.

Wilbourne - Dunlap

Mr. and Mrs. Michael V. Wilbourne of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Michele Wilbourne of Lawrenceville, to Russell Brandon Dunlap of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Stephenson Dunlap III of Hendersonville, Tenn.

Road closures

' Arcado Road at Lilburn Stone Mountain Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November for intersection improvements.

Births

Sept. 17

Sweetwater Middle recognized for promoting drug-free schools

Sweetwater Middle has received national recognition for its exemplary use of an advisement program that promotes a safe and drug-free school.

Seniors show off their favorite fashions

BUFORD - At Laurel Baye Healthcare's first fashion show, every resident who participated was a winner.

Commissioners, officials to gather for annual retreat

LAWRENCEVILLE - The future of Gwinnett County will be molded in the mountains of north Georgia this week, as commissioners and county officials gather for an annual planning retreat.

Principal likes blend of athletics, academics

When North Gwinnett High School Principal John Green was in college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he began studying computer programming, with the goal of becoming a computer scientist. But he soon found that wasn't his niche. After his position coach suggested he pursue education and coaching, Green changed his major - and he's never looked back.

People briefs

Rapper T-Pain turns himself in

Sugar Hill holds holiday food, toy drive

SUGAR HILL - Sugar Hill and North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry are asking community members to help them reach an important goal for the upcoming holidays.

College Notes

Norman Cole Hairston of Snellville recently graduated from Huntingdon College with a bachelor's degree in human performance. He was captain of the school's basketball team. Hairston, the son of Bridget and Jeff Hairston of Snellville, is a 2003 graduate of Brookwood High School.

Collier - Miles

Loleta Graves of Wauwatosa, Wis., announces the engagement of her daughter, Kia Collier of Wauwatosa, Wis., to Jason Miles of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Miles of Lawrenceville.

Wesleyan's postseason dreams die in 3-0 defeat Costly turnovers end Wolves' six-year playoff run

CHAMBLEE - Wesleyan won its final three games last season to slip into the playoffs.

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.

A majestic heritage Thousands attend Indian festival

STONE MOUNTAIN - American Indians came from as far away as Canada and New Mexico to celebrate their native heritage at Stone Mountain Park this weekend.

Train hits tractor-trailer stuck on tracks near Statham

STATHAM - A train hit a tractor-trailer truck at 8:04 p.m. on Saturday at Atlanta Highway near Craft Road.

Water crisis a polarizing issue

It's been a divisive year inside and outside Georgia, with state and federal politicians disagreeing sharply over illegal immigration and children's health insurance, just to name two issues.

Drought-resistant plants used in Lilburn project

LAWRENCEVILLE - An urban landscaping project in Lilburn will feature drought-resistant grasses and trees.

O'Nan gives realistic tour through a restaurant in new novel

'Last Night at the Lobster' (Viking Penguin, 146 pages, $19.95), by Stewart O'Nan

Invasion of the Cat People! Cotton States Cat Show takes over Gwinnett Center

The well-groomed, four-legged pedigree show pet deftly maneuvers through each portion of the agility course laid out before her, following the every command of her trainer as she darts through a tunnel, weaves expertly through a line of poles, bounds over a set of stairs and finally leaps through the center of a floating ring.

What's going on here: Lawrenceville getting new Exxon

"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, e-mail it to news@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Fantastic four Wesleyan beats Lovett to capture fourth straight state championship

MARIETTA - Even champion boxers must demonstrate the ability to take a punch every once in a while.

Lawrenceville Wachovia building to be demolished Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE - An empty bank on Lawrenceville's historic Square will come down Monday, the first step in the construction of 33 town houses and condominiums in its place.

Brand Banking opens new offices in Buford, Duluth

LAWRENCEVILLE - The 102-year-old Brand Banking Co. opened two new branches last month in Buford and Duluth.

Nation briefs

Bush continues to laud Mukasey

Peachtree Corners group hears township proposal

NORCROSS - One of Gwinnett's most organized communities got a lesson last week in how members could combine to form a government.

Barrow BOE to vote whether to offer Bible-based classes

WINDER - Barrow County students might be able to take Bible-based classes as early as next fall. The Board of Education will make a deciding vote Tuesday whether to offer the courses in the fall, wait until 2009 or not offer them at all.

Mangan - Fisher

Denise and John Mangan of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Michele Mangan of Between, to Jason Gary Fisher of Between, son of Karen and Gary Fisher of Monroe.

Department of Labor holding career fair

NORCROSS - A career fair will be held on Monday at the Georgia Department of Labor's Gwinnett Career Center in Norcross.

Gwinnett gab

Boys and Girls Club members win Gwinnett award

States reach temporary water solution

ATLANTA - A regional water meeting this week gave Georgia breathing room to figure out ways to work out its water crisis, but it also offered a surprising glimmer of hope that an exhausting tri-state water fight could be nearing an end.

Gailey hears the boos after Georgia Tech loses another

ATLANTA - There weren't many Georgia Tech fans left at Bobby Dodd Stadium when coach Chan Gailey appeared on the video board during the fourth quarter to deliver a public-service announcement.

Mitcham anniversary

H. Roy and Catherine Osborne Mitcham celebrated their 55th anniversary. They were married Oct. 24, 1952 in Norcross. The couple celebrated with family during a long weekend at a cabin in the north Georgia mountains, where they also celebrated Roy's 75th birthday.

Cross country roundup McClay leads Dacula boys to region title

CONYERS - Dacula had five runners finish in the top 10, led by Mike McClay, as the Falcons won their second-straight Region 8-AAAA cross country title on Saturday.

Part of strawberry farm could become strip mall or trailer park

LAWRENCEVILLE - Land that a popular pick-your-own strawberry farmer leases to grow his fruit may be ripe for commercial development.

Auburn to host first Skatefest

AUBURN - Auburn will host its first skate contest Saturday as the city continues to try to find appropriate outlets for an activity that's growing in popularity among its younger residents.

November recyclables could earn extra cash

LAWRENCEVILLE - Hold on to those aluminum cans and newspapers just a little while longer.

No worries Collins Hill sweeps team, individual honors

DULUTH - Andrew Hudson did it to himself.

Graduation coaches cheer students on

Fifty years ago last month, the Russians launched Sputnik into space. As the satellite began its orbit, my fifth-grade teacher Mr. Davis told us that space exploration would change education forever.

Literary Calendar

Monday

Suite getaways Bed-and-breakfasts provide a different type of experience

It was a dark night as I drove up Lookout Mountain with my wife and daughter. As I negotiated the long and winding road that ascends the mountain, I announced, "Note to self, do not drive up Lookout Mountain after dark."

Yancey - McCullough

Cassandra Leigh Yancey and Nathan Alan McCullough were married Oct. 20 in Statham. The Rev. Dale Mauldin officiated the ceremony.

Lanes closed Monday through Wednesday on Ga. 53 in Hall

OAKWOOD - Motorists traveling from Winder to Hall County on Ga. Highway 53 can expect delays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

March of Dimes will showcase restaurants during fundraising auction

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.

Holy Innocents' 3, Wesleyan 0 Costly turnovers end Wolves' six-year playoff run

CHAMBLEE - Wesleyan won its final three games last season to slip into the playoffs.

Falcons go dark in their own town for first time since '01

ATLANTA - Let's see what's on television this weekend in Atlanta. There's plenty of football, of course. A NASCAR race, too. And, rest assured, MTV will be running 'A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila' for the umpteenth time.

PSC mulls rate hike Ga. Power asks for boost

ATLANTA - Georgia's largest electric utility must produce more power to keep up with a growing state, and it's being required to install expensive pollution controls on what it's producing now.

Community connection: Principal likes blend of athletics, academics

When North Gwinnett High School Principal John Green was in college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he began studying computer programming, with the goal of becoming a computer scientist. But he soon found that wasn't his niche. After his position coach suggested he pursue education and coaching, Green changed his major - and he's never looked back.

Moreno leads Georgia past Troy 44-34 Freshman rushes for 196 yards

ATHENS - Herschel Walker has company in Georgia's freshman 1,000-yard club.

Civil rights museum's racial makeup an issue in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The National Civil Rights Museum, built around the motel where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, is drawing criticism that its governing board is too white and too closely tied to big business to watch over such an important piece of black history.

Political notebook: Parties submit lists for presidential preference ballots

After this week's city elections, the next round of ballots will come quickly.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Development permits

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS:

Voters head to polls Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - This is a November to remember in Gwinnett cities.

To the editor: If Alabama wants the water, it must share the burden of reducing consumption

I just finished reading Gov. Bob Riley's open letter to Georgians about the water issue. Here is my response:

Community News

Annandale teams win gold at state Special Olympics

In times of drought, Lake Lanier spa goes waterless

Editor's Note: Standing in the cosmetics aisle, it's easy to get overwhelmed. The Beauty Mark is your new guide to all things fashion and beauty. Here, we'll keep you in the know about products and procedures that will help you look and feel your best.

Smith - Dye

Jonathan Smith of Lilburn and Linda Smith of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Angela Dianne Smith of Snellville, to James Robert Dye of Dacula, son of Ricky and Kathy Ewing of Dacula.

State Briefs

Former NFL player's son arrested for battery after throwing teacher to floor

Orange rules 8-AAAAA meet Parkview's Ebert, Pinson lead teams to championships

DULUTH - Lindsey Ebert was the surprise of last year's Region 8-AAAAA cross country meet and Josh Pinson also pulled a stunner, a practical joke that backfired and left him out of the field.

Good news from schools: Sweetwater Middle recognized for promoting drug-free schools

Sweetwater Middle has received national recognition for its exemplary use of an advisement program that promotes a safe and drug-free school.

If Alabama wants the water, it must share the burden of reducing consumption

I just finished reading Gov. Bob Riley's open letter to Georgians about the water issue. Here is my response:

Do your part to celebrate family month

Gov. Sonny Perdue has designated November as "Family Month" in Georgia, although perhaps you've been too distracted by the drought to notice.

Bowman - Watkins

Erin Leigh Bowman and John Tyler Watkins were married Sept. 15 at St. George Episcopal Church in Leadville, Colo. The Rev. Gordon White, uncle of the groom, officiated the ceremony.

Marketplace

Achievements

Vote 'yes' to revitalize your city

Imagine a day when many of Gwinnett's family of communities rival Buckhead, Midtown or Atlantic Station as the region's premier live, work and play destination. Now imagine that vision is in your hands.

Pulpit and pews optional Area churches find meeting places in nontraditional buildings

DULUTH - By all accounts, Epic Faith church is not a run-of-the-mill house of worship.

Auburn police to hold drug-awareness class

AUBURN - If the neighbors' house sees plenty of late-night activity, reeks of cat urine and the trash can is filled with cold medicine blister packs, they might be too sick with flu-like symptoms to sleep or empty the cat box.

Miller anniversary

Dwight and Annie Miller of Buford celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married Oct. 18, 1957. The couple celebrated with family and friends during a dinner at The Old Millhouse restaurant in Buford.

World briefs

Indonesian officials say volcano did not erupt

Military News

Marine Corps Pfc. Jason Varndoe recently graduated from the Bulk Fuel Specialist Course and was promoted to his current rank. He is the son of Debra Thompson of Dacula. Varndoe is a 1998 graduate of Jeff Davis High School and joined the Marine Corps in 2007.

Bobby King

Bobby King, age 68, of Winder, GA, passed away Friday, November 2, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest ...

Ruth Wallace Rooks

Ruth Wallace Rooks of Snellville was born on April 16, 1918 to Gus & Minnie Wallace and died peacefully on Friday, November 2, 2007 at the age of 89. Ruth ...

Lola Appling Smithson

Mrs. Lola Appling Smithson, age 61, of Braselton, GA, formerly of Buford, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2007. Service and arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Shirley Cassidy

Mrs. Shirley Cassidy, age 75, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Harold Venable Kelley, Sr.

KELLEY, SR. September 23, 1925 – November 2, 2007 Graveside services will be held 12:30 pm Monday, November 5, 2007 at Georgia National Cemetery for Harold Venable Kelley, Sr. 82 ...

Helen Stephens Bennett

Helen Stephens Bennett, age 76, of Lilburn, GA, went to be with the Lord on November 2nd, 2007 after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Ernest Bennett ...

Christene Cash

Mrs. Christene Cash, age 54, of Winder, Georgia, died November 2, 2007. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements, 770-867-1361.

Bettye Jane Taylor Myers

Bettye Jane Taylor Myers, age 80, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2007. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville ...