News for Sunday, October 21, 2007

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Mitzi Ethridge

Age: 44

Shaking things up New business takes different approach to weight loss

BUFORD - There's a new weight loss center in Buford, but this isn't your typical weigh-in, weigh-out type of place.

Greg Field

Age: 42

Nation briefs

Man who beat child 'not a morning person'

Hearing canceled for soldier accused of murder in Iraq

HONOLULU - An Army sergeant accused of murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian has waived his right to a pretrial investigation hearing, the Army says.

Braselton sale awash in nostalgic, festive

BRASELTON - Looking to deck your halls with antique charm and holiday cheer in one fell swoop?

Fall carnival headed to Snellville next weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE - Miss the county fair?

Must read: Fading fall foliage colors in New England blamed on climate change

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. - Every fall, Marilyn Krom tries to make a trip to Vermont to see its famously beautiful fall foliage.

Search under way for Grayson High vandals

GRAYSON - Gwinnett school resource officers are looking for whoever shot up Grayson High School in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Hayes - Pisani

Mr. and Mrs. James Ogie Hayes of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Gwinnett County, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara Ann Hayes of Brooklyn, N.Y., to Frances Edward Pisani III of Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Mr. and Mrs. Frances Edward Pisani of Hollywood, Fla.

Joey Nunn

Age: 41

Studies show job hunters, college hopefuls should watch what they post online

That picture plastered front and center on your Facebook profile is harmless enough - right, Johnny Jobhunter? You know, the one from that out-of-control graduation shindig last semester where you held a jaw-dropping, record-breaking keg stand just long enough for the partyrazzi to snap about a million incriminating photos?

Schibelka 50th anniversary

Frank E. and Patricia A. Schibelka of Dacula celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married Sept. 14, 1957, in Milwaukee. They celebrated with a family reunion on Lake Lanier. The Schibelkas have three children: Diane and Ronnie Foster of Cumming, Kathy and Bill Tonge of Dacula, and Gary Schibelka of Alquinion, Ill. They have two grandchildren. Frank and Pat are both retired. They are planning a trip next year to celebrate the anniversary.

Vinson - Bragg

Lisa A. Vinson and Mark E. Bragg were married July 7 at Athens Botanical Garden in Athens. The Rev. Jerry Hewatt officiated the ceremony.

Chambliss has money lead in 2008 election

County politicians aren't the only ones getting an early start on the 2008 elections.

Chatty police spokesman relishes life on the road

No bones about it, Capt. Clyde Byers is a talker.

Good news from schools: State BOE member to hold public hearing on education

State Board of Education member Jose Perez of the 7th Congressional District will hold a public hearing next month at Norcross High School.

Alice Waters explains the art of culinary simplicity in cookbook

As the nation's de facto culinary conscience, Alice Waters has spent decades leading the movement that made household terms out of 'organic' and 'local.' Now she is ready to tell you what to do with all that food.

New high-speed train puts eastern France's wine country on map

REIMS, France - After a Paris breakfast of cafe and croissant, how about lunch and a glass of bubbly in France's Champagne region?

Eric Clapton writes the book on rock survival

NEW YORK - Clapton is Good.

Maple-pumpkin dinner rolls are a healthy treat

Warm, fresh rolls improve nearly any meal, which can make it awfully tempting to grab some at the grocer.

Perdue declares state of emergency Governor seeks president's help in drought

CUMMING - Gov. Sonny Perdue traveled to the edge of rapidly diminishing Lake Lanier Saturday to declare a state of emergency in 85 Georgia counties due to the worsening drought.

Military News

Marine Corps Pvt. Edward C. Riexinger has completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. Riexinger is the son of Kathleen M. and Stephen P. Riexinger of Snellville.

Suwanee holding civic writing contest for kids

SUWANEE - If you're a third- to fifth-grader whose ZIP code is 30024 and who knows what makes Suwanee great, then the city has a contest for you.

College Notes

Griffin named to trial team

To the editor: Businesses must share the pain of water shortage

I have come to the conclusion that saddling only individual homeowners with the responsibility of conserving water is the wrong approach to our current water shortage. I have great sympathy for businesses who would be adversely affected by mandatory water usage reductions, but only "shared pain" will create enough pressure to make our politicians finally do something.

Rescue organization seeks recipes for fundraiser cookbook

WINDER - If your dog or cat has a favorite dish, Pup and Cat Company wants the recipe.

Births

Aug. 3

Literary Calendar

Monday

Rising seas threaten Bangkok Waters, sinking land could submerge city

KHUN SAMUT CHIN, Thailand - At Bangkok's watery gates, Buddhist monks cling to a shrinking spit of land around their temple as they wage war against the relentlessly rising sea.

Things you need to know before you take your first cruise

NEW YORK - More than half of those who've never taken a cruise would like to do so, according to a 2006 survey by the Cruise Lines International Association.

Daily Post photographer wins first in SNPA contest

A photo taken by Gwinnett Daily Post photographer Su Anderson took first place in the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association's photo contest in the category for open features.

Ancient Artifacts High Museum opens second installment of Louvre exhibit

Through the glass walls of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing, visitors experience High Museum's new exhibit even before entering the revolving door.

Kubilius - Erwin

Lynn and Dennis Lawton of Snellville and Joseph Kubilius of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie-Anne Kubilius of Norcross, to Kristopher Michael Erwin of Norcross, son of Bill and Elyse Erwin of Roswell.

Emily Osment shows her darker side with 'The Haunting Hour'

LOS ANGELES - Horror-meister R.L Stine likes to say you can't scare kids too much.

Thousands check out library's reading festival

LAWRENCEVILLE - Apparently bookworms have yet to become an endangered species in Gwinnett.

'Devoted and loyal' Gwinnett diehards pumped for Gladiators' home opener

DULUTH - Eric Harris' son had his first concussion at a Gwinnett Gladiators' hockey match.

Barrow BOC to hear four rezoning requests Tuesday

WINDER - Barrow County's rural atmosphere is changing fast, as evidenced by the number of requests to rezone agricultural farmland to manufacturing and residential uses.

Senate leader sounds skeptical on proposal to nix property tax

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Senate's top Republican said Friday a proposal to eliminate property taxes would result in 'a lot of angry people' being taxed on now-exempt goods and services from wheelchairs to trash collection.

Travel Briefs

Celebrity chef to host weekend fun

Ethnic eateries ubiquitous in Loganville

Though there is a lot of cultural diversity in the county, there's always room - no, make that demand - for more. Especially in the food department.

World briefs

Six people found dead in apartment near Vancouver

Chambliss faces good odds of staying in office

This spring, many Georgia Republicans were calling for Sen. Saxby Chambliss' scalp.

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.

Gwinnett Gab

ARC show now available online

Super Fruit Antioxidant-rich acai berry is newest trendy ingredient

Deep under the canopy of the Brazilian Amazon lies a hidden wonder fruit. Within the skin of the acai are promises to rejuvenate, revive and restore aching bodies.

Barrow board to hold hearings on millage rate

WINDER - Barrow County property owners might pay more in taxes next year, despite the Board of Education's plans to keep the millage rate the same as this year.

Seven cities to vote on referendum Election 2007

Editor's Note: Today begins a series of stories to be published in the Gwinnett Daily Post leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Coming Tuesday, a look at those running for mayor and council seats in Auburn.

Gladiators start fast to win home opener

By Christine Troyke

To the editor: Use 'dirty' water from other tasks to quench plants

I have heard all about the complete watering ban but haven't heard much about alternate ways to conserve water and even put to use "dirty" water for watering plants considering the complete watering ban. Why not share some other important reminders and ideas on ways to conserve?

Westmoreland - Humphries

Amanda Michelle Westmoreland and Marcus Lloyd Humphries were married Oct. 6 at Trenton United Methodist Church in Trenton. The Rev. Jesse Pierce officiated the ceremony.

People briefs

Coppola's first movie since 1997 debuts in Rome

Finding fun at the farm Families to get taste of rural life at festival

DULUTH - For decades, the acreage beside Gwinnett Place Mall was cultivated farmland. Next weekend, it will be again, at least in spirit.

Collins Hill boys, girls win Wood Invitational in Gainesville

In what was supposed to a be a tune-up for the region and state meet, the Collins Hill cross country team took both the boys and girls titles at the Wood Invitational Saturday at Gainesville College.

Martha Brick

Age: 42

Next round of drought restrictions could hit major industries Jobs at stake in water-use decisions

ATLANTA - When the state slapped an outdoor watering ban on the northern third of Georgia three weeks ago, its chief environmental regulator warned that she probably wouldn't stop there.

Local parole office earns high marks

LAWRENCEVILLE - James Smith drives a showroom-clean, black Impala into a Lawrenceville enclave known as a drug depot, parking the vehicle outside a two-story building on Waterbury Drive. He carries handcuffs and an expandable baton on his belt, a Glock .40 caliber on his hip. Business as usual.

Ethnic eateries ubiquitous in Loganville

Though there is a lot of cultural diversity in the county, there's always room - no, make that demand - for more. Especially in the food department.

Church band to play live

DACULA - Daybreak Community Church in downtown Dacula will take another shot at its "One Achord Music Nights," this time with a little more publicity.

Columbus day Mill Creek, Grayson, Peachtree Ridge earn trips to state

CUMMING - Pitchers can often be catalysts for their teams in fast-pitch softball.

Community News

Fiction Crafters celebrates first anniversary

Head of the class Teacher of the Year finalists share common bond

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County's Teacher of the Year finalists each have a distinct story to tell.

Doug Callahan

Age: 32

What's going on here Yellow River dam being upgraded

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 Ryan Crawford, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1304, or e-mail him at ryan.crawford@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett Planning Commission on Oct. 16. Those zoning requests not tabled will be forwarded with a recommendation to the County Commission for a final vote Tuesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Dacula protects home court to win area

By Christine Troyke

Development permits

DEVELOPMENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS: The following are development permits 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 Oct. 12.

Woman killed in crash Man charged with vehicular homicide

LAWRENCEVILLE - A drunk Dacula man lost control of his vehicle early Saturday morning and killed his female passenger, Gwinnett police said.

Our view: What's teenage life really like these days?

So what's really going on with our teenagers?

Community connection: Chatty police spokesman relishes life on the road

No bones about it, Capt. Clyde Byers is a talker.

Marketplace

Personnel Moves

Prep Roundup: GAC downs LaFayette 2-1 to advance to Elite Eight in Columbus

ROME - Jessica Coan struck out 16 batters and gave up one hit as GAC took a 2-1 win over LaFayette on Saturday to advance to state.

Hit the slopes Early planning for ski season saves time, money

After coming through one of the hottest summers on record, it's hard to believe it's almost ski season. Even though we're a month into autumn, the sting of the August heat is still fresh in many of our memories.

SCHIP's trouble may not be the forecast for overall health care

For most of the American public, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt is best defined by his role in defending President Bush's controversial veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Fort Yargo flower beds win award

WINDER - Fort Yargo is officially one of the most beautifully decorated parks in the state. Or at least its front entrance is.

PugFest will raise money, awareness for pet rescue efforts

Randi Tucker thought she was being creative the first year she brought her pug to the annual PugFest event dressed up as a "puppermint" in a candy-colored costume made of red-and-white paper plates adorned with cellophane.

New Halloween books offer fun and eerie tales for kids

Every child has his or her own capacity for processing the difference between "fun" scary and genuine fear. Lucky for parents, there's a wide spectrum of kids' books new for Halloween, from the safely cute to the uncomfortably eerie, with points between for all ages.

Road closures

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

Foreclosure story includes unreported plots and subplots

The foreclosure story is far more complicated than what gets reported. There are plots and subplots that include international intrigue, Wall Street, instant gratification, automation, fraud, unscrupulous professionals, predatory practices, ignorance, stagnant wages, rising interest rates and personal crisis.

Follett - Wilson

Charles and Ann Follett of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Annslee Follett of Lawrenceville, to Travis Marshall Wilson of Lawrenceville, son of Dennis and Suzanne Wilson of Lilburn.

Liberal press endangers troops with feeding frenzy

While rockers Bruce Springsteen and David Crosby continue to run around the country spouting the preposterous assertion that America is doing evil in Iraq, the tide is quietly turning against the real bad guys: terrorists who kill innocent civilians in the name of Allah.

Singer Rissi Palmer breaks color lines with 'Country Girl'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Rissi Palmer still laughs about the looks she saw on people's faces when she stepped on stage in some of Nashville's honky-tonk bars.

Parker returns to form with new novel

'Now and Then' (Putnam, 296 pages, $25.95), by Robert B. Parker

People helping people: Foreclosure story includes unreported plots and subplots

The foreclosure story is far more complicated than what gets reported. There are plots and subplots that include international intrigue, Wall Street, instant gratification, automation, fraud, unscrupulous professionals, predatory practices, ignorance, stagnant wages, rising interest rates and personal crisis.

Nibbles and Bits

Summer salads fade into fall beds of glory at Doc Green's locations

NIMBY-ism rears head in schools debate

As longtime readers of this column will attest, I've never exactly been a mouthpiece for the Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Lee Pace has the magic touch on 'Pushing Daisies'

BURBANK, Calif. - Lee Pace has the magic touch.

Mandy Collins

Age: 43

Feaster - Torrence

Mr. and Mrs. Houston J. Feaster of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Ieleen Elizabeth Feaster of Chamblee, to Michael Jeffrey Torrence of Atlanta, son of Nancie Torrence and Mr. and Mrs. W. Jeffrey Torrence, all of Alpharetta.

Political notebook: Chambliss has money lead in 2008 election

County politicians aren't the only ones getting an early start on the 2008 elections.

Gordon Crumbley

Gordon Crumbley Jr. (Red), age 82, of Decatur, GA passed away on Friday, October 19, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Crumbley, Sr ...

Brian Wallington

Mr. Brian V. Wallington, age 72, of Buford, GA, passed away on Friday, October 19, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Mary Jones

Mary Jane Almand Jones, age 50, of Snellville, passed away Friday, October 19, 2007. Memorial Services will be held 3:00 PM, Monday, October 22, 2007 in the Snellville Chapel of ...

William Gall

William Joseph Gall, age 85, of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Highway ...

Fredrick Puckett

Mr. Fredrick Ray Puckett, age 86, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Elmer Newell

Elmer Eugene “Gene” Newell, age 71, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away October 20, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010, www.stewart ...