News for Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Struggling for shelter Homeless, their helpers face tougher obstacles

Editor's note: Results of a survey released Tuesday revealed there are more than 910 people living without sufficient housing in Gwinnett County. Service organizations and representatives of the Pathways Community Network, the group that assisted in gathering information for the homeless count believe the real number of homeless or "precariously housed," is far higher.

CTANNY-Zoning Results

ZONING CASES - ON THE AGENDA: Here's a look at the action taken by the Gwinnett County Planning Commission on Wednesday.

50th anniversary

Guy and Betty Brooks of Stone Mountain will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were married Aug. 30, 1958, at Corinth First Baptist Church. Their three children, Luane, Laura and Lynda, are flying the couple to Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands to celebrate. The couple has 7 grandchildren: Jim, Holly, Ryan, Ashley, Brandon, Amber and George.

Program to teach locals about city government

DULUTH - Future politicians, now's your chance to get your feet wet. The city of Duluth is offering its own version of reality government with the first offering of its L.E.A.D. Academy.

Heckman reminds Rep. Linder of term limit pledge

With the primary out of the way, candidates are looking to November.

Nation briefs

Ohio fights razing of spacesuit lab

Setzer - Tucciarone

James and Kathy Setzer of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Setzer of Greenville, S.C., to John Robert Tucciarone III of Sumter, S.C., son of John and Linda Tucciarone of Augusta.

Gwinnett Braves mascot needs a name Team calls on community to pick what to call groundhog

LAWRENCEVILLE - You can be part of Gwinnett Braves history, and you don't even need to own a bat or a glove. Just come up with a great name for the team's mascot.

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.

Aggressive drivers should be punished, no matter the vehicle

I just finished reading the front page article regarding the Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign ("Road Rules," Page 1A, July 30). According to the article, tickets will now be given to those who cut off big rigs with quick lane changes right in front of these commercial trucks.

Vet named president-elect of association

BUFORD - He's treated animals from armadillos to snakes. He owns two Gwinnett animal hospitals and has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 40 years. Now, to top it off, Dr. Larry R. Corry has been named the 2008-2009 president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Johnson - Bennett

Molly Elizabeth Johnson and John Cory Bennett were married July 19 at the Bona Allen Mansion in Buford. The Rev. Kenneth Oates officiated the ceremony.

People briefs

Comedian Bernie Mac dies at 50

Our view: Hiring freeze a reminder of economic rough patch

Need more evidence that the economy is worsening? Look no further than Thursday's announcement that the Gwinnett County government is implementing a hiring freeze of 77 open positions.

Evolving excellence Benefield Elementary's new state-of-the-art facility retains traditions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Benefield Elementary may have a new home, but when students return to school Monday, they'll enter familiar territory.

Community Connection: Steven Flynt

When Steven Flynt came to Gwinnett County Public Schools in 1994, the science teacher helped develop the soccer and swimming programs at Dacula High School. Now Flynt is the district's chief academic officer, tasked with leading, teaching and learning in the state's largest school system.

Reduce postal routes to save fuel, money

It would appear Americans are driving less, reducing demand and reducing prices. We might further benefit if the United States Post Office reduced mail delivery from the current six days a week to three days. Some routes Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and others Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Half the fuel consumption, half the USPS vehicles and half the employees.

Sublett - Black

Bill Sublett of Loganville announces the engagement of his daughter, Megan Elizabeth Sublett of Gainesville, to Zachry Brandon Black of Lawrenceville, son of Reggie and Toni Black of Lawrenceville.

Births

April 24

GAC standout makes national debut Steckenrider, East win Aflac All-American High School Baseball Game

Greater Atlanta Christian standout Andrew Steckenrider hasn't narrowed down his college choice yet, but he has already played in a major league stadium on national television.

Military News

Air Force Cadet Paul T. Bowen Jr., son of Paul and Barbara Bowen of Lawrenceville, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Bowen is a 2004 graduate of Brookwood High School.

Hiring freeze a reminder of economic rough patch

Need more evidence that the economy is worsening? Look no further than Thursday's announcement that the Gwinnett County government is implementing a hiring freeze of 77 open positions.

Jenkins out of line to stereotype all people who have tattoos

I read Rob Jenkins' column ("Top 11 reasons not to get a tatoo," Community, July 27) with a great deal of interest and with even more appall and hurt. It surprises me that the Gwinnett Daily Post would allow such a column to appear in its newspaper.

Blackmon makes college to pro adjustment look easy

Going from college to professional baseball has been no adjustment at all for Charlie Blackmon.

It's about time patriotism meshed with music

The other night, I went to see the legendary R&B group Earth, Wind and Fire at Radio City Music Hall. Toward the end of the show, lead singer Philip Bailey startled me and others in the crowd when he said: 'I thank God and America for allowing us to have success for 37 years.'

To the editor: Jenkins out of line to stereotype all people who have tattoos

I read Rob Jenkins' column ("Top 11 reasons not to get a tatoo," Community, July 27) with a great deal of interest and with even more appall and hurt. It surprises me that the Gwinnett Daily Post would allow such a column to appear in its newspaper.

Artist Bill Stevens to teach classes this fall

CUMMING - Got an itch to draw, but don't know how or want to improve your skills?

College Notes

DeMarcus Pegues of Lawrenceville is participating in the American Psychological Association's Advanced Statistical Training in Psychology program. He is one of 17 out of more than 120 applicants selected from colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Pegues is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Author as green as she can get

As I clicked through the responses to my column on green-themed books, this one from Fran Stewart really caught my attention.

Giving Gwinnett County Public Schools its props

I believe in giving credit where credit is due - unlike many mortgage lenders, who for the past 10 years have apparently believed in giving credit to anyone who asks.

Records show Warren Commission skeptics President Ford told FBI about members' doubts in JFK killing

WASHINGTON - Former President Ford secretly advised the FBI that two of his fellow members on the Warren Commission doubted the FBI's conclusion that John F. Kennedy was shot from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, according to newly released records from Ford's FBI files.

Hawks complete season with World Series title

The Mill Creek Hawks 10U travel baseball team won the 2008 Grand Slam World Series on July 11 in Panama City, Fla.

School board expands prohibition of tobacco

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education recently reviewed its Drug-Free Workplace Policy, expanding it to include after-school hours and off-campus student activities.

To the editor: Aggressive drivers should be punished, no matter the vehicle

I just finished reading the front page article regarding the Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign ("Road Rules," Page 1A, July 30). According to the article, tickets will now be given to those who cut off big rigs with quick lane changes right in front of these commercial trucks.

Judge: Prosecutors also drove up costs of courthouse shooting case

NEW YORK - The retired judge who stepped down from the Atlanta courthouse killings case said Saturday that prosecutors share the blame for the high cost and delays in the death penalty proceeding only now going to trial.

Political notebook: Heckman reminds Rep. Linder of term limit pledge

With the primary out of the way, candidates are looking to November.

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 July 28 to Aug. 1.

3's no crowd Hamilton Mill trio earn Nike Cup berth

Nineteen Canongate courses sprinkle Atlanta and Georgia. Each course has a junior program and is a part of the tour of the same name. More than 500 junior golfers compete in the tour of mostly stroke play events. At the end of the summer, the top points leaders in the different age classifications earn a berth in the Nike Cup to play against the top junior players from Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Tour, 20 total.

Williams - Griffin

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Williams of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Nicole Williams of Loganville, to Joel Harris Griffin of Grayson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin E. Griffin of Milledgeville.

To the editor: Reduce postal routes to save fuel, money

It would appear Americans are driving less, reducing demand and reducing prices. We might further benefit if the United States Post Office reduced mail delivery from the current six days a week to three days. Some routes Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and others Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Half the fuel consumption, half the USPS vehicles and half the employees.

Bank of America coming to Duluth

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Community section. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Jamie Ward, planning and zoning reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1304. Or e-mail him at jamie.ward@gwinnettdailypost.com

Cloned puppies may have exposed a 31-year mystery

SALT LAKE CITY - A woman who made news around the world when she had five pups cloned from her beloved pit bull, Booger, looked very familiar to some who saw her picture: She may be the same woman who 31 years earlier was accused of abducting a Mormon missionary in England, handcuffing him to a bed and making him her sex slave.

New headmaster at Heritage looking forward to school year

SUGAR HILL - As Heritage Academy enters its second year at its new Sugar Hill location, the private Christian school will have a new leader.

David - Streitenberger

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne David of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Ruth David of Atlanta, to Eric Dale Streitenberger of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stone of Lawrenceville and Mr. and Mrs. George Streitenberger of Lilburn.

Nonprofit hopes to stop teen driving fatalities

MONROE - Gathering more than 200 walkers (and $20,000) in year one. Check.

World briefs

US military blames al-Qaida for car bombing

Blair - Windish

Shari Lee Blair and Christopher Edward Windish were married July 19 in Ormond Beach, Fla. The Rev. Diane Thomas-Gonzales officiated the ceremony.

While not enemies, McCain and Obama aren't best buds

In the time they have served together in the United States Senate, John McCain and Barack Obama developed neither a friendship nor an intense dislike. They entered this campaign as relative strangers, and now - as the sniping builds to a steady staccato - each of them has acquired a strong sense of grievance about the other.

Snellville to host outdoor movie

SNELLVILLE - Briscoe Park has been home to ducks, fish and squirrels for years, but on Aug. 23 kids can see a menagerie of wild animals at the Snellville park.

To the editor: United States could power itself on clean fuels within a decade

I was hoping that Congress would address the energy crisis, deal with gas prices, move on solutions to climate change before taking this break. Now, the clean energy tax credits will run out, meaning that government incentive programs to support the solar and wind industries will expire at the end of this year. Jobs will be lost as a result of their inaction.

United States could power itself on clean fuels within a decade

I was hoping that Congress would address the energy crisis, deal with gas prices, move on solutions to climate change before taking this break. Now, the clean energy tax credits will run out, meaning that government incentive programs to support the solar and wind industries will expire at the end of this year. Jobs will be lost as a result of their inaction.

Gwinnett schools to open doors to nearly 160,000

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nearly 160,000 students are expected to begin classes Monday in Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Community News

Sisters among top 12 sellers for Girl Scout cookies

Gwinnett Gab

Simon malls give scholarships to local graduates

Clean Air Campaign grows in popularity More businesses partnering with program than this time last year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Beijing's efforts to cleanse its own air in time for the Olympics have apparently failed. But if the Clean Air Campaign's recent success is any indicator of metro Atlanta's air quality, then things might just be improving.

Road closures

Cedars Road from Ga. Highway 8/U.S. Highway 29/Winder Highway to Rockhouse Road will require intermittent lane closures through August for force main improvements, weather permitting. Any such closures will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For further information contact the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources at 678-376-7122.

Setting the standard Buford's 1978 state title was county's first

Before the Buford football program ever became a state power, before it won a state record 47 games or three consecutive state titles, a group of teenagers with bushy 1970s hair made a mark on history.

Whitworth - Brewer

Jimmy and Debbie Whitworth of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Whitworth of Lawrenceville, to Joey Brewer of Lawrenceville, son of Harry and Candi Brewer of Lawrenceville.

Thomas Hite

Thomas D. (Tommy) Hite, age 68, of Lawrenceville, GA died on Friday, August 8, 2008.  He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susie Hite; Daughter & ...

Craig Selstad

Craig Selstad, age 53, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC www.wagesfuneralhome.com 770-979-3200

Ruth Wood

Mrs. Ruth Harvey Wood, age 83, of Suwanee, GA passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2008. She is survived by her: Sons and Daughter-In-Law: Philip and Edna Wood ...

Tommy Cofer

Tommy Ray Cofer, age 47 of Lilburn, GA., died Friday, August 8, 2008. The funeral will be 2:00 PM Monday, August 11, 2008 at Bill Head Funeral Home with Rev ...

Louise Martin

Louise B. Martin, age 88, of Bethlehem, GA passed away August 8, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home 770-867-4553

Bobby Voyles

Bobby H. Voyles, age 73 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away August 8, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville, GA 770-979-3200