News for Sunday, August 17, 2008

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BOC to consider creating redevelopment projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - A month after voters approved the use of tax allocation districts in Gwinnett, commissioners will take the first step to make them a reality.

Showing solo Auburn library highlights local artisans with monthly show

AUBURN - Those who fancy tinkering with artistic technique and oddball media might take interest in the walls of Auburn's burgeoning new library.

Moulder - Burkhalter

Sheila Durden Moulder and Lamar Moulder of Flowery Branch announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Moulder of Buford to Jeff Burkhalter of Buford, son of Dana and Melody Burkhalter of Buford.

World Briefs

Russian forces pull back from Igoeti's center

Merrow's move, like name, perfect

Thor Merrow always had the perfect first name for a fullback. Now he is one.

Giving back on the greens Golf tournament raises money for widows of soldiers

SUWANEE - About 100 golfers prepared to have some fun on the course Wednesday, but the crack of rifles in a salute to fallen heroes reminded them that the tournament was for a good cause.

Hoschton half way to Guinness World Record for scarecrows

HOSCHTON - Hoschton's half way to its goal of breaking a Guinness World Record for most scarecrows in one location.

Anderson reaches Richmond-best 20-game hit streak

It took until the Richmond Braves' 43rd and finally season for anyone to hit in 20 consecutive games.

From bedtime story to book Local man publishes tale for children

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ken Kenerly has been telling bedtime stories to his two young sons every night for years. That experience has been useful. Kenerly's first children's book - "Milly's What Ifs ... Eating Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies" - was published in June.

Sexton - Padden

Tony and Shelly Sexton of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Sexton of Loganville, to Justin Padden of Braselton, son of Tim and Sharon Padden of Braselton.

Land Trust brings out the natural beauty in Suwanee

It was a sad day in May when Dale Higdon, my friend the forest ranger, told me he was going to retire. Not only has he spoon fed me about a dozen columns over the years, but he's also been only a click away when I needed advice about trees, including the ones in my backyard.

Must Read: Family: Cult 'brainwashed' mom charged with murder

BALTIMORE - After denying Javon Thompson food and water for two days because he wouldn't say 'Amen' after meals, the 1-year-old's caretakers waited for a divine sign that their message had been heard: a resurrection.

Suwanee Day adds new 10K race

SUWANEE - Just because the sun is setting on summer, doesn't mean it's time to throw those running shoes in the closet.

Two consignment sales coming to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bargain shoppers can take advantage of two children's consignment sales next week in Lawrenceville and Duluth.

Bush: Get out of Georgia

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush warned Russia on Saturday against trying to pry loose two separatist regions in Georgia and said Moscow must end military operations in the West-leaning democracy that once was part of the Soviet empire.

Familiar path Jacobs one of many Panther two-sport stars

LILBURN - Brandon Jacobs is hardly the first high-profile multi-sport star to come through Parkview's athletic program.

Senators discouraged penalties on suspect imports

WASHINGTON - Georgia's two senators intervened on behalf of an Atlanta-area wholesaler last year to discourage trade sanctions against cheap Chinese paper imports as the Bush administration investigated complaints that the paper was illegally subsidized by Beijing.

Gwinnett gab

Business president named top financial advisor

Silverbacks tie

ATLANTA - Losing Ansu Toure to a trade and Macoumba Kandji to an injury hurt the Silverbacks' offense on Saturday, but they managed to keep the Charleston Battery from scoring and came away with a point in a 0-0 tie.

Prep Roundup: Two wins give Comets division

SNELLVILLE - South Gwinnett won the Copper Division of the Diamond Classic on Saturday with wins over Monroe Area and Chamblee.

'Buzz going around' GGC begins 3rd year with development

LAWRENCEVILLE - Cameron and Craig Hoelzer are no strangers when it comes to attending a new school.

His way Senior qualifier makes most of berth in U.S. Open

There are two ways to approach a golf tournament.

Mill Creek players assist elderly

Tyler Zierski never guessed something so menial as gathering pine cones could mean so much. Or that opting for philanthropy over sleeping could be so rewarding.

Military notes

Navy Seaman Recruit Bountang Her, son of Chanpheng and Saypha Her of Winder, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Her is a 2006 graduate of Jackson County High School in Jefferson.

'Vlad the Assailer' again shows us his dark soul

The violent history of Eastern Europe inspired Irish author Bram Stoker to create his classic horror character Dracula in 1897. Stoker based his vampire on a Romanian ruler named Vlad Tepes, who, in the 15th century, committed incredible atrocities like impaling thousands of captured people on felled trees. Nice guy.

Woman, 68, charged in fatal crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 68-year-old Snellville woman was arrested this week on charges her faulty driving caused a motorcyclist's death three months ago.

Spitler - Haskell

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Alexander Spitler Jr. of Cumming announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Spitler to Trum Haskell, son of Skip Haskell of Hilton Head, S.C., and Margaret Swett Haskell of Sandy Springs.

Dozens attend party in support of John McCain

More than 60 people attended a house party for John McCain this week.

"Sport, or not a sport' summer Olympics edition

This just in from the Beijing summer Olympics: India now dominates the world in the grueling and demanding sport of ... air rifle.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

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 Aug. 4 to 8.

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 more information, call the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources at 678-376-7122.

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.

Nat'l Guard visits Georgia Men worried about European turmoil

LAWRENCEVILLE - They didn't speak the same language or have the same procedures. But the two military units who met in Tbilisi a month ago were both Georgians.

People Briefs

Thousands pay respects to comedy king Bernie Mac

Macko - Buford

William and Patricia Macko of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Eve Macko of Dacula, to Melvin E. Buford Jr. of Newnan, son of the late Melvin E. Buford Sr. and Margaret Buford of LaGrange.

Simmons - White

Kathryn Tyree Simmons and Brian Thomas White were married April 19 at St. Thomas by the Sea Catholic Church in Orange Beach, Ala. Father Joseph Meehan of Jacksonville, Fla., officiated the ceremony.

Community Connection: Connie Wiggins

Connie Wiggins, the executive director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, came to Georgia from Clemson University 38 years ago after meeting her husband. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., she studied mathematics and Spanish and never would have guessed from these focuses that she'd be the environmental steward for the county today. She was born on a chicken and cattle farm, and spent her teenage years frequently visiting the rural St. John's River area with her friends and family. That's where she played among the alligators, herons, eagles and manatees and perhaps from that experience, her love for mother earth grew.

Letter to the Editor: More help is needed to keep those struggling on their feet

I appreciate the Daily Post highlighting the homeless situation in Gwinnett County ("Struggling for shelter," Aug. 10, Page 1A). As the paper has correctly noted, homelessness in the county has increased though resources to respond are limited.

Worley - Alexander

Nancy and Michael Wiles of Kenai, Ark., announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendy Leigh Worley of Columbia, Mo., to Marc Paul Alexander of Dyess AFB, Texas, son of Sue and Steve Alexander of Buford.

School burns Brookwood trailers hit by arson

SNELLVILLE - Investigators believe a fire that singed two classroom trailers at Brookwood High School early Saturday was an act of arson.

Nation Briefs

Forecasters: Floridians should prepare for hurricane

Duluth accepting applications for advisory council

DULUTH - Mayor Nancy Harris wants some of her city's finest to form a Big Mac. And they won't even need two patties, special sauce, lettuce or cheese to do it.

Births

June 25

Our view: Eric Shanteau showing the Olympic spirit

It would have been a good story had Eric Shanteau merely made the United States Olympic swim team. It's an impressive feat just making the squad, even more so when you bounce back from missing the previous Olympic games by the tiniest of margins.

Beaver Ruin to get new center

"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

Obama's team seems ready for convention

While Barack Obama and his family were sunning on the beach in Hawaii last week, it was full speed ahead at his headquarters here. When I visited for the first time one day, the suite of rooms on the 11th floor of a rather posh office building on North Michigan Avenue - known as "The Magnificent Mile" - was filled with young people, most of them engrossed with the laptops on their desks.