News for Sunday, August 24, 2008


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Community calendar

Send items for the Community Calendar to 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.

Community Connection: Charles Craig

Charles Craig, executive director of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity, is gearing up for his organization's 20th anniversary at the end of this month, but outside of what he does for the nonprofit, he's an avid history buff and a University of Georgia football fan.

Claims of bias way off base

The "R-word" has reared its ugly head in Gwinnett County - and we're not talking "recession."

Enloe - Burruss

Patricia Lane Enloe and Don Curtis Burruss were married May 24 at Magnolia Hall in Social Circle. Associate Pastor Jim Landis officiated the ceremony.

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Nation briefs

Sheriff: 10 dead in plane crash at Moab, Utah

Explorer Cadets to hold recruitment night

DACULA - The Gwinnett County Fire Explorer Cadets will hold a recruitment night at 7 p.m. Thursday at the county's fire academy in Dacula.

Playing it safe State-of-the-art playground being built in Dacula Park

DACULA - It's kind of like the Ewok Village, only safer.

Mother-daughter artist duo to showcase work in exhibit

LAWRENCEVILLE - "People and Places," an exhibit of art by the mother-daughter duo of Judy Mizell and Karen Orellana will be on display at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville through Nov. 17.

Going green by using kenaf instead of trees for paper

Here I go again with another follow-up column about being green. It all started with a light-hearted look at books with "green" themes.

Williams - Sledge

Ben Williams and Renee Bell of Athens announce the engagement of their daughter, Claire Williams of Suwanee, to Cale Sledge of Lawrenceville, son of Craig and Sylvia Sledge of Grayson.

County reduces land appraisal Lot for sale $33,000 cheaper than purchase price

LAWRENCEVILLE - Even Gwinnett County's government can't escape the falling prices of the housing crisis.

Heacox - Hitt

Susan Ashley Heacox and John David Hitt were married June 28 at The Balcony on Dock in Wilmington, N.C. The Rev. Penelope Morningstar officiated the ceremony.

Young Broncos lose third straight opener

ATLANTA - The first play of Saturday's Corky Kell Classic game couldn't have played out much better for Brookwood's young football team.


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Harrison - Reynolds

Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Harrison of Monroe announce the engagement of their daughter, Mallory Lynn Harrison of Monroe, to Jarrad Robert Reynolds of Covington, son of Mark Reynolds of Conyers and Connie Beers of Lawrenceville.

Five Forks library branch to host New Orleans night

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Public Library plans to make it easy Monday to learn about the Big Easy.

Our view: Claims of bias way off base

The "R-word" has reared its ugly head in Gwinnett County - and we're not talking "recession."

Road closures

· Cedars Road from Ga. Highway 8/U.S. Highway 29/Winder Highway to Rockhouse Road will require intermittent lane closures through September 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.

Good news from schools: Georgia association honors veteran Gwinnett educator

The statewide organization that provides unity of school leadership groups in Georgia has recognized a Gwinnett County Public Schools veteran leader as its Outstanding Educator.

Hall honored for revitalizing affordable areas of housing

GAINESVILLE - Hall County recently received an award for its involvement in a program that helped develop strategies used to rehabilitate and rebuild housing on Black and Cooley drives in Gainesville, county officials said.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: 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 Aug. 11 through 15.

What's going on here?: Peachtree Industrial shopping center to have retail condos

"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

Political Notebook: Oxendine gets on FairTax bandwagon

It may not be a congressman, but U.S. Rep. John Linder has another key ally in his campaign for fundamental tax reform.

Community news

Lawrenceville resident to compete for Miss Teen Atlanta

'It's the heart' Gala honors women for contributions to Gwinnett

BRASELTON - The water towers near Interstate 85 in Norcross say Gwinnett is great, but Gwinnett Technical College President Sharon Bartels said the county is a magical place to live.

Decatur Book Festival not just for local residents anymore

Don't let the label fool you.

Instrumental Learning School offers music programs for young kids

DULUTH - While the teenagers are wiping away the dust on their instruments to prepare for marching band this fall, a local music school is offering classes for kids as young as newborns.

Russia-Georgia crisis shows liberal approach not right

If Barack Obama somehow loses the presidential race, he might partially blame Vlad 'the Assailer' Putin. Since Russia invaded Georgia last week, the world's attention has been focused on NATO's response to the brutality. On balance, the response has been tepid to say the least. President Bush said Russia better get out.

Keener - Holden

Richard and Emily Keener of Suwanee announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara Renee Keener of Iron Station, N.C., to Lt. Michael Ryan Holden of Iron Station, N.C., son of Randall and Elaine Holden of Iron Station, N.C.

Mills - Jackson

Paula Mills and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Mills of Baxley announce the engagement of their daughter, Shanna Mills of Loganville, to Kevin Matthew Jackson of Loganville, son of Jay and Nancy Jackson of Loganville.

Gallery hosts Rotary membership drive in Suwanee Club actively seeking new members

SUWANEE - Who says it isn't a good idea to mix business with pleasure?

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Action taken

ZONING CASES - Action taken: Here's a look at the actions taken by the Gwinnett County Planning Commission at its Aug. 19 meeting.

World briefs

Survivor says wing dipped before crash

Hummingbird banding to be demonstrated in Buford

LAWRENCEVILLE - Imagine holding in your hands a tiny creature that can flap its wings up to 80 times per second, depending on the species.

Grayson saves day for Gwinnett

ATLANTA - With eight new starters on offense, there were questions on how Grayson's ball-control running attack would operate this season.

People briefs

Kattan files for separation 2 months after wedding

Gwinnett Gab

Beauty school provides free haircuts to kids

Georgia association honors veteran Gwinnett educator

The statewide organization that provides unity of school leadership groups in Georgia has recognized a Gwinnett County Public Schools veteran leader as its Outstanding Educator.

College notes

Kristen Ellen Flachbarth of Lawrenceville made dean's and freshman honor roll at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

Dome downer

ATLANTA - Norcross stayed score for score with Camden County through nearly three quarters of play Saturday at the Corky Kell Classic.

Oxendine gets on FairTax bandwagon

It may not be a congressman, but U.S. Rep. John Linder has another key ally in his campaign for fundamental tax reform.

Weekly - Gay

Shauna Corinne Weekly and Jonathan Patrick Gay were married June 7 in Dahlonega.

Prep Roundup: Brookwood takes third in Stage Races

DULUTH - Brookwood came in third overall with 28 points at The Stage Races on Saturday.

25th Anniversary

Bryan and Becky Plott of Loganville celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 25, 1983, in Blairsville. They have three children: Haley, Hannah and Hadrian. The family celebrated the anniversary over the Fourth of July holiday.

Republicans not giving up Senate seats without a fight

MANCHESTER, N.H. - When Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, lists the November races that will swell his party's majority, New Hampshire is one of the first he brags about.

Stroke of fate Nothing scares 12-year-old Dontae Douglas

BUFORD - Shooting around on the outdoor basketball courts at Bogan Park, Dontae Douglas couldn't be happier.

Baum - Boyles

Bill and Susan Baum of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Elyse Baum of Durham, N.C., to Jeffrey Boyles of Durham, N.C., son of Walter and Nancy Boyles of Conyers.

Propaganda can't hide our right to water supply

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson issued a court order regarding a fairly obscure procedural change in the decades-old tri-state litigation concerning Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

Margaret Gentry

Margaret Elizabeth Gentry, age 84, of Chamblee, GA, passed away Friday, August 22, 2008. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Nancy Bullock

Mrs. Nancy Warbington Bullock, age 89, of Buford, GA and the Ivy Creek Community passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bee ...

Thomas Wester, Jr.

THOMAS Thomas Wester, Jr., age 68, of Lilburn, Georgia, died Friday, August 22, 2008. He is survived by: wife, June B. Wester; son, Thomas Wester, III. and wife Rhonda of ...

Mazie Goodman

Mazie D. Goodman, age 71 of Auburn, GA. passed away Friday, August 22, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 3 PM Monday, August 25, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Chapel of ...

Charles Kinnett

Mr. Charles Kinnett, age 65, of Snellville, GA, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2008. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 32 years, Michele ...

Lyndell Butler

Lyndell Virginia Brooks Butler, age 94 of Tucker, GA died peacefully August 22, 2008. Lyndell was born January 21, 1914, in Loganville, GA. A professional seamstress with Sears Decorating for ...

Cecil Ezmal Puckett

Mr. Cecil Ezmal "Zeke" Puckett, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, August 15, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mardell Brown Puckett ...

Jeanette Bradford

Jeanette Bradford, age 70, of Norcross, GA, passed away August 23, 2008. Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Home and Crematory Duluth Chapel 770-476-2535

Barbara Gray

Barbara Mann Cowart Gray, 83, died August 10, 2008 in Ocala, FL of kidney failure. She was predeceased by her parents Johnnie and Lois Mann, brother Gibson Mann, first husband ...

John Keller

John Lewis Keller was the son of Dr. Ben E. Keller a retired local Tucker oral surgeon of 30 years and Angel Diogo Keller. He was born at DeKalb Medical ...