News for Sunday, August 31, 2008

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Millions evacuate as Gustav nears

NEW ORLEANS - Spooked by predictions that Hurricane Gustav could grow into a Category 5 monster, an estimated 1 million people fled the Gulf Coast Saturday - even before the official order came for New Orleans residents to get out of the way of a storm taking dead aim at Louisiana.

5 Civil Air members promoted

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's squadron of the Civil Air Patrol promoted five of its junior and senior members Saturday at a morning ceremony inside the group's hangar at Briscoe Field.

Irons makes Falcons' roster Shockley beats out Harrington for No. 3 QB

David Irons missed part of the preseason because of a hamstring strain, but that didn't keep the former Dacula standout from making the Atlanta Falcons roster.

Mississippi makes turnaround to win division After starting 2-15, Braves qualify for Southern League playoffs

When Mississippi began 2-15 and went 30-40 in the first half of the Class AA Southern League season, it wasn't a good sign for what kind of team the Gwinnett Braves would be next year in the Class AAA International League.

Uga VII introduced as new Ga. mascot

ATHENS - Georgia football ushered in a new era Saturday with the debut of Uga VII as the team's new mascot.

Coming to a Neighborhood Near You - Action taken

Here's a look at the action taken by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday meeting to consider planning and zoning cases.

'The Devil's Dictionary:' The convention edition

One major party's convention has just ended and the other is about to start. It's kind of like having a colonoscopy behind you (no pun intended) but a dentist's appointment still looming ahead.

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.

Experience required Barrow beefs up department with training pro

WINDER - Bryan Bullock credits his father with luring him to the fireman's life, a goal of his since boyhood.

Politicians will say anything to get into and stay in office

It is politics as usual in America. The way the system has evolved, those with the money rule, be they Democrat or Republican. It is all about the spin that our politicians can put on their message, and so often they are able to suck the media outlets into helping get their message out.

Good News From Schools: Parkview a Naval Honors School

The exemplary performance of Parkview High students enrolled in the school's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps unit has earned the Lilburn school designation as a Naval Honors School.

Storm troopers Gwinnett Fire battle-tested from summer storms

LAWRENCEVILLE - Think Sundays are pressure-cookers for pro football players? You're right, they are.

GAC's Chapple, King make college debut

ATHENS - They much ballyhooed coronation of Uga VII as Georgia's new mascot wasn't the only premier in the Bulldogs' 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Bird watching Hummingbird banders keep stats on tiny feathered friends

BUFORD - With the nectar made, the feeders in place and the traps set, birders came out in flocks Saturday morning to the Bird Watcher Supply Store with hopes of seeing a hummingbird banding demonstration. The only problem was someone forgot to tell the birds.

Coutu earns Seahawks' spot Walker cut by Texans, Grant released by 49ers

Brandon Coutu didn't beat out veteran Olindo Mare. But Mare didn't beat out the former Collins Hill and Georgia kicker, either.

Snellville builder receives first Living Communities Award

GRAYSON - For more than 30 years, builder Roy Wendt has designed and constructed homes with one word in the back of his mind - convenience. Now he's won an award for it.

Sex offenders list

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Pundits should give candidates chance for action

Monday morning quarterbacking is fine when done from a lounge chair in front of the tube after the game has been played. Predictions, on the other hand, often turn to sour grapes when being made by media pundits when it comes to presidential candidates and how well or how poorly they will guide the ship of state if elected.

Names for Gwinnett Braves mascot narrowed down to three

LAWRENCEVILLE - Shadow, Pop-up and Chopper.

Lonestar victory Buford posts Texas-sized win

IRVING, Texas - Cody Getz has spent most of his Buford career backing up players now on Division I rosters.

Community Connection: Kathy Benson

On her lifelong desire to be a teacher: When I was in grade school and high school, I would come home and make believe I was a teacher and I had a whole classroom of students that I would teach. We had an empty room in our house - I can't believe my mother would let me do this - we had an empty room, and I would have chalk and I would write on the walls. I always wanted to be a teacher. There was never any doubt. It wasn't until I had a special teacher in high school that I knew I wanted to be a math teacher.

Richmond Braves era coming to an end

Richmond fans have two more chances to say good-bye to Class AAA baseball. Then the International League team is off to Gwinnett County.

British cars roll into Norcross

NORCROSS - James Bond won't be there, but you could spot his car at the British Car Fayre next weekend.

Lonestar victory: Buford 42, Mansfield 21 Buford posts Texas-sized win

IRVING, Texas - Cody Getz has spent most of his Buford career backing up players now on Division I rosters.

Stadium upgrades up for vote BOC to consider $19M budget increase for venue

LAWRENCEVILLE - For a moment, the idea of a 50 percent budget increase for Gwinnett's minor league baseball stadium was a shock to Vi Bean.

Wolves not overwhelmed by Texas Stadium

IRVING, Texas - The midfield star. The Ring of Honor. The hole in the roof.

New retail space coming to Lilburn

"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@

People briefs

Fans line up for Oprah tickets

New Duluth playground to have train theme

DULUTH - A new playground in Taylor Park next to Duluth City Hall will hearken back to the community's early days.

Races set in Lawrenceville, Norcross

While voters' minds are mostly directed to the presidential election this November, residents will also have a choice of leaders in Lawrenceville, Norcross and Loganville.

First phase of Lake Lanier Resort expansion complete

LAKE LANIER ISLANDS - The first phase of a 10-year, multi-million dollar expansion is complete at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.

Gwinnett Gab

Gwinnett student wins beauty pageant

Try to remember these wonderful events in September

With Labor Day falling on Sept. 1, what a great way to usher in all the fun in store for the rest of the month. And most of it is free.

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.

No. 1 Georgia beats Ga. Southern Moreno scores three TDs in 45-21 victory

ATHENS - The collar fit, and for at least one game, so did the crown.

Closing the discipline gap School board members say community's help needed

LAWRENCEVILLE - An African proverb says it takes a village to raise a child.

World briefs

India floods strand hundreds of thousands

Letter to the editor: Politicians will say anything to get into and stay in office

It is politics as usual in America. The way the system has evolved, those with the money rule, be they Democrat or Republican. It is all about the spin that our politicians can put on their message, and so often they are able to suck the media outlets into helping get their message out.

NBC News' coverage keeps slanting toward Obama

DENVER - With much of the nation sampling TV coverage of the Democratic Convention, things are getting a bit dicey for NBC News. For months, that organization has tilted heavily toward promoting Barack Obama for president, thereby violating traditional journalistic tenets.

Nation briefs

Man says he found dead shark in lake

Our view: Habitat to be commended for 20 years

Homeownership.

Parkview a Naval Honors School

The exemplary performance of Parkview High students enrolled in the school's Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps unit has earned the Lilburn school designation as a Naval Honors School.

Obama misses chance to hit it out of the park

DENVER - The Democrats had themselves a successful convention - at the price of appearing quite conventional.

School gets new playground

DACULA - After more than a year of fundraising, Fort Daniel Elementary School now has a playground for the 3- and 4-year-olds who attend its special education preschool program.

Habitat to be commended for 20 years

Homeownership.

Save America Rally set for Wednesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Retired philanthropist Clyde Strickland's days used to be centered on golf, but for the past month he's created a groundswell for Gwinnettians to rally for a rebirth of America as "one nation under God."

Political notebook: Races set in Lawrenceville, Norcross

While voters' minds are mostly directed to the presidential election this November, residents will also have a choice of leaders in Lawrenceville, Norcross and Loganville.

2008 Taste of Home Cooking Show

Gwinnett Daily Post - Taste of Home Cooking School

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. 18 to 22.

Letter to the editor: Pundits should give candidates chance for action

Monday morning quarterbacking is fine when done from a lounge chair in front of the tube after the game has been played. Predictions, on the other hand, often turn to sour grapes when being made by media pundits when it comes to presidential candidates and how well or how poorly they will guide the ship of state if elected.

Carol Wages

Carol A. Wages, age 65 of Buford, GA, died Saturday, August 30, 2008 following a brief illness. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 11:00 AM ...

Thelma Peppers

Thelma Vandiver Peppers, age 72, of Elberton, GA, passed away August 28, 2008. She retired from Nursing, having worked at Shallowford Hospital, Eastside and for a Nursing agency. Parents: the ...

Kathleen Beecher

Mrs. Kathleen Beecher, age 49, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008. Service and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Robert D. Coleman, Sr.

ROBERT Robert D. Coleman, Sr., USAF Retired, age 76, of Doraville, GA, passed away August 29, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

Wayne Conkle

Mr. Wayne D. Conkle, age 49, of Buford, GA, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford 770-932-1133

Beverly Munroe

Beverly W. Munroe, age 73 of Lilburn died August 29, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Munroe, Jr. Survivors include her daughters Kim Corley of ...

Charles Pierre-Louis

Mr. Charles Carnot Pierre-Louis, age 85, of Dacula, GA, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford 770-932-1133 ...

Foncie Price

Foncie Moore Price, age 92, of Loganville, GA, passed away Friday, August 29, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010

Dr. Alvin Jones, Jr.

Dr. Alvin Henry Jones, Jr., PhD, age 77 of Lawrenceville, passed away August 29, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100