News for Sunday, December 14, 2008


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Bruins have Thrashers' number

BOSTON - When Phil Kessel got into a stick-swinging duel with Atlanta defenseman Boris Valabik, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara came to his teammate's defense and picked up 17 minutes of penalty time.

Road closures

· Buford Dam Road from Stewart Road to Sycamore Road is closed through mid-January for installation of a 72-inch pipeline. The detour route will be Buford Dam Road to Jimmy Dodd Road to Sycamore Road and Buford Dam Road and the reverse. For further information, contact the Department of Water Resources at 678-3760-6742.

New waste management plan: Trash trial centers around money Fines, fees, bonds, revenues discussed in court

LAWRENCEVILLE - Money is always a contentious topic when it comes to discussing the operations of and services provided by the government. This past week, during what could be called Gwinnett's garbage trial of the century, the money involved also took centerstage.

Football takes top billing among Wolves' elite teams

ATLANTA - Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Shaheen might not have come up with the term, but he did his best to perpetuate it Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome.


Oct. 10

World Briefs

Greek rioters attack police station, banks

Flowers - Stancel

Bob and Cindy Flowers of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Corey Flowers of Buford, to Jordan Michael Stancel, son of Jerry and Laura Stancel of Dacula.

Splash into the new year with annual Polar Bear Swim

GAINESVILLE - The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club is preparing to help thrill-seekers splash into the new year with the 12th annual Polar Bear Swim at Lake Lanier.

Web site helps make Duluth more accessible

DULUTH - A student has targeted the city to see how it responds. Now all the residents of Duluth need to do is visit the Web site and contribute. But you better know what a wiki is.

Hawks halt Cavs winning streak

ATLANTA - Mike Bibby scored 24 points and Marvin Williams hit the clinching free throws in the Atlanta Hawks' 97-92 victory Saturday night that snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' 11-game winning streak.

Sporting fields coming to Sugar Hill

"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

Donations help elderly keep warm Program gives donated heaters to senior citizens

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County agencies are teaming up as winter nears in an effort to help senior citizens stay warm and cozy in their homes. And they're asking for the public's generosity.

Military News

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ricardo A. Monterrosa, son of Santos H. Monterrosa of Lawrenceville, recently was deployed to the 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations in support of Maritime Security Operations and the Global War on Terror.

Community Connection: Dr. Michael Amaral

Dr. Michael Amaral is a surgeon with the Gwinnett Medical Center's Brain and Spine Institute. Amaral, 59, has been practicing medicine since 1976. The former pilot and author enjoys reading about subjects from chess to mathematics to philosophy, and hopes to one day prove a connection between general relativity and quantum physics. In his words, he "just like(s) to know how things work." He has been married to his wife, Michelle, a registered nurse, for 10 years. They have one son, 10-year-old Mason.

Prep roundup: Clarke has big night as Norcross girls win again

NORCROSS - Tiffany Clarke led Norcross with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks as the Blue Devils beat Northview 73-53 on Saturday.

'Learning Express' arrives at library near you

WINDER - The Piedmont Regional Library System is offering an online resource that allows users to take practice tests on everything from the GED to citizenship exams - all free of charge.

School percussion group to perform at conference

BUFORD - Alexa Gilomen, a seventh-grader at Lanier Middle, is excited about her upcoming performance with the school's percussion ensemble.

Our view: Solar plant good news for Gwinnett

In these tough economic times, good business news is hard to come by. But the state and Gwinnett County got a boost this week with the opening of the South's first solar cell manufacturing plant.

Peachtree Ridge's bid for second state title denied

ATLANTA - Camden County's Ty Booth didn't have an interception all season.

Class A notes: Fulton emerges on gridiron

ATLANTA - Bobby Fulton says that lacrosse is still his No. 1 sport. "But I wouldn't trade this championship for anything," the junior outside linebacker said.

Holiday Calendar


BOC to vote on tax base

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners could decide Tuesday to set aside tax revenues for revitalization.

Can health care reform pass this time?

WASHINGTON - On the same morning that President-elect Barack Obama introduced Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, as his prospective secretary of health and human services and his point man on health care reform, a panel of key constituency group leaders met to assess the prospects for success.

CTANNY-Development Permit Applications

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 Dec. 1-5.

Heritage Center to offer nature walk

BUFORD - For those who enjoy getting out and enjoying nature, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is offering a winter walk Saturday.

When seconds matter New equipment, better methods saving more cardiac patients

LAWRENCEVILLE - Several factors are at play, but the bottom line is simple: More and more cardiac patients in Gwinnett are surviving.

Class AAAAA Notes: Smith's long touchdown run a highlight for Lions

ATLANTA - Ronnie Smith's 94-yard touchdown run temporarily gave Peachtree Ridge a third-quarter lead in Saturday's Class AAAAA state championship game against Camden County. It also put him in elite company.

Libertarians condemn raid at wrong house, war on drugs

The wrong-house raid Gwinnett police conducted last week didn't just startle a family. It angered an entire political party.

ART Station offers lunch and a show

STONE MOUNTAIN - ART Station will offer up lunchtime samplings of its production "A Broadway Christmas Carol" on Monday.

Infrastructure investment plan: Funds may go to local projects

LAWRENCEVILLE - After a year of bad news regarding money for transportation improvements, officials hope Barack Obama's proposed infrastructure investment plan will bring back the cash to get traffic moving in Georgia.

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.

Nation Briefs

Police: Pizza foils stickup

Gwinnett Gab

Jackson EMC accepting scholarship applications

Wesleyan stuns state's No. 1 team for title

ATLANTA - Saturday's Class A state football championship game was one that truly defied most logic and statistics and the expectations of most fans around the state.

Gladiators fall again to Sea Wolves

BILOXI, Miss. - Despite posting 62 shots on Mississippi netminder Jeremy Duchesne, the Gladiators lost 4-2 on Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Ridge still on special path

ATLANTA - The ending won't be forgotten any time soon. It's the lasting memory that will stick with the Peachtree Ridge football players in the coming weeks.

Political Notebook: Libertarians condemn raid at wrong house, war on drugs

The wrong-house raid Gwinnett police conducted last week didn't just startle a family. It angered an entire political party.

Duluth resident to perform Christmas show

DULUTH - Curt Cloninger is a solo theatrical performer who once needed a Christmas show to add to his repertoire. That addition came in the form of seven monologues from the perspectives of historical and fictional characters intertwined with the story of the birth of Jesus.

Club spreads Christmas cheer to underprivileged

LAWRENCEVILLE - There's a holiday jingle that says this is the most wonderful time of the year. That song might have come about because of events like the Christmas party that took place Saturday at Gwinnett Technical College.

Lionheart Theatre staging events to get more involved

"This reminds me of an episode on Bonanza," Lionheart actor Scott King said a few years back. "This British actor comes to town with his troupe and they don't have a place to do their play so they set up in the tavern. Then Hoss and Li'l Joe make this big deal about finding other places for them to perform. This makes me think of the kind of place they would have used."

Portrait exhibit on display in Norcross

NORCROSS - The face was so striking that Khary Williams thought he must be looking at a photograph.

Purcell - Little

Rachel Elizabeth Purcell and John Callaway Little II were married Oct. 31 in Tampa, Fla.

People Briefs

Will Smith: It's all about helping others

McCorkle - Ellwanger

Mr. and Mrs. Billy R. Hines of Texarkana, Ark., and Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael McCorkle of Hope, Ark., announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Ann McCorkle of Buford, to James David Ellwanger of Buford, son of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Ellwanger of Flowery Branch.

School plan leaves some scratching heads

SUWANEE - Teachers, parents and community members packed Gwinnett County Public Schools' board room Thursday evening to ask questions about the district's proposed partnership contract with the state Board of Education.

Solar plant good news for Gwinnett

In these tough economic times, good business news is hard to come by. But the state and Gwinnett County got a boost this week with the opening of the South's first solar cell manufacturing plant.

Spending a night in jail a good experience for teenagers

My 14-year-old son spent a night in jail last weekend. However, he has apologized profusely for referring to President-elect Obama as a "socialist" and promised never to do it again.

My nominees for 2008 Person of the Year

This is the time of year when media types begin bloviating about the person who has most impacted the country in 2008. Well, there's not much drama this time around because of Barack Obama's amazing achievement. But there are other folks who have influenced us greatly, as well. Please consider the following list:

GGC class project benefits Toys for Tots

This project had a bigger impact than teaching three Georgia Gwinnett College business students about the principles of marketing. The result of the assignment will help underprivileged children have a merry Christmas.

Judge sentences Brian Nichols to life

ATLANTA - After more than three years and a tangled trail of frustrating legal delays, the man who killed four people in a brazen courthouse escape was sentenced Saturday to prison for life without parole and hundreds of years more.

50th anniversary

Ed C. Morgan and Martha Harrison Morgan of Flowery Branch celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 19. The couple was married Sept. 19, 1958, at Sugar Hill Baptist Church. They have three children and five grandchildren. They celebrated by having a reception given by their children at Blackshear Baptist Church.