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Defensive player of the year: Kevin Minter LB Minter anchored Lions' stingy defense

SUWANEE - Kevin Minter is one of those linebackers who makes a crushing impact at the point of the tackle, typically driving or blasting the ball carrier backward.

Why Christmas matters

In 1870, President Grant signed a law making Christmas Day a federal holiday, a national day of celebration. Congress overwhelmingly voted to make that happen, and Grant understood that this was not a trivial gesture. The nation remained deeply divided in the aftermath of the Civil War, and the federal government was looking for ways to reunite the people. Since Christmas was loved by almost everyone, the national holiday became a symbol of healing and unity.

An International gift exchange

Gwinnett Place Mall Director of Mall Marketing Shelley Korenbrot, left, fans Santa during a gift exchange with the general manager of M International Marketplace, Ki Yong Chung, second from right, and Mike Choi, right, the purchasing director for M International Marketplace at Gwinnett Place Mall on Saturday. M International Marketplace will be opening a store in the mall in 2009.

World

Tight security as hotels reopen

Rushing rout West gets 109 from Peachtree Ridges' Smith in 49-13 All-Star victory

SNELLVILLE - After missing three early season games, it took a little while for Peachtree Ridge running back Ronnie Smith to find his comfort zone.

Farmland will be converted to park

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bobby Williams grew up playing on his father's farm.

Love in Action: Round 2 Outreach plans to host second Christmas feast

SNELLVILLE - Nothing quells the pangs of a downtrodden economy like a plentiful dinner and prayer.

Some dreaming of a green Christmas More buying live trees to plant after holiday

LAWRENCEVILLE - If snow were green, it's possible Bing Crosby would have sang and dreamed about a green Christmas.

Military notes

Air Force Airman 1st Class Ahja S. Nock, daughter of Camille Nock of Norcross and sister of Talia Craig of Tucker, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. She is a 2006 graduate of Tucker High School.

Political Notebook: Libertarians bash Gwinnett government again

For the second time this month, the Libertarian Party of Georgia has spoken out against Gwinnett's government.

Death penalty needs revisiting

Few events have infuriated the Georgia public quite as much as the resolution of the case of murderer Brian Nichols.

Offensive player of the year: Brandon Jacobs Auburn commit Jacobs the workhorse for Parkview's running attack

LILBURN - It was pretty obvious who was going to get the ball in Parkview's offense this season.

Give me sumo that Christmas spirit

No, I'm not going to write about last-minute shopping or the true meaning of Christmas or any of those other topics upon which columnists traditionally wax eloquent this time of year. Instead, I'm going to talk about another beloved holiday tradition: sumo wrestling.

Community Connection: Mary Carolyn Conti

Mary Carolyn Conti is the artistic director for Gwinnett's Button Theatre, so having acting talent is sort of a given, but the Lawrenceville resident and mother of two also sings, and when she's not doing one or both of those, Conti enjoys capturing moments in her childrens' lives through the lens of a camera.

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.

Prep Roundup: Massive second half lifts Comets

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brian Williams led Central Gwinnett (4-6) with 17 points and Kwabena Frimpong added 12 more to help defeat Brunswick 57-52 at the Brunswick Invitational on Saturday.

Our view: Death penalty needs revisiting

Few events have infuriated the Georgia public quite as much as the resolution of the case of murderer Brian Nichols.

Prehmus - Warren

Warren and Pam Prehmus of Norcross announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney L. Prehmus of Norcross, to John S. Warren Jr. of Atlanta, son of Steven and Geri Warren of Greenville, S.C.

Seven workers released in bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Federal investigators were working through the weekend to start determining what caused a pedestrian bridge being built high above an Atlanta park to collapse, killing one man and leaving 11 other workers hospitalized, seven in intensive care.

Gwinnett gab

Foster Children's Foundation holds Christmas party

Trolley service stopped

LAWRENCEVILLE - In tough economic times, tough decisions have to be made. And sometimes those tough decisions end with a disappointing result for everyone.

Coach of the year: Franklin Pridgen Coach led Wolves to first state title

NORCROSS - Conventional wisdom held that Wesleyan's football team would benefit this season from the school being moved down to Class A in the Georgia High School Association's most recent reclassification.

Despite challenges, church feeds many hungry people

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bill Barker is the pastor of New Life Fellowship, a little non-denominational church that sits on a hill on Martin's Chapel Road. From the street it might not look like much, but great things happen inside those walls.

75th Birthday

Ada Marilyn Oakes Johnson clebrated her 75th birthday Nov. 23 at S & S cafeteria with family and friends. Ada is a lifelong resident of Lawrenceville and a 60 year member of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church.

What's next for trash plan? Legal wrangling likely to continue into new year

LAWRENCEVILLE - With a Gwinnett County Superior Court ruling this week that will keep the garbage service status quo for the time being, the big question sure to come the county's way is what now?

"One of the jewels' Sugar Hill golf course rated in Golf Digest

SUGAR HILL - Sugar Hill City Manager Bob Hail said he's extremely pleased the city's golf course was rated in the 2008-09 edition of Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play."

Administrators complete staff development academy

Three Gwinnett County Public Schools veteran educators have completed the National Staff Development Council's Academy for Staff Developers, a prestigious learning experience aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

Gwinnett's teacher of the year offers up gift ideas

Subbing for Aimee Burgamy, Gwinnett County's Teacher of the Year, is always a big treat. I hardly feel like I'm working. Her lesson plans are thorough, I always learn a lot, have fun and come home with something new to think about. But then, that's all in her plans.

Nation

Biden says economy is No. 1 issue

Drivers put on notice Police increase watch for DUIs

LAWRENCEVILLE - Twelve motorists died in Georgia during the Christmas travel period last year.

BOE gives nod to IE2 contract

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education voted unanimously Saturday in favor of the Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) Partnership Contract, which includes a strategic plan and plans for individual schools. It now goes to the state for review.

Holiday calendar

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Wolf - Case

Allen and Rhonda Bock of Gwinnett County announce the engagement of their daughter, Shallen Wolf of Gwinnett, to Daniel Case of Gwinnett, son of Tracy Griffin of Commerce and James Lay of Tucker.

People

$2 million in jewelry stolen from Hilton

Wilson - Wells

Carrie Bolling Wilson and William Jason Wells were married Oct. 18 at Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville. The Rev. Jarrod Roberts officiated the ceremony.

Braselton library to get new children's computer

BRASELTON - Thanks to a number of civic organizations and local businesses, the Braselton library will be able to purchase a new computer system for children.

Births

Sept. 17

Fell - Kilgore

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Fell IV of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Blair Fell of Athens, to Marcus Kilgore of Athens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Kilgore of Loganville.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Zoning

ZONING CASES - RESULTS - Here's a look at the action taken on rezonings and other requests the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners considered Tuesday.

50th anniversary

Verlon Thomas Whitley Sr. and Alice Rolander Whitley of Simpsonville, S.C., celebrated their 50th wedding annniversary on Nov. 1. The couple was married in 1958 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Tucker.