News for Sunday, December 28, 2008

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Ledford - Mabe

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ledford of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Nicole Ledford of Buford, to Eric William Mabe of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mabe of Johnson City, Tenn.

Bench pours in 43 for GAC girls

SNELLVILLE - With Chaney Means and Clarke Boards the only experienced returnees from last season, Greater Atlanta Christian was often a two-girl team early this year.

Police, Kiwanis Club help needy families

DULUTH - Generous and compassionate is a good description of the recent actions undertaken by Duluth's police department and its chapter of the Kiwanis Club. That's because together the two groups have given much-needed financial support this holiday season to former and current members of the military and their families.

Capital City Glass building new facility

"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.

Stadium cost: Bond money paid early

LAWRENCEVILLE - The first payment on bonds sold to build Gwinnett's minor-league stadium is due in January, but officials said the money is already in.

Community Connection: Teri Pope

Teri Pope, a spokeswoman at Georgia Department of Transportation's Gainesville office, is familiar to many Daily Post readers, but her name was absent from the paper during much of 2008.

Oahu island regains power

HONOLULU - Crews gradually restored electrical service across parts of Oahu on Saturday after a power failure blacked out the island's population of about 900,000 and thousands of visitors including President-elect Barack Obama.

Caudill - Williams

Meredith Button Caudill and Barney "BJ" Lamar Williams Jr. were married May 24 at the First Baptist Church of Snellville. Russell Shinpoch officiated the ceremony.

Political Notebook: Isakson takes energy independence pledge

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has signed onto the Pickens plan.

Gladiators now an affiliate of Blackhawks Folded Fresno franchise brought Chicago calling for partnership

DULUTH - Fresno's loss was Gwinnett's gain Saturday as the Gladiators became the new affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Suwanee seeking artists for Art on a Limb program

SUWANEE - Suwanee is seeking artists who are willing to go out on a limb with their creativity.

Births

Oct. 19

Must Read: Ohio centenarian to celebrate 105 years at inauguration

CLEVELAND - Ella Mae Johnson hasn't just paid attention to American history, she's lived it.

Dogged return Back from ACL tear, Bureau lifts North girls to win

SUWANEE - Right after his team finished its pre-game warm ups, North Gwinnett girls head coach Tony Watkins pulled aside junior guard Ashley Bureau and had her run a few extra drills.

Spartans rise Wiedeman explodes in GAC win

SNELLVILLE - Making only his second return to Brookwood since leaving as head basketball coach in 2002 was enough nostalgia for Eddie Martin.

Isakson takes energy independence pledge

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has signed onto the Pickens plan.

Happy New Year, Obama

Put yourself in Barack Obama's sensible shoes. In less than a month, you'll be president of the United States and, upon entering the Oval Office, one of the biggest messes in history will be yours to sort out. So let's make a list and see exactly what the new president will be facing.

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 678-376-6742.

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.

People Briefs

Author of 'Man of La Mancha,' dies at 94

City to host Lilburn 101 sessions

LILBURN - Lilburnites can learn all about their city, during the first ever Lilburn 101 class, offered by the government.

Girls Deep South: Former boys coach pitches in as Lion girls shock N.W. Whitfield

SNELLVILLE - Thanks to a little help from an old coach, the Peach tree Ridge girls pulled off a big upset Saturday in the first round of the Deep South Classic at Brookwood.

Gladiators now an affiliate of Blackhawks

DULUTH - Fresno's loss was Gwinnett's gain Saturday as the Gladiators became the new affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Boys Deep South Classic: Peachtree Ridge slips past S. Cobb

SNELLVILLE - Khalid Mutakabbir and Corrie Heyward led a fourth-quarter charge that helped lift Peachtree Ridge to a 50-48 victory over South Cobb in first-round action Saturday.

Local Girl Scouts visit Buford Senior Center

BUFORD - The Buford Senior Center was a site Monday where the young and old came together for a Christmas celebration.

World Briefs

Jailed Mexican beauty queen forfeits title

DUI is a costly offense

If you think the cab ride home from that New Year's Eve party is expensive or inconvenient, consider the possible repercussions of driving home under the influence.

New year, same old garbage

By now, everyone knows what's going on here in Gwinnett: Pending various ongoing legal actions, my old garbage collection company soon may no longer be allowed to pick up my trash.

Downtown Lawrenceville to ring in the new year

Lawrenceville will light up the night sky with fireworks as the city rings in the new year - complete with ringing bells - at midnight Thursday, in the first moments of 2009.

This year ends on a happy note

Writing a human interest column is similar to taking a snapshot. It captures a person at a particular point in time, but cannot show what bigger and better things the person might do in the future. Fortunately, I manage to stay in touch with a lot of the wonderful people I write about and I thought for my last column of the year, I'd focus on how far some of them have moved forward.

Blog: Waiting to see

Only time will tell how much the Gwinnett Gladiators' come-from-behind win over division-leading Florida on Saturday will mean.

Community Connections: Teri Pope

Teri Pope, a spokeswoman at Georgia Department of Transportation's Gainesville office, is familiar to many Daily Post readers, but her name was absent from the paper during much of 2008.

Gladiators top division leader Gwinnett rallies in third period for 3-2 victory

DULUTH - The game started all too familiarly but ended very differently, with wide grins and much celebration for the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Nation Briefs

US Atty. asks panel not to subpoena Obama aides

Powerade roundup: Rested Panthers roll over E. Hall

SUWANEE - Despite the long holiday layoff, Parkview came out strong by taking control early en route to a 77-45 win over East Hall.

Volunteers hand out toys at Norcross center

NORCROSS - More than 400 toys were distributed to children Dec. 20, at the annual Toys for Tots event at the Norcross Human Services Center, where kids bounced in a moon walk as parents waited in the rain.

Gwinnett Gab

Nonprofits receive grants

GOP continues its tilt to the South

As a rule, a new president's choice of a secretary of transportation makes few headlines, even when the appointee is a member of the opposition. In 2001, George W. Bush decided to name as transportation secretary Norman Mineta, a former congressman from California, to be the token Democrat in his Cabinet, and no one noticed. And no one except for Mark Shields, who lavishly praised the appointment, paid much attention last week when Barack Obama made Ray LaHood, the retiring representative from Peoria, Ill., the second Republican in his Cabinet.

50th anniversary

Vernon and Maxine B. Cash of Buford celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 25. The couple was married at Mrs. Cash's home in Sugar Hill in 1958. Mr. Cash is retired from working at Southern Bell while Mrs. Cash is retired from the City of Buford school system. The couple has had four children and has 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The couple celebrated with family and friends at First Baptist Church in Sugar Hill.

Prep roundup: Duluth's Christian drops 28 in victory

CARTERSVILLE - Duluth took a 77-65 win over Ft. Payne (Ala.) in overtime on Saturday.