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Operation Sandbox puts drop boxes in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE - Plenty of people this month want to know how they can support America's overseas troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Gwinnett All-Star Football Game rosters announced

The rosters for the second Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Football Game were announced Friday night, splitting the county's players onto East and West teams.

Tag office location to move in Peachtree Corners area

LAWRENCEVILLE - Construction will soon begin on a new tag office in the Peachtree Corners community.

Cain - Sayegh

Michael and Martha Cain of Clermont-Ferrand, France announce the engagement of their daughter, Julia Ellen Cain of Atlanta, to Michael David Sayegh of Atlanta, son of Judith Sayegh of Brooklyn, N.Y., Paul S. Sayegh and Trudy Sayegh, both of Staten Island, N.Y.

50th anniversary

Hoyt and Margie Parham of Snellville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 11. The couple was married Oct. 11, 1958. They have 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. They celebrated in Nashville, Tenn., at the Gaylord Opry Hotel and they took a cruise down the Tennessee River.

Pet photos with Santa offered at area malls

LAWRENCEVILLE - Children aren't the only ones on Santa's lists this holiday season; pets can receive their fair share of Santa time, too.

Our view: Evidence of recession a call away

After avoiding the "R" word for the last year, economists now admit the recession began last December.

Rough return for locals at SEC championship

ATLANTA - It wasn't the homecoming that former Gwinnett County high school standouts Lorenzo Washington and Darius Hanks were hoping for Saturday.

Gwinnett Gab

Realty company hosts seminar

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.

It's time for stupid things I've said - the 2008 edition

It's time once again for that popular year-end feature, "Stupid Things I've Said," in which I review the not-so-bright statements that have been printed in this space over the last 12 months.

Local VFW post 'remembers Pearl'

LAWRENCEVILLE - Military veterans rose to their feet and many saluted as a bugle sounded the first notes of "Taps" in memory of those who died during and as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor 67 years ago today.

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.

Tucker - Majba

Wallace and Beverly Tucker of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacy Leigh Tucker of Cincinnati, to Michael Patrick Majba of Cincinnati, son of Donald and Sandy Majba of Cleveland.

Sugar Hill helps less fortunate through food, toy drive

SUGAR HILL - In an effort to help its less-fortunate residents - or those just going through tough times - have a happy holiday, the city of Sugar Hill is collecting non-perishable food and toys for the North Gwinnett Cooperative.

Remembering Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance not widely celebrated

Sixty-seven years ago today more than 2,400 Americans were killed in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that effectively drew the United States into World War II, where nearly a half-million more lost their lives.

70th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heuston Cotter of Lilburn will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Friday. The couple was married in 1938 in Miami. Mr. Cotter is a native of Valdosta and Mrs. Cotter is the former Erma Stanley of Dacula. The couple moved to Lilburn in 1959 when Mr. Cotter was transferred with the U.S. Navy to the Naval Air Station in Atlanta, where he retired in 1963. The couple has three daughters, eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. The couple's family and friends will be giving them a dinner in honor of their 70th wedding anniversary.

Lesson learned

NORCROSS - Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar knew for her team to have a chance in Saturday's game against Butler (N.C.) in the Peach State Basketball Battle of the Southeast, it would have to play better than it did on Nov. 24 against Norcross.

ARC conducting survey for input on metro evacuations

ATLANTA - Should someone call you this month asking your plans for evacuation on a gargantuan scale, don't fret - it's not an end-times conspiracy theorist.

Tech topples Commodores

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt acknowledged that two of his starters had the statistics, but that the play of unheraled walk-on freshman Nick Foreman was the difference.

Community connection: Victoria Johnson

Victoria Johnson, the former dean of the Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University in Atlanta, was the first dean hired at Georgia Gwinnett College. The Brunswick native returned to Georgia after teaching at the University of Louisville and the University of Missouri.

Son's cat creates a hairy situation at Lilburn luncheon

When you're a famous newspaper columnist like me, keeping up a good image is part of the job. So I never leave the house without makeup and I always try to look my best.

An outdoor education Suwanee Elementary students to learn name of classroom built by PTA Dads' Club

SUWANEE - Students at Suwanee Elementary this week will learn the name of their new outdoor classroom.

World Briefs

Thai opposition says it can form next

Must Read: Children 'executed' in 1950 South Korean killings

SEOUL, South Korea - Government investigators digging into the grim hidden history of mass political executions in South Korea have confirmed that dozens of children were among many thousands shot by their own government early in the Korean War.

Dignitary to address latest Drug, DUI Court graduates

LAWRENCEVILLE - To make an upcoming graduation truly momentous, Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Billy Ray looked no further than an old chum from his Georgia State Capitol days.

Jesus vs. the atheists

Just in time for the Christmas season, Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire has insulted Christians all over the world. Inside the state Capitol building in Olympia there is a traditional holiday display featuring a tree and the Nativity scene; perfectly appropriate since the federal and state Christmas holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Officials to discuss cuts at retreat

LAWRENCEVILLE - The elimination of emergency medical services and closing of the county prison are possibilities in Gwinnett's financial crisis.

Illini rout UGA

CHICAGO - Between the pep talk from his younger brother, the article about Derrick Rose and the knowledge that he was in Michael Jordan's old home, Demetri McCamey had no problem finding motivation.

Prep roundup: Coogler, Grayson defeat Generals

GRAYSON - Justin Coogler led Grayson with 22 points as the Rams defeated Shiloh 75-61 on Saturday.

Coming to a neighborhood near you - 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 Nov. 17 through 28.

'I love this country' Immigrant family divided as wife seeks citizenship in Mexico

LAWRENCEVILLE - For 20 years, the one big tragedy in Marcos Canales' life was the one that led him to the land of milk and honey.

'Empty Stocking' still giving

WINDER - Though the Holiday Season might be synonymous with a blizzard of toy drives, leaders behind the benevolent efforts know that every gift counts.

No. 1 Buford eager for Marist rematch

For the second straight season, the Peach State Basketball Battle of the Southeast will feature eight of the best girls basketball teams from around Georgia and the Southeastern U.S. in a one-day event today at Wesleyan High School.

People Briefs

Witness: 'Sopranos' actor knew

Nation Briefs

Angry laid-off workers occupy factory in Chicago

Gladiators explode for huge win at Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss. - The Gwinnett Gladiators crushed Mississippi with a third-period blitzkrieg and set a new franchise record for goals in a 9-2 bludgeoning of the Sea Wolves on Saturday.

Obama must make good on college affordability promise

Of all the promises Barack Obama made during his campaign, none received more cheers and applause than his vow to make college more affordable and accessible for America's young people.

Big plays go Lions' way

Mitchell Williford was just a sophomore two years when Peachtree Ridge made its last run for a football state championship.

Road Closures

· Buford Dam Road from Stewart Road to Sycamore Road will close early December 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, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6742.

Coming to a neighborhood near you - zoning results

ZONING CASES - ACTION TAKEN - Here's a look at the action taken on rezonings and other requests the Gwinnett County Planning Commission considered Wednesday.

A look at Palin's political pals

While people came from all over the state to see Sarah Palin at the Gwinnett Center this week, the rally for Saxby Chambliss had a decidedly local flair.

Gators top No. 1 Tide

ATLANTA - Tim Tebow took it upon himself to give Florida a shot at another national championship. If the Gators needed a big run, he tucked it under his arm and ran. If they needed to complete a pass, he threw it right where it needed to be.

A legend comes to town Neil Diamond makes tour stop at Arena

LAWRENCEVILLE - Neil Diamond thinks his current album is one of his best, and fans seem to think so, too.

Robinson - Henderson

Peggi Lynn Robinson and Ryan Allen Henderson were married Sept. 27 at The John Oliver Michael House. Reverend Boyd Langley officiated the ceremony.

Seniors help a military family in need for holidays

TUCKER - The Arbor Terrace Assisted Living Facility on Lawrenceville Highway is taking a different approach to giving this holiday season. Instead of going the traditional route they'd taken in the past by collecting canned goods and distributing them to a local food bank, the group decided to take the advice of some of its elder residents by locating a family in need and helping them directly.

Good news from schools: 4 preschools named a Center of Distinction

Fountain Park Academy, Kindercare No. 301313, Legacy Academy-Sugarloaf, all based in Lawrenceville, and the Dacula-based Legacy Academy-Alcovy have each been named a Center of Distinction by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

Congress tries to seal auto deal

WASHINGTON - Racing to seal a deal with the White House, Democratic congressional leaders dispatched aides Saturday to draft an emergency $15 billion aid package to pull Detroit's Big Three automakers from the brink of collapse.