News for Sunday, February 10, 2008

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Duluth girls win coin toss; 7-AAAAA, 8-AAAAA hoop tourneys start Mon.

LILBURN - Duluth girls coach Jeremy Huckaby lost a coin flip last year and the Wildcats' hopes of making it to the state basketball tournament for the first time in more than 30 years ended a couple days later.

Gwinnett gab

Seniors social held

100th birthday

Norman Seitz of Courtyard Gardens Assisted Living Home in Lawrenceville will celebrate his 100th birthday on Monday. Seitz is a retired banker and was also a member of Nations Bank Retirees. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. His hobbies include carpentry, painting and model railroading.

Our view: Road ahead is clear for Republicans

Two days after Super Tuesday, Republicans all but settled on a presidential nominee while the Democrats faced the possibility of choosing one the old-fashioned way - in the proverbial smoke-filled back room.

To the editor: Romney looking ahead to 2012

Mitt Romney's sudden decision to withdraw from the Republican primary was a calculated decision. He decided to cut his losses over a slim chance of beating John McCain in favor of the prospect of a Democrat beating McCain this fall, thus giving himself a clear shot in 2012.

Marketplace

Touchmark National Bank opens in Norcross

Rabid cat found in Norcross

LAWRENCEVILLE - A week after Gwinnett County Animal Control captured a rabid cat in Norcross, authorities are warning the community in the event someone could have been infected by the sick feline.

Births

Sept. 7

Ideal athlete Basketball just one of many sports for Norcross' Clarke

NORCROSS - When Tiffany Clarke moved from New York before her freshman year of high school, she knew she would be living in Norcross.

People Briefs

Striking writers get first look at proposed deal

Good news from schools: Obama comes out on top in Meadowcreek's mock election

The results of Meadowcreek High School's mock election this week were strikingly similar to state election results.

Scathing report hurts case for indigent defense funding

ATLANTA - To Georgia lawmakers trolling for votes, funding a statewide network of public defenders has never been the most popular use of tax dollars.

Nation Briefs

Atlantis docks with space station

Weicken - Locke

Jerry and Sharon Weicken of Alpharetta announce the engagement of their daughter, Shay Weicken of Alpharetta, to Adam Locke of Hoschton, son of Danny Locke of Atlanta and Steve and June Oliver of Hoschton.

Barrow connects to Internet2

WINDER - After more than two years of negotiations, plus $255,000 worth of construction work and fiber optic cable, Barrow County schools are now online with Internet2.

Arena manager reflects on Gwinnett Arena's five-year anniversary

Preston Williams, the man behind the Gwinnett Center, lives in the world of entertainment and hospitality. He prefers, however, to stay out of the limelight and remain behind the scenes, setting the stage for a massive good time. On the eve of the Gwinnett Center's fifth anniversary, Williams, 62, shares his memories of 30 years in the industry, some of the aggravations unique to the profession and plans for the Center's future.

Breaking curses Swan, Brookwood boys top Parkview for first state title

ATLANTA - The curse is over.

Reversible lanes to disappear this week on part of U.S. 78

LAWRENCEVILLE - Drivers heading downtown from Snellville on Thursday morning will notice a change when the reversible lane signs on part of U.S. Highway 78 in Stone Mountain finally come down.

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Wesleyan girls take down Spartans again

NORCROSS - Wesleyan and Greater Atlanta Christian have each beat the other four times while alternating Class AA girls basketball titles the past two seasons.

Barrow to consider doing traffic study

WINDER - As the West Winder Bypass floats in limbo waiting for a start date, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners will consider spending $56,479 for a traffic study.

This couple's rule ... carpool Riding together helps husband and wife bond, save gas

In a busy, two-income household, sometimes a couple's gotta get a little creative if they want to spend some more time together.

Sugar refinery blast death toll rises to 5, more still missing

PORT WENTWORTH - Crews on Saturday found another body in the remnants of the sugar refinery plant devastated by an explosion and fire, raising the death toll to five and leaving three others still missing, officials said.

Woman found dead in home died of smoke inhalation

LAWRENCEVILLE - The woman found dead in a house fire Friday succumbed to smoke inhalation, a medical examiner ruled Saturday.

Friend finds out dream job is a lot of hard work

My friend Joyce and I were all settled in at a Gladiators game. When the Zamboni started circling on the ice, Joyce exclaimed, "Oh, I love the Zamboni! All my life I've wanted to drive a Zamboni!"

Norcross considers expanding city limits Council wants to improve quality of life in area

ATLANTA - The Norcross city limits could soon stretch east to Interstate 85.

Exploding some myths about love

As Valentine's Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to love, relationships, and the fact that the IRS tax filing deadline is only two months away.

Political Notebook: Bannister announces re-election campaign

In case you were wondering, Charles Bannister is going to seek a second term as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Prep Roundup: Collins Hill sweeps 3 in Grayson duals

LOGANVILLE - Eleven wrestlers finished Saturday unbeaten as Collins Hill swept through the Grayson duals.

Road closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road is closed through March for installation of a force main. The detour is Bramlett Shoals Road to Brooks Road to Martins Chapel to Alcovy Road to Bramlett Shoals Road and the reverse. For more information, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6717.

Firefighters honored for sacrifice, service

DULUTH - Brothers in trials, firefighters came together Saturday as family in celebration as well.

Lawsuit filed against county over strawberry farm rezoning

LAWRENCEVILLE - The situation at a local strawberry farm has gone to seed.

40-foot boat ramp opens at Lake Lanier

CUMMING - Lake Lanier's low levels have been drying up businesses, but a grassroots campaign to create a 40-foot boat ramp has rejuvenated the industry around Charleston Park.

Obama comes out on top in Meadowcreek's mock election

The results of Meadowcreek High School's mock election this week were strikingly similar to state election results.

Ky. town to honor Lincoln's birth

HODGENVILLE, Ky. - Nevermind that young Abe left in obscurity after his family's frontier land squabbles. Or that years later voters from his old Kentucky home didn't support his run for the presidency.

People helping people: Learn how to cope with grief

Grief is defined as "deep and poignant distress caused by, or as if by, bereavement" and anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one has also experienced some level of grief.

With Smith out, GAC tops Wolves

NORCROSS - The Greater Atlanta Christian boys had to stage a wild fourth-quarter rally to defeat Wesleyan last weekend. This time, the Spartans were able to play from ahead.

Suwanee celebrates 18th year as Arbor Day participant

SUWANEE - With talk of global warming and a waning ozone layer, many have made the decision to take better care of the environment. And one local city is literally going green.

Gwinnett Place hosts book event for kids

LAWRENCEVILLE - Story time won't just be held at the local library next weekend.

Punishing disobedient is old hat at the Capitol

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle found it "very troubling" that House Speaker Glenn Richardson would punish four underlings for not voting as instructed.

John Grisham sees himself as entertainer, not literary giant

NEW YORK - Some things John Grisham knows: He got 15 rejections before his first book, 'A Time to Kill,' was published. He made $9 million last year. He's not James Joyce or William Faulkner. He's an entertainer.

Alton wins 2 crowns

ATLANTA - For a swimming and diving team that was low on state qualifiers - just two relays and two individuals - Dacula had a good-sized and vocal group of fans on Saturday night.

Focks - Williams

Dr. Dorian and Priscilla Focks of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Leigh Focks of Dacula, to Matthew Knox Williams of Flowery Branch, son of Marshall and Kathy Williams of Flowery Branch.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett Planning Commission on Jan. 15. Those zoning requests not tabled will be forwarded with a recommendation to the County Commission for a final vote Feb. 26 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Water over their heads

Lost in the swirl of the Super Tuesday vote was a very important story about your safety and security. In order to better define the debate on torture, the Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the interrogation technique known as 'waterboarding,' whereby a bound captive is placed upside down underwater.

Auburn Web page honors US troops

AUBURN - Charlotte Ewing was fed up with U.S. military personnel - both and past and present - not getting their due.

After five years, arena is a 'huge hit'

DULUTH - History has been repeating itself lately.

Jekyll Island can be revitalized without damaging the beauty

As Georgia's 2008 legislative session continues, you are likely to hear more about efforts to revitalize Jekyll Island, "Georgia's Jewel." Most Georgians want quality facilities as well as convenient beach access and a plan that respects Jekyll's unique environmental and cultural resources.

Books Calendar

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Franklin - Whitley

Daniel and Deborah Franklin of Monroe announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth Franklin of Monroe, to Jesse Nolan Whitley of Dacula, son of Hugh and Janice Whitley of Dacula.

City business, health leaders to serve on Grady board

ATLANTA - The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is urging Fulton and DeKalb counties to approve a plan that would help save Grady Memorial Hospital and has identified for the first time who could serve on the hospital's newly created nonprofit board.

Croslin - Seaman

Hannah Kay Croslin and Michael Seaman were married Sept. 22 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Father Dung Nugyen officiated the ceremony.

Unlikely suspects lead Gladiators comeback in 'perfect' victory

DULUTH - It was an eerily familiar plot to start, but even when the Gwinnett Gladiators diverged from the original script, they still provided a crowded house with a happy ending.

Final race halts Bronco girls' state hopes

ATLANTA - The Brookwood girls came within one race of recapturing the magic that saw the program win four straight Class AAAAA swimming and diving championships from 2001 to 2004.

Bannister announces re-election campaign

In case you were wondering, Charles Bannister is going to seek a second term as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Loganville girl starts pageant to help senior citizens

LAWRENCEVILLE - Former Miss Georgia Preteen Kayla Watson just relinquished her crown.

Romney looking ahead to 2012

Mitt Romney's sudden decision to withdraw from the Republican primary was a calculated decision. He decided to cut his losses over a slim chance of beating John McCain in favor of the prospect of a Democrat beating McCain this fall, thus giving himself a clear shot in 2012.

World Briefs

Sniper accused of murder in Iraq weeps on stand

McCain can look forward while Democrats continue battle

When this remarkable political year began, many Democrats were expecting a smooth passage to an historic nomination and a relatively easy presidential victory. That is hardly the case 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.

Dudish - Wojtczak

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Charles Dudish Jr. of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Rebecca Dudish, to Justin Noble Wojtczak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Wojtczak of Snellville.

Try turning your next vacation into a fun adventure

NEW YORK - Forget the tan, the Mickey Mouse photos and the cliche souvenirs.