News for Sunday, February 17, 2008

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Deaf teacher helps prepare students for life's challenges

LILBURN - When Greg Owen was a student, he said some of his teachers were such an inspiration.

Evans - Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Ward Gober of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan Marie Evans of Lilburn, to Justin Ryan Moore of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Moore of Loganville.

Dancing with their dads Pinckneyville Park holds father-daughter dance; mom-son event to be Friday

NORCROSS - While Valentine's Day has many people thinking about love, some Gwinnett girls got a chance to dance with their first sweethearts - their dads.

Lawson - Schaefer

Mary Elizabeth Lawson and Jason Edward Schaefer were married Sept. 8 at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain. The Rev. Ernest Forrester officiated the ceremony.

Ebony Society president met many politicians while working at Belk

For decades, Robbie Susan Moore has walked the walk, and she has convinced thousands to join her in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Duncan - Masak

Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Dean Duncan of Cartersville announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Malinda Duncan of Cartersville, to Christopher Karl Masak of Suwanee, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Merle Masak of Suwanee.

Mapping out the city Sugar Hill master plan calls for bigger parks, more sidewalks

SUGAR HILL - Local city officials have a plan to make their town better equipped for recreation - and more aesthetically pleasing while they're at it.

Military News

Spc. Adam Osland, son of Tom and Cindy Osland of Suwanee, recently returned from Iraq, where he was awarded a medal of valor. He is a graduate of air assault training and is stationed at Ft. Drum in New York.

Prep Roundup: Parkview boys tennis wins two in Mill Creek tourney

LILBURN - Parkview's boys tennis team picked up a pair of wins at home in the Mill Creek Invitational on Saturday.

Patriots claim first region title since '01

SNELLVILLE - The Berkmar boys' return to prominence in Region 8-AAAAA basketball came full circle Saturday night as the Patriots claimed their first region title since 2001 with a 75-52 win over Central Gwinnett at South Gwinnett.

2008 Run the Reagan - 10K Women

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Roadwork again scheduled to start on Highway 78

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commuters on U.S. Highway 78 - keep your fingers crossed for a Monday drive no manic than any other.

Fire brief

Fireplace blaze claims Snellville home

Gainesville area named "Terrific Low-Tax Town'

GAINESVILLE - The city of Gainesville has been named by "Where to Retire" magazine as one of eight "Terrific Low-Tax Towns."

Portugal offers a wide variety of surf and seafood

SAGRES, Portugal - The wind picked up after we left the last trees behind and the narrow road stretched out over the misty, scrub-covered plateau toward the end of Europe.

No surprise: Eagles dominate 7-AAAAA tourney Eagles' Mitchell beats Sartain in marquee match

SUWANEE - Peachtree Ridge's Andrew Sartain proved he could hang with the best and Collins Hill's T.J. Mitchell showed why he's still the one to beat.

Eightysomethings Ruby Dee, Holbrook reflect on Oscars

LOS ANGELES - Ruby Dee and Hal Holbrook have rarely crossed paths in their acting careers, but they have much in common.

When a bad hair day is good

It's one of those hot, damp days in Atlanta, the kind of day where your jeans stick to your legs, sweat beads down your face even in the shade and there's no way you're going to have a "good hair day."

Gwinnett Gab

Park to hold Mardi Gras party for seniors

Returning space station astronaut ready for earthly amenities

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - After four months aboard the international space station, astronaut Daniel Tani can't wait to get back on the planet so he can dine with a plate and spit after he brushes his teeth.

Breaking barriers Gwinnett program integrates deaf, hearing students in classrooms

LILBURN - Michael Gibson is a typical teenager.

Bloody good fun How a few creative Atlantans shot a horror classic

When asking director David Bruckner where "The Signal" fits into the horror genre, it's probably best to heed some advice from another film, 2004's "Shaun of the Dead," and avoid using "the zed word."

Theater offers community supporting roles

To say David Clack works behind the scenes would reveal only one of his many roles at New London Theatre. Clack works around the stage, supervising volunteers; under the seats, making sure they're bolted down; and hand in hand with his daughter, Cassie, who brought him into the theater in the first place.

Memoir recounts journey from foster home to Harvard

'Hope's Boy' (Hyperion Books, 320 pages. $22.95), by Andrew Bridge

School funding flap looms over mid-year budget

ATLANTA - Only one substantive issue in Georgia's mid-year budget separates Gov. Sonny Perdue and the General Assembly.

Local state senator named to redevelopment study group

A local legislator is heading a Senate working group focused on the redevelopment issues caused by a Supreme Court ruling last week.

Funerals begin for 9 refinery victims

SAVANNAH - A vase of red roses sat in front of the church altar Saturday, flanked by portraits of Truitt Byers and a blue baseball cap with the logo for Dixie Crystals - the brand of sugar produced by a refinery where the 54-year-old was killed in an explosion.

Wray - Moody

Mr. and Mrs. George Downing Wray III of Shreveport, La., announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Elizabeth Wray of Shreveport, La., to Robert Frank Moody of Waco, Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jackson Moody Jr. of Waco, Texas.

Brackman - Clements

David and Diane Brackman of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Dena Ann Brackman of Atlanta, to Adam James Clements of Atlanta, son of Rick and Sue Clements of Stone Mountain.

People briefs

Walken given Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

Marketplace

Financial company offers retirement workshops

Eight die in drag racing accident

ACCOKEEK, Md. - A car plowed into a crowd that had gathered to watch a drag race on a suburban road early Saturday, killing eight people and injuring at least five, police said.

Cool runnings Run the Reagan sees record turnout

SNELLVILLE - Charging up and down the world's largest granite dome apparently has its perks.

Dacula finishes 3rd; qualifies 14 to state

WINDER - Following a solid season, Dacula wrestling took another step forward on Saturday.

Nation briefs

NIU gunman stayed at nearby hotel days before shooting

Buford bounces back to beat Paideia

ATLANTA - Blanche Alverson scored 13 points as Buford beat Paideia 42-22 on Saturday in the Region 6-AA Tournament consolation final.

Wolves get region revenge on GAC

ATLANTA - As Howard Thompkins stepped to the free-throw line with 16.6 seconds left in Saturday's Region 6-AA championship game between Wesleyan and GAC, the Wesleyan student section began a chant that turned out to be the theme of the evening.

Wolves qualify 9 to state with 2nd place finish

MADISON - In the toughest area in Class AA, the Wesleyan wrestling team managed to qualify nine wrestlers for the state meet.

Births

Dec. 27

Falcons dominate final quarter

DACULA - No one on the Dacula boys basketball team stuck four fingers in the air to signal the fourth quarter was going to be theirs, but the Falcons sure saved their best for the final eight minutes en route to a 42-36 win over Clarke Central for the Region 8-AAAA title.

Braselton movie theater to open this summer

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Sunday Community section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Christy Smith, business reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail her at christy.smith@gwinnettdailypost.com.

2008 Run the Reagan results - Half Marathon Women

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New queens Hawks top Duluth for region title

NORCROSS - Region 7-AAAAA girls basketball has a new champion. Class AAAAA may be next.

Bethesda Aquatic Center celebrates first anniversary

LILBURN - A year after the Bethesda Park Aquatic Center opened, program supervisor Amanda Groth said the facility's myriad opportunities have been good for local residents.

Our view: A nice honor, but Dooley earned more

Sometimes you can make a decision that is only partly right, which is what the University of Georgia did this past week when the state Board of Regents agreed to name a group of athletic facilities in honor of former football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Development Permits

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 Feb. 8.

Panthers claim fifth straight area title

LAWRENCEVILLE - Parkview's wrestling program continued its dominance in Area 8-AAAAA on Saturday afternoon as the Panthers notched their fifth straight crown in the traditional area tournament at Central Gwinnett.

'He is our hero' Family, friends attend funeral of local soldier killed in Afghanistan

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 100 people, all carrying American flags, stood outside a funeral home Saturday as the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Donald T. Tabb gathered inside for the soldier's final farewell.

Panthers' D smothers Central

SNELLVILLE - A smothering 1-2-2 zone defense and the leadership of heady senior point guard Sczeny Hartry carried Parkview to the Region 8-AAAAA girls championship on Saturday night.

Half-marathon offers thrilling fun at Ft. Yargo

WINDER - Promoters say this half-marathon isn't short on thrills.

Excellent advice for candidates

As a pundit who gets paid to give his opinion whether you want it or not, it is my civic duty to dispense some worthy advice to the current front-runners in the presidential race. Let's start with Barack Obama.

GAC girls topple No. 1 Wesleyan Spartans claim 6-AA championship

ATLANTA - When Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan square off in any situation, everyone in the gym knows what to expect: hard-nosed and intense basketball.

Wannabe 'Losers' flock to casting call

DULUTH - Jazmine McKellar, a 22-year-old college student from Macon, weighs in the neighborhood of 330 pounds.

Elementary school teacher honored for patriotism

A Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher whose class exchanged letters with a soldier in Iraq never knew she would be recognized for the patriotism she was teaching her students.

World briefs

Suicide bomber kills 37 at rally

When it comes to immigration laws, enforcement works

"Without this partnership, you don't have any access to immigration fingerprints, and that's what really identifies the status of an illegal alien in your community committing crimes."

Community Connection: Ebony Society president met many politicians while working at Belk

For decades, Robbie Susan Moore has walked the walk, and she has convinced thousands to join her in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

2008 Run the Reagan results - 10K Men

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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.

Rittichier - Fambrough

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rittichier of Johnson City, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Marie Rittichier of Dunwoody, to Jeffrey Chandler Fambrough of Dunwoody, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Michael Fambrough of Dunwoody.

Hope for your 'get-in-shape' resolution

Remember your New Year's resolution to get in shape? How's that working out for you?

Road closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road closed Feb. 7 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.

Checkered past trails suspect in murder case

NORCROSS - More than one police agency had their eye out for Shannon Alan Marlow.

Political notebook: Local state senator named to redevelopment study group

A local legislator is heading a Senate working group focused on the redevelopment issues caused by a Supreme Court ruling last week.

To the editor: Gwinnett Transit punishing its customers with fare increases

Here is my take on the proposed fare increase "strategy" offered up by Gwinnett County Transit:

House GOP joins fight against education cuts

During the last gubernatorial campaign two years ago, Democrat Mark Taylor repeatedly hammered Gov. Sonny Perdue's "austerity" cuts to education.

Barrow superintendent earns tech savvy award

WINDER - Ron Saunders, superintendent of Barrow County schools, accepted awards for Georgia Superintendent of the Year and Tech Savvy Superintendent on Thursday in Tampa.

2008 Run the Reagan results - Half Marathon Men

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Gwinnett officials consider water contingency plan

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett officials are making plans in case the county's largest water supply - Lake Lanier - runs dry.

2008 Run the Reagan - 5K Women

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Christian love story opens at Snellville theater

Following a string of independent Christian film successes, a new movie opened Thursday in just eight theatres across Georgia, including Snellville's Carmike Cinemas.

People Helping People: When a bad hair day is good

It's one of those hot, damp days in Atlanta, the kind of day where your jeans stick to your legs, sweat beads down your face even in the shade and there's no way you're going to have a "good hair day."

2008 Run the Reagan - 5K Men

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Norcross cruises to 7-AAAAA crown Blue Devils squash Peachtree Ridge

NORCROSS - The Norcross student section waited until the closing seconds to begin chanting, "Region champs! Region champs! Region champs!"