News for Sunday, February 24, 2008

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Commit to helping children

The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services and 111 other counties from across the state converged on the Capitol to celebrate Family Connection Day and to acknowledge our legislative leaders for their ongoing support of the Georgia Family Connection network.

People briefs

Spears allowed to visit with sons

Pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping village in the works for Braselton

BRASELTON - After more than a year of planning, a new retail development with a pedestrian and shopper-friendly atmosphere is becoming a reality.

Patriots survive to beat Northview Berkmar led by Towns' 14 points

DULUTH - Following a shaky first quarter, the Berkmar girls basketball seemed to be headed for an early exit from the state playoffs.

Carter Center works to promote access to information abroad

ATLANTA - The Carter Center is well known for overseeing elections and protecting health and human rights worldwide, but it also has been working on another program that's less familiar to the public: helping establish laws similar to the U.S. Freedom of Information Act in foreign countries.

Focks - Williams

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.

Wolves finish 2nd at state

DULUTH - Down just 14.5 points entering the finals, Wesleyan made LaFayette look over its shoulder.

Timely recovery Parkview pulls away in 2nd half

LILBURN - Sophomore forward Lauren Coleman rescued the Parkview girls from a sloppy first half by scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the third period, leading the Panthers to a 64-43 drubbing of visiting Milton Saturday night in a Class AAAAA first-round state tournament contest.

Top-ranked Hawks win ugly over Campbell

HOSCHTON - It wasn't the prettiest performance of the year for Mill Creek girls, but the Class AAAAA state basketball playoffs are all about surviving and advancing and the Hawks did just that in a 62-49 win over Campbell Saturday night.

Wesleyan girls cruise into second round

NORCROSS - The Greater Atlanta Christian girls snapped Wesleyan's 22-game winning streak in the Region 6-AA title game, but it didn't put a damper on the Wolves' state championship hopes.

Road closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road will be 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.

Transit board chairman has interest in weather

Jon Richards is the chairman of the Gwinnett Transit Advisory Board and runs local Web sites such as www.lawrencevilleweather.com. He worked as product tester and in search engine optimization before going into business on his own with Site ROI.

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. 15.

Mixed-use change considered

LAWRENCEVILLE - In the five years since the county created a way for developers to build mixed-use projects on empty fields, not a single person has applied for permission to do so.

Cunnington - Davis

Lydia Luisa Cunnington and Brian Matthew Davis were married July 21 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch. The Rev. Richard Morrow officiated the ceremony.

Wal-Mart converts sinks to save water

LAWRENCEVILLE - The water Wal-Mart can save by simply changing its toilets is more than just a drop in the bucket.

City to choose firm for logo

DULUTH - Duluth has pride in old and new.

World briefs

Investigators search for clues in plane crash

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.

Falcon practice partners push each other to state titles

DULUTH - Frankie Miller and Noah Hunt spent almost every day of the wrestling season with each other.

Most issues still on table for legislature

The 2008 version of the Georgia General Assembly seems hellbent on atoning for last year's historically long session.

Births

Jan. 1

Champs in fine form in opener

NORCROSS - The Greater Atlanta Christian girls opened defense of their Class AA state title on Saturday night with a 68-42 win over the visiting Union County Panthers.

Ball doesn't bounce Black Knights' way

LAWRENCEVILLE - With less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Central Gwinnett clung to a one-point lead.

Employer tax credit helps teleworking take off in Georgia

Teleworking, or working from home, is taking off in Georgia. A key factor in its increasing popularity is Georgia's forward-thinking telework tax credit for employers.

Book explains memory loss humorously, describes ways around it

'Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The What, When and Why of Normal Memory Loss' (Wellness Central. 245 pages. $22.99) by Martha Weinman Lear

Georgia Republicans slow to embrace McCain as nominee

WASHINGTON - Until a few weeks ago, Georgia Republicans in Congress had greeted John McCain's presidential campaign with telling silence.

Three Gwinnett teachers are 'Outstanding Cultural Educators'

Three Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers have been recognized as "Outstanding Cultural Educators" for the 2007-08 school year. The honor was awarded to the educators by the Visiting International Faculty Program, the largest international exchange program linking U.S. schools and teachers worldwide.

Prep Roundup: Buford girls move on in state tourney

EATONTON - Visiting Buford defeated Putnam County 47-39 in the first round of the Class AA girls basketball tournament on Saturday evening.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Zoning Cases

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

Nation briefs

Hillary Clinton rips Barack Obama over campaign mailings

Dacula '05, '07 killings on docket for next week

LAWRENCEVILLE - Court officials expect two separate Gwinnett murder trials - the county's first of 2008 - to start Monday.

Baghdad Green Zone attacked

BAGHDAD - Extremists fired an explosive barrage Saturday into the capital's heavily protected Green Zone, targeting the heart of America's diplomatic and military mission in Iraq.

Barrow airport questions to be answered

WINDER - There's a lot of activity at the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport and surrounding property owners want to know what's up.

Community Connection: Transit board chairman has interest in weather

Jon Richards is the chairman of the Gwinnett Transit Advisory Board and runs local Web sites such as www.lawrencevilleweather.com. He worked as product tester and in search engine optimization before going into business on his own with Site ROI.

Military News

Navy Fireman Trenton Mapes participated in Pass and Review ceremonies at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Mapes is a 2006 graduate of Mill Creek High School and the son of Adam and Patricia Mapes of Buford.

Preservation confrontation Norcross removes historic property protection ordinance for the second time in 20 years

NORCROSS - For the second time in about 20 years, Norcross city leaders have adopted an ordinance designed to protect historic properties, then later removed that same ordinance from the books.

'Savvy' spellers Local girl headed to state spelling bee

SUWANEE - Chelsea Burden spent Saturday morning pacing outside the Collins Hill High School Theater, praying her younger sister would get easy words to spell.

Hate speech on the 'Net

What do Nancy Reagan and Michelle Obama have in common besides being political wives? Well, they were both under heavy scrutiny this week.

Kolb - Topham

Lt. and Mrs. Greg Kolb of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Danielle Kolb of Dacula, to Kent Topham of Braselton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Topham Jr. of Cartersville.

After 26 years as GM, Schuerholz eases into new role as Braves president

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - John Schuerholz is wandering toward the Atlanta Braves dugout when a fan shouts out a request.

Bannister testifies on transportation

Chairman Charles Bannister returned to the Gold Dome, where he spent nearly two decades of his political career.

Marketplace

Guerra promoted to manager of Hampton Inn

Illegals will come to Gwinnett unless we give police more help

I am writing in response to the column written by D.A. King ("When it comes to immigration laws, enforcement works," Perspective, Feb. 17). I have followed the issue of illegal immigration long enough to recognize that Gwinnett County is "behind the times" when it comes to enacting the important tool known as Amendment 287(g).

Howze - King

Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Augustus Howze III of Birmingham, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lelia Kate Howze of Atlanta, to William Mattison King of Berkeley Lake, son of the Rev. and Mrs. James M. King of Berkeley Lake.

Gwinnett gab

Seminar to be Thursday

Four lives changed Gwinnett Drug Court grads reflect on three years of recovery

To hear them tell it, you would think they were led by the hands of God. Graduates of Gwinnett's innovative Drug Court program share common life themes: Getting high at one point was paramount to living. Getting high was above family, friends, careers, even children. Death was possible, if not somewhat alluring.

Send in the clowns - to improve kids' health

Send in the clowns. For Judy Collins, it was just a song. For almost every civilization in history, it was part of their culture. And for many different reasons.

Volunteers plant 50 trees at Fort Yargo State Park

WINDER - Fort Yargo State Park is losing trees, thanks to deer, pine beetles and a rogue tornado spawned by Hurricane Katrina.

Norcross pool to open next week

NORCROSS - Even though spring won't begin for a month, officials are hoping kids will splash into the county's newest pool next week.

Immigration status ordinance: BOC asks public for opinions

LAWRENCEVILLE - Residents can sound off Tuesday on a proposed weakening of the Gwinnett government's policy to have contractors check the immigration status of their employees.

Historic Carrington House in full swing 1893 Winder home abuzz with vendors, variety

WINDER - The Carrington House - a historic and architectural jewel in the heart of Winder - fell so deeply into disrepair in the 1970s a tree took root in its interior.

Support tobacco tax increase to save lives

Yesterday, I visited the state capitol along with 350 other American Cancer Society volunteers and cancer survivors from around the state. We were there to talk to our representatives about cancer-related House Bill 1197.

Campbell, Gladiators blow past Sea Wolves

BILOXI, Miss. - Jeff Campbell posted a hat trick for the Gladiators and Lou Dickenson notched a pair of goals to lead Gwinnett past the Mississippi Sea Wolves 6-2 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday night.

Van Halen postpones Arena at Gwinnett Center show

Well, you can take off those neon spandex pants and "Jump" right back onto the couch, because it appears that Diamond Dave and Co. won't be rocking the Arena at Gwinnett Center this week, after all.

Outlook good for boost in Medicaid funding

ATLANTA - Dr. Ed Evans says he's still in business in Gwinnett County today because the General Assembly enacted tort reform three years ago.

Wolves get Smith back, defeat Fannin Co.

NORCROSS - The Wesleyan boys will host Macon County in the second round of the Class AA state basketball tournament on Tuesday. Even better, Tanner Smith should be in the Wolves' lineup.

Back to the Hill

DULUTH - It was obvious before the start of Saturday's traditional state wrestling finals that people weren't too found of Collins Hill.

Lions upset No. 6 McEachern

POWDER SPRINGS - Peachtree Ridge's girls basketball players went into their matchup with No. 6-ranked McEachern knowing that it would be a battle, for they were undersized and outmatched in experience.

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.

Space added to Hamilton Mill shopping center

"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.

People Helping People: Commit to helping children

The Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services and 111 other counties from across the state converged on the Capitol to celebrate Family Connection Day and to acknowledge our legislative leaders for their ongoing support of the Georgia Family Connection network.

School system job fair set for March 3 at Gwinnett Center

DULUTH - The state's largest public school system's spring job fair is scheduled for March 3 at the Gwinnett Center.

Wildcats claw way to first-round win

DULUTH - Duluth's girls had waited since 1976. North Cobb hadn't been here since 1967. So what difference would 15 minutes make?

Auburn residents file for deannexation from city

WINDER - Three Auburn residents whose properties were forcibly annexed in 2006 filed in January for deannexation.

New playground section of Peachtree Ridge Park opens

SUWANEE - Another section of the new Peachtree Ridge Park has opened, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreations officials said.

No. 3 Marietta ousts North girls Turnovers doom Bulldogs in first round of state AAAAA tournament

MARIETTA - Perhaps the best way to describe North Gwinnett's girls basketball team in its first-round Class AAAAA state tournament game against No. 3 state-ranked Marietta was overwhelmed.

Why growing older is a losing proposition

Getting older is not for weenies - although it's certainly true that weenies get older, too. Have you seen Al Gore lately?

Wilgan - Ruehman

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Wilgan of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Ashley Wilgan of Buford, to James Edward Ruehman of Marietta, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ruehman of Marietta.

Close to home Great destinations are just around the corner

Sometimes, the best trips are those closest to home. Even though I travel around the country on a regular basis, I always relish the trips that are not far from the metro area.

Youngblood - Wandry

Jimmy and Delilah Youngblood of Cumming announce the engagement of their daughter, Lori Dawn Youngblood of Duluth, to Jesse Gerald Wandry of Duluth, son of Mike and Diane Angstenberger of Duluth and Gerald and Betty Wandry of Aberdeen, S.D.