News for Sunday, February 3, 2008


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Ready for spring Hundreds watch as Gen. Lee emerges on Groundhog Day

LILBURN - Though adoring fans were calling the groundhog by name, General Beauregard Lee was somewhat reluctant to emerge from his posh living quarters Saturday morning to give his much anticipated weather prediction.

Sugar Hill City Council to consider banning pit bulls from city property

SUGAR HILL - People had better keep their pit bull dogs off city property, if City Council members approve a proposed ordinance.

New VPs to join Gwinnett Medical Center

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two recently hired executives are slated to begin their employment at Gwinnett Medical Center in the upcoming months.

Winder department to offer Citizen Police Academy

WINDER - Would the average person recognize signs of gang activity in the neighborhood? Do you know the top tips for keeping your family safe from crime? Those concerns and more will be addressed in the upcoming Citizen Police Academy, sponsored by the Winder Police Department.

Election interest on rise

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ed Marks thought about going to the local voter registration office this week to cast his ballot early for the presidential preference primary.

Local artist's photographs on display

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta photographer Ken Easter has never had his pictures displayed in an art gallery before.

Franks - Weetman

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Franks Jr. of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Susie Kate Franks of Alpharetta, to Richard Ray Weetman of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weetman of Wedowee, Ala.

Any kind of weather Weatherization helps low-income Gwinnett residents

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Ida May Simpkins' air conditioning went out last summer, the 80-year-old Lawrenceville resident needed some help.

Crawford leads Kentucky to win over Georgia

ATHENS - Billy Gillispie and his Kentucky Wildcats are keeping their three-game winning streak in perspective.

Duluth awarded ethical distinction

DULUTH - Duluth has been designated a "Certified City of Ethics."

Corps of Engineers taking public comments on park plans

BUFORD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comments to assess the environmental impact of two proposals to lease and develop a portion of Bethel Park in Forsyth County.

Romantic getaways can be found close to home and out West

"At last, I'm safe from holidays and special occasions," I said to myself as I was doing my errands right after New Year's. My neighborhood dollar store put the kibosh on that feeling. As I pushed my cart, I came upon the store's seasonal aisle. Tables that were once filled with mini Christmas trees were replaced with heart-shaped boxes containing sweets. It was all a reminder that I needed to do something for Valentine's Day. Since sweets are forbidden in our house, due to dietary restrictions, I like to take romantic trips.

Norcross boys fall to national power Oak Hill Aminu scores 35 in 68-65 loss

Al-Farouq Aminu took advantage of the Mountain State Coal Classic to show again why he is one of the best high school basketball players in the country.

Second period surge lifts Gladiators to win

DULUTH - Reeling from a 5-0 beating at the hands of South Carolina a night earlier, the Gwinnett Gladiators punched back on Saturday.

Schools: Funding bonds up for vote

LAWRENCEVILLE - Voters will decide Tuesday if Gwinnett County Public Schools can issue general obligation bonds school district officials have said are needed to continue its construction program.

5 dead in clothing store attack

TINLEY PARK, Ill. - A gunman fatally shot five females in a robbery at a store in a suburban Chicago strip mall and fled Saturday, prompting police to sweep through neighboring shops as terrified customers watched.

Daily Post names new lifestyle editor

Lisa Jordan Spires has been named the lifestyle editor of the Gwinnett Daily Post. She was previously employed for more than two years as a copy editor at the Post, and has also held positions at the Metro Spirit newspaper and Sass magazine in Augusta.

People briefs

Spice Girls cancel some world tour concert dates

Must read: Photograph helps solve mystery of man's drowning 15 years later

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - A treasured old photograph, a police investigator's long-shot appeal to the public and a retiree's sharp memory have combined to solve a 15-year-old drowning mystery.

Suwanee to offer property tax assistance for low-income seniors

SUWANEE - Suwanee is offering some monetary relief for seniors this tax season.

Concert planned to help teen with medical expenses

WINDER - Before she fell sick, Paige Maudlin was defined by her musical talents and impressive smarts.

Harris - Jones

Mark and Beth Harris of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Nicole Harris of Snellville, to Mitchell Terry Jones of Chatsworth, son of Mickey and Donna Jones of Chatsworth.

Gwinnett sex offenders

Georgia Sex Offender Registry

People helping people: So much can be accomplished when community comes together

A few Sundays ago I had a most welcoming experience. I attended the Sunday worship services at Snellville Christian Church. This congregation donated a piece of property for the construction of an accessible group home for adults with developmental disabilities.

Community calendar

Send items for the Community Calendar to 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.


Dec. 14

Tuesday voters getting crash course on candidates

Now that the long-anticipated "Tsunami Tuesday" is almost upon us, the full folly of choosing presidential candidates in what amounts to a national primary has become apparent to everyone.

Church should be finished in time for Easter services

If you see construction and don't know what it is, call Christy Smith at 770-963-9205, ext. 1321, or e-mail her at

Nation briefs

Mourners gather in Ohio for funeral of slain Marine

Barrow Board of Education to adopt school calendars through 2010

WINDER - Barrow County students might start back to school a little later than usual this fall, but still earlier than last year.

College Notes

Kara Gibbons of Lawrenceville and Carmen E. Fowler of Buford were named to the Southeast Missouri State University dean's list for the 2007 fall semester.


Bingo at the Veterans of Foreign War post in Lawrenceville brings out community members four nights a week, most of whom attend regularly. Bingo players get to play seven games a night, with prizes of $50, $100 or $1,000, the jackpot.

Gwinnett Gab

Woman wins car

Meditation can help you cope with life

Life can come at you fast. It's bad enough with all the societal and self-imposed obligations we fill our days with, but this year Mother Nature had to get into the act and cram Lent into our lives the first week of February. If you wonder what Mother Nature has to do with this, Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the first day of Spring. Lent starts 40 weekdays before that. So this year, Ash Wednesday hits us in the face while credit card bills from Christmas are still hitting our mailbox. Who needs stress like this?

Demands are high for Gwinnett football coaches

Expectations are high when it comes to football in Gwinnett County.

IRS, Secretary of State warn of several new scams

ATLANTA - Both Secretary of State Karen Handel and the Internal Revenue Service have issued warnings of seven scams circulating in Georgia.

Linder announces service academy nominations

U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, has announced his nominees for the United States Service Academies.

Road closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road will close Thursday 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.

Political Notebook: Billboards to flash Super Tuesday primary results

Don't worry about rush hour Tuesday. You can watch the Super Tuesday results from the road.

Road money debate choice of regional, statewide solutions

ATLANTA - Georgia lawmakers wrestling with a gaping shortfall in transportation funding could embrace both regional and statewide tax proposals by the time the General Assembly heads home for the year.

South kind to Obama, Huckabee, but that may not be enough to win

Georgia holds among the best prospects for victory for Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama in Super Tuesday's barrage of Republican and Democratic presidential balloting.

World briefs

Rebels clash with government forces in Chad

Todd - Adams

Charlie and Sherry Todd of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Christy Todd of Grayson, to Michael Adams of Sarasota, Fla., son of Marsha Adams of Snellville.

Bentley - Topp

Ronnie and Glenice Bentley of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Meredith Bentley of Snellville, to Patrick Joseph Topp of Peachtree City, son of Terrence and Margaret Topp of Peachtree City.

Shank - Bergen

Maggie Elaine Shank and Charles Grady Bergen were married Dec. 15 at Frost Chapel in Mt. Berry. Minister Tom Grady officiated the ceremony.

Swimming Facilities letters to the editor

Swimming on the rise, county needs to help

Coming to a neighborhood near you

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 Jan. 25.

Duluth names McDonald new football coach Veteran coach promoted from defensive coordinator

Though the slew of high school football head coaching vacancies grows seemingly every day, at least one of those openings was filled Friday.


Scott Burkholder takes Chamber job

Our view: Give kids your vote of support

Presidential elections, primaries included, garner a lot of attention - and turnout. However, there is a referendum on Tuesday's ballot that has a much greater impact on Gwinnett County than party nominees for president.

Gwinnett Braves letters to the editor

Secrecy worth the benefit of baseball

The liberal civil war

Ted Kennedy's Obama-endorsement moment a few days ago lifted the 76-year-old senator into a zone he hadn't seen for years. All the TV news programs wanted him on, some of his nieces and nephews actually split with him and he even managed to upstage the State of the Union address.

High - Thibodeau

Dr. and Mrs. William High of League City, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Suzanne High of Lookout Mountain, to Patrick Andrew Thibodeau of Lookout Mountain, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Jeff Thibodeau of Dacula.

Fathering skills barely on track

For once, I actually passed a fatherhood test. OK, I made, like, a C+, but still.

Frustrating season Former Gwinnett stars battling injuries

ATHENS - Frustration is often simply a part of the game athletes in every sport must overcome.

Maryland holds of Georgia Tech

ATLANTA - Well aware of Matt Causey's heroics of late, Maryland coach Gary Williams wasn't going to let Georgia Tech's new basketball cult figure beat him.

Community Connection: Jim Fatzinger Student affairs VP brings his experiences to Gwinnett College

Jim Fatzinger spends his days talking and listening to students at Georgia Gwinnett College. The college's associate vice president of student affairs helps students start clubs and organizations, works with faculty serving as mentors and is responsible for the campus' disability, counseling and recreation services, among other things. "Basically, student affairs works with students outside the classroom and integrates with faculty inside the classroom to enable students to make the very most of their college experience," he said.

Billboards to flash Super Tuesday primary results

Don't worry about rush hour Tuesday. You can watch the Super Tuesday results from the road.

Prep roundup: Mustangs' Williams scores 41 in win

NORCROSS - Teondre Williams exploded for 41 points and seven rebounds as Meadowcreek hammered Central Gwinnett 90-70. Tyler McDaniels added 15 points and two blocks in the Meadowcreek (16-7) victory.