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Catch of the day Buford man turns family outing into memorable experience

BUFORD - James Thompson of Buford loves to fish.

Nation Briefs

Accident during fireworks display injures 37 people

Braves Around Town coming to Snellville

SNELLVILLE - For diehard fans of the Braves, or those who just like free entertainment, Braves Around Town is coming to Snellville with games, giveaways and more.

Braves' injuries ravage Richmond roster

The Atlanta Braves have been hurting and the pain has certainly been felt down to Class AAA.

Virgil and Dottie Parrott

Virgil and Dottie Parrott of Lawrenceville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple married on June 21, 1958, in Detriot. They have three children: Yvette Dunford, Cheri Thornton and Andrea Watkins. They have eight grandchildren including one on the way: Ashley, Trey, Kristie, Kaitlyn, Matthew,

Things improving for AA Mississippi

Even before the surprising addition of Jeff Francoeur for a couple weeks, things were looking up for the Mississippi Braves.

Fire Briefs

Man using torch for engine repair work sparks house fire

Georgia Force take different route into playoffs

FLOWERY BRANCH - Watching the Dallas-New York Wild Card playoff game, Troy Bergeron's wife had a question.

Road closures

· Burns Road at Dickens Road will require intermittent lane closures through July for intersection improvements, weather permitting. Any such closures will be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Gwinnett gab

Fire Station No. 11 wins grill contest

Reagan's top-notch third choice

The most dramatic stories in any field of competitive endeavor are those that recount events that almost never happened. It's the scoreless ballgames that end with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth that linger in the psyches of winners and losers - not the 9-3 walkovers.

Drowning victim from Duluth Teen drowned in Lake Lanier on Friday

CUMMING - Authorities have identified the Duluth teen who drowned Friday in Lake Lanier as 17-year-old Aeriel Cotuc Chaudjay.

Pinkard - Jinks

Donald and Deborah Pinkard of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Lynn Pinkard of Jefferson, to William Jared Jinks of Jefferson, son of Jed and Emily Jinks of Dublin.

GCPS ends fiscal year on target

SUWANEE - Although the county school system's fuel costs increased by more than 60 percent than the year before, the district's chief financial officer said a conservative budget allowed Gwinnett County Public Schools to end the fiscal year in good shape.

State briefs

Sen. Obama to visit Ga. for town hall meeting

People Briefs

Amy Winehouse sings in Spain drinking wine

Herring - Larence

Bill and Tammi Herring of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Herring of Buford, to Jeff Larence of Dacula, son of Alex and Renee Cochran of Dacula.

Our view: Fire shouldn't keep Gwinnett from recycling

The Recycling Bank of Gwinnett may be gone, destroyed by fire a little more than a week ago, but Gwinnett citizens can, and should, continue to actively recycle. They will just have to do so at alternative places from the former site on Satellite Boulevard.

Births

April 24

Duluth holds first 'Bark at the Park'

DULUTH - Atlanta has painted cows, Sandy Springs has its turtles and Duluth will now have painted pooches.

Fan base for Force growing Arena football team slowly selling itself to Gwinnett

When Georgia Force President Dick Sullivan announced the return of the team to Gwinnett he used the words "options" and "value" as the buzzwords to explain the reasons behind the move.

Keese - Miller

Gary and Debbie Hinthorne of Braselton announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Taylor Keese of Atlanta, to Maximilian Jennings Miller of Atlanta, son of Dan and Bobbie Miller of Lilburn.

Military notes

· Army National Guard Pvt. Travis R. Moon, son of Dawn Moon and nephew of Tim Moonhas of Grayson, graduated from Basic Combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Elsie and G.W. Underwood Sr.

G.W. Underwood Sr. and Elsie Underwood of Lawrenceville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple married May 17, 1958, in Bryson City, N.C. They have five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They celebrated their anniversary with a dinner party.

Fire shouldn't keep Gwinnett from recycling

The Recycling Bank of Gwinnett may be gone, destroyed by fire a little more than a week ago, but Gwinnett citizens can, and should, continue to actively recycle. They will just have to do so at alternative places from the former site on Satellite Boulevard.

World Briefs

Video shows duped rebels, elated hostages

Political signs less prevalent along roads

LAWRENCEVILLE - Candidates have been warned: If you place a political sign in the road right of way, it will be pulled.

Sierra Club endorses Green, Hassell, Beaudreau

The Greater Gwinnett Group of the Sierra Club has announced its picks for the county's leaders.

Despite liberal claims, America is not a nation in decline

Just in time for Independence Day, the Bible of the American left, The New York Times, continues to opine that the United States is a 'nation in decline.' Hoping to see a Democrat in the White House, the newspaper has been hammering home that theme on its editorial pages.

Ramirez - Mobley

Jim and Anna Grant of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacy Lynn Ramirez of Lawrenceville, to Bruce Neil Mobley of Lawrenceville, son of Bob and Sue Lynch of Tifton.

College notes

The following Gwinnett students recently graduated from Samford University: Christina E. Wells of Duluth, Elizabeth Noel Baker of Lawrenceville, Katharine Elizabeth Snyder of Lilburn, Katherine Elaine Upchurch of Lilburn, Charlie Ann Hall of Norcross, Molly Elizabeth Michaud of Norcross, John William Nelson of Norcross, Nicholas Steven Agnello of Snellville, Amy Louise Almand of Snellville, Kelly Nicole Knowlton of Snellville, Austin Scott Walker of Snellville, Lindsey Elizabeth Ferguson of Suwanee, J. Taylor Anderson of Buford and Jonathan David Loudermilk of Buford.

Ballots contain questions on MARTA, TADs

LAWRENCEVILLE - On July 15, voters can not only pick the leaders that will take the county into the future, but they will also have a say in some of the issues on the county's horizon.

Man flies chair lifted by balloons

BEND, Ore. - Riding a green lawn chair supported by a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons, Kent Couch took off Saturday in a third bid to fly from central Oregon all the way to Idaho.

This Fourth of July, be proud of America

Unlike Michelle Obama, I've always been proud of America.

Community connection: Joe Allen

Gwinnett Place is in the midst of a business revival - new signs to brand the area, new sidewalks, new opportunities for commerce. Joe Allen, the executive director for its community improvement district, is leading that charge. A lifelong Gwinnetian, married and with two children, his family has been in Georgia since the Revolutionary War.

Wednesday night fights Night court can sometimes resemble a

EDITOR'S NOTE: Night cops reporter Alex Joyner attended several weeks of criminal warrant applications court - aka Wednesday Night Fights - to report the following story. The identities of the applicant and the accused are withheld.

What's going on here?

"What's going on here?" is a weekly column in the Community section. If you see a construction site and don't know what's being built, call Jamie Ward, planning and zoning reporter, at 770-963-9205, ext. 1304. Or e-mail him at jamie.ward@gwinnettdailypost.com.

No matter the cost A young golfer lives beyond honor on the course

I play golf for fun. Or at least that's the plan when I tee off.

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 June 23 to 27.

Must read: Huge trove of 78 rpm records donated to Syracuse University

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A vast collection of 78 rpm records - valued at $1 million, weighing 50 tons and representing more than a half-century of American music history - is being donated to Syracuse University by the estate of a prominent New York City record shop owner.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Thrashers set to eye prospects

DULUTH - The Atlanta Thrashers' prospect development camp serves many purposes for players and fans.

Nina Pirkle

Nina Mae Pirkle, age 92 of Winder, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Elizabeth Durham

Elizabeth Patton Durham, age 84, of Auburn, Georgia passed away July 4, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. (770) 867-1361

Robert Payne

Robert “Bobby” Payne, age 74, of Winder, GA, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770) 867-4553

Rachel Jones

Rachel W. Jones, age 84 of Loganville, passed away July 3, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...

James Wangler

James G. Wangler, age 48, of Tyrone, Ga., died Thursday, July 3, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. 770-564-2726

Irmgard Burgess

Irmgard G. Burgess, age 72 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA 770-962-3100.

Alexandra Jamison

Alexandra J. Jamison, age 45 of Suwanee, GA, passed away July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Rita Mcmahon

Mrs. Rita Lillian (Curry) McMahon, age 76 of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at ...

Marion Troy Mitchell

Mr. Marion Troy Mitchell, age 78, of Buford, GA passed away on Friday, July 4, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Ruby Cleghorn Mitchell; and ...

Larry Stewart

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mr. Larry Stewart, age 59 of Jefferson, Georgia, who passed away on Friday, July 4, 2008. Funeral services will be announced ...