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Annual Lawrenceville Farmers' Market starts Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Call it a produce-a-palooza.

Military notes

Army National Guard Pvt. Christopher Mauldin, son of Judy and Mickey Mauldin of Dacula, graduated from Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Miss. Christopher will continue his education as a Cadet at North Georgia College and State University and will pursue a career in the U.S. Army. He is a 2007 graduate of Mill Creek High School.

G-Braves ticket prices steep Highest-priced season passes range up to $2,500 per seat

The announcement the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A farm team was moving from Richmond, Va., to Gwinnett County was met with much enthusiasm when it was made back in January.

Park boasts many features

DACULA - Billy Duryea let his feet dangle in, although instead of a pool of water, the bowl was filled with young skateboarders, including Duryea's son Will.

Births

April 28

The family business Buford firefighter's sons follow in his footsteps

Scott Sheppard never thought his identical twin boys, Brad and Chad, would end up following in his firefighting footsteps.

Lightning injures girl in DeKalb, causes house fires

LAWRENCEVILLE - A mid-afternoon thunderstorm sent a Stone Mountain Park visitor to the hospital and Gwinnett County fire engines scrambling Saturday.

World Briefs

Female suicide bomber strikes soccer fans

Parker - Stewart

Walter and Dorothy Parker of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Mechele Parker of Dacula, to Will Stewart of Dacula, son of Bill Stewart of Dacula and the late Mary Stewart.

Do you believe in magic? High-schoolers participate in construction camp for girls

LAWRENCEVILLE - If you don't already believe in magic, 17 girls in hot pink hard hats with pink toolboxes are ready to prove you wrong.

Snellville to hold annual fishing derby for children

SNELLVILLE - Darryl Johnson of the Atlanta Tightlines Bass Club first started fishing with his father when he was 4 years old. Baiting minnows and watching the bobber float and sink are what he remembers most of those lazy days sitting on the banks of rivers. It's in that spirit that the club will assist the Parks and Recreation Department with the ninth annual Children's Fishing Derby, taking place Saturday at T.W. Briscoe Park.

Buford man chronicles tale of championship team

Douglas Veazey is not a writer. Or at least, he wasn't.

Being a father more than just a biological condition

Our head-long rush to canonize every unwed mother in America has produced a rather curious side effect: We've also begun glorifying the men responsible.

Hassell questions Lasseter's proposal

Illegal immigration isn't just a key issue in the chairman's race this year.

Gwinnett Gab

State group honors Gwinnett Bar

Nye - Bennett

Todd and Billie Muller of Winder and Don and Dottie Nye of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Madeline Nye of Buford, to David Lucas Bennett of Buford, son of Denise Crane of Clayton.

Commission considers change to taxi cab law

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four months after police stopped enforcement of a controversial taxi cab ordinance in Gwinnett, officials are considering changes to the law.

Drowning victim's identity released

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's medical examiner identified the victim of a drowning Friday in the Chattahoochee River.

Shelter program helps to B.U.I.L.D. better dads

It's with pleasure that I devote this column space to a group of special dads. I'm referring to the first class of graduates of Building Up Involved Loving Dads (B.U.I.L.D.) sponsored by the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.

Treadway already proving leadership

Russell Treadway got the members of the Snellville City Council to agree on something Wednesday.

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.

A sad fade

I still remember my first walk toward the 18th green at the TPC at Sugarloaf during the Classic.

Georgia shocks No. 1 Miami

OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia scored four runs in the ninth inning - two on Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez's throwing error - and the Bulldogs came from behind to beat the top-seeded Hurricanes 7-4 in the College World Series on Saturday night.

Tiger delivers prime-time performance

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Open went prime time, and so did Tiger Woods.

Good News From Schools: 3 Gwinnett educators win awards

Three Gwinnett County Public Schools educators have recently received prestigious awards.

Nation Briefs

Mild weather aids Calif. firefighting

Voter registration deadline end of the day on Monday

LAWRENCEVILLE - July's primary election will be about more than deciding on the party nominees for local and state offices.

Schulz - Rockwell

Holger and Marleen Schulz of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Schulz of Lawrenceville, to Jeremy Rockwell of Lawrenceville, son of Roger and Teresa Rockwell of Lawrenceville.

Carter working quickly through Class A

After spending two seasons at the rookie level, right-handed pitcher Anthony Carter is now fast-tracking through Class A in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Community Calendar

Monday

Force reverse 1-3 start into repeat as division champs

DULUTH - When Chris Greisen went down on the quarterback keeper with 24 seconds on the clock, the cheers started to grow.

How to create MAGIC: A builder's manual

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gwinnett Daily Post's summer interns, Jessica Burghaus and Shalini Ramachandran, this past week took part in MAGIC, a week-long construction camp for high school girls. Although Jessica, who attends The University of Georgia, and Shalini, a student at Emory University, are no longer high school students, they still learned a thing or two. Here is a day-by-day account of their experience:

Cedar Rapids flood recedes Des Moines levee fails

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa's second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water.

Hiland - Pethel

Ginger Hiland of Jefferson and Lamar Hiland of Danielsville announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney Rose Hiland of Jefferson, to Gregory Scott Pethel of Braselton, son of Susan Pethel of Braselton and Scott Pethel of Flowery Branch.

College notes

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, honored the following graduating cadets for completing undergraduate degrees during the 2007-08 academic year: Louis Tilton Batson V, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tilton Baston IV of Lilburn, and Alexander Oliver Hunt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Richard Hunt of Lilburn. Hunt received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

Corps of Engineers accepts YMCA plan for Bethel Park

CUMMING - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it has selected the recreation development plan submitted by the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta for Bethel Park on Lake Sidney Lanier in Forsyth County.

Road Closures

Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road will be closed through June for installation of a 36-inch force main. The detour route will be Bramlett Shoals Road to Brooks Road to Martins Chapel Road to Alcovy Road to Bramlett Shoals Road and the reverse. For further information contact the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-7122.

Downtown Duluth's newest addition 'tops out'

DULUTH - The building is only steel and concrete, but about 200 people turned out for the recent "topping out" ceremony for downtown Duluth's newest addition.

Tax Allocation Districts: Worth your vote? No A good idea used badly

As part of the July 15 primary election, Gwinnett County voters are once again being asked to consider a referendum authorizing our county commissioners to create Tax Allocation Districts. This question is being supported by the development community, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street financiers and local politicians.

US must end dependency on oil before crisis gets worse

The gas station guy in my town is exhausted from climbing the ladder every day in order to change the price sign. Of course, it's up, up and away. High gas prices, I predict, will become the biggest issue in the presidential campaign.

A sad fade: Loss of PGA Tour stop melancholy day for local golf fans

I still remember my first walk toward the 18th green at the TPC at Sugarloaf during the Classic.

People Briefs

Paul McCartney gives charity concert in Ukraine

Tim Russert's death leaves a void in politics, journalism

When Tim Russert took over "Meet the Press" in 1991, he was already well-known to political reporters as the shrewd, inventive and very funny flack for Pat Moynihan and Mario Cuomo - a spokesman almost as quotable as those two marvelously gifted speakers.

Sugar Hill expanding Robinson Park to 55 acres

SUGAR HILL - The city of Sugar Hill is in the process of expanding E.E. Robinson Park to 55 acres.

Stanow - Brookes

Mr. and Mrs. David Stanow of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Dawn Stanow of Atlanta, to John Brookes of Peachtree City, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brookes of Peachtree City.

Sherota - Milazzo

Edward and Eileen Sherota of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Sherota of Birmingham, Ala., to Andrew Milazzo of Birmingham, Ala., son of Tony and Diane Milazzo of Birmingham, Ala.

Bergeron, Force rally back

DULUTH - Troy Bergeron's return to action and the start of the Georgia Force's seven-game winning streak both took place on May 3.

Tax Allocation Districts: Worth your vote? Yes To revitalize community

On July 15, Gwinnett voters will decide whether to authorize Gwinnett County "to exercise redevelopment powers under the Redevelopment Powers Law." The law would give Gwinnett County a new tool to revitalize declining and blighted areas, reduce crime and gang activity in the process, and make those areas vibrant parts of our community again through the creation of Tax Allocation Districts, also known as TADs.

Title defended

DULUTH - When Chris Greisen went down on the quarterback keeper with 24 seconds on the clock, the cheers started to grow.

Community Connection: Joe Sorenson

In 1991, Joe Sorenson, holding a fresh degree in a field few had heard of, came to Gwinnett County for a temporary job of making videos. Now, he heads the county's communications department, which produces more than 200 cable television shows a year as well as planning events and writing press releases.

Edwards keeps fans in mind

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Carl Edwards has come a long way from the days when he was handing out business cards to strangers, hoping somebody would give him a shot at moving up the racing ladder.

Gaylord Pearson

Mr. Gaylord Irvin Pearson age 82 of Buford, GA passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral ...

Dean Fordham

Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia announces the death of Mrs. Dean Nix Fordham, age 78 of Athens, Georgia who passed away on Friday, June 13, 2008. Funeral services will be ...

Sara Ward

BETH Sara Beth Ward, age 22 of Lawrenceville passed away June 12, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Kathy Sisson

Kathy Ann Sisson, age 54 of Grayson passed away Friday, June 13, 2008. Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 15, 2008 in the Loganville Chapel of Tim ...

James Staley

James Merritt Staley, age 86, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Lawrenceville, GA after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was preceded in death by his parents, James ...

Duane Anderson

Duane Anderson, age 54, of Loganville, GA passed away Friday, June 13, 2008. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Blanche Abbott. He is survived by his wife ...

Mary Sosenko

Mary Ann Sosenko, age 78 of Lawrenceville, passed away June 14, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Arnetta Thomas

Mrs. Arnetta Downing Thomas 41 of Dacula, GA passed Thursday, June 12, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Hoyt Autry

Hoyt Dwayne Autry, age 67 of Snellville, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign online ...