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Community invited to review proposed curriculum

LOGANVILLE - Parents and community members interested in participating in a statewide evaluation of proposed curriculum materials can visit Grayson High School until mid-July to review the materials, including textbooks, officials said.

Real estate partners demonstrate flogo clouds

BRASELTON - You gaze up at the blue sky and see the words "Atlanta Braves" floating in the wispy clouds overhead. No, it's not just your baseball-crazy imagination. It's a Flogo.

If waste plan is viable, it should be placed before voters

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's waste management proposal endorsed by county officials needs to facilitate increased citizen dialogue.

The Shire coming to Dacula

"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

GJAC celebrates 20 years

LAWRENCEVILLE - Twenty years ago, it was the "white elephant" of Gwinnett - a 500,000-square-foot monstrosity that few people admired and many protested.

Nation briefs

Omaha residents face up to a week without power

Development Permit Applications

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 16-20.

Births

April 23

Coming on strong Now a pro, Weir gunning for return to Olympics

A major part of their coach-athlete relationship is humor-based.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

CASES - ACTION TAKEN: The following action was taken by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Golfing Gwinnett: Marschke finds sport and just gets better

Even at 13 years old, it's hard to believe Garrett Marschke is new to golf.

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.

World briefs

Pakistan attacks Taliban hideouts

Youth Roundup: Buford rallies to take USTBA state title

The Buford Wolves 14U travel baseball team rallied from a 14-2 deficit to defeat the NYO Red Devils 15-14, in the championship game of the USTBA Georgia State Championship.

Suwanee mother on track with battling cancer

Today will be a big day for Genie Quinn. The Suwanee resident is taking on a one-third mile swim, an 18-mile bike ride and a three-mile run. And for a 57-year-old who never participated in sports in her life, those are pretty big steps.

Lester - Ernst

Jack and Glenda Lester of Loganville announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lester of Loganville, to Troy Ernst of Grayson, son of Harold and Jean Phillips of Columbia, S.C.

College Notes

Robert Scott of Lilburn was one of about 650 graduates who received diplomas May 10 at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

County hopes to cut fuel usage

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County government officials are taking steps to conserve fuel as gas prices peak this summer.

Community Connection: Mike Smith

Deputy Chief Michael Smith, 55, is a firefighter's firefighter. As Countywide Tour Commander, Smith is in charge of Gwinnett's four battalions and 28 stations that serve nearly 800,000 residents. Though his job is enormously stressful, he carries out his duties with wit and warmth - and the know-how of a veteran nearing 35 years on the job.

Sunrise Senior Living donating books to children's hospitals

LAWRENCEVILLE - The residents of Sunrise Senior Living at Webb Gin know it's never too late to give back to the community.

Like mother, like daughter Lawrenceville duo graduate from college at the same time

LAWRENCEVILLE - Denise Daniels didn't plan to graduate from college at the same time as her daughter.

Gwinnett Gab

Norcross resident crowned Mrs. Georgia America

Rohr - Henry

Wendy Michelle Rohr and Jeffrey Scott Henry were married May 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. Dr. Davis Chappell and the Rev. Andrew Lewis officiated the ceremony.

To the editor: If waste plan is viable, it should be placed before voters

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful's waste management proposal endorsed by county officials needs to facilitate increased citizen dialogue.

S.C. teen killed at Six Flags

AUSTELL - A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said.

Stone Mountain Village receives recognition

LAWRENCEVILLE - Stone Mountain's revitalization efforts were recognized last week, when the city's village was accredited as a 2008 National Main Street Program.

City leaders against Green's tax plan

Gwinnett taxpayers may be excited about the tax debate launched in the Gwinnett County commission chairman's race, but city leaders are asking the candidates to proceed with caution.

Cities put on variety of events for Fourth of July

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's that time of year again when explosions of red, white and blue dance in the night sky to celebrate our country's birthday. And there's no better way to join the festivities than to enjoy a day of free concerts, family activities, fireworks and a movie at the Mall of Georgia's Fabulous Fourth celebration. For the first time ever, the event will span two days, starting at 2 p.m. Friday and ending at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Florida not being very neighborly with water

As I drove out of my neighborhood this week, my neighbor's yard was yet another stark reminder of what the draining of Lake Lanier is doing to our state. The neighbor, who always had a full annual flower bed, had decided not to plant this year. And lawns that are normally bright green in the summer have begun turning brown.

Officials name Flynt chief academic officer

SUWANEE - A former high school principal who recently advanced to an administrative role in Gwinnett County Public Schools has received another promotion, school district officials said Friday.

People briefs

Tyler: Rehab was for dependency on medication

City offers park space to sports teams

SUGAR HILL - On several Tuesday mornings this summer, football players from North Gwinnett High School visit E.E. Robinson Park in Sugar Hill to hone their skills for the upcoming season.

Cain - Rhea

Martha Meroney Cain and Michael Webster Cain of Clermont-Ferrand, France, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Michelle Cain of Wake Forest, N.C., to Jeffrey David Rhea of Raleigh, N.C., son of James and Phyllis Rhea of Rocky Mount, N.C.

Our view: MARTA will help county traffic woes

Gwinnett County has had this chance before. In 1990, voters were given the choice: Bring MARTA to Gwinnett or not? They voted for the latter.

Obama's advantage

Right now, the smart money is betting the next president of the United States will be named Obama, and dollars are the primary reason why. As you may have heard, the senator has flip-flopped on public campaign financing and now says he will not accept it, even though he once thought it was a swell idea.

UC Berkeley tree-sitters hanging on to protest 18 months later

BERKELEY, Calif. - In December 2006, protesters angry about campus expansion plans clambered into the branches of a threatened oak grove at the University of California, Berkeley.

Norcross picks McMillan to replace Martin Assistant coach chosen in speedy interview process

To replace a highly successful coach like Eddie Martin, Norcross turned to someone who has been around the program even longer than the 400-game winner.

Gwinnett Glows in 20th year

LAWRENCEVILLE - Seven months pregnant, Debbie Adam had to coordinate the move of hundreds of workers into the new Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Svela - Crews

Dennis and Rosemary Svela of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Nicole Svela of Montgomery, Ala., to Thomas Clint Crews of Montgomery, Ala., son of John Crews Sr. and Sonia Crews, both of Montgomery, Ala.

Only the beginning Georgia Gwinnett College holds first-ever graduation ceremony

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Saturday said the roles played by the 17 inaugural graduates of Georgia Gwinnett College could help the school become one of the premier institutions of the 21st century.

Radio host Porch visits retirement community

LAWRENCEVILLE - Ludlow Porch is a radio talk show host, a voice-over actor and an author, but the Southern humorist said his favorite job is delivering speeches.

Fire stations to be considered by BOC

LAWRENCEVILLE - Commissioners will consider a construction contract Tuesday to build two fire stations.

Military News

Army Pvt. Austin C. Morris, son of Gary and Sherry Morris of Duluth, has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.

New rules for 21st century etiquette

Etiquette, they say, is the oil that lubricates social interaction. Unfortunately, like oil, most people these days seem to be trying to use as little as possible.

Roberts - Fields

Emily Brooke Roberts and David Thornton Fields were married Nov. 11 at Epiphany Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dale Sillik officiated the ceremony.

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.

Study shows presidents really are dumbing down

People campaign for the presidency by talking their heads off. By the time the winner reaches the White House, the habit is so ingrained that it is impossible to shake.

Levee gives as river pushes on

WINFIELD, Mo. - A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of the small community of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river.

Allison - Quartermaine

Mike and Laurie Allison of Lawrenceville announce the engagement of their daughter, Mandy Allison of Lawrenceville, to Johnathan Quartermaine of Lawrenceville, son of John and Sherry Quartermaine of Lawrenceville.

Web Words: MARTA

Gwinnett voters will have the choice in the July 31 primary election whether to bring MARTA to the county via a one-cent sales tax. Bringing MARTA to Gwinnett was defeated in 1990, the last time county residents voted on the issue.

Williams - Harris

Larry and Donna Williams of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth Williams of Alpharetta, to Matthew Stephen Harris of Alpharetta, son of Mark and Elizabeth Harris of Snellville.

David Lamb

David Michael Lamb, age 69 of Suwanee, passed away Friday, June 27, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 2 PM Monday, June 30, 2008 in the Lawrenceville Stateroom of Tim ...

Helen Moloney

Helen Ruth Moloney, age 94 of Lawrenceville, died June 27, 2008. Mrs. Moloney was born in Chicago, IL, was a homemaker and a member of Gwinnett Hall Baptist Church. The ...

Blanche Paschall

Blanche Wages Paschall, age 77, of Norcross, GA formerly of Decatur, GA, died on Friday, June 27, 2008 at Peachtree Christian Hospice. She is survived by: Sons and Daughter-in ...

Curtis Keegan

Robert Curtis Keegan, age 19, of Lilburn, died June 26, 2008. He is survived by his parents, William E. and Sherry J. Keegan of Lilburn; his sister, Victoria E. Keegan ...

Prisi Vasquez

Little Prisi Yesenia Vasquez, age 3 1/2 years old, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2008. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in ...