News for Sunday, June 8, 2008

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Fire department reminds county is under burn ban

LAWRENCEVILLE - With the heat - and smog - increasing, Gwinnett fire officials are reminding the public that the county is one of 54 in the state under a burn ban, and to be vigilant when cooking outdoors.

Road closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road closed through June for installation of a 36" 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.

Braves minor league report: Suspension doesn't derail Schafer

It looked like Jordan Schafer might never make a stop with the Gwinnett Braves. That's not necessarily the case now, however.

Our view: Tax freeze is welcome on $4 gasoline

As gas prices flirt with the $4 per gallon mark, motorists are asking for something, anything, that could relieve some pain at the pump.

Must read: Sportscaster, 'Wide World of Sports' host Jim McKay dies at age 86

NEW YORK - Jim McKay, the venerable and eloquent sportscaster thrust into the role of telling Americans about the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics, has died. He was 86.

Wesleyan pitcher battles pain for title

NORCROSS - There have been times throughout Grayson Garvin's high school pitching career in which he has seemed nearly invincible.

Brookwood student wins scholarship to Germany

LAWRENCEVILLE - It's not often a high school student gets to study abroad in Europe without paying a dollar - or a euro.

Tax freeze is welcome on $4 gasoline

As gas prices flirt with the $4 per gallon mark, motorists are asking for something, anything, that could relieve some pain at the pump.

Gwinnett celebrates Trails Day

DACULA - Alison McMillan frequently goes to Little Mulberry Park.

Jacobs rolling for Team Georgia

MCALISTER, Okla. - Parkview's Brandon Jacobs has been on fire for Team Georgia as it has gone 2-1 to start the Sun Belt Classic in Oklahoma.

Births

April 20

Hawkins' attitude driving force for Broncos

SNELLVILLE - Many players could've been satisfied with the junior season Chase Hawkins had for the Brookwood baseball team a year ago.

Sulpy - Henry

Mike and Janette Sulpy of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet Michelle Sulpy of Snellville, to Jacob Andrew Henry of Pewee Valley, Ky., son of Mike and Michelle Welter of Pewee Valley, Ky.

Norcross mayor breaks the mold playing in a jazz band

There's not a lot that's conventional about 56-year-old Norcross mayor Bucky Johnson. Not his lifelong zest for music, nor his knack for playing drums. Not his jazz band, made up of old high school and college buddies, nor his proclivity toward trivia nights at a local restaurant. And certainly not that nickname, nor the fact that he tends to sign e-mails "The Buckster."

Kirsch - Hynes

Curtis and Sue Engelbert Kirsch of Montgomery, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Kirsch of Suwanee, to Jeffrey Scoles Hynes of Suwanee, son of Jack Hynes of Macon and the late Enid Hynes.

Zoning cases

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

State to sink deeper into drought Spring rains weren't enough to erase deficit

LAWRENCEVILLE - Drought conditions in north Georgia are expected to worsen over the summer, and hot, dry weather could exacerbate the situation, the state climatologist said.

Century Center coming to Braselton

"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.

In praise of marriage from a 25-year veteran

Twenty-five years ago next Thursday, my wife Bonnie and I were married. I've never regretted it. Can't speak for her.

Dick and Sally Lord

Richard (Dick) Lord and Sarah (Sally) Childs Lord of Lawrenceville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple married June 15, 1958, in Muscatine, Iowa.

Close with comfort Saari, Kennedy fall just short of U.S. Open berth

It's an odd juxtaposition. John Saari is a young professional golfer, staring his career and working his way through mini tours up toward Nationwide events and hopefully the PGA Tour. Nearly two decades ago Greg Kennedy was in Saari's shoes, but now plays as an amateur out of the TPC at Sugarloaf. In a good year, he'll play 10 to 12 tournaments, but he has two young children and a full-time job that is not playing golf.

The sounds of summer Concerts benefit Monroe merchants

MONROE - Be it bluegrass, cowboy jams or Jimmy Buffett-style beach grooves, the Walton County Historic Courthouse Lawn is alive this summer with the sound of music.

Billy and Christine Malone

William (Billy) Malone Sr. and Christine Malone celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 10 in Snellville at Inviting Events.

AKA sorority to celebrate 100 years of service

NORCROSS - Outfitted in salmon pink and apple green, hundreds of women will walk through Norcross on June 28 to celebrate Alpha Kappa Alpha's 100 years of service - 1.908 miles for the organization's founding in 1908.

People briefs

Franken chosen as Democratic Senate nominee

Suwanee court supervisor first in county to complete certificate program

SUWANEE - Suwanee Municipal Court Supervisor Mariza Abdeljawad is the first court clerk in Gwinnett County to complete the Georgia Council of Court Administrators' educational certificate program.

Scrap metal catches fire Firefighters battle large blaze at recycling plant

LAWRENCEVILLE - For more than eight hours Saturday, Gwinnett County firefighters battled a fire entrenched in a large pile of raw scrap metal at a recycling center in Lawrenceville.

Furr - Coffey

Stephanie Marion Furr and Timothy Michael Coffey were married April 26 at the home of Juanita Stephens.

Rep. Marshall to stay out of presidential race

WASHINGTON - Rep. Jim Marshall won't say whether he thinks Barack Obama would make a better president than John McCain.

Students learn about stocks, make a profit

Even in a bad economy somebody can make money.

Senate candidates to face in debate

Voters can get their first glimpse of all the Democrats running for U.S. Senate on the Web today.

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 May 26-30.

Subdivision boasts first 'conservation community' in Braselton

BRASELTON - One of Donna Bryant's favorite aspects of her home is the view from her backyard.

Pirkle - Souther

Jeff and Toni Pirkle of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter, Torrie Pirkle of Winder, to Dan Souther of Atlanta, son of Joe and Cindy Souther of Winder.

Community Connection: Bartow Morgan Jr.

Bartow Morgan Jr. at age 28 was named chairman and CEO of Lawrenceville-based Brand Banking Company. Seven years later he remains at the helm of the business his great-great-grandfather, E. M. Brand, opened on the Lawrenceville square in 1905.

Girls' World

More than 360 Girl Scouts and scout assistants, known as "Pals," attended Lilburn Girl Scout Day Camp over the past five days at Lilburn City Park.

Menges - Lane

Catherine Elizabeth Menges of Farmersville, Texas, announces the engagement of her daughter, Natalie Brielle Menges of Lawrenceville, to Hayden Joseph Lane of Lawrenceville, son of Drs. David and Donna Lane of Lawrenceville.

Man going on trial in vehicular homicide

LAWRENCEVILLE - The trial for an Alpharetta man charged with first-degree vehicular homicide for allegedly killing a motorist while driving drunk in Suwanee is scheduled to begin this week.

Therapist uses a little horse sense

My friend Grace believes the world would be a happier place if everyone had their own horse. She says interacting with her horses is better than therapy.

Barrow's Chamber to celebrate agriculture with Farm City Tour

WINDER - Barrow County celebrates its agricultural heritage Wednesday with the free Farm City Tour. The tour has been a Barrow County tradition for about 55 years, said Debi Krause, vice president of member services.

World briefs

Car bombings in Baghdad leave at least six dead

100th birthday

Emilie Margaret Bean of Lawrenceville celebrated her 100th birthday May 26. She was born in Harpin, Germany, in 1908.

Town hall meetings an idea worthy of debate

It's pretty obvious what was the most overhyped political story of the past week. The honors clearly go to the Hillary Clinton drama: Will she stand down? Will she endorse? Will she deign to accept the vice presidency? Will she join a monastic order and move to a commune? What a lot of nonsense.

Gwinnett Gab

Lawrenceville resident receives leadership award

Marketplace

Three named to Qore Property's board of directors

Political notebook: Senate candidates to face in debate

Voters can get their first glimpse of all the Democrats running for U.S. Senate on the Web today.

Nation briefs

Shuttle astronauts prepare robot arm for its first use

Success in Iraq bad for Obama

Cutting through all the fog, there are two primary reasons behind Barack Obama's stunning victory over the Clinton machine: authenticity and the war in Iraq.

Community Calendar

Tuesday

State briefs

Atlanta traffic expected to worsen with road closures

Clinton rallies behind Obama

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton suspended her pioneering campaign for the presidency on Saturday and summoned supporters to use 'our energy, our passion, our strength' to put Barack Obama in the White House.

Ruth Ann Gillis

Ms. Ruth Ann Gillis, age 70 of Stone Mountain, GA, passed Friday, June 6, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 ...

Otis Mcneal

Mr. Otis H. McNeal, age 80, of Braselton, Georgia died Saturday, June 07, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Bessie Viva Younes

Mrs. Bessie Viva Younes, age 83, of Athens, Georgia passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Dewey Scott, Sr.

Dewey Daymond Scott, Sr., age 79 of Stone Mountain, GA passed away Friday, June 6, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralservice.com. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral ...

Charles Shirley

Mr. Charles Glenn Shirley, age 77, of Jefferson, Georgia died Saturday, June 07, 2008. Funeral services will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, Georgia, 706-367-5467.

Terry Kerr

Terry D. Kerr, 58, of Duluth, GA, died on June 7, 2008. The funeral service will be held Monday, June 9, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel ...

Jane Scott

Jane D. Scott, age 68 of Snellville, passed away June 7, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com.