News for Sunday, May 11, 2008


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Race back at forefront of election

Well, Barack Obama should be one happy guy. His big victory in North Carolina has pretty much locked up the Democratic presidential nomination. It is now virtually impossible for Hillary Clinton to defeat him in the popular vote or in the elected delegate category.

Nation Briefs

Hundreds brawl at L.A. high school, broken up by cops

Construction to begin on Bay Creek Park press box

LAWRENCEVILLE - At Bay Creek Park, there will soon be another angle to watch the kids play football.

AT&T Classic searches for identity Golf tournament seeks new sponsorship

DULUTH - The AT&T Classic won't be played next year - well, technically.

GAC falls one run short at N. Oconee

BOGART - With 11 home runs in two games the night before and the wind blowing out to center field, Saturday's deciding game between GAC and North Oconee promised to be a slugfest.

A helping hand 11-year-old volunteers at juvenile diabetes camp

BUFORD - When 11-year-old Jonathan Kalenik found out his friend Cadenn had juvenile diabetes, he wanted to help.

Bush should put signature on farm bill

A bill to govern the federal farm and nutritional programs has been cobbled together, more than half a year late, by leaders on the Senate-House Farm Bill Conference Committee.

Auburn police launch Explorers program

AUBURN - Any young person who might enjoy a career in law enforcement should join the Auburn Police Department Explorers program.

Military News

Air Force Airman Dajaun K. Sellars has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is a 2007 graduate of North Gwinnett High School. Sellars is the son of Rufus Sellars of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Diane Tchaas of Suwanee.

Top-notch comeback Broncos' Erisman hits pair of homers, including walk-off in ninth

SNELLVILLE - The so-called Sports Illustrated jinx has been talked about for years, but Brookwood was beginning to wonder if a possible USA Today jinx wasn't even worse.

Silverbacks battle to tie with Carolina

CARY, N.C. - In their first Southern Derby Cup match of the season, the Atlanta Silverbacks drew even with the Carolina RailHawks 2-2.

Good News From Schools: Perfect on the ACT

Two Gwinnett County Public Schools juniors have one more year of high school to complete before graduation, but they already have an impressive college-entrance test score.

Tour of Atlanta to start in Buford

BUFORD - If you didn't get your fill of world-class cycling during the Tour de Georgia, don't fret. More is on the way. And this time, participants are welcome.

College Notes

Bryan Christopher Thomason of Snellville and Andrea Gomez of Suwanee graduated in December from Western Carolina University. Thomason received a bachelor's degree in social sciences education. Gomez received a bachelor's degree in biology.

Dacula seeks input on future growth

DACULA - By the year 2030, the city of Dacula could field an estimated 630 percent boom in population.

The earlier the finish, the better for Obama

Three days after last Tuesday's primaries seemingly tilted the Democratic presidential nomination decisively toward Barack Obama, the surprising fact was that almost half the party's senators had not announced a choice between him and Hillary Clinton. Twenty-one of the 49 Democratic senators were publicly silent as the last six primaries approach.

Panthers' Lynch three-peats as 800 champion Runner overcomes weeks of fatigue to defend crown

JEFFERSON - For the last two weeks Marcelis Lynch has not been at full strength.

Wedding for son, fiancee should be smooth sailing

The June 14 wedding plans are unfolding for my son Ian and his fiancee Kristen. They hired a wedding planner and a caterer, and as mother of the groom I shouldn't have all that much to do.

Supermom Local matriarch balances school, work, family

LAWRENCEVILLE - As we honor mothers everywhere on this important day of reverence, consider the uncommon case of Tyreene McLean.

People Briefs

Walters refuses to debate with Star Jones

Downtown: Does Gwinnett have one? With 13 cities, the county's central hub remains a mystery

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gladiators and the Force play here. The Gwinnett Braves will soon join them.

Stone Mountain holds wine tours

LAWRENCEVILLE - A little wine goes a long way.

Community connection: Teresa Cantrell

Teresa Cantrell boards 13 horses on the land on which her grandfather used to farm cotton. The former graphic designer is a member of the planning commission and active in county schools. She has lived in her Dacula home with her husband, Mike, and their four children for 12 years.

World Briefs

Myanmar's junta holds referendum despite crisis

State briefs

Former teacher accused of having sex with students

Office, retail center set to open by Christmas

"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

Caudill - Williams

Mr. and Mrs. James Phillip Caudill of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Button Caudill of Jefferson, to Barney Lamar Williams Jr. of Flowery Branch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Lamar Williams Sr. of Flowery Branch.


April 1

Relay sees all walks of life

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 300 school children walked in support of their friends and family in Friday's first Kids' Walk. The walk, which wound around the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, was part of the annual Relay For Life event that raises money to fight cancer.

No rush on pitching prospect Morton

The Atlanta Braves are determined not to rush Charlie Morton. But don't be surprised to see the young right-hander pitching in the major leagues by midseason.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

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 May 20 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Gwinnett gab

Workshop to help new homeowners

Force more focused on win than Jackson Former WR a logistical worry

FLOWERY BRANCH - If any team is familiar with Chris Jackson, it's the Georgia Force.

50th Anniversary

A.R. Fredette and Michiko S. Fredette of Duluth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple married on May 10, 1958, in Ann Harbor, Mich. They celebrated with a family weekend at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, a gift from their daughters and their families. The Fredettes' have two daughters: Cathy F. Nagle and Mary F. De Blasio. They have three grandchildren: Kai De Blasio, Jenna De Blasio and Sean Nagle.

Panther perfect Parkview girls win third state title in four years

CUMMING - Somewhere around 13 minutes left in Saturday night's Class AAAAA state championship game, South Forsyth floated a long ball into the Parkview penalty box.

Sen. Johnny Isakson says he'll seek re-election

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson tried to lay the rumors to rest last week, announcing that he would seek re-election to the Senate in 2010 instead of a much-talked-about gubernatorial race.

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.

Must read: Artificial reef near Miami is cemetery, diving attraction

MIAMI - About 45 feet beneath the ocean's surface lies a cemetery with gates, pathways, plaques and even benches.

College football fans dissed again

To most college football fans, the need for a playoff system is so obvious it's almost embarrassing, like when you see some old guy with a really awful comb-over and wonder why everybody realizes it except him.

Mother's Day service marks 100 years

GRAFTON, W.Va. - On this 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, the woman credited with creating one of the world's most celebrated holidays probably wouldn't be pleased with all the flowers, candy or gifts.

Barrow BOC to consider borrowing money to run sewer to new school

WINDER - Barrow County's new school on Mulberry Road might be a little closer to materializing, although the county will have to borrow money to pay for the sewer.

Comets can't knock out Kell in Game 3

MARIETTA - South Gwinnett couldn't quite deliver the knockout blow when it had its chance in Game 3 of its first-round Class AAAAA state baseball series with Kell.

Blanton - Lantrip

Mike and Nancy Blanton of Hoover, Ala., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Blanton of Atlanta, to Adam Lantrip of Atlanta, son of Mark and Lisa Lantrip of Atlanta.

Owners, pets invade park for PawFest

LAWRENCEVILLE - Chuck and Angela Smith of Lilburn were led all over Rhodes Jordan Park on Saturday by Indy, the couple's pet pooch.


LXE Inc. opening Canadian center

Our view: Bush should put signature on farm bill

A bill to govern the federal farm and nutritional programs has been cobbled together, more than half a year late, by leaders on the Senate-House Farm Bill Conference Committee.

Road closures

· Burns Road at Dickens Road will require intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May for roadway improvements.

McMillan - Bomar

Sara Elizabeth McMillan and Lt. Aaron Ray Bomar were married Feb. 2 at The Carl House in Auburn. The Rev. James Pate officiated the ceremony.

James Hughes

James Harold Hughes, age 63, of Auburn, GA, passed away May 10, 2008. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-277-4550.

Ruth Brunache

Mrs. Ruth Brunache, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home ...

Norman Waters

Norman Waters, 82, of Snellville, GA, died May 10, 2008. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May12th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Norcross ...

James Williams

James F. Williams, age 78, of Bethlehem formerly of Lawrenceville, GA died on Friday, May 9, 2008 doing what he loved to do, working in the garden. He is survived ...

Gregory Capps, Ii

Gregory “Mark” Capps, II, age 21, of Lilburn, GA died May 8, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville ...

Celia Poss

Celia Stewart Poss, age 66 of Monroe, formerly of Lawrenceville, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, May 12, 2008 in the Chapel ...