News for Sunday, May 18, 2008

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AT&T NOTES: Concessions made for impending rain today

DULUTH - Weather has been an issue all week in the 40th anniversary edition of the AT&T Classic.

Snellville church tempts worshippers with $500 gas raffle

SNELLVILLE - So much for spaghetti suppers: The First Baptist Church of Snellville is fueling its membership drive with a sign in front of its sprawling campus proclaiming 'Free Gasoline.'

Bass - Cutler

Charles and Kathy Bass of Snellville announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Bass of Snellville, to Jonathan Cutler of Auburn, Ala., son of Peter and Nancy Cutler of Auburn, Ala.

Nation briefs

Train derailment, acid leak forces La. evacuation

Sen. Kennedy hospitalized 76-year-old suffers seizure at his home

BOSTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the lone surviving son in a famed political family who helped define national Democratic Party politics, suffered at seizure at his Cape Cod home on Saturday and was recovering in good spirits at a Boston hospital.

Don't throw away future for a drink

The school year is almost over and graduations are upon us. About 9,470 high school seniors are expected to graduate this week from public and private schools in Gwinnett County.

Force ride two-game winning streak into battle with Dragons

For the second time this season, the Georgia Force will take a two-game winning streak and a .500 record into a big game.

Eatery to become offices

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Waffle House off Interstate 85, vacant for at least a year, will be transformed into a three-story office building.

John Linder, Hank Johnson talk about Iraq bill

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling the failed vote for troop funding in Washington last week a victory, but for very different reasons.

What's going on here? Mixed-use development being built in Auburn

"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.

Sexism not why Hillary is behind

Could it be possible that Democratic voters are discriminating against Sen. Hillary Clinton simply because she's a woman? Is sexism the reason she is losing to Barack Obama? Say it ain't so, Gloria Steinem.

Ivy Prep founder announces school's Norcross address

LAWRENCEVILLE - While members of Ivy Preparatory Academy's inaugural class participated Saturday in their first school activity, parents gathered to learn important details about their daughters' new school - such as exactly where the campus will be located.

Auburn police seek candidates

AUBURN - The Auburn Police Department has begun the process of adding new officers after a tumultuous 2007 in which the agency lost more than a fourth of its employees.

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.

Community news

Flowery Branch youth earns rank of Eagle Scout

Norcross adds glass to recycling materials

LAWRENCEVILLE - After years of having to toss their glass in the trash, Norcross residents can finally add it to the recycling bin.

Georgia must do more to stop young people from smoking

I was very disappointed that Gov. Sonny Perdue vetoed House Bill 887, which would have created an advisory committee to recommend to the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker the best tobacco-use prevention and education programs and practices to reduce smoking rates in Georgia.

Clausen - Townsend

Jim and Diane Clausen of Duluth announces the engagement of their daughter, Katie Clausen of Duluth, to Nathan Townsend of Mobile, Ala., son of Randy and Susan Townsend of Mobile, Ala.

Usher - Clack

David and Cheryl Usher of Canton announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Usher of Canton, to Cameron Clack of Hoschton, son of Lindsey and Alice Clack of Hoschton.

32-year-old man dies in wreck

STONE MOUNTAIN - A 32-year-old man died Saturday morning after the minivan he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree, Gwinnett County police said.

Marketplace

Meridian Homes ranked 119th top US builder

Community connection: Matt Lake

Detective Matt Lake, 27, manages to be Lilburn's police spokesman, a full-time college student at Georgia State and father to an infant son in the span of each weekday. But he's used to responsibility. The former Marine once guarded top U.S. dignitaries aboard the HMX-1 helicopter, the Marine equivalent to Air Force One.

Local student artists win technology for classroom

Students at three local schools recently helped win technology for their classrooms from Richardson Technology Systems.

Youth roundup: Renegades win another baseball tourney

The 14-and-under South Gwinnett Renegades won the Haley's Umpire Association Classic at Alberton Park on May 4.

Suwanee to host backyard games to help raise funds for Project Joy

SUWANEE - Move over, China. Suwanee is hosting its own summer games.

Our view: Don't throw away future for a drink

The school year is almost over and graduations are upon us. About 9,470 high school seniors are expected to graduate this week from public and private schools in Gwinnett County.

Gwinnett chapter of Sentinels of Freedom to hold Armed services softball tournament

The Army. The Navy. The Air Force. The Marines.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Action taken

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 May 20 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Apalachee's top chef School's culinary manager wins state award for original recipe

WINDER - Mary Maples has cooked for Barrow County school children for 13 years, first as a food assistant before rising to culinary manager at Apalachee High School. All that practice paid off March 15 when Maples won the state's first-place culinary award from the Georgia School Nutrition Association, an organization that promotes school nutrition.

Crime down in Gwinnett Village

LAWRENCEVILLE - Overall crime has decreased in the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District by nearly a third.

Doing nothing is better than wasting billions of tax dollars

Emory Morsberger wrote a guest viewpoint on April 20 to rebuke comments by Ken Young, who expressed his thoughts on the proposed Brain Train. In his piece, Morsberger said similar commuter systems recommend fare pricing to cover more than 50 percent of operating expenses.

Road Closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Alcovy Road closed March 24 for a month for installation of a force main. The detour is Bramlett Shoals Road to Brooks Road to Martins Chapel to Alcovy Road to Bramlett Shoals Road and the reverse. For more information, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6717.

Sugar Hill beefs up sheriff deputy patrols

SUGAR HILL - Residents of Sugar Hill will soon see law enforcement officers patrolling the streets in cars marked with the city's logo.

Norcross family center celebrates 10 years

NORCROSS - For a decade, the Norcross Human Services Center has been a haven for entire families.

Braves' 9th-inning rally falls just short

ATLANTA - Jack Cust hit a solo home run and Ryan Sweeney added a three-run shot, and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Saturday night to end a season-worst four game losing streak.

You better (not) shop around

As I've often noted in this space, men and women are different. Yeah, I know. It's that kind of stunning insight that makes you want to keep reading this column week after week.

Wood-McCorkle

Angela Nicole Wood and Patrick Ryan McCorkle were married at Mountain Park First Baptist Church on April 12. The Rev. Richard King officiated the ceremony.

Three of a kind Grads take different paths with help from scholarship

LAWRENCEVILLE - Joy Choi, Simone Elder and Jose Hernandez grew up in different areas of Gwinnett County.

Must read: Upstate N.Y. fort to commemorate anniversary of 1758 battle

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. - Before the Civil War and Antietam, the bloodiest battle fought on American soil was here, on a narrow but strategically vital strip of land between Lake Champlain and Lake George.

Obama's path mirroring Reagan's to White House

One way of measuring the current miserable state of the Republican Party is to note that in the past 10 weeks, 55 years of Republican seniority in the House of Representatives were wiped out in three special elections.

Edstrom slogs through rough round

DULUTH - Of the gaggle of marshals and spotters watching every shot of the AT&T Classic, none could find Reid Edstrom's ball in the rough on No. 18 in the five allotted minutes.

Autograph seekers tee up at AT&T Classic

DULUTH - Shay Justice stood star-struck as Greg Norman signed his scorecard less than 10 feet away at the AT&T Classic on Friday.

Cheesman - Hochstein

Larry and Carol Cheesman of Grayson announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooke Cheesman of Salt Lake City, to Justin Lee Hochstein of Clearfield, Utah, son of Leon and Mary Hochstein of Yankton, S.D.

Pawn shop owner angry with denial of expansion

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pawn shop owner said he was "livid" Tuesday after planning commissioners said he should not be able to expand down the street.

Girls Scouts get literal with aviation badge

When I flew up 52 years ago, it was just a routine transition from Brownies to Girl Scouts. All I had to do was be there.

On with the show: A look backstage at the Aurora Theatre's new play within a play

Backstage, the ditzy young starlet who's misplaced her contacts bumps into a doorway - hard - then takes a tumble over a nearby couch.

Political Notebook: John Linder, Hank Johnson talk about Iraq bill

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling the failed vote for troop funding in Washington last week a victory, but for very different reasons.

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. Permit applications received May 9.

Good news from schools: Local student artists win technology for classroom

Students at three local schools recently helped win technology for their classrooms from Richardson Technology Systems.

Thirteen will be first graduates of medical college's Ga. campus

SUWANEE - Thirteen students are graduating with master's degrees in biomedical science today in the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's first commencement.

Big Brown crushes field

BALTIMORE - Not once but twice, jockey Kent Desormeaux sneaked a peek to see if anyone was gaining on Big Brown.

Class of 2008 has highest number of military offers

LAWRENCEVILLE - Along with a record number of graduates, Gwinnett County had its highest-ever number of military academy appointments.

Gwinnett Gab

Local woman crowned Miss Debutante

People briefs

McEntire says she has more fun hosting awards

Mixed-use project proposed near college

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 300 condominiums and a mix of shops and offices have been proposed near Gwinnett Technical College.

Roehrig - Phillips

Claudia and Al Gray of Loganville and Joe Roehrig and Carrie Jewell of Snellville announces the engagement of their daughter, Christina Roehrig of Winder, to Jeffery Phillips of Winder, son of Janis Weldon of Monticello and Alan and Susan Phillips of Hiawassee.

Bolli rolling on alone

DULUTH - Late Friday night, with three holes to play, Justin Bolli was nearly alone on the golf course.

9,470 students ready to graduate

LAWRENCEVILLE - About 9,470 high school seniors are expected to graduate this week from public and private schools in Gwinnett County.

World briefs

Myanmar refuses aid as cyclone refugees wait

College notes

aThe following Gwinnett residents were included in Furman University's dean's list for winter term 2007: Emily F. Perry of Dacula, Bethany L. Ullrich of Dacula, Megan M. Smith of Dacula, Luke L. Browder of Dacula, Kinsey E. Bagwell of Duluth, Justin W. Holloway of Duluth, Elaine R. Castle of Duluth, Joshua J. Chancey of Duluth, Chelsea Feustel of Lawrenceville, Anita Lilani-Virani of Lawrenceville, Shameera A. Punjani of Lawrenceville, Brian C. Settle of Lilburn, Holly N. Stewart of Norcross, Stacey L. Cobb of Snellville, Bethany R. Leggett of Snellville, and Rebecca L. Gieseking of Suwanee.

Howell takes slim lead into final round at AT&T Classic

DULUTH - It's been a while since Charles Howell III has held the lead after 54 holes of a PGA Tour event. So long, in fact, he had to consult his subconscious to remember the last time it happened.

Louis Phillip Padovano

Louis Phillip Padovano, age 67, of Cherokee county, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008. Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia will be in charge of arrangements.

Willie Mae Maddox

MAE ..Mrs. Willie Mae Maddox, age 97, of Winder, GA died May 16, 2008. Carter Funeral Home of Winder is in charge of arrangements. 770/867-136.*1

Martha Lianne Masons

Martha Lianne Masons, age 40, of Lavonia, passed away May 15, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553

John Thorpe

John “Jack” Thorpe., age 78, of Ocean City, NJ passed away Friday, May 16, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service ...

Anna Margaret Tilghman

Anna Margaret Tilghman., age 78, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200.

Edward L. Kennedy

Edward L. Kennedy, 86, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Roger Lamar Lytle

Roger Lamar Lytle, age 74, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online ...

Mamie Jones

Mamie Jones, 79, of Norfolk, VA, passed Friday, May 16, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.

Frank Lee White

Frank Lee White, age 52, of Loganville, GA, passed away Friday, May 16, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, Georgia 30052, 770-466-1544. Please sign ...