News for Sunday, May 4, 2008


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States cracking down on use of fake weapons

No handicap here Mill Creek's Moore just like everyone else despite artificial leg

One thing Ricky Moore makes perfectly clear is that if anyone he meets wants to talk about handicaps, he or she had better be talking about golf.

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.

Turner - Drake

Stan and Pam Turner of Dacula announce the engagement of their daughter, Merideth Ann Turner of Dacula, to Rob Drake of Grayson, son of John and Iris Drake of Grayson.

Forum will assess needs of Gwinnett

Few disagree that Gwinnett is experiencing its share of growing pains.

Book club to read life story of a Saudi Arabian princess

LAWRENCEVILLE - The image of an Arabian princess evokes widely different visions. Some regard her as an exotic woman floating in yards of fabric, living a life of petted wealth and opulence amidst harems, belly dancers and camels.

Coming to a neighborhood near you

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 April 25.

Huddle House back in business

BUFORD - George and Jason Perides are spreading a message about the recently reopened Huddle House in Buford: It's not like it used to be.

Majority of local offices contested for primary, election

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett's three Republican stalwarts - Sheriff Butch Conway, District Attorney Danny Porter and Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington - will each gain new terms, after sailing through last week's qualifying period without drawing challengers.

Clinton gives her take on 'The Factor'

SOUTH BEND, Indiana - Well, it took nearly 12 years, but I finally convinced Sen. Hillary Clinton to speak with me on television. Emboldened by Barack Obama's Rev. Wright disaster, the senator is aggressively reaching out to independent voters, many of whom watch 'The Factor.'

Commission considers final OK for TADs

LAWRENCEVILLE - A county commission vote scheduled for Tuesday will be the final determination on whether voters will reconsider the use of tax allocation districts to fund redevelopment.

Parks - McCleary

Patricia Ann Pettway of Loganville and Joseph W. Parks of Jefferson announce the engagement of their daughter, Shelley Renae Parks of Loganville, to Matthew Ryan McCleary of Loganville, son of Rick and Lana McCleary of Lawrenceville.

Buford to host wine, jazz fest

BUFORD - Just in time for the warm weather ahead, the city of Buford and the Buford Business Alliance will host a wine tasting and jazz festival Saturday.

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.

Drawing a crowd Rain doesn't dampen fun of first festival day

SNELLVILLE - It takes more than sporadic fits of rain to keep the "Bible Trivia Tent" down.

Bailey - Boggs

Rickey and Robin Bailey of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter, Leigh Bailey of Winder, to Brad Boggs of Winder, son of Bill and Jane Gaguski of Dacula and Wayne and Brenda Boggs of Marietta.

Community Connection: Dr. Manfred Sandler

On what brought him to medicine:

Petroni sends Wolves to semis Senior scores two in Buford's victory

COLUMBUS - Marianne Cagle admitted her Buford Wolves girls soccer team made some mistakes.

Movies Under the Stars event set for Saturday

LAWRENCEVILLE - If Gwinnettians are feeling the pinch from high gas and food prices, they may find a day in the park as more economical entertainment than a trip to the movies.

People briefs

Winehouse won't sing theme for new Bond movie

Seminar offers marketing and money-saving tips

LAWRENCEVILLE - Paula Bauer wants some marketing advice. She owns Fur Kids, a natural pet products business in Lawrenceville, and her husband is opening an electrical and consulting business.

Relay for Life kicks off Friday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jewell Roberts appreciates compassionate apologies from strangers regarding his two bouts with cancer. Accepting them is the hard part.


March 20

Parties to ask opinions of Iraq, MARTA on ballots

Do local Democrats want to see a time limit set on Iraq? Are Republicans interested in the federal government bailing out bankers and homeowners facing foreclosure?

Duluth invites grads to 50th reunion

DULUTH - Graduates of Duluth High School are invited to attend a school reunion from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school, a school official said.

Enforcement works, and people in Mexico know it

Don't look now, but state enforcement aimed at illegal immigration is proving the obvious: enforcement works.

Eagle 3-peat Collins Hill defends state title, wins third in a row

ALBANY - Collins Hill knows where to sit in Albany.

Maples - Miraglia

Mark Howie and Deb and Jon Arcand of St. Paul announce the engagement of their daughter, Niki Maples of Snellville, to Joe Miraglia of Snellville, son of Dan and Donna Thompson of Dallas.

A hero in recovery The bullet that shattered Cpl. Paul Phillips' arm rocked law enforcement across Gwinnett. Three months later, his spirit is stronger than ever ...

SUGAR HILL - The wound that Cpl. Paul Phillips carries is no ordinary bullet hole. Not even close. It's a red-pink ribbon of scar tissue that winds around his bony left elbow and atrophied forearm, thick and bisected in places like football stitching, gnarled elsewhere like wadded gum.

Yargo event brings boogie, summery fun to the beach

WINDER - New residents of Winder can learn tons about one of the area's prime attractions - Fort Yargo State Park - in a musical, summery setting come Saturday.

Disc golf course will be part of new Alexander Park

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Alexander Park is complete, it will boast the county's second disc golf course.

Stars use PKs to advance Providence wins 2-1

McDONOUGH - Either win a shootout or see your season end. It may sound like a daunting task for some teams, but not for the Providence Christian girls soccer team.

Bergeron leads Force to win WR returns from injury with four TDs

DULUTH - It seemed like everything that went wrong for the Georgia Force in last week's loss to the Arizona Rattlers went right for them Saturday night against New Orleans.

No. 1 Parkview breaks out for 4-0 victory Spence has two goals in win over Newnan

NEWNAN - The top-ranked Parkview girls have played two and a half games of tight soccer in the state tournament.

Public invited to speak at school budget hearings

SUWANEE - The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold two public hearings this week on the district's proposed $1.9 billion budget for the 2008-09 school year.

Wal-Mart puts halt on stores

LAWRENCEVILLE - Wal-Mart's decision Thursday to halt plans that would have put a Supercenter in Duluth is not unusual, experts on the retailer said.

Thompson - Hampton

Jennifer Lynette Thompson and Brian Christopher Hampton were married Dec. 29 in Marietta.

Child hit by ATV, airlifted

AWRENCEVILLE - A five-year-old boy hit by an all-terrain vehicle was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Only sissies can't scarf down a Big Judd burger

When I read that the house specialty at Big Judd's Diner in Ririe, Idaho, is a hamburger made from a whopping one pound of ground beef - appropriately known as the "Big Judd" - I could think of only one logical response:

Losing Sleep GMC's new center emphasizes the importance of diagnosing sleep disorders

LAWRENCEVILLE -On the ground floor of Gwinnett Medical Center, tucked in a corner amid the sterile, white walls and nurses walking about in bright blue uniforms, lies what could be a four-star hotel.

Flowers - Harris

Bob and Cindy Flowers of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Susan Flowers of Buford, to Jerrid Dalton Harris of Dacula, son of Lionel Harris of Dacula and Celee Harris of Flowery Branch.

President touts economic action Bush says hard work

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush, defending his record and his rhetoric, said Saturday that his administration has been 'clear and candid' about the nation's economy.

World briefs

US strike takes out militants in Baghdad holdout

Military News

Cadet Grant W. Johnson will report to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Chase in San Diego as a deck watch officer for his first tour of duty.

Days only go as well as your sleep

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sleep and I are not the best of friends. We used to be - when I was a kid - but I can't remember the last restful night I had.

Gwinnett County Public Schools honors top custodians

Gwinnett County Public Schools recently honored the men and women who are charged with providing students a clean, orderly learning environment.

Beyond providence Fate smiles on Grayson's Sullins before, after brain surgery

Providence doesn't begin to describe the life of Josh Sullins.

Winder project to turn landfill gas into heating energy

WINDER - Winder's gas authority by October will supply the county with natural gas produced at the Oak Grove Landfill on Carl-Bethlehem Road, rather than continuing to pipe it in from Louisiana.

Grandma creates lasting memories with tea for two

It all started in the spring of 2002 when Joyce Holdrich's church sponsored a Daughters of God Tea. As the event grew nearer, the ladies in charge added a request that each woman bring a tea cup that had been handed down to her through her family and to share a story about why it was so special.

Wesleyan, GAC finish neck and neck Gwinnett rivals take 2nd, 3rd at state meet

ALBANY - There weren't too many races involving GAC and Wesleyan in Saturday's finals, but every one mattered.

'Cold Mountain' author to speak at Gwinnett Reads

Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, executive director of the Gwinnett County Public Library and organizer of Gwinnett Reads, has a very important announcement to make.

Our view: Forum will assess needs of Gwinnett

Few disagree that Gwinnett is experiencing its share of growing pains.

Four-car limit gets proposed

LAWRENCEVILLE - Norcross is proposing a new rule that would limit the number of cars parked outside any one home.

Heacox - Hitt

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wesley Heacox of Wilson, N.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Susan Ashley Heacox of Wilmington, N.C., to John David Hitt of Wilmington, N.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Lee Hitt of Hoschton.

What's Going on Here

"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


EMS Technologies to add 48 employees

Must read: Olympic torch hits safer terrain as it arrives in mainland China

SANYA, China - After a much-protested journey, the Olympic torch reached this southern Chinese seaside resort Saturday night, beginning what organizers and Chinese citizens promised would be a trouble-free national tour.

Gwinnett Gab

Norcross center celebrates 10 years

Sex offenders


Edward Merritt

Mr. Edward D. “Snook” Merritt, age 75, of Buford, GA passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Elsie ...

John Kenerly, Jr.

John “Jake” Thomas Kenerly, Jr., age 83 of Hoschton, GA formerly of Lilburn, GA died May 3, 2008. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday May 5, 2008 ...

Lillie Casper

Lillie Delle Casper, age 76, of Winder, GA, passed away May 2, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder, GA, 770-867-4553.

Barbara Norra

Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Norra, age 72, a retired sales associate, of Flowery Branch died Saturday, May 3, 2008. She is survived by husband, Eugene Norra, Flowery Branch; mother ...

Addie Knight

Addie Davis Knight, age 94 of Snellville, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, May 5, 2008 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim ...

Robert L. Bell

Robert L. Bell, age 85, of Duluth, went to be with his heavenly Father on May 2, 2008. Mr Bell was retired from the Lockheed Corporation after 46 years of ...

Martha Bair

Martha Bair, age 73, of Buford, GA, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2008. Arrangements by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, Georgia 30518, 770-945-9345. Please ...

Ludie E. Jones

Ludie E. Jones, 93, of Flowery Branch, GA, passed Friday, May 2, 2008. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-338-5558.