News for Sunday, November 16, 2008


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Barrow fire training preview of things to come

WINDER - For a glimpse of the future, Barrow County firefighters recently dipped a few dozen miles downstate to Morgan County, home of historic Madison and a seriously high-tech training facility.

Harris lifts Nets past Hawks 119-107

ATLANTA - Devin Harris' confidence is soaring, just like his scoring.


July 1

Hours at all Barrow libraries extended

WINDER - Book worms of Barrow County rejoice! Each library in your county is now open more hours every day.

Student launches food program for families in need

Katie Montelin is one of those fresh-faced high school beauties who looks as though she doesn't have a care in the world. A sweet, funny, popular young woman, Montelin is a cheerleader on the Collins Hill High School varsity basketball squad and a high-achieving senior. Her future looks very bright.

Tour de Georgia cancels race

ATLANTA - The Tour de Georgia canceled its 2009 race because of financial struggles, yet plans to return in 2010.

Nation Briefs

Gunfire erupts in lobby of Waldorf-Astoria

Flowers - Harris

Sara Susan Flowers and Jerrid Dalton Harris were married July 5 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Sautee. Father Scott Kidd officiated the ceremony.

Must Read: India joins elite club as country plants its flag on moon

NEW DELHI - India rejoiced Saturday at joining an elite club by planting its flag on the moon as the country's space agency released the first pictures of the cratered surface taken by its maiden lunar mission.

Holiday Calendar


World Briefs

Iraq's Cabinet to vote on security pact with US

Road Closures

· Buford Dam Road from Stewart Road to Sycamore Road will close early December through mid-January for installation of a 72-inch pipeline. The detour route will be Buford Dam Road to Jimmy Dodd Road to Sycamore Road and Buford Dam Road and the reverse. For further information, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6742.

Maryland knocks off No. 17 UNC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Playing on a wet field, facing a tough North Carolina defense and starting 82 yards from the end zone, Maryland desperately needed a score to keep alive its run of success against ranked teams.

Our view: Charities lose out as pro golf hits the road

This week's announcement that Gwinnett County will not host a professional golf tournament in 2009 may seem insignificant to people who don't follow the sport. But it's a big loss to the county and the charities that benefited from the tournament.

People Briefs

'Today' show's Ann Curry struggling up Kilimanjaro

Bare cupboards Local food co-ops are in need this time of year

LAWRENCEVILLE - A bare pantry is one of the worst situations in which a food cooperative can find itself, but some local organizations that provide food to those in need are in need themselves this holiday season as record numbers of people are seeking assistance and those numbers are increasing.

Local man honored for development efforts

LAWRENCEVILLE - There are only three master Georgia downtown development professionals in the state, and one works right here.

Butkovich - Bailey

John Butkovich of Atlanta and Judy Butkovich of Lilburn announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Butkovich of Lilburn, to Michael Bailey of Lawrenceville, son of David and Judy Bailey of Lawrenceville.

Elam welcomes Broncos to Atlanta Falcons kicker spent 15 years in Denver

ATLANTA - Before every game, Jason Elam envisions himself lining up for a game-winning field goal.

Wildfires threaten California

LOS ANGELES - Southern Californians weathered a second straight day of devastation Saturday as wind-blasted wildfires destroyed hundreds of homes, shut down major freeways and forced thousands of residents in the path of flames to flee to safety.

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 Nov. 3 through 7.

Community park coming to Norcross

"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

Ga. Senate runoff set to begin

LAWRENCEVILLE - Voters can begin casting ballots this week in the rematch for U.S. Senate between incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

Where Gwinnett Plays County's park system named best in nation

LAWRENCEVILLE - At the playgrounds, new parents push their babies, laughing as they rise into the air on swings. The bigger kids run and play, learning to kick their first soccer ball or take a swing at a baseball.

Commissioners consider Partnership funding

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the second time, Gwinnett commissioners will consider funding the county economic development and quality of life initiative Partnership Gwinnett.

Parade to bring Santa to Stone Mountain Village

STONE MOUNTAIN - While a trip to Stone Mountain Park's Christmas Village could be too much for a family to afford this holiday, the city's Village will have a free festivity.

Palin remains a punching bag despite the campaign's end

Can someone please explain to me why Sarah Palin is still getting trashed a week after the election? I understand that the left-wing media hammered her during the campaign because they obviously favored Obama, and I also realize that scapegoating has become a national sport. But isn't enough enough with Gov. Palin?

Mann's free throws seal win Brookwood boys hang on for 68-61 win

SNELLVILLE - Opening against a team that had won 25 games the season before was a tough way to start for the Brookwood girls. The Broncos boys had at least a little easier task.

Disciplinary panels up in GCPS

SUWANEE - Gwinnett County Public Schools has seen a slight increase in the number of disciplinary panels in the first quarter of the school year compared to last year, but an administrator said he expects the school system will see an overall decrease in panels by the end of the year.

Full of cheer Mill Creek squad wins first state championship

HOSCHTON - Mill Creek High School's competition cheerleading squad, the Cheerhawks, recently soared to the top, taking home a title from the state cheerleading championship in Columbus.

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.

Humphrey - Whitaker

Jodi Leigh Humphrey and Jeffrey Lee Whitaker were married Oct. 4 at the Thompson House and Gardens in Bogart. Pastor Craig Kingston officiated the ceremony.

Linder fundraiser held in Grayson

Just nine days after securing his ninth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. John Linder was already back to fund raising.

Political Notebook: Linder fundraiser held in Grayson

Just nine days after securing his ninth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. John Linder was already back to fund raising.

History says Republicans can turn it around quickly

The deeper one digs into the returns from this last election, the more portentous the results seem.

College grads give back to their alma mater

Before they donned their black caps and gowns, the entire Georgia Gwinnett College graduating class of 2008 either pledged or contributed to the state's newest institution's foundation.

Author to discuss book

LAWRENCEVILLE - Author Michael Largo will discuss his work and sign copies of his books at the Gwinnett County Public Library Suwanee branch Monday.

When all else fails, read the owner's manual

When my friend Patti-Jo invited me to go with her to a car care clinic for women at Eddie's Automotive Service in Lilburn, I said no thanks. I already know everything I need to know about how to take care of my car.

Gwinnett Gab

Primerica gets Metropolitan Partnership in Aging Award

Community Connection: Don Brooks

Retired elementary school principal Ron Brooks made a career in music education and school administration. The 74-year-old Buford resident now spends his time directing the Gwinnett Community Band and enjoying the game of golf.

New trash program provides good value

On Jan. 2, waste and recycling services will improve in Gwinnett and residents will have one go-to organization for service monitoring and enforcement. The new program, "A Greener Tomorrow Begins Today," will be managed by GCB Services.

G-Braves to hold mascot tryouts

LAWRENCEVILLE - Are you entertaining, engaging, outgoing, calm under pressure and fun?

Run For Shelter event nets $5K for homeless

GRAYSON - It wasn't about smoking the competition. The meaning was the point.

Nail Biter UGA holds off another late rally

AUBURN, Ala. - Georgia coach Mark Richt is getting tired of 'dodging bullets' and coming from behind for close wins in the final minutes.

Police looking for suspects in separate bank robberies

LAWRENCEVILLE - Authorities are looking for two suspects involved in separate bank robberies in Gwinnett County. They are hoping the public can help.

Charities lose out as pro golf hits the road

This week's announcement that Gwinnett County will not host a professional golf tournament in 2009 may seem insignificant to people who don't follow the sport. But it's a big loss to the county and the charities that benefited from the tournament.

Blog: Silver linings in a shootout loss

The Gladiators lost in a shootout - again - on Saturday night against South Carolina. It was the third shootout loss I've seen this season. But at least Gwinnett scored once this time. The two previous shootouts ended without the Gladiators ever getting a puck home.

Adolescent angst pales next to parental variety

What kind of parent am I? I often ask myself that question - especially after another phone call from one of my kids teachers.

40th anniversary

James E. Tucker Jr. and Shannon L. Tucker of Lawrenceville celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday. The couple was married in 1968 at Calvary Baptist Church in Athens. They have one child, Michelle Law, and two grandchildren, Alicia Sean Law and MaKenna Shay Law. The couple celebrated with a dinner and renewal of vows with family and friends at their daughter's home. The couple then took a trip to Myrtle Beach.

Gladiators fall in shootout 3-2

DULUTH - Playing against his former teammates in his Gwinnett Gladiators' debut, goalie Josh Johnson was spectacular in overtime with three breakaway saves. But he was ever so slightly outdone by South Carolina netminder Michal Neuvirth in a shootout.

Principal for a Day program is this week

LAWRENCEVILLE - This week, 110 business and community leaders will learn about the daily responsibilities of Gwinnett's educational leaders as they become principals for a day.