News for Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Meeting with governors a step in right direction for Obama

WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama meets Tuesday in Philadelphia with governors of both parties, an added dimension of the credit crisis and financial meltdown will come into focus.

Our view: Hard work pays off for Brookwood

This was a week to reflect and give thanks. And when Brookwood High School principal Debbie Dees did so, she no doubt was thankful for a faculty, student body and community that helped her school become a Georgia School of Excellence.

Transportation vote could come soon

With tolls the most recent talk of transportation funding in Gwinnett, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said progress has been made to fulfill the multi-billion road funding gap.

Births

Sept. 7

New park to open Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Edward Simmons' condominium's basketball courts used to be the popular place for teenagers to hang out, so much so that kids who did not live in the neighborhood began playing there.

Holiday Calendar

Monday

Lack of competition biggest complaint of trash plan

Lack of competition biggest complaint of trash plan

Political notebook: Transportation vote could come soon

With tolls the most recent talk of transportation funding in Gwinnett, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said progress has been made to fulfill the multi-billion road funding gap.

Tech wins, but no ACC title game

ATHENS - While Georgia Tech was breaking its seven-year drought against archrival Georgia, its Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game aspirations were being decided in another in-state rivalry about 376 miles to the north.

Memories sought in Barrow museum redo 'Spiffy' unveiling planned for Saturday

WINDER - For those with mental relics of the late C. Fred Ingram - a community relic himself - the Barrow County Museum wants to hear from you.

Community Connection: Heather Sawyer

Gwinnett public relations specialist Heather Sawyer is often seen on television reading agenda items at Board of Commissioners' hearings. She loves to read and to ski, and has recently taken up bike riding with her husband.

Chambliss battles for political survival

GAINESVILLE - Republican Saxby Chambliss likes to say he never expected to be at the 'epicenter of the political world,' but that's exactly where he finds himself as he battles for his political survival in the last big election of 2008.

Hard work pays off for Brookwood

This was a week to reflect and give thanks. And when Brookwood High School principal Debbie Dees did so, she no doubt was thankful for a faculty, student body and community that helped her school become a Georgia School of Excellence.

Buford to kick off Christmas season with parade

BUFORD - To kick off the Christmas season, Buford will host its holiday parade Saturday, with festivities starting at 11 a.m.

Collins Hill hosts Latin competition

Collins Hill High School recently hosted the first Turkey Buzz Off, a certamen - or Latin quiz bowl competition - in which teams from 11 Georgia high schools participated.

World Briefs

100,000 stranded in Thailand after airport shut

Dad's advice even more relevant today

One of the things I am deeply grateful for this Thanksgiving season is that my father was a frugal guy and made a big deal out of it. A child of the Depression, William O'Reilly Sr. hoarded his dollars and lectured his children on saving, not spending, money.

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.

Man, 23, dies in car crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 23-year-old Lawrenceville resident died Saturday afternoon in a fatal traffic collision, the second in Gwinnett County in as many days.

Button Theatre to present cabaret, silent auction

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sleigh bells may ring, will you be listening?

New Salvation Army store in Duluth seeking donations

DULUTH - Donations are being accepted for the largest Salvation Army store in the Atlanta area, which will open in Duluth in January.

Nation Briefs

Fetus at Detroit wastewater plant

Local bocce players score with community service

I thought it was really cool when the county constructed bocce courts at Ronald Reagan Park. In the spirit of cultural diversity, I loved the gesture to recognize the first nationality to introduce cultural diversity to our continent - the Italians.

Runoff attracting early voters US senate, PSC, court, city races may see 40 percent turnout

LAWRENCEVILLE - Enid Barnwell has already cast her ballot.

Littrell - Oates

Stanley Littrell of Tiger announces the engagement of his daughter, Jessica Nichole Littrell of Lawrenceville, to William Justin Oates of Lawrenceville, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ray Oates of Lilburn.

Big win, forgotten With Lions waiting, Grayson doesn't celebrate long

LOGANVILLE - It didn't take long for the question to come.

Letter to the editor: Lack of competition biggest complaint of trash plan

Lack of competition biggest complaint of trash plan

Prep Roundup: Joseph leads Grayson to tournament crown

COMMERCE - Erika Joseph's double-double led Grayson to a 50-38 win over Hart County and a tournament title in the East Jackson Tournament on Saturday.

English tradition hits Duluth Organizers of car boot sale hope it becomes community event

DULUTH - When Stacie Stamper lived in England, she enjoyed going to car boot sales, a British tradition in which people sell household goods from the boots - or trunks - of their cars.

Gwinnett Gab

Gwinnett students participate in leadership and media training

Nature or nurture, boys will always be boys

From the Nut-Doesn't-Fall-Far-From-the-Tree Department, here's a recent exchange between my fifth-grader and his teacher, who was explaining to her class some of the finer points of short story writing:

Military News

Jerry Bradford of Suwanee, a member of the Georgia State Defense Force, was promoted to brigadier general and assumed command of the GSDF on Nov. 16.

Jolly old Saint Nick Santa Claus to make a stop in Suwanee on Saturday

SUWANEE - Santa Claus is coming to Suwanee.

Martin looks to oust Sen. Chambliss

MILLEDGEVILLE - Democrat Jim Martin has heard it before: he's too nice to win the big election. But the mild-mannered former state lawmaker has already surprised many by forcing his way into a runoff with Sen. Saxby Chambliss, an incumbent who once seemed invincible.

60th anniversary

Ray and Beulah Lockridge of Lawrenceville celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Nov. 21. The couple were married in 1948 on the Lawrenceville Square. They have four children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lists of Hope Nonprofits share holiday wish lists

Just as children in Gwinnett County may be thinking about, or even already writing, their holiday wish lists, nonprofit organizations that serve Gwinnett County have made their own lists for this holiday season to help continue the work they do in the community. Wish list items range from financial donations to the gifts of volunteers' time. In light of current economic conditions, perhaps time spent helping others is a gift we all could give.

Wasting away Southern Sanitation owner says plan will put him out of business

LAWRENCEVILLE - Going, going, gone.

People Briefs

Nelly's party will include new scholarships

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.

Third-quarter swoon spurs upset effort

ATHENS - When Georgia broke an eight-game losing streak to Georgia Tech in 1957, Bulldog fans had one main identifiable hero - Theron Sapp - as the man who helped their team "break the drought."

Byrnes - Gray

Mr. and Mrs. Garrett J. Byrnes of Buford announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Ashlee Byrnes of Athens, to Silas Dorsey Gray of Athens, son of Daisy Gray of Griffin and the late Alan Gray.