News for Sunday, November 9, 2008


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Snellville church to host concert Thursday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Snellville is one stop on a 30-city fall tour for Christian pop/rock band Superchick.

Two names to be added to memorial

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials will honor two Gwinnettians who died in Operation Enduring Freedom at a ceremony Veterans Day.

Our view - Timing of job cuts too convenient

The domino effect of the nation's economic crisis hit Gwinnett County's government this week as the county announced the elimination of 93 positions - about 2 percent of its work force.

Students collect care packages for troops

LAWRENCEVILLE - Three Georgia Gwinnett College students are collecting donated items for care packages that will be shipped overseas to deployed military troops.

Lion kings Peachtree Ridge pulls state title shocker

CARROLLTON - One by one, members of the Peachtree Ridge boys cross country looked at the crowded board with the team standings.

Details of trash plan available New disposal areas, haulers start Jan. 2

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two questions have been answered regarding Gwinnett's new solid waste plan set to take effect Jan. 2 - how much will it cost me and who is picking up my trash?

L.E.A.D. program celebrates first graduation

DULUTH - Reality television, meet reality government. And because of this reality government some of Duluth's more engaged residents now know a whole lot more about how their city works.

Nation briefs

Police: 90-year-old lived with bodies of 3 dead siblings

Giving spirit It's now the season for toy donations

WINDER - Though the extra Tootsie Rolls are barely eaten up, and the front porch jack-o'-lantern's hardly wilted, the season of toy donations is sweeping Barrow County like a frosty gale.

Wolves Ramsey wins A crown Nerves don't slow sophomore

CARROLLTON - Erika Ramsey never gets nervous before a race.

Everblades blank Gladiators 4-0 Loss drops Gwinnett to 2-4-2 on year

The Florida Everblades shut down the Gwinnett Gladiators in a 4-0 win Saturday night at the Germain Arena in Ester Florida.

DeKalb County loses track of numerous citation

DECATUR - Internal court e-mails show that the DeKalb County Recorders Court has lost track of hundreds of thousands of citations, costing the county and state possibly tens of millions of dollars in uncollected fines.

Event to benefit AIDGwinnett

BUFORD - Students at a Gwinnett County medical college have organized a performance-based benefit and silent auction to raise both awareness of the continuing AIDS dilemma and funds to enhance the work of AIDGwinnett.

World briefs

Canadian TV reporter freed after abduction

Now that he's elected, which way will Obama go?

The fascinating thing about Barack Obama's election is that few Americans seem to know exactly how the man is going to govern. Will he be a Nancy Pelosi enthusiast, a far-left guy? Or will he move to the center like President Clinton did? Even his devoted followers don't really know how he will initially use his power.

Veterans' monument dedicated

GRAYSON - Veterans Day will be officially celebrated Tuesday by Americans at home and abroad. But it began a little early this year for Charles Ford.

People briefs

Leguizamo back on Broadway

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.

Six in a row Collins Hill, Winslow defend state titles

CARROLLTON - It doesn't matter how many times Collins Hill wins the cross country state championship, it never gets old.

First home game for new Jackets fan a thrill

A few weeks ago, I announced that I would be rooting for Georgia Tech this season despite being a University of Tennessee graduate and lifelong Vols fan.

Gwinnett bands to march in Christmas parade

The marching bands at Brookwood High and Collins Hill High have been selected to perform in the 28th annual Children's Christmas Parade.

Suwanee purchases warehouse

SUWANEE - Suwanee recently purchased a warehouse that will be used by the city's 12-member public works department.

Coming to a community near you: Zoning cases

ZONING CASES - ACTION TAKEN: Here's a look at the actions taken on rezonings and other requests made of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission at its Wednesday meeting.

Community news

Miss Parkview Pageant held

Braving the Pain: Youngster fights rare disease with courage

The sign, one of several on the hospital's walls, likely goes unnoticed by many parents on trips to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

History in bricks

Taking a look at four of the most notable historic places in Gwinnett County ...

Discount Tire to be completed by January

"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

Reeling Republicans can learn a thing or two from governors

After the celebrations of the success of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and the congressional Democrats, it is time to tip the hat to some other people - with names such as John Hoeven, Jon Huntsman, Jim Douglas and Mitch Daniels. They are Republicans re-elected Tuesday as governors of North Dakota, Utah, Vermont and Indiana.

Letter to the editor: Take time to thank, remember veterans

The historic election of 2008 has given us much cause for reflection as we approach what may be relegated to just another Veterans Day observance that becomes lost in the clamor of political jargon, economic news and holiday hysteria.

Coleman - Embry

Mr. and Mrs. John G. Coleman of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Ruth Coleman of Duluth, to Brett Wade Embry of Duluth, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Embry of Duluth.

Community connection: Angie Conley

If you call 911 in Gwinnett, chances are your emergency is coming under the auspices of Angie Conley, who oversees the county's bustling 911 Center. Its roughly 100 dispatchers handled more than a half-million emergency calls last year alone. In here, lunch breaks are never guaranteed.

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 more information, call the Department of Water Resources at 678-376-6742.

ARC offers environmental certification for local governments

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Atlanta Regional Commission now offers a voluntary environmental certification initiative for which any city in Gwinnett or the county government can apply. Call it the commission's "Green Housekeeping Seal of Approval."

Political Notebook: Unmarried women give support to Martin, Obama

A research group is attributing U.S. senate candidate Jim Martin's strong showing on Tuesday to support from unmarried women.

Norcross makes street one-way to improve safety

NORCROSS - City officials have made Ruth Street a one-way street to increase safety on the road.

Veterans serve as both soldiers and civilians

For some people, service is just a way of life, and nowhere is this more obvious than what you witness among the members of Task Force Patriot. When Jim Freeman and his wife Peggy started TFP, it was intended just to be a way to help military people connect.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: 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 Oct. 27-31.

Building revitalization Community invited to ribbon-cutting ceremony for Duluth Downtown

DULUTH - The Mathias Corp. and Street Smarts are inviting the community to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for Duluth Downtown and tour the new 40,000-square-foot building that will serve as headquarters for the two companies and generate more daytime activity in the city.