News for Sunday, March 22, 2009

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Must read: Used tires, beer kegs keeping zoo animals healthy

BOSTON - A lion rips open a paper bag stuffed with hay and meat. Giraffes chew up old Christmas trees. Asian black bears claw on empty beer kegs.

Deming - Croft

Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Deming of Duluth announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Margaret Deming of Duluth, to Riley Stedtman Croft of Mount Pleasant, S.C., son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Stedtman Croft of Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Edwards - Belvedere

The family of the late Virginia White and the late Ray A. White announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa White Edwards of Sugar Hill, to Damian Thomas Belvedere of Sugar Hill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Belvedere of Macomb, Mich.

Students receive free computers

DULUTH - After the computer was securely loaded into her mother's car, Dominique Vaughn smiled brightly.

Prep Roundup: Steed delivers game winner for Dacula

DULUTH - Dacula's Marshell Steed drove in the game winning run in the seventh inning to lead the Falcons to a 10-8 win over Duluth on Saturday.

Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Alverson takes Wolves to next level

Moving to a new town can be a traumatic experience for any teenager, let alone one who was a popular star athlete in her old home.

Doctor: Lack of helicopter may have cost actress her life

NEW YORK - As a steady stream of celebrities pay their last respects to Natasha Richardson, questions are arising over whether a medical helicopter might have been able to save the ailing actress.

UGA women one and done

DULUTH - Georgia didn't have far to travel, but the Bulldogs' stay in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament was very short as well.

World briefs

Israel police ban Arab culture day

G-Braves win spring game 8-1

With the help of a pitcher still on the Atlanta roster, the Gwinnett Braves' first exhibition game couldn't have been any better.

Protests call for war's end

WASHINGTON - Before war protesters ended their demonstration Saturday afternoon, several placed cardboard coffins in front of the offices of northern Virginia defense contractors such as KBR Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. as riot police stood by.

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.

Obama needs to stick to his primary occupation

Editor's note: David Broder is on vacation. His column will resume Thursday.

Twineham - Velez

Stephanie Ellen Twineham and Keith Andrew Velez were married Feb. 28 at the Richland Clubhouse. The Rev. Lynne Mouchet officiated the ceremony.

Harbins Park, county's largest, holds grand opening festivities

DACULA - When Rose Jones-Grant learned a new park would be opening near the Stone Haven community, she said it cinched her family's decision to buy a home in the subdivision on New Hope Road.

Unterman: County, cities need to negotiate

A high-profile senator said she isn't buying onto the bill to bail Gwinnett out of its troubles over a service delivery strategy disagreement with its cities.

Rundman - Henderson

Mr. and Mrs. Sven J. Rundman III of Fredericksburg, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter, Viktoria Ashlee Rundman of Knoxville, Tenn., to Miles Anthony Henderson of Knoxville, Tenn., son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Henderson of Buford.

Births

Feb. 11

Youth Roundup: Kawa wins Little Kids state wrestling title

Cameron Kawa won the 46-pound state championship in the 6-and-under division at the Little Kids State Wrestling Championships last weekend.

BOC approves traffic signal, sidewalks for Archer High School

LAWRENCEVILLE - A traffic signal and sidewalks will help kids walk and drive to a new high school expected to open this fall.

Left continues with wacky Bush-Cheney accusations

The other day, a left-wing reporter named Seymour Hersh went on MSNBC and said he had information, provided by the usual anonymous sources, that Dick Cheney was running an assassination squad out of the White House.

Duluth looking for volunteers for citizens' budget committee

DULUTH - The opening line in the city's electronic newsletter sent this past week says it all.

Evironmental and Heritage Center to host bird watching with authors

BUFORD - This Saturday is for the birds.

Boys Basketball Player of the Year: GAC's Wiedeman next great big man

NORCROSS - In his six years as head boys basketball coach at Norcross High School, Eddie Martin had some outstanding, large post players to work with.

HOT lane plan: Officials ask for public's opinion

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials are hoping hundreds of people will come to public meetings beginning this week on a plan to convert Gwinnett's carpool lanes to toll lanes.

Still growing after all of these years

Demographers tell us that when Gwinnett County's population reaches 1 million, the state of Georgia will have 11 million inhabitants.

Our view: Still growing after all of these years

Demographers tell us that when Gwinnett County's population reaches 1 million, the state of Georgia will have 11 million inhabitants.

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Action taken

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

Political Notebook: Unterman: County, cities need to negotiate

A high-profile senator said she isn't buying onto the bill to bail Gwinnett out of its troubles over a service delivery strategy disagreement with its cities.

Snellville's 'gridlock' is overblown

In response to the March 18 article, "Snellville City Council: City charter may change," I would offer the following information for consideration.

Gwinnett Gab

Autism support group hosts charity golf tournament

Gladiators post 5-4 OT win over Bombers

Troy, Ohio - Scott Marchesi scored the overtime game winning goal with just 28 seconds left in the extra session to lift the Gwinnett Gladiators to a 5-4 win over the Dayton Bombers on Saturday at the Hobart Arena.

An open letter to General Motors

Dear GM,

Quantico? Been there, done that Suwanee officer tackles grueling FBI academy

SUWANEE - Botswanian caterpillars taste like unsalted beef jerky. Fertilized duck eggs wash sharply over the pallet, like a shot of vinegar.

Patriotic picnic planned to send off troops

WINDER - It's like a typical backyard gathering only much, much bigger.

Extreme makeover classroom edition Shiloh Elementary room gets new look with help from dads

SNELLVILLE - The children inside the room cheered when they heard the megaphone announcement telling them to "come on out."

Good news from schools: Parkview students get hands-on lesson

June Dempsey's honors geography students won't likely forget where the European countries are located - even the microstates like Liechtenstein, Monaco and Vatican City.

Parkview students get hands-on lesson

June Dempsey's honors geography students won't likely forget where the European countries are located - even the microstates like Liechtenstein, Monaco and Vatican City.

Suwanee holding contest to design this year's festival logo

SUWANEE - Suwanee Day 2009 organizers are looking for residents with a little creativity, and are currently accepting designs for the festival's logo.

Road closures

· Bramlett Shoals Road from Brooks Road to Bramlett Shoals Road Connector will require intermittent lane closures through September 2011 between the hours of

Nation briefs

4 dead in upstate NY group home fire

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 March 9 through 13.

Lilburn woman's recipe is finalist in contest

LILBURN - In 1986, Deborah Puette's banana rum cheese ball had the right mix of ingredients to earn her a $5,000 prize in a recipe contest.

Letters: Old administrations should stop the 'advice' after they are gone

It remains an enigma to me that whenever a new administration comes to power, the old regime doesn't hesitate to put down and scoff at every new idea the new boys come up with. The deposed administration could not make things work right during its time in the driver's seat, but all of a sudden, now that they're the also-rans, they have all the answers and are more visible on the political scene than they were when they ran the show.

Alphabet wedding: Kindergartners join letter pairs in morning celebration

LAWRENCEVILLE - Like other married couples, they will have quarrels, the wedding official said.

Community connections: Stephen Platek

When he started college, Stephen Platek studied music composition and thought he would grow up to be a rock star. "Quickly learning that was not in my cards, I chose psychology," he said. A lecture by neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran piqued his interest in neuroscience, and in 2002, Platek obtained a doctorate in biopsychology. He taught psychology and biomedical engineering for five years at Drexel University in Philadelphia before accepting a two-year post as a biology professor at the University of Liverpool in England. He began working Aug. 1 as an associate professor of psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Animal activist offers solution for feral cats

Some things are more complicated than they appear. Like the feral cat problem. I had to have it explained to me three times by three different experts, including Lieutenant Mary Lou Respess at Gwinnett Animal Control.

Rice - Myers

Juli and Dewain Rice of Hoschton announce the engagement of their daughter, Jenifer Rice of Braselton, to Brandon Myers of Braselton, son of Jill Myers of Loganville.

Brenda Palmer

Mrs. Brenda Nell Tidwell Palmer, age 61, of Bethlehem, GA passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Services and Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Tim Segars

Tim Segars, age 63, of Winder, GA passed away March 20, 2009. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel 770-867-4553

Joe Bishop

Mr. Joe L. Bishop, age 82, of Winder, GA passed away on Friday, March 20, 2009. He is survived by: wife of 12 years, Margaret Tatum Bishop, Winder, GA; daughter ...

Larry Wilson

Larry Gideon Wilson, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2009. Arrangements by Tom M. Wages Funeral Service LLC, Snellville Chapel 770-979-3200

Carole Dame

Carole Anne Dame, age 76, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel 770-962-3100

Yvette Banner

Mrs. Yvette Holtzclaw Banner, age 30, of Gainesville, GA passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009. She was preceded in death by: parents, James and Linda Davis Holtzclaw. She is ...

Evelyn Blanton

Evelyn S. Blanton, age 89, of Doraville, GA passed away March 20, 2009. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home 770-448-5757

Jon Thompson

Jon Thompson, age 49, of Loganville, GA passed away March 19, 2009. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel 770-466-1544

Betty Pierce

Betty Jean Brown Pierce, age 79 of Snellville, passed away Friday, March 20, 2009. Funeral Services will be held 11 AM Monday, March 23, 2009 in the Snellville Chapel of ...