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Gwinnett's year that was 

Between growth, gangs and Gateway, Gwinnett had an eventful 2000

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The items were kept behind a curtain in a dressing room labeled "Adults Only" in the back of her shop, but police sent Strumer an attorney's letter stating the devices she was selling were defined as obscene under Georgia law.

Although Strumer complied under protest with the order to remove the offending appliances, her spirited arguments for personal choice earned her outpourings of local support and legions of new customers.

An annual American Legion turkey shoot fundraiser was held in Duluth, despite protests from surrounding subdivisions and a 1978 county ordinance forbidding gunfire within 500 feet of a house or road. The legion decided to let bullets fly after its attorney uncovered a police memo to stop enforcing the law.

In yet another case of political correctness and separation of church and state gone awry, April Curry-Brown of Duluth objected to an African folk tale in her daughter's second-grade textbook that referred to a character as "the god of everything and everywhere." In March, a school district hearing officer recommended the textbook remain in the curriculum.

In its January 2000 issue, Atlanta magazine named Gwinnett the "Goober-est" county in the metro area. The dubious honor came in recognition of several incidents, including the flap over an ethnic slur in the North Gwinnett High yearbook, a fistfight breaking out at a "family" wrestling show in Loganville, the aforementioned dumping of treated sewage into Lake Lanier and the county zoning officials' unsuccessful attempt to restrict rabbit-raising to farms and homes on plots of land in excess of three acres.

It's a title, surely, Gwinnett will want to relinquish to another county in 2001.

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