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Ga., June 18, 2010 -- A special workshop on traditional Korean pottery
techniques will take place on Saturday, June 26 at The Hudgens Center
for the Arts. The workshop will consist of a demonstration period from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m., then break for lunch and resume at 2 p.m. with a
hands on period for the students until 4 p.m.
The Hudgens Center for the Arts is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, in Duluth, in the Gwinnett Center complex. Visitors along Interstate 85 should take the Satellite Boulevard entrance, and head west. The Arts Center is in the southwestern quadrant and on the south end of the Gwinnett Center complex. To learn more about workshops or to register online, please visit , or call 770-623-6002.www.thehudgens.org
JUNE 18, 2010 -- For the 2010 election, Georgia voters will get a chance at wholesale change in the leadership of virtually every statewide office. No incumbents are on the ballot, with the exception of the lieutenant governor, who himself has no challengers within his party, though has two Democratic challengers.
In most years, one or two or more incumbents seek to retain their offices. For more than 40 years, Georgians have seen the name of Tommy Irvin on the ballot for commissioner of agriculture. But Tommy's hanging it up after this term, and two Republicans and one Democrat is seeking that office.
The top job in Georgia, that of governor, has 14 candidates on the ballots, seven on both the Democratic and Republican primary races, with the incumbent governor not eligible for re-election. However, a former governor Roy Barnes, is seeking the office again.
The office of secretary of state has a semi-incumbent, Brian Kemp, though he came to the office recently when Karen Handel resigned to run for governor. Kemp, who has been appointed, but not elected to the office, faces one Republican opponent, and five opponents from the Democratic Party.
For the last 60 years or more, there has not been a wide-open election for attorney general without an appointed incumbent in office. But this year there are three Republican candidates, and two on the Democratic side.
The story goes on. Both the offices of the insurance commissioner and labor commissioner will find newly elected officials in these offices come January. On the insurance side, John Oxendine has served there for 16 years, while Michael Thurmond has been in the labor commissioner's post for years. With Oxendine running for governor, and Thurmond seeking the U.S. Senate post, out came a load of candidates in these races.
Altogether, there are nine Republican candidates for the insurance job, while one Democrat seek the slot. For the Labor Commissioner position, there are two Republicans and two Democrats running for this job.
For a while, it appeared that an incumbent would be running for State School Superintendent. But then after qualifying opened, Kathy Cox decided to quit the school position and take a plum of a job in Washington in the private sector, leaving two surprised Republican candidates, and three people on the Democratic tickets seeking the top school job.
Another race, mighty important to Gwinnett, is for the seat in the U.S. Congress, representing the seventh district, after the relatively-startling announcement that John Linder would not seek re-election. So out came the candidates, a total of eight Republicans all vying for the primary nomination. One Democrat faces no opposition in his primary race to go up against the Republican primary winner in November.
Another race for Congress which touches Gwinnett, that for the Fourth District seat, has six candidates, including the Democratic incumbent, Hank Johnson. He faces two relatively strong Democratic opponents, and finds four Republicans seeking to become their party's nominee for this slot. However, political observers say that the race will mostly be decided in the Democratic primary, since the District has voted heavily Democratic for years.
in these statewide and Congressional races, voters don't get much chance
at "throwing the incumbents out," since there are so few incumbents
in these races. Georgia voters will send basically a new team to the statehouse
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Editor, the Forum:
phone usage ban while driving, in principle, is good law. However, as
Governor Perdue noted, the enforceability of this law will be tested when
cases come before the judicial system. Prosecution of the law will be
challenged by defense attorneys similar to seat belt law enforcements.
Just finished reading the June 15th edition of GwinnettForum. Really enjoy the Georgia Encyclopedia section about the history of Georgia, and also enjoy the political discussion on candidate interviews.
I agree with you on the elected officials who are on "shutdown" to issues and will not negotiate. Principles are one thing, but, as the saying goes, and I substitute principles for intentions, the road to hell is paved with good intentions/principles. Keep up the good work.
Throws in his 2 cents worth on rash statement about taxes
Another thought on voting against some candidates
Editor, the Forum:
As you toss your support behind the candidates for the state and the county offices, I ask that you consider one thing. Don't support those that allow their campaign "staff" or supporters to trash up our streets with their signs placed illegally.
Just about reached the breaking point yesterday when I counted about 30 signs in a three mile stretch from my office to my favorite lunch location. I figured I would look up if there was a code/law and sure enough there was. It just irked me that much more.
Georgia Code 32-6-51 states that "It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, place or maintain within the right of way of any public road any sign, signal or other device except as authorized by subsection (d) of this Code section." Any person who violates the advertising restrictions of Georgia Code 32 "shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in Code Section 32-6-91."
For this reason, there is a fine line between getting your name out in public and just trashing our streets. Add to that the fact of how often are they left there for MONTHS following an election.
In addition signs are appearing in obviously foreclosed lots, houses, and developments it has just gotten to be too much. Keep Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful! Keep the political signs off the streets! And clean up after the election! Don't force the county to spend money cleaning up after the candidates that don't follow the state code!
Vote wisely this election season...not just based on whose sign you saw before turning into the polling place!
Doesn't like government making garbage decision for him
Editor, the Forum:
Again the Gwinnett County government has decided it knows better than "We, The People of Gwinnett" in what we need for a trash service. It is time to show them at the ballot box how right they are NOT.
The only way politicians learn is to fire them. I want my private company to handle my trash pick-up. I do not want another fascist government program making decisions for me. We must get together and fire the ones that voted for the takeover of the private services.
What is next. Government roofers, carpenters, plumbers? Maybe Just one store to shop in? We, The People, must put a stop to the Intrusion!
of Gwinnett residents interested in archery approached the county with
a proposal to provide private funding, through partnerships, sponsorships
and member fees, to establish and operate an archery program if the County
could provide land. An former firing range site behind the Fire Training
Academy off Braselton Highway near Dacula met the needs. The three-year
land-use agreement requires the archery group to maintain the site and
provide their own insurance.
On June 29, history will be made as the first African American in the state of Georgia will be inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). Michael Nolden Henderson of Sugar Hill, a retired U.S. Naval Officer and graduate of Xavier University, will be acknowledged by induction into the Button Gwinnett Chapter, Georgia Society SAR, for his efforts in tracing his lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot. The ceremony will be at 11:30 a..m. at the State Capitol.
Henderson, a native of New Orleans, discovered his unique lineage while researching his Louisiana Creole ancestry. His fourth generation great-grandfather, Mathieu Devaux, a French National, served as a militiaman under the command of the Spanish Governor General Bernardo de Galvez, who led troops in several major battles in Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. Devaux had a relationship with his former slave, Agnes Mathieu, in Spanish Colonial Louisiana. Henderson is descendent from one of their seven children, all of whom were born free prior to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Henderson first learned of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution in 2006 when Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, discovered his own ancestral link to the Revolutionary War and one year later was himself inducted into the national lineage organization.
Henderson says: "I'm the first in my family to pursue membership in the NSSAR, so the process was especially detailed for me," says Henderson, who had to compile birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as other documents from the 1700s and 1800s to prove his connection to Devaux. "It was truly a labor of love and it's an honor to have my family tied to an American Revolutionary War patriot. I'm proud to be an example to others that they too can be a part of the narrative of America's history."
of Henderson's fourth generation great-grandparents and their connection
to General Galvez is the subject of an upcoming segment on the PBS series,
The History Detectives.
"When I was growing up in Mississippi, the best morning pastry I ever had was my grandmother's hot biscuits with Karo syrup (that wonderful clear syrup that tastes mostly of vanilla.) But rivaling those long\-ago biscuits are the doughnuts in the Dutch Monkey Doughnut Shop in Cumming, Ga., just off Peachtree Parkway east of Georgia 400. First, where else can you buy doughnuts baked fresh every day by two culinary school graduates? And second, these doughnuts are truly amazing. Go and try the Dutch Monkey (chocolate glazed with banana filling); the chocolate sour cream cake doughnut; the raised glazed; and many more to be found on their daily menu. Learn more at dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com."
An organizing entity for amateur soccer, the Georgia State Soccer Association (GSSA), formed in 1967. The impetus again came partly from international sources. Before the GSSA's founding, amateur teams consisting of Scottish and South American migrants had competed informally with teams from Lockheed-Georgia (later Lockheed Martin). Lockheed, which opened its Marietta plant in 1951, had its own league. The 360 players registered in the GSSA's first season represented 35 countries. Separate soccer programs for women and girls took hold in the 1970s through a recreational league at the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA.
Youth soccer sustained its development over the years despite fickle attitudes toward the professional game. The indoor soccer variant with which the Chiefs and other teams experimented also failed to thrive. Yet youth soccer participation has increased steadily, from 200 statewide registrants in the Georgia Youth Soccer Association's first year (1974-75) to a peak of more than 80,000 in 2001.
The game's popularity has resulted in the development of multifield soccer facilities in Athens, Columbus, Macon, and Rome. More than 100 youth teams compete in an annual spring tournament in Augusta. Immigration to Atlanta and other Georgia cities has also generated scores of Hispanic leagues and competitions among other ethnic groups. In 1989 Soccer in the Streets, a nonprofit organization, began in Atlanta to bring soccer and other activities for disadvantaged youth to urban areas. The program has expanded and is nationwide.
The large interest in soccer has been sustained in part through the 1994 World Cup finals, held in the United States, and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. More than 1.8 million people attended the men's and women's soccer events at the 1996 Games. Preliminary matches took place throughout the Southeast, with the medal rounds decided in Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia. Nigeria won the men's gold medal, and the U.S. women's team garnered attention for its two-to-one victory in the final against China. In what was the first year of women's soccer as an Olympic medal sport, 76,481 spectators attended the gold medal match on August 1, a record crowd at that time for a women-only sports event in the United States.
for women's soccer generated by the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 Women's
World Cup, also held in the United States, led to the formation in 2001
of the Women's United Soccer Association. Georgia was represented by the
Atlanta Beat, which twice lost the league championship game. Atlanta served
as league headquarters after a financial restructuring, which could not
prevent the league's collapse after the 2003 season.
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State Representative, District 51
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