LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Aug. 16, 2011---Graphic Communications Corporation (GCC) President Hoyt Tuggle was honored recently with the 2011 Printing and Imaging Association of Georgia (PIAG) Benjamin Franklin Award. The award is the highest honor presented in Georgia's printing industry and serves to acknowledge individuals for being long-term, major contributors to the graphic arts industry.
founded GCC in 1972 with his wife, Marie, and Robert Shelnutt. Today the
company is an award-winning, full-service printer that also offers a wide-variety
of value-added solutions including creative web design and hosting services,
warehousing and fulfillment, point-of-purchase design and printing and
graphic design services.
Tuggle, born in Lawrenceville, graduated from Central Gwinnett High School and Georgia State University. He lives in Buford, and he and Marie have two sons and five grandchildren.
"My office is only a few blocks from the house where I was born. I feel so fortunate to have worked and lived in the community where I grew up," continues Tuggle. "I frequently get the opportunity to be around people who have been a part of my life from the beginning, and have truly experienced the sense of community, both in my business life and in my private life."
Ann Stallard, chairman of Graphic Communications, says the company is "very proud of Hoyt. The honor is well deserved and earned. Hoyt is a thought-leader of the industry, one able to survive through innovation. Hoyt has been a mentor for many people in the industry. He is forward looking and a delight to work with. He's a man of principle and integrity. His steadfastness and leadership really set him apart. I'm proud of the PAIG for recognizing Hoyt with the Ben Franklin award."
Since 1958, the Benjamin Franklin Award has been presented to a PIAG member who is successful in their chosen profession and considered a person of high principles and integrity. The individual must be someone who shares their time and talent to work toward the advancement of the printing industry and the betterment of society through civic, community or religious involvements.
award recipients are required to have at least 15 years in the printing
and imaging industry, with at least five of those years in Georgia.
AUG. 16, 2011 -- We are in debt to Gwinnett Rep. Hugh Floyd for providing us with information about the redrawing the state's Congressional and legislative lines as a result of the 2010 census. The Georgia Legislature began work on that issue on Monday.
the Legislature is drawing lines for their own chambers, and also fixing
boundaries for adding another Congressional District for Georgia, as the
state gains one more seat, to a total of 14, in the national Congress.
But that is the civil way to approach matters. Georgia Republicans, never having had a majority at line-drawing time in Georgia's previous history, may want blood. They may seek to disenfranchise the five Democrats from Georgia, drawing the lines to make it tough for incumbent Democratic Congressmen to win any seat at all.
For those of us in Gwinnett, the major Congressional question is: will Gwinnett get to be in an area where it dominates the district, primarily having one Congressman, or will the county be split into several Congressional districts? There are advantages both ways. If we are in several districts, that simply gives local citizens more doors to knock on if they want to talk about national matters with Congressmen. But if in one major district, you can be sure that Congressman will pay more attention to Gwinnett.
But now to turn to the legislative apportionment.
One thing for certain: at least in the Georgia House of Representatives, Gwinnett will have more total seats than ever, springing from its growing 805,000 population. At present Gwinnett is represented in the House with all or parts of 14 different districts. Under the proposed plan that Rep. Floyd provided us with, it appears that Gwinnett will gain four seats, to a total of 18 districts all or partly in Gwinnett. Only four of these districts would be partially in Gwinnett.
On the Senate side, what has being proposed on paper does not see Gwinnett gaining any influence in number of seats. Under the current proposal, Gwinnett would still have seven Senate seats. However, the proposed plan shows that Gwinnett would dominate five of the seven districts, with only small portions of two districts not being dominant in Gwinnett. (A Gwinnett person could still be elected, but it would not be likely, from the geographic make-up alone.)
So let the fun of inside politicking begin for the Georgia legislature. One thing for certain: through our representative government, the duly-elected legislators have the major responsibility for drawing of these district lines. While we on the outside may try to influence the outcome, it in all essentials boils down to the party in power, and its leadership, making the final decisions. People not in power do not have much influence at all.
time, that was it. However, these days the re-districting must go through
the Justice Department, and possibly, the courts. But for all intent now,
we citizens must sit back and await the decisions of the politicians.
Our time will come at the polling place
.but for now, the politicians
have the raw power.
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Comedy Night in two shows: 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., Aug. 19, Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville. Appearing on the Funny Friday Stage will be Atlanta comedy legends, Jerry Farber and Johnny Porrazzo.
Seventh Annual Craft Market: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 20, Pinckneyville Park, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road in the Medlock Pavillion No charge for admission. Market features jewelry, pottery, paintings and other crafts. For more information or to become a vendor, call 770-417-2200.
Second Annual Duluth Music Festival on three stages. Starting 2 p.m., Aug. 20, downtown Duluth. Featured recording artist is Trent Tomlinson. For details, visit www.duluthga.net or call 770-476-3434.
Reforming the food and farming system in Georgia will be the subject at the 7 p.m. Aug. 21 meeting of the Gwinnett Group of the Sierra Club at Berkmar High School. Leah Garces, with the Compassion in World Farming, will be the speaker.
Brunch and Book signing with author Evelyn Coleman: Aug. 27 at California Pizza Kitchen in Norcross. Sponsored by Friends of Gwinnett County Public Library. Tickets are $25 for each child. For more information, visit www.friendsgcpl.org.
8th Annual Legacy Awards, honoring Gwinnetts exemplary women: 10 a.m., Aug. 27, Gwinnett Place Marriott. Sponsored by United Way Leadership Council in Gwinnett. More info.
Taste of Duluth: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, Payne Corley House in Duluth. For more information, go to www.duluthfallfestival.org.
Meet the Author: 7 p.m., Sept. 21, at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. Author Stuart Woods will discuss and sign his books. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Public Library. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.
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