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Issue 12.43 | Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Gwinnett Place CID's cities initiative

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Our list of continuing objectives

FEEDBACK
::
On communities, guns, stop signs

UPCOMING
::
New partnership on farm technology

NOTABLE
:: New book, Walton EMC grants

ALSO INSIDE

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Gwinnett Village CID

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

LAGNIAPPE
:: Heading home

GWINNETT CALENDAR
:: Lots of events on tap

TODAY'S QUOTE
:: About our bodies and will

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TODAY'S FOCUS
County gives go-ahead to CID's livable cities initiative
By LEO WIENER
Gwinnett Place CID
Special to GwinnettForum

DULUTH, Ga., Sept. 14, 2012 -- On the evening of August 28, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners took a bold step forward and endorsed a future vision for the Greater Gwinnett Place area--- Gwinnett County's central business district and the strategic heart of our community.


Wiener

For the past year, the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (CID) has worked in close concert with Gwinnett County, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, area stakeholders and concerned citizens to craft proactive strategies that can dramatically transform greater Gwinnett Place, functionally and aesthetically, into a vibrant mixed-use activity center. The resulting recommendations are market-driven and are aimed at reestablishing the area as the thriving nucleus of Gwinnett County.

Launched in partnership with Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Gwinnett Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a roadmap that will create a new type of community in Gwinnett's central business district. Successful implementation of the market-driven recommendations of this plan will require a true public-private partnership. Through the LCI process, stakeholders gained an understanding that doing nothing or maintaining the status quo would lead to failure because it places the area at a disadvantage relative to other competing communities. Gwinnett Place must evolve and remake itself if it is to be competitive again in the marketplace.

To achieve this vision the concept plan recommends the implementation of new economic development strategies such as Opportunity Zones and Tax Allocation Districts. Also, the plan calls for the revision of local land use policies/regulations and new infrastructure investments aimed at changing the current suburban development pattern. Central to this implementation strategy is the creation of what has been called the Great Lawn, a signature-gathering place that can provide an outdoor venue for public gatherings, art, entertainment, and recreation. This would be a central green space or public park that will span both sides of Pleasant Hill Road, and promote sustainable development while providing a much needed pedestrian friendly environment in this urban setting.

Another key element of the plan's implementation strategy is its transportation recommendations that stress the need for more multi-modal transportation facilities, as well as additional roadways and bridges to provide greater connectivity and mobility. Pedestrian elements that improve walkability are also part of this plan with recommendations for streetscapes and the conversion of auto-orientated streets to complete streets that accommodate all forms of transportation.

The LCI is only the first step in a long journey to transform the area. There are still many details to be worked out. We are just now taking our first steps toward transformation and re-emergence. It will take a high level of cooperation and engagement between all parties, both public and private, to see this vision become a reality. But the stakes are too high for us not to succeed. The very future of the Gwinnett community will be determined along the streets of Pleasant Hill Road and Satellite Boulevard.

ELLIOTT BRACK
Forum presents list of continuing objectives for Gwinnett
By ELLIOTT BRACK
Editor and publisher

GwinnettForum.com

SEPT. 14, 2012 -- Back years ago, when publishing a weekly newspaper in Jesup, one tactic we adopted on the editorial page was something I stole from the Chicago Tribune. Each week we published a list of "Continuing Objectives" for Wayne County. These were long-term suggestions for improving the county. We introduced topics from time to time by editorializing about the subject. When significant ideas became obvious, we would add it to the list as another long-range goal for the community. When objectives were implemented and funded, we took this one off the list.


Brack

Change comes slowly. We didn't remove many of the ideas, though one in particularly, we remember, was accomplished. This was "Bridging the railroad tracks." You see, Jesup was on the main line of the CSX railroad, and often Jesup vehicular traffic was blocked by lengthy trains, or the train sat for long moments without moving blocking all three major street crossing in town. It was about a half mile from the northern to the southern crossing. Ambulances were sometimes on the lee side of the hospital. Or a fire engine was blocked when it was needed on the other side of town. Eventually a new bridge provided this access and we could editorialize about the removal of this objective.

Another long term Wayne County objective is slowly taking place these days in that county, nearly 40 years after we moved from Jesup. In the recent primary, several old-time Democratic candidates, including the sheriff and tax commissioner, ran for office as Republicans for the first time. This cheered us, since the Democratic Party has controlled the county for years. And this year, the previous Democrats won as Republicans! Our objective then was simply: "Development of a two-party system for local offices."

Of course, here in Gwinnett, after the 1984 election, the objective would have been stated slightly different: "Democratic candidates for local offices." Both objectives would work toward having a real, viable two-party system for local political offices.

So, with this in mind, and after reviewing various positions GwinnettForum has taken in the past four years, we offer today our list of long range Continuing Objectives for Gwinnett County. We will publish this list each issue, and add or subtract from it from time to time.

For Gwinnett, the list includes:

  • Development of a two-party system for local offices

  • Transparent operations to restore faith in Gwinnett's County Commission

  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election

  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena

  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall

  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks

  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel

  • Approval of Educational SPLOST in 2013

  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards

  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross

  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett

  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies

  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses

That's our list. If readers have other suggestions for improving our community, please send your thoughts to Feedback.

SPOTLIGHT
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FEEDBACK
Look for active participation of residents and find a good home

Editor, the Forum:

I travel to every corner of this great state and certainly echo your comments about community pride. A unique culture and personality emerges in every community that I spend time in, rich or poor, large or small, urban or rural. And yes, the outward appearance of a community nearly always reflects its sensibilities and character.

We are drawn to communities for different reasons. Good homes, quality schools, business prospects and accessibility are some of the many things that people consider when deciding where they want to live. I maintain that any of these are enhanced by or even derived from an underlying sense of pride and the willingness of regular, busy people to get involved and take action on behalf of their community.

Communities inevitably go through development and re-development cycles influenced by changing economies and demographics. So how do you chose a great place to live and do business in an ever-changing environment? It's easy. Look for a community that consistently elects responsive and responsible local government.

Find a diverse slate of residents and business owners who are lined up to serve on an array of boards and committees. Look for active town centers, safe and well-used public spaces, parks and trails. Seek out the small businesses, community gardens, public art, farmers markets, cultural centers and festivals. Listen for locals and business owners who will go out of their way to engage you and promote their community at every opportunity.

Some communities have developed to this point and some are working with every ounce of their energy and resources to get there. Find this and I'd say you have found grassroots America where anything is possible. Welcome home.

-- Jeannine Haynes, Suwanee

You don't need a lot of training in using a 12-gauge shotgun

Editor, the Forum:

Re: "firearms control/restrictions."

As once stated, "God did not create man equally; Colonel Colt did." Guns were also created to defend countries, to win wars against overzealous dictators like Hitler and Hirohito. In my time it was used attempting to free a Communistic led takeover of Southeast Asia, predominately Vietnam.

I am not diminishing God's work, for I am a Christian. We have to recognize some of His creations are physically superior to others with the slighter needing help to protect him/herself, family and property. Even if the slighter is properly trained in self defense, it does not deter the predators from ganging up or using knives, bats, crowbars or any number of everyday items to overwhelm.

It is not a Constitutional right to drive a car nor even a buggy at the time. It was deemed necessary to have the citizens well armed to ensure they were not enslaved by those elected. It is a Constitutional right, as written into the Second amendment, to keep and bear arms.

The initial purchase of a gun requires a background check and taxes are paid on the weapon at that time. If the weapon is carried concealed another background check is required, picture made and fingerprinting for the carry "license."

There are occasions each day when a weapon has deterred a mugging, break-in or saved one's life. Those without firearms are usually called victims. Most of the time the aggressor is armed with a weapon that can be used with deadly force. For some liberal reason we don't seem to hear about many of those successful in defending themselves.

I do not think you should have to take a test before defending yourself or your home. You don't need a whole lot of training on how to use a 12 gauge shotgun.

-- Steve Ramey, Lilburn

Right to drive an automobile not found in the Constitution

Editor, the Forum:

I'd like to comment on the note from Bob Hanson regarding the comparative restrictions on cars as compared to guns. I think the writer is missing an important point: unlike automobiles, the right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in our Constitution.

I am of the opinion that not enough time or talent is spent on educating the populace on the proper use and upkeep of firearms. I think we would be a safer, more civil society if more people were exposed to and trained in the use of guns for personal protection. Why not add gun safety to the elective curriculum at the high school level?

-- Rick Hammond, Duluth

(Dear Rick, et al: We knew bringing up the topic of even a paltry gun control would bring out some responses. It's sort of like talking religion, almost impossible to change people's minds on such issues. Thanks for your response. We, recognizing your views, like to present ideas sometimes contrary to ours, hoping to get others to do more thinking. That's the job of a community forum, though we don't want to become boring with a continuation of any particular subject. Isn't press freedom great?-eeb)

Sees epidemic of motorists not halting at stop signs

Editor, the Forum:

Stop signs mean stop! Or do they?

There is a function in our brains called the Reticular Activating System. This is the automatic mechanism inside your brain that brings relevant information to your attention. This means, when issues become important to us, we notice them.

An example: you decide that you need to buy a used car. Suddenly you start noticing all the used cars on the side of the road that are for sale by owners. Once you buy your used car, you do not notice them any longer. They are still there but they are no longer important to you, so you don't even see them.

My Reticular Activating System has become activated regarding people not stopping for stop signs. I can't turn it off.

Is this is an "epidemic" in my mind or is it really a problem? Was it there before I started noticing it? If you start looking for these drivers, you may not be able to turn them off either because, in my opinion, they are everywhere near where I live.

-- Alex J. Ortolano, Duluth

  • We welcome your letters and thoughts. Our policy: We encourage readers to submit feedback (or letters to the editor). Send your thoughts to the editor at elliott@brack.net. We will edit for length and clarity. Make sure to include your name and the city where you live. Submission of a comment grants permission for us to reprint. Please keep your comments to 300 words or less. However, we will consider longer articles (no more than 500 words) for featuring in Today's Focus as space allows.

UPCOMING
AGCO, Heritage Center, partner on modern farm technology

Gwinnett'st Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC) and AGCO, a Duluth based global manufacturer of agricultural equipment, are teaming up to develop a partnership that will serve as a model of excellence for demonstrating, teaching, and explaining the complexities of both yesterday's and today's farming technology and how it works within the agricultural profession.

The GEHC's six heritage sites will utilize AGCO's professional assistance in developing educational programming. AGCO's philanthropic support will be used to develop gardens and exhibits that provide an interpretive, hands-on experience of a working farm. This will enable students of all ages to understand the life and culture of an agrarian society and the 21st century farm implements that harvest the world's commodities such as soybeans, cotton, wheat, sunflowers, corn, beans, etc.

The partnership has resulted in a gift valued at $50,000 to the GEHC Foundation that will support programming for students, active seniors, and visitors with disabilities. This gift includes professional in-kind services and a Massey Ferguson 2670HD tractor, which will be used as a resource in programming and as a tool to create gardens and plant crops at the GEHC's heritage sites, including the Chesser-Williams House and McDaniel Farm.

Steve Cannon, GEHC executive director, says: "Today's students must be able to compete in and understand a global market. Preparing our future leaders to work in this environment will be important to their success. This partnership between GEHC and AGCO will allow students to experience the planting of a seed, the nurturing of a plant, and the commodity that is produced and how this simple, biological process has a profound impact on the world economy."

David Bercik, AGCO's product marketing manager for compact and utility tractors, says: "AGCO is excited to partner with the GEHC. Gwinnett County is a diverse, suburban community that has one of the largest school systems in the United States. These students will be the future leaders of a global society. Through education programs, like those the GEHC offers, students can begin to understand that their food doesn't come from the grocery store - it grows in the dirt on a farm."

NOTABLE
Duluthian pens another in series of military science fiction

Just as "Dragon*Con," the world's largest popular culture convention, was up and running recently in Atlanta, Jonathan C. Gillespie of Duluth is relishing the launch of his new military science fiction thriller series, The Tyrant Strategy.


Gillespie

"It's quite a rush holding the finished product in your hands," he says.

A published author, whose short fiction once earned a finalist nod at the Parsec Awards, Gillespie enjoys introducing his books to people who might avoid genre fiction. "I enjoy catching the reader who doesn't yet know that they will enjoy this kind of fiction - moms, military veterans, homeschoolers, Christians, etc." he explains.

His new book is The Tyrant Strategy: Revenant Man. It's a suspense thriller wrapped with military science fiction overtones.

Gillespie is a married father who works fulltime as a database operator by day. He manages to write through "voluntary sleep deprivation." He awakes at 5:20 a.m. during the week - "it's the best time to write since the brain is relaxed." He writes for an hour and a half.

Gillespie's career in information technology and his stint as a science fiction writer share common traits, he explains. "IT is a game of perfectionism," he said. "It helps me self-examine my work. I'm very much a perfectionist when it comes to writing." He adds, "It also means it's nothing for me to sit at a computer for two to three hours at a time. I can slip into a zone and keep going."

Walton EMC makes $77,000 in grants to local charities

Among many recent grants given by Walton Electric Membership Corporation's (EMC) Operation Round Up is one that colors the lives of children with autism. Some $77,000 in grants were awarded.

Operation Round Up, funded by the cooperative's customer-owners, donated $5,000 to the Spectrum Autism Support Group that serves over 600 families in Gwinnett and surrounding counties.

Day camps at Spectrum give parents the opportunity to spend time with other
children, run errands or relax and recharge. Approximately 500 campers from
age four to young adult participate in seven weeklong sessions. Spectrum is one
of the only camps in Georgia designed specifically for children with autism.

Though her son passed away in 2011, Clair Dees, Spectrum co-founder,
continues to volunteer at the organization. "One in 88 children have autism," says Dees. "Over 25 percent of our families have multiple children with autism, which means the strain is doubled."

Other recent donations include:

  • Special Olympics of Georgia - $1,500 for outreach and state games.

  • Georgia Lions Lighthouse - $4,000 for vision care and hearing aids in
    Walton EMC's 10-county service area.

  • Pregnancy Resource Center of Walton - $5,000 to promote "LIFE."

  • The Salvation Army - $2,000 for emergency food and shelter in Athens-
    Clarke, Barrow, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

  • Hebron Community Health Center - $5,000 for healthcare and services for
    low income and uninsured families in Gwinnett County.

  • Place of Seven Springs - $5,000 for emergency food, clothing, prescription
    medication and financial assistance in Gwinnett County.

  • Step-by-Step Recovery - $2,500 for their Gwinnett County program that
    provides housing for homeless and paroled men and women.

  • B Moe Positive Company - $2,500 for their mentoring program to support at-risk students in Gwinnett County.

  • Side-by-Side Brain Injury Clubhouse - $5,000 to support their work in
    helping adults in Gwinnett, DeKalb, Barrow and Newton Counties with
    traumatic brain injuries regain employment and living skills.

RECOMMENDED
Half-Broke Horses
By Jeannette Walls

"This book is not about horses. The term, 'half-broke horses,' describes people who have a wild streak. Jeannette Walls bases this novel on the story of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, a spitfire of a woman who overcame a number of hardships in very practical ways. Smith began the first 10 years of her life in dirt, dug out on the side of a river in Texas, and lived much of her adult life on a farm. She had no time for 'frivolities' such as washing clothes. One of her mottos was, 'The most important thing is life is to learn how to fail.' The book is interesting and moves very quickly. The chapters are short and each one starts a new story. I recommend it as a nice little read."

-- Susan McBrayer, Sugar Hill

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GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Unelevated coastal home on Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Designated a historic site and state park in 1979, the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is among the last remaining vestiges of 19th-century rice plantations that flourished along the Georgia coast.

The plantation dates to 1806, when William Brailsford began acquiring land in the cypress swamps of the Altamaha River. His purchases included a river estate named Broadface, which he renamed Broadfield. Brailsford was later joined by a son-in-law, James M. Troup, and by the time of Troup's death, their holdings had grown to 7,300 acres of land and several houses. As many as 357 slaves also worked on the plantation.

After the Civil War (1861-65) rice production declined owing to the lack of a slave labor force and damage from hurricanes. Brailsford's descendants eventually converted the property into a dairy, which closed in the early 1940s.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources manages the 1,268 acres of land and 696 acres of freshwater marshes. Visitors today can see Hofwyl House, built in the 1850s by Troup's daughter Ophelia and her husband, George Dent, and named after a school Dent attended in Switzerland. The two-story frame house is not elevated, making it unique among low-country homes of the time.

The house remains as Ophelia Troup Dent's granddaughter (also named Ophelia) left it when she died in 1973, willing the property to the state for use for "scientific, historical, educational and aesthetic purposes." Antiques collected over five generations of Brailsford's descendants remain in the house as well as a museum with a model of a working rice plantation and film about the life of planters and slaves.

Archaeological excavations were conducted in the early 1990s to learn more about the part of the plantation that was settled earliest.

Although many of the buildings of Broadfield Plantation no longer exist, their remains can be found just under the surface. Those remains offer important information about earlier occupants of the site and about the operations of an antebellum rice plantation-information that is missing from written records. In addition to fragments of buttons, bottles, pipes, musical instruments, stoneware, and other artifacts, the survey revealed the location of an early slave settlement, which ultimately may help tell the story of how rice plantations differed from other plantation cultures and provided for better preservation of the African culture.

Karen Wood, the author of the archaeological report on the site, concluded that "rice plantation slaves had more freedom than slaves on upland cotton plantations; part of this was because of the difference in work organization (the task system was used rather than the gang system) and also because the plantation master spent very little time on the plantation because of the serious threat of malaria."

The Hofwyl-Broadfield historic site is in Glynn County, about four miles south of Darien and about 13 miles north of Brunswick.

LAGNIAPPE
Heading home


The ruby-throated hummingbirds are getting ready to fly to their winter home in Mexico. This is a non-stop journey of over 500 miles! These days, to make the flight, the tiny birds are doubling their body mass fattening up on insects and nectar. Taken by Frank Sharp with a Panasonic Lumix FZ-100 with wide open lens. Frank says that these birds are difficult to photograph "since they are so very fast moving."


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TODAY'S QUOTE
Choice thoughts concerning our bodies and our will

"Our bodies are our gardens; our wills are our gardeners."

-- English poet and playwright William Shakespeare (1564-1616), via Cindy Evans, Duluth.

MORE COPIES AVAILABLE
Gwinnett history book in second printing

Previously out of print, Elliott Brack's 850-page history, "Gwinnett: A Little Above Atlanta," is now available again. Since its original publication, the book was declared the winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence for documenting Georgia history by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board. It is also the winner of the Gwinnett Historical Society's Whitworth-Flanigan Award for 2011 for preserving the history of Gwinnett County.The book includes 143 demographic and historic tables, with more than 4,000 names in the index, and 10,000 names in the appendix.Two versions of the book are available. The hardback edition is priced at $75, while a softback edition is $40. Books are available at:

  • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta
  • Books for Less, Buford
  • Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville
  • Parsons Gifts and Cards, Duluth
  • Vargas and Harbin Gallery, Norcross

You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to www.elliottbrack.com to place your order. For mail orders, there is a $5 shipping and handling fee. Purchases are also subject to the 6 percent Georgia sales tax.

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GWINNETT CALENDAR

Honeybee Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 15, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford. There will be bee games, story time, crafts, honey samples, and cooking demonstrations with honey by a local Publix grocery store. A number of beekeepers will be on hand to discuss their craft and also to sell their local honey and beeswax products.

Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Sept. 18, Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technology College. Speaker will be Rich McDonald, global director of the Executive Briefing Program for NCR of Duluth. He will speak on how the company, through technological innovation and advancement in multiple channels, helps its customers achieve next generation productivity gains.

(NEW) General Membership Meeting of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce: 11:30 a.m., Sept. 19, The 1818 Club in Duluth. Speaker will be J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett School Superintendent. Details: 770 232-3000, or www.gwinnettchamber.org.

(NEW) Joint Replacement Clinic: 7:30 a.m., Sept. 21, 1818 Club, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. This free healthcare breakfast is sponsored by Gwinnett Medical Center to tell of the latest advancement in joint replacement. Speakers will be Drs. Mary Jo Albert and Gary Levengood, talking about hip and knee replacement.

(NEW) Harvest Ball benefitting Norcross Cluster schools: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Northeast Atlanta Hilton, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. Tickets are $50 per person. Black tie optional. Food, surprise activities, dancing and silent auction. For more details, contact rheaven@norcrosscsp.org.

Genealogical workshop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lawrenceville at 3355 Sugarloaf Parkway. Sponsored by the church, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Day Chapter, and Sons of the American Revolution, Atlanta Chapter. Learn how to use census records, courthouse records and other sources, many on the Internet, to start to research and document your family history.

Children's author to appear: Gwinnett Kid's Read, Too! features children's author Carmen Deedy. She will appears on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Library Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway. She will greet fans and promote her newest book Return of the Library Dragon. Illustrator Michael White will also make an appearance.

Sign-Up Time for Gwinnett Great Days of Service. This year's event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 2012 with over 300 different projects to choose from. This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. For more information and to sign up, visit this site.

Third Annual Gala of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet: Sept. 29, Northwood Country Club. Now in its 16th season, the goal of the night is to raise $25,000 toward providing high quality, affordable arts programming, with live orchestra for all performances, and unsurpassed performing opportunities for aspiring dancers. More.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

12/14: Army-Navy game
12/11: Who stole American dream?
12/7: Lock 'em in a room
12/4: On Partnership Gwinnett

11/30: Hera Lighting
11/27: Voting out scalawags
11/20: Arts alive in Gwinnett
11/16: Hope Clinic needs help
11/13: Casino coming?
11/9: GOP and Georgia Dems
11/6: Early voting, more
11/2: Will Sandy impact election?

10/30: Georgia and GI Bill
10/26: Barge making name
10/23: Our 2012 endorsements
10/19: Pet peeves, more
10/15: Long plane flights
10/12: NO on Amendment 1
10/9: Elisha Winn Fair
10/5: Lots of construction
10/2: Texting while walking

9/28: WSB sets lower bar
9/25: State Archive fracas
9/21: Charter concerns
9/18: Benefits of living here
9/14: Continuing objectives
9/11: Trip to France, Spain
9/7: Community pride

8/31: Conversation on guns
8/24: More robocalls ahead
8/21: Newspaper museum
8/17: Seem easier to vote?
8/14: Western ridges, fall line
8/10: Runoff endorsements
8/7: New UGA health campus
8/3: Primaries raise more questions

  FOCUS ARCHIVES

12/14: C. Brack: Give a little
12/11: Goodman: Suwanee's art
12/7: Duke: Director of Encouragement
12/4: Dorough: Food co-op

11/30: McHenry: CID redevelopment
11/27: Sutt: Gwinnett arts' questions
11/20: Urrutia: Grad wins award
11/16: Collins: Las Vegas
11/13: Barksdale: Storm prep
11/9: Houston: Kettle Creek
11/6: Stilo: Christmas Canteen
11/2: Crews: View Point Health

10/30: Willis: Amendment One
10/26: Brown: Doc's research
10/19: Hudgens Prize jurors picked
10/15: Urrutia: $2 million gift to GGC
10/12: Young: Lilburn city hall
10/9: Long: Charter schools
10/5: Jones: PGA golf to return
10/2: DeWilde: Suwanee's red code

9/28: Stilo: Pinter's Betrayal
9/21: Love: Model for Nigeria
9/21: Walsh: Childhood obesity
9/18: Ashley promoted
9/14: Wiener: CID's initiative
9/11: Olson: $50K Hudgens contest
9/7: Stilo: Acting classes for all

8/31: Havenga: Great Days of Service
8/24: Griswold: Casino for OFS site
8/21: Brooks: Taking the Megabus
8/17: Summerour: Newspaper family
8/14: Sharp: Newport visit
8/10: Thomas: On schizophrenia
8/7: Carraway: Amendment wording
8/3: Willis: Ready for school parents?


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