HALL OF FAMERS: The new inductees in the Gwinnett Sports Hall of Fame have been announced. They include former Buford football player Darius Walker, center. Others are, top left, Courtney Swain Trimble of Duluth, and bottom left, Josh Wolff of Parkview High. On the right are Sherill Baker of Greater Atlanta Christian School, David Hunter of Parkview, and Louis Williams of South Gwinnett. For details, see Elliott Brack's perspective below.
Issue 12.90 | Friday, March 8, 2013
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PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga., March 8, 2013 -- I am "the unknown developer" who is seeking to develop the land directly across Peachtree Parkway from The Forum. My name is Bob Cheeley, and I live with my wife, Lisa, in Johns Creek. I have lived in this area since 1982. Today I announce our intentions with the property, which will be called "Grandview at Peachtree Corners." Our team of investors feel that this is the prime undeveloped parcel of land in all of Metro Atlanta!
I am the great-great grandson of Robert David Medlock, who settled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in the mid 1800s. He operated a ferry across the river and farmed the fertile lands in this area. He and his family called it home and I call this area home as well. I grew up in Buford and I have fond memories of visiting my grandmother, Selma Medlock, who lived in the Medlock home-place on the banks of the Chattahoochee at Medlock Bridge.
I am a member of the board of directors of The Piedmont Bank. I think we did a great job with the architecture of the bank. It is with that same standard of excellence that I decided to step into the City of Peachtree Corners and purchase the 20.6 acres of multi-family zoned land which Lennar had purchased on February 7. I commend the Peachtree Corners Mayor and Council for showing bold leadership to insure that this property did not result in a single use apartment complex.
I have a grander vision for the use and character of this property across from The Forum. I recently re-zoned approximately five acres adjoining this property to commercial fronting on Peachtree Parkway, between the Peachtree Corners Circle traffic light at The Forum and The Piedmont Bank. I have had an incredible level of interest from major tenants to these outparcels. The positive reaction gave me the confidence to step out in faith and put a group of investors together to purchase the land from Lennar.
I have teamed up with a group of investors to "save this property" for a grander purpose-a mixed use, live, work and play township. Wakefield Beasley architects, who designed The Forum, are preparing a site plan for this property.
The property will be a mixed-use site, meaning that commercial activities will be going on adjacent to high-level living space. The township will feature: 100,000 square feet of high end retail; 50,000 square feet of office; a full service hotel (perhaps with condos atop); and a "downtown feel" with approximately 480 luxury residences above and around the town square. Additionally, the township will have an outdoor 1,000 seat amphitheater for concerts and public gathering space. The township will have green space and walking trails.
For the first time, people who are at the age and stage where they no longer want the hassles of owning a home with all the landscape maintenance and upkeep can live in a new township environment where they can walk to fine restaurants and upscale shopping, as well as walk to their office. We are hopeful that, with the Mayor and Council's involvement, we will find a way to build a pedestrian walkway to connect to The Forum.
I can promise you one thing: if you like The Forum, you are going to love this township! If all goes well, you'll see construction begin in the spring of 2014.
MARCH 8, 2013 -- Six people are to be induced into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame on May 4 at Coolray Field in the class of 2013, the Gwinnett Schools Foundation has announced. The six to be inducted include and their sport are:
much like the Lombardi Awards, and serves as an annual scholarship fund-raiser
for the Foundation. Tickets available on the GCPS Foundation website at
Parkview High to two state soccer championships, including a 57-match
winning streak. He was named the U.S. Soccer Youth Player of the Year
in 1998. He was a Major League Soccer player beginning in 1998 with the
Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards. He retired in 2012 and is now coaching.
He helped the United State to its best-ever finish in the World Cup, when
the team advanced to the quarter finals in 2002. He now lives in Ashburn,
Va. and coaches for DC United.
is credited with bringing successful high school football model coaching
to Gwinnett. His Brookwood team won the first state football championship
in Gwinnett in 1996, and launched Gwinnett high school athletics into
a sports powerhouse. His lifetime record in coaching football was 149-35.
He was a regional and Gwinnett coach-of-the-year six times. He is retired
from coaching but continues his work with the Georgia High School Association
and as executive director of the Corky Kell Kickoff Classic. Dave and
his wife live in Lawrenceville.
his junior and senior year at South Gwinnett High, Louis Williams was
named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball," and was the 2005 national
Naismith Prep Player of the Year. He was also named to the 2005 McDonald's
All American East Team. He was drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia
76ers, where he played from 2005-2012, and is now with the Atlanta Hawks.
He was an all state selection for his four high school years, and now
lives in metro Atlanta.
made a name for herself on Duluth High's golf team, and was the 1998 individual
state high school champion. She played on the Auburn University golf team,
and was a three time All-SEC selection. She was a member of the 2002 Curtis
Cup team and was a 2002 first team All-American. She was on the 2003 Futures
Golf Tour, and ranked 52nd on the money list as a rookie. She is now the
head golf coach at the University of Louisville, and lives with her husband
and one year old son, Owen, in Louisville, Ky.
was a Buford High football player, where he rushed for 5,676 yards and
91 touchdowns. While he was at Buford, the team compiled a 58-2 record,
and had a 45 game winning streak, including three state football championships.
He was the Gatorade Player in Georgia in 2003. His senior year he scored
46 touchdowns, breaking Herschel Walker's single season record of 42.
Later, at Notre Dame, he set the freshman rushing record (786 yards on
185 carries), breaking a 30 year old record. He led the Irish in rushing
three seasons, with his best year gaining 1,276 yards, becoming the fourth
Notre Dame back to pass 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. In 2004 Walker
won the "Watkins Award" which is given to the National African
American scholar athlete. He played four seasons in the National Football
League. He is now a college football analyst for FOX in Los Angeles, Calif.
Baker attended Greater Atlanta Christian School and led her team to two state titles and scored 2,276 career points. She started as a freshman at the University of Georgia, playing in 122 of 131 games. She is no. 10 in scoring on Georgia's all time list. Baker was named Miss Georgia Basketball in her senior year at the University of Georgia. She joined the Women's National Basketball Association with the Indiana Fever in 2008 and played for three years in the States and Israel. She has been a coach on the Auburn University basketball staff since 2012.
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Editor, the Forum:
The minimum wage in 1968 of $1.60 has a 2012 purchasing power of $10.64, which is what the minimum wage could be now had it been indexed for purchasing power.
Paying a living wage would solve many problems in America. Over half of the poor in this country work, yet they need government services such as food stamps and Medicare. We can turn these folks into taxpayers rather than people needing our tax dollars. We should stop subsidies to businesses that pay poverty wages.
Efforts to raise the minimum invariably run into arguments that employers, especially small businesses, cannot afford to pay a higher wage. But the evidence shows that most low-wage employees work for large companies, which have largely recovered from the recession and have reinstituted generous pay packages for executives. As for low-wage workers at small businesses, many are waitresses and other "tipped" workers for whom the federal minimum wage is $2.13 an hour, where it has been since 1991. Clearly, there is ample room for an increase.
A related argument is that a higher minimum wage destroys jobs, especially employment for teenagers. But research shows that most low-wage workers are over the age of 20 and suggests that paying them a higher wage could actually create jobs by bolstering consumer spending. The Georgia legislature could raise the minimum wage and not wait on congress. But it is a conservative group that doles out corporate welfare and cares less about the average working man.
Liked story on finding unmarked graves while hiking
Editor, the Forum:
Love the story by Dr. Butler and the photos. Excellent!
Wonders if regular television will eventually bite the dust
Editor, the Forum:
Thoughts concerning comment on streaming television: I never watch "normal" television anymore EXCEPT, of course, for PBS. I only watch things I stream. I prefer to choose most of what I watch from British programming from a "magic box." One day last week, for example, I watch the entire first season of Downton Abbey in one night.
We have two "magic" boxes -- ROKU and Apple TV. I love them both, but Apple TV also allows me to project my computer screen onto the TV screen.
Through it I also can watch YouTube on television and see programs (such as classroom lectures) that I can't get the other ways. Regular television is so weak now my guess is that it will bite the dust eventually.
I did not know about Netflix creating a remake of "House of Cards." Now may be a good time to re-watch the BBC original starring Ian Richardson.
Commissioners have approved two construction contracts for four road safety
projects. All four improvements are funded by SPLOST sales tax dollars.
Howard Brothers expanding outdoor power operation
Howard Brothers, an outdoor power equipment dealer in Metro Atlanta, has opened their fourth location in Alpharetta. The new location is at 5860 Gateway Drive (just north of the intersection of McFarland Road and Georgia Highway 9) in Alpharetta. While the store has been open since February 1, a grand opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for March 22-23.
Owner Doug Howard says: "We are very excited about the new location. We believe that folks are researching their lawn equipment needs more than ever. We provide our customers with the best products and have the best people who know those products. You won't walk into a big box store and get the level of service that you get at one of our stores."
The new Alpharetta location is an 8,100-square-foot facility with a service and parts departments and a showroom to display Exmark lawn equipment, Walker mowers, Scag mowers, Echo power equipment, Snapper, Honda power equipment and Ventrac compact tractors and other turf management equipment. The location will serve commercial and residential landscaping customers.
Howard Brothers has been in business since 1955. It is family owned and independently operated. Howard Brothers also operates retail stores in Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood. The other three locations include True Value hardware stores. The new Alpharetta location will be the first location that focuses only on outdoor power equipment.
Suwanee seeking volunteers to help Japanese maples
of Suwanee is looking for a little more Zen by planting Japanese maple
trees at Sims Lake Park on Saturday, March 16, in celebration of Arbor
Norcross planning biannual spring clean-up day March 30
The City of Norcross holds a bi-annual Recycle and Clean Up day each year. For 2013, the spring date will be March 30.
Paper shredding and electronics recycling are open to the public, while the clean-up event is available to Norcross residents only. In addition, the Public Works Department will be having a centralized event, where residents can drop off bulky items, such as old appliances, furniture and similar items. Solvents or hazardous material will not be allowed.
details, go to www.norcrossga.net,
in the Code Enforcement area under "Resources." Along with the
Recycling and Clean-up Events, those participating in the day are asked
to support the "CAN Do" for hunger and donate canned and non-perishable
food items for the Norcross Community Ministries food bank.
The City of Lilburn will relocate its Main Street at U.S. Highway 29, replacing a "skewed" intersection with a more perpendicular intersection of the two roads. The Gwinnett Commissioners approved an agreement this week with the city of Lilburn to provide additional funding for the Main Street relocation project. Construction is expected to begin this summer and should be completed by mid-2014.
relocated Main Street also will create an improved intersection with Church
Street. It includes turn lanes and traffic circles to allow for better
access for Lilburn residents to the proposed Lilburn City Hall and library.
The project will tie back into existing Main Street near its intersection
with Young Street, and the old Main Street road bed will be removed. The
traffic circles will provide traffic calming for the area, while lowering
Church Street will improve visibility for drivers.
GGC students visit Carter Center, meet former president
Georgia Gwinnett College Honors Programs students Brittany Perry (left) and Vivian Mosley (right) are shown with former President Jimmy Carter. Members of the Georgia Gwinnett College Honors Programs recently attended The Carter Center's February meeting of the Board of Councilors, and heard from the former president himself.
The students were guests of Susan Hrib, CEO and founder of the Signum Group and member of the board of councilors. Afterwards, students toured the museum and were treated to lunch in the center's cafeteria.
Local Girl Scout speaks at leadership breakfast in Washington
Zoë Gadegbeku, a senior at Providence Christian Academy, presented an address at a Girl Scout leadership breakfast on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 28. Gadegbeku spoke about the importance of the organization's Gold Award and what it means to be a recipient of the highest award in Girl Scouting. She is a National Young Woman of Distinction of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award.
She said: "While earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, Girl Scouts learn to identify community needs, problem solve, fundraise, implement, evaluate impact and sustainability, and budget. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award has already opened many doors for me." Gadegbeku is from Berkeley Lake, and her parents are Lesley and Philippe Gadegbeku.
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta will host the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Ceremony on Sunday, March 10 from 2-5 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. One hundred and thirteen Gold Award awardees from the Atlanta area will be recognized at the event.
"In this German classic, a young man named Gregor wakes up one morning to discover he has mysteriously changed into a huge bug. The story, famous for inspiring many interpretations, is about how Gregor and his family react to his changes. As Gregor adapts to his bug state, he nearly forgets his humanness. However, his compassion for his family seldom wavers. Unfortunately, his family members are so repulsed and angered by his 'metamorphosis' they virtually ignore him. Eventually, they abandon the notion that this bug is really their Gregor at all. I think this story could be a metaphor for how some families fail to cope with the dramatic changes of an elderly person who can no longer function adequately and who no longer seems to be the person they once loved. This is a sad tale, but it opened my eyes."
Novelist Corra White Harris was one of the most celebrated women from Georgia for nearly three decades in the early 20th century. She is best known for her first novel, A Circuit Rider's Wife (1910), though she gained a national audience a decade before its publication. From 1899 through the 1920s, she published hundreds of essays and short stories and more than a thousand book reviews in such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post, Harper's, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and especially the Independent, a highly reputable New York-based periodical known for its political, social, and literary critiques.
Harris established a reputation as a humorist, southern apologist, polemicist, and upholder of pre-modern agrarian values. At the same time she criticized Southern writers who sentimentalized a past that never existed. Most of Harris's 19 books were novels, though she also published two autobiographies, a travel journal, and a coauthored book of fictional letters. Two of her works became feature-length movies. Of these, the best known is I'd Climb the Highest Mountain (1951), inspired by A Circuit Rider's Wife. The film was written and produced by Georgia native Lamar Trotti and starred Susan Hayward and William Lundigan.
She was born Corra Mae White on March 17, 1869 in the foothills of Elbert County. Like many southern women of her day, she did not have an extensive education. She attended Elberton Female Academy but never graduated and, as a writer, was largely self-taught. In 1887 she married Methodist minister and educator Lundy Howard Harris. They had three children, only one of whom-a daughter named Faith-lived beyond infancy.
Harris's career developed out of financial necessity. Her husband's life in the Methodist ministry and in ministerial education was punctuated by incapacities from bouts of alcoholism and depression. Before and after Lundy Harris's death in 1910, Corra Harris assumed responsibility for her immediate and extended family's financial survival. She remained a widow, spending the last two decades of her life at the place she named "In the Valley" just outside Cartersville in Bartow County. There she died in 1935, having outlived her daughter by 16 years.
Harris's prolific writing career began in 1899 with an impassioned letter to the editor of the Independent. Harris wrote with a conventional defense of lynching, yet she so impressed the editors with her disarming expression of homespun politics that the Independent encouraged further submissions.
Of all Harris's works, the most acclaimed was A Circuit Rider's Wife, the story of an itinerant Methodist minister and his wife, and their life together on a church circuit in the north Georgia mountains. The book has been noted since that time for its portrayal of rural mountain folk in their earthiness and simplicity. It was reprinted in 1998 by the University of Georgia Press.
her works, The Co-Citizens (1915), illustrates especially well
the paradoxical nature of Harris's personality and politics. The protagonist
is loosely based on Rebecca Latimer Felton, a fellow Georgian, and Harris
purportedly wrote the novel to illustrate support for the woman suffrage
movement, though she was actually more ambivalent about than supportive
of the movement.
During the 1930s her publishing career was largely limited to the locally popular "Candlelit Column," a tri-weekly article in the Atlanta Journal. Harris died of heart-related illness on February 7, 1935. In 1996 Harris was inducted into Georgia Women of Achievement.
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"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."
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:
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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(NEW) "Our Pledge-Keep America Beautiful" is the topic of a talk March 10 at Ashton Senior Living in Lawrenceville at 2 p.m., with Connie Wiggins speaking. The event will be part of a program at the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, please send email here. Ms. Wiggins is CEO of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful.
Hiking Trails and Birding Trails of North Georgia will be the subject of the March meeting of the Southern Wings Bird Club at 7 p.m. on March 11 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Speaker will be Eddi Minche. More.
St. Patrick's Celebration, with casino night: March 16, Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville. This is a joint production of the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association and the Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary Club to raise money for the Community Garden of Snellville. Cost is $90 per couple. For more information, contact by email.
Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., March 19, Gwinnett Technical College's Busbee Center. Speaker will be Dan Homrich, southeast vice president of Mobiquity Inc. Cost is $10 for the meeting and breakfast.
(NEW) Firearms Safety Seminar: 6:30 p.m., March 21, Berkmar High Auditorium, put on by the Lilburn Police Department. For more information, email here.
(NEW) 20th Annual Egg Hunt sponsored by the City of Duluth: 1 p.m., March 23, Rogers Bridge Park, 4291 Rogers Bridge Road. The event is free. Families are encouraged to bring baskets to gather eggs. There will be special prizes, music, games and a visit from Peter Cottontail. A brunch with the Bunny at 11:30 a.m. ($3 for food) will consist of doughnuts, juice and opportunities for photos.
(NEW) Second Annual Real Local Food Festival: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., March 24, at Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. The festival will include three speaker sessions by local farmers and community gardeners. The festival will include beekeepers (Dances with Bees), Harvest Farm Community Garden, the Cumming Harvest Farmers Market, Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, and others. Honey, beeswax products, vegetables, herbs, and flowers will be sold as well. More info.
(NEW) Interactive Anti-Bullying Play for Students and Parents: 6:30 p.m., March 26, Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Unnecessary Monsters follows the lives of four students dealing with the struggles of peer pressure and trying to fit in. This directly relates to the language arts curriculum and comes complete with extensive Study Guide. More info.
"Doors and Portals" is the title of the new exhibit at the Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. Juried art work in a variety of styles and mediums will be on display. The gallery is open Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The current exhibit continues through March 23.
Homestead Exemption deadline is approaching. Deadline is April 1 for property owners living on their property as of January 1. They may apply for this exemption to save on their ad valorem (property) tax. Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year. To find out more about the 14 exemptions available and eligibility requirements, visit this site, contact the Tax Commissioner's Office by email or call 770-822-8800. Applications for 2013 exemptions will not be accepted after April 1.
Art show: Through May 21, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee. Two artists are featured: June Gotthardt, showing landscapes of the North Carolina mountains; and Karen Device, whose work is described as "embodying a child-like sense of wonder." Admission is free. Open each day of the week and Saturday. Call 678-277-0910 for details or visit online.
"Peanuts Naturally:" Exhibit showing now through April 28, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. The exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz's exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. More": call 770-904-3500 or visit www.gwinnettEHC.org
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CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT
Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.
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