BRACK: North Gwinnett High’s football win was first state title ever for boys

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  North Gwinnett High’s recent football championship is the first state title for any boys’ team in the history of the Bulldog school.  However, North Gwinnett girls have won seven—that’s right, seven—-state championships since the school opened in 1958. It was built originally to consolidate high schools in Sugar Hill and Suwanee.

Kathy Thompson of the school’s athletic department tells us that the girls’ state championships came in four sports:

  • Girls Softball, most recently in 2016, but also in 1955, 1988 and 1989.
  • Soccer: in 2010.
  • Cross Country, 2009.
  • And cheerleading, 2000.

How about it boys: you gonna catch the girls in winning state championships?

IF VISITING HISTORIC WESTVILLE, that community once near Lumpkin, Ga., stop!  It’s not there anymore.  Come this fall, you can visit Westville in a new location, in Columbus, on South Lumpkin Road across from the National Infantry Museum and next to Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. That will no doubt be a far better site than in its previous site in rural South Georgia, where few tourists wander.  The new site, some 20 acres, is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

So far, 12 of 17 buildings have been moved to the new site in the first phase, as well as administrative offices. A second phase will add a rural and farm area to the location.

Did you know that there’s a bit of Gwinnett for the Westville site? Hugh Wilkerson of Lilburn tells us that William McDaniel, the original settler of the Lilburn area, erected a cabin in Gwinnett after he won a tract in the 1820 land lottery. He settled near where present-day U.S. Highway 29 and Rockbridge Road converge in Lilburn. The cabin was later moved to a private collection in Jonesboro, and eventually to the Westville Living History Museum in Lumpkin County.   It’s good to see such buildings preserved.

HEADLINE that I enjoyed recently, in the Pike County Journal-Reporter in Zebulon: “Arrests made minutes after theft.”  Attaway, Zebulon policemen!

HOW HOT OR COLD? One guy who should know, Bud Mingledorff of the air-conditioning firm of Mingledorffs, headquartered in Gwinnett, tells me that 2017 was cooler in these parts than 2016 by 11 percent. Now it seems that 2018 has started off that way.  That’s different from most parts of the world, where it is getting warmer. Sure does throw a hammer into the climate change argument!

SINCE BRITAIN was the first country to use prepaid postage stamps, that country has never printed the name of their country on their stamps, just a portrait of the reigning monarch.

WE OWE THE ZIPPER becoming popular to a shoemaker.

Over 100 years ago, on April 29, 1913, a Swedish engineer named Gideon Sundback was living in Hoboken, New Jersey, when he patented the modern zipper under the name, “Hookless No. 2.”

The public, however, was far from sold.

Preachers initially called the device “the Devil’s fingers” because it eased the process of removing clothing. Other early zipper models were patented under names like “C-curity Fastener” and “The Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure.”

However, the zipper didn’t take off until a boot company adopted the technology for their “Zipper Boot,” launching both the method and the word into fame. Now you know.