Elliott Brack’s Perspective

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BRACK: Talking with the person behind the many Jim Ellis auto dealerships

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Drive off I-285 toward Atlanta on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, and immediately there is a host of Jim Ellis auto dealerships, to eight all, bunched together. Over in Cobb County, there are four more Jim Ellis dealerships, and another in Buford, for a total of 13 in all, with 12 brands. (Click here to see all dealerships).

So people ask, “Who is Jim Ellis?”

by · April 14, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Fairness in government is basic to laws and customs of our nation

BRACK: Fairness in government is basic to laws and customs of our nation

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Though it’s not stated in the U.S. Constitution, the quality of fairness is embodied in our government. After all, we are a nation of laws, and that alone speaks to reason and decorum in deliberations. Throw out fairness and you move toward chaos.

by · April 11, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Gwinnett to lose its most senior government official soon

BRACK: Gwinnett to lose its most senior government official soon

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Gwinnett will soon lose its highest ranking Federal official, as Judge William C. O’Kelley and his wife are moving their residence from Norcross to their farm in Murrayville, in Hall County. Actually, Judge O’Kelley is the highest Federal official in Georgia, and possibly the Southeast.

BRACK: Highway routings, political forums and a Jackson EMC promotion

BRACK: Highway routings, political forums and a Jackson EMC promotion

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Gwinnett motorists going into Atlanta will have to find new routing after a portion of the Interstate 85 collapsed last Thursday from a fire under the bridge. It drastically affected Express bus routes originating from Gwinnett.

GC Transit says that all Express bus routes from Gwinnett will not operated via I-85 to I-295 to I-20, with return buses running in the opposite direction. Plan extra time for all Express trips.

BRACK: Much more diverse board structure in Gwinnett on way

BRACK: Much more diverse board structure in Gwinnett on way

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | For years now, there has been debate on how many county and school board districts Gwinnett needs to best govern ourselves.

Currently there are five school board districts, and four county commission districts. Each board has five members. However, there are only four county commission districts since the chairman is elected on a county-wide basis, and makes up the fifth board member.

by · March 31, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Crumbling buildings in rural south Georgia can depress you

BRACK: Crumbling buildings in rural south Georgia can depress you

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | Returning from South Georgia after attending a funeral this week, we got off the Interstates for a while, and enjoyed the less stressful driving on the back roads. All in all, it‘s much more enjoyable, too, as you see how the crops are doing (the Vidalias are green topped and ready for harvest), check out the small communities, and see Georgia in a way as it was in the past.

by · March 28, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: Circle drive around Gwinnett shows continued vibrant activity

BRACK: Circle drive around Gwinnett shows continued vibrant activity

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | At least two times a year, we make a circular tour of Gwinnett County, to keep up with the continued change in the landscape. Every time we travel this route, we find new activity.

This week we found some overnight activity: a Tuesday night storm inflicted tree damage all around the county, as we encountered Georgia Power and Jackson EMC (and surely Walton EMC) crews around Gwinnett repairing damage from the storm. The damage was scattered, but seen through much of Gwinnett.

by · March 23, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
BRACK: The Piedmont Bank expanding into Northeast Georgia with merger

BRACK: The Piedmont Bank expanding into Northeast Georgia with merger

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | A Peachtree Corners bank is expanding into three additional Northeast Georgia communities by acquiring the Mountain Valley Community Bank of Cleveland.

The Piedmont Bank, for which Piedmont Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company, has entered into an agreement with Mountain Valley Bancshares Inc., the holding company for Mountain Valley Community Bank, with a plan to merge the two companies. It is expected that the merger will be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

by · March 21, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
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BRACK: Oppose proposed bill to allow elected local school superintendents

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | In a constitutional republic where new legislation is constantly being pushed by many elements, all citizens must be vigilant.

For every time you gain a victory, that doesn’t mean that the victory will last. You may have to go all-out to insure that the victory remains in place, since there are usually major opponents to almost every bit of legislation.

by · March 17, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective
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BRACK: Here’s why some people say to me: You haven’t changed a bit!”

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher | There’s a new mug shot looking out at you today. And there’s a story behind that.

It goes back years ago to my days publishing a weekly newspaper in South Georgia. During the political season, many of the candidates would come in for the editor to help them in writing their “political announcement,” which would be a paid advertisement for the candidate in the newspaper up until the election.

by · March 14, 2017 · Elliott Brack's Perspective