Issue 14.68 | Nov. 21, 2014
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Ga., Nov. 21, 2014 -- Gwinnett Ballet Theatre (GBT) is adding a new performance
to its lengthy series of performances for children of all ages this holiday
season. A "Sensory Friendly" performance of The Nutcracker
will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, at 11:45 a.m. at the Gwinnett Performing
will be previewed in a segment on WSB-TV's People 2 People program
on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 a.m.
are excited for this opportunity for GBT, the Hirsch Academy, and ASAN
(Atlanta Chapter). I believe both the viewers and dancers will walk away
with a newfound love and appreciation for ballet and how, with just a
few simple adjustments, the performing arts can be made available to all
children and adults in our community."
NOV. 21, 2014 -- It was a relatively young (37 year old) senator from Augusta with modern ideas who brought Georgia out from under the influences of the Talmadge machine, when he became governor in 1963. Carl Sanders brought modern politics to the state, moved the state to new heights and set the tone for forwardness and moderation that, indeed, made Georgia the capitol of the New South.
He ran against a key Talmadge protégé, and former governor, Marvin Griffin, a staunch segregationist. We remember it well. We were in our third week as publisher of the Wayne County Press in Jesup, when we endorsed his candidacy for governor. Sanders was our choice as a progressive, where his opponent, Mr. Griffin, was an old-school throwback. That made it easy for us to endorse him in his bid for the governorship.
Essentially, it was the fall of the county unit system earlier that year that allowed Carl Sanders, who died this week, to become governor of Georgia. The county unit system was declared invalid in April of 1962.
Here's how the county unit system worked. Election was not by who polled the most popular votes. The eight largest counties in the state were given six county units; the next 30 counties were given four unit votes; and the remaining 121 rural counties got only two unit votes each. The candidate that won the most in any county got all of that county's "unit votes." The second place finisher in any county got absolutely no county unit votes at all.
So the candidates focused their campaigning in the smaller counties, since if they won the smaller 121 counties, they would carry 242 county unit votes. If a popular person won the large and middle-sized counties, they would have 48 county unit votes from the big cities (8x6), and 120 county unit votes from the middle sized counties (30x4), but wind up with only 168 county unit votes and lose the election.
As an example, in the 1946 governor' race, Atlanta's James Carmichael got the most popular votes, 313,389, while Gene Talmadge won 297,245 votes. But Talmadge got exactly 242 county unit votes (all the small counties) being named the winner, while Carmichael scored only 146 county unit votes.
The county unit system (from out of the 1917 Nell Primary Act) meant that Georgia was dominated in politics by the smaller counties. The Talmadge Machine recognized this and used it for years to control the state.
But a lawsuit in 1962 recognized that this meant a vote in the larger and mid-sized areas was not equal to a vote in the smaller counties. The upshot was a declaration that every vote was to be given equal weight regardless of where in the state a voter lived. This moved Georgia to the present era and changed the state.
Carl Sanders was the first candidate to benefit from this distinction. He won 58 percent of the vote in the primary to Griffin's 39 percent, while three lesser candidates got 3 percent.
Carl Sanders would run a second time, in 1970, against Jimmy Carter. We had supported Carter in his first race in 1966, but didn't like his politics the second time, and we endorsed Sanders again. Carter won. We've often wondered what would have happened had Carter not won that race, and Sanders had.
Carl Sanders: 1925-2014: May you rest in peace.
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Editor, the Forum:
Thanks so much for sharing your Hudson River cruise experience. My husband and I grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson (just a tad north of West Point) and although Georgia has been home for almost 25 years; we never tire of seeing those magnificent mountains of the Hudson Highlands. Our families still live there, so we get to visit our hometown a few times a year.
Growing up with so much history of West Point being our neighbor, as well as critical Revolution-era battles and events, it was hard to put it all in perspective and appreciate until we moved away --- which I believe is a natural occurrence when anyone grows up around something historic or important.
My cousin and her husband work with the Clearwater Sloop, a ship and foundation that was started by Pete Seeger to bring attention to the beauty and care of the mighty Hudson.
I'm glad you got to visit the Roosevelt home as well as West Point. Thank you for paying tribute to a small, but important area of our United States.
As a continued effort to keep shoppers, businesses and affiliates safe this holiday season, the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (CID) is once again increasing the public safety presence throughout Greater Gwinnett Place area.
In time for the busy holiday shopping season, extra private security professionals contracted by the CID will expand upon the current seven-day patrols. The added measures will continue for a six-week period during the balance of 2014.
Uniformed professional public safety personnel from Paradigm Security Services, Inc. will monitor retail centers, high-traffic areas and other Gwinnett Place area businesses, according to CID Executive Director Joe Allen. He says: "Gwinnett Place offers a very unique experience. We have received very positive feedback from shoppers and businesses with the added security presence in the past. We are continuing these efforts to ensure that Gwinnett Place is a fun, exciting and safe destination for everyone this season."
The public safety officers operate in close cooperation with Gwinnett County Police to notify law enforcement of any potential criminal activity. Officers will use vehicles bearing CID markings.
County contracts for wellness center for employees, retirees
County Board of Commissioners have approved a contract to operate a wellness
center for employees and retirees. Healthstat Inc. manages more than 300
centers across the nation and is accredited by the National Committee
of Quality Assurance in wellness and health promotion. Locally, the company
operates Cobb County's employee health center.
After ringing in the holiday season and welcoming Santa in historic Old Town for about two decades, the City of Suwanee has made the bittersweet decision to move its annual holiday celebration to Town Center Park. The former Caboose Lighting is now Suwanee's Jolly Holly-day Celebration. The holiday event will still be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 5, but at Town Center Park instead of on Main Street.
On the Town Center stage, several elementary school choruses - from Burnette, Level Creek, Riverside, Roberts, and Suwanee - will perform favorite holiday tunes from around the globe. Sounds of Suwanee performers from the Suwanee Academy of the Arts also will perform.
Craft activities and free hot chocolate, cookies, and s'mores will be available while supplies last. And, of course, the jolly ol' elf himself will be the guest of honor and will magically light the Christmas tree at Town Center Park.
Lane to become Grayson community development director
has joined the city as its Community Development Director. She will begin
in this new position on January 1, 2015. Lane previously served as manager
of the Grayson Downtown Development Authority since 2013 and will continue
in her capacity as Grayson's Main Street Manager as she assumes the additional
duties of Community Development Director. Lane will oversee and manage
events, promotions, and the Grayson Arts and History Center.
the experience of one who is already involved in Grayson events and activities.
She has spent the last year training on behalf of Main Street Grayson
while serving as the city's representative on several boards.
Consider "upcycling" as part of your holiday activities
upcoming holiday season, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
(EHC) encourages you to get in touch with your "green" side
and consider "upcycling" as a part of your holiday activities.
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W. J. "Bill"
Usery Jr. became the first Georgian to serve as Secretary of Labor when
U.S. President Gerald Ford appointed him to that position in 1976. During
his illustrious career, Usery received five appointments, by both Democratic
and Republican presidents, to serve the national interest in resolving
Mr. Usery, who will celebrate his 91st birthday next month, is retired in Milledgeville.
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The City of Lilburn
Tree Lighting ceremony is Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The city's
parade is scheduled for December 6 at 10 a.m. We regret the information
published before was incorrect. --eeb
"Regular brushing could have prevented this plaque."
(NEW) Christmas in the (Peachtree) Corners is an all day affair November 22, starting with a parade at 10 a.m. The celebration continues through 5 p.m. with arts and crafts booths on Woodhill Drive at The Corners Parkway. Visit Santa's Workshop and enjoy the food trucks in the area. The grand marshal of the parade is Retiring Gwinnett County Police Chief Charlie Walters.
Bestselling author John Connolly will speak on November 22 at 7 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts Center. The event is free. The author will be signing "The Wolf in Winter," the latest in his Charlie Parker thriller series. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Connolly has won the Shamus, the Agatha, the Edgar and Anthony awards for his writings. The event is sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Library.
(NEW) Anne Byrn, the bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor series of cookbooks, is the Gwinnett Library's Meet the Author series next presentation. She will appear on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m.. at the Peachtree Corners branch, located at 5570 Spaulding Drive The event is free and open to the public, with books available for sale and signing.
Exhibit of eight artists continues through December 2 at George Pierce Park Community Center in Suwanee. Eight female artists will showcase their talents, including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. For more information, call 678-277-0910.
(NEW) Duluth's 36th Annual Tree Lighting will be Saturday, December 6, near city hall and will kick off at 4 p.m. There will be activities including arts and crafts and other events before the lighting at 6 p.m. BB Harris Elementary and Duluth High School Chorus sing holiday classics. Santa and his reindeer will be present.
Hill's Tree Lighting will start at 5:30 p.m. on December 6 at
the Bowl, behind City Hall. Anticipated among the activities will be ice
skating, trains, music, food, hot drinks and the annual Tree Lighting,
plus of course, Santa. The event will last until 8:30 p.m.
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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