Issue 12.37 | Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
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DULUTH, Ga., August 17, 2012 -- While searching for a date relative to a house once owned by my great-great grandfather, the door of history opened to reveal an almost never-ending string of connections. Knowing that the house had once been owned by the Howell family eventually led to a familiar name, Clark Howell (b. 1811-1882), which started a dizzying time of sorting out dates and connections.
"Judge" Clark Howell, as he was later known, had come to Gwinnett in 1821 with his father, Evan Howell, well known to locals as the founder of Howell's Cross Roads, now Duluth. In 1871, Evan Parks Howell, grandson of Evan and son of Clark, suggested the name "Duluth", which is a well chronicled story into itself.
Judge Clark Howell spent his formative years in Gwinnett, and married his second wife, Unk Winn in 1832 in Lawrenceville, giving him ties to a member of one of Gwinnett's founding families (the Winns). After his first wife died, in 1838 Judge Howell married Effiah Jane Park.
Among their children was Evan Park Howell, who was a Civil War officer, who moved to a thriving town, Marthasville, in 1848 with his father at the age of nine. He attended school in the young Atlanta before enrolling in Georgia Military Institute in Marietta and then the Lumpkin Law school in Athens (now UGA law school.) During the Civil War, he participated in the Battle of Atlanta, where he silenced a Federal battery, despite having his horse shot from under him.
After farming for a few years, Evan P. Howell, became city editor of the Atlanta Intelligencer, but later returned to law practice. Elected to the State Senate, he later returned to a newspaper in 1876, when he purchased the controlling interest in The Atlanta Constitution, and became its editor-in-chief. His place in Atlanta journalistic history was settled when he lured both Henry Grady and Joel Chandler Harris to the newspaper, feats which would change the journalistic history of Atlanta and the country.
During the war, Evan P. Howell had sent his wife, Julia A. Erwin to Erwinton, S.C., for safety, where she gave birth to Clark Howell (known as Senior.) Clark later graduated from UGA, worked for the New York Times and Philadelphia Press before returning to the Constitution, where he served under Grady and Harris. Following in his father's footsteps, he was elected to the Georgia House for three terms and later to the Senate. He ran for governor in 1906, losing over his stance on the debate over disenfranchising black Georgians. Ironically, his opponent and winner was Hoke Smith, who at one time owned The Atlanta Journal.
Clark Howell Sr. was active in Democratic politics, and a confident of Franklin Roosevelt, who appointed him to the Federal Aviation Commission. His legacy as a newspaperman was solidified with a Pulitzer Prize in 1931. He also hired Ralph McGill in 1929, which eventually lead to the newspaper becoming an outspoken advocate for racial equality, and to even more Pulitzer Prizes for the paper. Clark Howell has buildings named for him at both UGA and Georgia Tech, where he also gave a gift of WGST radio to the school.
to Atlanta, these men with similar names influenced the growth of the
South and the journalistic status of the country.
AUG. 17, 2012 -- Have you noted the lack of crowds at voting places in recent elections? There's probably one major reason for voting getting easier when casting one's ballot on Election Day: many people have already voted.
Elections Supervisor Lynn Ledford reports that in the 2008 General Election in Gwinnett, 117,227 persons voted before Election Day. (They either cast ballots by early voting or by absentee ballot.) That meant that the 173,153 persons who came to vote on the actual Election Day at least had it a little easier. (No figures compiled as how people voted for the 2012 primary as yet, when nearly 100,000 people cast ballots in Gwinnett.)
Next Tuesday, August 21 will be the run-off election in Gwinnett, with three races still to be decided.
For County Commission, Mike Beaudreau will face challenger Tommy Hunter.
In the non-partisan races for judge, Kathy Schrader and Tracey Mason Blasi square off for the Superior Court seat, while Emily Brantley and Pam Britt run against one another for the State Court position.
If you haven't already voted, get out Tuesday and vote. There will probably be many fewer people voting in the run-off than in the earlier primary, so if you vote, your vote is more important than ever.
All three winners will take offices from the result of this vote. Do your part and vote!
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There has been some differences in Early Voting this year, decreasing the time allowed for Early Voting from 45 down to 21 days.
November General Election, as for the General Primary, there are five
places in Gwinnett where you can cast votes early. Besides the Elections
Division office on Georgia Highway 20 east of Lawrenceville, there are
four other locations:
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Congratulations, Buford Illustrated News! You've just had your first birthday!
Publisher Millard Grimes recognized that Buford was something of a focused community, and did not have a newspaper of its own. So here he came with the experience and background in putting out successful newspapers, and immediately, Buford began supporting the newspaper. Under Editor Jimmy Grimes and Advertising Manager Mary Armento, the one-year old newspaper is doing well, and expanding. We offer our congratulations!
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Hurrah for Lilburn! A new and questionable come-on focuses on people who live in pain, promising them relief through questionable pharmaceuticals. So-called "pill-mills" are often nothing more than fronts for marketing semi-prescription drugs, and snare countless people, even into addiction.
Lilburn officials don't want such phony-businesses in the city, and has adopted new rules which makes establishing such activity much tougher. This is not to discourage legitimate medical personnel, but seeks to make sure that businesses are real medical pain clinics, and not run by shady, non-medical operators. Police Chief Bruce Hedley has called pill-mills as "spreading pure poison into the community."
We concur, and heartily back Lilburn's effort. Who knows: perhaps this can start efforts throughout the county and its other 15 cities to quell such practices!
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Enjoyed article on visiting in Newport, R.I.
Editor, the Forum:
I loved the article on Newport in the recent GwinnettForum. It put me in mind of a book I read last fall and I'm sending along a review of it for use later.
I had been to Newport a couple of times just passing through. But, after reading this book, I decided a longer trip was in order. I flew up for five days (was working at Delta at the time) in October and toured the mansions. More importantly, I found the house that was the Collins' home in the old 1960s/1970s show, Dark Shadows. A blast from the past!
Feels West begins far more Western than some might think
Editor, the Forum:
Don't Fence Me In was originally written in 1934 for Adios, Argentina, an unproduced 20th Century Fox film musical. The song was based on text by a poet and engineer with the Department of Highways in Helena, Mont., Robert (Bob) Fletcher. Cole Porter, who had been asked to write a cowboy song for the 20th Century Fox musical, bought the poem from Fletcher for $250.
Porter reworked Fletcher's poem, and when the song was first published, Porter was credited with sole authorship. Porter had wanted to give Fletcher co-authorship credit, but his publishers did not allow that. After the song became popular, however, Fletcher hired attorneys who negotiated his being given co-authorship credit in subsequent publications. Although it was one of the most popular songs of its time, Porter claimed it was his least favorite of his own compositions.
Since Fletcher was from Helena, my guess would be that the west commences up toward the Spokane Valley just outside of Missoula.
Snellville's eternal flame .once extinguished .may be getting new life. In 2005, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial flame was extinguished as the Memorial was moved to the new City Hall. However, it wasn't re-lit.
It's anticipated that the new memorial will cost between $25-40,000. Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts hit upon the idea of selling memorial bricks at $120 each to pay for the memorial, and to create a fund to maintain it. The city is working with veteran's organizations to sell bricks. Witts hopes that the funds can be raised and the memorial completed by July 4, 2013.
For 20 years, the eternal flame had burned in tribute to the veterans who served in the Vietnam war. According to Tom Witts, "As a veteran myself, and being involved in veteran's organizations, I was well aware that the eternal flame meant more to the veterans than the city fathers realized. For years, I was part of the ceremony that included placing a wreath on the monument each Memorial Day. But when the monument was moved to its current location and the flame wasn't re-lit that tradition ended."
In November of 2011, Witts, reflecting on the fact that the City of Snellville did not have a public celebration of Veteran's Day, announced that he was committing to relighting the eternal flame. Witts thought it would be a relatively simple task, but soon found out it was anything but. "The first obstacle was that we couldn't get a gas line to the current location. Then we explored moving the monument but met resistance from the citizens who chose the present site."
After considering a number of options, Witts settled on a design for a new memorial, one that would celebrate the contributions of all veterans-- from those who served in the Revolutionary War to those who served in Afghanistan.
That was when former City Councilman Chad Smith, an architect and president of CAS Architecture, entered the picture. Although Witts and Smith never served together on the Snellville City Council, they both had served along with former Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender, who brought the two men together. The result is the proposed Veteran's Memorial Freedom Flame which will be erected on the City Hall complex on Oak Road.
Gwinnett Tech among first offering GED tests at own pace
Technical College is one of the first Official GED Testing Centers in
the country to offer computer-based testing, a change that gives test-takers
the opportunity to test at their own pace, type their own essay and receive
an instant score report.
Rooks, dean of adult education at Gwinnett Tech, says: "We're delighted
to be one of the first Official GED Testing Centers to offer the online
test. It's providing test-takers with an easier, more pleasant experience
in our center and that can be an important factor in their success. Passing
the GED test can be the first step to a better job, more career opportunities
and college attendance - truly a life-changing action."
Those 18 years of age and over who would like to take the test can register online at www.GEDcomputer.com or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (392-6433). Those 16 or 17 years of age must complete the required orientation in order to be eligible to take the tests.
UGA names Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz to "40 Under 40"
Mayor Kelly D. Kautz has been selected by the University of Georgia Alumni
Association as a member of "UGA 40 under 40," a program which
celebrates the University's most outstanding young alumni. The 40 recipients
of this year's honor were selected from over 400 nominees from across
the nation and the world. The honorees are alumni of the University of
Georgia who are under 40 years of age, have had an impact in business,
leadership, community, educational, and/or philanthropic endeavors.. Mayor
Kautz graduated from the University of Georgia with both her Bachelor's
Degree in political science and her juris doctorate degree from the School
of Law. The group will be honored at an awards luncheon at the Georgia
Aquarium on September 20 and at the UGA football game on September 22.
Gwinnett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution has been awarded
the national Liberty Bell Americanism Award for 2011- 2012 at the 122nd
Continental Congress held in Phoenix, Arizona.
one of the highest honors bestowed on an SAR chapter in the country. The
Liberty Bell Americanism Award is presented for outstanding programs or
activities during the course of the year that created, supported or promoted
a better understanding in its own community, of SAR resolutions, and of
the fundamental American traditions.
Green and Healthy School program names 47 winners for 2012
Forty seven Gwinnett County schools have earned honors as a "Reaching Higher Schools" level in the 2012 "Green and Healthy School" program.
The award recognizes schools, administrators, and teachers who implement the program, a joint initiative of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and the Gwinnett Public School System (GPSC). The program provides a guide for planning, executing, and assessing the effectiveness of environmental lessons, activities, standards, and school programs.
The Green and Healthy School Program provides educational tool kits that give teachers the resources to teach kids about Water Pollution, Waste Reduction and Recycling; one of the most popular is the Georgia Habitat kit. Using these real-world topics, kids not only learn the concepts of conservation, but also reading and science lessons that relate.
Attaining the "Reaching Higher Schools" level were the following schools:
Annistown Elementary, Arcado Elementary, Beaver Ridge Elementary, Berkley Lake Elementary, Camp Creek Elementary, Cedar Hill Elementary, Chesney Elementary, Collins Hill High, Corley Elementary, Craig Elementary, Duluth Middle, Duncan Creek. Elementary, Dyer Elementary, Five Forks Middle, Fort Daniel Elementary, GSMST (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology)
Gwin Oaks Elementary, Harbins Elementary, Ivy Creek Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Lanier High, Lanier Middle, Lawrenceville Elementary, Level Creek Elementary, Lovin Elementary, Mason Elementary, Maxwell High School of Technology
McKendree Elementary, Meadowcreek Elementary, Minor Elementary, Monarch School, Norcross High, Parsons Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle, Puckett's Mill Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Roberts Elementary, Rosebud Elementary, Shiloh Middle, Simpson Elementary, Starling Elementary, Stripling Elementary, Sugar Hill Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Trip Elementary, White Oak Elementary and Winn Holt Elementary.
Snellville names Sanders as its new city manager
city manager of Snellville is James C. (Butch) Sanders, a veteran of more
than 25 years in governmental management. A native of southern Florida,
he is a graduate of the University of Georgia (poly/sci and economics),
where he also obtained his master's degree in public administration. His
previous work experience includes 2.5 years as Henry County manager; 5.5
years with the City of McDonough; and 19 years with the City of Dalton.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Chet, 25; and Caroline,
21. His hobbies include golf, tennis, road biking and backpacking.
"This type of British novel is my kind of comfort food. Kate Charles tells a good story which happens to have a mystery in it. This is no cookie cutter mystery. The book tales two stories that eventually come together. One story is about a London photographer who follows her husband to a cathedral town where he teaches music and sings in the cathedral choir. Moving into the cathedral close, she thinks all the people there will be nice because of their connection to the church. What she finds is just the opposite. The other story is set in 1989 in The Fens. Two teenaged sisters, raised by conservative, right-wing Christians, take a holiday to Greece where they run free. The result is that one of the sisters disappears. It's interesting how both stories come together, and there's a slight twist at the end."
Most caves in Georgia are on private property, and their accessibility is commonly limited. As of October 2002, at least 23 Georgia caves in the TAG region were officially closed.
Extensive vandalism has led to the erection of barriers at the entrances of some caves, such as Kingston Saltpeter Cave, which is the only cave in Georgia managed as a preserve by the National Speleological Society.
Several caves, including Ellison's Cave, are in the state-owned Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area west of LaFayette. In Cloudland Canyon State Park, Sitton's Cave is open to the public, but no tours are given, and the cave is very wet for much of the year.
Although several caves have been commercialized in the past, Georgia's only commercial cave in operation in 2003 was Cave Spring Cave in the town of Cave Spring, southwest of Rome and about five miles from the Alabama state line. Cave Spring Cave has a length of 300 feet and a vertical extent of 30 feet.
The principal organization involved in mapping and documenting caves in Georgia is the Georgia Speleological Survey. Grottos, or local chapters, of the National Speleological Society in Georgia include the Athens Speleological Society, the Augusta Cave Masters, the Clayton County Cavers Grotto in Morrow, the Clock Tower Grotto in Rome, the Dogwood City Grotto in Atlanta, the Middle Georgia Grotto, and the Pigeon Mountain Grotto. The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, an organization incorporated in Walker County, seeks to acquire, manage, and conserve caves in the Southeast for scientific, educational, and recreational purposes. By 2003 it owned three preserves in Walker and Dade counties with a total of at least ten caves.
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"It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming."
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answers below by clicking on the links. Candidates with no primary opposition
are not listed. Those with opposition in the General Election will be
asked questions, which we'll publish before the November election.
2012 COUNTY CANDIDATES
Gwinnett County Commission, District 3
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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:
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(NEW) Chamber address by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss: 11:30 a.m., Aug. 22, Atlanta Marriott at Gwinnett Place. Tickets for the event are $45. Call 770 232-3000 for more details.
(NEW) Sneak Peek of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre's new studios: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 23, 1800 Macleod Drive, Lawrenceville. Come see the 20,000-square-foot facility and its amenities. No RSVP needed. Just drop by and see for yourself!
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