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WHEN IT GOES ROUND IN CIRCLES: The 58th annual Gwinnett County Fair opens Thursday, September 13 at the Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. The Fair continues through September 23. Admission is $5 for adult and $2 for children 6-12. The fair is put on the by the Gwinnett County Fair and Livestock Association. A feature of this year's fair is the No-Joes Clown Circus, performing each day at 7 and 9 p.m. Last year more than 205,185 people attended the fair, with offers prizes in many adult and youth competitions. (The record attendance was year 2003, when 226,512 attended.) This photo of the Wave Swinger ride was made by Frank Sharp with his Panasonic Lumix FZ100 at 1/20 sec at F3.1 ISO 400.

Issue 12.42 | Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

:: $50,000 art prize from Hudgens

:: French river cruise, week in Madrid

On conventions, center, guns

Disaster workshop, plein art

:: Roundabout, Sanders Capital


:: Brand Banking Company

:: Rucker becomes Roswell mayor

:: Lots of events on tap

:: On those with promise


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Hudgens center again offers $50,000 arts competition
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DULUTH, Ga., Sept. 11, 2012 -- The prestigious Hudgens Prize Visual Arts Competition is back for a second year, with another cash award of $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition for the talented artist who wins. The Hudgens Prize is one of the largest art awards given in the entire nation, and is open only to Georgia residents. The purpose of the competition is to elevate and promote the arts in Georgia, as well as to offer a transformational opportunity for the winning artist.

Teresa Osborn, executive director at the Hudgens, says: "We are excited to again be able to offer such an important award competition to the artists of Georgia. Besides bringing the work of all the entered artists to the attention of world class jurists, the competition awards a large cash stipend to the winning artist that should allow them to concentrate fully on their art, without financial strain and distractions, which is an invaluable opportunity."

A work by Hur

The Hudgens Prize was first awarded in 2010, to artist Gyun Hur of Atlanta. Hur received both national and international recognition following her receipt of the award, including selection for an Artadia Award and exhibits in Chicago and Hong Kong, and had her solo exhibit at the Hudgens in December 2011.

An important addition to the competition this year is the formation of the Hudgens Prize Advisory Committee, made up of Georgia arts leaders: Susan Bridges, Tina Cox, Jerry Cullum, Susannah Darrow, Julia Fenton, Gyun Hur, Marianne Lambert, Tina Lilly and Michael Rooks. This committee will help guide the shape and form of the Hudgens Prize competition.

The Hudgens Prize competition is open to any individual artist living as a full time resident in the state of Georgia, age 18 and up. Visual artwork of any medium will be considered, but works previously exhibited at the Hudgens are ineligible. All work must have been completed within the last two years. Entry requires a $30 non-refundable fee, and entitles each artist to submit up to five entries.

Competition entries are to be submitted online via digital upload, and will be accepted between November 1, 2012 and February 1, 2013. Artists may visit the Hudgens' website starting November 1t to access the link for entering their works. There will also be a video tutorial, available on the Hudgens' website starting October 1, explaining the online submission process.

A jury panel, to be announced shortly, will review the images and artist statements in February of 2013, and will select four artists to display their work in the Finalist's Exhibition. Each of the four finalists will receive a $1,500 cash stipend to help cover expenses relating to the exhibition, such as materials, framing, transportation of artwork, etc.

The Hudgens Prize will be awarded by the jury panel based on in-person visits to the four finalists' studios and the works on view in the Hudgens Prize Finalist's Exhibition, to open on June 8, 2013. The $50,000 prize winner will be announced at the Hudgens Prize Award Celebration, which will take place in August.

For more information and the full Rules of Entry, please visit the Hudgens' website at

Slow river boat in France, sights in Spain mark great trip
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SEPT. 11, 2012 -- It was the Buford tooth doctor, Jim Davis, who put the idea in my head. He and Cheri love to take river cruises in Europe. So we boarded a river cruise for a week on the Rhone River from Chalon to Arles. The second week we met one of our daughters in Madrid, and poked around that city, plus took a side trip to Toledo (30 minutes by train) primarily to see the art of Goya and El Greco in the Toledo cathedral in that distinctive, historic town.


Traveling by river boat is most relaxing. I like unpacking just once. But you are in mighty tight quarters of 140 square feet! Yet you stay in your room little.

The activities were plentiful, docking in a different town each day. The cruise started in Chalon, since it is the more northern town where the Saone, a tributary of the Rhone, is navigable. That's 79 miles above Lyon. Altogether, we traveled 260 miles on the river, going through 15 different locks. The locks are huge, as the ship is more than a football field in length, and had on it 66 cabins and a full staff of 36 people.

We knew no one on the trip, but managed to meet, often at dinner, people from Canada, a retired banker and his wife from London, an Australian couple, another from South Africa, two ladies from San Diego, and couples from San Francisco and Endicott City, Md.

We knew nothing about World War II in the south of France. A month or so after the D-Day invasion, the Free French moved north from the Mediterranean Sea. Prior to this, there was only bombing in Southern France by the Allies to take out German targets. Lyon was mostly spared, though Avignon and Arles were hit hard. However, Lyon was hurt seriously when retreating Germans blew all the bridges in Lyon to slow the Allied advance.

Our hardest day was enjoyable but long: four different trains from Arles to get to Madrid, making the final fast train to Madrid with only one minute to spare. Top speed I noted on the indicator was 301 km/hour, a ride mighty smooth at that!

Santa María la Real de La Almudena,
a Catholic cathedral in Madrid.

One thing is for sure: traveling as part of a tour group, whether on a bus, airplane or ship, is easy for one particular reason: others suggest events and destinations. However, once you get off the ship, and become your own tour guide, as we did in Madrid, there is the tendency to limit your activities, since you tell yourself, you have had a long day, and it will be good to rest. But you can't see a city like Madrid if you mosey around and do nothing. We especially enjoyed an initial "Hop-on-Hop off" bus tour to acquaint us with this capitol of Spain.

We were in an apartment. Each morning I got out early, picked up pastries for breakfast, then visited sights, the palace and central square, and museums. After all, you can't see such distinctive places at home! The art at the Prado Museum in Madrid is most spectacular, and well done! Not only that, my High Museum card got us in for free!

Yep, we enjoyed our sojourn to France and our first time in Spain. Thanks, Jim and Cheri Davis, for putting in our mind years ago thoughts about a river cruise.

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Sees benefits of Jerusalem as headquarters for the U.N.

Editor, the Forum:

Last week Democrats stooped to a new low in Charlotte, N.C. Voting no longer matters to the party which consistently doesn't understand what kind of government America has. Often referring to "our democracy," Democrats should read the Constitution which describes a Republic, as does the Pledge of Allegiance.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland made a motion to suspend rules of the convention to allow voting without debate to amend the Party Platform recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A voice vote was taken three times, clearly NOT in favor of the amendment by the two-thirds majority required to pass. It was then passed by the Party Chair.

The suspension of rules for this amendment has nothing to do with governing the United States. Why claim to be the party of democracy while ignoring democratic processes? The amendment was adopted essentially by edict. Go here.

The Democratic Party's failure to follow its own credo is concerning. This has little to do with our current election issues of the nation. This may not be anything but pandering to the Jewish vote.

This gives me pause to ask why? Why would the Democrats need to recognize a capital in another nation? Republicans have made similar calls in their own conventions. Why are both parties concerned where the capital of Israel is located? I can only think it is pandering for the votes of Jewish and apocalyptic "Christian" lobbies in the United States.

Another consideration for Jerusalem is to make it the headquarters of the United Nations and remove it from New York City. This may help debunk the popular notion internationally that the U.N. is just another arm of U.S. imperialism. This could clean up and disarm Jerusalem as well making it far more tourist-friendly for all and while complying with U.N. Resolution 181 passed in 1948 creating the State of Israel.

-- Roger Hagen, Lilburn

Good Samaritan Center looking to double appointments

Editor, the Forum:

Let me tell you of a milestone we at Good Samaritan Health Center reached just a few days ago. On August 31, our second patient of the day was our 4,000th appointment of the year. We celebrate this milestone because it demonstrates God has blessed our ministry; we are not left idle, but instead are working hard each day to heal the sick and share the Gospel with the lost.

We expect to provide 6,000 appointments this year, a significant growth in our service to the community when compared to the 3,139 appointments we provided in 2011. It's to us a sign that our ministry is crucial to the health of our community, and that we might continue our work even when we are not sure when the necessary resources will come.

As of this writing we have provided 4,033 appointments and services worth an estimated $854,000 in Medicare dollars, rendered at an expense of only $393,000, thanks to the more than 5,400 volunteer hours that have been donated. Our patients have paid $292,000 for these services; the remainder of our expenses has been paid by our contributors. You have helped us to care for hundreds of men, women and children with heart and lung diseases, diabetes, cancer and other significant illnesses.

We thank you for your part in making our ministry work, and we ask you to encourage us again with your support. We have four months remaining and possibly another 2,000 appointments to deliver in this year, with your help, we can attend to the health and spiritual needs of those who enter our doors.

-- Gregory E. Lang, executive director, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, 3700 Club Drive, Lawrenceville

Country levies more restrictions on cars than on firearms

Editor, the Forum:

The writer from Norcross ("Feels solution to gun issue is education, not legislation.") brings out the old argument that cars kill more people than guns and no one wants to ban cars.

However, let's examine that thought a little more.

1. The primary purpose of guns is to kill. This is not the purpose of autos.

2. To legally drive a car, one must have a license. Not so for guns (at least in Georgia.)

3. To legally drive a car, it must be registered and a tax paid on it. Definitely not so for guns.

So, obviously there are more restrictions on a device that is not intended to kill than there are on one that was designed and manufactured for the express purpose of killing.

What's wrong with this picture?

-- Bob Hanson, Loganville

(Watch it, Bob. Applying logic usually gets people into deeper thoughts.---eeb.)

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Annandale to host disaster prep. workshop on Sept. 15

Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and sometimes, without warning. It is especially important for those citizens with disabilities and other special needs to decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare BEFORE an event occurs. For Annandale Village, this is the message it hopes to disseminate when it serves as host of Get Ready Gwinnett!, a day-long disaster preparedness educational symposium and resource fair.

The event is free at the Annandale Village in Suwanee. Registration is required. It is presented by the Gwinnett Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 15, Get Ready Gwinnett! is designed to help people who have physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities to prepare for natural disasters and their consequences. Organizers say anyone who has a disability or anyone who works with, lives with, or assists a person with a disability is strongly encouraged to attend so that they will gain valuable tools, resources and information to effectively organize a personal disaster plan. For more details, visit

North Gwinnett arts group plans plein air event Oct. 27-28

North Gwinnett Arts Association will host the 2012 Fall Plein Air art event in Suwanee on October 27-28. So it's time to get your paint brushes, chalk, pastel, etc... ready for creating art in the open air.

Artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Deadline for registration is October 20. People may sign up online or at Open Studio every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The awards ceremony and reception will take place from 6 p.m. at Ippolitos in Suwanee on Sunday, October 28, and is open to family and friends.

Duluth, AGCO, team up to seek welcoming art for roundabout

The City of Duluth, led by the Gateway Art Project Committee (GAPC) and Mayor Nancy Harris, seeks to commission an artist to design and implement a piece of art to grace the center of the new roundabout located at the intersections of West Lawrenceville Street, McClure Bridge Road and Irvindale Road (There is a fourth roadway that will also connect in the near future).

The GAPC was formed in January 2012 to plan and implement the process of choosing a piece, or pieces, of public art to be installed in the center of the roundabout. This initial site-specific project is the first public art piece the City hopes to purchase to enhance the beauty and culture of downtown Duluth. This location is considered to be a "gateway" into downtown Duluth, in a residential setting, and is an important symbol to welcome citizens and visitors alike into historic Duluth.

The donation for this initial project will come from AGCO Corporation (, a leading global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and Fortune 500 company whose corporate headquarters is located in Duluth. AGCO offers a full line of motorized agricultural equipment, grain storage and protein production systems which are distributed through 2,600 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Martin Richenhagen, CEO of AGCO, says: ."It is important to AGCO to be good citizens in the communities where we and our customers operate. We are proud to support the city that has been our home for almost 20 years."

The call to artists and additional information about the project may be viewed at

Sanders Capital of Norcross is now a unit of United Capital

United Capital Financial Advisers announced last week that Atlanta-based Sanders Financial Management has joined the registered investment advisory company as the first firm from Georgia to join United Capital as it expands its footprint in the Southeast.

Sanders Financial, founded by Emily C. Sanders, CPA, has about $222 million in assets under management and 160 family relationships. Seven employees, including former Sanders President Owen Malcolm, have joined United Capital, which now employs 285.

With this acquisition, United Capital Financial Advisers has 40 offices located around the United States. As of June 30, United Capital and its affiliates have $14 billion in assets under advisement.

In joining the RIA headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Sanders' Atlanta office will help promote United Capital's proprietary systems Honest Conversations and the Money Mind Analyzer. They will also support endeavors aimed at female investors.

Sanders and Malcolm will continue to serve as partners and managing directors of Sanders Financial Management, now a division of United Capital Financial Advisers.


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Pitcher Nap Rucker eventually becomes mayor or Roswell

(Continued from previous edition)

Nap Rucker compiled a lifetime .500 record of 134 victories and 134 losses while performing for teams that posted a cumulative .442 winning percentage during the time he pitched. His thirty-eight shutouts accounted for 28 percent of his wins, the second highest percentage in baseball history.

Every year from 1908 to 1912 he was among the National League leaders in numerous pitching categories, including appearances, complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts, shutouts, and earned-run average. Baseball Magazine selected Rucker for its National League all-star team four times and to its best-in-baseball squad three times.

The legendary Major League Baseball Hall of Fame manager John McGraw deemed Rucker the best left-handed pitcher of his era, and venerable sportswriter Ring Lardner chose Rucker for his all-time all-star team. In 1967 Rucker became the third professional baseball player (after Luke Appling and Ty Cobb) to be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Rucker retired as a player after the 1916 season and scouted for Brooklyn from 1919 to 1934 and again in 1939 and 1940. He discovered many players who went on to successful major league careers. He also helped to launch the baseball career of Earl Mann, who, as president and owner of the Atlanta Crackers, was one of minor league baseball's most respected and successful executives.

Rucker was also a prominent businessman and politician in Roswell. He owned a plantation, several cotton farms, and a wheat mill, and he invested in the local bank. Rucker was elected unopposed as Roswell's mayor during the Great Depression, and he brought the town its first supply of running water. After serving as mayor, he was the city's water commissioner for many years.

Rucker died at the age of eighty-six on December 19, 1970. He is buried in the cemetery of Roswell Presbyterian Church.


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Ah yes, some remember them when they were promising

"Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first call promising."

-- British novelist and critic Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974).

Gwinnett history book in second printing

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:

  • Atlanta History Center, Atlanta
  • Books for Less, Buford
  • Gwinnett Historical Society, Lawrenceville
  • Parsons Gifts and Cards, Duluth
  • Vargas and Harbin Gallery, Norcross

You can also order books through the Internet. To do that, go to 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.




(NEW) An Evening with Walter Reeves, popular garden expert: 7 p.m., Sept. 13, Norcross Community Center. Sponsored by the Norcross Garden Club. The club will also have its gardens, next door, open for a tour prior to the event, beginning at 5 p.m.

(NEW) Honeybee Festival: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 15, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford. There will be bee games, story time, crafts, honey samples, and cooking demonstrations with honey by a local Publix grocery store. A number of beekeepers will be on hand to discuss their craft and also to sell their local honey and beeswax products.

(NEW) Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Sept. 18, Busbee Center at Gwinnett Technology College. Speaker will be Rich McDonald, global director of the Executive Briefing Program for NCR of Duluth. He will speak on how the company, through technological innovation and advancement in multiple channels, helps its customers achieve next generation productivity gains.

(NEW) Genealogical workshop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sept. 29, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lawrenceville at 3355 Sugarloaf Parkway. Sponsored by the church, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, William Day Chapter, and Sons of the American Revolution, Atlanta Chapter. Learn how to use census records, courthouse records and other sources, many on the Internet, to start to research and document your family history.

(NEW) Children's author to appear: Gwinnett Kid's Read, Too! features children's author Carmen Deedy. She will appears on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Library Branch, 1001 Lawrenceville Highway. She will greet fans and promote her newest book Return of the Library Dragon. Illustrator Michael White will also make an appearance.

(NEW) Sign-Up Time for Gwinnett Great Days of Service. This year's event will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, 2012 with over 300 different projects to choose from. This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. For more information and to sign up, visit this site.

Third Annual Gala of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet: Sept. 29, Northwood Country Club. Now in its 16th season, the goal of the night is to raise $25,000 toward providing high quality, affordable arts programming, with live orchestra for all performances, and unsurpassed performing opportunities for aspiring dancers. More.


12/14: Army-Navy game
12/11: Who stole American dream?
12/7: Lock 'em in a room
12/4: On Partnership Gwinnett

11/30: Hera Lighting
11/27: Voting out scalawags
11/20: Arts alive in Gwinnett
11/16: Hope Clinic needs help
11/13: Casino coming?
11/9: GOP and Georgia Dems
11/6: Early voting, more
11/2: Will Sandy impact election?

10/30: Georgia and GI Bill
10/26: Barge making name
10/23: Our 2012 endorsements
10/19: Pet peeves, more
10/15: Long plane flights
10/12: NO on Amendment 1
10/9: Elisha Winn Fair
10/5: Lots of construction
10/2: Texting while walking

9/28: WSB sets lower bar
9/25: State Archive fracas
9/21: Charter concerns
9/18: Benefits of living here
9/14: Continuing objectives
9/11: Trip to France, Spain
9/7: Community pride

8/31: Conversation on guns
8/24: More robocalls ahead
8/21: Newspaper museum
8/17: Seem easier to vote?
8/14: Western ridges, fall line
8/10: Runoff endorsements
8/7: New UGA health campus
8/3: Primaries raise more questions


12/14: C. Brack: Give a little
12/11: Goodman: Suwanee's art
12/7: Duke: Director of Encouragement
12/4: Dorough: Food co-op

11/30: McHenry: CID redevelopment
11/27: Sutt: Gwinnett arts' questions
11/20: Urrutia: Grad wins award
11/16: Collins: Las Vegas
11/13: Barksdale: Storm prep
11/9: Houston: Kettle Creek
11/6: Stilo: Christmas Canteen
11/2: Crews: View Point Health

10/30: Willis: Amendment One
10/26: Brown: Doc's research
10/19: Hudgens Prize jurors picked
10/15: Urrutia: $2 million gift to GGC
10/12: Young: Lilburn city hall
10/9: Long: Charter schools
10/5: Jones: PGA golf to return
10/2: DeWilde: Suwanee's red code

9/28: Stilo: Pinter's Betrayal
9/21: Love: Model for Nigeria
9/21: Walsh: Childhood obesity
9/18: Ashley promoted
9/14: Wiener: CID's initiative
9/11: Olson: $50K Hudgens contest
9/7: Stilo: Acting classes for all

8/31: Havenga: Great Days of Service
8/24: Griswold: Casino for OFS site
8/21: Brooks: Taking the Megabus
8/17: Summerour: Newspaper family
8/14: Sharp: Newport visit
8/10: Thomas: On schizophrenia
8/7: Carraway: Amendment wording
8/3: Willis: Ready for school parents?


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