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BIG BATTLE: This historical marker, near Washington, Ga., speaks of a decisive battle during the Revolutionary War. Members of the Lawrenceville DAR chapter have interest in this battlefield, which can be understood in more detail in Today's Focus below.

Issue 12.59 | Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

:: Preserving Kettle Creek battleground

:: GOP, Georgia Dems need adjustments

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More sidewalks, Run the Reagan

:: Lilburn CID, Seniors Center, more


:: Primerica, Inc.

:: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

:: Macon Telegraph

:: Lots of events on tap

:: Politicians and football coaches


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DAR chapter feels need to preserve Kettle Creek battleground
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Nov. 9, 2012 -- It is not as if Kettle Creek Battleground will soon disappear. Land generally does not vanish unless an ocean swallows it or developers cement over it. It is unlikely an ocean will rise high enough to swallow the site where a militia force of Patriots defeated and scattered a Loyalist militia force on Valentine's Day, 1779, outside Washington, Ga., nor will commercial development threaten the backwoods battlefield in the near future. However, like any battleground that defines American heritage, we must recognize its worth and maintain its grounds.

Allen Howard NSCAR members are, from left, on front: Anna Ford of Stone Mountain and Walker Chewning, Jr. of Lawrenceville. On the second row are Daniel Ford of Stone Mountain and Z Staehling of Suwanee. The third row consists of Sarah Doner of Lawrenceville, Marianne and Levi Woodard of Suwanee and Adam Doner of Lawrenceville. The back row includes Patriotic Education Senior Chair Patsy Reynolds of Cumming and Senior President Vanessa Watkins of Buford.

As a native Georgian, even I knew nothing about Kettle Creek. I often ignored the marker on the side of the freeway. The Revolutionary War seemed too distant to care about. But an important Patriot victory Kettle Creek was. It confirmed the inability of British forces to hold the interior of Georgia or shield a large number of Loyalist recruits outside immediate British protection.

I learned these details when I joined the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Lawrenceville, which is one of several organizations that donate to the preservation of Kettle Creek. Out of curiosity, my husband and I stopped by the site when returning from vacation in June.

We drove down a largely deserted road that ran about seven miles. Then we turned onto a short one-lane road that led us deep into the woods. "War Hill" stood before us. On top lay pristine graves of Patriots who fought in the battle. The tranquility of the woods struck me as I noted the monument commemorating the event. I found it hard to believe that men had fought a frenzied battle for freedom in such a peaceful place. Birdsong filled the air instead of musket fire. Surely, the dead rest soundly in such a soothing forest.

I asked myself, "What more does Kettle Creek need?" The answer came quickly --- visitors. It needs visitors to learn about the war's Southern Campaign. It needs visitors to see the role Georgia militias played. It needs visitors to recognize that Bunker Hill was not the only spot where Patriots spilled their blood for a new nation.

If we do not visit and maintain Kettle Creek, regardless of the markers, monument, and graves, we will forget the battle (as I feel we already have). As mentioned earlier, Kettle Creek has friends, among them the Allen Howard National Society Children of the American Revolution of Lawrenceville. These kids raise funds so one day perhaps a two-lane road may lead into the site. Kettle Creek needs restroom facilities where a busload of tourists may freshen up. It needs a museum to illustrate and educate people on what happened there.

In other words, the Patriots who fought at Kettle Creek need us. At the very least, we owe them our gratitude.

National GOP has problems, but so do Georgia Democrats
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NOV. 9, 2012 -- After virtually two years of campaigning, the election is over. While we may complain about the length of the campaigns, especially compared with some parliamentary countries where they can elect a new government within a few weeks, overall, we stand satisfied with the long campaign. Eventually, new items come out which influence both the campaign and the candidates, giving the electorate more information, many times which proves both interesting and sometimes decisive.


Granted, we lament the inanities of the campaign, the robo calls, and what appears to us the wasteful overspending…..and politicians who fail to take down their yard signs quickly.

But we get by. And to you who did not support Mr. Obama for president, remember our country is resilient. After all, we survived both Franklin Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.

While it appears that little has changed on the national scene, with Mr. Obama getting four more years, and with no change in the majorities in the House and Senate, we suspect there has been more change than is initially obvious.

It's clear to us that the Republican controlled House should be realizing now that the GOP must be a little more reasonable if they are to gain the ascendancy. Now having fought with the Democrats and President Obama for four years, the GOP gained nothing in this election. Isn't it obvious that some compromise, on the debt ceiling, or how to deal with the budget, or military spending…..might make the Republican more relevant to the people, if they should show some willingness to compromise?

So far their stone-walled approach may not have lost them control of the House, but what have they gained? Voters apparently do not like the Republican inability to sit down at the table and work toward statesmanlike results.

Others point to the inability of the Republicans to move from hard positions on many issues that would attract a wider audience…..particularly the Latino vote. With this being the fastest-growing big population in the nation, the GOP's harsher positions on what matters to Latinos does not bode Republicans well in the future.

Then there's the female vote, where the Republicans did not do well. The ultra-conservative position on many issues must be moderated if the GOP is ever to gain in this important category.

Then of course, there is President's Obama himself, having learned on the job for four years, taking an almost tentative approach. He needs to be stronger, come out of his shell, and forge a relationship with the House, perhaps at a Camp David summit, that will show leadership and get results.

MEANWHILE HERE IN GEORGIA, the new Republican Party maintained a tight control over the House and Senate. It's really not much different from the Democrats of old, controlling the governorship, the Senate and House over many long years.

Labels may have changed, but the way of getting something done hasn't changed much.

It's certainly not healthy for the state of Georgia, in our opinion, for any party to have such a tight lock on government. What is needed, we feel strongly, is for there to be a healthy Loyal Opposition to the party in power, so that everything isn't automatically hand-stamped. We need alternatives, but we also need to have a strong opposition party being a watchdog over the party in power.

As it is now, the most difficult job in the state is for the Democratic Party in Georgia to re-build itself so that it can be a real Loyal Opposition, instead of merely the annoyance that it is today to the GOP. Then we can see not only a two-party system, but overall better government for our state.

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More sidewalks coming to North Berkeley Lake Road

More sidewalks will be built soon along North Berkeley Lake Road under a contract approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners. The pedestrian safety project includes sidewalks, curb, gutter and improvements to the roadside shoulders along North Berkeley Lake Road west of Lakeshore Drive to Bush Road.

When this project and the City of Berkeley Lake's dam reconstruction project are complete, sidewalks will run continuously from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Bush Road along North Berkeley Lake Road and along Bush Road from North Berkeley Lake Road to Medlock Bridge Road.

Johnson Landscapes, Inc., d/b/a Vertical Earth of Cumming, was the lowest of six bidders at $455,269. Funding comes from the 2009 SPLOST program, and construction is anticipated to be complete in mid-2013.

Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy said, "This project ties together a network of pedestrian facilities to enhance the quality of life in this part of the county."

Run The Reagan seeking volunteers, runners for Feb. race

Widely known as "Gwinnett County's premier Road Race," Run the Reagan has been the rallying point for road races around the county and beyond and is celebrating over a decade of commitment to the community and the community service organizations that benefit directly from the race, the Gwinnett Community Clinic and Young Life Ministries.

These days the organization is seeking hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of runners, to participate in the 2013 race. The 2013 Run the Reagan will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, rain, snow, ice or sunshine.

Run the Reagan was created as a premier event providing local runners an opportunity to participate in a local road race and draw positive attention to Gwinnett County. It also provides a fun atmosphere for families to participate together in a healthy activity, and raises funds to meet the needs of families and children in our community. All proceeds from Run the Reagan, the 18th running, will benefit the following charitable organizations:

  • Gwinnett Community Clinic, which was created in 1989 by members of the local medical community in order to offer some reprieve for struggling families in Gwinnett County in need of medical services. Over the course of a year, there will be over 3,000 patient visits to the Gwinnett Community Clinic.

  • YoungLife is a faith-based organization that since 1941 has been characterized by its commitment to relationships - YoungLife leaders meeting kids on their turf in the interest of friendship.

The race features a 1 Mile Fun Run (untimed), a 5K Fun Run/Walk (untimed), a 5K (timed), a 10K (timed) and a Half-Marathon (timed). The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon courses are USATF certified and can be used as a 2013 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Timed runners who participate in the Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K will be issued a ChronoTrack D-tag to be worn on their shoe during the race.

  • Runners can register online where it's possible to download a race application in a PDF format. Forms are also available at Academy Sports and Outdoors, 1585 Scenic Highway in Snellville. For more information, check out

Enhancements at Providence Academy benefit Lilburn CID area

Planned enhancements benefiting the students of Providence Christian Academy signify a substantial investment in the Lilburn Community Improvement District (CID).

The "Providence Tomorrow" campaign seeks to further the school's objective to better serve its students and their families with improved technology as well as new facilities and programs for fine arts and athletics.

In addition to purchasing student iPads to augment the learning experience, the school's $4.5 million capital effort supports the development of an 11-acre sports complex to include a multipurpose field and track facilities. Providence is also now able to offer its first-ever football program.

Providence Headmaster Dr. Jim Vaught said the school has a history of providing new uses for underutilized properties, including the conversion of former retail buildings for educational purposes.

"In our 20-year history, we've used space that was never fully developed and put it to good use for the children of Lilburn and surrounding areas," Vaught said. "We hope that we provide a stabilizing presence in our city and will continue to do so for many years to come."

CID Executive Director Gerald McDowell said Providence Christian Academy is one of Lilburn's unique private education amenities. The school's investment efforts, along with world-class Gwinnett County Public Schools, will gain the attention of businesses and individuals seeking a strong community.

Senior Services Center to get new kitchen to expand program

Gwinnett commissioners have voted to complete the "one-stop" Senior Services Center at 567 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville. The Phase Two addition will add a new kitchen for home-delivered meals and other senior nutrition programs.

Talbot Construction, Inc., of Suwanee was the lowest of five responsive bidders at $2.14 million to build the 12,000-square-foot addition. Like the original building, the addition is completely funded by a federal community development block grant. Construction will take about a year.

The increased capacity will allow Senior Services to raise more revenue by selling up to 2,000 more prepared meals to caregivers and seniors. They currently prepare about 600 daily meals in the home-delivered and congregate meals programs. There are 130 qualified seniors on a waiting list.
Cramer said, "This facility will serve our rapidly growing senior population and family caregivers with more space for preparation, packaging and storage and will support a planned expansion of the home delivered meals program to serve seniors on weekends."

Gingerbread houses to feature "green products" this season

Green Gingerbread Houses -- are there such things? Who doesn't love making adorable Gingerbread Houses with the family or visually wondering at the intricate works of professional Gingerbread House architects?

But what if we could make these Gingerbread Houses environmentally-sustainable? As part of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center's December Green Holiday programs, it will host a Sustainable Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit. Designers will create environmentally-friendly houses out of edible materials that highlight sustainability and green building design.

To enter, each participant must have at least three sustainable building elements in the design, such as solar panels, rain barrels, green roof, windmills, etc. Participants may use a traditional gingerbread recipe, a recipe for dog biscuits, bird seed cakes, or any other edible products. The structure can include birdseed, pinecones, leaves, twigs… anything from nature.

Drop-off of entries will begin November 24; judging will take place the week of December 3; and the awards will be presented during the Green Holiday event on December 15 from 11 a.m. until noon. Visit for more information, contest rules, and the entry form.

Northeast Community Foundation honors 3 from Gwinnett

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia celebrated philanthropy and community partnerships last week by recognizing three individuals posthumously. Honored by the Foundation with the Paul and Jean Duke Humanitarian Awards were the Barbara King, J.W. Benefield and J.D. Caswell, all deceased in the last year.

Judy Waters, Executive Director, says: "Each in their own way was purposeful about their philanthropy and gave of themselves in ways that will continue to leave a true legacy for years to come. We are privileged to have presented their families this award in their memory."

Over the past 27 years, the Foundation has given a total of $48 million to local charities.

In the top photo, members of the Benefield family who were present include, from left, Ann Davis, Susan Cooper, Randy Davis, Sara Benefield and Justin Davis.

In the bottom photo are members of the King family and friends, including Adam Herndon, Melissa Bussman, Karen Saltiel, Kelly Herndon, Mark Herndon, Mike King, Winston Herndon and Sheenagh King.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Jamie Ford

"The setting is Seattle, the year is 1942, and Japanese-Americans are being rounded up to be sent to interment camps as a safety measure by the U.S. Government....against all of laws of the country. The story is told as a saga between a young Chinese-American and a Japanese-American, both second generations Americans, and is, as the title suggests, sweet and bitter. The book shows the hardships of rounding up 117,000 loyal Japanese Americans, and keeping most in detention for three years, no matter what their profession or political leanings. It's one of the darker chapters in American history, of which no citizen can be proud."-- eeb

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Macon Telegraph is Georgia's third largest newspaper

The Macon Telegraph is the state's third-largest newspaper, after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Augusta Chronicle, as well as the primary source of print news for residents in Middle Georgia.

The Macon Telegraph was founded as a weekly by Myron Bartlet in 1826, three years after the incorporation of Macon. The paper became a daily in 1860 and was published during the Civil War (1861-65) as the Macon Daily Telegraph and Confederate. In 1884 Jerome Pound, a 16-year-old employee, left the Telegraph to found a competitor, the Macon News.

William T. and Peyton T. Anderson bought the Macon Telegraph in 1914. In 1930 the Andersons bought the Macon News and combined staff positions from the two papers. Although under the same management, the papers enjoyed a friendly rivalry, with the News publishing in the afternoon, and the Telegraph in the morning.

Peyton Anderson's son, Peyton Anderson Jr., took over the papers in 1951, and the Macon Telegraph developed a solid reputation for aggressive reporting and editorial freedom. Anderson sold both papers in 1969 to Knight Newspapers, which later merged with Ridder Publications in 1974 to become Knight Ridder. The Macon Telegraph changed ownership once again in spring 2006, when its parent company, Knight Ridder was purchased by the McClatchy Company.

The city's two papers merged in 1983 to become the Macon Telegraph and News. In 1985 the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for articles by Randall Savage and Jackie Crosby that probed ways in which the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology handled academic deficiencies by scholarship athletes.

After a major redesign in 1990, the paper reverted to its original name, the Macon Telegraph. In 2001 Sherrie Marshall became the newsroom's first African American, and first female, editor.

The Macon Telegraph boasts an impressive and eclectic list of alumni. Sherry Howard and Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb, two of the first African Americans in the Telegraph newsroom, went on to editorial management positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Post respectively. Tom Johnson became the publisher of the Los Angeles Times before leaving for CNN in Atlanta. Other former staff members who were alumni are Carrol Dadisman, who later became publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat; Don Carter, retired Knight-Ridder executive; and Elliott Brack, publisher of Gwinnett Forum and GeorgiaClips.

In the 1930s a Telegraph reporter, Susan Myrick, was selected to be the dialect coach as well as the "arbiter of manners and customs" on the film set of Gone With the Wind. In the late 1970s Brett Butler was the first woman to serve as circulation district manager for the paper; she later became a stand-up comedian and television star.


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"Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important."

-- Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy (1916 - 2005).

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
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  • 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.





Consignment and Estate Sale: Nov. 9-10, Gwinnett Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, sponsored by the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties. Details: contact by email or call 770-990-2206.

HomeSafe Workshop: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 10, Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Norcross. In cooperation with The Impact! Group and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, this workshop's goal is to provide information to homeowners to prevent foreclosures. Eligible homeowners approved for the program will close on a subordinate loan. The loan will be at zero percent interest for the assistance period. More details:

Veteran's Day Ceremony: 1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville (at the back of the GJAC front parking lot.

Gwinnett Technology Forum: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 13, Busbee Center of Gwinnett Technical college. The subject will be Untangling the Invisible Wires of today's Wireless Industry. Panelists will be Glenn Lurie, AT&T; Daniel Foster, Verizon Wireless; and Steve Brumer, 151 Ventures. There is no cost to attend.

Buford Business Association Afterhours: 5:30 p.m., Nov. 13, Mirko Pasta, 3265 Sardis Church Road. Information on the holiday season will be presented. BBA board election results will be announced.


Stitched Art Show by Adele Steele: Through Nov. 30, Chocolate Perks in Duluth.

(NEW) Open House at Gwinnett Village CID offices: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 15, 5855 Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Visitors will learn of anticipated improvements at the Jimmy Carter Boulevard-Buford Highway intersection.

Population explosion will be the subject at the Sierra Club meeting: 7 p.m., Nov. 15, Berkmar High School. Todd Daniel will be discussing the relationship between population and the environment in his program, "The Global Population Explosion - Here We Grow Again." For more details, email

Gwinnett Economic Development Summit: 7:30 a.m., Nov. 16, Gwinnett Technical College. Speakers include Dr. Christopher Ray, principal of Gwinnett Online Campus; Dr. Mark Iken, Georgia Gwinnett College; Matt Hyatt, CEO of Rocket IT; Jeff Spence, COO, Innovolt; Stephen Fleming, Ga. Tech Innovation Institute; and Mayor Nancy Harris of Duluth. More info.

15th America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17, Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, 4300 Satellite Boulevard, Duluth. Come for free paper shredding, cash for aluminum cans, free recycling of foam food containers, cash prizes, and recycling of newspapers, cardboard, etc.

Another America Recycles Day: 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, Coolray Field, home of Gwinnett Braves. Sponsored by Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division. This event will have paper shredding, electronics recycling, and tire recycling. Kid's activities, free food and giveaways are on tap.

Fourth annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival: 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 17, Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Featured speaker will be Judson Mitcham, new poet laureate of Georgia. Details: 770-876-2904.

(NEW) Basket Weaving Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 17, McDaniel Farm Park, 3252 McDaniel Road, Duluth. Ideal for those 10 and older. Admission is $10 per person. Participants must pre-register at Organized by the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

(NEW) Book Signing: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 17, Books for Less, 2815 Buford Drive, Buford. Doug Dahlgren of Decatur will be signing Four Samaritans, the fourth in The Son series.

Southern Wings Bird Club: 7 p.m., Nov. 19, second floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Author John Yow of The Armchair Birder will speak on coastal birds. More info.

Wink Art Exhibit: Through Nov. 24, Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford. Shown will be resident art with a hint of humor, a turn of the phrase or visual twist to make you smile. Details: 678-428-4877, or visit

Photo Exhibit: Through Nov. 28, George Pierce Park Community Room, Suwanee, during Community Center hours, Monday through Saturday. Frank L. Sharp presents "Israel, the Holy Land," while Wendell Tudor features "Images of the Sea," coastline and landscape images, including photographs from Canada.


12/21: Fort Daniel, Chambliss
12/18: Ban assault weapons
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


12/21: Wiggins: Recycle trees
12/18: Two canal cruises to take
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?


Gwinnett Forum publisher Elliott Brack suggests that Gwinnett County needs a long-range list of continuing objectives for improving the county. Read more.

  • Development of a two-party system for local offices
  • Transparent operations to restore faith in Gwinnett's County Commission
  • Moving statewide non-partisan judge election runoffs to the General Election
  • Light rail for Gwinnett from Doraville MARTA station to Gwinnett Arena
  • Extension of Gwinnett Place CID area to include Arena and Discovery Mills Mall
  • Banning of tobacco in all Gwinnett parks
  • Making Briscoe Field a commercial airport for jet-age travel
  • Approval of Educational SPLOST in 2013
  • More diverse candidates for political offices and appointment to local boards
  • Physical move of former St. Gerard's Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., to Norcross
  • Creative efforts to support the arts in Gwinnett
  • Advancement and expansion of city and Gwinnett historical societies
  • Stronger regulation of late-night establishments with alcoholic licenses


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