Issue 14.81 | Jan. 16, 2015
Ga. Jan. 16, 2015 -- The Gwinnett
Village Community Improvement District (GVCID) has released annual
crime statistics showing the lowest levels of targeted crimes since the
CID's formation in 2006. This CID is the largest CID in the state of Georgia,
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ABOUT THE GWINNETT VILLAGE CID: The Gwinnett Village CID is a special benefit district supported by area commercial property owners which aims to improve southwest Gwinnett County's aging infrastructure, security issues and property values. The mission of the Gwinnett Village CID is to increase property values, promote business development and improve the quality of life for all those who live, work and play in the village. Online at www.gwinnettvillage.com.
JAN. 16, 2015 -- Hats off with congratulations to the Buford City School System for being named as the top public school district in Metro Atlanta. This recognition comes from the Niche.com website, which focuses on neighborhoods and education, grading 8,738 school districts.
Winning the top recognition is a mighty high honor, one which those acquainted with the Buford Schools have felt for years, and now are validated by the recognition.
Buford City Schools received from Niche.com an A for academics, an A for health and safety, an A+ for student culture and diversity, and a 4.6 out of 5 in the parent and student survey of overall experience.
The top ten in Metro Atlanta schools area:
The honor comes after the Buford Schools have worked diligently to achieve in all fields, from academics, to fine arts programs, to participation by parents, and by athletic teams. While the sports teams get lots of publicity, many people do not recognize that the Buford fine arts program is considered top notch. Its Literary Arts program has been state champs seven years in a row, and the Drama Team has been state champs two of the last three years. Its other fine arts programs are thriving, as they work in superb facilities.
Dr. Geye Hamby has been the superintendent of the system for the last nine years, with five previous years as an assistant superintendent in the system. He came to Buford after work in Floyd County and the Cartersville City Schools.
He says: "We are absolutely thrilled with the recognition in the academics. It mainly is because of the hard work of the dedicated faculty and staff and the students, as we have the best community support we could anticipate." He adds: "We've also been recognized by Advanced Education, (formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) by winning the highest commendation of any school in the state this past academic year."
There are 4,200 students and nearly 500 faculty and staff of the Buford City School program. The system transports about 2,000 students each day. About 25 percent of the students in the system are from outside the city limits, and pay a fee to be in the system. However, a majority of these paying students are only admitted at the kindergarten level, as Dr. Hamby says they are "nurtured through the years to graduate in consistency in the academic program."
Philip Beard, chairman of the Buford City School (and chairman of the City of Buford City Commission), says the school system works hard at being successful. "It's all coming together, as we mature in Buford, with a solid tax base, so that we have the money to pay a little more and hire the best of teachers and staff to ensure quality." Other members of the School Board include Pat Pirkle, Daren Perkins, Beth Lancaster and Bruce Fricks.
underway for the school system are several new facilities. That includes
a new multi-purpose building with a 5,000 capacity, to be completed in
2017, which will have space for both athletic facilities and stages for
the fine arts programs. Also a new high school will be completed in 2018.
A big congratulations to the school system and the city.
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Editor, the Forum:
Those funny neighbors! Isn't it ashamed that neighbors are not like they used to be?
Where did the time go that everyone would at least "throw up" their hand and wave at you when you passed the house or were out in the yard? Such times are gone in the past.
Now and then I think of how our little community where I live has changed. My neighbor now does not even speak when she is out in the yard. People are strange. When they move into a new area, they should take the time to get to know their neighbors. Who knows, they might learn something!
will take place of a 500 feet long section of Georgia Highway 13 (Buford
Highway) in Suwanee this weekend, if weather cooperates. The asphalt will
be removed and rebuilt from the dirt to the driving surface. The work
will be around the clock from Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m. until Monday,
January 19 at 4 a.m.
Snellville MLK Day Parade starts Monday at 10 a.m.
For the fourth straight year, the City of Snellville will be the site of a march to honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The march, the theme of which is "Pursuing the Dream," will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, January 19, at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1958 Dogwood Road. Participants will march down Dogwood to North Road, then down Wisteria Drive. Participants will then cross U.S. Highway 78 where the march will end at South Gwinnett High School.
Once at SGHS, the first 200 participants will be treated to a turkey dinner inside the school cafeteria and entertained by local choirs. The event is sponsored by New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Stone Mountain Volkswagen, Mayor Kelly D. Kautz and the City of Snellville.
Participants for this year's event are asked to bring canned food items to benefit the Overcomer's House, a local non-profit organization that feeds and clothes families in the Snellville community. The Overcomer's House Food Pantry will be open during the celebration in the Kmart parking lot on Wisteria Drive for those in need. The march is open to everyone. For more information visit www.njbchurch.org.
Gwinnett Extension Service taking orders for plants, fruits
The Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension office in Lawrenceville is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, native azaleas and other landscape plants as part of their annual sale. Orders will be taken from January 2 thru March 11. Order forms may be obtained from: www.ugaextension.com/gwinnett, or calling 678-377-4010.
A class on our fruit plants offered for sale will be taught at Gwinnett Annex Building, 750 South Perry Street on the second floor conference room, Lawrenceville on March 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Orders may be placed at this class with check or correct cash only. Pre-registration is required by March 9 by contacting Tim Daly at 678-377-4010.
must be prepaid and picked up at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds (Sugarloaf
Parkway) in Lawrenceville on Thursday, March 26 between 9:30 a.m. to 6
p.m. No orders are shipped and all orders are pre-paid. New this year,
the Extension Service will be accepting credit card payments (Visa, Mastercard
and Discover) with walk-in orders to our office. This is a one day only
plant pick up. Plants not picked up are considered a donation.
resumed this week on the State Route 20 bridge replacement project over
the Chattahoochee River.
mile long project widens Georgia Highway 20 from James Burgess Road in
Forsyth to Burnett Trail in Gwinnett to a four lane divided highway with
sidewalks and includes new bridges over the Chattahoochee River at a contract
cost of $10.2 million. C.W. Matthews Contracting of Marietta is the contractor.
The project completion date is May 31, 2016. The project is behind schedule.
Major transportation project slated to begin in downtown Duluth
million transportation project is slated to begin in Duluth on January
19. This project will be three phases, beginning with Main Street Parking
for Phases I and II and ending with the Georgia Highway 120 realignment,
with sidewalks and gateway improvements in Phase III.
Street Parking Phase I extends from Knox Street to Route 120. The redesign
of Main Street consists of wider sidewalks, parallel parking and landscaping
from Knox Street to Highway 120. This project will accommodate outdoor
dining and community gathering to enhance the downtown experience. Several
midblock crossings will be added to provide for pedestrian safety throughout
from Route 120 to Brock Road consists of roadway improvements, curb and
gutter, drainage, sidewalks, lighting, parking and landscaping that will
create a safe pedestrian experience. A parking area along the railroad
is also part of this project.
in Phase III include the Abbotts Bridge Roadway and sidewalk project.
The project creates a new intersection at Main Street and Abbotts Bridge,
a new signal at Main Street and West Lawrenceville Street, upgraded signal
at Buford Highway, curb and gutter, drainage improvements, sidewalks and
The season of fresh produce, flowers, and baked goods returns to Suwanee when the City's Farmers Market opens on Saturday, May 2. The market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in its 11th season. Vendor applications are due March 30.
Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty says: "The Suwanee Farmers Market has a loyal customer and farmer base. Our market is almost as much a social event as it is an opportunity to access locally grown produce and a variety of other items, such as salsa, honey, eggs and meat, and baked goods."
The Suwanee Farmers Market does not accept arts and crafts, non-licensed products, or produce re-sold from other markets. Visit suwanee.com for additional guidelines and an application.
Joseph Addison Turner was a writer, editor, publisher, lawyer, and planter. He is best known for publishing The Countryman, a weekly newspaper produced from his Putnam County plantation during the Civil War (1861-65). Despite his previous publishing failures, Turner's Countryman generated a wide southern readership during its four-year existence.
Born on September 23, 1826, in Putnam County, at seven years old, he suffered a bone infection that left him crippled for life and kept him homebound for several years. As a result, the family home served as the primary location for his early education. His father tutored him using the family's extensive library. His later education included six years at the Phoenix Academy in Eatonton and one term at Emory College at Oxford in 1845.
After a year at Emory, Turner (left) moved to Eatonton, where he taught for a year at the Phoenix Academy, then prepared for and passed the Georgia bar. In 1850 Turner married Louisa Jane Dennis. They had eight children. In 1855 he entered politics by running for solicitor general of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. He lost the race but was elected to the Georgia senate two years later.
Throughout the 1850s, Turner pursued his literary passions. He published a wide array of poems, book reviews, articles, and essays under a variety of pseudonyms. Throughout the 1850s, he edited several other publications that failed. He moved back to his plantation in 1856, and there, only after the outbreak of the Civil War, did Turner achieve publishing success.
On March 4, 1862, Turner published his first issue of The Countryman, a unique venture that stands as probably the only newspaper ever published from a plantation. Declaring Turnwold's purpose to be the cultivation of "corn, cotton, and literature," Turner drew on the plantation's extensive library and built a full printing shop on the site. Despite difficulties created by shortages in ink, paper, and other materials over the course of the war, The Countryman circulated throughout the Confederacy from its inception through its final issue in May 1866.
Turner was a staunch advocate for slavery and the Confederacy. The original motto for The Countryman read, "Brevity is the Soul of Wit," but by 1863 Turner had changed it to "Independent in Everything, Neutral in Nothing." He used The Countryman to voice his pro-Confederate views through articles and editorials.
The venture was also distinguished for launching the journalistic career of yet another notable Georgian -- Joel Chandler Harris. Turner hired the 16-year-old Harris, an Eatonton native, as an apprentice and typesetter for The Countryman in March 1862. Under Turner's guidance and stern editing, Harris remained with the paper for its duration. He developed into an excellent literary composer and contributed a number of essays, poems, and book reviews to the paper himself.
1865 Union officials placed Turner under military arrest for "publishing
disloyal articles," and publication of The Countryman was
suspended for several months. After the suspension ended, Turner managed
to revive The Countryman for four months before, exhausted, he
shut down the operation for good in May 1866. Turner died almost two years
later, on February 29, 1868, in Eatonton at 41 years of age.
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Community Fine Arts Festival at Lanier High School near Sugar Hill, on January 17 from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free, sponsored by the Lanier Educational Foundation. Performances and activities will include many entertainers plus the Lanier's Symphonic Band, Woodwind Ensemble, Chorus and Orchestra. This is the inaugural Festival.
(NEW) An Engaging Affair, a bridal and fashion show, will be at the Gwinnett Historic courthouse on January 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Lawrenceville. Local wedding professionals will be on hand to discuss their services that include catering, wedding cakes, bridal photography, event planning, floral arrangements and DJ services. The event includes a fashion show. Admission is charged. For more information, call 770-822-5450 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
Georgia Cares Presentation, Monday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gwinnett Council for Seniors office, 196 East Pike Street, Lawrenceville. Learn more about health insurance information, counseling and assistance for senior adults, and their families as well as other eligible individuals when they need help understanding Medicare. Call 770 822 5247 to make a 45 minute appointment.
on the Roof, the musical will be presented at Greater Atlanta
Christian School on January 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Williams
Fine Arts Center. Read
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