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BIG SMILES. Celebrating a $50,000check presentation are, from left, GMC Neonatologist Dr. Leslie Leigh, GMC's Cathie Brazell, GMC CEO Phil Wolfe, Jackson EMC District Manager Randy Dellinger, Jackson EMC Board Chairman Otis Jones, and Jackson EMC Senior Commercial/Industrial Marketing Representative Todd Evans. Learn why they've got such big smiles below in Today's Focus.

Issue 14.60 | Oct. 24, 2014

TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Neonatal ICU coming

EEB'S PERSPECTIVE
:: Looking back at govs

CANDIDATE PROFILES
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Meet candidates, more

FEEDBACK
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GOP playing politics

UPCOMING
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Stream clean-up, more

NOTABLE
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Sculpture contest

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
:: Howard Brothers

QUOTE
:: About bad timing

GEORGIA TIDBIT
:: Humanities awards

MYSTERY PHOTO
:: Beautiful peak

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TODAY'S FOCUS
Jackson EMC funds $50,000 neonatal ICU at Gwinnett Medical Center
By BONNIE JONES
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Oct. 24, 2014 -- Jackson EMC has donated $50,000 to the Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) Foundation to help fund a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Gwinnett Women's Pavilion at GMC-Lawrenceville.

Cathie Brazell, assistant vice president of clinical operations and women's pavilion director of the Medical Center, says: "As a non-profit organization, GMC is able to provide new technology and expanded services at an accelerated pace through generous donations such as this from Jackson EMC. Our NICU provides services to about ten counties including Jackson, Barrow, Clarke and others that are also serviced by the organization."

The NICU, started in 1988, is a 24-bed unit caring for all high-risk newborns and is staffed by four board-certified neonatologists, five neonatal nurse practitioners and about 110 neonatal nurses, among other professionals. The NICU is equipped with highly-specialized medical devices to treat some of the hospital's sickest patients who struggle with issues like blindness, infections, and brain bleeds. In fact, care for a premature infant is 10 times the cost to care for a healthy infant.

Jackson EMC president/CEO Chip Jakins says: "Providing the proper care upfront to these very sick infants allows them to establish a healthy foundation at the earliest point in their fragile life. Each healthy baby that leaves the NICU is a testament to the commitment of the NICU staff at the Gwinnett Women's Pavilion."

The Jackson EMC donation comes from margin refunds that have been unclaimed by the electric cooperative's members. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia electric cooperatives to make charitable and economic development contributions of margin refunds that remain unclaimed by former members after a specified period of time. Jackson EMC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing power to more than 214,000 meters in 10 Northeast Georgia counties.

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC's 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.

  • For information on the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, please visit www.gmcgiving.org.

ELLIOTT BRACK'S PERSPECTIVE
Retrospective look at Georgia governors I have known
By ELLIOTT BRACK

Editor and publisher
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OCT. 24, 2014 -- You natives -- and there are not many native Georgians around as much in Gwinnett now -- it's time for you to think back in time. How far back can you name the Georgia governors? (Think about it, and afterward, see below.)


Brack

While I never met or saw Gene Talmadge, I certainly knew about him. Who knows, perhaps I even "voted" for him at age 4. I remember marking my grandmother's ballot by myself on the hood of a car in Wilkinson County in the Turkey Creek precinct about 1939. (OK, that was illegal, but she got only one vote, and merely allowed me to cast it.)

Yet the first governor I ever "saw" was Ellis Arnall. Well, not exactly. You see, I was in Macon at the corner of Forsyth (U.S. Highway 41 in those days) and College Streets, facing town, when I saw this green sedan coming my way, with the single word "Governor" on a tag on the bumper. I never saw his face, but I at least saw his car.

And no, while he was governor, I never met his short-termed successor, Melvin E. Thompson, though later in life, after he retired from politics, I met him. He's one of the persons involved in the "three governors at one time" controversy, eventually serving about 22 months as acting governor after Gene Talmadge died prior to be sworn in as governor in 1946.


Herman Talmadge

Gene's son, Herman, being the favorite of about 300 people in North Georgia, maintained that he came in second place in the November General Election of 1945, and thought this was legal ground to make him the governor. Even the Legislature thought so, and by force of taking office, sat in the governor's chair for two months. Eventually, the Courts said that as the duly-elected lieutenant governor, M.E., was the "acting governor" for a short two year term, until he would be succeeded by an elected governor at the next General Election. Herman handily won the 1948 race, and won a second term in 1952, then ran and got elected to the Senate. Never a quitter, M.E. ran against him in the 1948 and 1952 elections, but did not gain office.

Succeeding Herman was his adjutant general and former member of the House of Representatives, newspaper publisher, Marvin Griffin. What a character Marvin was! He was always full of stories at every turn, and a super story teller. Even his enemies enjoyed him. His son, Sam, who succeeded him as publisher of the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, also inherited that special gene of a successful story teller, and still is.

I met Governor Griffin in unusual circumstances. I was a PFC in the National Guard in summer training at Ft. McClellan, Ala. It was lunchtime, and my duty that day was to man the headquarters while everyone was at the Mess Hall. Imagine my surprise when the governor walked in, saying to me, "Boy, where is everybody?" The governor did not recognize it was lunch time in Alabama, and had not remembered Alabama was an hour earlier than Georgia time.

(To be continued)

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How many did you remember? Here's the list of Georgia governors, going back to 1931.

Richard B. Russell, Jr. - 1931-1933
Eugene Talmadge - 1933-1937
Eurith D. Rivers - 1937-1941
Eugene Talmadge - 1941-1943
Ellis G. Arnall - 1943-1947
Herman E. Talmadge - 1947
Melvin E. Thompson - 1947-1948
Herman E. Talmadge - 1948-1955
Marvin Griffin - 1955-1959
Ernest Vandiver, Jr. - 1959-1963
Carl E. Sanders - 1963-1967
Lester Maddox - 1967-1971
Jimmy Carter - 1971-1975
George Busbee - 1975-1983
Joe Frank Harris - 1983-1991
Zell Miller - 1991-1999
Roy Barnes - 1999 -2003
Sonny Perdue - 2003 - 2011
Nathan Deal - 2011-

COMING NEXT: Remembering governors since 1959.

SPOTLIGHT
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FEEDBACK
Republicans playing political games with USA's healthcare

Editor, the Forum:

Republican politicians continue to play political games with our healthcare. Let's look at their dismal record.

  • They have refused to expand Medicaid in dozens of states across the nation.

  • They have closed reproductive health clinics.

  • Moreover, they have cut budgets for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. (The NIH said that these cuts have delayed the development of an effective Ebola vaccine.)

Furthermore, these same GOP leaders hypocritically call for an "Ebola czar." Sen. John McCain, a vocal opponent of appointing "czars," is now leading the fight to appoint an Ebola czar.

The problem is that the federal government already has a position to lead the nation on healthcare issues like Ebola. It's called the Surgeon General. Unfortunately, the position has been vacant for over a year.

Finally, Obama's nominee for the position, Vivek Murthy, has had his appointment held up for months by Republicans in the Senate (mostly because of opposition from the NRA).

We don't need another Republican senator from Georgia to continue this do nothing legacy. Moreover, Governor Deal's refusal to expand Medicaid in Georgia has resulted in some rural hospitals closing. What would happen to rural Georgia if some kind of pandemic, like the Ebola disease, hit these areas? We don't need four more years of launching from one crisis to another. This has been the Republican governors' legacy.

-- George C. Wilson, Stone Mountain (Gwinnett)

Editor's note: "The computer ate the letter!"

(Editor's Note: During the last few days, we've been away from the office and working on a laptop. During that time, one reader wrote us a 367 word letter (if we remember right), and we asked it to be shortened to 300 words. That person quickly did, but somehow, we lost that file when it came back at 300 words. Unfortunately, we can't find it on our computer anywhere, and do not remember who wrote it. Will that person please re-send it, so we may air his feelings on this political subject? We apologize to that person, and want to get in his views on whatever subject it was.-eeb)

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UPCOMING
Volunteers needed for stream clean-up on GDOS, which is Oct. 25

Eco-friendly, community-based Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and its partners at Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will take part in the 15th Annual Great Days of Service with a massive watershed cleanup event on October 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Great Days of Service is a cooperative and community-focused initiative created by the Gwinnett Coalition of Health and Human Services. The Coalition is nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the health and human service needs of everyone in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

In order to make this event a success, the two organizations are actively seeking volunteers to join them in Norcross to fan out over the Jackson Creek Watershed and undertake a number of tasks that are vital to the preservation and protection of the watershed. Concerned citizens and environmental advocates are currently being sought to serve as:

  • Stream Pickers and Wading Warriors during the Jackson Creek and Lucky Shoals Creek Cleanup

  • Stream Investigators and Watershed Inspectors during the stream walk and drive-by inspections to survey for potential areas of concern

  • Stormwater Protectors taking part in the Storm Drain Stenciling Program in communities surrounding the park

  • Shopaholics during the Illegal Dump Site Cleanup around nearby shopping centers

  • Litter Pickers throughout the surrounding area
    Support Groupies to offer assistance to the overall cleanup effort

Connie Wiggins, executive director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, says that "…every stream, creek and tributary in Gwinnett feeds into a larger body of water, such as the Yellow River and Chattahoochee River. It is imperative that we work together as a community to keep our watersheds free of debris and litter that might contaminate our beautiful local waters and negatively impact fish, wildlife, and drinking water sources for our downstream neighbors. We hope to have lots of our community members join us for what promises to be one really great day of service!"

Volunteers are asked to pre-register online at the Great Days of Service page on www.gwinnettcb.org. Participants in this event will meet at 9 a.m. at Smoketree Town and Country Village Shopping Center at 4771 Britt Road, near the intersection of Britt and Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. Volunteers will then be divided into different groups to help with stream cleanup, litter pick up, gathering data, and stenciling storm drains, just to name a few. Volunteers are required to wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and clothing that they will not mind getting wet and dirty. Gloves, trash bags, water and snacks will be provided. For safety reasons, volunteers for this event must be 14 or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Listen for sounds of howling on the Green in Duluth on Oct. 31

Nothing gets you in the spirit of Halloween like creepy crawlers, fun costumes and yummy treats. All of which will be at this year's "Howl on Green" on Duluth Town Green in celebration of the spooky holiday on Friday, October 31.

Howl on Green is an annual event focused on bringing families together in a safe and family friendly environment. It also falls on the last day of Food Truck Friday in Duluth.

The activities kick off at 6 p.m. with fun for kids such as inflatables, games and trick or treating. At 8 p.m., there will be a Halloween costume contest for kids, adults and pets. The event will then turn into fright at 9 p.m. which lends itself to a more mature audience with activities consisting of hairy creatures, live entertainment and of course fire. Residents are in for a treat at this free event.

Buy batteries now to change in devices on Nov. 2

Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end soon in 2014. Therefore, get ready to change your clocks when Daylight Saving Time ends on November 2 at 2 a.m. Many people take this time to change the batteries in their smoke detectors, flash lights, weather radios, and other safety devices.

NOTABLE
Rock Tenn, Fowler YMCA sponsor Kinetic Sculpture Competition

Through its Kinetic Sculpture Competition, the Norcross Public Arts Commission is challenging local Middle and High School classrooms to transform ordinary objects into artistic kinetic sculptures. The competition is sponsored by Rock Tenn and the Fowler YMCA.

The purpose of the competition is to give students an opportunity to apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts they are being taught in a fun, challenging and artistic way.

Awards will be judged on artistic expression. First, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes for their classrooms. The winning sculptures will be unveiled on April 25 at the Norcross Welcome and History Center. For more information or to register a classroom, contact Deb Wilson Harris.

Lawrenceville adopting new policy for special events in 2015

The City of Lawrenceville has adopted a new policy for Special Events being held in Downtown Lawrenceville. This policy would apply to those interested in hosting an event that will require any of the following:

  • Use of the Lawrenceville Lawn,

  • Road closures when renting the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse Grounds, and

  • Pre-Approved Parade Routes, 5K or 10K Run/Walk Events.

The City will be accepting applications for privately sponsored events through December 1 for events that will take place between March and July 2015. For events taking place August through December of 2015, applications will be accepted until February 28.

The Special Event Policy and event applications for 2015 can be found at www.LawrencevilleGa.org or by clicking the links below:

Submission of an application does not constitute or guarantee approval. Applications are reviewed in accordance with the policy. The city will notify event organizers regarding their application status by the date outlined in the Special Event Policy.

Once the city's event calendar for the year has been established, no events will be added or road closures granted. When the next application window opens, events will accepted for the following calendar year.

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GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA
Governor's Awards in Humanities began under Harris

The state of Georgia inaugurated the Governor's Awards in the Humanities in 1986. Through the initiative of Governor Joe Frank Harris, the Georgia Humanities Council was designated as the convener and organizer of this annual event, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the humanities. Georgia's program is among the first of its kind in the nation.

Georgia's governor's awards also are occasion for the presentation of the Annual Humanities Lecture, delivered before a public audience in Atlanta. Past speakers include poet laureates David Bottoms and Bettie Sellers, historians Dan Carter, James Cobb, and Phinizy Spalding, theologian Robert Franklin, National Endowment for the Humanities chairman William Ferris, literary scholar Virginia Spencer Carr, and other distinguished thinkers and writers. More recent presentations are printed and available from the Georgia Humanities Council or its Web site.

The Governor's Awards in the Humanities recognize individual Georgians and Georgia-based institutions for their contributions to the enrichment and diffusion of ideas among the people of Georgia. Recipient institutions include museums, historical societies, libraries, foundations, businesses, journals, media, and programs.

The governor's award recognizes institutions for the scope and cumulative impact of their work, their exemplary efforts to promote greater public awareness and appreciation of the humanities, and their service to Georgia's communities and the state. Institutional award winners include the Massie Heritage Center in Savannah, Augusta Museum of History, Historic Augusta, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the journals Chattahoochee Review and the Georgia Review, and the University of Georgia Press.

Individual recipients of the governor's awards come from every region of the state. They are recognized for devoting a lifetime of service toward advancing the humanities and include writers who have recovered stories that would otherwise be lost and presented them to new audiences; master teachers at the school and collegiate levels; scholars whose efforts have ensured that the humanities reach the broadest possible public audiences; and community activists, professionals, and volunteers. Among the individual award winners are Adrienne Bond, Kenneth Coleman, W. W. Law, and Robert Scott.

The award includes a citation of achievement and a specially inscribed medallion presented by the governor. The Governor's Awards in the Humanities is a unique way of bringing recognition to the often "unsung heroes" in Georgia's communities, those who rarely seek attention for their efforts; but because of these efforts, the lives of Georgia's citizens are enriched.

MYSTERY PHOTO
Distinctive, but where?


CLUE:
It's a distinctive peak that is this edition's Mystery Photo. Looks cold, too. Because of the craggy appearance, it might make it difficult to figure out, though we'll admit we had no idea where this was when we first saw it. Tell us where you think this is and be sure to tell us your name and hometown when you send to elliott@brack.net.

Several people recognized the Mystery Photo in the last edition. It was sent to us again by Susan McBrayer of Sugar Hill. First in was Mary Taylor of Peachtree Corners, who said: "I believe it is Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland where the "Book of Kells" is kept. I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago."

Richard Daneke of Duluth adds: "My guess would be that your campanile is in Dublin, Ireland." Philomena Robertson of Duluth chimed in with: "The famous Bell Tower on the grounds of Dublin's Trinity College." Dan O'Neil of Norcross wrote: "My alma mater. Campanile in Front Square at Trinity College, University of Dublin (1592)."

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Note: Michael Green of Milton also identified the previous photo of the Breakers, the Vanderbilt mansion.


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2014 CANDIDATE PROFILES
For the 2014 General Election, GwinnettForum asked all candidates facing primary opposition in Gwinnett County, and also asked all statewide candidates, to provide answers to six questions to post on our web page. You can read their answers below by clicking on the links.

Gubernatorial and Libertarian candidates were not contacted. Candidates with no opposition are not listed.

PROFILE KEY

  • (NR) indicates a candidate did not respond to our interview request.

  • (NoQ) means the candidate visited with GwinnettForum, but did not send answers to six questions.

  • indicates a candidate has received GwinnettForum's endorsement.

FEDERAL CANDIDATES

U.S. SENATE

M. Michelle Nunn (D) (NR)
David A. Perdue (R)

Amanda C. Swafford (L)

U. S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 7

Robert "Rob" Woodall (R) (NR)
Thomas D. Wight (D)

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 10

I.K. "Kenneth" Dious (D)
Jody B. Hice (R)


GEORGIA STATEWIDE CANDIDATES

GOVERNOR

Jason J. Carter (D)
J. Nathan Deal (R)

Andrew T. Hunt (L)

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

L.S. "Casey" Cagle (R) (NR)
Connie J. Stokes (D)

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Gregory K. "Greg" Hecht (D)
Samuel S. Olens (R)

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE

Gary W. Black (R) (NoQ)
Christopher James Irvin (D)

COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Ralph T. Hudgens (R) (NR)
"Liz" Johnson (D)
(NR)
Edward T. "Ted" Metz (L)

COMMISSIONER OF LABOR

J. Mark Butler (R)
Robbin K. Shipp (D)

SECRETARY OF STATE

Doreen Carter (D) (NR)
Brian P. Kemp (R)

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Valarie D. Wilson (D)
Richard L. Woods (R)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

H. "Doug" Everett (R) (NR)
John. H. Monds (L)
(NR)

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Daniel A. Blackman (D)
Lauren "Bubba" McDonald(R)

Robin Aaron Gilmer (L)


GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

SENATE DISTRICT 9

P.K. Martin (R)
Timothy Andrew Swiney (D)

SENATE DISTRICT 40

Tamara Y. Johnson (D)
Francis R. "Fran" Millar (R)

HOUSE DISTRICT 81

James R. "Jim" Duffie (R)
M. Scott Holcomb (D)

HOUSE DISTRICT 94

Karen L. Bennett (D) (NR)
Bradley J. Young (R)
(NR)

HOUSE DISTRICT 95

Amreeta Regmi (D)
Thomas R. "Tom" Rice (R)
(NR)

HOUSE DISTRICT 105

Joyce H. Chandler (R)
Renita Hamilton (D)

HOUSE DISTRICT 114

L. Thomas "Tom" Kirby (R) (NR)
G. Keith Thomas (D)
(NR)

2014 GWINNETT LOCAL CANDIDATES

SOLICITOR GENERAL

Gregory McKeithen (D) (NR)
Rosanna M. Szabo (R)

COUNTY COMMISSION, District 2

Lynette Howard (R) (NoQ)
Jaime "Jay" Trevari (D)

SCHOOL BOARD, District 4

Bob McClure (R)
Zachary Rushing (D)
(NoQ)


GWINNETT CALENDAR

(NEW) Fall Senior Wellness Fair, Friday, October 24 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bethesda Park Senior Recreation Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Live Healthy Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Health and Human Services and the Gwinnett Extension Service to host this event. It will feature live cooking demonstrations, a farmer's market, breakout sessions with special presenters, live entertainment, interactive demonstrations and health screenings in addition to scores of health and wellness vendors. Call 678-277-0179 for more information.

New Art Exhibit, Figuratively Speaking, opens Friday, October 24, at Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle Street, in Norcross. This exhibit is free to the public and continues through November 29. An opening reception is October 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more info, call 770-840-9844.

Writers' Workshop, featuring Danny Schinitzlein, bestselling author of Perfecting your Picture Book, Saturday, October 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Partner in the workshop is The Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Suwanee Trick or Treat will be Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. Use your witches' brooms to sweep up prizes and your dancing shoes to do the monster mash with Parker, Suwanee's oversized canine mascot. Activities include festival games, crafts, inflatables, dance competitions, and pictures with Parker. A free hot dog lunch will be available while supplies last. Trek or Treat is designed especially for children 10 and younger. Attendees are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

The Gwinnett Food Swap will be hosting a special food event on October 26 from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Wynne-Russell House. A Girl Scout tradition, Gross Goodies features foods that look disgusting but are actually quite tasty. Girl Scouts and guests of the Gwinnett Food Swap (and especially children) are encouraged to bring zipper bags to collect swapped treats to take home. Costumes are welcome. To register or for more information, contact Leslie Edwin at 404-791-5483.

Re-roofing of the Library at Peachtree Corners will begin on October 20, with the library being closed through October 26. Fines for books or other checked out material will be waived and holds can have pick-up locations reassigned to another library branch. Contact the Library Help Line with any questions or concerns at 770-978-5154.

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.

MORE EEB PERSPECTIVE

10/24: Georgia's governors (pt. 1)
10/21: Losersville for arts?
10/17: Simpsonwood update
10/14: German student visits
10/10: GwinnettForum's endorsements
10/7: Why so few candidates?
10/3: Regents on smoking, USS Georgia

9/30: Ostracize women-bashers
9/26: Policing peril, disasters
9/23: Scottish referendum, more
9/19: Gwinnett's special weekends
9/16: Four legacy candidates
9/12: Remembering Jim Cowart
9/9: DeKalb to offer Sunday voting
9/5: The 2014 elections
9/2: Police personnel raids

FOCUS ARCHIVES

10/24: Jones: New neonatal ICU
10/21: Sawyer: New police chief
10/17: Hacknett: Annandale race
10/14: Smith: Choral Guild concert
10/7: Dubin: Reducing recidivism
10/3: Hendrickson: T-shirt winner

9/30: Nelson: Move around
9/26: Buchanan: Keeping out the sun
9/23: Nichols: Hudgens Prize judges
9/19: Hendrickson: Great Days of Service
9/16: Paul: Recent visit to Israel
9/12: Hassell: Land Trust
9/9: Varga: Peace Corps novel
9/5: Szabo: Solicitor's caseload
9/2: Foreman: Phone hacking

CONTINUING OBJECTIVES FOR GWINNETT

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 county offices
  • 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
  • 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
  • Requiring the legislature to meet once every two years.
  • Development of more community gardens.

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