Golf course reopens after renovations

SUGAR HILL - The Sugar Hill Golf Course reopened its doors Aug. 15 after undergoing major renovations.

The public course owned and operated by the city has been closed since June 1.

The grass is now Dwarf Champion Bermuda greens, and a bunker drainage system has been replaced. New sand was added to sand bunkers.

There is also a new menu and more space for a driving range.

The project cost about $400,000.

Man wins lottery

SNELLVILLE - A Snellville man was dealt a winning hand in the Georgia Lottery game $500,000 Hold 'Em Poker.

Johnson Fernandez played the new instant game and became the first person to win the $500,000 top prize.

In the past year and a half, 48-year-old Fernandez has won a total of $18,000 playing the instant games $100 Million Cash Spectacular, $200 Million Cash Spectacular and $300 Million Gold Rush.

Even with his lucky streak, Fernandez was stunned to see he won a half-million dollars.

"I didn't believe it," he said. "I called my kids, and they didn't believe it, either."

Fernandez and his wife, Bendicta, have two sons, ages 18 and 20. Fernandez, a store clerk, said he was already in the process of purchasing a new home when he won. "

ABC Convenience Store, at 873 N. Main St. in Cornelia, sold the $500,000 Hold 'Em Poker top prize ticket.

City reconsiders alcohol restrictions

SUGAR HILL - Sugar Hill officials are considering reducing their alcohol ordinance restrictions.

City officials have worked for five years to create a downtown area where none previously existed. Planners envision a cozy downtown along Broad Street where residents can stroll to shops and restaurants.

However, the city's alcohol ordinance might inhibit that growth. Most restaurants prefer to serve beer and wine, but the city's alcohol ordinance prohibits those sales within 500 feet of a school or church. Sycamore Elementary School and New Hope Baptist Church both occupy Broad Street.

Mayor Gary Pirkle and city councilmen are asking for citizen input as they consider decreasing the 500-foot restrictions. Contact information is available online at

Church to help single mom

LAWRENCEVILLE - The C3 Center, a nonprofit organization based in Lawrenceville, has undertaken a "Clean Sweep" to assist a single mother with a home renovation.

The renovations will take place this weekend and will include painting, cleaning, carpet repair, landscaping, adding furniture and other similar enhancements.

The C3 Center selected Sugar Hill resident and mother Jessica Carpenter for its most recent renovation project. Carpenter purchased a home two years ago to provide stability for her son, and the home was in need of refurbishing. Selection criteria were financial responsibility, work ethic, community involvement and attendance in the Solo Moms Acquiring Readiness Training program. The program's monthly seminars focus on life skills and self-reliance training.

The "Clean Sweep" project is sponsored jointly by The C3 Center and New View Enterprises.

For information, call Tami at 770-277-1171, ext. 232.

Lawyer elected to ABA post

LAWRENCEVILLE - Robert L. Rothman, a partner with Atlanta law firm Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, was elected as vice chair of the American Bar Association's Litigation Section.

Rothman, who took office following the recent ABA annual meeting, will chair the 75,000-member Section in 2008-09.

The first Georgian to be elected vice chair of the ABA Litigation Section, Rothman will work with the current leadership to develop and implement programs that benefit the Section's members. Under the Section's bylaws, Rothman will become chair-elect next August and take the gavel in August 2008.

The American Bar Association provides lawyers and judges with professional resources, leadership and advocacy on important legal issues.

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