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County commissioner runs a different kind of race

He doesn't have to worry about a campaign for another year, so Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is concentrating on another type of race.

Last month, Beaudreau competed in his third marathon, the ING Georgia Marathon in Atlanta.

While he said he was disappointed that his pace slowed in the second half of the 26-mile run, Beaudreau said he "destroyed" his old record and came in after four hours and two minutes.

"It was hot as the dickens. ... The hills were killer," Beaudreau said of the route that wound through Decatur, East Atlanta and the Underground Atlanta area. "But I'm pretty pleased. I never walked. I was always running."

Beaudreau placed 411 in his division and 1,366 overall out of 15,000 runners.

Councilman raises

money for cemetery

The history teacher in Bruce Garraway just couldn't bear to see a historical cemetery treated badly.

So after two years of work, the Snellville councilman was glad to see the city award a bid for new fencing at the historical cemetery next to City Hall.

Garraway raised $36,200 for the project, and the additional $12,950 needed for construction will come out of the city's hotel/motel tax.

"I believe this cemetery to be historical. One of the founders of Snellville, families that had influence in this community, along with those who are veterans from the Civil War through Vietnam are resting there," said Garraway, who teaches at Killian Hill Christian School. "As a history teacher, this is a project of local historical value that does not need to be forgotten.

"As Snellville looks to the future, I hope it will not forget its past and its traditions. This project will give aesthetic quality to the historic cemetery and the City Center and not a dime will be spent from the taxes of Snellville citizens."

The current wood fence separating the cemetery from the city hall and senior center will be demolished and replaced by a five-foot-high ornamental iron fence to match the existing fence along Main Street East.

Garraway has also requested that the city apply for the cemetery to be placed on a historical site register, which would allow historical preservation grant funds to be used for enhancements and upkeep.

Chambliss sponsors hearing

The pros and cons of the federal Food Stamp program will be aired this week in a congressional field hearing in Atlanta.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, will chair the hearing, which will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday at the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Congress rejected a proposal from the Bush administration last year to cut the program's budget, but Chambliss said it's not out of the woods yet.

"The Food Stamp program had a lot of waste, fraud and abuse when I got to Congress,'' said Chambliss, who was elected to the House in 1994 before moving to the Senate in 2002. "(But) we've made great strides. ... It is a very needed program.''

In fact, Chambliss is sponsoring a bill that would allow more Americans to receive food stamps by raising the limit on personal assets for individuals enrolled in the program.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is located at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., N.W.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Staff Writer Dave Williams contributed to this report. Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.