POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Towns arrange events for old, new leaders

Camie Young

Camie Young

One town will be honoring an outgoing councilman, while another welcomes new leaders.

Braselton's new mayor, Bill Orr, will be sworn in at 3 p.m. Thursday at the town's courtroom at the Braselton Police Municipal Court Facility at 5040 Ga. Highway 53.

Councilwoman-elect Peggy Slappey will also be bestowed the honor, along with Dudley Ray, who was re-elected in November.

City officials have invited the public to attend the ceremony, which is just prior to the 4 p.m. work session, where the new leaders will get to work.

In a week, Duluth residents are invited out to thank Jim Hall for his eight years of service.

The city will honor Hall, who decided against re-election to spend more time with his family, in an informal celebration prior to his last City Council meeting on Jan. 11.

Guests are invited to stop by City Hall between 5 and 7 p.m. to pass along words of gratitude and appreciation, an e-mail from the city said.

Unterman names 'hero'

A local legislator has been hailed as a hero for her work on health issues at the General Assembly.

Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, was named a "Public Health Hero" by the Georgia Public Health Association, during the group's business meeting in Macon this month.

"Renee Unterman devotes a great deal of time and effort to understanding the implications of maintaining a healthy state population," GPHA outgoing President Russ Toal said. "Her thoughtful and pragmatic approach balances the long-term consequences of the public's overall health with the difficult budgetary constraints our state faces. We are pleased to recognize her outstanding leadership on public health issues at the Capitol."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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