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Loganville swears in new mayor, councilman

LOGANVILLE -- Loganville Municipal Court Judge Brad Brownlow administered the oath of office to new mayor Dan Curry and new councilman Jay Boland on Thursday night. Curry and Boland were elected to serve in a special election held last month, the result of the passing of the late mayor Ray Nunley this year.

"It's an honor to serve the people of Loganville as mayor, though I have this position because of the loss of a dear friend," Curry said. "We have had a very unique year. We've had a sick mayor who succumbed to cancer. We have had zoning issues, councilman Rey Martinez was serving overseas in the military, and we've had lawsuits with regard to liquor issues. But we have a strong council," Curry said.

Vice Mayor Mark Kiddoo, who served as mayor for about two months after Nunley's resignation, was presented with an engraved gavel from Curry as a way of thanking him for his service and leadership.

City participates in contract to cure cancer

Curry read a proclamation Thursday that encouraged Loganville residents to purchase the special United Postal Service breast cancer stamps. The stamps cost 55 cents each, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Curry pledged to buy 200 stamps, then challenged every mayor in Walton and Gwinnett counties to do the same. To date, a total of $80 million dollars has been raised through the sale of the stamps.

Annexation request denied

An annexation request for the property located at 4826 Highway 81 N. was denied Thursday. The applicant had planned to build a Town and Country Pet Salon on the 1.083 acre property, but city leaders maintained that the proposed use of the property did not mesh with the city's long term land-use plans.