News and notes picked up from here and there:
Big plans at juggernaut 12Stone church. Pastor Kevin Myers outlined a vision that will see the church add five satellite campuses and have them up and running by January – only 10 months away.
12Stone, a Wesleyan-affiliated church founded by Myers in 1987, has a main campus in Lawrenceville, with satellites in Hamilton Mill, Flowery Branch, and Duluth. Sunday, Myers asked the congregation for both prayers and planning for the five-campus expansion.
Potential sites for the five new campuses are Athens, the Bethlehem/Winder area, the Buford/Sugar Hill area, the Chateau Elan/Braselton area, Gainesville, the Grayson/Loganville area, Jefferson, the John’s Creek/Peachtree Corners area, Lilburn or Snellville.
The idea is to find short-term rental facilities and then look at acquiring “big box” space that could be renovated to meet the churches needs.
Ambitious goals with a deadline of January 2015.
Gwinnett landed two representatives on James magazine’s annual Most Influential list: Gwinnett Commission Chairman and Harbins resident Charlotte Nash, who, the mag noted, is slated to become president of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia in 2016; of Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, the magazine says “His canny parliamentarian power makes this Duluth Republican a force to be reckoned with.”
Online readers of the Post certainly gravitate toward the cops and crime stories. Of the top 10 accessed stories recently, eight came from the cops and courts beat. The only non-law enforcement stories that cracked the top 10 reported the Gwinnett County Public Schools pay raise for faculty and staff and the story on the groundbreaking for the mixed use development at CoolRay Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves. Home opener, by the way, is this Friday, when the hometown boys take on the Durham Bulls.
J.K. Murphy is vice president of Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., parent company of the Gwinnett Daily Post. He is the former editor and publisher of the Daily Post.