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CLINE: The cliches of coachspeak trite but true

The simple words are sometimes the most impactful. And the things you already know are exactly the ones of which you need to be reminded. As you get older, those cliches, trite as they are, make more and more sense.

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CLINE: The fair cost of making memories

The Gwinnett County Fair is in full swing, bringing back plenty of memories of festivals and fairs past. Like the wild food options available at the fair, those memories are varied. Or maybe time makes them that way.

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CLINE: The simplicity of sitting

We all have those places. Places where we go to get away from the job, the hassles and even the maddening reruns of sitoms you’re not quite sure why you watch in the first place. We’re such a plugged in society — let me check my email on my phone while I surf on my tablet while listening to music on my iPod — that it’s easy to forget the soothing nature of simplicity.

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CLINE: Father-son duo are field generals

This week is a big one for Neff. In addition to the milestone birthday he and his team are preparing for the Hawks’ first home football game of the season. For the past decade, Neff has been in charge of getting the field painted for home games, relying on a group of helpers that include his eldest son, Thor.

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CLINE: The humility of heroes

In today’s society it’s easy to get caught up in games of “who deserves the credit” or “that’s not my job” but no matter what your occupation it should come down to doing your job and doing it to the best of your ability.Funny how when you take care of that the credit and compliments take care of themselves.

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CLINE: The good news from our schools

In any system as large as Gwinnett County Public Schools — an enrollment approaching 167,000 to go with more than 10,000 teachers — there will be issues and items of complaint. It goes with the territory. But less than three weeks into the school year, we’re reminded again and again of the good news that comes from our schools.

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CLINE: Making some deer friends

Though I enjoy seeing the deer, I feel bad for infringing on their territory. But that has changed a little, first after they ate my hibiscus plants and second after speaking with a wildlife biologist.

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CLINE: TOUR Championship provides nice perks for local veterans

The golf should be great and admission free for veterans when the TOUR Championship comes to Eastlake toward the end of September.

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CLINE: New theme for annual SPCA fundraiser

On Sept. 7, the Georgia SPCA is hosting its annual fundraising bash. This year it’s a “Wizard of Oz” theme with the motto: “There’s no place like a home.”

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CLINE: How the cookie crumbles

We all like what we like. Even if it’s the snacks that come with giving blood. But sometimes the rest of the story is the most interesting part.

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CLINE: Lilburn City Manager comes up aces

He’s not a pro golfer, but Bill Johnsa’s collection of 26 holes-in-one is a number that puts even the pros to shame.

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CLINE: Wrestling buddies on the road again

For the fifth straight year, Cliff Ramos and Steve West are off on a summer tradition that has no rules, or plans for that matter.

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CLINE: New record for Push-Up King of Lilburn

Don Magee crossed an item off his bucket list last week when the Liburn resident achieved his goal of doing 4,000 push-ups in a single day.

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CLINE: G-Braves employee finds ticket to job happiness

Ryan Moore is the man to see about tickets to watch the Gwinnett Braves play. That makes life busy, and the job fulfilling,for the Conneticut native.

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CLINE: Father's Day cakes part of Grayson couple's calling

For 50 years Jean Brownlee and her husband Buck have spearheaded a tradition of bring cakes to the Gwinnett County Correctional Institute to be eaten by the inmates on Father's Day.