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CLINE: Buford Schools say goodbye to a pair of old pros

That feeling is even more profound for teachers who know the coming weeks are their last. There are a couple of those in the Buford City Schools system feeling that way these days, a couple of men who have put in more than 60 years combined in the education field.

CLINE: A new goal to sleep on

Dr. Charles Czeisler, director of the division of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, says the country as a whole suffers from a “staggering” amount of sleep deficiency. He says in the article that two million Americans fall asleep behind the wheel every week, and as most bosses (and many teachers) would attest, many more do the same behind a desk.

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CLINE: National Library Week brings back memories of reading past

A library can be a place of escape for anyone, allowing readers to travel to places and see things they never dreamed they’d experience. While I believe that to be true of libraries anywhere, it may be even more true for those who grow up in a rural area or small town like I did.

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CLINE: A volunteer job with lots of baggage

As chairwoman of the caddie committee, Julie Coupland’s job is to make a home at TPC Sugarloaf for the men (and women) who carry those bags on the Champions Tour. The tour comes to the county for the second time next week for the Greater Gwinnett Championship, which will play rounds Friday through Sunday.

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CLINE: Passion the name of the game for Family Promise director

Family Promise needs help from local churches. Currently there are 30 host churches and five more called support churches. There are 15 weeks that are open, which means the need for more church participation still exists.

CLINE: Remembering when the games were on the line but not online

Believe it or not, there was once a time when you could watch the NCAA basketball tournament without any gadgets.

CLINE: A note of thanks to all those who volunteer

Volunteers don’t expect a check. The definition of the word is pretty straight forward when it comes to that. But that doesn’t mean they don’t receive payment.

CLINE: A nice addition to the neighborhood landscape

You can learn a lot by walking your neighborhood. And a recent discovery was a very nice surprise.

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CLINE: The joke's on them

We took our lumps from the national media with our most recent winter storms that derailed traffic and about everything else, keeping kids from school and most folks inside. But the advantage to living in the South is that weather lasted for days, not months.

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CLINE: Snellville's Young has a volunteer's spirit

Wanda Young, 78, is a fixture in the Snellville area. She volunteers for Eastside Medical Center’s Health to You program and is a mainstay at the Snellville Senior Center, helping man the front desk and organizing the monthly bingo game.

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CLINE: The importance of saying ‘thanks’

In that spirit of thankfulness, the City of Duluth has declared next week Public Works and Police Appreciation Week. It’s a chance to let the residents of Duluth thank the people who kept their city safe during the storm, a process that was emulated around the county last week.

The new venacular of the modern Olympics

I assume we’ve all done it, dreamed of winning Olympic gold. Whether you were an athlete or not, there’s something about the thought of representing your country atop the medal stand that is quite appealing, and never more so than during an Olympic year when the events are aired in prime time and Olympic champs are seen everywhere from morning show sets to cereal boxes.

CLINE: Gwinnett spellers epitomize the definition of poise

I served as a judge at the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee for the seventh time Saturday at Central Gwinnett High School. Though I’m somewhat a veteran of the event at this point, the kids who compete in it still amaze me.

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CLINE: The cold business of heartiness hierarchy

When it comes to weather, the pecking order of heartiness is interesting. It seems everyone thinks everyone else is a wimp.

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CLINE: Meeting your heroes

I was struck by the sense of awe one young lady and his mother had at the chance to meet the grand marshall of the Lawrenceville MLK march — former Olympic golf medalist Tommie Smith.