December 21, 2011
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This is a busy week. Memorial Day is in the offing, school lets out and graduation ceremonies abound. There are many stories to be told, which means it will also be a busy week for us here at the paper. In turn, we
Poverty is Real is a nonprofit organization whose name gets right to the point. The Decatur-based group uses music and concerts as a way to raise money to fight poverty in local communities. In Everett's Music Barn, the organization has found the perfect musical partner to raise funds for
"They don't make them like they used to" is as cliche as any phrase. But chances are if you walk into the Price Industries office in Suwanee, John Scallon can tell you if it's true. Not to mention where you could find
One of the unique byproducts of playing golf in the American Cancer Society's Tournament of Hope is the chance to honor or memorialize a loved one.
David Gordon watched Tom Watson win the Masters in 1981. Last week he finally got the champion to sign his pairing sheet from that day.
Pro golf returns to the TPC at Sugarloaf this week along with the many volunteers it takes to stage the tournament.
Joe Marelle's inspirational story of his battle with cancer found a new, and national, audience this past weekend at the Final Four.
It's not always easy, but sometimes you have to trust the process and keep putting one foot down after another.
A salute to volunteers and the dedication they show through rain or shine (or snow flurries.
The Wounded Warriors Amputee team will play an exhibition at Peachtree Ridge on April 5, a night that will include famous sports stars and a chance to interact with them and the Warriors.
There's nothing like high school sports and winning a state title. Especially when the school is your own.
That smile is right up there. Anyone who ever met Jamie Britt remembers it. It was both disarming and inviting, making him easy to befriend.
Jack Kingston knows his way around Washington, D.C. (sometimes even by bike) after serving 20 years as a Congressman from Savannah. But the Republican representative is not as familiar in these parts despite his upbringing in Athens, where he attended Clarke Central High School and the University of Georgia.
When it comes to fundraising in Gwinnett County, most people are familiar with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life after Gwinnett's run of 10 straight years as the top relay in the world. While participants are proud to be part of the fight against cancer, they are also curious as to where that money goes.
The educational system has changed a lot since you attended. But not the county spelling bee. It's a throwback to the days of old.
Suwanee attorney John Hogan is an expert when it comes to NFL disability cases. And that knowledge has spurred his advocacy of improved treatment when it comes to concussions suffered from playing the game.
It's a string of tragedies unlike anything Dexter Wood has ever seen in his career in education. But after the death of middle school student Jeremy Nelson, the Buford community is again dealing with the death of a beloved young person.
There’s the resolution to lose weight, but where’s the novelty in that?
A fixture on varous boards around the county, Barbara Howard is a great example of community involvement. And for that she will be recognized as the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year at the group's Feb. 1 dinner.
Drew Meyer is trying to inform more people about ReStore, located in Lawrenceville, and its ties to Habitat for Humanity.
Doug Reid is in his 14th year of collecting toys for Toys for Tots with his annual autograph and sports collectibles show.
Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve to play Dec. 10 at Long Forum at Greater Atlanta Christian School.
Memories of Thanksgivings past.
The Who didn't act their age during Monday's concert in Duluth. And that's a good (and fun) thing.
Parkview High's ceremony to retire football jersey No. 12 is a reminder of sports fans infatuation with the numbers on the jerseys.
Cross county community teaches good lesson as they honor a pair of memorable youngsers with canned food drive.
The Brighter Smiles For a Brighter Future campign has raised almost $1 million in the fight against cancer. The grouip now aids the Gwinnett Medical Center's Women's Pavilion in purchasing equipment to help in the battle against breast cancer.
Gwinnett Corps planning early for kettle campaign with goal of eclipsing the $255,000 raised last year.
They are sobering numbers, ones that motivate David Post and the others who run the nonprofit "Care for Cops." On average, a police officer is killed in the line of duty every 53 hours.
If those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, what about the ones who do learn? If they're like Alice McCabe, they're destined to chronicle it.
Eight is not a number golfers generally like to associate with. No one wants to sign for the dreaded "snowman" on their scorecard. But this weekend 8 is Gregg Mooney's number.
It's a story Hollywood would love, complete with a happy ending.
With football season here, there's little time to do anything else. That is, if you're a true fan.
A trip to Ireland meant driving on the "wrong" side of the road and the terror that (sometimes) comes with it.
Not a day goes by when Don Magee doesn't do a set of push-ups. Pushing his 79th birthday, he averages 1,000 per day with a goal of doing 4,000 in one day by the time he reaches 80.
Make no mistake, the Olympics are a television show more than a sporting event. And a good one at that.
Shared history and the stories that go with it are what provide the glue to most friendships.
Well, that didn’t take long.
'Tis the season of positive thinking
'Tis the season of positive thinking
DULUTHIt's busy this time of year at the Hands of Christ Cooperative Ministry, not unlike the county's other co-ops. The end of November through the end of December are high volume at co-ops, both for families in need and people interested in volunteering, spurred on by the holiday spirit.And while the Hands of Christ, along with its fellow co-ops, welcomes food and monetary donations with open arms during the holidays, they are also faced with the realization that there is year-round need. Though holiday spirit fades in January, the need for assistance does not. Which is why Hands of Christ director Mary Roberts is so excited about what is coming to the Duluth facility early next year.
LAWRENCEVILLE — If there's one thing I took away from my visit to Crews Middle School last week, it's this: Dr. Vince Botta can really flip a switch.In our many trips in and out, the principal never failed to turn off the lights before leaving his office. During my time with him as part of the Principal for a Day program last week, I picked up on that part of his personality -- conscientious and consistent. But when it comes to running his school, the switch is always on for the high-energy Botta, who has been principal at Crews since 2008.
It’s tough to do much reflecting in today’s world. We’re always on the go. Always in a rush to get to the next place, the next meeting. Constantly trying to complete the next task. We’re all guilty of it.
It's a headline you usually see in our sports pages, highlighting the top athletes in their respective sports prior to each season. But on Sunday the "Super Six" headline ran on the front page of the paper, a fitting place to recognize the finalists for Gwinnett County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
If you watched the end of Saturday night’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game or caught highlights of Sunday’s NFL tussle between the head coaches of the 49ers and Lions, you’d think sportsmanship is a thing of the past. But as much as those incidents were unseemly in regard to civility, maybe a different question is: Do we expect too much out of people when it comes to sportsmanship?
It wasn’t planned. Or enjoyed much, for that matter. But by quirk of schedule, I found myself traversing the interstate during rush hour on both Monday and Tuesday, the first two commuting days since the HOT lanes were installed.
Renee Carter will be at the Hi-Hope Center in Lawrenceville on Friday. But it will be more than a short visit.
Being that he is a firefighter and that Sunday was the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Wayne Mooney figured there would be some signs of support. The battalion chief and many other firefighters had been invited to numerous ceremonies and church services to memoralize the day.
This past weekend, like seemingly every day since July, flew by, leaving me to wonder how it is that the pools are closing, college and pro football are kicking off and the days are getting shorter. We can all relate to it getting dark earlier, it's like the closing of the blinds on your goals and chores for the summer.
One thing we can agree on when it comes to the possible privatization of Briscoe Field is that it's become a polarizing topic that knows no middle ground. The pro and anti sides continue to be entrenched, so much so that this paper could simply run the headline "airport" on its website and generate numerous comments, split between how good it could be for the county and how loud and destructive it would be for those who live in Briscoe's vicinity.