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Todd Cline

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CLINE: A very Co-operative competition

As competitions go, this was both fun and friendly. Not to mention beneficial. The recent battle between the cities of Grayson and Snellville to see which could raise the most contributions to the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-op was a great idea and the winner, both participants agreed, was set from the start.

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CLINE: Norcross High junior has different take on ‘running’ a race

What makes the Blue Devils Run 5K a little different is the person in charge, a bright-eyed go-getter who may one day conquer the world but must first complete her junior year of high school. Eliza Antonowich is in her third year as race director of an event expected to raise more than $10,000 for the school’s running programs.

CLINE: Making good on a resolution marathon

That resolutions to begin the new year are hard to keep is not a new concept, but the thought here is maybe it’s the resolution not the resoluter that is sometimes at fault.

CLINE: Another year of recollections

I sit here wondering how Christmas has come and gone and New Year’s Day is upon us. I guess it won’t be long until we’re wondering how it became baseball season again.

CLINE: Keep your sanity with some timely reminders this holiday season

Reminders don’t adhere to a schedule. They pop up unexpectedly, sometimes at the very moment you need a good reason to keep from jumping off the edge of the cliff.

CLINE: First run to title game makes season special for Archer football

While a spot in the finals is old hat for Gwinnett, it is a decidedly new experience for the Archer players and their fans. And an exciting one at that.

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CLINE: Red Kettle Campaign is a volunteer opportunity with a nice ring to it | VIDEO

Many service organizations, like local Rotary clubs, participate in the Red Kettle Campaign, and this year the Salvation Army had a first when Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula committed to manning a kettle at a local Kroger for all 40 days of the campaign.

CLINE: Local NFL players set example, give back

Here in Gwinnett we don’t have to look outside the county to find NFL do-gooders who embody the Thanksgiving spirit.

CLINE: From pigskin to the pulpit, preaching perseverance

We all have bad days. Rich folks, successful people, movie stars. There’s not one of us who go through life on a never-ending happy streak, except maybe Tim Tebow. And even he had to play for the New York Jets.

CLINE: Time flies when you’re getting old

That’s not to say growing up is all bad. If nothing else, adulthood gives you perspective you didn’t have as a young roller of eyes. Though you rue the quick passing of the year, you also have a deep appreciation for things that happened (and people who made them happen) in those preceding months.

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CLINE: Suwanee man marks 25 years with Young Life

Twenty-five years is a long time to do anything, but having a passion for your vocation makes that longevity possible. So it makes sense that Chuck Scott calls his work with Young Life a calling more than a profession.

CLINE: Volunteer spirit alive in Gwinnett

Those volunteering at an early age will likely continue as they grow older, inspiring friends and family along the way. For many people, the stumbling block to volunteering is knowing what to do or where to start.

CLINE: Key to your health is to not take your job sitting down

A recent study released by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found people who sat less were healthier even if they didn’t exercise a lot more. The conclusion was that the mere act of standing was an improvement over sitting.

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CLINE: Lawrenceville continues to forge link with Georgia Gwinnett College

It was not a coincidence that the grand opening of the Lawrenceville Lawn this past Saturday included a contingent of 50 or so green-clad Georgia Gwinnett College students. Both the venue and the college are vitally important to the city, which stands to benefit from the growth of the local college as well as the emergence of a central gathering place.

CLINE: Central High looking for community partners with move to Academy concept

Central Gwinnett High School is one of five schools — along with Lanier, Shiloh, South Gwinnett and Meadowcreek — in the county to adopt the College and Career Academy concept.

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CLINE: That's the ticket; stubs provide look at past concerts (and costs)

As major acts go, the $71.50 ticket price for the Garth Brooks World Tour is a bargain. With that in mind, I wondered how much it cost the previous time I saw the country music star.

CLINE: Sometimes there’s nothing better than a change of scenery

I’m not for certain that the grass is always greener elsewhere (Arizona comes to mind), but after several recent travels I have determinded that it is, at the very least, different. And sometimes that is more important than actually being better.

CLINE: A big difference between driving and commuting

Living in the metro area can greatly affect your feeling about driving, largely because the name of the act is so misleading. Sitting, idling and creeping are more accurate, leading us to judge trips by how long they take instead of how many miles they are.

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CLINE: Thurman lives a very 'fair' life

Dale Thurman, who has been in charge of the fair for the past 19 years, lives in a house at the back of the fairgrounds, making for a short commute to the office. Though he says “I’m always at work,” the 70-year-old says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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CLINE: Remembering the woman who looked just like my mom

It’s interesting, to say the least, when your mom is an identical twin. It ends up being a unique situation not only for her and her sister but for their families as well.

CLINE: ALS challenge breaks the ice on raising awareness

Have you dumped a bucket of icewater over your head yet? Chances are you either have or you’ve seen a friend, relative, co-worker or celebrity do so through a video posted on social media. The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS is a campaign to raise awarness and funds for the disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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CLINE: Giant tomato plant casts shadow over my own garden

Our Top 10 online stories this week supported what a lot of us already know — people enjoy reading about big fish and big garden plants. We covered those bases with a record-setting brown trout and a tomato plant that has its eyes on the Guinness Book of World Records.

CLINE: Gwinnett cities offer Atlanta alternative

This past weekend you could have watched a professional bicycle race in Duluth, or visited Sugar Hill to see an impressive car show, ride a zip line or see some good bands, including one fronted by movie star Kevin Bacon.

CLINE: When it comes to success, it takes a village

Sunday’s Hall of Fame speeches are a reminder that you don’t get anywhere in the world without some help.

CLINE: Remembering when a job was just for the summer

Do you remember your summer jobs? Are they good memories?

CLINE: Coaches find great way to experience ‘Americana at its finest’

Cliff Ramos said he always gets a lot of feedback when he talks about his summer travels with his good friend Steve West. For six years now the two Greater Atlanta Christian wrestling coaches have made their “go where the road takes us” trips a summer staple, traveling for a week to 10 days with no schedule and no plan, just a map and their imaginations.

CLINE: Bugged by baggage

It’s hard to fly out of Atlanta and not bemoan the fact that when you live in Gwinnett you have to leave for the aiport so early that you could easily drive to Nashville before your tray is in an upright and locked position. That goes with the territory here, where you often have to arrive two hours early to ensure not being five minutes late.

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CLINE: Harvey makes her mark in 25 years with American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society’s Gwinnett office has a different feel this week. There’s nothing wrong really, just an important piece missing after 25 years.

CLINE: Farmers markets about the experience as much as the food

National Farmers Market Week, Suwanee, Suwanee farmers market, Town Center Park, Amy Doherty, farm-raised eggs, locally grown

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CLINE: Believe it or not: Kevin Bacon coming to Sugar Hill

“Why would Kevin Bacon come to Sugar Hill?” It was a good question.

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CLINE: Memories of kind men and Friday nights of the past

We learn as we get older that the good times don’t go on forever, and sometimes you hear a familiar name in a way you wish you never would.

City by City

City by City for June 8.

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CLINE: Brewing up an event in Duluth

This week Greg Lindquist is busy preparing for the second incarnation of Beer Fest Duluth: Brews and Tunes, an event that will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Duluth Town Green. The irony is that come Saturday, the man who loves to sip a cold one and has made a business of beer won’t have time for nary a drop.

OUR VIEW: Keeping ethics front and center good for BOC

Economic news highlighted the first day of the BOC planning sessions, while county leadership was the focus of the second day. A year ago the commissioners made the issue of county leadership No. 1 on its priority list. This year they discussed where it should be on their list.

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CLINE: Caretaker of the clubhouse

Nick Dixon is the Gwinnett Braves’ clubhouse manager, but the title does little to explain his duties, not that any short description could. When it comes to taking care of the players, there’s not much Dixon doesn’t do.

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CLINE: Local cities doing their part to recognize Memorial Day

There is no lack of things going on this week. We just completed the earliest primary in state history, and up next is the last day of school, signaling the start of summer vacation for the kids which begins with a three-day weekend. It’s a respite that comes with a chance to cook out and hit the lake or pool, but obviously there is deeper meaning behind this holiday. And thankfully that will be highlighted as Gwinnett’s busy week continues with ceremonies recognizing Memorial Day in Snellville, Duluth and Dacula.

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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.

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CLINE: Finding a passion for finding a cure

It’s a question that will be asked repeatedly on Friday at Gwinnett’s annual Relay For Life event for the American Cancer Society. As in, why are you here? Why do you walk? Why do you Relay?

OUR VIEW: Wilbanks’ long tenure has given GCPS leadership and continuity

J. Alvin Wilbanks is nearing the end of his 50th year in the field of education. He has spent 19 years of that time as superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools, a long tenure that has produced more than a few highlights as well as plenty of critics. Wilbanks is the first to tell you that comes with the territory.

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.

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