When he drives by Coolray Field, Doug Reid can’t help but be excited as he reads the message board that fronts the Gwinnett Braves’ stadium. Among other things, the sign touts Reid’s annual Toys for Tots toy drive that will be held Dec. 9-11. It’s the 13th year the Lawrenceville resident has conducted the drive, but the first he’s had a partner like the Class AAA Braves.
Will be held Dec. 9-11 in conjunction with the Gwinnett Braves' Winter Fest.
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.
Looking back at my day at Crews Middle School.
Quest to climb Kilimanjaro is his latest exploit.
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.
County will hold ceremony at Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.
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?
When it comes to sportsmanship, maybe we expect too much.
Rainbow Village looks back, and ahead, at 20th year gala.
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.
Watching an empty HOT lane can be frustrating.
Renee Carter will be at the Hi-Hope Center in Lawrenceville on Friday. But it will be more than a short visit.
Some groups are still in need of help for this weekend's Great Days of Service event
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.
A solemn but memorable day for Gwinnett firefighters.
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.
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
Airport discussion continues to be a polarizing topic.
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.
Former South Gwinnett football star Adam Wilhite is living his professional dream at East Lake Golf Club.
Bill Kruskamp's retirement was a short one as the former Gwinnett principal has returned last week as the interim princopal at Alcovy High School in Newton County.
The PGA Championship returns to the Atlanta Athletic Club this week, bringing the world's best players and the focus of the golf world to our neck of the woods. For most folks the chance to see Phil and Tiger in action at a major tournament is the draw, but for me the neatness of the tournament is more personal.
Though partaking in the Suwanee Farmers Market is an enjoyable, and almost weekly, experience for me, the title of the market is a tad misleading. Despite multiple trips, I've yet to see an actual farmer for sale, or even rent for that matter.
A lot of people enjoy home-grown tomatoes. And plenty of them grow their own, harvesting enough to share with family and friends.
It's not lost on me -- or my waistline -- that my television viewing habits are ironic at best, unhealthy at worst. I'm addicted to the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" show, which follows host Adam Richman as he scours the country for interesting cuisine and the biggest eating challanges.
The old adage goes: If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, does it make a sound? My question: If a Harry Potter movie premieres and you don't see it, does it exist?
They say you shouldn't shoot the messenger, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to. Especially when it's the same message day after scorching day.
If 90 percent of life is just showing up like Woody Allen says, John McWilliams is well on his way to success. The recent Norcross High graduate finished his school career never having missed a day due to sickness or anything else.
Local students celebrating their first week of summer vacation brings to mind many things:
I’ve written about it before in this space, but as I drove through Duluth on Sunday and saw all of the flags memorializing soldiers who fought for our country, I said it again, out loud: “This is great.”
LAWRENCEVILLE — There were plenty of familiar sights at Saturday’s inaugural American Cancer Society/Gwinnett Braves 5K run around Coolray Field. Runners running to win, those looking for personal-best times and others just happy to participate and support a good cause.
One of the nice things about living in Gwinnett is there's never a lack for things to do. That's particularly evident this first week of May as the county will be busy from Snellville to Duluth and Loganville to Lawrenceville with everything from festivals and art to trains and pets and raising money to fight cancer.
Dana Griffith will meet Deion Sanders today. And she and her husband will take in a Yankees game tonight before watching the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night in New York City.
Sunday’s Community front told the story of 40 years of the Gwinnett County Fire Department. How it grew from one station in 1971 to its current size of 30 stations and 850 employees.
LAWRENCEVILLE — I made my first trip of the season to Coolray Field on Sunday, enjoying a beautiful day and an extra-inning win by the Gwinnett Braves.
We’re all creatures of routine. We don’t like things interrupting the schedules and rituals we’ve so carefully constructed. As every newspaper editor knows, those routines start first thing every morning.
It’s the truth of any election. Someone wins, someone loses. Lots of people complain.
When I first started my newspaper career I didn’t read letters to the editor much if at all. But a late-night talk with a colleague as we put out the paper opened my mind to that form of expression and soon I was perusing letters in all publications I read.
With the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan dominating the news along with rising unemployment and gas prices, not to mention plummeting stocks, sometimes we need a reminder that there’s plenty of good news out there as well.
The employees at The Impact! Group face stress every day. When your job is to help people facing foreclosure or help the homeless get into transitional housing it can hardly be an emotionless occupation.
I ended up with some extra time Monday night. Thirty minutes to be exact. I assume a lot of other CBS viewers were in the same boat with “Two and a Half Men” being a rerun.
Tom Stratton doesn’t plan on winning the 10K race at Saturday’s Run the Reagan event. In fact, he wouldn’t be surprised to finish dead last. But that placement isn’t important to the 70-year-old Snellville retiree.
Tom Mayfield is my kind of road race organizer. As the annual Run the Reagan nears — it’s slated for Feb. 19 — the times Mayfield talks about aren’t for the 5 or 10K, but for 9 and 11 a.m.
The race to fill the chairman’s seat for the Board of Commissioners started in earnest Monday night as the four candidates gathered in public for the first time. The occasion was a candidate forum hosted by the Gwinnett GOP and the turnout was good, with about 200 people in attendance at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
I wrote about Jim Wallace and the organization SPELL in July of 2009 in a column that highlighted the Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature and its role in promoting proper grammar.
As my vehicle slid back down the hill Tuesday, first backward, then sideways and finally (after a slow but not so enjoyable 180-degree turn) nose first, there were many things going through my mind, some more fit for print than others:
After spending the holidays reading everyone’s “best of” lists, I find myself wanting. It’s pathetic when your list of books you wish you read and movies you wish you saw is longer than the ones you actually enjoyed.
If you’re like me, you’re stuck this week between the modes of looking back and planning ahead. The new year is almost here, and once it is it will be full steam ahead.