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Todd Cline

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CLINE: Moving on to May

Sometimes looking ahead is the best way to go.

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CLINE: Remembering an amazing lady

We regard toughness as a masculine quality, but I know better.

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CLINE: Going to the dogs not a bad thing

SUWANEE -- We all know that every dog has its day. But this past weekend I was reminded they get some mornings, too, as the Georgia SPCA hosted its Run for the Rescues 5K.

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CLINE: Wheelchair team makes mark, memories

The Gwinnett Heat are an impressive bunch. State champions, in fact. But to fully appreciate this wheelchair basketball team, you need to take a look at video of them in action.

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CLINE: Trying to weather the storm

If you think a prolonged stay in a basement is bad while waiting out a storm, try a closet.

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CLINE: Middle school hoops bring good competition and memories

The Gwinnett County Middle School tournament showcases basketeball at a pure level. And makes for some neat memories for the kids.

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CLINE: Father, son enjoy STAR moment at GAC

Longtime school president David Fincher calls the opportunity to hand out the STAR teacher award to his son Matt "thrilling" and "special."

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CLINE: Mill Creek principal comes up aces

After 20 years as a principal, Mill Creek's Jim Markham still going strong.

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CLINE: Suwanee Post is your paper

I drive by Suwanee's Town Center every night on my way home. Often, as I'm stopped at the light in front of the park, I take time to watch the many folks who always seem to be enjoying the space. From people walking their dogs, to parents playing with her

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CLINE: The cold, hard truth about winter in Minnesota

It's better than you think.

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CLINE: Run the Reagan coming up, rain, snow or shine

Annual road race set for Feb. 18

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CLINE: Local college on its way up

GGC making great strides.

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CLINE: J.W. Benefield will be missed

Former school superintendent remembered as "prince among men."

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CLINE: Looking back at a year in columns

Remembering interesting subjects and fun conversations.

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CLINE: No need to throw stones at church over gridlock

Well, that didn’t take long.

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CLINE: No need to throw stones at church over gridlock

Organizers apologize for role in traffic jam, vow to make improvements.

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CLINE: Duluth co-op planning to open thrift store

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.

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CLINE: Duluth co-op planning to open thrift store

Proceeds would help fund Hands of Christ ministry.

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CLINE: Toys for Tots toy drive moves to Coolray Field

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.

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CLINE: Toys for Tots toy drive moves to Coolray Field

Will be held Dec. 9-11 in conjunction with the Gwinnett Braves' Winter Fest.

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CLINE: Keeping up with the principal a tall order

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.

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CLINE: Keeping up with the principal a tall order

Looking back at my day at Crews Middle School.

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CLINE: Maynard an inspiration

Quest to climb Kilimanjaro is his latest exploit.

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CLINE: Local events offer chance to recognize veterans

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.

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CLINE: Local events offer chance to recognize veterans

County will hold ceremony at Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial.

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CLINE: Why can't we all just get along?

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?

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CLINE: Why can't we all just get along?

When it comes to sportsmanship, maybe we expect too much.

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CLINE: Celebrating 20 years of Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village looks back, and ahead, at 20th year gala.

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CLINE: HOT lanes not so hot

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.

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CLINE: HOT lanes not so hot

Watching an empty HOT lane can be frustrating.

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CLINE: Great Days promotes volunteer spirit

Renee Carter will be at the Hi-Hope Center in Lawrenceville on Friday. But it will be more than a short visit.

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CLINE: Great Days promotes volunteer spirit

Some groups are still in need of help for this weekend's Great Days of Service event

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Cline: Local Firefighters Experience Outpouring Of Support On 9/11

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.

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CLINE: Local firefighters experience outpouring of support on 9/11

A solemn but memorable day for Gwinnett firefighters.

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Cline: Ella's Run An Event Worth Planning For

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.

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CLINE: Ella's Run an event worth planning for

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

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CLINE: Airport dealings need to avoid negative perceptions

Airport discussion continues to be a polarizing topic.

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Cline: Airport Dealings Need To Avoid Negative Perceptions

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.

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CLINE: Former South football star now making his mark in golf biz

Former South Gwinnett football star Adam Wilhite is living his professional dream at East Lake Golf Club.

CLINE: Kruskamp takes short retirement; helping as interim principal at Alcovy High

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.

CLINE: PGA tourney brings back memories of my father

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.

CLINE: Fun at the farmers market

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.

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'Tomato Man' a real home-grown hero

A lot of people enjoy home-grown tomatoes. And plenty of them grow their own, harvesting enough to share with family and friends.

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CLINE: Can locals step up to the plate?

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.

CLINE: This muggle not really into 'Potter'

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?

CLINE: It's not the heat, it's the monotony

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.

CLINE: Student's lesson in reliability

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.

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CLINE: The ups and downs of students being out for summer vacation

Local students celebrating their first week of summer vacation brings to mind many things:

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CLINE: Duluth best at honoring our veterans

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.”

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CLINE: A good case of the blues

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.