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Tracey Wells Farmers Insurance Agency gets back to the old-fashioned business model

Jingly television commercials giving the “save 50 percent or more on car insurance” spiel aren’t the style of this US Navy veteran. A professional insurance agent for more than 20 years, Tracey Wells prefers to do business the old-fashioned way — by building relationships face to face.
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Former Snellville SarahCare rebrands as McKinley Community Care Center

After completing a ten-year contract with SarahCare, an adult day franchise, owner Aysha Cooper is rebranding her business as “McKinley Community Care”. The relaunched center will maintain the same location and staff while adding a more personalized touch.
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Treatment Resistant or Misdiagnosed?

Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a hot topic for psychiatrists right now. With the approval of SpravatoTM earlier this year, there are now three treatments for TRD including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
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Tracey Wells Farmers Insurance Agency gets back to the old-fashioned business model

Jingly television commercials giving the “save 50 percent or more on car insurance” spiel aren’t the style of this US Navy veteran. A professional insurance agent for more than 20 years, Tracey Wells prefers to do business the old-fashioned way — by building relationships face to face.
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Former Snellville SarahCare rebrands as McKinley Community Care Center

After completing a ten-year contract with SarahCare, an adult day franchise, owner Aysha Cooper is rebranding her business as “McKinley Community Care”. The relaunched center will maintain the same location and staff while adding a more personalized touch.
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DULUTH N.O.W Community Clean-Up Day

The City of Duluth will once again open its doors and extend hours to the dumpsters at the Duluth Public Works Department to any trash a resident wants to get rid of for the third annual Community Clean-Up Day.
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Hello, Summer: Nearly 43 million Americans will kick of the season with a Memorial Day vacation

AAA forecasts the most holiday road trippers on record; INRIX predicts drive times could be more than three times longer than normal Nearly 43 million Americans will start their summers on a high note with a Memorial Day weekend getaway.
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34th Class of Leadership Gwinnett Graduates

Thirty-nine community leaders graduated from Leadership Gwinnett this month and joined the other 1,158 alumni that make up the 35-year-old civic engagement organization.
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Gwinnett County Public Schools home to 33 Georgia Scholars

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) named 33 Gwinnett County Public Schools students as 2019 Georgia Scholars. A total of 260 graduating seniors from schools across Georgia earned recognition this year.
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Fort Yargo State Park in Winder Opens New Visitor Center

After much anticipation, Fort Yargo State Park hosted a ribbon cutting for its new visitor center. Georgia House Appropriations Chairman Terry England and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams spoke during the ceremony.
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Gwinnett-raised Christana Landress will compete in Miss Mississippi state pageant

Born and raised in Lawrenceville, Ga. Christana Landress will be competing for the Miss Mississippi crown at the state’s Miss America pageant to be held in Vicksburg, MS on June 14th.
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Full Count: A story about baseball and life

In high school, baseball was his everything. He lived and breathed the sport. Making it to the major leagues was the ultimate goal for John Paul Kakos, but after a series of injuries, he had no choice but to turn in the bat.
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Happy Days 1950s Fashion Show fundraises for charities and local students

Every year in February, volunteers with the Buford Lanier Woman’s Club (BLWC) begin planning their most glamorous annual fundraiser — The Spring Fashion Show.
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W.C. Britt Elementary Celebrates a Golden Anniversary

During the 70s, Snellville became the fastest growing city in the county. As the population grew, local hallmark W.C. Britt Elementary (Britt) adapted to meet the demands of its changing community. But the goal for each student remains the same.
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Andersons’ Errand Services — Supporting Senior Citizens and Those Who Love Them

“In a nutshell, what I do is support senior citizens and families who love them,” said Deborah Anderson, the owner of Andersons’ Errand Services.
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Mill Creek High School student wins global art competition

“Swift of foot was Hiawatha; He could shoot an arrow from him, And run forward with such fleetness, That the arrow fell behind him!” ~ Excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem “The Song of Hiawatha” (1855)
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Yarn Garden retirement closing — A bitter-sweet farewell

While it’s the oldest retail shop on the Square in downtown Lawrenceville, Yarn Garden is much more than just a seller of high-end knitting materials. To those who’ve gathered at the shop week in and week out, it’s become more like a sisterhood where they socialize and work on projects simultaneously.
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Gwinnett Middle School Fast Pitch Softball League approaches 2019 Season

In the early 2000s, two parents noticed there weren’t many options for their young daughters to play competitive sports. So, Larry Barnes and Tom Robinson put their heads together to create a program that would cultivate that team-driven atmosphere they had been looking for.
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Every dog has his day at Camp Bow Wow in Lawrenceville

It’s been about seven years since Kathy Stone left corporate America to start her own family-run canine day-care.
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Total Learning Concepts helps build students for success

Carol Wood has seen it all when it comes to learning styles. With each student who comes to her tutorial and test preparation business, she aims to create a program to cultivate their unique learning style.
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Peachtree Corners bubbles with excitement over new Town Green

“With the turning of this switch, I dedicate this city’s new Town Green,” said Mike Mason, Mayor of the City of Peachtree Corners. As the mayor’s speech ended, a fountain bubbled high into the air and children rushed into the water, splashing as they ran.
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Sweet Brown Suga Bakery and Café fills void for gourmet treats in Grayson and Loganville

It was an unexpected twist that brought sisters Danielle Bonaparte and Karima Goodman together to open their gourmet bakery in Grayson, Ga. The two come from opposite ends of the professional spectrum, but their unique skill sets were just the right recipe for “Sweet Brown Suga”.
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“It’s all about the dogs” — State Judge Carla Brown opens her home to man’s best friend

Horses graze and cows can be heard in the near distance at Big Sky Farm located in Dacula, Ga. The Farm is the home of State Judge Carla Brown, and she keeps company with 10 — and when there are litters — up to 20 dogs.
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Lilburn Woman’s Club starts the year strong with their 2019 Spring Art Show

The Lilburn Woman’s Club continues its mission of promoting arts in the community with an annual Spring Art Show and competition. The 2019 competition included students from eleven schools in the municipal area, all of whom submitted their original work for the chance to win a $25 cash prize.
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Community Garden coming to Rhodes Jordan Park

Organizers of Harvest Gwinnett, an initiative of Live Healthy Gwinnett, will host two public meetings in May at the Lawrenceville Senior Center to discuss and share ideas about the new Community Garden, which will be located at Rhodes Jordan Park.
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Community rallies to Light Lawrenceville Blue

Once the residents at Cornerstone caught word of the initiative, it spread — like blue wildfire. Everyone at the 279 West Crogan Street “Cornerstone building” wanted to participate.
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‘Reading to Learn’ — The Lilburn Woman’s Cub promotes The Dictionary Project in Gwinnett

“Who can find the word ‘benevolent’ in their dictionary?” asked Patty Gabilondo from the GCWC Lilburn Woman’s Club (LWC) on April 24, 2019.
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Pickleball scores popularity points in Gwinnett

While football may be king of the South, one little known sport is quickly gaining an audience in Gwinnett and across the country. “Pickleball” is emerging as a popular pastime for middle-aged adults seeking a low-intensity sport and for anyone who enjoys trying their ‘underhand’ at something new.
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Reverend Dr. Richard B. Haynes celebrates 31 years

Reverend Dr. Richard Haynes has been Senior Pastor at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn for 31 years. He preached his first message as a candidate for the pastor on the first Sunday in October 1987. Since 1987, he has led that church to grow in amazing ways.
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Sweet Tea & Sisters | Keep sakes from a stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneur

Sipping sweet tea and long conversations on Sunday afternoons are some of April Robinson’s most cherished childhood memories. So, when the former stay-at-home mom was thinking of what to name her jewelry business in September of 2017, she could think of no better name than “Sweet Tea and Sisters”.
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GenRx in Gwinnett — Changing Perceptions and Re-educating a Community

Changing perceptions and debunking myths about prescription drug use is something Diana Plazas, Director of the Gwinnett Chapter of GenRx, does every day. She had already been to three schools delivering informational materials and setting up parent workshops when she met with the Gwinnett Citizen at CETPA, a mental health and addiction counseling non-profit out of which she operates.
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Student Council Organizes Dacula High School’s First CURE 3k Color Run

When tragedy struck the close-knit community of Dacula, everyone felt it. When cancer claims a child’s life, it affects everyone — the parents, teachers, friends — the whole community grieves. But where some despair, others find opportunity to come together and make a difference.
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Agriculture’s impact in Gwinnett

Many Gwinnettians may not recognize how the Georgia Department of Agriculture impacts their lives each and every day.
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Living

BrightStar receives award

Shelly Sun, Founder and CEO of BrightStar Franchising, recently traveled to Atlanta to present the Home Care Pulse Provider of Choice Award to Tim and Carolyn Golden, Lawrenceville and Athens, Georgia franchisees.
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I saw a fox

It was a flame-colored young fox that caught my attention. I have only seen a few while hunting in Georgia. It was running in a ditch alongside the road.
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Developing Effective Study Strategies this Summer!

Woohoo! School is out for the summer so students can now take a break, sleep late, splash around the pool, and go to the movies! Learning can stop now! Right? Wrong!
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Prayer, Our Necessity for Living

Luke 18:1-8: Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘ Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
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Keep on Walking: Pedestrian Safety is Paramount

Last month I focused on safe driving with tips for when you’re behind the wheel. Now with warmer weather and more hours of daylight, more people are out walking and kids are playing in parks until well into the evening, so I want to urge caution for pedestrians and drivers alike.
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Are You “Good Enough” to Serve God?

The Summer before my junior year of college I made a commitment to God, “Anywhere, Anything, Anytime. God, I will go anywhere you want me to go. I will do anything you want me to do. And I will do it anytime you want me to do it.”
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April Means Maternal and Child Health Month for Rotary

In much of the world, malnutrition is a concern for children due to extreme poverty. Rotarians address these concerns all over the world but let’s not forget the children in our community who are also facing food challenges.
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Spring is Here, Please Drive Safely

When I found out April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, I reached out to Sgt. Daniel Arrendale of the Gwinnett Police accident investigation unit to share safe driving tips. He said that Gwinnett Police responded to about 30,000 traffic collisions last year and about a third of those involved injuries. Sadly, 57 people died in traffic accidents last year in Gwinnett, including 19 pedestrians.
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Is Your PreSchool/PreKindergarten Child Ready to Learn?

Pre-school and/or Kindergarten Readiness Assessments can provide helpful information for you to consider in making decisions about your young child’s school placement.
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The Necessity of Prayer for the Child of God

If there is any time in our lives that prayer proves to be a necessary part of our daily life, it is today! Prayer is one of the four main vehicles that help us exercise our faith in Christ Jesus.
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Is God Punishing Us or Protecting Us?

I think many Christians and people, in general, have two different views of God when it comes to the Old Testament and the New Testament. People tend to view the “God of the Old Testament” as an angry God who brings his punishment and wrath down on anyone who does not follow his laws. And they view the “God of the New Testament” as a gracious, loving and merciful God.
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Rotary’s Push for Clean Water

I paid my Gwinnett County Water bill today for a grand total of $14.99. I take it for granted that I can drink clean and safe water directly from the tap for a small monthly fee.
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Walls

Expecting an invasion of Europe by Allied Forces a concrete wall was built by Adolf Hitler, beginning at the border of Spain, along with the French coast, the English Channel and then along the Danish coast continuing the length of the Norwegian west coast.
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Voters are now deciding the future of Gwinnett

There’s a special election under-way to decide how people in Gwinnett will get around and make connections in the future.
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Georgia Milestones Assessments

Did you know that Georgia Milestones are a comprehensive assessment program for students in 3rd through 12th grade which are administered in the public schools?
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Boy Scout motto, Be Prepared

After retiring from the fur business, I worked for Ace Hardware for seven years. Noticing dust on some shelves, I wondered why there was little turn-over of important merchandise.
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Get the facts about the March 19 transit referendum

Gwinnett County voters will go to the polls March 19 to consider expansion of our transit options through a contract with MARTA. If voters choose to approve the transit contract that Gwinnett County has negotiated with MARTA, the expansion will follow a plan developed by Gwinnett County with substantial public participation. It would also mean the establishment of a one-cent sales tax to pay for the transit improvements and expansion.
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A Call for Unity among Christians

God desires for His people, the church, to be unified. Now, it’s really hard for people to have unity because we have so many different beliefs, opinions, and preferences. It’s challenging for a family living under the same roof to be unified. It’s really difficult for a church family, a local body of believers, to be unified. And it’s extremely challenging for all the churches around our community, country, and the world to be unified.
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Revealing the Wizard in 2019

You remember the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” of course. Dorothy was whisked away to a dream world in the sky to do battle with the Wicked Witch of the West. Her battle was to return to her world, but first, she must find the Great Oz. She thought he was the only one that could get her home to the real world. And indeed, most of the movie Doro-thy was not even aware she was not in a real world until she woke up!
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Rotarians promoting peace and conflict resolution

With daily headlines designed to provoke strong emotion rather than truth, it is not surprising that people with opposing views would be offended. We hear of the division between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, citizens and illegal immigrants, whether or not to build a wall, provide national healthcare, or manage crime.
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To Students: Do You Feel Defeated by “Failure” at School?

It is rare for a student to earn a passing grade on every assignment and/or test taken in school. However, for some students, if and when a failing grade is earned, they feel like a complete failure in, not just their academics, but in everything and beat themselves up in their minds.
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Students, Who or What do you Honor?

Do you want to be successful in school and gain congratulations from your teachers? Do you desire to grow to become an independent and self-sufficient adult apart from your parents and make them proud? If you answered, “yes” to either of these questions, ask yourself one more question. What or who do you honor and/or value?
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Rotary Club of Lawrenceville and Vocational Service

As the Christmas season winds down, presents to families in need have been delivered and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army ends, it is time to look forward. Vocational Service becomes the focus for Rotarians in January and includes: - Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public. - The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians. - Contributing vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
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Ask the Senior Care Expert | What is hospice?

Hospice is a topic about which there much confusion. Hospice care is a relatively recent development in health care. Hospice care started in England in the late 40’s and brought to the United States in the 60’s. Unfortunately, many people have the idea that hospice is a place where people go in their last days.
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How to make the most of 2019

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is a great time to evaluate our lives and make sure we are on the right path. I would like to share with you four simple steps to make the most of 2019.
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Wonderful old love songs

Are you lonesome tonight? You keep coming back like a song, I’m making believe, “Laughing on the Outside”, “If I Loved You”, “That’s My Desire”, “My Buddy”….”As Time Goes By”….”That Old Black Magic”, “A Sleepy Lagoon”, “Beautiful Dreamer”, “Besame Mucho”, “Among My Souvenirs”, “Happy Days” and “Lonely Nights”, “Tennessee Waltz”, “Mexicali Rose”, “I Walk Alone”, “Mexicali Rose”, “Amor”, “Red River Valley”.
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Planning and Priorities Shape Gwinnett’s Annual Budget

Preparing a balanced proposed budget each year is one of my official duties as chairman of the Board of Commissioners. It’s a task I actually enjoy and one that I’ve trained for most of my life.
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Away from the world

It’s morning on a remote river, fog low to the water. My canoe is repacked with maybe fifteen miles paddling downriver before dusk. I check the map and mark a few rapids that will require study before shooting. I push my canoe into the dark water. A chill is in the air.
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Rotary’s desire to prevent and treat disease

During December, one focus of the Rotary Foundation is on disease prevention and treatment. Each year, they spend millions of dollars on polio eradication, providing clean water to people, helping to reduce the transmission of HIV, malaria and other diseases, and helping to educate others who can make a difference.
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Christmas Eve Services: A Family Tradition

Christmas has become the largest and most commercialized Holiday of the year. It basically begins the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday, and we hear Christmas music played on the radio 24 hours a day until December 26.
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The City of Duluth will once again open its doors and extend hours to the dumpsters at the Duluth Public Works Department to any trash a resident wants to get rid of for the third annual Community Clean-Up Day.

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