The Gwinnett Standard: A commitment to excellence

In my first State of the County address, I talked a lot about the high expectations we set for ourselves in Gwinnett County Government.
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Eddie’s Notes - Safety in Regular Maintenance

Murphy’s law "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." The chances of toast falling with the buttered side up depends on the cost of the carpet.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Society’s Dregs

You read the headline. If this is you – and it is because we’ve all done it at one time or another in our lives, even me – I hope this offends you enough to do something about it, especially in this COVID-19 world.
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Local News

The Gwinnett Standard: A commitment to excellence

In my first State of the County address, I talked a lot about the high expectations we set for ourselves in Gwinnett County Government.
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A teacher at heart, Leigh McIntosh builds business from need to help others

When Leigh McIntosh was a child, she spent a lot of time helping her mother teach. Being one of those students who got all the reading, writing and ‘rithmatic stuff, a lot of her day was spent helping others who were having trouble with those basic Three R’s.
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Family Promise Battling Homelessness One Family at a Time

Family Promise of Gwinnett County recently announced the creation of a new weapon in its battle against homelessness in Gwinnett County.
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School Board approves new principal and district-level leader

At its regular February business meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Dr. Al Taylor as Interim Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Operations.
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Hey Y'all: I’m Back. Maybe. Sort of. Half way and Ticked Off.

I am back. Well, OK. I am partially back. Since Covid didn’t kill me, I decided to throw myself down a flight of stairs.
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Gwinnett Co. Library Offers Second Language Programs for FREE

These days, there seems to be plenty of time on everyone’s hands due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic here in Gwinnett County and all over the world.
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County Offices Close For Presidents Day Holiday, No Change To Solid Waste Collection Schedule

County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.
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State Election Board Refers Voter Fraud Cases for Prosecution

The State Election Board on Wednesday referred 35 cases of election-law violations to the attorney general or local district attorneys for criminal prosecution.
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YMCA of Metro Atlanta Announces Reduced Membership Rates Through February

FREE RESET Challenge offers members and nonmembers workout motivation, access to the Y, and more The YMCA of Metro Atlanta today announced it is offering prospective members reduced pricing through February. New members can save up to $100 on a Y membership, and for a limited time, current members that refer a friend, can save 20% on fees.
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Lawrenceville Police Department to Begin Two-Part Parking Enforcement Campaign on February 1

Beginning February 1, 2021, the Lawrenceville Police Department will begin a two-part Parking Enforcement Campaign focusing on public education and awareness. The purpose of this campaign is to promote public safety by reducing the number of illegally parked vehicles within the city limits.
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Alzheimer’s Association Offering Unique Virtual Education On The Benefits Of Holistic Approaches To Dementia Caregiving

A free month long virtual workshop to provide participants with information and education on four types of holistic therapy including aromatherapy, music and art therapy and yoga.
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Despite efforts, homelessness in Gwinnett County still a big problem

There is a problem in Gwinnett County when it comes to finding a place to live. To coin an old, old story, “There is no room at the inn.”
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Gov. Kemp Signs Executive Order Eases Requirements to Expand Health Professionals' Eligibility to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor Brian P. Kemp on Friday signed an Executive Order to ease requirements and allow more medically trained professionals to safely administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Board of Commissioners Establishes Police Citizens Advisory Board

To strengthen relationships between the Gwinnett County Police Department and the community, the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the creation of a Citizens Advisory Board to offer input on issues like transparency, use of force, training and dealing with complaints.
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New Suwanee Fire Station one step closer with BOC approval of construction

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners awarded a construction manager at risk contract to Reeves Young, LLC, for the construction of a new Fire Station 13 next to the planned Suwanee Town Center on Main park project.
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Lawsuit Brought by Solicitor-General to Determine Lawrenceville Confederate Monument's Ultimate Fate Was Approved for Storage

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved on Tuesday a resolution to relocate a Confederate monument to storage while court proceedings — which will ultimately determine its fate — continue.
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Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners are seeking applicants for various boards, authorities, and committees

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for various boards, authorities and committees that help advise commissioners and departments on policies and practices.
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WWII veteran a living, historic icon

Louis Castano, a Colombian immigrant answers calling to serve country.
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A conversation with Clyde Strickland: America needs a “Faith-lift”

In light of the disaster that was 2020, and the hope of 2021 getting off to a better start, it’s easy to sit back and be an armchair quarterback when it comes to making sense of current events, specifically what happened on Wednesday Jan. 6.
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Lawrenceville Native Recognized as NSA Souda Bay's 2020 Junior Sailor of the Year

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Christian Prior receives his 2020 Junior Sailor of the Year certificate from Capt. Rafael C. Facundo, commanding officer, Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Greece, Dec. 16, 2020.
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Preservation Site of Hooper-Renwick School Reveals Plan to Create First Themed Library in Southeastern United States

The City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement to create a new themed library as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library system at the site of the former Hooper-Renwick School, Gwinnett's only African-American public school for decades.
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Lilburn Landmark Closes After 62 Years

If you’re nostalgic for the “good ole’ days” of 1950s Lilburn, you’re going to be very disappointed with the next sentence.
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Give Them a License to Get a Little Wild This Year!

This holiday season, give the outdoors enthusiast on your list a "license" to get a little wild.
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GA Driver Services Schedules January Closing for System Upgrade

Plan Ahead; Renew 150 Days Before License Expiration Date. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) urges customers to plan ahead for driver's license/ID services in January.
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Holiday Lights in Downtown Duluth

Are you always on the lookout for the next best instagrammable backdrop? Well, Duluth is decked out and lit up for all your festive selfies and holiday portraits!
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Secretary of State Releases New Video Warning About Safe Donating this Holiday Season

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has launched a new video warning Georgians to be informed when the donate during the holiday season.
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Gwinnett Opens Talks with Developer on Former 1996 Olympic Tennis Venue

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday authorized negotiations with Fuqua Acquisitions II, LLC to develop a signature project on the site of the former Olympic Tennis Center in the County's southern corridor off U.S. 78 along the border with DeKalb County.
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Secretary Raffensperger Launches Investigation Into Groups Encouraging Fraudulent Registrations

Secretary Brad Raffensperger has launched an investigation into several groups, including America Votes, Vote Forward, and The New Georgia Project, that have repeatedly and aggressively sought to register ineligible, out-of-state, or deceased voters before the January 5 Senate runoff elections.
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Peachtree Corners National Guard service member recognized for pandemic response

New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Aaron Lefton, commander of the state's COVID-19 response force, recognized members of the task force for excellence during the past seven months of duties during ceremonies held in the Capital Region and Central New York November 11-12, 2020.
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Lawrenceville City Council Considers Installation of Speed Cameras in School Zones

Speed study shows high percentages of speeders in several school zones in Lawrenceville.
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Recent News

Your Green 2021: What Women Need to Know About Retirement

A report released in 2020 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men (National Institute on Retirement Security, NIRS 2020).
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SBA Re-Opens PPP to Community Financial Institutions First with dedicated access

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Jan. 11.
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Your Green 2021: Charitable Giving – Leaving a Legacy and Helping Others

Are you at the point in your life where you are seeking alternative ways to provide funds or leave a portion of your estate to support a cause close to your heart?
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Your Green 2021: Investment Year-End Tax Planning

As we end one year and begin another, there are things you need to think about doing to maximize your retirement assets, gain any available tax benefit, and/or avoid any tax penalty that may be linked to your investments.
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City of Peachtree Corners Awards $2.66 Million in Grants to Small Businesses

To support the city’s small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Peachtree Corners has awarded federal grants totaling $2.66 million to 118 qualified local businesses.
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Your Green 2020: How Can I Afford College?

High school seniors, and their parents, are making decisions now about which colleges they will apply to attend.
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8 ways to support a dementia caregiver during November - National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. To mark these events, the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter is encouraging people to lend a helping hand to more than 540,000 Georgia family members and friends serving as Alzheimer’s caregivers.
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Your Green 2020: A Harvesting Plan for Retirement Assets

Retirement planning does not end at retirement. The need to continue to grow assets to produce more cash flow remains important for most.
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Your Green 2020 | Credit Score: Why Does it Matter?

Many people don’t realize the importance of building and maintaining a good credit score to their overall financial well-being.
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Your Green: Senior Fraud – Prevention and Action

Scams to exploit money and information from consumers age 60+ are at an all-time high.
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Trusting Jesus with Jennifer Cook

This is such a strange time for our country. It is a strange time for each of us individually. Who thought we would be walking around the stores wearing a mask?
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Your Green 2020: Financial Words of Wisdom for Graduates!

Time is money—literally. For a recent graduate, time might also seem like an abundant resource, with many thinking they have plenty of time to save for their future – later. The traps of bad credit and debt snare many unsuspecting young adults and cling to their financial history for years. Here are some financial tips to help those starting out in their independent adult lives whether graduating from high school or college:
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God is in control

There are so many belief systems that are floating around right now. Some folks think the government is in some kind of conspiracy. Many think that this is far worse than they are telling us. While others believe that everyone is being far too dramatic and it’s not as bad as they are saying.
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Your Green: CARES Act – Financial Relief

Unprecedented in scale and scope, a $2 trillion stimulus bill was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020. The bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) , provides stimulus for individual Americans, healthcare workers, small businesses, and certain industries hit hard by the pandemic. This is the third relief package to address the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
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Ain’t No Grave

In Luke’s gospel, he shares a story of Jesus, his disciples and a large crowd with him going to the Galilean town of Nain. When they enter to the town, there is a funeral procession taking place.
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Your Green: Coronavirus – Help with Financial Challenges

In addition to our worries about the impact of the Coronavirus on our health; the social distancing, isolation, and shut downs required to help contain the virus have impacted or will impact many individuals and businesses as well. Much is being done to try to counter these impacts to help keep our economy strong. We anticipate further relief is on the way, but here are some highlights of the things occurring in the U.S. right now.
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Estate Planning 2020 | Should a Trust be Part of Your Planning?

When it comes to estate planning, the most familiar document is the last will and testament. Most people have a basic understanding that a will allows you to appoint a personal representative (an executor) upon your death and directs that person to distribute your assets as you specify.
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Your Green 2020 - Delayed Gratification and Wealth

Have you heard of the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment conducted in 1972 by a Stanford University psychologist?
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Your Green: The Secure Act of 2019

The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) (“the Act”), was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019. The Act makes some significant changes to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules as related to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other retirement plans, in addition to changes in other areas. This is one of the most comprehensive retirement plan reforms in more than a decade, and this is a brief overview of a few highlights that may be of interest.
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How to Build a Time Machine

You spend a lot of time trying to make life easier for your family. You care for them and try to protect them from trouble and pain. You know that no one lives on this earth forever. You know how difficult it is to deal with the death of a loved one and don’t want your family members struggling to wrap up your affairs. You wish there was a way to look out for them after you are gone.
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If Jesus was hitchhiking, would you pick him up?

Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Luke 9:23-24
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A 2020 New Year’s Resolution That Doesn’t Involve Working Out or Dieting

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it is New Year’s resolution time. Was making a will one of your unfulfilled resolutions from past years? Is it on your “to-do” list for 2020? The good news is that with a modest investment of time and effort, you will be able to check this off your list in just a couple of weeks and you won’t even have to go to the gym to get it done!
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Your Green 2020 - Growth versus saving for retirement

Very few people could “save” enough for retirement with today’s long life expectancies and earlier retirements. If you just “save” – yet do not have growth that exceeds both income taxes and inflation, you are more likely to run out of money.
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Right Now is the Best Time to Prepare for the Unexpected

In the middle of a Georgia summer, the days are long and it seems like we’ve got more time for the things we enjoy. The kids are out of school, and work slows down a little. If we’re lucky, we get some extra time with our family, spend lazy days at the pool, and vacation with children and grandchildren. It can feel like summer will last forever.
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Intimacy with God

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2
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CIC Floors — Local experts on floors, wallpaper countertops

Husband-and-wife team Cesar and Clara Olguin have built their business on a foundation of family values, craftsmanship and quality materials.
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Zoe Wellness Center — Restoring Body Balance one person at a time

Zoe Wellness Center, a Duluth-based weight loss and ‘body balance’ spa, is taking the Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta area by storm. Dozens of clients are reporting a weight loss of up to 30 pounds in just 30 days through a technology-driven, medication-free program designed to accelerate noticeable change that will last.
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Your Green: What Women Need to Know About Retirement

A report released in March 2016 by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) finds that across all age groups women have substantially less income in retirement than men. By age 65, 80% of women are more likely than men to live in poverty. Women age 75 to 79 were three times more likely to fall below the poverty level than men.
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What is Respite Care?

In most family caregiver situations there is a single person who does the majority, if not all, of the caregiving. Even if there are multiple adult children involved there is almost always a “point person” who is in charge. Often, there is only one person involved.
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Early Warning Signs of Dementia

The most common reason people call my office seeking in-home care is that the caller is responsible for a loved one suffering from dementia and that loved one can’t be left alone. One of the most important things we can ask when dealing with loved ones as they age is “what are the early warning signs of dementia?”
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Living

Eddie’s Notes - Safety in Regular Maintenance

Murphy’s law "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." The chances of toast falling with the buttered side up depends on the cost of the carpet.
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Cornhole League: It’s in the Bag!

A popular competitive sport is making a return to Lilburn this spring.
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City Council Recognizes Wesleyan Senior for Achieving Eagle Scout Rank

Attaining the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest accomplishment awarded by the Boy Scouts of America and one that undoubtedly deserves recognition.
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Eddie’s Automotive Service: What? 33 Years!!

To quote Bob Seger, “Twenty years, where’d they go?” Except for me it’s “33 years, where’d they go?” Oh my, where did the time go.... it went so fast.
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2021 Spring Season Middle School Golf League registration to open Jan 31

The Middle School Golf League announced on-line registration for the 2021 spring season will open January 31 and is scheduled to close on February 23.
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List of safe and stable shelter provides essential protection and nurturance for individuals and families for Gwinnett

Safe and stable shelter provides essential protection and nurturance for individuals and families. If you need permanent or temporary housing, consider the following resources.
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Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR Presents 2021 Outstanding Teacher of American History

Every chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has the option to select an Outstanding Teacher of American History from their own community. The Philadelphia Winn Chapter in Lawrenceville selected Mr. Johnny Griffin as their 2021 nominee.
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Go Fish Georgia! 2021 Georgia Fishing Regulations are available

Kick off the new year by using the 2021 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide as you make all your fishing plans says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
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3rd Strike Against Voter Fraud Claims Means They're Out After Signature Audit Finds No Fraud

No fraudulent absentee ballots were identified during signature audit in Cobb
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New Gwinnett County Commissioner Carden commends Sheriff Taylor's decision to end participation in 287(g) Program, disband Jail Response Team

On January 1, 2021 after newly sworn-in Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor announced his office is opting out of the anti-immigrant 287(g) program as well as disbanding the Rapid Response Team in Gwinnett's jail, Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden commended the move.
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Fact Check: Georgia Senate Masquerades Failed Treasure Hunter as Hacker and Election Security Expert

During a recent Georgia State Senate hearing at the end of December, failed treasure hunter , J. Hutton Pulitzer, or Commander Pulitzer (no record of military experience), claimed that he had "hacked" Georgia's voting system. The treasure hunter provided no evidence during the Senate hearing that he had done so, only claiming it had happened.
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A New Year’s Prayer

For 10 years I published a Newsletter for Eddie’s. Now, most of our marketing and ads are done through Social Media. This year has been difficult to say the least. Several of you have told me you miss the newsletter.
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Secretary Raffensperger Cracks Down on "Line Warming" Loophole

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has taken action to crack down on political organizations and advocacy groups that use "line warming" as a loophole to conduct political activity in violation of state law.
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Judge Rejects Election Lawsuit Based on Bad Data

(ATLANTA) – A federal judge Wednesday added to the long string of recent courtroom victories for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger by ruling against four groups trying to reinstate the voter registrations of thousands who no longer live in Georgia in time for the Jan. 5 runoff.
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Real Snow Playground coming to Duluth!

Grab your snow boots and mittens because it’s about to snow in Downtown Duluth!
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Secretary Raffensperger and Spalding Delegation Call for Resignation of Spalding County Elections Director

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the Spalding County legislative delegation - Sen. Marty Harbin, Rep. David Knight, and Rep. Karen Mathiak – are calling for the resignation or termination of Spalding County Elections Supervisor Marcia Ridley following serious management issues and poor decision-making during the November 3 general election.
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Georgia experiences 350% increase of Absentee Ballots Rejected for Signature Issues in 2020 election

The number of absentee ballot rejections for signature issues increased approximately 350% in the November 2020 election in Georgia from the 2018 election, about the same rate of increase as the total number of absentee ballots accepted.
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Eddie's Notes: Giving Thanks for You

At this time of year, we as Americans pause our busy lives to give thanks to our creator and enjoy some of the blessings we have been given. This year will be different.
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Polio in the Time of Covid19

October 24 is World Polio Day. Rotary International has reason to celebrate. The last cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus has been eradicated from the African continent.
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The Trades

We live in a time and age where more and more things are becoming automated. There are however a few things that just can't be automated such as a doctor's touch, an electrician installing a new outlet, a plumber clearing a clogged drain, or a mechanic repairing a car. I have friends in all these trades and can say we are all struggling to get our young people interested in the trades.
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Safety in Regular Auto Maintenance - the best offense is a good defense.

Vehicle maintenance is the same way. This year, especially, you never know when or what will happen next, and if your vehicle has not been maintained regularly it may not be ready to go when you really need it.
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Eddie’s Notes : Batteries- You’ll get a charge out of this!!

“Car Batteries” - Safety First! Most car and light truck batteries are made of lead & acid in a plastic housing. Working with batteries can be very dangerous, use goggles for your eyes and rubber gloves for your hands before attempting any battery service.
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What? 32 Years!!

To quote Bob Seger, “Twenty years, where’d they go?” Except for me, it’s “32 years, where’d they go?” Oh my, where did the time go... and it went so fast.
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Rotary and World Understanding Month

In the Rotary world, February is known as World Understanding Month because the focus is on goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world. In an age where people cannot seem to agree on the most trivial things, the fact that millions of Rotarians are actively seeking to be understanding of others is refreshing.
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Rotary New Year 2020

I spent the last year writing articles explaining the Rotary philosophy and what Rotary emphasizes each month of the year. I have shared volunteer activities, with numerous pictures of Rotarians engaged in making a difference in the community. I have asked for volunteers and asked for people who are like-minded to step up and join our efforts to “do good in the world”.
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Cheaper To Keep Her! (The car of course)

Recently a customer stated they had put a lot of money in their vehicle lately and were thinking a trade was in order.
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As Ourselves

Growing up, I was taught to respect others and their perspective on life. I often find it interesting to learn about how other people grew up, learn about their life experiences and explore insights into their culture.
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Meet Mike Kim

As your local Community Outreach Representative for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, my goal is to help you understand and receive the health care benefits you are entitled to.
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Local community joins Holtkamp Heating & Air to celebrate new headquarters & 25th Anniversary

Holtkamp Heating & Air was thrilled to open the doors of their brand new office to the public for a recent open house. The event took place in their new, energy-efficient headquarters on I-85 in Suwanee. Attendees enjoyed tours of the new facility, hot food right off the grill, ice-cold drinks, kids face painting and more.
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Rotary Club of Lawrenceville Celebrates Learning

While summer is certainly not over, school is back in session and the entire community begins a new, ten-month period of accommodating various school requirements and supporting educational initiatives. In Gwinnett County, traffic increases tremendously and the ease of commuting to work during the summer becomes a wistful memory.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Society’s Dregs

You read the headline. If this is you – and it is because we’ve all done it at one time or another in our lives, even me – I hope this offends you enough to do something about it, especially in this COVID-19 world.
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Hey Y'all: Some days....

This morning had a beautiful beginning. No cats had thrown up during the night.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: I cleaned off my desk today

All this was predicated by a warning from my grandchildren’s Mimi: “When I get home whatever’s on the floor gets tossed in the driveway.”
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Games We Used To Play

There’s a saying out there that goes something like this, “The older I get the better I used to be.”
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Microsculpture Blows Tiny Worlds Up into Larger-Than-Life Portraits in Outdoor, Nature Setting at Fernbank

Experience insects in a way never seen before through stunning, large-format and detailed images that sheds a new light on the insect kingdom
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Hey Y'all: January 2021 with COVID

This is a very short Hey Y'all note to thank so many of you for your prayers and kindnesses.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: Beware 'Natural Flavoring'

Let’s just get the gross part out of the way now.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: No Mas Resolutions

I am not a fan of the whole New Year’s resolution thing.
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Twas the Day After Christmas, A Christmas poem

T’was the Day after Christmas and all through the house I’m beginning to think this Santa’s a louse.
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Fanfare for the Common Man: On Being Dan Brown…

Until the DaVinci Code novel hit the bestsellers’ list 15 years ago, I didn’t have any problem being Dan Brown, other than being a victim of my own misfortune.
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Hey Ya’ll: It Finally Happened

I have a hobby and it is shopping. I like to look at things. I love to feel the fabrics. I adore trying on clothes. I am one of those who fixes clothes back on the hangers.
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New Vegan Bakery Coming to Peachtree Corners

Cinnaholic "rolls" out third metro Atlanta location in Peachtree Corners.
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Hey Ya’ll: Sugar Brained

I went to the doctor the other day and stepped on the scales. I was told not to remove my shoes.
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Are electric vehicles ‘clean’?

The widespread view that fossil fuels are "dirty" and renewables such as wind and solar energy and electric vehicles are "clean" has become a fixture of mainstream media and policy assumptions across the political spectrum in developed countries, perhaps with the exception of the Trump-led US administration.
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It’s Ta-Ta Time Again

I was trying to choose a topic for the October column. Should it concern the centennial anniversary of women’s rights, Halloween, or Covid-19, a nightmare in itself? Then it clicked. October. Pink. Ta-ta month!
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Hey Ya’ll: Breakfast with the Buchanan’s

As many of you can imagine, breakfast at our house is pretty much catch as catch can. Truthfully, that describes most any meal at our abode.
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There’s No Such Thing as Being 
Too Southern

On November 7, 2019, Lewis Grizzard was inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame. Grizzard was one of the South’s storytelling treasures.
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The Physical

Today was my physical. I swear I can’t win. I have been trying to give up sugar and gluten again.
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Legislative Bait and Switch - HB302

Last year they were touted as property rights bills. This year, they’re being promoted as affordable housing bills. In fact, they are neither.
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Snellville Takes the Lead in New Educational Opportunities

It all started with an e-mail. Sent by Eric Van Otteren, Snellville’s director of economic development, it contained a link and a question. The link was to an article about the city of West Sacramento, CA, starting a digital badge program for its residents. The question was, “What do you think?”
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Two eyes for an eye

The year was 1960. A large shopping center had just opened. There were no upper-levels for parking. My destination was a restaurant. I pulled into the parking lot. It was full. I drove down a few aisles and saw a couple entering their car. I whipped around two aisles. I was too late. Another car was in front of me.
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MARTA Expansion...

By all indications, the fix is in- Gwinnett County taxpayers will be funding a $1 billion boondoggle known as MARTA expansion. In March, 2019, voters defeated a transit referendum that included plans to extend MARTA about 4 miles to Jimmy Carter Blvd, at a cost of $250 million per mile. Although the referendum included plans to add a variety of bus-based forms of public transit, voters found a cost of one billion dollars to extend a heavy rail line to be unpalatable.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all?” “Well, it ain’t you, sister! You look like a broken blister. Who told you long hair was flattering It only makes you old and shattering.”
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Bridge the Gap Ministries brings mercy to the courthouse

For those on the wrong side of the law, court is rarely a visit to look forward to. But as the founder of Bridge the Gap Ministries (BTG), Chaplain David Burgher believes there is hope for every case.
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You’ve got to love those TELEMARKETERS

10:05 PM. Exhausted after a hard day, had just dozed off. Telephone jangles. Sleepily, “Hello, it’s your dime, talk.” Syrupy voice, “Is this William York?”
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What happened to customer service?

While training employees at Sears Roebuck I recall the instruction manual. When there’s a complaint employees are told to apologize first, determine the problem and satisfy the customer’s complaint.
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I love your accent.

What accent? ME? No, you have the accent.
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Regrets

“Did you brush your teeth, Billy Gene? I was maybe 6 years old. “Yes, Grandma.”
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Through the sun room Window

I do most of my writing in the sunroom. It is by far my most favorite room in the house. Until the weather is warm enough, I keep all my house plants in this room. I have orchids blooming most of the winter and greenery everywhere. The best part is looking out the windows. It is a six-sided room that used to be shaded by a 300-year-old oak tree. The tree was destroyed by Irma.
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Proposed Waste Transfer Station- Noise, Odors Degraded Livability

If you think locating a waste transfer station in a residential area is a bad idea, you might want to look at a few facts. At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Oh, here we go. This guy is going to try to convince me that it’s not a bad idea to have a noisy, stinking waste transfer station in my neighborhood. Read on. You just might be in for a surprise.
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YMCA of Metro Atlanta Announces Reduced Membership Rates Through February

FREE RESET Challenge offers members and nonmembers workout motivation, access to the Y, and more

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta today announced it is offering prospective members reduced pricing through February. New members can save up to $100 on a Y membership, and for a limited time, current members that refer a friend, can save 20% on fees.

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

To strengthen relationships between the Gwinnett County Police Department and the community, the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the creation of a Citizens Advisory Board to offer input on issues like transparency, use of force, training and dealing with complaints.

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