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Central Gwinnett High School Senior Lauren Lindblad greets visitors to the Central Gwinnett attendance office with a big beautiful smile.

In some cases when a woman makes a fool of a man, it’s an improvement.

The ladder of life is full of splinters, but you never realize it until you begin to slide down.

If you can read the handwriting on the wall it was not written by your physician.

No speech can be entirely bad if it is short enough.

Count your blessings but check the addition once in a while.

The best time for a man to assert his authority and let his wife know who’s boss is the first time he gets up the courage.


• James Lawrence for whom Lawrenceville, Ga. was named was born on October 1, 1781.

• US Presidents born in October were: Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President born in Ohio October 4, 1822; Chester A. Arthur, 21st President born in Fairfield, Vt. October 5, 1830; Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President born in Denison, Tex. On October 14, 1890; Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President born in New York City on October 27, 1858; John Adams, 2nd President born in Quincy, Mass., October 30, 1735.

• October 27, 1775: The US Navy was established.

• The Gwinnett Journal, October 30, 1918: “Mr. Otis Cain will give up the Pharr Hotel on the 16th of November and will probably move his family to Decatur.”

• In 1921 gas was 22 cents a gallon.

• The News-Herald,  October 3, 1929: “Young women of the Methodist Church met at the home of Mrs. John C. Houston to organize “The Get Up and Go’ club. The chairman is Mrs. Tom Tanner.” 

• The News-Herald, October 5, 1937: “Work began on new county jail.”

• The News-Herald, October 5, 1937: “This fall Evelyn Mays, Jule Oakes and T.W. Green matriculated at Dahlonega.”

• The Gwinnett Journal, October 5, 1937: “Mt. Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church will present ‘The Devil is no Fool’ on Tuesday October 5 at 8 pm at the court house.”

• In 1937 there were 539 bales of cotton ginned in Gwinnett County.


During the 1940’s and 1950’s Hoke •Huston had one of the first drive in restaurants in Lawrenceville. In 1969 Stanley Gunter took over the popular eating place. The building, located on Highway 29 at the corner of 29 and Sugarloaf, was demolished and a car wash and fast food restaurant were built near the place where you once could have barbeque, hamburgers, and hot dogs brought out to your car. 


The school that later became Central Gwinnett High school opened in Lawrenceville in 1885 and by 1889 a school building had been constructed near the corner of Oak and Perry Streets; the first class graduated in 1899 and four women received diplomas that year. The September 10, 1903 issue of The News-Herald reported “The public school in Lawrenceville opened September 7, 1903 with 140 pupils present.” On August 23. 2013 Central Gwinnett High School Data Processor Anita Townsend reported that there were 2628 pupils enrolled at the school.


Judge Ronald Batchelor conducted the ceremony swearing Jaletta Long Smith into the Georgia Bar on Tuesday September 10, 2013. The ceremony was held at the Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. Jaletta Long Smith is a 2001 graduate of Dacula High School, a 2005 graduate of Clemson University and a 2010 graduate of Bowen Law School, University of Arkansas.  Jaletta, her husband Captain Andrew Smith and their son James live in Columbus, Mississippi where Captain Smith is attending flight school. Jaletta is the daughter of Dacula residents Bill and Lynn Long. Attending the ceremony were Captain Andrew Smith, Jaletta Smith, James Smith, Judge Batchelor, Lynn and Bill Long.

Joane Smith Toburen had been appointed to the University of Georgia Alumni Association Board of Directors; Joane is a Dacula resident and an income tax accounting supervisor with Georgia Power. She is a 1991 grad of UGA with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The Lilburn Daze will be held on October 12 at the Lilburn City Park

The Lilburn Woman’s Club celebrated 40 years of service to the community in September 2013. The club organizes Lilburn Daze, awards a scholarship and serves the area in numerous ways. Patty Gabilondo is the current president. 

The funeral for Shirley Chadwick Whitehead was held on Saturday September 14 in the chapel of Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville. Shirley was a member of the last class to graduate from Lawrenceville High School in 1957. Shirley is survived by her husband of 51 years Charles Whitehead, her two daughters and son in law and her grandson Charlie.

Maxie Jo Barlow Lord passed away on September 3, 2013; she is survived by daughters Barbara Willis and Linda Braswell, sons Robert Lord and Rick Lord, twin sister May Pickens and Sister Louise Liddell. Maxie retired from Lawrenceville Elementary School.

Lawrenceville High School Class of 1949 members will meet for lunch on October 1 at the Local Republic in Lawrenceville. Class members meet monthly for lunch in a Lawrenceville restaurant.

The Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society will meet on Saturday October 5 at Chew Restaurant near the railroad tracks on North Clayton Street in Lawrenceville. Members will gather at 9:30 for brunch and a virtual tour of Lawrenceville.

State Representative Valerie Clark spoke to the Gwinnett County Association of Retired Educators at the September 20 meeting.


Exercise plays a vital part in recovery after surgery, a break or other physical problems and Erica Hosken works with patients to aid in recovery. Erica is at Sovereign Rehabilitation in Lawrence-ville; she holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Erica was born in Dallas, Texas and now commutes from Brookhaven to work in the Lawrenceville Rehab Center.


Sugar Hill resident Michael Henderson presented the September program to society members and guests. Michael Henderson is a retired Lt. Commander US Navy and author of Got Proof describing methods of searching for ancestors of color. Michael‘s chronological account of the almost 30 years journey of Agnes in her search for freedom is an impressive story told with the book, video and charts. Henderson is past president of the Button Gwinnett Chapter of Sons of American Revolution and a member of the national Sons of the American Revolution. His wife Anita accompanied him and assisted with the video presentation. 


The annual Pruitt Family Reunion will be held on October 13, 2013 at the Buford Senior Center; gathering time for the covered dish event will be 11:30. This reunion honors the descendants of Carl and Pearl Peevy Pruitt who were parents of ten children. The family lived in Buford.  

The descendants of Maggie and Richard Peevy will hold their annual reunion on Sunday October 20, 2013 at the Friendship Primitive Baptist Church in the Five Forks Community. Gathering time is 11:30.

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When a Southern girl calls a man “Honey” it means that she either likes him or can’t remember his name. 

No one would have been invited to dinner as often as Jesus was unless he was interesting and had a sense of humor.  ~ Charles Shultz

Honesty means integrity on everything.  Honesty means wholeness, completeness; it means truth in everything- in deed and in word.  ~ Orison Marden

Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together.  
~ Billy Graham 

marylongSALUTE TO GRANDFATHER:Lt. John Robert Todd received his West Point Diploma at graduation exercises held at the Point on May 25, 2013; his major was Chemical Engineering.  John gave his first salute after his graduation to his grandfather, Robert Norton of Lawrenceville.  Robert Norton was a prisoner of war for 86 days in Stalag Luft#4, Germany during WWII.

John Todd will be stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for a short time then he will go on to Ranger School in Dahlonega, Georgia.  John’s mother is Janet Norton Todd, a Lawrenceville native and graduate of Central Gwinnett High School; John’s father is John C. Todd and he and Janet are Dallas, Texas residents.  Their daughter, Mary Charlotte (Lottie), is a senior at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in Economics. 


On Saturday July 13, 2013 judges and guest gathered at the CHEW restaurant located in the old railroad station on North Clayton Street in Lawrenceville.  The occasion was the annual home made ice cream event and the judges chose the best tasting entry along with the ones that placed second and third according to the judges taste test.  Linda Moore and Linda Henderson coordinated the event; judges were Bob and Marie Beiser, Mary Long and Shelby Jack.  (Shelby Jack was selected as Miss Georgia National Miss for 2013).  Marie Beiser and Bob are retired Gwinnett educators and Marie also serves on the Lawrenceville City Council.  Mary Long qualified as a judge because of her sincere devotion to eating ice cream.  The ice creams judged were butter pecan, strawberry cream, German chocolate, cherry and vanilla.  The cherry ice cream made by Ann Boyd placed first.  Selecting a winner was not easy for all entries were delicious.  Some of the judges had to make several trips to the freezers to compare flavors and make sure that cherry won; the Butter Pecan and Strawberry Cream tied for second place.  A peach ice cream entry came in after the judging was complete; however, the judges sampled the entry and said that another making of the concoction should be entered in the 2014 contest.

The Chew Restaurant in Lawrenceville is open on Saturdays and Sundays to serve delicious home cooked, southern food prepared by Landy and Linda Henderson.  The gift shop is opened from 9 until 4 on Saturdays and handcrafted items are for sale there. 


The Gwinnett County Public Schools will take applications to become a member of the GEWS Oversight Committee.  This committee will provide curriculum feedback to the school system and deadline for submitting and application is September 16, 2013.  For information visit


• Lawrenceville residents Joel and Martha Darsey will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Saturday August 3rd, 2013 at a drop in reception at the Central Baptist Church.

• Terese Danner and Krisinda Dean, counselors at Level Creek Elementary and Heather Heigl and Ginna Smith counselors at Puckett’s Mill Elementary have been selected by the American School Counselor association for outstanding service to students.  

• Gwinnett County ranks fourth in a measure of health outcomes in a study by an Atlanta Regional Commission.  The commission found that Forsyth County is the healthiest county in the state.  

• Jan Burke, Snellville’s controller has received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  This award was presented because Snellville’s annual financial report has been judged to meet high standards.  To read the report:

• Greg Holley was recently appointed to the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black.  SPCC is made up to seven members, four of which are enforcing rules set forth by the Structural Pest Control Act.  In 1966 Holley founded Zone Pest Solutions Inc. in Lawrenceville, Ga.  He has served as president of his company for 17 years.  Gregg Holley is the son of Reverend Lamar and Jean Holley of Lawrenceville.  He and his Dedie have twin sons, Jake and Sam and a daughter, Anna. 


Long time residents, LHS graduates and friends gathered in the Lawrenceville First Baptist Church Community Center for the annual reunion on July 6, 2013; arrangements were made for the covered dish luncheon by Norma Bennett, Sarah and John Briscoe brought drinks for the crowd of 70.  Mayor Judy Johnson led in prayer before the delicious meal was served; one of the favorite dishes was Jean Biggers’ sweet potato casserole.  Some favorite dishes were the caramel cake made by Norma Bennett, the Class of ‘48 chocolate cake brought by Blanche Emerson, the cake that Linda Oakes and Phyllis Hood made and another favorite was the slaw that Esther Edwards made. 

Those who signed the attendance register for the 2013 Reunion were Sarah and John Briscoe, Bill and Anita Fowler, Linda and Eddie Oakes, Jimmie Sosebee, Benny and Jeanette Bramblett, Betty Jo Reepe, Jack and Darlene Craig, Morris Langley, Dwight Williams, Charles and Shirley Whitehead, Barbara Moore, Louise McMillan, Jean Turner, Phyllis Hood, Blanche Buchanan Emerson, Mary Arnold, Blondine and Charles Cooper, Bernice Bruce Raybon, JoAnn Clark, JoAnn Yancey Smith, Yvonne and Dick Keel, Yvonne Baker, Robert Norton, Robert and Grace Cain, Jo and Marvin Brownlee, Jack and Peggy Britt, Jimi Haney, Bill Medlin, Irl Chrisope, Annelle O’Kelly, Barbara Chadwick Williams, Aubrey Daniel Sensibar, Gene and Sarah Lowry, Lawrence Davis, Hoyt Caylor, Victor McKelvey, Martha Frances Hutchins, Brenda Sue Davis, Jimmie Ruth Young Swanson, Ed and Janelle Walton, Jack Webb, Judy Jordan Johnson, Sonny and Barbara Wooten, Ruby Beard, Esther Edwards, Jean and Robert Biggers, Norma Bennett, Farrar Atkinson, Myrna Fountaine Davis, Mary and Dean Long.  

The 2014 Reunion will be held on Saturday July 5 at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church.


The Lawrenceville High School Class of 1956 met on Thursday, June 6 for a covered dish lunch at the John and Sarah Briscoe Farm in Commerce, Georgia.  Those who attended this annual event were Jimmy and Carolyn Patton Alford, Doug and Evelyn Chadwick Carlisle, Jimmie Ruth Young Swanson, Johnny and Barbara Haney Fricks, Arthur and Duane Holcomb Long, Kenneth and Carolyn Hood, Rodger and Barbara Chadwick Williams, Larry and Fern Herrington, John and Sarah Dunson Briscoe.  

Members of the Lawrenceville High School Class of 1956:  James Emory Baggett, William Langley Bell, William Jerry Brooks, Shirley Faye Brooks, Mae Belle Cannon, Barbara Ann Chadwick, Evelyn Frances Chadwick, Darrell Cicero Clack, William Robert Clack, Maurice Donald Cooper, Jo Ann Davis, Randell Millard Davis, Linda Leigh Dowis, Freddie Ronald Dodson, Sarah Rogers Dunson, Bobby Glenn Edge, Parker Harlan Edmonds, Donna Allene Fortune, Edna Lorene Fountain, Lionel Kelley Hamilton, Marjorie Jewell Haney, Barbara Jean Haney, Larry Webster Herrington, Vivian Mae Herrington, Patricia Ann Hodnett, Vivian Duane Holcombe, James Victor Hood, Jr., Kenneth Hopkins, William Robert Mahaffey, Trudie Maebell Mercier, Gary Eugene Mitchell, Judith Virginia Mundy, Jimmy Ray Oakes, Frank Barron Osborne, Mildred Grace Parks, Carolyn Patton, Jane Audrey Raney, George Gainum Robinson, Martha Robinson, Helen Louise Sells, Raymond Charles Sells, Donald William Smith, Bruce Randolph Still, Jimmie Ruth Young, Willard Turner Swanson, June Audrey Wages, George Webb, Shirley Beatrice Turner, Doris Deanna West, Esther Martha Wilkerson.

Abraham Baldwin College 1998 Reunion
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From the left: Dean Long, Charles Daughtery, Marvin Giddens, George Rowan, Robert Golden, James Sutton, Leona Carter Upchurch, Eleanor Gaskins, Lavern H. Purser, Arthur C. Layton, Gladys Dunn, Robert Harrison, Howard Pridgen, Albert Bryan, David Dean, Gerald Cowart, William Harrell, Delmas Rushing, Nan S. Rushing, Wava B. Beard, Martin Price, Clarice H. Bell, Neal Johnson, Joe Ben Powell, Wilma R. Tillman, Barbara D. Eason, Joe Porter, Cromer Adkins, Dan Bacon, Louis Parker, John Stewart, Zack Williams, Arthur Morgan, Lavelle Webb, Herbert Ingram, Chuck Almand, John W. Adams. Note: J.W. Benefield, for whom the Elementary School was named and former Gwinnett County School Superintendent was an ABAC alumnus and many from Gwinnett were students there. ABAC is a junior college and many students finish two years there and transfer to UGA.
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