•James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, was born on December 22, 1696.
•Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States was born on December 5, 1782; Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States was born on December 28, 1856; Andrew Johnson 17th President of the United States was born December 29,1808.
•James Oglethorpe and his first contingent of colonists landed in Charles Town in January 1733.
•From the News-Herald, January 22, 1903: “Lawrenceville has 2 marshals. W.S. Brand is Chief of Police, Bolin Haslett is night policeman and Charlie Green is in charge of keeping streets clean.”
•The January 7, 1904 issue of The News-Herald: “Lawrenceville is in total darkness as far as electric lights are concerned. The contract with J.A. Townley expired the first of the year and nothing will be done until after the new council is elected next Monday.”
•The News-Herald, January 10, 1910: “W.E. O’Neal is Chief of Police, John L. Brown is Assistant Chief, Willis Nichols is Night Watchman.”
•From The News-Herald, February 1, 1951: “Sixty one girls have joined the 4-H Club at Grayson under the leadership of Mrs. Jessie H. Gillian, Home Demonstration Agent. The officers elected were: President Hazel Langley; Vice-President Betty Cox; Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Mason; Reporter Harriette Yancey; Song Leader Rebecca Gresham.
•Dr. Sharon Smith is 2015 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. Dr. Smith is teacher of gifted first and second graders at Brookwood Elementary School.
•All 46 Snellville Policemen have cameras.
•Heather Martin Emerick of Dacula is now a senior international regulatory affairs specialist at CryoLife Inc.
•David A. Landis of Dacula received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Okla.
•Dan Forsman of Lawrenceville has been recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the Most Admired CEO for Residential Real Estate in August.
THANKS FOR MILITARY SERVICE
Victor Long of Lawrenceville (above) served for five years in the U.S. Navy. After returning to civilian life he was recalled to active duty and sent to Bosnia where he was stationed during 1999-2000. He only saw the ocean from a transport plane as he flew to Bosnia, he is pictured in front of the vehicle that he drove while serving in Bosnia.
Five brothers served in the military, three in the army during WW II and one during WW II and Korea, one in Korea. Herbert Long of Norcross was in the D Day invasion, Clifford fought in the Italian invasion, Lloyd served in Germany, Gordon in the Air Force stationed in Korea, William Dean Long was in the Air Corps stationed in Colorado and Boca Raton, Florida during WWII and during the Korean War he was in the Air Force in Pope Field, North Carolina. (Army The Air Corps was no longer part of the army during the Korean War it had been renamed Air Force and was separated from the army).
GWINNETT COUNTY RETIRED EDUCTORS ASSOCIATION
Lori Ziecker directed music programs at Brookwood High School, Duluth High and Collins Hill High School before she retired. Lori presents music programs at all GCREA meetings and supervises Georgia Southern University student teachers. She still volunteers many hours planning and presenting school music programs. Lori also does the Communications and E-Mail for the Gwinnett Retired Educators Association.