•George Washington was born in 1732 and James Edward Oglethorpe set forth from Gravesend, England with the first British settlers to come to America in 1732.
•Georgia born poet Sydney Lanier was born on February 3, 1842. Lake Lanier and many other places in Georgia were named for Sydney Lanier.
•Valentine’s Day is February 14.
•The News-Herald, February 23, 1933: “John Bryant well known minister and janitor at the Gwinnett Courthouse celebrated his 95th birthday last Thursday.”
•The News-Herald February 1, 1934: “The Lawrenceville basketball teams defeated the Jasper teams. Quill Smith and Powell Smith were stars on the boys team and Mary Everlyn Garner and Katherine Montgomery were stars on the girls’ team.”
•The Gwinnett Journal, February 4, 1936: “In a 2 day sale of mules in Atlanta during the past week around 1,600 mules were sold.”
•The February 11, 1936 issue of the Gwinnett Journal reported that “Anything Goes” was playing at the Colonial Theater in Lawrenceville. Acting in the movie were Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman and Charles Ruggles.
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR JACKIE ARCHER Jackie Archer is retiring after forty-four years as the director of the Lawrenceville First Baptist preschool. Jackie was honored at a reception at Lawrenceville First Baptist Church on January 19. Jackie was given special presentation at the conclusion of the morning worship service on January 19, 2014.
GWINNETT ANIMAL SHELTER VOLUNTEER Jerry Skeel of Lawrenceville volunteers at the Animal Shelter 2 or 3 days a week. Jerry says that he likes animals better than people. The shelter is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. Anyone wishing to adopt a dog or cat can look at the available animals and make a selection after 11 a.m. Information about the shelter can be found at http://www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com
DOG GONE TO SNELLVILLE A Cocker Spaniel named Frank went missing from his Lawrenceville home in January 2014 and after putting up signs, searching all over Lawrenceville and advertising the loss of this pet Debbie Rigdon put us in touch with a lady named Robin Herres. Ms. Herres called from Snellville to say that she picked up Frank to keep him from getting out on Highway 29 where the zipping traffic is not kind to animals. We drive down to Snellville through the dark rain and Frank was brought home because Robin was kind enough to take him out of harm’s way and keep him overnight. Thanks to Robin Herres and Debbie Rigdon. P.S Frank lives at my house where he can get his mail if you wish to write to him.
CENTRAL GWINNETT CLUSTER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS The 2013 scholarship winners recognized by the Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation and received $500 scholarships: Tany-Sue-Gazader a graduate from Central Gwinnett High School now attending Oglethorpe University, Victory Fejokwo, Central Gwinnett High school grad now attending Kennesaw State University and John Power, graduate of Phoenix High School now attends Georgia State University. The foundation also awarded six grants to teachers and schools to enhance instructional programs in the Central Gwinnett Cluster.
The dinner honoring Dr. Miley Mae Hemphill was held at the Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn and the emcee was Deacon Gregory Bailey. On the program were Representative Bennett, Mary Sims and Betsy Ross. Rubye Neal planned the event and the delicious food was catered by Linda and Landy Henderson owners of “Celebrate the Occasion.”