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final bookcover, Ellen & the Three PredictionsEllen and the Three Predictions is a young adult novel set in 1950’s Alabama. It is available at Cactus Moon Publications and Amazon.

Former BHS Broadcast Journalism Teacher Launches First Young Adult Novel
By Katie Hart Smith
Staff Correspondent

Alayne Smith, a former broadcast journalism teacher at Brookwood High School, launched her first young adult novel, Ellen and the Three Predictions, this month.

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The Cornett Hotel circa 1914 sits on the corner of Crogan and Perry Streets. It was also known as the Hotel Pharr and Button Gwinnett Hotel. Today, the corner has been remodeled, housing Dominick’s Italian restaurant.

Lawrenceville, Georgia, located approximately thirty miles east of the city of Atlanta, is the county seat of Gwinnett County. The municipality was named in honor of Captain James Lawrence, a naval officer during the War of 1812 who commanded the Chesapeake.

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colmen middle schoolFirst STEAM school in the county opened this year in Duluth on the site where Brooks Coleman started teaching in 1963 and where he had his first principals job.

Gwinnett’s Brooks Coleman: ‘‘Make your own luck”
By Carole Townsend 
Staff Correspondent

Brooks Coleman, Representative of the 97th District of the Georgia House of Representatives, is a collector. He’s a collector of treasures, but he also collects people, occupations and accomplishments. He’s a 77-year-young man, if mental acuity and his outlook on life are taken into account. An educator by trade (by his first trade, anyway), Coleman is passionate about both students and educators.

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With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, Gwinnett’s older adult population continues to grow. In fact, residents over the age of 65 numbered about 80,000 in 2015, a 45 percent jump from just five years earlier.

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