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The Gwinnett Roadrunner – On The Run October 2013


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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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