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The Gwinnett Citizen Celebrates Its... 22nd Year! This issue marks the beginning of our 23rd year of publishing, and providing Gwinnett Citizens with news and features of community businesses and residents. Thank you for your continued support


VOL. 23, NO. 1




Gwinnett’s oldest locally owned newspaper - established 1988

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More of a dream

By Alysse Whatley

Fathers & Sons page 2

36 years of dedication page 21

Special Photo

University of Georgia cheerleader and Snellville native, Courtney Hewatt, says her first bulldog memory dates back to when she was six years old, “calling the Dawgs” at University of Georgia home games with her family. She has always been a true bulldog and remembers wearing a red youth cheerleading uniform with red shakers stuck into her blonde ponytail. Hewatt says “I remember trying my hardest to have a convincing bark!” Hewatt hasn't stopped trying since then. She has perfected the bark and convinced all she has what it takes to rise to the top. Her commitment to the Bulldog nation has landed her in the spotlight on UGA's campus. Hewatt says fan support has been the best experience thus far. “It’s crazy how many little girls ask me to sign a piece of paper for my autograph; I think 'Really, you want my autograph?' For years, I was the little girl gawking at games and asking for pictures and now I’m on the other side. That is an experience that really can’t be put into words. It’s very rewarding.” Hewatt began cheerleading in the 2nd grade at Force Allstars in Snellville. Shortly after beginning tumbling classes, she joined the youth team and cheered at Force for 10 years. She continued cheering through high school and attended Columbus State University in Columbus, Georiga, where her coed competitive basketball squad placed 2nd at UCA Nationals both years. There is debate over whether or not cheerleading is considered a sport. Hewatt's answer is definitive. “Of course I consider it a sport. I’m sure anybody who came to our practices would, too. You are constantly stunting, dancing, and tumbling.“ The UGA squad practices 3 days a week and hits the gym 2 days a week, in addition to performing on Saturdays. “We are constantly working to get better and there are definitely bumps and bruises along the way, but in the end it always makes it better.” Hewatt says she wouldn't be who she is today if it wasn't for her mother. “She has raised me my whole life by herself. There

UGA Cheerleader Courtney Hewatt with Georgia Bulldog Russ

See DREAM page 12

This ham is using communication to achieve new heights

Central Reunions page 26

INSIDE Tagged 7 Gwinnett Pulse 8 Relax, Step Out & Enjoy 10 Road Runner _____________14 Weddings _______ ____18 Health & Wellness 20 Classified 26 Spiritual 27 Being Young Today 29 PRESORT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LILBURN,GA PERMIT NO. 99 ECR-WSS POSTAL CUSTOMER

Photo by Loralee Beard, Magic Moment Photography

Chrissy Thomas, RN gives client Dee Dailey a 180 Facial Contouring Treatment to tighten skin on the face and neck. Special Photo

Andrea Hartlage (Front Right) with a group of kids in San Francisco on October 16th where she spent the weekend working with the youth at Pacificon, a ham radio convention. Andrea is a sought after speaker nationally and this was the second time Andrea and her Dad, Scott Hartlage, were flown out to work with the youth at Pacificon. This picture was taken to commemorate the gang's triumph in finding a 'fox' or hidden transmitter. The box in the foreground is the 'fox'.

By Sheila Adcock Andrea Hartlage is a ham—a ham radio operator, who was first introduced to ham

Mirror mirror on the wall By Sheila Adcock

An early 17th Century proverb says, “Beauty is only radio at eight years old and earned her amaskin deep.” Modern sages know however, “You never get teur radio license at age 11. Hartlage’s a second chance to make a first impression.” Increasing father, Scott says, “At eight years old,

See HAM page 28


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