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Woodall welcomes South Korean president in D.C. U .S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., extended a welcome to South Korean President Moon Jae-in this past week as the foreign leader came to the U.S. to meet with President Donald Trump. Moon and Trump discussed circumstances on the Korean Peninsula during the South Korean presRob Woodall ident’s visit to the White House, including U.S. sanctions against North Korea and the possibility of another summit between Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong

Yeomans Un, according to news reports. “On behalf of Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District, I would like to welcome President Moon to the United States,” Woodall said in a statement. “South Korea continues to be one of our most valuable and trusted partners, especially as we seek peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“It is essential that our two countries remain united in our efforts, and I applaud both Presidents’ leadership in the pursuit of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Koreans and Americans alike are invested in negotiations moving forward.” Moon’s visit came about a month after Woodall introduced legislation to recognize the centennial of the March First Movement in the Korean peninsula as well as a bill to reunite families split by the border between North Korea and South Korea. Woodall — who is a member of the Congressional Korea Caucus, according to his office — also met with the Korean National Assembly in Febru-

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ary to discuss ways the U.S. the event. could improve its relationship “There’s nothing better with the Korean peninsula as than leaving the DC swamp a whole. behind and returning home to Georgia where I can hear real issues from real people who Hice hosting coffee have real solutions for Amerevent in Dacula ica,” Hice said in a statement. Residents of eastern Gwin- “That’s why I enjoy hosting nett County who live in the community coffees, which is 10th Congressional District a meaningful way for me to will have a chance to chat with learn your opinion and talk U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., about the values that are close over a cup of coffee this week. to your heart.” Hice will hold a CofUpcoming fee With Your ♦The Conservative RepubCongresslican women of North Atlanta man event from 9:30 to will host state Rep. Sheri S. 10:30 a.m. Gilligan, R-Cumming, at its Tuesday at next meeting, which will be TradeWind held at 7 p.m. Monday at Coffee Co., Magnolia Bakery Cafe, 5175 Jody 2300 Liam S. Old Peachtree Road in NorHice Ave. NE, Suite cross. Gilligan is expected to 200 in Dacula. Attendees will talk about the state’s “Hearthave a chance to talk to Hice beat Bill,” CBD oil expansion, about pressing issues during election law changes and hate

crimes. Georgia Republican Party second vice-chairman candidates Rich Carithers and Brant Frost are also expected to speak at the meeting. ♦The Gwinnett County Republican Assembly will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pepe’s Mexican Grill, 1802 N. Brown Road in Lawrenceville. ♦The Gwinnett County Democratic Party will accept nominations for its Herb Green Award at its next business meeting, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 25 at its party headquarters in Suite 243 at Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the party. Only county committee members can nominate someone for the award.

way85 officials. “I look forward to continuing the great work that Marsha and the organization have Emory Morsberger accomplished over the past 13 years,” Morsberger said in a statement. “I will strive to make Gateway85 an incredible corridor where businesses and the community will prosper.” Gateway85 officials said Morsberger is also the president of the Tucker Summit and Metro South CIDs. He is expected to leave his position as president of the Lilburn CID by the end of June. That, of course, means the Lilburn CID will have to search for a new president to replace Morsberger.

The change in Gateway85’s leadership comes about three years after the district’s last leadership change, when Bomar replaced longtime executive director Chuck Warbington, who stepped down to become Lawrenceville’s city manager. Under Bomar’s leadership, the CID underwent a rebranding effort, changing its name from the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District to the Gateway85 CID in 2017. Morsberger, who is a developer and owns the Morsberger Group, is no stranger to Gateway85 and its operations and efforts. He was involved with the CID when it was formed in 2005 and remained involved with it despite also being involved with other CIDs across metro Atlanta, district officials said in a statement.

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There is a big shakeup happening in two of Gwinnett County’s six community improvement districts. The Norcross-area Gateway85 CID announced on its website this past week that Marsha Anderson Bomar has resigned as its executive director to take a senior leadership position at an unspecified regional organization, with additional details expected to be released later this month. Emory Morsberger — who had been the Lilburn CID’s president — has been hired to replace Bomar. He recently tendered his resignation from his position with the Lilburn CID and will start his new job with the Gateway85 CID on Monday, according to an announcement from Gate-

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U.S. Navy sailor, Japanese woman found dead with knife wounds in Okinawa A U.S. Navy sailor and a Japanese woman were found dead — both stabbed — on Saturday in a bloody apartment bedroom on the Japanese island of Okinawa, police there said. Both bodies have knife wounds, and investigators believe these were the cause of death, police said. A minor was found unharmed in the apartment and is being taken care of by authorities, Okinawa police said. The incident appeared to be a homicide-suicide, with the sailor having killed the woman, Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba said in a statement. Police did not immediately comment on a perpetrator or release any names. The sailor was attached to the U.S. 3rd Marine Division, which has a base in Okinawa. U.S. Marine Corps leaders said they were aware of the deaths and will support the ongoing investigation. “This is an absolute tragedy and we are fully committed to supporting the investigation into the incident,” the III Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement. “More information will be forthcoming as the investigation progresses.” The U.S. ambassador to Japan, William Hagerty, expressed deep regret and promised full cooperation with the investigation, according to a statement released Saturday by U.S. embassy.

At least 20 killed in market blast in Pakistani city Quetta At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured when a bomb claimed by a Sunni Muslim militant group ripped through a fruit market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Friday. The attack hit the city’s Hazarganji district, which is home to a large community from the Hazara Shia Muslim minority, Quetta’s Deputy Inspector General of Police, Razzaq Cheema, told CNN. At least seven Hazara were among the dead, along with one security official, Cheema said. In a news conference, Ziaullah Langove, home minister for Balochistan, said it was a suicide attack, confirmed the death toll and added that as many as 48 people were injured. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group known to target the Hazara community, said it carried out the bombing. “We claim responsibility for the attack in Quetta,” Qari Saifullah, a spokesman for the group, told CNN. “We targeted the Hazara community.” Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s restive southwestern province of Balochistan, is often targeted by militants, although this was the first such attack this year. “We will not bow before terrorists,” Balochistan’s chief minister, Jam Kamal, said in a statement shortly after the bombing. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan echoed the condemnation. In a tweet he wrote: “Deeply saddened & have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Hazarganji market area of Quetta targeting our innocent people. I have asked for an immediate inquiry & increased security for the (people). Prayers go to the families of the victims & for early recovery of the injured.” — From wire reports

Man throws child from balcony Mall of America had banned the suspect from site By Madeline Holcombe CNN

The man arrested for allegedly pushing or throwing a boy from the third floor of the Mall of America in Minnesota had been banned from the mall in the past and once told police he had anger issues, court records show. Witnesses said Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, either pushed or threw the 5-year-old boy on Friday Aranda morning from the third level of the Bloomington mall’s interior to the first-level floor nearly 40 feet below, police said. Aranda, whom police said took off running after the incident, was found inside the mall’s transit station and arrested. Authorities described the boy’s injuries as life-threatening and said witnesses gave him first aid. Police Chief Jeff Potts said he couldn’t reveal details about the child’s condition Saturday afternoon. “The child is still alive, he’s still receiving care, and I think we’re just asking for thoughts and prayers for that child to recover,” Potts told reporters outside his police department Saturday.


A child was rushed to a hospital Friday after reportedly being thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. At this point, police do not believe there is a relationship between the family of the child and the suspect, Potts said. Investigators are trying to figure out the motive, he said. “(Through) our investigative work and witnesses that we’ve spoken to, we feel confident saying that the suspect threw the child off of the third floor. But as to why he did that, is still something we’re looking into and trying to figure out.” Aranda is being held on suspicion of attempted homicide, and police expect to submit the case to prosecu-

tors in support of charges threw items off the upper by noon Monday, Potts said. level of the mall to the lower level, records obtained by Suspect has a history CNN affiliate WCCO show. He was accused three with the mall months later of throwing Aranda lives in the glasses of ice water and tea Bloomington area and has at a woman in a restaurant had a series of arrests and at the mall after she refused convictions related to the to buy him food, the records show. In that incident, he mall. He had been banned from got into a physical scuffle Mall of America in the past with the manager of the resand was convicted of mis- taurant, sending panicked demeanors in two incidents diners fleeing, according to there in 2015, court records court records that also note Aranda at that point had show. Aranda was charged in been banned from Mall of July 2015 with causing dam- America property through age inside stores after he early July 2016.


Fire breaks out on first night of Coachella music fest in California A fire broke out early Saturday at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California, authorities said. No injuries were reported. The fire, at a mobile shower unit at the Empire Polo Club grounds, was reported at 2:06 a.m. local time, Riverside County Fire Department said. Four engines responded to the scene, near the center of the venue. One trailer was damaged, while a second was destroyed, they said. How the fire started wasn’t immediately clear. The fire sparked just days after a longtime Coachella worker fell to his death while setting up for event. Concertgoer Lauren Levy, who witnessed the fire, said it brought back painful memories of a recent California wildfire. “My fiancé, Marcel Vigneron, and I have an RV in the corner area close to where the fire was. It all happened a few minutes after 2 a.m., and the flames got high quickly,” Levy said. “We were told at one point we had to vacate the premises, but then we were told it was OK and we could stay.” “There are many firefighters around here, thankfully, so they were able to put it out quickly, thank goodness, but what a scare,” she added. “We were evacuated from our home in Malibu in November, so this shook me up, seeing fire so close again. The flames got high.” Coachella kicked off Friday with Donald Glover, who raps and sings as Childish Gambino, as the headliner of the annual arts and music festival held over two weekends in April. Tame Impala and Ariana Grande are due to headline Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

A Wisconsin physical education teacher has been placed on leave after allegedly telling African-American students in the class to research games played by “enslaved children.” The suggestion came after the Shorewood Intermedi-

The standardized test-taking savant who was paid off to pose as high school students and ace SATs and ACTs pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal is not backing down on his request for six years of the President Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns, he writes In a new letter sent Saturday to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. In a two-page letter, Neal

writes that he believes his committee is well within its rights to see the President’s tax returns and that he expects a decision from the IRS within the next 10 days. The Emperor brings “I expect a reply from the IRS by 5:00 p.m. on April 23, new hope to ‘Star 2019. Please know that if you Wars: Episode IX’ fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial The Emperor is back, and of my request,” Neal writes. with him, a new hope for “Star Wars: Episode IX.” The Emperor’s trademark Boston Marathon cackle at the end of the new organizers prepare for trailer, and a surprise appearanother rainy race ance by the actor who plays him, Ian McDiarmid, saved With the possibility of a the best for last at the Star repeat of last year’s cold, Wars Celebration presentarainy race day, Boston Mara- tion devoted to the next movie, thon organizers are making which also revealed its subtichanges to Monday’s run. tle, “The Rise of Skywalker.” Those changes are aimed at Related: ‘Star Wars: Epikeeping runners and the race’s sode IX’ trailer is finally here army of volunteers warm and Still, it was the suggestion dry. that the Emperor — who That’s because of the fore- appeared to die in “Return of cast the Boston Athletic Asso- the Jedi” — would again someciation shared with runners in how be part of the story that an advisory, saying there’s “the provided a surge of enthusiasm potential for persistent rain, for the next movie, and seems wind, and cooler temperatures.” in some way to address many Or, pretty much a rerun of of the criticisms aimed at the last year’s miserable race. previous one, “The Last Jedi.” Among the changes, the orgaOne of the complaints about nizers are adding heat to stag- “Last Jedi” involved the lining areas, volunteers will have eage of the character of Rey, ponchos and hand warmers, played by Daisy Ridley, after and medical stations are pre- all the speculation devoted to paring for “a potential over- how she might connect to charflow of runners,” CNN affili- acters of the past. ate 4WBZ in Boston reported. In essence, the tantalizing Wave 4, the last group to possibilities that “Star Wars” start, will begin right after enthusiasts spent two years Wave 3 ends, the BAA said in analyzing and debating after its advisory. The new sched- “The Force Awakens” were ule does away with the previ- largely dismissed by director ously planned 25-minute delay Rian Johnson’s movie, in a way between waves, reducing the that left many (including this time runners would have to critic) feeling disappointed. wait in bad weather. Whatever the explanation, Boston may be in for heavy bringing the Emperor back rain and possibly a thunder- creates a powerful link to the storm, according to the National original trilogy, and the promWeather Service, and wind ise of a denser addition to the gusts could reach 28 mph. “Star Wars” mythology. It also The chance of rain is 90% as gave an additional wallop to of Saturday morning, but the a line spoken in the trailer by forecast is calling for warmer the unseen presence of Luke temperatures than when the Skywalker, “No one’s ever BAA issued its advisory. really gone.” — From wire reports — From wire reports


year. Each state’s curriculum differs in subtle ways. The road map described in the Texas Education Code, for instance, includes requirements for instruction to begin with teaching second-graders how to form cursive letters with the “appropriate strokes when connecting letters.” Third-graders would focus on writing complete words, thoughts, and answers to questions, and fourth-graders would need to be able to complete their assignments

outright in cursive. DeEtta Culbertson, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency, told CNN that previous education standards released in Texas, including in 2009, have included cursive writing, but the new standards set to go into effect added “more emphasis” on cursive. Data compiled by the Southern Regional Education Board in 2016 showed that 14 of the 16 states the SREB oversees expect that cursive instruction begin by

the third grade. The year 2010 was a “pivotal year” for the cursive comeback, the SREB says. That’s when “college- and career-readiness standards did not explicitly include it,” including the national Common Core standards. The SREB showed the number of cursive-teaching states dropping from 12 down to six that year. But by 2016, the flowing script has rebounded up to 14 Southern states. With another Southern state,


Man on plane ‘randomly touched’ passengers’ faces, sprayed unknown substance It was a strange episode on American Airlines flight 1346 Friday as a 25-year-old man touched the faces of other passengers and sprayed them with an unknown substance before jumping off the grounded plane, Phoenix, Arizona, police said in a press release. The incident began Friday morning as a plane from Minneapolis was landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Police said the man “had been acting strange on the flight.” The man then “randomly touched the faces of other passengers” and sprayed an unknown substance from a spray bottle on them. The man was brought to the front of the plane to get off before the other passengers. While waiting for the main door of the plane to open, the man opened a service door on the other side of the plane and jumped out. The fall was about 10 feet, police said, and the man sustained minor injuries. Both law enforcement and paramedics responded, American Airlines said in a statement to CNN. The man was taken into custody without incident, police said, and was taken to a local hospital to treat his injuries.

Wisconsin teacher on leave after telling kids to find games played by ‘enslaved children’

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It was a strange episode on American Airlines flight 1346 on April 12, 2019, as a 25-year-old man touched the faces of other passengers and sprayed them with an unknown substance before jumping off the grounded plane, Phoenix, Arizona, police said. ate School teacher shared an activity with the seventhgrade class on the subject of games from around the world, Bryan Davis, the Shorewood district superintendent, said in a statement. The class took place on April 1. After finding out about the incident, the administration launched an internal investigation, Davis said. “We take these allegations extremely serious,” Davis said. “Throughout this situation, student safety and wellbeing have been our top priority. Our school counselor, school psychologist, dean of students, and the SIS (Shorewood Intermediate School) principal have been providing support to the students who were directly involved in the incident.”

College admissions scam’s test-taking guru pleads guilty

Mark Riddell, 36, an essential cog in the scheme to help wealthy parents buy their children into universities of their choice, arrived in a Boston courtroom wearing a dark suit and a scarf to enter his plea to the two charges. At one point, Riddell told the court, “I’m being charged with conspiracy ... for cheating on the SAT and ATC.” Sentencing was set for July 18. Federal prosecutors are suggesting a 33- to 41-month sentence, a law enforcement source told CNN. Riddell agreed to the terms in a plea deal signed last month in exchange for his cooperation with investigators and a reduced sentence.

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Cursive writing making comeback in classrooms in several states By Ryan Prior CNN

It’s a familiar refrain. Parents lament that technology is turning good, legible handwriting into a lost art form for their kids. In response, lawmakers in state after state — particularly in the South — are carving out space in teachers’ classroom time to keep the graceful loops of cursive writing alive for the next generation. Alabama passed a law

requiring it in 2016. That same year, Louisiana passed its own cursive law. Others like Arkansas, Virginia, California, Florida and North Carolina, have similar laws. Texas is the latest state in which educators are pushing to bring back cursive writing in elementary schools. The changes in the Lone Star State, which were adopted in 2017, are set to go into effect during the upcoming 2019-20 school

Texas, coming on board that make 18 total in the U.S.. Anne Trubek, the author of “The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting,” told CNN that efforts to emphasize cursive have been ongoing “for years.” And debates about whether we should preserve handwriting are not a strictly modern phenomena, as various periods in history featured standoffs between traditionalists and those who favored new writing and communication technologies.

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Recovering mom doesn’t want dog at home


ear Amy: For the past 2 1/2 years my son (now 9) has been asking for a dog. I’ve been saying no because while I like dogs, I prefer them in other people’s houses. I didn’t want to take on the considerable expense and care for a dog. Four months ago, I had a brain aneurysm. Thankfully, I am OK and recovering. However, during my recovery in the hospital I thought I was dying and that it would be a good idea for my son to have a dog to love and care for in the event that I did die. I was coming off of anesthesia and on a lot of pain medication. I feel confident in saying that at the time, I was not in my right mind. Unfortunately, my husband took me at my word and told our son I said yes ... and then we got this dog. I was home recovering when that happened, so I still wasn’t quite able to put a stop to it. Now I’m saddled with a dog I don’t want. I am irritated, annoyed and resentful. I work from home about 60 percent of the time, and so it falls on me to walk her twice a day. My husband/son do it the rest of the time. I’m not happy about this. I would like to responsibly re-home her, but I don’t know how to discuss this with my son. He loves this dog, and I’m afraid that if I re-home her he will never forgive me. I don’t want to damage my relationship with him but I am unhappy with this dog in my house. Can you help me with a suggestion on how to approach this — or how to cope? — Not-Woof Dear Not-Woof: This is tricky because your health still seems to be somewhat

shaky. But understand, too, that your neardeath experience will have affected your son in Dickinson p r o f o u n d and possibly traumatic ways. This dog may be important to him even beyond the normal child-dog devotion, because of what your family has been through. This dog is not expendable. Giving it away now could have a profound impact on your son. I hope you can give this more time and explore common-sense ways to ease this burden for you. If there is a nearby kennel, “doggy daycare,” or experienced pet sitter, perhaps your husband could drop off the dog during the day for three or four days a week and you could pick her up at the end of your workday. This would give you privacy, and might give the dog some important canine interaction during the day. Hiring a dog-walker would also give you a much-welcome break from this disruption.

It sounds as if your husband and son are stepping up when they are home, which is great. It is imperative that your husband work with you and support your efforts. Rehoming the dog should be a mutual decision. Dear Amy: I’m an older woman. I’m attractive, well groomed, speak clearly and enjoy socializing over a meal with others. If I was eating and someone I know asked if she/he could sit with us, I’d welcome them to the table. I saw a married couple I know quite well who were just sitting down in a very casual cafeteria in our church. I asked if I could sit with them. The wife acted awkward, and responded that no, she would prefer me not to. I’ve eaten with them many times before. I wasn’t asking them to pay for me, and they know that, from many times we have eaten together. I don’t understand this. I wonder if it is bad manners to ask if you can join someone? I really like companionship and friendship, so this

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EAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 92-year-old man in better-thanaverage health. I have had two episodes of blood in my urine in the past two months. I know this isn’t normal. At my age, I’d just like to make believe Roach it didn’t happen. What’s my future like? — Anon. ANSWER: Your future will shortly include, I hope, a visit to your regular doctor. Blood in the urine often is due to a urine infection or a kidney stone, but in older men, there is always a concern about a tumor, whether of the kidney, bladder or prostate. Pretending it didn’t happen is not a good solution, and your doctors will certainly take your age into account when looking at diagnostic possibilities and treatments. Most cases will turn out to be not much to worry about, so the sooner you get in, the sooner you can find out what’s going on and see what steps may be necessary. DEAR DR. ROACH: Experts advised us to “throw out sugar-laden cereals” and eat a healthy breakfast, such as oatmeal. Now we are told that oatmeal contains a significant amount of glyphosate, which they say is an ingredient in Roundup! Are we poisoning our children? — A.D. ANSWER: There have been traces of glyphosate (an herbicide) found in oatmeal and other cereals. However, as always, the dose makes the poison. The Environmental Protection Agency has set a level of 30 parts per million, below which the exposure is considered safe. A 2018 study by the Environmental Working Group found levels of glyphosate in oatmeal breakfast cereals to be between 0.5 and 1 parts per million. It is unlikely that consumption of these cereals causes any significant health risks. Nobody likes the idea of eating an herbicide, but these are very low amounts, and some experts have questioned the specificity of the detection method used. The same EWG report found that organic cereals had less, but often still some, glyphosate in them. Although the levels in both conventional and organic cereals were safe, glyphosate itself is found at generally lower levels in organic products. Unfortunately, there have not been good studies on residual amounts of organic pesticides (some of which are substantially more toxic than glyphosate) that might be found in organically grown food. I agree with reducing the simple sugars found in many cereals. However, I recommend more protein for breakfast than is found in oatmeal. You can add more with nuts, egg whites or seeds. DEAR DR. ROACH: I was prescribed prednisone 5 mg twice daily, but I had insomnia, itching and hot flashes from it. I stopped after four days but am still suffering from sleeplessness. Has the prednisone had a permanent effect on my body? — J.W.S.L. ANSWER: Prednisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune system-inhibiting steroid, has many side effects on the body, especially insomnia. Hot flashes and itching are uncommon side effects. Insomnia is more common when prednisone is taken twice daily. Anytime a person gets insomnia, it can create a situation where they become worried about sleeping, which can lead to a persistent problem, even though the effect of the prednisone is gone.


felt like rejection. — Wondering Dear Wondering: It is not rude to ask if you can join someone — certainly at church, where this fellowship is part of the worship experience. My instinct is that this couple was in the middle of a private conversation or having a tiff when you approached. They didn’t handle this graciously, but I hope you will forgive them. Dear Amy: Wow — thank you for your response to “Concerned Parent,” who wondered about his kid’s Michael Jackson obsession. Regardless of Jackson’s legacy, I LOVED that you recommended other artists for this child to learn about (especially Janet Jackson). — A Fan Dear Fan: I hope this parent continues to encourage and foster the child’s interest in music and dance. You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: ASKAMY@ Readers may send postal mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

Don’t let the actions of others anger you. Rise above whatever situations you face this year and aim to do your very best. Your success will be what counts in the end, so strive for perfection, personal happiness and personal satisfaction. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — An offer won’t be as appealing as someone makes it out to be. Take a closer look at what you will get in return. An opportunity is only as good as it makes you feel. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Don’t pay for others or give up too much. Put in the time and you will reap the rewards. Nothing is guaranteed, but with effort, gains will be attainable. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A change at home will free up space that you can put to good use. Update personal papers. Make time for someone who brings out the best in you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Stick to the truth and make your point clear when dealing with emotional matters or issues that can lead to a change of plans. An innovative idea will encourage greater freedom. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Figure out the best way to approach the changes you want to make. Whether you are considering a different vocation, making a physical improvement or changing location, choose what makes the most sense in the long-term. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If change is what you want, you’re the one who’s going to have to make it happen. Your leadership will rub off on the people you’d love to have tag along. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t underestimate what someone is capable of doing. Being fully prepared will be what helps you outmaneuver anyone trying to manipulate or use you. Initiate change. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — No one can outdo you once you set your mind to something. Explore the possibilities and set your sights on whatever will bring you the greatest joy. Personal gain is heading your way. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Follow your heart, not someone else’s wishes. A personal change will give you a better understanding of what you should be trying to achieve. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You know what’s best for yourself, so don’t rely on someone who is looking out for his or her own interests. Stay focused and head in the direction that suits you best. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Your relationships with others will make a difference to the way you proceed. Evaluate who is looking out for you and who isn’t. Build a strong home base. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Put your energy to good use. A physical challenge will help relieve stress and encourage you to do something that will benefit both you and your community.

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT An application for a certificate of amendment of its articles of incorporation has been made by NOA Bank by filling such application with the Department of Banking and Finance in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 1 of Title 7 of the Office Code of Georgia Annotated, known as the “Financial Institutions Code of Georgia.” The purpose of said articles of amendment is reflect a change in the name of the bank to PromiseOne Bank. NOA Bank 2385 Pleasant Hill Rd Duluth, GA 30096 593840-1

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EGGS From A1 Manager Brian Burchik. “We did not want it to be people just waiting on the Easter Egg Hunt — we wanted fun to be happening, and then, ‘Oh, now the egg hunt is here!’” Though inflatable bounce houses, crafts, petting zoo, live music, photos with the Easter Bunny and other activities provided attendees more than enough to do, Lilburn also debuted its new playground Saturday morning, holding a ribbon cutting to kick off the day. “We have always had a playground, but when we did our survey back in 2015, there was a lot of feedback,” said Lilburn City Planner Joellen Wilson. “There’s this whole new generation coming up, and they want new and modern and more challenging equipment, so this equipment is very, very different from the traditional (structures) we had before.” Wilson said the playground is not intended solely for children, though; with a stone wall surrounding the play

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area, parents can sit and chat while their kids swing, climb and zoom down slides. “We have citizens and visitors and people who come into town for a short period of time, and they all want somewhere to hang out and play,” Wilson said. “Lilburn’s events have really grown in terms of numbers, so it (allows for) an all-day event instead of a two-hour event. People are looking for things to do, and this is a great place for them to hang out.” LePage said that’s one of the reasons she brought her family to Lilburn’s egg hunt — the park, and its new playground, gave her children more to do than just search for eggs. “It’s beautiful, and (my kids) love to run around in open spaces,” she said. “They really expanded (the event) this year and it’s great.”

SHELTER From A1 with children. The shelter seeks to offer victims of domestic violence some stability as they get back on their feet as well as guidance and a track to follow to get back to independence. The program provides goals and benchmarks for residents to achieve that lead to graduation. A graduate of Rainbow Village is equipped with the skills to find a stable job and home while providing a safe environment for their children. That approach is partially why Tanner was drawn to the mass email he received from the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia, which called for volunteers for Friday’s care day. Through that organization, Tanner and his wife have been connected to HomeAid, the liaison between organizations like Rainbow Village that need volunteers and the able bodies themselves. “This is different,” Tanner said. “Most homeless shelters, there’s a cot in a big gymnasium. This, people have dignity and they’re cared for. My wife and I might come back and do some more stuff here.” More than a dozen volunteers representing a variety of organizations — Atlanta & Cabinet Direct, Atlantic Bay Mortgage and the Kennesaw State University National Associa-

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Volunteers helped renovate and repaint apartments and offices at the Duluth homeless community Rainbow Village on Friday in Duluth. tion of Home Builders provided the majority — were put to various tasks Friday. While Tanner was among those repainting the administrative offices, Marisa Creekmoore was with a group of half a dozen volunteers helping renovate a kitchen that had been riddled with mold from a leaky refrigerator. The stove and refrigerator were covered in grease and grime and the bathrooms were mildew infested, but that wasn’t obvious after Creekmoore, Guy Ward and Gina Lemelin — both from Atlantic Bay Mortgage — went to work scrubbing and painting the unit. The mold that had set in from the refrigerator leak also required the flooring to be replaced with new hardwood and new drywall in the kitchen area.

Brightview Landscaping was also at work on a project near the Rainbow Village community center. The landscapers had mapped out plans for a grassy recreational area with trees and picnic tables, where previously there was only dirt. HomeAid is a national nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people and families. The organization’s local chapters, such as HomeAid Atlanta, provide support to metro counties by turning grants and donations into construction projects for cheaper than developers can typically accomplish the same project. HomeAid Atlanta’s relationship with Rainbow Village goes back farther than Friday’s care day. Volunteers from HomeAid helped build Rainbow Village’s third apartment

building for roughly 50 percent of the projected cost of the project. Rainbow Village has a facilities budget, but help from volunteers helps keep that geared toward emergency maintenance projects. Community service is invaluable to continuing to serve families that come to Rainbow Village in desperation. “It’s huge in every area of the program and service we provide for families,” Rainbow Village CEO the Rev. Melanie Conner said. “HomeAid is saving us, so we can use dollars to support the families.” HomeAid Atlanta Executive Director Mandy Crater said the project not only serves as an aid to Rainbow Village but a convenient opportunity for her organization to check in with an organization they’ve worked with in the past. “We’ll do the sticks and bricks because we have the builders and expertise, and you (Rainbow Village) do what you do to get people back into stable housing,” Crater said. HomeAid Atlanta plans for roughly 10 projects per year in metro-Atlanta’s surrounding counties, but often takes on 12 to 15 projects because of the popularity and effectiveness of the program’s services. Rainbow Village accepts volunteers year-round for assisting with its various community programs, which range from cooking, teaching financial literacy, providing early childhood care, tutoring, landscaping, cleaning and painting.

MASINO From A1 chamber days, according to the business group. While he was mayor, Suwanee began work on its 65-acre Suwanee Town Center, including its 24,000-square foot City Hall. During his time at Partnership Gwinnett, Masino was involved in economic development studies that were put together in 2011 and 2016. The chamber said there have been 250 company expansions or relocations in Gwinnett since Masino got involved with Partnership Gwinnett, with more than 23,000 new jobs and $1.7 billion in investment coming from those company projects. Georgia Trend has named Masino among its “Notable Georgians” annually since 2015. The magazine, as well as the Atlanta Business Chronicle have named Masino to their 40 Under 40 lists in the past as well. He was also a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s International Person of the Year — Governor’s Award.

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Budgeting and bipartisanship — a call for results


rafting a federal budget requires you sit, overwhelming debt, unsustainthat Congress make difficult choices able spending, and an unwillingness to about which programs to fund, make tough decisions will leave our counreform, and retire. Reconciling promises try worse off. Both parties agree that we with revenue is always challenging, but the can do better. To move our country in the House Budget Committee was creright direction, tough conversations ated 45 years ago for this reason. about taxes and spending must be This month, the House’s new had, but those conversations can leadership chose to abdicate this only happen in the context of a real primary duty when the Budget Combudget resolution where we look at mittee announced it would not draft all our nation’s federal spending. or pass a budget. Instead, the DemWith a divided Congress, it is ocratic majority discharged H.R. easy to see that any major piece of 2021, a bill that busts the statutory legislation will need to be biparticaps on discretionary spending Woodall san. That means neither party will for the next two fiscal years withget everything or stop everything out saving one dollar elsewhere we want. Even though that is easy or critically examining a single program. to see, sometimes Congress finds it hard Having served on the bipartisan, bicam- to compromise. Yet, when I look at my eral budget process reform committee colleagues today — the recent surrender last Congress, I know we can build con- by House leadership notwithstanding sensus across partisan lines. It isn’t easy, — I see rank-and-file members on both but it can be done. Rather than take the sides of the aisle thirsting to make the time to build consensus across the aisle tough decisions on behalf of their con— or even within the Democratic caucus stituents’ children and grandchildren. I — the new Democratic House leadership see members who would gladly lose their simply rushed a budget-busting, “spend next election if the decisions made today more” measure — kicking serious budget helped the next generation prosper. debate down the road and guaranteeing Petty partisanship and budget abdicatensions will be exacerbated. tion have defined the new Congress and This failure demonstrates what hap- made it easy to be cynical. Don’t be. This pens when you refuse bipartisanship and Congress has just begun. Just as Ronald try governing alone. When Republicans Reagan and Tip O’Neil achieved national were in charge, we learned this lesson the victories together the 1980s, and Bill Clinhard way. The most consequential bud- ton and Newt Gingrich partnered on major get deals were the product of bipartisan- reforms in the 1990s, sometimes divided ship and the determination for results. government is the perfect time to achieve For America, our path forward on con- our most important successes. tentious budget issues is one where we work together. Yanking the pendulum U.S. Rep Rob Woodall, a Republican, represents back and forth from grotesque borrowing the 7th Congressional District of Georgia, which to destructive austerity is not the answer, includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinbut collaborative, agreed-upon benchnett counties, and currently serves as chairmarks are the path forward and are still man of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative possible in 2019. Moreover, such a path and Budget Process, as well as serving on the is an Article I legislative obligation. Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, No matter the side of the aisle on which and Budget Committee.



This week a time to remember what Easter is all about

Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.


wish I had been there. In Jerusalem. With Jesus. I wish I could have witnessed the events of a week that changed the world forever. I wish I could have accompanied Jesus into the city as he rode astride a donkey and watched the crowds throw their cloaks before him, cheering the man they thought had come to lift the yoke of Roman oppression from their necks. The Messiah. The new David. I wonder if I would have gotten caught up in all the excitement and hoped that when he took over Israel, Jesus would give me a high-level job in his administration. I wish I could have asked him firsthand why he was riding a donkey. It was a well-known fact that conquering kings ride stallions, not donkeys. I suspect Jesus would have smiled patiently and said he was not the Prince of War. He was the Prince of Peace. I wish I could have been there when Jesus overturned Yarbrough the tables in the temple and ran off the usurious money changers along with the livestock and doves they were selling to the masses for a big profit. He called the place a “den of thieves” and actually took a whip after them. It wasn’t the first time a religious institution forgot who they were there to serve and, sadly, it won’t be the last. I wish I could have told Jesus that his rare display of temper had played right into the hands of the local power structure, who were threatened by his popularity among the people. I would have reminded him that they wanted to get rid of him anyway and were just looking for an excuse and he had given them a big one. I suspect he already knew that. I wish I could have seen the look on the faces of the religious leaders when they tried to engage him in debate and realized quickly that they were badly out of their league. I would have laughed and clapped and hooted at them until I saw the look of disapproval on the face of Christ. This wasn’t a game to him. I wish I had could been there to keep an eye on Judas Iscariot. He probably thought that the way Jesus was acting, we were all going to get in trouble and he wanted no part of it. Had I been there, I would have told him to get with the program and quit whining. It likely would have done no good. He was pure evil. I wish I could have been with Jesus during the Passover meal. The Last Supper. When he washed the feet of his followers. When he told his disciples after serving them bread and wine that if they wanted to be great,

i wish i had been with his followers on that extraordinary morning three days later when they looked in the tomb and saw it empty. what had been total despair was now unspeakable joy. christ was alive! He had risen! Halleluiah!

they must become servants as he had been. When he knew Judas would betray him and Peter would deny him and that dark hours were ahead. Still, he maintained his serenity because he had accomplished what he had set out to do. What an extraordinary time that must have been! I wish I could have been some comfort to him in Gethsemane, although I am not sure what I could have said that would have made any difference. Knowing me, I would have gotten into a confrontation with the mob that came for him and called them a bunch of hypocrites and probably tried to get a piece of Judas. I think I would have greatly disappointed Jesus, who would have wondered if I had heard anything he had said over the past three years. I wish I knew what I would have done during the mockery of a trial, the humiliations he suffered and the crucifixion. Would I have thrown my hands up in despair and left him to die? Would I have worried that I might be next? Would I have denied knowing him? These are easy to answer in hindsight, but I suspect I would have been scared then. Very scared. I wish I had been with his followers on that extraordinary morning three days later when they looked in the tomb and saw it empty. What had been total despair was now unspeakable joy. Christ was alive! He had risen! Halleluiah! Yes, I wish I had been in Jerusalem that extraordinary week. I wish you could have been with me. After what we witnessed, maybe we could remember that Easter isn’t about dyed eggs, bunnies and jelly beans — as exciting as those things may be for little ones. Easter is about celebrating the one who died for our sins and gives us hope that something better awaits us when this life is done. A miraculous week. A joyous day. That is what Easter is about. I wish we would all remember that. You can reach Dick Yarbrough at; at P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, GA 31139; online at or on Facebook at


Yes, America needs walls. But the country is not ‘full.’ P resident Trump is 100 percent correct that there is a crisis on our southern border. And he is absolutely right when he says some migrants are abusing our asylum laws. But he is dead wrong when he declares, in what has become his favorite refrain, that “Our country is FULL.” Sorry, our country is not full. Not by a long shot. The opposite is true. We need more immigrants, lots of them. In fact, no one needs immigrants more than Trump. Today, thanks to Trump’s leadership, the U.S. economy is strong. Unemployment recently reached its lowest level in 49 years. U.S. manufacturing employment is growing at the fastest pace in nearly a quarter-century. On Trump’s watch, the unemployment rates for African Americans, Hispanics and Americans without a high school diploma have all reached the lowest points ever recorded. The Wall Street Journal recently called this “the hottest job market in half a century,” declaring that “Workers are so scarce that, in many parts of the country, lowskill jobs are being handed out to pretty much anyone willing to take them — and high-skilled workers are in even shorter supply. All sorts of people who have previously had trouble landing a job are now finding work. Racial minorities, those with less education and people working in the

lowest-paying jobs are getting bigger pay presidency, he needs more workers. raises and, in many cases, experiencing the The trouble is, the United States is not lowest unemployment rate ever recorded producing enough native-born workers. for their groups.” According to the Economic Innovation In some places, unemployment Group, 80 percent of U.S. counties is so low that employers can’t find lost prime working-age adults from workers to fill the jobs. There are 2007 through 2017. And the situnow a record 6.5 million job openation is not improving. According ings in the United States. Accordto Census Bureau data, our populaing to the National Federation of tion growth rate for fiscal year 2017Independent Business, 39 percent of 2018 was 0.62% — the lowest since small businesses say they have a job 1937, during the Great Depression. opening they can’t fill, and 90 perThe U.S. population is now growcent of business owners who hired ing at less than replacement levels. Thiessen or tried to hire workers reported few The decline is driven in large part or no qualified applicants for the position. by millennials, who are marrying and havNearly a quarter of all small-business owners ing children at much lower rates than prereport that finding qualified workers is their vious generations. It’s ironic. Many mil“single most important business problem.” lennials want socialism, but they are not And the demand for seasonal workers producing the future workers and taxpayis so big that, when the application win- ers needed to pay for it. dow for H-2B visas opened up on Jan. 1, The only thing stopping us from overall the Labor Department’s electronic filing population decline is the arrival of immisystem for the visas crashed due to over- grants, who account for about 48 percent of whelming demand. Employers requested U.S. population growth. And immigration three times as many visas as were available. “is projected to be the primary contributor To quote my American Enterprise Insti- to national population growth after 2030,” tute colleague Michael R. Strain, “this is a the Brookings Institution reported. good problem to have.” But it is a problem. So, we need more immigrants. Americans If Trump wants to keep this strong econ- understand this. Eighty-four percent say omy going, and achieve his stated goal of legal immigration is good for the country, sustained 3 percent growth throughout his and only 29 percent believe it should be

decreased — the lowest level since 1965. Unfortunately, Sens. Tom Cotton, R.Ark., David Perdue, R.-Ga., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., have introduced legislation that would reduce legal immigration by 50 percent over 10 years. No doubt, our immigration system is in need of sensible reforms, such as eliminating the visa lottery system, ending chain migration and imposing a mandatory E-Verify process. But an overall reduction in immigration would be disastrous for the country. We need immigrants to stop population decline. We need immigrants to work and pay taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare for our aging population. And we need immigrants to provide the human capital for continued economic growth and prosperity. If the president wants to keep this economic boom going, he needs more people coming to the United States, not fewer. So, yes, our shining city on a hill needs walls — because the world is a dangerous place, and we are a nation of laws. But, as President Ronald Reagan put in it his farewell address, those walls must also have doors. And the sign above those doors should read “Welcome to America” — not “Sorry, we’re full. Follow Marc A. Thiessen on Twitter@marcthiessen. ♦ sunday, april 14, 2019 ♦ A7

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From left, BurgerFi, CiCis Pizza, Great American Cookies and Kona Ice are some of the places offering specials for Tax Day, April 15.

Tax Day treats

Some retailers to offer special deals for taxpayers April 15 By Curt Yeomans curt.yeomans

Monday could bring lots of stress for taxpayers who decided to wait until Tax Day to get their taxes in the mail, but it will also bring some treats. April 15 is generally no fun for last minute tax filers who are scrambling to get their tax returns finished and off to the Internal Revenue Service or the Georgia Department of Revenue. In recent years, however, some restaurants have begun finding ways to take some of the edge off Tax Day by offering special one-day deals on food and other products. Monday will be no exception. Whether it’s free biscuits, free chocolate chip cookies, free ice treats in Snellville and Lilburn or half-price ribs, there will be some specials to help Monday feel less like, well, Tax Day and more like a little spring Christmas. Here are some deals that restaurants will be offering taxpayers on Monday: Kona Ice: Kona Ice Trucks will host a national “Chill Out Day” where free shaved ice will be handed out at three locations in Tucker, Snellville and Lilburn. One is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Business District Sears Outlet, located at 2301 Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Tucker. Another from 2 to 4 p.m. at WalMart, which is located at 3435 Centerville Highway in Snell-

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Sonny’s Barbecue will offer an Irresistible Ribs Special — or IRS — which consists of half-price St. Louis Rib dinners in honor of Tax Day on Monday. Customers can choose either the Sweet and Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs. The special includes two sidekicks and bread. ville. The third will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lilburn City Hall, which is located at 340 Main St. in Lilburn. Hardee’s: Participating locations will offer free Made From Scratch Sausage Biscuits from 7 to 10 a.m. while supplies last on Monday. Customers should use the phrase “Made From

Scratch” to get a free biscuit. There is a limit of one free biscuit per customer. Sonny’s Barbecue: Barbecue lovers can get an Irresistible Ribs Special — or IRS — which consists of half-price St. Louis Rib dinners on Monday. Customers can choose either the Sweet and Smokey

OBITUARIES Gainesville, GA

Virginia “Ginger” Helfer Virginia “Ginger” Helfer, age 89, of Gainesville, GA passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Donald “Don” Helfer; and daughters, Gail Helfer and Carol Helfer. Mrs. Helfer is survived by daughter, Patty Waggener, Gainesville, GA; son, Robert “Bob” Helfer, Bend, OR; and sister, June Bills, Bolder, CO. Mrs. Helfer was born on September 8, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1947, and attended Washi i i

ington State University from 1947-1949, where she met Don, who was enrolled in the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine. They married on June 5, 1949. Mrs. Helfer was a retired administrative secretary from Oregon State University. She was a member of Corvallis Rose Society in Corvallis, Oregon, and did volunteer work at the Oregon State University Thrift Store. No formal service is planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humane Society of N E GA, 845 West Ridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30501 in memory of Virginia Helfer. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at


Maisy Wood

Maisy Wood, age 69, of Sanford, Florida passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019. Maisy was born January 2, 1950 in Auburn, Ga. Survivors include her sons, Shannon Stinchcomb, Winder; Luke Hardy, Cumming; Sister Zita (Jimmie) Shedd, Auburn; brother Don Wood, Auburn; 4 grandchildren; special friend Jeff Gormly, Sanford Florida; and nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Laura Wood; brother, Johnny Wood; and sister, Donna Wood. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs. The special includes two sidekicks and bread. Great American Cookies: Participating locations will offer customers one free original chocolate chip cookie on Monday. Schlotzsky’s: Guests can get one free small The Original sandwich with the purchase of a

medium-sized drink and chips on Monday. Firehouse Subs: A coupon available at gets customers a free medium sub with the purchase of a medium or large sub, chips and a drink at participating locations from Monday until Wednesday. Coupons can either be printed out and brought into the store, or presented on a smartphone. Cicis: Adult buffets will cost $4.15 with the purchase of a large drink and the presentation of a coupon, which can be found at on Monday. There is a limit of one discounted adult buffet per guest. BurgerFi: BurgerFi Rewards program members can get a BurgerFi double cheeseburger for $4.15 at participating locations on Monday. To get the deal, customers must download the BurgerFi Rewards app, sign up for a free Rewards membership and scan the app at the cash register. The offer is limited to one cheeseburger per app user. The app can be downloaded at Dunkin’ (formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts): DD Perks Rewards members can get a medium hot or iced coffee for $1 on Monday by scanning their DD Perks loyalty ID QR code or paying with an enrolled Dunkin’ gift card. Anyone who is not a member can sign up at or download the Dunkin’ app from the Google Play or Apple App stores.

Two Gwinnett Place CID board members re-elected By Curt Yeomans curt.yeomans

The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District announced that two of its board members who were up for re-election this past week will be sticking around for three more years. The board re-elected Kaiser Permanente government and community relations manager Trey Ragsdale and Northwood Ravin director of development Ben Yorker

Trey Ben Ragsdale Yorker to new three-year terms on Wednesday. They make up one-quarter of the eightmember board, which works with CID staff on efforts to improve the Gwinnett Place area. “We have enjoyed having

Trey and Ben on our board and are happy to see them re-elected,” Leo Wiener, chairman of the CID Board of Directors and president of Ackerman Retail, said in a statement. “Trey has been with us for almost two years and is truly a dedicated board member who is always seeking new ways to improve our district. Ben has been with the board since November 2018, but his involvement and fresh ideas have been a strong addition to the team.”

Teacher at Duluth child care center faces cruelty to children charge By Curt Yeomans curt.yeomans

A teacher at a child care center in Duluth was arrested earlier this week and charged with felony first degree cruelty to children for allegedly hitting a 4-year-old child who attended the center with a belt. Duluth police Officer Ted Sadowski said Childcare Network teacher Nadine Jones, 51, turned herself over to sheriff’s deputies at the Gwinnett County Jail on Monday after a warrant for her arrest was

filed against her. Jail records show bond was set at $5,700 and she was released the same day. “The inciNadine d e nt was Jones brought to our attention by the parent of a 4-year-old child that attends the child care facility,” Sadowski said in a statement. A police report shows the child told his father about the incident and showed him bruises on his lower back

after he was picked up from the center on March 26. The father immediately contacted the school and learned the next day that Jones’ employGDP-4/14/2019 ment had been terminated, according to the report. The father then contacted police March 28 to file a report. “On April 8, 2019, the Duluth Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division finalized its investigation finding probable cause based on testimony and evidence, thus issued a warrant for the arrest of Nadine Jones, 51, for cruelty to children — first degree,” Sadowski said.


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Stripers’ demeritte has solid results early on By David Friedlander david.friedlander

LAWRENCEVILLE — It’s true that the 2019 International League season is in its very early stages. But even based on a very small sample size, it looks like Gwinnett Stripers’ Travis Demeritte could be on the verge of a breakout season. Perhaps it’s the fact that he is playing less than 25 miles away from where he grew up and went to high school at Winder-Barrow, or maybe that he is simply putting everything together in terms of his physical skills, maturity and experience. Whatever the reason, the early returns are good for the 24-yearold outfielder. It’s a development Demeritte says he saw coming for quite some time. “I had a really good spring,” Demeritte said. “I felt good coming into spring (training). As far as expectations, I didn’t really have any. My only expectations for myself was just to play hard and give it all I’ve got.” So far, so good for Demerette, who currently ranks second on the Stripers with a .333 batting average and seven RBIs (tied for 12th in the entire International League) and stands third on the team with a .926 OPS in his first seven games of his career at the Triple-A level of minor league ball. Perhaps most impressively, after being selected by the Texas Rangers in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft the former infield prospect seems to have made a seamless transition to outfielder after taking up the position just last year to help maximize his chances to help the Atlanta Braves’ organization. “! actually (started making) the transition last year, so I’ve got a year under my belt,” said Demeritte, who was acquired by the Braves in a trade with Texas around the trade deadline in 2016. “With that year, it brought a little confidence to me being in the outfield, moving around to different positions. During (batting practice), I got out and shag (fly balls) at my positions. So I feel pretty comfortable out there.” It’s helped that he’s wasted little time breaking the ice with a lot See DEMERITTE, A12

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Michael Borah makes a defensive play for North Gwinnett in its game with Mountain View this season.

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North’s Borah showing value beyond the usual measurables By David Friedlander david.friedlander

SUWANEE — Like most other sports, measurables are common indicators of a high school baseball player’s potential on the next level, whether that means the collegiate or professional level. Just by looking at said measurables, most notably his 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame, North Gwinnett’s Michael Borah wouldn’t seem to fit the profile of the prototypical top prospect for the highest level of the game. But looks can be deceiving, as the Bulldogs’ senior second baseman has demonstrated his entire high school career, and continues to demonstrate this spring. “Nowadays, a lot of (recruiting) goes on grades and arm strength and all that stuff, and (scouts) don’t put as much stock or weight on just being a baseball player and doing little things every day and the way you go about your business,” North coach Ryan Moity said. “It’s a shame

North Gwinnett’s Michael Borah celebrates during the Bears’ game with Mountain View this season. that’s the way it is today. (Borah is) not going to go to a showcase and light up the radar gun or light up the 50 (-yard dash), but he does everything it takes to be successful offensively, defensively. He just does a lot of little things right. He has a plan in everything that he does. He trusts that plan, and it

seems to work for him.” As it turns out, Borah’s plan isn’t all that complicated, especially in his approach at the plate. “I feel like it changes almost every at bat,” Borah said. “You’re looking for a certain pitch or to see how they pitched you the last at bat or … whether they’re going to

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Hebron hires Jan Azar to Brookwood hires head up girls basketball Shiloh alum as girls State’s winningest hoops coach was at Wesleyan 22 years

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Winder-Barrow graduate Travis Demeritte has enjoyed a happy homecoming so far with the Gwinnett Stripers.

pitch you away. So it’s just having an approach and always expecting a fastball and when the off-speed (pitch) comes, adjust.” Borah’s plan definitely has worked for him throughout his career, including making him a Super Six selection by the Daily Post the past two years. He is currently hitting .380 with four home runs, 30 RBIs, 11 doubles, a .501 on-base percentage, 33 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in helping put the Bulldogs (22-5, 13-2 in Region 6-AAAAAAA) on the brink of their second region title in the past three years. Those numbers are consistent with his career numbers — a .404 average, 14 homers, 93 RBIs, 27 doubles, nine triples, 125 runs scored and a .498 on-base percentage, as well as being named All-State by the Georgia Dugout Club the past two seasons. In addition, Borah became North’s career hits leader, breaking Jim Moreland’s school record of

Hebron Christian hired Jan Azar, who led Wesleyan to 13 state titles and 571 wins, to take over its girls basketball program Friday. Azar stepped down March 15 after 22 years at Wesleyan. She started the Wolves’ program from scratch and built it into the most successful in the state, winning more championships than any basketball coach in Georgia history. Azar’s teams played in the state final 18 of the last 19 years. “You begin to go down

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Jan Azar led Wesleyan’s girls basketball program to 13 state titles in her 22 years at the school. She stepped down in March and on Friday was hired to take over the program at Hebron Christian. the resume and it speaks “It’s staggering to see the for itself,” Hebron athletic director Taylor Davis said. See AZAR, A12

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Brookwood dipped into the college ranks for its new head girls basketball coach, and it also landed someone very familiar with the area. The Broncos announced the hiring of Courtney Strauthers, a former star player locally at Shiloh, on Saturday. She replaces outgoing head coach Carolyn Whitney, her longtime youth basketball teammate, who was hired recently as head coach at her alma mater, Wesleyan. Her hire is pending Gwinnett County Public Schools’ board approval. “Coach Whitney, we

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Shiloh grad Courtney Strauthers has been hired as the new head girls basketball coach at Brookwood. played together in AAU,” Strauthers said. “I’m close See STRAUTHERS, A12 ♦ sunday, april 14, 2019 ♦ A11 MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CLASSIC AT TPC SUGARLOAF

Classic brings big names and new course rotation By Taylor Denman


The Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf has never been short of recognizable golf legends, and the 2019 edition continues that tradition. A handful were walking the tranquil green grounds of Augusta National at the Masters. The seventh Mitsubishi Electric Classic field — minus four Monday qualifiers — was released Friday, and it included the local tournament’s staple legends: five-time Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer and six-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year Tom Watson. The two are among 10 major champions in the field, including PGA Championship winner John Daly, Masters champions José María Olazábal, Mark O’Meara, Larry Mize, Sandy Lyle, and Vijay Singh. All seven green jacket wearers have previously played at TPC Sugarloaf. The tournament at TPC Sugarloaf, set to tee of with the first round on Friday, comes after a 19-day layoff of tournament play on the PGA Champions Tour. For some competitors, festivities at the Masters festivities a return back to the grind of the Champions Tour season. “I haven’t played much this year,” Mize said. “This is only my fourth event — on in January and three more in February and March. So I came in a little rusty than normal (this week), so that’s another problem. So yeah, it was nice to play (at Augusta National) and get something a little better for (TPC Sugarloaf) next week.” The open week allows players to ease in and mentally prepare for TPC Sugarloaf’s curveball. The Mitsubishi Electric Classic typically plays on the Stables and Meadows courses, but this year’s tournament has introduced the Pines course into the rotation. The tournament will keep the normal back nine on the Meadows course. “The Pines course — they’re all Greg Norman designs — but there is a continuity and flow with it,” tournament director Monte Ortel said. “The Pines course is shorter

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Tiger Woods chips onto the 15th green during the third round of The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Larry Mize hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole during the second round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Mize is one of seven former Masters winners in the field at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

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View of the renovated fifth hole on the Pines Course at TPC Sugarloaf, which will use the nine-hole layout as part of the 2019 Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

than the Stables course. The Pines course is a little more members-friendly, not as long or as many water features. It’s a little shorter and it thinks there will be more birdie opportunities for the pros. The newness of never playing it before will pose some challenges.” It’s not totally unfamiliar to Mize, who played the tournament during last year’s Pro-Am, but he said he’ll have to adapt the week of the tournament and during practice rounds. “I remember it being good, but I can’t remember a whole lot,” Mize said. “I’ll be playing it again on Monday, so I look forward to seeing it again. It’ll be good. That’s a good facility there.” The World Golf Hall of Fame will also be represented. Six Hall of Fam-

ers are in the field, including Larry Nelson, Watson, Langer, Sandy Lyle, O’Meara, and Olazábal. Every former champion of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic is back for 2019. Former winners Steve Flesch (2018), Stephen Ames (2017), Woody Austin (2016), Olin Browne (2015), Miguel Ángel Jimenez (2014) and Langer (2013), who was part of last year’s playoff that crowned Flesch as a first-time Champions Tour winner, throw their hats in the ring. The tournament falls on Easter weekend. It’s the first time the tournament and holiday have lined up since 2017, and the third time the Mitsubishi Electric Classic plays its final round on Easter Sunday (2013). Tournament-themed

events are ongoing throughout the week as early as Monday’s Stewart Cink Pro-Am. The Pro-Am events continue with the Maxwell Leadership Pro-Am on Wednesday and Thursday, leading up to the first round on Friday with tee times starting at 10:30 a.m. Ortel said Easter Sunday has in fact provided an attendance boost in the past, and the tournament staff looks to provide more for fans and pros. There are a petting zoo and concession stand specials planned as well as an Easter Sunday service for professionals. “It’s very interesting, we embrace that date and when it does fall on Sunday, we look at it as an opportunity,” he said. “It really actually increases (attendance) because we do more.”

Italy’s Francesco Molinari shot 6-under 66 to hold first place after the third round of the Masters on a day that Tiger Woods moved to a share of the lead briefly Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta. Despite three pars to end his round, Molinari sits at 13-under 203 and holds a two-shot lead on Woods and Tony Finau going to Sunday’s final round. Woods surged into a tie for the lead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, capped by a 5-foot putt on the 16th hole. He finished the round with 67. Shortly after Woods reached 11 under, Molinari moved alone to the top with his third straight birdie when he rolled in a putt on No. 14. Finau posted 64 to rise to 11 under. He didn’t convert on the final three holes with pars. Brooks Koepka shot 69 and is alone in fourth place at 10 under. Webb Simpson shot 64 to move to 9 under. He’s joined by England’s Ian Poulter, who posted 68. Sunday’s final round has been revamped because of weather concerns, creating some unprecedented moves by tournament officials. Two tees will be used and there will be threesomes, with leaders beginning before 9:30 a.m. and a goal of completing the round by mid-afternoon. Finau played the round’s first eight holes in 6 under, capped by an eagle 3 on the par-5 eighth hole. He birdied the hole the first two rounds. “I know it’s a golf course I can score on,” Finau said. For Finau, it required

some patience the first couple of rounds. He said he sensed he had a low number in him. “I like how I’ve played thus far,” he said. “I’m draining it really good.” Xander Schauffele (70) is among five players at 8 under. Schauffele said he has developed a comfort level considering what’s at stake and roars from the galleries coming from around the course. “There’s so much noise around just trying to play golf,” Schauffele said. “And this year I felt I did a better job sort of hushing it down and sticking to ready golf.” Matt Kuchar (68) moved to 8 under to stay in contention. As a Georgia Tech golfer, he was the tournament’s low amateur in 1998. “I feel good about the way I’ve been playing this year,” Kuchar said. “And certainly coming into this week. So hoping to continue the good play.” Saturday had become an historic day in the Masters with the third round beginning with five golfers tied for the top spot and four others a stroke back. The tournament’s leader board had never been so crowded at that stage. There was an early buzz created by Patrick Cantlay, whose 64 was the best score of the Masters this year although the mark was later matched. Cantlay was tied for 50th after two rounds, but he exited the course just one shot out of the lead and enters the final round tied for 14th and seven shot backs. He didn’t have a bogey in the round. His previous best mark in the Masters was a 71.

Phoenix bring home U18 hockey national title Gladiators By Christine Troyke christine.troyke@

In overtime of the U18 Tier II national semifinals, Mitchell Koss’ ferocious forecheck on a penalty kill drove the defense back and he turned the puck up the wall. Carson Glenn sealed the wall and Koss darted to the net front. Glenn put a bullet pass on goal and Koss deflected it into the top corner to propel the Atlanta Phoenix into the championship game last weekend in San Jose, Calif. The Phoenix rode that 3-2 walk-off win into a 5-0 shutout and the national title Monday. “It was unbelievable,” head coach Denis Stephenson said of Koss’ short-handed overtime winner in the semis. “It was probably the play of the tournament.” The Phoenix beat teams from Alaska in the semifinal and final. Koss had two goals in the final and underage goaltender Armon Sarvghad, a student at Peachtree Ridge, posted his second shutout of the tournament. “We started really fast, with a lot of confidence,” Stephenson said. “The guys were pushing and pushing. Our skating and our attack just intensified, and they got better and better as the game went on.” The sharp-shooting Phoenix, who play out of the IceForum in Duluth, were a well-rounded offensive juggernaut in the tournament.

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The Atlanta Phoenix, who play out of the IceForum in Duluth, celebrate their U18 Tier II national championship Monday in San Jose, Calif. The roster includes a handful of players from Gwinnett County. Eight players had six points or more. Quinn Pichel led the team with 11 points off eight assists. Koss finished with nine points and Andrew Smith poured in seven goals. Casey Newel, a Brookwood student, added four goals and three assists. Four more players — North Gwinnett’s Ryan Bailey, Jaden Berezinski, Glenn and Peachtree Ridge’s Nathaniel MacNeill — all had six points in the five games. The defense helped activate the offense, too. Duncan Crawford, Grayson’s Trenten Heyde and Kenny Richter had three points each. Richter scored twice for Atlanta. Sarvghad and Carson Brown combined for a .956 save percentage and a .98 goal-against average.

“All of the boys had a great tournament,” Stephenson said. “It was just a lot of fun. The team was prepared. For me, personally, there was a lot of satisfaction the playmaking and the decisions the kids made.” A core group of the team won a U16 national title last year, but that didn’t keep nerves at bay in the opener. The Phoenix got out to a 2-0 lead over the Alaska Oilers, the same team they later beat in the final, but found themselves tied 2-2 at the end of the second period. “We went into the (locker) room and talked about things they were doing to stop us,” Stephenson said. “We made some adjustments. We changed our breakout and

got a real quick one on the power play.” They won 4-2 and 10 of the 11 points in the game were earned by different players. “We were pretty jittery and it took a good two periods to settle down and realize how important it was,” Stephenson said. “After the second intermission, they took to the task.” Atlanta beat Wyoming 13-1 the next day, led by a hat trick from Smith, and rolled past the OKC Oil Kings 8-0 in the third round-robin game. Smith had his second hat trick in as many days in the rout. “We were starting to really hit our stride at that point,” Stephenson said. “The guys figured out the pace of play and our goaltending was

really good. “But it was a total team effort. My assistant, Clyde Glenn, and manager (Kathy Crawford) were amazing.” Two speeches, one by Glenn and one from Ryan Kovac, who won a national championship on an Atlanta Junior Thrashers team of Stephenson’s more than a decade ago, fueled Atlanta’s ride to the top. “Clyde was really in tune with the boys,” Stephenson said. “He taught the boys responsibility and ownership. “He delivered the once-ina-lifetime speech, that when you get the opportunity, you capture it and realize how rare it is to become a champion.” Kovac lives in California now and Stephenson brought him in to talk to the Phoenix about what it takes to win a title. “It shows the kids still want to be involved,” Stephenson said of a what-if speech from Kovac. The Phoenix (43-9-2) finished with a perfect penalty kill (21 of 21) and scored three short-handed goals. They were 5 of 26 on the power play with a crucial game-tying goal on the advantage in the semifinals and three in the final. Deacon Broda led the team with a faceoff win percentage of 71 and Heyde was plus-11 in the tournament. Crawford blocked a team-high seven shots and Konner Soskin dished out six hits. “All the miles they put in during the regular season paid off,” Stephenson said.

promote James to president From Staff Reports

DULUTH — The Atlanta Gladiators promoted Jerry James to team president Friday. He replaces Scott Henrichson, who was with the team for one year, effective immediately. Prior to joining the Gladiators for the 201819 season, James spent nine years with the Fresno Grizzlies as their assistant general manager and vice president of Revenue. “We are proud to promote Jerry as the new leader of our organization,” Gladiators owner Daniel Orlich said. “We made huge strides this season to build our product and engage the community. Now with Jerry at the helm, I feel we are going to take this team to even greater heights.” James is looking to expand into new markets and developing strong community engagement. “I am truly honored and excited to be given this opportunity by Mr. Orlich,” James said. “We have the best fans in the league and I look forward to sharing their passion for the Atlanta Gladiators in 2019-20 season.”

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Stripers come up short at Louisville From Staff Reports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Gwinnett Stripers were edged 3-2 by the Louisville Bats on Saturday afternoon in Game 3 of the four-game series at Louisville Slugger Field. For the third straight game, the Stripers (5-4) scored in the top of the first inning as Rafael Ortega (3) led off with a solo home run to right off Louisville starting pitcher Jose Lopez. The Bats (5-5) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Nick Longhi off Stripers starter Andres Santiago.

BORAH From A10 127 in a win over Miller (Va.) High School in a showcase game last month at Parkview. He now has 139 career hits heading into the final week of the regular season. In addition, he is one of the Bulldogs’ best fielders from his second base position. “That all starts with his athleticism. He’s a very good athlete,” Moity said. “He has very good instincts. And he thinks along with the coaching staff and the pitchers, so he moves quite a bit. He’s always in good position. He’s got very good hands. As a matter of fact, sometimes we trust him a little bit too much. “I think he made six errors as a sophomore, five last year. I think he’s only got two this year, so you’re looking at (really good numbers) for the number of chances he’s gotten. And he’s taken hits away. He goes deep in the … hole (between first and second) and makes plays in the outfield.

In the bottom of the third, Christian Colon delivered a twoout, tworun double off the wall Rafael in left for a Ortega 3-1 Louisville lead. Gwinnett cut it to 3-2 in the eighth as Andres Blanco pounded a one-out double to center and scored on a single by Austin Riley. Adam Duvall followed with a single, but the Stripers stranded two in the inning and went down in order in the ninth.

Santiago (L, 0-1), making a spot start in place of Touki Toussaint, worked 2 2/3 innings with three runs (two earned) on four hits. Stripers relievers Elian Leyva, Shane Carle and Jacob Webb combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Blanco was 1-for-4 with a double, and Ortega was 1-for-4 with a solo homer. Lopez (W, 1-0) went six innings with one earned run and four strikeouts to lower his ERA to 1.80 in two starts this season. Anthony Bass (S, 2) retired the Stripers in order in the top of the ninth to record his second save of the series.

Blanco is 7-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs in the series. Ortega has hit safely in eight of nine games this season. Riley’s RBI single in the eighth ended an 0-for-13 slide in the series. Toussaint was recalled by the Atlanta Braves prior to the game, and pitcher Kyle Wright was optioned to Gwinnett. Gwinnett plays at Louisville again Sunday with a 2 p.m. start. Left-hander Kolby Allard (1-0 0.00 ERA) will pitch for the Stripers against righty Odrisamer Despaigne (0-0, 4.50 ERA) for the Bats.

He’s a very good athlete and he’s got fantastic instincts.” Considering how much baseball, which has always been a numbers-based sports as much as any other, has relied even more on analytics and sabermetrics, one might think Borah’s accomplishments would supersede any concerns about his size from college and pro scouts. They have gotten him a scholarship to play at the University of North Georgia, a strong Division II program that is on track for its third NCAA regional appearance in the last five seasons. Still, many major Division I programs stayed away, though that never seems to bother him. “I just go out and play my game and not worry about that stuff,” Borah said. “It’s just playing baseball and having fun and trying to get wins. So that stuff doesn’t really bother me.” The good news is that Borah is starting to open up the eyes of some professional scouts. With a host of teammates like outfielder Josh Shuler,

catcher Corey Collins and fellow senior infielder Will Bennett who are already target of several professional organizations, it’s not uncommon for scouts to ask about Borah as well. “Every now and again, we’ll pass out rosters and (scouts) will ask for guys to watch,” Moity said. “And obviously, we’ll mention (Borah). Sometimes, we’ll get questions like, ‘Who’s he?’ or ‘Where’s he committed to?’ or ‘What kind of kid is he?’ — things like that. “It’s not as much as I’d like it to be, but in this day and age, it goes straight back to those numbers — the five-tool stuff, his arm and his speed. He does everything really, really well. He may not have one or two things that are off the charts, but he does everything well.” Though there’s no indication that Borah is yet a potential target for the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, that could change if he continues his consistent production art North Georgia that he’s had at North Gwinnett. And North’s coaching staff

and team aren’t the only ones confident that will happen. Several other teams that have played against him throughout his career are already convinced of his value. “I’ve always believed that if you can play, someone’s going to find you,” said Mountain View coach Jason Johnson, who has seen plenty of Borah over the past three seasons. “Michael Borah is a legitimate weapon. He’s great defensively, and offensively, he’s one of the most difficult outs we’ve seen over the last three years. I really do admire him. Obviously, we compete against him in region every year, but I really respect his game.” No matter where Borah’s baseball career takes him, he will be happy because of how much he enjoys the games, and his teammates. “I just like the team atmosphere and competitive atmosphere it creates,” Borah said. “You’re always grinding. There are many ups and downs, but you’ve got to to stay mentally (focused). It helps you in life.”

DEMERITTE From A10 of Triple-A firsts — including his first hit, home run and RBI — in the first week of the season. He has also demonstrated his ability to come up big in the clutch, including two hits and two key insurance RBIs in last Sunday’s win over the Norfolk Tides at Coolray Field, as well as a big two-out, three-run double in the ninth inning of Gwinnett’s come-from-behind 9-7 win Friday night in Louisville. But while Demeritte’s start represents signs of a possible career year — he’s never hit higher than .266 in a full season of professional baseball, though he did have a season that included 28 home homers and 70 RBIs combined in Class A (advanced) ball two years ago — he is taking nothing for granted. “It’s just baseball. With the promotion, it’s just been awesome,”

Demeritte said. “But I don’t let that get too much into my head. Like I said, I’m just trying to come out here and have fun and do what I can for my teammate and give us a chance to win.” Of course, Demeritte’s promotion to Gwinnett, where his parents have had many more opportunities to come see him play than any other time in his pro career, certainly hasn’t hurt his comfort level either. “They’ve made it out to a couple of games,” Demeritte said. “They’d gotten to see me early on in my career when I played in the (Class A South Atlantic) League. They came down to Rome, even (when he was) playing in Hickory and Greensboro (N.C.). But this is definitely the top of the list as far as the travel goes. A 30-minute drive from home. They’ve been frequent visitors here.” Demeritte has other familiar people from his youth on his mind these days. He grew up and became friends with Grayson grad Austin Meadows,

Providence Christian grad Christin Stewart and Loganville grad Clint Frazier through the local travel baseball circuit and high school baseball. All four were eventually taken in the MLB draft — Demeritte, along with Meadows and Frazier in the first round of the 2013 draft, and Stewart two years later — though the other three have earned promotions to the major leagues and are currently making impacts there, Meadows with Tampa Bay, Frazier with the New York Yankees and Stewart with Detroit. But as happy as he is for his friends, he doesn’t feel the need to compare his career track to theirs. He is confident he will eventually make it up to the majors on his own timeline. “We all use each other as motivation, and we keep in touch with each other,” Demeritte said. “We’re all good friends. It’s good to see those guys are doing well and making the most of their opportunities. Hopefully, I’ll be able to join them soon.”

AZAR From A10 career she’s had at Wesleyan. She is the most successful coach in boys or girls basketball in Georgia.” Azar’s longtime basketball assistant, Demetrius Frazier, also is joining the coaching staff at Hebron. Frazier was hired as the head softball coach. Azar and Frazier will be each other’s assistants in their respective sports. It was a conversation Frazier had with Davis that led to Azar’s hiring. “We had an open-ended discussion and he mentioned Jan’s interest in the position,” Davis said. The news coincided with talks Davis and girls basketball head coach Lori Fisher had been having about a change. Fisher resuscitated the Lions’ program, which had been a perennial state tournament contender in the mid-2000s, over the last three years. She inherited a one-win team and guided a youthful Hebron team to a 14-13 mark in 2018-19. “She’s done a really good job of getting the foundation going,” Azar said. “What I was really looking for, for me, was a place I could grow a program again. Hebron has the foundation for it already. It won’t be anything like when I began at Wesleyan, but it does give me the opportunity to make something my own and grow what has already been established. That was important to me.”

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Former Wesleyan girls basketball head coach Jan Azar, middle, and her assistant Demetrius Frazier, right, were hired by Hebron Christian on Friday. Azar entertained moving to the college level, but ultimately, the K-12 Christianschool model is what appeals most to her. “I’m excited about that,” Azar said. “I like the vision of the school and the athletic program.” Azar and Davis had a 90-minute face-to-face conversation at the end of March. Davis has been at Hebron for eight years and is a Greater Atlanta Christian grad, so they knew a lot of the same people. “We were clicking with the same heartbeat when it came to athletics,” Davis said. The biggest factor for Azar was making sure her whole family was happy. Her daughter, Nicole, is a sharp-shooting sophomore and her son, Andrew, is in middle school. “(The thought process) was the same all along — to find the right fit for my family,” Azar said. “Hebron hit every piece of that. And I’m really excited to be able to coach (Nicole) for the

next two years. For us to be together to finish out her high school career is important to me. “The decision, careerwise, is really good for me, but also for my family.” That family includes Frazier. He was at Wesleyan for the last 11 years and the two complement each other in many ways. “It’s hard to find that person you can work side by side with,” Azar said. “We both do different things well. That we can do that in two sports definitely impacted my decision.” Azar and Frazier will be formally introduced to the Hebron community at a meet-and-greet Monday evening. “It’s pretty special,” Davis said. “They’re going to tagteam this and we have a lot of dual-sport athletes, so it’s exciting.” Azar was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. She has coached more than 35 players who went on to college careers and eight McDon-

ald’s All-American nominees, including Gatorade Player of the Year Mikayla Coombs. Her overall record of 571113 equals a winning percentage of .834 and three teams finished in the Top 30 in ESPN’s season-ending national rankings. The only losing varsity season Wesleyan ever had was the first one. The Wolves won four games and Azar has said the goal was just to win more than they lost the next season. They did. Two years later, Wesleyan made its first appearance in the state final. The Wolves won their first title a year after that in 2002. Part of what made Wesleyan so sustainably successful was its lower-school programs, which Azar oversaw, feeding a steady stream of talent to the varsity level. The Wolves, despite perceptions, didn’t recruit often during Azar’s tenure. “It’s important to me to know the kids as long as possible,” Azar said. “I looked at some college opportunities, but at the end of the day, my heart is at the highschool level, and really at a K-12 school. I like having a longer impact.” Azar and Frazier will start at the school in July. “I’m excited to get going,” Azar said. “It was really cool throughout the process that I got to talk to a lot of people and figure out what was the best fit was. I’ve been at Wesleyan for so long, I’m excited for something new. Hebron is a great place.”

STRAUTHERS From A10 friends with her. She did a very good job. I have so much respect for her and what she did at Brookwood. I want to continue on with that success. Everybody wants to win, but it’s what you do to get there and how you prepare, the culture you have in the program. We want a program that works hard, that’s fun to watch, girls that are respectful, hard-working. We want to have that culture of the program. I’m looking forward to building those relationships and those bonds with them.” Strauthers, a 2006 graduate of Shiloh before playing four seasons at the University of Alabama, has coached college basketball the past seven seasons, most recently at Tennessee Tech. She helped revive the Golden Eagles program with 22 wins last season, an improvement of 15 wins from the season before — the second-biggest turnaround at the NCAA Division I level in 2018-19. Before her two-year tenure at Tennessee Tech, Strauthers also assisted with a turnaround in three seasons at Florida Southern College. She previously coached two years at Pensacola State College. “We are extremely excited to announce that we have hired Courtney Strauthers as the next Brookwood head girls basketball coach,” Brookwood athletic and activities director Jason Dopson said. “She is a graduate of Shiloh High School and brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to our program. Her experience with the college recruiting process as a player and a coach will be invaluable to our returning players. She has been a college basketball coach since 2012 and played four years of basketball at the University of Alabama. The Brookwood community and our student-athletes are going to love the energy and excitement she brings to our program. We are thrilled she is coming back home to Gwinnett to be the next head coach for our Lady Broncos.” Strauthers spent a season as a community coach at Parkview and as an AAU coach before venturing into college coaching. “I truly enjoyed the interview process and time spent with Coach Strauthers,” Brookwood principal Bo Ford said. “I am confident Courtney will embrace the great foundation that Coach Whitney has helped build and sustain. I believe her playing and coaching experiences, strong character and servant leadership will propel our program to the next level of success. Hiring Coach Stauthers is a win for Brookwood.” Strauthers inherits a team that won the Region 7-AAAAAAA Tournament last season but was upset in the first round of the state playoffs. Among the Broncos’ top returners is 6-foot-4 post Selma Kulo, a Division I prospect who gets to work with Strauthers, a 6-4 post in her playing days. “With me being a post and

THE STRAUTHERS FILE Name: courtney Strauthers New position: Head girls basketball coach at Brookwood Former position: assistant women’s basketball coach at tennessee tech Age: 31 Career record: First head coaching job Education: graduated from Shiloh High School in 2006; earned degree in exercise science and human performance from university of alabama in 2010; earned master’s degree in sports management from alabama in 2011 Background: Helped Shiloh to three state tournament appearances and to the region championship as a senior, earning all-state honors; set Shiloh’s record for career blocks; played basketball on scholarship at alabama from 2006 to 2010; was on the Southeastern conference academic Honor roll three times and received the Black Scholars award; spent one season as a lay coach at parkview and was an aau coach before being hired as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at pensacola State college, where she worked two seasons; was an assistant coach for three years at Florida Southern college; spent the past two years as assistant coach at tennessee tech; father thomas played eight seasons in the nFl; mother Jennifer played basketball at arkansas State Family: daughter ava, 1 playing in the post, you don’t get a lot of true posts anymore,” Strauthers said. “It’s kind of like a dying breed. To have a true post on your team is very special. We will work it inside out and develop a post game.” While she enjoyed college, Strauthers liked the stability of high school coaching, as well as the opportunity to work with young players. She also loved the location of Brookwood — her parents still live in the Snellville house where she grew up — and the chance for her 1-year-old daughter to grow up in the cluster. “I just like the intensity of high school basketball, how hungry they are at that level,” Strauthers said. “They have a goal they want to play college basketball. And the support they get from family. I remember when I played in high school how fun it was. You only get that one time to play in front of that many friends and family. “I’m looking forward to having that environment again and helping young women get to the next level and grow. … I was working my way up in college (coaching), but I think my heart has always been in high school. I’ve always wanted to help young girls get to the next level.”


Who: Corey Collins School: North Gwinnett Sport: Baseball Class: Junior Highlights: Went 5-for-9 with three home runs, two doubles, six RBIs and two intentional walks in three region wins over Collins Hill Coach Ryan Moity’s take: “Corey is a talented player that works very hard

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Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church invites kids to worship in its ‘prayground’

By Isabel Hughes


t’s no secret that getting children to sit attentively through a church or other religious service isn’t an easy feat. In fact, having a fidget-free worship experience can be nearly impossible for some parents, especially those with younger children. One local church, however, is working to combat that problem while also uniting its adult worshipers with young congregants through a “prayground,” or a designated worship area for kids within the church’s main sanctuary. Nestled between pews at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church — the Duluth church had to remove several benches to create the area — the prayground is complete with craft materials, children’s Bibles, a table for coloring or other art projects, and pillows, which allows children to work and worship quietly while their parents pray nearby, said the Rev. Jennie Sankey, associate pastor for Christian education at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian. “At this church, we really value having people of all ages worship together, but it can be a challenge sometimes,” Sankey said. “Traditional worship is very much about listening and watching and sitting quietly, which is not easy for kids. In the past, we’ve had worship bags with coloring pages, handson items such as Wikki Stix or books that we have passed out in the pews. This is kind of that next step; it’s an area in the sanctuary where kids can sit and get the wiggles out, and they’re not confined to a pew. They were already writing and drawing anyway, so this is place for them to do that while better engaging them in worship.” Sankey spearheaded the prayground project, and after pitching the idea she worked with the church’s Christian Education Committee and others to bring it to fruition. She said she first came across the concept several years back. “I saw this idea a couple years ago at another church, but it wasn’t really the right time at our church,” she said. “Then, at the beginning of 2018, other church members heard about it and put some energy behind it, and really started (discussing) the idea.” To get a better understanding of what a prayground looked like, a group of church members visited Ponce De Leon Avenue’s Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, which has a prayground of its own. While the visit was persuading, Sankey said Pleasant Hill Presbyterian made sure to continue a dialogue with its congregants before taking official steps to create the area, which has been in operation since the beginning of Lent on March 6. So far, the feedback — from both adults and children — has been positive, said Kristen Ching, who serves on Pleasant Hill Presbyterian’s Christian Education Committee. “I have two girls, (ages) 3 and 6. My 3-year-old stays (in the main sanctuary) up through the children’s sermon, but my 6-year-old stays See PRAYGROUND, C10

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Above, Finley Garrett colors during a recent Sunday service at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church in Duluth. Below, at the beginning of Lent, the church implemented a “prayground,” or an area within the main sanctuary for kids to worship with crafts or children’s Bibles. ♦ sunday, april 14, 2019 ♦ C3

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Ground broken on new 55-plus community in Lilburn By Isabel Hughes

Construction of a new 55-and-up gated community in the heart of Lilburn is officially underway, with developers recently breaking ground on the property. The Cottages at Noble Village, which is being

touted as a “new concept in senior living,” will be located on Main Street in Lilburn, across from the newly constructed City Hall and public library. The community will offer “an environment where seniors will live a maintenance-free lifestyle in a modern farmhousetype cottage,” but with all the amenities of a 55-plus community.

“We are really proud of our newest community as it combines the best of all our communities in a more active lifestyle,” said Denise Moore, director of the Cottages at Noble Village. “This is a new concept in senior living, which nobody in Atlanta has.” In addition to the 68 cottages that will be built — there are several cottage

plans to choose from, and each cottage is designed to support someone using a wheelchair or walker — the community will have a clubhouse for residents. That building will have a library, a clubroom, a gathering room and a fitness room and will offer physical, speech and occupational therapy, as well as a salon manicure/pedicurist.

Outside, it will have a heated, saltwater pool, a deck and a putting green. All cottages will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and are about 1,700 square feet. Rates start at $2,895, which Moore said is significantly cheaper than other communities, which start at around $5,000. “We are trying to make

senior housing a little more affordable for our seniors while living in a home-like environment and not apartments, and to enjoy activities and worry-free maintenance,” she said. For more information about The Cottages at Noble Village and its services, visit

Benton House of Sugar Hill receives national recognition By Curt Yeomans


A senior living community in north Gwinnett has received a national award for customer satisfaction. Benton House of Sugar Hill recently received one of Pinnacle’s 2019 Quality Insight Customer Experience Awards. Pinnacle gives the award to senior living communities that rank within the top 15 percent of communities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico based on phone surveys that it conducts. “This means so much to our team because it is based on responses from our residents and families,” Benton House of Sugar Hill Regional Director Julianne Custer said in a statement. “We

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Benton House of Sugar Hill recently received one of Pinnacle’s 2019 Quality Insight Customer Experience Awards. The customer satisfaction awards are handed out based on phone surveys looking at senior living communities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. work so hard to make our community a family. This award says we are fulfilling our vision of service.” Pinnacle looks at more than 2,700 care providers

and conducts more than 150,000 phone surveys with residents of the communities asked to rate their residences in various categories.

Perimeter North Medical Associates is proud to serve the families throughout the Suwanee and Greater Atlanta areas. Offering a full range of adult and pediatric services, our board-certified physicians, Dr. Wes A. Bailey, Dr. Komal Balaney, Dr. Sailaja Gadde and Dr. Reshma Shah offer the highest standard of care to keep you and your family happy and healthy. We accept most insurance plans and offer same-day appointments for sick visits.


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A fan cheers as the Gwinnett Stripers seal their first victory of the season in their home opener against the Norfolk Tides on April 4. Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. made a dominating rehab start, and Gwinnett Stripers fans got to celebrate a 3-1 win at Coolray Field.

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your community: city by city

City by City is a weekly look at the happenings in the places you call home.

AUBURN Auburn Library seeks architect for expansion the piedmont regional library system Board of trustees has requested proposals for professional architectural services in the design of an expansion and renovation of the auburn public library. the library, which is owned by the city of auburn and governed by the piedmont regional library Board, was built in 2007 with future expansion in mind, according to the request for proposals posted on the library’s website. the plan is to add 1,600 square feet to a piece of city-owned property adjacent to the library. “during the summer months, children and families pack the library and surrounding grounds to a strained capacity. the library has no dedicated space for: quiet study or reading; children’s or adult programming (meaning two age groups have to share the same space); the staff to take their lunch or breaks,” the request for proposal states. “... this addition will open up space for study rooms, a meeting room, staff break room, separate children and adult programming areas and, most importantly, give the library enough room to accommodate the hundreds of children who clamor to their educational events.” proposals are due by may 6. For more information, visit BARROW COUNTY Barrow high schools sponsor job fair apalachee High school and winderBarrow High school are sponsoring a job fair for people seeking full-time opportunities. the job fair will take place from 8 a.m. to noon april 30 at Bethlehem First united methodist church, located at 709 christmas ave. in Bethlehem. attendees should bring resumes to the event. industries represented at the job fair will include manufacturing, sales, marketing, web design, information technology, finance and health care. For more information, call sherri perry at sims academy of innovation and technology at 770-867-7467, tywanda mathis at winder-Barrow High at 770-867-4519 or miranda deaton at apalachee High at 770586-5111. BERKELEY LAKE BLOSOMS preparing eggs for annual Easter hunt the Berkeley lake organized society of mud slingers has been stuffing eggs for its annual easter egg hunt at lake Berkeley chapel. the Blosoms’ annual hunt will take place saturday, the day before easter, at lake Berkeley chapel, located at 4043 s. Berkeley lake road in Berkeley lake. the time of the event had not been announced as of press time. For more information, call tracey settledge at 678-948-6214.


City Of Lawrenceville Electric Department lineman Keith Davis and apprentice lineman Chris Thompson were among those recognized on Lineman Appreciation Day on Monday in Lawrenceville.

Unsung heroes

Lawrenceville celebrates Lineman Appreciation Day From Staff Reports The unsung heroes that keep your lights on and your appliances running were recognized by the city of Lawrenceville this week. The city recognized its electrical department staff and its dedication to the community with Lineman Appreciation Day on Monday. The program included a lunch and key recognition for the workers with dacula was april 5. dacula’s public works, maintenance, and sanitation department is responsible for the upkeep of the city. this includes trash collection, roadway maintenance, drainage maintenance and overall maintenance of city property, according to the city’s website.

DULUTH First ever Neighborhood Night Market planned in Duluth if you can’t wait until fall for the atlanta international night market, BRASELTON get a sneak peek of the event at the Volunteers invited to first-ever neighborhood night market Rivers Alive cleanup in duluth. the town of Braselton and Barrow the neighborhood night market county will host a rivers alive will feature food, performances and cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. may 4. cultural diversity. the free event is Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at designed to bring the excitement and the thompson mill Forest and state diversity of the atlanta international arboretum, located at 1740 new night market on a smaller scale. liberty church road in Braselton, the neighborhood night market for a safety briefing. participants will take place from 6 p.m. to will then disperse to mulberry river, midnight Friday and 3 p.m. to local streams and roadsides to pick midnight saturday at the duluth up trash. lunch will take place at the Festival center, located at 3142 Hill arboretum. st. next to city Hall. rivers alive, georgia’s annual admission is free, but everyone waterway cleanup, is an initiative of the georgia environmental protection who registers for a ticket online division outreach program. last year, will be entered into a drawing for complimentary tickets to the Fall nearly half a million pounds of trash atlanta international night market in were removed from 1,170 miles of alpharetta. waterway. For more information, visit For more information about the Braselton event, call yvette wise at 706-654-3915, ext. 1012, or email GRAYSON her at with Grayson Day celebrates 40 years “rivers alive event” in the subject celebrate 40 years of grayson day at line. the 40th annual Birthday celebration of grayson day on april 27. BUFORD the annual celebration of Easter pet photos available community will take place from today at Mall of Georgia 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at grayson Bring your furry friend to the mall of georgia from 6 to 8 p.m. today for community park, located at 475 grayson parkway in grayson. more photos with the easter bunny. than 200 vendors are expected to the event will be located in the share their arts, crafts, food, music Belk court. Visitors should use the and enterprises in the park. mall entrance by savvi Formalwear, the celebration will step off at between Belk and Von maur. 10 a.m. with a parade that will begin no exotic pets or reptiles will be at the grayson library and end on permitted. Britt street. the mall of georgia is located at Free children’s activities will 3333 Buford drive in Buford. include pony rides, a petting farm, trackless train, space ball, inflatable DACULA bounce houses and an obstacle Dacula council honors course. city employee’s service during its april meeting, the LAWRENCEVILLE dacula city council recognized the Studio offers Earth Day city’s maintenance and sanitation Yoga on the Lawn director for 20 years of service. celebrate earth day with a green chris parks was presented yoga class at 7 p.m. april 22 on the with a plaque for his outstanding lawrenceville lawn. service and commitment to the city, the class is free and is open to according to a news release. His yoga practitioners of all ages and 20-year anniversary of employment

whose jobs are to manage, maintain and repair the city’s electrical infrastructure. The city’s date of recognition is in advance of the national date of recognition April 18. Electric Cities of Georgia, a nonprofit organization serving public power members, joins with other electrical utilities organizations each year to recognize men and women who scale and work on power lines. The Lawrenceville Electrical levels. register to attend online at Hover over the “classes” tab and select “live schedule.” participants should bring their own yoga mat, water and towel. the lawrenceville lawn is located at 210 luckie st., a block away from the downtown square. if it rains, the event will be held at performance power yoga, located on the square at 150 e. crogan st. LILBURN Lilburn offers free car seat checkup the lilburn police department will host a free drive-through car seat safety check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. april 27 at lilburn city Hall, located at 340 main st. in lilburn. nationally certified technicians will be on--site to show caregivers how to properly install car seats and check those already installed. no appointments are necessary. For more information, visit www. LOGANVILLE Loganville to host Dump Day event the city of loganville will sponsor its annual great american cleanup dump day event from 8 a.m. to noon saturday. items will be collected at the department of public utilities, located at 4891 ga. Highway 81 n. in loganville. those dropping off items are encouraged to enter the facility at H.o. Byrd road. the event serves as an opportunity for loganville residents to bring in unwanted items from their home, such as furniture, appliances or building materials. tires, paint and chemicals will not be accepted. dumpers will need to bring identification to show proof of residency in loganville. “this event has continued to grow and enjoy a great deal of success over the years,” said chris yancey, director of loganville’s department of public utilities. “we are happy to provide this opportunity to our residents and (hope) it continues to grow and be successful in meeting a need for our residents.” last year, 80 residents took advantage of the dump day event, filling up more than eight 30-yard dumpsters. For more information, call public utilities at 770-466-0911. NORCROSS Annual recycling day scheduled the city of norcross’ annual

Department tends to Lawrenceville’s needs and those of surrounding communities, including providing natural disaster relief. In September, linemen Kelvin Standifer and Keith Davis, groundsman Cole Cantrell and apprentice lineman Kyle Cain helped restore power in Thomasville, where three substations and 20 main line circuits were out due to storm damage from Hurricane Michael. neighborhood clean-up and recycling day will take place april 27 in downtown norcross. two events are open to the public. the free shredding event will begin at 9 a.m. at norcross city Hall, located at 65 lawrenceville st. participants can bring up to five medium boxes of paper to be shredded and watch on a video display as the shred-it truck shreds the materials. the event will end at noon or when the truck is full. an electronics recycling site will allow the public to dispose of cellphones, computers, keyboards and more. atlanta recycling solutions and city volunteers will help unload materials from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the norcross community center, located at 10 college st. the event is free except for televisions, which require a $20 fee for disposal. city residents also have the option of disposing of bulk trash from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the public works Facility, located at 345 lively ave. proof of city residency is required for disposal, and no hazardous materials will be accepted. For more information, visit www. PEACHTREE CORNERS Public invited to Paul Duke STEM Arbor Day event students and residents will learn about tree care as peachtree corners celebrates arbor day at 11 a.m. april 26 at paul duke stem High school, located at 5850 peachtree industrial Blvd. in norcross. the event is hosted by peachtree corners’ green committee. the city will recognize its largest tree, as resident “tree hunters” have trekked through the woods and their backyards to find the largest tree. event participants will receive a tree seedling. For more information, visit www. SNELLVILLE Snellville Days festival celebrates 46 years snellville days, the city’s annual arts and crafts festival, will return to t.w. Briscoe park on may 4 and 5. the 46th annual event will feature more than 200 craft, food, sponsor and civic vendors. the festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. may 4 and noon to 5 p.m. may 5. on saturday, a shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at First Baptist church snellville, located at 2400 main st. the shuttle will drop off and pick up from Briscoe park’s

“We are proud of our linemen and electric staff and grateful to them for the excellent level of service they provide day-in and day-out,” Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington said in a press release. “Lawrenceville works hard to ensure our residents have the infrastructure they need to live comfortably and we could not do it without our dedicated crews. We appreciate them every day and especially in April of every year.” main gate. For more information, visit www. SUGAR HILL The Eagle hosts Earth Day movie series celebrate earth day with movies about our planet at the eagle theatre in sugar Hill. “Big miracle” will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. tuesday at the eagle. tickets are $2. the movie is based on tom rose’s 1989 book “Freeing the whales,” which covers operation Breakthrough, the 1988 international effort to rescue gray whales trapped in ice near point Barrow, alaska. “the lorax” will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. april 23. tickets are $2. Based on the dr. seuss book of the same name, the movie features a 12-year-old boy who searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. to find it, he must discover the story of the lorax, the grumpy yet charming figure who fights to protect his world. “earth” will be shown at noon and 7 p.m. april 30. tickets are $2. the movie is a feature-length version of the television documentary series “planet earth,” following the migration paths of four animal families. tickets are available at www. or at the box office. the eagle is located at 5029 w. Broad st. in sugar Hill. SUWANEE Gwinnett March for Babies returns to Suwanee walk to help more babies be born healthy. gwinnett march for Babies will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at suwanee town center park, located at the corner of lawrencevillesuwanee road and Buford Highway. the event will feature family teams, company teams and folks simply walking with friends, all to improve the health of babies. the event is the signature fundraiser of march of dimes, which fights for the health of moms and babies. created as the national Foundation for infantile paralysis, the organization pioneered vaccine research leading to the eradication of polio in the u.s. they have also worked on innovations including folic acid, newborn screening and surfactant therapy. For more information or to sign up to march, visit www.marchforbabies. org.

C8 ♦ Sunday, april 14, 2019 ♦ COLUMNIST|ROB JENKINS

Who’s worse, the refs or the coaches?


now why they don’t play basketball in Heaven? No referees. That’s an old joke coaches like to tell — one Auburn fans, still reeling from the Tigers’ controversial, lastsecond NCAA semifinal loss to Virginia, will appreciate. There might, however, be another explanation for the absence of a Celestial Basketball League: not enough coaches. In the last year, scandal has enveloped a number of big-name bench jockeys. Several, including Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Will Wade, skipper of this year’s SEC champion, LSU, have been suspended or fired. The scandal also involves shoe companies, accused of paying high school stars to sign with sponsored programs. In March, three Adi-

das executives were sentenced to prison for their role in the pay-to-play scheme. Now Stormy Daniels’ former attorney, Michael Avenatti, has accused Nike of similar shenanigans — including paying off Zion WilliamJenkins son’s family for the presumptive top pick in the upcoming NBA draft to attend Duke. Sure, we should consider the source. Avenatti’s previous allegations against Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh notoriously crashed and burned. And yet, quite frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if these charges are

true. In fact, after 13 years of tip-toeing around the edges of the college basketball recruiting cesspool, trying not to get you-knowwhat on my Nikes, none of this surprises me. As a junior college coach from 1987 to 2000, I had many players recruited by Division I programs. That entailed numerous conversations with coaches, some of whose names you might recognize, in which they made suggestions that were, shall we say, not exactly ethical. For the record, I always declined. One of my favorite stories, though, doesn’t involve me directly. I had a player whose brother (we’ll call him “Bryan”) happened to be a top 100 recruit. Instead

cleaned up and they’d pick me up for dinner in an hour. “So I went upstairs, got undressed and took a shower. When I came out and started putting my clothes back on, I heard this crinkling sound. I checked my pants pockets, and they were both full of $100 bills.” “Dang, Bryan, what did you Rob Jenkins do?” I asked. He said, “I took another of signing with one of the bench for two years. The shower.” blue-blood programs pur- school that did the best Rob Jenkins is a local writer suing him, however, Bryan job of recruiting me was elected to attend a smaller, ...” and he named a major and college professor. He is the author of five books, including “mid-major” school. ACC program. One weekend, while “Really?” I asked. “What “Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility” and Bryan was visiting his did they do?” “The 9 Virtues of Exceptional brother, I asked him about “Well,” said Bryan, “they Leaders” (with Karl Haden), his decision. Had that pro- flew me in on a private gram just done the best job plane, picked me up in a both available at Liberty Books in downtown Lawrenceville. recruiting him? limo and took me to the “No,” he responded, “I nicest hotel in town. They The views expressed here are his wanted to start right away dropped me off, told me to own. Email Rob at rjenkinsgdp@ instead of sitting on the go up to my room and get

... after 13 years of tip-toeing around the edges of the college basketball recruiting cesspool, trying not to get you-know-what on my nikes, none of this (scandal) surprises me.

Collins Hill grad finds serves on aircraft carrier From Staff Reports



U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Krystal-Monaes Johnson is a machinist’s mate aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt operating out of San Diego. A 2009 graduate of Collins Hill High school, Johnson said she first joined the Navy for financial stability but felt more like she could make a difference with her service after she went through boot camp. She took her spot in the Navy so her family could have the freedoms they have, she said in a press release from the Navy Office of Community Outreach. Johnson’s responsibilities aboard the Theodore Roosevelt deal with the upkeep of the ship’s emergency diesel generators. The carrier she works on is

nearly 1,100 feet long, and the flight deck is 252 feet in width. San Diego is the homeport of the U.S. Navy’s Johnson Pacific Fleet. Johnson enjoys the diversity aboard the ship and feels the comfort and confidence to be herself around her crew mates. She has come to expect a mutual respect between her and her peers. She credits her successes in the Navy to her upbringing in Lawrenceville. “I was taught to stay true to myself,” Johnson said in a release. “It’s important to stay consistent and not get lost in distractions. Keeping God first has made everything easier for me.”

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