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Librarian at GTC gets elite honor BY KEITH FARNER

A Lawrenceville librarian was recently honored as one of 10 librarians in the country to receive an “I Love My Librarian” award. Elissa Checov, manager of library services at Gwinnett Technical College, was recognized for her contributions to the community and commitment to students. Checov recently received a $5,000 prize at an award ceremony in New York. The ceremony was hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York, which co-sponsors the Elissa Checov award along with The New York Public Library and The New York Times. The American Library Association administers the award through its Public Awareness Office, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Overall, this year’s award recipients include three academic librarians, four public

See CHECOV, Page 8A

The Budweiser Clydesdales pull a wagon around Beverage Superstore of Grayson during a visit on Thursday. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

Thousands see Budweiser Clydesdales in Grayson BY CURT YEOMANS


Sara Worthington clutched her 3-year-old daughter Hallie close in the chilly air late Thursday afternoon as she pointed to the large horses that crowds of people had gathered around at Beverage Superstore of Grayson. The team of eight light brown Budweiser Clydesdales had red and white roses weaved into their braided black hair. Red and white ribbons also draped from the large black leather yokes with gold trim that sat around each horse’s neck. “Look at the big horses,”


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Worthington told her daughter. Worthington and her daughter were part of the large crowd of thousands of people who gathered in the parking lot at Beverage Superstore of Grayson to see the Clydesdales in person as part of the horse team’s swing through Gwinnett County this week. Beverage Superstore owner Richard Tucker estimated about 3,000 people showed up for the appearance, which included the See CLYDESDALES, Page 8A

Providence Giving Market makes return BY KEITH FARNER

The news of the return this year of the Giving Market to his school brought a smile to Kuhl Martin’s face. And not just because it’s where he bought earrings for his sister for Christmas last year. “I was very excited because last year was really MORE ONLINE fun giving Visit to other for more photos. people,” the fourth-grader at Providence Christian Academy said. “I thought last year was going to be once in a lifetime, and then I thought, ‘Well, let’s do it again.’” Providence did, in fact, do it again on

Jennifer Marciante takes a selfie with her son Brandon in front of the Budweiser Clydesdales at Beverage Superstore of Grayson on Thursday afternoon. Thousands of people came by the store to see the famous horses in person.

See GIVING, Page 8A

Large crowd expected today for Lawrenceville parade FROM STAFF REPORTS

The city of Lawrenceville is almost ready for its first Hometown Christmas parade. The route is set, parking has been accommodated for — and those famous Budweiser Clydesdales are ready to strut their stuff. Lawrenceville Marketing and Public Relations spokes-

person Marci Gross said in IF YOU GO an email to Daily Post that What: Lawrenceville the city looks forward to a Hometown Christmas healthy turnout this evening. Parade “We are expecting several Where: Downtown thousand spectators throughLawrenceville out the downtown area,” she When: Today at 7 p.m. said. Even the weather seems supportive. The National mostly clear skies and no Weather Service expects rain tonight, although lows

could reach 39 degrees. The Clydesdales and the rest of the procession will kick off the festivities at 240 Oak St. at 7 p.m. From there, the parade will head south on Perry Street through the square and toward the Gwinnett County See CROWD, Page 8A

Providence Christian Academy held its second annual Giving Market on Thursday where students and their families shopped for Christmas gifts from vendors who largely serve refugees in the Clarkston area and around the world. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

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Aquarium offers end of year Coleman Middle to host discount for first-time goers art bazaar this Saturday From Staff Reports

The Georgia Aquarium invites residents in nearby areas who have never visited the attraction to stop by during its Atlanta Neighbor Discount promotion by the end of the year. Residents in Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties can visit the aquarium for $20.16 plus tax. The limited time offer is for guests of all ages every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through Dec. 28. The discount tickets must be purchased on site

By Keith Farner

Scented Candles, Mary & Gwen and Earrings for Animals. All proceeds will Coleman Middle School benefit the school’s visual is set to host an all-day arts department, which inarts bazaar on Saturday cludes photography, video that will feature food, fine production, advanced art art, crafts and the artwork and media art. of Coleman students. Coleman is located at The event at the Du3057 Main St. in Duluth. luth school will be from SUV hits school bus 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors near Jenkins are expected to be Sound Elementary School Crews, Southern Lights A school bus with


Residents areas surrounding the Georgia Aquarium who have never visited the attraction can buy a $20.16 ticket through the Atlanta Neighbor Discount on special days through Dec. 21. (Photo: Georgia Aquarium)

at 225 Baker St. with a valid ID to show proof of residency. They are not available online or through

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lawrenceville seeking volunteers From Staff Reports Anyone with a heart to help those in need of a home is invited to attend Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer information session in Lawrenceville on Saturday. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore-Lawrenceville is seeking volunteers to support its effort to provide affordable housing for families in the community. The 30-minute session will take place at 2100 Riverside Parkway in Lawrenceville at 10:30 a.m. The store is in the River Exchange shopping center near Kroger. The ReStore sells donated appliances, building supplies, furniture and house-

hold decor to the public at greatly reduced prices from retail. Proceeds from the sales go toward funding to support Habitat for Human-

students on board who attend Jenkins Elementary School was rear-ended Thursday morning by an SUV in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Bernard Watson said there were no injuries in the wreck that happened at Sweetgum Road and U.S. Highway 29, about a mile from the school. There were 39 students on the bus.

Ovation Cinema Grill releases names of films to be previewed By Curt Yeomans curt.yeomans

Carmike Cinemas’ new Ovation Cinema Grill 11 theater is offering a little of something for everyone during its pre-grand opening preview period this weekend. The GwinCarmike officials renett Habitat leased a list of the movies for Humanit will show at the new ity Redine-in theater in the Store, 2100 Riverside Snellville Exchange shopParkway, in ping center, at 120 Scenic Lawrencev- Highway in Lawrenceville, ille will hold for special preview prices a volunteer of $3. The company had information session this previously said it would show recently released upcoming films during the preSaturday at 10:30 a.m. view period, but it didn’t (Staff Photo: specify what they were. Katie MorNow the names of those ris) films are available. They include “The Girl On The Train,” “The Secret Life ity housing projects in U.S. Of Pets,” “Jason Bourne,” and around the world. “Storks,” “Sully,” “The To register, contact Scott Legend of Tarzan” and Mitchell at smitchell@habi- “Suicide Squad.” or 770-415-1621. Carmike spokeswoman

Carmike Cinemas released the names of the films it will show during the pre-grand opening preview days at its new Ovation Cinema Grill 11 dine-in theater at the Snellville Exchange shopping center in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

Kaylee Maneri said the show times were still being finalized on Thursday, but they were expected to be listed on www.carmike. com/ga/ovation-cinemagrill-11-snellville-ga today. Ovation Cinema Grill 11 is expected to open for first-run, full-price movie

showings on Dec. 8. It will offer seat-side food and beverage service, reclining luxury seats, reserved seating, a full service bar, a cocktail lounge, more than 100 food and drink options and Big D movie screens that are more than three stories tall and 70 feet wide.


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Mizuno hires Gunasekara Duluth shopping center as global creative director sells for nearly $8 million From Staff Writer

distributes equipment, apparel and footwear for baseball, Indra Gunasekara has golf, running, softball and joined the Atlanta-based volleyball in North America. performance sports brand Gunasekara will serve as Mizuno USA, the running Creative Director of Global footwear designer announced Performance Running Footin a news release Tuesday. wear. He will work with Mizuno manufactures and Todd Lewis, VP of Running


Footwear and Design — Running, to support global footwear teams in Japan Indra and the U.S. Gunasekara “His work shadows our philosophy of experience-based design where form follows function and introduces technologies, colors and biomechanics that meet the needs and desires of the runner,” Lewis said. With more than 20 years of design experience, Gunasekara has been involved in focused research and development of materials, colors and trends at top running brands. Recently, he led priority performance footwear initiatives at Brooks Sports, Pure Project and Project Transcend as Brooks Senior Designer — Level 2. Gunasekara will be based in a division in Portland, where he’ll cultivate talent among the Mizuno design team, spokesperson Harper Cornell said.




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From Staff Reports The sale of the Duluth Highway Shops retail center was finalized by a major retail real estate firm for almost $8 million, the company announced in November. The Shopping Center Group acquired the property near the intersection of Ga. Highway 120 and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road for $7.85 million from NLA Lawrenceville Inc. on Oct. 14. The firm agreed to buy the shopping center before it was built after securing financing from a private West Coast investor. “Duluth Highway Shops represented a rare opportunity to pre-purchase a new significantly leased property with regional and national retail, services and fast-casual dining tenants while construction was still active,” said Neal Pringle, the firm’s director of invest-

The Shopping Center Group, a retail real estate advisory firm, finalized the sale of the Duluth Highway Shops retail center for $7.85 million Oct. 14 after pre-purchasing the property before construction was complete. (Special Photo)

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See’s Candies holiday pop-up shop opens in Mall of Georgia From Staff Reports

Holiday shoppers seeking savory sweets to share at Christmastime can stop by the See’s Candies pop-up shop in the Mall of Georgia in Buford. This season, the Los Angeles-based candy maker has opened nearly 100 temporary gift center carts and shops in major malls across the U.S. The shops offer free samples of items including See’s popular chocolate truffles, cinnamon lollipops, peanut brittle, toffee and more. “We’re looking forward to a season filled with sweetness,” said Gordon McNally, assistant director of the holiday gift centers. “With our holiday gift centers’ delicious selection of candies, shoppers can pick up something perfect for everyone on See’s Candies has opened nearly 100 holiday pop-up their list.” shops in major malls across the nation including at the For more information, Mall of Georgia in Buford. (Special Photo) visit

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Urinary tract infections are very common DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a diabetic woman. I keep getting urine infections. I can’t get them cleared up, and I am taking antibiotics every month. Is there anything that can be done? My kidney function is good. — G.D. ANSWER: Recurrent urinary infections are common in men and women, especially as they get older, but for different reasons. In men, the issue often is the prostate, which can become enlarged and this makes it difficult for the bladder to empty completely, which allows bacteria to grow. In women, a common issue is vaginal atrophy. Due to lower estrogen levels after menopause, the lining of the urethra (the tube from the bladder that drains the urine) thins, weakening the mechanical barrier and allowing bacteria to enter the bladder. These aren’t the only reasons. Both men and women can have kidney stones, which can prevent an infection from being cured. However, when I see a woman with multiple infections, I think first of vaginal atrophy. When I see a woman with a single infection that can’t be cured, I think first of kidney stones or other mechanical abnormalities in the urinary system. I can’t tell you how many women I have seen, and how many letters I have received from women like you who were successfully treated once a careful physical exam made the diagnosis. Treatment usually is with estrogen cream. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 79-year-old woman. I had a CT scan recently to check on some lung nodules. They had not changed, but the doctors found a 10 cm retrocardiac hiatal hernia. I am very concerned. My primary-care doctor said not to worry, and that a lot of people have hernias. Should I get a second opinion? — M.M. ANSWER: I understand why you are concerned: People hear the word “hernia” and think that surgery will be necessary. However, most hiatal hernias do not require treatment. Let me explain why. A hernia is a defect in a wall, a hole that can allow the contents from one side of the wall to pass through to the other side. In the case of an abdominal wall hernia, that means that a loop of intestine sometimes can push through the defect; this occasionally leads to severe complications, so these usually are repaired in order to prevent complications. A sliding hiatal hernia, the most common type, is a literal hole in the diaphragm, the muscle of breathing that separates the chest from the abdomen. The hole is supposed to be there, as the esophagus (which carries the food down) is in the chest but goes through the diaphragmatic hiatus to reach the stomach, which sits high in the abdomen. In some people, some or all of the stomach can protrude upward through the diaphragm and enter the chest, at which point we use the term “hiatal hernia.” Because the esophagus is behind the heart, all hiatal hernias are retrocardiac (which just means “behind the heart”).


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Today is the 337th day of 2016 and the 72nd day of autumn. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1823, President James Monroe announced a policy aimed at preventing further European colonization of the Americas, later known as the Monroe Doctrine. In 1927, Ford Motor Co. introduced the new Model A. In 1988, Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan, becoming the first female leader of an Islamic nation. In 2001, the energy trading company Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 2015, terrorists shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 in San Bernadino, California. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Georges Seurat (1859-1891), painter; Maria Callas (1923-1977), opera singer; Gianni Versace (1946-1997), fashion designer;

Stone Phillips (1954- ), journalist; Ann Patchett (1963- ), author; Lucy Liu (1968), actress; Britney Spears (1981- ), singer; Aaron Rodgers (1983- ), football player; Charlie Puth (1991- ), singer-songwriter. TODAY’S FACT: In 1942, a team led by Enrico Fermi engineered the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction under the stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1967, Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers missing 22 free throws in a single game, setting an NBA record that stood until Jan. 20, 2016, when the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond missed 23. TODAY’S QUOTE: “It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.” — Ann Patchett, “Bel Canto”

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DEAR AMY: My wife and I have been married for almost 10 years. We are in our mid-30s. We don’t have children. We have hit a brick wall. She says that she completely resents me for not going to family functions and doing couples activities. I will try harder to do more of these things. She has said that she has changed, and that we’ve grown apart. She has taken up different activities outside the home. She is taking dancing lessons, and is working out at the local gym every day. We don’t eat dinner together anymore, and I’ve had many sleepless nights worrying about our relationship. I’m extremely concerned and worried about our marriage. When she is home, she is complacent and withdrawn, and constantly on her cellphone, receiving text messages from her “new friends.” This is slowly driving me insane. There is a terrible tension between us and she fails to see what this is doing to our relationship. I miss my wife so much. I have told her this, and she says she is going to try and spend more time with me, but nothing changes. I’m extremely confused and scared about our future. I’ve told her she is breaking my heart.

that a traffic stop is time consuming. If you are speeding to avoid being late, a visit by the highway patrol (even a quick one) will eat up precious time. If this mom got stopped and still got her child to school on time, then she probably left the house early enough to get Mr. Perfect Attendance there without speeding. DEAR AMY: “Scalped” described how her father gave her one ticket to a concert she wanted to attend as a birthday gift. She wanted to bring a friend and he expected her to pay for the second ticket. But who wants to go to a concert alone? And who would give someone just one ticket? I was disappointed in your response. — Disappointed DEAR DISAPPOINTED: If someone gives you a gift, you accept that gift, instead of asking for more. That was my perspective. “Scalped” ended up going to the concert with a friend, and is no longer talking to her father. I think that’s a real shame. You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Drive, Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @ askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

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Amy Dickinson We just seem to be going in circles. What do you suggest? — Heartbroken DEAR HEARTBROKEN: Your marriage is at a breaking point, and it could be a point of no return, unless you and your wife decide to try to fix it together. All of her actions indicate that she is no longer invested in your relationship, and some of her actions — the working out and constant texting — point toward the possibility that she might be having an affair. Your marriage didn’t wither on its own — your own behavior contributed to your problems. Unfortunately, you also cannot fix it on your own. You and your wife can repair your marriage together, through hard work and tender caretaking. A marriage counselor would help to clarify the next steps to take, and would also help you to weather a possible breakup. Also read: “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from

the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert,” by John Gottman and Nan Silver (Harmony, 2015). This groundbreaking relationship book studies successful couples, offering helpful tools to get — and stay — together. DEAR AMY: I’m in high school. A kid at my school got an award last year for perfect attendance. The local newspaper ran an article about it, mentioning that he was never even late for one class. The newspaper said that his mother got stopped by the police eight or nine times and still got him there on time. What the paper didn’t say is that his father is a police captain. My parents only let me drive because I agreed that I would never speed. And I never have, even though I’ve been called a nerd. I may not be an adult but I think there is more than one thing wrong with this perfect attendance situation and the newspaper article making that kid’s mom look like a hero for speeding. What do you think? — Student DEAR STUDENT: I agree with you that nobody should celebrate speeding, especially in connection with high school students. You have never been stopped by the police (good for you!), but one thing you should know is

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Government good for the incorporated WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump promised to punish U.S. companies that ship manufacturing jobs out of the country. Instead, judging from the way he has handled Carrier, he plans to reward them. Quite handsomely, in fact. As should be standard practice with Trump, pay attention to the substance, not the theater. United Technologies, the parent company of air-conditioner maker Carrier, has been threatening to move more than 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. Trump addressed this specifically during his campaign, vowing to Eugene hit the company Robinson with a punitive tariff. “If they’re going to fire all their people, move their plant to Mexico, build air conditioners, and think they’re going to sell those air conditioners to the United States — there’s going to be a tax,” Trump said on “Meet the Press” in the summer. “It could be 25 percent, it could be 35 percent, it could be 15 percent, I haven’t determined.” As it turns out, how about zero percent? In fact, how about giving United Technologies state tax breaks worth about $7 million over the next decade, in exchange for moving only 1,300 jobs to Mexico? That’s basically the deal offered by Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who happens to be governor of Indiana (and thus in a position to offer the tax relief). For the roughly 850 workers who thought they were losing their jobs to Mexico but now will keep them, this is great news. I am happy for them and their families, and I understand why they would feel grateful to Trump. But I don’t understand why anyone else would consider this a good deal — except, of course, the leadership team at United Technologies, which must have sore knuckles from all the fistbumping. The company still gets to lay off most of the targeted Indiana workers and replace them with much cheaper Mexican labor. It gets partial compensation from the state government. And instead of worrying about a potential tariff, United Technologies can anticipate a major reduction in the federal corporate tax rate. That’s something Trump promised on the campaign trail — and also, reportedly, in a recent phone call with United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes. Writing in a Washington Post op-ed, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont put it this way: “Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to ‘pay a damn tax.’ … Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?” So imagine you’re a CEO who wants to send, say, 5,000 manufacturing jobs overseas. Having learned from the Carrier example, you might begin by announcing that unfortunately you are forced to eliminate 10,000 jobs because of the crushing tax burden. Even if you really want to move the jobs to Vietnam or Kenya, just say you’re looking at possible sites for a new plant in Mexico. That’s sure to get Trump’s attention. When Trump calls offering tax breaks or enterprise zone incentives or free rounds of golf in Scotland, whatever goodies he tosses in, hold out for a while — then reluctantly, in the spirit of patriotism and Making America Great Again, announce you’ve agreed to cancel half of the 10,000 job cuts. You’d still be meeting your original goal of eliminating 5,000 jobs, only now you’d also have a lower corporate tax bill and a tee time at Turnberry. The Carrier deal is just the latest piece of evidence suggesting that Trump’s populist rhetoric about championing the working stiff and cracking down on greedy globalist corporations was all a bunch of hooey. His administration is shaping up to be a government of, by and for corporate America. His nominee for treasury secretary is Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive and hedge fund tycoon. His nominee for commerce secretary is Wilbur Ross, a billionaire industrialist. His pick to serve as Ross’s deputy is Todd Ricketts, the son of a billionaire and the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. His choice as Education secretary is Betsy DeVos, the billionaire daughter-in-law of the co-founder of Amway. When he holds meetings of his Cabinet, Trump may not end up being the richest person at the table. We should pay less attention to what he says, or tweets, and more to what he actually does. So far, this is not a team of rivals but a team of plutocrats. Trickle-down economics isn’t what Trump’s supporters voted for, but it looks like what they’ll get. Eugene Robinson’s email address is

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Testing gets in way of educating I was walking past my favorite elementary school this week, on my morning constitutional, and the words screamed at me from the big sign out front: BENCHMARK TESTING, DEC. 7-14. The sign made me sad, not for what it said, but for all the things left unsaid, things about which the general public may be unaware. Testing has long been the bane of modern education. In words that everyone can understand, the tail is wagging the dog in public education, and it makes me sad — sad because it is negatively affecting an entire generation of children. Sad, because these children are not experiencing the joy of learning. Sad, because exceptional children are being held behind in public education so that the masses will be as prepared as possible to take THE TEST — whatever the next test happens to be. This one is the Benchmark, which is supposed to determine at a particular point in the school year — or grade level — if each child is learning the basics and has absorbed the material he or she is supposed to have absorbed by a certain point in the curriculum. Well, that’s logical, you might say, and it would be if it were that simple. But let’s examine the reason Bench-

There are 180 days in the school calendar — or at least there used to be. In Georgia, who knows, because anything goes in public education in Georgia. So let’s take eight days off the end of a semester — and then let’s advertise that fact to the world so everybody Darrell Huckaby can put excessive pressure on the kids for those eight days. The function of education mark tests were put into place. should be to teach children They were supposed to be how to learn and to teach them a tool to use in analysis, to to want to learn. It should be a determine what was working positive adventure, and teachand what wasn’t. The driving ers should be artists, allowed force behind the Benchmarks, to turn their classrooms into of course, was to make sure exciting laboratories of learnstudents were prepared for the ing, where there is time for bigger tests that would come enrichment and for following at the end of the year. So tests interesting trails that might begat tests. branch off the main highway. Dec. 7 to14 encompasses Not anymore. Not in most six days of instruction, and beleaguered public school when testing is going on, systems where pressure is put instruction isn’t. Teachers are on children to demonstrate a warned not to do anything minimum level of understandthat might interfere with a ing of the material by teachers student’s readiness for the who are under pressure from almighty moment when the front offices who are under seal is broken on the test pressure from superintendents booklet and the No. 2 pencils who are under pressure from are made ready to bubble. Six school boards who don’t undays of instruction, followed derstand the whole purpose of by two days of — what? How standardized testing to begin much instruction takes place with. the last two days of semester, Did you send your kids to after the almighty Benchmarks school wanting them to demhave been administered? You onstrate a minimum level of don’t have to be Horace Mann understanding? to know the answer to that My three children received question. magnificent public school

educations and all graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, hallowed be thy name. They were well prepared for college and for life. I am proud to have taught in the same school system from which they graduated, with some of the finest and most innovative educators ever. But I knew that the days and effectiveness of my colleagues and I were numbered the day I went to a preschool in-service meeting and was told by my direct supervisor, “It’s a lot of stuff in these books; don’t waste time teaching anything that’s not on the test.” What a horrible, horrible concept. And yet, that’s the mantra by which so many schools are operated these days. Everyone seems to agree that something needs to change, but nobody seems to be willing to do anything about it. As Butch Cassidy said to the Sundance Kid in the movie that bears both their names, “I got vision, and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals.” Nobody asked me, and when I was teaching and told them anyway, I was reprimanded and invited to be a team player. There are a lot of team players ruining the joy of learning for a lot of children these days. I hope Santa brings those responsible big lumps of coal.

A new breed of campus bus drivers Who among us would not enjoy lunch and conversation with a pretty Georgia student who makes your day when she shares with you a sprinkling of her inner thoughts, which underscores that the younger generation may influence positive change in our world? Time spent with Paige Harmon of Cumming, that Forsyth country community which seems to be bursting at the seams, quickly confirms that our society is not in danger of going to hell in a handbasket. I was attracted to her story when I learned that she was a serious student, majoring in biology with plans to study medicine, which, if that comes about, will segue into a teaching career in that field. She is a proud former member of the Redcoat Band, she was a high school athlete briefly (track), she passed on joining a sorority (“The band is one big fraternity, and I couldn’t ask for anything better socially.”), and she drives a campus bus. That is something she chose to do. She comes from a family who could fulfill her every need. She could swipe her credit card at dress shops, restaurants and popular hangouts without fuss from home — unless it foolishly got out of hand. She could be a leading social butterfly about campus. She could spend long weekends at the beach. If you

Loran Smith think about it, most anybody could do that. She prefers to be the exception — maintaining good study habits, identifying with a passion for learning, enjoying class in the purest sense, interacting with friends. And driving a bus. Paige is one of more than 185 student bus drivers on campus. They are among the University of Georgia’s most valuable goodwill ambassadors. They offer friendly greetings to all passengers. Paige plugs in Christmas music this time of the year and smiles at everybody. She enjoys small talking with riders and making them feel good. How do I know this? After our recent lunch at the Georgia Center, a very good place to eat, we walked over to one of the Rutherford stops, where she relieved a driver whose day had ended and began her four hour shift traversing an East West route which goes from dorms off Lumpkin to the Arch where gown meets town, then down Jackson to Baldwin — a stop-and-go route meander-

ing by the Russell Research Library, which every alum should visit, Creswell Hall, back to Rutherford and the Georgia Center. Life on bus 602 is good. You should try it sometime. They will let you take a ride free of charge. I hitched a ride on a lazy, sunny afternoon when fall color had not yet dissipated — red leaves on the maples and bright yellows on the ginkgos. Sanford drive in a Southerly direction is an avenue of stark beauty: old buildings, leafy hardwoods, bustling with nature and enterprising students. The sign at Snelling Hall’s entrance reminds you that it is open 24 hours. That factoid is for another day and another story. Georgia’s food service is one of the best on any campus in the country. The campus moved at a laid back pace, but you could sense the energy and feeling. The compatibility of life was totally uncompromised. Oh, what a time I had — reminiscing and reflecting about my time when walking the campus was the only option. When we passed Myers Hall, there was a stir of my emotions as I saw that the entrance to a one time campus hangout, the Jennie Belle, was shut. That is where I met the prettiest brunette I have ever seen in my life. Fortunately, she still keeps me company. The campus was pretty in the 1960s, but it has a maturity and freshness today that makes

it exceptional, becoming and beckoning. Paige and her friend Claire Lutrick of Dalton were having a burger recently at Clocked, the popular Washington Street short order place when Claire, out of the blue, said: “I feel sorry for anybody who doesn’t come to this university.” Paige immediately seconded the notion. While it comes natural that Paige would love the Dawgs (her father John Harmon is a UGA grad), her Georgia experience has made her feel she is a person of privilege, not that there is a trace of arrogance in her bones. She really is just an everyday girl who happens to love and treasure her college experience. “When I leave, it will be bittersweet, but the good news is I can always come back.” What resonates over and over is that, fortunately for the University of Georgia, Paige is not the only woman who has the right slant on life and who will make a contribution to society, happily giving back. I have three granddaughters whom I want to be like Paige. Study hard, respect tradition, accentuate loyalty and have the humility, enterprise and emotional compatibility to drive a bus. Loran Smith is co-host of “The Tailgate Show” and sideline announcer for Georgia football. He is also a freelance writer and columnist.

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world ISIS uses water as weapon in Mosul fight At least half a million people caught in the crossfire inside the Iraqi city of Mosul now have no access to running water, the United Nations told CNN on Wednesday. One of three major water pipelines was struck as Iraqi troops fought back ISIS militants in parts of eastern Mosul. The damaged conduit remains inside the group’s territory, making it inaccessible for repairs, according to a UNICEF statement released Wednesday. An Iraqi-led offensive began in October to liberate Mosul after more than two years under ISIS control. Mosul is the terror group’s last major power base in Iraq. Officials and witnesses admit a pipeline break has occurred but said ISIS’ more sinister agenda has escalated the problem. The group has intentionally cut off water supplies to neighborhoods near the front line, according to Zuhair Hazem al-Jabouri, a Mosul City Council official responsible for supervising the city’s water and energy services.

Ukraine tests missiles near Crimea border Ukraine carried out missile launches Thursday near Crimea — territory that Russia annexed more than two years ago — as part of military exercises, Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform reported. The drills involve the test firing of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, the news agency said. “Everything goes according to the plan. There is no response from the Russian Federation. Ukrainian military are ready for any developments,” Ukrinform cited military spokesman Volodymyr Kryzhanivsky as saying on Ukrainian TV. Kryzhanivsky reportedly said the drills in southern Ukraine did not pose any threat to Crimea and that Ukraine was acting in accordance with international law. Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said Russia would evaluate its response to the drills, Russia’s state-run Tass news agency reported.

First Israeli ambassador since ’10 is in Turkey Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey — the first since 2010 — arrived in Ankara Thursday, marking the full restoration of ties between the two countries after six years of animosity. Eitan Naeh, who served as a secretary at the embassy in Ankara back in 1993, was appointed ambassador by the Israeli foreign ministry last month. Turkey reciprocated a day later, appointing its own ambassador to Israel — Kemal Okem. Upon arrival in the Turkish capital, Naeh told reporters he was “very happy to be back in Turkey as ambassador.” “We have a lot of work to do,” said Naeh, whose last diplomatic posting was as deputy ambassador to the UK. — From wire reports


Death toll rises to 7 in Tenn. fire By Jason Hanna, Darran Simon and Artemis Moshtaghian CNN

Alice Hagler’s family hoped she’d made it out of her Gatlinburg cabin — that maybe a neighbor had rescued her after she’d called her son to tell him that the fire roaring into the area had started burning her home. It wasn’t to be. The family was heartbroken Wednesday evening when, they say, officials told them the 70-year-old Hagler had been found dead — one of at least seven people killed in a wildfire that spread from Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the eastern Tennessee resort city this week. Firefighters and other responders are extending their search into previously inaccessible burned areas as several families wait for news about relatives they say have been missing since the fire blew into inhabited areas Monday. One of Hagler’s sons, Lyle Wood, says the family is mourning her and trying to figure out the next steps for his brother, who lived with Hagler but wasn’t home when the fire came. “The last phone call she made to my brother

nation Slain officer’s son gets teddy bears made out of dad’s uniform It’s been two months since St. Louis Police Officer Blake Snyder was gunned down. And 2-year-old Malachi hasn’t stopped asking for his daddy. How do you tell a toddler his daddy is never coming home? “He’s been asking for his daddy a lot which is hard,” Elizabeth Snyder told CNN affiliate KTVI. “I don’t know how to respond to him yet. Every time I look at him, I’m also reminded of my husband not coming home.” That talk will have to happen sometime. But for now, Malachi’s been given something to remember his dad by: Two teddy bears made out of his dad’s uniform. The bears were an early Christmas present from a family friend. Snyder posted a photo on Facebook of the beaming boy clutching his gift. The words “love you always” and “always with you” are sewn into the feet of each bear.

Tacoma police officer shot dead; suspect killed The suspect accused of shooting and killing a Tacoma, Wash., police officer was killed early Thursday after a standoff with authorities that lasted for hours, officials said. A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, who had been using two children as a shield, Detective Ed Troyer said. “We didn’t want the kids to get hurt on top of everything that happened. Unfortunately, such a horrible situation,

people Jennifer Aniston dashes ‘Friends’ reunion hopes

How many times are the “Friends” stars going to have to say it? Jennifer Aniston has once again broken hearts by shooting down the possibility of a “Friends” reunion. In an interview with ITV, the actress talked about looking back with fondness on working on the beloved, hit NBC series. “Not only was it a gift for us, but it’s something people have been able to carry with them,” Aniston said. “It’s comfort food and it makes Blazes have scorched thousands of acres — 300 buildings in Gatlinburg alone. (An- them feel better when they drew Duncan/CNN iReport) are feeling down, when they want to distract themselves.” And to answer the queswas the fact that she was resort-heavy area, burnleads through a hotline tion that always seems to really scared and frantic ing more than 700 build- set up to track down come up — will there be a because the house was ings in Sevier County, people said to be missreunion? — Aniston said actually on fire at that including about 300 in ing. The bureau said the don’t count on it. point,” Wood told CNN’s Gatlinburg alone, and in- number of leads doesn’t “I don’t know what we “New Day” on Thursjuring at least 74 people, necessarily reflect the would do,” she said. “I think day. “Our hope was that officials said. number of missing that period of time was sort maybe she’d be one of Several families are people. the ones that was found still hoping their missing Authorities continue to of nostalgic, you know? “There’s something about a safe. loved ones are OK. block access to the city, “It’s a hard thing. … “I’ll always cling to from which about 14,000 time where our faces weren’t shoved into cellphones and She was an amazing hope that there’s a chance residents and tourists woman who loved a lot.” for rescue, but now that were evacuated Monday. we weren’t, like, checking Facebooks and Instagrams, None of the seven bod- we’re at hour 65. … We The fires that reached and we were in a room toies from the fire has yet have to come to a realiza- Gatlinburg began days gether — or at a coffee shop to be positively identition” that the chances of earlier on a trail in the fied, a Tennessee Bureau finding people alive and mountains 10 miles south together — and we were of Investigation spokesperhaps trapped near the of the city, National Park talking. And we’ve lost that.” woman said at a news fire zone are dimming, Service spokeswoman conference Thursday Gatlinburg fire Chief Dana Soehn said. But Aldrin medically morning. Greg Miller said Thursstrong winds that began evacuated from Rescue chances dimming day morning. Sunday helped the fire South Pole The blazes scorched The TBI said its auspread into the Gatlinthousands of acres in the thorities are checking 70 burg area on Monday. Buzz Aldrin, the former U.S. astronaut and the second person to walk on the in North Charleston in April moon, was in stable condiIt’s been two 2015, resumed their delibera- tion after being evacuated months since from the South Pole to a tions on Thursday. St. Louis New Zealand hospital beThe stakes for ex-patrolPolice Officer cause of a medical problem, Blake Snyder man Michael Slager, 35, a U.S. agency and his tour are high: If found guilty of was gunned down. And murder in 50-year-old Walter company said. 2-year-old Aldrin, 86, arrived by Scott’s death, a state court Malachi judge could sentence him to cargo plane in Christchurch, hasn’t New Zealand, early on up to life in prison. stopped Friday local time, according A guilty verdict for a asking for to the U.S. National Science lesser charge of voluntary his daddy. Foundation, which manages manslaughter would carry He’s been the U.S. Antarctic Program. between two to 30 years given two teddy bears He was visiting the South behind bars. made out Pole as part of a tourist Eleven white people and of his dad’s one black person on the jury group when his condition uniform. will decide Slager’s fate in a deteriorated, the tourism (Elizabeth company White Desert said Snyder/Face- case that gained widespread in a statement. attention after a bystander’s book/CNN) Aldrin had fluid in his cellphone video footage of the officer shooting at Scott’s lungs but was in good spirits this could have ended a lot resources and sacred Native back was made public. and responding well to worse,” Troyer told reporters. American sites. The shocking video added antibiotics, the company “The suspect’s deceased. The State officials on Monday fuel to a national debate over said. He would be kept in the kids are safe. That’s really ordered activists to vacate the excessive use of force by hospital for observation. Aldrin was a fighter what we’re very thankful for.” the Oceti Sakowin camp, U.S. law enforcement against pilot during the Korean War Police said the officer, who located on U.S. Army Corps minorities in the wake of before joining the U.S. astrohas not yet been publicly of Engineers land near police killings of black men identified, was responding to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, in cities including New York, naut program. a domestic dispute Wednesciting harsh weather condiBaltimore and Ferguson, Mo. day afternoon when the tions. However, officials said ‘Sons of Anarchy’ suspect shot him. He died on Wednesday however that Indiana agreed spinoff pilot Wednesday night. they will not actively enforce to tax break to ordered at FX Dozens of police officers the order. lined up outside the hospital Matthew Crane, a 32-year- keep jobs in state LOS ANGELES — The to pay their respects, CNN old Navy veteran who arWASHINGTON — Indi- “Sons of Anarchy” uniaffiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle rived three days ago, said the ana state officials have agreed verse expansion will indeed reported. They formed a pro- veterans joining the protest continue. The pilot for FX’s cession to take the officer’s were “standing on the shoul- to give United Technologies Corp. $7 million worth of tax “Mayans MC,” focusing on body to the medical examders of Martin Luther King the Mayans motorcycle club, iner’s office. Jr and Gandhi” with the their breaks over 10 years to encourage the company to keep will begin shooting in March, plans to shield protesters. about 1,000 jobs at its Carrier directed by “Sons” creator “I bought a one-way Veterans join Kurt Sutter from a script ticket,” he told Reuters as he unit in Indianapolis, Carrier pipeline protest worked to build a wooden from Sutter and Elgin James. said on Thursday. CANNON BALL, N.D. Sutter will serve as executive President-elect Donald shelter at the main camp. — U.S. military veterans “Hopefully we can shut this Trump has claimed credit for producer, with James as coexecutive producer. were arriving on Thursday keeping well-paid manufacdown before Christmas.” “Mayans MC” hasn’t at a camp to join thousands turing jobs in the country, officially been ordered to of activists braving snow but the deal is less than a S.C. jury weighs and freezing temperatures to complete victory for the Re- series, but the odds of it endprotest a pipeline project near case against publican who campaigned on ing up among FX’s busted pilots — a small group in a Native American reserva“putting America first.” ex-cop who and of itself — are small. tion in North Dakota. In the election campaign, killed motorist “Sons of Anarchy” was FX’s Protesters have spent Trump vowed to impose CHARLESTON, S.C. — hefty tariffs if Carrier did not highest-rated ongoing series months rallying against plans Jurors weighing a murder over its seven-season run, a to route the $3.8 billion Dareverse course on shifting show that routinely beat out kota Access Pipeline beneath charge against a white former jobs to Mexico. The deal South Carolina police officer, means Carrier will still send its broadcast competition in a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, say- accused of shooting and kill- an estimated 1,300 jobs there. the 10 p.m. hour. — From wire reports ing it poses a threat to water ing a fleeing black motorist — From wire reports

Feds are looking for tax evaders who used bitcoin By Aaron Smith CNN

Federal investigators are looking for tax evaders who have used virtual currencies like bitcoin to dodge the IRS. The Justice Department says a federal court has given the IRS a green light to serve a summons on Coinbase, a San Francisco

of wrongdoing, but it opposed the petition, citing privacy concerns. “We look forward to opposing the DOJ’s request in court exchange for digital currency. after Coinbase is served with a The Justice Department says it’s subpoena,” the exchange said in looking for people who conducted a statement. “As we previously transactions with Bitcoin from stated, we remain concerned with 2013 to 2015 and didn’t pay tax on our U.S. customers’ legitimate their gains. privacy rights in the face of the Coinbase itself is not accused government’s sweeping request.”

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A spokesman said Coinbase had 3 million users at the end of last year, his most recent available figure. Bitcoin was created in 2009 and is the best-known of the many digital currencies, which are not issued or regulated by any government. The worth is determined by the people buying and selling it. The digital markets have, at times,

experienced wild fluctuations in value. Digital currency is preferred by some people for its perceived anonymity, and it can be used for illegal purchases of drugs and other products. It’s not necessarily as anonymous as cash because Bitcoin can leave a digital footprint allowing investigators to track online activity, like evading taxes.

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Clydesdales making several laps around the store as they pulled an old-style red and gold Budweiser wagon. Traffic that is normally heavy on Grayson Highway in the afternoon was extra packed for miles leading up the store and people were parking wherever they could to see the horses. The Clydesdales, it turns out, are a pretty big deal to a lot of people. “We’re very excited about having the Clydesdales here, and we feel very honored to have been chosen to host a viewing while they are in the county,” Tucker said. “We had no idea how many people would show up, maybe a couple hundred, but this is great.” In fact, Gwinnett County put on an impressive showing of support for the Clydesdales’ first appearance in the county in about 11 years, according to Eagle Rock Distributing Director of Marketing Andrew Lorimer. He said Anheuser-Busch officials who accompanied the horses liked what they saw in the turnout. “They were saying that this was one of the largest (non-parade) viewings they’ve ever had,” he said. Eagle Rock Distributing lined up the Clydesdales’ visit, which will be highlighted by their appearance in the Lawrenceville Hometown Christmas Parade tonight. Lorimer said Beverage Superstore of Grayson was invited to host the viewing because it had a large gravel lot next door that could serve

•From Page 1A government annex. It will then take Nash Street over to South Clayton Street, where it will head north back toward the square. Once the parade returns to the square, it will take Pike Street back to Perry and head north on its way back to Oak Street. Eagle Rock Distributing Director of Marketing Andrew Lorimer said the Clydesdales will take a slight detour near the end of the parade route and head toward McCray’s Tavern on the Square. “They’ll turn the other way (when the parade gets back to Perry Street) and stop in front of McCray’s so everyone can get their photos taken with them,” he said. The parade may begin at 7 p.m., but roadblocks in place to prepare for the procession means access to downtown


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GDP - 12/2/2016 ALPHARETTA

Hoffman Brulet Hoffman Gregory Brulet, 92, of Alpharetta, GA died peacefully on November 29, 2016. Georgia Cremation 3116 U.S. Highway 23 Duluth, Georgia 30096. 678-584-0914.


Retha Chapman Retha Mae Frady Chapman, age 93, of Sugar Hill, GA passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-two years, Clayton Chapman; son, Gary Chapman; and son-in-law, Gary Hall. She is survived by her children, Mike and Sandy Chapman, Clarkesville, GA, Janice and Rennis Wallis, Commerce and Sugar Hill, GA and Carol and Ricky Knight, Buford,


identifying ways the library can engage students with librarians and three school fun and educational activilibrarians. ties, including both Poetry Checov is credited with and Story Nights that are redesigning library spaces among the more than 20 for teaching and learning performances by students, labs, common areas and staff and faculty. lounge areas. Those areas As part of the award proare designed to be more cess, the public nominates librarians working in public, conducive to collaboration. school, college, commuShe created a one-stop nity college and university circulation and reference libraries. This year nearly desk model to better assist 1,100 nominations were students using the library. submitted by library users She designs sessions and workshops to teach informa- detailing how librarians conCrowd members use cellphones to snap pictures of the Budweiser Clydesdales during tion literacy skills to help nected them to information, a viewing at the Beverage Superstore of Grayson on Thursday. Thousands of people students with the research opportunities and critical visited the store to see the famous horses. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans) technology to help improve process. the quality of their lives. Checov is known for as a staging area for the team. filled in the gap as they schools) an hour early just so Lorimer pegged the popu- rushed to get close. CellI could get them first and get larity of the beer mascots to phones and cameras were here in time,” Marciante said. something that transcends whipped out and people of “This event has been “By the time (Brandon) gets •From Page 1A the product they have come all ages started taking photos home, it’s 5 p.m. and then it amazing,” Scott said. Thursday when it welto represent over the years. in front of the Clydesdales. “People are so supportive might be too late.” He said they’re simply attracGrayson mother Jennifer and encouraging. I think For Worthington and many comed 11 vendors who serve ministries and refu- it opens people eyes to the tions in and of themselves. Marciante took a selfie with other people who showed gees in the Clarkston area needs in Clarkston and the “They’re obviously her young sons, Brandon up to see the Clydesdales, refugee community and and around the world. beautiful horses,” he said. and Dylan, during one of getting the chance to see it’s a blessing. It’s a bless“It’s not just what the brand the team’s stops in front of them up close was deemed a The idea of the market is ing to be here and see is. It’s about these amazing the store. They were among treat. She found out about the to purchase unique gifts children engaged and take for friends and family, animals. You see them on countless numbers of people appearance the night before part in giving back.” and the proceeds benefit TV, but it’s just great to be who worked to quickly snap when she got a text from Organizer Mandy work done by the minisable to see them in person. selfies in front of the horses. someone she knew through tries that share the love of Chapman, the Impact It’s something you don’t re“I think it’s really cool her daughter’s school. Chapel Director at ProviJesus around the world. ally understand until you see how the horses are really “This is fun,” Worthingdence, said there wasn’t Last year’s market them in person.” big,” Brandon said. “I’ve ton said. “We just moved a monetary goal set for brought in $22,000 and That was certainly the atnever seen a horse that big here from Conyers, and we traction for Worthington and before … They’re huge.” never had anything like this organizers said sales were the market, but rather that the students understand her daughter, who live within Marciante said she was happen before. … I was just brisk again on Thursday. what’s happening in the One new vendor this walking distance of Beverage determined to make sure really excited when I heard world and community. year was Intertwined, Superstore. she could bring her sons to they were going to be here. “It’s really not about which employs refugee “She really loves horses so see the Clydesdales and got When I told Hallie about the money we raise, women in the Clarkston we wanted to come by and a little proactive to ensure it, I told her they were big although we want them area to make candles ussee them,” Worthington said that happened. Dylan attends horses, and she said ‘Are to come shop,” Chapman ing recycled champagne of her daughter. W.J. Cooper Elementary they scary?’” said of the Providence bottles. Pam Scott of As the horse team made School and Brandon attends As the mother turned to students. “It’s really about its laps around the store, it neighboring McConnell talk to her daughter, she said Intertwined said she and some friends often visited an awareness of creating would stop occasionally, and Middle School. “But they’re not scary, are Clarkston with other min- a culture of understanding the crowds that had parted to “I actually waited in they? No, they’re just large refugees and what they istries and noticed that it let the horses through quickly the car rider lines (at their horses.” have that others may not was difficult for women there to find employment. have. They’ve been given much and there may be Language barriers and Lawrenceville could be others who don’t have as a lack of job skills were limited earlier. The city, common barriers to land- much.” via a statement, urged The event was puring a job. attendees to plan an early posely contained to less “We wanted to start evening in order to skip something that could help than a dozen vendors, traffic, find a place to them and help their fami- Chapman said, so that park and grab a bite to students can interact with lies,” Scott said. eat before the parade. The Giving Market was the vendors about their “We are anticipating ministry. Chapman said the first such event for very heavy traffic in and the event was moved Intertwined, which plans around the downtown to visit other festivals and closer to Thanksgiving so area beginning as early people could plan to do markets. Ultimately, it as 4 p.m. or 5 p.m.,” more Christmas shopping would like to be in bouLawGross said. there. tiques. rencevAttendees who arrive ille’s first early enough will have a Hometown Christmas few options for parking. Parade is The Downtown Parking tonight at 7 Deck will be accessible p.m. (Courfrom the Crogan Street tesy of City entrance until 5 p.m. of LawAfter that, it will only be renceville) accessible from the Pike Street side. Parking will also be available at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive, the Lawrenceville Lawn at 210 Luckie St., the City of Lawrenceville Fleet Maintenance Shop at 20 S. Clayton St. and Proceeds from Providence Christian Academy’s second Lawrenceville City Hall annual Giving Market, which raised $22,000 last year, go to those ministries. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner) at 70 S. Clayton St.

GA; daughter-in-law, Judy Venable Chapman, Flowery Branch, GA; grandchildren, Thomisa and Steve Fugel, Chris Chapman, Stephanie and Mitchell Thomas, Cindy and David Holcombe, Cassandra Gorisek, Cheryl and Chris Hanson, Catie and Ron Moody, Jeff and Bevan Chapman, Matthew Chapman, Rick and Wendy Knight, Clif and Suzy Knight and Kelly Knight; thirty-three great grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Corene Frady, Cumming, GA, Faustine Frady, Cumming, GA and Angie Chapman, Atlanta, GA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Chapman was born October 3, 1923 in the Sharon Community of Forsyth County, Georgia. She was a 1942 graduate of Cumming High School. She was a former employee of Nabisco Company where she met her husband and also Scientific Atlanta along with

being a homemaker. Since 1961, she was a long-time member of Sugar Hill Baptist Church where she was also a member of the Choir, former Sunday School teacher, member of the W. M. U., and started a nursing home ministry from Sugar Hill Baptist Church. She was the founder of the Chapman Trio and always encouraged her family to sing. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great-grandmother. She had a smile that would light up the room. She had a great love for her Lord and her family. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Pirkle and Rev. Ron Davidson officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Sugar Hill, GA with Rev. Joe Frady officiating. The family will receive friends at the f

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The Dec. 7 annual enrollment deadline to select a 2017 Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan is quickly approaching. Here are five simple steps to help you make the best decision. Review your current Medicare health plan. Analyze how much you’ve spent on health care during the past year, including hospital expenses, prescriptions and doctor bills. This helps you benchmark your 2017 health care expenses and determine if your current Medicare plan still meets your needs. Select the type of Medicare plan that best fits your needs. Options

include: — Original Medicare, which provides basic coverage for medical expenses without coverage for most prescriptions, and includes cost-sharing in the form of deductibles and coinsurance. This is Medicare Parts A and B. — Medicare Advantage, which includes all of the coverage offered under Original Medicare through a private insurer, and may include extra benefits, such as dental, hearing and vision coverage, a nurse advice line and fitness program, as well as prescription drug coverage. Medicare Advantage plans are steadily gaining popularity, with the number of enrollees more than tripling since 2004 to 17.7 million or nearly a third of

Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is Medicare Part C. — Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, which offer coverage for prescription medications, and can be added to Original Medicare, a Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plan or some Medicare Advantage Plans that do not include prescription drug coverage. This is Medicare Part D. — Medicare Supplement Plans, which pay some costs not paid by Original Medicare, like deductibles and coinsurance. Enrollment in a Medicare Supplement plan is not limited to the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period and these plans do not have a set provider network.

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Exchange sign-ups in Ga. higher than last year By Andy Miller

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More Georgians have signed up for coverage for the upcoming insurance exchange than at the same time last year, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The 106,905 total through Nov. 26 exceeds the 105,299 Georgia signups through Nov. 28 last year. The sign-up increase comes amid a re-energized Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which created the state health insurance exchanges. In 2017, for the first time in years, the GOP will control the White House as well as both houses of Congress, and scrapping the ACA is one of the party’s priorities. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, and his pick to be secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), is a longtime advocate for repeal. Some Democrats say the ACA has flaws and that they are open to some changes, but they have pledged to defend its key provisions. Georgia’s enrollment total for 2017 coverage exceeds that of all other states in the federally run exchanges except for Florida, Texas and North Carolina. Georgia is among 39 states that let the federal government operate its exchange. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 for the 2017 exchange. Nationally, the total number of enrollments at this point exceeds that of last year by more than 97,000, HHS said

Wednesday. “With plans available for less than $75 per month in premiums, 2.1 million Americans, including 106,905 in Georgia, have already selected coverage through HealthCare. gov, more than had signed up at this time last year,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a statement. “I hear from people across the country just how much coverage matters to them, so I continue to encourage all Georgians who need health insurance for 2017 to visit and check out their options. Consumers should be sure to enroll by December 15th for coverage that starts January 1st.” At the end of open enrollment for the current year, a total of more than 530,000 Georgians signed up for coverage or were automatically re-enrolled in the insurance exchange. “Enrollment is still really strong, and people still need coverage,’’ said Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a consumer advocacy group that supports the Affordable Care Act. Creating the exchange, she said, was a “major undertaking” by HHS, state insurance commissioners and health care stakeholders. “Unwinding that is not as easy as pressing a button or signing something into law.” The burden on Congress, Zeldin said, is to develop a replacement plan where the 20 million people who gained insurance through the ACA will not lose coverage. “What we’ve seen so far will not get the job done,” she said.

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THE RUNDOWN A quick look at this weekend’s high school football in the Gwinnett area: TODAY’S GAMES State playoffs, semifinals 7:30 p.m. Class AAAAAAA Mill Creek at Grayson Class AAAAA Kell at Buford Class AAA GAC at Peach County BY THE NUMBERS


Points per game average by Grayson in its last 11 games



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Touchdown passes to just one interception this season by Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Davis Mills, a Stanford commit who has completed 171 of 241 passes (71 percent) for 2,507 yards


Different GAC players who have caught TD passes, led by Harrison Sloan’s 17 DID YOU KNOW? Buford has won 14 straight semifinal games in the state playoffs, dating back to a 14-0 loss at Lincoln County in 1995. Since that defeat, the Wolves have won semifinals against McIntosh County Academy (26-6 in 2000), Clinch County (15-7 in 2001), Americus (38-12 in 2002), Decatur (42-13 in 2003), Dublin (28-24 in 2004 and 48-0 in 2007), Fitzgerald (4421 in 2008 and 38-28 in 2009), Lovett (53-13 in 2010), Carver-Columbus (28-13 in 2011), Cartersville (21-10 in 2012 and 27-3 in 2014), Callaway (24-14 in 2013) and Woodward Academy (3518 in 2015). FLASHBACK On this week in 1999, Buster Faulkner throws four TD passes — two to Nick Chonko and one each to Jason Chatman and Jeff Francoeur — and Parkview scores all its points in the first half of a 28-0 playoff victory over Douglass. … Dacula forces eight Murray County turnovers and rolls to a 41-8 playoff win on the road. David Irons rushes for 110 yards and catches a TD pass from Jeff Warbington, who rushes for two scores. Kenny Irons also has two rushing TDs and Daniel Sharpton returns a fumble 90 yards for another score. … A TD pass from Jeremy Chupp to Johann Schneider and a Thomas Hughes TD run give GAC a 14-7 lead until the fourth quarter, when host Bowdon rallies for a 17-14 win. Bowdon scores 10 points in the final quarter, the last on a game-winning field goal with six seconds left. … Despite 164 passing yards from David Greene and two TDs from T.J. Anderson, South Gwinnett falls 24-14 in a playoff game at McEachern. … Collins Hill hangs onto a 7-0 lead, courtesy of a TD pass from Erik Snabes to Whit Ferguson, until the second half when Chattahoochee rallies for a 10-7 win. The Cougars get within 7-3 on a third-quarter field goal, then win on Charlie Whitehurst’s quarterback sneak with 49 seconds left.

Grayson defenders Aaron Brawley (13) and Jake Killian (15) sack the Deerfield Beach quarterback during the regular season. (Photo: Jamie Akoubian)

New scheme, same results for stingy Grayson By Paul Thomas

dominant on defense. Grayson became a pipeline for colleges looking for elite defenders like As former head coach Arizona Cardinals firstMickey Conn built Grayround draft pick Robert son into a football state Nkemdiche. powerhouse, there was So when head coach always one constant among Jeff Herron took over the his teams — they were program in the spring and


to use its athleticism and combat the spread ofState semifinalists fenses that have taken over Grayson and Mill Creek have a football. Grayson ran odd lot in common, 4B fronts at times last season, opted to switch the Rams but the base was still a 4-3. defense to a 3-4 scheme The results have been it was a bit of a surprise. hard to argue with. GrayHerron felt that a 3-4 deson (12-1) allows just 10.1 fense would allow Grayson points per game and has MORE INSIDE

posted three shutouts this season en route to tonight’s Class AAAAAAA state semifinals. “I think it was kind of confusing at first,” senior Aaron Brawley said. “But I think it’s worked out better

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Preparation, pursuit key for Mill Creek By Paul Thomas

There are two keys to the Mill Creek defense’s success this season. Preparation during the week and the pursuit of all 11 defenders to the football on every play. The second one is a bit of a mantra for the Hawks. “If we don’t see it on film we’ve got to do something about it,” senior defensive back Jamar Hall said. The mindset of that relentless pursuit of the football is honed in each day during practice for Mill Creek (13-0), which will play at Grayson tonight in the Class AAAAAAA state semifinals. Hall said that defensive coordinator Bill Stewart demands perfection of his unit. Especially when it comes to assignments in stopping the opposing team’s rushing attack. “Honestly I feel like the key for us has to be our preparation during practice with our scout team giving us a good look,” Hall said. “If Coach Stewart sees we’re not fitting fast enough or fitting tight enough we run it again, over and over again no matter Mill Creek’s Ryan Cox (44) tackles McEachern’s Quay Holmes (1) for a loss behind the line of scrimmage. (Photo: Craig Cappy)



Getting To Know … Curtis Gilleylen started playing. What are the most important things that you’ve learned from basketball, and what have been the most lasting things? CG: Coming from where I come from, Flint, Michigan, basketball was life. People say that now. It’s a motto on T-shirts, but that was bred into us. There was a basketball court pretty much on every block. There was a full court. Every neighborhood had a park. You just learned how to be tough at an early age. … I remember coming out of halftime (losing big in one game) with tears in our eyes, but we’re going to go out there in the layup line, we’re going to wipe the tears, and our parents aren’t saying nothing. They understood. That’s what it was. You had to be tough. It was a hard-nosed, blue collar city. Everything was tough, and then you always had to compete with Detroit. Detroit was only about 45 minutes away. So we always had that complex that we had to be as tough and hold our own. That was kind of bred into you.

Having grown up in Flint, Mich., a town that has seen its share of economic and environmental issues over the past two-plus decades, Curtis Gilleylen knows what it means to hang tough. It’s a quality he has brought to all of his jobs in high school basketball coaching, including his current job as the head boys basketball coach at Meadowcreek. The 38-year-old recently spoke with staff writer David Friedlander about that and a variety of other subjects, including how experiences like playing college basketball and coaching both boys and girls teams have molded his career. DF: You’re originally from Michigan, right? CG: Yeah, I’m a ‘Flintstone.’ DF: So, what brought you down to Georgia? Playing in college? CG: I played my last year of college at Clark Atlanta University. I originally played at Central Michigan. I had a brief tryout (for a professional) career. I did it for a year. I had a couple of offers. Nothing (came of it). Then I went back to grad school and got my master’s and started coaching. DF: When you say offers, do you mean NBA, D-League, overseas? CG: Overseas. I just felt like I did one year of grad school my last year playing ball, so I just decided to finish up. DF: So after spending all your life in Michigan and one year in Atlanta, you obviously liked it, judging from your decision to stay here. CG: Atlanta was the hot spot (for basketball) at that time. You had Dwight Howard (at Southwest Atlanta Christian) and Randolph Morris (at Landmark Christian). (South Gwinnett grad and former Daily Post Player of the Year) Louis Williams was coming up, and I started coaching (as an assistant) at Redan (in DeKalb County). We had some very good teams there before the Miller Grove era.

DF: It’s not hard to see that considering how tough Flint has had it, really in the last few decades with the ecothe gym, a girl comes and getting along with nomic hard times from to me and said, ‘Coach, each other. With boys the closing of several we want discipline.’ I’ve teams you see it, but not auto plants in the 1980s been coaching boys 15, as (much) as with girls. to the more recent water 16 years, and I’ve never Then, of course, … the crisis. I mean, people in heard that out of a boy’s game is below the rim. mouth. So, like I say, it Other than that, to me, it Flint have had to deal with a lot. So how has was quite refreshing. was no different. What I that background helped took from it was payou deal with tough DF: That said, what tience with the process. are some of the other With girls, the first thing times now? CG: Going through differences between needs to be just … the coaching girls and boys fundamentals. It took me that, you feel like Kevin — other than the obviback to the fundamentals. Garnett once said, ‘Nothing is impossible.’ Claous — and do you think Sometimes, you forget that experienced helped about your early days and ressa Shields is evidence of that — the (two-time broaden you as a coach? the foundation of things gold medal-winning) CG: Really, it was that you used to do. Olympic champion boxer, no different. The only, a 17-year-old, and all the maybe, (small) differDF: Since you ‘Flint-stones.’ It’s a small ence, as far as girls will brought it up, take me city, but it was bred in give you more attitude back to when you first

Curtis Gilleylen is in his first year as the Meadowcreek boys basketball coach. (Special Photo)

felt like that if you were going to go through DeKalb, you were going to go through Redan. It gave me a sense of working at your best and feeling like you’re the best. … Then I ended up going to Druid Hills and had two great years there playing in the same league as (current Utah Jazz center and former Georgia Tech star) Derrick Favors, and all those great Columbia teams with (current LaSalle University wing) Jordan Price.

DF: You mention Columbia, and it brings up an interesting thing about you in that you coached the boys (briefly) and girls teams over there after you’d left Stephenson. Talk about what that experience was like. Had you ever coached girls before? CG: No, that was my first experience coaching girls. The Stephenson situation, I mean, I had a lot DF: Who was the of success there. We went head coach back then at to the Final Four in 2015. Redan, and how much The year I left, I felt like influence do you think I needed to take a break. he had on your career? My wife was having our CG: The head coach third child, and I wasn’t was Dalton Greene, and going to coach. I changed he definitely had a lastmy mind, and by the time ing impression because I’d changed my mind, we kind of felt like we the girls job opened up. were the best. Tucker It was actually refreshwasn’t really what Tucker ing. It was refreshing is today, and there was and rejuvenating. The no Miller Grove. So we first day I walked into

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DF: And like I said, it’s not like Meadowcreek hasn’t had its day in boys basketball before. Former coach Billy Davis built a fine program, and had some great players like Chris Allen, and even went to the state quarterfinals one year. But you are the third coach in as many years for the current group. Is that the biggest challenge you’ve faced, do you think? CG: Yes, it is. The thing about momentum is once you lose it, it’s like physics and Newton’s Law. When something loses momentum, it’s hard to regain it and build it back to where it was. So, it is the task at hand. It’s just beginning for us. Each day, we’re trying to hit the ground running and just make it a better environment for sports and hopefully set the example, and that the whole school is inspired to get better.

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DF: Do you think that toughness is a plus with your new job at Meadowcreek? Granted, the boys basketball program and a few other programs have had their share of success over the years, but many other programs at the school have struggled. In a way, was that challenge something that attracted you to the job? CG: There’s something about the underdog. And even though we’ve had, and I’ve had, my share of success, I’ve kind of felt wherever I’ve been, I’ve kind of been an underdog. So, there’s something about that. Hopefully, we’ll have our day on top.

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Championshipcaliber clash in AAA semifinals By Christine Troyke



No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian and No. 2 Peach County bring prolific offenses into today’s Class AAA semifinal clash. The Spartans, led by Stanford-commit Davis Mills, are averaging 39 points per game. Peach County, which has ripped off 12 straight wins since dropping the season opener, is in the same neighborhood with 35.5 per game. GAC head coach Tim Hardy wasn’t biting on a shootout prediction, though. “When we look at Peach, we see a complete football team,” he said. “We see a team that is excellent and diverse offensively. We see a team that is physical and athletic defensively. “You can see a team that plays hard, is well coached and wants it. It’s a championship-level matchup.” Prior to last week’s triple-overtime win at Liberty County, the Spartans hadn’t given up more than 21 points in a game. They traded quick scoring punches with Liberty in the first quarter and then went shot for shot down the stretch before finally winning 44-38. “I was really proud of the way our guys competed, their toughness and resolve,” Hardy said. “In numerous ways, though, it was not our best game. There were some things we can control that we need to do better. So we’re definitely motivated to continue with that determination, but execute at a higher level in all phases.”


GAC SPARTANS (7-AAA) Coach: Tim Hardy Record: 12-1 Last week: Beat Liberty County in triple overtime 44-38 PEACH COUNTY TROJANS (4-AAA) Coach: Chad Campbell Record: 12-1 Last week: Beat Westminster 27-17 When: Today, 7:30 p.m. Last meeting: First meeting Location: Peach County High School

Peach County is coming off a 27-17 win over Westminster, the only common opponent with GAC this season. The Trojans were led by junior Antonio Gilbert, who ran for two touchdowns and passed for another two. Two of those scores came on fourth down. “They do an excellent job of mixing formations, shifts, motions, run game, pass game,” Hardy said. “They’re very diverse.” Which means a lot of studying for the Spartans. “It’s an academic week so Friday night can be instincts,” Hardy said. “You adjust to what they do the best you can, but at some point, we’ve got to be the best version of ourselves.” Peach County was deliberate in its desire to shut down Westminster’s Zay Malcome and held the star back to 28 yards. But GAC has hung its hat on being multi-dimensional. “It’ll be a high level football game, not just in terms of play but coaching and strategy,” Hardy said.

GAC quarterback Davis Mills (16) dives in for a touchdown against Worth County in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs earlier this season. (Photo: Jamie Akoubian)

Buford’s Anthony Grant and A.J .Wansley bottle up Carrollton’s Mecose Todd in the second half of the Wolves 34-27 victory over the Trojans last Friday night. (Photo: David McGregor)

Kell provides another 7-AAAAA challenge for Buford in Final Four By David Friedlander



BUFORD — When Buford welcomes Kell into Tom Riden Stadium for tonight’s Class AAAAA state semifinal, it will be the first time the two programs have ever met on the football field. However, the No. 6 Longhorns (11-2) won’t be total strangers to the second-ranked Wolves (12-1) for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff. In all likelihood, Buford got a pretty decent look at Kell even before the two teams exchanged game films last weekend following their respective quarterfinal wins. The Longhorns probably showed up on the video as the Wolves prepared for last week’s game with No. 4 Carrollton, a Region 7-AAAAA foe of Kell’s. Given the fact that those two teams were part of a three-way tie with Rome for that region’s regular season title, it comes as little surprise to Buford coach Jess Simpson that his team will have to face the second of a potential three-leg 7-AAAAA gauntlet. No. 5 Rome will host top-ranked Stockbridge in tonight’s other semifinal. “I just told everyone when the playoffs started, I thought (Re-

KELL LONGHORNS (7-AAAAA) Coach: Derek Cook Record: 11-2 Last week: Beat Woodland-Stockbridge 52-29 BUFORD WOLVES (8-AAAAA) Coach: Jess Simpson Record: 13-1 Last week: Beat Carrollton 34-27 When: Today, 7:30 p.m. Last meeting: First meeting Location: Buford High School

gion 7-AAAAA) had the best region in our classification,” Simpson said. “That’s pretty much proven to be true. They all beat each other. They had a three-way tie for the region title.” True, the three cochampions are pretty similar in talent given that each team split with the other two in regular season play. However, Simpson says Kell does present some different challenges to the ones the Wolves faced last week against Carrollton. The Longhorns, like the Trojans last week, have a multi-talented quarterback in the form of John Lampley (1,906 yards, 6 TDs rushing; 466 yards, 11 TDs rushing). But its

running game, led by Josiah Furtal (159-1,105, 9 TDs), will give the Wolves a different look. The same is true defensively, where the Longhorns show different sets from a front seven led by Tennessee-commit Solon Page III (155 total tackles, INT), fellow linebacker Jamontae Holt (125 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks) and pass rusher extraordinaire Ismail Dabdoub (58 tackles, 10 sacks). “They’re a little bit different offensively in how they do some different schemes, and they’re different defensively,” Simpson said of the Longhorns. “I think (the) scheme, No. 1, is different. They’re both extremely well coached. “They’re what a final four team should be. They look like a team that can win a state championship. They’ve got all the parts. They’ve got linemen, they’ve got skill, they’ve got a veteran quarterback, they have multiple running backs who will block for each other and can run the ball. It makes it hard to get a bead on them. They’re very athletic, long on the perimeter.” The Wolves will try to counter despite being a bit short handed once again this week as a rash of injuries have continued, especially on defense, where no fewer than five starters from the beginning of the

Coaches select all-county volleyball teams From Staff Reports

Cammie Caldwell, GAC Hayden McGee, Hebron Earlier this month the Gwin- Kayla Eiken, Hebron nett County volleyball coaches Chelsea Igberase, Dacula Noni Thompkins, Wesleyan selected a pair of All-County Armstrong, Wesleyan teams, players and coaches of Natalie Jessica Helmink, Lanier the year. Morgan Mitchell, Buford In Class A-AAAAAA Tatum Shipes, Buford

Buford’s Gabby Curry was the Player of the Year and Hadli Daniels was Coach of the Year. The Wolves had three other players selected to the AllCounty team. In Class AAAAAAA Norcross’s MaKenzie White was player of the year, while Duluth’s Allison Boes was Coach of the Year. The All-County teams are as follows:

Class A-AAAAAA All-County FIRST TEAM Cienna Townson, GAC

SECOND TEAM Karis Perusek, GAC Maci O’Connor, Providence Rahela Olariu, Hebron Audrey Mangum, Wesleyan Abbey Gritters, Wesleyan Avery Cason, Buford Class AAAAAAA All-County FIRST TEAM Victoria Aaron, Archer Jenna Wendel, Brookwood Sabrina Saavedra, Collins Hill Serena Espinoza, Duluth Rachel Machovec, Mill Creek Rebekah Machovec, Mill Creek

Bailey Carpenter, Mountain View Amanda Hopkins, Mountain View Tia Jimerson, Norcross Lydia Gratwick, Norcross Alexa Fortin, North Gwinnett Lizzy Packer, North Gwinnett Grace Rigsbee, North Gwinnett Helaina Burke, Peachtree Ridge Stephanie Burke, Shiloh SECOND TEAM N’Dea Jones, Brookwood Olivia LaPlume, Brookwood Djenabou Barry, Collins Hill Meredith Eckard, Duluth Jazmine Antoine, Grayson Abbey Gbur, Grayson Nya Ross, Grayson Adair Werley, Mill Creek Emily Walter, Mill Creek Emily Herring, Mountain View Shae O’Farrell, North Gwinnett Emma Vann, Parkview Haley Trust, Parkview Aisha Ambrose, Peachtree Ridge Faith Collector Shiloh

SCHOLAR ATHLETE Journey Pitts, Berkmar Sana Daley, Brookwood Morgan Mitchell, Buford Kyra Knapee, Dacula Alina Nasui, Duluth Cienna Townson, GAC Brittany Oduro, Hebron Jackelyn Orozco, Meadowcreek Chloe Freeman, Mill Creek Natalie Kumeh, Mountain View MaKenzie White, Norcross Shea O’Farrell, North Gwinnett Nicole Diaz, Peachtree Ridge Kelsey Hoskin, Providence Faith Collector, Shiloh Hannah Blas, South Gwinnett Elizabeth Brueh,l Wesleyan Kathryn Mullins, Collins Hill Cyerra Huynh, Discovery Jazmine Antoine, Grayson Victoria Aaron, Archer Zahkia Smith, Central Gwinnett Tamia Jones, Lanier Sophia Martin, Parkview

Mill Creek, North headline all-region softball honors From Staff Reports

AAAAAAA state championship, was selected as coach of Mill Creek and North Gwin- the year. nett took the top awards on The Bulldogs’ Chandler the All-Region 6-AAAAAAA Dennis was the region’s coSoftball Team, released this pitcher of the year, sharing week after voting by the the honor with Mill Creek’s league’s coaches. Skylar Hayward. North’s Randy Black, Mill Creek’s Hannah Adams whose team won the Class was the 6-AAAAAAA player

of the year. The coaches also named the following all-region team: Collins Hill Jessica Neadow Madison Chappell Duluth Sydnee Worthy Mill Creek Hannah Adams

Skylar Heyward Maddison Koepke Mountain View Courtney Roley North Gwinnett Chandler Dennis Emily Brown Makenna Dowell Haley Griffith Peachtree Ridge Felise Collins •

season are either out or will be fighting through said injuries. Simpson has been very pleased with the way others have either stepped up on the depth chart or stepped over from other positions to contribute and keep the Buford defense solid during the postseason. “It’s a cliche to say, ‘Next man up,’ but as a football coach, every one of us has to talk about it,” Simpson said “Every one of us coaches have to convince our kids all the time that you are one snap away from being the guy out there. If you’re not in the rotation, you’re one snap away from being in the rotation. “I tip my hat to our kids. They’ve bought in to that, and a lot of our threes and fours have prepared to be ones and twos, and it’s paid off for us. … (Like) last Friday, it becomes a battle of the back-ups. The guy who wasn’t a one and has become a one, how does he play?” The Wolves’ offense — especially the deep running game led by Anthony Grant (176-1,382, 23 TDs) and Christian Turner (100942, 16 TDs) and a powerful line anchored by major college commits Connor Mills, Dean Powell and Tyler Thurmond — is mostly intact, and could help control the ball and the clock.


Mill Creek runner Moore signs with Troy

Mill Creek senior Delaney Moore has signed with the Troy University (Ala.) men’s cross country and track and field programs. He is the son of David and Patty Moore. Moore was a three-year letter-winner and was a captain this past season for the Hawks, who finished as county and area runner-up, as well as fifth at state. He ran a personal 5K best of 16 minutes, 22 seconds two weeks ago at the Meet of Champions. In track, he has qualified for Sectionals in the 800-meter run the past two seasons and helped Mill Creek to its sixth straight region title last April.

Three Gwinnett grads on Naismith watch list

Gwinnett was well represented on the Naismith Trophy Women’s 50 Preseason Watch List, released this week by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The list is made up of top contenders for the national player of the year award. Duke junior guard Lexie Brown of North Gwinnett, South Carolina junior guard Kaela Davis of Buford and Tennessee junior guard Diamond DeShields of Norcross all made the list. All three are at their second colleges after transferring from other schools — Brown began at Maryland, Davis at Georgia Tech and DeShields at North Carolina. Brown averages 18.4 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 steals and 3 rebounds this season. Davis averages 15.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists. DeShields averages 15 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists. — From staff reports


Plenty of similarities between Mill Creek, Grayson a high-level football game and I hate to keep referring MILL CREEK to it as a Gwinnett County AT GRAYSON football game, but that’s MILL CREEK HAWKS State semifinalists Graywhat it is. It’s going to be (6-AAAAAAA) son and Mill Creek have a physical and it’s going Coach: Shannon Jarvis lot in common. to take a physical, tough Record: 13-0 The two schools will game. Both sides are going Last week: Beat play in Loganville tonight to have tough kids and it McEachern 31-28 in the Class AAAAAAA should be great football.” GRAYSON RAMS state semifinals at 7:30 The two teams looked (8-AAAAAAA) p.m. to be on track for an Coach: Jeff Herron Record: 12-1 Both teams are nationall-Gwinnett state chamLast week: Defeated ally ranked, play suffocatpionship last season, but Colquitt County 49-21 ing defense, have senior Mill Creek was defeated When: Today, 7:30 p.m. quarterbacks and terrific by Colquitt County and TV: GPB kickers. Grayson fell to Roswell in Last meeting: Grayson “There’s a lot of simithe state semifinals. beat Mill Creek 24-6 larities between both of Tonight will be the first in the first round of the us and really what we try meeting between the two playoffs in 2014 to do,” Mill Creek head schools since Grayson Location: Grayson coach Shannon Jarvis said. won at Mill Creek 24-6 in High School “They’re very aggressive the first round of the 2014 in special teams, as we are, Mill Creek quarterback Cameron Turley (16) spots tight end Adrian Jackson (43) open state playoffs. across the middle against North Gwinnett during a regular season game at Mill Creek this season with just two and defensively there’s a “I’m real excited about in Hoschton. (Photo: Karl L. Moore) lot of similarities. You see this,” Grayson defensive interceptions. up just 10.1. them win a lot of games Grayson head coach Jeff end Ellison Hubbard said. turn around defensively “Obviously it’s everyLast week Mill Creek the way we do, with great Herron said. “They’re and can’t get a first down. thing you’ve heard,” Jarvis “So is the team. Of course defense, get a turnover and defeated McEachern 31-28 extremely well-coached, Their kicking game is said. “They execute so well last year when we lost on on the road. Quarterback short fields. they’re extremely big and that Hail Mary we made excellent as well. My hat’s and they’ve got tremen“They steal points a lot Cameron Turley tossed two physical. I read something off to them.” it something that we’ve dous players up front ofof times and that’s exactly touchdown passes to Ace that they’d only given up got to come back to the Grayson’s offense was fensively and then you’ve been the formula for our Williams to give him 30 on (304) yards rushing in 13 powered by its running got the backs that are great semifinals and we’ve got to success the last couple of the year. He’s also thrown games, which is unbeliev- game last week in a 49-21 players. Every single play redeem ourselves from last years. Very similar teams for 2,309 yards and just able. But when you watch win at Colquitt County. our fits have got to be per- year. Real excited for us and the team. I’m sure Mill in that regard.” seven interceptions. them play defense and the The Rams piled up 375 fect. Any given play they The No. 19 Hawks Creek is excited, because On the ground the way they get after it you yards rushing with the duo can take it to the house. (13-0) are averaging 40.5 I remember two years ago Hawks average 171 yards understand why. We’ve got of Kurt Taylor and Jamyest They just put pressure on points per game and giving per game and 5.05 yards when we beat them at their our hands full. They’ve Williams leading the way. your every play, but so up just 11.7. The No. 5 per rushing attempt. got a great offensive line, Quarterback Chase did McEachern last week, home, so I know they’re going to be real excited to Rams (12-1) average 42 “They’ve got a great great offensive skill kids, Brice has thrown for 2,623 so did other teams in our points per game and give team in every phase,” great scheme and you yards and 30 touchdowns region. It’s just going to be come play us at our home.” By Paul Thomas



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so far. But it was confusing at first. We’ve been using the defense that Coach Conn had ever since rec league so that’s been ingrained in us.” Brawley is one of a handful of players who switched positions in the transition. He moved from linebacker to defensive end. Junior Solomon Egbe moved from defensive line to middle linebacker and senior Jake Killian moved from receiver to defensive end. Senior Quinton Thames is playing cornerback after lining up at safety last season. Grayson allowed 26 points in its season-opening loss to IMG Academy (Fla.). Until the last two weeks, when the Rams gave up 21 points in blowout wins over Woodstock and Colquitt County, they hadn’t given up more than 16 points in a game. “We’ve had steady improvement,” Herron said. “We certainly did not play very well in the opener, that was pretty evident and frustrating to see that. I thought we were going to come out and play better than that at the beginning, but we didn’t. But to their credit I think we’ve certainly improved as the year’s wore on. We’re like everybody, we still make mistakes and sometimes they’re very costly. “Sometimes our speed and stuff can cover (the mistakes) up. I’m pleased with the improvement we’ve made for sure.” That speed has done more

Mountain View’s Jaysen Johnson Jr. (10) finds Grayson’s Solomon Egbe (44) waiting for him during a first round state playoff game at Grayson in Loganville. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)

than just cover up mistakes for Grayson this season, it’s led to several defensive scores. Linebacker Darius Martin returned a Colquitt interception 30 yards for a score last week. Linebacker Owen Pappoe, defensive tackle Ryan Taylor, linebacker Breon Dixon and cornerback Jamyest Williams have also scored on interception returns this season. “Anytime that you can get a turnover and a defensive score it’s game-changing,” Herron said. “It’s been something that we’ve been able to do this year several times and you get to this point in this season those plays become even bigger.” Grayson’s defense has been powered by a strong front seven this year and a punishing secondary.

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In addition to Williams and Thames, defensive backs Ismail Abdul and DeAngelo Gibbs have been dominant this year. Up front Brawley, Taylor and senior defensive end Ellison Hubbard have controlled the line so linebackers like Dixon and Pappoe are free to make plays in their gaps. “We communicate a lot. We’re physical. I think the physicality is something that not every team has that we have,” Brawley said. “We’re excited to come hit. It’s just something about it that we have a certain level of. I think that we’re not selfish either. So we do our role and if it’s somebody else’s play to make we make sure we do our job as best as we can and not try to do somebody else’s.”

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4-1 (160-46)

Mill Creek at Grayson Last week (overall)

5-0 (172-34)

4-1 (170-36)

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and Griffith has three. “All four of those guys have how many times until we get it played, I wouldn’t say beyond right. That wanting to be perfect expectations — that was our hope pretty much makes us pursue that that they would but you just don’t during the game and bring it onto know,” Jarvis said. “Those kids the field.” have really done it all year. Even While not perfect, Mill Creek’s against Colquitt. I probably was defense has been pretty darn close more surprised they played that at times this season. The Hawks well soon. I thought we could get are allowing just 11.7 points per to that, so they got there faster, game, pitching four shutouts and which has allowed them to be have allowed just 304 yards rush- better and better as the year’s gone on.” ing for the entire season. Stewart’s son Jake, a junior Mill Creek entered the season linebacker, leads the team in with Hall as the lone returning tackles with 85. He had eight starter after reaching the state tackles last week in a 31-28 win at semifinals last year as well. The Hawks fell to Colquitt County 52- McEachern. Mill Creek has forced 20 turn31 on their home field for the first overs this season and recorded 80 loss of the season. “Personally it definitely pushed tackles for loss while stifling opposing offenses. Victory Heyward me,” senior defensive end David leads the team with four picks and Milon said. “Just the heartbreak Jonathan Gipson has three. after the game knowing that my “The execution of the scheme preparation could have been better trumps scheme any day and that’s personally. I definitely tweaked what these kids so well,” Jarvis and made sure my mindset was said. “They take pride in their runbetter this time.” ning game fits and then obviously Mill Creek opened the season our secondary gets involved in with a 34-27 win over Colquitt that too. We haven’t had big runs in the Corky Kell Classic. It was against us. When you’re holding one of only six games the Hawks a team to negative yards rushallowed multiple touchdowns in ing or you’re averaging (23.4 per this season. game) for the season, you’re not Head coach Shannon Jarvis giving up big plays in the running said the biggest takeaway from the early season win was the play game too and that comes into your secondary, running kids down. A of a defensive line with four new starters. Milon, along with tackles 10-yard gain is a 10-yard gain and not a 50-yard gain. Moses Allen and Ryan Cox and “So it’s not just the front, it’s all defensive end Ayoola Ogun-Seelements of our defense. But a lot more played great in their debut. of it’s got to do with the pride of And when Allen went down our kids in preparation with their with an injury a few weeks later, Jack Griffith stepped up and filled running game fits and that’s what we’ve got to do (tonight against the void. Ogun-Semore leads the Grayson.) There can be no breakteam with 10 sacks. downs (to)night.” Cox has nine, Milon has four

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ondeck Prep Schedule



• Hebron at Prince Avenue Christian 6 p.m. — Berkmar at Parkview 6 p.m. — Brookwood at Norcross 6 p.m. — Discovery at Duluth 6 p.m. — Jefferson at Central 6 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge at Collins Hill 6 p.m. — Shiloh at Marist 6 p.m. — South Forsyth at Lanier 6 p.m. — Wesleyan girls at Mill Creek 6 p.m. — West Forsyth at Meadowcreek 6:30 p.m. — North Oconee at Archer 7 p.m. — Marist boys at GAC 7 p.m. — Towns Co. at Providence 7 p.m. — Wesleyan boys at Galloway


5 p.m. — Wesleyan Invitational 7:20 p.m. — Archer, Shiloh and South at Mountain Park 7:20 p.m. — Norcross, Duluth and Meadowcreek at West Gwinnett


• Buford, Archer, Collins Hill in Southern Slam Invitational at Eastside (S.C.) • Lambert at Mountain View 5 p.m. — Central in Wolverine Classic at Woodstock 5 p.m. — Dacula in King of the Mountain at Towns Co. 5 p.m. — Lanier in Panther Invitational at Jackson Co. 5 p.m. — Meadowcreek at Ola 5 p.m. — Parkview in South Walton (Fla.) Border Wars

The Home Teams








Orlando Orlando Dec. 9, 7:35 p.m. Dec. 11, 2:05 p.m. 102.9-FM 102.9-FM

Detroit at Toronto Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Sat, 7:30 p.m. Mon, 7:30 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM FSSE/92.9-FM FSSE/92.9-FM Kansas City at Los Angeles Off Sun, 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 4:25 p.m. CBS/92.9-FM FOX/92.9-FM Off TBA Off TBA FSSE = FOX Sports Southeast, FSSO = FOX Sports South




7 p.m. — MAC Championship, Ohio vs. Western Michigan ESPN2 9 p.m. — Pac-12 Championship, Colorado vs. Washington FOX


7:30 p.m. — GHSA Class AAAAAAA, Semifinal: Mill Creek at Grayson PBS



Alabama vs. Florida • Saturday, 4 p.m. (CBS) • Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Saban, Alabama focused on Florida superb play from sophomore strong safety Minkah Top-ranked Alabama Fitzpatrick (team-high four interceptions). has such a cushion in the Freshman quarterback College Football Playoff Jalen Hurts paces the ofrankings that it will likely fense by accounting for qualify for the four-team 32 total touchdowns (20 playoffs even if it should passing, 12 rushing) while lose to No. 16 Florida in passing for 2,425 yards Saturday’s SEC Champiand rushing for 840. onship Game in Atlanta at About Florida (8-3, the Georgia Dome. Crim6-2): The Gators rank fifth son Tide coach Nick Saban in scoring defense (14.6) grows irate at such a sugand sixth in total defense gestion and is fully focused (291.9) but will be withon guiding the squad to its Alabama head coach Nick Saban said his team is fo- out six starters, including third consecutive confercused on winning the SEC, not the College Football Play- standouts such as senior ence crown. off. (Photo: Marvin Gentry-USA Today Sports) linebacker Jarrad Davis Alabama, which has (ankle), junior linebacker won 24 consecutive games, is the only undefeated team having the ability to play About Alabama (12-0, Alex Anzalone (arm), junior defensive end Jordan from a major conference for it.” 8-0 SEC): Senior defenSherit (knee) and senior and is considered a shoo-in It would certainly rate as sive end Jonathan Allen safety Marcus Maye (arm). to be part of the playoff a huge upset if the Gators (seven sacks, two fumble Sophomore quarterback but Saban got testy when were to win the game and return touchdowns) is Luke Del Rio (shoulder) he fielded a question about coach Jim McElwain — a the only defensive player will be available only in being in regardless of the former Alabama offensive among the five Walter an emergency so senior outcome. coordinator — understands Camp Player of the Year Austin Appleby (964 “That’s certainly not the history of the matchup. finalists and he is leader yards, six touchdowns, two the mindset that we want “These are two storied of a defense that ranks interceptions) will again be on our team,” Saban told programs that year-in and first nationally in scoring under center for an offense reporters at a press confer- year-out expect to be in defense (11.4 points per ence. “This is a big game Atlanta,” McElwain told game), total defense (246.8 averaging just 16.3 points for us. It’s an opportunity reporters. “Part of that is yards per game) and rush- in his last three starts. Sophomore running to win the SEC champion- a mindset and an undering defense (68.7). Sophoback Jordan Scarlett has ship, which to me is a very, standing, and the players more Marlon Humphrey rushed for 778 yards and very significant accomwho come to these schools (leg) is ailing, but Saban six touchdowns, while plishment. We hold that in have the expectation to al- feels he will recover in junior cornerback Teez very high esteem, having ways play that extra game time to play, and the corTabor has a team-best four the ability to do that, havin December, and this year nerback is a standout in a ing the opportunity to do it, is no different.” secondary that is receiving interceptions.

The Sports Xchange

Clemson looks to get into top four The Sports Xchange Third-ranked Clemson’s goal of making it to the College Football Playoff for a second consecutive year is within reach if it can take care of No. 18 Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game in Orlando on Saturday. The Tigers are trying to win back-toback ACC titles for the first time since 1987-88, while the Hokies are looking for their first conference crown since 2010 and first 10-win season since 2011.

ACC TITLE GAME Who: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando TV: ABC

The Tigers have had a singular focus since a 4540 loss to Alabama in last year’s national championship game and, despite a 43-42 setback against Pitt three weeks ago, they’ve put themselves in position to earn another shot.

“These guys have embraced that target all year long, and they’ve found ways to win,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told reporters. “And now as we get into this run here, we’re playing our best football, and that’s what we need to be doing. This is the best team I’ve had since I’ve been here.” First-year coach Justin Fuente quickly has revived Virginia Tech following back-to-back 7-6 seasons. Three of the Hokies’ last four wins have been by

three points, but they’re coming off a 52-10 rout of rival Virginia on Saturday. Star Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson got off to a somewhat sluggish start this season, but has returned to form recently and threw six touchdown passes against South Carolina, including three to Mike Williams. The Hokies’ resurgence has been built on a hardnosed defense, much like the Virginia Tech teams that enjoyed success under longtime coach Frank Beamer.


Local parks hosting FBU playoffs


From Staff Reports

8 p.m. — Cleveland at Chicago ESPN 8 p.m. — Detroit at Atlanta FSSE 10:30 p.m. — Houston at Denver ESPN

2:30 p.m. — Premiership Sale Sharks vs. Exeter Chiefs. NBCSP


1 p.m. — FIS Alpine Audi World Cup: Val d’Isere, Men, Super G. NBCSP


2:30 p.m. — Bundesliga Mainz 05 vs FC Bayern Munich. FS1 Saturday


7:25 a.m. — Premier League Manchester City FC vs Chelsea FC NBCSP 9:30 a.m. — Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach FS1 9:55 a.m. — Premier League Tottenham Hotspur FC vs Swansea City AFC NBCSP 12:30 p.m. — Premier League West Ham United FC vs Arsenal FC NBC


Noon — American Athletic Championship, Temple at Navy ABC Noon — Conference USA Championship, Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky ESPN Noon — Troy at Georgia Southern ESPN2 Noon — Kansas State at TCU FS1 12:30 p.m. — Oklahoma State at Oklahoma FOX 3:30 p.m. — Baylor at West Virginia FS1 4 p.m. — SEC Championship, Alabama vs. Florida CBS 7:30 p.m. — Arkansas State at Texas State ESPN2 7:45 p.m. — Mountain West Conference Championship San Diego State at Wyoming ESPN 8 p.m. — ACC Championship, Clemson vs. Virginia Tech ABC 8 p.m. — Big Ten Championship, Wisconsin vs. Penn State FOX


12:30 p.m. — UCLA at Kentucky CBS 3:30 p.m. — Stanford at Kansas ESPN 3:30 p.m. — Xavier at Baylor ESPN2 4:30 p.m. — Rhode Island at Providence FSSE 4:30 p.m. — Boston University at N.C. State FSSO 5:30 p.m. — Hoophall L.A. Invitational, Gonzaga vs. Arizona ESPN 5:30 p.m. — Maine at Duke ESPN2


2:30 p.m. — PGA Tour Hero World Challenge, Third Round. From Albany, New Providence, Bahamas. NBC


2:30 p.m. — Mississippi State at Iowa State FSSE


5:30 p.m. — AT&T Winter National Championships. From Atlanta. NBCSP


7:30 p.m. — Atlanta at Toronto FSSE


• Will Hammock, Sports Editor: • Christine Troyke, Staff Writer: • David Friedlander, Staff Writer: • Paul Thomas, Staff Writer: • Scott Smith, Senior Correspondent: • To report scores, call 770-339-5850

While Gwinnett high schools fight for state titles, some of the region’s top youth football teams begin their quests for national championships this weekend in the county. Four Gwinnett parks will host early rounds of the Football University National Championship, a 64-team bracket in sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade divisions. Nearly 7,000 athletes will compete in this year’s

event, which features six rounds culminating in the national finals in Naples, Fla. The Gwinnett County Super Regional will feature games today through Sunday at E.E. Robinson Park in Sugar Hill, Rabbit Hill Park in Dacula, George Pierce Park in Suwanee and Duncan Creek Park in Dacula. GFL-Georgia, made up of Gwinnett Football League and other area players, has a team in each grade division. The top

contender in the eighthgrade division is powerhouse Team Broward, which won sixth- and seventh-grade national titles as the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes. The Hurricanes’ highlights are popular on YouTube, and they feature the No. 1 player nationally in the Class of 2021, running back Amari Daniels. Both GFL and Broward play their games today through Sunday at George Pierce and Duncan Creek. GFL opens up with games

today at 10 a.m. (sixth grade), noon (seventh grade) and 2 p.m. (eighth grade), all at Duncan Creek. Broward’s eighthgrade team faces Sarasota (Fla.) today at 4 p.m. at George Pierce. FBU hosts the national championship event each year through its parent company, All-American Games, which also operates the U.S. Army AllAmerican Game. For more information on the championship, go to

Coaches name all-county XC teams From Staff Reports The Gwinnett County cross country coaches held their season-ending banquet Thursday night at Meadowcreek, honor-

ing the best from this past season as well as inducting two new members of the Gwinnett Running Hall of Fame. The new hall of famers are former North Gwinnett

runner Kathleen Turchin and former South Gwinnett runner Ryley Miller. Peachtree Ridge swept the runner of the year awards, which went to Mary Kathryn Knott and

Chase Condra. Brookwood earned both coach of the year honors, which went to Chris Carter and Ben Dehnke. The coaches also honored their all-county teams.

CROSS COUNTRY COACHES ALL-COUNTY TEAM ALL-COUNTY BOYS • Zunair Manzoor, Brookwood • Chase Condra, Peachtree Ridge • Jordan Bullock, Brookwood • Axel Avalos, Central Gwinnett • Patrick Smith, Brookwood • Christian Corsello, Parkview • Alex Haggard, Peachtree Ridge • Merrick Rizzo, Collins Hill • Steven Velazquez, Mill Creek • David Michael, Parkview • Eric O’Hara, Mill Creek • Biya Haile, Meadowcreek • David Gunn, Grayson • Bobby Tucker, Mountain View • Anthony Urmetz, Collins Hill • Gruem Tesfamariam, Brookwood • Jordan Smith, Central Gwinnett • Jackson Reilly, Norcross • Tyler Harkins, Mountain View • Daniel Mativo, Brookwood ALL-COUNTY GIRLS • Lauren Flynt, Brookwood • Mary Kathryn Knott, Peachtree Ridge • Lyndsey Fowler, North Gwinnett

• Sara Scales, Mill Creek • Skylar English, Dacula • Camryn Petit, Mill Creek • Kenedi Rodney, Dacula • Elizabeth Saliba, Brookwood • Miranda Taylor, Hebron • Reese Saddler, Brookwood • Grace Spivey, Archer • Hannah Gatland, Brookwood • Marisa Petit, Mill Creek • Mackenzie Ellison, Brookwood • Alaina Burnside, Peachtree Ridge • Sarah Melkerson, North Gwinnett • Jamie Freeman, Parkview • Lauren Friedman, North Gwinnett • Avery Freeman, Brookwood • Olivia Fuller, Mill Creek HONORABLE MENTION James Cragin, Archer; Olivia Henry, Archer; David Llanes, Berkmar; Annalee Hernandez, Berkmar; Thomas Ridley, Brookwood; Emma d’Aquin, Brookwood; Isaac Pagan, Central Gwinnett; Lauren Keeler, Central Gwinnett; Kai Brickey, Collins Hill; Mikayla Dudley, Collins Hill; Alex Medley,

Dacula; Maddie McVannan, Dacula; Jonathan Herredia, Discovery; Lesly Durant, Discovery; Brian Pelland, Duluth; David Reed, GAC; Abby Kettle, GAC; Gabe McNett, Grayson; Kayla Langston, Grayson; Brandon Potra, Hebron; Amanda Jackson, Hebron; Matthew Arrowood, Lanier; Zoie Gardner, Lanier; Vertron Kitts, Meadowcreek; Kayla Rumph, Meadowcreek; Delaney Moore, Mill Creek; Hannah Olive, Mill Creek; Caleb Iwan, Mountain View; Alexis Carter, Mountain View; Gabriel Schlicht, Norcross; Maggie O’Leary, Norcross; Carter Holland, North Gwinnett; MaKenna Kulzer, North Gwinnett; Henok Hallu, Parkview; Andrea Ploussard, Parkview; Thomas Kennedy, Peachtree Ridge; Meghan Peel, Peachtree Ridge; Chandler Scoggins, Providence; Anna Huntington, Providence; Indigo Lee, South Gwinnett; Keith Richard, South Gwinnett; Robert Cranston, Shiloh; Vanessa Mosley, Shiloh; Peter Hess, Wesleyan; Nicole Fasciana, Wesleyan


Collins’ 21 leads Bears past North From Staff Reports LAWRENCEVILLE — Led by a game-high 21 points from Kamryn Collins, Mountain View defeated North Gwinnett 55-37 in a region matchup Thursday. The Bears (2-4, 1-1) got 15 points from Alea Spears and a doubledouble from Lilian Kennedy with 11 points and 10 rebounds. North (1-4, 0-1) was led by Jessica Belcher’s 15 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL BOYS HOOPS Prince Ave. 64, Hebron 62 BOGART — John Stewart scored 18 and was one of three in double digits for Hebron in a narrow 64-62 loss to Prince Avenue on Thursday. Troy Allen had 14 and Connor Almon added 10 for the Lions (3-2, 0-1). WRESTLING WRESTLING Peachtree Ridge 66, Southwest DeKalb 18 DECATUR — Captains Kyle Brown, Connor Bradley and Bryce Jones led Peachtree Ridge to a 66-18 rout of Southwest DeKalb on Thursday.

FANS CHOICE WINTER ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Who: Travis Anderson School: Grayson Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Highlights: Made 11 3-pointers and scored 43 points in the Rams’ 74-50 win over Cherokee, in addition to scoring 25 points in a 60-54 victory over Discovery in the finals of the Lanier Thanksgiving Tournament Coach Geoffrey Pierce’s take: “One of the things that serves Travis well is his ability to move on to the next play or game regardless of well he is playing. The coaching staff can get on him for not playing up to his ability and it just makes him work harder. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to coach some guards in my high school career who play and produce at a high level, and one of the traits that they all possessed was their desire and ability to not be outworked, whether it be during a game, in practice or when they are training when no one else is watching. Travis also possesses this trait. He constantly wins when we run sprints in practice and all of his reps are at game speed. People see the 11 3-pointers that he hit vs. Cherokee but nobody sees him getting up shots before school at 6 a.m. He’s got all A’s and B’s and takes the term student-athlete to heart. The sky is the limit for this young man as long as he keeps the same work ethic and desire that he has displayed so far.”

Wesleyan overcomes Mill Creek By Will Hammock

half. I thought they did a great job in the second half offensively against us.” The total of 55 points HOSCHTON — By the was the highest allowed so time Morgan Simmons far this season by Wesleyan steadied the Mill Creek (4-0), in large part because girls basketball team with of Simmons. The senior a first-quarter 3-pointer, guard has stepped into the the host Hawks were down lead scoring role for the 9-0 three minutes into Hawks Thursday’s matchup of (5-1), enunbeatens. tering the Wesleyan built on its matchup start and got up by as many averaging as 22 points in the second 17 points. quarter, but the Hawks Simcame charging back in mons, a Mikayla the second half behind a Wingate Coombs career night from Simrecruit, mons. Unfortunately for scored a career- and gamethe hosts, the damage from high 27 points on 6 of the first half was too much 10 shooting from 3-point to overcome. range. She also grabbed six The powerhouse Wolves rebounds. left with a 73-55 that “I think she was the only wasn’t as easy as the score player, in my opinion, that indicated. They saw the really was ready to go for lead shrink to 10 midway us from the opening tip,” through the fourth quarter, Phillips said. “She was but closed on an 11-3 run ready. The rest of them in a game between two wanted to be ready but successful programs who weren’t quite there. But traditionally play a nonI liked the way Wynter region game early in the (Webb), Kim (Forbes) and season. Bridget (Mukasa), those “It went really well in three in particular, did a the first half and I we got great job of bouncing back a little bit overconfident,” from the first half and Wesleyan girls coach Jan coming out ready in the Azar said. “We didn’t second half.” come out playing defense Wesleyan also did a in the second half like we good job offensively, in should have. What I love spurts, to score 73 points about what (Mill Creek on a Mill Creek defense coach) Ashley (Phillips) that had given up 32, 35, does with his team is 43, 50 and 39 points to its they’ll never stop playing. first five opponents. They fought and came out Freshman A.C. Carter ready to play in the second had 18 points to lead the


Wolves, including 13 in the critical first half. Connecticut-bound Mikayla Coombs (playing a home game of sorts since she lives in the Mill Creek cluster) had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four steals, while Natalie Armstrong had 16 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Amaya Register had eight points and eight assists, Bailey Edwards had eight points and seven boards and Sutton West grabbed seven rebounds. Coombs opened the game with a 3-pointer and Armstrong had a pair of baskets in the 9-0 start, then Mill Creek had to play half the second quarter without Simmons, who got a controversial pair of fouls seconds apart — her second and third, one on the offensive end and one on the defensive end. Simmons was on the court was Wesleyan’s other big first-half run, an 11-0 spurt just before halftime that stretched the lead to 44-22. A layup by Simmons with 17.7 seconds left got the deficit back to 20 at halftime. A different Mill Creek team emerged after the break, though. Simmons opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers, Alex Bolling (nine points) added a three-point play and Webb (12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists) followed with a 3-pointer. “(Simmons) lit it up,” Azar said. “She did a great

NASCAR gathers to honor season’s best By Don Coble

Staff Correspondent

The NASCAR community gathered in Las Vegas this week to hand out millions of dollars and give away a lot of awards, including a record-tying eighth Sprint Cup Series championship for Jimmie Johnson. It also will be a time to reflect on the just-completed season that started a week after Valentine’s Day and ended less than a week before Thanksgiving. There were several twists and turns, including:

Top series gets new sponsor NASCAR said on Thursday it reached an agreement that will see energy drink company Monster Energy become the title sponsor for the stock car racing series starting with the 2017 season. Monster Energy replaces U.S. wireless carrier Sprint, who announced in 2014 that it was leaving the sport after the 2016 season during which it spent a reported $75 million annually on NASCAR sponsorship. Sprint became NASCAR’s Cup series sponsor starting with the 2008 season after it purchased Nextel, which took the naming rights in 2004. NASCAR, which is struggling with sagging ticket revenues and television ratings, will open its 2017 season in February with the Daytona 500. — The Sports Xchange

championships and 49 races, including the roadcourse race at Sonoma, Calif., this year. He also was ordered to seek anger management counseling by a sponsor, as well as receiving several fines for comments against NASCAR. In fact, one of his championships came while he was on probation.

ence‑based kind of feel, whether you have that comfort moving forward.”

Daniel Suárez gana el Campeonato de Xfinity If you could read that headline, you probably understand the significance of Mexican-born driver Daniel Suarez’s Xfinity Series championship. Suarez, of Monterrey, Mexico, won the sport’s Young guns on target to second-tier title by winning the pole position and keep sport on track race at the season-finale The latest wave of young drivers is the assur- at the Homestead-Miami ance NASCAR needed to Speedway. And in the process, he attract its next generation became the first foreignof drivers. Johnson’s seventh title “Chase started to build born driver to win a NAStional problems in the past Rookie Chase Elliott, ties Petty, Earnhardt some hope.” CAR national championfour years, Stewart drove 21, made the Chase for For most of the season, Johnson, crew chief his final laps two weeks the Championship. So did ship. Jimmie Johnson was a Chad Knaus, car owner Minutes after the race, ago at the Homestead24-year-old Kyle Larson non-contender for a cham- Rick Hendrick and sponMexico president Enrique Miami Speedway. He now and 26-year-old Austin pionship. His Hendrick sor Lowe’s have all been Pena Nieto, Tweeted: will focus on his role as a Dillon. Motorsports team was together since 2002, and co-owner at Stewart-Haas Also, 24-year-old Chris “Pride for Mexico and mired in a company-worst that steadiness helped the Racing and returning to Latin America in the Buescher won a race and slump all summer. team keep its focus during his racing roots at dirtsuccess of Daniel Suarez 22-year-old Ryan Blaney But once the Chase for times of struggles. in NASCAR. Congratulatracks. marked the full-time the Championship started, In all, Johnson won five tions!” He leaves behind a return of Wood Brothers Johnson found a higher races, and three of them Suarez, who learned to legacy of success and Racing to a top-20 finish gear. came in the playoffs. speak English by watching disappointment, happiness in the standings. Johnson snapped a At 41, Johnson said he and tears and perplexing Elliott, the son of 1988 cartoons, also won three 24-race drought with now wants an eighth title. and playful demeanor. champion Bill Elliott, fin- races this year for Joe a victory Oct. 9 at the “I don’t know what the “I think there are always ished 10th in the standings Gibbs Racing. Charlotte Motor Speedchances are, but let’s go,” points in everybody’s life with 10 top-10 finishes. “The very first time that way, and that became the he said. “The fire still I was going to move to you wish you had done “Good news is I don’t catalyst for victories at the burns.” the States, a lot of people something a little bit have to go to any more Martinsville Speedway different,” Stewart said. rookie meetings, which is told me it was going to be and Homestead-Miami Stewart shifts to new difficult because I was a “I’ve had a lot of those nice,” young Elliott said. Speedway later in the life away from NASCAR moments for sure that if I “I think you just kind of Mexican driver, and noplayoffs that led to a sevdriver’s seat body else made it happen could go back and redo it learn from experiences enth championship which Tony Stewart isn’t goin the past,” Suarez said. I would love to do it over and things you encountied him with legendary ing away from NASCAR, again. I think how every“Right now, honestly, I ter along the way, not so drivers Richard Petty and but he won’t be back as a thing shook out at the end much whether it’s your can tell that to be a MexiDale Earnhardt. driver. can driver, Latin American I’m pretty proud of that first year or first race or “This summer, no After struggling with driver, is something posiand happy about it.” whatever it is. I think chance,” Johnson said. physical, legal and emotive.” Stewart won three it’s more of an experi-

Basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto............... 12....6.....667....... -Boston............... 10....8.....556........2 New York..............9....9.....500........3 Brooklyn...............5..12.....294.....6.5 Philadelphia.........4..14.....222........8 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Charlotte............ 10....8.....556....... -Atlanta............... 10....9.....526........5 Orlando................7.. 11.....389........3 Washington..........6.. 11.....353.....3.5 Miami...................6..12.....333........4 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland........... 13....3.... .812....... -Chicago............. 10....7.....588.....3.5 Detroit................ 10..10.....500........5 Milwaukee............8....8.....500........5 Indiana.................9..10.... .474.....5.5 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio....... 15....4.....789....... -Houston............. 11....7.... .611.....3.5 Memphis............ 11....8.....579........4 New Orleans........7..12.....368........8

job. She shoots the ball very, very well. We knew that coming in. We told them. They believe us now, but the game’s over.” From there, Mill Creek hung tough, but never got the score within single digits. The Hawks outscored Wesleyan in the second half 31-29. “That didn’t surprise me (that Mill Creek fought back), they’re a gritty bunch,” Phillips said. “My biggest concern coming into this game is we wouldn’t be ready for the level that (Wesleyan’s players) play at and that’s exactly what happened. We wanted to play better but we almost had to get out there for a few minutes and feel what it was like at that level. … We had a good talk at halftime. And they were very focused an wanting to play better in the second half and they did. “The reason we play Wesleyan is we want to get better. We want to win, too. We’re all competitors. But in the end, it’s about getting better.” Wesleyan couldn’t pull away throughout the second half, but it finished the game nicely after five straight points from Webb cut the gap to 10 points with 4:04 left. That’s when the Wolves’ game-closing, 11-3 run finished it off. “We did a really good job fighting off their comeback,” Azar said. “We gathered, calmed down and finished the game well.”

Weir wins in Atlanta From Staff Reports ATLANTA — Prepping for an even bigger meet next week, Amanda Weir won her event Thursday night in the A&T Winter National Championships. The Brookwood grad and SwimAtlanta product, fresh off winning her fourth Olympic medal this past summer, placed first in the 50-yard freestyle in a meet hosted by Georgia Tech at the McAuley Aquatic Center. Weir, 30, won with a time of 21.81 seconds, finishing ahead of North Carolina Tar Heel Caroline Baldwin (22.33) and Colombian Isabella Arcila (22.40). “I’m happy with it,” Weir said. “I’m unshaved. I’m starting to rest for a big, big meet next week.” Weir will swim for Team USA next week in the FINA World Championships in Windsor, Canada. Even with that week on tap, she opted to compete this week in the same pool where she practices. “Well, (the meet’s) here, so this is where I practice,” Weir said on why she’s competing two weeks in a row. “So it’s either race for practice or go find somewhere else to practice, so why not race?”

SPORTS AT A GLANCE Dallas...................3..14.... .176...... 11 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City... 12....8.....600....... -Utah................... 11....8.....579........5 Portland............. 10..10.....500........2 Denver.................7.. 11.....389........4 Minnesota............5..13.....278........6 Pacific Division W L Pct GB Golden State...... 16....2.....889....... -L.A. Clippers...... 14....5.....737.....2.5 L.A. Lakers......... 10..10.....500........7 Sacramento.........7.. 11.....389........9 Phoenix................6..13.... .316...10.5 Wednesday’s Games Detroit 121, Boston 114 Toronto 120, Memphis 105 L.A. Lakers 96, Chicago 90 Oklahoma City 126, Washington 115, OT New York 106, Minnesota 104 San Antonio 94, Dallas 87 Miami 106, Denver 98 Phoenix 109, Atlanta 107 Portland 131, Indiana 109 Sacramento at Philadelphia, PPD Thursday’s Games Dallas at Charlotte, late Milwaukee at Brooklyn, late Orlando at Memphis, late

L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, late Miami at Utah, late Houston at Golden State, late Today’s Games Orlando at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Boston, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Detroit at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Washington at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Houston at Denver, 10:30 p.m.

Football National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA New England.. 9... 2... 0.. .818...293...197 Miami.............. 7... 4... 0...636...249...240 Buffalo............. 6... 5... 0...545...281...236 N.Y. Jets.......... 3... 8... 0...273...196...266 South W L T Pct PF PA Houston.......... 6... 5... 0...545...194...236 Tennessee...... 6... 6... 0...500...308...296 Indianapolis.... 5... 6... 0...455...270...301 Jacksonville.... 2... 9... 0.. .182...214...293 North W L T Pct PF PA Pittsburgh........ 6... 5... 0...545...266...222

Baltimore........ 6... 5... 0...545...218...201 Cincinnati........ 3... 7... 1.. .318...213...245 Cleveland........ 0.12... 0...000...197...352 West W L T Pct PF PA Oakland.......... 9... 2... 0.. .818...307...275 Kansas City.... 8... 3... 0...727...252...214 Denver............ 7... 4... 0...636...266...219 San Diego....... 5... 6... 0...455...313...291 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas............ 10... 1... 0...909...316...213 N.Y. Giants...... 8... 3... 0...727...231...213 Washington..... 6... 4... 1...591...280...264 Philadelphia.... 5... 6... 0...455...254...213 South W L T Pct PF PA Atlanta............ 7... 4... 0...636...358...302 Tampa Bay...... 6... 5... 0...545...249...264 New Orleans... 5... 6... 0...455...334...307 Carolina.......... 4... 7... 0...364...276...281 North W L T Pct PF PA Detroit............. 7... 4... 0...636...247...238 Minnesota....... 6... 5... 0...545...218...192 Green Bay...... 5... 6... 0...455... 274...289 Chicago.......... 2... 9... 0.. .182...178...264 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle............ 7... 3... 1...682...224...187 Arizona........... 4... 6... 1...409...245...228 Los Angeles.... 4... 7... 0...364...170...236 San Francisco.1.10... 0...091...228...344

Thursday’s Game Dallas at Minnesota, late Sunday’s Games Kansas City at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Miami at Baltimore, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Chicago, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Houston at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Denver at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Los Angeles at New England, 1 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Washington at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. Tampa Bay at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. Carolina at Seattle, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Game Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.

Transactions BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS—Signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Signed RHP Simon Castro and 3B Jermaine Curtis to a minor league contract. SEATTLE MARINERS—Outrighted LHP Pat Venditte to Tacoma. National League MIAMI MARLINS—Signed RHP

Edinson Volquez to a two-year, $22 million contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association DETROIT PISTONS—NBA fined C Andre Drummond $15,000 for elbowing an opponent. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS—NBA fined Doc Rivers $15,000 for his actions in a previous game. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS—Recalled SG Timothe Luwawu and PF Nerlens Noel from Delaware (NBADL). FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS—Added DB Shamiel Gary to the practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Cut WR Dez Stewart. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Activated LB Trent Cole from the IR/Designated for Return list. Waived QB Stephen Morris. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Placed DE Jaye Howard on IR. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Activated WR Rashawn Scott from the practice squad. Added WR Da’Ron Brown to the practice squad. Cut DT Leon Orr. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Added DE Demetrius Cherry to the practice squad.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF REGISTRATIONS AND ELECTIONS (EXECUTIVE SESSION) Date and Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM Location: 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville GA 30046 NOTICE OF SPECIAL CALLED MEETING The Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections will hold a Special Called Meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 5:30 pm at the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046 for the purpose of holding an executive session. This 1st day of December, 2016. 928-458442, 12/2 MCCULLOUGH TOWING 4431 BUFORD HWY NORCROSS, GA 30071 770-263-8483 11/22/16 NOTICE OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE The following vehicle, advertised to O.C.G.A.Code Section 40-11-12, is being stored at 4431 Buford Hwy, Norcross, Ga. 30071. 770263-8483. This vehicle is being deemed abandoned and will be auctioned or disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner and or lien holder. The Vehicle was impounded from 5301 West Fairington Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30038 Ga. on 11/15/16, at the request of the property owner or manager. Yamaha Motor Corp Waverunner VIN# YAMA2521F999 Tag# GA 0686NM 928-457263, 11/25,12/2 PUBLIC NOTICE OF CONCURRENCE WITH COMPLIANCE STATUS REPORT AND REMOVAL FROM THE HAZARDOUS SITE INVENTORY This is to inform all interested persons that the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has completed its review of a Compliance Status Report (CSR) for the following property(ies). EPD concurs with the responsible party’s certification that this property(ies) is in compliance with the Risk Reduction Standards of §391-3-19-.07 of the Georgia Rules for Hazardous Site Response (Rules). Therefore, pursuant to §391-3-19-.06 (6)(b)(3) of the Rules, EPD is removing this property from the HSI in accordance with §391-3-19.05(4)(b) of the Rules. Applicant/Responsible Party: Squirrel Properties, LLC HSI Site No.: 10292 Tax Parcel ID #: R6–139– 399 Site Name: Crymes Landfill Site Street Address: 6255 Lawrenceville Highway City, County, Zip Code: Tucker, Gwinnett County 30084 EPD Compliance Officer: Ms. Antonia Beavers 928-458683, 12/2


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ture, clothing, tools, and other household/business items. PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 28138 3679 McElroy Rd Doraville, GA. 30340 (770) 452-8144 TIME: 9:30 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: A009–Gunbay, Christina A010–Parker, Theondra A013–Heflin, Tiffany A014–HEFLIN, VIOLA B008–HOSKINS, TYEREESA D058–Thompson, Natasha D068–White, Randall E028–Gilbert, Neil E044–Alston, Julian E076–Santago, Marie E080–Serano, Sterling F605–Villalobos, Michael F800–Parker, Davelle F810–Sly, Shamora F860–Inner Body Solutions F878–Morgan, Radcliff PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 28149 3055 Jones Mill Rd Peachtree Corners, GA. 30071 (770) 447-9755 TIME: 10:00 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: 145–Hall, Jermaine 159–Reyes, Marcela 163–Jennings, Nicole 283–Pittman, Tequilla 285–Watson, Nicholas 319–Mosby, Marcus 32–Collins, Jamel 337–Cienfuegos, Jose 341–Henry, Kimberly 36–Watkins, Mario 363–Lackey, Tammy 377–Mcgowan, Rashauna 443–Lawless, Michael 461–Glenn, Tamika 464–Collins, Tony PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 29104 3265 Holcomb Bridge Rd Peachtree Corners, GA. 30092 (770) 449-0384 TIME: 10:30 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: 1106–Weeks, Phillip 1223–Sands, Bianca R 1308–Joyce, Tia 1507–Kukela, Jimmy 2110–Jones-Lawrence, Latarsha 2225–Curtis, Demetrius 2601–head, khristina 4525–Harvey, Chequadia 4529–Warden, Stanley W 4604–Isom, Derran PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 20171 6289 Jimmy Carter Blvd Norcross, GA. 30071 (770) 416-9275 TIME: 11:00 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: A035–Funderburk, Tameca B024–Jackson, Nikia B051–Johnson, Leslia C042–MOFFET, TRICE D011–Wilson, Kimberly D045–Holmes, Charles D071–Hayes, Brianna E001–Groce, Danielle E019–Donker, Micaela E060–Carpenter, Natalie E074–West, Gerad E108–Smith, Brittany E145–Richardson, Nicka E148–ARCHIE, LATICIA F002–Phillips, Jp F003–Galloway, Aujanae F009–Smith, Sylandia F034–Gowdy, Letavia F035–Koushiar, Saeid G013–Shaw, Tamera G017–Long, KaTesha PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 28150 6770 Dawson Blvd Norcross, GA. 30093 (770) 448-2130 TIME: 11:30 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: A104–Schulze, MEYKEL Chevy Last 4 VIN: 9137 A129–Buffalo, Tonya C125–Torres, Louise C127–Lainez, Garcia C206–OLDS, DONALD C218–Davis, Elois C229–craver, david C232–Owens, Tona D124–Bailey, Frederick D129–Maresette, Rotricia D157–Esparza-Flores, Julio E139–Price, Robin E163–Coleman, Anastasia F109–Thorpe, Perrell F119–Curry, Newton F142–Gist, Tyree F154–Davis, Juan I158–WHITE, CRYSTAL J125–Lewis, Stevie J176–Lainez, Garcia J224–Patrick, Deryck NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Pursuant to the Georgia Self-Service Storage Facility Act, Ga. Code Ann. §§ 10-4210 et seq., the undersigned will conduct a public auction on December 14, 2016 of the below-listed units. Each of the below units generally contain the following: furniture, clothing, tools, and other household/business items. P

PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 20489 6000 Lawrenceville Hwy. Tucker, GA. 30084 (770) 923-9400 TIME: 9:30 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: A014–Bryant, Manuela B013–Grant, Shamel C079–Scott, Jasmine C083–Ebongo, Yannick E058–banks, eric E101–Reed, Duan E109–Foskey, Conswalla F020–Slack, Ronald G004–Lopez, Karla G076–Brown, April PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 08049 5010 Jimmy Carter Blvd Norcross, GA. 30093 (770) 446-8358 TIME: 10:00 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: 0346–Thomas, Deborah 0409–Broadnax, Ithamer 0436–Roberts, Jonathan 0444–Royster, Cristina 0627–Ross, Erica 0710–Harris, Deborah 0721–Levin, Nicole 0812–Chisolm, Channon 0824–Pesina, Sanjuanita 0847–Pearson, Leticia 0851–Morris, Deangelo 0854–MARZETTE, TERRELL 0912–hassan, ata 2046–Martinelli, Giovanni 2049–Martinelli, Giovanni 2053–Martinelli, Giovanni PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 29135 1755 Indian Trail Rd Norcross, GA. 30093 (678) 924-0203 TIME: 10:30 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: 1065–Berry, Carlton 1081–PAYNE, JOSEPH 1274–Coaxum, Ahmal 2093–Clivens, Jwayne 2112–Littleton, Kenneth 2125–Knight, Rhonda 2165–Fletcher, Bruce 2227–Lewis, Martha 2317–Garcia, Yesenia 2362–CHIN, FABIAN 2365–Johnson, Nakesha 3021–Taylor, Jonnetta 3048–Moss, Amber 3154–Jennings, Jasmine 3171–Vaughan, Andrew 3291–Robinson, Tina 3332–Allen, Evelyn 3392–Munilla Beltran, Robert 3407–LAM, KIEU 3441–jones, diamond C012–Hinds, Radcliffe C018–Hinds, radcliffe D001–HOLLEMAN, LUCY D007–Hinds, Radcliffe E046–Bester, Robertina PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 24346 615 Indian Trail Rd Lilburn, GA. 30047 (770) 638-0498 TIME: 11:00 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: A048–Cryer, Japera B057–Holins, Patricia B063–Foster, Donnetta C009–MOORE, FRED C052–Mezier, Daniella C062–WILLOUGHBY, DAVID D014–Jones, Michael PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 21901 95 Arcado Rd Lilburn, GA. 30047 (770) 638-9211 TIME: 11:30 AM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: B069–Robinson, Kimberly B131–Howell, Justin C009–Heath, Christine C011–Martinez, Juan C025–Slade, Anneka C067–Gray, Margaret D009–Shaw, Ronalds D020–Berrian, Miranda D027–Starling, Marlon D056–Nolley, Doreen PUBLIC STORAGE PROPERTY: 23106 460 Beaver Ruin Rd Lilburn, GA. 30047 (770) 638-1196 TIME: 12:00 PM STORED BY THE FOLLOWING PERSONS: B104–Webb, Carlos B108–Durden, Jessica B120–DELGADO, STEVEN B130–Duncan, Donna D181–Roberts, Danny D245–Rodriguez, Anthony D246–Ruelas, Jose D253–Farid, Chelsea E267–Montgomery, Jermaine E280–Moss, Tanya E312–Clayton, Stevan E350–MYERS, JOYEE E356–Hodge, Quinshana E360–Chaffin, Sylvia F397–taylor, klishia F413–Alipour, Soey F464–Acosta, Minelva G506–Jones, DeAnthony All sales are subject to cancellation. Public auction terms, rules, and regulations will be made available prior t



NOW HIRING APPLY TODAY The Hampton Inn and the Homewood Suites in Lawrenceville, GA are now hiring for multiple positions. Hotels are now accepting applications for the following positions: Hampton Inn 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway




will be made available prior to the sale. Dated this 25th day of November and 2nd day of December 2016 by PS Orangeco, Inc., 701 Western Avenue, Glendale, CA 91201. (818) 244-8080, Bond No. 6004928. 929-456108, 11/25,12/2

Brewery Credit Union, in the Small Claims Court of Milwaukee County, Case No: 16-SC-028113. A hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. on December 16, 2016, at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 400, 901 N. Ninth Street, (414) 9855757. If you do not appear, a judgment may be given to the person suing you. (A copy of this claim has been mailed to you at the address above.) We are attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Dated this 30th day of November, 2016. Mark C. Darnieder State Bar No: 1017259 Darnieder & Sosnay 735 N. Water St., Suite 930 Milwaukee, WI 53202 930-458452, 12/2

Pleasantdale Storage of Doraville shall conduct an online auction at to conclude on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 10:00am Unit #A56 – Virginia Sanchez–Unit is said to contain: Four boxes. Unit #D60 – Eric Tate–Unit is said to contain: 10 Boxes. Luggage. 1 Bag Trash. End Table. Construction Hard Hat. 1 Crate. Weights. Unit #227 – Maria NajeraUnit said to contain: Bassinet. End Tables. Christmas Tree. Christmas Ornaments. Car Seat. Child’s Bike. Stroller. Rocking Horse. 3 fans. Antique Sew Machine (table). TV Stand. Luggage. Baby Bouncer. 20 boxes/ bags/totes. 929-458667, 12/2,9 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OCGA 40-11-2 TRANSMISSION PRO, INC., WILL HOLD AN AUCTION FOR THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE(S): 2005 JEEP LIBERTY 1J4GK58K45W633420 1999 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1GCEC14V1XZ163187 WILL BE AUCTIONED ON DECEMBER 21, 2016 AT 10 AM. AT 5465 BUFORD HWY NORCROSS, GA 30071 *7568, 69 929-458608, 12/2,9 PUBLIC SALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OCGA 40-11-2 TICO REPAIR, WILL HOLD AN AUCTION FOR THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE(S): 2009 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2B3LJ54T09H558355 WILL BE AUCTIONED ON DECEMBER 21, 2016 AT 10 AM. AT 4493 LILBURN INDUSTRIAL WAY SW LILBURN, GA 30047 *7580 929-458574, 12/2,9 PUBLIC SALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OCGA 40-11-2 CNC AUTO SERVICE LLC, WILL HOLD AN AUCTION FOR THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE(S): 2001 MERCEDES BENZ C320 WDBRF64JllF093281 WILL BE AUCTIONED ON DECEMBER 21, 2016 AT 10 AM. AT 551 PLEASANT HILL RD STE A-I LILBURN, GA 30047 *7570 929-458576, 12/2,9


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Master Craftsman Plumber Gwinnett County Public Schools is seeking a Master Craftsman - Plumber. The position requires a valid Georgia driver’s license, and a high school diploma or GED. Industry or military journeyman certificate, trade, or contractor license preferred. Plumbing technical training preferred. Five years of plumbing experience in commercial construction, building maintenance or similar experience is required. Candidate must be able to follow oral and written instructions, follow plumbing technical instructions and diagrams, and be able to communicate in an effective and tactful manner. Must have knowledge of applicable plumbing codes, procedures, materials, tools, hazards and safety procedures. To learn more and apply visit


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NOTICE Notice is hereby given to the public that the City of Grayson will consider revisions to Section 1100 of the City of Grayson Zoning Ordinance as well as change the references in the zoning ordinance from “Gwinnett County Development Regulations” to “Gwinnett County Unified Development Ordinance Title 3: Development and Permitting”. A public hearing to receive comments on the proposed revisions will be held before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Grayson Senior Center and before the Mayor and City Council on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The City Council has the authority to approve the revisions as the City Council deems appropriate, constitutional and in the best interest of the citizens of Grayson. The public is invited and encouraged to attend these meetings. 934-458679, 12/2

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BUFORD 30519 YARD SALE, Saturday 12/3/16 7:30am – 4:00pm 2748 Victoria Woods Ct., Furn., clothing, shoes, sports equipment, small applies, and misc items ELEGANT TRADITIONAL! Lovely 4BR & 2.5BA 2 Story is Simply Elegant!! Open floor plan, family room with firplace and including an above ground pool. EHO • $175,900 Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885 www.petersrealty

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Gwinnett comes alive with holiday cheer: Tree lightings, parades and more — Page 4C

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With the holiday season right around the corner, many places across the state are putting on light displays. Here are the top 10 light displays in Georgia that you and your family can enjoy, according to Explore Georgia:

1. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden 2. Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park 3. Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens 4. Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park 5. Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City Gardens

6. Holiday Light Spectacular at Atlanta Motor Speedway 7. Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands 8. Christmas at The Rock Ranch 9. Light Up the Holidays at Barnsley Resort 10. Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show

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a look ahead Friday, Dec. 9 • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — The Lionheart Theatre Company in Norcross through Dec. 18 hosts the classic animated television special. It comes to life in this stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $12 to $15. Saturday, Dec. 10 • Dave & Buster’s Sugarloaf Breakfast with Santa — This event begins at 8 a.m. and gives access to Dave & Buster’s Hi-Life Lanes and its Million Dollar Midway which has hundreds of games and simulators prior to our standard operating hours. Two ticket options are $12.99 and $19.99. • “Polar Express” Pajama Party — This 6 p.m. event will be at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville. It will feature “The Polar Express” movie, hot chocolate, pizza and popcorn. Kids can write Santa a letter, make a Christmas ornament and receive a special gift. Designed for ages 5-12. Admission is $21 per child. Must register by Monday online with code: RJP41660 or call 678-277-0890. • 94.9 The Bull’s fourth annual Georgia Country Christmas — This event will be at the Atlanta Coliseum in Duluth and begins at 8 p.m. Attendees must be 18 or older to attend. Admission is $12.


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ADDING ACORNS Coffee and 100 percent acorn brownies are a good treat. (Photos: Wendy Petty)

Make nuttier, more decadent brownies with acorn flour BY WENDY PETTY

100 percent Acorn Brownies

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As a wild foods enthusiast, it gives me particular pleasure to make a recipe with 100 percent acorn and to have it come out with excellent flavor and texture. For me, pulling off these chewy brownies made entirely of acorn flour feels like grasping the highest rung. Working with acorn flour can be challenging because of its unique properties. Of course, one wouldn’t expect it to behave anything like wheat flour. Almond or chestnut flours are more similar to acorn than that. Even so, acorn flour doesn’t quite behave like either of those. Most of the time while working with acorn flour, one substitutes it for a portion of the regular flour, say a quarter or one-third, in a recipe. So, why bother with a challenge as difficult as making a recipe that uses exclusively acorn flour, or any other bizarre and ill-behaving foraged ingredient? Certainly eating acorns isn’t a novel concept. Historically, they were a staple food. For a lover of food, the joy in creating recipes with wild foods lies in combining them with all of the modern ingredients and equipment that we now have at hand. Whereas historically acorns may have been eaten as gruel or pancakes, with all the tools I have access to, I can create anything from acorn falafel to delicate acorn lace cookies. As a forager who began pursuing wild foods because they offer exciting new flavors, I aspire to eat as many wild foods as I can manage every day. To do that well and in the company of my family and friends, I need to make certain the meals I cook with wild ingredients are as appealing and tasty as I can manage. Here in the central Rockies,

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Yield: 16 brownies For the brownies: 10 tablespoons butter, melted 1 1/4 cups sugar 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1/2 cup acorn flour For the swirl: 3 ounces goat chevre, room temperature 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Directions 1. Preheat your oven to 325 F and make a parchment paper sling for an 8x8 inch pan, so that the bottom and two sides are covered. This makes it easier to remove the acorn brownies once they’ve finished baking. 2. In a large bowl, stir together the still-hot melted butter, sugar, cocoa and salt.

there are definite on and off seasons for foraging. I go to great lengths in the summer to preserve and put up the foods I collect so that I can continue to eat them throughout the snowy months. In the winter, my fingers miss the sensation of harvesting and also the thrill, as there is a deeply buried artery of treasure hunting within every pursuit of wild foods. I’ve found the best way to get my foraging fix during the down season is to play with the ingredients I’ve squirreled away. Often these take on a theme based upon what is most abun-

GWINNETT TASTES A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post:

SPLAT! (Cakes N’ Such) SPLAT! has a relaxed, rustic-meets-modern feel. There are benches to sit on, as well as table seating and countertop seating. There’s even a blue couch with green splats of paint all over it in a tribute to the eatery’s name. SPLAT! also offers more than 200 flavors of cupcakes, although not all at the same time. It also sells single-serving cheesecakes, full-size cakes and espresso. Some flavors are labeled “Kid Friendly” while others are intended for the adult with a “more mature palate,” Nunn said. One example

of the adult flavors is “Date Night,” a dark chocolate and red wine cake, she said. Popular flavors, however, include Date Night, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Shortcake and SPLAT’s gluten free options. 2590 Hamilton Mill Road, Suite 107, Buford. 470-3263198 Kremo Kremo’s shop takes a minimalist approach to the traditional ice cream shop layout with white walls, wood furniture and wall decorations. An open kitchen approach is also used at the counter where customers place their orders and see their ice cream being prepared. Kremo serves gourmet

An acorn tile is pictured beside an 100 percent acorn brownie. 3. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until the batter looks shiny. Then stir in the acorn flour. 4. Pour the acorn brownie batter into the prepared pan. 5. To make the swirl, in a bowl, beat the goat cheese, sour cream and sugar with an electric mixer until they are smooth. Add flour, egg and vanilla and continue to beat until they are fully incorporated. 6. Drop a spoonful of the cheese mixture at nine points atop the brownie batter. Drag a butter knife through the

dant. The year after the big porcini boom, I created almost exclusively mushroom recipes. The following year, my brain chewed upon the subject of prickly pears. I can see quite clearly that this will be the year of the acorn. Foraging for a treat Now, if you live in a place where it seems there are as many acorns falling as pebbles in the stream, you would probably think that every year is the year of the acorn. Unfortunately, I live in a place where there is only one na-

ice cream that is rolled in a manner similar to Little Debbie Swiss Rolls (albeit without the coating). Co-owner Tom Nguyen said rolled ice cream originated in Thailand and has been around for a couple of years. Each ice cream roll is made when the customer places his or her order, which means the preservative-free ice cream is fresh when customers receive it. Employees use natural ingredients to make each flavor, which means if a customer orders strawberry ice cream, the employee will mix in an actual strawberry with the cream. Customers get three toppings and one sauce on their rolls, and the finished product can be served on a waffle

brownies in swirl patterns to partially mix the cheese and brownie batter, making a pleasing marbled design. 7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Traditional brownies would bake for less time. Acorn brownies need a bit longer so that they don’t come out of the oven with the appearance of raw batter. When cooked, a toothpick inserted 2/3 of the way to the center will come out clean. 8. Once cooled, you can lift the brownies out of the pan using their parchment sling, then cut them into 16 pieces.

tive species of oak, Quercus gambelii, a scrubby bush that produces tiny, though tasty, nuts beloved by deer, birds and squirrels. There is no shortage of oaks planted in landscaping, of course. Not being native, however, they are a little fickle when it comes to our often snowy Mays and dry, hot summers. It can be hit or miss when it comes to whether the ornamental oak trees produce acorns, causing the few acorn-loving humans around to guard their spots with a similar intensity to how others might protect their best mushroom

cone, a waffle bowl or a soft dough “Kremo Bun.” 2180 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. 470-375-8185 Chow King The upscale Asian buffet offers 650 seats and serves 250 food items daily. The restaurant has been busy since opening, and on a recent Tuesday afternoon well past the lunch hour, the lobby was full of the hustle and bustle of employees and customers. This is the 25th restaurant that owner Yun Da Chen has opened in 30 years, General manager Gene Leong said. Chen passed by the formerly vacant shopping center space and saw an opportunity, Leong said, so he invested $2 million

spots. Pursuing acorns has led me to some other bizarre behaviors that are surely outside the norm. I’ve made public pleas for my friends to message me if they see a loaded oak tree. I’ve scrambled to collect acorns from the sidewalk of a popular walking mall. I’ve gathered from trees at the edge of a shopping center that includes a Walmart. Later, when I tell my students that I’m using “Walmart acorns,” they give me quizzical looks, wondering if perhaps I purchased them. Last year, I’d planned to teach a large workshop dedicated exclusively to processing and cooking with acorns. Of course, that was the year that not even my best scout could find any acorns locally. Instead, my mama shipped me box after box of acorns from four states away, each box arriving with chubby white acorn grubs squeezing out the corners. I can only imagine what the mail carrier thought of me. Adventures with acorn flour In the end, these adventures enable me create in the kitchen the way a toddler would with finger paints. I have a lot of failures, to be certain. But every once in a while, I take something like a steaming irresistible batch of brownies out of the oven and get to delight everyone who gathers by telling them they’re made exclusively with acorn flour. This recipe uses acorn flour made in the method described previously in my recipe for acorn lace cookies. I’m usually the kind of person who thinks nuts are essential in brownies. I’ve left them out here for fear of them obscuring the acorn flavor. I do, however, think acorn brownies are nice with a swirl of either raspberry jam or goat cheese.

to remake the space and offer an upscale environment with plenty of seating to keep wait times short. The restaurant serves food from around the world, including Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and American, including pizza, crawfish, sushi, soup and dessert. Other seafood includes snowcrab, oyster, clam on the shell and flounder. 2055 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross. 470-395-3333 The 5 Spot Cafe The 5 Spot Cafe has the look of an upscale all-American cafe with an open layout, but at the same time, the yellow exterior its owners added helps it stand out in a business area where a restaurant is a

rarity. Lovers of breakfast foods will be in luck at The 5 Spot Cafe because it serves breakfast all day. Of course, it serves lunch and dinner menu items all day, and everything on the menu is under $13. The owners say a wide range of dishes have been hits with customers. Favorites include the Hawaiian French Toast (it has pineapple baked into it), various omelettes, breakfast burritos, chicken Parmesan, chicken cordon bleu, meatloaf ciabatta, French dip, corned beef dip, lobster mac and cheese and the Reuben sandwich. 555 Progress Center Ave., Lawrenceville. 470-294-1456


arts&entertainment An a capella group to perform at Christmas parade Atlanta Harmony Celebration! continues to bring female a capella singing to the Gwinnett area. This vibrant group was last heard performing with the Stone Mountain Chorus in a concert featuring songs from The Music Man on Veterans Day. Now the ladies will be serenading crowds at the Lawrenceville Christmas Parade on Friday. Atlanta Harmony Celebration! will be the final act of the Parade which begins at 7 p.m. and also features the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales along with 40 floats featuring Christmas themes. “At the Lawrenceville event, we will be singing some holiday classics, like ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem,’ ‘Away in a Manager,’ ‘Mary Did You Know,’ and more,” spokesperson Kim Johnston said. “We will also have a sing along, inviting the audience to participate. That is always fun. The songs

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Holley Calmes we’ll invite the audience to sing are, for example, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’ ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’” The parade will run down Perry Street on the Square, east on Crogan Street and south on Chestnut Street where it will end. The parade is free and open to the public. “We always look forward to bringing barbershop harmony to the community,” said Amanda Charlton, chapter president. “Sing-

ing is enjoyed by everyone, especially around the holidays.” Audience members will also learn about a unique gift opportunity for everyone’s gift list, as the opportunity for singing Christmas cards and how to get them will be announced. “Singing Christmas cards are an inexpensive, touching way to brighten someone’s day and share thoughtfulness and holiday cheer,” Charlton said. Atlanta Harmony Celebration! sings in the barbershop harmony style, which traces its musical roots back to the turn of the 20th century. Today, barbershop harmony singers not only celebrate the classics, but also put their own spin on contemporary songs as well. The group is part of Harmony International. Since 1959, that organization has expanded from its Eastern roots to include more than 60 chapters in the United

Members of the Atlanta Harmony Celebration! women’s a capella barbershop chorus will perform at Lawrenceville’s Christmas Parade on Friday. (Special Photo)

States and Canada, from California to Newfoundland, and from Manitoba to Florida. Atlanta Harmony Celebration! was formed in 2003. The nonprofit chorus consists of women representing a wide range of musical backgrounds and performs under the direction of Kathy Stone. Atlanta Harmony Celebration! rehearses from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday evenings at Fiel Y Verdadero, 4183

N.E. Expressway in Atlanta. The group is looking for new members. Johnston says, “Our chorus seeks to empower women of all ages and stages by finding their own voices. We focus on educating, both within the chorus and outside of the chorus. We offer education for our members so they can grow within the art form, and we seek to offer barbershop to the community as a way of

spreading the love of the art form.” For more information about the Lawrenceville Parade, visit For information about Atlanta Harmony Celebration, visit Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring. com.

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If you’re not already in the holiday mood, plenty of events are taking place around Gwinnett County this weekend to help you get there. One of the most talked about events taking place this weekend will be the Budweiser Clydesdales’ appearance at Lawrenceville’s new Christmas parade, but that’s just a small taste of what is expected to happen over the next few days. Between tonight and Sunday, there will be 12 holiday events and activities taking place across Gwinnett’s cities. Residents can expect tree lightings, parades, concerts, holiday movies, festivals and a live nativity. There will be a lot of tradition behind many of the events, but also a few new ones in a couple of cities. Snellville has added a Festival of Trees to its growing list of holiday activities. The Festival of Trees is ongoing through Dec. 17 inside Snellville City Hall, located at 2342 Oak Road. Visitors can vote for their favorite trees in the festival. Meanwhile, Dacula will add a car show to its annual Christmas in Dacula event.

Anheuser-Busch employees one of the Budweiser Clydesdales into a stall at a local stable where they are staying for their appearances around Gwinnett this week. (Courtesy of the City of Lawrenceville)

The car show portion of Christmas in Dacula will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and proceeds from the $20 entry fees for cars will go to C.A.R.E. and Nothing But The Truth ministries. The list of this weekend’s holiday activities happening around Gwinnett includes: Today Sparkle Celebration Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday First Friday Concert: 5:30 p.m. Norcross’ tree lighting in

Thrasher Park will include performances by Norcross First United Methodist Church, photos with Santa, free hot cocoa and cookies, short holiday movies and the Salvation Army Brass Band. The Holiday First Friday Concert will last from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center and feature The Rainmen. Jolly Holly Day: 6:30 p.m. Suwanee’s Town Center Park will host a tree lighting, free treats, holiday crafts, visits with Santa,

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choral performances from several elementary schools, and performances from Sounds of Suwanee and the Royal Dance Academy. Lawrenceville Hometown Christmas Parade: 7 p.m. Lawrenceville is launching a new tradition with this new holiday parade, which will begin downtown at 240 Oak St. The parade will head down Pike Street, through the square. Later on, it will take Nash Street over to South Clayton Street, and come up past the current and old city halls before returning to the square and back to its starting point.

The county’s 30-foot Christmas tree lights up the outside of the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse at last year’s Lighting of the Tree celebration. This year’s celebration took place on Thanksgiving night. (File Photo)

at the corner of Main and S. Hill streets. Christmas in Dacula: Noon to 7 p.m. The festival on the corner of Fence and Dacula roads will include Santa’s Village, with activities for kids, as well as character meet-and-greets, Santa Claus, a live nativity presented by Prospect Saturday United Methodist Church, Lilburn Christmas holiday shopping with local Parade: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. businesses and craft venThe parade will travel down dors, food trucks, live music Main Street and end at the and a tree lighting at 7 p.m. Calvin Fitchett Municipal In addition to the car show, Complex. Santa will be a 5K race and Fun Run available for photos in the will precede the festival at municipal complex’s audi- 8 a.m. at Rabbitt Hill Park. torium after the parade. Visit Buford Holiday Festifor more information. val and Parade: 11 a.m. Deck the Hall: 3 to 6 to 4 p.m. In addition to the p.m. Duluth’s tree lighting parade through downtown event on the town green will Buford, this event will include a Santa meet-andinclude stage performances, greet, craft making, holiday vendors, shopping, holimusic and a City Hall open day treats and giveaways. house. The parade will begin at Sounding Off the Tannery Row and make its Christmas Season. 5 to 8 way up Main Street, and p.m. Downtown Auburn the festival will take place will host live music perfor-

mances, a skating rink, the arrival of Santa Claus being pulled by live reindeer, and a live nativity. Sugar Hill Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m. The annual event will include carriage rides, caroling, photos with Santa, the tree lighting and a holiday market in downtown Sugar Hill. Loganville Christmas Parade: 6 p.m. The parade will travel down Main Street in downtown, culminating with Santa’s arrival on a fire truck. Sunday Christmas in Grayson: 2 to 6 p.m. The festival will take place at Grayson Community Park and include a trackless train, crazy hair, bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, holiday crafts, cupcake and cookie decorating, face painting, S’mores and hot chocolate. The event will culminate with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at 6 p.m.

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Santa Claus is making a few appearances at Sugarloaf Mills in Duluth before he makes his way down everyone chimney’s this Christmas. Families can celebrate the season at the shopping center’s winter wonderland in the food court this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The event is free for Simon Kidgits Club members. Membership is free, and guests can sign up at the event. This Sunday, the Caring Santa private event will allow children and young adults with special needs and their families to visit and have their photos taken with the man in red. The event will include breakfast and holiday crafts. Registration is required. To reserve a spot, visit registration at www.eventbrite. com/e/caring-santa-tickets27146847953?aff=es2

Sugarloaf Mills in Duluth will host family events featuring Santa Claus, who will take photos with children, and young adults with special needs, and pets in December. (Special Photo)

On Dec. 11, shoppers can have their pets take photos with Santa. Guests should use Entry 4, and reptiles or exotic animals will not be allowed. Advance registration is

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The city of Norcross is known as “a place to imagine,” but two artists brought their ideas to life by transforming the blank side of a building into a work of art. Lauren Pallotta of Atlanta and Jon Graham of Ashville, N.C., recently collaborated on the mural “Tumblefield,” the centerpiece of Skin Alley. The cinder block building can be seen from downtown and Lillian Webb Park. The Norcross Public Arts Commission created the Skin Alley ArtWay project “to create a colorful, welcoming and engaging space for the entire community to enjoy and experience,” said city spokeswoman Pam Ledbetter. “The Skin Alley mural is just a starting point of creativity for the new ArtWay.” The commission works with the mayor and council on how to promote the arts and culture, include it in daily life, and use to it make the city a cultural tourist destination. Pallotta and Graham incorporated the playful and mischievous traits of a red fox, for which Norcross is known, Ledbetter said. “The design combines the whimsical feel of play against a backdrop of abstracted elements that have intentionally from the artist but are

open to interpretation by the viewer,” she said. “Other design subtleties include birds that represent positive omens of change and homage to Norcross parks, circular elements that represent community and linear elements representing train tracks.” Pallotta and Graham were each selected by the commission. Palotta is a painter, designer and illustrator. Graham deals with the two-dimensional realm and travels around the world painting ideas, moments and murals. For the art project, the city wanted a mural to accurately portray the community. The artwork had to be colorful and playful with architectural elements and welcoming to everyone, without political undertones, among other requirements. Also, the arts group commissioned the design firm KSDesign. The final concept was presented to focus groups and community for input before the Architectural Review Board, the mayor and city council approved it. “The Skin Alley mural is the first brush stroke of what is to come for the city of Norcross’s new ArtWay,” said Cindy Flynn, commission president. “Our vision is to develop the area into a cultural gathering place for Norcross where art

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McGinty brings ‘Christmas’ to Red Clay By Jon Gallo

helped turn into one of the biggest bands on the planet • Who: Damian during his four years with McGinty Damian McGinty, who the Irish icons. • When: 8 p.m. Dec. 11 has spent his career sur“When I joined Celtic • Where: Red Clay Murounded by his bandmates Thunder it was a dream sic Foundry, Duluth in Celtic Thunder or the cast come true,” he said. “That’s • Tickets: eddieowenof “Glee,” finally has the when I knew that singing stage to himself. was going to let me pay my “There’s no place to hide bills and take me places I’d when you are out there never been.” Christmas,” alone and the light’s on McGinty spent four years on the you,” he said. “But at the with the group, during setlist. same time, as a singer, bewhich Celtic Thunder was ing able to go out on your “The named “Top World Album” own is where everyone album has by Billboard three times, wants to be.” done so performed at the White McGinty, 24, will be great so my House, was featured in six ringing in the holiday fans expect PBS specials and sold more season during an eight-city a lot,” than a million recordings. tour, which includes a Dec. McGinty, In 2011, McGinty made 11 performance at Duluth’s whose a name for himself when he Red Clay Music Foundry, to rendition was named a co-winner of promote his first full-length of the late “The Glee Project,” a singalbum, “This Christmas Leonard ing competition in which Time.” The album, which is Cohen’s “Hallelujah” hit he beat out 40,000 entrants filled with holiday classics No. 1 on the iTunes Holiday to earn a spot on the third and original tunes, reached Songs list, said. “It’s up to season on Fox’s hit TV the top spot on iTunes and me and me alone to entershow, “Glee.” McGinty left No. 2 on the Billboard Holi- tain them.” Celtic Thunder to become day Album and Billboard Headlining a tour is the Rory Flanagan, a foreign World Album charts after it next step for McGinty, a exchange student in the was released in October. native of Derry, Northern musical that’s set in a high McGinty said he’ll Ireland who first performed Damian McGinty brings ‘Christmas’ to Red Clay Music school. “Glee” was one of include all 10 songs from as a young boy at his local Foundry on Dec. 11. (Special Photo) TV’s biggest shows during the album, including “It’s church before his career its six seasons, as audiences Beginning to Look a Lot skyrocketed as a teenager. and singing became a focal McGinty burst onto the tuned in to listen to cast Like Christmas,” “Hal“I was always singing at point in my life because it’s scene in 2007 at age 14 members put their own spin lelujah,” “Silent Night,” church and then I started what I wanted to do,” he as an original member of on many of music’s best“Irish Christmas” and “Last winning local competitions said. Celtic Thunder, which he known songs, from Britney Staff Correspondent


Spears to Neil Diamond to Alice Cooper. McGinty was initially slated to appear in seven episodes, but the baritone soon became a mainstay on the show, appearing in 18 episodes. “‘Glee’ has such a huge fan base and is a worldwide phenomenon that’s watched by millions of people,” he said. “The show let me expand my fan base and gave me an audience that I never had.” He returned to Celtic Thunder in 2015, joining Neil Byrne, Ryan Kelly, Emmet Cahill and Michael O’Dwyer and an eightpiece band for the group’s “Legacy Tour,” has stops in 72 cities, including Atlanta this past October, in 110 days in the U.S. and Canada before it concludes in early December. “I’ll always be part of the Celtic Thunder family and I love performing with them,” McGinty said. “But right now, I don’t know what I’ll do after my tour is over. After the new year, I’ll sit down and decide what I’ll do next, if it’s get back with Celtic Thunder or continue what I’m doing on my own.”

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Live Nation President and CEO Michael Rapino. “His The Grammy Award -in- singular artistry and talent ning singer-songwriter Neil has left an indelible mark Diamond will celebrate his on American culture and career milestone with his has helped shape the sound 50 Year Anniversary World of popular music for five Tour in Atlanta. decades.” The Rock & Roll Hall Diamond has sold of Fame member will kick over 125 million albums off the North American worldwide and had 37 Top leg of his tour produced 40 singles and 16 Top 10 by Live Nation Entertainalbums in the U.S. and inment this spring. Diamond ternationally. He has earned will perform songs from numerous awards including his extensive discography the Sammy Cahn Lifetime downtown at Philips Arena Achievement Award, one of on April 30. The showtime the highest honors bewill be announced at a later stowed upon songwriters. date. Tickets for the show in “Neil Diamond is more Atlanta will go on sale Dec. than just a music icon,” said 9 at

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movies ‘Manchester by the Sea’ brilliant but frustrating Manchester by the Sea (R) 2 1/2HHHH out of 4 stars

than writer and director Kenneth Longeran is willing to supply here. Fortunately, although one wants to throttle his character sometimes, Affleck’s performance as By Khari J. Sampson Lee is spellbinding. He’s khari.sampson surrounded also by lent supporters, including Michelle Williams as There’s a book about his ex-wife, Randi, Kyle screenwriting called “Save Chandler as his elder the Cat” that breaks down brother and Lucas Hedges every successful movie as Patrick, his now-teenyou’ve ever enjoyed into aged nephew whom Lee several broad types. The is entrusted to serve as title comes from a scene guardian. Patrick makes that movies tend to have a good foil to Lee, being where the protagonist as focused on keeping his Casey Affleck stars in “Manchester by the Sea.” (Photo: Claire Folger, Courtesy of Amadoes something heroic life connected to others zon Studios and Roadside Attractions) and praiseworthy such as — though in his clumsy, movie (after a bunch of saving a cat. Viewers will functions as the true intro“Manchester” is a delib- youthful manner — as then forgive even some of pretty waterfront shots duction to the character, a erate film, one that spends Lee does in denying such of the film’s namesake the worst behavior from taciturn loner so different much of its time following connections. (A bit part by setting, Manchester-bythat character, thanks to from the gregarious uncle its inscrutable protagonist Heather Burns as Patrick’s the-Sea, Mass.) but there’s we saw in the opening that through the motions of the strength of that act of girlfriend’s mom is parno way to know it. Lee goodness. we think he’s a different living while it doles out ticularly emblematic.) The lead of “Manchester interacts with his young character entirely. We’re flashback after unheralded Once we settle into the by the Sea,” Lee Chandler nephew on a boat in an talking about a misanflashback in what can be a film’s groove of flopping (Casey Affleck), needed unbroken long shot from thrope who starts bar fights confusing mess. It would between present-day Lee’s that moment badly, beabout 10 yards away. It’s and thinks a woman offer- work wonderfully as a story and the flashbacks of cause this is one unlikable impossible for us to tell ing him a tip for his work novel, which can give all the Lee of the past, the film guy. he’s the protagonist. as an apartment building’s sorts of cues to alert its becomes, well, if not more In actuality, his saving Or that this is actually a handyman is trying to give readers of the storytelling enjoyable, at least more grace moment arrives in years-old flashback. him unwelcome advice, device. But the medium of tolerable. Like the grievthe very first scene of the The next set of scenes not money. film requires much more ing process, one views this

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movie one step at a time. It’s not a bad film by any stretch. It looks great, and you’ll really root for Lee and young Patrick to grow past the damaging trauma of their shared grief. But you’ll also be a little perplexed by the film’s constant withholding of important information, such as who the worried blonde was in the hospital flashback, and who is the blonde sprawled on a couch in a later flashback. Yes, the adage is to “show, don’t tell,” but Longeran goes way too far. As a portrait of what it looks like to grieve poorly, “Manchester by the Sea” is ultimately a story with no ending, a fight with no winner, a war that leaves only wounded. And though you’ll come away dazzled by the actors, you may wonder why you bothered. But, having read this review and thus being forewarned of the movie’s structure, you’ll perhaps be far better prepared to enjoy it. (Roadside Attractions/ Amazon Studios)

From left, Academy Award nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon star as Tony Hastings and Bobby Andes in “Nocturnal Animals.” (Special Photo: Merrick Morton/Focus Features)

The Eagle Huntress (G) 3 1/2HHHH out of 4 stars By Michael Clark

‘Nocturnal Animals’ a splendid film made for awards season

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“The Eagle Huntress” is a documentary presented in foreign language that can be enjoyed by anyone old enough to read; you and your children will love it. That previous sentence is one you’ll probably never see in any movie review ever again. Inspired by an image he saw on a photographer’s blog, first-time director Otto Bell spent his entire life savings ($80,000), borrowed $12,000 more and still had only 10 minutes worth of finished product to show for it. On a whim, he contacted producer/director Morgan Spurlock and told him about his project, and not quite just like that, Bell received the necessary financial backing to complete his film. For the first 15 minutes, “Huntress” looks and plays out like a live-action drama. An older man carries out an age-old ritual by sacrificing an animal, feeding it to an eagle, then letting the bird go free. This is followed by time spent with a native family in eastern Kazakhstan (roughly 100 miles from Mongolia) who have winter and summer homes. Actually, it’s the same home; they just pack it up and take it with them twice a year. They’re not nomads or gypsies, just native people living off of the land. The family’s eldest child is Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl with a cherubic face and perpetual smile who wishes to follow in the footsteps of her father and become an eagle hunter, which is not what it sounds like. These hunters travel on horses with an eagle — one they’ve had since the bird was an eaglet — on their arm and seek out prey (mostly fox), not for the purpose of selling fur but for clothing. That previous sentence will likely turn off some overly politically correct types and if that might be you, you’ll probably want to stop reading now and try hard to erase the thought of this movie from your memory. The big deal here; the crux, as it were — and a

Nocturnal Animals (R) 3 1/2HHHH out of 4 stars

Aisholpan Nurgaiv is shown in scene from “The Eagle Huntress.” (Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

fact that might actually bring the PC crowd around — is that there never have been any female eagle hunters. In fact, this might be the most exclusive “men only” club on the planet. Although practiced for hundreds of years, there are never more than 50 or so living people who actually eagle hunt at one time, but there are enough of them to warrant an annual global festival that is rich in tradition and judged in a manner not unlike that of diving, gymnastics, equestrian or any other Olympic sport where the winner is determined solely by consensus/ opinion. Without going into detail or possibly revealing spoilers, there are reasons why Bell’s film flows so seamlessly well. Events transpire and things happen in a manner that will cause film scholars, critics and nitpickers to tear the movie apart, which is understandable; that’s their job. Before they do, they might want to consider that Bell and his bare bones crew dealt with harsh elements (sometimes 40 degrees below zero), made a film with non-actors and crafted something that could easily pass for a highend National Geographic or IMAX-quality production. There are sustained, aerial, panoramic and long shots included here that are jaw-dropping and aweinspiring. Bell and his crew made a movie (and this is going to sound so trite) for the sake of art and its connection to humanity and nature. There are few people who, having never made a movie, would decide to levy the entirety of their

lifetime assets on a whim. Bell rightfully envisioned there was something grand hiding within the frames of a still photo, so he pursued his passion and that takes guts. If it weren’t already obvious, what transpires during the film with Aisholpan and her journey is something that has been referred to as Female Empowerment. (Wait a second; it appears that some of the PC people have returned to the review.) Aisholpan might not be the ideal or “poster child” candidate for hunting wild game but she is nonetheless a teenage girl moving mountains while climbing them. Only the most strident in their tiny and blinder-led, compartmental areas of definition will argue this point. Those of us living in the United States have got to stop thinking that we have the final word on everything that happens in the world. We account for only roughly four percent of the total population, yet seem to think we have carte blanche on how everyone should behave. There are communities of people that have existed quite well before there was a United States and will likely do the same for eons to come. If your daughter (or son) is looking for inspiration (or if you would like to, you know, slightly prod them into that area) to buck the system and follow their own path, “The Eagle Huntress” is the perfect 101 course that they will actually like. Presented in Kazakh with English subtitles. (Sony Classics)

her second husband Hutton (Armie Hammer) is cheating on her, which is made all the worse after she receives a galley copy of a novel written by her first husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), whom she By Michael Clark cheated on years ago with Movie Critic Hutton. Susan and Edward “Nocturnal Animals” is a divorced because he was high-pedigree art film that a romantic and unfocused will impress many, leave dreamer who didn’t have the others stone cold and exists discipline to actually write a less for box office returns book, yet 20 years later, he and mostly for the purpose finally did. During a bout of of garnering industry awards self-loathing and too much consideration. For some wine, Susan starts reading this evaluation would be an and Ford transforms her insult, but for others it will interpretation of the text into be high praise. One thing ev- visual live action. It’s not the eryone can be sure of: It’s not first time this sort of thing has for mass consumption and is been done before in a movie, a well-conceived exercise of but it certainly feels like it. cruelty. Determined to make a trip This is the second feature across Texas overnight, Tony effort from director Tom Ford (Gyllenhaal again), his wife (who also adapted the novel Laura (Isla Fisher) and their “Tony and Susan” by Austin teen daughter India (ElWright), a former fashion lie Bamber) unwisely take designer whose eye for detail the bait of three low-lifes and framework is impectrying to run them off of the cable. It would be entirely road. Led by Ray (Aaron possible to watch “Nocturnal Taylor-Johnson, “Kick-Ass,” Animals” without sound and “Nowhere Boy”), the thugs still get the gist of the story. taunt and slap them around Ford shows a lot and tells until the cars leave the scene little, relies heavily on narra- after playing musical chairs tive shorthand and assumes with the passengers. the audience will be smart Where this leads exactly enough to figure out what’s needs to remain unrevealed going on. here yet eventually culPresented out of sequence, minates in the arrival of “Nocturnal Animals” is also Detective Bobby Andes (the one of those “movie within a always imposing Michael movie” affairs with parallel Shannon), a Texas Ranger narratives seemingly having who doesn’t always go by little to nothing to do with the letter of the law. More each other. The only obvithan fed up with the Amerious connection is the title, can justice system, Andes although it also comes with — at least at first — tries multiple possible interpretato follow procedure, but tions. Events are laid out eventually chooses to quietly in an order and a manner tip-toe off of the reservation. that often seem random yet Putting the Texas thing on eventually fall — mostly — hold for a while, Ford puts comfortably into place. the focus back on Susan and The movie opens during Edward while in college a performance art exhibition before they were married organized by Susan Morrow and everything seemed not (Amy Adams) that some quite so perfect. Susan is at could consider erotic, but odds with her high-society most likely would not. Susan mother Anne (Laura Linney, is convinced it’s a failure but appropriately snooty and this is mostly due to events judgemental) and at her own taking place in her personal personal and professional life. She correctly assumes crossroads. She’s young

and optimistic enough to start over if she has to but would rather not if at all possible. Susan is thrilled that both she and Edward are artsy types — and would love to prove her mother wrong — yet possesses just enough cynicism to keep her grounded and clear-eyed. Ford looks at the material in much the same manner as Susan but with even colder emotional detachment. Perhaps commenting on the fleeting and fickle shallowness of his previous career, he seems to be saying that art is often false while reality — albeit imaged reality via fictional literature — is brutally honest. In other words, truth trumps beauty, however unpleasant that might be. Coming just weeks after her performance in “Arrival,” Adams delivers another throttling yet understated performance that avoids histrionics or emotional highs and lows while conveying volumes of range, often within the same scene. Charged with double duty, Gyllenhaal is better when not paired with Adams while also taking on the “less is more” approach. Even when seeming to do the right the thing, Shannon’s Andes is a bubbling cauldron of menace, a man with little to lose and determined to see things through — damn the cost. The biggest winner here is the British-born Taylor-Johnson, barely recognizable behind a beard, a long mane, a thick yet authentic Southern accent and the unfiltered embodiment of pure evil. Ray is an unrepentant sociopath who wants you to hate him and he succeeds. With just two films now under his belt, Ford (“A Single Man”) has established himself as a visionary force whose encyclopedic understanding of the medium is nothing less than masterful. Everything Ford does from this point on will be anxiously awaited and microscopically examined. (Focus Features)


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Pass: Stunning animation; a welltold story line; characters that are worth the emotional investment; good musical numbers; great voice talent. Fail: Running time is a bit long for the smallest of kids, and some of the action will likewise be too intense for toddlers; otherwise, very little else misfires with “Moana.”

Sixteen-year-old Auli’i Cravalho, a native Hawaiian in her first film role, absolutely dazzles as the title character, a sassy and adventurous young Polynesian chieftain’s daughter who sets out on an odyssey to restore the well-being of her island and thus save her culture. Cravalho not only does a great job with the voice work but displays some nice pipes as a singer. Dwayne Johnson is very entertaining (and at times, downright hilarious) as Maui, the demigod whose antics have upset the balance of nature that threatens Moana’s people, and who is reluctantly roped in by Moana to restore what he helped ruin. Johnson also does surprisingly well with his singing — who would’ve thought that “The Rock” could even carry a tune?

Disney animation fans, especially those who enjoyed “Brave” and “Frozen,” will be enthralled with “Moana,” which is a similar story of a plucky heroine who braves the elements (and often her own people) to overcome adversity and bring about a happy ending.

“Moana” is a spectacle on the big screen and well worth the dinero you’ll shell out. It’s a great mix of superb animation, wellcrafted storytelling and good songs.

“Moana” hits a home run from the outset and is a brilliant showcase for Disney animation. The only disappointments for me were the giant crab villain (both he and his song were a bit out of place) and not enough screen time for the coconut-shell pirates, who reminded me a lot of the Minions. While I still feel that “Zootopia” is the best animated film of 2016, “Moana” is definitely a close second place and will be a Disney classic. Parents, it’s just a matter of time before your kiddies will start running around the house singing “How Far I’ll Go,” “Know Who You Are” and “I Am Moana.”

Pass: Moana delivers well on Disney’s formula for reluctant heroines. The movie has good animation, music and songs, voices, and interesting characters. Moana’s anthem was heartfelt and inspirational. Fail: Falls a little short when compared to other recent Disney movies because of the simpler storyline and there really wasn’t a good villain.

Surprisingly, it was Dwayne Johnson who stood out. It was his song “You’re Welcome” that was one of the most memorable scenes. I also thought the singing voice of Moana was especially good. However, it was Hay Hay, the weird little chicken, who stole the show. He was both unnecessary and hilarious.

Moana pretty much appeals to the mass audience. Both adults and children will find enjoyment from watching.

I’m pretty confident saying that most children will want to see this in the movie theater — and own it.

I’m probably in the minority when I say that I didn’t love Moana. It’s hard to pinpoint why. With all of it’s good qualities, I still felt that there was something off. It had a very good start with the backstory, music and an adorable young Moana. But then there was the weird “David Bowie” singing crab and the odd use of evil “Mad Max” coconuts. Plus there were many times I thought how I was reminded of other Disney movies. But in the end, it was Moana herself that made the movie. She is brave, self sacrificing, determined and independent — all the good qualities of a reluctant princess.

Tim Weekley, Suwanee


Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville



• “Jason Bourne” (Dec. 6): Matt Damon returns as the former CIA operative, enlisted to help expose questionable agency initiatives. (PG-13) • “The Secret Life of Pets” (Dec. 6): Two dogs (voices of Louis C.K. and Eric Stonestreet) run away and find a society of abandoned pets in New York City in this animated hit. (PG) • “Ben-Hur” (Dec. 13): Jack Huston has the title role in this remake of the classic saga of a prince who returns from slavery to reclaim his birthright. (PG-13) • “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (Dec. 13): Indeed, the englishwoman (Renee Zellweger) is expecting a child, but she’s not completely sure who the father is. (R) • “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Dec. 13): Meryl Streep plays a socialite who aspires to a singing career … though she can’t sing; Hugh Grant also stars as her hugely supportive husband. (PG-13) • “Suicide Squad” (Dec.


Hell or High Water Blu-ray (R) Movie: ★★★★ Disc: ★★★★

13): Criminals are sent on a government mission in this DC Comics-inspired adventure; stars include Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. (PG-13) • “Southside with You” (Dec. 13): The young Barack Obama’s (Parker Sawyers) courtship of future wife Mi-

chelle (Tika Sumpter) is dramatized. (PG-13) • “Sully” (Dec. 20): Tom Hanks has the title role as the airline pilot who landed a damaged plane in the “Miracle on the Hudson” in director Clint Eastwood’s true drama. (PG-13)

With “HOHW” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”) and no-frills director David Mackenzie have forged the first bona fide classic 21st century American Western. An amalgamation of “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid,” “Bonnie & Clyde” and a restrained Quentin Tarantino, “HOHW” hits every note perfectly while never over-explaining the plot or character motivation. While robbing a series of low-security, west Texas banks, two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) become the last mission of a soon-to-be-retiring Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges). Don’t be surprised that if after watching it you’ll do so again two or three times — it’s that good. Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (2.40:1/1080p), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), subtitles: English and Spanish.

Special Features: • Additional DVD disc and Digital copy • 3 featurettes • Red carpet interviews • Filmmaker Q&A • First edition slipcover packaging Lionsgate, $39.98

NOW SHOWING Recently reviewed films now playing in metro area theaters. Ratings are out of 4 stars. • Allied (R) — 3 out of 4 stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in this period romance/thriller as WWII spies who fall for each other during a mission but find trouble off the battlefield. Effective but a bit lacking in art. — Khari Sampson • Moana (PG) — 3 out of 4 stars “Moana” carves out its own space in the Disney collection by delving into the great Pacific Island storytelling culture. The title character Princess Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) strives to find herself by journeying across the sea. Besides a strong-female lead, the audience also gets to meet the comic-relief sidekick chicken Heihei (Alan Tudyk) — one of the stupidest and funniest Disney has created. — Kristen Hansen • Bleed for This (PG-13) — 3 1/2 stars At first, it’s every “Rocky” movie you ever saw. But this biopic of the comeback attempt of true-life boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) takes the genre title. It’s something of a comeback for director Ben Younger, too. — KS

• The Edge of Seventeen (R) — 3 1/2 stars Funny and raw, “The Edge of Seventeen” perfectly captures the awkwardness of one of the most vulnerable periods in life — the teen years. Starring Hailee Steinfeld (Nadine), Haley Lu Richardson (Krista) and Woody Harrelson (Mr. Bruner), the film is a breath of fresh air for the coming-ofage genre. — KH • Arrival (PG-13) — 3 1/2 stars An odd but thoroughly engrossing hybrid of “Contact,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Arrival” stars Amy Adams as a linguistics professor called on by the U.S. Army to figure out a way to communicate with the aliens. — Michael Clark • Doctor Strange (PG-13) — 2 1/2 stars Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character in this Marvel comic adaptation that might just be a little too cerebral for its own good. After an accident leaves him without a profession, Strange seeks Eastern-based cures that don’t go as planned. — MC • Hacksaw Ridge (R) — 2 1/2 stars Director Mel Gibson’s first

film in 10 years gets more right than wrong, but just barely. A WWII flick chronicling the heroics of a conscientious objector (Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss) has too much repetitive action and not enough stirring drama. — MC • Inferno (PG-13) — 2 stars The third and probably last in director Ron Howard’s

series of hack Dan Brown novels is easily the worst of the bunch, and even the loveable Tom Hanks can’t save it. Deviating greatly from the book, the story is as deep as a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mystery. — MC • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (PG-13) — 2 1/2 stars A competent if unspectacular follow-up to the equally

disposable original, “Never Go Back” stars Tom Cruise as Jack, a former Army cop who is drawn into a situation involving a female officer and a teen who might be his daughter. — MC • Keeping up with the Joneses (PG-13) — 2 1/2 stars Set and shot in Atlanta, “Joneses” so wants to be “The Whole Nine Yards” or

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith” but is really just “Spy Kids” for adults. Jon Hamm, Gil Gadot, Isla Fisher and the untalented Zach Galifinakis star as the four co-leads. — MC • The Accountant (R) — 2 1/2 stars Given its odd premise — an autistic bookkeeper doubling as an assassin — it’s surprising “The Accountant” works as well as it does. Using his limited range as a plus, Ben Affleck plays the title character. Co-starring J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick.— MC • The Birth of a Nation (R) — 2 1/2 stars In the works for over a decade, director/writer/leading man Nate Parker’s “Birth” is a fact-based story of a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831 that gets high marks for passion and acting but is also a cornucopia of genre clichés and recycled ideas.— MC • Denial (PG-13) — 3 stars Based on a true story, this courtroom drama set in the late 1990s/early 2000s involves an Emory professor (Rachel Weisz) who is being sued by a Holocaust denier (Timothy Spall). The film would’ve been better if it also included what happened after the trial. — MC

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After earning rave reviews for last year’s “The Wiz Live!,” NBC is fielding perhaps its strongest holiday musical talent lineup yet in “Hairspray Live!,” premiering Wednesday. Texas newcomer Maddie Baillio stars as dance-crazy Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad, but she’s surrounded by an ensemble of music, dance and comedy veterans, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, Tony and Emmy winners Kristin Chenoweth, Andrea Martin and Martin Short, and Emmy winners Sean Hayes, Rosie O’Donnell and Derek Hough. For many “Hairspray” fans, however, the biggest draw will be Harvey Fierstein, who won a Tony Award as Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s mom, in the original Broadway production. It’s a real tour de force, yet despite multiple accolades and more than 1,000 performances in the part, Fierstein found himself passed over in favor of John Travolta in the 2007 big-screen adaptation. When executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan offered him a chance to reprise this signature role, Fierstein jumped at the chance. “These live television things are a throwback to the olden days, and yet they’re something completely new, certainly not an experience you’d have every day,” he said. “Theater, production-wise, is very two-dimensional. There’s a proscenium and the stage picture, but television’s camera moves

in and among (the performers) in many ways, especially with what our television director is doing. So I’m doing Edna, but I’m doing her in a three-dimensional space, which is a lot of fun and a much different challenge. “The camera can come right in to your face, so you’re not giving a performance that has to reach 2,000 people. I think this Broadway on TV thing is very exciting. It’s bringing a new audience to theater. I think it’s going to be part of the next golden age of theater.” Although she was too young for the part when “Hairspray” opened on Broadway in 2002, Chenoweth said she’s had her eye on the scene-stealing role of Edna’s nemesis, former beauty queen Velma Von Tussle, for years, since the character has the show’s best comedy song, “Miss Baltimore Crabs.” “Every time I listened to the album, I would think in terms of what I would do with that number, because it’s just so funny,” Chenoweth said. “So when they called and asked me, I went, ‘Yes!’ I’ve grown into it, I’m ready and I hope I’m going to kill it. I can tell you I’m going to give it my personal best, because with this role there’s so much comedy to be mined. (”Hairspray“ composer) Marc Shaiman and I have been working on the number. I can’t say it’s been rewritten, but he’s rethought it a little for some of my gifts. “I also know (choreographer) Jerry Mitchell has big plans for me and

my body, so I am really scared, but I’m going to die trying.” Chenoweth also is mindful that the most subversive thing about “Hairspray” isn’t that a main female character is played by a man in a dress, but that this comic story — set in racially segregated 1962 Baltimore — packs a powerful message of tolerance.


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“I think it’s a perfect time for this show,” she said. “It’s important for us to be able to look at our history and remind ourselves that we can repeat it very easily. If we don’t stop and take stock when it comes to things like basic human love and remember what this country and our communities are built on, it would be a missed opportunity.”






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