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Broadstone developer closes on Buice site BY CURT YEOMANS


While construction at Sugar Hill’s E Center development is wrapping up, work on another major development that will be located at the former Buice School site across the street is about to begin. Alliance Residential announced earlier this week

that it recently closed on its purchase of a 7.496-acre piece of property at 5010 West Broad Street where it will build the mixed-use Broadstone Sugar Hill development. It is expected to include residential units and retail space as well as an art gallery and history museum. The development will be the latest piece in the puzzle that is the city’s ongoing efforts to develop a downtown district,

joining City Hall, the E Center and The Bowl at Sugar Hill. “Downtown Sugar Hill is creating a unique suburban citycenter and we fully embrace the city’s commitment to creating a walkable, livable destination through a blend of residential, shopping, dining and entertainment spaces,” Alliance Residential’s Southeast Managing

Sugar Hill officials released this rendering earlier this year to show what part of the Broadstone mixed-use development will look like once it is built. Alliance Residential, which will build the development, recently announced it has closed on its purchase of the property. (File Photo)



Powell to resign from City Council BY CURT YEOMANS

Carla Johnson, left, sister of slain Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney, and Antoinette Page, Toney’s mother, light the first candle in remembrance of people who have been lost as a result of homicide or vehicular homicide in Gwinnett County at the Office of the District Attorney’s 2018 Candlelight Vigil on Thursday. (Photos: Cory Hancock)

‘Love and support’

Homicide victims remembered at candlelight vigil

BY HEATHER DARENBERG Staff Correspondent

Three years ago, Antwan Toney graduated from the Gwinnett County Police Department’s police academy in a ceremony in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. His mother, Antoinette Page, pinned his badge to his chest. Page and her daughter Carla Johnson returned to that auditorium Thursday night to light a candle in remembrance of Toney and the 42 other people who lost their lives to homicide or vehicular homicide in the

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past year. “The holiday season is extremely hard, and this will be our first without Antwan,” Johnson said. “It’s comforting to be around individuals who have experienced the same hurt and who are helping us get through this.” Toney, 30, was killed in the line of duty in October while responding to a report Erika Rodriguez takes a candle while holding a photo of her of a suspicious vehicle. brother, Tomas Rodriguez, who was killed at 38 years old, as she walks into the Office of the District Attorney’s 2018 Candlelight

See VIGIL, Page 7A Vigil on Thursday.

After eight years on Lawrenceville’s City Council, Tony Powell announced this week that “it’s time to go.” During the council’s meeting on Monday, Powell announced plans to resign from his City Council seat by the end of the year. He told residents he had made a commitment when he first ran for the city’s governing body in 2010 that he would only serve the equivalent of two four-year terms, a milestone he will reach at the end of Tony this year. Powell Powell has one year left on his current term of office. “One of the things that I thought was critically important for elected officials (in 2010) … is to know when it’s time to leave,” Powell said. ” For me, it’s a knowledge that Psalm 127 applies, and that is that, if the city is to be protected and if the city is to be built correctly, the Lord is going to do that and Tony Powell doesn’t have to. “That’s a good assurance to me that my time at this place can come to an end.” Powell’s resignation ends a long involvement that he’s had with Lawrenceville that predates his time on the City Council. Before he began holding elected office in the city, he was the city attorney for several years. During his time on the City Council, the governing body has gotten the term of office for the mayor and council members extended from two years to four years. Powell first took office in January 2011, served one three-year term during a transition period and was last re-elected in 2015. While Powell has been on the council, the city also opened the Lawrenceville Lawn, broke ground on the mixed-use SouthLawn development, adopted the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, began work on the college corridor, moved state and U.S. highway designations away from the downtown core, converted Perry and Clayton streets to two-way roads and started planning the expansion of the Aurora Theatre. The outgoing councilman said he will stay on the council at least through its Dec. 19 work session because the governing body will be dealing with the planned Lawrenceville

See POWELL, Page 7A

Wilbanks, legislators talk possible changes to education funding BY CURT YEOMANS

“I would agree that any formula needs to be updated Nash, legislators discuss contract for inflation or other things,” for joining MARTA .................... 7A Wilbanks said. “The QBE forGwinnett County Pubcounty’s annual pre-legislative mula did have in it every three lic Schools Superintendent session meeting. Since the years there was supposed to Alvin Wilbanks conceded to formula received full funding be a review. I’m not sure that’s the county’s legislators on this year for the first time in been done every three years. Thursday that Georgia’s public 15 years, it was probably no If it has, I don’t think anybody education funding formula surprise that the QBE formula knew about it, but certainly we might be due for an overhaul. was brought up at the meeting. will agree that it doesn’t really The state’s 33-year-old But QBE determines fundaddress the current needs.” Quality Basic Education ing for schools systems in Gwinnett is a big player in funding formula was one of 2018 by using a formula that education funding in Georgia. the topics Wilbanks discussed was created based on educaWilbanks said one out of every with legislators during the tion needs in 1985. 10 students in the state attends curt.yeomans


a Gwinnett County public school. As a result, the district gets 10 percent of Georgia’s funding for public schools. The outline of the school system’s legislative priorities shows district officials would like to see any new funding formula that is adopted be student-based, equitable, adequate and quantitative while also ensuring districts do not Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent see funding reduced from J. Alvin Wilbanks addresses members of the what they would receive under county’s legislative delegation during a pre-session meeting Thursday at the Historic Gwinnett

See FUNDING, Page 7A County Courthouse. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

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Gwinnett Chamber presents annual health care honors FROM STAFF REPORTS

overall winners. Winners included Gwinnett Medical Members of the Gwinnett Center for Corporate Innovaarea’s health care commution for its Transitional Year nity were honored Wednes- Residency Program and day night by the Gwinnett Northeast Georgia Health Chamber during a dinner System for Community and ceremony at the Infinite Wellness for its opioid initiaEnergy Center in unincorpo- tive. rated Duluth. Lloyd Hofer of the GwinThe chamber’s Healthcare nett, Newton and Rockdale Excellence Awards, preCounty Health Departments sented by Northeast Georgia was honored with the DistinHealth System, recognized guished Leader award, and nearly 90 finalists and 12 Eastside Medical Center had

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a pair of recipients — with Laura Hannah winning the Altruistic Contributor award and Amy Wheeler being honored as the Emerging Executive. William Bostick of Gwinnett Medical Center was named Physician of the Year for primary care and Peter

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Mann of Gwinnett Gynecology and Maternity was named Physician of the Year among specialists. “Our community is at the forefront of innovation in the health care sector,” said Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO Dan Kaufman. “These readily available advanced options are not only beneficial for residents, but they also enhance our economic development efforts making the area attractive for investment.” The following is a full list of award winners: • Allied Health: Michael Callen, Emory Johns Creek Hospital; • Altruistic Contributor: Laura Hannah, Eastside Medical Center; • Community Wellness: Northeast Georgia Health System’s Opioid Initiative; • Corporate Innovation: Gwinnett Medical Center’s Transitional Year Residency Program;

• Distinguished Leader: Lloyd Hofer, MD, MPH, Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale County Health Departments; • Emerging Executive: Amy Wheeler, Eastside Medical Center; • Healthcare Agency: LifeLink of Georgia; • Healthcare Professional: Gina Solomon, BSN, RN, CCRN, TCRN, Gwinnett Medical Center;

• Lasting Legacy: Henry Edward Braselton; • Physician of the Year (Primary Care): William Bostock, DO, Gwinnett Medical Center; • Physician of the Year (Specialist): Peter Mann, MD, Gwinnett Gynecology and Maternity; and • Volunteer Service: Sherwin Levinson, Georgia East Metro Health District Medical Reserve Corps.



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Murder suspect documented as passing through customs in Peru murder and aggravated assault charges related to the Nov. 23 Heraclio death of Solis-Ortiz Geremias Barrios Diaz, 52. Police initially said Ortiz had been captured in Peru and that local officials were working with the FBI to have him extradited back to the U.S.

Nearly an hour and a half later, however, they said additional information revealed he had not been taken into custody. “Through further investigation and communication it has been learned that Heraclio Solis-Ortiz has not been captured in Peru,” Cpl. Wilbert Rundles said. “He was documented as passing through Peruvian customs but was not detained. We are working to gather more information into the situ-

ation.” Arrest warrants for Ortiz were taken out last week in connection with the death of Diaz at their apartment in the Villas Del Camino Apartments complex on Graves Road in Norcross. Anyone who has information about the case is asked to call detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or visit Crime Stoppers allows tipsters to remain anonymous.

Pet Portraits from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will give families a chance to get all dressed Gwinnett County pet up and pose for a photo lovers can bring their with their pet and their four-legged friends to the choice of holiday charcounty’s Animal Welfare acters. The cost for the shelter this weekend to portraits is a donation of get their photos taken pet food. with various holiday “For many, pets are characters. part of their family,” And it will only cost said Animal Welfare and them some pet food. Enforcement Division Gwinnett Animal Wel- manager Alan Davis. fare is set to host Holiday “Our pet portrait event is

the perfect day to capture the joy of the holiday season with our furry family members.” The shelter will also offer adoptions, and adoption certificates for those people who are looking to give a pet as a gift, throughout the day. The event ties into the shelter’s monthlong Home for the Holidays adoption campaign, where 10 animals are chosen for free adop-

tions each week and all pets are available for free adoptions on Fridays. The shelter is posting photos of the pets chosen for free adoptions each week on its Facebook page. The shelter is located at 844 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. It offers updated information about activities and pets that are available for adoption at

Gwinnett police said a man accused of killing his roommate in Norcross last month was documented Thursday as passing through customs in Peru — but he has not been taken into custody despite an earlier report from police. There had been conflicting reports Thursday afternoon about the status of Heraclio Solis-Ortiz, 56, who is wanted on felony

Gwinnett animal shelter offering Holiday Pet Portraits on Saturday BY CURT YEOMANS


Rain expected throughout weekend BY CURT YEOMANS

continuing until Sunday. That includes a forecasted 90 percent chance of rain Saturday — both Mother Nature may during the day and at have not intended to rain night — as well as an 80 on at least one parade in percent chance of rain Gwinnett this weekend, during the day Sunday. but she’s expected to do There’s also a 60 just that. percent chance that it The National Weather will rain in Gwinnett Service is forecasting tonight and a 40 percent high chances that rain chance of rain and snow will fall on the county showers Sunday night, throughout the weekaccording to the weather end, starting tonight and service.

The chances of rain and snow showers Monday are similar to those for Sunday night. Lilburn officials announced Wednesday that they are canceling the city’s Christmas parade that was set for Saturday because of the weather forecast. The parade was originally scheduled for this past Saturday, but it was moved to this weekend because of weather concerns.


Now the city is calling the parade off altogether. Lilburn officials did say, however, that despite the parade’s cancellation, Santa Claus will still visit with children at the town’s City Hall-Library building from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Kids can also make free holiday craft ornaments during the event. The City Hall-Library building is located at 340 Main St.

Barrow deputies ID hit-and-run suspect BY CURT YEOMANS


The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office announced a Winder woman has been identified as the driver accused of fatally hitting a 66-year-old man while he was walking his dog Monday morning, and deputies now need the public’s help to find her.

Maj. Ryan Sears said deputies found the Silver Infiniti G37 believed Sandy Wilson to have been involved in the hit and run on the same day as the accident. They also determined Winder resident Sandy Wilson, 42, was

allegedly driving the car when it hit Statham resident Marvin Barnes, 66, on Jefferson Road in Statham. Barnes and his dog died from their injuries. “The Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Wilson and her location is unknown at this time,” Sears said. Wilson is facing charges of first degree vehicular homicide, felony hit and

run, reckless driving, failure to report an accident, too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, wrong side of the road and cruelty to animals. Anyone who has information about Wilson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office at 770307-7669. Sears said callers can request to remain anonymous.

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IN BRIEF Officials seek Lawrenceville arson suspect Gwinnett County fire officials are looking for an arsonist accused of starting a fire that destroyed two tractor trailers at a business in unincorporated Lawrenceville last month. The fire happened shortly before 3 a.m. on Nov. 25 at Levantina, which is located at 2499 Newpoint Place Parkway. Firefighter Driver Engineer Donald Strother said someone called 911 at 2:59 a.m. after hearing an explosion and seeing a large amount of smoke. Another person who was passing by the business also called 911 to report the fire. Strother said no suspects have been identified but investigators have obtained video of a vehicle believed to have been driven by the person who started the fire. “The video shows what they believe to be a red Dodge pickup truck with a silver hood and the driver’s side headlight out,” Strother said. “The pickup truck also has a silver driver side front quarter panel and silver gas cap cover. Footage shows the suspect vehicle leaving the area immediately after the fire being set.” Anyone who has information about the fire is asked to call Gwinnett fire investigators at 678518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 800-282-5804. There is a reward of up to $10,000 offered by Georgia Arson Control Inc. for information that results in an arrest and conviction of the arsonist. They should reference Arson Case No. 11-25-18. Strother said tips can be provided anonymously.

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Roads, Streets & Bridges


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Recreational Facilities

6,712,866 $

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Three sent to hospital after fire at home near Loganville

Gwinnett County firefighters battled a house fire in unincorporated Loganville that sent three occupants to a local hospital for smoke exposure Tuesday night. Firefighter Driver Engineer Donald Strother said a woman who lived at the home on the 3700 block of Pine Village Place called 911 and said her front door was on fire and someone was stuck upstairs. Two of the people who were in the home when the fire happened had already made their way outside when firefighters arrived at 8:51 p.m., according to fire officials. Crews had to use a ground ladder to rescue the third person from a Smoking items back window at the home. blamed for fire “Firefighters immediately went into an offenin garage of sive mode with rescue beSuwanee home ing their priority,” Strother Smoking materials are said. “One crew assisted a being blamed for a fire victim that was in the prothat damaged the garage cess of evacuation on the first floor. A second crew of a Suwanee home and deployed a ground ladder displaced three people to rescue the third victim Thursday, according to who was hanging out of a Gwinnett County fire the second-story window spokesman. located on the back side of Firefighter Driver Engineer Donald Strother the house. “Once the third arriving said a neighbor called crew got on scene, the fire 911 to report smoke and attack was made through flames at the two-story home on the 1800 block of the front door of the residence.” Belmont Creek Pointe in Strother said firefighters unincorporated Suwanee. Although three adults live got the fire knocked down in about six minutes and at the home, no one was there at the time, Strother two kittens were rescued during primary and secsaid. ondary searches. He said “Per the incident none of the occupants, commander, no one was however, appeared to have home, so firefighters had life-threatening injuries. to force entry,” Strother The fire damaged the said. “Attack lines were deployed, and a quick stop home extensively, parenabled the crews to keep ticularly around the front door. Investigators believe fire damage contained to the fire was an accident the garage. The first and second floors of the struc- caused by a burning ture have extensive smoke candle in the front room of the house. damage.” — Curt Yeomans The three people who

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lived at the home were displaced because of the damage caused by the fire, but Strother said they did not request assistance from the American Red Cross. No one was injured during the fire, either. Strother said investigators determined that the fire began in the garage because of unspecified smoking materials and that it appeared to be an accident. The fire department spokesman used the incident as an opportunity to remind residents of some tips for fire safety, including installing smoke detectors that work in every bedroom and on each level of a home; having a home fire escape plan; practicing fire drills; keeping a portable fire extinguisher nearby; smoking outside and discarding cigarettes and ashes in a can filled with sand.


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Keith Roach

Leg-length difference common after polio Dear Dr. roaCH: I had polio when I was 11 years old, many years ago, and miraculously, recovered enough to live a normal life. When I was in my 40s, I developed constant back pain and visited a renowned orthopedist in Stamford, Conn. When I told him I’d had polio, he rolled up a paper towel and placed it under my right heel. He told me that “all people with polio have some degree of scoliosis.” The pain went away almost immediately. He gave me a prescription for a 1/4-inch heel pad (to take to a shoemaker) and to wear it in my right shoe all the time. The doctor said that for over 30 years, my back muscles have been straining to force my body to stand straight, causing the pain. I also was advised to do a set of floor-stretching exercises, which I did every morning. I am now 85 years old and never had back pain again. Whenever someone mentions they have pain from scoliosis, I tell them my story. — E.R. ansWer: Poliomyelitis is a devastating complication of poliovirus with no proven treatment. The virus may damage many of the nerves of the body, including those to the muscles necessary to breathe (hence, the iron lung). For survivors, the resulting weakness is usually permanent. Fortunately, there is very little wild polio left in the world, with 15 cases as of this writing reported in 2018, all in Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, there are still hundreds of thousands of survivors of poliomyelitis living with the long-term effects of the disease. Scoliosis is a common complication of poliomyelitis, but it is not universal. Scoliosis may develop years after the acute infection along with muscle weakness as part of post-polio syndrome. Muscle and joint pain go along with PPS. One possibility of apparent scoliosis in your case is of a leg-length discrepancy (one leg longer than the other), which is exceedingly common in polio survivors. When one leg is longer than the other, it may lead to changes in the body to compensate. Over time, this causes hip and back pain and scoliosis due to functional changes of the spine. When the leg-length discrepancy is addressed, the scoliosis goes away. I suspect you had a leg-length discrepancy that the orthopedist addressed. Normally, the legs would be measured, and a lift would be given for no more than half the discrepancy. It’s also possible there is both some scoliosis and some leg-length discrepancy. It’s very important to hear from people who survived polio. Until the disease is eradicated from the planet, we need to be vigilant about vaccinating. Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med. or send mail to 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803.


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TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing 2,403 American soldiers and civilians. In 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the online file-sharing service Napster. In 2002, Iraq denied that it had weapons of mass destruction in a United Nations declaration. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Willa Cather (1873-1947), author; Eli Wallach (19152014), actor; Ted Knight (1923-1986), actor; Ellen Burstyn (1932- ), actress; Harry Chapin (1942-1981), singer-songwriter; Johnny Bench (1947- ), baseball player; Tom Waits (1949- ), singer-songwriter; Larry Bird (1956- ), basketball player; Jeffrey Wright (1965- ), actor; Patrice O’Neal

(1969-2011), actor/comedian; Sara Bareilles (1979- ), singer-songwriter; Emily Browning (1988- ), actress; Nicholas Hoult (1989- ), actor. TODAY’S FACT: Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Senate voted for a war resolution 82-0. The House of Representatives approved the resolution 388-1. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2007, homerun record holder Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty to lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs. TODAY’S QUOTE: “Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” — Willa Cather, “My Antonia” TODAY’S NUMBER: 64 — servicemen lost by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the attack on Pearl Harbor on this day in 1941. TODAY’S MOON: New moon (Dec. 7).

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Helpful man poses a #MeToo riddle Dear amy: I like to think that I am a caring and sensitive man — one who respects women and appreciates the spirit of the #MeToo movement. Therefore, a recent experience has me disturbed. I am looking for some objective feedback. One recent evening, I was with a woman that I know well. We had drinks before, during and after dinner. It became apparent to me that she was quite intoxicated and probably should head to bed to sleep it off. I helped her up the stairs to the bathroom. After a few minutes, when I heard the bathroom door open, I came back upstairs to check on her. This is when things got “tricky.” She was naked, and she made strong sexual advances toward me. I knew that the “right” thing to do was to help her get dressed and into bed for sleep, and then go on about my own business. But I was weak, partly due to my strong attraction to her. We engaged in sexual activity, and during the acts I believed there was a possibility that the next day she would not remember (or at least she might not remember how things got started). Yet I continued, and for this I am feeling remorseful. Have I committed “date rape”? Am I a “predator”? If the situation came to a courtroom, or if I were

Ask Amy

Amy Dickinson a public figure, would people judge me to be a “bad” man? And finally, Amy, does it matter that this woman is my wife of 25 years? — Wondering Husband Dear HusbanD: I hope this didn’t really happen; I’m assuming instead that your question might be a disingenuous and rude little riddle, designed to trip up an unsuspecting reader. However, let’s press on. You ask for an objective opinion. Here’s mine: Let’s establish at the outset that no, you are not a caring and sensitive man. No, you do not respect the #MeToo movement. That much is quite obvious. Taking the scenario you describe at face value — yes, you sexually assaulted your wife. She was drunk; you were sober. She wasn’t able to consent to sex — not that you asked her. No, you did not commit “date rape.” You did, however, commit “marital rape.” You pursued an incapacitated woman for the

purpose of having sex with her. Yes, this makes you a predator. Importantly, and unfortunately, your wife is married to a man who thinks this is a clever and legitimate question worthy of some sort of debate. I genuinely feel sorry for her. You should be ashamed of yourself. Turn in your good husband card. You are a cad. Dear amy: You ran a question from “Pay it Forward,” who was insulted when a stranger in line at the store offered to pick up their tab. “Pay” refused the gesture. Here is my response: My wife of 40 years died last week. She died suddenly, during a routine medical procedure. I couldn’t face another night eating alone, so I reserved a table at a favorite restaurant — an expensive gourmet place that my wife and I frequented. After appropriate hugs and condolences from the staff, I was seated next to a social older couple who ordered what I was going to select. I asked about their order and the conversation turned to some things that we both had in common. Eventually, I explained my lack of a dinner companion. We chatted amiably, friended each other on Facebook and they departed. I motioned for my bill and found it has been

taken care of by my newfound friends. Their kindness and generosity made me tear up. (Of course, I reached out to them to thank them.) My point is that the ability to accept an act of kindness is a lost art and it is this country’s most desperately needed form of etiquette. We can’t give kindness if we don’t learn how to accept it. — Thomas Dear THomas: My sincere condolences. You have attached the perfect lesson to accepting this generosity, and I think your story is going to inspire a lot of people to do the same. Connecting with others helps keep all of us afloat. Dear amy: Ah, your advice to “Middle Schooler” about dealing with testing jitters made me smile … especially this part: “… imagine a big, friendly golden retriever sitting calmly beside you while you take your test.” What a great image! I’m not in middle school, but I’m going to use it. — A Fan Dear Fan: Well, it works for me! You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: Readers may send postal mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

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Balance and integrity should be priorities. Be cautious of anyone trying to persuade you to take part in something that sounds too good to be true. You are best off trusting in your skills and experience, and practicing moderation and common sense in all walks of life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Stay grounded and avoid temptation. It’s OK to have fun, but don’t let anyone talk you into something that could lead to problems with someone in a position of authority. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Stick to the rules and regulations. If you exaggerate or lie, you will be held accountable. Someone you thought would have your back will disappoint you. Work alone. Make a positive domestic change. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 19) — Look at all sides of a situation and make choices based on truth and facts. If someone tries to interfere, put a stop to it before it’s too late. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — If someone overreacts, walk away. Don’t get involved with people who are excessive or emotionally unstable. Focus on updating any financial or legal matters that are time-sensitive. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’ll have choices to make that could be difficult. Be sure to stick to your budget and avoid being talked into something you don’t need and cannot afford. TAURUS (April 20May 20) — Put your best foot forward and make the changes that will put you on top of your game. End this year on a high note. Romance is highlighted. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Make partnerships your priority. Whether at home or at work, getting along will be essential if you don’t want to fall behind. Oversee any responsibilities you delegate to others. CANCER (June 21July 22) — Express your wishes when working alongside others. As long as everyone is fully aware of what has to be accomplished, you will reach your goal. Celebrate with a loved one. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — A gathering with your co-workers will be fun, but don’t get carried away and let indulgent behavior make you look bad. You can have fun and still be responsible. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Don’t get caught in an argument that could be avoided. Take care of your responsibilities before you move on to social events. A change of heart should be addressed. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Taking short trips, making plans with a friend or relative or effecting a change that will help you save more and spend less should be your intent. Focus on being and doing your best. SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) — You’ll be complimented on the changes you make or the insight you offer. Don’t hesitate to speak up or to take charge if you feel you can make a difference. Romance is encouraged.


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Bulldoze the ‘blue wall of silence’ WASHINGTON — This just in: Black men are still being killed by police officers for no good reason. But you knew that. Anyone who has remotely been paying attention should be aware that unjustified police killings of African-American men continue unabated. In far too many police departments, the unwritten rule for encounters with black men is shoot first, ask questions later. The most recent tragic example is the Thanksgiving night slaying of Emantic “E.J.” Bradford Jr., 21, at the Riverchase Galleria shopping mall in Hoover, Alabama, a Birmingham suburb. The city has been roiled by protests since Bradford’s killing — for good reason. Amid a crowd of holiday bargain-hunters, at least two men got into a fight and shots rang out. According to Eugene the version of events that police originally Robinson told, a Hoover police officer working as a security guard at the mall responded, saw that Bradford was brandishing a gun, confronted him and took him down. As you may have guessed by now, that is not what actually happened. It turns out that Bradford, who had no criminal record, was not one of the men who were arguing and had nothing to do with the original shooting. When the officer encountered him, Bradford was trying to lead bystanders to safety; he was legally armed with a handgun, though some witnesses have said the weapon was holstered. According to an independent autopsy conducted at the behest of Bradford’s family, the officer shot him three times from the rear — in the back, neck and head. Hoover police acknowledged that their initial story about the killing was wrong, then went mum. They have declined to name the officer involved or publicly release any documentary evidence, saying they do not want to compromise an ongoing investigation of the incident. A 20-year-old man named Erron Martez Dequan Brown was subsequently arrested and charged with attempted murder. A judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors must turn over any body-camera and surveillance footage from the incident to Brown’s attorneys, meaning that the truth will almost surely come out. There are some truths, however, that we have long known. It remains true that almost any activity is dangerous if you are African-American and male. Walking home from a Florida convenience store. Standing on a Staten Island sidewalk. Playing with a toy at a Cleveland playground. Driving with a broken taillight in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. To the long list of capital offenses — for black men only — we must now add deciding, after Thanksgiving dinner, to get a jump on Black Friday deals at an Alabama mall. Bradford appears to have been guilty of shopping while black, and he paid for that transgression with his life. It remains true that African-American men effectively have no Second Amendment rights. Remember Philando Castile, the Minnesota man who was pulled over by police and tried to explain, as politely as possible, that he was legally carrying a firearm? Shot and killed. Remember Jemel Roberson, the armed Illinois security guard who was subduing a gun-wielding assailant — and wearing a hat that said “SECURITY” — when police arrived? Shot and killed. Now we have Bradford, who by witness accounts was the “good guy with a gun” that the National Rifle Association praises as the solution to gun violence. Shot and killed. Where is the maximum-volume NRA outrage? Where is the wall-to-wall coverage on Fox News? Oh, that’s right, Bradford is black, and therefore ineligible for “good guy” status. It remains true that the first impulse of police who wrongly kill an African-American man is to close ranks and lie. We have to assume that the Hoover police department’s original false account of the Bradford shooting is based on what the officer on the scene reported to superiors. It is not a stretch to also assume that the officer believed “black man with a gun” were magic words that would almost surely absolve him. A vitally important trial is under way in Chicago. Earlier this year, Officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of Laquan McDonald, 17, who was shot 16 times although he was armed only with a knife and dash-cam video showed clearly that he posed no immediate threat. Now, three other officers are being tried for conspiring to back up Van Dyke’s false account of the incident. The “blue wall” of silence must be bulldozed if these coldblooded killings of black men are ever to cease. Only truth can set us free, or at least keep us alive. Eugene Robinson’s email address is

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A huge honor as Stinchcomb enters the College Football Hall of Fame NEW YORK — There were Parkview High School aficionados and University of Georgia luminaries all about New York this week as one of the most accomplished offensive linemen in Georgia Bulldog history was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the Hilton Midtown Hotel. The four-star hotel was an appropriate home away from home for the all-star Matt Stinchcomb who has enjoyed high marks as a student-athlete since his grade school days. He has authored an all-star career across the board. It has been a good ride with plenty of time left for further honors. Few colleges have had brothers, especially linemen, to distinguish themselves as Matt and Jon Stinchcomb. There is mention of Jon in the same breath with Matt since he, too, is as deserving for Hall of Fame induction along with his big brother. Jon accompanied Matt for the black-tie awards banquet of the National Football Foundation. It was like old times for the Stinchcomb brothers who grew up playing sports, fishing in family lakes and enjoying accomplished careers as the epitome of the phrase “student-athletes.” Looking back on their distinguished careers, the Stinchombs blocked their opponents into submission on four levels: youth leagues, high school, the Southeastern Conference and the mighty NFL. Few linemen could fire out and overpower defensive opponents as well as these two young men, creating room for running backs to roam and protecting passers — those who often gain more fame in one touchdown drive than protectors of such headline makers, earn in

insightfulness should make the applause meter intensify. Matt, like Jon, is the enterprising son of school teachers, which meant that he learned about discipline and responsibility at home and not just in class. He is a product of an “act right, do right” era when Loran sports were fun and you were Smith responsible and accountable for competition and homework. their careers. That the school teacher influHistorically, touchdown ence played a telling role in glory belongs to runners, pass- Matt’s being elected to the Hall ers and catchers who dance in of Fame is graphically obvious. end zones while linemen are The NFF and all those, who singled out for attention mostly band together to pay tribute when the referee, standing to the scholar-athlete concept, near a yellow flag, intones on were keenly aware that Matt the house system, “Holding was the winner of the Draddy offense, No. 79.” While the Trophy in 1998. This citation, touchdown heroes cavort and now carrying forward under the treat end zones like disconame, the “Campbell Award,” theques, blue collar linemen is one of the highest honors a retreat to the bench to bond. college athlete can attain. Their reward does not reflect Each year, the NFF, honors a individual glory, but they help dozen players across the county bring home the bacon as much to receive scholar-athlete as the ball carrying end zone awards. From that group, one dancers. is recognized as the winner of The Stinchcombs (though the Campbell Trophy. When this signature honor is for Matt, his alma mater nominated Matt I am sure he has no objection for the College Football Hall for any shout-out that includes of Fame, it was noted by the his brother, who is two years Honors Court that while this younger) were both two-time young man from Lilburn could All-America picks, Academic play the game, he also gave the All-America honorees, twice, classroom his ultimate regard. both played in Super Bowls — Conclusion: his parents influthey were imbued with other ence brought classroom results interests. They were about which got the attention of the service above self, they eagerly Honors Court when this august made their way to class and committee met to choose its they never had one too many to current Hall of Fame class. mar their integrity. For the record, in addition They continue to give of to the Campbell Trophy, Matt themselves to youth programs also won the Jacobs Blocking and glory in community Trophy (the best blocker in service. Recently, after compli- the SEC) and the Jim Parker ments about the boys were Award (best offensive lineman voiced to their mother Karen, in college football) in 1998. she smiled politely and said, In 2009 Matt was elected to “I’m just proud that they are the UGA Circle of honor, the good men.” Mom’s sagacious ultimate tribute for a former

Georgia athlete. Following his outstanding career at Georgia, Matt was a first round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders with whom he played from 1999 to 2003, after which he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons, (2004-2005). Injuries forced him into early retirement, but he would immediately set about establishing himself in business. He and longtime friend David Greene, quarterback of the 2002 SEC champion Bulldogs, operate the Atlanta office of Seacrest Partners, an insurance brokerage firm. On the weekend, you will find Matt working as an analyst for SEC Network. “It takes up a lot of my time, but happens to be great fun and keeps me involved with football. I’m still learning about the game which has really changed since my career ended.” It is interesting that while the rules don’t allow for back-toback honorees from the same college, it would be nothing of a stretch to forecast Hall of Fame honors coming the way of Davey Pollack, Champ Bailey and brother, Jon, who wears a Super Bowl ring from the Saints victory over the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. He, too, was honored by the NFF as a scholar-athlete. Matt Stinchcomb is the 18th former Bulldog player or coach to be elected to the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame. The good news for Georgia is there is more good news likely to follow. Loran Smith is co-host of “The Tailgate Show” and sideline announcer for University of Georgia football. He is also a freelance writer and columnist.

Recruitment ads need to be in print and online Print newspapers are still the primary way that tens of millions of Americans receive information about their communities and the world. They are also the way that many people find out about job opportunities. While we assume that everyone has an internet connection, the fact is that many areas of the country have limited or no internet service. According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly 40 percent of Americans living in rural areas lack access to fixed broadband internet. Without their local newspapers providing the information and job listings they need, they would be at an extreme disadvantage. But if the Department of Labor (DOL) has its way, these communities may soon be out of luck. On Nov. 8, the DOL proposed to change the way temporary job open-

David Chavern ings are shared with potential workers. Currently, employers are required by law to notify U.S. workers of these openings through publishing the listings in local newspapers. However, the DOL says it now believes publishing the listings on “widely viewed” websites, instead of in print newspapers, would be sufficient, and is therefore proposing removing the print requirement and moving to digital-only listings. The purpose of the existing policy is to ensure that job op-

portunities are made known to U.S. workers before they can be offered to foreign workers. By publishing announcements in the print newspaper, employers are able to reach an extremely wide audience, both geographically and in income level. Sunday newspapers — the main sources of print job listings — reach roughly 34 million adults in the U.S., according to the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism. In many cases, newspaper publishers also publish the job listings on their websites and social media channels, as well as employment websites such as and CareerBuilder, with whom newspapers have partnerships. The newspaper, in effect, serves as a local agency to ensure the broadest distribution of recruitment ads. If the Department of Labor ends the print requirement, it will be much more

difficult for people who need jobs to find them. Without the print requirement, job seekers will not only have a harder time finding job listings in their local newspapers, but online as well. By maintaining the print requirement and adding a digital requirement, the DOL will ensure the widest possible distribution of an ad so U.S. citizens can learn of employment opportunities. The proposed alternative of simply posting an ad on a website would make it too easy for employers to just “check the box” and bypass available U.S. workers. If the Department of Labor truly wants to support its mission to serve American job seekers, it should require both print and digital distribution of recruitment ads. David Chavern is president and CEO of News Media Alliance.

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world Court acquits opposition leader in Rwanda Diane Rwigara, the 37-year-old human rights activist who had once hoped to run for the Rwandan presidency, has been acquitted of charges of fraud and inciting insurrection. The verdict was delivered in Kigali’s High Court on Thursday. Rwigara’s mother, Adeline, who was also in court facing charges of inciting insurrection and sectarian practices, was also acquitted of all charges. “We find that the prosecution charges do not have a basis and find Diane Rwigara and Adeline Rwigara not guilty on all charges,” the three-judge verdict read, according to local news website The East African. The Rwigaras were greeted by excited family members and supporters who rushed to embrace with songs and cheers inside the courtroom. In the lead-up to the verdict, Rwigara told CNN that she hoped she would be acquitted of the “fabricated charges” but that she was prepared for any outcome. “All I know is that I am innocent,” she said Tuesday.

Yemen peace talks begin, as parties make new threats The opposing sides in Yemen’s conflict began direct talks in Sweden on Thursday as a step toward calming violence and averting further humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. However, the first direct discussions between the parties in two years started just hours after they traded threats. Houthi rebels said they would completely shut down Sanaa airport — which they control — unless Saudi Arabia eased its air blockade. Meanwhile, Saudibacked Yemeni officials demanded a Houthi withdrawal from the strategic port city of Hodeidah.

Migrants risk death at sea as prices spike on traditional routes Since the migrant crisis exploded in the summer of 2015, thousands have perished trying to cross the Mediterranean, with the death of 3-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi, whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, shocking the world. But this year, more and more refugees are trying to cross a different stretch of water, the English Channel, one of the busiest shipping lanes on the planet, in hopelessly inadequate boats. U.K. government figures show that more than 100 migrants have set out in small boats from France and made it into British waters since Nov. 2. The French coastguard says it is now rescuing migrants from the English Channel every day. — From wire reports


Bush remembered at second memorial

Constance Wu’s Golden Globes nomination rare

By Veronica StracqualurSi


Former President George H.W. Bush was remembered Thursday as a man of humility, honor and humor at the Bushes’ family church in Houston, providing the nation with a last farewell before he begins his journey to his final resting place. Family, friends, politicians, musicians, actors and athletes filled the pews of the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church to say goodbye to the 41st president with heartfelt praises and gospel music, as well as some moments of levity. “I must begin with an apology. Jefe, I’m about to do something you always hated and that your mother always told you not to do: Brag about yourself,” former Secretary of State James Baker said in his eulogy for his old friend and boss. Baker, who was also one of Bush’s chiefs of staff, recalled the former president’s sense of humor. “I have always been proud that George Bush used to describe our relationship as one of big brother and little brother. He used to say that one of the things he liked best about me was that I would always tell him what I thought, even when I knew he didn’t want to hear it,” Baker said. After a spirited debate, Bush “had a very effective


A second memorial service was held Thursday in Houston for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. (CNN)

way of letting me know when the discussion was over,” Baker recalled. “He would look at me and he’d say, ‘Baker, if you’re so smart, why am I president and you’re not?’” Baker said to laughs. “He was a leader and he knew it.” The former aide also reflected on Bush’s lifetime of military and civil service, calling the former commander in chief “temperate in thought, in word and in deed.” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush also eulogized his grandfather, sharing personal anecdotes about “Gampy” that showed the elder statesman’s devotion to his family. Bush remembered how “Gampy” would host “intense” horseshoe games, go fly fishing with them in

Maine and let the grandchildren “nestle up between him and ‘Ganny’ when they read the paper.” He called it an “honor of a lifetime” to share his grandfather’s name. The former president’s granddaughters also read scripture at the service. Country singer Reba McEntire and the country quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys, both performed during the service. Before the service, Bush lay in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church from Wednesday night until Thursday morning. Houston has been Bush’s home for years since he left the presidency, and the family has worshipped at the church for decades. The church was also the funeral site for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, earlier

this year. Thursday’s funeral service in Houston follows the memorial service Wednesday in Washington, D.C., attended by the former presidents and first ladies, family, friends and other dignitaries. The 41st president was honored at the Washington National Cathedral and eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, who remembered him as the “best father a son or daughter could have.” Thousands paid their respects to Bush as he was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday and Tuesday. After the Houston funeral service, Bush departed the church in a motorcade procession to the Union Pacific Railroad Westfield Auto Facility.


that could trigger a partial government shutdown later this month. EPA rolls back The stopgap spending measure, which now heads coal rule despite to the White House for climate change President Donald Trump’s warnings signature, pushes the deadThe Trump administration line when funding will exwill reverse an Obama-era pire for several government coal emissions rule as part of agencies from Dec. 7 to 21. its effort to loosen restricIf Trump signs the measure, tions on the coal industry, lawmakers will have averted just days after a U.S. governa partial shutdown this week, ment report warned that but the threat of a potential aggressive action is needed Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced shutdown still looms on the Thursday that the Trump administration will reverse an horizon. to curb greenhouse gases and ease the impact of global Obama-era coal emissions rule as part of its effort to loosen restrictions on the coal industry, just days after a warming. U.S. government report warned that aggressive action is Trump eyeing The reversal won’t lead needed to curb greenhouse gases and ease the impact ex-Bush 41 AG to to the immediate construcof global warming. (CNN) tion of new coal-fired power succeed Sessions At least one Marine was the index staged a huge plants, but it does send an William “Bill” Barr, comeback. The Dow closed killed in the crash and the immediate political signal a former attorney general unthe day down just 78 points. body has been recovered, that the Trump administrader President George H.W. the Marine Corps said in a The Nasdaq eked out a tion is intent on shoring up small gain, recovering from statement. A second Marine Bush, is emerging as a conthe coal industry and other was rescued and is described sensus candidate to succeed trade war fears that had energy interests. Jeff Sessions as attorney to be in fair condition. Five “We are rescinding unfair knocked the index down as other Marines remain miss- general, two sources familiar burdens on America’s energy much as 2.4 percent. The with President Donald S&P 500 similarly rebound- ing. providers and leveling the Trump’s thinking tell CNN. The KC-130 and F/Aed, ending the day down just playing field so that new A third source familiar 18 collided at 1:42 a.m. 0.2 percent. energy technologies can be with the process said if The back-and-forth action local time, according to a part of America’s future,” Trump offered the position Andrew Wheeler, the acting shows how uncertain inves- Japanese Defense Ministry to Barr, he would be willing statement. administrator of the Environ- tors have become about the According to a statement to accept. status of the US-China trade mental Protection Agency Trump’s consideration from the U.S. Marine Corps, war. The market may have and a former coal industry of a new attorney general also been boosted by a report the crash happened during lobbyist, said Thursday. comes during a critical time an aerial refueling that was The rule change would lift in The Wall Street Journal for special counsel Robert part of a routine training. It indicating the Federal Rerestrictions on coal emissions that effectively limited serve is considering slowing is believed five crew were on Mueller’s investigation, of which the next Justice board the KC-130 and two down the pace of rate hikes the construction of new on the F/A-18 at the time of Department chief will inherit next year. plants. oversight. the crash, two US defense Barr, 68, has previously officials told CNN. Dow mostly Marine Corps offered mixed opinions recovers from planes involved in Congress moves about the investigation, hav785-point plunge deadly collision ing praised Mueller but also to avert shutdown publicly criticizing political off coast of Japan The evolving U.S.-China with two-week donations made by several Rescuers are searching trade war has launched the funding extension members of his team. stock market on a wild roller for crew members aboard The Washington Post Congress approved a two- first reported that Barr is the two U.S. Marine planes that coaster ride. week extension on ThursNews of the arrest of Hua- collided mid-air off the coast leading candidate. Sources day for a key government of Japan in the early hours of wei CFO Meng Wanzhou cautioned to CNN, however, Thursday morning, according funding deadline, setting up that Trump makes the final in Canada sent the Dow plummeting as much as 785 to Japan’s Ministry of Defense a showdown over spending decision. just days before Christmas and the U.S. Marine Corps. points on Thursday before — From wire reports

As Constance Wu and “Crazy Rich Asians” scored Golden Globe nominations on Thursday morning, the reaction from large corners of the internet was one of crazy excitement. “Crazy Rich Asians” was nominated for best comedy or musical, and Wu was nominated for best performance by an actress in a musical or comedy motion picture. Both accomplishments can be seen as significant moments for an industry that has scrambled to catch up to a movie audience hungry for inclusive stories. Wu’s nomination is also notable on its own, as it ends a streak that has lasted almost half a century. The last person of Asian descent nominated in Wu’s category was Yvonne Elliman, who in 1974 earned a nod for her role in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who provided to CNN a comprehensive list following a request. Only two other women of Asian descent were nominated in the category before that. Miyoshi Umeki, who was nominated for 1961’s “Flower Drum Song,” and Machiko Kyo for “The Teahouse of the August Moon.” Umeki went on to win an Oscar and remains the only Asian woman to win an Academy Award in an acting category. Actors of Asian descent have been nominated 50 times in the history of the Golden Globes, according to HFPA’s figures. Only 12 have won awards. Also of note, “Black Panther” secured a nomination as outstanding drama and looks like the answer to Hollywood’s prayers as the industry embarks on awards season, adding blockbuster sizzle to an annual ritual that has been reluctant to acknowledge its costumeclad box-office stars.

Tyler Perry pays off more than $430K in layaways

Tyler Perry is spreading holiday cheer in his city of Atlanta. Perry shared a video on Twitter announcing that he paid off all the layaways at two Walmart stores Thursday. A Walmart spokeswoman confirmed to CNN the actor and filmmaker paid off $432,635 worth of layaway items at two stores in the metro Atlanta area. “I know it’s a hard time, a lot of people are struggling and I’m just really, really grateful to be able to be in a position to do this,” Perry said in the video, adding that his intention had originally been for his contribution to remain anonymous. “God Bless, go get your stuff, Merry Christmas,” Perry said. — From wire reports

Illinois Capitol ringing in holidays with a Satanic statue

By Madeline HolcoMBe CNN

The Illinois State Capitol is decking the halls with holly, a menorah and a Satanic statue. This holiday season, the Satanic Temple of Chicago has been granted permission to place its statue in the lobby of the state Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office told CNN. The statue is approximately 4.5 feet tall and about 18 inches long,

Must read spokesman Dave Druker said, and it depicts a snake wrapped around an arm holding an apple with the inscription “knowledge is the greatest gift.” The statue has been on display since Monday and will remain through the end of the month, according to officials. “We feel it’s a First Amendment issue, we have other displays there — a Hanukkah

menorah and Nativity scene,” Drucker said. “If you have displays of one type you need to be consistent and allow everyone to do so, aside from hate speeches and other unacceptable things.” The Satanic Temple says that its members are atheists who are often interested in community activism, according to the group’s website. “We do not promote a belief in a personal Satan,” the website says. “To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry

removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions.” The group says it embraces the “struggle for justice” and believes people should “strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures,” according to its website. Local reaction has run the gamut from supportive to outraged. “I don’t see a problem with it,” Illinois resident Wayne Rovey told CNN affiliate WMBF. “It seems like it’s a part of the

freedom of speech and it doesn’t project a bad message.” Shellie Berg told the station she found the display unsuitable. “I think it’s inappropriate because it’s not something that should be displayed for a lot of people to be offended by,” Berg told WMBF. “I would be offended by that myself.” Druker says the statue is stirring up a lot of talk, but he’s not sure if many people have actually seen it for themselves.

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Nash, legislators discuss contract for MARTA By Curt yeomans


Gwinnett County legislators applauded Chairwoman Charlotte Nash after she outlined the county’s contract for joining MARTA during the annual pre-legislative session meeting at the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse on Thursday. The county’s presentation to the legislators did not include any requests for help on specific legislative issues. It was instead a presentation on where the county is, highlighting the county’s transit development plans, its MARTA contract and the recently unveiled $1.8 billion proposed 2019 county budget. But with a MARTA referendum that will have a major impact on the county’s future looming in March, legislators listened as Nash outlined the transit plans, including the contract which would give Gwinnett extensive control over how its MARTA fund-

Gwinnett legislators, left, listen as Gwinnett County commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, above, talks about the county’s contract with MARTA during the annual presession meeting between legislators and representatives of the county, school system, local colleges and health officials at the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse on Thursday. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)

ing is used. “I have watched you with eager anticipation as you have navigated this and you have spent so much time looking out for Gwinnett in this whole process ... I am extremely grateful for myself and for my children,” state Rep. Timothy Barr, R-Lawrenceville, told Nash after her presenta-

to hold the referendum in March rather than putting it on the Nov. 6 general election ballot that a spring election date would hurt its chances of passing. After the meeting, Nash told the Daily Post that the county will begin the educational efforts to explain the MARTA contract to residents shortly after the


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Attendees hold candles in remembrance of those who have been lost as a result of homicide or vehicular homicide in Gwinnett County at the Office of the District Attorney’s 2018 Candlelight Vigil on Thursday. (Photo: Cory Hancock)

he said, “but it’s important to come out and show our support.” Jenene Craig attended the first vigil in 2001 to remember her late husband, Keith Woods. At that first event, her daughter Kristen read a poem and had to stand on a foot stool to reach the microphone.

Craig told attendees Thursday evening not to let the trauma of loss overshadow the love they have for those who were killed. “We don’t look like each other, and we come from different places,” Craig said, “but we belong to each other — in a way we didn’t pick.”

Funding of a legislative proposal to mandate schools not open before Labor Day. Other items Wilbanks brought up included: • Providing funding for the hiring and training or school counselors; • Pursuing legislation that is designed to maximize school safety by focusing on facilities, staffing, students, parents and technology; • Making sure local school boards have sovereign immunity; • Pursuing local, state and federal assessment options that are innovative.; • Providing funding for math and science endorsement supplements; and • Making sure the Governor’s School Leadership Academy can continue by funding the First Priority Act.

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Kenneth Jasper Coleman, Jr., 56 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, went home to his beloved Savior on December 5, 2018, surrounded by his wife and children. He was a dedicated, selfless, and abundantly loving husband, father, grandfather, grandson, son, brother, uncle and mentor to many. Ken devoted his life to serving others. He had a generous spirit and silently and unselfishly helped others in need both financially and personally. He enjoyed giving back to his community by donating to local sports programs. Ken left behind a wonderful gift of love that touched the lives of all

vote for or against it. “There’s things we can do in conjunction with the referendum, but there are other things that we can’t do,” Nash said. “We can’t advocate either for the passage or against a referendum item, but we can provide information. I would argue we have a duty to provide information.”


ies or have you got any information to share with us about, if you had the current formula. a dream QBE, what it would look “The biggest problem with fundlike,” state Sen.-elect Zahra Karining formulas is funding the funding shak asked Wilbanks. formulas,” Wilbanks said. “Other Wilbanks said a commission Gov. than that, the funding formula works Nathan Deal convened in 2015 to — however we’re not opposed to a come up with recommendations for new funding formulas as long as it education reforms looked at the QBE adds certain criteria to it.” formula and recommended a new Legislators, including those who formula. The superintendent was a will take office for the first time in member of that commission. January, had their own thoughts on, “It was more student-based than and questions about, the funding what QBE is, although QBE is a formula. student-based formula,” Wilbanks “I know you said it’s been fully said of the recommended formula. funded, but I think that’s inadequate,” There were several other items that state Rep.-elect Donna McLeod told Wilbanks brought up during meeting Wilbanks as she addressed the age of with legislators. One of them was a the formula. request that they fight to let school “That hasn’t been updated since systems retain control over their acaDP_FRI_OBITS_OBITSv2 Page 1calendars — a seeming rebuke 1985, have you all done12/6/2018 any stud-4:49 PMdemic

Kenneth Jasper Coleman, Jr.

beginning of 2019. By law, county officials cannot campaign or use county resources to advocate for or against passage of the referendum. They can, however, undertake an educational effort to answer questions and explain the item that will be on the ballot while leaving it up to voters to decide whether to

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About 500 people packed the GJAC auditorium for the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Program’s Candlelight Vigil. The annual event began 17 years ago, with about 20 chairs set up outside of the district attorney’s office, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said. “There’s one thing that’s important (about the event), and it’s not the message I give. It’s the message you give each other,” Porter said. “There is a way forward. … You’re not alone. There are people here who are willing to raise that hand and help you up.” Johnson said her family is grateful for the support they have received from the Gwinnett County Police Department and the community. “Anyone who has lost someone knows how important it is to have love and support from those around them,” she said. Several Gwinnett County police officers attended the vigil. Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said the event was emotional, but he and others in the department felt it was important to let Toney’s family know he was loved by the department. “You hate to be part of this club,”

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tion. “Thank you very, very much.” County officials have previously said the March 19 special election for the MARTA referendum will cost $768,937 and that cost is included in the county’s proposed 2019 budget. Transit proponents had expressed some concern after commissioners opted

who knew him. His sense of humor was contagious and could make anyone laugh. He was an angel on Earth and everyone loved him. Ken was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 26, 1962, where he graduated in 1981 from Dillard High School. After he graduated high school, he worked for several plumbing and welding companies. In 1998, he started his own plumbing company, Psycho Plumbing. He also was a plumbing instructor at the University of Florida. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed going deep sea fishing, riding his motorcycle, going bear hunting, entertaining and cooking. His wife, children and grandchildren were his life and he

enjoyed every minute he got to spend with them. Ken is preceded in death by his stepfather, Bill Myers; grandfather, Charlie Capes; grandmother, Pearl Coleman; and uncle, Don Isley. He is survived by his parents, Elaine Myers, Kenneth Coleman and wife Gloria; his beloved wife of 35 years, Cynthia “Cindy” Hudson Coleman; his son, Christopher Coleman; daughter Jennifer Webb and husband Matthew; grandchildren Brayden and Brylee; grandmother, Ella Mae Capes; brothers Richard Coleman and wife Luann, Andrew Coleman and wife Sharon, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Coleman will be held Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:00 am at W

buildings that include 315 residential units, ranging Director Todd Oglesby said from one to three bedrooms, as well as 4,500 square feet in a statement. of street-level retail, spaces Construction on Broadfor the city-run Sugar Hill stone is expected to begin Arts Commission galsoon and be ready for resilery and Sugar Hill Hisdents to move in sometime toric Preservation Society in 2020, according to Alliance Residential. Its location museum and a 453-space, on the former Buice School two-story parking deck. Alliance Residential also site, which the city bought from Gwinnett County Pub- said Broadstone will have lic Schools in 2015, will put indoor and outdoor activity areas, a resort-style pool, a the planned development across the street from Sugar package center, a dog park, multiple club rooms, gatherHill City Hall and the new ing spaces, bike storage Eagle Theatre. and a fitness center that the Alliance Residential developer pledges will be operates several Broadstate of the art. stone-branded residential “With people choosing developments across 10 to rent more than ever, resistates, including two in dents desire a lively atmoAtlanta. The Sugar Hill sphere with a strong sense of project would be the third Broadstone development in community,” Oglesby said. “We are excited to work toGeorgia and the only one gether with the city of Sugar outside Atlanta. Hill to support the continued Broadstone Sugar Hill will have four wood-framed growth downtown.”

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would be the first AfricanAmerican woman to serve Performing Arts Center that on Lawrenceville’s City will serve as the Aurora Council if she is appointed. Theatre expansion during “I just know her to be the that meeting. best person to fill the slot, “I’m sort of bound up in period, and that’s why I (the performing arts center encourage her nomination,” planning) but as soon as we Powell said. can get past that issue, then Powell noted the history it is my intention to resign that would be made if the and allow this body to apcouncil appointed Jones point my successor, who to fill the remainder of his will have a year to serve,” term. Powell said. “It’s a barrier that needs Powell is encouraging to be broken,” he said. “We have some friends who are a his colleagues to appoint young couple that just had a Victoria Jones to fill the final year of his term. Jones, baby in October. They are a young black couple that live who is a member of the city’s Downtown Develop- in the city and own a business in the city, and it is my ment Authority, would be wish for this council that a history-making appointthat baby will never know ment if the council accepts the day when she doesn’t Powell’s suggestion. have the opportunity to sit The soon-to-be-former on this council.” councilman said Jones

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Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel in Lawrenceville with Pastor Troy Bush officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel in Lawrenceville on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ken’s memory to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta online at or 1001 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342-1605. Online condolences may be expressed at www.


James Dillard, Sr. James (Jim) R. Dillard Sr. age 88 died on Oct. 12, 2018. James was born in Monroe, GA. On November 13, 1929. He was a veteran of The Korean War, Educated at GA. State University, James was a Master Pool Builder from 1960-2018. He loved his work and received many awards for his pool designs. He was preceded in death by son Dennis Dillard, survived by wife Joyce Dillard, son J

James (Buddy) Dillard and his wife Debbie, 4 step children James, Connie, Steven & Travis, brother Donald Dillard and his wife Mary Joyce, sister Dorothy Winchester and husband Bob, 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 3 nephews, 1 niece and many friends. His cremation was don by The Neptune Society and a Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 8 at 1pm at Collins Hill Baptist Church 1612 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. $15 photos are available with all Obituaries and Death Notices

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Civil War journal editor to sign books in Lawrenceville By Curt yeomanS curt.yeomans

Civil War history buffs will get a chance to hear about one Macon teenager’s experiences during the Civil War at a presentation in Lawrenceville on Sunday. Janet Janet Croon Croon will visit the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, located at 455 S. Perry St., at 3 p.m. Sunday to give a presentation and sign copies of “The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 18601865.” The event will take place before the Northeast Georgia Civil War Round Table meeting. The book, as its title

Editor Jan Croon will give a presentation and sign copies of “The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865” at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary on Sunday. (Photo: Savas Beatie LLC)

suggests, is the diary of LeRoy Gresham, who was about 14 when the war began. He had suffered a leg and back injury as a child and he died in 1865,

the same year that the war ended. Croon edited and annotated the diary for publication by Savas Beatie LLC. “The wealthy slaveholding family had a deep stake in (the war’s) outcome,” the publisher said in an announcement about the event. “Little escaped LeRoy’s pen. His journals brim with both practical and philosophical observations on everything from the course of the war, politics and family matters, to Macon’s social activities, food, weather and his beloved pets. “The young scribe often voiced concern about ‘Houston,’ the family’s plantation outside town. He recorded his interactions and relationships with ‘servants’ and ‘valets’ Howard, Eaveline, ‘Mammy Dinah’ and others as he pondered the fate of human bondage and his family’s fortunes.”





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Condra is Gwinnett’s best for third straight year By Will Hammock


Some find their love for running in high school, or even later in life. Chase Condra found his as an elementary-schooler. The Peachtree Ridge senior participated in a Brain Tumor Foundation 5K fundraiser when he was 9, joining his older sisters Crystal and Stacey, who were both in their 20s at the time. They ran in honor of their mother Ginger, who had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. “Chase decided he wanted to run with (his sisters),” Peachtree Ridge coach Matt Adams said. “They told him that they were not going to wait for him, so he better keep up if he didn’t want to get left behind. Chase did keep up and wound up running a great time for an untrained, inexperienced kid.” The result impressed everyone, including his father, Steve, and his mother, who walked the one-mile See CONDRA, Page 4B Peachtree Ridge’s Chase Condra is the Daily Post’s Runner of the Year. (Staff Photo: Will Hammock)


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Chloe Hetherington MOUNTAIN VIEW • SENIOR

County, area titles highlight stellar season for top runner

to do very well at state because I had put so much time into it,” said the Daily Post’s Girls Runner of the Year, who was Something looked wrong with the 13th at state as a junior. “I was really Class AAAAAAA results from this year’s excited for my last senior race. It was bad and I felt like I was really letting my team state cross country meet. Someone was down, so it was really hard. But all my missing. teammates were so supportive of me. It’s Gwinnett County’s top girls runner amazing. I love my team. It was really all season, Mountain View senior Chloe Hetherington, was not comfortably in the disappointing, but I know I’m going to have good races ahead.” top 10, where most expected her to end Just like Hetherington, Mountain up. She wasn’t in the top 20 or top 30, View’s coaches thought the state meet either. Hetherington suffered an injury during would be one of those good races. “The crazy thing is she looked so good the final race of her high school career, the week leading up to (state),” Mounfell twice and failed to finish. “It was one of the worst experiences of Mountain View senior Chloe Hetherington is the Daily Post’s runner of the year for girls See HETHERINGTON, Page 4B my life, between the pain and I expected cross country. She has signed to run at Georgia Tech. (Staff Photo: Will Hammock) By Will Hammock

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NEW YORK — Former Parkview and Georgia Bulldog standout Matt Stinchcomb, as well as former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson, were among those inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the New York Hilton Midtown’s Grand Ballroom during the 61st Na-

tional Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner. The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class was introduced by NFF Board Member Archie Griffin, a Hall of Fame running back from Ohio State. The class included Trevor Cobb (Rice), Kerry Collins (Penn State), Dave Dickenson (Montana), Dana Howard (Illinois), Johnson, Paul Palmer

(Temple), Ed Reed (Miami, Fla.), Stinchcomb, Aaron Taylor (Nebraska), Charles Woodson (Michigan) and coaches Frank Beamer (Murray State, Virginia Tech), Mack Brown (Appalachian State, Tulane, North Carolina, Texas) and Mel Tjeerdsma (Austin College of Texas), Northwest Missouri State). NFF Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Archie

Manning (Mississippi) conducted the Official Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony. The 10 players and three coaches bring the total number of players in the Hall of Fame to 997 and the number of coaches to 217. “This is an honor I did not anticipate when I entered the University of

See HALL, Page 4B

Parkview grad Matt Stinchcomb was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York. (Photo: National Football Foundation/ Ben Solomon)



Prep Schedule BASKETBALL


6 p.m. — Archer at West Forsyth 6 p.m. — Berkmar at Central 6 p.m. — Bethlehem Christian Academy at Providence 6 p.m. — Grayson at Loganville 6 p.m. — Landmark Christian at Wesleyan 6 p.m. — Meadowcreek at Brookwood 6 p.m. — Milton at Discovery 6 p.m. — Mountain View at Mill Creek 6 p.m. — Newton Co. at South 6 p.m. — Norcross at Parkview 6 p.m. — North at Duluth 6 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge at Collins Hill 6:30 p.m. — Hebron at First Presbyterian Day 6:30 p.m. — Rockdale Co. at Shiloh 7 p.m. — GAC at Dawson Co.


4 p.m. — Bettie Hudson Memorial Diving Invitational at Mountain Park 5 p.m. — Lovett, Cambridge at Wesleyan


4 p.m. — Dacula, White Co., Newton Co. at Madison Co. 4:30 p.m. — Central, Shiloh at South 5 p.m. — Santa Slam at South Forsyth 5 p.m. — Mill Creek in Spartan Invitational at Mountain Brook, Ala. 5:30 p.m. — GAC in Morgan Co. Christmas Classic Saturday


• Collins Hill boys at Dawson Co. • Hebron boys and White Co. at Dawson Co. • Lithonia boys and GAC at Buford City Arena • Meadowcreek boys and Mountain Brook, Ala. in Bragging Rights Showcase in Huntsville, Ala. Noon — Central girls at Drew 2 p.m. — Centennial at Duluth 2 p.m. — Grayson girls and Rome at Dawson Co. 2 p.m. — Shiloh girls and East Hall at North Georgia 4 p.m. — Cambridge at Berkmar 4 p.m. — Flowery Branch at Lanier 4 p.m. — Grayson boys and ELCA at Paulding Co. 4 p.m. — Riverside Military Academy boys at Wesleyan 4:30 p.m. — Norcross boys and West Charlotte, N.C. at Buford 4:30 p.m. — South girls at Douglass 5 p.m. — Arabia Mountain at Mountain View 5 p.m. — East Jackson girls at Providence 6 p.m. — Archer at North 6 p.m. — Buford Showcase 6 p.m. — Cedar Shoals at Dacula 6 p.m. — GAC girls at McEachern 6 p.m. — Parkview at Decatur


8 a.m. — Clody Swimming Invitational at West Gwinnnett 4 p.m. — Clody Diving Invitational at Mountain Park


8:30 a.m. — GAC in Morgan Co. Christmas Classic 9 a.m. — Berkmar, Central in South Gwinnett Comet Clash Duals 9 a.m. — Santa Slam at South Forsyth 9 a.m. — Mill Creek in Spartan Invitational at Mountain Brook, Ala. 9 a.m. — Mountain View in Cleveland (Tenn.) Duals 9 a.m. — Parkview in John Smith Mountaineer at Lumpkin Co.

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TITLE TRIP Portland at Atlanta • Saturday, 8 p.m. (Fox) • Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Atlanta United prepares for final vs. road warriors

By Taylor Denman


In approximately two months, Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host the Super Bowl, the premier event of football in the universe. The other football — the sport in which feet are central to movement of the ball not a special phase of the game — has morewatched events than the MLS Cup. Major League Soccer is not considered the world’s premier league with regards to talent, payroll or support even during the three years between FIFA World Cups. Still, comparisons were drawn between the anticipation of Atlanta United’s MLS Cup berth against Portland Timbers on Saturday and Super Bowl LIII in February. The MLS media corps that attended Thursday’s press conference at Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not fill the press box like the Super Bowl is expected to, but the attendance of pregame media access was significant in comparison to the weekly coverage of the team in the 2018 season. “Just look at all the people here,” Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino said. “I don’t know if this is the MLS final or the Super Bowl.” While the scope of soccer in the United States has perhaps not caught on everywhere in the way it has in Atlanta, the gravity of Saturday’s match to the franchise’s loyal fanbase is considered perhaps the most important event the city has hosted since Georgia and Alabama played for the College Football Playoff National Championship in the same stadium in January. Atlanta United is no longer a fad — if it ever was. The club has scorched MLS single-game, seasonal and playoff atten-

dance records and reaches live audiences of more than 70,000 fans when it opens the top-most seats of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for marquee games. The team averaged more than 53,000 fans during the regular season, matching or passing several English Premier League, Bundesliga (Germany), La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy) clubs in the 2017-18 season. Atlanta United does not have the same history of some of the city’s professional sports franchises — the Atlanta Falcons, the Braves or the Hawks — but it has an opportunity to accomplish what just one of those teams have been able to do while affiliated with Atlanta: bring the city a championship. The league’s plucky expansion team is matching up with a franchise with four MLS Cup Playoff appearances after qualifying for consecutive seasons in 2017 and 2018. The Timbers won the MLS Cup in 2015 against Columbus Crew SC. Diego Valeri, still Portland’s franchise midfielder, scored in the first half of that match. In Valeri’s MLS Cup Playoff career, Valeri has six goals and seven assists. His 13 points is first among active MLS players in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Valeri is tied with Sebastian Blanco with the team-lead in goals this season (10). Valeri has four of Portland’s five playoff goals, while Blanco has three. As a franchise, Portland Timbers has received support similar to that of Atlanta United, but in a 21,000-seat stadium. Providence Park has sold out 144 consecutive regular season home games, spanning Portland’s first eight seasons as an MLS club. The two teams contrast with regards to their styles of play. Atlanta United scored 70 goals to Portland’s 54 during the regular season. Atlanta United

posted a goal differential of 26 compared to Portland’s differential of six. Atlanta United and Portland Timbers met once during the regular season and played to a 1-1 draw. Portland scored in the 32nd minute at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and bunkered. The Timbers took 12 shots all game compared to Atlanta United’s 20 shots. Atlanta United got one back early in the second half courtesy of Julian Gressel. Last year’s MLS Rookie of the Year scored in the 56th minute of the match. He’s scored twice against Portland in his career, including the 2017 matchup between the two teams in Portland. That goal was also in the second half. Portland entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference but has managed to thwart three teams that finished higher in the regular season standings. After edging FC Dallas 2-1 in the knockout stage, Portland Timbers won a penalty shootout to advance past Seattle Sounders and won Leg 2 of the Western Conference finals 3-2 to advance to MLS Cup. “Mainly what we’ve done this week is go over what Portland has done in the playoffs and what’s allowed them to have success,” Martino said. “They’ve been able to eliminate all higher seeds and done so on the road. … We expect to have the initiative in this game. That’s something that we’ve prepared for, and that’s similar to the first game this season when we played them. We expect them to defend and do what they’ve shown to do well, which is get out quickly on the counterattack.” There’s some added intrigue to the matchup in that Atlanta United midfielder Darlington Nagbe was traded by Portland in

2017 for General Allocation Money, Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster spot. Nagbe said there’s not much of a scouting report that he can provide to help his new club pass Portland for a championship on Saturday, but he still hasn’t exactly gotten over the novelty of playing against the club he’s played for since he was a teenager in the academy. “It’s a different coach, different system, I don’t know how much I can help,” Nagbe said. “My whole adult life pretty much happened (in Portland), so obviously, it will always feel like a home to me.” The match also is the last for Martino with Atlanta United. He has been linked to the Mexican National Team head coach position. “I just want to say thank you for Atlanta for letting me participate from the beginning with the birth of this new club,” Martino said. “The final is going to be very important. This is a very competitive league, and it’s a league where everybody can win. You have a final with a five seed versus a two seed, so the regular season is very competitive.” Atlanta’s advantage, perhaps, lies with its depth. Two players with a combined 40 regular season starts have provided a lift for Atlanta United as subs during the playoffs. Hector “Tito” Villalba, a former designated player, and Ezequiel Barco, one of the club’s three DPs, have logged 77 and 16 minutes off the bench, respectively. “Our goal is to win the championship,” Villalba said. “Especially in the final, you have to be ready for anything. Whether you’re coming off the bench or playing 90 minutes, you have to be focused because you never know what’s going to happen on the day.”


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Denver Sat, 7:30 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM

Orlando 7:35 p.m. 97.7-FM

at South Carolina South Carolina Sat, 7:05 p.m. Sun, 3:05 p.m. 97.7-FM 97.7-FM

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at Green Bay Sun, 1 p.m. FOX/92.9-FM



Texas^ Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. ESPN/95.5-FM


Minnesota# Dec. 26, ESPN ESPN/93.7-FM








at Dallas Dec. 12, 3 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM

Arizona Dec. 16, 1 p.m. FOX/92.9-FM

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ATLANTA — The Blank Family of Businesses offices looks more like a palace than corporate building. But the lavish, over-thetop facility was deemed fit for what was described as a “special announcement” in a press release prior to the MLS MVP announcement on Wednesday afternoon. Days before MercedesBenz Stadium hosts the MLS Cup between Atlanta United and Portland Timbers, Josef Martinez took the podium and accepted the 2018 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award. Martinez, who typically conducts interviews in Spanish through Atlanta United translator Justin Veldhuis, made his opening remarks in English after leaving his seat next to his grandmother. “I’m more nervous than when I take a penalty,” he said. After thanking his teammates and family, he reverted back to Spanish for the remainder of his acceptance speech. The sight of his grandmother in tears made him choke up. “My family and the people close to me, they’ve been with me the whole time, through the good and the bad,” Martinez said. “In Switzerland and Italy, they’ve always been with

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez shoots and scores on a penalty kick during the first half of a match against NYCFC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: Jason Braverman)

me. To see them on such an emotional day really means a lot.” Martinez’s 31 goals in 34 regular-season matches with Atlanta United in the MLS expansion club’s second season rivals some of the top goal-scorers across the globe. It’s a new single-season scoring record in MLS. Martinez tallied eight multi-goal games including MLS Cup Playoffs this season and three hat tricks. He owns the MLS career record for hat tricks with six.

In his two seasons with Atlanta United, Martinez has racked up 50 goals. The scoring numbers the 25-year-old Venezuelan native tallied for Atlanta United in 2018 paled compared to most of the league’s other candidates. He was awarded the 2018 Golden Boot Award for the MLS’ top goal scorer. Heading into Saturday’s MLS Cup final, Martinez 34 goals (inlcuding three in the playoffs) leads MLS Newcomer of the Year Zlatan Ibrahimovic by 12

goals (22). Ibrahimovic and the LA Galaxy didn’t secure an MLS Cup Playoff spot, so Martinez’s goal numbers can potentially be more inflated in the MLS Cup final on Saturday. He finished with 48 percent of the vote, which polled MLS players, coaches, media and management. His teammate, Miguel Almiron, finished second in MVP voting with 14 percent. “I want to thank all of my teammates; I told them the other day before training that this was a collective award,” he said. “If I could, I would cut up the trophy and give them each a little piece, because it really is a group effort.” There is some dramatic irony in Martinez’s recognition. The MVP announcement on Wednesday was a year and one day after Portland Timbers’ Diego Valeri was named 2017 MLS MVP. Valeri and Portland will try to make Martinez’s MVP celebration the last one for Atlanta United this season when they line up across from the Five Stripes in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. Martinez joins Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones, Terry Pendleton and Dale Murphy along with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the pantheon of Atlanta top league athletes to be named MVP.


Buford hosts inaugural showcase GFL sends 3 to FBU national championships several other strong Georgia teams, including both BASKETBALL Buford’s boys and girls, What: Buford-Blue Collar Basketball Showcase plus Gwinnett boys teams Where: Buford Arena Buford’s basketball Norcross and Greater AtWhen: Saturday programs were planning lanta Christian. Tickets: $10 (all-day passes) on christening the first In all, the showcase will Schedule: showcase event at the still feature six different games, Noon — St. Pius X (boys) vs. Newton relatively new Buford with defending Class 1:30 p.m. — Wheeler (boys) vs. Aquinas 3 p.m. — GAC (boys) vs. Lithonia Arena about a year ago, AAAA boys state runner4:30 p.m. — Norcross (boys) vs. West Charlotte (N.C.) but Mother Nature had up St. Pius X boys tip6 p.m. — Buford (boys) vs. Hunstville (Ala.) other ideas. ping off with AAAAAAA 7:30 p.m. — Buford (girls) vs. Northview “We tried to last year, semifinalist Newton at 12 but we got snowed out,” noon in the opener, and the Buford boys head coach confidence and excitement plenty of parking, plenty only girls game of the day, Eddie Martin said. “We that this year’s Bufordof seats. It should be a Buford hosting Northview, had it all set up, but we had Blue Collar Basketball really good time. If you scheduled for 7:30 p.m. a few out of state teams showcase event will tip off look at (the field), year in Nine of the 12 teams who couldn’t get there.” as scheduled Saturday at and year out, some of the involved in the showcase Though the weather Buford Arena. teams usually make deep advance to at least the forecast for Saturday seems “We’re very excited (state) tournament runs, so quarterfinal round of their pretty dreary, it doesn’t to get i set up at Buford they could wind up playing respective classifications’ appear to include the more Arena,” said Martin, point- back here again.” state tournaments last seathan three inches of snow ing out that the area will This year’s field feason, including defending that last year’s surprise host the Class AAAAAAA tures only two out-of-state state champs in Buford’s December storm dumped state semifinals on March teams, the boys teams from girls (AAAAA), GAC’s on Gwinnett County. 2. “It’s an exciting venue. West Charlotte (N.C.) and boys (AAA) and Aquinas’ So there is plenty of We’ve got plenty of room, Huntsville (Ala.), s well as boys (Class A-Private).

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Discovery, Lanier girls off to hot start By DaviD FrieDlanDer david.friedlander@

While there are plenty of boys and girls high school basketball teams in Gwinnett County off to a good start as the 2018-19 campaign begins to enter the busy holiday portion of the season, a couple of girls team have particuAkaya larly raised Chaney eyebrows by getting out of the gate quickly. Perhaps most notable is the start put together by Discovery, which is 6-3 entering today’s home game against Milton, a start noteworthy for two reasons. In addition to being the best start in the program’s brief history, the Titans are only two wins away from matching the school singleseason record of eight as the first week in December concludes. They have made a steady progression in wins since the school opened three years ago under former coach Tamara Brooks — going from no wins in the inaugural 2015-16 season to six in 2016-17 to eight last season. Still, this year’s quick start may seem somewhat surprising given the transition to a new coach in Kandra Bailey. Behind junior Akaya Chaney, who is averaging 12 points per game, and senior Kyasia Overstreet, who is averaging 10.8 points, the Titans seem to have quickly adjusted to Bailey, who had already forged success as an assistant and head coach in the Nashville, Tenn., area despite being just 30 years old. “I think it’s just our experience,” Bailey said when asked about the key

to Discovery’s early success this season. “I have almost all of (the players) back from last year, and now that they’ve got a couple years of varsity experience, they’re in position to know what expect. … I think it’s been a good transition. It’s obviously helpful that I got to know them over the summer, but they’ve been very receptive. I do have high expectations, but they’ve been very coachable. “We’re definitely still growing as a team, and we’re doing a better job of playing all together. Anybody can score for us. That’s been very helpful.” The situation has been very similar over at Lanier, where former Buford assistant Tim Slater returned to Gwinnett County after spending last year as a boys assistant at Rome to guide the Longhorns to an 8-0 start following last Tuesday’s 38-24 win over Forsyth Central. Like Discovery, Lanier had plenty of experienced returning, including six seniors from a team that went 22-7 and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament last season. And like the Titans, the Longhorns have made a smooth transition to a new coach, who says he has leaned on his veteran players — including the aforementioned seniors Mekala Fuller, Kalen Surles, Nala Lawrence, Olivia Leazer, Taylor Stanley and Mya Williams — to help continue last year’s momentum. “We’ve got really good senior leadership,” Slater said. “Our six seniors have really bought into what we want to do. But I’ve tried to fit them and make them fit me. A lot of coaches in the first year (in a program) struggle, but … they’ve embraced me with open arms.” It has also helped that

North’s Pryor signs with Shorter lacrosse program

there is no shortage of talent with the Longhorns, led by three players averaging in double figures in Fuller (14 ppg), Surles (12 ppg) and 6-foot-4 junior forward Christabel Ezumah, who is averaging a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds per game. Interestingly enough, though they are not scheduled to play in the regular season, Lanier and Discovery could meet on the court with both entered in the Christmas in Commerce holiday tournament at East Jackson High School from Dec. 27-29, though both would have to either win or lose their respective firstround games. Dacula looking to pick up the pace By contrast to the Discovery and Lanier girls, one of Gwinnett’s slowest-starting teams so far this season are Dacula’s boys, though their current 0-5 record is quite deceiving considering the brutal pre-Region 8-AAAAAA schedule they’ve endured thus far. The combined record of the opponents the Falcons have faced so far is 26-11, and that group includes one defending state champion (AAAAAAA champ Meadowcreek), another state semifinalist (Grayson) and three more state playoff teams from a year ago in Duluth, Mountain View and Peachtree Ridge. Those struggles have come despite one of the county’s top backcourts in senior guard Brenden Tucker (16.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg) and Mekhail Bethea (18.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.2 spg). And the road doesn’t get any easier, with games traditional powers Cedar Shoals, Sandy Creek, North Cobb Christian and Peachtree Ridge — the second such meeting with the Lions — on the horizon in the next week.

However, more help is on the way, with junior Chris Scott, sophomore Kaleb Edwards and freshman Kyle Efford set to join the roster from Dacula’s football team after the Falcons’ season came to an end in the Class AAAAAA state semifinals against Northside-Warner Robins last Friday. “It’s going to help us play as fast as we need to play,” Dacula coach Byron Wilson said of the new additions to the roster. “They can help spread out the load (in minutes played), and help us get stops and get into transition (offense). But the biggest thing they’ll bring is a new level of intensity to practice.” Lane, Lewis forming dynamic duo at Shiloh Back on the subject of hot starts, the tandem of wing Toneari Lane and forward Kendall Lewis have each had a hot hand for Shiloh’s boys so far this season. Lane, a 6-5, 200-pound junior, has had four different 20-point or better efforts, including games of 21 points in a double-overtime win over Peachtree Ridge and 23 points in a win at Berkmar in the Generals’ last two games. Meanwhile, Lewis, a 6-6, 180-pound senior, has also been strong, including 19 points in the Berkrmar win and 17 in the Peachtree Ridge game. But coach Kim Rivers says the biggest contributions the pair has made to the Generals’ 6-3 start, with the only losses coming to out-of-state teams, has been helping create a more cohesive atmosphere he says hasn’t always been there the past two seasons. “(Lane has) been playing well,” Rivers said. “Kendall’s been about the same. The big thing is they’re playing well together. We’ve finally got some (team) chemistry going.”

From StaFF reportS Three Gwinnett-based youth football teams completed a rare trifecta for the first time this past weekend. Gwinnett Football League-Georgia’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teams all qualified for the FBU National Championships’ final week in Naples, Fla. The Dec. 1720 event crowns middle school national champions in the sport. Since 2012, the GFL program has sent 10 teams to the final rounds in Naples, but this is the first time all three agegroup teams advanced in the same year. “I think it’s better for the community, and better for all the associations in Gwinnett County,” said Chris Gant, head coach of the GFL seventh-graders. “We’re proud to have all three of our teams going.” GFL-Georgia has won eighth-grade national championships in 2012, 2013 and 2017. It has sent seven teams to the national finals overall. Gant’s seventh-graders rolled in the first two rounds with wins over Tennessee (62-0) and Mississippi (48-12). This year marks the first appearance at championship week for the seventhgrade program. The eighth-graders, led by longtime head coach Ken Burge, advanced to Naples with a 38-0 win over Tennessee and a 28-0 win over Georgia Middle School Athletic Association. The GFL-Georgia sixth grade team got a first-round bye and topped GMSAA 26-6 in the second round. That group is coached by Brent Voyles. Quarterfinal games in the FBU National Championships are Dec. 17 in Naples, followed by Dec. 18 semifinals. The championship games are Dec. 20. Members of the GFLGeorgia teams are as follows: Georgia Eighth Grade Head coach: Ken Burge Roster 1 Joseph Taylor 2 Caleb Downs 3 Jorian Haynes 4 Michael Daugherty 5 Amari Smith 6 Reginald Johnson 7 Ricky Lee 8 D.J. Johnson 9 Jordan Davenport 10 Quinterio Lawson 11 Gannon Weathersby 12 Dylan Lonergan 13 Bryce Dopson 14 Howard Copeland 16 Miles Massengill 17 Justin Benton 19 Dylan Wittke 25 Mekhi Phillips 28 Riley Small

34 Jamal Prothro 40 PoPo Aguire 42 Dion Crawford 44 John Dutton 51 Avion Terrell 52 Kylen Shields 54 Joseph Leslie 56 Ian Chandler 58 Josh Ellard 60 Cooper Bothwell 62 Myles Parker 63 Devin Caldwell 64 Travius Franklin 66 Dallas Steward 72 O’Keefe McKinney 73 Dylan Harris 74 Bryce Bothwell 75 Shakwan McKnight 81 Cory Elliott 83 Quentin Thomas 99 Kendrick McDaniel Georgia Seventh Grade Head coach: Chris Gant Roster 1 Ty’Shun White 2 Trelain Maddox 3 Eddrick Houston Jr. 4 K.J. Bolden 5 Caden Williams 6 Debron Gatling 7 Bryson Banks 8 Jordan McCoy 9 Ezekial Carter Jr. 10 Bryce Clavon 11 Charles Johnson 13 Pierce DeMarco 14 Baxter Wright 16 Cameron Robinson 18 JoJo Stone Jr. 19 Kendall Beard 20 Myles Woods 22 Chandler Burden 23 Jalyn Crawford 32 Kobi Blackwell 34 Zarion Harvey 42 Trey Lenhardt 44 Sammy Brown 51 Austin Scott 54 Waltclaire Flynn Jr. 56 Hevin Brown-Shuler 58 Antavious Elder 60 Sharvon Pierre 63 Aidan Banfield 66 Sebastian Ball 72 Torrey Hutchins Jr. 73 Darren Mckenzie 74 Jeremiah Willingham 81 Zarius Burch 83 Daniel Stites Georgia Sixth Grade Head coach: Brent Voyles Roster 1 Sam Harkness 2 C.J. Franklin 3 Samford Halcomb 4 Elfonzo Solomon 5 Kenyon Rivera 6 Caleb Chandler 7 Cannon Goldin 8 Carmello Jeffrey 9 Adam Cannon 10 Sean Ferguson 11 Jordan Allen 12 Wesley Middlebrooks 17 Ethan Campbell 18 Andre Fuller 20 Nate Crownie 22 Davin Rouse 23 Chris Garland 25 Michael Henry 28 Vaughn Mitchom 32 Aaron Holloway 40 Jayden Berry 42 Nathan Kava 44 Daniel Smith 51 Nicco Maggio 52 Reid Voyles 54 Luke Metz 56 Michael Bonelli 60 Tyquan Smith 62 Cole Crawford 63 Remington Kemp 64 Bishop Crooks 66 Jaylen Brown 72 Cooper Harris 73 Bryce Hudson 74 Isaiah Sanjurjo 81 Ethan Cantres 83 Kayden Baker TBA Ethan Ervin

IN BRIEF fielder of the year before his injury.

Norcross’ Camarda named to SEC All-Freshman Team

chi Jones (Atlanta Legends), McKenzie Mills (Marlins), Isiah Gilliam (Yankees), Spencer Adams (White Sox) and Bradley Central senior Blackwood Norcross grad Jake Camarda was named Keller (Kansas City Royals). North Gwinnett senior Lilah Pryor commits to GMC football to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshhas signed with the Shorter University Central Gwinnett senior Kevon Blackman Team on Thursday after starting as the women’s lacrosse program. Braves name Kranitz Georgia Bulldogs’ punter all season. Pryor, a defender, played her freshman wood made a commitment to the Georgia Camarda has a 43.2-yard average on 38 new pitching coach and sophomore seasons at Greater Atlanta Military College football program Monday. The linebacker and safety prospect led punts this season with three kicks of over The Atlanta Braves on Thursday anChristian. She was in the Class of 2020, the Black Knights to the state playoffs as 60 yards. He also serves as the Bulldogs’ nounced they have hired Rick Kranitz as but reclassified to the Class of 2019, alholder on field goals and PATs. lowing her to start college lacrosse early. a senior. He had 92 tackles, three sacks their new pitching coach. Pryor’s brother Campbell, a 2018 GAC and two interceptions. Kranitz, 60, was the pitching coach for Athlete autographs grad, is a freshman on the baseball team Philadelphia last season and the MilwauNorth Gwinnett air rifle at Shorter. kee for five years (2011-15). highlight NSTA event “I’m thrilled to add Rick to our coachteam wins conference title Norcross Sports Training Academy will Buford’s Breyo commits ing staff,” Braves manager Brian Snitker North Gwinnett High School defeated host its Customer Appreciation Day on said. “Right from the start of the interview to play for UMass lacrosse Alaska Eagle Eye Shooting Club 2,219- Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. process, Rick stood out with his knowl2,190 last week, winning the National Air Buford senior Grant Breyo announced The event features food and drinks, edge, credentials, and experience. He has his commitment recently to the University Rifle League’s Distinguished Division games, inflatables, face painting, equiphad a lot of success developing young Junior Rifle Club Conference title. of Massachusetts, choosing the NCAA ment demonstrations and autograph talent and he is going to have a big impact Matt Herrington’s score of 567 led the Division I program over a number of sessions with pro athletes. The athletes Bulldogs (7-1). Corina Fluker, Shasta Rob- scheduled to attend include Trevor Craport getting the most out of all of our pitchers.” other top offers. Kranitz replaces Chuck Hernandez, with inson, Ethan Woyce and Caitlyn Miller also (Baltimore Orioles), Sam Bragg (Oakland Breyo missed most of the 2018 high school lacrosse season and all of football contributed on the championship team. A’s), Grant Williams, Kellin Deglan (New whom the Braves parted ways after the The team is coached by Phil Olsen, season with a knee injury, but expects to York Yankees), Caberea Weaver (Chicago season. Atlanta ranked fifth in the National League with a 3.75 ERA this season. Steve Hartshorne, Robert Herrington, return in the spring. He was named AllWhite Sox), David Sosebee (Yankees), Lauren Herrington and Allen Trader. — From staff, wire reports American, all-state and Gwinnett midNick Neidert (Miami Marlins), Mala-


ALL-COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY BOYS Boys Runner of the Year: Chase Condra, Peachtree Ridge, Sr. Gwinnett’s top finisher at state in third place, area and county champion Boys Coach of the Year: Chad McDaniel, Wesleyan Led the Wolves to the Class A Private state title First Team • Tristan Autry, Parkview, Jr. 13th at state, fifth at area, 11th at county • Ben Butcher, Dacula, Soph. 12th at state, second at area, fourth at county • Chris Cherono, Grayson, Jr. Ninth at state, area champion, second at county • Myles Collins, Archer, Jr. Fifth at state, second at area, third at county • Robert Cranston, Shiloh, Sr. 17th at state, fifth at area, 14th at county • Ty Freeman, Grayson, Jr. 18th at state, fourth at area, 15th at county • Luke McNeil, Brookwood, Jr. Fourth at state, sixth at area, seventh at county Second Team Will Bray, Brookwood, Soph. Colby Freeman, Grayson, Sr. Mohammed Mursal, Norcross, Sr. Brian Pelland, Mill Creek, Jr. Brandon Potra, Hebron, Sr. Sebastian Rodriguez, Archer, Soph. Patrick Smith, Brookwood, Sr. Third Team Elliott Januzelli, Norcross, Soph. Michael Maron, North Gwinnett, Soph. Mac McCartney, Archer, Soph. Joseph Muck, Mill Creek, Sr. Gabriel Schlicht, Norcross, Jr. Miguel Schlicht, Norcross, Soph. Nathan Solomon, Shiloh, Fr. GIRLS Girls Runner of the Year: Chloe Hetherington, Mountain View, Sr. Area, Gwinnett County and North Georgia champion, Gwinnett’s top finisher at the Coach Wood Invitational Girls Coach of the Year: Michael Sexton, Mill Creek Led the Hawks to a Gwinnett-best seventh-place finish at state in his first season as head coach First Team • Brooke Browning, Hebron, Fr. Sixth at state, area champion, seventh at county • Hannah Gatland, Brookwood, Sr. 32nd at state, fifth at area, fifth at county • Sarah McCartney, Archer, Jr. 39th at state, second at area, third at county • Georgia Piper, Hebron, Fr. Ninth at state, third at area, 13th at county • Kelsey Powell, Mill Creek, Sr. 33rd at state, 10th at county • Reese Saddler, Brookwood, Jr. 17th at state, second at area, fourth at county • Madison Watts, Mountain View, Jr. 10th at state, third at area, second at county Second Team Olivia Henry, Archer, Sr. Edith Kahiga, Mill Creek, Soph. Makenna Kulzer, North Gwinnett, Jr. Ana Margaret Miller, Mill Creek, Soph. Andrea Montes, Mill Creek, Soph. Carsyn Rodney, Dacula, Fr. Andi Wells, Dacula, Sr. Third Team Ashley Annis, Archer, Soph. Merritt Blum, Norcross, Jr. Kelly Connerley, Archer, Sr. Claudia Gatti, Norcross, Soph. Jordyn Purnell, Mill Creek, Soph. Eva Ross, Grayson, Sr. Rebecca Schaeffer, Collins Hill, Jr.

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5Ks, it turns into 10Ks. I ran a 10K at the Peachtree course. (Road Race last summer) “With no training, he and ended up getting third finished the race and came overall in my age group in first place for his age and ran a 33:12, so I’m redivision, 9-and-under,” ally happy about that. I’m From StaFF reportS Steve said. excited to see how I do in Four Gwinnett boys runners were named to the Though he enjoyed longer distances.” Atlanta Track Club’s 55th annual Powerade Allrunning, Condra remained His coach thinks he will Metro Cross Country Team. a competitive baseball do very well as the races Peachtree Ridge’s Chase Condra, Brookwood’s player, a sport he conget longer. Luke McNeil, Archer’s Myles Collins and Graytinued with through his “Chase has been an son’s Chris Cherono made the prestigious team, freshman year at Peachtree absolute pleasure to coach which was honored Tuesday night with a banquet Ridge. He joined Hull the past four years, and that featured guest host Carrie Tollefson, a 2004 he’s the kind of runner that Middle’s running club as Olympian and current sports broadcaster. makes a coach look good,” a sixth-grader, a year after Brookwood’s Ben Dehnke also was recognized Adams said. “He’s always his mother passed away with the Jerry Frasier Coaches Dedication Award for in the mix to win a race, if from the tumor, and began his 14-year coaching career with the Broncos. not the favorite, no matter drifting slowly away from who the competition is. baseball and more into a He’s got a fighter’s spirit different sport. and absolutely hates los“His mother never got results. He won area and 14:41 mark, settling for to see him compete (in county titles as a junior the No. 2 time in Peachtree ing. I’m looking forward to what he can do in college running) with the excepand was Gwinnett’s top Ridge history with his with the longer distances. tion of the fundraiser 5K finisher at state in fourth 15:29.75. He does want I think he’s really going to run for the Brain Tumor place. As a sophomore, he to challenge some of excel in the 8K and 10K Foundation,” Steve said. was fifth at state, fifth at Brickell’s track times this in cross country and the “She would be proud, but area and second at county, spring, though. 5,000 and 10,000 on the also I think her illness is making a big jump after “(Brickell) was a guy track. I think he’ll make somewhat responsible for placing 19th at state as a my freshman year I got helping him find his pasLions freshman. compared to a lot because a great marathoner after sion in running.” “Chase is among the up- people said your freshman college and I think he’s got the potential to make In four high school cross per echelon runners we’ve year is very similar to his the Olympic Trials at that country seasons, Condra had here at Peachtree freshman year,” Condra distance. has done plenty to make Ridge, which puts him said. “I slowly saw that “We don’t know yet his late mother proud. He in very good company,” his cross country time was where Chase is going to is the Daily Post’s RunAdams said. “Of course, really good. But his track ner of the Year for a third he’s joined by Kevin Mills times, he has a 9:10 3,200 go next year, but he’ll do well wherever it is. It will straight year after leading and Josh Brickell as the and a 4:12 one-mile, so be good for him to not Gwinnett athletes with a three best in school history. I’m hoping to get closer have to bear the weight of third-place finish at the While Chase doesn’t have to that 3,200 and as close Class AAAAAAA state a state championship under as I can for that mile. And being the team’s No. 1 runner when he’s in college, meet in 16 minutes, 29.42 his belt yet — he’ll have he also has the 800-meter seconds. He also won another two chances in record, which is 1:57, and I though I think he’ll likely the Area 4-AAAAAAA track with the 1,600-meter ran a 2 flat about two years work his way back up to that spot on his team’s championship in 15:56.14, and 3,200-meter races (in ago. So I’m trying to get pecking order by the time posted the No. 2 5K the spring) — he has been back into the 800 and get he’s a junior or senior.” time in school history on the podium at state all closer to that time.” Condra has been the (15:29.75) at the Coach four years of cross counCondra also has a big Lions’ No. 1 runner, as Wood Invitational and won try. His freshman year, he college decision on the well as Gwinnett’s best, the Gwinnett County title was part of the third-place horizon. for three seasons in a row, in 16:08.02. team, then he made it on “Right now I’m talking but the successes are only “I thought (this season) the podium as an individu- to Georgia and Georgia a portion of what high went pretty good,” Condra al every year since.” Tech and I’ve talked to school cross country meant said. “I got third at state. Because of his strong George Washington UniI was trying to win it, but freshman season, Condra versity a little bit,” he said to him. “My best memories obviously that didn’t hap- faced comparisons imme“I’m very open right now. pen. But I’m still proud diately to Brickell, one of … We’ll see where it takes are probably the friends I’ve made,” Condra said. of what I’ve done. I feel the most decorated runners me.” “Freshman year the team, like I had a great season. I in Gwinnett history. BrickBoth Condra and his the seniors I had around had a really big summer. I ell won the individual state coach feel college runreally wanted to train hard title in cross country three ning suits the teen’s talents me to really help me push myself. My bond with my and from the past years straight years, in addition better. coaches and my family. I’ve really made some big to two track champion“Personally, I feel like Just seeing how people steps in terms of training, ships. I’m better at the longer motivate you. Once you getting some more miles Condra closed the distances, so I feel like get to the next level, seeing in.” margin on Brickell’s cross that’s why in college I am what your team can do for The big 2018 season was country record, but never going to do a lot better,” you and motivate you.” in line with Condra’s past threatened the blistering Condra said. “Instead of

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Hetherington •From Page 1B

hills and strained it really bad on the fall. … It felt a tain View coach Lindsey little iffy (before the race), McDaniel said. “We had but I thought it would be some great practices. We’re fine. I just thought I was going to do great. The day nervous. Even when I before we went out there, it started the first little bit, I was freezing and we went felt fine. My whole body for a run and it was lookstarted locking up, I took ing good. We felt good. a fall and it completely No signs of trouble that strained my leg. … The morning.” first fall was a bit over a McDaniel liked her run- mile. I crashed again at ner’s pain to a really bad the second mile, and that’s charley horse. when it was just excruciat“I strained the back of ing.” my upper right hamstring,” Just over a month past Hetherington said. “It was the state meet, Hethercold and I had tensed up ington still deals with the so bad. I fell on one of the physical pain of her injury

somewhat, keeping her runs shorter and slower until the tightness eases up. As for the mental anguish, she has moved beyond that and has focused on a high school career that progressed very well up until her final race. Hetherington’s senior season was her best, including an Area 4-AAAAAAA championship in 19 minutes, 14.51 seconds. She also was the Gwinnett County champion in 18:51.79, won the North Georgia Championships and was the county’s top finisher at the Coach

Wood Invitational. “I’m really happy with (my career),” Hetherington said. “I’ve improved every season. I’m hoping to keep that going. I haven’t been happy with every race, but overall cross country has been the best thing that’s ever happened to my life. It’s the best choice I ever made to join cross country.” Mountain View’s program also was impacted greatly by her. “She holds almost every single school record but one now because she didn’t finish at state, that’s the

only reason she doesn’t hold that school state record,” McDaniel said. “She’s two-time all-county, two-time all-area. She set the bar really high for our program, which is really cool. And she is the first D-I runner in school history. The first person to sign collegiately at a D-I school.” That school is Georgia Tech, a good fit for her running career and her academic interests. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and ranks in the Bears’ top 10 academically, and is weighing majors at Tech

like biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, chemical and biomolecular engineering and environmental engineering. “I’ve always loved Georgia Tech with all the academic opportunities,” Hetherington said. “I’m really a STEM-oriented person and I’ve always wanted to go there. When I went on a visit, the team was like a family and I could really see myself there. The coaches were so amazing. I can really see myself improving and reaching my full potential there.”

portunity each July for fans to come out and mingle with former and current Georgia players with proceeds benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Children’s Tumor Foundation, and the University of Georgia College of Education and UGA’s own Pediatric Exercise and Motor Development Clinic. At the conclusion of his college career, Stinchcomb was awarded post-graduate scholarships by both the NCAA and National Football Foundation. He also received the NCAA Top Eight Award which annually recognizes the nation’s top eight student-athletes regardless of sport. In 1999 he was an NFL first round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders where he played for four years including the 2003 Raider Super Bowl team. He spent the 2004 and ’05 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was named a member

of the SEC Team of the Decade for the 1990s. In 2009, Stinchcomb was inducted into the UGA Circle of Honor, the highest honor a former student-athlete or coach can achieve. In 2012, he was named recipient of the UGA Terry College of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award. He lives in Atlanta where he is a partner with SterlingSeacrest Partners, an insurance and risk management company, and also works as a television football game analyst with the SEC Network and ESPN. Stinchcomb will have a permanent spot in the College Football Hall of Fame, now located in his hometown. “The fact that it’s there in town and the fact that a number of Hall of Famers live in Atlanta or in the Atlanta area, it makes a lot of sense,” Stinchcomb said. “I think a lot of folks have really enjoyed that venue.”

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rently named the Campbell Trophy) which is often reGeorgia, far longer ago ferred to as the “Academic than I care to recall,” Heisman.” Stinchcomb said. “But to Named in honor of be among these players William V. Campbell, the and coaches is quite the former chairman of Intuit, honor. It really is one that I former player and head don’t think any of us prob- coach at Columbia, the troably coming out of high phy has become the most school could anticipate prestigious and desirable happening. “academic” award in col“To gain that recognilege football. The trophy tion in what all of us would recognizes an individual agree is the ultimate team as the absolute best in the sport is representative of country for his academic some of the great teams success, football perforwe were blessed with the mance and exemplary opportunity to play on. Be- community leadership. cause of that, it’s quite the As a three-year starter recognition. I view it kind at offensive tackle, Stinchof as a collective award of comb anchored an offensorts for the guys I got to sive line in 1997 that paved play with as well.” way for 432 yards per Stinchcomb may be the game of offense and 6.3 most honored offensive yards per play — third best football student-athlete average in school history. ever to wear the red and Pass protecting for quarblack, achieving the ultiterback Mike Bobo and mate in balance between run blocking for tailback academics, athletics, and Robert Edwards, he helped community service. He is lead the ‘Dogs to a 10-2 a former recipient of the season and Outback Bowl NFF Draddy Award (curvictory over Wisconsin.

Stinchcomb was a consensus All-America first team selection in both 1997 and 1998 including those teams chosen by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, and Walter Camp. He was the recipient of the 1998 Jacobs Blocking Trophy which goes annually to the top blocker in the SEC and was also a finalist for the Lombardi Award which goes annually to the nation’s top lineman. Stinchcomb was just as impressive off the field. He was a two-time Academic All-America first team member and in 1998 was named the nation’s Academic All-American of the Year which encompasses all sports at all schools across the country. He also received the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Community service was also one of his passions and during his college career he participated in nu-

merous programs including Habitat for Humanity, Clarke County Mentor Program, Athens Homeless Shelter, Thanksgiving Food Bank, and served as keynote speaker for the Northeast Georgia Eagle Scout Banquet. For his efforts, he was recognized as one of 11 football student-athletes across the country for selection to the American Football Coaches Good Works Team in both 1997 and ’98. Stinchcomb is the president and founder of the Stinchcomb Family Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization that supports public children’s charities. Together with his brother Jon, a former Georgia football star and former New Orleans Saints NFL lineman, and former Georgia quarterback David Greene, Stinchcomb hosted “Countdown to Kickoff,” an annual children’s charity event held several years at UGA. It provided an op-


Gwinnett talent abounds in bowl games By Will Hammock will.hammock@

College football’s bowl season is loaded with Gwinnett talent once again. A total of 152 local players will compete in college football bowl games this season, including seven in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Of the 40 bowl games, 33 will feature someone from Gwinnett. Here’s a game-by-game look of where to catch Gwinnett players on TV over the next month: Saturday, Dec. 15 AutoNation Cure Bowl • Tulane vs. Louisiana • 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network • Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. Local interest: Shiloh’s Cameron Sample (No. 55) is a defensive end for Tulane. Raycom Media Camellia Bowl • Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan • 5:30 p.m., ESPN • Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala. Local interest: For Georgia Southern, Peachtree Ridge’s Malik Murray (No. 33) is a slot, Peachtree Ridge’s Cam Brown (No. 48) is a tight end, Mountain View’s Benz Josue (No. 54) is a linebacker, Parkview’s Jakob Cooper (No. 64) is an offensive lineman, South Gwinnett’s Colby Ransom (No. 83) is a wide receiver, Central Gwinnett’s Jallah Zeze (No. 87) is a tight end and Peachtree Ridge’s Josh Johnson (No. 99) is a defensive end. Lanier’s Kymani Brown (No. 37) is a defensive back for Eastern Michigan. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl • Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State • 9 p.m., ESPN • Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Local interest: South Gwinnett’s Xavier Dupree (No. 22) is a wide receiver, Norcross’ Jahmal Jones (No. 43) is a defensive end, Mill Creek’s Josh Fannin (No. 72) is an offensive lineman, Norcross’ Jordan Ferguson (No. 91) is a defensive tackle and Buford’s Matt Bonadies (No. 99) is a punter for Middle Tennessee. Shiloh’s Austin Exford (No. 9) is a defensive back, Mountain View’s Jalen Virgil (No. 11) is a wide receiver, Mountain View’s Kaiden Smith (No. 13) is a defensive back, Buford’s Brock Mattison (No. 36) is a defensive lineman and Dacula resident Markell Clark (No. 96) is a defensive lineman for Appalachian State. Tuesday, Dec. 18 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl • UAB vs. Northern Illinois • 7 p.m., ESPN • Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla. Local interest: Dacula resident David Hendrick (No. 19) is a quarterback for UAB. Wednesday, Dec. 19 DXL Frisco Bowl • San Diego State vs. Ohio • 8 p.m., ESPN • Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas Local interest: Brookwood’s Jamison Collier (No. 8) is a safety, Dacula’s Steven Hayes (No. 73) is an offensive lineman and Mill Creek’s Amos Ogun-Semore (No. 88) is a defensive lineman for Ohio. Thursday, Dec. 20 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl • Marshall vs. South Florida • 8 p.m., ESPN • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. Local interest: Peachtree Ridge’s Chad Clay (No. 23) is a defensive back and Peachtree Ridge’s Alex Mollette (No. 55) is an offensive lineman for Marshall. South Gwinnett’s Armon Williams (No. 97) is a defensive lineman for South Florida.

54) is a center and Greater Atlanta Christian’s Darius Slayton (No. 81) is a wide receiver for Auburn. Camping World Bowl • West Virginia vs. Syracuse • 5:15 p.m., ESPN • Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. Local interest: Buford’s Tyler Thurmond (No. 70) is an offensive lineman for West Virginia. Mountain View’s Kielan Whitner (No. 25) is a linebacker for Syracuse. Saturday, Dec. 29 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl • No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan • Noon, ESPN Virginia Tech wide receiver Phil Patterson (8) attempts • Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a catch against Duke safety and Shiloh grad Jeremy Atlanta McDuffie (9) on Sept. 29 in Durham, N.C. (James Guillory- Local interest: Buford’s USA Today S ports) Christian Turner (No. 41) is a running back for Michigan. Belk Bowl Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 39) is a defensive back, • South Carolina vs. Virginia Greater Atlanta Christian’s • Western Michigan vs. BYU • Noon, ABC Tyler Cooksey (No. 43) • 4 p.m., ESPN • Bank of America Stadium, is a linebacker, Buford’s • Lyle Smith Field at AlbertCharlotte, N.C. Xavier Gantt (No. 46) is sons Stadium, Boise, Idaho Local interest: Grayson’s a running back, Dacula’s Local interest: Buford’s Jamyest Williams (No. 21) Jakob Brashear (No. 49) is K.J. Anderson (No. 26) is a is a defensive back, Mill a linebacker, Brookwood’s defensive back for Western Creek’s Joe Thomas (No. Bailey Ivemeyer (No. 62) is Michigan. an offensive lineman, Moun- 28) is a wide receiver, GraySaturday, Dec. 22 tain View’s Malachi Carter son’s Daniel Fennell (No. Jared Birmingham Bowl (No. 81) is a wide receiver, 35) is a defensive lineman, • Memphis vs. Wake Forest Buford’s Alan Bussoletti Mill Creek’s Jonathan Gip• Noon, ESPN (No. 85) is a wide receiver, son (No. 36) is a defensive • Legion Field, Birmingham, Dacula’s T.K. Chimedza back, Norcross’ Cole Hanna Ala. (No. 93) is a defensive line(No. 47) is a kicker and ArLocal interest: Buford’s man, North Gwinnett’s Ancher’s Kobe Smith (No. 95) Jake Simpson (No. 15) is a ree Saint-Amour (No. 94) is a defensive lineman for linebacker, Buford’s Isaiah is a defensive lineman and South Carolina. Peachtree Isaac (No. 21) is a wide Grayson’s Chris Martin (No. Ridge’s Jordan Ellis (No. receiver, Collins Hill’s Pey96) is a defensive lineman. 1) is a running back, Collins ton Woulard (No. 38) is a Cheez-It Bowl Hill’s Robert Snyder (No. defensive back, North Gwin22) is a linebacker, Wesleynett’s Sean Maginn (No. 79) • California vs. TCU • 9 p.m., ESPN an’s Jordan Mack (No. 37) is an offensive lineman and is a linebacker, Collins Hill’s Lanier’s Mike Allen (No. 91) • Chase Field, Phoenix Local interest: Collins Hill’s T.C. Harrison (No. 57) is a is a defensive lineman for Chris Palmer (No. 98) is a linebacker and Mill Creek’s Wake Forest. noseguard for Cal. Norcross’ Tyler Fannin (No. 63) is a Lockheed Martin Ridwan Issahaku (No. 31) center for Virginia. Armed Forces Bowl is a safety for TCU. NOVA Home Loans • Houston vs. Army Thursday, Dec. 27 Arizona Bowl • 3:30 p.m., ESPN Walk-On’s • Arkansas State vs. Nevada • Amon G. Carter Stadium, Independence Bowl • 1:15 p.m., CBS Sports Fort Worth, Texas • Temple vs. Duke Network Local interest: South Gwin• Arizona Stadium, Tucson, nett’s Chris Skyers (No. 13) • 1:30 p.m., ESPN Ariz. is a defensive back, Shiloh’s • Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La. Local interest: Grayson’s Julian McDuffie (No. 22) is Ryan Taylor (No. 79) is a dea defensive back, Peachtree Local interest: Shiloh’s Jeremy McDuffie (No. 9) is fensive lineman for Arkansas Ridge’s Wilson Catoe (No. a safety, Grayson’s Jordan State. 48) is a linebacker, GrayHayes (No. 13) is a safety, College Football Playoff son’s Jake Killian (No. 49) Archer’s Dylan Singleton Semifinal at the Goodyear is a linebacker, Buford’s (No. 16) is a safety, Buford’s Cotton Bowl Classic Dean Powell (No. 67) is an • No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 offensive lineman, Loganville Josh Blackwell (No. 31) is a cornerback, Mill Creek’s Notre Dame resident J.D. Mote (No. 80) • 4 p.m., ESPN is a punter and South Gwin- Shaka Heyward (No. 42) is a linebacker, Grayson’s Will • AT and T Stadium, Arlingnett’s Mackay Phillips (No. Taylor (No. 55) is a center, ton, Texas 96) is a defensive lineman Grayson’s John Taylor (No. Local interest: Grayson’s for Army. 57) is a long snapper, Collins Chase Brice (No. 7) is a Dollar General Bowl Hill’s Christian Harris (No. quarterback, South Gwin• Buffalo vs. Troy 70) is an offensive tackle, nett’s Justin Mascoll (No. • 7 p.m., ESPN Brookwood’s Casey Holman 17) is a defensive end, • Ladd-Peebles Stadium, (No. 78) is an offensive lineGreater Atlanta Christian’s Mobile, Ala. man and North Gwinnett’s Kyler McMichael (No. 21) Local interest: Mill Creek’s Drew Jordan (No. 86) is a is a cornerback, Parkview’s Johnathan Hawkins (No. defensive end for Duke. John Boyd (No. 46) is a line24) is a running back and New Era Pinstripe Bowl backer and North Gwinnett’s Parkview’s Trey Derouen • Miami (Fla.) vs. Wisconsin Mitch Hyatt (No. 75) is an (No. 75) is an offensive • 5:15 p.m., ESPN offensive tackle for Clemson. lineman for Buffalo. North • Yankee Stadium, New York Wesleyan’s Tommy Tremble Gwinnett’s Kyler Knudsen Local interest: Central (No. 24) is a tight end and (No. 39) is a safety, Mill Brookwood’s Keenan SweeCreek’s Bobby Klemm (No. Gwinnett’s Jarren Williams (No. 15) is a quarterback ney (No. 33) is a running 68) is an offensive lineman and Peachtree Ridge’s Tyler back for Notre Dame. and Parkview’s Jon Adams Murphy (No. 32) is a defenMonday, Dec. 31 (No. 93) and Archer’s Will sive back for Miami. Military Bowl Presented by Choloh (No. 95) are defenAcademy Sports Northrop Grumman sive tackles for Troy. + Outdoors Texas Bowl • Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech Wednesday, Dec. 26 • Baylor vs. Vanderbilt • Noon, ESPN SERVPRO • 9 p.m., ESPN • Jack Stephens Field at First Responder Bowl • NRG Stadium, Houston Navy-Marine Corps Memo• Boston College vs. Boise Local interest: Mountain rial Stadium, Annapolis, Md. State View’s Johnathan Stewart Local interest: Norcross’ • 1:30 p.m., ESPN (No. 73) and Greater Atlanta Kevin Mouhon (No. 48) is a • Cotton Bowl, Dallas Christian’s Devin Cochran defensive end for Cincinnati. Local interest: Suwanee (No. 77) are offensive Collins Hill’s Emmanuel Belresident Will Harris (No. 8) linemen, Norcross’ Jared mar (No. 40) is a defensive is a defensive back, Duluth Pinkney (No. 80) is a tight lineman and Mill Creek’s resident Max Richardson end and Shiloh’s Darion John Harris (No. 57) is an (No. 14) is a linebacker and DeBrossard (No. 96) is a offensive lineman for Virginia Grayson’s Bryce Morais defensive lineman for Vandy. Tech. (No. 90) is a defensive lineFriday, Dec. 28 Hyundai Sun Bowl man for Boston College. Franklin American • Stanford vs. Pittsburgh Quick Lane Bowl • Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech Mortgage Music City Bowl • 2 p.m., CBS • Purdue vs. Auburn • Sun Bowl Stadium, El • 5:15 p.m., ESPN • 1:30 p.m., ESPN Paso, Texas • Ford Field, Detroit Local interest: South Gwin- • Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Local interest: Greater Atlanta Christian’s Davis nett’s Terell Smith (No. 4) is Tenn. Local interest: Lanier’s Mills (No. 15) is a quartera defensive back and South Tario Fuller (No. 25) is a back, Brookwood’s Kendall Gwinnett’s Abi Okonji (No. running back, Collins Hill’s Williamson (No. 29) is a 94) is a defensive lineman Evan Anderson (No. 28) cornerback and Duluth resifor Minnesota. For Tech, dent Anthony Trinh (No. 40) Parkview’s Christian Malloy is a running back, Dacula’s Allen Daniels (No. 62) is is a linebacker for Stanford. (No. 11) is a running back, a defensive tackle, South Redbox Bowl Norcross’ Clinton Lynch Gwinnett’s Dennis Edwards • Michigan State vs. Oregon (No. 22) is a running back, (No. 64) is an offensive line• 3 p.m., Fox Buford’s David Curry (No. man and Peachtree Ridge’s • Levi’s Stadium, Santa 32) is a defensive back, Payne Durham (No. 87) Clara, Calif. Norcross’ Jarett Cole (No. is a tight end for Purdue. Local interest: Peachtree 35) is a defensive back, Mill Lanier’s Derrick Brown (No. Ridge’s Connor Heyward Creek’s Brenton King (No. 5) is a defensive lineman, (No. 11) is a running back for 37) is a kicker, Grayson’s Brookwood’s Matthew Hill Michigan State. Austin Nash (No. 39) is (No. 19) is a wide receiver, AutoZone Liberty Bowl a running back, Norcross’ Mill Creek’s Kaleb Kim (No. • Missouri vs. Oklahoma Dameon Williams (No.

State • 3:45 p.m., ESPN • Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn. Local interest: Central Gwinnett’s Khmari Thompson (No. 1) and North Gwinnett’s Nate Brown (No. 7) are wide receivers for Missouri. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl • Northwestern vs. Utah • 7 p.m., FS1 • SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, Calif. Local interest: Buford’s Steven Reese (No. 23) is a wide receiver, Grayson’s Jaylen Rivers (No. 31) is a linebacker, Buford’s Chee Anyanwu (No. 34) is a linebacker and Brookwood’s Jesse Brown (No. 36) is a running back for Northwestern. TaxSlayer Gator Bowl • North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M • 7:30 p.m., ESPN • TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Fla. Local interest: Archer’s Taiyon Palmer (No. 25) and Mill Creek’s Kishawn Miller (No. 28) are cornerbacks and Buford’s Shug Frazier (No. 90) is a defensive tackle for N.C. State. Tuesday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl • Mississippi State vs. Iowa • Noon, ESPN2 • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla. Local interest: South Gwinnett’s Stephen Adegoke (No. 19) is a safety and Norcross’ Nathan Swanson (No. 39) is a snapper for Mississippi State. North Gwinnett’s Jayden McDonald (No. 25) is a linebacker for Iowa. VRBO Citrus Bowl • Kentucky vs. Penn State • 1 p.m., ABC • Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla. Local interest: Peachtree Ridge’s Blake Best (No. 53) is a snapper and Archer’s E.J. Price (No. 72) is an offensive tackle for Kentucky. PlayStation Fiesta Bowl • No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 Central Florida • 1 p.m., ESPN • State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. Local interest: Lanier’s Tyler Taylor (No. 24) is a linebacker and Buford’s Blake Ferguson (No. 50) is a snapper for LSU. Shiloh’s Cam Stewart (No. 11) and GAC’s Jonathan Moore (No. 38) are wide receivers for Central Florida. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual • No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State • 5 p.m., ESPN • Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. Local interest: Archer’s Isaiah Pryor (No. 14) is a safety for Ohio State. Allstate Sugar Bowl • No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia • 8:45 p.m., ESPN • Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Local interest: For UGA, Grayson’s DeAngelo Gibbs (No. 8) is a defensive back, Buford’s Isaac Nauta (No. 18) is a tight end, Peachtree Ridge’s Jaylen Johnson (No. 32) is a wide receiver, Norcross’ Robert Beal (No. 33) is a linebacker, Brookwood’s Nick Moore (No. 43) is a snapper, North Gwinnett’s Payne Walker (No. 47) is a snapper, North Gwinnett’s Warren Ericson (No. 50) is an offensive lineman, Norcross’ Jake Camarda (No. 90) is a kicker and punter, Shiloh’s Kolby Wyatt (No. 91) is a defensive lineman, Grayson’s Justin Young (No. 92) is a defensive end and Greater Atlanta Christian’s Brooks Buce (No. 97) is a kicker. Monday, Jan. 7 College Football Playoff National Championship • Teams TBA • 8 p.m., ESPN • Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif. Gwinnett Grads spotlights achievements of past Gwinnett standouts on the college level. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via email to will.

Buford, North win in riflery From StaFF reportS BUFORD — Morgan Adams shot a team-high score of 290 as Buford’s riflery team defeated Lumpkin County 1,1351,083 on Thursday at Buford. The Wolves (3-0) also got scores of 285 from Taylor King, 282 from Austin Cagle and 278 from Colin Sharp. RIFLERY RIFLERY

North Gwinnett 1,138, Riverside Military 1,092 SUWANEE — Matthew Herrington shot a 288 and helped North Gwinnett to a school record point total in a 1,138-1,092 victory over Riverside Military Academy on Thursday. Only one Bulldog has shot better than Herrington in school history. Also scoring for North (2-0) were Andreea Contis (285), Corina Fluker (284) and Shasta Robinson (281). Although only four scores counted for each team, 18 shooters were able to compete as the sport continues to grow.

Takedown Club tabs best of November From StaFF reportS The Gwinnett County Takedown Club announced its wrestlers of month for November on Wednesday. Each Gwinnett program had up to three wrestlers selected for the honor. The athletes honored are listed below: Archer: Vernon Rogers, Nathan Pratt, Bubba Nunnally Berkmar: Ally Graham, Bader Arman, Stanley Hutton Brookwood: Jacob Cox, Xavier Bentley, Eason Rivas Buford: Nick Corday, Blaine Bergey, Evan Dimaggio Central Gwinnett: Ayita Louifils, Kenneth Montano, James Ayo Collins Hill: Joey Felix, Lucas DeSilva, Fredrick Carson Dacula: Ethan Adcock, Hunter DelValle, Ivan Lupu Discovery: Violeta Rios, Gary Dever, Marcus Martin Duluth: Aki Choates, Ian McGhee, Sam D’Abadia Grayson: Aidan Rameluze, Lafayette Gurvin, Francisco Salfuero Greater Atlanta Christian: Na’im Moss, Mason Bruning, Tyler Garrett Lanier: Sydney Leahy, Richard Rannals, Alexander Clark Meadowcreek: Joelliuis Rodriguez, Lorenzo Johnson, Jawon Young Mill Creek: Grant Turner, Peyton Goehring, Luis Ayala Mountain View: R.J. Aguirre, Mason Askew, Drew Risley Norcross: Adam Smalley, Marcus Williams, Jarren Shaw North Gwinnett: Dianna Holmes, Keirnan Sherwood, Lucas Haller Parkview: Matthew Scott, Jonathan Taylor, Wyatt Kener Peachtree Ridge: Stanley Lal, Steve Cano, Jack Stewart Shiloh: Christopher Walker, Armani Dunn South Gwinnett: Khalil Suhail, Bruce Ferguson, Steve Fearon Wesleyan: Sam Schmitt, Matthew Stainback, Tanner Bivins

FANS CHOICE WINTER ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Who: Hayden Brown School: Mountain View Sport: Swimming Class: Senior Highlights: Won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly races in a meet with Collins Hill Coach Lindsey Monteon’s

take: “Hayden is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete. He excels in the classroom as well as in the pool. He works hard to achieve success in the classroom each day on top of training 18-plus hours a week with his club

team. As a swimmer, Hayden is a key, versatile member of our team. He is our current point leader for our boys team this year as well as our senior boy captain. His greatest strength is backstroke, but he excels in every stroke. The coaches know

that we can place him in any event in order to best help the team and he will be willing and successful. In the classroom, Hayden is a dedicated student who takes his academics very seriously. He is a member of several academic clubs and

honor societies and is currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA halfway through his senior year. As a person, Hayden is a great team member and a caring individual. He is helpful to his classmates, teachers, teammates and coaches. ”

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 CONSTRUCTION/ SERVICE BIDS CONSTRUCTION/ SERVICE BIDS PUBLIC NOTICE FOR THE SALE OF MUNICIPAL PROPERTY BY SEALED BID The City of Lawrenceville, Georgia, hereby notifies the public of its intent to dispose of certain real property owned by the City. The City will accept sealed bids from anyone who desires to purchase the property. The property to be disposed of consists of 0.154 acres located in Land Lot 146 of the 5th Land District of Gwinnett County, Georgia, and more particularly described as follows: All that tract or parcel of land lying in the City of Lawrenceville being in Land Lot 146 of the 5th District of Gwinnett County, Georgia, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at a point at the Southwesterly end of the mitered Right-of-Way Line at the intersection of the new Easterly Right-of-Way line of McArthur Street (variable Right-of-Way) with the new Southerly Right-of-Way line of East Pike Street (variable Right-of-Way line); thence following said mitered Rightof-Way line North 37°15’13” East a distance of 23.16 feet to a point at the Northeasterly end of said mitered Right-ofWay line; thence following said new Right-of-Way line of East Pike Street, North 83°44’50” East a distance of 28.02 feet to a point at the intersection of the original Easterly Right-of-Way line of McArthur Street (variable Right-of-Way) with the original Southerly Right-ofWay line of East Pike Street (variable Right-of-Way); thence following said original Easterly Right-of-Way line of McArthur Street the following 2 courses and distances: South 00°32”49” East a distance of 120.02 feet to a point, and South 86°35’44” West a distance of 14.71 feet to a ½ inch rebar with cap found; thence following the new Easterly right-ofWay line of McArthur Street (variable Right-of-Way) the following 2 courses and distances: South 86°35’44” West a distance of 22.15 feet to a point, and along the arc of a curve to the left a distance of 155.86 feet (said arc being subtended by a radius of 4,283.75 feet and a chord of North 02°29’00” West a distance of 155.85 feet) back to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 6,715 square feet or 0.154 acre. Any person or entity desiring to submit a bid to purchase the described property shall obtain a Bid Blank from the City Clerk at Lawrenceville City Hall. The sealed bid shall be submitted to the City of Lawrenceville, c/o City Clerk at Lawrenceville City Hall located at 70 South Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046. The sealed bids must be received by the City Clerk before 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018. The City has the right and discretion to reject any and all bids, to re-advertise, or to abandon the sale. The conditions and terms of the sale are as follows: (1) The property shall be sold as is with no representations or warranties; (2) The minimum bid that will be accepted for the property is $15,000.00; (3) If the bid is accepted by the Lawrenceville City Council, payment shall be made in the form of a certified or cashier’s check or wire transfer within three business days of acceptance of the bid; (4) If the bid is accepted by the Lawrenceville City Council the property will be conveyed by Quit Claim Deed which will be available from the Clerk within three business days after receipt of payment in full; (5) Envelopes containing bids must be sealed and must be clearly marked “Bid for Real Estate”. The sealed bids will be opened in the Council Chambers of the Lawrenceville City Hall at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 28, 2018. If accepted, the award will be made to the highest bidder. A report of the bids will be made to the City Council at the City Council Meeting set for January 7, 2019, and the Council hopes to make a determination of whether to accept the bid, reject all bids, and re-advertise, or to abandon the sale at its January meeting. 902-578447, 12/7 RFP- CP18-006 CITY OF DULUTH, GEORGIA 11/9/18 INVITATION TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS – DEMOLITION OF 3545 McCLURE WOODS DR The City of Duluth will receive sealed bids for the demolition of the home located at 3545 McClure Woods Drive. Bids will be due at Duluth City Hall at 3167 Main Street, Duluth, Georgia 30096 until 1:55 p.m. local time on December 17, 2018. Any bid received after said time and date will not be accepted by the City. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 2:00 p.m. on December 17, 2018. The Information for Bidders, Form of Contract, Asbestos Survey Report and other contract documents may be obtained on our website at or on the State Procurement Registry at PRSapp/ or at Duluth City Hall Planning Department: City of Duluth; Attention: Margie Pozin, PE 3167 Main Street; Duluth, Georgia 30096 Email: (no phone calls, please) The work to be completed consists of furnishing all labor, materials, and equipment for the demolition of the house located at 3545 McClure Woods Drive. Immediately following demolition and cleanup, the property must be graded and stabilized to allow for positive drainage of water in the same direction it flowed prior to demolition, without escape of sediment from the site due to erosion. This project will require s

strict compliance with the requirements of the State of Georgia for Demolition. All appropriate paperwork and fees will be paid by the contractor. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Bids must be accompanied by a certified check or bid bond in an amount not less than five (5%) per cent of the bid payable to the Owner. The successful bidder will be required to furnish the Owner acceptable PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT BONDS each in the amount of the contract sum. Each proposal shall be submitted and completed as described in the Request for Proposal (RFP), and must be enclosed in a sealed envelope as described in the “Submission of Proposal” section contained in the General Provisions of the RFP. A MANDATORY PRE-BID WALK-THROUGH TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 29, 2018 AT 11:00 A.M. ONSITE AT 3545 MCCLURE WOODS DRIVE. The City of Duluth does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to its programs or activities. Any requests for reasonable accommodations required by individuals to fully participate in any open meeting, program or activity of the City should be directed to Teresa Lynn, City Clerk, City of Duluth, 770476-3434. Individuals, firms and businesses seeking an award of a City of Duluth contract may not initiate or continue any verbal or written communications regarding a solicitation with any City officer, elected official, employee or other City representative without permission of the City Clerk named in the solicitation between the date of the issuance of the solicitation and the date of the final contract award by the Duluth City Council. Violations will be reviewed by the City Clerk. If determined that such communication has compromised the competitive process, the offer submitted by the individual, firm or business may be disqualified from consideration for award. Questions regarding Bidding Documents, should be directed in writing to Margie Pozin, PE, City Engineer, at no later than Monday, December 3, 2018. No phone calls, please. The written bid documents supersede any verbal or written prior communications between the parties. Award will be made to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder. The City of Duluth reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive technicalities, and to make an award as deemed in its best interest. Where the City provides forms for bid package, these forms must be used without exception. 9 0 2 - 5 7 4 3 4 1 , 11/9,16,30,12/7


CORPORATIONS “NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation which incorporate GRBINICH WINES, INC. have been delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Business Corporation Code. The initial registered office of the corporation is located at 8080 Georgetown Circle, Suwanee, Gwinnett County, Georgia 30024 and its initial registered agent at such address is Margo Grbinich-Hunt. 907-577011, 12/5, 12

ELECTION NOTICES GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD REGISTRATIONS AND ELECTIONS JUNTA DE INSCRIPCIONES Y ELECCIONES DEL CONDADO DE GWINNETT PUBLIC NOTICE AVISO PÚBLICO There will be special called meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections to be held on Monday, December 10 at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the offices of the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 Lawrenceville GA 30046. The meeting will be held to certify the December 4, 2018 Runoff. Habrá una reunión especial convocada de la Junta de Inscripciones y Elecciones del Condado de Gwinnett que se llevará a cabo el Viernes 10 de Diciembre del 2018 a las 2:00 pm. La reunión se llevará a cabo en las oficinas




de la Junta de Inscripciones y Elecciones del Condado de Gwinnett ubicadas en 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200 Lawrenceville GA 30046. La reunión se llevara acabo para certificar el desempate 4 de Diciembre del 2018. 917-578260, 12/7

“ ( ) SÍ ( ) NO El Condado de Gwinnett ha ejecutado un contrato para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018. ¿Se debe aprobar este contrato?” Todas las personas que deseen votar a favor de la aprobación del contrato de prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo deberán votar “SÍ”, y todas las personas opuestas a la aprobación del contrato para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo deberán votar “NO”. Si más de la mitad de los votos emitidos para tal pregunta son por la aprobación del contrato, entonces el contrato se convertirá válido y vinculante de conformidad con sus términos. La Elección Especial se realizará en todos los distritos electorales dentro de los límites territoriales del Condado de Gwinnett. Los centros de votación se abrirán a las 7:00 A.M. en punto y se cerrarán a las 7:00 P.M. en punto. El último día para que los residentes calificados del Condado de Gwinnett se inscriban para votar y estén aptos para votar en la Elección Especial es el 19 de Febrero del 2019. Esta convocatoria se emite y publica de conformidad con el Código Oficial Anotado de Georgia Secciones 21-2-2 (3) y 21-2-540, y de conformidad con la Resolución. Al 13.o día de Noviembre del 2018. MIEMBROS, JUNTA DE INSCRIPCIONES Y ELECCIONES DEL CONDADO DE GWINNETT POR: _____ Stephen W. Day Presidente POR: ____ John Mangano Vicepresidente POR: _____ Beauty P. Baldwin Miembro POR: _____ Alice O’Lenick Miembro POR: ____ Ben Satterfield Miembro CERTIFICA: ____ Lynn Ledford Directora de Elecciones 917-577767, 12/7,12

This vehicle is being deemed abandoned and will be disposed of if not claimed by legal owner or lein holder by (date) 12/19/2018. The sale will be held on 12/21/18 at 11:00 am at 1305 Old Peachtree Rd Suwanee GA 30024. 928-577889, 12/5,12,19

STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF GWINNETT CALL FOR SPECIAL ELECTION (APPROVAL OF A CONTRACT FOR THE PROVISION OF RAPID TRANSIT SERVICES, DATED AUGUST 2, 2018, BETWEEN GWINNETT COUNTY AND THE METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY) TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF GWINNETT COUNTY: Pursuant to a Resolution of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved on August 1, 2018 calling for a Special Election to determine the question of approval of a contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (hereinafter known as the “Resolution”), the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections (hereinafter known as the “Board”), Elections Superintendent for Gwinnett County, is charged with the duty of calling for a Special Election to be held on March 19, 2019. Therefore, the Board does hereby issue the call for said Special Election to be held on March 19, 2019. The purpose of said Special Election is to place before the voters of Gwinnett County, for approval or rejection, the question stated in the Resolution concerning the approval of a contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, to-wit: “( ) YES ( ) NO Gwinnett County has executed a contract for the provision of transit services, dated as of August 2, 2018. Shall this contract be approved?” All persons desiring to vote in favor of approval of a contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shall vote “YES” and all persons opposed to the approval of a contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shall vote “NO”. If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for the approval of the contract, it shall become valid and binding in accordance with its terms. The Special Election shall be conducted in all of the precincts within the territorial limits of Gwinnett County. The polls will open at 7:00 o’clock A.M. and close at 7:00 o’clock P.M. The last day for qualified residents of Gwinnett County to register to be eligible to vote in the Special Election is February 19, 2019. This call is issued and published pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated Sections 21-2-2(3) and 21-2540, and in accordance with the Resolution. This 13th day of November, 2018. MEMBERS, GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF REGISTRATIONS AND ELECTIONS BY: ______ Stephen W. Day Chairman BY: _____ John Mangano Vice Chairman BY: ______ Beauty P. Baldwin Member BY: ____ Alice O’Lenick Member BY: ___ Ben Satterfield Member ATTEST: ____ Lynn Ledford Elections Director 917-577763, 12/7,12 ESTADO DE GEORGIA CONDADO DE GWINNETT CONVOCATORIA PARA ELECCIÓN ESPECIAL (APROBACIÓN DE UN CONTRATO PARA LA PRESTACIÓN DE SERVICIOS DE TRANSPORTE MASIVO, CON FECHA DEL 2 DE AGOSTO DEL 2018, ENTRE EL CONDADO DE GWINNETT Y LA AUTORIDAD DE TRANSPORTE MASIVO DE ATLANTA) A LOS VOTANTES CALIFICADOS DEL CONDADO DE GWINNETT: De conformidad con una Resolución de la Junta de Comisionados del Condado de Gwinnett aprobada el 1 de Agosto del 2018 que convoca a una Elección Especial para decidir la pregunta sobre la aprobación de un contrato para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo de Atlanta (en adelante denominada como la “Resolución”), la Junta de Inscripciones y Elecciones del Condado de Gwinnett (en adelante denominada como la “Junta”), la Superintendencia de Elecciones para el Condado de Gwinnett, queda encargada de la labor de convocar a una Elección Especial para el 19 de Marzo del 2019. Por lo tanto, la Junta emite por la presente la convocatoria a dicha Elección Especial que se celebrará el 19 de Marzo del 2019. El propósito de dicha Elección Especial es proponer ante los electores del Condado de Gwinnett, para su aprobación o rechazo, la pregunta mencionada en la Resolución con relación a la aprobación de un contrato para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Tránsito Masivo de Atlanta, como se redacta a continuación: Í E

PUBLIC HEARINGS PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice is hereby given that the Partnership Gwinnett Public Funding Entity (501c6) shall hold a board meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The meeting shall take place at Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Jackson EMC Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. The public is invited to attend. 928-575696, 12/7,9

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 13th day of December, 2018, at 9:00 A.M., at the Gwinnett County Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Judge R. Timothy Hamil of the Superior Court of Gwinnett County will hear the case of STATE OF GEORGIA v. DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF NORCROSS and CITY OF NORCROSS, GEORGIA, Civil Action File No. 18-A-10181-8, in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, the same being a proceeding to confirm and validate Downtown Development Authority of the City of Norcross Taxable Revenue Bond (Parking Facilities Project), Series 2018 (the “Bond”), in the principal amount of $8,195,000. The Bond is to be issued by Downtown Development Authority of the City of Norcross (the “Authority”) for the purpose of financing a portion of costs of undertakings authorized by the Downtown Development Authorities Law and the Revenue Bond Law, including the acquisition of certain parking facilities and related infrastructure as described in the Intergovernmental Contract referred to below (the “Project”), in order to further the purposes described in the Downtown Development Authorities Law, O.C.G.A. § 36-42-1 et seq. In said proceeding, the Court will also pass upon the validity of the security for the Bond, including resolutions of the Authority, an Intergovernmental Contract between said Authority and the City of Norcross, a Parking Easement Agreement between said Authority and CREA LWP Norcross Owner, LLC (the “Company”), an Agreement of Purchase and Sale between the Authority and the Company, and an Escrow Agreement among the Authority, the Company and Fidelity National Title Group, as escrow agent, each to be entered into in connection with the issuance of the Bond. No performance audit or performance review shall be conducted with regard to the Bond. Any citizen of the State of Georgia residing in the City of Norcross, or any other person wherever residing, who has a right to object, may intervene and become a party to this proceeding. This the 28th day of November, 2018. /s/Theresa A. Cox CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT OF GWINNETT COUNTY 928-577544, 11/30,12/7 NOTICE Notice of Abandoned Vehicle. The following motor vehicle advertised pursuant to O.C.G.A CODE SECTION 40-11-2. Being stored: 1305 OLD PEACHTREE RD SUWANEE GA 30024. 2002 Mercedes Benz CLKCV VIN# WDBLK70G42T097703 T

NOTICE OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE Re: 1995 International 8000 Series Mfr. ID No: 1HSHBADN5SH640306 License No: 6474PI Color: White Door: 2 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above automobile was initially removed from Napa Distribution Center at 5420 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA 30071. It is presently located at Life Storage at 2655 Langford Rd NW, Norcross, GA 30071, in possession of Terrence Carmon. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The vehicle is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed by December 14th, 2018. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. 928-578365, 12/7,14 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that on the 13th day of December, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., at the Gwinnett County Courthouse, Judge R. Timothy Hamil of the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia, will hear the case of the STATE OF GEORGIA v. DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF NORCROSS AND CREA LWP Norcross Owner, LLC, Civil Action File No. 18-A-10180-8, in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia, the same being a proceeding to confirm and validate the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Norcross Taxable Revenue Bond (Gateway Project), Series 2018 (the “Bond”) and the security therefor and related agreements. Said Bond is to be in the principal face amount of $35,000,000, payable as described in the Bond Resolution adopted by the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Norcross (the “Authority”) on November 26, 2018 (the “Bond Resolution”), and is to be used to finance the acquisition, construction, improvement and installation of a housing development consisting of approximately 195 units, and related property and amenities in Norcross, Georgia (the “Project”). The Project is to be rented to CREA LWP Norcross Owner, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Company”), pursuant to a Rental Agreement, dated as of December 1, 2018 or such later date to which the parties may agree, between the Authority and the Company (the “Rental Agreement”). Principal of and interest on the Bond will be secured by an assignment of payments required to be made to the Authority under the Rental Agreement. The Authority will grant the Company an option to purchase the Project pursuant to an Option Agreement, dated as of December 1, 2018 or such later date to which the parties may agree, between the Company and the Authority. The Court will also pass on the validity of the aforementioned Rental Agreement, the Option Agreement, a certain Bond Purchase Agreement, dated as of December 1, 2018 or such later date to which the parties may agree (the “Bond Purchase Agreement”), between the Authority and the Company, as initial bond purchaser, and an Intergovernmental Contract, dated as of December 1, 2018 or such later date as the parties may agree (the “Intergovernmental Contract”), between the Authority and the City of Norcross, Georgia, and the Bond Resolution. The Bond will not constitute the pecuniary obligation of the Authority, but shall be payable solely from rentals received from the Company under the aforementioned Rental Agreement. NO PERFORMANCE AUDIT OR PERFORMANCE REVIEW SHALL BE CONDUCTED WITH REGARD TO THE BOND. Any citizen of the State of Georgia residing in Gwinnett County, Georgia, or any other person wherever residing who has a right to object, may intervene and become a party to this proceeding. This 28th day of November, 2018. /s/Theresa A. Cox CHIEF DEPUTY CLERK, SUPERIOR COURT OF GWINNETT COUNTY 928-577545, 11/30,12/5

PUBLIC SALES/ AUCTIONS Securlock Storage will sell personal property consisting of household and personal effects, office, and other equipment, toys and appliances will be sold to satisfy owner’s lien for rent due law 10-4-213. All items or spaces may not be available on the day of the sale. We reserve the right to refuse any and all bids, buyers must secure spaces with own locks. NO CHECKS. CASH ONLY. To claim tax-exempt-ORIGINAL RESALE CERTIFICATE FOR EACH SPACE PURCHASED IS REQUIRED. Date: December 13 2018 (Bidding begins 12/6 10:30AM and ends on 12/13 10:30AM) Place: Storagetreasures. com Alexandria Archie- Patio table and chairs, deep freezer David AginWork bench,tools,shelving, tires Crystal Anderson- Child sand box, running storller, boys chair 929-577554, 11/30,12/7 THESE VEHICLES WILL BE SOLD FOR PUBLIC OUTCRY FOR CASH AT STATEWIDE WRECKER SERVICE LOCATED AT 2775 SIMPSON CIRCLE, NORCROSS, GEORGIA AT 10:00 A.M. ON DECEMBER 15, 2018. THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES ARE DECLARED ABANDONED AND FORECLOSED VEHICLES PURSUANT TO OCGA 4






G16402A052784 Honda Civic 2004 1HGEM21154L056776 Honda Civic 2002 2HGES26792H557232 2003 Jeep Liberty 1J4GK58K93W531821 2007 Kia Rio KNADE123X76251807 2012 Kia Sportage KNDPB3A23C7211974 2005 Mazda Mazda6 1YVFP80C755M08563 Saturn Astra 2008 W08AR671085116611 2001 Toyota Camry Solara 2T1CG22P51C490604 1999 Toyota Camry Solara 2T1CF28PXXC122499 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix 2T1KR32E45C384533 2009 Volkswagen CC WVWML73C39E568184 9 2 9 - 5 7 6 6 9 6 , 11/23,30,12/7

770.891.1688 The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to general household, furniture, boxes, clothes, and appliances. Unit # Name: Items storing: 550 Eugene Gilbert household furniture 160 Deshanavi Murray household items 248 Arlys Hamdani Clothes and shoes 315 Lemuel Goins Clothes, bins, flat-screen TV, bags, etc… 294 Todd Myroman White Household goods 448 Sonja Tani Household goods 718 Theresa Ruffin Clothes 161 Kareh Nixon household goods 347 Shree Boles household goods 408 Zeniah Mcdowell table chairs boxes house hold goods clothes 482 Rabiah Mahmoud requested 10x10 shelves store items 407 Latonya Prentiss-Johnson Household goods 188 Pam Simmons long term-c.c 1 bedroom set- 2 sofas- deep freezer and garage items clothes coolershort term 3 bederoom sets-sectional- kitchen tableclothes 3 tv stands Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-576321, 11/30,12/7

said property and all parties known to claim an interest therein, and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the below stated location(s) to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Friday, December 21st 2018 @ 10:30 AM 875 Marathon Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30046 678-242-1441 Space No. C u s t o m e r Name Inventory

2004 Yamaha Motor YZFR6 JYARJ06Y74A003328 *** SALVAGE *** 2005 Yamaha Motor YZFR6 JYARJ06Y35A004171 2001 Yamaha Motor YZFR1 JYARN05E91A009655 2013 Kia Optima 5XXGN4A75DG210701 2009 BMW 750Li WBAKB83559CY57786 2006 Cadillac CTS 1G6DP577760197404 2012 Toyota Rav4 2T3BF4DV7CW213760 2013 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WG5E34D1129657 2005 Nissan Murano JN8AZ08W95W424627 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1J4GZ58SXTC223554 2001 Lexus ES 300 JT8BF28G310337914 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 2G3AM47A3B2447826 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1GNDT13S422120989 2008 Chevrolet Aveo KL1TD66698B031559 2004 Dodge Stratus 1B3EL36RX4N325608 2006 Jeep Commander 1J8HG58226C139628 2010 Mazda CX-7 JM3ER2W58A0312084 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 1D7HA18NX5S107077 2003 Nissan Altima 1N4AL11D03C256201 2001 Ford Explorer 1FMDU83P31UB08308 2001 Hyundai Sonata KMHWF25S61A490207 2003 Hyundai Sonata KMHWF35H33A909711 2006 Nissan Altima 1N4AL11EX6C130005 2004 Chevrolet Classic 1G1ND52F54M583150 2006 Chrysler Town and Country 1A4GP45R66B533566 2002 Audi A6 WAULT64BX2N147755 2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1G1ZG57B394160010 2007 Chevrolet HHR 3GNDA13D97S616678 2001 Honda Accord JHMCG56661C011407 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 3C8FY68B93T534678 2006 Lexus GS 430 JTHBN96S065002140 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430 4JGAB72E9YA191001 2010 Ford Fusion 3FAHP0HA6AR175596 1998 Kia Sportage KNDJB723XW5568590 2006 Hyundai Sonata 5NPEU46C06H062108 2000 Dodge Durango 1B4HS28Z9YF288991 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1J4FX58S6WC192695 2005 Ford Explorer 1FMZU62K85UA55272 2006 Chrysler 300 2C3KA53G96H176095 2005 Mazda Mazda3 JM1BK343851250970 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 1G1JC52F737354029 2003 Ford Explorer 1FMZU63K13ZA49411 1998 Ford F-150 1FTRX07L4WKA82170 2001 Audi S4 WAURD68D61A030764 2005 Kia Sportage KNDJF724257111188 2010 Mazda Mazda3 JM1BL1SF0A1320938 9 2 9 - 5 7 7 5 4 0 , 11/30,12/7,14 MCCULLOUGH TOWING AUCTION LIST 785 BROGDON RD. SUWANEE, GA 30024 770-263-8483 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH 2018 @ 1:00PM 2003 Audi A4 WAULC68E53A350193 2001 BMW 325i WBAAV33401FU94040 2003 Cadillac CTS 1G6DM57N530126043 2007 Chevrolet Malibu 1G1ZS58F87F300764 2008 Chrysler 300 2C3LA53G28H223068 2015 Chrysler 200 1C3CCCAB1FN603447 2006 Dodge Charger 2B3KA53H06H251823 2010 Dodge Caliber 1B3CB4HA7AD613059 2000 Ford E350 Super Duty 1FDWE35L8YHA90782 1999 Ford F150 1FTRX17L4XNB21054 2007 Ford Explorer 1FMEU74E37UB72370 2003 Ford Expedition 1FMEU17L13LA52543 2004 Ford Explorer 1FMZU62E84ZA93788 2005 Ford Five Hundred 1FAFP23155G114120 2001 Ford Expedition 1FMRU16W51LB14794 2002 Honda Accord 1HGCG

This lien sale will be held via online auction on the date of December 18th, 2018 at The facility location is: Uhaul Moving and Storage of Pleasant Hill 1290 Pleasant Hill Rd. Lawrenceville, GA 30044 770-381-9793unit 2072 amber parker, unit 803 winter cardwell, unit 816 latifah raynolds, unit 2089 carlos bullard Uhaul Moving and Storage of Hewatt rd 2161 Hewatt Rd Snellville GA 30039 770979-5237 unit 114 vivian mills, unit 142 marquida sims, unit 111 tanya butler. Uhaul Moving and Storage of Lilburn 140 Rockbridge road Lilburn GA 30047 770717-9666 unit 425 vanessa dixon, unit 469 travis dennis. Uhaul Moving and Storage of Jimmy Carter Blvd. 5365 Jimmy Carter blvd Norcross GA 30093 770447-5017- unit 1024 amy freeland, unit 1081 nate hudgins, unit 1074 krystal white, unit 1008 sophia boone, unit 1013 tamara allen. 929-578466, 12/7,14 LIVE AUCTION ONE FACILITY – MULTIPLE UNITS Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: Extra Space Storage #1799 530Athens Hwy, Loganville, GA 30052 December 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm Ashley Mitchell A174 couch boxes and totes Christina Honore A178 bedroom set, clothes, lawn mower, Chris Cosby A158 household goods Ericka McCullen B188 household goods Ericka McCullen C198 moving today two storage units small unit cc plug the largest one// 4 bed rooms sets // w/d some garage items bikes and tools Eerrka McCullen B188 household goods Eerrka McCullen C198 moving today two storage units small unit cc plug the largest one// 4 bed rooms sets // w/d some garage items bikes and tools Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-577532, 11/30,12/7 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction at the storage facility listed below, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belongings to those individuals listed below at location indicated: 5151 Annistown Road Stone Mountain GA. 30087 770-469-5363 December 20, 2018 10:00 AM Unit Name Items 562 Tamara Wooten household goods sofa table clothes 291 Stacey stone house hold goods 341 Toni Cormier house hold goods 385 Lawanda Sanford storing some furniture and boxes from only one room 300 Karen Allison boxes and furniture 301 Brian Kelly boxes booths tables fridges freezer 10x20 non fmf 169 101 Cornelius James house hold goods 314 Evelyn Bias 1 bedroom apt 212 Donnie Bellamy house hold goods Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. Michelle Guthrie Gregory Thomas Store Manager Assistant Manager 929-576769, 11/30,12/7 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction on 12/20/2018 at 11:00AM at the storage facility listed below, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at location indicated: Extra Space Storage 3942 Us-78 Snellville, GA 30039 7

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 3220 Centerville Hwy Snellville, Georgia 30039 770.680.3520 December 20, 2018 12:00 PM The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to general household, furniture, boxes, clothes, and appliances. I147 – Jason Mahan – Chair, Entertainment Center, Washer, Chest I123 – Kenneth Stephens – Washer, Bags, Boxes, Totes, Organ L124 – Scott Dix – Bed, Computer, Bags, Boxes, Clothes, File Cabinet B112 – Rhoan Hudson – TV, Totes, Suitcases, Speakers F1143 – Brandy Clay – Bed, Chair, Dresser, Mattress, Dryer, Washer, Bags, Boxes F134 – Monique Brown – Armoire, Bed, Dresser, Mattress, Boxes, Pictures, Fireplace F113 – Michael Cravey – Dresser, Mattress, Table, TV’s, Bags, Boxes, Pictures, Totes H154 – Tomeka Wilson – Mattress, Bags, Speaker, Motorcycle J104 – Shaniqua Posey – TV, Bags, Boxes, Totes C100 – Jashawn Howell – Sports Equipment, Dresser, Boxes N112 – Letetia Humphries – Chair, Bags, Boxes, Totes, Suit Cases, Fan H105 – Willie Smith Jr. – Table, Bags, Boxes, Pictures, Totes, Wheel Barrel, Cart F1194 – Shannon Watkins – Table, TV, Bags, Boxes, Totes, Hand Tools J126 – Lakeshia Stone – Bed, Mattress, Bags, Boxes, Sports Equipment, Totes Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-576227, 11/30,12/7 NOTICE In accordance with the provisions of State law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner and/or manager lien of the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Life Storage location(s) listed below. And, due notice having been given, to the owner of said property and all parties known to claim an interest therein, and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the below stated location(s) to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Tuesday, Decemeber 21, 2018 @ 10:45 AM. 420 Grayson HWY Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Phone: (770)682-7717 Space No. C u s t o m e r Name Inventory 1107 Tonya Womack Household Goods/Furn TV/ StereoEquip/Tools Appliances 1206 Latifa Bertram Household Goods/Furn/tv/ Stereo Equip Office Furn/Machines/Furn 1288 Elias Sisya Household Goods/Furn/tv/Stereo Equip Tool Appliances/Office Furn/Machines/Furn Other : Boxes 1301 Terell Lee Household Goods/Furn/TV/StereoEquip/ Tools/Applianaces 1305 Terell Lee Household Goods/Furn 1324 Ernst Suneus Household Goods/Furn 929-576307, 11/30,12/7 LIFE STORAGE # 413 875 MARATHON PARKWAY LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30046 678-242-1441 AUCTION DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST 2018 @ 10:30 AM In accordance with the provisions of State law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner and/or manager’s lien of the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Life Storage location(s) listed below. And, due notice having been given, to the owner of s

2169 April Butler Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; 2015 Anita Jones Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; Boxes, Appliances. 2118 Darling Manzano Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; Tools/Appliances. 3002 Tiara Callahan Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; Tools/Appliances; Boxes, Totes. 3052 Monnie Grimes Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; Tools/Appliances. 3153 Renardo Wynn Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; Landscaping/Construction Equip. 4093 Esther M Toppin Household Goods/Furniture; TV/Stereo Equip.; Tools/Appliances. 929-577168, 11/30,12/7 NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION “In accordance with the provisions of State law, there being due and unpaid charges for which the undersigned is entitled to satisfy an owner and/or manager’s lien of the goods hereinafter described and stored at the Life Storage location(s) listed below. And, due notice having been given, to the owner of said property and all parties known to claim an interest therein, and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, the goods will be sold at public auction at the below stated location(s) to the highest bidder or otherwise disposed of on Friday, December 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM.” 2655 Langford Road Norcross, GA 30071 (770) 242-0468 Space No. C u s t o m e r Name Inventory 197 Aliyah Lofton Household Goods/Furniture/ TV/Stereo Equipment/ Children’s Items 344 Gaylin Hendrix Household Goods/Furniture 536 Gwendolyn Prescott Household Goods/Furniture/ TV/Stereo Equipment/Tools/ Appliances/Office Furn/Maand chines/Equip./Clothes shoes 929-576678, 11/30,12/7 LIVE AUCTION ONE FACILITY – MULTIPLE UNITS Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: Extra Space Storage #1799 530Athens Hwy, Loganville, GA 30052 December 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm Cherise Frye C144 Household Furnitures Rodney “ Gene” Frye C144 Household Furnitures Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-577537, 12/7,14 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction on 12/28/2018 at 2:00PM at the storage facility listed below, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at location indicated: Extra Space Storage 3942 Us-78 Snellville, GA 30039 770.891.1688 The personal goods stored therein by the following may include, but are not limited to general household, furniture, boxes, clothes, and appliances. Unit # Name: Items storing: 209 Erin Rahaim Clothes, Shoes, Pictures 430 Dennis Jackson Boxes 624 Edward Muldrow Household Goods 339 Tiffany Stephenson Household goods 641 Joshua Holley Bed washer dryer boxes 733 Elmond Bute Household Goods Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-577549, 12/7,14 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that Extra Space Storage will sell at public auction at the storage facility listed below, to satisfy the lien of the owner, personal property described below belongings to those individuals listed below at location indicated: 5

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B8 • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 PUBLIC SALES/ AUCTIONS 5151 Annistown Road Mountain GA. Stone 30087 770-469-5363 December 28, 2018 1:00 PM Unit Name Items 457 Jamel Murphy household furniture and items 505 Tameka Fletcher wants a 10x30 4 bedroom about 2 couches 355 Latonya Seay house hold goods 334 Michael Milhouse house hold goods Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-577182, 12/7,14 There will be sold at public auction on 15 of December 2018 at 11:00 am the following vehicle at Rivera Auto Repair and Body Shop LLC, 2972 Duluth Industrial Way, Duluth GA 30096, 2000 HONDA ACCORD, VIN: 1HGCG2240YA019997, 2009 LINCOLN MKZ; VIN: 3LNHM28T59R630333, JC Body Shop, 6040 Buford Hwy. Suite C1, Doraville, GA. 30340, 2014 TOYOTA CAMRY, VIN: 4T1BF1FK7EU300264; Gregory Rice 4430 Brookridge Dr, Loganville, GA 30052, 2005 TOYOTA CAMRY, VIN: 4T1BE32K55U512889, declared abandoned and foreclosed vehicles pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 40-11-5. 929-577518, 11/30,12/7 PUBLIC AUCTION Notice of Abandonment and Sale in accordance with O.C.G.A. 40-11 the following vehicles have been declared abandoned and will be sold at Public Action to the highest and best bidder for cash only. The auction will be held on December 18, 2018 at 10:00a.m., 3120 Main St W, Snellville GA 30078, phone (678) 691-9166. Review 9:30 a.m.. 2005 Nissan Titan VIN:1N6BA07A05N558720 929-577197, 11/30,12/7

SERVICE BY PUBLICATION IN THE CHEROKEE COURT OF THE EASTERN BAND OF CHEROKEE INDIANS CHEROKEE, NORTH CAROLINA CASE NO. 18 CV 562 TRIBAL CASINO GAMING ENTERPRISE, Plaintiff, v. CHUL JUNG, Defendant. NOTICE OF SERVICE BY PUBLICATION Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: A Complaint and Summons have been filed against the Defendants named herein on October 8, 2018 in Cherokee, North Carolina related to a debt collection by Plaintiff. You are required to make defense to such pleading no later than January 2, 2019 and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought. This 14th day of November, 2018. CARPENTER, GUY & ARNOLD, PLLC Kimberly N. Carpenter 559 West Main Street Sylva, NC 28779 Publication Dates: November 23rd, November 30th, December 7th, 2018 9 3 0 - 5 7 5 8 9 5 , 11/23,30,12/7





R7114 236, Application for a Special Use Permit in an O-I Zoning District for a Retirement Community (Independent Living), 2300 Block of Sever Road, 9.96 Acres. District 1/Brooks SUP2019-00008, Applicant: Brand Partners, LP, Owner: M.D. Hodges Enterprises, Inc., Tax Parcel No. R7114 236, Application for a Special Use Permit in an O-I Zoning District for Building Height Increase to 60 Feet, 2300 Block of Sever Road, 9.96 Acres. District 1/Brooks SUP2019-00001, Applicant: Mekdes Assefa, Owner: Mekdes Assefa, Tax Parcel No. R7101 016, Application for a Special Use Permit in a RA-200 Zoning District for Personal Care Home (Family), 2300 Block of Sunny Hill Road and 2400 Block of Lena Carter Way, 1.14 Acres. District 4/Fosque SUP2019-00002, Applicant: Andrew Thomas, Owner: Governors Place LLC, Tax Parcel No. R6132 044, Application for a Special Use Permit in a M-1 Zoning District for Towing/Wrecker Service and Auto Repair Shop, 4100 Block of Arcadia Industrial Circle, 0.91 Acre. District 2/Ku SUP2019-00003, Applicant: Dr. Hafiz A. G. Khan, Owner: Georgia Islamic Institute, Tax Parcel No. R5343 015, Application for a Special Use Permit in a RA-200 Zoning District for a Cemetery, 2200 Block of Berry Hall Road, 9.88 Acres. District 3/ Hunter SUP2019-00004, Applicant: Marie Sampson, Owner: Mountain East, LLC, Tax Parcel No. R6059 009, Application for a Special Use Permit in a M-1 Zoning District for Adult Day Care, 2100 Block of West Park Court, 3.73 Acres. District 3/Hunter SUP2019-00005, Applicant: Mostafa Mahamud, Owner: Mostafa Mahamud, Tax Parcel No. R6220 015, Application for a Special Use Permit in a R-75 Zoning District for Community Center and Cultural Facility (Buffer Reduction), 3300 Block of Laurel Oak Court, 3.79 Acres. District 2/Ku SUP2019-00006, Applicant: Annette Sprewer, Owner: Annette Sprewer, Tax Parcel No. R6037 273, Application for a Special Use Permit in a R-100 CLU Zoning District for Home Occupation (Beauty Salon) (Renewal), 4400 Block of Saddle Bend Trail, 0.79 Acre. District 3/ Hunter SUP2019-00009, Applicant: David A. Sherman, Owners: David A. and Tonya R. Sherman, Tax Parcel No. R5197 013, Application for a Special Use Permit in a R-100 Zoning District for an Accessory Building (1,600 Square Feet), 2800 Block of Ozora Church Road, 2.82 Acres. District 3/Hunter SUP2019-00010, Applicant: Shafqat A. Chatha, Owner: Shafqat A. Chatha, Tax Parcel No. R6125 014, Application for a Special Use Permit in a M-1 Zoning District for an Automobile Body and Repair Shop, 4100 Block of Arcadia Industrial Circle and 0-100 Blocks of Arcado Road, 1.0 Acre. District 2/Ku P&D PC/BOC 1-2 & 1-22 934-578448, 12/7

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF DACULA The public is hereby notified that on December 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Dacula City Hall, 442 Harbins Road, Dacula, Georgia, the Mayor and City Council will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed Variance to Article XII, Section 1217 of the Zoning Resolution of the City of Dacula and then take action on said proposal. Said variance would allow for an illuminated scrolling message board within a residential district. Applicant: Steven L. Carroll Owner: Dacula Church of God The property is located in Land Lot 301 of the 5th District being Parcel No. 045 and contains 6.29 acres more or less. The site plan, legal description, and other information are on file at Dacula City Hall and may be viewed by the public between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. 934-578393, 12/07 GWINNETT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. GWINNETT COUNTY JUSTICE AND ADMINISTRATION CENTER AUDITORIUM 75 LANGLEY DRIVE LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA 30046 The following Rezoning, Change-in-Conditions, Special Use Permit and other items of business, located within Unincorporated Gwinnett County, are scheduled for public hearings as stated above. Site plans, legal descriptions, and other information are available in the office of the Planning Division, 446 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. RZR2017-00011, Applicant: Home South Communities, LLC c/o Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, Owner: John T. Lamb, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R7136 001, RA-200 to OSC; Single-Family Subdivision, 2400 Block of Sunny Hill Road and 2500 Block of Morgan Road, 86.15 Acres. District 4/Heard P&D PC TBL 1-2 934-578451, 12/7 GWINNETT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019 AT 7:00 P.M. GWINNETT COUNTY JUSTICE AND ADMINISTRATION CENTER AUDITORIUM 75 LANGLEY DRIVE LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA 30046 The following Rezoning, Change-in-Conditions, Special Use Permit and other items of business, located within Unincorporated Gwinnett County, are scheduled for public hearings as stated above. Site plans, legal descriptions, and other information are available in the office of the Planning Division, 446 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. RZC2019-00001, Applicant: Genesis KC Development, LLC, Owner: Capital Renovation Investors, LLC, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R5216 010, RA-200 to O-I; Medical Office (Buffer Reduction), 1700 Block of New Hope Road, 2.44 Acres. District 3/Hunter RZR2019-00001, Applicant: Meadow Trace, Inc., Owner: Meadow Trace, Inc., Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R7047 004, O-I to R-75; Single-Family Residences, 1100-1200 Blocks of McKendree Church Road, 1.28 Acres. District 4/Fosque RZR2019-00002, Applicant: Embry Development Company, LLC, Owners: Sandra L. Kenerly and Sharon L. Davis, Co Executors of the Estate of Mack Thomas Lee, Jr., Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R7104 029, R-100 to TND; Single-Family Subdivision, 1200 Block of Old Peachtree Road, 29.15 Acres. District 4/Fosque CIC2019-00001, Applicant: Brand Partners, LP, Owner: M.D. Hodges Enterprises, Inc., Tax Parcel No. R7114 236, Change in Conditions of Zoning for Property Zoned O-I, 2300 Block of Sever Road, 9.96 Acres. District 1/ Brooks SUP2019-00007, Applicant: Brand Partners, LP, Owner: M.D. Hodges Enterprises, Inc., Tax Parcel No.



ASSISTANT CITY CERK/ACCOUNTS PAYABLE The City of Statham is accepting applications for a Assistant City Clerk/Accounts Payable position at City Hall. Provides professional and confidential administrative support to the City Clerk, and other members of city management as required. Requires strong computer skills, to include Microsoft Office, accounts payable experience as well as Internet research skills. Also calls for excellent interpersonal, organizational, and project coordination skills. Requires the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as vendors and the public, a high level of confidentiality and problem solving skills, and the ability to provide accurate, timely, and courteous customer service under stressful and adverse circumstances and other duties as assigned. Benefits include vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, health insurance, and retirement plan. All applicants being considered for employment shall be required to pass a drug and/or alcohol screening test contingent to being hired. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Applications are available at City Hall, 327 Jefferson St., or online at  You may fax the completed application and resume to (770) 725-0202 or email them to the City Clerk at m.chang@ c i t yo f s t a t h a m . c o m .  The City would like to fill this position soon but will be opened until filled.  The City of Statham is an equal opportunity employer.

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FULL TIME Street Department The City of Statham is accepting applications for a position in the Street Department. Skills required include meter reading, equipment operator, working with heavy equipment, maintenance of water and sewer systems and welding skills. Vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, health insurance, and retirement plan. All job applicants being considered for employment shall be required to pass a drug and/or alcohol screening test prior to being hired. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Application may be downloaded off the City’s website at www.cityofstatham. com or picked up at Statham City Hall, M-F between 8am – 5pm. You can email completed applications to m.chang@ cit Open until filled.


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Christmas music is part of the enjoyment of the season. But are there some songs you’d rather not hear. says these are the 10 most annoying Christmas songs:

1. “Do They Know It’s Christmas” — Band Aid 2. “Santa Baby” — Madonna 3. “Mistletoe” — Justin Bieber 4. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” — Andy Williams 5. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” — Maroon 5

6. “Fairytale of New York” — The Pogues and Kristy McColl 7. “Where Are You Christmas” — Faith Hill 8. “Merry Xmas Everybody” — Slade 9. “Last Christmas” — Wham! 10. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” — Mariah Carey

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Period piece “The Favourite” is a raucuous, bawdy comedy and anything but uptight

Dec. 14 Lawrenceville’s Hometown Christmas Parade — The parade begins at 7 p.m. and goes around the square. Live reindeer will be on hand and there’s a chance to visit with Santa after the parade.

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Dec. 15 Gwinnett’s 200th birthday party — The free event, held at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, starts at 10 a.m. and celebrates the county’s bicentennial. A broad range of activities will take place, including birthday cupcakes.

Dec. 15 Happyfeat’s Jingle in the Park — A 5K run starts the day at 8 a.m. followed by games and a pop-up holiday market at Suwanee Town Center Park. Games and inflatables are also part of the fun. For more information, go to




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Above left, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is expected to open a location in Peachtree Corners’ Town Center development in mid-January, putting it on track to be the first restaurant to open in the development. Above top right, Some buildings in Peachtree Corners’ Town Center development are still under construction, but a majority of them have been built and are undergoing interior design buildouts for their specific tenants. Above bottom right, stores are beginning to open, or are preparing to open, in the Town Center development in Peachtree Corners. (Staff Photos: Curt Yeomans)


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One of the restaurants that will serve diners in Peachtree Corners’ Town Center development will soon open its doors, but it will take a little longer than initially expected. A spokesperson for Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, which had recently announced it will open in early December at Town Center, told the Daily Post on Monday that the opening has been pushed back to mid-January. It will be Firebirds’ second location in metro Atlanta, joining an existing location adjacent to the Avalon development in Alpharetta. “The 6,500-squarefoot restaurant will seat 232 guests and showcase Firebirds’ new lively design concept,” restaurant officials said in an announcement. “The Peachtree Corners location

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is expected to open a location in Peachtree Corners’ Town Center development in mid-January.

will feature this trending and modern design which provides a more open and inviting floor plan, enabling every guest a view of Firebirds’ signature exhibition kitchen, stone fireplace and award-winning FIREBAR.” The restaurant’s website, peachtree-corners.,

describes its cuisine as American food, seafood and steaks with average prices, including entrees, drinks, taxes and tips, ranging from $15 to $18 for lunch and $28 to $32 for dinner. The restaurant recommends diners get reservations for meals, although they are not required, and

it describes the dress code as “smart casual.” There will be happy hour drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on the patio and in the FIREBAR. The restaurant’s general manager is Frankie Polanco and the chef is Donte Youmans. Firebirds will join Hol-

lywood Feed and Boardroom Salon for Men as the first businesses to open in the Town Center development, which is located behind Sprouts at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Medlock Bridge Road. Hollywood Feed has already opened — making it the first business to open in the development — and

Boardroom Salon for Men is scheduled to open today. Firebirds is located next to Hollywood Feed. Other businesses have also been gearing up to open at the Town Center. Marlow’s Tavern, First Watch and My Salon Suite each have installed signage already for their respective spaces at the development.

Opening for Texas Roadhouse in Buford set for Monday FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas Roadhouse is opening its new Gwinnett restaurant, located at 3710 Buford Drive near the Mall of Georgia in Buford, on Monday. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon Monday with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce for the restaurant, which will employ 180

people. In preparation for the official opening, the restaurant will be training cooks, meat cutters and other employees during invitation-only, private events that will help raise money for the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. “Being a strong community partner is part of


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New Dawn warms up season with ‘Candle in the Window’ A play written in 1991 about people in the 1980s performed in 2018 might seem unusual for a holiday offering, but New Dawn Theatre Artistic Director Sherry Ingbritsen assures audiences it is relevant to our times. “The play moves around people who have anything but Christmas on their minds,” Ingbritsen said. “It is more about the turmoil this time of year can cause if there are other things going on in your life.” The show will be performed at New Dawn Theatre Dec. 7-9, 13-16 and 21-23. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. The Dec. 13 show will be at 8 p.m. “‘A Candle in the Window’ is not your typical holiday performance,” Ingbritsen said. “Weary holiday travelers are stuck in a 1980s railway depot when a big snowstorm hits on Christmas Eve. (With) nowhere to go, these people indulge in fights, treachery, abuse and loss. As they are feeling down about themselves and their lives, in come children from a nearby church after practicing their Nativity Scene. What these children are able to convey to the adults is truly magic in so many ways.”

whole family,” Ingbritsen said. “Be prepared for many twists and turns in the end that will make you feel the spirit of the season.” Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors ages 51 and over and for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www. Holley Calmes newdawntheatrecompany. com. It is the children who New Dawn Theatre is bring out the Christmas located at 3650 Satellite feelings and the hope that Blvd. in Duluth. comes along with it. For more information, “This play helps you visit newdawntheatrecomsee that no matter what the problems in your life, Holley Calmes is a Actors rehearse for New Dawn Theatre’s “A Candle in the Window,” which opens Dec. freelance writer and there is always hope and 7 in Duluth. (Special Photo) public relations consultant faith. And, at Christmas specializing in the arts. time, miracles can always occur, no matter how portray in the Nativity.” by L. Don Swartz. Sherry “‘A Candle in the Win- Email her at hcalmes@ small, that allow you to Solange Fleury plays Ingbritsen is the director. dow’ is appropriate for the open your heart and let Elizabeth/Mary. Noah love and light shine in,” Lagoy plays John/Joseph. Ingbritsen said. Isabella Gonzalez plays Although the play was Kathryn/Angel. Lulu written for the 1980s Clements plays Mabel/ time period, “ironically, Wiseman. Jaden Thompit seems to fit,” Ingbritsen son plays Wally/Shepsaid. “Much of the show is herd. Emily Reeves plays timeless. There is nothing Helen/Shepherd. Terrell political at all.” Bonds plays Francis/WiseThe children acting in man. the play are essential to The adult cast members the success of the mesinclude John Damico, sage. Launa Kowalski, Michelle “The children in this Saarela, Melissa Maute, cast are super adorable,” Lane Hunter, Matthew Ingbritsen said. “Probably Maute, Jeffrey Liu, Quothe best-behaved children rey Billups, and Ciarra ever. Each child plays two Logan. Kiane Davis is the characters: their real iden- stage manager. tity and the character they The play was written

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‘One whole playground’ Margaritaville at Lanier Islands opens winter wonderland, holiday lights BY ISABEL HUGHES

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ing, Paradise Beach, Port of Indecision Marina and camping — all of which are intended to transport guests into the world described in Jimmy Buffett’s iconic 1977 song. “Margaritaville is free to be me, the ability to relax and enjoy yourself,” Lush said previously. “I mean, Jimmy is 71. He’s a great icon to the brand and represents it at its very, very best.” While the summer months offered locals and out-of-towners a glimpse into a tropical island, Snow Island, in addition to the snow tubing hill, offers those looking for a chillier experience an opportunity for snowball wars at LandShark Landing — which is complete with throwing targets along the lake — a sleigh ride down Paradise Beach, roasting marshmallows over fire pits, ice skating at the island’s rink and play on 13 winter-themed carnival rides such as bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and more. “(Margaritaville) becomes just one whole playground,” Lush said. Though “one whole playground” might sound like a child’s paradise, Snow Island is just as entertaining for adults, Lush said. While they warm up by the fire pits, adults can also grab drinks at the island’s snow-clad

Left, the Island is complete with a snow tubing hill and many more holiday activities. Margaritaville at Lanier Islands’ winter wonderland wouldn’t be complete without holiday lights, which is why, either before or after playing at License to Chill Snow Island, attendees will want to drive through the islands’ 26th annual Magical Nights of Lights. (Special Photos)

IF YOU GO What: License to Chill Snow Island and Magical Nights of Lights Where: Margaritaville at Lanier Islands When: Snow Island: now-Feb. 24; Lights: now-Jan. 6 Cost: Entry into Snow Island free; Lights: Starting at $49 ($43 online); Snow tubing: $19.99-plus Website:

beach bar — aptly named License to Chill Bar — LandShark Bar and Grill and other “Chill Zone” restaurants. A winter wonderland wouldn’t be complete without holiday lights, however, which is why, either before or after playing at Snow Island,

attendees will want to drive through the islands’ Magical Nights of Lights, Lush said. Having offered the light displays for more than 25 years, the event has “grown into a place where tradition and excitement merge with hundreds of impressive displays spread

throughout a 7-mile meandering drive.” Still, in keeping with the updates that have come to Lanier Islands over the last year, the 7-mile drive has 19 new displays. “One of the things Safe Harbor has done a great job at with its other projects is adding something


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rapped in colorful lights, the palm trees on the edge of Lake Lanier glow bright with colorful balls that represent coconuts strung up to the treetops. Further down the island, children and adults zoom down the 400-foot-long snow tubing hill, which boasts 10 lanes and deep snow — or as deep as one can get in Georgia. Though palm trees and snow are an unlikely combination, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands has them both, sparing no expense in its first-ever License to Chill Snow Island and the islands’ 26th annual Magical Nights of Lights. Part of a more than $5.5 million investment into the north Georgia islands, the winter wonderland rivals Stone Mountain Christmas, its closest competitor, said John Lush, COO of Save Harbor Development, Margaritaville’s developer. “We see this as a real opportunity,” Lush said. “Our biggest opportunity, we believe, is to create year-round themed (experiences) for north Georgia. We’re 30 miles away from several million people, less than an hour away from six or seven million and a day’s drive away from half the population of the United States, so we want to turn the entire resort into a year-round opportunity.” That year-round opportunity began in late spring of this year with the opening of Margaritaville’s Landshark Land-


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PBR bringing Unleash the Beast back to Gwinnett FROM STAFF REPORTS PBR — the professional bull riding tour — is returning to Gwinnett in March and bringing the top 35 bull riders in the world. Tickets are now on sale for the event — called the Duluth Invitational — which is set for March 9-10 at the Infinite Energy Arena in unincorporated Duluth. Last year, more than 15,000 fans came to the arena to see the two-day event, which was won by Claudio Montanha Jr. Tickets for the two-day event start at $22. They can be purchased at the Infinite Energy Arena Box Office, by calling 770-

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626-2464, or online at The Duluth Invitational will be the ninth event during PBR’s 2019 season. The season begins in New York City at Madison Square Garden, and will include trips to Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Louis before concluding with the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 6-10, 2019, at T-Mobile Arena.

BY VENUE — ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • March 22 to April 14: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End • April 5-28: MicroTeatro • May 2 to June 2: Native Gardens HUDGENS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 300, Duluth 770-623-6002 • Through Jan. 27: Seventh annual Hudgens Juried Member’s Exhibition • May 22 to July 28: smART Honors Program Exhibition: Culture Shock INFINITE ENERGY THEATER 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth 770-813-7500 www.infiniteenergycenter. com • Through Dec. 16: The Nutcracker • Dec. 10: Celebrate… Family; The Light of Christmas • Dec. 13: Home by Dark • Dec. 21: Emmanuel Christ-

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and matinee showing of “Miracle at 34th Street” at the Lionheart Theatre will take place Dec. 9. The brunch will be served in the RE/MAX offices at 125 Lawrenceville St., Suite 300, in Norcross, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The show begins at 2 p.m. at the Lionheart Theatre. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at

through Sunday evenings through Jan. 1. Tickets are $22.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 12. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit Sugarloaf Mills is located at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Snellville City Hall will host the third annual Snellville Festival of Trees through Dec. 21 at Snellville City Hall. Vote for your favorite tree by donating monDec. 14 ey, canned or dried food, The city of Lawrencevor toys. Each item placed ille’s annual Hometown under the tree will count as Christmas Parade will a vote. All money and food feature Santa, live reindeer, items will be donated to the community floats and more. Southeast Gwinnett Co-op, The event will take place and toys will be donated to from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Lawrenceville. For The Rink at Mall of Georgia, a synthetic ice skating rink in Buford, is open through Jan. the Toys for Tots program. Braselton’s third annual more information, visit www. 6. (Photo: Mall of Georgia) Decorated Tree share their holiday wishes Santa from 10 a.m. to noon Island is making its debut tion will feature displays Dec. 9 Dec. 15 this year at Margaritaville at Cookies & Cocoa with Dec. 15 at the Red Clay from businesses throughout A champagne brunch Children are invited to at Lanier Islands. Daily Music Foundry, 3116 Main the town from Dec. 3 to 17. admission rates are $24.99 Vote for your favorite online St. in Duluth. For more to $39.99 For more inforinformation, visit www. at, visit LocalBraselton. Dec. 16 The Lionheart Theatre Snow Mountain returns will show “Miracle on 34th Join Santa at Discovto Stone Mountain again ery Garden for marshStreet” through Dec. 16. this year. Tickets range mallow roasting and hot Shows are at 7:30 p.m. from $34.95 to $79.95. cocoa around the fire pit Thursday through SaturFor more information, visit from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. day and at 2 p.m. Sunday. www.stonemountainpark. 16. Participants will adorn Tickets are $12 to $15. com. the a Wildlife Tree with For more information or The Duluth Historical raisin icicles and birdseed to purchase tickets, visit Society will host the fourth The event is annual Festival of Trees at tickets-2. free. Discovery Garden is located at 219 Lawrencev- the Southeastern Railway The Rink at Mall of Museum. Admission is ille St. in Norcross. Georgia is open through included with a ticket to the Jan. 6. Tickets are $2 to $5. Ongoing train museum. The exhibit, For more information, visit The 25th annual Magiwhich opens Saturday, will Nights of Lights be open until the end of returns to Lake Lanier of-georgia. Islands with seven miles of the year. For more informaThe ice skating rink tion, visit www.train-muse- in Sugar Hill will be open light displays. Tickets are $49 to $59 for cars that through Feb. 10. Tickets Sugarloaf Mills will host seat one to 10 passengers. are $12, with a $2 discount For more information, visit Illuminate, a Chinese for children ages 8 and unlantern festival and acro- der. For more information, Gwinnett County is commemorating its bicentennial year in 2018 by bat show, on Wednesday License to Chill Snow visit The city of Norcross’ Sparkle! Christmas Tree Lighting will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Thrasher Park, located at 93 Park Drive. For more information, visit aplacetoimagine. com. Bring the entire family for a festive night with a popcorn/ hot chocolate bar, gingerbread house-decorating contest, games and crafts. Family Snow Day will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Pinckneyville Park, located at 4758 S. Old Peachtree Road in Norcross. The evening will end with a familyfriendly “snowball” fight. The cost is $17 per family of four or $5 per person. Register online at www.gwinnettparks. com with code PVP41495 or call 678-277-0920.

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Our 200th birthday is just around the corner! Celebrate with the whole community at the Infinite Energy Center on Saturday, December 15.

Happy Birthday, Gwinnett! Family Cultural Birthday Party Saturday, December 15 • 10:00am to 2:00pm Hudgens Center for Art and Learning • 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth Free! Be a part of history and join the community as we come together to celebrate vibrant birthday traditions from cultures from around Gwinnett. Activities include traditional birthday celebrations, cultural crafts and performances from all over the world, storytelling, an interactive globe for all our children to leave their thumbprint (literally), celebration birthday cupcakes (while supplies last), food trucks, and much more! Learn more at

Gwinnett’s 200th Birthday Gala Saturday, December 15 • 6:00pm Infinite Energy Center • 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth Admission: $125 per person Celebrate the county’s rich history and pay tribute to its vibrant and diverse cultures at this festive gala. The cocktail party begins at 6:00pm, and dinner begins at 7:00pm. The night will include performances from local cultural influencers, the honoring of past trailblazers and accomplishments, and blowing out the candles on 200 years of Gwinnett success! Fun cocktail attire is recommended. Visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

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PALACE INTRIGUE Olivia Colman stars as Queen Anne, second from left, and Rachel Weisz as Lady Sarah, right, in “The Favourite.” (Special Photo: 20th Century Fox/Yorgos Lanthimos)

‘The Favourite’ arguably the year’s best film The Favourite (R) 4 out of 4 stars ★★★★

ing Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” and replacing the title character with three women possessing a lot of power they don’t quite know how to manage with lots of profanity and insults BY MICHAEL CLARK that make those from Movie Critic Don Rickles come off as flowery, fawning compliMention the phrase ments by comparison. “period piece” to the Some of the film’s few average moviegoer and detractors have taken most will cringe with issue with its historical glazed eyes. Lengthen accuracy but, in quoting it to “Historical BritOliver Stone respondish period piece,” and ing to similar complaints they’ll leave a vapor regarding his “JFK,” trail in their wake. Films “it’s not a documentary.” — don’t dare call them While there is a great “movies” — by the deal of artistic license Merchant/Ivory team and taken here, the main plot those like them are gorand all of the behaviors geous to look at and im- of the key characters peccably acted, and some stick close to the facts, are very good, but all of or at least the facts as rethem are pompous, stuffy corded in the early 18th and way too serious. century. “The Favourite” — By all accounts, Queen while coming with all of Anne (Olivia Colman) the typical period piece was an unremarkable trappings — men wearmonarch who reigned ing mascara and sporting over the British Empire powdered wigs, ladies for a relatively scant in tight bodices — is amount of time (1702anything but uptight and 1714) and who was furrow-browed. Imagine obese, perpetually ill, Quentin Tarantino remak- skittish and paranoid, and

suffered through many failed pregnancies. In the movie, it is her battle with gout that starts the dominoes tumbling and creates a competition for her attention between estranged cousins Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Hill Masham (Emma Stone). “The Favourite” opens with Sarah, a distant relative to Winston Churchill, firmly entrenched as Anne’s favourite — an advisor to the queen who, in this case, determines several matters of state with unchecked and mostly unquestioned authority. She is the Dick Cheney to Anne’s George W. Bush. Beyond implied, Sarah is also the queen’s secret lesbian lover. Her principal nemesis is loyal opposition leader Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult), whose main objective is ending a costly ongoing war with France. A woman with an unenviable past (her father “lost” her in a card game), the ever-plucky Abigail shows up at the royal palace uninvited,

counting on her blood connection to Sarah to be her “in.” It barely works, but once Abigail concocts a salve made from wild-grown herbs that cures the queen’s gout, she’s immediately lifted from servant status to a “favourite on deck” position. All of the above exposition takes place in the movie’s first half hour, which superbly sets up a final 90-minute race to a finish line the majority of viewers will not want to cross. The jockeying for attention, status and influence is a flesh and blood, winner-take-all chess match where the adage “all is fair in love and war” takes on a new definition. It is political gamesmanship at its most vicious and unbridled, and if you appreciate black humor on any level, you will be unable to go more than five minutes at any point without laughing out loud with considerable volume. Starting in 1998 with Deborah Davis’ original script, the screenplay — with future additions

and adjustments by Tony McNamara — came to the attention of Greek director Yargos Lanthimos, whose two most recent efforts, “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” also included themes of power, struggle and blackmail but were too chilly and detached for most audiences and some critics — including me. “The Favourite” is the first production Lanthimos hasn’t had a hand in writing, and it has made him a better filmmaker, or at least one with a clearer eye and a more focused vision. Every single second of “The Favourite” is crucial to the overall success of the narrative as a whole, and there is not a wasted frame to be found. In addition to being superbly executed art and craft, this is a movie with immensely broad appeal to audiences beyond art-house regulars. Try getting through the slowmotion “Saturday Night Fever”-inspired dance sequence without doubling over while losing your

breath in the process. Already bestowed with multiple critics’ groups accolades (including a record five from the Atlanta Film Critics Circle), “The Favourite” will be a major contender in every industry awards race over the next three months. While Colman is the studio recommended lead, Stone could also be considered as such, with Weisz and Hoult as virtual shoo-in nominees in supporting races. Direction, writing, sound, costume and set design nominations are also likely. By the easiest of all definitions, “The Favourite” is a historical period piece, but please don’t let that sway you in the least or keep you at bay. It’s a raucous, bawdy comedy with shark teeth grip and palace intrigue that takes no prisoners which you will immediately want to watch over and over again and again. See it on the biggest screen you can possibly find. It is arguably the best movie (not film!) of 2018. (Fox Searchlight)

‘Roma’ high art for some, bird droppings for others Roma (R) 2 out★★★★ of 4 stars BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

You can count on it like clockwork. Every year, a (usually) lowbudget art film from a (usually) non-major studio arrives on the scene and causes the majority of the critical community to fawn like groupies while hailing its praises and stumbling all over each other trying to come up with hosanna-like accolades that could make Shakespeare blush. Sometimes, these movies go on to win Best Picture Oscars (“The Hurt Locker,” “The Artist,” “Birdman,” “Moonlight”), and most all of them tank at the box office. Although not required, ambiguity and being depressing helps their cause and offers continuing proof that the artistic community and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Luck-

From left, Marco Graf as Pepe, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marina De Tavira as Sofia, Diego Cortina Autrey as Tono and Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco star in “Roma,” written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. (Special Photo: Carlos Somonte/Netflix)

box are light-years apart. First the good news. “Roma” looks fantastic. Writer/director/editor and cinematographer Alfonso Cuaron makes every image look like a vintage black-and-white photo and uses 2018 technology to make the film appear to have been made

in the year it was set (1971). Taking place in the Mexico City enclave that inspired the title (Colonia Roma), the plot never gets too deep or complicated, something its admirers have referred to as “earthy” and “organic.” It never flirts with pretentiousness or faux

sentimentality. For those not wowed by the idea of the quaint story of reserved live-in maid Cleo (played by Yalitza Aparicio, an actress with no past resume) working for a largely uninteresting, upper middle class family on the verge of implosion,

the entire production will play out like a tedious bore. Again, those same firmly entrenched fans and cheerleaders have labeled these same qualities as “achingly beautiful,” “authentic” and “engaging.” If you’d to like spend the first 30 minutes watching extended scenes of water going down a drain, a car port littered with dog poop, children going to bed, children eating, children fighting and children being picked up from school, you’ll be in heaven. There are some scenes sprinkled throughout that will almost certainly grab you by the throat, but perhaps not always in a pleasant manner. An extended scene of a full frontal nude man brandishing a shower rod as if it were a martial arts battle sword is one. The same man chasing down another in a furniture store and shooting him dead for unknown reasons at point blank range is another. A woman in the throes of extended childbirth that thank-

fully isn’t full frontal is certainly nerve-wracking and far from boring. But is this art? Defining art is nearly impossible and different for everyone, and what might be manna from heaven for some could be viewed as bird droppings by others; it’s all subjective. For a scant few of the general population, “Roma” is high art of greatest caliber, and it has already garnered hundreds of accolades and critics’ group awards, and it is a lock for multiple industry award nominations. It’s not fun to say, but sometimes it must be said: This emperor has no clothes on. If you wish to see “Roma” on a big screen, you better do so soon. It will only play in the Atlanta market from Dec. 6 through 13, exclusively at the Landmark Midtown. From that point on, it can be viewed exclusively on Netflix. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. (Netflix)

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movies bradley cooper stars as Jackson Maine and lady Gaga as ally in "a Star is born." (Special Photo: Warner bros.)


Recently reviewed films now playing in metro area theaters. Ratings are out of 4 stars.

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AFCC announces 2018 winners From StaFF reportS For the second year, the 25 voting members in Atlanta’s only dedicated city-specific critics group, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle, has awarded its top films of the year. The No. 1 film this year is Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s gender-bending tale of a female jockeying for power during Queen Anne’s reign in 18th century England, “The Favourite.” Featuring a powerhouse female cast including Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, the film also garnered a Best Actress Award for Olivia Colman, a Best Supporting Actress nod for Emma Stone, as well as Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast awards. “The film is defined by incredible performances and a powerful rendering of the viciousness behind class divisions,” AFCC co-founder Felicia Feaster said. “Though set in the 18th century, there is clear resonance for our current age and the often brutal circumstances for women who are powerless and lack social standing in Yorgos Lanthimos’ trenchant rendering of gender divisions and power,” Feaster said. Actor Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born was the second of the top 10 films, with Alfonso Cuaron’s

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From left, John krasinski plays lee abbott and Noah Jupe plays Marcus abbott in “a quiet Place.” (Photo: Jonny cournoyer/Paramount Pictures)

unconventional autobiographical tale “Roma” centered on his beloved housekeeper coming in third. “Roma” also netted awards for Best Foreign Language Film, for Best Director and Best Cinematography Other notable winners included Best Documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” which spotlights the revered PBS television program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” host Fred Rogers, who brought uncommon kindness, civility and a social conscience to his work with children. For his role as a morally conflicted priest in the somber Paul Schrader-directed drama “First Reformed,” Ethan Hawke won a Best Actor Award with Sam Elliott garnered a Best Supporting Actor award for his turn as the older brother and surrogate father to Bradley

Cooper’s country music star in “A Star Is Born.” The AFCC also presented special awards for Best Breakthrough Performer, a category that was tied between Elise Fisher as the painfully awkward teenager at the center of the funny, poignant Bo Burnham film “Eighth Grade” and Grammy-winning Lady Gaga as the rising pop star in the musical melodrama “A Star Is Born.” “Our list includes period dramas, inventive horror, commentary on religion, race relations and the environment, minimalist art-house fare, stark social media observations, sci-fi fantasy and a fresh take on the traditional Hollywood epic,” AFCC co-founder Michael Clark said. “It covers the gamut and I’m very pleased with the members’ collective enthusiasm.”

TOP 10 FilMS 1. The Favourite 2. A Star Is Born 3. Roma 4. A Quiet Place 5. First Reformed 6. Eighth Grade 7. Blackkklansman 8T. First Man 8T. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 10. Black Panther best lead actor Ethan Hawke in First Reformed best lead actress Olivia Colman in The Favorite best Supporting actor Sam Elliott in A Star Is Born best Supporting actress Emma Stone in The Favourite best ensemble cast The Favourite best director Alfonso Cuaron for Roma best Screenplay Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for The Favourite best documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? best Foreign language Film Roma best animated Film Isle Of Dogs best cinematography Alfonso Cuaron for Roma best Original Score Justin Hurwitz for First Man aFcc Special award for breakthrough Performer Tie: Elsie Fisher and Lady Gaga aFcc Special award for best First Film Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born


With each subsequent release, Disney’s animated features are inching ever closer to the production style and creative mindset of Pixar. The humor is sharper and sophisticated but never too heady that it can’t be appreciated by children. Walking the creative tightrope while balancing “fun” and “smart” is an unenviable task, but for the most part, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” succeeds in its mission. — Michael Clark

creed ii (PG-13)

HHHH Thank you, Sylvester Stallone (Balboa), Michael B. Jordan (Adonis), and Dolph Lungren (Ivan Drago) and newcomer Florian Munteanu (Viktor) for giving fight fans what they’ve always wanted in “Creed II.” And thank you, director Steven Caple Jr., for bringing it all together to deliver a rare sequel that trumps its predecessor. — Jon Gallo

The Girl iN The SPider’S Web (r)

HHHH Lisbeth Salander, like a Jason Bourne figure for the goth set, returns in this otherwise standard thriller. Rather than her mission of avenging abused women, Lisbeth is caught up in an espionage scheme involving nuclear codes and some unfinished business from her past. Getting to see the off-the-grid hacker heroine onscreen again is the real treat of this movie. — Khari J. Sampson

COMING SOON TO THeaTerS dec. 14 MOrTal eNGiNeS (PG-13)

A mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) joins forces with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels.

PePPerMiNT (r) dec. 11 Jennifer Garner stars as a woman seeking revenge for the deaths of her husband and daughter.

The equalizer 2 (r) dec. 11 Boston-based CIA veteran Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) becomes determined to avenge a friend’s murder.

dec. 19 MarY POPPiNS reTurNS (PG) Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny, played by Emily Blunt, returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.

40 WATT CLUB 285 W. Washington St., Athens 706-549-7871 • Dec. 7: Steve Coughlin Band, Carla Le Fever and The Rays, Monday’s Alibi • Dec. 14: Monsoon, Calico Vision, Dead Neighbors, Bennyhonda Supershifter • Dec. 15: Sarah Zuniga, Tyler Jarvis, Gu is 9 • Dec. 19: Ward Davis • Dec. 28: Drivin’ ’N’ Cryin’, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin • Dec. 29: MIXTAPE Release and Birthday Bash — Squalle, Caulfield, Kxng Blanco, J WO, Shalyse, Ke Turner, ZAC CHASE • Dec. 31: Zero Mile Presents, Kishi Bashi, Lingua Franca • Jan. 18: Ashes to Omen, RCI • Jan. 24: The Steel Woods • Jan. 24-26: Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta 404-733-4900 • Dec. 7: Celtic Thunder X Tour • Dec. 8-9: Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra • Dec. 10: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Veronica Swift • Dec. 12: Rufus Wainwright with special guest Rachel Eckroth • Dec. 12: Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra • Dec. 13: Let’s Go To The Symphony! • Dec. 13: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at North Avenue Presbyterian Church (Atlanta) • Dec. 13-14: Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus • Dec. 16: A Festive Family Holiday • Dec. 19: Michael W. Smith with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and special guest Melinda Doolittle • Dec. 20-21: A Very Merry Holiday with special guests Whiffenpoofs • Dec. 22: Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra • Dec. 31: New Years Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra BUCKHEAD THEATRE 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta 404-843-2825 www.thebuckheadtheatre. com • Dec. 7-8: moe.

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music By Venue — MuSIC SYLVIA BEARD THEATRE Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford 770-945-6762 bufordcommunitycenter. com • Dec. 18: John Driskell Hopkins and The Joe Gransden Big Band

On March 3, Fleetwood Mac will bring its An Evening With Fleetwood Mac tour to State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Special Photo) • Dec. 10: Esperanza Rising — 12 Little Spells • Dec. 14: Chase Rice • Dec. 21: ATL Collective Presents Funky Christmas with Bernard Purdie, Josh Dion, Grant Green Jr., Nick Etwell, Amanda Joy, Adryon De Leon, Mark Rivers, Rachel Ann Morgan, Jason Eskridge, Ansley Stewart, Brenda Nicole Moorer • Dec. 28: Corey Smith with Levi Hummon • Dec. 30: The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts • Dec. 31: Drivin’ ’N’ Cryin’ with Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

and Lexi Street • Dec. 21: Sam Burchfield and Pip the Pansy • Dec. 21: Howie Day • Dec. 22: Atlanta Rhythm Section • Dec. 23: Joe Gransden and His Big Band with Francine Reed • Dec. 26: Ward Davis • Dec. 26: Reverend Hylton • Dec. 27: David Ryan Harris • Dec. 28: 4 Wheel Drive • Dec. 29: Callista Clark • Dec. 29: Pat McGee • Dec. 30: Mo Pitney • Dec. 30: Joe Hall and Aaron Hudgins • Dec. 31: Michelle Malone Band

CELLAIRIS AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta 404-443-5000 • July 20: Iron Maiden

EVERETT’S MUSIC BARN 4055 Stonecypher Road, Suwanee 678-858-5363 www.everettsmusicbarn. net • Dec. 8: The Appalachian Travelers • Dec. 15: Christmas Show featuring Joy Smith

CENTER STAGE THEATER 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta 404-885-1365 www.centerstage-atlanta. com/shows/center-stagetheater • Dec. 7: A.C.E. World Tour • Dec. 8: Stuff You Should Know Christmas Special • Dec. 11: Erika Jayne • Dec. 12: Bendelacreme and Jinkx Monsoon • Dec. 13: Teen Top Night • Dec. 14: Adam Conover • Dec. 22: Mink Slide Live • Dec. 26: Dave East • Jan. 19: Pavlo In Concert • Jan. 26: Lettuce • Feb. 7: Joe Jackson COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta 770-916-2800 www.cobbenergycentre. com • Dec. 28: Charlie Wilson • Jan. 20: The Beach Boys • Jan. 23: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox EDDIE’S ATTIC 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur 404-377-4976 • Ongoing: Eddie’s Attic Songwriter’s Open Mic • Dec. 7: Parker Millsap • Dec. 7: Sonia Leigh • Dec. 8: Charlie Mars • Dec. 8: Jacks River Band • Dec. 9: John Burke • Dec. 10: Louden Swain • Dec. 11: Rising Appalachia • Dec. 12: Chely Wright • Dec. 12: Driftwood • Dec. 13: Ninth Annual Christmas Extravaganza with Ryan Horne, Nathan Angelo, Dwayne Shivers (a.k.a. Micah Dalton) and Jonathan Rich • Dec. 15: Jill Andrews • Dec. 15-16: Sunny Sweeney • Dec. 16: Suzanne Westenhoffer • Dec. 18-19: Ed Roland and Friends • Dec. 20: Papa Jack Couch

FOX THEATRE 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta 404-881-2100 • Dec. 18: Puddles Pity Party and Friends Holiday Jubilee • Dec. 27: Gucci Mane and Friends • Dec. 29: DJ Airwolf INFINITE ENERGY ARENA 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth 770-813-7500 www.infiniteenergycenter. com • Dec. 8: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve 2018 • Dec. 10: Celebrate… Family; The Light of Christmas — Presented by Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus • Dec. 13: Home By Dark • Dec. 21: Emmanuel Christmas Cantata • Dec. 22: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

• Dec. 8: The Devil Wears Prada, Fit For A King and ’68 • Dec. 9: Plattenbau, Open, Illegal Drugs and Michaelsoft • Dec. 12: Otep, Tombstone Blue, Stoneman, and The Clay People • Dec. 13: RAW Atlanta Presents: Holiday RAWK 2018 • Dec. 13: Varials, Revenge Season and Living In Fear • Dec. 13: Bayside (Acoustic), Kayleigh Goldsworthy • Dec. 14: Mosura, Iron Shroud, Beast Mode, and Taurdis • Dec. 14: Torch • Dec. 14: Afro Soca Love • Dec. 15: Angel Vivaldi, Nita Strauss, Jacky Vincent and Ryan Buck • Dec. 16: Safe Bet, Northbound (Solo), American Boyfriend and Broken City Sky • Dec. 17: Alteras, Titans in Time, Dear Shadow, and Redhead Magic • Dec. 19: The Spill Canvas (Acoustic), Edelwood • Dec. 20: Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, The Blasters, and Big Sandy • Dec. 20: HR of Bad Brains, Odd Holiday • Dec. 21: Cupcakke • Dec. 26: Chris DeMakes, JT Turret • Dec. 28: Thunderstruck • Dec. 29: Sevendust, Otherwise, Madame Mayhem, and Killakoi • Dec. 29: Sea of Treachery, Ghost of Evergreen, From the Divide, and Atlus • Dec. 30: 10 Years, FarLess and To Whom It May • Dec. 31: Sevendust, Cane Hill, Madame Mayhem, and Shallow Side RED CLAY MUSIC FOUNDRY 3116 Main St., Duluth 678-957-7283 www.eddieowenpresents. com

THE LOFT 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta 404-885-1365 www.centerstage-atlanta. com/shows/the-loft • Dec. 8: Up Next featuring Rachel Hewlett, Amanda Leveridge, Shane Mathis, Emma Perry, Jacob Roper, Catherine Sherling, and Adam Washington • Jan. 10: Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross THE MASQUERADE 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta 404-577-8178 www.masqueradeatlanta. com • Dec. 7: The Garden, Le1f and Machine Girl • Dec. 7: Leftover Crack, Negative Approach, Crazy and The Brains • Dec. 7: Locals Only, Young Culture • Dec. 8: Broncho, Yip Deceiver and Glove • Dec. 8: The Regrettes, Welles, Micky James


37 MAIn 37 e. Main St., Buford 678-288-2030 • Dec. 7: I Am King (The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute) featuring Michael Firestone • Dec. 8: No Duh (A Tribute to No Doubt) • Dec. 14: Queen Nation (The Ultimate Queen Tribute Experience) • Dec. 15: Queen Nation (The Ultimate Queen Tribute Experience) • Dec. 20: Mock of Ages Unplugged (An Acoustic Tribute to Def Leppard) • Dec. 21: Departure (A Tribute to Journey) • Dec. 22: Generation Idol (The ultimate Billy Idol Tribute) w/ Boombox Saints (feat. members of Fozzy) • Dec. 28: Aunt Betty (80s Hair Rock) • Dec. 29: Nevermind (The Nirvana Tribute Band) • Dec. 31: Rock the ’90s USA (Formerly Broadcast 90) ’90s Radio Rock • Jan. 4: Interstellar Echoes (A Tribute to Pink Floyd) • Jan. 5: The Alter Eagles (A Tribute to The Eagles) • Jan. 11: Ultimate Aldean (A Tribute to Jason Aldean) • Jan. 12: 84 (The Ultimate Van Halen Experience) • Jan. 18: Cowboy (A Tribute to Kid Rock) • Jan. 19: Head Games (A Tribute to Foreigner) • Jan. 20: Kings X • Jan. 25: Kick (The Ultimate INXS Tribute) • Jan. 26: Back in Black (The Nations Premier AC/DC Tribute) • Jan. 31: Nirvana Unplugged in New York featuring NEVERMIND

• Ongoing: Songwriters Open Mic hosted by Eddie • Dec. 7: A Celtic Harp and Guitar Christmas Celebration • Dec. 8: Andy Offutt Irwin and Pierce Pettis Christmas Special with The Night Travelers • Dec. 14: Holiday Jingle Jam with Delvis, Sir Rod Patterson and Myrna Clayton • Dec. 15: Chloe Agnew Christmas Show with Lisa Kelly • Dec. 19: An Evening w/ Jump, Little Children and The New Oblivion Quartet • Dec. 21: Banks and Shane Christmas Show • Dec. 22: Joe Gransden’s Big Band with Francine Reed • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve with ESOEBO RED LIGHT CAFE 553 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta 404-874-7828 • Ongoing: Jazz Jam with Gordon Vernick Quartet and Atlanta Songwriting Club STATE FARM ARENA 1 Philips Drive N.W., Atlanta 404-878-3000 • Dec. 7: R and B Forever • Dec. 14: Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball featuring Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, G Eazy, Marshmello, Bazzi, Alessia Cara, Sabrina Carpenter • Dec. 15: V-103 Winterfest featuring Tory Lanez, Ella Mai, Jeremih, H.E.R., DVSN, Jacquees, Sevyn Streeter, Lil Duval • Jan. 5: Snoop Dogg • Jan. 10: Justin Timberlake • March 3: Fleetwood Mac • March 12: P!nk • July 31: Shawn Mendes

SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta 404-875-1522 • Ongoing: DJ Sky • Ongoing: Open Mic Atlanta • Dec. 7: Michael C Smith, Papa Jack Couch • Dec. 7: JD SIMO • Dec. 8: Doublewide • Dec. 8: Benzene, The Sunset District, Against The Fold • Dec. 10: Clayton Wyatt, Marielle Kraft, Jade Long • Dec. 11: Georgia Dish Boys (ATL Album Release Show), Tyler Key, Dan Clifford • Dec. 12: Mark Stokes, Jared Minnix, Pacific • Dec. 13: Mango Cat, Thompson Springs, Taylor Chaffin • Dec. 13: Bishop Gunn • Dec. 14: Tha Cool Club Presents “Cold Hearted Christmas” • Dec. 15: Reina del Cid • Dec. 15: Headkrack’s ATL Birthday Bash and Celebrity Cypher featuring DAS EFX • Dec. 16: RMG Presents: Canon’s “Home” Exclusive Album Release Party • Dec. 17: Johnny Crockett & The Congregation, Ryan Scoggins, Abby Gleaton • Dec. 19: Coy Coyote, Sugar Shock, Crack Rat • Dec. 20: Lake Haven, Monsoon Room, Margaret Kay • Dec. 21: Play Center, Ssurround Ssound, Vices of Vanity, Hyperspace • Dec. 21: The Vegabonds • Dec. 22: Nathan Sheppard • Dec. 22: The Formula • Dec. 22: Tony Lavitas & The Levitations • Dec. 23: Black Bobby, Luke Legacy, Leem Lizzy, Yah • Dec. 27: Fat Night • Dec. 28: Mike Fiorello, Hanna Wilde, Zach Cambria • Dec. 28: Lauren Morrow (of The Whiskey Gentry) • Dec. 29: Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell To Earth • Dec. 29: Miss Mojo, I.R.E. • Dec. 30-31: Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute • Dec. 31: Led Zeppelified THE TABERNACLE 152 Luckie St., Atlanta 404-659-9022 • Dec. 8: Generation Axe: Vai, Wylde, Malmseteen, Bettencourt, Abasi • Dec. 9: Jorja Smith • Dec. 13: Underoath • Dec. 21-23: 6lack • Dec. 28-31: Umphrey’s McGee VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta 404-733-5010 • April 24: Santana • July 10: Train and Goo Goo Dolls

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