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GCPS reports absences on protest day Certain schools see 30 percent out on Day Without Immigrants BY KEITH FARNER


Schools across Gwinnett reported high numbers of student absences Thursday as some students joined a nationwide movement called “Day

Without Immigrants.” Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman Sloan Roach said 45 schools in the district reported at least 10 percent of their students absent. Eleven schools reported at least 30 percent of students absent, including

Rockbridge Elementary at 50 percent, which was the highest in the district, and Meadowcreek High at 42 percent. The other schools with at least 30 percent were Hopkins Elementary, Baldwin Elementary, Corley Elementary, No-

esbit Elementary, Lilburn Middle, Meadowcreek Elementary, Radloff Middle, Lilburn Middle and Berkmar Middle. The balance of the schools with at least a 10 percent absent rate on Thursday were Rock Springs Elementary,

Jackson Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Cedar Hill Elementary, Arcado Elementary, Annistown Elemenetary, Magill Elementary, Central Gwinnett High, Jenkins Elementary, Duluth High, Baggett Elementary, Sycamore

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Elementary, Pinckneyville Middle, Maxwell High, Lanier Middle, Winn Holt Elementary, Peachtree Elementary, Summerour Middle, Chesney Elementary, Alford Elementary,

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Two killed in Barrow plane crash

At State of County address, Nash says ‘more to be done’



Gwinnett County Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said during her State of the County Address on Thursday that all residents of Gwinnett County should be respected directly referring to the ongoing controversy surrounding Commissioner Tommy Hunter — even if she didn’t mention him by name. The commission has been bombarded with calls for Hunter’s resignation, or for his colleagues MORE ONLINE to remove him from Visit for more photos and the full office, since text of Nash’s speech. he called U.S. Rep. John Lewis a “racist pig” and referred to Democrats as “Demonrats and “Libtards” on Facebook a month ago. Nash previously sent a letter of apology to Lewis, but she took a firmer stance with Gwinnettians on the issue in her address during a luncheon at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. “Inclusion does not just happen,” she said. “It takes intentional effort. Let me be perfectly clear — failure to respect all Gwinnettians and welcome their participation in our community is neither acceptable nor smart. Gwinnett’s future success depends on all of us, working together to build the community. “We must engage and empower leaders from our diverse population who love Gwinnett to champion this important work.” Hunter has been under fire since his remarks surfaced in the media, and it has since grown to engulf his colleagues on the Charlotte Nash, chairmanwoman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, commission and others. On Tuesday night, speaks at the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners’ annual State of the County Ada Gwinnett NAACP meeting where Hunter dress on Thursday at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden) was the guest speaker erupted into turmoil as members expressed displeasure at his being invited to the meeting and called for the chapter’s president to resign. BY CURT YEOMANS tion they’re thinking of. County leaders have made efforts to learn Nash said during her State of the more about minority issues recently, includCounty Address that county officials will ing visiting the National Center for Civil Gwinnett County voters will get to vote conduct a Comprehensive Transit Plan and Human Rights in Atlanta on Tuesday. on a referendum on transit, commission study this year to gather information During Nash’s speech, which highlighted Chairwoman Charlotte Nash announced ahead of a transit referendum. Afterward, Gwinnett as a “remarkable” place, Nash adThursday. however, the details of when a vote would dressed the county’s efforts on community It just won’t be this year. And it may outreach and bringing leaders from diverse See TRANSIT, Page 8A not even be the transit referendum quesSee DIVERSITY, Page 7A

Nash open to public vote on transit in future

Two people died in a plane crash near Barrow County Airport on Thursday afternoon. The Beech C23 plane crashed at the end of Runway 13 at Barrow County Airport at about 2 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. “We have not confirmed whether the aircraft was taking off or landing when the accident occurred,” Bergen said. She said two people were on board the plane. The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the fatalities on its Facebook page. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident.

A small plane cashed near the Barrow County Airport on Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Barrow County Emergency Services’ Facebook page)

BOE reviews pay structure BY KEITH FARNER

A decade after Gwinnett County Public Schools officials began work on a performance-based compensation system for teachers, they are about to roll out a two-phase framework. Senior leaders in the district last fall introduced the first phase of the system to teachers, principals and other staff. But on Thursday, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks outlined both phases for the Gwinnett Board of Education. The system will be phased in beginning in August, and is expected to cost the district between $19 million and $21 million,

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Convicted Auburn child molester sentenced to life BY CAILIN O’BRIEN


An Auburn man who repeatedly raped his girlfriend’s 14-year-old daughter will now spend life behind bars. Tanyon Baker, 41, was sentenced to life plus

ten years followed by ten years of probation. He’ll also be placed on the sex Tanyon Baker offender registration for life. The conviction comes

after his girlfriend’s daughter told a friend on June 25, 2013, that Baker had forced her to have sex with him in their Auburn home. She said Baker had raped her five or six times since February 2013. He also forced her to perform oral sex on him.

The victim had a tough time getting to trial, according to a press release from the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office. Her mother didn’t want to support her over Baker. “However, due to love and support from other family members, the

victim was finally able to tell her story and receive the justice she deserved,” according to the release. The jury deliberated only three hours before convicting Baker on all charges against him, including rape, three counts of aggravated child molestation, aggravated

sexual battery and child molestation. Superior Court Judge George F. Hutchinson III didn’t hesitate with his sentence. “I can’t erase what you did from the victim’s memory,” Hutchinson said. “But I can erase you from society.”


Real Mexican Food’s three Gwinnett locations reads in a photo posted on Facebook. In places, such as Gwinnett, that have large minority populations, decisions made at the federal, state and county levels about immigrants have an effect on a sizable number of residents. Local business owners, such as La Michoacana Del Tio Tino owner Kirby Liu, whose network of Mexican ice cream shops includes locations in Gwinnett Place Mall and Sugarloaf Mills, said they were supporting immigrants in search of the American dream. Liu posted a letter on the Facebook pages of each of his ice cream businesses’ locations explaining he is the son of immigrants. “As the son of an immigrant, I would never had encountered the opportunities in my life if not for my parents’ decision to immigrate to America in search for a better life in 1976,”

Liu wrote in a letter posted on the Facebook pages for each La Michoacana Del Tio Tino location. Liu offered a “Buy 1, Get 1 Free Ice Cream” deal from Friday to Feb. 24 if customers pull up his letter on their phone and show it to the restaurant’s staff, as compensation to customers inconvenienced by the one-day closure. While there was no response to Liu’s letter on social media, other restaurants in the metro area who also closed on Thursday, such as Speedy’s Burrito in Winder, faced a mixture of criticism and support. “You closed in boycott of this nation’s immigration laws. Inexcusable,” one Facebook poster said on Speedy’s page. Another poster said, “Well thanks to the crazy Facebook rants of a few, I now will be traveling from Athens to try you out. I will support any establishment willing to stand up for what they believe in!”

Buford Highway closes Gwinnett restaurants join Thursday for grass fires ‘Day Without Immigrants’ BY CAILIN O’BRIEN cailin.obrien

Several fires in the grass closed Buford Highway for about three hours Thursday afternoon. A passerby called 911 just before noon and firefighters were able to get

the blaze under control by 1:03 p.m., Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. The road remained closed until about 3 p.m. because of hose lines and fire trucks blocking the road. “Police diverted traffic away from the incident to allow firefighters to safely complete extinguishments

of the flames and cool remaining hot spots,” Rutledge said. The fire didn’t damage any buildings or vehicles and no injuries were reported. Rutledge said the exact cause of the fires is still undetermined, but that they could have been started by sparks from a passing train.

Lawrenceville real estate firm named on UGA top 100 list FROM STAFF REPORTS The RE/MAX Legends brokerage firm in Lawrenceville recently was recognized as the No. 68 fastest-growing business owned/operated by a University of Georgia graduate at the 2017 Bulldog 100 celebration. Founded and led by 2003 UGA graduate Larissa Benson, RE/MAX Legends has 50 real estate agents. Its mission is to develop, support and inspire real estate entrepreneurs. The agents strive to provide a proactive support

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system in a positive environment that fosters growth and success, according to a news

release. “I am very lucky to be surrounded by passionate and inspirational people,” Benson said. “There’s something magical about coming to work every day to a job you love and getting to work with people you admire and respect. I am very proud to have such

a remarkable RE/MAX Legends family.” The Bulldog 100 is coordinated by the UGA Alumni Association and includes companies from across the nation. About 490 nominations were submitted for this year’s list, which includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries such as real estate, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. The average compounded annual growth rate for this year’s Bulldog 100 businesses was 44 percent, according to the release.


Some Gwinnett restaurants joined the chorus of people and businesses across the nation who effectively called in sick as part of the Day Without Immigrants movement. The nationwide protest against President Trump’s administration and his policies, including plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and a ban on travel from certain countries, was intended to show what would happen if America had no immigrants. The “Day Without Immigrants” movement called on immigrants, whether in the country through legal methods or not, to not go to school or work and not open their businesses on Thursday. “Mr. President, a day without immigrants and his contribution this country paralyzed,” a sign on the door of one Don Pedro

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Local looking forward to 103rd birthday on Monday ers and 6 sisters A Gwinnett women is — and her counting her blessings — father was including a large family a warden who loves her dearly — as at a local she approaches her 103rd prison in birthday Monday. her home Mildred Mildred “Mimi” Cobb, state. “Mimi” Cobb who now lives at Country She Gardens Senior Living was a businesswoman who of Duluth, was born just owned a dress shop in the outside of Lonoke, Ark., Heights Historic District about 25 miles east of Little in Little Rock for 25 years. Rock. At the time, she could Cobb was No. 6 of 9 be found at all the social children — she had 2 broth- events in the city until

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Lawrenceville police are looking for a man who hid in a refrigerated drink case to rob a Shell Gas Station at gunpoint earlier this month. An employee at the store said he was cleaning the store Feb. 4 at about 11:40 p.m. when he heard the glass of one of the drink cases breaking, according to a police report. He went toward the refrigerated case and saw a skinny black man stepping out. He’d been hiding inside. The man wore a longsleeved shirt, blue jeans, a Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap and gloves. The employee said the suspect looked familiar, according to the police report. He said he believes the man had been in the convenience store before.

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Lawrenceville police are looking for a man who robbed a Shell Station earlier this month. (Courtesy: Lawrenceville Police Department)

The suspect pointed a gun at the employee’s head and stomach and ordered him to open the cash reg-

ister. The man stole between $200 and $500 from the store. He also took two cartons of cigarettes and a few other items, according to the police report. He ran away from the store west on Hurricane Shoals Road toward Georgia Route 120. While police were looking for the man, they reportedly found a black BB gun they considered evidence outside a home on Hurricane Shoals Road and some black latex gloves at other locations along the road. But they’ve yet to find the suspect. Anybody with information on this case should call Crime Stoppers at 404577-8477. Tips can also be texted to 274637. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $2,000 reward.

4A • FridAy, FebruAry 17, 2017 To Your Good Health

Placebos can work without deception Dear Dr. roacH: I happened to come across your recent article on the placebo effect. As a professor of physiology, I understand perfectly your advice. And I sort of feel that the placebo effect can be a good one. If someone feels “relief” from taking a harmless substance, what’s the matter with that? I’m talking here about conditions that are not life-threatening, of course. Indeed, it is because this effect exists that one needs randomized, controlled clinical studies in order to establish a real therapeutic effect for a pharmacological agent. In other words, don’t knock it! But what’s your take on the following: I would imagine that the placebo effect can work only if the subject is not informed that its effectiveness hasn’t been established. If you tell the patient that the treatment has not been “proven,” wouldn’t that blunt the effect? Isn’t this why in a controlled trial, the patients aren’t informed of which treatment they’re receiving? Why not tell the patient something vague, like: “Well, some people do feel better taking this supplement, so there is no harm in you trying it.” I have been told that it is “unethical” to promote a placebo, and certainly there would be many situations where that would be so. But, for example, a patient approaches the physician with a condition for which there is no real “cure” (like the common cold) and wonders whether supplement X would be beneficial. Why would giving a vague response, as illustrated above, be “unethical”? — Professor Emeritus W. Reuben Kaufman, University of Alberta. anSWer: I appreciate professor Kaufman’s thoughtful comments. I tend to agree with gently promoting the use of possibly helpful supplements (in what professor Kaufman calls the “vague response”) — assuming, of course, that the supplement is not harmful. Although it seems counterintuitive, telling people that a placebo is a placebo does not seem to stop its being effective. I once had an initial visit with a patient and saw “yellow placebo No. 1” on his medication list, and when asked, he told me he knew it was a placebo but it was the only one of the pills that worked for him. Researchers at Harvard are using a placebo, but are telling the participants that the pill they are getting contains no active ingredient. Initial trials with this approach showed a very significant reduction in symptoms. An “honest” or open-label placebo may be as effective as many medications, with less risk of side effects and at much lower cost. Deception is not necessary for a placebo to work, and in my opinion, is ultimately harmful to the patient-physician relationship.


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Couple at odds over homeless mother Dear amy: My spouse, one of the most caring and genuine people I’ve ever met, has been inviting his elderly homeless mother into our house for meals, and on occasion, to bathe or do laundry. This happens a few times a month, typically during the day. He works from home. I work elsewhere. We live a comfortable life in a large city, and she’s able to get to our house on a bus or a train relatively easily. She’s had a hard time for several years, due to substanceabuse issues and minor brushes with the law. I’ve been fine with these visits if she’s only here for a few hours. Then we started noticing small household items missing — a toiletry item here or there, some medication, a utensil. We were annoyed, but did not make it an issue because we thought she needed these things but didn’t want to ask. Then I got a call that several of my personal checks had been stolen and were being used fraudulently at nearby businesses. Once we got copies of the checks, it was clear that the handwriting matched my mother-in-law’s. We confronted her about it, and she denied being responsible. I feel that she should no longer be allowed in the house, but my spouse will not commit

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Amy Dickinson to that. He still doubts she was behind the stolen checks (despite all of the evidence), and feels that even if she was, we should give her another chance. I feel that’s asking for something worse to happen. We’re at an impasse, and the resentment on this topic is building. What do I do? — Torn Dear Torn: If your husband truly believes his mother didn’t steal your checks and forge your signature, then this means there is a thief and a forger loose in the neighborhood. Shouldn’t the police get involved? I raise this scenario because — of course his mother did this. Furthermore, he knows it. But — this is his mother. Your husband is trying to take care of and protect her. Please understand that children of addicts are prone to be anxious caretakers, as they try to make the world right in ways they know (deep down) are beyond repair. His behavior now speaks to

the magnitude of his decency — and his powerlessness. I hope you can react to him with compassion, even when you’re furious at this serious violation. If he wants to give his mother a second chance, you should accept this. Lock away your valuables, medication, checks and financial records. It might help both of you if you could play a more active role, so you two communicate openly and calmly about his mother and make decisions as a team. A social worker could help you to establish realistic boundaries and perhaps set her up with services. You should both attend Al-Anon meetings ( Dear amy: When I get a notification that it’s someone’s birthday on social media, I normally disregard it and don’t post on their timeline wishing them happy birthday. Mainly, this is because I don’t feel that it’s genuine and it’s more of a social norm than a sincere gesture. However, if it’s someone close, I’ll send them a personal message, call them or mention it if I see them in person. I understand that social media is the king of staying in contact and a lot of people expect it or may find it rude to be ignored, but should I feel bad if I don’t? — Not So Social

Dear noT So Social: No, you should not feel bad if you don’t post a happy birthday message. Social media is there to help people connect in the ways that they want to connect. You get to be in charge of how, when or if you want to be in touch. The birthday notifications that pop up can be a nice prompt to get in touch with someone, but you should not feel compelled or pressured to celebrate on the social media platform. Dear amy: “Shocked on the West Coast” reported on a generous gesture she made regularly by taking cookies to a musical ensemble she was a part of. Amy, thank you for making a point to praise all of the generous bakers out there. I have a colleague who brings in a homebaked treat to the office every week. It is a small thing, but it makes a lot of people happy. — Grateful Dear GraTeful: I hope you’ll clip this and post it near the office snack table. You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Drive, Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @ askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.

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world At least 60 killed in suicide attack at Pakistani shrine

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world&nation Trump names labor secretary pick Acosta was nominated to NLR board by Pres. W. Bush

former President George W. Bush. If confirmed, Acosta — the son of Cuban imAt least 60 people were migrants — would be the killed in a suicide attack first Hispanic member of Thursday at Pakistan’s Trump’s Cabinet. packed Lal Shahbaz QalanNBC News first reported dar shrine in the southern Acosta as the pick. By John King, Manu city of Sehwan in Sindh He clerked for Supreme Raju and Dan Merica province, a police official Court Justice Samuel Alito said. when he sat on the Court CNN As many as 250 others of Appeals for the Third President Donald Trump announced Alexander Acosta as were injured, according to President Donald Trump Circuit and practiced law at his new labor secretary pick Thursday. (File Photo) Khadim Hussain Rind, the announced Thursday his Kirkland & Ellis in WashHyderabad Police inspector plan to nominate Alexander ington. general. Acosta to be labor secretary, Puzder, Trump’s first pick The Islamic State telling assembled reportto lead the Labor DepartKhorasan, ISIS’ affiliate in ers Thursday that Acosta is ment, withdrew his nomiAfghanistan and Pakistan, going to be “a tremendous is running like a finenation Wednesday after By Dylan Byers claimed responsibility for secretary of labor.” tuned machine.” Republican senators began CNN the attack in a phone call to The nomination comes The president’s remarks telling the White House that President Donald CNN. one day after Andy Puzder, they would not back the came at a press conference The Amaq news agency, Trump repeatedly Trump’s first pick to lead at which he announced his nominee. which is affiliated with ISIS, the department, withdrew complained about unfair nominee for secretary of Puzder, the CEO of the reported the attack was car- his nomination. media coverage while Labor, Alex Acosta. But company that owns the ried out by a suicide bomber defending his administra- Trump spent nearly 20 Trump said that Acosta Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast in an explosives vest. tion’s performance on “has been through Senate minutes defending his perfood chains, faced fierce Thousands of worshipers, confirmation three times, Thursday. formance and listing the opposition, mostly from including families with their confirmed.” The comment “Many of the nation’s accomplishments of his Democrats, in part related to children, had gathered at the was an apparent reference reporters and folks will first month in office. his position on labor issues iconic shrine for the Sufi not tell you the truth,” to his administration’s “I inherited a mess,” as well as the fact that he ritual of Dhamal, which in- struggle to get all of their Trump said, echoing Trump said three times employed an undocumented volves music, chanting and many of the complaints nominees through the Sen- immigrant housekeeper. before listing his achieveprayer. The shrine is more he made as a presidential ments, including pledges ate. But Republicans, too, had than 800 years old. candidate. “I have wished him the from companies to hire grown weary of the range “The media is trying to more American workers. best. We just spoke and he of liabilities facing Puzder, attack our administration is going to be a tremendous and senior GOP officials inWhile taking questions, 45 killed in because they know we secretary of labor,” Trump however, Trump called formed the White House on Baghdad car are following through on said. Acosta was not at the recent stories about his Tuesday night and Wednespledges that we made, and campaign advisers’ combomb blast event with the President. day that Puzder lacked a vithey’re not happy about it, munications with Russia Acosta, who is currently able path for confirmation. A car bomb explofor whatever reason,” he the dean of the Florida “fake news” and repeatThe turbulent nomination sion killed 45 people and said. “I turn on the news International University edly said the New York process wore on Puzder, wounded at least 56 others and I see stories of chaos. Times was “failing.” School of Law, is a former too, with aides close to the in southwestern Baghdad on member of the National La- nominee telling CNN that And yet it is the exact op“Russia is fake news,” Thursday, a security official bor Relations Board, a posi- he was taken aback by the posite. The administration the president said. told CNN. The blast targeted tion he was nominated to by harshness of politics. a busy car market in the predominately Shiite al-Bayaa district of the Iraqi capital, the ground in Syria for some the official said. period of time,” one defense There was no immediofficial told CNN. Trump wants wall, ate claim of responsibility. Mast said he discussed goHowever, a statement from ing overseas with Rep. Dana border experts the U.S. Department of State Rohrabacher, R-California, want a fence blamed ISIS for the attack. to train refugees interested in “We condemn in the President Trump wants a going to battle themselves. strongest possible terms wall along the border with “He and I were literally the horrible terrorist attacks Mexico. having this conversation that carried out by ISIS targeting Career officials at the we would go over there and a car dealership in Baghdad, agencies most involved in lead those refugees into the Iraq, today,” said Mark Ton- the process, however, are battle if that’s something that er, the department’s acting set to recommend a fence The U.S. military has released several photos of what it was asked of us,” he said. says were SU-24 Russian fighter jets “buzzing” the deck “That’s just how much we spokesman. “We extend our — one that will cover only of a U.S. warship in the Black Sea on Feb. 10. (Special believe in making sure that deepest condolences to the about half the length, CNN Photo: U.S. Navy) victims’ families and friends, has learned. these people have their own and wish a full and quick CNN spoke to more than vested interest in taking back deck of a U.S. warship in the engine maritime patrolling recovery to those injured.” two dozen sources and their country.” Car bombs and roadside experts, including some who Black Sea last week. plane flew past the vessel. It bombs are not uncommon in are part of high-level discusThe images of SU-24 was later followed by three Museum removes Baghdad, but in 2017, ISIS sions with the Department of fighter jets off the bow of Su-24 fighter jets. all art created has already carried out sevthe American guided misHomeland Security. eral attacks across the capital sile destroyer USS Porter While no plan has been by immigrants GOP lawmaker: and killed dozens of people. approved or finalized, DHS emerged as the commander I’ll help train Starting today and lasting of the U.S. military arrived is currently working on through President’s Day in Baku, Azerbaijan, to meet recommendations that SecreSyrian refugees’ Anti-cop protests tary John Kelly will present with his Russian counterpart. fight for freedom weekend, all work created spread to streets to Trump. or donated by immigrants Earlier this week, a RusA Florida lawmaker who will no longer be displayed President Trump has been sian ministry of defense of central Paris already lost two limbs fight- at The Davis Museum at looking at various blueprints spokesman denied reports Violent anti-police ing in Afghanistan said he is Wellesley College in Masthat Russian jets conducted with his advisers, a senior protests that have swept the sachusetts. “fly-bys” past the USS Por- willing to help train Syrian administration official told suburbs of Paris since early refugees to fight for their Instead, curators will ter on Feb. 10. CNN. He could ultimately February spread into the drape black cloth over cases, The photos of Russian jets freedom. insist on a concrete wall French capital’s city center “You have a nation, a and line the walls with labels roaring close to the deck of stretching across the entire Wednesday night. crumbling nation, there that say “Created by an imthe American warship apborder, as he has promised. Two hundred demonstra- It would be a far bigger and pear to contradict Moscow’s where there are literally over migrant.” tors gathered in the neigha million refugees scattered They are calling the denial. a vastly more expensive borhood of Barbes, near initiative: “Art-Less.” And “The ship captain labeled through the region that project, and any plan would Paris’ Gare du Nord train should be getting trained to it’s meant to highlight imthese events as unsafe and need to be sent to Congress station, protesting against the for funding approval. come back into their nation migrants’ impact, even in the unprofessional because of alleged rape of a 22-year-old and fight for their commuworld of art. the potential for an acciA preliminary internal black man by police. An in- report by U.S. Customs and dent,” said Lt. Col. David nity,” GOP Rep. Brian Mast “We have removed or vestigation into the incident Border Protection, viewed Faggard, spokesman for the told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota cloaked these works to demis ongoing. Thursday on “New Day.” “If onstrate symbolically what U.S. military’s European by CNN, outlines various They demanded justice for options in phases and uses they want their community, the Davis Museum would Command. the victim, identified only as the words “fence” and “wall/ look like without their conFaggard said at least four their home back, they need Théo, chanting, “We do not fence.” tributions to our collections Russian warplanes conduct- to fight for it.” forget we do not forgive.” The Defense Department and to Wellesley College, ed fly-bys at unusually low Others set trashcans and rub- Russian fighter and to thereby honor their altitudes and at a high rate of might propose that the U.S. bish alight in the streets. send conventional ground many invaluable gifts,” the speed Feb. 10. Videos and photos shared jets ‘buzz’ U.S. He said the guided missile combat forces into northern museum said. on social media showed Syria for the first time to warship Feb. 10 The museum says apdestroyer was sailing in inriot police throwing tear proximately 20 percent of ternational waters after hav- speed up the fight against The U.S. military has gas canisters at the crowds, ing completed joint military ISIS, CNN learned Wednes- the work in its permanent which were lobbed back by released several photos of day. galleries were either created exercises with NATO ally what it says were Russian protesters. “It’s possible that you may or donated by immigrants. Romania. — From wire reports fighter jets “buzzing” the see conventional forces hit — From wire reports First, an IL-38 propeller-

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people ‘AHS’ season 7 to get political Will Donald Trump show up as a character on Season 7 of “American Horror Story?” That’s the question as the show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy revealed Wednesday that the next season of “American Horror Story” will involve the last presidential election. In an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, Ryan revealed only a few details. “Well, I don’t have a title,” Murphy said. “But the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election we just went through, so I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.” A surprised Cohen asked, “Will there be, like, a Trump in it?” “Maybe,” Murphy said. The news was greeted with excitement on social media.

Urban scores 7 ACM Award nominations Keith Urban is having a moment. The Australian-American musician was nominated for seven Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday, including entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year and album of the year. Urban’s 2016 album “Ripcord” — his first album in three years — has been a critical success with a string of hits, including “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Urban will face off against Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood for entertainer of the year. Miranda Lambert scored six nominations, including female vocalist of the year, album of the year and single of the year for her hit “Vice.”

7-year-old asks Google for a job, gets a response

We usually ask kids what they want to be when they grow up, but we seldom ask where they want to work. Well, 7-year-old Chloe Bridgewater already has her sights set: Google. After her dad showed her pictures of Google offices decked out with bean bag chairs and slides, Chloe knew this was the company for her. So she handwrote a letter to the company, expressing her desire to work there. In the letter, Chloe discusses her qualifications — she likes computers and has a tablet on which she plays games. And she even includes references: “My teachers tell my mum and dad I am very good in class and am good at my spelling and reading and my sums.” After catching wind of Chloe’s “application,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote her back. He encouraged her to dream big, writing: “I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams, you can accomplish everything you set your mind to.” — From wire reports

National Zoo panda Bao Bao, 3, is moving to China By Betsy Klein CNN

President Donald Trump vowed to get tough on China during the 2016 campaign, but one key aspect of U.S.-China diplomacy is proceeding as normal: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s panda Bao Bao, 3, is moving to Chengdu, China, on Feb. 21. Panda Mei Xiang gave birth to Bao Bao on Aug. 23, 2013, in what turned out to be a successful birth

Must read following the death of her 6-dayold panda cub one year earlier. After an online vote, the 100-dayold cub was named “Bao Bao,” which translates as “precious” or “treasure.” Visitors flocked to the National Zoo in Northwest Washington to get a glimpse of the cub when she made her public debut in January 2014. And while Bao Bao is leaving,

the National Zoo still features her brother, Bei Bei, age 1, and panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Panda Prep But Bao Bao was always destined to return to her ancestral home due to a longstanding agreement between China and the U.S. The National Zoo has been preparing for her departure since the day she was born. “We’ve been planning for this from the moment she was born. You know, as soon as she hit the

ground, we all knew, she’s going to be going to China at some point. So we started training her and doing all the things we would need to do to help make her trip better,” National Zoo animal keeper Marty Dearie told CNN. Bao Bao, who has been living separately from her mother, as pandas do in the wild, for nearly two years, underwent a full veterinary exam last week ahead of her flight to China. “We have no concerns; every-

thing seems pretty normal right now, but we just like to make sure before we send them, especially since it’s such a long flight,” Dearie said. The zoo first received a state gift of two pandas from China in 1972, following President Richard Nixon’s visit, and has participated in panda loans and exchanges ever since as a gesture of good will. Under the agreement, the offspring of the gifted pandas belong to China and must return by age 4.


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‘Fine-tuned machine’ now going haywire

WASHINGTON — President Trump is flailing like a man who fears he’s about to go under, and he hasn’t even been in office a full month. His instinct is to flee to the warmth and comfort of his political base — but he will learn that while presidents can run, they can’t hide. Trump’s administration faces two acute, interlocking crises: serious questions about his campaign’s contacts with official and unofficial representatives of the Russian government, which U.S. intelligence agencies believe made concerted efforts to help Trump win the election; and appalling levels of dysfunction in the White House that make self-inflicted wounds the rule rather than the exception. The president’s response has been to rant on Twitter and schedule a campaign-style rally Saturday in Florida — all of which may boost Trump’s morale but will do nothing to make his problems go away. It is unclear whether Trump is trying to fool the nation or fool Eugene himself. Witness one of Robinson the angry tweets he sent out Thursday morning: “The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story — RUSSIA. Fake news!” Let me take a moment to unpack the misinterpretations, distortions and contradictions jammed into those two sentences. “The Democrats had to come up with a story” refers to Trump’s claim that the Russia allegations are nothing more than a tantrum by Democrats upset that Hillary Clinton did not win as they had expected. That is ridiculous. The Democratic Party is focused on rebuilding at the grass-roots level and finding new leadership. Democrats I’ve spoken to have as much criticism as praise for Clinton and the campaign she ran. Trump’s phrase “they lost the election, and so badly” ignores the facts. Clinton did comfortably win the popular vote, after all. And Trump’s electoral margin was historically quite modest. The part about how Democrats “made up a story — RUSSIA” is absurd. It was U.S. intelligence agencies, not the Democratic Party or the Clinton campaign, that made the finding that Russia meddled in our election with the aim of boosting Trump’s prospects. If anything, the chief Democrat at the time — former President Obama — reacted too mildly. And the tweet ends with what has become Trump’s favorite way to dismiss anything he’d rather not hear: “Fake news!” But why would he fire his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, over inauthentic news reports? In other Thursday morning tweets, Trump attacked “low-life leakers” in the intelligence community — thus essentially confirming that leaked information about the Russia connection is genuine, not “fake.” Not even a president can have it both ways. The idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin played a big role in putting Trump in the White House presents such a grave challenge to our democracy that even reluctant Republicans in Congress will have to investigate. The FBI is already probing reported contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials. We must, and I believe will, learn the truth. This sort of crisis would test any White House. Based on performance so far, it may drown Trump’s. Who’s in charge? Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is yet to establish any reasonable sense of order or any effective process for making decisions. Chief strategist Stephen Bannon and senior adviser Stephen Miller constitute a competing power center, and were responsible for the shoddily drafted travel and refugee ban that was blocked by the courts. Counselor Kellyanne Conway goes on television and speaks confidently for the administration, but increasingly is out of the loop — as when she said Trump had “full confidence” in Flynn just hours before his dismissal. Press secretary Sean Spicer struggles daily to reconcile Trump’s pronouncements with objective reality. No communications director has been hired. Who would take the job? Among Trump’s inner circle, only senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, seems to be having a relatively positive impact. Yes, this administration has reduced me to applauding nepotism. Last weekend we saw Trump and his brain trust learning details of an ominous geopolitical development — a new North Korean missile test — as the president hosted a dinner party for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a terrace at Mar-a-Lago, surrounded by other diners who belong to the posh club. Within range of prying eyes, Trump and party used the flashlight apps on their cellphones to read incoming documents. Trump claimed Thursday that his administration is running like “a fine-tuned machine.” A test-crash simulator, perhaps? I guess things could be worse. Don’t ask me how. Eugene Robinson’s email address is

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Give Father of our Country his due Presidents Day. They’ll come up with any excuse to put mattresses on sale and take a Monday off, won’t they? But did you know that there is really no such thing as Presidents Day? Now doesn’t that news just roll down your socks? I ain’t making this up, y’all. It’s the truth. The federal holiday that we will be celebrating — or not celebrating — on Monday is, according to the federal government, George Washington’s Birthday. Y’all remember George, don’t you? He was in all the history books when I was a child and may be mentioned once or twice in today’s books, too — at schools that still use books. He was the kid who may or may not have fessed up to chopping down his daddy’s cherry tree with his little hatchet because he just couldn’t bring himself to tell a lie. Some say that was just a legend, however, much like the legend that claimed Washington once threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. I think he could have done that. After all, money went a lot further in those days. Washington was, of course, a surveyor and militia leader who found himself up to his neck in trouble a couple of times during the war against the French and the Indians during the mid-fifties. That

Darrell Huckaby would be the 1750s. He was asked by the Second Continental Congress to take charge of the Continental Army so he missed out on all the discussion about independence for the nation. Although he made some really bad blunders during the Revolutionary War, his leadership got us through it. By sheer will and perseverance — with the help of the French and general ineptitude by the British — he led the U.S. to an improbable victory in the war and began a winning streak that would last until the Vietnam Conflict, 200 years later. Washington, who, along with his wife, Martha, owned and operated one of the largest plantations in the country, was chosen president of the Constitutional Convention by acclamation, and when the Constitution was instituted he was the unanimous choice of the first electoral college election to serve as president. John Adams became his vice president because he got the

second most votes in the EC. (Everybody had two votes apiece back then.) Bow howdy, we would be in a mess if they hadn’t changed that rule. You think things are dicey in D.C. now — just imagine if Trump and Hillary were having to try and gee haw in the White House. Of course George never lived in the White House, but he was very cognizant of the fact as the first POTUS he would be establishing a precedent for the presidency with each and every action he took. He chose to be called simply Mr. President, a practice that carries over until today, and he insisted that no president should ever bow to a foreign dignitary or head of state. That one lasted until the 44th president was in office. Aware of the fact that his primary job was to enforce federal laws, when farmers out in western Pennsylvania refused to collect and pay the excise tax on the corn liquor they were selling, he dug out his old Revolutionary War uniform and led a large army across the Alleghenies and put down the Whiskey Rebellion. There was no Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to keep him from enforcing the law of the land in those days. Washington also established the precedent of term limits for presidents, something Congress voted

into actual law after FDR ignored said precedent. I wish Congress would realize that term limits for congressmen would be a good idea, too. He also insisted that the president should put the good of the nation over the wishes of the political party. And Lighthorse Harry Lee eulogized him by declaring him “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countryman.” And in 1885 the Congress of the United States declared his birthday, Feb. 22, a federal holiday. That has never changed, although the Uniform Holiday Act of 1971 moved Washington’s birthday to the third Monday in February. Over time people began to believe the move was somehow an effort to recognize Abraham Lincoln’s Feb. 12 birthday along with Washington’s, and some states began listing the date on their calendar as President’s Day, to honor all of the 44 men who have held the office. So now, as Paul Harvey used to say, you know the rest of the story. No matter who or what you are celebrating Monday, have a grand day and remember to give thanks that you are living in the greatest nation in the history of the world. Also give thanks for the Father of our Country, who set the standards pretty high from the beginning.

UGA a big step in Amy Robach’s journey Anyone who makes it to the top, more often than not, experiences a few pratfalls along the way, enduring the slings and arrows of competition, jealousy and envy. You may agree with the many who say it is more difficult to stay there than to get there. There has always been an unabated curiosity about those who climb the mountain, how they function and how they view life from an elevated station. It is always inspiring to interact with those who are the best at what they do. At schools of journalism across the country there are countless young women with the beauty of Aphrodite and the intellect of Athena. Many aspire for lofty network status, but few, however, are chosen. This is about one who has made it big. You observe Amy Robach, the “Good Morning America” news anchor, and you see talent, poise and comportment that confirms she performs before the camera as effortlessly as a brick mason who has been at his craft for decades, a concert pianist who is flawless on the keyboard at Carnegie Hall or a pilot landing a jetliner for the 300th time at Heathrow. There is a savory regard and seasoned respect for her onthe-air presence and compelling delivery of the morning news. She is good at what she does, very good, but when her workday is done, she takes time to be a homemaker and a mother. In some ways, she is an everyday mom as much

his daughter’s belongings after she had committed suicide. There is fervid praise for her alma mater in that while her undergraduate days were an over-the-top experience, she was also the beneficiary of “a phenomenal education.” She majored in broadcast Loran journalism with a minor in Smith political science. “I felt that I walked away (from campus) as anything. Her work is after those four wonderful important. Her homemaking years with what I needed to responsibilities are equally go out in the real world and important. She is a big deal, succeed. but she doesn’t think so. How “My senior year, we put refreshing! on, at that time, a show called Born in Michigan, Amy ‘University News,’ and we spent her teenage years in actually had to go out and Gwinnett County and was produce pieces every day for educated at the Henry Grady our newscast College of Journalism at the at 5 p.m., University of Georgia. It was typically the in Athens that she came to time most appreciate the beauty of the students take campus, the fun between the to their dorm hedges of Sanford Stadium rooms. I still on a Saturday afternoon and had to juggle the intellectual motivation of Amy Robach classes and a journalism faculty which get everyunderscored a noteworthy thing managed to be able to blueprint for success — prin- go out and shoot the stories cipally to use your brain for and put them together. And the ultimate achievement in the deadline pressure with life and roll up your sleeves professor (David) Hazinski and go to work expecting no on your butt, telling you your free lunch. work wasn’t good enough She has been the reporter — was challenging. When I who worked in the field in the went to my first assignment most challenging of condimonths later, I knew exactly tions which required that she what I was supposed to do get her hands dirty. She knows and how to handle the stress about professional fulfillment of someone yelling at me when there is a job well done, because that’s what takes even when the task is emoplace in your first newsroom. tionally unpleasant, such as I can’t speak highly enough interviewing a father who had about the journalism school come to a dormitory to gather at the University of Georgia

and how it exposed me to the ethics involved, how to manage media law, and all the things you need to know when you’re writing a story — and making sure you’re being objective as much as you can. I felt like I had street smarts to be successful when I walked into my first newsroom as the result of the education and experience I got at the University of Georgia.” Travelers on Delta in October took note of Amy’s cover story in SKY Magazine recapping her poignant journey with breast cancer. As a favor to her colleague, Robin Roberts, Amy underwent a mammogram on network television. The results were positive, alarming her and her family. “I thank God for it (mammogram). Time was not on my side.” Treatments were successful, and now she is cancer free. This amazing story has resulted in countless women becoming proactive by scheduling a mammogram post haste. They write her every day about her influence. Her story has made them reach out to their doctor for an appointment without delay. The result is that Amy is saving lives every day and simply says, “The reaction has been overwhelming.” With abundant humility and gratefulness, she is keenly aware that the most important life she saved was her own. Loran Smith is co-host of “The Tailgate Show” and sideline announcer for Georgia football. He is also a freelance writer.

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Knight Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, Duluth Middle, Stripling Elementary, Kanoheda Elementary, Jordan Middle, Moore Middle, Discovery High, Minor Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Graves Elementary, Ferguson Elementary, Norcross High and Berkmar High. In addition to the school absences, some restaurants and other businesses in Gwinnett and across the country joined in a movement that spread on social media as a response to President Trump, who has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally. It is not uncommon for individual local schools to report at least 10 percent of students absent. Other reasons include a stomach bug moving through the school, or a threat of violence posted on social media.


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be expected. She said work is propopulation groups together gressing on the county’s to address community ispartnerships with Norcross sues. and Duluth leaders to build Her remarks on the need new downtown libraries to show respect toward all in both cities for example. people in Gwinnett drew More than that, however, applause from the hundreds she said there have been of people who attended the talks between the county luncheon. and officials in LawrencevEfforts outlined by Nash ille and Snellville to build to increase that include new library branches in improving outreach efforts those cities as well. related to small business and Work to develop an exminority applicants, making Tommy Hunter, center, listens to Charlotte Nash speak tensive trail system around at the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners annual the county was also highsure the history of GwinState of the County Address on Thursday at the Infinite lighted. nett’s African-American Energy Forum in Duluth. (Photo: Chris Roughgarden) community is featured in “The county, cities and next year’s bicentennial cel- recent events have shown,” from the younger social CIDs are developing a ebrations, establishing a TV Nash said. “I have made media savvy generation and countywide plan to guide Gwinnett program aimed at a personal commitment encouraged Gwinnettians the creation of a remarkable highlighting diverse cultural to seek ways to increase to use #ManyVoicesOneG- trail network,” Nash said. communities in the county, my own understanding of winnett on places such “Not only will a robust netgetting more young people varied racial and cultural as Facebook, Twitter and work of pathways give folks into the Gwinnett 101 govbackgrounds. I hope that my Instagram to promote unity another choice for travel, the ernment education program, fellow commissioners will among the county’s diverse connections and activity add getting county leaders to do the same. populations. to the feeling of community make site visits to cultural “To symbolize our deepForthcoming projects that so many are seeking — groups around the county, ened commitment to engage also teased and that’s good for developraising the amount of diwith our diverse community, While Nash’s comments ment, too.” verse community interaction we are adopting the tagline on diversity and inclusion She also said demolition taking place by opening up ‘Many Voices, One Gwinwas the most timely part of work is expected to begin in county facilities more. nett.’” her speech, she also gave the near future on the former “There’s more to do, as She even took a page attendees a hint at what can Olympic tennis center



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Gwendolyn “Gwen” Bailey, age 85, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, (770) 564-2726.

Aggie “Granny” Doughty age 74 of Bethelhem, Ga., passed away, Monday, February 13, 2017. Arrangements by Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service Lawrenceville, GA. (770)9622200 ByrdandFlanigan. com


Frances B. Cassady Frances B. Cassady age 88 of Winder, GA, passed away, Thursday, February 16, 2017. Arrangements by Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service Lawrenceville, GA. (770)962-2200


Vincent Harris Vincent John Harris age 56 of St. Louis, MO, passed away, Sunday, February 12, 2017. Arrangements by Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service Lawrenceville, GA. (770)962-2200


Ross C. Conaway Ross C. Conaway age 61 of Lawrenceville, Ga., passed away, Monday, February 13, 2017. Arrangements by Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service Lawrenceville, GA. (770)9622200 ByrdandFlanigan. com


Enger De La Cruz Enger De La Cruz, age 36 of Lawrenceville, GA passed away February 16, 2017. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC “A Family Company,” Lawrenceville Chapel, 770963-2411 .


Luise Kirkhuff Luise Elsa (Gartner) Kirkhuff passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, after a brief illness, to rejoin her beloved husband and best friend, Bob. Luise was born in Schönau, Germany on April 9, 1924. In 1925, Luise and her parents, Jacob and Elsa immigrated from Germany to Providence, Rhode Island. Soon after, the family grew to include three little brothers. In her early adult life, she was courted by a dashing young man named C. Robert (Bob) Kirkhuff. Their love bloomed and before leaving for London in 1942 to serve in WWII, Bob knew he had to make his move and propose to Luise. When h

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he returned in 1945, they married and later moved to Decatur, GA in 1947 to setup their new life. Bob passed in 2012 after being married to Luise for over 66 years. Luise and Bob built a wonderful life in Decatur. Most of her years were spent as an excellent mother and homemaker, but she also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for several years at two local churches; St. Timothy’s and Oakhurst. At home, she was a devoted wife and mother. Bob and Luise had three children, built their dream house, loved entertaining friends and family, and chaperoning Georgia Tech TKE dances/events. Luise was a devoted and doting mother. She loved designing and creating high-fashioned clothes at an early age. This talent quickly developed into an advanced seamstress, and she continued to create clothes for both her and her daughter, and later her granddaughter. She also was an excellent cook and organizer, which she passed down to her daughter. Her older son inherited her superb artistic drawing and painting traits. Painting floral prints, nature scenes and various life works that adorn most of her friends and families walls with pride. Luise loved flowers and gardening, which was passed down to her youngest son. She was involved in several garden clubs and won numerous awards for her arrangements. While traveling, she would make Bob pull over on road trips so she could collect flowers to press for future art work. Later in life, she made pressed dried flower pictures from flowers she had in the garden, and ones she collected from her travels all over the world. After retiring and becoming empty nesters, Bob and Luise loved spending time with their family and friends, hobbies and travels. They loved visiting her relatives in Germany and took road trips to see their sons and family across the United States. Luise lived the American dream. Immigrating from Germany at a year old with her family, and making a wonderful life where she was very proud of her home and family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, neighbor, and friend. She is preceded in death by her husband, C. Robert (Bob); her parents, in-laws, two of her brothers, and several cousins. She is survived

near Stone Mountain and Snellville. “We’ll be seeking a private sector partner through a competitive process, so start thinking about what makes sense for the site,” Nash said. “The Evermore CID is anxiously awaiting the venue’s transformation.” Also on the topic of CID’s, Nash said the county will be working with two of its districts, the Gwinnett Place CID and the Gwinnett Village CID, on projects this year. Gwinnett Place is looking to improve connectivity around its namesake mall, Pleasant Hill Road and McDaniel Farm Park as part of its ACTivate Gwinnett Place master plan. Meanwhile, Gwinnett Village is working on an update to its Livable Centers Initiative plan and will work with the county on traffic flow and pedestrian access improvements. “All in all, there is a lot to celebrate when we look at our remarkable community and its prospects for the future,” Nash said.

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by her children: Mark R. Kirkhuff, Donna and James Smith, and Paul R. Kirkhuff; her granddaughter Lauren Smith. As well as her brother, Jacob Gartner and his family, and several cousins. Funeral services will take place at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Epiphany’s Youth Pilgrimage or Flower Guild. A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home & Crematory. SUWANEE

Thomas Reed Thomas Charles Reed, age 51, of Suwanee, GA passed away February 13, 2017. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.

special thanks to Jeff and Talisa Taylor for all your love and care to Dennis Taylor; brother-in-law, Jerry Dodd of Buford, GA. Mr. Taylor was born February 20, 1933 in Buford, GA. He received his education from Sugar Hill High. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired machinist from Cellofoam Southeastern Company. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ in Covington, GA. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford with no formal service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Shriner’s Childrens Hospital in memory of Dennis Taylor. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www. flaniganfuneralhome. com. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.


Dale Rorie Mr. Dale Rorie, age 82, of Buford, GA passed away February 15, 2017. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.



Margaret C. Tooke Margaret C. Tooke, 85, of Norcross, GA passed away February 13, 2017. Crowell Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, GA 30092. (770)448-5757. www.

Linda Smith Mrs. Linda Sheffield Smith, age 75 of Athens, Georgia, who entered into rest Thursday, February 16, 2017. MANSFIELD

Dennis Taylor Dennis M. Taylor, age 83, of Mansfield, GA passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Bessie Howington Taylor; sisters, Pearlie Baucome, Kathleen McKee, Joyce Dodd, and Clara Taylor; brother, Willie Taylor. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Barbara Etheridge Taylor, Mansfield, GA; children, Randy Taylor, Covington, GA, Vera Taylor, Newborn, GA, Velda Austin, Newborn, GA, Andrew and Tracy Taylor, Mansfield, GA; stepson, Drew Anthony and Barbara Burel, Auburn, GA; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brother, Ray and Vivian Taylor, Walnut Grove, GA; beloved nieces and nephews; s


Joseph Watkins Joseph Scott Watkins age 52 of Monroe, Ga., passed away, February 9, 2017. Arrangements by Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service Lawrenceville, GA. (770)9622200 ByrdandFlanigan. com


Rachel Whitman Rachel Inez Whitman, age 87, of Lawrenceville, GA went home to be with her Lord & Savior on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Galilean Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Rex McPherson will officiate. Burial will be held at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Tucker, GA. Mrs. Rachel Whitman was a member of Galilean Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for many years. She loved children and leading people to the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband; Cliff Whitman. Mrs. Whitman is survived by; 2 sons, Larry Whitman & wife Josie of Oxford, GA and Terry Whitman & wife Deborah of Lawrenceville, GA; Her two grandchildren, Bryan Whitman, Amy Baughcum & her fiance John Hall; Great Grandchildren, Darion & Marlee Whitman, Brock & Brant Baughcum; Her brother, Hobert Thomas & wife Nell of Cullman, AL; Many nieces & nephews; Many friends, including her church family. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM- 1:00PM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Galilean Baptist Church 1390 Monfort Road Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Flowers can be sent to Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Arrangements by: Tim Stewart Funeral Home 300 Simonton Road S.W. Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-962-3100. Please leave online condolences at


Juanita Wofford Mrs. Juanita Queen Wofford, age 78, of Buford, GA passed away February 1, 2017. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.


Gary L. Watson Gary L. Watson, age 62, of Dacula, GA passed away February 15, 2017. Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133.

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fore we move forward, and we’ve got a lot of work that happen, or whether it would has to be done this year on be on a T-SPLOST or joining this Comprehensive Transit MARTA were a bit unclear. Planning development.” “It’s going to depend on What is concrete is that what happens with legislaGwinnett officials will start tion at the state level,” Nash working on a transit study said. “There are other tools within the next 90 days. that are being looked at by There have been other the state legislature for tran- general transportation and sit, so we are keeping our MARTA studies in recent eye on that very closely. … years, but Nash said this We want to see what the full study in particular is imporrange of options will be be- tant for more reasons than

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that additional transit options “must be part of any longterm solution.” Nash’s announcement signals a big shift in her comments on a transit referendum. There have been calls for a MARTA referendum, but she has resisted them. Her stance was that while residents may want MARTA, they wouldn’t support the additional sales tax that would have to be paid to join it.

“I think it’s precarious if it’s MARTA, but again we’re going to be doing engagement with the public to try and figure that out,” she said on Thursday. The chairwoman said she wanted to make sure there was information available to the public about any transit changes before putting it out as a referendum. “We’re doing what I’ve said all along that we need to do with this, which is the

transit development planning process,” Nash said. “There is a lot of misinformation that has flowed among the different sources. I’m committed to the idea that we’re going to do this the way we do things in Gwinnett. “We’re going to put accurate information out to the public. We’re going to have a robust public conversation about it and give people a lot of different ways to have a say.”

Schools A report will be presented has 23 students, seventh to the district March 8. grade has 27 and eighth As part of the process in grade has 20. recent months, each school Longtime Gwinnett needed at least 30 percent administrator and former of parents to respond to a Buford City Schools Supersurvey. intendent Beauty Baldwin “It’s actually a very good helped open the school in process,” Wilbanks said. “It order to combat what she reminds us of some things perceived was a dropout that we are doing that’s good problem. She believes and reminds us of some reaching children as early as things that we probably need possible and introducing a to do better.” way for them to want to stay North Metro charter in school is key. school to drop grade levels As part of its mission Associate Superintenstatement, the school’s plan dent Steve Flynt briefed the was to “integrate academics School Board on an amend- with the performing arts to ment proposal, which the engage and motivate stugroup approved Thursday dents who might otherwise evening, from the North struggle with behavioral, Metro Academy of Perform- social and emotional issues ing Arts to shrink its size that impede their academic from kindergarten through achievement.” The school is located at CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discusses a new performance-based compen- eighth grade to kindergarten through fi fth grade. 182 Hunter St. in Norcross, sation system for teachers on Thursday during a workshop meeting with the Gwinnett The Norcross school and Baldwin said original School Board. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner) opened in 2014 with K-6 projections when the school will recognize teachers who While no teacher will don’t necessarily teach stuand planned to eventually opened was 420 students — perform in the highest 10 lose base salary in the new dents every day or interact grow to K-8, but enrollment who wear uniforms to curb percent at their school, and schedule, the annual increase with parents regularly. He has not followed those plans. discipline problems — and teachers who perform in the in Level 1 would be $822, said the weighted school as- Flynt told the School Board 25 staff members, including second-highest 10 percent of Level 2 $981, Level 3 sessment includes everyone that the school’s sixth grade 23 teachers. scores at their school. $1,160 and $1,284 for Level in the school. The first category of 4. The levels correspond to District officials are also teachers will receive a paybachelors, masters, specialworking on a system to ment equal to 10 percent of ists and doctoral degrees. reward special education the average GCPS teacher For example, a teacher teachers, who routinely leave salary, which is nearly with a bachelor’s degree on the most vacancies and are $60,000. The next group of the current pay step four among the most difficult teachers receive 6 percent of making $42,690 would positions to fill. the average teacher salary, move to performance step GCPS to host and the third group will retwo and make $43,493. accreditation review ceive an award equivalent to A teacher with a masters in March three percent of that salary. degree in the current step Also on Thursday, the The evaluation system is 13 making $57,463, would School Board heard an grouped in 10 categories that move to performance step 11 outline of an upcoming visit cover areas such as profesand make $57,558. by 28 educators from across sional knowledge, instrucBoard member Robert Georgia and other states tional planning, strategies, McClure asked Wilbanks from AdvancED, which will FURNITURE differentiated instruction and about how a potential meet with senior district staff APPLIANCES assessment strategies and economic downturn would and visit local schools for an BUILDING SUPPLIES uses. affect the system, and accreditation review. Teachers rated “profiWilbanks pointed to the The visit will be March HOME DECOR cient” or better would have district’s long-term planning, 5-8 and cover a range of their pay increased one which includes a three-year areas in the district, includTUESDAY-SATURDAY Your donations 10AM-6PM step. Those rated less than rolling budget process. ing purpose and direction, & purchases help proficient would remain on The performance awards governance and leadership, build homes the same level. would be the first to be teaching and assessing, reand hope. GCPS officials have reviewed, and if it’s severe source and support system. looked at performance-based and lasting, it would be The group will visit 37 VOLUNTEER models for years, and began eliminated. schools and meet with Wiltwo years before President “There are some good banks, senior district staff, Obama’s education reform things about this that ensure principals, teachers, parents, 2100 Riverside Pkwy. 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Wilbanks said. The performance portion of the system would begin in 2018. Wilbanks said that schools have different characteristics and clientele that make them unique. “By doing so, this acknowledges that despite their differences, all schools have teachers who deserve to be celebrated,” he said. The new salary schedule will have 29 steps, like the current schedule, but 10 current certification levels will be consolidated into four. Wilbanks has stressed that annual performance, not time on the job, will determine movement to the next step. In a survey of teachers and administrators across the district, Wilbanks reported that feedback was largely positive for the system and its rollout. Only about 8 percent of employees disagreed, or strongly disagreed, with the proposal for the performance awards. Wilbanks said more than once that the performancebased awards would improve recruitment, retention and morale of teachers. “One of the most exciting aspects of this new system is that it will allow us to reward those who have proven to be our most effective teachers,” he said. “That will give us a distinct advantage in both recruiting great teachers and retaining the very best.” The first changes offer a pay increase, and shift up the salary schedule scale, based on how teachers perform on evaluations and classroom observations, for example, and not on their years of experience. Though during a months-long process that involved several layers of district personnel, advanced degrees still hold their value after the changes. All teachers and certified staff compensated on the district’s teacher salary schedule will move to the new salary schedule with the August paycheck. In the 2018-19 school year, the district will introduce phase two, which gives teachers performance-based awards based on four metrics: professional growth, rating on the Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards evaluation, student growth and local weighted school assessment. The methodology for calculating the points earned for each metric is expected to be finalized late this fall. For the performancebased phase, the first category is for the 10 percent of eligible teachers who earn the highest scores systemwide. The second category

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Buford’s Gavin Kesselring led the program to its first state playoff appearance last season when he scored 70 goals and had 30 assists. (Photo: Kyle

Buford’s Kesselring an unstoppable offensive force By Paul Thomas Buford senior attackman Gavin Kesselring knows he’ll be a marked man this year. That tends to happen when you score 70 goals in a season, which is what makes his other skill set so valuable. Kesselring also serves as the Wolves’ faceoff man. Last year he won 264 faceoffs, which means team’s will have a hard time keeping the ball out of his stick. “It’s a very unique situation, but it’s also a very good situation,” Buford director of lacrosse Jason

ist was injured. Kesselring stepped into the faceoff X • County lacrosse team and had some success. previews, 3B He continued to do so in • Girls Super Six lacrosse, 3B the spring for Buford and • Boys Super Six lacrosse, 5B has been there ever since. Breyo said. “Because … if But what he’s really people ever tried to shut him known for is scoring goals. off they really can’t because Last season alone he racked he’s such a good faceoff up 100 points on 70 goals guy.” and 30 assists. He picked Kesselring won 63 up right where he left off on percent of his faceoffs last Wednesday with six goals season as he was a firstand two assists in a 13-8 team all-county selection win over Northview. At just and third-team all-state. It’s 5-foot-6, Kesslring’s speed a skill he didn’t really use is his best asset. Breyo, who until ninth grade when his coached at Lambert before club team’s faceoff special- last season, said that KesMORE INSIDE

slring is the best player he’s ever coached. “Gavin has an incredible stick,” Breyo said. “He also has incredible quickness. Because of those two factors he’s very, very difficult to cover. His dad is a lacrosse coach as well, so he just has an incredible knowledge of the game and he’s also incredibly tough. He can take a beating in a game and it doesn’t bother him at all. He’s like a warrior in the game. So when you combine all that, he’s very, very difficult for anyone to cover because he just

Archer girls ready for final state run By Paul Thomas


New Archer head girls basketball coach Bob Westbrook knew there would be an adjustment period this season for the Tigers. The program had flourished the last few years under Ryan Lesniak, who left to become the athletic director at Peachtree Ridge. There were a few adjustments early in the season, but Archer (22-4) has won 10 straight and 12 of its last 14 games. The Tigers locked up the Region 8-AAAAAAA title and a No. 1 seed in the state tournament last Saturday with a 73-70 double-overtime victory against Newton. Archer will host Mountain View today at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the Class AAAAAAA state tournament.

“I think we’ve improved tremendously since Christmas,” Westbrook said. “We were, I wouldn’t use the word struggling, but we weren’t playing to our capabilities up until Christmas. It was a combination of them trying to learn me and me trying to learn them. Since Christmas they have played great basketball. … Right now as any coach wants, you want to be playing your best basketball at tournament time and I think we are right now.” Offense hasn’t been the issue for the Tigers this season. They average 58.7 points per game and Vanderbilt-bound senior Autumn Newby showed why she was region player of the year against Newton with 23 points. Fellow senior and Indiana signee Linsey Marchese added 14 points. Archer’s Autumn Newby (24) shoots over McEachern’s

Tierra Lindsey (13) during the first half of last year’s

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keeps coming back.” During his first two seasons at Buford Kesselring was generally the Wolves only scoring option. But last year the program got an influx of young talent that included Breyo’s sons Harrison and Grant. It also included Kesselring’s younger brother a fellow attackman Payton Kesselring. The younger Kesselring scored 51 goals as a freshman. Buford reached the state playoffs for the first time in program history, defeating Lovett in the first round before

falling to eventual Class A-AAAAA Allatoona in the second round. The Wolves finished the year 14-5. “It’s been great,” Gavin Kesselring said of playing with his brother. “The last couple years it was just me and then other kids came in and we did really well last year. 14-5, second round of playoffs. Playing with (Payton) is just different and I will always know where he is on the field. Sometimes I won’t even have to look, just don’t even look and


Region title win has lasting benefits for Wesleyan girls By Christine Troyke christine.troyke@

The Wesleyan girls basketball program has won 11 state titles since 2002 and only half the time were the Wolves region champs in the same year. This season, the Wolves are in Class A, where power rankings add another wrinkle to the seeding process of private and public schools. It made winning their region of utmost importance. “We knew going into that game it was a huge deal,” head coach Jan Azar said. “We shared that over and over with our kids. It was a necessity we win the region championship. “Things still may not have fallen the way they did, but we knew we needed


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to for a couple of reasons — the main reason being mentally getting over the hump of beating Holy Innocents’ and realizing we could do that. Mentally it was a big thing for us to beat them going into the state tournament.” Wesleyan and Holy Innocents’ have been duking it out for years. They’ve met for the last two Class AA finals. The Wolves won in 2015 and Holy Innocents’ claimed its first state title since 1999 a year ago. Holy Innocents’ also won this season’s two earlier meetings — both by seven


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First round state playoffs Class AAAAAAA 6 p.m. — Central Gwinnett girls at Lambert 6 p.m. — Duluth girls at Newton 6 p.m. — Grayson girls at Collins Hill 6:30 p.m. — Mountain View girls at Archer 7 p.m. — Parkview girls at North Forsyth 7 p.m. — Rockdale girls at Mill Creek 7 p.m. — South Forsyth girls at Brookwood 7:30 p.m. — Grayson boys at Collins Hill 7:30 p.m. — Meadowcreek boys at Lambert 7:30 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge boys at Newton Class AAAAAA 6:30 p.m. — Lanier boys at South Cobb 7 p.m. — Dacula girls at Harrison Class AAA 6 p.m. — Cedar Grove girls at GAC


10 a.m. — Grayson and Chattahoochee at Valdosta 11 a.m. — Peachtree Ridge at St. Pius Noon — Islands at Mountain View Noon — Mill Creek at Cartersville 12:30 p.m. — Grayson at Valdosta 1 p.m. — Hebron and Islands at Mountain View 1 p.m. — Kennesaw Mountain at Buford 2 p.m. — Lambert at Brookwood 2 p.m. — Lanier at Wesleyan 2 p.m. — North at Providence 2:30 p.m. — Norcross and White Co. at Northview 2:30 p.m. — Shiloh at Druid Hills 3 p.m. — Mill Creek and Marist at Cartersville 3 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge and West Laurens at St. Pius 5 p.m. — Norcross at Northview 6 p.m. — GAC at Mountain View


11 a.m. — Lakeside-Evans girls at Duluth 1 p.m. — Woodstock boys at Peachtree Ridge 1:30 p.m. — Grayson boys at North 4 p.m. — Lakeside-Evans boys at Dacula


5 p.m. — Buford at Pinecrest Academy 5 p.m. — Hebron and Chestatee at North Georgia 5:30 p.m. — Brookwood at North 5:30 p.m. — Central at Flowery Branch 5:30 p.m. — Dacula and Peachtree Ridge at North Georgia College 5:30 p.m. — Dawson Providence 5:30 p.m. — Lambert at Grayson 5:30 p.m. — Lowndes at Collins Hill 5:30 p.m. — Mill Creek at Gainesville 5:30 p.m. — Mountain View at Oconee Co. 5:30 p.m. — Shiloh at Discovery 5:30 p.m. — South at Duluth 6 p.m. — Berkmar at Northview 6 p.m. — Norcross at Carrollton 7 p.m. — Dunwoody boys at Wesleyan


4 p.m. — Buford at West Hall

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•From Page 1B

play for Onondaga Community College, another junior throw it the opposite way college powerhouse that and it catches the defense has produced some of the off-guard.” game’s top players, including four current members of Lacrosse has long been a the Georgia Swarm. family affair for the KesselHe’ll play for head coach rings. The boys’ father, Dan Chuck Wilber at OCC, Kesselring, won a junior who like Dan Kesselring, college national championplayed for and won national ship at Herkimer College in championships at Herkimer. upstate New York in 1989. Gavin Kesselring will play Dan Kesselering grew attack in college and won’t up in Syracuse, N.Y. where Buford’s Gavin Kesselring scored six goals in the Wolves faceoff on a regular basis. lacrosse was a way of life. season opner on Wednesday. (Photo: Kyle Hess) For now his focus is on After college he moved down to Georgia to start a ton, 21-year-old Tyler and realized that he was a really leading Buford back to the state playoffs. He said he’s construction company and 13-year-old Danny — play good player and he’s taken been working this offseason to get out of the family busi- the sport. He said it’s been his game to the next level. ness of running a restaurant a thrill to watch Gavin deA lot of colleges have made on his off-hand stick skills and bar in Syracuse. He velop into one of the area’s him offers and stuff because since he knows opponents will try to take away his helped bring lacrosse to top players. of his tenacity. His size — dominant hand. the area working with the “He’s grown tremendous- he’s still only 5-foot-6 — “Basically push it to my Gwinnett Lacrosse League ly,” Dan Kesselring said. but he plays like a 6-foot-5 opposite hand,” he said of and helping to launch the “At the beginning, I think guy. A lot of the college how he’s going to handle Mill Creek programs. it was just another game coaches see that and they He also coached at for him, but I think there see that I did the same thing the extra defensive attention. “People always try to Northview and launched was few times when made as a smaller attack man. his own travel team, Atlanta the Brine All-American Gavin can definitely follow guard me to the right side, but if I go left side they Empire Lacrosse. All four team or the Under Armour those footsteps.” won’t be able to stop me.” of his sons — Gavin, PayAll-American team that he Gavin is committed to

•From Page 1B points. But Wesleyan stepped up on defense to beat the Golden Bears 59-50 on Saturday and set the dominoes in motion. The Wolves’ win, combined with a Calvary Day loss, bumped top-ranked Holy Innocents’ down to the No. 5 seed. Now Wesleyan, which gets a first-round bye, is on the opposite side of the bracket from both Holy Innocents’ and St. Francis. “Calvary Day lost their

•From Page 1B Westbrook said that the improved effort on the defensive end of the floor is what has sparked the Tigers strong finish to the season. It’s what allowed them to erase a 13-point deficit in the second half to win the region title. The Newton win could be a real momentum-builder heading into the state tournament he said. “It was tremendous,” Westbrook said. “That was one of those games that both teams were equally matched and we played hard enough and were fortunate enough to come out on top. Our girls played extremely hard in that basketball game. Every time, I think we were down 13 in the third quarter and closed that gap. Those kind of things tell me that the drive and the emotion is there. We’ll see what happens from here on out. But yes, that was a big win and a big momentum win.” Archer has been knocking on the door of the program’s first state title each of the past three seasons. In 2014 it finished as the state runner-ups, in 2015 it fell by two points in the state semifinals and last year it was bounced in the second round of the state tournament. All three losses were to McEachern. Seniors

Wesleyan region championship by like two points to a team they beat by 15 earlier in the season,” Azar said. “Because they lost, it bumped them out of the top four places. “With the power rankings, if you’re a region winner, you automatically get one of the top seeds. But some regions might have a public school win.” Only four private schools won a region championship and St. Francis, No. 2 in the power rankings, moved up to the No. 1 seed. Wesleyan is the No. 2 seed overall.

Newby, Marchese and Tia Shorter know this will be their last shot at completing the journey. Westbrook said the push to send the trio out on top is not lost on the younger Tigers either. “I think it’s there,” he

protective netting will provide a safer atmosphere to watch the game without sacrificing the close-up views of the players on the field that fans enjoy.” In all, the new netting covers approximately 320 feet from end to end, an increase of 175 feet from the past. The minimum break strength is 350 pounds behind home plate and 200 pounds behind the dugouts. The visibility behind home plate also increases with the new netting from 90 percent to 93 percent (and 97 percent visibility through the dugout netting).


the end of the G-Braves and the visiting dugouts, Gwinnett Braves fans a substantial boost from will have a little more pro- previous seasons when tection from line drives at the area around the teams’ baseball games this season. dugouts were open. In the Coolray Field has partpast, seven sections (1 to nered with Netting Pro7 in the Home Plate Club) fessionals of Fernandina close to the field were Beach, Fla., to install new, protected by netting. expanded protective netNow more than 11 secting at the Lawrenceville tions (Dugout seats in secpark. The PRO-16/PRO-9 tions 107-110 and parts of Dyneema netting system, 111 and 112) are covered installed earlier this month, by netting. features backstop coverage “There is no greater prithat is 30 feet high and 160 ority than the safety of our feet wide. fans,” G-Braves general Two additional nets that manager North Johnson are 80 feet wide extend to said. “Coolray Field’s new

practice. “The place went crazy,” Azar said. “I’ve never seen them that excited.” With several extra days to prepare for the state tournament, Azar is working in some team-building fun. “We’re going to do a breakout room because the seniors have been wanting to,” Azar said. “We do realize that we definitely do need to continue to get better over the next few weeks, but it’s also a time to enjoy the journey and enjoy these eight seniors.”


Protective netting expanded greatly at G-Braves’ home From Staff Reports

“So the perfect storm hit Saturday,” Azar said. “And you can’t plan for it. You can’t ever plan to lose. You’re always trying to win, but there have been years where if we lose the region championship, we’re going to be in a better spot (in the bracket). “But we had to win Saturday night.” Azar said the excitement was high in the locker room after the win, but reached an unprecedented level when she announced they were getting Monday off from

said of the hunger for a title. “They understand the importance and they understand that any of these next five games could be their last high school basketball game. I think they’re getting it and they’re driving

themselves ,and I think the rest of the team understands how close this group has been in the past. I think everybody is pushing each other. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens these next three weeks.”

SUPER SIX GIRLS LACROSSE Name: Elizabeth Blumthal School: North Gwinnett Position: Midfielder Twitter handle: @lizblumthal Noteworthy: Is a four-year varsity player and signed to play for East Carolina in college. ... Was a first-team all-county selection last season as she scored 47 goals, had seven assists and 36 draw controls. College choice: East Carolina University Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammates Abi White and Haley Gorke Favorite athlete: Bo Jackson Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Congratulations” by Post Malone Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Four square Dream job: orthopedic nurse practitioner Favorite lacrosse brand: STX Coach Lindsey Dalton’s take: “Liz is our power player. Her aggression and speed has been there from the start, but really last year she learned how to channel it. All the coaches noticed the change in her, and it made her go from a good player to a necessity for us on the field. She’s such a hard worker and she’s always pushing her teammates through her own performance. We’re expecting big things from her this spring.” Name: Kate Dougherty School: Collins Hill Twitter handle: @dougherty_kate Noteworthy: Was a first-team all-county selection and second-team all-state last season as she scored 66 goals and had 46 assists.

BOYS Class AAAAAA-AAAAAAA Area 6 Collins Hill Coach: Bob Basher 2016 Record: 7-9, state playoffs Returning starters: G Khibri Habtemariam, Jr.; D Jason Floress, Sr.; D Charlie Williams, Sr.; D Andrew Smith, Jr.; D Andrew Soukdhaysong, Jr.; D Miller Horn, Soph.; LSM Senai Habtemariam, Sr.; LSM Jackson Ochoa, Jr.; M Max Vickery, Sr.; M Jake Smith, Sr.; M Nick Ronzulli, Sr. M Nick Sarisky, Sr.; M Dong Yoo, Sr.; M Josh Blair, Jr.; M Jeremiah Harvey, Jr.; M Evan Anderson, Jr.; M Ryan Hoffman, Jr.; A Andrew Kwak, Sr.; A Briggs Boston, Sr.; A Andrew Collins, Jr.; A Jared Brookins, Jr.; A Strickland Palmer, Soph.; A Alex Cao, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: G Tommy Turnage, Soph.; D Ryan Henschel, Soph.; M Carter Bridge, Soph.; M Gage Arnold, Soph.; A Ryan Del Savio, Soph. Outlook: Despite a losing record thanks to an ambitious non-area schedule, the Eagles made the state playoffs as a four-seed in Bob Basher’s fist year with the program last season. Collins Hill will have to replace leading scorer Russell Gardner on offense. Defenseman Jason Floress will lead the team this year. The Belmont Abbey commit recorded 27 takeaways and 41 ground balls last year. Duluth Coach: Simon Mawson 2016 Record: 11-6 Returning starters: D Brian Everette, Sr.; A Sam Jones, Jr.; A Dillon Montineri, Soph.; M Brandon Loftin, Sr.; M Cameren Carter, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: A Chris Hind, Sr.; LSM Godfrey Carson, Sr.; A Myles Davis, Sr. Outlook: The Wildcats are coming off their best season in program history at 11-6. Unfortunately, three of those loses came in area play as they missed the postseason. Duluth started the year 1-4, but closed it out by winning 10 of its final 12. Leading scorer Dillon Montineri returns after an impressive freshman campaign. Veterans Sam Jones, Chris Hind and Myles Davis will also look to take on more of the scoring load. Lanier Coach: Shawn Cahill 2016 Record: N/A Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: M Gavin Keniston, Jr.; M Chase Reed, Jr.; G Nick Teston, Sr.; M Tony Barrios, Jr.; M Nick Barrios, Jr. Outlook: The Longhorns will make their varsity debut this season after playing a JV schedule last season. North Gwinnett Coach: John Palocsik 2016 Record: 18-2, area champions, state semifinals Returning starters: A Jack Ortolano, Jr.; M Marcus Briggs, Sr.; D Nick Baldner, Sr.; LSM Justin Hopkins, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: A Dylan Polanski, Jr.; A Alex Penix, Jr.; M Garrison Manor, Soph.; D Will Goldring, Soph.; G Turner Cho, Jr. Outlook: With wins over Walton and Johns Creek in the playoffs, the Bulldogs reached the Class AAAAAA Final Four last season as the area champions and were just one goal away from the finals. They’ll have to replace several key pieces to that team, including Daily Post Player of the Year Sam Gasta and first-team All-County selection Jack Ryan. The duo scored a combined 130 goals last year. Providence commit Nick Losurdo will take more of a scorer’s role this season after scoring 45 goals and dishing out 26 assists last season. Coker College pledge and long stick middie Justin Hopkins will lead the defense. North will likely challenge for the area title again. Mill Creek Coach: Bo Adams 2016 Record: 13-5, state playoffs Returning starters: M Caleb Merrow, Sr.; A Bailey Williams, Jr.; A Noah Miller, Sr.; D Moses Allen, Sr.; D Matt Trainor, Sr.; D Payton Emmett, Jr.; LSM Matt Dobbs, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: A Willie Grieco, Soph.; LSM Carson Hagar, Jr. Outlook: Mill Creek finished as the area runner-up last year, reaching the state playoffs. The Hawks lost a good chunk of their offensive firepower to graduation, but junior attack Bailey Williams is back after scoring 45 goals and recording 24 assists last year. Against playoff teams, the Bellarmine pledge recorded 13 goals and 11 assists. Mill Creek will have plenty of veterans returning on defense, including Moses Allen who has worked his way back from a broken femur suffered during football season. Mill Creek will be in the mix

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Is signed to play for for Arizona State University next season. ... Also is serving as the starting goalie for the soccer team this spring. College choice: Arizona State University Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammate Nina Heyn Favorite athlete: Crista Samaras Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Chandelier” by Sia Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Basketball Dream job: Nutritionist for athletes at a University Favorite lacrosse brand: STX Coach Kimberlee Hajiric’s take: “Kate is an incredible athlete and a joy to coach. She exhibits leadership on and off the field and will be a major key contributor again on the team this year.” Name: Avery Freeman School: Brookwood Position: Midfielder Noteworthy: Was a second-team all-county selection last season as she scored 45 goals, had 15 assists and 82 draw controls. ... Is Brookwood’s career leader in draw controls with 263 and also holds the school record for ground balls. Twitter handle: @averyyfreemann College choice: UGA Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Mill Creek’s Amya Hudson Favorite athlete: Gabby Douglas Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Grove Street Party” by

Waka Flocka Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Cross country Dream job: Coach Favorite lacrosse brand: Sportabella Coach Lauren Ollinger’s take: “Avery is just an outstanding young woman all around in addition to being one of the strongest players we’ve ever had come through our program. While it sounds cliché, she truly does lead by example on and off the field. She honors the sport and her team through the hard work, competitive drive and positive attitude that she demonstrates every second that she is on the field. She is a leader in her school and community, and I have no doubt that she will continue to have a positive impact on her peers in college and beyond.” Name: Samantha Gladstein School: North Gwinnett Position: Goalie Twitter Handle: @samanthagladstein Noteworthy: Was first-team all-county and honorable mention all-state last season as she made 103 saves. ... Is signed to Kennesaw State as a three-year starter in goal for the Bulldogs. College Choice: Kennesaw State University Best lacrosse player other than me: All of my teammates Favorite Athlete: Julio Jones Song that gets me pumped for the game: “No Flockin” by Kodak Black Sport I am best at besides lacrosse: Table tennis Dream job: President of the United States of America and if that doesn’t work out I’ll just win “American Idol”

Favorite lacrosse brand: STX Coach Lindsey Dalton’s take: “Samantha is a goalie any coach would be lucky to have in cage. She is quick, technical, loud when we need her to be and not easily rattled. Samantha is loved by everyone on our team, too; she’s so funny and we never know what she’s going to say next. But when it’s time to play Samantha’s ready to go. I’m excited for her to lead the team in cage this year as a senior.” Name: Haley Gorke School: North Gwinnett Position: Midfielder Noteworthy: The Arizona State signee was firstteam all-county and second-team all-state last year. ... Last season she scored 48 goals, had 15 assists, 71 ground balls, forced 33 turnovers and had 53 draw controls. Twitter handle: @haleygorke College choice: Arizona State University Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: My twin sister Maddie Gorke Favorite athlete: Taylor Cummings Songs that get me pumped for a game: “Fire” by Gavin DeGraw, “I write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! at the Disco, “Take Me Apart” by Spirix and “John Wayne” by Lady Gaga Sports I am best at besides lacrosse: Soccer and volleyball Dream job: Becoming a doctor Favorite lacrosse brand: STX Coach Lindsey Dalton’s take: “Haley has been a strong player and leader for us since Day 1 as a freshman on Varsity. Her lax IQ is high, and she is a

‘finesse’ player whose skill makes her hard to stop. Every year Haley gets better and impresses me more and more. I can’t wait to see what she is going to bring her senior year; she’s been looking forward to this season for months and I know she’s going to give the team all she’s got.” Name: Amya Hudson School: Mill Creek Position: Attack Twitter handle: @akdhudson Noteworthy: Was the Daily Post player of the year last season. ... The three-time Super Six selection recorded 73 goals and 49 assists as the Hawks reached the Class AAAAAA state semifinals. College choice: Naval Academy Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammate Lyndsey Lewis Favorite athlete: Serena Williams Song that gets me pumped up for a game: Don’t really have one Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Tennis Dream job: Pilot Favorite lacrosse brand: STX Coach Brian Williamson’s take: “Amya is a fierce competitor. She does so many things on and off of the field to build the sport of lacrosse in our community. Besides being a great player, she carries a very strong lacrosse IQ. Amya serves as a captain for the varsity team, and she teaches the younger girls in our program. She continues to not only grow the game in our community, but she is improving her game as well. Much of the success of Mill Creek lacrosse can be contributed to Amya’s hard work and determination.”

2017 GWINNETT COUNTY LACROSSE TEAM PREVIEWS for one of the area’s top seeds again this year. Mountain View Coach: Justin Callaway 2016 Record: 6-9 Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: N/A Outlook: Mountain View finished the year 6-9, but did post wins over Marist, Greenbrier and Creekview. Paul Blanche was named director of lacrosse to help grow the program from the youth level up. Peachtree Ridge Coach: Tyler Botts 2016 Record: 7-10 Returning starters: G Clayton Sneathen, Jr.; D Clayton Bryant, Sr.; D Marc Lovely, Sr.; D Izu Onyekachi, Jr.; M Sean Conley, Sr.; M Chris Dominguez, Jr.; A Payne Durham, Jr.; A Carter Winn, Jr.; A Brenton Norton, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: D Matthew Gilbert, Sr.; LSM Joseph Johnson, Sr.; LSM, Kendall Shaw, Jr.; MParker Hollstein, Sr.; M Ryan Salek, Jr. Outlook: After the rare losing season last year, the Lions return a plethora of experience in 2017. If Peachtree Ridge is going to be back in the mix for a postseason spot this year, it will need an offensive boost after scoring seven or less goals in seven games last year. Junior attack Payne Durham will provide matchup problems at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. He scored 53 goals last year. The defense will be an experienced group, led by senior Clayton Bryant, one of the county’s top defenders. Area 7 Brookwood Coach: Dru Ulloa 2016 Record: 8-10 Returning starters: D Paul Thomas, Sr.; D Max Booth, Sr.; LSM Reagan Fite, Sr.; A Justin Parker, Sr.; M/ FOGO Ricky Donnan, Sr.; A Noah White, Sr.; A Garrett Clay, Sr.; M Bryce DeLoach, Jr.; M Max Schureck, Jr. Other key players/newcomers: LSM Mason Graves, Jr.; A Jacob Walker, Jr.; A Ethan Schuett, Jr.; D Chris Buie, Soph.; M Tyler Banfield, Soph.; M Jack Yeomans, Soph. Outlook: The Broncos have an experienced roster returning this season after just missing the playoffs last year with a 4-6 area record. Senior attack Justin Parker (23 goals, 16 assists) and Noah White (32 goals, 15 assist) will lead the offense, along with fellow senior Garrett Clay. Brookwood was 6-1 last season when scoring double-digit goals. Brookwood also returns two starting defensemen and LSM Regan Fite. Brookwood could push for a playoff spot in its new region. Meadowcreek Coach: David Jaramillo 2016 Record: 7-9 Returning starters: M Allan Velasquez, Jr.; M Peter Do, Jr.; D Henry Garcia, Sr.; M Biya Haile, Sr.; G Kevin Garcia, Sr; A Henry Santivanes, Sr.; D Angel Vera, Sr.; A Jelani Todd, Jr. Other key players/newcomers: N/A Outlook: Meadowcreek posted a program-best seven wins last season. With an experienced roster back and a new region, the Mustangs hope to take the next step as a program this year. Junior midfielder Allan Velasquez led the team with 49 points last season on 28 goals and 21 assists. Midfielder Peter Do recorded 101 ground balls last year. Norcross Coach: Gio De La Peña 2016 Record: 6-4 (JV only) Returning starters: M Jack Portman, Sr; A Tristan Smith, Sr.; M Zach Pazol, Soph.; M Nicholas Linder, Soph.; D Christian Wright, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: D Evan Cone, Fr.; A Logan Gaddis, Fr.; M T.J. Dailey; LSM Will Niederhauser; G Andrew Whitesides Outlook: Norcross will jump back into varsity action this spring after playing a junior varsity schedule last year. The Blue Devils will rely heavily on seniors Jack Portman and Tristan Smith this season. Head coach Gio De La Peña is also very excited about his incoming freshman class, particularity defender Evan Cone and attack Logan Gaddis. Parkview Coach: David Erwin 2016 Record: 4-10 Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: N/A Outlook: Parkview should have more success in the new region but will still continue to build its program Area 8 Archer Coach: Jamie Wellington 2016 Record: 3-14 Returning starters: D Michael

Balsamides, Sr; A Peter Cobb, Sr; D Ryder Long, Sr; D Will Branch, Soph.; M Larson Field, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: A Trevor Williams, Jr; D Camden Pullara, Soph.; G Dylan Nunnelly, Soph.; M Wyatt Maddox, Fr. Outlook: The Tigers had a dropoff from seven wins in 2015 to just three last year. Archer returns five starters this year, including defenders Michael Balsamides, Ryder Long and Will Branch, who started as a freshman last season. Grayson Coach: Jake Schwab 2016 Record: 14-5, state playoffs Returning starters: A Nick Losurdo, Jr.; A Michael Anderson, Soph.; M Reece Morrow Jr.; M Brandon Moore, Jr. M Conor Arnold, Soph.; D Jakob Braun, Sr.; LSM Trevor Fowler, Sr, D Dylan Witt, Jr.; D Ryan Brown, Jr.; G Nolan Hays, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: M Jonathan Pinkston, Jr.; A Aaron Alexis, Jr.; M Collin Squires, Jr.; A Christian Michlesen, Soph. Outlook: Grayson reached the state playoffs for the second time in three seasons last year with a 7-2 area record, falling 9-5 to Etowah in the first round as the No. 3 seed. Grayson looks poised to challenge for another postseason run and possibly an area championship this spring. Junior Nick Losurdo enters his third season as a varsity starter coming off an allcounty season in which he scored 63 goals and 33 assists. Grayson also returns an experienced defensive unit led by second-team all-county selection Dylan Witt. Class A-AAAAA Area 3 Buford Coach: Kevin Peek 2016 Record: 14-5, second round state playoffs Returning starters: A Gavin Kesselring, Sr.; A Payton Kesselring, Soph.; M Grant Breyo, Soph.; ; D Harrison Breyo, Sr.; D Devin Patel, Sr.; D Dom Maggio, Soph.; G Taylor Lewis, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: M Brendan Allen, Fr.; M Hunter Bullock, Sr. Outlook: Buford made the most of its preseason debut last season with a first-round win, 14-13, over Lovett before falling to eventual Class A-AAAAA state champion Allatoona in the second round. The team will not only have to deal with a few losses to graduation, but also twins Connor and Grant Mitchell leaving for a boarding school in Maryland. Buford does return the duo of Gavin and Payton Kesselring on offense. The brothers scored a combined 121 goals last year. Seniors Harris Breyo and Devin Patel will lead an experienced defensive unit. Sophomore goalie Taylor Lewis was impressive as a freshman with 186 saves. Buford will be in the mix for the area championship this year. Greater Atlanta Christian Coach: Tim Ball 2016 Record: 16-4, area champions, state semifinalist Returning starters: A Brooks Buce, Sr.; A Bo Powell, Sr.; A/M Jordan Arona, Sr.; M Jonathan Rose, Sr.; M Max Burke, Jr.; LSM Reid Smith, Sr.; D Davis O’Brien, Sr.; D Luke McKernan, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: M Canon Kuipers, Sr.; M/FOGO Nick Jones, Jr.; D Chandler Dula, Soph.; G Peter Klueber, Soph. Outlook: GAC took its program to new heights last season with an area championship and wins over Woodward Academy and Whitefield Academy in the state playoffs to reach the Class A-AAAAA state semifinals. Even with the loss of All-American goalie Brad Hodoval (Mercer), the Spartans are again poised for a run at the area title. Senior Bo Powell will be a boost to the attack after scoring 35 goals as a midfielder last year. Fellow Utah commit Jonathan Rose will play a bigger role at midfield this year as well. The defense returns three starters in front of new goalie Peter Klueber. Senior Davis O’Brien is a four-year starter, Luke McKernan started last year as a freshman and LSM Reid Smith was a menace last year with 25 caused turnovers and 71 ground balls. Wesleyan Coach: Lee Rider 2016 Record: 12-5 Returning starters: A Rawley Smith, Jr.; A Sid Brendel, Sr.; M Garrett Hangartner, Jr.; G Wyatt Stall, Sr.; D Sam Gottlich, Sr.; D Will Tanner, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: M William Thurston, Sr.; M Patrick Ramsey, Sr.; M Reed Thomas, Sr.; M Garrett Yeager, Jr.; D Davis Westmoreland, Jr.; D William Ball, Sr.; LSM

Watson Copeland, Jr.; LSM Daniel O’Sullivan, Jr. Outlook: Wesleyan went 12-5 last season, but just missed out on the postseason with a 7-3 area record and losing out on head-to-head with Buford for the four seed. Wesleyan will have to overcome the loss of seniors Haydon Koch and Justin Harper to graduation, but does return top scorer Rawley Smith. The Super Six selection scored 57 goals with 22 assists last season. Three-year starter Garrett Hangartner is also an offensive weapon from midfield with 25 goals and 17 assists last year. Wesleyan will be looking to return to the postseason this spring. GIRLS Class AAAAAA-AAAAAAA Area 6 Collins Hill Coach: Kimberlee Hajiric 2016 Record: 9-6-1, state playoffs Returning starters: M Kate Dougherty, Sr.; A Kyla Edwards, Jr.; D Katelyn Edwards, Jr.; M Nina Heyn, Jr.; M Sarah Tillman, Jr. Other key players/newcomers: A Mia Bonsack, Sr.; D Caylee Kitts, Sr.; A Tori Adcox, Soph. Outlook: Collins Hill will have to replace a pair of potent scorers in Abby Squires and Emily Napierala this season. That means a bigger burden will be placed on Arizona State signee Kate Dougherty, who scored 66 goals and had 46 assists last season. Talented midfielder Nina Heyn will also play a big role for the Eagles this season as they look for a return trip to the state playoffs. Kimberlee Jajiric takes over as head coach for Travis Pearre. Duluth Coach: Nicole Decrane 2016 Record: 12-6 Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: N/A Outlook: Duluth posted a programbest 12 wins last season. Head coach Nicole Decrane takes over for Paul Hennelly, now at Mountain View. Lanier Coach: Elizabeth Ricci 2016 Record: N/A Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: M Annslee Warchol, Soph.; G Olivia Cross, Jr.; A Brittany Spek, Jr.; M Alexa Medor, Jr. Outlook: The Longhorns will make their varsity debut this spring after playing junior varsity last season. Lanier has a good young corps to build upon for the future of the program. North Gwinnett Coach: Lindsey Dalton 2016 Record: 13-5, state playoffs Returning starters: G Samantha Gladstein, Sr.; D Maddie Gorke, Sr.; D Sidney Martin, Sr.; D Maddie Cho, Sr.; M Elizabeth Blumthal, Sr.; M Haley Gorke, Sr.; A Shannon Costelloe, Jr.; A Madeline Saylor, Jr.; A/M Lauren Friedman, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: D Abi White, Sr.; M Parker Nevels, Soph.; M Avery Saylor, Fr. Outlook: North Gwinnett’s loaded senior class has helped the team reach the state tournament the last three seasons, but will look to help the program make an even bigger leap this spring. Last year the Bulldogs finished as region runner-up and lost to Lassiter 9-8 in overtime in the state playoffs. Super Six selections Elizabeth Blumthal, Samantha Gladstein and Haley Gorke all return. Defender Abi White, who missed last season with an injury, will be a boost to the Bulldogs defensive unit that is led by Sidney Martin. North will be in the mix for the area title and could make its deepest playoff run yet this season. Mill Creek Coach: Brian Williamson 2016 Record: 20-1, area champions, state semifinalist Returning starters: A Amya Hudson, Sr.; A Meredith Roper, Jr.; A Sara Grieco, Soph.; A Brooke Beverly, Soph.; M Lyndsey Lewis, Soph.; M Amanda Kozlowski, Sr.; D Abby Hallberg, Jr.; D Kaitlyn Lesko, Jr.; G Kayleigh Jackson, Jr. Other key players/newcomers: M Kelly Brown, Jr. Outlook: Mill Creek is coming off a dominant year in which it went 20-1 and reached the Class AAAAAA state semifinals. The Hawks will look to keep that momentum going with the bulk of their roster returning, including reigning Daily Post Player of the Year Amya Hudson. The Navy signee scored 73 goals last season. A trio of impressive sophomores also return after playing big roles as freshman in midfielder Lyndsey Lewis (48 goals, 30 assists), attack Brooke Beverly (40 goals, 36 assists) and attack Sara Grieco (44

goals, 35 assists). With Hudson leading a still very-young roster the Hawks will be a state contender again this spring. Mountain View Coach: Paul Hennelly 2016 Record: 5-7 Returning starters: D Kristen Rogers, Sr.; D Nia Moore, Sr.; M Courtney Roley, Sr.; A Rose Anderson, Sr.; D Baillie Brindle, Jr.; M/A Madison Boller, Jr.; D/A Tabitha Galvin, Jr.; M Reagan Utley, Soph.; G Shelby Glasgow, Soph.; M Amberly McCorkle, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: A Melanie Alize, Sr.: M/A Julianna Rabin, Jr.; M/A Katie Simmons, Jr.; D Bella Darwish, Soph.; M Claire Vandiver, Soph.; A Madison Sherard, Soph.; M/D Abigail Evans; A Katie Carvalho, Soph.; D Jessie Guadalupe, Soph. Outlook: The Bears posted their second-best win total in program history last year with a 5-7 mark. Former Duluth head coach Paul Hennelly takes over the program as it looks to continue to build. Sophomore goalie Shelby Glasgow will be an important building block moving forward for the program. Peachtree Ridge Coach: Ashley Statemeyer 2016 Record: 5-9 Returning starters: D Alana Crowe, Sr.; D Megan Kerns, Sr.; M/D Sarah Bittner, Jr.; A/M Hannah Labella, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: M/A Audrey Dutton, Fr.; M/A Anna Marie Gazzo, Fr. Outlook: After a bit of a disappointing campaign last year, the Lions will hope to keep building their program this spring. Senior defender Alana Crowe will be the team’s leader with Hannah Labella highlighting a plethora of young talent. Last season as a freshman Labella scored 50 goals, had 10 assists and 40 draw controls. Peachtree Ridge may still be a year away from a postseason trip, but pushing for a spot this season isn’t out of the question. Area 7 Brookwood Coach: Lauren Ollinger 2016 Record: 9-9 Returning starters: M Avery Freeman, Sr.; A Brooke Curtin, Jr.; A Katie Mowe, Soph; D Jasia Mathieux, Sr.; D Brittany Gowen, Sr.; D Cheryl Maafoh, Sr.; G Victoria WysockiChrist, Soph. Other key players/newcomers: M Andrea Fievre, Jr.; M Lizzy Christ, Fr.; M Ellie Rey, Fr.; A Mya Brown, Sr.; A Allie Durniat, Sr.; A Danielle LaPlume, Fr.; A Taylor Moon, Sr.; D Lindley Ward, Soph.; D Jalina Rodriquez, Jr. Outlook: Brookwood just missed out on a postseason berth last year with a loss to Archer in the divisional play-in game. The Broncos return seven starters this spring, including midfielder Avery Freeman. Freeman enters the year already holding the school career records ground balls, draw controls and goals scored. Last year she scored 45 goals and had 82 draw controls. With the new region alignments, Brookwood will likely push for a playoff spot. Meadowcreek Coach: Breannia Stewart 2016 Record: 0-10 Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: N/A Outlook: This spring will be another building year for the Mustangs program. Norcross Coach: Josh Bennett 2016 Record: N/A Returning starters: D Kiera Baker, Soph.; M Chelsea Chavac-Zetino, Soph.; G Janine Martinez, Soph,; M Jewel Ramie, Soph.; D Sarah Schnur, Soph.; A Meghan Soligon, Soph.; A Aya Acey, Jr.; A Davanna Cole, Jr.; A Stephanie Dang, Jr.; M Destiny Fajardo, Jr.; D Jennifer Gomez, Jr.; A Maya Lachev, Jr.; D/A Eden Monroy Jimenez, jkr.; A/M Bailey Moore, Jr.; M Madeline Sheppard, Jr.; D Stephanie Soetan, Jr.; G Julia Thompson, Jr.; A Hannah Walker, Jr.; D Sydnee Allen, Sr.; D Anaya Conley, Sr.; M Khadijah Muhammad, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: Valentina Marquez, Sr.; Jewel Haynes, Jr.; Katherin Olguin, Jr.; Kim Tran, Jr. Outlook: Norcross makes the jump from junior varsity to varsity this season. Parkview Coach: David Erwin 2016 Record: 6-7-1 Returning starters: N/A Other key players/newcomers: N/A Outlook: Parkivew posted six wins last season and will look to build upon that this spring.

Area 8 Archer Coach: Leslie Stuart 2016 Record: 13-6, state playoffs Returning starters: D Marcela Gaylen, Sr.; A Emi Buchanan, Sr.; A Ali Suciu, Sr.; A Desmond Batchelder, Sr.; M Grace Spivey, Sr.; M Jessica Flynt, Jr.; D Kathryne Zech, Jr.; G Marissa Angell, Jr.; A Ellie Friese, Sr.; A Kayleigh Burns, Jr.; D London Berkhiser, Soph.; D Naimah Haynes, Jr. Other key players/newcomers: M Emily Flynt, Fr. Outlook: Archer reached the state playoffs last season with a programbest 13 wins. The Tigers return 12 players from last year’s team. Second-team all-county selection Ellie Friese leads a veteran attack that averaged 13.4 goals per game last season. New head coach Leslie Stuart inherits a group that will be pushing for back-to-back postseason berths. Grayson Coach: Derek Benton 2016 Record: 7-8 Returning starters: A Shelby Minor, Jr.; A Maisey Rogers, Sr.; M Mac Champaign, Jr.; M Trinity Post, Jr.; M Raegan Hastings, Soph.; D Marissa Roper, Jr.; D Claire Wweatherly, Sr.; G E.D. Thompson, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: Sarah Jehle, Jr.; Libby Losurdo, Soph.; Emily Fight, Fr.; Abbey Chambers, Fr.; Ashley Steele, Fr.; Victoria Luongo Fr. Outlook: New head coach Derek Benton takes over a program with plenty of young talent on its roster. Grayson was 7-8 last year, but was 7-3 when it scored 10 goals or more. Junior attack and leading scorer Shelby Minor returns this fall and the Rams will need senior Maisey Rogers to take on a bigger scoring role. Class A-AAAAA Area 3 Buford Coach: Emily Jacquette 2016 Record: 5-12 Returning starters: A Morgan Grey, Jr.;M Hannah Shaw, Jr.; A Sarah Bussoletti, Jr.; M Camryn Perry, Jr.; A Macey Higgins, Sr.; A Grace Morgan, Sr.; A MacKenzie Wehunt, Sr.; D Baylee Taylor, Jr.; G Emma Copeland, Soph.; M Peyton Salo, Soph.; D Reanah Wilson, Jr. Other key players/newcomers: M Ashley Smith, Sr.; D Hanna Hopper, Soph.; D Heidi Hyatt, Soph.; M Sloane Lewis, Jr.; D Avian Rossum, Soph.; D Ashley Stuart, Jr.; A Kathryn Voorhees, Soph. Outlook: Buford improved to five wins in its second season as a varsity program last year. Former Piedomont College head coach Emily Jacquette joins the program as director of lacrosse working with head coach Marianne Cagle to build the Wolves’ program. Sophomore Peyton Salo highlights a young group that will look to find its footing this season. Greater Atlanta Christian Coach: Christopher Zornes 2016 Record: 6-9-1 Returning starters: M Delaney Markert, Jr.; D Abrielle Bussenius, Jr.; A Anna Nieman, Jr.; G Taylor Key, Sr.; A Katherine Facteau, Sr.; M Sarah Kester, Soph.; D Peyton Gramigna, Sr.; M Claire Holcomb, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: A Amelia Kegel, Jr.; A Maddie Wood, Fr. M Amanda Briskin, Jr.; G Annie Kilpatrick, Soph. Outlook: The Spartans will look to build off the momentum of winning four of its last six games. GAC returns eight starters from last year. Wesleyan Coach: Anna Myrick 2016 Record: 16-4, second round state playoffs Returning starters: A Quinn Kaloper, Soph.; A Chloe Hangartner, Soph.; A Lindsey Hayes – Attack, Jr.; M Gabby Hernandez, Sr.; M Kat Hughes, Jr.; D Sydney Millikan, Sr.; D Molly Bradach, Sr.; D Tabitha Conrad, Soph. D Elise Harper, Soph.; G Alyssa Bedard, Sr. Other key players/newcomers: Ella V Cooper; Grace Kennedy; Olivia LaValle; Katie Tanner Outlook: Wesleyan reached the Class A-AAAAA state quarterfinals last season as the No. 3 seed from the area. The Wovles defeated Woodward Academy 18-7 in the first round. Defense will be Wesleyan’s calling card with senior Alyssa Bedard in the net. Last year she recorded a save percentage of 49 in her first full season in goal. Junior Moly Bradach was a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore and will lead a group that includes three other returning starters. Wesleyan will likely be in the mix for a return trip to the postseason.

4B • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Getting to Know … Ed Hartwell

After an eight-year career in the NFL, former Falcons and Ravens linebacker Ed Hartwell is launching a new youth feeder program for Duluth High School for football and cheerleading for ages 7 to 14. The team, which will be a travel team called the West Gwinnett Wildcats, will host tryouts on Saturday at Duluth High School. Hartewell talked about why he started the program, his training facility Big Hart Wellness and Sports Academy, his stint as a reality TV star on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and more in this week’s edition of “Getting to Know …” with staff writer Paul Thomas. PT: What made you want to start this new feeder program for Duluth? EH: I actually coached at Shiloh and my son has been with the youth program, the GFL, for about three years. I started looking at things that I needed when I grew up and some of the things I wished I would have had. So actually I started thinking about, ‘I want to start a new program.’ Where we have a travel team. Gwinnett didn’t have a travel team. You hear about a lot of different teams, some of the top teams down in the metro area, Gwinnett has really great high school football so I was thinking we can get a good travel team for the (age groups) and let them compete against some of the better teams down there in some of these other conferences and do a yearround thing. It’s not just about football. It’s not just about cheerleading. But also do some mentorship programs. Basically preparing them to go to high school and to college. Preparing them to go to Duluth High School and college.

Former NFL linebacker Ed Hartwell is launching a new youth football and cheerleading travel team in Duluth that will operate out of his Big Hart Wellness and Sports Academy in Duluth. (Staff Photo: Paul Thomas)

of different facilities in this one area that we can use to get the kids what they need.

Make sure we’re giving them social media training, because a lot of these kids are out here doing all kinds PT: What’s gone into of things. You don’t know getting the tryouts ready, what they’re doing on social and who are some of the media and it comes back to other coaches you’re going haunt them. So we do social to be working with? media, goal achievement, EH: We have a lot of financial work — because different coaches coming I was one of them kids that on board. Brandon Jacobs didn’t know about credit just came on board. Mike until I found out no credit Wembley, Big Frank just was as bad as low credit. I came on board, it’s a lot of thought I was doing a good great coaches. We have an thing by not actually getting all-star coaching staff. A credit and then I found that lot of NFL players will be out after I got drafted, that coaching. They’re excited I didn’t have any credit about it, because the leagues so that didn’t work either. we’re looking at getting into But just giving the kids the they actually do a regional information you wish you and national championship would have had when you for the girls and the boys. were a kid. We’re looking forward to it. The girls are really excited, PT: Was this the path even for the girls we have you always saw for yourgreat ladies that are dance self when your playing teachers and cheerleaders. days were over? So they’re doing the real EJ: I always love kids. I competitive styles of cheer always had my foundation, so they can go down there the Big Hart Foundation. and they can compete also. I’ve been working with kids since 2003. I’ve had football PT: What different age camps and a lot of differgroup teams are you hav- ent things. Going through ing? football, I’m just being EH: 7 to 14. But we’ll honest, the things that you still hold onto them in high go through — the concusschool as they go to Duluth sions is real, sometimes the High School. We’ll still do memory (loss) is real. I’ll the mentorship program. wake up some mornings PT: Where will you do We have a lady that’s going and the body hurts. You feel some of those mentorto come in with ACT/SAT like you got hit by a Mack ship programs? Will you prep. We’re going to teach Truck, but working with do them out of (Big Hart them and their parents about children and the youth it acWellness and Sports Acad- the NCAA rules, make sure tually revives you. For me, emy)? they do the clearinghouse, that’s what it does for me EH: We’ll definitely use make sure they take their so it’s a passion and it helps this facility for a lot of the tests before their 12th-grade me as a person also. training and the mentorship. year. So basically we’ll have We do have access to class- them on a plan so that by PT: What made you rooms next door at (Fresh their 12th-grade year every- want to open a facility Start Church) and across the thing will be lined up. Make here? street at the aviation school sure they do their commuEH: Same reason. Just (Aviation Institute of Main- nity service. They’ll still be to give the kids training. tenance). So we have a lot doing mentorship programs. A lot of people focus on

do?’ It’s shocking and a lot of guys go through depression because they don’t know what to do. But the PT: What was the experience of playing in the great thing about it is when you find something that you league like? are passionate about, like EH: It was great. You this team, like this associahave your ups and downs. tion, like working with kids, You have your days that like trying to help them you don’t want to go to accomplish their dreams, it practice. … Nobody likes to go to practice. We always takes your mind off of that and it lets you use that same say, a lot of players that are passionate about it say, passion and push it into a new direction. ‘They pay us to practice. We’d play for free.’ But PT: What made Atlanta just the camaraderie in the locker room. The laughter, the place you wanted to come back to? the jokes, it’s nothing like EH: When I came and it. Going out there and played here I started having the fans are screaming, my kids. I had my son (E.J.) you’re out there playing and my family. Some of my for them, playing for you, sisters and stuff moved up. your family, it’s nothing It kind of just became home like it. Coming out of that tunnel with the smoke. That base after that. hype, that feeling, that rush, PT: What do you do there’s nothing like it. with your free time when PT: What are some of you’re not training or your favorite memories getting the team off the when you look back on ground? those days? EH: I’m more family EH: I would say my second year in the league when oriented. So most of the time it’s more family. Like I got the 191 tackles and PT: What age were you broke records. And I loved I said, some days you wake up and getting out of the when you started to think playing for the Falcons, bed is rough. But that’s life football could be your never take anything away with football. Most football path? from them but definitely players never talk about it, EH: I was actually seven that defense that I played but it’s there. So for fun, years old. I didn’t have on for Baltimore, for four honestly I like to spend any idea. They threw me years straight we were the in, my uncle threw me in top defense in the league by time with family, friends, people that love you. At the and it kind of just took off. far and it showed. Everyend of the day that’s your I had a great time. I loved body played hard and I’ll true treasure in this world. it and from then I kind of always remember that. fell in love with football PT: Obviously some and played it for so long, PT: You talked about people know you from the until I was 33 years old. the transition of finding reality TV world. Did you Then when it was gone it your way when you get enjoy your experience was hard to deal with for out of the league. What with that? a minute, because life has was that process like for EH: That was something changed. You have other you? I kind of did at the time. It things that come along EH: It’s hard, because wasn’t really for me, but with football also, but it’s life. Life was football the other half that I was overall I think it’s a great for so long. Every season, with at the time (Lisa Wuteaching tool for a lot of didn’t’ miss practices, the Hartwell) that’s something kids. locker room, then all the they wanted to do so I kind sudden you wake up and of tried to support it. But PT: How did you end you realize, ‘I’m still 33 up at Western Illinois? years old. I’m young in life, would I do reality again? I doubt it. EH: Actually I went to old in football and life has totally changed. It’s over.’ PT: So we won’t have Wisconsin first. I was a Badger for two years. I ac- You have to find new things West Gwinnett on “Fritually tore my pelvis mus- to do. My routine was wake day Night Tykes”? up at 6 o’clock in the mornEH: Now that’s a differcle and they didn’t think ing, go work out, meetings, ent type of reality. That’s I was going to be able to practice, laughing with the more football. That’s a play. They were going to possibility. Because I actubench me for the year, so I guys in the locker room, that was 12-14 hours a day. ally watch “Friday Night ended up transferring and the rest is history. I broke a Then you come home, you Tykes.” So who knows? lot of records and ended up watch some more film and You may wake up one day and have a Gwinnett getting drafted and I count you go to sleep. That was what life was about for Friday Night Tykes for the it as a blessing. They say Gwinnett Wildcats down you have a better chance of so many years. All off the getting struck by lightning sudden you wake up in the here in Georgia so they can see how Georgia football is morning and now you say, than actually making it played at the youth level. ‘What am I supposed to to the NFL. I actually got

the speed and we do that here too, we do the speed, strength, agility, the conditioning, but the technical work. Like I have linebackers, I have three linebackers that went to college this year, I took them and we just worked on all technical work. Like your footwork, how to read film, what’s your footwork going into coverage, all the technical stuff of the game. I think a lot of kids are missing that technical part of the game. That mental part of the game. They’re so focused on how fast they are. It doesn’t matter how fast you are if you don’t know your plays. Doesn’t matter how fast you are if the other guy is more technically sound because he’s going to have a better position on you. If your arms are outside you can be stronger, but if I have my hands inside the chest I’m going to have more leverage. So you have to learn those things so you can use them to your advantage also.

struck by lighting. That’s how I feel.


McCall delivers game-winning hit for South baseball From Staff Reports SNELLVILLE — South Gwinnett’s Brandon McCall singled home Cabera Weaver with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Comets to a 6-5 win over Providence Christian on Thursday. McCall also pitched a scoreless top of the seventh to earn the win in relief for South (1-1). Jackson McCarthy tossed three innings of scoreless middle relief for the Comets in the victory. Andy Weisgerber started for Providence (0-1) and tossed four shutout innings and allowed only two hits. BASEBALL BASEBALL North Gwinnett 9, Wesleyan 0 PEACHTREE CORNERS — North Gwinnett’s Jake Brace and Will Burgum combined on a shutout as the Bulldogs defeated Wesleyan 9-0 on Thursday. Brace pitched six innings and struck out three while Burgum tossed a scoreless seventh. Dalton Pearson had three hits, including a home run, to lead the offense. Will Bennett contributed three hits while Parker Coyne and Corey Collins each hit home runs for North (2-0). Colin Hall had two hits to lead Wesleyan (1-1). Dacula 6, Central Gwinnett 5 DACULA — Dacula held on to defeat Central Gwinnett 6-5 on Thursday. Chase Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Falcons (2-0) while Tanner Nichols earned the save. Nichols and Jojo Lopez led the offense with a hit and an RBI while Aaron Brown contributed

FANS CHOICE WINTER ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Who: Miles Long School: Mountain View Sport: Basketball Class: Junior Highlights: Converted a game-winning, four-point play with 4.8 seconds left for a 64-63 victory over Duluth in the region tournament semifinals, then made the game-winning free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining in the region finals for a 59-58 win over Collins Hill Coach B.J. Roy’s take: “Miles has been solid for us since he was a freshman. Miles is a solid kid in regards to his academics, character and abilities. He wants to succeed.” two hits in the victory. Mill Creek 9, Lassiter 1 HOSCHTON — Mill Creek defeated Lassiter 9-1 on Thursday. Jay Rendley was the winning pitcher for the Hawks, allowing two hits in four innings while striking out eight. Ryan Petty drove in three runs to lead the offense while Cameron Turley had a hit and drove in a run and Dylan Wilson contributed a double. GIRLS SOCCER SOCCER GIRLS Archer 9, Meadowcreek 0 NORCROSS — Archer defeated host Meadowcreek 9-0 on Thursday. Jordan Hall had five goals to lead the Tigers (3-0-1). Seanna Walker had two goals and two assists while Makena Tucker chipped in three assists. Jenna Davis and Aliyah Taylor also scored a goal for Archer. GIRLSTENNIS TENNIS GIRLS Collins Hill 3, West Hall 2 OAKWOOD — Collins Hill opened its season with a 3-2 win over West Hall on Thursday. Kath-

leen Metzger and Nycole Wang won singles matches. Courtney Poppleton and Mary Kim won in doubles for the Eagles. North Gwinnett 4, Johns Creek 1 SUWANEE — North Gwinnett improved to 3-0 on the season with a 4-1 win over visiting Johns Creek on Thursday. Emma Fleming, Bri Olps and Lelle Hammond swept the singles points for the Bulldogs. Lane Kunin and Maya Diaz won in doubles for North. Archer 5, Discovery 0 LAWRENCEVILLE — Archer swept Discovery 5-0 on Thursday. Kayla Gibson, Rachel Liu and Katie Hunt won singles matches for the Tigers (1-3). Corinne Ellis and Kayla Ellis, along with Elizabeth Czarick and Paige Belconis, won in doubles. Dacula 3, South Gwinnett 2 DACULA — Dacula defeated South Gwinnett 3-2 on Thursday. Samantha Lowry and Maya Clark won in singles for the Falcons (4-1). Rylee Fitzgerald and Aubrey Gaston won in doubles for Dacula.

Providence 3, Buford 2 BUFORD — Providence Christian defeated host Buford 3-2 on Thursday. Grace Auman, Alexis Trammell and Molly Legg swept the singles for the Storm (3-2). Wesleyan 3, Pace Academy 2 PEACHTREE CORNERS — Wesleyan defeated Pace Academy 3-2 on Thursday. Lauren Alexander and Harrison Feininger won in singles while Samantha Laurite and Makena Renz won in doubles for the Wolves (1-1). BOYSTENNIS TENNIS BOYS Archer 4, Discovery 1 LAWRENCEVILLE — Host Archer defeated Discovery 4-1 on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers (1-3) swept the singles points with victories from Shomari Nichol, Bailey Belconis and Corie Hogue. Nick Scarbough and Derrick Palmore won in doubles for Archer. Collins Hill 5, West Hall 0 OAKWOOD — Collins Hill blanked West Hall 5-0 in its season opener on Thursday. Luke Eafano, Shayon Malek and Steven Hievler won in singles. TJ Schwarver and Dwight Benson, along with Alex Padvorak and Paolo Aguisania, were winners in doubles for the Eagles.


Brookwood 12, Archer 8 LAWRENCEVILLE — Brookwood outslugged host Archer for a 12-8 girls lacrosse victory on Thursday. Avery Freeman led the Broncos with 3 goals. Brooke Curtin and Lizzy Christ each scored a pair of goals while Victoria Wysocki-Christ made 16 saves in net for the Broncos (1-0). Andrea Fiezre, Mya Brown, Danielle Laplume and Ellie Rey also scored goals for Brookwood. Buford 14, Lanier 2 BUFORD — Buford defeated visiting Lanier 14-2 on Thursday. Peyton Salo, Ashley Smith, Grace Morgan and Macey Higgins all scored goals for the Wolves (1-0). Wesleyan 16, Kennessaw Mountain 15 PEACHTREE CORNERS — Wesleyan held on to defeat visiting Kennessaw Mountain 16-15 on Thursday. Lindsey Hayes led the Wolves (1-1) with four goals and two assists. Quinn Kaloper added three goals and two assists while Alyssa Bedard made 14 saves in net for Wesleyan.


Dacula 4, South Gwinnett 1 DACULA — Dacula defeated visiting South Gwinnett 4-1 on Thursday. Chase Hamilton, Siso Johnson and Mateo Gomez won in singles. Drew Grap and Daniel Mocanu won in doubles for the Falcons.

Mill Creek 14, South Forsyth 2 CUMMING — Creek had no trouble defeating South Forsyth 14-2 on Thursday. Noah Miller scored two goals and added three assists while Wyatt Peek tallied three goals for the Hawks (2-0).

Buford 5, Providence 0 BUFORD — Buford defeated visiting Providence Christian 5-0 on Thursday. Brady Todd, Dalton Counts and Cameron DeLoach won in singles for the Wolves (3-2). Alex Pruitt and Trent Milton, along with Cole Tarleton and Kurt Knudsen, won in doubles for Buford.

BOYS SOCCER SOCCER BOYS Berkmar 5, Northview 0 DULUTH — Berkmar travelled to Northview and downed the Titans 5-0 on Thursday. Junior Gomez, Mario Gavarrete, James Forster, Danny Espinosa and Jose Salmern scored goals for the Patriots (3-0-1).

Meadowcreek 4, Archer 3 NORCROSS — Meadowcreek defeated visiting Archer 4-3 on Thursday. Caleb Busboom, Dylan Ward and Nick Crews scored goals for the Tigers (3-1). Hebron 1, Chestatee 1 DAHLONEGA — Hebron Christian and Chestatee battled to a 1-1 tie in a match played at the University of North Georgia on Thursday. Cam Hall scored on an assist from Matthew Meek for the Lions (1-2-1). RIFLERY RIFLERY

Buford 1,121, Duluth 1,079 BUFORD — Lindsey Adams shot 288 to lead Buford to a 1,121-1,079 win over Duluth on Thursday. Also scoring for the Wolves (4-1) were Morgan Adams (283), Jacob Ethridge (277) and Hayden Wiggs (273). TRACK AND FIELD TRACK & FIELD Mill Creek hosts Winder-Barrow HOSCHTON — Mill Creek and Winder-Barrow competed Thursday night in a track and field meet. Mill Creek’s girls event winners were Jurnee Ajavon (400-meter dash, 1 minute, 8.83 seconds), Kelsey Powell (800, 2:40.73), Hannah Marr (1,600, 6:44.26), Reema Aboneaaj (100 hurdles, 22.24), Lauryn Woodard (high jump, 4 feet, 8 inches), Elyse Knight (pole vault, 7-0), Katlyn Richardson (triple jump, 28-5 1/2) and Rachel Machovec (shot put, 35-4 1/2 and discus, 106-7). The Hawk boys got first-place finishes from Ronald Clarke (200, 24.10), Andre Valcin (400, 52.61), James Long (800, 2:21.80), Brian Ricks (1,600, 4:48.42), David Mitchell (110 hurdles, 16.53 and 300 hurdles, 48.17), Kyle Baptiste (long jump, 19-9 1/2), Cole Wroble (shot put, 45-11 1/2) and Jack Griffith (discus, 130-6).

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SUPER SIX BOYS LACROSSE Name: Harrison Breyo School: Buford Class: Senior Position: Defender Twitter handle: @Harrison Breyo Noteworthy: Was first-team allcounty selection last season as the Wolves made the playoffs for the first time. Is committed to play Division I for Siena College next season. College choice: Siena College Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammate Gavin Kesselring Favorite athlete: Jordy Nelson Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “No Problem” by Chance the Rapper Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Running Dream job: U.S. senator Favorite lacrosse brand: Maverik Coach Jason Breyo’s take: “Harrison is an incredibly smart player. He has a great knowledge of the game, and is an excellent off ball defensemen. This skill set allows him see the play develop before others and always end up in right place at the right time. He has gained strength and as a result he excels in one on one defensive play. In addition to his athleticism, Harrison is a leader. As a team captain, he exemplifies character on and off of the field.”

Name: Gavin Kesselring School: Buford Class: Senior Position: Attack Twitter handle: @gavin24 Noteworthy: Was a first-team all-county and third-team all-state selection last season as he scored 70 goals and had 30 assists. Also served as Buford’s faceoff specalist and won 263 faceoffs. He will play for junior college powerhouse Onondaga Community College next season. College choice: Onondaga Community College (N.Y.) Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Peachtree Ridge’s Clayton Bryant Favorite athlete: Jaromir Jagr Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Culture” by Migos Sport I’m best at beside lacrosse: Hockey, basketball Dream job: Head college lacrosse coach Favorite lacrosse brand: Nike Coach Jason Breyo’s take: “Gavin has an incredible stick. He also has incredible quickness. Because of those two factors he’s very, very difficult to cover. His dad is a lacrosse coach as well, so he just has an incredible knowledge of the game and he’s also incredibly tough. He can take a beating in a game and it doesn’t bother him at all. He’s like a warrior in

the game. So when you combine all that, he’s very, very difficult for anyone to cover because he just keeps coming back.” Name: Nick Losurdo School: Grayson Class: Junior Position: Attack Twitter handle: @nick_ losurdo11 Noteworthy: Last season he was a first-team all-county selection as he scored 62 goals and had 33 assists. As a freshman he scored 31 goals and had 43 assists. College choice: Undecided Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammate Dylan Witt Favorite athlete: Kobe Bryant Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Goosebumps” by Travis Scott Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Basketball Dream job: CEO of Porsche Favorite lacrosse brand: Nike Coach Jake Schwab’s take: “Nick’s a very talented lacrosse player, he started out his freshman year on Varsity leading the team in scoring and continues to impress us every day. Each night in practice you know when he’s on the field he finds a way to make something happen. He’s been like our quarterback on offense, he sees the field very well

and can recognize ball control situations. Sometimes he’s like a coach on the field.” Name: Jack Ortolano School: North Gwinnett Class: Junior Position: Attack Twitter handle: @ jack_ortolano Noteworthy: Scored 45 goals and 26 assists last season as the Bulldogs reached the state semifinals. The second-team all-county selection is committed to Providence. College choice: Providence College Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammate Justin Hopkins Favorite athlete: Todd Gurley Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Shabba” by A$AP Ferg Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Basketball Dream Job: Pediatrician Favorite lacrosse brand: Maverik Coach John Palocsik’s take: “From an early age Jack committed himself to studying the game. He has dedicated himself to succeeding at the highest level. The only returning starter from last year’s offense, Jack will be looked upon to carry a larger roll in scoring and should have

no problem accepting the role of field general for North’s offense on its 2017 campaign to get to where they left off and finish what they started three years ago when Jack was the only freshman on the team. Jack is a polished Attackman and we look forward to him making others around him better.” Name: Rawley Smith School: Wesleyan Class: Junior Position: Attack Twitter handle: @ rawleysmith Noteworthy: Was a second-team all-county selection last season. In his two years with Weslyean’s varsity team he has scored 112 goals and recorded 37 assists. College choice: Undecided Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: Teammates Sid Brendel and Garrett Hangartner Favorite athlete: Rob Gronkowski Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Football Dream job: Architect Favorite lacrosse brand: Nike Coach Lee Rider’s take: “Rawley is a student of the game. He is always putting in extra time to improve his lacrosse game. Raw-

ley is a team player who looks to get others involved. He is one of the hardest working players that I have coached in lacrosse.” Name: Bailey Williams School: Mill Creek Class: Junior Position: Attack Twitter handle: @b_williams_4 Noteworthy: Is committed to play Divsion I for Bellarmine Univeristy. Last season he scored 45 goals and had 24 assists. College choice: Bellarmine University Best Gwinnett lacrosse player other than me is: North Gwinnett’s Jack Ortolano Favorite athlete: Julio Jones Song that gets me pumped up for a game: “Dreaming The Chainsmokers Remix” by Smallpools Sport I’m best at besides lacrosse: Hockey Dream job: College Lacrosse Coach Favorite lacrosse brand: STX Coach Bo Adams’ take: “Bailey is an excellent lacrosse player, he trains very hard on and off the field. Not only is Bailey a student of the game and has a very good lacrosse IQ, he also works hard in the classroom. We are looking forward to him having a very successful season.”

2017 GWINNETT GHSA STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TEAMS GIRLS CLASS AAAAAAA Archer Tigers Head coach: Bob Westbrook Record: 22-4 Region: 8-AAAAAAA, No. 1 seed First-round opponent: vs. Mountain View, Today at 6:30 p.m. Key players: F Autumn Newby, Sr. (12.9 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.5 spg); C Linsey Marchese, Sr. (12.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg); G Asia McCoy, Jr. (12.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.1 spg); G Tia Shorter, Sr. (4.7 apg, 2.3 spg) Brookwood Broncos Head coach: Mark Isenhour Record: 20-6 Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. 2 seed First state opponent: vs. South Forsyth, Today at 7 p.m. Key players: C N’dea Jones, Sr. (18.5 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 4.9 bpg); G Kiki Adams, Soph. (11.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.4 spg) Collins Hill Eagles Head coach: Brian Harmon Record: 22-4 Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. 2 seed First-round opponent: vs. Grayson, Today at 6 p.m. Key players: G Bria Harmon, Soph.; F/C Jada Rice, Jr.; F Javyn Nicholson, Soph.; F Kayla Dixon, Jr. Central Gwinnett Black Knights Head coach: ShaLisha Davis Record: 15-13 Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. 4 seed First-round opponent: at Lambert, Today at 6 p.m. Key players: G Aaliyah Foote, Sr. (10.9 ppg); F Jayla Black, Sr. (9.8 ppg); F Jalen Tate, Jr. (6.8 ppg) Duluth Wildcats Head coach: April Tate Record: 16-12 Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. 4 seed First-round opponent: at Newton, Today at 6 p.m. Key players: G Endia Banks, Sr. (17.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg); G/F Brianna Dixon, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 spg); F Deja Mitchell, Sr. (8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) Grayson Rams Head coach: Robin Potter Record: 12-13 Region: 8-AAAAAAA, No. 3 seed First-round opponent: at Collins Hill, Today at 6 p.m. Key players: G Bianca Fizouaty, Jr. (11.5 ppg, 2.1 spg); F Jazmin Robinson, Soph. (12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg); G Jonnise Poole, Soph. (11.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 spg) Mill Creek Hawks Head coach: Ashley Phillips Record: 23-4 Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No.

4.5 apg, 1.9 spg) Grayson Rams Head coach: Geoffrey Pierce Record: 18-9 Region: 8-AAAAAAA, No. 3 seed First-round opponent: at Collins Hill, Today at 7:30 p.m. Key players: G Travis Anderson, Jr.; C Kenyon Jackson, Soph.; G Nick Edwards, Jr.

Norcross’s Rayshaun Hammonds (0) drives against Berkmar defender Uba Ezigbo (20). (Photo: Craig Cappy)

1 seed First-round opponent: vs. Rockdale Co., Today at 7 p.m. Key players: F/G Morgan Simmons, Sr. (16.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 spg); G/F Wynter Webb, Sr. (13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.0 spg); G Bridget Mukasa, Jr. (7.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.0 spg); F Alex Bolling, Sr. (4.5 ppg, 1.2 bpg); F Kim Forbes, Sr. (7.1 rpg) Mountain View Bears Head coach: Brad Blackmon Record: 11-17 Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. 4 seed First-round opponent: at Archer, Today at 6:30 p.m. Key players: F/C Lillian Kennedy, Jr.; G Alea Spears, Soph.; F Kamryn Collins, Fr. Norcross Blue Devils Head coach: Angie Hembree Record: 25-2 Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. 1 seed First-round opponent: vs. West Forsyth, Saturday at 4 p.m. Key players: G Taylor Mason, Sr.; G/F Vanessa Blagmon, Sr.; G Tehya Lyons, Jr.; F/C Devyn Wilson, Jr.; F Tionna Carter, Soph.; F Starr Herndon, Sr. Parkview Panthers Head coach: Cynthia Cooper Record: 12-15 Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. 3 seed First-round opponent: at North Forsyth, Today at 7 p.m. Key players: G Diarra Smith, Soph. (11.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.4 spg); G Gabby Jester, Soph. (8.5 ppg); C/F Hannah Sadler, Jr. (7.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 1.5 spg) South Gwinnett Comets Head coach: Kidada Holtzclaw Record: 17-7 Region: 8-AAAAAAA, AtLarge berth First-round opponent: at

McEachern, Saturday at 6 p.m. Key players: G Xian Lopez, Jr.; C Alexis Lewis, Sr.

Meadowcreek Mustangs Head coach: Curtis Gilleylen Record: 17-12 Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. 3 seed First state opponent: at Lambert, Today at 7:30 p.m. Key players: F Anyueri Castillo, Sr. (14.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.2 bpg); F Cory Hightower, Jr. (10.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.7 bpg); C Amari Kelly, Jr. (9.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg); G Dequarious Nichols, Jr. (9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.7 spg)

ppg, 3.9 apg, 2.2 spg); C Natalie Armstrong, Sr. (7.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg); G Jameson Kavel, Sr. (9.1 ppg); F A.C. Carter, Fr. (7.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Mill Creek Hawks CLASS AAAAAA F/G Sutton West, Jr. (4.9 Head coach: David Allen Dacula Falcons rpg, 1.5 bpg) Record: 13-12 Head coach: Jason Adams Region: 6-AAAAAAA, AtRecord: 13-15 BOYS Large berth Region: 8-AAAAAA, No. 3 CLASS AAAAAAA First-round opponent: at seed Brookwood Broncos McEachern, Saturday at First-round opponent: at Head coach: Daniel 7:30 p.m. Harrison, Today at 7 p.m. Bowles Key players: F Christian Key players: F/C Kandy Record: 14-13 Mancillas, Sr.; F Matthew Brown, Sr.; G Helena Lee, Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. McDowell, Soph.; G Tre Jr.; F Chelsey Abel, Soph. 4 seed Rice, Sr.; G Kendall Latney, First state opponent: at Fr. CLASS AAAAA Milton, Saturday at 7 p.m. Buford Wolves Key players: G Bubba ParMountain View Bears Head coach: Gene Durden ham, Sr. (23.8 ppg, 3 apg, Head coach: B.J. Roy Record: 24-2 1.5 spg); G Trae HigginRecord: 20-8 Region: 8-AAAAA, No. 1 botham, Sr. (15.8 ppg, 4.2 Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. seed rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.0 spg); F/G 1 seed First-round opponent: vs. Markus Smith, Sr. (8.7 ppg, First-round opponent: vs. Decatur, Saturday at 5 p.m. 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.9 bpg) South Gwinnett, Saturday Key players: G Tory Ozat 6 p.m. ment, Jr.; G Audrey Weiner, Berkmar Patriots Key players: G Spencer Jr.; G Snoody Johnson, Sr.; Head coach: Greg Phillips Rodgers, Jr. (15.9 ppg), 1.6 F Marissa Bruce, Sr.; C ZiRecord: 20-7 apg, 1.2 spg); G Miles Long, kaya Wright, Sr.; C Jessica Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. Jr. (9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 Nelson, Jr. 2 seed apg); F Uchenna Nwagbara, First state opponent: vs. Sr. (7.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.2 CLASS AAA South Forsyth, Saturday at bpg); G Jalen Hayes, Jr. (7.3 GAC Spartans 6 p.m. ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg) Head coach: Lady Grooms Key players: F/G Al DurRecord: 20-7 ham, Sr.; F/G Jay Estime, Norcross Blue Devils Region: 7-AAA, No. 1 seed Sr.; G Zach Cooks, Sr. Head coach: Jesse McMilFirst-round opponent: vs. lan Cedar Grove, Today at 6 Collins Hill Eagles Record: 22-5 p.m. Head coach: Ty Baumgard- Region: 7-AAAAAAA, No. Key players: G Robyn ner 1 seed Benton, Jr. (16.7 ppg, 5.6 Record: 19-8 First-round opponent: vs. rpg, 2.2 apg, 4.2 spg, 1.5 Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. West Forsyth, Saturday at bpg); G Taylor Sutton, Jr. 2 seed 5:30 p.m. (12.5 ppg, 3.6 apg, 3.3 First-round opponent: vs. Key players: F Rayshaun spg); G Tamiah Lewis, Sr. Grayson, Today at 7:30 p.m. Hammonds, Sr.; C/F Lance (13.9 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 spg); Key players: G JaQuan Thomas, Sr.; G Jordan C Caria Reynolds, Jr. (9.3 Morris, Sr.; G Max Clark, Goldwire, Sr.; G Kyle ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 spg); C/F Sr.; F Kenny Stanciel, Sr.; F Sturdivant, Soph.; G Dalvin Lexi Mann, Sr. (7.3 ppg, 4.7 Justin Lee, Jr. White, Jr. rpg, 1.3 bpg); G Kennedi Williams, Soph. (5.8 ppg, Duluth Wildcats Peachtree Ridge Lions 3.7 apg, 2.5 spg) Head coach: Cabral Huff Head coach: Keith ArRecord: 18-10 rington CLASS A (PRIVATE) Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. Record: 16-12 Wesleyan Wolves 3 seed Region: 6-AAAAAAA, No. Head coach: Jan Azar First-round opponent: at 4 seed Record: 24-4 Shiloh, Saturday at 4 p.m. First-round opponent: at Region: 5-A, No. 3 overall Key players: G Alex Newton, Today at 7:30 p.m. seed in Class A Private Flagler, Jr. (15.7 ppg, 3.8 Key players: G/F Connor First-round opponent: rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.9 spg); F Heyward, Sr. (9.0 ppg, 5.9 George Walton-Savannah Will Huzzie, Jr. (12.6 ppg, rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 0.9 Christian winner, first-round 8.3 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.0 bpg); F bpg); G/F Devin Vassall, bye this week Jalen Hodges, Sr. (9.7 ppg, Jr. (13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg); F/C Key players: G/F Mikayla 7.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 bpg); G Kristian Collins, Sr. (11.0 Coombs, Sr. (15.7 ppg, 7.6 Christian Kelly, Jr. (9.8 ppg, ppg, 5.0 rpg) rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.8 spg); G 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg); G Lamont Shiloh Generals Amaya Register, Jr. (8.9 Smith, Jr. (7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, Head coach: Kim Rivers

Record: 16-12 Region: 8-AAAAAAA, No. 2 seed First-round opponent: vs. Duluth, Saturday at 4 p.m. Key players: C/F T.J. Massenburg, Sr.; G/F Greg James, Sr.; F Shamarie McLeod, Jr.; G Brian Coffey, Sr.; G Brandon Blair, Sr. South Gwinnett Comets Head coach: Ty Anderson Record: 13-11 Region: 8-AAAAAAA, No. 4 seed First-round opponent: at Mountain View, Saturday at 6 p.m. Key players: F Brycen Lee, Sr.; G/F D’onte Torrence, Sr.; F Harry Williams, Sr.; F/G Naheim Alleyne, Soph. CLASS AAAAAA Dacula Falcons Head coach: Russ Triaga Record: 19-8 Region: 8-AAAAAA, No. 2 seed First-round opponent: vs. Osborne, Saturday at 7 p.m. Key players: F/G Arusha Hunter, Jr. (17.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.6 spg); G Mekhail Bethea, Soph. (14.0 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg); G Justin Goodson, Sr. (12.4 ppg, 2.7 apg, 2.4 spg); G Gary Bishop, Sr. (8.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg); F Shayne Buckingham, Jr. (8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 bpg) Lanier Longhorns Head coach: Jeremy Huckaby Record: 14-13 Region: 8-AAAAAA, No. 3 seed First-round opponent: at South Cobb, Today at 6:30 p.m. Key players: G Adrian Martin, Jr.; F Juwuan Jones, Sr.; F Tyler Taylor, Sr. CLASS AAAAA Buford Wolves Head coach: Eddie Martin Record: 24-2 Region: 8-AAAAA, No. 1 seed First-round opponent: vs. Lithia Springs, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Key players: F/G Marcus Watson, Soph.; G Alex Jones, Jr.; F David Viti, Jr.; G Donell Nixon, Soph. CLASS AAA GAC Spartans Head coach: David Eaton Record: 20-6 Region: 7-AAA, No. 2 seed First-round opponent: vs. Lovett, Saturday at 7 p.m. Key players: F/C Charlie O’Briant, Sr.; F Jeffrey Blake, Soph.; F/C Christopher Hinton, Soph.; G Hunter McIntosh, Soph.; G Branden Harris, Jr. CLASS A (PRIVATE) Wesleyan Wolves Head coach: Adam Griffin Record: 16-11 Region: 5-A, No. 15 overall seed First-round opponent: vs. Savannah Christian, Saturday at 4 p.m. Key players: G Christian McLean, Jr.; F Sean McDonough, Sr.; F Grant Frerking, Sr.; G J.D. Kavel, Soph.; F Harrison Cook, Sr.

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CITY OF PEACHTREE CORNERS PUBLIC NOTICE APH 2017-02-048 PLACE: City of Peachtree Corners City Hall 147 Technology Pkwy Suite 200 DATE & TIME: February 27th, 2017 7:00 P.M. PURPOSE: Alcoholic Beverage License Application Consumption on Premise, Beer, Wine & Sunday Sales APPLICANT: Hubbell & Hudson Management, LLC dba Black Walnut Cafe 5242 Peachtree Parkway Peachtree Corners, GA 30092-3360 904-469395, 2/10,17

PUBLIC HEARINGS PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF DACULA COMPENSATION OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., the Mayor and City Council will consider a raise of compensation for the Mayor and City Council in the amount of $2,000 annually. Any proposed increase would not take effect until January 1, 2018. Meetings of the City Council are open to the public and take place in their Chambers located at Dacula City Hall at 442 Harbins Road, Dacula, Georgia. 928-471314, 2/17,24,3/3 JUNTA DE REGISTRO DE VOTANTES Y ELECCIONES DEL CONDADO DE GWINNETT AVISO PĂšBLICO La reuniĂłn ordinaria de la Junta de Registro de Votantes y Elecciones del Condado de Gwinnett tendrĂĄ lugar el martes 21 de febrero de 2017 a las 6 de la tarde. La reuniĂłn se realizarĂĄ en las oficinas de Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, sala de conferencias C, ubicado en 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia. 9 de febrero de 2017 -sLynn Ledford Directora de Elecciones Votante 111716 928-471258, 2/17

PUBLIC SALES/ AUCTIONS NOTICE 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 FEBRUARY 18, 2017. THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES ARE DECLARED ABANDONED AND FORECLOSED VEHICLES PURSUANT TO OCGA 40-11-5. ESTOS VEHICULOS SERAN VENDIDOS AL PUBLICO POR DINERO EN EFECTIVO EN STATEWIDE WRECKER SERVICE LOCALIZADO EN 2775 SIMPSON CIRCLE, NORCROSS, GEORGIA A LAS 10:00 A.M. EN 18 FEBRERO 2017 . LOS SIGUIENTES VEHICULOS AN SIDO DECLARADOS ABANDONADOS Y CERRADOS DE ACUERDO A OCGA 40-11-5 NUEVA LOCALIZACION 770-381-1140 www. 2013 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WC5E36D1254350 2008 Dodge Nitro 1D8GU58KX8W167434 2012 Hyundai Elantra KMHDH4AE1CU479551 2015 Ford Transit T-250 1FTNR2ZG1FKA36395 2006 Cadillac DTS 1G6KD57Y96U198202 1999 Toyota Sienna 4T3ZF13C3XU128708 2002 GMC Yukon 1GKEC13V12R263143 2009 Hyundai Sonata 5NPEU46C29H507954 2007 Suzuki GSX-R600 JS1GN7DA572103547 2004 Acura TL 19UUA66264A056715 2007 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WT58K179162605 2002 GMC Sierra 1500 1GTEC14W52Z261592 2002 Ford Explorer 1FMDU74W32UA63470 2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 WDBJF65J71B285839 2002 GMC Savana 1GDHG31R421901720 2005 Honda Accord 1HGCM56425A160537 2002 Chrysler 300M 2C3HE66GX2H140295 1996 Ford Explorer 1FMDU32P7TZA92673 2000 Nissan Maxima JN1CA31A9YT220561 *** REBUILT *** 2007 Chrysler Sebring 1C3LC46R27N632744 2000 BMW 323 Ci

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PUBLIC AUCTION UNCLE BOB’S STORE #413 PUBLIC SALE 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 Uncle Bob’s Self Storage located at: 875 Marathon Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 678-242-1441; 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 AUCTION DATE: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM Space No. C u s t o m e r Name Inventory 1051 Phillip Darby Household Goods/Furniture, TV/Stereo Equipment. 1052 Phillip Darby Household Goods/Furniture, Acct. Records/Sales Samples. 2068 Ramisi Smith Household Goods/Furniture, TV/ Stereo Equipment, Tools/ Appliances. 3014 Jerome S Thompson Household Goods/Furniture, TV/Stereo Equipment, Tools/Appliances. 3016 Rachel Walker Household Goods/Furniture, Others:clothes. 3041 Xavier Rwaling Household Goods/Furniture, TV/ Stereo Equipment, Tools/ Appliances. 3096 Marilyn Morris Household Goods/Furniture. 4091 Kinte Cobb Household Goods/Furniture, TV/Stereo Equipment, Tools/Appliances. 4149 Larissa Williams Household Goods/Furniture, TV/Stereo Equipment, Tools/Appliances. 929-469135, 2/10,17

PUBLIC SALE 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 Uncle Bob’s Self Storage located at: 2655 Langford Rd. Norcross, Ga. 30071, 770-2420468; 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, FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017, @ 10:00 AM. SPACE NO.; CUSTOMER NAME; INVENTORY Space No. Customer Name Inventory 150 Alpha Jalloh Household Goods/Furniture. 929-469779, 2/10,17

Special Master, R. Matthew Reeves, on March 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm, at Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C., One Sugarloaf Centre, 1960 Satellite Blvd NW #4000, Duluth, Georgia 30097. 9 3 0 - 4 6 9 8 6 1 , 2/10,17,24,3/2

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE In accordance with Georgia Law Chapter 40-11-5 the following vehicles have been deemed abandoned and will be sold at a public sale on 3-1-17 @10:00 Said Vehicles are located at: 422 WEST PIKE STREET LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30045 VIN# WBANE73566CM36444 06 BMW 530I VIN#2B3KA43G87H666438 07 DODGE CHARGER VIN 1S12E9538PE352560 92 Strick Trailer Sale will be held at 11:45 on 3-1-17 Location: 4930 BUFORD HWY NORCROSS GA 30071 929-469874, 2/10,17 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: The following self-storage Cube contents containing household and other goods will be sold for cash by CubeSmart #6929, 5985 South Norcross Tucker Road, Norcross, GA 30093, to satisfy a lien 03/08/2017 at approx. 2:00 www. Name Unit # Naim U Syde B002 Sothern States Equipment B002 Donald Davis B037 Deyvi Rosique- Osegueda B082 Miguel Silverio D047 Juan L Nunez B116 Carlia Pampkin C020 Tiffany Tucker C096 Tiffeny Tucker C096 Monique Green E004 Rayna Stephens E069 Afzal Ahmed B088 929-470604, 2/17,24 PUBLIC NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OCGA 40-11-2 ZEUS AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR, WILL HOLD AN AUCTION FOR THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE(S): 2005 SATURN ION 1G8AM12F95Z147124 WILL BE AUCTIONED ON MARCH 9, 2017 AT 10 AM. AT 420 ATHENS HWY SUITE A LOGANVILLE, GA 30052 *7560 929-470821, 2/17,23 NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OCGA 40-11-2 AUTO IMPACT NO.2, LLC, WILL HOLD AN AUCTION FOR THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE(S): 2003 ACURA 3.2 TL 19UUA56623A064158 WILL BE AUCTIONED ON MARCH 9, 2017 AT 10 AM. AT 260 LAREDO DRIVE DECATUR, GA 30030 *7596 929-470833, 2/17,23


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: The following self-storage Cube contents containing household and other goods will be sold for cash by CubeSmart [3494 Gwinnett Place Dr.] to satisfy a lien on [March 9th, 2017] at approx. [2:00PM] at www. Cube# 1015 Kimberly Collier-Baldwin Cube# 1018 Corey Abrams Cube# 1057 Corey Abrams Cube# 2106 Sonneithia A Lovejoy Cube# 3042 Sheri Moreau 929-470598, 2/17,24

SERVICE BY PUBLICATION NOTICE OF SERVICE BY PUBLICATION� NR DEED, LLC v IN RE: PROPERTY KNOWN AS 321 HARBINS ROAD AND ALL PERSONS KNOWN OR UNKNOWN WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN SAID LAND CIVIL ACTION FILE NO. 16-A-11465-6 SUPERIOR COURT OF GWINNETT COUNTY To: E. Calvin Dubose and/ or Unknown Heirs of Calvin Dubose; Dale W. Dubose; Nabil Kharmoush, Darylyne Bogdany Smith; Anita Fay Mitchell and Mildred Brady You are hereby notified pursuant to Order of Superior Court of Gwinnett County Judge Ronnie K. Batchelor, entered January 24, 2017, that a Petition to Quiet Title with the above referenced style was filed on November 15, 2016, in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County by NR Deed, LLC (“Petitioner�). The Petition, if granted, will declare Petitioner to be the fee simple owner of that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and fully described at Exhibit “A� to the Petition. You are hereby given notice of this action and directed that you may file any pleading you desire in response to the Petition for Quiet Title by serving Petitioner’s attorney, Adam C. Caskey, 4355 Cobb Pkwy, Ste. J-505, Atlanta, GA 30339 and filing said response with the Clerk of Superior Court of Gwinnett County. A hearing on this matter will be held before the Court Appointed S


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Buford Gypsy Theatre Company presents Neil Simon’s romantic comedy ‘Barefoot In The Park’

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a look ahead Friday, Feb. 24 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME — Experience “The Greatest Show on Earth” one last time at its tour stop at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth before it permanently closes in May. The shows will feature amazing circus artists and exotic animals. The remaining performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Feb 24; 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 25, Feb. 26, March 4 and March 5; and 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 3. Prices range from $28 to $103. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 770626-2464. Chili Cook-Off & Concert — Find out who has perfected the art of cooking up chili at the competition at Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville beginning at 11:30 a.m. Contestants will provide a gallon of their best chili for sampling. Additional chili, fixings, bread, crackers, dessert and drinks will be provided. The Rexall Wranglers will serve up live entertainment. The event is free for competitors, which is limited to the first 10. Admission is $6 person. Register online with the code BEP12906 at or call 678-277-0179 by Wednesday. “The Temple Bombing” — The stage adaptation of the book by Melissa Fay Greene explores the October 1958 bombing of Atlanta’s oldest synagogue.

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Owner: Joseph Bambinelli Open Since: 2005 Location: Next to the Kroger in the Beaver Ruin Village shopping center at the corner of Lawrenceville Highway and Beaver Ruin Road. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Atmosphere: Bonnie Marisa Bambinelli opened the Northlake Bambinelli’s in 1980, one year before her son Joesph was born. With his mother’s expertise in the kitchen and the experience of growing up in the restaurant business, it was an easy decision for Joseph Bambinelli to carry on the family tradition by opening the Lilburn location in 2005. Joseph learned from his mother’s example and decided to focus on producing quality food while maintaining his commitment to the community. Examples of his connection to the community are laid out across the bar area, where various plaques given to the restaurant in appreciation of its support of both Parkview and Brookwood High Schools are displayed.

ON THE MENU Chicken Cannelloni: Tubes of pasta filled with grilled chicken, spinach, ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and served with your choice of either alfredo sauce, tomato sauce, or even better, a combination of both. Linguini Carbonara: An exquisite combination of creamy alfredo sauce, salty prosciutto and sautéed mushrooms tossed with linguine pasta. Veal Piccata: A pan seared veal scallopini, sauteed in a homemade lemon butter white wine sauce with mushrooms and capers. Baked Lasagna: Lasagna pasta layered with fresh imported pecorino romano cheese, seasoned ground beef and whole milk ricotta cheese with melted mozzarella cheese on top.

“Joseph definitely grasped onto what it means to be part of a community from his mother,” manager Jody Gardiner said. “Joseph turned this place into a neighborhood hot spot.” An assortment of draft beers and wine fill the bar area where flat screen TVs display around-theclock sports. Guests have the choice to take a seat at the bar counter or sit at multiple high-top tables,

GWINNETT TASTES A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post: Culver’s Bite into a chin-dripping ButterBurger, savor fresh frozen custard or taste crunchy cheese curds from the Midwest-based chain of fast casual dining restaurant Culver’s in Lawrenceville. Married couple Chris and Brook Howard opened the family-friendly, customer service-oriented spot in January and business has been booming ever since. Crowds flock to the restaurant, which offers indoor and outdoor seating and various flavors of custard including the Flavor of the Day that’s posted on its outdoor sign facing the highway. But people travel for miles for the single- or double-patty burger made of fresh, U.S.-raised beef, with the customer’s choice of The Works of Deluxe toppings and lightly buttered and toasted bun. Although different sandwiches, entrees and sides are available, the un-aged yellow and white Wisconsin cheddar lightly breaded and deep-fried golden brown is a menu standout. 1133 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, 770-8024323 The Chocolaterie The Chocolaterie offers several types of chocolates, ice cream, sorbet, desserts and candy, but the chocolate truffles are “the stars of the show,” co-owner

Above, garlic rolls are one of the restaurant’s popular appetizers to start the meal off right. The restaurant has an open bar area with sports on many television sets while guests can also choose to sit in the lounge area at tables or booths.

each with two high-top chairs. The restaurant also offers guests an outdoor full service dining experience option for the whole family can enjoy lunch or dinner.

Bambinelli’s also offers a catering service. Menu: The restaurant’s classic Italian dishes inspire many repeat customers who have been dining there since the restaurant opened, Gardiner said.

Every morning, Bambinelli’s makes fresh sauce and bread to prepare for the day’s customers. All of their sauces and bread come from recipes dating back to the family’s Italian ancestors.

well as brews local to the restaurant’s place of origin, Tuscaloosa, Ala. But the restuarant doesn’t just offer dinner. General Manager Tim Clark said the spot engages in what he refers to as “eatertainment.” A pitmaster stands at the back of the restaurant cooking meat over a hickory flame in a brick oven. He’s usually open to interacting with jovial guests. 3540 W. Lawrenceville St., Duluth, 770-366-7427

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Uncle Jack’s Meat Chocolate lovers can savor chocolate-covered strawber- House ries at The Chocolaterie in the former Bank of Duluth Owner Willie Degel from building in historic downtown Duluth. (Staff Photo: Erika the Food Network chanWells) nel has another hit with his high-end restaurant ille Street features “The Elizabeth Ashworth said. Chocolaterie Mural Lady,” a franchise with Uncle Jack’s Located in historic downtown Duluth, The Chocolat- woman holding chocolates. Meat House beside the Infinite Energy Arena in Du3099 Main St., Duluth, erie has become known for luth. Since September, the 678-585-3338 its large chocolate truffles dining establish has served covered in a slightly crispy natural, USDA prime steak Dreamland Bar-B-Que shell — often elaborately and chops, fresh seafood, Dreamland Bar-B-Que’s decorated — with a smooth, homemade bread, rich new Duluth location ofcreamy chocolate filling. desserts and vegetarian as fers a fun, laid back vibe The handmade, handwell as gluten-free options. complete with quality food. painted chocolates have The menu ingredients are Open since June, the resbeen available in flavors from local, sustainable, taurant is situated on The including Dark Chocolate humane sources. The bar Amaretto Kiss, Pecan Cara- Block at Parson’s Alley, an is the focal point of the mel Turtle, White Chocolate up-and-coming retail and dining area, and there is a restaurant district downParty Cake and more. heated patio where patrons town. Ashworth and her husmay dine near the warmth The menu features pork band had the former Bank of a fire pit. The restaurant of Duluth building renovated spare ribs most prominently, but management agrees has a 1900s New York City and moved their business meatpacking warehouse from Cumming. It has been that customers should also venture further to try a wide feel with a modern touch, open in its current location inspired by Degel’s relatives selection of appetizers and since July, and they use who owned a steakhouse what was once a vault as a desserts. That includes, and speakeasy up north in of course, the BBQ spot’s cool place to store chocothe 1920s. The place can famous banana pudding. late. be ideal for grabbing a drink The bar serves up a wide The side of the building or quick bite to eat and for that faces West Lawrencev- selection of local beers as

Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream Pub and Eatery Daddy O’Brien’s Irish Ice Cream Pub and Eatery offers more than 100 gourmet flavors including over 30 rich alcohol-infused choices that drew a crowd the first day it opened in January. Owners and married couple Frank “DaddyO” and Lori O’Brien pay homage to his Irish roots with old-time decorations with a modern flair. Also, the pub and eatery offers traditional flavors, sugar-free options and non-dairy sorbets. Visitors can try homemade Belgian waffles, crepes, and poffertjes — mini unique Dutch pancakes — hot soup, the special of the day and much more on the menu. 5910 Suwanee Dam Road, Suite 400, Sugar Hill, 678-765-9633 The Double Eagle The Double Eagle is a golf-themed casual dining New American sports tavern ideal for lunch, happy hour or a family dinner with indoor and outdoor seating options. The eatery featuring burgers, wings and more opened in September in the former space of Johnny’s Pizza at 5005 Peachtree Parkway, No. 810. One of The Double Eagle’s standouts is the Pimento and Bacon burger with bacon marmalade, topped with a fried green

The chicken cannelloni includes freshly made pasta tubes filled with grilled chicken, spinach and both mozzarella and ricotta cheeses stuffed inside. Guests have the choice of either of the homemade sauces, Alfredo or tomato, and can request a mixture of both sauces. Another popular dish is Bambinelli’s linguini carbonara. The entree is a combination of Alfredo sauce, prosciutto and sauteed mushrooms. All of the components are mixed around with a linguine pasta. For an additional cost, customers have the option to pay for shrimp, grilled chicken, and/or broccoli. Gardiner said, “Customers won’t get these dishes at their typical Italian restaurant.” Bambinelli’s madefrom-scratch garlic rolls are hard to resist, and the fluffy rolls come hot and steamy in a basket for the table to share. The restaurant offers an assortment of draft beers and wine along with Coca-Cola fountain drinks. Something you may not know: The family is putting the finishing touches on the grand opening of its third location. This location is set to open in Roswell in the next couple of months.

tomato slice. Owners Adam Conner and John Saxe, both of Peachtree Corners, named the restaurant after their university mascots. Conner pays homage to the Auburn War Eagle and Saxe, to the Georgia Southern Freedom Eagle. Autographed sports memorabilia and golf-related statement pieces decorate the walls. 5005 Peachtree Parkway, No. 810, Peachtree Corners, 470-255-2389 DePalma’s Italian Cafe DePalma’s Italian Cafe is ideal for date night, just grabbing a bite to eat or special occasions. The lunch menu offers familiar pizza slices, salads, soups and pasta options as well as sandwiches and paninis. Dinner includes favorites such as eggplant Florentine with baked layers of fried eggplant, basil ricotta, spinach and mozzarella over spinach angel hair pasta with marinara sauce; specialty pizzas with premium toppings; scallops in creamy butternut squash sauce and more. The wine selection includes everything from fine reds and whites from Italy and around the world. Witty wording describes brews such as Budweiser and Corona as “Beer;” Harpoon UFO White and Peroni as “Good Beer;” and Stone Delicious IPA and Smuttynose Robust Porter as “Really Good Beer.” 1862 Auburn Road, No. 113, Dacula, 678-804-9275

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Find out what happens when a stuffy lawyer and his free-spirited wife move into a small 1960s New York City apartment in the Gypsy Theatre Company’s production of “Barefoot in the Park.” The company’s artistic director Mercury makes Neil Simon’s hit Broadway show come alive on the stage at the Sylvia Beard Theatre in Buford. “Neil Simon is brilliant at showing the funny side of everything that happens to us as humans. Everyone can dive into this one,” Mercury said. “Be prepared to laugh; it’s such a slice of life, and everyone everyone can relate to the characters or the element that the characters bring and the situations or dialogue.” The family-friendly show will take place at the Buford Community Center Theatre, 2200 Buford Highway, through March 5. The audience gets to know Paul and Corie after they experience a blissful honeymoon and settle into their five-story walk-up — and fixer-upper. Paul tries to cope with their new digs as Corie, who is known for walking in a nearby park barefoot in below-freezing temperatures, goes about life without a care in the world. “They’re a young couple, but with any couple that gets married there’s a process of learning about the other one,” Mercury said. “It shows in a very hilarious way how we learn about each other, particularly when in a new relationship.” To make matters worse, the couple deals with eccentric neighbors including “dirty old man” Victor, who lives in the building’s attic. Corie’s old-fashioned mother ends up hitting it off with Victor, and eventually

Free-spirited Corie Bratter (Bekah Medford, far left and above) and the stiff lawyer-type Paul Bratter (David Sterritt, left) can survive as newlyweds in their small apartment in Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” production presented by the Gypsy Theatre Company in Buford. (Special Photos)

IF YOU GO What: “Barefoot in the Park” When: Through March 5 Where: Sylvia Beard Theatre at the Buford Community Center Theatre More information: bufordcommunitycenter. com In the Gypsy Theatre Company production of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” “dirty old man” Victor Velasco (Dustin C. Burrell) falls for Mrs. Banks (Eileen Koteles), the mother of the quirky Corie Bratter (Bekah Medford).

the newlyweds see themselves in the new couple and hilarity ensures. “The script might be the same, but the beauty of live theater is it’s different every time it’s performed,” Mercury said. “We pull out some very nice elements and we have a fun time on stage. “It’s generally true of any production that’s successful that the cast and director bring elements that they have learned and been able to create over time. It’s such a collaborative effort to tell

this wonderful story.” Mercury and his wife, Danielle Gustaveson, who also serves as production manager, started the Gypsy Theatre Company about 10 years ago. Mercury has more than 35 years of experience in the industry and has done everything from acting to directing to technical work. He lived in Manhattan for 18 years, was part of the Actors’ Equity Association Union, and went on several national tours. “I learned every aspect of

theater production, so when my wife and I decided to start our own theater company, we had a head start,” Mercury said.

Mercury is still planning the next step for the company but is looking forward to the future. “While I’m not yet at liberty to say where we will be later this fall, keep an eye out because you never know where we Gypsies will turn up,” he said. For now, Mercury and Gustaveson are preparing for their final productions and invite the community to enjoy their version of “Barefoot in the Park.” The show starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18, Feb. 23-25, and March 2-4. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 19, Feb. 26 and March 5. Tickets range from $22 to $25. This will be the Gypsy For more information or Theatre Company’s last to buy tickets, visit bufordseason at the Sylvia Beard Theatre when their final pro- or call 770-945-6762. duction wraps up in June.



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Barefoot in the Park Festival revs up for 2017 Art Beat

put your hand to making your own original piece of artwork in our Binders Learning Village, and enjoy some great food while you are there. We will have a student art exhibit from our local schools that is just fabulous. Lots to do and see here in Buford over Mother’s Day weekend.� Holley Calmes About 10,000 visitors are expected to attend forward to our 13th annual the event. There will be festival this year. We are between 50 and 70 visual expecting great crowds, so artists in their white tents bring your mom and your covering the area and offamily to come out and fering wonderful works listen to the talented acts of art, and gifts for Mom, performing all weekend, of paintings, sculpture, shop for your favorite piece fine crafts, photography of handmade artwork to and jewelry. The event has add to your collection, become a popular place to

bring Mom and let her pick out her own Mother’s Day gift. The deadline for becoming one of these visual artists is March 1, so interested artists need to quickly register online through Proceeds from Barefoot In The Park go to the Arts Education Scholarship Fund. Each year Barefoot provides scholarships to area fine visual and performing arts students. Since the beginning, The Arts Education Scholarship Fund has granted over $60,000 in arts scholarships awards. Barefoot in the Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Last year’s first-place scholarship winner was Swanna Klein, a 10thgrade student at Buford High School with her piece “Remembering Oz.� Her school received a $500 gift certificate, and Swanna received a $500 gift certificate to Binders Art Supplies for her continuing educational needs. This year’s arts scholarship award is being developed through Gwinnett and Buford City Schools art departments. For 2017, a new component is being planning for Barefoot. Performing artists ages 13-18 will be eligible for a scholarship award




for continued education as well. The “Barefoot Young Performing Artists Award� event will be held in the Buford Town Center Theatre on Saturday, May 13 with the winners being announced the next day. The emphasis will be on the fine arts in instrumental music, voice, drama and dance. Details for this new opportunity to support Gwinnett’s young artists will be announced soon. For more information about Barefoot, visit Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at

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Gibbs Gardens in northeast Georgia this upcoming Saturday. With mild weather and unseasonably warm temperatures, the annual display of more than 20 million blooms will open early this year and run through March. More than 50 acres of daffodils in colors including yellow, saffron, gold, orange, blush pink and others will be on display at the residential estate gardens at 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground. Each year for the past 30 years, Jim Gibbs has

Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors ages 65 and up and $10 for children ages 3 through 17. Children ages 2 and under are free. For groups of 10 or more, the cost is $16 per person. The Arbor Café will offer sandwiches, salads and desserts, and the gift store Gibbs Gardens will feature a huge display of daffodils will contain a selection of including the Narcissus ‘Fortissimo,’ a large-cupped daf- new merchandise, including fodil, on its opening day this upcoming Saturday. (Photo: garden ornaments. A tram Gibbs Gardens) will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. added new varieties of the dogwoods and ornamenFor more information, daffodils, which continue tal cherry trees will serve visit to multiply on 16 venues as canopies for forsythia, or call 770-893-1881 and and 220 acres. Hundreds of spiraea and quince. choose option No. 2.


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6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth 770-813-7500 www.infiniteenergycenter. com • Feb. 17: Dancin’ and Singin’ the Night Away • Feb. 18-19: International Dance Challenge • Feb. 24-26: Showbiz Talent • March 3-5: Aurora and Maleficent • March 10-12: Swan Lake • March 18-19: The Rainbow King • March 25: HGTV Star Chip Wade Talk and Q and A • Feb. 24 — March 12: Sylvia • March 31 — April 16: Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe SYLVIA BEARD THEATRE Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford 770-945-6762 www.bufordcommunity • Through March 5: Barefoot in the Park presented by Gypsy Theatre Company ATLANTA ATLANTA

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music Atlanta Jewish Music Festival embraces diverse lineup FROM STAFF REPORTS One of Atlanta’s premier international musical events, The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, returns for its eighth year with a robust musical

lineup sure to please all music loving crowds. The two and a half week festival will run March 2-19 in various locations throughout metroAtlanta. AJMF is the largest

Jewish music festival in the South and is known for featuring a diverse bill of artists ranging from jazz to hip hop to world music. This year’s festival continues the propensity to surprise and

delight audiences with unique sounds, soul stirring melodies and energetic, foot-stomping fun. “One of the most diverse music festivals in the South and one of the largest Jewish music fes-

tivals in the world, AJMF defies the traditional definition of ‘Jewish music,’” AJMF Director Russell Gottschalk said. “This year’s lineup includes Jewish artists from around the globe and

some of the best musicians from our local community, including a first ever commission of new Southern Jewish music.” For more information and to view the lineup visit

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Rosamund Pike plays Ruth Williams and David Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama in the film “A United Kingdom.” (Special Photo: Stanislav Honzik via 20th Century Fox)

‘United Kingdom’ a little bit too structured A United Kingdom (PG-13) HHHH

By Michael clark Movie Critic

Although infrequently produced, movies about mixed-race marriages and/ or relationships almost always lead to heated water cooler debate. From “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” to “Jungle Fever” to “Lakeview Terrace” to last year’s slightly overrated “Loving,” these films tend to hit a nerve — positive or otherwise — for most viewers. Like “Loving,” “A United Kingdom” is based on

a true story taking place in the mid-20th century, and although it was big news at the time, few people alive remember it. Unlike “Loving” — which took place in the U.S. involving a black woman and a white man, “A United Kingdom” is set in Europe and Africa and involves a white Englishwoman and a black man who was the heir to the throne of a small country overseen by the British monarchy. This union raised eyebrows, blood pressure and passions on both sides of the issue and led to a political imbroglio of epic proportions. Meeting in 1948 at a jazz club in London, of-

fice clerk Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) and college student/amateur boxer Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) fell for each other almost immediately. He didn’t reveal he was royalty until far into their relationship, which worked out well, as she was unimpressed by titles or airs. After accepting his marriage proposal, Ruth was shunned by her parents and effectively disowned by her father, yet she refused to cave. This was small potatoes compared to what was to follow. In the kingdom of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), Seretse’s uncle was preparing for his nephew to

return home and assume the throne left vacant years earlier due to the death of Seretse’s father. When word arrived that the would-be king was married to a white woman, the uncle, Seretse’s sister and practically every citizen of the country turned on him. In addition, the British ambassador to the country was petrified that setting such a precedent would lead to war with the newly established Apartheid government in neighboring South Africa. For her third film, the African-English former child star-turned-director Amma Asante serves up something of a bookend to her sophomore effort,

“Belle,” another factbased period piece dealing with an interracial relationship. In part due to its late 18th-century setting, “Belle” played out like a more traditional art-house bodice-ripper with emotions gurgling just underneath the surface. The principal drawback with “A United Kingdom” is that it unfolds episodically, which is understandable as it was written by longtime TV movie scribe Guy Hibbert. It is so formally constructed that once it’s slated for air on a network with commercials, the insertion breaks will be easy to pick. This is in no way a negative comment on the quality

of the filmmaking, acting and production designs — which are all top shelf, and for those fond of melodrama, the movie will be very satisfying. If you see the film, make sure to stick around through the end credits featuring still photos of the real Khama couple and the list of their accomplishments taking place after the narrative concludes. These were two people who faced a level of adversity that would crush most of us, yet they came out on the other side not only stronger but also provided some much needed inspiration for an entire nation. (Fox Searchlight)

Gloves are off in raucous, ‘Cure for Wellness’ a dramatic with biting social satire raunchy comedy ‘Fist Fight’ thriller A Cure for Fist Fight (R) HHHH

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FIGHT! While you’ve probably heard that at a school before, odds are it wasn’t because two teachers were about to throw down. Well, now, they are. Opening on the last day of school, “Fist Fight” is a vulgar, over-the-top, in-yourface raunchy comedy. If you balk at those descriptors, stop reading this and don’t see the movie. In the vein of “Sausage Party,” “Superbad,” (insert any Seth Rogen movie here) and “Porky’s,” “Fist Fight” isn’t for everyone. Within the first five minutes, there are multiple curse words and porn — you’ve been warned. English teacher Andy Campbell (played by Charlie Day from “Horrible Bosses,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is having a bad day. The students are out of control, he might be fired and his home life isn’t great as money is tight and his wife is expecting their second child any second. Campbell’s day gets even worse when he decides to cross history teacher Ron Strickland played by Ice Cube (“Barbershop: The Next Cut,” the “Ride Along” movies). Strickland is a no-nonsense, tough teacher — one of the only ones the students fear.

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Ice Cube portrays Strickland in the New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures comedy “Fist Fight.” (Special Photo: Bob Mahoney via Warner Bros.)

Not one to stand for such a thing, he challenges Campbell to a fight after school. Campbell can’t believe it and isn’t too keen on the idea as it seems the inevitable outcome will be a terrible beating. Wanting to find any other way around the problem, he goes to desperate measures to make sure it doesn’t happen. All this is piled on to an already full agenda since Campbell needs to meet with his superiors to plead why he should be able to keep his job, meet his daughter (Alexa Nisenson, “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”) for a dance competition at her school and then proceed to the fight. “Fist Fight” also boasts many other stars — Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) as a coach, Jillian Bell (“Workaholics,” “22 Jump Street”) as the counselor, Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) as the principal and Christinia Hendricks (“Mad Men”) as the French teacher. I’m not

the biggest fan of Morgan, but he has some funny lines and he isn’t used extensively. Bell continues to pull off the daft, straight-faced characters well — a niche she knows well. The movie does a good job giving each person their due. That can be hard in an ensemble comedy as the focus generally turns to one person more than the others, but each person gets their turn in the spotlight. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments throughout “Fist Fight” make the movie great fun. Little bit of lag and some jokes falling flat kicks the rating down a star. The movie tries to cram down some deeper meaning to it all, but it seems a bit tacked on. In the beginning of the film and really throughout, Day’s character is super annoying, but the funny overshadows it and carries the film. “Fist Fight” earns its “R” rating — raunchy fun, indeed. (Warner Bros.)

Playing out like an uneasy hybrid of “Shutter Island,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Boys From Brazil” and “The Road to Wellville,” “A Cure for Wellness” is a dramatic thriller with biting social satire that gets off to a great start and has a strong finish. Partly because of its excessive length (146 minutes), the long midsection greatly dulls its considerable sardonic edge and almost destroys it. Not long after a company CEO commits himself to a remote and opulent Swiss spa/hospital, rising star young executive Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is pressured by the company’s board to retrieve him. Unafraid of almost nothing, Lockhart takes the assignment in stride but his involvement in a nasty car accident near the hospital turns him into a unhappy patient. Despite a calm and assuring consultation given to him by chief physician Heinrich Volmer (Jason Isaacs), Lockhart grows increasingly paranoid — a situation made all the worse because of the “Stepford

Wives” behavior exhibited by many of the patients. All of them are well past retirement age save for Hannah (Mia Goth, think a younger Shelley Duvall), a tall, perpetually barefoot girl with big eyes, gaunt features and alabaster skin. Initially skittish, Hannah is eventually drawn to Lockhart mostly because of his age and she is kept on a tight leash by Volmer and his staff for reasons revealed late in the third act. Impeccably photographed and designed, director Gore Verbinski (the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” flicks, “Rango,” “The Lone Ranger”) approaches his first R-rated production with measured gusto and camera work reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese. If you have any interest whatsoever in seeing the film, don’t wait for home video; see it on the biggest screen you can find. Although their respective illnesses are never revealed, all of the patients appear to be following the same recovery regimen,

which consists primarily of swimming, steam baths and the drinking of copious amounts of the local spring water. The trouble is no one seems to get better, but everyone Lockhart comes into contact with gushingly extols the high quality of the treatments. At just about the time it appears Lockhart might join the lethargic flock of sheep, he discovers Volmer and company’s real motives which comes as something of a shock, yet after reconsidering what’s come before it, it makes all kinds of sense. Depending on your perspective, screenwriter Justin Haythe’s final act is either tremendously over the top and not compatible with everything else or eerily poetic. Either way it comes with a huge shift in tone and greatly contradicts the detailed and meticulous first hour. Like so many ambitious, furrow-browed films of this ilk it could have been improved greatly by the elimination of at least 30 minutes. (Fox)

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Pass: Excellent martial arts and chase scenes; snarky, black humor scattered throughout the movie; nice acting; excellent cinematography. Fail: The movie is a bit too long, but otherwise provides a huge bang for the buck.

Keanu Reeves is fine in the role of John Wick, whose story of a stoic assassin trying to retire to a peaceful life was a surprise hit in 2014. A fine job is also turned in by Common as rival assassin Cassian; the fight scenes between he and Wick are top-notch and every bit as good as anything Reeves did in the “Matrix” movies. Rounding out the performances is Ian McShane as the mysterious Winston, the arbiter of the assassin High Council. And speaking of “The Matrix,” there’s a brief but nice turn by Laurence Fishburne as a gangster ally of Wick that’s fun to watch.

Action film fans will really enjoy “John Wick: Chapter 2,” especially if they enjoyed the original as much as I did. Sure, it’s bloody and the body count is staggering, but the story line and subtle humor are quite entertaining. “Chapter 2” starts off with a blistering chase scene, and rarely lets up on the pedal afterwards. The ending sets itself very nicely for yet another sequel, which I can’t wait to see.

See it on the big screen if you can, to get the full effects of the chase scenes and battles. Otherwise, get the DVD when it comes out, then strap yourself in for the ride of your life.

Rarely does a sequel outshine the original, but “Chapter 2” almost pulls of this feat. There are several instances of really dark humor that are particularly chuckle-worthy, such as when Fishburne’s character tells another gangster that “Wick may not realize it, but he and I once met some years ago.” If you love adrenaline-rush action and mayhem that’s loaded with style and brains, this is one Wick-ed good flick that really delivers the goods.

Pass: An exciting movie with non-stop action and a story that moved fast, but was easy to follow. A very well done second episode with all that can be expected from a sequel with a seamless continuation of the original story that kept me involved from the opening car chase to the demise of the last bad guy. Fail: Some of the scenes between the action were a bit slow, and some of the dramatic interludes involving Jack Wick and his various enemies were a bit drawn out and overdone. They did, however, help to build the anticipation of the amazing action to come.

Keanu Reeves was the obvious standout as both pawn and victim. He plays his role to a “T” as a highly skilled assassin wanting to escape from the clandestine organization he once worked for, but gets pulled back in to fulfill a commitment he made to them previously. He is loyal to his commitment, but the mission is against his better wishes.

Any fan of the original movie, or any action flick junkie, will love this movie’s fast-paced and wellchoreographed action. There are plenty of fight scenes, splatter and carved up bad guys to keep them involved, as Wick makes use of various weapons including an ACP .45, a 12 gauge shotgun and a No. 2 pencil to dispense the bad guys.

By all means, see it now in order to fully absorb and appreciate the exciting chase scenes, confrontations, and the beautiful background scenery, especially when Wick first arrives in Rome, that would be missed on the small screen.

A really fun ride with lots of slam bang action, car chases (and crashes) but not the kind of movie with a heavy plot or deep moral message. Just a movie to sit back and enjoy, maybe more than once, and jump and laugh at all the action. An obvious lead-in to chapter 3 at the end that I understand is already in the works. I just hope that it’s at least as good as “Chapter 2.” Definitely not for the kids.

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Subtly weird and banal, ‘Toni Erdmann’ overstays welcome Toni Erdmann (R) ★★★★

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The spirit of “Toni Erdmann” is apparent with its opening scene starting with a very long shot of an apartment door. It’s also emblematic of how the movie goes wrong. It’s about aged German divorcee Winifred Conradi (Peter Simonischek), who takes a vacation to Bucharest, Romania, to visit his somewhat estranged workaholic daughter, Ines (Sandra Hüller). The visit doesn’t go well, partly due to his penchant for playing unpredictable jokes that upset her carefully planned corporate life — although said plans aren’t going well anyway, even without his interference. Enter Toni Erdmann, Winifred’s not-so-carefully realized alter ego on a mission to reconnect with his daughter by pretending to be someone other than her dad while she tries to hide from that connection. “Toni Erdmann” is a film that manages to be utterly weird and numbingly pedestrian all at once. There are no rousing

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emotional beats or snappy jokes. Instead, we see the awkwardness of repressed feelings and the silent hurt left after unkind remarks. Director Maren Ade fixes her camera on her subjects long after you want to look away. Long, long after, in some cases. Ade subverts our expectations again and again, as in one scene of an illicit tryst that literally ends up going sideways, or a party scene that never goes as wild as

you’d think. Much of this movie’s power is from its willingness to linger in each moment, to focus on the banal moments as well as the dramatic ones. In truth, though, “Toni” is a movie almost devoid of drama and made up almost entirely of banality. As intimated earlier, this is the film’s great weakness, as well. What would have worked fine as a twohour story meanders to an ultimate length more than 40 minutes beyond that.

moment. It’s painfully awkward and pathetic and cringeworthy and ridiculous. And it only grows more so with each drawnout minute. It’s a decent — or maybe indecent — payoff to a very long buildup, one that finally makes you like or at least feel for these characters and, to a degree, completely vindicates the director’s stylistic choice. In the wake of the original’s acclaim, word is that an American version is in the works, starring Jack Nicholson and Kristin Wiig as the leads. But “Toni Erdmann” is a murky pair of character studies. Is he an irritating buffoon who’s ruining his daughter’s life? Or is Ines, center, and Peter Simonischek as Winfried in “Toni he a wise father trying to save it? Is she a woman who wants a real connecAde returns to the well their length drown out the tion with her dad? Or is she really an icy corporate of the ordinary half a humor, especially when monster who’s forgotten dozen times too many and, viewed alone as I did how to be human? The in each case, continues it (via the studio’s internet at least a full minute too stream) without the effect film refuses to give easy answers, and this, as much long with little emotional of an audience. I believe as anything, is the story’s payoff. Remember that this movie needs to be strength. It’s hard to imagopening shot? There’s viewed with other adults ine a U.S.-based remake absolutely no reason for (but no kids. They’ll be succeeding at this subtlety. it to hold half as long as it bored silly and you’ll But like in “Toni Erddoes before the actual achave to answer some mann,” we’ll have to wait tion begins, which is itself uncomfortable questions and wait … and wait and protracted. if they’re awake during see. Clearly, many of these certain scenes). In English, German and moments are intended to Fortunately, “Toni ErdRomanian with subtitles. be funny. But their sheer mann” does at last arrive (Sony Pictures Classics) banality and the weight of at a truly showstopping



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