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Final arguments made on MARTA decision BY CURT YEOMANS
All eyes across metro Atlanta will be on Gwinnett on Tuesday as voters in the county go to the polls to decide whether to approve a contract to extend MARTA up Interstate 85. Passage of the contract is not guaranteed and even county officials, MARTA
leaders and regional planning and state transportation officials have predicted a tight vote. If the contract is approved, would last until 2057. “I don’t think anybody is expecting a blow out on either side,” Brian Robinson, a spokesman for the pro-MARTA group Go Gwinnett, said. “It’s going to be close.” Voters will go to their
regular voting precincts between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday to decide what to do about the MARTA question. The ballot question does not specifically state the contract is with MARTA or reference how the county’s participation in the transit system would be paid for. If the contract is approved, a 1 percent sales tax would be levied to pay
opted to go with MARTA as its transit provider because Visit gwinnettdailypost.com the regional aspect of its for full coverage of the system. MARTA referendum. “We feel it’s important to for Gwinnett’s participabe part of a larger regional tion in MARTA, with the transit system,” he said. “We money being remitted by have over 250,000 people a the state to county officials day leave Gwinnett County who would then be billed by to go to work and we have MARTA for the service. around that number who Gwinnett County Transcome in to the county to portation Director Alan work so we’ve got to make Chapman said the county those regional connections MORE ONLINE
and the way to do that is to partner with MARTA.” The proposed contract has attracted support from Republicans and Democrats as well as the Gwinnett Chamber. Officials who had endorsed the proposal include former Gov. Nathan Deal, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Sheriff Butch
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Celebrations held around Gwinnett BY CURT YEOMANS
For one fee, visitors were able to have their glass filled with samples from craft beer companies from around the southeast at Suwanee’s American Craft Beer Fest on Saturday afternoon. Pictured is the booth for StillFire Brewing. (Photos: Anthony Stalcup)
Thousands show for Suwanee Beer Fest
BY FRANK REDDY
Lawrenceville resident Tia Newby has been to some big St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in her time. She gone to Savannah for its big celebration. She’s headed down to New Orleans for a party. This year, she decided to try a party that did not require all of the traveling. This was the first time she’d tried her own hometown’s celebration, St. Paddy’s On Perry, which attracted thousands of people to the Lawrenceville Square. Donning green glasses, a green feather boa and a green vest, she attended the event with her family. The verdict? She liked it. “I mean Savannah is untoppable, but compared to New Orleans, this is kind of better,” Newby said. “It wasn’t overcrowded, the lines weren’t too long, the food was great. This was pretty good.” Residents around Gwinnett County celebrated Irish culture Saturday by heading to St. Patrick’s Day events around the county. In addition to Lawrenceville’s event, Norcross held its annual Irish Fest Norcross event and See CELEBRATIONS, Page 5A
A multitude of brew-lovers sporting that festive hue associated with St. Patrick’s Day spread out across Town Center Park in Suwanee on Saturday afternoon, donning green T-shirts, wigs, hats and even dyed beards as they sipped all manner of ales, IPAs and lagers. There were nearly 5,000 in attendance at the ninth annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest, with about 100 beer vendors filling plastic cups to the brim with cold brew in the cool mid-March weather. It was a momentous day in particular for one local brewery at the festival. As he manned tap handles inside StillFire’s beer tent, brewery co-founder and CEO John Bisges discussed the soon-toopen brewery, which will be located in Fire Station 13 across from Town Center Park. “I don’t think there’s any better way
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to launch a brand, right?” Bisges said, laughing. “The community has wanted a brewery like this for a long time, and this is phenomenal to see this kind of support.” The line to try one of StillFire’s six available offerings was easily one of the longest at Saturday’s event. “I just love to see a plan starting to come together, and (opening StillFire) has been more than two years in the making,” Bisges said. StillFire Brewmaster Phil Farrell was thrilled to see guests sip and enjoy his malted barley creations. “I can’t tell you how happy this makes me,” Farrell said, adding that a festival environment like Saturday’s was See SUWANEE, Page 5A
Craft beer vendors lined the park at Suwanee’s American Craft Beer Fest on Saturday afternoon giving samples of their best beer.
HomeFirst Gwinnett gives tour of shelter, assessment center BY ISABEL HUGHES
lessness, poverty, survival and frustration were just some of the options — and swung, gouging a hole in Donning hard hats, local what will be HomeFirst and state officials, busiGwinnett’s first homeless ness leaders, nonprofit shelter and assessment organizers and community center. members grabbed sledge “This makes everything hammers, eyeing the words concrete,” Gwinnett County on the wall. Board of Commissioners One by one, the men Chairwoman Charlotte and women walked toward Nash said at a Thursday their chosen word — home- afternoon tour of the center.
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State and local officials smile for a photo at a tour of HomeFirst Gwinnett’s Norcross-area homeless shelter and assessment center, which will hopefully be up and running by the end of June. The officials were invited to break through a wall as part of the tour. (Staff Photo: Isabel Hughes)
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Former Fulton chairman to run for 7th District seat A new candidate whose name will likely be familiar to followers of regional politics is jumping into the Seventh Congressional District race as a Democrat. Former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves filed paperwork earlier this month to run for the seat, according to a statement of candiJohn Eaves dacy filed with the Federal Elections Commission. The seat will be open in 2020 after current U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., announced he would not seek re-election. “As someone who has served this region for more than 10 years, I understand the opportunities and challenges we face in the 7th District,” Eaves said in a statement. “I stand ready and prepared to use my experience to get things done. In Congress, I will be the strongest advocate for health care access and affordability, transportation and reforming our criminal justice system. “This district deserves someone that has a record of building bridges while standing firm on our Democratic values to win for the people of this district.” Eaves’ entry into the race is a head-turning twist in the Democratic campaign for this congressional seat. He led the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for 10 until he ran for mayor of Atlanta in 2017. Paperwork filed with the FEC shows Eaves now has a Peachtree Corners address. The 7th Congressional District is made up of parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth
Curt Yeomans counties. Eaves is the latest Democrat to jump into the race. Carolyn Bourdeaux, the party’s 2018 nominee who narrowly lost to Woodall, is running again. Marqus Cole and Nabilah Islam have also announced candidacies for the seat. The Republican field has been slower to form although state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, has said she is looking at a possible run.
and no lieutenant governor should consider this post a permanent home.” Duncan’s predecessor, Casey Cagle, served in the office for three terms before running for governor — which is an office that is already limited to two terms. But Cagle isn’t the longest serving lieutenant governor in Georgia history. That distinction belongs to Zell Miller, who held the office for four terms before serving as governor for two terms.
Woodall co-introduces bill to reunite Korean families U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is cosponsoring a bill that instruct the U.S. Department of State to work with their counterparts in South Korea to help Korean-Americans get in touch with relatives who live in North Korea. Woodall and U.S. Rep. Grace Duncan supports two-term Meng, Dlimit on lieutenant N.Y., filed governor’s office the Divided Proposals to enforce term Families limits may be popular with Reunificasome politicians who hold tion Act of those officRob Woodall 2019 on es, and Lt. Thursday. Gov. Geoff Officials in North and South Duncan announced Korea have hosted reunions for families split up by the this week Korean War about 20 times that he is since 2000. There is no just fine similar partnership between with a Geoff Duncan proposal to the U.S. and North Korea for Korean-Americans. put limits “Too many Koreanon the seat he took earlier Americans died not knowthis year. A proposed constitutional ing what happened to their amendment that would limit parents, their siblings and a person to serving no more their children. Imagine saythan two terms as lieutenant ing goodbye to a loved one, thinking you would reunite governor is being floated after the war concluded,” by state Sen. Greg Dolezal, R-Cumming. If the proposal Woodall said in a statement. “Nearly seventy years is approved by two-thirds of later, you still haven’t been the state Senate and House next year, it would go on the able to see your family. 2020 ballot for voters across It’s time for Congress to build on (President Donald the state to decide. Trump’s) diplomatic efforts “The Office of Lieutenant Governor is no place for with North Korea and find a resolution.” academic tenure,” Duncan Political Notebook apsaid. “Individuals elected pears in the Sunday edition to this office should focus solely on serving Georgians, of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Man to be deported after conviction for child molestation BY ISABEL HUGHES
A man who was recently convicted of child molestation for groping a 5-yearold girl will be deported, prosecutors said. Daniel Wilfredo Ramirez-Ortiz, 36, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for groping the girl over her clothes at the girl’s grandmother’s home in summer 2017, when he was renting a room at the woman’s house, according to the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office. At trial, “multiple” other women testified to similar interactions with RamirezOrtiz, saying he touched or groped them inappropriately in the years prior,
prosecutors said. While the defense called several witnesses, Gwinnett Daniel County Wilfredo Ramirez-Ortiz Assistant District Attorney Matt Acuff argued to the jury that the girl had no legitimate reason to make up the allegations, which the jury agreed with. Ramirez-Ortiz, who currently has an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on him, was convicted March 8 of three counts of child molestation and will be deported, though it’s not clear when, given his prison sentence.
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world Protests continue in France as demonstrators clash with police
Yellow vest demonstrations in Paris continued for the 18th straight Saturday, and police said 60 people, including 17 officers and a fireman, were slightly injured. Protests turned violent as police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd. Protesters threw rocks and set up barricades. A spokesman for Paris police said 192 people were being held for questioning. Paris prosecutors said 64 have been placed in custody. Protesters torched a branch of the Tarneaud bank, a spokesperson for Paris firefighters said. Firefighters evacuated the building and put out the blaze. On the Champs-Élysées, stores and restaurant windows were shattered and a newspaper stand was set on fire. Fouquet’s, the restaurant where former President Nicolas Sarkozy celebrated his election in May 2007, was among the vandalized establishments. The restaurant’s windows were smashed and its insides wrecked. Protesters used spray paint to write “Sarkozy has broken everything” on the restaurant’s outside wall. “No doubt: they are calling for violence and are here to wreak havoc,” French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted Saturday as the clashes unfolded. “Professionals of damage and disorder, equipped and masked, have infiltrated the protests. My instruction to the police: respond very firmly to these unacceptable attacks.”
North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks
world&nation Mosque shootings death toll at 50 By Nicole Chavez and Madeline Holcombe CNN
The staggering death toll from the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques has climbed to 50, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. The number of injured also increased to 50, Bush added. Of those injured, 36 remain in the hospital and two are in critical condition, he said. Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, appears to be the only person in custody that has been linked to the attack. Bush told reporters on Sunday that three other people who were initially detained were not involved in the shootings. Tarrant appeared in court Saturday and has been charged with one count of murder. Authorities have said that more charges would be laid. He was remanded in custody and will reappear in court April 5. Authorities have declined to discuss potential motives for the attack but an 87-page manifesto from the suspect, also posted on social media just before the shooting began, was filled with anti-immigrant, antiMuslim screeds. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office received an email with the document minutes before the attack began.
Gunn rehired for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel
Disney has reversed course on its next flight for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” reinstating writer-director James Gunn to oversee the third movie, after firing him last year in the wake of learning about offensive social-media posts.. Gunn had been targeted by conservative activists — in part because of his vocal criticism of President Trump — who resurfaced old tweets in which he made light of pedophilia and molestation. In firing him, Disney labeled the comments “indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values.” Although Gunn apoloMourners lay flowers Saturday at Hagley Park South, down the road from Masjid Al Noor, where a gunman killed 41 people in the first of two attacks on mosques in Christ- gized and issued a statechurch, New Zealand. (CNN) ment saying, “I understand and accept the business decisions taken,” there Ardern’s chief press sec- the atrocity to an end after and the families of those was almost immediately a retary, Andrew Campbell, a terrifying 36 minutes, she who lost their lives. “Our backlash on the director’s told CNN that the email said, apparently running other key priority is makbehalf, with supporters was sent to a “generic” the gunman’s car to the ing sure that those people claiming that the studio had email account maintained side of the road. so horribly affected by overreacted and moved too by staff, and was not seen The gunman intended these events get the supprecipitously to sever ties. by the Prime Minister. to continue his attack if he port and welfare that they Gunn’s reinstatement Ardern visited members hadn’t been stopped, she need,” the New Zealand of the Muslim commusaid. Police said in a statement. comes after he had already been signed to direct another nity at a refugee center “There were two other “There are many, many in Christchurch Saturday, firearms in the vehicle victims of this tragic event major movie: The sequel to “Suicide Squad,” a DC where she paid tribute to that the offender was in and we are giving every victims of Friday’s shootand it absolutely was his possible support to them.” Comics property that will be released by Warner Bros. ing and conveyed a mesintention to continue with Ardern stressed that (Like CNN, that studio is a sage of support. his attack,” Ardern told families that lost a loved Earlier, she gave more reporters. one — particularly if they unit of WarnerMedia.) details about the attack. With the main suspect in were dependent on the Two lightly armed commu- custody, authorities turned victim — will receive Rosario Dawson: nity police officers brought their focus to the victims financial support.
nation Nebraska farmer killed trying to rescue someone during flooding
Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are grappling with the aftermath of a powerful “bomb cyclone” that turned some North Korea is considerareas into swamps as rivers ing suspension of denuclear- spilled over highways and ization talks with the United residential areas. States, Deputy Foreign The “bomb cyclone” Minister Choe Son Hui told slammed the central U.S. reporters on Friday. with hurricane-like winds “We have no intention to and blizzard conditions this yield to the U.S. demands week, leaving in its tracks [put forward at the Hanoi heavy rains and flooding. summit] in any form, nor are In a news conference we willing to engage in neFriday, Nebraska Gov. Pete gotiations of this kind,” said Ricketts said the state has Choe, according to Russian experienced historic floodstate news agency TASS, ing in nearly every region. which attended the press “This is the largest wideevent in Pyongyang. spread amount of flooding Choe said the North was we’ve had in the last half deeply disappointed by the century,” he said, accordfailure of the two sides to ing to CNN affiliate KTIV. reach any agreements at last Nebraska rescue teams month’s summit between have been pulling trapped Kim Jong Un and U.S. residents out of flood waPresident Donald Trump in ters since Thursday. the Vietnamese capital of James Wilke, a ColumHanoi. bus farmer, got a call to She blamed the breakassist a stranger, and never down of talks on the U.S. came home. According to side, saying the American CNN affiliate KMTV, a delegation was being too de- close family friend posted manding and inflexible: [The on social media about his U.S.] “were too busy with last moments. pursuing their own political “It is no surprise to interests and had no sincere anyone that knew James intention to achieve a result,” that when he got the phone Choe added, according to call to assist emergency TASS. responders … his answers However, U.S. National would be yes,” Jodi L. HefSecurity Advisor John ti wrote on Facebook. Bolton disputed Choe’s characterization of the Black editor breakdown of talks as “inaccurate” and said he had steps down from discussed the reports from controversial North Korea with his South Ala. newspaper Korean counterparts. — From wire reports An African-American
Waters rise Thursday on the Elkhorn River south of Arlington, Nebraska. A farmer in nearby Columbus, Nebraska, died Thursday trying to rescue someone else from the flooding. (CNN)
woman who was named publisher and editor of the Alabama newspaper that recently urged the Ku Klux Klan to “night ride again” has stepped down, citing what she said was continuous and damaging interference by the paper’s owner. Elecia R. Dexter, who took over the troubled Democrat-Reporter of Linden last month, told CNN Saturday that she left the weekly newspaper Monday because she could no longer work with owner and former editor and publisher Goodloe Sutton. He penned a staggering editorial with the headline “The Klan Needs to Ride Again” in the Feb. 14 edition. Dexter said she resigned “so that her integrity and well-being can be maintained.” Attempts to reach Sutton for comment were unsuccessful. Sutton’s editorial sparked outrage around the country. “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” Sutton wrote. “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.” Sutton then fueled the
controversy further, telling the Montgomery Advertiser that he urged the white supremacist group to “clean out D.C.” via lynchings. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” Sutton told the newspaper.
electoral college. But the daunting requirement of changing the Constitution, where the electoral college is formally codified, has posed a challenge to both public and political support for the issue. The state’s legislation would only take effect if enough other states sign on to secure the cumulative 270 electors needed to elect a president, and Colorado’s votes raise the current total to 181 electors. Most states have winner-take-all laws in place dictating that their electors go towards whichever candidate takes the state’s popular majority, while Maine and Nebraska opt to proportionally split their electors based on the vote.
Blind runner, guide dogs to make history in Colo. law will give state’s votes Half Marathon to nation popular Thomas Panek and his running guide dogs, Westvote winner Colorado could be part of voting history next general election day, joining 11 other states looking to ensure that their electoral college votes echo the will of the American majority to elect the next president. Gov. Jared Polis signed a law Friday that would allot the state’s electoral college votes to whichever candidate won the national popular vote. The Washington Post previously reported the law’s signing. The trend comes as Americans have shown greater support in recent years for a more democratic presidential election process, without the translational risks of the
ley, Waffle and Gus, will make history today in the 2019 New York City Half Marathon. Panek, the president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, will be the first blind runner to complete the half marathon with guide dogs. His trio of Labrador Retrievers — who will take turns pacing him along the 13.1-mile course — will be the first four-legged athletes in the race. “It’s really a team,” Panek said. An avid runner, Panek had no intention to give up the sport, even after losing his eyesight in his early 20s. — From wire reports
Yes, Cory Booker and I are dating The 2020 Democratic field may have gained a contender Thursday with Beto O’Rourke — but it officially lost an eligible bachelor in Cory Booker. Actress and activist Rosario Dawson confirmed Thursday rumors that the two are dating, telling TMZ that they are “very much” in a relationship. Booker had previously confirmed that he was dating someone, telling “The Breakfast Club” radio show in February, “I got a boo” and that it was “somebody really special.” When asked how things with Booker were going, Dawson replied, “So far, so wonderful. He’s a wonderful human being. It’s good to spend some time together when we can. We’re very busy.”
Canine star of ‘Legally Blonde’ musical has died
Chico, the Chihuahua from “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” has died, his owner said. The dog was 14. Chico won hearts as Bruiser, the pet of the main character Elle Woods, during the musical’s 2007-2008 Broadway run. It was based on the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie. “On Monday, March 11th, our beloved Chico crossed the rainbow bridge,” an Instagram caption with photos of Chico said. “His journey to the Palace Theater, where he originated the role of Bruiser Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE - THE MU.S.ICAL, began at the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ when he was mistakenly shown to Bill.” — From wire reports
Study: Apple Watch could save lives by detecting irregular heartbeat By Susan Scutti CNN
Has a new bar been set for wearable technologies? An Apple Watch may detect heart rate irregularities that subsequent medical tests confirm to be atrial fibrillation, according to preliminary findings from a new study. AFib is often undiagnosed since it might not cause noticeable symptoms, but it contributes to 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.
Must read New results from the Applefunded study, which have not been published or peer-reviewed, were presented Saturday at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in New Orleans. “The study’s findings have the potential to help patients and clinicians understand how devices like the Apple Watch can play a role in detecting conditions such as atrial fibrillation,” Dr. Mintu Turakhia,
co-principal investigator and associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medical School, said in a statement. Turakhia and his colleagues conducted a virtual study with more than 400,000 participants to understand whether a mobile app using data from a heart rate pulse sensor can identify atrial fibrillation. Participants had both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, though not the most recent version, which features built-in electrocardiogra-
phy, because it was released after the study’s launch. Intermittently, a special app checked each participant’s heartrate pulse sensor for an irregular pulse, and if it was detected, the participant would receive a notification and was asked to schedule a telemedicine consultation with a study doctor. Next, the participant would be sent ambulatory (walking) ECG patches to record the rhythm of their heart for up to a week. The findings suggest how
wearables might help to detect conditions before they strike, the researchers say. Overall, only 0.5 percent of participants received irregular pulse notifications indicative of possible AFib. This is important, the researchers say, given concerns about potential over-notification — a kind of false positive. And about a third (34 percent) of the participants who received irregular pulse notifications and followed up were found to have atrial fibrillation.
4A • Sunday, March 17, 2019 To Your Good Health
Itchy ear canal has no earwax DEAR DR. ROACH: I am turning 68 years old tomorrow. For the past couple of months, my ear canals have been very itchy. Also, my wife was constantly cleaning earwax out of my ears. Now for some reason I no longer produce earwax, but my ears itch a lot. Do you have any idea what may be causing this? How do I stop the itching? I have tried olive oil. It seems to work but not really that well. A doctor looked in my ear and said the ear canals look fine. — R.K. ANSWER: Happy birthday. Itching in the ear canals is common, but usually an exam is able to lead the examiner to at least suspect a diagnosis. An incipient ear infection is one common reason, but your issue has been going on for months. Skin conditions that itch, such as eczema, are another common one. The doctor might have seen this, but sometimes the findings are subtle. Just having dry skin is a common cause, especially in winter, and olive oil is one treatment, but if it isn’t working it’s time to stop. I often see people make their problem worse by using inappropriate therapies, especially peroxide, and also by putting objects in the ear to scratch it. This can lead to abrasions, lacerations and worse that I won’t horrify you with. I would get the ear looked at again, and if there still is nothing to see, one treatment is a mild prescription steroid drop for a period of time. Your regular doctor or an ear/nose/throat specialist would be a good choice. DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 76, female, healthy, do not take any meds and am scheduled for a total knee replacement in three days. During the testing, they made an incidental discovery on the CT scan of “a possible right sided right Hutch diverticulum of the bladder” and “two prominent right external iliac lymph nodes, measuring up to 15 and 13 mm in short axis.” My surgical team did not respond, and my internist says “do not worry,” with no explanation. I would greatly appreciate your opinion. — L.M. ANSWER: A Hutch diverticulum is a congenital condition, a small pouch in the wall of the bladder. They are seldom diagnosed in adults. They can be associated with infection and stones, but if you have had no problem with either of those conditions, I would certainly advise against doing anything about it. The external iliac lymph nodes are structures in the hip, and like all lymph nodes, may enlarge in the presence of infection or inflammation. Yours are definitely enlarged, with less than 8-10 mm considered normal. Although we worry about enlarged lymph nodes as a symptom or sign of cancer, it’s thought to be cancer only about 1 percent of the time. After you recover from surgery, it may be worth taking another look to see if they have shrunk. If they are persistently enlarged, especially if they are growing, some physicians would recommend a biopsy to be sure it is nothing to worry about.
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The solunar tables for lakes are based on studies that show fish and game are more active at certain times during the lunar period. Major
lake levels Full Yesterday Lake
Allatoona..............(840.0)......848.82 Lanier..................(1071.0).... 1074.27 Blackshear............(237.0)......236.89 Nottely................(1779.0).... 1768.19
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Blue Ridge.........(1690.0).... 1681.70 Oconee................(435.0)......434.97
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Carters............... (1072.0)....1089.08 Sinclair.................(339.8)......338.70
pollen counts Trees: High Weeds: Low Grass: Low
Burton................(1865.0)....1866.48 Seminole.................(77.5)........78.27 Chatuge..............(1927.0)....1924.64 Thurmond............(330.0)......329.24 Harding.................(521.0)......519.79 Tugalo....................(891.5)......890.52 Hartwell................(660.0)...... 661.34 Walter F. George.. (188.0)......188.89 Jackson................(530.0)......529.01 West Point............(635.0)......630.91
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TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1861, Italy — excluding Rome and Venice — was unified as a nation under King Victor Emmanuel II. In 1905, Franklin D. Roosevelt married distant cousin Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1950, physics researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, announced the creation of californium, the radioactive 98th element. In 1958, the United States launched the first solar-powered satellite, the Vanguard 1. In 1995, the FDA licensed Varivax, the first chicken pox vaccine. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900), engineer/inventor; Paul Green (1894-1981), playwright; Bobby Jones (1902-1971), golfer; Bayard Rustin (1912-1987), civil rights activist; Nat King Cole (1919-1965), singer; Kurt Russell (1951- ), actor; Gary Sinise
(1955- ), actor; Rob Lowe (1964- ), actor; Billy Corgan (1967- ), singer-songwriter; Mia Hamm (1972- ), soccer player; Hozier (1990- ), singer-songwriter; John Boyega (1992- ), actor. TODAY’S FACT: Gottlieb Daimler is credited with building the first internal combustion motorcycle in 1885. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 2005, six Major League Baseball players, including All-Star sluggers Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, appeared before a congressional hearing on steroid use. TODAY’S QUOTE: “When I first started to sing, I just swung at it with an axe.” — Hozier TODAY’S NUMBER: 13 — elements in the periodic table that were identified before the year A.D. 1. TODAY’S MOON: Between first quarter moon (March 14) and full moon (March 20).
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Job-seeker needs help from friends Dear Amy: I am an immigrant. I moved to the United States as a bachelor more than 20 years ago. I have several friends who were in the same stage of life when we all moved to the U.S. We developed great relationships and over the years, settled into a group of eight families. We routinely get together for weekend gatherings, holiday outings, parties, etc. Amy, I know if I need help in the middle of the night, I can count on the other seven to help out. Three months ago, I lost my job and started the search for a new one. All the other seven families have at least one person in my same profession. For almost 15 years, none of the families has been faced with a situation like mine. When this happened, I called each of my pals personally, explained the situation and asked them to look out for opportunities. Except for one individual, the response has been abysmal and hurtful. Not only are they NOT sending me any leads, but when we meet, there is not even a cursory mention or inquiry about my job search. While I can sustain for a few months, with every passing day the situation is becoming more stressful. What am I supposed to do? Should I confront them directly? Our kids
Amy Dickinson get along great and would be heartbroken if I cut them off totally, but should I? Should I just consider them friends for small emergencies, but not larger ones? — Job-Seeking Guy Dear Seeking: Unfortunately, people sometimes respond to this sort of personal need (employment, financial or health problems) by hiding. The reason for this likely has nothing to do with you, but more to do with the feelings and insecurities called up by your situation. Women have been socialized to use the power of the group to solve all sorts of individual needs. Men might not be quite so comfortable leaning in. Networking is essential to finding mid-career employment. You should definitely ask (not “confront”) your pals again. You might send a group email: “Hi, Guys — I’m still engaged in my job search and am looking for leads. I’m sending up a bat signal, calling on the group to see if we could put our heads together and network. Any
leads would be helpful. I’d really appreciate brainstorming with all of you and wonder if we could get together for a session, maybe Saturday morning for coffee? Any and all ideas would be welcome. Thank you all for being supportive friends over the years. I’d be very grateful for your feedback and ideas, now.” Also, make sure to network outside this circle. Look for business networking events in your area. And if you don’t find a networking group, use social media to start one! Dear Amy: Several months ago, we gladly accepted a “Save the Date” to a cousin’s wedding, located in a city we were looking forward to seeing for the first time. We decided to plan a multi-day visit to the city. As it turns out, we are not invited to the rehearsal dinner, and there are no get-togethers planned for out-of-town guests. The wedding venue is a substantial distance from the city. This is beginning to feel like a burden, and I am torn between the large expenditure of a weeklong trip whose main purpose was a family celebration, or sparing myself the mounting resentment and sending a large check or nice gift to the couple instead. Suit ourselves? Or suit up and show up? Family is important to us and no one’s under any obliga-
tion to entertain us. It just feels like this is not a good choice in any direction. I’d love feedback from you and other readers. — Reluctant Wedding Guest Dear Reluctant: “Mounting resentment” is not the ideal emotion to feel in anticipation of a family wedding. Yes, you are correct that the couple is under no obligation to entertain you. It sounds as if you should respond with your “regrets,” understanding that you might be kicking yourself later. Dear Amy: Thank you many times over for publishing a question from an abused husband (“Who Am I?”). I appreciate your sensitivity, without equivocating, to the man’s suffering. As someone who has volunteered in the field of men’s issues (including domestic violence) for many years, I appreciate you shining a light on this issue. — Jim Dear Jim: Thank you for your advocacy. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (thehotline. org) is available to anyone whose life is impacted by partner abuse or violence. You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: ASKAMY@amydickinson. com. Readers may send postal mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or “like” her on Facebook.
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Archer teacher charged with sexual assault From Staff Reports A 25-year old teacher from Archer High School turned herself in to Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies on charges relating to an alleged improper relationship with a student. Jail records show Sarah Katherine Brooks, 25, was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center shortly after
4 p.m. Friday on a charge of sexual assault by persons with supervisory or disciplinary authority. She was released Sarah later Friday on Brooks $11,200 bond. A warrant Gwinnett County police took out for Brooks’
Johnson told parents that the student was a senior and that the school learned about the teacherstudent relationship from police. Gwinnett County Police have not released any details about the case, citing confidentiality laws that protect juvenile victims. School officials confirmed Tuesday that the instructor had resigned. References to her that had existed on Archer’s athletics
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cream — the non-alcoholic kind — and it was good, and we bought quite a few things from the Taste of Britain here.” Roswell resident Sharon Stevenson said she likes visiting the downtown Norcross area to see its shops and restaurants so she decided to give Irish Fest a try. As she waited for the band Brynmor to take the stage at the festival, she praised the festivities. “I think it’s really cute,” she said. “I’m really interested in hearing this band so I’m just waiting to kick it off. (The festival is) really sweet, though — a nice, family-friendly event.”
Lawrenceville resident Tia Newby plays a bean bag toss game at Lawrenceville’s St. Paddy’s On Perry celebration at the Lawrenceville Square on Saturday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
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Thousands attended the Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest at Town Center Park on Saturday. Attendees turned up to sample brews from about 100 beer vendors. (Photo: Anthony Stalcup)
•From Page 1A the right venue to enjoy a beer. “It would be tragic to be drinking the best beer in the world alone in your basement, or something like that.” Festivalgoers Brian and Katrina Liscinsky of Suwanee said they enjoyed StillFire beverages. “It’s very good beer,” Brian said. “We’re excited to have a brewery close to us in Suwanee, and I think it’s going to help bring the community together. Downtown Suwanee needs something like this.” Fellow festivalgoers Deepa and Pratik Bhakta of Alpharetta attended Suwanee Beer Fest for their
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website earlier in the semester have been removed. “Ethics matter, and the trust our community places in its educators matters to Archer and to Gwinnett County Public Schools. This is not something we take for granted,” Johnson said in his letter to parents. “With that in mind, I thank you for your continued support of our school and its students.”
•From Page 1A Lilburn held its inaugural Lilburchaun parade and celebration. The Suwanee Kiwanis held its annual Shamrock 5K in the morning before the Suwanee Beer Fest. Meanwhile, the Mall of Georgia also hosted its annual Shake Your Shamrock party Saturday night. The McCloskey family traveled from Holly Springs to Norcross for Irish Fest. The youngest member of the family, Abby, 10, participated in the event as a member of the King O’Sullivan School of Irish Dance. “We thought it was pretty good,” Travis McCloskey, Abby’s father, said. “We had some Irish potatoes that were awesome, we had some (Daddy O’Brien’s) ice
arrest states she “did, while employed as a teacher, engage in sexual contact with the victim, who said accused knew or should have known was a student enrolled at the same school.” The warrant shows the incident occurred in December at the student’s home. In a letter to parents this past week, Archer Principal Ken
Suwanee first time Saturday. They were impressed. “It’s very clean here … and, it’s conveniently located in a big area,” Deepa said, gesturing toward the expansive town green. “I think it’s important to give back to local breweries and local businesses, and this is a great way to do that. I think supporting local business is really important.” Pratik said he enjoyed being able to learn about all the different breweries, so he could file the information away for future reference. “Sometimes, when you go to restaurants and you see all the different beer options, you’re overwhelmed,” Pratik said. “At
“The vote is for a contract that is as favorable of a deal Conway, District Attorney as Gwinnett County or any Danny Porter and schools other county will ever get,” Superintendent Alvin Wilhe said. “It maintains local banks. control while also giving Conservative radio talk Gwinnett three seats on the show host Erik Erikson also MARTA board.” announced his support for But United Tea Party of passage of the referendum Georgia President David on his show on Friday. Hancock disagrees with Then on Saturday, Abrams the argument that there are appeared in a digital ad benefits to joining MARTA. released by Go Gwinnett as He said there are a few they switch into “get out the issues that have to be taken vote” mode. into consideration, includ“On Tuesday, March 19, I ing advancing autonomous urge you to get out and vote vehicle technology and data yes to expand MARTA to which he said shows transit Gwinnett County,” Abrams ridership is declining. says in the ad. “It’s about Hancock also said data more than just traffic: contradicts the argument Economic mobility requires that transit would relieve actual mobility. We have a congestion. chance to do something for “There’s no evidence that our ourselves and future increasing money for public generations.” transportation reduces conMeanwhile, Robinson gestion,” he said. “Before praised the MARTA conI did the research, I sort of tract. figured that out on my own
a festival like this, you can try a lot of different ones, so that next time you’re at a restaurant you can say, ‘well, I’ve tried this one and I liked it.’” Joseph Bell, an Atlanta man with an inflatable hat shaped like a beer glass, explained in sage tones that “beer is good, and it’s all about the good times, brother. Oh, and, hey listen —” Bell stopped midsentence to snap a pretzel from a necklace adorned with dozens of the same. “Pretzels and beer. Winning combination. Can you beat it? No, you can’t beat it.” Said Bell: “This is the best beer festival in the world. Hands down.”
homelessness.” The shelter and assesskinds of things that will ment center will help do happen in the community.” just that in a variety of HomeFirst, which is ways, Elder said. set up in partnership with The shelter itself will United Way of Greater have three bedrooms conAtlanta and Primerica, is an taining 20 beds for families initiative aimed at combat- and children and will be the ing homelessness in the only homeless shelter in the county. county. Family Promise of Headed by Matt Elder, Gwinnett previously operHomeFirst isn’t just focus- ated a shelter with 11 beds ing on opening shelters in at its SaltLite Center, but the county; rather, the inithe center has closed for the tiative is aimed at addresstime being due to financial ing all the factors that cause issues. homelessness. In addition to the bedBut the Norcross-area rooms, the shelter portion shelter and assessment cen- of the building will have a ter, which will hopefully be common area that will be opened in late June — the open 24/7, a case mancenter is located in the old ager and shelter director’s John Wesley United Meth- office, a laundry area and odist Church on Jimmy a library — something Carter Boulevard — is a Elder said HomeFirst was good start, Elder said. originally going to convert “When we first started into a fourth bedroom, but this initiative and (Homedecided against. First Chairman) Pat (Mc“I spoke to a shelter Donough) and I first had specifically out in Bend, our discussion, we talked Ore. … who said don’t about the fact that this was (convert it),” Elder said. “I a collaborative partnership asked why, and they said that began with United Way a library specifically with and the Gwinnett County leisure-reading books is one Board of Commissioners of the clearest indicators and the Primerica Founda- — though not statistical tion, but was about finding — to show when someone a way to bring every sector has switched that mindset of the community together from surviving to thriving. to address the issue of When they’re willing to homelessness — the public take a book off the shelf, sector, the nonprofit sector, either read it in the library the private sector and the or take it back to one of the faith-based sector,” Elder common areas and read for said Thursday. “In this leisure, they’re no longer room, multiple times over, worried about where their are representations of every next meal is going to come single one of those secfrom, where their kids are tors, here to speak with one going to sleep tonight. voice. We’re here to end “They’re on a new com-
fort level; they are ready, at that point, through just this indication, to be looked at (to determine), ‘How do we get them to the next step, what is the next step, and are they ready to move on to self-sufficiency.’” In the assessment center, which is located within the same building as the shelter but will have a barrier so that the two entities are completely separate, there will be a health clinic, much like a CVS Minute Clinic where a provider will be able to prescribe medication and help with other medical needs, a Navigate Recovery mental health and substance abuse clinic, a community office space, two assessment offices and a director’s office. McDonough said providing access to as many services as possible under one roof is at the heart of the HomeFirst initiative. “This is about taking people who are in crisis and giving them the tools to become productive citizens,” he said. “It might be health (in the clinic), it might be mental health, it might be substance abuse we’re talking about. But we’re trying to provide these wraparound services, and as many as we can bring here, as kind of a City of Refuge motto, we will (try to).” Permitting for the building’s renovation will begin next week, Elder said. While he hopes to have the building up and running by late June, it may take a little longer to complete all the pieces.
MARTA because I realized if you’re driving to work and it takes you 30 minutes to get to work and you’re OK with that and then it goes up to 45 minutes, you may say, ‘You know what I’m tired of this. I don’t want to do this anymore.’ “You either move, you get a different job, you telecommute or you come up with another solution or maybe you use public transit. If that commute were to drop back down to 30 minutes, I would imagine people would say ‘Well, I can start driving again.’“ One plan or another MARTA would use the Connect Gwinnett Transit Development Plan to build out its service in the county. The plan is a blueprint for transit expansion in the county. A heavy rail extension from MARTA’s Doraville
station to a planned multimodal station on the Jimmy Carter Boulevard corridor has gotten most of the attention, but the Connect Gwinnett Transit Development Plan that will be the guideline for MARTA expansion into Gwinnett includes a variety of different transit methods. Those methods include: expanded express bus routes into Atlanta, including new routes that begin as far out as the Loganville and Dacula areas; multiple bus rapid transit lines with dedicated lanes, including one route connecting the Jimmy Carter multi-modal station with Gwinnett Place Mall; a broad expansion of paratransit and local bus services; and rapid bus service that is similar to BRT but operate in both regular traffic lanes and queue jumper lanes at major intersections.
Robinson said the plan is also designed to be flexible to adjust to future needs in different parts of the county. “If we find out another part is underserved and needs more service, we’ve got the flexibility to make those decisions locally and divert resources to them,” he said. But opponents have their own alternative plans for transit expansion in Gwinnett that don’t involve MARTA. Joe Newton, who organized a forum earlier this month to present the opposition’s side, has been floating a proposal that calls for keeping Gwinnett County Transit, completing the Sugarloaf Parkway extension, turning Peachtree Industrial Boulevard into a six lane freeway starting at the Hall County line down to DeKalb County. The Peachtree Industrial
expansion would include a new flyover bridge to connect the road to the parking deck at MARTA’s Doraville station. Newton also wants the county to wait until the state finishes an Interstate 85 corridor study. Grade separating major east-west roadways is also part of his plan. A marquee part of Newton’s plan, however, is 68 miles of monorail that the MARTA critic said could be built at a cost of $33 million per mile. “The projects and solutions I have proposed are far cheaper than the $12 billion MARTA expansion and could be completed within six years for half the cost of the transit proposal we will be voting on,” Newton said. “People need to ask questions instead of blindly following ill-conceived politically motivated projects like the MARTA expansion.”
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Pelosi trying Just when you think you heard it all to protect Democrats from fringe WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., announcement that she is “not for impeachment” has caused resistance on the left. Pelosi is not trying to protect President Trump. She is trying to protect the Democratic Party from its lunatic fringe. It’s an increasingly difficult challenge. Pelosi is the first House speaker in six decades to return to the job a second time. But the Democratic majority she now presides over is much different from the one she led in 2007. Since the 2018 midterm elections that gave her back the speaker’s gavel, her party has gone off the rails. First, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DMarc N.Y., hijacked Pelosi’s Thiessen agenda by announcing her Green New Deal — an upward of $90 trillion-plus miasma of government spending that proposes to provide everyone with health care, a government jobs guarantee, free education, medical leave, job training, retirement security and universal basic income to support those who, as she put in her infamous talking points, are “unwilling” to work. And that’s before we even get to the energy and environmental policies. After that troubled rollout, Pelosi tried to dismiss the plan as the “green dream or whatever they call it” and declared it “will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive.” Pelosi favors a more modest, realistic agenda of bolstering Obamacare, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, building infrastructure, passing gun restrictions and other conventional Democratic priorities. But many Democrats do not share her lack of enthusiasm for full socialism. Virtually every Democratic presidential candidate has some kind support for the Green New Deal, making a socialist takeover of the American economy the centerpiece of the Democratic Party’s agenda. That’s bad enough. But Pelosi has also had to deal with the mess created by another leftwing insurgent, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., whose anti-Semitic remarks have exposed a virulent strain of anti-Jewish hatred that is gripping the left. A resolution condemning Omar’s anti-Semitism faced such intense internal opposition that Pelosi had to replace it with a watered-down version that condemned not just anti-Semitism but also all forms of hate — including “anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities” — rendering it meaningless. Pelosi’s next move was to try and head off a suicidal impeachment drive gaining strength on her left flank. Anticipating that special counsel Robert Mueller may not find incontrovertible evidence that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to steal the 2016 election, Pelosi announced that “unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path.” That won’t stop Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who vowed on taking office “to impeach the motherf — er” and has announced she plans to introduce a resolution to start impeachment proceedings. Pelosi knows that such an impeachment effort would divide Democrats and might not even pass the House. And even if it did, there is zero chance that two-thirds of the Senate would vote to convict Trump for something other than a criminal conspiracy with Russia. A failed impeachment would energize Trump’s base, raise Trump’s approval ratings and alienate the very suburban voters Democrats just peeled away from the GOP to win the House majority in the 2018 midterms. Most important, she knows it would distract Democrats from the agenda Pelosi wants to pursue. “It’s an opportunity cost in terms of time and resources,” she told Rolling Stone magazine. During a private meeting this week, Pelosi reportedly asked House Democrats, “Do we want to drag him down or do we want to lift people up?” The answer from the Resistance is becoming clear: Drag him down! Pelosi wants to do more than resist; she wants to govern. She wants to enact legislation. To do that, Democrats need to win back the Senate and the White House in 2020. But the Ocasio-Cortez-Omar-Tlaib wing of the party seems determined to undermine that strategy by pursuing a platform of socialism, anti-Semitism and impeachment. If they prevail, not only will Trump not be impeached — he’ll also likely become a twoterm president. Follow Marc A. Thiessen on Twitter @marcthiessen.
Every time — every single time — I think I have heard everything, I hear something else. This week, for example, I have heard things about college admissions that I never dreamed had been going on — not on the scope and scale that they apparently have. Now, understand, I was a school teacher for 38 years. I taught AP classes for a long time. I have been associated with top notch students and students who have attended the very best schools — the service academies, Harvard, the University of Georgia, hallowed be thy name; I’ve taught students who have gone on to do well at the best schools in the country. And I have seen the pressure that students and their helicopter parents put themselves under when it comes to issues like standardized tests and grade point averages and earlyadmission guidelines. I have had parents threaten me for accurately reporting grades that students earned — I never “gave” students grades, good or bad. I once had a father accuse me of “ruining his son’s life” because I wouldn’t raise the D the kid earned to a B so he would qualify for the football scholarship he had been offered at a large Southern university. I’ve been told by dozens, perhaps hundreds, of parents that they were going to have my job because of grades their children earned. My standard response was, “You couldn’t do my job if you had it,” and I kept cards
Becky! How could you? In case you’ve missed the story, which is highly unlikely unless you have been on an expedition to Antarctica this week, I’ll hit the highlights. Some of the richest folks in America have been doing all sorts of things to make sure Darrell that their little darlings were Huckaby admitted to what are perceived to be some of the most preson my desk with the phone tigious schools in the country numbers of the principal, the — Yale, USC, UCLA, Texas. superintendent and the school Texas? Yes, that’s what I said. board chairman to make it These folks have paid mileasier for these parents to lions of dollars, collectively contact my supervisors. and individually, to a scounI’ve listened to parents drel named William Singer moan and groan and wail and who accepted payments to his whine and complain that their apparently fraudulent charity children “just didn’t test well.” who would allegedly do all Most don’t, by the way, who sorts of illegal things. don’t know the material. I’ve Kids not “good test-takers?” dealt with the parents who No worries. This guy would were certain that their kids arrange for someone to take would earn an athletic scholar- the test for little Jack or Jill. Or ship because they made the he would just pay someone to junior varsity traveling squad change the answers after the in one sport or another, and I test was taken. We aren’t talkeven had a father blame me ing a Friday morning pop quiz, because his daughter wouldn’t here. We are talking the SAT wind up playing for the U.S. and ACT. Olympic team in Atlanta in GPA a problem? He would 1996. pay smart kids to take classes Like I said, I thought I had for the students of the stars. seen it all. Athletics are a big deal these And then a federal indictdays and most schools allow ment was handed down earlier coaches a certain number of this week that listed things “special admits.” According to done that I had never dreamed the FBI, this guy was bribwere being done — not to the ing coaches, at D-1 schools, degree that they apparently are understand, to accept kids as and not at the places and not athletes who had never played by the people accused of doing their particular sport. Crew them. (that’s rowing a boat) and Who knew a housewife lacrosse were two of the more could ever be as desperate as popular sports for that scheme. Felicity Huffman? And Aunt Sometimes he wasn’t quite
so creative. Sometimes he just stooped to plain old bribery. And we are not talking about tickets to a Jimmy Buffet concert — which I was once offered for a favorable grade — or an extra LongHorn gift certificate in a Christmas stocking. These people paid upwards of a million dollars a shot for his services. Who would pay a million bucks for their kid to go to the University of Texas? College admissions have changed. When I was accepted to UGA in 1970, my admission letter came addressed to Darrell Huckaby or current occupant. It’s not that way anymore. Luckily, my kids defied genetics in the brain department and all made above 1400 on the SAT and were admitted early to the college of their choice. 1400-plus on the SAT. Two of us used to get into Georgia for that. But, thankfully, I never knew the pressure of waiting and wondering if they could get in a good school. Some, like Felicity Huffman, et al, apparently aren’t quite so lucky. A lot of those people are probably looking at jail time for their transgressions. Don’t let that happen to you. If you feel tempted to try and bribe an official or pay someone to take your kid’s entrance exam, just remember these two simple words: Auburn University. Their shade of orange looks a lot better than those tacky prison jumpsuits! Darrell Huckaby is an author in Rockdale County. Email him at email@example.com.
This lifelong Methodist isn’t going anywhere I am going to have to get to this sooner or later, so I will opt for sooner. A special session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted recently in St. Louis to continue its long-standing policy that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The vote was 438 for and 384 against. I think this means no gay pastors and no gay marriages in the Methodist Church. The General Conference is the highest legislative body in the church and the only group that can speak officially for the denomination. It is composed of Methodist churches from around the world. In fact, much of the support for maintaining the current policy came from the churches in Africa. So, what do I think of the vote? Let me digress a moment. During the run-up to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, we were faced with a high-profile issue in which the Cobb County Commission adopted a “Family Values” resolution, which was a thinly veiled anti-gay statement. The county was scheduled to host a preliminary volleyball venue. On one side of the issue was U.S. Speaker of the House
and do. My faith is a very personal thing between me and my God and, frankly, they don’t get a vote. I’ve had a bit of exposure to the upper management of the Methodist Church in the past. I found them too insular, bureaucratic and political for Dick my taste. If I want political Yarbrough intrigue, I will take the crowd under the Gold Dome. At least Newt Gingrich, who represent- that bunch won’t disillusion ed Cobb County in Congress me. and who threatened all manner What the Methodist Church of retaliation if we moved the and all other denominations revenue. On the other side were ally need to be looking at is the gay rights groups who vowed decline in church attendance to harass the Torch Relay in this country, particularly across the country if we didn’t among young people between and a number of Olympic the ages of 21 and 29. Accordathletes who supported them. ing to a Gallup survey, they Of course, the media loved the are the least likely to attend controversy and kept goading church or to have an affiliation me as to what side our CEO with any religion. They are the Billy Payne and I were on. future of the church and we are What we thought personally losing them. That is a sad fact. was of no import, I told them. Could it be that they see us The issue was doing the right Christians as hypocrites? That thing for the organization. we talk a good game, but we The right thing was that a don’t always walk our talk? It preliminary volleyball venue is easy to be holy in the pew was not worth the time and on Sunday but not necessarily effort with all the other things when somebody cuts in front on our plate, so we moved the of us in the checkout line at the venue to Athens. End of story. grocery store. Back to today’s topic. I am I heard the youth director of not going to talk about what a large church in Atlanta dethe poohbahs did in St. Louis, scribe a mission trip to South either. They don’t speak for Africa with a group of teens. me, no matter what they say While there, the young people
were explaining to the locals that they were “Christ-like.” When she asked them why they were saying that instead of saying they were Christians, their response was that they had seen too many people who called themselves Christians but didn’t act that way. Instead, they said they preferred to try and emulate Christ. Out of the mouth of babes. Whether the Methodist Church has done the right thing or the wrong thing is yet to be determined. Whether people leave the church as a result of the decision in St. Louis is also an unknown at this point. All I know for certain is that I’m not going anywhere. I love my church, my fellow congregants and my pastors. They have gotten my family and me through some tough times. I am a Methodist as was my momma and her momma before her. I have every intention to die a Methodist, although that is not on my immediate list of things to do. Let the poohbahs deal with what they have done. That is not my job. You can reach Dick Yarbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org; at P.O. Box 725373, Atlanta, GA 31139 or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/dickyarb.
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It’s time for Gwinnett to join MARTA
Reminder for the People of Gwinnett County: Time is running out for us to vote on the MARTA transportation plans. On Tuesday, March 19, you can vote at your regular polling places. Here are some facts you need to know and consider before casting your vote. This is not a new issue. We voted back in 1993 and it was a resounding NO to send an additional 1 percent sales tax to MARTA to expand service to Gwinnett.
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This time is different. Here’s how. Over the past 26 years, our county’s population has grown substantially. It’s expected to increase from today’s estimated 920,000 to between 1.3 million and 1.5 million by 2040. Think about the increased congestion on our highways and streets, making it even more difficult to commute and travel than it is today. We are not sending 1 percent to MARTA. We are committing 29 percent of the additional sales tax to MARTA. Part of that funding includes managing our existing bus service and expanding service inside
Gwinnett. The rest of the money stays in Gwinnett for specific projects that have already been identified. Gwinnett will have three seats on this board, so we will have a say in future MARTA decisions. This would be a legislative increase of Gwinnett representatives on the MARTA Board. Will the added MARTA services make Gwinnett County a better place to live? I believe it will, and I encourage you to vote YES for this transportation project. — Raymer Sale Jr., Duluth
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Pastor Melvin Williams, 56 of Mobile, AL, passed away in Pensacola, FL on March 8, 2019. Melvin had a long hardfought battle with congestive heart failure. Melvin was a retired Aviation Ordnanceman of USN. He began a successful career as a highly sought-after Information Technologist (IT). Melvin relocated to Atlanta, GA to start Megatron Computer Services and launch Life More Abundant Ministries. Melvin is survived by his 2 daughters, Natasha Williams, and Courtney Williams (Javaris) Cushion, both of Jacksonville, Fl. Arrangements by Tracy Morton Memorial Chapel
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Richard William Tuttle, 49 of Lilburn, GA passed away Friday, March 8th, 2019. He is survived by wife Karen Gale Tuttle; daughter, Caroline Lee Tuttle; brother, Brian Lee Tuttle; brother “from another mother” Charles Sirmans Jr.; and a host of other relatives and close friends. Richard was born in Atlanta, GA the eldest son of Ralph William Tuttle and Janet Mount Tuttle. Richard lived most of his life in Lilburn, GA, attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. Richard was a decorated police officer and detective for over 10 years with the DeKalb County Police Department. Richard was best known by his friends and family for his quiet demeanor and that quick dry wit that was explicitly his own. Richard and was a gentle loving daddy to his daughter Caroline who was his whole world. Richard was an avid reader, excellent marksman, fantastic guitar player, and was fascinated by military history, fighter jets, and American muscle cars. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Caroline Tuttle, PO Box 726, Monroe, GA 30655. The Celebration of Life Service to honor life of Richard Tuttle will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the funeral home. Condolenc-
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Mark Stephen Ford, 63, of Rex, Ga. passed away on Tuesday, February 19th surrounded by loved ones. Mark was born October 29th, 1955, to Gene and Lois Ford. Mark was a gentle giant who loved his family. He loved going to Panama City Beach and he loved the Atlanta Braves. He fought a courageous battle against cancer with his own going positive attitude and spirit. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judy Ford; stepdaughter, Heather Adams, and stepgrandson, Austin Lustgraaf. He is preceded in death by his father, Mason Eugene (Gene) Ford; survived by his mother, Lois Simmons Ford; sisters, Gail Prosser (Bo) and Marla Haynes (Donald); nieces, Jamie Zimmer (Justin); Katie McInerney (Sean); and Rachel Harrelson (Dennis); nephew Bradley F. Haynes; great nieces and great-nephews: Georgia and Gus Zimmer, Addy and Finn McInerney, Chase Link, Lilly and Cash Harrelson, and Abby Haynes; and by so many loving aunts, uncle’s, and cousins. A memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Mark Stephen Ford will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 1:30 PM, preceded by visitation at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Park UMC, 4473 College Street, Forest Park, Ga. 30298. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory, 1762 Clifton Rd. N.E. Suite 1400 Atlanta, Ga. or Forest Park UMC, 4473 College St. Forest Park, Ga. 30298.
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but could not remember stabbing the victim. Under questioning by Gwinnett County Assistant District Attorney Andrea Alabi, however, Safo “admitted that he invited the victim and witness into his apartment and that neither had a weapon,” prosecutors said. The jury was also presented with “multiple” social media posts in which Safo threatened to murder the victim for reporting him to the police, in the days preceding the trial. Safo was sentenced to 15 years, with six to be served in prison.
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victim and bite his face,” prosecutors said. “Five days after the attack, Safo called the Gwinnett County Police Department to report that he was robbed at knifepoint on July 3 inside of his apartment. However, he declined to meet police in person, would not allow access to the crime scene and failed to mention that he stabbed anyone.” A month after the stabbing, Safo was arrested in Maryland and extradited back to Georgia, prosecutors said. At trial, Safo testified that he “feared for his life”
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2019 legislative session.” The legislation, if signed by Kemp, will authorize the governor to appoint the new judge, who will take office
Gwinnett County’s contract with MARTA is not the only issue voters in some parts of the county will be voting on Tuesday. Voters who live within the boundaries of three cities will also be asked to cast ballots on whether earlier alcohol sales should be allowed on Sundays in those municipalities. One of those cities is also holding a special election to fill a vacancy on its city council. Sunday alcohol sales are allowed starting at 12:30 p.m. Sundays in Lawrenceville, Snellville and Sugar Hill, but those cities are holding referendums Tuesday on whether to let the start time to move up to 11 a.m. to accommodate brunch services at restaurants. Meanwhile, Snellville is also holding a special election to fill the remainder of Barbara Bender’s unexpired term on the City Council. The council voted earlier this year to appoint Bender as mayor to serve out
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need of an additional judge,” Efstration said. “As a Gwinnett County legislator, I’m proud to have this bill passed well before the end of the
the remainder of former Mayor Tom Witts’ unexpired term. Antonio Molina and Tod Warner are running for the open council seat. Voters in those cities cannot cast ballots for their city elections at the same time and place that they cast ballots on the MARTA contract. Since city and county elections are run separately, voters will have to go to their assigned polling locations for federal, state and county elections to cast ballots in the MARTA referendum. They will then have to go to a separate polling location to cast ballots in their municipal elections. In each city, the assigned polling location for municipal elections is their respective City Halls, where voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those addresses include: • Lawrenceville City Hall: 70 S. Clayton St.; • Snellville City Hall: 2342 Oak Road; and • Sugar Hill City Hall: 5039 W. Broad St. Assigned polling locations for the MARTA vote can be found at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.
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From left are State Rep. Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula; Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner; State Rep. Bonnie Rich, R-Suwanee; and Chief Superior Court Judge George Hutchinson following a committee hearing for House Bill 21. (Special Photo)
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Gwinnett County will likely add a new Superior Court judge to the bench next year, per recently passed Georgia General Assembly legislation. On Thursday, the State Senate passed House Bill 21, which would create an 11th Superior Court judgeship in the county, by a vote of 157-11. HB 21, which was introduced by state Rep. Chuck Efstration, R-Dacula, and passed in the House by the same 157-11 vote, is now headed to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. “Gwinnett County is one of the top two counties in
Jan. 1, 2020. All Gwinnett Republicans and most of the Gwinnett Democrat members in both the House and Senate voted in favor of the legislation. Three Gwinnett representatives, Brenda Lopez-Romero, D-Norcross; Dewey McClain, D-Lawrenceville; and Donna McCleod, DLawrenceville, were among the “no” votes to creating a new judgeship in Gwinnett. Over the past 20 years, under both Republican and Democrat governors, all new Superior Court Judge offices have been filled by appointment. Similar legislation to create a Superior Court judgeship in the Griffin Judicial Circuit also passed Thursday in the General Assembly.
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Brookwood wrestler David Key was 60-1 as a senior and won the 182-pound Class AAAAAAA championship. (Staff Photo: David Friedlander)
Brookwood senior finds full health in final season By David Friedlander
said. “I’d injured my hip in the preseason, and that lasted until December, I think. Then I was all right SNELLVILLE — After for about three weeks, and being dethroned as a state then I got mono (-nucleochampion a year ago, one sis). I had that during state. might think David Key My doctors didn’t want to would enter this season in clear me, but I ended up search of redemption. just getting cleared before But instead of a sense of region. having something to prove, “It was different comthe Brookwood senior ing in this year knowing came into the 2018-19 my body was finally able campaign feeling more to do what I wanted it to rejuvenated and relieved do, having the strength than determined. and stamina that I’m used “I did the best I could to having when I’m not do (in 2017-18). My injured.” body really wasn’t at full Physically and emopotential,” the Daily Post’s tionally recharged, Key 2019 Wrestler of the Year enjoyed the best season
of his career, rolling up a 60-1 record that included six individual tournament championships, capped by the Class AAAAAAA state 182-pound title. In also capped a career that saw him finish in the top five on Brookwood’s career lists in pins (second, 118) and wins (fifth, 162), and top five on the school’s single-season lists in both categories (third with 43 pins and fifth in 60 wins). While this season might have been one of improvement in terms of the final result, Key considered it more of the same from a standpoint of how he approached the season
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mentally. “I don’t think there really was a shift,” Key said. “I’d always had that mindset to go out there and get it done regardless of what circumstances to have. My junior year, I still thought I was going to be able to go out there and get it done. I was close, but I didn’t.” Still, finishing as state runner-up at 182 pounds a year ago was a minor disappointment after his state 170-pound title as a sophomore two years ago, though it may also have
been something of a blessing in disguise. Despite the injuries, moving up in weight class last year gave him a better sense of how to stay on weight while wrestling at 182 for the second consecutive season. It made for a much more comfortable season in maintaining that weight. “I was right on weight all year,” Key said. “I never had to struggle with that. Last year, I wrestled at 182, but I really wasn’t at 182. I was really light. I was in the 170 area. I wasn’t wrestling up this year, so I felt stronger than my opponents. I think
I had an advantage that way.” Key’s achievements also proved to be a big advantage for the Broncos, who enjoyed one of their best seasons in years by sweeping the 7-AAAAAAA duals and traditional championships, plus a fourth-place finish at both state duals and the state traditional tournament. Combined with the rest of a strong senior class that included fellow AllCounty individuals Justin Oldknow, Gabriel Leeand Vaughn Williams, Key was a major factor in
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WESLEYAN GIRLS BASKETBALL
Record-breaking coach Alum Carolyn Whitney Jan Azar stepping down hired as new head coach By Christine Troyke
It is effective immediately. “The last 22 years at Wesleyan have been fantastic and I’ve loved PEACHTREE CORevery minute,” Azar said NERS — Jan Azar, the in the release. “Building architect of Wesleyan’s the program from scratch record 13 girls basketball with the help of headmastitles and 571 wins, is ter Zach Young and (then) stepping down. athletic director Will JackAzar has been at the son, as well as the entire small private school for Wesleyan community, the last 22 years. She has given me tremendous started the program from satisfaction. scratch and built it into “More important than the most successful in the wins and championthe state, winning more ships has been the opporchampionships than any tunity Wesleyan gave me basketball coach in Geor- to positively impact the gia history. lives of so many girls who The Wolves have played have graduated from Wesin the state finals 18 of the leyan and gone on to lead last 19 years. productive lives, as well The decision was anas the interaction with my nounced jointly Friday coaches and the families by Azar, who also was an of my players.” assistant athletic director, Azar, whose daughand Wesleyan’s head of ter, Nicole, was one of schools, Chris Cleveland. the Wolves’ big outside
threats as a sophomore this season, won’t remain at the school in any capacity. “It’s time to look for a new challenge, whether that’s coaching at the high school or college level, or building another program as athletic director,” she said. “My future will depend on what is best for my family, as they are my top priority.” Azar’s final game of the season was 10 days ago in the Class A-Private state championship against rival Holy Innocents’, which is coached by one of her former assistants, Nichole Dixon. The teams met for a fifth straight time with a title on the line and Dixon won her first as a head coach with a 75-48 See AZAR, Page 15A
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PEACHTREE CORNERS — On Friday morning, the only girls basketball head coach in Wesleyan history and winner of 13 state titles, Jan Azar, stepped down. On Friday evening, Wesleyan athletic director Marc Khedouri announced her replacement. Azar’s former player and assistant, Carolyn Whitney, has been hired to take over the program. “As we embark upon a new direction for our varsity girls basketball program, we acknowledge the many contributions of Coach Jan Azar at Wesleyan both on the court and off the court,” Khedouri said in a release. “We will forever be grateful for her
leadership of the girls and the program for the last 22 years. “While Coach Whitney’s accomplishments as a player and a coach are laudable, neither are what characterize her most. Her most admirable qualities are the way she interacts with girls and what an outstanding role model she is. I have no doubt that she will continue to build upon the excellence that defines the girls program.” Whitney has spent the last two years as the head coach at Brookwood. The Broncos won the Region 7-AAAAAAA title this year, made the state playoffs for the second straight season and Whitney was named region coach of the year. “We want to thank Coach Whitney for all she’s done the last two
years at Brookwood and we are sad to see her go,” said Jason Dopson, Brookwood’s athletic and activities director. “We knew when we hired her two years ago that we might eventually lose her to her alma mater, but we didn’t expect it to be this soon. “She helped turn a very good program here at Brookwood into one of the premier basketball programs in AAAAAAA. We achieved great things under her leadership that included our first region championship in many years and a No. 1 seed in the state tournament.” Leaving was not an easy decision for Whitney. “Brookwood will forever be the place I had my first head coaching job,”
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ondeck Prep Schedule
5:30 p.m. — Discovery at Mill Creek 5:30 p.m. — Gilman at GAC 5:45 p.m. — Newton Co. at Grayson 6 p.m. — Archer at Rockdale Co. 6 p.m. — Duluth at Collins Hill 6 p.m. — Gainesville at Lanier 6 p.m. — Lakeside-DeKalb at Central 6 p.m. — Meadowcreek at Brookwood 6 p.m. — Norcross at Parkview 6 p.m. — North at Peachtree Ridge 6 p.m. — South at Shiloh 6 p.m. — Winder-Barrow at Dacula
5 p.m. —Meadowcreek at Norcross 5:30 p.m. — Denmark girls at Collins Hill 6 p.m. — Duluth girls at Archer 6 p.m. — GAC girls at Fellowship Christian 7:30 p.m. — Norcross boys at Brookwood
3:30 p.m. — Rockdale Co. and Archer at Rhodes Jordan Park Tuesday
5:30 p.m. — Hebron at Athens Academy 6 p.m. — George Walton Academy at Providence
5 p.m. — Mill Creek girls and Potomac at Ducnan Creek Park 5:30 p.m. — Lanier at Dacula 6 p.m. — Buford boys at Denamrk 6 p.m. — Duluth girls at Buford 6 p.m. — Johns Creek boys at Duluth 7 p.m. — North boys at Peachtree Ridge 7:30 p.m. — Grayson boys at Archer 7:30 p.m. — Northview boys at GAC
4 p.m. — Providence boys at Riverside Military Academy 5 p.m. — Providence girls at Lakeview Academy 5:30 p.m. — Archer at Newton Co. 5:30 p.m. — Buford at Loganville 5:30 p.m. — Dacula at Winder-Barrow 5:30 p.m. — Discovery at Athens Academy 5:30 p.m. — Duluth at Collins Hill 5:30 p.m. — Lakeside-DeKalb at Berkmar 5:30 p.m. — Lanier at Habersham Central 5:30 p.m. — Mill Creek at North 5:30 p.m. — Parkview at Norcross 5:30 p.m. — Peachtree Ridge at Mountain View 5:30 p.m. — Pinecrest Academy at Hebron 5:30 p.m. — Rockdale Co. at Grayson 5:30 p.m. — South at Shiloh 6 p.m. — Roswell at Brookwood
3 p.m. — Dacula and Lanier at E.E. Robinson Park 3 p.m. — Mill Creek and Duluth at Suwanee Station 3 p.m. — South at Grayson 3:30 p.m. — Archer at Shiloh 3:30 p.m. — Collins Hill at Discovery 3:30 p.m. — Mountain View and Peachtree Ridge at Sugarloaf CC 4 p.m. — Buford at Loganville 4 p.m. — GAC at East Hall 4 p.m. — Providence at Hebron
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3:30 p.m. — Ninth Grade Invitational at Mill Creek
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TODAY NEXT UPCOMING at Orlando Houston 6 p.m. Tue, 7:30 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM FSSE/92.9-FM Norfolk at Orlando 3:05 p.m. Thu, 7 p.m. 97.7-FM 97.7-FM Toronto Off Fri, 7:30 p.m. B/R Live Philadelphia at Columbus 7 p.m. March 30, 7:30 FSSO/92.9-FM FSSO/92.9-FM
Utah Thu, 7:30 p.m. FSSE/92.9-FM Kansas City March 23, 7:30 97.7-FM San Diego April 5, 7:35 p.m. B/R Live at new England April 13, 8:30 p.m. FSSO/92.9-FM
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Sports Calendar GOLF
Saturday: The Gwinnett Bandits Golf Tournament will be held at Lanier Islands Legacy Course to raise money for the youth baseball program. The fourperson scramble begins with 11:30 a.m. check-in and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $100 per golfer and includes green fees, carts, practice range, lunch, silent auction and appetizers. Registration deadline is today. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
May 4: The Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, in partnership with The Fortitude Foundation, will host its 5K Crimson Run/Walk on May 4 at Tribble Mill Park. All proceeds benefit GCAC’s scholarship program for Gwinnett County
students. Entry fee is $35. The race, a 2020 Peachtree Road Race qualifier, begins at 8:22 a.m. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., followed by welcome and warm-up at 8 a.m. For more information, email 5K@gwinnettdst.org. Registration is available online at runsignup.com/ crimson5K.
June 3-7: The Shoot for the Stars Basketball Camp, presented by the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation and led by former Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rhodes Jordan Park gym. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14 and cost is $140 per camper. For more information, go to www.harlemlegends.com, call 678-630-8843 or email email@example.com.
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Irving, Brown hold off Hawks Field Level Media Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and Jaylen Brown added 23, with two key baskets in a fourth-quarter stretch that allowed the Boston Celtics to defeat the visiting Atlanta Hawks 129120 on Sunday. The Hawks trailed 105-94 entering the fourth quarter but battled back and tied the game 112-112 on a pair of Kent Bazemore free throws with 5:53 left. But Brown, who grew up in suburban Atlanta, answered with a 3-pointer and finished a 9-0 run with a jumper to help the Celtics preserve the win. Brown came off the bench to shoot 8-for-14 from the field, including three 3-pointers. It was the second straight win for Boston and broke Atlanta’s two-game winning streak. Boston has won five of its last six. Boston swept the four-game season series with Atlanta. Irving felt just short of
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives past Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the second half at TD Garden. (Photo: Winslow Townson-USA Today Sports)
a triple-double with 11 rebounds and nine assists along with his 30 points. Irving had four 3-pointers. Boston also got 19 points — four in the crucial fourth-quarter run — and 11 rebounds from Marcus
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Morris, while Jayson Tatum had 18 points and eight rebounds and Marcus Smart scored 16 points. Atlanta was led by Trae Young, who had 28 points, including 5-for-8 shooting on 3-pointers, and John Col-
lins, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Taurean Prince added 17 points and Vince Carter scored 16. Dewayne Dedmon had 13 rebounds but didn’t score any of his five points until the fourth quarter.
No. 22 Auburn North riflery downs Florida wins Area 6 championship Field Level Media
second foul shot, Florida freshman guard Andrew Jared Harper connected Nembhard took an outlet on a deep 3-pointer from pass and tried to throw up the right wing with 12.2 a 3-pointer from 30 feet in seconds left — his only the middle of three Auburn field goal of the second half defenders. — and scored a team-high Nembhard appeared to 20 points to lift No. 22 draw contact, but his shot Auburn to a 65-62 victory fell far short, as the game over Florida on Saturday ended. to advance to the finals of Florida (19-15) led 41-37 SEC tournament at Nashwith 15:27 left, but Auburn ville, Tenn. went on a 14-6 run to take Auburn (25-9) will play a 51-47 lead with 8:21 rethe winner of the other maining. Chuma Okeke and semifinal game between Samir Doughty hit backKentucky and Tennessee in to-back 3-pointers to give the SEC tournament finals Auburn the lead, 47-44. Sunday at the Bridgestone After Florida tied it at 47, Arena. the Tigers ran off another Trailing 64-60, Flor7-0 spurt to take control. ida guard Jalen Hudson Bryce Brown did most of dribbled the length of the the damage with a layup court for a layup with seven and a 3-pointer. seconds remaining to cut The Gators then went the Auburn lead to 64-62. scoreless for 6:22, finally Harper took the inbounds getting a pair of free throws pass and was fouled with by Kevarrius Hayes to cut 6.2 seconds remaining, and the deficit to 54-49 with he made the first of two 6:24 left. Florida went free throws to extend the nearly eight minutes in the Auburn lead to 65-62. second half without a field After Harper missed his goal.
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points. After a layup by WashLamonte Turner made ington, Schofield and Wila go-ahead 3-pointer with liams made back-to-back 31 seconds left and No. 8 3-pointers to give Tennessee Tennessee held on to defeat a 75-74 lead with 1:31 left. No. 4 Kentucky 82-78 in Washington’s tip-in put the semifinals of the SEC the Wildcats back on top tournament on Saturday af- with 1:06 left, but Turner, ternoon in Nashville, Tenn. who scored just seven The third-seeded Volunpoints, answered with his teers (29-4) will play No. only 3-pointer in four tries. 22-ranked and fifth-seeded Washington missed a Auburn, which defeated layup and a tip before Bone eighth-seeded Florida in made two free throws for Saturday’s other semifinal, a four-point lead with 10 in the tournament title game seconds left. Sunday. The second-seeded The score was tied four Wildcats are 27-6. times early in the second Admiral Schofield scored half and the lead changed 21 points, Grant Williams hands for the fifth time in had 20 and Jordan Bone the period when Hagans’ added 18 to lead Tennessee. layup gave Kentucky a 59PJ Washington scored 58 lead. 16, Keldon Johnson had Johnson followed with 15, Reid Travis had 11 and a layup and Washington Tyler Herro and Ashton had a dunk as the Wildcats Hagans added 10 each for matched the largest lead that Kentucky. Hagans recorded either team had to that point. 12 assists. Moments later, Johnson After Kentucky beat Ten- made another layup to give nessee by 17 in Lexington Kentucky a 67-60 lead with and Tennessee beat Kensix minutes remaining, but tucky by 19 in Knoxville the Vols kept coming back. during the regular season, The lead changed hands this matchup was much seven times and there were closer as neither team ever four ties in the first half. led by double figures. Tennessee broke the final Kentucky led by eight tie on Schofield’s jumper, points with less than three which was part of an 8-0 run minutes remaining, but that gave the Vols a 29-24 Williams scored five straight lead.
From Staff Reports The North Gwinnett air rifle team won the Area 6 championship on Saturday at Lumpkin County High School. It was the second consecutive championship for the Bulldogs, which shot a combined score of 1154. Caitlyn Miller led the way with a new school record score of 293. Matthew Herrington and Shasta Robinson followed with 288. Andreea Contis scored 285 and Corina Fluker scored 276. The meet qualified North Gwinnett to advance to sectionals on March 25. BASEBALL BASEBALL Holy Innocents’ 6, Providence 1 ATLANTA — Joe Shealy came on in relief from Providence (1-13) after the Storm got off to a rough start and held Holy Innocents’ scoreless through three innings, but Providence was doomed too early on Saturday afternoon. Shealy struck out four batters and was charged with two hits. Sam Aurelia was 2-for2 with a stolen base and reached on a hit-by-pitch. J.J. Van Den Berg was 1-for-3 with a double and stolen base. Mountain View sweeps Duluth LAWRENCEVILLE — The Bears (11-3, 6-0) continued a hot start to region play by completing a sweep of Duluth 5-0 at Coolray Field on Saturday. Gavin Collyer earned a win for Mountain View in six
innings. He struck out 13 batters and allowed two walks. He was charged with two hits. Kenny Mallary had two hits and one RBI, Nick Hong had two hits including a double and Garrett Spikes had a two-run homer. BOYS GOLF BOYS
Hebron’s Brown wins Longhorn Invitational BUFORD — The Hebron boys golf team placed second overall and Jake Brown finished first in the Lanier Longhorn Invitational on Saturday at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course. Brown shot 77 to win the low-score medalist title and Hebron shot 342 as a team. GIRLS GOLF GOLF GIRLS Peachtree Ridge girls win local tournament BUFORD — Peachtree Ridge girls golf placed first overall at the Lanier Longhorn Invitational at Legacy Golf Course. The Lions shot 262 overall and were led by the tournament’s low-score medalist title with a 78. Bridget Hong was Peachtree Ridge’s second counting score when she tied for third at 84. GIRLS TENNIS GIRLS TENNIS Brookwood goes 2-1 at national tournament CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Brookwood (9-4) girls tennis team went 2-1 at the DecoTurf High School Tennis Championships on Saturday, beating Amarillo (Texas) 5-4 and Spain Park (Ala.) 6-3 before falling to eventual tournament champion Girls Preparatory of Chattanooga 5-4. Kendra Womack was 2-1 on singles court No. 1 and Emma Withrow was 2-1 on No. 2. Macy Davis went undefeated on No. 3 singles. Allie Spyke was 2-0 at No. 4 singles and won on No. 2 doubles with Womack.
FANS CHOICE SPRING ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Who: Willie Grieco School: Mill Creek Sport: Lacrosse Class: Senior Highlights: Had six goals and four assists in an 18-4 win over Brookwood Coach Alan Tallman’s take: “I spent quite a bit of time evaluating players in our program upon my arrival (beginning in August). Willie’s commitment to becoming a better athlete and lacrosse player in the offseason, along with having an overwhelmingly positive influence over his peers, made him an obvious choice for captain when we named them before the season. Willie loves lacrosse and is a very naturally talented player. What makes him special is that he is eager to become an even better player. He comes to work with a purpose every day and has a knack for making his teammates better. Willie’s not the most boisterous guy on the field, but he leads by example and that’s usually more important than words. Statistically, he’s gotten off to a pretty hot start this season, so I’m excited to see him continue to develop in our system and contribute to a very memorable season for himself and his fellow seniors.”
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ELECTION NOTICES STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF GWINNETT NOTICE OF ELECTION TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF GWINNETT COUNTY NOTICE is hereby given that on the 19th day of March, 2019, an election will be held in all the election districts within the territorial limits of Gwinnett County at which time there will be submitted to the qualified voters of Gwinnett County for their determination the question of whether or not the contract for the provision of transit services between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, dated August 2, 2018, shall be approved. The full text of the proposed contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is set forth in this notice. None of the documents or exhibits which are incorporated in such contract by reference or are attached to such contract and made a part thereof shall be published pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 32-9-20. All persons desiring to vote in favor of a contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shall vote “YES” and all persons opposed to a contract for the provision of rapid transit services, dated August 2, 2018, between Gwinnett County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shall vote “NO” as to the question propounded, to-wit: “( ) YES ( ) NO Gwinnett County has executed a contract for the provision of transit services, dated as of August 2, 2018. Shall this contract be approved?” The several places for holding said election shall be in the regular and established election districts within the territorial limits of Gwinnett County, Georgia and the polls will be open from 7:00 o’clock A.M. until 7:00 o’clock P.M. on the date fixed for the election. The last day for qualified residents of Gwinnett County to register to be eligible to vote in the Special Election referenced herein is February 19, 2019. Those qualified voters in said Special Election shall be determined in all respects in accordance and in conformity with the laws of the State of Georgia. MEMBERS, GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF REGISTRATIONS AND ELECTIONS BY: __________________ Stephen W. Day Chairman BY: __________________ John Mangano Vice Chairman BY: __________________ Beauty P. Baldwin Member BY: __________________ Alice O’Lenick Member BY: __________________ Ben Satterfield Member ATTEST: __________________ Lynn Ledford Elections Director Published: February 13, February 20th, February 27, March 6, March 13, and March 17, 2019. ____________________ ____________________ “RAPID TRANSIT CONTRACT BETWEEN GWINNETT COUNTY AND MARTA” THIS CONTRACT AND AGREEMENT, made and entered into as of the 2nd day of August, 2018, by and between Gwinnett County, a political subdivision of the State of Georgia (hereinafter called “Gwinnett” or “Gwinnett County”) and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (hereinafter called the “Authority”), a public body corporate and a joint instrumentality of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties and the City of Atlanta, a political subdivision of the State of Georgia, organized and existing under an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, approved March 10, 1965, Ga. Laws 1965, p. 2243, as amended (hereinafter called the “Act”); WHEREAS, the Act was adopted and the Authority was created pursuant to and in accordance with an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Georgia (Ga. Laws 1964, p. 1008), ratified at the November, 1964 General Election and thereafter duly proclaimed, which amendment sets forth that the acquisition, establishment, operation or administration of a system of public transportation of passengers for hire within the Metropolitan Area (as said term is defined in the Act) is an essential governmental function and a public purpose for which the powers of taxation and eminent domain may be exercised and public funds expended; and WHEREAS, the Authority was created and exists for the purpose of planning, designing, leasing (as lessee), purchasing, acquiring, holding, owning, operating, maintaining, improving and administering a rapid transit system within the territory comprising the Metropolitan Area (as said term is defined in the Act) (“System” or “Authority’s System”), and operating the same, or contracting therefore, or leasing (as lessor) the same for operation by private parties; and WHEREAS, Fulton County, DeKalb County, the City of Atlanta and the Authority entered into a Rapid Transit Contract and Assistance Agreement effective September 1, 1971, as amended, (hereinafter called the “RTCAA”), under the terms of the Act to acquire, construct, improve and operate a rapid transit system, including the use of buses as well as a rail system, and Clayton County entered into a rapid transit
contract with the Authority effective July 5, 2014 (said counties and city are hereinafter called the “Existing Members”); and WHEREAS, House Bill 930 of the 2018 General Assembly of Georgia, enacted as Act #409, effective May 3, 2018, revised Article 2 of Chapter 9 of Title 32 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (as amended from time to time, hereinafter called the “General Law”) pursuant to such constitutional provision, and provides, among other things, for a procedure whereby Gwinnett may enter into a rapid transit contract with the Authority; and WHEREAS, Gwinnett County has completed an extensive process, that included robust public participation, through which a Transit Development Plan for the County (hereinafter called the “Plan” and attached hereto as Exhibit “A”) has been completed and adopted by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners; and WHEREAS, the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia, including specifically but without limitation the aforesaid constitutional amendment, the Act, and the General Law authorize Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Gwinnett counties and the City of Atlanta each to enter into a rapid transit contract or contracts with the Authority providing for payments from said counties to the Authority over a period of time not to exceed 50 years for the use of a rapid transit system provided by the Authority within the Metropolitan Area (as said term is defined in the Act); and WHEREAS, Gwinnett and the Authority have determined that the acquisition, construction, improvement and operation of a rapid transit system, including the use of buses as well as a potential rail extension or other high capacity transit system to and within Gwinnett, is in the best interests of the residents of Gwinnett and of the Metropolitan Area and that a rapid transit contract between the Authority and Gwinnett is the appropriate means to define the parties’ relationship. NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the undertakings hereinafter set forth, Gwinnett and the Authority, each acting by and through its authorized officers, pursuant to a resolution or ordinance duly adopted and properly passed by its governing body, covenant and agree as follows: 1. The Authority covenants and agrees as follows: (a) Gwinnett Connect: Transit Plan; Capital Projects; Value Engineering: The Authority has reviewed the Gwinnett Connect: Transit Plan (the “Plan”) attached hereto as Exhibit (A) and will provide to Gwinnett comments from time to time regarding the Plan. The Authority will cooperate with Gwinnett to develop more detailed plans aimed at implementing Gwinnett’s adopted Plan and delivering the projects associated with the Plan. All capital projects in the Plan will be developed jointly by the Authority and Gwinnett, and the Plan will serve as the basis for future projects of the parties. All fixed asset capital projects within Gwinnett and included in the Plan shall be approved by Gwinnett prior to approval by the Authority. A proposed project list will be divided into distinct project types consisting of: (1) bus service plans, facilities and equipment, (2) minor capital investment or improvement projects exceeding $1 million ($1,000,000) in estimated value, such as bus transit centers, and (3) major capital investment projects, such as fixed guideway projects, all of which may include federal funding. In connection with the design and development of cost estimates for major capital projects, Gwinnett has the right to engage a firm to provide design review and value engineering services. Reasonable costs for these services will be covered from proceeds from the sales tax imposed in Gwinnett for transit services. (b) Implementation of the Plan; “Financial Resources” Defined. The Authority shall immediately undertake the acquisition, construction, improvement, operation and maintenance of the Gwinnett transit system as set forth in the Plan and it shall proceed as rapidly with said undertaking as financial resources will permit. The term “financial resources” as used herein means all monies received by the Authority pursuant to this contract including: Federal funds which Gwinnett now or in the future may be entitled to receive, the portion of the proceeds of the retail sales and use tax levied in Gwinnett and remitted to Gwinnett that is authorized to be paid over to the Authority herein, and that portion of the proceeds of future issues of Authority sales tax revenue bonds which can be repaid from the proceeds of said retail sales and use tax less and except the direct operating costs of the Gwinnett transit system and the common operating costs shared between the Authority’s System and Gwinnett as set forth in any separate agreement negotiated hereafter. (c) Commencement of Service; Alternatives: The Authority shall commence service on any operable portion of the Gwinnett transit system as soon as practicable, including assuming responsibility for operation of any existing assets as agreed to between the Authority, Gwinnett, and any third-party operator. Should the Plan as envisioned not prove feasible, the Authority and Gwinnett will develop further plans for an alternative option and it shall continuously operate and maintain the System and, from the financial resources, the Gwinnett transit system, so as to make their benefits available to the residents of Gwinnett County as well as those of the Metropolitan Area overall. (d) Operation of the Gwinnett Transit System: The Authority shall operate the System and, from the financial resources, the Gwinnett transit system in an efficient and e
economical manner and it shall maintain them or cause the same to be maintained, in a good state of repair, order and condition, and in a good state of operating efficiency. (e) Rate-Setting: The Authority shall, to the extent practicable, prescribe, revise and collect such rates, fees and charges for transportation so that, together with any other income and available funds, it will be able to fulfill its budgeted obligations, provided, however, that the fares charged for services on the Gwinnett transit system shall be at the same rates as charged for the same services on the Authority’s existing System unless otherwise agreed to by the Authority and Gwinnett. (f) Compliance with Budget Laws: The Authority shall comply with the provisions of all pertinent laws now in existence or hereafter enacted which relate to its budget or budgeting procedure. (g) Recruitment: The Authority shall conduct job fairs and other recruiting opportunities within Gwinnett to advise Gwinnett residents of employment opportunities generated by the System and the Gwinnett transit system. (h) Bus Facilities: The Authority shall operate bus facilities within Gwinnett from which service will originate. 2. Gwinnett covenants and agrees as follows: (a) Authority to Execute; Approved Plan: Gwinnett has taken all necessary action to approve the Plan, which approval is hereby ratified and reaffirmed, and a record of said approval and proper authorization for the execution of this contract appear in its official records and minutes. (b) Payment from Sales Tax Receipts; Rate of Tax: Gwinnett shall pay to the Authority during the term of this contract an amount of money agreed to between the parties from its total receipts or credits during said term from the levy (provided for hereinafter) of the retail sales and use tax for rapid transit purposes as authorized by the General Law, provided, however, that the rate of said retail sales and use tax shall not be greater than the rate of the retail sales and use tax for rapid transit purposes as levied in any other portion of the Metropolitan Area (as said term is defined in the Act). (c) Sales Tax Proceeds To Be Gwinnett Funds; Periodic Payments; Contribution to Authority’s System Costs: Gwinnett will levy within its geographical area a one percent retail sales and use tax for rapid transit purposes, provided a favorable vote of the qualified voters of Gwinnett is obtained, the proceeds of which once remitted by the State of Georgia to Gwinnett shall be Gwinnett funds that shall be used only in accordance with Georgia law, for purposes allowed by Georgia law, and for the benefit of Gwinnett as provided herein, including subparagraphs (d) and (e) of this paragraph. Gwinnett will commit to make payments from time to time in consideration of the undertaking on the part of the Authority to acquire, construct, improve, operate and maintain a rapid transit system for and on behalf of Gwinnett during the full term of this contract. Funds received from the levy of the sales tax within Gwinnett shall be the property of Gwinnett and for the benefit of Gwinnett as provided herein. Gwinnett and the Authority will negotiate payment from time to time for that equitable share of the cost reasonably allocated to Gwinnett for operation of the overall Authority System, including maintenance of a state of good repair; provided, however, Gwinnett’s share and allocation will be reduced by the amount of all fares collected in Gwinnett and the amount of any payments received by the Authority under the provisions of subsection (c) of Code Section 48-5C1 in lieu of sales taxes on transactions in Gwinnett, and subject to re-negotiation as cost estimates, facilities, service levels, operations, and other conditions change. In cases where proposed high-capacity projects require capital improvements outside Gwinnett’s boundaries in order to create efficient regional connections, costs of such high-capacity capital projects will be allocated as mutually agreed upon by the Authority and Gwinnett, based on equity, proportional benefit, and other factors to be negotiated. (d) Gwinnett Approval of Authority Debt Issuance; Separate Account; No Other Pledge: No Authority debt shall be incurred, in whole or in part, for acquisition, construction or improvement of Plan projects or other undertakings on behalf of Gwinnett without the approval of Gwinnett as to either the full amount of such debt where incurred wholly for such purposes, or of the amount of such debt attributable to such purposes and the annual debt service required thereby. There shall be established at the Authority an account into which shall be deposited sums designated from the sales tax levy by Gwinnett for service of debt incurred by the Authority from time to time in whole or in part for such purposes. Gwinnett agrees that it will make payments for the purposes of such account from the sales tax levy provided for herein in a timely manner. Such account shall be the sole recourse for payment of either the full amount of interest and principal on debt incurred wholly on behalf of Gwinnett, or for such portion of interest and principal as Gwinnett has agreed to pay on other debt, and any trust indenture relating to such debt shall so state unless Gwinnett otherwise agrees to such recourse. No other funds paid by Gwinnett under this contract shall be available or expended for debt service or as collateral for any other borrowing of the Authority, present or future, except as provided for herein. For the avoidance of doubt, this contract and agreement shall not constitute the “Contract” as defined under the Authority’s Trust
Indenture dated as of October 1, 2003, as amended and supplemented from time to time, between the Authority and U.S. Bank National Association, as successor trustee (the “Indenture”) and revenues paid under this contract and agreement shall not constitute pledged revenues under the Authority’s Indenture. Gwinnett may, at its sole option, allow the collateralization of debt incurred in whole or in part as provided above with all or any part of its funds paid over to the Authority from time to time, but the Authority shall have no right to cause such funds to be encumbered except as approved by Gwinnett under the provisions of this subparagraph. (e) Monthly Payment; Reconciliation; Authorized Use of Funds: That portion of funds from the sales tax levy designated by Gwinnett to be used for the improvement, expansion and provision of bus services (other than start-up capital investment costs for the first three (3) years of expanded bus service as referred to in Section 3(c)); for other capital improvements for the Gwinnett transit system; for Gwinnett’s share of the Authority’s operations cost including maintenance of a state of good repair for the overall Authority System; or for other purposes as agreed to by the parties shall be paid monthly by Gwinnett to the Authority promptly upon receipt by Gwinnett from the State of Georgia. For the first six (6) years of this contract and agreement, the monthly payment shall be twenty-nine (29) percent of the sales tax receipts remitted by the State of Georgia to Gwinnett. Said portion of funds shall be subject to renegotiation by the parties at the conclusion of such term in the event of major service changes. The Authority shall annually provide Gwinnett its calculation of and supporting documentation for the actual cost of such services and purposes. Within a reasonable time of issuance of the Authority’s audited financial statements for its 2025 Fiscal Year, the Authority shall reconcile the total of such actual costs incurred to the total monthly payments received therefor, and report such reconciliation to Gwinnett. In the event that such monthly payments were insufficient to meet the such actual costs, Gwinnett shall timely pay the difference to the Authority as additional financial resources. In the event that such monthly payments exceeded such actual cost, the Authority shall apply the difference as financial resources to offset operating costs for bus rapid transit within Gwinnett or for another mode of Gwinnett’s choice. The Authority will be authorized to use said funds in any manner necessary and desirable, subject to the provisions of subparagraph (d) of this paragraph and to the obligations of the Authority to construct and operate a rapid transit system for and on behalf of Gwinnett, as agreed to by the Authority and Gwinnett in Section 1 hereof, and to the extent such revenues permit. (f) Condemnation: During the period of acquisition, construction and improvement of the Gwinnett Plan it may be necessary to condemn certain personal property and parcels of real property or rights or interests therein, from time to time, and any such condemnation action shall be brought by Gwinnett for the benefit of the Authority if at such time the Authority has no power of eminent domain. To this end, Gwinnett agrees that upon receipt of a written request from the Authority setting forth the need therefore in accordance with the Plan and any amendments thereto, it shall exercise as expeditiously as possible its power of eminent domain to acquire the property or rights or interests therein described in such request and upon the acquisition of title thereto shall convey the same immediately to the Authority at cost (which shall include, but not be limited to: acquisition costs, court costs, attorneys’ fees, witness fees, special masters’ fees, appraisals, and any other costs incurred in connection with such acquisition or conveyance to the Authority); provided only that the exercise of such power by Gwinnett shall be in accordance with the requirements (both substantive and procedural) of the laws governing same and the Authority shall pay such funds as shall be required to accomplish such acquisition. Upon said conveyance from Gwinnett to the Authority, the Authority shall be authorized, to the extent permitted by law, to be added or substituted as a party in any eminent domain proceedings and to participate in any trials, appeals or other proceedings in connection therewith. All costs actually incurred under this subparagraph (f) shall in any event be payable within 30 days after billing by the condemning authority. (g) Compensation for Gwinnett-Owned Property: Gwinnett owns assets that may be useful in the provision of transit services to Gwinnett. Additionally, Gwinnett owns extensive real property across Gwinnett and may acquire more real estate in the future, some of which may be useful for transit purposes. For any such real estate other than rights-ofway owned by Gwinnett that is used by the Authority for transit purposes, Gwinnett will be compensated by the Authority from the financial resources or other sources of revenue in the case of non-Plan projects for usage or transfer of ownership as agreed upon by the Authority and Gwinnett. Gwinnett may choose to receive the compensation in cash paid over to the County or in amounts that are added to an account established for the purpose of covering the cost of upgraded service standards as provided for by Section 3(c) below. In consideration of the mutual obligations entered into herein, Gwinnett agrees to transfer to the Authority and the Authority agrees to accept ownership of Gwinn
nett’s existing bus fleet and associated inventory at the time of bus service transition. Gwinnett may also choose to transfer to the Authority property or facilities useful to the establishment, operation or administration of the Gwinnett transit system without consideration when Gwinnett deems it appropriate. Where use of the rights-of-way for transit purposes has limited impact on the purposes for which the rights-of-way were originally acquired, use of such rights-of-way will be available to the Authority without compensation other than the mutual benefit of the parties. Where the use of Gwinnett rights-of-way by the Authority involves greater impact, such as cases where existing road right-of-way is required for major capital investment projects, such as fixed guideway projects, included in the Plan, then Gwinnett shall be compensated. The Authority shall pay, or cause to be paid, any costs incurred in connection with the utilization of any such property, such as, without being limited to, utility relocation costs and any damages to or alterations of existing structures, streets and highways. (h) Street Closings; Damages: Gwinnett shall close and permit the closing and modification of streets and sidewalks, both temporarily and permanently, and shall reroute traffic to the extent such closing, modification or rerouting is necessary or convenient in the facilitation of the acquisition, construction, improvement and efficient operation of the Plan, all costs and any damages in connection therewith to be paid by the Authority from the financial resources. The Authority shall coordinate the need for such actions with Gwinnett and shall provide as much advance notice of such as is reasonably possible. (i) Protection of the Rail Corridor; Damages: Following Gwinnett’s approval of that certain Authorityprepared Preliminary Engineering/Final Environmental Impact Statement (“the Preliminary Engineering Report”), Gwinnett shall revoke or modify licenses and permits to third parties which may interfere with or impede the acquisition, construction, improvement and efficient operation of the Gwinnett transit system and the System, all costs and any damages in connection therewith to be paid by the Authority from the financial resources, and it shall cooperate with the Authority and take such actions as may be permitted by law to protect and preserve the present conditions within the rail corridor as shown in the Preliminary Engineering Report. F (j) Relocation of Utilities: Gwinnett shall permit the relocation, rearrangement or replacement of utilities and sewerage facilities, all costs in connection therewith to be paid by the Authority from the financial resources to the extent that such relocation, rearrangement or relocation is necessary for the construction or operation of the Plan. The Authority will coordinate with Gwinnett regarding such changes and shall provide as much advance notice as reasonably possible. (k) Permits and Inspections; Indemnity; Payment of Fees: Gwinnett shall issue all construction permits, licenses and other privileges necessary or convenient to the acquisition, construction and improvement of the Plan without cost and it is hereby relieved, to the extent permitted by law, of the responsibility of making related inspections which responsibility is hereby assumed by the Authority. Should the Authority undertake to exercise any such responsibility on behalf of Gwinnett, it shall, to the extent permitted by law, indemnify and hold harmless Gwinnett against any and all claims or losses resulting therefrom. To the extent that the payment of sewer connection fees or water connection fees is required by law or by contract, such fees shall be paid by Gwinnett from the proceeds of the sales and use tax contemplated herein. (l) Betterments: Gwinnett shall credit or pay the Authority for (i) betterments which are defined as additional facilities and replacement facilities of greater capacity, durability, or efficiency than those replaced when such betterments are accomplished by the Authority and (ii) the salvage value of any facilities removed and retained by Gwinnett, the replacement or rearrangement cost of which is charged to the Authority. (m) Additional Contracts Contemplated: Gwinnett may enter into additional contracts with the Authority in the public interest for the joint use of facilities, the implementation of any of the commitments contained herein and such other and further arrangements and agreements between the parties hereto as may benefit the public with respect to the Gwinnett transit system and the System and its acquisition, construction, improvement and operation. 3. The Authority and Gwinnett mutually covenant and agree as follows: (a) Gwinnett’s Right to Contribute, Authority’s Powers Not Impaired; Authority as Lessor: Nothing in this contract is intended or shall be construed as prohibiting or impairing the right of Gwinnett to make contributions to the Authority of money or property, either real or personal, in addition to those provided for in this contract or to enter into additional contracts and agreements with the Authority to the full extent now or hereafter permitted by law; nor as prohibiting or impairing the right of the Authority to exercise all of the powers and privileges now or hereafter given to it by law, including the right to lease the System or portions thereof; provided only, that all such leases are consistent with the operation of the System as a public facility and not inconsistent with the rights of Gwinnett as set forth herein. (b) Perfections, Minor D
Deviations Authorized; Substantial Deviations; Cooperation: In recognition of the fact that (i) the acquisition, construction and improvement of the Plan is an undertaking of great magnitude and complexity which will require a number of years to complete, (ii) radical changes in the areas proposed to be served by the Plan and the System may occur during such period as witnessed by the widespread changes in the Metropolitan Area now occurring and forecast to occur in the coming years, and (iii) equally radical changes are now occurring and will continue to occur in the technology of mass transit in the coming years, it is agreed that provision should be made to permit perfections of and minor deviations from the Plan and this contract from time to time, and the Authority is hereby specifically authorized in its discretion to make any such perfections and minor deviations so long as the same are generally consistent with its obligation to implement the acquisition, construction and improvement of the Plan substantially in accordance with the plans and recommendations set forth in the Plan. Any substantial deviations from the Plan resulting from circumstances beyond the control of the parties hereto shall not be undertaken by the Authority without the prior approval of Gwinnett. The Authority and Gwinnett agree to work cooperatively to proactively identify and incorporate required revisions to the Plan so that the overall vision of providing comprehensive transit service to Gwinnett that is part of an effective regional system is accomplished. From time to time, either party may bring forward recommended revisions to the Plan, which must be approved by both the Authority and Gwinnett County in order to be incorporated into the Plan. (c) Service Standards within Gwinnett; Separate Agreement, Payment: The Authority and Gwinnett agree that facilities and standards for services that are provided within Gwinnett and with the sales tax revenues generated within Gwinnett County will be set jointly by the Authority and Gwinnett and shall be based on the standards of service provided to the Existing Members; provided, however, that Gwinnett may designate additional funds to provide for increased or improved facilities and service. The process for developing these increased or improved standards and implementing them will be outlined in a separate agreement between the Authority and Gwinnett, that will include a process for analyzing and allocating the additional costs and in particular the start-up capital investment for the first three years and will provide increased express bus service as the first priority. An account will be established to set aside a portion of sales and use tax funds collected in Gwinnett as contemplated herein or other revenues, from which the cost of upgrading current services will be covered and paid separately from the monthly payment referred to in Section 2(e) above. (d) Separate Agreement, Cooperation for Public Safety: The Authority and Gwinnett acknowledge the need for close cooperation in order to assure the safety of the users of the Gwinnett transit system and the community as a whole and agree to enter into a separate agreement that outlines the specifics of such cooperation, including mutual aid for public safety incidents, joint public safety initiatives and other related matters. Where transit facilities are located within areas that are the jurisdiction of city police departments or the jurisdiction of other police agencies, the Authority and Gwinnett agree to work jointly to facilitate a high level of cooperation and understanding of shared and individual agency responsibilities. (e) No License Fees, Taxes Paid by Authority to Gwinnett; Contractors: The Authority shall not be required to pay any license fees or taxes or franchise fees or taxes to Gwinnett, provided, however, that this subparagraph shall not apply to Authority contractors or subcontractors. (f) Favorable Vote Required; Amendments Authorized by Same: This contract shall become final and binding, as provided by law, upon the favorable vote of the qualified voters of Gwinnett to approve the execution of this contract. Gwinnett and the Authority agree that the favorable vote of the qualified voters of Gwinnett to approve the execution of this contract also shall constitute Gwinnett’s authority to agree and consent to future amendments thereto. Gwinnett and the Authority further agree that they shall take such other actions as may be necessary to implement the Plan fully. (g) Planning and Construction for Expansion of Authority’s System: Gwinnett and the Authority acknowledge that pursuant to the RTCAA and pursuant to the Act, the Authority has constructed, or is proceeding with, the design and construction of various portions of the System set out in the original RTCAA and the Amendments thereto. Gwinnett and the Authority further acknowledge that other portions of the System as set forth in the RTCAA together with new lines or extensions of the System within the Metropolitan Area will be studied in accordance with the Authority’s planning process for future design, construction and operation. Gwinnett and the Authority further acknowledge that this contract and agreement neither incorporates nor amends the RTCAA and that the RTCAA is neither incorporated by nor amended by this contract and agreement. (h) Appointments to the Authority’s Board: Gwinnett and the Authority recognize that membership and representation on the Authority’s Board of Directors on behalf of any Local Government (as s
said term is defined in the Act) is established by the Georgia General Assembly pursuant to the Act and the General Law, and that neither Gwinnett nor the Authority may by contract add to or vary the membership of the Board of Directors. As provided for by such laws, Gwinnett shall have three appointees to the Authority Board of Directors upon execution of a rapid transit contract complying with the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 32-9-20. (i) Advisory Committee for High Capacity Transit: The Authority and Gwinnett will form an advisory committee to review a prioritized high capacity transit program based on the Plan. The committee will make recommendations to Gwinnett’s appointees to the Authority Board of Directors (the “Board”), sitting as a subcommittee of the Board. The subcommittee will in turn provide its recommendations to the Board and the Gwinnett County Commission prior to initiation of high capacity transit projects. (j) Audits: Gwinnett shall have the right to receive copies of all audits of the Authority conducted pursuant to law, and at its expense to review and audit the records of the Authority concerning any transactions that affect, directly or indirectly, the use of Gwinnett funds paid to the Authority. The Authority agrees to cooperate fully with any reasonable review and audit activity. (k) Transit-Oriented Development: While Gwinnett acknowledges that the Authority is a governmental entity that is not subject to local zoning processes except as provided otherwise by law, the Authority agrees to work cooperatively with Gwinnett regarding any development that the Authority approves on Authority property in Gwinnett. Gwinnett shall have the right to review and provide comments regarding any such planned development, and the Authority agrees to consider these comments and to make good faith efforts to address them. 4. Amendments: This contract may be amended from time to time upon the agreement and approval of Gwinnett and the Authority pursuant to the formal action of the governing body of Gwinnett and the Authority reflected in their official minutes and records. Gwinnett and the Authority each agree that where its approval is required for anything or undertaking whatever in connection with the undertaking contemplated by this contract, such approval shall not be delayed or withheld arbitrarily or the privilege of dissent exercised to gain some concession or advantage where the result of the same is not of mutual benefit to the Gwinnett transit system and the System. 5. Contract Void If Not Approved by Voters: If the qualified voters of Gwinnett fail to approve the execution of this contract, this contract shall stand automatically null and void and shall have no further force or effect, and the parties hereto shall be released from all responsibilities hereunder, and neither party shall have any further liability to the other. 6. Severability: If any provision of this contract or the application thereof to any entity or circumstance shall, to any extent, be held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this contract and the application of its provisions to entities or circumstances other than those as to which it has been held to be invalid or unenforceable, shall not be affected thereby, and each provision of this contract shall be valid and shall be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law. It is the intention of the parties hereto that insofar as any provision of this contract and agreement provides for the delegation to the Authority of the power to make decisions and determinations with respect to the various matters covered herein and to thereby bind the other party hereto, such delegation is granted to the maximum extent permitted by law but no further, and this contract shall be construed so as to accomplish this objective. 7. Term: The term of this contract and agreement shall commence as of the date first above written and shall expire at midnight on July 1, 2057. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto, acting through their duly authorized officers, have caused this contract and agreement to be executed in several counterparts, each of which may be considered an original without the presentation of the others, as of the day and year first above written. Approved as to Form: GWINNETT COUNTY
Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, deberá ser aprobado. El texto completo del contrato propuesto para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo se expone en este aviso. Ninguno de los documentos o anexos que se incorporan en dicho contrato por referencia o estén adjuntos a dicho contrato y que forman parte de este se publicarán de conformidad con el Código Oficial Anotado de Georgia Sección 32-9-20. Todas las personas que deseen votar a favor del contrato de prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo deberán votar “SÍ”, y todas las personas que se opongan al contrato para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018, entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo deberán votar “NO” por la pregunta que aquí se propone: “( ) SÍ ( ) NO El Condado de Gwinnett ha ejecutado un contrato para la prestación de servicios de transporte masivo, con fecha del 2 de Agosto del 2018. ¿Se debe aprobar este contrato? “ Los lugares para realizar dicha elección estarán en los distritos electorales regulares ubicados dentro de los límites territoriales del Condado de Gwinnett, Georgia y los centros de votación estarán abiertos desde las 7:00 A.M. en punto hasta las 7:00 P.M. en punto en la fecha fijada para la Elección. El último día para que los residentes calificados del Condado de Gwinnett se inscriban para votar y estar aptos para votar en la Elección Especial a la que se hace aquí referencia es el 19 de Febrero del 2019. Los votantes calificados para dicha Elección Especial se determinarán en todos los aspectos de acuerdo y de conformidad con las leyes del Estado de Georgia. MIEMBROS, JUNTA DE INSCRIPCIONES Y ELECCIONES DEL CONDADO DE GWINNETT POR: __________________ Stephen W. Day Presidente POR: __________________ John Mangano Vicepresidente POR: __________________ Beauty P. Baldwin Miembro POR: __________________ Alice O’Lenick Miembro POR: __________________ Ben Satterfield Miembro CERTIFICA: __________________ Lynn Ledford Directora de Elecciones Publicado: 13 de Febrero, 20 de Febrero, 27 de Febrero, 6 de Marzo, 13 de Marzo y 17 de Marzo del 2019.
partir del 5 de Julio del 2014 (dichos condados y la ciudad se denominan, en adelante, “miembros existentes”); y CONSIDERANDO QUE el proyecto de ley 930 de la Asamblea General del 2018 de Georgia, promulgado como la Ley 409, y en vigor a partir del 3 de Mayo del 2018, artículo 2 modificado del capítulo 9 del título 32 del Código Oficial de Georgia Anotado (según enmiendas periódicas, en lo sucesivo denominado “Ley general”), de conformidad con dicha disposición constitucional, y que prevé, entre otras cosas, un procedimiento mediante el cual Gwinnett podrá celebrar un contrato de transporte masivo con la Autoridad; y CONSIDERANDO QUE el condado de Gwinnett completó un proceso extenso, que incluyó una intensa participación pública, a través del cual se completó un Plan de desarrollo de transporte para el condado (en adelante, denominado “Plan” y adjunto como Documento “A”), el cual fue adoptado por el Comité de Comisionados del Condado de Gwinnett; y CONSIDERANDO QUE la Constitución y las leyes del estado de Georgia, incluidas específicamente, pero sin limitación la mencionada enmienda constitucional, la ley y la ley general autorizan a los condados de Fulton, DeKalb Clayton y Gwinnett y a la ciudad de Atlanta a celebrar el o los contratos de transporte masivo con la Autoridad siempre y cuando que los pagos de dichos condados a la Autoridad durante un período no excedan los 50 años para el uso de un sistema de transporte masivo que la Autoridad proporcione dentro del Área Metropolitana (como se define ese término en la Ley); y CONSIDERANDO QUE Gwinnett y la Autoridad han determinado que la adquisición, la construcción, la mejora y la operación de un sistema de transporte masivo, incluido el uso de autobuses, así como una posible extensión de la red ferroviaria u otro sistema de transporte de alta capacidad a y dentro de Gwinnett es del mejor interés de los residentes de Gwinnett y del Área Metropolitana, y que un contrato de transporte masivo entre la Autoridad y Gwinnett es el medio apropiado para definir la relación entre las partes. POR LO TANTO, en consideración de las promesas y las obligaciones aquí establecidas, Gwinnett y la Autoridad, cada uno actuando por y a través de sus funcionarios autorizados, de conformidad con una resolución o una ordenanza debidamente aprobada y debidamente promulgada por su órgano rector, convienen y acuerdan lo siguiente: 1. La Autoridad pacta y acuerda lo siguiente: (a) Gwinnett Connect: Plan de transporte; Proyectos de capital; Ingeniería de valor: la Autoridad ha revisado el Plan de Tránsito de Gwinnett Connect (el “Plan”, adjunto aquí como Documento (A) y proporcionará a Gwinnett comentarios periódicos sobre el Plan. La Autoridad cooperará con Gwinnett para desarrollar planes más detallados que apunten a la implementación del Plan adoptado por Gwinnett y la entrega de los proyectos asociados con el Plan. Todos los proyectos de capital en el Plan serán desarrollados conjuntamente por la Autoridad y Gwinnett, y el Plan servirá como base para futuros proyectos entre las partes. Todos los proyectos de capital de activos fijos dentro de Gwinnett e incluidos en el Plan serán aprobados por Gwinnett antes de la aprobación por la Autoridad. Una lista de proyectos propuestos se dividirá en distintos tipos de proyectos que consisten en: (1) planes de servicio de autobús, instalaciones y equipo, (2). inversión de capital menor o proyectos de mejora que excedan $1 millón ($1.000.000) en valor estimado, como centros de transporte de autobuses, y (3) grandes proyectos de inversión de capital, como proyectos de sistemas de vías fijas, todos los cuales pueden incluir fondos federales. En relación con el diseño y el desarrollo de las estimaciones de costos de los principales proyectos de capital, Gwinnett tiene el derecho de contratar a una empresa para proporcionar servicios de revisión de diseño e de ingeniería de valor. Los costos razonables de estos servicios serán cubiertos por los ingresos del impuesto a las ventas impuesto en Gwinnett a los servicios de transporte. (b) Implementación del Plan: “Recursos financieros” definidos. La Autoridad deberá emprender de inmediato la adquisición, la construcción, la mejora, la operación y el mantenimiento del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett, tal como se establece en el Plan, y procederá con la misma rapidez con dicho emprendimiento a medida que los recursos financieros lo permitan. El término “recursos financieros”, como se utiliza aquí, significa todos los fondos recibidos por la Autoridad de conformidad con este contrato, incluidos: fondos federales que Gwinnett ahora o en el futuro tenga derecho a recibir, la parte de las ganancias de los impuestos a las ventas minoristas y de uso gravados en Gwinnett y remitidos a Gwinnett que se autoriza pagar a la Autoridad por el presente, y la parte de los ingresos de las futuras ediciones de los bonos de impuestos de ventas de la Autoridad que pueden ser reembolsados de los ingresos de dichas ventas minoristas y el uso de impuestos menos, excepto los costos operativos directos del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett y los costos operativos comunes compartidos entre el sistema de la Autoridad y Gwinnett, como se establece en cualquier acuerdo separado negociado en lo sucesivo. (c) Inicio del servicio; Alternativas: La Autoridad iniciará el servicio en cualquier parte operable del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett tan pronto como sea posible, incluso, asumiendo la respons
WIlliam J. Linkous, III County Attorney Charlotte J. Nash Chairman Attest: Clerk Approved as to Form: METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY Elizabeth M. O’Neill Authority Counsel Robert L. Ashe, III Chairman Attest: Rebbie Ellisor-Taylor Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors ___________________ ESTADO DE GEORGIA CONDADO DE GWINNETT AVISO DE ELECCIÓN A LOS VOTANTES CALIFICADOS DEL CONDADO DE GWINNETT Por el presente se NOTIFICA que en el 19.o día de Marzo del 2019, se celebrará una elección en todos los distritos electorales dentro de los límites territoriales del Condado de Gwinnett en cuyo momento se someterá a los votantes calificados del Condado de Gwinnett la determinación en cuanto a la pregunta de que si el contrato de prestación de servicios de transporte masivo entre el Condado de Gwinnett y la Autoridad
___________________ CONTRATO DE TRANSPORTE MASIVO ENTRE EL CONDADO DE GWINNETT Y MARTA ESTE CONTRATO Y ACUERDO, realizado y celebrado el 2 de Agosto del 2018 entre el Condado de Gwinnett, una subdivisión política del Estado de Georgia (en adelante, denominado “Gwinnett” o “ Condado de Gwinnett”) y la Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte Masivo de Atlanta (en inglés, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) (en adelante, denominada la “Autoridad”), un organismo público corporativo y un instrumento colectivo de los condados de Fulton, DeKalb y Clayton, y la ciudad de Atlanta, una subdivisión política del estado de Georgia, organizada y existente bajo la Ley de la Asamblea General del estado de Georgia, aprobada el 10 de Marzo de 1965, leyes de Georgia de 1965, p. 2243, en su versión enmendada (en adelante, denominada la “Ley”); CONSIDERANDO QUE la ley fue adoptada y la Autoridad fue creada de conformidad con y de acuerdo con una enmienda a la Constitución del Estado de Georgia (Leyes de Georgia de 1964, p. 1008), ratificada en la Elección General de Noviembre de 1964 y, posteriormente, debidamente promulgada, cuya enmienda establece que la adquisición, el establecimiento, la operación o la administración de un sistema de transporte público de pasajeros para alquiler dentro del Área Metropolitana (como dicho término se define en la Ley) son una función gubernamental esencial y un fin público para los que pueden ejercerse los poderes tributarios y de dominio eminente y los fondos públicos gastados; y CONSIDERANDO QUE la Autoridad fue creada y existe con el fin de planificar, diseñar, arrendar (como arrendatario), comprar, adquirir, sostener, poseer, operar, mantener, mejorar y administrar un sistema de transporte masivo dentro del territorio que comprende el área metropolitana (como dicho término se define en la Ley) (“Sistema” o “Sistema de la Autoridad”), y para operarlo o contratarlo en consecuencia o arrendarlo (como arrendador) y lo mismo para su operación por terceros privados; y CONSIDERANDO QUE el condado de Fulton, el condado de DeKalb, la ciudad de Atlanta y la Autoridad celebraron un contrato de transporte masivo y un acuerdo de asistencia en vigor a partir del 1° de Setiembre de 1971, en su forma enmendada (en adelante, denominado “RTCAA”), en virtud de los términos de la Ley para adquirir, construir, mejorar y operar un sistema de transporte masivo, incluido el uso de autobuses, así como un sistema ferroviario, y que el condado de Clayton celebró un contrato de transporte masivo con la Autoridad a
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sabilidad de la operación de cualquier activo existente, como se haya acordado entre la Autoridad, Gwinnett, y cualquier operador de terceras partes. Si el Plan tal como se prevé no resulta factible, la Autoridad y Gwinnett desarrollarán nuevos planes para una opción alternativa y se continuará operando y manteniendo el sistema y, a partir de los recursos financieros, el sistema de transporte de Gwinnett, con el fin de que sus beneficios estén a disposición de los residentes del condado de Gwinnett, así como de los del Área Metropolitana en general. (d) Funcionamiento del Sistema de Transporte de Gwinnett: La Autoridad operará el sistema y, a partir de los recursos financieros, el sistema de transporte de Gwinnett, de manera eficiente y económica y los mantendrá o hará que se mantengan en un buen estado de reparación, orden y condición, y en buen estado de eficiencia operativa. (e) Ajuste de la tasa: La Autoridad, en la medida de lo posible, impondrá, revisará y cobrará las tasas, las tarifas y los y gastos de transporte para que, junto con cualquier otro ingreso y fondos disponibles, pueda cumplir con sus obligaciones de presupuesto, siempre y cuando que las tarifas cobradas por los servicios en el sistema de transporte de Gwinnett tengan el mismo precio que el que se cobra por los mismos servicios en el sistema existente de la Autoridad, a menos que la Autoridad y Gwinnett acuerden lo contrario. (f) Cumplimiento de las leyes presupuestarias: La Autoridad cumplirá con las disposiciones de todas las leyes pertinentes actualmente vigentes o promulgadas en lo sucesivo que se relacionen con su presupuesto o procedimiento de elaboración de presupuesto. (g) Reclutamiento: La Autoridad llevará a cabo ferias de empleo y otras oportunidades de reclutamiento dentro Gwinnett para informar a los residentes de Gwinnett sobre las oportunidades de empleo generadas por el Sistema y el sistema de transporte de Gwinnett. (h) Instalaciones de autobuses: La Autoridad operará las instalaciones de autobuses dentro de Gwinnett desde donde se originen los servicios. 2. Gwinnett se compromete y acuerda lo siguiente: (a) Autoridad para ejecutar; Plan aprobado: Gwinnett ha adoptado todas las medidas necesarias para aprobar el Plan, cuya aprobación es ratificada y reafirmada, y un registro de dicha aprobación y autorización adecuada para la ejecución de este contrato figura en sus registros oficiales y minutas. (b) Pago de recibos de impuestos de ventas; Tasa de impuesto: Gwinnett pagará a la Autoridad durante el plazo de este contrato una cantidad de dinero convenida entre las partes de sus recibos o créditos totales durante dicho término de la recaudación (previsto en adelante) del impuesto de ventas y uso al por menor para el transporte masivo según los fines autorizados por la ley general, siempre y cuando que la tasa de dicho impuesto no sea mayor que la tasa del impuesto de ventas y uso según los propósitos de transporte masivo como se aplican en cualquier otra parte del Área Metropolitana (como dicho término se define en la ley). (c) Ingresos del impuesto sobre las ventas que sean fondos de Gwinnett: Pagos periódicos; Contribución a los costos del sistema de la Autoridad: Gwinnett gravará dentro de su área geográfica un impuesto de ventas y uso del uno por ciento con fines de transporte masivo, siempre que se obtenga un voto favorable de los votantes calificados de Gwinnett, cuyos ingresos una vez remitido por el estado de Georgia a Gwinnett serán los fondos de Gwinnett, que serán utilizados solamente de acuerdo con la ley de Georgia, con los fines permitidos por la ley de Georgia, y para el beneficio de Gwinnett, según lo establecido en el presente, incluidos los subpárrafos (d) y (e) de este párrafo. Gwinnett se compromete a hacer los pagos periódicamente en consideración de emprendimiento por parte de la Autoridad para adquirir, construir, mejorar, operar y mantener un sistema de transporte masivo para y en nombre de Gwinnett durante el período completo del presente contrato. Los fondos recibidos del gravamen del impuesto de ventas dentro de Gwinnett serán propiedad de Gwinnett y para el beneficio de Gwinnett según lo establecido en el presente. Gwinnett y la Autoridad negociarán el pago periódico por esa parte equitativa del costo razonablemente asignado a Gwinnett para la operación del sistema global de la Autoridad, incluyendo el mantenimiento de un estado de buena reparación; siempre y cuando que la participación y la asignación de Gwinnett se reducirán por el importe de todas las tarifas cobradas en Gwinnett y el importe de los pagos recibidos por la Autoridad en virtud de las disposiciones de la subsección c del código sección 48-5C-l en lugar de impuestos de ventas sobre transacciones en Gwinnett, y sujeto a renegociación como estimaciones de costos, instalaciones, niveles de servicio, operaciones, y otras condiciones cambien. En los casos en que los proyectos de alta capacidad propuestos requieran mejoras de capital fuera de los límites de Gwinnett para crear conexiones regionales eficientes, los costos de capital dichos proyectos de alta capacidad se asignarán como mutuamente acordados por la Autoridad y Gwinnett basándose en capital, beneficio proporcional y otros factores que se deban negociar. (d) Aprobación de emisión de deuda de la Autoridad por parte de; Cuenta separada; Ningún otro compromiso: La Autoridad no incurrirá en deuda alguna, en su totalidad o en parte, para la adquisición, la construcción o la mejora de proyectos del Plan u otros emprendimientos en nombre de Gwinnett sin la aprobación de Gwinnett en cuanto al importe total de dicha deuda cuando se incurra en su totalidad para tales fines, o el importe total de la deuda atribuible a tales fines y al servicio de la deuda anual requerido de ese modo. Se establecerá en la Autoridad una cuenta en la que se depositarán las sumas designadas a partir de la tasa del impuesto sobre las ventas por Gwinnett para el servicio de la deuda incurrida por la Autoridad periódicamente, en su totalidad o en parte,
para tales fines. Gwinnett acepta que realizará pagos a los efectos de dicha cuenta a partir de la tasa del impuesto a las ventas prevista en el presente en forma oportuna. Dicha cuenta será el recurso único de pago del importe total de intereses y del capital de la deuda incurrida enteramente en nombre de Gwinnett, o para esa parte de los intereses y del capital, según Gwinnett haya acordado pagar por otra deuda, y no se establecerá ningún otro contrato en relación con dicha deuda a menos que Gwinnett acepte tal recurso. Ningún otro dinero pagado por Gwinnett en virtud de este contrato estará disponible o se gastará para saldarla deuda o como garantía de cualquier otro préstamo a la Autoridad, presente o futuro, excepto según lo estipulado en este caso. Para evitar la duda, este contrato y acuerdo no constituirá el “Contrato”, tal como se define en el Contrato de la Autoridad del 1° de Octubre del 2003, en su forma enmendada y suplementada periódicamente entre la Autoridad y el U.S. Bank National Association, como fideicomisario sucesor (el “Contrato”), y los ingresos pagados en virtud de este contrato y acuerdo no constituirán ingresos comprometidos en virtud del Contrato de la Autoridad. Gwinnett puede, según su exclusivo criterio, permitir la colateralización de la deuda incurrida, en su totalidad o en parte, tal como se estipula anteriormente, con toda o parte de sus fondos pagados a la Autoridad periódicamente. No obstante, la Autoridad no tendrá derecho a causar que dichos fondos sean gravados excepto por lo aprobado por Gwinnett en virtud de lo dispuesto en este inciso. (e) Pago mensual; Reconciliación Uso Autorizado de Fondos: La parte de los fondos de la tasa de impuestos de venta designada por Gwinnett para ser utilizada en la mejora, la expansión y la prestación de servicios de autobuses —fuera de los costos de inversión de capital inicial de los primeros tres (3) años de servicio ampliado de autobuses como se indica en la Sección 3 (c)—; para otras mejoras de capital para el sistema de transporte de Gwinnett; para la participación de Gwinnett en el costo de las operaciones de la Autoridad, incluido el mantenimiento de un estado de buena reparación del sistema general de la Autoridad; o para otros fines según lo acordado por las partes, será pagado mensualmente por Gwinnett a la Autoridad inmediatamente después de que Gwinnett lo reciba del estado de Georgia. Durante los primeros seis (6) años del presente contrato y acuerdo, el pago mensual será del veintinueve (29) por ciento de la recaudación de impuestos de ventas remitidos por el estado de Georgia a Gwinnett. Dicha parte de los fondos estará sujeta a la renegociación por las partes al concluir este término en caso de cambios importantes en el servicio. La Autoridad proporcionará anualmente a Gwinnett las estimaciones y la documentación de respaldo sobre el costo real de dichos servicios y fines. Dentro de un plazo razonable de emisión de los estados financieros auditados de la Autoridad para el año fiscal 2015, la Autoridad reconciliará los costos reales totales incurridos para los pagos mensuales totales recibidos, e informará a Gwinnett sobre dicha reconciliación. En el caso de que tales pagos mensuales fueran insuficientes para cumplir con los costos totales, Gwinnett deberá pagar oportunamente la diferencia a la Autoridad como recurso financiero adicional. En el caso de que tales pagos mensuales excedieran el costo real, la Autoridad aplicará la diferencia como recursos financieros para compensar los costos de operación de transporte masivo del autobús dentro de Gwinnett o para otro modo de opción de Gwinnett. La Autoridad estará autorizada a utilizar dichos fondos de la forma necesaria y deseable, con limitación a lo dispuesto en el inciso del presente párrafo y a las obligaciones de la Autoridad de diseñar y operar un sistema de transporte masivo para y en nombre de Gwinnett, conforme a lo acordado por la Autoridad y Gwinnett en la sección 1 del presente, y en la medida en que dichos ingresos los permitan. (f) Declaración: Durante el período de adquisición, construcción y mejora del Plan, puede ser necesario para Gwinnett declarar ciertas propiedades personales y parcelas de bienes inmuebles o derechos o intereses periódicamente, y cualquier declaración será presentada por Gwinnett en beneficio de la Autoridad si en ese mo mento la Autoridad no tiene poder de dominio eminente. Con este fin, Gwinnett acuerda que al recibir una solicitud por escrito de la Autoridad, que establezca la necesidad de conformidad con el Plan y cualquier enmienda a la misma, ejercerá con la mayor prontitud posible su poder de dominio eminente para adquirir los bienes o derechos o intereses que en que se describan en dicha solicitud y al adquirirse el título, lo transmitirá inmediatamente a la Autoridad (lo que incluirá, pero no se limitará a costos de adquisición, costos jurídicos, honorarios de abogados, honorarios de testigos, honorarios de tasación y cualquier otro costo incurrido en relación con dicha adquisición o transferencia a la Autoridad), siempre y cuando que el ejercicio de dicha facultad por Gwinnett se ajuste a los requisitos (tanto sustantivos como procesales) de las leyes y que la Autoridad pague los fondos que se requieran para lograr dicha adquisición. Después de dicha transferencia de Gwinnett a la Autoridad, la Autoridad estará autorizada, en la medida en que la Ley lo permita, a ser añadida o sustituida como parte en cualquier procedimiento de dominio eminente y a participar en los juicios, las apelaciones u otros procedimientos relacionados. Todos los costos efectivamente incurridos en este inciso serán pagaderos en un plazo de treinta (30) días. (g) Indemnización por propiedad de Gwinnett: Gwinnett es propietario de activos que pueden ser útiles en la prestación de servicios de transporte a Gwinnett. Además, Gwinnett posee una importante propiedad de bienes raíces y puede adquirir más bienes raíces en el futuro, algunos de los cuales pueden ser útiles con fines de transporte. Para los bienes inmuebles que no sean propiedad de los derechos de paso de Gwinnett y que l Autoridad utilice con fines d
la Autoridad utilice con fines de transporte, Gwinnett será indemnizado por la Autoridad a través de recursos financieros u otras fuentes de ingresos en el caso de proyectos no planificados para uso o transferencia de la propiedad según lo acordado por la Autoridad y Gwinnett. Gwinnett puede optar por recibir la indemnización en efectivo pagada al condado o en cantidades que se agreguen a una cuenta establecida con el propósito de cubrir el costo de los servicios, actualizado según lo estipulado en la sección 3 (c) a continuación. En consideración de las obligaciones recíprocas contraídas en el presente, Gwinnett acuerda transferir a la Autoridad y la Autoridad acuerda aceptar la propiedad de la flota de autobuses existente de Gwinnett y el inventario asociado en el momento de la transferencia del servicio de autobuses. Gwinnett también puede optar por transferir a la Autoridad propiedades e instalaciones útiles para el establecimiento, la operación o la administración del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett cuando Gwinnett lo considere oportuno. Cuando el uso de los derechos de paso para fines de transporte tenga un impacto limitado en los fines para los que se adquirieron originalmente los derechos de paso, el uso de dichos derechos de paso estará a disposición de la Autoridad sin indemnización alguna que no sea el beneficio mutuo de la Partes. Cuando el uso de los derechos de paso de Gwinnett por parte de la Autoridad implique un mayor impacto, como en aquellos casos en que se requiera el derecho de paso por la carretera existente para los grandes proyectos de inversión de capital, tales como los proyectos de vías fijas, incluidos en el Plan, se indemnizará a Gwinnett. La Autoridad pagará o hará que se pague cualquier costo incurrido en relación con la utilización de tales bienes, tales como los costos de reubicación de servicios públicos y cualquier daño o alteración de las estructuras, las calles y las carreteras existentes. (h) Cierres de calles; daños y perjuicios: Gwinnett cerrará y permitirá el cierre y la modificación de calles y aceras, tanto de manera temporaria como permanente, y redirigirá el tráfico en la medida en que el cierre, la modificación o la nueva ruta sean necesarios o convenientes para facilitar la adquisición, el diseño, la mejora y la operación eficientes del Plan. Todos los costos y daños eventuales deberán pagarse con los recursos financieros de la Autoridad. La Autoridad coordinará la necesidad de tales medidas con Gwinnett y proporcionará el aviso con toda la anticipación posible. (i) Protección del corredor ferroviario; Daños y perjuicios: Después de la aprobación de Gwinnett de una Declaración de Ingeniería Preliminar/Impacto Ambiental Final (el “Informe de Ingeniería Preliminar”), Gwinnett revocará o modificará las licencias y los permisos a terceros puedan interferir o impedir la adquisición, la construcción, la mejora y la operación eficiente del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett y del Sistema, todos los costos y cualquier daño en relación con ello que se deba pagar a la Autoridad con los recursos financieros, y cooperará con la Autoridad y adoptará las medidas dentro de lo permitido por la ley para proteger y preservar las presentes condiciones dentro del Corredor, como se indica en el Informe de Ingeniería Preliminar. (j) Reubicación de servicios públicos: Gwinnett permitirá la reubicación, nueva disposición y reemplazo de las instalaciones de servicios públicos y de alcantarillado, todos los costos relacionados con los mismos deberán ser pagados por la Autoridad con los recursos financieros en la medida en que dicha reubicación, nueva disposición y reemplazo sea necesaria para la construcción o la operación del Plan. La Autoridad coordinará con Gwinnett con respecto a tales cambios y proporcionará un aviso anticipado dentro de lo razonablemente posible. (k) Permisos e inspecciones; Indemnización Pago de honorarios: Gwinnett deberá emitir todos los permisos de construcción, licencias y otros privilegios necesarios o convenientes para la adquisición, la construcción y la mejora del Plan, y quedará libre dentro del alcance permitido por la ley de la responsabilidad de hacer inspecciones relacionadas con la responsabilidad aquí asumida por la Autoridad. En el caso en que la Autoridad ejerza dicha responsabilidad en nombre de Gwinnett, deberán, en la medida en que la ley lo permita indemnizar y eximir a Gwinnett a cualesquiera y todas las reclamaciones o pérdidas resultantes. En la medida en que el pago de los honorarios de conexión de alcantarillado o los honorarios de conexión del agua sea requerido por la ley o por el contrato, tales honorarios serán pagados por Gwinnett con las ganancias del impuesto de las ventas y del uso que se contemplan en el presente. (l) Mejoras: Gwinnett deberá abonar o pagar a la Autoridad por (i) mejoras que se definen como instalaciones adicionales e instalaciones de reemplazo de mayor capacidad, durabilidad o eficiencia que las sustituidas cuando tales mejoras sean realizados por la Autoridad y (II) el valor de salvamento de las instalaciones retiradas y retenidas por Gwinnett, el costo de reemplazo o cambio que se cobren a la Autoridad. (m) Contratos adicionales contemplados: Gwinnett podrá celebrar contratos adicionales con la Autoridad en el interés público para el uso conjunto de las instalaciones, la aplicación de cualquiera de los compromisos contenidos en el presente y otras adquisiciones y acuerdos entre las partes, en cuanto puedan beneficiar al público con respecto al sistema de transporte de Gwinnett y al Sistema y su adquisición, construcción, mejora y operación. 3. La Autoridad y Gwinnett convienen mutuamente y acuerdan lo siguiente: (a) Derecho de Gwinnett a contribuir, Poderes no reducidos de la Autoridad; la Autoridad como arrendador: Nada en este contrato pretende o se interpretará como que prohíba o perjudique el derecho de Gwinnett a hacer contribuciones a la Autoridad del dinero o propiedad, ya sea real o personal, además de lo previsto en el presente contrato o para celebrar contratos y acuerdos adicionales con la Autoridad en la medida en que lo permita la ley; ni t
tampoco como que prohíba o perjudique el derecho de la Autoridad a ejercer todas las facultades y privilegios que se le hayan otorgado por ley, incluido el derecho a arrendar el Sistema o partes de este, siempre que todos esos arrendamientos sean coherentes con el funcionamiento del Sistema como una instalación pública y no sean incompatibles con los derechos de Gwinnett como se establece en el presente. (b) Perfecciones, Desviaciones menores autorizadas; Desviaciones importantes; Cooperación: en reconocimiento al hecho de que (i) la adquisición, la construcción y el mejoramiento del Plan significan un emprendimiento de empresa de gran magnitud y complejidad que requerirá una cantidad de años para completarse, (II) los cambios radicales en las áreas propuestas para ser atendidas por el Plan y el sistema pueden ocurrir durante tales período como lo atestiguan los cambios generalizados en el Área Metropolitana que ahora ocurren y pronostican que ocurrirán en los próximos años, y (III) los cambios igualmente radicales están ocurriendo ahora y continuarán ocurriendo en la tecnología del transporte masivo en los próximos años, se acuerda que se debe prever la posibilidad de permitir las perfecciones y desviaciones menores del Plan, y este contrato periódicamente, y la Autoridad está específicamente autorizada según su exclusivo criterio para hacer tales perfecciones y desviaciones menores siempre y cuando las mismas sean generalmente coherentes con su obligación de implementar la adquisición, la construcción y el mejoramiento del Plan de manera importante, de acuerdo con los planes y las recomendaciones enunciados en el Plan. Cualquier desviación importante del Plan que sea consecuencia de circunstancias fuera del control de las partes no será asumida por la Autoridad sin la aprobación previa de Gwinnett. La Autoridad y Gwinnett acuerdan trabajar en conjunto para identificar e incorporar proactivamente las revisiones requeridas para el Plan, de manera que se logre la visión global de proporcionar un servicio integral de transporte a Gwinnett que forme parte de un sistema regional. De vez en cuando, cualquiera de las partes puede presentar revisiones recomendadas al Plan, las cuales deben ser aprobadas tanto por la Autoridad como por el condado de Gwinnett para que se incorporen en el Plan. (c) Estándares de servicio dentro de Gwinnett; Acuerdo separado, Pago: La Autoridad y Gwinnett acuerdan que las instalaciones y los estándares para los servicios que se proporcionan dentro de Gwinnett y con los ingresos del impuesto de ventas generados dentro del condado de Gwinnett serán establecidos conjuntamente por la Autoridad y Gwinnett y deberán basarse en los estándares de servicio prestados a los miembros existentes; siempre y cuando que Gwinnett pueda asignar fondos adicionales para prever mayores o mejores instalaciones y servicios. El proceso para desarrollar estas normas aumentadas o mejoradas y su aplicación se redactará en un acuerdo separado entre la Autoridad y Gwinnett, que incluirá un proceso para analizar y asignar los costos adicionales y, en particular, la inversión de capital inicial para los primeros tres años, y proporcionará el servicio de autobuses como la primera prioridad. Se abrirá una cuenta para reservar una parte de los fondos del impuesto sobre las ventas y uso recaudado por Gwinnett como se contempla en el presente, u otros ingresos, de los cuales el costo de la actualización de los servicios actuales será cubierto y pagado por separado del pago mensual al que se hace referencia en Sección 2(e). (d) Acuerdo separado, Cooperación para la seguridad pública: La Autoridad y Gwinnett reconocen la necesidad de una cooperación estrecha con el fin de garantizar la seguridad de los usuarios del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett y de la comunidad en su conjunto, y celebran un acuerdo separado que delinee las especificaciones de dicha cooperación, incluida la ayuda mutua para el público en incidentes de seguridad, las iniciativas conjuntas de seguridad pública y otros asuntos relacionados. Cuando las instalaciones de transporte se encuentran dentro de áreas que son competencia de los departamentos de policía de la ciudad o de la jurisdicción de otras autoridades policiales, la Autoridad y Gwinnett acuerdan trabajar conjuntamente para facilitar un alto nivel de cooperación y comprensión de las responsabilidades compartidas e individuales. (e) Sin tarifa de licencia, impuestos pagados por la Autoridad a Gwinnett; Contratistas: No se requerirá que la Autoridad pague ninguna tarifa de licencia o impuestos o cuotas de franquicia o impuestos a Gwinnett, siempre y cuando que este inciso no se aplique a los contratistas o los subcontratistas de la Autoridad. (f) Requisito de voto favorable; Enmiendas autorizadas por el mismo: Este contrato se convertirá en definitivo y vinculante, según lo estipula la ley, tras el voto favorable de los votantes cualificados de Gwinnett para aprobar la ejecución de este Contrato. Gwinnett y la Autoridad convienen que el voto favorable de los votantes calificados de Gwinnett para aprobar la ejecución de este contrato también constituirá la Autoridad de Gwinnett para acordar y para consentir a las enmiendas futuras. Gwinnett y la Autoridad acuerdan además que adoptarán las demás acciones que sean necesarias para aplicar el Plan en su totalidad. (g) Planificación y construcción para la ampliación del Sistema de la Autoridad: Gwinnett y la Autoridad reconocen que de conformidad con la RTCAA y de conformidad con la Ley, la Autoridad ha construido o está procediendo con el diseño y la construcción de varias partes del sistema establecido en el RTCAA original y sus enmiendas. Gwinnett y la Autoridad reconocen además que otras partes del sistema establecidas en el RTCAA junto con nuevas líneas o extensiones del sistema dentro del Área Metropolitana se estudiarán de acuerdo con el proceso de planificación de la Autoridad para el futuro diseño, construcción y operación. Gwinnett y la Autoridad reconocen además que este contrato y acuerdo no
incorpora ni modifica la RTCAA y que la RTCAA no se incorpora ni enmienda a través de este contrato y acuerdo. (h) Nombramientos del Comité de la Autoridad: Gwinnett y la Autoridad reconocen que la membresía y la representación en Comité Ejecutivo de la Autoridad en nombre de cualquier gobierno local (como dicho término se define en la ley) es establecido por la Asamblea General de Georgia de conformidad con la ley y la ley general, y que ni Gwinnett ni la Autoridad pueden, por contrato, añadir o variar la membresía del Comité Ejecutivo. Según lo estipulado por tales leyes, Gwinnett tendrá tres miembros designados en el Comité Ejecutivo de la Autoridad de conformidad con la ejecución de un contrato de transporte masivo que cumple con las disposiciones de O.C.G.A. § 32-9-20. (i) Comité Asesor para el Transporte de Alta Capacidad: La Autoridad y Gwinnett formarán un Comité Asesor para revisar un programa de transporte de alta capacidad priorizado basado en el Plan. El Comité hará recomendaciones a las personas designadas por Gwinnett al Comité Ejecutivo de la Autoridad (el “Comité”) reunidas como un Subcomité del Comité. El subcomité a su vez proporcionará sus recomendaciones al Comité Ejecutivo y a la Comisión del Condado de Gwinnett antes de iniciar proyectos de transporte de alta capacidad. (j) Auditorías: Gwinnett tendrá el derecho de recibir copias de todas las auditorías de la Autoridad que se conduzcan de conformidad con la ley, y a su costo, para revisar y auditar los registros de la Autoridad concernientes a cualquier transacción que afecte, directa o indirectamente, el uso de los fondos de Gwinnett pagados a la Autoridad. La Autoridad acuerda cooperar plenamente con cualquier actividad de revisión y auditoría razonable. (k) Desarrollo orientado al transporte: Si bien Gwinnett reconoce que la Autoridad es una entidad gubernamental que no está sujeta a los procesos locales de zonificación, salvo lo estipulado de otra manera por la ley, la Autoridad acuerda trabajar cooperativamente con Gwinnett con respecto a cualquier desarrollo que la Autoridad apruebe sobre la propiedad de la Autoridad en Gwinnett. Gwinnett tendrá el derecho de revisar y proporcionar comentarios con respecto a cualquier desarrollo planeado, y la Autoridad se compromete a considerar estos comentarios y hacer los esfuerzos de buena fe para responder a ellos. 4. Enmiendas: Este contrato puede ser enmendado periódicamente de conformidad con el contrato y la aprobación de Gwinnett y la Autoridad de conformidad con la acción formal del organismo gobernante de Gwinnett y la Autoridad reflejada en actas y registros oficiales. Gwinnett y la Autoridad acuerdan que cuando se requiera su aprobación para cualquier cosa o emprendimiento en relación con el emprendimiento contemplado en el presente contrato, dicha aprobación no se retrasará ni retendrá arbitrariamente o ni se aplicará el privilegio de disentimiento para obtener alguna concesión o ventaja cuando el resultado de este no sea para el beneficio mutuo del sistema de transporte de Gwinnett y el Sistema. 5. Anulación del contrato si no es aprobado por los votantes: Si los votantes calificados de Gwinnett no aprueban la ejecución de este contrato, este se anulará automáticamente y no tendrá más vigor o efecto, y sus partes quedarán libres de todas las responsabilidades del presente, y ninguna parte tendrá más responsabilidad ante la otra. 6. Divisibilidad: Si cualquier disposición de este contrato o la aplicación de la misma a cualquier entidad o circunstancia se considera, en cualquier medida, inválida o inexigible, el resto del presente contrato y la aplicación de sus disposiciones a entidades o circunstancias distintas de aquellas que han sido declaradas inválidas o inexigibles, no se verá afectada por ello, y cada disposición del presente contrato será válida y ejecutable dentro del máximo alcance permitido por la ley. La intención de las partes es que, en la medida en que cualquier disposición de este contrato y acuerdo disponga la delegación a la Autoridad de la facultad de tomar decisiones y determinaciones con respecto a los diversos asuntos que aquí se contemplan y, de este modo, vincular a la otra parte, dicha delegación se concede dentro del alcance máximo permitido por la ley, y este contrato se interpretará con el fin de lograr tal objetivo. 7. Término: El término de este contrato y acuerdo comenzará a partir de la fecha antes establecida y vencerá a la medianoche del 1° de Julio del 2057.
NOTICE OF ABANDONED VEHICLE 2006 FORD FREESTYLE VIN: 1FMZK02106GA31915 The above vehicle was left for diagnostics and/or repair and is presently located at Tran’s Auto Repair, 4757 Buford Hwy, Norcross, Ga 30071. The vehicle is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A.40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed by owner or lien holder within 10 days of this notice. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia law. 928-590301, 3/10,17
EN VIRTUD DE LO CUAL, las partes a través de sus funcionarios debidamente autorizados, han hecho que este contrato y acuerdo sea ejecutado en varias copias, cada uno de las cuales puede considerarse un original sin la presentación de las demás a partir del día y año indicado y escrito anteriormente. Aprobado en cuanto a su forma y contenido: CONDADO DE GWINNETT William J. Linkous, III Fiscal del Condado Presidente Charlotte J. Nash Presidente Atestigua: Secretario Aprobado como formulario: AUTORIDAD METROPOLITANA DE TRANSPORTE MASIVO DE ATLANTA Elizabeth M. O’Neill Consejera de la Autoridad Robert L. Ashe, III Presidente Testigo: Rebbie Ellisor-Taylor Secretaria Adjunta del Consejo de Administración 9 1 7 - 5 8 6 2 1 9 , 2/13,20,27,3/6,13,17
NOTICE Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Renee Young Harris, please contact Nicole Hazey, Attorney at Law, at 225-306-1866 928-590805, 3/15,17,20 NOTICE OF INTENTION TO INTRODUCE LOCAL LEGISLATION Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2019 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to amend an Act creating a new charter for the City of Sugar Hill, Georgia, approved May 14, 2003 (Ga.L.2003, p.3546), as amended; and for other purposes. 928-591256, 3/17
PUBLIC SALES/ AUCTIONS NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: Location: Extra Space Storage 2790 Braselton Hwy Dacula, GA 30019 Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Time: 11:00:00 AM 632 Leanne Greer Household Goods 826 Mark Baggett Stage Props 818 Abdul Mian Household Goods 902 Abdul Mian Household Goods 526 Paris Charled Household goods Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-588386, 3/10,17 NOTICE Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 2920 Buford Drive, Buford GA 30519, 678-496-3439 on March 26th @ 1:00 PM 1215-Guana Paul: Refrigerator and File Cabinet 3258-Orville Clarke: Topwels and dishes clothing 2196-Tanaja Williams: clothing and shoes and sofa 2161-Mike Sink: Bedroom Set 3117-Ladonna Carpenter: bedroom furniture, couch, boxes tv’s bags dinning room table Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-589010, 3/10,17 NOTICE Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 4257 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30518, March 26, 2019 at 2:00 PM Jon Christopher Unit 6233 household goods Lisa Christopher Unit 6267 furniture, Knick knacks, misc. household Lothario Tolbert Unit 6268 Office Furniture Wendy Hester Unit 625 Toys, chair, shelves, fishing pole, wine rack, luggage, outdoor furniture, diaper genie, bowls Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-589476, 3/10,17 NOTICE Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 1172 Auburn Rd Dacula GA 30019, 770-680-3106 on 03/26/2019 @ 10:00 AM Unit 229 – Kirk Mcphail – Household Goods Unit 302 – Latia Worthy – Household Goods Unit 328 – Megan Little– Household Goods Unit 334 – Kirk Mcphail – Household Goods Unit 335 – Lorna Sippo – Household Goods Unit 732 – Taylor Downey – Household Goods Unit 956 – John May – Household Goods Unit 1048 – Brittaney Johnson – Household Goods Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-590190, 3/10,17 Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 4750 Nelson Brogdon Blvd Sugar Hill GA 30518 March 26th, 2019 at 3:00 PM Unit 610 Lena Jenkins-Smith Furniture, boxes Unit 711 Rodney Mobley Boxes and trunk Unit 125 Carlos Antonio Household goods Unit 436 Brandon Ensley Household items Unit 658 Ashley Styles C
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Chest of dressers, mattress, 6 boxes of clothes bed frame
hold goods 518 Dorreen Craig Household goods 321 Alma Blair Household goods 299 Jennifer Simmons a bed frame sofa, few small items 371 Ebony Adams Totes, boxes Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-590512, 3/17,24
2801 Berkeley Lake Rd NW Duluth, GA 30096 770-856-9676 April 3rd, 2019 at 10:00 AM Brian Agbiriogu Unit 0617 Household Goods Cliff Gaines Unit 2204 furniture items, chairs, table, boxes, small appliances Jessica Anderson Unit 0311 Household Goods The auction will be listed and advertised at Extra Space Storage 2801 Berkeley Lake Rd Duluth, GA 30096. Purchases must be made with cash only and paid at the above referenced facility in order to complete the transaction. Extra Space Storage may refuse any bid and may rescind any purchase up until the winning bidder takes possession of the personal property. 929-591263, 3/17,24
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ZONINGS GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS GWINNETT COUNTY JUSTICE & ADMINISTRATION CENTER AUDITORIUM 75 LANGLEY DRIVE LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30046 HEARING DATE: APRIL 23, 2019 PUBLIC HEARING AT 7:00PM THE FOLLOWING ITEMS LOCATED WITHIN UNINCORPORATED GWINNETT COUNTY ARE SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC HEARING AS STATED ABOVE. SITE PLANS, LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS AND OTHER INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, 446 WEST CROGAN STREET, LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA. OFFICE HOURS ARE 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M., MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. TSP2019-00001 APPLICANT: TOWERCOM V, LLC LOCATION: 6770 DAWSON BOULEVARD, NORCROSS, GA 30093 MRN: R6218 010 ZONING: M-1 REQUEST: C O N S T R U C T 175 FT MONOPOLE TELECOMMUNICATION TOWER WITH 4 FT LIGHTNING ROD (OVERALL HEIGHT OF 179 FT) COMMISSION DISTRICT: 2 TSP2019-00002 APPLICANT: TOWER COM LOCATION: 1001 DULUTH HIGHWAY, LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30043 MRN: R7033 003 ZONING: C-2, R-100 REQUEST: C O N S T R U C T 120 FT MONOPINE TELECOMMUNICATION TOWER WITH 4 FT. LIGHTNING ROD (OVERALL HEIGHT OF 124 FT) COMMISSION DISTRICT: 4 934-591284, 3/17
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from Brookwoodâ€™s past and present to the future, which helping the Brookwood includes wrestling at the program return to county and NHSCA National Duals for statewide prominence. Team Kong United, becoming â€œIt was big boost to our the New York-based powerteamâ€™s morale,â€? Key said. houseâ€™s first wrestler from â€œThe past three years, weâ€™d Georgia. never placed (at state duals). After that, he will enroll Even though we had teams at the Naval Academy Prep good enough to go (to state School in Newport, R.I., over duals), we just never fell into the summer as a prelude to the right place (in the top eventually transferring to the four). But this year, I think U.S. Naval Academy in Anwe all did what we needed napolis, Md., to continue his to do. We knew how to train, education and his wrestling what to eat. Everything was career. just right this year. As much self-discipline as â€œI didnâ€™t really think about wrestling has taught him, he it until now, but itâ€™s pretty knows he will have to exhibit great to think about (the fact that trait at an even higher that) not only is it an indilevel than he ever has before, vidual legacies, but what we though he is eagerly looking did for the team. I think we forward to the challenge. placed fourth (at state duals â€œItâ€™s way different,â€? Key or traditional meet) once said. â€œIâ€™m used to performing 0317_GDP_SUN_CLASS_Classifieds 3/15/2019 4:56 PM Page A14 before, but itâ€™s been a long under stress. I think I perform time.â€? well like that, and I like a Keyâ€™s focus now shifts A14 â€˘ SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019tight schedule.â€?
Wrestler of the Year: David Key, Sr., Brookwood After finishing as state runner-up in Class AAAAAAA at 182 pounds as a junior last season, the senior earned his second individual state championship in three years by taking the 182-pound title. Key finished with a 60-1 record, including winning his weight class at the 2019 Gwinnett County Championships, Area 7-AAAAAAA meet and Class AAAAAAA sectional meet, as well as three other tournaments. He will attend the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I., after graduation, and plans on eventually transferring to attend and wrestle at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Coach of the Year: Nate Ethridge, Collins Hill After accumulating more than 500 wins in Michigan, Etheridge had an immediate impact in his first season at Collins Hill, guiding the Eagles to their first Gwinnett County championship since 2008, their first area championship since 2015, and their best finish at the state duals (third) and traditional
championships (runner-up) since 2012 FIRST TEAM 106: Nick Corday, Fr., Buford 51-7, Class AAAAA state champion, Gwinnett Co. champion 113: Logan Ashton, Sr., Buford 51-1, Class AAAAA state champion, Gwinnett Co. champion 120: Joey Felix, Jr., Collins Hill 56-7, third at Class AAAAAAA state meet 126: Clint Gilbert, Soph., Collins Hill 43-11, Class AAAAAA state runner-up, Gwinnett Co. champion 132: Elijah Griffin, Jr., Collins Hill 54-13, fourth at Class AAAAAAA state meet, Gwinnett Co. champion 138: Nick Stonecheck, Jr., Buford 145: Rex McDaniel, Jr., North Gwinnett 49-7, Class AAAAAAA state runner-up, Gwinnett Co. runner-up 152: Charlie Darracott, Jr., Buford 51-2, Class AAAAA state runner-up, Gwinnett Co. champion 160: Lucas DeSilva, Jr., Collins Hill 59-1, Class AAAAAAA state champion, Gwinnett Co. champion 160: Blaine Bergey, Jr., Buford 53-1, Class AAAAA state champion, Gwinnett Co. runner-up
170: Garrett Spikes, Jr., Mountain View 49-3, Class AAAAAAA state champion, Gwinnett Co. champion 182: Luke Hennebaul, Sr., Mountain View 32-14, fourth at Class AAAAAAA state meet, Gwinnett Co. runner-up 195: Harrison Spikes, Sr., Mountain View 47-4, third at Class AAAAAAA state meet, Gwinnett Co. champion 220: Justin Oldknow, Sr., Brookwood 58-9, third at Class AAAAAAA state meet, Gwinnett Co. runner-up 285: Tomari Fox, Sr., Collins Hill 37-2, Class AAAAAAA state champion, Gwinnett Co. champion SECOND TEAM 106: R.J. Aguirre, Sr., Mountain View 113: Mason Askew, Sr., Mountain View 120: Nick Cambria, Soph., Buford 126: Vaughn Williams, Sr., Brookwood 132: Talen Thompson, Soph., Buford 145: Harrison Dearth, Sr., Wesleyan 152: Camden Droualt, Sr., Mountain View 160: Chase Hornsby, Jr., Brookwood 170: Gabriel Lee, Sr., Brookwood 182: Bruce Ferguson, South Gwinnett 195: Anthony Vinson, Sr., Collins Hill 220: Cody Hutchinson, Jr., Collins Hill 285: Kyle Emerson, Sr., Lanier
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Former Brookwood head coach Carolyn Whitney gives direction to her team during a Region 7-AAAAAAA tournament game last month. On Friday, Whitney was named the new head coach at Wesleyan, her alma mater. (Photo: Craig Cappy)
scorer in a Wesleyan history which includes players such as Mikayla Coombs, Holli Wilkins, Anne Marie Armstrong and Nikki Luckhurst. Whitney was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, a NCSAA AllAmerican and a two-time all-state player. She went on to collegiate success at Georgia Southern, earning the conference’s freshman of the year honors in 2007. A tenacious player in the mold Azar insisted on for 22 years, Whitney was frequently among the national leaders in freethrow percentage and led the Eagles in assists all four years of her career. Whitney graduated from Georgia Southern in 2010 and earned her master’s from Georgia State in health and physical education. Wesleyan’s spring break started Friday so Whitney will wait until next week to talk to the players. She’s finishing out the school year at Brookwood, but will certainly hit the ground running at Wesleyan. Whitney intends to carry on with the style of play she learned from Azar and which has stood Wesleyan
in such good stead for 22 years. “We will be playing fast,” Whitney said. “I can’t do slow. “I just can’t wait to meet the team and get started.” Dopson has begun the process of finding Whitney’s replacement. “The girls basketball job at Brookwood is one of the more sought-after positions in the state and we are already receiving a tremendous amount of interest from some fantastic coaches,” he said. “We have the majority of our talent from our region championship team returning and our incoming eighth grade class will be one the most talented groups in the state. Coaches around the entire country have contacted us and local coaches know the talented group of players we have coming back. “I told the team the other day they have made mine and (Principal) Mr. (Bo) Ford’s job a lot easier this time because lots of coaches want to coach them. Finding another extremely talented coach, such as Coach Whitney, is our primary focus and there is no doubt we will do just that.”
rout. Azar’s message to her team during a timeout with 2:25 left were words that easily define her own career — finish with character and class while still being aggressive and playing to the final whistle. “I’m especially humbled and grateful to have been able to coach my current state runner-up team this season,” Azar said. “This year’s team was talented, resilient and a joy to coach. This team was full of kids who worked extremely hard and who played and conducted themselves with the highest character. Their behavior on and off the court while representing Wesleyan School was exemplary and is a direct reflection of the parenting they receive at home. “I am honored that this group of girls was my last
at Wesleyan.” Azar was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. She has coached more than 35 players who went onto college careers and eight McDonald’s All-American nominees, including Gatorade Player of the Year Mikayla Coombs. Her overall record of 571-113 equals a winning percentage of .834 and three teams finished in the Top 30 in ESPN’s seasonending national rankings. Among the honors and awards Azar has earned during her time at Wesleyan are selection by Nike to coach the West squad in the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic in New York City, an all-star game featuring the top 24 high school players in the country, which her team won. She has been the recipient of the Bobby Cremins state
Girls Coach of the Year (all classifications) and the Garland Pinholster state Girls Coach of the Year (Class A-AAAA) multiple times. Many media sources, including the Gwinnett Daily Post, have repeatedly recognized Azar as the coach of the year. “Wesleyan will be eternally grateful to Coach Azar for not only her unmatched record of success on the basketball court, but for the significant impact she has had on the lives of her players and students over her 22-year career,” Cleveland said in a release. “In addition to her success in building a successful program, her tireless advocacy for empowering young women through athletics will be missed in our community. We wish her and her family nothing but the best in this new chapter of their lives.”
Whitney said. “They took a chance on me and I just want to thank them, the players and parents and administration. They really have been like a second family. That’s why it was so hard to make this decision. The people are what makes Brookwood so special.” The pull of her roots proved too great to resist. “It’s been a dream of mine,” Whitney said. “I want to continue that championship tradition. I’m just excited to be going back.” Prior to taking the job at Brookwood, Whitney was an assistant for two years at Lambert, though she took over as interim head coach during the postseason for a pregnant Jaime Fisher. “I coached the first playoff game and I think I had two days to prepare,” Whitney said with a laugh. “But we ended up getting fifth in state, which was the best finish in school history.” It was Azar who talked Whitney into coaching in the first place. “Jan is such an important person in my life and what she has done for so many young women, including myself, that’s what it is all about,” Whitney said. “I wish her nothing but the best.” Azar lured her former player back to Wesleyan as an assistant in 2010 as a community coach and later made her a varsity assistant. Whitney was part of four state titles in five years, adding to the three she helped the Wolves win as a player (2004, 2005, 2006). Her record for career assists — 645 — still stands. Whitney finished with 1,322 points, making her the eighth-leading
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Mash, one of Slow Pour Brewing Company’s “employees,” was adopted from Duluth-based Planned PEThood by the brewery in 2017 to help with its rodent problem. Planned PEThood offers the Barn Cat Program to take feral cats and turn them into working cats — catching mice, rats, snakes and other pests. Below, Barley was also adopted. The cats roam the brewery freely. (Staff Photos: Isabel Hughes)
Slow Pour Brewing Company ‘hires’ two cats to help with rodents for their own
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umping off her perch — a gray, velvet couch — Mash saunters over to the door, tail twitching, and peers through the glass. As the black cat eyes the outdoor patio, her tabby counterpart, Barley, joins her, the two basking in the afternoon sun that streams through Slow Pour Brewing Company’s garage door. Though the felines, who have the run of the place during non-business hours, look, and act, like any other house cats, the two are employeesof-sorts at the Lawrenceville brewery, “hired” in 2017 by Slow Pour Head Brewer Matt LaMattina to combat the business’ now non-existent rodent problem. “We had a little bit of a rodent problem for a moment, and we wanted to (take care) of it organical-
I am, at heart, a pet lover as it is, so when I saw a way to reach out and help the community, I just felt like it was a great idea. Adopting them was a way for me to do my part for society.” — Matt LaMattina, Slow Pour Head Brewer
ly, without laying poison or traps,” around for other (solutions).” LaMattina said. “Because we’re makLaMattina didn’t have to search ing beer, we don’t want (potential long before finding a lead: Planned poison) in the air, so I started looking PEThood of Georgia’s Barn Cat
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Program. “Barn cats are feral cats that specifically cannot return to their original home (after being spayed/ neutered), whether it be because they’re losing their habitat or the neighborhood doesn’t want them or whatever (other) reason,” said Jeani Wampler, Trap Neuter Return coordinator for the Duluth-based rescue organization. “We usually pull the cats from (the) Gwinnett County (Animal Shelter), and because of our working cats program, they haven’t had to euthanize a cat, except for health reasons, in about six years.” Since its inception six years ago, the program has taken off, with See patrol, Page 4C
Barley sits between brew tanks at Slow Pour Brewing Company in Lawrenceville. The tabby partners with Mash, a black cat, to combat the brewery’s now non-existent rodent problem.
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GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS
Britt Elementary students, parents learn cooking skills BY HEATHER DARENBERG Staff Correspondent
Several Britt Elementary School students and their parents recently went to school to learn how to cook and eat healthy. The families learned how to make butter, dice onions and tomatoes, slice carrots and rough chop romaine lettuce during the Families in the Kitchen class. Working together, the children and their parents made a spaghetti dinner with whole grain pasta, meat sauce, garlic bread, tossed green salad, milk and Italian lemon ice. Snellville United Methodist Church provided the food and gave each family a basket filled with ingredients to prepare the same meal at home. Families in the Kitchen
Students at Britt Elementary School and their parents participated in the Families in the Kitchen program to learn how to cook healthy foods. Families in the Kitchen will be a 10-month program at Britt Elementary in the 2019-20 school year. (Special Photo)
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math, language arts and visual arts to teach families how to create nutritious, great-tasting and economical meals. In the 2019-20 school year, Families in the Kitchen is scheduled to be a 10-month program at Britt Elementary. Rosebud Elementary receives Foundation grant Rosebud Elementary School recently received a grant for nearly $1,200 from the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation for math education initiatives.
The grant was requested by Principal Monica Bell on behalf of Mandy Wintemute, a math teacher at the school. Wintemute said she is excited about how the grant will help her reach students. “Having web access to creating Math Gimkit (quizzes) for K-5 students, at Rosebud Elementary, will result in more opportunities for students to increase their fact fluency skills,” Wintemute said. “All students will have access to practicing their facts with the goal of becoming more confident with answering and solving simple to complex problems because of knowing their math facts. “This will also serve as remediation for students who are struggling to retain basic facts and assist them with learning new fact families. The impact of this project would be for students to increase their accuracy of knowing their math facts while striving to become better math students.” Coleman Advanced Engineering students heading to STEM symposium After winning the
Honeywell Georgia Tech STEM Challenge, some seventh-grade Advanced Engineering students at Coleman Middle School are heading to a STEM symposium at Georgia Tech. The challenge required teams to design a technology-based solution to a problem in their home, school or community. The solutions included robotics, the Internet of Things, human-computer interaction, or 3D design and modeling. The solution was also required to be a driver of social good. Two groups of students won after creating Student Authentication Monitoring, which involved a Raspberry Pi unit that uses radio-frequency identification readers to allow schools to read student data for entry into a building, and a Seat Belt Dispenser, an Arduinodesigned prototype that attaches to a seat belt in a vehicle and helps the elderly and children fasten their seat belts with the push of a button. Good News from Schools appears in the Gwinnett Daily Post’s Sunday Edition, highlighting achievements and success.
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Making Room for Life Transitions & Downsizing Seminar
Quadruple amputee Aimee Copeland, left, recently donated her wheelchair-accessible van to Kendra Allen, right. (Photo: FOX 5 Atlanta)
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Barley, one of Slow Pour Brewing Company’s “employees,” was adopted from Duluth-based Planned PEThood by the brewery in 2017 to help with its rodent problem. The cats — there’s Barley and Barley’s counterpart, Mash — roam the brewery freely. (Staff Photos: Isabel Hughes)
•From Page 1C Planned PEThood adopting out about 12 to 16 barn cats per month. Some months, though, that number is even higher, Wampler said. “Last Tuesday, for example, I had eight adopted in one day,” she said. “(To market) the program, we say, ‘Hey, are you looking for a natural, organic way to take
care of rats, mice, snakes or other pest?’ They’ll hunt anything. And we get (requests) all over the map — everything from warehouses and breweries to regular business and regular homeowners to people with barns and farms who need help with (a pest problem).” Because Slow Pour is located in an old building near railroad tracks — the tracks provide a conduit
for rats to travel somewhat safely — a rodent problem was almost inevitable. Then added into the mix for Slow Pour was the fact that rats like grain, and barley is a key ingredient in beer making. LaMattina knew he had to do something, and quickly. “I contacted Jeani and she was really adamant about getting them
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homes; she got back to me within maybe 30 minutes saying she had two I could look at,” LaMattina said. “She said they work better in pairs, that way if one is a dud, the other can (step up), but there are no rats in here at all, so they’re doing well.” Prior to letting Barley and Mash, who are both fixed and came vaccinated and microchipped, loose, LaMattina said he corralled the cats for three weeks so they would get to know their surroundings. The brewery is their home now, though. “If we let them out, they stay at the brewery; they’re used to where their home is,” LaMattina said. “They also definitely weren’t the friendliest cats when (I adopted them) — they actually hated each other — but now they have fun and play.” Though the cats, especially Mash, have become “very social,” patrons likely won’t see them roaming, LaMattina said. “We keep them kenneled when people are in the brewery,” he said.
Mash, one of Slow Pour Brewing Company’s “employees,” was adopted from Duluth-based Planned PEThood by the brewery in 2017 to help with its rodent problem.
“The black one (Mash) has become very social and would knock over people’s beers, so now we keep them kenneled.” During non-business hours, they’re free to roam — and they continue to do their job well. “We had a couple of mice get in the front (of the brewery) in November when it was cold, but the cats took care of them,” LaMattina said. “We even have a pest control guy and he said he hasn’t seen anything, so they’re working.” The cats aren’t just
benefiting the brewery in their services; by taking in Mash and Barley, Slow Pour is allowing more room in the Barn Cat Program for other cats to be adopted. “I am, at heart, a pet lover as it is, so when I saw a way to reach out and help the community, I just felt like it was a great idea,” LaMattina said. “Adopting them was a way for me to do my part for society.” For more information about Planned PEThood or the Barn Cats Program, visit pethoodga.org.
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Barley, one of Slow Pour Brewing Company’s rodent-eradicators, sits by the Lawrenceville brewery’s brew tanks. The cats know the brewery as their home now.
Sunday, March 17, 2019 • 5C
Japanese, English dual language school now enrolling By Curt Yeomans
and English. Students will be taught more heavily in Japanese in the early grades, however. Parents who want their Kindergartners are children to simultaneously taught 80 percent in learn Japanese and English Japanese and 20 percent in can put their kids’ names English. The ratio shifts to into an enrollment lot60 percent in Japanese and tery for a recently opened 40 percent in English durdual language immersion ing the first and secondcharter school in Peachtree grades. By the third-grade, Corners. students are taught in International Charter Japanese 50 percent of the Academy of Georgia time and in English during is currently conducting the other half. enrollment for the 2019-20 “A high level of Japaschool year. The statewide nese will be attained by uskindergarten through fifthing the Japanese Ministry grade charter school will International Charter Academy of Georgia officials are joined by Georgia, Gwinnett of Education curriculum in County and Peachtree Corners leaders as they open their Japanese-English dual lan- the Japanese department,” offer a Japanese-English guage immersion charter school last summer. The Peachtree Corners-based school the school said in its endual language immersion is now conducting an enrollment lottery for the 2019-20 school year. (Special Photo) program. rollment announcement. “ICA Georgia aims to “Beyond learning the broaden the horizons of the school said in an anthe local and global comment and build a commuJapanese language, ICA students in Georgia so that nouncement about enroll- munity through various nity that learns from one Georgia students will also they may become global ment registration. “ICA service learning projects, another.” be exposed to Japanese citizens who promote Georgia students will be and ICA Georgia will Core subjects will be school life, including peace around the world,” expected to contribute to promote parental involve- taught in both Japanese Japanese physical educacurt.yeomans @gwinnettdailypost.com
tion, music, haiku, cultural events, healthy Japanese food (recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO) and Japanese calligraphy.” The school day will last from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Generation in Focus will also provide after-school care until 6:30 p.m. The enrollment lottery is available at www.internationalcharteracademy.org. The school is located at 3705 Engineering Drive in Peachtree Corners. Parents can find a rundown on what the school offers at that website, as well. If they have any additional questions, they can call 770-604-0007 or send an email to info@ internationalcharteracademy.org.
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your community: city by city
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AUBURN City hosts Great American Cleanup The city of Auburn will host the Great American Cleanup from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 19 and 8 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Auburn Ballparks on Mary Carter Road. Boxes will be set up so residents can dispose of batteries, eyeglasses, motor oil, scrap metal, flat panel TVs, plastics, freon-free appliances, wood and two standard tires. Additional tires can be disposed of for $5 each. Household garbage, chemicals, paint and paint thinner will not be accepted at the cleanup. For more information, email Joe Moravec at jmoravec@cityofauburn-ga. org. BARROW COUNTY Market Faire returns to Fort Yargo Visit with living historians demonstrating life in the 1790s when knee-high breeches and tri-corn hats were still in fashion. The 10th annual Market Faire will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder. The Market Faire will take place at the old fort. The event will feature frontier camps, children’s activities and 18th century demonstrations. Admission to the Market Faire is $5. There is also a $5 daily parking fee at Fort Yargo. For more information, call 770-867-3489. BERKELEY LAKE Chapel seeking applicants for scholarship Each year, Lake Berkeley Chapel awards three $1,000 college scholarships to students who have a proven sense of community and academic responsibility. Current Duluth High School seniors and recent Duluth graduates are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The scholarships are intended for those who will be attending a public technical school or two-year or fouryear college or university. Applications must be complete and mailed by April 15 to the Outreach Community Director at Lake Berkeley Chapel, 4043 S. Berkeley Lake Road. For applications, visit blchapel.org/files/2019/02/ Scholarship_Application_2019.pdf. For more information, email board. email@example.com. BRASELTON Braselton Brewing launches Tuesday Night Blues Braselton Brewing Company, a craft brewpub that opened in December, has launched a Tuesday Night Blues live music series. The Breeze Kings will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Braselton Brewing Company, located at 9859 Davis St. The band’s music is a blend of ’50s and ’60s era Chicago and Delta blues. For more information, visit www.braseltonbrewing.com. BUFORD BBA hosts Spring Festival, talent competition The Buford Business Alliance has planned a day of stage performances, shopping and more. The Buford Spring Festival and Best Young Talent Competition will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 on Main Street between South Hill and South Wilson streets in historic downtown Buford. Admission to the festival is free, but the application fee for the talent competition is $25. For more information, visit www.bufordspringfestival.
Applications are now open for the Suwanee Police Department’s seasonal Citizens Police Academy, which will run from April 8 to June 17. In order to gain a better understanding of officers’ risks and responsibilities, participants will also go on a ride along with a Suwanee police officer. (Special Photo)
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Applications are now open for the Suwanee Police Department’s seasonal Citizens Police Academy, which will run from April 8 through June 17.
com. DACULA Library hosts ‘crafternoon’ for adults Upcycle old books into handbags at the Dacula library’s upcoming “crafternoon” for adults. The Dacula Craft Club for Adults will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Dacula branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library, located at 265 Dacula Road. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming an unwanted product into a new product. For more information, visit gwinnettpl.org/venue/daculabranch. DULUTH Cornhole league open for spring registration Peach State Cornhole is now accepting registrations for the 2019 Spring League. Each league consists of eight weeks of cornhole play. The spring season will begin at 6 p.m. March 28 in Parsons Alley in Duluth. The first seven weeks are regular season play, with one best-of-three match up per week. In the eighth week, teams compete in a seeded tournament to determine the league champion. Registration for the Spring League closes Saturday. For more information, visit www.peachstatecornhole. com. GRAYSON VIP tickets for Gimme Shelter concert on sale Get out your Hawaiian gear and zinc your nose. Beach Night is coming to Grayson. The fifth annual Gimme Shelter concert will take
The 10-week program meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays at the Suwanee Police Training Center on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Participants will get classroom training and hands-on experience in topics like crimes in progress, traffic
place June 8 at the Grayson Ampavilion. VIP tickets for the event are now on sale. The concert will feature A1A, a Jimmy Buffett Tribute. The concert will benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. Individual VIP tickets are $55. General admission tickets, which go on sale May 1, will be $20. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GetIntoGrayson. LAWRENCEVILLE Lawrenceville hosts fun for kids on Lawn The city of Lawrenceville has planned events for kids to enjoy fun in the sun on the Lawrenceville Lawn. Chill’n in the Ville will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5, June 14, July 12 and Aug. 2. The event, for children ages 6 and up, will feature outdoor activities and interactive games. Parents and guardians must supervise their children during the event. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/cityoflawrenceville. LILBURN Lilburn Farmers Market readies for 10th season The Lilburn Farmers Market is preparing for its 10th season of the Friday market, which will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. in June, July and August at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 1400 Killian Hill Road. The market needs local produce, fruit, salsa, meat, flower and coffee vendors, as well as food trucks. The vendor application is available at www.lilburnfarmersmarket.org. Applications are also being accepted for nonprofit organizations that would like
Suwanee Citizens Police Academy accepting applications for spring
enforcement, use of force, criminal law procedures and criminal investigations. In order to gain a better understanding of officers’ risks and responsibilities, participants will also go on a ridealong with a Suwanee police officer.
Classes are free and open to the public, but preference is given to those who live or work in Suwanee. A criminal and driver history is required for all applicants. To complete the application, visit suwanee.com by April 3 at 5 p.m.
Series creators are the Biscuits and Burlap bloggers, mother-daughter duo Pam and Sara Brand. “We are very thankful to have been selected for the third year to receive AgSouth’s Think Outside the Store farmers market grant,” farmers market coordinator LOGANVILLE Connie Weathers said. “It is American Legion hosts welcomed financial support as we promote the marVeterans Info workshop ket and local farmers and The American Legion Post 233 will host a Veteran’s encourage our community to think ‘outside the store’ when Information Workshop from planning their meals.” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information The workshop will include on Norcross Community information about Veterans Affairs benefits and organiza- Market, visit norcrosscomtions including the U.S. Demunitymarket.com. partment of Veterans Affairs and the Georgia Department PEACHTREE CORNERS of Veterans Services. Library hosts 3D Refreshments will be challenges for kids, teens available from 11 a.m. to 1 Children ages 9 to 15 p.m. can explore 3D printing and The American Legion is design through a series of located at 4635 U.S. Highchallenges at the Peachtree way 78 in Loganville. For Corners library. more information, visit www. Participants will gain an gapost233.com. understanding of basic 3D design in TinkerCAD and NORCROSS the basic principles of 3D Community Market printers. receives grant The program will take The Norcross Community place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Market has been selected April 1 at the library. Regisagain to receive an AgSouth tration, which opens Monday, Farm Credit farmers market is required to attend. support grant in the amount The Peachtree Corners of $500, according to a news branch of the Gwinnett release. County Public Library is The market was one of 50 located at 5570 Spalding markets throughout AgDrive. For more information, South’s territory in Georgia visit gwinnettpl.org/venue/ and South Carolina to repeachtree-corners-branch. ceive a portion of $25,000 in total grant funds. The grant SNELLVILLE will be used for advertising Revamped and promotion of the venue. Arts Commission The Norcross Commuseeks applicants nity Market plans to use After a brief hiatus, the the funds to continue with Snellville Arts Commission is their marketing plan, which back with a new focus. includes the “Know Your Created in 2012, the Farmer” series of articles Snellville Arts Commission that feature the farmers and ranchers behind the market. was designed to increase art to promote themselves within the community. One free booth is available each week for these organizations. Additionally, musicians are needed to fill the market with music. The market will provide a tent, and electricity is available for amplifiers.
awareness in the community. SAC created murals, held cultural events and organized the ongoing exhibit space for local artists in the City Hall Community Room. However, the new SAC will have an advisory role. The Snellville mayor and Council is seeking six new SAC members who will serve four-year terms. To apply for a position on the SAC, visit www.snellville. org/board-commissions. SUGAR HILL Tickets available for Sugar Hill night at Stripers Celebrate the beginning of the baseball season and enjoy quality time at the ballpark on April 5 with the city of Sugar Hill. Tickets for the game are available for $11 through March 29. Ticket holders will sit in the Sugar Hill section of the stadium on April 5, when the Gwinnett Stripers play the Norfolk Tides. The game begins at 7:05 p.m., and fireworks will take place after the game. For more information, visit cityofsugarhill.com/stripers.
SUWANEE Winter Farmers Market winds up in April Suwanee’s Winter Farmers Market will close out its season from 9 to 11 a.m. April 13 at Town Center Park. The Winter Farmers Market features local winter produce, such as lettuces, greens, potatoes, carrots. Brussels sprouts, baked goods and more. The Farmers Market’s regular season will take place at 8 a.m. Saturdays starting May 11. For more information, visit www.suwanee.com.
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School buses, vinyl records and AM radio There is something about an old yellow school bus, with its heavy-sounding transmission shifts and sighs of air brakes, that warms my heart. Perhaps it is the familiarity and how it hearkens back to the happy days of my childhood and early schooling. School buses haven’t changed much in decades and in that, I suppose, lies the most enduring magic for me. I feel the same about vinyl records, radios with only an AM dial, and corded telephones. They’re making record players again, you know. A couple of years ago, I
years’ long collection and others bought on eBay, have the hisses and scratches of my childhood wonder: Elvis Presley singing “There Will Be Peace In The Valley” and Johnny Cash, with the Carter family and Statlers, Ronda harmonizing on “Daddy Rich Sang Bass.” It isn’t a coincidence bought a red portable one that I have antique radios from the Crosley company from both sides of my in Kentucky. I keep it in family. I can close my our cheerful little kitchen eyes and imagine them — the one decorated in tapping along to the various shades of yelGrand Ole Opry or laughlow, green and red — and ing at Jack Benny. Stingioften, while cooking, I ness they understood so pull out a vinyl record Benny was probably a and play it. These vinyl hero. records, some from my It didn’t just happen
that I have Mama’s old beige wall phone or that I have two corded telephones at her house. I like the authenticity of them. In the days of my growing up, most people only had one phone — in the den or living room. True prosperity to the mountain people was a second phone, always hoisted onto the kitchen wall. No one had a bedroom phone. Our house was small with my parents’ bedroom connecting to the kitchen. In fact, it had two doors. You entered through the kitchen, walked 12 feet across the room and exited into the hallway. After years of sitting
at the kitchen table and talking on the phone, Mama came up with a terrific solution (once Mama was on the phone, she talked a long time). She rarely called others but was always willing to put aside her work for a lengthy chat when someone else called. She bought an 8-foot-long coiled cord. She pulled the phone around to the bed, and there she rested and philosophized. As she talked, she twirled the cord around her finger. These, of course, were the cords that were a nightmare if they ever tangled up. Often, you’d wind up stretching part of it straight as you attempted to untangle. I like that memory a lot. The first time I stepped onto a school bus was my first day of school ever. I begged Mama to let me ride and, always the risktaking mother, she agreed. She called the driver and arranged it. That morning, he slowed to a stop, hit the air brake and the door opened with a unique swooshing sound. I have never seen a step higher than that first one. I stud-
ied for a second how to do it then, clutching my new dark green book satchel in my hand, I inhaled deeply, grabbed ahold of the handrail and lurched myself up. It was my first step away from childhood. “You’re a hoarder,” Tink announced when I refused to throw away Mama’s stained apron and a paper scrap where Daddy had signed his name. “I am not a hoarder,” I retorted. “I’m a sentimentalist. There’s a difference.” You see, sentimentalists recognize the value of old yellow school buses, vinyl records and radios with only one frequency. A hoarder, on the other hand, collects rusty, discarded school buses and tosses them into the front yard. Come to think of it, though, I think I’d like to have an old yellow school bus. Ronda Rich is the bestselling author of the new “Let Me Tell You Something.” Visit www.rondarich.com to sign up for her free weekly newsletter.
There is value in wallowing Have you ever been really disappointed about something and then had someone tell you to cheer up? Or some other version of “Don’t be upset.” How does it make you feel? Generally speaking, telling someone to cheer up when they’re disappointed doesn’t work. Instead of helping you cope with your emotions, telling you to cheer up is a request to change your emotions. The challenge is, we don’t like to experience sadness — our own or anyone else’s. But sadness is part of the human experience. Denying sadness numbs us to joy. Here are three things to help yourself and the people around you deal with disappointment: 1. Validate the pain My daughter recently lost out on a house she wanted. She and her husband were beaten out by a better offer. They had their hearts set on the house, and were very disappointed. My inclination is to immediately tell her all the reasons there was a better house out there for them. Intellectually, she already knows this herself. They’ll find something. In the moment of disappointment, people need someone to see their sadness. The best thing I can do is say, “I’m so sorry, that was a really cute house.” Validating someone’s pain doesn’t make it worse. Instead, it tells them you’re willing to step into their space and share it. For big deep sadness, like the death of a loved one, you need someone unafraid to sit with you in your pain. 2. Allow space for wallowing We recently lost a major business project to another firm. What made it worse was I didn’t represent us very well during the final round of decision-making. So in addition to disappointment, there’s also regret and embarrassment on my part. I gave myself 24 hours to feel bad. This enabled me to fully process what happened, before trying to rebound. My children and colleagues will tell you I have no patience for whining. When confronted with setbacks, one of my most oft used expressions is — on
Lisa McLeod the scale of human suffering, worse tragedies have been endured. Despite my disdain for whining, I’ve come to realize it’s OK to be sad — for a while. If it’s a fixable problem, i.e. find another house or business deal, put a time frame on your wallowing. When my younger daughter didn’t get her first choice of college, we decided a weekend of wallowing was appropriate. It gave her a chance to lean into her disappointment, assess it and make peace with the loss. After that, move on. Having said that, there’s not always a sunny side. 3. Own the broken part Some disappointments don’t have a next time. In those cases, experiencing the sadness is even more crucial. Trying to keep it at bay only prolongs it. It stifles your other emotions. Talk to anyone who has lost a loved one, and they’ll tell you long-term unprocessed sadness eats away at your soul. If on the scale of human suffering, your heartbreak is a true tragedy, there’s no avoiding the pain. It’s there and will surround you, hovering near, no matter how hard you try to ignore it. People often think giving in to sadness is weak. It’s the opposite; giving yourself permission to truly feel your sadness takes strength. Owning heartbreak is what gives you the strength to move forward. Sadness and setbacks are part of being alive. Sometimes they come in small doses, and sometimes they come in bigger wallops than we ever imagined. The only way around it is through it. Lisa McLeod is the global expert in Noble Purpose. She is the author of the best-sellers “Selling with Noble Purpose” and “Leading with Noble Purpose.”
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Answering questions about weeds, freezes Gardening columnist Tim Daly answers the following questions from readers: Question: My bermudagrass lawn has many weeds. What can be done to control the infestation and improve the quality of it? — Ellen in Sugar Hill Answer: Ellen, you should apply a pre-emergent herbicide to control spring and summer weeds that are germinating, such as crabgrass. Local garden centers sell. Most
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Tim Daly consists of granules that require an application of water after broadcasting them. Check the label for specifics.
Avoid products that are “Weed and Feed,” which consist of both the herbicide and fertilizer. Warm season grasses, such as bermudagrass and zoysiagrass, should not be fertilized until after they green up in April. The fertilizer will stimulate growth and could bring the grass out of dormancy prematurely, making it more susceptible to freezing temperatures. For the existing weeds, you will need to apply a post-emergent herbi-
cide, such as some of the Bayer Advanced, Ortho and Spectracide products. Please observe all label directions and safety precautions when using pesticides. Q: I see several plants,
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amount of liriope in my home landscape. It has a rough, unsightly appearance. Could I cut it back to the ground? Is now a good time? Can I use a lawnmower? — Martha in Norcross A: Martha, liriope is commonly used as a groundcover in the landsuch as tomatoes and scape. It thrives in both peppers, for sale in local sun and shade and is an garden centers. To my excellent replacement for understanding, they are turfgrasses in shady sites. not tolerant of freezing temperatures. Are we past You should cut it back to the ground right now the danger of frost or is before it generates new the possibility of belowfreezing temperatures still growth. For small areas, hand snips can be used. a concern? — George in Grayson Lawnmowers are suitable for larger areas of A: George, do not liriope. Cut it to 1 inch in plant anything that is height with a sharp blade. not tolerant to belowBefore mowing, carefully freezing temperatures. walk through the area to Although we experience see if any rocks, sharp warm weather this time objects or anything that of the year and frostcould damage the mower tender plants are for sale are present and remove at local stores, the risk them. After cutting, in a of late-season freezes is few weeks, you will see a real possibility. When they occur, the Extension new growth emerging. office receives calls from Use a complete granular residents who had put out fertilizer, such as 10-1010, and broadcast evenly these plants, and our response to them usually is over the liriope. Timothy Daly is an to remove the plants and replace. The average last Agricultural and Natural Resource Extension Agent day of frosts in our area is April 15, so plant these with UGA Extension sensitive plants after that Gwinnett. He can be contacted at 678-377-4011or day. firstname.lastname@example.org. Q: I have a significant
Warm season grasses, such as bermudagrass and zoysiagrass, should not be fertilized until after they green up in April. The fertilizer will stimulate growth and could bring the grass out of dormancy prematurely, making it more susceptible to freezing temperatures.
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Introducing a timely new series — ‘College 101’ March is an exciting time of year for many high school seniors as they contemplate their upcoming graduation and look forward to starting college in the fall. But it can also be a stressful time for those who don’t yet know where they’ll be matriculating. And even those who know what school they’ll attend — with acceptance letters in hand and deposits paid — might not be entirely sure what to expect. In fact, my extensive experience suggests that most high school kids have no idea what to expect or any inkling of how college works. Interestingly, I’ve found that to be true even for students from afflu-
what to expect when they get to campus. But first, a brief review of my bona fides may be in order. I’ve been a college professor for more than 30 years, and I was an administrator of some sort Rob (department chair, academJenkins ic dean, program director) for 20 of those years. I’ve worked at institutions large ent homes and good high and small, from communischools whose parents ty colleges to research uniwent to college. Generally versities, in rural America speaking, they haven’t a and sprawling suburbia. clue. During that time, My objective, in this I’ve taught thousands multi-column series that of students and advised I’m dubbing “College thousands more. I’ve 101,” is to provide that clue been intimately involved — to help soon-to-be-col- in designing curriculum, lege students understand setting policy and develophow the system works and ing calendars. I’ve ordered
textbooks, hired and supervised faculty and squeezed every last drop out of a budget. I’ve also had four kids of my own attend college, including two who have already graduated, a senior and a soon-to-be junior. That might explain why I’m driving a 10-year-old car. In short, I’ve had at least some experience with just about every aspect of higher education, from the athletic department to financial aid. In this series, I want to share some of those insights with high school seniors and their parents, so everyone involved will be better prepared come fall. That’s because what I
said above is true: Each fall, as I advise incoming students, I’m struck by how little they know about college, even if their parents are college grads. For that matter, I often talk to parents and am surprised at how little they remember about their college days. (Then again, thinking about my own college days, I’m not really that surprised.) I understand that not a lot of high school seniors are avid readers of my column (although they certainly ought to be, darn it). So I’m counting on parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings — who knows, maybe even some high school teachers and counselors —
to pass along these installments. Next week, I’m going to talk about credit hours — what they are and how they impact your schedule and ultimately graduation, not to mention your life. Stay tuned. Rob Jenkins is a local writer and college professor. He is the author of four (soon to be five) books, including “Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility” and “The 9 Virtues of Exception Leaders” (with Karl Haden), both available at Liberty Books in downtown Lawrenceville and on Amazon. The views expressed here are his own. Email Rob at rjenkinsgdp@ yahoo.com.
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