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GSMST is top school in Georgia BY TREVOR MCNABOE

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Georgia Gwinnett College students celebrate during GGC’s spring 2018 commencement ceremony. (Special Photos)

GGC’s biggest class gets degrees at commencement BY TREVOR MCNABOE

It’s not uncommon for graduation ceremonies to be times of reflection. College students who are about to become alumni look back on the good and bad times, MORE ONLINE the lateVisit night for a photo gallery. studying sessions, hanging out with friends, going to school athletic events and, yes, even the parties. As the graduates participated in one last event as college students, it proved to be a time of reflection for school

Georgia Gwinnett College celebrated its 10th spring commencement at the Infinite Energy Arena.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology was named the top school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best High School rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranked more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their perforOTHER SCHOOLS mance on IN RANKINGS state assess• North Gwinnett, No. 13 ments, their • Brookwood, No. 23 graduation • Peachtree Ridge, No. 28 rates and • Mill Creek, No. 29 how well • Parkview, No. 32 they prepare • Mountain View, No. 37 students for • Dacula, No. 40 • Collins Hill, No. 43 college. Of • Central Gwinnett, No. 57 the ranked Georgia schools, 16 were awarded gold medals, 48 earned silver medals and 43 received bronze medals. GSMST and North Gwinnett High School were the only Gwinnett schools to receive gold medals. In addition to being the best school in Georgia, GSMST was ranked No. 31 in the country. North Gwinnett was ranked No. 13 in Georgia and Brookwood was No. 23 on the Georgia list.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was ranked the top school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report. (Special Photo)

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Gwinnett contestant vying for ‘MasterChef Junior’ title BY ISABEL HUGHES

Squid ink, flour and eggs. Standing under the bright lights of chef Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen, then-11-year-old Quani Fields made a mental list of the ingredients he needed for squid ink pasta and what he could do with it in the 45 minutes he was allotted. As he looked around at his fellow “MasterChef Junior” contestants, Fields smiled, thinking back to the spaghetti dinner he’d made not too long before for his soccer team. Confident in his cooking

Each week, the field is pared down as the young chefs compete What: “MasterChef Junior” against each other, culminating season finale in tonight’s finale, which, for When: 8 p.m. today the first time, will feature three TV: Fox finalists — two girls and Fields — instead of the typical two. Thanks to his pasta dish in cooking, but they also taught me the penultimate round, Fields how to make homemade pasta, claimed the first finale spot, which was the dish that got me to the finale. The squid ink pasta followed by Chicago’s Beni Cwiakala and Texas’ Avery was probably my favorite dish.” At 8 p.m. today, Fields, who is Meadows. And though he made reaching now 13, will once again appear on Fox’s “MasterChef Junior,” a the Season 6 finale look easy, cooking competition show hosted Fields wasn’t always No. 1. “In the beginning, it was hard by Ramsay that begins with 40 contestants between the ages of 8 See CHEF, Page 3A and 13.


Creekland Middle School student Quani Fields will appear on the Season 6 finale of “MasterChef Junior” at 8 p.m. today. (Special Photo)

abilities, the Lawrenceville chef got to work, reminding himself of what he’d first learned at the Atlanta Midtown Young Chefs

Academy. “They taught me a lot,” Fields said. “They taught me different techniques and the basics of

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Chamber recognizes IMPACT award winners BY CURT YEOMANS



The Gwinnett Chamber recognized nine Gwinnett County companies on Wednesday for the service they have provided to customers and the community. The chamber announced the winners of its annual IMPACT Regional Business Awards during a luncheon at the Infinite Energy Forum. Nearly 150 companies and organizations were in the hunt for awards this year, but it was Holtkamp Heating and Air that won the overall IMPACT award. The company also won the Small Business Award. “These organizations’ contributions enrich our community. It’s exciting

• 2018 Overall IMPACT Regional Business Award: Holtkamp Heating and Air • Small Business Award: Holtkamp Heating and Air • AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) Award: Axis Companies • Education Award: Georgia Gwinnett College School of Business • Healthcare Award: View Point Health • Hospitality Award: Mitsubishi Electric Classic • Information Technology: Halski Systems • International Award: Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. Cooling & Heating Division • Nonprofit Award: Leadership Gwinnett • Service Industry Award: Marbury Creative Group

been around for more than 20 years. “This company has always stuck to its mission of providing a solution Winners of the Gwinnett Chamber’s IMPACT Regional Business Awards show off their crys- rooted in building science, only recommending tal trophies after a luncheon at the Infinite Energy Forum on Wednesday. (Special Photo) reliable equipment, at a to share in their success, CEO Dan Kaufman said. provides customers, which fair price, with a superior and we are honored to Holtkamp Heating and the chamber described as professional installation,” recognize them,” Gwinnett Air was recognized for “consistent, friendly, high- the Chamber said in a Chamber President and the quality of service it quality.” The company has statement.

Awards were also handed out in the areas of education; architecture, engineering and construction; health care; hospitality; information technology; nonprofits; service industry and international businesses. The awards luncheon was presented by Eastside Medical Center and Renasant Bank.

Support group to Widened Ga. 20 to open May 25 host spring picnic BY ISABEL HUGHES


The local chapter of a national nonprofit support group that aids grieving families is holding its annual spring picnic this weekend. The Gwinnett County chapter of Compassionate Friends is hosting a picnic beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday filled with fellowship, food, a memory walk and other activities to remember children who have died, a news release said. The event will be held at the Pavilion at Collins Hill Park, located at 2225 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.


Though Gwinnett’s chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at The Fountain Church, it has no religious affiliation and is intended only to offer friendship, understanding and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. No membership dues are charged for participants, who make up nearly 700 chapters in all 50 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and Guam. For more information about Saturday’s event, email tcfgwinnett@yahoo. com. More information about TCF can be found at

After more than four years, motorists in Gwinnett and Forsyth counties can rejoice: the final portion of Ga. Highway 20 widening has an opening date. On Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced on its Facebook page that Ga. 20 from Samples Road in Cumming to James Burgess Road, which is located just past the Ga. 20/Chattahoochee River bridge in Forsyth County, will open to traffic May 25, leading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend. “We are working with



On Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced on its Facebook page that the last stretch of Ga. Highway 20’s widening will open to traffic on May 25, at the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. (Special Photo)

C.W. Matthews, the contractor, to get the widened portion opened to traffic on (May 25),” said Katie Strickland, district communications coordinator for GDOT’s northeast region. “This project was awarded in February of 2014. However, drivers along State Route 20 have felt that it’s taken much longer, so we are celebrating right there with them in opening the four lanes.” Strickland said that while the project isn’t finished and “there will still be work to do after the lanes are opened to

traffic,” the opening of all four lanes should ease congestion on the road, which has long caused frustration for drivers. Until May 25, motorists should still expect traffic jams on the road, since construction workers are still putting on some finishing touches. “Striping, guardrail and signage are all safety features that typically go in last,” Strickland said. “Also, (they are completing) any final paving that needs to be done.” Brent Cook, GDOT’s district engineer who works out of its Gaines-

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ville office, said “commuters like myself are very excited to see this happen.” “This progress is great news as we approach the Memorial Day holiday and folks travel in and out of town.” The nearly 3-mile stretch of road from Cumming to Suwanee is the last of three parts to widen Ga. 20 from two lanes to four over about 7.5 miles total. C.W. Matthews, which is handling all three parts, was awarded $23 million for the final portion. The completed project stretches from Gwinnett’s Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Forsyth’s Samples Road and cost $62.7 million. Right of way acquisition for the total expansion cost $80.9 million. Buford Highway’s two other widened sections, which are solely in Gwinnett, also included the construction of two bridges over the Chattahoochee River. All Gwinnett construction has been completed. For additional updates, visit GDOT’s Facebook page at GDOTNE.





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Gwinnett County BOE passes $2.19B budget BY TREVOR MCNABOE

law it had to go through two public hearings before final approval. “There was a great deal The magic number for of work that goes into that Gwinnett County Public and we’ve had the opporSchools’ 2018-19 school tunity to have a chance to year budget has been look at it from different reached following the sides,” said Carole Boyce, finalization of a $2.19 board of education chair. billion budget at Thursday “There was a lot of input night’s school board meet- that came from the sysing. tem and we certainly are The budget, which appreciative of governor’s increases by more than decision of ending the $100 million dollars, will austerity cut to allow us to include a 2.25 percent infree up additional funds for crease in cost of living ex- the teachers.” penses for Gwinnett teachLongtime Shiloh High ers as well as providing School parent and volunfunding for 10 additional teer Tom Marley was recschool resource officers ognized for his contribuand providing a technology tions to the Shiloh athletic support technician at every program and community. school in the district. Marley, who served The budget was tenas the longtime voice of tatively adopted by the the Shiloh soccer team, school board on April 12, received the GCPS Above but according to Georgia and Beyond Award. trevor.mcnaboe

Tom Marley, left, shakes GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks’ hand after receiving the GCPS Above and Beyond Award at Thursday’s school board meeting. (Staff Photo: Trevor McNaboe)

“I don’t know of a finer or more deserving person that deserves this award,” Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said. “For more than 30 years, this gentleman has done anything he could to make a difference in the lives of children here.”

For his service to Shiloh, the school recognized him by naming the football field house after him and was recognized as the 12th man on the football field. “The kids, that’s all I did this for,” Marley said. “I don’t deserve the recognition, you folks do

and these (board of education) folks especially do for allowing me to do what I do.” “I’m going to miss it. I told Dr. Dollard I have to go but if she ever gets in a pinch, she can call me.” Additional items approved during the meeting included four nutrition items: • The renewal of a $50 million school nutrition program service split between Fulton County Schools and GCPS. In the agreement, GCPS will pay $39.2 million for the purchase of food and distribution services while the Fulton school district will pay just north of $11.35 million. • The renewal of a commodity cheese products for $3.6 million to be compliant with the USDA National School breakfast

and lunch programs. The cost of the program is a decrease of two-tenths of a percent compared to last year. • The renewal of a chicken and turkey purchase agreement with Tyson foods for $4.6 million. The total cost of the agreement went down slightly following a one-hundredth of a percent decrease from last year. • A motion for school nutrition program packaging for $1.89 million. Last year, the school district spent $1.98 million in packaging expenses. The school board also set a tentative millage rate of 21.75 mills — 19.8 mills for maintenance and operation and 1.95 mills for debt service to support the FY 2019 budget. The board will adopt the final millage rate in June.

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of Regents previously awarded Kaufman the title on the recomofficials as well. GGC President mendation of Chancellor Steve Stas Preczewski, for example, Wrigley. Kaufman delivered the highlighted the growing sizes of commencement address at the the college’s graduating classes. ceremony. “Our first class in 2008 had 17 “This distinction is a permanent graduates,” Preczewski said. “This tribute to his service to the colyear, we’ll have 32 times more lege,” Preczewski said. graduates with over 530 students Kaufman is the president and becoming alumni today.” chief executive officer of the GwinThis was the largest commence- nett Chamber of Commerce. He ment class in Georgia Gwinnett urged the graduates to continue College’s history, and the school the same type of commitment took some time at the ceremony they made toward earning their to recognize a key figure from that diplomas as they go out into the history. working world. The college’s first president, “Leadership means commitDan Kaufman, received the title ment, dedication, engagement and of president emeritus of Georgia continuous development. Commit Gwinnett College. The Univeryourselves to being lifelong learnsity System of Georgia’s Board ers and lifelong doers,” Kaufman

said. “Make your world what it needs to be. Do not be deterred, be determined. You know how to imagine, how to anticipate, how to create. You did it here at GGC; now go do it in your world.” The ceremony had a late change of venue when rain forced the college to move the ceremony — which is traditionally held on the college’s main lawn — not only indoors, but also off campus to the Infinite Energy Arena. The commencement included the commissioning of two U.S. Army officers who completed the ROTC program at GGC. Judy Park, a political science major from Lawrenceville, was commissioned as an active duty military intelligence officer. First generation graduate Juan Vera, a history major

from Norcross, was commissioned as an active duty infantry officer. Georgia Gwinnett’s scholarathletes were also acknowledged for their academic success and national titles. Business major and GGC men’s tennis player Kevin Konfederak was among the graduates to receive his degree during commencement. Graduate speaker Sara Smith provided words to her classmates about perseverance despite what life throws at you. Smith, who battled cancer and had to put law school on hold in her 20s, returned to school two decades later — this time attending Georgia Gwinnett — to graduate with a nursing degree. She congratulated her classmates for conquering “the college mountain”

and encouraged them to conquer the other obstacles they encounter. She said the support of her family, fellow nursing majors and GGC faculty members in overcoming medical challenges while pursuing her degree was a major reason for her walking across the stage Thursday. “This close connection and support from faculty is just not something I experienced in college the first time. This is one thing that makes GGC so special and unique,” Smith said. “My wish for each of you is that for any mountain you face in life, you face it with courage and tenacity. You each have everything within you to keep climbing and conquering. Your reward is waiting for you at the top.”


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rounds) though, I got the hang of it and got more confident and knew I could do it. It was really cool and really stressful, but I met a bunch of new people who liked cooking as well and made new friends, so it was fun.” Fields, a student at Creekland Middle School, first discovered his love for cooking around age 9 when watching his mother and grandmother in the kitchen. “In the beginning, it was just fun to have him in kitchen with me,” Rebecca Pointer, Fields’ mom, said. “It was also interesting to have him doing something other than playing soccer.” Though soccer still took up much of Fields’ time — to this day, the teen is still an avid soccer player — the more he cooked, the more he enjoyed it, which led him to Midtown’s Young Chefs Academy. The academy, which was founded in April 2003 as a first-of-its-kind franchise concept by Julie Burleson, offers cooking classes to children who are intent on pursuing a career in the


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culinary field and to those who just want to try their hand at cooking. It “meets students at any level,” Burleson said, and offers everything from birthday parties to advanced classes for “more serious members who really want to work on their skills.” “It’s so impressive and so exciting to see not only the students in general and what they create, but students like Quani who make it to a (national show) and have a chance at the coveted MasterChef title,” Burleson said. “We’re excited to be a part of Quani being inspired and continuing to cook.” Though Ramsay, who is known for his rants and for challenging chefs, and the time constraints contestants have to create their dishes made the competition stressful, Fields said the “MasterChef Junior” experience didn’t squash his love for cooking; in fact, he said, it taught him quite a bit. “(The show) was like cooking in your own kitchen but a lot harder

because of all the lights and all the pressure,” Fields said. “But it (taught me) how to get the timing down with everything I cook, and now I treat stuff like I only have an hour to make it. I also learned what flavors go good together and what don’t, and how important (presentation) is.” Pointer said the competition also taught her son the importance of perseverance. “As he’s grown throughout the show, I’ve learned a lot about him what I’m most proud of is probably his composure and his ability to take in constructive criticism and not let it break him down,” she said. “I work with a lot of adults who can’t (take criticism), so seeing those qualities in him makes me really proud of who he is as a person.” Nonchalantly, Fields offered some advice to potential contestants: “Stay calm. It makes it a lot easier.” “Also, make sure you don’t just put you in the judges food, but (cook) what you know the judges like,” he said. While it won’t be known until tonight who wins the competition and walks away with $100,000 and the “MasterChef Junior” title, Fields said at the end of the day, it comes down to doing the best job as a chef. “My favorite thing about cooking is just putting the plate together,” he said. “It’s about seeing what you’ve made.” Pointer echoed her son. “I’m just really looking forward to watching him again in his zone and seeing the composure he has when trying to put together a dish while competing against two other cooks,” she said. “I know he will go with the flow and put the best that he can on the plate.” The two-hour season finale will air at 8 p.m. today on Fox and includes a three-course meal: an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. More information about the show and Season 6 can be found at masterchef-junior.

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Don’t let online reviews delay treatment DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 63-year-old woman with osteoporosis. A few years ago, I had osteopenia, and my doctor put me on an oral medication that I was unable to tolerate. Since then I have tried to eat many calcium-rich foods, do weight-bearing exercises and walk. But now she wants me to try Reclast or Boniva. I went online to find reviews about their effectiveness, and for every positive review, there were 10 or more bad reviews. My concern is that once it’s in my system, there is no going back if I have a bad reaction. With the horrific side effects some of these women reported, there was no way of turning it around. I trust that my doctor only wants what is best for me and that she is concerned that I will start to have issues with breaks and fractures. When I spoke with my GP, she didn’t seem very concerned about the side effects, and said that she didn’t have anyone tell her of any issues with the treatment. I’m hoping you can give me an educated and unbiased opinion as to the effectiveness of these treatments. I am sure a lot of women are going through the same process, and could use the same advice. — C.T. ANSWER: Osteoporosis is a net loss of bone minerals that leads to an increase in fracture risk. It is very common, especially in Asian and white women. However, it can happen to anyone — in black women and white men it happens, but at an older average age. There are two main measures of osteoporosis: the T-score and the Z-score. The T-score is more commonly used, and it compares the person’s bone density at a particular site (usually the hip or spine) with what it would be in a young, healthy person. A T-score of 0 means the person’s bone density is the same as a young, healthy person. A negative score means the bone density is lower. A T-score between -1 and -2.5 is called low bone mass, or osteopenia. This is not a diagnosis; rather, it indicates risk of developing osteoporosis in the future, and at this time, advice on diet and exercise is appropriate. A T-score of -2.5 or lower is osteoporosis; however, osteoporosis may be diagnosed at a more normal T-score in someone with a fracture due to fragile bones. The Z-score compares a person with someone of the same age and sex. It’s useful to identify people with a cause other than age for osteoporosis. These include use of prednisone or similar steroids, low body weight, smoking and excess drinking, kidney or liver disease, celiac disease, early menopause, hyperthyroidism and numerous other rarer causes. Identifying a secondary cause, if present, is important. The lower the T-score, the more important treatment becomes. Treatment is appropriate for people with a low T-score who have not responded to diet and exercise.


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Couple wonders how to respond to harassment Dear Amy: I live in a condo building with my girlfriend (we are gay), in a large city. We’ve lived here for three years. Our neighbors (a married couple in their 60s or 70s) have been rude and standoffish ever since we moved in. They ignore us when we greet them and typically just glare at us. We’ve always been considerate neighbors, so they have no reason to dislike us — beyond the obvious. Recently, my girlfriend bought a rainbow-colored welcome mat for our front door. Within a few days, we were informed that our neighbors had filed a complaint with the homeowners association, saying that the mat was an “eyesore.” The president of the HOA told us that the complaint was petty and not to worry about it. Since then, those neighbors have sent in over a dozen or so complaints — everything from false noise complaints, to (incorrectly) stating that we don’t dispose of our garbage correctly. The HOA president has told us to work out our differences. My girlfriend wrote our neighbors a letter asking to have a dialogue with them. They never responded. This has been dominating our lives. We refuse to move, and we love our place otherwise. How do we get these people to

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— Upset Dear Upset: It was very kind of you to react to this harassment by trying to talk it out, but why, oh why, do you want to force these people to talk to you? Their actions are speaking loudly enough. You and your girlfriend should worry less about winning over your neighbors, and think more about the possible harassment suit coming down the pike if they don’t stop their campaign. (Ignoring you isn’t harassment; filing multiple false reports about you might be.) The HOA should not encourage you to “work out your differences,” because according to you, you don’t have any differences. Instead, the HOA should start actively discouraging these people from filing untrue and malicious reports about you. Cordially ignore these neighbors, document everything, and — if things don’t die down — you should consider speaking to a lawyer. Dear Amy: I am an adult with a family, and

I’m doing pretty well in life. I would like to help out my parents and other elder family members by replacing things that are broken or outdated as a gift or token of appreciation for all of the things they did for me as I was growing up. Being retired, they’re on a fixed income, so I know that replacing a washer or TV isn’t a high priority expense, but it’s something I can easily help them with. The problem is they seem to get mad at me for wanting to do this. They tell me I’m wasting my money, even though I know they’d enjoy the item if they purchased it themselves. Do I ignore their tantrum, or stop offering my generosity? — Confused Child Dear Confused: People get attached to their appliances. Newer, computer-driven machines can seem difficult to operate. And never, ever, replace a person’s television set, unless you can persuade a relative to shop with you. So basically, if it ain’t broke, don’t replace it. Tantrums are expressions of the need to control one’s environment. This is important for all of us as we age. You might find other ways to assist. Consider acts of service, for instance. Gardening help, house painting, installing grab bars in their homes — these are all ways

that you can show up for them. You could also ask if they would be willing to accept you direct-depositing a small amount into their bank accounts each month — for them to use however they want. They could save it all or use it, donate it to a favorite cause or hand it right back to you at the end of the year. I gave a family member the services of a professional gardener, who restored the household garden to its former glory. This was a fun project for us to work on together. But no — don’t replace an appliance without direct permission. Ever. Dear Amy: While I agree with the thorough advice you gave to “Worried Gran,” about her grandchild’s safety and welfare, I was concerned when Gran reported periodically asking the child “if so-and-so is nice to you.” Asking such a leading question to a 3-yearold could lead to a false report. — Worried Dear Worried: You are right. But given the circumstances described, I thought it best to err on the side of the child’s safety. 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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Communication will be your answer to problems this year. A little charm and understanding will enable you to get others to share information that will help you offer sound advice while receiving what you need to know to move forward with your own agenda. Success awaits you. TAURUS (April 20May 20) — Dealing with situations involving parents, siblings and people you feel responsible for will bring satisfying results. A little charm will open up opportunities that have been out of reach in the past. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Check your motives before undertaking something questionable. Doing something for someone out of love can turn out to be costly. Know what you are getting into before you commit. CANCER (June 21July 22) — Emotional situations are best dealt with before you give someone the wrong impression. Say what’s on your mind and make your intentions clear. Be willing to compromise. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t feel you must follow the crowd. It’s fine if someone else wants to be indulgent or extravagant, but trying to keep up is foolish. Only do what you can afford. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Social media can be used to get what you want. Altering your game plan at the last minute will keep others guessing and promote greater interest in what you have to offer. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Put more energy into getting what you want at home and in important relationships. Listen attentively and offer incentives and suggestions that will entice those you deal with to compromise. SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 22) — Let your creative imagination take control. The ideas and suggestions you offer will be well received by someone who will make a great personal or professional partner. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Be careful what kind of information you share. Personal documents, passwords or anything that could leave you in a compromising position should be kept secret. Deception is apparent. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Spend more time with a loved one. You can make changes that will help bring you closer together and satisfy everyone’s needs. Talk followed by action is encouraged. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 19) — Book some time at your local spa or buy tickets to an event that will take your mind off your troubles. A little downtime or romantic adventure will do you good. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — A gift or financial gain looks promising. Don’t be foolish or let someone talk you into spending money on something you don’t need. A penny saved is a penny earned. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Keep your emotions in check. Someone may disappoint you, but don’t make a fuss that will ruin your day and perhaps the relationship. Choose peace over discord.


Todd Cline, Editor

PAGE 5 A • FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Democrats need to keep their eyes on the November election prizes

WASHINGTON — If political power were won by hand-wringing and anguished introspection, the Democratic Party would rule the galaxy. The hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Trump’s approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful! Candidates from the party’s progressive wing have won some House primaries! Republicans have not, in every single case, chosen candidates who are unelectable! The Russia investigation is a year old, and still nobody has been frog-marched out of the West Wing in chains! And Trump is still president! Get a grip, people. Try Eugene to focus. The November Robinson election is too important, and the political terrain too advantageous, for Democrats to waste time on their customary defeatism. The Trump administration is dangerous, wrongheaded and inept, both domestically and abroad. Its corruption is staggering. Its corrosion of democratic norms is tragic. And it should be clear by now that the Republican-led Congress will do nothing to restrain a mercurial president who sets the nation’s agenda by what he “learns” from watching hours and hours of “Fox & Friends.” If Democrats were in control of the House or the Senate, they could fulfill the responsibilities that Congress is given by the Constitution. They could conduct oversight. They could investigate with subpoena power. They could protect special counsel Robert Mueller and allow him to follow evidence wherever it leads. So yes, this midterm election is important. The Senate will be tough to flip because of which seats are up this year, but Democrats can definitely take the House — if they stay confident, think clearly and listen to the constituents whose votes they seek. In varying proportions, midterm elections are always both national and local affairs. This year’s promises to be more national than usual, because of Trump, and that gives Democratic candidates a tremendous advantage. In Gallup’s latest weekly report, Trump’s approval is at 43 percent. That’s the highest figure in more than a year, and well above Trump’s weekly low of 35 percent in mid-December. But still, it’s 43 percent — well below Barack Obama’s 48 percent or Bill Clinton’s 51 percent at this point in their presidencies, and of course miles below George W. Bush’s astronomical post-9/11 numbers. It is amusing to watch as journalists sally forth into Trumpland and return with the shocking news that Trump’s most avid supporters still like him. Of course they do. They are, duh, his supporters. But sophisticated observers, such as The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, have also detected a measure of weariness with all the chaos. Asked about Trump, one Minnesota voter told Balz that “I find myself drawing back a bit.” Midterm elections often hinge on intensity — which side is more motivated, more passionate. If you look at the massive protest mobilizations against Trump and his policies since he took office, along with the huge pro-Democratic shifts we’ve seen in special elections, you have to conclude that Democrats have a big advantage in intensity. Recall 2010, when Tea Party fervor generated a Republican wave that swept away the comfortable Democratic majority in the House. That is why Republicans are trying so desperately to find some rallying cry that can generate similar enthusiasm among the GOP base. The latest is impeachment — the idea, being pushed by Trump, that if Democrats take the House they will promptly try to impeach him, even though no crime has been committed. (I know you’re shocked that Trump makes this all about him.) The Democratic leadership is trying to squelch loose talk of impeachment, but Republicans are going to keep sounding the false alarm. If this boosts GOP intensity, Democrats will just have to raise theirs even higher. It’s not as if Democrats lack material to work with. The ethical lapses, violations and outright outrages by Trump administration officials make this the swampiest presidency since Warren Harding’s. Trump’s economic policies punish the poor, the working class and all of our grandchildren so that the wealthy can have nicer vacations and bigger yachts. His initiatives on immigration, the environment and a host of other issues seek to defy the national consensus. Midterm elections are also part local. There are 435 House contests, and obviously no cookie-cutter candidate or campaign will suit all of them. Democrats should worry less about whether a given primary candidate is progressive or centrist and more about whether he or she can connect with voters in that particular district. Period. Stop fretting about possible battles next year. Remember that an ideological debate within a House majority isn’t a problem. It’s a byproduct of winning. Eugene Robinson’s email address is

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Jerusalem Jared and the city of truth WASHINGTON — The past few days have provided a head-swiveling study in cognitive dissonance and dueling realities. Monday started the week with a jolt in Jerusalem, where the U.S. and Israel celebrated the American embassy move from Tel Aviv. Television spectators around the world watched as the two nations’ officials gathered inside a large, white tent — a metaphorical bubble that seemed to protect them from the tragedy unfolding 50 miles away in Gaza. There, Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian protesters, killing more than five dozen and wounding thousands more. In stark contrast to the carnage, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was almost giddy as he cited historical justifications for the embassy’s relocation — from Abraham and King Solomon to Zechariah, who 2,500 years ago declared Jerusalem “the city of truth.” Netanyahu was effusive in his praise of Trump for “having the courage to keep his promises,” which just happened to be the opening line in the White House’s talking points afterward. Even as one might have enjoyed Netanyahu’s understandable elation and Jared Kushner’s touching speech about truth, Western idealism and the pursuit of peace, there was something oddly Baghdad Bob-ish about the

who invited Dallas pastor and Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress to Jerusalem to lead a prayer was a genius. (Jeffress has said that Islam, Hinduism, Judaism and the Catholic Church are all essentially satanic cults.) One could further say that Kathleen there was no one better to Parker lead a second prayer than the Rev. John Hagee, who, whole production. you’ll recall, blamed gays You remember him. He for Hurricane Katrina. He was the so-nicknamed Iraqi also has said that Hitler was government spokesperson a “hunter” for God and that during the U.S.-led invasion Jews will be saved during the who insisted to television Second Coming of Christ, cameras that everything which is expected to occur in, was just fine in Baghdad, guess where — Jerusalem. as American tanks rolled The surprise isn’t that into the city. One wonders if Palestinians protested but that future Trump press secretary Israelis didn’t. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Since Trump and cohorts then a student at Ouachita are so suddenly enamored Baptist University in Arkaof the truth, let’s stick to it. delphia, Ark., caught Bob on The relocation of the U.S. TV and thought to herself: Embassy from Tel Aviv has Why, yes, he’s right. It all everything to do with the looks good to me. Palestinian protests. BlamKushner, whose task as ad- ing Hamas for organizing viser is to secure Middle East the protests is like blaming peace, noted in his remarks Republicans for electing that the Palestinian protesters Trump. Did anyone rewere “part of the problem,” ally think there would be no an analysis seconded by U.N. protests against a move that Ambassador Nikki Haley the essentially ends the bilateral next day. During a Security peace process? Council meeting, Haley disMoving the embassy may missed the protests as having have been the right thing to been caused by Hamas and do — and maybe no time said they had nothing to do would be right — but we with the relocation of the shouldn’t delude ourselves. embassy. The embassy was moved beOne could say that. cause it served Trump. How One could say that the do we know this? Because moon is cheesy and good everything Trump does is for with grits. Or that the person Trump.

It burnished his tough-guy brand by demonstrating that he keeps his word and by putting Iran on further notice that he means business. He consolidated the support of conservative U.S. Jews and evangelicals, stabilizing his base and increasing the likelihood of his re-election. Most important, perhaps, it distinguished him from his predecessor, Barack Obama, who, though retired from government, continues to get under this president’s skin. If Trump had hoped to also further enhance his chances for a Nobel Peace Prize, which Obama received for merely talking eloquently about peace, then the Israeli clampdown in Gaza was surely unhelpful. Then again, the “collateral damages” weren’t Trump’s doing, he’d likely tell himself. Why, he wasn’t even there. It would be no surprise if Trump, in a bout of cognitive dissonance, were to believe that the Palestinians will quiet down in a few days and peace will settle over the valley, which sounds a lot like the flowers and candy American forces were told to expect from liberated Iraqis in the aftermath of “shock and awe.” Trump’s evangelical base thinks we’re in the End Times and the Rapture is right around the corner. It’s all theirs. Kathleen Parker’s email address is kathleenparker@

Democrats’ panic is why Trump won WASHINGTON — If you want to understand why Donald Trump is president today (and why he could very well win a second term), look to the Democrats’ hysterical response to two of Trump’s major foreign policy achievements over the past week. Last Thursday, the president traveled to Joint Base Andrews to greet three American hostages whose release he had secured from North Korea. Unlike his predecessor, Trump did it without sending the offending regime an unmarked plane loaded with hundreds of millions in hard currency. The return of these American captives should have been a moment of celebration and bipartisan unity. So how did Democrats respond? By blasting Trump for the way he welcomed the U.S. hostages home. The pretext for their outrage was Trump’s comment thanking Kim Jong Un, who he said “really was excellent to these three incredible people” — by which Trump obviously meant releasing them. No matter. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., took the Senate floor to attack Trump for his “troubling” remarks. “Kim Jong Un is a dictator” who “capriciously detained American citizens,” Schumer

Marc Thiessen declared, channeling Captain Obvious, and warned that, by praising Kim, Trump “weakens American foreign policy and puts American citizens at risk around the world.” Seriously? How do Democrats take a positive event such as the release of American hostages and turn it into an excuse to attack Trump? Apparently, Trump Derangement Syndrome is so debilitating that Democrats can’t bring themselves to say “Good job, Mr. President,” even when he brings our hostages home. Before, Democrats complained that Trump was too belligerent toward Kim; now, they’re upset that he is too effusive. This is absurd. Trump is laying the groundwork for a high-stakes nuclear summit with Kim; of course the president is not going to publicly criticize him. People in Middle America listen to the Democrats’ reactions and think: Can Trump do nothing right in these people’s eyes?

Then, a few days later, Trump racked up another major achievement when he fulfilled his promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Four American presidents pledged to do it, but only Trump actually did. How did Democrats respond? Not a single congressional Democrat traveled to Israel to attend the historic opening of the embassy. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, RS.C., said that he personally invited Democrats to join the congressional delegation, but no one took him up on the offer. “I am disappointed that not one Democrat came,” Graham said. “What does that say?” It says not a single Democrat could bring themselves to join in a celebration of what Trump had done. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blasted Trump’s decision when he announced it in December, declaring that “moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem now may needlessly spark mass protests, fuel tensions, and make it more difficult to reach a durable peace.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., did the same, declaring, “The future of Jerusalem is an issue that should be decided by Israel and the Palestinians, not unilaterally by the United States.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called Trump’s embassy move a

setback while former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., declared that Trump’s action would “severely, perhaps irreparably damage” peace efforts. Keep in mind, the past four Democratic Party platforms had called for the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And last June, the Senate voted 90-0 (with the support of Feinstein, Murphy and Sanders) for a resolution that “reaffirms the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995,” which mandated the embassy move (a bill that passed two decades ago with Pelosi’s vote). Americans see Trump being criticized for doing exactly what Congress demanded, and his Democratic and Republican predecessors promised, and they rightly see hypocrisy. No matter what Trump does, the Democratic reaction is the same: Outrage. When Democrats can’t even praise Trump unreservedly for bringing American hostages home or show up when he fulfills a plank of the Democratic Party platform by moving our embassy to Jerusalem, it further convinces millions of Americans who abandoned the Democratic Party in 2016 that they made the right decision. Follow Marc A. Thiessen on Twitter, @marcthiessen.

6A • Friday, May 18, 2018

GOP, Dems battling for House 97, 102 seats By Curt Yeomans


Just over half the candidates who will be fighting in contested primaries for a seat in the state House of Representatives next week are running for either the House District 97 or House District 102 seats. Those seats are open because Rep. Brooks Coleman is retiring and Rep. Buzz Brockway is running for Secretary of State. Eight people — Democrats Aisha Yaqoob and Wayne Slear, and Republicans Bonnie Rich, Indran Krishnan, Judson McClure, Kipper Tabb, Louis Tseng and Scott LeCraw — are running to replace Coleman in District 97. Slear said the biggest issue facing the state right now is what issues Georgia leaders are focusing on. He feels the legislature is too focused on hot button topics rather issues facing Georgians. Slear said he understands the problems residents face as a gay divorcee who is raising a child with autism. “Legislators are spending too much time on divisive issues like gun rights and religious liberties which perpetuate their own political careers while failing to address problems like infrastructure, health care, education, and family law reform,” Slear said. Yaqoob would be one of the few, if not the only, Muslim members of the Georgia General Assembly if she is elected. She said there are several issues that she would like to address, but the one she wants to address first is public transit. It’s something that has been a hot topic in Gwinnett in recent years and this past legislative session saw the passage of legislation to create a regional transit authority. “Without access to reliable and efficient public transit, our families, our businesses, and our communities are at a disadvantage in comparison to other states with growing populations,” Yaqoob said. “As part of the Gwinnett delegation, I will continue the effort to bring MARTA and expanded public transportation to Gwinnett County, while pushing for increased investment in low fuel emitting vehicles and green technology.” On the Republican side of the District 97 race, Krishnan said he wants to roll back regulations that negatively impact small businesses and use his expertise in the medical profession to

major goal for her, and she wants to work to make sure Creative Louis Candidate for Georgia the district remains a place Group — Tseng State House 97 where families want to raise CommuParty: Website: www.judsonmctheir families. nity “To do so, we must work tions and can to push efforts that will keep Events OccuBonnie our families safe by crackWebsite: pation: Rich ing down on gangs and votepauChief Party: criminal illegals, protect our Operating Republistellar schools through fewer Officer, Ocho Rios Atlanta can Gregg Website: Occupamandates, keep our econKennard tion: Tax omy growing, lower taxes Party: Aisha Attorney for our families and protect Democrat Yaqoob and Clinithe conservative values and OccuParty: cal Tax Law Professor Constitutional rights we pation: Democrat Website: www.bonnierichhold dear,” Hastings said. Minister, Meanwhile, Procter said nonprofit pation: he sees representing District executive director Nonprofit Wayne 102 as a way to fulfill a Website: www.greggkenprofesSlear desire he’s had to serve the sional Party: Democrat Website: community — something Zach Occuhe wanted to do by joining Procter House District 102 pation: the military but couldn’t Party: ReKellie Project because of medical reasons. publican Pollard manager He said education is a major OccuAustin Website: issue facing the state, and pation: Party: pointed out how it impacts Attorney Republiother issues, such as ecoWebsite: can Kipper nomic development. OccuTabb “Without a well educated pation: Party: ReTony Business publican workforce, an economy will Scalzitti and economic development Occupanot grow. Without a well Party: consultant tion: Dueducated workforce, there Democrat luth Parish Website: www.votekellie. can be no innovation and Occucom Pastor — no cultural growth,” Procter pation: Perimeter Church said. “I want to grow school Marketing Website: www.votekippert- Paula Hastings choice, support charter Director Party: Republican schools, voucher programs, Website: Occupation: Accent and return control of schools to the local school boards rather than letting a cenning because he is “tired of is to eliminate the state teachers. tralized system make up the status quo.” This isn’t income tax and replace it “Teaching is a passion, his first time running for the with a consumption tax. To not a job,” Tseng said. “We curriculum for very different school systems.” seat — he previously ran in tax productivity is counterneed to take care of our On the Democratic side of 2012 — and he said ethics intuitive.” teachers who take care of the race, Kennard also said and transparency in the legAnother Republican our children.” education is a major issue islature is a big issue facing running for the seat, Tabb, Meanwhile, the field in the state, but he specially the state. He said legislative said he feels called to serve of candidates seeking to elections in the state are not his neighbors in the legisreplace Brockway in District pointed to literacy rates as an issue to address. He cited usually competitive, and lature similar to the way 102 includes Republicans that meaningful reforms are he felt called to become a Kellie Pollard Austin, Paula a Get Georgia Reading summary which said children needed instead. minister 20 years ago. He Hastings and Zach Procter, “Incumbents often go said the state has several and Democrats Gregg Ken- who can’t read proficiently by the end of the third-grade unopposed, there are few major issues that it must nard and Tony Scalzitti. competitive districts, we face, including education, Austin said she is running are more likely to have have no term limits, and bal- taxes, continuing economic because she feels the state’s health and disciplinary issues and end up in prison. lot access requirements are growth, protecting values potential is being wasted “Some research says that steep,” he said. “(The 2016 and keeping the public safe. because of traffic congesas few as one-third of Georelection cycle) was a wake “We need a leader that tion and restrictions placed gia third-graders are reading up call to the status quo and puts conservatism into on teachers. She said the if elected, I will fight for action,” Tabb said. “I will state needs to address traffic on level,” Kennard said. “We meaningful reforms to make work to keep more of your issues, and one she said that must prioritize and keep our politicians more responsive hard-earned dollars in your could be done is by legaliz- ‘foot on the gas’ with this to those they serve.” pockets, protect our steling industrial or agricultural issue.” Scalzitti, who has three Elsewhere, Rich said lar schools, keep families hemp that could be used as children in Gwinnett she is running because she safe by combating gangs, paper and plastic alternaschools, also said education felt conservative values criminal illegals and sex tives. needed to be addressed, have been “marginalized traffickers, and defend life, “The economic impact pointing to a test-heavy and trampled on.” She said religious liberty and our of this decision will create culture is a problem. He said economic growth is a major God-given constitutional the essential resources to he’s running for the seat issue facing the state, and rights.” address our transportation she proposed taking a look Meanwhile, Tseng’s needs, including reasonable because he wants to help fix problems rather than at Georgia’s tax structure as platform lists education and transit through metro-Atcomplain about them. a way to address the issue. helping seniors and homelanta and the long overdue “I think we are failing The legislature took steps less veterans as priorities, northern arc,” Austin said. our kids,” Scalzitti said. “I to lower taxes this year, but he is emphasizing Hastings said she had want to address this issue by but Rich suggested going education as a top issue. He worked with Brockway cutting back the number of further in that area. wants to expand dual enroll- for years and wanted to tests that are kids are taking, “The biggest issue facing ment opportunities for high make sure the district was and reduce the amount of our state is the continued school students, improve the represented by someone test prep time. Our kids and economic growth for its resource platform homeengaged with the commubusinesses and individuals,” schoolers use for physical nity. She also said “keeping teachers would benefit by more learning opportunities Rich said. “The most imeducation and class labs and our community a place we pactful move we can make eliminate the income tax for are proud to call home” is a and less stress.”

meet the candidates House District 97 Indran Krishnan Party: Republican Occupation: Boardcertified gastroenterologist; Clinical Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee Website: www.drindran. com Scott LeCraw Party: Republican Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Broker Website: Judson McClure Party: Republican Occupation: Data Analyst Political Experience: 2012

address health care issues. He also said a major issue facing the state is addressing the diverse needs of rural versus urban areas. “From the availability of health care, to broadband internet access, to jobs and economic development, to education, finding solutions that serve the citizens of different areas is complex and requires much study and hard work,” he said. “Working together in a bipartisan manner with all the legislators from both sides of the isle, obtaining advice from a wide range of experts at multi disciplinary levels (a brain trust) and gathering inputs at local levels would be my starting point.” Meanwhile, LeCraw said he is running because he wants to continue an oath to “support and defend the Constitution” that he took when he joined the Army. He said efforts the state took during the last legislative session to support education were a start, but he feels more needs to be done. “As our state budget continues to grow and our reserve fund settles back to an adequate level, our focus should be on continued teacher pay raises with an aim of attracting highquality teachers to our state,” he said. McClure said he is run-

Primary contests include Democratic battles for Senate seats By Curt Yeomans


While nearly all of the seven state Senate seats that represent part of Gwinnett will be contested in the November general election, Tuesday’s primary election will feature just three contests — all of which are on the Democratic side. Two longtime state senators — Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Tucker, and state Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker — are facing re-election challengers. Meanwhile, two Democrats are fighting it out for the chance to face Republican state Sen. Fran Millar this fall. Henson is being challenged by Sabrina McKenzie in the Senate District 41 Democratic primary while Sheikh Rahman is running against Thompson in the Senate District 5 Democratic primary. Meanwhile, Sally Harrell and Tamara Johnson-Shealey are squaring off in the Senate District 40 Democratic primary, with the winner facing Millar in the November general election. Harrell is a former state representative who is

meet the candidates Senate District 5 Curt Thompson (incumbent) Party: Democrat Education: Shiloh High School, American University, law degree from Georgia State University Occupation: Attorney Website: Sheikh Rahman Party: Democrat Education: Studied at Central Piedmont

touting her past legislative experience as a benefit. She pointed to issues such as redrawn legislative district boundaries that are being challenged in court and the state of voting machines in Georgia as reasons why she decided to run. A big issue that she said needs to be addressed, however, is health care in Georgia. “I propose that Georgia

Tamara JohnsonShealey Party: Democrat Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information SysSenate District 40 Sally Har- tems from DeVry University, Onyxologist diploma from rell the International School of Party: Democrat Skin and Nails Occupation: Senior advoEducacate tion: Bachelor’s Website: degree from Senate District 41 Georgia State University; Steve Henson (incumbent) master’s degree from UniParty: Democrat versity of Georgia Education: Bachelor’s deOccupation: Social gree in economics from the Worker Website: www.sallyharrell. University of Georgia Occupation: Vocational org Community College, later received undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia Occupation: Manages rental properties Website: www.rahmanga. com

expand Medicaid, to not only include a larger population of low-income families, but also to include a public option buy-in for anyone who lacks other coverage,” Harrell said. Johnson-Shealey is no stranger to running for this seat, having previously run in 2014 and 2016. She listed decriminalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, free tuition at public col-

leges and universities, health care reform, protecting voting rights and supporting immigrants and women’s rights as parts of her platform on her campaign website. “I will fight for progressive values that represent the voice of every individual, family and community in this district,” she said on the website. In Senate District 41,

administrator at Henson Training Institute Website: Sabrina McKenzie Party: Democrat Education: Undergraduate degree in political science from Morris Brown College, master’s degree in divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center Occupation: Pastor Website:

Henson — the Senate’s top Democrat — said on his campaign website that he wants to keep working to get student-to-teacher ratios reduced, get additional funding for Medicaid, make prescription drugs more affordable, more enforcement of laws to protect rivers and streams and supporting legislation to bar legislators from becoming paid lobbyists for two years after they

leave office. McKenzie said on her website that Henson hasn’t done enough for constituents in his long career in the legislature. She is running on a platform that includes ensuring equal pay, raising the minimum wage, supporting educators, STEM and STEAM educations, access to affordable health care and addressing crime and public safety. Over in Senate District 5, Thompson said on his website that the state needs a mass transit system that connects cities across Georgia. He also said the state should have transportation and schools systems that attract businesses, fight offshore oil drilling, oppose efforts at the local level to target immigrant communities and expand Medicaid. Rahman is running on a platform that includes fighting gerrymandering, protecting voter rights, protecting programs geared toward immigrants, expanding Medicaid, strengthening background checks for purchasing guns, closing gun show loopholes, raising the age to buy a gun and requiring people take gun safety classes before they can buy a gun.

Friday, May 18, 2018 • 7A

Suwanee to hold second goat yoga class on Sunday By Isabel Hughes

April 29 session, is offering three classes: two family goat yoga sessions and one 21-and-over goat yoga For the second time this year, class. Suwanee is modifying the way locals Class times are 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m., practice yoga: in addition to the respectively. At the class, participants can expect downward dog stretch, it’s adding hands on — and hoofs-on — interacgamboling goats. tion with the goats, which have been On Sunday, the city is hosting its known to perch on yogis. second and final “Suwanee Goat “We had such a great time,” said Yoga” at Town Center Park, located Brooke Chapman, who attended the at 300 Town Center Avenue. April 29 session. “I’m obsessed now.” “Goats are perfect for the yoga Proceeds from goat yoga go to practice because it’s not only support Suwanee’s public art procombining nature and animals, it’s gram, which brings events such as the combining yoga, and they all go together so well,” said Lainey Morse, city’s annual “Art on a Limb” to local an Oregon farmer and yoga instructor residents. The class costs $35 and tickets can who is attributed as the founder of the be purchased on Eventbrite by searchcraze, which has swept the nation. ing “Suwanee Goat Yoga.” The event, a follow-up from an

For the second time this year, Suwanee is modifying the way locals practice yoga: in addition to the downward dog stretch, it’s adding gamboling goats. (Special Photos)

Man gets life in prison Police seek man who set off church alarm for child molestation By Isabel Hughes

By Isabel Hughes

child’s father.” At that point, the release said, the family went to a second detective, who reA South Carolina man ferred the case to the DA’s has a life behind bars office. ahead of him after recently The victim told fambeing convicted of child ily members, and then molestation. prosecutors, that beginning On Monday, a jury when she was 10 years old, convicted Martin would come into 49-yearher bedroom and sleep in old Jason her bed and that he would Martin on “rub (her) back, which one count progressed into inappropriof aggraate touching and sodomy,” vated child the release said. molestaThough the abuse started tion and when the victim was 10, Jason Martin one count she didn’t report it until of child she was almost 12, Gwinmolestation stemming nett County Assistant Disfrom a 2014 investigation trict Attorney Christopher into the victim’s cry for Lewis said. help, a Gwinnett County At the time, Martin and District Attorney’s Office the victim’s mother lived news release said. in Buford, though Martin “In March 2014, the moved to South Carolina victim made an outcry to “shortly after the child a school counselor about disclosed the abuse,” Lewis being inappropriately said. touched by the mother’s Because the girl is a live-in boyfriend,” the juvenile and a victim of a release said. “The child sex crime, her name is not met with a detective, but being released. no charges were pursued A jury deliberated for at that time. In August, four hours before finding 2014, the child made an Martin guilty. Gwinnett additional outcry to her County Superior Court grandmother, who relayed Judge Debra Turner prethe information to the sided over the case.

Gwinnett police are asking for help identifying a man who was caught on surveillance video trying to break into a Lawrenceville church last week. On Thursday, the suspect, a white man who was wearing a blue Hurley baseball hat, a blue and white striped shirt, khaki pants, brown shoes, and a light colored watch, drove into the parking lot of Grafted Church on Five Forks Trickum Road in unincorporated Lawrenceville and attempted to enter the front door of the church, police said. When he was unable to

The suspect fled the area in a gray, newer model fourdoor Kia, above. Gwinnett police are asking for help identifying a man, pictured at right, who was caught on surveillance video trying to break into a Lawrenceville church last week. (Special Photo)

gain access to the church through its front doors, he went to the back door and managed to get in, though the church’s alarm went off, which sent him running back to the car. Police said he fled the

Earl Livingston Bledsoe Earl Livingston Bledsoe, age 81 of Snellville, GA, passed away on May 16, 2018. Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Grayson, GA

George R. Brix age 68, passed away on May 17, 2018. Arrangements by: Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Lawrenceville, GA

Carmen Maria Cardona Carmen Maria Cardona, age 74, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Flanigan Funeral Home Fairhope , AL

Gary Russell Carter, Jr. Age 57, passed away Tues. May 15. Services are pending. Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Duluth, GA

on December 19, 1930 to Lester and Kate Clark. Richard attended Georgia State University. He married Carolyn Harris on March 12, 1954 in Brookhaven and worked as Chief of Security for General Motors for 38 years. Richard was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and spent many years singing with the southern gospel group he founded, The Messengers. Richard is preceded in death by his wife Carolyn and is survived by his three daughters, Pamela Day of Lawrenceville (Kenny), Carol Turner of Dacula and Kay Tanner of Sugar Hill (Shohn) as well as nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www. billheadfuneralhome. com. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. umtil 8:00 p.m. at Bill Head Funeral Homes & Crematory Duluth Chapel (770)476-2535.

Snellville, GA

William Richard Clark William Richard Clark, 87, of Duluth, passed away on May 15, 2018 in Sugar Hill, GA. Graveside services will be held Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Broadlawn Memorial Gardens in Buford, GA with Shohn Tanner oficiating. Richard was born in Gillsville, GA o

By Isabel Hughes

Northeast Georgia Medical Center is continuing to provide its bariatric patients with the best care possible, recently receiving re-accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. The hospital, which has held the accreditation since 2006, is considered a “comprehensive center” under

in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pamela Collins; son, William Collins and his wife Erin; daughter, Mary Lynne Redden and her husband Micah; grandchildren, Jayda and Caden Redden, Tucker and Gracelyn Collins; brothers, Drake and Dwayne Collins; sister in law, Paula Phillips and her husband Ted; nieces and nephews, Carrie Johns, Michael Jarrard, Wendy Cain and Chad Phillips; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Marvin loved the beach, was a lifeguard at Tybee Island in his younger years, and enjoyed fishing. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served during the Vietnam War on the USS Manley. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and friend. In 1988, he opened Machine Maintenance Company in Snellville where it is still operating today. The Celebration of Life service for Marvin O. Collins will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Marvin’s memory may be made to any Veterans charity of your choice. Condolences may be

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Hoschton, GA

James E “Jim” Hewlett James E. “Jim” Hewlett, age 69,of Hoschton, GA passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018. Flanigan Funeral Home Comer

Michael W. Mele Michael W. Mele, age 62, of Comer, GA, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. Sugar Hill, GA

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John Pounds age 56 of Loganville, passed away 5-11-18. Tim Stewart Funeral Home.

Bethlehem, GA

Brenda Skinner (Roberts) Brenda Roberts Skinner, age 66, of Bethlehem, GA passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. She was preceded in death by parents, John and Zettie Roberts; daughter, Angela “Angie” Jean Barnes; and grandson, Raymond Lee Miller. Mrs. Skinner is survived by her daughters, Helen (Jimmy) Clark, Winder, GA, Tammy (Matt) Hill, Winder, GA, Stephanie Skinner and Wendy Coker, Bethlehem, GA; five grandchildren, Cameron Rowan, Brittany Busbee, Hope Fleeman, Dylan Skinner, Lindsay Miller; three great grandchildren, Bentley Bradshaw, Colton Busbee, Kylie Busbee; sister, Joyce Dillard, Lawrenceville, GA; brothers, Raymond Roberts, Cumming, GA, Jewell (Sandra) Roberts, Ball Ground, GA, Nathan (Donna) Roberts, Orlando, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Skinner was born on July 4, 1951 in Flowery Branch, GA. She was retired from Publix Distribution Center in Dacula, GA. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial G d i ill

Gardens in Lawrenceville, GA. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 17 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 the funeral home. To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.

Snellville, GA

Jack Preston Townsend

age 87 of Snellville, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 18, 2018 in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home. Rev. David Gilleland will officiate. Interment will follow at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Mr. Townsend was preceded in death by his Wife of 63 years, Inez Wells Townsend; and Son, Joe Townsend. He is survived by Daughter & Sonin-law: June Townsend and Brent Simmons of Snellville; Daughter-inlaw: Sarah Townsend of Loganville; Grandchildren: Sandy Terrell, Rusty Townsend, Nathan Townsend, and Maggie Simmons; 6 Great Grandchildren; and 1 Great Great Grandson. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078. 770-979-5010. Please sign the online guest registry at www.

8A • Friday, May 18, 2018



Grizzlies double down on World Series berths GGC baseball back in championship tourney for first time since ’14

GGC softball savors first trip to NAIA finals

minutes north of Orlando next weekend. The top-ranked Grizzlies are leaving Monday Kat Ihlenburg isn’t kid- for Florida even though, ding when she says her as the top seed, they Georgia Gwinnett College won’t play until Saturday. softball team is going to “We’ll have a day off Disney World. Tuesday and enjoy this They won their bracket because it’s a once in a in the opening round of lifetime,” Ihlenburg said. the NAIA playoffs TuesGGC has been one step day and qualified for the away from the World World Series tournament, which is being held 30 See SOFTBALL, Page 4B By Christine Troyke christine.troyke@

By Christine Troyke

nett College’s 13-0 rout of Point University on Wednesday and sent the Grizzlies back to the NAIA LAWRENCEVILLE — World Series for the first Shortstop Jordan Tylski ran time since 2014. all the way into left field to The only person left on make an overhead grab and the team to participate in forced his teammates into a dog pile on this field is a long run of their own for senior Marcus McCorkle, Georgia Gwinnett College’s baseball team celebrates a who was a redshirt fresh13-0 win over Point University, which punched the Griz- the celebratory dog pile. Tylski’s out closed the zlies ticket to the NAIA World Series on Wednesday. book on Georgia GwinSee BASEBALL, Page 4B (Photo: GGC Athletics) christine.troyke@

The big dipper CLASS AAAAAAA BASEBALL FINAL Mill Creek vs. Parkview • Tuesday, 5 p.m. • Foley Field, Athens

Mill Creek’s Alaska Abney (9) pitches against Brookwood during Monday’s Final Four at Mill Creek. (Photo: Dale Zanine)

Sidearm closer Alaska Abney makes life difficult for Mill Creek foes By Will Hammock

Alaska Abney’s path to becoming one of Georgia high school baseball’s most feared closers began with a bullpen session between his sophomore and junior seasons at Mill Creek. Hawks head coach Doug

Jones made a summer suggestion to the right-hander — drop down and throw some sidearm pitches. “When I used to throw, I guess you would call it overhand, or kind of 3/4 arm slot, coach just told me to drop down one day,” Abney said. “I think it was one of best career changes I’ve ever had. It’s really worked

out. My coach is awesome for telling me to do that.” Now a senior, Abney’s delivery and skill set have been critical to Mill Creek’s run to the Class AAAAAAA championship series, which begins Tuesday against Parkview at Foley Field in Athens. He no longer resembles the pitcher who threw an estimated three strikes in his

first 20 sidearm pitches. He has two wins and two saves during 17 scoreless innings in the playoffs, filling closer, long relief and starter roles along the way. The success as a sidearmer has been fun for Jones and Hawks pitching coach Bill Petty to watch. “We walked down after his

sophomore season and obviously I hadn’t seen him a whole lot pitching as a JV kid,” Jones said. “I knew that he had a nice arm. I knew that he had some movement. I didn’t know from a projectability standpoint how much more was going to come out of the arm. I watched Alaska See ABNEY, Page 6B

GAC’s title bout an all-area affair Breakthrough Spartans set for rematch with Blessed Trinity By Christine Troyke christine.troyke@

When Greater Atlanta Christian knocked off mighty Westminster 9-6 in the boys lacrosse Class AAAAAAA state semifinals, eight of the goals were scored by players who were on JV last year. The Spartans have been exceeding outside expectaGreater Atlanta Christian’s senior captain Nick Jones (10) tions all season and can looks to control the ball after a faceoff during a Spartans’ claim their first state title game against Holy Innocents’ earlier this season. GAC at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fifth plays for the state title Saturday. (Photo: Kathy Klueber) Third Bank Stadium on

HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE What: Class A-AAAAA boys state final Who: GAC vs. Blessed Trinity When: Saturday, 6 p.m. Where: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw

Kennesaw State’s campus. “I’ve always believed if we play like we’re capable of — and this is the last three four years — we can beat anybody,” head coach

Tim Ball said. “But we’re also not good enough to just show up and win.” Senior captain Nick Jones talked about how previous teams have had more talent, but this year, the Spartans are capitalizing on their chemistry. “We know how to take a punch and bounce back,” Jones said. “Our mantra all season has been one game at a time and not worrying about what’s ahead or what’s in the past. “It was fun (beating

Westminster), but we’ve still got a mission.” Ball has been pleasantly surprised at the businesslike attitude from the team this week. “They’ve never been in this position before, but they’re handling it like it’s normal,” Ball said. “They are excited about the opportunity, but they also know the job isn’t done yet. “Our guys, who knows what Saturday will bring,

See GAC, Page 4B

2B • FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018


Prep Schedule



Class A-AAAAAA state final 6 p.m. — Greater Atlanta Christian boys vs. Blessed Trinity at Kennesaw State University

The Home Teams


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N.Y. Red Bulls at New England Sun, 7 p.m. May 30, 7:30 p.m. FS1/92.9-FM FSSO/92.9-FM


at Louisville at North Carolina Sat, 7:30 p.m. May, 25, 7 p.m. ESPN+ ESPN+


at Upstate (S.C.) Cape Fear Sun, 7:30 p.m. May 26, 7:05 p.m.

at Toledo at Toledo at Toledo 7:05 p.m. Sat, 7:05 p.m. Sun, 2:05 p.m. 97.7-FM 97.7-FM 97.7-FM Miami Miami Miami 7:35 p.m. Sat, 7:10 p.m. Sun, 1:35 p.m. FSSO/93.7-FM FSSO/93.7-FM FSSO/93.7-FM FSSE = FOX Sports Southeast, FSSO = FOX Sports South



10:30 a.m. — Camping World Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Final Practice. From Charlotte Motor Speedway. FS1 11:30 a.m. — Monster Energy Cup Series: Monster Energy All-Star Open, Practice. From Charlotte Motor Speedway. 4:30 p.m. — Camping World Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Qualifying. From Charlotte Motor Speedway. FS1 6 p.m. — Monster Energy Cup Series: Monster Energy All-Star Open, Qualifying. From Charlotte Motor Speedway. FS1 8:30 p.m. — Camping World Truck Series: North Carolina Education Lottery 200.From Charlotte Motor Speedway. FS1


7:30 p.m. — Texas Tech at Oklahoma State FSSE


7 p.m. — Mississippi vs Long Beach State. Regional. ESPN Boston University vs Oklahoma. Regional. ESPN2 9 p.m. — Texas vs Minnesota. Regional. ESPN North Dakota State vs Mississippi State. Regional. ESPN2 11 p.m. — Sacramento State vs UCLA. Regional. ESPN2


5: p.m. — Amgen Tour of California: Stage 6. Stage 6 follows a 196km route from Folsom to South Lake Tahoe. NBCSP


3 p.m. — Preakness Black Eyed Susan. From Pimlico Race Course. NBCSP


7:30 p.m. — Miami at Atlanta FSSO


3 p.m. — Draft Combine from Chicago. ESPN2


8 p.m. — Conference finals, Game 4, Winnipeg at Vegas NBCSP

Sports Calendar


Ongoing through Aug. 3: All Sports Youth Camps, in partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, will host summer break camps in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, softball and multisports this year. Locations include Bogan Park, Collins Hill Park and George Pierce Park. Summer camps are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, go to www., email DLStancil@yahoo. com or call 770-356-6861.


June 4-8: The 38th annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp will host its local summer session at the Hog Mountain Baseball Complex, across from the Atlanta Falcons headquarters. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for ages 6 to 14. Cost is $135 per player or $125 per player for a team rate. The site is one of seven summer camp locations around the state this summer for Sapp, a former Gwinnett high school coach and former head coach of the University of Georgia. For more information, go to, email or call 770-287-3309. June 15-17: Gwinnettbased Red Stitches Baseball will host its fourth annual college showcase tournament

at Truett-McConnell University. The event is open to high school and travel teams in the 15-and-under and 16- and 17-year-old divisions. Games will be played at Truett-McConnell, Habersham Central and White County. Cost is $675. Two games of pool play will be followed by a single-elimination tournament. For more information, email RedStitches2014@


June 4: The inaugural Parkview TFXC 4-Man Scramble Tournament will be held June 4 the Providence Club to benefit the high school’s track and field and cross country programs. Shotgun start is 9 a.m. Cost is $75/player or $300/team and lunch and breakfast are included. For more information or to register, go to


June 4-7: The annual Georgia Gwinnett College softball summer camp, where participants learn from Grizzlies head coach Kat Ihlenburg and current players, runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4-7 and includes lunch in the campus dining hall. It’s open to girls age 7 through entering high school. The cost is $225 and more information can be found at www.grizzlysoftballcamps. com. June 3 is the deadline for online registration and walk-up registration is welcome on June 4.

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Stripers’ staff dazzles in shutout the ninth. Gwinnett pitchers struck COLUMBUS, Ohio — out 10 of the last 12 batters Four Gwinnett pitchers in the game, including combined to allow only eight Columbus batters two hits and struck out in a row from the seventh 17 batters en route to a through ninth innings. The 6-0 shutout of Columbus 17 strikeouts were the most on Thursday afternoon in for the club’s staff since the finale of a three-game April 7, 2017 vs. Durham. series at Huntington Park. All four pitchers extendMiguel Socolovich start- ed hot streaks with their ed the game for the Stripers performances. Socolovich in place of Max Fried, who now holds a scoreless was recalled by Atlanta. streak of 11 2/3 innings Socolovich worked three dating back to April 27 innings with one hit alvs. Durham. Jackson’s lowed and three strikeouts. scoreless streak stands at Luke Jackson (2-1) also nine innings since April 25 went three innings with one vs. Rochester. Hursh also hit, one walk and six strike- has a scoreless streak of outs. Evan Phillips pitched eight innings dating back two innings and struck out to April 25 vs. Rochester. all six batters he faced, Phillips has allowed just and Jason Hursh finished one earned run over his last off the shutout with two 18 innings in 11 games. strikeouts in the bottom of Offensively, the first From Staff Reports

Gwinnett run came in the top of the first when Peter Bourjos led off the game with a double to left and scored on a single to right by Danny Santana. A single by Austin Riley moved Santana to second and a ground out to first by Carlos Franco moved the runners to second and third. With one out, Rio Ruiz grounded out to second, plating Santana from third for a 2-0 lead. The game stayed 2-0 until the top of the seventh when an infield single by Rob Brantley, a single to right by Tyler Smith and another infield single by Bourjos loaded the bases against starter Stephen Fife with no outs. Riley plated Brantley with a sacrifice fly to right for a 3-0 lead, prompting Columbus to

bring in lefty Jeff Beliveau from the bullpen to face Franco. Franco then delivered a three-run homer (8) to left for the 6-0 lead. Fife (2-4) pitched 6 2/3 innings with eight hits, five earned runs, one walk and seven strikeouts. At the plate, Bourjos was 4-for-5 with two runs and a double. Franco was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer to push his ILleading RBI total to 35. He now has at least one RBI in four of his last five games. The Gwinnett (14-23) win snapped a nine-game regular season losing streak at Huntington Park dating back to Aug. 15, 2015. The win, combined with a 3-2 Charlotte loss to Toledo, moved the Stripers into third place in the International League South Division.

Olympians in town for Atlanta meet From Staff Reports

champion Michael Andrew. Gwinnett swimmers The annual Atlanta Clasmake up a noteworthy sic swim meet, hosted by portion of the top college Gwinnett-based SwimAtswimmers entered with lanta and the Southern top qualifiers like Tomas Crescent Aquatic Club, Peribonio (South Carolina/ arrives at Georgia Tech’s North Gwinnett), Cody McAuley Aquatic Center Bekemeyer (South Carothis week. lina/Collins Hill), Maddy The meet, free for specCohen (Florida State/ tators, features Olympians, Brookwood) and Anna college swimmers and Jahns (North Carolina upper level swimmers State/Brookwood). from area year-round clubs Amanda Weir, a Brookwood grad, is among the OlympiThe top performers enfor three days of competi- ans and top swimmers in town for the Atlanta Classic tered from club swimming tion beginning today. It at Georgia Tech. (Photo: Adam Hagy-USA Today Sports) include high schoolers Jake continues through Sunday Magahey of Mill Creek, at Tech — preliminaries Gwinnett Olympian holder Caeleb Dressel, Haley Arner and Andrew are 9 a.m. each day and Amanda Weir is in the 12-time Olympic medalWinton of Collins Hill, finals are at 6 p.m. today field, joining an elite list ist Ryan Lochte, Olympic Keegan Walsh of Brookand Saturday, then 5 p.m. of entries that also features medalists Josh Prenot wood and Abby McCulloh Sunday. American and world record and Ryan Held and world of Parkview.

Goal Club honors best in Gwinnett From Staff Reports The Gwinnett Goal Club celebrated the best in local high school soccer Wednesday night with its season-ending banquet. State champion Parkview picked up two of the top girls’ awards with Class AAAAAAA Player of the Year Nieva Gaither and Coach of the Year Judson Hamby. Dacula’s girls program earned the top honors in AAAAAAA with Player of the Year Becky Contreras and Coach of the Year Mark Karen. Peachtree Ridge’s Dalton Seckinger was AAAAAAA boys player of the year, while Norcross’ Frank Pitt won the coaching award in that division. In AAAAAA-A, Greater Atlanta Christian’s Oscar Vanegas was player of the year and Dacula’s Daniel Starovasnik and Christian Santos were coaches of the year. The Goal Club also honored the following with

awards Wednesday:

GIRLS Class AAAAAAA All-County Lauren Sandidge, Archer Ashley Fuentes, Berkmar Hannah Farr, Brookwood Morgan Bentley, Brookwood Abigail Vicencio, Central Gwinnett Shea Bonacci, Collins Hill Lily Dougherty, Collins Hill Jessica Martinez, Discovery Rajvi Amin, Duluth Jordyn McCartney, Grayson Alexa Virula, Meadowcreek Ali Amrozowicz, Mill Creek Leah Miller, Mill Creek Sammy Guerra, Mill Creek Kennedy Jackson, Mountain View Yara Castillo, Norcross Katie Quinn, North Gwinnett Nieva Gaither, Parkview Joselle Morche, Peachtree Ridge Carley Canzoneri, Peachtree Ridge Sydney Gipson, Shiloh Gizelle Evan, South Gwinnett Scholar-Athlete Award Archer: Lauren Sandidge Berkmar: Mariela Prieto Brookwood: Hannah Farr Central Gwinnett: Melissa Flores Collins Hill: Nina Cisic Discovery: Karen Ramos Duluth: Madeline McCurry Grayson: Amina Cufurovic Meadowcreek: Alexa Virula Mill Creek: Elena Guerra Mountain View: Megan Hollander Norcross: Cecilia Nilsson North Gwinnett: Katie McCormack Parkview: Kelsey Sauers

Peachtree Ridge: Ani Heineman Shiloh: Isabel Arscott South Gwinnett: Rachel Lindsay Class AAAAAA-A All-County Sydney Borgelt, Buford Ava Sherman, Buford Becky Contreras, Dacula Andi Wells, Dacula Michaela English, Dacula Shantel Hutton, GAC Anna Hedges, GAC Lydia Atkinson, Hebron Brooke Ouimette, Lanier Audrey Scoggins, Providence Ashley Cowart, Wesleyan Scholar-Athlete Award Buford: Sydney McCullough Dacula: Skylar English GAC: Payton Gulley Hebron: Grace Jackson Lanier: Beth Stiltner Providence: Sydney Hendricks Wesleyan: Sarah Kate Brown BOYS Class AAAAAAA All-County Andy Hernandez, Archer Hector Fuentes, Berkmar Angel Guevara, Brookwood Harbin Ji, Brookwood Teddy Bockhop, Brookwood Miguel Gonzalez, Central Gwinnett Jose Espinosa, Central Gwinnett Alan Cruz, Collins Hill Alex Drazic, Discovery Jack Baird, Duluth Rodrigo Ayala, Grayson Darwin Mejia, Meadowcreek Robert Boicu, Mill Creek Rafael Hernandez, Mountain View Jack Sutton, Norcross Gibou George, Norcross Jonathan Laurent, North Gwinnett

Max Carlson, Parkview Alec Leake, Parkview Dalton Seckinger, Peachtree Ridge Bryan Urbina, Shiloh Fernando Soto, South Gwinnett Scholar-Athlete Award Archer: Zachary Hutzell Berkmar: Jorge De Jesus Brookwood: Harbin Ji Central Gwinnett: Jovany Medina Collins Hill: Grant Bell Discovery: Arturo RodriguezGarcia Duluth: Jack Baird Grayson: Bradley Stevens Meadowcreek: Jerry Cordova Mill Creek: Alex Locicero Mountain View: Matthew Atehortua Norcross: Justin Trevilla North Gwinnett: Jonathan Laurent Parkview: Max Carlson Peachtree Ridge: Paarth Desai Shiloh: Irineo Izazaga South Gwinnett: Juan Cruz Class AAAAAA-A All-County Mario Ventura, Buford Payton Rawson, Dacula Oscar Vanegas, GAC Jack Jacquet, GAC Kyle Garnett, Hebron Matthew Meek, Hebron Carlos Servellon, Lanier Carter Swain, Providence Liam Coxhead, Wesleyan Jonathan Lopez, Wesleyan Abraham Lopez, Wesleyan Scholar-Athlete Award Buford: Matt Purlee Dacula: Aidan Weathers GAC: Oscar Vanegas Hebron: Kyle Garnett

Atlanta Track Club recognizes locals GIRLS Jazmine Hobson, Shiloh Gwinnett County athletes (100-meter dash); made up a large portion of Trinity Price, Buford the Atlanta Track Club’s (100); Powerade All-Metro Track Jasmine Jones, Greater and Field Team, which was Atlanta Christian (300 released Wednesday. hurdles); The athletes, selected Buford 400 relay (Trinbased on performances ity Price, Alexa Rossum, from this season, will be Trinity Rossum, Kimberly honored June 6 in Atlanta. Harris, Hayley Iverson, Local athletes and Preston Reid); coaches who were honored Kimberly Harris, Buford by the club were: (long jump); From Staff Reports

Javon Joyner, Norcross (shot put); Elsie Igberaese, Dacula (discus) BOYS Justin Long, Parkview (400); Parkview 400 relay (Christian Malloy, Justin Long, Keith Williams, Matthew Chavers, Tommy Rogers, Zak Blake). Stante champion coach awards Wesleyan girls (Candler

Baxley, Chad McDaniel, Justin Krueger, Chip Myrick, Chris Yoder, Isiah Hill); Buford girls (Fyrone Davis, Ron King, Crystal Fowler, Chrissy Woodson); Parkview boys (Matt Henson, Jason Fisher, Mike Demarest, Larry Satchwell, Michael Hill, Mike Goss, Dawn Ashby, Richard King, Matt Moon, Nick Johnson, Willis Sudderth, Javier Munoz).

Coaches pick 6-AAAAAAA tennis team From Staff Reports

received the honor:

The All-Region 6-AAAAAAA Tennis Team was announced this week by the region’s coaches. Eight singles players and four doubles teams in boys and girls divisions made the team. The following players

Boys Singles Whit Duncan, North Gwinnett; Simar Bajwa, Peachtree Ridge; Matthew Sloan, North Gwinnett; Andre Izadi, Mill Creek; Frank Zhou, North Gwinnett; Brandon Jackson, Peachtree Ridge; Steven Heizler, Collins Hill; Sean Aquio, Peachtree Ridge. Boys Doubles Connor Pearce and Josh Kim,

North Gwinnett; Yongjun Jin and Isaac Park, Peachtree Ridge; Diego Munoz de Cote and Ethan Long, North Gwinnett; Justin Lee and Rohan Chintalapudi, Peachtree Ridge. Girls Singles Cassidy Rebol, North Gwinnett; Emma Fleming, North Gwinnett; Brook Bolton, Mill Creek; Bri Olps, North Gwinnett;

Damira Augustin, Mill Creek; Akshara Jayaraman, Duluth; Emily King, Mountain View; Karly Paske, Peachtree Ridge. Girls Doubles Elle Hammond and Maya Diaz, North Gwinnett; Erin Riney and Maddie Nannis, Mill Creek; Caitlyn Nazareth and Patti Broomfield, Duluth; Hannah So and Sydney Hoang, Peachtree Ridge.

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Getting to Know ... Nicki Collen Swarm look at ‘long offseason’

First-year WNBA coach Nicki Collen spent the past two years working closely with Connecticut Sun head coach and the 2017 WNBA Coach of the Year Curt Miller. Collen got her first head coaching shot when the Atlanta Dream hired her in October. Collen spent several years in the Division I college ranks before moving on to Nicki the WNBA. Collen Her husband, Tom Collen, was a long-time head women’s basketball coach at Arkansas. She has boy-girl twin children Connor and Reese, 13, and another son Logan, 10. The Atlanta Dream missed the WNBA playoffs at 12-22 last season, but Collen has played a part in another major franchise turnaround. With Connecticut, the Suns went 21-13 in 2017 after a 14-20 season in 2016. Staff writer Taylor Denman caught up with Collen before the Atlanta Dream begin their season May 20 against the Dallas Wings. TD: Lot’s of people set out as assistants at the professional level with ambitions to make it as a head coach. How’s the job been so far? NC: I spent a lot of years as an assistant coach in college and then in the pros. I think most assistants want to be head coaches. The longer you’re in it the pickier you are in some ways and wanting to be successful. Being in the pros the last two years, I knew the Dream and their roster. When the job opened the process happened so organically, it just felt right. We had a great turnaround in Connecticut, so I wasn’t looking to leave. The opportunity had to be a good one and it’s been a great experience. Over the last seven months, I’ve learned a lot about the organization and how they do things. I’ve gone through free agency. The best part is now I’m doing what I think I do best, which is coaching basketball. TD: Since you brought it up, is roster management and dealing with day-to-day transactions the biggest change for you as a head coach? NC: In some ways, I worked so closely with our head coach in Connecticut that I was always involved in player personnel. That wasn’t unique in terms of knowing the players I wanted to pursue. I think the biggest change is administratively. As an assistant, you think you know what a head coach does administratively, but you don’t. Whether it’s the media and interviews and PR events, and some of it is a ton of fun, but you’re also trying to understand

things like, what’s the situation with our apartments, and the budget and things like that. TD: Where are you from and when did basketball become such a big part of your life? NC: I’m born and bred a midwesterner. I was born in Michigan but we followed my dad’s career path to Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. I spent most of my childhood, at least the latter part, in Wisconsin. Like how coaching is such a nomadic profession, home has always been where my husband and I have been. When we had kids, home is where they are. TD: Was your dad a coach as well? NC: No, he was in accounting, but he went from an accountant to an assistant controller to a controller to a CFO to a CEO. It was this natural progression in finance for him. TD: When does basketball come in? NC: I started playing in third grade, and I really didn’t think I was very good. At that point, we were in Indiana, and I thought I would be the next Chris Evert, a professional tennis player. So that was my passion even though I played all sports. My family made a move to a small town in Wisconsin and there weren’t tennis courts. It wasn’t the fiber of the community. I picked up a basketball in fourth grade and started playing on an all-boys team. I remember the moment it happened when I hit a game-winning shot in a rec league game. That was the “ah-ha” moment when I developed that passion for the game. From then on I continued to play all sports through high school. TD: Did you play more than one sport in high school? NC: I played four sports: volleyball, basketball, softball and a club soccer team. TD: Your first college was Purdue, and those were some successful years, even though that was early in your college career. In 1994 (Collen’s freshman year), that was the furthest the program advanced at that point. NC: The program’s first Final Four trip. We had no seniors and the National Freshman of the Year in Leslie Johnson. We were a surprise. We won the Big 10, beat Stanford at Stanford. We ran into a buzzsaw in North Carolina, who the won the national championship that year. I didn’t have the role on the floor I wanted. Even though I had a great experience, I knew I only had a finite number of years to play basketball, so I decided to transfer to Marquette, basically for more opportunity. TD: Was Marquette closer to home, since you mentioned you lived

Buford’s DeGoey to swim for Pepperdine

in Wisconsin for a few years? NC: It was, but my parents were at most of my games at Purdue as well. It wasn’t necessarily a desire to get closer, it was just finding the right fit and finding a program I could help win. It was a great experience transferring to Marquette and helping them to their first NCAA tournament win. It’s not the Final Four, but going in and playing 35 minutes per game and helping them advance in the NCAA Tournament was really special for me. TD: You had a brief professional career in Greece, so what made you turn to coaching so quickly after that? NC: I’d still be playing now if I could. I’d love to be the Manu Ginobili of the WNBA. Even though I got my degree in mechanical engineering, I never really thought about what I’d do after that. You’re so invested in your craft. I had a WNBA tryout. The WNBA was just getting off the ground, and a lot of the top players were in the ABL, because it had a traditional season and it paid a little bit more. When I didn’t make WNBA I went overseas hoping to make another run at it. When I went overseas the ABL folded that season. There was great talent moving from the ABL to the WNBA. I was a 5-5 point guard. As much as I thought I could impact a team, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I did a lot of interviews that summer for engineering jobs and kept my eye on coaching as well. I took a job with Motorola in Illinois, but before I started I got a job offer in coaching. I wasn’t going to take the job, but they said, ‘You need to come out.’ I did and realized basketball wasn’t out of my system yet. Engineering was always going to be there, but it would be harder to get into coaching after being in the business sector. Here I am, 20 years later, and I’m still in coaching. TD: If you had that business career to fall back on, when did you feel like you weren’t going back to that? NC: I’m not sure I ever felt settled in. My career was not a typical stairstep. A lot of that was for personal reasons. I went to work for who became my future husband. He’s 20 years older than me and further along in his career. We followed his career. We wanted to have children so we took that path. I was out of coaching for a few years but knew I loved it. I felt like I was good at it. I knew I was respected by our players, but it took my husband retiring and me carving my own path for people to know I wasn’t a college coach because my husband was the head coach. It was because I was good at what I did. I

think that’s what helped elevate me from Florida Gulf Coast to the Connecticut Sun, then to become a head coach. TD: Two years at Connecticut and your head coach Curt Miller was the 2017 Coach of the Year. What could you glean from him and transfer to your new job in Atlanta? NC: Curt’s one of my best friends. He was the best man at my wedding. I was there the day he adopted his sons. Working together was truly an honor, but also a blast. Even though he was a college head coach, the Connecticut job was his first WNBA job. We kind of navigated the waters together. He gave me a voice in huddles, scouting, game planning. If there’s anything I learned from Curt, he’s got a great basketball mind, but he doesn’t get outworked. It doesn’t matter how much he knows the information he’s going to keep pushing, keep watching film and keep looking for ways. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fear of failure, which I think all coaches have driven by some fear of failure to keep your edge. He’s always had (an edge) so he prepares that way. It’s that as much as anything. ... So it’s that as much as anything, how he prepares and when it takes. TD: You’re stepping into a team that was 12-22 last year. What are your thoughts on what you can do in your first year to make those improvements? NC: I think it started in free agency, getting Renee Montgomery and Jessica Breland, two players that have experience. Getting Angel McCoughtry to come back — whether she would have come back, I don’t know — but building that relationship with her and letting her know we want her back and how I was going to coach was important. A big part of what we did in Connecticut was changing the culture and sharing the basketball, buying into one person helping other be successful. If there’s one thing I’ve tried to do since I’ve come it’s its getting to know these players and their games and getting them to buy in. I think we have the talent to be successful, but I think it takes them figuring out how to share the basketball and taking a better shot. Atlanta was not a 12-22 team a year ago, even without Angel and without the free agents we added. The talent was there. It was like I had an empty cupboard, and I think we added new pieces. It’s continuing to trust the process, bring energy and when things aren’t going your way, continue to play together and not be frustrated with officiating. I’ve been kind of going through that process with them.

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teams that win a championship — call it whatever you want — people and teams forget how hard it Entering the season is to win and everyone is with immense expectagiving it their best every tions, the Georgia Swarm night,” Comeau said. at first looked like a long “We certainly weren’t at shot to defend the franour best early and we got chise’s National Lacrosse some players back. … League Champions Cup. I’m proud of our group. The Swarm started the At one point we were 5-7 season 1-4, and the proand out of the playoffs.” lific offense that led the Perhaps it’s a positive league with more than 14 thing that the offseason goals per game last seaseems long because Georson didn’t pass that mark gia’s coaching staff and in a single game until a front office will begin tar15-12 win against Calgary geting college prospects in late January. for the NLL Draft later But the season is long, this summer and resign and Georgia went on to players to contracts. clinch its second consecuThere’s an extra wrench tive Eastern Division title thrown into this offseason and finished two wins shy with the addition of two of the Champions Cup new NLL franchises in San after Rochester ousted Diego and Philadelphia. An Georgia in the conference expansion draft will take finals. The Swarm lost place in which a maximum 9-8 against the Rochester of two unprotected players, Knighthawks on Saturday one from each expansion night. A defensive first team, and this will affect half ended in a 2-2 tie. how Georgia evaluates its Rochester took a 9-7 lead team needs for the draft on a goal from Austin and free agency. Shanks, upheld despite a “This gives us a good challenge by Swarm head chance to reflect on coach Ed Comeau, and personnel and the team,” Georgia’s rally fell short. Comeau said. “Our general “I thought both teams manager John Arlotta does played really well, and a good job working on obviously we’re excontracts, and this is a diftremely disappointed with ferent year with expansion, the result,” Comeau said. and we know we’re going “I thought both goalies to lose some players. … played really well with a We think with the talent lot of wide open looks. we have, we’re definitely “You can say we need going to lose two players.” one more minute, but we Georgia will have the didn’t get the job done. opportunity to protect It’s a long summer when the top 10 players on its it ends like that.” 16-man roster. Players 11 Georgia began the through 16 are exposed season with a target on its to the draft. This could back. The Swarm fell to open opportunities for new 5-7 and were on the outpros like transition Zed side looking in at a playoff Williams from the Universpot in the Eastern Divisity of Virginia, who saw sion with six games left in limited playing time in his the season. Forward Lyle rookie season, to crack the Thompson declared each starting lineup next season. of the final six games of Regardless of players the season pseudo-playoff selected in the expansion games for the Swarm. draft, Comeau expects Georgia rallied to win Georgia to continue its five of those final six tradition of going after games to clinch a playoff young defensive players spot and the division on in the draft. back-to-back days in the “I think it’s always in final weekend of the NLL this league you want to season. The midseason find good athletic defenadditions of Joel White, sive players,” he said. Chad Tutton and Jordan “Any time we can find Hall were critical, Cothose guys, it’s a huge bomeau said, in the squad’s nus. We were fortunate to return to form late in the do that a couple years ago season. with Connor Sellars and “I think a big part is Bryan Cole and last year taylor.denman@

Georgia Swarm players shake hands after clinching a playoff spot with a 11-10 win over the Vancouver Stealth at Infinite Energy Arena. (Photo: Kyle Hess)

IN BRIEF The first-team all region featured Providence’s Luke Matthews and Keegan Tranum. The Storm’s second-team picks were Wesley Anderson and Crawford Hansard. Hebron had Max Bennett on the second team. The honorable mention list included Providence’s Simon Graf and Ben Johnson, and Hebron’s Gavin Incrocci, Jackson Boyd, Mason Ashby, Landon Jones, Thomas Headley and Jack Ihm.

Buford multi-sport athlete Tatum DeGoey signed Thursday with the swimming program at Pepperdine University, a Malibu, Calif., school. The senior earned 12 varsity athletic letters in high school in swimming, cross country and track and field. She began training year-round in swimming earlier this year with the Spartan Swimming Club at Greater Atlanta Christian. DeGoey was also involved in numerous Discovery’s Bussey extracurricular activities, was on student signs with East Georgia council four years and was voted Buford’s Discovery senior Jaylen Bussey signed Homecoming Queen last fall. Wednesday with the East Georgia State College men’s basketball program. The 6-foot-2 guard was an honorable Hebron, Providence earn mention selection on the All-Region top 8-A baseball honors 6-AAAAAAA basketball team as a junior. Hebron Christian and Providence Christian dominated the top honors on the Mill Creek’s Price signs All-Region 8-A Baseball Team, which was voted on by the region’s coaches. with Hampton track Region champion Hebron was repreMill Creek senior Cameron Price sented by Coach of the Year Ben Drust signed with the Hampton University (Va.) and Player of the Year Jake Edwards. men’s track and field program this week. Providence’s Cole Tillotson was named Price was the Region 6-AAAAAAA the 8-A Pitcher of the Year. champion in the 400-meter dash and was

fifth in that at sectionals this season.

and athletic director Dave Hunter and local official Gordon Dickerson will be recognized next month at the Georgia Archer honors recruits Athletic Coaches Association’s annual in track and field awards ceremony in Dalton. Archer honored six athletes who have The celebration, June 1 and 2, is headsigned with college track and field prolined by the induction of the 2018 GACA grams with a ceremony Wednesday night. Hall of Fame class, which includes Hunter. The group includes two seniors headed His fellow inductees are basketball coach to Wingate (N.C.), Ajee Frazier and Chidi Charles “Chunk” Reid, baseball coach DaOkebalama. The Tigers also celebrated Mo- vid McDonald and wrestling coach Marty nasia Taylor (Birmingham Southern), John Hutsell. Klima (Emmanuel), Walt Klima (LimeDickerson, a Lawrenceville resident, stone) and James Cragin (Georgia Tech). will be honored with the Georgia Athletic Officials Association’s official of the year South girls basketball award.

players sign with colleges

South Gwinnett seniors Tamia Francis, Wesleyan’s Hodges Shaniya Gause and Jasmine Williams wins Big South title signed with women’s college basketball Wesleyan grad Jalen Hodges, a sophoprograms Wednesday. more at Winthrop University (N.C.), won Francis and Gause will be future teamthe high jump last week at the Big South mates at Brenau, while Williams will play Conference Outdoor Track and Field for Albany State. Championships. Hodges’ winning jump was 2.03 meters Hunter, Dickerson to (6 feet, 7 inches). He also won this year’s Big South indoor title in the long jump at be honored by GACA Longtime Brookwood football coach 1.99 meters (6 feet, 5 inches).

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NASCAR All-Star race is wide open the last 20 years. Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Wire Service (2000) and Ryan Newman DAYTONA BEACH, (2002) won it as rookies. Fla. — Looking at the past Kasey Kahne is the only winner’s list of Saturday driver to get into the field night’s Monster Energy via Fan Vote and then win All-Star Race at Charlotte the race (2008). Motor Speedway, the only Because of the unprething certain about this dictable nature of this NASCAR event is that always highly-anticipated nothing is certain. event, reviewing past staTen of the 17 drivers tistics doesn’t reveal much already eligible to compete in terms of what to expect. in the event have won it And that is a large part of before — but four-time what makes the All-Star winner Jimmie Johnson is race such a popular, can’t the only repeat winner in miss show. Pride and ego By Holly Cain

are absolutely on the line. The following drivers have already qualified for a starting position in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race: Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Johnson, Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. They will be joined by the Monster Energy Open race winner and its two

stage winners, as well as the “Fan Vote” winner. How unpredictable is the race typically? Consider this: championship leader Kyle Busch is one of the most prolific winners in the sport, but his victory last year was his first in the All-Star race. Harvick’s three runnerup finishes in the All-Star race is a record. But this season’s five-time winner has only one All-Star trophy, earning it more than a decade ago in the 2007 event.

FANS CHOICE SPRING ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Who: Meagan Lynch School: Wesleyan Sport: Track and field Class: Senior Highlights: Won state titles in the 100and 200-meter dash, as well as the long jump and on two relays, helping the Wolves to the team championship Coach Candler Baxley’s take: “Meagan is obviously a great athlete and a hard worker, but I am most proud of the type of teammate she is and how she has grown as a leader over the last four years. She has always been willing to compete in whichever events gave our team the best chance of being successful, even if those events wouldn’t have necessarily been her first choice. Meagan is an encourager and someone who rallies her teammates and is just a fun person to be around. Her performance at the state meet was one of the most impressive things I’ve seen since I’ve been in coaching. All of our coaches feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach her over the last four years.”



•From Page 1B Series for the last three years. After two years of heartbreaking defeats in the opening round bracket final, the Grizzlies punched their ticket Tuesday by showing the same resiliency that led them to the program’s first No. 1 ranking and a 52-4 record this season. GGC needed two tries to beat the Oregon Institute of Technology. Taylor Hansis, the two-time conference pitcher of the year, struck out 11 in a 4-0 loss. The defense gave up two of those runs and the offense was shut out for the first time all season. “Before that next game, I told them, something was off about our vibe,” Ihlenburg said. “I lost the toss. We were in the other dugout we don’t play in. We went out there a little pressing, like we have to grind this out. “We pressed in ways we haven’t and it just wasn’t the chipper, lets-have-fun spark, team. But they did try. There was never a point where I looked in the dugout and was disappointed in the effort they were giving. But you can physically feel a positive energy vs. a negative energy.” Ihlenburg won the toss for the rubber match and immediately the atmosphere changed. “They were elated,” Ihlenburg. “Over a coin toss. But when they shut out (Oregon Tech) in the first inning and scored in the first inning, it was like the team breathed a sigh of relief and things clicked.” Even in the seventh inning, when Oregon Tech made one final push, the Grizzlies collective confidence was unwavering. “With a runner at first, (freshman pitcher) Piper Wagner turns around and throws the ball into center field and you can just feel the stadium gasp,” Ihlenburg said. “We turned around in the dugout and said, ‘Yeah! Now we can still turn a double play.’ There was not a point where I felt like we lost faith in the top of the seventh, despite having the

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Georgia Gwinnett College’s softball team celebrates its Lawrenceville bracket championship win in the opening round of the NAIA playoffs Tuesday. (Photo: Tom Grason)

tying run at the plate.” Building that attitude was a process. At the end of last season, after a 2-0 loss to Warner (Fla.) in the bracket championship and knowing a couple of younger players were opting to not return to the team, Ihlenburg took stock. “You have to look at the identity of your culture and say, ‘Am I doing this the right way?’” Ihlenburg said. She found the answer when she looked her notes from the end of the 2017 season. “That’s actually how I gave the opening round speech,” Ihlenburg said. “I took my notes to the banquet and answered the questions I asked the team verbatim. What can you do to be a better teammate? What can you do to have the will to win, which is so much different than the skill to win? “This team’s will, you witness it day in and day out. The record reflects it, but you witness it when you hear them in the dugout, when they jump out for each other, when you see the joy that a kid has just for her opportunity. I can give specific names, but it’s 20 of ‘em who do that time and time again.” GGC was 11-0 when Ihlenburg watched a transformative moment on the road at No. 14 Reinhardt

on Feb. 24. “We were down going into the top of the seventh and they had a raucous crowd,” Ihlenburg said. “It was really a personal crowd. They had gotten our roster; they were calling our kids out. And it was like, ‘OK, how are you going to respond to this?’ “I just had the right mix of characters that said, ‘Fine.’ They made up names for each other. They still call each other those made-up names when they’re cheering for each other. They created that energy I’m telling you about.” The Grizzlies beat Reinhardt 11-4 in eight innings and the way they did is a microcosmic of the season. Junior Tori Robinson hit her first home run for the program, coming to GGC from Northwest Florida State College. Senior star Niki Cook, a Buford grad, had key at-bats and freshman Holly Janco, out of Apalachee High School, stepped up. “So the mix I saw really was, ‘Wow. This could be something,’” Ihlenburg said. Behind the 1-2 pitching punch of Hansis (24-3, 1.35 ERA) and Wagner (19-0, 1.08 ERA), Georgia Gwinnett didn’t lose until March 10 against Warner — and bounced right back with a convincing run-rule win. “It’s not that we always

aim to outscore the teams we play to end games early, but that’s how potent the offense was,” Ihlenburg said. “Once they got going, they were hard to really put down. “We (win a few), then we have another loss and it’s on the same day we get ranked No. 1 in the nation.” The Grizzlies lost the second game of a doubleheader at Truett-McConnell 4-1 on March 13. “To carry that badge, if you’re going to be the No. 1 team in the nation, you absolutely have to play better than you did and we went on another streak,” Ihlenburg said. They won 26 straight — 12 of those by runrule — until a 3-2 loss to Division III Emory on April 25. GGC rebounded in the nightcap with a 3-2 win over Emory in eight innings in the regular-season finale and rolled through the Association of Independent Institutions conference championship to get to the NAIA opening bracket. “Again, we turned the page,” Ihlenburg said. “When you’re looking at 52 wins and four losses, what do you learn? Well, you learn you’ve got to win the next game. And we have. “This season we’ve just had an energy that, if you could bottle it up, you would sell if for a million bucks.”

mission. They went to the Final Four last year just but it seems like the like us.” bigger the challenge the Led by five goals from better they perform.” junior Josh Rose, GAC The playoffs have handily won the regularalready been a rollerseason meeting 11-5 on coaster. The Spartans’ April 20. opener had a semifinal “The first time we feel when another state played, I don’t think anypower, Lovett, ended up one expected us to win,” as the No. 4 seed from Ball said. vaunted Area 2 due to a At the time, Blessed tiebreaker. Trinity’s only loss was to “We were down 3-0 Lambert, which is playing and they just didn’t let it for the large classification faze them,” Ball said. title Saturday. GAC (17-3) rallied for “We already had three a 9-7 win and set up a losses,” Ball said. “We quarterfinal match with were down 3-0 in the McIntosh. first quarter — a lot like “We went into McInagainst Lovett — but tosh like, ‘Oh, we’re sup- coach Scott Ratliff stayed posed to beat them,’” Ball calm and the guys stayed said. “We played great in calm.” the first half and then we Blessed Trinity (17-3) were just not as crisp in led 5-2 early in the secthe second half.” ond quarter and then was The Spartans led 7-2 at outscored 9-0. the half and had to hang “Because we played on for an 8-5 victory. It how we’re supposed to served as a wake-up call play,” Ball said. “Two of as they moved on to the the first three goals were semifinals for a third gift-wrapped and the guys straight season. knew it. They knew we Westminster, the stangave it to them.” dard for lacrosse success No one is taking the in the state and GAC’s final lightly because of ouster in 2017, was down that result, though. 6-2 after three quarters “It’s a whole new team and couldn’t bridge the that we’re playing,” Migap in a wild fourth that chael Morris said. “Somefeatured seven combined one that didn’t show out goals. last game could put up GAC savored the victhree goals. We just have tory — but not for too to be ready to take that long. punch.” Senior attack Trey “BT is obviously a very Wood said they kept to good team and they seem their routine this week. to improve every week,” “This has been a great fellow senior attack Pruitt team about preparation Martin said. “But really and not getting on too for this game, it’s more much of a high,” Wood about us. While we know said. we played them before, The Spartans face a we’re focused on ourfamiliar foe in the final. selves.” Fellow Area 3 opponent The seniors on this Blessed Trinity also took team have all been playthe next step after losing ing together since fourth in last year’s semifinals. grade — “and none of “I have the utmost us are going on to play respect for the coaching college lacrosse,” Morris staff at BT,” Ball said. “I said. “So we all know this feel like we’ve always is our last game.” had a great relationship. “We know we’ve gone I’m glad they’re there. as long as we possibly Everybody was talkcan so that helps keep it ing about Area 2 with positive,” Ryan Quisling Westminster and Lovett said. “But definitely it’s and now it’s Area 3 (in going to be emotional, the final). win or lose. It’ll be bit“I think they’re on a tersweet.”

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here,” said a still grinning McCorkle. “I’ve been waitman out of Shiloh at the ing for this for four years. time. This feels good. I’m going “I was on the bench (in to treasure this forever. ” 2014) and I was one of the No. 2-ranked GGC (48last ones out there (for the 10) stormed through the dog pile), so I was on top,” Lawrenceville bracket of said McCorkle, who was the national tournament’s holding the opening round opening round, capping championship trophy it with a 19-hit barrage Wednesday night. “This against a worn-down year, I was on the bottom.” Point team. The Skyhawks McCorkle was already battled back through the on the move when Tylski loser’s bracket after falling reached up to snag the fly to the Grizzlies 10-0 on ball. The first person McMonday. Their 37 wins are Corkle got to was pitcher a school record, but GGC Hunter Peck, who threw wasted no time putting the the third straight complete- game out of reach with a game win for GGC in the seven-run second inning. opening round bracket. C.J. Ballard was 3-for-5 Peck (11-0) shut out Point with two runs scored and a and gave up just three hits web-gem catch in foul terwhile striking out nine and ritory as he fell backward walking two. over the short wall and still He tried to hold off an came up with the third out onrushing McCorkle, but in the top of the seventh. the senior was having none “I was just going hard of it. to the ball until something “Nah, you can’t do that stopped me,” Ballard said

with a laugh. Cam Coursey, a Lanier grad who led the nation in hitting during the regular season, was 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Mateo Onassis also was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. All nine starters had at least one hit in the momentous win and after they got done with the dog pile, head coach Brad Stromdahl was destined for a Gatorade bath. “I knew it was coming,” Stromdahl said. “Just let it happen. It makes them happy. “(Getting to the World Series) is truly a difficult thing. You have to catch momentum. You have to pitch well. You have to hit well. You have to have some bounces go your way. There are so many variables and it’s a testament to the teams that have been there consistently. It’s a special thing.”

The Grizzlies buzzed through the competition after getting a wake-up call with a pair of losses to Talladega in the Association of Independent Institution’s tournament. “The difference was pitching and really just the desire to win,” Stromdahl said. “These guys wanted it.” McCorkle has been driven by a need to return to the World Series since the 2014 season ended. “Getting back motivated me every single day,” he said. “We keep coming up short in the regional championship game and that motivated me, these freshmen haven’t been like any freshmen I’ve every seen. They bought out like they were seniors.” The World Series starts May 25 in Lewiston, Idaho. “It’s not over yet,” Ballard said.

Greater Atlanta Christian’s goalkeeper Peter Klueber (12) deflects a shot away during the Spartans’ game against Blessed Trinity earlier this season. GAC and Blessed Trinity meet for the state title Saturday. (Photo: Kathy Klueber)

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Abney •From Page 1B through basketball play a little bit, and he’s an athletic kid. I just asked him to drop down and throw. He did and I said I liked it. I said, ‘Do you want to play in college?’ He said he did, and I said, ‘Everybody in college wants one of you guys.’ That’s all the credit that me or anyone else on this staff can take. “He just picked up on it. One good thing that summer is we ran him out there a ton for just an inning, short outings. He was good. He was fired up about it. He worked on it on his own. He developed that Frisbee slider or whatever you want to call it. He had a bunch of success that summer and coaches started asking, ‘Who is this guy?’” The switch made Abney unique, not that he needed help with that. His first name alone makes him stand out. When roll is called, Alaska jumps out alongside names Josh, James, Thomas, Daniel and others. When people meet an Alaska, they remember it. “My parents went (to Alaska) before I was born and they loved it,” Abney said. “That’s where it came from.” His outgoing personality and energy also draw attention, even though he stays pretty stoic on the mound. Then there’s his long, bushy hair, which was reined in by a trim late in the season. “I give that boy crap about his hair,” Jones said. “He’s a bird now. He really is. He’s ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ too. He doesn’t get frazzled by anything. … I love him to death. He’s just an interesting kid. He’s fun to be around. I probably give him more crap than anybody on the team. He takes it always with a smile, never takes it personal. He’s just a fun kid to

Mill Creek’s Brady Longenecker (13) reacts with Alaska Abney (9) and Brandon Blume (14) after scoring a run against Brookwood during the Class AAAAAAA semifinals at Mill Creek. (Photo: Dale Zanine)

State Baseball Championship Series • Foley Field, Athens CLASS AAAAAAA: Mill Creek vs. Parkview (Tuesday, 5 p.m., doubleheader; if game Wednesday, time TBA) CLASS AAAAA: Buford vs. Loganville (Monday, 5 p.m., doubleheader; if game Wednesday, time TBA)

be around.” Abney has been a force all season for Hawks, who are in the state finals for the first time. He has a 5-1 record with seven saves, a 0.83 ERA and 45 strikeouts (to 13 walks) in 42 innings, numbers that have been boosted greatly by his late-season outings. The Coastal Carolina (S.C.) signee hasn’t allowed a run since April 18 against Peachtree Ridge. That run was unearned. The last earned run he gave up was April 13 to North Gwinnett. He gets his share of strikeouts, but is widely know for inducing ground ball after ground ball.

“The defense I have now, I feel really confident,” Abney said. “I feel like I have a really solid infield and outfield. Honestly, if I just throw strikes and let them put the ball in play, I feel like my defense can help me out a lot.” The defense has backed up Abney in a variety of roles the past few weeks. He pitched late in a first-round sweep of North Forsyth to stay fresh, then was tabbed as the starting pitcher for an elimination Game 3 in the second round against South Gwinnett. An illness kept Clemson signee Davis Sharpe from the mound, so Mill

Creek went to its closer for an extended outing. He responded with a complete-game shutout, striking out five and allowing only three hits in his longest outing in close to three years. He attacked the starting role with less intensity than he does as a closer, dialing back his velocity and pitching smarter. He shifted back to a closer in the quarterfinals, saving both victories with three scoreless innings in a sweep of North Paulding. Earlier this week against Brookwood, he gutted out six innings of scoreless, one-hit relief in an 11-inning Game 2 win that

staved off elimination in the Final Four. “It’s a lot different (in the longer outings),” Abney said. “Normally when I’m closing, especially when we’re up three or four runs, I feel comfortable coming in throwing 100 percent to get the ball to run a lot more, get to the plate quicker. Against South Gwinnett and Brookwood, I was still throwing hard, but not throwing hard as I can. I was working more on location than velocity, keeping my pitch count down. If my ball’s running, I get a lot of ground balls so I can keep my pitch count down.”

That mindset is why Jones and his assistant coaches didn’t have an issue stretching out Abney for the longer outings in the playoffs. “The reason I’m comfortable with it is because he’s so intelligent,” Jones said. “Against South, he was throwing like 80 percent, trying to pound the zone. They were hitting ground balls, and obviously we’ve got to make the plays, but we checked with him every inning that game. He was through the fifth at 50 pitches and we checked with him and he’s good. His fitness level is really good. He doesn’t get a lot of credit for that, but baseball people who know the game do. He’s a really good athlete. He fields his position well. … The weight room has helped him. So from a fitness aspect, he’s able to do it. And Alaska’s brutally honest if he’s sore or whatever.” Abney gladly took on the longer outings because he wanted the team to win, Jones said. That was particularly true in the semifinal series against Brookwood, knowing the seniors were playing for the final time at home with the state finals in sight. The championship series is rapidly approaching against a proven power in Parkview, which means the Hawks’ path to their first state title isn’t an easy one. “We obviously know they’re a phenomenal team,” said Abney, who knows some of the Panthers through Team Elite Baseball. “We played them early in the season. They’ve got some bats, got some arms. If we just keep playing baseball, I think we will be OK, win or lose. We’ve just got to play our game and we can’t let the moment get too big. We’ve got to keep playing and hopefully good things will happen.”

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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Separate sealed Bids for the construction of PTC 16.07 Technology Park Trail Phase 1 will be received by the City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia at Peachtree Corners City Hall located at 310 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Georgia 30092 until 2:00 P.M. local time, June 18, 2018, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. The project generally consists of approximately 1750’ of trail construction along Technology Park Lake in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Improvements include approximately 1575’ of concrete greenway and 175’ of precast concrete boardwalk as well as clearing, grading, storm drainage, and hardscape elements. For more information please visit the City’s website at doing-business-with-thecity/rfp-bidding 902-549651, 5/18,25,6/1,8

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CITY OF PEACHTREE CORNERS PUBLIC NOTICE APH 2018-04-067 PLACE: City of Peachtree Corners City Hall 310 Technology Pkwy DATE & TIME: May 22nd, 2018 7:00 P.M. PURPOSE: Alcoholic Beverage License Application Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Sunday Sales APPLICANT: Mojitos Bistro, LLC, D.B.A Mojitos 5161 Peachtree Pkwy, Ste 630 Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 904-546493, 5/11,18

DEBTORS & CREDITORS NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS All creditors of the Estate of Janice B. Haber (a/k/a Janice A. Haber), late of Gwinnett County, deceased, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said Estate are required to make immediate payment. This 16 day of May, 2018. E

Ethel D. Andersen, Attorney For Todd C. Haber, Executor of the Estate of Janice B. Haber (a/k/a/ Janice A. Haber) 1960 Satellite Blvd. Suite 4000 Duluth, GA 30097 (770) 822-0900 908-548462, 5/16,23,30,6/6

NAME CHANGES IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF GWINNETT COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA CIVIL ACTION FILE NUMBER: In re: 18A 03780-5 IN RE: NAME CHANGE OF DONNA ADAMS HALL NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE PLEASE TAKE Notice that on the 30TH DAY OF APRIL, 2018, DONNA ADAMS HALL filed a Petition in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia seeking a name change from DONNA ADAMS HALL TO DONNA GALE ADAMS. Any interested or affected party has the right to appear and file objections. At the expiration of thirty (30) days from the filing of the Petitioner, upon proof of publication, and if no objection is filed, the Court shall proceed to hear and determine all matters raised by said Petition. This __ day of April, 2018. GROTH & MAKARENKO, LLC -S- Nikolai Makarenko, Jr. Georgia Bar No. 466957 Attorney for Petitioner 335 Peachtree Industrail Boulevard Suite 2206 Suwanee, GA 30024 (770) 904-3590 916-548522, 5/16,23,30,6/6

ELECTION NOTICES GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF REGISTRATIONS AND ELECTIONS SPECIAL CALLED MEETING A special called meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for computation, canvassing and tabulation of the election results for the May 22, 2018 General Primary and Nonpartisan elections. The meeting will be held at the Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The public is welcome to attend the meeting. Dated this 14th day of May, 2018.

ELECTION NOTICES Lynn Ledford, Elections Director CONDADO DE GWINNETT JUNTA DE INSCRIPCIONES Y ELECCIONES REUNIÓN ESPECIAL CONVOCADA Una reunión especial convocada por la Junta de Inscripciones y Elecciones del Condado de Gwinnett tendrá lugar a las 6:30pm el Martes, 22 de Mayo del 2018. El propósito de la reunión es computar, analizar y tabular los resultados de las Primarias Generales y Elecciones No Partidarias del 22 de Mayo del 2018. La reunión se realizará en la oficina de la Junta de Inscripciones y Elecciones del Condado de Gwinnett, ubicada en 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. El público está invitado a asistir a la reunión. Fecha 14 de Mayo del 2018. Lynn Ledford, Directora de Elecciones 917-549432, 5/18

PROBATE COURT DISCHARGE CITATION PROBATE COURT OF GWINNETT COUNTY RE: ESTATE OF ANGELICIA TRISICILLIA FRANKLIN, FORMER MINOR Date of Publication, if any: 5/16/18 ESTATE NO: 10-C-000930 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN AND ALL OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES: The conservator of the above estate, has applied for Discharge from said trust. This is to notify the above interested party to show cause, if any they can, why said conservator should not be discharged from office and liability. All objections must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and filed with the above Probate Court, 75 LANGLEY DRIVE, LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30046 on or before JUNE 18, 2018, said date being more than 30 days from the date of publication, or if personally served, then 10 days from the date of such service. All pleadings must be signed before a notary public or probate court clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your pleadings, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact probate court personnel at the below address/telephone number for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled for a later date. If no objections are filed, the petition may be g


PUBLIC HEARINGS PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Norcross has called a Special Called Meeting and Executive Session on Monday, May 21, 2018, at 6:00 pm at City Hall- 2nd Floor. 928-549413, 5/18 CHANGE IN MAY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING Buford City Schools Board of Education has changed the May meeting from Monday, May 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to Monday, May 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Board Office at 2625 Sawnee Avenue, Buford, GA 30518. 928-549534, 5/18 NOTICE The City of Norcross has called a Special Called– Executive Session Meeting on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:30 pm at City Hall- 2nd Floor. Mayor and Council will discuss Real Estate. 928-549074, 5/18 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Housing Authority of the City of Norcross has developed its 2018 Capital Fund Budget and has updated its 5-year action plan in compliance with the Quality Housing and Responsibility Act of 1998. The Board of Commissioners for the Norcross Housing Authority will conduct a Public Hearing on MONDAY, June 11 at 8:30 A.M. at the Housing Authority Office, 19 Garner Street, Norcross, GA. 30071 for the purpose of discussing the Capital Fund Grant Program and the updated 5-year Action Plan, and to invite public comment regarding the Grant Program and Plan. A draft copy of each will be available for review on May 24-25, 29-31, and June 4-5, from 9:am until 12:00 Noon at the Housing Authority office located at 19 Garner Drive, Norcross, GA. 30071. For additional information concerning the public hearing, please call (770)4483668. 9 2 8 - 5 4 9 3 5 2 , 5/18,23,30,6/6





MCCULLOUGH TOWING 4431 BUFORD HWY NORCROSS, GA 30071 770-263-8483 5/17/18 NOTICE OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE The following vehicle, advertised to O.C.G.A.Code Section 40-11-12, is being stored at 4431 Buford Hwy, Norcross, Ga. 30071. 770263-8483. This vehicle is being deemed abandoned and will be auctioned or disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner and or lien holder. The Vehicle was impounded from 3348 Fairway Oaks Dr. Lawrenceville, Ga. On 1/12/18, at the request of the property owner or manager. 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan VIN# 2D4GP44L06R891933 TAG# BNM5120 Alberta Canada 928-549612, 5/18,25

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION MAY 16, 2018 NAME OF BUSINESS: ROHRER CORPORATION 1800 ENTERPRISE DRIVE BUFORD, GEORGIA 30519 Nature of Business: Commercial Offset Printing. Dates of Violation(s): June 1, 2017 through May 15, 2017 Violation(s) consist of: (20) Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) (8) Biological Oxygen Demand (20) Nitrogen Ammonia (20) Phosphorus. 928-549640, 5/18

owner have been unsuccessful. The item is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. RE: 2004 Honda CRF80F Dirtbike VIN JH2HE01004K310668 LICENSE PLATE NO. GLY3802 (New York) COLOR RED TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above dirtbike was initially removed from 2710 Bethesda Court NW located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It is presently located at 770381-1140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The dirtbike is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-112 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. 928-549632, 5/18,25,6/1

This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. RE: 2017 Zhejiang Riya Motorcycle co, LTD Renegade Moped VIN LEHTCB019HR000734 LICENSE PLATE NO. MOPED (South Carolina) COLOR BLUE TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above scooter was initially removed from Grayson Highway and Socebee Farm Road located in Grayson, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-381-1140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The scooter is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. RE: Dual Axle Utility Trailer VIN NO VIN LICENSE PLATE NO. NO TAG COLOR BLACK TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above trailer was initially removed from 550 Indian Trail Road located in Lilburn, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-3811140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The trailer is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. 928-547503, 5/4,11,18

NOTICE OF ABANDONED VEHICLE The following motor vehicle, advertised pursuant to O.C.G.A. Code Section 4011-2, being stored at: South East Transportation 4138 ARCADIA INDUSTRIAL CIR LILBURN GA 1993 Lexus LS400 JTBUF11E3P0182091 This Vehicle is deemed abandoned and will be disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner or lienholder by 6-7-18. 2000 HONDA CRV JHLRD1865YC045748 This Vehicle is deemed abandoned and will be disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner or lienholder by 5-2-18. 2006 Chevy Impala 2G1WB58K069159454 This Vehicle is deemed abandoned and will be disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner or lienholder by 5-2-18. 2005 Dodge Magnum 2D4FV48T45H629025 This Vehicle is deemed abandoned and will be disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner or lienholder by 4-10-18. 2003 Buick Ulta 1G4CU541034152824 This Vehicle is deemed abandoned and will be disposed of if not claimed by the legal owner or lienholder by 4-16-18. 929-548461, 5/11,18

STATEWIDE WRECKER SERVICE INC. 2775 SIMPSON CIRCLE NORCROSS, GA 30071 PHONE: 770-381-1140 FAX: 770-935-9651 ABANDONED VEHICLES: RE: Home-Made Trailer VIN NO VIN LICENSE PLATE NO. NO TAG COLOR BLACK TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above trailer was initially removed from 1416 High Sierra Court located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-3811140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The trailer is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. RE: 2000 Chrysler 300M VIN 2C3HE66G4YH243026 LICENSE PLATE NO. NO TAG COLOR SILVER TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above vehicle was initially removed from the Gwinnett County Transit located at 2880 Remington Park Court in Norcross, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-3811140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The vehicle is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. RE: Dump Bed SERIAL # NONE LICENSE PLATE NO. NO TAG COLOR BLACK TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above item was initially removed from 2475 Moon Road located in Grayson, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-381-1140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the o

STATEWIDE WRECKER SERVICE INC. 2775 SIMPSON CIRCLE NORCROSS, GA 30071 PHONE: 770-381-1140 FAX: 770-935-9651 ABANDONED VEHICLES: RE: 2012 Jonway 150CC Eagle Scooter VIN L8YTCKPX8CY500272 LICENSE PLATE NO. NO TAG COLOR BLUE TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above scooter was initially removed from The Park @ Morella located at 4300 Flat Shoals Road in Union City, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-381-1140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The scooter is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. This notice is given pursuant to Georgia Law. RE: 2003 Honda Accord VIN 1HGCM56333A047247 LICENSE PLATE NO. NO TAG COLOR GREY TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The above vehicle was initially removed from the Pep Boys located at 3965 Lawrenceville Highway NW in Lilburn, Georgia. It is presently located at 770-3811140 at 2775 Simpson Circle in Norcross, Georgia, in possession of Statewide Wrecker Service, Inc. Attempts to locate the owner have been unsuccessful. The vehicle is deemed abandoned under O.C.G.A. 40-11-2 and will be disposed of if not redeemed. T


PUBLIC SALES/ AUCTIONS 1997 Damon Camplite Camper 4R8CS1919VN114791 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1J4GW48S3YC346333 2004 Lexus RX 330 2T2HA31U64C023096 2005 Lexus ES 330 JTHBA30G855134185 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2GCEC19T6X1194354 2004 Chevrolet Colorado 1GCDS136248112100 1999 Nissan Pathfinder JN8AR05S3XW316735 2004 Acura MDX 2HNYD18674H503784 2012 Chrysler 200 1C3CCBAB3CN145531 1992 Chevrolet Sportvan 2GAGG39K2N4141221 1995 Ford E-350 1FDKE30G3SHA05346 2003 Honda Accord 1HGCM55333A081299 2008 Ford Focus 1FAHP33N68W130239 2008 Mazda Mazda5 JM1CR293780315689 2003 Toyota Camry 4T1BE32K03U723981 2008 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WB58K481238417 2007 Nissan Sentra 3N1AB61E87L660699 1999 Honda CR-V JHLRD1864XC031970 2007 Pontiac G6 1G2ZG58N674124314 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1J4GW48S44C199059 2002 Nissan Pathfinder JN8DR09X82W652974 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1J4GX48S43C520979 1999 Ford Explorer 1FMZU35P3XZA69656 2003 Chevrolet Malibu 1G1NE52JX3M587808 2002 Ford Taurus 1FAFP55UX2A220036 2006 Chevrolet Uplander 1GNDV23L36D209133 1999 Buick Century 2G4WS52M8X1592985 2000 Nissan Altima 1N4DL01D4YC195630 2004 Chrysler Pacifica 2C8GF68414R561339 2007 Toyota Corolla 2T1BR32E57C811298 2006 Chevrolet Malibu 1G1ZT51F26F225338 1999 Buick Lesabre 1G4HR52K1XH468928 1994 Lexus LS 400 JT8UF11E0R0209959 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis 2MEFM75W9XX731332 2007 Kia Spectra KNAFE121975380862 2003 Honda Odyssey 5FNRL18923B085758 1975 Buick Electra 4X39T5H504856 2003 Honda Accord 1HGCM56383A143598 1999 Ford Ranger 1FTYR10V9XPB73379 2003 Honda Accord 1HGCM72623A025476 2001 Toyota Camry 4T1BG22K81U810156 2002 F d F 150

0518_GDP_FRI_CLASS_Classifieds 5/17/2018 6:24 PM Page B7 PUBLIC SALES/ AUCTIONS 2002 Ford F-150 1FTRW08692KD36980 1998 Chevrolet C1500 1GCEC19W9WE238886 2004 Infiniti FX35 JNRAS08U54X105846 2008 Mazda Mazda3 JM1BK32G381113431 929-547513, 5/4,11,18 NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION: The following vehicle was declared abandoned and foreclosed, pursuant to OCGA section 40-11-5, will be up for public auction at Tran’s Auto Repair, 4757 Buford Hwy, Norcross, Ga 30071, on 05/26/2018 at 4:00 pm. 2008 MERCURY MILLAN 3MEHMVIN# 08Z88R617215 929-548418, 5/11,18 LIVE AUCTION FAC 1689 – MULTIPLE UNITS Extra Space Storage will hold a public auction to sell personal property described below belonging to those individuals listed below at the location indicated: 2040 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, Ga, 30044 (05/24/18) 12pm View 150 Fennell, James $474.60 Household Goods 151 View Fennell, James Household $474.60 Goods 152 View Fennell, James Household $474.60 Goods 108 View Frances President Household $325.00 Items 085 View Douglas Soto $319.00 HouseHold Goods 518 View Dorreen Craig $355.50 Household Goods 320 View Christopher Kimbrough Household $263.00 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. 929-548423, 5/11,18 NOTICE There will be sold at public outcry for cash at Willard Wrecker Service, 719 Shadburn Avenue, Buford, GA 30518, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM the following vehicles declared abandoned or foreclosed vehicles pursuant to O.C.G.A Section 40-11-05, as follows: Make # Year VIN Model 2006 1 Van Ford 2FMZA52296BA17706 2003 2 Benz Mercedes 4JGAB57E43A411196 1999 3 ES 300 Lexus JT8BF28G2X0224190 2004 4 Century Buick 2G4WS52J041182005 2003 5 T L Acura 19UUA56883A077840 2008 6 Impala Chevrolet 2G1WB58K089255054 2007 7 Camry Toyota 4T4BE46K87R011505 2004 8 Camry Toyota 4T1BF32K14U573782 929-547746, 5/11,18,25 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE In accordance with Georgia Law Chapter 40-11-5 the following vehicles have been deemed abandoned and will be sold at a public sale on 6-1-18 @ 1:00 Said Vehicles are located at: 1386 Indian TRL- Lilburn Rd #100 Norcross, GA 30093 VIN# 1GCCS148548155714 04 CHEVROLET COLORADO VIN# 4F2CU08142KM27722 MAZDA TRIBUTE


929-548564, 5/11,18 NOTICE OF SALE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DATE OF AUCTION JUNE 1, 2018 AT 11:00AM According to the lease by and between: Unit 64 Katrina Oglesby Unit 74 James Green Jr. Unit 116 Zerita Washington Unit 193 Christy Peppers and TKG-StorageMart, DBA StorageMart #701, and its related parties, assigns and affiliates. In order to perfect the lien on the goods contained in the storage unit the manager has cut the lock on their units and upon a cursory inspection the units were found to contain, mattress, box springs, shoes, chair couch, suitcases, mirror, drums, gym bells, bug spray, sound proof panels, beds, trophies, dresser, briefcase, dresser, sweeper, toy cars, crushed boxes, folding chair, and many other items used in and around the home. Items will be sold online via or disposed of on June 1st, 2018 at 11:00 am or thereafter, at the location listed below to satisfy owners lien in accordance with the state statutes. Terms of sale are cash only. All goods are sold in “as is” condition. Seller reserves the right to override all bids. All items or spaces may not be available on date of sale StorageMart 701 794 Scenic Highway Lawrenceville, GA 30046 770-236-9260 929-549388, 5/18,25 NOTICE There will be sold at public outcry for cash at Willard Wrecker Service, 719 Shadburn Avenue, Buford, GA 30518, on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM the following vehicles declared abandoned or foreclosed vehicles pursuant to O.C.G.A Section 40-11-05, as follows: #Year Make Model VIN 1 2005 Nissan Altima 1N4AL11D15N434074 2 1992 Jaguar Sovereign SAJHY1740NC651940 3 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1GNDS13S222237912 4 2008 Suzuki SX4 JS2YC415285100519 5 2013 Nissan Sentra 3N1AB7AP2DL620038 6 1999 Saturn SW2 1G8ZK8273XZ236166 7 2008 Toyota Camry 4T1BK46KX8U072617 8 2008 BMW 328i WBAVA375X8NL19889 9 2001 Honda Civic




2HGES16521H594288 2000 10 Crown Victoria Ford 2FAFP71W6YX112502 2005 11 300 Chrysler 2C3AA53G55H545609 2013 12 Rio Kia KNADM4A36D6152113 2008 13 Fusion Ford 3FAHP08118R141124 1991 14 Camry Toyota 4T1VV21E4MU038225 1999 15 Taurus Ford 1FAFP52U8XA210634 1994 16 Civic Honda 1HGEG8665RL007549 2001 17 300M Chrysler 2C3HE66G41H517542 1997 18 Explorer Ford 1FMDU35P2VUB42696 2004 19 Mitsubishi Galant 4A3AB56FX4E084969 1997 20 Avalon Toyota 4T1BF12B3VU204492 1997 21 F Super Duty Ford 3FELF47F0VMA05157 1996 22 Thunderbird Ford 1FALP62W5TH100183 1999 23 Odyssey Honda 2HKRL1861XH525305 2000 24 LeSabre Buick 1G4HR54KXYU113505 2008 25 Ya r i s Toyota JTDBT923681259965 1997 26 Camry Toyota 4T1BG22K9VU046727 2002 27 Sienna Toyota 4T3ZF13C22U447865 1997 28 Astro Van Chevrolet 1GCDM19W2VB228886 1997 29 Accord Honda 1HGCD7232VA034428 2010 30 Sienna Toyota 5TDKK4CC0AS331305 2008 31 HHR Chevrolet 3GNDA53P88S647407 1993 32 Ram Wagon Dodge 2B5WB35ZXPK530751 2012 33 Fusion Ford 3FAHP0HA0CR125991 2004 34 TSX Acura JH4CL96874C026815 2002 35 Civic Honda 1HGEM22942L090354 2006 36 Armada Nissan 5N1AA08A76N723835 1998 37 Oldsmobile Cutlass 1G3NG52M5W6347828 2002 38 Corolla Toyota 2T1BR12E02C866996 2000 39 Mitsubishi Mirage JA3AY26CXYU063085 2002 40 Explorer Sport Ford 1FMYU60E62UD36541 41 2001 Nissan Xterra 5N1ED28T21C582716 42 1993 Toyota Camry 4T1SK12E9PU244293 43 2012 Kia Rio KNADM4A37C6057638 44 1994 Honda Civic 2HGEJ2227RH525614 45 2002 Toyota Corolla 1NXBR12E42Z574461 46 2002 Honda Accord 1HGCG55462A099441 47 2000 Toyota Celica JTDDR32TXY0039092 48 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1 J 4 H S48N15C717785 1999 49 Expedition Ford 1FMRU1761XLC41906 2000 50 F-150 Ford 2FTZF1720YCA50663 1990 51 Civic Honda 1HGED365XLL018489 2001 52 Rav4 Toyota JTEHH20V710079439 1999 53 Durango Dodge 1B4HS28YXXF630454 2004 54 Civic Honda 2HGES16524H500110 2007 55 Volkswagen Passat WVWAK73CX7P042755 2004 56 Denali GMC 1GKFK66U64J196953 1998 57 Explorer Ford 1FMZU34X9WUB96814 2005 58 Sedona Kia KNDUP132956688150 1999 59 Camry Toyota 4T1BG22K7XU448362 929-547745, 5/11,18,25

There will be sold at public outcry for cash at Willard Wrecker Service, 719 Shadburn Avenue, Buford, GA 30518, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM the following vehicles declared abandoned or foreclosed vehicles pursuant to O.C.G.A Section 40-11-05, as follows:

1D4HD48N84F227358 2008 Ford Taurus 1FAHP24W78G181485 2007 Ford Focus 1FAFP31N27W262021 1983 Glaston Boat GLAC1357M83F 2004 Honda Odyssey 5FNRL18874B095887 2006 Honda Odyssey 5FNRL38736B028810 2005 Hyundai Tucson KM8JN12D55U087725 2006 Infiniti M35 JNKAY01E66M102197 2004 Land Rover Range Rover SALME11414A147706 2000 Lexus RX300 JT6GF10U0Y0080201 2001 Lincoln Navigator 5LMEU27R81LJ19577 Lotus Scooter LHJTLB2J4ABL01897 2006 Mazda MPV JM3LW28A560565011 Mitsubi2002 Eclipse Spyder shi 4A3AE45G12E045485 2004 Nissan Altima 1N4AL11DX4C192847 2006 Nissan Altima 1N4AL11D56N375001 1999 Pace Trailer 4FPFB1010XG031618 2002 Toyota Camry JTDBE32K220013751 2001 Toyota Corolla 1NXBR12E41Z474407 2005 Toyota Corolla JTDBR32E652056027 2006 Volkswagen Passat WVWAK73C76P030321 929-549613, 5/18,25,6/1

NOTICE There will be sold at public auction on Saturday 2 of June, 2018 at 11:00 am the following vehicle at GLOBAL ONE AUTO REPAIR, 6290 BUFORD HWY. STE-300, NORCROSS, GA. 30071 and 2003 GMC SIERRA, VIN: 1GTHC23U93F238161; 2008 VW PASSATT, VIN: W V WA K 7 3 C 8 8 E 2 4 0 4 7 3 , at MOTORSPORTS INTERNATIONAL, 3705 NAMASCO DR. STE-2, SUWANEE, GA. 30024, 2004 NISSAN MAXIMA, VIN: 1N4BA41E14C879297; at I & D AUTO PARTS LLC, 115 ARCADO RD. STE C, LILBURN, GA. 30047, 2012 HYUNDAI SONATA, VIN: 5NPEB4AC3CH379969, declared abandoned and foreclosed vehicles pursuant to Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 40-11-5 929-549646, 5/18,25 NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE In accordance with Georgia Law Chapter 40-11-5 the following vehicles have been deemed abandoned and will be sold at a public sale on 6-8-18 @ 2:00 Said Vehicles are located at: 3580 Buford Hwy #A Duluth, GA 30096 VIN# 1N4AL11D46N311368 06 NISSAN ALTIMA VIN# 1FDKE37H9THB66669 96 FORD F150 VIN# 4A4AP4AUXDE005734 13 Mits Outlander Sale will be held at 1:00 on 6-8-18. Location: 2785 Buford Hwy Duluth, GA 30096 VIN# 1N6AD09U27C407788 07 NISSAN FRONTIER LE Sale will be held at 11:30 on 6-8-18 Location: 1386 Indian TRLLilburn Rd #100 Norcross, GA 30093 929-549619, 5/18,25

#; Year; Make; Model; VIN 1 2006 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WT55K169141188 2 1996 Nissan Maxima JN1CA21D0TT158576 3 2007 Toyota Camry 4T1BE46K47U105102 4 2004 Kia Sedona KNDUP131446571226 5 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 3B7HC13Y11G793579 6 2002 Mitsubishi Galant 4A3AA46G02E112491 7 2001 Volkswagen Jetta 3VWTG69M81M225859 8 2004 Nissan Sentra 3N1CB51D94L471260 9 1996 Nissan Maxima JN1CA21D4TT745704 10 2006 Ford Freestar 2FMZA52296BA17706 11 2004 Mazda RX-9 JM1FE17N340130251 929-549392, 5/18,25 NOTICE THESE VEHICLES WILL BE SOLD FOR PUBLIC OUTCRY FOR CASH AT STATEWIDE WRECKER SERVICE LOCATED AT 2775 SIMPSON CIRCLE, NORCROSS, GEORGIA AT 10:00 A.M. ON JUNE 02, 2018. THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES ARE DECLARED ABANDONED AND FORECLOSED VEHICLES PURSUANT TO OCGA 40-11-5. ESTOS VEHICULOS SERAN VENDIDOS AL PUBLICO POR DINERO EN EFECTIVO EN STATEWIDE WRECKER SERVICE LOCALIZADO EN 2775 SIMPSON CIRCLE, NORCROSS, GEORGIA A LAS 10:00 A.M. EN 02 JUNE 2018 . LOS SIGUIENTES VEHICULOS AN SIDO DECLARADOS ABANDONADOS Y CERRADOS DE ACUERDO A OCGA 40-11-5 NUEVA LOCALIZACION 770-381-1140 2004 Yamaha Panterra 50cc Dirtbike LLCHYJ10641008113 2007 Kia Spectra KNAFE121X75381535 2007 Polaris Sportsman 4XAMH50A17A942523 2006 Toyota Corolla 1NXBR32E76Z621306 1997 Nissan Maxima JN1CA21D0VT217418 1999 Toyota Camry JT2BF22K2X0152611 2005 Lexus ES 330 JTHBA30G255118760 2001 Lexus IS 300 JTHBD182410023516 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 1G1AZ55FX67835553 2000 Acura 3.2 TL 19UUA5666YA049007 2008 Scion tC JTKDE167780231107 2002 Lincoln LS 1LNHM87A12Y687140 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser 3C4FY58B23T549597 2008 Honda Civic 1HGFA16558L008011 2011 Nissan Sentra 3N1AB6APXBL714952 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx 1G1ZU64854F125750 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse 4A3AC44G22E101960 1998 Ford Expedition 1FMRU1765WLB02294 2006 Ford Ranger 1FTYR10UX6PA68405 2001 Cadillac Deville 1G6KD54Y61U136950 1998 Chevrolet G3500 1GCHG35R8W1076625 2005 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WH52K759124268 2006 Honda Accord 1HGCM56736A160591 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe 1GNEK13R2TJ358724 2005 Ford Freestar 2FMZA516X5BA79909 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1GNDT13S562151383 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser 3C8FY4BB81T520118 2007 Dodge Charger 2B3KA43G77H801800 2006 Mazda Tribute 4F2YZ94196KM20417 2005 Nissan Altima 1N4BL11D85C195476 2000 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WF55K0Y9134047 1998 Ford Explorer 1FMZU34E1WZA31194 2000 BMW 323Ci WBABM334XYJN80633 2000 Buick Century 2G4WS52J6Y1150679 1993 Lexus LS 400 JT8UF11E2P0147638 2000 Ford Windstar Cargo 2FTZA544XYBB72061 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 1J4FX58S2WC117122 2005 Kia Sedona KNDUP132X56708003 2005 Bashan Mini Chopper Bike LHJPCAL335B002225 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse 4A3AC84H82E093413 2006 Mazda Mazda6 1YVHP80D565M52967 2000 Volkswagen Jetta 3VWSA29M1YM087632 1998 Chevrolet G30 Van 1GBHG31FXW1099677 1997 Honda CR-V JHLRD1858VC055046 929-549634, 5/18,25,6/1 MCCULLOUGH TOWING AUCTION LIST 785 BROGDON RD. SUWANEE, GA 30024 770-263-8483 SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH 2018@ 1:00PM 1999 Acura 3.5RL JH4KA9654XC002824 2002 Acura 3.2TL 19UUA56752A005158 2000 BMW 528i WBADM6341YGU16291 2013 5x8 Carry On Trailer 4YMUL0812DG005202 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2G1WX12K939220461 1996 Chevrolet C1500 1GCEC19R1TE252531 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2G1WX12K839152976 1995 Chevrolet C1500 1GCEC14KXSZ228245 2007 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WT58NX79338478 2005 Chrysler 300C 2C3JA63HX5H651357 2004 Chrysler Sebring 1C3EL65R74N162745 2000 Dodge Durango 1B4HR28Y2YF164712 2004 Dodge Durango 1

SERVICE BY PUBLICATION IN THE MUNICIPAL COURT OF THE CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA Civil Action No. NC-18-04 City of Lawrenceville vs. 1323 Blazing Ridge West Tax Parcel No. R5083 031 and Steven D. Wallace and David E. Wallace NOTICE OF SERVICE BY PUBLICATION Notice is hereby given that a Nuisance Complaint was filed in the City of Lawrenceville Municipal Court on May 8, 2018, Civil Action File No: NC-18-04, in compliance with Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lawrenceville, Georgia and pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 412-7 et seq., with reference to and against the dwelling, building, structure, or property at the above-referenced location within the municipal boundaries of Lawrenceville, Georgia. A hearing on the issue shall be held before the Municipal Court of said City at 70 South Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia at 9:00 a.m. on the 24th day of May, 2018. By publication of this notice, the owner and any parties in interest shall be given the right to file an answer to the Complaint and to appear in person or otherwise and give testimony at such time and place. Frank Hartley, Esq. Attorney for the City of Lawrenceville Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger & Pereira P.C. P.O. Drawer 1250 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 930-548180, 5/11,18

TRADE NAMES GWINNETT SUPERIOR COURT TRADE NAME REGISTRATION MINUTE BOOK 18T PAGE 00458 Personally appeared the undersigned who on oath deposes and says that: Sugar Hill Research & Consulting, LLC 253 Highland Rose Way, Sugar Hill, GA 305184527 is/are doing business in Gwinnett County, Georgia under the name of: Prama Publishing, 253 Highland Rose Way, Sugar Hill, GA 30518-4527 and that the nature of the business to be carried on at such address is: Book Publishing -sSworn to and Subscribed before me this 4 day of May, 2018. -sNotary Public Filed in Office Clerk Superior Court Gwinnett County, GA 18 MAY 4 933-548285, 5/16,23 GWINNETT SUPERIOR COURT TRADE NAME REGISTRATION MINUTE BOOK 18T PAGE 461 Personally appeared the undersigned who on oath deposes and says that: Sllender Therapeutics LLC 1611 Satellite Blvd #3, Gwinnett, Duluth, GA 30097 and Jessica Hernandez-Park 1611 Satellite Blvd #3, Duluth, GA 30097 is/are doing business in Gwinnett County, Georgia under the name of: Slender Med Spa, 1611 Satellite Blvd #3 Duluth, GA 30097 and that the nature of the business to be carried on at such address is: Med Spa -sSworn to and Subscribed before me this 4 day of May, 2018. -sNotary Public Filed in Office Clerk Superior Court Gwinnett County, GA 18 MAY 4 933-548281, 5/16,23

ZONINGS GWINNETT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M. GWINNETT COUNTY JUSTICE AND ADMINISTRATION CENTER AUDITORIUM 75 LANGLEY DRIVE LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA 30046 The following Rezoning, Change-in-Conditions, Special Use Permit and other items of business, located within Unincorporated Gwinnett County, are scheduled for public hearings as stated above. Site plans, legal descriptions, and other information are available in the office of the Planning Division, 446 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. RZR2017-00011, Applicant: Home South Communities, LLC c/o Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, Owner: John T. Lamb, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R7136 001, RA-200 to OSC; Single-Family Subdivision, 2400 Block of Sunny Hill Road and 2500 Block of Morgan Road, 86.15 Acres. District 4/Heard RZC2018-00009, Applicant: North Georgia Ventures Company, Owners: Linda J. Spivey and Mary Guthrie, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R6177 201 and 421, R-75 and O-I to O-I; Retirement Community, Independent Living (Buffer Reduction), 1

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1200 Block of Pleasant Hill Road, 6.10 Acres. District 1/ Brooks SUP2018-00027, Applicant: North Georgia Ventures Company, Owners: Linda J. Spivey and Mary Guthrie, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R6177 201 and 421, R-75 and O-I to O-I; Application for a Special Use Permit in an O-I (Proposed) Zoning District for a Retirement Community (Buffer Reduction), 1200 Block of Pleasant Hill Road, 6.10 Acres. District 1/Brooks SUP2018-00028, Applicant: North Georgia Ventures Company, Owners: Linda J. Spivey and Mary Guthrie, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R6177 201 and 421, R-75 and O-I to O-I; Application for a Special Use Permit in an O-I (Proposed) Zoning District for a Building Height Increase (Buffer Reduction), 1200 Block of Pleasant Hill Road, 6.10 Acres. District 1/ Brooks P&D PC TBL 6-5 934-549644, 5/18

tion for a Special Use Permit in a C-2 Zoning District for a Truck Storage Lot, 6100 Block of Lawrenceville Highway, 200 Block of Pounds Drive, and 100 Block of Lankford Drive, 14.47 Acres. District 2/Howard SUP2018-00037, Applicant: Salma Fernandez, Owner: Kum ham Kim, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R5018 254, Application for a Special Use Permit in a C-2 Zoning District for Automobile Sales (Renewal), 2500 Block of Lawrenceville Highway, 1.0 Acres. District 4/Heard P&D PC/BOC 6-5 & 6-26 934-549636, 5/18

GWINNETT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M. GWINNETT COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018 AT 7:00 P.M. GWINNETT COUNTY JUSTICE AND ADMINISTRATION CENTER AUDITORIUM 75 LANGLEY DRIVE LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA 30046 The following Rezoning, Change-in-Conditions, Special Use Permit and other items of business, located within Unincorporated Gwinnett County, are scheduled for public hearings as stated above. Site plans, legal descriptions, and other information are available in the office of the Planning Division, 446 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. RZC2018-00010, Applicant: Stone Mountain Toyota c/o Alliance Engineering and Planning, Owners: Kelly Daniel Frances Jr. and Jerri Lovett Griffin, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R6055 001, 001A & 002, R-100 and C-1 to C-2; Automobile Sales and Related Service (Buffer Reduction), 2100 Block of Ross Circle, 2100 Block of Ross Road and 4200 Block of Stone Mountain Highway, 22.86 Acres. District 3/ Hunter SUP2018-00032, Applicant: Stone Mountain Toyota c/o Alliance Engineering and Planning, Owners: Kelly Daniel Frances Jr. and Jerri Lovett Griffin, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R6055 001, 001A & 002, Application for a Special Use Permit in a C-2 (Proposed) Zoning District for an Automobile Sales and Related Service (Buffer Reduction), 2100 Block of Ross Circle, 2100 Block of Ross Road and 4200 Block of Stone Mountain Highway, 22.86 Acres. District 3/ Hunter RZM2018-00005, Applicant: Tiang, Inc., Owners: Margaret Anne Tanner Weiss and Roy Lee Wells, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R5086 001 and 001A, R-75 to R-TH; Townhouses (Buffer Reduction), 900 Block of Old Snellville Highway, 10.01 Acres. District 3/Hunter RZM2018-00006, Applicant: Edge City Properties, Inc. c/o Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, Owner: Richard Craig, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R5084 001, 169 & 524, R-75 to R-TH; Townhouses (Buffer Reduction), 1400 Block of Five Forks Trickum Road, 12.39 Acres. District 4/Heard RZR2018-00012, Applicant: Parkland Communities, Inc. c/o Alliance Engineering and Planning, Owners: J. Michael and Teresa H. Cantrell and Hinton Family LP, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R5303 083 and 085, RA-200 to OSC; Subdivision Single-Family (Buffer Reduction), 2600 Block of Fence Road, 69.59 Acres. District 3/Hunter RZR2018-00013, Applicant: Cooper Moon, LLC c/o Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, Owner: James Elmer Nix, Jr., Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R5134 001, 022 & 401, R-100 to R-SR; Senior Oriented Residences, 2600 Block of Moon Road and 500 Block of Cooper Road, 20.76 Acres. District 3/Hunter RZR2018-00014, Applicant: Cooper Moon, LLC c/o Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, Owner: James Elmer Nix, Jr., Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R5134 034, R-100 to R-SR; Senior Oriented Residences, 2600 Block of Moon Road and 300 Block of Cooper Road, 20.58 Acres. District 3/Hunter CIC2018-00007, Applicant: Peoples Bank & Trust c/o Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, LLP, Owner: Peoples Bank & Trust, Tax Parcel No. R7106 002, Change in Conditions of Zoning for Property Zoned O-I (Buffer Reduction), 2000 Block of Azalea Drive and 800 Block of Camp Perrin Road, 3.07 Acres. District 4/Heard CIC2018-00009, Applicant: David Buckel, Owner: Price Industries, Inc., Tax Parcel No. R7154 023, Change in Conditions of Zoning for Property Zoned M-1, 2900 Block of Shawnee Ridge Court, 8.36 Acres. District 1/ Brooks SUP2018-00029, Applicant: Donald S. Wilson, Owner: Donald S. Wilson, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R7180 070, Application for a Special Use Permit in a R-100 Zoning District for an Accessory Building Greater than 1,000 Square Feet, 3100 Block of Biltmore Woods Drive, 0.82 Acre. District 4/Heard SUP2018-00030, Applicant: Babayemi Orimogunje, Owner: Yetunde Orimogunje, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R6015 139, Application for a Special Use Permit in a R-100 Zoning District for a Personal Care Home (Family), 3300 Block of Centerville Rosebud Road, 1.71 Acres. District 3/Hunter SUP2018-00031, Applicant: Liliana Diaz, Owner: Dalu Management LLC, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R6156 155, Application for a Special Use Permit in a C-2 Zoning District for an Automobile Sales and Repair Shop, 800 Block of Pleasant Hill Road, 0.35 Acre. District 1/Brooks SUP2018-00034, Applicant: Empire Transportation, Owner: Cruse Crossing Partners, LLC, Rezoning of Tax Parcel No. R7038 032, Application for a Special Use Permit in a C-2 Zoning District for Medical Transport, 900 Block of Herrington Road and 2700 Block of Cruse Road, 11.89 Acres. District 4/Heard SUP2018-00036, Applicant: LLC, Owner: John Gelzer, Rezoning of Tax Parcel Nos. R6139 030, 043 and 067, Applicat





6858 Glen Hunt Ct.

LAKE FRONT! 2407 Meredith Dr.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) required. Passenger and School Bus (P&S) endorsements required within three months of hire.

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Master School Bus and PMI T8 ASE required within six months of hire.


GWINNETT CO. PUBLIC SCHOOLS seeking two Lead Auto/Diesel Techs with 3 yrs supervisory experience and 10+ yrs automotive/diesel mechanic experience.

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511North Broad St.

Pay commensurate with experience; excellent benefits & retirement package. GWINNETT CO. PUBLIC SCHOOLS seeking six Auto/ Diesel Techs with 3 yrs automotive/diesel mechanic experience.

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COVINGTON, GA 30014 1750 Georgia Highway 138

ZONED COMMERCIAL Drastically Reduced, Bring All Offers! Hot commercial property in Monroe city limits! Zoned B3. Any type of business can go here! All utilities available 190-feet road frontage. Catch it before it’s gone! $115,000 Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885 www.petersrealty MONROE, GA 30655

North Broad St.

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MONROE, GA 30655

363 Towler Street


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1 ACRE SEWER LOT 1 acre lot, already connected to public water and sewer with electricity and footing in place for a house. 274 feet road frontage. This property is zoned R1A and seller is ready for your offers! $63,000 Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885 www.petersrealty MONROE, GA 30655 710 HARRIS STREET

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3BR/3BA RANCH On partial basement. Detached garage, 1.84 acre lot. $129,900 Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885 www.petersrealty GWINNETT SNELLVILLE 4BR/2BA 1 acre estate for sale in Snellville city limits - $229,900 For Sale by Owners. Classic brick ranch in move-in condition. No smoke/pet scents. Recent improvements. Fenced in backyard w/ lots of privacy. Large family and dining rooms w/adjacent eat-in kitchen. Real stone fplc. w/enclosed sunroom in back! Call or text Jeff 404-626-0233 GWINNETT SUWANEE 4BR 2BA Suwanee Subdivision For Sale By Owner Furnished ranch, w/ bonus room over the garage, $300K Many upgrades incl. granite countertops, hrdwd. floors, & new carpeting throughout!



ZONED R1A Beautiful 9.9 Acre Property which served as Perkin-Wooden Post #531 of the American Legion 531. Various uses for this property. Property is serviced by public sewer. Great development potential,or can be used as daycare, church and Many Other Uses. $575,000 Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885 www.petersrealty MONROE, GA 30655 511 North Broad St.

ZONED COMMERCIAL Drastically Reduced! Hot Commercial Property In Monroe City Limits! Zoned B3. Any type of business can go here! All utilities available 190-feet road frontage. Catch It Before It’s Gone! Bring All Offers! $115,000 Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885 www.petersrealty

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ACREAGE! PRICE REDUCTION! Great 32.53 +/Acre Tract Zoned A2 Perfect for Livestock, Farming, Hunting, or Build Your Dream Home. Property Has A 20 Foot Easement For Access. Motivated Sellers, Bring All Offers! $211,445 • EHO Peters Realty Professionals 770-466-2885


APPLIANCES DRYER/WASHER $125 ea.; Super Capacity $175 ea. Front Loader Set $450 & up; Regular Refrig. & Ranges $175 & up; SXS Refrig. $300 & up. Dishwasher $100 & up. Different colors. Del/1 yr warr. Tim 404-205-2222

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Memorial Day weekend is next week, a time when many people hit the road for a trip. According to AAA, these are the top 10 destinations travelers are heading to this year:

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Duluth Memorial Day Service — A service honoring our country’s fallen heroes will be held at 6 p.m. on the Duluth Town Green.

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customer is getting the right experience and enjoying themselves.” Menu: Wow Poke N Juice focuses heavily on providing its customers with options. There are a few set signature bowls on the menu. However, the restaurant encourages guests to create their own. “What you pick and what you like is the best bowl in our opinion,” Kim said. “We want them to build and pick what they like.” Guests can choose between choosing a small bowl that has two protein options, a medium bowl that comes with three or a large bowl that allows the choice of four proteins in addition to adding a base of brown or white rice, quinoa or spring mix. Kim said the restaurant has recommendations for the poke bowls, such as the 1-2-3 combination of crunchy toppings which includes furikake, tempura crisps and garlic crisps, as well selecting which of the nine sauces will bring out the best flavor. “She makes all of the sauces here,” Jeung said. “It’s all organic and fresh.


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Other places might have the same ingredients, but it’s really here sauces that stand out.” Each day Kim and Jeung press and bottle the seven different juices that are sold. Because the drink has no preservatives, it is fresh for two to three days. A normal day sees the pair arrive about 8 a.m. to

prep food and to begin bottling and chilling the juice. According to Jeung, one of the most popular juices is the Sweet Madam, which is a combination of pineapple, apple, strawberry, ginger and orange. Another popular drink is the Black Lemonade, which Kim said is a good detox drink because of the combination

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Wow Poke Bowl: salmon, spicy tuna, edamame, kale, cucumber, green onion, jalapeno, cilantro, onion, pineapple, spicy mayo, citrus ponzu, wasabi aioli, sesame oil on a choice of brown or white rice, spring mix or quinoa; small: $8.95, medium: $10.95, large: $12.95 Sweet Madam Juice: freshly pressed pineapple, apple, strawberry, orange and ginger bottled and chilled, $7.75 Black Lemonade Juice: Water, activated charcoal, lemon and honey powder bottled and chilled, $5.95



of lemon, water, activated charcoal and honey powder. Wow Poke N Juice plans to add cold brew coffee to the menu in June. Something You Might Not Know: Most restaurants provide customers with a fountain drink station, however that is nowhere to be found at Wow

Poke N Juice. One of the reasons the restaurant offers only its pressed juices, sparkling water, coconut water and bottled water is to limit the sugar intake of its customers. “We’re trying to serve something healthy,” Kim said. “To do that we try to stay away from salts and sugars.”

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Fox Theatre unveils $10 million Marquee Club BY TREVOR MCNABOE trevor.mcnaboe

President and CEO of the Fox Theatre Allan Vella said the opening of the Marquee Club presented by Lexus has been a long time coming for patrons of the Atlanta landmark. This week, members of the club were able to step inside the 89-year-old theater’s large revitalization project for the first time. “It’s not unusual for arenas and stadiums to have these high level clubs that allow people to experience more food and drink options,” Vella said. “For years we’ve tried to figure out how to enhance the experience of the Fox.” The Marquee Club, a $10 million expansion project, is a 10,000-square-foot facility that features three levels — the main level, mezzanine and both a covered and open rooftop terrace. The goal of the project was to keep the historic landmark as untouched as possible. “We’ve been able to maintain all the historic fabric and build basically a building within a building,” Vella said. “It’s kind of like a ship in a bottle.” As part of the construction, the Marquee Club has converted space that previously has been taken up by retail outlets. According to Fox Theatre Vice President and COO Adina Erwin, officials didn’t want to replicate what was in the Fox Theatre, but at the same time not move so far away from who they are. “Our interior design group




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at Lord Aeck Sargent did a phenomenal job of pulling decor elements and features of the Fox and using that to inspire but not replicate,” Erwin said. Some of interior features came from across the world. Karen Gravel, principal and director of historic preservation at Lord Aeck Sargent, said some of the light fixtures came from

Dubai, while the handcrafted furniture was made in Tucker by Corn Upholstery Company. “We tried to have as much things brought in locally as well as abroad,” Grave said. “Some of the tiling flooring came from Brazil, Algeria and Spain. The sourcing from the entire club came from around the world.” The club will have a

Moroccan theme not only with the interior design, but also with the food that will be served. The Marquee Club executive chef Robert Chaffin has designed a fusion of Mediterranean and Moroccan that includes dishes such as edamame falafel, Mediterranean shrimp on a chickpea cake and the club’s own take on Gazpacho.

The private club will also serve custom alcoholic beverages. A total of five bars are placed around the club — one on the main level, one in the mezzanine level and three around the rooftop terrace. Membership to the club will be offered at different levels with club members beginning to have yearround access after this week’s grand opening. Members will enjoy benefits such as access to shows before the general public, private entry, self-parking

in a dedicated lot for select membership levels and rooftop access. Corporate level members start at $12,000 per year, while individual memberships begin at $2,700. Nonmember guests may access the club starting with Saturday’s show, “Live From Here with Chris Thile.” According to Vella, nonmember guests access will be on a limited first come, first served basis for events with access passes available. “This enhances our relationship with our guests, our neighborhood and the community we serve,” Erwin said. “This says to the people that love the Fox and come see shows year after year that this is for you.”

Third annual beer and wine fest brewing in Lilburn BY CURT YEOMANS curt.yeomans

More than 125 beers, ciders and wines from around Georgia will be on tap at Lilburn City Park this weekend. The city is teaming up with Atlanta Beer Festivals to stage the third annual Lilburn Beer and Wine

Fest at the park from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The festival is expected to have more than 100 beers and ciders, as well as more than 25 wines. The beer, wine and cider list for this year’s event was expected to be announced on in the days leading up to the festival.

On the music front, the band One Headlight will perform at the festival. The band performs rock hits from the 1980s and 1990s. Tickets cost $40 online before the event and $50 at the event, although designated driver tickets will be sold for $15. Tickets also cover a souvenir cup, beer, wine and cider samples on top of entry into the

event. Attendees must be at least 21 to get into the festival and pets will not be allowed. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit. ly/2rHrfUQ. Alcohol will be cut off at 4:45 p.m. Organizers will have free bottled water available for participants. Lilburn City Park is located at 76 Main St. in Lilburn.

Quentin Moses’ art journey finds a home in Gwinnett Art Beat

with the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, which has an outstanding collection of American and European Modern Art,” Moses said. “My love for modern art was born from that experience.” Now in the Gwinnett area, Moses has high goals, and mentorship has become a Holley Calmes major focus. He recently began mentoring a young “My wife of 35 years student through the Gwinwas an art major at Fisk nett County Public Schools University and studied with Community Based MentorDr. David Driskell, whom ing Program. A highlight the University of Maryland’s of this experience was Art Center is named,” Moses accompanying Chad, his said. “She first piqued my “mentoree” in the program, interest in fine art when we to the Hudgens Center for were married in New York the Arts in Duluth, exposing City in 1980. I started my the youth to visual art for the Wall Street career then and first time. living in New York City saw “My intention is to use the importance between art my gifts to be a blessing to and commerce. all I meet. A mentor shows “We attended many open- by example, and that’s how I ings, galas, etc., and major live my life,” Moses said. business leaders were also An enthusiastic member major patrons to the arts of the Gwinnett Chamber of community. This trend has Commerce, Moses believes been in existence for several the future belongs to the millennia. When most of the business leaders who want world was illiterate, dance, all in our community to drawings and music were evolve together, financially used to communicate. This and spiritually. has always been recognized “Let’s roll up our sleeves by great leaders around the and get busy Gwinnett,” world.” Moses said In 1999, the couple moved Holley Calmes is a to Florida from New York freelance writer and public and represented many fine relations consultant specialartists. izing in the arts. Email her at “I volunteered as a docent

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the third act when Early — thinking Laurette has something of an open mind — invites her, her husband and son over for dinner to meet Frida. By Michael Clark Although the husband and Movie Critic the son seem fine with Early’s surprising lifestyle For the last quarter change, Laurette has a tocentury, John Carroll tal meltdown and chooses Lynch has (very) quietly words most people would established himself as a later regret. go-to everyman characAdapted by first-time ter actor. You might have writer/director Timothy noticed him in “Face/ McNeil (based in his own Off,” “Grumpy Old Men,” 2007 play of the same “Jackie” or as the implied name), “Anything” will serial killer in “Zodiac” turn off many but will but can’t quite picture likely find considerable him. His best-known roles connections with more were playing the white through sheer audacity. bread husband of the Putting together a frumpy Frances McDormand charsouthern widower with acter in “Fargo” and the an audacious west coast cross-dressing brother of trans-woman seems more the title character on “The destined for camp or broad comedy, but McNeil Drew Carey Show.” “Anything” marks the instead goes for direct 54-year-old Lynch’s first drama and mostly hits his feature film lead performarks. mance, and he delivers Containing absolutely to those familiar with zero sex scenes, “Anything” is instead a meeting his work what could be John Carroll Lynch, left, and Maura Tierney star in “Anything.” (Special Photo) of the minds between two expected: low-key, vultal bedside giving him nerable, calmly assured, people arriving at crosslike helicopters and opts fire introduction to L.A. mode but is also on the two options: He can be conflicted and utterly roads with vastly differto find his own place. He arrives with yet another defense and frequently convincing. It’s wonderful committed to a Missisent pasts and finding an likes the fact that there’s neighbor, Frida (Matt employs sarcasm as a sippi mental institution or a park close by but is to watch such an underunlikely common bond. IsBomer), a sex worker who blocking mechanism. rated and underapprecimove in with her and her sues of physical intimacy warned by jaded neighbor is never identified as either As with Brianna, Frida ated actor carry a film, yet family in Los Angeles. are never brought up mostBrianna (an impressive transsexual, transgender or dresses down Early with ly because the relationship disheartening that it will The catch is option No. 1 Margot Bingham, “Board- mere cross-dresser. Their negative Southern stereohasn’t matured enough to likely be his only career is off the table. Laurette walk Empire”) — who first meeting has Frida types yet he never bites. lead performance. clearly adores her brother, also calls him “cracker” — asking for some sugar — Because of this, each gains address it. That may sound Not long after the death is dead-set on seeing after not to go there after dark. an arcane manner of sugquaint and more than a bit respect for him and ever of his wife of 26 years, square, but if all couples him and it is exactly what Brianna also lets Early gesting some fool-around so slowly Early begins Early Landry (Lynch) attook the same slow and he needs — for now. know another neighbor of — a blunt and clumsy to get acclimated to the tempts suicide by slitting natural path as Early and The new environment theirs is a recent widower gesture not entirely lost on vicious and unforgiving his wrists in a bathtub. Frida, it’s a good bet their works for about 20 minwho frequently drinks too Early. L.A. jungle. Early wakes to find his own unions would have utes when Early surmises much and will sing loudly For reasons almost The narrative/emovastly more staying power. sister, Laurette (Maura that Laurette’s family will off-key with regularity. revealed in full later on, tional peak of the movie (Great Point Media) Tierney), at his hospibe watching over him Early’s full baptism-by- Frida is always in “sell” takes place at the start of

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The passing of Pope John Paul II in 2005 after serving as pontiff for more than 26 years left a void few thought could be filled and for a while they were right. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI had mighty big shoes to fill and after eight years he became the only pope in history to retire. You can’t really blame him; he didn’t have the same charm and light touch as his predecessor and came off as somewhat aloof and starchy. When Pope Francis was elected to assume the church’s top post in 2013, Catholics the world over held their collective breath hoping he could pick up John Paul II’s mantle and, by anyone’s measuring stick,

Francis has done that and then some. For lack of a better word, Francis has made Catholicism “cool” in a way even John Paul II could not. Although records for this type of thing probably don’t exist, he’s probably increased church attendance, grown the flock and brought back many lapsed members. A humble man with a surplus of avuncular charm and an ability to remain committed to longentrenched Catholic dogma while remaining socially relevant by keeping an eye on the future and ever evolving lifestyle changes, Francis I is arguably the highestprofile and most beloved living cleric on the planet, perhaps ever — a description he would immediately downplay. Given his high global profile, beyond modest nature and almost universal approval numbers, it’s difficult to fathom why Francis would agree to be the subject of a documentary. Whether it be for good or bad, everybody will have a different opinion of

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‘Pope Francis’ more an overlong infomercial than biographical expose

him after viewing the film if only just slightly. There’s a phrase: Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke. Francis has garnered a level of praise and adoration any politician or celebrity would pay scads of money for and has done so without relying on spin. Sadly, “A Man of His Word” is a film of nothing but spin where none was needed. Those who have suspected that Francis has a non-traditional Catholic agenda in mind will have most of their theories confirmed by this film. Playing out more like an overlong infomercial than wellresearched biographical expose, “Word” never gets close to anything resembling non-partisan, balanced or clear-eyed. Given the resume of director Wim Wenders, it feels like a film hamstrung and completely artistically controlled by its subject and/or his “handlers” with stringent limitations on content — something the Francis we’ve come to know would not be happy about. The first clue that not all is above board is the almost complete lack of backstory. Opening in 1999, Francis (born in Argentina as Jorge Mario Bergoglio) is shown giving a speech chock full of the type of speaking points we normally associate with run-of-the-mill public office-seekers. It sounds sincere but is lacking in substance. He speaks of soci-

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etal ills but offers no solutions, which continues for the duration of the film and Francis becomes the metaphorical surrogate of Al Gore. He complains about things that trouble him yet can’t offer up any substantial alternative beyond fortune cookie platitudes. The pope doesn’t like natural disasters, which claim the lives of multiple victims (and really, who does?) yet seems to blame these events on society as a whole in general and leaders (Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump) in the abstract as the cause of all the world’s ills. What Wender and Francis fail to grasp is in recognizing how things take place in the real world. Things don’t happen because you want them to; these and other issues only get close to being resolved or even addressed after years (perhaps decades) of contemplation. As Winders presents it, Francis views the

world as a yet-to-be-realized Utopia. If we can rid ourselves of such toxic things as capitalism and basic free-market economies, the world would suddenly find itself free of all things bad. At one point, the pope takes a cloaked stab at the as-yet-erected southern border wall. If you think walls are uncalled for or don’t work, take a look at the one in China built over a thousand years ago or the one surrounding Vatican City. The U.S. isn’t anti-immigrant, it’s anti-ILLEGAL immigrant. There’s a BIG difference between these two view points. This is just one of many areas where Francis takes a marked leftist posture and greatly risks alienating traditional conservative Catholics as well as new members that climbed aboard the Catholic bandwagon since 2013. The pope asserts that 80 percent of the world’s wealth is controlled by just 20 percent of the planet’s population and redistributing it would be a step in the right direction. If that is indeed his wish, perhaps he could get the ball rolling by increasing what the wealthiest organization in the world (the Catholic Church) currently earmarks for charities and disaster relief. According to The Economist, the U.S. arm of the church contributed $5 billion to charities in 2012, which is a mere 3 percent of the $170 billion operating budget. That’s $170 billion in just the U.S six years ago. The church needs to start practicing what it preaches. (Focus Features)

Pope Francis is seen blessing a man in Wim Wenders’ documentary, “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” (Special Photo: Focus Features)

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Pass: Inside what is promoted as a raucous comedy is a sweet, sentimental heart of a movie that is trying too hard to be both a serious reflection on divorce for middle-aged women and the funniest movie in the theaters for the weekend. The sweet parts are some of the best moments of the movie, especially after the party scenes become redundant and stilted. Fail: The plot is not original, and the movie often feels like it is spinning its wheels in the middle of the film. It’s like they needed one more plot line to really fill out a 100-minute story. What we get instead are protracted scenes of Melissa McCarthy’s character, who fears public speaking, standing up in front of her college class sweating through her clothes and stammering and gasping for air. It really comes off as an extended “Saturday Night Live” skit.

My favorite performance was by Maya Rudolph, who portrays Deanna’s best friend. The two have great chemistry, and there are many laughs in their scenes together. There are a lot of cookie-cutter characters here and, as a result, the performances are less than inventive throughout. Watch for Julie Bowen from TV’s “Modern Family,” who makes the most of a small role, plus SNL’s Chris Parnell, who has some of the corniest lines in the script.

I can see why they chose to release this one on Mother’s Day weekend, and undoubtedly a lot of kids may opt to see it with their parents (as I did). If you are fond of McCarthy’s SNL skits, you know what to expect here. I just wish it would have been more enjoyable or fresh.

I’d pass on this one in theaters. There are just not enough big laughs to warrant a large ticket price. Those who seek out a discounted matinee will get more for their money; better yet, just wait to stream it in a few weeks.

Being such a big fan of McCarthy, I hate saying that I came away disappointed with “Life Of The Party.” After all, there are moments when she shows her flashes of brilliance, but they are just too far and in-between this time around. McCarthy needs a vehicle like the one that launched her career — “Bridesmaids” — that is, a comedy (with a big heart) that has more depth, sweetness and better writing. Here’s hoping her next big screen outing will be just that. Side note: It was fun to look for the locations where “Life Of The Party” was filmed since the bulk of it was done in and around Atlanta.

Pass: A lighthearted comedy that doesn’t try to offend the audience like the more popular raunchy genres. Fail: This movie was a little too lighthearted, slow paced and often boring. With a big name like Melissa McCarthy starring in it, I was expecting a lot more fun and laughs.

Honestly, I didn’t feel anyone offered a standout performance. The entire cast was underutilized, and no one was left to shine.

If you prefer your comedies to be a little more tame, then this is probably for you.

I would recommend waiting for the rental rather than forking out your money at the theaters.

Maybe I came in expecting too much, but it really didn’t do anything for me. It started off very slow and kind of boring but I figured that it was leading up to something hilarious. I mean, it does star Melissa McCarthy, after all. The truth is there were some moments that made me laugh but it wasn’t enough to keep me interested and hold the movie together. I really felt like there were several opportunities to turn it around, but it never really made it past mediocracy. Sorry Melissa, but unfortunately, you were not the “Life of the Party” this time.

Pass: Interesting premise; good acting by Melissa McCarthy; and some humorous parts here and there. Fail: Most of the movie misfires badly due to weak scripting and poor direction.

Melissa McCarthy really cleans up her normally profane persona for the PG-13 rated “Life of the Party,” which ironically focuses a most of its energy on the seedier side of college life such as wild frat parties and casual sex romps. McCarthy is actually quite good in the role of Deanna Miles, who gets dumped by her husband of 20-plus years on the same day they both drop off their daughter for her final year of college.

If you like McCarthy’s other flicks such as “Spy” and “The Boss,” “Life of the Party” will especially appeal to you. However, the first 30 to 40 minutes are downright awful to behold, even for McCarthy fans. The film actually gets better in the second half so your patience will be somewhat rewarded.

“Life of the Party” plays out like a B-rated, made-for-TV movie, and not a terribly good one at that. It has its LOL moments, but you have to slog through a lot of really bad film time to see them. Save this one for a Netflix viewing on a rainy day.

The good news: Melissa McCarthy is a gifted actress and comedian without having to be a potty mouth, and this role is right in her wheelhouse. The bad news: Even her talents and strong efforts can’t lift “Life of the Party” out of the dumper. The scripting, pacing and direction almost had me walking out the door halfway through the film. What saves “Life of the Party” are some fairly good comic pratfalls and verbal jousting (which McCarthy is especially good at) scattered here and there. By the time the end credits started rolling, though, all I could hear in my mind were the words to an old Willie Nelson song: “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.…”

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rated) • “Red Sparrow” (May 22): Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust. (R) • “Wonderstruck” (May 22): Ben and Rose are children from two different eras who secretly wish that their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he’s never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue and Rose reads an enticing headline, they both set out on epic quests to find what they’re missing. (PG)

• “Annihilation” (May 29): Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X — a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscapes and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity. (R) • “I’m Dying Up Here: Season One” (May 29): With Jim Carrey among its executive producers, the Showtime drama series probes the world of stand-up comedy; stars include Melissa Leo and Michael Angarano. (Not rated) • “Death Wish” (June 5): Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis) is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city’s violence in the emergency becomes obsessed with room. When home intruddelivering vigilante justice ers brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey to the perpetrators. As the

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NOW SHOWING Recently reviewed films now playing in metro area theaters. Ratings are out of 4 stars. • “The Rider” (R) — 3 1/2 stars Presented as a docudrama, “The Rider” is based on a true story about a Lakota Sioux cowboy who rides horses in the rodeo. Set in presentday, director Chloe Zhao (“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”) cast the people who lived the events to play themselves in the film. Dripping in realism, the movie paints the picture of an injured cowboy, Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), who has lost his identity after a severe accident forces him to stop riding. Presented with top-notch cinematography in the badlands of South Dakota, the film recreates the story with almost every detail. “The Rider” is a wonderfully unique film and a must-watch. — Kyle Dawson • “Avengers: Infinity War” (R) — 3 stars Ten years’ worth of Marvel Studios superhero movies deliver payoffs galore in this massive mashup. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick

Boseman), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) come together — sort of — to stop genocidal galactic baddie Thanos (Josh Brolin) from collecting the Infinity Stones he plans to use to wipe out half the universe. One could call it a love letter to fans if not for its gut punch of a cliffhanger ending. — Khari J. Sampson • “Tomb Raider” (PG-13) — 2 1/2 stars Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) stars as the latest live action version of tomb-raiding video game heroine Lara Croft. Basically an origin story, it centers on Lara’s walking in the footsteps of her seven-years-presumeddead father and stumbling on a secret that could threaten the globe. Like most movies based on games, “Tomb Raider” is thin and predictable. While Vikander makes for a winsome lead and there’s a decent twist ending, this reboot comes across as mostly pointless, even by the standards of the genre. — KS • “Super Troopers 2” (R) — 3 stars The goofiest police officers in Vermont return 17 years after the original “Super Troopers” for a sequel that

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‘Book Club’ gives Baby Boomer audience what it wants Book Club (PG-13) 1 out of 4 stars ★★★★

income. If you ignore them, you’re making a huge business mistake. Slapping together a movie that serves as both the pilot BY MICHAEL CLARK and final episode of someMovie Critic thing resembling a knockoff of “The Golden Girls” and “Book Club” is a perfect populating it with four example of a major studio Oscar-winners along with recognizing that not everytwo other nominees was a body is in the market for a no-brainer. There are enough superhero movie and that the fans of these six people ever-increasing number of alone to warrant a movie aging Baby Boomers is also about anything and doing the group with the highso with barely a lick of anyest amounts of disposable thing interesting taking place

probably won’t matter. A lot of people will pay good money to see “Book Club” and many — not most — will leave the theater feeling they got a good deal. They’ll see performers they grew up with playing people about the same age as them while talking “PG-13” level dirty (with a single allowed “F-bomb”) about sex and some other assorted inconveniences associated with aging. It’s a movie reflecting the lifestyle of a huge demographic most movies don’t

even acknowledge and if so, often treat as caricatures or drooling fools. If you’re not a Baby Boomer — or one that prefers things like quality, originality, humor and non-predictability — “Book Club” will likely be a supreme misappropriation of your time and money. It totally wastes the talents of several otherwise respected actors and hundreds of production personnel for a venture that accomplishes practically next to nothing.


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appear in — count ’em — three more films, Brolin’s Cable is far removed from the comic book version and is conceived here more as a variation on the title character in the “Terminator” franchise. He’s a time traveler on a mission to prevent something from happening which may involve pre-teen mutant Firefist (Julian Dennison). In many aspects, the Cable subplot — not even starting until about the 30-minute mark — becomes the principal focus of the narrative’s second half. It might not seem so initially, but the choice of Reynolds, returning cowriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and director David Leitch (“John Wick”) to include less of the Deadpool character for the likely purpose of setting up another franchise was a dicey, huge and easily avoidable gamble. Even though Deadpool is included in almost every scene, the film as a whole

has the air of an ensemble project and is a direct reflection of Reynolds’ selfless act of putting his ego on the back-burner for the sake of the whole. Although you can now go to and find pages for “Deadpool 3” and “X-Force,” neither has been confirmed and some recent news reports have stated that Reynolds may or may not reprise his role. Reynolds is on the record stating he was attracted to this character in part because of the rich comedic potential but more because he could play the part in makeup and prosthetics (or a mask), where his matinee idol, “Sexiest Man Alive” looks were eliminated. You have to admire individuals such as Reynolds and Charlize Theron, whose dedication to their craft far outweighs their vanity. The ending of “Deadpool 2” does include something of an open-ended cliffhanger and not eventually offering the audience some form of closure — good or bad — would be a huge drag, but if this movie marks the end of Reynolds’ most successful and satisfying character, at least he’s going out on top. Bully for him. (Fox)

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