Eclipse Path Video by NASA

June 19, 2017-by NASA



Video Credit: NASA GSFC’s Scientific Visualization Studio; Blue Marble data courtesy Reto Stöckli (NASA/GSFC)

Flagman Hit by Motorist on North Sharon Church Road

April 21, 2017 3:20PM – by Steve Gearhart
A motorist, traveling north on North Sharon Church Road, hit a flagman head on. The accident occurred on Friday, April 21st at about 1:30 PM. The impact resulted in the flagman being thrown onto the driver’s windshield then reversing direction and being thrown completely over the front of a tandem axle dump truck. The dump truck’s front absorbed the remainder of the impact. The flagman was taken by ambulance to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with massive head and leg injuries. His condition is unknown at this time. Approximately 6 other workers would have been in the vehicle’s path if the dump truck hadn’t been at that location.  Georgia State Patrol is taking the lead on accident investigation.

My prayers go out the flagman, his family, and co-workers.

An Eclipse Is Coming! – August 21, 2017

8/22/2016 – by Steve Gearhart
Mark your calendars! An eclipse will be coming on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Based on the maps below, expect the eclipse to occur around 2:30PM (EDT). The time listed is based on our timezone for that time of year being UT-4. The “UT” stands for Universal Time. Also, remember to have eye protection if you plan to view this event. After this eclipse, the next two aren’t until April 8, 2024 and August 12, 2045.

Here are 2 different maps projecting the solar path during the eclipse:
20170821 Eclipse


Goodwill store to locate in old Loganville Ingles building

6/8/2016 – by Sharon Swanepoel
A couple of decades later and it looks like there will finally be new life in the vacated Ingles building in Loganville.

Janice Tribble with Loganville Planning and Zoning announced at the June Triad meeting in Loganville last week and it was confirmed at the Loganville City Council meeting Monday that Goodwill is opening a store at that location.

“We do have a small Goodwill location in Loganville, but this will be much bigger,” Tribble said.

The Goodwill location in Loganville currently is a collection point. City manager Bill Jones said it is his understanding that the Goodwill store hopes to open sometime next month. Click on this link for more information about the mission of Goodwill and what it can bring to the area. Goodwill stores use the funding generated from the stores to help people get work ready. It is not clear at this time how many jobs the store will bring to the area, but you can click on this link for information about jobs at Goodwill.

The Ingles building became vacant almost 20 years ago when a new Ingles store was build on adjacent property. Despite some attempts to lease it by various organizations, none were successful until now.

In other development business at the Loganville City Council meeting, it was confirmed that the Hobby Lobby development is on track and expects to close on the property in June and begin construction soon after. The City Council is also expected to vote Thursday on an annexation and rezoning request for adjoining property for a potential retail development adjacent to the Hobby Lobby development.

Sheriff accused of violating policy in bid for re-election

5/2/2016 – by Adam Murphy

WALTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -A contested race for sheriff has prompted voters to speak out about what they believe is misconduct in their county.

The question surrounds a sheriff in Walton County, which is about 47 miles east of Atlanta.

Some think that Sheriff Joe Chapman violated county and department policy in his bid for re-election. One resident even said the sheriff’s department crossed the line during this election cycle.

“He literally came flying into the yard and the first thing out of his mouth is why I had the Keith Glass sign in my yard,” said resident Billy Studdard. “That’s my business. That’s my first amendment right.”

Studdard said he got an earful by the chief deputy for not supporting incumbent Chapman.

“We never saw this coming, even though my son is employed by the county,” Studdard said. “He’s a deputy sheriff. We didn’t think this was going to cause any kind of problems because of who I’m voting for. That has nothing to do with the sheriff or my son or anybody else.”

“That certainly has a chilling effect on people’s first amendment rights,” said attorney David Boyle.

Boyle said there’s more to this political story — Chapman posted on his Facebook page, “We have signs available now! Let us know how many you need and we will bring them to you.”

But Boyle said video shows that people picked up Chapman’s sign at the sheriff’s office.

“Running the campaign from the sheriff’s department, in terms of having their signs delivered there and having people pick up their signs from there, is also a violation of county policy,” Boyle said.

As for Studdard’s complaint, the county attorney said that Chapman investigated the situation and determined that the allegations were inaccurate.

“Their vote is their vote and my vote is mine,” said Studdard. “That’s my right and it was taken away from me.”

Chapman did not want to discuss the issue on-camera, but defends his actions and the department, saying they did nothing wrong.

Early Voting for General Primary 5/2 – 5/20

May 2, 2016 – by Steve Gearhart

Early voting for the Georgia General Primary, which will be on Tuesday, May 24th, is now open in both Gwinnett and Walton Counties.

Voting hours:

Gwinnett County (Elections Office located at 455 Grayson Highway., Suite 200, Town Center Shopping Center)
Monday – Friday (May 2 – May 20)  –  8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday  (May 7 and May 14)  –  8:00am – 5:00pm
Gwinnett Early Voting Website

Walton County (Walton County Government Offices, Hammond Drive, Monroe)
Monday – Friday (May 2 – May 20) – 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday (May 7 Only) – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Walton County Election Event Webpage

Gwinnett County residents also have satellite voting locations available. Visit the Gwinnett County Advance Voting website for find the most convenient location. The site is link is: Gwinnett Satellite Voting Locations

Georgia’s burn ban goes into affect May 1st

4/29/2016 – by Steve Gearhart

The Burn Ban is in affect from May 1, 2016 till September 30, 2016.

ATLANTA (CBS46) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources burn ban is in effect Tuesday.

Fifty-four counties in Georgia are affected by the ban which ends September 30.

The following counties are under the outdoor burn ban:

Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

You may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.

During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The Georgia EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.

4/23/2016 – by a Loganville.Online Member
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EZ Does It Net Radio Ceases Operation

1/11/16 – by Steve Gearhart
The locally owned and operated internet radio station, EZ Does It Net Radio, ceased operation of their webcast services on Saturday, January 9, 2016. After many years of providing quality commercial free music to Loganville and the world, EZ Does It Net Radio could not escape the escalating costs of operation and licensing. We will miss this excellent service and wish the best for Lane and Martha. I hope to see them on the forum.