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Best-selling Author and Ultramarathoner to Visit Gwinnett County Library

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Publish Date:  Dec 7th 


From the Henssler Financial Studio Welcome to the Gwinnett Daily Post Podcast.

Today is Friday, December 8th and Happy Birthday to Sammy Davis Jr.

***12.08.23 - BIRTHDAY - SAMMY DAVIS JR***

I’m Bruce Jenkins and here are your top stories presented by Kia Mall of Georgia.

  1. Best-selling Author and Ultramarathoner to Visit Gwinnett County Library
  2. Buford Sonny's restaurant manager recognized for 'acts of kindness in her community'
  3. Gwinnett schools communications teams earn awards for excellence

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STORY 1: Best-selling Author and Ultramarathoner to Visit Gwinnett County Library

The memoir "Finding Gobi," recounting ultramarathoner Dion Leonard's remarkable bond with a stray dog named Gobi in the Gobi Desert, has become a global bestseller, published in 24 languages. Leonard and Gobi will appear at the Gwinnett County Library’s Snellville Branch on December 9 at 11 a.m. The dog accompanied Leonard through challenging terrains during an ultramarathon, capturing hearts worldwide. Despite Gobi briefly going missing in China, Leonard's story of finding her garnered widespread online support. The inspirational tale has inspired a feature film currently in production in California, set for release in 2024 or 2025. A book signing will be part of the event. For more details, contact the Snellville Branch Public Library at 770-978-5154.


STORY 2: Buford Sonny's restaurant manager recognized for 'acts of kindness in her community'

Sonny’s BBQ celebrated Giving Tuesday by recognizing three employees dedicated to spreading kindness, including Dawn Jackson, a manager at the Buford restaurant. Jackson, named Kindness Officer, actively engages in local fundraisers, supports first responders, and aids the homeless by organizing donations with her team. As part of Sonny’s Kindness Crew, Jackson could donate $2,500 to the charity of her choice, and she chose Random Acts, an organization inspiring kindness globally. Founded by actor Misha Collins in 2010, Random Acts supports various acts of kindness, aligning with Jackson's commitment to community goodwill. For more details, visit


STORY 3: Gwinnett schools communications teams earn awards for excellence

At the Georgia School Public Relations Association annual conference, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Communications and Media Relations, and GCPS TV teams received over a dozen awards, including three "Best in State" honors. Recognizing communications excellence in the 2022-23 school year, awards covered writing, photography, videography/electronic media, and image/identity package design. Notable winners included Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and “Can You Believe It?” for Best in Category, while Gold Awards were secured by various projects, including “Coffee with Calvin” and “Teaching Gwinnett Podcast: School Social Workers.” The awards celebrate the team’s commitment to meaningful communication and community engagement. For details, visit the Gwinnett County Public Schools website.


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STORY 4: Proposed massive apartment development must restart rezoning process after number of apartments reduced

A proposed 700-unit apartment development at Sardis Church Road and Hamilton Mill Road in north Gwinnett, which led to public backlash and legislative efforts to create a new city, has been temporarily derailed. The project's withdrawal from consideration mandates a restart of the rezoning process. Critics claimed the halving of proposed units required a fresh application. The development, adjacent to Seckinger High School, sparked community concerns about density and traffic. The setback may delay the proposal's return until February. House Majority Leader Chuck Efstration and Sen. Clint Dixon praised the withdrawal, emphasizing the need to address overcrowding and traffic issues in the area.


STORY 5: Study uncovers professional and social stigma people with acne experience

A recent study conducted in the U.S. reveals that individuals with acne, particularly those with darker skin tones and more severe cases, face significant social and professional stigma. The research, published in JAMA Dermatology, emphasizes the need to address stigmatizing attitudes and improve access to care for individuals with acne. The study found that participants were less inclined to be friends, have close contact, or share social media photos with individuals with severe acne, particularly if they had darker skin tones. The research underscores the importance of recognizing acne as a medical condition and ensuring access to appropriate treatment.


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STORY 6: Gwinnett County bartender finalist in national Best Holiday Cocktail Contest

Jay Ledbetter from Local Republic is a finalist in the Bar and Restaurant News Best Holiday Cocktail Contest, competing against national chain Eureka. Ledbetter's cocktail, the Tijuana Brass, features autumn spices and fresh herbs with tequila, creating a warm and flavorful drink. Described as a blend of savory, semi-sweet notes with rosemary and ginger, it aims to evoke holiday nostalgia. The contest, open for public voting until December 10, aims to identify the cocktail that best captures the holiday spirit. To vote for Ledbetter's Tijuana Brass, the public can visit the official contest website.


STORY 7: How much do people trust AI with their health?

A survey of 2,000 US adults found that more Americans trust social media and health care websites for health advice over medical professionals, with 53% consulting healthcare websites and 46% relying on social media compared to 44% consulting their personal doctor. The survey, commissioned by UserTesting and conducted by OnePoll, also revealed that 73% believe they have a better understanding of their personal health than their doctor does. Moreover, 67% of Americans have looked up their symptoms on an internet search engine, and 52% have given a list of symptoms to a large language model (LLM) like ChatGPT for a diagnosis. Additionally, 94% of respondents own a personal smart device that can track health, and 78% are confident that AI and tech companies would protect their health information.


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