Friday, March 1, 2013
Both Diana Preston and the late Diane Bronk will be honored.
The city of Lilburn will honor two citizens during its Arbor Day celebration on March 16. Former mayor Diana Preston will be honored with the dedication and planting of a tree, city officials said. And, the late Diane Bronk, a longtime city volunteer, will be honored with the dedication of a bench. The event will take place 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the city park. The first 50 families in attendance will receive a 16-inch seedling to take home. Refreshments will be provided by the Lilburn Woman’s Club. McKinley Landscape donated the tree being planted at this year’s event. Don’t miss any Lilburn news. Subscribe to Lilburn-Mountain Park's free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Lilburnites turn out for good food and Fun-draising in support of this week's Lilburn Relay Rally
Former Mayor Diana Preston was on hand to greet the citizens and friends of Lilburn who came out in support of this year's annual "Cookout for a Cause' held Thursday to benefit the American Cancer Society Fun-draiser. Her invitation to the cookout contained a personal message about her current journey dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. She spent some time thanking people for their cards and prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery. After completing her chemotherapy she will start radiation treatments in May and is looking forward to working through that process and regaining her previous energy levels. This year's cookout was held at the Gartrell Nash Pavilion and started around 11:30 a.m. Chief of Police Bruce Hedley …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Mayor Preston was honored Monday night for her 22 years of service to the city.
Monday night was the last city council session as mayor for Diana Preston, and the city honored her for her 22 years of service. Preston has been mayor for four years and served 18 years on the city council. "You've set the tone for a number of years here in Lilburn," Councilman Tim Dunn said in presenting a plaque to the outgoing mayor. "And we'll plan to coninue. And expect you back in the mix at your first opportunity." Preston said she has some projects around the house that will keep her busy, and she can focus more on her family and grandson. And she'll still be an active part of Lilburn. "It's been a labor of love," Preston said.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Johnny Crist finished 169 votes ahead of incumbent Diana Preston, according to unofficial election results.
Johnny Crist was the people's choice for Lilburn mayor in Tuesday's election. Crist garnered 745 votes, according to unofficial results. Diana Preston had 565. Thomas Wight finished ahead of Teresa Czyz for council post 1, and incumbent Scott Batterton held onto his post 2 seat with a big margin. Voters gave Sunday alcohol sales the nod, with 708 in favor and 394 against. Here are the results, which still must be certified: Mayor Johnny Crist 734 Diana Preston-Incumbent 565 Post 1 Teresa Czyz 584 Thomas Wight 626 Post 2 Angel Alonso 252 Scott Batterton-Incumbent 518 Kay Bennett 210 Porter Deal 286 Poll superintendent Kathy Maner said the results need to be certified because two people voted who were not on the list of registered …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Local veterans recognized by the Mayor in Lilburn City Park
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be Armistice Day, which honored veterans and the fallen of World War I. This original idea has expanded over the years to include veterans from all U.S. wars and to identify one day per year for Americans to demonstrate pride in heroism for all those who have served our country. To that end, a respectable number of citizens made a point to come out to Lilburn City Park on Sunday to show their appreciation for our local veterans at a small but dignified ceremony that has become our annual Lilburn Veterans Day tradition. The City of Lilburn and the GFWC Lilburn Woman's Club co-hosted the event as the Civil Air Patrol cadets presented the colors and LWC Home Life Program Chair, …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Mayoral candidates answer questions from Patch readers on the Mosque issue, legal fees and hiring in the police department.
Mayoral candidates Diana Preston (incumbent) and Johnny Crist responded to questions submitted by Patch readers. Here's what they said. Question: There were at least two open positions in the Lilburn police that were authorized to be filled. A two-month process was initiated that entailed buying an ad in the paper, offering signed offer sheets, and qualifying finalists through a series of evaluations - all of which costs the city money. The day after the last city council meeting (where $40,000 was authorized to assist in the purchase of real estate) the open police billets were frozen and the written offers rescinded. If elected, would you lift the hiring freeze in the police department? When? Diana Preston: The two positions referred to …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Mayoral candidates Diana Preston and Johnny Crist answer questions about their vision for Lilburn and more.
In the run-up to the Nov. 8 elections, Lilburn mayoral candidates Johnny Crist and Diana Preston (incumbent) recently responded to a set of questions from Patch. Here's what they said. Question: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for mayor of Lilburn? Crist: Leadership matters! We can wait no longer to have a restored downtown area where friends can gather for coffee, shopping or have a late night dinner. I have spent my career listening to people, dreaming and formulating plans to execute ideas into reality. We need a vision-driven leader in the mayor’s office. Preston: I have been involved in Lilburn on Citizens Planning /Zoning and Merit Boards in addition to 18 years serving as a council member and four years as mayor. My …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Diana Preston is running for re-election as mayor against Johnny Crist, a councilman.
This is the last in a series profiling all candidates of local political offices on Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch. If you live in Lilburn, chances are you don't need an introduction to Diana Preston. She's served on city council for 22 years and as mayor for the past four. Or you may have had her as a teacher at one of the schools where she taught Spanish and English before retiring: Berkmar, Brookwood and Norcross. More than a few retirees seize the extra time to pursue hobbies, but Preston speaks of her leisure activities pretty much in the past tense: hiking, playing tennis and gardening. She’s in her office at city hall four to five days a week, and when not, she’s out pressing the flesh, attending meetings and working business contacts…
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Students at the Primrose School of Five Forks celebrated different cultures and got a visit from Mayor Diana Preston.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
It really was a small world after all at the Primrose School of Five Forks this past Friday, Sept. 30. Lilburn Mayor Diana Preston joined 130 children at the preschool to celebrate different cultures around the globe. The children dressed up, carried Greek shields, and made a red dragon and Chinese lanterns. They then took part in a cultural parade, ate ethnic foods and joined hands to sing "It's a Small World After All," "This Land is Your Land" and more. Mayor Preston suprised the school by proclaiming, in honor of the preschool. the day to be Celebrating Cultures Day in Lilburn, in which "all citizens are urged to celebrate this day and appreciate the many cultural traditions and their contributions that make up our wonderful community…
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Kay Bennett qualified on Friday to run for Post 2, the seat now held by Scott Batterton.
Kay Bennett qualified on Friday to run for Post 2, City Clerk Kathy Maner said, bringing the number of candidates to four who will be vying for the seat now held by Scott Batterton. Lilburn Realtor Porter Deal and Angel Alonso are also seeking that seat, and Batterton is running for re-election. Teresa Czyz and Lilburn Attorney Thomas Wight are running for Post 1, the seat now held by Johnny Crist. Crist will be running for mayor against the incumbent, Diana Preston. The qualifying period for the Nov. 8 election ended Friday afternoon. Lilburn-Mountain Park Patch will be bringing more information about each of the candidates in the coming weeks.