Tucker Times -October 2018

Tucker Times Covering Tucker, Northlake, Clarkston and Stone Mountain • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 10 • OCTOBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! “Cool” Car Club Raises Money for Charity Georgia Cool Cruisers founder Rick Ellis. (Photo: Dean Hesse) Rick Ellis has been a fan of cars since he was a child. His father owned a 1952 Studebaker and a 1957 Chrysler with a push-button Hemi. In 2000 Rick’s wife Sharon bought a PT Cruiser and when she joined a PT Cruiser Club, Rick saw how much fun she was having and bought his own 2001 Chrysler Prowler. Rick organized a PT Cruiser/Prowler Cruise In at the Galaxy Diner on Henderson Mill Road that grew into a popular monthly event. He also served as an officer and president of the North Georgia Mopar Club where he added multiple events that supported a variety of charities with entry fee donations. After the Mopar club changed directions Rick formed the Georgia Cool Cruisers in 2013. In 2014 the club raised over $32, 000 for causes such as Toys for Tots, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, USO Geor- gia, Furkids, Hot Rodders Children’s Charity and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since 2013 Georgia Cool Cruisers has grown to over 100 members. The club holds car shows and cruise-ins year-round, all supporting charities including a Cruise-In the third Sunday of each month from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Varsity Gwinnet, 6045 Dawson Blvd. in Norcross, co-hosted with SoutheastWheelsEvents.com. Continued on page 7 Game Ranch at Yellow River to Become Wildlife Sanctuary It’s a wonderful project for the Ordway family that one hopes will become a feature to Gwinnett and the Metro. (Amanda C. Coyne) The old Yellow River Game Ranch at 4525 U.S. High- way 78 in Lilburn has for many decades been a landmark but for some time has gotten mixed reviews. Its yellow sign with black lettering proclaimed “Like a Zoo Only BETTER” but that was questionable. Many zoos, unless they’re modern- ized and well maintained, get heavy criticism as well. Jonathan Ordway grew up near the 27-acre Yellow Game Ranch and was a longtime visitor. There had been a time once when the Game Ranch seemingly thrived with more than 600 kinds of animals. Years later when Jonathan and his wife Katy started their family they brought their kids to the old familiar site for monthly visits. They saw a notice- able decline where there were just a few dozen animals. Continued on page 11