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  1. Troubled By Grand Jury Verdicts, Students Request More Time For ExamsSat, 20 Dec 2014 01:08:38 GMT
    Thousands gathered on the National Mall last week to protest the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Some law students say their involvement in the protests means their exams should be postponed. More...
  2. ATLwood: Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' pilot comes to FXFri, 19 Dec 2014 21:03:56 GMT
    The pilot revolves around two cousins in ATL trying to navigate the rough and tumble terrain of the city's rap scene. Glover's playing the lead role of Earnest 'Earn' Marks, and will also serve as an executive producer. More...
  3. First Slice 12/19/14: Atlanta streetcar to start rolling sometime before 2057Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:54:08 GMT
    The wait might soon be over, transit fans! Mayor Kasim Reed yesterday echoed his pledge that the Atlanta streetcar will start carrying passengers between Centennial Olympic Park and the King Center before Dec. 31. The transit system is still running tests and deflecting attacks by automobiles as the city awaits final approvals from state and federal officials. Former House Speaker and Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich wanted to connect with the common man yesterday so he kicked back and answered questions on Facebook about North Korea. More...
  4. Night Cleaner debuts self-titled songFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:48:18 GMT
    Night Cleaner is a new project that finds All the Saints' singer and guitarist Matt Lambert exploring a slower and more spacious side of his songwriting, evoking the comfortably surreal ambiance of Syd Barrett, Flying Saucer Attack, et al. Tonight, Lambert leads a band comprised of various East Atlanta rock vets including drummer Frankie Broyles , bass player Chris Kaufmann , and guitarist Cyrus Shahmir , sharing the stage between performances by Andrew Wiggins playing a noise set, and a headlining set by Landline. More...
  5. UGA paid more than $40,000 for Gurley's legal helpFri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30:00 GMT
    Authorities say a Covington man has been arrested in a scheme to obtain new cellphones by defrauding an insurance program. Authorities say a Covington man has been arrested in a scheme to obtain new cellphones by defrauding an insurance program. More...
  6. Counterfeit merchandise raid at College Park mallFri, 19 Dec 2014 06:29:44 GMT
    Thursday morning local and federal law enforcement called a recent counterfeit merchandise raid at College Park mall one the 15 biggest if its kind this year. More than $13-million worth of fake items seized and 14 arrests made during the November 21 raid of the Old National Discount Mall. More...
  7. Head gamesFri, 19 Dec 2014 02:15:06 GMT
    In Grant Park, a 30-year-old man walked into a police precinct to report a fraudulent charity. He said "his ex-wife had been fooling everyone that she had brain cancer for the past 10 years, including her own family," the officer wrote. More...
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  1. ExCub Scout leader sent to prison in Lawrenceville child molestation caseFri, 19 Dec 2014 13:50:01 GMT
    A former Cub Scout leader in Gwinnett County has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of child molestation in a case authorities say involved more than a dozen children. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 50-year-old Harry Brett Taylor of Lawrenceville was given the prison term Thursday in Gwinnett County. More...
  2. End Of 2014 Online Advertising Campaign Special---All On SBC Trade DollarsThu, 18 Dec 2014 22:34:06 GMT
    Heres how to get $ 7200 advertising value of complete national web exposure for only $3600 bucks for 12 months during the month of December -NOW ! By January, the benefit of the Ad/Article/Talk Show Campaign will return to the full great value retail price of $7200. Now is the time to act and start with Southern Barter Club, to be prepared to succeed in 2015, while getting a business tax write-off, too... End Of 2013 Online Advertising Campaign Special ! Businesses have until December 31, to write off business expenses, like advertising on a one to one basis, and now they can do it all on trade with Southern Barter Club. More...
  3. Scandinavian food is for sale across from Spanish foodWed, 17 Dec 2014 23:33:37 GMT
    Every Tuesday, Xochitl Aguilar arrives at Taqueria Los Hermanos at 6 a.m. to prepare more than 400 tamales. She learned this time-consuming method from her Mexican mother-in-law, Merced Ballesteros, passed down from Ballesteros' grandmother and the generations who preceded her. More...
  4. We are what we eatWed, 17 Dec 2014 23:33:36 GMT
    Every Tuesday, Xochitl Aguilar arrives at Taqueria Los Hermanos at 6 a.m. to prepare more than 400 tamales. She learned this time-consuming method from her Mexican mother-in-law, Merced Ballesteros, passed down from Ballesteros' grandmother and the generations who preceded her. More...
  5. School Board Expected to Vote on Redistricting PlanTue, 16 Dec 2014 22:35:39 GMT
    Gwinnett County Board of Education will hear more public opinion on the system's redistricting plan before it's expected to vote on it Thursday, Dec. 18 at its 7 p.m. meeting. The plan, parts of which were updated Monday, Dec. 15, will impact 31 schools and involve more than 13,000 students, including Peachtree and Simpson elementary schools in Peachtree Corners. More...
  6. Food fusion gives taste of changing cultural diversityTue, 16 Dec 2014 07:02:11 GMT
    The chef and the co-owner of Local Republic in Lawrenceville, Ga., talk about how their menu is a fusion of traditional southern food with international flavors. Food fusion gives taste of changing cultural diversity The chef and the co-owner of Local Republic in Lawrenceville, Ga., talk about how their menu is a fusion of traditional southern food with international flavors. More...
  7. Live Nativity at Lawrenceville First Christian ChurchTue, 16 Dec 2014 02:52:35 GMT
    The community is invited to a free live nativity presented at Lawrenceville First Christian Church on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. The story of the birth of Jesus will be told through music, narration and a cast of children, youth and adults. More...
  8. Aurora Theatre Offers Holiday Steal with Mini Season Ticket Package For Less Than $60Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:47:49 GMT
    Just in time for the holidays, Aurora Theatre once again offers patrons the best deal in show business with their Mini Season Ticket package. This year, the deal gets even sweeter with a package including a flexible ticket to LES MISERABLES, The Explorers Club and Hands on a Hardbody for $59.95. More...
Local News
  1. Dog Daze of Summer in Gwinnett County, Ga.Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:15:45 EST
    July 19 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Come celebrate National Park and Recreation Month and the Dog Daze of Summer at Rabbit Hill Park. This free event is fun for the entire family and your canine companions. There will be inflatables, kids' activities, concessions, duck races, and more. Rabbit Hill Park, 400 Rabbit Hill Road in Dacula. Call 770.822.8840 for more information. More...
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  2. Lawrenceville Business Association Holds First Meeting -Jan. 06, 2014 !Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:35:20 EST
    By Tom Livsey, OurTown Natinal News Editor, Lawrenceville Business Association . first meeting at 133 S Clayton. Atlanta Auction. All businesses , retail, wholesale or professional services are encouraged to attend... More...
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  3. GWINNETT COUNTY WINS NATIONAL, STATE AWARDSWed, 06 Nov 2013 15:43:45 EST
    During two of the last three commission meetings, the Board of Commissioners recognized county departments that have won prestigious national and state awards in recent months.The National Association of Counties gave its annual achievement awards to the Volunteer Gwinnett effort, Gwinnett Parks and Recreations waterfowl management plan, an internal training program on the Countys new code of ethics, and a human services program called SeniorBSafe, operated jointly by the fire department and community services. More...
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  4. HHS calendar listing for November/December 2013Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:53:36 EST
    There is always something good going on in Gwinnett County these days...Check it out ! More...
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  5. Gwinnett County makes a huge trendy way to give back forward in technology !Fri, 17 May 2013 06:22:07 EST
    By Tom Livsey, OurTown National News Editor, Seven out of every ten homes in metro Atlanta, Ga. have some kind of electronic things they want to get rid of, in their homes. Old two pound cell phones. Old Windows 95 desk tops...Even a working XP laptop. Now there is a corporation in Snellville, Ga. to the rescue. More...
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  6. A Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) EventsFri, 22 Feb 2013 00:53:16 EST
    FEBRUARY 22 - BLACK HISTORY MONTHBethesda Elementary will learn about Black History Month on Feb. 22 withvisits from guest readers, who will highlight Black History Month. For moreinformation, call 770-921-2000. More...
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  7. Gwinnett's three new principals take the reigns of educationSat, 19 Jan 2013 16:29:35 EST
    Students at three Gwinnett County schools soon will see a new face greeting them every morning with the appointment of new principals at their schools. More...
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  8. Gwinnett County check your calender daily !Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:40:49 EST
    The County hosts many events, classes, and workshops at locations around Gwinnett.See them all on the County's new comprehensive calendar at www.gwinnettcountyevents.com. More...
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  9. TRASH SCHEDULE FOR MLK HOLIDAYSat, 19 Jan 2013 13:51:28 EST
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Jan. 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Jan. 22. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. More...
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  10. United Ebony Society Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Parade Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:19:08 EST
    By Tom Livsey, OurTown National News Editor, The United Ebony Society invites people of all colors to join them next Monday at 10:00 am. at the old courthouse in Lawrenceville, to walk in a parade in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and Robbi Moore, shoulder to shoulder, and hand in hand, for efforts to continue success and growth of the best county in the nation, named Gwinnett County. By attending this celebration parade, we will assure to younger generations, that these two great leader's work will not end in 2013. More...
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Twomucht National Talk Show Host Articles
  1. The Wilbourn Sister DesignFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:00:00 GMT
    Fashion is a state of mind. The Wilbourn Sisters are a couple of fabulous women entrepreneurs from Atlanta, Georgia, who will give women a peace of mind, when it comes to fashion, and style. Please listen to these trail blazers, before you buy your Christmas clothes from anyMetro malls, because you can be confident that you will be the only woman at church or the club withtheir uniqueoutfit that you are wearing ! ### More...
  2. Barter is King for Christmas at North Atlanta Trade CenterTue, 02 Dec 2014 23:00:00 GMT
    Sunday, December 7th, 2014 12PM 6PM ********NORTH ATLANTA TRADE CENTER********* 1700 Jeurgens Court Norcross, GA 30093 FEATURING MUSIC, FOOD, GREAT PRODUCTS & SERVICES on 100% barter! See the power of our barter network. This is a MUST ATTEND EVENT! Please consider joining us as a vendor for the 2014 SBC Holiday Trade Show. Build your client base by showcasing your products and services to a broad audience of members AND non-members. We are promoting this event online and through other social media opportunities and we are inviting the public to shop with cash. Vendors must accept 100% trade dollars from members with sufficient barter funds. Registration requires commitment to your reservation. If you cancel your registration within 5 days of the event you will be required and agree to pay a cash fee in the amount of $150.00. If you do not cancel and/or if you are a no-show for your reserved area you will be required to pay a cash fee in the amount of $250.00. Final registration deadline is Monday, December 1st, 2014. ( Space is not guaranteed after this date, so please ensure to reserve your space before this deadline) Each registrant gets a six-foot table and two chairs. If you need additional space, please request it on your registration form. We will make every effort to ensure you have the additional items you have requested. For Out of Town Exhibiters, we have lodging available to make your participation easier. Exhibiter Application: You must be a current SBC member in good standing to exhibit at the Trade Show. Contact info@southernbartercub.com to request application / registration form. We accept tender from several barter exchanges throughout the world. Inquire ahead of time so that you don't miss out. SEE YOU ON DECEMBER 7th!!!! More...
  3. Stop Domestic Violence-One Billion RisingFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:00:00 GMT
    Stop Domestic Violence is a phrase that has been thrown around way too much in our society. From the NFL, corporate office, school and homewill be the topic of today's talk show with Mrs. Lisa Parsons of One Billion Rising ! Co-hosted by national host and CEO of www.getoffndrive.com ### More...
  4. Checker Classic Cab Speaks to Atlanta, Ga.Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:30:00 GMT
    By Tom Livsey, OurTown National News Editor, Let's face it, sooner or later you will be stranded, on the side of a busy expressway, shopping mall, home, or even at work, in Metro Atlanta. There is no worse feeling for a mom or dad in need of immediate transportation for their family. Checker Classic Cab to the Rescue ! Mr. Orlando Perry, CEO of Checker Classic Cabs of Lithonia, Ga is a community oriented man. He started with a vehicle and a vision, to get his Metro Atlanta neighbors, to and fro, as its his passion to get people where they need to go safely and inexpensively. However, it would not take an airport taxi trip to find out who Mr, Orlando Perry is, and why he carries a community torch for safe transportation. It is what he learned from his dad, Theodore Perry, and longtime family friend, Mr. Henry Mosley, of Jett Taxi, in Decatur, Ga. Listen in to my national talk show, as he personally reveals to torch he wants to pass on ! He will discuss his Smart phone App to get a taxi to you 24/7 . ### More...
  5. Back To School Advice From A Third GraderSat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
    Here's the thing, no more are the parents in charge of their elementary school age children. However, this can be a good thing, if you had brought them up with respect. Tonight , I am turning over my talk show to a brillant eight year old heading into the third grade. Let's listen to her give advice to other kids who are following her educational path. She will cover issues like : How to prepare for ,'Back To School' 'How To Behave In School', How To Behave At Home','Doing Homework', Respecting Your Parents, Teachers, Principal, and Fellow Students',and 'Safety' ! More...
  6. Ladies Night Out In Summer Celebration For Women !Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT
    Ladies call your former club girls and relive the yesteryear through Music. For music has a way of taking us back to the days and nights of Summer when you gathered your posse and headed to the local dance floor to express your uniquicness through song and dance. Due to overwhel;ming response, Twomucht will be our music mixer and motivational speaker. So, chill a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine or soda, and sit back and wonder. You women deserves what you all have put up with all week, to take a,'Ladies Night Out In' ! More...
  7. Billions are waiting for those who claim their stake on social media NOW !Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT
    How did we communiate with friends and familymemberstwo decades ago? Now, how are we communicating with them? Unfortunately, most of us are guilty of not being able to call, or even mail a letter to our grandmother. Social Media platforms like Face Book, and Twitter has not only made us more connected, they have also made us more impersonal. Todayfamiliesliving under the same roof,arecomfortable to text each other byway of smartphone, than knocking on their bedroom door, to say Good Night Social Media is here to stay. The same is true with smart phones, Twitter, Face Book and other social media platforms aroung the corner, this Fall of 2014. How would you like to make a quarter on each of your Face Book family and friends a month? Facebook is the largest online social network. Founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. In 2008 Facebook had 100 million users and as of March 2013 has 1.11 Billion. Facebook filed for a $5 billion IPO on February 1st 2012 and valued the company at $104 billion. Ms. Brynn Dixun will be my special host. Sheis one of the nation's leading financial advisor,and business consultant. She willeducate us about the enormous incentives awaiting those who can look into their wealthy future, if they start getting paid using social media, today. Grab a pen and pad, and listen to money speak ! ### More...
  8. How To Have Summer FunSat, 28 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT
    There is nothing quite like summer vacations with your family. Listen to this show, as I interveiw one of Georgia's hidden jewels, Ms. Dee Debbie Glasheen, talk about travels throughout her southern state. More...
  9. Twomucht's Ladies Night Out InSat, 21 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT
    Due to the huge number of requests from ladies aroundthe world Twomucht, is breaking his silence, and airing, a Ladies Night Out In Talk Show tonight at 9:00 pm eastern. Music is relevant to every life's events, be them good or bad. I have a few song request already, and I have a few for just a couple more. However, I challenge you to call in and have a friend chime in, and regress to years in the past, only music has that magic. More...
  10. Col Harry Riley' s Operation American Spring Welcomes WWII Vets In WashingtonSat, 24 May 2014 18:30:00 GMT
    Today's show will be co-hosted by OAS National Public Relation Director, Ms. Debrah Howard, as she interviews a few participants, volunteers, sponsors, and Honor Flight WW II Vets. Also, special national celebritytalk show guru, Nick Larson, will be chiming in, as well, to show his support for OAS. Tell a friend, a family member, or a neighbor to simply call into this show. Just call 1-646-478-0188 at 2:30 pm , on May 24, 2014 ### More...
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  1. Canadian picks stranger with ex-girlfriend's name for world tripWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:44 -0500
    TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian man will travel the world with Elizabeth Gallagher. Just not the same Elizabeth Gallagher he used to date. More...
  2. Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducksThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:03:36 -0500
    OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. More...
  3. NY City council votes to ban sale of bunnies by pet shopsWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:49:04 -0500
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - What do bunny rabbits have in common with hyenas, wolverines and polar bears? The adorable little creatures are about to join a menagerie of wildlife prohibited for sale by New York City pet shops. More...
  4. Over 20,000 bras recalled in Japan due to injury fearsTue, 16 Dec 2014 23:56:29 -0500
    TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese lingerie maker is recalling more than 20,000 brassieres after complaints that underwires suddenly poked out, sometimes while women were wearing them. More...
  5. Tennessee police looking for Christmas tree thiefWed, 17 Dec 2014 10:01:19 -0500
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Police in suburban Nashville are looking for a Scrooge who sawed off a live Christmas tree loaded with decorations in a suspected holiday season theft. More...
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  1. State of the Art: Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might AppearSat, 20 Dec 2014 03:02:10 GMT
    Despite growing fears of its invincibility, Amazon could be threatened as smartphones transform the way Americans shop and goods are delivered. More...
  2. University of Virginia Officials Blast Media CoverageSat, 20 Dec 2014 02:08:22 GMT
    A month after Rolling Stone magazine published a now discredited account of a gang rape at a fraternity house, University of Virginia officials pushed back against damage done to its reputation. More...
  3. Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on SonySat, 20 Dec 2014 02:07:42 GMT
    President Obama said the U.S. would respond proportionally to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it. More...
  4. Sony Defends Itself Against Criticism That It Bowed to Hackers ThreatsSat, 20 Dec 2014 01:41:05 GMT
    Sony says it has been searching for alternative ways to show The Interview after theater owners refused to book it in the face of threats. More...
  5. Nikki Finke, Hollywood Chronicler, Said to Be in Talks With PoliticoFri, 19 Dec 2014 21:22:55 GMT
    The former writer for Deadline Hollywood is looking for other jobs, people familiar with the situation said. More...
  6. Richard C. Hottelet, CBS Newsman and Last of Murrow Boys, Dies at 97Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:28:19 GMT
    Mr. Hottelet, only 26 when he was hired by Edward R. Murrow, covered the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge for CBS News. More...
  7. Bits Blog: The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the Erasable InternetFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:47:38 GMT
    The hack at Sony underscores the need for more secure online communication systems. That is, if people are willing to use them. More...
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  1. Sources: Padres keep dealing, get J. UptonFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:32:12 PST
    The San Diego Padres have acquired left fielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, sources told ESPN. More...
  2. Padres Complete Big Three With Upton TradeFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:30:33 PST
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  3. Sources: Padres keep dealing, get J. UptonFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:32:12 PST
    The San Diego Padres have acquired left fielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, sources told ESPN. More...
  4. Yankees trade Prado to Miami, get P EovaldiFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:16:01 PST
    The New York Yankees traded their starting second baseman Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins for starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as part of a five-player deal, the teams announced Friday. More...
  5. Giants fill Sandoval hole, trade for McGeheeFri, 19 Dec 2014 21:51:21 PST
    The Giants have acquired third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins for a pair of right-handed minor league pitchers, finding their replacement for departed slugger Pablo Sandoval. More...
  6. Report: Dodgers pass Yanks in owing most taxFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:33:12 PST
    The Dodgers have ended the Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spender and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. More...
  7. Sources: Selig to earn $6M a year in retirementFri, 19 Dec 2014 12:57:20 PST
    Outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig will receive a salary of about $6 million annually in retirement, sources told ESPN.com's Buster Olney. More...
  8. Catcher Ross joining Lester with Cubs Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:23:01 PST
    Free-agent catcher David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers. More...
  9. Report: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year labor dealFri, 19 Dec 2014 22:07:18 PST
    Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract. More...
  10. Source: Giants give Peavy two years, $24MFri, 19 Dec 2014 08:27:38 PST
    Free-agent pitcher Jake Peavy has reached an agreement on a two-year, $24 million contract with the San Francisco Giants, a baseball source told ESPN.com. More...
Living Large In Gwinnett County !
  1. Students give annual holiday performances at GJACThu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    One of the most popular holiday traditions at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center is the annual series of musical performances featuring local elementary, middle, and high school students. Each year, Gwinnett County schools spread the holiday spirit during the month of December with fun and festive songs. These talented performers brighten the holiday mood for employees and residents doing business at GJAC. If you’re interested in hearing the music in person, click here for the schedule. Or if you can’t make the trip to Lawrenceville, TVgwinnett has recorded many of the performances and made them available to view on-demand. Christmas Caroling Schedule (PDF) Please enjoy the individual videos listed below. Crews Middle School Tripp ElementaryCooper ElementaryKanoheda ElementaryAlcova ElementaryMcKendree ElementaryCollins Hill High School String Ensemble More...
  2. Chairman Nash presents proposed 2015 budget Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash formally presented a proposed $1.42 billion budget for fiscal year 2015 to the Board of Commissioners during a briefing on November 18, 2014. Four county residents and business people served on Nash’s budget review committee. After hearing presentations from elected officials and department directors in September, the group studied departmental business plans, budget needs, and revenue projections to make recommendations for the 2015 budget. Common themes heard throughout the presentations included concerns about workforce retention and recruitment and the need to restore funding for certain services that were cut in previous budget years. As a result of the budget review team’s deliberations, the budget proposal holds the line on property tax rates, addresses critical expansion of fire and emergency medical services, adjusts employee compensation, and partially restores funding for some services to meet increased demand. The proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totals $1.052 billion. The budget will fund pay-for-performance increases for non-sworn employees and a step increase for public safety personnel. It also includes additional staffing for judicial services, the animal shelter, a new fire station, and the new Level Creek Park scheduled to open in 2015. Roadside maintenance such as mowing and trimming sidewalks and medians and sweeping curbs and turn lanes will be partially restored through the use of contracts with private companies. The County will also bring back Saturday bus service for local routes and add two daily express service trips from the Indian Trail Park and Ride lot. Nash said, “The budget review team members, County staff, and I took a hard look at all of the funding requests, and we ultimately agreed the time has come to restore some of the services that make our community a safer and more attractive place to live and conduct business.” The proposed $370.6 million capital budget includes construction of two fire stations using SPLOST funds. Fire Station 31 will serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the surrounding community, while Fire Station 10 will be relocated to improve fire and emergency services coverage in the Mall of Georgia area. The relocated station will be staffed with existing personnel. “We had plans to build these fire stations before the recession hit, and because our population did not stop growing even during those tough economic times, demand for service is greater now than ever before,” said Nash. “I will be thankful to see these buildings come out of the ground.” In keeping with a history of conservative budgeting practices, the proposed budget was prepared with a long-term outlook in mind. County officials anticipate slight growth in the tax digest in 2015. The proposed budget resolution summary is available to the public to view online here on the County’s website. A hard copy of the proposed budget resolution also may be viewed in the Department of Financial Services office located in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (GJAC), 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Commissioners held a public hearing on December 8, 2014. They invite written comments about the budget through an online comment form through Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The Board expects to adopt the 2015 budget on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Quick links for the proposed 2015 budgetProposed 2015 budget resolution summaryBudget highlights presentation Proposed 2015 budget videoMake written comments More...
  3. SPLOST funds to build new Level Creek ParkWed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    A new active community park will be built soon to serve the recreational needs of the Lanier school cluster and Sugar Hill area in northern Gwinnett County. The 2009 SPLOST sales tax program will fund the $10.8 million contract commissioners approved in November with low bidder Astra Group Inc. The 67-acre Level Creek Park will have a multipurpose field complex, central concessions/ restroom building, walking track, six lighted tennis courts, interactive fountain, picnic pavilion, playground, and paved trail. Construction of a youth football press box will be funded by the Lanier Athletic Association. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “We are happy to have community partners like the Lanier Athletic Association to help us provide needed recreational facilities and programs for our youth.” More than half of the park’s total acreage will be preserved. Multiple tributary streams descend through upland hardwood forest to the park’s primary stream, Level Creek, and a one-mile loop of natural surface footpath will provide access to the preserved area. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I am grateful to Gwinnett voters for their support of the SPLOST sales tax programs that provide funding for needed capital projects like this one.” More...
  4. County offices closed for Christmas holidayWed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the citizens of the County, will be closed Wednesday, December 24 and Thursday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Friday, December 26. A Magistrate Court judge will be at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the Christmas holiday. More...
  5. Be safe while shopping during the holidaysTue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett County Police Department’s Holiday Task Force went into action Thanksgiving night and will continue every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through New Year’s Eve. This initiative puts additional officers in shopping districts throughout the county to help reduce crime against holiday shoppers. As you are out shopping for gifts this holiday, the Police Department reminds you to be safe with these helpful tips: Observe your surroundings; report any suspicious activity or loitering to the police. Store your packages in the trunk of your vehicle. Covering items with a blanket or coat in the backseat is not a deterrent to thieves. Avoid putting packages into your vehicle, then continuing to shop. Most stores will hold packages until you are ready to leave. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area. Shop with others and allow retail employees to assist you with transporting packages to your vehicle. Don’t carry large amounts of cash; use secure payments such as a credit card and check your account statements frequently. Have purchases delivered to your home. Use a cell phone camera to record the serial numbers of gifts immediately after their purchase. Most electronics have a sticker on the side of the box containing the serial number and other numbers unique to that particular item. To be extra diligent, send the photos to your email account so they can be accessed from any computer. Should the worst happen, this information can be provided to police. When traveling, arrange for someone to collect your mail and newspapers. Do not announce travel plans on answering machines or social networking sites. Do not drink and drive. Many social gatherings are hosted during the holidays where alcohol may be served, so please call a taxi or use a designated driver and avoid driving after consuming alcohol. Stay safe and happy holidays from the Gwinnett County Police Department! More...
  6. Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services urges fire safety when decorating for the holidaysWed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    Home decorating is a favorite part of the busy holiday season for many Gwinnett residents and different types of decorations can make your home more festive and inviting for your friends and family. However, items such as live trees, candles, and electric light strands can cause fire hazards if used or maintained improperly. The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind you about the importance of fire safety this season with the following tips: A live Christmas tree is a beautiful, fragrant addition to your home during the season. Maximize your enjoyment by selecting a fresh tree and then properly caring for it once you bring it home. Select only fresh, green trees. The tree's needles should bend, not break and should be difficult to pull from the branches. When choosing a live tree, bounce the trunk on the ground. If a lot of needles fall, the tree is probably too dry and could be a fire hazard. Never place the tree near a heat source such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater. Avoid placing the tree under or near heat vents. Check the tree stand’s water level daily and refill as needed. Do not leave your tree up for more than three weeks. Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of it is by taking it to one of the participating locations throughout the County during the Bring One for the Chipper event. Click here to find a location. When using an artificial tree, choose one that is approved by an independent testing laboratory and made of flame retardant materials. When decorating, select ornaments that are made of flame retardant materials. Only use light strands approved by an independent testing laboratory. Never link more than three strands together and be sure to inspect each one for frayed wires, bare spots, cracks in insulation, broken sockets, and excessive kinks. Electrical outlets should never be overloaded. Check wires and outlet covers periodically; they should not be warm or hot to the touch. Firefighters also urge you to use extreme caution if you use candles in your home: Snuff out candles and turn off decorative lights whenever you leave home or before going to sleep. Never place a lit candle near a window or close to anything that could catch fire. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place candles on or near the tree or decorative wreaths. And as always, have a working smoke alarm on every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms. Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills regularly. Keep a portable (ABC dry-chemical) fire extinguisher close at hand for small fires. For more information on fire safety, please contact Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction at 678.518.4845 or email fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com. The department offers free home safety surveys and smoke alarm checks as part of its community outreach programs. More...
  7. Gwinnett launches discount prescription savings programWed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    The Coast2Coast Rx prescription discount program has launched in Gwinnett County. In September, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the company to offer prescription drug discount cards to residents. The new card allows all County residents, regardless of income, age, or health status, to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. Distributed free of charge, the card may be used at participating pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies in Gwinnett County and includes more than 60,000 prescription drugs in its formulary. There are no eligibility requirements to obtain the prescription drug discount card, which officials expect will benefit residents who are uninsured or underinsured or face high insurance deductibles. If a particular drug isn’t covered under a person’s health plan, he or she can use the card to save on those prescriptions. For more information about the Coast2Coast Rx prescription discount card and how you can take advantage of the program, click here. More...
  8. Holiday performances by Gwinnett schoolsTue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett County schools will spread the holiday spirit at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center throughout December. Come out and enjoy the sounds of the holidays during your lunch break. Performances will take place on the second floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, on the second floor across from the Jury Assembly Room. Holiday Performances Schedule Thursday, December 4 10:30am – 11:00am Walnut Grove Elementary Thursday, December 4 11:00am – 11:30am Margaret Winn Holt Elementary Friday, December 5 11:00am – 11:30am Pharr Elementary Friday, December 5 11:40am – 12:10pm Margaret Winn Holt Elementary Tuesday, December 9 11:00am – 11:30am Norcross Elementary Tuesday, December 9 11:40am – 12:10pm Burnett Elementary Wednesday, December 10 11:00am – 11:30am Tripp Elementary Thursday, December 11 11:40am – 12:10pm Crews Middle Friday, December 12 11:00am – 11:30am Cooper Elementary Monday, December 15 11:40am – 12:10pm Kanoheda Elementary Tuesday, December 16 11:00am – 11:30am Alcova Elementary Tuesday, December 16 11:40am – 12:10pm Minor Elementary Wednesday, December 17 11:00am – 11:30am McKendree Elementary More...
  9. Cold weather safety tipsTue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    With more cold temperatures in the forecast, residents are encouraged to exercise caution while trying to stay warm.Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services reports that improper home heating is a leading cause of residential fires in the cold weather months. Many of these fires occur due to poorly maintained heating appliances or those that are placed too close to combustibles. Heat your home safely When heating appliances are turned on for the first time, they may produce a slight burning smell or even a light haze of dust.When this occurs, open your doors and windows for a few moments to allow the dust and odor to dissipate.If the smell or haze persists while the appliance is in use, turn it off and call a service technician.If there is any sign of smoke or fire coming from the appliance, please call 911. Be sure that smoke detectors are located on every level of the home and that they are working properly. Develop a home escape plan and conduct fire drills with the entire family. The fireplace provides warmth, but can be dangerous if not properly used or maintained. Build a small fire in the fireplace—just enough to heat the room—but don’t depend on the fireplace to heat the whole house. Be sure to open the damper to vent the smoke while the fireplace is in use. Extreme caution should be used, especially if the fireplace or wood stove has not been serviced. If using space heaters, remember to leave plenty of room between the device and anything combustible such as drapes, bedding, furniture, and clothing. In addition, place space heaters out of the way of high-traffic areas. Put the fire in the fireplace completely out and turn off space heaters before going to sleep or when leaving the home for any period of time. Never attempt to use a range-top stove or an oven as a supplemental heat source.Not only is it a safety hazard, it could also be a source of potentially toxic fumes. Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of combustion and is present whenever fuel is burned.Potential sources of carbon monoxide are gas and oil furnaces, refrigerators, clothes dryers, water heaters, fireplaces, charcoal grills, gas ranges, wood burning stoves, gas heaters and gas powered generators. CO poisoning is very dangerous, causing long-term health problems or even death. It is especially dangerous for children, pregnant women, people with heart disease, and the elderly.Early signs of CO poisoning are similar toflu-likesymptoms which include: headache, sleepiness, nausea, shortness of breath, and dizziness.If you feel these symptoms, go outside to breathe fresh air.If you begin to feel better after going outside, you may be experiencing a CO poisoning emergency.Call 911 to report the emergency and don’t go back inside until responders have determined that is safe to re-enter. Never run your car’s engine or any other gas powered vehicle or equipment in the garage, even if the garage door is open. Doing so could cause toxic CO fumes to enter the home.Be sure to install CO alarms in your home near the sleeping areas and main level of the home.In addition, firefighters suggest having potential problem sources inspected annually by a certified technician. If you suspect a CO leak or the CO alarm sounds, call 911 and evacuate immediately.Leave doors and windows closed to assist firefighters in determining the source of CO. Prepare your pipes for the cold weather In addition, the Department of Water Resources offers the following tips to prepare your pipes for the cold weather: Disconnect, drain, and store outside hoses. Insulate pipes in unheated areas or let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. If you have a sprinkler system that is programmed to run overnight, turn it off during the winter months. Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice forms, creating a hazard for motorists. Know the location of the master cutoff valve for water in your home in case you do have a leak. More...
  10. EHC kicks off the holidays with Green Your Holiday Festival and arts and crafts marketFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    The holiday season has arrived and that usually means lots of purchasing and big spending. This year, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center encourages you to get in touch with your “green” side and consider upcycling as a part of your holiday activities. You can learn all about upcycling and enjoy lots of festive fun at the annual EHC Green Your Holiday Festival on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Program fees for the Green Your Holiday Festival are $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages three to 12. Children two and under and EHC members are free. “Upcycling refers to the use of old, reusable or recycled goods to make something new and exciting,” said Jason West, EHC’s director of programming. “Guests at our Green Your Holiday Festival will enjoy turning leftover materials into great holiday crafts and potential gifts.” In conjunction with the event, a Holiday Open House and Arts and Crafts Market will be held in the EHC’s Gift Shop and Brewed CafThe open house will feature a number of local artists and artisan produced merchandise, including jewelry, organic bath products, handmade needlework, and origami. Laurens Florist will also be on hand to demonstrate holiday wreath making and table arrangements.There is no charge for guests who only attend the Open House and Arts and Crafts Market.To take the chill off, the Brewed Cafill have soups and breads available for purchase. For more information about these events, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
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