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  1. Police: Sale of dog on Craigslist leads to man's death in DeKalb CountyFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:56:28 GMT
    Police: Sale of dog on Craigslist leads to man's death in DeKalb - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports Investigators believe a Craigslist ad about a dog led to the shooting death of a man in a subdivision near Stone Mountain. Officers responded to a home on Fairforest Drive just after midnight Friday. More...
  2. Sandy Springs honored by ARC for energy efficiencyFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:46:36 GMT
    Wednesday, the city of Sandy Springs was one of seven local governments recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta. The city was honored for becoming a Bronze Certified Green Community at the commission's January board meeting in downtown Atlanta. More...
  3. Buckhead luxury apartment development opensFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:31:54 GMT
    Phoenix-based Alliance Residential Co. Tuesday announced The Haynes House, a luxury apartment community in Buckhead, has opened and is now leasing. More...
  4. Google Fiber coming to East Point, College Park, HapevilleFri, 30 Jan 2015 05:31:53 GMT
    This week, technology company Google announced its Google Fiber ultra-high speed Internet and television service will be installed in nine metro Atlanta cities, including the south Fulton cities of East Point, College Park and Hapeville. The announcement was made Jan. 27 at the company's Atlanta headquarters. More...
  5. Salman Rushdie to deliver lecture on human rights at EmoryFri, 30 Jan 2015 04:27:00 GMT
    The former Atlanta Public Schools human resources chief says the district's former superintendent ordered drafts of a report on the investigation into standardized test cheating allegations to be destroyed. The former Atlanta Public Schools human resources chief says the district's former superintendent ordered drafts of a report on the investigation into standardized test cheating allegations to be destroyed. More...
  6. The three amigos of amaroFri, 30 Jan 2015 03:22:09 GMT
    Cocktail culture has exploded over the last few years in our city. It has become de riguer for Atlanta bartenders to carve ice by hand and make shrubs, tinctures, orgeats, and bitters in house. More...
  7. Jennifer Holliday to Join Cast of WICKED National Tour for BC/EFA Benefit in AtlantaThu, 29 Jan 2015 23:17:34 GMT
    Joining Hearts, Inc. and Members of the National Touring Company of WICKED will host "Witches' Night Off," an evening of song and dance at the Ferst Center for the Arts of the Georgia Institute of Technology on Monday, March 2nd. The performance will begin at 7:30pm and also include a very special guest performance by Tony and Grammy award winner, Jennifer Holliday . More...
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  1. Man charged with flashing two women at Georgia Gwinnett CollegeThu, 29 Jan 2015 21:15:42 GMT
    A Lawrenceville man has been arrested after he allegedly flashed two women on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus in Lilburn. Gwinnett County Police arrest records show Derrick Michael Williams was arrested Wednesday and charged with public indecency, Peeping Tom and home invasion. More...
  2. Gwinnett House Fire Started Near Makeshift Stove in GarageThu, 29 Jan 2015 01:15:05 GMT
    A fire that likely originated near a makeshift stove in the garage caused heavy damage to a Lawrenceville-area home Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire, though eight people were displaced and planning to stay with other family members, according to a Gwinnett Fire news release. More...
  3. Auburn the team to beat for 4-star lineman EJ PriceWed, 28 Jan 2015 21:10:22 GMT
    Auburn picked up its fifth commitment of the 2016 recruiting class Jan. 16, and could be in line for another. Four-star offensive tackle EJ Price of Lawrenceville, Ga., released his "final" top 10 schools on Twitter Tuesday, and the Tigers lead the pack. More...
  4. AKAs and Kappas Partner to Promote Literacy and Educate Community...Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:35:22 GMT
    The Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in partnership with the Lawrenceville-Duluth Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated are working to promote literacy and educate youth with a Diamonds and Pearls Black History Month Reading Relay each Saturday in February from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at select Gwinnett County library branches . Kids of all ages are invited to attend this free celebration of Black History. More...
  5. Fresh Coat Painters of Atlanta "Paint It Forward" at Camp Twin LakesWed, 28 Jan 2015 05:34:37 GMT
    Fresh Coat Painters , a leading residential and commercial painting company with a focus on customer service and professionalism, today announced its locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and surrounding areas will give rooms at Camp Twin Lakes ' Medical Lodge a "fresh coat" on Monday, Feb. 2 as part of its nationwide "Paint It Forward" initiative. For 21 years, Camp Twin Lakes has provided life-changing camp experiences to Georgia's children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges. More...
  6. Sip Wine and Paint a Masterpiece at This New Smith Street StudioWed, 28 Jan 2015 01:25:24 GMT
    A new paint-and-sip studio is giving Brooklyn a chance to show off its creative side and try an "alternative" date night, the owners said. "Painting with a Twist" is opening its first New York City studio in Carroll Gardens, inviting patrons to spend the evening with a drink in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. More...
  7. EJ Price has Michigan second on his top ten schoolsTue, 27 Jan 2015 19:15:18 GMT
    Price is a four-star prospect and the ninth ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite. More...
  8. Eckardt to wed SavageMon, 26 Jan 2015 17:13:02 GMT
    William III and Lyndi Eckardt of Winder announce the engagement of their daughter Andi Elizabeth Eckardt to Ryan Alexander Savage, son of Tim and Jena Savage of Gainesville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Winifred Strain of Lawrenceville and the late Thomas Strain, and William II and Sheryl Eckardt of Duluth. More...
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  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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  1. Get your taxes done by a seasoned professionalWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:00 GMT
    Corliss Usher-Royal is the CEO and Professional Accountant of Royal Enterprises Accounting & Tax, LLC. Ms. Royal attended Howard University for over three years and furthered her education at Mercer University ,where she obtained an Accounting Degree. In addition, Ms. Royal attends seminars and webinars throughout the year to stay on top of the ever changing laws and IRS rules. She has an established and proven track record of providing excellent customer service and professional services for over 20 years to the community and abroad. More...
  2. National Fashion Designer-Vanessa Henderson of Van Miller Stops by To Chat!Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:00:00 GMT
    Vanessa Henderson --- The Lady of Van Miller House Welcome to the House of Van Miller. The lady of the house is Ms. Vanessa Henderson. Vanessa is one of the top national designers who calls Atlanta, Georgia her home, and her House of Van Miller collections are becoming a regular shopping center for celebrities worldwide. Ms. Henderson wears many hats, one of them is working as the Fashion Director of M3 MAGAZINE. The writing on the wall was drawn long ago when she lived in North Carolina. ### More...
  3. Larry D. Veal- C E O of Be More Positive Talks About 2015 !Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:00:00 GMT
    In this era where the generational gap is getting wider, and the communication between the young and the old is becoming lesser, thank God for www.bemorepositive.org; 's Larry D. Veal. As one of the country's top comedian for decades, with celebrity friends worldwide., Mr. Veal made a decision, to re-invent himself, in order to address a growing problem amongst our nation's youth. Please listen to him discuss how we can repair our communications with our country's next generational leaders. He is ,'All In', how about you ? ### More...
  4. Dejavu Williams Talks about upcoming events in HotLanta, GaWed, 14 Jan 2015 20:00:00 GMT
    Mr. Williams is joining a growing OurTown.com Media team.As an actor and model, he will be our nationalentertainment editor. Mr. Williams willeducate and entertain our readership, about some of the best events in 2015, including the best ,'Red Carpet Events', around the country. Make sure to stay in the celebrity loop, with Dejavu. ### More...
  5. National Author Lyn Camp Robinson SpeaksTue, 13 Jan 2015 19:00:00 GMT
    Listen up people, I am nostranger to celebrities on my talk show,. However, I am in awe of my guest host, Ms. Lyn Camp Robinson. She is hard to catagorize, because no catagory can corral her accomplishments. From being an entertainer, singer, motivational speaker, and author, she strives to give back to our next generation. Make sure to have a pen and pad handy. ### More...
  6. Twomucht NFL Post Season Talk ShowSun, 11 Jan 2015 18:00:00 GMT
    Join in and listen to some of the best sports gurus talk about the NFL Post Season today. Conversations will deal with the state of the great game we love. Please put on your,'Mommie Don't Hurt Me Coat', because attitudes will be slinging let hail ! More...
  7. Internal Heath and Awareness -Lamont Hampton !Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:00:00 GMT
    As an accomplished trainer and fitness expert, Lamont has been a major player in the New York City fitness industry for over 15 years. Trains people at all major sports clubs in New York,such as Reebok Health Club/LA Sports Club/NYS Club/Gold Gym all over the city, Lamonts background in the field of fitness is extensive and wide-ranging, from major basketball and football players, recording artists such as Wyclef Jean, Luther Vandross, R&B group Allure, to children and adult with all kinds of health issues. ### More...
  8. 2015-Work Hard 4 Self-Rhetta EllisTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:00:00 GMT
    By Tom Livsey, Topix National News Editor, Now is theto start planning for the new year to invest in yourself. So, later, you can build generational wealth for your family. Today , I am glad to present an early Christmas gift to all my listeners this year. I have one the nation's top realtor /entrepreneur, and life coach Ms. Rhetta Ellis! More...
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    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...
  10. 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...
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  1. Winging it: Chicago man smashes Philadelphia eating recordFri, 30 Jan 2015 12:37:51 -0500
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A professional competitive eater from Chicago downed 444 chicken wings in 30 minutes at the 23rd annual Wing Bowl in Philadelphia, narrowly edging out his nearest rival and shattering the record of 363 wings set a year earlier. More...
  2. Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston homeFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:41:44 -0500
    BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. More...
  3. Zimbabwean jailed for nine years for eating python meatFri, 30 Jan 2015 10:04:00 -0500
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean man has been jailed for nine years for eating python, a protected species, a Zimbabwean daily reported on Friday. More...
  4. Canadian man loses appeal on missing lotto jackpot by 7 secondsThu, 29 Jan 2015 11:55:25 -0500
    TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian man who was denied part of a C$27 million jackpot because he missed the deadline to buy the ticket by seven seconds has lost his appeal to get the money. More...
  5. Zombie or miracle, Florida cat claws his way back from the deadWed, 28 Jan 2015 16:40:24 -0500
    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A cat in Florida is on the mend after clawing his way back from the dead, surfacing five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead, according to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. More...
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  1. Suge Knight, Rap Music Executive, Is Charged With MurderFri, 30 Jan 2015 21:32:42 GMT
    Marion Knight, who helped found Death Row Records and is better known as Suge, was arrested and charged with murder after the police said he struck two men with his truck. More...
  2. Daily Mail Buys Website Aimed at MillennialsFri, 30 Jan 2015 20:18:22 GMT
    The Elite Daily says it specializes in articles and videos intended to be shared online. More...
  3. Sunday Routine: For Manoush Zomorodi, Time for Some Conscious UnpluggingFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:49:38 GMT
    On Sundays, Ms. Zomorodi, the host and managing editor of WNYC public radios New Tech City, spends time outside and with her children, hoping to inspire their minds to drift creatively. More...
  4. Campaign Advertising: Online Political Ads Have Been Slow to Catch On as TV ReignsFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:03:05 GMT
    Digital advertising is a work in progress, because targeting voters with online ads is complicated. More...
  5. DealBook: Law Firm Founds Project to Fight Revenge PornFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:34:28 GMT
    K&L Gates has set up the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to fight the shame-posting of sexual photos and videos online by jilted lovers. More...
  6. Jay Z to Expand Empire With Aspiro, Music Streaming CompanyFri, 30 Jan 2015 12:25:50 GMT
    The rapper and entrepreneur made a $56 million offer for Aspiro, which offers high-fidelity audio streaming in Europe and the United States. More...
  7. R. K. Laxman, Cartoonist Who Amused India for Decades, Dies at 93Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:51:48 GMT
    Mr. Laxmans comic strip, featuring a character he called the Common Man, appeared daily on the front page of The Times of India for more than five decades. More...
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  1. Nats' Werth to serve 5 days for driving 105Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:23:53 PST
    Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and has been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway. More...
  2. Minaya leaves Padres to be MLBPA adviserThu, 29 Jan 2015 13:59:40 PST
    Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya is leaving his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres to become a special adviser to union head Tony Clark. More...
  3. McCain: Time to talk legalizing sports bettingFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:30:48 PST
    Sen. John McCain says Congress needs to hold hearings to discuss legalizing sports betting. More...
  4. Red Sox, RHP Ogando agree on 1-year dealFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:52:55 PST
    The Boston Red Sox and free-agent right-hander Alexi Ogando have agreed to a one-year, major league contract, according to multiple reports. More...
  5. Reliever Cotts, Brewers agree to $3M dealFri, 30 Jan 2015 09:14:22 PST
    Reliever Neal Cotts and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract. More...
  6. Braves trade P Hale to Rockies; sign P StultsFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:47:06 PST
    The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. More...
  7. Phils sign Billingsley to 1-year, $1.5M dealFri, 30 Jan 2015 08:19:53 PST
    The Philadelphia Phillies have signed right-hander Chad Billingsley to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. More...
  8. Cubs legend Banks remembered by WilliamsFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:24:42 PST
    After paying his respects to Ernie Banks on Friday, Billy Williams thought about all the good times they had together. More...
  9. Men who beat Giants fan guilty of gun crimeThu, 29 Jan 2015 18:43:14 PST
    The two men who savagely beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium face up to 10 years in federal prison on firearms convictions. More...
  10. Braves agree to deal with Cuban OF ToscanoWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:33:02 PST
    Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a four-year, $6 million contract. More...
Living Large In Gwinnett County !
  1. Gwinnett wins environmental awardsFri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The County’s sustainability efforts earned certification at the Gold level in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program – the first county to achieve that distinction. Read more. Since 2009, 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county region have been certified as Green Communities. Cities and counties earn certification by implementing practices and policies in 10 categories ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency. The ARC program was the first in the U.S. to transform a region by promoting sustainability through green certification. For more, please visit their website at www.atlantaregional.com/greencommunities. More recent environmental awards came from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful as the non-profit agency celebrated its 35th birthday. The County won the Green Government of the Decade award and Sheriff Butch Conway won Volunteer of the Decade. More...
  2. Commissioners adopt annual budgetTue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.42 billion budget for fiscal year 2015. The balanced budget holds the line on property tax rates and is based on a small amount of growth in the tax digest. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “The budget review team members, County staff and I looked hard at all of the funding requests and came up with a plan that addresses some of the biggest concerns we heard during departmental budget presentations—employee recruitment and retention and the restoration of certain important services that were cut in previous budget years. This budget also allows for the critical expansion of fire and emergency medical services.” The operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totals $1.05 billion and includes pay-for-performance increases for non-sworn employees and a step increase for public safety personnel. The budget will also fund new staff positions for judicial services, the animal shelter, a new fire station and the new Level Creek Park scheduled to open this year. 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. Gwinnett 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 to help meet demand. The $371.04 million capital budget includes construction of two fire stations using SPLOST funds. The new Fire Station 31 will serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the surrounding community and Fire Station 10 will be relocated to improve fire and emergency services coverage in the Mall of Georgia area. Existing personnel will staff the relocated station. The budget was developed with input from four county residents and business people who were selected by Chairman Nash to serve on the budget review committee. The group reviewed departmental business plans and projected revenues to set priorities. Commissioners also sought public input prior to their decision by holding a public hearing on December 8, 2014, and making an online comment form available on the County’s website for six weeks. Departmental budget presentations made to the budget review team earlier this year may be viewed in the on-demand video section of www.tvgwinnett.com under Budget Review Meetings. A comprehensive budget document will be available later in the year. Click here to view the adopted 2015 budget resolution. More...
  3. Citizen Fire Academy Class begins March 5 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is accepting applications for the next Citizen Fire Academy class, which will begin March 5. Topics covered during the 12-week volunteer program include incident command, search and rescue, fire control, medical operations, fire and life safety education, and more. If you are interested in participating, click here to get an application. All applications for this session must be received by February 17. Applications received after that date will be considered for the next session beginning in September. Graduates of this program are able to continue their involvement with the department by becoming part of the Gwinnett Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association. Alumni members assist the department in meeting its mission of saving lives and protecting property by volunteering at community smoke alarm blitzes, public education outreach programs, CPR classes, and SafeKids Gwinnett functions. The association also helps the department implement vital community risk reduction strategies to enhance the quality of life for all residents.For more information about the academy, email fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com or call 678.518.4845. More...
  4. Citizen Police Academy begins March 3Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is accepting applications for its next session, which will begin March 3, 2015. Residents will receive training on topics including animal welfare and enforcement, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations, firearms, SWAT, traffic enforcement, vehicle pullovers, and more. If you are interested in participating, visitwww.gwinnettcpa.comto get an application. Applications must be received by Friday, February 13. Citizen’s Police Academy graduates gain a wealth of knowledge to share with others in their homes and communities. In addition, many graduates volunteer in the department or become active in the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, which also serves the department and the community in a variety of ways. Notably, the alumni association assists with searches for missing or endangered persons. For more information about the academy, emailCitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  5. New water and sewer rate structure eliminates planned January increase Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners last month adopted a water and sewer rate resolution that eliminates an increase in rates that was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Without this action, water rates would have increased by approximately 3.5 percent and sewer rates would have increased by about 10 percent. The new rate resolution was also approved by the Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority in December. Under the new resolution, basic water rates for a residential home will remain $4.85 per 1,000 gallons through the end of 2016. Residential water rates will increase by 7 cents per 1,000 gallons every other year starting in 2017, topping out at $5.06 per 1,000 gallons in 2021. Residential sewer rates will remain $7.82 per 1,000 gallons for the next two years. Rates will increase in alternating years beginning in 2017 for a total increase of 48 cents per 1,000 gallons during the seven-year period. For more information about the rate changes, visit the Department of Water Resources’ webpage. More...
  6. Take action; test your home for radon!Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that is invisible, tasteless, and odorless. It occurs naturally throughout the world as a result of the normal decay of traces of uranium existing within the earth’s crust. Once produced, radon migrates to the earth’s surface through rock, soil, and water. Radon further decomposes and releases low-dose radiation once it moves into the atmosphere. The particles may attach to dust and be inhaled if the gas migrates into a structure. While radon is present throughout the U.S., exposure varies widely. It could be present in dangerous levels in your home. The only way to know if your home contains radon is to conduct a radon detection test. Inexpensive do-it-yourself test kits are available through many home improvement stores. Test kits are available from the Gwinnett Extension. Breathing the radioactive particles produced by radon is a major cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. It has been noted, however, that radon does not cause short-term breathing effects. Exposure to radon is preventable. If high radon levels are confirmed, corrections can be made with simple, cost-effective remediation. Test your home and protect your health during National Radon Action Month. For more information, contact the Gwinnett Extension radon specialist at 678.377.4010 or by email at Ines.Beltran@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  7. 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, and accepted comments online through 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 video More...
  8. Gwinnett, cities share SPLOST for 60 road projectsFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    Three major road improvements, eight intersections, 35 sidewalk/pedestrian safety upgrades and 14 resurfacing projects will share city and county funds from the current SPLOST sales tax program. Acting Transportation Director Alan Chapman shared details about the projects with commissioners during a briefing on Tuesday, December 16. The 60 projects are included in 22 agreements hammered out between the county government and its 16 cities. Commissioners approved the first agreement on August 5 and the last on December 2. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “We appreciate all of the cities working so well with County staff to put the necessary agreements together so we can move forward and meet our promises to Gwinnett voters. I look forward to seeing the results of their hard work that will benefit all of our residents.” The 2014 SPLOST program requires cities and the county to use at least 65 percent of their share of SPLOST revenue for transportation projects. The County must also use $25 million for joint projects if cities pay at least 19 percent of the cost for transportation-related projects that benefit both city and county residents. Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, who also serves as president of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, said, “The term win-win is probably overused, but it does seem to apply here.I am proud that the cities and Gwinnett County were able to develop a mutually beneficial approach that seems to meet the needs of both groups while simultaneously putting forth the types of projects that the community wants and needs.” The County held 15 meetings with individual cities and three group meetings with the Gwinnett Municipal Association between last December and February of this year to discuss potential projects. A Citizens Project Selection Committee recommended specific joint-funded projects on March 24 and commissioners approved the list on April 16. Cities will manage construction for projects in 12 of the 22 agreements; Gwinnett County will manage the rest. For more information about the SPLOST program in Gwinnett County, visit www.gwinnettsplost.com. More...
  9. 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 missed this year's performances, select the links below to view them on-demand. Crews Middle School Tripp ElementaryCooper ElementaryKanoheda ElementaryAlcova ElementaryMcKendree ElementaryCollins Hill High School String Ensemble More...
  10. Extension hosts annual plant saleFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett Extension is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, native azaleas, and other landscape plants as part of its annual sale. Orders will be taken January 2 through March 11, 2015. Visit www.gwinnettextension.com or call 678.377.4010 to request an order form. More...
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