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  1. Jason Carter Pushes Education in a Possibly Purple Gwinnett CountyWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:26:18 GMT
    Democratic candidate for Governor Jason Carter was the featured speaker at Tuesday's meeting of the Gwinnett Rotary Club, and according to a story in the Gwinnett Daily Post , his topic was education. More...
  2. This weekend: Find the blues in and Around Atlanta August 23-25, 2014Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:26:32 GMT
    It's time to look at the blues happening in and around Atlanta for the coming weekend. More...
  3. A profile in courageWed, 20 Aug 2014 09:12:12 GMT
    Aimee Copeland was the guest speaker for the Cobb Executive Women's dinner entitled a 'An Evening with Aimee Copeland' at the Mansour Center on Tuesday evening. More...
  4. Hyundai Construction Equipment partners with attachment manufacturerTue, 19 Aug 2014 23:58:05 GMT
    Earthmoving and material handling equipment manufacturer Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. , Norcross, Georgia, has announced a partnership with attachment manufacturer Werk-Brau , Findlay, Ohio, which it says will allow the company to provide a wider array of attachment options to its customers. More...
  5. New dating website uses criteria you wouldn't expectTue, 19 Aug 2014 19:38:31 GMT
    A woman and her web developer husband create a dating website called Special Bridge that caters to people with disabilities. More...
  6. Apartments in Snellville?Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:23:53 GMT
    An information session sponsored by the grassroots group SOSnellville.com drew a crowd estimated at over 800 people to Gwinnett County's Brookwood High School last Thursday night to discuss a proposal to build apartments near Snellville's Eastside Medical Center. More...
  7. Lembeck set to receive a $33K raiseTue, 19 Aug 2014 09:04:26 GMT
    The Marietta Board of Education is expected to vote tonight on increasing Superintendent Emily Lembeck's base salary by about $33,000, or 20 percent, according to Randy Weiner, board chairman. More...
  8. KTVA-TV Adopts Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPortMon, 18 Aug 2014 17:36:09 GMT
    Harmonic announced that KTVA Alaska, a CBS affiliate owned by Denali Media Holdings, has built a brand-new media center in Anchorage using a broad complement of Harmonic technologies. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Atlanta Regional Commission wants to know: ‘What do you think?’Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission seeks to find out exactly what the community thinks is important to ensure that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, raises the best workforce possible, and continues to be a great place to live. Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging, and health resources. This survey is an important opportunity for Gwinnett County to have an impact on this regional vision. The survey can be accessed from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s website through September 30. For more information, please contact Melissa Roberts, Community Engagement Coordinator at 404.463.3272 or mroberts@atlantaregional.com. More...
  2. Our Gang Unit: Adapting to the times to stomp out gang activity Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    FOCUS ON is a monthly feature that tells how your county government employees focus on providing high-quality services to you each and every day. Our Gang Unit: Adapting to the times to stomp out gang activity Just as the rest of the world has adapted to a mobile way of life, gangs have capitalized on digital tools to establish an online presence. While gang activity may not always be in plain sight, the Gwinnett County Police Department’s Gang Unit stays on the trail despite the clever tactics gang members use ––whether on the street or on the Web. Find out more about ourGang Unit. Past Articles: Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center Aquatics Team Central Precinct Community Risk Reduction Crime Prevention Unit DOT Road Condition Assessment Team Fleet Management Division Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Grants Business Unit Home-Delivered Meals Human Resources Recruitment Neighborhood Stabilization Program Parks Maintenance Team Payroll Performance Analysis Division Purchasing Division Preventive Maintenance Senior Services Swiftwater Rescue Team Traffic Control Center TVGwinnett Production Team Volunteer Gwinnett More...
  3. 2014 Property tax bills due October 1Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Tax Commissioner Richard Steele announced that 2014 property tax bills will be mailed to Gwinnett County taxpayers by August 1. All bills will have a single-installment due date of October 1. Taxpayers may choose to make partial payments as long as the total due is paid by the due date. For property owners with an escrow account, tax information is available to the mortgage company; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date. If there are questions about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently changed. There are several options for property tax payment: Pay online by check, credit or debit card at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. (Paying by check is free; debit card: $3.95 flat fee; credit card: 2.29% service fee.) Mail payments to P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Pay by check using drop boxes 24 hours a day at all Tax Commissioner offices. Pay in person during business hours at all Tax Commissioner offices. View your property tax information at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com and if you have questions, contact the office at Tax@gwinnettcounty.com or 770.822.8800. More...
  4. Police department hosts job fair: August 23Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Police Department will host a job fair on Saturday, August 23 from 8:00am to 3:00pm for Police and Communications Officer positions. The job fair will take place at the Gwinnett County Police Training Center, located at 854 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The Gwinnett County Police Department is a nationally accredited, full-service department with specialized units such as SWAT, K-9, DUI Task Force, and more. The department offers a competitive compensation/benefits package along with on-the-job training. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before attending the fair on the Police employment webpage; however human resources staff will be present at the fair and will be taking walk-up applications during the event. For more information about the opportunities available with the Gwinnett County Police Department, visit the Police employment webpage. More...
  5. Don’t miss out on the $100K challengeMon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center has been chosen as a contender in the ASPCA Rachael Ray™ $100K challenge. August 31 is the last day of the challenge, so don’t miss out! The goal is for the shelter to save more dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens than the summer months of last year. Please visit www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com for details. More...
  6. Animal Welfare kicks off Rachael Ray $100K challengeWed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center has been chosen as a contender in the ASPCA Rachael Ray™ $100K challenge. Throughout the months of June, July, and August of this year, each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013. Winners of the challenge could earn $5,000 to $100,000 in grant money from the ASPCA to help find homes for more animals in Gwinnett County and help low-income families spay/neuter their pets. Several activities are planned during these summer months, so visit www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.comto find out how you can take part in the challenge. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. COMMISSIONERS APPROVE STREAM RESTORATIONTue, 19 Aug 2014 16:44:29 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 19, 2014) – Reduced erosion and improved water quality are the goals of a restoration project on Bromolow Creek approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. About 800 feet of the creek plus 600 feet of a tributary and 150 feet of a stormwater channel off Old Norcross Road near Chaffin Ridge/Trevino Circle in Duluth will be stabilized using natural channel-design techniques. The project will reduce suspended solids in the Beaver Ruin watershed, improve aquatic habitat and remove invasive, exotic vegetation. It is expected to be complete in six months. The $875,277 contract went to low bidder The Dickerson Group Inc. Funding comes from the water and sewer renewal fund. According to Stormwater Division Director Steve Leo, the project could save the County as much as $700,000 by generating stream mitigation credits approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. More...
  2. BETHESDA PARK SENIOR CENTER TO HOST FALL INTO HEALTH SENIOR WELLNESS FAIRFri, 08 Aug 2014 08:04:29 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 7, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Live Healthy Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Health and Human Services and the Gwinnett Extension Service to host the Fall Into Health Senior Wellness Fair to serve a growing senior population. This year’s event falls on National Food Day, featuring live cooking demonstrations, a farmer’s market, breakout sessions with special presenters, live entertainment, interactive demonstrations and health screenings in addition to scores of health and wellness vendors. The event typically serves more than 500 seniors, but organizers are expecting that number to double this year. The Fall Into Health Senior Wellness Fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bethesda Park Senior Recreation Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville. Interested sponsors and vendors should call 678-277-0179 before Oct. 10 for more information. More...
  3. SPLOST FUNDS TO RENOVATE TWO BETHESDA PARK POOLSWed, 06 Aug 2014 11:02:17 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 5, 2014) – Renovations are in store for the Bethesda Park Aquatic Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road near Lawrenceville. Funds from the 2009 SPLOST program will pay for the $408,107 contract commissioners approved Tuesday with low bidder Poolside Inc. The year-round indoor instructional pool and outdoor leisure pool will both get new tile along with new mechanical skimmers, grates, float assemblies and equalizers. Drains and HVAC ducts will be cleaned and a new system installed to remove chloramines from the air at pool level to improve air quality. The contract also includes replacing the play structure. Project Administration Division Director Grant Guess said, “We’re using SPLOST funds to renovate existing facilities like this one in order to extend their life and improve operational efficiency.” Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, a finalist for the national Gold Medal Award presented by the National Recreation and Park Association after winning it in 2008, operates 17 aquatic facilities. Pool types include indoor competition, instructional, lap and indoor and outdoor leisure/water parks. General attendance at county pools numbered around 418,000 visits last year. Information on hours, fees, swim lessons or facility rentals can be found at www.gwinnettparks.com or by calling (678) 277-0880. More...
  4. NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK HELD AT RHODES JORDAN PARKWed, 06 Aug 2014 10:24:54 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., August 6, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation held the local Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville on July 23. There were 107 kids that participated in the event, with the top finishers in each age group as follows: Girls6-7 years old, Pamela Zachery10-11 years old, Dianne Friese12-13 years old, Christina Haber Boys6–7 years old, Kameron Rayford8–9 years old, Omar Zachery Jr.10–11 years old, Scott Thompson12–13 years old, Brendan Farrell14–15 years old, Andre Watson Punt, Pass & Kick is a free, nationwide competition that is run by the National Football League. Kids compete in their age group in local competitions and then the scores are submitted to the NFL. The highest score from the winner in each age group moves into the sectional competition and then onto the Team Championship held at the Georgia Dome. The top four kids in each age group will compete nationally to go to the Super Bowl. More...
  5. OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND ON FIRE ACADEMY EXPANSIONMon, 04 Aug 2014 08:54:13 EDT
    WHAT: TheGwinnett County Board of Commissioners will hold a groundbreaking for the Phase 2 Fire Academy expansion. Work will get underway this fall with completion expected in two years. WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. WHO: Fire Chief Casey Snyder will emcee the event and remarks will be provided by Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. WHERE: The ceremony will take place at the Fire Academy behind the high-rise training tower at 3608 Braselton Highway in Dacula. WHY: The new facility will feature a new academic building, three-bay apparatus building with classrooms and a large training pavilion. The academic building will consist of eight large training rooms and house a student resource center, kitchen, and conference room. The project is funded by the voter-approved 2009 SPLOST sales tax. More...
  6. FITCH REAFFIRMS GWINNETT’S AAA RATING, NOTES STABLE OPERATIONS AND FAVORABLE DEBT POSITION Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:04:37 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 1, 2014) – Gwinnett County officials learned today that Fitch Ratings has reaffirmed the government’s AAA credit rating with a stable outlook. The rating affirmed Gwinnett County’s debt of $19.1 million in general obligation bonds, $806.3 million in water and sewer bonds and $89.9 million in development authority bonds. Fitch noted in its report that Gwinnett County’s strong reserves, stable operating performance and favorable debt position were key drivers for its rating. The report said “careful budgeting and financial monitoring has contributed to a lengthy history of positive operating results.” In addition, the report noted the County’s strong fund balance position and “prudent approach” to retirement funding. It specifically pointed out that the OPEB trust has a 59.9% funded ratio, which is unusually high relative to other U.S. local governments. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “This is great news for our county. The top rating from Fitch is solid evidence of our financial strength and stability in addition to our sound financial management policies.” In addition, Fitch cited Gwinnett’s participation in a metropolitan economy as favorable. According to the report, “the economy is diverse with major employers spanning numerous industries and is home to a significant number of Fortune 500 companies.” The report also notes the county’s low unemployment rate and above-average household income. Gwinnett County has held the highest bond ratings from all three major rating agencies since 1997. Fitch’s reaffirmation of Gwinnett County’s AAA is the result of a routine review process undertaken by rating agencies. The other agencies are likely to perform a similar review according to their own practices. More...