AKWESASNE &#x2013; Mrs. Monica Cook, 102, a native of Akwesasne, currently residing in Grayson, Georgia, passed away Friday morning, July 25, 2014 at the home of her daughter, where she had been residing for the past several years. More...
The Georgia Bioscience Joint Development Authority met at the Winder Community Center on Thursday for the first time, with a quorum, since last September and reaffirmed the need for the authority while planning out the steps to move forward with the authority's goals. More...
The Oklahoma Sooners are continuing to funnel signees onto campus. The most recent addition to the list is none other than Orlando Brown Jr. a 6-7 340lbs offensive tackle prospect who has now qualified academically. More...
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is celebrating National
Park and Recreation Month and you are invited to join the celebration! During
the month of July, show your love for parks and recreation by visiting your
local park to experience some of the many programs that inspire healthy, active
lifestyles or activities that cultivate an appreciation of nature and the
environment. You'll definitely want to grab a friend or family member and
venture out to one of the parks that is hosting a special event this month. You
can enjoy a free movie night with B98.5 FM at Rhodes Jordan Park in
Lawrenceville or Dog Daze of Summer at Rabbit Hill Park in Dacula, a
celebration of our canine friends as well as National Hot Day and Ice Cream
Day. Many other events are planned as well. For details, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
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.
The Georgia Department of Public
Health has issued a new rule that affects preteens. Beginning in 2014, all
students born on or after January 1, 2002, who are entering or transferring
into seventh grade, and any new entrant into grades 8 through 12 need proof of
an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination and an adolescent
This new rule affects public, private, community, charter,
juvenile court, and other alternative schools. Home school students are
excluded. For more information about teen and preteen vaccinations, please
Gwinnett County’s millage rate will not change in 2014. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners set the rate during its regular business session on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, after three public hearings on the matter. Actual taxes for most properties should be approximately the same as the estimate given on assessment noticesmailed in April.The millage rate for County operations stays the same at 7.40 mills. Rates also remained the same for the recreation and bond funds as well as the service districts established in 2013 that support police, fire and emergency services, development and enforcement, and Loganville emergency medical services. The total millage rate for properties in unincorporated Gwinnett remains the same at 13.75 mills. This rate only covers County government operations; the Gwinnett County Board of Education sets its own millage rate to fund schools. For more information about school taxes, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.The decision to keep rates the same means that property taxes will generate more revenue than last year due to a general increase in property values. By law, the Tax Assessor must assess the value of residential and commercial property every year based on recent sales of comparable parcels.Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I believe this is the prudent thing to do. While we did what had to be done to work through the economic downturn, there are things we deferred that can’t be put off any longer. We still need to build and staff new fire stations, for example. We can’t take the revenue source for granted, though, and will continue to refine the way we use taxpayer dollars. We will spend every single penny wisely to make Gwinnett County the best it can be – now as well as five and 10 years from now.”During the recession, commissioners reduced the County workforce, held vacant positions open, cut operating budgets, cut or delayed new capital projects, and deferred capital maintenance. The County also absorbed rising costs of most commodities, covered the costs of new legislative and regulatory mandates, and continued to provide core services. And at the same time, more than 50,000 new residents moved into Gwinnett over the past four years.For an interactive online tool that shows estimated property taxes for any Gwinnett property and what those taxes buy, look underWhere Your Property Taxes Go on the Your Money webpage. More...
Outdoor pools are open for the summer season at all Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation aquatic centers. Visitors will find a wide array of amenities for both fun and learning, including private, semi-private, and group swim lessonsannually for all ages, as well as beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, and picnic areas.
Residents are encouraged to be safe while enjoying pools this summer. “Learning how to swim saves lives,” said Christine Greenfield, Aquatics Coordinator. “We encourage all families to enroll in swim lessons and safety programs by contacting your local pool.” All Parks and Recreation pools are accessible for people with disabilities and offer safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages. For more details on admission fees, specific amenities, hours of operation, or information on facility rentals, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
For more water and pool safety tips, visit www.gwinnettsafety411.com. More...
To view the results of the General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff click here. To view the results for Gwinnett County only, select the "Results by County" tab (next to Statewide Results), and then select Gwinnett County on the map. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 24, 2014) – Crooked Creek Road will get new
curb, gutter and sidewalk, pedestrian crosswalks and drainage improvements
thanks to an agreement between Gwinnett County and Peachtree Corners.
Commissioners approved the plan on July 15.
The project will add
sidewalk to the east side of Crooked Creek Road between Jay Bird Alley and the
entrance to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church where it will connect to existing
The city and the county
will each pay half of the estimated $375,000 project cost and the Gwinnett DOT
will manage the engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction. County
funds will come from the 2005 SPLOST program while the city will use a grant
from the state DOT.
“I’m happy our local
governments can work together to make visible improvements for the safety and
convenience of residents,” said District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard. “This
new section of sidewalk together with other projects in the area will link
several neighborhoods to Peachtree Elementary School and improve pedestrian
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 23, 2014) – More upgrades are in store for
the Crooked Creek Water Reclamation Facility at 6557 Plant Drive in Peachtree
Corners after Gwinnett commissioners signed off on an $8.86 million contract
for engineering design and construction support on July 15.
The 71-month contract covers project management, preliminary
engineering, detailed design and construction administration. CH2M Hill
Engineers Inc. was selected as the highest-scoring of four short-listed
bidders. Systems involved include chemical addition, activated sludge
treatment, secondary clarifiers, disinfection, post aeration, solids handling
and electrical systems. Work will begin this fall and end when
construction is finished in 2020.
Previous projects over the past five years included a new influent pump
station, headworks building, operations center, maintenance facility, diffused
air conversion and filter rehabilitation.
The 20-year-old plant treats up to 16 million gallons of wastewater per
day. Water Resources Director Ron Seibenhener said, “These modifications will
ensure cost effective operations that meet or exceed all permit requirements.
It will be a facility that will continue to serve the needs of Gwinnett
residents and our downstream neighbors for decades to come.” More...
Ga., July 23, 2014) – For the third year in a
row, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) took first place at the annual
Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition held on
July 21 in Greene County. Six lifeguards from various GCPR aquatic centers
earned spots on the team after proving their lifeguard skills and abilities
during the tryouts. Virginia Brinkley, Christina Wang, Alex Wang, Brad Miller,
Stephen Brinkley and Victor Barr studied lifeguard materials, swam and
conditioned throughout the summer to prepare for the competition. There were 13
teams from across the state competing for the title.
competition consisted of several events evaluating teamwork, athletic ability
and lifeguarding knowledge. The GCPR lifeguards dominated the competition by
winning five out of the seven events and placing second in the other two.
Overall, the team acquired 45 points to secure a first place victory while the
second place team had 18 points. The team won the swim relay event with the
fastest time, and secured another first with a perfect score during a critical
incident event applying their lifeguard skills during a realistic emergency
simulation. The team also placed first during the rescue paddle board, rescue
relay and triathlon events. The team was supervised and coached by Aquatics
Coordinator Christine Greenfield and Aquatics Supervisor Jason Cutchins. “We
are extremely proud of the lifeguard team for their victory at state. Our
lifeguard team takes great pride in their training and skill execution and they
were excited to use it in a competition setting,” said Christine Greenfield. More...
WHAT: The ribbon cutting for phase III to celebrate the expansion of Little Mulberry park, featuring the 18-hole disc golf course built in the wooded area, a 2,400 square-foot open pavilion, new playground, new restroom facilities, a 0.3-mile paved trail connection to the existing trail system in the park and a new 600 square-foot wooden deck overlooking the lake. Family fun and festivities will follow including inflatables, music, kid’s activities, disc golf tournament and food truck. WHEN: Tuesday, July 15, 4:30 – 8 p.m.WHO: Board of Commissioners, Recreation Authority Board, Gwinnett Parks Foundation and the general public.WHERE: Little Mulberry Park3900 Hog Mountain RoadDacula, GA 30019 More...
(Buford, Ga., July 18, 2014) –Summer is quickly coming to an end, and it will soon be time for area students to return to class. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) encourages everyone to get a head start on a great school year and enjoy fun activities connected to Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) at its first ever Back To School STEM Saturday event on Aug. 2, 2014, from 11am until 3pm.“In today’s classroom, there is a huge focus on STEM education,” said Jason West, the EHC’s director of programming. “It is crucial that we equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate from high school, be successful in college and professional careers, and be competitive with their peers throughout the United States and the world. Highlighting fun and exciting STEM connections is certainly one way to get the school year off on the right track.”The event will feature a number of STEM focused activities, including the opportunity to meet a real weather scientist. Dr. Marshall Shepherd is the Director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program and was the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society. In addition to consulting with both NASA and the Weather Channel, he recently co-authored a children’s book on weather and weather instruments entitled “Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch.” Shepherd will offer a special presentation for visitors at 11:30am and 2pm as well as be available to sign copies of his book. Participants will also get a chance to make their own weather barometer, experience extreme weather in the Discovery Dome Theater, utilize LEGO EV3 robots to survive the challenge of Nature’s Fury, and discover the physics behind the fun with the Amusement Park Science exhibit.Program fees for the event are $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 3 to 12 and free for children two and younger as well as EHC members.For more information on the Back To School STEM Saturday event and the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, visit http://www.gwinnettehc.org/. More...
GA., July 3, 2014) – July is designated National Park and Recreation Month and
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) began the celebration with a Board
of Commissioners’ proclamation held on July 1, followed by special events
including music, games, swimming, food and more the rest of the month. This
year’s theme, “OUT is IN,” encourages individuals, families, friends and
coworkers to do something outside every day that they would normally do inside.
The parks in Gwinnett county offer ample opportunities to go outside, get
inspired, change the outlook and get involved.
three in 10 U.S. adults do not spend time outside on a daily basis and of those
who do, almost half spend less than 30 minutes in the fresh air according to a
new survey released by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
This July, GCPR and NRPA are challenging everyone to get out and visit their
community parks with various events. There will be ongoing events like Walk the
Talks, Kid’s Art Show and Flat Ray, Flat Rosie and Flat Rosco. The characters’
coloring pages can be downloaded from www.gwinnettparks.com
or young artists can stop by any of the Community Recreation Centers to pick up
coloring pages to participate throughout the month. GCPR is encouraging
everyone to have their pictures taken with the characters and email them to email@example.com to be
featured on the website throughout the month. GCPR is also sponsoring an art
show featuring artwork submitted by park patrons to any Community Recreation
Center. The art will be displayed throughout the month of July. Other events
July 1 – 4, Swim
Safely Week at various Gwinnett County Aquatic Facilities with games,
activities and prizes given throughout the week. July 9, Art Therapy
at 5:30 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. Therapeutic
recreation to encourage creative expression through art while working on
eye-hand coordination and improving social skills. Pre-register at
678-277-0920. Cost is $11 per person.July 11, Brown Bag
Concert at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse at 11 a.m. featuring Scott Douglas.
This is a free event featuring entertainment and activities.July 12, Be at the
Movies at 5 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and
gather the family to enjoy games and activities before watching Rio 2 on the
big screen. This is a free event. Call 678-277-0900 for information. There will
be a Walk the Talk at 4 p.m. as well.July 14, Family Night
at Mountain Park Aquatic Center at 6:30 p.m. and at Best Friend Park Pool and
Gym at 7 p.m. with music, games and a night swim. Regular pool admissions
apply. Call 678-277-0870 or 770-417-2202 for more information. July 18, Kid’s Night
Out at 6 p.m. at Mountain Park Activity Building and George Pierce Park with
cool activities, pizza, crafts and more. Event is for ages 7 – 13 and is
$12/child. Pre-register by July 7 by calling 678-277-0179 for Mountain Park
Activity Building or 678-277-0910 for George Pierce Park.July 19, Dog Daze of
Summer at Rabbit Hill Park from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. celebrating National Hot
Dog Day and National Ice Cream Day. This free event will feature inflatables,
vendors, food, kid’s activities, dog games, duck races and music. There will be
a Walk the Talk at 9 a.m. before the festivities.July 26. NFL’s Punt,
Pass & Kick at Rhodes Jordan Park at 9 a.m. with local competition to
determine top scores in each age group to advance to sectional competition.
This event is free and open to boys and girls ages 6 – 15. There will be a Walk
the Talk at 8 a.m. Call 678-277-0890 for more information.
addition to getting involved in National Park and Recreation Month locally,
people are encouraged to take the OUT is IN 31-day social media challenge on
Twitter and Instagram by posting photos of themselves doing typical inside
activities outside with the hashtag #JulyOUTisIN. To learn more about getting
OUTside and INvolved during National Park and Recreation Month, visit www.gwinnettparks.com and www.nrpa.org/July. More...