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  1. Atlanta DJ Wanda Smith's husband says he didn't point gun at Katt Williams Source: Cox Media GroupWed, 19 Sep 2018 01:00:14 GMT
    NORCROSS, Ga. - LaMorris Sellers, the husband of Atlanta radio host Wanda Smith, said in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that he did not point a gun at Emmy-winning comic Katt Williams on Saturday night outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, Georgia. More...
  2. GBI releases 3D model in hopes of identifying remains Source: WSB-TVWed, 19 Sep 2018 01:00:13 GMT
    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - For three years, investigators have been trying to identify remains found in the woods. More...
  3. Takeuchi Announces Jim Ramsdail as Technical Trainer, Content DeveloperTue, 18 Sep 2018 18:00:21 GMT
    Takeuchi-US , a global leader in compact equipment, has introduced Jim Ramsdail as technical trainer and content developer, effective immediately. Based out of Takeuchi-US headquarters in Pendergrass, Ga., Ramsdail's primary role will be helping to conduct the instructor-led technical training to Takeuchi subsidiaries and distributors around the world. More...
  4. MN: DeKalb County Officials See Transit Future in Twin CitiesTue, 18 Sep 2018 04:33:42 GMT
    Sept. 14--MINNEAPOLIS -- Some DeKalb County residents have waited for decades for MARTA rail to arrive in their communities, all the while paying the penny sales tax that has helped the system expand into other parts of metro Atlanta. But if they want more public transportation any time soon, they should keep an open mind about rapid buses and other alternatives, some DeKalb County officials said after getting a first-hand look at new transit options in Minneapolis and St. Paul, this week. More...
  5. Katt Williams says man pointed gun at himMon, 17 Sep 2018 17:47:54 GMT
    Comedian Katt Williams says the husband of popular Atlanta radio personality Wanda Smith-Sellers approached him and pointed a gun in his face after Williams' appearance with her on an Atlanta radio station. Williams says Smith-Sellers' husband Lamorris Sellers confronted him Saturday night at the Atlanta Comedy Theater after Williams had the heated exchange with her during an interview on V103 FM. More...
  6. Georgia schools try new breathing exercises to help manage stressSun, 16 Sep 2018 11:33:20 GMT
    And that's why the fifth-grader decided to undergo special training to become a peer mediator for a new, school-wide program designed to relieve tension and stress. Georgia Breathes officially kicked off on Sept. More...
  7. Rainbow-tinted bus brings soap and hopeFri, 14 Sep 2018 14:14:11 GMT
    Many people avoid eye contact and drive by. But when Jason drives up, they know the next few hours will be full of dignity and kindness. More...
  8. GA: Bill Torpy: Torpy at Large: Daggers Drawn in the Fight for a Slice of MARTA PieThu, 13 Sep 2018 23:40:29 GMT
    Sept. 12--Gwinnett County just negotiated a great deal from MARTA to come on board. This caused DeKalb County residents, who have paid into the system for decades, to scream bloody murder. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Fire and Emergency Services to hold 9/11 Remembrance CeremonyFri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT
    The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will hold a brief 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8:30am on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The ceremony will take place at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial located in the front parking lot of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Join public safety personnel from around Gwinnett County to remember the victims of the terror attacks 17 years ago and to honor the brave men and women in public safety positions who risk sacrifice their lives to save others.  The ceremony will include remarks, a presentation of colors, and a ceremonial wreath laying by a combined public safety honor guard. Representatives from public safety agencies and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. The ceremony is open to the public. The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. More...
  2. Gwinnett recruiting poll officials at upcoming hiring eventsTue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett citizens who want to serve the community and be engaged in the electoral process are encouraged to attend Gwinnett County’s poll official hiring events on September 6 and September 8 at the County’s OneStop Norcross facility. Lynn Ledford, Gwinnett County supervisor of elections, said serving as a poll worker is a great way for citizens to play an invaluable role in our elections and give back to the community at the same time. “Gwinnett has 156 polling locations as well as eight advance voting locations that we need to staff,” Ledford said. “Working on Election Day is a great opportunity for citizens to be actively involved in the process. Plus you can gain valuable work experience for a résumé and earn a $120 stipend.” Elections remaining in 2018 are set for November 6 for the General Election and December 4 for runoffs if needed. The hiring events are set for: Thursday, September 6 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Saturday, September 8 from 9:00am to 1:00pm Both events will be held at OneStop Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. Poll officials’ Election Day duties may include setting up and breaking down voting machines, checking voter identities, processing voters, answering questions, and ensuring an orderly balloting process. Some poll officials will also be needed to assist with setting up polling locations the night before Election Day. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, a U.S. citizen, and be able to read, write and speak English; bilingual Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants must also be Gwinnett County residents or Gwinnett County government employees, have access to a computer for required online training, and have reliable transportation. Interested citizens are encouraged to apply online at www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com prior to the event. Gwinnett County Human Resources staff will be onsite to accept applications in person. Computers will be available at the events for applicants to use. To fulfill federal I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification requirements, applicants should bring documents to verify their identity and legal authorization to work in the U.S. To view the list of accepted documents, visit www.uscis.gov/i-9-central. For more information about the recruitment event, view the attached flyers in English and Spanish. More...
  3. Gwinnett celebrates 200 years of historyMon, 03 Sep 2018 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett County is celebrating its founding and its modern, diverse community with a yearlong series of Gwinnett 200 events, lectures, demonstrations, a torch run, video-recorded reminiscences, and more.   Throughout the year, the County plans to have 200 events throughout 2018 in honor of our 200th birthday. Keep up with the latest bicentennial updates on www.Gwinnett200.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gwinnett200. 200 Events for 200 Years Each week, history buffs, patriotic Gwinnettians, or the simply curious can find plenty to do to learn about the county’s history, including walking or driving tours of historic sites and communities, monthly lectures by the Gwinnett Historical Society, and a traveling art exhibit featuring Gwinnett’s past. Many events offer family friendly fun with bicentennial flavors, such as aquatic parties at County pools, throwback nights by Gwinnett’s minor league baseball team, the Stripers, and pioneer-themed campouts. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville is a key player in the bicentennial celebration, hosting a wide variety of events, including concerts with 1800s music, crafts, and trade markets. The Lawrenceville Female Seminary and other historic sites also will host events with good old-fashioned fun, demonstrating historic games and other living history programs. Lectures sponsored by the Gwinnett Historical Society touch on many compelling topics, such as Union Civil War soldiers from Gwinnett County, slavery in Gwinnett County, and the impact of World War I on Gwinnett. If you miss them, those lectures can be viewed online. For a complete list of bicentennial events, visit www.Gwinnett200.com or the County’s primary calendar. Fun for Kids Kids are encouraged to download, print, and color our own Flat Button, named for Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the county’s namesake, and then take pictures of him around the community. He’s even been seen overseas! Historic Sites Mapped for Tours For folks interested in finding the locations of some of Gwinnett’s historic sites, there’s an online map with a brief description of the sites. The map website also includes historical maps, a suggested driving tour, a list of historic markers, and a roster of churches and cemeteries, always a great source of information. Sharing Stories In an attempt to capture history while we can, the County launched Story Vault, a program for Gwinnettians from all walks of life to sit down with a friend and a camera crew and talk about their life in Gwinnett, how they came here, memorable or historic events, and their hopes for the future. To view the fascinating recollections of lifelong residents and relative newcomers, or to sign up to tell your own tale of Gwinnett, visit www.Gwinnett200.com. You can also watch bicentennial videos and other programs about a variety of historical topics, including the African-American experience in Gwinnett County, the County today, and the County’s economic development over 200 years. Torch Run On December 15, 2017, Gwinnett County’s bicentennial torch run made its debut at the first official event, A Frontier Affair: Prelude to Gwinnett’s Bicentennial at the historic courthouse. The torch, carried by Gwinnett’s public high school cross country and track teams, will eventually cover more than 200 miles and visit historic sites, public facilities, and cities. A traveling Gwinnett County history exhibit will accompany the torch to many of these locations. You can go online to view the torch’s scheduled stops. Bicentennial Gear You can also wear your Gwinnett pride with a purchase of bicentennial gear. Proceeds go to the Gwinnett Parks Foundation. Community Celebration The celebration will culminate in a party at Infinite Energy Center on December 15, 2018, the County’s 200th birthday. Stay tuned for details about the grand finale. More...
  4. Business plan presentations kick off 2019 budget preparationMon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 EDT
    County elected officials, department directors, and agency heads will present their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2019 starting Monday, August 27. The budget presentations, which run through Thursday, August 30, will be heard by the budget review team made up of five Gwinnett residents who were invited by Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash to help set priorities and make recommendations for the proposed budget. Keith Roche, a Lawrenceville city councilman and retired business executive, is new to the committee this year. He joins four budget review team veterans: Alida Sims, a regional kinship navigator with the Georgia Department of Community Services Division of Family and Children Services; David Cuffie, CEO, Total Vision Consulting LLC; Norwood Davis, CFO, 12Stone Church; and Santiago Marquez, President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Sims and Cuffie both graduated from the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy. Nash values public input in making local government decisions, saying that it leads to better outcomes. “Each team member brings a different perspective to the table, which is important as we listen to budgetary needs and plans for the future, review revenue projections and prepare the proposed budget,” said Nash. “I am thankful that each of these talented individuals agreed to serve another year.” The business plan presentations will be available to view on demand on this website starting the afternoon of August 27.   The Chairman’s 2019 budget proposal will be made available to the public and news media on November 27 in conjunction with its formal presentation to the district commissioners, and the budget public hearing is scheduled for December 10. By law, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...
  5. Water Resources to replace water main in Peachtree Station subdivisionThu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 EDT
    Aging water mains in the Peachtree Station subdivision will soon be replaced. Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday awarded an almost $1.51 million contract to Dickerson Group Inc. The water main replacement is phase one of the total project. District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said an agreement between Gwinnett County and the city of Peachtree Corners will allow for the water main replacement to take place at the same time as a repaving project previously planned by the city. Since pipe replacement normally disturbs only about a third of the roadway, the city will pay for the portion of the contract that covers repaving the remainder of the streets. “To avoid disrupting the community twice, the County will manage both the pipe construction and street paving that Peachtree Corners was planning to do,” said Howard. “This is another excellent example of how the County works closely with city governments to operate efficiently and effectively as good stewards of taxpayer dollars.” The existing PVC and cast iron pipes have broken 16 times in the subdivision in the past seven years as they approach the end of their useful life. They will be replaced with about 8,900 feet of eight-inch ductile iron pipe. More...
  6. School has resumed so don't pass stopped buses and watch for kids at bus stopsFri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett County Public Schools kicked off the 2018 – 2019 school year on Monday, August 6, and motorists are advised to give GCPS buses plenty of room and time to pick up and drop off students before and after school. Watch for amber and red flashing lights that indicate a stopped school bus. GCPS has placed cameras on about 300 buses to photograph drivers who illegally pass school buses. When the school bus amber or red lights are flashing, the system automatically detects vehicles passing the stopped school bus and records the violation. The violator will receive a citation in the mail. In spring 2018, GCPS bus drivers conducted a one-day count of vehicles that passed stopped buses. They counted more than 2,000 violations in just one day.  More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. GWINNETT COUNTY ACCEPTS $2 MILLION IN STATE GRANT TO WIDEN SPALDING DRIVEThu, 06 Sep 2018 09:19:46 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 6, 2018) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to accept $2 million in grants through the State Road and Tollway Authority, or SRTA. The grants would come from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank program for improvements to Spalding Drive within the city of Peachtree Corners. The project will help to alleviate congestion and improve safety along this regional traffic corridor, according to District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard. “We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with SRTA and the opportunity to apply for grants through the infrastructure bank program,” she said. “It’s always a win for residents when different governments can pool resources and work together to make things happen.” Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director of SRTA, congratulated the County on the award of the grant. “GTIB was created for projects like yours, which improve mobility, spur economic development and enable local communities to thrive,” he said. The County will accept $2 million to supplement local funds being used to widen Spalding Drive from Winters Chapel Road to just west of the intersection with State Route 140/Holcomb Bridge Road for a distance of about 0.6 miles. The bridge over Crooked Creek also would be replaced and sidewalks would be installed along the bridge and throughout the length of the project. This project will be a coordinated effort by Gwinnett County, the city of Peachtree Corners and the city of Sandy Springs. The total estimated project cost is $11.5 million, with a total local commitment of $9.5 million, or 82.6 percent. The GTIB grant request is for 17.4 percent of the total project value. Gwinnett’s share of the funding would come from the 2014 and 2017 SPLOST programs. For more information on this project or other transportation projects, please visit www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  2. TAKE HOME A LESS-ADOPTABLE PET FROM THE GWINNETT ANIMAL SHELTERWed, 05 Sep 2018 13:33:52 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 5, 2018) – While many doggies and kitties are quickly adopted from the Gwinnett Animal Shelter, some get passed over time and time again just because they’re a little older, not so easy on the eyes or need a little more care. To help them get homes of their own, the shelter is hosting Adopt a Less-Adoptable-Pet Month, and cutting adoption fees to $20 all through September. Animals – including forlorn pets yearning for a home – have been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped and are ready to meet their new family. Dogs typically cost $45 to adopt, and cats typically cost $30. There are many reasons to adopt a different dog or cat, said Alan Davis, manager of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division. “Older pets are mellower,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about your lamp getting knocked over. Physically challenged pets are often unaffected by their handicap, and they will love you without reservation.” The shelter is also offering two kittens for $20 and free adoptions on Fridays. Please keep in mind that adopting an animal is a decision that should include responsible planning for space, permission if renting, and follow-up veterinarian care from a local clinic. Animals are forever family members that require love, attention, exercise, and stimulation, and can live 10 years or longer depending on age and breed. Those who are unable to adopt should consider volunteering at the animal shelter or donating supplies or money to help the shelter improve the health of the animals, increase the number of adoptions and rescues and continue to offer pet care education free to the community. The shelter is open for adoptions Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Gwinnett Animal Welfare is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. More...
  3. AT HIRING EVENTS SEPT. 6, SEPT. 8 GWINNETT RECRUITING POLL OFFICIALSTue, 04 Sep 2018 16:55:37 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 4, 2018) – Gwinnett citizens who want to serve the community and be engaged in the electoral process are encouraged to attend Gwinnett County’s poll official hiring events on Sept. 6 and Sept. 8 at the County’s OneStop Norcross facility. Lynn Ledford, Gwinnett County supervisor of elections, said serving as a poll worker is a great way for citizens to play an invaluable role in our elections and give back to the community at the same time. “Gwinnett has 156 polling locations as well as eight advance voting locations that we need to staff,” Ledford said. “Working on Election Day is a great opportunity for citizens to be actively involved in the process. Plus you can gain valuable work experience for a résumé and earn a $120 stipend.” Elections remaining in 2018 are set for Nov. 6 for the General Election and Dec. 4 for runoffs if needed. The hiring events are set for: Thursday, Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both events will be held at OneStop Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. Poll officials’ Election Day duties may include setting up and breaking down voting machines, checking voter identities, processing voters, answering questions and ensuring an orderly balloting process. Some poll officials will also be needed to assist with setting up polling locations the night before Election Day. Applicants must be at least 16 years old, a U.S. citizen, and be able to read, write and speak English; bilingual Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants must also be Gwinnett County residents or Gwinnett County government employees, have access to a computer for required online training, and have reliable transportation. Interested citizens are encouraged to apply online at www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com prior to the event. Gwinnett County Human Resources staff will be onsite to accept applications in person. Computers will be available at the events for applicants to use. To fulfill federal I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification requirements, applicants should bring documents to verify their identity and legal authorization to work in the U.S. To view the list of accepted documents, visit www.uscis.gov/i-9-central. For more information about the recruitment event, view a flyer in English and Spanish. More...
  4. GWINNETT WINS NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDSFri, 31 Aug 2018 11:17:48 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 31, 2018) – Gwinnett County has been recognized with 11 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties, honoring “innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.”  Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said the NACo awards reflect great work by a lot of hard-working people. “These awards recognize our long-standing tradition of innovation and excellence and confirm Gwinnett as a leader among more than 3,000 county governments in the United States,” said Nash. “Our Bicentennial is an important underlying theme this year, but it didn’t stop county organizations from continuing to work on other projects that are important to the community and for which folks are receiving much-deserved recognition.” Gwinnett’s Bicentennial Celebration won three awards. One recognizes a 20-panel traveling exhibit created by Community Services that traces Gwinnett’s history. Another honors an online interactive map program, developed by Information Technology Services, that tracks the progress of the Bicentennial Torch as runners carry it to dozens of locations throughout the year. The third award is for the bicentennial website, www.gwinnett200.com, created by Communications. Gwinnett Libraries received a Best in Category award for its Homegrown Gwinnett program and also won for a joint project with Parks and Recreation that featured literary nights at aquatics centers. Parks and Recreation also shared an award with ITS for its use of the Lucity computer platform to track, schedule and predict maintenance needs for everything from community centers to individual sprinkler heads. Health and Human Services was recognized for adding pet food to its home-delivered meals program for homebound seniors. And a new Hydro Adventure Experience exhibit at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center won its innovative use of technology. Water Resources was recognized for three programs including its Ostara nutrient recovery facility that produces fertilizer from wastewater treatment byproducts at the F. Wayne Hill plant. Other programs honored were watershed cleanups and septic tank education. NACo President Roy Charles Brooks said, “Counties seize opportunities to deliver services more efficiently and build stronger communities every day. Achievement Award-winning programs are examples for counties that are determined to enhance services for our residents.” NACo recognized award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition last month in Nashville. NACo helps advocate for and improve county governments. Learn more at www.naco.org.  More...
  5. COUNTY OFFICES CLOSE FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, NO CHANGE TO SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULEFri, 31 Aug 2018 09:16:23 EDT
    WHAT:  All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Sept. 3 for the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours Sept. 4. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Trash and recycling collection in unincorporated Gwinnett County is scheduled as normal for Monday, Sept. 3. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management Call Center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can visit www.gcsolidwaste.com to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live within city limits should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collection will be delayed due to the holiday. WHEN:  County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, and will reopen during normal business hours Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. More...
  6. 2019 PROPOSED BUDGET PREPARATION KICKS OFF WITH BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATIONSMon, 27 Aug 2018 10:10:34 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 27, 2018) – County elected officials, department directors, and agency heads will present their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2019 starting today. The presentations will be heard by the budget review team made up of five Gwinnett residents who were invited by Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash to help set priorities and make recommendations for the proposed budget. Keith Roche, a Lawrenceville city councilman and retired business executive, is new to the committee this year. He joins four budget review team veterans: Alida Sims, a regional kinship navigator with the Georgia Department of Community Services Division of Family and Children Services; David Cuffie, CEO, Total Vision Consulting LLC; Norwood Davis, CFO, 12Stone Church; and Santiago Marquez, President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Sims and Cuffie both graduated from the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy. Nash values public input in making local government decisions, saying that it leads to better outcomes. “Each team member brings a different perspective to the table, which is important as we listen to budgetary needs and plans for the future, review revenue projections and prepare the proposed budget,” said Nash. “I am thankful that each of these talented individuals agreed to serve another year.” The business plan presentations will be recorded for replay on TVgwinnett, the County’s government-access cable television channel, and on demand viewing at www.tvgwinnett.com.   The Chairman’s 2019 budget proposal will be made available to the public and news media on Nov. 27 in conjunction with its formal presentation to the district commissioners, and the budget public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 10. By law, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...