COLORFUL EXPLOSIONS: On Sept. 19, Deputy Ronda Del Rio was dispatched to a location along Brock Road after a resident called to report a disturbance because someone was shooting tannerite, a substance that can explode when shot with a gun. More...
A Georgia home invasion turned deadly after one of three gun-toting home invaders was shot and killed by the homeowner, and the whole incident was caught on camera. The Gwinnett County Police Department released the surveillance footage Thursday, which showed three black males breaking into an Atlanta home in the middle of the night. More...
Gwinnett County police in Georgia are now releasing video from a home invasion in Peachtree Corners that left one suspect dead and two more on the run. The video shows the shooting as it unfolds and also shows that all three suspects were armed. More...
Thanks to the Mountain View HS Marching Band from the Gwinnett County School System for submitting their performances of their fight song and one of their pep songs from AC/DC "Back In Black" - well done Bears! On November 11, the Band Boosters will be hosting their 3rd Annual Gala at the Buford Community Center. This event is designed to help raise money for our uniform and equipment fund. More...
Earning a victory at Pensacola, Florida's Five Flags Speedway, regardless the division, can be a career-defining milestone for any driver. And few late model drivers have ever had Five Flags under their spell quite like Jeff Choquette has this summer. More...
Looking for a way to give back to your community while fundraising for your organization? Sign up to Adopt-a-Poll today! The Adopt-a-Poll program provides community organizations, companies, and businesses with an opportunity to participate in the election process in Gwinnett County while raising funds for their programs or charities.
Each participating organization or business adopts a polling location for an election cycle by providing the personnel to attend training and staff the location for the election day. In turn, each poll official receives pay for his or her work, which can be used toward your organization’s fundraiser. Poll officials will be paid individually for their service and may earn up to $75 to $300 depending on their position. For more information, visit the Adopt-a-Poll Program webpage. More...
The Fort Daniel Foundation and the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society is hosting the 8th annual Frontier Faire on Saturday, October 15 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This event will feature historical reenactors who exhibit life in the 19th century, storytelling by Barry Stewart Mann, and excavations and activities for the whole family. The event will take place at the Fort Daniel Archaeological Site located at 2505 Braselton Highway in Buford. Admission is $2 per person; $5 per family. For more information about this event, please visit www.thefortdanielfoundation.org. More...
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.
Gwinnett's District Attorney’s Criminal Investigations Division: Completing thorough investigations from the ground up
Quality control is more than just a buzzword used by strategic planning professionals, and for the Criminal Investigations Division in the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, quality control is essentially what they do every day. Investigators take evidence, reports, and records, along with testimony from witnesses, crime victims, and experts to build felony cases from the ground up. They are responsible for the back-end work that is critical to fairly prosecute those who break the law and effectively bring justice to those who are victims of serious crimes. Find out more.
Accounting Division (YOU ARE why Laurie is HERE)
Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center
Community Risk Reduction
County’s Treatment Courts
Crime Prevention Unit
DOSS Capital Projects Section
DOT Road Condition Assessment Team
DWR Customer Care Division
Family and Consumer Sciences Section
FLAME Mentoring Program
Fleet Management Division
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Green Communities Program
Grants Business Unit
Gwinnett’s Community Outreach Program (YOU ARE why Nicole is Here)
Home-Delivered Meals Program
Human Resources Recruitment
Health and Human Services Centers (YOU ARE why Doris is Here)
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Parks Maintenance Team
Performance Analysis Division
Plan Review Team (YOU ARE why John is HERE)
Police and Fire Citizens Academies
Public Relations Team (YOU ARE why Andrew is HERE)
Quality of Life Unit
Recorder's Court (YOU ARE why Sheryl is HERE)
Sheriff’s Office Jail Division
Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division
Swiftwater Rescue Team
Tax Commissioner Customer Service Operations
Traffic Control Center
TVGwinnett Production Team
Victim Witness Program
Voter Registrations and Elections Division
Gwinnett County Public Library’s Lilburn Branch, located at 788 Hillcrest Road, will close on Monday, October 3 to move into the new Lilburn City Hall and Library building on Main Street.
The Lilburn Branch’s materials collection, computers, self-checkout machines, and staff offices will be moved over a two-week period. The branch will reopen at the new location on October 18.
Book drops will be closed. Please return borrowed items to another GCPL location or hold them until the branch reopens. Fines for items due during the closed period will be waived.
Please contact the Library help line with any questions or concerns at 770.978.5154. More...
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and FEMA and the Gwinnett Office of Emergency Management wants to remind us all to take action, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and visit. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today, and places a special emphasis on emergency preparedness for youth, older adults, people with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs. Visit www.gwinnettsafety411.com for tips on how your family can be prepared before an emergency. More...
The seventh annual Public Safety Fall Festival is coming soon, so make plans to attend. The Gwinnett County Police Department and Department of Fire and Emergency Services will host the free festival onSaturday,October 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves.
Come out for displays of fire trucks and police vehicles, safety training demonstrations, kids’ activities, pet adoptions, lots of giveaways and a softball face-off between police officers and firefighters. Everyone is invited to attend, so bring the whole family. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!
For more information about the festival, please contact the Gwinnett Police Crime Prevention Unit at 770.513.5119 or Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction – Education Section at 678.518.4845. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 19, 2016) – Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday officially called for a referendum to be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot for the renewal of the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST. The current SPLOST program ends next March.
The County and all 16 Gwinnett cities have again agreed to share the proceeds, as they have since 2001. The new program could raise an estimated $950 million over six years to be used for transportation improvements along with public safety, parks and recreation, library relocations and renovations, civic center expansion, senior service facilities and city administrative, parking and cultural facilities plus city water and sewer capital improvements.
Gwinnett County will receive 78.76 percent of the proceeds and the cities will receive 21.24 percent. The County has determined that 65 percent of its share, or an estimated $486 million, will be dedicated to transportation projects such as roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks, including $30.3 million for joint city/county transportation projects. The County has also agreed to set aside approximately $3.7 million for joint parks and recreation improvements.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “Transportation improvements continue to be our biggest need and local government leaders agreed that everyone who uses our roads should help pay the cost of improvements. And as we have done in the past, the County will form another citizens committee soon to review and prioritize prospective transportation project categories.
“Gwinnett County is also committed to addressing our growing senior population and will continue funding for senior centers and equipment in the proposed SPLOST program,” added Nash.
Gwinnett voters have approved a nearly continuous series of SPLOST programs since 1985 that have raised more than $2.9 billion, allowing the County to minimize long-term debt and save more than $1 billion in financing costs compared to issuing bonds.
The current SPLOST ends on March 31, 2017, and is expected to generate about $453 million, with more than half devoted to transportation projects and the rest going to public safety, parks, libraries, senior services, and city improvements.
Additional information about SPLOST can be found online at www.gwinnettSPLOST.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 20, 2016) – The 2009 SPLOST program will help fund streetlights for three subdivisions near Lilburn, Lawrenceville and Norcross. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted to incorporate Berkeley Creek South, Bruxton Woods and Planters Cove into the County’s street light program.
“This is a win-win in terms of safety and economics,” said District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks. “This process allows residents in older neighborhoods to petition the Department of Transportation for street-lighting if they agree to pay electricity and maintenance costs.”
In the Berkeley Creek South subdivision, 100 percent of 12 homeowners approved paying the annual electrical cost of $552 for four street lights. Gwinnett County will pay $6,805.65 to Jackson EMC for the installation.
In Bruxton Woods, eight of the 10 homeowners agreed to split the annual $516 electrical cost for four street lights. Gwinnett County will pay $2,000 to Walton EMC to install the street lights.
In Planters Cove, 58 percent of the 83 homeowners approved the annual cost of $3,024.45. Gwinnett County will pay $27,141.99 to Georgia Power to install 22 street lights in that subdivision.
Gwinnett County pays installation costs once a majority of homeowners in a neighborhood sign a petition and agree to keep the lights burning. Operating and maintenance costs are billed annually to homeowners as a special assessment on their property tax bill. While a majority of the homeowners must vote to approve the contract, all homeowners in the subdivision pay the operating costs. Gwinnett has required developers to install streetlights in new subdivisions since 1997.
Interested residents can get more information on the petition process from the Gwinnett DOT Community Relations staff by emailing DOTCommunityRelations@gwinnettcounty.com or calling (770) 822-7400. Additional information about SPLOST road improvement projects can be found on the County’s website at www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...
(Buford, Ga., Sept. 19, 2016) – The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) plans to take guests back in time to the mid-1800s with its living history event at the historic Yellow River Post Office at Hudson – Nash Farm in Lilburn, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Immerse yourself in life on the home front in the 1860s. See a laundress demonstrate how clothing was cleaned, meet a soldier, participate in mock drills, gain an appreciation for period music and learn of the contributions made by local residents Thomas P. Hudson and Eli P. Landers. Tour the historic post office and general store to understand how this location provided critical supplies to the local population.
Visitors will also explore the cultural contributions of African-Americans during this time in history through an interpretation of the slave cabin that is located on the site.
Program fees for the event are $8.00 per person. EHC members and children two and under are free. Guests are encouraged to pre-register online at www.gwinnettEHC.org or pay at the gate the day of the event. Event parking is not available at the Yellow River Post Office. Guests should park at Maranatha Baptist Church (3340 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn, Ga.) where a shuttle will be available to take them to the Yellow River Post Office.
For more information about this event, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 16, 2016) – Job seekers looking to begin a career in county government are invited to the second annual Career Expo hosted by the Gwinnett County Department of Human Resources. The free event will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
The expo provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from various county departments and learn about job opportunities in many fields, including information technology, accounting and finance, administrative/clerical, protective services (corrections, fire and emergency services, police and sheriff), engineering, project management and technical and field services.
Job seekers can visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com to view current vacancies and submit an application. More...
(Buford, Ga., Sept. 14, 2016) – No matter where you live, everyone depends on the ocean and its resources for food, medicine, jobs, oxygen and much more. The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) invites guests to explore the science of watersheds, aquatic animals and oceans with a new exhibition entitled Ocean Bound!.
EHC Director of Programming Jason West said, “No matter where you live, everyone lives in a watershed. A watershed is an area of land that collects water and then drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, or lake and ultimately makes its way to a larger body of water like an ocean. So, since everyone lives in a watershed, everyone’s actions on land potentially affect our oceans.”
Ocean Bound! presents four themed exhibit clusters that highlight the science of watersheds, threats to watersheds, solutions to counter those threats and ways to implement change and protect watersheds.
The exhibit includes multiple hands-on stations that allow guests to interact with watersheds. Make it rain in a 3-D watershed model as well as pilot a full-size “submersible” from mountain stream all the way to the ocean, discovering eye-popping aquatic species and habitats along the way.
Guide water safely through a hazardous maze – but watch out for oil, mined metals and animal waste! Divert pollutants as they travel through storm water drains and let clean water travel safely out to sea. Duck inside the Riverside Clubhouse and play with some early childhood exhibits. Become a Watershed Warrior.
Ocean Bound! promises to provide fun, empowering environmental science for the whole family.
The exhibition was created by the Sciencecenter of Ithica, New York, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The exhibit is sponsored locally by the EHC Foundation and will be on the EHC campus beginning Sept. 19, 2016, until Jan. 4, 2017. The exhibit is included in EHC admission. For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 13, 2016) – Gwinnett County Senior Services Manager, Jamie Cramer was recently appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council.
The committee members will meet with the Department of Community Health and ultimately make recommendations to the Department and the State Legislators to policies changing and changes in the State law if needed to best meet the needs of Georgia’s citizens.
Cramer holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University and has been working in aging services as a Gerontologist Administrator for over 26 years. She is currently responsible for the leadership and oversight of social services programs for older adults in Gwinnett County and is a part-time Gerontology professor at Georgia State University.
Prior to joining Gwinnett County in August of 2012, Cramer was the section manager with the Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging Services and the director of the Clayton County Aging Program.
“It’s a great honor to hold such a position. I hope to provide insightful recommendations to the Department of Community Health as it relates to policy that will provide families with the opportunity for the best possible outcomes,” says Cramer.
Cramer was also invited to be a panelist speaker at the Regional White House Conference on Aging in 2015 and serves on The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Community Based Services, The National Mental Health Association of Georgia, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Council and the Chair of the Georgia Gerontology Society’s Advocacy and Public Policy Committee. More...