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  1. Mike Smith mulls several options for his speed-rush packageWed, 02 Sep 2015 08:03:23 GMT
    One of the decisions facing Texas Tech co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith early this week was identifying personnel for his speed front, the package the Red Raiders use when they have opponents in third-and-long situations. "I've got Pete , B-Jack , Andre , Zeus , DA ," said Smith, who coaches the defensive line. More...
  2. Duluth Listed Among Georgia's Safest CitiesWed, 02 Sep 2015 01:42:42 GMT
    The city of Duluth can add another distinction to its list of perks to attract new and retain current residents. Safewise, which provides advice on home safety and security, came up with its list by analyzing data from the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Reporting from cities that had 4,000 or more residents in 2013. More...
  3. Multiple Arrests in Gwinnett Police SweepTue, 01 Sep 2015 21:35:04 GMT
    A police sweep of northern Gwinnett County for suspects with outstanding warrants and probation/parole violations led to more than two dozen arrests. The multi-agency sweep, conducted in the Gwinnett County Police Department's North Precinct on Aug. 27, was carried out by around 50 law enforcement officers from GCPD, Gwinnett Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Probation and Parole Office, according to a news release. More...
  4. Principal "fired" for racial remarks at graduation still working at schoolTue, 01 Sep 2015 19:31:03 GMT
    A Georgia private school tried to convince everyone in May that the principal who made racial remarks at the microphone during graduation was fired. However, CBS46 is uncovering the truth. More...
  5. MEA|NEA Acquires The White Stone GroupTue, 01 Sep 2015 16:06:30 GMT
    NEA, the recognized leader in secure health information exchange for medical and dental providers, announced today that it has acquired The White Stone Group, Inc., a best-in class provider of healthcare communication management solutions. This move positions the company to create a single, highly-integrated platform for the secure exchange of protected health information and communication management between patients, providers, payers and health plans. More...
  6. Officials mull vending machines that dispense books rather than soft drinks and candyTue, 01 Sep 2015 11:59:39 GMT
    Gwinnett County, Ga., library officials are discussing the use of vending machines that dispense books rather than soft drinks and snacks in areas of the country underserved by the library. Charles Pace , the county's library director, told library trustees on Monday he has looked at library-in-a-box-style machines made by Duluth, Ga.-based EnvisionWare as a way to boost the library system's reach, reports Gwinnett Daily Post. More...
  7. Crash involving tractor trailer snarls traffic on I-85Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:25:43 GMT
    A tractor-trailer truck has crashed into the median wall on I-85 near Mile Post 116 in Gwinnett County. As a result, officials were forced to close the left lane on both the south and north bound stretches of the roadway. More...
  8. Flesh-eating bacteria victim has custom van stolenMon, 31 Aug 2015 19:00:34 GMT
    Copeland contracted a flesh eating bacteria that forced doctors to amputate her hands, one leg and part of her other leg. Aimee Copeland, the Gwinnett County, Georgia woman who lost several limbs to flesh-eating bacteria in 2012 , is facing a new struggle. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Five residents serving on 2016 budget review team Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    Five Gwinnett residents have volunteered to help Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash on the budget review team setting priorities and making recommendations for the 2016 budget.  The citizen members are Mark Brock, Lisa Burleson, Burt Manning, Santiago Marquez, and Latabia Woodward. Brock, Manning, and Woodward are returning for another year of service. Woodward and Burleson are alumni of the first Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy class held in the spring.  Brock serves as building maintenance director for Gwinnett County Public Schools and Manning is a retired real estate appraiser and assessment administrator who has worked in six Georgia counties. Woodward serves as a strategic planning principal for Georgia Power and is the immediate past president of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  Burleson, new to the review team, is a retired district level administrator from Gwinnett County Public Schools. Also serving his first year on the budget team, Marquez is CFO/VP of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has spent nearly 20 years serving the Latino community locally and nationally.  “I am grateful that these five knowledgeable and thoughtful residents have agreed to serve in this capacity,” said Nash. “It is important for the public to have input in local government decisions, and I look forward to working with these individuals and our staff to listen to departmental needs and plans, review revenue projections and develop the 2016 budget.”  County departments and agencies present their business plans and financial resource requests to the review team in late summer each year. The videotaped presentations are made available to the public on the TVgwinnett government-access cable television channel and on demand on this website. Presentations began on August 31, 2015.  The Chairman’s 2016 budget proposal will be available to the public and news media at the same time it is presented to commissioners on November 17. A public hearing will be held on December 7. By Gwinnett County ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...
  2. Showcase your wares at the fairWed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Service invites you to showcase your canning products, artwork, nee­dle work, crafts, and photography at this year’s Gwinnett County Fair, September 17 – 25, 2015, at the fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. For more information or to register, please visit www.gwinnettcountyfair.com. More...
  3. County offices closed for Labor Day holidayWed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 8. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Labor Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash and recycling collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Call Center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can search for their solid waste hauler to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the holiday. More...
  4. Be an elections poll officialWed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, possess basic computer skills, and are detail-oriented. If you are interested in applying, please visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com and select the Elections Poll Official position. Positions are available for the November 2015 election, so please apply now.  More...
  5. Gwinnett County and local schools partner to expand safety initiatives in schoolsWed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett County Public Schools and Gwinnett County Police held a press conference recently to demonstrate the new 2014 SLOST-funded school emergency notification system that links GCPS and Buford City Schools to the 911 Center through several types of alerts, as well as video feed, when the school activates a switch. A new management system for school visitors is also being installed in all Gwinnett elementary and middle schools and four Buford schools. The emergency notification system will be activated by trained school personnel in the event of an active threat, which eliminates the need to place a 911 call in this type of emergency. Once the system is activated, the automatic alert system will send a signal directly to the Gwinnett County 911 Center and school police headquarters. In addition, the visitor management system will provide controlled access to schools. Once the school day begins, doors will be locked and visitors will need to press a button on a control panel to gain entry to the school. Upon entering the school, visitors will follow the normal visitor procedures, signing in and showing identification to receive a visitor's badge.  More...
  6. Explore Gwinnett's past at the Yellow River Post OfficeWed, 26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will 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 on Saturday, August 29 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  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. Guest speakers from the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County will help tell the stories of local African-Americans as well as share artifacts and photos that bring their stories to life. For more information about this event, visit www.gwinnettehc.org. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. NEW CLASSROOM COMING TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND HERITAGE CENTER Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:58:19 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 1, 2015) – The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford will convert existing storage space to build a new classroom and educator workroom. The Board of Commissioners approved a $409,506 contract Tuesday with low bidder, Bayne Development Group LLC. The 2014 SPLOST program is funding the work. Educational programming doubled during the last year, causing the center to reach its capacity. The EHC offers classes and special events for K-12 students, homeschoolers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and seniors, plus it holds exhibits, symposiums and community events for the general public. The contractor will convert existing storage and open space into new classrooms and teacher workroom space on the first and second floors. About 3,500 square feet will be renovated and improvements will include relocated HVAC, electrical and pneumatic air systems and new energy efficient lighting. Construction will begin in October and finish by the end of the year. Executive Director Steve Cannon said, “The additional space will allow us to keep up with our continued growth and customer demands. We are looking forward to offering even more programs that focus on the environment, natural resources, and healthy lifestyle and wellness.” More...
  2. COUNTY OFFICES CLOSE FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY, NO CHANGE TO SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULETue, 01 Sep 2015 13:12:20 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. 7 for the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Sept. 8. 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. 7. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recycling Call Center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can visit http://www.sustainablegwinnett.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. 7, 2015, and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. More...
  3. GWINNETT KICKS OFF 2016 BUDGET PREPARATION WITH BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATIONSMon, 31 Aug 2015 13:19:44 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 31, 2015) – Presentations by county departments and agencies on their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2016 get underway on Monday, Aug. 31 this year. The presentations will be heard by the budget review team made up of five Gwinnett residents who have volunteered to help Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash set priorities and make recommendations for the 2016 budget. New to the committee this year are residents Lisa Burleson and Santiago Marquez, while review team veterans Mark Brock, Burt Manning and Latabia Woodward are returning. Burleson is a retired district level administrator from Gwinnett County Public Schools and Marquez is CFO/VP of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has spent nearly 20 years serving the Latino community both locally and nationally. Brock is building maintenance director for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Manning is a retired real estate appraiser and assessment administrator who has worked in six Georgia counties, and Woodward works as a strategic planning principal for Georgia Power and is the immediate past president of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Woodward and Burleson are alumni of the first Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy class held in the spring. “I am grateful that these five knowledgeable and thoughtful residents have agreed to serve in this capacity,” said Nash. “It is important for the public to have input in local government decisions, and I look forward to working with these individuals and our staff to listen to departmental needs and plans, review revenue projections and develop the 2016 budget.” The business plan presentations will be recorded for airing on the TVgwinnett government-access cable television channel and viewing on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com.  The Chairman’s 2016 budget proposal will be available to the public and news media on Nov. 17 prior to a public hearing that will be held on Dec. 7. By county ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...
  4. OFFICIALS BREAK GROUND ON CARMIKE CINEMAS CONSTRUCTION Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:35:52 EDT
    WHAT:  Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new Carmike Cinemas location in the Snellville Exchange Shopping Center in unincorporated Gwinnett County. The movie complex is one of the first Ovation 11 sites with full-service dining and luxury seating. WHEN:  Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. WHO:               Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash                         District 4 Commissioner John Heard                         Planning and Development Director Bryan Lackey                         Scenic Capital LLC Managing Partner Tom Abernathy                         Brand Properties CEO Brand Morgan                         Carmike Cinemas President/CEO David Passman WHERE:          1210 Scenic Highway                         Lawrenceville, Ga. 30045 More...
  5. THE EHC CELEBRATES THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH ITS BACK TO SCHOOL STEM SUNDAY EVENTThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:46:04 EDT
    (Buford, Ga., Aug. 20, 2015) – Summer has come to an end, and area students have returned to class.  The 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 second annual Back To School STEM event on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The event will feature a number of STEM focused activities, including the opportunity to meet real STEM professionals.  Dr. Chi Thai from the University of Georgia’s School of Engineering will showcase his work with robotic arms.  Mike Hemphill from Acuity Brands Lighting will provide demonstrations using Visual Light Communication (VLC) and low energy Blue Tooth (BLE) technologies and discuss coding and game development. Members of the Gwinnett County Police Crime Scene Investigations Unit will highlight the tools and science they use to solve crimes. Participants will also get a chance to discover the engineering talents of beavers, utilize LEGO EV3 robots to solve recycling challenges and experience science and math in action at various stations throughout the building and its lab. “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 is included in EHC admission.  For admission pricing and information related to the event and the EHC, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
  6. THE EHC EXPLORES GWINNETT'S PAST WITH A LIVING HISTORY EVENT AT THE YELLOW RIVER POST OFFICE IN LILBURNThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:45:56 EDT
    (Buford, Ga., Aug. 18, 2015) – 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, Aug. 29, 2015 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.  Guest speakers from the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County will help tell the stories of local African-Americans as well as share artifacts and photos that bring their stories to life.       Program fees for the event are $6.00 for ages 13 and up and $4.00 for ages three to 12.  Children two and under and EHC members 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...