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  1. Georgia SPCA: New adoption program, Seniors for SeniorsSun, 25 Jan 2015 13:21:02 GMT
    Research shows that as we age, having a companion adds to longevity. Pets are often calming influences that provide a sense of well-being to seniors. More...
  2. Donations Sought to Fund Snellville Labyrinth ProjectSat, 24 Jan 2015 14:12:27 GMT
    Since it was proposed in October, the diameter of the meditative structure has been cut down to 28 feet, but the need to fund the project remains. The Snellville Arts Commission proposed the brick-lined labyrinth to sit between the Veterans Memorial and cemetery at Oak Road and Highway 78 near City Hall, an area now known as Veterans Memorial Park . More...
  3. Last Chance to Give Input on Duluth Public Art Master PlanSat, 24 Jan 2015 10:02:59 GMT
    You talked, we listened! The Public Art Master Plan is being written using your input. Don't miss your last chance to contribute! Duluth started on a journey to define its unique character and translate it into public art throughout the City. More...
  4. Woman gives birth in Kroger grocery storeSat, 24 Jan 2015 05:57:54 GMT
    A Lawrenceville woman couldn't make it to the hospital so she delivered her baby girl inside Kroger in Suwanee. Andrew Ross was at work when his wife, Deborah, called him to let him know that she had started to feel some contractions. More...
  5. Marriott Receives Failing Grade from Health InspectorsSat, 24 Jan 2015 01:53:14 GMT
    Citing several food storage and holding violations, the Gwinnett County health department gave the Marriott Atlanta Norcross a failing score in a food service inspection earlier this week. The Peachtree Corners hotel, located at 475 Technology Parkway, drew a 57 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, according to health department data . More...
  6. Peachtree Corners Swears in Navy Vet as Code Enforcement OfficerFri, 23 Jan 2015 21:43:53 GMT
    On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Mayor Mike Mason had the pleasure of swearing in a new code enforcement officer for the city. Officer Hersila Morrow joined Peachtree Corners on January 5 and will serve as one of two code enforcement officers for the city. More...
  7. Charges Expected in Stabbing Death of State Prison InmateFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:01 GMT
    Authorities say charges are expected in the stabbing death of an inmate earlier this month at Phillips State Prison near Buford. The Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office said an indictment is expected for Allah Jahmal Ware for the Jan. 4 death of Antonio Maurice Turner , the Gwinnett Daily Post reported. More...
  8. Home Spotlight: $535K Buys Renovated Amberfield Home in Peachtree CornersFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:39:00 GMT
    This week's Peachtree Corners Home Spotlight is a 6 bedroom, 5 bath home located in the Amberfield Subdivision at 5135 Broadgreen Drive in Norcross. The home features a newly renovated kitchen, master suite and basement. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Citizen Police Academy begins March 3Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is accepting applications for its next session, which will begin March 3, 2015. Residents will receive training on topics including animal welfare and enforcement, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations, firearms, SWAT, traffic enforcement, vehicle pullovers, and more. If you are interested in participating, visitwww.gwinnettcpa.comto get an application. Applications must be received by Friday, February 13. Citizen’s Police Academy graduates gain a wealth of knowledge to share with others in their homes and communities. In addition, many graduates volunteer in the department or become active in the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, which also serves the department and the community in a variety of ways. Notably, the alumni association assists with searches for missing or endangered persons. For more information about the academy, emailCitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  2. Take action; test your home for radon!Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that is invisible, tasteless, and odorless. It occurs naturally throughout the world as a result of the normal decay of traces of uranium existing within the earth’s crust. Once produced, radon migrates to the earth’s surface through rock, soil, and water. Radon further decomposes and releases low-dose radiation once it moves into the atmosphere. The particles may attach to dust and be inhaled if the gas migrates into a structure. While radon is present throughout the U.S., exposure varies widely. It could be present in dangerous levels in your home. The only way to know if your home contains radon is to conduct a radon detection test. Inexpensive do-it-yourself test kits are available through many home improvement stores. Test kits are available from the Gwinnett Extension. Breathing the radioactive particles produced by radon is a major cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. It has been noted, however, that radon does not cause short-term breathing effects. Exposure to radon is preventable. If high radon levels are confirmed, corrections can be made with simple, cost-effective remediation. Test your home and protect your health during National Radon Action Month. For more information, contact the Gwinnett Extension radon specialist at 678.377.4010 or by email at Ines.Beltran@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  3. Commissioners adopt annual budgetTue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.42 billion budget for fiscal year 2015. The balanced budget holds the line on property tax rates and is based on a small amount of growth in the tax digest. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “The budget review team members, County staff and I looked hard at all of the funding requests and came up with a plan that addresses some of the biggest concerns we heard during departmental budget presentations—employee recruitment and retention and the restoration of certain important services that were cut in previous budget years. This budget also allows for the critical expansion of fire and emergency medical services.” The operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totals $1.05 billion and includes pay-for-performance increases for non-sworn employees and a step increase for public safety personnel. The budget will also fund new staff positions for judicial services, the animal shelter, a new fire station and the new Level Creek Park scheduled to open this year. Roadside maintenance such as mowing and trimming sidewalks and medians and sweeping curbs and turn lanes will be partially restored through the use of contracts with private companies. Gwinnett will also bring back Saturday bus service for local routes and add two daily express service trips from the Indian Trail Park and Ride lot to help meet demand. The $371.04 million capital budget includes construction of two fire stations using SPLOST funds. The new Fire Station 31 will serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the surrounding community and Fire Station 10 will be relocated to improve fire and emergency services coverage in the Mall of Georgia area. Existing personnel will staff the relocated station. The budget was developed with input from four county residents and business people who were selected by Chairman Nash to serve on the budget review committee. The group reviewed departmental business plans and projected revenues to set priorities. Commissioners also sought public input prior to their decision by holding a public hearing on December 8, 2014, and making an online comment form available on the County’s website for six weeks. Departmental budget presentations made to the budget review team earlier this year may be viewed in the on-demand video section of www.tvgwinnett.com under Budget Review Meetings. A comprehensive budget document will be available later in the year. Click here to view the adopted 2015 budget resolution. More...
  4. New water and sewer rate structure eliminates planned January increase Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners last month adopted a water and sewer rate resolution that eliminates an increase in rates that was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. Without this action, water rates would have increased by approximately 3.5 percent and sewer rates would have increased by about 10 percent. The new rate resolution was also approved by the Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority in December. Under the new resolution, basic water rates for a residential home will remain $4.85 per 1,000 gallons through the end of 2016. Residential water rates will increase by 7 cents per 1,000 gallons every other year starting in 2017, topping out at $5.06 per 1,000 gallons in 2021. Residential sewer rates will remain $7.82 per 1,000 gallons for the next two years. Rates will increase in alternating years beginning in 2017 for a total increase of 48 cents per 1,000 gallons during the seven-year period. For more information about the rate changes, visit the Department of Water Resources’ webpage. More...
  5. Chairman Nash presents proposed 2015 budget Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash formally presented a proposed $1.42 billion budget for fiscal year 2015 to the Board of Commissioners during a briefing on November 18, 2014. Four county residents and business people served on Nash’s budget review committee. After hearing presentations from elected officials and department directors in September, the group studied departmental business plans, budget needs, and revenue projections to make recommendations for the 2015 budget. Common themes heard throughout the presentations included concerns about workforce retention and recruitment and the need to restore funding for certain services that were cut in previous budget years. As a result of the budget review team’s deliberations, the budget proposal holds the line on property tax rates, addresses critical expansion of fire and emergency medical services, adjusts employee compensation, and partially restores funding for some services to meet increased demand. The proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totals $1.052 billion. The budget will fund pay-for-performance increases for non-sworn employees and a step increase for public safety personnel. It also includes additional staffing for judicial services, the animal shelter, a new fire station, and the new Level Creek Park scheduled to open in 2015. Roadside maintenance such as mowing and trimming sidewalks and medians and sweeping curbs and turn lanes will be partially restored through the use of contracts with private companies. The County will also bring back Saturday bus service for local routes and add two daily express service trips from the Indian Trail Park and Ride lot. Nash said, “The budget review team members, County staff, and I took a hard look at all of the funding requests, and we ultimately agreed the time has come to restore some of the services that make our community a safer and more attractive place to live and conduct business.” The proposed $370.6 million capital budget includes construction of two fire stations using SPLOST funds. Fire Station 31 will serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the surrounding community, while Fire Station 10 will be relocated to improve fire and emergency services coverage in the Mall of Georgia area. The relocated station will be staffed with existing personnel. “We had plans to build these fire stations before the recession hit, and because our population did not stop growing even during those tough economic times, demand for service is greater now than ever before,” said Nash. “I will be thankful to see these buildings come out of the ground.” In keeping with a history of conservative budgeting practices, the proposed budget was prepared with a long-term outlook in mind. County officials anticipate slight growth in the tax digest in 2015. The proposed budget resolution summary is available to the public to view online here on the County’s website. A hard copy of the proposed budget resolution also may be viewed in the Department of Financial Services office located in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (GJAC), 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Commissioners held a public hearing on December 8, 2014, and accepted comments online through December 31, 2014. The Board expects to adopt the 2015 budget on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.Quick links for the proposed 2015 budgetProposed 2015 budget resolution summaryBudget highlights presentation Proposed 2015 budget video More...
  6. Gwinnett, cities share SPLOST for 60 road projectsFri, 02 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    Three major road improvements, eight intersections, 35 sidewalk/pedestrian safety upgrades and 14 resurfacing projects will share city and county funds from the current SPLOST sales tax program. Acting Transportation Director Alan Chapman shared details about the projects with commissioners during a briefing on Tuesday, December 16. The 60 projects are included in 22 agreements hammered out between the county government and its 16 cities. Commissioners approved the first agreement on August 5 and the last on December 2. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “We appreciate all of the cities working so well with County staff to put the necessary agreements together so we can move forward and meet our promises to Gwinnett voters. I look forward to seeing the results of their hard work that will benefit all of our residents.” The 2014 SPLOST program requires cities and the county to use at least 65 percent of their share of SPLOST revenue for transportation projects. The County must also use $25 million for joint projects if cities pay at least 19 percent of the cost for transportation-related projects that benefit both city and county residents. Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, who also serves as president of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, said, “The term win-win is probably overused, but it does seem to apply here.I am proud that the cities and Gwinnett County were able to develop a mutually beneficial approach that seems to meet the needs of both groups while simultaneously putting forth the types of projects that the community wants and needs.” The County held 15 meetings with individual cities and three group meetings with the Gwinnett Municipal Association between last December and February of this year to discuss potential projects. A Citizens Project Selection Committee recommended specific joint-funded projects on March 24 and commissioners approved the list on April 16. Cities will manage construction for projects in 12 of the 22 agreements; Gwinnett County will manage the rest. For more information about the SPLOST program in Gwinnett County, visit www.gwinnettsplost.com. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. EXPLORE AMERICAN HISTORY WITH TWO NEW EHC EXHIBITSTue, 20 Jan 2015 13:24:24 EST
    (Buford, Ga., Jan. 20, 2015) – The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) invites you to step into another time and place and learn how to be a colonial blacksmith, paddle a Native American canoe, churn butter like an American pioneer and much more. Families and guests can explore American history through the eyes of children with a new exhibit titled Centuries of Childhood: An American Story. The exhibit opens on Jan. 26, 2015, and remains on display through April 30, 2015. In Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, visitors connect the stories of American history to their own experiences by learning about the lives of five historical children and their families. Each historical character has its own distinct environment based on the time period and location in whichhe or shelived.Replicas of artifacts, home settings and traditional dress bring their stories to life. Interactive stations allow guests to experience a sampling of each child’s personal story. The five children featured in the exhibit include Onatah, a seven year old Native American girl who recounts life in the Great Lakes Region during the 1700s; Gregory, a 10 year old colonial apprentice who shares his story of working and living away from home; Clara, a pioneer girl who tells her story of traveling West in 1840; Jacob, a Jewish boy who recently immigrated to America; and Michael, a mid-20th century African American child who recently moved from the Deep South to Chicago. “When we think about American history, we often think of famous people, wars and important dates. We forget that history is really the story of everyday life as lived by ordinary men, women and children.” said Jason West, EHC director of programming. “This interactive exhibit allows visitors to explore American history as experienced by everyday kids.” Centuries of Childhood: An American Story was created by the Children’s Museum of Cleveland and is sponsored locally by the EHC Foundation. In addition to Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, the EHC is hosting a supplementary exhibit titled Georgia’s Sacred Soils. This exhibit blends science and history through the exploration of Georgia’s geology and its colonial history. The exhibit includes soil samples from across the state taken from battle sites of the Revolutionary War as well as historical maps that compare the historic and present boundaries of Georgia. Georgia’s Sacred Soils is sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and will also be on display until April 30, 2015. Both exhibits are included in the price of admission to the EHC. For more information, visit http://www.gwinnettehc.org/. More...
  2. WINTER BRIDAL AND FASHION SHOW COMES TO GWINNETT HISTORIC COURTHOUSETue, 13 Jan 2015 12:50:34 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 13, 2015) – If wedding bells are in your future, plan to attend An Engaging Affair, the winter bridal and fashion show at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on Jan. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Lawrenceville. Local wedding professionals will be on hand to discuss their services that include catering, wedding cakes, bridal photography, event planning, floral arrangements and DJ services. The event includes a fashion show featuring fashions by Bravura Fashion and Savvi Formalwear. Espeute Productions will provide entertainment. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse representatives will also be available to discuss wedding rental options. Admission is $6 per person in advance and $7 per person at the door and Grooms are always free. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan Street in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-822-5450 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
  3. YOUTH SPORTS EXPO COMING TO LUCKY SHOALS PARKTue, 13 Jan 2015 09:52:12 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 13, 2015) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) in partnership with Children’s Health Care of Atlanta is holding the largest sports expo of its kind in the state of Georgia. The 2015 Youth Sports Expo will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Lucky Shoals Park. The 2015 Youth Sports Expo will begin at 8:30 a.m. and events continue from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. commencing with the keynote speaker, Brian Finneran, former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks player and radio host on 680 the Fan. Come experience firsthand, his power to motivate and help develop a plan for success. The expo is open to anyone involved in youth sports, including coaches, team moms, school administrators, athletic associations and churches. For the first time, the expo is free to attend and will include special activities and entertainment for kids 5 years and older. Educational sessions will range from volunteer recruitment, athlete nutrition, sports injuries, marketing, park safety, challenges in sports and concessions and tournaments. The expo hall will feature an abundance of product demonstrations, vendor giveaways and an impressive silent auction available for online bidding all through the month of January. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Gwinnett Parks Foundation’s Youth Sports Scholarship Fund. Interested parties can text-to-bid through www.bidr.co/events/youthsportsexpo after registering. Registration is encouraged as space is limited. Visit www.gwinnettparks.com for more information or call (678) 277-0850. Event is free and includes admittance to all sessions and expo hall. Lucky Shoals Park is located at 4651 Britt Road, Norcross, GA 30093. More...
  4. NEW SCHOOLS, U.S. 78 TO GET ROAD UPGRADESWed, 07 Jan 2015 15:37:28 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 7, 2015) – Pedestrian and intersection improvements are coming to two new schools that will open in August and an intersection on U.S. 78. Commissioners approved construction contracts for the three SPLOST-funded projects on Tuesday. The Graves Road intersection at McDonough Drive will get a traffic signal and an entrance to the new Graves Elementary School will be created. The $2.1 million contract, which also includes area sidewalks that connect the school to Graves Park, went to low bidder C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. The existing signal will be modified and turn lanes and sidewalks will be installed at the entrance to the new Baggett Elementary School at Old Norcross Road and Oakland Road. CMES Inc. of Lilburn was the lowest of five bidders at $1 million for the contract that also includes new turn lanes on Cruse Road. Both projects will be complete prior to the August school opening dates. A third project will relocate the intersection of U.S. 78 and Old Highway 78 across from Walton Court to create a four-legged intersection. A separate project to follow will build a parallel access road along U.S. 78 between Britt Road and the new intersection. CMES Inc. was the lowest of three bidders at $852,256. The project is funded 67 percent by the Evermore Community Improvement District, 27 percent by the state, and 6 percent by the 2009 SPLOST program. Work should be finished by early 2016. More...
  5. THE EHC EXPLORES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WITH BUILD IT GREEN EVENTWed, 07 Jan 2015 15:37:28 EST
    (Buford, Ga., Jan. 6, 2015) – The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) plans to explore STEM (science – technology – engineering – math) with a Build It Green event that highlights the sustainable features of its own building. Build it Green will take place at the EHC on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 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 and EHC members. The EHC was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Gwinnett County. Its green features include one of the largest, sloped vegetated roofs in the country. Activities for guests at the Build It Green event will include constructing a model building with recycled and edible materials, learning about the relationship between architecture and ecosystems and understanding how green building methods benefit the watershed. Guests will attempt to design an earthquake proof building and test its resilience on a LEGO EV3 shake board. There will also be opportunities to experiment and build with K’NEX and photovoltaic cells as well as some free building LEGO and K’NEX stations. As an added bonus to the day, the EHC will offer multiple showings of the recent premier of NatGeo Wild’s “Pond Stars.” The reality television show features details on the design and build of the EHC’s new turtle pond. “The EHC is excited about its Build It Green event. The event will contain a host of activities connected to science, technology, engineering and math that families can do and enjoy together,” said Jason West, director of programming. For more information on the Build It Green event and the Environmental and Heritage Center, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
  6. LOCAL WINNER TO COMPETE AT NATIONAL FINALS HELD IN SEATTLE WASHINGTONWed, 07 Jan 2015 14:06:18 EST
    WHAT:Local winner, Omar Zachary, is one of top four high scorers in the 8 – 9 year old boy division with a total score of more than 239 feet. Omar won the initial competition held at Rhodes Jordan Park in July of 2014, advancing to compete at National Finals competition held at the Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers playoff game. WHEN:Saturday, Jan. 10 WHO:General public WHERE: CenturyLink Field800 Occidental Avenue SouthSeattle, WA 98134 More...