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  1. 50 high schoolers complete Suwanee Youth Leaders programWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:21:55 GMT
    After meeting with a variety of community leaders, developing their individual leadership philosophies and skills, and logging more than 700 community volunteer hours, more than 50 local high school students have completed the City of Suwanee's inaugural Suwanee Youth Leaders program. SYL is designed to build youth leaders in the community and outside the classroom. More...
  2. Eyes on the Road: DOT holds 2nd public meeting on HOT lanes on ThursdayWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:30:49 GMT
    The second of two public meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County is set for 57 p.m. Thursday in Braselton. The meeting, taking place at Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Ga. More...
  3. Mill Creek High Grad Commissioned as Second LieutenantWed, 01 Oct 2014 09:42:54 GMT
    In ceremonies held August 2, 2014, at the University of North Georgia, graduating cadets were awarded commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army or Georgia National Guard. James R. Mashburn earned a Bachelor of Arts and commissioned in the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps. More...
  4. News Nearby: Son Charged After Stabbing Mother With Kitchen KnifeTue, 30 Sep 2014 22:23:28 GMT
    A Duluth man, who is reportedly mentally ill, is in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges he stabbed and critically injured his mother with a kitchen knife. According to media reports, Clayton Dockery Kirk, 26, allegedly attacked his mother with a kitchen knife in the family's home around 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. More...
  5. Police: Couple Told Bogus Cancer Story in Home-Repair ScamTue, 30 Sep 2014 22:23:27 GMT
    Police say a husband and wife used a sob story about cancer in a home-repair scheme that stole from more than a dozen victims in Gwinnett County. Police say the couple took money from homeowners, promising to do repairs that were never finished. More...
  6. School spending by affluent is widening wealth gapTue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:17 GMT
    Marisela Martinez-Cola, right, a lawyer and a parent living in an Atlanta suburb with her husband Greg, left, and their 7-year-old son, David, pose for photos as they prepare for a typical school and work day Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Lawrenceville, Ga. More...
  7. School spending by affluent is widening wealth gapTue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:16 GMT
    Marisela Martinez-Cola, right, a lawyer and a parent living in an Atlanta suburb with her husband Greg, left, and their 7-year-old son, David, pose for photos as they prepare for a typical school and work day Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Lawrenceville, Ga. More...
  8. School spending by affluent is widening wealth gapTue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:15 GMT
    Marisela Martinez-Cola, right, a lawyer and a parent living in an Atlanta suburb with her husband Greg, left, and their 7-year-old son, David, pose for photos as they prepare for a typical school and work day Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Lawrenceville, Ga. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Register to vote before October 6 deadlineMon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Monday, October 6 is the deadline to register and be eligible to cast a ballot in the November 4 general election, the December 5 state runoff election, and the January 6, 2015, federal runoff election. To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years of age by Election Day. You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent. Visit the Register to Vote webpage to download a voter registration application. You can also contact your local public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools, and other government offices for a mail-in registration form. Voters can now register to vote online and from their smartphone. For more information, visit the Register to Vote webpage. Poll officials needed for November electionThe Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials for the upcoming elections. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, and are detail oriented. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Gwinnett County, be at least 16 years old, and able to read, write, and speak English. Those who were convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent are not eligible to serve as a poll official. To apply, visitwww.gwinnettcountyjobs.com. More...
  2. Four residents serving on 2015 budget review teamWed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Four Gwinnett residents have volunteered to help Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash on the budget review team setting priorities and making recommendations for the 2015 budget. The citizen members are Mark Brock, Burt Manning, Roger Willis, and Latabia Woodward. Brock, a returning review team veteran, 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, Willis is a retired district manager from Jackson EMC, and Woodward works as a strategic planning principal for Georgia Power and serves as president of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “This is another way of getting public input to critical local government decisions,” said Nash. “These talented individuals have volunteered to dive into the details supplied by department directors and elected officials, ask thoughtful questions, and share their honest opinions.” Finding ways to provide core services despite declining tax revenue has been a challenge in recent years. County officials expect a tentative recovery and continued conservative budgeting this year. County departments and agencies present their business plans and financial resource requests to the review team in September 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 September 3, 2014. The Chairman’s 2015 budget proposal will be made available to the public and news media prior to a public hearing in December. By Gwinnett County ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...
  3. Sign up to volunteer for Great Days of ServiceMon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Join the cause and sign-up to volunteer for the 15thannual Gwinnett Great Days of Service atwww.volunteergwinnett.net. This year's event will be held onFriday, October 24andSaturday, October 25.This annual event offers Gwinnett residents the opportunity to donate their time and energy to doing community service and helping those in need. Gwinnett Great Days of Service enables local nonprofit organizations, schools, and churches to enhance their services in the community. Last year, 90,000 volunteers contributed 300,000 volunteer hours for Gwinnett Great Days of Service, completing more than 250 community projects. Those projects included staffing community events, painting and repairing buildings, installing playground sets, and cleaning up nature trails. The event is hosted by the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services. For more information, visitwww.gwinnettgreatdaysofservice.org. More...
  4. Water Resources updates stormwater pipe standards and specificationsTue, 10 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Department of Water Resources has published amendments to the County’s Stormwater Systems and Facilities Installation Standards and Specifications (SSFISS). These new standards and specifications change where and how different pipe materials are to be installed and add some additional testing and inspection requirements to ensure compliance with the standards. The amended documents and an explanation of the changes are available here. More...
  5. Dates added to the 2014 Gwinnett Plein Air ChallengeWed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Capture Gwinnett County parks unique and scenic features by participating in the 2014 Gwinnett Parks Plein Air Challenge. “En plein air” is a French expression meaning "in the open air," and used to describe the act of painting outdoors. This year, the Plein Air challenge has been extended to encourage more artists from all over the state to get involved. The challenge began in April, but new dates have been added in September and October. The challenge will end with an opening night reception held on Saturday, November 22 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Berkeley Lake. A cash prize provided by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation will be given to the top three award winners. The first prize entry will also receive recognition in the winter edition of Gwinnett L.I.F.E. magazine and gallery space for one month at Peachtree Corners Library. Top three winners and seven honorable mentions will be featured in a three-month event tour at parks and libraries throughout the county. Submission fees are $36 per painting, limit two per artist. For prospectus and registration information, including challenge dates and locations, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. Participants must be at least 16 years old and register to enter the reception and exhibition held November 22. More...
  6. Atlanta Regional Commission wants to know: ‘What do you think?’Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission seeks to find out exactly what the community thinks is important to ensure that metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, raises the best workforce possible, and continues to be a great place to live. Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging, and health resources. This survey is an important opportunity for Gwinnett County to have an impact on this regional vision. The survey can be accessed from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s website through September 30. For more information, please contact Melissa Roberts, Community Engagement Coordinator at 404.463.3272 or mroberts@atlantaregional.com. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. ENVIRONMENTAL AND HERITAGE CENTER EXPLORES THE VARIOUS FIELDS OF ENGINEERING WITH INTERACTIVE TECH CITY EXHIBIT Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:50:14 EDT
    (Buford, Ga., Sept. 22, 2014) - Invent, design, create and build with the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s (EHC) newest special exhibition Tech City, on display beginning Sept. 29, 2014. The Tech City exhibit – developed by the Sciencenter and Cornell University with funding from the National Science Foundation – explores the many ways the challenges of urban life are met and solved by engineers and the engineering process. The exhibit will be the largest traveling exhibition the EHC has hosted since its opening. The multiple interactive stations in the exhibit have been designed to address the common human needs of those who inhabit a typical city. Presented with various challenges, visitors will solve real world problems engineers face every day. The exhibit also exposes visitors to the many different fields that engineering encompasses and encourages them to consider engineering as a possible career path. Designed for families and family learning, the interactive stations in Tech City include activities like damming a creek, designing a plaza, testing a building against an earthquake, providing clean water and building a bridge. Throughout the exhibit, participants unravel these and many other challenges using the engineering method. “STEM (science – technology – engineering – math) continues to be a priority in today’s school curriculum,” said Jason West, the EHC’s director of programming. “This exhibit helps students connect to engineering principles by presenting engineering simply as a problem solving process which balances goals with constraints.” Tech City will be at the EHC until January 5, 2015. The exhibit is sponsored locally by Holtkamp Heating and Air Conditioning and the EHC Foundation. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of admission. For more information about the exhibit and the EHC, visit http://www.gwinnettehc.org/. More...
  2. CELEBRATE NICKELODEON WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAYWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:36:41 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 17, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation joins Nickelodeon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts of the USA, Kiwanis International/Key Club, National Park Foundation, NFL Play 60, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, US Paralympics, USA Ultimate and the many other participating organizations in celebrating Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday, September 20 at various parks throughout the county. Every year, Nickelodeon goes completely dark for three hours on Worldwide Day of Play, taking programming off the air on all of its channels and shutting down its websites to reinforce one simple message: Get up, get out, and go play! There are events planned at several parks including the Skate Day of Play at Bay Creek Park on Saturday, September 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. with a skate demo, skate contest, best trick contest, prizes, hot dogs and more. At Bogan Park, kids can join the fun at the Shop and Play Fun Day with free games, inflatables and other fun kid’s activities from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., while the parents shop at the indoor yard and craft sale. The Fall Fling and Yard Sale is at George Pierce Park with games, inflatables, face painting and other outdoor activities for the kids from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. while parents can look for treasures at the yard sale. Visit www.gwinnettparks.com for more information on these and other events. More...
  3. BOOK YOUR 12/13/14 WEDDING PACKAGE: A DAY IN TIMEWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:36:41 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 16, 2014) – Couples wishing to tie the knot on the last sequential date of this century, December 13, 2014, or 12/13/14, can exchange vows and celebrate with friends and family at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. The center will be transformed into a beautiful wedding venue with rooms decorated in a variety of themes: the Crystal Room, the Holiday Red Room, the Woodland Room, the Winter Wonderland, the Shabby Chic Room and the Traditional Romance Ballroom. Special photo opportunities for brides, grooms and their families will also be available throughout the venue. Brides can choose from one of three inclusive wedding and reception packages lasting from one and a half to two hours, complete with a wedding cake, ceremony space, wedding party flowers, decorated reception area and more. Budget-friendly packages are available for brides with 20, 40 or 75 guests ranging from just $300 to $2,000. Visit www.gwinnettparks.com for more information on specific packages or call (678) 277-0920 to speak with a consultant. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Berkeley Lake. More...
  4. HEAD INJURIES REQUIRE MAJOR ATTENTIONWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:34:07 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 17, 2014) – Professionals from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Sports Medicine will be conducting educational sessions and ImPACT Baseline testing to the Gwinnett Community through Play Healthy Gwinnett. The education sessions will be offered on: • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 – 8 p.m. at J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA. • Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 – 8 p.m. at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. • Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 – 8 p.m. at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center. ImPACT Baseline testing will be offered for a reduced fee of $10 per child ages 11 and up. The testing will be on: • Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 – 10 a.m. at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center • Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 – 10 a.m. at J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA Online and on-site registration will be available the day of event. For more information contact Lindsey Daniels with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation at (770) 822-8869 or Jennifer Minor with J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA at (770) 963-1313. More...
  5. COMMISSIONERS APPROVE ROAD IMPROVEMENTS WITH SPLOSTWed, 17 Sep 2014 08:52:29 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 16, 2014) – Nearly $5 million in SPLOST pennies will soon go to work to ease congestion on Gwinnett roads thanks to Board of Commissioners actions on Tuesday. Commissioners approved a project framework agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for a future interchange on I-85 at McGinnis Ferry Road and construction contracts for two projects that will connect two dozen traffic signals on Suwanee Dam Road and Indian Trail Road to the Gwinnett Traffic Control Center. Gwinnett agreed to contribute $4 million to purchase right-of-way and also agreed to manage the preliminary engineering of the new interchange. The state DOT will manage construction and supply $13.3 million, including $10.6 million in federal funds. County funding comes from the 2009 and 2014 SPLOST sales tax programs. Eight cameras and 4.4 miles of fiber optic cable on Suwanee Dam Road will link nine traffic signals to the Traffic Control Center to allow traffic monitoring and real-time signal timing adjustments. The $599,005 project stretches from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to State Route 20. A second fiber-optic project for $817,684 will add nine more cameras and connect 15 traffic signals on 3.6 miles of Indian Trail Road between Beaver Ruin Road and U.S. Highway 29/Lawrenceville Highway. Both contracts went to low bidder ComTran Group Inc. of Buford funded by the 2009 SPLOST program. Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy said, “SPLOST funds are helping us move forward on multiple projects to ease congestion and improve traffic flow throughout Gwinnett County.” More...
  6. HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION HOSTS FOURTH HUMAN TRAFFICKING FORUMTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:35:50 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 16, 2014) – The Gwinnett County Human Relations Commission will host its final in a series of forums to raise awareness of human trafficking on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Buford Community Center, located at 2200 Buford Highway in Buford. Participants will learn about human trafficking and how to identify characteristics of it, what are the underlying causes, how to report suspicious activities and find out how otheragencies are intervening. The commission has already hosted three forums in different communities in Gwinnett County throughout the year. “All our events were very successful, with attendance from many faith-based and community organizations and we want to keep the momentum going. Our goal is to build awareness of human trafficking, specifically domestic minor sex trafficking, which is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, second to drug trafficking,” said Donald Sequeira, HRC chairman. Participants will hear from a panel of elected officials, law enforcement agencies and support organizations, including state Senator Renee Unterman; Nekia Hackworth, attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice; Lt. Christopher Rafanelli from the Gwinnett Police Department’s Vice Unit; John Mattioli from Street Grace; Suraj Sequeira from Alpha Iota Omicron, Inc. (Delta Chapter) and Jo Vivian, a therapist. This event is free to the public, but registration is preferred. For more information, contact the Human Relations Commission at hrc@gwinnettcounty.com. The Human Relations Commission was established by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to encourage, promote and develop fair and equal treatment for all persons, irrespective of their religious, economic, cultural, racial, disability, sexual orientation and occupational differences, so that they may enjoy an equal opportunity to live, grow, learn, work, play, worship and exercise their citizenship unhampered by discrimination. More...