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  1. Migos' 'Culture 2' Is Dropping Early 2018Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:45:09 GMT
    According to a New York Times profile of Migos ' record label Quality Control , the Atlanta trio will drop the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album Culture , Culture 2 , in January 2018. Migos have said that the record would drop in 2017; back in June, Offset specified that it would be released in October . More...
  2. Merry VoIP FraudThu, 23 Nov 2017 02:38:37 GMT
    That's right folks. The holidays present a great opportunity for fraudsters to take over business phone systems. More...
  3. Victim's mother says murder suspect is safer in jail than outWed, 22 Nov 2017 10:46:22 GMT
    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A high school basketball standout implicated in a deadly shooting remains in jail , but maybe not for long. More...
  4. Hot Topics 16 Mins Ago Donor found for toddler born without kidneys; Tyler Perry buys mother carWed, 22 Nov 2017 10:46:21 GMT
    A Gwinnett County mother whose toddler has been waiting for a kidney transplant his whole life was gifted a car on Tuesday - hours before a kidney donor was found . Carmellia Burgess brought her son home from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Nov. 8, where he'd been since Oct. 29. The family expected to wait for the news that his father, Anthony Dickerson, would be permitted to donate a kidney after a battle with the transplant team over his criminal history. More...
  5. New Award Honors Innovative LIS StudentsTue, 21 Nov 2017 23:18:24 GMT
    Gwinnett County Public Library in Snellville, GA, and the San Jose State University School of Information are cosponsoring the Innovative Librarians Award , which will shine a light on library science graduate students who are pushing the envelope to advance library services and going above and beyond to improve libraries. "Our school is thrilled to be partnering with Gwinnett to support LIS students and recent grads [in realizing] their innovative ideas," Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director at San Jose, told Library Journal . More...
  6. Waffle House Releases Song Paying Tribute to VeteransTue, 21 Nov 2017 18:28:25 GMT
    NORCROSS, Ga: "At Your Service," the newest Waffle House Records release, debuts on jukeboxes in all Waffle House restaurants today. The song, penned and performed by Atlanta artist Jason Phelps, pays tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our country. More...
  7. More Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:07:17 GMT
    Youth suicides in Georgia have been spiking in recent years, causing alarm among officials at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and prompting a summit at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Friday night. The GBI hosted the event with state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, as an honored guest. More...
  8. Joan Williams WalkerTue, 21 Nov 2017 06:40:13 GMT
    Mrs. Joan Williams Walker, age 75, of Villa Rica passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017. She was born May 4, 1942, in Stephens County, Georgia, the daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Emory Williams and the late Mrs. Addie Grace Wilmot Williams. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Remember fire safety when cooking this holiday seasonWed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST
    Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the National Fire Protection Association are calling on all cooks to include fire safety in their recipes and meal preparations. Below are safety tips to remember when preparing the holiday meal and entertaining family and friends:   If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, remember to check it regularly. Use a timer to remind you that something is on the stove or in the oven. Never leave the house when cooking. Turn the stove burners off if you have to leave the kitchen or the house for any period of time or when going to sleep. Keep anything that could catch on fire–oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains–away from the stovetop, oven, or any other heat producing appliance in the kitchen. Never wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Remember to stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch fire. Cool a burn injury with water until the pain goes away. Never attempt to cook if you are extremely tired or if you’ve consumed too many alcoholic beverages. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the oven or stove when cooking. Create a “kids-free zone” around cooking appliances that produce heat or have an open flame. If you are planning to deep-fry the holiday bird, remember to follow proper fire safety precautions to prevent a fire or burn injury: Follow all manufacturers’ instructions for cooking and safety when using a turkey fryer to deep-fry the turkey. Turkey fryers should be used outdoors and a safe distance away from the house or any other combustible material. NEVER leave the fryer unattended. Place the turkey fryer on a solid, flat-level surface. NEVER use the turkey fryer on the back deck or in the garage/carport.   To avoid a spillover of the hot oil, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when filling the pot. DO NOT overfill the fryer. Keep children and pets away from the fryer. The pot will be extremely hot, both during and immediately after cooking. Remember to use insulated cooking mitts or potholders when touching the pot or removing the lid cover. Wear safety glasses or goggles to prevent hot oil splatter from getting in your eyes. The hot oil could cause a serious burn injury to the face or eyes. Be sure to use the proper cooking oil and keep the oil temperature in the turkey fryer at the recommended level (350 degrees Fahrenheit or below) when cooking. The oil could ignite and burn if the temperature is raised above the recommended level. A fresh bird is preferred when cooking in a turkey fryer. A frozen bird should be allowed to thaw atleast 24 hours in the refrigerator before cooking. Placing a frozen turkey into a fryer could cause a violent reaction.    Begin by partially lowering the turkey into the pot slowly. The hot oil may bubble fiercely at first. Allow the bubbles to settle before lowering the bird the rest of the way. The oil in the pot should be completely cooled before removing or storing. Keep a multipurpose, ABC-rated portable fire extinguisher close at hand. Always follow general home fire safety rules: Install and maintain working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in the home. Place smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms. Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills with the entire family. Get Out, Stay Out! Call 911 from outside the burning building. Never attempt to go back inside during a fire. Don’t let your holiday go up in smoke. For additional information on safe cooking practices or home fire safety, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or email fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com.   More...
  2. SPLOST: Officials cut ribbon on fire training tower at Maxwell High School of TechnologyWed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST
    County officials held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of a four-story fire training tower built on the campus of Maxwell High School of Technology at 990 McElvaney Road in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, November 14. The project is the result of an intergovernmental agreement between the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The tower will allow firefighters and students to practice skills that will prepare them for response and mitigation of emergency situations in multistory buildings. Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said she is grateful that the County’s fire crews have this opportunity to bolster their skills. “Our partnership with the school district gives current and future firefighters the chance to practice crucial, life-saving techniques,” Nash said. “Gwinnett residents and business owners will benefit from an increasingly skilled and knowledgeable workforce thanks to the training opportunities the new tower provides.” Gwinnett County Government’s $530,000 contribution to the $600,000 facility was funded by revenue from the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The remaining balance was paid by the school district. Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks emphasized that the collaborative effort would not have been possible without support for the SPLOST and E-SPLOST programs. “Gwinnett County Public Schools takes pride in the good use of taxpayer dollars, and I know the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners does the same,” Wilbanks said. “We appreciate our residents’ willingness to support this project, which will benefit the community for years to come.” Maxwell High School of Technology currently offers courses in both fire service and emergency medical service, and crews from nearby Fire Station 20 often help teach Maxwell students. Dr. Jeff Hall, Principal of Maxwell High School of Technology, said that the tower is another way Maxwell continues to offer its students cutting-edge opportunities to learn.  “With the exception of live fires, our students are going to be able to do anything from breathing apparatus training, maze training, and ladder training in this building,” Dr. Hall said. “We’re also going to be able to do cross-curricular activities at the tower with our EMT program, our law enforcement program, and our fire services program.” The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will use the tower for training in search and rescue operations, emergency medical care, hose advancement, fire sprinkler and standpipe systems, ground and aerial ladder placements, and hoisting techniques. “With the increasing development in our county and the number of tall buildings coming to Gwinnett in the years ahead, it’s crucial that our crews are able to safely learn and practice techniques for fighting fires in multistory buildings,” said Gwinnett County Fire Chief Casey Snyder. “This tower allows them to do just that while educating the next generation of firefighters.” Fire and Emergency Services has so far hired 12 former Maxwell students. The County and the school district will share responsibility for tower maintenance. Photos of the ribbon cutting may be viewed on Flickr, and video of the event is available at to view on demand here. More...
  3. Offices closed and trash service delayed for Thanksgiving holidaySat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 27. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Thursday, November 23 is a trash and recycling holiday for residents living in unincorporated Gwinnett County. Collection scheduled on that day will be rescheduled to Friday, November 24, and Friday collection will be rescheduled to Saturday, November 25. Only Thursday and Friday collections will be affected. Residents can click here and search their address 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. More...
  4. Annual lighting of the tree will be held Thanksgiving DaySat, 11 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST
    Continue the tradition this holiday season with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation as they host the 30th annual Lighting of the Tree on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 beginning at 5:30pm at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. In anticipation of the County's yearlong bicentennial celebration, the 35-foot Norway spruce will be festooned with tens of thousands of white lights reminiscent of candlelit trees of yore. The party includes live music and carols, food vendors, arts and crafts, and, best of all, Santa, who will light the tree and receive visitors in his living room inside the courthouse. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan Street in downtown Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770.822.5450. For other holiday events taking place in Gwinnett throughout the holiday season, visit the County’s calendar of events at www.gwinnettcountyevents.com. More...
  5. Destination 2040: Gwinnett's Comprehensive Transportation Plan is nearing completionThu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EST
    A Comprehensive Transportation Plan, or CTP, serves as a roadmap for how transportation will develop in Gwinnett County. The Destination2040 CTP was funded by Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Regional Commission and has examined the many changes that have occurred in the County’s population, employment, land use and development since the last plan update. The CTP considers all modes of transportation including: major roadways; all transit in the County; an overview of how people walk and ride bicycles; truck routes; and the Gwinnett County Airport. Since the last CTP was completed in 2008, much has changed in Gwinnett County. There have been major changes in population and employment, new developments have been built, and some transportation policies have changed—that’s why this update is so important! With these changes in mind, the County has worked with the public to re-evaluate the vision, goals, objectives, and investment strategies set forth in the 2008 plan. The final plan provides a direction for transportation in Gwinnett County going forward, with a horizon year of 2040. To complete the Recommendations document, the planning team needs your input! The plan is open for a 30-day public comment period to receive input before the plan is finalized and put to the Board of Commissioners for adoption. The public comment period closes on November 26, 2017. You can provide input into the final plan by reviewing the plan here: www.Destination2040Gwinnett.com/PublicComment. Comments/questions can be emailed to the planning team at: Destination2040@gwinnettcounty.com or GwinnettCTP@gwinnettcounty.com. Additional information on the Destination2040 planning process is available on the project website at www.Destination2040Gwinnett.com. More...
  6. Take home an older dog or cat for Adopt a Senior Pet Month for only $20 in NovemberFri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    When people are interested in adopting a pet, mature dogs and cats are often overlooked, consigning them to long periods of time waiting for someone to give them a new home. As part of Adopt a Senior Pet Month this November, the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement shelter is offering a $20 adoption special for all dogs and cats, including seniors. Pets will be vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed/neutered. Pet adoption at the shelter usually costs $90. People tend to gravitate to cute puppies and kittens because, well, they’re cute puppies and kittens. But older pets (6 years or older) have their own advantages. Many older dogs are already house-trained, are less inclined to chew up your favorite pair of shoes, and often know many basic commands. And, contrary to the old saying, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Older cats have established personalities so you can tell if they will be a good fit for your household. Senior cats have longer attention spans and impulse control so they’re easier to teach, are generally more apt to sharpen their claws on scratching posts instead of curtains, and they probably already know to use the litter box. So remember, older pets yearn for homes, too, and they offer plenty of reasons – and love – to adopt them as part of your family. The shelter is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. Visit www.gwinnettcounty.com or call 770.339.3200 for more information. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. BOARD APPROVES PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROJECTS IN NORCROSS AND LILBURN AREASTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:07:07 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 21, 2017) – Gwinnett County Commissioners earlier this month approved construction contracts on several SPLOST-funded pedestrian improvement projects. Commissioners approved a construction contract to install sidewalks on both sides of U.S. 29/State Route 8/Lawrenceville Highway from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Mimosa Drive near Lilburn. District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard pointed out that completion of this project means continuous sidewalk will run along US Highway 29 from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Ronald Reagan Parkway. “These sidewalk additions will help connect residential areas to Gwinnett County Transit bus service. One of our local routes runs along U.S. Highway 29 from Jimmy Carter Boulevard up to Pleasant Hill Road,” said Howard. Construction 57 Inc. was the lowest of four responsive bidders at $894,688. The sidewalk project also will include drainage improvements, including curb and gutter. Close to 30 percent of the funding is provided by the Federal Transit Administration. The balance comes from the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. The Dickerson Group was the low bidder on a package of additional pedestrian improvements in the Lilburn area. At $839,396.40, Dickerson was the lowest of six responsive bidders for the projects that are in both commission districts 1 and 2. The projects will install a total of about 1.5 miles of sidewalk in these locations: the east side of Arcado Road from Cedars Road to US 29/SR 8/Lawrenceville Highway, the north side of Burns Road from Dickens Road to Indian Trail Road, and the northwest side of Pirkle Road from Singleton Road to Oakbrook Parkway. For more information on the SPLOST Programs and other Gwinnett County Transportation projects, please visit www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  2. COUNTY CONVERTS FOOTBALL FIELD AT MOUNTAIN PARK PARK TO SYNTHETIC TURFMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:18:41 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 20, 2017) – The football field at Mountain Park Park will be rebuilt this winter as a 100,000 square-foot synthetic turf field for football, soccer and lacrosse. Completion of the SPLOST-funded upgrade is scheduled for July. The old field and press box will be demolished along with a baseball backstop and dugouts. The new field will have a new press box, lighting, fencing and goals. Work will also include drainage improvements, paving and retaining wall construction. Gwinnett commissioners awarded the nearly $2.3 million contract to low bidder Precision Turf LLC on Nov. 7. Mountain Park Park covers 44 acres southeast of Lilburn at 5050 Five Forks Trickum Road. It features baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, a skate complex and sand volleyball court plus playgrounds, a pavilion, restrooms and trails. The associated Mountain Park Aquatic Center is located nearby on Rockbridge Road. Commissioner Lynette Howard said the use of SPLOST funds to upgrade existing facilities helps the County keep up with increased use by a growing population. “Converting existing grass fields to artificial surfaces improves drainage and eliminates the need to take fields out of use to let the grass grow and recover, and ultimately, residents get more play out of the fields,” said Howard. More...
  3. COUNTY OFFICES CLOSE FOR THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY, DELAYS TO SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:34:03 EST
    WHAT:  All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Nov. 23 – 24, 2017, for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Nov. 27, 2017. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Thursday, Nov. 23 is a trash and recycling holiday for residents living in unincorporated Gwinnett County. Collection scheduled on that day will be rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 24 and Friday collection will be rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 25. Only Thursday and Friday collections will be affected. 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 Thursday, Nov. 23 to Friday, Nov. 24 and will reopen during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 27.  More...
  4. COUNTY HOSTS FREE RECYCLING EVENT IN CELEBRATION OF AMERICA RECYCLES DAYWed, 15 Nov 2017 16:46:24 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 15, 2017) – Do you need to make room in your home for visitors, decorations and gifts this holiday season? Clear out your clutter the environmentally friendly way on America Recycles Day! Gwinnett residents are invited to load up their unwanted electronics, paint and tires and bring them to Gwinnett County’s America Recycles Day celebration this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves. Gwinnett County Solid Waste Management and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will offer free paper shredding and electronics, tire, ink/toner cartridge and paint recycling. Residents can also bring old sneakers and gently used clothing to be donated to those in need or to be recycled into new products. In addition to the recycling opportunities, organizers will offer touch-a-truck displays and activities for kids, free refreshments (while supplies last), giveaways and the opportunity for residents to meet their haulers. Residents who wish to participate in the America Recycles Day event are asked to keep the following in mind: Paper shredding is limited to five copier paper boxes; Paint collection is limited to eight, one-gallon cans; cans must contain at least 25 percent wet, usable paint; no rusted cans, no oil-based paints, stains, spackle, thinners or dried up paint; Tire recycling is limited to eight tires per vehicle; no dealer tires; Electronics recycling is free with the exception of TVs, monitors and printers; There is a $10 cash fee per TV or computer monitor and a $5 cash fee per printer. For more information, please call Solid Waste Management at 770.822.7141 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email Melanie.Miller@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  5. THE TRADITION CONTINUES WITH THE 30th LIGHTING OF THE TREE!Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:48:14 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., November 15, 2017) – Continue the tradition this holiday season with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR), as they host the 30th Annual Lighting of the Tree on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. with tree lighting ceremony and other festivities. The event will begin at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville, with families gathering on the grounds to await the flick of the switch illuminating 30,000 lights on the 30-foot Norway Spruce. Randy Travis of FOX 5 WAGA-Atlanta returns as emcee this year to host the evening festivities including Class Act Band leading everyone in singing carols, and music by Audrie Beharie and Buford City High School. Food vendors will be on hand to offer sweets, savory treats and warm beverages. The entire family can enjoy a historically-themed tour of the second floor of the Courthouse and see the beautifully decorated Grand Jury Room, Superior Court Ballroom, Judge’s Robing Room and more! There will be face painting, Whoville Hair and crafts starting at 5:30 p.m. until Santa arrives in style aboard a trackless “Steam” Locomotive. Beginning Nov. 25 and running through Dec. 20, the Courthouse will host numerous Christmas activities and events, including Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Nov. 25 and Dec. 16. Children can have a delicious breakfast, then make a craft, play games and have pictures taken with Santa. Cost is $18 per person and requires pre-registration by Dec. 14. Those looking for an extra festive event can attend Supper with Santa from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 22. Enjoy an evening meal with Santa in the beautifully decorated Superior Court Ballroom, make a craft and play games. Families are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos with St. Nick. Pre-registration is required, and the event is open to all ages, $18 per person. Holiday on the Square brings Santa back to the courthouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 25, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 for visits and pictures in his beautifully decorated room. Sitting fee with the professional photographer is $8 per person, or families can take their own pictures. Children can also make a craft in the Elf Lodge for $2 per person. For these and many more events, visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call 770-822-5450. More...
  6. GWINNETT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER GRADUATES FROM LEADERSHIP INSTITUTETue, 14 Nov 2017 14:08:06 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 14, 2017) –  One of Gwinnett County’s economic development managers graduated from the Gwinnett Young Professionals Leadership Institute, a personal and professional development program by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Georgia Gwinnett College. Shantell Wilson, economic development manager of strategic industries in the Gwinnett County Office of Economic Development, completed the institute’s six-month course on leadership and professional development. The course focuses largely on helping young professionals explore leadership theories and prepare for positions of leadership, as well as honing skills in conflict resolution, delegation, team building, time management and stress management. The County Office of Economic Development encourages investment and trade through relocation and expansion assistance. Wilson is responsible for sales and marketing, business retention and expansion, and economic development incentive negotiations. Wilson joined Gwinnett in 2015 after stints in the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Savannah Economic Development Authority and Partnership Gwinnett. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and holds an MBA from Walden University. Gwinnett Young Professionals helps young business people develop and enhance leadership skills and encourages them to exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. More...