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  1. Home Spotlight: Upscale Craftsman's Gem in DaculaFri, 27 Feb 2015 02:05:35 GMT
    Are you ready for your dream home? This house screams curb appeal! Hurry and schedule a visit to see this upscale Craftsman gem! At 6 bedrooms and 3 full baths, with a full unfinished basement, this very spacious home has upgrades everywhere! Brazilion cherry floors throughout main, double trey ceilings in master, judges paneling and upgraded trim + crown molding throughout. Granite counter tops, castillian front door, impressive master bath with his/her sinks + spa shower with jetted tub, upgraded lighting and fans throughout. More...
  2. Man charged with stealing cash from sub shop, ID for shopping spreeThu, 26 Feb 2015 22:01:09 GMT
    An Ellijay man faces charges of robbery by intimidation, theft, fraud and forgery following multiple incidents in Gainesville, Oakwood and Gwinnett County. Walter Ray Kirk III, 41, is accused of stealing cash from an Oakwood restaurant earlier this month, and with going on a shopping spree with identification stolen in January, among other charges. More...
  3. Kelly Gissendaner: Georgia postpones first execution of female...Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:51:48 GMT
    Note: We do not store your email address but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies Kelly Gissendaner was due to have been executed by lethal injection at 7pm on Wednesday for plotting to kill her husband in 1997. More...
  4. Georgia House passes bill to extend Sunday alcohol pouring hours at airportsThu, 26 Feb 2015 13:46:45 GMT
    The Georgia House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 148-12 to approve legislation that would extend pouring hours at municipally-owned airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport . More...
  5. Winter Storm Arrives, Death Row Clemency Denied: Top PostsThu, 26 Feb 2015 09:32:11 GMT
    But the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner, convicted in the 1997 murder of her husband in Gwinnett County, has been postponed. It is hoped that he and his family's long string of emotional and physical trials can be eased in the Jonquil City. More...
  6. CBS46 investigates sexual misconduct at elementary and middle schoolsThu, 26 Feb 2015 05:17:46 GMT
    A CBS46 investigation uncovered a staggering 3,000 cases of sexual misconduct in metro Atlanta school systems in a single year. "From a student who may decide to moon someone, to sexting, to actual intercourse," Sloan Roach, Gwinnett County Public Schools Executive Director of Communications, said as she explained some of what the school discipline office handles. More...
  7. Gwinnett Medical Hosts 2nd Annual "Stomping Out Obesity" Awareness 5K Walk/RunThu, 26 Feb 2015 03:17:59 GMT
    The Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical invites you to participate in the Second Annual Stomping Out Obesity 5K Walk/Run to raise awareness of obesity. The 5K will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30045. More...
  8. Tuscaloosa Police arrest 3 Georgia women at massage parlor after finding ads for prostitution onlineWed, 25 Feb 2015 23:13:38 GMT
    Chong Chu Kwak, left, Hee Kyeong Yi, middle and Eun Sook Kim were all arrested in the last four months during a Tuscaloosa Police Investigation into prostitution at an area massage parlor. Police in Tuscaloosa have arrested three women at a massage parlor during a four-month investigation into online advertisements for prostitution in the area. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Award-Winning GovernmentMon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST
    Many local, state, and national organizations recognized Gwinnett County during 2014 for delivering excellent services to residents and implementing innovative programs. View asummary of 2014 accomplishmentsand alist of awardsthe County received. More...
  2. Chairman Nash gives big picture view in 2015 State of the County speechThu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash delivered her fifth annual State of the County speech (read the text or watch the video) on February 19, 2015, at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Accompanied by stunning aerial videos flying over Gwinnett landmarks, she focused on the “big picture” as “a reminder of just how big and complex this community is—and how much opportunity we’re blessed to have.” She pointed out Gwinnett’s many strategic advantages with outstanding schools and colleges, housing options, 3,500 miles of roads and national award-winning parks and libraries. She went on to say that some advantages aren’t visible, even from a bird’s-eye view, such as excellent credit ratings, nationally accredited public safety agencies and a state-of-the-art water system with enough underground pipes to reach New Zealand. Gwinnett’s healthcare systems, arts community and professional sports teams also drew praise, along with voter-approved SPLOST programs, ethnic and cultural diversity, and economic development efforts led by the Partnership Gwinnett initiative at the Chamber of Commerce. Nash applauded the growth of the film industry at Eagle Rock Studios and the planned Atlanta Media Campus, and Comcast’s recent decision to expand its regional headquarters in Gwinnett. She also congratulated Rock-Tenn on its combination with MeadWestVaco to form a $16 billion global giant. “Going forward, you can expect to see our efforts broaden and deepen as we emphasize even more support of existing businesses while continuing to cast a global net for new ones,” she said. “We may not win every time, but you can bet we will be in the game.” Construction will start soon on about $50 million in transportation improvements like bridge replacements, school safety projects and road widening. The County’s long-range transportation plan will be updated this year, and new fire stations will be built to serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the Mall of Georgia. Her vision of the future included, “thriving and interesting gateways to Gwinnett… areas that say ‘you just entered Gwinnett and we’re glad you’re here.’” The State of the County address will be available for viewing on Friday, February 20 at 8:00pm on TVgwinnett, which is accessibleonline,on demand, and on the government access cable channels of Charter, Comcast, and AT&T- U-verse. There is also an informative brochure that details many of Gwinnett County’s accomplishments from last year: State of the County Report. More...
  3. FFY 2016 HUD Entitlement Grant Applications AvailableThu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST
    Gwinnett County is accepting applications from organizations for the FFY 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. Application preparation instructions and forms are available beginning Thursday, February 5, 2015. Three (3) application workshops will be held to assist interested applicant organizations [participating cities, county departments, local public housing authorities, other organizations such as health and mental health agencies, and private non-profit organizations]. Attendance at one (1) of the three (3) workshops is a mandatory application requirement for the FFY 2016 Funding Cycle. Workshop registration forms are available here. Applications are due to the Gwinnett County Community Development Program office by Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Gwinnett County Community Development Program office at 678-518-6008 or via e-mail at gchcd@gwinnettcounty.com.DownloadApplications and Registration Forms More...
  4. Gwinnett wins environmental awardsFri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The County’s sustainability efforts earned certification at the Gold level in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Green Communities program – the first county to achieve that distinction. Read more. Since 2009, 18 jurisdictions in the 10-county region have been certified as Green Communities. Cities and counties earn certification by implementing practices and policies in 10 categories ranging from energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency. The ARC program was the first in the U.S. to transform a region by promoting sustainability through green certification. For more, please visit their website at www.atlantaregional.com/greencommunities. More recent environmental awards came from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful as the non-profit agency celebrated its 35th birthday. The County won the Green Government of the Decade award and Sheriff Butch Conway won Volunteer of the Decade. More...
  5. Animal Advisory Council hosts public hearing on ordinance changesTue, 24 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST
    The Gwinnett County Animal Advisory Council will host a public hearing on proposed changes to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance. The hearing will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 7:00pm at the Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center, 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. The attached document includes the recommended changes to the ordinance. Click here for a complete document of the ordinance with the recommended changes. More...
  6. Winter weather safety tipsWed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST
    With temperatures getting colder and the potential for icy conditions on the rise, Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services encourages every household to prepare an emergency kit that contains the following items: Flashlights and extra batteries Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and a portable AM/FM radio Non-perishable foods and water First-aid supplies Blankets, sleeping bags, and extra clothing A fully-charged cell phone Get all heating appliances serviced annually by a qualified technician. Install and maintain smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home. Develop a home escape plan and conduct fire drills with the entire family. Power outages and fires are not the only dangers during the winter months. For example, the onset of prolonged below-freezing temperatures can cause lakes, ponds, creeks and ditches to freeze over and form a thin sheet of ice across the surface area. The following tips will help you keep safe if you encounter a frozen body of water this season: Avoid playing, skating, or driving over any frozen body of water. Only the surface area is frozen and the ice will not be thick enough to hold the weight of an adult, child, or a large animal. Dress warmly in layers and limit your time out in the cold weather to avoid hypothermia or frostbite. If you must drive, monitor weather and road conditions and be alert while driving. Use home heating appliances with caution and don’t leave them on when you go to bed or leave the house. Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the home. Develop and practice a home escape plan. Finally, if you have a sprinkler system that is programmed to run overnight, turn it off during the winter months. Automatic sprinkler systems are often timed to operate at night and when spray from the sprinkler is blown onto the road or water drains onto the road, black ice forms, creating a hazard for motorists. With sub-freezing temperatures on the way, motorists are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. FREE LAWN CARE WORKSHOP HELPS HOMEOWNERS MANAGE PESTSThu, 26 Feb 2015 09:41:22 EST
    WHAT:The Department of Water Resources will host a free workshop for residents to learn how to identify plant problems and how lawns react to insects. Residents will also learn about environmentally friendly pesticide solutions. The workshop is presented by Robert Brannen, Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension Service. Residents of unincorporated Gwinnett County, city of Lilburn or city of Peachtree Corners can qualify for a maximum 5 percent credit toward their stormwater utility fee for the following year. Residents can register for the workshop by sending an email with their name, address and phone number to dwrswreg@gwinnettcounty.com or calling 678.376.7193 (press 5). WHEN:Thursday, March 5 from 7 p.m. to 8:30p.m. WHERE:Gwinnett Justice and Administration Building Auditorium75 Langley DriveLawrenceville, Ga. 30046 More...
  2. PLAYGROUND MAINTENANCE SAFETY TRAINING HELD AT GEORGE PIERCE PARKWed, 25 Feb 2015 13:06:10 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 25, 2015) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the U.S. PLAY Coalition and Clemson University hosted a Playground Maintenance Safety Training course Feb. 19 – 20 at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. The program was attended by 30 participants representing 9 different agencies. This two-day course is designed to reach frontline maintenance professionals including utility workers and facility technicians. Information conveyed during the program included inspections, repairs, corrective action and other types of maintenance. The Playground Maintenance program empowers participants to proactively maintain play spaces for the safety and benefit of all. Upon completion, participants received a Certificate of Completion from Clemson University and the U.S. Play Coalition. The U.S. PLAY Coalition, housed within the Clemson University’s College of Health, Education and Human Development, is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. This program is offered for managing safe playgrounds and to bring practical information to park professionals who conduct high and low-frequency inspections, repairs, corrective action and playground maintenance. Most of the participants agreed that this course is a great transition to the intensive CPSI course offered by National Recreation and Park Association and taking both can better prepare staff to face any issues a playground may present. More...
  3. THE EHC INVITES YOU TO TRAVEL THE WORLD IN LESS THAN THREE HOURS Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:05:34 EST
    (Buford, Ga., Feb. 21, 2015) — Is it possible to travel around the world in less than three hours? The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) thinks it is and invites you to become an international traveler without leaving the borders of Gwinnett County. The EHC and local Girl Scouts from the Apalachee Service Unit are partnering to celebrate World Thinking Day on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. World Thinking Day is a learning opportunity that celebrates international friendships and reminds everyone that Girl Scouts are a part of a global community with members in more than 150 countries. At World Thinking Day, each participating troop adopts a specific country, shares information about that country, provides a taste of that country's cuisine and makes a "swap" that is reflective of the culture. With more than 25 troops planning to attend, visitors will get to experience a taste of countries such as China, Brazil, Croatia, Japan, Thailand, France, Greece, Italy and more. World Thinking Day may be organized by the Girl Scouts, but the public is invited to participate. "You don't have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy this program. It is for everyone, and I hope people across Gwinnett and northeast Georgia will come and experience it," said Jason West, EHC’s director of programming. In honor of the event, the EHC will charge a special discounted admission of $1.00 per person between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors can participate in the World Thinking Day program, see the Centuries of Childhood exhibit and view the Shutter Sense and Non-Sense photo exhibition. As always, EHC members are admitted free. There will be a separate Girl Scout charge of a dime per beverage/food item and swap. For more information on the EHC and World Thinking Day, please visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
  4. NASH GIVES BIG PICTURE VIEW IN STATE OF THE COUNTY SPEECHThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:30:48 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Feb. 19, 2015) – Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash delivered her fifth annual State of the County speech on Thursday at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Accompanied by stunning aerial videos flying over Gwinnett landmarks, she focused on the “big picture” as “a reminder of just how big and complex this community is—and how much opportunity we’re blessed to have.” She pointed out Gwinnett’s many strategic advantages with outstanding schools and colleges, housing options, 3,500 miles of roads and national award-winning parks and libraries. She went on to say that some advantages aren’t visible, even from a bird’s-eye view, such as excellent credit ratings, nationally accredited public safety agencies and a state-of-the-art water system with enough underground pipes to reach New Zealand. Gwinnett’s healthcare systems, arts community and professional sports teams also drew praise, along with voter-approved SPLOST programs, ethnic and cultural diversity, and economic development efforts led by the Partnership Gwinnett initiative at the Chamber of Commerce. Nash applauded the growth of the film industry at Eagle Rock Studios and the planned Atlanta Media Campus, and Comcast’s recent decision to expand its regional headquarters in Gwinnett. She also congratulated Rock-Tenn on its combination with MeadWestVaco to form a $16 billion global giant. “Going forward, you can expect to see our efforts broaden and deepen as we emphasize even more support of existing businesses while continuing to cast a global net for new ones,” she said. “We may not win every time, but you can bet we will be in the game.” Construction will start soon on about $50 million in transportation improvements like bridge replacements, school safety projects and road widening. The County’s long-range transportation plan will be updated this year, and new fire stations will be built to serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the Mall of Georgia. Her vision of the future included, “thriving and interesting gateways to Gwinnett… areas that say ‘you just entered Gwinnett and we’re glad you’re here.’” Video of the entire speech will be available on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com and will air frequently on the county’s government access cable channel beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. A text version of the speech and a handout highlighting the previous year’s accomplishments also may be found at www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  5. COUNTY OFFICE HOURS, TRASH SCHEDULE FOR PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAYWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:12:20 EST
    WHAT:All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Feb. 16 for the Presidents Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Feb. 17. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Presidents 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 visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their city to find out if trash and recycling will be delayed due to the holiday. WHEN:County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, Feb. 17. More...
  6. THE EHC INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNTWed, 11 Feb 2015 10:43:02 EST
    (Buford, Ga., Feb. 11, 2015) – When you think of popular outdoor activities, you may conjure images of bicycling, hiking and gardening. One activity that might not come to mind immediately is birding. It is estimated that 85 million Americans enjoy observing, photographing and feeding wild birds, which makes birding (or bird watching) one of the nation’s favorite pastimes. Join the Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) this weekend as it explores the exciting world of birding by participating in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb.14, 15 and 16. Learn about birds and the important role they play in the eco-system through crafts and activities. EHC staff will lead hikes throughout each day and take guests on short bird counts. Findings from the counts will be entered into a database sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. The database, collected by citizen scientists, will help track changes in bird populations on a massive scale as tens of thousands of volunteers from across the world plan to participate. “The EHC is excited to once again provide bird focused programming during the annual Great Backyard Bird Count,” said Jason West, EHC director of programming. “Birds are a true indicator of an area’s environmental health, so tracking the local area’s feathered population is extremely important.” In addition to the ongoing counts and activities throughout each day, the EHC is partnering with the Southern Wings Bird Club to delve deeper into the sport of birding. Volunteers from the club will provide Birding 101 and Birding 102 classes. Birding 101 is a 40 minute beginner’s class on the basics of bird watching. Birding 102 focuses specifically on local birds and how to identify them. This class contains a 40 minute inside presentation with a one hour outside bird walk. Both classes are recommended for ages 8 and up. The EHC is open on Saturday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 16 from 9am until 4pm. Sunday hours for the EHC are 12pm until 4pm. Birding 101 will take place at 1pm and Birding 102 will take place at 2pm on all three days. Pre-registration for both Birding 101 and 102 is encouraged and can be done online at www.gwinnettEHC.org. All activities and classes are included with admission. EHC members are free. More...