A Gwinnett County, Georgia, attorney filed a complaint against a federal judge after she says he reprimanded her for bringing her baby to court, according to Atlanta's WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Attorney Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle said she filed a motion for a continuance and provided a doctor's note, which recommended she stay on maternity leave for six weeks. More...
A burned-out motor in an HVAC unit forced a brief evacuation of a Gwinnett County elementary school Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters arrived at Rock Springs Elementary School near Lawrenceville around 1:47 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, but found no sign of smoke or fire. More...
New Mexico State Police arrested a woman Monday after she led both Texas and New Mexico officers on a high speed chase with her 1-year-old son in the vehicle. Jamila Jones, 33, of Lilburn, Georgia remained behind bars in Quay County Wednesday afternoon. More...
Ayers, a 30-year veteran of the Police Department, will replace Charlie Walters, who is retiring after serving Gwinnett County for 35 years. Stephens said, "The Gwinnett County Police Department is an excellent example of the strong succession planning and leadership development that the County strives to cultivate and develop in all of its departments. More...
Jennifer Morris raced in an ambulance to an Athens woman who passed out while calling 911 in a medical emergency. The woman was reporting a severe asthma attack when she lost consciousness while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. More...
An elderly woman didn't have a date to prom 73 years ago and she still remains independent, attending her eighteenth prom Friday. Maria D'Antonio, 91, has never missed the Gwinnett County Senior Services senior prom. More...
The Gwinnett County Police Department will
host a job fair on Saturday, November 15
from 8:00am to 3:00pm for Police
and Communications Officer positions. The job fair will take place at the
Gwinnett County Police Training Center, located at 854 Winder Highway in
The Gwinnett County Police Department is a
nationally accredited, full-service department with specialized units such as
SWAT, K-9, DUI Task Force, and more. The department offers a competitive
compensation/benefits package along with on-the-job training. Interested
applicants are encouraged to apply before attending the fair on the Police
employment webpage; however human resources staff will
be present at the fair and will be taking walk-up applications during the
For more information about the opportunities
available with the Gwinnett County Police Department, visit the Police
employment webpage. More...
aware that because the previous vendor has discontinued paper recycling pickup,
residents may no longer drop off paper, cardboard, junk mail, or magazines at
Gwinnett County fire stations. Aluminum cans recycling for the Burn Foundation
can drop off their recyclable paper items at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett,
located at 4300 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. For more information, please
call 770.242.6433. Residents who live in unincorporated Gwinnett County may
recycle paper, cardboard, junk mail, and magazines at the curb. More...
The 2014 general election will take place Tuesday, November 4 at your regular at your regular voting precinct. To find your voting precinct or view a sample ballot, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.For advance voting locations and information, click here.
Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by mail or cast their ballot in person from October 13 – 31, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.
There are several other options to cast your ballot in advance of the November 4 election:
Saturday voting: October 18 and 25 the Voter Registrations and Elections office from 9:00am to 4:00pmSatellite voting: October 25 from 9:00am to 4:00pm and October 27 – 31 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; visit the Polling Place Locator webpage for locations.
Voters will be able to view the results of the November 4 election, including advance voting results, on the Secretary of State’s Georgia Elections Results webpage on election night.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettelections.com. More...
Join the Gwinnett Human Relations Commission
on Monday, October 20 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for its annual open house.
Residents will have an opportunity to meet the members of the commission, learn
about its work and mission, and how members of the Gwinnett community can get
open house is free and food will be served, so come out and share a meal with the
Gwinnett Human Relations Commission. Spaces are limited, so please visit http://gchrc.eventbrite.com to RSVP for
this event. The event will take place at Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant, located at
2040 Beaver Ruin Road
#3 in Norcross. For more information about this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More...
is coming up, and the Gwinnett County Department
of Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind
you to be safe. Here are a few tips to use on Halloween night:
Only use decorations that are tested by an independent
Never overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or
Keep paper and dry decorations such as leaves, cornstalks, and
hay bales away from open flames or any other heat source
Use flashlights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent
Avoid using decorative candles at Halloween festivities and
parties, especially around pets and small children
Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch or walkway to the front
door; light the path for a safe entry and exit for children
Costumes should fit properly; baggy sleeves or billowing capes
pose a tripping hazard as well as a fire hazard
Use soft or flexible props for costumes and avoid those that
have sharp points or jagged edges
If kids are carrying toy weapons as part of their costumes, make
sure they do not look authentic; use only soft or plastic toy replicas to
Carry a flashlight or glow stick as part of the costume
Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat
bags for better visibility
Choose costumes that are bright-colored and made of
flame-resistant materials; look for a
fire-retardant label on any store-bought costume
Ga., Oct. 17, 2014) – County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named an acting
transportation department director. Alan Chapman, who currently serves as
deputy transportation director, will run the department following Gwinnett DOT
Director Kim Conroy’s retirement on Oct. 24.
Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful to have someone like Alan
with the credentials and experience to lead the department during this
transition. I know he will do a good job.”
Alan joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation
in 1997 as project manager for the road improvements capital program and was
promoted in 2004 to the role of deputy director where he oversees the
preconstruction and construction divisions. Alan holds an MBA from Georgia
State University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech
and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Before
coming to work for Gwinnett County, he was with the Georgia Department of
Transportation and also worked as an engineering and construction consultant.
He lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014) – County Administrator Glenn Stephens
has named A.A. “Butch” Ayers as Gwinnett’s new police chief effective Oct. 25.
Ayers, a 30-year veteran of the Police Department, will replace Charlie
Walters, who is retiring after serving Gwinnett County for 35 years. The Board
of Commissioners will be asked to ratify Ayers’ contract on Tuesday.
said, “The Gwinnett County Police Department is an excellent example of the
strong succession planning and leadership development that the County strives
to cultivate and develop in all of its departments. Because of this planning
and leadership development, the County is fortunate to have the ability to
choose from seasoned leaders within the Police Department who will provide
continuity and strong leadership skills within the department and the County.
Like Charlie, Butch began his law enforcement career with the Gwinnett County
Police Department and earned his way up through the ranks. He has gained
valuable knowledge and honed his skills from having worked in nearly every area
of the department over the years. Along with these assets, he is a person of
character and I admire him greatly. Butch is the right person to lead the men
and women of this vital department, and I have every confidence he will serve
the residents of Gwinnett County well.”
Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “It’s hard to believe we are
saying goodbye to Charlie after 11 years as chief. I will miss him, but I also
know that Butch is a great choice to lead the department. He will be a valuable
member of Glenn’s senior leadership team.”
Ayers’ career in public service began in 1984 when he joined the
Gwinnett County Police Department as a police officer. As assistant chief, he
most recently commanded the department’s administrative services division. He
has also overseen professional standards, SWAT, the Central Police Precinct,
and the support, operations, criminal investigations and uniform divisions.
A resident of Dacula, Ayers holds an associate degree
in criminal justice from Gainesville State College, a bachelor’s degree in
political science from the University of Georgia, and a Masters of Public
Administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia
Law Enforcement Command College as well as the FBI National Academy and has
logged more than 3,700 hours of specialized training during his career. He also
holds several certifications from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and
Training Council as an instructor.
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(Gwinnett County, Ga., Oct. 16, 2014) – Maria D’Antonio will be attending her 18th
prom on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville.
The event is hosted by Gwinnett County Senior Services.
D’Antonio didn’t have a date 73 years ago during her
senior year in high school and still remains independent. “If you go without a
man, it doesn’t matter. Now you don’t even need a partner since you can line
dance,” smiles D’Antonio.
At the age of 91, D’Antonio mentions the difference with
today’s prom and her own, “There was no limo, we all pitched in for gas – a
quarter a piece,” she said. “Some things never change – boys on one side and
the girls on the other. It is always the girls coaxing the boys to dance.”
Gwinnett County Senior Services has hosted their senior
prom for 17 years and Maria D’Antonio has never missed one. She loves to dance
and can’t imagine life without music or dancing.
D’Antonio has always been independent and has explored
Europe and the United States by herself despite society’s disapproval in the
1940’s of a young lady traveling alone. Her advice to young folks is to travel
and see how other people live, “Enjoy your life. There is so much to see,” she
Gwinnett County Senior Services operate four senior
activity centers located in Lawrenceville, Buford, Norcross, and Snellville.
The centers offer a safe environment for the older population to gather, socialize,
and enjoy a well-balanced nutritional meal. Activities at the centers include
exercise and nutrition classes, musical entertainment, games, and health
presentations. For more information on how to become a participant, you may
visit www.gwinnettseniorservices.com or call 678-377-4150. More...
Ga.,Oct. 16,2014) –TheGwinnett County Department
ofTransportation will close the I-85 at Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge for
the diverging diamond interchange crossover.The project involves shifting
traffic to the opposite side of the bridge, which will make left turns onto the
interstate more efficient and improve the flow of traffic across the
bridge.The closure will begin at 9p.m.on Friday, Nov. 14,
weather and conditions permitting. The bridge will open to traffic by
5a.m.on Monday, Nov. 17 with the new interchange
configuration. Should conditions prevent the closure from occurring as
planned, the backup closure period will be from Nov. 21-24.
bridge will be closed to all through-traffic during the weekend, although
construction will not impact right turn access to or from I-85.Drivers
and pedestrians should take one of the planned detours detailed on www.gwinnettDDI.com.
traffic should continue to use the detour route for at least one month
following crossover during the construction ofpedestrian walkways.
ask that drivers in this area be especiallycautious and alert during
construction," said Transportation Deputy Director Alan Chapman. "We
understand thisisan inconvenience, so Gwinnett DOT staff will
closely monitor traffic flow and signals during the crossover weekend to help
keep traffic moving.”
crossover, construction will continue on the center median and pedestrian
facilities, while crews will finalize the signals, interchange lighting and
pavement markings. The project is expected to be substantially complete in
spring 2015. Once the project is complete, the bridge at Jimmy Carter Boulevard
and I-85 will be Gwinnett County’s second diverging diamond interchange.
Georgia Department of Transportation is currently constructing a new “flex
lane” on the northbound lanes of I-85 adjacent to the project. That project is
also expected to be complete in spring 2015 and will add a new lane on I-85
northbound from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Indian Trail Road for use during the
afternoon rush hour. The Georgia Department of Transportation project will
further improve the flow of traffic in the area.
Carter Boulevard is one of the busiest access points in Gwinnett County and
helps to fuel the commerce of thousands of businesses in the area,” said Chuck
Warbington, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement
District. “The mobility improvements the diverging diamond design offers will
help local businesses get out of traffic and get back to what it is they do
best—driving the economy for Gwinnett.”
information on how to drive the diamond, including a video rendering of the
completed project, visit www.gwinnettDDI.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and
Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett will join community partners JM Tull YMCA, Kidsplosion,
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett Public Library, Gwinnett 4H and
Gwinnett County Health and Human Services on Oct. 23 to host a Lights On
Afterschool event from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Alexander Park located at 800 Old
Snellville Highway in Lawrenceville. The theme for this free family event is
Hollywood: A Walk Among the Stars.
Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite stars,
walk the red carpet, take part in hands-on activities, and enjoy active games,
live music, food trucks and inflatables. Children’s imaginations will soar
while visiting areas decorated like Frozen, The Lego Movie and The Wizard of
Oz. Kids will be able to exercise their minds with a game of checkers during a
visit with Dorothy and Toto, have some STEM fun making snow with Olaf and get
physical with Ninja Legos. A Zumba party and the chance to walk among the stars
in the park will get everyone up and moving.
Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide rally for afterschool
programs. More than 8,000 events are expected to take place this year across
the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide to promote the benefits of
afterschool programs. A large and growing body of evidence demonstrates
improvements in attendance, behavior and academic achievement among children in
afterschool programs. Researchers have also found that afterschool programs
encourage increased parental involvement, an important building block for
This event is open to the public. For more information, please
contact Gwinnett Parks Operations Director Tina Fleming at (770) 822-8875. As
an Afterschool Ambassador, Fleming promotes the benefits of afterschool
programs and is available to speak to groups about the initiative’s goal of
making more programs available to children and families in need. More...
Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) will be
celebrating Halloween all month long with events at various parks. There is an
event for everyone, regardless of age or ability and some for even the furry
friends. Below are the various events and locations:
Oct. 17, Return of the Mummy and
Son Ball at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center from 7p.m. –
9p.m., $11 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0910.
Oct. 24, Halloween Family Fun
Fest at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center from 7p.m. – 9p.m.,
$6 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0920.
Oct. 25, Trick or Treat Trail at
Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center from 3p.m. – 5p.m., Free.
For more information call (678) 277-0890.
Oct. 25, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume
Party at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center from 11a.m. – 1p.m., $8
per dog. For more information call (678) 277-0850.
Oct. 25, Haunted Halloween
Festival at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center from 5p.m. –
8p.m., $10 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0860.
Oct. 25, Howell at the Moon
Zombie Walk/Fun Run at Shorty Howell Park from 6p.m. – 9p.m., $15 per
person. For more information call (678) 277-0906.
an effort to offer safe and healthy alternatives, GCPR in partnership with
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is passing on the following tips:
Plan Ahead and consider how you
can provide healthier options. Think pretzels, stickers, pencils, plastic
spider rings, etc.
Giving out candy is ok, but try
to select candies with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the
better) or candies with nuts.
Sending kids out
trick-or-treating on a full stomach decreases the chance they will want to
binge on their goodies when they get home, so plan ahead for an easy meal,
like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana
Talk to your child in advance so
you can set expectations about how many pieces of candy will be eaten
Halloween night; the recommendation is between three and five. Let your
kids choose the ones they want to eat. When they are part of the process
it's easier on everyone.
Halloween parties at school are
lots of fun but they easily become a sugar-fest filled with cupcakes,
candies, sodas and juice, so help plan the party or provide input to the
more information about the events listed, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. For more
Halloween safety tips visit www.choa.org/Halloween. More...