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  1. Simpsonville man killed in crash on I-85 in GeorgiaTue, 30 Aug 2016 16:04:11 GMT
    A Simpsonville man was killed in a wrong-way crash on I-85 in Georgia early Monday morning, according to Gwinnett County police. Dowis was driving south on the northbound lane and then pulled into the center median and began backing up when police said an oncoming Subaru struck the BMW. More...
  2. Father convicted after relying on prayer to save dying babyMon, 29 Aug 2016 21:44:51 GMT
    A metro Atlanta man who relied on prayer, not doctors, to save his ailing baby has been convicted of second-degree murder in the infant girl's death. WSB-TV reports George Landell was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after a Gwinnett County jury found him guilty in the March 2015 death of his 11-week-old daughter, Nevaeh. More...
  3. 2016 EnduroCross Round 1 ResultsMon, 29 Aug 2016 17:37:53 GMT
    Press Release : The 2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship Series kicked off with a bang inside the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia and Colton Haaker fired the first shot in the battle for the championship. The Husqvarna rider passed Taddy Blazusiak on lap two and slowly edged away from the field. More...
  4. Fatal crash closes down I-85 in Gwinnett CountyMon, 29 Aug 2016 11:19:21 GMT
    One person is dead after a crash involving two vehicles on the northbound lanes on I-85 in Gwinnett County. The crash happened around 5 a.m. near the intersection with Hamilton Mill Road, just northeast of the I-985 split. More...
  5. 2 Maryland men, 1 from Delaware charged in attempted carjacking near BrunswickMon, 29 Aug 2016 03:42:53 GMT
    Two Maryland me n and one fro m Delaware have been charged in an attempted carjacking at a new business north of Brunswick, Glynn County police said. A 57-year-old Loganville, Ga., woman was in the parking lot of the Hobby Lobby at Canal Crossing when two men approached her as she sat with the door of her vehicle open, police said. More...
  6. Mural dedicated to music history to be unveiled in AthensSun, 28 Aug 2016 23:38:34 GMT
    The nighttime scene, painted by Athens artist Anthony Wislar, is a dedication to Athens' musical history. It took a large number of hours - upward of 20 - to paint it in the humid summer heat. More...
  7. Puppy Pantry pet boutique adds 3rd store in Flowery BranchSun, 28 Aug 2016 05:23:43 GMT
    Tori Houser, a sales associate, shows off a cleaning station Friday at the Puppy Pantry Boutique and Bakery in Flowery Branch. Boarding and day care are available at the Buford location, while grooming and self-washing are available at all three locations. More...
  8. It's still - All in Hall, y'all' for Vision 2030Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:23:42 GMT
    Vision 2030 , a community project of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, "was hatched in 2004," Davis White told a luncheon group Thursday. More than a decade later, "a ton of stuff is going on with Vision 2030." More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Six residents serving on 2017 budget review teamFri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT
    Six Gwinnett residents have volunteered to help Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash on the budget review team setting priorities and making recommendations for the 2017 proposed budget. The members are Lisa Burleson, David Cuffie, Norwood Davis, Kevin Do, Burt Manning, and Santiago Marquez. Burleson, Manning, and Marquez are returning for another year of service. Cuffie, new to the review team, is CEO of Total Vision Consulting LLC. Also serving his first year on the budget team, Do is a realtor with ReMax Grand South and a volunteer with the Vietnamese American Community of Georgia. Davis, who last served on the budget review team three years ago, is CFO of 12Stone Church. Burleson is a retired district level administrator from Gwinnett County Public Schools, Manning is a retired real estate appraiser and assessment administrator, and Marquez is CFO/VP of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Burleson and Cuffie are alumni of Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy, a County program that gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at county government. Nash said, “I believe strongly in seeking public input in local government decisions and am thankful for these six thoughtful and knowledgeable residents who agreed to serve on the budget review team. Each person brings something different to the table, which will be helpful as we listen to departmental needs and plans, review revenue projections and prepare the 2017 proposed budget.” County departments and agencies present their business plans and financial resource requests to the review team in late summer 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 begin on August 29 and take place at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville. The Chairman’s 2017 budget proposal will be available to the public and news media on November 15 in conjunction with its formal presentation to the district commissioners, and the budget public hearing is scheduled for December 5. By county ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...
  2. County offices closed for Labor Day holidayFri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Monday, September 5 for the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 6. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Labor 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 search for their solid waste hauler to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the holiday.   More...
  3. Traffic to shift on SR20 as DOT nears end of widening projectWed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT
    Drivers on State Route 20 near Sugar Hill will encounter some delays Thursday evening as the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation shifts traffic to continue widening the state highway’s last two-lane section in the county. The lane change, which is scheduled to occur between 8:00pm and midnight August 25, will impact about three miles of roadway. The shift will occur between Suwanee Dam Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, allowing crews to wrap up work on the two new lanes of the project in that stretch. Flaggers will be in the area to help guide traffic as needed. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “I’m pleased to see these traffic shifts occurring because it means this important project is getting closer to completion.” The Gwinnett County construction stretches about four miles from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Burnette Trail. Access to the Chattahoochee River bridge will be maintained at all times as Georgia DOT contractors work on a separate project to widen across the river into Forsyth County. Gwinnett County worked with the Georgia DOT to complete the engineering on both projects. Federal, state, and local dollars were used to fund these projects. Just across the river, Forsyth County is partnering with the state to widen from James Burgess Road to Samples Road “Additional traffic shifts will be required before all the lanes can open to traffic,” said Gwinnett Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman. Another traffic shift is expected in early September. Construction on Gwinnett’s section of the project is expected to be complete by early next year, according to Chapman. The Georgia DOT section is to be complete by mid-2017. Traffic shift section by section: Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Arbor View Way – Traffic will be shifted to the outside lanes of the new configuration.  Traffic will be separated by the median and will allow the contractor to complete median work. Arbor View Way to Bellagio Drive/Henry Bailey Connector Road – Eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes. Bellagio Drive/Henry Bailey Connector Road to Henry Bailey Road/Emerald Parkway – Eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes. More...
  4. Make your summer more comfortable with tips for your yardFri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT
    With summer upon us and more children and families headed outside, Gwinnett Cooperative Extension offers some tips to reduce the mosquito population around your home and make your summer more comfortable: Eliminate breeding areas by cleaning gutters Remove any standing water that may be left in trash can lids, pet feeding bowls, and flowerpot saucers Replace water in birdbaths frequently Keep well-fitting screens on windows and doors Check out this video for even more tips. For more information, visit www.gwinnettextension.com or contact the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension at 678.377.4010. Mosquito Control Tips (English Subtitles) Mosquito Control Tips (Korean Subtitles) Mosquito Control Tips (Spanish Subtitles) More...
  5. Questions about Zika virus? Check GNR County Health Department websiteFri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Newton Rockdale Health Department website has information about the Zika virus and the breeds of mosquito that carry the virus. For tips on how to limit your exposure to mosquitoes, visit www.gnrhealth.com/zika-prevention. For information about the virus, see www.gnrhealth.com/zika. In addition, check out these videos for more tips on how to reduce the mosquito population around your home and landscape this summer.  Mosquito Control Tips (English Subtitles) Mosquito Control Tips (Korean Subtitles) Mosquito Control Tips (Spanish Subtitles) More...
  6. Property tax bills due October 15Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT
    Property owners should have received their 2016 property tax bills by now, with payment due on October 15. Taxpayers may choose to make partial payments as long as the total is paid by the due date. For property owners with an escrow account, tax information is available to the mortgage company; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date.  If there are questions about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently changed. There are several options for property tax payment: Pay online by check, credit or debit card at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com or at a tag office kiosk by credit or debit card(Paying by check is free; debit card: $3.95 flat fee; credit card: 2.29% service fee.) Mail payments to P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Pay by check using drop boxes 24-hours-a-day at all Tax Commissioner Offices. Pay in person during business hours at all Tax Commissioner Offices. View your property tax information at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com and if you have questions, contact the office at Tax@gwinnettcounty.com or 770.822.8800. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. PREPARATION OF GWINNETT'S 2017 PROPOSED BUDGET COMMENCES WITH BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATIONSFri, 26 Aug 2016 17:38:21 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 26, 2016) – County departments and agencies will present their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2017 starting Monday, Aug. 29. The presentations will be heard by the budget review team made up of six Gwinnett residents who have volunteered to help Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash set priorities and make recommendations for the 2017 proposed budget. David Cuffie, Norwood Davis and Kevin Do join veterans of last year’s team Lisa Burleson, Burt Manning and Santiago Marquez. Cuffie is CEO of Total Vision Consulting LLC and Do, a volunteer with the Vietnamese American Community of Georgia, is a realtor with ReMax Grand South. Davis, who last served on the budget review team three years ago, is CFO of 12Stone Church. Burleson is a retired district level administrator from Gwinnett County Public Schools, Manning is a retired real estate appraiser and assessment administrator, and Marquez is CFO/VP of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Burleson and Cuffie are alumni of Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy, a County program that gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at county government. Nash said, “I believe strongly in seeking public input in local government decisions and am thankful for these six thoughtful and knowledgeable residents who agreed to serve on the budget review team. Each person brings something different to the table, which will be helpful as we listen to departmental needs and plans, review revenue projections and prepare the 2017 proposed budget.” The business plan presentations will be recorded for replay on TVgwinnett, the County’s government-access cable television channel, and on demand viewing at www.tvgwinnett.com.    The Chairman’s 2017 budget proposal will be available to the public and news media on Nov. 15 in conjunction with its formal presentation to the district commissioners, and the budget public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5. By county ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January. More...
  2. TRAFFIC TO SHIFT ON SR 20 AS DOT NEARS END OF WIDENING PROJECTTue, 23 Aug 2016 15:31:39 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 23, 2016) – Drivers on State Route 20 near Sugar Hill will encounter some delays Thursday evening as the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation shifts traffic to continue widening the state highway’s last two-lane section in the county. The lane change, which is scheduled to occur between 8 p.m. and midnight Aug. 25, will impact about three miles of roadway. The shift will occur between Suwanee Dam Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, allowing crews to wrap up work on the two new lanes of the project in that stretch. Flaggers will be in the area to help guide traffic as needed. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “I’m pleased to see these traffic shifts occurring because it means this important project is getting closer to completion.” The Gwinnett County construction stretches about four miles from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Burnette Trail. Access to the Chattahoochee River bridge will be maintained at all times as Georgia DOT contractors work on a separate project to widen across the river into Forsyth County. Gwinnett County worked with the Georgia DOT to complete the engineering on both projects. Federal, state and local dollars were used to fund these projects. Just across the river, Forsyth County is partnering with the state to widen from James Burgess Road to Samples Road. “Additional traffic shifts will be required before all the lanes can open to traffic,” said Gwinnett Department of Transportation Director Alan Chapman. Another traffic shift is expected in early September. Construction on Gwinnett’s section of the project is expected to be complete by early next year, according to Chapman. The Georgia DOT section is to be complete by mid-2017. Traffic shift section by section: Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to Arbor View Way – Traffic will be shifted to the outside lanes of the new configuration.  Traffic will be separated by the median and will allow the contractor to complete median work. Arbor View Way to Bellagio Drive/Henry Bailey Connector Road – Eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes. Bellagio Drive/Henry Bailey Connector Road to Henry Bailey Road/Emerald Parkway – Eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes. More...
  3. GWINNETT COMMISSIONERS ACCEPT $2 MILLION FOR I-85 INTERCHANGE AT GRAVEL SPRINGS ROADMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:30:49 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 22, 2016) – The Board of Commissioners on Aug. 16 voted to accept a $2 million state grant to help fund right-of-way acquisition for a new interchange on Interstate 85 at Gravel Springs Road. “This grant from the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority will allow us to begin acquiring right of way for this joint project with the state,” said District 4 Commissioner John Heard. Gravel Springs Road is on the state highway system as state Route 324. Right-of-way acquisition is to begin within the state’s 2017 fiscal year, which runs from July 2016 to June 2017. Gwinnett County will fund the overhead costs associated with land acquisition while state and federal funds will be used to pay for the value of the land itself. The project is estimated to cost $19.5 million to complete. A combination of federal, state and SPLOST funds will be used to achieve the engineering and right-of-way phases of the project. The construction phase is to be completed with federal and state funds. Additional information about these and other SPLOST road improvement projects can be found on the County’s website at www.gwinnettcounty.com.  More...
  4. GWINNETT BOARD APPROVES SIDEWALK ON KILLIAN HILL ROADMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:29:38 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 22, 2016) – The Board of Commissioners on Aug. 16 approved a contract to build sidewalk on Killian Hill from Sandra Drive to Nantucket Drive near Trickum Middle School. “I am so pleased to get this project under way because it will improve pedestrian safety along this busy roadway,” said District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard. CMES Inc. was the lowest of five responsive bids at $745,558. The project will install just over a mile of sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage improvements on the north side of Killian Hill Road. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2017. The project is funded by the 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Program. Additional information about these and other SPLOST road improvement projects can be found on the County’s website at www.gwinnettcounty.com.  More...
  5. ENVIRONMENTAL AND HERITAGE CENTER CELEBRATES THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF HONEYBEES AT ANNUAL FESTIVAL Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:19:15 EDT
    (Buford, Ga., Aug. 19, 2016) – It may be small, but the honeybee plays a huge role in the production of the foods Americans eat as it is one of the top pollinators of crops in the United States. In recognition of its vital function in the food cycle, the Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) will hold its annual Honeybee Festival on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Honeybee Festival features numerous activities for families including bee games, crafts, honey samples and Honeybee Theater.  Guests will also discover innovative snack ideas using honey.  A number of beekeepers and vendors will be on hand to discuss their craft and to sell local honey and beeswax products.   Visitors will have an opportunity to experience a guided, pollinator trivia hike, see real live observation hives and learn from beekeeping information sessions. The information sessions will include a 2 p.m. presentation on making beeswax lip balm by Lena Franklin with the Eastern Piedmont Beekeepers’ Association and a 3 p.m. presentation on natural beekeeping and honey processing by Silviu Gavriliuc, a certified beekeeper.  A special kid friendly intro class focusing on the honeybee will also be offered at various times throughout the event. The EHC Gift Shop plans to get into the spirit of the festival by highlighting and selling all natural, raw honey from the EHC Foundation’s own hives.  The local honey is available for purchase in both six and nine ounce jars. Program fees for the Honeybee Festival are $8.00 per person.  Children two and under and EHC members are free.  For more information on the Honeybee Festival and the Environmental and Heritage Center, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
  6. 2016 PROPERTY TAX BILLS IN MAIL AND DUE OCTOBER 15Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:35:52 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga. August 11, 2016) Tax Commissioner Richard Steele announced that 2016 property tax bills have been mailed to Gwinnett County taxpayers. All bills will have a single due date of October 15. Taxpayers may choose to make a single payment or partial payments as long as the total due is paid by the due date. For property owners with an escrow account, tax information is available to the mortgage company; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date.  If there are questions about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently changed. There are several options for property tax payment: Pay online by check, credit or debit card at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. (Paying by check is free; debit card: $3.95 flat fee; credit card: 2.29% service fee.) Mail payments to P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Pay by check using drop boxes 24 hours a day at all Gwinnett tag offices. Pay in person during business hours at all Tax Commissioner offices. You can pay with a credit or debit card at the self-service kiosk located in each office. View your property tax information at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com on your computer, tablet or phone. If you have questions, contact the office at Tax@gwinnettcounty.com or 770.822.8000. More...