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  1. Randi Ward selected as Top Professional of the Year in Language Arts...Fri, 26 May 2017 18:24:34 GMT
    While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. More...
  2. Police say family burglarized 3 times since JanuaryThu, 25 May 2017 19:12:10 GMT
    Lolita Manghram lives on Bermuda Court just off of Wesley Chapel Road near Decatur. She said this not the first time thieves have targeted her family. More...
  3. Trending Now Sticky situation: Truck dumps hundreds of watermelons on I-85 near AtlantaThu, 25 May 2017 14:37:11 GMT
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  4. Investigators identify woman seen taking a 'test drive'Thu, 25 May 2017 09:50:50 GMT
    Hall County investigators said they have identified the woman they believe took cars for test drives and never went back to the dealership. Investigators said they are searching for 42-year-old Amanda Moore, who may also be using the last name, Nantz. More...
  5. Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive at SunTrust ParkThu, 25 May 2017 05:23:38 GMT
    The community is invited to help hospital patients in need and celebrate the Atlanta Braves inaugural season at SunTrust Park in Cobb County. More...
  6. Police dog wins legal battle after burglary suspect sues over biteThu, 25 May 2017 00:53:17 GMT
    Draco, a now retired member of the Gwinnett County Police Department in Gwinnett County, Georgia has won a legal battle after a judge ruled against a burglary suspect, who was suing the K-9 officer after the suspect was bitten. The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department's K-9 unit. More...
  7. Gwinnett County 15 Mins Ago Swat called to Lawrenceville home after shots firedWed, 24 May 2017 22:41:16 GMT
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  8. Death row inmates' last words: Apologies, thanks, defianceWed, 24 May 2017 20:15:58 GMT
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Gwinnett County News
  1. Gwinnett County Transit back to regular routes with opening of Interstate 85Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    With the reopening of Interstate 85, Gwinnett County Transit will resume its regular service Monday morning, ending trips from Gwinnett Park & Ride lots directly to the Chamblee and Doraville MARTA stations. “The additional routes were only intended for the short-term,” said Karen Winger, Gwinnett County’s Transit Division director. “With the reopening of I-85, those direct routes are discontinued.” GC Transit advises riders to visit the website at www.gctransit.com, where updated schedules have been posted. Informational signs will also be posted at the Park & Ride lots and riders were informed this week, Winger said. In operation since 2001, Gwinnett County Transit offers Express, Local and Paratransit bus service. The County contracts out the operation of the system to Transdev North America Inc.  Regular Express Service operates Monday through Friday and includes five routes using the HOT lane on I-85. The Park & Ride lots at I-985, Sugarloaf Mills and Indian Trail provide free parking for bus riders. Local Service operates five routes Monday through Saturday connecting neighborhoods and businesses to Gwinnett's many cultural, shopping and educational opportunities. Paratransit Service for qualifying persons with disabilities operates in conjunction with the Local Service. For additional information about Gwinnett County Transit, visit www.gctransit.com or call 770-822-5010. More...
  2. County offices closed for Memorial Day holidayWed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the residents of the county, will be closed Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Memorial 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. County still in Level 2 drought response Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    Despite the recent rainfall, Gwinnett County remains in the Level 2 Drought Response that was declared in November. Lake Lanier is a large reservoir, fed by smaller streams that have been slow to recover from the drought. As a result, Lake Lanier has been slow to refill and is currently 10 feet below full pool. The drought response declared by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division put in place a number of outdoor watering restrictions for washing streets, sidewalks, and driveways; decorative uses, such as fountains and waterfalls; non-commercial pressure washing; fundraising car washes; and non-commercial washing of vehicles. For planting, growing, managing, or maintaining groundcover, trees, or shrubs, watering with an irrigation or sprinkler system is allowed on the following schedule: Even-numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8) and sites with no numbered address may only water on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10:00am and after 4:00pm. Odd-numbered addresses (those ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) may only water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10:00am and after 4:00pm. Water Resources encourages residents to make water conservation a priority. Individual actions can collectively add up to big water savings. Ways to save water include: Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home. Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth. Fill dishwashers and washing machines, making sure there is a full load every time. Replace older toilets and shower heads with high0efficiency models. If your home was built before 1993, you may qualify for a toilet rebate. Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures. Water Resources also provides leak detection and low-flow home retrofit kits to help residents conserve water. Both kits are available at the Customer Care counter located at 684 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville during normal business hours. For more information, including conservation tips and frequently asked questions about watering restrictions, visit www.gwinnettH2O.com. More...
  4. Join the Great American Cleanup 2017 and earn green for going greenWed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    It’s time for the annual Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest annual community improvement program. From March 1 to May 31, more than 4 million volunteers and concerned citizens across the nation will work together to beautify neighborhoods, reduce waste, initiate recycling programs, and plant trees. This year, Gwinnett County participants could collect some green for going green. At the end of the challenge, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will select the best community projects to win cash prizes of $500! The challenge is hosted locally by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful and is open to businesses, local governments, school and church groups, civic groups, athletic teams, and individuals. Visit Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's website to learn how your group can participate. More...
  5. Learn about aging this May during Older Americans MonthWed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Health and Human Services, and Live Healthy Gwinnett are honoring our seniors as part of Older Americans Month in May. Led by the Federal Administration for Community Living, this annual observance offers an opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation's older citizens. Throughout the month, the Parks and Recreation Division will highlight how older adults in our community are redefining aging through recreation interest and taking charge of their health. In keeping with this year's theme, "Age Out Loud," several activities will be held throughout the county. For more information, visit the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation webpage.  More...
  6. Memorial Day Ceremony recognizes Gwinnett military heroes Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett County officials will pay tribute to Braselton Patrol Officer Todd Helcher during the 14th annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29 at 1:00pm at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. Helcher of Clarksville was a 16-month veteran of the Braselton Police Department when he was killed in July 2005 in a car crash as he was driving home from work. Guests are invited to attend the ceremony to honor Helcher and other fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation and our communities. The keynote address will be given by retired Army Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, executive director for Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. Other officials scheduled to speak include Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco. Law enforcement honor guards will also participate in the ceremony. The Memorial Day ceremony will be televised on TVgwinnett, the County’s local government access cable channel. TVgwinnett programming is also available streaming and on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com. The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, honors all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service. The memorial opened in 2003 and was built with funds from private donations and Gwinnett County government. For additional information about the memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS GWINNETT'S MILITARY HEROESThu, 25 May 2017 13:58:42 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 25, 2017) – Gwinnett County officials will pay tribute to Braselton Patrol Officer Todd Helcher during the 14th annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. Helcher of Clarksville was a 16-month veteran of the Braselton Police Department when he was killed in July 2005 in a car crash as he was driving home from work. Guests are invited to attend the ceremony to honor Helcher and other fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation and our communities. The keynote address will be given by retired Army Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, executive director for Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. Other officials scheduled to speak include Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco. Law enforcement honor guards will also participate in the ceremony. The Memorial Day ceremony will be televised beginning at 8 p.m. on May 29 on TVgwinnett, the County’s local government access cable channel. TVgwinnett programming is also available streaming and on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com. The Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, honors all Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service. The memorial opened in 2003 and was built with funds from private donations and Gwinnett County government. For additional information about the memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com. More...
  2. ALL POOLS OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDWed, 24 May 2017 13:42:04 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 24, 2016) – All Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) aquatic facilities open on Saturday, May 27 for the start of Memorial Day weekend. Most of the aquatic centers and leisure play pools conveniently located throughout Gwinnett County, offer fun features such as beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, picnic areas and more! Visitors will find a wide array of amenities for both fun and learning, including private, semi-private, and group swim lessons annually for all ages. As part of National Water Safety Month, GCPR would like to highlight some tips for a safe and enjoyable day at the pool: Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water Teach children basic water safety tips Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapment Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool or spa If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first GCPR recognizes the vital role that swimming and aquatic-related activities relate to good physical and mental health and enhance the quality of life for all people. “Learning how to swim saves lives,” said Christine Greenfield, Aquatics Coordinator. “We encourage all families to enroll in swim lessons and safety programs by contacting your local pool.” All GCPR pools are accessible for people with disabilities and offer safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages. GCPR will also hold various special events and family night swims throughout the summer at all facilities. For more details on upcoming events, admission fees, hours of operation or facility rentals, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
  3. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZES GWINNETT FOR PROMOTING WELLNESS AFTER SCHOOLTue, 23 May 2017 13:57:07 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 23, 2017) – A national organization that promotes afterschool programs has recognized Gwinnett County and Live Healthy Gwinnett for addressing health and wellness issues for youth outside of school hours. The National AfterSchool Association selected Gwinnett County and Live Healthy Gwinnett among its 2017 Most Influential in Health & Wellness recipients. Each year, the NAA commends individuals and organizations whose service, action and leadership align with the NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards and affect large numbers of youth, families or afterschool professionals. “The National AfterSchool Association believes that out-of-school time hours offer a great opportunity to impact the health of today’s youth and their families,” said Gina Warner, President and CEO of NAA. “Promoting healthy eating and physical activity can lead to lifelong physical and mental health and prevent disease.” NAA last month also recognized Community Services Director Tina Fleming as one of its 2017 Most Influential in Health & Wellness recipients. “I believe a single organization cannot effect change in afterschool health and wellness, but a network of invested community partners committed to transforming the face of today’s youth will ultimately achieve greater impact for healthy lifestyles,” said Fleming. “Gwinnett County, Live Healthy Gwinnett, and I are committed to improving the health of our young people and the population in general.” Fleming is a founding partner of Live Healthy Gwinnett, part of a network to implement year-round programs, events and initiatives for youth and adults. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life helped develop Live Healthy Gwinnett’s health and wellness standards. The program involves staff training, evidence-based nutrition education, the use of undergraduate and graduate student interns, and incorporating outside organizations. Launched in 2014, Live Healthy Gwinnett promotes wellness by encouraging residents to make smart lifestyle choices, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity and reducing stress. The program emphasizes four steps: Be Active, Eat Healthy, Get Checked and Be Positive. Live Healthy Gwinnett has partnered with the Gwinnett Parks Foundation to establish a Health and Wellness Scholarship fund to provide free swimming lessons to at-risk youth attending summer camps at County facilities. Other partners include UGA Extension Gwinnett, Girl Scouts of Greater of Atlanta, American Red Cross, Gwinnett County Public Library and Gwinnett United in Drug Education Inc. as well as other County departments. An estimated 10.2 million children participate in afterschool programs each year and the industry employs an estimated 850,000. The National AfterSchool Association is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. More...
  4. PUBLIC ADVISED TO USE CAUTION AROUND ANIMALS ACTING ODDLY
    Three people in Norcross attacked by rabid cat
    Fri, 19 May 2017 18:33:01 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 19, 2017) – The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division and the Gwinnett County Health Department are advising residents to use caution and avoid animals behaving in unusual ways after three people in Norcross were attacked by a rabid cat on Monday. Several adults and pets were attacked by the cat on the 500 block of Sunset Drive in Norcross. The cat was quickly caught and subsequently tested positive for rabies. In March, a rabid raccoon was caught near Lawrenceville. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, principal carriers of rabies are bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. In 2016, seven rabies cases were confirmed in animals in Gwinnett County, four in 2015 and 12 in 2014. All pet owners should ensure that their pets are current on the rabies vaccination.  CDC warns that unvaccinated animals or animals not current on their rabies vaccination that have been exposed to rabies should be euthanized immediately or strictly quarantined for six months and vaccinated a month before being released. Rabies can be transmitted from an infected animal to humans. Prompt medical attention and treatment for rabies exposure may be needed after an exposure to an infected animal. Without treatment, rabies infection in humans is nearly 100 percent fatal. The Gwinnett County Health Department is available to answer questions regarding the impact of rabies on humans and can be reached at 770-339-4260. If you or your child have been bitten or scratched by any stray animals, or if you know of anyone handling an animal possibly infected with rabies, scrub the wound with antiseptic soap and water, flush the wound, and seek immediate medical attention. If possible, the animal should be captured and tested. Please contact the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Bite Office at 770-339-3200 ext. 5576, or call the after-hours non-emergency dispatch line at 770-513-5700. Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement and the Society Humane Friends are offering a low-cost vaccine clinic this Sunday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Gwinnett County Animal Welfare Office at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville. All dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Animal Welfare and Enforcement is also partnering with Planned Pethood, Animal Alliance of Georgia and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation to offer free rabies vaccinations on Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Best Friend Park located at 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross. Additional low-cost vaccinations will be available. What does a rabid animal look like? Rabid animals may act tame. They may also display strange or unusual behavior. They may act aggressive, avoid food and water, foam at the mouth, or have trouble moving or move in a stiff, odd way. Stay away from any unknown animals, especially wildlife. Report any animal acting unusually to Gwinnett County Police Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770-513-5700. How can I help protect myself and my family from rabies? Make sure your pets get their rabies shots regularly. Keep your pets on your property. Do not leave garbage or pet food outside. Food left out may attract wild or stray animals. Stay away from wild, sick, hurt, or dead animals. Do not pick up or move sick or hurt animals. If you find a wild, sick, or hurt animal, call Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement at 770-513-5700 or 770-339-3200. Do not keep wild animals like raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes as pets. It is dangerous and also illegal. Teach your children not to go near, tease or play with wild animals or strange dogs and cats. More...
  5. COUNTY OPENS LARGER, BETTER-EQUIPPED MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE AND MORGUE BUILDINGThu, 18 May 2017 08:59:36 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 17, 2017) – County officials held a ribbon cutting today to mark the opening of a 15,000-square-foot Medical Examiner’s Office and Morgue with more space, improved technology, and more efficient administrative capability. The new building is located at 320 Hurricane Shoals Road NE in Lawrenceville. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said the new facility provides the 10-person Medical Examiner’s Office with the capability to handle the caseload that comes with a county of nearly 1 million people. “The Medical Examiner’s Office is a key link in the criminal justice process,” Nash said. “It is imperative for the victims, their families and for us all that the Medical Examiner’s Office has the tools and the facilities they need to find the facts behind deaths that are suspicious or unattended. And for the public, this new building has features that are more sympathetic and respectful to visitors.”  The $5.7 million facility, paid for with SPLOST revenue, replaces two separate locations – a small morgue located within a County facility and a rented administrative office located a half-mile away.  The new building was designed to achieve LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. District 4 Commissioner John Heard said the recently completed structure reflects the foresight of Gwinnett citizens to invest in public buildings and infrastructure. “This is something we really needed, and it would have been much harder to pay for if not for the SPLOST approved by the voters,” Heard said. “The new building incorporates many ideas from the medical examiner’s staff so that it will meet their needs going into the future.”  The new morgue space has three state-of-the-art autopsy stations, including a separate station for cases requiring isolation. It has enhanced medical and laboratory equipment, and space for evidence processing and storage. The former morgue had only one autopsy station with limited medical and laboratory equipment. The new morgue can accommodate 50 bodies; the former morgue had room for just four. In addition, the new building has a conference room for family and visitors, a children’s area and an outdoor respite area. It offers a blend of natural and artificial lighting. Unlike the previous location, this one also has a library and research area, and County-owned computers integrated with the County’s network. “This new facility will give us additional capabilities and allow us to function more efficiently,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Carol Terry. “This will benefit not just county law enforcement investigations but local governments and the state as well. It’s a facility to be proud of.” The Medical Examiner’s Office conducts death investigations in accordance with the Georgia Death Investigation Act, including postmortem examinations, to determine cause and manner of death in cases where the death is unattended or suspicious. In 2016, more than 1,600 deaths were reported to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office and approximately 379 examinations, including 185 full autopsies, were performed. More...
  6. GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTWed, 17 May 2017 10:23:48 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 17, 2017) – Parkview High School students Thuy Pham and Grace Hu were recognized May 16 by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners for their project on an alternative water filtration technique. The two students received the Scarbrough Water Prize for the project they presented at the Gwinnett Science and Engineering Fair in February. The Scarbrough Water Prize is named in honor of late Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources employee James Scarbrough, who was a strong supporter of water education and the advancement of water sciences in Gwinnett County schools. Scarbrough believed that by teaching students the importance of protecting and conserving our water resources when they are young, they will carry those behaviors and beliefs into adulthood. He felt that education was the key to preserving Gwinnett’s precious water resources for future generations.  Jackie Valett, Water Resources Program Coordinator, said, “DWR staff attended the fair and were impressed with Thuy and Grace’s project titled ’Alternative Water Filtration Treatment: Chitosan Coagulation.’” The project looked into a viable alternative drinking water filtration treatment that could provide access to safe drinking water for millions of people throughout the world who lack access to this important resource. “Thuy and Grace demonstrated exceptional knowledge of water treatment and clearly communicated the importance and real world application of their project,” added Valett. The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is a publicly-owned utility committed to providing superior water, wastewater, and stormwater services at an excellent value to residents and businesses. DWR is widely recognized for innovation and service excellence as well as stewardship of the environmental resources in Gwinnett County. For more information, visit www.gwinnettH2O.com.  More...