Results from an autopsy on the body of a man found Monday on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park in Cumming are expected today, authorities said. Park visitors apparently saw the body as they were walking along the beach, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. More...
The Gwinnett County Police Department will begin the Holiday Task Force during the evening hours of Thanksgiving Day in Dacula, and the rest of the county. This annual operation puts additional officers in shopping districts throughout the county with the purpose of reducing crime against holiday shoppers. More...
This month students are engaging in activities in the classroom to help them learn about respect for others and showing appreciation and tha Primrose School of Five Forks' students began their Thanksgiving celebrations this year with a Thanksgiving Feast at school with their families on Friday, November 21st. As part of this special celebration the students were asked to share who they are thankful for this year and what they could do to show their thanks. More...
Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson was passed out behind the wheel on I-85 in Gwinnett County before he was arrested and charged with DUI last week , according to the Georgia State Patrol. The Gwinnett Daily Post, citing the incident report, reported Anderson was found passed out in his Cadillac Escalade in a HOT lane near the I-85/Ga. More...
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Coast2Coast Rx prescription discount program has launched in Gwinnett County.
In September, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement
with the company to offer prescription drug discount cards to residents. The
new card allows all County residents, regardless of income, age, or health
status, to participate in the program and save on the cost of their
medications. Distributed free of charge, the card may be used at participating
pharmacy chains and independent pharmacies in Gwinnett County and includes more
than 60,000 prescription drugs in its formulary.
There are no eligibility requirements to obtain the prescription drug
discount card, which officials expect will benefit residents who are uninsured
or underinsured or face high insurance deductibles. If a particular drug isn’t
covered under a person’s health plan, he or she can use the card to save on
those prescriptions. For more information about the Coast2Coast Rx prescription
discount card and how you can take advantage of the program, click here. More...
With more cold temperatures in the forecast, residents are encouraged to exercise caution while trying to stay warm.Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services reports that improper home heating is a leading cause of residential fires in the cold weather months. Many of these fires occur due to poorly maintained heating appliances or those that are placed too close to combustibles.
Heat your home safely
When heating appliances are turned on for the first time, they may produce a slight burning smell or even a light haze of dust.When this occurs, open your doors and windows for a few moments to allow the dust and odor to dissipate.If the smell or haze persists while the appliance is in use, turn it off and call a service technician.If there is any sign of smoke or fire coming from the appliance, please call 911. Be sure that smoke detectors are located on every level of the home and that they are working properly. Develop a home escape plan and conduct fire drills with the entire family.
The fireplace provides warmth, but can be dangerous if not properly used or maintained. Build a small fire in the fireplace—just enough to heat the room—but don’t depend on the fireplace to heat the whole house. Be sure to open the damper to vent the smoke while the fireplace is in use. Extreme caution should be used, especially if the fireplace or wood stove has not been serviced. If using space heaters, remember to leave plenty of room between the device and anything combustible such as drapes, bedding, furniture, and clothing. In addition, place space heaters out of the way of high-traffic areas.
Put the fire in the fireplace completely out and turn off space heaters before going to sleep or when leaving the home for any period of time. Never attempt to use a range-top stove or an oven as a supplemental heat source.Not only is it a safety hazard, it could also be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of combustion and is present whenever fuel is burned.Potential sources of carbon monoxide are gas and oil furnaces, refrigerators, clothes dryers, water heaters, fireplaces, charcoal grills, gas ranges, wood burning stoves, gas heaters and gas powered generators.
CO poisoning is very dangerous, causing long-term health problems or even death. It is especially dangerous for children, pregnant women, people with heart disease, and the elderly.Early signs of CO poisoning are similar toflu-likesymptoms which include: headache, sleepiness, nausea, shortness of breath, and dizziness.If you feel these symptoms, go outside to breathe fresh air.If you begin to feel better after going outside, you may be experiencing a CO poisoning emergency.Call 911 to report the emergency and don’t go back inside until responders have determined that is safe to re-enter.
Never run your car’s engine or any other gas powered vehicle or equipment in the garage, even if the garage door is open. Doing so could cause toxic CO fumes to enter the home.Be sure to install CO alarms in your home near the sleeping areas and main level of the home.In addition, firefighters suggest having potential problem sources inspected annually by a certified technician. If you suspect a CO leak or the CO alarm sounds, call 911 and evacuate immediately.Leave doors and windows closed to assist firefighters in determining the source of CO.
Prepare your pipes for the cold weather
In addition, the Department of Water Resources offers the following tips to prepare your pipes for the cold weather:
Disconnect, drain, and store outside hoses.
Insulate pipes in unheated areas or let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes.
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.
Know the location of the master cutoff valve for water in your home in case you do have a leak.
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...
Thanksgiving is typically a time when
family and friends gather to share meals and laughter.As preparations for
the busy holiday are underway, firefighters want to encourage safe cooking
practices.Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires during the
Thanksgiving holiday and throughout the year.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.
Below are safety tips to remember when
preparing the holiday meal and entertaining family and friends:
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.
anything that could catch on fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food
packaging, towels, or curtains away from the stovetop, oven, or any other heat
producing appliance in the kitchen.
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.
attempt to cook if you are extremely tired, sleepy, or if you’ve consumed too
many alcoholic beverages.
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.
and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
If you’re planning to
deep-fry the holiday bird, remember to follow proper fire safety precautions to
prevent a fire or burn injury:
all manufacturers’ instructions when using a turkey fryer.
fryers should be used outdoors and a safe distance away from the house or any
other combustible material. Never leave the fryer unattended.
the turkey fryer on a solid, flat-level surface.Never use the turkey
fryer on a back deck or in the garage/carport.
avoid a spillover of the hot oil, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when
filling the pot.Do not overfill the fryer.
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.
safety glasses or goggles to prevent hot oil splatter from getting in your
eyes. The hot oil could cause a serious burn injury.
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.
fresh bird is preferred when using a turkey fryer.A frozen bird should be
allowed to thaw for at least 24 hours
in the refrigerator before cooking.Placing a frozen turkey into the fryer
could cause a violent reaction.
by slowly lowering the turkey into the pot.The hot oil may bubble
fiercely at first.Allow the bubbles to settle before lowering the rest of
oil in the pot should be completely cooled before removing or storing.
a multi-purpose (ABC) rated
portable fire extinguisher close at hand.
Don’t let your Thanksgiving holiday go up in
smoke. For additional information on home fire safety, please contact the
Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Section at 678.518.4845 or email email@example.com. More...
The Georgia Recreation and Park
Association recognized Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation as the number one
park agency in the state serving populations of 150,001 during the group’s
annual conference held November 3 – 6 in Jekyll Island, Georgia.
County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I tell people everywhere I
travel that Gwinnett has the best parks system, staff, volunteers, and
supporters you will find anywhere—and this award affirms that sentiment. I am
so proud of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.”
Gwinnett County is one of the fastest growing counties in the
state and among the most culturally diverse in the Southeast. Gwinnett Parks
and Recreation Operations Director Tina Fleming said, “Gwinnett has risen to
the challenge of serving a growing community and one that is becoming
increasingly diverse through public-private partnerships, alternative funding
mechanisms, creative planning, design and development, and resident input.”
Gwinnett County took home three other awards. GRPA recognized
Kidsplosion for outstanding minority programming. The organization is one of
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation’s community partners and provides
underserved areas with creative summer camp programs and connects the community
with various programs within the park system. In addition, Jason Duncan won the
Facilities and Grounds Distinguished Professional Award and the Aquatics
Distinguished Professional Award went to Jason Cutchins.
“Kidsplosion helps us reach so many more children with recreation
opportunities who may not otherwise be able to participate, and I am pleased
they received this much-deserved recognition,” said Fleming. “And I am proud
GRPA chose to recognize Jason Duncan and Jason Cutchins for their dedication to
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and the exceptional service they provide
to the residents of Gwinnett County every day.” More...
The holiday season has arrived and that
usually means lots of purchasing and big spending. This year, the Gwinnett Environmental and
Heritage Center encourages you to get in touch with your “green” side and
consider upcycling as a part of your holiday activities.
You can learn all about upcycling and enjoy
lots of festive fun at the annual EHC Green Your Holiday Festival on Tuesday,
November 25, 2014, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Program fees for the Green Your
Holiday Festival are $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages three to 12. Children two and under and EHC members are
“Upcycling refers to the use of old, reusable
or recycled goods to make something new and exciting,” said Jason West, EHC’s
director of programming. “Guests at our Green Your Holiday Festival will enjoy
turning leftover materials into great holiday crafts and potential gifts.”
conjunction with the event, a Holiday Open House and Arts and Crafts Market
will be held in the EHC’s Gift Shop and Brewed CafThe open house will
feature a number of local artists and artisan produced merchandise, including
jewelry, organic bath products, handmade needlework, and origami. Laurens
Florist will also be on hand to demonstrate holiday wreath making and table
arrangements.There is no charge for guests who only attend the Open House
and Arts and Crafts Market.To take the chill off, the Brewed Cafill
have soups and breads available for purchase. For more information about these
events, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
(Buford, Ga., Nov. 24, 2014) – The
Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) invites you to escape the hustle and
bustle of the modern holiday season and return to a more tranquil time when a
brightly lit home full of family and neighbors made for a warm and festive winter’s
engulfed by the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past as the EHC offers
candlelight tours of McDaniel Farm during the month of December. Step back in time as costumed guides share
historic customs and traditions from the Victorian period and provide guests
with a glimpse of everyday life on a family farm.
is a great opportunity to see McDaniel Farm from a different perspective,” said
Jason West, EHC’s director of programming.
“The farm will be aglow with the warmth of candles and will be decorated
with fresh greenery and period holiday ornaments.”
will be treated to a delicious cup of hot chocolate or apple cider as well as have
the opportunity to make a special holiday craft.
one and a half hour guided candlelight tour will be offered on various dates
and times during the month of December, including December 5, 7, 11, 12, 13,
14, 19, 20, 21 and 22. Tours will begin
at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the aforementioned dates.
program fee for the candlelight tour is $5 per person. EHC members are free. Pre-registration is required and can be done
online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth, Ga., 30096. More...
WHAT: Reception for the 0-Scale train display, setup by volunteer Bob Giselbach to celebrate the season. Kids of all ages can hear the whistle blow, ring the bell, enjoy light refreshments and make crafts.
WHEN: Reception on Nov. 29 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Train display runs Saturday, Nov. 29 – Jan. 3.
WHO: General public
WHERE: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center
55 Buford Highway
Suwanee, GA 30024 More...
Ga., Nov. 24, 2014) – Couples who want to tie the knot at 10:11 a.m. on Dec.13,
2014, can register to take part in a free mass wedding ceremony conducted by
Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Kristina Hammer Blum and Gwinnett County
Probate Judge Christopher Ballar at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation
Center located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in
Couples who are getting married must obtain a valid marriage
license prior to the wedding and bring the original marriage license along with
valid identification to the ceremony. To get a license, couples will need to
contact Probate Court at (770) 822-8250. Each couple may also invite up to four guests
to stand with them during the mass ceremony. Couples are encouraged to arrive
early; doors will open at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 10:11
After the ceremony, couples can choose to participate, for a
fee, in a mass outdoor reception hosted by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation
in a romantic garden and tent. Cost for the reception is $12 per person and
includes light refreshments and keepsake champagne flutes. There is no fee for
the wedding officiating. Couples and their guests are welcome to bring their
own cameras to capture the special day.
Couples who wish to participate in the free wedding ceremony
and optional reception must call (678) 277-0920 to register by Dec. 1. You must
pre-register to be part of the free mass wedding ceremony.
and Recreation is also offering all-inclusive, affordable wedding packages at
the venue throughout the day. For more information about purchasing a wedding package,
visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
Ga., Nov. 21, 2014) – 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. 22. The Gwinnett County Solid
Waste and Recovered Materials Division will offer free recycling of electronics
($10 cash charge per TV), paint, printer/toner cartridges, and tires from 9
a.m. to noon at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves.
addition to the recycling opportunities, organizers will offer touch-a-truck
displays and activities for kids, free refreshments (while supplies last),
giveaways and helpful information about the County’s residential solid waste
and recycling program. Residents are encouraged to bring old sneakers to be
donated to those in need or recycled into reusable
surfaces for playgrounds and running tracks.
of Gwinnett County’s America Recycles Day celebration include the Gwinnett
Braves, the Gwinnett Daily Post, ViaTek Solutions, Eco Sneakers, La Raza
102.3/100.1 FM, Global Paint for Charity, Advanced Disposal, Republic Services,
Sanitation Solutions, Southern Sanitation and Waste Pro. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 21, 2014) – A new active community park will
be built soon to serve the recreational needs of the Lanier school cluster and
Sugar Hill area in northern Gwinnett County. Funds from the 2009 SPLOST will
pay for the $10.8 million contract commissioners approved Tuesday with low
bidder Astra Group Inc.
The 67-acre Level Creek Park will have a multipurpose field complex,
central concessions/restroom building, walking track, six lighted tennis
courts, interactive fountain, picnic pavilion, playground and paved
trail.Construction of a youth football press box will be funded by the
Lanier Athletic Association. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “We are
happy to have community partners like the Lanier Athletic Association to help
us provide needed recreational facilities and programs for our youth.”
More than half of the park’s total acreage will be preserved. Multiple
tributary streams descend through upland hardwood forest to the park’s primary
stream, Level Creek, and a one-mile loop of natural surface footpath will
provide access to the preserved area.
Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I am grateful to Gwinnett
voters for their support of the SPLOST sales tax programs that provide funding
for needed capital projects like this one.”
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, the number one parks and
recreation agency in the state of Georgia and a finalist for the top award
presented by the National Recreation and Park Association this year, operates
46 parks and recreation facilities. Information can be found at www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
Ga., Nov. 21, 2014) – The Coast2Coast Rx prescription discount program has
launched in Gwinnett County. In September, the Gwinnett County Board of
Commissioners approved an agreement with the company to offer prescription drug
discount cards to residents. The new card allows all County residents,
regardless of income, age or health status, to participate in the program and
save on the cost of their medications.
to Coast2Coast Rx, the program saved cardholders throughout the nation an
average of 60 percent on the cost of prescription drugs in 2013. The card is
distributed free of charge and may be used at participating pharmacy chains and
independent pharmacies in Gwinnett County and includes more than 60,000
prescription drugs in its formulary.
healthcare costs on the rise, prescription drug discounts will help ease some
of the financial burdens individuals and families are facing at a time when
they need it the most,” said Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash.
Approximately 40 other Georgia counties participate in the Coast2Coast Rx
program, which is endorsed by ACCG, Georgia’s County Association.
are no eligibility requirements to obtain the prescription drug discount card,
which officials expect will benefit residents who are uninsured or underinsured
or face high insurance deductibles. If a particular drug isn’t covered under a
person’s health plan, he or she can use the card to save on those
savings for residents through the prescription drug discount program will come
at no expense to the County. The card also provides discounts on dental,
vision, veterinary and hearing services, plus discounts on lab and imaging
tests and diabetic supplies and equipment for all family members.
Rohm, national sales manager of the Coast2Coast Rx program, the issuer of the
free discount card, said, “We are pleased to work with Gwinnett County to help
individuals combat the rising cost of healthcare for their families and their
pets. We also appreciate all that the County and local pharmacies are doing to
help those in need.”
Coast2Coast Rx card is now available for residents at most participating
pharmacies, local governmental offices, senior centers and libraries. Residents
will also be able to print the card, check prescription prices and view the
nearest participating pharmacy locations at www.coast2coastrx.com. More...