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  1. First Waffle House opened on Labor Day 1955 and other interesting informationMon, 01 Sep 2014 18:37:22 GMT
    The first Waffle House opened on Labor Day weekend in 1955 at 2719 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates, Georgia. More...
  2. Report: Ga. governments have weak nepotism rulesSun, 31 Aug 2014 20:37:09 GMT
    An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution raises questions about whether rules designed to prevent nepotism are adequate or enforced. More...
  3. BCSO, GBI investigate employees for excessive force, lyingSun, 31 Aug 2014 17:05:12 GMT
    Four Barrow County Sheriff's Office employees have left the agency after being accused of using excessive force, lying in reports and having an affair with a former inmate. More...
  4. Georgia Rideshare lot goes unusedSun, 31 Aug 2014 06:18:21 GMT
    The Ride Share lot at Atlanta Highway and Thurmon Tanner Parkway is mostly empty Thursday morning with only a handful of vehicles in the 360-space lot. More...
  5. Area communities get loans for water, sewerage projectsSat, 30 Aug 2014 19:23:49 GMT
    The town of Braselton, which straddles the Barrow, Jackson, Hall and Gwinnett county lines in northeast Georgia, is among the jurisdictions around the state recently awarded infrastructure project loans through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. More...
  6. River cleanup nets 471 pounds of trashSat, 30 Aug 2014 15:38:58 GMT
    Volunteers pulled 471 pounds of trash from the section of the Chattahoochee River that runs in front of Chattahoochee State Park last week during the annual Rivers Alive cleanup event. More...
  7. Report details unaccompanied minors placed in Ga.Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:58:21 GMT
    A new federal report shows nearly 350 unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border have been placed with families in DeKalb County, the largest number in the state. More...
  8. Report: Woman Left 6-Year-old Child Locked in Hot Car at GGCSat, 30 Aug 2014 08:17:25 GMT
    A Lawrenceville woman was arrested and charged with child cruelty after Georgia Gwinnett College police allegedly found her 6-year-old child locked in a hot car on campus Thursday. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. County offices closed for Labor Day holidayWed, 27 Aug 2014 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 1 for the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 2. 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...
  2. SPLOST: Gwinnett fire academy expansion continuesTue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Commissioners in June approved a $9.7 million contract with low bidder Cooper & Co. General Contractors Inc. to build the second phase of an expansion to the Gwinnett County Fire Academy. Construction will include a two-story, 35,000-square-foot education building and a three-bay storage building for fire apparatus and a training pavilion. The new academic building replaces a smaller, 30-year-old building and will have eight large classrooms plus a conference room, a kitchen, office space, and a student resource center. Work will get underway by fall of this year with completion expected in two years. The project is funded by the voter-approved 2009 SPLOST sales tax. The first phase of the expansion was recently completed and added a heavy duty driving training pad and a storage building with an observation deck for driving instructors. The existing burn building and high-rise training tower on the site located at 3608 Braselton Road near Dacula will remain. Fire Chief Casey Snyder said, "These new facilities continue a planned expansion of our Fire Academy to meet our training needs for both entry-level and existing firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs." More...
  3. Police department hosts job fair: August 23Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Police Department will host a job fair on Saturday, August 23 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 Lawrenceville. 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 event. For more information about the opportunities available with the Gwinnett County Police Department, visit the Police employment webpage. More...
  4. Board adopts 2014 millage rateMon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett County’s millage rate will not change in 2014. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners set the rate during its regular business session on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, after three public hearings on the matter. Actual taxes for most properties should be approximately the same as the estimate given on assessment noticesmailed in April.The millage rate for County operations stays the same at 7.40 mills. Rates also remained the same for the recreation and bond funds as well as the service districts established in 2013 that support police, fire and emergency services, development and enforcement, and Loganville emergency medical services. The total millage rate for properties in unincorporated Gwinnett remains the same at 13.75 mills. This rate only covers County government operations; the Gwinnett County Board of Education sets its own millage rate to fund schools. For more information about school taxes, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.The decision to keep rates the same means that property taxes will generate more revenue than last year due to a general increase in property values. By law, the Tax Assessor must assess the value of residential and commercial property every year based on recent sales of comparable parcels.Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I believe this is the prudent thing to do. While we did what had to be done to work through the economic downturn, there are things we deferred that can’t be put off any longer. We still need to build and staff new fire stations, for example. We can’t take the revenue source for granted, though, and will continue to refine the way we use taxpayer dollars. We will spend every single penny wisely to make Gwinnett County the best it can be – now as well as five and 10 years from now.”During the recession, commissioners reduced the County workforce, held vacant positions open, cut operating budgets, cut or delayed new capital projects, and deferred capital maintenance. The County also absorbed rising costs of most commodities, covered the costs of new legislative and regulatory mandates, and continued to provide core services. And at the same time, more than 50,000 new residents moved into Gwinnett over the past four years.For an interactive online tool that shows estimated property taxes for any Gwinnett property and what those taxes buy, look underWhere Your Property Taxes Go on the Your Money webpage. More...
  5. Citizen Police Academy begins September 16Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is accepting applications for its next session, which will begin September 16. Residents will receive training on topics including animal welfare and enforcement, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations, firearms, SWAT, traffic enforcement, vehicle pullovers, and more. Citizen’s Police Academy graduates gain a wealth of knowledge to share with others in their homes and communities. In addition, many graduates volunteer in the department or become active in the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, which also serves the department and the community in a variety of ways. Notably, the alumni association assists with searches for missing or endangered persons. If you are interested in participating, please email CitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com . More...
  6. 2014 Property tax bills due October 1Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Tax Commissioner Richard Steele announced that 2014 property tax bills will be mailed to Gwinnett County taxpayers by August 1. All bills will have a single-installment due date of October 1. Taxpayers may choose to make 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 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. BOARD REAPPOINTS STEPHENS AS COUNTY ADMINISTRATORMon, 01 Sep 2014 07:21:48 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 29, 2014) – In a special called meeting held today, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a new employment agreement with County Administrator Glenn Stephens. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash thanked Stephens for five years of service as County Administrator “during what arguably has been the most difficult and challenging time in County history – if you look at the economic situation and some actions of past elected leaders during that time. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Stephens and his group of department directors and their staffs for making sure that county government continued to operate well and that that residents were served well during that time period.” Prior to his appointment as County Administrator in September 2009, Stephens led the Department of Planning and Development for nearly three years. It was during this time that he oversaw the development of Gwinnett County’s 2030 Unified Plan, a roadmap for Gwinnett’s future development. Stephens began his career with Gwinnett as a Senior Assistant County Attorney specializing in land use, zoning laws, and litigation. His 26 years of experience includes some private practice, but the vast majority of his expertise comes from representing DeKalb County and Gwinnett County governments and several area municipalities. Stephens’ contract sets the terms of his employment and his compensation package, including an annual salary of $250,000. Gwinnett County government has about 5,100 employees and a $1.5 billion annual budget. Stephens holds a degree in political science from Mercer University and attended the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University where he received his J.D. in 1987. Stephens and his wife Carole have lived in Snellville since 1991. They have two sons. More...
  2. COUNTY OFFICE HOURS, TRASH SCHEDULE FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:15:28 EDT
    WHAT:All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Sept. 2. 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 visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com 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. WHEN:County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2. More...
  3. The 2014 Gwinnett Parks Plein Air Challenge ExtendedTue, 26 Aug 2014 16:26:05 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., August 26, 2014) – Capture Gwinnett County parks unique and scenic features by participating in the 2014 Gwinnett Parks Plein Air Challenge. “En plein air” is a French expression meaning "in the open air," and used to describe the act of painting outdoors. This year, the Plein Air challenge has been extended to encourage more artists from all over the state to get involved. Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation invites artists to meet in selected parks in Gwinnett County to participate. The challenge will end with an opening night reception held on Nov. 22 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. A cash prize provided by the Gwinnett Parks Foundation will be given to the top three award winners. The first prize entry will also receive recognition in the winter edition of Gwinnett L.I.F.E. magazine and gallery space for one month at Peachtree Corners Library. Top three winners and seven honorable mentions will be featured in a three-month event tour at parks and libraries throughout the county. Tour dates and locations to follow. Submission fees are $36 per painting, limit of two per artist. For prospectus and registration information, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. Participants must be at least 16 years old and register to enter the reception and exhibition held Nov. 22. Painting and drawing dates and locations are: Date Make-up date Park Scene Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Little Mulberry Park Landscape with new playground Oct. 4 Oct. 18 Holcomb Bridge Park Water Scene Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Yellow River Post Office Historic Post Office More...
  4. Studio 16 Artists Exhibit to be Held at George Pierce Park Community Recreation CenterTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:54:38 EDT
    WHAT:Eight talented women of Studio 16 will showcase their artwork at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Studio 16 is a conglomerate of artists who meet weekly to share studio time and creative ideas for new artwork. A variety of pieces will be on display including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. This group has previously painted beautiful ceiling tiles and doors for fundraisers in Gwinnett County. For more information, call 678-277-0910. WHEN:The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2. A reception will be held on Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHO: The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. WHERE: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center 55 Buford HighwaySuwanee, GA 30024 More...
  5. Studio 16 Artists Exhibit to be Held at George Pierce Park Community Recreation CenterTue, 26 Aug 2014 15:54:38 EDT
    WHAT: Eight talented women of Studio 16 will showcase their artwork at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Studio 16 is a conglomerate of artists who meet weekly to share studio time and creative ideas for new artwork. A variety of pieces will be on display including watercolor, acrylic, oil, color pencil, mixed media, collage, and pen and ink with color pencil. This group has previously painted beautiful ceiling tiles and doors for fundraisers in Gwinnett County. For more information, call 678-277-0910. WHEN: The exhibit will be on display from Sept. 2 to Dec. 2. A reception will be held on Sept. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. WHO: The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. WHERE: George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center 55 Buford Highway Suwanee, GA 30024 More...
  6. SPLOST FUNDS TO RENOVATE TWO BETHESDA PARK POOLSMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:17:11 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 5, 2014) – Renovations are in store for the Bethesda Park Aquatic Center at 225 Bethesda Church Road near Lawrenceville. Funds from the 2009 SPLOST program will pay for the $408,107 contract commissioners approved Tuesday with low bidder Poolside Inc. The year-round indoor instructional pool and leisure pool will both get new tile along with new mechanical skimmers, grates, float assemblies and equalizers. Drains and HVAC ducts will be cleaned and a new system installed to remove chloramines from the air at pool level to improve air quality. The contract also includes replacing the play structure. Project Administration Division Director Grant Guess said, “We’re using SPLOST funds to renovate existing facilities like this one in order to extend their life and improve operational efficiency.” Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, a finalist for the national Gold Medal Award presented by the National Recreation and Park Association after winning it in 2008, operates 17 aquatic facilities. Pool types include indoor competition, instructional, lap and indoor and outdoor leisure/water parks. General attendance at county pools numbered around 418,000 visits last year. Information on hours, fees, swim lessons or facility rentals can be found at www.gwinnettparks.com or by calling (678) 277-0880. More...