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  1. 2 charged in infant starvation on suicide watchSat, 22 Nov 2014 06:15:34 GMT
    A Georgia man and his 23-year-old daughter charged in the starvation death of an infant are under a suicide watch in jail, which has prevented them from preparing for court, their attorneys said Friday. The man's attorney, Walt Britt, said his client is not suicidal but does not want to speak with police or doctors at the jail and until recently could not have access to paper or a pen. More...
  2. Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in GainesvilleSat, 22 Nov 2014 06:15:33 GMT
    Rodnie Maurice, Stokes, 27, also known as Rebel, is charged with felony murder relating to the death of Cedric Antonio Huff, 41, in the shooting off West Avenue. Stokes and co-defendant Leshan Tremiele Tanner, 42, of Gainesville, were indicted Sept. More...
  3. 2 charged in infant starvation on suicide watchSat, 22 Nov 2014 06:15:32 GMT
    A Georgia man and his 23-year-old daughter charged in the starvation death of an infant are under a suicide watch in jail, which has prevented them from preparing for court, their attorneys said Friday. The man's attorney, Walt Britt, said his client is not suicidal but does not want to speak with police or doctors at the jail and until recently could not have access to paper or a pen. More...
  4. Suspect pleads not guilty to June shooting in GainesvilleSat, 22 Nov 2014 05:15:37 GMT
    Rodnie Maurice, Stokes, 27, also known as Rebel, is charged with felony murder relating to the death of Cedric Antonio Huff, 41, in the shooting off West Avenue. Stokes and co-defendant Leshan Tremiele Tanner, 42, of Gainesville, were indicted Sept. More...
  5. Gwinnett Residents Speak Out Against Common CoreSat, 22 Nov 2014 03:05:51 GMT
    A Gwinnett County School Board meeting Thursday night offered the opportunity for several district residents to criticize teaching materials and lesson plans they claim show the deficiencies of the Common Core educational standards. The Gwinnett Daily Post tells the story: Ken Craft said he's actively fought against Common Core for several years, and cited historical inaccuracies during the Revolutionary War in materials that were proposed for fourth graders. More...
  6. 2 charged in infant starvation on suicide watchFri, 21 Nov 2014 22:51:42 GMT
    Attorneys for a Georgia man and his daughter charged in the starvation death of an infant say they haven't been able to prepare for a court hearing because their clients are under suicide watch. Chief Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Kristina Blum delayed a scheduled preliminary hearing on Friday afternoon at the county's jail. More...
  7. Mother Investigated in Death of Infant Boy, Cruelty to Twin SisterFri, 21 Nov 2014 20:51:22 GMT
    Snellville Police have charged a mother after the death of her 10-week-old son and severe injuries to his twin sister during the weekend. Teila Veronica Williams was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree cruelty to children , the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. More...
  8. ATLwood: Gwinnett County has Hollywood dreamsFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:41:43 GMT
    Dubbed the Atlanta Media Campus and Studios, here's the breakdown by the numbers: over 100 acres; and according to the AJC , it could take 10 years of construction to complete the project and an estimated $1 billion in costs. >> David Koechner will be doing bits at the Atlanta Improv this weekend. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Practice fire safety when preparing your Thanksgiving mealFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    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: If 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. Keep 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. Never 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. Never attempt to cook if you are extremely tired, sleepy, or if you’ve consumed too many alcoholic beverages. Keep 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. Install 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: Follow all manufacturers’ instructions when using a turkey fryer. Turkey fryers should be used outdoors and a safe distance away from the house or any other combustible material. Never leave the fryer unattended. Place the turkey fryer on a solid, flat-level surface.Never use the turkey fryer on a back deck or in the garage/carport. To avoid a spillover of the hot oil, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when filling the pot.Do not overfill the fryer. Keep 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. Wear safety glasses or goggles to prevent hot oil splatter from getting in your eyes. The hot oil could cause a serious burn injury. Keep 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. A 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. Begin 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 the bird. The oil in the pot should be completely cooled before removing or storing. Keep 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 fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  2. Parks & Recreation named number one agency in the stateFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    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. Gwinnett 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...
  3. EHC kicks off the holidays with Green Your Holiday Festival and arts and crafts marketFri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    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 free. “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.” In 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...
  4. Solid Waste and Recycling Division: Keeping Gwinnett clean and greenSat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    FOCUS ON is a monthly feature that tells how your county government employees focus on providing high-quality services to you each and every day. Solid Waste and Recycling Division: Keeping Gwinnett clean and greenImagine a future where everyday materials have become scarce. Because of this shortage, the simplest things like plastic water bottles, books, and clothing will be too expensive. Thankfully, our Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division is here to help us conserve these resources for future generations and keep our environment clean. Find out more about our Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division. Past Articles: Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center Aquatics Team Central Precinct Community Risk Reduction Crime Prevention Unit DOT Road Condition Assessment Team FLAME Mentoring Program Fleet Management Division Gang Unit Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Grants Business Unit Home-Delivered Meals Human Resources Recruitment Neighborhood Stabilization Program Parks Maintenance Team Payroll Performance Analysis Division Purchasing Division Preventive Maintenance Senior Services Swiftwater Rescue Team Traffic Control Center TVGwinnett Production Team Volunteer Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Division More...
  5. County offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday – November 27 and 28Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 1. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Thursday, November 27 is a trash and recycling holiday for residents living in unincorporated Gwinnett County. Collection scheduled on that day will be rescheduled for Friday, November 28 and Friday collection will be rescheduled for Saturday, November 29. Only Thursday and Friday collections will be affected. If you live within city limits, please contact your city hall for your trash and recycling schedule. More...
  6. Gwinnett launches discount prescription savings programWed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
    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. 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. 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...
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  1. COUNTY HOSTS FREE RECYCLING EVENTFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:20:32 EST
    (Lawrenceville, 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. In 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. Sponsors 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...
  2. SPLOST FUNDS TO BUILD NEW LEVEL CREEK PARKFri, 21 Nov 2014 16:20:32 EST
    (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...
  3. GWINNETT LAUNCHES DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION SAVINGS PROGRAMFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:26:49 EST
    (Lawrenceville, 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. According 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. “With 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. 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. Providing 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. Steve 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.” The 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...
  4. EHC CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH ITS GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY FESTIVAL AND HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKETWed, 19 Nov 2014 08:42:30 EST
    (Buford, Ga., Nov. 18, 2014) – The holiday season has arrived and that usually means lots of purchasing and big spending. This year, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) 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 a.m. until 3 p.m. Program fees for the Green Your Holiday Festival are $5.00 for ages 13 and up and $3.00 for ages three to 12. Children two and under and EHC members are free. “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.” Participants will enjoy science with Santa activities, tram rides around the EHC campus, seasonal crafts and games and viewing the popular Tech City engineering exhibit. There will also be an opportunity to make a special Chesser-Williams House ornament to commemorate the recent dedication of the newest addition to the EHC campus, as well as enjoy a festive exterior tour of the historic home. In conjunction with the event, the EHC’s Gift Shop and Brewed Cafill hold a Holiday Open House and Arts and Crafts Market. The Open House will feature a number of local artists and artisan produced merchandise, including jewelry, organic bath products, handmade needlework, origami and much more. 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, Brewed Cafill have soups and breads available for purchase as well. For more information on the Green Your Holiday Festival and the Open House and Arts and Crafts Market, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
  5. CHAIRMAN PRESENTS 2015 BUDGET PROPOSALTue, 18 Nov 2014 18:43:01 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 18, 2014) – Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash presented a proposed $1.42 billion budget for fiscal year 2015 to the Board of Commissioners during a briefing on Tuesday. After a public hearing and time for public comment, commissioners will vote on the budget proposal during their first meeting of the year. Four county residents and business people served on Nash’s budget review committee. After hearing presentations from elected officials and department directors in September, the group studied departmental business plans, budget needs and revenue projections to make recommendations for the 2015 budget. Common themes heard throughout the presentations included concerns about workforce retention and recruitment and the need to restore funding for certain services that were cut in previous budget years. As a result of the budget review team’s deliberations, the budget proposal holds the line on property tax rates, addresses critical expansion of fire and emergency medical services, adjusts employee compensation and partially restores funding for some services to meet increased demand. The proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2015 totals $1.052 billion. The budget will fund pay-for-performance increases for non-sworn employees and a step increase for public safety personnel. It also includes additional staffing for judicial services, the animal shelter, a new fire station and the new Level Creek Park scheduled to open in 2015. Roadside maintenance such as mowing and trimming sidewalks and medians and sweeping curbs and turn lanes will be partially restored through the use of contracts with private companies. The County will also bring back Saturday bus service for local routes and add two daily express service trips from the Indian Trail Park and Ride lot. Nash said, “The budget review team members, County staff and I took a hard look at all of the funding requests, and we ultimately agreed the time has come to restore some of the services that make our community a safer and more attractive place to live and conduct business.” The proposed $370.6 million capital budget includes construction of two fire stations using SPLOST funds. Fire Station 31 will serve Georgia Gwinnett College and the surrounding community, while Fire Station 10 will be relocated to improve fire and emergency services coverage in the Mall of Georgia area. The relocated station will be staffed with existing personnel. “We had plans to build these fire stations before the recession hit, and because our population did not stop growing even during those tough economic times, demand for service is greater now than ever before,” said Nash. “I will be thankful to see these buildings come out of the ground.” In keeping with a history of conservative budgeting practices, the proposed budget was prepared with a long-term outlook in mind. County officials anticipate slight growth in the tax digest in 2015. The proposed budget is now available online at www.gwinnettcounty.com and as a hard copy in the Department of Financial Services office located in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (GJAC), 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Departmental budget presentations made earlier this year are also available online. Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the GJAC auditorium. They invite either oral or written comments about the budget during the hearing or through the county’s website through Dec. 31. The Board expects to adopt the 2015 budget on Jan. 6, 2015. More...
  6. COUNTY TO BUILD WELLNESS CENTERTue, 18 Nov 2014 16:06:18 EST
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Nov. 18, 2014) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a contract with Healthstat Inc. to operate a wellness center for employees and retirees. Healthstat manages more than 300 centers across the nation and is accredited by the National Committee of Quality Assurance in wellness and health promotion. Locally, the company operates Cobb County’s employee health center. Gwinnett County Human Resources Director Scott Fuller said, “The wellness center will play an important role in assisting our employees to better manage their health and health-improvement efforts.” The facility, to be located on the second floor of the Gwinnett County Government Annex Building at 750 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville, will have a multipurpose room for training and wellness activities plus five exam rooms, a laboratory, a dispensary and office space for medical and wellness program staff. At a meeting earlier this month, commissioners awarded a $666,500 construction contract to low bidder Beatty Construction Inc., which includes build-out of approximately 5,000 square feet for the center. The project also includes renovation work on restrooms and other public areas of the building. The wellness center will be a cooperative venture between Healthstat and the County’s health insurance and other benefit providers. All Gwinnett County employees, retirees and their dependents age 18 and older who are enrolled in one of the county’s medical plans will be eligible for services and treatment at the Center. More...