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  1. Gwinnett animal shelter director found guiltyFri, 24 Mar 2017 10:10:01 GMT
    A judge found Gwinnett County Animal Services director Curt Harrell guilty of criminal contempt after killing a dog in spite of a restraining order.. He was fined $500 but not given any jail time. More...
  2. RodriguezFri, 24 Mar 2017 06:12:02 GMT
    The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office says that on March 18, Deputy Ronnie Rodriguez took unused property from a supply storage area without authorization and delivered some of the items to Deputy Jason Cowburn. Rodriguez was charged with felony theft by taking and violation of oath by a public officer, while Cowburn was charged with theft by receiving and violation of oath by a public officer. More...
  3. Gwinnett County 7 Mins Ago Gwinnett deputies accused of stealing from Sheriff's OfficeFri, 24 Mar 2017 02:08:49 GMT
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  4. Fire forces evacuation at Gwinnett Place MallThu, 23 Mar 2017 23:50:37 GMT
    A spokesperson with the Gwinnett County Fire Department says there was a smoldering fire in a shoe repair machine inside the Heel Quick store on the second floor of the mall. The fire was contained to just the Heel Quick store, but officials say the entire mall was evacuated because of smoke. More...
  5. Dorethia Livsey speaks about The Promised LandThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:05:54 GMT
    Dorethia Livsey speaks about The Promised Land By Twomucht, OurTown National Editor, Chances are worldly known about the book Margret Mitchell wrote named 'Gone With The Wind. It is still the best selling book underneath The Bible, with sales over $8,500,000,000 dollars,worldwide. More...
  6. GA: Gwinnett Will Spend $767K to Explore its Transit FutureThu, 23 Mar 2017 06:07:15 GMT
    March 21--Gwinnett officials voted Tuesday to spend more $767,000 to explore the future of transit in the county. The Board of Commissioners awarded a contract to Kimley-Horn and Associates to complete the county's comprehensive transit development plan, which Chairman Charlotte Nash formally announced at her state of the county address last month. More...
  7. Johns Creek Healthcare Association elects new presidentThu, 23 Mar 2017 01:44:03 GMT
    Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center physician Oluseun Olufade, MD, is now serving as the new president of Johns Creek Healthcare Association, Inc. JCHA is a nonprofit committed to ensuring the highest quality of health care remains available in the community. The association, founded in 2006, is comprised of individuals in the healthcare industry from Duluth, Johns Creek, Suwanee and South Forsyth. More...
  8. Grandmother charged after toddler hit, killed by vehicleWed, 22 Mar 2017 21:15:06 GMT
    Gwinnett County police said Wednesday they've arrested 44-year-old Gilma J. Ordonez-Guevara of Lawrenceville on charges including vehicular homicide, hit and run, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and no license. Online jail records show she is also under an immigration hold. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement under new management Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit will be under the management of the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services effective April 1. The Gwinnett County Police Department has run the animal shelter and enforcement program since 1993. The new organizational structure has been planned for several months and is expected to leverage the community services department’s extensive volunteer resource infrastructure while allowing the police department to sharpen the focus on its already nationally recognized crime prevention and law enforcement services. “The Gwinnett County Police Department has done a remarkable job of improving the shelter over the past several years,” said County Administrator Glenn Stephens, “Animal saves are up and euthanasia rates are at historic lows. I’m confident that our Department of Community Services will continue to build on that success.” The Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit’s recent improvements can be attributed in large part to partnerships forged by the Police Department with a dedicated corps of well-trained volunteers. “Working with large numbers of volunteers and nonprofits aligns well with the Department of Community Services’ business models for providing services,” Stephens added. “The high-quality services and programs provided countywide by the Department of Community Services are a result of the many volunteers and community organizations that partner with us, so it will be a natural transition to coordinate animal welfare services with the staff, volunteers and community groups in Gwinnett,” said Community Services Director Tina Fleming. “We look forward to continuing the great work police has done to support animal welfare in the county.” Customers are not likely to see any immediate changes due to the new organizational structure. The shelter’s management team and staff will not change. County ordinances will be amended to reflect the organizational changes. The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville and the kennel is open from 11:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday and 11:00am to 4:00pm Friday and Saturday. Information about animals available for adoption can be found on the Gwinnett Animal Shelter Facebook page and www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com. More...
  2. Reduce your tax bill by applying for homestead exemptionsWed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    The best way to reduce your property tax bill is to apply for homestead exemptions. The application deadline is April 1. You must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1 of the tax year for which application is being made. No exemptions are granted automatically; however, once an exemption is granted, there is no need to apply each year.  Visit www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com to apply online and upload supporting documentation, check your application status, or view exemption requirements. For questions about homestead exemptions, email tax@gwinnettcounty.com or call 770.822.8800. More...
  3. Celebrate Earth Day Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    Please join the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, as we celebrate Earth Day by hosting a free recycling event. This year’s event will offer free paper shredding from 9:00am to noon. Please note that paper shredding is limited to five coper boxes per vehicle. To volunteer for this event, please visit www.volunteergwinnett.net to sign up or call the Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division at 770.822.7141 between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. More...
  4. County still in Level 2 drought response Thu, 16 Mar 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...
  5. Join the Great American Cleanup 2017 and earn green for going greenThu, 16 Mar 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...
  6. County hosts networking event for potential vendors Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Purchasing Division will host the11th annual Supplier Symposium on April 11, 2017, at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Potential vendors may drop-in between 8:30am and 11:30am to meet Gwinnett County buyers, contracting officers, and department representatives, along with representatives from the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. The annual symposium provides vendors with an opportunity to meet buyers and contracting officers in Gwinnett County and other metro Atlanta agencies. Large and small vendors will be able to network with buyers to establish relationships as well as obtain information on current and upcoming projects. To register for this free event, please visit the Purchasing Symposium registration page. To view current projects open for bidding and explanations of bidding procedures in Gwinnett County, visit the Purchasing Division’s webpage.  More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES HOSTS PROFESSORS FROM CHINAThu, 23 Mar 2017 11:02:16 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 23, 2017) – A contingent of 11 Chinese environmental engineering professors recently toured Gwinnett County’s state-of-the-art F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center to gather ideas to take back to their homeland.  The Chinese delegation’s visit was organized by a Georgia Institute of Technology environmental engineering faculty member. The F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center is one of the largest ozone and membrane wastewater treatment facilities in the world. Its size and technologically advanced treatment processes attract visitors from across the globe. “During their time here, some of the topics they will learn about include drinking water production, wastewater treatment and recycling in the U.S.,” said Dr. Guangxuan Zhu, Senior Research Scientist and Laboratory manager with the Georgia Institute of Technology. The professors were impressed to learn that the water Gwinnett County returns to Lake Lanier is some of the highest quality effluent in the Southeast United States. The visitors were especially intrigued by the Ostara Pearl® nutrient recovery process, which recovers phosphorus and other nutrients from the wastewater streams and transforms them into environmentally responsible fertilizer. During the tour, DWR Deputy Director J. C. Lan, Robert Harris, operations process engineer, and Gaya Ram Mohan, facility engineer, fielded technical questions about the various systems and processes used to reclaim the water before it is returned to Lake Lanier. When their time in the U.S. has concluded, the professors will take the knowledge they have gleaned from Gwinnett County and other organizations and use it to continue to improve water production and reclamation in China. 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...
  2. LIVE HEALTHY GWINNETT AND BETHESDA ELEMENTARY PTA TO HOST COMMUNITY EVENTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:02:01 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 23, 2017) – Live Healthy Gwinnett is pleased to announce the first annual free Wellness Walk hosted by Bethesda Elementary School Parent Teacher Association on Saturday, March 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. In partnership with Live Healthy Gwinnett, parent volunteers, and community partners, this wellness event will include Zumba demonstrations, active lifestyle give-a-ways, healthy snacks, photo-booth and a 2-mile round-trip walk to Sweet Water Park. Get active and celebrate students who are being active for 90 minutes! Families will also obtain materials on community wellness opportunities, programs and events happening in Gwinnett from participating partners who include: Live Healthy Gwinnett, J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA, Amerigroup, Kroger, Berean Christian Church, Sprouts Farmers Market, Aldi and CVS. “Our goal is to encourage wellness and provide a fun, active lifestyle experience that students can share with their families,” said Akilah Grant, BES PTA Health & Wellness Chair. “Exercising increases attention spans and boosts immune systems, all things our BES Cardinals will benefit from!” Leading up to Saturday, Bethesda Elementary School students will participate in morning announcement stretches each day. Thanks to parent volunteers and community partners, posters were created featuring actual BES students demonstrating an exercise for each day of the week. “Live Healthy Gwinnett is proud to partner with such a committed group of parents, teachers, and students to encourage fitness on this walk in Sweet Water Park,” said Lindsey Jorstad, Community Services Outreach Manager. Bethesda PTA President, Ann Malkoc states, “We are grateful to offer this event at no charge because of our partner and volunteer support.” Assistant Principal Roger Johns, PTA Board Members and Gwinnett community partners will be present to host this first-time event. Bethesda Elementary School is located at 525 Bethesda School Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. The event is free and open to students, their families and community members. All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and a signed waiver is required to participate. For more information, visit www.bethesdapta.org.     More...
  3. GWINNETT ANIMAL WELFARE AND ENFORCEMENT UNDER NEW MANAGEMENTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:45 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 23, 2017) – The Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit will be under the management of the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services effective April 1. The Gwinnett County Police Department has run the animal shelter and enforcement program since 1993. The new organizational structure has been planned for several months and is expected to leverage the community services department’s extensive volunteer resource infrastructure while allowing the police department to sharpen the focus on its already nationally recognized crime prevention and law enforcement services. “The Gwinnett County Police Department has done a remarkable job of improving the shelter over the past several years,” said County Administrator Glenn Stephens, “Animal saves are up and euthanasia rates are at historic lows. I’m confident that our Department of Community Services will continue to build on that success.” The Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit’s recent improvements can be attributed in large part to partnerships forged by the Police Department with a dedicated corps of well-trained volunteers. “Working with large numbers of volunteers and nonprofits aligns well with the Department of Community Services’ business models for providing services,” Stephens added. “The high-quality services and programs provided countywide by the Department of Community Services are a result of the many volunteers and community organizations that partner with us, so it will be a natural transition to coordinate animal welfare services with the staff, volunteers and community groups in Gwinnett,” said Community Services Director Tina Fleming. “We look forward to continuing the great work police has done to support animal welfare in the county.” Customers are not likely to see any immediate changes due to the new organizational structure. The shelter’s management team and staff will not change. County ordinances will be amended to reflect the organizational changes. The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville and the kennel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information about animals available for adoption can be found on the Gwinnett Animal Shelter Facebook page and www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com. ###  FAST FACTS  Community Services Divisions Community Services Outreach Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Health & Human Services UGA Extension Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Parks & Recreation Project Administration (internal) Volunteer Facts Department of Community Services volunteers gave 829,873 hours in 2016; 997,318 hours in 2015 Department of Community Services partnered with 1,608 organizations in 2016; 1,330 organizations in 2015 Volunteer Gwinnettrecorded 918,837 hours of volunteer service in 2016 Animal Welfare and Enforcement Unit 15,890 calls for service in 2016 43 authorized positions Shelter visits in 2016 increased 17.5 percent over the previous year 5,452 animals impounded with 514 animals euthanized in 2016 (9.4 percent) continued a trend of annual increases in adoptions/rescues and decreases in the number of animals euthanized: Police Accredited with Excellence in 2016 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies 783 authorized sworn officer positions 321 authorized non-sworn positions Department provides direct services to 798,000* residents (excludes population served by city police departments) and services such as E-911 and emergency management coordination to the total countywide population of 940,000* *2017 estimate More...
  4. GWINNETT ACQUIRES 40 ACRES FOR ALEXANDER PARK EXPANSIONWed, 22 Mar 2017 09:21:20 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 22, 2017) – Alexander Park southwest of Lawrenceville will expand to more than 132 acres after Gwinnett commissioners agreed Tuesday to buy an adjoining 40.7 acres south of the current park for $3,714,000. The land has road frontage on both Scenic Highway (State Route 124) and Old Snellville Highway. The County plans to use the heavily wooded rectangular property as a nature preserve to be named the Ezzard Nature Preserve at Alexander Park and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Webster P. Ezzard and Dr. George P. Ezzard. Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “This greenspace purchase shows our continued commitment to preserving open space and passive recreational opportunities. Once again, we’re grateful for voter support of SPLOST that provides needed funding for parks and recreation capital improvements.” “Alexander Park is one of our most popular parks for walking and hiking, and we hope to expand the trail system in the future,” said District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. “We appreciate the Ezzard family’s willingness to sell this property to Gwinnett County to be preserved as park land.”   The existing 91-acre passive park at 800 Old Snellville Highway features a 1.7-mile paved trail and a one-mile natural trail along with a lake, fishing, playground, pavilions and an 18-hole disc golf course. In total, Gwinnett County manages nearly 49 parks and 10,000 acres of greenspace. More...
  5. TAX COMMISSIONER REMINDER: HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATION DEADLINETue, 21 Mar 2017 16:54:39 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 21, 2017) – Tax Commissioner Richard Steele wants to remind homeowners that the deadline to apply for a homestead exemption for 2017 is April 1 and urges them to apply.  “Now is the time to make sure you are taking advantage of everything that can reduce how much you have to pay,” said Steele.  You must own and occupy the property as your primary residence as of January 1 of the tax year for which application is being made. No exemptions are granted automatically; however, once an exemption is granted, there is no need to apply each year.  Visit www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com to apply online and upload supporting documentation, check your application status or view exemption requirements. Email tax@gwinnettcounty.com or call 770-822-8800 for exemption-related questions.  More...
  6. GWINNETT COUNTY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO CROOKED CREEK WATER RECLAMATION FACILITYTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:29:56 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., March 21, 2017) – Commissioners on Tuesday approved two items associated with the Crooked Creek Water Reclamation Facility improvement project construction package 4. The nearly $132 million construction contract was awarded to Alberici Constructors Inc. and the engineering design and engineering support contract with CH2M Hill Engineers Inc. will be increased by $4.2 million and extended by one year. The project continues the modernization of the Crooked Creek WRF, including enhancements to the electrical system, efficiencies in chemical and power usage, and increased reliability through the replacement of older systems and equipment. Additional benefits of this project include improved protection of the environment, along with enhanced odor and noise control. Crooked Creek WRF began operating as a one million gallon per day treatment plant in 1972. Since that time, the facility has been upgraded and expanded several times to its present-day capacity of 16 MGD. The most recent upgrades, completed in 2016, included a new operational control center and maintenance facility, along with other renovations designed to increase efficiency and reduce energy costs. Crooked Creek WRF, located in Peachtree Corners, is one of three water reclamation facilities operated by the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources. The other two are the Yellow River WRF (22 MGD capacity), located in Lilburn, and the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center (60 MGD capacity), located in Buford. Together the three locations reclaim over 19.3 billion gallons of water every year. 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...