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  1. Storm Damage: Lightning Sparks Fires, Limb Knocks Down WiresTue, 26 May 2015 17:50:06 GMT
    Strong storms that roared through Gwinnett Sunday night caused lightning damage and down wires, according to Gwinnett Fire, which sent the following activity report: Firefighters responded at 9:18p.m. to a neighbor report of a house fire next door in the 2200 block of Duck Hollow Trace, NW in Lawrenceville. The caller advised that occupants were home at the time and were evacuating. More...
  2. Buford man competes in - American Ninja Warrior'Tue, 26 May 2015 09:29:38 GMT
    Buford native Trent Jarrett, a gymnast at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will be competing on television's American Ninja Warrior. His competition will air June 1. Now, the summer after his 21st birthday, the trained gymnast will take on the challenging obstacle courses he's dreamed of since his youth as season seven of "American Ninja Warrior" began Monday on NBC. More...
  3. Partnership enhances computer science curriculum for Forsyth schoolsTue, 26 May 2015 05:17:51 GMT
    Construction is expected to be completed by August. * Adopted the tentative budget for fiscal year 2016 at $345.5 million. More...
  4. Autobell Car Wash Opens Alpharetta LocationTue, 26 May 2015 01:10:34 GMT
    The location sits at 11725 Cotton Creek Entry, which is near its intersection with Old Milton Parkway. The location is the former site of the Cotton Creek Car Wash and its hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More...
  5. Dacula School News: College Grads, Dean's List, Summa Cum LaudeMon, 25 May 2015 21:04:59 GMT
    Jason Bell of Dacula graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 9 in Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. Bell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and was one of approximately 300 graduates. More...
  6. Home destroyed, catches fire twice in 24 hoursMon, 25 May 2015 06:00:35 GMT
    A Gwinnett County house is destroyed in a fire Sunday afternoon. Gwinnett Department of Fire said this is the second time the home caught fire in 24 hours. More...
  7. Thank a Soldier TodayMon, 25 May 2015 00:51:44 GMT
    We Americans are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth, where we are able to enjoy freedoms that most can only dream of. We Americans are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth, where we are able to enjoy freedoms that most can only dream of. More...
  8. In Case You're Wondering: Memorial Day Trash Schedule in GwinnettSun, 24 May 2015 20:26:23 GMT
    All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on May 26. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Splash into summer with Parks and RecreationFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    Summer is here, and it’s time to celebrate with a trip to one of the award-winning Parks and Recreation aquatic centers and pools! All aquatic facilities will be open beginning Saturday, May 23. Come make a splash and stay cool this summer at one of the many leisure play pools, which offer fun features such as beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, picnic areas, and more. Parks and Recreation offers a wide-array of amenities for both fun and learning, including private, semi-private, and group swim lessons as well as private party rental opportunities. All the pools are accessible for people with disabilities and safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages. Summer pool hours differ based on location. Before visiting one of our facilities, be sure to read up on proper attire, pool rules, and pool safety. More...
  2. Outdoor burn ban is now in effect from May 1 through September 30Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like remind citizens that a ban on outdoor/open burning is in place annually from May 1 through September 30.In accordance with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ban on open burning, 54 counties in Georgia (including Gwinnett) are responsible for complying with the state-issued burn ban. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes an annual ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels.The EPD has identified outdoor/open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.Consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties is restricted during the warm weather season. The safe and cautious use of residential grills for outdoor cooking is still allowed and does not require a permit.The use of grills on balconies of apartment buildings is totally prohibited under the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance. The following types of outdoor/open burning are banned: You may not burn trees, limbs, or any other yard waste. This includes a ban on the use of air curtain destructors for land clearing. This is in addition to a year-round ban on burning household waste. The following types of outdoor/open burning are still allowed, provided the proper permits are obtained: Fires for agricultural practices zoned RA-200/residential agricultural or a forestry service prescribed burn. Fires for the purpose of training of firefighting personnel. Permits are required for all Bonfires for activities sponsored by educational, civic, religious, or other groups for the purpose of celebration. For information on permits, click here or call 678.518.6000. For additional information, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division/Fire Marshal’s Office at 678.518.4980 or go to the website at www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com. More...
  3. Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents about summer pool safetyFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Safe Kids Gwinnett are urging residents of all ages to stay safe while visiting swimming pools during the busy Memorial Day weekend and the rest of the summer. Both agencies have teamed up to promote year-round swimming pool safety. Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of many neighborhood, community, and backyard swimming pools. According to Safe Kids Georgia, drownings can happen any time of the year, but parents and caregivers should be particularly vigilant during warmer months when the numbers of drowning incidents increase. Many facilities such as backyard, apartment complex, and subdivision pools have no lifeguard on duty and require extra diligence from parents and caregivers to ensure safety. In 2014, Gwinnett firefighters responded to 17 drowning or near-drowning incidents. In order to stay safe and enjoy the summer, safety officials suggest following some simple pool safety rules: Supervise: Never take your eyes off of children who are in and around the water. Use barriers: Fences with self-closing or self-latching gates and secured doors with alarms can prevent young children from wandering into the pool. Avoid entrapment: Suction from a pool drain is so powerful it can trap an adult underwater.Be sure to check for and replace missing or broken drain covers. Learn to swim: To stay safe in the water, all family members should learn how to swim. Wear an approved floatation device if you can’t swim. Know how to respond: Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills. For additional information on water safety, please visit www.safekids.org.To schedule a water safety program, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or email fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  4. Community emergency volunteer courses available to residentsTue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    The Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management is offering free Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT training to Gwinnett County residents beginning May 26, 2015. These courses educate residents about disaster preparedness for emergencies that may impact their community. Residents are trained in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Courses are open to all Gwinnett County residents 18 years and older who pass a background check provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department. The training consists of eight sessions that take place from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays. A course review and disaster simulation will take place on Saturday, July 11 from 8:00am to noon. For more information or to sign up for the course, please email ema@gwinnettcounty.com. Sign up soon; class size is limited to 25 participants. More...
  5. Gwinnett County Treatment Courts: Enforcing accountability to fight drug abuse and crime Tue, 12 May 2015 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. Gwinnett County Treatment Courts: Enforcing accountability to fight drug abuse and crime Repeat offenders are all too common in court systems throughout the U.S., but Gwinnett County’s courts have developed a proactive approach to reduce this number by bringing together public safety and public health professionals to treat the root of the problem. Find out more about the County’s Treatment Courts. Past Articles: Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center Aquatics Team Central Precinct Community Risk Reduction Corrections Crime Prevention Unit DOT Road Condition Assessment Team Emergency Management FLAME Mentoring Program Fleet Management Division Gang Unit Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Green Communities Program 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 Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division Swiftwater Rescue Team Tax Commissioner Customer Service Operations Traffic Control Center TVGwinnett Production Team Volunteer Gwinnett Victim Witness Program Voter Registrations and Elections Division More...
  6. Board approves pedestrian upgradesTue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 EDT
    Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday awarded construction contracts for four pedestrian safety projects. One project will build new sidewalks on the north side of McDonough Drive from Dawson Boulevard to Graves Road, bus shelter pads for future bus shelters, plus curb, gutter, and drainage improvements. CMES Inc. was the lowest of four bidders at $334,544. Completion is planned for mid-2016. Funding comes from the 2014 SPLOST program and a federal stimulus grant. Three other projects will connect existing sidewalks near Little Mulberry Park including the south side of Hog Mountain Road from east of Mulberry Oaks Court to Hamilton Mill Parkway and the north side of Hog Mountain Road from Ridgemill Terrace to Jim Moore Road, from east of Jim Moore Road to Greenside Court and from west of Patrick Road to Pine Road. The third project will construct sidewalk along the east side of Jim Moore Road from Greenside Court to the existing sidewalk north of Greenside Court. Curb, gutter and other drainage improvements are included in all three projects. Ohmshiv Construction LLC was the lowest of three bidders at $879,254.50. The 2009 SPLOST program is funding the improvements, which should be finished by mid-2016. Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I’m proud that we are continuing to make pedestrian safety improvements with SPLOST funds.” More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. ALL POOLS OPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKENDThu, 21 May 2015 14:17:18 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 21, 2015) – All Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) aquatic facilities open on Saturday, May 23 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 lessonsannually for all ages. May is also National Water Safety Month, and 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. For more details on admission fees, specific amenities, hours of operation or information on facility rentals, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
  2. ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY HONORS GWINNETT’S MILITARY HEROESWed, 20 May 2015 16:50:06 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 20, 2015) – Gwinnett County will host the 12th annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend this observance to pay tribute to the men and women who have served honorably in the military, during wartime or peacetime, and to memorialize the fallen heroes who have sacrificed their lives to protect our nation. The keynote address will be given by Sergeant Major Patrick C. Amos, 91B, Combat Medic, U.S. Army. Other officials scheduled to speak include U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, district commissioners and the mayors of Lawrenceville and Lilburn. Law enforcement honor guard members will also take part in the ceremony. As a special tribute this year, Nash will present a proclamation in honor of Col. Frank E. Naughton, a WWII veteran and one of the County’s first Magistrate Court judges. Naughton died on Feb. 3 at the age of 96 and was recently laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The Memorial Day ceremony will be televised at 7:30 p.m. on May 25 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...
  3. COUNTY OFFICE HOURS, TRASH SCHEDULE FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY Wed, 20 May 2015 09:34:48 EDT
    WHAT: All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on May 26. 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 Recovered Materials 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, May 25 and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26. More...
  4. CITIZENS PROJECT SELECTION COMMITTEE SETS NEXT MEETINGTue, 19 May 2015 16:56:03 EDT
    WHO:The Citizens Project Selection Committee (CPSC) was established to assist the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in recommending projects for the 2014 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) based on 10 project categories. Representatives for homeowners, businesses, civic leaders, environmental concerns, schools and senior citizens make up the committee. Members are responsible for sharing information with their interest groups and facilitating open communication between Gwinnett County Government and citizens. WHAT: This committee meeting will be an opportunity to provide the CPSC with an update on and adjustment to the 2014 SPLOST Program. WHEN:Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. WHERE:Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Conference Room C 75 Langley Drive Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046 More...
  5. SPLOST FUNDS UPGRADES TO ROAD, BRIDGETue, 19 May 2015 15:21:18 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., May 19, 2015) – A new bridge across the Alcovy River is coming to Old Fountain Road and safety and alignment upgrades are in store for Old Norcross Road at its intersection with Ingram Road. Gwinnett commissioners awarded construction contracts for both projects on Tuesday using funds from the 2009 SPLOST program. The bridge replacement project will raise the roadway to improve sight distance and add a center turn lane to provide for left turns into neighborhoods adjacent to the bridge. Sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage improvements are also included in the $2.8 million contract. Massana Construction was the lowest responsive bidder. Old Fountain Road will be closed for approximately four months after clearing and utility relocations. The detour will take drivers from Prospect Road to Prospect Church Road to Old Peachtree Road and the reverse. Work is expected to be completed in the middle of next year. A second project will raise Ingram Road to improve sight distance and safety at its intersection with Old Norcross Road. The project will add a right turn lane from Old Norcross Road onto Ingram Road along with sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage improvements. CMES Inc. was the lowest responsive bidder at $502,905.50. Work should be completed by the end of the year. More...
  6. COUNTY CELEBRATES NEW EMPLOYEE WELLNESS CENTER OPENINGTue, 19 May 2015 13:20:22 EDT
    WHAT:County officials will celebrate the opening of the new Employee Wellness Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Wellness Center features five exam rooms, a multipurpose room for training and wellness activities, laboratory, office space for medical and wellness staff and a dispensary carrying a supply of generic, pre-packaged medications for prescriptions written by center staff. WHO:Chairman Charlotte Nash and all Board of Commissioners members will participate in the ceremony. Representatives from Healthstat Inc., Kaiser Permanente and other healthcare providers for the center will attend the event. WHEN:Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. WHERE: The Employee Wellness Center is located on the second floor of the Gwinnett County Government Annex, 750 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville. WHY:The Employee Wellness Center is the first facility of its kind to be built exclusively for Gwinnett employees, retirees and their dependents. Cobb County’s employee health center is a similar facility also managed by Healthstat Inc. Gwinnett County’s wellness center will serve as a convenient and affordable option for employees and their dependents to seek preventive, routine and acute care in addition to disease management and ongoing wellness coaching. More...