The Crazy Chicken offshore racing boat, controlled by Dee Early and Anthony Silveira, races at speeds up to 80 mph in rough ocean waters. The Crazy Chicken team has won five world championships. More...
The university's spring commencement ceremonies were held May 1-3 on UNG's Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses. This spring semester, UNG conferred some 1,300 degrees, including: Hillary Caroline Hudgins of Hoschton, Georgia Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in exercise science Cum Laude DAHLONEGA, GA -- Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia , recognized more than 1,000 students for their academic performance during spring semester 2015 by naming them to the President's List and President's Honor Roll. More...
A Gwinnett County mother suffering from flesh-eating bacteria got an inspirational visit from someone who has been through the same thing. Aimee Copeland contracted necrotizing fasciitis during a zip line accident in 2012 . More...
A Gwinnett County man accused in the shooting death of his 23-month-old grandson in 2013 has accepted a plea offer, according to a news release. The Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office said Luis Efrain Torres pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter as part of the agreement. More...
Georgia motorists saw the cheapest Independence Day weekend gas prices since 2010, according to the weekly fuel briefing from AAA. The average price per gallon of unleaded gasoline was $2.66 during the three-day weekend, the lowest since 2010 and significantly less than last year's average of $3.57. More...
'I'm in a different zone': Bobby Brown forgets lyrics and struggles to get through live performance after daughter Bobbi Kristina is moved to hospice On Friday night, Bobbi Kristina's aunt Leolah Brown revealed an 'extended family member' had taken a photo of Bobbi Kristina at the facility Despite the tragedy facing him and his family, Bobby Brown still took to the stage to fulfill performance commitments in Atlanta on Saturday night. But the 46-year-old singer - whose daughter, Bobby Kristina, 21, was moved to a hospice facility in Duluth, Georgia, on June 24 - was clearly feeling the toll of the hardship as he appeared at the Affordable Old School Concert Series, a Fourth of July celebration at Wolf Creek. More...
A Dacula man was one of three men arrested last week in a $3 million dollar cocaine bust in Cobb County, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. According to a GBI announcement, on June 25 members of the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, along with the Georgia State Patrol and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety conducted a joint investigation resulting in the seizure of 100 kilograms of cocaine in Cobb County. More...
A man has been charged with murder and a woman is dead after a domestic-related shooting Friday morning at a Peachtree Corners apartment complex, police said. Gwinnett Police said in a news release the shooting was reported around 8 a.m. at Highland Lakes Apartments, located on Ashley Lakes Drive. More...
Cycling is more popular than ever across the nation and right here in Gwinnett. It offers an environmentally friendly alternative to driving and is an excellent form of exercise.
Later this year, Gwinnett County will begin the process of developing a new long-term Comprehensive Transportation Plan that will include bicycle and pedestrian elements addressing safety and mobility. Keep checking www.gwinnettcounty.com for updates.
Cyclists of all ages travel daily on Gwinnett’s roadways. That’s why it is important for motorists and cyclists to work together to keep our streets safe for everyone. Remember, state law allows cyclists to use public roadways and requires motorists to share the road. With that in mind, below are ways for everyone on the road to stay safe while traveling.
Georgia law requires a motorist passing a cyclist to provide at least a three-foot buffer between the vehicle and the cyclist.
Never use a bike lane to pass other vehicles or as parking spaces.
Yield to cyclists just like you would for pedestrians crossing the roadway.
Always wear a helmet; it is the most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from a bicycle crash.
Ride with traffic, use appropriate hand signals, and obey all stop signs and traffic signals as if you were driving a motor vehicle.
Make eye contact with motorists while making turns or crossing to ensure that they are paying attention to you.
For more safety tips, visit the Gwinnett Safety 411 page.
If you identify an immediate cycling or pedestrian safety need on one of your routes, please submit a service request by phone at 770.822.7474, by email at DOTServiceRequest@gwinnettcounty.com, or through the County website at www.gwinnettcounty.com under Citizen Self Service. More...
Under the revised ordinance, beekeeping is permitted in all non-agricultural residential zoning districts under certain conditions, including, but not limited to, the following: honeybees may not be kept on lots less than 10,000 square feet; no more than two colonies or hives with only two swarms are allowed per 10,000 square feet; hives must be marked or identified to notify visitors; hives may not exceed 20 feet in volume; and hives must contain a constant supply of water.
The attached document includes the changes to the ordinance approved by commissioners on June 23.
Please note that Gwinnett County Government does not enforce homeowners’ association covenants; however, we recommend that you check with your homeowners' association to find out if your covenants permit beekeeping.
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the Gwinnett County Animal Control Ordinance during its public hearing on June 23, 2015. These changes are related to tethering, cruelty, and neglect and will take effect beginning July 1, 2015. Under the revised ordinance, outdoor tethering is prohibited unless certain conditions are met. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following: the owner or adult custodian of the animal must be outside with the animal at all times; the animal must be visible to the owner; single-point tethering is prohibited; a trolley system tether is the only approved form of tether; and only one animal may be attached to each trolley system.
The attached document includes the changes to the ordinance approved by commissioners on June 23. More...
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Communications Public Relations Team: Getting the word out
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Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center
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County’s Treatment Courts
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FLAME Mentoring Program
Fleet Management Division
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Green Communities Program
Grants Business Unit
Human Resources Recruitment
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Parks Maintenance Team
Performance Analysis Division
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Swiftwater Rescue Team
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Voter Registrations and Elections Division
Applications for the next Police Department Citizens Academy are due June 26. The next session begins July 14 and include topics such as organizational structure, crime scene investigations, traffic enforcement, and more.
In addition, the department will hold its first ever Clergy Citizens Police Academy. Sessions will be held on Mondays from August 17 to September 21. There will be no class on Monday, September 7 due to the Labor Day holiday. Applications must be received by August 3 to be considered for the academy. Each class will begin at noon and end at 5:00pm.
To apply, visit the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association website at www.gwinnettcpa.com. Applications may be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 770.513.5531, or mail to P.O. Box 602, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. For questions, email CitizenPoliceAcademy@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
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. Commissioners awarded construction contracts for both projects using funds from the 2009 SPLOST program.
The bridge replacement project will improve sight distance and add a center turn lane to provide for left turns into neighborhoods adjacent to the bridge. Sidewalk, curb, gut­ter, and drainage improvements are also included in the $2.8 million contract. Work is expected to be completed mid-2016.
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 onto Ingram Road along with sidewalk, curb, gutter and drainage im­provements. Completion is expected by the end of the year. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 7, 2015) – On Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners approved an $8.4 million contract with Multiplex LLC to begin redevelopment of the 23-acre South Gwinnett Park located in the Snellville area. Construction will take more than a year to complete.
Originally purchased by Gwinnett County in 2006, the redeveloped park will feature six reconstructed baseball/softball fields; a new artificial-turf field for football, soccer and lacrosse; concession/restroom buildings; a playground; picnic tables; benches; new parking lots; and a redesigned entrance on McGee Road. Existing facilities will be demolished except for the indoor hockey building, which will remain in operation throughout construction.
The project also includes new lighting, reforestation, sewer connection and a prefabricated maintenance building. The multi-purpose field will have bleachers and a press box and the baseball complex includes batting cages, dugouts, fencing, irrigation and shade structures.
“The park’s previous owner, the South Gwinnett Athletic Association, has provided youth sports programs here for many years, so we’re happy to be working with them to undertake this major park redevelopment project,” said District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. Last year, 550 kids played on SGAA baseball or softball teams, 313 played football and 87 participated in cheerleading.
Hayes James and Associates Inc. designed the new facilities under an earlier $239,840 contract. Funding comes from the 2009 and 2014 SPLOST programs.
Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “Once again I am grateful to Gwinnett voters for their support of SPLOST over the years. This project demonstrates like so many others that we are fulfilling our promise to use sales tax funds to renovate and improve existing public park facilities.” More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 7, 2015) – Seven roadway bridges in Gwinnett will be rehabilitated to extend their useful lives under a contract approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners. The bridges are on New Hope Road, Westbrook Road, Alpine Drive, Spanish Oak Drive, River Drive, Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Riverside Parkway.
Acting Transportation Director Alan Chapman explained, “Bridge structures are subject to deterioration over time, through both use and exposure to weather. Rehabilitation of the concrete and steel components of a bridge, including the bridge deck, beams and supporting sub-structure, can extend its useful life, allowing for cost savings compared to a full bridge replacement.”
The County contracted with Proshot Concrete Inc. for a low bid of $347,595. Funding comes from the 2009 SPLOST program. More...
WHAT: All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed July 3 for the Independence Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on July 6. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday.
Trash and recycling collection in unincorporated Gwinnett County is scheduled as normal for Friday, July 3. 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 within city limits should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collection will be delayed due to the holiday.
WHEN: County offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015, and will reopen during normal business hours on Monday, July 6, 2015. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., June 30, 2015) – The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources has reached a milestone of 20,000 toilet rebates, contributing one-fifth of the total rebates issued in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District since the program started in 2007. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District recently announced that participating water providers have replaced 100,000 old, inefficient toilets in metro Atlanta with more efficient models through a retrofit program.
Pegasus Residential installed Gwinnett’s 20,000th toilet at Spring Lake Apartments in Norcross in June. “Since the program's inception, Pegasus Residential has replaced nearly 2,000 toilets in two apartment communities in Gwinnett County,” said Lindy Ware, Pegasus Residential CEO. “Not only has Pegasus Residential been able to take advantage of the County's rebate program, we have seen a cost savings in our water bill by 23 to 33 percent per month in each community.”
Residents of single-family households built before 1993 who replace existing toilets with water-efficient units can receive a $100 rebate per toilet. The program expanded to multi-family residences in 2012. Participating apartment communities have decreased their water consumption by an average of 37 percent.
“While water is a renewable resource, it is limited, and as a community we need to do all we can to reduce consumption and minimize our impact on the resource as a whole,” said Water Resources Director Ron Seibenhener. “Reaching this milestone is another example of how this community has been able to change the way we manage water and achieve significant conservation gains.”
In addition, Gwinnett County has kept more than 384 tons of old and broken toilets from ending up in a landfill. The porcelain from recycled toilets is turned into a stone aggregate that can be used for construction projects.
Single- and multi-family households can still participate in the toilet rebate program. Details about the program and applications can be found on the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s website, www.northgeorgiawater.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, GA., June 25, 2015) – National Park and Recreation Month will be kicked off with a proclamation by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on July 7, at 2 p.m. and continue all month long with various events throughout the county. This year’s celebration is very special because it is both the 50th Anniversary of the National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) and the 30th Anniversary of the dedicated month. To celebrate the anniversary of National Park and Recreation Month, this year’s theme has a totally rad 80’s focus. The entire month will be filled with ongoing activities and special events, including music, games, swimming, food and more:
June 29 through July 3 – Swim Safely Week at various Gwinnett County Aquatic Facilities with games, activities and prizes given throughout the week. Times and locations can be found at www.gwinnettparks.com.
July 2 at 1 p.m. – Stars, Stripes & Sundaes at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville. Seniors, age 50 and up can enjoy ice cream and a patriotic sing-a-long. $4/person.
July 10 at 11 a.m. – Brown Bag Concert at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. This is a free event featuring a steel drums concert by Scott Douglas, lawn games, face painting, kid’s crafts and crazy hair.
July 11 at 5 p.m. – Like, Totally 80’s at Rhodes Jordan Park, 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. A free event with an 80’s dress contest, inflatables, music, trivia contest, concessions, photo booth, face painting, crazy 80’s hair and more. At dusk, stay for the free Movie Under the Stars showing Back to the Future sponsored by B98.5.
July 13 at 2 p.m. – Monday Movie Matinee at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville. Seniors, age 50 and up can enjoy a movie, popcorn and a drink for $2/person.
July 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Dip N’ Dine at Mountain Park Aquatic Center, 1063 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain. Take a dip and dine at the pool! Chick-Fil-A and Kona Ice will be available to purchase dinner and dessert. All ages, regular admission fees and pool rules apply; twilight rates do not apply.
July 17 at 5:30 p.m. – Music and Scoops at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Fun kid’s activities will be available for a nominal fee. Ice cream and food concessions will be available for tasty treats. Free entertainment begins in the Gazebo at 7 p.m. and will feature live music and entertainment by Havana Son.
July 17 at 6 p.m. – Kids Night Out at Mountain Park Activity Building, 1063 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain. Come chill out with pizza, ice cream sundaes and cool activities! Parents can enjoy a night out. Ages 7 to 13, $12/child, must pre-register by 7/10 by calling 678-277-0179.
July 17 at 6:30 p.m. – Family Night Swim at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center, 2200 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville. The whole family can enjoy an evening swim. Regular entry fees and all pool rules apply. Twilight rates do not apply, and registration is not required.
July 18 at 1 p.m. – Chalk About Swimming at Lenora Park Pool, 4315 Lenora Church Rd., Snellville. Celebrate summer by sketching your favorite summer or swimming activity! Contest takes place during open swimming hours. Judging will be at the 3:45 p.m. Safety Break. $3/contest entry fee includes chalk and a space. Must pre-register by July 11. Regular admission fees and pool rules apply. Call 770.982.5309 for more information.
July 18 at noon – Double Dip: Ice Cream Day at Mountain Park Aquatic Center, 1063 Rockbridge Rd., Stone Mountain. Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with swimming, fun games like “pin the cherry on the ice cream cone” and a no hands ice cream eating contest! To help everyone cool down Bruster’s ice cream will be served. All ages; $6/person, all regular admission fees and pool rules apply.
July 24 at 6 p.m. – Kid’s Night Out at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee. Enjoy pizza, games, crafts, and more. Ages 7 to 13; $12/child, must pre-register by 7/10 by calling 678-277-0910.
July 24 at 6:30 p.m. – Battleship Game Night at West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center, 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. Take part in an immersive game of Battleship with a Dodgeball twist. Players on each team will be given a “ship” to ride which must be sunk by the opposing team. Teams will be divided in age appropriate groups in both indoor pools. The Outdoor Leisure Play Pool will also be open for family swim. All ages, regular admission and pool rules apply. Call 678-409-8801 for more information.
July 25 at 9 a.m. – Punt, Pass and Kick at Rhodes Jordan Park Soccer Fields, 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Bring the kids for the free NFL’s national competition! Boys and girls of all ages compete separately in their own age group in punting, passing and kicking. Earn the chance to advance to a regional and state level competition at the Georgia Dome. A valid birth certificate, complete entry form and parental signature are required before competition. Ages 6-15; call 678-277-0860 for more information.
July 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Hawaiian Luau at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center, 2200 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville. A fun, Therapeutic Recreation event specifically for those with disabilities and their families. Fun games, hula hoop contest, tropical snacks, limbo contest and traditional Hawaiian leis. All participants, including caregivers must pay to participate. All ages; $7/person if pre-registered by 7/23 or $8/person at the door. Call 678-277-0900 for more information. All pool rules apply.
July 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Munch-able Masterpieces at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Berkeley Lake. Bring the whole family to create edible art dinner and dessert for a fun summer night out! All ages; $7/person, must pre-register by 7/27 by calling 678-277-0920.
Ongoing activities include a Kid’s Art Show and four Walk the Talks throughout the month. Each of the Community Recreation Centers and Aquatic Centers will have supplies for kids to create their own art to be featured on site in a Kid’s Art Show. Walk the Talks are free, informative walks with health and wellness professionals at an easy enjoyable pace. Walk the Talk schedule is as follows:
July 11 at 9 a.m. at Shorty Howell Park, 2750 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth.
July 16 at 6 p.m. at Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Rd., Loganville.
July 25 at 9 a.m. at Little Mulberry Park, 3800 Hog Mountain Rd., Dacula.
July 30 at 6 p.m. at Bay Creek Park, 175 Ozora Rd., Loganville.
To learn more about National Park and Recreation Month, visit www.nrpa.org/July. To learn more about Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
(Lawrenceville, Ga., June 25, 2015) – Gwinnett County Parks
and Recreation (GCPR), along with partners Kidsplosion, Inc. and OrganWise
Guys, celebrated National Summer Learning Day on June 19. Summer Learning Day
is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning
Association (NSLA) to elevate the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and
healthy every summer. This year for Summer Learning Day, GCPR took the pledge
to #KeepKidsLearning by offering STEM activities and nutritional programs to the
dedicated to providing healthy and safe environments for residents, and since
2013 has adopted Wellness Guidelines aimed at achieving this goal. Providing
consistent nutrition education and physical activity within all out-of-school
time programming is a key component of GCPR’s Wellness Guidelines. Summer camp
in particular has evolved over the past two years to incorporate additional
nutrition based staff training, the implementation of evidence-based nutrition
education and adoption of the HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity)
Standards. 422 campers between the ages of 5-13 learned how fruits and
vegetables keep their organs active and healthy with help from the OrganWise
Guys characters. Resources from MyPlate.Gov were also used to take campers on a
‘field trip’ around their lunch plate to learn about balanced meals and better
beverage options. Finally campers broke-out into active dance moves to repeat
the OrganWise Guys club rules: Low-Fat, High-Fiber, Lots of Water, and
In addition to the
health and nutrition activities, STEM activities were implemented by counselors
to teach campers about chemical reactions through the power of Mentos and Diet
Soda. GCPR has pledged to keep over 3,500 campers learning and retaining
knowledge over this summer through the National Summer Learning Association. Summer
Learning Day is supported by elected officials and policymakers, public
agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, universities, museums, libraries,
and summer camps across the country.
For more information visit www.gwinnettparks.com or call
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