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  1. Millions in Hall County road funds evaporateFri, 31 Oct 2014 09:48:04 GMT
    What: The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization is holding a public hearing on a preliminary list of projects in its 2040 plan. When: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville More info: Sam Baker, 770-297-2604 The Hall County area is expected to receive about $1.4 billion for road projects through 2040 from local, state and federal sources, government officials learned Thursday. More...
  2. New Orleans murder suspect arrested in Banks County traffic stopFri, 31 Oct 2014 01:58:37 GMT
    A joint interstate criminal enforcement operation on Interstate 85 in Banks County has yielded the arrest of a Louisiana fugitive. Sgt. Carissa McFaddin of the Banks County Sheriff's Office said the arrest came as a result of a traffic stop on Interstate 85. "During a joint interstate criminal enforcement operation yesterday, Banks County along with Lowndes County deputies conducted a traffic stop which led to the arrest of a murder suspect," McFaddin said. More...
  3. Chucks for Machining Oil/Gas PipesThu, 30 Oct 2014 21:42:19 GMT
    Pneumatic 6-jaw front-end LVE chucks from RA-HM are ideal for machining the ends of especially large and long pipes used for extracting crude oil or natural gas. Pneumatic 6-jaw front-end LVE chucks can be configured to machine bent pipe; ES versions have rapid stroke and clamping stroke; other versions have retracting clamping arms for pre-centering the workpiece; still others have spring clamping and pneumatic release. More...
  4. MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder and Attempted MurderThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:27:22 GMT
    Remberto Argueta, aka Pitufo, 27, of Lilburn, Georgia was sentenced to life in prison in the Northern District of Georgia. Argueta was convicted of related charges on Nov. 22, 2013, following a three-week jury trial, of RICO conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering and using a firearm to commit a crime of violence in connection with the murder of a suspected drug dealer and attempted murder of two rival gang members. More...
  5. Dacula-Area Health Scores: Two A's in a Row for Eatery That Failed in AugustThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:27:21 GMT
    Remarks : Multiple food storage containers, plates, colanders with food residue on surface. Items re-located to dishwashing area to be re-washed. More...
  6. Sex Offenders Near Peachtree Corners: Know Before You Go Trick-or-TreatingThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:29:45 GMT
    In preparation for Halloween trick-or-treating fun, Sheriff Butch Conway encourages parents to be aware of the 471 registered sex offenders currently residing in Gwinnett County. A few minutes on the Gwinnett Sheriff's Office website can quickly pinpoint where those registered sex offenders are located locally. More...
  7. And this little piggy cried ...Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:45:55 GMT
    A 35-year-old woman walked into Zesto in Grant Park. Moments later, she called police. More...
  8. Snellville Institute will be closed on Tuesday November 4 due to Election Day.Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:56:43 GMT
    Snellville Institute will be closed on Tuesday November 4 due to Election Day. We encourage everyone to vote as this is an important election for our state. More...
Gwinnett County News
  1. Change to paper recycling at Gwinnett fire stationsFri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Please be aware that because the previous vendor has discontinued paper recycling pickup, residents may no longer drop off paper, cardboard, junk mail, or magazines at Gwinnett County fire stations. Aluminum cans recycling for the Burn Foundation will continue. Residents can drop off their recyclable paper items at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett, located at 4300 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. For more information, please call 770.242.6433. Residents who live in unincorporated Gwinnett County may recycle paper, cardboard, junk mail, and magazines at the curb. More...
  2. Change your smoke alarm batteries as you change your clockWed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    While you’re “falling back” one hour for Eastern Standard Time this weekend, Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services wants remind you to change the batteries in your smoke alarm. Your alarms should be checked monthly and the batteries changed out twice a year. Use Eastern Standard Time as a reminder to keep your home safe. Maintaining your smoke alarm Part of your regular maintenance is to keep your smoke alarm dust free and test it monthly. At least one smoke alarm should be placed on each level of the house, especially outside of bedrooms and at the top of staircase landings.These areas give you the earliest alert about a possible fire in your home. Smoke alarms have manufacture dates printed on them, so replace the unit based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. If the alarm is older than 10 years, it’s time to change it out. If you need to replace a smoke alarm, keep in mind that there are two different types. Ionization smoke alarms are more responsive to flaming fires like grease fires on the stove. Photoelectric smoke alarms are more responsive to fires that begin after a long period of smoldering, such as a fire started by a cigarette discarded in a trash can or dropped on the cushion of a couch. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the best way to keep your home safe is to use both types of smoke alarms. Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services offers free information and classes about smoke alarms and emergency planning. Contact us at fireprograms@gwinnettcounty.com. More...
  3. Be safe this HalloweenTue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Halloween is coming up, and the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind you to be safe. Here are a few tips to use on Halloween night: For your home: Only use decorations that are tested by an independent laboratory Never overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects Keep paper and dry decorations such as leaves, cornstalks, and hay bales away from open flames or any other heat source Use flashlights in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles to prevent a fire Avoid using decorative candles at Halloween festivities and parties, especially around pets and small children Eliminate tripping hazards on your porch or walkway to the front door; light the path for a safe entry and exit for children Costumes: Costumes should fit properly; baggy sleeves or billowing capes pose a tripping hazard as well as a fire hazard Use soft or flexible props for costumes and avoid those that have sharp points or jagged edges If kids are carrying toy weapons as part of their costumes, make sure they do not look authentic; use only soft or plastic toy replicas to prevent injury Carry a flashlight or glow stick as part of the costume Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility Choose costumes that are bright-colored and made of flame-resistant materials; look for a fire-retardant label on any store-bought costume More...
  4. The FLAME Mentoring Program: Real-life superheroes reaching out to Gwinnett’s studentsThu, 02 Oct 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. The FLAME Mentoring Program: Real-life superheroes reaching out to Gwinnett’s students Here in Gwinnett County, we have our own real-life superheroes who stare down danger every day on the job just like the movies. The men and women who serve in the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services answer tens of thousands of emergency calls every year. Somehow, they also find time to serve as mentors to local school children through the F.L.A.M.E. Program. Find out more about our FLAME Mentoring Program. Past Articles: Voter Registrations and Elections Division Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center Aquatics Team Central Precinct Community Risk Reduction Crime Prevention Unit DOT Road Condition Assessment Team 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 More...
  5. DDI construction impacts Jimmy Carter BoulevardWed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    TheGwinnett County Department ofTransportation will close the I-85 at Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge for the diverging diamond interchange crossover on Friday, November 14 at 9:00pm.The bridge will open to traffic by 5:00am on Monday, November 17 with the new interchange configuration. Should conditions prevent the closure from occurring as planned, the backup closure period will be from November 21-24.The project involves shifting traffic to the opposite side of the bridge, which will make left turns onto the interstate more efficient and improve the flow of traffic across the bridge. The bridge will be closed to all through-traffic during the weekend, although construction will not impact right turn access to or from I-85.Drivers and pedestrians should take one of the planned detours detailed on www.gwinnettDDI.com. Pedestrian traffic should continue to use the detour route for at least one month following crossover during the construction ofpedestrian walkways. After crossover, construction will continue on the center median and pedestrian facilities, while crews will finalize the signals, interchange lighting and pavement markings. The project is expected to be substantially complete in spring 2015. Once the project is complete, the bridge at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 will be Gwinnett County’s second diverging diamond interchange. The Georgia Department of Transportation is currently constructing a new “flex lane” on the northbound lanes of I-85 adjacent to the project. That project is also expected to be complete in spring 2015 and will add a new lane on I-85 northbound from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Indian Trail Road for use during the afternoon rush hour. The Georgia Department of Transportation project will further improve the flow of traffic in the area. Click here for information on how to drive the diamond, including a video rendering of the completed project. More...
  6. Last day of advance/absentee voting: October 31Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EDT
    Registered voters have until Friday, October 31 to vote in advance or request an absentee ballot for the November 4 General Election. To find your voting precinct or view a sample ballot, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.For advance voting locations and information, click here. Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by mail or cast their ballot in person now through October 31 at the Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Office or at one of the satellite locations. Please note that no voting will take place Monday, November 3. If you do not vote advanced or absentee, you must cast your ballot on election day in-person at your voting precinct. For more information about advance voting or how to request an absentee ballot, visit the Voter Registrations and Elections webpage or call 678.226.7210 See the wait times for advance and satellite voting locations Visit the Advance Voting webpage for wait times at advance and satellite voting locations. Wait times will be updated hourly. Please note that if you are standing in line at closing time, you will be allowed to remain until you've voted. Voters will be able to view the results of the November 4 election, including advance voting results, on the Secretary of State’s Georgia Elections Results webpage on election night. For more information, visit www.gwinnettelections.com. More...
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Gwinnett County Press News
  1. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR NAMES ACTING DOT DIRECTORMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:42 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014) – County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named an acting transportation department director. Alan Chapman, who currently serves as deputy transportation director, will run the department following Gwinnett DOT Director Kim Conroy’s retirement on Oct. 24. County Administrator Glenn Stephens said, “I am thankful to have someone like Alan with the credentials and experience to lead the department during this transition. I know he will do a good job.” Alan joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in 1997 as project manager for the road improvements capital program and was promoted in 2004 to the role of deputy director where he oversees the preconstruction and construction divisions. Alan holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia. Before coming to work for Gwinnett County, he was with the Georgia Department of Transportation and also worked as an engineering and construction consultant. He lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville. More...
  2. AYERS NAMED GWINNETT POLICE CHIEFMon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:42 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014) – County Administrator Glenn Stephens has named A.A. “Butch” Ayers as Gwinnett’s new police chief effective Oct. 25. Ayers, a 30-year veteran of the Police Department, will replace Charlie Walters, who is retiring after serving Gwinnett County for 35 years. The Board of Commissioners will be asked to ratify Ayers’ contract on Tuesday. Stephens said, “The Gwinnett County Police Department is an excellent example of the strong succession planning and leadership development that the County strives to cultivate and develop in all of its departments. Because of this planning and leadership development, the County is fortunate to have the ability to choose from seasoned leaders within the Police Department who will provide continuity and strong leadership skills within the department and the County. Like Charlie, Butch began his law enforcement career with the Gwinnett County Police Department and earned his way up through the ranks. He has gained valuable knowledge and honed his skills from having worked in nearly every area of the department over the years. Along with these assets, he is a person of character and I admire him greatly. Butch is the right person to lead the men and women of this vital department, and I have every confidence he will serve the residents of Gwinnett County well.” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “It’s hard to believe we are saying goodbye to Charlie after 11 years as chief. I will miss him, but I also know that Butch is a great choice to lead the department. He will be a valuable member of Glenn’s senior leadership team.” Ayers’ career in public service began in 1984 when he joined the Gwinnett County Police Department as a police officer. As assistant chief, he most recently commanded the department’s administrative services division. He has also overseen professional standards, SWAT, the Central Police Precinct, and the support, operations, criminal investigations and uniform divisions. A resident of Dacula, Ayers holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Gainesville State College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia, and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College as well as the FBI National Academy and has logged more than 3,700 hours of specialized training during his career. He also holds several certifications from the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council as an instructor. Note: Click for head shot www.flickr.com/photos/gwinnettcounty/15558693195/in/set-72157627927509099. More...
  3. SENIOR CITIZEN ATTENDS 18th PROM Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:57:18 EDT
    (Gwinnett County, Ga., Oct. 16, 2014) – Maria D’Antonio will be attending her 18th prom on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Bethesda Park Senior Center in Lawrenceville. The event is hosted by Gwinnett County Senior Services. D’Antonio didn’t have a date 73 years ago during her senior year in high school and still remains independent. “If you go without a man, it doesn’t matter. Now you don’t even need a partner since you can line dance,” smiles D’Antonio. At the age of 91, D’Antonio mentions the difference with today’s prom and her own, “There was no limo, we all pitched in for gas – a quarter a piece,” she said. “Some things never change – boys on one side and the girls on the other. It is always the girls coaxing the boys to dance.” Gwinnett County Senior Services has hosted their senior prom for 17 years and Maria D’Antonio has never missed one. She loves to dance and can’t imagine life without music or dancing. D’Antonio has always been independent and has explored Europe and the United States by herself despite society’s disapproval in the 1940’s of a young lady traveling alone. Her advice to young folks is to travel and see how other people live, “Enjoy your life. There is so much to see,” she said. Gwinnett County Senior Services operate four senior activity centers located in Lawrenceville, Buford, Norcross, and Snellville. The centers offer a safe environment for the older population to gather, socialize, and enjoy a well-balanced nutritional meal. Activities at the centers include exercise and nutrition classes, musical entertainment, games, and health presentations. For more information on how to become a participant, you may visit www.gwinnettseniorservices.com or call 678-377-4150. More...
  4. WEEKEND CONSTRUCTION WILL CLOSE JIMMY CARTER BOULEVARD BRIDGE NOV. 14Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:16:23 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga.,Oct. 16,2014) –TheGwinnett County Department ofTransportation will close the I-85 at Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge for the diverging diamond interchange crossover.The project involves shifting traffic to the opposite side of the bridge, which will make left turns onto the interstate more efficient and improve the flow of traffic across the bridge.The closure will begin at 9p.m.on Friday, Nov. 14, weather and conditions permitting. The bridge will open to traffic by 5a.m.on Monday, Nov. 17 with the new interchange configuration. Should conditions prevent the closure from occurring as planned, the backup closure period will be from Nov. 21-24. The bridge will be closed to all through-traffic during the weekend, although construction will not impact right turn access to or from I-85.Drivers and pedestrians should take one of the planned detours detailed on www.gwinnettDDI.com. Pedestrian traffic should continue to use the detour route for at least one month following crossover during the construction ofpedestrian walkways. “We ask that drivers in this area be especiallycautious and alert during construction," said Transportation Deputy Director Alan Chapman. "We understand thisisan inconvenience, so Gwinnett DOT staff will closely monitor traffic flow and signals during the crossover weekend to help keep traffic moving.” After crossover, construction will continue on the center median and pedestrian facilities, while crews will finalize the signals, interchange lighting and pavement markings. The project is expected to be substantially complete in spring 2015. Once the project is complete, the bridge at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and I-85 will be Gwinnett County’s second diverging diamond interchange. The Georgia Department of Transportation is currently constructing a new “flex lane” on the northbound lanes of I-85 adjacent to the project. That project is also expected to be complete in spring 2015 and will add a new lane on I-85 northbound from Jimmy Carter Boulevard to Indian Trail Road for use during the afternoon rush hour. The Georgia Department of Transportation project will further improve the flow of traffic in the area. “Jimmy Carter Boulevard is one of the busiest access points in Gwinnett County and helps to fuel the commerce of thousands of businesses in the area,” said Chuck Warbington, executive director for the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District. “The mobility improvements the diverging diamond design offers will help local businesses get out of traffic and get back to what it is they do best—driving the economy for Gwinnett.” For information on how to drive the diamond, including a video rendering of the completed project, visit www.gwinnettDDI.com. More...
  5. LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL RALLY SET FOR OCTOBER 23Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:56:49 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett will join community partners JM Tull YMCA, Kidsplosion, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett Public Library, Gwinnett 4H and Gwinnett County Health and Human Services on Oct. 23 to host a Lights On Afterschool event from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Alexander Park located at 800 Old Snellville Highway in Lawrenceville. The theme for this free family event is Hollywood: A Walk Among the Stars. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite stars, walk the red carpet, take part in hands-on activities, and enjoy active games, live music, food trucks and inflatables. Children’s imaginations will soar while visiting areas decorated like Frozen, The Lego Movie and The Wizard of Oz. Kids will be able to exercise their minds with a game of checkers during a visit with Dorothy and Toto, have some STEM fun making snow with Olaf and get physical with Ninja Legos. A Zumba party and the chance to walk among the stars in the park will get everyone up and moving. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. More than 8,000 events are expected to take place this year across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide to promote the benefits of afterschool programs. A large and growing body of evidence demonstrates improvements in attendance, behavior and academic achievement among children in afterschool programs. Researchers have also found that afterschool programs encourage increased parental involvement, an important building block for student success. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Gwinnett Parks Operations Director Tina Fleming at (770) 822-8875. As an Afterschool Ambassador, Fleming promotes the benefits of afterschool programs and is available to speak to groups about the initiative’s goal of making more programs available to children and families in need. More...
  6. GWINNETT COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN ALL MONTH LONG!Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:38:52 EDT
    (Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) will be celebrating Halloween all month long with events at various parks. There is an event for everyone, regardless of age or ability and some for even the furry friends. Below are the various events and locations: Oct. 17, Return of the Mummy and Son Ball at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center from 7p.m. – 9p.m., $11 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0910. Oct. 24, Halloween Family Fun Fest at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center from 7p.m. – 9p.m., $6 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0920. Oct. 25, Trick or Treat Trail at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center from 3p.m. – 5p.m., Free. For more information call (678) 277-0890. Oct. 25, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Party at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center from 11a.m. – 1p.m., $8 per dog. For more information call (678) 277-0850. Oct. 25, Haunted Halloween Festival at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center from 5p.m. – 8p.m., $10 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0860. Oct. 25, Howell at the Moon Zombie Walk/Fun Run at Shorty Howell Park from 6p.m. – 9p.m., $15 per person. For more information call (678) 277-0906. In an effort to offer safe and healthy alternatives, GCPR in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is passing on the following tips: Plan Ahead and consider how you can provide healthier options. Think pretzels, stickers, pencils, plastic spider rings, etc. Giving out candy is ok, but try to select candies with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the better) or candies with nuts. Sending kids out trick-or-treating on a full stomach decreases the chance they will want to binge on their goodies when they get home, so plan ahead for an easy meal, like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana sandwich. Talk to your child in advance so you can set expectations about how many pieces of candy will be eaten Halloween night; the recommendation is between three and five. Let your kids choose the ones they want to eat. When they are part of the process it's easier on everyone. Halloween parties at school are lots of fun but they easily become a sugar-fest filled with cupcakes, candies, sodas and juice, so help plan the party or provide input to the room moms. For more information about the events listed, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. For more Halloween safety tips visit www.choa.org/Halloween. More...