Gwinnett County Police released this photo of a vehicle that is similar to one being sough after in a deadly hit and run. The family of Amber Harding is pleading for the driver who hit and killed the 28-year-old to come forward. More...
According to Eric Bossi from Rivals.com and other sources, UTEP has received a verbal from Georgia native and 6'4 combo guard Tim Cameron. Cameron, a Rivals rated three star prospect , is doing a post grad year at Hargrave Military Academy this season a year after he helped Norcorss High School in his native hometown of Norcross, Georgia to a class 6A title. More...
More than 50 businesses will be in attendance at the Oct. 22 event at the Chattahoochee Tech campus in Acworth. Job seekers will have an opportunity to connect with more than 50 businesses trying to fill current or future job openings at the Steer Your Future Career Expo, co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and Chattahoochee Technical College. More...
Somewhere in this Hip Hop soul community was born an artist with expressive music that is helping to redefine the aura of the Southern sound. More specifically, it was Fela Kuti's home country and Gladys Knight's home city that conceived rising performer Daye Jack. More...
Niko's Wine Corner, boutique wine and craft beer store in Snellville, Georgia, is promoting 16 DWWA 2015 winning wines in November 2015. Niko's Wine Corner, boutique wine and craft beer store in Snellville, Georgia, is offering 10% off when you purchase a DWWA 2015 winning wine. More...
An instructor at a Gwinnett County middle school has been charged with sexual assault and sexual battery of a student. News outlets in Atlanta are reporting that James E. Buckland, a Junior Leadership Corps instructor at Summerour Middle School in Norcross, was arrested Wednesday by Gwinnett County police. More...
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to establish a closed formulary for medications prescribed in the workers compensation system. A.B. 1124, introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea in February, requires the administrative director of California's Division of Workers' Compensation to create a formulary on or before July 1, 2017 for medications prescribed to injured workers. More...
The Board of Commissioners has designated October as Fire Prevention Month in Gwinnett County. This year’s theme, Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm, coincides with the County’s longstanding commitment to providing free home safety surveys and install smoke alarms in at-risk communities. Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services has already conducted hundreds of surveys and installed more than 4,000 smoke alarms this year.
Gwinnett firefighters want to remind everyone about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement. Half of home fire deaths occur from fires happening at night between 11:00pm and 7:00am, when most people are asleep.
The following tips will help you to keep you, your family, and your home safe all year long:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement.
Connect all smoke alarms throughout the home so that they all sound together when one is activated.
Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms if they are 10 years old – or sooner if they don’t respond properly to testing.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
Install a home fire escape ladder for upper floors in case usual exits are blocked.
Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills regularly with the entire family.
Crawl low to the ground when escaping a fire, especially if you encounter smoke or heat as you escape.
Get out and stay out! Go to your designated meeting place and call 911 from outside the burning building.
To help promote fire prevention and life safety in the community, the department will conduct the following educational activities during the month of October:
The department will host a Community Fire Safety Open House at the Stone Mountain Community Center on Saturday, October 17 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The event is being held in conjunction with DeKalb County Fire Rescue and the Rockdale County Fire Department.
Firefighters and fire safety educators will visit local schools and daycare centers throughout October to show equipment and share fire safety messages with children and adults.
For additional information on home fire safety or to find out more about Fire Prevention Month activities, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4845 or email email@example.com. More...
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, in partner­ship with Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, recently launched an initiative to develop and foster a sense of ownership and stewardship of public lands. The ME (My Environment) Campaign encourages Gwinnett County residents and commuters to do their part to prevent litter along rights of way, medians, and streams that tend to be littered and used as dumping grounds.
The campaign kicked off on September 22 at the intersection of Beaver Ruin Road and Steve Reynolds Boulevard, which is one of three sites in the Beaver Ruin watershed where offi­cials have noticed an increase in litter along roadsides over the past year. The litter eventually makes its way into storm­water drains and nearby waterways and negatively impacts the county’s social, economic, and environmental health.
To learn more about this initiative and how you can take action to reduce litter and illegal dumping along roadsides and streams, visit www.gwinnettcb.org. More...
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 Quality of Life Unit: Enforcing the Standards
President Reagan once said, “It’s time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions…” this saying also sums up the purpose of the Gwinnett County Quality of Life Unit. Also known as code enforcement, this 24-member group enforces County ordinances covering such things as property maintenance, signs, solid waste, and vacant property in unincorporated parts of Gwinnett. Find out more about the Quality of Life Unit.
Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center
Community Risk Reduction
County’s Treatment Courts
Crime Prevention Unit
DOT Road Condition Assessment Team
Family and Consumer Sciences section
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
Plan Review Team
Public Relations Team (YOU ARE why Andrew is HERE)
Sheriff’s Office Jail Division
Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division
Swiftwater Rescue Team
Tax Commissioner Customer Service Operations
Traffic Control Center
TVGwinnett Production Team
Victim Witness Program
Voter Registrations and Elections Division
Are you looking to start your career or make a career change? Your next opportunity may be with Gwinnett County Government! Join the Department of Human Resources for the 2015 Career Expo on Friday, October 23 from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Come meet face-to-face with department representatives and learn how you can begin your career with Gwinnett County Government. The County offers rewarding job opportunities in many areas, including: Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Administrative/Clerical, Protective Services (Corrections, Fire and Emergency Services, Police, and Sheriff), Engineering, Project Management, and Technical and Field Services. Vacancies are currently listed online, so apply now at
www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com. For more information about this event, view attached flyer. More...
The Gwinnett County Public Library invites you to meet New York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg as he returns to Gwinnett for a book signing. Bragg will share My Southern Journey, a poignant and wryly funny collec­tion of essays on life in the south. This edition includes many never-before-published essays collected from over a decade of his writing.
The event is free and will be held on October 5 at 7:00pm at the Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners, 475 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Eagle Eye Book Shop. For more information about this event, visit www.gwinnettpl.org. More...
The Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, possess basic computer skills, and are detail-oriented. If you are interested in applying, please visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com and select the Elections Poll Official position. More...
Update, 10/9/2015: Suspect #2, Haben Araya – age 18, has been arrested in Dekalb County. Please contact Dekalb County Police Department for more details regarding his capture. Update, 10/2/2015: After coverage of this incident by the media, several credible leads came in identifying the suspects in this case. On September 28, the lead investigator secured warrants against both suspects in the surveillance video. Suspect #1 has been identified as Abdu Kimo, age 18. Kimo was arrested on September 30 and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail. (Please contact the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office regarding booking information.) Suspect #2 has been identified as Haben Araya, age 18. Araya is currently at large. Each suspect is facing 3 warrants for Aggravated Assault; however more charges may be forthcoming. The white Dodge was returned to a rental car company in Savannah, GA on September 21. The vehicle was processed for any evidence in this case. Haben Araya, 18 If anyone knows the location of Araya, please contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770 513-5100 or your local law enforcement agency (if outside Gwinnett). Original, 09/23/2015: (Snellville, Georgia) On Sunday, September 20, at around 6:30pm, officers assigned to the South Precinct were dispatched to a Person Shot call at the Quik Trip located at 3490 Centerville Highway in unincorporated Snellville. The driver of a white Dodge Journey backed into a parking space and approached a silver passenger car. After approaching the driver’s side of the vehicle, the suspect then walked to the passenger side and began to have a conversation with the occupant in the front passenger seat. A passenger of the white Dodge exits the vehicle (holding a handgun in his waistband) and walks along the sidewalk away from the driver. While the suspect is talking with the passenger of the silver car, the driver of the silver car drives forward at an accelerated speed. The suspect (at the passenger side window) pulls out a handgun from his pocket and begins to fire in the direction of the silver car. The passenger of the white Dodge (who originally walked away), then runs back toward the Dodge and also opens fire on the silver car as it was fleeing the parking lot. Several witnesses were in the parking lot and sought cover when the shooting began. Both suspects are seen chasing after the victim’s vehicle as it exits the parking lot. Someone from inside the white Dodge then drives toward an alternate exit. The two shooting suspects then enter the Dodge, and the occupants leave the parking lot going north on Centerville Highway. Several shell casings were recovered from the parking lot and placed into evidence. Suspect #1: Race / Sex: Black / Male Age: Possibly 18-24 years old Clothing: black shirt, black shorts Other: Left-handed Suspect #2: Race / Sex: Black / Male Age: Possibly 18-24 years old Clothing: black shirt, white shorts, Air Jordan backback There may have been two additional suspects inside the white Dodge when the incident took place. Descriptions of these suspects are unknown at this time. Shortly after the shooting took place, an innocent bystander pumping gas noticed that he had been shot in the foot. His injuries were non-life threatening, and he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment. The white Dodge Journey has since been recovered. To view footage of the incident, please use the link below: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qkhcr7pdxhrio5a/AAAylDVmxIXUw12kXC81990da?dl=0 Download the player for the video first, and then open up the other file. If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD Criminal Investigations Division at 770 513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404 577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number(s): 15-085026 More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 8, 2015) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) will hold a public meeting to discuss the master planning of Simpsonwood Park on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the theatre at Norcross High School. The 2013 Parks and Recreation Capital Improvements Plan pointed out a need for a large open space park in western Gwinnett. Funded by SPLOST, Simpsonwood Park provides an opportunity to preserve green space and provide passive recreational opportunities for residents of Gwinnett. The property is predominantly forested with hardwood and evergreen trees with approximately 2,140 linear feet of river frontage along the Chattahoochee River.
Residents can also apply to serve on the Citizen Steering Committee, which will work collaboratively to help formulate a master plan for the park. Simpsonwood Park is located at 4511 Jones Bridge Circle in Peachtree Corners. For more information, please call 770-822-8855. More...
(Buford, Ga., Oct. 6, 2015) – During the Nazi regime, more than 1.5 million Jewish children were killed. Many of those children’s stories have not survived but one young girl’s memory lives on today due to the power of the words found in her personal journal.
Anne Frank spent two years hiding from the Nazis in an annex behind her father’s office in Amsterdam and recorded the experience in her diary. She, along with Ruby Bridges and Ryan White, are extraordinary examples of children who overcame isolation, fear and prejudice to make a positive difference in the world. All three are featured in a special exhibition on display at the Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) called The Power of Children: Making A Difference.
In honor of this exhibit and the heroic young people it features, the EHC will host a Make A Difference Celebration on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event provides a unique opportunity to meet a holocaust survivor as well as various people and volunteers in the community who spend every day trying to make the world a better place to live. There will also be activities related to The Power of Children exhibit throughout the day.
Herschel Greenblat, a resident of Atlanta, will provide a rare, firsthand account of what it was like to live in Nazi occupied Europe as a Jewish child. His presentation will begin at 1 p.m.
“The EHC is honored to have Mr. Greenblat on our campus to tell his story. It is almost hard to imagine that a person, especially a child, could be threatened with death because of ethnicity and cultural differences,” said EHC Director of Programming Jason West. “Hopefully, Mr. Greenblat’s story, as well as those of the children highlighted in this exhibit, will inspire people today to fight discrimination and intolerance.”
Organized by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Power of Children has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and toured nationally by Mid-America Arts Alliance. It is sponsored locally by the Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation.
The Power of Children encourages children and families to explore problems of isolation, fear and prejudice by giving a personal face to three major issues of the 20th century: the Holocaust, the Civil Rights movement and the AIDS epidemic. Through audio-visual presentations, original artifacts and hands-on interactive displays, visitors will get to know each child’s story, and immersive environments will bring them into the spaces where each child felt safe.
Program fees for the EHC’s Make A Difference Celebration are $8 per person. EHC members and children under the age of 2 are free. The Power of Children exhibit will be on display until October 20, 2015. For more information about The Power of Children and the EHC, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 23, 2015) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has a history of including public input in their planning processes. In keeping with that reputation, the Department of Community Services through its Parks and Recreation division, is scheduling a series of public meetings in October. Residents with concerns or interests in the provision and maintenance of new or existing park facilities in Gwinnett will have the opportunity to provide input about their personal recreational desires at these meetings. This series of Public Input Meetings will be held throughout the County during the month of October. Meeting times and locations are as follow:
Thursday, Oct. 1 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake
Thursday, Oct. 8 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Centerville Community Center 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville
Thursday, Oct. 15 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Bethesda Park Senior Center 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville
Thursday, Oct. 15 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford
Thursday, Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Oct. 6, 2015) 2015 property tax payments are due Thursday, Oct. 15.
For property owners with an escrow account, tax information is available to mortgage companies; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date. If there are questions about who will pay the taxes, homeowners should contact their mortgage company directly, especially if their mortgage company has recently changed.
There are several options for property tax payment:
Pay online by check, credit or debit card at GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com. (Paying by check is free; debit card: $3.95 flat fee; credit card: 2.29% service fee.)
New! Pay property tax with a credit/debit card at a self-service kiosk at any Tax Commissioner office. Credit/debit service fees apply to this option also.
Mail payments to P.O. Box 372, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
Pay by check using drop boxes 24 hours a day at all Tax Commissioner offices.
Pay in person during business hours at all Tax Commissioner offices.
View your property tax information at www.GwinnettTaxCommissioner.com – now viewable on mobile devices! If you have questions, contact the office at Tax@gwinnettcounty.com or (770) 822-8800.
(Buford, Ga., Oct. 1, 2015) – As the leaves begin to fall and the crisp, cool air of autumn takes its hold on Georgia, the woods of the Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) come alive at night. Experience the wonders of nocturnal animals and their amazing adaptations at the Creatures of the Night Festival on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The event features expanded hours starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m.
Meet real, live examples of night time creatures that might inhabit your own backyard, such as an owl and an opossum. Additional activities include a firefly mini trek, crafts, owl pellet dissection, nocturnal trivia, puppet theater, touchable skins and skulls, tram rides and the opportunity to discover bioluminescence in the forest. Bat experts will be in attendance showcasing bat habitats and highlighting the importance of this flying mammal. Younger guests can even explore the EHC’s own mini bat cave.
Throughout the evening, the EHC will offer self-guided night hikes for visitors where participants will use all of their senses to explore what goes bump in the night. Guests can also enjoy a large, inflatable outdoor screen on the lawn of the Chesser-Williams House as they watch a short movie on nocturnal animals.
The event will feature local food trucks such as Mac The Cheese and J & J Culinary Sensations, so that guests may purchase dinner while they enjoy the evening's festivities.
There will be plenty of parking at the event as the EHC will utilize its Festival Field and overflow parking area complete with a continuous transportation shuttle to and from the main campus.
Program fees for the Creatures of the Night Festival are $8.00 per person. Children two and under and EHC members are free. Some activities may require an additional fee. Program fees can be paid at the door, but guests are encouraged to register early and pay online. To register and obtain more information on the event, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...