The man who was swept downriver trying to swim to shore from an island in the Chattahoochee River has been located. That's according to City of Johns Creek spokesman Doug Nurse, who said the man was located at his home in Gwinnett County early Tuesday. More...
The Fresh Market Inc. will open a store in Gwinnett County, marking the North Carolina-based chain's 15 th Georgia store. The specialty grocery chain plans to open the store in early 2016 at Snellville's Scenic Promenade shopping center at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Janmar Road, reports Gwinnett Daily Post. More...
Hall County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Nicole Bailes says family members pulled the woman from the water on Sunday afternoon and tried to resuscitate her until an emergency crew arrived. She was pronounced dead at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. More...
Police say they've arrested a suspect on a murder charge after a deadly shooting at a Hyatt Place hotel near Atlanta. DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 35-year-old Tito Ivey was apprehended in connection with the death of 32-year-old Franklin Jones. More...
Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston, died Sunday at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in the suburban Atlanta townhome she shared with Nick... The Bobbi Kristina Brown burial in New Jersey was a somber moment for the Houston family and the Brown family as they paid their final respects to the young celebrity who died last week. While the family was emotionally grappling with the issue of losing a loved one, they had to be even more distraught to learn a picture of the woman, taken at the wake, has been sold to the media. More...
Pediatric Services of America and some of its related businesses will pay $6.88 million to resolve allegations it failed to disclose and return overpayments it got from federal health-care programs. The settlement is the first under the False Claims Act involving a health-care provider's failure to investigate credit balances on its books to determine if they resulted from overpayments made by a federal health-care program. More...
Gwinnett Police said an Auburn man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed Scott Moseley on July 26. Gwinnett Police have arrested the man they believe struck and killed a fallen motorcyclist in a hit-and-run accident last month near Buford. Jacob O'Reilly, 24, of Auburn, faces a list of charges, including vehicular homicide, stemming from the July 26 accident on Gravel Springs Road at Camp Branch Road, where he allegedly ran over Scott Moseley, 24. Moseley had been lying injured in the road after he wrecked his motorcycle around 1 a.m. "On August 2, 2015, officers from the Accident Investigation Unit, DUI Task Force, and K9 Unit conducted a road check at Camp Branch Road and Gravel Springs Road. More...
On July 21, 2015, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners adopted 2015 millage rates to fund the services provided by county government, rolling back the general fund rate by 2.3 percent and maintaining last year’s rate for the service districts. A mill is one dollar of tax for every $1,000 of the assessed property value.
State law requires that a rollback millage rate be computed for the maintenance and operations fund, also called the general fund, that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s new tax digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occur
“The district commissioners and I are pleased that we are able to roll back the general fund millage rate and still meet our service commitments while maintaining a balanced budget. We appreciate the good work by County officials and staff that made this possible,” said Board Chairman Charlotte Nash.
Millage rates in Gwinnett County vary based on a property’s location and what services the county provides. The total millage rate in unincorporated areas will be 13.579, down slightly from last year. Rates for three service districts will remain the same: fire and emergency medical services (3.20 mills), police (1.60 mills) and development and code enforcement (.36 mills). In addition, the countywide levy for both voter-approved debt and recreation remain unchanged at .24 and .95 mills, respectively, while the general fund rollback rate is 7.229 mills.
Click here to view a table detailing millage rates in different areas of the county.
Today’s action by commissioners also paved the way for the Tax Commissioner’s Office to prepare property tax bills for mailing by August 15 with a payment due date of October 15.
For an interactive online tool that shows estimated property taxes for any Gwinnett property and what those taxes buy, look under Where Your Property Tax Go on the Your Money webpage. More...
Summer in Georgia is a time for camping trips, cookouts, and afternoons by the pool. However, it’s also a time to be aware of the dangers soaring temperatures can bring. Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S, claiming more than 650 lives across the nation each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow these tips from Gwinnett County Emergency Management and Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia to beat the heat this summer:
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Fluids are lost through perspiration, so it’s important to stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even when you’re not thirsty.
Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Drink two to four cups of water every hour when you are working outside.
Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, fatigue, muscle cramps, confusion, cold, pale and clammy skin, a weak rapid pulse, and possible fainting and vomiting. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency that occurs when the body temperature reaches 106 degrees or higher. Symptoms include hot dry skin, rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. Summon immediate emergency medical assistance.
Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
Closely monitor your local radio station, TV station, or NOAA Weather Radio or download the Ready Georgia app for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.
For more tips on how to safe in the summer heat, visit www.gwinnettsafety411.com or www.ready.ga.gov. More...
Gwinnett Clerk of Court Richard Alexander will offer two notary public training classes for the public. Working in conjunction with the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority, the Gwinnett Clerk of Superior Court’s office will host two training classes on August 21 from10:30am to noon and 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
Training will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. There is no charge to attend these workshops, but reg­istration is requested. For more information about the workshops or to register, click here for the registration form or visit the Clerk of Courts website at www.gwinnettcourts.com. More...
The Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management is offering free Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT training to Gwinnett County residents beginning September 8, 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, October 24 from 8:00am to noon. For more information or to sign up for the course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up soon; class size is limited to 25 participants. More...
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and offi­cials from the city of Lilburn and Gwinnett County Public Library broke ground on the new Lilburn City Hall and Lilburn branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library on June 8 at the building site. Gwinnett County Government and city of Lilburn previously agreed on cost-sharing details for the project in May of last year after signing an initial understanding in 2011.
The two-level building will include 5,217 square feet of shared community and support space in addition to the 18,864-square-foot library and 24,927-square-foot city hall. It is designed to meet LEED Certification Version 3.0 through the U.S. Green Building Council. Hogan Con­struction Group LLC of Norcross will construct the $11.3 million facility, which will take about 14 months to com­plete. Gwinnett County will manage construction and the two entities will share in the cost. Funding comes from the County’s SPLOST program.
For more information about SPLOST projects in Gwinnett County, visit www.gwinnettsplost.com 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...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Aug. 4, 2015) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners awarded a construction contract today for a safety and alignment project along Bennett Road between State Route 84/Grayson Parkway and Natchez Valley Trace. The project will realign Bennett Road and fill in sidewalk gaps along the south side of the roadway. The project also includes curb, gutter and other drainage improvements.
Ohmshiv Construction LLC was the lowest responsive bidder of four bidders at $629,862. Work on the SPLOST-funded improvements is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 27, 2015) – The Gwinnett County Clerk of Courts website has been named one of this year’s Top 10 Court Websites by the National Association of Court Management (NACM). Clerk of Court Richard Alexander accepted the award at the NACM Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on July 16. The award is given to honor courts who are working hard to extend and expand access to public records, court services and information online.
The award follows the launch of a new and improved website, www.gwinnettcourts.com, completed in April. “The website was transformed by the Clerk’s Technical Services (CTS) web developer, Ming Li,” Alexander. “This award recognizes the hard work our CTS team puts into improving communication and electronic services via the website.”
Courts from all levels of government were judged in five categories. Judges independently evaluated websites based on access to public records, user interface, accessibility, interactive capabilities and overall impression. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 24, 2015) – Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens has appointed Alan Chapman as transportation director, a role he has filled in an acting capacity since October of last year. Commissioners will consider ratification of Chapman’s employment agreement during next Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Stephens said, “For nearly two decades, Alan has been working to improve Gwinnett County’s transportation network. His passion for this community and wealth of knowledge make him the ideal person to lead the department, and I am confident he will do an outstanding job.”
Early in his career, Chapman worked for the Georgia Department of Transportation and served as an engineering and construction consultant. In 1997, he joined the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation as project manager for the road improvements capital program, which included oversight of the department’s SPLOST programs and coordination of the citizens’ project selection committee. He was promoted in 2004 to the position of deputy director over the department’s preconstruction and construction divisions. A registered professional engineer in the state of Georgia, he holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech. Chapman lives with his wife, Anne, and two daughters in Lawrenceville.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “Alan has done a great job over the past nine months as acting director. He transitioned into the role seamlessly and has proven himself to be a great leader for the department. I am excited for the future of the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation.”
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 23, 2015) – Commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Lawrenceville on Tuesday to help fund pedestrian improvements along U.S. 29/State Route 8/East Crogan Street from Stanley Court to Village Way near Rhodes Jordan Park east of downtown. The project will install a sidewalk and make drainage improvements.
Gwinnett County will contribute $100,000 from the 2014 SPLOST program with the city responsible for the rest. The city will manage design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.
The County also agreed to use 2005 SPLOST funds to pay half the cost of pedestrian improvements in the city of Peachtree Corners. CMEC LLC will build new sidewalk on the east side of Crooked Creek Road from Jay Bird Alley to the existing sidewalk at the entrance to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. Curb, gutter and drainage improvements are also included. CMEC was the lowest of seven bidders at $198,779. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The 2009 SPLOST program will provide funds to upgrade the intersection of State Route 316 at Harbins Road, including improvements to Harbins Road at Alcovy Road just south of State Route 316. The project will construct dual left turn lanes from Harbins Road northbound onto State Route 316 westbound and add a new left turn lane from Harbins onto Alcovy Road. The signal at State Route 316 and Harbins Road will be upgraded to include pedestrian accommodations at the intersection. CMES Inc. was the lowest of six bidders at $634,770. Work should be complete by mid-2016 More...
(Lawrenceville, GA., July 22, 2015) – Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, on July 25. This competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 6–15. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.NFLPPK.com or register at 9 a.m. the day or the event. All participants must show proof of age by providing a birth certificate, and sign the parental Entry Form/Release of Liability. No football shoes or cleats will be allowed, only soft sole gym shoes. Gwinnett County is looking forward to sending more winners to the finals. Last year, Omar Zachery Jr. of Lawrenceville went all the way to win in the boys 8–9 age group.
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick (PPK) program is a national skills competition for boys and girls to compete separately against their peers. Established in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum. Age classification is as of December 31 of the current year. The top finishers from each of ten (10) age groups at the Local competition will advance to a Sectional competition. The winners at the Sectional competition will have their scores compared with other Sectional champions; the top four scorers from the pool of Sectional champions advance to the Team Championship. Age-group champions at this level will be declared NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Champions. The top four finishers in the boys’ and girls’ divisions within each age bracket from the pool of all Team Champions will qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January. For more information, call 678-277-0861 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
About NFL Punt, Pass & Kick
The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. A number of NFL players have completed in NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, including top former and current NFL quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Brett Farve. The National NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition is administered by USA Football. This local Punt, Pass & Kick competition is officially licensed by NFL Properties LLC, but none of the National Football League (NFL), its member clubs, NFL Ventures, L.P. or any of their respective affiliates or subsidiaries are sponsoring or operating the Local PP&K or will have any liability or responsibility for any claims arising in connection with participation in the Local PP&K. All NFL-related logos and marks, including, without limitation, the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick logo, are trademarks of the NFL or the respective member club. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 22, 2015) For the fourth year in a row, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) took first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition held on Lake Oconee in Greene County on July 20. GCPR lifeguards come from several different park aquatics facilities throughout Gwinnett County. These lifeguards were selected for the Gwinnett County State Team based on their outstanding lifeguarding, CPR/AED, first aid, teamwork, and athletic skills. These guards practiced and honed their abilities throughout the summer with quizzing, skill practice sessions, conditioning and studying written materials.
The team consisted of Jordan Rubin, a college student, works his summers as a lifeguard at Rhodes Jordan Pool in Lawrenceville. Nyota Edijidimo, a high school student, and Ronnie Taylor, a college student, both work at Mountain Park Aquatic Center in Lilburn. Daniel Lammons and Reagan Balog, both upcoming seniors in high school, work their summers at Collins Hill Aquatic Center alongside Philip Jenny, a recent high school graduate preparing for his first year of college this fall.
The competition consisted of several events evaluating teamwork, athletic ability and lifeguarding knowledge. The Gwinnett County team proudly earned 27 points with high finishes in the majority of the events. The team took first in both the triathlon and rescue events, second in the CPR and swim events and third in the rescue paddle board event.
The team was supervised and coached by Aquatics Coordinators Christine Greenfield and Jason Cutchins. “Winning four years in a row has never been done in the history of the state competition. We are extremely proud of the lifeguard team for their victory at state. Our lifeguard team takes great pride in their training and skill execution and they were excited to use it in a competition setting,” said Christine Greenfield. More...