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Tyler Estep

Local government reporter

Tyler Estep is a reporter covering Gwinnett County. He previously worked for the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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Gwinnett opens warming center, preps roads as frigid weather looms
 Gwinnett County opened a “warming center” Tuesday afternoon as frigid — and possibly dangerous — temperatures approached.  It was an unusual move for a county that, despite having one of metro Atlanta’s largest homeless populations, has not historically opened such facilities. The center...

Posted: 7 hours ago

Gwinnett County opened a “warming center” Tuesday afternoon as frigid — and possibly dangerous — temperatures approached.  It was an unusual move for a county that, despite having one of metro Atlanta’s largest homeless populations, has not historically opened such facilities. The center...
Gwinnett will seek $2.5M to cover Tropical Storm Irma expenses
 Gwinnett County will ask for as much as $2.5 million in federal and state grants to help cover the cost of cleaning up after Tropical Storm Irma.  Irma struck parts of Florida and Georgia over several days in September. In Gwinnett, it knocked down hundreds of trees and utility lines and left tens of thousands without power.  More...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Gwinnett County will ask for as much as $2.5 million in federal and state grants to help cover the cost of cleaning up after Tropical Storm Irma.  Irma struck parts of Florida and Georgia over several days in September. In Gwinnett, it knocked down hundreds of trees and utility lines and left tens of thousands without power.  More...
Ex-Gwinnett shelter manager loses appeal in wrongful euthanasia case
 The now-former manager of Gwinnett County’s animal shelter lost an appeal tied to his criminal convictionfor euthanizing a court-protected dog. Curt Harrell, who unexpectedly resigned as the shelter’s manager  in October, was found guilty in March of criminal contempt of court and ordered to pay a $500 fine. The charge was...

Posted: 9 hours ago

The now-former manager of Gwinnett County’s animal shelter lost an appeal tied to his criminal convictionfor euthanizing a court-protected dog. Curt Harrell, who unexpectedly resigned as the shelter’s manager in October, was found guilty in March of criminal contempt of court and ordered to pay a $500 fine. The charge was...
A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates
 It’s now been a year since Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter posted on Facebook. It’s been a year since Hunter used his personal — but public — page to call civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig.” It’s been a year, too, since Hunter referred to Democrats — which...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s now been a year since Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter posted on Facebook. It’s been a year since Hunter used his personal — but public — page to call civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig.” It’s been a year, too, since Hunter referred to Democrats — which...
Fear and confusion as Peachtree Corners tweaks its ‘city lite’ charter
 Gwinnett County’s largest and most populous city has a charter problem — and a whole lot of folks who are concerned about what that means for the future of the community pitched as a so-called “city lite.” Five-plus years ago, when proponents were pushing for Peachtree Corners’ creation, the city was promoted...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gwinnett County’s largest and most populous city has a charter problem — and a whole lot of folks who are concerned about what that means for the future of the community pitched as a so-called “city lite.” Five-plus years ago, when proponents were pushing for Peachtree Corners’ creation, the city was promoted...
Gwinnett officially has its first-ever Latino mayor
 Gwinnett County officially has its first-ever Latino mayor.  Rey Martinez, a business owner and former city councilman, was sworn in Thursday night as the new mayor of Loganville. The city is split between Gwinnett and Walton counties.  Gwinnett County is one of the most diverse communities in the state and in the entire Southeast...

Posted: 4 days ago

Gwinnett County officially has its first-ever Latino mayor.  Rey Martinez, a business owner and former city councilman, was sworn in Thursday night as the new mayor of Loganville. The city is split between Gwinnett and Walton counties.  Gwinnett County is one of the most diverse communities in the state and in the entire Southeast...
Hunter threatens suit, demands $5 million over ‘racist pig’ punishment
 The Gwinnett County commissioner reprimanded after calling Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig” on Facebook is threatening a federal lawsuit — and demanding $5 million — over the punishment he received. Commissioner Tommy Hunter wrote his controversial posts about Lewis, a civil rights icon and United...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Gwinnett County commissioner reprimanded after calling Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig” on Facebook is threatening a federal lawsuit — and demanding $5 million — over the punishment he received. Commissioner Tommy Hunter wrote his controversial posts about Lewis, a civil rights icon and United...
Democrat plans another run in ‘gerrymandered’ Gwinnett House district
 The Democratic candidate who lost her previous bid for a highly competitive — and controversial — Gwinnett-based state House district plans to run again this fall.  And Donna McLeod isn’t shying away from the gerrymandering allegations that continue to loom over House District 105, either. “I don&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Democratic candidate who lost her previous bid for a highly competitive — and controversial — Gwinnett-based state House district plans to run again this fall.  And Donna McLeod isn’t shying away from the gerrymandering allegations that continue to loom over House District 105, either. “I don&rsquo...
Gwinnett officially has its first-ever black mayor
 Gwinnett County — one of the most diverse communities in the state of Georgia and the entire Southeast — officially has its first-ever African-American mayor. Craig Newton, a longtime city councilman who ran unopposed in November’s mayoral election, was sworn in as the city of Norcross’ new leader during a Tuesday...

Posted: 13 days ago

Gwinnett County — one of the most diverse communities in the state of Georgia and the entire Southeast — officially has its first-ever African-American mayor. Craig Newton, a longtime city councilman who ran unopposed in November’s mayoral election, was sworn in as the city of Norcross’ new leader during a Tuesday...
Gwinnett approves $1.7B county budget with a public safety emphasis
 Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday the county’s 2018 budget. The nearly $1.7 billion budget, first proposed by Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash in late November, includes money to extend recent pay raises given to county employees and law enforcement personnel. Nash and her fellow commissioners approved...

Posted: 14 days ago

Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday the county’s 2018 budget. The nearly $1.7 billion budget, first proposed by Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash in late November, includes money to extend recent pay raises given to county employees and law enforcement personnel. Nash and her fellow commissioners approved...
Gwinnett commissioner Hunter recovering in hospital after heart attack
 Gwinnett Commissioner Tommy Hunter suffered a heart attack over the weekend and is recovering at a local hospital, he said Tuesday. Hunter joined the first Board of Commissioners meeting of 2018 via phone and shared his health scare during the announcements that typically start each  gathering. He said he had a heart attack on Saturday and...

Posted: 14 days ago

Gwinnett Commissioner Tommy Hunter suffered a heart attack over the weekend and is recovering at a local hospital, he said Tuesday. Hunter joined the first Board of Commissioners meeting of 2018 via phone and shared his health scare during the announcements that typically start each gathering. He said he had a heart attack on Saturday and...