Amanda C. Coyne

Hyperlocal digital reporter

Amanda Coyne is a hyperlocal reporter for the AJC, covering Gwinnett County. Previously, she worked at the Greenville News in Greenville, S.C., covering business and state politics. Amanda also covered the 2016 South Carolina presidential primaries for the USA Today Network and has written about pageantry for Cosmopolitan.com. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a native of New York.

Latest from Amanda C. Coyne

Gwinnett teacher quits after alleged ‘inappropriate’ texts to student
 A Mill Creek High School teacher has resigned after being accused of sending “inappropriate” text messages to an 18-year-old student. Danny Thetford resigned from his position as a science teacher at Mill Creek on Nov. 16, citing personal reasons, said district spokesman Bernard Watson. Thetford was employed with the district...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Mill Creek High School teacher has resigned after being accused of sending “inappropriate” text messages to an 18-year-old student. Danny Thetford resigned from his position as a science teacher at Mill Creek on Nov. 16, citing personal reasons, said district spokesman Bernard Watson. Thetford was employed with the district...
WATCH: Suspect throws Molotov cocktail into Gwinnett business
 Gwinnett County fire investigators are looking for a suspect who threw a Molotov cocktail into a Lilburn business. The suspect was captured on surveillance video lighting the incendiary device and throwing it through a window of a Waypoint Homes office in Lilburn shortly before 7 a.m. on Nov. 13. Waypoint Homes is an Arizona-based property...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gwinnett County fire investigators are looking for a suspect who threw a Molotov cocktail into a Lilburn business. The suspect was captured on surveillance video lighting the incendiary device and throwing it through a window of a Waypoint Homes office in Lilburn shortly before 7 a.m. on Nov. 13. Waypoint Homes is an Arizona-based property...
Gwinnett adding fall break in 2018-2019 school year
 Gwinnett County Public Schools students will have an extra break next school year: The district has added a five-day fall break in October for the 2018-2019 school year. Here are some key dates for Gwinnett students and parents to know: The first day of school will be Aug. 6.
Fall Break will be Oct. 4-9.
Classes are cancelled for Election...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools students will have an extra break next school year: The district has added a five-day fall break in October for the 2018-2019 school year. Here are some key dates for Gwinnett students and parents to know: The first day of school will be Aug. 6. Fall Break will be Oct. 4-9. Classes are cancelled for Election...
Cops: 3 charged after claiming to have bomb in Gwinnett bank robbery
 Three people have been charged with robbery after allegedly robbing a Loganville credit union on Nov. 3, Gwinnett County police said. Devon Morris, 17, of Decatur; Nilsa Urena, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a 16-year-old juvenile have all been charged with robbery.   Morris is incarcerated at the Douglas County Jail and the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Three people have been charged with robbery after allegedly robbing a Loganville credit union on Nov. 3, Gwinnett County police said. Devon Morris, 17, of Decatur; Nilsa Urena, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a 16-year-old juvenile have all been charged with robbery.   Morris is incarcerated at the Douglas County Jail and the...
Guests hope to bridge gaps at ‘Come Meet a Black Person’ mixer
 The half dozen or so white people who showed up to the first-ever “Come Meet a Black Person” mixer Thursday had, in fact, met a black person before. “I cheated coming here. I do have some black friends,” said Niall Mathieson, a white Barnesville retiree who drove nearly 90 miles to the event because he was interested...

Posted: 2 days ago

The half dozen or so white people who showed up to the first-ever “Come Meet a Black Person” mixer Thursday had, in fact, met a black person before. “I cheated coming here. I do have some black friends,” said Niall Mathieson, a white Barnesville retiree who drove nearly 90 miles to the event because he was interested...
Gwinnett Waffle House fails inspection; flies, expired milk found
 A Waffle House in Gwinnett County failed its latest health inspection, records show. The Waffle House at 219 S. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville earned a 63/U on the Nov. 16 inspection. The restaurant received a 100/A on its previous inspection, conducted in July. An inspector found flies in the restaurant’s kitchen, restrooms and breezeway...

Posted: 2 days ago

A Waffle House in Gwinnett County failed its latest health inspection, records show. The Waffle House at 219 S. Crogan St. in Lawrenceville earned a 63/U on the Nov. 16 inspection. The restaurant received a 100/A on its previous inspection, conducted in July. An inspector found flies in the restaurant’s kitchen, restrooms and breezeway...
Man sentenced for 'violent' robberies of metro Atlanta Walmarts
 An Atlanta man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for a “violent crime spree” that spanned four counties, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Deanthony Foster, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence on Aug. 11, 2017. The charges were connected to seven armed robberies of six...

Posted: 3 days ago

An Atlanta man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for a “violent crime spree” that spanned four counties, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Deanthony Foster, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence on Aug. 11, 2017. The charges were connected to seven armed robberies of six...
When will new ramps onto I-85 be added in Gwinnett?
 Reader Cathie asks: Cathie is asking about a project planned to add access ramps from McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee to I-85. The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation and the Georgia Department of Transportation are working together on the project, according to county spokesman Joe Sorenson.  The Interchange Justification Report...

Posted: 3 days ago

Reader Cathie asks: Cathie is asking about a project planned to add access ramps from McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee to I-85. The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation and the Georgia Department of Transportation are working together on the project, according to county spokesman Joe Sorenson.  The Interchange Justification Report...
Gwinnett cops looking for 2 suspects in Halloween robbery
 Gwinnett County police are trying to identify two suspects in a robbery that occurred late on Halloween night. The two suspects walked into the Horizon Inn and Suites on Dawson Boulevard in Norcross around 11 p.m. and attempted to pry open an unattended cash register, according to police. After an employee walked in and saw the suspects,...

Posted: 3 days ago

Gwinnett County police are trying to identify two suspects in a robbery that occurred late on Halloween night. The two suspects walked into the Horizon Inn and Suites on Dawson Boulevard in Norcross around 11 p.m. and attempted to pry open an unattended cash register, according to police. After an employee walked in and saw the suspects,...
Wanted in Gwinnett: Men sought on rape, assault, drug charges
 The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is searching for six men on charges including felony probation violation, robbery and rape. The department released its latest wanted poster on Tuesday. The suspects are: • Damien Timothy Sloan, wanted on a charge of rape • Zackery Taylor Hoffman, wanted on...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is searching for six men on charges including felony probation violation, robbery and rape. The department released its latest wanted poster on Tuesday. The suspects are: • Damien Timothy Sloan, wanted on a charge of rape • Zackery Taylor Hoffman, wanted on...