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Gwinnett snow, Day 3: Friday road conditions, closures, delays
 Some metro Atlanta roads refroze overnight and remained dangerous Friday morning, including in Gwinnett County.  But things were definitely improving. “Not too bad,” a Gwinnett County police spokesperson said when asked about road conditions. Gwinnett police responded to more than 1,100 traffic calls ...

Posted: a day ago

Some metro Atlanta roads refroze overnight and remained dangerous Friday morning, including in Gwinnett County.  But things were definitely improving. “Not too bad,” a Gwinnett County police spokesperson said when asked about road conditions. Gwinnett police responded to more than 1,100 traffic calls ...
Gwinnett’s snow response: long hours, police calls and salt aplenty
 What, exactly, is involved in a preparing for, responding to and recovering from a Southern snow storm? In Gwinnett County, the answer involves (but is not limited to) the following: a couple days off of school, lots of brine, tons and tons and tons of salt, hundreds of police and medical calls, a few fires — and some very long...

Posted: a day ago

What, exactly, is involved in a preparing for, responding to and recovering from a Southern snow storm? In Gwinnett County, the answer involves (but is not limited to) the following: a couple days off of school, lots of brine, tons and tons and tons of salt, hundreds of police and medical calls, a few fires — and some very long...
Snow in Gwinnett: Thursday closings, delays, road conditions
 As Gwinnett County continued to thaw Thursday, governments and schools were taking precautions to keep drivers off the roads — which were starting to look “pretty good,” authorities said. Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and students will participate in a “digital learning day.” Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

As Gwinnett County continued to thaw Thursday, governments and schools were taking precautions to keep drivers off the roads — which were starting to look “pretty good,” authorities said. Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and students will participate in a “digital learning day.” Georgia...
Snow in Gwinnett: Closures and delays abound, roads icy and unsafe
 UPDATE: Read the story linked here for information on Thursday closings and delays around Gwinnett. Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta remained snow-covered Wednesday afternoon. — and roads were still dangerous, officials said.  “There isn’t anywhere that is safe to drive at the moment...

Posted: 3 days ago

UPDATE: Read the story linked here for information on Thursday closings and delays around Gwinnett. Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta remained snow-covered Wednesday afternoon. — and roads were still dangerous, officials said.  “There isn’t anywhere that is safe to drive at the moment...
Gwinnett warming center will stay open through Thursday morning
 UPDATE: The Gwinnett County warming center at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will stay open through Thursday morning, a county spokesman said.  The center, located at 182 Hunter St. in Norcross, served four people overnight, spokesman Joe Sorenson said.  Snow and ice forced many closures in Gwinnett on Wednesday and...

Posted: 3 days ago

UPDATE: The Gwinnett County warming center at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will stay open through Thursday morning, a county spokesman said.  The center, located at 182 Hunter St. in Norcross, served four people overnight, spokesman Joe Sorenson said.  Snow and ice forced many closures in Gwinnett on Wednesday and...
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...

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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: 3 days 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: 7 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: 7 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: 8 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: 8 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: 15 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: 17 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: 17 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: 17 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...
Vote set for $1.67B Gwinnett budget, a significant increase over 2017
 Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners is expected to formally adopt the county’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash first proposed the roughly $1.67 billion budget in late November and said this week she was “not aware of any substantive changes” being considered before Tuesday&rsquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners is expected to formally adopt the county’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash first proposed the roughly $1.67 billion budget in late November and said this week she was “not aware of any substantive changes” being considered before Tuesday&rsquo...
Former Auburn, Gwinnett football standout booked on child porn charge
 A former Auburn University and Gwinnett County  football standout — who has more recently been a youth coach, trainer and substitute teacher — spent Christmas in jail after being arrested  on child pornography charges. Brad Lester, 32, was a star running back at Lilburn’s Parkview High School before donning the Auburn...

Posted: 23 days ago

A former Auburn University and Gwinnett County football standout — who has more recently been a youth coach, trainer and substitute teacher — spent Christmas in jail after being arrested on child pornography charges. Brad Lester, 32, was a star running back at Lilburn’s Parkview High School before donning the Auburn...
Reward grows amid first arrest in Barcelona Wine Bar killing
 The reward for information leading to the remaining two suspects in the slaying of a restaurant manager grew by another $5,000 this past weekend as the first arrest in the case was announced. CrimeStoppers is offering $38,000 for help by the public that results in the arrest and indictment of the suspects, the Atlanta Police Department reported...

Posted: 26 days ago

The reward for information leading to the remaining two suspects in the slaying of a restaurant manager grew by another $5,000 this past weekend as the first arrest in the case was announced. CrimeStoppers is offering $38,000 for help by the public that results in the arrest and indictment of the suspects, the Atlanta Police Department reported...
First arrest made in manager’s killing at Barcelona Wine Bar
 Atlanta police announced Saturday night the first arrest in the November shooting death of a manager at a popular Westside restaurant — and that the reward has been increased for information leading to the remaining two suspects. Samuel Ott, 21, was taken into custody and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping...

Posted: 27 days ago

Atlanta police announced Saturday night the first arrest in the November shooting death of a manager at a popular Westside restaurant — and that the reward has been increased for information leading to the remaining two suspects. Samuel Ott, 21, was taken into custody and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping...
Gwinnett’s biggest, most important and most-read stories of 2017
 Gwinnett is one of Georgia’s biggest counties — and in 2017, it was among the state’s busiest and buzziest, too. The ever-diversifying metro Atlanta community of more than 900,000 had its fair share of headline-grabbing news this year, everything from racial tension and a police scandal to a minor league baseball team swapping...

Posted: 27 days ago

Gwinnett is one of Georgia’s biggest counties — and in 2017, it was among the state’s busiest and buzziest, too. The ever-diversifying metro Atlanta community of more than 900,000 had its fair share of headline-grabbing news this year, everything from racial tension and a police scandal to a minor league baseball team swapping...
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